Our Sarasota cosmetic surgery practice offers a lasting way to eliminate unwanted hair on the face and body. Hair removal is now easy and safe to do, resulting in smooth and lasting outcomes. Sarasota Plastic Surgery uses the Cynosure Vectus laser to perform laser hair removal. The intense beams of the device targets specific hair follicles, damaging and killing them without doing any harm to the surrounding skin. The intensity of the light that is applied during treatment will depend on the hair growth, thickness, and the area being treated. The most common areas for laser hair removal are the legs, arms, back, face and bikini.
Our Laser Hair Removal device features the largest spot size and most uniform beam profile available today, which allows us to treat unwanted hair quicker than ever before. Even in the largest areas, such as the back, can be treated within less than five minutes.
Safe and successful laser hair treatment is the result of experience, understanding laser physics, and educating our patients about the hair removal process. Depending on your needs, most body areas and skin types can be treated with this state-of-the-art technology of the Vectus. The Vectus system was designed for effective hair removal, while providing unsurpassed safety and optimal patient comfort.
Laser Hair Removal Procedure
ADVANCED FEATURES FOR OPTIMAL PATIENT COMFORT
Our Vectus Laser Hair Removal Device has Advanced Contact Cooling™, which helps protect the epidermis and help keep patients comfortable throughout treatment. Also, with the addition of Photon Recycling™, and the uniform beam profile, allow for the most efficient hair removal, reducing the need for multiple, overlapping passes. This also ensures a must faster treatment.
The Vectus Laser features the integrated Skintel™ Melanin Reader™, the only FDA-cleared melanin reader, helping safely offer optimized hair removal treatments tailored to each patient’s skin type, lifestyle, and ethnicity. By using this tool, we can ensure patient safety by using accurate and risk-free laser settings.
Not all laser hair removal clinics are the same. Many are medical practices or ‘medical spas’ that have poor supervision and treatments delivered by inexperienced staff. At Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center, our Physician Assistant, Bridgette Forgette, performs all treatments in the center. Bridgette has been trained and certified by Cynosure and is highly experienced with the most advanced laser technology. Treatments are only performed after a consultation, evaluation, and test treatment of the area. As one of the most respected medical offices, our reputation for quality care and safety is founded on proven experience.
HOW DOES LASER HAIR REMOVAL WORK?
The hair pigment (i.e. color) absorbs the optical laser and radiofrequency energies, converting these energies into heat that permanently destroys or injures the hair follicle, thus making it unable to continue to grow hair. Because not all hair is in the growing phase at the same time, a series of treatments is necessary to achieve long-term hair reduction. Laser treatments are repeated every 4-8 weeks depending on the area being treated.
"This Specific Doctor! - I view the choice for a plastic surgeon in 3 areas. Reputation; manner; results. I was walking in with a face that had been treated with Botox in such a way that, to me, I looked grotesque. I could smile on one side and the other side of my mouth was paralyzed by the fact that Botox took effect on one side but not on the other. The Botox had been administered by another doctor in another state. To say I was nervous about doing anything else at all was an understatement. I remember Dr. Graham saying to me, when I was considering a lower-priced dermatologist to address my face, "Think about it; it's your face." Good words. I did think about it and I did proceed with Dr. Graham. I had known numerous people who had seen him for successful surgeries, and many of them could afford to go to any doctor in the world. They chose Dr. Graham. He took the time with me, explained, reassured and scheduled me in a time frame for which I could be in town. He was very well recommended and has an unusually admirable reputation. That is what initially got me there. His manner was kind and sweet yet also had a touch of confidence and conviction that he could help me that sort of made me pay special attention to the level of expertise and care I was about to receive.That brings us to the results. No one but a few close friends know I had this surgery. Yet everyone says how great I look, that life must be treating me well, that I seem so happy and content these days. Dr. Graham created the perfect look with a gentle touch, with not too much but very much enough for significant improvement and for rolling back the clock. I am 64. Most people guess that I'm in my early to mid-40's. Maybe that's just being polite but the fact that these compliments come from such diverse individuals and on the heels of this surgery must be more than coincidental.I must compliment, too, the staff at Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center. Helpful, polite, kind, caring, reassuring....they are extremely supportive and no question seems to mundane or silly for them to answer. They are prompt at returning a phone call and bend over backwards to make scheduling work. The office feels good. It is comfortable, tasteful, clean, nurturing, peaceful.I would go to Dr. Braun Graham again. Plastic surgery is not inexpensive but we don't get another body to live in. Not only would I recommend his work to others, I would return to his care myself knowing I was in the best hands possible. I say this, too, because I have had previous procedures and while I have interacted with some very good physicians and surgeons, I believe Dr. Graham is at the very top of the list in the qualities I value."- F. / RealSelf / Nov 16, 2016
"Extremely Thrilled with my Breast Augmentation Results with Dr Engel - A++ Doctor. I am beyond impressed by Dr. Engel and his staff. He has miracle hands and gave me amazing results! I would recommend him to anyone and everyone looking for any type of enhancements. He far exceeded my expectations and treats you just like part of the family. Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center and Dr. Engel are #1 in my book and I will never go anywhere else!!"- D. / RealSelf / Feb 06, 2018
"Face Lift - Everyone was very professional. I never felt like I was rushed during my visits. The doctor took his time explaining everything to me and making sure all my questions were answered to my satisfaction. Very friendly office. Would highly recommend."- Anonymous / RealPatientRatings / Jan 22, 2018
"A Life Changing Experience - After many years of considering having a lift with augmentation I am beyond pleased with my beautiful results and would highly recommend Dr. Engel to friends, family and anyone!!! Plenty of plastic surgeons can achieve great results, but not as many look at it from a patient-centered viewpoint like Dr. Engel does. Each appointment I’ve had with Dr. Engel from the consultation~surgery d..."- S. / RealSelf / Jan 28, 2018
"What is really needed in Dr. Derby's reviews is a sixth star. As you can note from reading previous patient comments, he is professional and compassionate in everything he does from the time you are admitted through the thoughtful follow-ups he makes personally. The whole experience was so comfortable and rewarding, I almost wish there were something else I needed stitched up."- M.P. / Healthgrades / Jan 31, 2018
What to Expect
On your first visit, our Physician Assistant, Bridgette Forgette, will review your medical history and determine if laser hair removal is right for you. Some patients start their first laser hair removal treatment on the same day as their initial consultation. Any area on the body can be treated in less than 5 minutes and there is no numbing or anesthesia required. Because the laser tends to treat hair follicles that are in the active growth phase, anywhere from 6-8 treatments may be required. This varies among individuals as well as the particular body area.
Patients should expect to have a lot less hair, usually an 80-90 percent reduction in the number of growing hairs. Usually the follicles that remain have been damaged and produce a finer hair than prior to the laser treatments. The need for shaving is also decreased considerably.
The appearance of the treated area immediately after a laser session will vary depending on the extent of the treatment and the skin type. Immediate after-effects, if any, are minor. They may include redness and swelling, which disappear in a short time. After each treatment, patients should avoid exercise and exertion for 24 hours. Perspiration may increase irritation caused by the laser. Patients should avoid sun exposure as well in between treatments. And finally, waxing or plucking hairs between treatments should be avoided as well.
Avoid tanning or significant sun exposure of the areas to be treated. For the most effective treatment, ensure that the areas to be treated have not been waxed, tweezed, or bleached. On the day of your treatment, be sure to shave the area before your office visit.
Laser Hair Removal FAQs
This device can safely and effectively treat all skin types.
Is it permanent?
Laser hair removal results in a permanent reduction in the number of hairs and hair density. The first visit is usually very effective, but some re-growth occurs that requires additional treatments for a more effective long-term result. The results from laser hair removal last longer than any other conventional hair removal method.
How soon can I expect results?
You should begin to see results 2-3 weeks after the first session. You may notice patchy hair growth, and many of the hair will begin to fall out. While many patients see great results after the first session, it still takes 6-8 treatments to obtain the results you desire.
Will razor bumps be gone?
Reduction of hair bumps and ingrown hairs will be improved even after the first session. This is true on the face, neck, legs, arms, and bikini line.
Plan Your Procedure
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- Average Procedure Time
- 10-40 Minutes
- Post-op Follow-up
- Procedure Recovery Location