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Are Facelifts a Thing of the Past?

Posted on February 19, 2019 by Ella Fedonenko

Surgical facelifts have always been a somewhat risky way to achieve a younger look. They’re effective, but often too effective – everyone has heard stories from legions of patients left with over-stretched, artificial-looking skin. They’re also costly, both in terms of the financial outlay, as well as the sometimes extended periods needed to fully recover.

The good news is that there are now several non-invasive treatments that can achieve similar results to surgical procedures, as well as address conditions (fine wrinkles, creases around the nose and upper lip, and hollowed-out cheeks) that surgery cannot.

Liquid Facelifts

It’s possible to combine injectable fillers with Botox to achieve very similar (and even superior) results to surgical facelifts. In our office, we use a combination of Botox, various fillers, Sculptra and Juvederm Voluma for liquid facelifts. These products can be used to target a wide range of problems, ranging from fine wrinkles to moderate or severe lines and skin folds, on the forehead, between the eyebrows, in the folds of the nose, around the lips and mouth, and elsewhere. They allow dynamic areas of the face to be effectively treated while retaining a natural look (an area which surgical face-lifts are typically unable to address). They also have the ability to provide a degree of lift to sagging areas of the face, as well as compensate for unwanted loss of fat beneath the skin.

We also use Kybella, an FDA-approved injectable treatment that can be used to dissolve fat under the chin. Kybella results will be seen in four to six weeks after treatment, and last for several years. Kybella is applied over the course of several sessions, leading to more gradual, and hence more natural-looking, results.

CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting is a proprietary technology that allows excess fat to be precisely targeted and destroyed by using cold temperatures to freeze the fat cells. The cold temperature is applied using cooling pads placed on the surface of the skin, including under the chin area. Results are visible about three weeks after each procedure as fat cells are gradually absorbed by the body.

CoolSculpting is one of the fastest-growing non-surgical treatments. We are thrilled to be able to add it to our list of available treatments in early 2019.

Most facelifts are performed to address double chins and facial skin folds. You can combine fillers, Juvederm Voluma, Sculptra in the mid-face area with Botox on the forehead, and use Kybella or CoolSculpting under the chin, to totally transform and rejuvenate your look, or simply use one or more treatments to address more minor concerns.  Either way, we will be delighted to discuss whatever treatment options you’re interested in. Don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with us.

Schedule a Nonsurgical “Facelift”

Your Laser Skin Care in Los Angeles specializes in Botox and filler 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 at www.yourlaserskincare.com to schedule a free consultation.

 

Why is Hyaluronic Acid So Popular?

Posted on February 1, 2019 by Ella Fedonenko

Hyaluronic Acid occurs naturally in the body, primarily in the skin, joints, and eyes. It performs a major role in lubricating joints and maintaining the healthy appearance of the skin. The body’s hyaluronic acid levels decrease with age, which can contribute to various age-related skin and joint problems.

Hyaluronic acid is also the active ingredient that forms the basis of just about all popular cosmetic injectable filler products, as well as in many supplements and topically-applied skin creams and lotions.

To learn why this is so, we’ll explore its various properties – you’ll see that this substance possesses a quite remarkable number of desirable properties.

Skin Hydrating

Keeping hydrated typically means drinking enough water to maintain your body’s correct level of fluids.

Hyaluronic acid’s most interesting property is its ability to retain water -amazingly a single gram of hyaluronic acid can bind up to six liters of water. Fortunately, it also has the ability to regulate the level of moisture inside cells, so that skin cells will retain the appropriate amount of water. This is key to keeping your skin looking (and feeling) healthy as you age.

Note that hydrating is not the same as moisturizing – although the two terms are sometimes used interchangeably, hydrating products are designed to increase the water content of the skin, while moisturizing products are designed to seal moisture into the skin by forming a protective barrier over its surface.

Hyaluronic acid is often combined with moisturizers to help boost the skin’s natural barrier to losing water, it also provides long-term benefits by continuing to draw in and retain water long after being applied.

Combats the Effects of Aging

As the natural levels of hyaluronic acid decline with age, the skin loses its elasticity and the skin’s overall vitality declines. When hyaluronic acid is applied to the skin, the level of moisture in the skin increases and the skin cells increase in size, which improves overall firmness of the skin. This helps to combat age-related loss of skin tone, improves skin texture, and can also compensate for loss of body fat beneath the skin.

Increasing the skin’s ability to retain moisture will also lessen the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid also promotes skin cell regeneration, and it reduces the visibility of age spots and uneven pigmentation. The overall effect is to give you a healthier-looking complexion.

Reduction in Clogged Pores

When your skin has the correct moisture balance, excess production of oil will be reduced, which in turn leads to fewer clogged pores.

Natural Product

As we mentioned hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the body. As a natural product, it can generally be applied or injected without fear of allergic reactions. When used as injectables, hyaluronic acid products are often modified to create a thicker and more stable gel, which allows it to be used to fill in larger areas under the skin.

To cap off this impressive list, hyaluronic acid, when applied topically, is also used to treat burns, bed sores, skin ulcers, and help heal wounds. And if that’s not enough, apparently it can also be used to combat dry eyes, and research is underway to investigate using it to preserve joints and prevent bladder spasms.

We’d be happy to schedule a consultation to discuss the various ways you could use hyaluronic acid to improve your skin’s condition.

 

10 Things You Should Know Before Getting Lip Fillers

Posted on January 21, 2019 by Ella Fedonenko

Lip fillers are a very popular way to change the appearance of one’s lips, typically by increasing their fullness. As with all cosmetic procedures, it’s wise to do your homework first, by researching the pros and cons associated with the procedure.

Here is our list of things you should pay special attention to before deciding to go ahead with the procedure.

1. Lip fillers are made from hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid-based products have many advantages – they typically last longer, and their effects can be reversed if necessary.

2. Perhaps the hardest thing is deciding how far to go in enhancing your lips. We’d council being conservative – it’s important to maintain a natural look.

3. Your doctor should be prepared to recommend the exact filler that will give you the best results. If you choose wisely, your doctor will have a wealth of experience to draw upon and will give you valuable advice on how to get the best results while still looking natural.

4. Your body will slowly absorb the filler, but the benefits should last from six months to a year or more. Thinner people absorb fillers faster.

5. It’s best to plan on enhancing your lips gradually, over several sessions. This is especially true if you want to go from naturally thin lips to a very full look.

6. To prepare for the procedure avoid taking aspirin, fish oil, multivitamins, vitamin E, or anti-inflammatory drugs the week before your procedure. They will thin your blood and increase the chances of bruising after the procedure. Likewise avoiding alcohol or coffee the day before and after the procedure will minimize the chance of swelling. You should also avoid exercising the day of the procedure.

7. If you’re prone to cold sores, take preventive medication two days before the procedure as the filler injections could trigger cold sores.

8. The procedure is very quick, normally less than 30 minutes. Although lip fillers contain numbing agents you should prepare for some discomfort, as the upper lip is a very sensitive area.

9. Some bruising and swelling after the procedure is natural. Applying ice can help. After around 24 to 48 hours you should see the final results. Once any swelling has subsided your lips should feel like normal again.

10. Check your doctor’s experience and reputation before deciding on where to have the procedure done. Your lips are a very sensitive area with many blood vessels, so choosing someone with solid experience is a must.

Los Angeles Lip Fillers

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 at www.yourlaserskincare.com to schedule a free consultation.

 

Solutions to Your Unwanted Facial Hair

Posted on January 14, 2019 by Ella Fedonenko

“Unwanted” facial hair describes a wide range of situations, including stray hairs. Typically, the most unwelcome facial hairs are the dark, coarse hairs that often appear on the chin as we age. They can be caused by hereditary factors, some medications, or by elevated levels of male hormones.

Causes of Unwanted Facial Hair

Hereditary factors are responsible for increased chances of excess hair and some people just have more hair than others. Excess levels of male hormones can be caused by several medical conditions, including ovarian and adrenal gland tumors. They can also be due to the medications you take, especially drugs that contain hormones (such as anabolic steroids), and drugs intended to boost hair growth (like Rogaine). More often, however, they are simply caused by the normal hormonal fluctuations and changes that our bodies undergo as we age. For most people, sooner or later, unwanted facial hair is simply a fact of life.

Laser Hair Treatment Options

Regardless of the level of hair growth that you regard as excessive, several treatment options are available:

– The traditional methods of shaving, plucking, threading, waxing, and depilatory creams.

Depending on your skin type these solutions may be more or less attractive. They often come with downsides – pain and redness from plucking, threading, and waxing. Irritation from depilatory creams, and cuts or razor burn from shaving.

Laser hair removal is a highly effective way to remove unwanted hair. Although a single treatment won’t permanently stop the hair growth, after a few treatments unwanted hair can be greatly reduced or eliminated. The laser works by applying heat to the hair root (“follicle”), which kills it.

Laser hair removal can now be used on patients with any skin tone or hair color. Although the laser pulse is not totally painless, modern techniques incorporate cooling and anesthetic sprays that greatly reduce the discomfort.

Los Angeles Facial Hair Removal

Our office will be happy to schedule a consultation to discuss your particular situation and to recommend the best way for you to tackle unwanted facial hair.

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 at www.yourlaserskincare.com to schedule a free consultation.

 

Am I at Risk for Developing Spider Veins?

Posted on January 3, 2019 by Ella Fedonenko

Spider veins are the smaller cousins of varicose veins – they are twisty, fine, red, purple, or blue blood vessels that can be seen through the skin, usually on the face or legs. Unlike varicose veins they don’t cause the skin surface to bulge – although they don’t typically pose a health problem in themselves, they can be equally distressing. They typically form a spider’s web-like pattern, and up to 60% of adults will eventually suffer from them.

What Causes Spider Veins?

Healthy veins transfer blood to the heart and contain one-way valves that allow blood to flow in one direction. Spider veins are formed when problems with these valves cause blood to pool inside the veins. This causes blood vessel walls to weaken, which can result in the twisty patterns that are characteristic of spider veins.

Women are twice as likely as men to suffer from spider veins, as are people who spend much of their time at work standing up. Age, being overweight, pregnancy, trauma, and surgery also increase the risk of developing spider veins. There is also a genetic component, meaning that some people are just more likely to suffer from them.

If you want to decrease the risk of developing spider veins, the following methods are recommended:

-Stay active by walking regularly and keeping your weight under control.

– Additional exercises targeting your leg muscles will help.

– If you have to stand still for extended periods, periodically stretch your leg muscles to help promote blood circulation.

– Limit the level of salt in your diet to reduce water retention.

– Regularly rest with your legs raised to the level of your heart (or higher). This helps promote healthy blood circulation by stopping blood from pooling in the legs.

– Excessive sun exposure can also contribute to worsening the appearance of spider veins, so wearing sunblock and avoiding too much sun will also help.

If you’ve started to develop spider veins, Sclerotherapy and Laser Vein Therapy are both effective treatment options that can reduce or eliminate spider veins in the vast majority of cases.

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 at www.yourlaserskincare.com to schedule a free consultation.

 

3 Reasons to Get a Laser Treatment or Chemical Peel in the New Year

Posted on December 24, 2018 by Ella Fedonenko

We certainly don’t want to presume to tell you that you need a laser or chemical peel treatment, but if you’re thinking about choosing either, we collected three reasons why the New Year is a particularly good time to follow-up.

1. Laser treatments and chemical peels are both effective ways to rejuvenate your appearance and give rapid results. Many people start the New Year off by making resolutions to eat a healthier diet or exercise more. It can be tough to keep to these types of long-term plans when you don’t necessarily see any benefits for a while. However, the feeling of well-being and confidence from getting either laser treatments or chemical peels can give you the motivation to carry on and stick to your resolutions.

2.  It’s strongly recommended to avoid strong sunlight before, during, and especially after laser treatments and chemical peels, while your skin heals, and any inflammation goes down. Winter time is therefore the ideal time of year to plan these treatments. During winter, the damaging UV rays are weaker, there are fewer hours of sunlight in the day, and we typically stay indoors for longer periods. We also wear more clothing in the winter, which in turn provides more protection. These factors, taken together, can be especially helpful when you have a series of treatments, and you may need to avoid direct sunshine over an extended period. Several skin conditions, such as hyperpigmentation, are exacerbated during the summer months. Winter is a perfect time to take care of problems that are caused by excess sun exposure.

3. Dry skin typically is worse during the winter months. Getting a chemical peel in the winter helps to remove the dead skin layers, which in turn increases your skin’s ability to absorb winter skin care products such as moisturizers. Rather than disrupting your skin care routine, a chemical peel can actually enhance your ability to treat dry skin.

Skin Rejuvenation at Your Laser Skin Care

Perhaps the best argument is this: take good care of your complexion during the cooler months and you’ll be better prepared to enjoy the sun by the time the warmer summer months come along.  In moderation, of course!

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 at www.yourlaserskincare.com to schedule a free consultation.

 

How to Decide Which Filler is Right For You

Posted on December 17, 2018 by Ella Fedonenko

Given the relatively large number of available injectable fillers, it’s not surprising that the best choice of filler largely depends on what exactly you’re trying to accomplish. Fillers can be used to fill in lines and wrinkles, they can add volume to areas that appear sunken, enhance lips, and they can also assist in firming up loose or sagging skin. The major fillers are described below, together with their primary usages.

Restylane Product Family

Restylane is the trade name of a family of injectable fillers, all containing hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the body; it plays important roles in making body cartilage resilient, and lubricating the movement of muscle tissue, but it’s also a major skin component, contributing to the healthy appearance of skin and accelerating the repair of damaged tissue.

The various members of the Restylane family can be used individually or in combination. They combat age effects and wrinkles by restoring volume to the skin, but each contains different particle sizes and therefore addresses different problems. Restylane Silk’s fine particles are designed to control fine wrinkles, Restylane’s medium particles are used to combat moderate to severe wrinkles and skin folds, while Restylane Lyft’s larger particles can be used to fight severe wrinkles, and fill larger depressed areas.

Restylane products are typically used under the eyes, in the folds of the nose, around the mouth and lips, in the jowl area, as well as helping to create fuller lips. Restylane Lyft is also FDA-approved for restoring lost volume on the hands.

The Restylane Refyne and Restylane Defyne products are specially adapted for use on areas of the face that are dynamic, where their added elasticity results in more natural facial expressions.

Because hyaluronic acid is naturally present in the body, it dissolves naturally over time. The benefits of Restylane treatments typically last between six and nine months, while a series of injections can last for up to 18 months.

Restylane Lyft used to be known as “Perlane”; it was rebranded when it received FDA approval for use in adding volume to sunken cheeks.

Juvederm Product Family

Several hyaluronic acid-based injectable gel products are marketed under the Juvederm family name. They perform similar functions to the Restylane product family, with the main characteristics summarized below.

Juvederm Voluma (also known as just “Voluma”) allows the contours of the face to be enhanced and is also FDA-approved for adding volume to hollowed-out cheeks. The hyaluronic acid used in Juvederm Voluma is modified to create a more resilient filler; this allows the product to also provide a degree of lift to sagging areas, and results in benefits lasting over six months, sometimes up to two years.

Juvederm Ultra is used to treat moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, and creates a very smooth effect, resulting in a very natural look. This product has a softer consistency and is ideally suited to augmenting the lips. It’s also adapted for use on areas with especially thin skin, such as around the lips and eyes. Benefits last for at least four to six months, and sometimes up to a year.

Juvederm Ultra Plus is used to treat deeper lines and folds in the skin. Its benefits last a few months longer than the Juvederm Ultra product.

Sculptra Aesthetic

Sculptra contains a synthetic substance (poly-L-lactic acid, or PLLA) that stimulates collagen production. It’s used to treat deep lines, creases, and folds, but is particularly effective at filling the hollowness caused by loss of fat beneath the skin. It can take up to three months for the benefits of a treatment to become fully apparent, but this also makes these improvements appear more natural. A Sculptra treatment can last up to two years, although one treatment a year is normally recommended to maintain the benefits.

Hopefully, this summary has answered more questions than it poses. Your Laser Skin Care happy to schedule a consultation, during which we’ll fully explain all the issues that surround the use of these fillers. Bear in mind that while all fillers are injections, not every injection is a filler. Some fillers (particularly Restylane) can be combined with Botox injections to prolong their benefits. Several of the Restylane and Juvederm products are also available in versions that incorporate a local anesthetic, for use on sensitive areas of the face.