Monday, May 19

LAser HAir Removal Treatments for a More Beautiful Ageless You

I am a Filipina with light brown skin. We call the color of our skin "kayumanggi". I don't look Chinese, less of the Spanish-Indo hybrid, and more of the Indian-Spanish kind. As a result I have deeper seated oriental eyes, and more hair on my Asian skin. The last characteristic may be attractive to some of the opposite sex, but to me, having too much unwanted hair can be a problem.

I have heard of hair removal laser treatments before, but I have no idea how the process is done. I have lots of questions on my mind about it: will it hurt? will it leave scars on my skin? how long will take before I have that smooth hairless appearance I've been longing for? These questions were finally answered when I stumbled upon a Dallas hair removal treatment site, Advanced Skin Fitness.

Advanced Skin Fitness offers two kinds of laser hair removal methods: one is for lighter skin and another for skin of color or darker skin. The first one, GentleLASE, is used to remove unwanted hair from people with fair to medium skin, light to dark hair, and blue, green, or brown eyes. While the second one, GentleYAG, is for removing unwanted hair from people with darker skin, tanned skin, and brown to black eyes. The relationship between skin, hair and eye colors are found in the pigment source: melanin. The more melanin you have, the darker your eyes, hair and skin are.

And melanin, I have discovered, tends to block harmful UV rays. This is the reason why most Asians look younger than their actual age. Their skin is naturally protected from sun-damage. However, when undergoing laser hair removal treatments it is important for the beauty technician to know how much melanin you have in your body. If the intensity of laser is not matched with the amount of melanin in your skin, the effectiveness of the hair removal laser treatment may decrease, which may lengthen the treatment period.

What I like about that Dallas laser hair removal website is that they have offered some tips on what to do before and after undergoing the process. The following are just some of those listed at the site:

* avoid the sun for 4 – 6 weeks for the GentleLASE alexandrite laser; 2 weeks with the GentleYAG ND:YAG laser. Recent sun exposure or artificial tanning bed exposure can excite the melanin in the skin and can adversely affect treatment effectiveness.

* avoid spray-on tans for 7 days prior to treatment

* the treatment area should be absolutely clean of any deodorants, lotions, makeup, sun block, or any other chemicals or skincare products. These can block the transmission of light and limit the amount of heat that enters the skin.

* make a note of any medications that you are currently taking. The laser hair removal professional needs to make sure that any medications you are taking do not cause photosensitivity.

For the after-treatment care, Advanced Skin Fitness offered the following information:

Treated skin will feel like a sun burn for a few hours after the treatment. The skin will appear pink and may be slightly tender for a few hours to a few days. On rare occasion there may be burning, blistering, scabbing, or bruising. If this happens contact Advanced Skin Fitness immediately for special instructions.

The hair will appear to grow after the treatment. It is actually not growing, it is shedding. In about 10 to 14 days the hair will loosen up and fall out of the follicle.

It is important to closely follow your protocol and schedule your next appointment. Missed appointments can results in more treatments than normal.

If you have any additional questions and would like to know more about the hair removal laser treatment services of Advanced Skin Fitness, visit their website at or their Dallas laser hair removal clinic at 2928 Oak Lawn Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75219 on Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10 am to 7 pm.

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