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3 Reasons to Consider Laser Hair Removal

white-bikiniOther than being deemed a “hairy monster” by some of your most beloved friends and family members, there are other reasons to consider getting laser hair removal done. And although there are many aesthetic reasons to get laser hair removal, there are also some more medically based reasons as well. For instance, if you deal with excessive razor bumps or rashes caused by shaving, get ingrown hairs that can get infected, or if you simply can’t seem to get a close enough shave, then you might want to consider getting laser hair removal. Read on to learn more.

Razor Bumps and Rashes

A lot of men and women suffer from the constant skin irritation caused by shaving every day. Razor bumps and rashes can occur on the underarms, bikini area, and even around the neck and face. Not only is the appearance of these bumps and rashes a little bit unsightly but the burning and itching sensations that accompany them are less than comfortable. However, by undergoing laser hair removal treatments, you can get rid of your hair and allow your skin to both relax and heal— ultimately eliminating that constant irritation that causes bumps and rashes.

Ingrown Hairs

Ingrown hairs are typically caused by soap or shave gel getting lodged in the hair follicle, causing irritation to occur. And ingrown hairs aren’t just unsightly to look at but they can be quite painful as well, and even worse, if you’re like most people and tend to pick at your ingrown hairs, they might get infected. If you suffer from ingrown hairs, laser hair removal will help to eliminate this problem. Although they will still be there during the first couple of treatments, after a while they will disappear and leave you with flawless looking skin that is smooth to the touch.

Close Enough Shave

If you are like those individuals who seem to shave one second and the hair reappears the next, don’t worry: you aren’t a chia pet. But you likely aren’t getting a close enough shave. Due to the different directions in which your hair grows in, it can be hard sometimes to get a close enough shave. However, laser hair removal zaps the hair right at the follicle, leaving you with not having to worry about close shaves any longer.

 

To learn more about laser hair removal, or to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors today, contact our office!

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Scared of Plastic Surgery? 3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Be

Man in Black ShirtThere’s a lot of stigma that accompanies getting any sort of plastic surgery done. Including that it’s only for women and that typically only the self-indulgent will opt to pay that kind of money to have their face or body reworked. However, those types of stigmas are far from the truth. And as the advancements in plastic surgeries have progressed over the past few years, more and more people who once vowed that they would never go under the knife are now signing up themselves. But why?

Life is Just Too Short

Simply put: life is too short not to enjoy every moment that you can. This approach is leading many individuals to go under the knife to fix things about their bodies that they have struggled with for years. From opting to get a rhinoplasty, to simply wanting to undergo a coolsculpting procedure, more and more individuals are embracing the mentality that if it makes you happy, why not do it?

It’s Not Always Permanent

Another reason why people are fleeing to things like facial fillers more and more is because they aren’t exactly permanent— meaning that in order for you to keep that taut forehead, you have to have injections done every 4-6 months. Or if you want that sexy new pout, you might have to get lip injections every 9 months or so. This whole notion of things not being permanent, is fairly freeing to a lot of individuals and leaves them feeling like they can have control over their appearance without too much of a commitment.

Men Can Hop On This Wagon Too

More and more, men are seeking plastic surgery to help accentuate and enhance their personal appearance. As an industry that used to predominantly consist of female patients, more men are realizing the added benefits of plastic surgery. For instance, more men are undergoing Coolsculpting in order to melt away the extra fat around their middle and sides, to give them a leaner and meaner looking physique.

The stigma that used to surround the world of plastic surgery just isn’t there any more. If you or a loved one is considering getting plastic surgery done, schedule an appointment with our office today!

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Skin Care for Cooler Months

pink-scarfWith fall in the air and harsh winter storms just around the corner, it can be hard to not think of anything other than sipping hot chocolate right by the fire. And although, you might be spending many of your cold fall and winter nights doing just that, it can be hard not to remember the harsh realities of cooler months too. Not only can the lack of sunshine and chilly temperatures get you feeling down, but they can also have adverse effects on your skin. Get your skin regimen ready now so that when the first storm strikes, you will be prepared.

 

Think Moisture

As the most drying season of the year, winter tends to cause your skin to crack and dry out in just seconds. Plus, if you participate in any winter sports or spend a massive amount of time in the winter wind, then you have a whole other problem on your hands. In order to keep your skin feeling soft and to prevent flaking, try to moisturize your skin as frequently as possible. For starters, put away your face lotions and replace them with face creams. Creams tend to hold more moisture and allow your skin to retain that same moisture as well.

 

Eye Cream

As one of the areas of your skin that receives some of the most damage, it’s just as important to take care of your eyes during the winter. Buy a hydrating eye cream that you can use both morning and night. Apply a little bit of cream both under your eyes and even on top of your eyelids in order to prevent any drying or cracking to occur.

 

Lip Balm

You might not consider your lips to be part of your skin, but they are. And nothing is worse than having dry, chapped lips during winter. In order to help protect your lips from the cold weather and to ensure that they stay moisturized all season long, try using a hydrating lip balm that has an SPF in it as well.

 

Winter is full of fun things to do including building snowmen, trudging around town in snow boots, and the holiday season. However, it can have damaging effects on your skin. Try these three tips this season and help stay hydrated for months to come.

 

To learn more about skin care, contact our office today!

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Tighten Without Going Under the Knife

full-bodyFor many people, the thought of going under the knife only presents nightmares of a mad surgeon standing above them with a knife and crazy eyes, ready to cut into them. And although those nightmares are far from accurate, you don’t even have to think about going under the knife if you don’t want to. With laser treatments that can tighten your skin without having to undergo an extensive face lift surgery, you can have similar results without the fear.

 

How Does Laser Skin Tightening Work?

During the laser skin tightening process, you will be completely conscious. However, a topical numbing cream will be applied all over your face in order to help lessen the pain caused by the laser treatment. By penetrating the top few layers of skin, collagen is produced and the skin naturally tightens itself, leaving you with a smoother and more taut complexion.

 

Is it Painful?

Although it would be nice to claim that laser procedures are virtually pain-free, that’s unfortunately not true. However, as mentioned above, by applying a topical numbing cream agent over the top of the skin your skin will be somewhat numb and relaxed. However, the laser procedure itself might resemble that of rubber bands smacking against your skin.

 

What is recovery time like?

Recovery time for laser tightening is virtually nonexistent. In fact, although your skin might feel as if it has been sunburned for the first few hours after treatment, the discomfort will slowly subside and your skin will be back to feeling normal within just 48 hours. Your doctor will likely recommend that you apply a layer of cortisone cream across your face during the first few days in order to help speed up the process.

 

Laser skin tightening is a state-of-the-art tightening treatment that allows you to achieve the results you desire in just six sessions or less. If you’re considering laser skin tightening, contact our office today and schedule a consultation with one of our skin experts.

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Creating Healthy Habits in Teenage Girls

With obesity striking our nation in a big way over the past few decades, more and more parents are concerned with their child being overweight. However, what about children on the opposite side of the spectrum. Eating disorders and false body images plague thousands of teenage girls across the country. Here are three ways to help your teenage daughter create healthy habits and a positive body image.

Don’t Focus on Weight

If you yourself are always worried about your body weight and are into counting calories, those characteristics might unfortunately rub off onto your daughter. While being mindful of the food you put into your body is important, try to focus less on the weight aspect and more on the healthiness of it. For example, instead of counting calories in snacks, encourage your kids to eat fruits and vegetables as snacks because it will help give them the fuel they need.

If you notice your daughter starting to count calories, try to reign her back in and place the focus more on the nutritional value of food instead of the caloric intake. This will help her to make healthy decisions without obsessing over potential weight gain.

Working Out

Exercise is an important part of maintaining a healthy body, and it has been proven that people who live a sedentary lifestyle have more health problems compared to those that are active. However, if you notice your daughter is working out to lose weight, try to change their mental focus onto working out to stay healthy. By emphasizing the fact of staying healthy versus weight loss or gain, you can help your daughter create a healthier outlook on exercise.

Indulge a Little

Your daughter will never have the great metabolism that they have in their teens again. Although it’s important to encourage healthy eating and exercise habits, it’s equally important to encourage your daughter to indulge a little. For example, if they want to have a slice of chocolate cake after dinner, let them enjoy every bite without feeling any guilt or shame. In fact, by eating healthy and exercising on a regular basis, it’s important for people to indulge every once in a while.

Raising a teenage daughter is a tough job, especially when it comes to instilling a healthy body image. However, by encouraging healthy habits, you can help your daughter to feel better about their body.

To learn more, contact our office today!

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3 Ways to Stay Hydrated This Summer

relaxing-in-parkFrom spending weekends at the beach, to going for trail runs in the heat, the summer is full of fun outdoor activities that drain the moisture from your skin and body, leaving you with red, dry, and itchy skin. In order to stay extra hydrated this summer, try adding these things into your routine.

 

  1. Water

Yes, it may sound like a no-brainer, but consuming water is the best way to stave off dehydration. In order to get into a healthy habit of consuming enough water every day, try adding a large glass of water with your morning cup of coffee, and then carry a refillable water bottle with you throughout the day. That way you can encourage yourself to constantly be drinking water when you’re running errands, at work, or simply hanging out with your kids. Remember that the more water you drink, the healthier your body and skin will be.

 

  1. Serums

Adding a light facial serum to your morning and night facial routines is a great way to lock in moisture and hydrate your skin after a long day in the sun. As a light weight moisturizer, serums can help enhance the benefits of a face cream or lotion, when applied beforehand. Plus, serums natural cooling texture is the perfect additive to apply on top of sun burned or damaged skin— leaving you with a cool and comfortable complexion.

 

  1. Facial Mist

Sold in beauty stores all across the country, facial mists are a great way to keep your face cool and hydrated when outside. Facial mists are simply just vitamin-enriched canned water that you can carry around in your purse, briefcase, or backpack and use when you need a bit of a refresher.

 

Although summers are filled with outdoor activities that are beyond fun, they can also dry you out like an old prune. In order to stay hydrated this summer try these three techniques.

 

To learn more, schedule an appointment with us today!

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Mid-Summer Workouts to Break the Heat

exercise-bike-SmallWith summer in full-swing, if you already have your bikini body ready to mingle at the pool, you still need to maintain it. Keep your body healthy and active this summer with these 3 mid-summer workouts to help you stay fit without dying in the heat.

 

  1. Plank Challenge

This summer, give yourself a plank challenge. Whether you work in an office or out of the home, give yourself a summer challenge that will tighten your abs and make you feel stronger than ever. Start by doing one one-minute plank every day and work all the way up to ten one-minute planks per day. Simply get into plank position, holding your abs in place, and focus on your core, working through the burn.

 

  1. Early Morning Run

Running is one of the easiest ways to burn calories while simultaneously toning up. However, with the summer heat, it can seem virtually impossible to gain the courage to run outside and the treadmills just won’t cut it. Get your run in by setting your clock for sunrise— this will not only help you get in some early morning cardio, but it will also help you stay energized and awake throughout the day without having to pour an additional cup of coffee.

 

  1. 7-Minute Workout

If you live in an air conditioned home and just can’t seem to get the courage to leave it to go workout in the scorching heat, try the 7-minute workout from the comfort of your own living room. This scientifically proven workout combines 12 workouts in just 7-minutes, leaving you with a healthier heart and toned muscles. All you need is yourself, a chair, and the wall.

 

Staying motivated in the scorching summer heat can sometimes feel overly complicated. However, by making the time and putting in a little effort, you can maintain your summer body without having to bare the intense heat. From participating in the plank challenge to starting the 7-minute workout, these three tips are sure to help you stay fit and cool.

 

To learn more about how to stay fit, contact us today.

4 Questions About Juvederm Answered

SmileAging is something of the past. With so many anti-aging procedures and techniques, there is virtually no excuse for you not to look the way you did 20 years ago–or at least close to it. If you’re looking into filling in some of your fine lines and wrinkles or just want a sexier pout, Juvederm might be the right thing for you.

 

  1. How Many Procedures Do I Need?

Unlike other non-invasive cosmetic procedures like laser hair removal, you only need one round of Juvederm in order to start seeing virtually immediate results. Give the Juvederm about two full weeks to fully settle and in order to start seeing optimal results

 

  1. How Often Do I Need It?

Unlike other fillers that are required every 8-12 weeks, Juvederm lasts a lot longer and is only needed around every 9 months to a year. So although it might seem like a lot of money to fork out at first, the longevity will make up for the cost in the long run.

 

  1. How Much Pain Will I Be In?

During the actual procedure, and depending on the patient, you will feel minimal pain and are more likely to feel discomfort. Additionally, Juvederm has Lidocaine in it to help with any pain involved.

 

However, swelling and bruising around the injection site is fairly normal and you shouldn’t be alarmed unless it persists for longer than 2-3 weeks.

 

  1. Are There Side Effects?

No matter how minimal or non-invasive a procedure is, it’s important to understand and be aware of any potential side-effects that may be involved. Side effects with Juvederm are minimal and typically subside within 7 days. These side effects include tenderness at the injection site, redness, rash, bruising, and some swelling.

 

If you want to look in the mirror and feel like your true self without the added wrinkles, it might be time to take matters into your own hands, or the hands of a certified professional. Juvederm is not ideal for everyone but if you are struggling with fine lines and wrinkles, it’s definitely something worth looking into.

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Fat Reduction – CoolSculpting Procedure Glendale

Fat Reduction – CoolSculpting Procedure Glendale

Published on July 10, 2015 by Fix Laser & Skin Center

Did you know that there is a way to conveniently and easily get rid of fat from stubborn parts of the body without exercise or surgery? CoolSculpting is a revolutionary fat reduction technology that can sculpt away fat permanently.

CoolSculpting is a technique that achieves fat reduction without a single incision and can take as little as an hour. There are no needles, and the procedure can be performed as you are resting comfortably or even while you’re awake. CoolSculpting works by using FDA-approved technology that freezes fat at a temperature that destroys fat cells without harming surrounding tissue.

Speak with Dr. Alen Voskanian to learn more about fat reduction.

Contact us at our office in Glendale to schedule your consultation.

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Acne Removal – Glendale Skin Care Treatment

Acne Removal – Glendale Skin Care Treatment

Published on June 19, 2015 by Fix Laser & Skin Center

Acne is a problem that affects many people of all ages and can be especially problematic during puberty. The causes of acne can range from genetics to diet to stress and can vary in severity depending on the patient. Fortunately, there are modern acne removal techniques like Isolaz that can give you smooth, clear skin.

Acne removal treatments like Isolaz are used to extract dirt, clear up oil and kill acne-causing bacteria. This is achieved by using a broadband light system. This treatment can be effective for even the most severe cases of acne. Severe cases of acne should be treated as soon as possible, because if left untreated, they can lead to permanent scarring.

Speak with Dr. Alen Voskanian to learn more about acne removal treatments like Isolaz.

Contact us at our office in Glendale to schedule a consultation.