Posts for: November, 2017
While the face is the most common area of concern for cosmetic treatments, treatments for other areas on the body are becoming more and more popular. Here we discuss a number of options for treatments from the neck down.
Treatments for the neck
Common concerns in the neck area include loose skin, fullness or a double chin, and loss of jawline definition. Over time and with sun exposure, collagen in the skin on the neck and on other areas is degraded. This leads to the appearance of loose skin and wrinkles. One of the most popular treatments is laser skin tightening. This is a no down time treatment that takes about 15 minutes. A series of six to eight weekly laser skin tightening treatments is recommended followed by one maintenance laser skin tightening treatment every three months thereafter. The double chin, also known as submental fullness, is very common and caused by age, weight gain, and genetics. We are now able to treat the double chin with Kybella, the first and thus-far only FDA-approved, non-surgical, injectable treatment for submental fullness. The active ingredient in Kybella is a salt used to digest the dietary fat. When injected into this area, Kybella will dissolve the fat and it is naturally eliminated by the body slowly over time. A series of two to six Kybella treatments is recommended and treatments are performed every three months. Unlike other treatments, maintenance treatments are not required with Kybella. Both laser skin tightening and Kybella will also help to define the jawline. To further enhance the jawline, Botox can be used just under the jawline to relax the muscle that pulls this area down in a treatment called the Nefertiti neck lift. This leads to an elevation of the lower face, improves the appearance of jowls, and provides improved definition of the jawline.
Treatments for the Chest
The most common concerns on the chest are wrinkles and uneven color, whether it is dark spots or redness. The Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial can be performed on any area on the skin including the chest. The Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial will even out the color on the skin, providing improvements in dark spots and redness. A series off six Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial treatments performed every six weeks is recommended followed by one maintenance treatment every three months thereafter. The fractional CO2 laser resurfacing treatment can be performed on the chest, which will significantly tighten the skin and reduce wrinkles in a single treatment. For this treatment, be prepared for up to four weeks of recovery which includes redness and swelling.
Treatments for the Hands
Over time changes on the skin of the backs of the hands are seen. Sun exposure leads to age spots and loose skin. At the same time volume is lost and veins and tendons in the area become more and more apparent. The hand rejuvenation treatment combines a Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial treatment with Voluma. The Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial treatment will address age spots while Voluma will restore lost volume to the area. The fractional CO2 laser resurfacing treatment can also be performed on the area to further improve uneven color as well as tighten loose skin on the area.
Treatments for the Belly
One of the most common concerns in the belly is the appearance of loose skin. This frequently occurs with weight gain and loss and is common in women who have had babies. Laser skin tightening works by heating the skin on the area. This tightens the skin by stimulating it to form its own natural, new, fresh, and healthy collagen. An initial series of six to eight weekly laser skin tightening treatments is recommended followed by one maintenance laser skin tightening treatment every three months thereafter. Laser skin tightening treatments take 15 to 20 minutes, are pain-free, and have no down time.
Treatments for the Legs
The appearance of veins on the legs can be a major nuisance to women who enjoy wearing shorts, skirts, and dresses. Fortunately, they can usually be treated non-surgically with laser leg vein treatments. Anywhere from one to three laser leg vein treatments is required and treatments are spaced out every two to three months. While the laser leg vein treatment completely treats the vein, often times new veins appear in nearby areas. This is because those people who tend to form veins in the legs frequently form new ones slowly over time. New veins can be treated as well as they appear.
Treatments for the Toes
Toenail fungus is very common and can be very disfiguring. Lasers can be used to kill the fungus and significantly improve the appearance of the toes. This works best in mild cases. In moderate and particularly severe cases, sometimes the appearance may not go completely back to baseline. However, significant improvement can be seen. A series of three monthly laser toenail fungus treatments is performed and the results are seen very slowly over time. It can take one to two years to see full results.
Dr. Alex attended The Aesthetic Academy 2017 at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Newport Beach from Friday November 16, 2017 through Sunday November 18, 2017. This is another outstanding educational opportunity to learn about what is new in the aesthetic market.
The Aesthetic Academy is an annual event organized by Michael Moretti of The Aesthetic Show, a national version of The Aesthetic Academy held yearly in July in Las Vegas, NV. This year Dr. Alex participated in the Certified Aesthetic Consulting Course. This was an outstanding opportunity which included expert speakers from around the world. Topics included social media, practice management, patient counseling, practice metrics, and management skills. The first day also included lectures and live demonstrations of fillers such as Restylane Refyne and Restylane Defyne and energy-based treatments such as the BTL Ultra Femme 360 feminine rejuvenation system. The exhibit hall included representatives from many laser companies, marketing companies, and skin care product manufacturers. The highlight was The Aesthetic Awards held on Saturday night hosted by Dr. Andrew Ordon of the television show The Doctors. While A E Skin did not win an award, Dr. Alex was honored to be nominated for multiple awards including Best Aesthetic Practice. Dr. Alex makes significant efforts to attend conferences regularly to learn about the newest techniques and devices in order to provide his patients with the best outcomes.
Some of the most common concerns on the skin include fine lines, wrinkles, uneven color, and broken capillaries. The major cause of these concerns is sun damage which occurs during childhood. Therefore, it is important to begin protecting the skin at a young age.
The sun damages the skin in multiple rays. Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun damage the cells by creating free radicals. These result in uneven color, dark spots, and age spots. They also lead to the formation of broken capillaries. In addition, UV rays damage collagen, the protein in the skin that is responsible for maintaining the tight and firm appearance. Over time the skin can become thick or thin, uneven in color and texture, and appear damaged. Therefore, it is important to protect the skin from the sun.
How to protect your skin from the sun
The most important thing a person can do to protect his/her skin from the sun is apply sunscreen every day. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every day throughout the year, including the winter months. While it may be cold during the winter, there is still sun exposure and protection is important at all times. This also includes days in which it is overcast because UV rays can penetrate the clouds. It is also important to use a sunscreen that has broad spectrum protection, meaning that it protects against both UV rays that cause aging and UV rays that cause burning. Physical sunscreens such as those containing zinc and titanium are outstanding in this respect. If outdoors for prolonged periods, re-apply the sunscreen every two hours. This includes when driving because the UV rays penetrate through the windows and windshields. Protective clothing can also be worn to protect the skin and it is important to avoid sun exposure during the mid-day when the rays are the strongest.
Protecting Children’s Skin
Interestingly, the majority of a person’s sun exposure occurs during the first two decades of life. This is because children often play outdoors when in school or at camps. Therefore, it is critical to protect our children by applying sunscreen. Sunscreen should be applied as early as six months of age. Physical sunscreens such as zinc and titanium work best because they have minimal risk for allergic reactions. While we have tools such as Botox, Voluma, and fractional CO2 laser resurfacing to address many concerns, it is much easier to prevent them in the first place by protecting the skin at an early age.
On Saturday November 4, 2017 Dr. Alex attended the Advances in Aesthetics Technologies seminar. This seminar was arranged by Mike Mansfield of GLAM Solutions, a distributer of medical aesthetic technologies such as the BTL Aesthetics line of products. The event was held at Mr. C’s hotel in Beverly Hills and was well attended.
The event featured a number of distinguished speakers who covered various topics including the BTL Vanquish ME, the BTL Exilis Ultra 360, and the BTL Ultra Femme 360. The BTL Exilis Ultra 360 is one of the world’s most popular radiofrequency devices used to tighten skin on and off the face. The BTL Vanquish ME is a unique body contouring device that shapes many areas on the body including the neck, arms, belly, back, and thighs. The applicators do not contact the skin and use radiofrequency to heat and destroy fat. A series of treatments is recommended and the results are superior to those of other body contouring technologies such as the Cool Sculpting by Allergan (makers of Botox, Juvederm, Voluma, Vollure, Volbella, Kybella, and Latisse), Sculpsure by Cynosure, and Trusculpt by Cutera. The BTL Ultra Femme 360 is one of the newest feminine rejuvenation devices available which uses radiofrequency to tighten the pelvic floor structures. This addressed a number of feminine health concerns such as decreased lubrication, discomfort with intercourse, and stress urinary incontinence, a common condition where urine leaks when women cough or sneeze. Additionally, the Asclepion Pro Yellow laser was on display as well as a new microneedling device with radiofrequency called Secret by Advanced Medical Aesthetic Solutions. Marketing talks included those from Web Show Productions and Affordable Image. The event was well attended and Dr. Alex looks forward to learning more at future events.