(PRWEB) April 9, 2005
Raleigh Laser Hair Removal expert and board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Law Provides guidelines to consumers for choosing the appropriate Laser Hair Removal system and clinic.
Laser hair removal has come a long way since the first laser for hair removal received FDA clearance in the mid 1990Âs. Older generation lasers were very slow, very painful and worked only on individuals with very dark hair and very light skin. Today, lasers can work on all skin colors. Laser Hair removal is now safer, faster, more comfortable and more affordable than ever before. When determining where to have laser hair removal performed, consider the following:
Many laser hair removal centers today operate without a physician. It is important to be certain that a board certified physician owns and operates the facility and is available in case of a concern. To determine whether or not a physician is board certified, go to http://www.abms.org. Board certified plastic surgeons can be found at http://www.plasticsurgery.org
-Topical Numbing Preparations
These drugs are designed to help make laser treatments more comfortable but are totally unnecessary if using a laser with a DCD cooling system. If a patient uses a laser that requires topical numbing with a cream, he or she should be aware of all possible complications and contraindications in order to make an informed decision. In high concentrations, when used inappropriately, these drugs can be very dangerous.
Each laser has a different way of cooling the skin. Some lasers use a topical cooling gel, others use a chilled tip. The most consistent, comfortable and safest way to cool the skin is with a Dynamic Cooling Device or DCD. Lasers that cool the skin using a DCD are very comfortable and there is no need for topical numbing preparations
The spot size of a laser determines how much skin area can be covered per laser pulse. Lasers with larger spot sizes (18 mm) can cover more area much more quickly. For example, a laser hair removal treatment of the back or full legs could take as long as 2 hours with older lasers. Today, these areas can be completely treated in less than 20 minutes. The spot size not only determines the speed and comfort of the treatment, but the efficacy as well. The 18 mm spot size has been shown in studies to be more effective at removing hair than smaller spot sizes.
Laser Hair Removal works on hair while it is in the growth phase only. At any given time, between 20% to 40% of the hair on any face or body area may be in a growth phase. Multiple treatments are required for complete clearance of the hair. However, each person may respond slightly differently. Laser hair removal centers should charge for just one treatment at a time. A reputable medical office or medical spa offering laser hair removal will offer individual treatments and not insist on payment of multiple treatments up front.
Because lasers for hair removal are much faster today than ever before, prices should be lower as well. An office offering laser hair removal can charge less for a laser hair removal treatment of the legs taking just 20 minutes vs. a 2 hour treatment with an older generation laser. Avoid centers offering ÂspecialsÂ on treatment packages, particularly if there is pressure to buy because a "special" is set to expire.
A complimentary consultation should be available for you to visit the facility, meet the laser technician and experience a spot test with the laser.
Staff members at a laser hair removal center should be able to answer questions not just about the laser they use, but about all lasers available for hair removal.
Blue Water Spa is a Plastic Surgery Medical Spa owned and operated by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Law.
Dr. Law is the only solo practice plastic surgeon voted among the best in North Carolina 2003 and 2004. He has been featured in many national magazines and interviewed for news programs, but he has declined invitations to participate in plastic surgery reality television programs.
Kile Law, president of Blue Water Spa was recently appointed to the 2005 board of directors for the National Day Spa Association http://www.dayspaassocation.com. She is one of nine individuals nationwide chosen for this prestigious position. Kile is the winner of the 2004 ABBIE Award for best article in a professional skin care journal. Blue Water Spa has been featured in cover articles of many national magazines and spa publications such as the Medical Spa Report http://www.medicalspareport.com.
For more information, go to http://www.bluewaterspa.com or call (919)870-6066
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