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Before and After Care for Laser Hair Removal Treatment

So, you’re getting laser hair removal. If you’re wondering what laser hair removal pre- and post-treatment instructions are we have outlined a simple guide below.  

About Laser Hair Removal

It takes six to eight sessions to completely treat a single area. This is why fall is a great time to invest in laser hair removal because it takes several weeks between sessions to thoroughly complete treatments. Learn more about pre-treatment and post-treatment to help you feel more confident in your skin.

Pre-treatment Preparation

Avoid sun exposure or spray tan

Avoid the sun exposure or spray tanning for 4 weeks before treatment. Do not bleach, pluck, or wax for six weeks before surgery. This removes the hair follicle which is necessary for hair removal to be effective. Tan skin will have to be treated at lower settings which may reduce the effectiveness of your treatment. A spray tan cannot be treated.

Cold sore treatment

If you’ve had a history of perioral herpes, prophylactic antiviral therapy may be started the day before treatment and continued one week after treatment. Contact our office if you are in need of a prescription.

Shaving

Please shave the area to be treated the day of your appointment. Excess hair can increase discomfort during your treatment. Remember not to pluck, wax, bleach, or use depilatory treatments.

Lotions and deodorant

Please avoid using any lotions, underarm deodorant, or makeup the day of your treatment. If you do need to wear makeup, it can be washed off at the time of your treatment. Makeup may be applied immediately after your treatment.

Skin care

Please stop all Retinol/Retin-A and hydroquinone 3 days prior to treatment. You may resume 3-5 days after treatment depending on how sensitive your skin feels.

Post-Treatment Care

What to expect

Immediately after treatment, there should be redness and swelling at the treatment site, which may last several hours. The redness may last up to 2-3 days. The treated area will feel like a sunburn for a few hours after treatment. Ice application the first few hours after treatment may reduce the discomfort and swelling.

Discomfort

While advances in laser hair removal technology have reduced pain significantly there is still a natural, mild amount of pain and discomfort that most patients will experience. The best way to address this is to simply apply aloe vera gel or ice after treatment to help reduce discomfort and cool the skin.

Makeup

Makeup may be used immediately after the treatment., but remember to be gentle when removing makeup off of a treated area.

Blistering

If you develop blistering, start antibiotic ointment and notify our office immediately. Do not apply makeup over any blisters.

Sun exposure

Avoid sun exposure to reduce the chance of complications. Use sunscreen (SPF 30 or greater) at all times throughout the course of treatment to prevent any sunburn damage.

Skin care

Avoid picking or scratching the treated skin. Do not use any hair removal treatments or products (waxing, electrolysis or tweezing) that will disturb the hair follicle during treatment. Shaving may be used.

Deodorant

After the axillae or underarms are treated, use a powder, instead of deodorant, for 24 hours after the treatment to reduce skin irritation.

Bathing

There are no restrictions on bathing except to treat the treated skin gently, as if you had a sunburn, for the first twenty-four hours. Using gentle pressure, especially when removing makeup or anything over the treated skin, will help avoid discomfort.

Hair shedding

New hair growth will not occur for at least three weeks after treatment. Anywhere from 5-14 days after the treatment, shedding of the surface hair may occur. This will appear as new hair growth. You can clean and remove the hair by washing or wiping the area with a wet cloth or Loofa sponge.

Follow-up

Call our office with any questions or concerns you may have after treatment. Be sure to schedule your follow-up treatment within four weeks for facial areas and six weeks for body areas. It is important to maintain this schedule. Varying from it will negatively impact your hair clearance.

Laser hair removal is the ideal solution to unwanted body hair, and taking care of your skin before and after treatment is an important part of seeing the long-term results you will love.  Follow pre- and post-treatment instructions to help ensure a quick, healthy and glowing recovery.

How Many Laser Hair Removal Treatments for Underarms?

How Many Laser Hair Removal Treatments for UnderarmsUnfortunately, we don’t have a Star Trek disintegrate ray to instantly destroy hair. The modern lasers we do have work very well, but takes several treatments. Multiple treatments are needed because of how hair grows.

At any given time about 30% of your hairs are in an active growth phase. The laser works by hitting the actual hairs, so if they are asleep the laser is ineffective. With a perfect treatment, only the active hairs, or 30%, can be removed at any one time.

When you reach 5 to 8 treatments you start getting close to complete removal. There is of course some variability from one patient to the next. In a perfect world 100% of the hairs would be destroyed with each treatment.

Unfortunately, the treatment is not 100% effective. It’s important to start at safe ranges of energy and slowly increase until optimal treatment is obtained.

This initial safety curve reduces the effectiveness of the initial treatments. Once optimal energy is obtained, differences in skin color and hair consistency can affect the treatment. On average most people see clearance around eight sessions. However, with darker skin and lighter hair each treatment is slightly less effective and may require more sessions.

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Your Summer to Fall Skintervention


Summer is a fan-favorite season for a lot of us, largely thanks in part to the warm weather and all the outdoor activities that come with it.

As we transition into the fall season with the back-to-school rush, sports, and all the other daily happenings of life that keep us busy it can be very easy to forget about the effect that summer sun exposure can have on our skin.

With the help of our resident aesthetician Christine Fernandes, B.A., L.E, we created a list of some of our favorite “skintervention” techniques to help combat summer’s toll on our skin.
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Why Do They Call it Plastic Surgery?

why do they call it plastic surgery

If I asked you why plastic surgery is called “plastic”, how would you answer? Most people tell me, “Breast implants are made of plastic, right?”.

Although that’s how we think of modern plastic surgery, breast implants were not formally invented until 1961.

The name actually comes from the origins of the word “plastic” which was around long before plastic was created.

Before the first man-made plastic, Parkesine, was created in 1855, the word plastic was used to describe something that could be molded or shaped. The origins for this stretch back to the Greek word “plastikos” which means to grow or form.

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Tumescent Liposuction: Explained

Tumescent liposuction is a relatively simple, yet elegant procedure. The procedure is performed in the operating room in order to keep the instruments and operating area sterile. Sedation is commonly used, but for small areas, it can be performed completely awake or with general anesthesia. Small incisions, generally less than 5 mm in length, are created near the area of fat to be removed. The tumescent solution, which is comprised of saline (saltwater), epinephrine, and lidocaine, is injected into the fat.

This tumescent solution is the magic ingredient that makes liposuction possible by constricting blood vessels and numbing the area. Once the area is numb, liposuction is performed using small cannulas (hollow tubes with small holes on the end). These cannulas are attached to suction, which draws out the fat.

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A Look At Plastic Surgery for Men

Thinking about plastic surgery typically provokes images of beautiful women with shapely figures and clear skin. But this subconscious stereotype is beginning to fade away as men  more and more are being drawn to plastic surgery as an opportunity to improve flaws that really hinder their self-confidence.

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Breast Implants and Cancer: BIA-ALCL Facts

breast implants and cancerFor decades there have been concerns, myths, misconceptions, and truths about the link between breast implants and cancer.

In the 1990s, there was a huge fear of the implant itself and the silicone that was inside of it. People were concerned that it could be leaked into the body’s tissues and would cause autoimmune disorders.

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What is a Daddy Do Over?

Over the last few years the term/procedure “Mommy Makeover” has gained more and more popularity. Mommy Makeovers are a bundled package of treatments that are designed to help restore a mom’s figure after experiencing the effects of pregnancy and breastfeeding. A typical Mommy Makeovers would include  a breast lift/augmentation, liposuction, and a tummy tuck.

Using a tool called Google Trends we can actually see the overall trend growing in popularity over time in the United States since 2004:

Daddy Do Over vs Mommy Makeover

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The Effect of Body Image on Mental Health

Are you happy with how you look? 100% happy? Huffington Post research indicates men and women alike care a lot about their physical appearance. In fact, a total of 15% of men reported being “very to extremely dissatisfied” with their weight, along with 20% of women. Not only is self image tied to attractiveness and our physical health, but ultimately body image and mental health can have an even deeper correlation that can often go overlooked.
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The 5 Myths of Cosmetic Surgery

Dr. Dorner recently unveiled the five myths of Cosmetic Surgery on Fox 28 Good Day Columbus.

Check out the video or take the quiz below to find out how much you know about cosmetic surgery!

How much do you know about Cosmetic Surgery?

1. True or False: Breast augmentation was the most requested reconstructive surgery in 2016.

Answer: True! According to a recent report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, board-certified plastic surgeons reported a total of 290,467 procedures in 2016. A close second was liposuction, and third was nose reshaping.

2. True or False: Breast implants increase your risk of getting breast cancer.

Answer: False. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) found evidence that breast implants do not cause breast cancer or the recurrence of breast cancer. However, it’s still essential to undergo routine screening for breast cancer — breast self-exams, mammograms and clinical breast exams — just as you would if you didn’t have breast implants.
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