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Best Fillers For Face to Consider

Are you having a hard time looking and feeling like your most confident self? Have you recently noticed more scars and wrinkles in your complexion? Getting your skin back to a smooth, supple, and youthful appearance isn’t impossible, and it doesn’t always have to involve invasive plastic surgery. Welcome to the world of facial fillers!

Injectables are a popular and effective option to consider if you want to look young and feel your best again. In fact, according to the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, one million men and women get some type of injectable fillers on an annual basis. 

Are you thinking about trying fillers, but you’re not sure where to get started? Below, we’ve provided a brief history of facial fillers, followed by the benefits of injectables and a variety of the best facial fillers for face to consider.

The history of fillers

Did you know that facial filler was introduced in the late 1800s? It wasn’t long after the invention of the syringe that people were using chemical agents as a way to rejuvenate their complexion and improve facial volume, say researchers at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. The first type of injectable filler introduced to the public was paraffin. Still, it quickly came with complications involving migration, embolization, and granuloma formation. Fast forward to 1981 and bovine collagen became the first FDA-approved cosmetic injection. 

Today, you can find dozens of injectable fillers made of hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxyapatite, poly-L-lactic acid, and polymethylmethacrylate that are safe, effective, and FDA-approved. 

The benefits of fillers

As we age, our skin does the same. While certain factors and poor habits can speed up the aging process — such as smoking, consuming too much alcohol, and spending time in the sun without skin protection — skin ages naturally on its own. 

According to Scientific American, you produce 1% less collagen in your skin every year after you turn 20. Loss of collagen makes the skin feel and appear more fragile over time. This, coupled with less elastin production and reduced oil gland function, leads to wrinkle formation and other signs of aging skin. 

However, fillers were made to combat this, helping you to achieve a smooth and youthful complexion as you age. Whether you’re looking to reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles, encourage facial contour or perfect your jawline, an injectable treatment can help. Here are some of the many benefits of pursuing an injectable filler treatment:

  1. It’s not a one-size-fits-all treatment

Fillers were created to enhance your appearance and make you feel more comfortable within your own skin. Whether that means plumping your lips, restoring volume to your jawline, getting rid of vertical lip lines, or diminishing that one deep wrinkle in your face, fillers can assist. No matter what type of result you’re looking for, there’s a dermal filler treatment to give you that anticipated look.

  1. It’s a great way to boost collagen production

Dermal fillers can be your ticket to improved collagen and elastin production in your skin. Hyaluronic acid, the key ingredient to face fillers, is a naturally occurring substance that’s already found in your skin. When injected back into the skin, the result is a more plump and hydrated complexion.

  1. The results are almost immediate

Facial plastic surgery can come with a long healing time. In fact, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, patients who undergo rhinoplasty, or a nose job, may not see initial results until about a month after the procedure and may not see the final result until a year after surgery. With fillers, you can expect to see results within a week or two after getting them done. 

  1. It’s minimally invasive

You don’t need to undergo a serious procedure or go under the knife to get the effects of dermal fillers. Injections are nothing more than a needle. If you’re worried about the pain that’s associated with it, your physician can numb the injection site with a topical numbing cream for your comfort.

  1. Fillers are not permanent

One of the best benefits of fillers is that the treatment isn’t permanent. Suppose you’re unhappy with fillers or you change your mind about getting an enhancement. In that case, you can have the filler dissolved, or wait until their effects dissipate.

  1. You can combine a dermal injection treatment with other injectables

If you want to produce a natural, youthful look with various treatments, you can do this with facial filler. Many patients combine lip filler and other injectable dermal fillers with Botox to relax the facial muscles while adding more volume to the skin. It’s the ultimate facial rejuvenation option. 

Best fillers for face: Which to consider 

If you’re new to the world of facial fillers, you may find it difficult to navigate your options. There are so many treatment types available. All products on the market are designed with a specific texture and density to properly treat troubled areas and produce a flawless result. At CosmetiCare, we have a variety of different options to choose from. Ultimately, your provider will recommend the best option based on your wants and needs. Here are some of the types of filler you can expect to discuss during a consultation:

JUVEDERM®

Using unique technology and hyaluronic acid, JUVEDERM® flows seamlessly into the skin around the mouth and nose to add volume and hydration to the face. With results lasting up to one year, you can create facial contour and fill in wrinkles with ease. 

Bellafill®

Are you looking for a skin rejuvenation treatment to remove severe acne scars and correct nasolabial folds? Bellafill® is a dermal filler designed to support collagen growth for up to five years, helping to improve the texture and appearance of the skin for a more youthful glow. 

Radiesse®

A water-based gel made up of calcium-based microspheres, Radiesse® is used to plump wrinkles and folded areas of the skin, typically occurring on the face. 

Qwo®

This is the first and only FDA-approved injectable for moderate to severe cellulite in adult women. This is perfect to consider if you can’t seem to shake the stubborn fat even after changing your diet and exercise habits.

Sculptra
This innovative face injectable helps to stimulate collagen production, restore volume and firmness in the face while also smoothing deep wrinkles. 

KYBELLA®

A synthetic form of deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body, KYBELLA® works to break down and absorb fat, ultimately eliminating targeted fat cells. This product is most often used around the jawline to reduce the appearance of a double chin and enhance facial contour. 

Restylane®

A clear gel form of hyaluronic acid, Restylane® injections are designed to add volume to the skin and correct moderate to severe wrinkles and folds.

Are you interested in learning more about CosmetiCare procedures? Our team of experienced professionals will help you choose the best non-surgical treatment to improve your self-confidence and feel satisfied within your own skin again. Book your consultation today to get the process started on looking and feeling your best. 

 

 

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Why Skin Care is Important

Why is skin care important 

Skin care is essential for a healthy complexion throughout your life. Here’s why you should prioritize a skin care routine:

With age, we begin to learn just how critical it is to take care of our bodies. Following a regular exercise regimen is a practice that’s encouraged throughout life — and so is incorporating a well-balanced diet into your daily routine. Both healthy habits encourage healthy weight maintenance, stronger bones ,and muscles, and can even improve mood and mental wellness. But what about skin care?

Often overlooked — but just as crucial — is the act of skin care. Without a solid skin care routine in your life, you may find yourself dealing with adult acne, as well as harsh texture and tone in your complexion. By incorporating a morning and night skin care routine, you can combat skin issues that keep you from looking and feeling your most confident self.

In this article, we’ll dive into the importance of skin care, touching on the benefits of following a healthy skin care routine and laying out our picture-perfect example of what a good skin care regimen looks like.

The benefits of a top-notch skin care routine

A quality skin care regime can help you address all the issues related to your skin type. Whether you deal with dry skin, sensitive skin, oily skin, or a combination of multiple issues, taking care of your complexion based on your skin type can lead to the following benefits:

Address your personal skin concern

Whether you’re dealing with sun damage, clogged pores, uneven skin texture, skin irritation, skin discoloration, premature aging, acne-prone skin, or acne scarring, an optimal skin care routine can help you combat some of the issues you’ve been experiencing and can provide a safeguard against breakouts in the future. Of course, based on your skin type and the severity of your skin issues, you may need to see a dermatologist or care provider for further assistance, but implementing a skin care regimen is your best first step towards an improved complexion. 

Boost your confidence

When you look good, you feel good about yourself. Establishing — and maintaining — a solid skin care routine can make it easier for your skin to breathe, making it look and feel better than ever. 

Establish a healthy habit

As addressed earlier, taking care of your skin is just as important as prioritizing a workout routine and following a healthy diet. By incorporating another healthy habit into your lifestyle, like maintaining a skin care routine, you can build an all-around healthier lifestyle and feel better about your choices along the way. 

What does a good skin care routine look like?

Are you in need of a skin care routine revamp? Are you starting from scratch and have no idea what steps you need to follow when taking care of your complexion? Here’s an example of a standard skin care routine you can consider to reap anti-aging benefits: 

Wash with cleanser

Cleansing once in the morning and once at night daily is the best way to remove dead skin cells and dirt accumulated throughout the day and while you sleep. Choose a cleanser that will work for your complexion based on your skin type. 

Slough away dead skin cells with exfoliant

Exfoliating is an optimal option for deep cleaning the skin, working deep into your pores to remove dead skin cells that your cleanser may have missed. Exfoliating is a bit rougher on the skin, so incorporating this step into your regimen once a week can suffice. 

Don’t forget about eye cream

The skin around the eyes can be considered one of the most sensitive areas on the body, so it is a must to take care of it. Fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness, and dark circles tend to form around the eyes as we age. Eye cream can be used to rejuvenate the skin and produce a more youthful glow. You can apply your eye cream once in the morning and again at night for optimal results. 

Use moisturizer

Once you’ve treated your skin, you need to lock the moisture in place with a moisturizing cream. This step is essential for strengthening your skin barrier and ensures that your other products are locked in place. We recommend applying moisturizer with ceramides and hyaluronic acid after every face wash. 

Apply sunscreen regularly

Did you ever consider sunscreen to be one of the most essential and effective staples of your skin care products? Dr. Ashley Magovern, board-certified dermatologist and owner and founder of a Manhattan-based dermatologist office told Good Housekeeping magazine that without sunscreen in your skin care routine, the rest of the steps in your regimen become irrelevant.

“If you don’t wear sunscreen, it’s like you might as well not do any of those other steps,” shared Dr. Magovern. “The sun is the number one reason why people’s skin will age prematurely.” Applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 is recommended as the last step of your morning skin care routine. 

Visit a dermatologist for spot treatment, severe acne and any other major skin concern 

A regular skin care routine will improve the overall appearance of your skin over time. Still, you may need assistance from a professional to address major concerns. Meeting with a skin care professional can give you a better understanding of what type of attention your skin needs based on your skin type and ultimate complexion goals. 

Reasons to consider hyaluronic acid for skin care 

If you’re looking for assistance addressing fine lines and wrinkles in your complexion, but your current skin care routine isn’t getting the job done, hyaluronic acid may be worth your consideration.

CosmetiCare’s Amplify serum is a hyaluronic acid-boosting serum that is designed to provide moisture retention and repair the lipid barrier of the complexion, ultimately reducing the appearance of lines and other premature signs of aging in the face. With this protection, you can ensure your skin is protected and hydrated, which ultimately increases skin cell production leading to a smoother, plumper complexion. 

Purchase your bottle of Amplify today and reach out to us for more information and tips on skin care.

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5 Things You Need to Know About Hair Restoration at CosmetiCare in Newport Beach

5 Things you Need to know about Hair Restoration 
 
Dr. Stefan Adair, CosmetiCare’s hair transplant specialist, weighs in on what you need to know about this popular procedure. 
 
1. How long does a hair procedure take?
2. When will you see results from a hair transplant, and how long will they last?
3. Does hair transplant procedure hurt?
4. How many procedures will I need?
5. How effective is hair restoration?
 
How long does a hair procedure take? 
 
Hair restoration procedures can take up to 8 hours, depending on how many graphs you are getting. We do not want this to be a quick procedure as it takes time to harvest each graft and ensure proper handlining for the best regrowth. To learn how many graphs you may need, see the below chart. 
Hair is a labor of love, and Dr. Adair is no stranger to this art form. He has performed over 3,000 successful hair cases and has even sat in the chair four times as a patient. Trust us – he gets it, and our team will ensure you are comfortable during your procedure. To learn more about his hair journey, click here. 
 
When will you see results from a hair transplant, and how long will the results last?
 
Patients will begin to see full results about 6-10 months post-op. By 10-12 months, you’ll see 90% of the new hair growth results. While this procedure does require patience on your end – the new hair will continue to grow for a lifetime and is yours to keep!
 
Does hair transplant procedure hurt? 
 
The hair transplant procedure is relatively easy for the patient. While you will be in the chair for 4-8 hours, we will ensure your comfort throughout the entire process. We will give you light sedation, so you are awake but relaxed, and the areas treated are numbed with a local anesthetic. As mentioned before, Dr. Adair has sat in your shoes and will ensure you are comfortable during the procedure. 
 
How many hair restoration procedures do I need?
 
Many patients are satisfied with one procedure. However, this will be determined during your consultation with Dr. Adair.
 
How effective is hair restoration?
 
Hair restoration is effective, and after performing 3,000 successful cases, it is a proper art form. 94% of patients who have undergone this procedure in the US would recommend it, according to RealSelf.com. Our physicians, including our Medical Director, Dr. Michael Niccole, have undergone this procedure with Dr. Adair and have been completely satisfied with their results.
 
About Dr. Adair
 
Orange County’s leading hair doctor was once a patient himself. Dr. Stefan Adair began thinning in his 20s and stated it was not until his once 3-year-old daughter made comments about his hairline that he finally decided to restore it. Recruited from Bosely’s top hair clinic in Atlanta, Georgia, CosmetiCare is proud to have Dr. Adair as our hair restoration expert in Newport Beach. If you are ready to take the plunge, call us today to set up your consultation.

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Renowned Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Hootan Daneshmand and Certified Nurse Practitioner Jennifer Rosenfeld Join the Award-Winning Orange County CosmetiCare Team

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (July XX, 2020) — CosmetiCare, an award-winning cosmetic plastic surgery center and medspa, is pleased to welcome Dr. Hootan Daneshmand to its surgical team. Daneshmand brings over 25 years of experience practicing plastic and reconstructive surgery – providing his patients with the latest advances in plastic and reconstructive surgery techniques, outstanding results and a gentle, nurturing approach.

Daneshmand graduated with a medical degree from the University of Southern California in 1990. He completed his general surgery residency at Kern Medical Facility and his plastic surgery residency at St. Francis Memorial Hospital. Daneshmand is board certified in plastic surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

“For the past 35 years, CosmetiCare’s mission has been to help people look and feel their best,” said Devon Niccole, CEO of CosmetiCare. “By hiring top, board-certified surgeons to be a part of the CosmetiCare team, we are able to provide our patients with unique access to an experienced and skilled team of experts that deliver innovative treatments using state-of-the-art aesthetic medical devices and technology.”

CosmetiCare also recently hired certified nurse practitioner Jennifer Rosenfeld to serve as lead clinical educator for its expanding medical services. Her background in both medical and aesthetic dermatology sets Rosenfeld apart from her peers, in that she conducts her consults with a multi-dimensional skin integrity perspective. Rosenfeld began her career in dermatology, before becoming certified in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, thread lifts and injectables.

To learn more about CosmetiCare’s renowned team of plastic surgeons and medspa specialists, visit: https://www.cosmeticare.com/

ABOUT COSMETICARE: CosmetiCare, an award-winning cosmetic plastic surgery center and med spa based in Orange County, Calif., knows a thing or two about the latest, most innovative aesthetic procedures on the market. Its globally recognized plastic surgery experts, med spa specialists and high-profile patients (including stars from popular shows like The Real Housewives of Orange County, Little Women: LA, Vanderpump Rules, etc.), make it the go-to source for all things beauty and anti-aging. Discover more at www.cosmeticare.com or connect with CosmetiCare on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

COSMETICARE TO OFFER BIOIDENTICAL HORMONE THERAPY

 

OC-Based Cosmetic Surgery Center and Medspa Helps Patients Restore Balance with Bioidentical Hormones

 

In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, CosmetiCare, an award-winning cosmetic plastic surgery center and medspa, is now providing bioidentical hormone therapy to help people who are experiencing a hormonal imbalance as a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic, age or other factors. Leading the launch of its new bioidentical hormone therapy services, CosmetiCare is pleased to welcome Jennifer Rosenfeld, NP, a certified nurse practitioner and bioidentical hormone therapy provider, with five years of industry knowledge and specialized expertise in anti-aging and wellness programs, thread lifts and injectables.

 

“CosmetiCare is known nationally for making women and men look beautiful on the outside, so we’re thrilled to be able to provide an opportunity for our patients to not only look their best, but also feel their best,” said Jennifer Rosenfeld, nurse practitioner at CosmetiCare. “Hormones control most of your basic bodily functions including appetite, immune function, mood and libido – so, when they are out of balance, it can have a big impact on overall health and well-being. Bioidentical hormones are identical chemically to those our bodies produce naturally and are made from plant estrogens. They can be used to treat individuals who have experienced drops in their hormone levels from certain life conditions like stress, pregnancy or menopause.”

 

While bioidentical hormones can come in various forms, CosmetiCare uses subcutaneous pellets to deliver a steady, consistent flow of hormones to patients. The treatment is tailored to each patients’ individual needs using a complex algorithm, and the treatment will deliver a consistent flow of hormones over three to five months, with results peaking at around week seven, to help patients improve their emotional, physical and psychological well-being.

 

CosmetiCare’s new bioidentical hormone therapy services also help address many health concerns, such as hormone deficiency, low testosterone, changes in energy levels, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease and cognitive decline.  Additionally, there are a wide variety of benefits, including:

 

  • Enhanced libido
  • Heart protection
  • Positive effects on cholesterol
  • Increased energy
  • Enhanced sleep
  • Feeling of overall well-being
  • Reducing body fat
  • Stronger bones and muscles
  • Depression relief
  • Reduced “brain-fog”

 

 

To learn more about CosmetiCare’s new bioidentical hormone therapy service offering, visit www.cosmeticare.com/services/BHRT.

 

ABOUT COSMETICARE: CosmetiCare, an award-winning cosmetic plastic surgery center and med spa based in Orange County, Calif., knows a thing or two about the latest, most innovative aesthetic procedures on the market. Its globally recognized plastic surgery experts, med spa specialists and high-profile patients (including stars from popular shows like the Real Housewives of Orange County, Little Women: LA, Vanderpump Rules, etc.), make it the go-to source for all things beauty and anti-aging. Discover more at www.cosmeticare.com or connect with CosmetiCare on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

 

Editor’s Note: For interviews about bioidentical hormone therapy or for complimentary press treatments, contact leslie@beyondfifteen.com.

Local Cosmetic Surgery Center and Medspa Brings COVID-19 Antibody Testing to Orange County

To help better serve its community during the current COVID-19 pandemic, CosmetiCare, an award-winning cosmetic plastic surgery center and medspa, is now offering COVID-19 antibody testing at its Newport Beach location. The test is administered in-office via blood sample from a simple finger prick, with patients receiving results within 10-minutes. The service is available for $149 by appointment only to ensure social distancing by eliminating long lines and crowded waiting rooms.

“I saw an opportunity to assist our local Orange County community by providing antibody tests,” said Dr. Michael Niccole, founder of CosmetiCare. “Beyond the simple power of knowing their status, patients with the correct COVID-19 antibodies can donate their blood and plasma to help those who are battling for their lives trying to beat the virus. This may not only help save lives, but also help our community gather more data to enable a return to a new normal.”

Patients who purchase a medspa service, which can be redeemed when CosmetiCare re-opens, or a skincare product for local, curbside pickup will receive a $50 discount. Those who test positive for COVID-19 antibodies and donate blood or plasma at a local donation center, will receive a $100 CosmetiCare gift card with proof of donation.

In addition to its antibody testing service, CosmetiCare also has partnered with OC-based Goldsheep Clothing in its fight against COVID-19, to create protective face masks. The masks are also being offered as a free gift with all CosmetiCare skincare product purchases of $100 or more.

To learn more about CosmetiCare’s COVID-19 antibody testing, visit www.cosmeticare.com/covid19-antibody-test

ABOUT COSMETICARE: CosmetiCare, an award-winning cosmetic plastic surgery center and med spa based in Orange County, Calif., knows a thing or two about the latest, most innovative aesthetic procedures on the market. Its globally recognized plastic surgery experts, med spa specialists and high-profile patients (including stars from popular shows like the Real Housewives of Orange County, Little Women: LA, Vanderpump Rules, etc.), make it the go-to source for all things beauty and anti-aging. Discover more at www.cosmeticare.com or connect with CosmetiCare on FacebookTwitterYouTube and Instagram.

This article originally appeared on Business Wire.

By Tonya Johnson

Doing a breast lift, or any other body contouring surgery, on a patient who has lost a tremendous amount of weight is like watching a caterpillar cocoon blossom into a beautiful butterfly. At least that’s how Burr von Maur, MD, FACS, of CosmetiCare Plastic Surgery and Medspa in Corona Del Mar, Calif, describes it.

Maur completes postbariatric body contouring surgery several times a week at CosmetiCare. In his 25 years of experience, Maur has found that patients who undergo a body contouring procedure after weight loss gain a new mind-set. These patients see an increase in confidence that facilitates daily exercise and social engagement, including their participation in sports activities and hitting the beach for a swim. Seeing their confidence levels elevate is why he enjoys doing it.

“One of the main reasons I like to do body contouring on patients after their experience with weight loss is because these are some of the happiest patients! It is such a relief for them because they have been thinking about getting some work done for a very long time. When they finally do, it’s transformative,” he says.

But there is plenty to consider before moving forward, and these procedures are generally done in stages to receive the best results. Maur starts his consultation process by finding out what bothers any given patient the most. Some patients want to get rid of the hanging skin on their tummy first, while others opt for an entire lower-body lift (tummy tuck, thigh, and buttock lift) all at once. A breast lift procedure can be done at the same time, but it will add more time to surgery (unless you have a second team to do the work).

Losing a lot of weight quickly may also result in large amounts of excess skin on the back and under the bra line. So the second stage of the body contouring process is an upper body lift, which can also be combined with the breast lift in one procedure.

“If the breast bothers a patient the most, then that’s what we do first,” he says. The volume of breast skin on a patient is sometimes severely stretched due to the weight loss. For those cases, Maur uses the GalaFLEX Surgical Scaffold to support the breast tissue during an implant.

Whether to improve everything at once, or take each procedure step-by-step, will mainly depend on the patient’s general health, motivation, and their mobility. Patients who have continued obesity, high body mass index, diabetes, uncontrolled high blood pressure, or significant heart disease are not good candidates for surgery.

“But if a patient is basically healthy and does not have any of those issues, then most of them do pretty well,” Maur says.

Maur requires every patient to undergo a complete screening (including a stress test) from their cardiologist and internist to make sure they are in satisfactory condition for surgery.

Maur is inspired by the late Ted Lockwood, MD. When the pioneering aesthetic plastic surgeon from Kansas City began presenting his early concept of the lower body lift to doctors across the country many years ago, Maur couldn’t wait to start training on the new method. Not many practitioners were getting involved back then, he says. But today, it’s becoming more and more popular among plastic surgeons, which Maur says is because it’s a rewarding procedure to do.

Dr-Burr-von-Maur
Burr von Maur, MD, FACS

“I’m really fortunate to have become involved with this early on because I’ve grown with it. I have a strong-wide background—having done it for 25 years,” he says. “I know what my limitations are, and I know what realistic expectations can be for myself and the patient. That’s important.”

There is an educational curve that is required to treat a patient who has experienced significant weight loss. For plastic surgeons who are interested in expanding their services to specialize in body contouring after weight loss, he recommends lectures and seminars that focus on the various techniques, particularly since so much of it continues to evolve. Then you should select the one procedure with which you feel the most comfortable.

To promote this specialized procedure to patients, Maur suggests external and internal marketing campaigns, as well as having staff members talk with patients about it.  He says it’s also helpful to liaise with bariatric surgeons in your area. That’s a good way to not only obtain new patients but to also have a better understanding of all the nuances that are tied to the disease of obesity, he says.

“I’ve learned a lot about obesity throughout my experience over the years, and it’s more than just a psychological inability to control your eating,” he notes. “It’s often difficult to control without surgical intervention. And there is a physiological cause of obesity that is related to social, hormonal, psychological imbalance.”

As obesity rates continue to rise in the United States, Maur predicts that as people become more educated about body contouring treatments after weight loss, the trend will continue to grow.

Tonya Johnson is an associate editor at Plastic Surgery Practice.

This article originally appeared on PlasticSurgeryPractice.com

The Real Housewives of Orange County mom’s pre-reunion treatment looked pretty scary, so we got an expert to give us all the details.

Shannon Beador Treatment Plastic Surgery

Apparently, if you want to look like a million bucks you have to spend it — or at least $2,500. Shannon Storms Beador has been an open book with fans on how she prepared for The Real Housewives of Orange County reunion taping this year, and one of those steps was a CO2 Laser Facial at Cosmeticare.

Two weeks after her procedure, Shannon shared some of the progress pictures of what her skin looked like immediately following the facial each day for the first week, as well as a picture at the two week mark. Shannon’s face was completely red and raw that first week, but 14 days later, it looked incredible! We had to learn more about this facial that looks so extreme at first, but made such a big difference after healing.

BravoTV.com chatted with aesthetic registered nurse Tannaz Razavi from CosmetiCare, (who also performed Shannon’s O-Shot) for the scoop on the CO2 Laser Facial. Read on to discover how it works and who is the wrong candidate for this procedure.

What is the CO2 laser facial?

Tannaz Razavi: CO2RE Laser Fractional Skin Resurfacing is an incredible treatment for select skin types that could benefit from correction of textural and pigmentation irregularities. The primary focus area of fractional resurfacing treatments at CosmetiCare is a full-face or partial face treatment, and this procedure can also be performed on neck, chest, or hands.

How does it work?

The laser causes micro injuries in the skin to create new tissue and collagen. Superficial, medium, or deep penetration may be performed to improve damaged skin, depending on the individual.

How is it different than other types of facials?

The CO2RE is more than a facial, it’s a laser skin resurfacing. With the typical facial or facial peels, you might experience light peeling; with the CO2RE you are having dermal skin resurfacing stimulated by a laser that’s stimulating collagen, resulting in tighter, brighter, and more beautiful skin.

How much does it cost?

The average treatment is $2,000 for the full face. The treatment Shannon received included PRP (Plasma Rich Platelets), which aid in faster recovery. This was important with her schedule and to get her reunion ready! With the PRP add-on, the average treatment cost is $2,500.

How often do you need to get it?

That all depends on the patient’s skin. If they have textural issues, it may take more than one treatment. Typically, once or twice a year is enough to keep collagen stimulated and skin tight and looking its best.

What are the risks for this type of facial?

In certain skin types, there is a risk of developing a temporary or permanent color change in the skin. Taking birth control pills, pregnancy, or a family history of brownish discoloration on the face may increase the possibility of developing abnormal pigmentation, which is why this treatment is recommended for select patients. Before having the treatments, it’s important for a patient to have a consultation with an experienced and licensed provider and disclose any history of keloids, unusual scarring tendencies, extensive X-rays or radiation to the face, or recurring cold sores (because this treatment can exacerbate complications).

How long is the recovery for it?

A reaction that feels and looks like a sunburn occurs following the treatment. The treatment usually involves redness and swelling, followed by aggressive peeling that ends within seven to 10 days. Deeper resurfacing includes scabbing with additional days of redness and swelling. It is important to avoid overexposure to the sun and exercise immediately after a treatment, since the new skin is fragile and more susceptible to injury and infection.

Who is a good or bad candidate?

A good candidate is any individual with a lighter skin tone that has fine lines, wrinkles, and/or sun damaged skin. In Orange County, where our practice is located, many of our patients spend a great amount of time outdoors, laying out by the beach and in the sun. This is a great treatment for many of those patients! The patients that I would not complete this treatment on are those with autoimmune disorders or hyperpigmentation conditions like melasma or darker skin tones. For these patients, we have another option that’s just as aggressive, but with less risk of adverse reactions.

Anything to add on the subject?

For those who are experiencing skin laxity, I would recommend adding microneedling with radio frequency, like Shannon had prior to the CO2RE treatment and Kelly had before the reunion. Specifically, the Morpheus8 treatment, as it provides excellent skin tightening results that complement our CO2RE laser facial.

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Watch and Learn Why Christy Gibel Came in for a Post-Gastric Sleeve Surgery Consultation 

Christy Gibel, star of Little Women: LA recently received gastric sleeve surgery with our partners, Smart Dimensions Weight Loss. Christy was struggling to meet her desired weight when she discovered that she was a candidate for this procedure. Following her gastric sleeve surgery, Christy decided to pay a visit to Dr. Niccole at CosmetiCare for a skin removal surgery consultation. Check out the clip from Little Women: LA below and learn more about how CosmetiCare plans to help Christy meet her aesthetic goals.

Christy Gibel Little Women: LA CosmetiCare Consultation

What is Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Gastric sleeve surgery, or sleeve gastrectomy, is a weight-loss procedure in which a portion of the stomach is removed in order to reduce the amount of food required for patients to “feel full”. Our partners at Smart Dimensions Weight Loss offer sleeve gastrectomy as a solution for patients struggling to lose weight due to overeating. This procedure is considered to be less invasive and safer than other bariatric surgeries. It’s usually recommended for patients with a BMI of 35 or higher and they can typically expect to “lose 50 to 80 pounds in a 12-month period“ following the surgery.

Little Women: LA Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Why Did Christy Come to CosmetiCare for a Skin Removal Surgery Consultation?

Individuals commonly experience loose, excess skin that remains after any type of weight-loss, surgical or non-surgical. More often than not, the only way to remove this extra skin is through surgical procedures. This problem is sometimes exacerbated when patients lose a large amount of weight over a relatively small period of time. Breast lifts, tummy tucks, and other types of skin removal surgeries help alleviate this issue by taking away excess tissue and tightening the remaining skin.

After recently undergoing gastric sleeve surgery, Christy was curious about whether or not she was a candidate for a skin removal procedure. She was concerned about having loose and sagging skin after losing weight. Accompanied by her daughter, Autumn, Christy met with board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Michael Niccole at CosmetiCare to discuss her options. Their consultation was featured on Episode 15 of Season 8 of Little Women: LA. Check it out below!

Little Women: LA Skin Removal Consultation