Ah, acne. We all get it, and we all hate it. And if you’re someone who suffers from it regularly, chances are you’ve spoken to friends or jumped online to research what could be causing your outbreaks. There definitely has to be a trigger, right? At 13, acne is part of puberty, but what about in your 40s and 50s?
The problem with discussing or researching acne problems is that it’s hard to know what’s a myth and what’s not. For example, we’ve all heard that toothpaste cures acne—but that’s simply not true. How do these myths get started, anyway?
Here are a few acne myths, and a few truths, and what you can do about your own acne issues.
Yes, wash your face…but in moderation. Do it like a normal person, not obsessively like Howard Hughes. And definitely don’t scrub too hard, or you’ll wind up with very irritated skin.
The science: The truth is, washing your face too much can cause it to become extra dry, which can result in even more breakouts. The best thing to do is to wash your face two times a day with mild soap, gentle circle motions, and a nice pat dry.
There is some legitimacy to this myth, but only if you use the wrong type of makeup. Because acne is such a widespread problem, many products now include pimple-fighting benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, and can therefore help your skin.
The science: Powder-based mineral foundations that have silica, zinc oxide, and titanium dioxide are particularly great for those who have trouble with acne, as these can absorb the oil that produces pimples.
When we’re experiencing breakouts, it’s hard to stay away from creams, scrubs, masks, and medicines. We want to get rid of those pimples pronto! However, as mentioned before, everything in moderation. Too much “acne medicating” can make things worse.
The science: Almost all acne medications includes benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid, which can help your skin, but also can cause your skin to dry out if you use them too much. And of course, dried-out skin will result in more acne.
If you have serious acne issues and your situation seems to stay the same no matter what medications you use, no matter what makeup you wear, no matter what food you eat, and no matter what regimen you follow, you may want to consider an acne skin treatment from a skin specialist. Whether you want to improve acne, acne scarring, or both, there are plenty of incredible options that can help, including:
There are many options if you’re suffering from stubborn acne and nothing seems to help. If you have any questions about these treatments, please feel free to ask us or schedule a free consultation!
We all know that water is very good for us. It regulates our body temperature, flushes out bacteria, and energizes our muscles. But did you also know that it’s incredible for your skin?
Our skin is, at the end of the day, an organ and like any other organ, it benefits greatly from hydration. Drinking water will help your skin build new cells, which will improve skin’s color and texture, creating the appearance of smoothness. Water basically helps your skin look its most radiant, glowing, and soft.
Water also replenishes skin tissue and helps it maintain its youthful elasticity, which delays wrinkles. When the skin isn’t getting enough hydration, it causes skin cell damage, which results in wrinkles, sagginess, tightness, and dryness—and dry skin has less resilience, making it much more prone to wrinkling.
There is a beauty myth that drinking lots and lots of water will erase wrinkles. Unfortunately, this isn’t true. Water won’t turn back the clock, but staying hydrated will help your skin stay looking its absolute best, and may prevent further wrinkles from forming.
If you’re already on top of your water game, but also are interested in getting rid of the wrinkles that you already have, we offer excellent skin treatments at Fremont Laser to lessen your lines and creases.
Botox is, of course, a classic, and Dysport is very close to it, with very minute differences. Both are FDA approved and are very effective. Both Botox and Dysport have the ability to stop muscles from moving and creating wrinkles. This smooths out the skin, and is outstanding for deep burrows, eye lines, and forehead ditches.
Restylane and Restylane Lyft. These are very popular dermal fillers which uses hyaluronic acid (which is naturally produced within the body) to “plump” wrinkles out. Restylane is perfect for under the eyes, creases, and fine lines, while Restylane Lyft is a bit stronger—good for lifting and holding volume. Both are very effective for improving a “tired” or “grumpy” looking face.
CO2 laser skin resurfacing. This is the best treatment to fight advanced skin damage and wrinkling, but it does require a bit of downtime and a strict follow-up regimen. CO2 laser resurfacing works by using an extremely precise laser, which makes tiny holes in the troubled skin. This causes the area to heal itself and become healthy. CO2 is a little more intensive, but a wonderful option if you have the time to properly recover.
We offer treatments for wrinkles at Fremont Laser. To learn more, contact us or schedule a free consultation. We’d love to speak with you and conquering wrinkles.
There’s a wide and exciting world of amazing options out there for those who are unhappy with their skin, whether it’s because of acne scarring, sun or age spots, wrinkles, uneven tone, pigmentation, stretch marks, rosacea, or pronounced veins. With the right laser treatment, Botox, or dermal filler, these issues that are bothering you can be greatly improved or eliminated altogether.
However, if you’re like many people, you may be nervous about the person who will be administering your treatment. After all, lasers and needles don’t exactly invite comfort to begin with. Shouldn’t you be absolutely certain that your specialist is, well…a specialist?
While laser and dermal treatments aren’t invasive like surgery, they still require more trust than something like a haircut or manicure. They are widely accepted and popular, but it’s important that you’re completely sure that the spa or clinic you visit employs a licensed staff, as well as an in-house doctor.
Because of the popularity of these treatments, an overwhelming number of facilities are now offering them, even though lasers and fillers may not be their area of expertise. You’ll see quite a few eye doctors, nail salons, and dentist offices that provide cosmetic treatments, but they aren’t always the best choice. It’s better to leave cosmetic treatments to those who were specifically trained.
How do you know that your specialist is legitimate? Here are some things to know.
Your Specialist Should Take a Long Look at You
If you feel that your specialist is in a rush and trying to get you out the door, run for the hills. A professional who cares about your satisfaction will study your face: every line, blemish, spot, and shape. They will do this in order to determine your dosage (in the case of fillers or Botox) or the level of laser you need (if you’re getting laser work done). When it comes to injections, dosage and placement make all the difference.
Run from Groupon-Type Deals
A spa or facility offering “discount Botox” or discount anything to do with lasers or needles is to be heavily avoided. Why? Because discount Botox shows. It’s simply not an area to skimp. Most people who decide to go with cheap injections or laser treatments just end up paying for it later—literally. They have to visit a different specialist for damage control.
A Professional Will Keep Your Records
When it comes to injectables, there is no “one size fits all” amount. This is why a legitimate specialist will keep your unit numbers on file for your future visits. It will help them (and you) to understand what’s working for you. The last amount you received might have been too much, or not enough.
A Real Doctor Should be on Staff
Most states require a licensed doctor to be on staff at any business that administers laser or injectable treatments. While this is the law, many places try to get around this by advertising a “supervising doctor,” which basically means that their doctor is technically employed, but is never around. It’s very important that the business you choose not only has a doctor on staff, but that he or she is actually available. Find a place with a very involved, caring doctor.
At Monterey Laser, we take what we do extremely seriously. As a laser and skin care facility with professional registered nurses, we are committed to providing the smoothest, safest experience for each and every one of our clients with the best technology and products available. Our very own Dr. Brown is in everything we do, and we are far more qualified than some other local centers.
Have you ever wondered why med spas are called med spas? It’s because at a med spa, you get the extra care and benefit of having a medical doctor involved, as opposed to simply having estheticians present. This is how a med spa is different than a regular spa. Both offer cosmetic beauty treatments, but it’s important for med spas to have a physician on hand.
Why Do Med Spas Require Doctors?
It’s because many treatments that are offered at med spas, such as laser skin resurfacing and laser hair removal, have a small chance of risk that would need the assistance of a professional physician. This is rare, but it’s wise for a medical doctor to be there in the event an issue occurs.
While many physicians at med spas administer laser and injectable treatments themselves, very often the spa’s nurses will carry out the treatments under the approval of the doctor. This is completely fine—if the doctor is still on hand.
No Doctor? No Thanks
Although anywhere that provides injectables or laser treatments is legally required to operate under a professional physician, that physician doesn’t have to physically be there in order for the med spa to operate.
You’ll see this often advertised as a med spa having a “supervising doctor,” in which the real owners of the med spa will approach a medical doctor and ask him or her to represent their med spa in return for a fee. This basically means that sometimes, medical doctors’ licenses are simply borrowed in order for a med spa to perform treatments—and the doctor is never really there.
A med spa—or anywhere—that is offering laser treatments or injectables without a doctor present is a place to avoid. Absolutely a nurse can do these procedures for you. However, having a medical doctor right there nearby is extremely important. He or she will be able to offer expert help in the case something out of the ordinary happening.
The Importance of a Resident Physician
It’s crucial to find a med spa that employs a very involved, caring medical doctor. Not only will he or she be conveniently available for problems; they will also be around to oversee the work of their nurses and estheticians.
At Monterey Laser, Dr. William Brown is very involved in everything that we do. He is a degree-holding physician who has been in the medical field for over 30 years and is board certified. The safety and satisfaction of Monterey Laser & Skin Care’s patients is his highest priority.
Every med spa should have a physician like Dr. Brown present. This makes our med spa more qualified and reputable than many other local Monterey med spas that offer the same treatments, because we’re putting safety first.
And our professionalism doesn’t stop with Dr. Brown! We also have an amazing staff of registered nurses to take great care of you.
If you’re interested in any of our treatments, please feel free to contact us for a free consultation!
You’ve probably noticed that today’s spas aren’t exactly your grandmother’s spas, or your mother’s for that matter. In fact, these days the beauty treatments that spas (or rather, med spas) offer include things that, when your mother was young, she probably never would have dreamed of—including laser skin resurfacing treatments, CoolSculpting to freeze fat away, vaginal rejuvenation treatments, all sorts of injectables, and more. “The beauty parlor” has come a long way. It’s no longer just hair and nail salons.
With cutting-edge med spas now competing for business and trust, it can be a bit difficult to choose which one is right for you. Similar to deciding on a new hair stylist, picking a good med spa comes down to personal preference and your budget. However, there are some basics to look out for.
Raving, Not So-So, Reviews
Ah, where would we be without customer reviews, testimonials, and feedback? The first thing to do when considering a Monterey med spa is to look over what their clients have said. Sure, there will always be some unsatisfied customers, but for the most part, you can get a good idea of a place by checking out their online reviews.
A Welcoming Atmosphere
A good med spa should have atmosphere that makes you feel welcome as soon as you walk in. It should be clean, comfortable, and nice-looking. If a place has a couch with rips in it, or dirty chairs, or old magazines tossed everywhere, you may want to re-think your choice.
No one likes the staff of any establishment being rude to them. Your med spa should have a staff that welcomes you with a smile, answers any questions you have in a friendly, patient way, and has a pleasant vibe. If the staff members act like you’re an inconvenience, the place is not worth your time.
Professionally Trained Professionals
This is an important area in which to do your research. These specialists will be working to aesthetically improve areas of your body, so you need to make sure that they are certified and truly know what they are doing. If you choose the wrong med spa, you could end up with skin damage or other problems.
A Complementary Consultation
The consultation you have should be a huge factor in your decision to go with a particular Bay Area med spa. Did you feel comfortable speaking with the specialist? Did they put you at ease and answer your concerns? Do you feel like you would be in good hands with them? If for any reason you didn’t feel welcomed by them or comfortable, find another med spa in the Bay Area.
Monterey Laser & Skin Care operates under the personal guidance of its founder, Dr. William H. Brown. If you’re interested in having any sort of skin treatment performed and have questions, please contact us at Monterey Laser & Skin Care.
There are plenty of reasons that women want laser hair removal while they’re pregnant. Maybe it’s because it’s a routine thing that they normally do, and they don’t necessarily want to stop. Maybe it’s because the new hormones are causing crazy hair growth in strange places. Maybe it’s because they need to feel a little more attractive during a vulnerable time. Or maybe it’s because they can’t reach their legs over their belly to shave them. Whatever the reason, many pregnant women find themselves asking is it okay to get laser hair removal while I’m pregnant?
A reputable laser hair removal specialist would answer no. This is due to the fact that it’s simply better to be safe than sorry. While there’s no real evidence to support laser hair removal being a danger to your unborn baby, it’s still a topic on which most professionals agree that it’s better to wait rather than risk any harm to your child. After all, it used to be perfectly acceptable for women to smoke during pregnancy.
However, if you search hard enough, you’ll find laser hair removal specialists who will treat pregnant women anyway. We don’t advise this, but if you’re absolutely determined, then at least avoid any topical anesthetic creams that you might be given to soothe the laser heat. This cream can be absorbed in your system and may be a risk to your baby.
As laser hair removal specialists, we at Fremont Laser encourage mommies-to-be to hold off until their pregnancy and breastfeeding period is over to begin or resume laser hair removal. It’s only a few months to wait, and your baby’s safety always comes first. While smooth legs and a perfect bikini line may sound tempting, you have plenty of time to undergo laser hair removal post delivery.
If you have any more questions about laser hair removal during pregnancy or anything at all regarding laser hair removal, please feel free to contact us at Monterey Laser & Skin Care!
Restylane® is an incredibly versatile dermal filler that can improve the appearance of almost everything, from crow’s feet to neck lines to thin lips. It’s so versatile, in fact, that Restylane developed additional versions—Restylane Lyft and Restylane Silk—which concentrate more on specific areas.
Which Restylane formula is perfect for you? It depends on what you want to accomplish.
Restylane Lyft®: Best for Signs of Aging
Restylane Lyft is best at lifting and holding volume, so it’s typically recommended for patients 35 to 60 years old in order to improve a drooping face and other telltale signs of aging. It’s particularly useful for wrinkles, lines, and folds that are more severe, and helps erase smile lines, lift jowls, smooth the jawline, and give a voluminous lift to the face.
As we get older, we can experience sunken or hollow temples and cheeks as well, which Restylane Lyft helps to correct. It can even be used for a non-surgical nose job.
Restylane Lyft basically helps get rid of the “tired” or “angry” look that appears on the face with age. It’s also a great first-time filler because it can be reversed if you don’t like the results.
Restylane Silk®: Best for Lips
Much lighter than Restylane Lyft, Restylane Silk is a thinner, smoother filler that provides less volume than Restylane Lyft, yet still works very well for improving fine lines.
Used primarily as a lip enhancer, Restylane Silk offers natural-looking results for fuller lips that last longer than other options. Our lips move a lot—talking, laughing, eating, singing, kissing—and other fillers often tend to wear away faster. However, Restylane Silk has better longevity. Whether you’re younger with not-so-full lips or you’re older and your lips are losing their volume and shape due, Restylane Silk is a wonderful option. It’s also great for treating crow’s feet, forehead lines, and neck lines.
Restylane: Best for Under the Eyes
If you want something that’s in between Restylane Silk and Restylane Lyft, Restylane is a good choice. It doesn’t have as much “hold” as Restylane Lyft but has more than Restylane Silk. It provides significant results for creases and fine lines, and it originally gained a lot of attention and praise for its ability to treat dark circles, bags, and hollows underneath the eye area. Like Restylane Lyft and Silk, original Restylane is FDA approved and made from hyaluronic acid (a.k.a. “nature’s filler”). Not only is it an in-between of Restylane Lyft and Restylane Silk in its substance; it’s also an in-between in how long it lasts.
When choosing between dermal fillers, it truly depends on what your goals are. A good specialist will be able to guide you, answer questions, and help you decide on the right filler for you. If you’re younger but want fuller lips, Restylane Silk is perfect for you. If you want to improve the bags under your eyes, the original Restylane is a better choice. Or if your feel that your entire face looks tired and saggy, Restylane Lyft is probably best for you.
Talk with a specialist and see what’s possible. Our Restylane professionals at Monterey Laser are here for you!
If you have acne scarring, you’ve most likely done online research to find the best treatments for it. You may have asked around. You probably have a cabinet full of corrective serums and creams. Now you’re ready to get serious about getting rid of acne scars, and you’ve found dermal fillers.
The truth is the effectiveness of dermal fillers varies from person to person based on the severity and type of the scars. It’s also important to know that dermal fillers are wonderful with improving the appearance of acne scars. They won’t make the scarring vanish completely, in most cases, and sometimes dermal fillers need to be used along with a more intensive treatment, such as a peel or CO2 treatment.
Knowing Your Type of Scars
Depending on what type of acne scarring you have, dermal fillers can work wonders. When it comes to scars, there are:
Make sure to understand what type you have so that you can talk about your best options with a specialist. For example, boxcar scars may require an additional treatment along with dermal fillers to achieve the best results.
Best Filler Options for Acne Scarring
So, if you do decide to try dermal fillers, what works best for reducing acne scars?
While Radiesse®, Belotero®, and Juvéderm® are great for acne scarring, Restylane® is known for being a preferred filler for this exact purpose and can last up to nine months. Restylane is hyaluronic-based and softens the acne scars, creating a significant difference which will continue to improve over the months.
The procedure for improving acne scars with a dermal filler is easy. A specialist will chat with you about your concerns and goals, and what areas bother you the most.
When the day of the actual procedure arrives, the skin is cleaned and numbed slightly with either ice or cream. A tiny needle will be used to fill the scarred areas. While this process can be uncomfortable, the pain is typically minimal and very tolerable with the help of numbing. The treatment can last up to an hour, but the standard is about 30 minutes.
What Happens Next?
Some patients experience redness, bruising, and/or swelling, but this is temporary. Be sure to avoid exercise and alcohol for a couple days as well…and then enjoy your results!
Even though your acne may be gone, the scars can remain. If you’re tired of being self-conscious about your acne scars and want to try a dermal filler, contact us at Monterey Laser & Skin Care to find out if you’re a good candidate for the treatment and to ask us any questions about Restylane.
You’re thinking about having a Restylane® treatment. Good for you! Restylane gets excellent results and is safe and satisfying. In fact, it’s one of our most popular treatments at Monterey Laser & Skin Care. Whether you’re getting rid of wrinkles, improving your dark circles or under eye bags, or plumping your lips, Restylane is a fantastic choice.
But, what exactly can you expect during your downtime, and how do you take care of yourself?
A Word About Restylane Side Effects
The first thing to know is: side effects and recovery time vary from person to person. One patient may have no bruising at all, and another may have bruising for a week. It all depends. However, there are things you can do to help prevent bruising and other side effects during your Restylane aftercare.
For bruising, use cold compresses. (This will also help with any swelling.) It’s fine to cover up any bruising with concealer or makeup the next day following your treatment.
For a week after your Restylane treatment, be sure to stay away from sunbathing and sun exposure, saunas, tanning beds, and extreme cold.
Refrain from Taking Certain Medications
Avoid taking non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory medications (such as ibuprofen), St. John’s wort, aspirin, clopidogrel, warfarin, or high doses of vitamin E supplements for one week after your Restylane treatment, since these can cause extra bruising and maybe even bleeding.
Put Off Wearing Makeup
Yes, you may want to cover up the area with your favorite concealer where you were injected, but don’t. When you use makeup too soon afterwards, you’re putting yourself at risk for skin infection.
Don’t be Afraid If…
You see lumps. Lumps can appear sometimes after treatment when the filler absorbs water from your body and swells. Typically, this happens within 24 hours of getting the treatment. If you experience lumps, don’t worry. They can easily be massaged away with your finger and thumb. (Note: Don’t massage anything unless it’s a lump! You might move your carefully placed filler.)
You have a tingling or numb feeling. This is normal, even if it lasts a few days.
Your lips seem huge. Dermal fillers always cause swelling, and your lips won’t look so swollen or unbalanced after a few days. Give the filler some time to “calm down.”
You see pink or red lines on your face. This is also normal and will subside in a few days.
Give Yourself 3 to 4 Days of Downtime
The best thing to do when planning for Restylane after treatment is to block out about three days for downtime. You may be one of those who doesn’t experience much bruising or swelling, but it’s a good idea to give yourself this time just in case. And if you’re having the treatment done in preparation for a specific event (a wedding, birthday, work event, etc.), it’s smart to schedule at least two weeks of recovery time.
Ready for your Restylane treatment? If you have any questions whatsoever about the product, procedure, and aftercare, please let us know! We’ll be happy to answer anything you want to know. Contact us at Monterey Laser & Skin Care.
Spider veins have been known to make some people so self-conscious that they ban shorts and skirts from their closet forever. These twisty, turning thin purple-and-blue vessels can seem to simply jump out and be a huge distraction. But what causes them? And how do you get rid of them?
One of the first things to know about spider veins is that you don’t have to be “older” to get them. Girls as young as 13 can get them, and if left untreated, they unfortunately just get worse, bigger and multiply. (Fun Fact: women are 2 to 4 times more likely to develop them then men are.)
What causes spider veins?
Our circulatory systems weren’t made for high heels. When you wear them, your calf muscles are constantly contracted, making it difficult for those muscles to “pull” blood away from your feet. This increases the chance that blood will pool in your veins and result in spider veins.
Weight and Pregnancy
Obesity adds excess pressure on the veins of the legs (as does pregnancy). Obesity can also cause high blood pressure, which often results in spider veins, as well as lack of exercise.
You can thank you parents. If they have spider veins and you do too, it may be because of them.
Standing still for too long, sitting at a desk too long, crossing your legs—these are all culprits of poor circulation, which can result in spider veins.
Sun exposure is one of the lesser-known causes of spider veins, but an important one to note if you love your beach trips and long days in the sun.
Smoking is extremely connected to vein health. Nicotine causes arteries to harden and narrow, and studies have shown that a deep vein thrombosis is 50% more likely in someone who smokes.
Alcohol’s effect on your vein health isn’t talked about as much as other causes, but it’s still noteworthy. Alcohol increases your heart rate, causing it to pump blood faster than normal. This places extra stress on your veins—especially in the lower extremities such as the legs.
Birth control that contains the hormones progesterone and estrogen can cause a woman’s blood flow to slow down, causing them to develop varicose veins. These are the same hormones that can cause them to develop during pregnancy.
So, how do you get rid of your spider veins?
If your spider veins are bothering you, sclerotherapy is a great option to remove them. Sclerotherapy is a treatment in which a micro needle is used to administer a solution into the veins, which causes them to first collapse, then to disappear permanently.
Many people with spider veins have taken advantage of what sclerotherapy can do. If left untreated, the veins will get worse—but with sclerotherapy, they will never return.
If you’re interested in this treatment, please let us know. We’d love to answer any questions you may have. Contact us at Monterey Laser & Skin Care to find out more.