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Undoing The Damage From The Summer Sun

Summer is reaching its end, and you have been having a wonderful time, playing and baking in the glorious summer sun. You know this is bad for your skin in so many ways, and you are starting to wonder about the damage your sun worshipping may have caused. Is there a way to remedy this? Can we reverse some of sun’s damaging effects? Cosmetic Laser CentersSM has you covered! Continue reading

Coolsculpting® vs. Liposuction Surgery

WHY CHOOSE COOLSCULPTING® OVER LIPOSUCTION

Liposuction and Coolsculpting® are popular and effective procedures when Spanx® just are not covering your fat bulges and lumps any longer, but why would someone choose Coolsculpting® over liposuction? Both work well and both make patients happy with results. Not everyone is a candidate for surgery like liposuction, yet for some patients liposuction may be a better option. Over the past few years, Coolsculpting® has become immensely popular especially for its noninvasive qualities and quick turnaround.  The reasons why consumers have made Coolsculpting® number one are detailed below. Continue reading

Juvéderm® v. Botox®: What You Should Know

If you are finally ready for a wrinkle treatment such as Botox® Cosmetic or Juvéderm®  in the Pittsburgh area, Cosmetic Laser Centers SM is the premier clinic for these and many other non-surgical treatments. We offer several injectable options to our patients, including Botox® and Juvéderm®, but we realize that sometimes it’s difficult to differentiate between them. It is important to know that some injectables function differently than others. Patients often unknowingly confuse neuromodulators like Botox® Cosmetic with fillers such as Juvéderm®.  We would like to outline the major differences of these two popular and highly effective options:

Juvéderm® Function and Uses: Juvéderm® is one example of a dermal filler, which means that it is directly injected into moderate to deep folds and wrinkles in order to temporarily “fill” those wrinkles and folds.  Juvéderm plumps the injected area, instantly giving the skin a fuller, more youthful look. Juvéderm® is primarily used for lines and wrinkles on the face, namely nasolabial folds (the lines that run from the sides of the nose down to the mouth) and in the lips. It is commonly used on other areas of the face and body too. Juvéderm® is composed of hyaluronic acid, a protein that the body naturally produces, and is injected into the skin using a small needle or microcannula. The procedure takes about 30-45 minutes and may result in some temporary bruising, redness and swelling around the injection site. Results of Juvéderm® are instant and will last for 6-24 months depending on which product is injected, how much is injected and where the product is placed.

Cosmetic InjectionsBotox® Cosmetic’s Function and Uses: Botox® is a neuromodulator. This means that when it is injected into a facial muscle it temporarily paralyzes the muscle, causing the muscles to relax. When treated muscles are relaxed after treatment, they do not work as hard. As a result, the wrinkles soften considerably. Botox® typically works best to soften lines and wrinkles around the eyes such as crow’s feet and frown lines between the brows. Botox® is injected using a very small needle. Treatment is usually completed within 15-30 minutes, with little to no downtime afterward. The results of Botox® typically last for 3-4 months.

As you can see, Botox® Cosmetic and Juvéderm® work in different ways to soften and eliminate the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. If you have wrinkles you wish to soften, the professionals at Cosmetic Laser Centers SM are prepared to assess your individual needs and make a recommendation about the best injectables for you. Contact us at 724-935-4200 for a consultation in our Warrendale, PA or Robinson Twp. offices.

Safety in the Sun

Summer Time Skin Care Tips

Being out in the sun is something that most of us enjoy, but for those who live in areas where it isn’t warm and sunny every day, it’s easy to forget how important using precautionary measures is when spending time outside in the sunshine. The sun provides some extraordinary benefits to our health; however, if not enjoyed in moderation and with care, sun exposure can pose immense danger to the health of our skin, eyes, and body. Luckily, there are many easy ways to protect ourselves from the dangers of the sun while still enjoying its benefits.

Sun: Pros and ConsPittsburgh Skin Care

The sun is a symbol of happiness. In fact, it’s not only a symbol of the feeling, it actually increases our happiness! When we’re exposed to the sun, our bodies produce more Serotonin, the “happy” hormone, leaving us in a better overall mood with less stress. Sunlight also helps to regulate sleep. Our circadian rhythm, a 24-hour cycle based on light and darkness, tells our bodies when to produce Melatonin, a hormone that causes drowsiness and is increasingly produced by the body in darkness. When we receive sunlight, it causes our internal clocks to work properly and helps fight drowsiness during the day. Sunlight also supplies our bodies with Vitamin D, an essential nutrient for calcium absorption and bone growth.

Despite its many attributes, the sun also has some blatant downsides, especially for those who don’t follow guidelines for sun protection:

  • Cataracts-Exposing the eyes to sunlight for prolonged periods of time can result in the development of cataracts: spots on the lens of the eye that cloud vision. The sun’s Ultraviolet rays can also irritate and burn the eye’s lens.
  • Sun Burn- Sun burn is the result of being exposed to the sun for too long without proper protection. It is characterized by red, irritated, tender skin, but it can also be accompanied by headache, fever, nausea, and blistering skin.
  • Heat Exhaustion-This can occur after prolonged exposure to sun for several days without proper fluid intake. When exposed to the sun without being hydrated appropriately, the body cannot cool itself effectively. Symptoms of heat exhaustion typically include weak pulse, sweating, fatigue, headache, and dizziness. If ignored, it may cause heat stroke, which can be fatal.
  • Wrinkles-UV rays can cause collagen in the skin to deteriorate, resulting in wrinkles. Although collagen can regenerate, it often does not return the skin to its original firmness and elasticity, so skin becomes aged and loose.
  • Skin Cancer- Sun burn and excessive exposure to the sun without protection can also result in skin cancer, including the most serious type: Melanoma. Melanoma begins growing on the skin but can spread to other areas of the body.

How to Guard Against Sun Damage

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If you’re going to work or play in the sun, the general recommendation is to avoid sun exposure during the hours when the sun is strongest: typically between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. However, if this isn’t an option, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend a few things you should do to keep yourself safe in the sun:

  • Shade-Use natural shade, such as a tree, or create your own with a tent or umbrella. Seeking shade at least part of the time you’re outside will reduce your risk of sun burn and skin cancer.
  • Clothing- Long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and wide-brimmed hats also offer some protection from UV rays. Clothing with tightly-woven fabric will be most effective but should be coupled with other protective measures. Special clothing made to be worn in the sun offers UV protection as well and will be labeled to inform you of its protective qualities.
  • Sunglasses- Sunglasses will shield your eyes from cataract-causing UV rays and will protect the delicate skin that surrounds the eyes. Select wrap-around sunglasses that provide UVA and UVB protection for best coverage.
  • Sunscreen-Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 on all skin prior to going outside, and apply a thicker layer to skin that will be exposed. The higher the SPF, the more effective the product will be in protecting your skin. Remember to reapply sunscreen every two hours or after swimming or sweating. Be sure to protect your lips with a lip balm that contains at least SPF30, and check to make sure your sunscreen is not expired before application.

 

One last important note on sun safety is that sun can begin damaging the skin in as little as 15 minutes, and UV rays still reach the skin on cloudy, hazy days, not just when the sky is clear! We strongly recommend skin checks with a dermatologist annually.

If your skin is already showing signs of photo-aging, it is never too late to adopt good “sun hygiene” habits. Although there is no substitute for good sun habits and no “magic wand” unfortunately, the professionals at Cosmetic Laser Centers SM can help you restore your skin’s youthful look.

To start, we offer esthetician services such as chemical peels and microdermabrasion which rejuvenate the skin. Additionally we carry dozens of skincare products from luxury product lines (SkinMedica®, eltaMD®, Neova®, Vanicream®), including serums and retinols, to restore and prevent skin damage. Cosmetic Laser CentersSM offers a variety of facial sunscreens including the popular UV Clear from eltaMD® which has been featured in nearly every fashion and beauty magazine recently.

If you are looking to do even more for your skin’s sun-damaged appearance then Dr. Krysinski’s physician assistant, Sarah, also treats wrinkles with neuromodulators  (Botox® Cosmetic ,Dysport®), fractional lasers, photofacials , dermal fillers (Restylane®, Juvederm®) among other treatments to combat aging from the sun and other factors.

We look forward to helping you improve the negative effects of sun exposure and bring back your most beautiful skin! Contact Cosmetic Laser Centers SM at 724-935-4200 for a consultation with Sarah in either our Warrendale or Robinson Township offices.

How Do I Choose a Vein Doctor?

Choosing a Doctor for your Spider Veins Can Be a Big Decision

If you have decided to move forward with treating unsightly spider veins on your legs or face, then you’re probably wondering where to go for care. The list of vein centers and specialists can be overwhelming, and unless you’re an expert on the matter, choosing the right physician may be quite confusing. Below are a few key topics to consider when making this very important decision:

  1. Qualifications- While some physicians may be able to diagnose and treat simple vein issues, a board-certified phlebologist is a physician who specializes exclusively in the diagnosis and treatment of venous diseases such as spider and varicose veins. A board-certified phlebologist will be able to detect subtleties or issues that may arise prior to or as a result of treatment. Also of great importance is that the physician is a Registered Vascular Specialist (RVS) and a Registered Phlebology Sonographer (RPhS) or Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT). These certifications ensure that not only can the physician treat your vein issue, but also that he or she can perform and interpret ultrasonography of the affected veins and determine the best course of action for your specific case.Spider Vein Treatment Pittsburgh
  2. Experience (Theirs and Yours) – Seriously examine the background of each physician you are considering. A reputable doctor will make his or her education and practice experience available to you. Be sure that your doctor is a licensed MD or DO with a specialty in vein disorders and treatment. Find out about the support staff and anyone who may be performing procedures on you. Consider testimonials of those you know and trust, and if you’ve received treatments from this physician or someone within the practice before, consider your level of satisfaction with your overall experience(s) in the past. If you have no prior experience with vein specialists, set up consultations with several and get a feel for who you like the best.
  3. Treatment Options- Be sure that the physician and the medical practice you choose uses safe, proven effective, state-of-the-art treatment options and equipment. All treatments and devices used should be FDA-approved and performed only by qualified medical providers. Patients should opt for non-invasive treatment options such as endovenous procedures and sclerotherapy when appropriate. Treatments for superficial venous disease should be completed as outpatient procedures with little downtime. Today’s treatments do not require a hospital visit or stay. It is important for prospective patients to know their options.

Cosmetic Vein Experts at Cosmetic Laser CentersSM

At Cosmetic Laser CentersSM, we provide the highest quality care for our patients. For those who want to diminish the appearance of spider veins, we offer sclerotherapy for the legs and light therapy for the face. Dr. Krysinski, our founding physician, is not only a general surgeon and board-certified phlebologist, but he is also the founder of our sister practice, Vein Institute of PittsburghSM where patients with symptomatic lower extremity vein complaints are diagnosed and treated. Our vein treatments are FDA-approved and performed on an outpatient basis. If you are looking for a vein doctor in the Pittsburgh area, we offer two convenient locations, Warrendale (between Wexford and Cranberry) and Robinson Township, for your treatment needs. Our mission is to help you reach your beauty goals.

Unsure which type of appointment you require? Are your veins only a cosmetic concern or are they a sign of something more? Don’t worry. Give us call at 724-935-4200, and we will help you decide which type of evaluation is best suited for your needs.

Am I a Candidate for Sclerotherapy?

Spider veins and Vericose veins in the legs can cause pain and embarrassment for anyone who suffers with them. There are many reasons why a person gets these unsightly veins, but for those who want to eliminate them, there is a highly effective solution that works for nearly everyone. Sclerotherapy, a safe cosmetic procedure that’s been utilized for over 80 years, is one of the best minimally invasive options for removing these ugly and sometimes painful veins. Continue reading

Get Your Legs Summer-Ready

Are your legs ready for shorts this summer? How about bikinis? Maybe you’re not as confident about showing off your legs as you’d like to be, but there are a few things you can do to get them looking sexy by the time summer rolls in. Summer means less clothing coverage for issues like spider veins, and it also entails lots of leg shaving if you intend to dress according to the season.  If you are self-conscious about unsightly spider veins or want to eliminate the need to shave almost daily this summer, you’ve got some options at Cosmetic Laser CentersSM:
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Why Winter is the Ideal Time for Laser Hair Removal

Pittsburgh Laser Hair Removal Tips

If you’re dreaming about wearing tank tops and bikinis in the warm summer weather, then now is the time to start preparing to look your best with laser hair removal. When summer weather is upon us in a few months, you’d probably like your underarms and bikini line to be flawless and smooth without worrying about shaving all the time. Laser hair removal is a great option for permanent hair removal on virtually any part of the body, but the best time for this treatment is during the doldrums of winter. Here are a few reasons why: Continue reading