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Laser Hair Removal | Your Guide to Remove Unwanted Hair

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What body hair camp do you consider yourself to be a part of?  

The full-on 80’s band camp that loves all the hair, in all the places?

The no hair loving camp, except on my head?

Or are you the in-between camp who prefers a little hair there and definitely no hair there?

 

If you’re in the camp that wants to get rid of some (or all) body hair — we have your guide to remove unwanted hair with a little help from laser hair removal!

 

 

What Is Laser Hair Removal?

“Laser hair removal targets melanin (a pigment) that’s found in the hair follicle. The heat from the laser damages the hair follicle and most often destroys it or dramatically inhibits hair growth.”Dr. Rochelle Elijah

 

The focus for removing unwanted body hair with laser hair removal is on hair reduction over time.

 

This is especially helpful for anyone who has coarse, thick, dark hair who essentially shave their legs and underarms in the morning and by the afternoon — itching the hair they just shaved.

  

Who Is Laser Hair Removal For?

“The best candidate for laser hair removal is someone who desires a major reduction in their body hair to accompany a lifestyle that doesn’t require much — if any shaving; in my experience arms, legs, bikini area and underarms perform best.”Charmayne Torres-Trujillo, Medical Aesthetician

 

We know shaving can take up a lot of time and resources (hello last minute Target run for razors on a Sunday night), so laser hair removal would be ideal for you if you’re over the hassle of shaving and everything that accompanies it (potential rash from razor, extended time shaving, and money spent over a lifetime on razors and shaving cream).

 

What Are the Benefits of Laser Hair Removal?

We mentioned that your investment in razors may greatly decrease; here are some more benefits to keep in mind for choosing laser hair removal:

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Targeted Treatment – The lasers can target the area of unwanted hair while leaving the skin surrounding it undamaged.

 

Pace – Many hairs can be treated at one time during the process (an area the size of a quarter may be treated every second).

 

Downtime – Little to no downtime and this treatment can be done during your lunch hour.

 

Long-Term Savings – Forget buying shaving cream, depilatories and those razors in bulk! Not to mention the confidence you’ll have when you can rock your swimsuit without any bumps or redness around that bikini line.

 

 

Is Laser Hair Removal Painful?

Ok, you’ve decided to swear off razors and now you want to make that laser hair removal appointment and blast those hair follicles. You’re singing good riddance to that unwanted hair, but then you start to ask yourself, “Hold on, how much is this going to hurt?”

 

Well, here’s the deal: some say it feels like the continuous flick of a rubber-band (remember that annoying kid in middle school who did that to you?), while others would beg to differ.

 

Depending on pain tolerance, some say it feels less than the rubber-band flicking, and some argue, “No way, it hurts more than I thought!”

 

If pain is a concern, request a test area to be done to see if the procedure is right for you and keep in mind that a numbing cream is usually used for your comfort.

 

 

How Many Laser Sessions Are Needed?

Typically, 6-8 laser hair removal sessions are required so you may experience the maximum benefit of hair reduction.

 

Remember that the area of the body being treated, hormones, hair thickness, skin color and health condition all play a role in how many sessions you will need for your individual treatment plan.  

 

Intermittent treatment may be needed every year due to potential hair growth in certain areas, as well as maintenance for stubborn hair that needs extra “help”.

 

 

Is There Risks to Laser Hair Removal?

Removing unwanted hair via laser hair removal is considered a safe treatment and with any treatments using laser and heat, there are things to consider…

 

• Darker hair and lighter skin are the best candidates for targeting pigment because the darker skin can potentially absorb the laser light which causes it higher heat and can burn the skin.

 

• If you have hair that is fairer the laser may not be as effective due to lighter pigment.

 

Laser hair removal can be incompatible with photosensitive medications like antibiotics. We also recommend abstaining from the use of skin care products that contain alpha hydroxy acid and retinols that can leave your skin hypersensitive during and post-treatment.

 

If you don’t know for sure what medications could interact with laser hair removal, check with your doctor before treatment in addition to having a conversation with your medical spa provider.

 

 

If you’ve come this far – thank you – because it sounds like you’re ready to ditch the razor and remove unwanted hair.

 

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Whatever hair camp you find yourself in know there are options for dramatically reducing hair in areas you no longer want to take the time to shave or spend money on razors over your lifetime.

 

Because who wants to worry about unwanted hair when you’re on the beach, rockin’ a bikini line you’re proud of?!  


RENEW | 719.423.0083


Lip Fillers - Your Guide to the Perfect Pout

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I want to real-talk with you about something that’s kind of taboo…

Lip fillers.

Yes, I’m talkin’ injections in your lips.

Don’t gasp, I’m here to help you maneuver this topic…

 

Do you ever think about getting lip fillers, but you’re too afraid people will liken you to the next Kylie Jenner?

Or perhaps you’re afraid you’ll receive a botched job and end up looking like those duck-lip selfies nobody wants to see?

You’re not the only one with these thoughts.

 

Today, we’re going to talk about all things lip fillers – your guide to a perfect pout!

 

But first, you have to remember to...

 

 

Do Your Research

You wouldn’t buy a brand-new house without spending time looking for the best real estate agent, neighborhood and dialing in your preferences, correct?

Exactly. Do the same with lip fillers.

Research doctors in your area, go in for a consultation and definitely take your time.

Even though lip fillers are meant to be temporary, you’re still injecting a needle into your lips – make sure you’re completely comfortable with the doctor and procedure you choose.

And remember – you can always change your mind! No pressure just find out what works for you.

 

Ok, let’s talk about all things lip fillers…

 

 

What Are Lip Fillers?

Most lip fillers are temporary and contain Hyaluronic Acid (in different forms). These temporary, hyaluronic acid lip fillers are FDA approved and – unlike any other time in history – are highly popular.

There are different versions and names for these lip fillers:

•  RESTYLANE SILK – known to be a subtle enhancer.

•  RESTYLANE + RESTYLANE-L – known for volume; the only difference is the Restylane-L has lidocaine in it for potential prevention of pain.

•  JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA XC – lip line definition, in addition to smoothing out fine lines found around the mouth area.

•  JUVÉDERM ULTRA XC – known for a plush lip look.

Depending on the look you’re going for, a combination of these lip fillers can be used to achieve the desired appearance.

 

Ok, now you know what lip fillers are -- what does the procedure entail? 

 

 

Lip Fillers – Procedure

After cleansing the area, potentially applying a topical numbing cream (and allowing it to kick in) and then the injections – you’re looking at less than an hour from start to finish.

Of course, this is a ballpark figure, so don’t forget to ask your injector what their process looks like and how long a visit will take.

 

...But is it painful? 

 

 

Lip Fillers + Pain

Isn’t this the question we always ask – but will it hurt?

What’s that famous quote, “Pain is beauty.”

Hmmm, perhaps some truth to that.

 

As for lip filler, the most pain people feel is the lidocaine shot.

After that, the filler is usually described as a pricking sensation that is soon followed by the filler moving through the lips (potentially uncomfortable pressure here).

You’ll most likely see volume right away but swelling and bruising can occur for up to a few days after the procedure.

We don’t recommend an evening photo shoot after your session!

 

 

Lip Fillers + Side Effects?

Small bumps may occur around your lips but usually go away after a week or so.

With any procedure, serious (but rare) complications can occur.

For lip fillers, blood clots can occur as well as significant pain or discoloration. Please get in touch with your doctor immediately, if you experience these side effects. 

 

 

Lip Fillers – Care + Maintenance

Post-procedure you want to keep your blood flow to a minimum. That means no exercise for a couple of days and definitely keep those hands away from your lips for at least 48 hours.

If you love your (new) perfect pout, touch-ups are ideal. Speak with your injector about your lifestyle (Full of movement? Love the couch?)

Those factors can help determine when your ideal touch-up window is.

 

 

To Sum it Up

So, you’re thinking about what your perfect pout would look like?

To lip filler or not…that is the question.

As the diligent student you are, do your research and take your time.

Remember most lip fillers are temporary (speak to your injector about what can be done if you absolutely hate how your lips turn out with filler).

In less than an hour, you’ll probably feel a small amount of pain and experience discomfort, but that should go away.

(Contact your doctor immediately if you experience extreme pain and discoloration.)

 

And in a few days, you’ll be ready for your close-up, darling!


Looking for an injector in the Pueblo/Southern Colorado area?

Request an appointment with Dr. Rochelle Elijah today…and start your perfect pout journey.

 


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