7 acne myths busted?

Posted by on Dec 12, 2017 | 0 comments

7 acne myths busted?

Here are some homegrown acne myths that we will debunk.  If you’re a Filipino, we bet you have heard this common folklore and it’s about time you hear the truth from the expert, Skin House resident dermatologist, Dra. Cricelda Rescober-Valencia who will get your facts straight.    Menstruation to wash your face can lessen acne  Once you hit puberty, you will hear this suggestion one way or another from a well-meaning person, whether it’s a friend or a relative.  You will be advised to put the blood of your first menstruation on your face to prevent future breakouts.  Believe me, as I know one person who actually did this, who seem to have clear skin to this day.  But before you advise someone else to do this, here is what our derma has to say. According to our resident beauty doctor, you should not do it because it will not only irritate your skin and cause pimples, it might lead to infection.  She also mentioned the obvious that it’s really not hygienic to do so. Myth or truth? MYTH    Are you in love?     Yes, believe it or not, this is something you will hear often when experiencing an acne breakout in the Philippines.  There is even a song dedicated to it: “tigyawat sa ilong, pati na sa pisngi…” Now, before you sing to the tune, let us clarify this one out for all you people in love.   Being in love has no direct correlation to getting pimples. According to Doctor Rescober-Valencia, “If you get stressed because of love, sebum production may increase which leads to acne.”So feel free and enjoy the moment as it will not affect your skin. Myth or truth? MYTH   It’s a teenage thing. Some say pimples or acne will only last until your teenage years: Though this holds true for most people, it’s sadly not always the case because according to our resident dermatologist,“There is adult-onset acne as well as hormonal acne and acne mechanica (due to friction) which can occur at any age“.  If you are experiencing adult acne, the solution is to consult a derma for the best course of action to treat acne so it doesn’t lead to scarring.  Remember that prevention is always better than cure, don’t let acne become worse before going to a dermatologist. Myth or truth? MYTH    Wearing make-up can only make your acne worst! This is another saying we hear so often, to go au naturel.It’s one thing to have the “no makeup, makeup look, and another thing to go bare face.”  Who does that?Our derma mentioned that: Yes, you can experience acne breakout if your makeup brushes are not washed regularly and if you use makeup brands that are not right for your skin. That’s why it is preferable to use non-comedogenic brands. So should you stop applying make-up? No need.  A lot of women with great skin applies makeup.  Just choose the brand that’s right for you.     Can toothpaste help heal your pimples? Yes! Believe it or not, according to the so-called friendly experts, it is supposed to...

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The Magic Of Revlite

Posted by on Oct 30, 2017 | 0 comments

The Magic Of Revlite

Are you planning to have your first Revlite session? Not to worry, we’re here to give you a low down on all things about Revlite. Before booking your first appointment, get to know if Revlite is right for you. What is Revlite? Revlite is a next-generation Q-switched laser technology, known as an aesthetic medical laser that offers a wide range of power and versatility. It is mainly used to target all sorts of pigmentations, without harming the surrounding skin for all skin types.It uses an exceptional shutter speed which produces nanosecond pulse, making the procedure safer since less heat will be involved in the process.   The Revlite Laser features the Photoacoustic Technology Pulse, that delivers very narrow pulse widths at peak energy even at larger spot sizes.  The trademark Photoacoustic technology is delivered through a superior flat-top beam profile without spikes that are prevalent in other Q-switched Nd:Yag laser.  This makes the treatment safe, effective and stable for the patient. What are the benefits? Revlite is loved by celebrities and busybodies as it does not take a lot of time.It has a lot of benefits and it has no downtime. It is used to remove varying discolorations such as freckles, acne scars, axillary hyperpigmentation (dark underarms), age spots, even-aged eyebrow tattoos. As a bonus, Revlite laser promotes collagen regeneration and minimizes pores, fine lines and wrinkles in the process so much so that we don’t really need to put a lot of makeup anymore. How does it work? Unlike Fractional lasers and other Skin Resurfacing procedures, Revlite has no downtime – There is No peeling and No scabbing so you can go back to your normal activity after treatment laser penetrates the pigments, breaks it apart, absorbed into the skin, and releases the pigments naturally through the lymphatic drainage. The skin rejuvenation setting does not remove the epidermal layer of the skin.  It uses a gentle laser that harmlessly passes through the upper layer of the skin, allowing the skin to heat and stimulate collagen under the skin.  This collagen will continue to develop after the treatment.  Over the next months, your body will slowly and naturally fill in wrinkles, open pores, and scars on its own. Having Revlite treatment is like having hot tingling sensation going through your skin. You might feel a slight discomfort due to the effects of the heat but rest assured that its only temporary. To help reduce the heat and discomfort, an ice pack will be applied to the affected area after the end of the treatment. What do you need to do before getting your Revlite treatment? Before getting your Revlite treatment, here are some pre-treatment reminders: Avoid using any whitening products a day before your treatment. Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun. This treatment is not applicable to pregnant women. What to expect after the treatment? After the treatment, you might experience redness, mild swelling, and a little bit of discomfort which is normal, but after few hours it will subside. What other skin pigmentation Revlite can help reduce? It can help lighten pimple scars, reduce melasma, freckles, age spots,...

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It’s all about the beauty drip

Posted by on Jul 28, 2017 | 0 comments

If you’re a beauty junkie you might have heard of the beauty drips. It is much talked about in the beauty community and the social media spectrum, though for some this might be something new or unheard of, a lot of women are already having it done for obvious reasons. For those already benefiting from what it can do, it is definitely worth the investment.   With technology gradually changing and improving, it’s not new that the beauty industry is tagging along. So long is the glutathione pills that you have to drink with collagen pills or vitamin C at least twice a day to achieve that whiter and glowing skin.  Though readily available and more cost-effective, scientists and researchers have known for quite some time, that oral glutathione makes little to no difference at all.  It’s well documented that glutathione available in supplement form, is mostly destroyed through the digestive process.  Therefore, it is of little to no difference, unless it can penetrate the cell walls, which it cannot.   Now with the IV beauty drips, it’s easier and faster!  No need to wait for months to achieve your dream skin! So how does this work? Glutathione along with other vitamins and mineral cocktails are directly injected into our bloodstream just like a normal IV Drip for optimal results. About 90% of the nutrients get retained by our body since it is coursed through the veins. This procedure is performed by our highly trained nurses so rest assured that it’s guaranteed safe. But fret not, as this is performed by our highly trained nurses. The platinum beauty drip which is our clinic favorite, what with all the anti aging, rejuvenating and whitening benefits it gives, takes about 15 minutes with a good vein and about 45 minutes if you want to take the slow route. When done every one to two weeks interval, you can see that your skin looks more vibrant and radiating with youthful glow.   Skin House offers different variants of the beauty drips, depending on how fast you want to see the results.  We also have something that would hasten your metabolism or simply the variant that aids with anti aging.  For the conservatives, we have the IV Glutathione Push with Vitamin C that does the trick. Before you take the plunge and hop on the beauty wagon, here are a few things to consider. Never use for people under chemotherapy. It may decrease the potency of anti-cancer drugs. Not advised for people with chronic kidney failure and liver problem because it may cause digestive complications such as sever pain and persistent diarrhea. Do not use during pregnancy and breastfeeding, May worsen asthmatic episodes, thus it is not recommended for asthmatic individuals. If all is well and good, take that phone and get that much needed beauty boost.                                                                  ...

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Revlite for Treatment of Acne and SCars

Posted by on Mar 25, 2017 | 1 comment

Skin House has always been an advocate of continuous learning.  A couple of weeks back, we were invited to update our knowledge and maximize the potential of our Revlite machine. Q-switched Nd:Yag laser have shown to be an effective treatment for acne scars and, in some cases, even acne.   With proper settings and understanding of what the machine can do, the treatment can go significantly positive for the patient. Revlite is a non ablative laser that uses photoacoustic technology pulse that heats the skin, causing enough damage to encourage the healing response of the skin.  The localized thermal damage causes an increase in the production of collagen and improves the appearance of scars. The treatment is basically painless. And the procedure can be performed for almost any skin type even patients with active acne.  Beyond reducing the appearance of the acne scars, Revlite lessens acne growth, and helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles.  The skin will look incredibly younger and more vibrant. We believe in providing the best service at reasonable prices.  We keep ourselves up-to-date with what’s hot and what’s not.  Soon, as an advocate in looking fresh in the morning even without makeup, we will be introducing semi-permanent makeup – 6D eyebrow embroidery or powder effect, eyeliner, and lip embroidery – all at impeccable style and reasonable prices. Quezon City 170 Mayon St Near Retiro St Q.C. 0917.898.7546 or 02.254.3987 Pasig 8006 Pioneer St Corner United St Kapitolyo Pasig 0917.829.0990 or...

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Frequently Asked Questions – Revlite

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015 | 55 comments

Updated Photo from the same patient.  First one is after 1 session.  Next set is after 3 sessions (edited). What is Revlite Laser Toning or Skin Rejuvenation? Revlite is a Q-Switched Nd:Yag laser with 1064 nm or 532 nm wavelength that uses non-invasive light energy to gently stimulate skin’s natural collagen. Collagen is the glue that holds the body together. We would literally fall apart without collagen. Collagen in the skin breaks down as we age resulting in wrinkles, fine lines and sagging skin. Furthermore, years of sun exposure and other environmental factors result in pigmentation (like freckles, melasma and sun spots), redness, and enlarged pore size.   Revlite is the best way to treat these skin problems and is indeed proven to minimize pores, treat unwanted pigmentation, rejuvenate the skin, and enhance collagen regeneration and is often called as “Laser Facial”. Basically, Revlite Laser stimulates collagen production which reduces fine lines and wrinkles, lessens or improves pore size, evens out skin tone, removes skin pigmentation and regenerates the skin. Revlite laser can also improve acne scarring and skin texture.   How does Revlite work?   Revlite laser does not affect the outermost layers of the skin and instead passes safely through the upper layers to stimulate collagen beneath the skin. Revlite Laser delivers results with no downtime, which is why patients are more inclined to avail this treatment over other ablative lasers.   5 to 10 treatments of Revlite Laser are normally recommended for maximum results at intervals of 2-4 weeks between treatments. After desired results are achieved, maintenance touch up sessions is recommended especially for treatments of melasma.   Who is Suitable for Revlite Laser Treatment? Patients with concerns in tattoos, pore size, skin pigments, skin texture and laxity will benefit from this procedure. Revlite is the gold standard for pigmented lesions which includes melasma and freckles. It is also being used for axillary pigmentation or any similar indication and laser facial to replace the monthly facials to remove blackheads, whiteheads and the like.   Revlite laser treatment can be used to rejuvenate the skin on the face, chest neck, hands and body. Patients of all skin types including tanned and darker skin tones, can be treated with Revlite. Read the contraindication in the consent form.   What is the Procedure for Revlite Laser Treatment?   Patients will be asked to read and sign a consent form after consultation before going through the treatment. The area of concern with be cleansed and patient will be provided with a protective eyewear. Revlite Laser treatment is fairly comfortable, but those who have low pain tolerance may request for local anesthesia or any pain medication.   Revlite laser treatment averages 15 to 30 minutes or until the skin turns slightly red.   What is the downtime? Initially, a mild erythema or redness is to be expected in the treated area. This usually goes away immediately after the treatment depending on the settings used. Patients may resume with normal activities except for heavy work out and use of tretinoin or other products that makes the skin sensitive to light. A post treatment...

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RevLite Pigment Laser

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 | 123 comments

Tired of Dark Underarms, Elbows and Bikini? Or do you simply want a clearer, lighter and more radiant face? RevLite Laser is the best gift you can give yourself this Christmas. You won’t need to cover anything up when you’re done with RevLite. No wonder this is the treatment every girl wants but cannot have, or at least used to, because now, we are offering Revlite Laser at affordable prices. The RevLite EO Q-switched Nd:YAG Laser from ConBio, A Cynosure Company is an evolutionary step in the Company’s MedLite® series of lasers, which transformed the Asian aesthetic industry 20 years ago. Today, the RevLite is not only a preferred gold standard among Asian physicians for pigmentary issues, it stands apart as a multi-wavelength aesthetic laser that treats a wide-range of indications.   Revlite Laser makes use of the PhotoAcoustic Technology Pulse (PTP), which is gently delivered deep into the skin without harming the skin’s surface. This shatters the clusters of pigment resulting in an immediate noticeable lightening effect. Aside from underarm discoloration, it is very effective for age spots, melasma and tattoos too.   Underarms   Patients who used to pluck, wax or shave is always left with dark underarms. Not everyone is a good candidate with underarm skin peeling, that some patients are left with darker skin tone than when they started. Factors that may cause this is excessive sweating, hormones… Or, the patient simply does not respond well with peeling.   RevLite is a painless treatment that whitens the underarms with no downtime. It even removes the hair as a side effect. No need to be embarrassed when you have Revlite, it treats chicken skin too.   Elbows, Knees and Bikini   It is common to see women with discoloration in their elbows, knees and bikini because these areas are more prone to friction and are normally dry. It is advised to moisturize and hydrate these areas before treatment, and let Revlite do the rest.   Face   Revlite laser toning is a non-invasive treatment that uses light energy to gently stimulate collagen production, pore reduction, remove pigmentation, and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.   Revlite works in that it stimulates the development of new collagen. Collagen is the protein that holds our skin together that breaks apart as we age due to years of sun exposure and other factors. The overall effect is improved color and texture that will make the face more radiant.   The Revlite emits light in rapid, short pulses at high peak energy for maximum efficacy and comfort. The impact feels like no more than the rubber band snapping. Results can be seen in 5 to 10 sessions.   For more information regarding Revlite treatment, contact the following branches: Quezon City  0917.898.7546 or 02.254.3987 Pasig              0917.829.0990 or 02.542.4106 Clinic Hours Mon, Wed to Fri 11am to 8pm Sat & Sun             10am to 7pm Tuesdays...

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Deep Acne Scars Be Gone – Pixel Fractional CO2 Laser

Posted by on May 16, 2014 | 27 comments

Have you been living a life trying to cover your acne scars with heavy make-up, applying different exfoliating creams and solutions but don’t seem to be helping you? Afraid of using Laser treatments because of its ablative properties and long down time duration? The battle against acne scars has been going on for generations now and boy, was that not ending!   Also, a lot of Korean and China brand machines have been proliferating the aesthetic market, unfortunately claiming to give the desired effect at a lower cost when in fact it is really not the case. With each different laser, there are potentially different results, which can lead to inaccuracy and discouragement to the masses if the laser being used is not clarified.  This is why it is important to do research on the brand of the machine, background of the clinic and experience of the operator or the dermatologist. With Skin House Beauty and Laser Clinic’s  latest offering, treatment for deep acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles need not be expensive.  Our Pixel Fractional CO2 Laser  (10600 nm wavelength) is different from Pixel Erbium with 2940 nm wavelength that other clinics offer.  What we are using is a medical grade, stand alone unit that is more effective in giving results. Do check the photo of the machine for easy reference. Allow me to show first how Fractional CO2 Laser Treatment works. From the word “Fractional” and “Pixel”, the laser light passes through the patented Pixel® micro optics lens array to penetrate the skin with tiny thermal channels.   The Fractional CO2 Effect ü  It creates an ablative and thermal effect in only these channels – a micro-injury – without disturbing the surrounding tissue. ü  These micro-injury sites (about 15-20 percent of the treatment area) start the process of healing. ü  The intact, undamaged skin around the treatment site is what promotes quicker healing for a faster recovery.   Fractional CO2 Skin Resurfacing treatments have been widely used nowadays since unlike topical creams, laser skin resurfacing works deep in the underlying tissues reduce the appearance of acne scarring. This popular and long accepted technology has normally been ablative; meaning that some portion of the top layer of skin is deliberately damaged. Some people, however, wish to avoid all ablative procedures but with Pixel Perfect skin resurfacing, you’ll achieve dramatic results similar to traditional CO2 while minimizing long-term discomfort and the risk of complications. Pixel Fractional CO2 Laser significantly improves the tone and texture of skin in one treatment with minimal downtime and faster healing – patients usually return to normal activities within three to seven days. Pixel Fractional CO2 Laser has a lower risk of complications compared to traditional CO2 laser resurfacing with a short learning curve. What’s more, the Impact ITED hand piece will ensure 100% absorption of your trusted topical cream for complete and effective absorption. Expect lightening and improvement of skin color and texture with the use of Impact ITED only from the Alma Lasers. This is something that other Fractional CO2 Laser does not offer. Did I mention that this is an FDA Approved machine? So be more confident, smoothen...

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Ultimate Brazilian Laser Hair Removal

Posted by on Feb 16, 2014 | 3 comments

Everyone who’s anyone has done Brazilian Waxing or Shaving at some point in their lives. Have you seen that episode at America’s Next Top Model when the girls took it all off?   Yeah, that’s what I’m talking about.   Brazilian Laser Hair Removal of your Lady Parts is the “in” thing this millennium.  Even the likes of Rhianna and Demi Moore believe in keep it clean and simple.   Most beginners try out shaving because it’s cheap and painless. Despite these advantages, shaving is only a temporary solution. It may also cause pseudofolliculitis or commonly known as shave bumps and itchiness. Waxing is another popular procedure. But this method can be a little over the top painful. I know because I tried it myself. Waxing also needs some regrowth to be effective, which is ¼ of inch. It will take a couple of weeks or more to let it grow. For a temporary solution, it doesn’t seem worth it to pay 500 to 800 bucks a month for the rest of your life.   Thankfully, a more permanent solution is gaining rapid popularity. Brazilian laser hair removal has become so popular because of its speed and efficiency. In 6 to 10 sessions, you will immediately see considerable results.  Real LASER targets the melanin, the chromophore that gives color to the hair.  After your regular sessions, you can simply go back to yearly touch ups for those resilient hair or new regrowth. I myself am a satisfied customer of this treatment.   But is Brazilian laser hair removal for you? Every person’s skin is different thus the effectiveness of this treatment will differ for everyone. Some may also find that they are “non-responders” to this kind of treatment. This may occur if the incorrect machine is being used, the fluence is too low and the correct treatment time is not followed, or this treatment is simply just isn’t for you. So before anything else, the most important thing to do is to do your research. Don’t despair; I am here to guide you with my experience with laser hair removal.   My experience as a patient/ laser technician   There are many clinics that offer lowered, promotion service ipl, even diode unfortunately, with whitening. Don’t be fooled because they might be using using low-end machines which won’t yield the results you expect even after 8 to 15 sessions. Don’t lose faith though because there are clinics who invest on premium, medical grade laser hair removal machines like Lightsheer Duet, Soprano xl and GentleMax Pro (gentlelase or gentleyag).  But quality and brand alone don’t make an effective treatment, some of the efficacy is still dependent upon the skill and experience of the staff/doctors administering the treatment.   LightSheer/ LightSheer Duet – this diode technology is the gold standard in laser hair removal.  It has 800nm wavelength which penetrates the hair follicle down to the root.  It works by focusing the energy one area at a time.  The doctor or nurse can undergo around 2 to 3 passes for this treatment.  Upper Lip will take about 15 minutes, underarms around 20 minutes, and...

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GentleYag® Laser Vein Removal

Posted by on Nov 19, 2013 | 2 comments

If you are in your early 30’s, and you are already suffering from either varicose veins or spider veins – you are not alone!  50 to 55 percent of women suffer from some type of vein problem, and so does 40 percent of men, believe it or not.   Women are just more susceptible because of the type of work we do, and the shoes we wear.  Constant standing using high heels make us more prone to either having varicose or spider veins.  Other contributing factor may include ageing, obesity, pregnancy, sedentary lifestyle, exposure to the sun and genetic predisposition. Luckily, in this time and age, there are available treatments to lessen the discomfort that varicose veins and spider veins are causing.  Sclerotherapy is still the gold standard for varicose vein removal.  It takes technical skill to perform this procedure with a board certified dermatologist.  For smaller spider veins, GentleYag Pro (In the GentleMax Pro Platform) is the best treatment, which is now available at Skin House Beauty and Laser Clinic.   Our Syneron Candela GentleYAG (part of the GentleMax Platform) 1064nm Laser is most effective treating small to medium size superficial veins. Areas most often treated are the face and lower body. Most people need between 1-3 laser vein treatments for optimal treatment for spider veins. Cherry Angiomas usually respond after 1 treatment, but occasionally need a retreatment for larger, more raised lesions. Before deciding, here are some frequently ask questions regarding the causes, and treatments available for better understanding of varicose veins and spider veins in general.   What are spider veins? Spider veins are small, twisted blood vessels that are closer to the surface of the skin that varicose veins.  They may be red, purple, or blue and can be found on the legs and face, and can be seen either in a very small or very large area of the skin.  They can look like tree branches or spiderweb patterns, thus, the name “spider veins”.   What causes spider/varicose veins? Healthy veins carry blood with oxygen and nutrients from our legs, arms, and other parts of our body back to our heart through a series of one-way valves. These valves allow blood to flow in the correct way from superficial veins to deeper veins and back to the heart. The vessels are surrounded by muscles, which contract and help pump blood back to the heart. Normally the veins have a one-way valve to prevent backflow. As our body ages, the valves in our veins weaken, and blood can collect/pool inside the veins.  As blood collects within the vein, pressure builds and vessel wall weakens.  Consequently, the vein tends to bulge and twist, or cause our veins to enlarge and become more visible. This is especially true of veins in the legs and ankles, which have to work against gravity to carry blood up to the heart.   Can varicose vein or spider vein cause serious complications? Varicose vein can be an eyesore, but they rarely pose a serious health threat. Rarely, they may cause ulcers (large sores in the skin) especially near the ankles. Varicose...

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Experience the Power of GentleMax Pro Laser Hair Removal

Posted by on Nov 3, 2013 | 23 comments

It’s hard to be a woman especially with all the expectations in our society to look a certain way – We are expected to have a great body, flawless skin and to have visible hair in the underarms is just unacceptable. With proper diet, exercise and the right attitude, all these can be arranged.  Go to the gym or try Cohen to get that rockin’ body!  As for flawless skin and hair – that is where we come in!   Skin House Beauty and Laser Clinic happen to have the so-called “Rolls Royce” of laser hair removal machines. GentleMax Pro is a combination of the fastest and most powerful 755 nm Alexandrite laser with the 1064 nm long pulse ND:YAG laser.  What this means is that we have Diode, Alexandrite and ND:Yag which provides us the capability to offer the best treatment for all Skin Types.   Photo Courtesty of Syneron Candela Syneron Candela, the maker of this machine, is after all the global leader in the medical aesthetic marketplace.  When you ask a non-biased dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon, they will tell you to go to a practice that offer different varieties of LASERs so you can find the one that is more suited for your hair and skin type. Unlike other laser hair removal machines, GentleMax Pro has a patented Dynamic Cooling Device (DCD) that provides consistent, epidermal cooling and unparalleled comfort for the patients. DCD prepares skin for treatment by selectively spraying the upper layers (or epidermis) with a cooling burst of cryogen in adjustable spray/delay durations, milliseconds before the laser pulse. DCD’s unique design provides excellent visibility throughout the entire process, is operator independent, and will provide the same epidermal protection no matter how fast the laser is fired. This balances the heat so there is not much discomfort.  With this amazing technology, there won’t be any need for cooling gel, which tends to be a little messy when doing Full Bikini or Brazilian and Legs.  Treatment for lower legs only takes about 30 minutes, including the spot test, which takes up around 3 to 5 minutes. Imagine, underarm laser only takes around 10 minutes?  You’re in and you can just go out to go about your merry ways.  Furthermore, the FDA has approved GentleMax Pro for permanent hair reduction.   Just to give an overview: Alexandrite also known as GenteLase is a very powerful near infrared laser hair removal machine for patients with lighter skin types I-III. These are Caucasians and Asians with very light skin tone. It has excellent pick up by melanin (skin and hair pigment), which makes it great for patients with lighter skin tones, but not a good option for those with darker skin.  Alexandrite laser provides quicker, safer and more effective results compared to other lasers with proper settings.  Since it has the shortest pulse duration (or cooking time), it can also effectively lase thinner or lighter pigmented hairs.   Long Pulse ND:Yag also known as GentleYag is an infrared laser that is most effective for patients with Skin Types IV-VI.  The principle behind laser hair removal is selective photothermolysis,...

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