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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!