Getting rid of unwanted hair is usually a time-consuming and tiresome experience. Most traditional methods such as shaving, waxing or tweezing are often unsatisfactory, particularly when they cause skin damage, itching and irritation. All of this is made worse knowing the process has to be repeated sometimes as little as a week or two later. If you are preparing to have a laser treatment soon, then here are a few tips you should follow to make the most out of your treatment.
Shave the area to be treated
Because laser treatment targets hair follicles rather than the hairs themselves, you may need to trim your hair before turning up for your appointment, unlike getting a wax at the salon. This reduces any risk of the laser reacting with the hair on your skin, which could result in some irritation.
Avoid too much exposure to sunlight
Although it’s tempting to top up that tan to show off your new, smoother skin, soaking up those rays before laser hair removal isn’t the best idea. Getting any kind of sunburn before or after your treatment can do more damage to your skin than usual due to its increased sensitivity. If you are planning to go on a holiday soon, ensure you get your laser treatment in time.
Do not wax, dye or pluck your hair
Although shaving is a must, dying, plucking or waxing your hair is a no-go, as it interferes with the effectiveness of laser hair removal. Both plucking and waxing remove the hair follicle temporarily, meaning the laser can’t target it.
If you are planning to have laser treatment in RI, always ensure you select the most trusted experts. When you visit us at SeaMist MedSpa in South Kingstown, you can be sure you are getting first-class treatments performed by true professionals. Contact us today to book a consultation and get started.
You may have certain qualms about receiving your first laser hair removal treatment. Whether it be urban legends or hearsay from your friends and coworkers, there has been a lot of misinformation spread about the procedure. Let us ease your fears by presenting some refreshing facts about our laser hair removal services.
Let’s start off with a biggie. There have been rumors swirling around stating that laser hair removal is unsafe and actually causes conditions and diseases. This is completely false. Scientists and medical professionals have confirmed that the lasers used in the process do not cause damage to a person’s DNA. The light energy used in the treatment is specifically designed to only eliminate hair follicles. This means the energy solely targets the follicles and does not affect the skin or the layers underneath. You may still be worried about receiving treatments in more intimate areas. Have no fear. Science has proven that laser hair removal does not affect any internal organs (including the reproductive organs).
Other than health concerns, you may be on the fence for other reasons. One big reason could be the belief that laser hair removal is permanent. You may fear missing your natural body hair in the future and having regrets later on in life. Don’t fret because our treatment does not always result in the permanent loss of hair in specific areas. It only reduces future hair growth in those regions.
Speed and Convenience
You lead a busy life. Luckily, our service can be done quickly. It all depends on the size of the areas you want to treat. Smaller areas take less time. This speed and efficiency is the reason why laser hair removal is perfect for modern life.
At SeaMist MedSpa in South Kingstown, we understand and respect our customers’ concerns. Your safety is always number one. That’s why we provide the safest treatments and procedures, performed by our highly-trained professionals. We are known for our laser hair removal treatments because of our expert knowledge and commitment to our craft. If you are still unsure or if you’re ready to get started, contact us today and schedule a consultation!
Juvederm fillers are made from hyaluronic acid. The acid is produced in our bodies, so Juvederm integrates extremely well with our body tissues and is entirely compatible. Another significant advantage of Juvederm is that the procedure requires absolutely no surgery.
Juvederm is absolutely fabulous for what it is used for. This is what makes it a popular option in many medical spas and other cosmetic treatment facilities. So, what can you expect when you need to receive Juvederm fillers?
Before the Injections
Juvederm is well-received in the human body. But you should avoid the following before your procedure:
• You need to stop taking any blood thinning medications
• Avoid anti-inflammatory medications
• Also, stop taking aspirin
You should also do the following before you receive your treatment:
• Be open and honest during the consultation
• Inform our team before your treatment commences if you have had cold sores around the treatment area
• Make sure that you have realistic expectations regarding the treatment and the results
During and After the Treatment
Juvederm is a smooth, thin gel that is delivered to the treatment area via skillful injection. Within 24 hours of the procedure, the patient should avoid touching the treatment area. The skin in these areas should not be treated strenuously or massaged at all during this period. Although you’ll probably see some immediate changes, the best time to assess the results is one week after the injection treatment with Juvederm fillers.
Here at SeaMist MedSpa, we are passionate about giving you the best of the best. Schedule your consultation with us in South Kingstown and learn how Juvederm fillers can be used to help your appearance. Contact our office today to book a consultation and get all the facts about this popular treatment option!
Laser hair removal is very popular these days, but have you ever wondered why? Waxing and shaving are archaic trends that we should stop doing. Instead, there is a much more effective method. Today, we explore just some of the many reasons why you should stop shaving and waxing.
Too Much Time
Even for those of us who can wax or shave quickly, it still takes a lot more time than having the hair removed. Shaving often occurs every couple of days to daily for some folks. Waxing saves you a bit of time, but the procedure still happens every couple of weeks and takes about the same time as laser treatment.
A lot of people assume that laser hair removal is more expensive, but there are things that they aren’t considering. Shaving requires purchases of razors (and good ones), shaving creams, and lotions. They may sound inexpensive, but if you are having to purchase these items weekly or monthly, that adds up fast. Waxing at a spa will rack up the expense faster than shaving. If you do it from home, which can save you money from the spa, you are still going to have to keep supplies on hand, and that adds up just as easily as shaving does.
Shaving and waxing both contribute to an increased chance of ingrown hairs. They are uncomfortable and unattractive. It will also add to the overall expense by creating a need for exfoliating products that can be more expensive than shaving creams and lotions. By switching to laser treatment, you can avoid ingrown hairs altogether and benefit from smoother, blemish-free skin.
Now that you understand how laser hair removal can be done better and more efficiently than shaving and waxing, don’t you think it is time to talk to a professional? Make an appointment at SeaMist MedSpa in South Kingstown. Contact us today to book a consultation!
Youth and beauty are oftentimes synonymous. However, with time, it’s not uncommon for our bodies, especially our skin, to betray us. Common signs that distort facial beauty include the formation of wrinkles, deepening of eye sockets, loss of cheek volume, among other things. However, did you know that regardless of your age, you can still achieve a more radiant and youthful appearance? You may think we are meaning a surgical uplift. No, we’re talking about non-surgical methods such as Juvéderm® fillers.
When weighing your face uplifting options, let us look at the top 6 reasons why you may want to consider Juvéderm® fillers.
1. Nearly Immediate Results
The product’s main component is hyaluronic acid (HA), a natural compound that occurs within our skin, but degenerates as we grow older. The filler works in a similar way to HA; it attracts and holds water molecules to the area getting treated, which adds immediate volume, thereby providing near instant results. With this treatment, your wrinkles are sure to fade or diminish within hours or days, depending on the situation.
2. Easy to Mold
Unlike other hyaluronic gel products which have a more granular consistency, Juvéderm® offers a smooth gel consistency. It is not only easy to mold, but it’s also designed to provide smooth and natural-looking results.
3. A Convenient Procedure
Juvéderm® fillers are often referred to as lunchtime procedures because they are relatively easy and quick to perform. In most cases, the client can resume normal activities right after the procedure.
4. Long-lasting Results
Though Juvéderm® fillers are a temporary solution to wrinkles and blemishes, this type of procedure offers solutions that may last anywhere from 6-18 months, which is far better than other injectables.
5. Little to No Downtime and Discomfort
With Juvéderm®, you can forget about invasive surgery and extensive recovery times!
These fillers are safe, and this is compounded on various fronts. First, it uses naturally-derived molecules, meaning it has little to no side effects. Secondly, it’s a non-surgical procedure.
Are you ready to smooth away the negative signs of aging on your skin and restore a lively and youthful-looking face? Speak with us at SeaMist MedSpa in South Kingstown. Contact us today and schedule an appointment to learn more.
Today, attention has shifted from why to look younger and attractive to how to get it done. One can lead a healthy lifestyle, eating plenty of fruit, drinking enough water and exercising regularly. For some, cosmetic procedures are needed. This is where laser hair removal in RI can be helpful.
Why laser treatment?
Most cosmetic treatments these days are done with lasers rather than chemicals, surgeries or creams. Whether you want to get rid of sun damage or underarm hair, lasers remain a wave of the future. Laser hair removal in RI offers great treatment options and it takes less time to recover. Currently, lasers are a standard way of treating many different conditions. Although most cosmetic treatments have risks, lasers are safe and non-invasive.
Previously, if you wanted to remove your hair permanently, you had to endure lengthy procedures of frequent electrolysis. Lasers remove hair in a series of short sessions, and the light beams are directed at one part of the skin to penetrate the hair follicle and destroy it. Although the treatment is expected to be permanent, some hair might begin growing again. It all depends on the situation.
Cosmetic laser treatments are very popular in the United States, and for good reason. The treatments are convenient and generally require no downtime for the patient.
How lasers work
Lasers have one or multiple beams of light directed at one spot of the skin to vaporize, cut or seal hair, skin tissue or blood vessels. The significant benefit is that the process is non-invasive. Patients are not harmed in any way in the process. Other alternatives for hair removal may lead to scarring and longer recovery periods.
It’s prudent to note that laser treatment results vary from one patient to another. A few patients may also experience side effects such as short-term redness. The safest way to mitigate such risks is choosing a well-trained professional for laser hair removal in RI who understands how to analyze every patient’s skin type and works in a cutting-edge, certified facility.
Are you looking for laser hair removal services in Rhode Island? Visit SeaMist MedSpa, the leading med spa in South Kingstown, RI with an unparalleled track record. Contact us today to book a consultation.
As summer approaches, chances are you’ll be spending more time in the sun and showing more skin. Whether you’re spending the summer at the beach or not, it’s important to make sure your skin is ready so you can look great all summer long and keep your skin healthy. Here are five ways you can protect your skin all summer long so you can enjoy the beautiful weather without worrying about the damage it is doing to you.
1. Wear sunscreen
It seems like a common sense tip, but many people still forget to put sunscreen on when they’re going to be in the sun. Even if you’re only going in the sun for a short time, sunscreen should be a part of your routine in getting ready. Many daily skin care and beauty products, from lotions to makeup, have sunscreen in their formulas to help protect your skin.
2. Simplify your skin care routine
If you have a busy summer, it can be hard to stick with a complex skin care routine. But just because you’re going to be busy doesn’t mean you should neglect your skin! Simplify your skin care routine to the essentials so you can take care of your skin no matter how busy you are this summer. If you’re tired of regularly waxing or shaving, now’s the time to consider laser hair removal in RI. This won’t just simplify your skin care routine, but it’ll also eliminate the irritation and other skin conditions that can arise from waxing or shaving, such as ingrown hairs and rashes.
3. Drink plenty of water
It can be easy to get dehydrated during the summer. If you’re not drinking enough water, your skin will show it! Drinking enough water will not only help keep you cool but will help make sure your skin is in good shape all summer long as well.
4. Keep an eye on the clock
The sun is at its most damaging from about 10:00 a.m. until about 1:00 p.m. This is the time when the sun is at its highest, meaning UV rays are at their strongest. You may want to avoid being outside during this time of day to protect your skin from the harmful and prematurely aging effects of the sun.
5. Check in with a professional
Before summer is a good time to visit our office so that we can tell you if your skin has already been compromised from spending time in the sun and suggest measures to be taken right away.
Hair removal has often been a cosmetic procedure that was mainly characteristic of women. Although in the last 10 years, hair removal has finally become socially acceptable and it’s recommended that men take care of the hair on their face and body as well. Nowadays, lots of men choose to have smooth, slick skin because it looks good! But, that’s not the only reason for men to consider hair removal. Comfort, lifestyle and hygiene are other factors behind the need to remove hair. If you’re interested in the best methods of hair removal for men, then consider the benefits of laser treatments.
The Downsides of Shaving, Tweezing and Waxing
Shaving is the most popular form of hair removal with men. It’s fast and cheap; however, it’s not a long-lasting solution and if your hair grows at a quick rate, then you may find yourself shaving frequently, which can be frustrating. It’s also common to experience “shaving rashes” afterwards.
Tweezing is often painful (especially depending on the area you are tweezing) and it’s extremely time-consuming, meaning it’s not all that often an often an option for those with a busy schedule.
You probably know that waxing is a hair removal method that’s often associated with women. This option tends to last longer than shaving; however, you can’t “shave” in between waxes, which can be frustrating and embarrassing.
The Benefits of Laser Treatments
Laser hair removal is a procedure that is getting more and more popular every year. It is one of the best treatments for men as well. Not only is it convenient, but it offers long-term results, meaning you don’t need to constantly worry about maintaining hair growth. It also offers no side effects. It’s the perfect solution for those men who want a quick, easy and effective solution for unwanted hair.
by Sheila G. Seyster MSN CNM APRN
Data supports that hormone replacement therapy with pellet implants are the most effective and the most bio-identical method to deliver hormones in both men and women. Implants, placed under the skin, consistently release small, physiologic doses of hormones providing optimal therapy.
What are pellets?
Pellets are made up of either estradiol or testosterone. The hormones are pressed or fused into very small solid cylinders. These pellets are larger than a grain of rice and smaller than a ‘tic tac’. In the United States, the majority of pellets are made by compounding pharmacists and delivered in sterile glass vials. At SeaMist MedSpa, we only purchase our pellets from a 503B compounding pharmacy, which is regulated and subject to inspection by the FDA.
Pellets deliver consistent, healthy levels of hormones for 3 months in women and 4-6 months in men. They avoid the fluctuations, or ups and downs, of hormone levels seen with every other method of delivery. Estrogen delivered by subcutaneous pellets, maintains the normal ratio of estradiol to estrone. This is important for optimal health and disease prevention. Pellets do not increase the risk of blood clots like conventional or synthetic hormone replacement therapy. In studies, when compared to conventional hormone replacement therapy, pellets have been shown to be superior for relief of menopausal and andropausal symptoms (male hormone decline or “male menopause”), maintenance of bone density, restoration of sleep patterns, and improvement in sex drive, libido, sexual response and performance.
Testosterone delivered by a pellet implant, has been used to treat migraine and menstrual headaches. It also helps with vaginal dryness, incontinence, urinary urgency and frequency. In both men and women, testosterone has been shown to increase energy, relieve depression, increase sense of well being, relieve anxiety and improve memory and concentration. Testosterone, delivered by pellet implant, increases lean body mass (muscle strength, bone density) and decreases fat mass. Men and women need adequate levels of testosterone for optimal mental and physical health. Low levels of testosterone are associated with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and cardiovascular disease. Even patients who have failed other types of hormone therapy have a very high success rate with pellets. There is no other method of hormone delivery that is as convenient for the patient as the implants. There is more data in support of pellet therapy than any other method of delivery of hormones worldwide.
How and where are pellets inserted?
The insertion of pellets is a quick, minimally invasive, relatively painless procedure using a local anesthetic. The pellets are usually inserted in the upper buttocks through a small incision, which is then taped and bandaged (no sutures required). The experience of the health care professional matters a great deal, not only in placing the pellets, but also in determining the correct dosage of hormones to be used.
Are there any side effects or complications from the insertion of the pellets?
Complications from the insertion of pellets include; minor bleeding or bruising, discoloration of the skin, infection and the possible extrusion of the pellet. Other than slight bruising or discoloration of the skin, these complications are very rare. In less than 10% of women testosterone may cause a slight increase in facial hair. Testosterone stimulates the bone marrow and increases the production of red blood cells. A low testosterone level in older men is a cause of anemia. Testosterone, delivered by implants or other methods, can cause an elevation in the red blood cells. If the hemoglobin and hematocrit (blood count) get too high, a unit of blood may be donated.
After the insertion of the implants, vigorous physical activity is avoided for 72 hours in women and 5-7 days in men. Early physical activity is a cause of ‘extrusion’, which is a pellet working its way out. Antibiotics may be prescribed if a patient is diabetic or has had a joint replaced. However, this is a sterile procedure and antibiotics are most often not needed.
Why haven’t I heard about pellets?
You may wonder why you haven’t heard of pellets. Pellets have been used in the United States since the late 1930s. The biological structure of bio-identical hormones is an exact match (identical) of the hormones that already exist in your body. A natural substance cannot be patented and sold for a profit by pharmaceutical companies. Big pharma has never liked any natural substances, as their number one goal is to make as much profit as possible.
What if my primary care physician or my gynecologist says that there is ‘no data’ to support the use of pellet implants?
He or she is wrong. There is a big difference between ‘no data’ and the provider not having researched or read the data. Much of what providers know about drugs comes directly from pharmaceutical companies promoting big pharma products. Because pharmaceutical companies don’t manufacture natural hormones, most physicians do not learn about them unless they do their own personal research. Fortunately there is a growing change in how we practice medicine. This new evolution is a culmination of research efforts over years from some of the most distinguished medical and scientific research centers in the country.
Do pellets have the same danger of breast cancer as other forms of hormone replacement therapy?
Pellets do not carry with them the same risk of breast cancer as high doses of oral estrogens. Oral prescriptive estrogens do not maintain the correct estrogen ratio or safe hormone metabolites. Pellets do not increase the risk of breast cancer like the synthetic, chemical progestins used in the Women’s Health Initiative Trial. Data supports that balanced, bio-identical hormones are breast protective. Testosterone, delivered by pellet implantation, has been shown to decrease breast proliferation and lower the risk of breast cancer, even in patients on conventional hormone replacement therapy. Clinical studies show that bio-identical testosterone balances estrogen and is breast protective. There are currently some doctors using testosterone implants to treat patients with advanced breast cancer. References supporting these statements can be found in the data section of www.hormonebalance.org in the ‘Breast Cancer Folder’.
Are there side effects to estrogen delivered by pellet implantation?
When a patient first starts on hormone therapy there may be mild, temporary breast tenderness, which resolves on its own. Hormone receptors may be very sensitive and take time to adjust. There may be a temporary water weight gain, which will also resolve on its own or can be treated short term using a mild diuretic.
How long until a patient feels better after pellets are inserted?
Some patients begin to feel better within 48-72 hours while others may take a week or two to notice a difference. Patients may begin to notice that they have more energy, are sleeping better and have an overall improved sense of well-being. Muscle mass and bone density will increase while visceral fat decreases. Patients will benefit from increased strength, coordination and improved physical performance. They may notice an improvement in their skin tone and hair texture. Concentration and memory may improve as well as overall physical and sexual health. There is long-term safety data of hormones delivered by pellet implants.
Diet and Lifestyle
Diet and lifestyle, along with hormone balance are critical for optimal health. At SeaMist MedSpa, we focus on treating the whole person.
How long do pellets last?
The pellets usually last approximately 3 months in women and 4-6 months in men. The pellets do not need to be removed. They completely dissolve on their own.
Do patients need progesterone when they use the pellets?
Yes, progesterone is prescribed for women even if she has had a hysterectomy. Progesterone is prescribed as an oral capsule. There are progesterone (not progestin) receptors in the bone, brain, heart, bladder, breast and uterus where progesterone has been shown to have beneficial effects. Natural progesterone protects against breast cancer, promotes feelings of well being, enhances the beneficial actions of estrogen, relieves menopausal symptoms, and stimulates new bone formation as well as protects against osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease. The most important use of progesterone is to prevent proliferation (stimulation) of the uterine lining caused by using estrogen alone.
How are hormones monitored during therapy?
Hormone levels will be tested and evaluated before therapy is started. This will include an in depth lab panel most often covered by your health insurance. Levels will be reevaluated 6 weeks after your first pellet insertion and on a routine basis thereafter. Women must agree to routine mammograms and a pap smear as advised by their gynecologist or primary care physician.
Will Insurance cover this procedure?
Your labs may or may not be covered depending on your individual insurance carrier. We are a concierge practice at SeaMist MedSpa. You may try using your Flexible Spending Account (FSA), which allows payment for certain medical expenses. However, if not accepted you will be responsible for payment in full at time of service.
At SeaMist MedSpa our belief is a well informed, educated patient realizes prevention is much more cost effective than disease. In conclusion, estrogen and testosterone therapy by implantation of pellets is a superior, safe and effective method of hormone therapy. Administration of hormones by pellet is convenient and economical. This method has consistently proven to be more effective than oral, intramuscular, and topical hormone therapy with regard to bone density, sexual function, mood and cognitive function, urinary and vaginal complaints, breast health, lipid profiles, hormone ratios and metabolites.
Call Sheila and arrange for your personal consultation today at: 401-773-2740