As the winter is ending and the spring is beginning, it’s time to think about shaping up your body for the summer. Here we talk about laser skin tightening and how it can help you get in shape to wear a bikini in a few months.
Why does the skin become loose?
In youth we have an abundance of collagen in the skin. Collagen is the protein that keeps the skin firm, tight, and youthful in appearance. As we mature the amount of collagen decreases naturally and with sun damage. This leads to loose skin, sagging, and wrinkles and can occur anywhere on the body. The area on the body that concerns most patients is the face. However, the appearance of the rest of the body is very important, especially as the warmer months are upcoming and more skin is exposed.
How does laser skin tightening work?
With laser skin tightening we can tighten the skin and decrease the appearance of wrinkles. Laser skin tightening works by using gentle micro-pulses of infrared light to slowly warm up the deeper layers of the skin. This triggers the skin to form its own natural, new, fresh, and healthy collagen. As a result, wrinkles will be decreased and the skin will appear tighter as seen in the before and after picture shown here.
What is the laser skin tightening treatment like?
The laser skin tightening treatment is very easy. Numbing cream is not necessary because the laser skin tightening treatment itself is completely painless. After photographs are taken the area is cleansed and gel is applied to the skin. The laser is passed back and forth on the area to warm the skin to a specific target temperature and is kept at that temperature for a few minutes. The laser skin tightening treatment takes anywhere from ten to 30 minutes depending on the size of the area. The laser skin tightening treatment is repeated six to eight times every week and improvement is seen slowly over the course of this time. After the initial series a single laser skin tightening treatment is recommended once every three months. This will keep the collagen stimulated and thereby keep the skin tight.
Laser Skin Tightening Demonstration
There is no recovery time after a laser skin tightening treatment. The area may be red and/or swollen for a few hours. But most people resume their normal activities right away.
Laser technology has come a long way. Every year new applications are described. Recently lasers have been used for feminine rejuvenation both internally and externally to tighten the skin, provide a youthful appearance, tighten internal structures that loosen up over time and with childbirth, improve lubrication, and provide increased satisfaction and confidence. Now lasers are being used for male enhancement as well without the need for oral prescription medications.
Laser light has a tremendous effect on the skin. Not only does it make the appearance better on the surface, but there are a number of other things that go on deeper in the skin. A study by Dr. Patrick Bitter Jr., MD demonstrated that light from an IPL (intense pulsed light) source can actually change the genes that are expressed in the skin. The genes that are expressed after these treatments are the same genes that are expressed in youthful skin. The process by which this occurs has not yet been determined, but the results are obvious. There is something that goes on in the skin that affects things. This power is used or feminine rejuvenation with the benefits described above.
Similar to feminine rejuvenation, for male enhancement, the light is applied to the genital area which heats up the area. The treatment takes about 15 minutes and is very comfortable. The benefits include increased size and girth of the penis, firmer erections, stronger ejaculation, and increased pleasure and confidence. The improvement can be seen within a few days. An initial series of three treatments performed once per month is recommended.
Do you want your legs to look sexy for the summer? Do you have unsightly legs veins you want gone? Fortunately, we are able to remove leg veins safely and effectively with laser leg vein treatments.
What causes the appearance of leg veins?
Leg veins can be caused by a number of factors such as genetics, age, and lifestyle. For example, those that stand on their feet for prolonged periods are more prone to forming leg veins. Also, women who often wear high heels form leg veins more frequently. This is because gravity pulls the blood downward toward the feet, making it difficult to bring the blood back to the heart. As a result, leg veins are formed.
It is important to understand that those people that develop leg veins are more likely to form new leg veins later. This often happens after a leg vein treatment and people think that the treatment did not work. Most of the time, however, these are new veins that are forming which require treatment.
How does a laser leg vein treatment work?
With the use of laser technology, we are able to remove unwanted leg veins without injections or surgery. Laser leg vein treatment works very similar to laser hair removal. But instead of targeting the pigment in the hair, the blood in the veins are targeted. The blood absorbs the energy from the laser pulse, heats up, and destroys the vessel.
The laser leg vein treatment is fast, safe, and comfortable. It only takes a few minutes to treat a small area. We now use a cold chill plate to keep the skin comfortable during the treatment in addition to the cold air and our vibrating distractor called the beauty bar. Most people describe the sensation as a tiny pinch and they tolerate it very well. Depending on the individual, anywhere from one to three laser leg vein treatments may be required and laser leg vein treatments are performed every two to three months.
What should I do after a laser laser leg vein treatment?
After a laser leg vein treatment, the vein may change color, either darker or lighter. Sometimes a dark pigmentation can be seen in the area which goes away on its own. The are may be red or swollen for a few hours; applying cold compresses such as ice packs will reduce any redness or swelling. The veins will not disappear right away; rather it can take weeks to see improvement and patience is important.
What results can I expect after a laser leg vein treatment?
The results with a laser leg vein treatment are outstanding and they provide many women and men with the confidence to show off their legs by wearing shorts and swimsuits in the summer.
Laser Leg Vein Treatment Frequently Asked Questions
Laser Leg Vein Treatment Demonstration
We are excited to announce the newest product in our Green Tea Essentials line: the A E Skin Green Tea Firming Neck Cream. The A E Skin Green Tea Firming Neck Cream is an outstanding product to address a number of concerns on the neck.
While the face is the most common area for cosmetic treatment, don’t neglect the neck. The neck is immediately adjacent to the face and can be a dead giveaway of cosmetic enhancement when the face appears youthful but the neck looks aged. Some of the most common concerns in the neck area include uneven color, redness, irregular texture, loose skin, and wrinkles. Twice daily application of the A E Skin Green Tea Firming Neck Cream can improve many of these concerns in a few weeks.
The A E Skin Green Tea Firming Neck Cream contains green tea extract, which is one of the most powerful antioxidants to protect your skin from further sun damage. One of the most unique ingredients in the A E Skin Green Tea Firming Neck Cream is extract from the Edelweiss flower (Leontopodium alpinum). This unique flower is found in the European Alps and is able to survive extreme conditions such as cold temperature, high altitude, and high levels of solar radiation. The additional antioxidants in the Edelweiss flower extract sooth and calm the skin while providing further protection from the sun. It also contains phenolic acids and flavonoids to protect the skin from further environmental damage. The Edelweiss flower extract firms and lifts the skin, improving loose and saggy skin that is commonly seen in the neck over time.
The A E Skin Green Tea Firming Neck Cream contains many other key ingredients such as ceramides, peptides, niacinamide (vitamin B3), apple stem cells, botanical extracts, LYCD, and emollients. These ingredients serve a number of functions such as preventing water loss in the skin to provide hydration, soothing the skin, decreasing redness, improving irregular color, stimulating collagen to tighten the skin, improving the texture of the skin, and further protecting the skin from sun damage.
For a limited time, we are offering 25% off the A E Skin Green Tea Firming Neck Cream.
We are excited to announce our newest product in the A E Skin line of products: the Hydrating Lip Plumper.
The A E Skin Hydrating Lip Plumper is a product that has multiple functions to enhance and protect the lips. The A E Skin Hydrating Lip Plumper serves to provide an immediate plumping effect of the skin and enhances the natural rosy color of the lips. At the same time, the A E Skin Hydrating Lip Plumper provides hydration for the lips. In addition, the A E Skin Hydrating Lip Plumper contains broad spectrum SPF 30 to protect the lips from sun damage. Eighty-five percent of patients observed an instant decrease in fine line lines and wrinkles, 90% said their lips look fuller, and 100% a healthier and hydrated appearance with enhancement of the natural lip color.
Hyaluronic acid is included to hydrate the lips. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring sugar found in the skin and elsewhere in the body that binds 1,000 times its weight in water. Hyaluronic acid draws water into the lips to provide hydration, which is particularly helpful in the dry, winter months. Hyaluronic acid is also the active ingredient in the Juvederm family of fillers which include Juvederm Ultra, Voluma, Vollure, and Volbella. By using high molecular weight hyaluronic acid, the water is retained on the lip’s surface, which keeps the moisture in the lips by forming a protective barrier. The A E Skin Hydrating Lip Plumper is the perfect complement for any filler in the lips.
Other ingredients in the A E Skin Hydrating Lip Plumper include peptides, niacinamide (vitamin B3), ceramides, and herbal vitamins and conditioners. Together these ingredients volumize and protect the lips by stimulating collagen production and nourishing the skin.
The A E Skin Hydrating Lip Plumper can be used as often as desired. When using, apply a generous coat to the entire lip surface, while staying inside the lip line. A temporary tingling sensation can be felt when the A E Skin Hydrating Lip Plumper is applied. The enhancement in terms of volume and color are seen within minutes and last one to two hours.
For a limited time, we are offering 25% off the A E Skin Hydrating Lip Plumper.
At AE Skin in Encino, CA, Dr. Alex Eshaghian and his dedicated team love to give people the refreshed youthful skin they long for. If you have sagging neck skin, furrows between your brows and facial age spots that make you feel older than you really are, then Dr. Alex can guide you to the skin care just right for you. One of his most innovative and effective services is fractional CO2 laser resurfacing which transforms facial appearance in as little as one in-office treatment.
What is Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing?
Dr. Alex Eshaghian offers this rejuvenation treatment to healthy adults who wish to improve the elasticity of the skin on their face, neck, hands and upper chest. Focused and intense beams of light, delivered through a handheld instrument, actually boost collagen production, the natural skin component which helps us look refreshed and youthful. In essence, these innovative laser treatments allow the body to rejuvenate itself.
Carefully applied by Dr. Alex, fractional CO2 Laser resurfacing:
- Smooths the look of fine lines and wrinkles
- Lightens age spots
- Minimizes the appearance of scars and birthmarks
- Brightness dullness and improves skin texture
- Refines large pores
Fully approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), this unique skincare treatment in Encino is open to adults who have realistic aesthetic goals for their appearance and who are in good overall health.
It happens in-office at AE Skin with a hand-held laser tool. The patient's skin is cleansed and an anesthetic cream applied. Comfortable eyewear protects the eyes during the entire treatment.
Typically, a complete treatment takes 15 to 30 minutes. It produces a reddened tone to the skin, similar to a mild sunburn. Some tightening results are obvious immediately; however, optimal changes develop gradually over several weeks to months.
After CO2 laser resurfacing
Right after treatment, the patient should expect to rest at home for a day or two. Ice to the treated areas helps reduce puffiness and redness,
and over the counter analgesics manage any discomfort. While laser skin resurfacing is not a permanent "fix," it does produce excellent aesthetic results and is easier than more invasive procedures such as the surgical facelift.
American Society of Plastic Surgeons says that almost a quarter million of these amazing procedures were performed in the US in 2016. About 40 percent were delivered to the 55 and older age group.
Need a new look?
Then, investigate Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing at AE Skin. Dr. Alex Eshaghian and his team provide premiere skin care in Encino, CA and they'd love to help you find your best appearance. Call today for a consultation: (818) 835-1833.
The liquid facelift if one of our most popular treatments and we are getting amazing results. This treatment uses multiple liquid products such as Botox, Voluma, Vollure, Juvederm Ultra, and Volbella to improve wrinkles and restore lost volume to the face. As compared to a traditional surgical facelift, the liquid facelift does not involve anesthesia, surgery, or recovery. The liquid facelift treatment itself is customized for each person.
The patient whose picture is shown here saw significant improvement in her skin with the liquid facelift. This was complemented by using the A E Skin line of products. In this case 54 units of Botox, two syringes of Voluma, three syringes of Vollure, and two syringes of Volbella were used. This treatment provides over 10 years of youth. Those who have the liquid facelift treatment state that they have increased confidence and enjoy their interactions with others more.
Liquid Facelift Testimonial
Botox is used in the non-surgical facelift to address wrinkles associated with facial expression. Usually this is in the upper face. The most common areas treated with Botox are the horizontal lines seen on the upped forehead when a person raises the eyebrows, the vertical lines seen between the eyebrows when a person frowns, and the crow’s feet seen around the eyes when a person smiles or squints. Typically, 50-60 units of Botox are used in this area. Botox can also be used in the lower face to relax muscles that pull the face downward. This will provide a further lift.
Fillers are used to restore lost volume in the skin. The Juvederm family of products is the most popular group of fillers in the United States for a number of reasons. First, the active ingredient in the Juvederm family is hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring sugar found in the skin and elsewhere in the body. It binds 1,000 times its weight in water and draws water into the skin to fill the wrinkles and folds. It has a high safety margin because it can be dissolved in the case of undesired results or a rare adverse event. The Juvederm collection of fillers includes the Vycross family: Voluma, Vollure, and Volbella. These products use a new technology that allows patients to enjoy their results longer. It also provides very natural results.
Voluma is usually used in the upper cheeks to restore the apple of the cheeks. This provides a youthful appearance to the face and pulls up on the lower face. It can help improve the appearance of jowls and provide a more defined jawline. Voluma is a firm product and provides a noticeable but natural lift that is seen immediately. Unlike a traditional surgical facelift where only the skin is tightened, when using products such as Voluma, volume is restored to the face. Most people start with one syringe of Voluma per side, a conservative amount. The results of the Voluma treatment are assessed approximately two weeks later and more product can be added at that time if further enhancement is desired.
Vollure is the second filler used in the liquid facelift. Vollure is slightly softer than Voluma and is commonly used in the nasolabial folds (the lines that go from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth) and the marionette lines (the lines that go from the corners of the mouth to the jawline). Most people start with two to three syringes of Vollure in this area, a conservative amount. The results of a Vollure treatment are assessed approximately two weeks later and more product can be added at that time if further enhancement is desired.
Juvederm Ultra is the original Juvederm product that uses the previous Hylacross technology. Similar to Vollure, Juvederm Ultra is used in the nasolabial folds and marionette lines. The difference is that Juvederm Ultra contains a higher level of hyaluronic acid, which means it brings even more water into the skin. Juvederm Ultra is best suited for those who have deeper folds in this area. Most people start with two syringes (one per side) of Juvederm Ultra in this area, a conservative amount. The results of a Juvederm Ultra treatment are assessed approximately two weeks later and more Juvederm Ultra can be added at that time if further enhancement is desired.
Volbella is the softest filler available in the Juvederm collection of fillers. It is ideal to address fines lines on or around the lips as well as shaping the lips. Volbella can also be used to restore lost volume to the tear trough area. This is the area directly below the eyes where hollowing is commonly seen as people mature. Most people start with two syringes of Volbella in either of these areas, a conservative amount. The results of a Volbella treatment are assessed approximately two weeks later and more product can be added at that time if further enhancement is desired.
The liquid facelift is an ideal treatment for anyone who desires a more youthful appearance to make them look as good as they feel. When these treatments are combined, patients really love their results.
We are excited to now offer Ultra Microneedling.
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is one of the most exciting new cosmetic treatments available. During the treatment tiny needles are used to create thousands of pinpoint holes in the skin. This leads to improvement in uneven color, irregular texture, enlarged pores, acne scars, and fine lines and wrinkles. Microneedling is stronger than a facial or a light peel, but gentler than more aggressive laser treatments such as traditional fractional CO2 laser resurfacing. It is ideal for those who want to prevent premature aging or those desiring a simple maintenance treatment.
How does Microneedling work?
Microscopic holes are produced in the skin. Your body’s healing process reacts by stimulating collagen formation. Collagen is the protein in the skin that keeps the skin firm, tight, and youthful in appearance. As we mature over time, the levels of collagen in the skin decrease, leading to the formation of wrinkles and loose skin. The treatment stimulates your body for form it’s own natural, new, fresh, and healthy collagen, restoring the youthful radiance and firmness of the skin.
What conditions can be treated with Microneedling?
- Uneven color: dark spots, age spots, etc.
- Irregular or rough surface texture
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Loose skin
- Enlarged pores
- Acne scars
- Sun damage
- Stretch marks
What is the difference between traditional Microneedling and Ultra Microneedling?
Traditional microneedling works by using needles to physically create holes in the skin. Ultra microneedling creates the holes using a laser which has a number of advantages:
- Precision. Ultra Microneedling is more precise than traditional microneedling.
- Improved Results. Ultra Microneedling also creates heat in the skin, which helps to further stimulate collagen formation, leading to better results. Traditional microneedling does not create heat and does not stimulate as much collagen.
- Faster Recovery. The holes created with Ultra Microneedling are smaller than those with traditional microneedling; this allows for a shorter recovery period.
- Customization. With Ultra Microneedling a number of settings can be adjusted to customize the treatment for each individual. For example, the depth of the holes and space between holes can be adjusted, as well as the amount of heat generated. Ultra Microneedling is a medical grade treatment that is not to be performed by an aesthetician.
- No bleeding. When the laser is used, the heat generated prevents bleeding from occurring.
What areas can be treated with Ultra Microneedling?
Although the face is the most common area treated with Ultra Microneedling, it can be used to treat skin on any area of the body. Other common areas of treatment include the neck, chest, and backs of the hands.
How many Ultra Microneedling treatments will I need?
The number of treatments needed will vary from patient to patient. Most patients start with an initial series of six monthly treatments followed by one maintenance treatment every three months thereafter.
What will happen during the Ultra Microneedling treatment?
After the numbing cream is removed, the skin will be cleansed with solutions to sterilize and degrease the area. Your eyes will be protected with safety shields or glasses. Many people describe the sensation as the feeling of goosebumps on the skin. The procedure takes a few minutes.
Ultra Microneedling Treatment Demonstration
Will the Ultra Microneedling treatment be uncomfortable?
The procedure is gentle, noninvasive, and safe. At A E Skin we use a topical numbing cream for about 15 minutes prior to the Ultra Microneedling treatment to maximize your comfort. Unlike other offices, at A E Skin there is no extra charge for numbing cream and you do not need to arrive early to have the numbing cream applied.
What should I expect after an Ultra Microneedling treatment?
After an Ultra Microneedling treatment, the skin will be somewhat red and swollen for a few hours. Mild redness and swelling may persist for a few days or longer, depending on the settings used. We provide an aftercare kit to speed up the recovery process.
What aftercare do I need after an Ultra Microneedling treatment?
It is important to carefully follow the aftercare instructions. You will be sensitive to ultraviolet light and you must avoid direct sun exposure until completely healed. Fully cover your skin or use a sunscreen with SPF at least 30 with broad spectrum coverage every day. Avoid heat, alcohol, and exercise for at least 24 hours after the procedure, because this can draw blood to the skin and lead to unwanted side effects such as blisters and discoloration. The aftercare kit includes the Avene Thermal Spray Water and Elta MD Intense Moisturizer. The Avene Thermal Spray Water contains special minerals which helps with the recovery. Some people like to refrigerate it for more comfort. Spray the water onto the skin every few hours for the first three to seven days. While the skin is still damp, apply a thin layer of Elta MD Intense Moisturizer on the skin.
Dr. Alex attended the fourth annual Advanced Aesthetics and Cosmetic Dermatology conference January 19-21, 2018 at the scenic Marina del Rey Hotel in Marina del Rey, CA. This is a multi-specialty conference which focuses on discussing and demonstrating novel treatments, modalities, devices, and techniques in the field of non-surgical aesthetics. The conference was organized by Angela O’Mara and Giles Raine of The Professional Image, marketing and public relations consultants for cosmetic physicians. The course director was renowned Los Angeles dermatologist Dr. Lawrence Moy.
As with other conferences, this was another outstanding educational opportunity for Dr. Alex to learn about what’s new in the field of cosmetic medicine. The weekend started with a practice marketing summit, which included talks by internationally recognized speakers including Ron Harley of Solution Reach and Sam Peek of Incredible Marketing. The speakers focused on how to optimize a practice to provide the best service for patients. The weekend sessions continued with many speakers on a variety of topics such as chemical peels, dermal fillers, and laser rejuvenation. Dr. Alex had the pleasure of attending a seminar by his friend and colleague Dr. Patrick Bitter, Jr., the pioneer of IPL treatments for rejuvenation of the skin, from whom Dr. Alex has learend a significant amount about light-based treatments. This talk focused on a variety of new applications for IPL including treatments for wrinkles, skin tightening, pain, feminine rejuvenation, and male enhancement. Dr. Alex also had a chance to network with a number of friends and colleagues including Dr. Sherley Soleiman of Cosmetic Injectables in Encino, CA, Dr. Kian Karimi of Rejuva Medical Aesthetics in Brentwood, CA, and cosmetic dermatolgist Dr. Jason Emer in Beverly Hills, CA. In addition to the seminars, the program included live demonstrations of treatments such as fillers and thread lifts. These unique sessions are valuable educational opportunities for all participants. The exhibit hall included representatives from many companies including Alastin Skin Care (makers of the Skin Nectar), In Mode Aesthetics, Solution Reach, and Incredible Marketing. Dr. Alex looks forward to attending more such events in the future.
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