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Wipe Out Unwanted Hairs with Laser Hair Removal

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With summer approaching, it’s almost time to put away the sweater and pull out your new bathing suit. But getting ready for sunny days and nicer weather isn’t just about your wardrobe and getting your body bikini-ready. Unsightly dark hair growth that you may have forgotten about, while you were bundled up this past winter, may become the center of attention in summer’s more revealing outfits. That’s why now is the best time to banish the unwanted hair for good with laser hair removal.

Why Choose Laser Hair Removal?

So many women and men look to laser hair removal with Dr. Diwan because they are tired of the constant maintenance. Keeping up with unwanted hair can cost you lots of unnecessary time and money over the course of adulthood. There’s also the physical pain of waxing, shaving, and tweezing that you could certainly live without. Laser hair removal also helps to prevent side effects from traditional hair removal methods. Ingrown hairs from all the plucking, pulling, and pruning can be painful, can get infected, cause scarring, can look even worse than the original hair growth, and be problematic when its time to shave or wax again. Many people have sensitive skin and develop razor burn easily. Avoiding moles and natural bumps can also be a challenge, especially if you find yourself in a hurry.

A Closer Look at Hair Growth

The most effective results come over a series of treatment sessions at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center. That’s because all your hair doesn’t grow at the same time or rate.  Each individual hair follicle has its own growth cycle. There are three stages of hair growth: the anagen or active growth stage is when the root of the hair follicle is growing, and attached to, a visible darkly pigmented hair and the ideal period for laser removal.  The laser energy is absorbed by the pigment or color in the hair and the root of the hair follicle.  A hair follicle in the anagen phase is, therefore, a good target and is affected by laser hair removal.  Hair follicles in the resting or telogen phase, and the transitional or catagen phase, when hair is absent or unattached to the root are not affected by laser treatment.  If all hair follicles were simultaneously in the same phase, we would become bald when they were all simultaneously in the resting phase!  It can take several weeks to months for hair to grow and these cycles can vary from person to person. This is why it takes multiple treatments over time to target all the hair follicles in an area. It’s important to understand this in order to achieve the best possible results. Committing to laser hair removal and keeping up with your appointments will ensure you’re hair-free as fast as possible.  Please note that laser hair removal is not effective for non-pigmented hair (white or blonde) and less effective for lightly pigmented hair (light brown or red).

Preparing for Your Hair Removal Session

It is vital to avoid tweezing, waxing, Vaniqa hair reduction cream and electrolysis for 6-8 weeks prior to treatment. These hair removal methods remove hair at the root. Removing pigmented hair removes the target (the pigment in dark hair) for the laser and reduces the number of follicles that the laser can have an effect on. It’s also wise to refrain from any sun exposure of the areas being treated.

Laser Hair Removal in Westlake, Ohio

Get rid of unwanted hair just in time for summer. If you are interested in learning more about laser hair removal in the Cleveland area, or any of the other services offered by Dr. Diwan, please contact us at 440.871.9832 to schedule your initial consultation at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center today.

 

Get Rid of Your Double Chin with Kybella®

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Fat underneath the chin is not always easily removed. You can be healthy, exercise regularly, eat right, and still have that dreaded “double chin.” Perhaps you’ve been looking for a solution to this dilemma but are hesitant to have a surgical treatment. Now there is a non-surgical solution for submental fullness (aka fat underneath the chin). Kybella® is a popular treatment option at Dr. Diwan’s Westlake office because it helps men and women improve their double chin and gain back their confidence–all without surgery.

A Closer Look at Kybella

Kybella is an FDA approved injectable treatment that destroys submental fat cells for good! During your treatment session, Dr. Diwan will inject Kybella into the targeted areas underneath your chin. The active ingredient in Kybella – deoxycholic acid – works to break down and destroy fat cells.  Once these cells are broken down, the fat cells will then be naturally eliminated from your body.

At the Laser and Skin Surgery Center, Dr. Diwan will meet with you to discuss your goals and concerns about treatment during your initial consultation. Together, you will create a personalized plan to achieve your new look. Dr. Diwan understands that this personalization is extremely important for Kybella treatments because no two necks are the same and the goals differ from patient to patient.

Kybella Results

As your body removes these destroyed fat cells, you will begin to notice your newly streamlined and contoured chin and neck! Thankfully with Kybella, there is no downtime from work. You go in for your Kybella treatment, then return back to your regular routine, and just wait for your results.  (The initial swelling can be hidden with a scarf.)  Typically, Dr. Diwan’s patients begin to see these brag-worthy results within 4-6 weeks.  Just in time to put away those turtle necks and scarves in Ohio!

More exciting news about your Kybella results is that they are long-lasting!  Additional treatments can be performed for more improvement! Once these fat cells are naturally removed from your body, they cannot return under your chin again. Dr. Diwan reminds her patients that for best results it is essential to continue to live a healthy lifestyle to make sure fat does not reaccumulate in remaining fat cells from weight gain.

Double the Confidence with Kybella

One of the reasons why Dr. Diwan loves what she does is seeing how these results change her patients’ lives. It is amazing to see how a contoured jawline can give a man confidence and how a slim neck will encourage a woman to take control of her wardrobe! With zero downtime and simple treatments, Kybella helps men and women achieve self-confidence.

If you want to learn more about Kybella or you are interested in getting rid of that double chin, please schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Diwan today. She looks forward to partnering with you on this Kybella journey!

3 Things to Consider Before Male Breast Reduction Surgery

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Listen up, guys: Male breast reduction surgery is nothing to be ashamed about. In fact, more and more men are opting for this surgery to banish excessive breast tissue and fat in the chest area. In 2016, over 27,000 males in the U.S. underwent the procedure—a 36 percent increase since the year 2000. 

While excess weight may be a factor in some cases, men of all shapes, sizes, and weight may be affected by enlargement of breasts, or “gynecomastia.” A condition defined by the presence of excess tissue in the breast area, gynecomastia may be the result of excess fat, an enlargement of breast tissue itself, or both. While a healthy diet and plenty of exercise may reduce the size of male breasts caused by excess fat, sometimes gynecomastia cannot be fully corrected without surgical help. Male breast reduction removes both the fat and excess breast tissue, as needed, in order to change the shape and size, creating a more sculpted, masculine chest.

Good Candidates for Gynecomastia

The best candidates for this surgery are healthy men who are dissatisfied with the contour of the chest. Often, diet and exercise routines are on point, but there’s still some extra flab in the chest area that just won’t go away.

As with any surgical procedure, it’s important that candidates are healthy, don’t smoke, and don’t suffer from serious medical conditions or illnesses that can have an effect on the healing process. Men with a positive outlook and realistic expectations who are already near their ideal weight tend to see the best results from this surgery.

Choosing the Right Surgeon

While male breast reduction is becoming a more popular procedure in the U.S., there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to improving the contour of the chest. It’s important for men to choose an experienced surgeon with knowledge of the male figure and the training to back it up. Although similar in nature to a reduction surgery for women, breast reduction in men requires a different approach due to their unique physique. Dr. Diwan understands this and uses her years of experience with targeted liposuction to take a personalized approach to reducing embarrassing male breasts and providing you with the results you desire.

Getting Ready for the Procedure

Preparing yourself ahead of time can go a long way in maximizing the success of your breast reduction surgery.  Feel free to ask questions during your initial consultation, and don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Diwan if any additional concerns come up between then and the operation. Remember that no question is too small or mundane when it comes to having surgery.  You should feel confident and comfortable knowing that you have all the insight you need to take on this life-changing procedure. 

It’s ideal to follow all pre-treatment instructions, and to make any arrangements with family and friends to assist you while you’re on the mend. You want to give yourself the very best opportunity to fully recover as quickly as possible so you can get back to doing what you love.

If you are interested in treating gynecomastia with male breast reduction in the Cleveland area, please schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Diwan at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center today.

Why Now Is the Time for Men’s Non-surgical Aesthetic Procedures

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Cosmetic procedures aren’t just for women, and men care just as much about having a confident, youthful appearance. At the Laser and Skin Surgery Center in Westlake, Dr. Diwan offers a number of nonsurgical procedures that enhance a man’s appearance.  If you are interested in improving your appearance, but aren’t ready to go under the knife, there are many options at The Laser and Skin Surgery Center – especially for men!

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What Is Dermaplaning?

Diwan_DermaplaningWhen you wake up and take a look in the mirror–fresh in the morning and sans makeup–is your skin as smooth as you would like it to be? If you are like most men and women, vellus hair (peach fuzz) and dull skin get in the way of achieving truly touchable and glowing skin. However, you don’t have to accept this as your permanent skin situation!

Many patients have come into Dr. Diwan’s Westlake office with one specific question: “how do I get rid of peach fuzz?” To these women, Dr. Diwan often recommends dermaplaning for a brighter, smoother complexion. Here are some important things to know when considering this popular skin treatment.

What Is Dermaplaning?

Even as women, we have our fair share of “facial hair”–or as what we like to call: peach fuzz. These small, barely visible hairs on your chin, cheeks, and forehead often get in the way of having silky smooth skin. Dermaplaning is a treatment that allows you to eliminate that top layer of dead skin cells (aka exfoliation) and peach fuzz, leaving you with smooth, soft and brighter skin. You may not even realize how much hair you really have until you are hair free!

At the Laser & Skin Surgery Center, our trained and certified staff use a sharp blade to precisely scrape off the top layer to reveal a fresher, more youthful appearance. Dermaplaning is a simple concept with unbelievably exciting results. It’s pain-free and quick, with no recovery time–what more could you ask from your skincare treatment?

Benefits of Dermaplaning

Dermaplaning has numerous benefits that have made this simple procedure popular among Dr. Diwan’s patients. These benefits include:
• Removal of vellus hair (peach fuzz)
• Exfoliation for improved skin tone
• Improved skin texture
• Brag-worthy softness
• Improved penetration of skin care products
• Results that last for weeks (approximately 3 weeks depending on the patient)
Our patients love how dermaplaning allows for easier makeup application and skin so soft that it’s hard NOT to touch it.

Is Dermaplaning Right for Me?

Dermaplaning is for individuals who wish to improve the texture of their skin, remove unwanted vellus hair, or achieve radiant skin by the removal of dead skin cells. Due to the process of gently scraping the top layer of skin, dermaplaning may not be a good match for those with acne or overly sensitive skin.
If you have concerns regarding your skin’s reaction to dermaplaning, please discuss your concerns with Dr. Renuka Diwan during your initial consultation. At this time, she will share with you any recommendations for optimal skin results.

If you are interested in dermaplaning at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center, please don’t hesitate to schedule your initial consultation today.

What You Need to Know About Scar Revision

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Over the course of time, a variety of conditions can leave scars on the skin. Scars may be a result of chickenpox, acne, injuries and accidents, surgeries such as mole removal or skin cancer removal, and other causes.  When scars are visible, especially on the face, understandably they can cause distress and self-consciousness.  Trying to figure out your options for scar treatment based on lay information can lead to confusion and frustration. Continue reading “What You Need to Know About Scar Revision” »

Am I A Good Candidate For Liposuction?

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Liposuction is a very popular fat reduction and contouring procedure that helps many people every year achieve their body goals. It helps get rid of the stubborn fat that’s been haunting you around your double chin and neck, stomach, back, love handles, legs and arms.  However, liposuction isn’t the right procedure for everyone. Men and women come to consult with Dr. Diwan at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center curious if this life-changing procedure is the right procedure for them. If you are curious if liposuction is for you, check our list of criteria below, that makes one a good liposuction candidate.

Liposuction Candidates

A good candidate for liposuction at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center meets the following criteria:

  • Healthy individual above the age of 18 years
  • Stubborn areas of fat on the body that refuse to leave despite regular exercise and a healthy diet
  • At or close to ideal body weight.
  • Realistic expectations from liposuction
  • Committed to maintaining healthy weight through diet and exercise
  • Interested in a procedure that achieves results with a single treatment
  • Prioritizes a procedure performed with local anesthesia so you can be awake for the entire liposuction process
  • Requires a short recovery time (liposuction patients are back to work in just 3 days )

Liposuction In Cleveland

At the Laser & Skin Surgery Center, liposuction is performed with an emphasis on your safety, with local anesthesia (and oral medication to help you relax) to ensure a comfortable procedure. Dr. Diwan will make numb the skin to make an entry incision for a cannula to suction out the unwanted fat from the chin, chest, stomach, buttocks, hips, thighs, legs, and arms. Once the fat in the targeted area is removed, a couple of stiches close the incision and the liposuction procedure is complete. Removing the stubborn fat and improving your contour is as simple as that!

Liposuction can help boost your confidence in your appearance by streamlining your form, and improving the quality of your life with a simple, safe office procedure, that promotes a quick recovery.

It is equally important to understand what liposuction does not achieve. Dr. Diwan wants you to know that liposuction is:

  • Not going to make you skinny (it will help give you better proportions, but not make you thin)
  • Not for weight loss or a treatment of obesity (liposuction is best to get rid of pockets of fat on your body that cannot be reduced with diet and exercise)
  • Not for improvement of Diabetes control
  • Not for reduction of cardiac risk factors

Begin Your Liposuction Journey Today

We know how frustrating it can be when fat persists in problem areas despite your best efforts to lose it.  Strict diet, exercise, and a healthy lifestyle often aren’t enough to get rid of that double chin, muffin top, tummy fat or love handles. Now, you don’t need to live feeling discouraged any longer.  We have seen how liposuction can help men and women in the Cleveland area look great and feel confident.

If you believe you are a good candidate for liposuction and would like to begin your liposuction journey today, call to schedule a consultation with Dr. Diwan today.

Skincare Tips for the Colder Weather

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Summer has come and gone.  In Ohio, it has left telltale signs of sun damage on the skin of many.  As the chill of fall arrives it presents a great opportunity to focus on repairing sun damage.  It’s also a great time to prepare for the colder weather ahead by adjusting your skin care regimen.  At the Laser & Skin Surgery Center, we offer a number of skin care treatments and skin care products (skincare lines and treatments) to restore the health of your skin and keep it looking its best. Continue reading “Skincare Tips for the Colder Weather” »

Imagine Your Legs Free Of Spider Veins—Now Make it a Reality!

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If you struggle with the appearance of visible leg veins, it can be difficult to feel comfortable wearing certain styles that reveal your legs. You’re likely to be cautious of shorts or skirts and may even dread summer and sunny weather because it means less and lighter clothing. At the Laser & Skin Surgery Center in Ohio, Dr. Renuka Diwan wants all of her clients to feel youthful and confident in their bodies, which is why we are proud to offer sclerotherapy as well as laser treatments to address those pesky spider veins.

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