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Laser Hair Removal
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

 

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

AM I A CANDIDATE FOR 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.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR CONSULTATION

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.

HOW IS LASER HAIR REMOVAL PERFORMED?

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.

RISKS AND RECOVERY OF LASER HAIR REMOVAL

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.

WHAT DOES LASER HAIR REMOVAL COST?

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.

WHAT DOES BLEPHAROPLASTY COST?

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.

SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION

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.

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One year follow-up on a #BBL or Brazilian butt lift. As you can see from the post-operative photos, the fat that is transferred stays and is permanent. Posted with permission.

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Male patient in his late 60’s who was able to turn back the clock after undergoing a #facelift, #neck lift, #blepharoplasty, and #fattransfer. Pay close attention to the “bags” underneath the eyes, the jawline, and neck. The scars have healed nicely and are inconspicuous even with short hair. In the post-operative photos, the patient has maintained his natural facial features and anatomy, but just looks like a more youthful version of himself. Posted with permission.

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#Primaryrhinoplasty to fix the dorsal hump, droopy tip, and crooked nose. In the post-operative photos, the patient has a nice dorsal profile on side view, the tip has been lifted, and the nose is straight. To evaluate how straight the nose is, look at the dorsal aesthetic lines on bird’s eye view and follow the two light reflexes along the dorsum. Posted with permission.

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Challenging #tertiaryrhinoplasty on this patient who had nasal deviation, a dorsal hump, and an under-rotated/under-projected tip. In the post-operative photos, you can see a straighter nose with more symmetric dorsal aesthetic lines and tip defining points. Posted with permission.

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Honored to be inducted into the Rhinoplasty Society. The Rhinoplasty Society was founded in 1996 by plastic surgeons who have pioneered modern rhinoplasty. The society is dedicated to the education and advancement of nasal surgery.

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Relatively small surgeries can yield big changes. This patient wanted to improve the contour of her chin and the overall profile of her face. The patient’s lower 1/3 of the face and chin were short and set back. Additionally, the patient had asymmetries of the chin and jawline that she wanted improved. The patient underwent a #slidinggenioplasty to achieve these goals where the chin was cut and mobilized forward and downward. In the post-operative photos, you can see a more aesthetic and balanced facial profile. The advantages of a #genioplasty over a #chinimplant are that the chin can be moved in numerous planes, the advancement can be more significant, and asymmetries can be addressed. Posted with permission.

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This patient had a bilateral constricted ear deformity where the top portion of the ear folds over the rest of the ear. In this deformity, the ear appears shorter in height and there are abnormalities of the outer and inner folds of the ear. In the postoperative photos you can visualize the ear is longer in height, the helical rim or outer portion of the ear is lifted up and the antihelical fold or inner portion of the ear is more defined. Posted with permission.


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Challenging #breastaugmentation case where the patient had asymmetries of the breasts in terms of size, shape, and position on the chest. The patient underwent a breast augmentation with #gelimplants with a larger size in the left breast to balance the size difference. The left breast fold was also lowered to match the fold level of the right. Posted with permission.

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Plastic surgery can sometimes be subtle or dramatic. In this case, this patient’s outcome was life altering after a lipoabdominoplasty or tummy tuck. The patient can now do all of the things in life that she was limited in doing due to her body habitus. Posted with permission.


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Plastic surgeons pioneered microsurgery and free flaps nearly 50 years ago. The surgery involves harvesting tissue with its arteries and veins and transplanting it to another part of the body. The arteries and veins are re-attached at the new site using a microscope and sutures smaller than human hair. In this case, this patient was in a bad car accident where he had an open wound of the leg with exposed and fractured bone. Before microsurgery was invented, many of these patients would have their limb amputated. To salvage his leg, I took a muscle from his thigh and transplanted it to the lower leg to cover the exposed bone after Ortho fixed the broken bone. As you can see in the video, he is on his way to a full recovery and can walk now. After more physical therapy, he will be able to walk without a walker. Posted with permission.

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Amazing transformation for this patient who underwent a lipoabdominoplasty or tummy tuck. In this case I removed excess fat from the abdomen and flanks, removed excess abdominal skin, and rebuilt the abdominal muscles. The incision is kept low so that it is inconspicuous. Posted with permission.

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A former collegiate wrestler who developed moderate cauliflower ear of the left that resulted in a thick and more protruding ear. A cauliflower ear forms after blunt trauma to the ear where a blood clot develops. If left untreated, the ear cartilage becomes thick and hard, which makes these cases difficult to treat. After surgery, the patient now reports feeling more confident when he looks in the mirror and when he is communicating with people in social settings. Posted with permission.

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What a transformation for this patient who wanted a #snatched waist and augmentation of the buttock and hips or #BBL.

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Breast augmentation on a pro athlete who wanted a natural augmentation and to be able to still perform at a high level. We opted for a smaller implant to meet those goals. The patient is tall and lean and the implants fit her frame perfectly. Posted with permission.

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Maintaining masculinity and core features without major alterations were the plan for this patient who underwent a #revisionrhinoplasty. The patient reports that when people see him now after surgery, the comments he receives are along the lines of “you look well rested or more handsome” and not “did you have a rhinoplasty or you look completely different”. Exactly what we like to hear. Posted with permission.

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Check out this transformation on a mom of 2 who developed significant deflation of her breasts after pregnancy and breast feeding. Posted with permission.

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Midterm follow-up on this lovely #rhinoplasty patient who wanted nasal surgery to improve her nasal breathing but also to improve the aesthetics of the nose. Fixing the crooked nose is a challenge in rhinoplasty and on the bird’s eye view, you can visualize improvement in the dorsal aesthetic lines. Dorsal aesthetic lines are two curvilinear light reflex lines that travel from the inner eyebrow to the tip of the nose on frontal view. On profile view you can see a nice profile with the dorsal hump removed. Posted with permission.

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Honored to lead the Midwestern Association of Plastic Surgeons (MAPS) as president for 2021-2022 with this group of esteemed colleagues on the board with me. MAPS is a plastic surgery society that was founded in 1961 to foster the development of plastic surgery in the Midwest region and involves plastic surgeons and plastic surgery programs from the states of Kansas, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, and Wisconsin. We are currently planning our annual meeting which will take place in Chicago on May 20-21st. The meeting will have renowned plastic surgeons from all over the United States to share ideas and to advance our specialty forward.

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Happy for this mother of 2 who wanted to improve the contour and aesthetics of her abdomen and waist with an #abdominoplasty or #tummy tuck. After children, women can experience rectus diastasis or separation of the abdominal muscles as the uterus expands. During a tummy tuck, plastic surgeons will address this separation by stitching the muscles back together. In the post-operative photos you can visualize the muscles re-positioned more centrally. Additionally, we will perform liposuction, remove excess abdominal skin and re-set the belly button. Posted with permission.

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