Articles Tagged: laser skin tightening
Posted on July 9, 2019 by Ella Fedonenko
This week we want to focus on a lesser-known procedure that offers an effective way to tighten loose skin. And it’s easy, safe, non-invasive, and produces rapid results.
Our skin is a complex organ, consisting of several interconnected layers. The tone, elasticity, and resilience of our skin are primarily due to a layer of densely interwoven collagen fibers in the dermis layer, and it’s this layer that is largely responsible for how young your skin looks and feels. As we age, collagen begins to degrade, and the skin starts to lose its elasticity and resilience. This, in turn, leads to the sagging, lines, and wrinkles we try so hard to avoid.
Surgical solutions (e.g., facelifts) are one way to try to address the problem, but too often result in unnaturally tight skin. Plus it’s an expensive, painful procedure with lengthy recovery times, and it carries the risk of serious side-effects.
Laser skin tightening is accomplished by using focused laser light pulses to apply heat to the collagen fibers beneath the skin gently. This precise application of heat produces multiple benefits – existing collagen fibers are slowly redistributed and rearranged, resulting in improved skin tone. New collagen production is also stimulated, resulting in progressive improvements to the dermis layer, which continue for several months following each treatment.
The laser technique can be used on virtually any part of the body but is most often used on the face, neck, and chin. Discomfort during the procedure is generally minimal and does not require any significant recovery time. Side effects are rare, mostly limited to very short-lasting local swelling.
Depending on the area being treated and the degree of tightening desired, several treatments may be needed and are typically performed at monthly intervals. The best part is that improvements to skin tone will continue following each treatment, as the body is stimulated to create new collagen, and the results look completely natural.
The procedure also has a role in preventative skin care – stimulating the production of new collagen will also help to delay the treated area developing looseness in the future. So if you fear you might be prone to developing loose skin, you can even help ward off the problem before it becomes a problem.
We offer a range of non-invasive cosmetic procedures, many of which can be combined with laser skin tightening. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, call us at (323) 525-1516 or visit us online at www.yourlaserskincare.com
Posted on December 4, 2018 by Ella Fedonenko
We always recommend doing research before deciding on any course of treatment – it’s always wise to educate yourself on the various options and treatments available. This advice certainly applies when you’re thinking of having a laser treatment, and you have to decide both on the type of treatment to have, and the practitioner you want to perform it.
The following list covers the important questions that we suggest you get answers to:
How much experience does the practitioner have performing this type of treatment?
You should certainly ask each practitioner what their qualifications are, but don’t forget perhaps the most important factor: how long have they been performing the procedure you’re considering.
What types of laser equipment are used, and how safe are they?
Non-invasive laser treatments target skin layers beneath the surface and are inherently safe. Nevertheless, you should expect the practitioner to discuss any risks associated with the treatment with you.
Does this treatment require follow-up visits?
Depending on the treatment being performed, you may well find that individual laser sessions can only cover part of the area you want to be treated. In the case of laser hair removal, for example, hair follicles follow individual life-cycles, and only a certain percentage can be effectively treated in a single session. It’s good to know in advance approximately how many sessions will be needed, and how long you will have to wait between each session.
How soon should you expect to see results?
Be cautious of practitioners who promise immediate results – although some benefits may be visible right after a single treatment session, multiple sessions will often be needed, and it may take some time for all benefits to become apparent. It is of course natural to want to see improvements right after each treatment, but it’s also a good idea to set your expectations to a reasonable level.
What can you do to minimize possible side effects?
Laser treatments can leave you temporarily more vulnerable than normal to sun damage, so most practitioners strongly recommend the use of hydrating skin care products and sunblock after laser treatments.
What things should be avoided before and after each treatment?
Your practitioner should be prepared to provide you with a list of medications and procedures to avoid in the weeks leading up to each treatment, as well as a similar list of things to avoid the following treatment.
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.
Posted on November 1, 2017 by Ella Fedonenko
As we get older it takes more effort to maintain our appearance. Fortunately, if we choose to take preventative measures to keep our skin healthy and well nourished, we can help ensure we age as gracefully as possible. Here is some helpful information on two of the most powerful anti-aging treatments available only through cosmetic professionals.
Many over-the-counter exfoliating treatments often fall short of our expectations. For example, presaturated chemical peel pads available at your local beauty counter are designed with a formula that would be least irritating for the majority of customers and they also use relatively weak acids to avoid potential side effects. Thus, these prepackaged solutions would be well tolerated by most consumers, but it might not be the best option for you given your particular skin type.
An aesthetic medicine professional can create a customized treatment plan that includes chemical peel treatments that are strong enough to actually give real results. We have found that patients who regularly receive chemical peels have much better skin tone and texture compared to those who don’t use this treatment modality. At Your Laser Skin Care, we use Skinmedica chemical peels to effectively treat multiple signs of aging including fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots.
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Lasers are one of the most powerful anti-aging tools on the market today, and we see great value in starting treatments early on in life. It’s a wonderful preventive treatment because these devices have the ability to stimulate collagen production, which is the driving factor behind maintaining young and beautiful skin. Fractional laser resurfacing is one of the newest methods available to give patients smoother and healthier looking skin, and we have been quite impressed by its ability to correct numerous skin issues related to aging. We have found that The Palomar Starlux 1540 Fractional laser is excellent at improving the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and sun damage.
Your Laser Skin Care in Los Angeles specializes in Botox and Fillers injections, laser hair removal, 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.
Posted on August 30, 2017 by Ella Fedonenko
It’s no secret that laser treatments are at the forefront of skin care technology right now. They are well known for their versatility and effectiveness, and require no downtime after a treatment. In the relatively short amount of time they have been around, lasers have already mastered hair removal, as well as reduction of scars, stretch marks, and sun damage. Here are some of our favorite laser treatments:
Laser Skin Resurfacing
The Palomar Starlux 1540 Fractional Laser is a state-of-the-art technology that can treat dark spots, scars, wrinkles, stretch marks, and more. This treatment stimulates the dermis to form new healthy tissue and collagen. The laser is non-ablative, which means the outer layer of skin is not removed, so healing happens much faster.
Laser Vein Therapy
Unsightly spider or varicose veins can be not only aesthetically unpleasant, but also painful. Laser vein therapy is the minimally invasive way to remove varicose veins as well as port wine stains, rosacea and other vascular birthmarks. The laser targets diseased blood vessels, delivering a controlled amount of heat. The upper layers of skin are protected with a patented Dynamic Cooling Device and side effects are minimal.
Laser Skin Tightening
The Candela YAG Laser can be used to rejuvenate the skin by diminishing the appearance of wrinkles and acne scars, and by tightening sagging skin. Laser skin tightening works by heating up the existing collagen which in turn triggers new collagen formation. This process improves facial contours and smoothes out wrinkles, leaving you with plump, youthful skin.
Your Laser Skin Care in Los Angeles specializes in Botox and Fillers injections, laser hair removal 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.
Posted on December 26, 2016 by Ella Fedonenko
Colder weather, lower humidity and indoor heating can be harsh on your skin, resulting in irritation, inflammation, and increased sensitivity. Follow these simple tips to keep your complexion looking healthy and beautiful this winter. (more…)
Posted on August 15, 2016 by Ella Fedonenko
In the past, Botox was considered a treatment for “older” women. Over the past decade, however, more and more younger women—those in their 20s, 30s, and 40s—have caught onto this beauty secret. These days, Botox is commonly used in young women to treat fine lines, and can even be used to prevent wrinkles. Here’s how to make the most of this cosmetic treatment at every age. (more…)
Posted on September 17, 2013 by Ella Fedonenko
Every season brings its own unique qualities and nuances. Each creates a mood and encourages personal reflection. Fall is making its appearance and our skin is responding. It’s a good time to reflect.
If we look at Fall in the traditional terms of life stages, here is the time for renewal and repair. Here is the perfect time to recover from the heat and sun and, perhaps, the excesses of summer indulgence and activities. It might be the best time to look and listen to what your skin is telling you. And, of course, here is the best time to prepare for the Holiday season approaching fast!
If there were times when your sun block or UV protection was not quite sufficient or re-applied often enough, if you spent extended time in the water or the wind, what were the effects on your skin? On your face, your arms, your chest?
Have a few brown spots or “freckles” appeared? Patches of crinkly skin? Lines or wrinkles? Have you had a few “break-outs” from oil-clogged pores? And finally, are you protecting your skin, now, for the Winter season that will, surely, bring its own beauty care challenges?
No one sees your skin as much as you do and no one knows it quite as well. Sometimes, that’s both the blessing and the curse. While you may be the first to notice changes, while your critical eye counts each line and worries over every wrinkle, the reverse may also be true. There are also times when we only see what we’re used to seeing. We quickly skim or scan our faces and bodies and it would take a very obvious difference to catch our attention.
Why not make a special date with your mirror? Set aside some personal time to spend fifteen or thirty minutes just between the two of you. Remove your makeup, pull back your hair and simply look at your face. You might be surprised at how lovely it is. Find your best features and enjoy them.
Then look yourself in the eyes and see what or where your attention is drawn next. Naturally and slowly, try to look at yourself as if for the first time. The good and the not-so-good. And then set about correcting it.
Dry flaky skin? Enlarged pores? Perhaps you will choose one of the wonderful VIVITÉ® skincare products. Frown lines and wrinkles? Perhaps BOTOX Cosmetic or Dysport can easily and affordably offer the solution. IPL, derma fillers, Laser skin tightening and an array of other non-invasive cosmetic treatments are available to renew, revitalize and reverse the effects of premature aging.
So your mirror has done its part; and you’ve done yours. Now might be the time for a “second opinion,” a consultation with your cosmetic dermatology physician. Point out your concerns and discuss the possibilities. Remember, most cosmetic procedures require a bit of time to reach their full effect or for even the mildest side effects to completely disappear. Celebrate the Season with the best gift of all – a fresher, smoother, more youthful and radiant-looking complexion!