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 licensed laser specialist Kimberly Dearden performs all treatments in the center. Kimberly 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 a growing phase at the same time, a series of treatments is necessary to achieve long-term hair reduction. Laser treatments are repeated every 6 weeks depending on the area being treated.
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What to Expect
On your first visit, licensed laser specialist Kimberly Dearden, 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 6-12+ 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
- Recovery Time
- Average Procedure Time
- 10-40 Minutes
- Post-op Follow-up
- Procedure Recovery Location