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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