Sometimes, all the exfoliants and moisturizers in the world can’t help you minimize the look of wrinkles and fine lines. In these cases, there are options to help you improve the appearance of your skin. Laser treatments offer non-invasive and minimally-invasive options that can help your skin look more youthful. Lasers can help smooth out fine lines and wrinkles that make you look older. Let’s discuss how lasers help with wrinkles and fine lines and why laser aesthetic treatments may be right for you.
Laser treatments can help promote your natural healing process to minimize the look of wrinkles and fine lines.
What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Laser skin resurfacing is a common aesthetic treatment for wrinkles and fine lines. These treatments can target specific areas where you have wrinkles or you can use them for the whole face and other parts of your body. Many women get laser skin resurfacing to help get a more youthful appearance with fewer lines and wrinkles.
What are Lasers?
First, what is a laser? The word “laser” is actually an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Since that’s a bit of a mouth full, most of us just say “laser.” Lasers are essentially concentrated light and heat that we can control and use for many different things. You might think of lasers when you think of security systems in spy movies, but they are helpful for many different uses, including a variety of medical applications. Lasers produce light and heat that we can manipulate and customize for different purposes.
Using Lasers for Aesthetic Treatments
One popular way we use lasers today is for aesthetic treatments for the skin. These treatments use light and heat to help correct many skin conditions and blemishes. Lasers are becoming more and more popular for aesthetic applications. Laser skin treatments can help with discoloration, scarring, and facial veins as well as wrinkles and fine lines. Our providers use Cynosure® laser technology for aesthetic treatments. If you’re interested in laser resurfacing for wrinkles and fine lines, our team can set up a consultation to discuss your options.
Do You Have Fine Lines & Wrinkles?
When you look in the mirror, you might notice lines in your face. Typically you’ll find them in places where your skin creases when you make facial expressions. For instance, you might notice crows feet near your eyes, laugh lines around your mouth, and forehead wrinkles above your eyebrows. It’s important to know the difference between fine lines and wrinkles. This can help you understand how lasers affect the appearance of both wrinkles and fine lines.
Fine lines are in the top layers of your skin. They’re typically less noticeable than wrinkles, and many women only notice them when they look at their skin close up in the mirror. Build up of dead skin cells, dirt, and oil can hide in these lines and make them appear worse and more noticeable. Over time, fine lines can also turn into wrinkles.
Wrinkles, by contrast, generally form in deeper layers of the skin, all the way down to the very support structure of your face. As we age, these deep layers can start to lose some of their shape and elasticity, which can lead to wrinkles. Wrinkles appear deeper than fine lines and usually more noticeable. Like fine lines, wrinkles can form around areas that contract with your expressions. However, they can also appear practically anywhere on your skin.
How Laser Resurfacing Helps Reduce the Appearance of Fine Lines & Wrinkles
Fortunately, laser resurfacing treatments can help both fine lines near the surface of your skin as well as mild to moderate wrinkles in the deeper layers of your skin. These aesthetic treatments help smooth out lines and wrinkles with light and heat. Laser resurfacing creates minor, controlled injuries to the skin to help encourage your body’s natural healing process. This might sound scary because we use the word “injuries,” but you can think of it kind of like exercising. When exercising, you cause small injuries to your muscles so they heal stronger than before. Skin resurfacing uses a similar principle to help enhance the look of your skin.
Lasers allow the operator to target certain areas of the skin and vaporize dead skin cells near the surface. These laser treatments remove the first layer of the skin, which is often full of dead and damaged skin cells that can make your skin look dull and emphasize the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
Much like a deep exfoliator, laser treatments can help slough off dead skin cells to help promote skin cell turnover. This helps bring newer, often healthier skin cells to the surface, which can help improve skin texture and minimize the look of lines and wrinkles.
Lasers Stimulate Collagen and Elastin Production in the Deeper Layers of the Skin
Also, laser treatments can get deep into the subdermal layers of the skin. Heat from the lasers can help encourage collagen and elastin production, which can also help with the appearance or lines and wrinkles. Collagen and elastin are proteins that do many different things in our bodies. In the face, these proteins help provide the support and structure in our skin. With age, collagen and elastin production slows down. Some estimate that after age 30, we lose an average of 1% of collagen production each year. This can lead to sagging and wrinkles.
However, heat from laser resurfacing treatments can help stimulate production of these important wrinkle-fighting proteins.
When Can You Start Laser Rejuvenation Treatments?
If and when you start with laser skin resurfacing treatments really depends on many different factors that are unique to you. Therefore, it’s best to discuss the particulars with one of our treatment providers. However, there are no general age guidelines for laser treatments. In fact, because laser treatments can help with everything from scarring to discoloration, some people even start laser treatments during childhood.
However, when it comes to wrinkles and fine lines, most people don’t start treatments for these concerns until they start showing up on the skin. For many people, this is after age 30 when we start to lose collagen. Some people start laser aesthetic treatments for fine lines in their 30s and others wait until later when they have more noticeable lines and wrinkles in later years. It’s important to keep in mind that laser treatments may not be a good option if you want to reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles. For deep wrinkles, other treatments, such as aesthetic injectables, might be a better option.
Cynosure Laser Treatments & Aesthetic Solutions from HerKare
If you’re sick of seeing lines and wrinkles in the mirror each morning, our team at HerKare can help. We are here to empower women to feel their best, which we know may include enhancing their beauty with aesthetic treatments. Our team offers a wide range of aesthetic treatments, from Botox injections to Cynosure laser skin resurfacing and more. Make an appointment today for an aesthetic consultation and to discuss your options with our providers.
Let’s face it: many of us would love to turn back the clock for our skin. Signs of aging like wrinkles, sagging, scars, uneven skin tone, and other imperfections can make us feel self-conscious. Luckily, there are many skin rejuvenation treatments available to help your skin look younger!
Non-invasive aesthetic technologies have come a long way to offer great results that are quick, affordable, and painless. In this article, we’ll discuss what skin rejuvenation is, how it works, and some new innovations like plasma pen fibroblasting and WiQo® chemical treatments.
Skin Rejuvenation Techniques Help Reverse Signs of Aging
There are many non-invasive options today to help keep your skin looking youthful and reverse signs of aging!
It’s safe to say many of us would like to reduce wrinkles and other tell-tale signs of aging, but the idea of going through invasive surgery for a more youthful appearance might be holding you back. This is where skin rejuvenation treatments can come into play. Recent technologies offer practical solutions for people who would like to look younger without the risks of cosmetic surgery. Today, there are many non-invasive options to help your skin look younger and more vibrant.
Skin rejuvenation treatments offer many benefits. For instance, they often cost a lot less than cosmetic surgery. They’re also usually quicker, require less downtime, and cause little to no pain compared to surgery. That’s why many people are making appointments with our professionals to talk about anti-aging treatment options.
What Causes Skin Aging?
We all know wrinkles, crepe-like skin, dryness, dullness, and pigmentation can make us look older, but why do they happen? Understanding the underlying reasons for skin aging is important, as it can help explain how skin rejuvenation treatments work and can also help you determine which treatments might help with your specific concerns.
Crash Course on Skin Anatomy
First, before we get into specific causes ofaging on the skin, we need to know a little about the anatomy of the skin. There are three main layers of skin:
The subcutaneous is the innermost layer of the skin and is a layer of fat cells that sits above the muscles. Then comes the dermis, the middle layer, and the epidermis, the outer layer.
The dermis is crucial for how your skin looks, as it provides the overall structure for your skin. The dermis is made up of two layers: the reticular dermis and the papillary dermis. The reticular dermis is where cells called fibroblasts make collagen, elastin, and other necessary proteins. Above that is the papillary dermis, which is a layer of blood vessels in charge of supplying nutrients to your epidermis.
Next we have the epidermis. This is the uppermost layer of skin. It, too, has a few different layers with different jobs. At the bottom of the epidermis is the basal layer, which is where your body creates new skin cells. As those skin cells travel up through other layers of the skin, they flatten out and become keratin cells. The very outer layer of your skin, called the stratum corneum, is made up of all those dead, flattened skin cells. These cells are constantly replaced by newer cells. This process is called desquamation, which is basically a scientific term for skin cell turnover.
Causes of Wrinkles and Other Aging Effects
Now, onto what makes us look old. There are many different factors that can play a role inskin aging, such as genetics and lifestyle factors. However, two of the big ones include normal aging and exposure to UV radiation.
First of all, as we age, we naturally produce less and less collagen and elastin in the dermis. The collagen is what gives your skin strength and support. Elastin is what makes your skin resilient and allows it to bounce back after getting stretched, such as the abdominal skin after pregnancy. Less collagen and elastin can lead to wrinkles and fine lines on your skin. Also, with age the rate of turnover for our skin cells also naturally slows down. This allows dead skin cells to stick around longer, which can cause your skin to look dull, flaky, or uneven and can also accentuate wrinkles.
UV radiation from the sun can also cause aging effects on your skin. It may speed up aging because this kind of radiation can damage skin cells responsible for keeping your skin firm. This can cause wrinkles and fine lines and may also cause things like age spots where you have more pigment in one area of your skin than other areas.
Non-Invasive Skin Rejuvenation to Help Improve Your Skin’s Appearance
As we understand more and more about the skin aging process, we’re also finding new and innovative ways to help reverse it. For instance, today there are many minimally-invasive and non-invasive options to help improve the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, complexion, and more. Two suchskin rejuvenation technologies are the plasma pen and the PRX-T33® chemical treatment.
Plasma Pen Fibroblasting Treatment
Plasma pen treatments do a few different things to help improve the look of your skin. This incredible skin rejuvenation technology uses an arc of plasma just above your skin in the treatment area. The plasma heats up the dermis to help stimulate collagen production. The process is also known as fibroblasting.
In addition, the plasma pen creates small pin pricks in the top layer of your skin. This can help your body slough off dead skin cells to reveal the newer, smoother, and more supple skin underneath. Also known as skin resurfacing, essentially this process removes the built-up dead skin cells that can make you look older.
Plasma pen treatments can help with many different skin concerns, such as:
Treatment only takes a few minutes to about an hour, depending on how large the treatment area is. You can get plasma pen treatments practically anywhere, though common target areas include the forehead, cheeks, lips, laugh lines, neck, jawline, and entire face. It’s also the only treatment available for the eyelids aside from surgical procedures. Typically plasma pen treatments only need about one week of downtime.
WiQo PRX-T33 Chemical Treatment
Another innovative skin rejuvenation treatment includes theWiQo PRX-T33 chemical treatment. This is similar to a chemical peel, but with no peeling, light sensitivity, or downtime. The PRX-T33 treatment features a proprietary mix of Kojic acid, hydrogen peroxide, and trichloroacetic acid (TCA) to penetrate deep into the skin to the papillary dermis.
Hydrogen peroxide naturally stimulates fibroblast receptors to help stimulate collagen production, and the TCA helps transport it through the epidermis into the dermis. This helps encourage your skin to make more collagen without affecting the top layer of the skin. So, there’s no peeling, light sensitivity, or other drawbacks of traditional deep chemical peels. In some cases you may notice some mild flaking, indicating you had dead skin cells that needed to be shed.
Common target areas for the PRX-T33 treatment include the face, neck, and the décolleté to help with wrinkles, laxity, skin texture, complexion, and other common age-related skin changes. Results can be almost instant with the skin looking tighter, brighter, and more supple.
Advanced Aesthetic Treatments at HerKare
Our team at HerKare is here to help you feel your best, including helping you improve your appearance through aesthetic treatments. We offer treatments using innovative, FDA-approved technologies. Our professionals are here to offer guidance for aesthetic treatments in a welcoming, no-judgement environment.Make your appointment today to learn more and see which options may work for you.
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Start the New Year off RIGHT with our January Specials! HerKare emphasizes and empowers women to feel good about themselves – from general wellness to aesthetics. With experienced medical professionals in both areas, make an annual wellness exam, and let’s chat about your health and changes you’d like to make to feel better about yourself. To achieve the “look you want”, consider our January specials on a few aesthetic services!
This past week, I went to the hair salon for the first time in 11 months. It had been nearly a year since my last appointment, and for a woman with long, color-treated hair, that is an exceptionally long time.
As I sat there getting my hair washed, dried, and generally pampered, I thought about how amazing it feels to get your hair done. You leave the salon refreshed, relaxed, and feeling fresh. When you really think about it, our hair is a huge part of our physical appearance, and so for many of us, it is also tightly linked to our self esteem. It can also, however, give us a clue as to the health of the rest of our body. For some problems, like hormones, hair might be one of your first signs of a problem.
Hormones affect hair in a big way. Think about when you were pregnant, if you have ever been pregnant. For me, pregnancy was the one time in my life that my hair was thick, long, and dare I say…luscious. I couldn’t get enough of my pregnant hair. I curled it, and it stayed. I straightened it, and it didn’t lie flat against my head. It was glorious. Then came baby. And very soon after baby, there went my beautiful, thick, to die for hair.
The hair that I had after baby is another great example of how hormones affect your hair. It was the opposite of glorious. It fell out in chunks. It was flat, dry, splitting at the ends, and as thin and lifeless as it had ever been. And, just like that my self esteem flipped from one extreme to the other. While these sorts of hair extremes are common around pregnancy, having these sorts of problems other times may indicate some sort of hormonal problem. Luckily, however, you don’t have to just live with it. If your hair woes are hormonally driven, there may be an answer out there.
So, how do you know if your hair is just going through a rough patch or suffering from hormonal problems? For starters, you know your hair and body best. Have you had a sudden change in hair that seems to have come out of nowhere? Do you have other accompanying symptoms such as mood swings, night sweats, weight gain, or fatigue? If so, then you might suspect hormones to be the culprit of your changing tresses.
If you suspect a hormonal problem in your life, get to HerKare and let a treatment professional help you. A physician may be able to determine whether a hormonal imbalance is causing your hair problems or other symptoms. If it is, they may be able to get a treatment plan in place that is just for you. Get your hair, your body, and your self esteem back on track with the help of a physician at HerKare.
Dr. Rick Westbrook of HerKare discusses Vivace, an in-office, skin tightening treatment that does not require surgery. Vivace combines targeted microneedling with radio-frequency electrical energy for a non-surgical skin tightening treatment even the skin’s deepest layers. Vivace microneedling can be used on nearly any area of the face or body, on any skin type, and is especially helpful in eliminating acne scarring.
HerKare Southlake is the exclusive provider of Vivace treatments in Texas. For more information on Vivace treatments, please view the following video here.