Hair and Skin Plastic Surgery Procedures
Information About Hair Cosmetic Surgery Procedures
Patients who struggle with too little hair on their heads, or too much facial or body hair often seek the help of a cosmetic surgeon. With a variety of hair plastic surgery treatments, patients can address their concerns of hair loss or unwanted body hair.
Men and women who suffer from embarrassing facial or body hair often grow tired of the traditional hair removal methods of tweezing, waxing, shaving or applying depilatory creams. Because the hair grows back within three to seven days, it can become frustrating and expensive as the treatments add up. Electrolysis can provide longer-lasting results; however, many find the procedure tedious and painful. In response to these concerns, plastic surgeons offer laser hair removal — a relatively painless skin treatment that can eliminate hair for up to 12 weeks. During the procedure, a practitioner applies a numbing lotion to the area that will receive treatment. Then, he or she scans a laser over the area to remove hair follicles. Patients may need one to several treatments before hair ceases to grow back.
Opposite of hair removal are hair transplants, a surgical procedure that implants segments of hair grafts to balding areas. For hair transplantation, it is very important for cosmetic surgeons to find the perfect fit of graft or hair follicle for the patient. Once the proper hair graft is found for the patient, the graft oxidizes with the patient's existing tissue to provide long-term hair growth. Patients typically must undergo several treatments before achieving their desired effect.
Information About Skin Plastic Surgery Treatments
As laser technologies become more sophisticated, plastic surgeons and dermatologists are integrating advanced equipment into their practice. Laser tattoo removal is a less invasive, less painful technique of removing a tattoo than the traditional methods of excision, surgically removing the skin, or dermabrasion, sanding the skin. Candidates with fair to medium skin tone and dark tattoos respond best to laser tattoo removal; however, all patients can lessen the prominence of their tattoos with this procedure. The procedure begins with a topical anesthetic cream or injected local anesthetic, depending on the practitioner's preference. Then, he or she applies concentrated laser light energy to the tattooed area. Patients may need several treatments before the tattoo is completely removed. Once the procedure is complete, patients are recommended to apply anti-bacterial topical creams and to avoid sunlight. The cost of laser tattoo removal can range from $250 to $850, depending on the practitioner, the size of the tattoo and the number of treatments needed.
Microdermabrasion treatments are another advanced skin treatment. Using a crystal-based spray, a plastic surgeon or dermatologist performs a deep exfoliation to the patient's face, revealing refreshed, glowing skin. Microdermabrasion is used to treat patients who show early signs of aging, have mild acne scaring, or have a poor texture to their skin. The treatment sloughs off dead skin cells on the most superficial layer of the skin to allow new skin cells to be exposed. Many brides-to-be request microdermabrasion before their wedding in order to be radiant on their big day.
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