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30 December 2014

DIY vs. Non-Invasive Wrinkle Reduction: Which One's for You?

There’s no denying it; wrinkles do make you look older. It doesn’t matter if you’re 50, 40, or 20. They definitely add years to your appearance. Fortunately, you’ve probably heard of procedures for wrinkle reduction, and you’re also aware that there are home remedies for reducing the visibility of wrinkles, but you’re not sure which one’s right for you.

To help you decide, take a look at the pros and cons below:

DIY Wrinkle Removal

When you search the Internet for home remedies for wrinkles, you’ll most likely find a variety of suggestions on what you can use. Homemade facial masks using natural ingredients are the most common recommendations. You’ll also most likely see reminders that say these home remedies for wrinkle reduction don’t work overnight.

It takes time and patience to DIY wrinkle reduction, and it will often take quite a bit of practice to get the proper technique down. If you’ve got a busy schedule, you may not have the luxury of time. While results for non-invasive wrinkle removal may not also be visible until after a few weeks; the upside is that you don’t have to undergo treatment every night, or every other night unlike with DIY wrinkle reducers.

DIY wrinkle removal means you’re on your own; which in turn means that you won’t receive professional advice from a dermatologist or licensed aesthetician. You may develop allergic reactions to the homemade masks, which could give you more skin problems.

Home remedies are sometimes more affordable than cosmetic procedures. If you don’t want to spend for a non-invasive cosmetic procedure, you might assume that DIY is the best solution. However, if something goes wrong at home, you may spend an arm and a leg just trying to get yourself back to normal.

Non-Invasive Wrinkle Reduction

With a non-invasive procedure that targets wrinkles, you will only need a few minutes, no more than an hour, for the treatment. These are non-surgical procedures that are practically painless.

22 December 2014

Painless Hair Removal: Non-Invasive Cosmetic Treatments

Do-It-Yourself hair removal usually means three things: shaving, plucking, and waxing. The last option is by far the most painful of the three. If you’re looking for a better alternative to these old methods, you can try modern non-invasive cosmetic treatments, such as laser hair removal for getting rid of unwanted hair.

Have you noticed that hair grows back almost instantaneously after you’ve just shaved? Even if you’ve literally taken great pains to shave or wax your legs yesterday, you might already feel subtle hints of hair growth in the morning. With laser hair removal, hair won’t grow back for months, or even a year! That’s how effective this procedure is when compared to the usual shaving, plucking and waxing.

What is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is one of the most popular non-invasive cosmetic treatments that both men and women opt to undergo to remove unwanted hair on different parts of the body.

The procedure uses heat from a laser to target hair follicles. A few weeks after treatment, you will notice that hair will begin to fall from the treated area. Should hair begin to grow again after 6 or 12 months, you can go back for another procedure to treat the same area. After several treatments, hair growth on the area may completely stop.

Preparing for the Procedure

As with other non-invasive cosmetic treatments, you need to take certain steps to prepare for the procedure. For laser hair removal, it is advisable that you refrain from plucking or waxing hair on the area to be treated as these remove the hair follicles that are being targeted.

You should also allot a specific amount time for the treatment. Depending on the size and number of areas to be treated, the procedure may take anywhere from a few minutes up to an hour, so it’s best to set aside extra time so treatment won’t be disrupted.

More importantly, you should only get the procedure done by a trusted and professional dermatologist or aesthetician. Before agreeing to any of the non-invasive cosmetic treatments that the clinic offers, thoroughly discuss the entire procedure, and ask about the doctor’s experience and success rate so you’ll have a better idea of whether or not to get the procedure from the clinic.

After the procedure, make sure to follow the doctor’s instructions for post-treatment care down. Doing otherwise could have negative effects on the treated area, or reduce the effectiveness of the treatment. Generally, avoid sun exposure as much as possible after the procedure as the skin will still be raw and sensitive from the treatment.

22 September 2014

Is There an Appropriate Age for Getting Botox in Orange County?

You’re just in your early twenties, and yet, frown lines are already starting to show on your face. You’ve heard of several cosmetic treatments that can correct these, such as Botox in Orange County, but it’s unclear as to whether or not you should be having anything done to your face at such an early age. Should you go for it or not?

People often say, “When in doubt, don’t.” But in this case, it’s better to consult with a professional if you’re not sure. Seek advice and get clearance from your trusted physician if you want to be sure about the cosmetic procedure you’re considering. Clearance is particularly important if you are under regular medication or have a history of allergic reactions to certain medicines, chemicals, and food.

What is Botox Anyway?

In a nutshell, Botox is a cosmetic procedure that smoothens wrinkles, frown lines, and furrows on the face. For a certain period of time, the treatment also inhibits the appearance of these after you’ve had the procedure done. This is a non-surgical procedure that can be completed in less than twenty minutes, depending on how many sections on your face you want to be treated.

Say, for instance, that you’re going to get Botox in Orange County, what will basically happen is that the attending healthcare professional will inject US FDA-approved Botox in the areas of your face where the lines are. Because the procedure is so simple, you won’t be needing anesthesia for it. It’s fast and painless.

Since it’s a non-invasive procedure, some people start going in for treatments as soon as they begin to notice the appearance of lines on their face, usually when they’re in their mid-20s. If you are still unsure, it’s best to discuss the entire procedure and its effects with the clinic you wish to go to. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and be as open as possible so that all your questions will be answered, which can help you with your decision-making process.

Bottom line, if you’re already unhappy with the lines on your face and you want to get rid of them, and you’ve been toying with the idea of Botox for so long, take the first step. Go to a clinic to find out everything you want to know about this procedure. Once all your questions have been satisfied, you may just jump in and get it.

17 September 2014

Skin Color Correction Treatments for Melasma

Have you heard of the term “mask of pregnancy?” According to the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 70% of pregnant women will experience a form of skin discoloration during pregnancy. The breast, nipples, and the face are just some of the places where there will be a change in skin color. Correction of such may prove to be futile during pregnancy, as the dark spots will only continue to grow until after giving birth.

This so-called “mask of pregnancy” is also referred to as chloasma or melasma, a condition that describes dark patches often found in a pregnant woman’s face, particularly on the cheeks, forehead, and nose. Chloasma or melasma can also appear on the forearms, cheeks, jawline, and other parts of the body exposed to the sun. This condition is caused by the overproduction of melanin which results in dark splashes all over the face and other body parts, oftentimes showing in a pattern that is reminiscent of a mask. For some reason, studies have shown that women with darker skin tones are more likely to suffer from this condition than fair-skinned women.

The good news is that melasma often goes away on its own post-pregnancy. However, not every mother is as lucky. There are instances wherein the melasma will not fade away, even after giving birth. In such cases, patients often report feeling embarrassed or self-conscious because of their uneven skin tone and blemishes.

If you’re one of the women who’ve gained dark spots during pregnancy and want to get rid of them for good, you can research on the skin treatments we offer here at Live Gorgeous OC. We offer competitive prices for women who are eligible to undergo skin color correction treatments.

Among the services we offer is the chemical peel, which is very effective in painlessly facilitating skin renewal. The procedure effectively stimulates the skin to shed dead skin more rapidly to reveal the healthy, blemish-free, baby-smooth layer underneath. Unlike other chemical peel treatments, our offerings require little to no downtime. It is also very effective in treating melasma, particularly if the Cosmolan procedure is used.

Aside from these skin color correction treatments, Live Gorgeous OC also offers a host of services that will help you look and feel great, regardless of your age or skin complexion. Among these services are those for skin tightening, hair removal, and wrinkle reduction, among others.

Are you ready to be on your way to living and looking gorgeous? Contact us to book an appointment and for more information.

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