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Laser hair removal for polished underarms, bikini, and, much more

“Personally, I chose to follow the route of laser hair removal because I find shaving a chore, and I could never get a completely clean looking shave with a razor.

I also tried for six desperate months to grow a beard during my first year of college. The results were lackluster at best. I realized I wouldn’t miss my facial hair one bit. Successful hair growth in the future lacked potential. I’m tired of dealing with the frustration, the decision to seek a permanent solution was a no brainer.”

While a single laser hair removal is a long term solution, it normally requires a touch up treatment but only on a occasion . Another reason to consider laser hair removal is for those really hard to reach places that are frustrating and difficult to shave.

How it works:

Ready to Get Your Face Burnt off by Lasers? If not, then you better avoid the sun.

Getting laser hair removal does require a few precautions in order to make sure one has a successful and flawless procedure. One, stay out of direct sunlight. Two, wear sunscreen At All Times. No exceptions.

The reason for sunscreen is that sunlight activates the production of melanin in your skin, which, in turn, will increase the ease that laser will positively affect your skin.

In addition, no waxing or tweezing prior to laser hair removal, as that can cause hair to be missed. Especially when it comes to the more dense areas, however, you should shave the night prior to your appointment to ensure an effective Laser Treatment.

We also would like to answer some of the most common questions about Laser Hair Removal.

Question: Is laser hair removal for all hair types?

Answer: Yes, Laser Hair Removal can be used on all skin types but will require a different type of Laser to treat darker skin tones. In our practice we use Nd-Yag Laser for darker skin tones that works safely and as effective as commonly used BBL. All the precautions and operations for Laser treatments will be the same for any skin type..

Question: Is Laser Hair Removal permanent?.

Answer: As a general rule every treatment will reduce hair by 10%.so in a course of six to eight treatments the majority of your hair will be removed. Most of the time you will not need to shave in between treatments.

Question: Is Laser Hair Removal painful?

Answer: Laser hair removal pain can be compared to a rubber band snap. If no numbing medicine is used. Numbing medicine is used to make treatment more relaxing: It's significantly less painful than waxing (for sure).

Question: how long does a single treatment take?

Answer: It depends on the area treated. For example, smaller areas like underarms only take 15 minutes larger areas like full leg hair removal can take approximately 45 minutes and full body laser hair removal would take about 2 hours. It is recommended to bring earphones for the longer treatments and enjoy music.

Question: Does Laser Hair Removal work for ingrown hair?

Answer: Yes this is a great application of a Laser treatment. Destroying hair follicles eliminate the problem altogether.

Question: Is there any time during the treatment course that sunbathing or just some sun exposure is acceptable while on vacation?

Answer: If you'd like to plan a vacation during your treatment course the best time to do so would be right after the treatment as it allows you more time before the next Laser Hair Removal. If you are truly committed to excellent results you would need a course of 8 treatments 4- 6 weeks apart. Overall the treatments would take close to a year. So we recommend to plan your treatments shortly before your vacation or sunbathing. As always, we recommend that you apply your sunblock.

Question: Can makeup be applied immediately after a treatment?

Answer: If you come during your work day and would like to go back to work you can reapply makeup immediately after. There maybe some redness that will subside after 20 to 30 minutes. In addition, applying calming lotion reduces redness time.

So, in conclusion, Laser Hair Removal is at great choice for those who are busy or tired of spending money on razors. It will permanently remove most of the hair leaving your skin free of shadows and bumps - in other words POLISHED :-)

What Everyone Needs to Know About Laser Hair Removal

As the name implies, Laser Hair Removal is the process of burning away unwanted hair and inhibiting future hair growth with the use of high powered laser pulses. The treatment is based on the principle that certain wavelengths of light can be used in such a way that the light “targets” the pigment in your hair while minimizing the energy imparted to your skin. In doing so, the laser burns the hair down into the follicle, while additional energy works to decrease follicle size which results in less regrowth. The procedure can take only minutes depending on the area treated while the results can last for months or even years. However, full removal of the hair in a given area typically requires multiple treatments, as some follicles will be at the point in their life cycle where they don’t grow hair, and thus aren’t targeted by the laser. These dormant hair follicles see growth within about a month over the course of their natural lifecycle, after which a follow up treatment is required to treat the newly born hairs.

Considering how convenient it is, I find it no surprise that laser hair removal is one of the most common aesthetic procedures performed today. I’ve always wanted a more permanent solution to my facial hair rather than having to shave every day, so 20 weeks ago I got the procedure done at MetaGlow, the clinic where I work.

I can attest to the competence of a certified medical practitioner, but that doesn’t make it any less important to be an informed patient. That’s why the first step before deciding on any medical procedure should be to educate yourself to the best of your ability. Learn as much as you can about how to prepare for your procedure, what it entails, what reactions you should look out for after treatment, and what to expect of the results. This article is intended to explain just that and more.

Who Can Get Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is most effective when done on light skin with dark hair. The closer your skin and hair color are to one another, the higher your risk of pain, irritation, or discoloration from the procedure. Hair colors that don’t readily absorb light-including: red, blonde, white, and gray--will also increase the risk of skin irritation in the treated area. However, specific wavelengths of lasers are used to tailor the procedure to each patient and minimize these effects. But as always, you should talk to your practitioner before the procedure to ensure they’ll be able to treat you adequately.

How to Prepare

Prior to getting a laser procedure done, it’s important to keep your skin protected from the sun. Be sure to keep the treatment area out of direct sunlight for at least two weeks prior to the procedure (or as instructed by your doctor), and wear sunscreen every time you do expect sun exposure. Any amount of UV exposure can activate the production of melanin in your skin, which increases your risk of irritation, discoloration, and burns. Even so much as walking down your driveway to pick up the mail will imperceptibly affect your skin. Artificial tanning methods such as tanning beds or tanning creams will similarly increase your risk of side effects.

Also, be sure to shave the treatment area about a day before the procedure. This ensures that any long, burnt hairs won’t damage the skin, as well as preventing the area from being obstructed by bushy hair.

Also be sure to avoid alternative forms of hair removal at least four weeks prior to treatment. Methods such as plucking, waxing, and electrolysis all remove hair from the follicle, which prevents the follicle from being treated.

And finally, it’s recommended that you avoid taking blood thinning or anti inflammatory medications a week before the procedure if possible. However, you should definitely speak with your doctor before you stop taking any prescription strength meds to make sure there’s no undue health risk in doing so.

What it Entails

Now that you know how to prepare your body for the life changing experience of laser hair removal, let’s prepare your mind. There’s no denying the anticipation that surrounds a mysterious medical procedure, and the only way to get rid of the anticipation is to get rid of the mystery.

Laser hair removal typically entails a doctor or other licensed laser specialist who will prep you for the procedure. Oftentimes, they’ll take a couple pictures of the treatment area to compare to future regrowth and monitor progress. Then, if the face is being treated, you’ll have to wear a hair net to prevent the hair you want to keep from getting burned, and you may have to change into a gown depending on the area to be treated.

Once you’re on the bed, your practitioner may put numbing cream or cooling gel on the treatment area to minimize pain during the procedure. However, pain should be minimal regardless, typically compared to getting snapped with a rubber band over and over, and often described to be less painful than waxing. During the actual procedure, you’ll put on a pair of protective goggles, then the laser will be positioned above the skin, held there for a moment as a bright flash of light is emitted onto the treatment area, and then repositioned until the entire treatment area is covered. This whole part of the process can take anywhere from a couple minutes to over an hour, depending on how large of an area you have to cover. After this step, the procedure at large is complete, and all that’s left to do is get an ice pack to deal with discomfort. Any immediate reactions, such as swelling or discoloration, will be examined by your practitioner, but if you have any concerns, don’t be afraid to speak up! After the procedure, your practitioner should discuss all needed aftercare or other precautions to ensure a smooth recovery.

Generally, aftercare for hair removal just means avoiding sunlight in just the same way you did prior to treatment. However, certain individuals may need further care, such as a prescription steroid cream to reduce swelling, or follow up visits to treat a discolored spot.

Message to Aveda Grads:

Congrats Grads!!!

We at MetaGlow would like to congratulate you on completing your training to become a licensed aesthetician! We also want you to know that we’re hiring for that very position, and would love for you guys to take us into consideration as you search for job opportunities in the coming days. If any of you are interested, don’t hesitate to call us at (225).767.0646 or email office@metaglow.com, or even just check out our website for more information at www.metaglow.net.

Thank you for your consideration and good luck on your foray into a new career!

Scar treatment helping you leave the past behind

Many people continue to carry the burden of past challenges, by the permanent scars they were left with. Especially scars in the facial area can act as painful, daily reminders of surgery, trauma or acne. Let’s have a closer look at the available options for treatment of scars in general, and treatment of acne scars in particular.

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The medical field distinguishes between hypertrophic and atrophic scaring. Scar treatment is closely related to stretch mark treatment, due to the similar skin pathology. Our focus here is on acne scarring, which belongs to the atrophic category.

Acne scarring, affects a vast amount of people. During adolescence, roughly 80% of the population struggles with some degree of acne. The majority of those will have to deal with some form of scarring left by acne. The effect acne scarring can have on morale and self-image in immense. Fortunately there are a number of treatments available designed to revitalize your skin and help you get rid of the insecurity that often comes with scarring.
Scar treatment is closely related to stretch mark treatment, due to the similar skin pathology. What is also similar is the toll that these kind of skin abrasions can have on morale and self image. Our focus today on atrophic scarring will highlight the ways in which your skin can be revitalized, with methods that are determined to avoid the awkward insecurity, irritated skin and pimples that are almost always part of the package

Fractional Laser: The use of a fractional laser is a popular option because it targets the body’s wound healing response but leaves the surrounding tissue alone. This makes it ideal for dealing with skin laxity, complexion, pore size and overall aging, which is it’s considered the most common treatment for scarring. As long as no recurrent trauma or recent acne outbreaks have occured, the improvement is not reversible. The two kinds of laser services offered at MetaGlow are BBL and Profractional which are outlined below.

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BBL: This IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) uses light energy to heat the upper layers of skin in the afflicted area, stimulating the skin cells to regenerate and leaving the scarred tissue behind.

ProFractional: This laser ablates narrow channels into the skin, leaving the surrounding tissue untouched and triggering a healing response from targeted areas.

The former provides a less permanent solution, however it offers almost no recovery time. The latter, in contrast, has more lasting effects but is more invasive and requires a series of consecutive treatments than can stretch over a year or longer. Upon consultation, our MetaGlow team can help you decide which of these two is suitable for your specific scar treatment needs.

Fillers: Whether you have scarring from surgeries, trauma, or the ever-common acne, when the issue is in the facial area, it can take a toll on emotional well-being. Fillers are an alternative to lasers, along with topical formulations, and can be used to eradicate those pesky atrophic acne scars. Here are several of the top choices for this method of treatment.

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HAA: This commonly used type of filler stands for ‘hyaluronic acid’ and is found in products such as Juvederm and Restylane. The results of the procedure can be seen instantly and continue to improve in the following weeks. The injected filler performs a double duty by physically lifting the scar up and out, with the needle causing fibroblast stimulation and encouraging the development of collagen. This type of scar treatment seeks to plump up any sagging area that may be accentuating scarring.

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Poly-l-lactic acids: Functioning as another treatment that utilizes this ‘plump up’ technique, the use of poly-l-lactic acids in products like Sculptra stimulates collagen synthesis by repeated needle entry. This method can be used to offer a long-term solution, improving scarring from acne and trauma for results lasting several years. The treatment requires a series of injections over the course of a few months and the results are reversible.

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Bellafil: Last but not least on the list of fillers is the sole one that is FDA approved! Boasting the only license for acne scar treatment in the US on the market, Bellafil can last up to 5 years and requires skin testing prior to treatment. Concentrating on a technique that fades acne scars by adding volume to them, Bellafil is able to create a longer lasting result. By lifting scars to the level of the skin surrounding them and keeping them there long-term, the resulting look is also more natural.

The desired outcome of explaining the nuances within the more broad categories of scar treatment is to once again underline the notion that each personal situation requires a different approach. At MetaGlow we believe that informed and knowledgeable clients make better decisions. Armed with the right information, you can get one step closer to reversing the aging process in an manner that fits you best and the MetaGlow team is here to help you achieve that goal.

METAGLOW – A new age for anti-aging

Chances are you’ll live considerably longer than previous generations. And with biomedical and technological advances, you now have options in how your body and your looks keep up with that. The way we age is rapidly becoming a choice. But how do you determine what options work best for you?

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As MD and founder of MetaGlow, I believe in helping my clients make well informed decisions in counteracting the effects of aging. And based on what I hear during consultations, that can be quite challenging in the rapidly developing field of anti-aging. New discoveries and new technologies are announced on a daily basis, but how do you decide what the best approach and treatment is for you?

 

While our bodies will continue to grow, and develop like they always have, biomedical research and technology is offering a much deeper understanding of the process of aging. In recent years, giant leaps forward have been made in understanding how our bodies function on a physiological, biochemical and genetic level. On top of that, there’s a growing awareness of the relationship between the way we age, and stress levels, environmental factors and nutritional depletion.

 

I personally take pride in MetaGlow’s dedication to staying at the top of the anti-aging field by closely monitoring and studying the latest biomedical and scientific research. But we’re all unique and no two bodies are the same so there’s not one specific approach that is always the best for all. It always comes down to personalizing treatments by taking a close look at a client’s specific physical and biochemical characteristics, nutritional patterns and lifestyle. Based on that, we help our clients optimize the way their body and their looks counteract the aging process.

 

MetaGlow’s dedication to keeping up with the latest research and technology helps us stay at the top of our field. But clearly ‘breakthroughs’ are not always as earthshattering as they sound on the news or on the internet... So, the most inspiring aspect of MetaGlow’s fact-based approach to anti-aging is probably that we help our clients separate facts from fiction, hype from real breakthroughs and deliver real and lasting results.

 

At our MetaGlow locations in Baton Rouge and Covington, we offer a comprehensive variety of the latest biomedical and cosmetic treatments that help clients optimize the way their body and their looks counteract the aging process. My MetaGlow team and I are dedicated to offering you results that “Make you look as young as you feel, and make you feel as young as you look”!

 

Starting this weekly blog offers me and my staff at MetaGlow, an exciting opportunity to introduce our clients and followers to some of the latest developments in the field of anti-aging and to answer some of the most common questions we get in our consultations. With that in mind, I cordially invite you to our weekly deep-dive into the field of anti-aging !

THE RUNDOWN ON STRETCH MARKS TREATMENT

Stretch marks (Striae) are an extremely common, form of dermal scaring and can have a significant psychological impact. While pregnancy, obesity and certain medical procedures can make these blemishes hard to avoid, there are several treatments to lessen the aesthetic damage and restore confidence in your body.

 

More than half of pregnant women are confronted with stretch marks with the abdomen and breast commonly being affected. But it’s not just woman that are affected. A significant percentage of men is also affected. Amongst individuals with a BMI above 27, more than 40% is affected. A positive family history is a risk factor.

 

You’ve always been told to stretch before a strenuous activity. What you may not have been forewarned is that your skin stretching is a strenuous activity. The rapid gain or loss of weight can lead to stretch marks beneath the skin, or striae distensae as they are known in the medical world. Common in growing adolescents or in women after childbirth, they are a blemish that isn’t a detriment to a person’s physical health, but one that can be psychologically harmful in the long term. Like other types of scarring, it can prevent you from looking as youthful and healthy as you feel. At our Baton Rouge and Covington locations we offer a number of stretch mark treatments that each provide specific benefits and advantages.

 

Fractional laser is used for skin resurfacing. Unlike a full-field resurfacing, in which the full surface layer of the treatment area is removed, a fractional laser pinpoints narrow-diameter channels into the skin, covering a fraction of the total treatment area. This action initiates the body’s wound healing response, while leaving the surrounding tissue intact for rapid healing. In short, instead of peeling off an entire layer of skin, this method targets points within the skin and encourages new tissue to grow surrounding those areas. Considered one of the most effective methods for eradicating stretch marks, shallow treatments can also eliminate fine lines, sun spots, and tired-looking skin while deep treatments can eliminate deep wrinkles and improve skin tone and texture.

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Microneedling is also known as collagen induction therapy and is a safe, chemical-free technique that triggers new collagen production. This treatment is done in a series of 3 sessions, effective in targeting the face, neck and chest, for those blemishes that are front and center. Unlike the fractional laser, this method is safe to repeat every 3-4 months for improvement of fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, skin tone, firmness, pore size, texture and tightness. Microneedling can be used on nearly all areas of the body, for the treatment of stretch marks.

 

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Topical formulations can be used in combination with both fractional laser and microneedling. Research exploring the effects of this form of treatment is tireless and varied There is information that suggests, for example, that the combined use of tretinoin cream 0.05% and glycolic acid 10% is not as effective as fractional laser therapy. The study goes on to underline what other sources agree on: the side effects of topicals is varied and dependent on both age and gender. They can be used independently or in combination with the fractional laser or microneedling, and the outcome will unequivocally depend on the personalized quality of the treatment.

 

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At MetaGlow, we know that this balance is important. We will stretch ourselves to the limit to figure out exactly which combination of methods will be optimal for your skin and both your inner and outer beauty !

Ultherapy Skin Tightening on The Doctors

Ultherapy Skin Tightening Featured on The Doctors

On this episode of The Doctors, Dr. Sabrina Fabi visits to discuss Ultherapy and showcases the experience of Dena, who's wanting to get rid of wrinles on her chest.

See first hand how easy and effective Ultherapy can be at tightening skin and reducing wrinkles, all in around 20 minutes!

What is Ultherapy?

Ultherapy is the only non-invasive procedure FDA-cleared to lift skin on the neck, under the chin and on the eyebrow. Now also FDA-cleared to improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the décolletage, Ultherapy can help you achieve a fresher, more youthful look from your brow to your chest!

Ultherapy uses safe, time-tested ultrasound energy to lift and tighten the skin naturally—without surgery or downtime.