Body hair maintenance and removal has been commonplace among men and women alike for years. Having smooth, hairless areas on the body is ideal for many people. With recent advancements, specifically with laser treatment, the popularity and prevalence of hair removal has increased dramatically.
First introduced to the public in the mid 1990s, laser hair removal is a technique that uses beams of highly concentrated light to penetrate hair follicles. The light is absorbed by the dark pigment (melanin) within the hair follicles destroying them on contact. This causes a permanent reduction in the overall amount of hair growth. Due to the cycles that hair grows in, repeated treatments are necessary to effectively eliminate the hair follicles.
After treatment you may notice redness, sensitivity, small bumps (resembling shave bumps), but that will resolve on it’s own rather quickly. Most of the lasers used for this kind of treatment are equipped with a cooling device that reduces the discomfort from the laser light. With treatment done typically every four to six weeks, patients may need up to twelve treatments to see the full results.
Possessing precision and speed, laser treatment has proved to be the most effective and efficient means for hair removal. If you are interested in learning more about laser hair removal or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation, contact our office today.
Actor Ryan Reynolds rose to fame in the late 1990s with the sitcom, Two Guys and a Girl. Since then, he has steadily become one of the biggest actors in Hollywood. With roles in such films as Van Wilder, Green Lantern, and Deadpool, his films have amassed much success. One role in particular though, took quite a toll on the actor physically.
In the Rodrigo Cortés directed thriller, Buried, Reynolds reveals he came away from the part with some pretty serious injuries. The film, which came out in 2011, centers around an American truck driver (Ryan Reynolds) based in Iraq, who awakens buried alive in a coffin, armed only with a lighter and a cell phone. Due to most of the filming being done inside the claustrophobic quarters of a coffin, the actor experienced loss of skin, bleeding, and hair loss on the back of his scalp. The fortunate thing for Reynolds was that all were temporary, including the hair loss.
The hair loss he experienced was most likely caused from a lack of circulation his scalp received due to lying on a hard surface for a prolonged length of time. This type of hair loss is similar to traction alopecia and is usually temporary. Also, since the head is an area of the body that receives good circulation, the better chance it would grow back.
Spider veins, also known as telangiectasia, is a common condition that affects both men and women. While they do not pose any serious health risks, they can be a cosmetic nuisance.
Spider veins are characterized as small, red or blue veins that typically have a weblike appearance. Usually residing close to the surface of the skin, they can be quite noticeable. Although they can appear anywhere on the body, spider veins are most commonly found on the legs and the face.
Some things that can contribute to the condition include age, pregnancy, and stretching of the veins. Being overweight or standing for long durations of time can also contribute.
Aside from Sclerotherapy treatment, the elōs Plus® LV applicator (now available at our office) is an effective alternative. The unique combination of laser and radio frequency (RF) delivers maximum targeted energy to the treatment area resulting in great results. Up to three treatments may be necessary to see a noticeable improvement.
Hiding legs due to spider veins can be embarrassing and uncomfortable, especially as the weather warms. If you have spider veins and would like to learn more about the elōs Plus® LV applicator contact our office today.
Enlarged pore size is a relatively common distress for many people. The appearance of them alone can be quite concerning, but along with that, they can also lead to blackheads. Although pores cannot physically be made smaller there are some tips to make them appear smaller:
These tips, combined with pore minimizing products can effectively reduce the appearance of pores. Contact our office today if you would like to address your enlarged pores.
With the overwhelming recent success of singer Ariana Grande’s new single, “Thank U, Next,” things couldn’t be going any better for the pop singer. One thing she may want to change though is her signature hairstyle, the high ponytail. The hairstyle she regularly wears can actually lead to a form of hair loss called traction alopecia.
Traction alopecia is a gradual form of hair loss that occurs when hair follicles in the scalp become irritated due to a continual pulling force. This causes loss of hair in patchy areas, usually residing in the front of the hairline and behind the ears. Hairstyles that place a constant strain on the scalp (such as braids, extensions, and ponytails) are generally responsible for it.
Like any type of hair loss, the effects of traction alopecia can not only be physical, but emotional too. Back in 2007, Britney Spears was believed to have been suffering from it (due to her reliance on extensions) and the resulting frustration is what was believed to cause her to shave her head.
Although traction alopecia is categorized as a temporary form of hair loss, it can be permanent, depending on the amount of damage done to the follicles. If that’s the case, the only option to address it may be a hair transplant procedure. If you believe you may be suffering from traction alopecia contact our office right away as early diagnosis is important.