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10 Ways To Prepare For Your Laser Resurfacing Treatment

There are many different types of great resurfacing modalities and brands, and the treatment goes by many names. Fraxel, Fractionated (DOT) CO2, Erbium (Microlaserpeel or Arctic Peel, for example), and Halo (ablative and non-ablative fractional mix), are just a few of the great technologies available to resurface and ‘anti-age’.

These fantastic treatments can be performed at many levels for varying lengths of social downtime. Depending on the type and level of your treatment, some of the below guidelines may or may not apply to you. Read on for a few things that I go by when preparing a patient (or myself) for resurfacing, but always, ALWAYS follow the specific instructions given to you by your provider. 

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Preparing For Your Laser Resurfacing Treatment

1) Use a Retin A (generic: Tretinoin) in the months beforehand. Your provider can write you a prescription or dispense this out of the office. Your provider may ask you to stop using this anywhere from two weeks to a few days before your procedure.

2) Use a topical growth factor and/or peptide blend topical product. Using highly stabilized and potent healing serums like TNS Essential Serum, TNS Recovery Complex, or Neocutis Microserum will help to get your skin in gear for the healing process. The more prepared your skin is for treatment, the quicker your recovery will be, and you’ll likely have a more predictable -and potentially better- outcome.

3) Avoid Sun Exposure, and wear a broad spectrum SPF daily.

4) Keep your provider in the know. Let your provider know if you have any auto-immune or other health issues, allergies, or upcoming vacations (i.e., upcoming sun exposure, or if you’re not going to be around for follow ups, etc). Also be sure to let them know if you get cold sores.

5) If your provider wrote you a prescription for an anti-viral, begin this before treatment as directed. (Very important) Also fill any other prescriptions with plenty of time to spare before your treatment, in case you have any issues or hold-ups at the pharmacy.

6) If applicable, prepare your vinegar soak so it’s ready when you want it. Read more about that here.

7) Pick up any necessary post-care products. Your provider will recommend or give you products to use. DO NOT add or omit any products. Resist this urge!

8) Find or buy a zippered or button up-and-down top so you can remove it easily afterward. You may also want to locate your spare, cruddier pillow cases so when you hit the hay you won’t get ointment on your good linens.

9) Make your follow-up appointments. Your provider may want to see you multiple times during the healing process. These are important check-in’s to make sure you’re healing properly and answer any questions that come up. Making them in advance ensures you get the most convenient times for you.

10) Plan fun stuff to do at home while recovering. Have you been meaning to organize your closet but never have the time? Use your social downtime (no matter how short) to accomplish something great! Or, if it’s more your style, have yourself an 80’s movie marathon. :)


I hope some of these tips help as you plan your laser procedure! Remember to always, always follow the guidelines given to you by your provider, and prepare to enjoy your firming, smoothing, pore-reducing (and fabulous) results!

Until next time, stay fabulous my friends!

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Before and After: my Halo Laser Treatment Results!

While it’s a little embarrassing to reveal what my complexion looked like before, the results are TOO GOOD to not to share. Here are the before-and-after Visia Imager photos from my Halo Resurfacing. (no foundation/concealer, moisturizer, or anything on the skin in either pic). I’ve been meaning to share these for a while, I am SO happy with my results!

What is Halo? Halo laser is the first of it’s kind: a hybrid (ablative and non-ablative) fractionated laser. Translation: 2 different wavelengths of laser fire off at the exact same time. Down-time is a fraction of any other fractionated laser out there-  (you can wear makeup out the door) – and the results are exponentially better from my perspective. It’s almost like having double the treatment with amazingly little social downtime, if any.

If you are on the fence about this procedure, I would urge you to go for it.

My before and after: 6 months after 2 Halo Laser  Resurfacing Treatments at Erickson Dermatology in Chicago

My before and after: 6 months after 2 Halo Laser Resurfacing Treatments at Erickson Dermatology in Chicago

My Results: a reduction of pore size, almost no breakouts anymore, reduction in discoloration and hyperpigmentation, a tightening of the skin, improvement in texture and a noticeable glow or luminosity… probably why they called it Halo.

My before and after: 6 months after 2 Halo Laser  Resurfacing Treatments at Erickson Dermatology in Chicago

My before and after: 6 months after 2 Halo Laser Resurfacing Treatments at Erickson Dermatology in Chicago. Side note: That’s a little biopsy site on my upper cheek, I had it taken after my Halo Treatments.

My Plan: Moving forward, I plan to get a Halo once a year to maintain- now that my skin is so improved, I’m spoiled!

Check out Halo at Erickson Dermatology here

and click here to see more Halo Before and After’s

Until Next time, stay fabulous, my friends!

 

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AmSpa, Environ, and Cutera host Chicago Aesthetic Industry Friends at POPS

Last week I had the honor of joining a number of Chicago area pros at the American Medical Spa Association, Environ Skin Care and Cutera Laser Industry Networking Reception at Pops for Champagne.  A great time was had by all! Thanks to Nealy Skeldon with Environ and Ryan Hotchkiss with Cutera for hosting!

With a Bunch of Beauties at the AmSpa, Environ and Cutera Chicago Industry Networking Reception

With a Bunch of the Beauties at the AmSpa, Environ and Cutera Chicago Industry Networking Reception

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E Experiments: The Light Sheer Laser

I had the honor of experimenting with the Lumenis Duet LightSheer Diode Laser this week at my office, Erickson Dermatology. This nifty laser has a handpiece that gently suctions the skin as the laser is engaged. This makes things less painful (I would say pain free, almost!) for the patient during laser hair removal/reduction treatments- total win.

The spot size is humongous too, so treating a large area is a snap. Less stress on the practitioner, less stress on the patient: what’s not to love?

Interested in becoming a hairless cat? This handpiece is LARGE and in charge!

Interested in becoming a hairless cat? This handpiece is LARGE and in charge!

Just thought I’d share what I’m up to!
Until next time: Stay Fabulous, My friends!

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Sciton’s Superior Science: Aesthetic Laser Symposium

Speakers Jason Pozner, MD, FAC and Stanley J. Kovak, MD just schooled all of Chicago (and surrounds) last weekend on Combo treatments with amazing Sciton laser technologies at the Waldorf Astoria.

Sciton (as I’m learning over time) has awesome, advanced, and highly-customizable phototherapies for many different aging and sun-damaged skin types. These lasers are complex, and behind the scenes you would hear that they aren’t for the beginner laser practitioner. Even with as much experience as I have doing laser treatments, I’m learning a lot (well, a TON) and am enjoying every minute!! The results are significant- and I’m looking forward to learning more every day under the direction of my physician. YEAH!

Screenshot 2014-03-09 22.24.34These were the Topics:

  • Achieving superior results with combination procedures
  • Advanced phototherapy and skin tightening for aging and sun damaged skin
  • Resurfacing Perfected

Thanks Sciton, Dr Pozner, and Dr Kovak! I learned a ton!

Until next time: Stay Fabulous, My Friends!

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Playing With MicroLaserPeel

Not too long ago, I had the opportunity to experiment with Sciton’s Profractional Laser Technology, Sciton’s BBL, and Sciton’s MicroLaserPeel treatment. I was pretty excited about the versatility of the MicroLaserPeel. This  resurfacing laser treatment is fully customizable, and can fall anywhere in social downtime (ie, pinkness/sensitivity afterwards) between a REALLY effective microdermabrasion and a huge, intense laser treatment.

Here’s what can be treated with MicroLaserPeel:

• Wrinkles and Skin Texture

• Scars

• Keratosis

• Sun damage (including freckles)

• Pigment irregularities

Almost any skin areas can be treated, but the most popular treatment areas are the face, neck, chest and hands.

MicroLaserPeel (also sometimes called a NanoPeel, or a Weekend Peel) is an erbium laser treatment that removes a thin layer of damaged skin to improve texture and provide a more youthful appearance. It’s pretty great because it can be administered with great precision of depth, like if you only have one afternoon for social-downtime. The procedure is performed in your physician’s office and is pretty great because it can be custom tailored to your specific skin concerns, and most importantly: How much time you have to spare for social downtime. That, and it can be combined with other laser procedures at the same visit to maximize your results.

The depth is measured in microns, so a 10 Micron laser Peel is much lighter than a 20, which would require some social downtime. Here’s how you could look at it: A series of microdermabrasions (like maybe 6 treatments) can equal one treatment of a 10 micron MicroLaserPeel.

Here’s a great video of a demonstration.You’ll see the MicroLaserPeel’s beam being scanned over a treatment area to remove the very thin layer of the skin. As the skin heals, fresh cells grow and resurface the treated area. The result is healthier-looking skin, often with reduced wrinkles and improved tone. Patients often say that it looks like their skin went from looking ‘tired’ to fab.

 Here’s the same day before and after pictures of my hand after (from top to bottom) a 4 Micron Peel, an 8 Micron Peel, and a 10 Micron Peel. (translation: Super-Light to Light)

Screen Shot 2014-03-09 at 8.34.34 PMI felt totally fine (no discomfort AT ALL), and the texture on my left hand actually looked and felt smoother and healthier than the right hand, almost right away.  I was surprised how audible the laser sound was, and how comfortable it was. I really didn’t feel much at all! Can’t wait to offer this treatment to our patients, I think they’ll love it!

Until Next time: Stay fabulous My Friends!

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December Lumenis Symposium: Because Chicago could use a little light(-based technology) in the winter… amiright?

I was honored to be learning about Lumenis’ latest cosmetic light-based technology from (and with) some of the brightest minds in our field at tonight’s Chicago Lumenis Symposium. Lumenis has been well known for it’s IPL devices over the years, but just a few months ago they received FDA approval for their ResurFX: The New Fractional Non-Ablative technology for skin resurfacing.

What the heck does that mean, you ask?

A quick generalized answer here: Non-Ablative means that the surface of the skin stays intact, and fractionated means collagen remodeling by only treating a FRACTION of the skin at a time (aka, little-to-no-downtime). WOO-HOO!

Cindy, R2-D2 (kidding, it’s the Lumenis M22) and Yours Truly

Here I am with The Lumenis M22, (the R2-D2 looking unit which houses their famous ResurFX and IPL), alongside the well-known Aesthetic Consultant extraordinaire, Cindy Graf (aka, The Laser Queen!)

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Chicago’s Most Recent Solta Medical Laser Symposium… where technology meets fabulocity.

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Last week, Chicago Physicians and Clinicians attended Solta Medical’s most recent Laser Symposium, where we learned about the most recent advancements in Liposonix fat-reduction (reduction of subcutaneous adipose tissue) via HIFU (High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound), Fraxel re:pair (treatment of wrinkles, furrows, pigmented lesions, vascular dyschromia) Thermage (classic non-invasive treatment of wrinkles) Fraxel DUAL 1550/1927 (sun spots age spots, AK’s, melasma, peri-orbital wrinkles and scars) Clear + Brilliant (general skin resurfacing) and Isolaz (acne). WHEW!

Needless to say, there was plenty to absorb… and I had a cramp in my hand from taking notes even before the main course was served. I think with all the constant advancements in technology (especially in our industry), no matter WHAT your role is in your office: we are ALL always learning and growing!

It was an honor to be there, learning alongside some of Chicago’s greatest!

Until next time, Stay Fabulous My Friends!

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Liposonix: Giving Chicago a kick in the butt… actually, the abdomen

Last night in Chicago, Dr Steven Bloch (of BodyByBloch in Highland Park and Glenview) taught area physicians and their staff a thing or two about Liposonix at the Solta Medical Laser Symposium.

The Liposonix system uses high-intensity focused ultrasound (They call it HIFU) energy. It was very, very interesting! HIFU is being used in this application to non-invasively destroy targeted subcutaneous fat and deliver slimming (of 1 inch on average) results after a single, one-hour session.

Solta, the makers of Liposonix say ” One Treatment, One Hour, One Inch…” (click for a vid)

Dr Steven Bloch schooled us last night on Liposonix's fat-fighting philosophies

Dr Steven Bloch schooled us last night on Liposonix’s fat-fighting philosophies

Results are usually seen in 8 to 12 weeks (which is the time needed for the body to naturally process the treated fat). So, just make sure to weigh in at the same weight before you make any judgement calls. Many offices in the room have already been using it- and they all agreed that it works! Here’s the Liposonix Website if you’re interested. 

Hmmmm... but give up SHOPPING? ....Really?!?

Hmmmm… but give up SHOPPING? ….Really?!?

Oh, and here’s an interesting tidbit: To quantify the extent of the desire to lose fat in the waist area, Solta Medical sponsored “The State of Love Handles in America” nationwide survey of more than 1,000 women. They released survey findings that include:

  • 62% of women say the part of their body they are most uncomfortable with is their tummy/love handles.
  • 45% claim they would give up sex for one year to lose an inch.
  • 66% would give up chocolate for one year to lose an inch.
  • 75% would give up clothes shopping for one year to lose an inch.

SHOPPING though, you guys?!? Really???

Until next time, stay fabulous my friends!

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