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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.
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.