While tanned skin is generally considered appealing and the tanning industry is quite lucrative, people looking for a shortcut to look like a bronzed god or goddess may be in for some unfortunate surprises. Any increase above the recommended 15 minutes of sun exposure to produce vitamin d in your body raises your chances of skin cancer and melanoma. All of the experts agree on this and the rest of the population just shrug and ignore the advice to greater or lesser extents. The most extreme way of flaunting this advice is to use tanning drugs.
The most common tanning drug is currently marketed as Melanotan or Melanotan 2. It can be delivered into the body either intravenously or via a nasal spray. These drugs work by mimicking a naturally occurring hormone in your body and stimulates the production of melanin, which is what gives your body it’s skin tone/colour. The only official and medical use for Melanotan, and sold under the brand name Scenesse when used for this purpose, is to prevent phototoxicity resulting from an extremely rare condition.
In the relatively short time that this drug has been available, it has already been linked to melanoma, non-melanoma cancer, and a host of other health issues, including, but not limited to:
*Loss of Appetite
*Priapism, followed by prolonged Erectile Dysfunction
Melanotan sprays and injections are not regulated in any way and are usually considered illegal for sale. There is a reason that you cannot pop into your local chemist to buy some! Online sellers of the product can also be a bit disingenuous is their descriptions of the product, referring to it as “pharmaceutical grade”. The same can probably said about “good” cocaine. It still doesn’t make it good for you.
Finally, in relation to light based therapies or treatments like laser hair or tattoo removal, having EVER used these products is a permanent contraindication! No reputable or knowledgable laser clinic will ever treat you.
In closing, all of this information should be provided to a potential customer of a product like this, but it is not. It is not provided online or within the packaging. However, a quick internet search will reaffirm everything that is written here. Buyer beware and do your due diligence before purchasing!
Laser hair removal has been around for a number of years and it keeps gaining in effectiveness and popularity. Few people enjoy the daily, weekly, or if you are REALLY lucky, the twice daily ritual of shaving. Light based therapy, whether by laser or intense pulsed light (IPL) can cut the number of times that you need to shave by potentially up to 75%! For most of us, shaving is just a matter of inconvenience. Sadly, there are some medical conditions that may cause excessive hair growth on your body (hirsutism). This excessive growth may place a heavy burden on your mental well being.
A common causes of hirsutism is polycystic ovary syndrome. An explanation of PCOS is outside of the scope of this blog, but easily investigated online. With that being said, everyone’s hair density and growth is dependent on their hormones. Under normal circumstances, women can expect a significant hormonal change approximately every five years, in addition to puberty, pregnancy, pre-menopause, menopause, and post menopause. PCOS can cause a significant imbalance in a woman’s hormonal balance, constantly activating and/or reactivating hair growth.
Light based hair removal permanently kills hair follicles, leading to a permanent reduction in hair in any given area. For our intents and purposes, the number of follicles a person has are limitless. Laser is not a permanent fix to hirsutism caused by PCOS and follow-up treatments will be needed, as the constant hormone imbalance will activate new hair follicles in the treated area.
Please contact us at On Second Thought Laser Services with any questions regarding this service.
I was recently given the opportunity to start the removal of a memorial tattoo. Most people would think of a memorial tattoo as a commemoration of someone's life, perhaps an image along with a date of birth and a date of death, but in this case a memorial tattoo meant that human remains, in the form of cremated ashes, were mixed into the ink. This presented me with a new factor that I had never dealt with before.
Without going in depth as to what is involved in laser tattoo removal, I had to make sure that nothing that I was going to to would adversely effect my client. Generally speaking, if a person had a reaction when they were getting tattooed, whether it was a rash, irritated skin, or anything else, they are going to have the same reaction when getting the tattoo removed. My client reported no such reactions when getting tattooed originally.
After speaking at some length to both tattoo artists (Tony Urbanek and Rich Cosgrove @ Inka Dinka Doo - Pittsburgh, Christine Lynn @ Voodoo Blue Tattoo- Newtownabbey, and Neil Morris @ Shoreline Tattoo - Whiteabbey) and the clinical team at Lynton Lasers, we determined that there were no inherent dangers in removing a memorial tattoo and that it's removal would be similar to that of what is called a "traumatic tattoo". A traumatic tattoo occurs when debris is introduced into the skin forcibly, such as a road accident.
Removal is progressing and to date, there have been no adverse reactions.
David is the owner and manager of On Second Thought Laser Tattoo Removal in Newtownabbey, Belfast, Northern Ireland. With over five years of experience in aesthetic laser, most of which was as lead tattoo removal specialist at a successful American clinic, he is experienced and knowledgable in his field.