The In’s and Out’s of Laser Hair Reduction

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Written by Twin City Plastic Surgery

Hair is tricky. You want it on your head but can do without it virtually anywhere else. There are several hair removal options available, and each has their pros and cons. Shaving is the most common method and for many people, shaving works just fine. But shaving must be done several times a week and sometimes, the results are less than ideal. For sensitive areas, like the bikini line, shaving often causes irritation and skin breakouts.

Waxing is a safe and simple way to remove hair for several weeks at a time. Many people feel that the main drawback of waxing is that hair needs to grow for about a week in order for the wax to properly grab onto the hair and remove it from the follicle. Do it yourself waxing seems like it would be convenient and economical, however, most women find that in-home waxing is not as easy as it may seem and often leads to irritation, ingrown hairs, and burning instead of smooth, hair-free skin.

Waxing your skin is an art— that’s why it’s best to trust a professional to get the job done. In order to get the best possible results, it’s important to know the following things before you get waxed.

• Don’t Shave. In fact, it’s important to let your hair grow out for at least a full week before you get waxed— the hair should be a least ¼ inch, to make it easier for the wax to grasp onto the hair.
• Don’t Exfoliate. Exfoliating your skin right before you get it waxed will just cause irritation and will likely cause your skin to hurt more during your waxing session. It’s probably wise to stay off of the exfoliation wagon for at least a day or two before your waxing session— just to play it safe.
• Avoid Retinol. If you use a facial or body cream that contains retinol, take a break for at least a few days before your waxing session. Retinol is great at clearing up acne and helping to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles, but it can also cause your skin to become super sensitive to things like waxing.
• Avoid Moisturizing. Although great for your skin 99% of the time, moisturizers can also clog your pores and hair follicles, making it harder for the aesthetician to get all of the hair out when waxing, so do not apply moisturizer the day of a waxing session.
• Avoid Hot Baths for 24 hours. Hot baths and hot tubs are the perfect way to relax and unwind after a long day. However, because your skin is especially sensitive after getting waxed, you are more prone to getting a bacterial infection from a bath or hot tub that is known to harbor germs. Additionally, the hot temperature could irritate your skin and cause it to become red and inflamed.
• Stay out of the Sun. Because your skin will be extra sensitive after getting waxed, avoid sun exposure for at least 24 hours.

Laser hair reduction is another popular option to get rid of unwanted hair. This procedure initially costs a bit more, but is worth it. After several treatments, many people experience complete hair removal – forever – although results will vary depending on density, color, and coarseness of the hair and the area of the body that you are targeting. If you are deemed a good candidate, you can expect 80% in hair reduction. It’s important to understand that laser hair removal should only be performed by a healthcare professional with proper knowledge and training in the use of lasers. An expert can also advise you on the number of treatments and the results that you can expect to see.

Would You Like Fuller Lips?

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There’s no doubt about it that our lips change as we get older.  They may become somewhat shriveled, the lip line may fade, and those dreaded vertical lines will almost always appear to some degree. While you can’t avoid getting older, there are several things you can do to help lips look fuller and lines less noticeable. 

First of all, you can help lips look better and slow down the loss of volume by protecting them from the sun and not smoking.   Lack of hydration can also cause lines to be more noticeable.  So, regardless of your age or how your lips look now, be sure to always use lip balm with SPF of at least 30, drink plenty of water, and don’t smoke.

For a fast, temporary fix, there are instant glosses that plump the lips.   The gloss irritates the lips so that they “swell” slightly, thus looking fuller.  However, these products are often itchy and uncomfortable. Another option is to use a topical ultra-hydrating hyaluronic acid lip serum such as HA Smooth and Plump Lip System by SkinMedica.  This two-step treatment, available at physician offices,  uses hyaluronic acid which can soften the appearance of lip lines by smoothing the skin and temporarily imparting a plumping effect.

One of the best ways to restore fullness and address the problem of vertical lines is through the use of dermal fillers. Fillers are a quick and easy way to help you look more youthful and refreshed by treating not only fine lines and wrinkles on your face, but by placing the filler directly into the lips to temporarily increase volume, which, in turn, reduces the appearance of vertical lines.

Fillers usually last anywhere from 4-12 months. Lips will eventually go back to normal, but they won’t be more saggy or wrinkly than before.  In fact, even after the injection wears off, you might find that your lips continue to be a bit fuller, due to the trauma of the needle indirectly stimulating your own collagen. There is usually some swelling for a few days after injection and the procedure itself can be a bit uncomfortable. 

If you want to try a filler, be sure to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon.  Although injectable fillers are a very common procedure, they are a medical treatment with some potential risks and side effects if not done correctly by a skilled provider. There are different types of fillers and the one that is best for you depends on many different factors. Most providers recommend starting out with a smaller amount to make sure that lips don’t look too oversized.  You want the result to be a subtle improvement, not something that looks ridiculously huge.  It requires a bit of artistry to create the perfect amount of lift and fullness. 

There are many ways to improve the look of your lips.  Set up a consultation with Dr. Laura Randolph so you can understand all your options, the details of how a procedure will work, and decide on the treatment that is best for you.   

“Brotox”: A Growing Trend

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BOTOX has been deemed as a miracle injectable by plastic surgeons and patients alike. When first released, women everywhere were amazed at the results that they never thought could be possible. And although women are still equally as excited about the results from BOTOX, men are hopping on board too.

Men Have Wrinkles Too

Although it can seem like men are able to get away with a couple additional pounds around their middle and grey hair covering their head way more than women, they still can’t get away with the effects of aging and how it affects their skin. If you’re a middle-aged man, you’ve probably started to notice the appearance of horizontal wrinkles across your forehead, and maybe some subtle wrinkles around your eyes.  For some men, the aging process causes them to look perpetually tired, worried or angry. If you are starting to feel a little self-conscious about the sudden onset of said wrinkles, maybe it’s time to consider BOTOX.

How Does BOTOX Work?

BOTOX works by temporarily relaxing facial muscles that cause wrinkles when you contract them so that fine lines and wrinkles are smoothed out.  Results are usually seen within a few days with maximum effects occurring in about 10 days. The best part is that there is virtually no down time.  You can go back to work the same day.  

It’s Still Manly

No matter what you might think, BOTOX is still manly. Yes, your girlfriend, wife, sister, and mom might all get it, but they are doing it for a reason— because it works. And, you don’t have to get so much BOTOX that you start to look like a Ken doll. In fact, your plastic surgeon will work with you to ensure that the results are subtle, yet enough to make a difference at the same time.

BOTOX isn’t about competing with the women and men in your life to see who can look younger for longer. However, if the women in your life are looking younger every year and you notice that you’re just looking more haggard – then you might as well join them!

If you looked at the most handsome men in Hollywood, you would likely be surprised by how many of them have hopped on the BOTOX wagon. Although typically associated with women, BOTOX can be equally effective for men.  And ladies – if you are struggling to find the perfect gift for the man in your life, consider a BOTOX gift certificate.  And guys – just hand this article to the woman in your life if they need a hint.

Plastic Surgery Can Boost Self-Esteem

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The term “plastic surgery” often brings to mind ongoing attempts, especially by the rich and famous, to turn back the hands of time and the effects aging has on the body, or to correct what nature never provided in the first place.

Technically, however, that thought is not quite accurate. In its broadest sense, plastic surgery refers to any medical procedure that alters or restores the form of the body. Under this wide umbrella fall many variations, including reconstructive, craniofacial, hand, and micro surgeries, as well as procedures to treat severe burns.

Cosmetic surgery, the most well-known of the plastic surgery types, is a sub-category of plastic surgery that includes a variety of elective procedures all aimed at improving a person’s appearance. But contrary to popular thought, it’s not only for the rich and famous, nor is it simply about vanity.

The physicians and staff at Twin City Plastic Surgery (TCPS) work to improve the life of each patient, regardless of the reason they’ve walked through the door for treatment. And, as one patient shares, “they make it as easy as possible,” from providing education and information regarding the specifics of the procedure to the excellent skill and medical care during the procedure itself and the support and follow up during the recovery and post-surgical healing process.

“I never thought I’d do something like this,” says one of their patients. When a mass on her neck proved to be fatty tissue rather than a tumor, she felt relieved. But because the tissue grew only on one side, she felt more and more uncomfortable about it. “It was obvious, even though I tried to hide it as much as possible with scarves,” she explains. It was bothersome, and made her very self-conscious.

She finally reached the point that she needed to either live with it or do something about it. “I decided I could do nothing or do something…and I decided to do something.”

Although she’s very happy with the results, she emphasizes that the reason for her decision to have surgery to remove the mass was not simply based on vanity. “People tell me I look younger, but that’s an unexpected benefit. I still have wrinkles and crow’s feet—but now I’m not self-conscious about the mass, so I have a better outlook and am more confident. I think confidence has a huge effect on how you look.”

Additionally, she stresses that having the surgery was not a rash decision made in a fit of frustration. She did her homework, taking several months to research procedures and surgeons. She advises anyone who is considering this type of elective surgery to do the same. “I had heard about similar facial surgeries from others, and the staff at TCPS provided names of other patients who had had similar experiences. They [previous patients] can tell you what’s really going to happen. It is, after all, surgery—it’s not going to be a piece of cake. It’s really a pretty big deal.”

Another wise decision she made was to research the doctors. “I wanted to know their background, their education and credentials—I wanted an expert in the type of surgery I was going to have,” she says, because something as important as surgery deserves to have the best person performing it.

What surprised her was that she didn’t have to leave town to find that level of excellence. “I was set on going to Chicago, but when I researched the credentials and read the patient reviews, I realized the physicians here [at TCPS] were highly qualified and got even better reviews than the doctors in Chicago.”

Elective, cosmetic surgery can certainly change how you look, but it’s important to be realistic about what surgery can and can’t do for you. Surgery is a big decision, but if you do your homework about the type of surgery you want, the surgeons, and the costs, it’s definitely something that can enhance your life.

“I didn’t want to look like a different person…I just wanted to take care of something that bothered me,” the patient explains. “And I’m glad I did.”

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