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Did You Know…
Just before the laser is fired, a jet of frozen air is sent to the skin to protect the skin from the laser energy and to decrease the pain.
Neurotoxins are medications developed from the bacteria known as clostridium botulinum. Researchers noticed that people infected with this bacterium had suffered muscle weakness. Dysport and Botox have been developed from this discovery.
A tan can absorb some of the energy of laser light and prevent the laser light from reaching the hair follicle. Do not get a tan before laser hair removal.
The word “Cosmetic” is derived from the Greek word “Kosmos” which means “of this world.”
In the 1450s, women would shave their pubic hair to get rid of lice. And then they would have a pubic hair wig made as a replacement.
The idea behind the CoolSculpt machine started after doctors noticed that children who sucked on popsicles lost the fat in their cheeks without damage to the skin. It is amazing what can develop from a simple observation.
The light from a hair removal laser passes through the skin and is absorbed by the hair follicle. The laser energy is absorbed by the hair follicle and is destroyed. Since people have different skin colors, we need to have lasers with a variety of colors of laser light.
In the past some doctors tried to dye the patient hair dark so that more of the laser energy would be absorbed by the hair and thereby the laser would more effectively remove the hair. Unfortunately, it did not work because the dye did not reach the hair follicle.
The same laser that is used for hair removal, can get rid of toe nail fungus.

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The Many Benefits of Getting Botox in the Summertime

Wonderful, Seasonal, Botox!

Some beauty treatments require scheduling the procedure during a certain time of the year. For instance, chemical peels aren’t very suited for hot weather. However, some treatments like Botox® are perfect for any time of year.

While Botox can be done during any season, many spas and other facilities that offer Botox see a summer influx of Botox patients due the many benefits of having the injections done at this time of year.

Because Everything’s on Display

Summertime means spending more time outdoors in the sunlight—sunlight that can illuminate every single line and crease in your face! Because patients want to be ready to face the sun, literally, Botox is a popular summer favorite.

Counteracting the Effects of Squinting

Sunny days make us squint, even with sunglass protection. Getting Botox in the summer can help prevent new wrinkles from forming due to all that squinting. Using Botox before these lines even appear is a great way to stop your muscles from creating new wrinkles.

You Don’t Have to Hide from the Sun After Botox

As mentioned above, some treatments require you to stay out of the sun for up to seven weeks after the procedure. But with Botox, you can have your treatment and get back into the sun within just a few days. That being said, always wear sunscreen every day of the year.

Prevent Excessive Sweating

There’s no time that makes us sweat more than the summer. Botox is used to treat hypochondriasis, otherwise known as excessive sweating. Botox injections in the armpits, palms, and the soles of the feet can be used to stop excessive perspiration.

Quick Results and No Downtime

Botox is also great for summer because it’s fast and requires very little downtime and aftercare, which makes it fit perfectly into your busy summer schedule. Botox treatments won’t slow you down. You can have your morning jog, get your Botox, go to lunch, meet a friend, and go to a dinner party afterward. Just remember to avoid exercise and alcohol for 24 hours. Otherwise, you’re all set!

The Days of Summer Youth

Summertime awakens a lot of nostalgic emotions of summers gone by. So, what better time to feel your best than summertime? Botox can give you a boost of confidence just in time for vacation, since Botox helps to relax and soften wrinkles.

All in all, it doesn’t really matter when you get Botox, but for many people, the best time to do it is when their wrinkles are the most annoying or apparent—and that very often happens to be the summertime.

If you’re considering Botox and have questions, please let us know. At Fremont Laser & Skin Care, we’re beauty experts who are happy to answer any question you may have.

Thinking of Some Summer “Touch Ups?”

The Best and Worst Cosmetic Procedures for Summer

Most of us start worrying more about how we look during the summer months. Vacations, beaches, swimsuits, bright sunlight bringing so much attention to our skin. We simply want to look our best, right?

However, it’s smart to consider how the treatment you undergo might respond to summertime sunlight and heat. Timing your treatment correctly can be incredibly helpful and save you a lot of discomfort, since the sunlight and heat (and avoiding it) may play a part in your recovery and results

Here are the best and worst cosmetic treatments for the summer:

YES: Dermal Fillers

During the summer, most people spend a lot of time outdoors in the bright sun. Because our faces are on full display, many people want their skin looking extra healthy and voluminous. This is why dermal fillers are a popular summertime treatment: not only will your skin look more youthful and healthy; the effects of dermal fillers aren’t bothered at all by sunlight.

NO: Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are harsh in general, and direct sunlight and heat will definitely cause your skin to be more vulnerable to UV rays during your recovery process. This makes it a not-so-great option during the summertime. As a rule of thumb, anyone getting a chemical peel should stay away from sunlight for at least one week. Sunscreen is a must regardless of the time of year.

YES: CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting is another beauty procedure where its results aren’t affected by sunlight. It’s also great for the summertime, since it makes your body look incredible. CoolSculpting freezes hard-to-eliminate fat cells right out of the treated areas, creating a summer-ready body.

NO: Laser Treatments

How ironic is it that laser treatments are used to reverse sun damage, yet many people go right back out into the sun after getting the procedure? Laser treatments aren’t the best idea for the hot summertime months, since these treatments temporarily make your skin more vulnerable to sun damage and discoloration. For a few weeks after getting a laser treatment, patients should avoid direct sunlight.

YES: Botox

Unlike the laser procedures or chemical peels mentioned above, Botox doesn’t make your skin more vulnerable to sun rays. It’s an injection, not a surface treatment, so all it does is make your skin look smooth.

If you’re thinking about getting a skin treatment or any other beauty procedure for summer and you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at Fremont Laser & Skin Care. Our team of specialists can answer anything for you!

Sclerotherapy for Summertime

Understanding Sclerotherapy

Summer is upon us but you don’t need to be self-conscious about your veins! Even though summer means shorts, skirts, and swimsuits, there’s no need to hide your skin. Sclerotherapy is a fantastic option if you’re having a “hate-hate” relationship with your unattractive (and perhaps painful) veins.

So, what is sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy has helped thousands of people feel confident showing off their legs again, and it also helps with the pain. Whether you have varicose veins or spider veins, sclerotherapy turns them into scar tissue, and they fade away and disappear. The result is beautiful skin sans ugly veins.

What is the process?

As with any cosmetic treatment, a specialist will talk with you about the areas that concern you the most, and he or she will focus on that specific part of your skin.

During the actual sclerotherapy procedure, the specialist will use a micro needle to inject medicine into the veins. This causes the lining of the blood vessels to collapse, which makes the vein shrink and eventually disappear.

At the end of your sclerotherapy session, depending on the severity of your vein situation, you’ll probably have about 30 needle pricks and light wrap on the treated area.

Normally, 2-4 sclerotherapy sessions are required, but if your veins are fairly mild, you may only require 1-2 sessions. You may have to have the same vein injected more than once.

Does it hurt?

It’s not a completely painless treatment. As mentioned above, sclerotherapy uses a micro needle, which can feel like a tiny sting, and many patients describe the pain as a series of “small burning sensations.” However, they also state that the pain goes away quickly and is very tolerable.

Is sclerotherapy safe?

Yes! When sclerotherapy is performed by a professional, it’s a very safe procedure. It’s extremely important to ensure that your specialist is a licensed professional who is careful and sensitive to you as a patient. Make sure they’re not only a medical professional but that you also feel very comfortable with the entire staff.

Is there recovery time?

Recovery time will depend on the type and the size your veins, and how much work was done; however, walking is recommended soon after the procedure. Some patients experience bruising and swelling at the treated areas but are able to return to their normal routine the next day.

Is sclerotherapy effective?

Yes. Once your veins disappear, they’re gone permanently. The difference can be noticed with 3-6 weeks, and you’ll have the same smooth skin that you used to—not to mention no more pain.

Sclerotherapy is a truly helpful treatment that gets significant results for patients who are unhappy with their visible veins. If you’re interested in this process and have questions for our sclerotherapy experts at Fremont Laser & Skin Care, please contact us to talk! We’re happy to answer all of your questions.

Confused About Laser Skin Resurfacing

Clearing Up Misinformation

There is a lot of information out there about CO2 laser skin resurfacing. So much, in fact, that it can be difficult to know what’s fact and what’s false. After all, unless you’ve had the treatment, you simply can’t know for sure.

As CO2 laser skin resurfacing specialists, we at Fremont Laser believe it’s important for anyone considering the treatment to have the facts. Because we believe in the results, we want to encourage those who aren’t happy with their acne scars, wrinkles, and age spots to be open to laser skin resurfacing—and that starts with understanding the procedure and knowing the right information.

Here we’ll clear up some of the misinformation that we’ve seen out there about CO2 laser resurfacing

False: You Can’t Get Laser Skin Resurfacing in the Summer

There’s some validity to this, but it’s not necessarily true. You may read or hear that you can’t get laser skin resurfacing done in the summer because the sunlight is too harsh. However, no matter when you get the treatment, you’ll have to avoid the sun for a couple weeks, anyway. You can get it done any time of the year; just be mindful that it’s best to stay indoors (or at least, avoid excessive sunlight) during your recovery time, and you MUST wear a good sunblock to protect the treated area.

False: Laser Skin Resurfacing Hurts

Yes, you may feel some discomfort, but unbearable pain? Not likely. The most common “pain comparison” made to laser skin resurfacing is that it feels like tiny rubber bands snapping on the skin. It’s important to keep in mind that everyone’s pain threshold is different. Your laser skin resurfacing specialist will also provide you with any creams or cool packs you may need to help minimize discomfort.

False: Laser Skin Resurfacing is Only for Light Skin

There are claims that laser skin resurfacing is only safe for lighter skin types. Again, there’s some validity here, but it’s not entirely true. Darker skin types are at risk for cell damage or skin if certain types of lasers are used—but not all lasers. There are other safe and effective laser options. Every individual and skin type are different, which is why consultations are encouraged.

False: Laser Skin Resurfacing Recovery Takes Months

Weeks, maybe—but months, no. This myth probably perpetuates itself because it can take months to see final results, but not to recover. After several days, you’ll be able to wear light makeup and resume daily activities. Final results won’t be fully apparent for anywhere from three weeks to six months.

Hopefully this helped clear up some of the muddled information out there about CO2 laser resurfacing. If you have any questions about this treatment, or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact us at Fremont Laser & Skin Care.

What are the best Skin Treatments for You?

Matching the Laser Skin Treatment to Your Skin Concerns

These days, if you have a problem with your skin, there’s most likely a cutting-edge laser treatment for it. From age spots and scars to skin tightening, lasers and fillers can do wonders to keep your skin looking healthy and as youthful.

At Fremont Laser & Skin Care, we administer very popular treatments for many of the most common skin concerns. We specialize in using both Alma CO2 (an ablative carbon dioxide laser) and Fraxel (a fractional, non-ablative laser).

Let’s take a look at which of these treatments works best on different skin concerns?

Age Spots

Generally, the Alma CO2 laser is great for age spots, except in the case of darker skin tones. For those with darker skin tones, the Fraxel laser will work better, as it uses the 1550 nm and the 1927 nm wavelength, which is safe for all skin colors.

Acne Scarring

If your acne scars are pretty serious, the Alma laser is a better choice. Its intensive light has proven to achieve very significant results with acne scarring that’s more pronounced, while the Fraxel laser does a great job on milder scarring.

Wrinkles

Similar to the acne scarring mentioned above, the Alma CO2 laser is better for more pronounced problem areas. If your wrinkles are deep set and you’re over the age of 50, the CO2 laser is most likely the better choice. If your wrinkles are finer and you’re younger than 50, you may be very pleased with the results you achieve with the Fraxel.

Skin Tightening

Skin tightening is usually a “bonus” when you’re treated with the Alma CO2 laser, but rarely is it used only for skin tightening. If the tightening itself is your main concern, Fraxel treatments are better for that alone.

Keep in mind, if you choose a treatment that requires the Alma CO2 laser, there is more downtime than there is with the Fraxel laser, since Fraxel treatments are a bit less intensive than the Alma treatments.

If you have areas of your skin that concern you and you’re interested in correcting the issue, please feel free to contact us at Fremont Laser & Skin Care. We can answer any questions you may have, or we can book a complimentary consultation for you so that we can go over your concerns in person. We look forward to hearing from you!

Post C02 Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing

How to Care for Your Skin Post Resurfacing

As we’ve mentioned before on the Fremont Laser beauty blog, CO2 laser resurfacing is a treatment that delivers amazing results—but it does require some understanding, and patience.

You’ll need to avoid direct sunlight, alcohol, chemicals, and exercise. You’ll have to keep your skin moist and cool. You’ll need to stay very hydrated. You’ll experience a sunburn-type feeling. You’ll need to be patient during the red, itchy, peeling-skin phase.

You’ll also need patience knowing that the entire healing process after CO2 laser resurfacing can take up to two weeks, and that you, as the patient, will need to be mindful of your at-home care during the recovery process.

So, what exactly is involved in this process, and what is the care you’ll need to give your skin to achieve the gorgeous results you see in before and after photos?

The Day Of

Immediately following your CO2 laser treatment, you’ll need to keep the treated skin covered with the cream that your specialist has directed you to use, as well as apply compresses to cool down the inflammation. (Warning: don’t use ice directly or towels on the skin.) Your first night may be a bit uncomfortable. Be sure to sleep with your head elevated and you might want to protect your pillowcase from any cream to avoid staining. Your skin may swell and ooze for up to 48 hours post treatment. Don’t worry, this is a normal part of the rejuvenation process.

Moisture, Moisture, Moisture

We cannot emphasize enough that it’s very important to keep the treated area moist. The best way to do this is with a layer of petroleum applied on the skin for about five days after with cleansing with room-temperature water. Continue using cool compresses. After 5-7 days, begin using a quality moisturizer.

Be Gentle

Don’t scrub too hard during while washing your face. Be gentle and don’t pick at your skin. Around day 4 post CO2 treatment, you can be a bit more aggressive (with your fingertips only) during face washing to start exfoliation—but be very careful. When you go outside, still avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight, and be sure to wear a non-irritating sunblock on the treated area. Also, around day 4, you can apply makeup for the first time. Only use mineral powder: nothing too harsh.

Going Forward

After day 7, you’ll need to continue using plenty of moisturizer until your skin has fully recovered. Don’t use any exfoliating masks or scrubs for four weeks and continue avoiding excessive sun exposure during this time. Keep that sunblock on as long as you need it, and don’t use heavy foundations or skin-irritating makeup.

The main thing to remember is to be gentle with your skin as it heals and contact your specialist if anything alarms you, such as extreme swelling. Although this sounds like a lot of work, the final results are very worth it. Radiant, smoother, healthier skin!

At Fremont Laser, we specialize in CO2 laser resurfacing, and our clients are in love with their new skin. If you’re interested in a consultation about how this treatment can improve your skin, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Home Laser Hair Removal Devices Versus Professional Laser Hair Removal

Which Solution is Best For You?

There are many beauty treatments that we attempt to do at home: manicures, dyeing our hair, exfoliations. But laser hair removal? Is that even possible, much less effective?

Turns out, yes, it is. There are home laser hair removal devices available, and these can be pretty tempting. After all, they’re less expensive than going to a professional, and then there’s the added convenience of being able to do your own lasering from the comfort of your bedroom.

However, as with any do-it-yourself beauty treatments, there are significant pros and cons. If you’re considering home laser hair removal device, know the facts.

Effectiveness

Fact: home laser hair removal devices are not as powerful as those used by medical professionals. Why? Because in the hands of a non-specialist (that’s you), the laser technology that professionals use would simply be too dangerous for at-home use. Normal folks could end up burning themselves and causing skin damage. Therefore, for home laser devices, the effectiveness is not as strong.

Convenience

True, if you invest in a home laser hair removal device, you can do your own treatments more comfortably, at home. However, there is a price to pay. Because a home device is weaker, you’ll be required to do laser yourself more than you would need to at a professional clinic. This can become frustrating and time-consuming.

Results

Everything else aside, when it comes down to it, which method actually produces the best results? It depends on you and how much hair removal you want—however, we can tell you that at-home laser hair removal devices require more treatments and the hair is less likely to be gone permanently, due to the reduced power of the home lasers.

And So…

This is a decision that will always come down to the individual’s personal preference—much like dyeing your hair at home versus going to a salon. Some people believe they can do it themselves, and others prefer visiting a professional. But considering how comfortable laser hair removal clinics are these days and how thorough of a job they do, laser hair removal should probably be one of those things you leave to the experts.

At Fremont Laser, we’re certified laser hair removal professionals. If you’re interested in having your unwanted hair removed by a specialist, please contact us any time!

Laser Hair Removal for Teens

Has Your Teenage Son or Daughter Been Asking for Laser Hair Removal?

Most moms remember when their daughters asked if they can start shaving. It can be an emotional moment thinking, she’s growing up…and once she starts, she won’t stop.

However, there is a right time for everything, and these days, just a few years after asking about shaving, many daughters are asking about getting laser hair removal. The idea of saving all that time that it takes to shave, not having to worry about razor burn or “shaving bumps” and getting rid of unwanted body hair permanently is a very attractive idea at any age.

It’s not just daughters, either. With the progressive technology of laser hair removal, many teen boys are interested in getting treated for body hair, too (such as on the neck or the back).

But when the kids start asking about the treatment, some parents wonder if it’s safe. Are the kids too young? What are the risks involved? And will laser hair removal even be effective on such young skin? Here’s some info.

How Young is Too Young for Laser Hair Removal?

The answer to this is: there’s no average age. Teens might begin asking about laser hair removal between the ages of 13-15. If this is the case, it’s up to you as a parent to decide if your teenager is mature enough to understand that laser hair removal is a step-by-step process, that it takes several sessions, that it’s basically permanent, and that it might hurt a bit. If your child is under the age of 12, it’s advisable to hold off on laser hair removal until they’re a bit older. At 12 and younger, they may not even have all the hair they’re going to have until they finish puberty, and they also may not fully grasp what laser hair removal involves.

Professionals Only

With laser hair removal—even when it’s an adult being treated—make sure the individual operating the laser is a certified, professional specialist. So of course, do your research and check into the laser hair removal technicians first. Look at their reviews and experience, and perhaps even meet them. It’s crucial to make sure the specialist treating your daughter or son knows exactly what he or she is doing, since laser hair removal done incorrectly can result in serious burns and damaged skin.

Is it Effective on Younger Hair?

Laser hair removal is just as effective on teenagers as it is on adults. Basically, there’s no difference between getting the treatment younger or older—you just need to make sure your daughter or son understands the process involved. They will require multiple sessions in order to remove all of the hair, since body hair grows in cycles.

What Risks are There?

As mentioned before, if laser hair removal is performed by the wrong specialist, the lasers can cause skin burns or changes to the skin color. This is why you must find a certified professional with good feedback. It’s also a good idea to find a laser hair removal clinic with lasers that treat all skin types.

If your daughter or son is interested in laser hair removal and you have questions for a professional, certified specialist, please contact us at Fremont Laser & Skin Care.

Is CoolSculpting Permanent?

At first, CoolSculpting seemed too good to be true. After all, what could be easier than relaxing for an hour while stubborn areas of fat are being frozen off your body?

However, now that CoolSculpting has been proven to be not only the real deal, but revolutionary, new questions are cropping up. One of them is: Are CoolSculpting results permanent?

The Short Answer is Yes…

And the long answer is still yes, but it comes with an explanation. CoolSculpting has been clinically proven to provide permanent results. Once your fat cells have been frozen during your treatment, they die and are removed forever through your body’s natural eradication process. Our bodies don’t produce new fat cells (thank goodness), so they do not re-appear.

This doesn’t mean you can eat pizza and cake every night after your CoolSculpting treatments are finished. If you aren’t mindful about maintaining your health through diet and exercise, the fat cells that weren’t frozen away with CoolSculpting can swell, giving you a heavier body shape. They can either store more energy (meaning, they get larger) or they can release energy (get smaller). Because of this, your weight may fluctuate after CoolSculpting but not due to new fat cells.

What Happens if I Gain Weight After My CoolSculpting Treatment?

This is where the permanence comes in. Even if you do gain weight, you’ll still be thinner than you would be without CoolSculpting.

If you gain weight, your remaining fat cells can stretch and make you appear heavier. However, you’ll have less fat in the area that was treated than you would if you’d never had it done. For the rest of your life, you’ll always have less fat in the area treated. In this way, it remains treated. And if you don’t gain weight at all, you’ll easily maintain your thin, sculpted look!

The bottom line is, don’t look at CoolSculpting as a means to be able to eat whatever you like and remain thin. Instead, get CoolSculpting and embark on a healthy lifestyle, exercise regularly, and eat nutritious foods in order to feel and look good long-term.

What About Repeated Treatments?

Even though CoolSculpting is highly effective, patients want to get rid of even more fat in the same area. This is perfectly safe, and always comes down to a matter of personal preference. Each CoolSculpting session can reduce the fat layer by 25%, which is enough for some patients. After your first treatment, you can return about two months later to compare before-and-after photos. If you’re happy with the result, you’re all done! However, if you’d like to look even more sculpted and have another 25% fat reduction, it’s safe to have the area re-CoolSculpted.

At Fremont Laser, we specialize in CoolSculpting treatments. Call us at (510) 792-1579 for a free consultation to get on the path to a newly-sculpted you.

Can You CoolSculpt My Butt?

Butt of Course!

When you discover just how many areas of your body can be treated with CoolSculpting to get rid of stubborn fat, it might be a bit difficult to decide where to begin. However, one of the most popular and effective areas to have treated is (along with the stomach, of course) – drumroll… the butt!

Or, more precisely, the buttock area.

Have you heard of a “banana roll?” No, it isn’t a dessert (at least in this case). It’s the nickname for pockets of fat under your derrière. It also happens to be one of the number one areas people want CoolSculpting performed since the results are so significant.

Banana rolls are called this because they make a banana shape underneath the butt (upper back thighs). Many people have them. With CoolSculpting treatments, the fat cells in those banana rolls can be banished forever in about two hours. (That’s one hour for each side.)

If you’re wondering if CoolSculpting is the right treatment to try, note that the best candidates are individuals who are in fairly good shape, but who are having trouble getting rid of fat in certain areas.

Take the “pinch test.” If you can pinch all of the fat you’re trying to lose, CoolSculpting will most likely be ideal for you. If the fat you’d like to get rid of is kind of firm, it might be too difficult to “vacuum” into the CoolSculpting equipment, and you may not get the result you want. The area of fat that you’d like to have treated should be soft and malleable enough to be pulled up into the CoolSculpting applicator and make the right amount of contact with the panels that freeze the fat cells.

So basically, if your bum is squishy enough, it can be treated! Just remember that it needs to be fat that can be pinched, and not muscle. And as mentioned before, the derrière area is one of the most asked-about parts of the body to treat. Once the fat cells have been frozen away, they die and never come back. As long as you maintain healthy eating habits and a basic amount of exercise, your newly-sculpted butt (or any other treated area) stays sculpted.

CoolSculpting is FDA-approved, safe, fast, very effective, and requires no downtime. At Fremont Laser, we’re a leader in CoolSculpting treatments in the Bay area. If you’re interested in freezing your fat and getting the sculpted look you’ve been wanting, call us at (510) 792-1589 for a free consultation.