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Learn More About Laser Hair Treatment from Lakewood AestheticsLaser Hair Therapy Explained
Losing your hair can be a bit scary, but there are effective therapies to promote regrowth and restoration. One of the best approaches to restoring hair is laser therapy, which can produce results in 60 days. You can see less thinning, more and faster growth, greater texture and better color. Since hair moves through distinct cycles, it is believed laser therapy stimulates the anagen phase, which is when hair grows. While there is increased hair thinning in the initial stage of laser therapy, this is a sign the treatment is working, and you will soon see thicker, healthier hair.

Typical Response to Laser Therapy
The treatment typically produces the following results, which may vary depending on the individual.

From the beginning of treatment through week six, you may experience an improved scalp condition with less itching and reduced hair loss. Hair is shinier and easier to manage.

At week eight, about 45 percent of those undergoing treatment will begin to experience hair regrowth. If you fall into this group, your present hair will feel thicker, and you will see new, fine hairs growing on the scalp.

Between weeks eight and 12, another 45 percent of patients will see the full benefits of laser therapy. At this point, your hair loss has stopped, regrowth is progressing well, and the entire head of hair looks fuller and healthier.

While the majority of people who receive laser treatment will see all the benefits by 12 weeks, it is not unusual for others to need a longer time period to see results. It should be noted that seeing hair growth on the very top of the head is difficult, and you may need a stylist or another person to help you assess progress. In addition, you may not get the result that you expected, but if your scalp feels better and your hair quality improves, then laser therapy has had a positive effect for you.

If you are interested in laser therapy, please us for a consultation and to explore your options for thinning hair.

How to Lose Unsightly Bulges How to Lose Unsightly Bulges - Using Smart LipoMany women have areas on their body where it is nearly impossible to lose weight with dieting and exercising, but fortunately, there is a new liposuction procedure available. Body sculpting is an easy process at Lakewood Aesthetics in Dallas under the guidance of Dr. Todd McCarty. Liposuction is perfect for removing smooth or dimpled fatty tissue from these areas of the body:

• Jawline
• Thighs
• Abdomen
• Neck
• Arms

SmartLipo is a minimally invasive procedure that does not require huge incisions or a long recovery time. Patients can choose to have several body areas treated in one session or undergo multiple treatments at their convenience.

What is SmartLipo?
SmartLipo is a high-definition form of liposuction that uses a thin and hollow cannula to gently suction or drain melted fat from targeted body or facial areas. A specialized laser is used by Dr. McCarty to dissolve fatty tissue underneath the skin to make it easier to suction with a thinner device. Because a thin cannula is used, patients require tiny incisions that heal quickly without needing numerous stitches. The most important part of undergoing SmartLipo is having a surgeon who knows how to move the cannula under the skin to remove liquidated fat to create a firmer surface.

How Does SmartLipo Work?
While SmartLipo requires melting fat with a laser passed over the skin, a patient does not experience any discomfort because it is a device that emits light at certain ranges. The probe inserted into underlying tissue uses ultrasonic pulses to break apart the cellular membrane of fat cells to release liquid that is drained with a cannula. After the liquidized fat is removed, Dr. McCarty focuses on making sure the laser closes tiny blood vessels to prevent bleeding. A SmartLipo procedure requires less than two hours but helps to make patients look more youthful and sculpted.

SmartLipo is Suitable for the Face
Also known as laser lipolysis, SmartLipo is not designed for weight loss but can smooth bulges on certain areas of the face, neck or body. Because the incisions are incredibly tiny, patients experience less discomfort, bleeding and bruising. After the localized fat deposits are removed, patients can rest at home for one to two days before returning to normal activities. This form of liposuction is appropriate for many areas of the body, but is especially popular for the face because it requires tiny incisions.

Treat Excessive Underarm SweatExcessive Underarm Sweat

Treating Excessive Underarm Sweat
We rely on social interactions in both our personal and professional lives. While this is simply part of being human, for those with excessive underarm sweat, interaction can become embarrassing. If you find yourself avoiding reaching for the top shelf or stearing clear of close contact with coworkers, friends and family, don't feel alone. Millions suffer from this all too common condition.

What Causes The Condition?
It can be difficult to pinpoint exactly why you sweat more than normal as there are many underlying causes. If you suffer from an anxiety disorder, it is not uncommon for excessive underarm sweating to occur. Other possible reasons include:

  • Use of certain medications
  • Menopause
  • Pregnancy
  • Thyroid problems
  • Infectious diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Excessive use of alcohol
  • Stroke
  • Heart failure
  • Certain cancers

Symptoms of Excessive Sweating
Just what determines excessive sweating? After all, it's the body's natural cooling system. To get a better understanding if you sweat more than normal, consider the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty keeping clothes dry
  • Deodorant does not last throughout the day
  • Sweating for no reason

If you think you are impacted by excessive underarm sweat, there is hope. Two procedures are available that can bring you the relief you deserve.

Botox Injections
Although it's not known if it's effective for other areas of concern, Botox injections have proven highly effective in treating excessive underarm sweating. The procedure is minimally invasive as a dose of onabotulinumtoxinA is injected into the skin of the underarms. Average results last around six months, however some patients have reported relief for up to two years following injection. Overall, the procedure has been deemed a safe and effective therapeutic option for those struggling with the embarrassing effects of excessive underarm sweating.

Laser Treatment
For more severe cases of excessive underarm sweating, laser treatment can provide a more effective and often permanent solution. Many patients find the relief they are looking for after a single treatment; however, depending on the severity of the problem, they could require future treatments. The nature of the visits are non-invasive, allowing patients to return to life as usual immediately following treatment. Best of all, laser treatment only takes about 30 minutes, allowing you to quickly get back to your daily duties.

Lakewood Aesthetics offers both of these solutions for excess sweating anywhere on your body. Call us today to find out more. 469-547-6181

Laser Tattoo Removal Laser Tattoo Removal - What You Can ExpectThough tattoos are immensely popular, about 50% of all people who get a tattoo later rethink their decision. If you have an unwanted tattoo, modern laser tattoo removal methods can easily erase it with almost no side effects. Short, high-intensity pulses from a Q-switched laser pass harmlessly through the top layers of your skin in order to break up the tattoo ink. Your natural immune system then removes these tiny particles of pigment, and the tattoo quickly fades. Depending on the size and color of your tattoo, you may need multiple sessions in order to fully remove the tattoo. Most sessions take between five and 40 minutes to complete.

Since the lasers used in the treatment target specific colors, the effectiveness of a single tattoo treatment will depend on the colors of your tattoo and the color of your skin. Dark inks absorb laser energy better, so black and red tattoo inks are the most easily removed, while yellow and aqua pigments can be somewhat difficult. If you have a tattoo with multiple difficult colors, it may not disappear completely, and you will need more sessions in order to remove the ink.

Laser tattoo removal can be mildly painful; many people describe it as feeling like a rubber band is being snapped against your skin or hot specks of grease are splattering on you. Painkiller injections and topical anesthetic creams can be applied to the tattooed area in order to prevent pain, but many patients say the discomfort is so mild that painkillers are not necessary. As soon as the treatment ends, you can use an ice pack in order to soothe the affected area.

Right after the treatment, the tattooed area may look red or puffy, and your skin may blister and peel in the next week or two. It is important to apply antibiotic ointments and wear a bandage until the area is healed in order to prevent any infection. The chance of scarring is minimal, but applying Vitamin E or scar prevention creams will decrease your risk. It will take at least three weeks for your body to reabsorb the tattoo pigments that were broken up by the laser, and it is best to wait at least eight weeks between treatments. After your last treatment, the final results may not be apparent for up to 12 weeks.

About Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are large, gnarled veins that rise above the surface of skin and sometimes cause discomfort. These enlarged veins occur when the valves that regulate the flow of blood to the extremities become weakened, and the blood stretches the vein walls as it backs up. They usually occur in the legs and feet. Varicose veins are generally harmless, but can be unsightly and painful. 
 
Treating Those Problematic Varicose Veins
Causes of Varicose Veins
A number of factors can contribute to the development of varicose veins:
 
  • Age – Veins can become weakened as the years pass.
  • Pregnancy – The increased blood volume and additional weight can cause additional stress on the veins.
  • Genetics – If you have a family history of vein problems, you are more likely to have varicose veins.
  • Obesity – Individuals who carry excess weight put additional strain on the veins in their legs and feet.
  • Standing or sitting for long periods – People who must stand or sit for long periods for their work often develop varicose veins.
  • Hormones – Women are more likely to develop varicose veins, often because of hormonal changes and pregnancy. 
 
Tips to Prevent Varicose Veins
Although there is no sure-fire way to prevent varicose veins, you can take a number of steps to maintain vein health in your daily life:
  • Maintain a healthy weight – Keeping your weight at recommended levels helps your general health, as well as your vein health.
  • Eat a high-fiber, low-salt diet – This type of diet will avoid constipation and fluid retention to keep your veins healthy.
  • Exercise regularly – Exercise improves healthy blood circulation to help avoid vein problems. 
  • Elevate legs whenever possible – Keep a box under your desk or use an ottoman at home to improve blood flow in your legs. 
  • Avoid high heels and tight stockings – These clothing items can inhibit healthy blood flow and promote vein problems.
  • Change standing and sitting positions frequently – Changing position will facilitate blood flow into alternate veins to help keep veins healthy. 
 
We offer a number of treatments to help the appearance and discomfort of varicose veins. If you are troubled with unsightly or painful varicose veins, contact Lakewood Aesthetics to discuss a customized treatment plan and improve your appearance.

Dr. Todd McCarty MD

 Dr. McCarty

Todd McCarty, M.D. is a leading board certified, fellowship trained weight loss surgeon with an aesthetic background located in Dallas, Texas. For Dr. McCarty, the overall treatment goal is medical and surgical weight loss as well as aesthetics to improve the face and body, as well as achieve something deeper and more far-reaching that elusive quality of self-esteem and positive self-image. As Dr. McCarty explained, “We use extensive clinical experience and innovation to deliver the latest advances in weight loss and aesthetics and have a wide range of treatments available in both of our locations.” McCarty Weight Loss Center and Wellness and Lakewood Aesthetics are two dedicated facilities to bring out the best possible enhancement in appearance and rejuvenation.

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