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Preparing for Summer with Laser Hair Removal Treatments

Preparing for Summer with Laser Hair Removal Treatments

Laser Hair Removal Treatments | Austin DermatologyA lot of women look forward to the summer months when they can enjoy the appearance of sleek legs, a smooth back, or a trim bikini line while wearing a bathing suit. Laser dermatology can offer effective solutions in such cases to ensure that a woman has the look that she desires. Laser hair removal, in particular, can provide dramatic improvement in skin appearance.

Compared to traditional hair removal solutions, laser hair removal is significantly more effective and sustainable. Dr. Steven Zimmet is an experienced dermatologist providing laser hair removal and a wide range of other procedures. Patients in Austin, TX and surrounding locations have an opportunity to receive cutting edge solutions from Dr. Zimmet.



Prior to the laser hair removal procedure, the patient should protect the skin against sun exposure for several weeks. This will enable easier targeting of darker hair against lighter skin pigment. If the patient has a tan, they should let it fade before they receive laser treatment in order to avoid blotchy coloration.

In the weeks preceding the laser hair removal appointment, the patient should not use waxing, plucking or electrolysis to remove hair. If the hair follicles get disrupted underneath the skin, it will diminish the impact of laser treatment. Shaving is a good choice while the patient is waiting for a laser hair removal treatment. Shaving will only remove the external hair and the hair follicles will not be affected.


Treatment Session

Before the procedure begins, the patient will be provided with protective eye gear. The laser hair removal expert will apply a topical anesthetic to the targeted area of the skin to minimize discomfort. The laser device will be placed over the hair removal site and laser beams will be delivered precisely to generate controlled heat below the skin and destroy the unwanted hair follicles.

When performed by a skillful provider, the treatment will not cause harm to the surrounding healthy tissue and only focus on the targeted areas. The treatment may be completed within a few minutes for small areas such as the chin or upper lip area. However, larger surface areas such as the legs, back or bikini line will take a longer time to complete. Multiple laser hair removal treatment sessions are usually required to achieve a comprehensive and desired outcome.



Following the laser hair removal procedure, the patient will have to take care of the skin to ensure that it remains in good health. Ice therapy can be used immediately after the treatment to obtain relief. Mild redness is expected after the treatment session, but it will soon disappear on its own. The dermatologist will advise the patient regarding sun protection and for how long they should stay out of sunlight or tanning beds.

This is important to allow the skin to heal sufficiently. This period could last for several weeks, but once the skin healed, the patient can wear a sunscreen and enjoy their summer on the beach or at the pool with complete freedom from unsightly hair. Dr. Zimmet receives patients from Austin, TX and nearby areas for laser hair removal and other skin care procedures.


If you would like to learn more about the procedures and treatments by Austin TX Cosmetic Dermatologist, Dr. Steven Zimmet, please contact us at (512) 485-7700.

Dr. Steven Zimmet made the Doctor’s Choice Awards Top 100 – Dermatology!

The Expert Network© has Recognized Dr. Zimmet as a Top Dermatologist

long-z-mmm-photoDr. Steven E. Zimmet​, Zimmet Vein & Dermatology​​, has joined The Expert Network, an invitation only service for distinguished professionals. Dr. Zimmet​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ has been chosen as a Distinguished Doctor based on peer reviews and ratings, numerous recognitions, and accomplishments achieved throughout his career.

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Surprising Ways Botox® is Changing the Face… of Medicine

Botox®  Anti-Aging Injectable | Austin DermatologyBotox® is one of the most popular cosmetic dermatology procedures to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face. The procedure involves minimal discomfort and almost no downtime. One of the additional benefits of Botox® , which is not known to many people, is its application in the field of medicine.

The FDA has approved Botox® over the years for the treatment of a variety of medical conditions. This is impacting the medical landscape in positive ways. The condition is that Botox® should only be administered by a qualified provider to ensure a more safe and expected outcome. Experienced dermatologist Dr. Steven Zimmet provides Botox® injections to patients in Austin, TX and surrounding locations.



Botox® earned the FDA’s approval as a treatment for migraines in 2010. Although researchers are still unable to conclusively determine the methodology of action of Botox® against migraines, but the results have been undeniable. Many researchers believe that Botox® as a neuromodulator blocks the pain signals to the nerves, which helps a patient to achieve relief from migraines.

The treatment provider must follow the defined regimen for Botox® injections to treat migraine. Botox® must be recommended only when the diagnosis of migraine is confirmed. It should not be used for severe or persistent headaches that often get mistaken by patients as migraine.


Incontinence and Overactive Bladder

Some people may suffer from urinary urgency or may have a frequent need to urinate because of an overactive bladder. If medications and other treatments do not provide relief, Botox® injectable solution may be applied to treat this condition in patients above the age of 18.

Urinary incontinence is commonly seen in patients suffering from a neurological disorder or a related condition. The condition of incontinence can also be improved with Botox® injections. The provider will use a cystoscope of administer Botox® in a targeted manner. Several patients report significant improvement with just two treatments a year.



Medical research about Botox® as a treatment for depression is still in its early stages, but some researchers already point out to the potential benefits of Botox® for patients of depression. They believe that when an individual forms a specific facial expression, the corresponding nerves deliver feedback to the brain to prolong and reinforce those feelings.

Botox® can be used for its neuromodulating properties to disrupt the signals of sadness and depression by targeting the specific nerves. A positive state of mind of the patient may be restored with this approach. A few researchers are also studying the effects of cosmetic improvement of the face, which may lead to emotion of happiness and support the patient’s fight against depression.


Axillary Hyperhidrosis

Excessive underarm sweating, clinically called axillary hyperhidrosis, affects more than a million Americans today. The FDA has given its approval to Botox® for treating this condition, where anti-perspirants, and other non-invasive techniques do not work.

Botox® medication blocks the nerve signals that cause stimulation of sweat glands in the underarm area, and bring sweat production in the underarms to a halt. Dr. Zimmet receives patients from Austin, TX and nearby areas for Botox® and other skin care procedures.

If you would like to learn more about the procedures and treatments by Austin TX Cosmetic Dermatologist, Dr. Steven Zimmet, please contact us at (512) 485-7700.

Univadis – Drinking coffee could curb risk for malignant melanoma

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  • There were 762 malignant melanoma cases during 1.7 million person-years of follow-up.
  • Compared with light consumption of filtered coffee, a statistically significant inverse association between low moderate (HR, 0.80; 95% CI, 0.66-0.98) and high moderate (HR, 0.77; 95% CI, 0.61-0.97) intake of filtered coffee and the risk for malignant melanoma (Ptrend=.02) was observed.
  • A borderline, nonsignificant association between heavy consumption of filtered coffee and melanoma risk was observed (HR, 0.74; 95% CI, 0.53-1.02). Read more. 

Univadis: New Study Links Coffee Consumption to Decreased Risk of Colorectal Cancer

Untitled-1The data showed that even moderate coffee consumption (1–2 servings per day) was associated with a 26% reduction in the odds of developing colorectal cancer after adjusting for known risk factors. Moreover, the risk of developing colorectal cancer continued to decrease to up to 50% when participants drank more than 2.5 servings of coffee each day. Read more.

FDA warns of mercury poisoning from skin care products


unnamedThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a notice to consumers warning them to avoid skin creams, beauty and antiseptic soaps, and lotions that contain mercury. Recently, the FDA has learned of multiple products containing mercury that have caused mercury poisoning. According to the FDA, “The products are usually marketed as skin lighteners and anti-aging treatments that remove age spots, freckles, blemishes, and wrinkles,” and “usually are manufactured abroad and sold illegally in the United States.”

While many adverse events are beyond physician control, preparing for the worst-case scenario can help prevent and manage common adverse reactions.

How will you know if mercury’s in the cosmetic, especially one that’s marketed as “anti-aging” or “skin lightening”?

Check the label. If the words “mercurous chloride,” “calomel,” “mercuric,” “mercurio,” or “mercury” are listed on the label, mercury’s in it—and you should stop using the product immediately.

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