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3 New Orleans doctors share advice on popular cosmetic procedures 

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Laser hair removal

The procedure: "The laser light is attracted to the hair bulb, which causes heating and destruction of the hair bulb. Because of the hairs' growth cycle, you need to adhere to strict timelines." — Dr. Penelope Treece of Southern Aesthetics

Recovery time: No downtime

Price: $75 and up for one session, with four to six sessions required for long-term hair reduction.

Vein therapy

The procedure: "Sclerotherapy involves injecting a sclerosing solution into the lumen of the vessel itself (the inside of the vein). This causes the blood vessel to collapse and then fade away. ... When the vessels are too tiny to respond to treatment with sclerotherapy, we can use various lasers to get rid of them." — Dr. Leah Jacob, dermatologist at Uptown Dermatology and Aesthetics

Recovery time: No downtime

Price: Around $600 per session.

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The procedure: "It uses very fine stainless steel needles to make tiny channels in your skin. These 'microchannels' give us a way to deliver topical serums to the deepest layers of skin where collagen is formed. With this response, old collagen is broken down and new collagen is formed, leading to an overall tightening effect." — Dr. Leah Jacob, dermatologist at Uptown Dermatology and Aesthetics

Recovery time: Minimal downtime, with redness lasting 24-48 hours

Price: $200-$300 per treatment.


The procedure: "Ultrasound [energy] stimulates collagen to regrow. We apply [the machine] to the neck, and the body will slowly, over the course of two to three months, form tighter collagen and suck in the neck's [loose skin] in a subtle, gradual process." — Dr. Miguel Aguilera, co-founder and co-owner of Chronos

Recovery time: Discomfort during the procedure but no downtime

Price: $200-$300 and up

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The procedure: "The head of the machine sucks in your fat and skin and slowly lowers the temperature of your body to the temperature at which the fat freezes and dies. Once you kill the fat, that fat is gone." — Dr. Miguel Aguilera, co-founder and co-owner of Chronos

Recovery time: No downtime

Price: $700 to $1,400, depending on the region treated


The procedure: "Liposuction is the quickest way to remove fat for the greatest amount of results. That being said, it does require surgery and anesthesia." — Dr. Penelope Treece of Southern Aesthetics

Recovery time: Two weeks

Price: $2,000-$6,000

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