Laser Hair Removal
Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
Megan, I am a 34 year old female and have recently been diagnosed with hidradenitis suppurativa. Can laser hair removal help with my condition? -E
Thank you for asking Megan Larson, one of our wonderful PA-C’s at Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center in Renton about Hidradenitis Supurativa and laser hair removal.
Here is Megan’s answer:
Yes, laser hair removal can be helpful for many patients with this condition. We use either Intense Pulse Light (IPL) or the LightSheer Duet Diode laser. It takes a series of treatment sessions, and should be used in combination with other forms of treatments.
Hidradenitis suppurativa, or acne inversa, is a chronic inflammatory condition that causes painful bumps and nodules in areas that rub, like the armpits and groin. This condition affects mostly women between puberty and 40-years-old, and about 1-4% of the population has it. The bumps and nodules can become swollen and painful, can become inflamed and leak pus, and can lead to scarring and disfigurement. As one can imagine, this condition can cause significant psychological distress and can affect people’s self-esteem and the way they interact with others. There are many treatments for hidradenitis suppurativa, and some people are able to attain full clearance while others suffer a more chronic and relapsing course. A few of the treatment options include topical medications, oral medications, injections, surgery, and lasers. At Pacific Dermatology and Cosmetic Center in NorthGate Seattle, or in Renton, we do everything we can to try and help our patients achieve full clearance and maintain it. We tailor our treatment plans to the needs of the individual patient, and will work with them to attain their optimal result.
Megan Larson, PA-C
Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center, Renton
Monday, July 9th, 2012
LightSheer® DUET™ Laser Hair Removal Becoming Go-To Summer Treatment, Reports Dr. Jennifer Reichel
Founder and director of Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center, Dr. Jennifer Reichel, is seeing a growing number of patients “prepping for summer” with laser hair removal.
Prominent dermatologist, Dr. Jennifer Reichel, is seeing a significant new trend at her thriving Seattle practice: more patients choosing laser hair removal for summertime. Utilizing the “gold standard” in permanent hair reduction, Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center offers the cutting-edge LightSheer® DUET™ laser.
“Summer is the time we’re hitting the pool, wearing lighter clothing, and out and about for the world to see,” explains Dr. Reichel. “It’s no surprise that laser hair removal would see such a boom this time of year.” Unlike older hair-removal methods like waxing and depilatories, laser hair removal uses special light energy to permanently reduce hair.
“And, since it is summer, patients are looking to treat areas that will be visible at the pool and the beach,” notes Dr. Reichel. “This includes the underarms, the bikini area and the legs.” Other common sites for laser hair removal include the face, the neck, the arms and the back.
Asked to speculate on the particular popularity of the LightSheer DUET, Dr. Reichel offered a few possibilities. “For one, the DUET uses a special vacuum technology that gently draws the skin into the handpiece, making the procedure more efficient for all skin types,” explains Dr. Reichel. “Moreover, the DUET completely eliminates the need for topical anesthetics and messy gels.”
When asked about the future of laser hair removal, Dr. Reichel was optimistic. “Unwanted hair doesn’t just look unattractive, but it can affect a person’s confidence and self esteem,” explains Dr. Reichel. “Now, we have the technology to remove and permanently reduce that hair quickly, easily and comfortably. I can only predict the LightSheer DUET growing even more popular going forward.”
About Dr. Reichel
Dr. Jennifer Reichel is the founder and director of Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center in Seattle. As a board certified dermatologist, Dr. Reichel has advanced fellowship training in Mohs micrographic skin cancer surgery, liposuction, facial rejuvenation, eyelid lifts, BOTOX®, tissue fillers and lasers. Dr. Reichel is also fully trained in leg vein treatment.
After attending the University of Colorado for both her undergraduate degree and her doctorate of medicine, she then underwent residency training in dermatology at the University of Washington. This was followed by a postgraduate fellowship in Mohs micrographic skin cancer surgery and cosmetic surgery.
Dr. Reichel is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), The American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS), the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS), the Women’s Dermatologic Society (WDS), and the Seattle and Washington Dermatologic Societies.
Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center can be reached at 206-859-5777 or http://www.pacificdermcenter.com/
Tuesday, January 24th, 2012
The new LightSheer “DUET” is here! The Duet is the most exciting innovation in laser hair removal since LightSheer first revolutionized the industry in 1998. DUET is high speed (upto 75% faster) and much more comfortable for you.
LightSheer DUET Diode Laser is the world’s most advanced treatment for effective removal of unwanted hair. Great news for men and women who want to get rid of excess hair. The LightSheer diode laser is a state of the art system specially designed to remove unwanted hair faster, with less discomfort and more reliably than other methods.
Previously, laser hair removal of large areas such as a man’s back or a woman’s legs was a drawn out and painful experience. With the Duet the treatments are reduced from 2 hours to 20 or 30 minutes and the discomfort is minimal. Generally you need an average of 6-8 treatments approximately 6 weeks apart to achieve your desired results. So ladies, now is the time to rid your underarms, bikini-area & legs of that unwanted hair just in time for summer! Gentlemen, lets not leave you out, have that smooth chest & back you've always wanted or rid your neck of those pesky unwanted ingrown hairs. Call us today for your laser hair removal needs.
Call Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center today, 206.859.5777, and schedule your consultation with one of our highly trained physicians.
Tuesday, January 17th, 2012
Laser hair removal is a cosmetic procedure to remove facial and body hair. The laser's intense heat disables the part of the hair that produces new growth (follicle). Long-term hair removal is often possible with multiple treatments.
Why choose Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center
- Experience. PDCC specialists perform hundreds of laser hair removal treatments each year.
- Expertise. At PDCC, laser hair removalis performed by board-certified physician assistants and certified aestheticians specially trained in cosmetic surgery.
- Advanced technology. Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center uses the safest and most advanced laser hair-removal system available, the Lightsheer DUET.
- Time for you. Your PDCC specialists take time to discuss options and answer your questions about laser hair removal.
- Efficient care. At Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center, your appointments are coordinated, so you usually can complete your evaluation and treatment in a few days. Contact us today for your cosmetic consultation, 206.859.5777.
We have these two amazing products....Latisse for longer lashes & Lightsheer DUET for laser hair removal
Sunday, January 8th, 2012
Sunday, January 8th, 2012
Thursday, August 25th, 2011
I have two issues with my underarms; I don't like having to shave my underarm hair and I sweat excessively. I'd like to have both of these treatments done at the same visit. Is that possible?
Yes you can do the laser hair removal in the same time period as botox for sweating, however I wouldn't do them on the same day. We don't have research data that I know of, but it seems that the inflammation from the laser may cause the botox protein to bind less effectively - which means you could have a reduced response to the botox and need to get treatment for your sweating sooner. So, unless you have other reasons (travel time, or difficulty with 2 separate appointments), I would favor spacing the treatments out by 1-3 weeks. Thank you for your question. Dr. Jennifer Reichel