Laser Hair Removal
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Q. What causes unwanted hair?
A. Excess and unwanted hair is a common problem. Women frequently experience this condition on the face, especially the upper lip or eyebrow area, at the bikini line, under their arms or on their legs. Men often have unwanted hair on their back or chest, between their eyebrows or on other parts of their face. In many cases excessive hair growth runs in families. Race can also be a factor — caucasions are more prone to having excess facial hair than are Asians and African Americans. White women of Mediterranean descent are more likely to have unwanted hair than women who have a Scandinavian background. Hormones also play a role. Some people experience unwanted or excess hair from the time they reach puberty; others find it to be a condition that gets worse with age. Some women experience additional hair growth during pregnancy or menopause.
Q. How is unwanted hair treated?
A. Conventional treatments include shaving, plucking, waxing and depilatory creams. These methods provide temporary fixes that are often inconvenient, messy and irritating for the skin. Electrolysis can have good results, but is time-consuming, sometimes painful and is useful only in removing hair in small areas. The MeDioStar™ ™ laser is rapidly changing hair removal treatment, providing gentle, non-invasive, long-lasting solutions to unwanted hair on any body area.
Q. Why use the MeDioStar™ Diode Laser over other hair removal systems?
A. The MeDioStar™ laser is specifically designed for hair removal. We have chosen this laser because of the extensive clinical research which demonstrated its effectiveness for permanent hair reduction. Other laser hair removal systems that we have investigated cannot make this claim.
Q. How does the MeDioStar™ system remove hair?
A. This laser targets the pigment located in the hair follicle and shaft. The light is absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle and this energy is converted to heat which results in damage to the hair follicle. This damage causes delayed re-growth of the hair, and in most cases permanent destruction of many of the hair follicles. Unlike electrolysis, which kills one hair follicle at a time, the laser reaches and treats hundreds of follicles at a time.
Q. Is it safe?
A. The MeDioStar™ system was developed from years of research. Complications are rare. In less than 1% of cases, skin lightning or darkening may occur. It is advisable to wear sunblock when in the sun during the month following laser treatment.
Q. What does the treatment feel like?
A. Most people tolerate the treatments very well. Discomfort is often described as a slight tingling or a pinch similar to the snap of a rubber band. Topical anesthesia can be used when treating particularly sensitive areas of the body.
Q. Are there any possible side effects?
A. The appearance of the treated area immediately following treatment will vary from patient to patient depending on the extent of the procedure and skin type. Side effects, if any, are usually minor. There may be some redness and swelling around the treated hair follicles; this is a desired clinical result indicating that the follicle has responded to treatment. This reaction typically disappears within hours. Most people return to normal activity right away. On rare occasions, some blistering may occur, but this typically resolves quickly. The skin can become darker or lighter following treatment, but will generally return to normal within a few weeks. Limiting sun exposure before and after each treatment will minimize the risk of complications.
Q. What kind of results should I expect? Does this technology really remove hair long-term?
A. Yes. Scientific studies show that the use of targeted, light-based energy actually damages or destroys hair follicles at the cellular level. A permanent reduction in the number of re-growing hairs is usually achieved following each treatment. We place each client on a treatment schedule to ensure we are targeting active hairs at the right time of the hair growth cycle. This treatment method coupled with the effective MeDioStar™ laser is what leads to success levels exceeding 95%.
Q. Are the results permanent?
A. The MeDioStar™ causes permanent hair reduction and delayed re-growth of the treated hair follicles. Also, re-growing hairs were shown to be thinner and lighter than previously. Because the laser tends to treat hair follicles that are in an active growth phase, more than one treatment will be required to disable hair follicles that subsequently enter this growth phase. However, one treatment may result in a significant enough improvement that it may be all you desire or require.
Q. Are these treatments FDA-cleared? Are they safe?
A. Yes, both the MeDioStar™ Laser System and the IPL [Intense Pulsed Light] System are FDA-cleared for the treatment of unwanted hair. The procedures have unparalleled safety records. Side effects are rare and generally well-tolerated.
Q. Are these procedures covered by insurance?
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Q. Is BOTOX Cosmetic right for me?
A. People ages 18 to 65 choose to talk to their doctors about BOTOX Cosmetic for a vaiety of reasons. They may be concerned that their frown lines tetween the brows make them look tired, stressed, or unapproachable. You may have your own reasons, so talk to your healthcare provider today to find out if BOTOX Cosmetic is right for you.
Q. What causes frown lines?
A. Those vertical lines that appear between your brows actually result from powerful muscle contractions. When you concentrate or frown, the muscles between yoru brows contract, causing your ski to furrow and fold. After years of frequent contraction, those creases can linger even after the muscles have relaxed.
Q. How does BOTOX Cosmetic work?
A. Very low doses of BOTOX Cosmetic are administered via a few tiny injections directly into the muscles responsible for the frown lines between the brows. By blocking the release of the chemical that causes these muscles to contract, BOTOX Cosmetic enables them to relax, so the skin appears smoother.
Q. What is the BOTOX Cosmetic treatment like?
A. It is administered during a simple, 10-minutes treatment in your healthcare provider's office.
-Nonsurgical, No downtime, Minimal and brief discomfort.
Q. How quickly will I see a difference?
A. Within 1 to 2 days, you may notice a softening in the appearance of your frown lines. The area between your brows may continue to improve for up to a month.
Q. How long can I expect my results to last?
A. Visible results have been shown to last up to 4 months. Your own results may vary-be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about what you can expect and when to schedule your next appointment.
Q. Will I still be able to make facial expressions?
A. With BOTOX Cosmetic, you won't look like you've had work done. The muscle activity that causes frown lines is simply reduced, so that you can still show expression—smile, frown or look surprised but without the wrinkles and creases between your brows.
ARAMIS-Laser Acne Treatment back up ^
Q. How does the Aramis laser work?
A. The Armis laser uses a patented wavelength of laser light that pulsates through the layers of skin to the sebaceous gland. It thermally alters the reactors in the sebaceous glad, reducing oil and bacteria production, thereby reducing it's size.
Q. Is it painful?
A. No, the Aramis laser uses a contact cooling device that refreshes and protects your skin. No anesthesia is required.
Q. IS it for everyone?
A. Yes, acne patients of all ages can undergo this procedure. All skin types, including tanned skin, can be treated.
Q. How many treatments are necessary?
A. Between four and five treatments are administered; one every three to four weeks. After the initial series, additional maintenance treatments may be recommended.
Medical Microdermabrasion back up ^
Q. How does it work?
A. A precision handpiece directs a stream of inert crystals over the surface of the skin combined with a mild suction to exfoliate the uppermost layers of skin. The massaging effect creates a flushing and cleansing below the skin surface and also stimulates blood flow, so improving oxygen delivery and promoting cell renewal.
Q. What can I expect after treatments?
A. Immediately after treatment the skin feels softer and will appear pink for a few hours. Each treatment last 15-60 minutes. On average, a full face takes about 30 minutes. Nourishing vitamin serum or ointment may be applied followed by sunscreen. It is important to avoid sun exposure for 24 hours after treatment and to wear sunscreen SPF 30.
Q. How many treatments will I need?
A. This will be decided during your consultation, but usually a course of six sessions provides maximal results.