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10 Negatives of Laser Treatment That You Should Be Aware Of

10 Negatives of Laser Treatment That You Should Be Aware Of

Over the last decade laser treatment for everything from tattoo removal to skin “resurfacing” has grown in popularity. Laser treatment has been proven to be one of the best treatments available, and for all the ladies out there who have come to regret those butterfly tattoo designs on the lower back that were so popular in the 1990s, modern technology now can help. Laser treatments are fast, effective, and safer than traditional, invasive surgical procedures.

There are, however, some risks involved. Below is a list of 10 side effects associated with laser treatment that you should be aware of before opting to undergo a procedure:

1. Infection

Laser tattoo removal comes with the risk of developing any infection at the removal site.

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2. Scarring

Laser tattoo removal can result in severe and permanent scarring, although they are much better than dermabrasion, salabrasion, or even using TCA (Trichloroacetic acid).

3. Blotchiness

Laser tattoo removal can result in hypopigmentation, which is a condition which leaves the skin at the treatment site a lighter color than the surrounding skin. Also, laser tattoo removal can likewise result in a condition known as hyperpigmentation, which leaves the skin at the treatment site a darker color than the surrounding skin.

4. Discoloration

Cosmetic tattooing, in which eyeliner, lipliner color, or eyebrows are tattooed on the face can leave these areas significantly darker following laser removal, creating the need for further treatments to correct the discolored areas.

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5. Burns

Laser treatment to reduce the appearance of acne scars is also known as “skin resurfacing“. A major risk associated with this type of treatment is the excessive burning of the skin due to the extreme heat of the laser. Only the most qualified specialists should perform this type of procedure.

6. Bacteria

Laser treatment to remove acne scarring or to reduce lines and wrinkles can result in severe bacterial infection.

7. Cold sores

Skin resurfacing via laser treatment can result in changes in the color of skin pigmentation of the face, leading to blotches and discoloration. This type of treatment can also exacerbate existing conditions such as Herpes Simplex 1, the virus that results in cold sores. Laser skin resurfacing can activate this condition, resulting in the appearance of cold sores around the mouth.

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8. Ineffective

Laser treatment therapy for hair loss also called Low-Level Therapy or Cole Laser Therapy is used to promote hair growth, predominantly in adult males. The only risk reported to date that is associated with this type of treatment is that it frequently does not work. It’s better to try those hair growth supplements first before opting this procedure.

9. Weakened skin

Sun-damaged skin can be replaced by using laser treatment therapy to remove the damaged layers of skin and reveal new, healthy skin underneath. This type of therapy can lead to damage of the delicate new skin as it is unprotected and therefore susceptible to infection, scabbing, irritation, and blistering.

10. Expensive

Lastly, laser treatment itself is fairly expensive and mostly they are not covered by insurance. Depending on your tattoo situation, you may have to do the treatment two or more times, not to mention you need to be religious with the after-care.

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If you are giving serious consideration to any procedure involving lasers, do your homework first. Find a specialist who is Board-certified to perform such procedures, ask for references from clients, research online to find out how well-reviewed the specialist is. Be prepared to do exactly as you are instructed during your recovery period so as not to put yourself at risk for the possible negative side effects of your procedure. When done correctly by an experienced professional, any of these laser treatments can have fantastic results. Make sure you choose a doctor who uses only state-of-the-art methods and equipment. By making all the necessary preparations, you can reap the benefits of this modern technological procedure.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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