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March 31, 2017

Ask our health experts

Q: I tried laser hair removal but it didn’t work as well as I thought it would. Is there a way to achieve better results?
with Deborah McCarthy

When it comes to laser hair removal, the laser needs to be able to target all skin colours and hair colours without damaging the skin, which could cause lighter or darker patches.

Old lasers and IPL machines could not work on all skin types, and in the past, the hair the client wanted to remove had to be of a darker and courser nature. Therefore, if it was one of these that were used, it would be more likely to cause problems or achieve little or no results.

Thanks to the latest technology, there is now a new type of machine that uses a cold treatment head, which can glide along the skin for faster, deeper and more effective treatments. Combining laser and IPL technology, the SHR/SSR machine fires shots that heat the target area at such a fast rate, that less heat is required to destroy the hair follicle and hair root. From the client’s perspective, the treatment feels much like a hot stone massage, and is therefore quite comfortable, but the main difference is that it can be used effectively to treat all skin colours, as well as red and blonde hair.

Another great development with this new laser hair removal technology is that it also treats the skin as it works, targeting vascular lesions, pigmentation and lack of collagen and elastin. This means concerns such as wrinkles, skin tone, acne scarring and spider veins can be addressed while you achieve sleek, hair-free skin.

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Q: Why would I consider bio-identical hormone therapy?
with Dr Tim Smith

There is sometimes a misconception that bio-identical hormones are natural products. With the exception of desiccated thyroid hormone, this is not exactly true. So what is the difference between conventional hormone therapy and bio-identicals?

Conventional hormone therapy typically means synthetic hormones or animal-based hormones that are a slightly different chemical configuration from our own hormones.

This potentially can have unwanted or adverse consequences and may account for some of the risks that have been associated with hormone administration.

‘Bio-identical’ hormones, while still synthesised in a lab, are biochemically the same structure as the ones in our own bodies.

So why would someone consider bio-identical hormone therapy?

The following is a list of some of the symptoms that may potentially improve with addition of bio-identical hormone therapy:

  • Fatigue
  • Depression/anxiety
  • Hair loss
  • Unwanted weight gain
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle atrophy
  • Mood swings
  • Hot flushes
  • Night sweats
  • Low libido
  • Vaginal dryness and discomfort
  • Bladder problems

There are a broad range of possibilities for the administration of bio-identical hormones, from different troches (lozenges) and oral capsules to creams applied to various regions of the body. Oestrogen is thought to have a safer risk profile when administered transdermally, while progesterone can be applied in different ways depending on the clinical situation. Testosterone is usually used as a cream and thyroid extracts are given orally.

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