These days there are so many beauty tips and facts available at the click of a mouse that it can be hard for you to figure out what procedure is best for your beauty goals to #bebeautiful. I was lucky enough to join the Fox 28 crew on Saturday, February 21st, for a game of “Beauty Fact or Fiction” to help debunk some of myths you might have heard or read about lately.
- If you have laser hair removal, the hair will not grow back?
This is a…FACT!
Laser hair removal has become one of the most popular procedures at Capital City Cosmetic Surgery. Men and women commonly have their underarms, bikini line, chests, legs and back hair removed. Less common areas can also be treated such as nasal hairs, uni-brows, and ears. In just a few minutes, hair follicles are destroyed with minimal discomfort. People who see the best results typically go in for treatment every four to six weeks in order to maximize the effect. Each treatment removes a progressive percentage of the hair until the skin becomes smooth and hair free.
Laser hair removal does work best on people who have lighter skin and medium brown to dark brown hair. The reason for this is that the laser targets the melanin, or darker pigment, in hair follicles to inhibit their growth. Keep in mind that you can’t get treated if you’re sunburned or have a tan. So summer is not the best time to start laser hair removal. A lot of people start treatments in the fall or winter in order to be summer and red carpet ready.
- Brown spots that come from aging are not treatable.
This is a…FICTION!
Brown spots can actually be treated in number of ways depending on your beauty goals and needs. A 2006 Procter & Gamble Beauty study found that skin tone alone can impact a woman’s perceived age by as much as 20 years. The older most people get, the greater the amount of sun damage they’ve accumulated, so the spots are more numerous and visible. Age or liver spots are small-to-medium brown areas that multiply as you get older, popping up most often on the face, hands, and chest. Even tiny spots will keep growing bagger, so the sooner you tackle the problem, the less intervention will be required.
Below are your options depending on your level of need:
- Surface-level spots including melasma and sun-induced hyper pigmentation can be treated with creams. Hydroquinone is the best option for diminishing brown spots, but it can be irritating. This fading agent is available from department stores, over the counter at pharmacies and by prescription. It works by interfering with an enzyme that helps your skin produce melanin, the brown pigment that shows up as spots. For precise application, I recommend using a Q-tip to dot it directly on the spots or the specific areas you want to lighten so you don’t bleach other areas accidentally.
- The anti-ager Retina A also does more than just fight wrinkles. It also targets hyper pigmentation. This is a good alternative if your skin can’t tolerate hydroquinone. But keep in mind that your results will be more about evenness and less about the pigmentation being completely faded away.
- For up to medium-depth spot removal, chemical peels are nice fresheners and can help with brightening overall appearance. Chemical peels produce a diffuse stinging pain for however long your plastic surgeon leaves it on the skin. These peels superficially injure the skin to provoke a wound-healing response that expels dark pigment.
- Lasers can be extremely effective in treating even difficult discolorations. A Laser treatment can eradicate everything from broken blood vessels and redness to uneven tone, large pores, fine lines and brown spots. With their far-reaching wave-lengths, they penetrate the skin, heating up targeted brown spots, and destroying them by causing the darkened skin to flake and fall off following the treatment. A laser treatment typically results in very fast results. After about 1-2 weeks most or all of the spots are gone.
No matter which fading treatment you choose, you need apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily. Otherwise your spots will return as any treated dark spot can recur if exposed to UV light. I recommend something with zinc oxide in it.
- You can contour your body and get a flatter stomach by freezing your fat.
This is a…FACT!
CoolSculpting is the only FDA-cleared procedure to use controlled cooling to safely target and eliminate diet and exercise-resistant fat. CoolSculpting technology safely delivers precisely controlled cooling to gently and effectively target the fat cells underneath the skin. With just a small pinch, you can sit back, relax and say goodbye to stubborn fat. The treated fat cells are crystallized (frozen), and then die. Over time, your body naturally processes the fat and eliminates these dead cells, leaving a more sculpted you. This fat freezing procedure is completely non-surgical, so you can typically return to work and normal activities immediately. CoolSculpting results are proven, noticeable, and lasting, so you’ll look and feel great from every angle.
- Lasers cannot remove color tattoos.
This is a…FICTON!
Although hard to do, it is possible to remove a color tattoo. Tattoo removal lasers work by targeting a color. Each wavelength targets different colors. Black, blues and greens clear the quickest, easiest, and most completely. The results also depend on the volume of ink used, the location and if it is a professional or amateur tattoo. The number of treatments needed to successfully remove a tattoo can differ dramatically due to tattoo size, location, color and density of tattoo ink, and device used, among other factors.
- Botox can prevent wrinkles.
This is a…FACT!
Maria and Tom thought this was a fiction (USE PICTURE COLLAGE), but these days more 20 somethings view botox as a preventative measure instead of a means to treat skin that’s already showing signs of aging. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that botox injections have increased by as much as 750 percent since the year 2000 as more people of every age use botox earlier to prevent fine wrinkles and the deepening of existing wrinkles.
Botox is composed of botulinum toxin, and is best known for its ability to block the nerve signals that trigger the muscles to contract. As this happens, the wrinkles eventually are smoothed out because the skin is no longer being creased or folded repeatedly. Over a long period of time, this temporary action causes facial muscles to relax and ultimately reduces the signs of aging. It has been found to be highly effective for treating frown lines between the patient’s eyebrows, forehead furrows, and crow’s feet at the corners of the eyes. If you can inactivate a muscle before it pulls the skin, it will prevent any lines from forming or getting worse. Additionally, If you start botox treatments early, you will atrophy the facial muscles and weaken them so that you don’t have to get treatments as often when you are older.
In 2015 the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery noted that plastic surgeons saw a 64% increase in patients under 30 getting injectables or cosmetic surgery. BUT REMEMBER — The right doctor (a board-certified plastic surgeon, facial plastic surgeon, or dermatologist who specializes in cosmetic procedures) can make the difference between you looking natural and refreshed or unnatural and frozen. While you can technically get Botox at any age under a doctor’s supervision, the FDA has only approved it for those ages 18 to 65.
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