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?
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.
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.
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 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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For many years, women had very few options for vaginal tightening. And, none of them were ideal in terms of addressing urinary incontinence or enhanced sexual pleasure. Doing Kegel exercises helps, but doesn’t provide an immediate or remarkably measureable difference and only affects certain vaginal muscles. Surgery is a major undertaking that involves downtime and a risk for common complications associated with any surgical procedure.
Then FemiLift with Alma’s CO2 laser came along, giving women a truly practical option with proven results, no risks and little to no side effects. Hallelujah!
FemiLift is a laser resurfacing of the vagina. The laser emits energy that promotes and stimulates collagen production to strengthen muscles – muscles that lose elasticity after childbirth and as women age. For middle-aged women who’ve had children and in menopause, it’s a double whammy that makes sex less pleasurable and stress urinary incontinence a problem. FemiLift tackles both.
Okay, So What is the Catch, Risks or Side Effects of FemiLift?
With the FDA-approved FemiLift procedure, you have everything to gain and nothing to lose. Though the treatment is more effective for some women than others, FemiLift won’t make stress urinary incontinence worse or leave vaginal muscles looser than they were before the procedure.
There are very few side effects and risks associated with FemiLift. It is a laser treatment following many of the same safety protocols that apply when using it on other parts of the body, like the face for laser skin resurfacing. A FemiLift treatment shouldn’t be performed if you have an active infection, take blood thinners, have a connective tissue disorder, or take medication that could interfere with the healing process. It’s important to review all of these with our staff.
There is no risk of infection since the CO2 laser wand looks a bit like an internal ultrasound wand. It’s covered with a sterile, one-time use, disposable cover. Unlike when used for skin rejuvenation, this laser treatment does not cause any peeling in the vagina. And, even though FemiLift uses thermal heat, the temperature is lower when used for vaginal tightening so it’s completely painless, takes just 10 to 15 minutes and has no downtime.
Let’s talk about whether FemiLift is right for you. Contact our office and we’ll be happy to answer your questions or schedule a complimentary consultation.
Kegels, schmegels. They’re not helping. You’ve stopped wearing light-colored pants because you’re afraid a little urine might leave a wet spot when you cough or sneeze. You’ve told your girlfriends on more than one occasion not to make you laugh or you might pee yourself. Little do they know you’re serious. You’ve resorted to wearing maxi pads or panty liners rather than deal with wet underwear.
So many women, of all ages, deal with the stress and embarrassment of stress urinary incontinence (SUI). So many women think it’s the price of motherhood or a natural part of aging. Child birth and aging are leading causes of SUI, but you don’t have to worry about it every time you cough, sneeze or laugh anymore. If stress urinary incontinence is affecting your life, it’s time to consider the FemiLift™.
How FemiLift™ Treats SUI
As we age, collagen is naturally depleted, which is why our faces (and vaginas) aren’t as tight as they once were. For younger women, childbirth can stretch vaginal muscles and lead to SUI.
FemiLift is an FDA-approved, non-surgical treatment for stress urinary incontinence using Alma’s CO2 laser. Similar to skin resurfacing, think of this procedure is laser resurfacing for the vagina. A slender vaginal probe safely emits laser energy in the vaginal canal – full length and circumference. This energy promotes and stimulates collagen production, just as it does when used for laser skin resurfacing. The result is a tightening of the muscles in the area. Since the CO2 laser promotes collagen, ligaments supporting surrounding the bladder and urethra are strengthened and reduces the leakage due to stress urinary incontinence.
You Can Get FemiLift™ in Fremont, CA
Fremont Laser invested in Alma’s CO2 laser because we listened to our patients. Stress urinary incontinence is a very common and frustrating condition that no one likes talking about, but can be treated easily and painlessly in our office. The FemiLift procedure takes only 10 to 15 minutes with little to zero downtime. And, generally, our patients report remarkable results with just three FemiLift sessions, but many say they can tell a difference after the first appointment. Another benefit beyond freedom from “peeing your pants?” Improved sexual experiences. Since FemiLift tightens vaginal muscles, sexual sensation is heightened.
Let’s talk about whether FemiLift is right for you. Contact our office and we’ll be happy to answer your questions or schedule a complimentary consultation.
If you’ve never had laser hair removal treatments, but are considering them, you may be hesitant because a few “facts” about the process have scared you off. These “facts” may include things like tales of radiation destroying your organs, or new hairs sprouting uncontrollably. But it’s important to know the truth about laser hair removal, and which “facts” are actually myths.
The Myth #1: Laser Hair Removal is Permanent
The laser’s heat will zap hair follicles, which causes the hair to fall out in the following weeks. Hair will not grow back from these “zapped” follicles, however, new follicles can develop—and hair can grow from these. So, laser hair removal is permanent in that it causes hair to stop growing from follicles, but a touch up treatment may be required every few years. Despite this, laser hair removal is still considered the most long-lasting hair removal treatment available.
The Myth #2: Laser Hair Removal Causes Ingrown Hairs
This is so false that actually the opposite is true. Laser hair removal can be quite helpful in reducing ingrown hairs. It is an excellent treatment for ingrown hairs.
The Myth #3: Laser Hair Removal is Very Painful
This is one of the more common myths, as it seems to be the one that keeps the most people from trying laser hair removal. The truth is, this myth most likely originated from the days when laser hair removal was brand-new and more unpredictable. The lasers and technology have come a long way over the years. Most patients these days find laser hair removal to be very tolerable, or painless altogether. However, the amount of discomfort will depend on what area is being treated and your unique pain threshold. The “pain” is usually described as a continuous snap of a rubber hand on the skin, with some heat added. Keep in mind that these days, lasers have attached cooling devices, and numbing cream is also available if needed.
The Myth #4: Laser Hair Removal Can Be Completed in One Session
You may have heard that laser hair removal can be done completely in one session using “a really powerful laser.” False! This simply can’t be done—sorry. The hair removal laser is most effective at destroying hairs that are actively growing, which makes up about 25% of the total. It does not work as well on hairs that are currently not growing. Hair grows on a cycle of every five weeks. Therefore the laser hair treatments are scheduled about every 5 five weeks and about 25% of the hair follicles are destroyed at each treatment. This is why patients will need multiple treatments scheduled about five weeks apart.
The Myth #5: Laser Hair Removal Will Damage Your Skin
As long as you choose a licensed nurse or physician, like those at Fremont Laser & Skin Care for your laser hair removal treatments, this myth is false. Laser hair removal affects the hair follicles only—not the skin. Some patients may experience a little swelling or redness, but no true damage such as scarring will happen if done by a professional.
The Myth #6: Laser Hair Removal Can Damage Internal Organs
False. The laser used in laser hair removal treatments can only penetrate a few millimeters into the skin, and cannot cause any damage to the internal organs.
The Myth #7: Laser Hair Removal Exposes You to Radiation
Similar to concerns about the treatments damaging organs, the radiation myth has probably come from people simply hearing the word “laser.” Hair removal lasers aren’t in a dangerous radiation range—they operate on a safe (and approved) wavelength of light.
The Myth #8: Laser Hair Removal Causes More Hair to Grow
It may seem like this is happening, but it’s temporary. Once your laser hair removal session is over, new hair follicles may form, but the amount of hair will be significantly less compared to the time before the hair removal session. With the correct amount of treatments, all hairs in the treated area will be removed.
The Myth #9: Laser Hair Removal is Too Expensive
We won’t lie to you—laser hair removal treatments aren’t cheap. However, they aren’t “too” expensive, either. Most people react strongly because they look at the bulk cost for several treatments and see a pretty high number, but what’s important to understand is that laser hair removal treatments save you both money and time in the long run over waxing and such. Savings on shaving products, plus the buildup of time spent on getting rid of body hair, is well worth the cost to many.
Don’t let false myths stand in your way of laser hair removal, which is the perfect way to save yourself from the time-consuming and often-frustrating process of getting rid of your own body hair. To learn more or book an appointment with our certified laser hair removal professionals, please contact us today!
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.