Laser Hair Reduction or Electrolysis Hair Removal: Which One is Right for You?

Laser Hair Reduction or Electrolysis Hair Removal: Which One is Right for You?

Laser Hair Removal Procedure LegsPermanent hair removal is becoming increasingly popular with each passing year. More and more people are turning to these solutions in order to avoid the everyday hassle of hair removal. As hair removal solutions become mainstream, more and more options arise, the two most popular of which are laser hair reduction and electrolysis hair removal. Though you may have heard of both of these solutions, you may still be wondering about which one is best suited to your needs and lifestyle. Today, we’re helping you to get more information in order to answer the question of “laser hair reduction or electrolysis hair removal?” as objectively as possible. Let’s dive into each procedure and its unique benefits.

What is Laser Hair Reduction?

As the name indicates, laser hair reduction is the cosmetic use of high-heat, mild radiation layers to target the hair follicles, damaging them and preventing future hair growth. A non-invasive hair removal technique, this option does require several treatment sessions in order to yield significant long-term results. With that in mind, laser hair reduction does a fantastic job of removing most of the hair in an area for a long period of time (sometimes even permanently). Even if new hairs do eventually regrow in a treated area, they are so fine and light that they’re usually not even noticeable.

One of the most notable benefits of laser hair reduction is that, with the exception of your eye area, it can be done on any part of the body. As a non-invasive procedure, it also requires no recovery time whatsoever (though you will have to wait a few weeks in between appointments).

Who It’s For?

If you want to get your permanent hair reduction done as quickly as possible, laser hair removal is an excellent option to consider. The procedure can cover large surfaces of your body in one sitting, and though it does take several sessions to achieve the final look, most people see initial results after just one session.

What is Electrolysis Hair Removal?

Though not quite as well-known as laser hair reduction, electrolysis hair removal is another extremely effective method that’s taking the cosmetic world by storm. This procedure must be done by a dermatologist, and it consists of placing an epilator device in the skin, which then uses shortwave radio frequencies to damage hair follicles, prevent future hair growth, and cause existing hairs to fall out. Unlike laser hair reduction, electrolysis hair removal is FDA-approved.

Who It’s For?

Electrolysis hair removal cannot cover areas as large in one sitting as laser hair reduction can. That said, it is more effective at achieving permanent hair removal. With that in mind, this procedure is well-suited to those who would rather achieve total hair removal, even if it takes a bit longer to get there. As an FDA-approved method that must be carried out by a licensed dermatologist, electrolysis hair removal is an excellent option if you’re nervous about permanent hair removal and would benefit from the reassurance of working with a physician. Another significant thing to take into account is that electrolysis can be used on your eyebrows, unlike laser hair reduction. If this is an area where you would like permanent results, electrolysis might be a great option to consider.

Which Procedure is Right for You?

Ultimately, the choice between laser hair reduction or electrolysis hair removal comes down to what you want most out of your hair removal procedure. If you’d prefer a quick and effective option or would like to treat a large surface of your body, laser hair reduction might be best for you. If you’d like to treat your eyebrows, would prefer to guarantee permanent hair removal even if it takes longer to achieve, or would feel more comfortable undergoing an FDA-approved procedure, then you might be better-suited to electrolysis hair removal.

Laser hair reduction or electrolysis hair removal? At the end of the day, you’re the only one who can answer that, and we hope we’ve given you enough information to help you make an informed, well-thought-out decision. If you’d like to learn more about either procedure or schedule an appointment, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Get Your Skin Spring-Ready with Dermaplaning

Get Your Skin Spring-Ready with Dermaplaning

Spring is officially here – and it brings the annual opportunity for renewal. Whether it’s your wardrobe, your office organization, or your home decor, there’s no time like the present to revamp your surroundings. This is equally true for your skin. With the increased heat and humidity of spring comes not only an opportunity for better skin care, but also a real need. This is where dermaplaning facials, an advanced skincare treatment, come in. This year, get your skin spring-ready with a dermaplaning facial – and see beautiful results far beyond the season. Let’s dive into why this method is becoming so popular.

What is a Dermaplaning Facial?

A dermaplaning facial is an exfoliation method that refinishes the outermost layer of your skin. This is done with a gentle and painless scraping technique that helps to improve the appearance fine lines, removes dead skin cells, and those tiny peach fuzz hairs that would otherwise contribute to an overall dull, clogged epidermis.

Why Should You Consider Getting One?

The beauty of dermaplaning is that it’s not at all invasive or painful, yet it’s extremely effective. The gentle scraping done during this process helps to stimulate collagen production, thereby rejuvenating the skin and reducing the appearance of aging. This low-maintenance procedure can be combined with other facial cleansing methods and techniques immediately – and, in fact, can help with the penetration of other products and methods into the epidermis. The best part? Unlike other highly effective cosmetic dermatological procedures, dermaplaning facials can be repeated frequently.

Don’t be fooled by the gentleness of dermaplaning: the popularity of this technique is due to its effectiveness. Those who opt-in to dermaplaning report notably smoother, softer skin; the reduced appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scars; and no pain or sensitivity whatsoever. Also, Dermaplaning the peach fuzz off of the skin does not cause this hair to grow back darker and thicker. This is an old wives tale rumor that just isn’t true. Dermaplaning has been around for centuries. Cleopatra was known to have her face “shaved” on a regular basis. Old Hollywood movie stars also shaved their skin on regular basis to remove that pesky peach fuzz. By doing this they were able to have their camera close ups without seeing the shadow of their peach fuzz on the camera.

Who Are Dermaplaning Facials Perfect For?

Dermaplaning facials are beautifully gentle, making them adaptable to a variety of skin types. This makes dermaplaning an excellent procedure for individuals who experience sensitive skin or are pregnant and want to have a risk-free deep-cleansing procedure without. Because it helps to bring about general smoothness, dermaplaning is great for patients with fine lines, acne scarring, or dark spots. Furthermore, patients who are investing in other facial procedures – such as microdermabrasion or chemical peels – could benefit from also getting a dermaplaning facial in order to help increase penetration to the epidermis. Overall, the great thing about dermaplaning facials is that they’re adaptive, low-maintenance, and effective.

A great dermaplaning facial is an excellent way to get your skin spring-ready, whether it’s a standalone procedure or used in conjunction with another. If you’d like to learn more about the dermaplaning facial, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Your Guide to the PRP O-Shot: the Orgasm Shot that Everyone’s Talking About

Your Guide to the PRP O-Shot: the Orgasm Shot that Everyone’s Talking About

Decorative image One of the most groundbreaking medical treatments in the industry is turning the heads of women worldwide. We’re talking about the PRP O-Shot, the treatment geared at decreasing discomfort and boosting sexual satisfaction in women. It may sound difficult to believe, but this treatment offers a host of benefits to the women who partake in it. If you’d like to learn more about those and explore whether the PRP O-Shot is right for you, just keep on reading.

What is the PRP O-Shot and How Does it Work?

If you’ve never heard of this phenomenon before, it can be tempting to imagine an intimidating chemical concoction that you’d be very hesitant to put in your body. In reality, though, PRP-O is nothing of the sort. PRP, standing for Platelet Rich Plasma, is composed of your body’s own plasma. This kind of shot is widely used – and has demonstrated benefits – for anti-aging, collagen production boosts, and tissue rejuvenation.

But how does it work? Essentially, your plasma is already rife with stem cells and growth factors. When injected into your body, these stem cells in your plasma attract even more. Stem cells have the unique capability of transforming into any other kind of cell in your body – and, as such, they’re able to produce more nerves, lubricating glands, and erectile tissue in your vaginal canal.

Benefits of the PRP O-Shot

As stem cells begin to produce more lubricants and erectile tissue, women’s reproductive systems receive a boost in lubrication, sensitivity, and arousal. This, in turn, results in reportedly greater sexual stimulation, decreased discomfort, and generally improved intimacy among women who receive the treatment.

In addition to improving sexual experiences, the PRP O-Shot has been known to help combat stress incontinence, as well. Stress incontinence, which is the loss of bladder control when sneezing, exercising, laughing, or coughing, can range from mild to severe. This treatment is primarily effective for women with milder symptoms.

Who Should Consider this Treatment

Women who are experiencing difficulty achieving orgasm most of the time, or who experience general discomfort during sexual intercourse, definitely stand to benefit from the PRP O-Shot. Additionally, women with mild cases of stress-based incontinence may also be excellent candidates from this treatment. The PRP O-Shot is a quick and noninvasive 20-minute treatment.  Recipients can carry on with their lives immediately upon receiving it, making this an excellent option for on-the-go women who don’t want to miss a beat.

The PRP O-Shot is taking the industry by storm with its groundbreaking natural, non-invasive solutions for women with a variety of needs and conditions. If you think the PRP O-Shot may be right for you, or if you’re interested in learning more, don’t hesitate to contact us or call us at 727-726-6100.

Your Guide to the Difference Between Facial Fillers and Botox®

Your Guide to the Difference Between Facial Fillers and Botox®

As conversations about facial cosmetic procedures become more and more common, it becomes clear that there are tons of options out there – and perhaps the best part is that many of these options are quick and non-invasive. If you’re interested in smoothing or filling out any part of your face, chances are that there’s a non-surgical way to do it in the form of Botox® or fillers. That said, what’s the difference between fillers and Botox®? What are the benefits of each, and which should you consider for yourself? Though the answer is always in consulting with a professional, we’re helping you get started with a clear, easy-to-follow comparison between Botox® and fillers. Keep on reading to see it for yourself.

Botox®

Botox® is used mainly for cosmetic treatments. Botox® has been safely and effectively used for over 40 years. Botox, is administered to patients in tiny doses. Botox works to help reverse the effects of physical aging by treating and preventing wrinkles. That said, there are limits to where Botox® can be used on the face. The most common areas to be treated with Botox on the face are: the Glabella (the space between the eyebrows), the Forehead, Smile Lines (also known as Crow’s Feet), Upper Lip Lines, Oral Depressors (the muscles that can cause the outer lip corners to turn downward into a frown), and the Mentalis (the muscle that can cause the chin area to look pebbly), making it a go-to treatment option for those patients seeking to look younger, and more refreshed. On top of that, Botox® only works on expression lines, which are wrinkles specifically caused by muscle movement.

Interestingly, Botox® is rising in popularity as a treatment for Migraine Headaches and Depression.

Facial Fillers

Unlike Botox®, the term “filler” doesn’t apply to any single substance. Instead, it’s more of a catch-all term to describe substances that are injected under the surface of the skin to add fullness and volume to a specific part of the face. Unlike Botox®, fillers are not known to have strictly medical functionalities and are used exclusively for cosmetic purposes. There are three main types of filler, each with its own unique set of characteristics:

Belotero

A smooth, seamless, and delicate substance, Belotero yields subtle results. Consequently, it’s perfect for those looking to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. Due to its gentleness, Belotero is also the only filler approved for use around the eyes and tear ducts. Don’t be mistaken: though Belotero is known as the most subtle filler option, it yields visible results when used for the correct purposes. This substance is ideal for those looking for smooth, natural-looking corrections on wrinkles, fine lines, and the undereye area of their face.

Juvederm and Restylane

As far as fillers go, Juvederm and Restylane  are arguably the biggest “household names,” due in no small part to the increasing trend of full, plump lips among celebrities and regular folks alike. More visible than Belotero but still natural-looking and relatively subtle, Juvederm and Restylane are used to add volume and fullness to the lips, the middle of the face, and cheeks. Different variations of Juvederm and Restylane are made for different parts of the face, and this substance is best for those who are looking for lip or cheek filler, or who would like to subtly resculpt their cheeks or the middle of their faces.

Radiesse

Delivered in larger syringes than Juvederm or Belotero, Radiesse fillers promise up to 50% more volume and up to 18 more months of usage than their counterparts. This more powerful option is generally recommended for lifting the cheeks, smoothing out the skin around the nose and mouth, and adding volume around the middle of the face. In addition to its power, Radiesse is appealing because it includes a compound called Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHa), which boosts collagen production in the body long term. This substance is best for those who are looking for changes on larger areas of their faces, or for more visible changes than Juvederm or Belotero would provide, but who still would like to avoid invasive surgery. It’s also a fantastic option if you’d like to boost collagen production long-term.

By understanding the difference between Facial Fillers and Botox®, you’ll be well-equipped to make an informed decision about what’s best for you. Dr. Toscano, our board-certified physician, is happy to offer his expert insight into what might work best for you. To learn more about your options, schedule a free consultation with him, just click here or call us at 727-726-6100.

Everything You Need to Know About Post-Treatment Care for the Vampire Facial

Everything You Need to Know About Post-Treatment Care for the Vampire Facial

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If you’re a skincare enthusiast, there’s a pretty big chance you’ve already heard about Platelet Rich Plasma treatment, a procedure that’s taken the world by storm. PRP treatments, more commonly known as the Vampire Facial, consist of using your own plasma to promote collagen growth, elasticity, and youthfulness in your facial skin (read more about the procedure here). If you’re considering getting a Vampire Facial, we can’t blame you – they’re said to do wonders for your skin, preventing aging and promoting health from the inside out. One thing that not enough sources talk about, however, is what to do after your PRP treatment. What’s the need-to-know information about post-treatment care for the vampire facial? We’ve got you covered.

Post-Treatment: What to Do

This first piece of advice isn’t post-treatment, but it’ll be a great help to promote your skin’s healing and the treatment’s effectiveness: wash your face gently the night before receiving the treatment. Don’t scrub your skin and be sure to use a gentle, hypoallergenic cleanser. Once the treatment is done, take care to do the following: 

  • Keep cool.
  • Expect your skin to feel a bit tight and dry. Do not pick at it.
  • Take it easy: try to avoid strenuous activity or harsh environments, as this could irritate the skin further. 
  • Use an SPF 30 sunblock on your face every morning. 
  • Drink plenty of water and let yourself relax. 

…And What Not to Do

Healing after a Vampire Facial can be more about what not to do. By abstaining from the following activities and practices, you’ll set your skin up for long-term success.  

  • Scrubbing your face or using any products on it for 48 hours after treatment. 
  • Applying direct heat (i.e., blowdrying your hair, sweating from strenuous exercise, going into a sauna or steam room, taking a very hot shower) for 24 hours after the treatment. 
  • Getting your face wet or sweating at all for five hours after the treatment. 
  • Applying makeup for 24 hours post-treatment

How to Make the Effects of Your Vampire Facial Last

The key to effective post-treatment care for the Vampire Facial is making its results last as long as possible – and that means taking the best care of your skin that you can. Some best practices to help maintain your facial’s effects for as long as possible include:

  • Regularly using SPF 30 or higher on your skin
  • Avoiding direct contact with the sun for extended periods of time 
  • Washing your face daily with a gentle cleanser with cool water after the initial 48 hours post-treatment.
  • Cleansing your skin completely every night to remove makeup and only use lukewarm water. Hot water is bad for the skin and can cause irritation.
  • Staying hydrated by drinking at least 8 cups of water daily 
  • Using Medical grade skin care products recommended to you by your provider, as these products are far more effective than over the counter and department store skin care products. These products will help your results last longer.
  • Remember you will need more than one treatment, it took years or decades for your skin concerns to develop. It’s like going to the Gym, you can’t expect to have a set of six pack abs after one work out visit.

Post-treatment care for the vampire facial isn’t complicated, but it is an instrumental part of keeping your skin healthy and youthful for as long as possible. If you’d like to learn more about the PRP treatment and general skincare, don’t hesitate to click here or call us at 727-726-6100 to schedule a free consultation with Physician Dr. Toscano.

What Are Vampire Facials?

Here’s What You Need to Know About PRP Facials

PRP Facial From Kim Kardashian to world-renowned supermodel Bar Rafaeli, numerous celebrities have been teased, criticized, and admired for taking part in now-famous vampire facials. Rising quickly in popularity due to their startling appearance, these treatments – officially called Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) facials – are much more than the latest celebrity fad. They’re legitimate procedures that have been scientifically shown to help prevent aging, promote healthy skin cells, and bring about an array of other benefits that leave patients – famous or not – thrilled. Still asking yourself, “Exactly what are vampire facials?” Keep on reading to get the answers. 

What Are Vampire Facials, and How Do They Work?

PRP Facials, simply put, use your own blood to promote healthy cells and collagen production in your body. The procedure itself is a bit more complex: a layer of plasma is placed on your face. This plasma is created using a small sample of your blood, which undergoes a scientific process during which protein-rich plasma and platelets are extracted. These are subsequently combined in a very protein-rich concentrate. 

Once the Platelet Rich Plasma is ready, your Doctor does something called microneedling, which is pretty much just what it sounds like: minuscule (sterile!) needles puncture the skin on your face to draw out small amounts of blood at a time. These tiny microscopic  punctures allow your face to better absorb the proteins and nutrients of the plasma mask, which are formulated to naturally stimulate your body’s production of collagen. 

What Are Some of the Benefits of PRP Facials?

The benefits of PRP facials can be split into two categories: visual and cellular (or, as we like to think of it, “behind the scenes). Some of the most notable behind the scenes benefits of PRP facials include a boost to your body’s collagen production to build that natural scaffolding of the deepest layer of the skin. This foundation is essential for skin health and vitality.

Visually, the benefits abound, as well. Vampire facials have been demonstrated to help even out skin tone, tighten loose skin, and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. The startling appearance of the PRP facial process made them viral; their actual anti-aging results made them a phenomenon. 

Among the most notable benefits of PRP facials are that they help patients achieve smooth, glowing, and more youthful looking skin.

Who Are PRP Facials For?

As with any other facial procedure, the PRP treatment is for any healthy adult individual who wants to smooth out wrinkles, improve the appearance and evenness of their skin, and boost natural collagen production. These facials are particularly well-suited to those who want to boost their skin’s health, minimize acne scarring, promote collagen and elastin formation, and reduce pore size.

What are vampire facials? Though you just read through the long answer, the short answer is: a natural, less invasive alternative to filler and surgery that smoothes the skin, boosts elasticity, and is taking the cosmetic world by storm. To learn more about PRP facials and schedule a free consultation with our Physician, Dr. Frank Toscano, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 727-726-6100.