The Abbey Journal

Laser Hair Removal

Summer is right around the corner, and with that comes warm weather clothing like shorts and dresses that bare more skin than you’re used to in the winter months. The last thing you want to worry about is shaving and waxing when you should be planning your next beach trip. Luckily, there’s a way to eliminate the need for shaving, waxing, and other repeated hair removal methods. Laser hair removal is an effective way of destroying hair in the follicle to minimize and even eliminate regrowth.

Laser hair removal works by attacking the melanin found in the actively growing hair. The laser uses light that is attracted to the melanin to vaporize it. This process acts on hair that is in the active growth phase. This is why multiple treatments are recommended to ensure all follicles are treated throughout the course of the process. If you don’t want to completely remove all hair, laser hair removal in fewer treatments can lessen the amount of hair in the treatment area.

During the treatment, a slight stinging or pinching sensation may be felt, however the feeling is mild. If your pain tolerance is low, local anesthetics can be applied to the treatment area to increase your tolerance to the procedure.

So if pesky body hair is something that bothers you, start your treatments early so by the time summer hits you won’t need to worry about the hassle of hair removal!

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Tattoo Removal

If you’ve gotten a tattoo that you regret or no longer like, you might be wondering the best way to get rid of it. With the latest technologies, such as the Enlighten laser by Cutera which combines dual wavelengths of Pico and Nano Second pulse speeds, tattoos of any color can be completely and safely removed from any skin type or tone. The number of treatments that is necessary to remove the tattoo may vary on a case by case basis which is due to variation in type, depth and colors of ink involved. Your medical provider would be able to determine this during your consultation. However, significantly fewer treatments will be required with the Cutera Enlighten than with traditional q-switched technology. Tattoos that have been previously treated without successful removal or lightening can be removed as well. This is because with multiple wavelengths and pulse speeds to work with, up to 3 times the energy with 1064 nm and 1.5 times the energy with 532 nm, and the broadest range of fluence and spot- size collection, the optimal treatment protocol for each patient can be customized. Our medical providers can effectively and efficiently deal with any ink color and particle size at any depth and skin type. Optimal results are achieved due to the ability to use multiple settings within the same tattoo for complete lightening or removal of the tattoo.

 

 

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Fast Facts About Kybella

If you’ve turned on a television within the past couple of months you may have noticed a commercial for an injection that claims to dissolve, and thus remove, fat from underneath the chin. This may seem like a hoax to some, but the new drug that is doing just that is Kybella.

Kybella became the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved injectable treatment for submental, or under the chin, fat on April 29, 2015[1]. The active ingredient in Kybella is a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid. This naturally occurring acid helps destroy fat cells in the body. Kybella works by targeting those cells, and the body absorbs the destroyed cells, reducing the appearance of your “double chin”.

Ideal candidates have what looks like a pouch of fat underneath their chin. Sometimes this fat is hard to get rid of with exercise and diet alone, and this can be in part due to genetics. People in this situation could be an ideal candidate, but a consultation with a medical provider is necessary to fully confirm that.

Depending on the severity of the “double chin”, a skilled medical provider will determine how many treatments each individual should receive. Patients generally see results after two to four treatments; however, a patient cannot exceed six Kybella treatments. Treatments are spaced no less than a month apart and during each treatment the provider injects the drug multiple times in different spots under the chin. Patients have expressed a slight discomfort upon the injection and soreness afterwards that can be alleviated by icing the area after treatment.

After the ideal amount of treatments has been completed, and the optimal results are achieved, no other treatments should be necessary. This is because the fat is destroyed in that area. As long as patients actively maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly, the results should be long lasting.

[1] “FDA Approves Treatment for Fat below the Chin.” FDA Approves Treatment for Fat below the Chin. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 29 Apr. 2015. Web. 06 Feb. 2017.

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Botox: The Myths and Misconceptions

Botox has gotten so much publicity that just about everyone has heard about it, however, many people still shy away from it because of negative misconceptions. Botox is a neurotoxin that helps weaken muscles within the injection site for 3 to 6 months[1]. This makes Botox an extremely effective way to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by relaxing the muscles that cause them. Despite the positive reviews that Botox is getting from medical providers and news outlets, there are still many people who are fearful of it. Following are some of the most common myths and misconceptions about Botox and corresponding clarification.

Myth #1: Botox is only for cosmetic purposes
Most people associate the injection solely with cosmetic purposes. Botox has been proven to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but this is not the only benefit of the injection. Botox also treats conditions such as chronic migraines, excessive underarm sweating, and overactive bladder[2]. These medical benefits have been receiving more media coverage recently.

Myth #2: Botox is dangerous
Many people associate Botox with botulism because it is commonly caused by contaminated food with botulinum toxin. Although this toxin is the same, Botox uses a purified version in extremely low doses that make it impossible for the toxin to manifest in the type of food poisoning associated with botulism[3]. As long as you are being injected by a trained medical provider who is certified to inject it, Botox is safe.

Myth #3: Botox leaves you with an expressionless face
If Botox is injected into the skin by a trained and skilled provider, the provider is able to localize exactly where the injection is needed to only target the area that needs it. Areas that have not been treated will remain the same, and you will be able to express any emotions you normally do. Having Botox injected by a skilled provider will give you the best results and avoid an overdone appearance that TV shows and movies poke fun at for appearing too “fake”.

If you are ever uncertain about any procedure or injection speak with your medical provider and voice your concerns. They will be able to answer any questions you have prior to committing to something you are unsure about. So next time you hear people worrying about Botox, assure them that these myths are in fact myths and Botox is safe and rewarding!

[1] Nigam, Pk, and Anjana Nigam. “Botulinum toxin.” Indian Journal of Dermatology 55.1 (2010): 8. PMC. Web. 18 Jan. 2017.
[2] Sifferlin, Alexandra. “11 Surprising Uses For Botox.” Time. Time, 5 Jan. 2017. Web. 25 Jan. 2017.
[3] Lewis Sarah. “8 Myths About Botox® Injections | Healthgrades.” 8 Myths About Botox® Injections | Healthgrades. N.p., 26 July 2016. Web. 27 Jan. 2017.

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What to Expect After a Smartlipo Procedure

“New Year, New Me” is a motto that many people follow once January rolls around. It’s not uncommon for people to start taking initiative about their appearance after the New Year begins. Although some people take the exercise and dieting route, others opt for surgical routes to help manage the problem areas that the gym can’t quite fix. One of these surgical options, Smartlipo, is a minimally invasive, in office procedure, that liquefies and removes stubborn fat.

Smartlipo Triplex is a type of laser assisted liposuction that generates laser energy through thin fibers to liquefy fat which is then removed through a cannula. The thin fiber is inserted beneath the skin through the small incision sites. A local anesthetic is used to numb the area making the procedure comfortable; however, most patients feel a pressure sensation which stops once the fat is liquefied by the laser. Smartlipo is meant to remove fat, not as a weight loss tactic.

After the procedure is completed patients are instructed to wear a compression garment on the treated area for the first 48 and 12 hours daily for the following three to four weeks. The purpose of this garment is to help facilitate lymphatic drainage from the treated area. It is recommended that the area is also gently massaged to help reduce swelling. The small incisions made will heal and will become barely noticeable over time. Patients may feel numbness or increased sensitivity in the treated area for up to four months. Patients may also experience hard nodules of fat under the skin which will slowly resolve as the body reabsorbs the fat. The best way to expedite this is to massage the area.

Results will be noticeable immediately, but swelling will be present and will slowly resolve over the next three to four weeks. After the swelling subsides, patients will continue to see results and improvements over time, but full results will take up to a year. Return to daily activities should be gradual and as tolerated because some soreness, swelling, and sensitivity may occur.

One of the most important things to remember as the body is healing as well as after results are achieved is to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Just like people who achieve a muscular physique, if these people discontinue their gym regimens, they will lose the muscle tone that they worked so hard for. The same can be said with people who undergo Smartlipo. If you don’t eat properly and neglect to stay active, the fat cells left behind can expand, causing weight gain which will diminish the results that your body has achieved with Smartlipo.

So if you do want a new you in the New Year, consider Smartlipo!

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