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Laser Hair Removal

Considering only those performed by board-certified otolaryngologists, dermatologists and plastic surgeons, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery was able to record 901,571 hair removal procedures in 2013 in the US (part of the more than 11 million cosmetic surgical and non-surgical treatments in the same year, which is 12 percent increase from 2012). Beauty and good looks make one much more confident; but with the perfectly smooth skin and stunning beauty that laser hair removal can provide, a person’s level of confidence is sure to soar. Laser hair removal, which was introduced during the latter part of the 1990s and approved by the US Food and Drug Administration subsequently, is a minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure for the permanent reduction of hair. Compared to other hair removal procedures, such as tweezing, shaving, waxing and electrolysis, laser hair removal is faster, much more effective in permanently reducing the hairs of the body, and painless. The website of Bergman Folkers Plastic Surgery talks about the use of the CynoSure Elite, the latest in laser hair removal technology which has consistently displayed unmatched efficiency in removing unwanted hair, as well as client comfort. Working on the Cynosure’s Elite Aesthetic Workstation, board-certified surgeons are also enabled to perform the hair removal procedure on anyone, regardless of his/her type of skin. Laser hair removal can be performed on parts of the body (including the face, arms, legs, underarm and bikini line) where unwanted hair has grown; it involves the use of a laser that is designed to radiate intense light on the skin. This light is supposedly absorbed by the hair follicles’ pigments, destroying hair in the process. Since hair grows in cycles, however, only active follicles would be affected by the light. Due to this, as well as to individual differences in the density of hair, the number of procedures, to achieve desired results,...
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Vampire Facelift, Anyone?

The most alluring idea about the vampire myth is that they are supposed to be forever young and beautiful. Even though beauty is culturally- and historically – bound and that what may be beautiful now may not be beautiful 100 years from now, youth will always signify supple and smooth skin. So to keep one’s face looking young and smooth, should one simply go to the local vampire haunt and invite a toothsome party-goer to a bite? Not exactly. A vampire facelift is a bit of a misnomer because it involves neither a vampire nor a facelift, although it does involve blood. A vampire facelift is a non-surgical procedure in which fine lines and wrinkles are eliminated with the use of a patient’s own blood plasma. It is nearer to the procedure used for Botox and fillers, which are injected in strategic areas to “plump” out the creases brought on by habit and age. A facelift (rhytidectomy), in contrast, is the surgical removal of loose skin so that the remaining skin can be stretched smoothly. It is important to note that it is the plasma and not whole blood that is injected into the skin. More accurately, the colorless platelets in the blood are separated from the red blood cells, and the platelets-rich plasma (PRP) is then activated by a substance containing fibrin which will then turn the plasma into a thin gel-like compound capable of forming a supporting matrix once it is injected into the desired area. This compound serves as the filler, but since it is derived from the patient’s own body, there is no danger of an allergic reaction. A vampire facelift is recommended for the elimination of fine lines in spot areas, or to add volume to others. It is not usually recommended for the full face as it would require quite a lot of...
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