Blog Archives | Carlson Laser Aesthetics
CALL US TODAY: (616) 363-3640

Detailed Guide to Smart Lipo

Laser liposuction is also called “smart lipo.” This procedure utilizes laser energy to reduce areas with excess fat deposits. Overview of the Process This procedure is a potential option for people with light or moderate amounts of excess fat, also having mild to moderate skin elasticity. Potential areas for smart lipo include the hips, abdomen, back, male breasts, thighs, knees, arms, neck, and face. Doctors may use one of two techniques for this procedure. Technique 1 The physician uses the laser to break up deep fat before removal, which can help minimize bruising because there is less bleeding. Next, the laser is moved up into the superficial layer immediately under the skin to heat these cells. This stimulates production of collagen and elastin, which helps the skin recover faster. Finally, the surgeon removes all remaining debris to sculpt and contour the body part. Technique 2 The first steps are the same with this procedure, but the final step omits removal of the debris. Instead, these cells and fluids are left in the body to be reabsorbed. This procedure is usually used on the neck or face where only thin layers of fat are present and basic skin tightening is needed. Benefits of Smart Lipo The innovative nature of this technology makes the procedure more efficient and comfortable. Other benefits include: Immediate results. Over time, the appearance improves even more. Less pain for patients than standard treatments. A mild anesthesia helps eliminate all discomfort. More precise fatty tissue removal, which helps create more natural results. Faster recovery from this precise removal. The minimal invasiveness of laser liposuction, which is safer...
The Definition of Med Spas and How They Differ From Traditional Spas

The Definition of Med Spas and How They Differ From Traditional Spas

Medical aesthetic procedures are growing in popularity, with many people seeking to have treatments termed “minimally invasive.” Med spas are facilities that offer a variety of services, some of which fall under the heading of medical or surgical. The rise in prevalence and popularity of these treatments has led the American Academy of Dermatology Association to develop a position statement regarding these centers designed to help protect patients and clients. The Practice of Medicine Most states do not recognize med spas as facilities that practice medicine or surgery. Both physicians and non-physicians may perform various services that enhance and/or improve clients’ appearances or wellbeing. These services are termed, “medical aesthetic services,” and they do not constitute the practice of medicine. Definition of Medical Aesthetic Services This term includes the diagnosis, treatment, or correction of various human conditions, infirmities, diseases, or injuries that involve the hair, nails, skin, or mucous membranes. Any treatment method or instrument that would change or alter skin or tissue falls under the definition of a medical aesthetic service. Therefore, scalpels, lasers, electrical impulses, chemicals, microwave energy, injection or insertion of a substance, and sanding meet this criteria. Difference between Med Spas and Traditional Spas A medical spa must have a director who is a licensed health care professional, and this practitioner must oversee all treatments and therapies. A traditional spa delivers simpler beautification services such as massages, non-medical facials, hair and nail care, and hair removal by waxing. While a medical spa may also offer these services, it will also offer more in-depth or enhanced services such as microdermabrasion, laser hair removal, and injectable fillers....
Popular Areas to Target with Laser Hair Removal

Popular Areas to Target with Laser Hair Removal

A proper laser hair removal treatment will alleviate unwanted hair, look natural, and boost confidence. Explore some potential problem areas worth targeting and the benefits of doing so. Legs and Arms Limbs are an easy place to start with laser hair removal for smooth, luxurious skin. Everyone has unique body hair regarding thickness, color, and length. People who feel uncomfortable with their hair’s appearance can take control over their limbs and not feel self-conscious when out in public or meeting new people. Face A popular procedure for women, laser hair removal can be a welcome and more permanent alternative to waxing or bleaching facial hair. A small amount of work can have a significant impact on one’s appearance and let the focus shift back to natural, beautiful facial features. For example, removal of hair around the ears and upper cheek can shift attention back to the center of the face and eyes. Back As one might suspect, the back is a very difficult place to shave effectively. Furthermore, some people’s backs have much thicker hair than other areas of the body, giving an unbalanced look. Laser hair removal on the back can offer a patient peace of mind. Sensitive Areas Areas like the bikini line can be touched up for the summer or anytime for increased comfort and confidence. Local anesthesia can be used for such areas, and the focused nature of the work should mean a shorter treatment. Both males and females often elect to clean up these places for a smooth yet natural look. Underarms Constant shaving of underarms can be frustrating and a losing battle. Laser...
Try These Six Home Remedies for Excessive Sweating

Try These Six Home Remedies for Excessive Sweating

For some people, over-the-counter deodorant and antiperspirant can’t stem the tide of excessive sweating. This potentially embarrassing problem may cause self-consciousness in both professional and social settings. Fortunately, home remedies can be an effective solution for people who sweat too much. 1. Vinegar It might taste pungent, but taking vinegar three times a day about a half hour before a meal can potentially curb excessive sweating. Two teaspoons of natural vinegar combined with one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar is an effective dosage for many with perspiration problems. 2. Baking Soda This common kitchen staple can help with sweating in a few different ways. For example, a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with a cup of water and consumed each night often results in less sweat. It can also be dusted in the areas you sweat the most to reduce moisture and odor. 3. Lemon The citric acid in lemon juice is a natural deodorant. For best results, a lemon should be sliced in half before bed, and the juice applied to the armpits overnight to limit sweat the next day. 4. Herbal Teas Certain herbs are known to reduce sweat gland activity. Those who want to try this remedy can either brew tea containing sage or opt for a chamomile, black, or green tea if sage is not readily available. 5. Coconut Oil This natural remedy is incredibly popular for skin and hair care and can also be used to reduce excessive sweating and odor. The oil is simply applied to any areas of the body that tend to sweat, including the armpits and feet. 6. Tomato Juice...

How to Take Care of Skin After Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a nonsurgical cosmetic procedure that revitalizes the skin and reduces the appearance of acne scars and age spots. This simple procedure removes the dead skin cells allowing the healthier skin to show through. It is a painless practice, which allows patients to go on with their day with little rehabilitation time. Even though this “lunchtime non-surgery” has no down time, there are certain things that must be done after the procedure to help the area heal properly.   Immediately After   It is normal for facial redness to appear immediately following the microdermabrasion procedure. It is also normal for the face to itch or feel like it has a mild sunburn. Patients can help alleviate these symptoms by cleaning the area immediately after treatment. This removes any micro-crystals and dead skin cells left. When cleansing, use a soft wet cloth and rehydrating toner.   After the removing any residue, allow the face to completely dry. After drying, use a rich moisturizer on the surface. Repeat this process daily to help minimize peeling.   Patients should also apply sunscreen to their face each time they go outside, even on cloudy days. The microdermabrasion procedure makes the skin more photosensitive, meaning even a little sun could result in a sunburn. All patients should avoid extended sun exposure during the first week after treatment.   When to Resume Makeup   Some doctors say it is okay to begin wearing foundation or concealer almost immediately after the treatment. However, most doctors agree it is best to let the skin heal for two to three days before putting makeup on. For those...

Liquid Facelifts: Are They Worth the Cost?

Having a more youthful appearance is appealing to most women. However, the cost and recovery time involved with a traditional facelift may make some patients balk at having the procedure. There is an alternative that offers many of the same results at a fraction of the price. Is it worth it?   What is a Liquid Facelift?   Instead of undergoing an invasive surgical procedure, patients choosing this option receive injections to address areas of concern such as fine lines, crow’s feet, folds, laugh lines, or loss of volume. Though there are several different types of dermal fillers to choose from, the most common include Juvederm, Belotero, Voluma, Radiesse, and Botox.   What is the Cost?   Prices of any surgical procedure vary depending on the specific needs of the patient. A full facelift can cost thousands of dollars, depending on the extent of the procedure. A liquid facelift, however, can cost as little as half the price of a more invasive procedure.   How Long Does the Procedure Last?   This procedure is not a permanent solution. While the most common options last for a few months, there are brands available that can last a year or longer. In order to maintain a natural look, follow up injections might be needed. A qualified physician will help determine which brand works best based on the patient’s needs.   Each injection procedures take between 15 and 30 minutes to complete.   What is the Recovery Time?   With traditional facelifts, recovery time takes anywhere from 10 to 14 days. Doctors usually release their patients to go back to work after...
Carlson Laser Aesthetics
1525 E Beltline Ave NE Suite 102
Grand Rapids, Mi 49525
Phone: (616) 363-3640