Month: February 2016

Does Laser Hair Removal Really Work?

Getting rid of unwanted hair can seem like you’re in the movie Groundhog Day. You shave, pluck, wax, or use harsh creams. The hair is gone, but then a couple weeks later there they are again! And you start the process all over again.

The problem with all of those hair removal methods is the temporary nature of the results. And you have to deal with the itchy, ingrown hairs from shaving and the three-week wait before you can have the unwanted hairs waxed again. Luckily, there’s laser hair removal at Sahara Medical.

The basics

Laser Hair RemovalLaser hair removal utilizes infrared light to eliminate unwanted hair by targeting the pigment in the hair follicles. The light is converted to heat as it hits the target area resulting in follicular destruction. Since hair in various parts of the body may undergo various stages (there are primarily four stages of hair growth), a couple of sessions may be necessary to completely get rid of the unwanted hair. Hair follicles that are in the anagen (active growth) phase have the greatest amount of melanin (pigment), which makes it the ideal time to remove unwanted hair. That’s why more than one visit is required to get rid of all your unwanted hair.

Does It really work?

There is no doubt that laser hair removal is effective in the permanent reduction of unwanted hair. Individuals with a combination of lighter skin and darker hair get the most benefit as the infrared light won’t be absorbed by adjacent skin areas, the hairs will get all the energy.

It takes usually six to eight treatments spaced four to six weeks apart to enjoy the full effects of laser hair removal. Each individual may respond differently, however, depending on skin tone and hair color. Hormones are also believed to influence the results.

Want to get rid of the hair permanently? Call us at 702-823-5010 and let’s talk about laser hair removal.

Preparing for Sclerotherapy

In the aesthetic world, something that has been around since the 80s would seem pretty dated. Not so with sclerotherapy, which first came into use in the late 1980s. It is still the most popular way to get rid of spider veins.

Here’s some background and help to get ready for your treatment.

In sclerotherapy, a special solution known as a sclerosant is injected into unwanted blood vessels (the varicose or spider veins). This causes the inner wall of the vein to collapse, making the vein shrink and eventually fade away. To fully remove the spider vein, it usually requires multiple sessions spaced two to four weeks apart.

SclerotherapyAchieving your desired results from sclerotherapy involves thorough preparation on your end. At Sahara Medical, we often instruct patients to prepare for the procedure with the following steps:

  • Don’t shave your legs before and after your scheduled treatment.
  • Don’t use skin care products such as lotions and oils on your legs at least 24 hours before your scheduled treatment.
  • Don’t take aspirin or similar NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) before the procedure. You can take your regular medications or supplements the day before your sclerotherapy treatment.
  • Wear loose, comfortable shorts during the procedure. Bring compression stockings with you; they will need to be worn immediately after your treatment and for a couple of weeks afterwards.
  • Do not schedule long hours of travel, whether via plane or car rides, as they can increase your risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or formation of blood clots deep into the vein, which could be fatal.
  • Women who are taking birth control pills or are undergoing hormone replacement therapy should temporarily stop before sclerotherapy as they can also increase the risk of DVT. Other birth control methods are not a problem.

Call us at 702-823-5010 today to learn more about sclerotherapy and how it can help improve the appearance of your unsightly varicose and spider veins today!