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Did you know ... "American physicist Theodore Maiman was the first to develop a laser used for clinical application. In 1960, he introduced a laser composed of a ruby rod emitting light energy at 694nm. In 1963, American surgeon Leon Goldman, a pioneer in applying lasers to dermatologic conditions, reported on the effects of Maiman's ruby laser in the selective photo destruction of pigmented skin."

American physicist, Theodore Maiman, operated the first optical laser, at Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California on May 16, 1960. In doing so, he beat several other research teams, including those of Townes and Schawlow.

Read more about the history of aesthetic lasers, here.


The Aesthetic Lasers Market is forecast to grow from USD 798.4 Million in 2018 to USD 1.93 Billion by 2026

May 02, 2019 11:51 ET | Source: Reports And Data 

Market Trends:

- Aging baby boomers and middle-class surplus earnings to spend on cosmetic surgery. 

- Advancements in needle-free procedures, boosting the rate of laser treatment adoption. 

- As a preventive measure, young people also opt for cosmetic procedures and slow down the aging process.

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Everything You Wanted to Know About Vaginal Rejuvenation But Were Afraid to Ask

Simone Paget • Toronto Sun • September 10, 2018

Here's something that people don't talk about often: vaginal rejuvenation.

Up until recently, I thought the idea of getting plastic surgery to enhance or reshape your privates was silly and unnecessary. I put vaginal rejuvenation in the same column as butt implants: yet another beauty trend that cashes in on women's insecurities. It's easy to feel this way when you're a woman who is trying to love your body, while living in a culture where it feels constantly under siege. It also doesn't help that, despite it's growing popularity, vaginal rejuvenation is still very much shrouded in mystery.

"The two hottest and fastest-growing trends in plastic surgery over the last five years are buttock augmentation and rejuvenation of the female genitalia," said Dr. DuPéré, owner of Visage Clinic, a boutique-style plastic surgery centre located in Toronto.

When asked for his insight in regards to this trend, Dr. DuPéré explained, "everyone wants to have a fulfilling sexual life for oneself and the partner. Although lips and breasts (and buttocks) have been the focus of our "open and more public" sexuality (social media, selfies, etc.), the main sexual organ has been neglected: the vulva and vagina. And now is the time "to catch up."

And it's not just women getting these treatments.

"Men are getting the P shot, scrotox and scrotoplasty," Dr. DuPéré said.

The biggest misconception I had about vaginal rejuvenation is that it's all about appearance.

While there is a cosmetic element (the vulvo-vaginal tissues change with pregnancies: tissues stretch and sag), the procedures can also improve sexual pleasure as well as treat medical conditions including incontinence.

"Menopause also affects further the female genitalia with thinning of the tissues and dryness, both contributing to uncomfortable intercourse," DuPéré said.

Considering the growing conversations around female empowerment, I thought it would be interesting to speak to a few women who have recently undergone vaginal rejuvenation procedures.

When considering her options, Stacy (not her real name) decided to go with a series of non-surgical, external and internal tightening procedures, which include diVa laser vaginal treatment, diVaTyte vulvar rejuvenation and the "O Shot" (a process where Platelet-super-rich plasma (PRP) is extracted from the patient's blood, centrifuged, separated and injected into the clitoral tissue, and inside the vagina to create more sensitivity).

Stacy is the first to admit that she and her husband have a very healthy sex life.

However, after pushing out a nine-pound baby and entering perimenopause, she wanted to do something to tighten up the wear and tear, and relieve vaginal dryness. After undergoing a consultation and pelvic exam, the laser procedure took about 20 minutes.

"There's very little discomfort," Stacy said. "It feels like a very warm massage."

Three days later, she was allowed to have sex with her husband again.

"He definitely noticed a difference in tightness," Stacy said.

She credits the procedure for igniting a wonderful spark in her relationship.

On the other hand, Josie (not her real name) chose a surgical option for her vaginal rejuvenation.

After multiple pregnancies, "no matter how much yoga or kegel exercises I did I couldn't get my vaginal canal back," she said.

Recently divorced, she decided to treat herself to a Vaginoplasty before re-entering the dating scene. This involved reducing the vaginal canal by 2 cm as well as trimming to clitoral hood and labia majora.

"Now, I can have intercourse without feeling self-conscious about it," she said.

But confidence and increased pleasure don't come cheap. Procedures like what Stacy and Josie had start around $1,500 to $8,500. Like other plastic surgery, rejuvenating your genitalia is still a luxury that's out of reach for many Canadians.

However, Josie said she'd gladly pay for vaginal rejuvenation again.

"You can't put a price on feeling good about yourself," she said.


15 Celebrities Who Had Their Tattoos Removed


DEVON PRESTON • INKED • APR 1, 2019.

Celebrities are just like us, they can have tattoo regret. And while some stars opt for a clever coverup, others decide to invest in laser removal. 

Take a look at 15 of your favorite stars who've had their ink removed.



MEET THE WOMAN USING CUTTING EDGE LASER TECHNOLOGY TO TRANSFORM SKINCARE

Interview with skincare expert and laser specialist  Jasmina Vico

ALEX PETERS • Dazel Digital

Has the advancement of lasers changed the landscape of skincare?

Lasers are the future of the industry because they can achieve better results than other equipment. They reach tissue in the skin that topical products can't and therefore can target skin conditions such as red veins and pigmentation in a manner that is precise and effective. There's a common misconception that lasers only help with one specific area, but they actually can help different problems at the same time. There are more sophisticated lasers, which are more effective and require less recovering time, currently being used by surgeons. I think in the future these will become more accessible and available to us.

You can read the full interview here


The Actual Procedures Celebrities Get To Look Flawless Without Makeup

It's half genetics, half a great doctor.

BY JENNA ROSENSTEIN / BAZAAR

"The no-makeup movement raises a lot of questions. Is it a feminist statement? Is it brave? Should we praise women that denounce makeup? And while those questions are still being debated, more and more celebrities are publicly stripping off their makeup. Alicia Keys spearheaded the movement after writing a post on Lenny Letter last year, and has since walked the red carpet, posed for magazine covers, and appeared as a judge on The Voice with a totally bare face. Well, not totally bare-she does employ a makeup artist to care for her skin (and there are plenty of skincare products involved). Most recently, Kim Kardashian made waves by appearing front row at Balenciaga's Spring 2017 show with nothing but moisturizer on her near-perfect face and décolletage.

When every dark spot has been lasered away and every wrinkle smoothed, then wearing makeup isn't about hiding any perceived imperfections, as is the case for so many of us. We spoke with Dr. Howard Sobel, a New York dermatologist, to get the rundown on exactly what treatments are out there. 

It's in your late 20s and early 30s that volume loss, dull skin, and fine lines become more pronounced. Before you jump right into filler, first try microneedling. And the microneedling a dermatologist does is far different than what you can do at home with one of those stabby little rollers. "I just don't suggest anyone sticking needles in their face at home," says Sobel with a laugh. "It should be in a doctor's office and it should be in the guidelines of a doctor or nurse." Microneedling involves creating tons of tiny injuries to the skin, which in turn stimulates the collagen and elastin fibers to make the face appear more plump and glowy. It can also clear up acne scars and be used to help introduce potent serums deep into the skin. The whole process takes about 20 minutes. Sobel notes that you'll have mild redness overnight, and that you can come in for a session about four times a year."

You can read the full BAZAAR article by JENNA ROSENSTEIN here: