Laser Hair Removal
At Des Moines Plastic Surgery, we offer a full line of laser services using the latest in laser technology under the direct supervision of Dr. Robbins, board certified plastic surgeon. We understand that not all patients desire cosmetic surgery. So, we offer a wide scope of laser services within Des Moines Plastic Surgery which allows Dr. Robbins to select the most appropriate and effective treatment for each and every patient. For a complete evaluation and discussion about our Laser Center, please call us for your complimentary cosmetic consultation at (515) 221-9999.
Lasers have improved our ability to treat skin conditions and improve the appearance of the skin. Dr. Robbins is a board certified plastic surgeon and is the Medical Director of The Laser Center at Des Moines Plastic Surgery. We offer the latest technology in laser treatments. All lasers are either performed by Dr Robbins himself or one of his highly qualified staff members. Unlike many other “laser centers” that do not have an onsite supervising physician, at Des Moines Plastic surgery your comfort and safety is of the utmost importance.
Permanent reduction of unwanted hair has become one of the most popular nonsurgical procedures performed at The Laser Center of Des Moines Plastic Surgery. The most common areas treated include the upper lip, cheeks, chin, neck, chest, legs, back, and bikini area. The cost for laser hair reduction is dependent on the area of the body being treated. Please call for a quote over the phone or for a free consultation. You may also email us at info@dsmplastic surgery or click here. See our "Specials" page for any current Laser Hair Reduction promotions.
HIGHSPEED LASER HAIR REMOVAL
Using the LightSheer Duet
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The LightSheer 800 nm diode lasers were introduced in 1998 and have long been considered the ‘gold standard’ in terms of permanent hair reduction. It is important to note that the sole purpose and engineering of the LightSheet Duet is for laser hair reduction. It is a medical device and should not be confused with the Pulsed Dye, IPL, or BBL that uses radiofrequency which are not specialized for hair removal.
The Laser Center at Des Moines Plastic Surgery uses the LightSheer Duet which offers a revolutionizing approach to laser hair removal. Laser hair removal, a popular solution for unwanted body hair, has been limited in the past by the patient’s need to invest valuable time and accept treatment discomfort to achieve desired results. These limitations can be significant when treating larger body areas such as shoulders, back, chest or legs. At The Laser Center we have radically changed the patient experience of laser hair removal. The High Speed LightSheer with its dramatically increased spot size of 22 mm x 35 mm combined with innovative vacuum-assist technology enables us to treat larger areas such as the back and legs comfortably in about 15-20 minutes, without topical anesthetics and treatment gels.
ET Handpiece HS Handpiece
This laser provides permanent hair reduction on most skin types. It delivers an intense but gentle burst of light to the targeted area. The laser is attracted to the pigment in the hair follicle so the darker the hair being treated means better results. It is important to avoid sun exposure to the treated area approximately 4-6 weeks prior to treatment and during your treatments.
What you can expect from Lumenis LightSheer Duet?
The treatment requires no topical anesthetic cream. The laser has a patented cooling system to offer you comfort during the procedure using the smaller ET handpiece. When using the larger HS handpiece on large body areas the vacuum-assisted technology allows for more comfort as well. You may experience a warm or tingling sensation during the treatment or what feels like the flick of a rubberband on your skin. Dark, coarse hair responds best to treatment. It is important to treat the area during the hair growth cycle. Treatments are recommended every 4-8 weeks. Lumenis has revolutionized the Gold Standard LightSheer with vacuum-assist technology and by dramatically increasing the spot size to 22 x 35 mm. The LightSheer enables us to treat backs and legs comfortably in only 15 to 20 minutes with no topical anesthetic. Treatment times are decreased by 75% compared to other laser systems. The Laser Center at Des Moines Plastic Surgery is the only plastic surgery practice in Des Moines that owns the Lumenis Light Sheer Duet Hair removal laser which is considered the "gold standard" of laser hair removal systems. We have the LightSheer ET handpiece with ChillTip™ continuous contact cooling for treatment of facial hair, bikini area, and underarms. The Laser Center also has the NEW LightSheer HS handpiece which is the largest spot size (treatment head) with an integrated vacuum-assisted technology for nearly painless, rapid treatment of large areas such as the legs and back. There is no better or faster technology on the market today. The Laser Center at Des Moines Plastic Surgery offers you the best and most advanced treatment options on the market today for laser hair removal.
Q: How does the LightSheer Duet Laser System work?
A: The system emits a near-infrared laser light that is absorbed by the pigment located in the hair follicle. The laser is pulsed, or turned on, for only a fraction of a second. The duration of each pulse is just long enough to damage the follicle, while the system's unique, patented contact-cooling handpiece, the ChillTip, helps protect the skin by conductive cooling during the laser energy delivery.
Averaged throughout the treatments, a 15-20% reduction is received during each session. Post treatment reactions vary depending on the coarseness, density, and color of the hair and area being treated. Hair grows in three distinct stages in the follicle. The active growth stage is the Anagen stage. The next stage of growth is the dormant stage which is called the Catagen stage. The last stage of growth is call the Telogen stage which is when the hair follicle is shedding or falling out. The laser works on the hair follice when it is in the growth or Anagen stage. That is why seveal treatments are needed in order to see permanent hair reduction.
Q: What advantages does the LightSheer have over other laser hair removal systems?
A: The LightSheer Diode Laser System was designed from the ground up for laser hair removal, making it the standard in the industry. This is why Dr. Robbins purchased this laser. Lumenis has been in the business of making medical and cosmetic lasers for more than 30 years. The LightSheer Duet was specifically designed for permanent hair reduction. That is all it is used for which is different from other laser hair reduction machines which claim to do several other "laser" type treatments. (i.e. skin tightening, skin rejuvenation, broken capularies, etc.)
Q: Why should I use the LightSheer Laser System at Des Moines Plastic Surgery rather than other lasers at other clinics?
A: The LightSheer Duet Laser System's design provides for enhanced comfort during treatment, minimal risk of infection, speed and accuracy. Since the system uses a unique cooling handpiece, it minimizes skin irritation that other methods may create. Since it is non-invasive (no needles to penetrate the skin), the risk of introducing bacteria into the skin is reduced. Because the system is fast, it allows for larger areas to be treated, considerably increasing the efficiency of the hair removal process. Finally, the LightSheer Duet Laser is a precise instrument that can be adjusted to damage only the hair follicle while minimally affecting the surrounding skin.
Q: Does the LightSheer work on different skin colors or hair colors?
A: The LightSheer Duet laser system safely and effectively treats all skin types. For darker skin types, appropriate laser settings are adjusted to prevent damage to the skin. It does take longer per treatment time to treat darker skin types. Using the appropriate treatment parameters, however, people with all skin types can benefit from laser hair removal with the LightSheer Duet. It is extremely important for the treated area to not be in the sun or tanned during your treatments. It get the most effective treatment possible and avoid complications we ask that you avoid sun exposure, real or artificial including self tanners. We will ask that you use a 30-45 SPF and to cover the area being treated.
There is not ONE laser that works on white, red, or gray hair. The laser is more effective if the hair is dark and coarse because the laser is attracted to the melanin/pigmentation of the hair.
To determine what skin type you are, the Fitzpatrick Classification Scale is often used. See below. The LightSheer Duet works on all Skin Types. Please be aware that if you are a Skin Type IV, V, or VI, there is a point when the hairs become too light and fine and there is no longer a difference between the hair and the skin color to see continued results.
Fitzpatrick Classification Scale
For more informationon assessing your Fitzpatrick Skin Type please see the Skin Cancer Foundation website.
Q: Are the Results Permanent?
A: The LightSheer laser has been cleared by the FDA for hair removal and permanent hair reduction on all skin types. To achieve a satisfactory level of clearance, 6 to 8 treatments are typically required 6 to 8 weeks apart. No laser has received FDA clearance for a claim of permanent hair removal. However, the LightSheer Duet was the first to be cleared by the FDA for permanent hair reduction. That is defined by the FDA as 85% or greater hair reduction. After 6 to 8 treatments, there may be fine and lighter colored hairs that do not respond to laser treatments. Also, months or years after your last treatment you may see new hair growth. This may be caused by stress, pregnancy, allergies, medications, menopause, etc. More treatments will be needed in order to treat that new hair growth.
Q: How do I prepare for a laser hair reduction treatment?
A: Before coming in for a treatment all hair must be shaved to the skin. A $25 shave charge will be assessed each time the laser technician has to shave the area. The hairs must be shaved because the heat of the laser is directed to the hair in the follicle which then effectively disables the root.
You must refrain from tweezing, threading, sugaring, and waxing a minimum of 2 weeks before a laser hair reduction treatment on the face. If you are doing any other parts of the body, a minimum of 4 weeks is required. If it is your first treatment on a large area of the body we may ask you to leave a 1 in by 1 in patch of the most dense area of the hair so we can assess coarseness and color of the hair. During the laser hair reduction treatments you cannot tweeze or wax the treatment area. You may shave the area as often as needed though. For the best results and for your safety we ask that you keep your skin as light as possilble which means refrain from sun exposure (includes self tanners, artificial tanning, and sun tanning) to the treatment area and use 30-45 SPF lotion or greater.
Q: What areas of the body does Des Moines Plastic Surgery do Laser Hair Removal?
Laser Hair Reduction treatment can be done on virually any area of the body that has hair. Below is a list of areas of the body where Laser Hair Reduction treatments are done at Des Moines Plastic Surgery.
Upper Lip, chin, ears, unibrow, hands, feet, sideburns, navel/trail, breast/areola only, female chest, cheeks.
Front of neck, back of neck, shoulders, upper lip & chin, standard bikini, forearms, lower back, upper back, underarms.
Full back, full male chest, full arm, brazilian bikini, buttocks, lower leg, full leg, upper thighs, abdomen, full face.