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In the Know: Is Laser Hair Removal While Pregnant Safe?

Shaving becomes an entirely different task when you’re pregnant. As your belly grows and your body works hard to make a little person, getting to your legs with a razor blade gets tough. You can shave in the shower, but you might need help hitting those spots you just can’t see anymore. You can shave in the tub but getting up and out can be difficult. You may wonder, is now a good time to opt for laser hair removal?

Laser Hair Removal During Pregnancy

Laser therapy targets the dark pigment in the hair follicle and releases light energy to inhibit the hair follicles. Most providers recommend avoiding laser hair removal during pregnancy due to lack of information on what (if any) effect it could have on the fetus.

If you’ve tried waxing and found your skin to be more sensitive than when you weren’t pregnant, it would be advisable to avoid laser therapy procedures until after delivery.

In addition, your body undergoes a proverbial circus of hormonal changes throughout pregnancy. These fluctuations can cause dark hairs to grow in areas that have previously been hair free. If your goal is to laser away hairs for good, hormonal changes during pregnancy can delay achieving maximum results.

Effective Laser Hair Therapy

Hairs grow in three stages. Hair follicles are only susceptible to laser energy during the first growth stage. As a result, achieving maximum results requires multiple treatments. Why? Because the hair on your body grows at different rates. Even hairs in the same general area grow at different rates. Treating each unwanted follicle while it is in the first stage of growth takes multiple, spaced sessions.

Due to the hormonal changes that impact the body during pregnancy, treating unwanted follicles during their initial growth stage becomes a more significant challenge. Dormant follicles and new hair growth are also more likely to “sprout” at unpredictable times.

Can Laser Hair Removal Cause Infertility?

To date, there is no evidence suggesting laser hair removal causes infertility. The lasers used are designed to penetrate into the first few millimeters of the skin only. They do not reach any other organs. Laser therapy has been cleared as safe for sensitive areas of the body as well, including the bikini area. So, if you’re trying to get pregnant, having laser hair removal in the interim is safe.

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It’s not the easiest way to deal with unwanted hair, especially during pregnancy, but it is the safest. In the meantime, don’t dismiss your desire to have laser hair removal for more permanent hair growth reduction. Nothing is stopping you from having a  consultation with a qualified laser hair removal specialist, learning how to prep for treatment, and when to time it.

After baby arrives, scheduling some mommy pampering time will be important. Why not contact us to schedule a free consultation and find out all the ways a MedSpa can pamper you post-pregnancy?

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The Top Benefits of Laser Hair Removal

Are you still living with unwanted hair?

You’ve no doubt heard about laser hair removal. It’s a safe and effective way to get rid of unwanted hair. It reduces and weakens hair re-growth, and it can even help you achieve soft, smooth skin.

Are you aware of the benefits of laser hair removal? We’re going to share five of the top reasons you need to consider laser therapy to tame those unruly hairs in unwanted places.

#1: Minimal Side Effects

Laser therapy is successful, safe, and most importantly, comes with no down time and limited side effects. You may experience some redness and tenderness post-treatment, but it is often short-lived and can be easily treated.

#2: Convenient and Precise

Laser hair removal has three amazing perks that cannot be undersold.

It’s convenient. You can opt for laser therapy year-round. While some months are better for it versus others, you can pretty much schedule treatments at your convenience. Just be sure to follow all recommendations made by your laser therapy specialist.

It’s precise. The words laser and precision just go together. Laser hair removal is so exact that it can be used on almost all parts of the body and treat the curviest of areas.

It’s fast. Unwanted facial hair is one of the most popular uses for laser therapy. Whether you want to get rid of unwanted hairs on the chin, upper lip, or between the eyebrows, these small areas can be treated in as little as five to 10 minutes. Larger body areas, such as the legs, can take approximately an hour to treat.

#3: Good-Bye Tweezers, Wax, and Threads

No more tweezing. No more waxing. No more threading. Just imagine it. Picture the freedom and cost savings! It’s estimated that waxing costs roughly $23,000 over a lifetime, shaving costs $10,207, and laser therapy costs around $3,000. The monetary savings are clear, but laser hair removal goes one step further. It creates time savings. Waxing consumes 482 hours over a lifetime while shaving eats up some 1,402 hours. Laser therapy takes up a minimal 16 hours. What’s not to love?

#4: Wardrobe Freedom

How often do you dig for a long dress, skirt, or pants because a shave just isn’t happening? Or maybe you quickly shave from ankle to knee to wear those fun shorts.

Shortly after, you’re dealing with painful razor burn from that swift shave and wishing you’d just surrendered to pants.

Wardrobe freedom is one of the great benefits of laser hair removal. You can wear that cute skirt and those fun capris – whatever you want – whenever you want because unwanted hair will no longer be a bothersome issue.

#5: No More Ingrown Hairs

There’s nothing more obnoxious than finding an ingrown hair while shaving or after waxing. They can also be painful to handle. Ingrown hairs are nearly gone after laser hair therapy.

Get the Benefits of Laser Hair Removal

Get rid of unwanted hair and reap the benefits of laser hair removal. It’s costeffective, convenient, and a great way to boost your confidence.

Why not schedule a free consultation and discuss the results you want to achieve with one of our laser therapy experts?

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In the Know: The Best Times for Laser Hair Removal

With some of the most advanced lasers on the market today, DermacareHR offers laser hair removal year-round. It’s a safe and effective treatment designed to reduce unwanted hair growth. One of its greatest benefits is convenience, but is there a best time for laser hair removal?

Fall and Winter Treatment

It’s no secret that the fall and winter months are a great time to schedule laser hair removal. You may have noticed that providers start advertising laser therapy at the end of summer. There’s a reason for this.

Limited sun exposure before and after treatment is essential. The treated area will be extra sensitive to UV rays and need time to heal. Since beach trips and outdoor activities slow during fall and winter, this makes these months a natural time to start treatment.

Also, most of us tend to wear clothes that cover more of our skin during the fall and winter months. Not only does it help with blocking sunlight, but any redness that may occur after a session is easily hidden.

The Best Year-Round Time for Laser Hair Therapy

If working laser hair removal sessions into your fall and winter schedule just isn’t an option, you can opt for treatment year-round. But there are some tips you’ll need to know for maximizing your results.

Let Your Tan Fade

For the best results, you should let a tan fade before treatment and avoid tanning in between sessions. Fair skin allows the laser to better detect contrast with hair follicles, which helps increase effectiveness.

Pale Skin for The Win

Scheduling treatment when your skin is at its palest will help you achieve the most reduction in hair regrowth in between sessions. It will also help improve the overall results after initial treatments.

A Little Growth Works

You should avoid waxing, tweezing, and threading for about a month before treatment and in between sessions. Shaving is fine, and a day or two of growth at your treatment time is optimal.

Plan to Stay In

Depending on the area you want to treat, planning to stay in and relax may be a good idea. For example, if you opt to treat facial areas during the spring and summer, it will be vital to avoid sunlight after treatment while the area heals.

It’s Up to You

Laser therapy is not for everyone. It tends to work best for treating thick, dark, or coarse hairs on lighter skin. However, Dermacare carries multiple lasers that can help reduce hair growth for all skin types at any time of year. The laser hair removal provider you see should be ready to discuss your unique skin and hair combo and educate you regarding possible outcomes.

The best time for laser hair removal is really up to you. Laser therapy is a cosmetic procedure and won’t be covered by insurance. If budget is a concern, remember you’re more likely to find specials and discounts during the fall and winter months.

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In the Know: How Much Does Laser Hair Removal Cost?

Believe it or not, the best way to answer this question is to discuss how much laser hair removal doesn’t cost.

If you’re interested in laser hair removal cost, then chances are you’re fed up with spending hard-earned money on multiple hair removal methods. The good news is laser therapy is a great investment that can save you both time and money.

Shaving and Waxing vs. Laser Therapy

How much time and money have you spent on shaving and/or waxing in the last three months? What about in the previous six? Even if you shop for deals, the lifetime cost of these hair removal methods adds up.

It is estimated that over a lifetime, the average person will spend around $10,207 shaving and invest 1,402 hours of their time.

Waxing might seem like the smarter buy; after all, the results usually last longer than shaving. But over a lifetime, the average person will spend roughly $23,000 waxing and invest 482 hours of their time. While the time investment is smaller, the monetary cost is more than double.

You may wonder…

Does Laser Hair Removal Really Save Money?

When compared to the lifetime cost of shaving and waxing, yes!

Over a lifetime, the average person will spend roughly $3,000 and 12 hours achieving the results they want from laser therapy. In addition, you can sign up for the Dermacare Difference membership and snag introductory offers and specials all designed to save you money on the cost of laser therapy packages.

You can keep up with the specials and events here at DermacareHR by visiting our Specials & Events page or following our Facebook page. Don’t forget, you can also book a consultation to discuss your hair removal goals for free, and our specialists will help you decide on the best services to reach your goals.

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Faces of Dermacare: Meet Heather Jackson, LME

Heather Jackson is a Licensed Master Esthetician (LME) of 16 years. Her earliest memories of watching her mother’s care regimens and struggle with acne caused her to naturally gravitate to dermatology as she got older.

As an LME at Dermacare Hampton Roads, Heather’s focus is on making a lasting impact. She achieves this through honesty, experience, education, and customized treatment plans.

Getting to Know Heather

Heather loves animals. “I have to rescue pets,” she says.

She is a San Francisco native who enjoys traveling. Music alongside health and wellness are her passions, and she takes great pride in channeling her love of health and wellness into making a difference in her patients’ skin and lives.

Heather’s Favorite Treatments

Every esthetician has a toolbox of favorite products and services that they love to recommend wherever possible. For Heather, she gravitates to clinically proven skin products that improve acne and protect again aging. Her preferred products include:

  • Skinmedica TNS Essential Serum
  • Vitamin C
  • Retinol
  • SPF

Dermaplaning, chemical peels, and body contouring are Heather’s favorite treatments to perform. “They are result oriented and improve self-confidence,” she says. Seeing a patient achieve results and walk out of the clinic with more confidence is a huge reward.

Heather loves to use Dermacare’s Botox and fillers. “They conservatively enhance my already solid foundation of skin care and maintenance,” she says. They’re a great way to enhance natural beauty and fight the visible signs of aging skin.

If you’re ready to improve your skin and gain some confidence, be sure to stop in and chat with Heather!

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Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?

A great tattoo artist is a gem of a find because a bad tattoo is forever, right? Not quite! While finding a talented and professional artist is a must, no tattoo – good or bad – is forever. Laser tattoo removal works. But finding the right removal professional is as important as locating a great tattoo artist. Why? Because it impacts results.

I Don’t Want My Tattoo Anymore

There are many reasons to want a tattoo removed. Laser tattoo removal is the safer and more effective way to erase ink, but how well it works depends on a few factors. The age and type (professional or amateur) of a tattoo impact results. Your skin type is also a factor.

Technology plays a big part in successful removal, as does the rate at which it is done. The laser used needs to operate on multiple wavelengths that will penetrate the tattoo’s pigments. Multi-color tats require a laser capable of using multiple wavelengths to address each color – and our Quanta Discovery Pico laser uses three wavelengths to target each color.  But there are still five other factors a licensed professional must consider before safely treating a tattoo.

Factor 1: Fitzpatrick Skin Type

For most lasers it easier to remove tattoos from lighter skin tones or those that are a type I to type II on the Fitzpatrick scale. The darker the pigment, the easier the light from the laser is absorbed. Black ink on light skin is the easier tat to remove. Darker skin tones, or skin with more melanin, need special consideration to ensure the heat from the laser is absorbed by the ink and not the skin’s natural dark pigment. However, the Quanta Discovery Pico laser uses three wavelengths and two modes and can safely treat all colors on all skin types. 

Factor 2: Tattoo Layering

Layered tats, also referred to as cover-ups, are created when one tattoo is used to cover another. Layering adds density and volume to the ink. As a result, removal takes more treatment and more time.

Factor 3: Tattoo Location

Lightening a tat involves breaking up the ink into small particles that the body can naturally absorb and flush away. Tattoos found in areas with good vascular supply and high blood count – the face, neck, and back – will respond better to treatment than those found elsewhere.

Factor 4: Tattoo Ink

Ink colors and the amount of ink used impact how rapidly and effectively a tattoo is removed. Professionally applied tats usually take more treatments to reverse. Whereas amateur or homemade tats take fewer and less aggressive treatments. Older tattoos are typically faded while newer ones are vivid; both impact treatment time and intensity.

Factor 5: Pre-Existing Scarring

If the area where the tattoo is located has pre-existing scarring, laser removal can be more difficult. Scar tissue produces collagen deposits, which can be more difficult to penetrate with the laser. A tat that resulted in scarring will be harder to treat but not impossible. There are laser removal systems designed to improve scar tissue while breaking down and fading away the tattoo.

Laser Tattoo Removal Works

Tattoos are designed to last a lifetime. While they will fade over time, it’s rare for them to disappear altogether without removal treatment. Laser-based treatment works, and can produce rapid, safe, and effective results.

Are you thinking about having a tattoo removed? Why not contact us directly for a free, personalized consultation?

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Laser Tattoo Removal by Dermacare Hampton Roads

Dermacare Hampton Roads is not your average laser and skin care clinic. We opened our doors in May of 2006 and began providing Hampton Roads, Virginia with the most comprehensive skin care and rejuvenation treatments available. We have successfully provided safe and effective laser tattoo removal for over a decade, establishing ourselves as the leading expert in Hampton Roads.

Making a Proud Difference

Our goal is to make a difference in people’s lives. Not only do we strive to achieve this on a daily basis with the patients who choose our clinic, but we also endeavor to make a lasting difference in the community through philanthropic efforts.

Positively impacting people is our passion, and it shines through in every service we offer and everything we do.

As experts in all things laser and skin care related, we make an extra effort to personalize every treatment. Skin is as unique as you, and we use our services as a baseline from which to create a personalized treatment designed to reach your goals.

When it comes to laser tattoo removal, our nurses and physician’s assistant have over 15 years of combined experience. We offer the most current and effective removal methods at cost-effective prices.

Cutting-Edge Laser Tattoo Removal

Gone are the days of depending solely on invasive and often damaging tattoo removal techniques. Current laser technology allows for a safer, more effective, and non-invasive approach.

Dermacare Hampton Roads uses the Quanta Discovery Pico+. It is the most advanced and comprehensive tattoo removal laser on the planet as of 2019! With it, we can achieve full color tattoo removal.  It is the only Q-Switched and Pico Second combination laser with 3 true lasers in key wavelengths: 1064nm, 694nm and 532nm.  That means NO dye packs which diminish the power of the lasers.  

A Focus on Cost Effective Service

It is the combination of the Quanta Disovery Pico+ laser and our experienced Medical Laser providers that sets us apart from other laser tattoo removal providers. In addition, we provide free consultations to inform and educate while customizing the best treatment methods and techniques to achieve your desired goals.

We also offer military/1st responder/teacher pricing and discounts alongside our always changing monthly specials.

Find out how we can make laser tattoo removal work for you. Contact us to book your personal consultation!

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Is Laser Tattoo Removal Safe?

What horror story have you heard about laser tattoo removal? Is it really as bad as some say? Is there any safe way to remove your unwanted tattoos?

Let’s be honest; laser tattoo removal is uncomfortable. While most people don’t need anesthesia, a topical anesthetic is often applied before treatment. Where the tattoo is located plays a major role in any resulting discomfort, and the truth is a lot of tattoos are in sensitive areas. If the person performing a removal isn’t well trained and experienced, discomfort can be magnified, and unwanted complications can arise.

The Truth of Laser Tattoo Removal

Laser tattoo removal is safer than many other removal methods. There are minimal side effects to it; however, there are some factors to consider. For example, there is a small chance of treatment leaving a permanent scar. The treated skin can also become paler (hypopigmentation) or darker (hyperpigmentation) than the surrounding skin.

How a tattoo is removed varies. The color of your skin, the depth of the tattoo pigment, it’s age, and other factors can affect the removal technique. Small tattoos are usually faster to fade because they require fewer pulses with the laser while larger ones will need more to remove.

Effective laser tattoo removal requires two key things:

  1. A series of treatments to completely fade the pigments.
  2. A laser with the multiple wavelengths capable of treating colored tattoos.

If all factors are properly addressed, the tattoo should become progressively lighter after each visit until it is no longer visible.

Tattoo Removal Safety = Choosing a Competent Practice

The need for a competent practice staffed by laser tattoo removal experts cannot be undersold. It is critical for the laser to be used by a trained and licensed professional. Misuse can result in burns and permanent damage to the skin.

During a properly executed treatment, you can expect:

  • The use of protective eye shields to safeguard your eyes.
  • A skin test to determine how your skin reacts to the laser so the most effective settings for treatment can be used.
  • Topical anesthesia should be discussed in case you need it.
  • During the procedure, the technician will pass the laser over the tattoo without staying in one area for too long.
  • After treatment, an ice pack may be used to help soothe the treated area.
  • Finally, an antibiotic cream or ointment in combination with a bandage may be used to protect the treated area.

The practice should discuss how to care for the treated area in between sessions. You will be advised to cover the area with sunblock when outside to avoid damage while the skin heals.

Laser Tattoo Removal Safety

Laser treatment is widely regarded as the safer tattoo removal method versus excision, dermabrasion, and salabrasion. It has minimal side effects and downtime after treatments.

Perhaps the most important decision you will make is the provider you select. Ensure they are reputable and knowledgeable, licensed medical professionals that are experts in their field. With the right practice, laser tattoo removal is a safe and effective procedure capable of erasing any ink you no longer want.

How Do Different Color Tattoos React to Laser Removal?

How Do Different Color Tattoos React to Laser Removal?

It’s one of the most commonly asked questions by patients: will the color of my tattoo affect laser tattoo removal?

The truth is color does impact the removal of a tattoo using laser technology. You see, a laser is a light-based technology that works by using light wavelengths. In order to effectively remove a tattoo, a variation of wavelengths needs to be used to target the different colors or pigments that make up the tattoo.

How Light and Color Affect Tattoo Removal

Tattoo removal works by using a laser to break up ink particles. Some tattoo ink colors absorb some wavelengths better than others. Absorption can be impacted by factors like how old the tattoo is and how it was applied. Pigment or ink color also affects how light wavelengths are absorbed.

The laser is pulsed over the tattoo to direct light energy over the ink. This energy is then absorbed and works to shatter the pigment into tiny particles that the body’s filtration system can flush away.

Effective removal requires multiple sessions. The tattoo will then fade after each treatment until it is no long visible.

A laser needs to operate at multiple wavelengths to be able to treat a tattoo of multiple colors.

Which Colors Are Harder to Remove?

Black tattoo pigment absorbs all wavelengths, which makes it the easiest color to erase. Newer laser tattoo removal methods can remove or lighten nearly all colors with few side effects. Even the boldest of colors can be effectively lightened with multiple treatments.

However, not all lasers are created equal. When a clinic purchases a laser for tattoo removal, it’s up to the clinic to choose one with the proper technology to effectively treat multiple pigments. In fact, wavelength is one of the most important factors any tattoo removal practice will consider when buying their machine.

At Dermacare Hampton Roads, we take our tech one step further. We use the Quanta Discovery Pico laser.  Not only does it use three wavelengths to shatter the pigment, but it also operates in two modes:  Q-Switch and Pico Second.   It fills the critical need for multiple wavelengths and provides consistent results with few complications.

Other Factors That Affect Tattoo Removal

The number of treatments you will need to lighten and fade your tattoo depends on a few factors. The age of the tattoo and the size and color of the tattoo make a difference in how treatment is approached and the number of sessions that will be needed. Every treatment process is unique, which is why a personal consultation is so crucial.

You can learn more about the technology we use and the results we achieve by visiting our Laser Tattoo Removal page and following our blog as we discuss this topic in more detail.

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How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?

According to a 2017 study by Statista, four out of 10 adults have at least one tattoo. Interestingly, another survey found that 70% of business owners dislike tattoos on employees, and 11% of people with tattoos opt to have them removed.

Since tattoo removal clinics have grown by a staggering 400% over the past 10 years and their success rates continue to increase, just how does laser tattoo removal work?

Before we answer this question, there’s a more important one to consider.

What Makes Tattoos Permanent?

Today’s tattoos are applied using a needle that punctures into the epidermis and deposits pigments deep inside the dermis. With every puncture, a wound is created as the ink is deposited. The body’s inflammatory process is triggered.

Essentially, the body’s immune system steps up to remove the foreign pigments. While it succeeds in driving out some, ink will remain. This is why tattoos last for life but fade with time.

How Lasers Remove Tattoos

The body’s immune response works to slowly fade a tattoo over time as it chips away at the foreign pigments. To remove a tattoo completely, it needs help. This is where laser technology assists.

Lasers remove tattoos by breaking up the pigments with a high-intensity light beam.

As it is directed into the skin, it is selectively absorbed by the ink particles trapped in the dermis of the skin. When these particles absorb the laser’s light energy, they instantly shatter into tiny fragments.

Once the laser has broken the ink into smaller pieces, the body’s immune system begins to remove the ink over the weeks that follow, flushing it away from the tattooed area. The results manifest as the tattoo lightens in appearance.

Each additional laser treatment breaks down more and more of the ink until the tattoo is no longer visible. The laser and immune system work together to fade it.

How Long Does Laser Tattoo Removal Take?

The number of treatments necessary to remove a tattoo varies.

The amount and type of ink used and the depth of the ink in the skin all impact how many treatments a tattoo will need.

Ink color also plays a factor with black being the easiest to treat.

Dermacare’s Quanta Discovery Pico laser removes ink by producing an assortment of wavelengths targeting different ink colors. The light passes into the skin and is absorbed by the pigment, causing it to shatter into small particles, which are then flushed through the lymphatic system, the body’s natural filtering system.

Professional tattoos can take six to 12 treatments and amateur four to five, but Dermacare has something that can speed up the tattoo removal process.

Trust the Right Care Provider

If you have a tattoo, then you know the importance of finding a professional and experienced tattoo artist. When a tattoo is amateurly applied, complications can happen. Sometimes, those complications can cause serious health issues.

Who you choose to remove a tattoo is equally important for the same reasons. Amateur, inexperienced, or unsanitary tattoo removal can cause serious cosmetic and health complications. Unfortunately, with the growth of laser tattoo removal clinics has come a rise in shady and dangerous clinics focused on immediate profit versus positive patient outcome.

Dermacare Hampton Roads specializes in the safe and effective laser removal of professional, amateur (homemade), traumatic, and surgical tattoos. Our nurses have over 15 years of combined experience in laser tattoo removal, and our staff members are all highly trained medical professionals.

Our focus is on achieving the best outcomes for our patients at a reasonable cost, which is precisely why we use technology like the DeScribe Patch. We support the military, law enforcement, and first responders with a 10% discount on laser tattoo removal packages and interest-free financing for six to 12 months through Care Credit and Greensky.

Get a Consultation First

Every tattoo removal is unique, which is why you see so many before and after images stating that results may vary. Regardless of whether you want to get rid of a tattoo or invest in tattoo lightening for a cover-up, booking a consultation with us is essential.

At your consultation, we will discuss your desired outcome and explore factors that may impact it. Together, we will choose the best removal option for you and consider the range of results possible.

Laser tattoo removal is the safest and most effective way to treat an otherwise permanent mark with limited side effects and no downtime.

Let’s talk about your tattoo today!

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