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13 January 2015

Skin Rejuvenation for Healthy-Looking, Smoother Skin




Recently retired? Consider this to be a blessing, as this moment allows you to enjoy much-deserved ME time! Now that you’re retired, you can finally focus on things that you want to do for yourself without pressure. Want to undergo a cosmetic treatment? Go ahead! Although if you’re scared of surgery, non-invasive procedures like skin rejuvenation may be better for you.

Most of the time, the recently retired find themselves feeling a bit disoriented and displaced because, for the first time in decades, they’ve got a lot of time on their hands. Irritability and depression may start to develop. But you can completely turn around this dilemma by doing things that you enjoy.

Pamper Yourself!

How many times have you wished that you had an extra hour to swing by the salon for a makeover, or go to the mall to shop at your leisure? Guess what? You can do all these things now without your boss breathing down your neck.

After all the years of hard work you’ve put into raising a family, taking care of the kids, and toiling at your job, it’s time to pamper yourself. For women, pampering usually means getting a makeover—starting with your skin! A non-invasive skin rejuvenation procedure can give you healthier-looking skin, plus it can take years off your face.

There are several options that you can consider for skin rejuvenation. You can get a non-surgical face lift or neck lift, which can make you look younger, or at least not older than your actual age!

There are also skin rejuvenation treatments that tighten the skin on your legs and thighs, making them look more supple. Bear in mind that results may not be immediately visible after the procedure so don’t be disheartened if you can’t see changes right away. Give it a few weeks and you will definitely see considerable improvement on your skin.

Part of pampering yourself is doing things that you like. Maybe you can take up a new hobby, or finally focus on that hobby you’ve been putting off for years for lack of time. Now you have all the time in the world to pursue your interests.

Being retired doesn’t mean being idle. There’s plenty for you to do. Call up old friends and plan a long overdue get-together. Watch movies. Join a gym. Cook up a storm for your friends and family. Start a home-based business! Learn a new language! You’re free to do whatever pleases you.

6 January 2015

Improve Acanthosis Nigricans Skin Discoloration with Skin Color Correction Treatments




There are several factors that trigger the development of skin discoloration, the most common of which is natural aging. These are called age spots. Also, too much sun exposure may result in sun spots. Oftentimes, these can be remedied through skin color correction. But there are skin discolorations that can also be caused by certain medical conditions. Before undergoing a skin color correction procedure, it is recommended that you have these discolorations checked first by your physician to determine the root of the problem.

Acanthosis Nigricans

This medical condition causes skin pigmentation, often dark patches on the skin that appear velvety. The patches can appear anywhere; from the groin area to the neck, underarms, elbows, and knees.

Oftentimes, this skin pigmentation is a symptom of a more serious medical condition including diabetes, and pre-diabetes. For this reason, it is highly advised that you see a doctor for these dark patches to rule out these more serious medical conditions, and to get proper treatment if tests indicate diabetes or pre-diabetes.

This skin condition usually develops in obese individuals, as well as those with darker skin tones. While on a prescribed medical treatment, there are also cosmetic treatments that a patient can undergo to improve the condition of the skin pigmentation.

Skin Color Correction

To improve the appearance or reduce the visibility of this type of skin pigmentation, your doctor may prescribe a skin lightener that you can apply on the affected area, or they may also recommend a cosmetic skin color correction procedure.

If the doctor recommends a cosmetic treatment, it is important that you discuss your condition with the attending aesthetician or dermatologist. This information is vital to the skin treatment that they will recommend for you.

Since this skin condition is more delicate that the usual skin discolorations caused by aging or sun exposure, it is likewise important that you only seek cosmetic treatment from a state-authorized and licensed clinic, with only licensed professionals performing the procedures.

Depending on the severity of the condition, skin discolorations may no longer appear visible to the naked eye after treatment, or may appear considerably lighter than their original color. You may also be required to undergo several treatments to improve the skin condition. A rest period is given between each treatment. In any case, skin discolorations will generally improve.

If you’d like to know more about skin color correction treatments, please contact us at 714-754-1985 or visit LiveGorgeousOC.com.

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.

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.

1 September 2014

Get Rid of Ingrown Hair with Laser Hair Removal in Orange County




For people who have experienced ingrown hair due to shaving, waxing, friction or tight clothing, laser hair removal in our Orange Country clinic is one of the most effective ways to eliminate this problem and achieve smoother, sexier skin.

Ingrown hair happens when hair grows and curls under the skin instead of outwards. This can cause little bumps on the skin’s surface that can be uncomfortable, unsightly, and even painful. The most common areas involve the beard and neck area for men, and the bikini and leg areas for women.

In some cases, ingrown hair can be corrected by exfoliation and moisturizing as well as proper shaving and waxing, but the results will still take a long time. The best way to avoid ingrown hair is by not removing hair at all; if that can’t be avoided, laser hair removal can minimize its occurrence by eliminating unwanted hair.

Our experts here at Live Gorgeous OC use ELOS technology that is not only effective but also safe, quick and gentle on the skin. Our treatments target specific problem areas that leave the rest of your skin undamaged. Laser hair removal is a proven way to prevent recurring ingrown hair in addition to permanently removing unwanted hair at the same time.

While other methods, such as waxing, shaving, and plucking, may seem to be more convenient, these actually cause ingrown hair, which, if left untreated, can become irritated and lead to hair follicle infections. By having laser hair removal, you will benefit from savings because the treatment is permanent, meaning you won’t be spending for hair removal methods over long periods of time. Additionally, it also helps you save time by eliminating the need for regular waxing or shaving. Many of our clients opt for laser treatments to regain their self-esteem. The removal of unwanted hair, especially on the face, can boost your confidence and make you feel better about how you look.

The occasional ingrown hair isn’t a major concern, but if it’s a chronic condition, you may need to consult a medical practitioner. For a permanent solution, consider laser hair removal. Unlike other methods, this can address hair growth as well as ingrown hair at the same time. After a series of treatments, you can say goodbye to your body hair concerns and enjoy smooth, flawless skin.

Contact us today to learn more about laser hair removal in our Orange County office as well as our other skin rejuvenation treatments.

26 August 2014

Achieve the Gift of Skin Rejuvenation through Utherapy




For many women, a milestone birthday can be dreadful as feelings that they let themselves go and wish they had taken better care of their skin are encountered. However, this doesn’t have to be so. Treatments such as skin rejuvenation can help women face their milestone years confidently, and keep everyone guessing about their age.

Age, environmental factors, and gravity – all of these play a part in the way your skin changes with each additional candle on that cake. And even the best moisturizers and creams in the market can only do so much to improve the look of your skin. For true skin rejuvenation to take place, you need something that targets the deep structural foundation of the skin to get real and effective results that give you the gift of renewed and refreshed skin. This is where Utherapy comes in.

Ultherapy is a non-surgical, non-invasive, procedure that is usually used on the face, neck, and chest using ultrasound. This treatment works by stimulating the deep support structure of the skin – including those typically addressed in surgical facelifts – without having to cut or disturb the skin’s surface. This means no downtime for you, which ought to give you plenty to smile about already.

Here’s how the procedure works:

Instead of penetrating the skin from the outside going in, we bypass the surface and get to the skin tissue where collagen is produced. Collagen is what gives the skin its elasticity, tone, and firmness. Because it utilizes ultrasound, it uses ultrasound imaging to actually “see” the layers that will be treated, to ensure that energy is delivered to the target areas. The same handpiece delivers the targeted ultrasound waves to the desired areas. The result is production of new collagen by your body resulting in a gradual lifting of the skin; the slackness of your face is reduced, the brows lifted, and the neckline is improved. The ultimate effects are realized over two to three months as the supply of collagen in built up. As this continues, further results can be seen up to six months from the procedure. This is definitely something to smile about!

If you want to address the problems of skin discoloration or wrinkles, we also have treatments to address these issues.

For many women, they combine their skin rejuvenation with dermal fillers like Botox or Dysport to treat facial wrinkles. These treatments can be done in just a few minutes and the effects can last up to six months.

To find out more about skin rejuvenation treatments or any other treatment you would like to give yourself before you hit your milestone birthday, feel free to contact us today for a consultation or an appointment. You don’t have to face your birthday with dread anymore. Face it head on and love every minute of the new, refreshed you.


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