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8 Most Popular Non-Surgical Cosmetic Treatments of 2018


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You want to look and feel your best, and sometimes you need a little aesthetic boost to get you there. Whether your goals are to smooth away fine lines and wrinkles, firm and tone your skin, or eliminate dark spots, non-surgical cosmetic treatments can provide you with lasting results. There’s never been a better time to explore alternative procedures that don’t require going under the knife.

Here are the 8 most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatments performed in 2018.

Laser Tattoo Removal

If you have tried laser tattoo removal in the past with less-than-desirable results, we urge you to try again with PicoSure. This advanced laser is often able to remove ink colors and types that were previously thought of impossible to remove. PicoSure laser treatments are typically more thorough, and can gradually reduce even stubborn ink colors including blue, green and black with fewer treatments.

Chemical Peels

By removing old skin, new layers can grow in its place resulting in a brighter, clearer, and more youthful looking complexion. Chemical peels vary in strength, and some can be performed in as little as 30 minutes. The stronger the peel, the more likely your skin will require a more extended period of time to recover. Chemical peels are an excellent option for those who want to reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles, sun damage and acne scarring.

HydraFacial

A HydraFacial is a gentle cosmetic treatment that combines cleaning, extracting and depositing serums into your skin. Sometimes referred to as “hydradermabrasion,” this treatment uses a vacuum-like machine to such up dead skin and extract clogged pores. A HydraFacial is perfect for patients looking for an efficient, effective treatment that takes as little as 30 minutes. There is no downtime or pain involved with this treatment, and you can even put on makeup and return to your normal activities right after having a treatment done.

Coolsculpting

Coolsculpting targets stubborn pockets of fat that won’t go away, no matter how much exercise or dieting you employ. This non-surgical procedure gently suctions areas of problem fat away from the body while cooling the tissue, destroying fat cells below the surface of the skin. A firm massage is then applied to the area to break up the fat which is eliminated by your body naturally. More than one session is often required, and results can take up to three months to see.

Botox

Botox continues to take the title of one of the most common non-invasive cosmetic treatments on today’s market. This injectable treatment relaxes facial muscles with a subtle yet effective result. Quick and relatively painless, this procedure can be performed during your lunch break and will make you look instantly refreshed and well-rested.

Ultherapy

Ultherapy works by delivering targeted ultrasound energy to a deep layer of the skin, at a temperature which will stimulate collagen production. The treatment can apply deep heating into the target layers of the skin without heating the skin’s surface. Treatments kickstart neocollagenesis, which produces new collagen. In this way, Ultherapy uses your body’s natural processes to accomplish skin tightening and lifting.

Liquid Facelift

You no longer need to go under the knife to lift sagging skin and smooth out stubborn wrinkles. The liquid facelift is a non-surgical procedure that uses injectable gel fillers, such as Juvederm, to gently lift facial features. By reducing wrinkles and folds, Juvederm can create a brighter, more rested look. This face-sculpting treatment can give you results that last for up to two years.

The Perfect Procedure For Your Needs

Depending on your case, Laser Aesthetic Center will ensure you receive the ideal treatment for your needs. Looking and feeling like the best version of yourself is just an appointment away for many non-surgical cosmetic procedures. As with any treatment, always do your research thoroughly before having any cosmetic treatment performed. Schedule your free consultation today.

5 Essential Holiday Skin Treatments

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Tis the season for company parties, family gatherings, and other holiday festivities. Everyone strives to look their very best during this time of year, and sometimes a new party dress just doesn’t cut it. Make heads turn at every event this year by gifting yourself an essential holiday aesthetic treatment.

Treat Your Skin to a Christmas Gift

Taking great care of your skin goes far beyond just ensuring you look good aesthetically. When you look good, you feel good! The winter weather can have severe adverse effects on the health and appearance of your skin. There are a number of simple cosmetic procedures can transform your appearance quickly and effectively. Your skin is often one of the first things people notice, and a radiant and rested glow is the perfect pre-Christmas gift to yourself.

Wrinkle Reduction Treatments

The holiday season is one of the most popular times for wrinkle reduction treatments. It is also the time that most people first consider these procedures, and it’s simple to see why. Wrinkle reduction treatments such as Botox and dermal fillers will last several months.

Injectable dermal fillers like Juvederm are a hot topic in the minimally invasive skincare solution world. They are ideal for today’s hectic lifestyle because they are a simple, quick and relatively painless in-office treatment.

The results of dermal fillers and Botox can eliminate or soften:

  • Unwanted wrinkles
  • Sagging skin
  • Harsh lines
  • Expression lines
  • Other unwanted facial expression lines

HydraFacial

The HydraFacial accomplishes incredible rejuvenation without an involved procedure. This hydradermabrasion procedure combines cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration and antioxidant protection simultaneously. The results will leave you with clearer, more beautiful skin with no discomfort or downtime. The HydraFacial treatment improves:

  • Fine lines
  • Wrinkles
  • Congestion and enlarged pores
  • Oily or acne-prone skin
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Brown spots

IPL Skin Rejuvenation

Once clients have tried IPL skin rejuvenation for themselves and have seen the results first hand, they’re often hooked. The IPL machine uses a broad spectrum of light to treat and eliminate the signs of aging. The procedure also stimulates collagen production improving the volume and elasticity of your skin. The result is clear, youthful looking skin with fewer wrinkles. IPL can be used to correct:

  • Broken capillaries
  • Freckles
  • Rosacea and redness
  • Age spots

Chemical Peel

One of the best and easiest ways to refresh your dull winter skin is with a chemical peel. These treatments work by peeling away the normal build-up of contaminants and dead skin cells. Some skin peels can require significant downtime of several days or even a week for recovery. However, lighter peels do not have any downtime and will leave your skin feeling smoother and softer. Chemical peels are great for those suffering from:

  • Acne scarring
  • Pigmentation
  • Uneven texture
  • A dull complexion

Microneedling

Microneedling is a relatively new skincare innovation that relies on the unique healing properties of platelets in your blood. You may have heard people refer to this treatment as the “vampire facial” because it requires us to draw a small amount of blood to attain the platelets. When combined with the collagen-producing effects of microneedling, your body’s healing process is kicked into high gear. This treatment provides extraordinary rejuvenating effects. This treatment can benefit anyone who has wrinkles or sagging skin but is not yet ready to commit to a surgical procedure such as a facelift.

Schedule Time For Self-Care

The holidays are a hectic time of year for many of us. Before you get caught up in the stress of the season, set aside time to take care of yourself. Scheduling an essential holiday skin treatment with Laser Aesthetic Center is the perfect gift to yourself this year. We offer complimentary consultations to help you choose which treatment is best for you.

8 Surprising Health Benefits of Winter Weather

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As the outdoor temperature gauge drops and the warm summer sun fades into a distant memory, it’s easy to develop a case of the winter weather blues. However, cold weather has many positives in the form of health benefits.

Read on to learn how the cold weather changing can make you feel like your best self because of these 8 surprising health benefits of winter weather.

Cooler Temperatures Boost Your Brain

Colder temperatures help people think more clearly. Research shows that people perform tasks better when the room temperature is set at a colder setting than a warmer one. What’s more, additional research has shown that people are more inclined to tackle cognitive problems in the winter than in the summer because warmer temperatures use more glucose that is needed for mental processes.

 

Helps You Burn Calories

Our bodies are padded with two kinds of fat – white fat and brown fat. While white fat is the largest energy reserve in the body, brown fat triggers your body to burn calories to generate heat. When it is cold, your body works harder to maintain your core temperature. Our bodies use a considerable amount of energy to help in keeping us warm while out in the cold, making it easier to burn more calories.

 

An Increase in Brown Fat

Most fat in our bodies appears whitish in color, while brown fat is the mitochondria-packed fat cells that burn energy and produces heat in the body. Those with a lower body mass index (BMI) tend to have a higher content of brown fat. Additionally, those that are exposed to colder temperatures have an increase in brown fat – and a corresponding boost in metabolism.

 

Lessens Allergens

If you suffer from outdoor seasonal allergies, winter is likely your sinuses favorite time of year. Pollen counts are virtually nonexistent in cold and snowy weather. If you have indoor allergies, however, you are not in the clear. Mold and dust mite allergies can be worse during the winter months, especially if you spend most of your time indoors.

 

Reduced Inflammation

After an injury, it’s likely you use an ice pack to decrease swelling and pain. The cold winter months work as a surrounding natural ice pack. You may notice your joints feeling less swollen or puffy with a decrease in inflammation.

 

Lowered Risk of Contracting Diseases

The winter weather allows you to be in the clear for several diseases and viruses that are more prevalent in warmer temperatures. Mainly due to the fact that mosquitoes hibernate during the winter, which allows for a decrease in mosquito-borne diseases, including Zika, West Nile Virus, dengue fever, and malaria. While your risk of contracting a disease lowers, your chances of catching a common cold increase, so be sure to keep up on health and safety practices such as washing your hands.

 

Improves Your Sleep

Sleep is vital for healthy looking skin. From reducing under-eye circles to giving you a glowing complexion, a full night’s sleep is imperative. Warm nighttime temperatures in the summer months actually disturb your sleep patterns causing tossing and turning for most people. Cooler temperatures while you sleep mimics the body’s natural drop in internal temperature that occurs a few hours after you doze off.

If your bedroom temperature is set between 60 and 67 degrees, you might burn more calories, too.

 

Rejuvenates the Face

When you wash your face with cold water in the morning, it keeps your skin tight, vibrant and radiant. Cold water tightens your cuticles and pores, sealing the pores in the skin. It is harder for dirt and oils to get into your pores if they are smaller. The cold weather works to rejuvenate your face in the same way with your skin as cold water.

Colder temperatures can also act as a tonic or astringent reducing clogged pores and keeping them less visible. Cold weather also slows down and prevents the secretion of sebum, keeping shine at bay and waterproofing your skin and hair. Open pores and less oil means reduced acne as well.

 

Giving Your Winter Skin a Boost

There’s no doubt about it; winter can be tough on our bodies and overall well being. Treat your skin (and yourself!) to a winter skin treatment from Laser Aesthetic Center. A facial will give your skin the nourishment and moisturizing it craves.

 

Is Your Skin Changing With the Seasons? Here’s Why

woman outside during the winter holding her hat

The seasons changing is a great excuse to pack away the shorts and sandals in exchange for cozy sweaters and boots. However, these changes don’t just call for a different wardrobe. Everything in your skincare routine should change too. Cooler temperatures and less humidity also mean spending more time indoors which can deprive your complexion of moisture.

Your skin is affected by every seasonal weather change and here’s how.

 

Cooler Temperatures and Lower Humidity

As the autumn and winter months approach, the humidity levels tend to drop as the temperature does. Drier air quality sucks more moisture from your skin, leaving you more likely to experience dry and flaky skin. If your skin is already prone to eczema or other skin drying conditions, cooler temperatures can worsen these conditions.

Harsh Central Heating

Being cooped up indoors surrounded by dry indoor air not only dries out your skin on your face and body, but it also dries you out internally as well. Heated air indoors causes low humidity, which leads to water evaporating from our skin. A lack of moisture in your skin causes cracking, flaking and irritation, leaving the surface with a lackluster appearance. More so, dry mucous membranes leave you with chapped lips, a dry throat, and even chronic nosebleeds from your nasal cavity lacking moisture.

Extreme Temperature Changes

Going from the cold outdoors into balmy centrally-heated buildings and vice-versa can take its toll on your skin. These extreme temperature changes cause the capillaries in the face to contract and expand rapidly, leading to broken veins and skin redness.

Hot Baths and Showers

When temperatures plummet, a hot bath or a steaming shower sounds like the best remedy for a bone-chilling day. After all, there is nothing more relaxing than a long soak in the bubbles to unwind from the day. However, hot baths and steaming showers can dissolve the protective barrier in the skin which will eventually lead to dryness and skin that doesn’t hold moisture. The next time you turn the water temperature control all the way to the right, think of your skin and opt for warm water instead.

Comfort Foods

As the autumn months settle in, comfort eating is soon to begin. For many people with oily, acne-prone skin, the drier weather can help with breakouts by reducing oil production. However, eating a diet high in refined carbs may trigger or exacerbate acne. Snacking on foods with high glycaemic levels spikes your blood sugar. A spike in sugar is thought to increase the levels of hormones in the body that are responsible for oil production.

Combatting Cool-Weather Skin

As soon as the seasons change, your skincare routine should too. Think of your skincare products in the same way you think of your wardrobe – seasonal. Just as you change your clothes with varying temperatures, you should do the same with your skincare products.

  • Swap your lightweight summer moisturizer for a more heavy duty face cream.
  • Invest in a humidifier to keep the air most in your home or office.
  • Keep your entire body moisturized from head to toe.
  • Resist the temptation to take hot baths and showers that can lead to dryness.
  • Avoid going overboard on carbohydrate-loaded comfort foods.

 

Invest In Your Skin

The winter months are the perfect time to invest in your skin. A facial will give your skin the nourishment and moisture it craves when the air is dry and cold. Revitalize your gray winter skin and leave it looking like you will never need to wear makeup again with treatments from Laser Aesthetic Center.

 

4 Surprising Applications for PicoSure Laser Treatments

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The PicoSure Laser system offers skin patients the ability to address skin disorders and imperfections by resurfacing and rejuvenating the skin. When it comes to the PicoSure system, you might initially think of tattoo removal, but the PicoSure technology can remove damaged outer layers of skin and stimulate the production of collagen in new skin cells as well. Treating these underlying layers results in smoother, younger and healthier-looking skin.

The Many Uses For PicoSure

FDA approved for skin treatment, PicoSure offers the most advanced laser skin treatment for the removal of skin imperfections. PicoSure laser gently delivers ultra-short pulses that penetrate and break down damaged skin cell layers until a smoother and healthier appearance is achieved. The treatment promotes collagen and elastin production and stimulates a non-traumatic tissue healing response. Laser skin rejuvenation has anti-aging benefits in addition to other treatment 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 surrounding skin
  • Successfully removes skin imperfections

Tattoo Removal

The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they consider PicoSure laser treatments is tattoo removal. Never before has a single treatment been able to address such a wide range of pigments and types of tattoo ink. Most traditional laser treatments rely either on light or heat to break up unwanted tattoo ink, but the PicoSure system can provide both heat and light waves, attacking the ink on two levels. Through this combined process, the PicoSure system is able to provide a more comfortable and effective solution for tattoo removal.

Skin Imperfections

PicoSure laser skin resurfacing is a safe non-surgical procedure that diminishes the appearance of skin imperfections including:

  • Brown spots: Dark spots on the surface, also known as hyperpigmentation. Most often, they are 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 overproduction of melanin.
  • Melasma: A common skin issue that causes brown patches, usually on the face. Melasma can also appear on other parts of the body that are exposed to the sun, such as the forearms, hands, and neck.
  • Pigmented lesions: These lesions are typically brown, black, or blue in color 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 most 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.

Skin Resurfacing and Wrinkle Reduction

The PicoSure laser system does more than aid in tattoo removal. The stimulating effects of the laser treatment can be used to stimulate collagen growth in the deeper layers of the dermis, creating a more plump, rejuvenated look. The regrowth of collagen helps reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles, resulting in a more youthful appearance. More effective than other treatments, the PicoSure laser system offers many uses and benefits for fresher looking skin.

Acne Scarring

Patients can suffer from stubborn acne scars for most of their life because of how difficult they are to remove effectively. The raised, discolored areas of skin do not respond to many resurfacing options, leaving sufferers frustrated and hopeless. The PicoSure system has been shown to significantly improve the appearance of:

  • Acne and other facial scars
  • Reducing pigmentation
  • Smoothing the skin
  • Age spots
  • Freckles
  • Hyperpigmentation

The Solution You’ve Been In Search of

Whether you are in dire need of tattoo removal, want to reduce stubborn acne scars that have followed you around for years, or just need an overall fresh glow, the PicoSure laser treatment system could be the solution you have been searching for. Contact Laser Aesthetic Center today to schedule your consultation.

 

Getting Your Body Halloween Ready With CoolSculpting

woman wearing witch costume

Halloween is that one time of year where anything goes and showing more skin than is age-appropriate is a necessity. Do you find yourself shying away from certain costumes that you would love to wear only because you don’t have the body you want to pull it off? Shed your insecurities and your stubborn fat with help from CoolSculpting.

What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is a scientifically proven procedure that cools specific areas of the body to  target stubborn fat cells. Fat and other bodily tissues freeze at different temperatures, and the CoolSculpting process effectively chills and kills fat cells while leaving the surrounding tissue unharmed. After treatment, your body will slowly dispose of those frozen fat cells, resulting in a slimmer and more sculpted physique.

What are the Benefits?

CoolSculpting works by targeting certain FDA-cleared areas of fat cells and applying controlled cooling. The cells die on contact and will be flushed out of the body naturally over the course of three to six months. Results can be seen after just one treatment, and each session only takes an hour.

CoolSculpting is Non-Invasive

CoolSculpting is non-invasive and can be done on your lunch break. Treatments do not require patients to go under the knife or any anesthesia. Most patients find CoolSculpting to be very tolerable and even perform other tasks such as reading a book, answering work emails, or taking a much-needed nap while CoolSculpting is being performed.

Natural-Looking Results

CoolSculpting should be used as an aid in fat reduction and not a complete replacement of proper diet and exercise. Your results will be gradual and natural-looking, so you will never have someone asking you if you have “had work done.” Patients, on average, experience a fat reduction of about 20% with each CoolSculpting treatment.

You Get a Confidence Boost

One healthy-conscious decision often leads to many more. Many patients who undergo CoolSculpting treatments continue their efforts by committing to healthier lifestyles. Treatments will leave you feeling more confident in your clothes and in yourself, and as your view of your personal being improves, your overall quality of life is likely to improve as well.

Safe and Effective

The entire process of CoolSculpting is the only FDA-cleared fat-freezing technology on today’s market. There’s no surgery or artificial substances involved. The fat-freezing process is controlled by cooling technology that targets only your fat cells, which are then shed through your body as a part of its own natural processes.

Long-Lasting Results

With just diet and exercise, fat cells reduce in size but remain in the body, waiting to come back at any chance they get. CoolSculpting permanently removes those stubborn fat cells from the body, and even if you gain weight after treatment, you will likely see a more even distribution of fat throughout your body rather than just in your trouble areas.

Will I Be Halloween Ready?

With CoolSculpting, there are no injections, no pain, and no downtime required. Typically patients begin to see fat-loss results in as little as three or four treatments, though it may take up to three months to see the full results you desire. Most people achieve between 20-25% fat loss in any particular area, making CoolSculpting worth the cost to most. The best way to start seeing the results you desire is to begin treatment sessions.

Can Only Women Get CoolSculpting?

Women aren’t the only ones reaping the benefits of CoolSculpting procedures. The science behind freezing fat cells is the same for both men and women. Men have problem areas just as women do, which makes this non-invasive procedure perfect for both genders.

A Healthier, Happier You

Schedule a consultation appointment with Laser Aesthetic Center and be one step closer towards getting the body you want. We will walk you through the entire treatment process and answer any questions you may have on how to achieve a healthier and happier body.

Summer Break Tattoo Regret? We Have Your Solution!

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The his-and-hers matching tattoos you selected with your summer fling may have seemed like a great idea at the time, but if your relationship ended with the summer season, you might have what we like to call tattoo regret. Laser tattoo removal with the PicoSure laser gives you the opportunity to say goodbye to the regretted artwork and give you a clean slate.

About PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal

Unlike traditional lasers, PicoSure laser tattoo removal doesn’t rely on heat or burning to melt away tattoos. Instead, it uses rapid, short pulses of energy, called Picosecond technology, to penetrate the tattoo colors and break them up. The pulse width used in this picosecond laser is 100 times shorter than a nanosecond, which triggers a photochemical effect that can give improved results over traditional lasers. This advanced laser treatment sends lasers into the ink of the tattoo that then breaks into tiny particles that are comparable to dust. The body’s lymphatic system then absorbs these small particles and eliminates them naturally. When compared to traditional lasers, PicoSure lasers require fewer treatments and are more likely to get rid of the most stubborn inks for good.

The Benefits of PicoSure Over Other Lasers

PicoSure is safe for all skin types and is able to remove even the most stubborn recalcitrant tattoos effectively. PicoSure lasers can break up the residual ink colors – especially those stubborn black and green inks. It’s safe for all skin types, and the treatment is recommended for those looking to erase multicolored, black, or even previously treated tattoos that won’t disappear. Because PicoSure is considered a superior way to get rid of wanted tattoos, it is an excellent option for those who want excellent results in fewer sessions.

The top benefits of the PicoSure laser system are:

  • Picosecond pulse widths
  • Removes blue, black and green ink
  • Fewer sessions
  • Patient comfort

Works on All Tattoo Types

When laser tattoo removal first began, results were unreliable and dark, blown-out tattoos were some of the most challenging tattoos to remove successfully. As the procedure has been refined, PicoSure has the modern technology needed to work on all tattoo types and colors. It takes only a series of treatments to completely remove a tattoo and leave behind clear skin that doesn’t show any signs of a previous tattoo.

Not Just For Removal

If you don’t have a want or need to remove an old tattoo completely, but instead are opting to have new work placed over the same area, PicoSure laser tattoo removal can help. The system can also be used to sufficiently fade artwork to have new artwork placed. This can be especially helpful if your original artwork is very dark and you would like some shading or lighter colors in the new piece.

The Picosure Process

The PicoSure process is similar to other skin resurfacing procedures in the sense that for ideal results, it will require multiple treatment sessions. Each session typically takes 10 to 15 minutes, and most patients report only mild discomfort during treatment. When compared to traditional laser tattoo removal treatments which require between six to 12 sessions, PicoSure offers a less time consuming and more efficient solution. Depending on the size, age and color of your tattoo, most tattoos are entirely removed within two to six sessions.

Side effects are minimal, and you can return to your daily life immediately after treatment. Like any laser treatment, some level of discomfort can be expected, but most people find the treatment tolerable at worst and in most cases, comfortable.

Why Fall Is Ideal For Tattoo Removal

One of the most common questions we hear from those considering tattoo removal is, “When is the best time of year for laser tattoo removal?” Our answer is always to begin scheduling treatments during the fall and winter months. Fall and Winter are often the best seasons for laser tattoo removal because:

Your skin cannot be tanned or burned. Staying out of the sun for several weeks before and after each treatment is required. Tanned or burned skin can alter your laser tattoo removal results and will change the sensitivity to your skin. You will more than likely experience irritation during and after your treatments with sun-exposed skin.

You won’t be able to shave. The treated area of your skin will need time to heal, and it cannot be shaved, waxed or even plucked. Longer and warmer Winter clothing will easily conceal treated areas.

The Fall and Winter months make it easier to hide recently removed tattoos naturally, so you’re not continually answering questions about what is happening with your tattoo. Contact Laser Aesthetic Center to schedule a consultation appointment and get ahead of tattoo removal season.

Warning Signs Your Skin Is Losing Volume

woman checking her face for volume loss in the mirror

Spotting wrinkles is easy. However, having the ability to identify volume loss in your face can be a bit more difficult. These changes to your face can be subtle, and noticing things like your cheeks seeming a bit flatter or your eyes set deeper can be due to a loss of skin volume.

Identifying the issue is the first step in correcting volume loss.

What Causes Your Skin to Lose Volume?

The hands of time aren’t the only reason you may be seeing a loss of volume in your skin. The lifestyle choices you make and the environment that is around you can also affect the plumpness of your skin. Experiencing volume loss can be caused by both genetic tendencies, as well as extrinsic factors such as ultraviolet radiation, poor diet, a habit of smoking and air pollution. Generally speaking, volume loss begins in your forties and progresses further as you age.

Why Volume Loss Matters

Over time, your face changes in many ways. These changes are part of the normal aging process, but genetics and environmental factors also play a role. You may view a little volume loss as a normal process of getting older, but a little plumpness is a good thing and can go a long way. Fat naturally adds the volume and support to the face that keeps wrinkles at bay and our skin looking youthful. When volume loss happens, we begin to see less definition around the face, including:

  • Sunken temples
  • Forehead and brow wrinkles
  • The corners of the mouth turned down
  • Hollowing around the eyes
  • Flatter cheeks
  • Loose skin around the jaw

Are You Experiencing Facial Volume Loss?

If your face is starting to look older in ways that you can’t seem to figure out, here are a few questions to ask yourself:

  • Do my cheeks look flatter?
  • Does the area around my eye sockets appear hallowed out?
  • Are my temples sunken-in?
  • Is the skin around my jaw becoming loose?
  • Do the corners of my mouth turn down?
  • Does my skin feel thinner?
  • Does my skin feel more dry than usual?

Watching For The Warning Signs

Static Nasolabial Folds

Those parentheses shaped lines that remain when your face is at rest. Aging causes you to lose collagen and hyaluronic acid, two significant pieces of your skin support system that give structure to your skin. When your skin loses its elasticity and moisture, it allows these lines to develop.

Saggy Skin Around Your Lower Jawline and Chin

Mildly loose jowls around your jawline, chin, or sagging skin under the corners of your mouth. Saggy skin from a loss of volume can add years to your appearance.

Thinning Lips

Lips are not immune to losing volume as we age. Thinning lips can make you look older, unemotional, and even unhealthy.

Hollow, Sagging Cheeks

Cheeks that have flattened and are beginning to sag are a result of a loss of facial volume. A hollow-cheeked appearance is known to add years or fatigue to your face.

Bags Under Your Eyes

As your face loses volume, it becomes most noticeable under your eyes in what is called the tear trough. Volume loss here results in skin laxity that deepens the skin around your eye from the inner corner to the outer edge. The darkening and loss of volume give you the “bags” look that makes you look fatigued.

Fed Up With Loose Skin?

Laser Aesthetic Center can provide our patients with one of the top non-surgical skin tightening procedures available today. Ultherapy is FDA-cleared to lift skin on the neck, eyebrows, and under the chin. This skin tightening treatment is also able to treat lines and wrinkles on the decolletage, allowing you to love your skin again. Schedule a free consultation appointment with Laser Aesthetic Center today to learn why Ultherapy is right for you.

 

Perfecting Your Postpartum Body With CoolSculpting

woman's postpartum belly

Seeing the changes your body goes through during pregnancy to carry life is truly incredible. However, pregnancy can be quite demanding with the physical changes your body goes through while pregnant. If stubborn areas of fat, stretch marks and struggling to fit back into your skinny jeans have you dreaming about getting your pre-baby body back, we’re here to help.

You don’t need to undergo surgery or an extensive “mommy makeover” to get your body back after having a baby. With just a few minimally invasive treatments, you will be feeling like your pre-baby self in no time.

Getting Your Body Back

Even if you had good luck with losing the baby weight, you might still be struggling with stubborn areas of fat. Working out regularly and eating a healthy diet can help your body bounce back, but if your extra efforts aren’t banishing the post-pregnancy fat, CoolSculpting will.

CoolSculpting is ideal for women who have a small amount of unwanted fat, and a single session can remove up to 20% of the fatty tissue in your abdomen.

CoolSculpting works by freezing fat cells and treatments focus on one location at a time allowing you to target just your abdomen or other problem areas. The frigid temperature destroys the fat cells, leaving them to be flushed out of your body over the next few months.

Beating the Post-Baby Bulge

A single session of CoolSculpting typically takes an hour and doesn’t involve much downtime after treatment. In short, you can have CoolSculpting pretty much anywhere you’ve spotted stubborn fat pockets that you’d like to eliminate.

Some of the most popular treatment areas are:

  • Stomach
  • Waist
  • Love handles
  • Back
  • Banana rolls
  • Upper arms
  • The bulge under the bra strap

CoolSculpting Is Ideal For Mothers Who…

  1. Have just a small amount of unwanted fat in the stomach area
  2. Are six months postpartum or more
  3. Are fully recovered from pregnancy and childbirth
  4. Are at or near their ideal weight

One additional benefit of CoolSculpting, aside from proven results with limited downtime, is that it can be repeated if needed. A woman doesn’t need to wait until after she’s finished having children before treatment. CoolSculpting can be repeated for a more significant reduction in fat, or a few more years down the road after another baby comes along.

Is It Too Soon For Postpartum CoolSculpting?

Generally, it’s best to wait for six months postpartum before opting for any cosmetic procedure, and CoolSculpting is no different. Although CoolSculpting is non-surgical, it’s recommended to let yourself fully recover from pregnancy and childbirth before making any more changes.

Is CoolSculpting Safe While Breastfeeding?

CoolSculpting is a safe, non-invasive procedure, but it should not be performed during breastfeeding. During CoolSculpting, the fat cells in the treated area are subject to permanent damage and eventually die. The cells are absorbed and removed by the body entirely within two to three months. It is during this early period that we would like to avoid having these inflammatory factors in circulation and potentially reach your breast milk. As soon as you finish breastfeeding, it will be safe for you to have CoolSculpting performed to achieve the shape you desire.

Taking Back Your Body

Most people are good CoolSculpting candidates, as long as they’re in good general health and understand that it is to compliment a healthy lifestyle, not a replacement for one. Maintaining your weight will help you keep your new shape. Schedule your complimentary consultation appointment with Laser Aesthetic Center today and give your post-baby body a boost.

 

Why Men Are Loving The HydraFacial

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It may seem like more of a feminine thing to treat yourself to a facial, but a man’s face can benefit just as much as a woman’s when it comes to cleansing and hydrating your skin. The HydraFacial is a non-laser, non-invasive treatment that uses advanced, patented vortex technology to deliver botanical ingredients that are packed full of the most potent antioxidants.

Facial care for men is more important than you may initially think, and it isn’t just a woman’s issue. Could your skin benefit from the HydraFacial?

Do Men Need Facials?

If you are a man who thinks getting a facial is a little too fussy for their manly skin, think again. A man’s skin can quickly become damaged just from normal daily activities like your shaving routine, and being out in the sun. Also, thanks to their rough skin, large pores, and an increased chance of sun damage, many men probably need a facial more than the woman in their life.

As a man, your skin is susceptible to:

  • Skin damage from shaving
  • Coarse facial skin
  • Large pores
  • Clogged pores, pimples and blackheads
  • Excess sun damage
  • High testosterone levels – leading to more skin oil
  • Dry skin

Perfect For All Skin Types

As invigorating as the HydraFacial may be, it is also a gentle, non-irritating procedure. This makes it great for all skin types – including those with sensitive skin. The entire treatment is simple, painless and non-invasive. The HydraFacial is an excellent treatment option for anyone looking to correct a wide variety of skin concerns including fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, sun damage, brown spots, acne, and more.

Treatment is completely customized based on your needs. Each serum is designed to specifically assist with your individual needs including anti-aging, age spots, and acne.

Cleans Your Skin With No Downtime

Cleanses. The cleansing process is the first step in a HydraFacial and gently cleanses the skin while exfoliating the outermost layer of the skin. This process removes dead skin cells and allows the skin to reflect more light, which creates a brighter and healthier appearance.

Exfoliates. The acid peel portion is comprised of a non-irritant mix of salicylic and glycolic acids. Both help loosens deep pore debris and dirt that you cannot get to with your usual facial cleansing routine. This mixture can also help prevent the pustules in acne from forming.

Extracts. If you’re the type of person who enjoys seeing what comes out of your clogged pores, this may be part of the treatment you will love. Instead of performing manual extractions, we use what is called a vortex-extraction nozzle that acts as a vacuum for your face. The noise for many is soothing, and this extraction tool can show you precisely what is extracted from your pores. The vortex removes blackheads and other impurities in the skin, helping to cleanse your pores thoroughly.

Hydrates. The final step involves the application of vortex fusion to deliver a pro-antioxidant formula with potent peptides, and hyaluronic acid into the skin. This detoxification step rejuvenates and restores the skin, creating healthy skin structure and function.

Benefits of the HydraFacial For Men

A facial will help to deep clean bumps and soothe irritated skin. The combination of cleansing, exfoliation, extracting and hydration that is applied during a HydraFacial will address a big question we often hear from men – How to get a smoother shave. The smoother your skin, the better and less painful your shave will be. Even if you aren’t worried about wrinkles, smoothing your skin for a better shave is a significant male benefit the HydraFacial can offer.

Additional HydraFacial Benefits

In addition to smoother skin, other HydraFacial benefits are:

  • Improved fine lines and wrinkles
  • Stimulates collagen production to enhance elasticity and firmness
  • Even-out skin tone and vibrancy
  • Smooths skin texture
  • Lightens brown spots and hyperpigmentation
  • Clears congested and oily skin
  • Eliminates blackheads and clogged pores
  • Minimizes enlarged pores
  • Soothes acne-prone skin

Are you ready to see the benefits of the HydraFacial looking back at you in the mirror? Call to schedule your appointment with Laser Aesthetic Center today.

 

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