Laser skin resurfacing is used to help rid the skin of imperfections such as wrinkles, sun damage, melasma, and acne scarring. Recently, an article published by Medical News Today discussed research conducted by Susanne Dams, Research Scientist at Phillips Research Eindhoven. Dams studied the effects of heat in laser therapy to better understand how heat treatment compares to the skin resurfacing abilities laser light alone.
In her research, Dams targeted cell cultures with heat shocks of 45 ̊ and 60 ̊ C. Results showed an increase in collagen production; the protein that aids in skin rejuvenation. Collagen production decreases with age; causing skin to become looser and creating fine lines and wrinkles. Dams discovered that higher temperatures (that of 60 ̊ C) damaged skin cells causing cell necrosis, while 45 ̊ C temperatures produced the best results. While Dams research proved the effectiveness of heat therapy for skin rejuvenation, she said she still favors laser skin resurfacing therapy because it can treat more specific areas without damaging others.
While this information is interesting and helpful, Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center agrees with Dams and prefers the use of the CO2 Fractionated Laser for laser skin resurfacing. The CO2 Fractionated Laser works by creating tiny, column shaped wounds to improve the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, sun damage, brown spots, melasma, and acne scarring. The body naturally heals these wounds by increasing collagen production, elastin, and new skin cells. Our CO2 Fractionated Laser treats specific areas, so patients can treat problem areas like crow’s feet, mariotte lines (wrinkles around the mouth), and sagging jowls without damaging healthy areas of skin. An added benefit of this procedure is its ability to remove unwanted facial hair.
If you’re interested in to learn more about laser skin resurfacing or the other procedures offered at Laser Lights, visit our website or schedule a consultation. Also, keep reading our blog to learn more about laser procedures and cosmetic skin treatment news.
Most people deal with acne at some point in their lives. Whether it’s the more traditional, hormone induced acne produced by adolescence or the tougher to treat adult onset acne, one thing is certain: it’s incredibly frustrating. Acne has a slew of causes, but generally it’s a condition resulting from clogged pores. The hormone induced acne mentioned earlier results from oil deposits blocking the skin’s pores. During puberty, or other times in an individual’s life during which they have great hormonal shifts (i.e.- pregnancy, childbirth, etc.), the body produces excess sebum (oil) which can sit atop the skin’s surface and blocks pores if not eliminated appropriately.
Most dermatologists and skin care professionals will prescribe a topical product containing salicyilic acid or benzoyl peroxide to help dry the excess oil. However, what most patients don’t take into consideration is that as seasons change (like they are now) the air becomes dryer. The dryer environment, coupled with the products’ drying effects, can exacerbate a patient’s acne as the skin becomes littered with excess, dead skin cells that also clog pores.
For many patients experiencing dry, peeling skin during the autumn and winter months, Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center offers microdermabrasion treatments. The microderm treatments use an electronically assisted, manual device to gently slough the dry skin and outermost dead cells from the surface. Unlike topical scrubs that apply the same treatment over the entire face, microdermabrasion allows aestheticians to alter the level of exfoliation to address specific issues (i.e.- more power in acne prone areas). For those patients with more surface issues like wrinkles, chemical peels can also be used to eliminate the excess oils, skin cells, and surface imperfections.
Tattoos are often exciting and always seem like a good idea when you get them, but what happens years down the road? People change. Something that was near and dear to a person one day may not matter to them in the future: leaving them with old, fading, and meaningless tattoos. As sad as it is, society tends to judge people based on appearance, including tattoo artwork. A recent article in the New York Daily News discusses Kelly Osbourne’s efforts to permanently remove 15 of her tattoos with laser tattoo removal.
Kelly Osbourne has undergone a major body transformation in the past year by losing close to 50 pounds. Kelly’s tattoo removal is all part of her transformation. While she plans to keep some of her sentimental tattoos, Kelly realized she did not even miss her other tattoos when she had to cover them while filming her movie, Should’ve Been Romeo. She said she was unsure why she had some of her tattoos done in the first place: a feeling to which many people with tattoos can relate. Young people get tattoos without realizing that they will forever be defined by that mark, whether or not that is who they are or will be. Luckily, thanks to laser tattoo removal, results are not as permanent these days.
Laser tattoo removal is said to be painful, but tattooing is painful, so a person who can withstand the pain of getting their tattoo should have no worries, though it is a different feeling. Similar to many other laser procedures, laser tattoo removal requires multiple treatments to completely remove the mark. Treatment sessions are usually spaced 4-6 weeks apart. Complete removal cannot be guaranteed as the tattoo’s size, location, patient’s ability to heal, color of ink used, how the tattoo was applied, and the age of the tattoo all affect its responsiveness to lasers. Newer tattoos are harder to remove as the ink is more concentrated. Black pigment works best with the lasers because lasers target darker pigments; however, Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center has multiple lasers suitable for various colors (even green).
To learn more about laser tattoo removal treatments and pricing visit our website, and schedule a consultation to discover whether or not you are a good candidate for tattoo removal. Also, don’t stop reading our blog as we will keep you updated on various laser treatments.
Medical lasers have evolved into a technological niche that utilizes one premise: concentrated waves of light, to produce very specific results. As is the practice with chemical peels, which remove varying layers of skin for a rejuvenating effect, different concentrations and temperatures of laser light can target distinct issues. For instance, as described in our “Using Lasers to Stop Smoking” blog we detailed the application of a cold, soft laser beam to control addictions like smoking and over eating.
In laser hair removal, laser light is absorbed by the pigmented portions of the hair follicles, destroying hair growth. Conversely, laser hair therapy uses low level lasers to stimulate growth within the follicular cells by increasing circulation to the hair’s roots. Low level laser therapy is gentle; carrying very limited risk of effecting surrounding tissues. The lasers penetrate the scalp, revitalizing the cells that deliver nutrients and oxygen to the hair follicles allowing hair to become thicker and stronger. The FDA approved the use of laser hair therapy in 2007 for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia, or male pattern baldness. However, because the causes of the condition are so numerous, success cannot be guaranteed with the procedure.
The effectiveness of laser procedures lies in the act of selective degradation: birth mark removal lasers target the pigmented regions to destroy colored areas while acne light therapy targets the acne-causing bacteria deep within pores. Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center houses over 12 different lasers to accomplish everything from tattoo removal to wrinkle reduction for facelift-like results. For more information these treatments or other procedures offered at Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center, visit our website, and continue to read our blog.
Men and women both struggle with unwanted hair. Excess hair can be embarrassing and frustrating, especially facial hair on women. Women can pluck, shave, wax, thread, and use all of the over-the-counter creams they can find, but after a while, it still grows back. Removing hair is tricky because of the body’s natural cycle to re-grow hair. However, after a few laser hair removal treatments, the unwanted hair can be gone-for good.
Laser hair removal is safe and effective. The lasers send out light wavelengths, which are absorbed by the pigment in the hair shaft. The laser’s power is concentrated in the hair shaft, so it will destroy the hair, but it will not hurt the surrounding skin. Laser hair removal requires multiple treatments since hair grows in cycles. The length and number of treatments necessary depends on the area being treated, type of skin, and density of hair. Laser hair removal is even safe enough to get rid of unwanted facial hair.
If you have facial hairs starting to pop up, be prepared because it does tend to worsen with age. Post menopausal women are more likely to grow unwanted facial hair because menopause changes hormones, and imbalanced or changing hormones tend to produce hair growth. It is better to get facial laser hair removal at an earlier age because the lasers will not pick up lighter hair pigments; meaning grey and white hair is extremely difficult to safely remove.
If you can relate to this blog and have unwanted hair on your face, or anywhere else on your body, call Laser Lights and schedule a consultation. While pricing varies nationally from center to center, Laser Lights has laser hair removal packages starting at $55. For more information on laser hair removal and other laser treatments, visit our website and continue to read our blog for more updates!