Laser Hair Removal

Conventional treatments include shaving, plucking, waxing and depilatory creams. These methods provide temporary fixes that are often inconvenient, messy and irritating for the skin. Electrolysis can have good results, but is time-consuming, sometimes painful and is useful only in removing hair in small areas. The LightSheerTM and IPLTM light sources are rapidly changing hair removal treatment, providing gentle, non-invasive, long-lasting solutions to unwanted hair on any body area.

Excess and unwanted hair is a common problem. Women frequently experience this condition on the face, especially the upper lip or eyebrow area, at the bikini line, under their arms or on their legs. Men often have unwanted hair on their back or chest, between their eyebrows or on other parts of their face. In many cases excessive hair growth runs in families. Race can also be a factor — whites are more prone to having excess facial hair than are Asians and blacks. White women of Mediterranean descent are more likely to have unwanted hair than women who have a Scandinavian background. Hormones also play a role. Some people experience unwanted or excess hair from the time they reach puberty; others find it to be a condition that gets worse with age. Some women experience additional hair growth during pregnancy or menopause.

Before each session begins, system settings are computer-customized according to skin color and type and the area of the body being treated. Treatment begins by trimming away any hair above the surface of the skin and then conducting test spots to determine the patient’s skin response to different device settings. Next, a cold gel (similar to ultrasound gel) is sometimes spread over the treatment area. This helps keep the skin cool and focus the light treatment. Patients wear special eyewear to protect the eyes from the bright light. The device handpiece is moved over the treatment area, while light-based energy is emitted in highly controlled flashes or pulses. This heats up the hair, significantly damaging the regrowth potential of the follicle. When the gel is removed, much of the hair is wiped off with it. Additional hair may fall out over the next week or two.

Sessions can last from a few minutes to more than an hour, depending on the size of the area being treated. The number of treatments required depends on several factors related to specific skin types and color, thickness and density of hair. Several treatments are necessary to achieve the best results. Consult your practitioner for an estimate of the necessary number of treatments.

Subsequent sessions are scheduled when the hair begins to regrow. The timing for this can range from four to eight weeks, depending on hair type and the part of the body being treated. On average, appointments are scheduled four to six weeks apart.

Yes, this technology can be used to treat unwanted hair on all skin types.

Yes, this technology can be used to treat unwanted hair on all skin types, including dark-skinned individuals such as those of African, Hispanic or Asian descent, as well as those patients with tanned skin.

Photo Rejuvenation

IPL Technology improves the appearance of photoaged skin, removes age spots (sun-induced freckles), most benign brown pigments, and redness caused by broken capillaries through a process called photorejuvenation for face and body. IPL Skin Treatments using Photorejuvenation help restore a more youthful appearance without the patient downtime.

IPL Skin Treatments using Photorejuvenation are recognized for a very high measure of patient satisfaction. Patients are very pleased with treatment results because the process treats the full face, neck, chest or hands, rather than addressing a single isolated area or imperfection. With a series of treatments, IPL technology can help restore a more youthful appearance without patient downtime or a prolonged recovery necessary after other types of treatments.

No. Lumenis has developed its product lines so that practices with a singular focus can purchase dedicated equipment, while practices performing multiple procedures can acquire single platforms with multiple applications. Even better, most Lumenis IPL devices like the IPLTM Quantum system, the VascuLightTM system, and the Lumenis OneTM system can be easily upgraded if you choose to expand your practice in the future – you simply purchase add-ons rather than an entire new piece of equipment. Additionally, as new components and/or applications are developed, these may be offered as upgrades for existing customers.

Aging, sun exposure and other factors can cause the appearance of broken capillaries and blood vessels on the face known as telangiectasias, which appear as spider veins. Sometimes broken capillaries can cause a diffused redness in the skin, called erythema, a source of social embarrassment for many people. Rosacea is a common skin condition that is characterized by diffused erythema. All of these conditions respond well to IPL.
For unsightly veins on the legs, both IPL and Nd:YAG laser technologies together are capable of addressing these lesions. During treatment, Intense Pulsed Light or laser light is absorbed by the blood in these small veins, heating and destroying the vessels. Over time the destroyed veins are reabsorbed and disappear. IPL systems can also be used to treat varicose veins, which are deeper, bluer veins.

The term “Photorejuvenation” refers to the non-ablative, non-invasive treatment of red and brown pigment that leaves a smooth skin texture and even complexion, yielding a more youthful appearance.

IPL Skin Treatments are a safe, effective and popular way to improve the signs of aging from the face, neck, chest, arms and hands. This in-office procedure is performed by a physician or trained medical staff member and typically requires four to six sessions of about 20 minutes each, performed at three-week intervals.

In addition to effectively treating multiple symptoms and locations in each session, the IPL procedure is gentle, non-invasive and safe, requiring no downtime. In fact, many people even schedule their sessions during their lunch breaks. Additionally, IPL treatments are customized to each individual’s specific skin type and condition, providing the best possible results.

Any man or woman who shows the signs of aged and sun-damaged skin is a candidate for IPL Skin Treatments using Photorejuvenation. A brief consultation with an IPL specialist should provide all the information needed.

Before treatment, a cold gel is usually applied to the area to be treated, and patients are given protective eyewear. During treatment, the smooth, glass surface of the IPL handpiece is gently applied to the skin, delivering precise pulses of light to the area being treated. IPL treatments are usually pain-free, but an anesthetic cream can be used if the light pulses are uncomfortable. Some patients compare the sensation to a light pinch or the snap of a rubber band. Treatment sessions usually last about 20 minutes, and a complete program usually includes four to six sessions.

After treatment, patients can immediately return to normal routines and activities. Occasionally evidence of treatment such as redness or blotchiness may last for an hour or two.

Several IPL treatments are required to provide gradual, natural-looking improvement with very low risk. Results usually last a year or more.

Costs vary depending on the portion of the body where the procedure is performed, the severity of the skin condition and other factors. Compared to other aesthetic procedures, IPL Skin Treatments are quite affordable. IPL is usually priced above microdermabrasion and some chemical peels, but less than laser resurfacing and cosmetic surgeries. IPL procedures are not usually covered by health insurance.

Those interested in IPL should talk with a physician or someone already experienced in IPL Skin Treatments. Like Image Perfect Laser.   Some providers may refer to the procedure under other brand names, such as FotoFacial, EpiFacial, Photoblush, WrinkleLight or EpiLight Skin Therapy. Verify that the treatment provider uses the patented and perfected LumenisTM IPL technology

Lumenis IPL has been available and FDA-cleared since 1995.

Viveve®

Viveve is a non-surgical treatment for common vaginal issues, including urinary incontinence, dryness and vaginal laxity.* It is the non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation procedure of choice.

The Viveve treatment works by triggering collagen production in the body that helps to strengthen and thicken the tissues in the walls of the vagina. Radiofrequency technology delivers energy into targeted areas of the vagina. The treatment also includes a cooling component that ensures the procedure is comfortable. As a result of the thickened and strengthened vaginal tissue, the vagina feels tighter and conditions like urinary incontinence improve.*

Yes. Viveve is a surgery-free treatment that uses only radiofrequency technology, so it is completely safe and virtually painless.*

The Viveve treatment itself offers many benefits to women. Viveve is non-surgical, there is no downtime or cutting and only one 30-minute treatment is needed for most patients. The treatment tightens the vagina, thereby improving urinary control and increasing sensation. You’ll experience the benefits of this procedure in your everyday life and in the bedroom.*

The majority of women describe the treatment as painless or slightly uncomfortable. You’ll likely experience a heating or cooling sensation during treatment, which lasts approximately 30 minutes and requires no downtime. In most cases, there are no side effects and women find that they can return to work and other normal activities immediately after treatment.*

The majority of women begin to notice results within the first few weeks of treatment. You will continue noticing changes as the collagen production in your body continues to improve over time. Viveve treatments have shown improved sensitivity, tightness and incontinence within 6 to 9 weeks.*

If you have additional questions about Viveve or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact us online or call us at (949) 485-3866.  We are proud to be one of the first local practices to offer Viveve for urinary incontinence and other conditions.

*This information is for education only, courtesy of viveve.com, and is not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary.

SkinPen® Microneedling

Skin needling is not recommended for pregnant or lactating women due to a number of minor reasons. The needles produce micro-injuries which trigger the natural wound healing response. This wound healing and production of new collagen requires vitamins and nutrients which would otherwise be needed for the baby so is suggested to not be used during pregnancy.

Another minor reason is simply increasing the chances of infection which is never a good idea when pregnant.

Skin needling can be safely performed on all skin colours and types. There is no risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation as the melanocytes remain intact, like the epidermis, during skin needling.

Other invasive procedures such as laser resurfacing are not recommended for Asian or African American skin due to the potential risks of delayed wound healing, pigmentary changes and scarring. This is where skin needling has an advantage as these potential risks are very unlikely due to the epidermis remaining intact.

Skin needling procedures are performed in a safe and precise manner with the use of the sterile SkinPen needle head. The procedure is normally completed within 30-60 minutes depending on the required treatment and anatomical site.

Before the procedure starts a topical anesthetic will be applied to your skin to ensure a comfortable experience. After the skin is numbed, the technician gently moves the SkinPen over the your skin to puncture the epidermis layers of the skin and create minuscule sub-cutaneous injuries. These microscopic wounds stimulate new collagen deposition which may last for up to a year, yet they close within less than an hour.

After the procedure the client’s skin will be red and flushed in appearance in a similar way to moderate sunburn. The client will also experience skin tightness and mild sensitivity to touch on the area being treated. This will diminish greatly after a few hours following treatments and within the next 24 hours the skin will be completely healed. After 3 days there is barely any evidence that the procedure has taken place.

Visible results of skin rejuvenation are generally seen after just 6-8 weeks following procedure and improve further over time. A course of SkinPen sessions, is usually recommended to achieve optimum results; however skin improvement is noticeable after just one treatment.

Skin needling does not involve injections and therefore allergic reactions and side-effects are unlikely to occur. It is minimally invasive, involves minimal downtime (circa 24hrs), rapid healing and requires simple after-care.

The SkinPen will induce collagen synthesis on its own, but skin improvements is significantly enhanced by combining skin needling treatments with the topical application of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP).

Skin needling is especially effective for aging concerns such as wrinkles, lines, folds and crows feet. Because collagen is produced, scars and stretch marks can also improve from treatments especially indented acne scars or chicken pox scars. Pigmentation issues can be helped including hyperpigmentation as well as Hypo-pigmentation, although pre treatment assessment and preparation here is essential. General lack of skin radiance, skin firmness and compactness are also an indication for skin needling treatments and visible improvements can be seen.

Contraindications and precautions include; keloid or raised scarring; history of eczema, psoriasis and other chronic conditions; history of actinic (solar) keratosis; history of Herpes Simplex infections; history of diabetes; presence of raised moles, warts or any raised lesions on targeted area. Absolute contraindications include; scleroderma, collagen vascular diseases or cardiac abnormalities; Rosacea and blood clotting problems; active bacterial or fungal infection; immuno-suppression; scars less than 6 months old; and facial fillers in the past 6 months

Side effects experienced with the SkinPen will usually subside within 24-48 hours. They include erythema, stinging, itching, tightness of the skin.

SkinPen has been used as an effective treatment for scarring from surgery, wounds, acne pitting and more.

SkinPen excels when used as a treatment for fine lines and wrinkles. Best results are seen over a period of 4-6 treatments, which we call a “SkinPen Series.” check our Before & After Pictures to see for yourself.

In a word, YES. We have incredible Before & After pictures of SkinPen treatments applied to one half a large area of stretch marks, with the other half untreated. The results can be dramatic.

SkinPen has proven to be effective on all manner of acne pitting and scarring, burn scars, injury scars, and yes, surgical scars, as well.

Depending on the depth or aggressiveness of treatment, it is possible to experience pin-point bleeding during the treatment but not ongoing. You may find temporary redness of the skin for and hour or so, or possibly or a day, depending upon the age of the skin and treatment depth.

As the SkinPen stamps over your skin, it creates micro-point punctures in the skin, the majority of which are simply pushing your pores open temporarily. This is perceived by the body as damage, which stimulates the release of growth factors that trigger the production of collagen and elastin. Your skin reacts to any injury by initiating the healing process. You encourage your skin to continue healing through this micro-needling process.

Your skin normally assumes that scars, stretch marks and wrinkles are repaired, but with the SkinPen auto-stamp micro-needling treatments, the skin is tricked into repairing itself. The process of micro-needling skin remodeling can go on for months after each SkinPen treatment. Results can be seen within a week or even a few days. Your skin naturally heals itself every 45 days, so with a little micro-needling stimulation changes can be dramatic and fast.

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