Tag Archives: beauty

Laser Tattoo Removal and You

18 Apr

Tattoos can be beautiful and exciting pieces of art that can be proudly worn and shown for a lifetime. Other times, we make a hasty decision, our lives or tastes change, or we simply get bored with a tattoo, and buyer’s remorse sets in. Suddenly, you hate your tattoo. That’s when a process called laser tattoo removal might be right for you.

Laser tattoo removal involves using a special laser, called a Q-switched laser, to target the pigments in the tattoo. Various wavelengths of laser energy are used depending on the colors in the tattoo, and generally speaking dark colors are a bit easier to remove than lighter colors. Over the course of several treatments, the laser acts on the pigment and breaks it down where the body can absorb the pigment.

The number of treatments required for laser tattoo removal can vary due to numerous factors and can differ significantly from one individual to another. Things like skin tone, where the tattoo is located, and how much ink was used to create the tattoo will influence how many treatments are needed. Treatments will usually be spaced about six weeks apart. Remember, the the laser doesn’t actually remove the ink it only breaks up the pigment. Time will be needed for your immune system to get rid of the ink. If your immune system is compromised in some way, you may not be a good candidate for laser tattoo removal. Folks with diabetes or HIV may not be able to undergo laser treatments, and people that are taking medication that makes them sensitive to light may not be good candidates either. Talk to your doctor before you have laser tattoo removal performed, and be sure to let the technician preforming the procedure know of any medical conditions you may have.

Barring any unusual health conditions, you will be ready for laser tattoo removal after a thorough talk with your doctor. Usually, a topical anesthetic will be applied about a half hour before the treatment begins, although sometimes a local anesthetic is injected. It’s not unheard of for some patients to choose to use no anesthetic at all, but most are happy to have some numbness in the area being treated. The laser itself is used for quite a short time during a treatment, something like 30 seconds to a minute is all that is required during a single procedure.

Additional Resources:

The Best Options to Remove Unwanted Body Hair

28 Feb

There are many women and men who are insecure about unwanted hair. No one should be embarrassed to be close with someone because they are afraid that the other person might notice their stray hairs. At the same time, no one should have to toil with heavy makeup that can potentially clog the pores of someone’s skin and cause blemishes. Makeup is no solution. Any heavy makeup product will cause skin problems, look unnatural, and the hair will still be noticeable anyway. Luckily, there are several solutions to the problem for varying budgets.

The least expensive option is to use a hair removal cream or foam. These work by killing the root of the hair, causing it to fall out. These are available at most drug stores at a low ticket price. There are, of course, some drawbacks to this method. If you have sensitive skin, you might develop red bumps on the area the cream or foam was applied, or even a mild rash. This should fade or completely disappear within 24 hours. If it doesn’t, you should contact a dermatologist because you might have had an allergic reaction. The hair will grow back in 1-3 weeks depending on your personal hair growth rate, and you will have to reapply the treatment.

Another option is waxing the hair. You can either buy a home kit at a pharmacy or go into a salon to have it done professionally. To remove the hair, you need to heat up the wax, apply it to the area of your body with unwanted hair, place a cloth strip on the wax, and pull the strip off in the opposite direction of the hair growth. Because this method feels slightly more painful than ripping a bandage off, you might want to consider taking care of it at a salon. A professional has a more practiced hand in this technique. With this method, you might also deal with bumps, and of course you will have to deal with hair regrowth.

Laser hair removal is the most expensive option, but it may be the cheapest in the long term. For this method, you would need to make an appointment with an office that performs this procedure. It should be observed if not performed by a doctor. Removing hair by laser works by killing the entire hair follicle so that it won’t grow back. It can also be painful and cause redness and bumps at first, but you will never deal with that unwanted hair again.

Celebs Fave Ways to Get in Shape for the Red Carpet

16 Feb

As red carpet season approaches, celebrities start to clear their calendars so they can begin to book appointments for cosmetic procedures before they are seen up close and personal by millions of scrutinizing fans around the world. Although, as every personal assistant can attest, every celebrity’s personal choice of cosmetic procedures is different. But there are some common ones that celebrities tend to favor.

The first appointment that many famous actresses and singers make is at their favorite vein treatment center, since preferred consultants and choice times fill up quick. These appointments, to get rid of spider veins, are considered a must have for the “beautiful people” before they don the fabulous gowns (almost all of which feature a thigh high slit) at the season’s awards shows. Although the awards shows are ostensibly to honor films and actors and actresses for their performances, the statuettes have become secondary to the “best dressed” or “worst dressed” proclamations on magazine covers and newspapers the following day.

In addition to concerns about being considered poorly dressed if they wear dresses that reveal spider veins, actresses and other celebrities, also are perennially worried about appearing older than they are. In their youth obsessed line of work, many actresses are afraid of even appearing the age that they actually are. Spider veins make them look older than they want, so they must go prior to appearing on the red carpet.

Actresses and other celebrities appearing at awards shows also take special care to ensure that their skin looks as young and tight as possible. For an older celebrity, this usually means a stop at her favorite dermatologist’s office or arranging to have a dermatologist make an at home visit to administer the wrinkle stopping Botox injections. A younger actress, however, may be more concerned about her acne spots grabbing the headlines. A favorite star spot treatment is to get a cortisone shot between 12 and 24 hours prior to the awards show. The shot deflates the zit without causing an unsightly mess and leaves the starlet bump free when she hits the red carpet later that night.

Many actresses find themselves undergoing more extensive procedures prior to awards show season. If they were already contemplating cosmetic surgery, such as implants, nips, tucks, and other means of making themselves appear more svelte and young, then they will go ahead and plan to have the procedure done and their body recovered prior to the awards show season.