Are you falling out of love with your tattoo? Maybe you got your tattoo at a young age and it doesn’t express your personality anymore, or maybe you just don’t like how it looks. No matter the reason, if you wish to remove your tattoo, laser tattoo removal can get the job done.

About Tattoo Removal

At our office, we use the Enlighten™ by Cutera, which is the most advanced tattoo laser on the market today. It is a very versatile laser, with unique strengths to address different needs. In the past, multiple lasers were needed to remove multiple colors, but not anymore! This laser can remove various colors of ink from a single tattoo.

Enlighten™ also has a wide spot-size range, making it easier to treat both small and large tattoos very quickly. It can also remove any tattoo faster than any other laser on the market today.

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How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?

Laser tattoo removal works by directing quick, short laser pulses to the targeted ink. This shatters the ink into small particles which are then naturally removed from the body. Treatment usually takes about 20 minutes to complete, and multiple treatments are required 6-8 weeks apart to fully remove a tattoo.

What to Expect After Treatment

After your laser tattoo removal treatment, the treatment area will be red, and small blisters will appear after 48 hours. These should resolve within 1-2 weeks. Be sure to keep the area covered and out of the sun, and let any blisters resolve on their own. Be sure to follow your provider’s post-treatment instructions for best results.

If you are interested in learning more about laser tattoo removal, contact Laser Skin & Wellness today to schedule your consultation.

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Nonsurgical treatments, including injectables, are becoming increasingly popular due to their quick results with little to no downtime. When you think of injectables, you probably think of Botox and fillers, but there are still many misconceptions surrounding these treatments.

Botox

Botox is an injectable treatment that is made up of botulinum toxin type A. It works by blocking nerve signals that cause facial muscles to contract and cause wrinkles. The most common treatment areas include horizontal forehead lines, “11” lines between the eyebrows and crow’s feet at the sides of the eyes. Results from Botox can last from 3-6 months before a touch-up treatment is needed.

Fillers

Fillers are injectable treatments used to lessen the appearance of lines and wrinkles, as well as restore lost facial volume and augment the lips. Most fillers are made up of hyaluronic acid, a naturally-occurring substance that attracts and binds water under the skin, though some also stimulate the body’s own collagen production. The effects from dermal fillers can last anywhere from six months to two years, depending on the filler used.

Which One Is Right for You?

Overall, the type of treatment right for you depends on the type of wrinkles you have. Botox relaxes the muscles that create wrinkles, and fillers literally fill the lines and plump up the volume. If you have dynamic wrinkles, or wrinkles caused by muscle movements, then Botox can help. However, if you are dealing with lines and wrinkles due to aging and lack of collagen in the skin, dermal fillers may be better options. If you are unsure of which treatment is right for you, a consultation with one of our injectable specialists can help.

If you are interested in learning more about nonsurgical treatment options in the Lake Worth and Palm Beach Gardens areas, contact our office for your free consultation today!

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There has been a lot of recent hype around the ketogenic diet but in fact, ketogenesis has been used for over 100 years to treat patients with uncontrollable epileptic seizures. Only recently has the ketogenic diet gained enough credibility within the scientific community for its safe and effective applications to manage chronic health conditions including high cholesterol, obesity, and diabetes.  A ketogenic diet in conjunction with intermittent fasting consists of very low carbohydrates, moderate protein, and high-fat intake within specific time frames to achieve optimal levels of ketosis, or fat-burning potential.

The body’s primary source of energy is glucose and the goal of ketosis is to train the body to switch from glycogenesis (breakdown of glucose) to lipolysis (breakdown of fats) which involves several complex metabolic pathways and allows the body to utilize stored fat as its primary energy source. As a byproduct, the body releases ketones into the urine and bloodstream, which are made in the liver from the breakdown of fats. Ketones can be detected using urine strips such as ketostix to confirm whether or not a person is truly in ketosis. There are several variations of the ketogenic diet so it is a good idea to research the different options and choose one that best suits your lifestyle. Although ketogenesis is considered generally safe, people with diabetes are at higher risk for ketoacidosis, a potentially life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical attention. Always consult with your physician before starting any new diet plan.

References

UCSF, (2018). Diabetes Education Online. Retrieved from https://dtc.ucsf.edu/types-of-diabetes/type2/understanding-type-2-diabetes/…

Acott, Heather (2018). Keto Report. Will Everyone Benefit From the Ketogenic Diet? Retrieved from https://www.ketoreport.org/keto-information/will-everyone-benefit-ketogenic…

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The Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) diet is a medically supervised weight loss program created by Dr. Simeon that has been used over the last few decades with much success, as a safe and effective option for rapid weight loss. HCG is a naturally occurring anti-aging hormone created in the human body that plays a critical role in protecting and controlling the metabolic functions of the body. In fact, women produce massive amounts of HCG during their pregnancy as it pulls non-essential fat stores from mom to nourish the growing fetus. When used appropriately in conjunction with a very low calorie diet (VLCD), HCG specifically targets unhealthy visceral fat that negatively impacts our health while maintaining muscle mass and intracellular water uptake.

After a consultation with a health professional, a qualified candidate will receive a supply of injectable HCG doses, which will be self-administered on a daily basis for a period of 23 or 44 days, depending. The HCG in conjunction with a specified VLCD consisting of real whole foods allows the body to pull non-essential fat from its stores and utilize it as energy.  As a result, the average person can expect to lose anywhere between 0.5-2.0 lbs. of fat per day, with no little to no adverse side effects, hunger or cravings. Interestingly, patients undergoing HCG consistently lose circumference–typically in hips or abdomen–at a constant rate of close to 1 cm. per kilogram of weight lost.

Following a strict maintenance phase, an individual can consume as many calories as necessary and re-introduce new foods back into their diet, while establishing a healthy “set-point” long-term. In general, 60-70% of those patients who follow the recommended guidelines and adopt healthy lifestyle habits can maintain their weight permanently. Repeat sessions may be necessary depending on patient specific weight-loss goals

References

The HCG Diet, (2017).  Human Chorionic Gonadotropin & Metabolism Reset. Retrieved from http://www.hcgplan.net

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