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If you know anything about the world of skincare and beauty rejuvenation, you probably know how many laser treatments there are to choose from. But one advanced laser skin treatment offers anti-aging effects that outstrip the rest: PicoSure.

Read on to learn how this groundbreaking laser skin rejuvenation treatment can help you find the smooth, pigment-free skin you've been looking for!

How PicoSure Works

PicoSure is a fractional picosecond laser treatment. This means that the PicoSure device uses bursts of energy that last only a few hundred trillionths of a second to treat the skin. These picosecond pulses are the secret behind the effectiveness of Pico laser treatments, which repair damaged skin in an unbelievably gentle and precise way.

Specifically, these picosecond blasts of laser energy encourage collage production (which is necessary for firm, elastic, and youthful skin) in the deeper layers of the skin. At the same time, this energy targets skin cells that have been damaged by UV rays or other elements.

During the healing process that is activated by the Pico laser therapy, your skin's fibroblasts "come online" and go into overdrive to produce collagen, which helps make your skin look and feel smoother while also minimizing skin imperfections (such as the appearance of wrinkles, sagging, and even acne scarring).

This skin regeneration can last for quite a while, allowing you to enjoy the benefits of rejuvenated skin through the Pico laser technology well after treatment.

The Many Benefits of PicoSure Skin Treatment

PicoSure anti-aging laser treatment has a lot to commend it, from providing minimal downtime to its ability to treat virtually all skin types safely (something that can't be said for every type of hyperpigmentation treatment!). And it does all of this as an FDA-approved, medical-grade skin care treatment.

The PicoSure protocol can be used for a wide variety of skin conditions related to aging. These include reducing the obvious appearance of sun spots, age spots, and fine lines, producing smoother and healthier skin through collagen production and elastin synthesis, and even reducing redness in affected areas of your skin.

Whether you want to lighten parts of your skin that have been darkened through pigmented lesions or need to treat melasma (brown patches on your face), acne scars, stretch marks, or fine lines, there's a way that PicoSure can give you a greater glow and more robust skin.

If you've been experiencing tattoo regret, the PicoSure laser protocol can even help you with that skin condition! The same features that help remove irregular pigmentation and dark patches can also lighten up or even outright erase signs of tattoo ink colors. In other words, PicoSure offers laser tattoo removal alongside its other great benefits.

And since this non-surgical intervention takes advantage of your body's natural regenerative capabilities through elastin production and the stimulation of collagen, you can rest easy knowing you'll be enjoying these advantages for a long time to come.

Revitalized Skin Tone and Texture

The fact of the matter is that, as we age, our skin loses some of its firmness, elasticity, and youthful sheen. It doesn't help that our bodies also pick up scars and other injuries as we travel through life.

While some of these changes are inevitable, PicoSure laser facial treatment can help restore many of the characteristics associated with young, fresh-looking skin.

We've already talked quite a bit about the mechanisms behind the skin rejuvenation capabilities of PicoSure. The desired result is definitely something to write home about: smoother (even scar-free!) skin, a youthful glow, and improved skin texture.

By using your body's ability to regenerate cells and repair itself, PicoSure helps improve your appearance without the pain, discomfort, or injury caused by surgical methods. In other words, you can potentially look younger and have healthier skin in a way that works with your body rather than against it.

Correcting Pigmentation and Sun Spots

UV rays from direct exposure to sunlight can have many adverse effects on your skin. Even if you never have to worry about melanoma on the extreme end of things, you may still experience the results of sunlight overexposure through excessive pigmentation in the skin, sun spots, dark spots and patches, and other marks that make your skin look older.

Genetics, natural hormones, and even certain medications can also contribute to skin pigmentation that is out of whack and distracting. This type of irregular skin coloration can appear on the face, neck, hands, and chest.

Fortunately, PicoSure as a cosmetic laser treatment provides an effective solution. Its picosecond laser pulses resurface your skin and target hyper-pigmented areas while leaving the surrounding normal skin untouched and unblemished.

Different Treatments for Various Skin Types

Many traditional laser treatments are only approved for treating lighter or fairer skin types because they are unsuited or even dangerous for people with darker skin types. In fact, using the wrong kind of laser for a darker skin tone can potentially cause more harm than good! Obviously, this limits the pool of patients who can receive many helpful cosmetic laser treatments.

However, as mentioned above, PicoSure is suitable for multiple skin types, from people with dark skin tones to those who are fair-skinned. This includes people who have Skin Types IV-VI on the six-point Fitzpatrick scale, a group that includes olive, dark brown, and black skin tones.

The ability to treat darker skin types alongside lighter skin tones gives PicoSure an undeniable advantage over many other laser skincare treatments.

Minimal Downtime

Finally, PicoSure is a stand-out skin treatment thanks to the low level of downtime that it requires. Unlike procedures that may require you to take several days off of work and suffer from painful side effects for up to a week after your appointment, PicoSure lets you get right back to work, play, or whatever else you have planned right after your laser resurfacing treatment!

Even during the PicoSure treatment itself, discomfort is minimal. You should only feel something like a thin rubber band snapping against your skin. If you have especially sensitive skin or a low pain threshold, your medical professional can apply a mild numbing cream that works as a topical anesthetic for the treatment area.

While you may experience some swelling and redness right after your appointment, these side effects should disappear within a few hours, meaning you'll be able to put on makeup and get back to enjoying regular life in no time at all!

Contact Altaire Clinic Today to Schedule a Consult

Are you excited to find out what you could look like with rejuvenated, scar-free skin? Contact the team at Altaire Clinic today to learn what we can do for you with our personalized treatment plans!

Have you been testing different lotions and creams without getting the skin appearance you want? Are you looking for a longer-lasting solution to age spots, sun damage, saggy skin, and more?

Believe it or not, there is a pair of advanced laser-based technologies that could be just what you need. Find out how BroadBand Light (BBL) and Halo laser treatments can work together to rejuvenate your skin like nothing else you've tried!

What Is BBL Laser Technology?

BBL (short for BroadBand Light) treatment uses pulses of high-energy light to provide non-invasive skincare treatment. The lights used in BBL treatment use the correct wavelength to correct skin irregularities such as age spots and freckles while also stimulating collagen production, which helps increase skin firmness and fight the visible signs of aging.

BBL laser technology can also be used to treat skin pigmentation issues which has the overall effect of producing improvements in skin tone and making you look younger.

How Does the Halo Laser Work? 

The Halo laser is a treatment developed by Sciton. What makes this skincare therapy stand out is its status as a hybrid fractional laser, meaning that it uses a combination of laser types operating at different wavelengths (specifically, ablative and non-ablative wavelengths).

The Halo laser uses ablative lasers to remove the outer layer of affected skin and non-ablative lasers to heat up the tissue lying beneath the surface, thereby encouraging collagen production. By targeting both the epidermis (the outermost layer of skin) and the dermis (the layer just beneath the epidermis), Halo laser treatment produces smoother skin that lasts longer.

Similarities Between These Techniques

Among other things, both BBL treatment and the Halo laser are used to rejuvenate aging skin and improve skin quality. Both treatments focus on long-term solutions to conditions such as sun damage, uneven skin complexion, fine lines, and acne scars.

Both techniques are also non-invasive and have minimal downtime, meaning you can receive treatment with minimal side effects and be back to work sooner than with a surgical procedure.

Specific Conditions Treated By Both

Both of these cutting-edge treatments can treat a variety of skin ailments, including sun damage, blotchy spots on the skin, wrinkles, age spots, and even acne.

Either or both treatments can also be used not just on the face but on the neck, chest area, arms and hands, legs, and back. Any area of the body that has been affected by sun damage, age spots, or other skin problems can potentially be treated with BBL or Halo laser treatment.

Notable Differences Between BBL and Halo Laser

Clearly, Halo laser therapy and BBL treatment have a lot in common. Despite all that, there are a few subtle differences.

BBL tends to focus more on the brown and red tones in the skin. Halo, meanwhile, can correct issues in the deeper layers of the skin. This is why combining the two technologies can be so important for achieving the skin appearance you're looking for.

How Many Laser Treatments Do You Need?

Using both BBL and Halo laser treatment can provide multiple benefits. The intense pulses of light used in BBL skin therapy can encourage your skin's natural healing processes on the outermost layers, reducing the appearance of pigmentation and correcting uneven skin tone.

The combination of laser wavelengths used in Halo laser treatment, on the other hand, can physically resurface your skin while also promoting healing in the deeper layers of skin tissue. When used together, these twin treatments can address a wide range of skin concerns, which could lead to youthful skin that is also less blemished and leaves you practically glowing!

The number of treatment sessions you'll need can vary depending on the extent of the skin problems you'd like to have addressed, which is why meeting in person with an expert in cosmetic dermatology is a must!

Contact Altaire Clinic Today to Schedule a Consult

Want to discover safe skin treatment options that don't require a shelf full of pricey creams and lotions? Then you need to contact the dermatological experts at Altaire Clinic to make an appointment. Our team of top-rated medical professionals will be excited to meet with you for an initial consultation and discuss everything we can do for you!

While the roughly 14 million Americans who suffer from rosacea share symptoms such as redness in the skin, some patients also experience even more drastic ailments from this common skin condition, such as bumpy skin and irritation in the eye area.

All of these symptoms can be exacerbated by an unexpected flare-up. Today, we're going to explore what causes these rosacea flare-ups, how to avoid those triggers, and how to improve your overall skin appearance.

Identify and Avoid Your Triggers

Rosacea causes highly sensitive skin, which means many different stressors can trigger an uncomfortable flare-up.

There is a wide variety of potential culprits lying behind chronic rosacea flare-ups. For example, certain foods are triggering. These include spicy foods, dairy products, anything with citrus, vinegar, or even certain bean products such as chocolate (cocoa beans) or soy sauce (soybeans).

Drinks can have a similar triggering effect. Alcohol is a common trigger, and hot drinks such as coffee or tea can also be problematic. Heat in general is a main offender too, whether it comes in the form of hot and humid weather, saunas, or a simple hot bath or shower.

Stress is another factor at play in many people's flare-ups. This includes both negative stress (such as that caused by anxiety) and positive stress (such as that caused by vigorous physical exercise or other strenuous activity).

Finally, certain medications (such as topically applied steroids and azelaic acid) and cosmetic products (including certain skincare products, makeup, and hair care items such as hairspray) can also make your rosacea symptoms worse.

Learn to pay attention to which of the above factors are present just before a rosacea flare-up. Once you've identified potential triggers, do your best to avoid them (e.g. drinking fewer alcoholic beverages or cutting out alcohol consumption altogether). With that being said, some triggers are unavoidable (you can't control the weather, after all!), which is why the other health tips below are so important.

How to Moisturize

Rosacea typically makes your skin dry but can also cause it to become oily instead. Either way, having a good moisturizer routine in place is essential for keeping your flare-up symptoms under control.

However, since using the wrong kind of skincare product can actually trigger a flare-up (see above), you should exercise caution when choosing the right moisturizing agent for your skin. When it comes to selecting the perfect daily moisturizer, simpler tends to be better.

Go for products with fewer ingredients, and make sure the topical agent you're looking at is hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, and oil-free. A moisturizer that is suitable for gentler skin will be your friend in this arena.

You can also help keep your facial skin soothed with a simple trick: wet a towel with cold water and drape it around your neck or face. Doing this in conjunction with a daily moisturizer can have great results.

How to Find the Right Cleanser for You

Moisturizing your face and the rest of your skin on a daily basis isn't the only thing you should be doing, however. Washing rosacea-prone skin is another important step. This may seem counterintuitive given how irritated rosacea makes your skin feel, but keeping your skin clean can help keep flare-ups in check.

As with the moisturizer advice above, we recommend you purchase a cleanser specifically designed for gentler skin. Again, a product with fewer ingredients tends to be better. Ingredients to look out for in a daily rosacea-friendly cleanser (which will preferably be a cream rather than a gel or lotion) include alcohol, glycolic acid, menthol, and any type of fragrance.

Once you have the cleanser in hand, apply it gently to your face with your fingertips (no hard scrubbing!), and rinse it off with lukewarm-temperature water (again, using only your fingertips). Gently pat dry with a soft cotton towel. Following these steps will make the potentially painful process of washing your rosacea-affected skin more bearable and will help your skin in the long run.

Stay Out of the Sun!

Too much direct sunlight is the culprit for many kinds of skin conditions, and rosacea is no exception. Frequent sun exposure can trigger flare-ups in hardly any time at all. Whenever you need to spend significant amounts of time in direct sunlight, practice sun protection to keep your skin safe.

The most important thing you can do in this regard is use a gentle, broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Also make sure your sunscreen has zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, and make sure there is NO fragrance. In addition to using rosacea-friendly sunscreen, you can also practice sun safety by wearing clothing that covers as much skin as possible, putting on a wide-brimmed hat whenever venturing outdoors, and using shade to your advantage as much as possible. And if at all possible, stay out of the sun during its highest point around noon every day.

Manage Your Stress

Stress is a major trigger for rosacea flare-ups, not to mention other medical conditions. Find ways to alleviate high-stress levels throughout the day, whether that's a gentle walk during times of the day when the sun is lower, a weekly tai chi or meditation session, or practicing mindfulness breathing techniques whenever you feel stressed out and "under the gun."

You can also combat stress by pursuing meaningful leisure, recreation, and self-care opportunities, such as personal hobbies and quality time with loved ones, throughout the week.

Find the Perfect Dermatological Team for You

While there is currently no cure for rosacea, there are plenty of ways a skilled dermatological team can help rosacea patients like you keep your condition in check and get the most out of life. Dermatological experts can provide you with oral antibiotics to reduce swelling and kill bacteria on the skin, as well as topical medications that can also address swelling.

There is also a battery of cosmetic dermatology procedures that have been shown to help treat rosacea symptoms, such as laser treatment (which treats enlarged blood vessels located under the outermost layer of skin). There are prescription medications along with other cosmetic procedures that can help control your Rosacea. 

Contact Altaire Clinic Today to Schedule a ConsultWant to discover safe skin treatment options that don't require a shelf full of pricey creams and lotions? Then you need to contact the dermatological experts at Altaire Clinic to make an appointment. Our team of top-rated medical professionals will be excited to meet with you for an initial consultation and discuss everything we can do to help you get your rosacea in check!

It seems like everyone wants clear, younger-looking skin, but how can you achieve that regardless of your age? You could experiment with a shelf-full of so-called "anti-aging" creams and lotions, but that requires a lot of trial and error without a promise of the flawless skin you're looking for.

What if there was a better way? With the Forever Young BBL treatment protocol, there is! Find out how this advanced technology can point you toward younger-looking skin.

What Is Forever Young BBL™?

Forever Young BBL (which stands for BroadBand Light) therapy is a non-invasive treatment developed by Sciton (the same medical technology firm that has developed skincare treatments such as the HALO hybrid fractional hybrid procedure).

By using a series of pulses consisting of focused beams of light energy, BBL procedures seek to remove external signs of aging while also stimulating the growth of new cells beneath the surface of your skin. The end goal of Sciton's Forever Young BBL treatment is to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation in the skin while encouraging the skin cells to regenerate, heal, and fight back against the common signs of aging.

How Does BBL Treatment Work?

Advanced light-based technology such as BroadBand Light skin treatment uses specific wavelengths of light to address a wide range of skin concerns. Depending on the severity of the ailment, pulses of light at different power levels may be used.

The beauty (no pun intended!) of light-based skin therapies is that the broad spectrum of light is able to stimulate the body's collagen production without causing excess damage to the surrounding soft tissue.

Sciton's BBL treatments have become well-known in the world of cosmetic dermatology for their customization combined with high levels of precision. In other words, you can rest easy knowing that your medical professional will be able to use a Forever Young BBL device to deliver the right amount of light-based energy to address your individual skin concerns and skin type time after time.

What Areas Does Forever Young BBL™ Treat?

While some laser treatments and light-based processes are limited to specific parts of the body, Forever Young BBL can be used to treat virtually any patch of skin located on the body.

That said, the rejuvenating effects of Forever Young BBL skin therapy are best demonstrated on the most visible parts of the body, such as the face and neck. This is especially the case when the treatment is used to treat out-of-control acne, reduce spots caused by hyperpigmentation, heal facial redness caused by skin issues like rosacea, and otherwise make the skin look smoother and younger.

Skin Rejuvenation Benefits of Forever Young BBL™

At the most basic level, Forever Young BBL skin therapy will benefit anyone interested in having younger-looking, smoother skin with a more even complexion and texture. From reducing the appearance of fine lines to treating certain skin conditions, Forever Young BBL is a versatile skin therapy for a wide variety of patients that provides optimal safety.

Treat Stubborn Acne

While troublesome acne is most often associated with teens undergoing puberty, many men and women continue to suffer from moderate or even severe acne into their adult years. This can be caused by several factors, especially genetics. Treatments for chronic acne include oral or topical retinoids, antibiotics, and even chemical peels.

However, Forever Young BBL is another great option for adult acne sufferers. The procedure's pulses of high-energy light penetrate the acne-riddled epidermis (i.e. the top layer of skin) and stimulate cell regeneration in the deeper layers of skin, which can heal the body of its current acne while also making it harder for the acne to return.

Improve the Appearance of Sun-Damaged Skin

It may seem like an oxymoron, but the same skin that has been damaged by too much light (i.e. damage from ultraviolet waves as a result of sun exposure) can be healed by receiving just the right amount of light.

Advanced light-based therapies such as Forever Young BBL fight against the effects of sun damage (which prematurely ages the skin) and encourage the growth of healthy new skin. That same natural healing response can also be triggered by Forever Young BBL to reduce the effects of hyperpigmentation, from freckles to brown spots.

Minimize Your Signs of Aging

The effects of aging appear on our skin in different ways, from age spots and blotchiness to rough skin. One of the culprits of skin aging is the decrease of skin elasticity, which leads to the stretched and thin skin often associated with the elderly.

However, stimulating collagen (one of the proteins responsible for maintaining firmness, suppleness, and elasticity in the skin) is one of the primary emphases of Forever Young BBL treatment. As a result, this treatment process is well-suited to combatting the tell-tale signs of aging by improving collagen development, which helps the skin repair itself so that it can look smooth and supple, thereby restoring your natural beauty.

Contact Altaire Clinic Today to Schedule a Consult

Want to discover safe skin treatment options that don't require a shelf full of pricey creams and lotions? Then you need to contact the dermatological experts at Altaire Clinic to make an appointment. Our team of top-rated medical professionals will be excited to meet with you for an initial consultation and discuss everything we can do for you!

Acne has plagued generations of people, from embarrassed teens to adults who still suffer from chronic acne or scarring. Fortunately, acne has come a long way since the days of mixing honey and sulfur as was done back in ancient Greece.

Modern medical technology has produced an impressive assortment of non-surgical treatments and therapies that can help defeat the plague of bumpy skin and acne scarring. Let's dive in!

The History of Acne Treatments

Back in the Bronze Era, practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) used temperature-lowering herbs (such as echinacea and burdock) as an acne remedy, since it was believed at that time that acne was the result of excess heat that made its way into the bloodstream. TCM also prescribed peach blossoms for curing acne-damaged skin.

Meanwhile, ancient Egyptians used patchouli oil to support the health of skin tissue as a way to relieve acne. Sour milk was also used as an exfoliant to fight back against breakouts, as well as signs of aging. Like the ancient Greeks, the ancient Romans believed that sulfur was a great way to treat acne; specifically, by taking a hot bath in water mixed with sulfur in order to clear skin pores.

Much later, in 1902, American scientist W. A. Pusay discovered that concentrated X-rays could be used to help manage the bacteria and overactive glands that contribute to acne breakouts. Obviously, this treatment fell out of fashion when it was discovered that X-rays can cause cancer. However, a lighter form of light emission is used nowadays to help treat acne (more on that below!).

By the 1970s and '80s, creams and oral medications such as Retinol-A and Accutane were developed to help heal severe acne sufferers.

Topical Treatments

Since the 1970s, several successful topical treatments have been developed for acne treatment. As we've already said, Retinol-A was a big development when it came onto the market. Other topical and oral retinoids have since been produced.

These products share one thing in common: exfoliating the skin to prevent the buildup of dead skin cells within your hair follicles. Topical retinoids are available in either cream or gel form and can be applied directly to the areas affected by acne.

Another common topical agent for treating acne is benzoyl peroxide, which is used as an antiseptic that kills acne-causing bacteria on the skin's surface. Benzoyl peroxide is also helpful for fighting against inflammation caused by acne, as well as cutting down on the amount of blackheads or whiteheads you might develop.

Like with topical retinoids, benzoyl peroxide can be purchased as either a gel or a cream. Both of these treatments can create a sense of dry skin or stinging.

Topical antibiotics are another acne treatment popular with modern-day acne sufferers. These lotions or gels also help kill acne-causing bacteria. Acne-fighting medication is also available in the form of oral antibiotics. In either case, acne sufferers are given specific instructions about when to stop taking the medication in order to prevent the bacteria from developing antibiotic resistance.

Finally, azelaic acid can be used as an alternative topical agent if the above treatments cause too much skin irritation during use. It clears out dead skin cells (like retinoids) while killing bacteria (like benzoyl peroxide and antibiotics).

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels have become increasingly common for treating specific skin issues, as well as improving the overall appearance of a person's skin. For instance, chemical peels can treat skin conditions ranging from acne scars and spots to freckles and wrinkles.

Unlike topical treatments, chemical peels need to be performed by a dermatological professional. Depending on the severity of your acne, you could be prescribed either a mild, moderate, or deep chemical peel.

A chemical peel works by a chemical solution being applied directly to your skin in order to cause skin blistering. As the skin blisters, the top layer peels off and exposes the younger skin beneath it. While chemical peels can be highly effective, they do come with some downsides. For example, you'll need to keep your skin bandaged for up to a week after the treatment to avoid any skin infections.

However, despite these somewhat adverse effects, the results of chemical peels can last for a year or even several years, depending on the selected depth of the given treatment.

Light-Based and Laser Therapies

Medical and scientific experts have developed a broad array of lasers and light-based acne treatments in recent decades. The beauty of this variety is that different forms of lasers and light therapies can be used to treat acne conditions of varying degrees.

Light-Based Acne Therapy

Light-based therapy, also known as photodynamic treatment, uses high-energy light to reduce or outright eliminate the symptoms of many acne ailments. Optical devices are used to provide treatment in a safer way than the X-ray treatments pioneered at the beginning of the 20th century.

Credible medical studies suggest that one of the theories behind the success of light-based therapy is that certain organic compounds in the skin called porphyrins absorb energy from certain light sources that then create a bacteria-killing effect that eliminates the bacteria causing your acne.

Laser Therapy for Acne

Similar to light-based therapy, laser treatments for acne are intended to treat acne symptoms in a safe and relatively gentle fashion. However, the light-based energy of laser treatment is strong enough to remove the hardened outer layer of skin (which allows fresh new skin to develop) while stimulating the production of collagen in the layers of skin beneath the surface.

Laser therapy is effective not only for acne but also for removing wrinkles, fine lines, and other signs of aging. However, light therapies that use a high enough energy level can make the skin sensitive for a few days after treatment.

Contact Altaire Clinic Today to Schedule a Consult

Want to cut through the fads and receive acne treatment that will actually work and provide lasting results? Altaire Clinic's full staff of board-certified medical professionals, including dermatological specialists, is here to help! Contact us today to schedule an appointment and find out how much we can do for you!

Are you fed up with the skincare fads that never seem to pan out? Are you looking for a way to reduce fine lines, address your uneven skin texture concerns, and otherwise look young and vibrant again?

The ClearSilk™ by Sciton facial treatment could be just what you need to rejuvenate your skin gently, safely, and quickly!

How the ClearSilk™ Technology Works

Developed by Sciton (the same company responsible for laser-based medical treatment like HALO and diVa), ClearSilk relies on advanced laser technology to achieve remarkable results. The device uses short bursts of light-based energy to treat skin areas affected by aging or other conditions. This includes treating skin damage, fine lines, and rosacea or other forms of redness.

These micro-pulses of energy are non-ablative lasers, meaning they are gentler and less invasive than ablative resurfacing treatments. By targeting the skin tissue beneath the surface (i.e. subdermal tissue) at the cellular level, the heat energy from the ClearSilk laser treatment promotes the body's natural healing processes.

This causes the skin to repair itself as you go about your normal activities, producing a healthier, younger-looking complexion that will leave jaws dropping.

Benefits of ClearSilk for Your Skin

Apart from its ability to promote natural skin improvement and healing, the gentler nature of the ClearSilk treatment protocol gives it a host of advantages. For starters, you can undergo a ClearSilk treatment throughout the year, even during those summer months when the sun is far from gentle for sensitive skin.

In addition, ClearSilk is virtually painless, requiring no numbing agents or anesthetic cream. Since it uses non-ablative laser wavelengths, ClearSilk heats the deeper layers of your skin to promote natural collagen production without damaging the surface layer of your skin (i.e. epidermis). This cuts down on the possible side effects that sometimes occur with laser skin rejuvenation treatments, such as minor bleeding or swelling and skin sensitivity.

Non-Invasive and Minimal Downtime

On top of its gentler approach that encourages the body's natural repair process, ClearSilk skin treatment is a fast procedure (averaging 15-30 minutes) with no downtime, meaning that you can return to your regular daily activities immediately after your skincare professional completes the session.

Some people even receive ClearSilk treatment on their lunch break or right before their wedding day! This makes it the perfect treatment of choice for anyone with a busy schedule or a tight routine, or someone who is just looking for a great treatment for their skin concerns on short notice.

Safe for a Variety of Skin Types

Another huge bonus is the fact that ClearSilk is effective for all skin types. While many otherwise effective laser treatments don't work well for people with darker skin tones, ClearSilk produces a positive response even in those cases. The laser type used (an Nd: YAG laser) is "pigment-friendly," meaning that it is safe for any skin type.

What to Expect During Your ClearSilk Treatment

The treatment itself is straightforward. After equipping you with safety glasses and cleaning the area(s) of your skin to be treated, your skincare specialist will then guide the handheld ClearSilk laser device just above the skin.

As the non-ablative heat energy treats your facial or neck skin, you'll sense a warm feeling in the treated area. It's normal to continue feeling this warm sensation for up to 60 minutes after your ClearSilk procedure. Depending on the size of the area being treated, the average treatment time may last between several minutes to an hour.

Since there's no recovery time associated with this treatment, you can carry on with your day after your medical provider finishes up. With that being said, your skin may be somewhat more sensitive to ultraviolet (UV) radiation immediately after the procedure, so you'll want to minimize sun exposure and wear strong sunscreen for about 24 hours post-treatment.

How Many ClearSilk Treatment Sessions Do You Need?

Some patients see their desired skin results after a single session. However, achieving optimal appearance usually requires a series of ClearSilk treatments. One of the reasons that a detailed consultation with a medical professional is vital is that you want a personalized treatment plan that has been customized for your specific needs, including the right number of sessions for you. 

Post-ClearSilk Treatment Care

Since ClearSilk is such a gentle form of skincare treatment, aftercare concerns are less stringent than some other procedures. You can get the most out of your treatment and avoid any additional discomfort by minimizing sun exposure and staying hydrated, especially in the day right after your session.

Hydration and staying protected from the sun is also a good way to extend the longevity of your ClearSilk results. Apart from controlling your time spent in direct sunlight, you should also wear broad spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen whenever you go out. Wearing a hat outdoors wouldn't hurt, either!

Contact Altaire Clinic Today to Schedule a Consult

 Want to cut through the fads and get treatment that will actually work and will last? Altaire Clinic's full staff of board-certified medical professionals, including dermatological specialists, is here to help!

Contact us today to schedule an appointment and find out how much we can do for you!

It's no secret that women's health is complicated. From the complexity of the various parts of the female reproductive system to life-changing events such as pregnancy or menopause, women face many medical challenges.

Intimate health issues aren't always easy to discuss or find effective treatment for. However, if you've been struggling with painful intercourse, urinary infection, or other ailments, there is a new treatment that could be just right for you.

We're going to explore how diVa™ laser vaginal therapy can be an effective therapeutic technique for some of your most sensitive symptoms.

What Is diVa™ Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation?

First off, we should probably explain what vaginal rejuvenation is. Vaginal rejuvenation treatments are intended to improve the health of a woman's vaginal canal and pelvic floor, especially for women who have experienced changes due to vaginal childbirth. Vaginal rejuvenation can also help with conditions such as stress urinary incontinence (SUI), which refers to loss of urinary control caused by laughing, coughing, sneezing, etc.

In the realm of vaginal rejuvenation, diVa is a major player. Developed by Sciton (a company that specializes in energy-based medical treatments, such as HALO fractional laser skin treatment), diVa uses advanced laser technology to improve your vaginal health.

diVa laser vaginal rejuvenation is designed to be a safe, personalized, and effective treatment for vaginal discomfort or sensitivity, loss of vaginal lubrication, or other issues related to vaginal sensation and functionality. At the end of the day, diVa vaginal laser therapy is about restoring your intimate health in a way that also restores your daily comfort and self-confidence!

How Does diVa Laser Vaginal Therapy Work?

As we mentioned earlier, diVa relies on advanced laser technology. Specifically, diVa is a hybrid fractional laser treatment, meaning that it employs both ablative and non-ablative laser wavelengths to promote healing in the vaginal area.

Ablative laser wavelengths remove the outer layer of skin (i.e. the epidermis) while also safely heating deeper tissues (i.e. the dermis). This heat encourages the growth of collagen, a protein substance that is essential for skin health, strength, and elasticity (all of which are vital for vaginal health and comfort).

Meanwhile, the non-ablative laser wavelengths are more precise and can affect the deeper skin tissue at the cellular level while leaving the outer layer of skin undamaged. Together, these ablative and non-ablative laser wavelengths combine to promote healing on both the surface and the subdermal levels in your intimate areas.

What Are the Benefits of diVa Laser Treatment?

One of the biggest strengths of diVa laser vaginal rejuvenation is that it can treat multiple conditions connected to your most intimate area. This includes SUI, vaginal atrophy , decreased lubrication, and painful sexual intercourse or difficulty achieving orgasm.

By repairing the vaginal area, diVa laser treatment can potentially reduce pain experienced during sex, increase your natural lubrication, improve vaginal tightness, and reduce urinary stress incontinence.

Apart from the positive health outcomes associated with the treatment, the diVa laser procedure also stands out due to the short duration of the treatment session, a lack of post-treatment downtime, no need for anesthesia, and impressively long-lasting results in most cases.

Who Is an Ideal Candidate for diVa Treatment?

The simple fact of the matter is that any woman who wants to improve her vaginal health can be a good candidate for diVa laser vaginal rejuvenation. These concerns can be caused by childbirth, menopause, hysterectomy, or cancer treatments, or they could be related to concerns about sexual health or urinary incontinence.

Whatever the cause, any woman experiencing vaginal pain, diminished sensation in the vaginal area, SUI, or dryness should consider the many benefits of diVa hybrid fractional laser treatment. This procedure could help you take charge of your intimate health in a safe yet effective way.

What Are the Side Effects of diVa Laser Treatment?

Virtually any medical treatment comes with potential side effects, and diVa vaginal rejuvenation therapy is no exception. While the procedure is virtually painless and is intended to provide a gentle, minimally invasive treatment option for improving vaginal health, you may still experience certain side effects.

The hybrid fractional laser energy at the heart of the diVa vaginal technology creates micro-holes in the vaginal tissue of your intimate regions. In some cases, this may produce pinpoint bleeding that leads to a reddish-pink discharge that should dissipate after 24-48 hours.

You may also experience mild cramping that lasts for up to a couple of days, as well as a warm sensation in your intimate region in the time immediately following the diVa procedure.

As a safety precaution, medical professionals recommend that you avoid sexual intercourse for a full 48 hours after your diVa treatment. Your women's care specialist will provide you with any additional personalized advice for the post-treatment period at your appointment.

What You Can Expect the Day of Your Treatment

On the day of your diVa laser treatment, your medical professional will apply numbing cream to improve your comfort level if requested. Once you're properly situated in the treatment area, the specialist will insert a medical-grade dilator to support your vaginal walls during the procedure.

Next, your provider will insert the diVa laser head into the vagina. The device will emit the ablative and non-ablative laser wavelengths, which will affect the tissue of your vaginal wall. The entire procedure should last about 3-5 minutes.

Believe it or not, the diVa vaginal rejuvenation technique requires no downtime, meaning you can jump back into your daily routine! Depending on your personalized treatment plan, you may need to go through a few follow-up treatments to achieve your optimal results.

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You may already know that laser treatment options exist to help loose, aging skin regain some of its youthful glow and healthy appearance. While some laser therapy treatments have been limited in scope, new developments have changed the state of the industry.

The Halo™ hybrid fractional laser treatment is an advanced procedure that can give you some of the best benefits of ablative laser resurfacing without many of the drawbacks.

What Is the Halo™ Hybrid Fractional Laser?

Sciton® has produced a laser that combines ablative and non-ablative wavelengths in a single laser treatment. In other words, Sciton's Halo™ treatment allows for the benefits of ablative laser resurfacing while minimizing the pain, discomfort, and sometimes lengthy recovery time associated with traditional ablative procedures.

This method also potentially reduces the number of sessions that a patient needs before they can start seeing the results and the vibrant skin they want. This means you could start seeing glowing skin and fewer visible signs of premature aging in less time.

From reducing fine lines and wrinkles to correcting pigmentation and even acne scarring, the Halo™ hybrid fractional laser is a great treatment option for patients with a variety of skin concerns.

How Does Halo™ Work?

As the name suggests, the Halo™ hybrid fractional laser treatment combines multiple types of lasers to perform a type of cosmetic phototherapy. Specifically, Halo™ combines ablative and non-ablative laser wavelengths to get the job done.

Ablative wavelengths are aimed at treating the outer layers of the skin, meaning they can help improve unevenly textured skin, correct pore size problems, and more through the magic of epidermal renewal.

Non-ablative wavelengths, on the other hand, can go deeper into the skin to provide greater dermal rejuvenation. This form of laser light can correct deeper levels of damage caused by excessive sun exposure by encouraging collagen production at the cellular level.

By working in tandem, the two wavelength forms of the Halo™ technology can address multiple skincare concerns in order to produce healthier, younger-looking skin within a relatively short time period.

What Are the Benefits of Halo™?

There are many known benefits associated with the Halo™ hybrid fractional laser light treatment. For starters, the combined wavelengths can produce a brighter, clearer, and more even skin tone in the affected area. Halo™ can also reduce the appearance of your skin pores, which can create improvements in your skin's overall appearance.

Halo™ can also be used as an effective treatment for specific forms of skin aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles, as well as discolorations, age spots, and other signs of sun damage.

Apart from the results that it can achieve, Halo™ is also beneficial if you're looking for a procedure that involves minimal downtime, a relatively comfortable treatment session, and noticeable results that will last for a long time.

The Science-Backed Power of Halo™

In addition to the advantages listed above, Halo™ hybrid fractional laser treatment also stands out thanks to its dynamic thermal optimization (DTO) technology. DTO allows your dermatological professional to customize the treatment to your unique needs.

For instance, your cosmetic expert can control the energy level, depth, and temperature of the Halo™ laser with a high degree of precision. This enables your skin care specialist to provide a customizable treatment adjusted to your specific skin type.

Instead of a one-size-fits-all method, the DTO technology within the Halo™ system gives you the chance to receive a safe, personalized treatment with the power of laser energy.

Which Areas Can Halo™ Treat?

Common areas for treatment with the Halo™ hybrid fractional laser treatment include the face, arms, hands, legs, neck, and chest areas. As you might imagine, Halo™ treatment is popular for areas that receive the greatest amount of sun exposure or otherwise show off the signs of aging most obviously.

However, the Halo™ treatment protocol is safe enough that it can be used on virtually any part of your body that has been affected by signs of aging, sun damage, certain types of scars (including acne scars), and similar skin conditions. 

Who Should Receive Halo™ Hybrid Fractional Laser Treatment?

Getting the Halo™ treatment in Fargo is intended for anyone who wants to experience youthful skin, especially anyone who has been struggling with skin imperfections caused by sun damage or premature aging, such as dark spots.

Whether you're struggling with the unwanted appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, leathery skin, enlarged pores, an uneven skin tone, or unsightly discolorations, Halo™ laser treatment could be just what you're looking for. 

What a Halo™ Treatment Consultation Looks Like

Before you can experience a Halo™ laser treatment session, you will be examined by a dermatological specialist who will create a treatment plan based on your current skin imperfections and desired outcomes. Your medical professional will also discuss your medical history, including a list of your current medications and any recent cosmetic procedures you have already undergone.

The health and beauty specialist may also take before-and-after photographs to highlight the results of your treatment.

The Halo™ Treatment Procedure

On the day of your Halo™ hybrid fractional laser procedure, the medical professional will make you comfortable with a topical anesthetic applied directly to the treatment area. Patients commonly report only a mild prickling feeling during the treatment process.

During the Halo™ procedure, you will also be provided with eye protection. The entire Halo™ procedure should take no more than an hour.

Taking Care of Yourself After Your Halo™ Hybrid Fractional Laser Treatment

With your Halo™ session in the rearview mirror, you can expect to feel some tightness and slight redness in your skin. Your medical professional will provide you with a list of skincare products to help your skin's healing process post-treatment during your roughly 5-7 days of downtime.

During the next month, your affected skin will be extra sensitive to UV rays and hot water, so you will need to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 for a month, as well as limit any hot showers or baths for the same period of time.

As your skin regenerates and heals itself, you may experience some light flaking as the fresh skin emerges within the first few days after treatment. This healing can be further amplified by a second or even third Halo™ treatment, depending on the recommendation of your cosmetic care provider.

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Have you experienced skin damage or early signs of aging thanks to sun exposure? Did you know it is now possible for dermatological specialists to help repair some of that sun-damaged skin?

BroadBand Light laser therapy (BBL for short) is an exciting, innovative technology that may be just what you're looking for in the world of skin treatment.

Just What Is BBL Skin Treatment, Anyway?

To put it simply, BBL technology is a cosmetic procedure that uses a high-intensity, pulsating light to treat skin in a precise, safe, and non-invasive manner. By utilizing a series of short blasts of light across a spectrum of varying wavelengths, BBL can potentially affect your skin cells.

The intention of BBL skin treatment is to cut down on the appearance of an assortment of skin problems. This includes a wide range of premature signs of aging skin (such as uneven skin texture, dull skin tone, poor complexion, age spots, and even fine lines or wrinkles), as well as other conditions such as rosacea or redness.

BBL is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure, meaning that it is a generally low-risk procedure that doesn't require a medical professional to make any cuts into your skin. For many people, BBL skin treatment offers few risks and a great potential for reward in terms of looking younger and maintaining healthier skin.

What Sun Damage Looks Like

A common source of skin issues, including many of the signs of prematurely aged-looking skin, is overexposure to sunlight. If your skin is exposed to the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays for long periods without adequate protection (such as long-sleeved clothing, shade, and sunscreen with a high enough SPF), it can experience noticeable damage.

Every person's skin is different, meaning that each individual's sun damage might look a bit different. In general, however, sun damage is typified by freckles, sun spots, a leathery-rough texture in the affected area, or uneven skin tone.

Excessive sun exposure can also potentially exacerbate other skin problems, such as rosacea. Out-of-control rosacea and similar ailments can make your skin look perpetually flushed or reddened.

How BBL Skin Treatment Works

As we mentioned above, BBL phototherapy technology shoots various wavelengths of light in laser form into your skin. These lasers pass safely through the epidermis (i.e. your skin's outermost layer) in order to target specific skin cells.

These pulsating lasers are meant to create a safe amount of heat within the cell that encourages and stimulates skin cell regeneration and collagen production. The idea is that as each cell regenerates, it can naturally heal the parts of your skin that have become damaged. At the same time, increased collagen production "firms up" your overall skin appearance, giving you healthier-looking skin.

The beauty of BBL skin therapy is that it is precise enough to target the specific areas of your damaged skin cells where pigmentation and other imperfections are a concern. The other great thing about the technology is that the procedure encourages your body to heal itself and produce improvements in skin tone naturally. This fights against the appearance of skin aging in a safe way.

Which Skin Types Is BBL Meant for?

As we've already discussed, BBL laser technology is great for patients who have experienced a fair amount of sun damage or whose skin otherwise demonstrates common signs of premature aging.

With that being said, some skin types aren't as well-suited to receiving the treatment. For instance, patients with darker skin tones may experience hyperpigmentation (i.e. certain patches of skin becoming darker than the rest of the epidermis) because their skin absorbs more light in general. Chemical peels may be a safer option for these individuals.

People with fairer skin tones, on the other hand, typically have fewer safety concerns and a more realistic expectation of positive outcomes when it comes to phototherapy treatment, including BBL skin treatment.

Ultimately, the advice of a dermatological professional will be beneficial for helping you determine if BBL treatment is right for you.

Which Areas Can BBL Laser Treatment Treat?

Areas commonly treated by BBL skin treatment include those parts of the body that receive the greatest amount of UV exposure from sunlight. These include the face, neck, arms, hands, back, shoulders, and chest. Basically, if it's a part of your body that's exposed when you're wearing a tank top, you can expect to be able to receive BBL laser treatment.

However, full-body treatments with BBL laser technology are also possible. You can seek BBL treatment virtually anywhere on your body where you have experienced acne scars, rosacea, vascular lesions, or other pigmentation issues. Skilled dermatological specialists can create a custom plan suited to your specific skin treatment needs.

Biggest Benefits of BBL Skin Treatment

One of the best parts about BBL laser technology is its ability to address a great variety of common skin concerns. From rosacea and fine lines to brown spots and general discoloration, BBL skin treatment can have a positive effect on a variety of skin conditions.

Another advantage of BBL skin treatment is the fact that it is non-invasive. Since this means there is no need for surgery, you shouldn't expect to face any downtime following any of your BBL procedures. By following the recommended pre- and post-treatment steps (more on those below), you can expect to maintain your normal lifestyle almost immediately after your BBL skin treatment session.

Finally, BBL laser phototherapy is an effective solution because of its long-term efficacy. Regular, consistent treatments by a dermatological professional can be a game-changer for the health and appearance of your skin.

How to Prepare for BBL Laser Treatment

Although the advanced technology represented by the BBL treatment protocol is non-invasive, there are still some steps you can take if you want to be prepared for a treatment session.

For starters, do your best to stay out of direct sunlight and avoid all tanning beds for about a month before your procedure. Whenever you're outside, be sure to apply broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30, which will keep your skin safe from the sun's harmful UV rays. These preparations are important because having suntanned skin can limit the effectiveness of the BBL procedure.

For the 1 week leading up to your treatment, abstain from using any cosmetic therapies, including facials, waxing, and chemical peels, as well as any laser hair reduction treatment. You'll also want to steer clear of any creams that contain retinoids, which are known to trigger skin sensitivity in some people.

Finally, consider your medical history and be sure to let your trusted medical professional if you've ever had cold sores or herpes. The dermatological specialist will need to know this information to avoid providing you with any medications that could cause an outbreak to develop.

Taking Care of Yourself After BBL Laser Treatment

The BBL advanced laser treatment in Fargo is a relatively gentle procedure, but you will probably still feel a sense of warmth or redness immediately after your treatment. This discomfort and any related swelling can be mitigated with the help of an ice pack or cold compress pressed to the affected area.

To keep your pain to a minimum, you should limit your exposure to direct sunlight for at least a week. Also stay away from hot water (hot baths, showers, etc.) for that same amount of time. Until your skin is fully healed, continue applying sunscreen, wearing long-sleeved clothing, and otherwise minimizing direct sun exposure.

Your dermatological provider will provide you with other post-treatment care guidelines, such as which soothing creams to apply to your skin, but there are some steps you can take yourself. For instance, don't use any exfoliators on your skin, which will be extra sensitive for some time after the procedure. The main rule of them is to go easy on your skin as it rebuilds itself following your treatment.

Realistic Expectations and Time Frame

There's no doubt that BBL laser technology is a wonderful thing. However, maintaining appropriate expectations about your results is always a wise thing to do.

Your dermatological specialist will create a treatment regimen custom-made for your skin care needs. It may take more than 1 treatment session to achieve desired goals. This would depend on the damage to the skin prior to starting the BBL.  More severe skin conditions, such as major sun damage related to acute sunburns, could require more sessions in total.. A consistent schedule of BBL treatment, combined with appropriate self-care and the use of the right topical creams, increases your chances of getting the look you want.

Results of successful BBL laser treatment could include improvements in skin texture and complexion, diminished skin laxity (i.e. loose skin), more even skin tone, decreased redness, and fewer visible signs of aging.

After you've completed your regimen of BBL laser technology treatment, you'll still want to do your part to prevent any future sun damage. For instance, consistently wearing high-SPF sunscreen along with appropriate clothing (including sunglasses and hats) will reduce your need for any future skin care procedures.

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Lip filler augmentation is an exciting beauty procedure that is performed millions of times every year. If you're one of the countless patients looking forward to receiving fuller, younger-looking lips, you may be wondering what you can do to get the most out of your cosmetic lip fillers.

In this guide, we'll walk you through the most important steps you should take to take care of yourself both before and after your lip augmentation procedure.

How to Prepare for Lip Filler Treatment

There are a few common items and actions you'll need to cut down in the weeks and days immediately before your lip care appointment. For starters, you should abstain from popular supplements such as Vitamin E, fish oils, ginkgo biloba, primrose oil, and ginseng starting about two weeks prior to your procedure. However, a standard multivitamin shouldn't be a problem.

During that same time period, you should also avoid taking over-the-counter medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen. These medications thin your blood and can cause complications during your treatment such as bleeding or additional bruising. If you're prone to cold sores, let your beauty care professional know so that you can be given the appropriate medication for your appointment.

Within two days of your dermal filler injection appointment, you should stop using anything in the area of your face that is going to be treated. For example, don't wax your upper lip or apply topical lotions such as Retinol.

Another popular product, Arnica, is one that some patients start taking a couple of days before your appointment in order to decrease the amount of bruising you experience.

Finally, avoid drinking any form of alcohol within 24 hours of your appointment, as alcoholic beverages can increase your chances of bruising or bleeding in the lip area.

What to Do on the Day of Your Procedure

As usual for a medical procedure, be sure to arrive early to make sure you have enough time to get checked in and briefed by your beauty care team. Before you arrive at the clinic, wash your face with a gentle cleanser and keep it completely makeup-free.

Your beauty care professional may apply a topical anesthetic or local numbing medicine in order to make your experience relatively painless. However, as long as your medical professional signs off on it, you can also feel free to take acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol) about an hour before your appointment to take the edge off any discomfort.

With that being said, your lip filler procedure shouldn't last long (sometimes finishing as quickly as half an hour!) and shouldn't cause you a lot of pain. After receiving your lip augmentation treatment, you'll move on to your next steps for lip care.

Why the First Hour Matters

The first 60 minutes after your procedure tends to be the trickiest, at least in terms of how tender the skin around your lip area is. If you didn't take any acetaminophen before your appointment, you can do so afterward if you want to reduce your pain level.You can also use an ice pack or a topical product such as Arnica to treat your lip swelling and reduce potential bruising. 

However, while you can apply the above remedies to your lip, refrain from directly touching the treated area. That includes massaging your lips, as well as picking at or itching the injection site. The discomfort you feel should disappear within a few hours of treatment, if not within three days.

Complications to Watch Out for

Common side effects following a lip filler treatment include:

However, while these side effects are to be expected after your appointment, some complications are more serious.

For example, if you experience excessive bleeding and swelling, develop a fever or chills, or if you feel bumps on the treated area, you should contact either your beauty clinic or your primary care provider. Your medical professional can provide guidance in dealing with these issues.

On the more extreme end of things, signs of a medical emergency include your pain becoming unmanageable with acetaminophen alone and your lips becoming cold or discolored. At that point, it would be most appropriate to see a medical professional in person for assistance.

What to Avoid

While eating and drinking aren't out of the question after your lip filler augmentation, you should keep a few things in mind. Avoid hard, crunchy, or salty snacks such as pretzels and chips within the first few days of your treatment. Instead, opt for soft, chewable foods (especially those high in water content, such as fruit and veggies).

For all the same blood-thinning-related reasons you shouldn't drink any alcohol immediately before your procedure, you should also abstain from alcohol outright for several days after your treatment.

Apart from the food and drink you consume, you should also minimize any activities that could slow down the rate at which your lips heal. For example, resting your face on your bed or using a drinking straw can put pressure on your treated lips, keeping them from healing as quickly. In addition, strenuous exercise immediately after treatment can also lead to bruising.

Also, watch out for smoking (which makes infection likelier to take place) and lip care products (e.g. lipstick and lip gloss can put additional pressure on your lips).

Last of all, try to avoid flying for 2+ weeks after your procedure. The pressure changes that happen during flight can increase swelling and make your lips temporarily puffy in the wrong places.

How to Maintain Your Results

By eating and drinking right and avoiding activities that could make your lips swell and bruise, you'll be giving yourself the best chance of having lovely, full lips that make your face look younger.

If you haven't already, contact your beauty care professional about scheduling a follow-up or touch-up treatment to boost the longevity of your lip filler treatment. Other than the steps outlined above, this is one of the best things you can do to get the most out of your lip augmentation.

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