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How to Pick the Best Local Med Spa

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When Seeking a laser treatment center, you want to be confident in your choice.  But even though you know you should do your research, you may not be sure what questions to ask and what to look for in a treatment center.

What you do know is that you want the whole package; state-of-the-art equipment, experienced and qualified staff, and a relaxing atmosphere. Looking at before-and-after photos and reading reviews is a good start. In addition, here are 10 things to consider when choosing a MedSpa.

Technician Training

The technicians are often the individuals performing procedures directly on patients. Choose a center that puts technician training as a top priority. Not only should technicians have the training required to provide services, but they should be trained on the specific equipment they use by the manufacturers. Because laser and other equipment vary, it is crucial that the staff have this direct training as well as experience on the specific equipment they are utilizing.

Credible Lasers & Equipment

You want to choose a laser center that uses state-of-the-art equipment to get the best possible results in the safest way. The best equipment comes from top manufacturers such as Cynosure, Palomar, Cutera, and Zeltiq.

Doctor’s Accreditation

Any doctor can oversee a medical spa. The doctor does not need to have any particular credentials or be board certified in a relevant area. You should seek out a center headed by a doctor who is a member of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS).

Doctor on Staff

While it is a requirement that a MedSpa is overseen by a doctor, it is best if a doctor is present in the office at all times. Knowing a qualified physician is always present to properly supervise and oversee the center will ensure you are confident in your care.

Continuing Education

Continuing education is essential in any facility to make sure the staff remains up to date on the latest advancements in the field as well as reinforce existing skills and experience. Make sure you choose a facility where the staff is current with their training and continuing education.

Laser Maintenance

The equipment at a laser center is key to obtaining the safest care and optimal results. Regular maintenance ensures the laser equipment is performing at its best. Feel free to ask a treatment facility about regular equipment maintenance.

Aesthetician Licenses

All aestheticians should be licensed by the state in which the laser center is located. Your health and safety are important, and you should never leave your care in the hands of non-professionals.

Availability

Staff should not only be happy to answer all of your questions before and during your treatment but there should also be clear post-treatment instructions, and the staff should be available for any post-treatment concerns you have.

Office Atmosphere

You should feel comfortable and confident in your provider’s staff. But you should also feel comfortable in the facility. A clean, calming, state-of-the-art atmosphere means even more confidence that you made the best choice.

Office Longevity

Look for a center that has an established practice. Along with a comfortable facility, excellent equipment, and staff credentials, highly experienced providers are a must.

Why Choose Laser Aesthetic Center?

When you choose Laser Aesthetic Center, you should feel confident in your decision. Our office is headed by Dr. Issa E. Muasher, a physician and surgeon with over 32 years of experience and extensive training in cosmetic laser treatment. Our aestheticians are licensed, highly trained, and take their continuing education seriously.

To find out more about our commitment to providing the highest quality, personalized treatment, schedule a consultation today.

 

How Does Fat Freezing (Cryolipolysis) Work?

Have you ever wondered how modern cosmetic procedures can melt away fat without liposuction? It may seem impossible, but cryolipolysis actually removes fat cells without surgery, needles, or serious risks. The best part is that it is fast and effective, and you will be back to your regular life in almost no time at all.

What is Cryolipolysis?

Cryolipolysis sounds highly technical- and it is an advanced technology. You may have heard of it more commonly referred to as “CoolSculpting.” CoolSculpting is a treatment in which fat under the skin is targeted, cooled, and effectively frozen. Don’t worry, this technology is extremely safe, and the procedure is generally not painful. CoolSculpting has been proven effective at destroying stubborn fat cells without the need for invasive surgery.

The Biological Process Behind CoolSculpting

Cryolipolysis has an origin story that goes back to a strange (but not harmful) phenomenon in children. Researchers found that toddlers who ate a large number of popsicles developed dimples due to the extensive exposure of the fat tissue to the cold treats. Fat cells died in the spots where the popsicles made contact, while other tissue remained unscathed. It appeared to be the case that fat cells are less resilient to extreme temperatures and are killed with exposure to cold before other cells are affected.

This concept eventually led to the development of cryolipolysis. Because fat cells freeze at higher temperatures than other types of cells, the fat cells can be cooled and frozen while the other types of cells remain unharmed. Therefore the fat can be targeted without the need for invasive treatments such as an incision to remove it or an injection of a substance that destroys it.

So How Does Fat Freezing Work to Actually Remove Fat?

Specifically, fat cells are destroyed when they reach 37 degrees Fahrenheit. Again, the other types of cells remain unaffected and healthy at this temperature (it requires temperatures of 32 degrees or below to damage other tissues). That is actually quite a big difference. CoolSculpting technology uses precisely controlled cold temperatures focused on the fat you want to remove to target and freeze it away.

Hinsdale CoolSculpting process

After the fat cells are frozen, they soon die. The body’s immune system recognizes that these cells are dead and systematically removes them on its own. The cells are broken down and flushed out much like any other waste that occurs in the body.

Once the fat cells die and are removed, those cells will not return. It is possible that new fat cells can appear over time, which is why a healthy diet and lifestyle are essential to maintaining your results. Of course, diet and exercise alone only shrink existing fat cells; the cells do not disappear like with CoolSculpting treatment.

What to Expect

Individual results differ. Many studies have shown that cryolipolysis creates visible results. Results do not appear all at once but slowly over time. For several months following treatment, the treated fat cells will die off and be naturally removed from the body. It may require one to three treatment sessions to attain your desired outcome.

 

CoolSculpting works on the fat beneath the skin (not the fat deep inside your abdomen surrounding your organs). It will not necessarily help you to lose weight or improve overall health. But it can visibly reduce hard-to-lose fat in stubborn areas.

As mentioned above, even diet and exercise cannot remove fat cells permanently the way cryolipolysis does. In addition, CoolSculpting targets a specific area for fat reduction, whereas targeted fat loss is impossible through diet and exercise.

Is CoolSculpting Right for Me?

CoolSculpting may be an option if you want to loose stubborn fat in a specific problem area. Schedule a consultation with our experts to discuss your goals and find out if CoolSculpting is a good option for you.

What Are the Most Popular Lip Shapes?

All lip shapes are beautiful, but there are some that tend to capture our collective attention. Bold lips are certainly everywhere you look today. If you feel like yours could use a boost, there are options from subtly smoothing fine lines to creating a dramatic transformation.

Lip Shapes

There are many possible lip shapes and an infinite number of variations. Here are some of the most highly sought-after lip shapes right now.

Cupid’s Bow

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This is a classic lip shape that is always in style. The cupid’s bow features a top lip that has a defined dip in the middle, between the peaks. The bottom lip is proportional to the top. Celebrities with this lip shape include Rhianna and Scarlett Johansson. This lip shape is highly coveted.

Heart-Shaped

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Heart-shaped lips are similar to Cupid’s Bow lips, as the top lip has a defined dip. The subtle difference is in the bottom lip. Heart-shaped lips have a bottom lip that is fuller towards the middle and thinner at the sides. Combined with the cupid’s bow on top, this results in lips with – you guessed it – a heart shape. Celebrities with this sought-after lip shape include Gal Gadot and Taylor Swift.

Full Pillowy Lips

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While all lip shapes can be thin or full, the puffy, pillowy lip is very trendy right now. This lip shape has a less defined cupid’s bow or doesn’t have one at all. In other words, the top lip has a more rounded appearance instead of the “M” shape of the heart and cupid’s bow. Both the top and bottom lips are very voluminous. The signature fullness seen on Angelina Jolie and Kylie Jenner makes this a super sexy, on-trend lip shape.

Proportions

Part of what makes lips attractive beyond their shape is their proportions. Which shapes are more desirable does change over time as trends come and go, but the “right” proportions can stand the test of time.

According to one international study, the most attractive lip proportion is a 1:1 ratio of top to bottom lips. In other words, lips that are roughly the same size were considered to be the most attractive. Participants rated a fuller bottom lip to be the second most attractive shape. Of course, that doesn’t mean a full upper lip isn’t sexy. Celebrities such as Priyanka Chopra show just how beautiful this lip proportion can be.

Attaining Your Perfect Lips

Lip shape is determined by genetics, and fullness can decrease as you get older. As we age, collagen production decreases, which can leave lips less plump. Makeup and topical plumping treatments can help enhance the look of your lips, but they can only go so far. Cosmetic treatments are a popular way to perfect your pout if you aren’t happy with the natural shape of your lips or if your lips have lost their full, youthful appearance with time.

Fillers

Dermal fillers can offer subtle lip enhancement. Dermal fillers, also known as lip fillers, are injections that add fullness and have a lifting and smoothing effect. Most lip fillers consist of a synthetic formulation of hyaluronic acid, a substance found naturally in the body. A qualified and skilled professional can utilize fillers to precisely target specific areas of the lips and skin to affect the shape and fullness of the mouth. Fillers will have the added benefit of smoothing fine lines around the lips.

Botox/Dysport

Botox or Dysport injections can help improve lip wrinkles. These neuromodulators inhibit repetitive muscle movements that lead to the development of fine lines and wrinkles. Botox and Dysport are different formulations, but they work in the same way. Your provider can help you choose which is best for your desired results. Neuromodulators can be used in conjunction with fillers, depending on your aesthetic goals.

Choose an Experienced and Attentive Expert

There is a broad spectrum of what can be accomplished with injectable treatments. Results can range from subtle and natural-looking to gradually changing the shape of your lips over time to a drastic and immediate difference. It is important to discuss your hopes and expectations with your provider. Book a completely free consultation at the Laser Aesthetic Center to see if lip fillers are the right option for you.

How to Help Your Botox or Dysport Last as Long as Possible

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The most important thing you can do to make your Botox or Dysport injections last longer is to follow your provider’s instructions following treatment. Your provider should provide thorough instructions on what you can do immediately after your injections to promote success. These instructions will likely include:

  • Avoiding exercise for a short time
  • Keeping your head upright for a couple of hours
  • Rubbing your skin near the treatment area (for example, avoid applying makeup with pressure for 12-24 hours; avoid massages or facials for 2 weeks)

In addition to following your provider’s instructions after your treatment, there some lifestyle tips which can lengthen your results.

Sun Exposure

Sun exposure can be one of the largest factors in shortening the life of your Botox treatment. The problem with sun exposure is two-fold: squinting in the sun increases wrinkles in the face, and worse, UV exposure on the skin’s surface has a direct negative effect on the skin and can negate your results. To combat the effects of the sun, always wear sunscreen or cream with SPF and re-apply throughout the day if you will be in the sun for a long period of time. Wear a wide-brimmed hat and seek out shade when you can.

Smoking

Like sun exposure, smoking is a large factor in reversing the effects of your Botox or Dysport treatment and aging your skin. Of course, smoking has a negative effect on your overall health as well. Quitting smoking can improve your skin and health even after just a short period of time.

Maintenance

Keeping up on regular maintenance is extremely important for your results. Over time, regular injections can train your muscles to remain more relaxed. Ideally, this results in longer-lasting smoothing of the skin and more time between injections. Talk to your provider about how often you should schedule your treatments to meet your unique goals and reach your optimal results.

Combination Treatments

Combining Botox or Dysport with other treatments can improve your results as well as lengthen the effects of your treatments. Because these injections are minimally invasive, they can be combined with a range of other treatments. Depending on your individual concerns, speak with your provider to see if combining Botox with skin resurfacing, microneedling, Ultherapy, fillers, facials (LINKS), or other treatments might be a good option for you.

Sleep

Getting a restful night’s sleep is essential to all areas of your heath. In addition to getting your full 7-8 hours, you can create additional nighttime habits to support the longevity of your Botox. You do not need to sleep sitting up or even in an elevated position. However, sleeping on your back is best. Investing in a silk pillowcase or cover will also help preserve your Botox treatment and help prevent wrinkles and fine lines from forming on the skin.

Zinc Supplement

There is some evidence that zinc supplementation extends the life of Botox treatments. Although this connection is not proven and is somewhat controversial, zinc supplementation can be a safe part of your vitamin routine. Like any other vitamin or supplement, be careful to ask your doctor about proper dosing, as it is possible to get too much of a particular vitamin or supplement, including zinc.

Develop a Skin Care Product Routine to Help Boost Results

While facial creams and treatments do not create the level of effects that you get from Botox and injections on their own, they can be an important part of your routine and extend your results. Skincare products that support collagen production (those containing retinol, retinoids, hyaluronic acid, peptides, and antioxidants) over time can help maintain the youthful look of your skin following your Botox treatment. Ask your injector what they recommend for treating your unique skin and extending the results of your investment in your skin.

Which Laser is Best for My Skin Type?

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When you’re new to laser treatments, the number of options can make your head spin. CO2, Er:YAG, non-ablative, fractional, picosecond, IPL – which one is best for your skin? We’re all unique, with personal needs, different lifestyle factors, and other components that impact the way our skin ages and what it needs to thrive.

No one laser necessarily fits a specific range of individuals. But that doesn’t mean you don’t benefit from learning more about which lasers are typically ideal for which needs. This will help you become more informed before your first consultation and ask in-depth questions about treatment. We’ve shared information about which lasers are typically right for which skin types and tones below.

How can I know what my skin needs?

The most important step is to meet with a skin care professional. We start each new skin rejuvenation client with a Visia digital skin analysis. This device creates a 3D map of your skin, evaluates both superficial and deeper layers, and compares your data to over 200,000 other individuals to tell you more about your skin’s aging. The rotating camera captures left, right, and frontal facial views, and UV lighting is used to record and measure signs of aging within deeper layers of the skin.

Learn more about your skin’s:

  • Sun damage and UV spots
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Hyperpigmentation and dark spots
  • Enlarged pores
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Porphyrins from bacterial growth

Best Lasers By Skin Tone

Laser technology continues to advance, allowing individuals of all skin types and tones to see excellent treatment results. But different skin types will still see different results with laser treatment. Some lasers are preferable to others depending on your complexion. For many lasers, lighter-skinned individuals have a lower risk of side effects because there is less of a chance of pigmentation changes after skin injury/inflammation. This is due to the lower amount of melanin in the skin.

There have been concerns in the past about laser treatments for people of color (skin types ranging from 3-to-6 on the Fitzpatrick Scale). Today’s lasers are more effective and safer to use on all skin tones, with minimal damage to surrounding tissue.

Best lasers for lighter skin tones

Lighter skin is typically easier to treat because the laser can easily target hyperpigmentation and hair follicles (in the case of laser hair removal). Lighter skin tones can receive IPL treatments, laser skin resurfacing, Laser Genesis, and more. At the same time, these patients must maintain excellent sun protection, especially after laser treatments, to prevent additional pigmentation and sun damage from taking hold.

Best lasers for medium skin tones

Individuals with medium skin tones – including ethnically Asian skin tones – can find laser treatment more difficult. The primary concern any provider should have is ensuring that there are no side effects or long-term damage to the treatment area. We’ve seen excellent results with the PicoSure Focus laser because it delivers energy in incredibly short pulses to minimize collateral damage. This laser improves melasma, wrinkles, scarring, and more.

Best lasers for darker skin tones

Individuals with darker skin tones can still find success with laser treatments, but they need to find the right provider and the right laser. Be sure that your provider has the experience and technology to provide you with the superior level of care that you deserve. Laser treatment of any kind poses the risk of side effects including hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation – dark spots and light spots, respectively. Your provider should perform a test patch on a small area of skin before treatment to ensure there are no adverse reactions.

  • For laser hair removal, an Nd:YAG laser is typically going to deliver the best results. This laser type delivers energy below the epidermis so that it doesn’t affect the superficial layer of your skin, but still damages hair follicles to reduce growth.
  • For laser tattoo removal, a picosecond laser is typically ideal. Fading a tattoo rather than removing it entirely (if you’re preparing it for a cover-up) may be necessary so as not to damage your skin. Speak with a laser tattoo removal provider directly to learn what they recommend for your skin.
  • For laser skin rejuvenation, you should avoid IPL as the broader energy delivery has a higher risk of spreading throughout the skin and causing damage. It’s important to speak with a professional to get personalized guidance and perform test patches on your skin before moving ahead with any treatment.

Have questions about which laser might be best for you? Schedule a complimentary consultation to learn more about your options and receive a digital skin analysis. We look forward to meeting you!

Why the PicoSure Focus Laser is Surprising Patients

Hinsdale laser skin resurfacing before and after

If you’re trying laser skin resurfacing for the first time, you’re probably wading through a sea of laser recommendations. How can you figure out which one is ideal for your needs?

Our patients have seen incredible results with the PicoSure Focus laser. It’s a unique picosecond laser that allows for pronounced results without painful or aggressive treatment. The PicoSure accomplishes results similar to traditional fractional laser treatments without the same level of downtime. It’s ideal for people of all genders, ages, ethnicities, and skin types. Treat fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, melasma, brown spots, and overall skin tone and texture with a single laser.

The best way to learn whether the PicoSure is ideal is by scheduling a consultation at a medical spa. We offer complimentary consultations so that you’re able to learn more about treatment without any upfront commitment. Our team has provided countless laser treatments to happy clients, and we’d love to start with a digital skin analysis to show you both superficial and deeper areas of concern.

Before our appointment, read on to learn more about how this laser has helped so many different types of patients.

What is the PicoSure Focus laser? How is it different from other resurfacing lasers?

The PicoSure is a picosecond laser. It uses extremely short pulses of light energy to target pigmentation and damaged skin. Because pulses are so brief, this helps reduce damage to surrounding tissues and hyper-focus the treatment effects. This reduces downtime and improves patient comfort. The PicoSure is appropriate for concerns ranging from hyperpigmentation to scarring to tattoo removal.

Fractional skin resurfacing lasers are more aggressive on the skin than the PicoSure Focus. This means a more uncomfortable treatment process and a more involved period of downtime.

Benefit #1: PicoSure Is Suitable For All Skin Types

The PicoSure laser is ideal for a wide range of skin types – including those typically tricky to treat. If you have Asian skin, you already know how difficult it can be to find laser treatments suitable for your skin that will produce results without causing damage. We can offer safe laser skin pigmentation removal for Asian skin with the PicoSure Focus laser. This gentle, light-based approach can help you regain lost confidence and restore your skin’s even appearance.

Benefit #2: It corrects hyperpigmentation and other discoloration

PicoSure Focus brown spot removal

The PicoSure laser breaks up the pigment found in brown spots, age spots, and freckles. During your laser facial, discoloration is penetrated with short bursts of light energy. That energy then breaks up the melanin into particles that are small enough for the body to absorb naturally. Over time, the body gradually removes the fragmented melanin, which leads to unwanted discoloration disappearing. The PicoSure can remove pigmented lesions caused by sun damage in addition to other difficult to treat conditions, including melasma and acne pigmentation.

Benefit #3: It works wonders on acne scars

A unique Focus Lens in the PicoSure Laser allows treatment to efficiently and effectively remove most impurities from the surface of your skin. Not only can it remove natural impurities, but it’s also excellent at improving scarring. The laser both breaks up scar tissue and stimulates fresh healing in the area. This results in smoother, more even skin tone without scar tissue.

Benefit #4: It stimulates collagen production

Hinsdale laser skin resurfacing before and after

During your PicoSure Laser Facial treatment, the dermis’ deeper layers are stimulated to increase the natural rejuvenation process. New collagen and elastin are created as a result of the skin responding to the laser’s energy. Treatment heats deep layers of the skin to stimulate fresh collagen, improve tone and texture, and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and scars.

Benefit #5: There’s little to no downtime or discomfort

Traditional lasers cause redness and tenderness for several days following treatment. With the PicoSure, there is almost no discomfort during the treatment itself, and no downtime following. A slight tingling sensation will be felt as the laser energy passes over the skin. Immediately after your treatment, most patients experience no discomfort. Slight redness in the treated areas may appear, but this should disappear entirely after one to three hours.

When You Can Expect To See Results

Unlike other treatments, the PicoSure Laser Facial results in little to no redness. Immediately following your treatment, we recommend that you avoid direct sun exposure and use SPF protection (as always!). It is safe to reapply makeup and return to regular activities the same day as your treatment. Not only is there little to no redness but there will typically not be any peeling.

PicoSure Facial sessions are performed in sessions spaced a month apart. Minor changes will be noticeable after one session; however, three sessions are often necessary to see full results.

Contact us today to schedule your consultation and take the first step!

Long-Term Use of Botox and Dermal Fillers

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Botox and dermal fillers have been around for decades, and after experiencing the wrinkle-smoothing results for yourself, it’s easy to see why. Botox and dermal fillers can create a smoother, fuller appearance in the face, cheeks, lips, and even the hands. Injectable treatments are easy to administer and offer long-lasting results. But what about the safety of long-term use?

This guide will help you navigate the long-term effects of Botox and dermal filler treatments and what’s suitable for you.

The Difference Between Botox and Dermal Fillers

Many people don’t realize that dermal fillers are not the same as neurotoxins, such as Botox and Dysport. Here’s how the products are similar and how they differ.

Dermal Fillers

We offer a range of dermal fillers to cater to different needs.

Juvéderm. This versatile filler 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.

Juvéderm Voluma. At Laser Aesthetic Center, 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. We’ve recently introduced Restylane to our practice to provide a broader range of fillers to our patients. Dr. Muasher is thrilled to present patients with this long-lasting option for laugh lines, frown lines, and other areas of facial volume loss.

Botox 

Botox is a specially formulated product that targets the muscles underneath the skin. These are the muscles that, over time, create wrinkles by repeating similar movements, such as laughing or frowning. When Botox is injected, it works by relaxing the muscles to prevent wrinkles from forming. As a direct result, the appearance of wrinkles begins to fade.

Botox and Dermal Fillers Are Both Safe

Dermal fillers are perfectly safe, provided you’ve done your homework and have your injections performed by a reputable doctor. Every practitioner has different philosophies, techniques, and levels of experience. Be sure you and your physician communicate about realistic expectations and results before you ever see a needle. Like any medical procedure, there are risks for infection, discoloration, and lumps if injections are not performed correctly.

Potential Side Effects of Fillers

Dermal fillers disrupt sensation in areas of the skin injected. This can interfere with the way muscle moves, and you detect feeling. As a result, fillers can change the way your skin senses the environment.

Dermal fillers can also lead to:

  • Vascular Occlusion: When the filler is injected into or around an artery, blood flow may be reduced or stopped. The skin may look pale in color and start to turn blue over 24 hours. This is usually painful, and if untreated, the skin may begin to ‘die’ and turn black.
  • Allergic Reaction: If your body is sensitive to the synthetic substance injected. You may experience redness and swelling around the injection area.
  • Inflammatory Reaction: Remember that you are entering a foreign substance into the body, which can irritate your immune system.
  • Long Term Use: Over time, long-term use of dermal fillers can result in weakness of the muscles of the face, head, and neck. These side effects can have undesirable consequences when swallowing, with vocal cord function and eye movements, including double vision.

Remember: Injections Are Safe In Expert Hands

Finding the right physician to perform your dermal filler injections is essential for using the product long-term without negative consequences. Always ask about specific training and certification to ensure that you receive care from a board-certified and experienced doctor. Safety is always a top concern at Laser Aesthetic Center. With the proper preparation between you and our highly trained and experienced doctors, you can safely achieve beautiful and natural-looking results. Call us today to schedule a consultation.

5 Collagen-Boosting Treatments That Really Work

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Before and after Ultherapy

Collagen is what’s responsible for giving our skin its strength and structure. A protein that your body develops naturally, collagen is an essential piece of maintaining a youthful glow. The production of this essential protein diminishes over time and results in the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin.

Fortunately, collagen production can be stimulated, and numerous scientific studies have proven the effectiveness of collagen induction for reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Why Our Bodies Need Collagen

Different forms of collagen are produced naturally by the body, each for a unique purpose. Because of the triple helix form of collagen, this protein can withstand a great deal of torque and force. It has many uses as an incredibly flexible protein substance, including flexible support for dermal layers and joint cartilage. Collagen also helps to keep our bones healthy and strong and promotes the healing of wounds.

How the Body Produces Collagen Naturally

Our bodies produce most of the collagen we need. However, external collagen sources can come from the foods we eat or from supplements. Hormones stimulate collagen production, and any interruption of these hormone signals can lead to a decrease in your body’s natural collagen production levels. This is especially true for females during and after menopause.

Effective Treatments For Increasing Natural Collagen Production

Ultherapy Mini Lift 

Ultherapy delivers ultrasound energy to loose, aging skin and gives a jumpstart to a new collagen production cycle. As the new collagen develops, older skin structures are revitalized and thickened. Ultherapy is often referred to as a non-invasive facelift because results give you tighter skin without ever making a single incision.

Chemical Peels

A chemical peel is a facial treatment that utilizes specific chemicals to remove old skin cells and rejuvenate the skin. This in-depth exfoliation process stimulates collagen production underneath the skin while simultaneously removing dead skin cells on the surface. The results are a smoother appearance with a more evened-out skin tone.

Microneedling

Microneedling, also called collagen induction therapy, stimulates the production of new and healthy collagen. This treatment works by creating minor, superficial wounds in the skin that trick the body into producing high collagen levels to assist in healing. This treatment effectively improves skin firmness and texture while enhancing the appearance of acne scars, stretch marks, melasma, and pigmentation.

HydraFacial

The HydraFacial is an advanced skincare treatment that pairs cutting-edge technology with revolutionary microcurrent serums to hydrate and nourish the skin for a glowing, rejuvenated look and feel. The HydraFacial treatment is known for its ability to fight the effects of aging while also working to smooth wrinkles and fine lines by boosting the production of collagen and elastin.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Therapy 

IPL treatments use photofacial rejuvenation technology to diminish the effects of photoaging on the skin. This method specifically targets issues that are derived from sun exposure. Additionally, there is the added benefit of increasing your natural collagen production.

The Link Between Collagen and Anti-Aging

Collagen is an essential factor in the overall health and appearance of your skin. As collagen production starts to decrease with age, increasing production is your best weapon against reducing the visible signs of aging. Our skin is an incredible organ that resists damage while protecting our bodies. Over time, the skin begins to show signs of the war it has fought for us.

Could Your Collagen Production Use a Boost?

Collagen provides your skin with elasticity and shape. While your body naturally produces less collagen over time, a medical spa treatment can boost production levels in many different ways. Every skin type is different, and everyone has a unique set of needs to be addressed. If you’re ready to learn more about boosting your collagen, contact Laser Aesthetic Center.

Super Foods That Improve Your Skin From The Inside Out

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At Laser Aesthetic Center, we believe that beautiful, healthy skin starts from within. The very core of a healthy glow comes from how you treat your body and what you put in it. Although there are many superfoods out there that may offer health benefits, these are the foods that we feel help your skin look its best by boosting natural collagen and fighting fine lines and wrinkles. 

Eating Your Way To Younger-Looking Skin

Research suggests that diet absolutely affects your complexion. What you eat is linked to your body’s hormone balance and can cause acne and create or lessen inflammation, which is directly associated with skin aging.

Which vitamins and minerals should you be looking for in your foods?

  • Selenium
  • Antioxidants
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Omega-3s and Omega-6s

Nourishing Foods For Your Best Skin Ever

Do your skin a favor by incorporating these foods into your daily diet for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Breakfast Essentials

Green Tea

Green tea contains natural antioxidants and is an anti-inflammatory. Flushing out toxins, it’s great for healing blemishes and scars and keeping your skin flexible. The vitamin K in green tea helps lighten dark circles, so try putting your used green tea bags in the fridge for an easy under-eye home treatment.

Collagen 

Collagen has many vital functions, including providing your skin with structure and strengthening your bones. In recent years, collagen supplements have become a popular way to increase your collagen intake. Additionally, several foods can also increase your collagen levels, including pork skin and bone broth. Consuming collagen may have a variety of health benefits, from relieving joint pain to improving skin health.

Avocados

Full of Vitamin A, D, E, good fats, and phytonutrients, it’s easy to see why avocados are a perfect food to have in your daily diet plan, not only for your body but for your skin too.

Eggs

The amino acids that are found in protein-rich foods like eggs are the building blocks of collagen production. Keep servings to under 30 grams of protein per meal, so your body can absorb the nutrients efficiently and correctly.

Milk

A great source of Vitamin D, milk is good for your skin because it’s another way for your body to get the daily recommendation of Vitamin D without sun exposure. Dairy is known to wreak havoc on some people’s skin, so don’t go overboard.

Lunch

Tomatoes

Rich in lycopene, tomatoes help protect the skin from UV damage thanks to the help from antioxidants. People who eat tomato-rich diets are more likely to have protection against sunburns.

Carrots

Full of high levels of beta-carotene, carrots are full of Vitamin A, which is the main active ingredient in Retin-A, often the main ingredient in anti-wrinkle creams and serums.

Kale

Leafy greens like kale are rich in Vitamin A and promote healthy skin cell turnover. Vitamin A is also a prominent ingredient found in Retin-A, a medication used to treat acne and wrinkles.

Power-Packed Snacks

Walnuts

High in omega-3 fatty acids, walnuts amp up collagen production, which improves the skin’s elasticity. Walnuts are also known to help reduce stress and diminish the risk of heart disease thanks to those omega 3’s.

Oranges

Those who eat foods rich in Vitamin C have fewer wrinkles and less age-related dry skin than those who don’t, making oranges a great choice.

Almonds

Rich in Vitamin E, almonds help prevent signs of aging caused by free radicals and may even strengthen your skin’s defense against skin cancer. Vitamin E moisturizes the skin’s surface, helping those with dry skin issues.

Watermelon

Naturally high in water concentration, watermelon can reduce the water retention that leads to puffiness around the eyes. Watermelon is also relatively low in sugar, especially when compared to many other fruits, that create a chemical reaction known as glycation and leads to wrinkles.

Dinner

Salmon

Wild salmon is rich in antioxidants that calm inflammation. The fatty acids help to reinforce your skin’s barrier and keep moisture in and irritants out. Eating wild salmon over farm-raised salmon will give you an optimal dose of omega-3’s.

Olive Oil

75% of the fat that comes from olive oil is monounsaturated fatty acids, which help quench your skin and eliminate damaging free radicals.

Peppers

Eating yellow and green peppers is another excellent way to decrease sun sensitivity with the help of carotenoids, another helpful antioxidant. Eating 4 milligrams of Vitamin C daily will help decrease the appearance of wrinkles.

Broccoli

Packed full of benefactors, broccoli should be your go-to vegetable. Vitamins A and C support collagen production, and Vitamin K helps speed up the healing of bruises and improves dark circles.

Don’t Forget To Keep Your Body Hydrated

Claims have been made that drinking water gives your skin a healthy glow and a clear complexion. Drinking an adequate amount of water daily is essential for your overall good health. When your body isn’t getting enough water, the lack of hydration will turn your skin into a dry, tight, flaky mess leading to wrinkles.

If you have questions on how your diet impacts your skin, schedule a consultation with us at Laser Aesthetic Center to see how we can help you improve the look and feel of your skin from the inside out.

Saying Goodbye To Old Acne Scars (For Good!)

woman touching face with acne scars

You haven’t had acne for years, but you have the scars to prove that your skin was less than ideal as a teen. Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, affecting approximately 40 to 50 million Americans annually. Debilitating acne in your teens or early 20’s can lead to lifelong issues, like scarring and pigment alterations.

Eliminate those acne battle scars once and for all, and have the confidence to go foundation-free – all with the help from Laser Aesthetic Center.

Why Do I Have Acne Scars?

The scars of past acne can live on your face, chest, back, arms, or other prominent areas you suffered from breakouts. Acne scars are caused by acne – simple enough.

Here are some quick acne scar facts:

  • Scarring changes the texture of the skin and does not improve over time.
  • Scarring arises from the body’s attempts to heal the skin as the body produces collagen fibers.
  • Raised scars form when the skin produces too much collagen, and the fibers build up.
  • Pitted scars form when the skin does not produce enough collagen.
  • Inflammatory acne is more likely to cause scarring because it impacts deeper layers of the skin.

How Ultherapy and Microneedling Can Help

Acne scars are often deep and indented into the skin’s surface on the cheeks and temples, making them difficult to camouflage. This is because the initial blemish or injury penetrates deep into the skin’s dermis layer, causing the damage to run deep. The goal of those who suffer from acne scarring is to have a smooth, even complexion without heavy makeup and concealer.

By combining Ultherapy with microneedling treatments, we can correct mild to deep acne scarring. When combined, these two treatments can result in smoother, more even facial skin with long-lasting scar reduction.

How Ultherapy Works

Ultherapy uses ultrasound technology to build new collagen while tightening the skin. Ultherapy is FDA approved and is recommended by many skincare providers as an efficient way to improve adult acne and scarring. Unlike other treatments, Ultherapy can reach the very foundation of the skin, while other treatments can only treat superficial layers.

What To Expect

This non-surgical and non-invasive treatment uses ultrasound therapy to dramatically improve the skin on the neck, chin, brows, and chest. Ultrasound energy is directed, at the appropriate temperature, to deep layers of the skin to promote the body’s production of collagen. Collagen is the structural protein that gives youthful skin its smooth, supple, and taut appearance.

Unlike invasive treatments or surgery, Ultherapy stimulates collagen production deep within the lower layers of the skin. Ultherapy results will be gradual and natural-looking with zero downtime required.

How Microneedling Works

Microneedling is a skin procedure that uses tiny needles to create micro-injuries in the skin. The purpose of these tiny micro-wounds is to trigger the skin’s healing response. These tiny needles are virtually painless and help awaken collagen production, which is vital in the skin’s healing process. By creating superficial wounds, the skin is tricked into repairing and regenerating itself.

What To Expect 

True acne scars appear as indentations and are typically caused by cystic or nodular acne. Squeezing and picking at deep pimples that don’t come to a head increases the likelihood of blemishes and atrophic scarring that can linger for years. Microneedling can help reduce the appearance of acne scars by stimulating collagen production to plump the skin’s surface. Through the production of new collagen, the skin will have an overall smoother appearance.

Make This Year the Year You Finally Treat Unwanted Scarring

Many individuals experience acne during puberty and don’t immediately treat scars. However, acne scarring can worsen as a person ages due to collagen loss in the skin. If you have scars that are making you self-conscious, there are a wide variety of treatment options to restore your skin. Before setting your sights on a specific treatment, it’s best to meet with a professional so that they can adequately evaluate your scars in person. Different types of scars will benefit from different treatments, so being correctly evaluated is vital in properly and safely removing your acne scars.

No matter the type of scar you have, our experienced staff at Laser Aesthetic Center can help you achieve flawless skin. To learn more about acne scar removal treatments we offer in Hinsdale, schedule a consultation with Laser Aesthetic Center today.

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