Say Goodbye to Wrinkles with Sculptra

Many people choose to undergo cosmetic procedures to enhance their appearance and skin texture, elasticity and overall glow. Plastic surgery is incredibly drastic so choosing less invasive procedures that can benefit your goals for your skin may a better option for you. Sculptra is a collagen producing procedure which has been compared to Botox because the process includes injections into the patient’s skin. Dermatologists have given their seal of approval on Sculptra due to the ease of the procedure and the benefits their patients have seen. So, what exactly is Sculptra?

Consisting of Poly-L-Lactic Acid, Sculptra stimulates extra collagen production. Collagen is an element in the skin which gives an appearance of fullness and life. When men and women age certain areas of the face lose the extra collagen which results in a more “sunken” appearance. This tends to happen most under and around the eyes, cheeks and the temple area. Sculptra is to be used in an injected form within the patient’s targeted area and will help correct unwanted wrinkles, folds, and lines.

Sculptra must be administered by a board-certified dermatologist. Although it is FDA approved, the procedure must be done in the dermatologist’s office. This enables maximum light for the doctor to see. Also, before Sculptra is injected, a local anesthesia is administered to reduce any pain. The complete procedure takes approximately 15 minutes. To achieve the best results, Sculptra treatments should be completed 2-3 times.

Venefit: The Popular Varicose Vein Treatment

Today there is a new alternative for varicose veins and spider veins. Dermatologists are using Venefit otherwise known as the endovenous laser treatment to eradicate this unsightly condition with more precision and accuracy than ever before.

Varicose veins result from a stoppage in the circulatory system that keeps blood in the legs from returning back to the heart. The blood pools or collects in the lower extremities, causing enlargement and bumpy irregularities in the skin as well as a dark discoloration. In addition to appearing unattractive, if left untreated, varicose veins can escalate into a more serious condition known as Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI), which is permanent damage to the vein valves, causing a leakage of blood to back-flow the vein. The end result of the more serious condition can result in pain, swelling and restricted movement in the limbs. Ulcers may result in advanced proliferation of the condition.

Generally, the elderly are at risk of developing cases of varicose veins due to a lack of circulation and mobility. Serious conditions of varicose veins may cause fatigue or an unusual sluggishness that can affect daily activity.

Persons with varicose veins should contact a dermatologist for a consultation about the Venefit procedure. The treatment itself is minimally invasive, meaning that no surgical methods are used to correct the problem. The condition is treated by the use of a unique radio frequency energy pulse that focuses on the target veins. A precise, localized heat is used to close off the vein by deflation, allowing the accumulated blood to be picked up and transported back to the heart. The treatment, being non-invasive, causes little pain and discomfort to the patient. Patients benefit the most when they seek out the treatment of Venefit immediately rather than let the condition worsen.

Venus Freeze is a Pain-Free Procedure that Tightens Skin

The way we feel about ourselves typically determines our attitude and our outlook throughout the day. If you feel uncomfortable with your skin in terms of looseness, wrinkles, or cellulite, you do not have to settle. Talk to your dermatologist about Venus Freeze.

Venus Freeze is a treatment that combines radio frequency and magnetic pulses. The combination is non-invasive and is capable of accessing the skin deeply, and more importantly; safely and comfortably. The technology achieves optimum results that will improve the way you look and the way you feel about yourself. The procedure can be done on the face and the body including arms, buttocks, neck, face, and abdomen. It is a safe and painless experience.

Patients are free to leave after the procedure. Changes will be felt immediately after being treated and there is no pain afterwards. Combining radio frequency and magnetic pulses for this treatment was developed to encourage a fresh feel that does not require aftercare; this is because there is little to no recovery period. For the best results, treatment should be done eight to ten times, over a certain duration of time. Venus Freeze is for anyone who feels as though they can improve their skin in terms of tightening. Contact LA Laser Center to schedule your consultation for Venus Freeze with one of our board-certified dermatologists. Our team can answer any questions or concerns you may have.

Liposuction & CoolSculpting: 2 Different Ways to Lose Excess Fat

When a person loses significant weight, they often consider liposuction. Liposuction is used in areas of the body where fat is difficult to get rid of. Liposuction, a successful procedure for many years, now has a competitor called CoolSculpting.

The patient must make an appointment with a dermatologist’s office and speak to the doctor to decide which procedure is right for their body, lifestyle and situation. Even though both procedures remove unwanted fat from the body, you should ask your doctor important questions to help you decide which procedure is best for your body.

Liposuction: The Surgical Solution

Liposuction removes excess fat by vacumming fat deposits just under the skin. This removal of excess fat causes a slimmer body and reshapes areas of the body. People who have not had good results from any diet or exercise program make good candidates for Liposuction, however is no answer to obesity.

  • Anesthesia required for this surgical procedure
  • Recuperation time recommended
  • Removes more fat then CoolSculpting
  • Takes only one session to see immediate and dramatic results
  • Risks are always present with any kind of surgery
  • Some bruising and swelling is expected after the procedure and possibly for many weeks
  • Compression garments may be ordered in order to control swelling
  • Treats saggy, loose skin and cellulite areas

CoolSculpting Procedure is Non-Invasive

Coolsculpting removes excess fat by freezing fatty deposits lying just under the skin. This procedure is non-invasive, meaning; no incisions in the skin are required and is FDA approved.

  • No anesthesia
  • No recuperation time, and the patient can return to normal activities that day
  • The procedure can take one hour to several hours
  • No scar areas
  • No hospital
  • The cost is less than Liposuction procedures
  • This procedure is not as precise
  • CoolSculpting, effective on the abdomen, thighs and flanks is not effective on other body areas
  • The effects of this procedure may take up to six months and at least three months
  • This procedure is good for the patient who is near their normal adult body weight range and who have experienced no loss of fat deposits in the abdomen, thighs, and flank areas.
  • Removes less fat than Liposuction
  • One session removes no more than 25-30 percent fat
  • Takes several sessions to see required results
  • Areas treated may be numb or sensitive after the procedure
  • Does not tighten the skin texture

Call one of our multiple LA Laser Center offices in either California, Arizona or Nevada if you are looking for a top-notch dermatologist who offers precise, quality results.

Westwood Dermatologists & Skin Surgeons

For skin treatments and cosmetic procedures, look to LA Laser Center’s dermatology practices conveniently located throughout California, Arizona and Nevada. Our flagship dermatology practice for California is located in Westwood, Los Angeles. We offer our patients versatile cosmetic treatments such as laser enhancements, chemical peels and facials. We also treat and target medical skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, skin tags, warts, Molloscum Contagiosum and more.

Our board-certified dermatologists are also skin cancer surgeons who routinely remove various skin cancers from basal cell to melanoma. Removal techniques include surgical excision, electrodesiccation and curettage, cryotherapy and more. Click here to learn more about skin cancer and its causes. A popular and highly effective surgical technique used in today’s practice is called Mohs Micrographic surgery which removes skin tissue layer by layer until the cancerous tumors are eradicated.

Our practice also offers our patients the services of board-certified plastic surgeons who can perform breast altering procedures, body enhancements including contouring as well as facelifts and necklifts.

Different Types of Facial Rejuvenation

What exactly is facial rejuvenation? It is a cosmetic procedure with one goal- to tighten, lift and improve the skin’s appearance, texture and feeling. Various rejuvenation procedures are offered at LA Laser Center to revive the skin. For instance, laser treatments improve the skin by treating broken capillaries, targeting brown and age spots, redness, acne and more. Ultherapy uses ultrasound energy to target loose skin.

Facial rejuvenation also includes treating acne and scars on the skin including unwanted discoloration. For example, this can be done with the Fractional C02 laser.

Hydrafacials and chemical peels treat the skin in a different way. Both seek to eliminate dead skin cells and create room for new skin to grow and new collagen to develop. Microneedling also induces collagen growth. Microdermabrasion treat enlarged pores and blackheads to minimize and reduce them.

Types of Scars and Treatment Options

What are scars? Scars are the result of the body’s natural healing process. When an injury to the skin occurs, the body forms new collagen fibers to mend the wound. This is what we refer to as scars. These fibers may look different in color or texture from the surrounding skin. Scars do not typically pose a threat to one’s health. However, the inconsistency in appearance may be significant enough that people want to remove the scar.

Types of scars

A scar can result from any injury to the skin including, but not limited to, cuts, incisions, diseases, acne and other skin conditions. There are different kinds, depending on how each individual’s body heals.

Keloids are one type. Keloids are raised, often dark-colored bumps. Too much collagen is produced and the scar grows beyond the size of the wound. Keloids are more common in dark-skinned people.

Similarly, hypertrophic scars are the result of too much collagen, but these are more common where there is a lot of tension on the skin.

Healed skin may also be flat and smooth, lighter in color than the surrounding skin, and it may even be sunken. This occurs when muscle or fat underneath the scar is missing because of a significant injury.

Acne scars can be pitted or depressed. Treatment of acne is important to minimize its long-term effects. Acne scars can be minimized by laser treatment or bleaching creams if discoloration is present. If pitting has occurred, filler injections can fill in the depressions temporarily.

Depending on the type and severity of the scar, it can be treated in many ways. Keloids and hypertrophic scar tissue can be prevented by immediate use of silicone cream or silicone sheets following surgical excision. Another treatment option is steroid injections to reduce the size of the keloid. Topical or injected cortisone or laser scar revision surgery may also prove effective.

Some superficial scars can be treated with laser resurfacing. A laser is used to remove the top layers of the scar until it is flush with the surrounding skin. Microdermabrasion can also be effective on superficial blemishes.

How can you tell what is the best treatment plan for your unique situation? A dermatologist can assess each scar and not only properly identify its type, but offer the best course of action to remove or minimize its appearance.

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Laser Skin Tightening at LA Laser and Skin Center

What is laser skin tightening?

During laser skin tightening, our specialized laser heats the collagen fibers deep within your skin at specific temperatures. This gentle yet focused heating will slowly rearrange, redistribute, and recreate the collagen structure within your skin. As new collagen forms, your skin will tighten and rejuvenate over time. Once your collagen has been stimulated by laser skin tightening treatments, it will continue to grow for months and even years to come with minimal maintenance required.

Which parts of the body can laser skin tightening treat?

  • Face
  • Chest
  • Abdomen
  • Thighs
  • Neck
  • Arms

Is laser skin tightening treatment right for me?

Laser skin tightening treatment is the perfect treatment for adult men and women. If you’re committed to proper after care, this procedure is right for you. If you are sensitive to light or have an autoimmune disorder, be sure to speak with your doctor before receiving laser skin tightening treatment.

What can I expect the day I receive laser skin tightening treatment?

Laser skin tightening treatment is a safe, quick, and easy office procedure that takes 30-60 minutes depending on the areas being treated. A skin care specialist will glide the laser applicator over the area to be treated. As the applicator delivers laser energy in tiny bursts, you will feel a heated prickling sensation. Once treatment is complete, a nurse will apply a cool gel to the treated area. Most patients describe the feeling after treatment like a sunburn. This feeling can last anywhere from two hours to two days.

What will recovery be like after I receive laser skin tightening treatment?

You will be able to go back to work immediately following laser skin tightening treatment. Even though you are able to return to regular activities, it is important to follow the after care instructions given to you by your skin care specialist. Failure to do so may delay or diminish the results of laser skin tightening.

Do I need to follow a special skin care routine after receiving laser skin tightening treatment?

Your provider will give you detailed instructions about your specific skin care needs. You may receive a prescription for special creams or gels to maximum the results of your laser skin tightening treatment.

Be sure to use sunscreen daily to protect your skin from sun exposure during both the healing phase and for several months after treatment. Apply a moisturizing sunblock with an SPF of at least 30. For at least six months after treatment, avoid being in the sun as much as possible.

When will I see results from laser skin tightening treatment and how long does it last?

For most patients, the results are gradual over 2-6 months as new collagen is formed and the skin tightens. Although one treatment will attain significant improvement, it is suggested that three treatments be performed at six week intervals for maximum results. A touch up treatment may be needed once a year for continued results.

Why choose LA Laser and Skin Center for laser skin tightening treatment?

LA Laser and Skin Center is among the top laser skin tightening providers in the United States, with thousands of procedures performed by our specially trained laser experts. Our luxurious facilities are home to the best cosmetic and medical dermatological care available. Our doors are always open to new patients. If you’re interested in learning more about laser skin tightening and our world class staff of board certified dermatologists, aestheticians, registered nurses, and patient care specialists, call 1-888-993-3761 or request an appointment today.