1. How does the laser remove hair?
The laser light is absorbed by the dark colouration (pigment) at the base of the hair. When the hair is still attached to the follicle the transferred heat disables the follicle, preventing it from growing any more hair. The hair will fall out within two to three weeks.
2. Is laser hair removal suitable for everyone?
Only hair containing sufficient amounts of pigment can be treated, ruling out white, grey, blonde and red hair. (Electrolysis is probably the best solution for these colours). As excess hair results from many factors, including genes and hormone levels, we cannot promise complete, permanent reduction for everyone. A marked reduction in the amount of unwanted hair is seen in most cases after six or seven treatments.
3. How many treatments are needed?
Usually six or seven. Only about 20% of hair is in the growing stage at any time, so several treatments are needed to treat all the hair on a given area. Some people need more treatments, some less.
4. How far apart are the treatments?
Depending on the area treated, about six or eight weeks - the usual time it takes for enough new hair to emerge to warrant the next treatment. If necessary, the treated area can be shaved between appointments.
5. Is it really permanent?
The correct term is "permanent hair reduction". The treated hair will not grow back, but the body may activate previously dormant follicles, producing new hair. There will however be far less hair than before laser treatment, and it can be kept under control by occasional maintenance treatments.
1. Can all skin colours be treated?
The paler the skin the more effective the treatment. At your free consultation the laser nurse will ensure that your skin is suitable for treatment.
2. How does laser sun spot removal work?
The laser beam selectively targets dark concentrations of melanin and destroys those superficial cells.
3. How many treatments are needed?
Usually only one to two laser treatment for complete removal.
1. What causes small veins to appear?
The most significant causes are: genes, exposure to sun and weather, smoking and underlying varicose veins.
2. How does the laser remove small veins?
The laser light is strongly absorbed by the red blood cells in the veins. The heat coagulates the blood and seals the blood vessel so that it is reabsorbed (cleared away) by the body. Depending on the number and size of the blood vessels, one or more treatments may be needed. Spider veins on the legs may need to be treated by sclerotherapy (injections) rather than laser, the laser nurse will advise you if an appointment is needed with our vein doctor.
3. What are the side effects of laser small vein removal treatment?
There may be slight swelling after treatment, which usually disappears in 24 hours. There may be some mild bruising under the skin which can persist for some weeks.
4. Is this a permanent treatment?
The treated veins have been permanently removed, but with time new spider veins can appear. Avoiding environmental factors such as sun and smoking can help reduce recurrence.
5. What laser is used at Vein & Laser?
The Cutera Coolglide Excel laser is used for small vein removal. All our laser machines are FDA Approved, are regularly tested and certified.
1. Do I NEED to do anything about my veins?
You will benefit from treatment if you have: o heavy, tired legs o aches, pain, cramps in the legs o swelling at the end of the day o small dark veins that bleed easily o venous eczema (rash) especially over the inner, lower calf You should seek medical advice, if the skin (especially over the lower leg) has become pigmented, itchy and "woody" or if the varicose veins have ever become very tender, inflamed or developed clots (thrombophlebitis).
2. Why did I get varicose veins?
Usually varicose veins are hereditary, with a parent or close relative also having them. Pregnancy is often the time when women first notice them and they worsen with successive pregnancies. Prolonged standing can make varicose veins a lot worse, increasing swelling and discomfort.
3. What could happen if I don't do anything about the veins?
Over time varicose veins will worsen in symptoms and appearance. The extra weight of the blood in the enlarged veins exerts pressure on the surrounding skin and over time, this pressure can damage the skin causing eczema, staining of the skin and even skin ulcers.
4. Will they come back after treatment?
A true recurrence happens when a treated vein heals itself, re-opens, and becomes incompetent again. This does happen in a small percentage of people. With good post treatment follow up, this is recognized and treated. Once your varicose veins have been treated totally new varicose veins may develop with the passage of time, and it is safe to have treatment again.
5. Should I fix the veins before or after I start a family?
It is recommended that varicose veins be treated before pregnancy as they can become painful and troublesome in pregnancy.
6. How will the blood get out of my legs if the veins are removed?
The veins on the surface of the legs only drain the blood from the skin and fatty layers (about 10% of the total volume of blood in the leg). There are many veins in this level and the blood can be returned towards the heart via many different pathways.
7. What is the new treatment MOCA, Clari-vein?
Clari-vein mechanicochemical ablation, is a variation of sclerotherapy (vein injection).The ClariVein® catheter is inserted into the vein under ultrasound guidance. The tip of the catheter then rotates, causing the vein to go into spasm. At the same time a chemical (sclerosant) is sprayed into the vein to damage the vein wall, encouraging the vein to seal itself with scar tissue. It is a new treatment and long term follow up, or vein re-opening rate is not yet available.
1. Do men have Botox® or Dysport® too?
Botulinum (Dysport or Botox) is certainly not just for women. Women may talk about their looks more often, but men are concerned about their appearance as well. Why shouldn't they be? A man who goes to the gym and cares about his clothes and grooming is a man who not only cares about his appearance, but what it says about him personally, as well as in business. A man who has pronounced lines between his brows may be perceived as angry or stressed-and he doesn't want to look that way. That's why it's not surprising that men are also choosing Botox or Dysport.
2. Why Dysport® or Botox®
TDysport® or Botox® is supported by over a decade of clinical experience. Dysport or Botox was developed in the United Kingdom in the early 1990s to successfully treat a number of neurological and ophthalmic conditions. Since that time, with an increased understanding of the uses of Dysport or Botox, thousands of treatments have been safely and effectively performed for a variety of conditions ranging from frown lines to axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating under the armpits). Dysport has been available in New Zealand for over 12 years and was the first botulinum toxin Type A to be approved in New Zealand for medical use.
3. What exactly is Dysport® or Botox®?
Dysport or Botox is a protein extracted from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. The protein was initially used for the treatment of motor disorders including cerebral palsy where it is used safely at much higher doses than is needed for wrinkle reduction treatment.
4. How does Dysport® work?
Frown lines affect not just your appearance, but also your self-esteem and even your choice of career. Botox or Dysport can help you look younger, more relaxed and in control – for around the same price per month as a cut and colour by your hairdresser. Many people with frown lines can benefit from Botox or Dysport– and it can work as well for men as it does for women. In fact many men are already experiencing the benefits of a younger, more relaxed looking appearance that Dysport can provide
6. Are there any side effects and risks with Botox® or Dysport®?
The most common side effects are temporary soreness or mild bruising around the injection site. In a very small percentage of cases there can be a complication called "ptosis" (a drooping eyelid) which may last a few days or up to 4 weeks. Your doctor can give you some eye drops to relieve this.
7. Will I look radically different?
After having a Botox® or Dysport® treatment, the frown muscles gradually relax over the next few days and you can no longer contract your frown muscles. But because you can still blink normally and raise your eyebrows, you will not look unnatural. Rather, you can enjoy a more youthful appearance while maintaining a natural expression.
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