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By Dr. Alex Eshaghian, MD, PhD
January 07, 2018
Category: Services
Tags: Botox   Volbella   fractional co2   Latisse  

Changes that occur around the eyes are common. For example, hollowing under the eyes occurs naturally over time and can be associated with a number of things such as age, weight loss, lack of sleep, and genetics. Depending on the person, a number of treatment options are available.

The first piece of advice for anyone with concerns in the area around the eyes is to use a good sunscreen and a good eye cream every day. Look for a sunscreen with SPF of at least 30 with broad spectrum protection. The A E Skin Green Tea Essentials Enlightening Eye Cream is an outstanding product containing vitamins and nutrients to help with concerns in this delicate area. Improvement is seen in terms of fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles, puffiness, and bags.

Loose Skin Around the Eyes

If the skin around the eyes is loose and has fine lines and wrinkles, treatments should address that. These fine lines and wrinkles occur due to lack of collagen. Collagen is the protein in the skin that keeps the skin firm and tight. As we mature we lose collagen and as a result fine lines are seen over time. Treatments such as the fractional CO2 laser resurfacing can provide outstanding results for such concerns. There may be a week or more of recovery time – redness and swelling. But the results can be outstanding and last for years. This treatment sometimes works for bags under the eyes because it tightens the skin. It will also help with pigment in the area.

Hollowing Under the Eyes

Another common concern is hollowing under the eyes, which is very common. This is due to volume loss that occurs naturally over time. At birth we have a fat pad directly under the eye. As we age, the fat pad gets smaller and the bony structure of the face changes such that the fat pad also descends. This volume loss is seen as hollowing under the eyes. Fillers such as Volbella can be placed to restore lost volume under the eyes. This is a quick treatment and most people enjoy their results for six to 12 months.

Crow's Feet

Crow’s feet are the lines seen around the eyes (between the eyes and ears) when people smile or squint. These are caused by muscles contracting and can be treated with Botox to relax the muscle. Botox is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the world. It is very fast, safe, and effective. Full results are seen by two weeks, but most people start to notice improvement in the first three to seven days. Most people enjoy their results for three to four months, at which point a maintenance treatment is recommended.

Eyelashes

The eyelashes are also a common concern. Over time we lose the thickness and fullness of the hairs in this area. Latisse is a prescription-strength product that is applied nightly and leads to darker, fuller lashes. Initial results are seen in about four weeks and full results are seen after three to four months of nightly use. As long as you continue using it, you will continue to enjoy the results. Many people also apply it on the brows to thicken the brows.

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Dr. Alex has performed over 10,000 cosmetic treatments with many satisfied patients. Contact us to schedule an appointment for a free consultation with Dr. Alex in our Encino, CA office.

By Dr. Alex Eshaghian, MD, PhD
December 24, 2017
Category: Services
Tags: fractional co2  

Modified Fractional CO2 Laser TreatmentSkin tightening is one of the most popular treatments we offer. With the fractional CO2 laser, a significant improvement can be seen for those with loose skin, saggy skin, and wrinkles. The recovery after a traditional fractional CO2 laser treatment includes up to two weeks of redness and swelling. Dr. Alex has designed a new technique to deliver the energy without resulting in any recovery time.

What is the modified fractional CO2 laser treatment?

The modification designed by Dr. Alex gently heats up the skin without creating the thousands of microscopic holes in the skin associated with traditional fractional CO2 laser resurfacing. This stimulates your skin to form its own natural, new, fresh, and healthy collagen which reduces wrinkles, decreases pore size, and provides a radiant glow to the skin. The holes in the skin seen after a traditional ablative treatment slowly close over time; this is why there is a recovery period where the skin is red and swollen for up to two weeks.

What can modified fractional CO2 laser treatment treat?

The modified fractional CO2 laser treatment can be used to treat a variety of concerns such as fine lines, wrinkles, enlarged pores, uneven color, acne scars, and stretch marks. It can be combined with other treatments such as the Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial to enhance the results. This is combination designed by Dr. Alex and is called the Tight and Bright Rejuvenation. Dr. Alex more recently designed a new combination treatment called the Trinity Rejuvenation which includes a Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial treatment, a modified fractional CO2 laser treatment, and Micro Laser Peel. The Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial treatment uses bright light to target and destroy unwanted pigment and redness in the skin. The Micro Laser Peel removes a thin layer of dead skin cells to exfoliate and create a soft texture. Together, this combination provides outstanding results with minimal recovery time.

Is the modified fractional CO2 laser treatment painful?

The modified fractional CO2 laser treatment slowly and gently heats up the skin. At A E Skin patient comfort is a top priority so we blow cold air on the skin to keep you comfortable during the treatment.

What will happen during the modified fractional CO2 laser treatment?

Before the modified fractional CO2 laser treatment, the face is cleansed with special cleansing solutions and metal eye shields are applied to protect your eyes. Cold air is blown on the skin when the treatment starts. The entire face can be treated in less than five minutes. After the treatment, the eye protection is removed and we apply sunscreen to the face. A video demonstration can be seen below.

Modifed Fractional CO2 Laser Treatment Demonstration

 

What is the recovery time after a modified fractional CO2 laser treatment?

The new modified fractional CO2 laser treatment is non-ablative, which means it does not remove any portion of the skin and therefore there is no recovery time. It is an ideal treatment for those who want to tighten the skin but do not have a prolonged time to set aside for recovery. The settings can be adjusted so that it can be performed on any skin type and it can be used on just about any area of the skin.

What should I do after a modified fractional CO2 laser treatment?

After a modified fractional CO2 laser treatment, the skin will be sensitive to light so it is important to protect it using sunscreen every day. Other things to avoid for 24 hours after the treatment which can damage the skin include heat exposure, alcohol consumption, and strenuous exercise. The skin may be red or hot for a day or two after the treatment and cold compresses such as ice packs can be applied for comfort.

How many modified fractional CO2 laser treatments will I need?

A series of six to eight weekly modified fractional CO2 laser treatments is recommended and results are seen slowly over time. After this initial series of treatments, a single treatment is recommended every three months for maintenance.

When will I see results after a modified fractional CO2 laser treatment?

The modified fractional CO2 laser treatment stimulates the body to produce its own collagen. This takes time and therefore results are not seen overnight after a single treatment. Results are seen slowly over a course of treatments. Full results are seen one to two months after a series of treatments.

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Dr. Alex has performed over 10,000 cosmetic treatments with many satisfied patients. Contact us to schedule an appointment for a free consultation with Dr. Alex in our Encino, CA office.

By Dr. Alex Eshaghian, MD, PhD
August 20, 2017
Category: Services
Tags: acne scar   fractional co2  

Acne scars are a common concern and treatment can be very frustrating. Fortunately, we are able to treat acne scars and make your skin look young again.

What are acne scars?

acne scars before and afterIt is important to understand what acne scars are and what they are not. A common misconception is that acne scars are the dark discolorations left over on the skin after an acne breakout. These are not true scars. Instead they are discolorations known as PIH (post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation). True acne scars are irregularities in the texture of the skin after a breakout, or more commonly after a pimple is popped under the skin. These irregularities are seen as indented or atrophic scars that can be felt when touching the skin. The reason it is important to differentiate between PIH and true acne scars is because the treatments are different.

How do acne scars form?

When acne breakouts appear, many people have the urge to pop the pimple. If done properly and the pus is extracted, the breakout can be improved significantly. However, often times the pimple or pustule is popped under the skin, releasing the pus into the skin. This leads to an inflammatory reaction in the skin whereby the body tried to attack the material here. The inflammation leads to destruction of collagen, the protein that keeps the surface of the skin smooth. As a result, the smoothness is lost and indented or atrophic scars form.

How are acne scars treated?

Before treating acne scars, it is important to first have the active acne under control. If not, then new scars may form. When treating the scars themselves, it is necessary for the skin to form its own natural, new, fresh, and healthy collagen. This will smoothen out the surface of the skin. The best way to stimulate such collagen is by using fractional laser resurfacing such as the fractional CO2 laser.

How does the fractional CO2 laser work?

The fractional CO2 laser works by creating thousands of microscopic holes in the skin and generating heat. This heat stimulates the body to form its own natural, new, fresh, and healthy collagen, which leads to a smooth texture. Since the entire skin is not treated with a fractional CO2 laser treatment, the intact and untreated skin surrounding each hole allows for fast recovery. It takes time for collagen to grow and the full results after a single fractional CO2 laser treatment are seen three to six months after the treatment. Since acne scars tend to be deep a series of three to six fractional CO2 laser treatments may be required; such fractional CO2 laser treatments are performed every three months. Full results are seen approximately twelve months after the final fractional CO2 laser treatment.

Dr. Alex has performed over 10,000 cosmetic treatments with many satisfied patients. Contact us to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Alex in our Encino, CA office.

By Dr. Alex Eshaghian, MD, PhD
April 30, 2017
Category: Services
Tags: fractional co2  

fractional CO2 laser before and after eyesWe are excited to announce that all full-strength fractional CO2 laser treatments will include complimentary Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial and Micro Laser Peel treatments. This is in line with Dr. Alex’s focus on combining treatments for maximum benefits.

What are the benefits of the fractional CO2 laser?

The fractional CO2 laser resurfacing treatment is an outstanding treatment to address multiple aspects of aging in a single treatment. These include fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, and other discolorations. The fractional CO2 laser treatment also works well for acne scars, surgical scars, and stretch marks. The fractional CO2 laser treatment works by creating thousands of microscopic holes in the skin. This will address any color irregularities and stimulate collagen formation, which leads to tightening of the skin.

What are the advantages of the Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial treatment?

The Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial uses bright light to target redness and pigment in the skin. The Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial works well for pigment that is in the surface layers of the skin. When the Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial treatment is combined with the fractional CO2 laser resurfacing treatment it leads to increased improvement in the color and texture of the skin.

What are the advantages of the Micro Laser Peel?

The Micro Laser Peel removes a thin layer of dead skin cells from the surface. This exfoliates the skin to help with color and textural irregularities. When the Micro Laser Peel is combined with the fractional CO2 laser resurfacing treatment it leads to improved healing of the skin and better results.

Dr. Alex has performed over 10,000 cosmetic treatments. Contact us for a free consultation with Dr. Alex in our Encino, CA office.

By Dr. Alex Eshaghian, MD, PhD
February 19, 2017
Category: Services
Tags: fractional co2  

Fractional CO2 laser before and afterFractional 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?

Most people enjoy their results from a Fractional CO2 laser treatment for long periods. Dr. Alex recommends a maintenance treatment every one to two years.

fractional CO2 laser before and after

fractional CO2 laser before and after

Dr. Alex has performed thousands of laser treatments with many happy patients. Contact us for a free consultation with Dr. Alex in our Encino, CA office.

By Dr. Alex Eshaghian, MD, PhD
December 25, 2016
Category: treatments

fractional CO2 laser resurfacing before and afterWinter is here and there are many changes. We tend to stay indoors and wear warm clothing. This makes it the perfect time for certain treatments that some may not get during the spring, summer, or fall. Here we discuss some of the most common treatment people have during the wintertime.

Laser Leg Vein Treatment

While the most common cosmetic concerns women have are about their faces, the rest of the body is important too. A common concern in the lower body is veins on the legs. These tend to appear over time and can be genetic. Other factors include wearing high heels and standing up for long periods of time. Fortunately, we can treat most leg veins with a laser. The light from the laser targets the blood and destroys the vein. After the treatment, you can have a bruise or darkening of the skin. But during the winter when we wear warm clothes it is easy to cover this up.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels such as the Red Carpet Peel work well for a variety of concerns including fine lines, wrinkles, and dark discolorations. With stronger treatments there can be some recovery time when the skin is red or even peeling. During this time it is important to avoid the sun. The winter is an ideal time for this treatment because many people stay indoors during the cold winter months.

Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing

The fractional CO2 laser resurfacing treatment is a more aggressive treatment that addresses fine lines, deeper wrinkles, and sun damage. Results from a single treatment can be impressive. The treatment stimulates collagen over time and improvement is seen slowly over several months. The downside is that there is usually one to two weeks of recovery time which includes redness, swelling, and flaking or crusting. Many people do this treatment when they have time off in the winter and are not seen by there coworkers or clients.

Dr. Alex has performed over 10,000 cosmetic procedures. Contact us for a free consultation with Dr. Alex in our Encino, CA office.



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