Articles Tagged: Los Angeles Fillers

 

The Science Behind Effective Laser Hair Removal

Posted on May 31, 2016 by Ella Fedonenko

Laser hair removal is the most effective way to remove unwanted hair. In some patients, laser hair removal is permanent, while others may require “touch-ups” annually. Although sessions you undergo for laser hair removal are quite straightforward, there’s a great deal of science behind the procedure. Laser is actually an acronym of “Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation,” and the device releases light of a specific wavelength. Lasers weren’t originally used for the purpose of hair removal, but researchers noted in the 1970’s that using lasers for other medical uses resulted in hair loss.  (more…)

The New Liquid Face-lift

Posted on February 6, 2014 by Ella Fedonenko

Just when we think that the Fountain of Youth, indeed, runneth over and the search has ended. After BOTOX, the Laser, IPL, Chemical Peels, Restylane and the rest – what else could there possibly be to reverse the signs of aging?

Meet Voluma, the newest sister product to the popular filler, Juvederm, and created by Allergan, the same powerhouse company that also manufactures BOTOX, Voluma is unique, exciting and available now!

Just approved by the FDA, Voluma has been highly anticipated for the last five years. It’s results in other countries, prior to its release in the U.S., have been remarkable in achieving the very specific benefit for which it was created, adding volume to the “hollow” mid-cheek area of the face.

While the signs of individual aging may vary, a bit, according to skin type, skin care, heredity, lifestyle, environment and other considerations, the basics are universal: lines, wrinkles, folding or sagging skin and hollow or “sunken” areas at the temple, under eye, cheek and chin.

As noted earlier, cosmetic dermatology has addressed the first few conditions with many non-invasive procedures and products. But the shifting of fatty tissue and the structural changes, over larger areas of the face, have presented a different challenge. And Voluma is a different product.

Voluma is a part of the derma filler family. It even contains one of the key natural ingredients, hyaluronic acid, that is already produced by the body and found in the most successful filler products. But, injected into the deeper layers of the skin, Voluma also lifts as it adds volume to flattened, drawn areas. The natural, attractive curves of the face are restored.

As with all injectables, there are some temporary side effects that might appear, following treatment, including swelling, tenderness, redness and bruising. But there is evidence that these symptoms are milder, with Voluma, and their duration is shorter.

And here is one of the best benefits of this new product – the duration of it’s side effects may be short, but the duration of its results are long-lasting! The effects of Voluma have been consistently noted to last up to two years. Perhaps that’s why this new procedure has been referred to as “the liquid face-lift.”

Lip Augmentation

Posted on January 6, 2014 by Ella Fedonenko

Today, lip augmentation is fast and, depending upon the product, may last for several months or, even a year. With no real downtime. Some soreness and swelling may occur but is, usually, resolved within a week. And the look is truly lovely.

Along with the ease of the procedure, fillers allow the practitioner great control over the volume of the product used as well as its perfect placement. It may even be done over a series of appointments for a very gradual and natural look. And finally, an added bonus of using fillers is that the little vertical lines, above your upper lip, may disappear as part of the process.

So who might benefit the most from the lip enhancement procedure? Perhaps your upper lip is too thin and tends to disappear when you smile. Or you have a “gummy” smile and would like to expose less of your gum line. The natural aging process, and resulting loss of volume, may have changed the shape of your mouth or caused the corners of your mouth to droop a bit, turning downward. Your lips might be uneven and a bit more fullness might add just the right touch of balance and symmetry.

There are many reasons for enhancing the size and shape of your lips but remember that everyone is different. You and your practitioner should spend time really studying your face, your mouth, your skin and talking about the best look for you. There should never be a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to your unique features and style.

And do keep in mind that lips are a, particularly, delicate area of your face and you should have a very experienced doctor or practitioner performing procedures on it.

Do your homework. Then relax and call Your Laser Skin Care center for a free consultation on creating your shapely new smile.

Be Your Own Best Preventive Medicine!

Posted on August 27, 2013 by Ella Fedonenko

Even the most successful treatment such as dermal filler often results in some measure of side effects. Among the most common are swelling, soreness, redness, bruising, itching and, more rarely, some inflammation at the injection site. After all, the skin will usually react any time it’s penetrated by a needle. But it’s usually not severe or long-lasting.

In fact, most side effects may be treated with over-the-counter medications and disappear in just a few days. Some might linger for a week but lessen every day.

Your job is to take the simple precautions that will either prevent or greatly reduce the severity and longevity of these side effects. Here is a list of some of the most popular “do’s and don’ts” we recommend prior to your dermal filler procedure.

Some medications and natural supplements tend to make your blood thinner and less able to clot. This is one of the common causes for “bruising.” So the following drugs should be discontinued seven days before treatment: Aspirin, Ibuprofen (including Aleve, Advil and Motrin), Omega 3 fatty acids, Vitamin E, Ginko Bilboa and St. John’s Wart. Remember, Tylenol is always allowed and should be sufficient to relieve any tenderness or pain. Alcohol and garlic should be avoided 1 – 2 days before your injections.

Tiny pellets of Arnica Montana have also proven to be very effective and may be dissolved, under the tongue, the day before and the morning of your appointment. Whole Foods is a very good source for purchasing this supplement.

Remember to talk to your own doctor or practitioner for other recommendations or if you have any specific conditions or questions.