Laser Hair Removal

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Do you have unwanted facial and body hair? Do you have unwanted facial blemishes such as Rosacea, facial veins, or benign pigmented lesions from aging and sun exposure? Well, thanks to laser hair removal you do not have to live with these anymore.

Palomar has developed a pulsed light treatment to remove these imperfections and Dr. Karen has brought it to the Winchester area. Hair can be removed from any body surface, in any skin type. The only prerequisite is that the hair has color. (No blonde or white hair). Dr. Karen now has a new more powerful State of the Art machine. Cooling is incorporated in the hand piece so the technique is much more comfortable, quicker and more variable to treat a wider variety of skin types, hair and pigment issues. The technology has advances to treat in a more efficient way and get better results… QUICKER!

Treatments do not require anesthesia and take only minutes to complete. For instance, a man’s back can be treated in less than 30 minutes. Patients can resume their normal activities as soon as the treatment is finished. A mild sunburn type feeling is all that is experienced afterward. The light pulse actually feels like the snapping of a rubber band. Patients tolerate the procedure well and enjoying the rest of the day immediately after the treatment.

Consult / Treatment

After scheduling a consult appointment our facial plastic coordinator or our physicians assistant will spend time discussing the IPL treatment and review possible exclusion criteria. Once this is completed and a problem area is identified, Dr. Karen or one of his trained laser technicians, will meet you and address your concerns.

Once it is agreed upon what needs to be treated, (hair, vascular, pigment lesions) an appointment will be arranged to perform the IPL treatment. (It is possible to treat the same day in certain circumstances.)

After cooling the skin with a refreshing ice roller, the wand that emits light is placed in the desired location.  A rubber band like snap is felt as the light is emitted on the skin.

The skin region is cooled with an iced roller and the next adjacent region is treated. The procedure is as short as 1-2 minutes or as long as an hour or more, depending on the area being treated. A mild sunburn like feeling is felt for a while after the procedure. Normal everyday activities can be performed after the treatment.

Results

Results are not immediate. Four to eight treatments scheduled one month apart are needed to remove hair. There are 4 stages of hair growth and each stage must be treated to permanently remove hair.

Two or more treatments are needed to treat vascular facial lesions as well as benign pigmented lesions, depending on size,  location and severity. Individual results vary and therefore, Plastic surgeon Dr. Karen in Virginia and his trained laser technicians will determine the actual amount of treatments. However, after completing the needed protocol, your imperfections will be gone.

Risks

After being declared a candidate for the treatment (passing the exclusion criteria) and undergoing the treatment, potential risks are minor and few. Illustrated above mild burning and redness can accompany the procedure. If present these effects will usually subside in less than 24 hours. Rarely, the skin can blister. If this occurs, a topical antibiotic ointment will heal the area without any consequence. Proper patient selection assures successful outcomes.

Our practice serves consumers from the following areas of : Washington DC, and the cities of Virginia like Winchester, Frederick County, Clarke County including Berryville, Warren County including Front Royal, Shenandoah County including Strasburg and Woodstock and Northern Virginia including Landsdowne, Leesburg, Purcellville, Ashburn, Manassas, Alexandria, Arlington, Manassas, Landsdowne, Leesburg ,Loudon, Purcellville, Reston, Stafford, Sterling, Fairfax, Vienna, and Woodbridge. This also includes cities in Maryland such as  Chevy Chase,  Bethesda , Silver Spring,  MD and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia including Martinsburg and Charles Town.