Imagine a lifestyle where the ongoing routine of plucking, shaving, or waxing is a thing of the past, and achieving smooth, hair-free skin is effortless.
Your skin goes through a lot in a day. With exposure to the Utah weather, rays from the sun, elements in the air, and natural aging, your skin takes on a lot. While a good skin care routine can help minimize the damage and help protect and restore your skin, sometimes it is not enough to combat the damage. That’s where La Belle Vie can help.
At La Belle Vie Medical Care and Aesthetics we can help you turn back the clock on fine lines and wrinkles with the latest technology. Laser Skin Rejuvenation can help you achieve brighter, younger and healthier looking skin, from the inside out. With the latest in laser technology, we can treat fine lines and discolorations from deep in the skin to give you a lasting new, revitalized look.
A photofacial is a procedure that lasts about 30 minutes. During the process, pulses of intense light will penetrate deeply into the skin. Photorejuvenation can help treat blemishes and pigmentation issues.
As the light penetrates the skins’ surface, the collagen and blood vessels that lay below the surface of the skin will begin to constrict. This reduces and draws out red pigment in the skin as well as reduces the color of dark age spots. At this point, the imperfections will absorb the light and work their way out of the skin. Spots on the skin will flake off revealing newer skin underneath. The light used in treatment will also stimulate the production of collagen which is a natural filler for wrinkles.
IPL photofacials are used to combat multiple skin issues that are commonly caused by exposure to the elements or the natural aging process. Treatment can be used for:
Before the procedure begins, you will be given eyewear to protect your eyes from the flashes of light. Next, a gel will be applied to the area of treatment to lubricate the equipment and keep your skin cool. The specialist will then use the handpiece to emit pulses of light over the treatment area. Depending on the size of the treatment area, the procedure could last a few minutes to an hour. During the procedure, you will feel warmth and see light flashes. The treatment causes very little pain, but you can expect some swelling after treatment.
Recovery time will vary depending on how deep the spots were, and the size of the area treated. You can expect a little redness and swelling for at least the first few hours. Some patients may not see the fading of the spots or areas for up to a week while others will see results in a few hours. Most patients will see the full benefits of the treatment within a few weeks after treatment has occurred. There is no downtime after the procedure, but patients will need to avoid the sun for at least a week and stay aggressive with sunblock for the next two to three weeks. If you plan to have additional treatments, they should be spaced at least three weeks apart.
Microneedling has become a popular option as it can be done in about 2 hours, there is no downtime, and side effects are only minor redness and irritation for a few days.
Microneedling uses very fine needles to prick the skin. This process will stimulate the skin’s natural healing processes such as the production of collagen which can dramatically improve deep lines and imperfections in the skin.
The conditions microneedling is used to treat issues with deep skin imperfections and scarring such as:
A full treatment course involves between about 3 and 5 sessions. The sessions are spaced at about 4 weeks apart which often gives the best results. By spacing treatments for this period of time, the skin will stay in active mode. When you arrive for your treatment, your specialist will start by numbing the area with a topical anesthetic. They will then apply a cool gel to the surface of your skin and slowly move the handpiece over the affected area. The needles used in the process are very small, and you should not feel anything during the procedure.
There is no downtime after the procedure and you should only expect minor swelling and redness for the first few days. It is recommended to avoid makeup for the rest of the day after treatment, but the next day it can be worn as usual. About 3 to 4 days after the procedure you will experience skin peeling. Once peeling occurs, you should avoid removing the skin and stick to patting your skin dry after washing. Once peeling occurs, it is advised to avoid any type of strenuous exercise for 24 hours that could result in sweating through the open pores.
C02 or Fraxel laser treatment is a laser treatment used on all range of skin colors and types to restore skin to its younger texture. After treatment patients can expect to have younger looking skin which is smoother, has improved tone and textures, and smaller pores. The treatment is also used to reduce the appearance of scars, lines, and deep wrinkles.
Fraxel skin resurfacing is unique in the world of laser treatments as it can treat thousands of microscopic areas located in the skin. Through the use of pinpointed laser beams, the surface of the skin is penetrated, and old and damaged skin cells are removed. During this process, the skin’s natural healing process is also stimulated which causes the body to replace the dead and damaged skin cells with new and fresh ones. During the treatment, between 5 and 50% of the skin’s surface will be treated and the other portion left untreated to aid in the healing process of the treated area. The procedure is safe and effective on even sensitive skin areas such as the chest, neck, hands, and face.
Laser Fraxel treatment has been approved by the FDA for treatment of a number of conditions that cause scaring or discoloration of the skin. It is most commonly used for the treatment of:
During the treatment, your specialist will thoroughly cleanse the area and apply a numbing cream to the area that will be treated. You will often be offered something to read as the numbing takes effect which can last about an hour. After you are numb, your specialist will place a protective covering over your eyes. A cool gel will be applied, and the technician will begin running the rollers over the affected area. While you should experience no pain, you may have mild to moderate discomfort which may feel like pins and needles along the treatment surface. The process takes an hour on average.
After the laser skin resurfacing, your skin may feel like it is sunburned for the first day or two. You will be instructed to apply ice for 5 to 10 minutes every hour. Your doctor may recommend avoiding makeup and work duties for 1 to 3 days depending on the area done and how much redness you might have. The redness can last for a few weeks, and some patients may develop a bronzing effect within 1 to 2 weeks after treatment. When this occurs, you can expect some flaking, but applying a moisturizer can help. You can expect your skin to feel softer, brighten, and have a more even tone in about three weeks after the redness has faded. You will also see more progressive results over the next six months as the deeper parts of your skin continue to heal.
If you have struggled with discoloration, scars, or other skin imperfections, and were looking for an alternative to surgery,La Belle Vie has a facial laser resurfacing treatment to accommodate your skin type. The treatments at La Belle Vie provide for amazing results with little to no downtime. If you would like to learn more about one of the treatments listed above or would like to schedule an appointment for a consultation, contact La Belle Vie at 801-987-8384 today.