Please schedule a full consultation with our office to decide which service is the best option for you. During the appointment, you and your provider will discuss medical history, benefits and expectations.
Summer has faded and with it goes bathing suits, shorts, and sandals. Instead of mourning the warmer weather, you can look forward to cozy sweaters, winter activities, and laser hair removal. Oh, you hadn’t thought of that last part? It’s true; winter is the best time to receive laser hair removal treatments since you’ll have less exposure to the sun.
Wondering how laser hair removal works? You’ve come to the right place.
Laser hair removal involves a highly-concentrated laser light source that’s beamed into the hair follicles. The pigment in the follicles absorbs the light, which ultimately destroys the hair. The darker the hair pigment, the more significant the hair loss, which is why fall and winter months are the best times for the procedure.
Lasers provide precision and efficiency for hair removal. A single pulse can target many dark, coarse hairs at once, all within a fraction of a second. Advancements in laser technology make this procedure very safe. Modern lasers also don’t damage surrounding skin. It is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures in the U.S.
The most common areas that can benefit from laser hair removal include the legs, underarms, bikini line, upper lip or face, small of the back, and more. Smaller areas like the upper lip only take a few minutes, while larger areas like the legs can take up to an hour. Depending on the client’s hair pigmentation, permanent hair loss can be achieved in less than ten sessions.
To prepare for the session, refrain from waxing and plucking the treatment area to preserve the hairs’ roots. Avoid laying in the sun or visit a tanning booth as UV light will alter your hair follicle’s pigmentation. During the session, the technologist will use the laser equipment, which is adjusted according to your hair’s pigmentation and your skin color, to pulse the light source onto the treatment area. You will wear appropriate eye protection. Many patients describe the process as a rubber band being snapped on the skin. If your skin is sensitive after the procedure, you may be given ice packs or sent home with anti-inflammatory lotion. Your appointments will be six weeks apart but come next spring, you’ll have smooth legs and won’t even have to shave!
Deschutes Dermatology | Laser Hair Removal
Even though laser hair removal is a common treatment, it is still a medical procedure and must be performed by a certified doctor or technician. Here at Deschutes Dermatology, our trained staff is experienced with performing laser hair removal.
Schedule a consultation to find out how many sessions you need to achieve the desired effect. Now’s the best time for laser hair removal!
Want to know a tumor that you shouldn’t be scared of? Try the underappreciated lipoma. Lipomas are the most common tumor to form beneath your skin. About 1 out of every 1,000 people develops lipomas.
They’re not usually anything more than a soft rubbery bulge on your skin. While lipomas are harmless, occasionally it’s best to remove them.
What is a lipoma?
A lipoma is a collection of fat cells growing in the soft tissue of your body, under the skin but over the muscle. Lipomas don’t develop into cancer because they consist only of fat and sometimes connective tissue.
No one is sure why lipomas develop. They often appear after an injury, and middle-aged people tend to get them more. There also seems to be a genetic factor, as they tend to run in families.
What do they look like?
Lipomas usually appear as small, soft lumps. They’re usually less than 2 inches wide. When pressed on, a lipoma may feel doughy, and they will move easily with finger pressure. They don’t normally hurt, but can if they grow next to nerves or if blood vessels run through them.
Why would I need to remove a lipoma?
Most lipomas are harmless and can be left to their lumpy existence. But if the lipoma becomes tender or painful, acquires infections, becomes inflamed repeatedly, interferes with your movements, becomes enlarged, or has a foul-smelling discharge then you should have Dr. Carter remove it.
How are lipomas removed?
Dr. Carter will usually surgically remove your lipoma. In most cases, this can be done as an outpatient procedure with local anesthetic simply injected around the lipoma. Dr. Carter will then make an incision, remove the fat cells and any connective tissue, and close the incision with a few stitches.
If surgery isn’t an option, steroid injections can shrink the growth, but usually won’t eliminate it.
The lipoma can be aspirated with a needle and a large syringe. This method doesn’t leave a scar but isn’t as effective for larger lipomas.
Do you have a lipoma that you would like have removed? Call Dr. Carter at 541-330-0900 to make your appointment.
Some people think that if they never went outside that they wouldn’t age. Not so. Not only would you miss out on all the beauty around us here in Bend, but you’d still age. It’s called intrinsic aging, and it involves the yearly decrease of your body’s collagen production. By the time you’re 50, your body produces one third less of this structural skin support protein than when you were 20. Elastin, which keeps the skin supple and elastic, has a similar drop.
That’s why you’re wrinkling, and your skin is sagging. Sun damage and other environmental issues/choices play a role, too, but intrinsic aging is the real culprit.
To fight back against this loss of collagen and elastin, Dr. Carter offers Sculptra, a long-lasting injectable that stimulates the body to produce new collagen to counteract some of the effects of intrinsic aging.
Sculptra is different filler
Most dermal fillers get their name because they “fill” in wrinkles; they push them up. These fillers are injected beneath the wrinkle and push up the skin. Their results are immediate.
Sculptra addresses wrinkles in a different fashion. You’ll see improvement after your injections, as you would with other fillers, but your real improvement will come over time. This is because Sculptra is made from poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), which works in the dermis layer of the skin to replace lost collagen. Sculptra is known as a bio-activator or “volumizer.” Because it slowly rebuilds collagen, Sculptra gives you subtle results that continue to improve over time. This makes for a natural-looking appearance that gradually improves your skin. It’s not the instant change that you see with other fillers. With Sculptra, your results will come gradually, so no one notices a sudden change. We recommend three injection sessions over a few months for the best results. These results can then last for over two years!
How does Sculptra work?
Sculptra is injected differently. Other fillers are injected at a relatively shallow level, just below the wrinkle that needs to be filled. Dr. Carter injects Sculptra more deeply, into the deep dermal layer of the skin. In the deep dermis, microparticles of PLLA work to rebuild lost collagen and provide structural skin support. As the PLLA is absorbed, a collagen framework is created. This reinforced collagen structure provides a foundation that gradually restores the look of fullness to shallow to deep wrinkles and folds.
Where does Sculptra work best?
Sculptra is effective for:
The lines framing your mouth (marionette lines)
Hollow areas of the temples, cheeks, chin, and under the eyes
Deep folds between the nose and mouth (nasolabial folds), also called smile lines
Interested in the long-term effects of Sculptra? Call us at Deschutes, 541-330-0900, to make an appointment.
Since you may be considering coming to see the team at Deschutes for a Botox session before your holiday party, it may interest you to know some other uses for this world-famous brand.
This all-star of the aesthetic world was first approved for the treatment of wrinkles in 2002, but it was used for the treatment of other medical conditions decades before that. Here are some additional facts about Botox:
The origins or Botox
Clostridium botulinum is the organism from which Botox is derived. It can be found in its inactive form all through the natural environment, including in cultivated soil and forest soil, and in the sediment of lakes, streams, coastal and untreated waters.
Botox has been used medicinally for decades. It all started after WW2. Scientists found that the botulinum toxin type A, when injected in very small amounts, could make muscles temporarily stop contracting it was tried in various capacities. It is now used for the following therapeutic applications:
Blepharospasm (involuntary eyelid spasms)
Idiopathic rotational cervical dystonia (severe neck and shoulder muscle spasms)
Chronic migraine headaches
Severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)