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Say Goodbye To These Skin Imperfections With PicoSure Skin Rejuvenation 

woman with beautiful skin

Technology is evolving rapidly, and the beauty and cosmetic treatment industry is no exception. Few devices offer skin patients the ability to address skin concerns and imperfections better than the PicoSure Skin Rejuvenation system.

Skin imperfections, acne scarring, discoloration, premature aging, and unwanted tattoos can significantly affect your self-confidence. If you’re looking to achieve bright, youthful skin regardless of your age, the PicoSure laser system may be the perfect treatment to help you achieve healthier-looking skin.

The Many Incredible Benefits of PicoSure

PicoSure is fast, safe, and non-invasive. This non-surgical skin treatment can effectively address most common skin imperfections, including sunspots and acne scarring. PicoSure technology is regarded as one of the most advanced laser treatments currently available. It delivers noticeable, permanent results in fewer sessions than similar laser treatments and can be used on both the face and body.

Laser skin rejuvenation has many notable anti-aging benefits, including:

  • Minimal discomfort and pain during and after treatment
  • Little to no side effects
  • Requires fewer treatment sessions
  • Safe and highly effective
  • Will not injure the surrounding skin
  • Successfully removes skin imperfections

PicoSure laser skin resurfacing is a safe, non-surgical procedure that diminishes the appearance of skin imperfections. The following skin concerns can be targeted while experiencing little-to-no discomfort during treatment.

Brown Spots

Dark spots on the surface, also known as hyperpigmentation. They are often a consequence of past sun exposure or artificial UV light used in tanning beds.

Fine Lines

Fine lines are the early signs of wrinkle formation. They usually occur in the most expressive areas of your face, such as around your eyes, mouth, and forehead. Fine lines can be created due to a lack of moisture in the skin.

Freckles

Small brown spots on the skin, often in areas that are exposed to the sun. In most cases, freckles are harmless and form as a result of the overproduction of melanin.

Melasma

A common skin issue that causes brown patches, usually on the face. Melasma can also appear on other body parts that are exposed to the sun, such as the forearms, hands, and neck.

Pigmented Lesions

These lesions are typically brown, black, or blue and are common. Benign pigmented lesions are harmless abnormalities of the skin; however, they appear similar to cancerous moles.

Stretch Marks

Continuous tugging and stretching of the skin can cause stretch marks to form. They often appear when you rapidly gain or lose weight due to a sudden growth spurt or pregnancy.

Wrinkles

A natural part of the aging process as the skin gets thinner, drier, and less elastic. Environmental factors such as smoking and sun exposure can accelerate the development of wrinkles.

Acne Scarring

Acne scarring can be extremely stubborn, often lasting for years and years and resisting other effective treatment protocols. The Pico laser has proven its ability to tackle scars in a scientific setting. In one study, participants underwent six laser treatments targeting acne scars on the face. All were satisfied with the results.

Tattoo Removal

PicoSure laser treatments can also be used to remove unwanted tattoos from anywhere across the body. The technology’s high specification helps increase the device’s speed shattering the tattoo pigments, meaning fewer treatments are required to achieve the desired result.

While PicoSure lasers can be effective, no laser tattoo removal can strip the skin of all colored ink pigments. Black and grey ink is the easiest to remove, closely followed by dark green. Yellow, purple, and fluorescent hues are the most difficult to remove.

Feel Great About Your Skin

PicoSure skin rejuvenation is a revolutionary technology that can entirely transform the look and feel of your skin. If you’re ready to diminish the appearance of acne scarring, sun damage, an unwanted tattoo, or another skin concern listed in this article, it’s time to schedule a consultation. Contact Laser Aesthetic Center today to restore youthful, glowing skin.

The Differences Between Botox and Dysport From Our Wrinkle Experts

woman receiving cosmetic injection for crow's feet fine lines

Botox and Dysport are the two most commonly known neurotoxins used in medspas and clinics in the United States for lessening the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Wrinkle injections are more straightforward than dermal fillers; however, it can be challenging to understand the differences and benefits over the other entirely.

Our wrinkle experts best advice for knowing which brand of injection is right for you? Always schedule a consultation with an experienced provider first so they can make a recommendation based on your facial lines, budget, and treatment goals.

Which Injection is Best For Your Skin Concerns?

It never hurts to be prepared before a consultation appointment. In this article, we’ll break down the differences between Botox, Dysport, and dermal fillers to help you have a better understanding of how the different products can be used for anti-aging treatments.

The most important question to ask during a consultation is which injection is best for me and my wrinkles, and not which is best in general.

How Botox and Dysport Are Similar

Both Botox and Dysport effectively treat fine lines and wrinkles by relaxing muscle tissue to the point where they prevent the muscle from contracting, creating a wrinkled appearance. When either product is injected into a targeted muscle area, the relaxation of the muscles reduces the appearance of wrinkles in the area.

Both Botox and Dysport will give you a temporary result, with regular treatment sessions approximately every 3-6 months.

Major Differences To Consider

The main differences between these two products are broken down into varying formulas. Both work in the same way, by blocking nerve signals to the muscles, with the main differences being:

Botox

The Botox formula is more concentrated than Dysport, making it more effective in treating larger areas or areas with thicker muscles. Although Botox is more commonly used than Dysport, each product is equally effective when used on wrinkles between the eyebrows. The number of treatments needed to achieve results will depend on the treated area and the patient’s needs. Botox typically takes three to five days to see results, and effects can last up to six months.

The advantage of using Botox is that it’s minimally invasive and treats various areas on the face. It also provides long-lasting results.

The downside of Botox is that there is a small population that shows no response to the treatment. These patients may benefit from Dysport injections.

Dysport

Dysport works the same way as Botox injections. A certain number of Dysport units are injected into the treatment area between the eyebrows, relaxing the underlying muscles that move and cause wrinkles. It’s FDA-approved to treat glabellar lines or vertical lines between the eyebrows. The number of treatments needed will depend on a patient’s individual needs, and there is no recovery time. Effects will last up to six months.

The advantage of using Dysport is that effects show up more quickly than the effects of Botox, and there are typically no associated side effects. The downside of Dysport is that some patients don’t react to this cosmetic treatment. They may have better results with Botox.

Other Injections to Consider

Juvederm 

Juvéderm is a versatile filler that accomplishes a variety of rejuvenating tasks. Juvéderm’s formula employs specialized cross-linking of molecules to create a filler gel that lasts. We inject the Juvéderm to achieve subtle reinvigoration of the skin. Juvéderm may be used to augment the cheeks and mouth, reducing parentheses (laugh lines) and lip lines. It is also an option for subtle lip enhancement.

Juvederm Voluma 

We also offer Juvéderm Voluma, a specially formulated filler designed to boost volume in the cheeks. In the same way that you lose volume in the lower half of the face, the cheeks tend to lose some of their roundness over time. You don’t have to sit back and watch your facial structure change – for many, Juvéderm Voluma can help. Like standard Juvéderm, Voluma contains hyaluronan. But its formula is designed to provide a subtle, lasting cheek lift. Treatment results may remain in place for up to two years.

Restylane

Restylane can present patients with a long-lasting option for laugh lines, frown lines, and other areas of facial volume loss.

Restylane offers several variations on its formula to address specific wrinkles and fine lines:

  • Restylane Silk. A refined and smooth product that allows for precise, subtle enhancement. Restylane Silk is the first FDA-approved dermal filler to treat lips and fine lines around the mouth.
  • Restylane Lyft. Restylane Lyft is the most robust filler option in the Restylane family. It is FDA-approved to enhance the middle of the face, cheeks, and nasolabial folds.
  • Restylane Refyne. Restylane Refyne is intended to treat moderate to severe facial wrinkles or folds and provides more flexible support.
  • Restylane Defyne. Restylane Defyne is heartier and firmer, making it ideal for the treatment of deep facial lines.

Which Injectable Is Right For You?

Botox and Dysport are so similar that they’re often seen as parallel options in eliminating fine lines and wrinkles. The main key factor when people are deciding between Dysport vs. Botox is the cost. The cost of Dysport is approximately ⅓ of the cost of Botox; However, Dysport is also ⅓ the strength of Botox. This often means that a patient will need approximately three times as many units of Dysport to achieve the same results as you would with one unit of Botox, bringing the two treatment costs to be about the same in the end.

Schedule a consultation today if you’re ready to learn more about Botox, Dysport, and dermal fillers we offer at Laser Aesthetic Center.

Causes of Facial Spider Veins (and How To Treat Them!)

Causes of facial spider veins

Spider veins form when the capillaries in the skin on your face become dilated. Affecting both men and women, poor blood circulation, aging, and damaged skin can all be common factors contributing to facial spider veins.

Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy is a mild, non-invasive procedure with minimal side effects. Read on to learn more about this popular facial spider vein treatment and what you can do to prevent future broken capillaries.

What Are Spider Veins?

As our bodies age, our skin becomes thinner, and this thinning of the skin makes veins more visible. Certain elements, including sun exposure and inflammatory diseases such as acne or rosacea, frequently cause damage to blood vessel walls, leading to broken capillaries. Aside from causing facial redness and insecurities, broken capillaries are generally harmless and cause no pain or discomfort. Once broken, these veins will not return to their normal size or repair themselves.

Contributing Factors of Spider Veins

Certain contributing factors increase your likelihood of getting spider veins of the face. Certain conditions frequently cause spider veins, and there is little you can do to prevent them.

Common causes include:

  • Genetics. For unknown reasons, spider veins tend to run in families. Individual risk factors also increase with age.
  • Gender. Women are more commonly affected than men.
  • Rosacea. This common skin condition leads to excessive redness and flushing. With rosacea, broken blood vessels are common.
  • Sun exposure. Excessive sun exposure can enlarge your blood vessels. If you get a sunburn, the top layer of skin may peel and temporarily make some of the blood vessels in your face more noticeable.
  • Alcohol consumption. Moderate or occasional alcohol consumption can cause your skin to flush due to the enlargement of blood vessels. Binge drinking and heavy alcohol use can eventually lead to spider veins.
  • Pregnancy. An increase in estrogen hormones during pregnancy can lead to broken blood vessels. Pregnancy-related spider veins heal on their own after delivery. Skin changes are expected in pregnancy.
  • Hormones. Birth control pills and the hormonal changes during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause increase the likelihood of broken capillaries.
  • Injuries. Minor to significant injuries can lead to bruising. With bruises on your face, broken blood vessels may also be noticeable.
  • Vomiting or sneezing. Sudden, extreme pressure in your face from a violent sneeze or a vomiting spell can break the blood vessels in the skin.
  • Weather changes. Hot weather increases blood vessel dilation.
  • Environmental or chemical irritants.

Treating Spider Veins With LimeLight IPL

During an intense pulsed light (IPL) treatment, concentrated light beams are delivered to the targeted treatment area in quick pulses. This treatment gives skin a smoother, more youthful appearance by improving the overall look of age spots, sun spots, and broken capillaries in the face.

LimeLight IPL therapy can be performed with minimal downtime, and the treatment is relatively painless. The treatment works by focusing light on the targeted blood vessels. This is safely performed without affecting the surrounding tissue. As the light is delivered into the skin, the light beams cause the treated veins to heat up. This leads them to collapse, and the body absorbs any remains over the next few weeks until the spider veins are no longer visible.

Preventing Future Broken Capillaries

Be proactive in preventing future broken facial capillaries by:

  • Being gentle when you wash your face.
  • Avoiding extreme heat from spas, saunas, or hot weather.
  • Limiting sun exposure by applying sunscreen to your face. Wearing a hat and long layers of clothing can also help to reduce the chances of spider veins from sun damage.
  • Treating any sources of skin inflammation like acne and rosacea quickly.
  • Exercising regularly to improve circulation and vein strength.
  • Being mindful of alcohol consumption. Even moderate drinking can cause redness and broken blood vessels.

Is LimeLight IPL Right For You?

If you have facial spider veins that make you feel self-conscious, Laser Aesthetic Center can help you effectively treat them with LimeLight IPL. Sometimes, only one treatment is sufficient to remove broken capillaries, while more severe cases require additional treatments to produce satisfactory results. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to discuss the best treatment plan options for addressing your aesthetic concerns.

he Best Time of Year for Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatments

Best time of year for laser skin resurfacing

Nothing makes your skin feel as fresh or rejuvenated as a PicoSure facial rejuvenation treatment. This popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment successfully stimulates the skin’s deeper layers to ultimately improve the appearance of sun-damaged, unevenly pigmented, and wrinkled skin. Not only will you leave your treatment feeling rejuvenated, but you’ll also continue to experience the stimulation of new collagen and elastin to improve your skin continuously.

Fall is the best time of year to schedule a laser skin resurfacing treatment, and here’s why.

About PicoSure Laser Skin Resurfacing

As we age, dead skin cells become more prominent, and collagen production diminishes, causing the skin to appear dull, creased, and aged. PicoSure no downtime facial rejuvenation treatments successfully stimulate the skin’s deeper layers to ultimately improve the appearance of sun-damaged, unevenly pigmented, and wrinkled skin.

PicoSure is the world’s first and only picosecond aesthetic laser platform for multiple aesthetic applications, including tattoo removal, acne scar treatment, removal of pigmented lesions, and wrinkle treatment. This unparalleled breakthrough in laser technology delivers ultra-short pulse bursts of energy to the skin in trillionths of a second to gently target and eliminate pigment without harming the surrounding skin.

Benefits of Laser Skin Resurfacing

Patients can begin to notice visible skin improvements after only one or two treatments. However, we recommend a series of four Picosure facial rejuvenation sessions spaced 4-6 weeks apart for optimal results.

Benefits of PicoSure treatment sessions include:

  • Lightened age spots
  • Wrinkles and fine lines are smoothed
  • Skin texture and tone is improved
  • Acne scarring fades after 2-3 treatments
  • Effective for treating melasma
  • Skin has a natural glow
  • Treatments only take 20 minutes
  • There is no downtime required
  • It’s safe for all skin types

Fall is The Best Season For Facial Rejuvenation Treatments

Fall is the best time of year to schedule PicoSure facial rejuvenation treatments because following treatments, it’s recommended to avoid prolonged sun exposure. During the Fall, you’re less likely to be affected by direct sunlight, which can damage your freshly treated facial skin. Furthermore, because this treatment helps eliminate sun damage, it allows your skin to stay fresh and rejuvenated for a more extended period.

Treatment Aftercare

For PicoSure facial rejuvenation treatments, it’s necessary to be as gentle as possible with your skin. Following any treatment, our expert providers at Laser Aesthetic Center will provide you with detailed instructions on how best to take care of your skin following a procedure. If you’re concerned about the products you currently use affecting your treatment results, ask our team for product-specific advice to ensure the best results possible.

We recommend patients continue to moisturize 2-3 times per day. However, if you are prone to breakouts or have oily skin, please wait 24 hours before applying any products directly to the treated skin. Following treatment, it’s imperative to avoid touching or picking at the skin, but this is necessary to avoid any unnecessary redness or potential scarring. Always follow your provider’s instructions, and contact us with any questions you have regarding aftercare.

Are You Ready To Fall In Love With Your Skin Again?

If you are looking for a safe and effective way to achieve a more radiant complexion this Fall, PicoSure facial rejuvenation may be the perfect treatment for your skin. To learn more about laser skin resurfacing and if you’re a good candidate for the treatment, contact Laser Aesthetic Center today.

Achieving Long-Term Results From CoolSculpting

Long-term CoolSculpting results

Dedicating yourself to a healthy diet and exercise regimen is the best way to get into shape, but there are always areas where the stubborn bulges of fat just don’t seem to go away. CoolSculpting is an excellent treatment designed to target these fat pockets for a more sculpted shape.

At Laser Aesthetic Center, we want our patients to be informed about CoolSculpting and the type of results it yields, including how long results should last. The good news is with a continuation of proper nutrition and exercise, long-term results from CoolSculpting are easy to achieve.

What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is a branded, FDA-approved form of fat reduction treatment that utilizes cryolipolysis to freeze unwanted fat. CoolSculpting and other types of cryolipolysis use freezing temperatures to break down fat cells. The cold temperatures used do not damage any surrounding or underlying tissue, and there is no damage to the skin’s surface.

CoolSculpting treatments take roughly an hour to complete, and there is no necessary recovery period. Following the procedure, it takes approximately 4-6 months for the frozen fat cells to leave the body naturally. In that time, the area of fat will decrease by an average of 20%. Results vary, but patients generally report that clothing fits better, and the treated bulges are less visible about eight weeks post-treatment.

Yes, It Really Works!

Studies have shown CoolSculpting to be an effective fat reduction treatment. A 2009 study looked at the clinical efficiency of cryolipolysis, and researchers found that cryolipolysis reduced the treated fat layer by as much as 25%. The results were still present six months after the treatment. The frozen fat cells then die and are extracted from the body through the liver within several weeks following treatment.

CoolSculpting can also reduce the appearance of cellulite on the legs, buttocks, and arms, in addition to treating unwanted fat on the thighs, lower back, belly, and love handles. As a non-invasive treatment, there are several benefits to CoolSculpting over traditional surgical fat removal procedures.

Side Effects Are Minor and Brief

Any side effects you may experience should improve within a few days but can be present for a few weeks. You may also notice a feeling of fullness in your throat if your targeted area is around your neck or chin. If you’re concerned about any side effects, be sure to discuss them with your provider before having any treatment performed.

In the days following your procedure, you may experience minor:

  • Skin redness
  • Swelling
  • Pain or tenderness
  • Bruising
  • Stinging
  • Soreness
  • Itching
  • Skin sensitivity

Long-Lasting Results You Can Count On

Your CoolSculpting results should last indefinitely. Once CoolSculpting kills off fat cells, they do not regenerate or return. However, if you gain weight after your treatment, you may regain fat in the treated areas or other areas of the body. Destroying existing fat cells will not prevent new fat cells from appearing. A healthy lifestyle is vital to preserving the results achieved from CoolSculpting. A person who does not exercise or maintains an unhealthy diet may soon see the fat return to treatment areas.

Keeping Fat From Coming Back After CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting is not for everyone, nor is it a quick fix for weight loss. The ideal patient is at a stable weight with some persistent, stubborn areas of fat that do not respond to regular exercise and diet.

To maintain and preserve your CoolSculpting results for as long as possible, one of the most critical things you can do is avoid subsequent weight gain. Gaining weight after CoolSculpting can cause fat cells to grow and even stimulate new fat cells. To prolong your CoolSculpting results, use these beneficial tips:

  • Avoid weight fluctuation
  • Wait until you are done having children to get CoolSculpting
  • Maintain a healthy diet
  • Exercise regularly

Are you ready to achieve the body you’ve always wanted while eliminating stubborn fat? Schedule a CoolSculpting consultation with Laser Aesthetic Center today.

Understanding and Treating Hormonal Acne

Hormonal acne treatments

Affecting nearly 17 million people in the United States, acne is the most common skin disease. If you’re one of the millions who struggle with acne as an adult, you’re probably well aware of the significant impact it can have on your life and self-esteem.

The first step in achieving clear, acne-free skin is to determine the cause. In this article, we will break down the different types of hormonal acne and how our expert providers at Laser Aesthetic Center can help you find a treatment to achieve blemish-free skin.

Hormonal Acne Can Happen At Any Age

Your teenage years are often filled with acne because of your bodies’ hormonal changes during this phase in life. But today’s dermatologists are seeing more and more women experiencing adult acne in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, and even 50’s.

Determining the underlying cause of your adult acne will help us to recommend patient-specific treatment regimens to control your acne and minimize the chance of future breakouts.

The leading causes of hormonal acne are:

  • Hormone levels that directly influence excess oil gland production.
  • Overstimulated oil glands.
  • Shedding skin cells that become abnormally sticky, causing your pores to clog up.
  • Increased number of the acne-causing bacterium, Propionibacterium.
  • Hormonal imbalances that cause excess facial or body hair.
  • Skin inflammation.

Diagnosing Your Acne

To properly diagnose your acne and the cause behind why it’s there, a dermatologist will first examine your skin to make sure you have acne and not another skin condition that can look like acne. Your acne will be graded from grade 1 to grade 4, with grade 4 being severe acne.

Once your acne has been appropriately diagnosed, many effective treatment options can be recommended. It’s important to remember that every acne treatment does not work for everyone who has acne. Still, virtually every case of acne can be controlled with proper diagnosis and a little patience to find the perfect treatment option for your specific skin type and acne.

Effective Acne Treatments

There are many proven and effective acne treatments for all types of acne, depending on the severity of your case. In most cases, acne treatment does not work overnight. At-home treatment requires 4-8 weeks to see significant improvement. Once your acne clears, you must continue to treat the skin to prevent future breakouts.

Mild Acne

Patients who experience mild acne are classified as those who have a few blemishes. They may have whiteheads, blackheads, papules, and pustules (aka pimples), and this type of acne can typically be treated with products that you can buy without a prescription. Products containing benzyl peroxide or salicylic acid often clear mild acne cases.

Severe Acne

Large groupings of acne, cysts, or nodules on the skin typically move acne cases into severe acne, especially if non-prescription acne treatments have not improved your acne in the past. If you experience severe acne that is not clear with non-prescription acne products, it’s time to see a dermatologist.

When To See a Dermatologist

Dermatologists offer the following types of acne treatments:

Topical Treatments

There are many different types of topical treatments. While some help kill the bacteria, others reduce the oils in your skin that produce acne. Topical medicine may contain a retinol, prescription-strength benzoyl peroxide, antibiotic, or even salicylic acid. Seeing a dermatologist will help you to determine the product that suits your specific acne.

Internal Treatments

Acne treatments that work through the body from the inside out may be necessary when you have red, swollen types of acne. This type of treatment is usually necessary to treat acne cysts and nodules.

Acne Procedures

Many of today’s acne sufferers seek a modern approach to treat their acne, using procedures performed during an office visit. These treatments include:

  • Laser Treatments – These devices reduce the bacteria that causes acne to form.
  • Chemical Peels – Used to treat blackheads and blemishes.
  • Drainage and Extraction – When cysts don’t respond to medicine, this procedure can help ease the pain and the chance that the cyst will leave a scar. Cysts can also be injected with medicine to eliminate them quickly.

Moving Past Acne Scarring

Before prescribing any acne treatment plan, we will examine your skin and determine the ideal options. You may benefit from a single treatment or a combination of the ones detailed above. These treatments can help remove dead skin, unclog pores, extract blackheads and improve the appearance of acne scars.

To learn more about the best treatments for combating your stubborn hormonal acne, contact Laser Aesthetic Center today to schedule an acne consultation with one of our expert providers.

Are Botox Parties Safe? Skincare Experts Say No Way

Are Botox parties safe?

A Botox party is a social gathering, typically at a friend’s home, where someone comes to administer Botox injections or other dermal fillers to a large group. While the idea of sipping a glass of wine and having a few wrinkles smoothed out while socializing may sound idyllic, health officials feel otherwise. While it can be easy to get caught up in the excitement of a Botox party, Botox risk factors are heightened when injections are performed outside of a safe, controlled environment.

What Is a Botox Party?

Botox is a brand name for an acute injection known as botulinum. Botox treatments take only a few minutes to administer, with no necessary downtime. The speed and ease of Botox have led to certain providers offering Botox injections in private home environments rather than in a medical office. Having Botox administered at a friend’s house over food and drinks may appeal to those who want to try Botox for the first time but feel a bit nervous about the experience. Injections are performed right in the host’s home during a Botox party, often at a discounted rate following a quick informational lesson.

The Many Risks of Amateur Injections

While Botox is widely used in many different medical offices and offered in medspa’s as a cosmetic treatment, there is no U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidance for safely offering Botox injections in a home party setting.

Before you agree to have Botox, be informed of the potential risks of injections performed in amateur hands.

  • No medical records. Botox providers keep a medical record of previous treatments you have had when receiving injectables in a professional office setting. If you love your Botox results and want to replicate them, a Botox party will not offer the same results. Additionally, medical history should always be carefully reviewed to ensure that the treatment is a safe choice for you before any injections.
  • Potentially unsanitary conditions. Medical offices have a high standard for sanitary conditions in which all treatments are performed. Your provider should always follow best practices for handwashing, glove use, and syringe safety. Botox parties have an increased risk of potentially unsanitary conditions because of the uncontrolled environment.
  • An inexperienced injector.  It takes an educated and experienced injector to provide patients with the ideal Botox results they desire. Your goal should always be beautiful, natural-looking results, and there are no guarantees for the type of results you could end up with if an inexperienced provider performs your injections.
  • Limited medical assistance – It is rare for a patient to have an emergency reaction to Botox. However, should an emergency or adverse reaction occur, you must be already situated in a medical office with immediate access to trained professionals and lifesaving equipment.

You May Not Be Getting Real Botox

Perhaps one of the most concerning uncertainties for Botox parties is that the injections used may be a counterfeit product. Often, injections at Botox parties are being offered at a “discounted group rate.” The product price may be directly linked to the inexpensive injectable may be silicone, which is not FDA approved, due to the risks of severe and life-threatening complications. Silicone is known to cause hard lumps in the breast and lips. Additionally, silicone can spread to the lungs, causing severe pneumonia with a 20% mortality rate. Silicone can also spread to the brain, which is 100% fatal.

How To Avoid Becoming a Botox Cautionary Tale

  • Don’t Be Guided By Price – If treatment is being offered for much less than the standard fee, compromises are likely being made either in the provider’s skill or the quality of the product. Don’t be guided by price when it comes to the appearance of your face and your health.
  • Get a Consultation First – Before having any treatment done on your face, you should always schedule a consultation appointment before having any treatment performed. During this time, your provider can discuss your expectations and any concerns you may have. You should leave a consultation appointment feeling positive with no concerns.
  • Leave Injecting to a Professional – All wrinkle treatments should be performed in a medical setting with sterile technique. Treatments done in homes, hotels, or beauty salons are not performed in a medical environment and should be avoided.
  • Don’t Purchase Your Product at a Discounted Rate – Know exactly what product is being used for your treatment and confirm that it is FDA approved. If you have any doubts, ask if it was purchased directly from the manufacturer. Any unapproved ingredients can lead to severe consequences.

Only Trust Experienced Botox Providers For Injections

Botox has many benefits, so it’s easy to see why having injections performed in a social environment would be tempting. Rather than risking the appearance of your face and something going awry from an inexperienced provider, contact Laser Aesthetic Center. Our providers are Botox experts, and we will ensure your entire treatment process is comfortable, quick, and, most importantly, safe. Contact us today to learn more about Botox and if it’s right for you.

5 Ways Ultherapy Treatments Transform Your Skin

Benefits of Ultherapy treatments

Ultherapy is an advanced, non-invasive treatment to improve the overall look and feel of the skin. This unique treatment can lift, tighten, and tone sagging skin on the face, around the eyes, and on the neck and chest. The FDA approved the treatment and is used effectively to improve skin laxity while also addressing common skin concerns like fine lines and wrinkles.

Here are five incredible ways Ultherapy treatments can transform your skin and why you should consider it one of the best cosmetic solutions available to rejuvenate the skin.

Ultherapy Benefit #1: Collagen Production Is Stimulated

Ultherapy delivers focused ultrasound energy into your skin, triggering the body’s natural response and jump starting the regenerative process to stimulate collagen production. The results after Ultherapy treatments speak for themselves, with patients experiencing tighter and smoother skin with a natural reduction in fine lines and wrinkles. As collagen is produced to support the underlying layers, the skin can maintain its tighter, more youthful appearance for a more extended period.

Ultherapy Benefit #2: Your Skin Starts To Tighten

Tightening loose skin helps to counteract the aging process by giving you a more youthful appearance. Ultherapy can help you turn back the hands of time on your skin’s appearance. Those who cannot undergo surgery due to health issues are typically excellent candidates for Ultherapy as an alternative to a surgical facelift. The ultrasound energy in Ultherapy treatments heats the underlying dermal structure to the precise temperature to constrict tissue for an immediate tightening effect.

Ultherapy Benefit #3: Your Skin Begins To Lift

Ultherapy patients can achieve noticeably tighter and firmer skin after Ultherapy treatments. As the new collagen production is stimulated, your skin begins to lift and firm on the neck, chin, and brow. Fine lines and wrinkles are also smoothed as the skin begin to lift and tighten.

Ultherapy benefit #4: Your Results Are Long-Lasting

The skin-tightening results you will gain with Ultherapy are due to rejuvenating collagen deep within the skin. Treatments can be tailored to your specific needs and desired results, regardless of skin laxity or specific treatment areas. During treatment, ultrasound imaging is used to ensure the energy is delivered to the precise depth required to produce the best possible outcome. While some patients notice a small amount of change immediately, most results take between 2-3 months for the skin to become firmer and more lifted. Patients will continue to experience developing results for roughly two years after treatment.

Ultherapy Benefit #5: Any Side Effects Are Minimal

While ultrasound technology has been a staple in the medical field for many years, the significant value in the cosmetic field is a more recent development. Ultrasound waves are used to produce the desired results without the use of excessive heat or surgical incisions. Ultherapy treatments are a relatively comfortable experience that does not require any anesthesia to be administered. Any potential side effects are infrequent, as well as minuscule. You will be able to return to regular activities immediately. The only indication to others that you just had a cosmetic treatment will be minor skin redness that subsides within a few hours of the procedure.

Combining Ultherapy Treatments For Longer-Lasting Results

Ultherapy is the only US FDA-approved procedure designed to lift and tighten skin on the chin, neck, and eyebrows. Ultherapy can also be combined with injectables and laser resurfacing treatments to achieve better, longer-lasting results.

If you’re ready to learn how Ultherapy can transform your skin, contact Laser Aesthetic Center today to schedule a consultation.

When To Expect Noticeable Results From Microneedling

When to expect results from microneedling

Professional microneedling treatments are a compelling way to rejuvenate your skin without any injections or fillers. Microneedling works by prompting your body to replace old, damaged skin with fresh new skin cells in a natural way. By erasing age spots, minimizing wrinkles, and brightening your complexion, microneedling can offer many incredible benefits.

Like many of the best things in life, microneedling results take time to produce and aren’t immediate. Read on to learn when you can expect to see noticeable results from microneedling and if this popular treatment is appropriate for you.

Benefits From Professional Microneedling

There are many incredible benefits you can expect to achieve from collagen induction therapy. One of the most significant benefits of microneedling is that it drastically improves skin care products such as moisturizers, prescription acne ointments, and anti-aging creams. It is also more affordable than a facelift and does not involve any downtime, recovery, pain, or discomfort.

While results are not immediate like many other cosmetic treatments, the results you will experience are worth the wait. There are two key advantages to results taking time:

Results Are Natural 

Microneedling results take time because you are waiting on your body’s natural healing responses to make the visible changes. The treatment sends your body the right signals to make the natural improvements, and no part of the process involves chemicals, incisions, or anything unnatural.

Results Are Gradual 

Because the changes from microneedling come on gradually, treatments will never leave your co-workers shocked at how different your appearance suddenly is. Your skin will gradually continue to look younger and fresher with each passing day, and results will never be sudden or shocking.

Conditions Collagen Induction Therapy Can Treat

Collagen induction therapy is most often used to treat the following:

  • Mild-to-moderate acne scarring
  • Burn scars
  • Skin texture
  • Enlarged pores
  • Stretch marks
  • Sagging skin
  • Fine lines moderate-to-severe wrinkles

The Number of Treatments Can Vary

The current condition of your skin and what condition you are trying to treat determines how many treatments you will need to achieve your ideal aesthetic. For moderate acne scars, you will probably need between three and four treatments. For moderate-to-severe burn scars and stretch marks, you will need approximately five treatments. To treat wrinkles and other signs of aging, you should only need between one and two treatments per year to maintain your youthful appearance.

How Frequently To Schedule Appointments

You can receive microneedling treatments every four to six weeks. It can take three treatments for collagen induction to be most noticeably effective. If you have never received collagen induction therapy before, you can expect to achieve your ideal aesthetic within four to six months of your first treatment. This accounts for the three treatments you will need, the waiting period between treatments, and how long it takes for the final results to appear after the final treatment.

Even if your final results aren’t visible after the first treatment, you will very soon see a noticeable improvement in your skin. We recommend scheduling your next appointment in six months with all anti-aging treatments once you’ve achieved your ideal aesthetic to maintain your results. At that point, we can assess the health and quality of your skin, and you may find that you only need one treatment per year.

Extending Your Results

With an excellent skincare routine, you can expect your results to last. Some necessary self-care steps to follow are:

  • Drinking at least eight cups of water per day and more if you’re active or live in a dry climate.
  • Getting plenty of vitamins A, C, D, E, and K along with all the B vitamins.
  • Quitting smoking.
  • Minimizing your alcohol intake and drinking plenty of water between drinks.
  • Avoiding spending time in the sun without sunscreen or direct protection.
  • Eating a diet that minimizes sugar and processed foods.

If you’re not quite ready for a facelift or you’re looking to extend the results of a facelift, microneedling could be the ideal aesthetic solution for you. Whether you’re looking to tighten and lift your skin, reduce wrinkles and scars, regenerate tissue, or you have another aesthetic goal, Laser Aesthetic Center can develop the perfect skin rejuvenation plan for your unique needs.

Does Age Impact CoolSculpting Results?

Does age impact CoolSculpting results?

A question we often hear during CoolSculpting consultations is if a client’s age will impact their CoolSculpting results. Regardless of if you are in your 20’s or your 60’s, you can struggle with unwanted fat in troublesome areas. The number of fat cells your body has is set by the time you are an adolescent. These fat cells shrink or expand depending on diet and exercise habits, and your body doesn’t continue to make new ones.

Read on to learn more about how CoolSculpting treatments work and what type of results you can expect to achieve regardless of your age.

CoolSculpting and Age

Patients of any age can be effectively treated with CoolSculpting. These unique treatments work for anyone with pinchable fat, and patients can expect to see a 30% reduction in fat with each treatment session. Being a great CoolSculpting candidate has nothing to do with your age. So long as you are in good health and are not suffering from any of the contraindications designated by CoolSculpting, you may be an excellent candidate regardless of your age.

People of all Ages Are Candidates

There is no age limit for CoolSculpting; however, you must be classified as a good candidate to achieve desirable results. Because this is a non-surgical procedure, it’s often considered an ideal fat-reduction treatment with little-to-no risk for older patients since there is no general anesthesia involved.

The best way to determine if CoolSculpting would be a promising treatment option for you is to make an appointment with our CoolSculpting experts to determine if you’re eligible for treatment.

Results Are Not Age-Dependent

In just one session, CoolSculpting reduces 20-25% of the fat cells in each area. There is no downtime, and patients can go back to their regular activities, including working out immediately after. Patients can see permanent results in 1 to 3 months as long as they do not gain weight after the treatment. However, additional treatments lead to more significant results.

CoolSculpting can treat nine different body areas of visible bulges of the most stubborn fat. These include:

  • Under the chin and jawline
  • Arms
  • Bra fat and back
  • Abdomen
  • Flanks (love handles)
  • Inner and outer thighs
  • Banana rolls (underneath the buttocks)
  • Distal thigh (fat that accumulates around the knee)

The Number of Necessary Treatment Sessions Will Vary

So long as you have pinchable fat in the area you’re looking to treat, any area can be treated as many times as you’d like.

CoolSculpting Vs. Liposuction

Making the right choice when considering liposuction vs. CoolSculpting will depend on three main factors: your body contouring goals, the time frame you want to see results, and your lifestyle.

The following are vital considerations that should be taken into consideration when choosing between liposuction and CoolSculpting:

CoolSculpting works best for small areas that require contouring. 

CoolSculpting can help shrink unwanted fat deposits in several areas, including the stomach. However, treatments aren’t well-suited for creating a new hourglass waist if your body doesn’t already have that shape. CoolSculpting won’t change the type of body you have.

Liposuction provides more sculpting options. 

Liposuction cannulas give your plastic surgeon much more precise control over fat cell removal; liposuction also allows for removing a greater volume of fat. Additionally, the surgeon immediately sees the effects of liposuction and can better sculpt your desired shape during surgery.

CoolSculpting is ideal if you want to keep your fat reduction treatments secret

Because CoolSculpting treatments create gradual fat loss over time, no one needs to know you have had a cosmetic procedure. Your friends and acquaintances will think you lost weight rather than thinking you went under the knife for an invasive procedure.

Liposuction results may be faster

CoolSculpting results take time to appear, whereas liposuction results are almost immediate, with the exception of the required healing and downtime.

CoolSculpting is non-surgical and requires no downtime

CoolSculpting doesn’t require weeks of healing and downtime like liposuction. For this reason, CoolSculpting is often considered preferable for fat-reduction patients who can’t afford the time away from their responsibilities or have a health condition that makes surgery unsafe.

If you’ve been considering fat reduction treatments, and if you’re curious if CoolSculpting could be the perfect treatment option, contact Laser Aesthetic Center today. We can provide you with the necessary information you need during a consultation to make the best decision for you.

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