We’ve all heard about the harmful effects of the sun and the importance of regularly wearing sunscreen. However, it’s easy to forget to apply that SPF 30 (or higher) everyday, especially when the gloomy, grey winter weather is anything but sunny. The trained estheticians at Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center remind us however, that the UV rays present during overcast weather can be even more damaging than those we’re used to feeling during the warmer months.
Both types of rays emitted by the sun (UVA and UVB) are potentially damaging to your skin. UVA rays produce premature aging by penetrating deep into the layers of the skin and slowing the body’s ability to produce collagen– eventually resulting in wrinkles. UVB rays are responsible for burning the skin. Because sunburn typically (depending on your skin tone and type) makes one more susceptible to developing skin cancer, cumulative UVB damage is also very dangerous. Unlike the highly specialized light from laser resurfacing equipment, whose penetration and reach can be mechanically controlled, light from the sun’s rays can unpredictably impede future skin cell development.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) report on sun protection, certain mineral components of broad spectrum sunscreen are not only useful in preventing sun damage, but also useful in healing certain skin conditions. Zinc oxide, a physical compound within sunscreen that protects skin from UV harm by reflecting light, is also helpful in soothing minor skin irritation (wind burn and chapping) and aggravated, dry skin patches. Used for years as an active ingredient in healing compounds like diaper rash creams, zinc oxide might be just the healing mineral your winter skin craves.
The estheticians at Laser Lights use sunscreen as part of many after care regimens following microdermabrasion and other skin procedures. In addition to zinc oxide, Laser Lights private label sunscreen contains other soothing ingredients like green tea and vitamin A to maximize the healing benefits of each application.
When people consider laser tattoo removal, they generally think about removing old, unattractive tattoos that they no longer want to appear on their body. However, while complete tattoo removal is an option, some people may only want their tattoos lightened or part of their tattoo removed. Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center sees patients seeking complete laser tattoo removal, tattoo lightening, and partial tattoo removal.
As stated in previous Laser Lights blogs, there are many reasons for complete tattoo removal; however, there are equally numerous reasons for partial tattoo removal. Many laser tattoo removal patients seek partial tattoo removal because they wish to have a new tattoo added to an existing piece. While it’s possible to cover a tattoo with another tattoo without lightening, the new tattoo might turn out much darker than most people desire. Some patients may have their tattoo lightened simply because it turned out darker than they expected. Because laser tattoo lightening is accomplished more easily than complete laser tattoo removal, desired results can be achieved in just a few treatment sessions (depending on the patient’s desired level of lightening).
People constantly change their minds, even about tattoos. In some cases, only partial tattoo removal is necessary when this occurs. Partial laser tattoo removal is especially useful for those who once thought it would be a nice gesture to tattoo their significant other’s name on their body and are now forced to listen to a new significant other complain about the name. Maybe it’s not a name you’re trying to remove, and maybe you just wish to change a particular part of your tattoo. Whatever the reason for partial laser tattoo removal, it is important to find a trained laser technician because this treatment is slightly more difficult than general laser tattoo removal. Finding a properly trained laser technician is also important with other laser procedures, such as laser hair removal, but when only part of the tattoo is removed, the technician must be careful not to accidentally treat the part of the tattoo you wish to keep. A shield is commonly used to protect the remaining tattoo.
Side effects and risks of laser tattoo lightening and partial laser tattoo removal are very similar to those of laser tattoo removal. Side effects are usually less severe with lightening because fewer treatment sessions are necessary. While it’s very rare, blistering, infection, hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, or scabbing may occur. Thanks to over 20 years of experience with lasers, you can rest assured that these side effects are extremely rare at Laser Lights.
If you have a tattoo that you want removed (partially or completely) or lightened, please schedule a consultation. We also offer other laser and cosmetic services, so be sure to check out our website and read our blog.
As you age, you may notice more and more blue and purple spider veins appearing on your legs and face. Spider veins, also known as superficial telangiectasias, are damaged blood vessels that are visible beneath the skin’s surface. Spider veins are named for their web-like formation, but can also appear as simple lines or tree-like branches. You can cover up spider veins on legs with long pants, but spider veins on the face may be harder to hide. Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center can eliminate spider veins on the legs and face with laser vein treatment.
Energy from lasers causes damaged veins to coagulate and shrink. Laser vein treatment works best on small to medium-sized veins; therefore, the treatment is more suitable for spider veins than larger varicose veins. During treatment, patients report feeling like they are being snapped by a rubber band. While the treatment may be temporarily uncomfortable, it requires no sedatives, anesthesia, or pain medicine. Your veins may be more visible directly following treatment, but they will quickly fade. Repeat treatments may be necessary to eliminate spider veins completely. Certified laser technicians recommend spacing laser vein treatment sessions a month apart from each other to allow for optimal results.
Spider veins are difficult to prevent because their causes are numerous including: pregnancy, hormone fluctuation, weight gain, prolonged sitting, prolonged standing, trauma, and weight gain. By paying attention to the pressure placed on legs, exercising, controlling weight, wearing sunscreen, and eating a fiber-rich diet, you can help prevent the ugly veins from appearing. Spider veins are not usually serious, but they can become uncomfortable. If you are interested in eliminating unwanted spider veins, schedule a consultation with us today. Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center’s technology can also take care of other blemishes, like acne, scars, age spots, freckles, and birthmarks. For more information on our laser procedures and cosmetic skin procedures, visit our website and continue to read our blog.