CO2 laser resurfacing is a revolutionary treatment that more and more individuals are taking advantage of with outstanding results. With this technique, columns of skin are removed, which results in the surrounding skin acting as a “healer” for the tissue.
Because the remaining skin heals the tissue around it, this treatment takes care of several skin problems in one session. These problems include age spots, uneven skin tone, scarring, wrinkles, sun damage, and sagging skin.
The good news?
CO2 laser resurfacing is a powerful treatment that typically only requires one session.
The bad news?
Downtime from that one session can take anywhere from 3 to 5 days.
No, no one ever said that beauty was simple or easy. This particular technique is like having multiple non-invasive treatments all at one time, and it will be up to every patient to decide if they want to undergo a beauty procedure that can take this amount of time and requires a bit of “homework.” (Patients must be faithful to at-home instructions for a speedy recovery.)
What exactly happens during all that downtime?
After the CO2 laser treatment you have to avoid the sun. Sunlight can cause pigmentation. For a few days you skin may be crusty, red, itchy, or peeling. You may even experience some oozing. As for the level of pain, many patients compare it to the feeling of a rough sunburn for a couple of days. (At Fremont Laser & Skin Care, we provide patients with cold compresses to help with this burning sensation.)
If you closely follow your at-home instructions, keep out of the sun, and stick to a skin care regimen provided by your aesthetician, your recovery process will go faster and be easier.
So, is it worth it?
Yes, it may take a full two weeks for you to recover and see results when you choose CO2 laser resurfacing. However, once your skin has “settled” and you’re back up and running, the results are fabulous! You’ll notice that your skin looks more radiant, youthful, and healthy. Frustrating issues such as wrinkles and scars will be heavily reduced.
And the best part? You skin will continue to improve for up to six months after your treatment, if you follow a healthy skin care regimen.
Because of the incredible results, our patients have found CO2 laser resurfacing to be very worth the downtime it takes to recover. Many are able to work from home for those several days, and others treat it like a much-deserved vacation.
At Fremont Laser & Skin Care, we use one of the best CO2 lasers in the industry: the Alma Fractional CO2 laser. We staff only licensed professionals, and we have seen very impressive and significant results with this treatment. If you’re interested in improving your problem areas such as sun and age spots, wrinkles, scars, discolored skin tone, or sagging, please don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more about CO2 laser resurfacing!
Laser hair removal seems like a dream—and for the majority of individuals, it is. The time saved by shaving, waxing, and using hair-removal creams is well worth a few treatments. Here are eight of the most common questions we hear from new clients about laser hair removal.
1. Does it hurt?
The answer to this really depends on a client’s pain threshold and the area that is being treated, but in general the feeling of laser hair removal is very tolerable—and many patients don’t really feel much of anything. When there is some feeling, it has been compared to the feeling of a rubber band snapping on the skin. At Fremont Laser & Skin Care, we provide cooling devices and/or gels to keep our clients comfortable during treatments.
2. How long does it take?
It all depends on the size of the area. For a small area such as armpits (axilla) the process takes only a few minutes. For a large area such as the back or both legs the hair removal takes about 30 minutes.
3. Do I need a doctor’s approval?
You do not need a prescription from your doctor.
4. Is it permanent?
The energy from the laser destroys the hair follicle and in a few days the hair will fall out. With time some hair follicles may recover, and a touch up laser treatment may be required every few years.
The hair follicles on the face are difficult to completely destroy, and facial hair will often come back sooner.
5. Does it work for all Skin Colors or types and Hair Colors?
Laser hair removal works on nearly every color of skin. But it is important to use the correct laser for the color of skin. For example the Alexandrite laser works best on light colored skin, and the YAG laser works best on darker colored skin.
Lighter hair is more difficult to remove, so if you’re considering laser hair removal and your hair is blonde, gray, or fair red, be sure to double-check with a specialist about how many sessions you may need and other possible difficulties.
6. Can I get it anywhere on my body?
Pretty much everywhere except for hair around the eyes. We do not want to take any chance that the eyes will be injured.
7. Will it damage my skin?
Laser can cause damage, and that is why it is very important to choose a well trained and experienced nurse or doctor for your treatment. The staff at Fremont Laser & Skin Care have years of training and experience. Do your research and make sure you’re getting laser hair treatments from a professional. You may have a little swelling or redness, but no real damage should ever occur. Remember, the laser itself isn’t dangerous, but the person operating it can be. Make sure to use a licensed specialist.
8. Can I remove hair all in one fell swoop?
Sorry—but no. Beware of any laser hair removal provider that promises this. Even if they claim that they can remove all your hair in one go with a “special laser,” don’t believe them. The laser can only get rid of hairs that are actively growing, and your hair doesn’t all grow at once. Professionals recommend at least six sessions.
Have even more questions about laser hair removal? If so, give us a call and we’ll be happy to answer them for you!
The Brazilian, a look many women want, but shy away from because of the fear of waxing such a sensitive area. A Brazilian look also comes with its fair share of upkeep since waxing hairs in the pubic area is the same as any other area – it eventually grows back, which often brings itchiness or a five o’clock shadow before your next waxing appointment. What is the ultimate solution to having the perfect, permanent Brazilian? Four words: Brazilian laser hair removal.
No more painful waxing “down there.” No more trying to reach hard-to-reach areas yourself. No more itchiness during regrowth and no more less-than-attractive pubic stubble. A Brazilian laser hair removal for the pubic area is no different than laser hair removal on other areas of the body, like your arms, legs and face. However, like other body areas, achieving hair-free results will take several appointments spaced approximately four to six weeks apart to accommodate hair follicles’ growing cycle. With each appointment though, hair in the pubic area becomes sparser as the laser destroys the hair follicles.
Is Brazilian Laser Hair Removal the Right Way to Go for You?
There are women for whom the Brazilian look will eventually pass, and there are those who can’t imagine going through life any other way. How you feel about the Brazilian will guide your decision on whether to invest in permanent results or to continue waxing. If you can’t image ever wearing a swimsuit or lingerie without a Brazilian, investing in laser hair removal might be the solution, and alternative, to waxing that you’ve always wished you always had.
And men, we’re talking to you, too. For the same reasons many men choose to get laser hair removal on their chests and backs, the same applies to the pubic region. If you’ve ever nicked an “un-nickable part” then laser hair removal in the pubic area is way to avoid the possibility or ever doing that again.
A fair share of athletes and bodybuilders come to Fremont Laser & Skin Care for laser hair removal in private regions so that they are always competition ready. However, don’t tan prior to your appointment because lasers target darker areas and a tan can throw off those targets.
In the end, Brazilian laser hair removal is a lifestyle and aesthetic choice, and one that is more common than you might think, and it is one of our most requested services. Whether you remove all pubic hair for a smooth, clean appearance or choose a version of it such as a Brazilian with stripe (all hair removed but leaving stripe of hair), Brazilian with triangle (all hair removed but leaving a triangle of hair) or a custom Brazilian with a design of your choice.
Brazilian laser hair removal is a safe, permanent way to get a smooth pubic area, free of the pain and irritation that comes from waxing. It gives you the confidence of never worrying about how you look “down there” or planning around your waxing appointments. Plus, you decide how much or how little of the hair is permanently removed from your genital region.
Schedule an appointment with us at Fremont Laser & Skin Care to learn more about the Brazilian laser hair removal, and say goodbye to waxing forever.
You’ve researched laser hair removal, weighed the pros and cons between shaving, waxing, and permanently removing body hair. And, here you are on the cusp of just going for it – laser hair removal – you’re going to be hair-free and never have to shave or wax last minute again. There’s one more thing you want to know before scheduling your appointment for laser hair removal at Fremont Laser & Skin Care, what does laser hair removal feel like?
Maybe it’s the word “laser” that we associate with the potential pain. Maybe we’ve seen too many movies associating lasers with weapons and death rays. The reality is that laser hair removal is tolerated extremely well. The newest generation of lasers for hair removal spray the skin with a liquid that freezes the skin just before the laser is fired. This accomplishes two things, first it minimizes any pain from the laser and two it protects the skin from damage. Patients will experience a quick zap. Some people describe the sensation like a rubber band snapping against the skin. Afterwards the skin will be warm and a little sensitive. You know your tolerance for pain. If a rubber band snap makes you cringe, then expect a little discomfort. If you tend to be more of a trooper, then you probably won’t be bothered at all.
While we’d love to say, “Don’t worry, you won’t feel a thing,” the reality is that people experience pain differently. What we can say is that the hair-free results of laser hair removal are worth it. For some, laser hair removal is a life-changing experience. If you want to make the jump and lose annoying hair once and for all, schedule an appointment with Fremont Laser & Skin Care. Our staff will even hold your hand if you’re the least bit nervous. But if you’re like most of our clients, you’ll be just fine and excited to get the hair-free areas you’ve always wanted.
As 2017 finds its self well into summer, more and more of us are going to the beach, pool parties, and on vacations. This means we’re seeing lots more skin. Because this time of year basically has a dress code of “swimsuit,” many women head to their Fremont Laser for laser hair removal. But did you know that just as many men go as women? Laser hair removal is not just for guys who want a David Beckham chest. Many men get laser hair removal treatments for their back, neck, stomach, nether-regions, and yes, their chest.
Here are a few things you may not know about laser hair removal for men.
1. Laser hair removal is less painful than waxing. Far less.
Remembers the scene in The 40-Year-Old Virgin in which Steve Carrell is given a chest wax and screams through the whole thing. Laser hair removal is far, far from that. While it does give some patients a bit of discomfort, it’s fairly gentle and painless. Most men say that it feels like a rubber band snapping on their skin or a small bee sting, though intimate areas can be a bit more sensitive. It’s important to not wait too long between sessions—this will cut down on any pain. All patients, both men and women, agree that the very small amount of “pain” is worth it. Also, keep in mind that sessions are fairly quick!
2. Laser hair removal cuts down on body odor and itching.
Your excess body hair absorbs odors, and slows down the evaporation of sweat. This can cause you to smell “manly” or funky if you will. But by removing excess body hair, you’re also removing the source of some odor. Excess hair also can cause itching and irritation, especially during the summer months. But removing the hair—or even just thinning it—will get rid of that itchy feeling that occurs when you sweat.
3. You’ll need to shave before your laser hair removal session.
…As in, right before. You should shave the night before so that the laser can get to the hair follicle easily.
4. You can get laser hair removal performed anywhere on your body.
Some men want hair removed from their toes. Some want it removed from their throat. Some want it removed from their ears. Any hair on the body can be removed. But because the eyes are so sensitive to light, the hair around the eyes is not treated.
5. You shouldn’t tan before a laser hair removal session.
Melanin is the pigment that tans the skin and is produced when the is exposed to the sun. Melanin absorbs light energy. Because of this, tan skin is prone to being burned during laser hair removal. You should stay out of the sun for four weeks before laser treatment and two weeks after the treatment.
6. Laser hair removal is permanent after a few sessions.
For men with hairy backs or hairy chests that affect their self-confidence, laser hair removal is a miracle. Imagine, all that extra hair, gone for good! For most patients, it takes about 4-6 sessions to permanently get rid of all the unwanted hair. Some need less, and some need more, but that’s the average. How often you return for another session will depend on how fast your hair grows.
At Fremont Laser, our laser hair removal treatments are gentle and effective. We use FDA-approved Candela Lasers, which are renowned for being the best in the field for laser hair removal. If you’re in the Bay Area and are considering this quick and self-esteem-boosting treatment, call us at (510) 792-1589. We offer free consultations and hope to speak with you soon!
Have laser hair removal ideas been dancing in your head lately? If so, you’re not alone. Summertime is the most popular time of year for the treatment, what with all those beaches and swimming pools.
If you’ve never gotten laser hair removal before and you’re not quite sure what it entails, it’s a good idea to approach your specialist with some questions beforehand. Be sure to ask…
Is your particular laser(s) going to be good for my type of skin?
Different lasers target different things, so it’s smart to ask what type of laser will work best for your skin’s color, tone, oil levels and skin texture. Be sure to find the best laser for you.
Do you perform a lot of laser hair removal treatments?
The specialist you choose should routinely perform laser hair removal treatments. Don’t go with someone who doesn’t have much experience in the practice—get someone who is certified and knows what they’re doing.
What do I need to do to prepare before my session?
Whatever area is being treated should be clean and shaved. The more hair you have, the less effective the laser’s going to be. You also do not want the room to smell like burned hair. Stubble can cause some lasers to not work as well, but other types of lasers need a couple days’ growth, so be sure to ask your laser hair removal specialist before you do (or don’t do) anything.
Is there anyone who should avoid laser hair removal for medical reasons?
Women who are pregnant, nursing or menstruating at the time shouldn’t get laser hair removal, but there may be other factors that you need to be aware of. Be sure to ask this important question to your specialist.
How many treatments will I need to get?
The typical number of treatment visits is 4-6, but it can be more or less than this, depending on your skin and hair type.
How long does the treatment last?
The average “lifespan” of a laser hair removal treatment is three years before you’ll be needing a touch-up treatment. Hair follicle life cycles come into play here.
Can I get laser hair removal if I have a tan?
Your laser hair removal specialist should not answer “yes” to this question. Tanned skin cannot safely or effectively receive laser hair removal treatment. It will either burn or not work at all.
Does laser hair removal treatment work for everyone?
Again, this is a great question for the specialist, since different lasers focus on different things. However, if you’re trying to get rid of blonde, light-colored, or gray hairs, be aware that these types of hair are pretty difficult to get rid of. Those lighter hairs have lighter hair follicles, which means the laser has a hard time picking them up and removing them.
If you’ve been seriously considering laser hair removal treatments, please feel free to contact us with your questions, or to schedule a consultation at Fremont Laser and Skin Care. Laser hair removal is one of our specialties, and we would love to hear from you!
Lots of beauty fads come and go in Hollywood—and all across America, for that matter. Some of them work, some don’t, and some do just enough to kind of satisfy clients. Because there are so many trendy treatments, many people are understandingly skeptical about what works and what doesn’t. That also may be why so many thought CoolSculpting was too good to be true when it arrived on the scene several years ago.
However, CoolSculpting has proven itself to be one of the best and most effective treatments available. Clients love it, and with good reason: it’s fast, painless, incredibly effective and works great for areas of stubborn fat.
Clients everywhere have responded positively to CoolSculpting’s significant results for years, and it has taken Hollywood by storm. Here are several celebrities who hugely advocate CoolSculpting.
Jennifer Aniston – The former Friends superstar, who has gone on record saying how much she loves lasers and non-invasive treatments, has used CoolSculpting to target her trouble areas. This makes sense, since CoolSculpting does not use any blades or needles.
Molly Sims – When model-turned-actress Molly Sims was having trouble losing fat around her stomach after her pregnancies, she turned to CoolSculpting—and she loved it so much that she’s now the official spokesperson for the CoolSculpting brand. “There’s no downtime,” she says. “It’s perfect for busy moms.”
Khloé Kardashian – Famous Kardashian sister Khloé chose CoolSculpting to improve stretch marks on her derrière. Along with this beauty treatment, Khloé praises diet improvement and exercise for her transformation.
Debra Messing – Like Molly Sims, Debra Messing is also a spokesperson for CoolSculpting. “The thing that I love about it is that it’s completely non-invasive. I was able to literally just walk in, sit in a chair, they put the machine on me and I did my work on my phone. Thirty-five minutes later, you’re done!” she says.
Mariah Carey -Fans were astonished a couple years ago when Mariah Carey revealed a new, slimmed-down look. Appearing to have lost around 45 pounds, sources close to Mariah have attributed her new shape in part to CoolSculpting.
Ali Landry – “I always had to wear Spanx to suck my belly in,” explains former beauty queen and model Ali Landry. But when she underwent a CoolSculpting treatment, she revealed that she could see a difference instantly. “I can see my waist again!” she happily reported.
Lindsay Lohan – Documented on YouTube, superstar Lindsay Lohan raved about her CoolSculpting results. “My love of all things cryo just went up a notch!” she said. Lindsay loved the difference in her body so much that she returned later for a second CoolSculpting session.
Danny Holbus, founder of DMH Aesthetics in Los Angeles says, “We have two CoolSculpting machines, and they never stop.” And it’s not just stars who count on CoolSculpting to keep their bodies beautiful. Clients of all kinds, all over the world are in love with this incredibly effective beauty treatment—and when there’s something so quick, easy, and powerful to help individuals feel better about themselves, what’s not to love?
If you’re interested in getting rid of troublesome problem areas like these famous ladies and you’re considering CoolSculpting, please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions or to schedule an appointment at Fremont Laser & Skin Care!
If you’re the type who likes taking care of several skin problems in one shot and are looking for the nirvana of skin treatments, CO2 skin resurfacing may be the anti-aging procedure for you.
Lots of us have things we don’t like about our face, especially as we get older. Where did these wrinkles come from? Why do I look so old? Whether your issue is uneven skin pigmentation, acne scarring, or deep wrinkles, you should be very excited about our new Alma Fractional CO2 Laser. It works wonders. In fact, it’s the best single treatment to conquer advanced skin damage and wrinkling.
This new fractional CO2 Skin Resurfacing Laser produces incredible results, and typically requires just takes one treatment. You should strongly consider this one-treatment wonder. There are some things you need to know about and ask your Fremont Laser treatment specialist.
Am I a Good Candidate for the Alma Fractional CO2 Laser?
If you answer, “Yes!” to these questions, you are an ideal CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing candidate.
How does the Alma Fractional CO2 Laser Work?
This laser works by cutting multiple small holes in the skin while leaving the surrounding skin intact to help promote healing. Only a laser can be this precise. As the body heals, healthy skin replaces the old and damaged skin. The laser can be used on your face, neck, and/or chest.
Does the Treatment Hurt?
Pain varies from patient to patient, and depends on how deep the laser treatment penetrates the skin. Most people have some pain, but we do everything that we can to minimize pain. The treatment is fairly quick and any pain you might experience will be over soon.
To keep the treatment comfortable, a topical anesthetic is applied to the skin and you may be given some pain tablets. After the treatment, most patients describe the immediate feeling as “having a bad sunburn” lasting for twelve hours to two days. You will be given cold compresses to reduce this sensation right after the laser skin resurfacing treatment is complete.
What Kind of Results and Benefits Can I Expect?
No question, people love the results. Their skin looks more radiant and healthy, and scarring and wrinkles are reduced dramatically. Plus, you can expect your skin to continue improving for up to six months following your laser skin resurfacing treatment.
What are the Risks and Side Effects of the Alma Fractional CO2 Laser?
The biggest negative of the treatment is the downtime. For a few days your skin will ooze clear fluid and you may have blisters. You will need to stay out of the sun and you may not be very presentable. You can certainly work from home during that time. After a few days, most patients apply makeup and venture out in public, but your skin will still be pink and sensitive.
Because getting this treatment is like getting multiple non-invasive procedures at once, it can take anywhere from 7-14 days to heal. During this healing period, you can expect areas of redness, crusting, peeling, and oozing. Lovely, right? The degree of any of these side effects will depend on how aggressive and in-depth your procedure is.
Taking care of your skin after the laser treatment and staying out of the sun will help you heal faster and get the best results.
If you’re interested in CO2 laser resurfacing with the Alma Fractional CO2 laser and think you may be a good candidate, contact us. If you’re anywhere around the Bay Area, we can use this revolutionary treatment to help your skin to look it absolute best.
Maybe it’s because you love the way your legs look in high heels. Maybe it’s because you’re a teacher, or a nurse, or someone else who stands on their feet all day. It could be hormones or genetics. For whatever the reason, you may have found yourself faced with spider veins or varicose veins. Big or small, veins make you just want to hide your legs all the time, which is no fun. You can only cover them up with tights so many months of the year.
So, what’s a person to do? Get rid of them, of course. But how?
Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive treatment that injects a solution into the veins that destroys the vein. This is accomplished with a micro-needle. After the injection veins will then fade away, leaving no trace of visible veins on the skin’s surface. You’ll see impressive results after just one treatment, but you may need more than one treatment if you have lots of veins.
How do you know if you have varicose veins?
Varicose veins are large. They’re blue or light green, and they often protrude from the skin and can have a cord-like appearance. They’re most commonly found on the legs. They often will be painful, especially around your period. It is a common problem in women, but men can be also affected.
How do you know if you have spider veins?
Spider veins are smaller. They look like very fine red or blue lines. Since they can look like fine spider webs, they are usually called spider veins. These are typically located on the legs or face.
These troublesome and unsightly veins are caused by pregnancy and prolonged standing. Sometimes spider veins run in the family. Hormones can also make them worse.
Who is the ideal candidate for sclerotherapy?
You don’t have to put up with those ugly and painful legs anymore. Though several treatments are available, and sclerotherapy is one of the absolute best.
Most patients need several treatments to clean up the legs. Sclerotherapy doesn’t stop new veins from developing, and most patients need a follow up treatment every few years.
Sclerotherapy treatments requires no recovery period. Patients can walk immediately after their procedure and start their usual exercise regimen the next day.
While varicose and spider veins aren’t dangerous, they can cause pain and are certainly are not pretty. If you find yourself trying to hide your legs due to these veins, consider sclerotherapy.
Laser treatment may also be a good option for your varicose veins or spider veins, but you won’t know the right treatment for your situation until you speak with a specialist. If you’re interested in eliminating your unsightly veins and are ready to wear skirts and shorts again, we can help! Contact us at Fremont Laser to learn all about our sclerotherapy treatments or schedule a complimentary consultation.
Are you absolutely hating that “turkey neck” that has crept up on you? Do you find yourself stretching your neck muscles out to try and hide it? Or wearing turtlenecks? The dreaded “turkey neck” is anything but a joke and can chip away at confidence.
Fortunately, for this common problem, CoolSculpting is now available for treating the neck area. This quick treatment requires no needles, no surgery, no downtime, and takes years off your appearance. CoolSculpting reduces fat under the chin and contours the neck to achieve a significantly improved and streamlined neck line.
If you’re not familiar with the miracle of CoolSculpting, it’s a method that was discovered by scientific researchers at Harvard. No anesthesia, and no scars. It’s a clinically-proven, FDA-approved, totally non-surgical treatment with no recovery downtime. This procedure has become popular because it achieves some of the best results for non-invasive fat elimination.
CoolSculpting uses intense cold to target fat cells, eliminating them under the skin in a way that exercise and diet can’t. Fat cells are literally frozen away. Once crystallized, these unwanted cells die and naturally disappear from your body, leaving the treated areas contoured. And once these fat cells are frozen and eliminated, they don’t come back. All that’s left is the lovely shape you want.
This is a particularly good treatment for neck areas and other areas that can’t or don’t seem to respond well to diet and exercise, since it eliminates the fat in a whole different way.
Patients literally say this procedure is like magic. Each CoolSculpting appointment lasts about one hour—the same amount of time you’d probably spend at the gym. And after each appointment, you can get right back to your daily routine. Many patients take the hour to read, catch up on texts and emails, or even take a quick cat nap. The sensations you may feel during the procedure include pulling, mild pinching, and cold. Many patients see a bit of swelling afterwards, but this subsides and then you’ll start to see beautiful new contouring.
Everyone has a different body with its own unique quirks, so Fremont Laser’s CoolSculpting experts work with you on the best treatment plan for your specific needs. Some patients only need one session, and others require more. Results are revealed naturally and slowly, so you’ll notice subtle changes that truly astound you over the following post-procedure weeks.
This is a very popular treatment due to its results and extremely low downtime. It’s great for those who want to target a stubborn problem area, like turkey neck, rather than those who are trying to lose weight everywhere.
So, bid farewell to your double chin. If you live in Fremont or around the Bay Area and are interested in getting rid of your turkey neck once and for all, Fremont Laser can help! To learn more about our CoolSculpting treatments for the neck or other areas, call us or contact us to learn more or schedule an appointment