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How do In-Home, Soft Lasers Help Your Skin?

Posted on March 30, 2012 with No Comments

How Do In-Home, Soft Lasers Help Your Skin?  The soft lasers used for home laser treatment, or Low Level Laser Therapy, LLLT for short, is very helpful to the patient because it is readily available at any time. You don’t have to make doctor’s appointments and rearrange your entire schedule to get your treatment. You can do it yourself, at home, when you have the time. You only need to use it for less than twenty minutes. The recommended time is between six to eighteen minutes so you have a broad range of time to which you can adjust your treatment.

What Does A Soft Laser Do For My Skin?

Beurer Soft Laser

LLLT can be beneficial to your skin in several different ways. It works great in eradicating blackheads and whiteheads. It speeds up the healing process for acne as well through the function of bio-stimulation. This method will allow fast cell overturn by stimulating mitochondrial action to increase the production of Adenosine 5-triphosphate, or ATP. The synthesis of collagen is also shown to increase. Because of this faster action of how the cells work and repair themselves, healing time is diminished and skin health promoted.

Many Conditions Can Be Helped With Soft Laser Treatment

Other conditions that have benefited from soft laser therapy are bruising and ulcers. Sufferers from psoriasis have found relief from itching, burning and bleeding. Herpes simplex sores and pressure sores have been greatly helped with the laser. For cosmetic uses, a soft laser is effective in the treatment of spider veins on legs as well as on wrinkles of aging skin. It seems the uses of this tool are many and the risks of using it almost non-existent. It can even be used around the soft skin surrounding your eyes, just be sure you do not look directly into the laser light. This treatment will not burn you, hurt you or harm you in any way.

Multiple Treatments Are Better

If you have acne, your skin will reap great benefits from using the low light laser on it. This laser is so safe that it can be used directly on the skin itself. A cover is recommended to protect the laser’s aperture if you would use it directly on the skin. The recommendations are for the use of the laser at about a little less than half inch away from the skin. Either way will be effective. Multiple but shorter daily treatments seem to have better results than one longer treatment a day. Twice a day, morning and bedtime for six minutes each time, are often recommended.

Different Time Tables For Acne And Wrinkles

Most people can see results from their treatment within a few weeks. Depending on what it is you are treating, with the minor problems you can see positive results much faster. Wrinkles, especially deep-set wrinkles, will take a little longer. They reach deeper into the skin and it will take much more work for the new cells to regenerate and the old, dead cells to be expelled onto the surface from where it can then be sloughed off. With a home laser winkle treatment, there is afterward no swelling or irritation of any kind. You can do your treatment in the morning and then go on to work without any skin discoloration or unpleasant itching or burning.

What Causes Cellulite?

Posted on March 9, 2012 with No Comments

Though not dangerous (only a bit unsightly), many folks who contact us want to know what causes cellulite and what can be done to prevent or remove it.

Cellulite is a collection of fat that is under the skin. Beneath the skin, everyone has fascia which is a type of connective tissue. Fascia and other components of connective tissue connect the dermis with the layers beneath the skin, either fat or muscle. This connective tissue forms little pockets under the skin. So long as there is no big fat accumulation, these little pockets remain flat.

When fat increases under the skin, it pushes outward and upward into those little pockets that are connected to deeper tissue inward and allow fat to be bulging outward toward the surface. Thus, you have this cottage cheese appearance so many people hate. It is not an illness and not to be confused with cellulitis, which is an inflammation of the connective tissue.

How Do You Get Cellulite?

It is a fairly common occurrence to be burdened with cellulite. All you have to do is gain more weight than your body was originally expecting. When fat cells swell up with too much content, it has to go somewhere. It pushes against the tissue with the least resistance and that is outward, toward the dermis. There really is no other way to get cellulite than by gaining weight. A certain familial or genetic predisposition may make you more susceptible to get the cellulite appearance on your skin.

Genetically, your connective tissue may be tighter bound to the muscle fascia and therefore you may have smaller pockets in which fat can collect making cellulite show quicker. You may just be genetically more prone to gain weight, which again works on the same principle of weight gain being the culprit of cellulite. Certain changes of hormone release into the blood during menopause will result in fat deposition. In anticipation of this event, certain precautions of diet and exercise can be established so you won’t be caught after the appearance of cellulite has already begun.

How Can Cellulite Be Prevented?

By keeping your body in good shape through exercise and proper diet, you will keep your weight within a reference the body can handle. So long as the connective tissue is not filled up and pushed outward, you will not have cellulite on your buttocks, thighs, abdomen and even arms. This can be helped by using a skin firming lotion.  In short, weight control is the biggest preventative action you can take. Weight control is achieved by keeping your body within the proper weight for your height, gender and age. As soon as you notice a weight gain, start to be vigilant of your food choices, food intake, amount of sleep you get and daily exercise.

How Can Cellulite Be Treated?

Choosing the best cellulite lotion is a good start.  Though controlling your weight and eating right (losing a little weight) is one of the best ways to lose dimpling, there are lotions that help hydrate the tissue and improve the firmness of the connective tissue – they go a long way towards treatment if used over extended periods.

The only natural treatment for cellulite is the same as for prevention: weight loss. The good thing is that cellulite can actually be minimized or even be eliminated by the effects of healthy living. The benefits of this approach are so much greater that just eliminating the appearance of unsightly marks on the body. They affect the better health of the entire body.

The invasive treatment is surgery. Liposuction will remove the filled fat cells through invasive procedures of sucking out the fat. By doing this, the little string connections will be torn from the deeper tissue. Consequently, if you gain weight again, the fat tissue outline that looked like cottage cheese will not look like that anymore and will be shaped differently.