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Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent?

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If you want to remove unwanted hair from your face or body, laser hair removal is a great way to reduce the need to shave for the long-term. With a thorough treatment, you can reduce the frequency for shaving, plucking, and waxing. At Advanced Dermatology and Laser Institute of Seattle, we use advanced FDA-approved laser systems to give you exceptional results. While we cannot guarantee results will be permanent, we do know that our laser hair removal patients experience long-lasting hair reduction.

Laser hair removal is a cosmetic procedure that works by targeting and eliminating the cells that contribute to hair growth without damaging the surrounding skin. During the treatment, our staff uses a concentrated beam of light that is absorbed by the melanin of the hair. The energy from the light gets converted into heat and deactivates the hair follicles, which helps inhibit hair growth.

Best of all, the treatments only take a few minutes and work for a variety of skin colors and hair types. Laser hair removal is a fast, easy way to reduce unwanted hair on the:

  • Legs
  • Arms
  • Chest
  • Back
  • Face

In addition, laser hair removal treatments will leave your skin feeling softer than before and help prevent ingrown hairs. 

For those who want to remove hair from an area of their body with the best chances of long-lasting results, we recommend having more than one treatment. After a single treatment, hair can take weeks or even months to grow back. Every treatment following the first procedure extends the growing process further. While some hair may grow back, it is usually sparse or thin. Eventually, many people find that their hair almost never grows back.

The good news is that treatments last only between 15-30 minutes and you can immediately resume your regular activities after the procedure. The recovery period is minimal, so you can get back to your day with your skin looking smooth and beautiful.

Schedule a Laser Hair Removal Consultation Today

If you don’t want to deal with unwanted facial or body hair, call Advanced Dermatology and Laser Institute of Seattle today at 206-402-4797 to schedule a consultation. Led by Dr. Steven Greene, our experienced team can help you decide if laser hair removal is right for you. We welcome patients living in Seattle and nearby Washington communities.

 

Skin Cancer Risk Reduced With Daily Oral Nicotinamide

As the saying goes, “You are what you eat” and hence, if there is a simple supplement that has no significant side effects and prevents skin cancer, then this is a major practical addition to our skin health regimens. Nicotinamide, also known as Niacinamide is a water-soluble form of Vitamin B3 that has been found naturally in meat, fish, nuts, grains & legumes, and is a key component of the glycolysis pathway, by generating Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) for adenosine triphosphate (ATP) production. It has been known to have beneficial anti-inflammatory effects improving acne, rosacea, melasma and some blistering disorders. 

In a landmark study published by The New England Journal of Medicine 2015: 373:1618-26, the authors showed convincingly that over a 12 month period taking Nicotinamide, 386 study patients experienced a 23% reduction in developing nonmelanoma skin cancers (basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas) and actinic keratoses (pre-skin cancers) versus those on placebo. The study participants took 500mg twice daily and there did not appear to be any adverse side-effects. However, it is not recommended for those with chronic kidney disease nor those who are pregnant. 

Nicotinamide should not be confused with Niacin, sometimes recommended for lower cholesterol which has been associated with flushing, headaches and elevation of liver enzymes. 

This skin cancer-reducing supplement is not an oral sunscreen and does not replace other sun protection guidance (sunscreens with an SPF of over 40, protective clothing, hats, yearly skin exams and avoiding the hot, mid-day sun.) These are all the mainstays to protect yourself from the sun and skin cancers. Given the safety profile of Nicotinamide, and its protective effects and positive feedback from our patients, I wholeheartedly recommend since it can significantly reduce the incidence of both actinic keratoses and nonmelanoma skin cancers.

Steven L. Greene MD, Advanced Dermatology and Laser Institute of Seattle.

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