Laser Hair Removal on the Chin

Having abnormal amounts of facial hair in the chin and the upper lip area can be very uncomfortable for women. It occurs in many women, as a result of factors such as hormones, excessive hair density, or even dark pigmentation. Because of social pressures, it is very common for women to have this unwanted hair removed.

Hair removal on the chin can be done through a variety of means including traditional methods like tweezing, threading and waxing, as well as through convenient methods that make use of depilatory creams or bleaching creams. There are now more advanced and permanent methods to get rid of unwanted facial hair.

The most effective permanent method to remove this hair is arguably with a laser:
Laser hair removal involves the use of high energy beam of light that can destroy the melanin in the hair follicles. Once the follicle is damaged it stops growing hair permanently or for a period of time. It takes about a month or so for hair follicles to regenerate, and when they do, another session of laser treatment can increase chances of permanently ridding the unwanted hair.

Many people have concerns regarding the safety of laser in hair reduction on the face or other sensitive areas of the skin.

So is a laser safe to use in removing hair on the chin and upper lips?

Laser treatment is FDA approved and has a great safety record. It has been proven to an effective way of removing hair on the face and body in the hands of a qualified technician.

However, do note that the technology of laser hair removal has a few limitations. First of all, most machines can only work on light skin tones with dark hair. Certain types of lasers can’t work on melanin-rich dark skin as they may not only damage melanin of hair follicles, but melanin on the skin as well, causing discoloration.

In the same way, it is important to consider that although the hair on the head might be dark, the hair on your face may not be as darkly-pigmented. Laser is then best only for women with dark hair on the chin and the upper lip.

There are however, advanced laser machines that are able to target even medium-pigmented hair. To know whether your hair and you are best candidates for hair removal through laser, consult with an aesthetician or hair removal expert first. Laser can safely take away facial hair on the chin, but it is not for everyone – at least not yet.

 

 

 

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Eyebrow Shaping Techniques

Improving the shape of your eyebrows can make a huge difference in your facial appearance. A set of perfectly-arched, well-plucked eyebrows can create a great impression as they make a great frame for your face. It can be a costly chore to go to your beauty salon to have your eyebrow shaped, so you might as well learn to do it on your own.

Here are some tips in eyebrow shaping that can come in handy everyday:

1. Invest in a good pair of tweezers.

Tweezers can be your best friend in eyebrow shaping, but be careful not to over-pluck (it will take months for eyebrows to grow back). If you have thin but short eyebrows, tweezers with thin tip is best for you. A square tup is ideal for long and thick brows, while a slanted one is safe on both sides.

2. Know the rules of thumb.

First, the space in between your eyebrows must be equal to, or just a little bit wider than the length of your eyes. Second, you must know where your brow should start and end.

To find where the brow should start: take an eye shadow pencil then hold it vertical to the side of your nose. Your brows must start at the outside edge of the pencil.

To find where the brow should end: make a diagonal line that starts from the nostril to the edge of your eye, and extend the line towards the brow. The brow must stop at the intersection with this line.

3. Nice brows have a bit of an arch.

Find your arch by holding an eyebrow brush parallel to the outside edge of the iris (your eyeball). The highest part of your brow must be a little past the outer corner of the iris and should taper to the end of the eye.

4. You must also decide whether your brows are too thick for your face.

If you have a thin face, you will need thinner brows. Thick brows look great on large faces and strong jaws.

5. Keeping the last three tips as guide, pluck any hairs that are outside of your ideal brow arch.

Be sure to pluck hairs out in the direction they grow. To reduce the pain, try to hold it taut as you pluck.

Finally, do not believe that brows must never be tweezed from above. Both the top and the bottom part of the brow must be arched and smooth, so feel free to tweeze both sides as necessary.

 

 

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Types of Electrolysis

Apart from laser removal, electrolysis is another method that is effective at permanently reducing hair growth.  Electrolysis is a cosmetic procedure that that was first used in 1875 to remove hair! It does not only remove hair, but it destroys the follicles itself, where the hair grows from, with the use of electric current.

There are three types of electrolysis procedures available today:

1. Galvanic Electrolysis

With this procedure, a chemical is used to produce the electric current needed to destroy the follicles. A needle is used to transmit the current which then reacts with the natural makeup of your hair follicle to produce sodium hydroxide at concentrations that damage the hair follicle itself.

2. Thermolysis Electrolysis

With this method, water is used as the conductor of electric current. A needle is used to transmit alternating current that vibrates the hair follicle. This vibration causes the production of heat which eventually damages the follicle itself. This method works faster and is believed by many to be safer. However, it is known to be less reliable.

3. Blend Electrolysis

This method came about in the attempts to combine the advantages of galvanic and electrolysis. With the blend method, both an alternating and a DC current are passed through the needle. Since both AC and DC are applied sequentially, it works much faster.

Electrolysis is one of the better methods for hair removal available. Since hair follicles are destroyed, it offers a more permanent way to remove hair, so you are hair-less for a good while. It is also completely natural and relatively pain-free. There are now many other technologies based on these three types of electrolysis methods. They all work well at removing hair of all types.

But which among the three is the best type?

The results of hair removal through electrolysis may depend on a few factors. However, how effectively this method works for you depends largely on the skill of the practitioner.

This goes without saying that when deciding on using electrolysis to remove unwanted hair, it is best to hire the service of an experienced, skilled electrologist. Moreover, as with all other hair removal methods, there are some problems and potential risks associated with electrolysis as a hair removal procedure. However, most of the possible side effects of the procedure are temporary and manageable.

 

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Tria Home Laser System: what is it?

To date, the TRIA laser system is the only FDA-cleared home laser hair removal system that guarantees the same permanent results people get from in-clinic treatments. The Tria laser may be used to remove hair from legs, the bikini line, feet, arms, hands, chest, and back. The system, however, is not intended for a one-time treatment only but requires a series of treatments at home to get the best results.

The Tria laser uses the intrinsic heat in light beams to permanently neutralize hair follicles. There are five settings you can choose from, with the highest setting producing the most heat and generally giving the best results.

There’s a limitation though: only women or men with light skin can effectively use the Tria laser system. This is because the system needs to precisely distinguish hair strands and follicles from the skin. People with darker skin tones may experience blisters and burns if they proceed regardless of the test results from a skin sensor that comes with the package.

The system may cause pain or discomfort when first used, but these sensations will subside as usage continues (the system recommends a total of six to eight treatments at two to four week intervals). There’s also the different pain thresholds among people wherein one might feel just a slight discomfort, another may experience barely bearable pain when both use the same system setting. As a rule of thumb, the highest setting generates the most intense heat, and therefore is likely to cause the most pain.

Anyway, for most women, the discomfort is a small price to pay if the result is noticeable beauty enhancement through permanent reduction of unwanted hair.  Women should also appreciate the FDA clearance accorded to the Tria laser system which guarantees the product’s safety. In addition, feedback from previous users reveals that around 70% of unwanted hair was effectively removed by the third treatment.

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Bleach Unwanted Hair (a how-to guide)

Hair bleaching can be a good option for those who don’t want to go through the pain and cost of hair removal. Strictly speaking, bleaching is not a hair removal method. However, it can effectively lighten the color of hair and disguise a hairless look as it becomes less obvious against pale skin.

Bleaching is an excellent choice for fine hair, such as in the face and arms. It is relatively inexpensive, as bleaching kits are commercially available for less than $5. There are also popular homemade bleaching procedures, details of which will be explained shortly.

Bleaching Kits

Kits for hair bleaching are available in many beauty and health stores. They include instructions to carry out the procedure. They usually include a bleach in cream form along with an activator liquid or powder. It is advised that you test a small area of the skin first before application to check whether the formulation will not cause allergies or irritation. The effect of bleaching kits usually last 2 to 3 weeks, after which, you will need to re-bleach again.

Homemade Hair Bleaching

Hair bleaching can also be done at home with the help of organic ingredients such as tomatoes, lemon, flour and papaya.

1. Tomato Bleaching

Tomatoes have natural hair bleaching ability that can help lighten hair. Simply cut up a tomato and apply the juice on the side of the skin (cleansed and dried beforehand). Leave it on for no more than 4 minutes, and then rinse it off with cold water. You can repeat the procedure as necessary.

2. Papaya in Milk

You can also bleach hair using papaya pulps mixed in milk. Make a mixture of these two ingredients until they form a thick paste. Apply it onto cleansed skin and massage with circular movements for 10 minutes. Leave it on the skin for about 5 minutes, and then wash off with cold water.

3. Lemon Juice with Honey

You can also lighten hair color with lemon juice mixed with 2-3 tablespoons of honey. Apply the concoction onto the skin and leave it for 20 minutes. Rinse off with tepid water and repeat as necessary.

4. Wheat Flour

Make a 1:1 mixture of water and wheat flour. Stir until you a get a thick paste. Apply this onto the area of the skin where you want the hair to be bleached. Once applied, get some sugar and massage gently on the applied skin area for about 5 minutes, and leave it on for 5-10 minutes before rinsing with warm water.

 

 

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Dangers of Laser Hair Removal: what are the side effects?

Laser hair removal has become very popular as a permanent hair removal solution. It is today the second most popular non-surgical procedure, with its popularity growing by the day. This type of removal can be costly, but it offers speed, convenience, accuracy when getting rid of unwanted hair. It is a very popular procedure for both men and women, and is preferred by many over non-permanent procedures like waxing or depilatory creams.

Laser treatment typically involves 6 to 8 sessions, depending on the area to be treated and the amount of hair that needs to be removed, spaced 8-10 weeks apart. This means repeated exposure to laser beams on the area to be treated.

Along with the increasing popularity of laser hair removal methods come concerns about its safety. Although marketed as a safe procedure, this treatment method does involve some risks – risks that must always explained to the patient before a procedure, that patients must be willing to take.

What side effects are we talking about?

The major side effect that would cause one to worry with laser is skin discoloration.

There are usually two types of skin discoloration likely with laser hair removal – hyperpigmentation (unwanted darkening of the skin) and hypopigmentation (unwanted lightening of skin). Although skin discoloration is not painful or deadly, it is an undesired effect.

Laser treatment involves the application of an intense beam of concentrated light to destroy melanin-producing cells, thus damaging the hair follicle and preventing hair growth.

Skin discoloration, however, is not a side effect that happens to all patients. Instead, it happens only when the laser treatment is performed improperly. Oftentimes, skin discoloration happens because the skin type and hair color contrast is not high enough.

It is then very important to check whether you are a good candidate for the specific laser hair removal treatment the beauty clinic is offering. Generally, most laser machines work well for light-skinned patients with dark hair, although many laser varieties now can accommodate darker skin.

More importantly, it is very important to ensure that the hair removal facility has the right technology and has skilled and professional medical experts to do the procedure.

Serious Side Effects?

Contrary to many talks about laser, hair removal using laser does not cause skin cancer. Laser is a type of light that gives off non-ionizing radiation, a type of beam that does NOT affect the DNA. It is not like other types of radiation that causes increased risk for cancer.

There are risks related to laser hair removal, but they are not potentially fatal and can be avoided with the right precautions.

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Remove Hair from Moles (a how-to guide)

Moles are considered by many as a mark of beauty and identity. However, sometimes hair can grow from these moles and many people seek to remove it. Fortunately, there are now many effective yet easy ways to remove hair from moles. These methods are simple, easy to do and very convenient.

Some mole hair removal methods are as follows:

Using Tweezers

This is by far the most common and easiest way to remove hair from mole. Simply use a clean pair of tweezers to pull out the hair. To minimize pain, pull only in the direction of the hair growth or apply a topical anaesthetic gel before plucking. Tweezing can’t remove the hair permanently, and usually grows back after several weeks.

Trimming

You can use fingernail scissors to trim the hair on the mole. Care must be taken to remove mole hair this way as the mole itself can be clipped leading to cuts in the skin. Although very convenient and quick, this leads to thickening of the hair and should be done more frequently.

Hair Removal Creams

Hair removal creams (depilatories) can be applied onto the mole to get rid of unwanted mole hair. Simply apply the cream as directed and wipe away after a certain amount of time. Hair removal creams usually work several days before hair grows back again. Care must be taken when using creams as these chemical depilatories may tend to irritate moles and can cause discomfort.

Waxing

Waxing the hair on the moles may be used if you have multiple hairs to remove. Be very gentle as the wax can stick to the mole itself and may tear the skin. If you only have a few hairs, it is best to tweeze instead.

Long-Term Methods

If you wish to permanently remove hair on the mole, you can opt for more advanced methods like electrolysis. This method is usually done by dermatologists and hair removal clinics. You can also consider permanent mole removal if the mole bothers you.

However, note that before removing hair, it is important to inspect the mole carefully to determine whether it is likely to be cancerous. Potentially cancerous moles have irregular shape, no definite borders, and are larger than a diameter of a pencil eraser. If you suspect your mole to be pre-cancerous, consult with your dermatologist for mole removal options.

 

 

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Hair Growth Inhibitors: what are they?

Hair growth inhibitors, as is suggested by its name, are products that help inhibit growth or regrowth of hair. These products come in topical creams or liquids and promise to prolong your hair-free stage after removal; by slowing down the rate of growth of hair in the area it was applied.

How do hair growth inhibitors work?

The concept behind these products is rather simple. When applied onto the skin, they change the structure of the hair follicle so that hair regrowth is stunted. With the hair follicle growth cycle changed, hair regrowth is finer and softer. Moreover, these products contain enzymes and other natural ingredients that interrupt the body’s usual process of producing new hair cells.

These products come in a variety of types and formulas. They can be applied as topical cream, as liquid or even sprayed so that it penetrates the skin to reach the hair follicle.

They are usually applied after hair removal such as waxing, shaving or laser treatment. It is seen to work best after waxing or plucking. When applied, you will find yourself having to shave, wax or pluck less than before.

These inhibitors can be used in just about any part of the body including the shoulder, arms, underarms, chest, forearms, legs, upper lip, abdomen, and bikini line. Results are not immediate, and it takes about 4 to 6 weeks for optimum results to be seen in conjunction with hair removal methods. Significant changes in regrowth inhibition can be expected only with long term use of at least 3 to up to 6 months.

Growth inhibitor products are now being sold in drugstores and beauty and health stores worldwide.

But how well to they work?

Not all products are created equal. Some of the formulations commercially available may work, while some of them might not. Also, depending on the individual circumstances and factors such as heredity and hormones, they may not work 100% for everyone. It is important to pick the right product to ensure that it will indeed work on you. Make sure to do the necessary research and check for user feedback before trying a product. Most products offer money back guarantee, which you can take advantage of when buying.

 

 

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Types of Lasers for Hair Removal

Laser hair removal today is touted as the best solution for permanently getting rid of unwanted hair. Apart from being permanent (but requiring multiple treatments and some maintenance), it causes low to moderate levels of pain, and can be performed relatively quickly compared to other permanent methods (like electrolysis). As the demand for permanent hair growth removal increases, technology has paved the way for variety in laser hair removal treatment.

Different Types of Lasers

Today, there are now six types of lasers for hair removal that are in common use. Technically speaking, laser treatment involves the use of concentrated, light beam to target the melanin pigment in the skin to eventually damage and destroy the follicle without harming the surrounding tissues. Because the hair follicle gets damaged, hair usually does not grow again. Hair can sometimes grow back in some cases if the follicle regenerates, but the regrowth is usually finer and more tolerable. Now, the varieties in laser treatment come into play as different machines can use different types of laser technology to get rid of unwanted hair. Your doctor will recommend one that best fits your skin type, budget, expectations and lifestyle.

Alexandrite Laser

This is one of the fastest laser types that are best used for larger treatment areas. They are widely-used and produce best results for patients with light to olive complexion and dark hair.

Ruby Laser

This is the oldest type of laser and also one of the most widely-used. Ruby laser is quite selective as it only performs best on light skinned individuals with dark hair. They oftentimes can cover only small areas, and prefers fine hair.

Diode Laser

The diode laser is one of the most effective laser types for darker skin. It can cover larger skin areas at faster speeds.

Nd: YAG Laser

This is a general type of laser method that can be used in almost all skin types, including tanned skin. Just like the diode laser, this long pulse laser also has fast repetition rates to allow larger areas of the skin to be treated quickly.

IPL Laser

Strictly speaking, IPL does not use laser, but uses intense pulsed light. It uses the same concept for hair removal, but is usually more difficult to handle and require skilled technicians for operation. IPL is relatively cheaper than laser hair removal, but oftentimes require more treatment cycles.

At Home Use Laser

There are now laser hair removal kits available for use at home. They usually use diode laser technology, but the pulses are not as strong. Although very convenient and easy to do, results can take longer to achieve.

 

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Recovery from Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is a quick and convenient means for permanently ridding of unwanted hair. It is also relatively painless and does not take much time for complete recovery. However, since the procedure entails the destruction of hair follicles, post-treatment care may be necessary to ensure optimum results.

How do you exactly take care of your skin after laser hair removal?

For Redness, Swelling and Irritation

After laser treatment, the treated area can become red and swollen, much like how it is when it is sunburned. This is true especially around the hair follicles. For most patients, this disappears in just a matter of hours, but it may take about a day or two for the skin to normalize.

This redness and swelling is relatively mild in nature. In fact, many patients find themselves able to do normal activities like shopping or working right after treatment. However, should the laser treatment be uncomfortable for you, you might find it best to relax a few hours after the treatment. If there is some pain, you can alleviate it by the use of cold compresses.

Use of Moisturizers

Many doctors advise the use of moisturizers to help support the affected area. This will also help prepare the skin for the next laser session. Antibacterial creams are oftentimes not necessary after treatment, but may be recommended depending on your condition.

What to Avoid

During the first few days after laser hair removal, it is strongly discouraged to shave the area treated. Waxing, bleaching, and plucking are also not recommended during the entire course of your treatment, including in between sessions. It is also crucial that you avoid directly exposing the treated area to sunlight after treatment as it can lead to irritation, sunburn and skin darkening. Moreover, avoid using harsh soaps that can dehydrate the skin.

Several days after the treatment, you will notice lightening in the treated area. Although it looks like it, this is not hair regrowth just yet. The loss of hair and this lightening of the follicles is part of the treatment cycle.

Should you have any concerns about post-treatment care and if you experience any discomfort or unusual side effects, it is important to consult your medical professional immediately. It is also best to see your hair removal expect a week or two after the procedure to determine the progress of your treatment and to see how well your hair is reacting to the procedure.

 

 

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