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Laser Hair Removal Grows in Popularity

Dr. Patrick Flaharty, M.D., Azul Cosmetic Surgery and Medical Spa

Dr. Patrick Flaharty, M.D.

Laser hair removal has grown to become the third most popular minimally invasive cosmetic procedure performed in the United States, behind Botox® and dermal fillers.

People in warm climates, like ours in Florida, are concerned with body hair year round, but a smooth bikini line and hair-free backs are becoming the trend nation-wide.  There were more than a million laser hair removal procedures performed in 2012, which was a 52 percent increase during the past 12 years.  Indeed the procedure is gaining in popularity.

Laser hair removal is done with a contact hand piece.  The light energy is delivered to the skin in pulses.  That energy is absorbed by the pigment (melanin) into the hair follicle, and destroys the bulb.  Only active, growing hairs respond to the laser, and as such, a series of treatments are required because not all hair is in a growth phase at one time.

The Vectus™ 800 Laser Hair Removal System from Cynosure is the latest in hair removal technology.  As the first instrument of it’s kind in Southwest Florida, Vecuts makes hair removal much quicker with less discomfort for patients.

Vectus™ Laser uses optimized technology to provide fast, uniform, permanent hair reduction for the widest range of skin and hair types without sacrificing comfort.  Featuring the largest spot size and most uniform beam profile available, the Vectus™ laser allows providers to quickly treat unwanted hair, even in the largest areas such as a back, in less than five minutes.

A million laser hair removal procedures were performed in 2012, which was a 52 percent increase during the past 12 years.

A million laser hair removal procedures were performed in 2012, which was a 52 percent increase during the past 12 years.

Sapphire treatment tips with Advanced Contact CoolingSM help protect the epidermis and maintain clients’ comfort throughout treatment, while Photon RecyclingSM and the uniform beam profile allow for the most thorough coagulation of hair follicles, reducing the need for multiple, overlapping passes.  The Vectus™ Laser features the integrated Skintel™ Melanin Reader™, the only FDA-cleared melanin reader, helping providers to more safely offer optimized hair-removal treatments tailored to each client’s skin type, lifestyle and ethnicity.

The hair follicles that are destroyed are gone for good, but about 10 percent of the hair will not be eliminated.  However, hair that regrows is fine and lighter than it previously was.

The best candidates for laser hair removal are people with light skin and dark hair.  The hair must have pigment to respond to the laser, and coarse hair responds better than fine hair.  Black and brown hair responds the best, grey and red hair slightly less, and fine light hair (peach fuzz on the face) responds poorly.

Usually a series of six to eight treatments are required, two weeks to two months apart, depending upon the area treated.  Not every hair will be eliminated by the laser; however, it is a very effective solution to substantially reducing unwanted hair in good candidates.

Patients are asked to shave the area(s) to be treated the day of treatment.  Shaving will increase the efficacy of the laser because the less hair that is on the surface of the skin, the more energy can be delivered into the source of the hair – the follicle.

The most common side effects include some redness and swelling at the treatment site, which can last up to 24 hours.  But because of the newer “cool tip” technology, less pain is experienced from the procedure.  Or a numbing cream can be applied to the area to help alleviate pain.

Immediately after treatment, one should avoid swimming pools, hot tubs and strenuous activity resulting in perspiration for 24 hours.

- Dr. Patrick Flaharty of Azul Cosmetic Surgery and Medical Spa is a specialist in facial cosmetic surgery and recently published a 21st century guide, Look Younger Now: Fillers, Face Lifts and Everything in Between.  Azul Medical Spa includes two Southwest Florida office locations: 13470 Parker Commons Boulevard, Suite 101 in Fort Myers and 23451 Walden Center Drive, Suite 400 in Bonita Springs.  For more information on the Laser Hair Removal or to make an appointment, please call (239) 415-7576 or visit


March Product of the Month

Bearded Beauty

Badrick's Skincare DaBalm & Mug Scrub

Badrick’s Skincare DaBalm & Mug Scrub

Badrick’s Skincare Inc. enters the men’s grooming and skincare market with the introduction of two products, DaBalm and Mug Scrub.

Badrick’s products are carefully formulated with the timeless man in mind, and will become a staple in any gent’s morning or evening beard-care and skincare regimen.  The brainchild of founders Seth Lombardi and Matthew Dank, Badrick’s was born through scratching their our own bearded itch.

“The itch of that in between stage when you have more than stubble, but less than a respectable beard,” states Seth Lombardi.  Matthew Dank, adds, “Many men do not commit and therefore succumb to premature shaving before their beard has a chance to flourish.  Badrick’s is putting a stop to this.”

• DaBalm:  A lightweight anti-bacterial balm used to promote healthy beard growth while removing and healing redness and dryness due to coarse beard hair.  Tea Tree oil helps heal the dry itch that beards can cause.  While DaBalm is recommended for all skin-types, it also prevents unwanted ingrown hairs and breakouts after shaving on the most sensitive skin.

• Mug Scrub:  Whether you have clogged pores imbedded facial hair, or just dry flaky skin Mug Scrub will deliver gentle but firm exfoliation.

DaBalm and the Mug Scrub allow for a quick daily regimen and utilize proven ingredients familiar to a fellow.  And the cutting edge formulations provide maximum results with minimum effort.

- For additional information or to purchase Badrick’s DaBalm and Mug Scrub, visit