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Why Do I Have Acne Scars?

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Suffering from acne can be a real struggle. Even though you should know acne is common and you are not alone, dealing with acne and worse – the scars it leaves behind – can be really frustrating.

Understanding what is going on with your skin can help you to avoid and minimize scarring. And the great news is, even if you have acne scars, we have solutions. Check out our guide to acne scar prevention and management below, and get in touch to learn about these effective treatments for scarring.

Causes of Acne Scars

Scars are actually evidence of your body’s efforts at healing itself from injury. With acne, your body heals the skin at an acne lesion by producing collagen fibers. Unfortunately, when the healing process does not occur perfectly, a scar can form. When too much collagen is produced, a raised scar can appear. When too little is produced, a pitted scar can form.

Whiteheads and blackheads typically don’t cause scarring. Inflammatory acne is more likely to cause scarring because it impacts deeper layers of the skin.

How to Avoid Acne Scars

Certain factors that impact acne scarring include:

  • Genetics – Some people are genetically predisposed to more scarring. If this is the case, you cannot impact this factor directly, but you can be diligent about other prevention efforts.
  • Early Treatment – If you do not treat your acne, it is more likely to cause scars. Early treatment is always best.
  • Picking – Never pick at acne as it can worsen the “injury” to the skin. This will trigger your body’s healing mechanisms to kick in and that collagen production we talked about will take place. In addition, try to avoid touching acne-prone areas unless you are washing your face or applying topicals. Introducing bacteria can worsen inflammation and, as a result, acne scarring.

Treating Acne Scars

If you have scars that are making you feel self-conscious, there’s a wide variety of treatment options. Before setting your sights on a specific treatment, it’s best to meet with a professional so that they can evaluate your scars.

Time

While discoloration of the skin that occurs during healing typically improves over time, texture changes such as pitted or raised acne scarring may not. These types of acne scars can even worsen as they age. This is a result of additional collagen loss in the skin, which occurs naturally when we get older.

PicoSure Focus

No matter the type of scar you have, it’s likely that laser resurfacing could improve your skin. Gentle laser treatment with the PicoSure Focus helps improve scars and smooth skin texture. This treatment delivers light energy to multiple layers of the skin to correct discoloration and smooth texture.

Hinsdale laser skin resurfacing before and after

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels may sound a bit harsh, but they are actually a non-invasive and effective way to exfoliate the outer layers of the skin. New skin will replace this outer layer and is often smoother, with the appearance of scars diminished. There are many chemical peel options out there, so it is essential to talk to a professional about which is right for your skin.

PRP Microneedling

Platelet-Rich Plasma + microneeding is a cutting-edge option that combines a healing solution of PRP derived from your own blood with a microneedling treatment. Microneedling is a procedure that creates tiny punctures on the skin’s surface to promote natural healing processes and to deliver beneficial PRP to deeper levels of the skin.

Which Acne Scar Treatment is Best for My Scars?

There are different types of scars which benefit from different treatments. If you are interested in learning more, schedule a consultation to receive a digital skin analysis. We will show you areas of the skin that will benefit from treatment and help identify your best acne scar treatment option.

How Does Dissolving Fillers Work?

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Lip fillers are undoubtedly commonplace right now, but like anything else, some of those who partake can wind up with “fillers-remorse.” There could be any number of reasons you aren’t 100% satisfied with your lip filler results. And that’s okay because lip filler is anything but permanent.

Answers to Your Questions About Dissolving Fillers

Lip fillers are almost exclusively done with hyaluronic acid. This is an engineered version of a substance that occurs naturally throughout the body, so it is safe to inject. When everything goes as planned, a filler can give lips a plump and pouty look, smooth fine lines, or subtly alter the shape of the lips. But sometimes the results are not what we envisioned, and in those cases, you may want to alter your newly filled look.

Don’t Lip Fillers Dissolve on Their Own?

The short answer is yes. The plumping effect is immediate, but after a while, lip fillers begin to break down and get reabsorbed by the body. This usually takes about 12-18 months to occur naturally. Also, keep in mind that the lips are prone to swelling for a couple of days directly following treatment. For this reason, if you are not completely thrilled with your results on day one, you should give your lips at least a week to recover before you evaluate your fillers.

Can Filler be Reversed?

If you decide, however, that you do not love your filler results and cannot wait a year or longer for the filler to dissolve naturally, don’t despair. Lip fillers are actually dissolvable at just about any time. Whether you just had your lips filled and they were not what you hoped for, or if you had the procedure months ago and simply want your old lips back, dissolving your filler is an option.

How Do You Dissolve Lip Filler?

Dissolving lip filler is a relatively straightforward process that involves injecting an enzyme called hyaluronidase. This substance reacts with the hyaluronic acid to break it down very fast; it begins to work immediately with full effects in a couple of days.

Does Dissolving Lip Filler Hurt?

No, dissolving your filler should not be painful. You may feel a slight burning sensation, and it may be similar to the feelings experienced when you had your original filler. A numbing anesthetic can be applied to minimize discomfort.

Will My Lips Look Deflated?

Lips are quite elastic, so whether filler is dissolved naturally or with treatment, your lips should maintain this elasticity. However, the dissolving agent may work on some of the naturally occurring hyaluronic acid in your lips, so there is a possibility of some small fine lines and sagging at first. This subtle effect may be preferable to overly plumped lips. Similarly, your lips might feel a little flat if you got used to your lip filler.

How Do I Fix My Lip Filler?

Dissolving your lip filler is a good option if you strongly feel your lips are overfilled, and you are unhappy. If you are only mildly dissatisfied, you can choose to wait until the filler dissolves naturally, or you may have other options.

Adding Filler Instead

If your unhappiness stems from uneven lips after filler, another possibility is to even out your lips with additional carefully placed injections. This could be a good option if you like the volume of your lips, but the shape is just not quite right.

Can I Get My Lips Filled Again?

It is generally recommended that you wait at least a week or two after dissolving filler to allow your lips to get completely back to baseline before adding filler. At this point, you can certainly opt for another filler treatment.

Whatever option you are considering, the most important thing is working with an experienced physician. Make sure to explain in detail what type of results you are hoping for. This way, you can be more likely to have predictable results that you love and won’t need to dissolve your fillers. To discuss your lip filler (or lip filler reversal) options, contact our experts for a free consultation.

5 Uses for Dermal Fillers You Haven’t Heard Of

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We’ve all seen what dermal fillers can do for smoothing wrinkles and plumping lips. But did you know that dermal fillers can do so much more? With the experience and skill of professionals, dermal fillers can be used to contour the shape of the face as well as treat other surprising cosmetic concerns.

The great advantage of dermal fillers is that they can address a multitude of issues without the need for surgery. With surgery comes anesthesia, risks, and recovery time. Fillers, on the other hand, offer excellent results without all the downsides of surgery. Further, dermal fillers can last months or even years between maintenance treatments, and appointments are quick and easy.

Dermal fillers are biocompatible compounds injected beneath the skin to add volume. As we mentioned, they can do more than just smooth lines and wrinkles. Here are some lesser-known uses for dermal fillers that utilize the benefits of nonsurgical injectable treatments to address several different types of cosmetic issues.

Jaw Augmentation

Believe it or not, fillers can actually be used to create a more defined jawline. Fillers result in a more subtle difference than surgery, but the effects will be noticeable and more natural-looking. Because fillers plump the skin, they can address age-related volume loss in the lower face. In addition, they can build out a weak chin to make the face appear slimmer or correct an uneven jawline. Fillers can also tighten sagging jowls, which in turn gives the jawline a more defined appearance. Lastly, in combination with other treatments such as Kybella or Ultherapy, they can decrease the look of a double chin.

Nonsurgical Nose Job

Another surprising use for dermal fillers is to enhance the nose. Fillers cannot decrease the size of the nose but can add volume to improve its shape. Fillers can help make a too-small nose more proportionate to the rest of the face. Similarly, for those who want to minimize a lump or lift the tip of the nose, volume can be added strategically to do so.

Undereye Bags

The eyes are often the most noticeable feature on the face, and they are often the main concern when it comes to cosmetic treatments. We know fillers can smooth wrinkles around the eyes and brows, but they can also improve the look of tired eyes, undereye bags, and the sunken appearance that can occur as a result of age or other damaging environmental factors. Some fillers actually can affect the color of dark undereye bags, improving the results in that way as well.

Scar Treatment

Fillers are an effective way to treat concave scars as they can add volume to the scar depression and smooth the skin. The improvement in the skin’s texture that can be achieved often visibly reduces the appearance of acne scars as well as other types of scars.

Aging Hands

As we age, fat becomes distributed in the body differently, and along with sun damage and a decrease in the production of collagen, this can result in significant volume loss in the hands. The skin on the hands can appear thin, saggy, and wrinkled. Using dermal fillers in the hands can reverse these signs of aging. Hand fillers can be used in combination with surface treatments such as lasers which can further smooth the skin and reduce the appearance of age spots.

Curious About Dermal Fillers?

If you are interested in exploring what dermal fillers can do for you, schedule a consultation with one of our experts today. We have extensive experience in using dermal fillers for a variety of treatments and can help you design a treatment plan that addresses all of your anti-aging and other cosmetic concerns.

Will I See CoolSculpting Results by the End of the Summer?

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CoolSculpting is a cutting-edge fat-reduction technique that has a lot to offer: it’s minimally invasive, requires little downtime, no incisions are needed, and your results appear over time, so there is no sudden change that says you’ve “had work done.”

But these benefits mean you have to wait a short time to enjoy the ultimate outcome of your CoolSculpting treatment. So just how long will it take to get to that result, and will you see improvement this summer if you get started now?

Why Does CoolSculpting Take Time

Unlike liposuction surgery which physically removes fat at the time of the procedure, CoolSculpting uses a precisely controlled cooling technology to freeze fat cells to the point they become damaged and die off.

This process is completely non-invasive. It does not require anesthesia, incisions, or even injections. Instead, it damages the fat cells from the outside, taking advantage of the body’s own natural mechanisms to remove fat.

First, cells are cooled to a specific temperature that leaves all other tissue unharmed but specifically freezes only the fat cells. At first, these cells remain in place, but they are crystalized by the cold temperature and become damaged and non-functional. As time passes, the body will reabsorb the destroyed fat tissue into the body and remove it via its natural waste removal processes.

CoolSculpting Results Timeline

What can you expect before, during, and after your CoolSculpting treatment?

Before Treatment

There is very little prep involved in CoolSculpting. You will have a consultation to discuss your areas of concern and goals. Your provider will determine if you are a good candidate for CoolSculpting. Because it is not a weight loss procedure, this means you are close to your ideal weight and seek to spot-reduce fat.

Treatment

Treatment typically takes a half hour to a couple of hours. Most patients do not find treatment uncomfortable or painful. After the treatment, the area will be massaged to help break up the tissue that has been frozen and damaged.

After Treatment

You will experience no significant downtime after treatment. For the most part, you can go back to normal activities right away. You may experience some tenderness, redness, or bruising in the area for a couple of days.

Results

Some results can be visible within three weeks. Results will continue to improve over time. Your most noticeable results should be visible about three months following the procedure and can even continue to improve for up to six months. Some patients will opt to have more than one CoolSculpting session to attain optimal results.

Will I see the Results this Summer?

If you get CoolSculpting right now, you may begin to see results by the end of the summer. However, full results would not appear for several months.

That said, there is never a bad time to start treatment, and the sooner you have your first session, the sooner you’ll see a change. Results from CoolSculpting are permanent; once the fat cells are frozen away, those cells will not return.

Is it Ok to Get CoolSculpting During the Summer?

While there are certain other cosmetic treatments, such as certain skin resurfacing procedures that you should avoid during the sunny summer months, you can get CoolSculpting any time of year. There is minimal downtime, and you can go back to regular activities soon after treatment. As we mentioned, there are no incisions or other signs of treatment as there would be with liposuction, so you are swimsuit ready right away.

If you are interested in finding out if CoolSculpting is right for you, get started today by scheduling a free consultation. We can help develop a treatment plan for noticeable and natural-looking results.

 

How to Pick the Best Local Med Spa

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When seeking a med spa, 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 med spa.

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 med spa 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

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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.

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