Laser Center of Milford http://www.lasercenterofmilford.com Serving All of Connecticut Mon, 05 Dec 2016 19:19:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 My Journal with Alopecia http://www.lasercenterofmilford.com/my-journal-with-alopecia/ http://www.lasercenterofmilford.com/my-journal-with-alopecia/#respond Mon, 31 Oct 2016 17:13:46 +0000 http://www.lasercenterofmilford.com/?p=933 Tropical summer holiday fashion vogue concept - african american woman wearing sunglasses on a wooden pier background
I used to have very long, thick and curly hair. It was so long that I used to sit on it. Looking back, I shudder that I used to contemplate the idea of getting it thinned out at one point. In 2008, I was working at a salon as their office manager/front administrator. A client asked me if I was losing my hair. Confused, I asked her what made her ask that. She replied that since the last time she had been in the office, she could see my scalp more. I was taken aback, a little offended at her observation. I was young; I wouldn’t be worrying about that, I shouldn’t be. The client’s remark still lingered in my head which led me to do some of my own research. I searched through older pictures and asked family members if the noticed a change. Unfortunately, the client, whom I thought was obnoxious at the time, was correct. I realized that my hair was not as thick or long as it was before. My scalp was more visible.

I restlessly tried everything that claimed to thicken hair: Biotin supplements, prenatal vitamins, hair thickening shampoo, anything and everything that claimed to reverse my losing hair. Not seeing any results, I was left in despair. I went to my primary doctor where they ran several blood tests, which only revealed that I wasn’t deficient with my hormones at all. They referred me to a dermatologist who did a scalp biopsy in the office. I remember being awake for the procedure as they took out a chunk of my scalp. That one piece could determine what was happening to me and why it was happening so soon. I had stitches in my head and was told to come back for the results.

The results came a painstakingly long week later. The stitches in my head were being removed by the nurse when the doctor came in. With my mom by my side, I braced myself for the diagnosis.

“Androgenic Alopecia,” the doctor very bluntly said.

The diagnosis rang in my head. I was devastated. Only 20-years-old and being diagnosed with androgenic alopecia. I started to cry in the exam room. I don’t remember much of what the doctor said after that.

I learned that androgenic alopecia is a form of hair loss. It has no cure and I am stuck with this disease for life. I was so angry at the doctor for giving me the bad news, angry at this condition that plagues me, and just angry that the bad news will keep coming. The only ‘treatment’ was to apply a topical Minoxidil with Retin-A in it. I say treatment as this would only prevent my existing hair from falling out, but do nothing for future hair growth. I remember hearing about this before; it was a super-powered Rogaine, only for balding older men. They said nothing else would help my hair.

That day was so heartbreaking. I was 20-years-old with androgenic alopecia and had to take a topical that until recently I thought was for balding old men. For the next few years, I would cry hysterically when I had to talk openly about my alopecia. I was so insecure that I just avoided discussing it at all. That information was shared solely with people on a need-to-know basis.

Fast forward 8 years; I continue to use the topical Minoxidil prescribed by my dermatologist along with anything else that I thought would help. I’ve learned to accept my diagnosis and can now freely talk about my alopecia without crying. These past years were hard, but I have done many things to improve the appearance of my scalp and hair. While it may just be a dream to back my once-long locks, I’ve resorted to extensions. At the salon, they inspect my hair to make sure that I am not causing further damage. It’s a costly and tedious procedure as I have to purchase the extensions, and then make an appointment, and then get the extensions put on by a professional one at a time. My hair is my security blanket; it’s worth the time, money and effort I put in.

I’m living back in the east coast after working on the west coast. I’m now working at the Laser Center of Milford, a family-owned medical spa. Three months ago, we started offering PRP treatments from Eclipse. The treatments include micro-needling with PRP, as well as PRP injections for hair loss restoration. The PRP, or Platelet Rich Plasma, is full of the body’s natural growth factors that could beautify the skin, or help balding or thinning hair. I jumped in to the treatment chair and was the first to have this service performed in our office. Over the years I’ve learned to accept that results may take a while, if at all, but remained optimistic.

Following my first treatment, I was told that I might not see any visisble improvement until after the second treatment. It was a little sad to hear, but I remained hopeful. My second appointment came around a month later, and I could not wait. After my second treatment, I started to see baby hairs forming on my head. Baby Hairs! On MY head! It’s been years since anything has grown on my head, I’ve spent years trying to keep the hair I had at that point and now it was growing. After the third treatment, I continued to see improvement on my head. The baby hair that was there a month ago was growing pretty long, and hair on my crown has thickened.

If I could speak to the client who first pointed out my balding, I would like to thank her. I don’t know how long it would have taken me to notice. I appreciate her honesty (though at the time, I was very upset). What my alopecia has taught me is that no matter what insecurity a person may have, I hope over time they can learn to accept it and even embrace it. I believe there is a solution out there for anyone and I hope they remain persistent in finding one, just like I did.

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Get Rid of Toenail Fungus http://www.lasercenterofmilford.com/get-rid-of-toenail-fungus/ http://www.lasercenterofmilford.com/get-rid-of-toenail-fungus/#respond Mon, 10 Aug 2015 12:00:20 +0000 http://www.lasercenterofmilford.com/?p=899 Get rid of toenail fungus
Our feet: likely the most hard-working of our body parts, and often the most neglected. They spend years pounding the pavement, wrapped up in socks and shoes, and just simply don’t get the TLC they deserve. The same goes for our toenails, which, upon negligence, can grow to funny angles, become thick and coarse, or even worse – develop an infectious toenail fungus.

What is Toenail Fungus?

Nail fungus is a common condition that starts out as a spot under the tip of your toenail. This spot, usually yellow or white, can go deeper into the nail and cause discoloration, thickening of the nail or crumbling. It can also spread to other nails.

What Causes Toenail Fungus?

Toenail fungus is usually the result of a yeast or mold spore growing in a moist foot environment. There are certain circumstances where nail fungus infections can be more common, including:

  • Advanced age, which causes a reduced blood flow to the feet and slower growing nails
  • Excessively sweaty feet, causing a moist environment
  • Working in a humid or moist environment, such as a lifeguard or in a construction site where your feet are constantly hot and sweaty
  • Wearing socks and shoes that don’t breathe and have no ventilation
  • Wearing sweaty socks to bed
  • Living with someone who has nail fungus
  • Frequenting areas, such as swimming pools and gyms, with bare feet
  • Having a pre-existing condition called athlete’s foot
  • Having a minor nail injury or a skin condition, such as psoriasis or eczema
  • Having diabetes, circulation problems or a declining immune system

Toenail fungus can occur in other circumstances, but these are often the most common.

How Can I Prevent Toenail Fungus?

  • Always ensure that you are washing your feet and toenails regularly, including using a nail brush to scrub all the dirt out from under the nails. Ensure that you keep your nails short and dry.
  • Wear absorbent socks made of materials such as wool, nylon, and cotton. These fabrics repel moisture. Don’t forget to change your socks often, especially if you have excessively sweaty feet.
  • Don’t always wear closed-toe or humidity-inducing shoes, such as rubber boots or steel-toed boots. It’s good to wear bare feet or open toed shoes to help air things out.
  • Get rid of those old stinky shoes! Chances are, they are harboring fungi and may be the cause of the infection. If you’re really attached to the shoes, you can treat them with an antifungal spray or powder.
  • Antifungal sprays or powders, such as the kind that treat athlete’s foot, are sometimes effective for toenail fungus. You can spray or sprinkle onto your feet as well as your shoes.
  • Try to avoid being barefoot on pool decks and in public showers. Pack a pair of flip flops to be safe when you’re using these public places.
  • Although it’s tempting to stop at that small nail salon for the cheap pedicure, you might be exposing yourself to an infection. Thanks to poor tool sterilization and unsanitary practices, you might end up getting a fungus or worse from some of these places. If you’re unsure, you can always bring your own tools and polish to the salon, and request they use them. Nevertheless, it’s always important to frequent a salon that you’re familiar with the reputation.
  • If you already have a fungal infection, avoid the nail polish or artificial tips on your toes, as this can trap unwanted moisture and worsen the infection.
  • Finally, always practice proper hygiene and make sure that you wash your hands after touching an infected nail. Nail fungus is contagious and can spread from nail to nail.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

If your toenail fungus is not going away and common home remedies are not working for you, there is an alternative option: Q-switch laser treatment. The Q-switch laser can eliminate the fungus by targeting the pigment of the fungi, which heats it and damages or kills the infection. Often only a few treatments will eliminate the fungal organism and restore the nail to its normal health. Contact us today to find out about the options available to you!

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Done with your Tattoo? http://www.lasercenterofmilford.com/done-with-your-tattoo/ http://www.lasercenterofmilford.com/done-with-your-tattoo/#respond Mon, 06 Jul 2015 12:00:39 +0000 http://www.lasercenterofmilford.com/?p=884 Done with your tattoo
Tattoo used to be reserved for biker gangs, soldiers, and sailors – faded green anchors, skulls with roses and a heart with “Mom” piercing its flesh. Over the last decade, tattoo popularity has exploded and is hitting an all-time high with even the most demure of people adorning their wrists with their children’s name.

It’s now trendy for hipsters to have full sleeves to match their black horn-rimmed glasses and 40somethings getting their family crest tattooed on their backs while away in Vegas. However, just because it’s trendy doesn’t mean that there aren’t people who regret the decision. Tattoos, as you know, are harder and often more painful to remove than they are to administer.

What to do if you change your mind about a tattoo? Luckily, there are options…but first, let’s take a look at some of the driving forces behind this form of art.

When Did it Start?

Tattooing dates back to thousands of years ago, as evidenced by mummies and archeological records. Some were with henna, some paint, and even natural dyes inserted into the skin via an archaic needle-like procedure.

Popular Tattoo Choices for Men and Women

As mentioned before, tattooing today has transcended the clichés of sailors and bikers. The popularity of television programs such as “Miami Ink” and “Ink Master” has only increased the demand for cool body art. Today, men are inking themselves all over their bodies, with the most popular areas being the back, shoulders, chest, biceps and calves. Tribal designs, Celtic art, intricate arm or leg bands and family crests are all popular choices. As for the female population, you’re more likely to see tattoos on the shoulders, hips, ankles, lower back, and more popular today, behind the ear and on the inner wrist.

While those who have multiple tattoos or full sleeves of beautiful art may just be designing their bodies with a full palette, many people choose to get a solitary tattoo that has a cherished meaning. For example, commemorating the name or birth date of a child is a popular choice. A birth sign or a family name is also meaningful. Some people even choose to get a super talented artist to recreate a portrait of a loved one.

Overall, getting a tattoo is a big decision, and not one that should be taken lightly! Ensure that you do your research, visit a reputable artist and choose a meaningful design, and you will be less likely to regret it in the future.

Getting Rid of a Tattoo

But what if you want to get rid of that tattoo of the cartoon character that was popular at the time, or even worse: the name of an ex that you thought you’d be with forever? Tattoos are permanent, and removal is lengthy and can be painful – with some outdated techniques including using an acid that removes the top layers of skin, or dermabrasion and skin grafts for larger tattoos! Is there a better way?

Laser Tattoo Removal

Thankfully, the answer is yes. Thanks to laser technology, the new Q-switch laser technique works on the skin with an anesthetic, and destroys pigment with minimal scarring to the surrounding tissue. The ink is subsequently absorbed into the skin. Although it will take multiple sessions to fully remove the tattoo, and it will also depend on the pigment of the tattoo being removed (dark pigments, believe it or not, are easier to remove than colored tattoos), it is extremely effective and minimally invasive.

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Prevent Sun Damage in 4 Easy Steps http://www.lasercenterofmilford.com/prevent-sun-damage-in-4-easy-steps/ http://www.lasercenterofmilford.com/prevent-sun-damage-in-4-easy-steps/#respond Mon, 15 Jun 2015 12:00:58 +0000 http://www.lasercenterofmilford.com/?p=835 Prevent Sun Damage in 4 Easy Steps
The sunny days are here again, and although they bring us lots of nice things, they can also be quite dangerous, especially for our skin. The sunrays are extremely strong at this time of the year, and since the weather is warmer, we usually expose a lot more of our skin than we normally do.

This can cause sun damage to our skin, which manifests in a number of different ways: lines, wrinkles, dry skin, redness, irritation, brown spots and a couple of other occurrences that are neither attractive nor healthy. If you want to prevent sun damage, here are four easy steps that should help you take care of it.

Don’t Skimp on the Sunscreen

Sunscreen can be extremely helpful when it comes to protecting your skin and minimizing visible signs of sun damage, but only if you use it correctly. If your idea of applying sunscreen is digging up a bottle you used two years ago on your summer vacation, dab a couple of drops on your face right before you leave home and then forget about it, you are unfortunately still risking sun damage to your skin.

Make sure you always use enough sunscreen and only use good-quality sunscreen that has not been sitting open for too long. Also, be aware that applying sunscreen in the morning will not protect you for the whole day; in most cases, you have to reapply it at least once every couple of hours. Keep in mind that sunscreen works best if you apply it about 30 minutes before you expose your skin to the sun, so plan accordingly.

Avoid Mid-Day Sun

The sun is the strongest from around 10 AM until around 4 PM, so this is a period during which you should avoid exposing your skin to it. Of course, this is not always possible, so if you do need to be out in the plain sun during those hours, make sure that you apply a good layer of sunscreen, cover yourself with some light clothing and seek out shade whenever possible.

Keep in mind that sun damage doesn’t only affect your skin short-term; no matter how bad and unhealthy sun burns are, they tend to go away in a few days. However, the real magnitude of sun damage will start to show over the years. If you want to avoid early aging of your skin and keep your appearance youthful for years to come, you should do your best to avoid the sun, especially when it is at its strongest.

Accessorize

No, this is not a fashion tip – this is a piece of advice that will help you keep the skin of your face, neck and cleavage smooth, healthy and youthful. Accessories such as hats, sunglasses or parasols are not only a great way of touching up your style; they are also extremely helpful when it comes to protecting your skin from the sun – a very good excuse to go shopping if you feel like you are not properly equipped yet!

The skin on your face is extremely sensitive and can quickly start to show signs of sun damage, so you should do your best to protect it at all times. A hat with a wide brim will also protect your neck and your cleavage, a pair of sunglasses will keep the super-sensitive skin around your eyes safe, and a parasol will help keep your whole upper body protected from the harmful sun rays.

Be Smarter than the Weather

On cooler, cloudier days, not many of us remember to wear sunscreen – we only associate sun damage with hot, sunny days. Unfortunately, this could not be further from the truth. Just because we don’t see the sun on cloudy days does not mean it is not there. The sun rays may not be visible, but they are still very active and ready to harm our skin.

Don’t let the weather fool you into thinking that you don’t need to apply your usual sunscreen or wear your favorite hat. If you truly want to prevent your skin from the signs of sun damage and keep your youthful appearance, protecting your face and body from the sun rays is an absolute must in all weather conditions. The need to apply sunscreen or cover up your skin should therefore never be a dilemma – do it no matter what the weather is like! Your skin will appreciate it and will thank you with a smooth, wrinkle-free complexion.

Sun Damage Treatments

If you notice any signs of sun damage to your skin – lines, wrinkles, dry skin, redness, irritation, or brown spots – make sure to contact us to learn more about the best treatments for sun damage.

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Mother’s Day around the World http://www.lasercenterofmilford.com/mothers-day-around-the-world/ http://www.lasercenterofmilford.com/mothers-day-around-the-world/#respond Wed, 06 May 2015 19:26:57 +0000 http://www.lasercenterofmilford.com/?p=825 Mother's Day around the World
Mother’s Day is a special day to celebrate the special relationship between you and your beloved mom. Although traditions vary across the globe, the underlying theme remains: mothers are deeply loved, and how wonderful to have a day dedicated to her and everything that she does!

Various countries around the world honor their mothers with their own traditions. Here are some examples of how different countries celebrate this special event:

Mother’s Day in the US and Canada

Here in the USA, as well as in Canada, Mother’s Day falls on the second Sunday in May – a time of year that is often sunny and warm. Thus, gifting flowers, gardening supplies, and patio brunches are a popular choice to celebrate mom.

Mother’s Day in Australia

Mother’s Day in Australia is on the same day as in the USA and Canada, but the traditions vary. In Australia, the carnation flower is a symbol of the mother, and the color carnation that you adorn signifies whether or not your mother is alive (a colored carnation) or deceased (a white carnation). Australians, just as the US and Canada, love to pamper mom with breakfast in bed and to adorn her with cakes and gifts.

Mother’s Day in New Zealand

New Zealand too celebrates on the second Sunday in May, and the manner of celebrating is much the same as that in US. Mother’s Day in New Zealand is a happy occasion for all its citizens, where mothers are cherished with gifts, meals out and flowers, much like their counterparts in Canada and the USA.

Mother’s Day in South Africa

Another country that celebrates Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May is South Africa. People of South Africa celebrate Mother’s Day by acknowledging the importance of mothers everywhere. Children thank not only mothers but grandmothers as well for all their love and care. Young children often make their mothers homemade gifts, while the older children will often buy a gift.

Mother’s Day in France

In France, Mother’s Day is reserved for the last Sunday in the month of May. The French love to have extravagant family dinners with fresh bread, cheeses, and wine, and mother’s day is no different. A lavish dinner is usually followed by a traditional Mother’s Day cake that is decorated to look like a bouquet of flowers.

Mother’s Day in Ireland and the UK

Ireland and the UK celebrate mom on the fourth Sunday in the Christian fasting month of Lent. Rich in religious roots, mother’s day in Ireland and the UK traditionally was used to celebrate the “Mother Church” and the Virgin Mary. After visiting the cathedral or church of their hometown, the Irish children would present mom with a beautiful bouquet of flowers they picked along the way. As for the UK children, the tradition of celebrating Mother’s Day began in the early 1600s, with a common custom of making a rich almond cake occurs. This cake is fittingly called the ‘mothering cake’.

Mother’s Day in India

The concept of celebrating Mother’s Day in India is very new – perhaps only a decade or two old. In New Delhi, Mother’s Day has become quite commercial, with much advertising and media involved to get mothers and their families to partake in dining out and shopping. It is thought that one day soon, Mother’s Day will be the national festival of India.

Mother’s Day in Mexico

In Mexico, Mother’s Day is celebrated on May 10 every year. Just like the Mexican flag, Mother’s Day in Mexico is celebrated in a colorful fashion. The day is celebrated with a special mass at church, with the highpoint of the event when the orchestra which plays “las mañanitas” and delicious meal of tamales are served hot and fresh to mom.

Regardless of the country that you visit or the day that you choose to celebrate, it is obvious that mothers all over the globe are very much loved and deserve to be celebrated for everything that they do!

This mother’s day, consider giving your mom the gift of relaxation, beauty and youthfulness. Contact us to fin out how you can make your mom’s day extra special with an aesthetic treatment that will make her feel and look extra special!

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Aesthetic Treatment Options http://www.lasercenterofmilford.com/aesthetic-treatment-options/ http://www.lasercenterofmilford.com/aesthetic-treatment-options/#respond Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:30:06 +0000 http://www.lasercenterofmilford.com/?p=800 Aesthetic Treatment Options
Medical aesthetics is a fairly new field of medicine that combines non-invasive procedures with advanced skin treatments such as advanced facials, microdermabrasion, laser hair removal, skin rejuvenation, and body contouring treatments.

Medical aestheticians may also perform injectable treatments such as Botox and fillers. Medical aesthetics is a growing trend, originating in Europe and gaining great popularity over the last 30 years.

Clinics that perform these procedures are now very popular: their appeal is the ability to offer quick and easy procedures with little to no downtime, all in the desire to improve one’s appearance and well-being.

Here are some of the popular aesthetic treatments options that we perform at the Laser Center of Milford:

PCA Skin Peel

PCA skin peels are chemical exfoliation treatments containing Alpha Hydroxy Acid ingredients such as glycolic acid and lactic acid, as well as other ingredients such as hydroquinone and retinol. Once the peel is administered, it is left on the skin for a period of time to do its work. After removing the solution, your aesthetic specialist may apply a soothing, moisturizing treatment to help soothe the treated skin and plump up the epidermis. There are several types of PCA skin peels that treat a variety of skin conditions, such as blemishes, sun damage, fine lines and hyperpigmentation. It is safe for all skin types, including highly sensitive, rosacea prone and acne prone.

Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is a medical procedure that uses an intense, pulsating beam of light to remove unwanted hair. During the procedure, the laser passes through the skin to an individual hair follicle and damages the follicle, which impedes any further hair growth. Laser hair removal is a great alternative to shaving or waxing, which can cause unsightly razor burn or ingrown hair. Lasting results can be seen after only three treatments.

Laser Therapy (Spider Veins)

In this type of treatment, a laser targets and pierces the vein that is to be eliminated, which causes it to collapse and scar over. This collapsed vein will eventually fade from view and be reabsorbed by the surrounding tissue. Results are seen within two to six weeks after treatments, and recovery time is minimal.

Accent Skin Tightening

Accent Skin Tightening applies radiofrequency energy via a handheld wand to areas of the body that you desire to be smoother, tighter and more toned. Accent skin tightening treatments can tighten and contour skin anywhere on the body, including the face, and is very effective to reduce fat in the leg, buttock and abdomen areas. It is also effective to treat and tighten loose skin post-liposuction. Six treatments are recommended to see results, and these results can last up to 18 months.

Alma Accent Scar Reduction

Alma Accent Scar Reduction is a laser-based system that treats scarring of the skin as a result of acne. The laser stimulates collagen production in the deeper levels of the epidermis and dermis, which smooths out the surface of the skin and lessens acne scars. It is also very effective to treat and prevent acne, as it dries out overactive sebaceous (oil) glands and destroys acne causing bacteria. The Alma Accent treatment is much more effective than topical or oral medicines to treat acne, and the results can be long-term.

HydraFacial

HydraFacial is an innovative treatment that uses a vacuum based specialty device with a tip that delivers speciality serums deep into the skin. These serums are specially formulated to target and combat different skin complaints, such as hyperpigmentation, dehydration, aging, acne and even addresses sensitive skin issues. The treatment also removes dead skin cells, while infusing the remaining cells with the specialized serums, resulting in a fresh and healthy complexion.

Don’t hesitate – call today for more information about these great aesthetic treatments that are available at the Laser Center of Milford and to book your appointment!

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The Most Common Hair Removal Methods http://www.lasercenterofmilford.com/the-most-common-hair-removal-methods/ http://www.lasercenterofmilford.com/the-most-common-hair-removal-methods/#respond Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:41:20 +0000 http://www.lasercenterofmilford.com/?p=786 The most common hair removal methods
We all have unwanted hair that we’d like to remove. While shaving is the most common way to rid yourself of hair, there are many other more permanent ways to be smooth and stubble free for good! Here is a list of some of the most common hair removal methods:

Physical Hair Removal Methods

Shaving is commonplace and easy, but it doesn’t last and can lead to rashes and razor burn. Razors can be used on virtually any body part and work best if you have light or fine hair. Shaving is easy and inexpensive, and should be painless. However, shaving will only keep hair away for a few days. It is not recommended as a first choice for those with very dark body hair because, in most cases, the hair root just below the skin will be visible even right after shaving.

Waxing involves putting warm or cold wax over an area of unwanted hair, followed by ripping the hair out by the follicle with a cloth or paper strip. After waxing, you will typically be hair-free for about two to eight weeks depending on the texture of your hair and its growth cycle. Also, waxing is easy to do, as many drugstores sell home wax kits that can perform the action for you in the comfort of your home. On the flip side, waxing can be very painful, especially in sensitive areas like the face and bikini. Be careful not to burn yourself with a home kit as well.

Sugaring is similar to waxing in that the hair is removed at the root. The sugar is usually made from natural ingredients, such as honey or lemon. It is applied to the skin like a paste, and then removed with a cotton or muslin strip. Because of the natural element of the sugar paste, it is less irritating to the skin, and there is little risk of burning the skin the way you can with wax. As with waxing, sugaring will keep you hair free for up to 8 weeks. However, there is still a minor pain factor associated with sugaring, and it’s hard to find a salon or home kit that works as well as waxing.

Threading is an olden form of hair removal that originated in the Middle East and South Asia. The ‘threader” uses a cotton thread and twists it around individual hairs, then pulling the hair out at the root. Threading works very well for shaping eyebrows and removing small areas of facial hair on women, but it is not useful for full-body hair removal, nor on men that have course facial hair. Also, because some of the hairs are snapped off at the root, instead of being removed at the follicle, you may see new growth more quickly than waxing or plucking.

Depilatory creams such as Nair and Neet are chemical-based creams. They remove the hair by breaking down the hair structure itself. A depilatory cream is applied to an area of unwanted hair and removed after 5-10 minutes, usually with a warm washcloth or rinsed in the shower. They’re quick, easy and inexpensive, but often have an offensive odor and can cause reactions in sensitive skin types. The results usually last 1 to 2 weeks.

Epilators are home-use machines. They use a series of Electric tweezers that mechanically grasp multiple hairs simultaneously and pull the hairs out. Epilators are fairly inexpensive and easy to use. They don’t involve the steps or time needed to tweeze or wax; however, the can be painful and hard to use in small or tight areas, and can cause ingrown hairs. Traditionally, they’re great for the legs and arms, but that’s about it.

Permanent Hair Removal Methods

This includes Laser Hair Removal and Electrolysis. These options offer the closest thing to permanent hair removal available.

Laser Hair Removal uses an intense pulse of light that focuses on and damages the melanin cell, and thus, the hair follicle. This works best for people with light skin and dark hair, as the laser is attracted to the darkness of the melanin. Laser Hair Removal is as permanent of hair removal as you’re going to get. With as little as four to five treatments, you should be able to catch most of the hair at its different growth cycles. From then on, you should only require maintenance treatments about twice a year.

Electrolysis involves inserting a needle into the follicle and burning it. It’s effective but is very time-consuming and can take up to 12 months of treatments to fully work.

Both Laser Hair Removal and Electrolysis involve patience and commitment and need to be performed by a professional.

All the methods listed above are great options for getting rid of unwanted hair – each individual needs to decide what works best for them based on their skin and hair type and personal preferences.

Contact us today to find out more about Laser Hair Removal, and if it might be the right solution for you!

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Clearing up Acne Scars with Laser Technology http://www.lasercenterofmilford.com/clearing-up-acne-scars-with-laser-technology/ http://www.lasercenterofmilford.com/clearing-up-acne-scars-with-laser-technology/#respond Tue, 09 Dec 2014 22:22:14 +0000 http://www.lasercenterofmilford.com/?p=772 Clearing up Acne Scars with Laser Technology

If you have acne, you basically suffer twice – when the painful pimples actually appear, and then again later when they leave you with acne scars.

Acne is a condition that doesn’t discriminate, so it can happen to anyone. 8 out of 10 teens have acne at some point in their lives, and even if you have already managed to survive your teenage years and therefore think you are safe, that unfortunately isn’t true: many adults get acne as well. At least 95% of people with acne also develop acne scarring, at least to a certain degree, which could end up permanently ruining the skin on your face. But there are ways of clearing up the acne scars, and one of the most efficient ones is laser technology.

What is acne and why does it happen?

Acne is a skin condition that shows up as bumps on your skin. There are different types of bumps: whiteheads, blackheads, pimples and cysts. Acne usually appears on the face, but it can also show up on the neck, chest, shoulders, and upper back.

Acne appears when the oil glands in the pores of your skin produce too much oil. This happens because of imbalance in your hormone levels and it causes the pores to become clogged, as they contain too much oil and too many dead skin cells. Bacteria can get trapped inside the clogged up pores, and once they start to multiply, this causes swelling and redness, which eventually leads to acne. If the swelling and inflammation are extensive, this can lead to breaks and ruptures of the skin, which are the main reason for acne scars.

Can I prevent acne scars?

Acne scars are hard to prevent, but there are some ways that can help you milden or even avoid these unpleasant marks.

First of all, stay out of the sun, as exposing your acne scars to the sun can cause the scars to darken, which makes them even more visible, and it also slows down the process of healing. Since it’s not always possible to avoid the sun rays, make sure to apply sunscreen or a moisturizer with sun protection formula whenever you go out. This will not only help reduce your acne scars, but it will also improve the overall condition of your skin.

It’s also important to leave the acne as well as the scars alone – although that is not always easy. If you try to clean the acne by popping the pimple and squeezing out the pus you actually push the bacteria deeper into the skin, which causes more damage. And even though scars don’t look very healthy, they are basically the body’s way of repairing the skin, so any additional picking will unfortunately only worsen the results.

How can laser technology help clean up the acne scars?

If you are not in the lucky small percentage of people who survive acne without the scars, and if the preventive measures didn’t seem to do you much good, laser technology could be a great solution to help you get rid of your acne scars. Alma laser scar reduction treatment is specifically designed to improve the texture, tone and appearance of skin with acne scarring. These treatments bring up to three times quicker results than pharmaceuticals, achieve up to 80% clearance of the skin and only take a few minutes while dramatically improving the problem areas of your skin.

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Reduce Cellulite through Weight Loss? http://www.lasercenterofmilford.com/reduce-cellulite-through-weight-loss/ http://www.lasercenterofmilford.com/reduce-cellulite-through-weight-loss/#respond Tue, 02 Dec 2014 22:17:27 +0000 http://www.lasercenterofmilford.com/?p=764 Reduce Cellulite through Weight Loss?

Cellulite, the lumpy and bumpy areas of skin with a cottage cheese-like texture, is definitely one of the most unpleasant things that can happen to you. It doesn’t hurt and it doesn’t harm your health, but it can significantly worsen the look of your skin, and the worst part is that it is extremely stubborn, so it is almost impossible to get rid of it.

If you’re also fighting your battle with cellulite, you should know you are not alone – 90% of women have at least some degree of cellulite on their bodies, and it most frequently appears around their hips, bottom and thighs. Cellulite is more common with women than with men, and women all around the world spend a whopping $12 million a year just for anti-cellulite treatments that promise to help them get rid of this nasty orange rind-like skin. But what exactly is it that causes cellulite and is it possible to reduce it through weight loss?

What is cellulite and why does it appear?

Cellulite is a condition that appears when pockets of fat underneath the skin push up against the connective tissue that separates fat cells into compartments. This causes the lumpy, dimply skin that is making women all around the world unhappy about their look.

While it is not completely clear why exactly cellulite appears, there are certain factors that influence how much cellulite you will have, such as your diet, the speed of your metabolism, the amount of your physical activity, your hormonal changes, dehydration, and your total body fat. The thickness and the color of your skin also play a part – while they don’t determine whether cellulite will appear or not, they do help make it more or less visible.

Does losing weight help reduce cellulite?

Cellulite doesn’t discriminate – it affects both skinny and curvy women alike. However, that doesn’t mean that losing a certain amount of weight will not improve the orange rind-like look of your skin, as cellulite can appear or become more noticeable after you have gained weight. The best way to both lose weight and reduce cellulite is exercise: it will tone your muscles and give your skin a smoother, more even appearance.

Are there treatments for cellulite?

If your cellulite has developed to an advanced stage or if you would like to see results quickly, exercise alone may not be enough. Even though cellulite has been known as virtually untreatable for many years, modern research has developed methods that can significantly improve the appearance of your skin. One of the most efficient methods in cellulite reduction is the Accent skin tightening. This is an FDA-approved, pain-free treatment that offers advanced results without side effects or a long recovery time.
The Accent treatment works through producing heat in the deep layers of your skin, which in turn causes inflammation of your skin collagen and elastin. Even though inflammation sounds like something you would normally want to avoid, in this case, it is exactly what you want. The inflammation can actually cause formation of new collagen and elastin, which are shorter and stronger, so they pull the skin tighter to firm or tone the skin and help you get rid of those nasty dimples in your skin. Accent treatment works immediately, so you should be able to see some results right away, and with time, as new collagen forms, your skin will tighten even more and thus develop an even more beautiful and firmer look.

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