Hair Growth Cycles

There are three stages of hair growth:

Stage 1 – Anagen : This stage is the beginning phase of hair growth. This is when the hair is visible above the skin and is still attached to the papilla. The papilla is a knoblike vascular indentation of the bottom of the hair follicle on which the hair bulb fits. (Definition courtesy of This hair growth Anagen phase is ideal for laser hair removal because since it is still attached to the papilla the laser can attack the papilla and prevent any new growth. This stage usually lasts for about 2-3 weeks and occurs for both facial and body hair.

Stage 2 – Catagen : This stage is not exactly ideal for permanent hair removal because during this stage that the hair begins to shed, this shedding is not the same as after the treatment. This can last about 2 days, so not very long. You can still get the treatment as the follicle will produce another hair.

Stage 3 – Telogen : This is the final stage of hair growth and laser hair removal treatment cannot be done. This is because the hair is neither growing nor developing and it is no longer attached to the papilla. This stage is fairly unpredictable and can last for any amount of time ranging from a few days to a few years.

How The Cycles Effect Your Laser Hair Removal Treatment

It can take 6-12 weeks for hair to grow from the papilla to show above the skin. This growing stage is the perfect time to receive laser hair removal treatments, and it may take a few treatments over a period of usually about 6-8 weeks apart to get the desired results. Missing a treatment could allow your hair to enter the next stage and shedding will begin, if you get treatment during the catagen stage, it will likely not be as effective. Treatments are scheduled around the Anagen stage of hair growth to achieve permanent hair removal result.

Also the number of treatment sessions will vary greatly on your genetic factors for hair growth, your skin tone and hair color.

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Well let’s start with the basics as applies to facial skin care, but before we get there let’s talk about what is going on inside our bodies.

If we don’t address the problem at the source, all the rest will not be effective.  This is why we are great believers in Lorna Vanderhaeghe and her products.  You see, our skin is a reflection of what on going on inside.  If we are healthy, our skin will naturally glow.

Next, but not least, we must take care of our skin: keeping it clean, toned and moisturized as well as applying sunscreen daily even in the winter.  Dermalogica is the only line we use because it has proven to show results, and is all botanical.  Come in and try it today.  Begin with a free Face Mapping where we will tell you the exact products for your facial skin type.  Everyone is different and everyone requires customized care.  Don’t forget: you’re worth it and so is your skin.

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Wrinkles, altered pigmentation (age spots), loss of tone all associated with skin aging. Age -related skin changes are the result of genetically -programmed changes (intrinsic factors) and environmental wear and tear on skin (extrinsic factors). Ultraviolet has cases majority of structural changes to the skin. These changes are chemical reactions that occur within the skin and include:

Generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), also known as free radicals; from stable molecules Free radicals attack lipids membranes and DNA in the nucleus in an attempt to steal an electron to stabilize themselves. When this happenings they form other stable molecules. The result of this process causes damage to the cell which leads to inflammation, cross linking of collagen and disease.

Wrinkles occur as a result of a reduction in muscle mass and skin thickness, Cross-linking of collagen and elastin and dehydration of Stratum Cornium ( the outer most layer of the skin).

Skin discoloration (age spots) changing in skin color are often associated with aging. Hyper pigmentation or dark spot is the result of cumulative UV exposure that activate melanocyte or melamine cell. This is often associated with hypo pigmentation or reduction in number of melanocytes. There is a decline of 6-8% per decade after age 30 which accounts for the lighter skin color. This is not only leads to the obvious reduction in melanin, but also accounts for a diminished protective capacity against UV exposure. along with the decline in melnocytes, there is a decline in the other dendric cell of the epidermis ( the langerhans cells) which results in a diminished immune response for the skin.

Breakdown of Collagen and Elastin the majority of age-dependent changes ( wrinkles& sagging) that occur in our skin happen result of in the dermis, which can lose from 20-80% of its thickness during the aging process. this is the result of changes in the fibroblasts, the cells responsible for collagen , elastin and glycosaminoglycan (GAG) biosynthesis.

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