Carissa shares her professional insights, the latest treatment tips, and the answers to some of her clients most frequently asked questions
Have you ever looked in the mirror with index finger and thumb placed on the sides of your face, pulled back slightly and watched 5-10 years magically disappear? Sigh, I’ll admit it – I have and on more than one occasion.
Like many women, I’m not quite ready for a surgical lift, and as far as I know, no one has figured out a way to install a knob in the back of my head to hold my “adjustments” in place. So what does one do? Enter, laser skin tightening treatments.
When I recommend SkinTyte Laser Contouring treatments (the form of laser skin tightening therapy we do at the SkinFit medi-spa) to my clients, it is often not something they are fully informed about or realize the extent to which they could benefit from its use. Below are my answers to the top questions and concerns from my clients, and I hope you find them helpful too.
Laser skin tightening is a non-invasive process using Infrared Light (a laser) to heat the collagen under the skin’s surface, causing the skin to contract and tighten.
Some skintone tightening is noticeable immediately after the treatment, and there is no downtime, making this an increasingly popular procedure. But, the real magic happens over the following 3-6 months as the skin forms more collagen, becoming plumper and firmer. I like to think of like the treatment like adding air in a partially deflated beach ball and watching the surface becomes firm and smooth again.
For optimal results, I usually recommend three or four treatments about a month apart.
SkinTyte Laser Contouring is suitable for people of all skin types and skin tones, and can be performed all over the body.
Typically, women in their late twenties and thirties and men in their thirties and early forties who notice their skintone is starting to slacken see amazing results from a series of sessions, and the treatments also help to ensure they have the best skintone quality prior to a surgical lift, when Dr. Lorenc and they feel it is time for that anti-aging approach.
For men and women who have undergone a surigical lift already, laser skin tightening treatments highly recommended by the doctor to help maintain the enhancements of the surgery and defend against future sagging and aging.
During the procedure, the skin is heated gradually by the laser, so it is virtually pain-free. Many patients describe it as a warm massage and find it to be relaxing.
Many of my patients have no side effects and appreciate the immediate improvement following a treatment so much, they schedule a session prior to a big event.
However, my clients with highly sensitive skin sometimes experience temporary redness or minor swelling after the procedure, lasting anywhere from an hour to a few days.
SkinTyte Laser Contouring heats body tissue in order to tighten the skin and is performed in the SkinFit medi-spa. Laser rejuvenation or resurfacing deeply exfoliates the outer layers of skin to promote the growth of new, healthier skin, and is performed by Dr. Lorenc.
Depending on your skin’s condition, both forms of laser skin therapy might be the superior option. Either technique may be recommended alone or a synergistic laser treatment program will be developed just for you during a consultation.
Most professional medi-spa skin procedures rank “avoid sun exposure” at the top of their post-treatment care list. Many of my clients ask me, “Since it’s summer, should I avoid certain treatments?” Or “If I do have a particular treatment, must I hibernate and avoid all sun exposure for an extended period of time?”
While every person’s situation is unique and it is true that sun exposure and high temperatures after an intense chemical peel or laser treatment can cause adverse reactions (increased sensitivity, sunburn, hyperpigmentation), the majority of the SkinFit procedures I administer have no-downtime and can be done year-round without any complications, as long as a few basic steps are followed.
#1 – A broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher MUST be used rain or shine, with extra attention given to the treated area. This is true 365 days a year, and no, there are no exceptions. We offer many formulations at the spa to suit all skin types, and when you consider that sun exposure is the #1 cause of premature aging and skin cancer, it does become difficult not to make daily sunscreen usage a beneficial if not lifesaving beauty habit.
#2 – Plan ahead. If you know that you will be spending 2 solid weeks at the beach, plan on having your treatment 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after the trip. Doing a treatment 2 weeks before will have you glowing for your vacation and make you more conscious of practicing “safe sun”. Two weeks after your get-away, having a treatment to rehydrate and rev up new cell turnover will be just what your skin craves after say all the sun, sand, saltwater, and those cute drinks with umbrellas.
#3 – Treat skin gently and keep cool for the first 48 hours after any skin treatment, even if your skin feels 100% fine. That means no extreme heat (saunas, hot tubs), no extended sun exposure (a full day at the beach or running a marathon at high noon) and no exfoliant products. If you do feel your skin over-heating from an activity or burning after applying a product, splash the area with cool water until the feeling subsides.
#4 – Speak honestly with your skin care professional about your beauty objectives and summer lifestyle to develop an effective and realistic treatment plan. If you are open about the amount of sun exposure and activity you are planning, your aesthetician can truly be your “secret weapon” in controlling sun damage and photoaging. His or her adjustments and recommendations to your treatment schedule and home care regimen during the summer will ensure that your healthy skin outlook is…well…sunny.
Spring’s warmer temperatures bring so many changes. Flowers are in bloom, birds are chirping, and complexions look dull and start breaking out…. Wait, what was that thought – beautiful spring weather and not so beautiful skin?!? Yep, one of the most common complaints I hear this time of year is that well-behaved skin returned from spring-break and is misbehaving. Badly. But why?
During the winter, cold air and bone-dry indoor heating cause dehydrated cells to accumulate on the surface of the skin. As the climate becomes warmer, increased humidity and sweat cause oil to stay on the skin’s surface longer, mixing with these dead cells. Combine this skin situation with heavier winter skin care products and voilà…pores become blocked and breakouts occur. If nothing else, your skin just looks “blah”.
Here are my tips for preventing and fixing this seasonal problem and get you glowing into Spring in no time.
Dead skin cells need to be removed on a regular basis all year long (even in the winter, when skin can feel parched). At the professional level, a light, in-office chemical peel or deep cleaning HydraFacial is something I recommend to all of my clients at the beginning of each season to brighten dull complexions and set the stage for beautiful skin during the months ahead.
When taking care of your skin at home, I suggest the use of a mild scrub twice a week, or a product with alpha- or beta-hydroxy acids used every other day. These products will do the job nicely and are appropriate for even sensitive skin. Regular, gentle at home exfoliation will enable your hydration and anti-aging products to penetrate your skin and do their best work. But be prudent, too frequent or too aggressive at home exfoliation can strip your skin, causing irritation or increased oil production which can both cause breakouts and prevent other skincare products from working properly.
What most of my clients need in the winter to protect and hydrate their skin is usually too heavy for warmer weather. I advise that if you use a moisturizing cream, switch to a lotion or avoid it all together and just apply sunblock. At night, apply moisturizer only where your face feels dry, around your eyes or on your cheeks for example.
Foundation is also a culprit when it comes to blocked pores. So, I often recommend switching from a heavier cream foundation to a tinted moisturizer or mineral powder. There are some terrific formulations out there that are light but still provide a nice finish.
I know I regularly mention the importance of using sunscreen, and I will repeat myself now. You should be using a full-spectrum sunblock on your face 365 days a year, but it is especially important as the weather gets warmer and clothing gets lighter, to apply it to ALL sun-exposed areas (chest, arms, hands, legs). If you participate in outdoor activities, it might be wise to switch to a lighter, “water resistant, sweat-proof” formula as your everyday choice.
Spring heralds longer days and more sunlight, and no matter how good you are about wearing sunblock, some UV rays will invariably reach your skin. Research has shown that anti-oxidants help to neutralize free –radicals that form on the skin’s surface during UV exposure. A diet rich in anti-oxidants is always a good idea to fit this type of damage, and by adding a topical anti-oxidant product to your daily skincare routine, you give your skin an extra line of defense against sun damage as well as help prevent sun freckles and uneven skintone.
Skin Care care can be broken down into 5 essential steps: Cleanse, Exfoliate, Correct, Hydrate, and Protect.
If you follow Steps 1-5 on a daily basis, you will be amazed out how well you will look as you mature. My clients frequently ask me what to use and how they should manage their five step regime. Here is what I tell them.
Because science and technology are constantly progressing and improving the efficacy of today’s skin care products, it is frequently the case that medical grade options are the first to make use of the most advanced scientific inventions. Within the SkinFit Medical Spa, we work hard to keep abreast of and utilize the most effective and advanced formulations in our services and make highly effective at home skincare products available for use in conjunction with and in the context of your SkinFit program as well as doctor prescribed treatments and procedures.
Products typically last an average of 3 months, if used as recommended.
Absolutely! Products not only maintain the effects of your treatments, but the right combination of active ingredients can also continue the correction process and improve your skin on a daily basis.
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