Lasers are now used for many cosmetic purposes, but one of the most common laser procedures in cosmetic medicine is laser hair reduction. Laser Hair reduction is the third most common non-surgical cosmetic procedure, second only to Botox and Dermal fillers. Patients are highly satisfied with the results of this laser procedure. In fact, patients on Real Self.com give the procedure a 92% Worth It rating.
Dr. Nicole Norris of Nicole Norris MD Medical Spa in Peru has been performing Laser Hair reduction for the last four years and agrees it is one of her medical spa’s most popular procedures. She says “Laser hair reduction is very satisfying and makes our patients very happy. We treat men and women of all ages. Laser hair reduction is most successful for those with lighter skin and dark coarse hair, although darker skin types can be treated with a longer series of treatments. The number one question we ask when patients call to schedule laser hair reduction is ‘what color is the hair?’ Laser hair reduction is amazingly effective on dark coarse hair, but it does not work well on white, blonde, red or grey hair.”
When asked what areas of the body are the most commonly treated, Dr. Norris’ nurse, Tamara Smith, RN told us, “Laser hair reduction of the face and jaw line is probably the most common in women and the back and chest most common in men. We also offer laser hair reduction for the neck, arms, underarms, bikini area, hands, and legs. The number of treatments needed depends on the patient’s genetics and desired reduction. Most patients will do a series of 4-8 treatments every 4-8 weeks depending on the area of the body. Hair grows faster on the face and neck and slower on the arms, legs, and bikini area. After the initial series of 4-8 treatments, it is not uncommon for a patient to come back for an annual maintenance session.”
We also wanted to know what it feels like, how long it lasts, and if there is any downtime. Dr. Norris’ licensed esthetician, Kelsey Thrush, who assists with the procedure answered, “It feels like warm rubber band snaps and there is no downtime. We use the most powerful laser hair reduction system available, so the treatment is very fast and effective. The handpiece has a freezer system so the hand piece feels cool on the skin. We also utilize a stainless-steel roller or a machine that blows cold air to cool the skin during and after the procedure. Most patients say it is very tolerable and not as uncomfortable as being waxed. It is permanent hair reduction, but if there is some hair that grows back it is usually finer and less noticeable.”
Dr. Norris also added, “In my office laser hair reduction is very safe because we do laser test spots before doing the first treatment. We also pay close attention to any changes in the color of the skin during the treatment series with a device that measures pigment in the skin. That device helps us to adjust the laser energy, so complications are avoided.”
If you want to reduce the time and money that you spend shaving or waxing, start your own series of Laser hair treatments this month! Call Nicole Norris MD Medical Spa for your Laser Hair Consultation. If you do your consultation in October 2020 and start treatment on one area, you will get the opportunity to treat a second area of equal or lesser value 50% off! Call 815-780-8264 to schedule your appointment.