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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 September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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