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September 27, 2016

// Unwanted Moles

What Is The Best Way To Remove Skin Tags?

What are skin tags? Medically referred to as “acrochordons”, skin tags are fleshy growths on your skin that appear as raised bumps or flaps. They’re not quite moles, as they generally take on the same colour as the rest of your skin. They just appear as if they are little extra bits of skin that are protruding from your body. They are considered totally harmless, however, those who have skin tags generally consider them to be undesirable.

What causes skin tags? Skin tags are often caused by friction of the skin, although it is believed that genetics can play a role. “You can probably blame them on your parents–skin tags are usually genetic,” explains Grace Gold in Women’s Health Magazine, “Obese people have a higher instance of them since there is more flesh likely to rub against itself to provoke more tags. You may have just one or a couple skin tags, or they can sprout up as a small, isolated group of bumps.”

Where do skin tags appear on the body? They can appear at just about any location on your body, especially where there may be instances of friction taking place, such as the neck, underarms or groin area. According to SkinTagsGone.com, skin tags can also be found on the face, chin, eyelids or around the eyes, back, chest, belly button, breasts and even genital areas.

How common are skin tags? They’re actually quite common. “They’re so common that 50%+ of people will get one or more at some point in their lifetime,” explains Gold, “This will result in just one or two, which won’t normally be a problem. The exception is when they are visible and don’t look nice, or if they become irritated and infected. Both can potentially apply.”

Are there ways to safely remove skin tags at home? There is a wide variety of home remedies that are being promoted all over the internet. They range from removal creams to devices that band the skin tags in order to cut off the blood flow to them. This inevitably causes the skin tags to die and fall off. Other solutions include the use of lemon juice, vinegar and garlic. Most of the solutions offer immediate results while others may take a bit longer.

On SimpleHouseHoldTips.com, Rebecca C. Walsh explains that natural remedies like oregano oil contain antibacterial properties that can help remove skin tags within a month. “Create a mixture of four to six drops of coconut oil and two to three drops of oregano oil and apply this directly to your skin tag three times a day,” she advises, “This should dry out the skin tag so that it falls off on its own. Make sure to always use a carrier oil to dilute the oregano oil or else you risk redness and irritation. This oil also must never be used near your eyes.”

What is the most effective way to remove skin tags? At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we highly recommend the VariLite laser. We offer safe and effective treatments using the VariLite laser that provide excellent results without bruising or scarring. It is excellent for removing skin tags as well as moles, small red blood vessels (telangiectasia) and other pigmented spots.

For more information, please don’t hesitate to call the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818 or email info@auroralaser.net.

September 20, 2016

// Hair Removal

What Makes The Fall A Great Hair Removal Season?

It’s official. We have just one more day of summer to go. With the first day of autumn officially taking place this Thursday, many Canadians are experiencing feelings of sadness, knowing that much cooler days are ahead. Then again, there are many Canadians who are probably pretty happy about the fact that they’ll be able to wear long sleeves and long pants in order to cover up from the sun over the coming months.

A couple of weeks ago, we posted a blog commenting upon the fact that the fall makes for the perfect tattoo removal season. One of the main reasons for that is because the cooler weather encourages the majority of us to keep our skin covered up a lot more than we would in the summertime. When undergoing laser treatments, it’s best to keep our treated skin away from direct sunlight.

Well, the same can be said for those who wish to remove unwanted hair from their bodies. Especially for those who have had to go through the rigours of constant shaving all summer long, wouldn’t it come as great news to you if you knew that you wouldn’t have to go through all of that constant shaving next summer? In fact, if you were to begin laser hair removal treatments this fall, you’d be as smooth as ever in time for the start of next summer!

How long does it take for laser hair removal to be completely effective? Generally, it takes approximately six to eight treatments for full and complete hair removal. However, it can vary from patient to patient. Depending on the how much hair needs to be removed and the areas it needs to be removed from, additional treatment sessions may be necessary. With the cooler weather quickly approaching, sessions will be a lot easier to manage.

And this is because no one needs to be privy to your “middle stages”. When clients are given the opportunity to cover up with clothing instead of having to shave so regularly – as they would during the summer – it makes for much easier processes of going from hairy to hairless! With each session, hair growth becomes further reduced by about 15 to 20 percent. You’ll also be reducing your spending on hair removal in the long run.

How will laser hair removal save you money? Well, let’s consider all of the shaving, waxing and tweezing that you WON’T have to do next summer! No longer will it be necessary for you to buy razors, shaving cream, wax strips or tweezers. As well, you can cancel those painful appointments with your aesthetician, whose job it would be to rip hot wax strips off of your body in order to give you that smooth bikini-ready look. Ouch!

What laser is best suited for hair removal treatments? At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we use the LightSheer™ Hair Laser which offers a revolutionary treatment for the management of unwanted hair. What’s unique about this laser is that is uses a patented “chill tip” which protects the skin and makes each treatment virtually painless. We ensure that each treatment is performed by a certified and experienced laser technician.

When can you begin your laser hair removal treatments? How does “right away” sound? For more information or to set up a consultation, please don’t hesitate to call the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818 or email info@auroralaser.net.

September 13, 2016

// Skin Care

Do You Still Need Sunscreen In The Fall?

For some reason, as soon as the summer season hits, everyone seems to be aware that sunscreen is necessary. Then again, perhaps, it makes sense after all. Summer is the warmest season of the year, so it stands to reason that people believe that the sun’s UV rays are at their most potent levels. However, when the summer subsides and fall begins (we’re only about a week away now!), it doesn’t mean that the sun is going anywhere.

While the fall does bring about cooler temperatures and more cloud cover, those UV rays are still making their way to our skin. For those who may assume that sunscreen isn’t necessary during the fall, allow us to be perfectly clear – you still need it! “Forget your preconceived notions regarding the decreased probability of sun damage when there is cloud cover or temperatures decline,” writes Tyler Atwood on Bustle.com, “A severe sunburn can occur during any month of the year.”

Can sunburn occur on a cold day? It sure can! While the fall may not be known for the hot and sunny days associated with summer, it can still present weather conditions that can lead to sun damage of our skin. Remember that heat isn’t the deciding factor as to whether or not the sun’s UV rays can have an impact. Instead, the “brightness” factor comes into play during the colder months of the year.

This is especially true when there is a snow fall. The sun’s UV rays bounce off of bright surfaces and into our faces. Needless to say, we need to take measures to protect our faces…hence, the need for sunscreen. We may be layering up with clothing, but our faces are still exposed to the elements – all throughout the winter as well. “The temperature outside may read 30 degrees mid-November, but you can still incur a sunburn thanks to the reflective properties of ice,” reminds Atwood.

Other than using sunscreen on our faces, how else can sun damage be avoided during the fall? To be honest, we should all be using the same approaches to skin protection as we would during any other time of year. The key is not to treat the fall any differently than we would the summer. It’s important to remember that sun damage can occur during any season of the year. And this is especially true during the times of the day when the sun’s UV rays are at their strongest.

Generally speaking, we’re talking about the hours between 10:00am and 4:00pm. Avoid direct sunlight by seeking the shade and/or wearing wide-brimmed hats that help to shade our faces. “Even in the fall or winter when the sun isn’t at its highest point in the sky, you can get a sunburn on exposed skin,” Marissa of MommyKnowsWhatsBest.com reminds us, “The rays of the sun still contain harmful UV rays that can damage skin, causing skin cancer, brown spots, premature aging skin, and wrinkles.”

How can sun damaged skin be treated? Many of us simply can’t avoid the damage that has come with many years of exposing our skin to the sun without sunscreen. At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre we are proud to offer such treatments as Blue-U PhotoDynamic Therapy, Profractional and Intense Pulse Light Photo Rejuvenation (IPL) which are all well known for their abilities to treat sun damage among other skin conditions.

Please click HERE for more information about these fantastic services, or better yet, call the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818. You may also email us at info@auroralaser.net.

September 6, 2016

// Skin Care

What Makes The Fall A Great Tattoo Removal Season?

All across Canada today, students returned to the classroom. It’s a September tradition that marks the end of summer even though the season technically has until the 21st to be officially over. Clearly, both students and parents will be spending less time in the sun in the coming months. Because the summer vacation is now over, there will be a lot less time for sunbathing and other outdoor activities.

And, as far as your skin is concerned, that’s a good thing! While most Canadians relish the idea of getting golden brown tans during the warmest and sunniest months of the year, the damage that tanning does to our skin can and should be avoided. With that said, the back-to-school season marks another important time of the year for our skin – specifically skin that is home to tattoos.

It’s no secret that tattoos are popular. But it’s also no secret that many people end up regretting many of the tattoos they got at younger ages. The end of summer is often a time of reflection for such individuals as many of them spent the majority of the summer months exposing those tattoos to the world. And now they’re beginning to have second thoughts about them. For these people, it’s a good thing that cooler weather is ahead.

What about cooler weather is good for those who wish to remove their tattoos? Well, firstly it means that their tattoos will be covered up more often. But it also means that should they choose to undergo laser tattoo removal treatments, their skin will be better protected. It is highly recommended that those who are receiving laser tattoo removal treatments keep their treated skin areas away for direct sunlight.

This allows for the treated areas to heal both quicker and easier. The team, here at the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, believes that, if you’re considering laser tattoo removal, this is the perfect time of year to give it a go. Not only will your tattoos be better protected from the sun, but you won’t have to worry about exposing those dreaded “middle stages” to the general public. By the time next summer rolls around, you’ll be a whole new person!

What laser works best for laser tattoo removal? At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we find that the RevLite Laser is the most successful in effectively removing both black and multi-coloured tattoos. That’s because it features four wavelengths that target a wide range of colours including blue, black, red, orange, purple and the often-hard-to-treat green and sky blue. Most lasers have only two wavelengths that specialize in targeting dark blue, black and red inks.

How does the RevLite laser work? The laser emits light energy that gently vibrates and shatters tattoo ink into easy-to-remove micro-particles. The short pulses of light have been compared to snaps of small rubber bands followed by warm sensations. They are not often referred to as painful. After the first treatment, patients usually experience a temporary whitening of the treated skin areas.

As time passes, the broken up tattoo particles end up fading through the lymphatic system, returning the skin back to its natural colour. Generally, laser tattoo removal requires between five and 15 treatment sessions to be completed. For more information about our laser tattoo removal treatments, please don’t hesitate to call the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818 or email info@auroralaser.net. It’s the perfect time of year for them!