February is laser love month

laser treatmentsWhen it comes to anti-aging and skin care, laser treatments are considered one of the most effective ways to improve your skin’s texture. Most experts agree that a large part of the skin changes we experience are due to sun damage, which leaves the skin spotted and leathery.

Laser treatments can reverse some of the results of sun damage  – and a whole lot more. As with any other type of cosmetic procedure, however, it’s good to do your homework and learn about the different options that are available and what they can (and can’t) do for you.

Resurfacing the outer layer of your skin

Depending on your particular skin issues, type and color, a certain laser will be used to send a beam of energy beneath your skin to resurface the outer layer, as well as stimulate the production of new collagen.

Winter is the best time for laser treatments

When your skin has had laser treatments such as laser hair removal, it’s really important that you don’t expose any of that new, delicate skin to the sun.

There may be downtime
The more invasive the laser, the longer it’s going to take for your skin to recover and return to its natural (though improved) appearance.

  • No downtime – skin redness or pinkness will be gone in less than one day
  • Minimal downtime — one to three days
  • Moderate downtime — a few days to one week
  • Significant downtime — at least a week

There are many different types of lasers and treatment levels

Non-ablative (medium strength) lasers, such as Clear+Brilliant, are gentler than ablative (the most heavy-duty) lasers. Light lasers can be used for minimal pigment problems and usually involve no downtime because the treatment doesn’t break the skin, but usually need to be performed more than once in order to achieve your desired results.

Maintaining your results

In order to protect your results, keep your skin out of the sun. Wear sunscreen every day, plus, plan on having periodic laser treatments in the future.

Learn more about laser skin treatments

Make an appointment today by calling: (415) 788-3800.

 

Could acne be a blessing in disguise?

acneOur patients who struggle with chronic acne would not find it amusing if we tried to tell that that there could be something positive about the condition. Acne is unsightly at best, and can also cause physical and emotional scars. But a recent study says bad skin now, could mean younger skin later.

First the science
Researchers from King’s College London have found evidence suggesting that the tendency to maintain youthful skin is linked to the length of our “telomeres.” And as it turns out, people with acne have longer ones, meaning their cells may be protected against aging, according to the lead dermatologist in the study.

But there have long been observations from experts
Skin care professionals have always noticed that some patients have skin that ages more slowly than others. Acne patients often have oiler skin, and as they age, the oil can help keep skin looking plumper and less lined. But now researchers are confirming those observations, and they’ve finally figured out why.

The truth about telomeres
Telomeres are the protective “caps” at the ends of white blood cells, but they gradually break down, shrink, age and die — a normal part of growth and aging. But the length of telomeres appears to be longer in people who have acne so that the deterioration that contributes to visibly older skin, like wrinkles and fat loss, is slowed down.

This one is a stretch, but…
Based on longer telomeres and their relation to skin aging, these researchers think that in addition to extending the youth of skin, long telomeres might also increase life span. It stands to reason that if cells or certain people are aging more slowly, then their bodies should also be aging more slowly. Further research will be necessary to confirm this hypothesis, however.

Enjoy more youthful-looking skin either way
Our acne patients aren’t likely to begin considering themselves genetically blessed, but Aura is here to help. Whether or not you’ve had acne, today’s treatments and procedures can help improve your skin’s appearance, and it can start with a phone call. Make your appointment today: (415) 788-3800.

See your skin and learn what you can do to improve it

Most of us check out our skin in the mirror several times a day; we might make a closer inspection before we leave the house or before we go to bed. But a lot of what’s happening with our complexions can’t be seen with the naked eye, even in a magnifying mirror. There is a way, however, to discover what is really going, and much of it is more than skin deep. And the more you know about your skin health, the more you can do to make sure you are taking good care of it.

Really see your skin — with VISIA
VISIA®At Aura Skin Spa, we use this special imaging technology to digitally capture and analyze eight different properties of your skin, including;

  • Spots
  • Wrinkles
  • Texture
  • Pores
  • UV spots (sun damage)
  • Brown spots
  • Red areas
  • Oil and bacteria buildup (porphyrins)

These areas are also analyzed to show how your complexion rates as compared to other people your same age, gender and skin type. The higher your ranking, the better your skin is within those eight areas.

It’s as easy as this
The imaging only takes a few minutes and consists of taking several close-up pictures of your face. And you’ll get your results immediately.

Our medical professionals will review and discuss your analysis with you
The images and the analyzed summary of your skin allow us to put together a personalized treatment plan for your skin, designed to protect and improve your complexion. You get your own printed copy of your visual complexion analysis and out list of recommended skincare products and rejuvenation procedures.

All your skin information is stored in our VISIA
Every time you come back for a follow-up consultation or procedure, we can use the VISIA to check out your skin to see how it has improved after recommended treatments which may include services such as IPL Treatment, laser hair removal, etc. It’s like seeing your skin improve before your very eyes.

VISIA can motivate you
When you really see what’s going on with your skin, you may never go to bed in your make-up or go outside with out sunscreen again. Call for an appointment today: (415) 788-3800.

Laser Therapy

Thermage or Pellevé?

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there were a non-surgical way to tighten your skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles? At Aura Skin Spa, we offer many non-invasive solutions to your skin problems, especially the ones that bother our patients the most, such as the areas around the eyes, the mouth, forehead and jawline.

Two of our most popular procedures for treating sagging skin and wrinkles are Thermage and Pellevé laser treatments. Both transmit a radiofrequency current that heats the under layers of your skin to improve its appearance. As the heat builds, it causes a reaction that triggers the production of new collagen. This new collagen fills out and tightens your skin over time, giving it a smoother, younger appearance. But which of these treatments is right for you?

Thermage treatments last about 45 to 90 minutes

A hand piece is used to rapidly heat your skin to a high temperature with one strong burst of radio frequency. Immediately after the procedure, your skin will be red and swollen, but there is little overall downtime. Thermage can be used to treat the skin around your eyes, your face and neck, and even your body.

Pellevé treatments last about 45 minutes to one hour

A hand piece is used in a circular motion to treat each area several times. After treatment, your skin will be mildly inflamed, appearing plumper and refreshed.  Pellevé can be used to treat sagging skin under your chin and upper eyelids, and all over facial wrinkles and folds.

Thermage — one to two sessions
Pellevé – two to three sessions

As with any of our skin treatments, your aesthetician will work with you to decide how many treatments will work best for you. Both procedures take time to show complete results, as the new collagen takes three to six months to fully develop.

Thermage or Pellevé? Still not sure which treatment is right for you?

We can assess your skin and discuss your goals at a consultation appointment where we can create a customized treatment plan for you.
Call today: (415) 788-3800.