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Human skin is a fascinating thing. Much like the clothing we wear over it, skin protects our bodies from the elements while providing others with an impression of our style and grooming. Unlike clothing, however, our skin is obviously meant to last a lifetime; with proper maintenance and care, it most certainly will.
The logic is very simple. As we need food and rest after a hard day's work so that we will be ready for the next day, our skin needs extensive treatment in order to stay healthy. Considering the things we put our skin through each day, these treatments may go beyond applying creams or special soaps. Weight gain, weight loss, exposure to the elements, and simple wear and tear can all affect one's skin and leave it looking and feeling less healthy. Sometimes it benefits us to take a step further and go under the knife, as it were.
This is where contouring comes in. As we lose weight, age, or simply go through life's quibbles, our skin begins to lose its natural elasticity. Contouring is a general term for highly popular procedures that help skin regain its bounce and liveliness, allowing a new lease on life. These procedures often remove sagging skin and fat and reshape the muscles underneath to improve appearance. The art of contouring takes many forms, both invasive and otherwise, which all have their pros and cons.
Surgical contouring, naturally, generally involves the surgeon making incisions in the targeted area after a few rounds of anesthesia; patients have a choice between general or intravenous anesthesia. This type of contouring tends to be particularly effective when it comes to delivering long-term results. On the other hand, as a surgical procedure, it has its risks. Skin can be permanently lost due to the procedure and infection can occur. Beyond this, patients will have to endure the standard downtime expected from surgical aftermath.
Many places also offer "non-invasive" or "minimally invasive" contouring. Here, the fat and skin are manipulated using heat, lasers, and other methods to achieve results. For instance, Lakewood Aesthetics offers procedures like ThermiTight for muscles and ThermiSmooth for skin, which both involve radiofrequency energy being applied directly to the target area to shrink the culprit tissues. Lakewood also specializes in laser contouring, wherein laser energy is delivered through a small incision to break down fat cells.
These methods often carry much less risk than traditional contouring methods. Since incisions range from small to non-existent, there is less bleeding during procedures and thus less risk of infection. Because of this, patients heal more quickly and need not worry about the typical downtime associated with surgery. What's more is that methods such as these require less treatments and post-procedure follow-ups. Conversely, less invasive procedures can be less effective than their traditional counterparts; they target smaller areas.
Overall, while contouring naturally carries much less risk than many medical procedures, it should not be chosen lightly. There are many ways to go about reshaping the body via contouring, so it's best to be a smart shopper. Lakewood Aesthetics offers great options, so readers' best bet would be to start there.
Laser Hair Therapy ExplainedLosing your hair can be a bit scary, but there are effective therapies to promote regrowth and restoration. One of the best approaches to restoring hair is laser therapy, which can produce results in 60 days. You can see less thinning, more and faster growth, greater texture and better color. Since hair moves through distinct cycles, it is believed laser therapy stimulates the anagen phase, which is when hair grows. While there is increased hair thinning in the initial stage of laser therapy, this is a sign the treatment is working, and you will soon see thicker, healthier hair.
Typical Response to Laser TherapyThe treatment typically produces the following results, which may vary depending on the individual.
From the beginning of treatment through week six, you may experience an improved scalp condition with less itching and reduced hair loss. Hair is shinier and easier to manage.
At week eight, about 45 percent of those undergoing treatment will begin to experience hair regrowth. If you fall into this group, your present hair will feel thicker, and you will see new, fine hairs growing on the scalp.
Between weeks eight and 12, another 45 percent of patients will see the full benefits of laser therapy. At this point, your hair loss has stopped, regrowth is progressing well, and the entire head of hair looks fuller and healthier.
While the majority of people who receive laser treatment will see all the benefits by 12 weeks, it is not unusual for others to need a longer time period to see results. It should be noted that seeing hair growth on the very top of the head is difficult, and you may need a stylist or another person to help you assess progress. In addition, you may not get the result that you expected, but if your scalp feels better and your hair quality improves, then laser therapy has had a positive effect for you.
If you are interested in laser therapy, please us for a consultation and to explore your options for thinning hair.
Guest Blogger: Patient Wyatt
My Weight Loss StoryI grew up as a "bigger" kid, but by High School I was just plain fat. I finally decided to do something about it. I began eating better (mainly chicken and vegetables). I also started running and working out regularly. Over the course of 2 years I lost close to 100 pounds. I felt great and I looked better, healthy and trim. But all that weight loss had left me with loose and saggy skin around my stomach. I had worked so hard but I was still unhappy with how my body looked. I worked out diligently for another year and saw no process on this weird pooch of skin that did not belong on my new body. It was so frustrating.
My AppointmentWhen I turned 20 I decided to seek medical help - I thought a tummy tuck might be my only option and that kind of surgery just plain scared me, but I am desperate. I visited Lakewood Aesthetics for a consultation for my excess skin. Dr. McCarty and the Laser Specialist, Crystal examined the skin and walked me through a new procedure that did not require surgery or any major cutting. The procedure is called ThermiTight.
Basically, ThermiTight is done with a small laser that is placed under your skin through a tiny incision and the fat is burned or more accurately melted away by the managed heat of the laser which is created by radiofrequency waves. I was excited, this was the perfect solution for me, 6 days later I went it for the procedure.
My ThermiTight ExperienceI was told to take Ativan, 1 hour before the procedure and a second one right before I went in. This medication was to calm my nerves for the treatment, I was nervous but Crystal made me feel at ease. She walked me through the process step-by-step; showing me the laser and how it worked. She showed me the infrared screen that they used to monitor the internal heat of the laser. This would guide Dr. McCarty throughout the procedure and help him target the areas of fat that needed to be reduced.
They gave me a local injection at the incision site (I had 3 tiny incisions) and Dr. McCarty gently put the laser under my skin - not gonna lie, it was weird. I felt like a video game controller as Dr. McCarty would slightly move the laser then refer to the infrared screen to see where the heat level was. I could feel the heat but it did not hurt, just a foreign feeling. Crystal and Dr. McCarty continued talking me through what they were doing and checking in that I was doing ok. Two hours later I was done.
I left the office with three average sized Band-Aid’s covering the incision areas, plus a wrap for my stomach. I had to have a ride home and was told to just rest for the rest of the day and take it easy the following day. I slept well that night and woke up a bit sore the next day, taking a break from the stomach wrap and Tylenol helped. I rested that entire day but by the next day I was ready to go. I was just a bit swollen.
My ResultsI noticed real results 4-5 days later as the swelling went down, the loose skin just wasn't as loose. I was sent home with a stomach wrap that I was supposed to wear 12-24 hours for 3 weeks. but I kept it on a majority of the time for 4 weeks. I did a follow-up with Lakewood Aesthetics a week after the treatment and everything looked good. There was still some swelling and that lasted maybe 10 days in total, not bad swelling just kind of puffy. There was no pain and I was happy with my results; I was told it would get even better as the weeks passed and it did. 4 weeks later and the difference is amazing the skin is tight and snaps back and you can’t even see where the incision marks were made.
Would I do it again? Definitely, I am so happy with the results.
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How to Lose Unsightly Bulges Many women have areas on their body where it is nearly impossible to lose weight with dieting and exercising, but fortunately, there is a new liposuction procedure available. Body sculpting is an easy process at Lakewood Aesthetics in Dallas under the guidance of Dr. Todd McCarty. Liposuction is perfect for removing smooth or dimpled fatty tissue from these areas of the body:
• Jawline• Thighs• Abdomen• Neck• Arms
SmartLipo is a minimally invasive procedure that does not require huge incisions or a long recovery time. Patients can choose to have several body areas treated in one session or undergo multiple treatments at their convenience.
What is SmartLipo?SmartLipo is a high-definition form of liposuction that uses a thin and hollow cannula to gently suction or drain melted fat from targeted body or facial areas. A specialized laser is used by Dr. McCarty to dissolve fatty tissue underneath the skin to make it easier to suction with a thinner device. Because a thin cannula is used, patients require tiny incisions that heal quickly without needing numerous stitches. The most important part of undergoing SmartLipo is having a surgeon who knows how to move the cannula under the skin to remove liquidated fat to create a firmer surface.
How Does SmartLipo Work?While SmartLipo requires melting fat with a laser passed over the skin, a patient does not experience any discomfort because it is a device that emits light at certain ranges. The probe inserted into underlying tissue uses ultrasonic pulses to break apart the cellular membrane of fat cells to release liquid that is drained with a cannula. After the liquidized fat is removed, Dr. McCarty focuses on making sure the laser closes tiny blood vessels to prevent bleeding. A SmartLipo procedure requires less than two hours but helps to make patients look more youthful and sculpted.
SmartLipo is Suitable for the FaceAlso known as laser lipolysis, SmartLipo is not designed for weight loss but can smooth bulges on certain areas of the face, neck or body. Because the incisions are incredibly tiny, patients experience less discomfort, bleeding and bruising. After the localized fat deposits are removed, patients can rest at home for one to two days before returning to normal activities. This form of liposuction is appropriate for many areas of the body, but is especially popular for the face because it requires tiny incisions.
Treating Excessive Underarm SweatWe rely on social interactions in both our personal and professional lives. While this is simply part of being human, for those with excessive underarm sweat, interaction can become embarrassing. If you find yourself avoiding reaching for the top shelf or stearing clear of close contact with coworkers, friends and family, don't feel alone. Millions suffer from this all too common condition.
What Causes The Condition?It can be difficult to pinpoint exactly why you sweat more than normal as there are many underlying causes. If you suffer from an anxiety disorder, it is not uncommon for excessive underarm sweating to occur. Other possible reasons include:
Symptoms of Excessive SweatingJust what determines excessive sweating? After all, it's the body's natural cooling system. To get a better understanding if you sweat more than normal, consider the following symptoms:
If you think you are impacted by excessive underarm sweat, there is hope. Two procedures are available that can bring you the relief you deserve.
Botox InjectionsAlthough it's not known if it's effective for other areas of concern, Botox injections have proven highly effective in treating excessive underarm sweating. The procedure is minimally invasive as a dose of onabotulinumtoxinA is injected into the skin of the underarms. Average results last around six months, however some patients have reported relief for up to two years following injection. Overall, the procedure has been deemed a safe and effective therapeutic option for those struggling with the embarrassing effects of excessive underarm sweating.
Laser TreatmentFor more severe cases of excessive underarm sweating, laser treatment can provide a more effective and often permanent solution. Many patients find the relief they are looking for after a single treatment; however, depending on the severity of the problem, they could require future treatments. The nature of the visits are non-invasive, allowing patients to return to life as usual immediately following treatment. Best of all, laser treatment only takes about 30 minutes, allowing you to quickly get back to your daily duties.
Lakewood Aesthetics offers both of these solutions for excess sweating anywhere on your body. Call us today to find out more. 469-547-6181
Laser Tattoo Removal Though tattoos are immensely popular, about 50% of all people who get a tattoo later rethink their decision. If you have an unwanted tattoo, modern laser tattoo removal methods can easily erase it with almost no side effects. Short, high-intensity pulses from a Q-switched laser pass harmlessly through the top layers of your skin in order to break up the tattoo ink. Your natural immune system then removes these tiny particles of pigment, and the tattoo quickly fades. Depending on the size and color of your tattoo, you may need multiple sessions in order to fully remove the tattoo. Most sessions take between five and 40 minutes to complete.
Since the lasers used in the treatment target specific colors, the effectiveness of a single tattoo treatment will depend on the colors of your tattoo and the color of your skin. Dark inks absorb laser energy better, so black and red tattoo inks are the most easily removed, while yellow and aqua pigments can be somewhat difficult. If you have a tattoo with multiple difficult colors, it may not disappear completely, and you will need more sessions in order to remove the ink.
Laser tattoo removal can be mildly painful; many people describe it as feeling like a rubber band is being snapped against your skin or hot specks of grease are splattering on you. Painkiller injections and topical anesthetic creams can be applied to the tattooed area in order to prevent pain, but many patients say the discomfort is so mild that painkillers are not necessary. As soon as the treatment ends, you can use an ice pack in order to soothe the affected area.
Right after the treatment, the tattooed area may look red or puffy, and your skin may blister and peel in the next week or two. It is important to apply antibiotic ointments and wear a bandage until the area is healed in order to prevent any infection. The chance of scarring is minimal, but applying Vitamin E or scar prevention creams will decrease your risk. It will take at least three weeks for your body to reabsorb the tattoo pigments that were broken up by the laser, and it is best to wait at least eight weeks between treatments. After your last treatment, the final results may not be apparent for up to 12 weeks.
How Dermal Fillers WorkDermal fillers can smooth the appearance of aging skin without ever having to undergo plastic surgery. Avoiding surgery is always recommended when there are other options, which is what makes dermal fillers such an attractive treatment.
Dermal fillers can be used to eliminate wrinkles, fine lines, thin lips, and to plump up cheeks. Dermal fillers can also be used to improve the appearance of scars and better contour the jaw line. Some scars may not be removed with dermal fillers, but they will become smoother and less noticeable. These are just a few of the most common uses for dermal fillers. Dermal fillers can be used to fix almost any imperfection on your face caused by aging.
The dermal filler injection procedure is painless, and it can be done in a just a few minutes. The entire procedure will be done in the office, and you will be able to go home immediately after the the treatment is complete. Lakewood Aesthetics uses a series of dermal filler injections in the problem area that you want to treat, but the exact number of injections depend on the area and patient. While you can instantly return to your normal routine, you may have to avoid extended exposure to the sun for a few days.
The effects of dermal fillers are not permanent, but they do last a long time. Dermal fillers are designed to last for at least six months, but in most cases they last much longer. Getting your dermal filler injections no more than once a year is not uncommon. The length of the effectiveness of dermal fillers is different for each patient, but it is also determined by the type of injection used.
Synthetic fillers have been proven to last much longer than natural fillers. Some of the synthetic dermal fillers will work for up to three years. Natural fillers are used in patients allergic to the synthetic ingredients. Since they are absorbed into the body much easier, natural dermal fillers will probably only last six months.
While there may be side effects associated with dermal filler injections, they are completely safe to use if approved by the FDA. The approved fillers have successfully been used for many years, and you will know what side effects you should look for after the procedure is complete.
Many people who want to regain their youthful skin, regrow hair or make skin imperfections disappear are hesitant to try chemical and surgical procedures because of the risks and possible side effects. A new and effective treatment commonly called a "vampire facelift" may be the natural and non-surgical answer for all of these problems. The procedure uses micro-needles to inject the platelet-rich plasma from blood into the skin to correct a variety of conditions.
What Is PRP?Platelet-rich plasma is a substance that the body produces naturally. To obtain the plasma and platelets, a technician draws a small amount of the patient's blood and places it in a sterile tube. The tube is spun in centrifugal motion to separate the blood's components. The result is a concentrated amount of plasma that has a high number of platelets or PRP. This is used to inject into problem areas.
How Do PRP Treatments Work?The platelets are the reason why this treatment works. Platelets naturally help tissue regenerate cells and repair itself. When PRP is injected into different areas of the skin, it fuels the growth of collagen. This is a substance that helps promote elasticity and smoothness in the skin. These actions are responsible for reducing the appearance of scars, stretch marks and other skin imperfections. Platelet-rich blood also helps regenerate hair growth. People who are losing their hair and want to regrow it without spending thousands on transplants or risk using chemicals can benefit from this natural treatment.
Who Should Use PRP Treatments?People who have scars from cuts, acne scars, stretch marks, thinning hair or skin that has lost its youthful appearance may benefit from PRP treatments. A specialist can recommend a personalized treatment plan that matches each person's individual needs. Since the treatment does not involve the use of chemicals or minor surgery, its recovery time is very short. Most people return to their normal activities the next day. The procedure only takes a matter of minutes to complete. Repeat sessions may be spaced a month or two apart depending on the individual and the specialist's recommendations.
To learn more about restoring youthful skin, regenerating hair growth or reducing the appearance of scars and stretch marks, contact us to discuss an affordable treatment plan with one of our specialists.
Todd McCarty, M.D. is a leading board certified, fellowship trained weight loss surgeon with an aesthetic background located in Dallas, Texas. For Dr. McCarty, the overall treatment goal is medical and surgical weight loss as well as aesthetics to improve the face and body, as well as achieve something deeper and more far-reaching that elusive quality of self-esteem and positive self-image. As Dr. McCarty explained, “We use extensive clinical experience and innovation to deliver the latest advances in weight loss and aesthetics and have a wide range of treatments available in both of our locations.” McCarty Weight Loss Center and Wellness and Lakewood Aesthetics are two dedicated facilities to bring out the best possible enhancement in appearance and rejuvenation.