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Melasma is a very common skin problem which causes unwanted skin pigmentation. This condition, so common for moms-to-be that it is also known as “the mask of pregnancy”, causes brown and greyish-brown patches to form on the face, especially cheeks, nose, and forehead. It can also form on the neck, chest, and arms. What is Melasma? Due to its hormonal causes, Melasma is far more common in women than men. It is also more common in those with brown skin that tans well, rather than those with fair or black skin. There is a genetic predisposition to Melasma. There are three different types of Melasma, and they are dependent on the depth of the pigment. The three types are: Epidermal: In epidermal melasma the patches of pigmentation have clearly defined borders, and are usually dark brown in colour. Epidermal Melasma…


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When it comes to tattoo removal, one of the most commonly asked questions is whether it is possible to remove one colour, or one part of a tattoo while the rest of it remains intact. For instance, if you have a multicoloured tattoo with yellow, orange, and black colours, would it be possible to remove one colour without the desired parts becoming blurry? The simple answer is yes. You can get one colour, one area, or the entire tattoo removed or covered up, owing to the accuracy of laser tattoo removal treatment. More on Laser Tattoo Treatment This process involves the selective absorption of extremely high peak power laser light pulses by the tattoo ink in the skin, which causes the targeted ink particles to disintegrate or break down mechanically while minimising potential damage to the surrounding tissues. After fragmentation…


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Thousands of people suffer, or have suffered in the past, from acne. The condition is often painful and embarrassing, but people with the skin disorder are far from being alone. Unfortunately for many, even after acne has cleared up, unsightly scars are left behind as what can seem like a permanent reminder of the condition. Despite the dozens of cosmetic products on the market that claim to get rid of acne scars, few of them actually lead to positive results, and the ones that do typically take years of regular usage. Luckily, there are other options beyond resigning oneself to a lifetime of acne scars or investing your life savings in expensive creams. One of these options is a CO2 laser treatment. What are CO2 laser treatments? CO2 laser treatments are exactly what they sound like – a cosmetic procedure…


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It’s hard to know with certainty how many sessions will be needed to remove a tattoo, and how effective a removal will be overall – however, there are some factors that can help us predict tattoo removal success. These factors, as followed, pertain to both the tattoo to be removed and the person seeking the removal. Ink color Traditionally, darker ink colors such as black and dark blue have been easier to remove. While this is generally still the case, recent advancements in tattoo removal technology have made it easier to remove lighter colors such as green and yellow. Location on The Body Tattoos located on the extremities (i.e. the arms and legs) are generally the hardest to remove. This is because there is less blood flow to these areas and they are farther away from the lymph nodes. It…


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Acne scars can cause significant embarrassment and lower the self-esteem of those who suffer from them. Fortunately there is a wide array of treatments available to treat acne scars. Acne scars vary in type and severity, so it is best to consult a cosmetic dermatologist regarding the treatment or combination of treatments that would be best for your particular situation. Topical Treatment For certain types of acne scars, topical treatments (i.e. compounds applied directly to the skin) that boost collagen production can be effective. Topical treatments are a good first step to determine if more invasive treatment might be necessary. Microdermabrasion This treatment involves removing the top layers of skin using a buffing technique. The new skin that grows back to replace the former top layer will ideally have a more even texture. Dermabrasion (as opposed to microdermabrasion) can be…


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Our necks are important because they frame our faces. Unfortunately, many people struggle with excess skin around their neck. There are a few factors that can contribute to sagging neck skin, including general weight gain, looseness of muscles in the neck, and reduced quality of the skin on the neck. Thankfully, there are measures that can be undertaken in order to get rid of sagging neck skin and remove excess neck fat, resulting in a more rejuvenated and youthful appearance. Neck Lift This surgical procedure, called a Platysmaplasty in medical jargon, is the best option to pursue in order to achieve the most dramatic results. In this procedure, some skin is removed and the remaining skin, possibly along with some muscles and tissues, is pulled up. The result is a firmer and more youthful neck. If done correctly, there will…


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We all make mistakes. For some of us those mistakes involve getting a bad tattoo. If you have body art that you need eliminated from your skin, laser removal is the way to go. The healing process for tattoo laser removal may seem like a complicated one but rest assured, it is not. Source: avantgarde-tattoos.com There are different types of lasers used to remove body ink. At the Fairview Laser Clinic, we use the Nd-YAG laser. Essentially the laser breaks up your pigment allowing it to redistribute the tattoo’s ink into your blood stream so it can be eliminated through your pores. It is not dangerous and most people experience only minimal pain. Many patients say that the pain is comparable to accidentally getting bacon grease on your arm. You should be prepared for it to sting slightly, but it…


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CO2 lasers are carbon dioxide lasers used in skin resurfacing procedures. Similar to chemical peels and dermabrasion, these lasers help your skin look its best without the use of sanding or chemical materials. However, laser procedures produce effects that last longer than traditional skin treatments like peels and dermabrasion. Through the removal of skin layers by vaporizing them, your face will transform, making you look youthful and enhancing your natural beauty. If you are plagued with skin issues, this type of laser resurfacing system can help. The following five problems are best solved by CO2 lasers: Wrinkles Acne scars Blotchiness Age spots Loose skin With a strong success rate in all of these areas, they’ve proven to be no match for a CO2 laser. Because of the laser’s optimal precision, problematic skin areas are removed layer by layer without harming…


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Laser hair removal is a cosmetic procedure that has experienced soaring popularity over the last several years. With busy schedules and complex grooming rituals, many people are finding that they simply no longer want to spend their free time on hassles like shaving or waxing. Choosing a permanent hair removal method becomes a highly attractive prospect when it means you can spend a significant amount of time on more productive – or at least more fun – activities. Before you rush out and book your first appointment, there are several important things you should know about: namely, what to do, and not do, during preparation and following treatment. Preparation Do… wear sunblock of 30 SPF or higher on the targeted area whenever you go out in the sun for at least one week prior to treatment. shave the treatment area…


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Patients should wait for skin to recover before resuming regular tanning after getting a chemical peel. The time needed for healing may vary according to the extent of the chemical peel, but after the recovery period, you will be able to enjoy the sunny weather to its fullest extent! How Long Should I Wait Before I Start to Tan Again? Doctors will generally recommend waiting at least six weeks before revisiting your tanning spot outdoors or under the tanning bed lights. The deeper the peel, the longer you should wait, and a strong treatment may even require that stay out of the sun for two months or more. In order to ensure your skin remains healthy and glowing, your safest option is to consult your doctor before your procedure is done. A chemical peel removes old skin cells from the…


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