Getting your Body Bikini Ready!

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It’s officially summer here!. Now is the time to get your body ready for those tanks & shorts, evenings out with friends and vacationing with family - all of which means exposing more skin.
Do you like painful sunburns, peeling/itchy skin, dry leathery looking skin, wrinkles, brown spots, skin cancers? If not, sunscreen and tanning alternatives are for you!
Sunscreen/Sun Block:
90 percent of skin cancer occurs on parts of the body that usually aren’t covered with clothing when you’re outside (your face, hands, forearms and ears). The best ways to help protect you from the sun are to avoid peak sun hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., stay in the shade, cover exposed areas and avoiding reflective surfaces. Since you’re not likely able to adhere to this list, at all times, the fastest and easiest way to protect your skin is to use a sunblock.
Sunless Tanning:
Sunless tanning is available for those who associate tanned looking skin with health and wellness. There are several products available on the market today. One of the best is SunFX®. SunFX® Sunless Tanning is the healthy alternative to producing the perfect tan, producing far superior results to sun baking or tanning beds. That is because with a SunFX® spray tan you're guaranteed to get perfectly even coverage. Unlike sun baking where areas that are exposed to the sun longer appear darker than other areas, with a SunFX® sunless spray tan your tan will be perfectly even and completely natural looking.
To achieve this, SunFX® has created tanning solutions made from 100% all natural ingredients containing:
NO ALCOHOLS
NO PRESERVATIVES
NO OILS
NO PERFUMES
NO PARABENS
NO ODORS
Stay healthy & live well – protect your skin all year round.
One way to prepare for being out in public with fewer clothes is by defuzzing that body. Most women, and more & more men, prefer to have a smooth, hair free appearance - and they are choosing several different methods to achieve that look. The following hair removal methods are available to you.
Waxing:
Waxing uses a resin-based wax like product to remove the entire hair follicle from the root. A warm wax mixture is spread over hair in the direction of its growth and a paper or cloth strip is then placed on top of soft wax. Hard wax doesn't require a strip because it cools solid enough, and becomes a strip in itself. Once wax has slightly cooled or has adhered to the hair, it’s pulled off in the opposite direction of hair growth. The entire hair follicle should be removed from the root.
Waxing isn’t as fast as shaving, but each hair doesn’t have to be individually removed like in tweezing. Wax can be spread over large amounts of hair, and removed all at once. Over time, frequent waxing may cause the hair follicle to become damaged, and stop growing hair. The concern for most people is waiting between waxing. Since about one quarter of an inch of hair is needed for the wax to adhere, there is a wait of 3-6 weeks, depending on location and your individual growth cycle. Waxing can keep an area hair-free for up to 6 weeks, but may be back in as little as 2 weeks. That’s much longer compared to shaving. But that can seem all too soon, once you have paid a pretty penny for a professional service, or took the time and effort to wax yourself.
You still need to have an experienced aesthetician be your waxing professional; lack of knowledge or cleanliness can lead to disaster. If there are any circumstances or conditions under which you shouldn't get waxed are simply unknown or ignored, skin could end up extremely red, burned and even become scabby. Salons or spas not adhering to safe and sanitary waxing procedures could give a client a skin infection, or even a disease. The inexperienced often find waxing hair removal messy, slow and difficult. They usually end up breaking a lot of hair above or below the surface, instead of removing the entire hair follicle from the root. Hair will grow back much quicker if it's only broken, and not removed.
Depilatories:
A strong, alkaline based product is placed on hair and slowly breaks down the hair follicle, until it turns jelly-like. The depilatory hair removal process takes about 5- 10 minutes for it to be easily wiped off with a warm towel at, or somewhat below skin level.
Depilatories are fast, relatively cheap and easy to use. Depilatory hair removal creams can be found at the local drug store, for a couple of dollars and you can use it in your own home. They have an odor; some smell worse than others, but they all have a less then pleasant odor. They contain strong chemicals and you can really harm your skin, especially if you leave the product on too long. The FDA's Office of Cosmetics says they receive many reports of burns, blisters, stinging, itchy rashes, and skin peeling associated with depilatories and other types of cosmetic hair removers. If you feel burning, your skin is either too sensitive, you're allergic to one of the ingredients, or you have left it on too long. In any case, take it off immediately and apply cool water.
Results from using a depilatory aren’t long lasting. The follicle hasn't been removed from the root, only removed at or slightly below skin level. You will see hair above the skin surface the next day or in a couple days at best.
Electrolysis:
There are a few different types of electrolysis, but they all have the same basic application. An electric current is applied with a very fine needle-shaped electrode, or metal probe into each hair follicle to destroy the root. Hair grows in different stages: growing, resting and shedding. Because all of the hair isn't on the same stage at any given time, multiple sessions are needed to get the hair in the growth phase for electrolysis hair removal to be most effective- just like laser hair removal.
Many different hair and skin types may benefit from electrolysis because it doesn't target hair pigment (color), but attacks the follicle itself. However, bent follicles can make electrolysis hair removal harder and getting the needle to the root more difficult to destroy the follicle. As with any form of hair removal multiple treatments are needed. You have to truly be committed to electrolysis because you will need anywhere from 15 - 30 sessions, which will take up a considerable amount of your time and can become quite pricey.
Electrolysis can cause skin discoloration, which is most likely to occur if it's improperly done. Everyone has their own tolerance to pain; electrolysis has been likened to a stinging and pricking sensation, and each follicle has to go through it.
Laser Hair Reduction:
Laser hair reduction is a medical procedure that uses intense, light to remove unwanted hair. During laser hair removal, a laser beam passes through the skin to an individual hair follicle. The intense heat of the laser damages the hair follicle, which inhibits future hair growth. Hair will begin to fall out within the next 10 - 14 days after treatment. Hair grows in different stages: growing, resting and shedding. Because all of the hair isn't on the same stage at any given time, multiple treatments are needed to get the hair in the growth phase, for the laser to be most effective.
While you might not get totally smooth and silky forever, hair should be less noticeable and require less shaving or waxing. According to The Mayo Clinic, lasers can reduce hair counts by 40% to 80% relatively fast and are able to treat a large area in one session. Laser hair reduction may require at least 6 treatments.
Tightening & Toning is a major part of becoming summer ready. There are skin tightening methods available in addition to eating healthy and working out regularly.
Skin Tightening Treatment:
Skin tightening treatment is a way to achieve non-surgical tightening of lax skin on areas such as the neck, abdomen and legs with minimal pain, no down time and a fraction of the cost of plastic surgery. Skin tightening actively turns back the clock on aging skin by using infrared to stimulate new collagen growth deep beneath your skin’s surface. This is an ideal solution to enhance your youthful and healthy appearance without surgery, recovery time, or injections.
Velasmooth® Cellulite Therapy:
Velasmooth® is an FDA approved non-surgical, non-invasive cellulite reduction treatment for optimal body contouring result. Along with a good diet and exercise regimen, Velasmooth® treatments may offer effective cellulite management. Treated areas include buttocks, thighs, abdomen, arms and neck.
Velasmooth® Therapy can deliver great results safely, comfortably and effectively, delivering visible results with minimal, momentary discomfort and no downtime after the treatment.
Veins, Veins go away – and stay away, with Spider Vein Elimination Therapy.
Laser/Sclerotherapy:
During your consultation, you and your physician will decide together whether Sclerotherapy (injection of a solution through a very fine needle directly into the vein), laser therapy or a combination would be the best course of treatment to eliminate your spider veins. Combination therapy is beneficial if you have small, medium and large spider veins.
Spider vein treatments should be performed by an experienced physician and will not require general anesthetic, sedatives, pain medications or injections of local anesthetic.
There is no downtime associated with either therapy and you can immediately resume work and normal activities.
Whether you're a new mother or a seasoned athlete, stretch marks are a fact of life. However, their appearance can be greatly reduced through laser treatments.
Stretch Mark Reduction Therapy:
The reduction of stretch marks is achieved through fractional laser treatments. The fractional non-ablative skin resurfacing laser treatment minimizes the appearance of stretch marks with no downtime.
The reduction of unsightly color and skin texture associated with stretch marks can leave you with smoother, better-looking skin.
Exposed shoulders and back benefit from professional Bacials (back facials).
Back Facial:
A backfacialis atreatment specifically designed to treat the back and upper shoulders.Back facials often mimic the techniques used in skin treatments of the face and are designed to clear and soften the skin of back.
This type of facial is customized to target a specific skin issue; Dry skin, clogged pores, oily skin or back acne can benefit greatly from these treatments. Your treatment may include microdermabrasion, deep steaming (which is designed to open the pores and soften the skin), extractions and a custom blended mask or peel precisely mixed to address your needs.
Skin hydration is a vital part of any skin care routine if you want to have a glowing looking skin.
Hydrate – Inside & Out:
There are many things that can cause skin dehydration, including your activity level, the climate and temperature, medications and some illnesses. If you don't do something about it your skin will feel the consequences.
Dry skin, fatigue, weakness, dry mouth, loss of appetite, decreased urination, dark colored urine
and thirst are all symptoms of mild dehydration. Once the body has lost 2% of its normal water volume it will show those mild dehydration symptoms. The most common symptom is thirst. Once you feel thirsty it is already too late - your skin has already started to lose all important moisture.
Moisturizing creams are great for skin hydration because they contain potent moisturizers that keep your skin safe from drying up. Your daily skin care routine should consist of cleaning, toning and moisturizing your skin. A skin care consultation from your dermatologist will determine the type of moisturizer needed for your particular skin type.
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Las Vegas Dermatologist