Remove Body and Facial Hair


 

Ladies—Do you suffer from uncomfortable red bumps and irritation caused by shaving in your delicate bikini area? Are you tired of enduring the pain of waxing? Are you concerned about its long-term effects on your skin?

Hairless legs would, of course, be heaven! Start counting the minutes of extra sleep you’ll be getting because you don’t have to waste time shaving in the shower. Start small if you wish, with just your underarms. The gratification you get from treating this area confirms it’s definitely worth doing bikini and legs.

It’s so liberating for women not to have to worry about shaving or waxing discomforts, or spending the money and time doing it. This means almost every woman of any age is a great candidate for laser hair removal.

Men—Is your facial skin super sensitive and always irritated from shaving? Have you endured the pain and ugliness of ingrown hairs, particularly in your neck and jawline areas? Do you have hair on your back or the back of your neck? Give yourself a break and endure no more. 

Science Behind BBL™ for Hair Removal

BBL™ (broadband light) laser energy is selectively absorbed by the melanin (color) in your hair follicles. It’s then converted to heat energy, which destroys the stem cells in the bulb and bulge of your follicles.
BBL™ also heats the full length of imbedded hair follicles, cutting off supply of nutrients, thereby disabling growth. Effective hair reduction can only be achieved during the anagen active growth phase of your hair’s growth cycle.

Hair reduction is considered permanent when a significant amount of hair does not return for a period of time longer than the complete growth cycle.

BBL™ for Hair Reduction

Say hello to the magic of BBL™, and say goodbye to shaving, depilatory creams, or even electrolysis—which can be time-consuming and painful.

Innovative broadband light technology significantly reduces unwanted hair. Areas commonly treated for hair reduction include:

  • Legs
  • Bikini area
  • Underarms
  • Arms
  • Back
  • Neck/Chin
  • Face

How Do I Prepare for BBL™ Hair Removal?

It’s important to learn how things you do before treatment impact your desired results. The number one tip to remember is to not have a suntan at the time of your treatment.

The pigment in your skin from a suntan gets in the way of the laser's targeting of color in your hair follicles. This is true whether your tan is from the sun, from a bottle or from a tanning bed.

What Happens During Treatment?

  • You wear protective eyewear throughout the procedure.
  • Topical anesthetic is usually not necessary, although in more sensitive spots (i.e., along jawline or bikini area) you may want its relief.
  • A clear water-soluble, hypoallergenic ultrasound gel is applied to the areas being treated.
  • You should experience only mild discomfort. The sensation most described by patients is a feeling of warmth on the skin and a slight stinging or snapping effect like a rubber band.
  • Treatment time varies based on the areas selected, but your appointment can last anywhere from 10-60 minutes.

What to Expect After BBL™ Hair Removal?

After each treatment, you can expect to experience a hair-free period. It’s very important to track the length of this period following each treatment session.

Your observations help us to determine how effective the treatment approach is for your body. If appropriate, we may use this information to adjust the interval period between treatments in order to achieve optimum results.

When Do I See Hair Reduction Results?

You often see some results within a week or two, as you notice the need to shave less frequently. Hair that grows back is softer, finer, and less noticeable. The quantity of hair reduction builds over time.

As your treatments progress, your hair-free period gets longer and longer. When you reach your fifth and sixth treatment, you can expect to have a hairless period of up to 3-4 months. You achieve the greatest effectiveness in the shortest number of sessions when treatments are spaced out over intervals of time that appropriately match your hair’s growth phase and cycle.

Generally, depending on skin type and areas treated, we recommend a package of 6-8 treatments, spaced 4-8 weeks apart, depending on the stage within your treatment series and your hair growth cycle.

Precautions are taken for darker skin types as BBL™ settings are set at lower heat and intensity for increased safety. If you are a darker-skinned patient, you are likely to require more treatments, perhaps 8-10, to achieve your desired result.

About Dr. Michael Macdonald

Dr. Macdonald is a skilled specialist in Cosmetic and Facial Plastic Surgery. He is Board Certified as a Diplomat of the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and a Diplomat of the American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada. After earning his medical degree at Queen's University, Dr. Macdonald completed an internship at North York General Hospital, followed by residencies at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and the University of Toronto. He then completed Advanced Fellowship training in Cosmetic Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery under the auspices of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) at the University of California-San Francisco.

Dr. Macdonald is Director of the Aesthetic Surgery Center Inc. in San Francisco, and serves as Chief of the Division of Head and Neck Surgery of the Alameda Health System in the East Bay (Alameda County Medical Center, San Leandro Hospital, and Alameda Hospital) where he acts as Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Surgery of the University of California. He also serves as Director of a BOTOX* Cosmetic National Physician Training Center. In addition to his clinical appointment through UC-San Francisco, he has taught at the Meiji College of Oriental Medicine and been a lecturer for the Oakland Kaiser Head and Neck Surgery training program. He is the author of several medical articles and has received numerous awards and scholarships related to his clinical research. He speaks at professional engagements and presentations throughout the country and internationally.

Dr. Macdonald participates in the National Domestic Violence Program of the American Academy of Facial Plastic Reconstructive Surgery to repair wounds and deformities of victims of domestic violence. He also has participated in medical missions to Guatemala to repair congenital deformities in children. In earlier years, he was a camp counselor at Camp Laurel for HIV positive children and Camp Oochigeas for children with cancer. He is an ongoing supporter of The Little Jim Club of San Francisco whereby he raises money to help fund pediatric medical programs of the California Pacific Medical Center.

Patient Care Philosophy

Dr. Macdonald specializes in treating men and women who wish to improve their appearance. He emphasizes an individually tailored approach in evaluating and treating his patients to produce the most natural looking results possible with minimal recovery time.

Dr. Macdonald's areas of greatest interest include rhinoplasty, septoplasty, paranasal sinus surgery, liposuction and liposculpting and facial rejuvenation surgery - blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), facelift, neck lift and brow lift surgery, facial contouring including chin augmentation, cheek and jaw contouring. He and his carefully selected and trained staff are experts in the art of facial contouring with fillers (liquid rhinoplasty, liquid facelift, lip enhancement, cheek revolumization), neurotoxins (Botox*, Dysport*, Jeuveau*), and Kybella* and advanced skin care with laser treatments (laser resurfacing for wrinkles, large pores and acne scars, BBL for discoloration and sun spots, and Skin Tyte), micro-needling, chemical peels and facial treatments. At the Aesthetic Surgery Center in San Francisco, California, Dr. Macdonald uses state-of-the-art techniques and technology to achieve customized results focused on each patient's unique goals and needs.

Dr. Macdonald provides the highest quality of medical care to his patients by attending to each patient's concerns in the following manner:

* The doctor-patient interaction begins with a detailed consultation. Dr. Macdonald's caring and sensitive style sets the patient at ease right away. This allows a thorough discussion of each patient's unique personal needs, concerns, goals and expectations.
* Dr. Macdonald is meticulous in assessing various options available to each patient, with a view to identifying which procedure is best suited for the individual in question. As patient safety is of the utmost importance to Dr. Macdonald, he avoids taking any and all risks in pursuing recommended treatment.
* In assessing optimal care, each patient's aesthetic goals and expectations are balanced with other life considerations such as exercise, diet, and personal time constraints. The planning process is thoroughly discussed with each patient in an effort to facilitate an informed and comprehensive decision making process.
* Close, personal attention is given to each patient by Dr. Macdonald and his highly trained staff at the San Francisco Aesthetic Surgery Center throughout all phases of treatment, including surgery, recovery, and follow-up periods.

Dr. Macdonald is constantly updating his knowledge and refining his skills in applying state-of-the-art medical techniques of patient care. He attends local, national, and international continuing medical education programs on a regular basis. He has developed an artistic approach in the application of advanced procedures to achieve optimal results for his patients.

Dr. Macdonald and the Aesthetic Surgery Center welcome new patients from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as nationally and internationally. With specialized expertise in primary and revision nasal surgery and in eyelid rejuvenation surgery, Dr. Macdonald frequently treats patients who travel from throughout the country and around the world to this downtown San Francisco location, in the heart of Union Square. Dr. Macdonald speaks both English and French. His staff also speak Tagalog.

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Dr. Macdonald is a skilled specialist in Cosmetic and Facial Plastic Surgery. He is Board Certified as a Diplomat of the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and a Diplomat of the American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada. After earning his medical degree at Queen's University, Dr. Macdonald completed an internship at North York General Hospital, followed by residencies at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and the University of Toronto. He then completed Advanced Fellowship training in Cosmetic Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery under the auspices of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) at the University of California-San Francisco.

Dr. Macdonald is Director of the Aesthetic Surgery Center Inc. in San Francisco, and serves as Chief of the Division of Head and Neck Surgery of the Alameda Health System in the East Bay (Alameda County Medical Center, San Leandro Hospital, and Alameda Hospital) where he acts as Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Surgery of the University of California. He also serves as Director of a BOTOX* Cosmetic National Physician Training Center. In addition to his clinical appointment through UC-San Francisco, he has taught at the Meiji College of Oriental Medicine and been a lecturer for the Oakland Kaiser Head and Neck Surgery training program. He is the author of several medical articles and has received numerous awards and scholarships related to his clinical research. He speaks at professional engagements and presentations throughout the country and internationally.

Dr. Macdonald participates in the National Domestic Violence Program of the American Academy of Facial Plastic Reconstructive Surgery to repair wounds and deformities of victims of domestic violence. He also has participated in medical missions to Guatemala to repair congenital deformities in children. In earlier years, he was a camp counselor at Camp Laurel for HIV positive children and Camp Oochigeas for children with cancer. He is an ongoing supporter of The Little Jim Club of San Francisco whereby he raises money to help fund pediatric medical programs of the California Pacific Medical Center.

Patient Care Philosophy

Dr. Macdonald specializes in treating men and women who wish to improve their appearance. He emphasizes an individually tailored approach in evaluating and treating his patients to produce the most natural looking results possible with minimal recovery time.

Dr. Macdonald's areas of greatest interest include rhinoplasty, septoplasty, paranasal sinus surgery, liposuction and liposculpting and facial rejuvenation surgery - blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), facelift, neck lift and brow lift surgery, facial contouring including chin augmentation, cheek and jaw contouring. He and his carefully selected and trained staff are experts in the art of facial contouring with fillers (liquid rhinoplasty, liquid facelift, lip enhancement, cheek revolumization), neurotoxins (Botox*, Dysport*, Jeuveau*), and Kybella* and advanced skin care with laser treatments (laser resurfacing for wrinkles, large pores and acne scars, BBL for discoloration and sun spots, and Skin Tyte), micro-needling, chemical peels and facial treatments. At the Aesthetic Surgery Center in San Francisco, California, Dr. Macdonald uses state-of-the-art techniques and technology to achieve customized results focused on each patient's unique goals and needs.

Dr. Macdonald provides the highest quality of medical care to his patients by attending to each patient's concerns in the following manner:

* The doctor-patient interaction begins with a detailed consultation. Dr. Macdonald's caring and sensitive style sets the patient at ease right away. This allows a thorough discussion of each patient's unique personal needs, concerns, goals and expectations.
* Dr. Macdonald is meticulous in assessing various options available to each patient, with a view to identifying which procedure is best suited for the individual in question. As patient safety is of the utmost importance to Dr. Macdonald, he avoids taking any and all risks in pursuing recommended treatment.
* In assessing optimal care, each patient's aesthetic goals and expectations are balanced with other life considerations such as exercise, diet, and personal time constraints. The planning process is thoroughly discussed with each patient in an effort to facilitate an informed and comprehensive decision making process.
* Close, personal attention is given to each patient by Dr. Macdonald and his highly trained staff at the San Francisco Aesthetic Surgery Center throughout all phases of treatment, including surgery, recovery, and follow-up periods.

Dr. Macdonald is constantly updating his knowledge and refining his skills in applying state-of-the-art medical techniques of patient care. He attends local, national, and international continuing medical education programs on a regular basis. He has developed an artistic approach in the application of advanced procedures to achieve optimal results for his patients.

Dr. Macdonald and the Aesthetic Surgery Center welcome new patients from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as nationally and internationally. With specialized expertise in primary and revision nasal surgery and in eyelid rejuvenation surgery, Dr. Macdonald frequently treats patients who travel from throughout the country and around the world to this downtown San Francisco location, in the heart of Union Square. Dr. Macdonald speaks both English and French. His staff also speak Tagalog.


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Michael Macdonald, M.D.
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