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woman getting laser hair removal on her bikini line

Laser hair removal can be used on just about any part of the body that contains unwanted hair – it can be used occasionally to reduce or thin hair growth, or it can be applied repeatedly over the course of several months to permanently stop hair from growing back.

Unwanted hair in the bikini area has presented a particular problem for many women – the hair in this area can be especially thick and bristly, and the skin is easily irritated. Traditional shaving can easily lead to ingrown hairs, which in turn can become inflamed and infected. Laser hair removal is a great alternative and gives an unbeatable combination of benefits.

Eliminates Ingrown Hairs

The single most important benefit is that laser hair removal results in the entire hair follicle falling out. There’s no possibility of cut-off hairs snagging and becoming ingrown as they continue growing. This also avoids the primary cause of irritation and infection after shaving.

Leaves Skin Softer and Much Less Irritated

Laser hair removal targets the individual hair follicles – it does not have any effect on the skin itself and can therefore be used on even susceptible parts of the body. 

Avoids Cuts and Scars

Shaving always carries the risk of irritating sensitive skin, as well as snagging or cutting the skin. This can result in irritation or even infection, as well as creating slow-to-heal and unaesthetic-looking cuts or scars. Laser hair removal avoids this problem entirely.

Gives Long-Lasting Results

You’ll enjoy the benefits of laser hair removal for an extended period after treatment, and after several sessions, you’ll only need very occasional touchups. 

No Need to Allow Hair to Periodically Re-Grow 

You don’t need to regrow your hair before having a laser hair removal session – unlike waxing, the laser does not need hairs to protrude to be able to remove them. If you do have some hair regrowth between the treatments, you should always shave the area before your next laser hair removal session.

Your Laser Skin Care

Your Laser Skin Care practitioners are medically qualified; and highly experienced in a wide range of non-invasive cosmetic procedures, including laser hair removal. We can provide you with expert advice on how best to address your particular concerns, and in particular, with choosing the treatment or treatments best able to achieve your goals. Call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation, or visit us online for more information.

man rincing face after a chemical peel in Los Angeles

Chemical peels offer a fast and easy way to address a surprising variety of different cosmetic issues. While they, of course, offer these benefits to both men and women, they’re beneficial for men, as they offer a fast, easy, and natural way to address skin flaws without having to resort to using cosmetics. 

A very large variety of chemical peel products are available today – the choice depends on the particular condition (or conditions) that need to be addressed. They’re also available in a range of different strengths. 

Chemical peels all work by accelerating the shedding of dead skin cells, revealing the new, undamaged skin cells beneath. They also help to stimulate the body’s natural production of collagen, a key part of the skin’s structure and vital for maintaining a healthy and youthful skin tone.

They can be used to effectively treat many different conditions, including the following.

Lines and Wrinkles

Chemical peels are an extremely effective way to combat fine lines and wrinkles, either developed due to excess sun exposure or as part of the natural aging process. They can also be used to address more pronounced lines and wrinkles by using a more aggressive chemical blend.

Uneven Skin Pigmentation

Chemical peels offer a practical way to reduce uneven skin pigmentation, either as a result of excess sun exposure or due to other causes, including genetic. They can be used to fade out areas containing excess melanin pigmentation, either in extended areas or in small spots.

Uneven Skin Texture and Scarring

Chemical peels can be used to even out or balance areas with irregular texture, as well as areas with scarring. They can be used to reduce acne scars, but they can also help to reduce visible scars caused by past injuries or surgery.

Prominent Skin Pores

Chemical peels can’t reduce the size of your skin pores, but they can help to make them less prominent and visible.

Dry Skin

Chemical peels are available for many different skin types, including dry skin. They can be used as a way to hydrate dry skin while also helping to reduce further acne infections.

Your Laser Skin Care

Your Laser Skin Care practitioners are medically qualified and highly experienced in using different chemical peel products to address many different cosmetic issues. We can provide you with expert advice on how best to address your particular concerns, and in particular, with choosing the product or products best able to achieve your goals. Call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation, or visit us online for more information.

man getting under eye filler in los angeles

Dermal fillers have proven to be a successful and widely-used non-invasive technique for treating age-related loss of volume in the face and neck. Loss of volume beneath the skin can result in wrinkles or a sunken appearance, but when this occurs beneath the eyes we can be left with undesirable dark circles beneath the eyes.

Men and women are equally likely to develop under-eye cosmetic problems, but men are traditionally more resistant to looking for treatment options. Women are also typically able to use cosmetics and makeup to conceal these kinds of problems. Some men are very sensitive to the apparent loss of vitality that can accompany these kinds of cosmetic problems; fortunately, dermal fillers can offer an attractive and safe way to address this problem.

What Causes Under-Eye Bags and Dark Circles?

The skin beneath our eyes is some of the thinnest (and thus most fragile) skin in the body; the area contains tissue and muscles that support our eyelids, as well as fat deposits. As we age, skin in this area can thin, and the muscles can weaken. Together this can result in sagging and loss of tone. The natural fat deposits can also migrate, and together with the tendency for excess fluid to accumulate in this area, we can be left with swollen or puffy under-eyes.

Any lines or wrinkles under the eyes are also quite visible, both directly, but also as the result of visible shadows that can exaggerate their appearance.

Dark circles beneath the eyes can be a normal result of aging, but they can also be indicative of chronic insufficient sleep, poor nutrition, allergies, excess sun exposure, or simply due to genetic (inherited) factors. Some ethnicities are also more prone to developing these dark circles, although in these cases their naturally dark complexions can be partially responsible, as their natural skin pigmentation can become concentrated beneath the eyes.

How Can Dark Circles be Treated?

Specially formulated dermal fillers can be injected into the skin beneath the eyes. The hyaluronic acid in the fillers adds missing volume, compensates for lost hydration, and also stimulates the body to increase its production of collagen, which the body uses to support the skin’s elasticity and tone.

A wide range of dermal filler products is available, allowing the treatment to be tailored to your particular needs. Some dermal fillers contain additional ingredients that can provide more structure and support; they also allow the practitioner to apply them to achieve a natural-looking result, both with respect to the skin texture and smoothness, but also (and very importantly) achieving a symmetrical and balanced look.

Our under-eyes represent one of the body areas that varies the most from one person to the next, as well as one of the most visible parts of the body – the skill of the practitioner is crucial to not only solving the problem being addressed, but doing so while avoiding over-compensating, and above all keeping a natural look.

Your Laser Skin Care

Your Laser Skin Care practitioners are medically qualified and highly experienced in using dermal fillers to address many different cosmetic issues. We can provide you with expert advice on how best to address your particular concerns, and in particular whether you may be best served by combining dermal fillers with other non-invasive procedures. We can help advise you on choosing the safest, most effective, and most cost-effective way to achieve your cosmetic goals. Call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation, or visit us online for more information.

woman with long, dark lashes after using latisse

Latisse is a relatively recent development – an FDA-approved medication that is applied directly to your eyelashes, and which can increase eyelash length by around 25 percent, while also darkening and thickening your eyelashes. Latisse has been available for just over 10 years and has recently also been found to be effective at stimulating eyebrow growth.

How Does Latisse Work?

Latisse was originally developed as a glaucoma medication. It contains a lipid compound primarily intended to lower excessive pressure inside the eye when used in eye drops. However, as a side effect, it has been found to stimulate hair follicles to produce extra hair, as well as increasing the time during which individual hairs grow. Latisse also seems to increase the thickness and darkness of individual hairs.

How is Latisse Applied?

When used to stimulate eyelash growth Latisse must be applied daily to the edge of the upper eyelid. The treatment period is generally at least two months but extends for as long as you need.

A sterile applicator is used to minimize any risk of infection when applying Latisse – it’s also important to avoid touching the eyelash area after applying the product.

How Quickly Are Results Seen?

Some patience is required – hair growth is not immediate, but is typically seen only after approximately two months. You should certainly see significant improvements three months after starting treatment.

How Can Eyelashes Become Damaged?

Natural eyelashes are delicate, and easily damaged – applying and removing mascara, curling eyelashes, and applying artificial eyelash extensions can easily cause eyelashes to become brittle and break. Gluing artificial eyelashes on, and removing them afterward is another obvious way that eyelashes become damaged.

Some forms of vitamin deficiency can also have an impact on the growth cycle of hair follicles, which impacts the number and quality of individual eyelash hairs. This becomes a more significant problem as we age.

Other Precautions

It’s important to carefully follow the application instructions – Latisse should not be allowed to touch your eyeballs or to run off the area where it’s applied.

Your Laser Skin Care

Your Laser Skin Care practitioners are medically qualified and highly experienced in performing several different types of non-invasive cosmetic procedures. We can provide you with expert advice on how best to address your particular concerns, and in particular whether Latisse is recommended for your personal situation. We can help advise you on choosing the safest, most effective, and most cost-effective way to achieve your cosmetic goals. Call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation, or visit us online for more information.

woman deciding where to get CoolSculpting done

We’ve written about CoolSculpting on several previous occasions – it’s a highly effective way to remove fat cells from specific body areas in a non-invasive way. The procedure works by cooling down fat cells using specialized applicators which are able to rapidly cool down unwanted fat without damaging surrounding skin and tissue. The targeted fat cells are damaged by the low temperature and are subsequently eliminated from the body naturally, in the days and weeks following treatment. 

The procedure does not require significant recovery time, and as the loss of fat occurs over an extended period, very natural looking results can be achieved.

The CoolSculpting treatment uses specialized cooling applicators, designed to be applied on top of the body areas being treated. The procedure works best when the fat being removed can be isolated and held close to the cooling pad – gentle suction is also used to increase the efficiency of the cooling process.

The following body areas can be most effectively treated using this technique:

Neck and Chin 

Double chins are generally easily accessible to the CoolSculpting cooling pads, but a specialized smaller-size cooling pad has been developed to further increase the effectiveness of the technique in this area. 

Upper Arms

Upper arms are another area that can be effectively treated – a specialized CoolSculpting cooling pad is sometimes used when cooling longer regions like the upper arms.

Flanks

The flanks, also commonly called ‘love handles’, are an excellent candidate for CoolSculpting treatment. 

Inner and Outer Thighs

The fat deposits on the outer thighs are somewhat harder to treat, but CoolSculpting is an effective way to treat unwanted fat on the inner or outer thighs.

Abdomen

The stomach or abdomen is very commonly treated with CoolSculpting, although it’s more likely that multiple treatments will be required to effectively remove fat in this area. A specialized CoolSculpting cooling pad is available for treating large flat body areas like the abdomen.

Other Areas

CoolSculpting is not limited to these areas – it’s also commonly used on the back, knees, armpits, lower bottom, as well as on unwanted male breast tissue.

The CoolSculpting procedure not only removes unwanted fat but does so while maintaining natural looking contours. The skill of your practitioner will be important, both to use the CoolSculpting equipment safely and effectively, but also to ensure that the fat removal process leaves you looking natural, symmetrical, and well contoured.

Your Laser Skin Care

Your Laser Skin Care practitioners are medically qualified and highly experienced in the application of CoolSculpting. We can provide you with expert advice on how best to use CoolSculpting to address your particular concerns and will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have about using the procedure. We also have extensive experience with a wide variety of other non-invasive cosmetic procedures and can help you choose the safest, most effective, and most cost-effective way to achieve your cosmetic goals. Call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation, or visit us online for more information.

woman at the office getting laser skin resurfacing

Laser light pulse technology is highly effective at hair removal but can also be used as a non-invasive way to resurface the outer layer of the skin. This allows treatment of several types of skin blemishes, including fine lines and wrinkles, sun or age spots, uneven pigmentation, and loose or stretched skin.

Laser skin resurfacing can also be used to treat uneven skin texture and traumatic scars, including acne scars.

What Type of Laser is Used?

Lasers used for skin resurfacing differ from those used for hair removal in one important respect. Instead of creating light pulses that are focused onto hair follicles beneath the skin’s surface, lasers used for skin resurfacing are known as fractionated lasers. These lasers create thousands of very fine lines of focused light energy.

How do Fractionated Lasers Work to Resurface the Skin?

The light energy is concentrated into fine lines, which penetrate relatively deep into the skin. The light energy does not damage the outer layer of the skin but leads to the creation of new tissue underneath. It also stimulates ongoing collagen production – collagen is key to the skin’s resiliency, elasticity, and overall tone. The overall effect is to accelerate skin healing, leading to effective rejuvenation of the skin from deep inside.

The fractionated nature of the light energy limits the percentage of affected skin cells in the area being treated to between 20% and 25%. This means that only a fraction of skin cells are exposed to the laser light during each treatment session. Limiting the number of cells that are exposed to the laser energy results in faster overall healing in the targeted area and reduces undesirable redness and swelling after treatment.

The treatment is typically repeated between three to five times, performed every four to six weeks. This allows time for the skin to heal after each treatment; multiple treatments allow for the most complete effect to be achieved while minimizing the recovery time and allowing improvements to become apparent in a more gradual and natural-looking manner.

How Well Can Lasers Treat Scars?

Acne scars can take several forms, ranging from various degrees of skin depression and skin pigmentation changes to more severe cases where the skin has become raised and thickened. They are also typically accompanied by skin texture changes. The fractionated resurfacing laser is well-positioned to treat thick and/or bumpy scar tissue. The laser treatment may not be able to make severe scars disappear entirely, but it should be able to reduce the visibility and severity of the scar significantly.

The skills and experience of the practitioner performing the procedure are extremely important – the technique requires considerable skill on the part of the person wielding the laser, and the procedure is capable of producing poor or even dangerous results in the hands of an inexperienced or poorly trained practitioner.

In some cases, the best results may be obtained by combining laser skin resurfacing with other non-invasive cosmetic treatments, such as dermal fillers. Our recommendation is to find a qualified and experienced practitioner who specializes both in laser skin resurfacing as well as in a wide range of other cosmetic procedures.

Your Laser Skin Care

Your Laser Skin Care practitioners are medically qualified and highly experienced in performing laser skin resurfacing. We can provide expert advice on the best ways to address your particular situation and will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you have. We also have extensive experience with a wide variety of other non-invasive cosmetic procedures, including dermal fillers. We can help you choose the safest, most effective, and most cost-effective way to achieve your cosmetic goals. Call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation, or visit us online for more information.

Woman having laser hair removal in professional beauty salon: Your laser skin care

As we’ve discussed several times, laser hair removal is a popular and effective way to remove unwanted hair from pretty much anywhere on the body. However, due to the cyclic way that individual hair follicles pass through dormant and active growth phases, achieving complete (or nearly complete) hair removal from any particular area requires multiple treatments.

Hair Follicle Growth Phases

Individual hair follicles actually cycle through multiple phases: starting with a growth phase, followed by a transitional phase during which the hair stops growing and starts to separate from the follicle. Finally, follicles pass through a resting phase, during which they prepare for the next growth cycle. Hair strands are shed during this phase.

The growth phase can last anywhere from two to seven years, while the transitional phase is far shorter, between two and three weeks. The final phase lasts around three months.

The multiple phases are important as the laser hair removal technique is only effective when individual hair follicles are in their growth phase; at any given time, perhaps 75% of hair follicles are in this state.

The important thing to remember is that individual hair follicles follow this cycle independently of each other. If you look at any area of the body, you’ll find a mixture of hair follicles in all of the growth phases.

Speed of Hair Follicle Growth

The actual speed that hair grows varies widely from person to person. It depends on several factors, including the age of the individual, various external environmental factors, and their genetic and racial backgrounds. In addition to this, hair on different parts of the body grows at different rates.

Recommended Laser Treatment Intervals

Your initial laser hair removal treatment will be able to target the 75% of hair follicles that are in their active growth phase; subsequent treatments will have to wait for the remaining hair follicles to cycle through their transitional and resting phases before they too can be effectively treated.

Your practitioner will evaluate your particular situation before suggesting a specific treatment interval – it’s typical to wait between 3 and 5 weeks between treatments and to repeat the treatments between six and twelve times. Facial hair often has a faster growth cycle, and a two-week interval between treatments may be recommended. Treatment intervals may also be adjusted to take account of your particular hair type and condition.

Your Laser Skin Care

Your Laser Skin Care practitioners are medically qualified and highly experienced in performing laser hair removal. We can provide expert advice on the best ways to address your particular situation and will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you have. We also have extensive experience with a wide variety of other non-invasive cosmetic procedures. We can help you choose the safest, most effective, and most cost-effective way to achieve your cosmetic goals. Call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation, or visit us online for more information.

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Dr. Fedonenko is a member of the American College of Physicians and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine.

She completed her Residency at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 1998 and since then has specialized in Cosmetic Dermatology.

She obtained additional training in aesthetic medicine procedures soon thereafter, and the results of her extensive training and experience show in each and every patient’s face. She’s a doctor that can truly been trusted with your skin care and anti-aging needs.

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