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Have you ever looked in the mirror and thought about how quickly the years have passed by, wistfully reminiscing about those youthful days that you took for granted?  Perhaps now you’re starting to see that your skin has lost its youthful appearance and you’ve noticed loose or sagging skin, or your stomach is loose after your pregnancy.  Perhaps your jowl skin has become looser, or there is unsightly arm flab that you’d like to tighten up.  At The Laser Hair Centre, we understand what it feels like to remember what it felt like to be young and wish that you could feel that way again.  With a simple non-invasive procedure called laser skin tightening, we are able to help you feel young again and tighten your skin so that it regains some of the youthful appearance it once had.

How Laser Skin Tightening Works

Laser skin tightening is a simple noninvasive procedure that tightens the skin through heating collagen that lies beneath the skins surface.  Heating the collagen causes the skin to tighten immediately so that the effects become noticeable directly after the treatment.  The laser procedure also spurs growth of the body’s natural collagen stores in the skin which in turn, helps to make the skin appear softer, smoother, healthier and youthful.

The Benefits

One of the great benefits of having a laser skin tightening procedure performed is that the effects of the procedure are immediately noticeable with minimal to no recovery time.  There may be some redness in the skin initially or some minor swelling which should resolve itself in a matter of hours, meaning – you can come in for a treatment and be able to go about the rest of your day uninhibited.

Before you come in

During a laser session, it’s imperative that the patient remove any substances that could be on the skin, ranging from make-up to sunscreen, or any other type of oil.  Skin tightening will take more than one session, and will take place in the comfort of our office here at the Laser Hair Centre under the strict care of our trained professionals.

If you’re considering having a laser skin tightening procedure performed, call us today to book a free consultation with one of our Laser Specialists.

People often ask us, what is the most effective way to hide the unsightly blemishes we develop as we age?  The simple truth is that laser therapy is the best way to treat these imperfections that we accumulate over time.  From laser facials to the treatment of stretch marks, laser therapy is a one stop solution that will leave you looking, but most importantly feeling young again.

Stretch Marks

Laser therapy can be used in a variety of ways, one of which is to lessen the appearance of stretch marks.  Stretch marks are scars that take place in the dermis.  There are times when skin needs to quickly stretch to adapt to growth.  Sometimes stretch marks are seen in those who have gone through quick growth spurts or pregnancy, and even in people who experience rapid muscle growth through weight training.  The reason that the skin scars and produces stretch marks is because the elastin and collagen that are found in the dermis cannot accommodate the rapid expansion.  Laser therapy can help reduce and remove unsightly stretch marks.

Laser Facials

Laser therapy is also used for laser facials – a procedure becoming increasingly popular in North America, especially among Hollywood elite like Jennifer Aniston.  This facial procedure will leave your skin fresh and youthful.  Lasers target the imperfections in the skin and bring them to the surface so that they can be admonished or removed entirely.  As the technology used during the process advances, the procedure is becoming relatively painless.  Lasers are the best option for skin rejuvenation because they are able to accurately target imperfections and either lesson their appearance or get rid of them entirely.

If you’re thinking about trying laser therapy, The Laser Hair Centre offers a wide variety of procedures and services performed by our professional technicians.  Please call us today to book a free consultation with one of our expert staff members.

DIY Melasma Treatments

28 Mar 2016 By There are no tags 0 comments

If you have melasma, which means skin hyperpigmentation, then you’re not alone! This very common skin condition affects roughly six million people in the United States every year! Melasma is also more common in women than men.

What is melasma, exactly? It’s when excess melanin production leads to the formation of brown patches on the face. In can be due to excessive sun exposure, however there’s other contributors to the problem, including hormonal changes, excessive stress, toxins, thyroid problems and the use of birth control pills.

Often, melasma is mistaken for freckles or age spots. But brown spots on the face due to melasma are typically larger, darker and have irregular shapes.

We understand the want to get rid of melasma, so we’ve found this handy list of things you can do at home TODAY that will help reduce melasma spots on your face! There’s lots of great natural ingredients around the house that can assist with your anti-aging efforts.

1. Lemon Juice

What many people might not know about lemon juice is that it’s a natural skin lightener. Lemon has superb astringent properties, and the acidic nature also helps remove the outer layer of the skin, thereby eliminating a layer of hyper pigmented skin.

How to use – squeeze all the juice from one fresh lemon. Apply it to the affected area and gently rub it around for one to two minutes. Leave it on for 20 minutes before washing off.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

This acetic acid present in apple cider vinegar makes it a powerful bleaching agent, which helps remove spots and make the skin smoother and more radiant.

How to use – mix together equal amounts of apple cider vinegar and water. Apply this solution to the melasma spots and allow it to air dry. Once dry, wash your face with lukewarm water and gently dry the skin.

3. Tumeric

Tumeric can also reduce the skin’s melanin and combat melasma. The active ingredient, curcumin, in turmeric spice has antioxidant and skin-lightening properties.

How to use – mix five tablespoons of turmeric powder with 10 tablespoons of milk to make a paste. If you can, use whole milk, as it has lactic acid and calcium which helps exfoliate and soften the skin. Additionally, add one tablespoon of gram flour to thicken the mixture. Then, apply the paste to the affected area. Allow the paste to dry for 20 minutes, then rinse it off with warm water and dry off.

4. Onion Juice

Onion juice is an effective home remedy to restore natural skin tone. Onion juice has a range of sulfur-containing compounds that are able to fade dark patches or discoloration of the skin. As well, onion juice provides nourishment to the skin cells.

How to use – finely chop up one to two onions. Place them on a piece of cheese cloth and squeeze to extract the juice. Measure the juice gathered and mix with an equal amount of apple cider vinegar. Apply this to the affected area with a cotton ball and leave on for 20 minutes.

5. Aloe Vera Gel

Due to the presence of mucilaginous polysaccharides in aloe vera, it can alleviate the hyperpigmentation and restore your skins natural color. It can also help to remove dead skin cells and promote regeneration of new cells.

How to use – buy pure aloe vera gel from your local retailer. Apply the gel thoroughly on the affected area and gently massage for one or two minutes. Leave the gel on for 15 to 20 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water.

The Best Solution

If you want fast, effective and amazing melasma treatment results, don’t look towards your kitchen cabinets. Come to Laser Hair and Skin Centre! Our skincare experts will be able to provide you with a comprehensive melasma treatment that will leave you speechless. Contact us today for a no-obligation consultation!

At Laser Hair & Skin Centre, we get questions all the time from people wondering about microdermabrasion – what is it? Is it right for me? What should I expect, and many more. We want to provide as much clarity as possible so that you can make the right choice, so we’ve created the ultimate list of questions and answers on microdermabrasion! Let’s get started.

What is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is an effective method of removing acne scars, fine wrinkles, and sunspots. No chemicals or lasers are used in microdermabrasion, instead only aluminum oxide micro crystals are gently sandblasted against the skin, leaving it smooth and fresh. Microdermabrasion also promotes collagen production, helping the skin rejuvenate faster.

What Does It Involve?

First, the skin is cleansed before microdermabrasion begins. The aluminum oxide micro crystals are sandblasted through a small tube that is activated when pressed against the skin. The tube also vacuums up spent crystals and skin cells.

The doctor will slowly run the wand across your face so that no part of the face looks different in color or texture. The treatment takes anywhere half an hour to an hour, and after treatment you will be given a nourishing moisturizer.

Is Aluminum Oxide Safe?

The aluminum oxide crystals used in microdermabrasion are perfectly safe and non-toxic if ingested. They don’t cause adverse skin reactions and aren’t a carcinogen. During the procedure, your eyes will be protected with safety glasses.

How Long Will It Take?

A usual microdermabrasion session will last about 30 mins for the face, and about an hour if the neck or other parts of the body need attention.

Is Microdermabrasion Suitable for Me?

If you want to get rid of lingering acne scarring, blotchy skin, large pores, age or sun spots, fine wrinkles or uneven skin tone, then you’ll find great success with microdermabrasion. All skin types and colors can be treated with microdermabrasion.

Be sure to consult with a specialized beauty specialist about your medical history before the treatment because there are conditions that will make the treatment unsuitable.

What Should I Expect?

Microdermabrasion can reduce fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, and evens out skin tone. It can also eliminate white and black heads, minimizes large pores and revitalizes dull skin. Microdermabrasion helps the skin to regenerate its elasticity and collagen production. As soon as the treatment is over, the skin looks and feels fresh.

How Many Treatments are Required?

Your doctor can give you a rough estimation of the treatments you’ll need to achieve the desired results, however most doctors will recommend 6-10 sessions. The treatments should be two weeks apart so that the skin can heal between.

Does it Hurt?

Microdermabrasion is painless, and downtime is marginal. Some patients say there’s a slight itchiness or stinging when it first starts, however your body quickly adapts to the crystals. After the treatment, your skin might be a little red, but this lasts as long as 24 hours.

What Should I Expect After Treatment?

Some redness might occur on the treated areas, but they generally disappear quickly. During the first day, your skin my feel dry, similarly to the effects of a mild sunburn. Use lots of moisturizer during the first few days, and avoid sun exposure for at least a week.

Do you need microdermabrasion done in Calgary? Come to the trusted experts in the area! Our clinic and specialized staff can provide the positive experience and results you need! Call us today for more info.

For many years, men and women had to turn to shaving and waxing in order to remove unsightly body hair. But with the evolution of laser hair removal, people around the world have experienced the difference that permanent hair removal has to offer. Even the FDA states that laser hair removal is effective for long lasting results!

There’s six major benefits to laser hair removal over traditional methods:

  • Precise – laser hair removal only targets pigmented areas on the skin, such as the hair follicle. This is why only the hair follicle is destroyed, and the surrounding skin is unharmed.
  • Effective – laser hair removal has been shown to be extremely effective. Laser hair removal is the most effective when the hair is in the “anagen” stage, which is when the hair is actively growing. While it takes more than one treatment to completely destroy all the hair on a part of the body, the hair that does grow back tends to be sparse, fine and lighter in color.
  • Fast – laser hair removal sessions take only minutes, depending on the area of the body being treated. Sometimes it can take only a minute to treat small areas of the body, while large areas, such as the back or legs, only take around 15 to 30 minutes.
  • No More Ingrown Hairs – can laser hair removal reduce ingrown hairs? It sure can! Ingrown hairs are caused by shaving or waxing, when the hair is broken off unevenly with a sharp tip. With laser hair removal, you’ll have less of chance of ingrown hairs, and the hair that does grow back will be sparse and fine.
  • Less Pain, More Gain – while laser hair removal isn’t painless, it has been described as less painful than waxing. The pain factor for laser hair removal will depend on the duration of the session and area of the body being treated, however it’s still faster and more effective than waxing.
  • Save Money – forget buying waxing strips, razor blades, shaving cream, and all your other hair removal products! With permanent laser hair removal, you’ll save time and, more importantly, money with not having to worry about shaving products at home. Just get laser hair removal, and you’ll start saving money right away!

So how does laser hair removal work? The hair on the body grows in three stages: anagen, telogen and catagen. Laser hair removal is most effective in the anagen stage, when hair is just starting to grow. A concentrated beam of light is aimed at the hair follicle, which heats it up to high temperatures, ultimately preventing that follicle from growing any further.

Interested in laser hair removal in Calgary? Laser Hair and Skin Centre has been Calgary’s source of laser hair removal for over 15 years, and has the experienced staff and technology to make your laser hair removal process simple and easy! Contact us today for more info!

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