“It’s very simple,” says Audrey, the senior medical aesthetician who has worked with the Sciton hair removal laser since 2005. “I treat the areas with the thickest hairs and highest density of hairs first, double back, go over it again, and then treat the thinner areas.”
At the Rios Center for Plastic Surgery, hair removal procedures are performed with the Sciton laser system. An intense burst of precisely tuned light vaporizes the hair shaft and root, with minimal damage to the skin. Small red bumps may develop and persist for a few days before fading away. Over the course of six to nine treatments, the amount of hair in a given area will be permanently reduced. If hairs persist in growing, they are thinner and lighter.
“We offer two versions of the treatment so we can effectively treat all types of skin,” says Annie, an outstanding medical aesthetician at the Rios Center. Annie uses the BBL while Audrey uses the ClearScan, and while the procedure is the same, the filters are different, so the spectrum of light used is different. “Every patient is unique and some are not good candidates for the BBL, but they will respond well to the ClearScan,” says Annie. “We can treat everybody.”
Audrey, who performs four to five hair removal procedures a day, credits success to the Sciton laser. “The Sciton laser is the absolute top of the line.” Audrey sites this as one example of the Rios Center’s commitment to bring the best care and medical technology to South Texas.
“The Sciton handpiece has a built-in cooling device, so it’s cool metal that’s in contact with your skin, not a hot laser. The cooling feature actually helps numb the skin, so it becomes a fast and nearly painless procedure,” explains Audrey, who can do an upper lip in seconds, and both legs in 45 minutes. “From speaking to my patients who have had laser hair removal performed elsewhere, the Sciton is much more comfortable and they are able to go through more and longer procedures because of that comfort level.”
“Patient care is the overall goal,” says Annie. “I think we all, as a staff, go above and beyond. Our patients are here because they choose to be. And I don’t think any of us are here because we need a job, we are here because we love what we do.”