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.

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By | January 10th, 2017|Hair Removal|

Does Kerydin work to treat toenail fungus?

Kerydin, 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? Kerydin and another recently approved medication, Jublia, 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 Kerydin, you are prohibited from getting a pedicure or painting […]

By | October 6th, 2015|Toenail Fungus 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 leave a scar?

Today, lasers are the most common method of tattoo removal. They work by targeting the ink with pulses of highly concentrated light that break the ink into tiny fragments, which are then cleared away by your own immune system. However, this isn’t all done with just one treatment. The more treatments you have, the more the laser can penetrate to destroy the ink. But, the more treatments you have, the more damage you do to your skin, causing painful blisters and scabs that can eventually lead to scarring. Experts in removal therapy say that technology has advanced to the point where scarring is minimal, sometimes non-existent, but this can vary depending on the situation.

It is important that after each procedure you follow the aftercare instructions. If you do so, you have a less than 5% chance of a scar. Your risks are increased with a history of scarring, darker skin or a history of keloid formation. We will discuss all these risks for you during your consultation and will not perform the laser treatment if your risks of scarring are too great.

By | September 8th, 2015|Tattoo 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|