September 16th, 2013 • Posted by Taken From Meredith Morgan's Blog • Permalink
You Better Consider Laser Hair Removal Before You Go Gray
The number one factor in determining if you are a good candidate for laser hair removal is whether your hair is dark or light. For permanent hair reduction, the hair must have some pigment. If you have blonde or gray hair, sorry to tell you, but you will have to continue to shave or wax. When hair turns gray, it has lost all its pigment. Until the scientific world develops a new innovation, we blondes are out of luck. If you have red hair, depending on the shade, you may fall in this category as well.
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The laser needs pigment to attach to the hair, so it can then travel down the hair shaft to the follicle. When the hair is connected to the follicle, the laser basically zaps it, cutting off all hormones and blood supply that allow the hair to grow.
I always feel bad telling a client they missed the boat on laser hair removal because they have gone gray. And donít forget, women and men, you go gray EVERYWHERE. So if you hate shaving the bikini or the back, get in before it is too late!
September 9th, 2013 • Posted by Heather Badal and Dr. Weiss • Permalink
Is That Botox Made By Allergan?
Have you ever wondered how some medical offices get away with charging $6.99 for Botox while others charge anywhere from $9-14 per unit?
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Well, the recent action by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) might give you some insight. There are several illegal distributors of Botox Cosmetic circulating in the market who claim to sell the authentic product from “Europe” or other sources.
In the alert, the FDA stated:
"These products are being sold by unlicensed suppliers who are not part of the legitimate U.S. supply chain. FDA cannot confirm that the manufacture, quality, storage, and handling of these products follow U.S. standards. These fraudulent products are considered unsafe and should not be used.
Medications purchased from foreign or unlicensed sources may be misbranded, adulterated, counterfeit, contaminated, improperly stored and transported, ineffective, and/or unsafe. Medical practices that purchase and administer illegal and unapproved medications from foreign sources are putting patients’ health at risk, as patients may not be getting proper treatment."
It comes as no surprise to me, and other legitimate cosmetic injectable providers, that this is currently happening, and has been happening, for quite some time. Our office has been solicited multiple times by distributors claiming to offer better pricing for the ‘same product’, however, I’m not buying it…literally, I’m not buying it. We love what we do, we love our patients, and we are not willing to sacrifice safety for the bottom line. We buy directly from Allergan, the manufacturer of Botox and Juvederm products.
When it comes down to injecting a medication into your face for cosmetic purposes, you want to know that the product is SAFE, your injector is SKILLED, and that you will see RESULTS.
At Flawless Skin Spa, we charge anywhere from $9 to $12 per unit. We only use Botox that has been made by Allergan. At Flawless, you will receive your treatment by a licensed Nurse who has been trained in appropriate injection techniques. Our patient satisfaction is very high. Found a lower price on Botox elsewhere? By all means, check it out…but be warned that if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
September 3rd, 2013 • Posted by Heather Badal • Permalink
Whether you are in your 40s or teens, acne is definitely a four letter word!
Here at Flawless, we thought we would give you a few tips about how to avoid those pesky break-outs.
1) Hands off! Yep – that is what we said. I happen to be a BIG picker so take it from me, try to keep those hands in your pockets. Although touching your face may seem fairly harmless, it makes your face one of the dirtiest parts of your body. Picking actually worsens the situation and prolongs the healing process which can lead to scarring.
2. Know thy acne –Blemishes are not created equal, so don’t assume that one product will do the trick. Here at Flawless, we treat acne with laser treatments to kill the bacteria and encourage people to use the Epionce Medical Skin Care Line. Here is a quick 101 on the various types of acne.
- Cystic acne is characterized by sore, sometimes painful bumps under the skin typically found along the chin and jawline. (We recommend: Epionce Lytic TX)
- Papules are inflamed, clogged pores that appear as painful red bumps. (We recommend: Epionce Renewal Lite Lotion)
- Pustules are your classic idea of acne. They appear as red, inflamed bumps that come to a pus-filled whitehead. (We recommend: Lytic Gel Cleanser)
- Whiteheads are clogged pores that appear as tiny, raised bumps on the skin. Unlike blackheads, the sebum trapped in the follicle never gets the chance to surface and therefore doesn’t oxidize (change color). (We recommend: Lytic Gel Cleanser)
3. Balance is key. Acne products can be drying no matter how gentle; therefore, it’s imperative that you restore moisture into the skin. A lightweight, oil-free moisturizer best suits acne-prone skin. Avoid harsh products as they’ll dry out the skin and further irritate already problematic skin.
4. Wash your make-up brushes, towels and pillowcases often - These are the objects that have the most contact with your face and, therefore, are notorious for harboring and transferring acne-causing bacteria, dirt, dust and oil. Clean often and you’ll see that your skin becomes noticeably clearer with fewer blemishes and congestion.
Stay Flawless! Heather
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