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Laser Hair Removal Chicago

Laser hair removal is a popular procedure that uses concentrated beams of light to penetrate hair follicles and inhibit future growth. It is useful to remove unwanted hair from the face or body, and preferred by many over repetitive habits of shaving or waxing.

At the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago, we strive to be on the forefront of innovative techniques, and our laser treatments are no exception. Utilizing the newest technology allows our doctors to reach the most consistent and natural results. Laser hair removal is safe, effective, and noninvasive, while allowing for significant precision in delicate areas of the body.

Laser Hair Removal


Laser hair removal can be a practical option for anyone, male or female, that has unwanted hair on their face or body. The most common target areas are the legs, arms, underarm, chest, back, upper lip, chin, and eyebrows.

If you are interested in learning more about laser hair removal or believe you might be a candidate, schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss your aesthetic goals.


When you schedule a consultation with the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago, you will speak with a board-certified plastic surgeon that will review your medical history and perform an evaluation to see if laser hair removal is the best course of treatment for you. If you have any questions about the procedure, the potential risks, or the associated cost, the consultation is the ideal time to ask.


Laser hair removal is a noninvasive procedure that can be performed in-office by a trained and qualified plastic surgeon. The technique uses concentrated beams of light to generate heat that damages hair at the follicle to inhibit future growth.

It is important to not pluck or shave the target areas before the procedure since this will reduce the efficacy of the treatment. Skin and hair color will also factor into laser hair removal. The laser targets the pigment in the hair; therefore, patients with dark hair and lighter complexion generally benefit the most (Fitzpatrick 1-3).

Laser hair removal only affects actively growing hair. It may require more than one treatment to provide significant reduction.


There is no recovery period after laser hair removal. You may experience some minor discomfort during the procedure, and mild swelling at the target areas is normal afterwards.


The potential risks of laser hair removal are infrequent and minor, but may include:

  • Swelling of the follicles
  • Redness
  • Temporary pigment changes
  • Irritation
  • Burning or blistering of the skin

Since hair grows in cycles, laser hair removal is not typically permanent, though new hair growth is usually finer and lighter in color. New growth can be managed with follow-up treatments at six to twelve month intervals.


The potential cost of laser hair removal varies greatly, largely depending on the target areas and extent of the procedure. The national averages for laser hair removal in the United States ranges from $300 to $900 per treatment, though these figures will fluctuate based on your location and other factors.


If you would like to remove unwanted hair from your face or body and avoid the repetition of shaving or waxing, call us at the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago to schedule a consultation. You will speak with a board-certified plastic surgeon who will discuss your specific aesthetic goals and determine if laser hair removal is the best course of treatment for you.



Proud of our research team for getting this published. In this article, we developed a unique risk assessment tool to predict major complications in facial aesthetic surgery. Thank you to the Aesthetic Surgery Journal for publishing our work.

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The hardest type of rhinoplasties for plastic surgeons to perform are cleft rhinoplasties. A major reason is that the anatomy of the nose and midface are asymmetric, therefore, you have an asymmetric nose sitting on top of an asymmetric midface. In this case, I used rib cartilage to rebuild the cartilage of the nose and fat transfer to improve asymmetries of the midface and lips. In the post-operative frontal views, you can see a straighter nose, the tip has been lifted, and the right nostril has been brought down and inwards. On profile view, you can see the dorsal hump was lowered, the tip of the nose has been lifted, rotated, and refined. The fat was placed in the cheeks and upper lip to improve the midface deficiency that is common in cleft lip patients. Posted with permission.

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Plastic surgery can be dramatic or understated. This is a before and after with subtle changes to improve the proportions and aesthetics of the nose in a natural way. This patient wanted only small changes of the dorsum and tip. In the post-operative photos, you can visualize the dorsal hump has been removed and the tip has been refined, slightly rotated and projected. Posted with permission.

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Couldn’t be happier for this beautiful patient and her natural before and after results. This patient is 3 months out from a deep plane or sub-SMAS facelift, neck lift, and facial fat transfer. Pay close attention to the neck, jawline, and midface or cheeks. In the post-operative views you can see a well-defined neck and jawline. The face appears less bottom heavy, there is restoration of the midface volume, and the overall facial configuration is more heart-shaped and youthful. Posted with permission.

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It’s been a minute but this is a great before and after of a facial feminization case and this patient is only 6 weeks out from surgery. Pay close attention to the hairline, the forehead, orbital rims, eyebrows, nose, chin and jawline. Does this patient look like they had major surgery 6 weeks ago? Posted with permission.

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Check out this interesting rhinoplasty case where I performed a combined primary rhinoplasty and sliding genioplasty. Fixing the crooked or deviated nose is very challenging for all rhinoplasty surgeons and the goal is to achieve a straighter nose because a perfectly straight nose does not exist. On the frontal view, you can see a nose that is midline and with beautiful dorsal aesthetic lines. On the profile view, you can visual a nice nasal profile with a slight break at the tip. The sliding genioplasty complements the nose and improves the overall proportions and balance of the face. A chin implant would not be able to achieve this amount of chin augmentation or chin length. Posted with permission.

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It’s never too early to starting thinking about that summer body. This patient underwent a mommy makeover or a breast reduction/lift and tummy tuck. Pay close attention to the belly button, this patient had an umbilical hernia, which made the reconstruction of her belly button even harder. Most plastic surgeons take their time trying to make the belly button look as natural as possible since the appearance of the belly button can be an obvious sign that the patient had a tummy tuck. Posted with permission.

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A facial feminization case that highlights how subtle changes can have a major impact on the balance and proportions of the face. Do the post-operative images appear softer, less angular, more refined, and more heart-shaped rather than square-shaped? Can you tell what surgeries were performed? Hint: look closely at the forehead/orbital rims, nose, chin, jawline, and neck. Posted with permission.

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