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A common concern for patients is redness on the skin. Often times the redness is caused by rosacea. Fortunately, we have an outstanding treatment to control rosacea.
What is rosacea?
Rosacea is a condition characterized by the appearance of redness on the face. This usually occurs in the central face on the nose and cheeks, but for some people it can spread to the entire face and even down to the neck. Sometimes you see generalized redness on the skin and in some people, you can see broken capillaries, particularly on the nose and cheeks. In some cases, bumps appear, making it look like acne; and sometimes rosacea is confused with acne. People with rosacea tend to have sensitive skin. With rosacea there are triggers that lead to the redness. Everyone is different, but common triggers include sun exposure, heat, cold, eating spicy food, drinking alcohol, and emotional stress.
How is rosacea treated?
Rosacea is a chronic condition that is controlled, not cured. The first thing to do is to identify the triggers for the individual and avoid them. Sunscreen is important for all patients with rosacea because the radiation from the sun can make everything worse, even if it is not a trigger. Dr. Alex recommends a sunscreen with SPF at least 30 every day. Rosacea patients love the Elta MD UV Clear sunscreen because it contains an ingredient called niacinamide. This is a vitamin B derivative which helps to reduce redness. Treatment for rosacea involves targeting the blood vessels in the skin. This can be done with lasers. Dr. Alex combines the Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial with a laser skin tightening treatment. This combination is called the Tight and Bright Rejuvenation. The light from this treatment is absorbed by the blood in the skin and destroys the blood vessels in the skin. Overall patients see a significant reduction in redness and broken capillaries. Dr. Alex recommends an initial series of six monthly treatments followed by a single maintenance treatment every three months after that.
Tight and Bright Rejuvenation Demonstration
Tight and Bright Rejuvenation Patient Testimonial
Do you have loose skin or wrinkles on your neck that concern you? With laser skin tightening you can get rid of those wrinkles to have a youthful and smooth neck.
How to wrinkles form on the neck?
As we age there are many changes that occur in our body and on the skin. The body slowly decreases the amount of collagen that it produces. Collagen is the protein in the skin that keeps it firm, tight, and youthful in appearance. When collagen levels decrease the skin becomes loose and wrinkles are seen. There are other factors that can contribute to this appearance as well. Sunlight damages the skin and destroys the collagen. Therefore, it is important to protect the skin on the face, neck, and entire body with sunscreen every day. Dr. Alex recommends using a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 with UVA and UVB protection. Smoking also affects the skin in the same way, leading to wrinkles. It is also important to maintain a healthy lifestyle by drinking enough water every day, getting enough sleep, and exercising regularly. These activities will prevent wrinkle formation.
How can I treat wrinkles on my neck?
Laser skin tightening is an easy, non-invasive, and no down-time way to significantly reduce the appearance of wrinkles on the neck (and in other places) without surgery, incisions, or anesthesia. Laser skin tightening works by using gentle micro-pulses of infrared light to slowly warm up the deeper layers of the skin. This tells your body to form its own natural, new, fresh, and healthy collagen. As a result, the skin will appear smoother and more youthful. The laser skin tightening treatment is very easy. You don’t even need any numbing cream. The skin is first cleaned and gel is applied to transmit the light. You will be given protective goggles or glasses for your eyes. The laser skin tightening treatment takes about ten minutes and is very comfortable. Dr. Alex recommends an initial series of six to eight laser skin tightening treatments. The laser skin tightening are performed every one to two weeks.
When will I see results and how long will they last?
The laser skin tightening leads to the formation of collagen. But collagen does not grow overnight. Just like the wrinkles did not appear right away, they will not go away right away. Results are seen slowly over the course of the laser skin tightening sessions. You will see full results approximately three months after you last laser skin tightening treatment. After the initial series of six to eight laser skin tightening sessions, Dr. Alex recommends a single laser skin tightening treatment every three months to maintain your results and to protect your investment. The patient shown here had five laser skin tightening treatment sessions.
Laser Skin Tightening Demonstration
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.
Why do we get loose skin?
One of the most common concerns with aging is looseness of the skin which is characterized by fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging. This occurs naturally over time due to loss of collagen. Collagen is the protein in the skin that is responsible for maintaining the structure of the skin. When there is a lot of collagen in the skin (as in youth), the skin appears firm, tight, bright, and youthful in appearance. Over time the amount of collagen that the body naturally produces decreases. At the same time collagen is degraded faster and faster. Collagen can be degraded by a number of factors including sun exposure, chemicals, pollution, and dietary food. Those with darker skin types have natural protection from the sun and this damage is seen more slowly.
How does laser skin tightening work?
Laser skin tightening uses gently micro-pulses of infrared light to slowly heats up the skin. This causes damage to the collagen in the skin. As a result, the body is stimulated to form its own natural, new, fresh, and healthy collagen in the skin. This leads to an improvement in fine lines and wrinkles, tighter skin, and decreased laxity.
Laser Skin Tightening Demonstration
What areas can be treated with laser skin tightening?
Laser skin tightening can be performed on just about any area of the body. The most common areas of treatment with laser skin tightening include the cheeks and neck. This helps tighten the skin and can improve jawline definition as seen in the photographs shown here.
What are the modifications in the laser skin tightening treatment?
Dr. Alex now uses higher settings on the laser for laser skin tightening treatments. Also, more energy is used during each laser skin tightening treatment, providing enhanced results. Finally, the laser skin tightening treatment is performed by heating one small area at a time to deliver maximal effects.
How many laser skin tightening treatments will I need?
When will I see the results of the laser skin tightening treatment?
The results are seen slowly over time as the collagen begins to form in the skin. While some people see results after only one or two laser skin tightening treatments, it can take two or more months to see results. We always take before and after photographs to monitor our patients’ progress.
What will I look like after the laser skin tightening treatment?
There may be a slight amount of redness and swelling after a laser skin tightening treatment. However, this resolves in approximately one hour. After the laser skin tightening treatment avoid heat exposure, alcohol consumption, and strenuous exercise for 24 hours. Be sure to protect your skin with a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF of at least 30 every day.
How long does the laser skin tightening treatment take?
The laser skin tightening treatment is fast. The treatment itself takes about 15 minutes for the neck or cheeks.
Does laser skin tightening hurt?
The laser skin tightening treatment slowly heats of the skin and is very comfortable. Numbing cream is not necessary. Most people describe it as similar to a hot stone massage and actually find it very relaxing.
Patients at A E Skin have been getting outstanding results with the Tight and Bright Rejuvenation. The A E Skin Tight and Bright Rejuvenation is a combination treatment designed by Dr. Alex to address multiple signs of aging. As seen in the photograph the Tight and Bright Rejuvenation improves dark spots, age spots, redness, and broken capillaries while at the same time decreasing pore size, decreasing fine lines, and providing a youthful glow to the skin. The Tight and Bright Rejuvenation treatment itself takes less than 15 minutes and three to six treatments are recommended at four to eight week intervals. After that one maintenance treatment is done every three months. After application of numbing cream, the treatment begins with a Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial, Dr. Alex's most popular treatment. This step uses a bright light which is absorbed by the pigment in the skin to destroy the age spots. This is immediately followed by a Skin Tightening or Photorejuvenation treatment, which uses an infrared laser. The infrared light is absorbed by the blood in the skin, heating the blood and destroying the tiny blood vessels. This helps with generalized redness and broken capillaries. The heat is also dissipated to the surrounding skin, which leads to the formation of new, fresh, and healthy collagen in the surface layers. This causes improvement of fine lines and wrinkles and closes enlarged pores. Overall a brighter and more youthful appearance is achieved with the A E Skin Tight and Bright Rejuvenation. For best results, combine a series of Tight and Bright Rejuvenation treatments with a personized skin care regimen designed by Dr. Alex. Contact us for a free consultation with Dr. Alex.
Face it, we all hate those wrinkles that form on the face and other areas over time. Here are ten tips to prevent and reduce those unwanted wrinkles.
- Sunscreen. Use a sunscreen with a minimun SPF of 30 everyday. This will help prevent further damage and keep the wrinkles from getting worse. If you don't use sunscreen, you're fighting an uphill battle. The Elta MD sunscreens are outstanding choices.
- Retinoids. Retinoid products such as retinol and retin-A will stimulate collagen production, which naturally slows down over time. This new collagen will tighten up those wrinkles. The A E Skin Brightening Cream contains retin-A with two other brightening agents.
- Antioxidants. Antioxidants such as vitamin C help reduce the damage caused by sun, chemicals, and polution in the air. The damage causes breakdown of collagen via free radicals. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals and block this. Vitamin C is also a cofactor for collagen formation. The A E Skin Triple Antioxidant Serum contains the most active form of vitamin C and is prepared so that it penetrates into the deep layers of the skin effectively.
- Healthy Lifestyle. The importance of a healthy lifestyle cannot be overemphasized. This includes eating a healthy diet, drinking enough water, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, and avoiding bad habits such as smoking. Smoking has been shown to cause wrinkles in the skin in twin studies.
- Botox. Botox is a quick and easy treatment to address wrinkles that are formed when we make facial expressions. The most common areas treated with Botox are the horizontal lines on the forehead seen when we raise our eyebrows, the vertical lines between the brows seen when we frown, and the crows feet around the eyes seen when we smile. Results from a Botox treatment can be seen in as early as a few days and you will enjoy your results for three to four months. Click here to watch a Botox treatment demonstration video.
- Voluma. Voluma is one of the newer fillers now available for mid-face enhancement. Voluma replaces the volume and structure that is lost in the cheeks naturally over time. This pulls the lower half of the face up and gives you back the apple of your cheeks. Often times after a Voluma treatment, the lift can be seen right away and you will enjoy your results for up to two years.
- Juvederm. Juvederm is perhaps the best filler for treating the smile lines, the lines that go from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth. Sometimes these lines continue all the way to the jawline. When combined with Voluma, Juvederm treatments will provide you with a refreshed, healthy, and rested appearance. You will enjoy your Juvederm results for up to 15 months.
- Ultherapy. Ultherapy is an exciting non-surgical facelift alternative that uses the power of ultrasound to provide focused and targeted energy to stimulate new, fresh, and healthy collagen into the deeper layers of the skin without any recovery time. Results with Ultherapy are seen over three to six months after a treatment and you will enjoy your results for a few years.
- Laser Skin Tightening. Laser skin tightening is a great way to reduce those fines lines and wrinkles as well as enlarged pores. It also works well on redness and broken capillaries. There is no down time and most people do a series of three to six treatments every two weeks for best results.
- Fractional Laser. Fractional laser treatments such as the Pro Fractional Therapy create microscopic holes in the skin. These holes create a tiny wound, and the body reacts to the wound by building new collagen. Since the whole skin surface is not treated, the recovery is much shorter than traditional laser resurfacing treatments. On the other hand, more treatments are required.
At A E Skin we are now offering an exciting new treatment - Photorejuvenation Skin Tightening. This innovative technology is a modification of the laser skin tightening treatment and uses gentle laser micropulses to slowly heat up the skin, which stimulates collagen production. Collagen is the protein in the skin that keeps the skin firm and tight, providing the youthful appearance we want. Collagen is naturally lost over time which leads to loose skin, wrinkles, and enlarged pores. By stimulating new, fresh, and healthy collagen, the photorejuvenation treatment will reverse the effects of aging by treating enlarged pores, fine lines and wrinkles, and even acne scars. The heat generated from the photorejuventation treatment is also absorbed by broken capillaries and tiny blood vessels, which also helps with redness or rosacea. You can expect an improved complexion with a more radiant glow and tightened pores, often times this is seen right away. Photorejuvenation Skin Tightening is non-surgical and non-invasive. There is zero pain (we don't even need numbing cream) and zero downtime. Some people experience redness after the treatment, but this is usually gone in less than an hour. So you can go to work right away! The most common areas treated are the face and neck. Photorejuvenation Skin Tightening treatments can be performed as frequently as every two weeks and most people do an initial series of four to six treatments for optimal results followed by maintenance treatments once every three months. The results from a single Photorejuvenation Skin Tightening treatment can be very subtle so it is important to complete a series of treatments. Since the results are seen over time it never looks like you had anything done. Your friends will compliment you on how rested and refreshed you look. The Photorejuvenation Skin Tightening treatments are fast, the full face takes less than ten minutes! Additionally, the photorejuvenation treatment is safe for all skin types. One of the best things about the photorejuvenation treatment is that it can be combined with other treatments. The most popular combination is the Tight and Bright Rejuvenation, which combines the Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial treatment with the Photorejuvenation Skin Tightening treatment. The Photorejuvenation Skin Tightening will enhance the results of the Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial treatment by improving redness and enlarged pores. The results of this combination are quite impressive. The Photorejuvenation Skin Tightening treatment will also further enhance improvements in fine lines and wrinkles that are treated with Botox, Juvederm, and Voluma. At A E Skin all treatments are performed by Dr. Alex, who has performed over 5,000 laser treatments and teaches others on laser treatments. Contact us for a free consultation with Dr. Alex.