Laser Hair Removal

In Chicago

PROCEDURE TIME
4-6 HOURS
RECOVERY TIME
12-21 DAYS

Are you tired of the endless cycle of shaving, tweezing, and waxing to remove unwanted hair? You're not alone. Many in Chicago have turned to Impressions Face + Body Clinic for a lasting solution. Our team specializes in laser hair removal, offering an escape from the irritations of ingrown hairs and unsightly bumps, ensuring smooth, flawless skin.

Laser Hair Removal in Chicago

Laser hair removal is more than just a treatment; it's a lifestyle change. It has become the go-to option for hair reduction, acclaimed globally as the top energy-based aesthetic procedure for both men and women. At Impressions Face + Body, we understand the importance of this decision and are here to guide you through each step, ensuring a comfortable, effective experience that leaves you with the long-lasting results you've been seeking.

What is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is a procedure targeting the melanin pigment within hair follicles. Melanin, the pigment that gives hair its color, is the primary focus of the laser. However, this pigment is only accessible during certain stages of the hair's growth cycle. Since not all hairs are in the same growth phase at any given time, multiple treatments are often necessary to effectively target all hairs in a particular area.

The challenge with laser hair removal is that melanin is also present in the skin, especially in individuals with darker skin tones or those who have recently tanned. This overlap can pose risks, but advancements in technology have led to the development of newer generation lasers. These modern lasers are designed to selectively target hair melanin while bypassing the melanin in the skin. This makes the treatment safer and effective for individuals of all skin types, reducing the risk of skin damage

Chicago’s Trusted Laser Hair Removal Specialists

Led by Dr. Dayan, Impressions Face + Body's non-surgical team combines decades of experience with unmatched expertise in every patient interaction. We excel across all types of procedures and treatment plans, ensuring not just smooth, bump-free skin, but also a fulfilling experience at every stage – from the initial consultation to achieving long-term results.

Michelle M. Ruffino, MS, PA-C

Michelle M. Ruffino, a certified Physician Assistant and esteemed member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, has established herself as a leader in aesthetic medicine. With a Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Medicine from Augustana College and a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Rosalind Franklin University/The Chicago Medical School (2003), her educational foundation is robust.

Renowned as an injection specialist, Michelle's expertise extends beyond patient care to encompass clinical research and educational initiatives for medical students and Physician Assistants. She plays a crucial role in training professionals across the country, significantly contributing to the advancement of aesthetic medicine

SELIKA GUTIERREZ-BORST, MS RN

Selika Gutierrez-Borst, MS, RN, with a Nurse Practitioner degree from North Park University, brings over 24 years of diverse clinical experience to our laser hair removal team at Impressions Face + Body. Her expertise spans Aesthetic Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Adult Clinical Psychiatry, reflecting a deep commitment to the overall well-being of her patients. Having transitioned into aesthetic medicine 11 years ago, Selika combines her extensive knowledge and attention to detail with a compassionate approach that earns the respect and trust of her patients. She is proficient in all non-surgical procedures offered at our clinic, including being CoolSculpting certified, and collaborates closely with Dr. Steven Dayan in both clinical practice and research. Selika's meticulousness in aesthetic treatments ensures the highest level of patient care, making her an invaluable asset to our team.

What to Expect During Your Laser Hair Removal

Preparing for Your Laser Hair Removal Treatment

To ensure the best results from your laser hair removal treatment, we recommend following these preparation tips: avoid waxing or tweezing the area to be treated before your appointment; however, it is beneficial to shave the area beforehand. This helps the laser target the hair follicles more effectively. Refrain from tanning both before and after your treatment, as tanning can increase skin sensitivity and affect the efficacy of the laser. Avoid applying creams, ointments, or gels with harsh chemicals on the treatment area for a few days following your appointment, as these can irritate the skin. Finally, it's important to stay out of direct sunlight for at least three days before your treatment to protect your skin and ensure optimal results.

During Your Laser Hair Removal Treatment

Using laser energy, this system is able to reach deep into the hair follicle to target the melanin and achieve permanent hair reduction. Laser hair reduction is non-invasive and a cooling mechanism is used that can keep patient discomfort to a bare minimum. Because laser hair technology is able to specifically target the follicle itself, the tissues around the affected area are left unharmed. It can be a safe and effective way of removing unwanted hair with virtually no downtime needed after treatment.

Unfortunately, it is impossible to get rid of all hair growth or stunt it completely through just one hair removal session. Due to the fact that hair grows in various cycles at different times, it is very difficult to target each and every follicle or stop more from growing. While laser hair removal treatment will target hairs grown on your body, it is important to take into account that there are other follicles underneath the skin about to sprout new hairs. Optimal results of laser hair removal happen after several treatments, targeting each hair follicle during its optimal timing.

Laser Hair Removal Treatment Aftercare & Recovery

There is generally very little downtime associated with laser hair reduction and most patients can return to their normal activities right away. Some temporary swelling or reddening may occur which usually clears up within a few days. Sun exposure will need to be limited for a period of time.

In any laser treatment, the skin has the potential to experience minimal discoloration. Those who tan frequently and have darker skin are at more risk of skin color changes after laser hair removal. Speak with your specialist to express any concerns regarding skin discoloration and allow them to assess your skin’s risk of being affected. There are various treatments and remedies to correct any discoloration if you experience it.

Am I a Good Candidate for Laser Hair Removal?

If you're seeking a long-term solution for unwanted hair in specific areas, Impressions Face + Body offers laser hair removal as an ideal choice. This method ensures smooth, clear, and hair-free skin. Our expert technicians are dedicated to enhancing your confidence with outstanding and radiant results.

If laser hair removal isn’t a good fit for you, waxing is an excellent alternative for longer term hair removal than tediously shaving or tweezing! For the best results of hair-free, silky skin, we recommend waxing every 4 or 5 weeks. The more a patient waxes, the easier it becomes to remove unwanted hair and the more resilient their skin will become.

How Much Does Laser Hair Removal Cost?
The cost of laser hair removal varies significantly depending on the size of the area being treated. Contact Impressions Face + Body for an accurate estimate.
Is Hair Loss Permanent?
Some current research is suggesting that in properly selected and treated patients, the hair loss may be permanent. However, long-term studies are pending. Until permanent hair loss can be proven scientifically, the it has limited companies to declaring that lasers can achieve “permanent hair reduction.”
Is Laser Hair Removal Painful?
Each patient’s laser hair removal and the amount of discomfort they are in varies. This usually depends on how sensitive to pain a patient is. Some describe any pain or discomfort as a pinprick sensation, and others feel discomfort a bit more intensely. That being said, in no way is the discomfort of laser hair removal too painful to endure. Most patients that undergo this treatment often report that the pain of hair removal therapy is far less painful when compared to waxing.
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