We are excited to announce that we will be offering fractional CO2 laser resurfacing beginning next month in our Encino, CA office.
What is fractional CO2 laser resurfacing?
Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing is a laser that can be used to address multiple aspects of aging in a single treatment. It can address sun damage such as fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots. It can also improve stretch marks, acne scars, and surgical scars.
How does fractional CO2 laser resurfacing work?
Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing works by creating thousands of microscopic holes in the skin while generating heat. This stimulates collagen to improve fines lines, wrinkles, and loose skin. It also helps with acne scars, surgical scars, and stretch marks. The holes also allow for the removal of deep pigment in the skin which may be difficult to treat with superficial treatments such as topical products, chemical peels, and IPL photofacial treatments.
What happens during the fractional CO2 laser resurfacing treatment?
Before your fractional CO2 laser resurfacing treatment we will provide you with the Alastin Skin Nectar to use twice daily starting two weeks prior to the treatment and continuing for two weeks after the treatment. The Alastin Skin Nectar uses a proprietary TriHex peptide technology. This stimulates collagen and elastin and clears the skin matrix. This will help improve the results and reduce your recovery time. Since the fractional CO2 laser resurfacing treatment is aggressive we will provide you with medications to take by mouth to prevent infection; your safety is our top priority. These are taken once daily starting one day prior to your fractional CO2 laser resurfacing treatment and continuing for a total of seven days. On the day of your fractional CO2 laser resurfacing treatment we will apply numbing cream for one hour. We will also provide you with medications to take by mouth to keep you comfortable during the fractional CO2 laser resurfacing treatment. These medications make you sleepy so you will want someone to drive you home. Immediately before the fractional CO2 laser resurfacing treatment we will clean your skin with water and cleansing solutions and provide you with eye protection. The fractional CO2 laser resurfacing treatment takes less than 15 minutes per area. Most people describe it as a hot feeling or pins and needles. Although this sounds scary, most people rate it anywhere from one to five on a scale of 0-10 where 0 is no pain and 10 is intolerable.
What is the recovery like after a fractional CO2 laser resurfacing treatment?
After your fractional CO2 laser resurfacing treatment your skin will be red and swollen for several days. Full recovery takes about one week on the face and two weeks from the neck down. The first few days are most significant. Redness that persists longer can be treated with an IPL photofacial treatment four weeks after the treatment. We will provide you with an aftercare kit to use every day to speed up the recovery time. Strict sun avoidance is imperative for the first one to two weeks after the treatment.
How many fractional CO2 laser resurfacing treatments will I need?
Most patients see significant results with a single fractional CO2 laser resurfacing treatment. However, depending on their concerns some people choose to have a second or even third fractional CO2 laser resurfacing treatment approximately three months after previous fractional CO2 laser resurfacing treatment.
When will I see results after a fractional CO2 laser resurfacing treatment?
Initial results are seen four weeks after the fractional CO2 laser resurfacing treatment. Full results are seen three to six months after the fractional CO2 laser resurfacing treatment. And most people see continued improvement six to 12 months after the fractional CO2 laser resurfacing treatment.
How long do the results of the fractional CO2 laser resurfacing last?
The great thing about the fractional CO2 laser resurfacing is that the results are long-lasting. However, since we are constantly aging Dr. Alex recommends a maintenance fractional CO2 laser resurfacing treatment every one to two years.
What is the difference between fractional CO2 laser resurfacing and Pro Fractional Therapy?
Both of these laser resurfacing treatments are fractional, meaning they do not treat the entire skin. Instead only a fraction of the skin is treated. This is why you see tiny holes. The untreated areas around these holes allow for faster recovery. The Pro Fractional Therapy resurfacing treatment uses a different laser called erbium. The fractional CO2 laser resurfacing treatment generates more heat than the erbium laser. The heat is useful for stimulating collagen formation so results are seen faster and with fewer treatments. At the same time the recovery time is longer for the fractional CO2 laser resurfacing treatment. Those with darker skin are more sensitive to the heat as it can lead to side effects such as discolorations. Dr. Alex will adjust the settings depending on your skin type and concerns for maximum benefit and safety.
Through the end of March we are happy to offer up to $140 off Botox treatments for new patients or for existing patients treating an additional area. Botox is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments around the world and is used to address wrinkles associated with facial expression. The most common areas treated with Botox are the horizontal lines on the upper forehead seen when we raise our brows, the vertical lines between the brows seen when we frown, and the crow’s feet around the eyes seen when we smile or squint. The results of a Botox treatment are seen within two week of the Botox treatment and most people enjoy the results of their Botox treatment for three to four months.
We participate in the Brilliant Distinctions Program, a rewards program where you get points for treatments and purchasing certain products which can be used toward discounts on subsequent treatments. You can get points for a number of treatments including Botox, Juvederm, Voluma, Volbella, and Kybella as well as purchasing Latisse. Juvederm, Voluma, and Volbella are fillers used to restore lost volume in the face. Kybella is the first and thus-far only FDA-approved, non-surgical, injectable treatment for the double chin. Latisse is a product used to enhance the appearance of eyelashes. For each Botox treatment you receive 200 points, which equates to a $20 discount on your next treatment.
For the rest of the month we have a limited number of additional coupons where new patients receiving Botox or returning patients having a Botox treatment on a new area receive a $50 instant rebate, in addition to any previous Brilliant Distinctions points. Also, you will receive another $50 credit towards the next Botox treatment in addition to the $20 you already receive. This gives up to $140 in savings for Botox treatments. We only have a limited number of Botox rebates available.
One of the most common concerns people have is a loss of their jawline definition. Instead of being sharp and defined, over time the jawline can become softer or even invisible. We now have a number of treatment options to help improve jawline definition.
What causes loss of jawline definition?
The jawline is seen be the protrusion of the jaw bone, or mandible. Over time there are many changes that affect the appearance of the jawline. These occur from both above and below the jawline.
Above the jawline, the fat pads in the mid-face get smaller. At the same time the bony structure of the face changes; the cheekbones move downward and inward. These fat pads and bony structures normally hold up the face and, as a result, the face moves downward. Over time we also naturally lose collagen, the protein in the skin that keeps it firm, tight, and youthful in appearance. As collagen is lost the skin becomes loose and saggy and with gravity the skin of the mid-face and lower face goes down. All of these changes make the jawline less defined.
Below the jawline other changes occur. One is the increase of submental fat. This is the fat under the chin commonly called the double chin. A double chin can be due to age, weight gain, or genetics and is very common. When this gets larger the protrusion of the jaw bone is not as evident and we lose the definition of the jawline. Simultaneously the muscle in the neck just under the skin called the platysma becomes stronger with more use over time. This muscle pulls down on the lower face and when contracted it can also distort the jawline.
How can jawline definition be treated?
To improve your jawline definition all of these factors can be addressed. First it is important to apply sunscreen daily to minimize the effects of sun damage. The sun destroys the collagen in the skin, causing looseness and sagging of the skin.
Voluma is a filler used in the mid-face to restore lost volume. By placing fillers such as Voluma high on the cheek bone, the entire lower face becomes lifted, improving the visibility of the jawline. It also restores the youthful apple of the cheek that is naturally lost over time. By pulling up on the face Voluma also addresses other concerns such as laugh lines (nasolabial folds) and marionette lines.
Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing stimulates your body to naturally produce new, fresh, and healthy collagen. Doing this will tighten the skin, providing a youthful appearance while pulling up on the jawline. Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing has other benefits including treating fine lines, wrinkles, discolorations, and acne scars. Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing can also be used to treat surgical scars and stretch marks. Results are seen slowly with this treatment so patience is important.
Kybella is the first and thus-far only FDA-approved non-surgical injectable treatment for the double chin. The active ingredient in Kybella is a naturally occurring substance produced in the body. When injected into the double chin Kybella will dissolve the fat and it is eliminated naturally by your body over time. A series of Kybella treatments is required over several months. Unlike other treatments such as Botox and fillers, with Kybella maintenance treatments are not required. When the fat in the double chin is removed, the jawline appears more visible and defined.
Botox is a purified protein used to address muscles associated with facial expression. In the neck, Botox can be placed in the platysma muscle, a thin muscle just beneath the skin that pulls the lower face downward. When it becomes very strong sometimes vertical neck can be seen. Botox can be placed in this area to relax the muscle, softening the bands and preventing the muscle from pulling down on the lower face. When this happens the lower face and mid-face are lifted thus improving the jawline definition.
Toenail fungus is a common concern for many people with some estimates saying that it occurs in 10% of the population. Toenail fungus can be infectious and leads to an abnormal appearance of the nail. Traditional medications have a number of possible side effects and are moderately effective. Now with the power of lasers, we are able to treat toenail fungus easily and effectively.
What causes toenail fungus?
Toenail fungus occurs when the fungus gets on the toes and starts to grow. This happens commonly when walking barefoot in areas where it grows well such as public restrooms or gym locker rooms.
How does laser toenail fungus treatment work?
The laser for toenail fungus treatment uses gentle micro-pulses of infrared to deliver energy to the nail bed. The energy gently heats up the nail bed and once enough energy is delivered to the area, the fungus is killed and will no longer grow. As the nail grows over time the affected areas will move further from the base of the nail toward the tip of the nail and eventually full clearance is seen.
How many laser toenail fungus treatments will I need?
Depending on the severity of the infection, most people will require anywhere from one to three laser toenail fungus treatments. Laser toenail fungus treatments are performed every one to three months.
Does the laser toenail fungus treatment hurt?
The laser toenail fungus treatment takes about 15 minutes. You will feel the nail slowly warming up. It is tolerated very well.
When will I see the results of the laser toenail fungus treatment?
Once the toenail fungus treatment is killed, it will no longer grow in the nail. However, the abnormal appearance will be present until the nail grows out completely. This does require patience as it could take up to 12 months to see the final results of the laser toenail fungus treatment.
What can I do to ensure the laser toenail fungus treatment is successful?
Dr. Alex also recommends a topical product that is applied twice daily which will further enhance the results. The toenail fungus grows best in hot and humid environments. Therefore, it is important to prevent this by keeping the feet dry and cool. Wash your feet after exercising or sweating and make sure they are completely dry by using a towel and/or blow dryer. Avoid wearing socks to sleep and avoid walking barefoot in areas such as restrooms and gym locker rooms.
Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing can address a variety of concerns on the skin and we have been getting great results.
What does the Fractional CO2 laser treat?
The Fractional CO2 resurfacing laser treatment addresses many different concerns including fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, and discolorations. The Fractional CO2 can also treat other things such as surgical scars, acne scars, and stretch marks.
How does the Fractional CO2 laser treatment work?
The Fractional CO2 laser treatment works by creating thousands of tiny holes in the skin and generating heat in the skin. This stimulates the formation of new, fresh, and healthy collagen to replace old and damaged collagen seen in fine lines, wrinkles, surgical scars, acne scars, and stretch marks. The Fractional CO2 laser also treats other concerns such as dark spots and discolorations.
What happens during the Fractional CO2 laser treatment?
Before your Fractional CO2 laser treatment, Dr. Alex recommends using the Alastin Skin Nectar twice daily starting two weeks prior to the treatment and continuing for another two weeks after the treatment. This will help speed up the healing process. The product also stimulates collagen and elastin production to enhance the results. Dr. Alex will prescribe two medications to take by mouth daily for seven days starting one day prior to the Fractional CO2 treatment to prevent infections. On the day of your Fractional CO2 treatment we will apply numbing cream on your skin for one hour prior to the treatment. We will also provide you with medications to keep you comfortable during the Fractional CO2 treatment. These medications may make you sleepy, so it is important to arrange a ride home. After an hour of numbing time, your face will be cleaned with cleansing solutions and eye protection will be placed over your eye. The Fractional CO2 treatment itself takes about 10-15 minutes for the entire face and will take longer if other areas are treated. Most people find the Fractional CO2 treatment very comfortable.
What happens after the Fractional CO2 laser treatment?
After the Fractional CO2 laser treatment, the skin is red and swollen for one to two weeks. We will provide you with aftercare products to keep the skin moist and to speed up the healing process. The healing is faster on the face than on other areas.
What results can I expect from the Fractional CO2 laser?
As seen in the photograph here, significant improvement in the color and texture of the skin can be seen one month after a single Fractional CO2 treatment. This includes dark spots from sun damage, fines lines around the eyes, and enlarged pores. The Fractional CO2 laser treatment will also address deeper wrinkles, stretch marks, acne scars, and surgical scars such as from a C-section, breast augmentation, or tummy tuck.
When do you see results from the Fractional CO2 laser?
Initial results are seen approximately one month after the Fractional CO2 treatment and full results are seen three to six months after the Fractional CO2 treatment. This is because it takes time for collagen to grow. Many people see continued results for six to 12 months after the Fractional CO2 treatment.
How many Fractional CO2 laser treatments will I need?
Most people have one to two Fractional CO2 laser treatments and are very happy with their results.
How long do the results from the Fractional CO2 laser last?
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