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Finding the Best Los Angeles Ingrown Hair Treatment

Plucking or shaving unwanted hair from the face is a daily routine for many Los Angeles women and men. Whether on the chin, upper lip or eyebrow region, shaved and plucked hair will grow back. Endless amounts of money may be spent on expensive home hair removal treatments that prove to be ineffective. Often when hair does grow back, it becomes ingrown, causing a red and tender bump on the affected area. Having an ingrown hair is not only painful, but embarrassing as well. Ingrown facial hair may become infected in some instances, leading to an even larger sore area that may result in an unsightly scar. Because hair grows so quickly after being removed with tweezers, a razor, or any other home method, the risk of a hair follicle becoming infected from an ingrown hair increases.
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Los Angeles Laser Hair Removal

smooth skin after laser hair removal Have you found that you have hair in areas that you should not have hair? Are you in the Los Angeles area and want to tan on the beaches there and show off areas that you are proud to have? Then you should consider Los Angeles laser hair removal. This is the newest thing for people who have hair in areas that you should not have hair. Due to excess hormones in our bodies, we may have some pesky hairs. As a result, women are prone to get hair on their face like men. With laser hair removal, you do not have to try all those painful ways of getting rid of hair. Women try many methods to get rid of hair—waxing, shaving, and more. With laser hair removal, you may experience less pain that with other methods. Think of getting this done and all the time you can save. However, there are some drawbacks.
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Laser Hair Removal in Los Angeles

If you are considering some type of treatment for hair removal you have come to realize that there are many options for laser hair removal in Los Angeles. If you want to make use of local services, here are some tips that might help you sort through the options.
Laser hair removal procedures are currently state of the art in the Los Angeles area. There are dozens of qualified practitioners in the area. You will need to do some research, in order to pick a provider that will work best for you.
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Ingrown Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal If you have spent any time at all removing unwanted hair from your face or body, you will have encountered the problem of ingrown hair. They can leave your face or body looking like a mess. So, let’s take a moment and look at the process of ingrown hair removal. Put simply, an ingrown hair is a condition whereby the new hair grows back into the skin. Instead of breaking the skin surface, at the follicle, the hair “turns back in on itself.” The result is red, sore, and often infected skin. The red bumps are unsightly, and can be painful.

You are more prone to develop ingrown hair on your face, under your arms, or at the bikini line. Typically, these surface areas are hotter, making it easy for bacteria to get a start. In addition, these body areas tend to get covered with clothing, and friction from the clothing can only irritate the skin more. If the condition is bad enough, some form of ingrown hair removal may become necessary.

Many personal habits can also make the problem of ingrown hair occur more frequently. In men, the biggest culprit is “dry shaving, ” or not preparing the skin for shaving. Clean your face well, prior to shaving, then use a shaving cream. This softens the hair, removes dead skin, and helps hair grow upward and outward.

For ladies, the biggest culprit is shaving legs too quickly in the shower. A little hot, steamy water will help to soften the hair and skin, making it easier to shave. Again, shaving cream helps. The need for ingrown hair removal is greatly decreased with good shaving habits.

Perhaps the last thing to mention here is the need to use fresh blades. More often than not, a dull blade will make ingrown hair problems more frequent. Older blades are also very full of bacteria, from normal use.

There are some simple things you can do for ingrown hair removal that can be done at home. The first technique to try is using a buffered fatty alcohol. It is different from your normal drug store variety isopropyl alcohol. It won’t sting as much, will still kill bacteria, and will still act as an astringent for the skin. Use a cotton ball, and dab the effected area. Don’t rub or scrub with alcohol pads. Let the area air dry.

You can also use a good topical cream for ingrown hair removal. Typically, these products also contain an anti-inflammatory, to help reduce swelling. Clean the area first, and then apply the cream.

Another great technique for ingrown hair removal on the face is to use a salt solution. Mix a cup of water with 1.5 tsp of salt. Take a cotton ball, and dab the mixture on the effected area. Don’t rinse. Repeat for a couple of days. Don’t use this product with strong exfoliators, as it may make the problem worse. If the salt mixture is not helping, discontinue use.

You can also make an ingrown hair removal salt scrub for the body. One technique is to simply rub Epsom salt over the area, for a good exfoliating technique. You can also soak in a bath that contains 2 cups of Epsom salts. This type of bath really softens up the irritated ingrown hairs, and helps them grow outward again.

Ingrown hair removal does not have to be a hassle. There are lots of good home made and commercial products available to help. With some simple, common sense habits, you can even greatly reduce the frequency of the problem.

When Your Teen Should Get Plastic Surgery (And When They Should Not)

Lisa Kudrow and Tori Spelling had nose jobs at 16. 17 year old Britney Spears, with mom’s permission, got breast implants. When teens see celebrity peers getting plastic surgery, they may decide that their own looks need improving. Some, like Ashley Tisdale and Soleil Moon Frye, may need surgery for medical reasons, but most teen surgery is cosmetic, not corrective in nature.

Teens only make up 2 percent of cosmetic surgery patients in the U.S., but according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number is getting larger. In 2008, 81, 885 invasive surgeries were done on teens, ages 13–19, while 219, 136 received minimally invasive treatment. Many people think that the average teen requesting this is probably spoiled, rich and overly obsessed with image, but not all fall into that category. The reasons for plastic surgery can vary depending on the circumstances.

Reasons to Avoid the Knife

Teens, being who they are, desire plastic surgery in order to fit in with their friends. They may feel that having bigger breasts or a more defined chin may finally give them the popularity they have always dreamed of. Of course, this is not always the case, and when it fails to change their social lives, they can be devastated.

Unfortunately, there are other surgeons who are perfectly willing to do surgery on a teen without screening them first. Parents, too, are occasionally to blame; they may want “the perfect child” and insist that the surgery be done.

Because of this, a good surgeon will carefully interview a candidate to make sure they are emotionally stable enough to handle the surgery. The surgeon must also be sure the teen’s expectations are realistic and their motives are correct. Teens with body dysmorphic disorder may not be good candidates; these patients will focus on a specific flaw or other defect (real or imagined), and convince themselves that surgery is the only way to treat it. This condition is best handled by a psychologist or other mental health care professional.

Procedures to Skip

There are a number of procedures that teenagers should avoid. Breast enhancement, in particular with saline implants, is one. This is because the body may not yet be done developing, and the general rule is that the patient must be at least 18. There are a few exceptions, such as birth defects, trauma or diseases that may require breast reconstruction. Silicone can be used for reconstruction purposes by women of all ages, but is limited to 22 and older for enhancement.

Since teens often lose baby fat with age, liposuction is not recommended. For teens that have a problem losing weight with just diet and exercise alone, however, it can be used for spot reduction purposes. It should not be used to treat obesity as a whole and is most definitely not a substitute for diet and exercise.

Procedures to Consider

Rhinoplasty can be a suitable procedure for certain candidates. Broken or deformed noses can be fixed by this procedure. Breast reductions are also popular; in Soleil Moon Frye’s case, her large breasts were causing her back and shoulder pain, as well as breathing problems. Microdermabrasion and chemical peels can help teens with severe acne and skin irregularities, and laser hair removal can help those with excessive hair.

Five Important Questions to Ask When Considering Surgery for Your Child

  1. Who truly wants the surgery? The teenager must be the one who desires it most; after all, they are the ones who must live with the results. Parents, peers and significant others can offer advice, but they must not pressure the patient into making a decision.
  2. Is your child emotionally and mentally mature? A good surgeon will want to be sure the patient understands the process and what will take place before, during and after surgery.
  3. How well does your child handle pain and follow directions? The recovery process can be long, painful and draining. As a parent, you can only do so much; your child must be able to handle the rest on their own.
  4. Does the child have a realistic outlook on the results? Make sure your child knows that their lives will not radically change after undergoing surgery.
  5. Is your child physically mature? Depending on the surgery, this could play a huge role. Breast reductions can be done on patients as young as 15, while other surgeries may have to wait until the child is older.

Aesthetic Medicine Today and Tomorrow (part 2)

Fillers, From Animals to Sugar

The fastest growing segment of cosmetic science has been in the area of fillers. Bovine collagen, porcine collagen, and synthetic versions of calciums and sugars in humans are the favored methods for plumping up lips and cheeks, as well as filling in wrinkles and facial folds.

“I’m not one to say no one should ever get a facelift, “ Dr. Ourian states, “but with the technology available now I do think it should be the final option, not the first. With dermal fillers we can plump up areas of the face that have sunken with age. The results look natural rather than pulled.”

Bovine collagen was the most popular filler two decades ago, but patients lost interest due to potential side effects and allergy problems. Fillers using synthetic versions of hyaluronic acid, a natural sugar in the body, and calcium hydroxyapatite, or bone particles, were created to replace bovine collagen. Radiesse, Juvéderm, and Restylane are all examples of these types of fillers, and patients love them.

Dr. Ourian’s preference is the calcium hydroxyapatite filler Radiesse. This is because the bone particle fillers trigger the body to surround the material with naturally made collagen. Chin and cheek implants, once a fixture before fillers, tended to look unnatural. Fat transplants were also a method of filling in sags and wrinkles, but since natural fat is absorbed back into the body, more was needed for the injection than looked appropriate. Also, the fat would not necessarily dissolve evenly. As a result, some patients would suffer through uneven lumps at the site of injection after it started to break down.

Nose Jobs On the Run

Got a less than a perfect nose bridge? If you’ve always wanted to get rid of that little bump or indentation, it can be done in minutes by a doctor. A filler injection is made and smoothed out around the area. You’ll even have time to grab a little food before heading back to work. Touch-ups may be required for the next couple of years, and by then, science may have evolved to the point that the next one is permanent.

Waxing? Not Any More…

How do you get rid of unwanted body hair? Depilatory creams came out first, but they only kept the hair away for a day or so. Waxing was more popular, but that lasted for two weeks and could be very uncomfortable. Electrolysis was permanent, but was just as painful as waxing, and required more than one lengthy session. This is partly because each hair had to be burned out with an electric current.

Fortunately, we have moved to the next stage in hair removal. Laser hair treatments get rid of hair without burning the skin or using harsh chemicals. The laser targets the dark pigment in the hair and destroys the hair at the root. Touchups may be needed, but long term hair reduction is possible.

In the Future, I See…

Because of the speed at which technology and medicine evolve, changes can happen in months, as opposed to years. In five years, Dr. Ourian feels, patients will be less likely to get a full scale surgical procedure and be much more interested in total body approaches to regaining the appearance of youth. Many practices have already started to include a holistic approach, with skin care, med-spa and non-invasive treatments available.

Fat and blood stem cells will be used to stimulate rejuvenation of the face over the next five years, according to Dr. Ourian. The fat can be harvested from anywhere, while the blood stem cells can be taken from near the belly button. The idea is to turn the body into a self healing organism. Dr. Ourian is also looking forward to great advances in treating cellulite using non-invasive procedures to treat the unsightly affliction that is said to impact 90% of all females.

Best Laser Hair Removal?

Unwanted body hair can be so embarrassing that it’s almost traumatizing to some patients. Renowned Beverly Hills cosmetic Dermatologist Doctor Simon Ourian M.D. knows this better than most and for more than ten years has been helping his patients deal with this embarrassing problem that affects both men and women.

March 30, 2009 — Dr. Simon Ourian, Medical Director of Epione Beverly Hills, located in the exclusive shopping, restaurant and hotel enclave in Los Angeles, California built his practice more than ten years ago and has been studying the health and science of hirsutism longer than that. As commonly defined, hirsutism is simply excessive hair. In fact, the actual scientific definition is the condition in women of excessive hair growth in parts of the body where hair growth is normally minimal. Typically the hair found is coarse and visible rather than fine or vellus. It is believed that this condition may be the result of very high levels of androgens (male sex hormones) or by hair follicles that overreact to normal androgen levels.

“This is a problem I’ve seen every day since I opened my clinic in 1998, ” says Doctor Ourian, and it can be a source of great anxiety and stress for women. It is not unusual to see hair growth on the face that, of course, can’t be covered up with a cream or makeup. Doctor Ourian continues “I don’t at all see this as a cosmetic or vanity issue. It is a medical condition and I treat it that way.”

“I’m a cosmetic Dermatologist and it’s my job to make people look better and feel better about themselves. But when we help a woman who may have spent years hiding herself because of unwanted facial hair it reminds me why I decided to devote my professional life to this area of practice. I’ve literally seen patients transform into butterflies in front of my eyes.”

Doctor Ourian goes on to say “Of course we treat patients whose problems aren’t nearly as severe or who are looking simply to throw away their razor for good. Here in sunny, Southern California the result of the combination of beautiful weather and level of body consciousness is a lot of exposed skin. Understandably, people, both men and women, don’t want to exercise and diet so that they can cover up their bodies in layers of clothes. They’re fit and they want to show it off.”

Epione has been offering laser hair removal for more than ten years. Women who have been waxing their legs or shaving their armpits for as long as they can remember come in looking for a more permanent solution. For men it’s often a spot on their back or shoulders, though it’s not unusual these days for men to request laser hair removal treatments on their chest, shoulders and back or even their entire body. For men who suffer from ingrown hairs and razor bumps when they shave their face, laser hair removal is a great option.

“As the Medical Director of Epione I have been practicing as a cosmetic Dermatologist for more than ten years, ” continues Doctor Ourian, “and I believe that the lasers we use for hair removal achieve results superior to other modalities and lasers. Despite what the ads you see or the magazine articles you read may tell you, no skin care product or cream is likely to give you the results you want.”

Dr. Ourian’s Epione Medical Corporation, located in Beverly Hills Golden Triangle, is among the most comprehensive and state-of-the-art laser and aesthetic surgery centers. Dr. Ourian has been a pioneer for laser technology and non-invasive aesthetic procedures including Restylane, Botox, Juvéderm, Radiesse and Sculptra. These treatments are used for correction or reversal of a variety of conditions such as acne, acne scars, acne scar removal, skin discoloration, lip enhancement, wrinkles, stretch marks, varicose veins, cellulite, and tens of others. Laser hair removal and laser tattoos are offered too. Epione also carries Dr. Ourian’s Signature Series skin care products. For further information please contact 310-271-6506.