On this page we will address any common concerns that you may have about anything to do with skin so please email us those burning questions and we will publish a selection.
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Some suggestions as you prepare for laser hair removal include:
Avoid direct sun exposure because it increases risks of side effects like skin lightening. If you already have a tan (either naturally or from tanning products), wait until the tan fades before having laser hair removal.
Discontinue plucking, waxing, and electrolysis hair removal methods. These methods remove the hair shaft, leaving nothing for the laser light to target and renders the laser hair removal procedure ineffective.
Patients may continue shaving, because it preserves the hair follicle. Shaving before treatment is actually recommended, as hair above the surface of the skin can absorb energy from the laser and increase risk of burns.
Keep in mind that the results of laser hair removal vary. Patients with a light complexion and dark, coarse hair tend to have a better success rate with most lasers on the market. Multiple treatments are often necessary. For maximum effectiveness, treatments should be scheduled between three to eight weeks apart, depending on the treatment area and the length of the hair cycle.
Temporary versus more permanent laser hair removal Q: My friend has had laser hair removal for over 2 years and it doesn’t seem to be working. I thought laser hair removal required 6- 8 treatments at most and she has had 20. Am I wrong in my thinking?
A: It sounds like your friend is having “temporary” laser hair reduction and not the more “permanent” variety of laser hair removal. Temporary laser hair removal uses a laser much like waxing where the hair returns after 12 weeks or so but it does not permanently kill any hairs. Temporary laser hair removal is great for fine hairs on the face that may not respond well to more permanent laser hair removal. A really good example of a temporary laser hair removal machine is a Soft Light. More permanent laser hair removal at BC laser is done using the G Max laser that is virtually pain free and is one of the most current of laser hair removal machines.
We usually multiple modalities for treatment. Diet, Medications, Topical Creams and lasers.
Fillers versus Botox Q: What is the difference between a filler, like Juvederm and Botox? Don’t they both do the same thing?
A: Botox is used to relax wrinkles but Fillers like Juvederm are used to add volume to areas where there are lines or folds or to add volume. At BC laser we can use both Botox and Juvederm to give a person a SoftLift combining the effects of both of these procedures. It gives a person a non surgical facelift by relaxing muscles and adding volume to areas where you may have lost it.
A good age to start Botox? Q: I recently heard about a 15 year old getting Botox. Surely this is too young? What is a good age to start thinking about Botox?
A: At BC laser, Botox treatments have been used for fast , effective treatment of wrinkles and preventing wrinkles. However we would agree that 15 year olds are too young . There is no right and wrong age and it really is an individual decision. A 30 year old that stays out of the sun may have virtually no wrinkles but a 23 year could potentially look wrinkled by having too many tans over many years.
Acne and Acne scars Q: I am 18 years old and have acne. It is awful and makes me feel awful too. I also worry that I will end up with lots of acne scars like my mum. What can I do?
A: Acne treatments at BC laser are totally customized for each individual. It may include prescription creams or light treatments or just some basic care tips or even lasers. Acne can leave you with scars but today there are many treatments available for acne scars that include skin resurfacing that really can improve your complexion so that you feel more self confident about your skin.
Botox and the frozen look Q: I have thought about Botox but am scared as I don’t want to look completely frozen as I see some celebrities like that and they look so fake. What should I do?
A: Botox is a great treatment to have that will relax the muscles that cause wrinkles. At BC Laser our treatments for Botox are conservative so that we only put in enough to leave you with some expression. We can always add more if necessary to get the perfect natural look – you but more refreshed!
Neck Aging Q: My neck is really starting to show its age with lines and drooping. What are my options for treatments for an aging, sagging neck?
A: There are so many treatments available for aging necks that are no downtime procedures. Although we can use photofacials and Botox to help neck aging we can also use Thermage, Fraxel and Ulthera for amazing tightening and toning on the neck . All these treatments are available at BC Laser and we customize the treatment according to your needs.
A solution for upper lip lines Q: I am noticing as I get older that I am getting those horrible lines in my upper lip stretching from my nose to my lip. What can I do to get rid of them?
A: Lines around the mouth can be treated with Botox to prevent repetitive crinkling. At BC Laser we also use fillers such as Juvederm for upper lip lines as well as lasers and Ulthera in some cases. These are great non surgical solutions for upper lip lines.
Red Vessels on the face Q: I have red veins and vessels around my nose and my face. What can I do to get rid of them?
A: The red veins come from exposure to the sun and are also common in people with Rosacea. At BC Laser we use a variety of laser treatments to treat broken red blood vessels. Patients usually have 1 to 3 treatments to eliminate the red veins with lasers.
Q (BOTOX® for too much sweating): I have a real problem with sweating and I have heard that Botox for excessive sweating is an option for treatment. Is it covered under medical?
A: Botox for excessive sweating is a great treatment option for many people as it offers relief for upto 6 months at a time or sometimes even longer. Most extended health care programs cover the cost of the Botox and you would only have to pay the administering doctor an injection fee. Currently another option, which may be available in a couple of years, is Ulthera. There are trials underway at present for this option and this may be a more long lasting solution.
Q (Fat reduction with Coolsculpting ): I am 45 years old and losing weight but my biggest problem remains my stomach. It just is not getting smaller. It is the only part which bothers me when wearing all kinds of clothes. What are my options?
A: Congratulations on losing the weight! Dietary lifestyle and eating habits are the only sure way to long term success. For those areas where the fat seems to be staying there are several different options. One option at BC Laser would be Coolsculpting by Zeltiq. It uses a machine to freeze fat in specific areas and fat cells are then eliminated over a period of a few months. The results we have seen are amazing and you will definitely feel it in the way your clothes fit.