Getting and maintaining a more youthful appearance is getting easier and more economical, as more and more laser treatments become available. Dr. Derek Lou, Medical Director of Renew Body Contouring, answers our questions about lasers that can help all types of skin, plus tells us more about a way to reduce stretch marks.
One of our Fox 26 viewers is concerned with her fine lines and wrinkles on her face, but wants to know if laser treatments might be unsafe for her dark complexion. Dr. Lou explains that he's able to help treat dark skin by starting with a lightening regimen with skin creams. "This helps lighten the complexion a bit before starting with radio frequency procedures. It does make a difference. We can test the response to the skin and it also reduces their pigmentation in terms of the energy absorbed during the procedure," explains Dr. Lou. Important to note: Dr. Lou says this a temporary lightening of the skin! "It's just a prep for the procedure, the skin will revert to its regular pigmentation after several months. The great advantage, we have different heads with different concentrations of energy that will be placed into the skin itself," says Dr. Lou.
"The advantage of our Fractora system, we can use our radio frequency treatments on any skin type and color available. Our device is able to penetrate to a deeper level so that sensitivity to light and potential to scarring, like other laser systems with our Fractora system. Fractora is the type of laser, which is radio frequency for skin tightening and skin rejuvenation. For darker complexions, our heads penetrate to a deeper level and will provide adequate resurfacing," Dr. Lou goes on to say.
He also says this is the perfect time to consider laser treatments. "The results can cause you to have reaction when exposed to light, and in the wintertime, you're more covered up," which makes it a good time, if you're going to undergo treatment.
Studies show that lasers can also help reduce the appearance of stretch marks. About 90 percent of women will get stretch marks during pregnancy. Sometimes they go away on their own, but often they stick around forever. "Our Fractora radio frequency resurfacing and Tite FX system helps by killing fat cells and also tightening the skin as well," says Dr. Lou.
Of course, we had to ask if you can rely on all-natural ways to help the problem on your own. "Diet and exercise are always recommended, but it does take some time to get there. What you can do on your own doesn't always get you where you want to be, and non-invasive and sometimes surgical intervention is necessary," says Dr. Lou.
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