Ditch the Razor, Grab the Ray Gun

When you’re shaving your underarms and legs, don’t you feel like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day? You remember that movie, where he was sent by a TV station to cover Punxsutawney Phil coming out of his burrow to denote the start of spring? Well, after the first day he kept awakening every day thereafter and had to repeat the previous day.

That’s what shaving your legs and other areas with unwanted hair is like. You do it, scraping your skin, waxing, plucking, and then a couple weeks later you have to do it all over again…forever. Ugh!

Why not simply zap those hairs away like Luke Skywalker zaps the occasional stormtrooper? We can do that with our laser hair removal at Deschutes, and you’ll be rid of that hair permanently.

How laser hair removal works

Laser hair removal focuses on the hair follicles. Our lasers are very specific and target the hair in the individual follicles. The laser energy is then absorbed by the hair and travels down the shaft into the follicle. The light energy is converted to heat energy, which destroys or thoroughly damages the follicle, preventing it from growing hair.

Laser hair removalLaser hair removal works the best on darker hair, as the laser can easily target the darker colors. Also, each hair on the body is in different phases of the growth cycle. The anagen phase, the growth phase, is the best time to zap the follicle, but not all of the hairs are in that phase of the cycle. For that reason, multiple treatments are necessary to fully eliminate the hair in an area. Although the treatment is permanent, a few hairs can rebuild the follicles and regrow hair, so periodic maintenance touchup treatments are sometimes necessary down the road.

After your treatment

You may experience redness and slight swelling on the treated areas for the first few hours after your procedure. If you want you can apply ice to the area, but this irritation quickly passes. Also, you’ll need to avoid sun exposure after treatment.

Your body will begin to push out the dead hair and the follicles. It will appear that the hair is still growing, but it will fall out in 7-10 days after treatment. During this time, you shouldn’t tweeze or wax, instead letting the follicles shed on their own.

Interested in ending your Groundhog Day of hair removal? Call us at Deschutes, 541-330-0900 and let’s start zapping those unwanted hairs!

The P is Silent, the Irritation Isn’t — Psoriasis

Like the word gingivitis in the dental word, the word psoriasis is known to most people from the world of advertising. Psoriasis is a skin condition that is known more for its potential embarrassment of the sufferer rather than pain or discomfort. Still, at Deschutes we have various ways to help lessen the impact of psoriasis.

What is it?

Psoriasis is a skin condition that shows itself as patches of red, silvery scales on the skin. When behaving normally, skin grows at a consistent, gradual rate. Old skin cells are typically shed every four weeks. But when a person has psoriasis, they have abnormal lymphocytes that cause this skin process to happen at an accelerated rate, resulting in thick patches with dry flakes. It is usually shows itself on the elbows, scalp, hands, lower back, and knees. It is not contagious.

There are varying degrees of the condition. It is very common in adults, but children can have it, too. Many people may have it but not even be aware because it is only showing up in faint dry patches. But for others, severe psoriasis can leave red, thick scaly skin across much of their body. Obviously, in these cases, sufferers avoid activities such as swimming that require exposing areas of skin.

What’s the cause of psoriasis?

newsDoctors consider psoriasis to be an incurable, chronic skin condition. Exact causes are unknown, but it is believed that an overreaction in the immune system causes the skin to react with the rapid cell turnover that leads to inflamed, flaky skin. There are possibly genetic and environmental factors involved, as well.

Cold, dry weather tends to make psoriasis reappear or worsen (sound like anywhere you know?) Also, stress, infections, and certain medications can exacerbate psoriasis.

Treatment

At Deschutes, we treat psoriasis differently for each patient. Mild cases can be treated with creams, ointments, and lotions. Shampoos, oils, and sprays can be used for treatment on the scalp. Although this seems counterintuitive, exposure to sunlight can help. If your psoriasis is more extreme, we may prescribe certain skin products and medications, even injections to boost your immune system. Phototherapy using UV light can also be effective, especially for more involved cases.

If you are embarrassed by your psoriasis, call us at Deschutes, 541-330-0900, and let’s see how we can help you.