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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, 09 February 2012 15:18

Laser Induced Action Potentials

Laser Induced Action Potentials

We have all heard the adage, "No pain no gain," but I beg to differ. When it comes to artificial beauty, BOTOX™ injections, as well as teeth whitening and laser hair removal treatments can all be a little uncomfortable at times. Thankfully we do not always have to endure the pain, due to the help of our anesthetic friends, but how do anesthetics stop the pain? Our bodies are filled with neurons that form an intricate network. These neurons need to communicate with each other in order to send a message from a peripheral body area, where pain is being induced, to the central nervous system, the brain. The brain responds by sending a message back to the peripheral area of the body, telling it to move away from the pain.

Published in Laser & IPL
Thursday, 24 February 2011 12:27

The Hairy Truth on Lasers and IPLs

Lasers and IPLs

"Education is the key." How many times have you heard that statement? How many times have you either thought it or, if you're like me, actually smiled and said it nicely to one of your clients? When it pertains to hair reduction with the use of light therapies such as laser and IPL, this is an unbelievably true statement.

Day after day I get the same questions – "How exactly does it work?", "What's the difference between IPL and laser?", Will I ever have to shave or wax again?", "How many times will I have to come back?", "Is it really permanent?", "Will it help prevent or work on my ingrown hair?", "I have dark skin; can I get laser hair removal?", and the best "Well, you do laser hair removal – how come you still have hair?". I love that last one, especially since I'm 40 and balding… makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Published in Laser & IPL
Thursday, 24 February 2011 12:26

Laser Safety 101

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When I go to the doctor’s office, it is important for me to see their credentials on the wall of their office or in the hallway. Credentials also set you apart from the rest; it inspires confidence in your clients and colleagues that you have taken that extra step in training.

Published in Laser & IPL
Thursday, 24 February 2011 12:25

No More Fears - Lasers and Dark Skin

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Out of the 11.7 million medical aesthetic procedures performed in 2007, laser hair removal accounted for over 1.4 million treatments and 12 percent of the industry’s massive growth. This once unheard of treatment is now the third most sought after non-surgical procedure, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

The ability to gain self-confidence by ridding oneself of hair in embarrassing places and freedom from the monotony of shaving are just some of the benefits individuals seek through laser hair removal.

Published in Laser & IPL

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