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At Fresh Start, we provide a variety of services including: Tattoo Removal, Rejuvenating Laser Facials, Botox, Injectables, Micro-Needling, VeinGogh Spider Vein Treatments, Radio Frequency Wrinkle Reduction, Skin Tightening, Microdermabrasion, Hydrodermabrasion, E-Light, IPL, Photo Facials and Laser Hair Removal.

All of our laser technicians in Boston area are trained and certified through National Laser Institute, the nation's leading Cosmetic Laser and Medical Aesthetics training school. Their top rated courses are the first in North America to meet the stringent regulatory requirements of the ARRA, American Association of Family Physicians, as well as the Post-Secondary Educational Board. All of our estheticians are fully trained and licensed for all services, including skin tightening in Boston area. We have a certified laser safety officer, and a Medical Director who is a Medical Doctor to oversee all laser hair removal,  tattoo removals and Laser Facials in Boston area, at Fresh Start.
We have partnered with Amirah, Inc. (Persian for princess) A non-profit organization dedicated to providing effective, whole person care for survivors of modern-day slavery. 

To help support Amirah with their cause; we are providing free tattoo removal to women coming out of the sex-trade industry who have been branded against their will. Many of these women have been branded with names or marks of their former abuser. 

If you would like to make a donation towards this service, or would like more information on how to become involved contact www.amirahboston.org.

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BEWARE of 'Sunglasses' Called 'Eyeware' or 'Sunware'

by By Friends at Fresh Start on 07/07/14

If you purchase a pair of sunglasses, they must offer some level of UV protection. This level could vary, however, which is why it's best to look for those that specify a certain level, such as UV 400 or 100 percent UV absorption. Because the FDA only regulates whether companies adhere to the labeling, if your sunglasses claim to be "100 percent UV protected," they must live up to that claim. That said, there are other types of glasses on the market that are marketed as sunglasses but are actually called: *Sun blockers  *Polarized glasses  *Eyeware  *Sunware. In these cases, they may offer no UV protection at all, yet would still be allowed under the FDA rules because they're not technically called 'sunglasses.' There are also so-called 'cosmetic' sunglasses.

Price is not an indicator of quality sun protection. CBS News actually did a study comparing cheap sunglasses ($5 a pair) to high-end brands like Versace ($200 a pair). All 31 pairs carried claims that they offered excellent UV protection… and all but one (a cheap pair) actually did. In other words, if your sunglasses claim to offer good UV protection, they probably do. But, if you're uncertain, take them in to an eye center. Most will test the UV protection level of your sunglasses for free, and it takes less than 30 seconds to do so.

What SPF should I use?

by By Friends at Fresh Start on 05/31/14

Sunblock protects your skin by absorbing and/or reflecting UVA and UVB radiation. All sunblocks have a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) rating. The SPF rating indicates how long a sunscreen remains effective on the skin. A user can determine how long their sunblock will be effective by multiplying the SPF factor by the length of time it takes for him or her to suffer a burn without sunscreen.

 

For instance, if you normally develop sunburn in 10 minutes without wearing a sunscreen, a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 will protect you for 150 minutes (10 minutes multiplied by the SPF of 15). Although sunscreen use helps minimize sun damage, no sunscreen completely blocks all wavelengths of UV light. The American Association of Dermatology (AAD) recommends that a "broad spectrum" sunblock with an SPF of at least 15 and no more than SPF 50. We recommend sunblocks with SPF of at least 30 with frequent reapplication.

HOW SUNLIGHT DAMAGES EYES

by By Friends at Fresh Start on 05/01/14

by Rene S. Rodriguez-Sains, MD










For most of us, the eyes are the most cherished of our senses. Yet we potentially expose them to danger simply by going outside. Over time, the sun’s rays can seriously damage the eyes and surrounding skin, sometimes leading to vision loss and conditions from cataracts and macular degeneration to eye and eyelid cancers. However, simple daily protective strategies will help keep our eyes and the sensitive skin around them healthy. 

Certain types of light from the sun can wreak havoc:

Ultraviolet A and Ultraviolet B light: Ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB), powerful, invisible rays with wavelengths shorter than visible light, are the most dangerous parts of sunlight. They can cause cataracts, eyelid cancers and other skin cancers,1,2 and are believed to play a part in macular degeneration, a major cause of vision loss for people over age 60.3 In addition, UV rays can prematurely wrinkle and age the skin around the eyes.

High-Energy Visible Light (HEV light)/Blue Light: HEV light – high-energy visible light in the violet/blue spectrum is a potential contributor to cataracts and other serious eye maladies.1,2 Blue light can damage the retina over time, leading to macular degeneration. The retina is the membrane where images are formed and transmitted to the brain. The macula, the region of sharpest vision located near the center of the retina, is the most likely area to be damaged.

Dark Eye Circles

by By Friends at Fresh Start on 04/03/14

Dark Eye Circles

Dark circles are often caused by the aging process as the skin around the eyes become thinner, allowing blood vessels to show. So, now that we have them, is there any way to get rid of them?

There basically three types of dark eye circles:

1. Hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmented undereye circles can be dark circles often found in women with darker skin tones (African, East Indian or Latin descent). This is caused by the over-abundance of melanin in skin.

2. Blue-ish veins. As we age, the skin around our eyes thins out, causing the veins underneath to show. This is typical in women with lighter skin.

3. Poor circulation. These under-eye circles tend to be puffy or baggy. This is usually caused by poor blood flow or water retention under the eye. Large bags that don't recede in time are hereditary. The temporary ones can be caused by stress, lack of sleep or a bad smoking habit.

To determine the cause of your under-eye circles, press your thumb on the shadows. If the shadows momentarily lighten, the cause is poor circulation. If they don't lighten, the cause is hyperpigmentation, according to dermatologist Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas of Yale University in Elle Magazine.

How to Treat Dark Eye Circles

Dark circles from hyperpigmentation can be treated with lasers.  However, be warns that lasers don't always work well on darker skin. "The laser may turn on melanocytes to produce more pigment," says in Dr. Alexiades-Armenakas.

For dark skin, she prefers topical solutions made with kojic acid. Creams with hydroquinone are also commonly used to treat undereye circles. Both kojic acid and hydroquinone brighten hyperpigmented skin.

If you suffer from puffy eye bags, sleep on your back with your head propped up. You can also treat puffiness with black tea bags. Chill steeped tea bags in the fridge first. Place chilled bags over the eyes. The tannins in black tea help reduce bloat, according to "Confessions of a Beauty Editor," a book written by the editors of Allure magazine.

If bags are constant and never go away, see a doctor for more treatment options.

What causes varicose veins and spider veins?

by By Friends at Fresh Start on 03/19/14

Varicose veins can be caused by weak or damaged valves in the veins. The heart pumps blood filled with oxygen and nutrients to the whole body through the arteries. Veins then carry the blood from the body back to the heart. As your leg muscles squeeze, they push blood back to the heart from your lower body against the flow of gravity. Veins have valves that act as one-way flaps to prevent blood from flowing backwards as it moves up your legs. If the valves become weak, blood can leak back into the veins and collect there. (This problem is called venous insufficiency.) When backed-up blood makes the veins bigger, they can become varicose.

Spider veins can be caused by the backup of blood. They can also be caused by hormone changes, exposure to the sun, and injuries.

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