Best Laser for Scar Removal

Best Laser for Scar Removal

Do you have a scar that you would like removed?  Fortunately, there are several effective scar removal options available, including laser therapy.  Patients interested in laser treatment for scars often want to know which is the best laser for scar removal.

What causes scars?

Scars are a part of the natural healing process after an injury to the skin.  When the skin is injured the body forms collagen (a skin protein) to help repair the wound, and this leads to some degree of scarring.  The quality and texture of the scar tissue is usually different from the surrounding tissue. 

Best Laser for Scar Removal

There are several laser technologies that can be used to successfully reduce the appearance of scars, including the following:

  • Vbeam pulsed dye laser

Pulsed dye lasers target the pigment in the skin, and this makes them very effective for reducing the redness associated with scars.  Removing the redness helps the scar blend in with the surrounding skin.  The Vbeam laser also reduces raised scars.

  • Halo Hybrid Fractional laser

The Halo Hybrid is a fractional laser that creates microscopic areas of injury in the skin.  This induces the formation of new collagen, causing scars to become softer and flatter over time. 

  • Fraxel Dual Laser

The Fraxel laser has two wavelengths.  One wavelength targets the surface of the skin while the other penetrates below the skin and breaks up the scar tissue, so the Fraxel Dual is particularly effective for textured scars.

During consultation the dermatologist will determine the best laser treatment based on the characteristics of the scar, and the patient’s skin type.

Would you like to learn more about laser scar removal?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Washington, D.C. area, Capital Laser & Skin Care, Chevy Chase, MD is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.capitalskinlaser.com, or by calling (301) 679-7550.

How can I effectively treat facial skin laxity?

How can I effectively treat facial skin laxity?

If you are looking for a way to effectively treat facial skin laxity, and refresh your appearance, without surgery, you may want to consider Thermage skin tightening treatment.

What is Thermage?

Thermage is a non-invasive procedure that uses radiofrequency (RF) energy to tighten and contour the skin. Thermage is a quick, easy treatment that requires little to no downtime.

Thermage improves facial laxity by boosting collagen in the skin. Collagen is a protein found in the layers of the skin that keeps it plump and youthful. However, collagen breaks down over time, and as a result, the skin starts to sag, and fine lines and wrinkles appear. Thermage renews the natural collagen fibers in the skin, and this strengthens the underlying tissue, and tightens the skin.

How Thermage works

The Thermage device emits RF energy that penetrates to the deep layers of the skin. The heat generated tightens the existing collagen strands, and contributes to the formation of new collagen over the following weeks.

After Thermage treatment the skin will be tighter, smoother, and more contoured, and improvements will continue as collagen remodels. There will also be a noticeable improvement in the tone and texture of the skin.

What areas does Thermage target?

Thermage can give the forehead a slight lift, tighten the jowls and jawline, and firm the skin on the neck.

How many Thermage treatments will I need to see results?

Patients typically need one Thermage treatment to see results.

How long will the results last?

The results of Thermage can last up to 2 years.

Would you like to learn more about Thermage skin tightening?

Contact Sthetix Cosmetic Surgery Clinic for a consultation. Sthetix is based in Liverpool, Merseyside UK and also serves Chester.

You can reach them at www.sthetix.co.uk, or by calling 0151 317 3052.

Is dermaplaning painful?

Is dermaplaning painful?

It’s a well-known fact that regular exfoliation can keep the skin looking youthful and radiant, but dermaplaning takes exfoliating to the next level. Dermaplaning is a procedure that exfoliates the skin by shaving away surface debris; as a result, people are often curious to find out if the procedure is painful.

What is dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is a facial rejuvenation treatment in which a medical grade scalpel is used to exfoliate dead skin cells and fine facial hair (aka peach fuzz), from the surface of the skin.

Dermaplaning is safe for all skin types, and can benefit the skin in several ways. In particular, it triggers cell regeneration and clears the skin, allowing for much better product penetration (learn more).

How does dermaplaning work?

During dermaplaning the dermatologist or aesthetician will hold the skin taut and move the surgical scalpel across the surface, using light, gentle strokes. This process clears away dead skin cells, peach fuzz, oil, and dirt that can clog the hair follicles.

Is dermaplaning painful?

Dermaplaning is absolutely not painful; because the outermost layer of the skin and facial hair are removed very carefully, using light strokes. When performed by a board certified dermatologist or licensed aesthetician, dermaplaning should be completely pain-free. In fact, hair removal methods such as waxing and threading are considered far more painful than dermaplaning.

What does dermaplaning feel like?

During dermaplaning patients will feel a slight scraping or brushing sensation, so it feels similar to having the face shaved with a razor.

Are you ready to brighten and refine your skin with dermaplaning? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Philadelphia, Doylestown, or Bucks County, PA areas, Novique Medical Aesthetics is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.novique.com, or by calling (267) 244-8792.

Is SkinPen For Me?

Is SkinPen For Me?

If you would like to dramatically improve the appearance of your skin, with very little downtime, SkinPen may be the right treatment for you. SkinPen is a microneedling procedure that is virtually painless and very effective. But is SkinPen right for you.

What is SkinPen?

SkinPen is an FDA cleared microneedling device that rejuvenates the skin. It stimulates the body’s repair process, and initiates the production of collagen and elastin, thereby improving the tone and texture of the skin. SkinPen is a quick and easy in-office treatment that takes 30-60 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated.

What is microneedling?

Microneedling (collagen induction therapy), is a skin renewal procedure that has been used for many years to rejuvenate the skin, and reduce signs of aging. During the procedure tiny needles are used to create micro-channels in the skin, and help to stimulate healing.

Is SkinPen For Me?

If you are experiencing skin concerns such as wrinkles, stretch marks, enlarged pores, scars, or skin laxity, SkinPen can correct these issues for you.

SkinPen is also a good option because it is safe, minimally invasive, and completely natural. SkinPen does not involve the use of any chemicals, toxins, or heat. The procedure simply makes microscopic channels in the skin that trigger the body’s natural healing mechanisms. After treatment the skin will appear smoothers and more youthful.

SkinPen is a versatile treatment that can be used on most parts of the body including the face, neck, décolletage, arms, legs, abdomen, and back.

Would you like to learn more about SkinPen rejuvenation treatment? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Indianapolis, IN, area, Fundamentals Med Spa is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.fundamentalsmedspa.com, or by calling (317) 245-3303.

Is Infrared Light Good For Your Skin?

Is Infrared Light Good For Your Skin?

Are you looking for healthier skin? If you are, there are a variety of treatments that can improve the health of your skin including creams, lotions, chemical peels, lasers, and infrared light. In recent years, infrared light therapy has become a popular non-invasive skin treatment. But is infrared light good for your skin.

What is infrared light therapy?

Infrared light therapy involves the use of low intensity laser light to treat the skin. Infrared light is commonly provided by means of a sauna.

Infrared sauna therapy

Infrared sauna therapy involves the application of light that penetrates the skin, warming the body from the inside out. Infrared sauna therapy helps with pain relief, detoxification, weight loss, and oxygen flow.

Is infrared light good for your skin?

Infrared light has been clinically proven to help a wide variety of skin conditions, and provides lasting benefits for the skin. Below are some of the benefits of infrared light for the skin:

  • Stimulates the growth of new skin cells. The new skin cells improve the appearance of the skin, and also help to heal the underlying issues causing skin conditions such as psoriasis and acne.
  • Protects against skin damage and heals existing sun damage.
  • Anti-aging skin benefits. Infrared light boosts collagen levels, and the increased collagen makes the skin firmer and more youthful, and reduces the appearance of wrinkles.
  • Boosts circulation and promotes detoxification, as it penetrates to the inner layers of the skin, as well as the muscles, joints, and nerves.
  • Heals damaged, irritated skin. Infrared light sooths the skin and reduces inflammation.

Would you like to learn more about infrared sauna therapy? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Reno, NV, area Renew MD is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.renewmdreno.com, or by calling (775) 277-2066.

How To Lift Sagging Jowls

How To Lift Sagging Jowls

Are you tired of the way your sagging jowls make you look? If you are wondering how to lift those sagging jowls, there are treatments available that can help erase them for you and refresh your appearance. Jowling can be minimized using both surgical and non-surgical options.

What causes sagging jowls?

The term ‘jowls’ refers to the area beneath the chin and jawline. When the skin is tight and youthful, the profile is defined and razor-sharp. However, the skin tends to become loose and less elastic with age. The decline in skin quality, along with the accumulation of fat deposits, causes the jowls to sag. Factors such as excess sun exposure and smoking can also contribute to jowling.

How to Lift Sagging Jowls

A facelift or rhytidectomy is considered the most effective way to lift sagging jowls. During a facelift, the surgeon will make incisions around the ears to remove excess skin and fat, and tighten the underlying muscles. The remaining skin will then be lifted, in order to rejuvenate the lower face. This will refine the jawline, and reduce the appearance of jowls.

Individuals with less pronounced jowling can benefit from a non- invasive treatment such as Ultherapy. Ultherapy is a skin rejuvenation treatment that is FDA approved for treating the face and neck. Ultherapy uses focused ultrasound energy directed at the skin’s foundation layer, to lift and tighten droopy jawline skin. The procedure also stimulates the production of new collagen, which further tightens the skin in the following months.

Are you ready to say goodbye to sagging jowls? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Torrance, CA area, Awaken Aesthetics is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.awakenaesthetics.com, or by calling (310) 791-2233.

What is a deep plane facelift?

What is a deep plane facelift?

Are you thinking about having a facelift? If you are, you may not realize that there are different types of facelifts beyond the standard facelift that is commonly performed. In particular, there is the deep plane facelift that can provide superior results for some patients, with less chance of scarring and complications. But what is a deep plane facelift.

Facelift
A facelift (or rhytidectomy) is a procedure that is done to rejuvenate the face. The SMAS facelift is the standard facelift these days, and it generally addresses the jowls, jawline, and neck. The SMAS (superficial muscular aponeurotic system) is the muscular system of the face, which is normally tightened and suspended during a standard facelift.

What is a deep plane facelift?
When performing a deep plane facelift the surgeon manipulates the deep plane of the face, which is the area below the SMAS.

The deep plane facelift gives the surgeon greater access to the midface, so it does a better job of addressing volume loss and the descent of fat pads in the cheeks, when compared to traditional facelift techniques.

During a deep plane facelift the area below the eyes and around the nose and mouth is worked on. As a result, it does a good job of improving the appearance of the cheeks, and reducing hollowing below the eyes and deep lines and wrinkles such as nasolabial folds. It also refines the jawline and neck.

When performed correctly, deep plane facelifts provide long lasting results.

Do you think you may be a good candidate for a deep plane facelift? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the San Francisco or Walnut Creek, CA areas, Andrew Barnett, MD is our featured board certified plastic surgeon.

You can reach Dr. Barnett at www.drbarnett.com, or by calling (415) 855-4115.

Where can I get an Ultherapy treatment?

Many people want to turn back the clock and take off a few years, but they don’t want to go under the knife. Instead, they are opting to undergo minimally invasive treatments like Ultherapy. But how does it work, and where can you get Ultherapy treatments.

Where can you get Ultherapy?
Ultherapy is a non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedure. It can help smooth wrinkles,and tighten and firm sagging skin. Ultherapy also gives a subtle lift to the brows, for an overall refreshed appearance.

Ultherapy is effective, because it helps to kick-start the production of collagen in the skin. Collagen is a key structural protein that the skin needs to maintain its youthful firmness and elasticity. It is naturally produced by the body, but levels fall off as you age.

If you are considering Ultherapy treatment, be sure to visit the offices of a board certified dermatologist to ensure you have a safe and successful procedure.

How Ultherapy works
Ultherapy delivers focused ultrasound energy below the skin’s surface, targeting the foundational support layers. This is the same area that is addressed during a surgical facelift. The ultrasound energy that is deposited triggers collagen production, and this will cause the skin to gradually lift and tone over the following weeks and months.

Treatment takes 45-60 minutes and most patients only need one treatment to achieve maximum results.

Ultherapy is generally well tolerated, but patients may experience some discomfort as the ultrasound energy is being delivered.

If you want to reduce wrinkles, lift your cheekbones, and tighten your jawline, but don’t want to go under the knife, Ultherapy may be right for you.

Contact Laser Skin Care Center Dermatology Associates, Long Beach, CA, to find out more.

Call (562) 997-1144 today to schedule a consultation.

What is a non-invasive solution for skin tightening?

An increasing number of women, and men as well, wishing to tighten and rejuvenate their skin now want to achieve that goal without having to go in for surgery. Fortunately, there are now new skin tightening weapons on the market that are completely non-surgical.  But how do you know what is a really effective non-invasive solution for skin tightening.

Non-invasive skin tightening
Non-invasive skin tightening often involves the use of laser or radio frequency technology to heat and tighten the skin. These procedures are virtually painless, and require little or no recovery time. Non-surgical skin tightening is more effective for individuals with mild to moderate skin laxity.

SkinTyte
SkinTyte is a non-invasive skin tightening treatment that uses advanced infrared laser technology to firm the skin, and improve the signs of age. SkinTyte is safe for all skin types, and can be used to tone various parts of the body including the face, neck, arms, and abdomen.

How it works
The SkinTyte laser deep heats the soft tissue, which triggers the skin’s natural healing,and promotes collagen regeneration.Since collagen provides strength and firmness to the skin, collagen renewal helps to tighten things up.

SkinTyte is a comfortable procedure that requires no local anesthetic, and its sapphire contact cooling system enhances safety and patient comfort.

There is no downtime after treatment, so patients can resume their normal routine right away. There is also little risk of any complications.  It typically takes a series of 3-5 SkinTyte treatments to achieve optimal results.

SkinTyte in Newport Beach, CA
Contact the offices of double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Katharine Nitta, to find out more about SkinTyte skin tightening solution. We would be happy to work out a treatment plan that fits your needs.

Call949-722-6644 today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Nitta.

Is there an ideal time of year to have your moles checked?

If you notice any changes in the moles on your body,it’s definitely worth getting a skin check. Moles that appear darker or look different from the rest should never be ignored, so it’s best to visit a skin clinic if moles appear suspicious.  But is there an ideal time of the year to have your moles checked.

Moles
Moles are darks spots on the skin that develop because of the clustering of skin cells known as melanocytes. Melanocytes are responsible for making melanin, which is the pigment that gives skin its color. Moles come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Common colors include black, red, tan, and brown.

Why it’s important to get your moles checked
Most moles on the skin are harmless, but there are times when a lesion may be a sign of skin cancer. You can assist with early detection by performing regular self-checks.  If you notice any changes in the appearance of existing moles, or if any new ones appear, visit a skin clinic right away.

Is there an ideal time of year to have moles checked?
Some doctors recommend getting moles checked during the winter, because it’s the time of the year when the skin ismostly covered up and often neglected. People are a lot more diligent about sun protection during the summer months, and are alsomore likely to notice any new moles or lesions since the skin is on show. A winter skin check is therefore a good idea, because skin lesions that occur due to sun damage in the summer often take a while to show.

If you need to have a skin check done contact Skin Cancer Specialists, P. C. & Aesthetic Center, serving the greater Atlanta metro area. Call today to set up a consultation.