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28 April 2014

Keep Wrinkles at Bay with Botox in Orange County




People who need to interact with others for a living want to be able to look and feel their best when presenting themselves to their clients. Over time, however, their appearance may deteriorate, making them look tired or stressed, affecting the way people respond to them. Botox in Orange County may just be the solution they need to soften and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Did you know that your skin starts to produce 1% less collagen each year after the age of twenty? Facial wrinkles- crows feet, frown lines and forehead lines- are caused primarily by the constant contraction of the muscles in those areas over time. The wrinkles can appear even in your 20’s, depending on how well you care for your skin.

People in the business of meeting with clients know that appearances can play a big part in the impression you make on the people you first meet. If you want to present yourself as confident, in charge, full of life and youthful, then Botox in Orange County can help you achieve that.

Who are good candidates for Botox? Individuals who are in good health, with no active diseases or pre-existing medical conditions. People who are pregnant, breastfeeding or diagnosed with neurological issues cannot have the procedure. Our clinicians should be able to assess your suitability for Botox when you come in for a consultation.

Once it has been determined that you are a good candidate for Botox, there are a few things you should do before the procedure. Avoid alcohol at least a week before your appointment and stop any blood-thinning medications you may be on, such as Ibuprofen or aspirin. Just make sure to inform us about any supplements or medication that you’re currently taking, since anything that thins the blood can increase the bruising at the injection site, and no one wants that.

The procedure itself only takes a few minutes and won’t require anesthesia. Botox is injected with a fine needle into the specific muscles that contribute to the wrinkles, and the full effect should be seen in three to seven days. Make sure to discuss after-treatment tips with our staff to get the most out of your visit.

The effects of the Botox can be expected to last between four to six months. As your muscles regain their contracting motion, the lines and wrinkles will start to reappear and need treatment once more, but these lines and wrinkles could appear less severe over time as your muscles are trained to relax.

If you’re ready to tackle those wrinkles and regain your youthful look, book an appointment with us today. You can also visit our website to learn about our other wrinkle-fighting treatments.

21 April 2014

Get the Flawless Complexion You've Always Wanted with Color Correction Treatments




Hyperpigmentation is the darkening of certain portions of the skin due to the overproduction of melanin. Hyperpigmentation is a completely normal occurrence, but if it makes you feel self-conscious, skin color correction treatments can help you get the even skin tone you want.

Hyperpigmentation can be caused by several factors. Sun exposure is one of the most common causes of skin discoloration, which sunscreen can help prevent. However, the condition can also be hereditary, so if your parents have melasma or brown spots due to sun exposure, chances are you are likely to get it as well.

Hormonal changes also cause skin discoloration. This is why some pregnant women get what is called the “pregnancy mask” or chloasma, which is characterized by areas of darkened skin on the forehead, nose, and cheek.

Other ways discoloration occurs include scaring due to picking at the skin, reactions to certain medications or antibiotics, and inflammation and skin injuries such as acne vulgaris. With so many ways for you to develop skin darkening, it’s no wonder that skin color correction is a popular option to achieving a more flawless complexion.

One way we at LiveGorgeousOC can treat hyperpigmentation is through Cosmelan depigmentation peel. Cosmelan works by inhibiting tyrosinase, which is a basic enzyme in the formation of melanin. Cosmelan blocks this enzyme by inverting the metabolic process of skin darkening to eliminate melanin patches.

Compared to other types of depigmentation treatments available, Cosmelan has been shown to be effective on all types of melasma, even deep-seated types. It is compatible with all skin types and can be used to treat acne scarring after the acne is resolved. The quickness with which Cosmelan treats depigmentation is also another reason why this is a popular option to getting an even skin tone.

The treatment is pretty straightforward. After the mask is applied and removed, light peeling will start. Some redness is normal, and flaking may occur two to three days after. Prescribed creams should be used as directed when flaking is at its peak. It is also not advisable to undergo any other type of treatment until Cosmelan peel is completed. The treatment process has to be completed to reap the full benefits, thus it cannot be stopped at any time.

Want to learn more about our Cosmelan treatment for skin color correction? Book an appointment with us and see how we can help you achieve flawless skin.

14 April 2014

Get Your Pre-pregnancy Belly Back with Skin Tightening in Orange County




Pregnancy is a beautiful time in the life of a woman. Your body goes through dramatic changes, most especially the skin around the belly area. If you worry your skin in the abdominal region will never get back to the way it was before you got pregnant, try skin tightening in Orange County. You may be surprised at the results.

Every woman who has been pregnant knows that skin in the belly area can become stretched, and that it might not go back to the way it was before she became a mother. No matter how much you diet and exercise, the fat may go away but the skin will just hang around—literally!

But before you surrender your quest to get your belly back and decide to just wear baggy clothes for the rest of your life, we have something that may have you start considering those bathing suits again. For skin tightening in Orange County, we have a non invasive treatment called Venus Freeze. The procedure is pain free, safe, and pleasant, and has been shown to work particularly well for eradicating saggy, post-pregnancy skin.

Using (MP)² technology, Venus Freeze works by combining radio frequency (RF) and magnetic pulses to deliver deep, comfortable, yet safe treatments to the skin and the layers beneath it, providing optimal results. The pulses consistently and uniformly heat the skin from the inside out. In turn, this heats up the collagen fibers under the skin which stimulates the formation of new collagen and the production new of elastin fibers. The active collagen in the treated area will then start to contract and cause the skin to look and feel firmer. The new elastin fibers also makes the skin more elastic so that it is able to regain its shape.

In addition to skin tightening, Venus Freeze is also used for reducing wrinkles, cellulite, and fat without invasive surgery. And unlike laser treatments, it has no light component so it’s safe to use on any skin type. It is totally painless which means there’s absolutely no downtime. Treatments are given once a week in a series of 6 to 8 sessions and typically take 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the area to be treated. As soon as you’ve completed your treatments, we can recommend a maintenance program to ensure long-term results.

If you have other pregnancy-related cosmetic issues you want to discuss with us, such as skin discoloration, just schedule an appointment with us and we’ll see how we can help.

7 April 2014

Reverse Time with Laser Wrinkle Removal




Wrinkles are a normal part of aging. They can also be caused by exposure to sunlight and lifestyle habits, such as smoking. But while you can change your habits and keep away from the sun, you can’t avoid growing old and developing wrinkles. Fortunately, laser wrinkle removal treatments can help you reverse time and regain that youthful look.

As we age, the skin’s inner layer, called the dermis, will start to thin. This layer is made of collagen and elastin fibers that support the skin. As we age, its fibers degenerate resulting in the depression of the skin’s surface. Because of this, we lose the elasticity and moisture that are hallmark attributes of youthful skin. The loss of moisture makes our skin drier, making the wrinkles even more prominent. Luckily for us, there are several treatments that can help combat wrinkles.

One type of treatment uses chemical peels. Chemical peels work by essentially getting rid of the current dull, exposed layer of skin so that new, healthier skin can grow in its place. The treatment ranges from superficial to deep peels, depending on how deep the wrinkles are. Discomfort levels will depend on the type of peel you require. As expected, the deeper the peel, the higher the discomfort. Deeper peels yield more dramatic results but also carry higher risks as well as pain.

Superficial peels, on the other hand, have little to no downtime and will cause only slight discomfort. Although your skin may turn pink, the effect can be safely covered up with makeup. Meanwhile, medium peels can cause swelling after the procedure. They usually take about 5 to 7 days to heal, so you may need to take some time off. Finally, deep peels can cause the skin to stay red for up to two months in some cases. Skin regrowth will take about 10 to 14 days, and exposure to sunlight must be avoided until peeling stops. Sunscreen must also be used daily.

A safer, more effective alternative to these treatments is laser wrinkle removal using Elōs technology. The procedure uses short pulses of light and radio frequency to target areas where wrinkles are to be treated. Unlike traditional wrinkle removal treatments that typically cause pain and discomfort, the technology reduces these risks by directing energy down into the skin while protecting the surrounding tissue. This directed heat encourages the production of new collagen, which plumps up the skin and gives it a tighter, more lifted look.

Laser wrinkle removal has come a long way from its predecessors and other cosmetic treatments. The procedure is non-invasive so there is no downtime. It can also be used to treat any part of the body that not only has crepe-y or wrinkled skin, but also skin that has lost its tautness and radiance.

Book an appointment with us today and see how we can help you restore the youthful look of your skin.


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