How Many Laser Hair Removal Treatments are Needed for Permanent Hair Removal?

Are you considering laser hair removal (electrolysis)? It’s definitely a fast, comfortable and permanent alternative to shaving and waxing.

Hair growth is a result of hormone levels and hereditary traits; sometimes drugs and illness can also stimulate hair growth.  Many of us have hair in areas we’d rather not, which is why laser hair removal is such a popular procedure. Let’s face it; waxing routinely gets expensive and shaving each day can be a hassle!

But, laser hair removal is rarely accomplished in one visit. Successful laser hair removal requires the hairs to be actively growing and because the human hair growth cycle is staggered in nature, some hairs may be dormant during the first appointment.  They will need to be “zapped” at the next visit when they are in their active growth phase.

Additionally, the number of laser hair removal treatments necessary for complete hair removal varies from one person to another. Most patients require 4-6 visits but some patients see satisfactory results in as little as 2.

Nearly any part of the body can undergo laser hair removal treatment. Visit our Laser Hair Removal page to learn more about the various procedure sites and costs.

The results of laser hair removal can be great, but it’s important to visit a certified doctor that you personally trust. Many states permit non-physicians to use lasers and if a patient is treated with the wrong laser or it’s simply on the wrong setting, you will not get the maximum results.

Call Dr. Ali’s Bloomfield Hills’ office at (855) 335-7200 to schedule your appointment or to learn more!

What’s The Big Difference? Microdermabrasion vs Chemical Peels

With all of the options available to us today in the world of beauty and skin, understanding the procedures and the differences between them can become extremely overwhelming.  Seeking advice or knowledge from a seasoned professional is one of the best ways to determine which procedure is right for you!

Dr. Ali and team want to help you take that first step and have done a comparison of microdermabrasion and chemical peels to help you better understand your options. Please note that no amount of online research should substitute for a professional consultation!

The primary difference between the two procedures is the way they are completed.  Microdermabrasion is performed by an aesthetician under the supervision of a plastic surgeon.  In Dr. Ali’s office, we use a diamond tome device that is attached to suction tubing which removes dead skin cells and makeup, leaving the skin refreshed.

Chemical Peels are performed by the plastic surgeon, all of which are completed using a chemical solution that is applied to the face after cleansing and then removed, taking a layer or multiple layers of the skin off, depending on the deepness of the peel.

With microdermabrasion there is little to no “downtime” after the procedure.  You can generally resume normal activity immediately.  Chemical peels require a bit more after-care as you need to be conscious of the new layer of skin that has just been revealed.  A light peel requires less, but one of the deeper peels may require up to a few weeks of recovery time where strenuous activity, outdoor exposure and product usage are kept to a minimum.

One commonality between the two is that the best results are seen with multiple procedures. It may be difficult to reverse years of damage in a single treatment, so we may recommend a series of treatments. When combined, the two procedures yield excellent results!  By combining microdermabrasion with a light peel and a hydration treatment you can truly hit the reset button on your skin!

Contact us today to schedule a consultation – every patient and their needs are different!

Sun Protective Clothing

Part Four of Our Sun & Skin Series

It’s well known that the best way to protect yourself from the sun is to cover up. But not all clothing is created equal when it comes to sun protection. If you’re going to spend the day in the sun, consider what you are wearing and follow these guidelines.

Obviously, more coverage is better. But did you know that color and fabric are also factors in the level of sun protection provided by clothing? A tighter weave will allow less UV through, effectively increasing the UV protection factor. Conversely, open weave fabrics provide much less protection.

Fabric fiber makes a difference. Synthetic fibers like polyester, Lycra, nylon and acrylic often contain elastic threads that pull the fibers tightly together, providing improved protection. Additionally, shiny semi-synthetic fabrics like rayon reflect more UV than matte fabrics like linen.

Color also can be a factor. Many fabric dyes absorb UV, offering extra protection. Dark colors tend to absorb more UV than light colors, and many bright colors, like red, also absorb UV. Vivid colors provide more protection than pale colors.

UV-filtering sunglasses and a hat will protect your face and eyes. Select a hat with a wide brim (at least 3”) to help shade your neck, face and ears.

Some clothing now comes labeled with a UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) rating. This rating indicates how much of the sun’s UV radiation reaches the skin (a factor of 50 means 1/50 reaches your skin). UPF ratings for clothing have become standardized from country to country, and UPF protective clothing is often constructed of materials that provide superior comfort and coolness.

While part of your sun defense regimen may include protective clothing, make sure to use sunscreen on exposed areas and apply regularly. Sun exposure is the number one cause of skin aging, and remember: your best defense is a good offense.

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Ten Tips for Keeping Kids Sun-Safe

Part Three of Our Sun & Skin Series

Pediatricians are recommending kids get outside and get more exercise. But what should you do to keep your kids safe from the sun? Here are some top tips.

  1. Talk to your child’s pediatrician about skin safety to make sure you have the latest information.
  2. Encourage your kids to use sunscreen SPF 15 or above, and make sure they understand why it’s important.
  3. Teach your child to monitor his or her skin while outside; if skin turns white when pressed on with a finger it may be starting to sunburn.
  4. Have your child wear a hat or baseball cap when playing out in the sun.
  5. Have your child wear UV-blocking sunglasses when in the sun.
  6. When playing outside have your child wear a shirt and pants that provide good coverage. Some clothing now comes with the UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) listed on the tags.
  7. Encourage outside play before 10am or after 4pm when the sun is less intense.
  8. Medications can increase the skin’s sensitivity to light, so be aware of any medications your child may be taking. Common drugs like non-steroidal anti-inflammatories and antibiotics can cause increased sensitivity, so talk to your doctor about your children’s medications.
  9. Insure your kids get adequate amounts of vitamin D from food and supplements, rather than from sun exposure only.
  10. Urge local schools and youth programs to adopt sun protection policies, such as providing shade on playgrounds and outdoor sports venues.

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Sunscreen Reduces Melanoma Risk

Part One of Our Sun & Skin Series

In December of 2010 the results of a landmark study were published by Adele C. Green, MD in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Dr. Green’s study showed that use of sunscreen cuts the risk of melanoma in half. This was the first study that used a randomized clinical trial to measure whether sunscreen use was effective in protecting against melanoma. Prior studies had been lab studies or retrospective studies that relied on the subjects’ memories of sunscreen use.

There were some very unique challenges to conducting a study of this type, as the research involved actively working with the subjects. Most case-controlled research is done by observing behavior and gathering existing data rather than actively intervening in people’s lives. Further, a placebo could not be used on the control group as this would subject the participants to dangerous levels of radiation. To address these issues, the test group was given sunscreen and trained its use while a control group of infrequent sunscreen users was asked not to change their existing habits.

The study was conducted in northern Australia, which is an area of high UV radiation and also boasts the world’s highest rate of melanoma. This allowed the researchers to conduct a study with minimal intervention, as environmental conditions were already in place. The study included 1600 participants; from 1992 to 1996 subjects used sunscreen as directed by the study, and in 1997 a ten-year follow-up study was conducted. There were 11 cases of melanoma in the test group (people who used sunscreen regularly, as directed) and 22 cases of melanoma in the control group (people who did not change their sunscreen use habits).

While this is the first study of its kind and more studies will likely be conducted, this is the first research to provide strong direct evidence that sunscreen helps prevent melanoma.

Source: The Skin Cancer Foundation Journal, Sunscreen Cuts Melanoma Risk in Half.

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