The Importance of Me Time

 

It doesn’t matter what stage of your life you are in, a little time to yourself is not only an excellent way to recharge, but it is necessary. As a single person in their 20’s trying to carve out a niche, someone with little ones at home, a middle-aged professional, or a mature adult in retirement, all of us need a little time to just be with ourselves.

Self-care is fundamental to living healthy. Our lives are filled with endless running errands, finishing up that project, getting others to where they need to be that we often forget that we matter as well. It is difficult to give when we feel exhausted, run down, or neglected. When we make time for ourselves, we feel more energized, productive, and refreshed.

Many people feel that taking time for themselves is selfish. Me Time is anything but selfish. It is selfless. Making yourself a priority is essential to all those counting on you. Do you ever wonder why the airline stewardess reminds you to put your own oxygen mask on first? If you don’t, you’ll be no good to anyone around you when you are passed out. The same goes for a little recharge.

There are many ways that we can take a little time out from our busy lives to prioritize ourselves. Here are a few suggestions that require no planning and can be done in an hour or more:

  • Head to the bookstore and spend some time browsing
  • Buy yourself a cup of your favorite hot beverage and sit and really enjoy it
  • Go for a walk down a country road
  • Enjoy a movie
  • Call a friend

Sometimes we need to have committed to a program or scheduled an appointment to take some time for us. Here are ways you can practice self-care by scheduling it in:

  • Book a pedicure
  • Schedule time to meditate
  • Join a Yoga class
  • Ask for gift certificates for special occasions to your favorite spa
  • Put a reoccurring appointment in your calendar each week that is just for you

 

Whether it is scheduled or spontaneous, we all need to let go of the busyness of our lives once in a while. It is not uncommon to think we have it all under control until the balls we’ve been juggling start to fall all around us. Take the time to remind yourself that you are important and deserve a break. The people in your life that count on you will thank you.

 

 


 

 

 

Tattoo Removal Using the Spectra Laser

Tattoo removalOnce a permanent decision, tattoos are no longer everlasting or something you have to learn to live with. Whatever your reason for wanting to have a tattoo removed, with today’s laser technology it makes it possible to eliminate or fade most tattoos.

Reasons for wanting a tattoo removed are as unique as the reasons for getting the ink in the first place. Whether it is a bad or fading tattoo, what you once thought was cool is no longer suited to you, or your life has taken you in a different direction, you do not have to settle for a cover-up if what you really want is to have it removed.   

TattooingPainting of the human body goes back to the beginning of time. In the past, if you no longer wanted that ink the common techniques included cryosurgery, dermabrasion or excision. The variety of techniques used to apply tattoos is staggering; the source of the ink, where on the body the tattoo is applied, colors and designs used, even the depth into the skin can vary dramatically.  Thus the approach that the practitioner faces to remove tattoos must take into account that every person and every tattoo that is unique.

Laser and Skin Care Medspa is pleased to announce the recent acquisition of a Spectra Laser. This Q Switched laser is considered to be the gold standard in the removal of tattoos. There are a number of factors that must be taken into account such as the size, location, depth, and color of the tattoo before the number of treatments is decided upon. The treatment session each take from 10 to 30 minutes and most patients report no pain other than a warming of the skin and a light prickly feeling.

Tattoo removal with Lutronic

There is a waiting time in between each session to allow your body to remove the tattoo ink fragments and heal but after each session, you will notice the ink becoming lighter. This will depend on the colors of the tattoo and inks used. Black and dark green are the easiest colors to remove while yellow, purple, turquoise and fluorescent dyes are hardest to fade. With no downtime and minimal side effects, you can return to your normal activities immediately after a session.

 

Spectra Tattoo Removal

As with any procedure at the Laser and Skin Care Medspa in Red Deer, our consultations are free. If you have a tattoo you’ve been contemplating having removed, give us a call to schedule an appointment. We are the only clinic in Central Alberta with this Laser and look forward to hearing from you soon. 

 

To view a demonstration, please watch our video. 

 


 

 

 

Laser Treatment for Skin Care

Over time lasers have become a useful tool to meet growing demands of those that suffer from skin conditions such as acne or Melasma. Others want to diminish the appearance of fine lines, facial wrinkles or remove tattoos. And while there are many topical creams in the marketplace that claim to assist with these conditions, nothing is quite as effective and safe as laser treatment.

The Spectra™ Laser is one such available laser that is manufactured by the Lutronic company that has a proven track record of commitment to providing the best in class solutions in both reliability and performance. Their Spectra™ Laser is the most versatile and offers the best results for superior tattoo removal. Their passion to improve the lives of patients is evident in the focused solutions on patient outcomes.

For this article, the following laser treatment for these particular skin conditions are highlighted.

 

Melasma

melasma

This condition is also called chloasma and it is the brown patches of skin that are caused by exposure to the sun and hormonal changes such as pregnancy. These patches of darkness most often appear on the cheeks, bridge of the nose, forehead, chin, and above the upper lip but can also be seen on other parts of your body that get lots of sun. While this skin condition can affect both sexes, it is more commonly found in women than men.

Laser Toning will not only improve the texture of your skin but will reduce the visible pigmentation. Safe for most skin types, it is a comfortable procedure with long term results that have little down time for the patient.

 

Acne

acne scarring

Acne vulgaris, more commonly called acne, is the most common of skin diseases seen in people especially during the preteen and teenage years. There are many different forms of acne (read about that here) and may appear on the skin with different severity for differing lengths of time. Scarring is a common concern for those who suffer from this.

Not only will laser treatment improve post-acne redness but it also helps subdue the inflammation. The laser energy is absorbed by the hemoglobin in the dilated microvasculature which plays a significant role in allowing the skin to return back to normal. 

 

 

 

Tattoo Removal

Laser Tattoo Removal

At one time, tattoos were thought to be permanent choices but with a growing number of people rethinking that ink, removal of those choices is an option. Decorative tattoos have a history that dates back to ancient times but sometimes a person will reconsider their choice for personal reasons.

Every tattoo is different and the response to removal may vary. The laser targets the ink particles and breaks them into small fragments that your body can then absorb. It is not an overnight solution as the tattoo ink is deposited deep into your skin but using a laser for tattoo removal can significantly lighten or completely remove the ink the most effectively compared to other options available.

 

The Spectra™ laser emits energetic short pulses in nanoseconds of high energy and peak power. The Spectra™ laser from Lutronic is a dual mode Q-switched Nd:yag laser designed for treatment versatility. The advanced technology that has gone into this laser offers the power needed to assist in the treatment of skin care without damage to surrounding tissue. Lutronic is committed to improving the science behind laser treatments for optimization for each individual patient.

Laser Skin Care and Medspa continue to look for ways to help improve our services to you in the treatment of your skin care needs and are currently looking into acquiring a Spectra™ laser. Do not hesitate to contact us to book your appointment to learn more. Our consultations are free and will give you the opportunity to learn more about us while we assess your skin care concerns.

 

**Research and information gathered from 
http://www.international.lutronic.com/spectra
https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/color-problems/melasma
https://laserskincaremedspa.ca