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Laser Procedures

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With advances in laser & intense pulsed light (IPL) technology for permanent hair removal, men and woman can be permanently hair-free after a few treatments. At Springfield Cosmetic we use the latest FDA-approved laser equipment to remove hair from any and all body areas. Including:

  • Abdomen
  • Arms
  • Back
  • Beard
  • Bikini Line
  • Brazilian
  • Breasts
  • Buttocks
  • Chest
  • Ears
  • Facial Hair
  • Feet & Toes
  • Outer Ear
  • Hairline
  • Hands
  • Legs
  • Neck
  • Underarms

Treatment is safe, effective, and fast.


Common IPL Procedures


Frequently Asked Questions About Laser Hair Removal

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Treatment for unwanted skin pigmentation

At Springfield Cosmetic we effectively and safely treat a variety of unwanted skin pigmentation including solar lentigo, age spots on the face and hands, and melasma. Most of the pigmentation problems can be treated with IPL or laser technology. While melasma is not as responsive to laser treatment, we offer an array of treatment options which can substantially reduce it's appearance.

Please schedule a free consultation to learn more about pricing as it is highly dependent on the surface area requiring treatment.

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IPL Photofacials

Quickly improve brown spots, freckles, rosacea, redness and broken veins or capillaries using this safe, and highly effective Intense Pulse Light (IPL). The treatment requires no downtime and results in smoother, radiant, and firmer skin. Friends will notice that something has changed, but may not know exactly what it is. Expect comments in regard to how good you look! We have special package pricing and as always, we provide a free consultation to discuss the treatment plan. See the video on sunspots.

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Skin Lesion Removal

Always wanted to get rid of that unsightly mole or rough spot? Perhaps you have a small cherry hemangioma that your clothing rubs and causes pain. We would be happy to look at any skin lesion that is unwanted and provide consultation for removal. Some skin lesions may require referral such as nevi or melanoma. Many lesions can be very safely and effectively removed with minimal to no discomfort.

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Skin Tightening

Sagging facial skin? We may have some effective options for you. IPL and Laser technology allow us to enhance the youthfulness of your face. We can tailor a specific treatment plan to help specifically address your needs. We have a variety of treatment modalities discussed here which, in combination, can provide substantial improvement in your appearance.

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Skin Resurfacing

Do you have damaged skin from acne as a youth? Are you worried that your current skin condition may leave you with scarring. Come see us. We may be able to help you. Through IPL and Laser technology, we are able to dramatically reduce the appearance of scarring due to previous skin lesions. This treatment often requires a series of appointments which over time can help you feel less self conscious.

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PIXEL Laser Skin Rejuvenation

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What is the PIXEL Laser and how does it work?
A laser is a high-energy beam of light that can be directed into certain areas or tissues within the skin. These beams of light are produced in one wavelength or colour at a time, and can vary in terms of their strength and the type of tissue that they can target. The process of directing a light source to target a selected area of the skin to damage it is technically known as "selective photothermolysis"; where “thermolysis” refers to ‘decomposition by heat’ and “photo” refers to ‘light’. Unlike as seen with selective photothermolysis, where the whole of the selected target area is damaged; fractional photothermolysis seeks to only damage certain zones within the selected target area, hence only causing fractional damage through the heat of the light source. The PIXEL laser fires a laser beam which is then split into many microscopic beams, producing tiny dot, or pixel-like treatment zones on the skin; sometimes referred to as MicroThermal Zones (MTZs). These MTZs penetrate deep into the skin, destroying the old cells. For every MTZ that the laser has targeted and therefore treated, it leaves the surrounding tissue unaffected and intact. This allows the skin to heal quickly creating new healthy tissue to fill in the damaged MTZs.

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What happens during the treatment and how long will it take to recover?
Your first discussion with our specialist practitioner should clearly set out your expectations of the treatment and the practitioner should tell you whether or not these results are achievable using this method. Your medical history will be taken, to ensure that there are no reasons why you shouldn’t have the treatment. The practitioner will use a small hand piece to touch your skin with flashes of light in the area to be treated. Depending on the extent of the area to be treated, each session can take from a few minutes to half an hour. Most people find that they can return to work immediately after treatment.

How safe is PIXEL Laser Skin Rejuvenation?
Although the PIXEL laser effectively bores tiny holes in your skin, healing is quick with minimal to no downtime.The procedure can be used on both light and darker skin types and, depending on the area of your body treated; the procedure is very well tolerated with minimal or no pain. For several hours afterwards the skin will feel tight and have the appearance of a “sunburned” look. The skin may continue to look “pinkish” for 5 -7 days and any swelling, which should be minimal, usually disappears after 1 – 3 days. As the skin heals itself, you will find mild to moderate skin flaking, which may last for up to 2 weeks.

Who is not suitable for treatment with PIXEL Laser Skin Rejuvenation?
Clients who are pregnant should not have treatment because of the hormonal and pigmentary changes that can occur during pregnancy. If you have a history of poor skin healing or have used isotretinoin in the last 6 months, you may also not be suitable for treatment with the PIXEL laser.

What results can I expect?
Clinical and research studies have proved that PIXEL Laser treatments can significantly improve skin texture, reduce roughness and pore size, reduce acne scarring, reduce some excessive skin pigmentation or age spots (including some melasma) and soften lines and wrinkles. Treatment success varies from person to person and relies upon careful client selection, setting realistic client expectations and client compliance.

Depending upon the severity and extent of the skin problem that is treated, a course of three to five treatments every three to four weeks is normally recommended. Occasionally we find that some clients require more than five courses of treatment and/or an occasional ‘top-up’ treatment once the initial course is completed.

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Acne scar and acne reduction

A number of laser and light therapies show potential as effective acne treatments, according to the Mayo Clinic. Pulsed light and heat energy therapy has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat mild to moderate acne. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) says pulsed light and heat energy (LHE), also referred to as intense pulsed light (IPL,) join forces to destroy acne-causing bacteria and reduce the production of sebrum (oily substance that lubricates hair and skin). The AAD says LHE therapy may help treat both inflammatory and non-inflammatory acne lesions.

Effects
IPL laser systems use light energy that is transformed into heat energy to penetrate targeted cells in the skin, according to DermnetNZ.org. What separates IPL systems from other lasers is that they emit multiple wavelengths in each pulse of light rather than only one. In addition, IPL filter systems allow increased penetration without using unnecessarily high energy levels.

Non-Ablative
Since IPL therapy is a non-ablative (non-wounding) resurfacing therapy, it zeros in on the lower layers of the skin without harming the top layers. This means there is less recovery time, but the results may not be as impressive as ablative (wounding) laser resurfacing. Procedure

IPL therapy is sometimes referred to as a "lunch hour" treatment because of its relatively short procedure time and minimal side effects. As your treatment gets underway you may receive a topical anesthetic, and a cold gel will be spread over the treatment area. You will also be given protective eyewear. The soft glass surface head of the ILP will be gently moved across your skin. You may feel a sensation that's similar to a light pinch. A series of four to six treatments is usually required for optimal results.

Side Effects
The side effects associated with IPL treatments are usually mild. Your skin may become sore and pink upon completion of the treatment. You may also experience peeling and swelling for several days. A few patients may have bruising and blistering.

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Why is laser hair removal better than shaving or waxing?

If you've ever had any part of your body waxed, you know all about repetitive expense and pain. You know about ingrown hairs, and you've had to allow unsightly, unwanted hair to grow between appointments.

Laser treatments can remove your unwanted hair permanently. Lasers leave the skin smooth to the touch, without irritation or razor bumps. Instead of contributing to ingrown hairs, lasers destroy the very follicles that create this troublesome condition.

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How is laser technology used to safely remove unwanted hair?

Lasers emit a gentle beam of light that passes through the skin and targets the pigment in the hair follicles. The pigmentation that exists in black or brown hair attracts the laser light and causes it to convert to heat, which cauterizes the base of the hair follicle. The hair follicle dies and will never again produce a hair. The laser does not harm pores or the structures of the surrounding skin.

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How do I find out if I am a good candidate for laser hair removal?

Call us to schedule a complimentary initial consultation with a licensed medical practitioner who specializes in laser work. This is a no-charge opportunity for you to learn what the laser can and cannot do specificallyfor you.

During this meeting, a registered nurse will discuss your personal goals for laser hair removal. We will describe our process and will ask you to complete a brief medical history to establish that you have no contraindications to laser treatment. A test area may be treated if you desire. Prophylactic antiviral therapy may be prescribed if you have a history of genital or perioral (cold sores) herpes.

The laser's hair of choice is brown or black with a texture that is coarse. It will also remove hair that is fine, although more treatments may be required. Advanced laser technology is safe for all skin tones, including women and men of color and those who are tanned; however, not all lasers in use are appropriate for darker skin.

If your hair is white, gray, blond, or red, no laser is likely to achieve permanent results.

Laser treatment is not recommended for individuals who have been on Accutane® during the past six months.

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What areas of the body can be treated?

The laser can be used for permanent hair removal from most body areas except around the eyelids. Typical areas of treatment include the back, chest, breasts, arms, legs, cheeks, upper lip, hairline, ears, underarms, back of the neck, bikini line, and genital area.

What if the hair I want permanently removed is in an embarrassing place?

You might feel a little shy or self-conscious at first, but it's important to remember that medical professionals are accustomed to seeing the human body in all its many forms.

We routinely remove hair from the most intimate areas including genitals. Other than the shaping of the eyebrows, there are no parts of the body where the laser cannot safely go.

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What if the hair I want removed is in an embarrassing place?

You might feel a little shy or self-conscious at first, but it's important to remember that medical professionals are accustomed to seeing the human body in all its many forms.

We routinely remove hair from the most intimate areas including genitals. Other than the shaping of the eyebrows, there are no parts of the body where the laser cannot safely go.

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What should I expect during treatment?

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The evening before your appointment, you will shave the area to be treated as thoroughly as possible to remove any hair above the skin that could divert laser light from the base of the hair follicle. About two hours before your laser session, you may if you chose, apply a prescribed topical anesthetic to numb the treatment area.

Your clinician will conduct a patch test to determine the proper laser settings for your hair and skin type, and you will be asked to wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from any exposure to laser light. The laser light is then delivered through a hand-piece that the clinician moves lightly over your skin. Your skin will be cooled and protected before each laser pulse.

While your skin may be slightly reddened after laser treatment, this redness will recede and gradually disappear within a day or two. You should wear sun screen with an SPF15 or higher.

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Does laser hair removal hurt?

Laser treatment feels somewhat like a rubber band snapping against the skin. Clients find the sensation uncomfortable but tolerable. Individual comfort levels vary as treatment progresses. A topical anesthetic may be applied prior to the treatment. Following treatment, cool compresses and a soothing lotion will be applied to the treated area.

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How long does one treatment take?

Laser sessions last from 10 to 40 minutes.

Smaller areas, such as the bikini line or underarms, can be treated in ten to twenty minutes. Larger areas, such as the back, can be treated in less than an hour.

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What results should I expect after my laser treatment?

Immediately after the treatment your skin will be red. This redness may last from several hours to two days. Your skin may be slightly sensitive, but generally not painful. You may immediately resume your normal activities.

Over the next two to three weeks, the hairs that were treated will fall out, leaving your skin smooth and soft. You will need to wear a sun block with at least an SPF15 for a minimum of two weeks and must avoid prolonged sun exposure three to four weeks before and after treatment or until your nurse will allow.

You will be asked to return in six to eight weeks to treat new hair growth.

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Since the laser addresses large areas at one time, why are multiple treatments necessary?

Everyone's hair grows in cycles. The laser can only permanently destroy hair follicles that are in the active growing cycle, and since only about 10 to 30 percent of your follicles are in this phase at any one time, multiple treatments give the laser a chance to treat the dormant follicles as they cycle through the active stage.

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How many treatments will I need?

Typically four to six treatments will be necessary to reach the majority of the hair follicles while they are in the active growth phase. The number of treatments will also vary depending on skin color, hair color, and the coarseness of the hair being treated. We recommend spacing treatments six to eight weeks apart.

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How permanent is laser hair removal?

Once a laser destroys an active hair follicle, that follicle will never produce another hair.

However, no practitioner can completely guarantee that after an individual completes his or her series of treatments hair won't grow back on the treated area. This is because hair follicles can stay in the dormant phase for an extended period of time. Most clients experience a 75 to 90 percent reduction in hair. Hair that does grow back is much finer in texture and sparser in quantity.

From time to time, certain body changes, such as hormonal fluctuations, may activate dormant follicles. If this happens individual hairs or isolated patches of hair may appear on the treated areas, and touch-up treatments may be required. Once the laser cauterizes these newly active follicles, they will cease producing hairs.

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Are there possible side effects?

Following treatment, you can expect localized swelling and a slight reddening of the skin which usually lasts about an hour although it may occasionally last for one to two days.

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Besides laser, are there other viable alternatives for permanent hair removal?

Electrolysis is a hair-by-hair procedure that is sometimes used to remove unwanted hair. During an electrolysis treatment, a needle is inserted into the skin next to the hair shaft. This needle delivers electric current to the root of the hair follicle. If the treatment is successful, the hair follicle is destroyed and then must be tweezed away.

Compared to laser treatment, electrolysis has several disadvantages. It is invasive. The needle breaks the skin, which can lead to infection and scarring from post inflammation hyperpigmentation. Since electrolysis can only treat one hair follicle at a time, many more treatments are required to achieve the same results as with laser technology. Because of this, electrolysis isn't practical for large areas of the body. Electrolysis also is more painful and typically more expensive than laser treatments.

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How much does laser treatment cost?

Laser treatments are priced according to the size and complexity of the area treated. While prices and services vary considerably based on the expertise and medical training of the clinician, for about what you could spend on a regular program of waxing over two years, you could have permanent hair removal for the rest of your life.

Our prices are competitive, and discounts are available to clients who purchase packages or who have multiple areas treated during one session. We will discuss these details with you during your complimentary consultation.

We accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover Card as well Bitcoin (5% discount if Bitcoin is used). We offer interest-free financing on all packages through Care Credit.

Most health insurance plans and policies do not cover cosmetic procedures. Please consult your carrier for more information.

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