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Did You Know…
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 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.
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 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.
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 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.

Skin Rejuvenation

Aftercare Routine for Restylane Treatments

What You Need to Know about Aftercare for the Best Restylane Results

You’re thinking about having a Restylane® treatment. Good for you! Restylane gets excellent results and is safe and satisfying. In fact, it’s one of our most popular treatments at Fremont Laser & Skin Care. Whether you’re getting rid of wrinkles, improving your dark circles or under eye bags, or plumping your lips, Restylane is a fantastic choice.

But, what exactly can you expect during your downtime, and how do you take care of yourself? 

A Word About Restylane Side Effects

The first thing to know is: side effects and recovery time vary from person to person. One patient may have no bruising at all, and another may have bruising for a week. It all depends. However, there are things you can do to help prevent bruising and other side effects during your Restylane aftercare.

Prevent Bruising

For bruising, use cold compresses. (This will also help with any swelling.) It’s fine to cover up any bruising with concealer or makeup the next day following your treatment.

Avoid Extremes

For a week after your Restylane treatment, be sure to stay away from sunbathing and sun exposure, saunas, tanning beds, and extreme cold.

Refrain from Taking Certain Medications

Avoid taking non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory medications (such as ibuprofen), St. John’s wort, aspirin, clopidogrel, warfarin, or high doses of vitamin E supplements for one week after your Restylane treatment, since these can cause extra bruising and maybe even bleeding.

Put Off Wearing Makeup

Yes, you may want to cover up the area with your favorite concealer where you were injected, but don’t. When you use makeup too soon afterwards, you’re putting yourself at risk for skin infection.

Don’t be Afraid If…

You see lumps. Lumps can appear sometimes after treatment when the filler absorbs water from your body and swells. Typically, this happens within 24 hours of getting the treatment. If you experience lumps, don’t worry. They can easily be massaged away with your finger and thumb. (Note: Don’t massage anything unless it’s a lump! You might move your carefully placed filler.)

You have a tingling or numb feeling. This is normal, even if it lasts a few days.

Your lips seem huge. Dermal fillers always cause swelling, and your lips won’t look so swollen or unbalanced after a few days. Give the filler some time to “calm down.”

You see pink or red lines on your face. This is also normal and will subside in a few days.

Give Yourself 3 to 4 Days of Downtime

The best thing to do when planning for Restylane after treatment is to block out about three days for downtime. You may be one of those who doesn’t experience much bruising or swelling, but it’s a good idea to give yourself this time just in case. And if you’re having the treatment done in preparation for a specific event (a wedding, birthday, work event, etc.), it’s smart to schedule at least two weeks of recovery time.

Ready for your Restylane treatment? If you have any questions whatsoever about the product, procedure, and aftercare, please let us know! We’ll be happy to answer anything you want to know. 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!

The Three R’s of CO2 Skin Resurfacing

Recovery, Risks and Results

laser skin resurfacingIf you’re the type who likes taking care of several skin problems in one shot and are looking for the nirvana of skin treatments, CO2 skin resurfacing may be the anti-aging procedure for you.

Lots of us have things we don’t like about our face, especially as we get older. Where did these wrinkles come from?  Why do I look so old?  Whether your issue is uneven skin pigmentation, acne scarring, or deep wrinkles, you should be very excited about our new Alma Fractional CO2 Laser.  It works wonders.  In fact, it’s the best single treatment to conquer advanced skin damage and wrinkling.

This new fractional CO2 Skin Resurfacing Laser produces incredible results, and typically requires just takes one treatment.  You should strongly consider this one-treatment wonder. There are some things you need to know about and ask your Fremont Laser treatment specialist.

Am I a Good Candidate for the Alma Fractional CO2 Laser?

  • Do wrinkles, acne scars, general scars, uneven skin tone, irregular pigmentation, sun damage, or sagging that bother the heck out of you?
  • Do you like the idea of getting one powerhouse treatment instead of several?
  • Are you willing and able to follow at-home directions to achieve the best results possible?  You are a major part of the healing process.
  • Do you have a few days available during which you may not be presentable?

If you answer, “Yes!” to these questions, you are an ideal CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing candidate.

How does the Alma Fractional CO2 Laser Work?

This laser works by cutting multiple small holes in the skin while leaving the surrounding skin intact to help promote healing. Only a laser can be this precise. As the body heals, healthy skin replaces the old and damaged skin.  The laser can be used on your face, neck, and/or chest.

Does the Treatment Hurt?

Pain varies from patient to patient, and depends on how deep the laser treatment penetrates the skin. Most people have some pain, but we do everything that we can to minimize pain. The treatment is fairly quick and any pain you might experience will be over soon.

To keep the treatment comfortable, a topical anesthetic is applied to the skin and you may be given some pain tablets.  After the treatment, most patients describe the immediate feeling as “having a bad sunburn” lasting for twelve hours to two days. You will be given cold compresses to reduce this sensation right after the laser skin resurfacing treatment is complete.

What Kind of Results and Benefits Can I Expect?

No question, people love the results. Their skin looks more radiant and healthy, and scarring and wrinkles are reduced dramatically. Plus, you can expect your skin to continue improving for up to six months following your laser skin resurfacing treatment.

What are the Risks and Side Effects of the Alma Fractional CO2 Laser?

The biggest negative of the treatment is the downtime.  For a few days your skin will ooze clear fluid and you may have blisters.  You will need to stay out of the sun and you may not be very presentable. You can certainly work from home during that time.  After a few days, most patients apply makeup and venture out in public, but your skin will still be pink and sensitive.

Because getting this treatment is like getting multiple non-invasive procedures at once, it can take anywhere from 7-14 days to heal. During this healing period, you can expect areas of redness, crusting, peeling, and oozing. Lovely, right? The degree of any of these side effects will depend on how aggressive and in-depth your procedure is.

Taking care of your skin after the laser treatment and staying out of the sun will help you heal faster and get the best results.

If you’re interested in CO2 laser resurfacing with the Alma Fractional CO2 laser and think you may be a good candidate, contact us.  If you’re anywhere around the Bay Area, we can use this revolutionary treatment to help your skin to look it absolute best.

Recovery, Risks and Results

Considering Skin Resurfacing?

Which Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatment is best for me?

Are you embarrassed by acne scars? Do you go throughout endless tubes of cover up to hide lines and wrinkles or skin texture irregularities? Do you have blotchiness or redness from too much sun exposure? Just uncomfortable with the signs of aging so noticeable on your face?

Toss out the heavy cosmetics and superficial lotions, creams and serums. Book an appointment at Fremont Laser & Skin Care. Major advancements in laser skin resurfacing treatments take care of all the little things that bother you, as well as the big concerns that keep you from feeling your most confident. Laser skin resurfacing used to be painful and harsh, with a significant amount of down time required for recovery. But not anymore. Today, the process is quick with little to no down time needed for recovery.

And laser treatments aren’t just for faces anymore. Laser resurfacing delivers noticeable and beautiful results on your chest, neck, arms and hands, too.

However, there are so many laser treatment options these days, selecting the right laser treatment can be overwhelming. Which one is right for you? This is a great “consultation question” that is best answered by one of our highly-skilled nurses or Dr. William Brown when you schedule a free consultation, but here’s a little information to get you acquainted with which laser resurfacing treatment is best to “erase” your biggest concerns.

Ablative Laser Resurfacing

What does it treat?

Deep wrinkles, the effects of aging, acne and other scarring

This type of laser skin resurfacing by using a CO2 laser to peel away the layers of damaged skin. This procedure is more invasive than non-ablative skin laser resurfacing, so you’ll feel it a little more. It also requires more care post-procedure—but it’s worth it for many patients because the results are significantly noticeable and last for years.

Non-Ablative Laser Resurfacing

What does it treat?

Stretch marks, light wrinkles and light lines

Like we said above, non-ablative laser resurfacing is gentler than ablative. Instead removing some of the skin the power of the laser targets the tissue that lies underneath your skin, stimulating a process that will generate new skin. It is less invasive, less painful, and requires less down time, but the results are quite as good as the ablative resurfacing. These results also take a little more time to appear and several sessions may be required.

Fractional Laser Resurfacing

What does it treat?

Wrinkles, lines and pigmentation conditions on the neck, hands, and chest

Fractional laser combines the best of the ablative and non-ablative treatments.  The CO2 laser is still used, but instead of removing the entire surface of the skin, multiple small holes are drilled into the skin.  This stimulates collagen production and skin resurfacing, but there is minimal pain and minimal down time.  This is the best treatment option for most patients.

If you’re considering laser skin resurfacing, call Fremont Laser & Skin Care. We’ll be glad to answer all your questions. To learn more or schedule an appointment, call us or contact us here.

DermaSweep is all the Rage!

Why DermaSweep Treatments are Sweeping Fremont Med Spas

One morning you look in the mirror and see nothing but your skin’s problem areas. Next thing you know, you’re online googling professional skin treatments.

Sound familiar? We all do it. But there are so many skin treatments offered at med spas like Fremont Laser & Skin Care. How are you supposed to know which one is best to treat your concerns?

If you’re looking for a treatment that will improve common problems such as sun damage, enlarged or clogged pores, crow’s feet, uneven skin texture, wrinkles, fine lines, brown patches, blemishes, stretch marks, surgical scars, age spots, pigmentation, acne, or scars, then consider DermaSweep, which greatly improves these conditions with a series of treatments.

DermaSweep is similar to microdermabrasion, a treatment that uses crystals or diamonds to remove dead skin, only DermaSweep doesn’t use these crystals. Instead, it uses several attachments with fine bristles, which allows Fremont Laser & Skin Care’s trained and certified staff to treat patients based on how fragile, sensitive or tough their skin is. For example, a patient with very sensitive skin will require a tip with finer bristles—as would treatment of the soft skin around the eyes—while stiffer bristles are used on male skin or for acne scars.

The bristles gently scrub, providing a deeper exfoliation that smooths and brightens the skin. These bristles are designed to cleanse, nourish, revitalize, retexturize, and protect the skin, as well as soften fine lines, lighten wrinkles, brighten complexion, and purify pores. Another big benefit to the bristles is that they stimulate blood flow, which provides more nutrients and oxygenation to the area being treated. This boosts skin health and collagen production.

DermaSweep can be customized to include skin-specific infusions such as Vitamin C and growth factors for anti-aging, hyaluronic acid for hydration, and peeling agents for abnormal pigmentation. These infusions are delivered under very gentle pressure to allow for deeper penetration.

Another impressive benefit of DermaSweep is that it incorporates adjustable vacuum pressure. Using a mild suctioning device that’s built into the hand applicator, the gentle vacuuming action immediately pulls away dead skin cells after they’re brushed off. This prevents the cells from clogging pores. Bonus!

Typically, DermsaSweep treatments are 45 minutes long, and the best part is that you’ll see visible results after only one session. However, lasting and more significant results will occur after four to six treatments scheduled ten days to two weeks apart.

DermaSweep is also quite painless. Some patients compare it to a face massage. You can, however, expect to feel a little tightening or tingling afterward the procedure, but post-treatment moisturizer leaves your skin with a cool, smooth, refreshed feeling.

Fremont Laser & Skin Care’s experienced staff can help your skin look its absolute best. To learn more about DermaSweep, contact us to learn more or schedule a complimentary consultation.

What is IPL?

Your IPL Photofacial Questions Answered

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If you happen to have skin that’s discolored, blotchy, too freckled or sun-damaged, you might be thinking long and hard about an IPL (intense pulse light) photofacial treatment. There are plenty of different skin treatments around, but IPL photofacials have been hailed for their effective results, speedy session time and little recovery time.

IPL photofacials are a popular treatment at Fremont Laser & Skin Care. Our trained and certified staff discusses the benefits with patients during their complimentary consultations. We’ve taken the most commonly asked questions and answered them here.

Q: Who are the best candidates for IPL photofacial treatments?

A: Anyone who’s bothered by their skin because it’s discolored, freckled, blotchy and/or sun-damaged should consider the treatment. IPL photofacials also work for wrinkles, acne, rosacea, and large pores. Sometimes patients with dark or very tanned skin can have complications, so if your skin is darker, our staff can determine whether the treatment is right for you and offer alternatives that would give you the results you want.

Q: How does the IPL photofacial process work?

A: Our trained, certified team members use a hand-held instrument to send intense pulses of light deep into the skin. These pulses of light lure pigmentation to the surface, and over the next few days, the pigmentation gets darker and then sheds away. The intense light causes blood vessels below the epidermis to constrict, reducing or eliminating common effects of aging such as redness, age lines, broken capillaries and skin discolorations. The intense light also stimulates the growth of collagen, which fills in wrinkles, making the skin smoother and younger-looking. The result is more evenly-toned skin with a fresh, healthy glow.

Q: Why do people choose IPL photofacials over other treatments?

A: Many people choose intense pulse light therapy because it’s a comprehensive treatment that can take care of several problem areas at the same time. It’s also less expensive than some other laser procedures.

Q: How long does each session take?

A: Not long at all. The procedure can take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes, making it a very convenient option for those with busy schedules.

Q: What happens during the IPL photofacial procedure?

A: Because of the bright flashes of light, you’ll be given protective eyewear to wear during the procedure. You’ll most likely have your face washed to get rid of any oil, and a gel is applied to the area to be treated. This keeps your skin cool during the process. During the treatment, the hand-held instrument delivers brief, powerful pulses of bright light into your skin. Following treatment, ice packs or a cream can be applied to soothe any discomfort. Many patients don’t find this necessary, however.

Q: Is the procedure painful?

A: Many IPL photofacial patients find the procedure to be more uncomfortable than painful, comparing it to the pain of plucking nose hairs or having hot rubber bands snapped on their skin. It’s like a brief pinch.

Q: How much recovery time would I need?

A: The downtime and recovery period will depend on how intense the treatment was. You’ll likely have temporary discoloration for 3-4 days afterward, which will flake off slowly. You may also experience splotchy or red skin, and some patients see brown speckles—like pepper—all over their skin for a few days, too.

Q: How long does it take to see results of IPL photofacial treatments?

A: Most benefits of a IPL photofacial treatments happen gradually, over the next couple of weeks following treatment.

Q: How many sessions would I need?

A: This depends on the size of treated areas, but generally a few sessions—one every three weeks, and then maintenance twice a year is a good rule of thumb. If you have stubborn problem areas, it will take a few sessions to treat them. With each treatment, the results of the IPL photofacials become more and more evident.

To learn more about IPL photofacials, contact us or schedule a complimentary consultation.

Curious About Fraxel Treatments?

Find Out What Fraxel Treatments are Really Like

Are you finding it more and more difficult to ignore creeping fine lines on your face? Large pores, perhaps? Maybe dark spots?

You’ve probably already heard about the glow-inducing benefits of Fraxel laser—it’s one of Courtney Cox’s and Kim Kardashian’s favorite treatments—but in case you haven’t, here’s the scoop.

Fraxel is a treatment designed for reversing the signs of aging and improving skin. Using laser technology, this treatment rejuvenates the skin and improves its health safely, no matter your age or ethnicity. It gives your skin a smooth and fresh appearance, along with improved tone and texture. You’ll see reduced wrinkles, spots and scars. No wonder people love Fraxel. Especially, since Fraxel treatments are praised for being fast and requiring very little recovery time.

Using a Fraxel laser, Fremont Laser & Skin Care’s trained and certified staff causes controlled (and safe) micro-injury to your skin, and the impressive effects take place during the recovery process. Fraxel uses your skin’s natural ability to create new, healthy tissue to replace damaged cells by stimulating new collagen growth. The result is like a real-life air-brush effect: smoother, younger-feeling skin.

Fraxel lasers zone in on targeted nagging concerns, such as fine lines, enlarged pores and pigmentation.

To gain the full benefits of Fraxel treatment, two to four treatments scheduled one month apart each are typically recommended. The effects are long lasting after initial treatment appointments at our comfortable office in Fremont, CA. Annual or bi-annual “touch up” treatments can keep skin’s regained youthful appearance.

What to Expect During Fraxel Treatments?

During the first session, most patients will have a numbing cream applied to their face an hour prior to the Fraxel treatment. Although it’s numbing cream, patients will still most likely feel some discomfort while the Fraxel laser is doing its job—it is a laser, after all. But the pain isn’t too much, and it’s quickly over. The first session usually only takes about fifteen minutes, and then the face is iced with cold packs for another few minutes. Applying a healing cream completes the treatment and that’s it for session one.

The next few days, the skin can be red, dry and/or swell. Some patients feel they look older immediately following treatment. That’s normal, and very temporary. Skin care products designed for post laser treatment are recommended and bring about the “Fraxel glow” that everyone loves.

Depending on the skin concerns being treated, the next session may be a little more intense. Fremont Laser & Skin Care’s staff may decide to target certain areas more deeply, which increases the power of the laser treatment. This session may also take a little longer. Because of all this, the next session may result in a bit more discomfort, and even more visible results. Again, ice packs, protective balm and careful post treatment care speeds healing.

Because of the increased concentration, recovery time for session two might mean a few more days of redness, dry skin, and swelling compared to session one’s recovery time.

Sessions three and four, if recommended, will likely be like session two. As the skin does its part by producing new collagen, patients see considerable improvement to the treated trouble areas.

While no treatment can stop the signs of aging, the Fraxel laser most certainly slows them down. To learn more about Fraxel treatments, contact us to learn more and schedule a complimentary consultation.