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Tuesday, 26 February 2013 17:55

The Integumentary System: Part 1

The word “integumentary” (the skin), which means “covering” is derived from “in” or “en.” The word system is defined as a collection of cells that perform a particular function.
The human body has 10 distinct systems (in alphabetical order):

Published in Electroloysis
Tuesday, 26 February 2013 17:44

Getting The Most Out of Hair Removal

Both men and women seek hair removal services, whether for the face, under the arms, on the legs, or elsewhere on the body. While some patients may initially simply request stand-alone hair removal procedures, as skin health professionals we must address more than just removing unwanted hair, as many hair removal procedures have the potential to harm surrounding skin.

Published in Client Care
Tuesday, 26 February 2013 16:30

A Comprehensive Guide to Hair Removal Methods

Wintertime should be the peak of the hair removal season. Cold weather keeps the skin covered, so growing out unsightly underarm, leg and bikini-line hair for the best hair removal results is not so challenging. But as most women come out of hibernation from hair removal and begin to embrace the warm sun and longer days, they suddenly seem to realize that the furry body they grew into during the winter is not the growing trend. Hair removal has become so mainstream that women are now requesting forehead and neck clean-ups so their wispy little hairs do not interfere with a perfect sleek ponytail.

Published in Client Care
Tuesday, 26 February 2013 16:08

Laser and IPL Burns: Now What?!

It is 8:30 a.m. You have just turned on the lights to your office and that proverbial phone call rolls in. "I think you have burnt me! I have blisters all over my legs and I could not sleep all night long. I cannot believe you did this to me."
Your stomach sinks and your mind goes into frenzy. You start thinking, "Did I really burn her? Will she have pigmentation changes… scars? Am I going to be sued? What should I do?"
This gut wrenching feeling coupled with all of its uncertainty is guaranteed at some point in the career of a laser professional. After all, if you do enough treatments, eventually someone will experience a complication. It does not mean that you did anything wrong, but what you do now certainly separates a good laser technician from a true professional.

Published in Laser & IPL
Thursday, 24 February 2011 21:15

The Finishing Touch

Men's hair removal

Whether it is for social or sexual reasons, today’s man keeps up with his grooming regime more than ever, and we women are very appreciative of the results! Hair removal plays a predominant role in this factor.

Between sugaring, shaving, laser, waxing, tweezing, trimming, and electrolysis; men of all ages, sizes, sexual orientations, ethnic backgrounds, and professions are getting rid of excess and unwanted body hair. Male grooming is much more than just backs, chest and manscaping. What we see most is the face. The face is where it is at – the eyes, the mouth, and yes even the lobes!

Male grooming goes way beyond a stylish cut. It is about tidying up loose ends by taking care of that uni-brow, the nose stragglers, monkey ears, cheek strays, shaggy necklines, and a runaway moustache. It is really about a finished package.

Published in Client Care
Thursday, 24 February 2011 12:27

De-stressing the Skin and Mind

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Do you believe the way a person thinks can affect their skin? My observations as a practitioner show that it can. When individuals de-stress their minds, they look younger and their wrinkles are reduced. De-stressing the mind and body de-stresses the skin.

I’ve noticed unresolved issues kept inside over extended periods of time will dry some individuals’ skin, while anxiety and a lack of self-confidence can also cause the skin to break out. Individuals without the guidance of a mentor, a parent, or a boss can find it more difficult to make important decisions. Frequently, they are emotionally sensitive, have volcanic type pimples, picked skin, and rapidly aging skin.

I've treated many college students during exam time, when they were under extreme stress. Many had hyper-reactive and sensitive skin, which could also break out. This is fairly common. Some of the students used internal or external med­ications to improve their skin. Whether or not they had taken or used anything, most students’ skin returned to normal after the anxiety was over. The skin’s appearance often changes with a new or challenging event, such as starting a new job, getting married, dating someone new, etc.

Published in Client Care
Thursday, 24 February 2011 12:27

Take Control of Your Laser Clients

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A recent review of our liability claims for the cosmetic laser industry showed an interesting trend: Many of the claims for laser burns resulted from the operator using power settings higher than recommended by the laser manufacturer. When queried as to why this had happened, in more than one instance the operator confessed their client was eager for results and the laser professional wanted to accommodate them. Interesting…

Published in Laser & IPL

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