Part of the preparation for summer involves getting out the summer wardrobe. In some parts of the world, it’s called ‘Ladies Day’ and is the time when people, usually ladies, put away the winter and mid-season clothes to be replaced by a full-on summer wardrobe of lighter clothing, and, yes, shorter skirts, sleeveless blouses and beachwear.
Men do it too – there’s a switch from trousers to shorts on the weekend – although probably with a bit less fanfare.
These days, it’s not just the wardrobe that changes, of course. The arrival of summer also heralds a busy time for cosmetic surgeons as their clients take a look at their winter bodies, and decide to spruce them up in time for the new season.
One such preparatory procedure is often hair removal. In the past that could mean hot waxing, strip waxing, or just increased shaving. These days, however, we’ve another tool at our disposal – the laser.
Hair Removal with Lasers
The first thing to note is that laser hair removal is appropriate for both men and women, as it can be used on the face and body. While many men may balk at the idea of having their facial hair removed (although it would reduce the need for shaving, and restore order to eyebrows!) lots of alpha males are now removing hair, permanently, elsewhere on their bodies.
Laser light is shone (or pulsed) at an area to be treated, damaging the follicles that generate hair. Over time, these die completely, and the hair falls out, never to regrow. It takes a number of sessions to get rid of all the hair, but once it’s gone it is pretty much a permanent solution.
For men, this offers a great solution to excess back hair, for example, or for the permanent removal of hair from legs or the chest area. While all areas can be treated, it’s a question of individual taste as to whether this level of hair removal is appropriate.
Naturally, most of Dr. Vitenas’ clients are women, attracted to the painless and long-lasting results offered by laser hair removal, over other procedures such as waxing. All areas can be treated, even sensitive ones (underarms, bikini line, chest, etc.) making it an ideal procedure for women getting ready for summer!
Besides hair removal, there’s another laser therapy that can be useful in preparing the body for lighter clothing and beachwear – and that’s spider vein removal.
Laser Spider Vein Removal
Dr. Vitenas’ spider vein treatment targets small so-called thread veins in the face and body, and is designed to eliminate them as far as possible. The principle is fairly simple – over a period of several weeks, exposure to the laser light will cause the blood to coagulate, disrupt the blood vessel, and be absorbed by the body.
It’s a quick and simple procedure, needing no anaesthetic, and with few side effects – a bit of redness, some superficial swelling and numbness are usually all that the patient has to endure for a short period – making it a good candidate for a lunchtime therapy!
There are other laser treatments, too, such as the Laser Genesis procedure, and treatments using IPL systems such as LimeLight. These are primarily aimed at rejuvenating skin, on the one hand providing a tightening effect (Laser Genesis) and on the other reducing sun damage and age spots (LimeLight).
With all these choices available, it is important to check out Dr. Vitenas’ web site to get an idea of what’s on offer before booking your first consultation. Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery is based in Houston, Texas, and the team can be reached at (281) 484-0088. They will be glad to help you find the right combination of laser procedures to turn back the clock a little and get the most from your body.