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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, 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
Tuesday, 24 January 2012 21:53

Actions Speak Louder Than Tests

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You may have had that client with suspect issues, like hirsutism (increased hair growth in women), who resists going for expensive tests at the doctor's office. Once we convince them to finally go to an endocrinologist, those tests may come back showing no imbalance and our clients may feel annoyed that we have sent them for costly, unnecessary tests that proved nothing. However, the hair growth is so heavy that daily shaving is the only alternative the client has. The question remains: How can this client have this abnormal hair growth and not have an issue with hormones or endocrine system?

Published in Client Care
Thursday, 10 November 2011 15:01

The Role of Hormones

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We have discussed the role that hormones play in hair growth in past articles, but there are many facets to the role that hormones play so let us take a deeper look beyond just the condition of hirsutism which is commonly connected to hormone production.

Sometimes drugs that contain hormones can cause hair growth in a client. Some of these drugs contain hormones and others disturb the normal functioning of the endocrine system. While very few of these drugs disrupt the endocrine system, the vast majority are actual hormones, called sex-hormones.

Published in Client Care
Tuesday, 12 April 2011 13:53

Telangiectasia... Treatable Trouble

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You have seen them as you peer through your magnifier, a series of fine red, blue, or purple lines that look like a map of little rivers across your client’s face. These are not broken capillaries as so many of us call them; they are, in fact, telangiectasia. Telangiectasias are not broken, but very small, dilated blood vessels approximately .5 to 1 mm in diameter. They are found near the surface of the skin or mucous membranes and while we often see them on the face near the nose, cheeks, or chin they can develop on the chest, the upper thigh, below the knee joint, and around the ankles. Often the telangiectasias on legs are referred to as “spider veins”. As an electrologist, you will encounter these tiny veins on the face and legs of your clients. It is important that you understand what these are, what can cause them, whether or not you can treat the area in which you find them, and if you can treat the veins with the needle.

Published in Electroloysis

PCOS

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is one of the causes of hirsutism, a condition of unwanted hair in women which results in excessive amounts of coarse and pigmented hair on body areas where men typically grow hair. But what exactly is PCOS and how does it cause hirsutism in our clients? PCOS is one of the most common endocrine disorders facing women today, affecting as many as five million women in the U.S. It affects up to 10 percent of women of reproductive age (12 to 45 years) although it can be found in girls as young as seven or eight and women well past menopause. This disorder is thought to be the leading cause of diminished capacity for fertility in women. Although PCOS is one of the leading causes of infertility, the reproductive aspects of the disorder are secondary as PCOS is not limited to women of reproductive age and may not improve after menopause.

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