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Dr. Robert Cutchen Albuquerque & Santa Fe

Meet Dr. Robert Cutchen

In 2009, Dr. Cutchen founded Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute, a clinic dedicated solely to the diagnosis and treatment of venous disease. His goal was to provide the most advanced diagnostic and treatment options all in the comfort of his office without the need for hospitalization. Our goal is to treat every patient the way we ourselves would hope to be treated.

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Vein Treatments Albuquerque & Santa Fe

Vein Treatments

We provide our patients with the most advanced and comprehensive vein treatments. See the difference between before and after.

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Aesthetic Treatments Albuquerque & Santa Fe

Aesthetic Treatments

We utilize the power of advanced laser technology to treat a multitude of cosmetic concerns. See what a difference our treatments can make.

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How to Prepare for Laser Hair Removal

Men and women often rate hair removal as one of the worst personal care tasks. It takes time out of your day, and you have to repeat it endlessly. You can put an end to tedious shaving, waxing, or plucking with laser hair removal. This treatment stops hair from growing, so you have effortlessly smooth skin.

What is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal uses pulses of laser energy to deactivate hair follicles. This treatment stops hair growth by targeting melanin, the pigment that gives hair its color. Each active follicle has a hair root inside, and the laser heats the pigments in the hair until the heat shuts down the follicle. At Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute, we offer Super Hair Removal (SHR) with the Harmony® laser. This laser provides the most comfortable and effective hair removal available. 

How to Prepare for Laser Hair Removal

You can take a few simple steps to ensure good results from your laser hair removal. Because treatment targets pigments inside the hair root, preparation means making sure those hair roots are present and prepared for the laser. 

First, you should avoid anything that removes the hair root or strips its pigment. Follicles with no or bleached hair become “invisible” to the laser. Avoid waxing, plucking, or bleaching your hair for four weeks before treatment. You can still shave since this leaves the root in place.

You should avoid tanning, excess sun exposure, and self-tanners for four weeks before treatment. Sun exposure before your session puts you at risk of possible side effects. You should also plan to avoid sun exposure for several weeks after treatment. 

You should shave the day before your treatment and arrive with clean, product-free skin. Let your team know ahead of time if you have a skin infection or injury in the treatment area.

How Many Laser Hair Removal Treatments Will I Need?

Hair grows in cycles, with not all follicles active at any given time. Most people need six to eight treatments to achieve their best results. You will see a decrease in hair regrowth after each treatment session. Some hairs may reappear in the future, but they will be lighter and finer than before. Occasional maintenance treatments can control these strays. 

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Simply fill out the form on this page, and one of our highly trained staff members at Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute will reach out to your promptly to schedule your appointment.

Is There Any Downtime With Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal requires no downtime. However, the treated area may look red and feel sensitive for a few hours. Avoid sun exposure and use sunscreen between sessions. 

Am I a Good Candidate for Laser Hair Removal?

Almost anyone makes a good candidate for laser hair removal. Treatment works best on those with lighter skin and darker hair, but the Harmony® laser lets us treat more skin and hair tones than other systems. Laser hair removal works almost anywhere on the face or body. 

Take the Next Step

If you want to learn more about laser hair removal, contact us at Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute at 505-848-8346, or complete the form on this page, and one of our staff members will reach out to you promptly. 

Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute is located in the Journal Center area of Albuquerque and proudly serves vein patients throughout the entire Albuquerque area, as well as Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, Santa Rosa, Los Lunas, and other areas throughout New Mexico.

** This blog provides general information and discussion about medicine, health, and related subjects. The words and other content provided in this blog, and in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern, he or she should consult with an appropriately licensed physician.

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