It’s that time of year again. The time when the mercury rises, the air is warm, and all you want to do after a hard week at work is hit the beach. But while the thought of the beach may sound great, the thought of taking your shirt off for all to see may not!
If you have been hiding yourself under hot, sweaty shirts in the summer while your buddies enjoy going shirtless, you may want to consider laser hair removal.
Less painful than having to wax every 4-8 weeks (and less expensive over time!), laser hair removal is no longer just for the ladies. Many men get it done every year, getting rid of excess body hair, while still keeping their masculine good looks.
So what happens during a laser hair removal session? Your job is to lie still while the doctor aims a small, pulsing laser beam at unwanted hair follicles. Although destroying a hair follicle may sound painful, it’s far less painful than pulling hair out with wax. Then, after an hour-long session, you simply head back to home or work.
You will require multiple sessions to completely remove the unwanted hair. Three to eight visits are the norm. For larger areas like the back or for coarser hairs, often a minimum of seven treatments is required to completely dissolve the follicles.
If you’re considering laser hair removal, be sure to get in touch with a certified doctor who will carefully perform the procedure properly. Then take off that shirt — your back sweater will be gone forever.
Although most cysts generally resolve on their own, sometimes it is necessary to have them removed. In such cases, the reason is often because they interrupt normal bodily function, or become infected. Though this is rare, it’s important when it does happen to find the right doctor to remove the cyst properly, without destroying the surrounding skin.
In central Oregon, many trust the caring hands that work at the Deschutes Dermatology Center. At Deschutes, we not only take great care in what we do for our patients, we use the latest research and tools to optimize our results.
One method of removing cysts includes injections of corticosteroids or triamcinolone into the growth to minimize inflammation.
When the cyst needs to be drained, the doctor will use aspiration – a needle being inserted into the cyst to drain it, then an msteroid being injected in to prevent re-growth.
When a cyst must be completely removed, total excision is used to remove it. However, this cannot be done when a cyst is inflamed. In this case it must be treated first with antibiotics and the above methods. A minimal excision can also be done to minimize scarring, depending on the situation and size.
Finally, laser therapy can be used to vaporize a cyst, often on more sensitive areas such as the face. Lasers give the least amount of scarring. This would be the easiest procedure to recover from, as well, since it does not involve incisions or sutures.
Whatever method you and your doctor decide on, remember to choose the right doctor who will carefully go through the procedure with you and give you the best care for the best results!