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Why now is the time to get laser hair removal

The summer months are the time of year when you really want to enjoy and show off the benefits of your laser hair removal, which is one reason why the fall and winter months are the best time of the year to get started on your laser hair removal treatment plan. Here, we take a closer look at laser hair removal and what treatment entails.

Shaving unwanted body hair can lead to small cuts and razor burn, and it’s easy to miss some spots. Waxing can be painful and requires waiting for hair to reach a certain length. Laser hair removal is a permanent solution to getting rid of unwanted facial and body hair.

Laser hair removal is commonly used to reduce unwanted hair on the legs, armpits, bikini line, upper lip and chin. The eyelid area and tattooed skin should not be treated.

Laser hair removal consists of multiple treatments spaced several weeks apart. This is because body hair grows in different phases. Each treatment lasts anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour. The plan typically requires 5-6 treatments, each one about one month apart. You may need maintenance treatments.

During treatment, the treatment area is coated with a gel and a laser emits a light that is absorbed by the pigment in the hair. That energy is converted to heat, which then damages the hair follicles, which inhibits or delays future hair growth.

Laser hair removal requires zero downtime and doesn’t damage surrounding skin. After treatment, you may experience some redness or swelling, but it goes away after a few hours. Applying ice to the treated area can help with any discomfort.

Laser hair removal is FDA-approved and effective on all skin colors and hair types. It’s most effective on people who have light skin and dark hair.

Leading up to and after each treatment, you will have specific instructions on how to prepare and care for your treatment area. You will want to stay out of the sun before and after treatment, avoid tanning beds and use a broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen daily. You will need to avoid plucking, waxing and any other hair removal method for at least four weeks before treatment.

To learn more about laser hair removal, call 425-278-9233 to schedule a consultation.

Tired of looking tired? Smooth out those lines in no time

Cosmetic injectables are extremely popular with men and women alike because they offer a non-surgical alternative to a facelift or eyelid lift, with zero downtime. If you’ve been thinking about taking the plunge into injectables to smooth out your fine lines and wrinkles, read on to learn more about the various injectables and how they treat different types of wrinkles.

Dynamic wrinkles

The most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment around is Botox, and that’s because it’s a safe and effective way to smooth out or minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles on your face. Botox is effective on wrinkles that form from repeated muscle contractions under the skin when you frown, squint or raise your eyebrows. These are called dynamic wrinkles. Botox temporarily reduces the muscle activity to stop wrinkles from forming.

Botox is the only FDA-approved treatment to temporarily improve the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines between the brows, crow’s feet and forehead lines. Treatment takes about 10 minutes, and you’ll see results within 24 to 48 hours. Results are subtle as you’ll look like yourself but without the noticeable facial lines.

Static wrinkles

Botox is not effective on all types of wrinkles, and that’s when dermal fillers come into play. While Botox is effective on dynamic wrinkles, dermal fillers tackle static wrinkles. These are wrinkles that are always present, unlike dynamic wrinkles. But dynamic wrinkles can become static wrinkles over time. Static wrinkles result from the loss of skin elasticity and the decrease of underlying proteins. Aging is the primary reason for these wrinkles, but genetics, sun and environmental damage and lifestyle contribute as well.

There are many dermal fillers that can address all kinds of fine lines and wrinkles as well as volume loss in the face. Juvederm is made from hyaluronic acid, which is a natural substance in the skin. When it bonds to water molecules, it helps plump or “fill” the skin, adding volume and softness to your appearance. Sculptra is another filler that works by stimulating your skin’s natural collagen production to restore the inner structure and increase volume over time. The results from dermal fillers are immediate and can last anywhere from a few months to a few years.

Cosmetic injectables are increasingly popular treatments used on their own or in conjunction with other facial rejuvenation procedures to give you the youthful appearance you desire. To schedule a complimentary consultation, call 425-278-9233 today.