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4 February 2016

How to Take Care of Your Skin after Laser Wrinkle Removal

Laser wrinkle removal is an outpatient procedure that virtually erases smoker’s lines, crow’s feet, and other types of wrinkles, safely and painlessly. At Live Gorgeous OC, we offer a painless procedure that takes very little time. Unlike conventional laser systems, our ReFirme laser treatment method combines laser technology with a bi-polar radio frequency system that uses a lower energy level. This makes our wrinkle reduction system one of the most comfortable you can find anywhere.

Many patients complain of a nagging pain and discomfort after going through laser wrinkle removal. While the ReFirme method itself is painless, we understand that different patients have different levels of tolerance to pain after the procedure, so our expert medical team would like to remind everyone to take care of their skin to help bring it back to its pristine state.

Below are a few post-treatment care tips that we recommend:

  • Facial cleansing. We suggest cleaning your face four to five times daily to prevent infection. You don’t need to apply any form of medicated cream as your skin will heal itself, but applying petroleum jelly can help prevent scab formation.
  • Preventing swelling and irritation. It is normal for your face to swell within the first 48 hours after the procedure. Applying an ice pack to the area can help alleviate swelling and irritation. Elevating your head during sleep is also highly recommended. In case the area around your eyes becomes inflamed, your doctor might prescribe steroids to manage the swelling.
  • Hydration. You might find that your skin becomes itchy, dry, and flaky after a few days. This is normal as the procedure takes out dead skin cells and brings a healthier, younger layer of skin out to the front. To maintain the youthful appearance of your new skin, drink lots of water. You could also use glycolic acid products after a few weeks or when your doctor clears you to do so.
  • Sunscreen. One of the side effects of laser wrinkle removal is temporary lighter skin pigmentation. Because lighter skin is more susceptible to UV rays, it is important that you use a sunscreen that blocks both UV A and UV B rays. It should be formulated specifically for facial use and has an SPF of 50 or higher.

Laser wrinkle reduction as performed by Live Gorgeous OC can help you look and feel younger, rejuvenated, and renewed. Call us at 714-754-1985 for more information about wrinkle removal, Botox, and other non-invasive skin care procedures that we provide.

28 January 2016

Laser Skin Treatment for Large Pores and Oily Skin

For some women, there could be nothing worse than having a combination of large pores and oily skin. However, there’s an effective way to wake up from this skin nightmare—undergoing laser skin treatment. Commonly used to eliminate skin blemishes like acne marks and scars, laser treatment offers a number of benefits to those suffering from other types of skin problems.

Large Pores and Oily Skin

Unfortunately, large pores and oily skin often go hand in hand. Oily skin is characteristic of having overactive sebaceous glands, which generate excess oil that passes through and clogs your pores. As a result, your pores appear larger due to the loss of skin elasticity.

While some women claim to be successful at making the size of their pores smaller with the use of creams and serums, this is actually only the effect of renewing the skin, or specifically the dermis, from underneath.

During laser treatment, the dermis of the skin is tightened while the production of new collagen is stimulated. This is what minimizes the appearance of pores, rather than affect their actual size. Even if the pores look and feel smaller, it is incorrect to say they have shrunk.

Skin Care Regimen for Oily Skin

While laser skin treatment is effective at making skin tight and firm again, which in turn improves the appearance of your pores, adopting a skin care regimen that is proper for managing oily skin will go a long way.

1. Use oil-free moisturizer – Moisturizing is a must to maintain the skin’s elasticity. Fortunately, there are skin care products available that are specific for oily skin like oil-free moisturizers. Using such products is essential to keeping your pores open, as blocked pores may lead to blackheads and pimples.

2. Use oil-control paper – You can only reduce your skin’s oil production so much. When you need a quick beauty fix for eliminating excess oil on your forehead, nose, or chin, facial blotting paper will do wonders.

3. Use makeup primer – If you wear makeup, you will need to use a primer or a base. This will help inhibit oil production so that your makeup will adhere better on your skin.

This is but a general outline for women with oily skin. To determine the best treatment program for your condition, it is still best to see your doctor. He or she will advise you on the best post-treatment regimen after a laser session.

For inquiries about our laser skin treatment or to schedule an appointment, please do not hesitate to contact us at 714-754-1985.

21 January 2016

Skin Color Correction: Professional Cosmetic Treatments for Dark Underarms

Are dark underarms making you feel self-conscious? Are you tired of wearing sleeved shirts all the time to hide your underarms? Luckily, there are various non-invasive skin color correction treatments readily available these days to whiten dark underarms. While you may be tempted to try home remedies to whiten your armpits, these pale in comparison to professional treatments from a licensed cosmetic clinic.

Not only are these home remedies less effective, but they could also take months—even a year—to see a noticeable difference. Why prolong the process when you can get a professional treatment with a more immediate result?

Home Remedies vs. Professional Skin Color Correction Treatment

If you’ve put up with dark underarms for so long, it might be safe to assume that you’ve done a bit of research on how to lighten the skin without going to a cosmetic clinic. On the Internet, you can find various proven and effective ways to lighten dark underarms. While these may have worked on others, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it will work on you; primarily because we each have different skin types and conditions. Your body’s reaction to the natural remedies also plays a huge role in the success or failure of the DIY treatment.

You may have come across a few DIY suggestions like scrubbing the armpits with a thin slice of potato, or rubbing the area with lemon, cucumber, vinegar, or baking soda. You may have also heard of making a mask out of mashed apples and applying this on your armpit. The frustrating part about all of these home remedies is the time it takes for them to take effect. And most of the time, the results aren’t even as noticeable as a treatment professionally done.

With a skin color correction treatment from a licensed doctor, you can see visible results after just one treatment. Laser treatments and chemical peels are two effective ways for lightening dark underarms. These procedures are non-invasive and there is little to no downtime at all. The best part is that you won’t have to wait long before you can finally show off your perfect underarms.

Additionally, with a professional treatment, the doctor can determine the right approach and procedure for your case. During the initial consultation, the doctor may perform a test or two to determine your skin type and condition. He or she will also discuss with you in full detail the procedure recommended for your underarm issues.

To get started on your journey to perfect underarms, schedule a visit with a licensed doctor at Live Gorgeous OC. You may call 714-754-1985 to set an appointment.

14 January 2016

Lasers vs Chemical Peels: Which is More Effective for Wrinkle Reduction?

As people age, it’s common to see changes in their skin. Age spots, fine lines, and wrinkles are but normal signs of aging. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean you should go on looking your age. There are new technologies and cosmetic innovations, among them for wrinkle reduction, to help you feel and look younger than you actually are.

Whether they are fine or deep-set, wrinkles come about with changes in the skin’s elasticity. Put in another way, as you age your skin becomes thinner due to the decreased production of collagen. External factors such as sun exposure and smoking also play a part in hastening the skin’s aging process. While prevention or delaying the aging process is the best remedy for wrinkles, it can still be treated with the help of cosmetic intervention.

Lasers vs. Chemical Peels

Two of the most common treatments available for wrinkle removal are lasers and chemical peels. Depending on the results you want and the advice of your doctor, one treatment may be more beneficial for you.

Generally, chemical peels vary in their potency and can be categorized as light, medium, and deep. When it comes to wrinkles, light or superficial peels may yield insignificant results while deeper peels come with greater risk for side effects such as scarring and changes in skin color. They can also be uncomfortable.

Like chemical peels, lasers are minimally invasive and quick. However, they come with the advantage of being almost painless. There’s practically no downtime involved for those who undergo laser treatment, which is convenient for individuals with busy schedules, as well as those who can only squeeze a short amount of time for cosmetic services.

Wrinkle Reduction

Here at Live Gorgeous OC, our patented wrinkle removal treatment, Matrix, a fractionated laser, can treat those deep-set wrinkles, smoker’s lines, and even tighten the skin under the chin. Quick and painless, you’ll feel refreshed and rejuvenated in a matter of a few short sessions.

If laser isn’t viable for treating your wrinkles, we also have other cosmetic technologies available such as ReFirme which is powered by Elõs technology. ReFirme is a wrinkle reduction treatment that combines electrical and optical energy. Similar to Matrix, it’s also a non-invasive laser treatment that can improve your skin’s laxity and tighten it as a result.

To find out the best treatment plan for your wrinkles, we invite you to schedule an appointment with our experts. You may forward all your inquiries and concerns about your skin to them. Contact us at 714-754-1985 today!

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