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.
Laser Hair Removal Reviews
"Tummy Tuck with Liposuction for 36 yr old mommy - The staff at Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center was kind, compassionate, and knowledgeable in their assessments and care. Dr. Derby did an excellent job of making me feel at ease while answering all my questions and addressing all of my concerns. They were upfront with all aspects of the surgery and managed my expectations. I am ecstatic regarding the outcome of the procedures. It turned out even better than I had hoped and anticipated. I would recommend this doctor as well as the facility if you are considering a procedure. - - The effects of four pregnancies all by C-section every two years through out my twenties left me with a very undesirable shape. I had tried kick boxing, cycling, hiking, and general laps on the treadmill to try to maintain my weight and regain some semblance of my pre-baby shape. Along with healthy eating and the sheer craziness of my life with four young children I was able to get my weight within 10 pounds of my pre-pregnancy weight each time and maintain that. For those of you good with math that means 10 extra pounds with each precious child. My weight wasn’t the only issue it was also the extreme extra skin that was left over from the surgeries. I had been randomly doing research on having a tummy tuck since my last child was born. I put it off longer than I needed to as well because I was worried that there was no way that they would clear me for surgery with the extra weight I maintained. This was not the case. While I would have managed, I am very glad that I also waited until my youngest was five before undergoing the surgery. I was still tempted and did (just a couple of times) find myself in situations where I had to pick him up before I was cleared to. I paid for it every time. Which brings me to my biggest piece of advise. Have a good support network setup and make sure you have time to completely shut down and do nothing for at least two weeks. I mistakenly thought that I would be up and about within three weeks. Yes, even with all the C-section experience. When preparing for surgery please make sure you do your research on the facility and doctor who will be performing the procedure. I went to three consultations before I decided. Although it wasn’t a tough decision once I met Dr. Derby and his staff at Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center. They were very kind, sincere, and honest with their assessments and care. A qualified doctor with a caring staff will make all the difference in the world during your recovery. You will have questions (some embarrassing) during your recovery and before the surgery. It is essential that you can trust your doctor and their staff. I was very fortunate in that I found an excellent facility and doctor to perform the procedure.I was so excited, even more then nervous, for the surgery. I felt guilty which I have heard is common for mommies. I still do feel a bit of guilt but I give my heart and soul to my children this was something I needed to do to regain a piece of me I had lost along the way. Pajamas was all that was really necessary for the day of and day after the surgery. All the rest sat in the bag, never used. Then there was pain, and more pain, and a bit more pain oh and swelling, lots and lots of swelling. Make sure the nursing staff keeps up on your pain meds and just say no if they want to pull your catheter before you are ready. Do get up and walk when they tell you to…it will help later…or so I’ve been told. My husband was wonderful during my recovery and did almost everything for me. Walking consisted of making it to the fridge and back to the bed for most of the early days so plan on taking it pretty slow for a while.Every day the pain gets better…little by little…each day a little bit better until finally it subsides to the point where you don’t notice it every waking second. I was stitched particularly tight which meant that I was also stooped over for a very long while… (at least three weeks). I am approximately eight weeks post op and I only have phantom pains through my hips when I have over done it. My procedure included liposuction which made this surgery so much different than the C-sections because it felt like my whole core had been obliterated. I still feel like I am wrapped tightly especially around the back but this is subsiding too as time passes. The numbness through my stomach and back were surprising side effects that I hadn’t anticipated. I guess the feeling won’t completely return for up to a year. At this point the feeling is starting to come back but I still cannot feel my belly button area at all. The other surprising revelation was that with the tightening the pubic hair line moves up from where it was so be prepared to either get laser hair removal after the procedure or become really good at waxing. The bruising was also unbelievable in their size and color. These of course subside with time but they can be alarming when you first see them. All of these “side effects” are well worth the results which were just amazing. I still can’t believe it. I am just thrilled! I was honest with most but work about the procedure. Even those at work called me out on the differences…they were definitely noticeable and keep getting better with each passing week. I still have to be careful of not overdoing it or my back becomes very sore and for me I get pains in my hips. I also have to watch my food intake to make sure there is not too much salt because that makes the swelling even worse. I can’t eat much since the tightening which is great but it also means that I have to make sure I am eating enough protein. I preferred soup as a comfort food after the surgery but I found that resulted in me not eating enough. I haven’t started working out since we are so close to Christmas…thinking I’ll just start that as my New Year’s resolution. All in all, I have no regrets and I hope this rambling on will help those considering a tummy tuck procedure in making the best decision for themselves."- J. / RealSelf / Dec 11, 2016
"I saw Kim for laser hair removal and she made the experience so comfortable and easy!! Definitely recommend!"- J.V. / Google / Apr 09, 2021
"I’ve been coming here for laser hair removal with Kimberly for years and wouldn’t dream of going somewhere else. Anyone that has had laser hair removal before, knows that there’s nothing “enjoyable” about the procedure. That said, Kimberly truly goes the extra mile to make her patients feel comfortable and at ease. It’s clear that she genuinely cares about her patients and goes out of her way to get to know each patients’ individual needs and concerns."- E.R. / Google / Apr 07, 2021
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
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- Average Procedure Time
- 10-40 Minutes
- Post-op Follow-up
- Procedure Recovery Location