This past week I had the great opportunity to attend the 12th Annual Vegas Cosmetic Surgery and Aesthetic Dermatology Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Large Conferences are a great way for me to stay up to date on the latest procedures and greatest techniques in the cosmetic industry. During my stay I was one of about forty doctors, in the entire country, chosen to attend an exclusive dinner on the most anticipated cosmetic release of the year, Kybella! Kybella is THE treatment for submental fullness (the “double chin.”) It works by physically destroying the fat cell membrane and allowing the body to metabolize the fatty contents as normal cells. Kybella is able to render the “double chin” a thing of the past. This is just one of many things that I learned about during my stay at the Bellagio. I can’t wait to share all my new knowledge with you over the coming weeks, and thank you so much to Jessica Schwabe RN who took great care of my patients while I was away.
“De-Aging” the hands is a common topic in my office. Age spots, wrinkled and thin skin, volume loss and prominent veins are all due to aging. Dark pigmentation (age or liver spots) are directly caused by sun exposure. Hands are prone to sun damage, since they absorb extra UV rays when driving. Laser or a series of IPL treatments work well for these spots.
“Plumping” the hands can soften the appearance of volume loss and prominent veins. Direct injection of Radiesse or Juvederm can work very well to add fullness to the hands. Loose or wrinkled skin can be tightened up and improved with a series of light Fractionated CO2 laser treatments.
If your hands have all of these issues, a lot can be accomplished over a relatively short period of time.
In the previous installment of our three-part blog series on IPL Laser Skin Treatment, skin care specialist Jodie Reinertson, MD discussed who makes a good candidate for the facial rejuvenation procedure. In our final post, she details the typical IPL experience.
IPL laser skin treatment is a minimally invasive and effective method for addressing signs of aging, sun damage, and common skin conditions. The first step in IPL is scheduling a consultation, as meeting with the patient is key to determining specific concerns and aspirations. From there, I can develop a custom facial rejuvenation plan that addresses bothersome areas.
After a comprehensive discussion, my patient meets with a highly trained laser technician. Non-surgical facial enhancements are often quick procedures, and IPL treatment typically lasts an hour. Photofacial generally follows these six steps:
- Topical numbing agent applied for 15 minutes
- Solution removed, skin washed
- Eye protection put in place
- Clear gel applied to area to be treated
- Laser uniformly pulses over entire treatment area
- Gel washed off, finishing lotion and sunscreen applied
Individual experience varies, but most patients do not feel much discomfort. The sensation is commonly compared to light rubber band snaps. Because patient comfort is a priority, I utilize a cooling method unique to CosMedic Skincare as well as complimentary numbing cream.
Recovery is typically quick and side effects are usually minimal. To help ensure the best outcome, patients are encouraged to avoid sun exposure for 4-6 weeks prior to receiving photo-regenerative treatments.
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In the first installment of our three-part blog series, Dr. Jodie Reinertson explained the benefits of choosing IPL Laser Skin Treatment. In today’s post, she will discuss candidacy requirements for photo-rejuvenation.
IPL laser skin treatment is an advanced facial rejuvenation technique used to treat numerous skin conditions, including age spots, broken capillaries, and acne. These areas of concern are often the result of excess sun exposure or a genetic predisposition. With the help of IPL therapy, many qualified patients can achieve a more even-toned, refreshed appearance.
To determine a patient’s candidacy for IPL treatment, I’ll begin with a consultation to discuss his or her aesthetic goals, current skin concerns, and skincare habits. Depending on these factors and others, I will often recommend IPL to help reduce abnormal pigmentation and symptoms of aging. Requirements for IPL candidacy include:
- Fair skin
- No recent tanning or sunburns
- No use of Retin-A or other sensitizing products
The laser used in treatment cannot differentiate between normal and abnormal pigmentation, so patients with olive or darker skin tones often aren’t suitable candidates, nor are individuals with tanned skin. However, there may be alternative options for patients who are not candidates for IPL therapy.
Having clear, even-toned skin is a common desire, and it’s possible to enjoy a more youthful, refreshed appearance without suffering extensive downtime or invasive procedures thanks to IPL laser skin treatments.
Check back with our blog soon for the final installment of our three-part series on IPL. In our final post, Dr. Reinertson details the typical photofacial treatment experience from beginning to end.
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For more information about the benefits of IPL or requirements for candidacy, please contact our office today. We will be happy to answer your questions, or assist you with scheduling a consultation.
It is the end of an era now that American Laser Skincare has closed its doors. We understand the frustration and the confusion that their former patients must be having, as many of their patients have unused services. We here at Seattle CosMedic Skincare would like to extend our assistance to these patients of the Greater Seattle area. It would be our pleasure to work with you to find out where you are in your treatment series, assess how your results are coming along, and assist you with customized pricing to reach your laser hair removal, IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), skin tightening, Botox, and Filler goals. It is always sad news to hear of the passing of a fellow corporation within our field, but we hope to ease this blow to the esthetic community. Please call us today at 206.622.6444 for a complimentary consultation with Dr. Reinertson and resume your esthetic journey today.
Welcome to the first entry in our three-part blog series on IPL Laser Skin Treatment. In it, Dr. Jodie Reinertson discusses the advantages of using IPL on common skin conditions including brown spots, rosacea, and acne.
Many of my patients come to me with concerns about hyperpigmentation, age spots, and other skin discolorations that can affect their wellbeing. Sun damage and genetic predilection can often cause signs of aging in individuals as young as 20, and restoring the countenance to its previous youthfulness is a common goal. IPL, or Intense Pulsed Light therapy, is one method for achieving smoother, more even skin, and it is advantageous for several reasons.
I often recommend IPL therapy for treating rosacea, acne, age spots, fine wrinkles, and other conditions since the treatment offers substantial results with little to no downtime. Patients typically return to work the same day, and the process may take as little as an hour. Other benefits of IPL include:
- Improves skin texture
- Quick procedure
- Quick recovery
- Often highly effective
- Minimally invasive
I use the IPL-ELOS (electro-optical synergy) laser because it treats an extensive list of perceived skin imperfections relatively quickly and with few side effects. I may also recommend Cynosure Elite Aesthetic Laser to treat smaller veins and pigment spots, and employ other skin care products for individual symptoms. For patients desiring a more youthful, even skin tone, IPL photo-rejuvenation can be a good option for diminishing pigmentation, signs of aging, and acne.
Check back with our blog soon for the second and third entries in our blog series on IPL. The next installment will cover who makes a good candidate for the facial rejuvenation procedure.
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If you have additional questions about the benefits of IPL photofacial treatment, or if you would like to schedule a consultation, please contact our office today.
What is IPL?
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) or also commonly called Photofacial, is used for:
- Skin imperfections caused by the sun, such as age spots, freckles, and brown “blotches”.
- Reducing rosacea (redness), spider veins or dilated blood vessels.
- Stimulating collagen, which improves skin texture and tone.
Most commonly, I use IPL on the face, neck, chest and hands.
The laser works by emitting a range of light rays which target hemoglobin (the red blood cells in the blood vessels) or melanin (the brown pigment in the age spots). This light is absorbed and results in damage to the blood vessel wall, or fragmenting the melanin. These vessels and pigment are then absorbed by the body.
Because the IPL targets melanin, we cannot do this procedure on “tanned” skin. Winter is typically the best time for most patients. Self-tanner must also be avoided for 2-4 weeks prior to treatment.
There is generally no downtime. You may experience mild swelling, redness or a darkening of the brown spots. The dark spots generally look darker for 3-7 days and then gradually clear.
It takes 3-5 treatments depending on your skin and the level of correction needed. Treatments are performed every 4-6 weeks. Using highly experienced technicians is a must for this procedure. After a consultation we will make a recommendation based on your skin type and concerns.
FDA approved Radiesse is a non-surgical treatment that can be performed as simple injection during an office visit.
Formation of lines and creases are a natural part of living and aging. As we age we loose collagen, muscle, and bone therefor our tissues begin to break down. Lines can also result from years of smiling, frowning, squinting, or smoking. These “marks of maturity” can be dramatically minimized by injecting Radiesse to the effected area.
Radiesse is a new generation of volumizing fillers. As it is injected it builds up the tissue of the face providing an immediate “lift,” while also having the benefit of long term effects.
Radiesse is made of very tiny smooth Calcium Hydroxyapatite microspheres. It is very similar to the constitution of teeth and bone. These microspheres form a lattice beneath the skin through which your own collagen begins to grow.
Radiesse can be used effectively as an alternative to surgery for facial countering. I use this to add counter and lift to the cheek bones, in the folds between the nose and mouth, (nasal labial folds)frown lines, and to create a more pronounced jaw line, or even an injectable chin implant. Radiesse in combination with Botox for the forehead and brow region can give an instant “face lift.” Most patients do not need anesthetic, and their is minimal discomfort with the injection as with any injection. Bruising or swelling may result, but typically there is minimal down time. Allowing you to comfortably return to normal activity after your injection.
Although everyone is different I find that Raidesse lasts up to a year. In experienced hands you should look better but not “over done.” My patients come back again, and again, and love the look and duration of this product. It is a dermal filler that I absolutely love working with!
The DOT is one of the latest advances in skin rejuvenation. The DOT stands for Dermal Optic Thermolosys. The DOT pixalates the CO2 laser beam into thousands of tiny shafts of light. This light penetrates into the deeper layers of the skin. The settings can be adjusted for superficial or deeper penetration. As the skin repairs itself it replaces these tiny holes from the shafts of light with new skin. The heat also tightens existing collagen and help stimulate the growth of new collagen.
The DOT excels at treating deeper wrinkles, uneven skin tone, acne scars, traumatic scars, and textural changes from sun damage. It is also effective in treating actinic keratosis, which are small precancerous growths.
I highly recommend treating the decollete;however, this area is more sensitive, with thinner skin, and I will not treat as aggressively as the face. The DOT also works well for crepey skin below and above the eyes.
The CO2 laser is best for patients with moderate to deep facial wrinkles, sun damage, or moderate to severe acne scaring.
The DOT may be customized to meet the specific concerns and sensitivity of each patient. Deeper treatments will require more healing or “downtime” than more superficial treatments. With either a more aggressive or a lighter treatment, you will see great results after your skin heals (3-14 days). Full results can take up to 6 months, as new collagen is being stimulated for a full 6 months after treatment.
I would love to speak with anyone interested in our CO2 laser treatment for a complimentary consultation. Give us a call at 206.622.6444, we are open five days a week, and my schedule is rather flexible.
Recently I have been getting a growing number of questions regarding Sculptra, an injectable that I am very passionate about. In this quarter’s blog I wish to answer some of the questions you may have about Sculptra Aesthetics, starting with what is Sculptra?
Sculptra is a synthetic lactic acid injectable that fills out wrinkles or areas of volume loss within the face. It stimulates natural collagen production to restore youthfulness and softens your skin. In my experience it is best used for hollow cheeks, hollow temples, nasolabial folds, (lines from our nose to our mouth) and for defining the jaw line.
Sculptra will add volume to the face and give some “lift” without making you look overdone. The decision between Radiesse and other hyaluronic fillers and Sculptra, usually comes down to the age of the patient, the desired appearance, and maintenance. I really enjoy using Radiesse or Juvederm to restore volume but sometimes too much “filler” in the front of your face can have that “cosmetically done” appearance. Often the best results come with a combination of Sculptra and hyaluronic fillers. Treating different areas with different products, for a natural and beautiful replacement of volume and contour.
Sculptra will last 2 years or more in the most patients. I typically inject Sculptra every 4-6 weeks, with a total of 2-5 treatments, depending on the amount of volume loss. It can take between 4 and 6 weeks to form enough collagen to see a visible difference. Many of my patients love that the effects are gradual, making them appear more refreshed as time goes on, rather than having a sudden, or “drastic” change.
Sculptra has been used in the United States and Europe since 1999, and I have personally been injecting Sculptra since 2003. I have had multiple trainings in injection technique most recently by Dr Ulegger, from Switzerland. He has treated over 8,000 patients with very few problems, all of which were temporary. The most common problem with Sculptra are “bumps,” though increasingly less common as the product has been reformulated with smaller smoother particles.
A consultation is required before any treatment. I will assess your face and evaluate whether; Radiesse, Juvederm, or Sculptra would suit your face. Then we will plan a course of treatments that would work best for you, and of course for your budget. At CosMedic Skincare I will be the only one to perform your injections. I will be happy to answer anyone’s questions or concerns, regarding Sculptra that were not answered here, during a complimentary consultation.
I hope to see you in my downtown office soon!
Dr Jodie Reinertson