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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.

12 September 2014

Get Your Skin Back into Pre-Pregnancy Shape with Skin Tightening in Orange County

After a woman gives birth, her belly can look like a deflated balloon. Unfortunately, doing hundreds of planks, sit ups, and Pilates moves alone won’t guarantee that you will get your skin back into shape. For sure results, you need treatments such as skin tightening. In Orange County, this is where we at Live Gorgeous OC can help with ReFirme.

Refirme skin tightening uses Elōs™ technology, which combines bi-polar radio frequency and light to heat the dermal tissue of the skin at the targeted areas. This heating stimulates the production of new collagen which, in turn, produces a firming effect on slack skin. While this treatment is known more to be a skin tightening treatment for the face, it is also used in areas where there is loss of skin elasticity and where sagging and textural irregularities are prominent, such as the upper arms, abdomen, and stomach.

What makes this technology work so well is its ability to control the energy heat source. The light energy that is used makes it a suitable option for all skin types, and there is no additional risk to the epidermis. Precise targeting of the area also protects the surrounding tissue. The lower levels of energy used also makes this treatment the most comfortable skin tightening option available – even for boney areas such as the forehead and cheeks.

So how will this help you get your tummy back into shape? Think of it as a compliment to your diet and exercise regimen. The diet and exercise helps you shed the fat while ReFirme whips your sagging belly skin back into shape by stimulating the skin to produce new collagen. New collagen means reduction in slackness and plumping of the skin to stretch it back into shape, giving it a smoother appearance.

Skin tightening can help you find that pre-pregnancy stomach in just a few sessions. Initial treatment is three to five sessions, scheduled three to four weeks apart. Each treatment lasts for about an hour, and most of the patients find it to have little to no discomfort. And with virtually no downtime, there’s really no reason not to start on your journey back to getting your belly back.

Another issue pregnant women have to contend with is skin discoloration, which is brought about by hormonal changes that come with the pregnancy. We have a solution for this with our color correction treatments.

Learn more about our treatments or book a consultation today to see how we can help.

6 September 2014

Supplementing Laser Wrinkle Removal Treatments with an Anti-Aging Diet

Live Gorgeous OC promotes youth, beauty, and health both inside and out by providing treatments that deliver immediate results that make our patients feel good and look good. Laser wrinkle removal, in particular, is available for patients who wish to fight the signs of aging faster through safe and efficient treatments.

Being youthful and beautiful requires taking care of both skin and body. We encourage our patients to incorporate wellness and a healthy diet to maximize the benefits our skin treatments deliver. This is to ensure long-lasting results and a more holistic healing and rebirth. After all, healthy skin radiates and glows if one’s mind and body is healthy as well.

Anti- Aging Foods

Elisa Zied is a registered dietitian, author, and freelance food and nutrition writer. She has given a list of anti-aging foods to eat in order to keep your skin healthy and youthful:

  • Oranges
  • These fruits are loaded with water. They hydrate your skin and cells, and are an excellent source of Vitamin C, which helps in producing collagen that will help in keeping your skin supple.

    Other fruits and vegetables that also help: pink grapefruit and tomatoes.

  • Avocados
  • Avocados are filled with monounsaturated fat, a healthy type of fat which helps in keeping the skin hydrated.

    You can also try olive oil, walnuts, and macadamia nut oil.

  • Lean Beef
  • Just like oranges, they help build collagen through the protein they provide.

    This type of collagen-building protein can also be found in tofu, beans, fish, chicken, and eggs.

  • Brussel Sprouts
  • These are an excellent source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Folate. It has already been established that Vitamin C helps in producing collagen and keeping the skin supple. Vitamin A and folate may help prevent sun damage since it is very vital for skin to be protected from the sun.

    Kale, collard greens, broccoli, and cauliflower can be sources of Vitamins A and C and Folate as well.

  • Salmon
  • Eating fish is one of the best ways to receive Omega-3 fats, which from recent studies have suggested that can keep skin cancer cells from growing and spreading.

    Other Omega-3 fat-producing foods are flax and chia seeds, walnuts, mackerel, sardines, fortified milk, and eggs.

  • Grapes
  • Resveratrol, which comes from the skin of the grapes, combats inflammation. It may slow the aging process and at the same time fight the effects of UV light and sun damage.

    Boiled peanuts and cocoa powder also contain a good amount of resveratrol.

Live Gorgeous OC offers a wide range of skin treatments including anti-aging treatments like laser wrinkle removal. Our treatments always deliver the best and quick results. We also help our patients in guiding them on how to maintain the results and maximizing it with the help of our experts.

For more information on laser wrinkle removal and anti-aging, contact us.

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