Laser technology is an exciting field that has become more powerful and more advanced, yet safer than ever before. At Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center, we offer the latest in laser treatments. Our providers at PD&CC, both in Seattle and Renton, have advanced training and extensive expertise in lasers. Cosmetic dermatology is an ever-changing field and our physicians attend and speak at national laser and surgical meetings every year to stay on top of the most recent advances.
Lasers are the non-surgical option to treat many conditions such as face and body aging, sun damage, skin conditions, and even fat reduction. The number of new lasers and new treatments can be overwhelming and it may be difficult to know which options are best for you. With a complete laser suite and abilities to perform both surgical and non-surgical rejuvenation, one of our providers will customize your treatment plan to achieve the results that you desire.
We believe that laser treatments are medical procedures. All major lasers, including Fraxel® and Fractional CO2, are performed by Dr. Reichel. Hair removal treatment, V-beam, IPL Photofacial, Ultherapy, and Liposonix may be performed by our nurse and laser specialist, Cheryl Hardy. Dr. Reichel will be on site at all times to supervise every treatment.
We take pride in providing the best quality care to our patients and your satisfaction is extremely important to us. We invite you in for a cosmetic consultation today. Please call (206) 859-5777 to schedule your appointment.
Laser Hair Removal / Lightsheer DUET
At Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center, we utilize the Lightsheer DUET system for permanent hair removal. Currently, there are a number of hair removal devices on the market. Studies have shown that the Lightsheer DUET diode laser for hair removal is safe and effective, but is much less uncomfortable due to its integrated vacuum-assist technology. Also, unlike many hair removal lasers, we are even able to treat patients with dark skin safely and effectively.
Laser Hair Removal Benefits?
Permanent reduction of unwanted darkly colored hairs. Because the Lightsheer DUET targets pigment in the hair follicle, light or white colored hairs do not respond well to treatment. Lightsheer DUET laser hair removal is an excellent treatment for ingrown hairs in the beard and bikini areas.
How It Works
The Lightsheer DUET system utilizes an 800nm diode laser to treat the skin. A dramatically increased 22mm x 35 mm spot size with integrated vacuum-assist technology enhances light absorption improving treatment comfort. No topical anesthetic is required and no treatment gel is used during high speed treatment, which in turn reduces treatment times up to 75%.
What Can I Expect?
At your initial consultation, one of our providers or experienced laser nurses will determine the best treatment plan for your desired results. Depending on the treatment area and skin color, we usually recommend repeat treatments 3-6 weeks apart. With each session, there will be decreased hair growth and density.
It's extremely important to not be tan (including artificial tans), as this may interfere with the hair removal procedure. No anesthesia is necessary, although we will ensure that you are comfortable during your treatment. The handpiece will send a beam of light through your skin as you feel the vacuum-assist suction from the handpiece. A flashing light, an audible tone, and a mild sensation on the skin will tell you when the handpiece is being pulsed.
Immediately after treatment, you can expect a mild sunburn-like sensation and possibly some minor swelling. This usually lasts 2-24 hours, and can be soothed with cool compressed or ice packs. The treated hair will continue to appear for 7-30 days post-treatment. This is not new hair growth, but the treated hairs being expelled from the skin. At any given time, some of your hair is not in an active growth phase. Therefore, you will need more than one treatment to affect the growth of all your unwanted hair. Typically, several treatments will be necessary to achieve permanent hair reduction.