Hirsuitism - Laser Hair Reductio0n

As we treat a number of women with hormonal imbalances, we commonly
see women with excess hair growth. Sometimes the hair growth is due to
ovarian or adrenal or thyroid abnormalities. Oftentimes no cause can be
found.  Even when an underlying cause is found and treated, women are
frequently left with a bothersome amount of hair  particularly on the face.  
Hair can be bleached, shaved, or waxed for temporary cosmetic
improvement. Laser hair reduction or electrolysis can be used for a more
permanent solution to unwanted hair growth. We offer the
LightShear
laser hair removal system as we have found that it gives excellent results
while maintaining  patient comfort and safety.

Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is one of the more recent skin-care techniques to have
crossed over from Hollywood to the mainstream. It's being advanced as an
"instant facelift" -- an effective alternative to costlier and more invasive
procedures like plastic surgery, chemical peels and Botox injections.
Recently, more and more men are trying it, instead of pursuing cosmetic
surgery.

So what exactly is microdermabrasion, what does it promise and what
effect does it actually have on your face? Do you need a doctor, or is it
something you can do yourself? In this article, we'll look at the science
behind microdermabrasion, see what a treatment is like and find out what
it does to your skin.

Microdermabrasion is a general term for the application of tiny rough
grains to buff away the surface layer of skin. Many different products and
treatments use this method, including medical procedures, salon
treatments and creams and scrubs that you apply yourself at home. It's
usually done to the face, chest, neck, arms or hands. Before we can
understand how microdermabrasion does what it does, it's important to
understand how skin works.

Your skin is made up of two main layers, the epidermis and the dermis.
The epidermis is the layer closest to the outside world. It's a set of dead
skin cells on top of another layer of cells that are in the process of
maturing. The topmost layer is called the stratum corneum. The stratum
corneum mostly acts as a barrier between the outside world and the lower
skin layers. It keeps all but the smallest molecules from getting through.

When you put lotions or creams on your skin, some of the moisture passes
through the stratum corneum, but not all of it. This layer is home to many
minor skin imperfections like fine wrinkle lines and blemishes.

All of the action in microdermabrasion takes place at the level of the
stratum corneum. Since it only really targets the epidermis (and not the
dermis), it is more accurate to call it micro-epi-dermabrasion. Affecting
deeper layers of skin would be painful and harmful, and it would risk
permanently embedding the tiny grains into the skin.

Whether done with a product at home or in a professional setting with a
specialized tool, the principle of microdermabrasion is the same. The idea
is that if you remove or break up the stratum corneum, the body interprets
that as a mild injury and rushes to replace the lost skin cells with new and
healthy ones. In the first hour after treatment, this causes mild edema
(swelling) and erythema (redness). Depending on the individual, these side
effects can last anywhere from an hour to two days.

This process has a few beneficial effects. With the stratum corneum gone,
the skin's surface is improved. The healing process brings with it newer
skin cells that look and feel smoother. Some of the skin's visible
imperfections, like sun damage, blemishes and fine lines, are removed.
Also, without the stratum corneum acting as a barrier, medicinal creams
and lotions are more effective because more of their active ingredients
and moisture can find their way down to the lower layers of skin. As
microdermabrasion temporarily removes some moisture from the skin, it
is always followed by the application of moisturizing creams.

Early studies suggest that repeated microdermabrasion treatment at
regular intervals may influence the way the lower layers of skin grow, as
well, removing deeper blemishes over time. Some evidence seems to
indicate that the rapid loss of skin moisture may be what triggers the
lower skin layers to work overtime in speeding healthy cells up to the
surface.