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Laser Hair Removal - What's The Merit?

Dr. Amitoj Garg 92% (406 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Mohali
Laser Hair Removal - What's The Merit?

Laser hair removal is a permanent hair removal method that makes use of laser beams to reach the hair follicles before the light from the beam is absorbed by the same. This method is preferred by people who do not want to go in for traditional methods like waxing, tweezing and epilating as these require regular sessions and may not always be convenient. So, here's all you need to know about laser hair removal:

* Precision: The laser beam that is set on to the skin gets absorbed by the pigment present in the hair follicles. Each pulse of this laser will take a nanosecond to treat many follicles at one time. The areas like the upper lip and the bikini line can be treated in a matter of minutes. 

* Duration: Most people going through this treatment will require at least five to seven sessions so as to attain permanent hair loss

* Preparation: The procedure does not merely consist of a process that zaps the unwanted hair. Considerable preparation has to go into it, especially since it a long term treatment method. Avoid waxing or electrolysis at least six weeks before the treatment as this may make the skin tender. Also, since the laser beams affect the hair roots that it can catch, it is best to have them grown out so that the procedure is more effective. Also, you will need to limit your time in the sun before going in for the procedure. 

* Trimming: Before the procedure actually starts, the hair will require trimming. A few millimetres will be removed, just above the surface of the skin. 

* Adjustments: Once the trimming is done, the laser equipment will be trained on your skin for a process of adjustment which will involve studying and adjusting as per the colour, thickness and the site of hair removal. Also, the adjustment will be done in terms of the skin colour.

* Protection: Before the laser pulses are administered, the expert will need to wear eye protection and cover the site of hair removal with a cooling gel that will protect the skin. Also, a test pulse will be administered on to a small patch first, in order to see if there is any reaction or inflammation.

* Aftermath: After the procedure, the application of anti-inflammatory creams and lotions will take place, following which the next session will be scheduled. Usually, the next session will be three to four weeks later.

You must make sure that you going to a well-known clinic where the laser hair removal process is conducted by an expert.
 

2130 people found this helpful

Laser Treatment For Varicose Vein!

Dr. Tarwinder Singh Nagpal 86% (18 ratings)
MS - General Surgery
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Bathinda
Laser Treatment For Varicose Vein!

Varicose veins are twisted, enlarged superficial veins that typically appear in the feet and legs.
For many people, the condition is simply a cosmetic concern while for others varicose veins include symptoms like swelling, discomfort and aching.

What Causes Varicose Veins?
Doctors believe that damaged or weak valves may cause varicose veins. Arteries carry oxygenated blood from your heart to other parts of the body and the veins send it back to your heart for recirculation. The veins of your lower body need to work against gravity in order to return the blood to your heart.
Muscle contractions in the extremities act as pumps while the elastic vein walls send blood back to the heart. Small valves open in your veins as blood flows to your heart, and then close again to prevent the blood from flowing back. If these valves become damaged or weak, blood may flow back and accumulate in the veins, causing it to twist or stretch.

Symptoms of Varicose Veins
You may experience the following signs if you have varicose veins –

• Discoloration of the veins – usually they appear blue or dark purple
• Legs feel heavy
Itching around the affected veins
Muscle cramps
• A throbbing, burning sensation
• Swelling and bruising
• Discomfort and pain the veins of the legs

The symptoms of varicose veins are quite prominent and require treatment. If the condition is not that severe, exercises and compression stockings may be prescribed to manage the symptoms. However, if you are looking for a long-term cure, laser treatment may be the best option for you.

Can Laser Treatment Cure Varicose Veins?
Your doctor may use highly focused laser beams to treat varicose veins. The laser emits heat, which forms scar tissues. The scar tissue closes the vein so it loses its source of blood and eventually dies. In a year or two, the vein is likely to disappear.

Here are the different types of laser treatment you can opt for –
• Simple Laser Treatment –
The laser beams are focused on the outer surface of the skin. It helps cure the tiny veins that are located just beneath the skin. Normally, more than one session of laser treatment is required. Your doctor may schedule you for a session every 6-12 weeks.

• Endovenous Laser Treatment – This type of laser treatment is directed towards treating larger varicose veins that appear in the legs. The doctor passes a laser fiber through a catheter (a long, thin tube) into the veins. While doing this, he/she keeps a close watch on the veins through a duplex ultrasound screen.

Laser treatment is less painful than other procedures like vein stripping and ligation. The entire procedure can be done while you are on local anesthesia or sedatives. Moreover, the time for recovery is relatively short. You can expect to get back to your routine activities in a week or two following laser treatment.

1019 people found this helpful

Laser & Skin Thinning - Is There A Link?

Dr. Ramanjanayalu 90% (11 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Dermatology, Fellowship In Aesthetic Medicine
Dermatologist, Bangalore
Laser & Skin Thinning - Is There A Link?

Laser treatment is used for a variety of medical and cosmetic purposes. There are a number of hair and skin treatment methods that are conducted with the help of lasers. Most of the skin treatments using laser technology, are laser resurfacing for younger looking skin, employ light and sporadic bursts of beams. These beams are trained onto the skin of the patient to be absorbed by the chromophores, which contain water and other substances of the skin. This chromophore then turns this light energy into heat energy to destroy thin layers for the skin to heal and look younger. Many people have a misconception that this process may cause the skin to become extremely thin and fragile.

Yet, this is not true. Let us find out about the various kinds of laser methods and why they do not make the skin thin.

  1. Fractional laser skin resurfacing: This treatment method makes use of laser pulses in order to treat microscopic columns of the affected skin, which does not leave any visible scarring and bleeding. This kind of laser works only on the surface of the skin and does not cause any harm to the skin composition. In fact, it improves the skin quality by treating the skin which is damaged.
  2. Plasma skin resurfacing: In this laser treatment, the doctors will make use of lasers that let out plasma energy which destroys the lower layers of the skin. In this method, the top layers of the skin will not really be affected. The top layer forms a protective covering over the lowers layer as the latter heals. This ensures that the lasers do not cause any kind of thinning of the skin in the long run, as they penetrate just deep enough to fix the damage of the lower skin layer, without destroying the top layer of the skin.
  3. Infrared skin resurfacing: This kind of treatment involves the use of heat invoking laser beams that treat the deep layers of the skin. These kinds of laser beams do not affect the actual composition of the skin and its cells. This helps in retaining the quality of the skin without making it thin.
  4. Superficial erbium: Mild laser beams are employed in this form of treatment in order to smoothen the oncoming wrinkles. This kind of treatment also helps in treating other kinds of skin problems. These beams help in smoothening and tightening the skin without making it thin.
  5. Effect on skin: These kinds of lasers do not cause the skin to become thin because the pulses of energy and heat are merely passed over the skin instead of piercing through and changing the skin composition. Also, the skin is usually wiped with water between the laser pulses, which makes this a safe option.
2099 people found this helpful

Laser Dentistry - Know More About It!

Dr. Anshumali Srivastava 89% (63 ratings)
BDS , MDS
Dentist, Gorakhpur
Laser Dentistry - Know More About It!

What is laser dentistry?

Laser dentistry is the use of lasers to treat a number of different dental conditions.
Laser dentistry potentially offers a more comfortable treatment option for a number of dental procedures involving hard or soft tissue compared to drills and other non-laser tools.

Laser stands for “light amplification by the stimulated emission of radiation.” the instrument creates light energy in a very narrow and focused beam. This laser light produces a reaction when it hits tissue, allowing it to remove or shape the tissue.

Laser dentistry is used in a variety of procedures, including:

  • Dental hypersensitivity
  • Tooth decay
  • Treating gum diseases
  • Whitening teeth and many more

Lasers can make dental treatments more efficient, cost-effective, and comfortable. The food and drug administration (FDA) has approved laser dentistry as a treatment option for several dental conditions.

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CO2 Laser Treatment - Know Utility Of It In Acne Scars!

Dr. Kavita Mehndiratta 88% (34 ratings)
MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, DVD
Dermatologist, Faridabad
CO2 Laser Treatment - Know Utility Of It In Acne Scars!

People suffering from acne scars go through mental pressure as well as emotional problems. Studies have shown that people suffering from acne scars are more likely to suffer from anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and low confidence. Typical causes of acne include bacteria, excess oil, and clogged hair follicles. The acne can get more severe due to some medications, stress, or diet.

Severe acne may be treated with proper medications but it leaves behind scars. These scars can be treated with the fractional CO2 laser. The method includes treatment of the scarred skin that results in healthy skin.

Benefits of Fractional CO2 Laser Treatment- 

This method is opted by those who suffer from acne. The benefits of this method are:

  • It not only reduces the scars but also reduces the sign of aging, smoking lines, wrinkles, and several other unwanted facial lines.

  • This treatment comes with minimal discomfort that too only when some topical cream is applied to the skin.

  • This treatment works even on darker skin types, including Asian skin.

  • The recovery period of this treatment is 4 days or less.

Fractional CO2 Laser Working

During the procedure, several rays of the CO2 laser will create miniature holes (microscopic holes) below the surface of the skin to help generate the new collagen. This new and healthy collagen keeps the skin very youthful. Fractional CO2 works only on the affected area leaving the unaffected ones and this helps in speeding up the recovery.

Method of Fractional CO2 Laser Treatment

The whole treatment is performed using topical anaesthesia and a topical numbing cream is applied on the screen before an hour of the treatment starts. Throughout the procedure, the patient would be awake and may feel a little discomfort.

A session would hardly take an hour. During the hour you will feel the peeling of the skin and a slight sunburned sensation of the skin. This sensation on the skin will last for 4-5 days.

The treatment is customized according to the needs of the customer. There are two types of treatment:

  • Shallow treatment: The recovery period lasts for only 2-3 days as the treatment is not very critical.

  • Deeper treatment: Requires the holes to go deeper down the skin and would take more time to recover for around seven to ten days. However, the result of the treatment depends on the depth of the treatment.

After the treatment, there might be less noticeable scars and less aging signs along with all other skin conditions. The skin will start getting clearer. However, the actual result of the treatment will start showing after a week and will continue to show till six months. It is always advisable to consult an experienced and skilled dermatologist.

1268 people found this helpful

Diabetic Retinopathy - How To Avert It?

MBBS, DNB - Ophthalmology, Fellowship In Glaucoma, FRCS - Ophthalmology
Ophthalmologist, Pune
Diabetic Retinopathy - How To Avert It?

Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes in the eye. In early stages, the disease might not produce any effect of the eyesight. With time, however, if untreated it progresses to complete blindness. This disease damages the light sensing tissue (the retina). Both diabetes type 1 and 2 can cause this disease as a complication. Your risk increases with the duration you have had diabetes for.

Symptoms of diabetic retinopathy:

It often has no symptoms in the early stages and can affect both Type 1 & 2 diabetics. The following signs if exhibited by your body, will help you identify diabetic retinopathy:

• Difficulty in near vision

• Difficulty in adjusting to change in illumination

• Black shadows/floaters in the fields of vision

Its risk factors include:

• Long-standing and poorly controlled diabetes,

• Family history of diabetic retinopathy,

• Associated hypertension, anemia, abnormal lipid profile and kidney disease.

The types of diabetic retinopathy:

• Non-proliferative (mild, moderate and severe),

• Proliferative, with bleeding into the eye cavity

• Maculopathy affecting the central most sensitive part of the retina

Complicated-associated with retinal detachment and glaucoma

Treatment

Treatment options include-diabetes control, laser therapy and injections in the eye and surgery depending on the severity of the disease

Diabetic retinopathy: Better prevented than cured

• All diabetics should have a yearly eye check to screen for retinopathy starting at time of diagnosis

• Good Diabetes control is critical to preventing or delaying onset of retinopathy and also to response of retinopathy to treatment. A balance of a diet, exercise an medication regime is definitely helpful

• Give up smoking: It is a habit that exacerbates diabetes complications, or indirectly even leads to diabetes, so you should steer clear of it.

1935 people found this helpful

Energy Based Vaginal Rejuvenation Therapies - Know More About Them!

Dr. Inthu M 94% (3240 ratings)
MBBS, M.S Obstetrics & Gynaecology, F.MAS FELLOWSHIP IN MINIMAL ACCESS SURGERY, D. MAS Dipolma in MINIMAL ACCESS SURGERY, FICRS, Fellowship in COSMETIC GYNAECOLOGY, Diploma in advanced Laparoscopy for Urogynaecology & Gynaec oncology, Basic training course in minimal invasive surgery in Gynaecology, Basics of Colposcopy, Fellowship in Cosmetic Gynaecology, Certificate course in diagnostic ultrasound imaging, Certificate of hands on training in hysteroscopy, Certificate course in diabetes, Fellowship in assisted reproductive technology, Certificate program in aesthetic Medicine, Certificate of operative Hysteroscopy, Certificate course in clinical embryology
Gynaecologist, Chennai
Energy Based Vaginal Rejuvenation Therapies - Know More About Them!

A woman’s body keeps undergoing changes all throughout her life. These changes become especially evident during childbearing, delivery, breastfeeding, pre-menopause, menopause and its aftermath. Aging too works in changes in her body. Her genitalia too may undergo changes in keeping with the rest of her body. However, sometimes women find these changes hard to accept. Some medical conditions too may necessitate genital rejuvenation.

Vaginal rejuvenation does not mean you have to go under the knife. There are minimally invasive ways of going about it.

When might a Woman need Vaginal Rejuvenation?

Here are some reasons a woman may opt for vaginal rejuvenation – 

  • Laxity of the vaginal canal caused by natural childbirth

  • Vaginal dryness

  • Sagging of the Labia Minora and the Labia Majora

  • Orgasm dysfunction and inability to enjoy sex

  • Vaginal atrophy

  • Urine leakage

Vaginal rejuvenation not only helps do away with all these medical issues but it also enhances the aesthetics of a woman’s private parts.

Non-surgical Means to Vaginal Rejuvenation -

Energy based Therapy -

As the name suggests, this treatment aims to undo vaginal damage by using heat. A beam of high-energy rays is aimed at the site that needs to be rejuvenated. It boosts the production of collagen, which is instrumental in healing scars and wrinkles and promotes the growth of new tissues. Moreover, it also makes the tissues of the vagina shrink and tighten.

There are a number of different treatments available that utilize energy-based therapy –

  • Radiofrequency treatment – Radiofrequency devices guide electromagnetic waves and the heat generated raises the temperature of the surrounding tissues.

  • Laser CO2 treatment – This treatment entails using carbon dioxide and laser technology to heat up the lowest layer of the tissues underneath the skin. This triggers the secretion of collagen. This tightens and makes the skin of the vagina taut.

If the damage done to the vagina is not extensive, then you may try exercises as an effective cure for your problems. Doctors might suggest Kegel exercises and pelvic floor work out to tighten the muscles of the vagina.

Non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation is effective in undoing any damage that might have been brought to a woman’s labia.

3166 people found this helpful

Laser Hair Removal - What All Should You Be Aware About It?

Dr. Mithun Panchal 87% (65 ratings)
M.Ch - Plastic Surgery, M.S GENERAL SURGERY
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Vadodara
Laser Hair Removal - What All Should You Be Aware About It?

In the modern times, hair removal has become very common. Most people get a hair removal done for fashion reasons, although hair removal is extremely hygienic as well. The common hair removal methods are waxing, shaving or tweezing. The latest and the most effective hair removal method is laser hair removal

Benefits:

  1. Lasers are extremely useful to remove unwanted hair from different parts of the body like the face, the legs, the arms, the underarms, the bikini line, and any other area. Here are a few benefits of laser hair removal:
  2. Laser hair removal can focus on a particular portion of the skin leaving the surrounding areas. It can also remove coarse hair without affecting the skin in the area.
  3. It is a very fast method as each laser pulse takes just a fraction of a second. An upper lip laser hair removal takes about a minute whereas laser hair removal of the back can take almost an hour.
  4. Laser hair removals are mostly permanent after a series of minimum 3 sittings.

What to do before Treatment?

Laser hair removal is just not a method to remove hair, it is a complete treatment. Make sure the person who will conduct the treatment on you is a professional technician or a doctor. 
If you are getting a laser hair removal, abstain from waxing, plucking, or electrolysis for at least six weeks before going through the treatment. Also try to avoid the Sun as that can create certain complications.

What to expect from Treatment?

Before your unwanted hair is removed with laser, it will be trimmed to just a few millimeters right above the skin. The equipment of the laser treatment will adjust to the colour, the thickness, as well as the location of the unwanted hair being treated, along with the skin colour. The technician and you will need to wear eye protection, according to which laser will be used. Your outer skin will also be requiring a coolant gel or device before the treatment takes place. 

After the treatment is done you will be provided with ice packs and anti-inflammatory lotions to relieve the discomfort. Schedule your next sitting after at least six weeks. You will have to keep going for more sittings until hair stops growing.

Risks:

You might look sunburned after the treatment. Moisturizing will help ease the burnt feeling. Use sunscreen to prevent any colour change of your skin. Some other side effects can be blistering (which is usually very rare), swelling, scarring, or redness.

1567 people found this helpful

Microneedle Radiofrequency - Know Utility Of It!

Studio 6 Lifestyle Clinic 85% (10 ratings)
Dermatologist, Jammu
Microneedle Radiofrequency - Know Utility Of It!

Over the last few decades, the demand for aesthetic procedures has escalated. Everyone wants to look the best. The skin can be ravaged over time, with age, exposure to the sun and rising levels of pollution. More and more people are willing to undergo treatment using energy based devices.

What is microneedle radiofrequency treatment?

Many forms of laser treatment leave scars on the skin and also have long-term side effects. But, Microneedle radio frequency is a highly efficient way to treat acne, stretch marks and other skin disfigurements.

Microneedles are microscopic needles that can penetrate the skin up to a certain depth. Radio frequency devices employ insulated microneedles and radiofrequency energy to deliver heat to the dermis layer of the skin. This reduces the risk of damaging the epidermis of the skin because this technology offers greater depth control.

Scars and stretch marks can cause a variety of scars depending on the inflammation. These can include the atrophic scarring of the epidermis, ice pick scars, boxcar scars, rolling scars, etc. all of which can be treated with microneedle radio frequency. Treatment sessions of MNRF are spaced around 5 to 6 weeks. Usually, 4 to 5 sessions are required for smoothening of scars. In the case of stretch marks, it takes some more sittings.

What is the success rate of micro needle radio frequency treatment?

The amount of energy to be delivered depends on the severity of the scarring. Patients have reported improvement after just four sessions spaced out over four months. 85% of the people who undergo this procedure notice 75% improvement in acne scarring within months of the commencement of the procedure.

Why do doctors prescribe microneedle radiofrequency?

Microneedle radio frequency is a method preferable to other laser-guided technology because recovery does not take long and the risks of pigmentation, scarring and infection and the procedure can be conducted without anaesthesia. As the treatment is done inonPD basis under the effect of numbing gel, the person is discharged on the same day. Moreover, this procedure can be carried out on all skin types, even those that are highly sensitive.

The procedure is a safer alternative to laser treatments for scar and stretch marks leaving behind no post-inflammatory pigmentation.

1321 people found this helpful

Laser Hair Removal - How To Get Started With It?

MBBS, Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine, Diploma in Sexual & Reproductive Health
Cosmetology, Panchkula
Laser Hair Removal - How To Get Started With It?

Laser hair removal is a permanent hair removal method that makes use of laser beams to reach the hair follicles before the light from the beam is absorbed by the same. This method is preferred by people who do not want to go in for traditional methods like waxing, tweezing and epilating as these require regular sessions and may not always be convenient. So, here's all you need to know about laser hair removal:

* Precision: The laser beam that is set on to the skin gets absorbed by the pigment present in the hair follicles. Each pulse of this laser will take a nanosecond to treat many follicles at one time. The areas like the upper lip and the bikini line can be treated in a matter of minutes. 

* Duration: Most people going through this treatment will require at least five to seven sessions so as to attain permanent hair loss

* Preparation: The procedure does not merely consist of a process that zaps the unwanted hair. Considerable preparation has to go into it, especially since it a long term treatment method. Avoid waxing or electrolysis at least six weeks before the treatment as this may make the skin tender. Also, since the laser beams affect the hair roots that it can catch, it is best to have them grown out so that the procedure is more effective. Also, you will need to limit your time in the sun before going in for the procedure. 

* Trimming: Before the procedure actually starts, the hair will require trimming. A few millimetres will be removed, just above the surface of the skin. 

* Adjustments: Once the trimming is done, the laser equipment will be trained on your skin for a process of adjustment which will involve studying and adjusting as per the colour, thickness and the site of hair removal. Also, the adjustment will be done in terms of skin colour.

* Protection: Before the laser pulses are administered, the expert will need to wear eye protection and cover the site of hair removal with a cooling gel that will protect the skin. Also, a test pulse will be administered on to a small patch first, in order to see if there is any reaction or inflammation.

* Aftermath: After the procedure, the application of anti-inflammatory creams and lotions will take place, following which the next session will be scheduled. Usually, the next session will be three to four weeks later.

You must make sure that you going to a well-known clinic where the laser hair removal process is conducted by an expert.
 

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