Laser hair removal is a popular cosmetic procedure that uses laser technology to remove unwanted hair. The treatment involves targeting hair follicles with concentrated light, which destroys the hair root and prevents future hair growth. If you're considering laser hair removal, here's everything you need to know about the procedure.
How it works:
Laser hair removal works by targeting the pigment in hair follicles with high-intensity light. The light is absorbed by the hair, which then heats up and damages the hair follicle. This damage prevents future hair growth, which leads to permanent hair reduction over time.
Before the procedure, we ask that you shave the area being treated about 24 hours ahead of time. We also ask that you stay our of the sun for 2 weeks before your appointment. Some devices require a cool gel while others so not. They will then use a hand-held laser device to target the hair follicles in the area. The procedure can be uncomfortable, but most people describe the sensation as a slight pinch or snap of a rubber band. The duration of the procedure depends on the size of the treatment area, with larger areas taking longer. The most uncomfortable areas are usually a very short treatment time and numbing is available to be applied ahead of time if desired.
After the procedure:
After laser hair removal, you may experience some redness and swelling in the treated area. This should subside within a few hours, but in some cases, it may last a day or two. You should avoid sun exposure for at least 2 weeks and hot showers or baths for at least 24 hours after the procedure. You may also need to avoid certain skincare products, like retinoids and alpha-hydroxy acids, for a few days.
Laser hair removal can take several sessions to achieve desired results, with most people needing 6-8 treatments spaced several weeks apart. It's important to note that the procedure is not 100% effective in removing all hair permanently, but it does significantly reduce hair growth. Maintenance treatments may be needed to maintain the results.
One of the main benefits of laser hair removal is the reduction in hair growth, which can save time and money spent on traditional hair removal methods like shaving, waxing, and depilatory creams. Laser hair removal can also reduce the risk of ingrown hairs and skin irritation that can be caused by traditional hair removal methods.
Possible side effects:
Possible side effects of laser hair removal include redness, swelling, and itching in the treated area. There is also a risk of burns or changes in skin pigmentation, particularly in people with darker skin tones. It's important to choose a reputable provider and follow their aftercare instructions to minimize the risk of side effects.
Laser hair removal can be a convenient and effective way to reduce unwanted hair growth. It's important to do your research and consult with a reputable provider to determine if laser hair removal is right for you. As with any cosmetic procedure, results and experiences can vary, so it's important to manage your expectations and follow your provider's recommendations for best results. We offer free consultations here at Hideout Boutique in Fort Myers so give us a call toady!
Retinol, Retin-A, and Retinoids are all derivatives of Vitamin A and are commonly used in skincare products for their anti-aging benefits. However, they are not all the same thing, and there are important differences between them.
What are Retinoids?
Retinoids are a class of compounds that are derived from Vitamin A. They include both over-the-counter retinol and prescription-strength Retin-A, as well as other prescription-strength retinoids such as adapalene and tazarotene. Retinoids work by increasing cell turnover and stimulating the production of collagen, which can help to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as reduce the appearance of dark spots and acne scars. Retinoids can also help to unclog pores and prevent the formation of new acne.
What is Retinol?
Retinol is a form of Vitamin A that is found in many over-the-counter skincare products as well as medical grade skin care lines without prescription.. It is a weaker version of Retin-A and other prescription-strength retinoids, but it still has many of the same benefits. Retinol is converted by the body into retinoic acid, which is the active form of Vitamin A. Retinol can be effective in improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as helping to even out skin tone and texture.
What is Retin-A?
Retin-A is a prescription-strength retinoid that contains tretinoin. It is often used to treat acne and is also used for its anti-aging benefits. Retin-A is a more potent version of retinol and can be more effective in improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as reducing the appearance of dark spots and acne scars. However, because Retin-A is more potent, it can also cause more irritation and dryness than retinol.
Which one is right for you?
Choosing between retinol, Retin-A, and other retinoids depends on your skin concerns, as well as your skin type and sensitivity. Retinol is a good place to start if you are new to using retinoids or if you have sensitive skin. It is less potent than prescription-strength retinoids, so it is less likely to cause irritation and dryness. Retin-A and other prescription-strength retinoids are more effective in treating acne and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but they can also be more irritating and may require a longer adjustment period for your skin to get used to them.
It is important to note that all retinoids can make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so it is important to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily and avoid prolonged sun exposure. It is also important to start using retinoids slowly (depending on the type), and to gradually increase the frequency of use over time to avoid irritation and dryness. Speaking with your esthetician to get on the right products for your skin makes all the difference.
In conclusion, retinol, Retin-A, and other retinoids are all effective anti-aging ingredients that can help to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as reduce the appearance of dark spots and acne scars. Choosing the right one for you depends on your skin concerns, as well as your skin type and sensitivity. It is important to start using retinoids slowly and to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily to protect your skin from the sun. Let us help you on your skin care journey! We offer free consultation at Hideout Boutique and have a few medical grade skin care lines to choose from to best fit your skincare needs.
AviClear: The Future of Clear Skin
Hideout Boutique is excited to introduce AviClear, the first and original FDA-cleared energy device for the treatment of mild, moderate and severe acne. AviClear is a class 2 laser that has been designed to target acne at its source. This laser treatment is known for its ability to reduce the appearance of acne and improve overall skin health. It works by penetrating the skin and targeting the sebaceous glands that produce excess oil, which is a major contributing factor to acne. Three, 30-minute procedures, 30 days apart is all that stands between you and clearer skin!
What is AviClear?
AviClear is a laser treatment that can sately and etfectively treat all skin types and can be used on all acne severities.
*AviClear is also Health Canada approved for acne scars.
How Does AviClear Laser Work?
AviClear targets acne at the source by emitting a specific wavelength of light that is absorbed by the sebaceous glands in the skin. This revolutionary laser treatment uses a 1726nm wavelength to selectively target and down regulate the sebaceous glands, shrinking the glands, which reduces the amount of oil on the skin. Overproduction of sebum by me sebaceous glands is one of the leading causes of acne thus, by reducing the amount of oil on the skin, AviClear laser can effectively treat and prevent acne.
The treatment is non-invasive and does not cause any damage to the surrounding skin. It is a quick and minimally painful procedure that typically takes less than 30 minutes to complete. The laser is applied directly to the skin, and patients may feel a mild warming sensation during the treatment. Most claim the most uncomfortable part is the cooling tip which can be adjusted. There are some that do break out a little more throughout their treatments, but its typically only after the first treatment and then will improve from there.
How many treatments are needed?
Three auick 30-miunute treatment sessions over 3 months
Is it safe?
Unlike most traditional acne treatments, AviClear is free of harmful side effects, free of
chemicals and toxins. and sate for all skin tvres and tones. After treatment mild svmptoms such as redness. Inflammation and flareups are normal but fade quickly.
Who can receive an AviClear treatment?
AviClear can be used on adolescents and adult patients of all skin types, suffering from mild, moderate and severe acne.
Is the treatment comfortable?
AviClear is equipped with exclusive AviCoo/™M sapphire skin cooling and sensory controls that maintain your skin's temperature during treatment for a more comfortable experience.
Benefits of AviClear Laser
AviClear laser has numerous benefits for the skin, including:
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a powerful antioxidant that has a multitude of benefits for the skin. When used topically in skin care products, it can help brighten, firm, and protect the skin from damage. In this article, we'll explore the benefits of topical vitamin C and how to use it in your skin care routine.
What are the benefits of topical vitamin C?
SkinPen is a medical device used for microneedling, a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that stimulates collagen and elastin production in the skin. Microneedling is gaining popularity among dermatologists and skincare professionals due to its effectiveness in improving the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scars, and stretch marks. In this article, we will discuss what SkinPen is, how it works, and its benefits and risks.
What is SkinPen?
SkinPen is a medical device used for microneedling that was first approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2018. The device consists of a set of tiny needles that create micro-channels in the skin, triggering the body's natural healing response. The micro-injuries stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, which are essential proteins for healthy and youthful-looking skin. SkinPen can be used on any part of the body, including the face, neck, and décolletage.
How does SkinPen work?
The SkinPen device creates tiny punctures on the skin's surface, which triggers the body's natural healing process. This process stimulates the production of new collagen and elastin, resulting in smoother, firmer, and more youthful-looking skin. The SkinPen device is adjustable, allowing the dermatologist or skincare professional to customize the treatment based on the patient's skin type and concerns. The procedure typically takes 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the treatment area.
Benefits of SkinPen
SkinPen has numerous benefits, making it a popular choice for people looking to improve their skin's appearance. Some of the key benefits include:
Like any cosmetic procedure, SkinPen does come with some risks. Some of the potential risks include:
SkinPen is a safe and effective cosmetic procedure that can help improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scars, and stretch marks. The procedure stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, resulting in smoother, firmer, and more youthful-looking skin. While SkinPen does come with some risks, they are minimal when compared to other cosmetic procedures. If you are interested in SkinPen, we recommend consulting with a qualified dermatologist or skincare professional to determine if it is right for you.
Snoring No More!
Here at Hideout Boutique, we have some super exiting new machines and treatments coming our way! One of the new devices we are obtaining is called the Fotona Dynamis, a laser with what seems like endless possibilities. While it has sooo much to offer, my absolute favorite, most exciting part of this new amazing laser is not even a cosmetic one (although it has sooo many cosmetic offerings). It must be due to my background with anesthesia and dealing with airways, but the part I am most excited about is NightLase. This amazing treatment is non-invasive and used to increase the quality of a patient's sleep by tightening and contracting the tissue in the soft pallet which then reduces and attenuates snoring and provides an effective, non-invasive way to lessen the effects of sleep apnea.
For anyone whose partner snores, or anyone who has to deal with the dreaded CPAP machines, they know how amazing and life changing this treatment can be! And to those who should be using a CPAP but do not, this can provide a much healthier option than nothing at all (not using a CPAP machine when indicated can lead to many heart and other health issues). I've even heard of couples having to sleep in separate rooms due to the noise at night. With just a few easy treatments of NightLase, all this can be changed!
While beauty and cosmetics are our passion, this airway treatment has my heart! If you or a loved one are interested in learning more or getting started with this life changing treatment, contact us at 239-936-0758 or book online to make your appointment today!
Brows are in! But who wants to wake up every morning and fill them in? We have a solution for you: Permanent Makeup!
Most people have heard some of the terms: microblading, powdered brows, ombré brows, permanent makeup, semi-permanent makeup…ect. What does it all mean? Let us break it down for you!
-Let’s start with microblading vs powdered brows/ombré brows. With both techniques, you get your first session, and then a follow up (perfecting session) 6-8 weeks after (90% of clients get the follow up session). Both require no swimming and sweating for the first week. Depending on your artist and their preferred healing method, you may or may not wash them for the first few days.
-Microblading is a technique that uses a hand tool to make little cuts into the skin to look like hair strokes. This looks can appear very natural and is not quite as filled in. It can be combined with some manual shading for the most natural look. It’s great for normal to dry skin and usually requires a yearly touchup. Because they are tiny strokes, over time the brows may look a little patchy which is when you’d get your touchup. Also, after so many touchups, the strokes may start to blur together, almost giving you a powdered brow. If you start with microblading, you can always opt for powdered brows later, but usually can’t go the other way around.
-Powdered brows/ombré brows: these techniques use a machine to get the job done. Different artists use different needle configurations depending on their preference and your skin type. Most skin types can handle powdered brows. Ombré brows are just powdered brows that get lighter towards the front/ top of the brows. Usually clients need a touchup every 1-3 years depending on your skin/metabolism, how saturated you want them and starting color. Powdered brows tend to heal better over time since it’s a more evenly filled brow and tend to fade more evenly. They can still look very natural, or can look very defined/give you that makeup look.
Permanent vs semi-permanent: some people believe brows are semi-permanent and not a tattoo. This is simply not true. Unlike body tattooing, we use pigments instead of ink for brows. Pigments are designed to fade over time so you can change color and shape a bit as you age. But they almost never completely fade away. Also, any time you put any type of ink into skin, it is a tattoo. Some people get scared when they hear tattoo because they think of the little old ladies with old skinny ink brows, but permanent makeup has come a long way (depending on your artist). This is why I never tell people brows are semi-permanent or not a tattoo.
-What to expect for your appointment: your artist will have you fill out some forms and have some questions for you. We ask that you avoid taking aspirin or other blood thinners 1 week before if possible (Confirm with your doctor if you are on thinners; Tylenol is ok). You must also be off retinol for a week. If you’ve been on accutane, you must be off for 1 year prior to getting your brows. When you come in, we will numb you for a bit, then pre-draw your brows before getting started and select a color together. You get to see everything before we get started! The whole process takes about 2-2.5 hours (including paperwork, numbing and drawing). You may be a bit red and swollen afterwards but that should subside fairly quickly. Your brows may appear reddish or yellowish when you leave, they will cool off and ash out as they heal.
-Downtime: your brows may appear darker than you’d like at first. It’s completely normal. After a few days, they will start to flake/peel and will then lighten and soften. As they heal, they may appear patchy or like no color stayed. More color may come through as they heal. You won’t know your true color until 4 weeks out. After 6 weeks, you can get your touchup session to perfect them! As stated before, no swimming or sweating for at least 1 week is best. No makeup in the area for at least 1 week. Avoid the sun. Don’t get your brows done right before any big events and allow enough time for them to heal. Once the flaking is done, you can use makeup to fill in any areas needed. If you wear foundation, you may still need to add some color to your brows as the foundation may cover up some of the color.
-Research your artist: call it what you want, but your brows will be there to stay (at least for a good amount of time). You could always opt for laser removal or saline removal (both very expensive, timely and painful). So researching your artist is very important. Look at their reviews. Look at their before and after pics as well as HEALED pictures. Healed pictures are the most important. Make sure your artist is using only their own work in pictures. Each artist has their own style; make sure the artist you go to has a style you prefer. Permanent makeup is not the time to price shop. It is your face and it is permanent!
We hope this helped answer any questions you may have. If we missed anything, please feel free to reach out and ask! We offer free consultations at Hideout Boutique and would love to help with any of your permanent makeup needs!
Starting a skin care routine or regimen can seem daunting and overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be! In this blog, we will cover the basics that everyone should be on for a great anti-aging skin care routine.
1. A great cleanser! Technically we do recommend 2 different cleanser to use (gentle in the morning, double cleaning at night with gentle first, then a more targeted cleanser). But if two cleansers seem like too much, start somewhere in the middle. A cleanser that isn’t too gentle or too aggressive (we can help with that!)
2. Vitamin C! Vitamin C is oh so important at blocking free radicle and environmental damage while helping to reverse some of the damage already done. There are a few types of vitamin c’s to choose from, so knowing your skin type/concerns will help to know which is best for you.
3. Moisturizer! There are many types of moisturizers. Some literally just moisturize, while others have added key ingredients to target your skin care concerns. Using the correct one is key!
4. SUNSCREEN!!! Sunscreen may be the most important product you can use for anti-aging believe it or not. But not all sunscreens are created equally. We prefer physical over chemical sunscreens. They come in a variety of tints or not tinted at all. We carry thick, thin and even compacted sunscreens depending on your preference.
That’s it! 4 main steps for your basic skin care routine! It’s totally do-able right?! Once you get those down, we do recommend adding vitamin a (aka retinol, retin-a, retinoid). Sunscreen use is a MUST once using these types of products so you don’t damage your skin more than you’re helping it.
From there, your esthetician can recommend a boat load of serums and creams to add to your regimen to reach your skin care goals. There’s no need to feel overwhelmed or compelled to do everything at once. We like to build our clients routines as they get more comfortable with each step.
If you have any questions or concerns about your skin or how to reach your skin care goals, we’d love to help at Hideout Boutique! Book online today for a free consultation.
Jennifer Linzalone Sepielli