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How to Prevent the Recurrence of Varicose Veins After Treatment

Posted on September 13, 2019 by Ella Fedonenko

For those prone to developing varicose veins, and who have decided to undergo treatment to remove them, it’s common to think that after treatment there will be no need to worry about the reappearance of this uncomfortable and unsightly problem. Or at least, not until a long time has passed.

While this may be true, there are nevertheless several precautions you can take to minimize the chance of varicose veins returning after treatment.

What Causes Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are the “big brothers” of spider veins – they’re caused by poorly functioning valves that fail to prevent blood from flowing in the wrong direction, away from the heart. The blood pools up, increases the local blood pressure, and eventually weakens the vein walls. This in turn causes the unsightly and painful twisting and enlargement that is the mark of varicose veins. 

In some cases patients are genetically predisposed to circulatory problems that cause varicose veins. In other cases, they can be caused by excess weight, pregnancy, tumors, surgery, accidents, and even constipation.

Why Do Varicose Veins Reappear After Treatment?

Varicose veins are ultimately symptoms of other problems, so even if the veins are treated, unless the underlying causes are not also addressed, the problem can be expected to eventually return after treatment. 

It may also be that your varicose vein treatment was not sufficiently thorough – perhaps not all damaged veins were properly identified before treatment, or the treatment itself was inadequate or poorly executed.

Pre-Treatment Precautions

Choose Your Provider With Care

As in so many other areas, choosing a qualified and experienced provider is vital to obtaining the most effective treatment, avoiding scarring, and minimizing the long-term risk of the problem reappearing after treatment. Your provider will be responsible for identifying damaged veins (including those that may not yet be apparent), then choosing the most appropriate technique(s) to treat them, and finally providing counseling on the best ways to prevent their return. This is an area where ensuring that your provider is a qualified physician is especially important – choosing the best treatment should take into account your prior medical history.

Effective Screening

In many cases your provider will perform (or request) various screening tests prior to treatment – this will help them determine the full extent of the problem, and allows them to tailor your treatment to include potential future problem areas – even if these are not immediately visible.

Post-Treatment Precautions

Monitoring Healing

Your physician will need to monitor you after treatment, to ensure that healing is progressing normally, and possibly to suggest ways to treat any ongoing medical problems that might cause varicose veins to reappear later on.

Staying Healthy

As vein damage is indicative of other health problems, staying (or getting) healthy will certainly help minimize chances of reoccurrence. This means getting appropriate exercise, eating healthily, and avoiding situations that can cause circulatory problems. You should also try to avoid extended periods either sitting or standing.

Resolving Other Medical Issues 

Depending on your circumstances the physician may also suggest ways to address any ongoing medical issues that might increase your chance of having future problems. This might be in the form of referrals to vascular specialists, or perhaps weight loss counseling. 

Vein Therapy in Los Angeles

We offer both sclerotherapy and laser vein therapy treatments in our Los Angeles clinic. For more information, contact Your Laser Skin Care for a free consultation. We will discuss how these treatments can help your particular symptoms, as well as how best to address the medical causes behind your symptoms.

 

Can IPL Actually Reduce the Size of Pores?

Posted on September 4, 2019 by Ella Fedonenko

Pores help to keep skin looking healthy, but large pores can spoil the appearance of even the best complexion, causing distress and frustration to many men and women.

What Causes Large Pores?

Oily skin is typically caused by overactive sebaceous glands creating excess oil, which causes pores to expand.

In addition to this genetic cause, the size of skin pores can be influenced by:

  • Hormonal changes
  • Poor skin hygiene
  • Excess sunlight
  • Living in extreme climates
  • Normal aging process

While hot, humid climates increase sweat and oil production, cold, dry climates can also increase oil production as the body tries to compensate for the lack of moisture in the air.

Whatever the cause, large pores are regarded as cosmetically undesirable and are more likely to become clogged with oil and dirt, increasing the chance of developing acne.

How to Control the Size of Pores?

Careful use of skincare products adapted to your skin type can reduce oil production and help control the size of pores. But it’s hard to find an effective long-term solution to this problem. Using cosmetics to camouflage large pores can also eventually exacerbate the problem.

Pores can be reduced in size by taking measures to unclog your pores, reduce oil production from skin glands, and by stimulating cell renewal and collagen production in the skin. Laser and IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatments are recognized as effective ways to accomplish these goals.

How Can IPL Help?

Intense light pulses have the effect of rejuvenating the skin and are able to penetrate deep into the skin, killing bacteria and stimulating collagen production. The result is improved skin tone, reduced oil production, and an eventual reduction in the size of size pores. Light pulses are focused on the skin cell layers responsible for cell renewal, without harming the surface layers of the skin.

Individual IPL procedures normally take no longer than 20 minutes, and although multiple treatments are typically required, results usually become apparent within a week or two of the first treatment.

The IPL procedures we offer have several benefits in addition to shrinking skin pores. They can also help correct visible skin imperfections and improve skin tone.

Get IPL in Los Angeles

For more information about IPL in Los Angeles, contact Your Laser Skin Care for a free consultation. We can show you how to use IPL to address your particular skin issues and answer your questions about this and other non-invasive procedures that we offer.

 

Why More Men are Jumping on the CoolSculpting Trend

Posted on August 23, 2019 by Ella Fedonenko

Although women still account for the vast majority (over 90%) of cosmetic procedures, it’s becoming increasingly common for men to turn to non-invasive cosmetic procedures to counteract the effects of aging, excess weight, and less-than-perfect physiques. Younger men (the infamous millennials) are also more open to using cosmetic procedures than older men.

The CoolSculpting “fat freezing” body contouring technique, in particular, can be used to address several areas of specific concern for men – many of which are resistant to diet and exercise alone.

Here’s where most men get the most out of CoolSculpting:

Beer Bellies & Love Handles

CoolSculpting permanently removes stubborn fat deposits, particularly those just under the skin. Beer bellies and love handles (excess fat on the sides of the waist) are quite common in men and can be difficult to eliminate just through diet and exercise. If you’re self-conscious about the profile of your stomach or waistline, CoolSculpting can be an effective way to make permanent improvements. It’s also far less painful and invasive than the traditional liposuction alternative.

Gynecomastia

Fat deposits in the breast area can be particularly distressing for men. The problem can be due to hormone imbalances, but more often is caused by the simple accumulation of excess fat. Fat in this area can also be quite resistant to diet and exercise. Fortunately, CoolSculpting is an effective way to help minimize or eliminate these fat deposits.

Double Chins

CoolSculpting not only eliminates fat but can also help tighten loose (“lax”) skin under the chin. It’s common for both men and women to accumulate fat in this area, and CoolSculpting is a particularly potent treatment option for this problem area.

Thighs and Buttocks 

Fat accumulation on the inner and outer thighs and beneath the buttocks is another common male problem. Although these problems can be more readily addressed through exercise, CoolSculpting provides a more direct way to solve them.

Upper Arms

Excess fat on the upper arms is often accompanied by loose skin, which can also be present after losing weight through traditional means. CoolSculpting can be used to target these stubborn fat deposits and help tighten accompanying loose skin.

Los Angeles CoolSculpting for Men

These problems can affect all men, not only those with unhealthy diets or lifestyles. CoolSculpting is a safe, effective treatment, and leads to permanent fat elimination in targeted areas. Nevertheless, it should not be regarded as a substitute for eating and drinking wisely and in moderation, nor getting regular exercise. CoolSculpting is also not intended to be used as a weight-loss mechanism.

CoolSculpting offers several other advantages, including:

  • No injections
  • No restrictive diets
  • No advance preparation
  • No special post-treatment precautions
  • No downtime after treatment

While no sudden changes are visible, fat loss occurs gradually in the weeks and months following treatment. Therefore, CoolSculpting provides a natural-looking and discrete way to improve your appearance and self-confidence. 

To schedule a consultation or discuss your questions about CoolSculpting, contact Your Laser Skin Care today.  We offer many other non-invasive cosmetic procedures, many of which can be combined with CoolSculpting, to effectively address the most stubborn problem areas.

 

Why Spider Veins Happen and How to Stop Them

Posted on August 12, 2019 by Ella Fedonenko

Spider veins are damaged veins, typically small and twisty, that form close to the surface of the skin. They appear in colors of red, purple, or blue, and are most often found on the face or legs. They don’t necessarily indicate the presence of associated health issues, but they can create a cosmetic problem that many people find unsightly.

What Causes Spider Veins?

Spider veins occur when the normal blood flow within veins gets disrupted, and blood begins to pool instead of flowing smoothly.

This disruption is typically caused when the one-way valves inside our veins, which normally prevent blood flowing backward, become weak or damaged. When blood starts to collect instead of flow, the local blood pressure rises, which weakens the blood vessel walls and eventually causes the walls to bulge. The end result is blood vessels forming the twisty patterns that characterize spider veins.

The risk of developing spider veins increases with age, excessive weight, pregnancy, trauma, or even after some types of surgeries. Some people, especially women, are simply more likely to develop spider veins.

Other causes include spending a lot of time sitting or standing up. Even wearing high heels, which cause calf muscles to remain contracted for extended periods, can lead to spider veins. Facial spider veins may also be caused by excess sun exposure, or even something as simple as vigorous coughing or sneezing.

How to Prevent or Minimize the Appearance of Spider Veins?

Obviously trying to prevent or minimize the various potential causes of spider veins will reduce the chance of them developing. However, once you see veins start to develop, there are a few ways to treat them:

  • Losing weight and exercising will improve blood circulation and may lower your risk of worsening of spider veins.
  • Support pantyhose, compression stockings or socks can be used to apply pressure to the areas with spider veins. This compression helps improve blood flow and prevent spider veins from continuing to develop.
  • Sclerotherapy is a non-invasive treatment that involves injecting a solution into damaged veins which causes them to collapse. Eventually, the treated vein will get absorbed by the body, resulting in the discolored areas fading or even disappearing. Sclerotherapy is a simple, virtually painless procedure that produces excellent results.
  • Non-invasive laser vein therapy uses focused pulses of laser light to remove the broken or damaged blood vessels associated with spider veins. Laser vein therapy is a fast and effective way to treat spider veins, especially very fine veins. It is typically applied with anesthetic and/or cooling pads to reduce any discomfort.

Vein Therapy in Los Angeles

If you suffer from spider veins, contact Your Laser Skin Care at (323) 525-1516 or schedule a consultation online. We will be happy to explain how Sclerotherapy and laser vein therapy could help you resolve your vein problems.

 

CoolSculpting Consultation Checklist

Posted on August 2, 2019 by Ella Fedonenko

CoolSculpting is our latest procedure for easily and quickly removing the stubborn folds of fat that have resisted attempts through dieting or exercise. CoolSculpting is rapidly gaining in popularity and has proven to be a safe and effective non-invasive way to lose unwanted fat with minimal to no downtime.

Before deciding to move ahead with the procedure, however, you should schedule a consultation with the provider you’ve chosen. You’ll need to establish that CoolSculpting is the appropriate treatment for you, taking into account your prior medical history, the areas of fat on your body that concern you, and the results that you hope to achieve.

Your practitioner will ask you many questions as they determine if you are a suitable candidate for this procedure. Here’s a checklist of topics that you might like to ask them about – this will help ensure that you take maximum advantage of your consultation and that you don’t forget to inquire about any important topics.

Questions About the CoolSculpting Procedure

  • How does the CoolSculpting procedure actually work, and how safe is it?
  • Can you predict how successful the procedure will be for a given patient?
  • What kind of problems (and which parts of the body) is CoolSculpting best at treating?
  • How does CoolSculpting compare to other body contouring procedures, such as liposuction?
  • How long does each CoolSculpting procedure typically take, will more than one treatment be required, and how much time is needed between multiple procedures?
  • How much discomfort should you expect during the procedure?
  • Can other non-invasive procedures be combined with CoolSculpting?

Questions About the Practitioner

  • What types of CoolSculpting equipment and accessories does the practitioner have available?
  • Has the practitioner been formally trained and certified to perform CoolSculpting procedures?
  • What medical experience does the practitioner have? If they’re a doctor, what board certifications do they have?
  • What is the practitioner’s experience in performing non-invasive cosmetic procedures, and which other types of procedure are they also equipped to perform?

Questions About Preparing for Treatment

  • Should you try to lose weight before starting CoolSculpting treatment?
  • What preparations should you make before each treatment (such as avoiding direct sunlight), and what cosmetics and medications should be avoided leading up to each treatment?

Questions About Recovery After Treatment

  • What kind of side-effects can occur, and how long do they typically last?
  • Should you contact the practitioner if any other side effects become apparent?
  • How long before you should see some results, and for how long will improvements continue to develop?
  • Are the results permanent? 
  • Should you expect to see any changes in weight after treatment?
  • How important is it to exercise and eat properly after the procedure?

If you’d like to know if CoolSculpting can help you to tighten or improve the contours of your body, contact us to schedule your own consultation. And, bring this list of questions with you!

 

What to Do After an IPL Photofacial

Posted on July 25, 2019 by Ella Fedonenko

The benefits of IPL Photofacial treatments start to become apparent in the 24 hours following each procedure and continue to evolve in the days and weeks that follow.

Although IPL Photofacials require very little to no recovery time, there are definitely things you should (and should not) be doing to ensure you derive the maximum benefits from this facial, while minimizing the chance of negative side effects. We recommend that you pay careful attention to the following tips.

Keep Cool and Avoid the Sun

Avoid both direct and indirect sunlight as much as possible during the 30-day healing period. Sunlight can not only prevent your skin from healing properly but can more easily cause new damage during this time.

Your skin will be especially sensitive to sunlight following the treatment. To avoid sunburn during this vulnerable time, you must protect your skin for at least 30 days after each treatment by applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.

Ensure that your skin remains protected and apply sunscreen as often as needed to maintain protection. Using broad (or full) spectrum sunscreen will give protection against both UVA and UVB rays and is necessary even if you avoid direct sunlight.

Too much heat is also bad for your skin as it tries to heal and regenerate. This means you must avoid hot baths or showers for several days after each treatment. You should also avoid strenuous exercise during this time, as excess sweat increases your chances of infection, while potentially delaying the healing process.

If you have any redness, swelling, itching, or burning following an IPL treatment, applying aloe vera gel or cold compresses can help. If these symptoms persist for more than 48 hours, you should contact your doctor.

Be Gentle on your Skin and Allow Time to Heal

Do not apply makeup immediately after an IPL facial treatment. It’s best to try and minimize (or completely avoid) using makeup for the next 12 hours.

Keep skin clean by using a gentle cleanser twice a day, only use cold or warm water, and gently pat your skin dry instead of rubbing it.

In addition to using sunscreen, ensure that you keep your skin protected at all times by using a gentle moisturizer.

During the week or so following an IPL facial treatment, any pigmented spots in the treated areas may darken in color before eventually peeling off.

Other blemishes may also become apparent before they eventually flake off. It is imperative not to scratch or pick at your skin during this time, or you will run the risk of infection, possibly resulting in new scars and imperfections.

Avoid Skin Irritants

As your skin heals, you should avoid any products with the risk of irritation, or which might interfere with the healing process. The list of potential irritants includes products high in Vitamin A, such as retinoic acid, Tretinoin (Retin-A), and alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA).

Skin exfoliants should also be avoided for at least a week after each treatment, whether chemical or mechanical.

If needed, an over-the-counter 1% hydrocortisone cream can be used once or twice a day on any irritated areas, as long as the skin surface is intact.

Learn More About Our IPL in Los Angeles

Your Laser Skin Care in Los Angeles specializes in Botox and Fillers injections, laser hair removal, vein therapy, chemical peels and IPL among many other services. Please call us at (323) 525-1516 or visit us online to schedule an appointment.

 

Ways to Avoid Acne Breakouts This Summer

Posted on July 17, 2019 by Ella Fedonenko

It’s a cruel irony that during summertime, a time when we have multiple opportunities to show more skin, and when we’d really like our complexions to be in peak condition, is also the time of year when many of us suffer from seasonal acne. Here are some of the main reasons for summer acne breakouts, along with some tips for avoiding (or minimizing) the problem.

Causes of Summertime Acne

High humidity levels in the summer stimulate the production of oil by the skin’s sebaceous glands, which can clog and become infected. Unfortunately, you are also more likely to sweat during the heat of the summer, and the heat opens your skin pores more than at other times of the year. The combination of these effects results in a greatly increased chance of clogged skin pores and acne.

The hotter summertime sun also exacerbates the problem – the sun’s UV rays can irritate and inflame your skin (even if you don’t burn), and many of the products we apply to protect our skin from the sun can also contribute to clogged pores, and subsequent infection. 

Sunscreen isn’t the only culprit. Tanning lotions and skincare products can have the same effect. Even if some of the products we use (including anti-acne medications) are antibacterial, they can dry the skin, which leads to increased oil production, which ultimately contributes to the same clogged pore problem.

We are also much more likely to encounter several other environmental skin irritants in the summertime – this list includes pool chemicals, bug sprays and food and drinks with high levels of sugar.

Ways to Combat the Problem

Given that you’re going to sweat more anyway, you can reduce the chance of acne breaking out by avoiding touching your face. Also, remove makeup before exposing yourself to the sun, or participating in activities that will result in your sweating more than usual. Spray-on antiperspirants can also aid in reducing body acne.

Skin cleansing and moisturizing remain essential during the summer, but you can reduce the potential for problems by cleansing your face using alcohol-free products, and substituting light mineral-based makeup for your heavy, oily products. “Comedogenic” refers to the acne that results from using skincare products that can cause oily skin, clog skin pores, and allow their subsequent infection by skin bacteria. We recommend switching to skin cleansers and moisturizers identified as “non-comedogenic.”

Although the link is less obvious, eating a healthy diet can keep your immune system working efficiently, which will lessen the chance of acne infections developing. Healthy diets include avoiding oily foods, red meat, refined carbohydrates, and especially sugar. It would help if you also tried to eat plenty of high-fiber fruits and vegetables and water-rich fruits.

This may seem obvious in the heat of the summer, but keeping properly hydrated will help. Not only by replacing the liquid that you lose by sweating, but also by allowing your body to more easily flush out toxins.

Vitamin and mineral supplements can also help reduce the intensity of acne breakouts – vitamins E, C, and B6 are often used, as well as Zinc and Selenium. Your doctor should be able to provide you with recommendations tailored to your particular situation, as well as with the best way to treat any acne infections that you have developed.

If you are having trouble with summer acne give Your Laser Skin Care a call at (323) 525-1516 to see how we can help you get back to clearer skin.