It seems like not a day goes by without someone advertising a deal on laser hair removal. Sites like Groupon and Living Social tout coupons and specials while advertisements enticing people to try it out are everywhere, especially on the internet.
If you are one of the millions of Americans who suffer from unwanted body hair (whether for cosmetic reasons or because of a medical condition), laser hair removal may seem like the answer to your prayers. But just like any procedure that you are going to have done to your body, it’s important not to make a decision lightly.
Places offering laser hair removal seem to be popping up everywhere – you’ve probably seen them in your own neighborhood. Given the recent influx of offers, it’s easy to think that this type of hair removal isn’t any more complex than what is already out there, like body waxing. Some unscrupulous advertisers may even try to convince you of that. But the reality is, it is simply untrue.
Laser hair removal is a procedure that should be performed only by trained, qualified professionals. If you are considering this procedure for yourself, it is vital that you do your research before booking anywhere. The first places you should be investigating are not spas and strip malls — it’s doctor’s offices.
The American Academy of Dermatology is very clear on this: “These procedures may be offered in informal settings such as shopping malls, spas and walk-in clinics, but it’s important for patients to choose an experienced health care provider. Treatments should be performed by or under the direct supervision of a dermatologist or other physician who has appropriate training and expertise.”
At the Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Center of South Texas, laser hair removal is just one of the services we offer our clients and patients. As a respected and accredited medical facility with a highly trained staff, we are here to give you the best possible services and procedures that you can trust.
Lasers are tools that are only as safe as the people who wield them, and that is why we make sure the professionals in our office have received only the best training to get you the results that you want. Bad or incomplete training can result in scars, burns and other disfiguring skin problems. Our medical professionals work hard to prevent any such problems, leaving you with only the smooth skin that you desire.
The procedure itself is relatively painless. What little pain there is can be compared the snapping of a rubber band, and some people feel nothing at all. In fact, no topical anesthesia is even needed.
Our lasers concentrate energy to the area of the body where you want hair removed. The laser penetrates the skin to get right to the root of the hair follicle and kills it, so it no longer produces hair. It is important to remember that hair grows in cycles, so repeated treatments will be necessary to kill all the follicles. The average person will need three to five treatments per area. The actual number of treatments you need may vary, depending on your skin, the texture of the hair being removed, and other details that your doctor will discuss with you. It is also advisable to only do a small area at a time, as larger areas will require more treatments.
Trust your procedure — and your skin — to the professionals here at the Plastic and Cosmetic Center of South Texas in San Antonio. Call today to make an appointment to talk about laser hair removal or any other procedure that you may be considering.