Month: April 2015

Get Ready, Get Set, Get Hairless: How to Prepare for Laser Hair Removal

seated-cross-legSo often we women get too excited to be hairless without the hassle of waxing or shaving. We imagine up crazy scenarios of magically being hairless. And then when laser hair removal came along, so many of us just imagined a bright laser beam burning and zapping off each individual hair. However, it is so much more than that. Laser hair removal is an actual medical treatment that you will need to thoroughly prepare for.

More Than Waxing or Shaving

When you are getting ready to wax or shave your own legs, the preparation is there, but it is minimal. You have your supplies and the time, and so you sit down and do it. However, with laser hair removal, there is much more. Not only must you schedule the appointment, but you need to do your research. Is your doctor certified? Do others trust and like him?

In addition, this preparation is a long term commitment. Your appointment will be made at least six weeks in advance. This is because you will need time to stop waxing, plucking, or using electrolysis for at least that long. Shaving is alright, though. It might seem strange, but it really makes a lot of sense. The laser hair removal procedure targets the roots of the hair, and so there need to be some roots there. If you wax or pluck, the roots will already be gone.

During these six weeks of preparation, you should avoid the sun at all costs. Now, we’re not saying hide in a basket until you become an albino. Just stay out of the sun if at all possible. Cover up with hats and sunscreen and light clothes. Don’t go outside for longer than a few minutes if you can help it. You definitely do not want sensitive and burned skin during the procedure, but also sun exposure generally thwarts hair removal. If you spend lots of time in the sun, your hair removal process will be less effective and there will be more risks of complication.

So take your time to prepare for your treatment. If you prepare and have a good surgeon, you won’t have to shave for a long time.

Batter Up: Get the Skinny on Sports Physicals

Sports PhysicalsMany school or community sports teams will require a physical before you or your child can being playing or often even just try out for the team. This means that if you son Jim wants to play baseball and your daughter Kylie wants to play basketball, they will both need physicals—even if it’s just for an elementary school team. But what does a physical entail?

Complete Checkup

The exact steps of a physical will vary depending on the individual clinic or doctor, but there will be some parts that are fairly universal. For example, the physical will almost always start by taking the child’s pulse, blood pressure, and measurements. This helps the nurses and doctors know the basics about your child’s health. A lot can actually be inferred from a heartbeat.

But the exam does not stop after that. In fact, it’s only beginning. A physical will almost always check other important organs, such as:

  • Heart and cardiovascular system
  • Lungs and respiratory system (nose and throat)
  • Ears and eyes

These will help provide your child’s doctors and nurses with an idea of how fit they are and if there are any limitations they recommend for physical activity.

Next, a physical will examine strength, reflexes, and flexibility, especially in the joints and in the way the child stands. If there are any problems, those conducting the physical will be able to give tips for a stronger body, as well as point out areas that might be more vulnerable to injury.

This is all then compared to your child’s past medical history, and a final diagnosis is made. It is a fairly simple process. And more than anything, it is just for peace of mind and to catch any potential problems beforehand. Why worry about hurting your knee when you can find out early in the season that it is troublesome and then wear a brace to prevent injury.

Short and Sweet

Depending on the sport and what else is required by the school or clinic, the physical might cover some more subjects, but even then the time frame is short, simple, and sweet. It’s no problem for a kid to sit through, and it will help them get out and run around.