Sunday, September 30, 2012

Laser Toenail Fungus Treatment

One of the newest uses for lasers in dermatology is for the treatment of toenail fungus. This condition affects many people and leads to undesirable changes in the color and texture of the nail. The laser is used to gently heat the nail and kill the fungus. As the nail grows out over several months, clearance is seen. The treatment is pain-free and takes about 15 minutes. Anywhere from one to three treatments are performed at intervals ranging from one week to six months. Compared to other treatments, laser toenail fungus therapy is highly effective. It does not have side effects such as liver damage that could occur with oral therapy and it does not lead to disfiguring of the nail that is seen with surgical therapy. Laser toenail fungus treatment is now available at A E Skin.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Red Carpet Event

A E Skin's first Red Carpet Event was held on Thursday September 20, 2012 in the Encino office. The Event was a tremendous success. Over twenty guests attended to take advantage of the exclusive one-night-only specials on skin care products, Botox, fillers, chemical peels, and laser procedures. Everyone got an opportunity to take pictures on the Red Carpet. There were enough raffle prizes for everyone who attended and guests were treated with gift bags as they left. Refreshments were provided by Nuts N Berries Cafe. We look forward to future events.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Botox for Life?

A common misconception is that if you get a Botox treatment you have to get it for the rest of your life. I'm not sure where this came from but it is absolutely false. Many people try a treatment to see if they like it. Most of these people find that they enjoy the youthful and rejuvenated look and continue maintenance treatments periodically. One frequently asked question is "Will the wrinkles appear worse after the Botox wears off than they did before the treatment?" The answer to this question is no. The reason has to do with how the protein works. Botox relaxes the muscles under the skin which are responsible for certain wrinkles. When these muscles are relaxed, the wrinkles are diminished or disappear; this can be seen both at rest and with movement of the muscle. After three to four months this relaxation stops and the muscle goes back to its baseline level of contraction. The stronger the muscle, the deeper the wrinkles; and if the muscle has been relaxed for several months, the wrinkles will actually look better than they did at baseline, especially when the treatment is combined with a good skin care regimen. There are many rumors about cosmetic treatments on the Internet so be sure you get your questions answered by a medical professional.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

How to Use the Clarisonic Pro Timer

The Clarisonic Pro is a home-use product designed to effectively clean the skin. It has a timer to make washing the face easy. The cycle lasts one minute and it beeps at 20 seconds, 40 seconds, and 50 seconds. While it can be used in any way, many people find the beeps helpful. It is recommended to start on the forehead for the first 20 seconds. After the first beep, move to the nose, upper and lower lips, and chin for the next 20 seconds. After the next beep, move to one cheek for ten seconds. And after the final beep move to the other cheek for the remaining ten seconds. The skin will be smooth and clean in a single minute, making skin care products that are subsequently applied better absorbed. The speed can be adjusted to the individuals comfort level and there are a variety of brush heads to choose from, making it great for all skin types, from oily to sensitive. The brush heads should be replaced every three to six months. The new Clarisonic Pro Face and Body comes with a large body brush head along with a cradle and extension allowing for thorough cleansing of the skin on the entire body. Add the Clarisonic Pro to your skin care regimen twice daily for healthy and youthful appearing skin.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Fractional Resurfacing for Acne Scars

Acne scars are a very common concern for many people. These scars are typically depressed into the skin rather than being elevated over the skin in the case of a surgical scar for example. They are due to abnormal healing of the skin and abnormal collagen formation after deep acne cysts. Fractional resurfacing is an outstanding laser-based treatment for acne scars because it can get rid of this abnormal collagen and stimulate the production of normal collagen which gives the skin a smooth appearance. The idea behind fractional technology is that instead of treating the entire surface of the skin, only a fraction of it is treated. This is very similar to drilling holes to aerate a lawn. Tiny holes are formed in the skin and the untreated surrounding areas help the skin heal. This makes the healing time significantly less than full resurfacing; typically less than one week. With a series of treatments outstanding results can be achieved.