Skin Care Machines

How Laser Machines Created a Revolution in Skin Care

Not so long ago, hair removal meant taking out the epilators, wax jar or a razor and all these had to be repeatedly used periodically to maintain a clean and fresh look. Similarly, treating skin ailments entailed going under the surgeon’s knife with treatments being very expensive and with extended downtime. Even tattoos once done were considered to be an indelible spot on the body which again could be removed by very painful invasive surgeries, skin grafting or procedures by infra-red lasers.

All these have undergone a sea change today, made possible by latest developments and innovations in the field of laser technology. Lasers have truly revolutionised skin care and hair removal, making treatments quick, effective and affordable. This has brought about a boom in beauty care treatments the world over and has lead to a mushrooming of beauty salons and spas with the most modern and state of the art equipment in their premises.

Here is a rundown on how laser IPL machines have revolutionised skin care.

  • Know expect IPL treatment for hair removal – Laser and IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) have made possible permanent hair removal process that has done away with the need for shaving or tweezing or waxing at frequent intervals. This is how the process works.

Beams of concentrated light are focussed on the area under treatment. These enter the epidermis and are absorbed by melanin at the root of hair. Melanin is the pigment that determines hair colour. Light energy burns out the hair follicle permanently, leading to hair removal. However, the effect is only on growing hair and hence a number of sessions are required to complete the process.

The degree of success and the speed of treatments also depend a great deal on the quality of the machines used. For instance, equipment imported and distributed in Australia by Universal IPL is considered to be one of the best in this field. The company sources its machines from top manufacturers around the world and hence their devices have set high benchmarks of excellence in performance and safety.

  • Skin care treatments – With laser machines, a young and rejuvenated look is always possible, regardless of the age. Birthmarks, acne spots, coffee spots can be easily removed with laser based machines. Elimination of fine lines, crow’s feet, freckles and wrinkles which not too long ago required cosmetic surgeries can today be removed within a few sessions of treatment. Even pigmented and vascular lesions can be successfully treated with laser and IPL machines by trained and qualified dermatologists.

Microdermabrasion is a skin rejuvenation process done with laser machines. Beams of light are focussed on the area under treatment and these gently “sandpaper” the top layer of the skin thereby removing dead cells and tissue. This increases collagen production which in turn leads to growth of new cells and a young and fresh look.

  • Tattoo removal – Forget surgery and skin grafting – laser machines have turned the process of tattoo removal ion its head. Concentrated laser pulsing at nanoseconds is focussed on the tattoo. It enters the top layer of the skin and is absorbed by the tattoo ink which breaks up into minute particles. These are then disposed off by the body’s metabolism process. It takes between 3 to 10 sessions for the tattoo to be totally eliminated regardless of its size, colour or density of ink.

Top end and advanced tattoo removal machines can treat a wide variety of skin ailments too and are therefore extremely versatile and a great help for salon and spa owners.

Laser machines have taken the beauty care industry to the next level through their operational efficiencies and high performance.


What Podiatrists Can Learn From Dentists

The very title can bemuse a lot of people. What can possibly be common amongst podiatrists and dentists? While a podiatrist is a “foot and ankle surgeon” devoted exclusively to the treatment of the ankle, foot and the lower extremity of the human body, a dentist is solely concerned with the happenings at the other end – the mouth and the teeth.

Podiatrists have to go through a full medical education in a podiatric medical school followed by hospital based surgical residency. Dentists too have such qualification procedures with oral and maxillofacial surgeons requiring a hospital based surgical residency. However, as backup support to dentists, there are those that complete a dental technician course and are experts in constructing and repairing dentures, crowns, bridges and partial dentures along with maxillofacial surgical devices and orthodontic appliances.

What then are the aspects that podiatrists can pick up from dentists? Before going into it in details, it has to be made clear initially that nobody is talking about skill sets and depth of learning in the two branches of the medical profession. What are being highlighted here are other factors that have a bearing on the two.

Podiatrists often have a feeling that the dental school model has advantages that are not available with them. For one, dental schools and those imparting higher education are standalone entities and focus on dentistry throughout the course quite unlike podiatry. In the latter case, schooling primarily starts off with general learning on medicine going onto the specialized branch of podiatrists. Hence, the duration of exclusive learning in dentistry is higher.

Further, so far as allopathic medicine is concerned, there is a lesser use of it in dentistry than podiatrists. Hence, here too dentists work exclusively in their field without getting into turf battles with any other specialization. Not true though for podiatrists who have to contend with various medical branches. It becomes more of an economic issue as other related medical practitioners can infringe into the field generally demarcated for podiatrists. This is not relevant for dentists who are rather exclusive in their field of treatment. However, turf battles as said before cannot be totally discounted for dentists. They do have occasional skirmishes with ENT specialists and plastic surgeons but not as bitter as what podiatrists have with other specialists.

The next factor that podiatrists can gain from if they follow the dental model is related to surgery. Undoubtedly, the one thing that sets dental students apart from others in the medical profession is their manual deftness cultivated through constant hands-on learning. This is regardless of what aspect of dentistry they might choose to focus on. Every aspiring dentist has to go through surgical courses and this endows them with a high degree of professional expertise and confidence. This is what podiatric courses should enforce too. By ensuring that a certain number of surgeons in podiatry compulsory do more surgery helped by referrals from non-surgeons will greatly help improve the quality of podiatric surgeons.

Dentistry and its many branches have a large number of supportive courses that imparts cutting edge knowledge to aspiring dentists and dental technicians. The example of courses offered by Australian Centre for Further Education and its dental course is one such example. Podiatrists will do well to follow this model too.


4 Ways to Protect Your Joints

Joint pain can be a major issue when working out or playing sports and while complaining about a bad back or stiff hip might typically be considered a sign of old age, it is a frequent problem with the younger generation as well. Regardless, of age, it is time to start taking care of your joints so that you can enjoy life to the fullest.

Here are some steps you can take to protect your joints now and reduce the chances of needing to replace them later in life.

  • Muscle Strengthening Exercises

Muscles are shock absorbers and help to stabilise and protect joints. Muscle strengthening exercises such as walking, running, lifting and throwing can be incredibly good for joint health. It is important to strengthen your muscle with weight bearing exercise as you age. Knee-joints are more prone to wear and tear so strengthening exercises can help protect them from premature damage.

  • Get Nutrition in Check

Minimising inflammatory responses and excess body fat are two ways to ensure healthy muscles and joints. Alkaline foods improve energy and help lower inflammation. Foods such as apples, berries, dates, spinach, kale, avocados, fish, whole grains, nuts, legumes and papaya are important to include in your diet to keep your joints healthy. Also, a diet low in saturated fats and processed foods is beneficial.

  • Wear the Right Shoes

Some shoes put you at higher risk of having joint problems. High heels make it ten times more likely for women to experience joint pains. Additionally, heels put extra stress on your knees and may increase your risk of developing osteoarthritis. Also, ensure that your shoes are the right size and that they provide cushioning, stability and comfort while being flexible. You should know your foot strike pattern to find the right shoe.

  • Talk to Your Doctor

If you have concerns about your bone and joint health or experiencing pain, talk to your doctor. The doctor will perform tests to determine if your bone density is adequate or if you have low bone density. Ask about medications that might help to treat or prevent bone loss.

These are some of the ways to protect your joints.