Unwanted hair can be annoying, unattractive and downright embarrassing. Luckily, there are a variety of ways to get rid of hair you don’t want on your body. But because of all the options available, it can be hard to decide what’s best for your body.
That’s why we here at Dr. Chernoff’s office have rounded up a list of the best ways to remove unwanted hair from your body. You won’t have to worry about how to get rid of your body hair ever again.
Number 1: Laser Hair Treatments
Laser hair removal is the quickest, most efficient and least painful hair removal treatment available. It involves using light energy to progressively damage hair follicles, making the hair follicles smaller or causing the regeneration of much smaller hair follicles.
About the Procedure: Treatment time can take anywhere from several minutes to several hours to complete, depending on the number and size of the areas being treated. The lasers have been reported to be less painful than other hair removal processes. After your treatment, there is usually a slight amount of redness in the treated area. Only rarely does any adverse reaction occur. Most patients can return to work either the same day as the laser hair treatment or the following day.
Hair Removal Results: Hair is removed from the area treated, and, after the required amount of treatments, results may be permanent. Over time, the thick dark hair transform into fine peach fuzz. With each laser treatment, less hair grows back. And when it does grow back, it is typically thinner and finer. This is why Laser Hair Modification has been FDA approved for permanent hair reduction. In any given area after a period of time longer than the normal hair growth cycle, there is a minimum of a 35 to 50% reduction of terminal growing hairs.
Number 2: Waxing
For years, waxing has been depicted as one of the most painful ways to remove hair from your body. Though it is intensely painful for a short period of time, waxing can quickly remove large areas of hair from a variety of places on your body. Strip waxing, the most traditional kind, involves applying a thin layer of wax over the skin and then firming placing a cloth or paper strip to that wax. Then, the strip is pulled as quickly as possible in the direction of the hair growth. Strip-less is applied to the skin, allowed to harden, and then removed. Both kinds of waxing remove the hair from the root to allow for semi-permanent hair removal.
About the Procedure: Depending on the number of areas treated, waxing can take a few minutes to an hour or more. It is one of the most painful hair removal treatments, but also one of the quickest. New technology, such as strip-less waxing, aims to make the process less painful. Waxing can lead to redness, bumps and infection. It’s best to get the treatment done by a professional.
Hair Removal Results: Because waxing removes the hair at its root, its results can last up anywhere from three to six weeks.
Number 3: Tweezing
Tweezing is one of the best options for temporarily removing a small amount of hair. When you tweeze, you pull out each individual hair by the root. Most people use tweezers to treat small areas of the face.
About the Procedure: Tweezing usually only takes a few minutes, as the area being treated should be small. There is mild pain involved with tweezing, but it is much less painful than waxing because you are only removing one hair at a time. It’s best to use clean your tweezers with rubbing alcohol before and after plucking. This will lower your chance of infection. Tweezing can cause ingrown hairs and infections.
Results: Like with waxing, results last three to six weeks because the hair is removed at its root.
Number 4: Shaving
Shaving is an easy and pain-free way to rid your body of unwanted hair. It’s also the most popular form of removing hair. Shaving involves cutting the hairs at the surface of the skin with a razor or electric shaver.
About the Procedure: Shaving usually takes only a few minutes, depending on the area and number of areas being treated. To avoid cuts, it’s best to use water and soap or shaving cream while shaving and replace your razor often. Shaving can result in ingrown hairs, especially in the bikini area.
Results: Unlike the treatment options above, shaving only cuts hair instead of removing it from its root. This means that you have to shave more often than you would tweeze, wax or receive laser treatments. Results usually only last one to three days.
Number 5: Electrolysis
Another more permanent hair removal treatment, electrolysis actually destroys the hair cells that make hair. An experienced professional uses a very slim needle reach each individual hair follicle. Then, the needle sends an electric current into the follicle, killing the cells.
About the Procedure: Each individual treatment usually lasts 15 minutes to one hour, but you can need up to a year of weekly treatments to remove hair from a large area of your body. Each treatment involves working on one hair at a time, so it can be a very long process to remove all of the hair from one area. For those looking for permanent hair reduction, laser therapy is a quicker and less painful option. Laser treatment can cause the same amount of damage to hair follicles that electrolysis does.
Results: Each hair cell that is treated will be permanently destroyed, meaning that hairs can no longer grow.
Number 6: Hair Removal Creams
Depilatory creams are chemical compounds that work to dissolve the proteins that build up hairs. This causes the hair to loosen and then fall out. All you have to do is apply cream to the area of hair you want to remove, wait about five minutes and then wash the cream off with a cloth. Usually these depilatories come in creams, but you can also get them in the form of gels, lotions, roll-ons and aerosols.
About the Procedure: The entire hair removal process usually takes 30 to 60 minutes, though the cream should only stay on your skin for about five minutes. If you leave the cream on for too long, it can harm your skin. Also, the harsh chemicals can irritate sensitive skin. It’s best to not use hair removal creams on or near your genitals. If you have sensitive skin, speak to your dermatologist before using a hair removal cream.
Results: Hair removal using cream usually lasts longer than shaving, but less than the other treatments. You should expect hair to grow back between one to three weeks after use.
Removing hair can be a weekly frustration, but it doesn’t have to be. If you would like to learn more about unwanted hair removal, feel free to contact us at Dr. Chernoff’s offices today. We would love to speak to you about how we can help you get rid of embarassing hair for good.
Every day of our lives, we are aging. But just because we are growing in age doesn’t mean our body has to look tired and old. There are several ways you can extend your youthful appearance. We here at Dr. Chernoff’s office have put together a list of five tips to help you slow down the aging process.
Have a Healthy Diet
One of the most effective ways to maintain your youth is an obvious one: eating well. This doesn’t mean you have to go on the latest diet or refrain from eating chocolate forever. Rather, you should have a well-balanced diet that supplies you with a range of important nutrients. Healthy diets can extend your life by preventing diseases and illnesses and supporting your bodily functions. Eating well can also help slow down the aging process on your appearance.
Proteins are the key building blocks of your skin, so they are vital to keeping your skin looking fresh, vibrant and youthful. Another great nutrient, essential fatty acids nourish your skin and fight off wrinkles. You can get both fatty acids and protein from fish. And don’t worry about kicking chocolate out of your diet. Cocoa has proven to increase blood flow to give you a healthy glow and keep your skin smooth. Of course, you’ll want to eat chocolate with at least 70 percent cocoa content.
Eat Foods High in Antioxidants
Though this section goes along with having a healthy diet, antioxidants are so important that they deserve their own section. Antioxidants slow down the aging process by neutralizing free radicals before they attack your skin cells. These substances have been proven to improve the health and appearance of your skin, as well as help to protect you from some diseases. Though our body naturally produces antioxidants, it is usually not enough to combat the free radicals we create with our polluted and stressful modern day environment.
Some foods that are great sources of antioxidants include dark-colored vegetables, such as tomatoes, carrots and spinach. Blue and purple berries, such as blueberries, cranberries and raspberries, also contain a lot of antioxidants.
Although many of us would prefer not to exercise after a long day of work, it’s worth the effort to go do. Researchers at McMaster University in Ontario found that people who exercised only once a week and who were age 65 or older had skin samples that looked very similar to those of 20- to 40-year-olds. The evidence that exercise makes your skin look younger is irrefutable. Exercise also allows the cells in your body to live longer. When your cells die, muscles weaken, wrinkles develop, mental activity slows and eyesight becomes poorer. Time and time again, regular exercise has also proved to reduce the risk of fatal diseases and maintain and build muscle strength, stamina, bone density and balance. Going to the gym a few times a week definitely pays off.
Take Care of Your Skin with Skin Care Products and Services
A quality skin care regimen will keep your skin looking youthful for as long as possible. Using skin serums will help to make your skin appear healthier, softer and more radiant, moisturizers will keep your skin fresh and hydrated, acne creams will combat acne and collagen-boosting products will work to keep your skin smooth over time. Skin care products are also important to use after receiving cosmetic treatments, as they can dramatically increase how long the results last.
To ensure that you’re getting the most out of your skin care routine, it is important to buy high quality skin care products. Dr. Chernoff’s medical offices offer quality Skin Care Services with experienced nurses and medical aestheticians. They can help to recommend the best skin care products for you, as well as determine the most appropriate and effective treatment plan to meet your needs.
Consider Getting Cosmetic Treatments
All of the tips above can help to slow down the aging process, but none can effectively reverse the effects of aging on your appearance. Cosmetic treatments, on the other hand, can eliminate existing signs of aging, including wrinkles, sagging, hair loss and drooping. Dr. Chernoff’s practice is dedicated to facial or body rejuvenation with a plethora of surgical and non-surgical options to give you back your youthful look. Visit our procedures page to find treatments that will restore youth to your body, breasts, face and hair.
We hope these tips help you to look your best for as long as possible. If you’ve already developed signs of aging, feel free to contact us to find out how you can best treat these developments. We are dedicated to helping you reach your beauty goals.
As we grow older, we unfortunately develop deep lines and creases in our skin that reveal our age. These wrinkles can cause us to look tired and worn out. But luckily, they do not have to last forever. There are a variety of non-surgical cosmetic treatments available that can reverse the effects of aging and gravity by erasing or reducing wrinkles. Dr. Chernoff has suggested the best of these treatments below.
With an estimated 11 million people having received the treatment, Botox is one of the most common non-surgical cosmetic procedures around. The injectable treatment has achieved this level of popularity because of its safety, simplicity and effectiveness. Plastic surgeons use Botox to improve the appearance of worry lines, frown lines, laugh lines, crow’s feet and other dynamic wrinkles that you have accumulated over the years. Botox does this by blocking impulses from the nerve to the facial muscles that are related to expression lines, leaving the overlying skin smooth and unwrinkled. The smoothing results usually last three to six months.
Like Botox, Sculptra Aesthetic treats wrinkles with injections. But, unlike Botox, the procedure is less immediately noticeable and sudden than other types of wrinkle treatments. Sculptra gradually transforms your face, providing subtle and natural-looking results. Poly-L-lactic is injected to help replace the collagen lost due to aging. This collagen is a natural structural protein that is found in our skin to help support a smooth and youthful facial appearance. The procedure takes only 15 to 30 minutes to complete, and, after the first series of injections, results last for two years.
If you are looking to immediately improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles that lie near your skin’s surface, Juvederm might be the best option for you. Juvederm is a smooth gel injectable filler. Unlike the treatments above, it utilizes hyaluronic acid, a natural substance found in all species that is highly attracted to water and can bind to it. In this way, Juvederm fills in your wrinkles by attracting water to the site. This allows for very natural looking wrinkle correction.
LaViv uses a patented process to reverse the effects of aging by supporting your own natural processes. This injectable treatment expands your dermal cells and activates your “protein repair system,” which produces collagen. This allows for a gradual thickening of the dermal layer of your skin, resulting in long-term skin rejuvenation. Through this process, LaViv subtly corrects wrinkles for a naturally smooth appearance.
Deeply formed wrinkles can now be treated with Dermal Optical Thermolysis, or DOT therapy. How does it treat these complicated conditions? Well, DOT therapy utilizes fractional CO2 laser technology to shrink the skin and stimulate the production of new collagen. But unlike other fractional systems, DOT laser is the only CO2 laser that utilizes two innovative technologies to allow for even more effective treatment. It also features a special algorithm developed to improve post-treatment recovery. The procedure is very quick and can be performed in-office. It involves minimal downtime and risk.
If you are looking to improve the overall quality of your skin with improved skin texture and reduced fine lines, wrinkles and scarring, this laser photo therapy might be the right treatment for you. Laser facial using Intense Pulse Light (IPL) is a non-invasive treatment that is quick, safe and effective. It utilizes the power of heat and light energy to improve the texture and tone of your skin. Treatment is virtually pain free and takes about ten to fifteen minutes to complete, with no downtime or recovery period.
These quick treatments are sure to restore youth to your appearance with very little recovery time. If you are interested in any of these wrinkle-erasing treatments, feel free to contact us. When it comes to your appearance, and especially your face, it is important to choose an experienced surgeon you can trust. Dr. Chernoff has extensive training in facial cosmetic procedures and is an expert in laser treatment. For over 20 years, he has been providing his patients with world-class, quality care.
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