Dermatologist or Plastic Surgeon for Laser Hair Removal? (photo)

I am currently seeking laser hair removal for chin,neck and lip area . I currently shave and tweeze everyday for those areas . Do I contact a dermatologist , plastic surgeon or a place like ideal image for permanent hair removal ?

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Who to contact for laser hair removal

Rarely do doctors perform the procedures themselves, but they will have licensed staff members or nurses to do it, under their supervision. With the number of bad places and bad photos I've seen, I will always recommend being treated at an office that has a physician directly overseeing any laser procedure, so not somewhere like a medical spa or chain because they don't have this. It is also imperative that you select a place that can treat your skin type, so please do pick an appropriate medical office. You can ask for referrals from friends, or you can look on a site like this to see what doctors close to you offer laser hair removal.

Who to Contact for Laser Hair Removal?

Hi February.  It's more important to find a good laser hair removal practitioner than it is to choose a dermatologist or plastic surgeon.  In general MD's don't actually perform the procedures, rather nurses do.  So from that perspective it would be wise to get a referral from a friend or find out how much experience the nurse has.

One other suggestion.  It looks like you may be part African American.  If this is the case, find a practice that uses a long pulsed yag (Nd:Yg) laser as this will be most effective and safe for your skin type.  Good luck.

Harold J. Kaplan, MD
Harold J. Kaplan, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Dermatologist or Plastic Surgeon for Laser Hair Removal?

Usually a cosmetic surgeon wouldnt be doing the treatment himself, but has a qualified RN, PA, or an NP doing these treatments in the office. I wouldnt recommend seeing a dermatologist but go to someone who highly trained in all skin types. Best of luck

George T. Boris, MD, FRCS - Account Suspended
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon

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