PCOS and Laser Hair Removal

PCOS and Laser Hair Removal

PCOS is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, also known as Stein-Leventhal Syndrome, and is one of the most common hormonal disorders in women. PCOS cannot be diagnosed with one test alone and symptoms vary from woman to woman. The most common symptoms are multiple cysts on the ovaries, weight gain and obesity, acne and hirsutism (excessive hair growth, often in a male pattern). Early diagnosis of PCOS is important as it has been linked to an increased risk for developing several medical problems including insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

Normally, the ovaries make a tiny amount of male sex hormones (androgens). In PCOS, they start making slightly more androgens. This may cause you to stop ovulating, get acne, and grow extra facial and body hair. This high level of testosterone can also prevent the ovaries from releasing an egg each month. Excessive facial and body hair growth is one of the characteristic features of polycystic ovarian syndrome that can lead to high levels of depression and anxiety.

Laser Hair Removal as an Effective […]

By | January 10th, 2017|Hair Removal|

Will laser hair removal save me money?

The short answer is YES! Laser hair removal will result in significant savings over the long run compared to the cost of other hair removal methods. Have you ever calculated the amount of time and money you spend on razors, waxing, threading, or electrolysis? Over the course of your lifetime, that amount is staggering.

Let’s analyze the cost of razors for instance. The price for a typical pack of razors ranges anywhere from $2.50 to $15.00, and sometimes that cost is even higher. The average person would spend this amount per month on razors. The total is $30.00 a year for the least expensive razors to $180.00 for the higher end versions. Now calculate this amount over an entire lifetime plus the time-consuming process of actually shaving!

Most people would agree that this amount would far exceed a package of laser hair removal treatments at a reputable medical spa or laser clinic. At Inkfree, MD, we offer packages of six laser hair removal sessions for as low $119. Although laser hair removal does not eliminate every single hair, most people experience 80%-90% permanent hair […]

By | September 26th, 2015|Hair Removal|

Does laser tattoo removal hurt?

Does laser tattoo removal hurt?

Since “does laser tattoo removal hurt?” is perhaps the most common question asked by our patients, we asked our Doctor to provide some medical insight…The pain of laser tattoo removal is similar to getting a tattoo applied, a stinging and burning sensation. It has been compared to the feeling of a rubber band snapping or your skin or even the popping of bacon grease (however there are no yummy smells involved.)  The big difference is that removal is achieved in a matter of minutes, not hours and we are generally older, wiser and not under the influence of, ahem…shall we say liquid

The pain of laser tattoo removal is similar to getting a tattoo applied, a stinging and burning sensation. It has been compared to the feeling of a rubber band snapping or your skin or even the popping of bacon grease (however there are no yummy smells involved.)  The big difference is that removal is achieved in a matter of minutes, not hours and we are generally older, wiser and not under the influence of, ahem…shall we […]

By | July 14th, 2015|Tattoo Removal|

Does laser hair removal work on gray hair?


Laser hair removal is the best way to remove unwanted hair on any part of your body. As summer approaches, now is the perfect time to start these life-changing treatments that will boost your confidence and overall appearance. The laser works by targeting melanin, the pigment in our hair follicles. The light is focused on the follicle of the growing hairs, which is heated and destroyed. This is done without harming the epidermis or the top layer of the skin.

Although laser hair removal can be done on all skin types, it is not effective on all hair types. The laser works best when there is a contrast between the hair color and the skin color. Lighter skinned people with red, blond or white hair will not achieve dramatic results because there is very little pigment in the hair follicle. Conversely, dark skin and dark haired individuals, as well as lighter skinned individuals with darker hair will get excellent and often dramatic results.

Inkfree, MD’s FDA approved laser is the most advanced on […]

By | May 12th, 2015|Hair Removal|

Why can’t I tan during laser hair removal?

Why can’t I tan during laser hair removal?

It’s not entirely true. You can tan during laser hair removal but with several caveats. Tanning increases the melanin in the skin. The laser is attracted to melanin, so if the skin has increased melanin it’s difficult for the laser to distinguish between hair and skin. Tanning can also cause complications such as burning or discoloration of the skin as well as sun bleaching hair which is not desired as laser hair removal still isn’t effective on gray, blonde or red hair.

The advanced laser technology used at Inkfree, MD has settings that allow technicians to more easily treat darker skin types. It is possible to tan and still receive laser hair removal. However, because the color of the skin is closer to the color of the pigment, the laser’s settings cannot be as aggressive as they would be if you didn’t tan.

That means you’ll probably need to schedule more sessions to ensure all hair is completely removed. Also, some body parts receive more sun exposure than others, such as the arms and neck, so the […]

By | January 19th, 2015|Hair Removal|

Does Jublia work to treat toenail fungus?

Jublia, recently approved by the FDA to cure toenail fungus has been touted as the latest and greatest treatment for this stubborn condition, but does it really work? Jublia and another recently approved medication, Kerydin, are topical versions of a new class of antifungals called oxaboroles. They are believed to be better at penetrating the thick nail plate to reach the fungus growing beneath it. Current over-the-counter and prescription antifungals are not effective in penetrating the nail bed. Oral antifungals have been used for years but have potentially dangerous side effects and can interact with other medications.

Although a stronger and more localized treatment sounds promising, both Jublia and Kerydin have mediocre results at best. First of all, these medications need to be applied daily for 48 weeks, and can have potential side effects, such as ingrown toenails, redness, itching, swelling, burning or stinging, blisters and pain.  Secondly the cost is prohibitive, a small (4ml) bottle going for $560 dollars – not covered by most insurance. Thirdly, during the entire year of using Jublia, you are prohibited from getting a pedicure […]

By | December 9th, 2014|Toenail Fungus Removal|

Will My Tattoo Be Completely Gone After Undergoing Laser Tattoo Removal?

The efficacy of laser tattoo removal depends on a number of factors. Certain bright colors are more difficult to remove than the standard black ink. If the tattoo was applied by a professional tattoo artist as opposed to an amateur application will also be an important factor. In addition, the older the tattoo, the easier it is to come off. Finally, and most importantly, the placement of the ink on the skin and the pressure the tattoo artist places when applying the tattoo will factor into the lasers ability to shatter the ink.

So in general yes, laser tattoo removal will completely remove a tattoo. However, there are instances when the tattoo will fade but not be completely removed. In some cases, the ink is applied so deeply in the skin by the tattoo artist that by the time the laser energy hits the ink, it is not strong enough to break it down completely. It is always best to schedule a consultation first and get all of your questions answered so you have a realistic expectation about the laser tattoo removal process.

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By | August 20th, 2014|Tattoo Removal|

Go Spider Vein Free for Summer

How would you like to be spider vein free this summer?

Spider veins, medically known as telangiectasias, are tiny veins just beneath the surface of the skin. They are usually painless and can develop on any part of the body including the face, thighs, calves or ankles. Although not harmful, they can be unsightly and make you look and feel older than your age.

Our FDA approved laser selectively targets and destroys the red coloration of the spider veins, without damaging the surrounding tissue. The procedure is relatively quick, and no anesthesia is needed. After the recommended number of treatments, the skin will be noticeably more uniform and natural in appearance. There is no downtime and most people can immediately return to their regular activities.

By | June 18th, 2014|Spider Vein Removal|

Improved pain control for laser tattoo removal

Tattoo removal has generally been considered a quick, but painful procedure. Commonly used analogies liken it to the pain of getting a tattoo, a rubber band snapping on the skin, or even the sensation of having bacon grease splattered on your skin. While the use of a cooling machine and vigorous application of ice can “take the edge off,” fear of a painful experience prevents many from getting laser tattoo removal.

Inkfree, MD is thrilled to announce the addition of Pliaglis to our armamentarium of pain control. Pliaglis Cream is the first and only FDA-approved topical anesthetic that combines the highest concentrations of two powerful ingredients, lidocaine and tetracaine, for fast onset and lasting effect. Additionally, the pain relief lasts for up to 5 hours afterwards. This highly effective topical anesthetic can only be dispensed by a licensed medical practitioner which is why you should seek out a physician owned and operated laser tattoo removal clinic.

Pliaglis Molecular Structure

By | May 21st, 2014|Tattoo Removal|

Just say no to No No!!

Laser hair removal is the most common cosmetic procedure and is becoming increasingly more popular every day. With more people opting to remove hair with a laser, it is critical that consumers are well informed of the latest technology and its efficacy. According to Consumer Reports and countless other reliable sources, FDA approved lasers operated by licensed technicians for laser hair removal, permanently remove hair by destroying the follicles. But, not all lasers actually remove hair regardless of the claims.

Consumer Reports examined the No No hair removal device and found that it doesn’t work. After extensive testing, the device left legs “prickly” and “hairy”: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2013/12/no-no-hair-remover-review/index.htm

It is important that consumers are well informed, especially when it comes to your health. Inkfree MD’s FDA approved laser is the most advanced on the market today and is specifically designed for permanent hair removal on all skin types. We are also physician owned and operated so our primary concern is your health and safety.

Call us today at 832-478-5669 to schedule a complimentary consultation, or if you prefer, book online here: https://inkfreemd.com/book-now/

By | April 22nd, 2014|Hair Removal|