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.