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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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3 month follow-up on this patient who wanted improvement in the projection of her chin and definition of the jawline. The patient has retrogenia or a small chin and underwent #chinaugmentation with a #genioplasty. In the pre-operative photos, you can see the chin is short and recessed and therefore I moved the chin forward and down. In the post-operative photos you can see improvement in the projection of the chin, a more defined jawline and neck, and a more balanced lower 1/3 of the face. This case highlights the advantages of a genioplasty versus a chin implant, a chin implant cannot lengthen and advance the chin to the same extent that a genioplasty can. Posted with permission.

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A 1 year follow-up on a patient who wanted a rhinoplasty to remove the dorsal hump and improve the aesthetics of her tip. In this case the dorsal hump was removed, the nose made straighter, the tip refined, and the tip rotated and projected more. Her new nose fits her face without overtly changing the ethnic features of her face. Posted with permission.



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Proud of our research team for getting this important manuscript published in the #1 plastic surgery journal in the world. In this study, we looked at the published literature to develop guidelines on how to treat visual impairments related to droopy eyelids and excess skin of the eyelids.

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Happy for this patient who underwent full facial rejuvenation surgery, which included a brow lift, upper/lower blepharoplasty, facelift, neck lift, and facial fat transfer. How much younger does he look now? Posted with permission.

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Amazing transformation for this lovely patient who wanted to have fuller, more symmetric, youthful, and natural breasts. The patient underwent a #breastaugmentation with gel implants. Posted with permission.

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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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