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Did You Know…
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.
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.
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.
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 same laser that is used for hair removal, can get rid of toe nail fungus.
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.
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.
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.
The word “Cosmetic” is derived from the Greek word “Kosmos” which means “of this world.”

Dysport and Botox

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!

Magical Botox®

Who Knew Botox® Could Do This?

Botox is known for its incredible (some say magical) ability to makes wrinkles – those tell-tale signs of aging – disappear. But did you know that Botox can do so much more than smooth out lines and wrinkles. Here are eight hidden talents of Botox.

1] Botox can stop excessive sweating (and migraine headaches).

Botox is used to block “pain messages” from your nerves to your brain, which can help with migraines. Similarly, Botox can block “sweat messages” from your sweat glands to your brain, resulting in a shut-down of sweat production. This is why some doctors prescribe Botox to treat excessive sweating, which is medically-diagnosed as hyperhidrosis. Dermatologists can inject the problem area with Botox to stop the excessive sweating for six months. This FDA-approved treatment has been life-changing for some people.

2] Botox can jazz up your cleavage.

Exposure to sun and general aging can cause some women to develop lines between their breasts. If this bothers you, Botox can be injected there to smooth these lines out, giving your cleavage a makeover.

3] Botox can help with acne.

Small amounts of Botox can slow down oil production, which results in clearer skin. While dermatologists will suggest another treatment for acne before Botox, it does work, especially when injected into the forehead.

4] Botox can mimic rhinoplasty.

Did you know that your nose never stops growing? As you age, it can begin to appear more hooked and saggy, which affects the look of your entire face. Botox can be injected into the base of your nose, which will release the muscle that’s pulling your nose downward. The result is your whole face looking more “lifted up.” This procedure takes years off your appearance in days versus undergoing rhinoplasty surgery.

5] Botox can soften your jawline.

Do you grind your teeth at night? If so, you may be forcing your jawline to become wider over the years, which can give you a weighty, hard look. Botox can be injected into your jawline, however, shrinking the muscle and narrowing your jawline. Not only can this treatment last for up to a year—it can also “lift” your cheeks and help with the pain you might have from all that teeth grinding. And if the problem is the opposite and your jawline has become less defined, a little Botox along the muscles of the jawbone can help give a more defined shape to the area.

6] Botox can make your lips more youthful.

Want that plump lip look? A Botox specialist can inject little bits of Botox along your upper lip to make it roll up and out, resulting in a fuller look. This has a subtler appearance than collagen injections, which can be overwhelming to a face.

7] Botox can get rid of neck lines.

If you suffer from a “necklace of wrinkles,” Botox can help. Small amounts are injected at the area to smooth out the skin and give your neck a younger appearance.

8] Botox can give you a temporary facelift.

Every three months, you can use Botox to decrease forehead and eye wrinkles and define your jaw: instant facelift.

To learn more or schedule an appointment for your first or next Botox injection, contact us for a complimentary consultation.

Got Botox®Questions?

Answers to the 10 Most Common Questions About Botox®

Questions about Botox

The most popular non-surgical treatment for reducing wrinkles, frown lines, crow’s feet, and 11’s is the classic Botox because it’s so effective—but it does come with a slew of questions from patients who are trying it out for the first time.

Here are some of the most common questions (with answers!) concerning Botox based on our client experiences.

1] Which parts of my face can be treated with Botox?

Botox can improve the appearance of forehead wrinkles, thinning lips, a “gummy” smile, marionette lines at the mouth, crow’s feet, bunny lines at the nose, frown lines, 11s between the eyebrows, and can also lift the eyebrows.

2] I keep getting sent Botox Groupons. Are they safe?

Probably not. Discount Botox is often counterfeit and being sold through unauthorized providers. Even when it’s actual Botox, if it’s at a price that’s too good to be true, it’s most likely Botox “watered down” with saline or expired, or on the brink of expiration. It’s very important to know exactly what’s going into your face, and discount Botox treatments are not advisable.

3] Will I see results instantly after a Botox treatment session?

Not quite. Although patients are eager to see results, it usually takes about three to seven days for noticeable changes to appear. However, with severe wrinkles and lines, you may start to notice results within 24 to 48 hours.

4] How long does it take Botox to wear off?

Botox lasts about three to four months, but it may last longer, especially if you received a high dose.

5] What are the biggest risks with Botox?

Drooping. But this is only a risk when Botox is injected by an inexperienced provider. Over-injecting or injecting too low on the forehead can result in droopy eyebrows, which will go away when the Botox wears off in a few months. Another risk is if the Botox spreads or is injected too close to the muscle that raises the eyelid, the result can be a droopy eyelid. Basically, if Botox is injected incorrectly into any part of your face, you may have a lopsided appearance. Experienced specialists, however, will not make these mistakes, so make sure you select a specialist, like ours at Fremont Laser & Skin Care who are highly skilled at administering Botox.

6] My dentist told me he offers Botox. Should I go for it?

It’s not the best choice. Many dentists promote their Botox services even though they have only had a “quickie” course—some only receiving one day of training. When undergoing Botox, patients should choose a board-certified specialist who has received years of training in their particular field. This will ensure that no mistakes are made during treatment. The dentist can stick to your teeth.

7] How long is a Botox treatment session?

The injection process takes about ten minutes, but the amount of time you’ll take when going over things with your specialist will depend on your questions and goals.

8] Does Botox come with side effects?

If you’re getting Botox for crow’s feet, you may see some swelling around the area afterward. Some patients are a little tender at the injection point, as is to be expected. Other possibilities are dry mouth or dry eyes, head or neck pain, double vision, blurred vision or decreased eyesight. You may also have an allergic reaction, which could include a rash, welts, or itchiness. Make sure to ask your specialist about these side effects if they worry you.

9] Why does Botox make some people look… well, odd?

We’ve all seen Botox gone wrong, but why exactly does it go wrong? It’s typically a result of a patient going a bit overboard by asking for too much, or receiving too much from a provider who doesn’t know how to properly administer it. Other times, a specialist may inject the wrong area, causing unflattering results. Again, this is why it’s important to choose an experienced professional.

10] Do Botox injections hurt?

Botox is injected with a needle, so it is no different than receiving a shot. Many patients compare it to the feeling of a series of small, sharp, quick pinches. If this sounds awful to you, you can ask for numbing cream to decrease discomfort.

When injected by an experienced professional, Botox will minimize lines and wrinkles, giving you a new-found confidence and younger appearance. Some of our clients choose to receive Botox to prolong the effects of dermal fillers, since the less the area moves, the longer the filler stays in place.

To learn more or schedule an appointment for your first or next Botox injection, contact us for a complimentary consultation.

Difference Between Dysport & Botox

b-botox-dysportBoth of these medications are different forms of the Botulinum A molecule.  The Botulinum A molecule blocks nerves from stimulating muscles.  Without being stimulated the muscle becomes relaxed.  If you look at your face in the mirror and then watch it as you completely relax, you will notice the lines and wrinkles become softer, less defined and less prominent.

You can achieve this same result with Dysport and Botox.  The face looks younger and less distressed.  Frown lines resolve.  Crow’s feet become finer. Forehead lines lessen. Both medications are very safe and very effective.

Dysport is a smaller molecule and spreads farther than Botox and thereby gives a broader effect.  Dysport also probably has a little faster onset.  Both medications last about four to six months.  The price of both medications is comparable.    The most important consideration is to make sure your treatment is done by an experienced professional who will work with you to achieve the results that you desire.