Monthly Archives: August 2014
Skin ages differently over the decades. How your skin ages over the years can be determined in part by your genetics and how you take care of your skin, but also there are a couple of important external factors that will affect how quickly the signs of aging set in.
Top 3 Factors that Damage Skin
As difficult as it is in the summer to stay out of the sun, this is one of the most significant factors in causing skin to lose its collagen and elastin. Along with the loss of volume and firmness, the sun causes pigmentation that accumulates over the years. It causes skin to be dry and wrinkles to set.
You may think that diet really only affects your body image and whether you keep or lose weight, but the quality of what you eat and drink does reflect in your skin. You may want to tame that sweet tooth because sugar causes inflammation in the body and wrinkles. Consuming lots of water and keeping hydrated helps flush your skin of toxins.
Speaking of toxins, the pollution in our environment causes oxidative stress on the cells that damages them. The smog mixed with summer heat makes an especially harmful combination that causes Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) to wound skin cell membranes and lipids. This significantly speeds up the aging process unless you protect your skin.
Signs of Aging over the Decades and How to Fix Them
The years take away the youthful glow, firmness, and clarity of skin, but even moderate damage can be restored with non surgical treatments. Hormonal changes in the 20s and 30s can cause adult acne, but also the first wrinkles and signs of pigmentation can start showing up. BOTOX and DYSPORT can be used as preventative to keep the wrinkles from setting and deepening.
In the 40s, the slowing of skin cell shedding causes the skin to lose its youthful glow, and it tends to look dull and rough. Age spots pop up because the skin cannot repair itself quickly or completely. Brightening and smoothing out the skin with CLEAR + BRILLIANT fractional laser treatment helps the skin tone look even, also minimizing wrinkles and pore visibility. To specifically address the deepening wrinkles of the 40s both fillers like RESTYLANE and JUVEDERM, and neurotoxins, such as BOTOX and DYSPORT, are a must.
Deep wrinkles and loss of firmness are most prevalent in the 50s and 60s. Declining collagen and elastin levels cause skin to become thinner, more fragile, and the underlying skin structure to be less supported. Lasers can work wonders to lighten discoloration and stimulate collagen production. FRAXEL REPAIR and FRAXEL DUAL lasers offer the best possible skin resurfacing results that stimulate the skin to heal, while tightening and lightening dark spots.
As summer is coming to a close and you’re wanting to repair the visible signs of aging caused by the sun, no matter what decade of life you’re in, we have an effective non surgical solution. Visit ww.DrCovey.com to find the best skin solutions for your 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond!
Unless you’ve been very careful to avoid sunlight or always wear cover ups, hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen, you’re probably noticing you’ve picked up at least a few more freckles by this point in the summer. These brown sun spots occur as a result of exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. This pigmentation is a major cause of visible aging. Blotchy, uneven skin tone makes the skin have a weathered appearance when contrasted with the clear, even toned complexion of youth.
We use the most advanced treatments for all different kinds of pigmentation and skin types. Here are some of my top picks:
Lasers generate an intense beam of light that destroys the unwanted cells in the affected area, leaving only healthy cells behind. If you or someone you know has had a laser treatment for pigmentation in the past, don’t worry, Diolite is NOT like the older lasers that were painful and left behind blistered and crusty skin. Revolutionary Diolite is gentle, precise and controlled. With the Diolite laser, we can direct the light to the treatment area only, which leaves the surrounding tissue intact.
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light ) Treatment
IPL is a breakthrough, age defying photorejuvenation procedure that quickly, effectively, and non-invasively treats skin damage. Pulsed-light systems treat pigmentation very similarly to lasers. IPL is a versatile treatment to correct all kinds of facial skin imperfections and signs of aging, such as rosacea (facial inflammation), sun spots, vascular lesions, and acne scarring. It can safely treat any area (face, neck, chest, hands, legs, etc.) except the delicate thin skin around the eyes. Photorejuvenation offers long-term results without any downtime, recovery time or chemicals, and IPL is the “The Gold Standard” for photorejuvenation.
GentleWaves is a non-thermal, low intensity light-emitting diode treatment that uses a carefully timed sequence of emissions to activate the skin’s natural rejuvenation process. Unlike laser treatments that can cause a snapping sensation, GentleWaves treatments are entirely painless. Youth restoring results are more gradual with patients reporting noticeable changes as early as after 5 to 7 treatments, which can be done on a weekly basis.
Fraxel laser treatments offer the most advanced technology for improving skin’s radiance and youthfulness. Depending on the intensity of the treatment you need, you can choose from Fraxel re:pair, Fraxel DUAL or Clear & Brilliant. All the Fraxel lasers are state of the art devices, each with their own advantages. You can check out this month’s newsletter for more information about Fraxel laser treatments.
With so many options, there’s no reason you can’t say farewell to your freckles and skin discoloration, and say hello to that youthful glow. Visit www.DrCovey.com or call to find out which treatment is best for your skin.
Men and women both can have body fat issues, but typically men accumulate extra fat on their stomach and around the waist. For women, fat tends to accumulate on their hips, thighs, and buttocks. Being overweight changes the way your body functions, which can create a vicious cycle that is hard to break, even with diet and exercise. Carrying extra pounds can also be bad for your overall health because it causes inflammation, slows circulation, and weakens your immune system.
Does your body have any stubborn fat bulges that just won’t go away? If you have areas of fat that will not respond to diet and exercise, and you thought your only option was major surgery, I hope you’ll be relieved to know, there is a less invasive solution… SmartLipo TriPlex! SmartLipo TriPlex is the safest, most advanced body sculpting and fat removing laser liposuction technique available!
The three wave lengths of laser light in SmartLipo TriPlex result in better fat removal and tighter skin, than previous laser treatment methods. The lasers virtually melt away the fat cells, then some are suctioned away and some of it is removed naturally by the body’s lymphatic system. This laser method has a recovery time that is quicker than with traditional liposuction, and it has been approved as safe by the FDA for use in the United States since 2006.
Even if you haven’t had success with traditional liposuction or you want to remove fat from difficult areas of the body, you should give SmartLipo TriPlex a chance. Due to the exact nature of lasers, SmartLipo TriPlex can treat localized pockets of fat in targeted areas without the risk of lumpy after effects. The laser energy also interacts with collagen in the skin which later causes the skin to tighten and shrink.
SmartLipo TriPlex offers exceptionally high precision contouring for fine tuning your beach body. It offers precise body sculpting that is perfect for:
- inner or outer thighs
- upper arms
- under the chin
Ideal candidates are in good health and not looking for extreme body changes. SmartLipo TriPlex is excellent for removing fat from those areas where the bulge or pooch just won’t go away. You don’t have to worry if a long down time or recovery time isn’t an option. Since SmartLipo TriPlex is a minimally invasive procedure, it can be performed under local anesthesia. Our patients typically return to normal activities within 24 hours. All that is needed is an oral pain medication to take the edge off any mild soreness or ache.
So are you ready to say goodbye to the ‘muffin top’ or the ‘spare tire’, and say hello to the ‘thigh gap’ or flat abs of your dreams? With SmartLipo TriPlex the treated areas will appear tighter, smoother, and smaller soon after your procedure. The skin and surrounding area will smooth out to look like a natural body contour.
Visit www.DrCovey.com to learn how we can help you melt away your stubborn fat and get that beach body without major surgery.
Summer heat is here and that means we’re showing more skin. This month, I’ll be focusing on the laser treatments that can help smooth, lift, and contour your body to boost your confidence.
One of the most prevalent concerns for getting beach body ready is that “c” word… yes, cellulite. It’s estimated that 85% of all women 20 years and older have cellulite. Diet and exercise can help reduce your weight, but neither can help you get rid of cellulite. Fortunately, there finally is a solution: Cellulaze Laser! While other treatments temporarily treat the appearance of cellulite – Cellulaze Laser removes it! In only ONE Cellulaze Laser treatment, my patients have been very pleased when they see dramatic results of cellulite reduction and smoother skin on their abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks, and arms. The revolutionary Cellulaze Laser is the world’s first minimally invasive approach to attacking cellulite where is begins… in the subdermal layers of the skin!
What is cellulite?
We’ve all seen those unsightly dimples and depressions on the surface of the skin that usually appear in abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks and sometimes arms. They are caused by several physiological changes as women age: 1. hardening of tissue underneath the skin 2. an increase in the quantity or size of fat cells pushing up through the tissue beneath the skin and 3. weight gain and aging that causes stretching of the thin connective tissue under the skin.
How does the Cellulaze Laser treatment work?
Cellulaze uses a multi dimensional approach to specifically target below the surface of the skin into the dermal layers where the root causes of the cellulite occur. The treatment can be performed under local anesthesia due to its minimally invasive nature. It will take one to two hours, depending on the size of the areas to be treated. Afterwards there could be a mild ache, similar to what you’d feel after a good physical workout.
Here’s the process:
- The Cellulaze laser is inserted under the skin with a very small cannula (a narrow tube about the size of the tip of a pen)
- The cannula directs a controlled laser thermal energy to the treatment zone using proprietary ThermaGuide and SmartSense intelligent energy delivery system to ensure safe, effective, and uniform laser controls
- The laser diminishes the lumpy pockets of fat, releases the areas of skin depression and increases the elasticity and thickness of the skin
What results can you expect?
The revolutionary Cellulaze Laser is the most advanced laser treatment available. This treatment flattens and smoothes the skin’s surface because it increases thickness and elasticity from below. It is backed by many years of clinical research to give proven, longer-lasting results. Clinical studies have shown results can last for one year or longer. As a matter of fact, 93% of patients surveyed were satisfied or very satisfied with their results at one year after their procedure, and all would recommend the Cellulaze cellulite laser treatment to a friend.
Visit www.DrCovey.com to set an appointment to see how to enjoy a cellulite free rest of your summer.