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A woman holding her legs after getting laser hair removal.

Ingrown hairs are a common problem when shaving or waxing; they normally don’t develop after undergoing laser hair removal procedures, but in some cases, they can appear. This post will explain why this happens and how you can minimize your chance of experiencing it after your treatment.

What Causes Ingrown Hairs?

Ingrown hairs occur when hairs that should grow outward from beneath the skin’s surface fail to emerge properly but instead curl back and continue inward. The hair will continue growing, even if trapped, worsening the problem.

This is most likely to occur after hair is cut or shaved. The sharp edge at the tip of the hair is more prone to snagging on the surrounding skin, causing it to grow back into the skin. The ingrown hair can eventually cause irritation or become infected.

Ingrown hair can also result from clogged hair follicles; a blocked or infected hair follicle can prevent the hair from growing normally and instead force it to remain trapped inside the skin.

Who Is Most Likely to Suffer from Ingrown Hairs?

Ingrown hairs can happen to anyone, but people with naturally curly or coarse hair are more likely to experience ingrown hairs following shaving or waxing. Some ethnic groups (African, Latino, and Middle Eastern) fall into this category.

Some hormonal problems can result in excessive hair growth, which is sometimes associated with a tendency to develop ingrown hairs.

Skin conditions that result in a rough skin texture can also increase the chance of developing ingrown hairs.

How Can Laser Hair Removal Cause Ingrown Hairs?

Although laser hair removal does not cut individual hairs and, therefore, does not leave hairs with sharp edges, ingrown hairs can occur through a different mechanism. Laser hair removal typically takes multiple sessions to effectively remove hair from a large area. After each treatment, some hairs may re-grow, although typically, these new hairs are much finer than before. These fine hairs may not be strong enough to break through the skin’s surface, which can lead to them continuing to grow while trapped inside the skin.

How to Minimize Your Chance of Developing Ingrown Hair

Firstly, prepare for your laser treatment by gently exfoliating to remove any dead skin cells. This helps the laser effectively target the hair follicles to be removed but also removes skin cells that might contribute to preventing smooth hair growth. Gentle exfoliation after treatment will also help minimize the problem.

Secondly, use a non-comedogenic skin moisturizer to soften your skin and prevent any rough surface from developing. This will also help reduce your chance of developing the problem.

If You Start to Develop Ingrown Hair

If you see any skin inflammation or swelling that ingrown hairs might cause, apply a cool compress to the affected area to reduce inflammation. Consider also avoiding tight fitting clothing, which can contribute to skin irritation and prevent the skin from healing properly.

Finally, follow up with your practitioner, who is the best person to give you recommendations tailored to your particular situation. They should be able to help reduce any chance of developing the problem and to effectively treat the condition if it does occur.

Your Laser Skin Care

Your Laser Skin Care practitioners are medically qualified and highly experienced in performing laser hair removal procedures. 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.

A woman with her following the shape of her jawline.

Even though Botox is synonymous with wrinkle and fine line reduction, it actually has several significant uses outside the realm of purely cosmetic. One of the more interesting uses is to provide a non-surgical solution to overly prominent jaw muscles. Botox can now be used to relax these muscles and help achieve a slimmer facial profile.

Why Jaw Reduction?

There are several reasons why someone might wish to reduce the size of their jawline. Some people have naturally over-developed jaw muscles, while others experience muscle hypertrophy (meaning enlargement) as a result of grinding their teeth, excessive gum chewing, or unusual eating habits. Some medical conditions or the use of particular medications can also influence the size of these muscles.

Regardless of the cause, people often look for ways to slim down their jawline as a way to create a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. Softening the jawline can also be surprisingly effective at creating a more feminine look.

How Does Botox Work?

Botox (a highly purified form of botulinum toxin) blocks the transmission of nerve signals to muscles. By temporarily forcing muscles to relax, associated lines and wrinkles become less visible. When used to reduce the size of the jaw, Botox is injected into the masseter muscles (the large muscles responsible for chewing). By relaxing these muscles, their size gradually reduces, in turn leading to a slimmer and more tapered jawline. It’s important to note that the actual quantity of Botox used is carefully chosen to ensure that the ability to chew is not eliminated, just reduced.

How Long Does It Last?

The benefits of using Botox are not permanent – they gradually wear off over time. The effects of Botox injections typically last anywhere from 4 to 6 months, although this varies between individuals. It depends on a person’s metabolism, the quantity of product used, and the size of the muscles being treated.

Even though Botox has to be re-applied, in some cases, the cumulative effect of multiple treatments can lead to longer-term benefits as the muscle being treated can start to reduce in size.

Other Factors

In common with other cosmetic procedures, the quality of the results is directly influenced by the skill and experience of the practitioner you choose to perform the procedure. Choosing a medically-qualified practitioner will also help to reduce the chance of any negative side-effects and help ensure that you get the maximum benefits tailored to your particular needs and medical history.

Your Laser Skin Care

Your Laser Skin Care practitioners are medically qualified and highly experienced in performing Botox procedures. 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.

Scars and acne marks, left behind after healing from skin injuries or severe acne, can leave your skin with visibly uneven texture and color. They can severely impact one’s self-esteem and confidence. The type, depth, and size of these skin imperfections can vary widely, which influences the choice of treatment.

Dermal fillers are a popular and widely available option for addressing these types of skin imperfections. This blog post discusses how fillers can help in minimizing the appearance of scars and acne marks.

How Fillers Can Minimize Scars and Acne Marks

When used to treat scars and acne marks, fillers primarily raise any indented areas to the level of the surrounding skin. By injecting filler beneath the scar or acne mark, practitioners can effectively ‘fill out’ these depressions, making them less noticeable. This leads to a more even skin surface and improved skin texture.

Types of Dermal Fillers and Their Application

Hyaluronic-Acid Fillers

There are a very large number of hyaluronic acid-based filler products on the market, with many different formulations. Hyaluronic acid-based fillers are the most popular choices, and are regarded as both safe and effective. Hyaluronic acid also occurs naturally in the body, so these fillers are generally well tolerated when injected.

Hyaluronic acid-based fillers are primarily used for shallow scars and fine lines due to their softer consistency. These fillers are temporary, as the body naturally breaks down hyaluronic acid over time. They also provide immediate benefits and can be reversed if necessary. Variants are also available with thicker consistencies, allowing them to also be used to help conceal deeper and more visible scars.

Poly-L-Lactic Acid (PLLA) Fillers

These fillers are synthetic and have the ability to stimulate the body’s production of collagen. They’re typically used to fill in larger and deeper areas. The benefits of PLLA fillers can last longer than hyaluronic acid-based fillers but will also eventually degrade and require touching-up. Benefits occur gradually after treatment, and so changes appear more natural as they develop over time.

Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) Fillers

PMMA-based fillers are sometimes recommended, especially for deep or visible scars. They use collagen with PMMA microstructures that can provide extra support to the surrounding skin. They provide especially long-lasting results but run a higher risk of complications as PMMA is a synthetic substance that can trigger the body’s immune system.

Choosing the Right Practitioner

It pays to select a practitioner who has experience performing procedures using a large number of different dermal filler products – they will be able to help you select the best product (or products) to address your specific needs. As is the case with all noninvasive cosmetic procedures, choosing a medically trained and qualified practitioner will also increase your chance of a positive outcome while avoiding the various complications that can occur when inexperienced or unqualified people perform these procedures.

Your Laser Skin Care

Your Laser Skin Care practitioners are medically qualified and highly experienced in performing dermal filler procedures using a large number of different products. 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.

A woman receiving multiple cosmetic treatments at a medical spa.

Given the wide range of non-invasive cosmetic procedures available today, it’s no surprise that, in many cases, the best results can be obtained by combining different procedures to obtain results that are greater than the sum of the individual procedures. Today, we’ll mention the various ways that Botox can be combined with other procedures to obtain the best outcomes.

Botox and Dermal Fillers

This is certainly the combination that’s most often recommended. Combining Botox with hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers like Juvederm or Restylane can address the most commonly occurring problems. Botox is used to selectively relax the muscles associated with unwanted lines and wrinkles, while dermal fillers are used to augment areas that lack volume, typically including the lips and cheeks. The combination of both procedures can be used to create a significantly more youthful and rejuvenated appearance.

Dermal fillers are available in a large number of different formulations, allowing them to be used singly or in combination to address an extremely wide range of issues, including reducing the appearance of acne scars.

Botox and CoolSculpting

While Botox addresses facial wrinkles, CoolSculpting is used to reduce unwanted fat deposits, both around the neck and chin and other parts of the body. There are some situations where Botox can be used in combination with CoolSculpting to re-sculpt the chin areas more effectively. Together, the two procedures can allow you to achieve a more comprehensive transformation of your appearance, adjusting both your facial appearance and your body contours.

Botox and Chemical Peels

Botox can be particularly synergetic when used alongside chemical peels. Botox smooths out dynamic wrinkles (linked to muscle movement), while chemical peels address static wrinkles, irregular pigmentation, and surface texture imperfections. Combining both treatments can comprehensively improve skin texture, tone, and overall appearance.

Botox and Laser Therapy

Laser treatments, such as fractional laser or intense pulsed light (IPL), can address skin concerns like sun damage, pigmentation issues, and uneven texture. When combined with Botox, these procedures can create a more even-toned and radiant complexion.

Considerations When Choosing Your Practitioner

While it’s always extremely important to carefully research a practitioner’s experience and skills before selecting someone, it’s far more important when you’re considering combining multiple procedures. This is because using multiple procedures effectively is not always as simple as it might seem. While you, of course, want to choose someone who is competent, you should ask some hard questions regarding exactly how they anticipate that your multiple procedures will work together. Your practitioner should take the time to explain the expected duration of benefits, the improvements to be expected, as well as any potential side effects.

Different procedures often last for differing time periods before they need maintenance. The effects of your Botox treatment may start to wear off before the effects of your dermal fillers (different fillers also come with different lifetimes). So, you should expect to pay careful attention to scheduling follow-up visits to ensure that you continue to experience the best possible results.

Your Laser Skin Care

Your Laser Skin Care practitioners are medically qualified and highly experienced in performing Botox procedures in combination with the other procedures discussed. 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.

A woman receiving Botox treatment at a medical spa clinic.
Botox has gained widespread popularity in recent years as a highly effective, non-invasive procedure to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Despite its widespread use today, it’s not unreasonable to have concerns regarding its safety. As most of these concerns are due to misunderstandings about Botox, we’ll look into the safety record of Botox and try to allay any fears.

Understanding Botox

Botox is derived from a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Botox is derived from a highly purified form of the bacterium; its production is rigorously controlled and results in a highly diluted product that is applied in strictly controlled microdoses.
Botox works by blocking the transmission of signals between nerves and muscles; in its final form, it temporarily paralyzes muscles in the treated area, resulting in a reduction or elimination of associated lines and wrinkles.

The Safety Record

Botox had been in use for many years as a treatment for other issues before it started to be used for cosmetic procedures. It was first approved by the U.S. FDA in 1989 for the treatment of conditions such as blepharospasm (uncontrollable blinking) and strabismus (crossed eyes). It’s now also commonly used to control excess sweating, migraines, muscle spasms, and some bladder problems. Its safety record has, therefore, been well-established for several decades.
Botox has been approved for use in cosmetic procedures since 2002. It had to undergo rigorous clinical trials and extended medical research for this approval to be granted. The result is that Botox is now regarded as a safe and effective means to reduce facial lines and wrinkles when used by qualified medical practitioners.

Common Concerns

Despite its safety record, there are several reasons why you should only allow Botox to be administered by a medically qualified practitioner. In particular:

Side Effects

Like any medical or cosmetic procedure, Botox can have side effects. These are typically mild and temporary, including bruising, redness, or slight pain at the injection site. More severe side effects are rare. Your practitioner should ask questions about your medical history to try to identify if you’re at higher risk.

Misuse

One of the biggest concerns with Botox is its potential misuse by unqualified practitioners. The choice of appropriate dose and the locations selected for Botox injections must be carefully selected; the chance of unwanted side effects is far greater if the practitioner is not sufficiently trained or experienced.

Overuse

Excessive and/or too frequent use of Botox can lead to an unnatural appearance. Your practitioner is responsible not only for the safe use of the product, but also for using it judiciously to obtain natural-looking results. Over-use of Botox can easily result in a frozen or expressionless appearance.

Enhancing Your Botox Experience with Your Laser Skin Care

In summary, Botox is generally safe when administered by a qualified medical professional in appropriate doses. It has a long history of successful use for both medical and cosmetic purposes. However, like any medical procedure, it is not entirely without risks, and your practitioner should discuss potential side effects with you before treatment.
To ensure a safe and effective Botox experience, it is vital to select a reputable, medically trained, and experienced practitioner, follow their guidance, and have realistic expectations.
Your Laser Skin Care practitioners are medically qualified and highly experienced in performing Botox procedures. 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.
A woman receiving Botox injections in her forehead.

Botox is perhaps the best-known non-invasive cosmetic procedure, widely used to reduce or eliminate facial lines and wrinkles, and is a highly effective way to rejuvenate your appearance. But despite its widespread use and great popularity, many people are quite unaware of what Botox treatments actually consist of. This post will discuss the science and history behind Botox.

Clostridium Botulinum

Clostridium botulinum is a bacterium that is found in soil and marine sediments. The bacteria produce spores that are often found on the skin of fruits and vegetables and in seafood. The spores are mostly harmless, but if allowed to grow under certain conditions, they can produce several highly toxic neurotoxins, including the Botulinum toxin. Botulinum is the cause of Botulism, a rare but serious illness that can cause muscle paralysis.

How Does Botox Work?

The Botulinum toxin blocks the release of a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. This chemical is used in the body to carry messages from the brain to specific nerve cells. By carefully applying the Botulinum toxin to the nerve cells that, in turn, cause specific muscles to contract, it’s possible to block signals being sent to the muscles, and thereby cause the muscles that are responsible for causing unwanted lines and wrinkles to relax.

The Botox Product

Botox is the brand name for Botulinum toxin type A, a protein derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. There are actually several different commercial brands, each using different variations of Botulinum toxin type A, such as Dysport and Xeomin, but Botox is by far the best known.

Botox is derived from Botulinum under rigorously controlled conditions; it is highly refined and purified and then combined with other ingredients to form a precise low-dose solution that can safely be used for cosmetic purposes.

The final Botox product will only cause temporary paralysis of targeted muscles.

From Toxin to Treatment

The beneficial use of the Botulinum toxin was first investigated in the 1970’s. Initially, it was used to treat strabismus (crossed eyes) by controlling how muscles attached to the eye function. It was eventually approved by the FDA for this usage.

The cosmetic benefits of Botox were discovered purely by chance when patients being treated for eye disorders using Botox noticed the side effect that their facial wrinkles also became less evident. This became a subject for further research, and the FDA approved Botox for cosmetic uses in 2002.

Safety and Purity

It’s important to understand that the Botox product used for cosmetic purposes is highly refined and purified and is quite safe when used by qualified practitioners. It is also impossible to contract Botulism from Botox, regardless of the dose.

Despite this, to obtain the best results, especially while remaining natural-looking, it’s important to select your practitioner with great care. The best way to guarantee safe, effective results with minimal side effects is to select a medically trained practitioner who can demonstrate extensive experience performing Botox procedures.

Your Laser Skin Care

Your Laser Skin Care practitioners are medically qualified and highly experienced in performing Botox procedures. 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.

Dermal fillers are a very popular choice for anyone looking to rejuvenate their appearance without undergoing invasive surgery. However, one concern surrounding dermal fillers is the possibility of filler migration, where the filler moves away from the original injection site. This post will help you understand why this occurs and how to prevent it.

What is Filler Migration?

Filler migration refers to the unwanted movement of dermal fillers away from their original location to adjacent areas. This migration can occur shortly after treatment or over longer time scales.

What are the Main Causes?

Incorrect Technique and Overfilling

A primary cause of filler migration is poor injection technique. If a practitioner injects filler too close to the surface or uses excessive pressure, it can result in migration. Similarly, injecting too much product in one location can result in a pressure imbalance, leading to fillers migrating toward adjacent tissue. While in some cases, this might actually be intended by the practitioner, in most cases it’s not.

Product Choice and Individual Anatomy

Different filler products are manufactured with various ingredients, leading to significantly different consistencies and textures. Some products will be more prone to migration due to their composition.
Facial anatomy and muscle tone and structure can differ significantly between individuals; in some circumstances, this can have some influence on the tendency of fillers to migrate.

Immune Response

Even though dermal filler formulations are based on substances that occur naturally in the body, some patients experience an immune reaction, which in turn can lead to swelling. Such reactions are very rare, but in extremely rare cases, the swelling can lead to filler migration. Medically competent practitioners will discuss a patient’s medical history and any potential allergies before selecting a filler product.

How to Prevent Filler Migration

The very best way to ensure you get optimum results from your dermal fillers and to minimize your chance of having any negative outcomes is to carefully select the practitioner who will perform your procedure. You should choose a medically qualified practitioner, but make sure that they have relevant training, as well as extensive experience. Successful application of dermal fillers is part science and part art, and your practitioner should be able to demonstrate their experience and skill to you.
Your practitioner will help you select the best filler product as a function of the specific facial area or areas being treated, your medical history and lifestyle, and your expectations.
In addition to choosing a filler with the correct consistency and texture, your practitioner should carefully choose the most appropriate injection technique and inject the filler at the optimum location and depth. The choice of location requires expert knowledge of facial anatomy, but it’s also crucial to inject the appropriate amount of filler to avoid overfilling and the subsequent risk of migration.

Post-Treatment Care and Regular Follow-Up

You can minimize your chances of filler migration by carefully following post-treatment instructions, such as to avoid touching or massaging the treated area. Regular follow-up appointments with your practitioner can help monitor the results and catch any issues, such as migration, early on.

Your Laser Skin Care

Your Laser Skin Care practitioners are medically qualified and highly experienced in performing dermal filler procedures. 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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She completed her Residency at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 1998 and has since specialized in Cosmetic Dermatology.

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