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How Dermal Fillers Can be Beneficial for Men

Posted on January 6, 2021 by Ella Fedonenko

Men and women both suffer from the cosmetic effects of aging, as well as from the negative consequences of excess sun exposure, smoking, and poor dietary choices. 

These factors can combine to result in facial wrinkles and lines, loss of facial volume, and particularly for men, loss of a well-defined jawline. A strong jawline is one of the primary masculine characteristics, and changes to this area as the result of the loss of muscle or skin tone can be particularly distressing. 

Dermal fillers offer a quick, safe, and particularly effective way to combat several of these negative cosmetic effects; they offer a non-invasive solution that doesn’t require downtime or a significant recovery period – they are increasingly recognized as a potent way to address the following problems:

Loss of Facial Volume

Loss of volume in the mid and lower face can result in more pronounced wrinkles and can contribute to a prematurely aged appearance. Dermal fillers can be used to fill in lost volume in the cheeks, under the eyes, and around the mouth.

Lines and Wrinkles

Fillers can be used to address lines and wrinkles, including around the mouth as well as helping to reduce any deep lines or furrows on your face. Men are especially prone to developing more significant forehead furrows. Careful application of dermal fillers can significantly reduce these problems, giving a more youthful appearance, while still remaining natural-looking. 

Loss of Jawline Definition

Fillers can be used to enhance the jawline, creating a more defined profile. They can also help to reduce sagging and loose jowls by filling loose skin using specialized fillers with more resistant textures, resulting in a lifting effect. 

Fillers also offer a way to not only remediate the effects of time but can of course also improve your natural jawline, even if it hasn’t degraded.

The Key to Successful Results

The key to achieving a successful result is to use a medically trained and experienced practitioner – there are a great number of different dermal filler products, many of which can be used in combination, when appropriate. It’s not a simple task to address what may be a number of different problems, using a combination of products and techniques, while achieving a natural-looking result. 

It’s not good enough to “fix” your cosmetic problems, it’s vital that the result looks natural. And techniques must often be specially adapted for male patients, to address their requirements.

Your Laser Skin Care

Your Laser Skin Care doctors are highly experienced in the use of dermal fillers for both male and female patients. We specialize in combining various products to achieve the best results – not only to find the most effective, but also the most cost-effective solution. We can advise you on the most appropriate non-invasive procedures to help you achieve your cosmetic goals. 

We’re also happy to answer any questions you may have on the most effective ways to address whatever cosmetic problems trouble you. Call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation or visit us online for more information.

 

Can Certain Foods Improve Your Circulation?

Posted on December 18, 2020 by Ella Fedonenko

Poor circulation can be caused by any number of physical or physiological causes, and in turn, can be responsible for a wide variety of minor or major health problems. These range from cold, numb, or tingling feet, swelling in the feet, joint pain, and muscle cramping. It can also result in digestion problems and even premature cognitive impairment. Poor circulation can also be responsible for the accelerated development of visible varicose and spider veins.

Patients often overlook the benefits that a healthy and varied diet can bring to their general health, but many foods and supplements can have noticeable beneficial effects as a direct result of improving one’s general circulation. You can benefit from including the following items in your diet, whether or not you suffer from varicose veins or any of the other possible symptoms of poor circulation.

Ginger

Ginger is a traditional supplement known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. It can help improve blood circulation, as well as reduce blood sugar levels. It’s effective when eaten raw, cooked, or used to infuse teas.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon contains several compounds that can help general health, including antioxidants. It has anti-inflammatory properties and can help reduce blood sugar levels. Also known to help relax blood vessels and help to increase blood circulation.

Peppers

Cayenne pepper, in particular, contains capsaicin, well known as a metabolic stimulant. It can help prevent plaque buildup in blood vessels. It can be used raw or cooked.

Onions and Garlic

Onions are a rich source of flavonoid antioxidants, helping to increase blood flow. Garlic also contains allicin, a blood vessel relaxant, and helps prevent plaque build-up.

Pomegranate

Another rich source of antioxidants and nitrates, pomegranates dilate blood vessels, thereby lowering blood pressure. 

Beets

Beets are rich in nitrates, which help the body relax blood vessel walls, stimulate blood circulation, and reduce high blood pressure readings.

Turmeric

The curcumin found in turmeric has strong anti-inflammatory properties and can also help relax blood vessel walls.

Leafy Green Vegetables

Green vegetables bring several health benefits; spinach, in particular, can help keep blood vessel walls flexible, in turn helping to lower blood pressure. 

Tomatoes and Watermelons

Both contain lycopene, an antioxidant linked to improved blood circulation.

Citrus Fruit

Citrus fruit is high in antioxidants and can help prevent blood clotting as well as improve circulation. Vitamin C also brings many other health benefits.

Berries and Grapes

Grapes and many berries are high in antioxidants, protecting blood vessel walls from damage and helping lower blood pressure.

Bananas

A rich source of potassium, bananas help to reduce levels of sodium in the body, increasing urine output and relaxing blood vessels, leading to lowered blood pressure. 

Fatty Fish

The omega-3 fatty acids found in many oily fish bring several benefits, including improved heart function and circulation. Fish with high oil concentrations include mackerel, herring, salmon, and trout. 

Dark Chocolate

The high levels of flavonoids found in dark chocolate can help stimulate blood circulation, in addition to other health benefits. In particular, choose chocolate containing at least 70% cocoa.

Nuts

Many nuts bring health benefits. Walnuts, in particular, are rich in alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 type fatty acid that protects blood vessel elasticity, leading to lowered blood pressure. Almonds are also high in antioxidants, helping to improve blood circulation.

Your Laser Skin Care

Your Laser Skin Care can help advise you on the most appropriate non-invasive procedure to help you achieve your cosmetic goals. We’re very experienced and medically qualified and can provide you with advice on how best to combine dietary changes with any of the wide range of procedures that we can perform. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have on the most effective ways to address whatever cosmetic problems trouble you, including helping to identify the underlying causes. We pride ourselves on offering the most effective (and cost-effective) ways to help you achieve your cosmetic goals. Call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation or visit us online for more information.

 

Bulging Veins: Can They be Caused by Anxiety?

Posted on December 3, 2020 by Ella Fedonenko

Bulging veins are the main characteristic of varicose veins, a condition generally caused by blood circulation problems.

Identifying the cause of these bulging veins is often problematic – although they’re a direct indication that normal blood circulation has been disrupted, it’s not always evident what is causing the problem.

Common causes of varicose veins are excess weight, excessive periods of standing at work, and hormonal imbalances, including the use of some birth control pills. You may also be more prone to developing varicose veins if your family has a history of their occurrence, and your chance of developing varicose veins also increases with each pregnancy. Several less common medical conditions can also result in bulging veins.

In addition to the above causes, smoking, high blood pressure, and elevated cholesterol also increase your level of risk of developing varicose veins.

Stress and Anxiety

Although not the primary cause of varicose veins, stress, and anxiety can raise your blood pressure, indirectly affecting the health of your circulation. But stress and anxiety can also have far more pervasive effects on your health, leading in turn to unhealthy eating habits, increased consumption of alcohol and tobacco, as well as preventing you from getting sufficient high-quality sleep. All of these results can, in turn, affect your health and adversely affect your blood pressure. Unfortunately, many of these outcomes can further increase your stress levels, leading to a vicious circle.

Treatment Options

Laser vein therapy can be an effective way to treat broken and dilated blood vessels, although less so for full-blown varicose veins. Sclerotherapy, which involves injecting carefully formulated solutions into the veins, is an effective way to reduce or eliminate the visible twisty veins that are associated with some varicose veins. 

Varicose veins can be a purely cosmetic problem, but they can also be linked to potentially much more serious problems, including deep-vein thrombosis. In many cases identifying the ultimate cause of varicose veins is far from straightforward.

For this reason, we recommend consulting with a qualified doctor, preferably one with specialized experience treating this condition. In addition to treating the symptoms of this condition, your doctor will be able to explore your overall health and should be able to provide you with recommendations on how best to reduce your vulnerability to developing more varicose veins. They may also be able to suggest ways to reduce your stress levels or perhaps suggest other practitioners better able to assist in this area.

Your Laser Skin Care

Your Laser Skin Care is experienced and medically qualified to perform both Laser vein therapy and injectable Sclerotherapy, as well as a wide range of other non-invasive cosmetic techniques. We can help identify the primary causes of your varicose veins and can help answer questions regarding your personal situation. We pride ourselves on offering the most effective (and cost-effective) ways to help you achieve your cosmetic goals. Call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation or visit us online for more information.

 

Can You Get Laser Hair Removal on Your Face?

Posted on November 12, 2020 by Ella Fedonenko

It’s unfortunate that the place where most people complain about unwanted hair is also one of the most sensitive parts of the body – our faces. The delicate nature of the skin on the face can easily be the source of redness and irritation after removing hair by shaving or waxing, and it’s also one of the most challenging places to hide inflamed or broken skin.

Fortunately, men and women can use laser hair removal to safely and effectively remove facial hair permanently. 

In common with laser hair removal on other parts of the body, several procedures (appropriately spaced out) will be necessary to target all the hair in a particular area effectively. This is because hair follicles grow hair in phases, and individual follicles grow unsynchronized, meaning that only some follicles are actively growing hair at any given time. The laser can only target follicles when they’re in their growth phase.

Facial Hair Location

Men typically benefit from laser hair removal on the jaw, chin, cheeks, rear of the neck, and around the neckline. Women commonly use laser hair removal on their upper lip, cheeks, and chin, although some women are also prone to hair growth in areas similar to the typical male.

Laser Hair Removal Advantages

In common with laser hair removal in other areas, the procedure provides a very effective way to ensure that hair in selected areas will be removed and prevent hair from re-growing afterward. It does not involve scraping or abrading the skin’s surface and hence does not require any significant recovery time after treatment. 

Laser hair removal allows men with particularly sensitive skin to avoid the continual risk of skin irritation and infection that can accompany regular shaving. It also prevents ingrown hairs following shaving, another significant cause of irritation and eventual infection. Even for men whose skin tolerates traditional shaving, the time and financial savings that result from removing the need to shave on a daily basis can result in considerable benefits.

Under some circumstances (for example, hormonal imbalances), women can grow unusually thick facial hair. Laser hair removal is incredibly useful in this case, as traditional hair removal methods risk not only allowing the hair to regrow but allowing it to become even thicker. Laser hair removal does not suffer from this drawback, as damaged hair strands simply fall out without being replaced by new growth.

Special Precautions

Although laser hair removal is safe and effective on the face, there are still precautions that need to be taken. Most importantly, find an experienced and medically qualified practitioner to perform the procedure. It’s imperative to shield the eyes from any possibility of laser exposure, so the eyes should be covered if a laser is used anywhere close. It’s also vital to use the appropriate level of light pulse energy – too little, and the procedure will not be fully effective, too much, and you risk burning or possibly even scarring.

As our faces usually are very exposed to sunlight, you will be given instructions to avoid direct sunlight exposure for several weeks prior to each laser hair removal procedure and wear sunscreen daily. This prevents skin color changes around your hair follicles, which could adversely affect the laser’s ability to target individual hair follicles effectively.

Given the increased sensitivity of some parts of our face, pain resulting from the laser light pulses could be a factor for some. An experienced practitioner using modern equipment will have several ways to minimize any pain or discomfort caused by the laser light pulses. These include anesthetic sprays and creams and cooling sprays or pads. Your practitioner should be able to manage your exposure to pain during the procedure.

Your Laser Skin Care

Your Laser Skin Care is experienced and medically qualified to perform laser hair removal, as well as a wide range of other non-invasive cosmetic techniques. We can answer any questions regarding your personal situation and can recommend the most effective (and cost-effective) ways to help you achieve your cosmetic goals. Call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation or visit us online for more information.

 

Do Tattoos Affect Laser Hair Removal?

Posted on October 19, 2020 by Ella Fedonenko

The laser hair removal process is based on a laser’s ability to focus destructive light energy onto individual hair follicles while avoiding over-heating surrounding skin cells. This is made possible by using laser light energy tuned to match a patient’s hair color – this works exceptionally well when the patient’s hair color contrasts strongly with their natural skin color. As you might imagine, the presence of tattoos (whether monochrome or colored) in the area that’s being treated presents a serious complication.

Location of Tattoos and Hair Follicles

Permanent tattoos are created by injecting pigment into the skin at a depth of between 1.5 and 2 millimeters. This allows the ink to penetrate beneath the skin’s outer layer and avoid being affected as the outer skin cells die off and are naturally replaced. Hair follicles are also located in the dermis but significantly deeper than where the tattoo ink is deposited. This allows tattoos to be placed in areas containing hair growth, without one affecting the other.

Problems with Use of Hair Removal Laser over Tattoos

Laser hair removal works by heating individual hair follicles until they’re damaged and stop growing. However, the laser light energy first needs to pass through all skin layers on top of the hair follicles, including the layer that contains the pigments that form tattooed areas. 

Using a hair removal laser over tattooed skin would result in laser light energy being absorbed by the pigment injected into the skin to form the tattoo design. This absorption of energy would result in rapid heating of the tattooed area. There’s a possibility that the laser would fade or alter the color of your tattoo, but there’s a far bigger chance that the energy absorbed by the skin cells containing the tattoo would lead to skin damage, blisters, and burning.

Laser Hair Removal Adjacent to a Tattoo

For this reason, a competent laser hair removal practitioner would decline to perform laser hair removal on top of a tattooed area. This doesn’t mean there would be any problem in using the laser hair removal laser in non-tattooed parts of the body, even those adjacent to tattooed areas. If there’s any risk of laser light spilling over onto tattooed regions, a simple template can be used to shield the tattooed area from any risk of laser light exposure.

Laser Hair Removal Prior to Getting Tattooed

If you’re considering getting a tattoo applied to an area that also contains unwanted hair, you should consider first using laser hair removal to target all unwanted hair in the area, and only after this process is complete should you continue and get the tattoo applied.  Conversely, if you’ve already got a tattoo that you’d like to get removed, then take care of this first, and proceed with hair removal afterward.

Your Laser Skin Care

Your Laser Skin Care is experienced and medically qualified to perform laser hair removal, as well as a wide range of other non-invasive cosmetic techniques. We can answer any questions regarding your personal situation and can recommend the most effective (and cost-effective) ways to help you achieve your cosmetic goals. Call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation or visit us online for more information.

 

Can I Get Laser Hair Removal While Pregnant?

Posted on October 12, 2020 by Ella Fedonenko

While pregnant, women typically have a lot more on their minds than excess body hair. The extensive hormonal changes that accompany pregnancy often bring unwanted hair growth, sometimes in quantities and places that you might not normally expect.

Although this is not always the case, many women experience increases in hair growth on the face, neck, stomach, breasts, lower and upper back, and several other areas. The growth may not just be confined to new areas of your body, but may also include thicker hairs than you typically have. 

While it’s a cosmetic annoyance and likely to go away on its own after giving birth, many women look for ways to remove this excess hair growth safely. Given your baby’s sensitivity to the chemicals and procedures that you’re exposed to during pregnancy, it’s well worth asking whether traditional hair removal practices are safe during your pregnancy. It should also be noted that extreme hair growth can be a sign of other medical problems.

Safe Hair Removal Methods

Shaving, plucking, threading, and waxing are regarded as the safest hair removal methods. However, there are several precautions that you should follow before undergoing a wax treatment, primarily to minimize the chance of infecting any open cuts or other skin blemishes. 

Questionable Hair Removal Methods

There are significant questions about whether bleaching, electrolysis, hair removal creams, or laser hair removal are safe for use while pregnant. Although these methods haven’t been studied in enough depth to give a definitive answer, we think it would be prudent to avoid using any of these methods if you’re pregnant, or if you feel that you might be. 

You should avoid any unnecessary risks to your baby; the chemicals, electrical pulses, or light pulses that these techniques use all fall under the category of things that can, and should be avoided. You should not only be concerned about any procedure’s adverse effects on your baby but also on your body — and even more so if you also plan to breastfeed your child.

Note that our warning against the use of laser hair removal while pregnant does not imply that the procedure is typically dangerous in any way, but simply that no research has been undertaken to determines its safety one way or the other. In the absence of this research, we have to recommend that the most prudent decision is to avoid the procedure until after giving birth.

Your Laser Skin Care

Your Laser Skin Care is experienced and medically qualified to perform laser hair removal, as well as a wide range of other non-invasive cosmetic techniques. We can answer any questions you might have regarding these procedures and provide advice on the most effective (and cost-effective) ways to help you achieve your cosmetic goals. Call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation or visit us online for more information.

 

Why You Need Sunscreen Year-Round

Posted on October 7, 2020 by Ella Fedonenko

Most people understand the need to wear sunscreen in the height of the summer, but we find far less awareness of the need to continue to wear protection at other times of the year. Even here in Los Angeles, where we are pretty much guaranteed copious sunlight throughout the entire year, there’s a widespread belief that you only really need protection when the sun is burning hot.

Nothing could be further from the truth — damage from the sun’s UV rays is cumulative. Although exposure to high-intensity sunlight is incredibly dangerous, so is continued exposure to the lower intensity sunlight that we encounter throughout the year. Just because your skin may not be burning does not mean that you’re not in the process of damaging it. You can easily damage your skin without necessarily feeling anything untoward happening.

Negative Effects of Sunlight

Although sunlight has many positive benefits on the body, including boosting serotonin and Vitamin D levels and regulating our sleep patterns, sunlight can actually be responsible for a wide range of negative effects. 

Excess sun exposure can lead to sunburn, heat rash, premature wrinkles and aging, dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke. It can also lead to the development of several different types of skin cancer.

Sunlight is composed of a range of different light frequencies, most of which we see, but several of which we don’t. The ultra-violet (UV) components of sunlight are primarily responsible for damaging the skin. There are two categories of UV rays – longer wavelength UVA rays penetrate further into the skin and are primarily responsible for skin aging; lower wavelength UVB rays don’t penetrate as deeply and are the leading cause of skin burning. Exposure to either UVA or UVB rays can lead to skin cancers. 

Seasonal Effects

The intensity of UV light that you’re exposed to depends on several factors, including the season, the time of day, the amount of cloud cover, and your latitude, altitude, and even the ozone level. The EPA even publishes a UV index map of the US, along with a four-day forecast. UVB rays are most intense in the summer and spring; UVA rays are present in all seasons. In addition, UVB rays are present even in cloudy conditions; they also penetrate most window glass types.

Effective Protection

We recommend regular application of sunscreen, both as a precaution before exposing yourself to direct bright sunlight, but also as a part of your regular daily routine, year-round. It’s worth stressing that the need to use an effective sunscreen is not limited to when you’re lying on a beach, but is needed when you go about your everyday life, regardless of the temperature, the clothes that you’re wearing, and even if it’s a cloudy day.

Your clothes obviously provide considerable protection. But in addition to protecting your face, don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your neck, shoulders, forearms, hands, legs, feet, and any other body parts that might be exposed. Some people even tan through their clothes, demonstrating that sunlight can penetrate through light clothing.

Sunscreen Products

Sunscreen products have come a long way from the heavy, greasy formulations used to be the only option. You can choose from a wide range of effective sunscreens that incorporate moisturizers, are easy to apply, and are absorbed by the skin. Although a sunscreen’s SPF rating provides a good indication of its effectiveness, you shouldn’t necessarily use this rating as the only way to select a product. A lower-SPF rated product that you’re comfortable using routinely will do you more good than a high-SPF rated product that you only use rarely.

Your Laser Skin Care

Your Laser Skin Care has experience in a wide range of non-invasive cosmetic procedures, including several that can be used to help rejuvenate your skin and help to mitigate the negative effects of too much exposure to sunlight. We can advise the most effective (and cost-effective) ways to help you achieve your cosmetic goals. Our team is also able to evaluate skin damage accurately. Call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation or visit us online for more information.