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Spider and Varicose Veins: What are They & What Can I do?

Spider and Varicose Veins: What are They & What Can I do?


Legs with varicose veins standing on a beach. So-called spider veins and varicose veins are unsightly veins that are visible through the skin. These veins may be noticed as early as the teen years, but they may not appear until you’re in your 30s, 40s or even later. Varicose and spider veins are caused by a variety of factors, and can be more than just unsightly, they can be uncomfortable. Read More

What are Facial Peels and What Should I Expect?


Girl peeling off a facial mask The first thing people see when they meet us is our face, and if we’re not feeling confident about putting our best face forward, we can begin to experience insecurities associated with our appearance. Our faces change as we age and with exposure to sun and other environmental factors. Over time, we may begin to see increased acne or acne scarring, age spots, fine lines, irregular skin pigmentation, rough or scaly patches, freckles, and sun damage.

The good news is many of these issues can be addressed and their appearance diminished with a relatively simple procedure called a facial peel. Now, before you let your mind run to some sitcom where a character dons a black veil following a botched chemical peel, let’s talk about facial peels, what they are and what to expect. Read More

Treating Birthmarks with VBeam Lasers



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Birthmarks are often so called because they appear on babies before or shortly after birth. These marks are almost always painless and are generally not symptoms of any underlying medical conditions. The most common types of birthmarks are hemangiomas and port wine stains; both are caused by concentrated clusters of blood vessels.

While many birthmarks will resolve on their own over time, others will remain. When these marks remain, many people choose cosmetic procedures to minimize or eliminate the appearance of their birthmarks. One of the most common and least invasive treatments for birthmarks is the use of the Vbeam laser.
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Tips for Soft, Kissable Lips


Close up of smiling mouth and teeth Full, pouty, and kissable lips are sexy and alluring, but they don’t come naturally for many of us. If you’d like to have fuller, softer looking lips, there is hope. With a few at-home suggestions and perhaps a visit or two to a medical aesthetician, you can make improve the appearance of your lips, giving yourself a way to pull off that pouty look you’ve always wanted. Here are a few things you can do to get the look you want from your lips. Read More

Ten Benefits of Mineral Makeup


Make up brush and mineral makeup Not too many years ago, mineral makeup was relatively unknown and was available only from select companies. Now, mineral makeups fill entire product lines and are widely available in upscale, department, pharmacy, and discount stores.

Mineral-based cosmetics offer benefits that other types of makeup can’t give you. Whether you are new to mineral makeup or you have been using it for a while, here are some of its potential benefits. Read More

Menopause and Skincare


Menopause is a major transition that women have to go through; often bringing about unwanted changes that including changes in the skin.

When a woman’s menstrual cycle stops; the amount of estrogen in her body decreases. That is why women who go through menopause often suffer from acne, unwanted facial hair, wrinkling and dry skin. Fortunately, a proper skin care regime, prescribed by a board-certified dermatologist, can help treat some of those problems.

It is very important for women to use a good moisturizer. Moisturizers help keep the skin elastic, which can help prevent wrinkles. Women should also make sure that they limit the amount of time that they spend in the sun. The sun can cause the skin to age much quicker. If a woman knows that she will be spending a lot of time in the sun, she should make sure that she applies sunscreen.

The importance of eating a healthy diet and exercising cannot be emphasized enough when it comes to fighting the aging process. Fruits and vegetables contain the antioxidants that needed to prevent wrinkles and fine lines. Exercising helps increase blood circulation, which increases the amount of oxygen and nutrients that flows to the skin. Additionally, women in the Los Angeles and Long Beach are who are concerned about abnormal hair growth should set up an appointment with our practice.

Menopause is a natural part of life, but women do not have to deal with the skin changes it brings. Developing a skin care regime and seeking the help of a professional dermatologist at our practice are the keys to keeping the skin beautiful and healthy.

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Forgetful Sometimes? Try These Memory-Boosting Foods!


The morning routine and rush out the door is one most of us can be familiar with. Feed the kids, pack lunches, make sure the homework is in the backpacks… You’re ready to go, except you had had your keys just a few minutes ago, and now you can’t find them anywhere; you can’t find your sunglasses (you forgot they’re on your head and it takes 10 minutes of searching before you realize it) and you realize your socks don’t match as soon as you get into the car.

What a way to start the day.

We talk a lot about aging and reversing the signs of aging. Usually, our focus is on skin. Today, however, we’d like to look at another symptom specific to aging: memory loss.

Memory loss is one of the first things people notice about aging. In addition to age, stress can cause lack of concentration and inability to remember details. Fortunately, memory is something that can be easily improved just by adding some essential nutrients to your diet.

Leave your keys in the fridge and the milk in the pantry? Eat more fish!

Fish is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which has long been known to improve brain function. Cold-water fish, such as salmon, halibut, herring, and tuna are all excellent sources of omega-3. These fatty acids improve the cell membrane, protecting it from damage and degradation.

Forget whose turn it was to pick up the kids…again? Leafy greens can help.

Leafy green vegetables contain many essential nutrients. Among these are antioxidants, which protect the brain from damage and keep the cells healthy. Deep green vegetables also contain folic acid. Studies have shown that folic acid can protect memory and even reverse the effects of aging. Good examples include spinach, kale, and Swiss chard.

Milk’s not just for kids.

Dairy products are rich in tyrosine proteins, which support the health of neurotransmitters in the brain. These neurotransmitters are what carry signals around in the brain. They can become damaged, weak, or non-functioning, resulting in memory loss. Eat low-fat dairy products such as cottage cheese, yogurt and milk.

A toast to your memory!

Whole grains contain various vitamins and minerals to improve memory. Foods that are made with whole grains contain vitamins A, B, C, and E, as well as magnesium. These nutrients improve the structure and function of the brain. In addition, whole grains provide the body with a good source of complex carbohydrates. The carbohydrates are turned to glucose, which is used to fuel the brain.

Don’t be an egg-head.

Eggs are excellent sources of choline and vitamin B, both of which are building blocks for the brain. Lecithin, an essential fatty acid, is also found in eggs.

Iron out the wrinkles in your diet.

Meats, such as chicken and beef, are rich in iron. A deficiency in iron can cause poor concentration and slow thinking processes. Iron improves memory by providing the brain with the oxygen it needs to function optimally.

Before you forget what you’ve read here, print this out or write it down and put it on your fridge for future reference. Eventually, your memory will improve and you’ll wonder how you ever lived without all the delicious and nutritious fish, leafy greens, milk, who grains, eggs and meat.

Copyright 2012. As licensed to Light Touch Laser. All rights reserved

Laser Hair Removal – How it Works


Laser hair removal is a convenient, noninvasive procedure that may permanently reduce or possibly eliminate unwanted body hair.  Laser hair removal is rapidly gaining popularity and is one of the most common non-surgical aesthetic procedures performed in the United States.

Laser hair removal works by emitting a very specific beam of light, at a specific wavelength.  This laser beam passes through the skin and is absorbed by the pigment in the hair and follicle.  Since the laser targets the melanin in the hair, typically the lighter the skin, and darker the hair, the more effective the procedure will be.  If the hair is too light, it will not absorb enough of the laser beam to be effective.  If the skin and hair are too close in color, the laser may not be able to accurately target the hair follicle, resulting in an undesirable outcome.  Laser hair removal professionals won’t perform the procedure on tanned skin.

The first step in the process is to schedule an initial consultation. During this appointment, the hair removal specialist will ask several questions and look at the hair you want removed to determine if laser removal is a good option for you and which of the method of treatment will be the most effective.  The most successful treatments use a low energy laser beam to disable the actively growing hair follicles.  Some things that may affect the procedure include; skin color, hair color, hair thickness, skin temperature, type of device used, area of the body being treated, spot size and pulse width and more.

If it appears that laser hair removal is the best option, then a spot test should always be done.  This will help the doctor determine which device and wavelength to use.  This allows the technician to use the most aggressive treatment possible, without damaging the skin, to achieve the most effective results.  Occasionally, some patients have an allergic reaction or other undesirable effect from the laser treatments.  It is best to discover this from a small test area, instead of an entire back or chest.

A day or two after the spot test, the area will be closely examined; if everything looks good, the procedure may proceed.  Treatments usually take around 30-60 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated.  There may be some mild discomfort during the treatment, but most patients tolerate this very easily.  If needed, a topical numbing cream may be applied, so be sure to communicate your pain levels your technician.  Since the laser only attacks actively growing hair follicles, several treatments are needed.  You will need to return in 4-8 weeks for another treatment. Typically, about 9 – 12 treatments are necessary to achieve the desired results.

After the treatment, your skin may feel sensitive or slightly irritated.  Some patients report the feeling of a slight sunburn for a few days or experience some slight swelling.   The provider will discuss the side effects in greater detail, but some of the typical side effects may include pain, healing (crust or blister), pigment changes in skin, fragile skin, bruising, and very rarely, scarring.  Your doctor can discuss and treat any specific concerns you may have.

Acne Treatment Options


When many people think of acne breakouts, their mind automatically goes to the awkward years of adolescence.  While it’s true that teens seem to be the most prone to acne because of all of the hormonal changes in their bodies, people of any age, including infants, can experience acne breakouts.  Acne is a complex issue, and when the case becomes moderate to severe, working with professionals can help to bring it under control.  There are a number of treatments for acne, falling into three main categories: topical treatments, prescription drugs, and in-office procedures.  Sometimes, the use of multiple treatments at the same time is the most effective course of action.

Topical treatments are products that are uses on the skin to help control acne and its underlying causes.  Facial cleansers, exfoliants, and spot treatments all fall into this category.  Mild cleansers used to gently wash the face twice a day, followed by a use of an exfoliating cream twice a week helps keep the skin clear and remove dead skin cells and other debris that can clog pores and lead to more breakouts.  Many products designed specifically for acne use contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.  While there are many prescription products containing benzoyl peroxide, over-the-counter products, generally in the form of as gels and creams, are designed to target spot breakouts.  Benzoyl peroxide kills the bacteria that causes inflammation in a blocked pore.  Salicylic acid is available in cleansers and toners; it works by encouraging the skin to shed its outermost layer.  This peeling agent can be very effective, but it is to be used with caution on sensitive skin.  Once you stop using a produce with salicylic acid, its benefits cease.

Prescription drugs can also be effective in the treatment of acne.  Low-dose antibiotics  are used to attack the P. acnes bacterium, which reduces the existing inflammation and helps prevent future breakouts.  If you opt for this method, add some sunscreen to your basket, because the antibiotics can make your skin more sensitive to the sun.  There are a handful of brands of birth control pills that have been approved by the FDA for the treatment of acne.  If you are taking oral contraceptives anyway, ask your health care professional about switching to one of these brands.  In cases where other interventions have not worked, sometimes an acne-specific drug is prescribed.  Some of these drugs have potentially serious side effects that should be addressed thoroughly with your health care professional before starting this course of treatment.

In-office procedures are performed by licensed professionals and are an effective addition to a comprehensive acne treatment plan.  Many of these procedures fall into the category of facial peels, which are performed in a medical setting.  These facial peels not only address the underlying causes of acne but can smooth out fine lines and minor scarring.  Some of these treatments can leave your skin looking rejuvenated after just one treatment, with greater results after undergoing a series of treatments.  Many of these treatments can be completed on your lunch hour and offer little to no downtime, so they are ideal for a touch-up to smooth out your complexion just days before a big event.

Juvederm Voluma now in Salt Lake City


Have you heard of the latest injectable filler approved by the FDA for the cheek area?

Juvederm Voluma is the newest of the Juvederm family of hyaluronic acid fillers and the first and only filler clinically indicated for “mid-face correction”.  Voluma has been clinically shown to last up to 24 months with optimal correction!

An attractive face is characterized by smooth, round contours, high cheekbones (the mid face) and a thin, well-defined jaw line.  As we age, facial fat loss, gravity and loss of the skins natural elasticity combine to give you a less youthful appearance.  Juvederm Voluma can restore balance and heart-shaped proportions to the face by subtly adding volume to areas where this is lacking due to the effects of ageing or extreme weight loss.

Who is a suitable candidate / patient for treatment with Juvederm Voluma?

Patients with facial volume loss due to ageing, sudden or extreme weight loss or certain medical problems such as facial asymmetry or droop can benefit from treatment with Juvederm Voluma.  Basically everyone 35 years and up 

What are the side effects? Will it hurt?

Most patients have a comfortable experience aside from feeling a slight initial pinprick.  Common side effects include lumps/bumps, bruising, pain at injection site, redness, and itching. These side effects can last 2 to 4 weeks.
Are you a candidate for Voluma?  Come in and see Utahs only Female Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Lucy Barr or our wonderful nurse injectors Katie Hughes, Briana Smith or Jannae Bird for a complimentary consultation and see what Juvederm Voluma can do to help you get back that youthful look.

As one of the oldest medical aesthetic offices in Utah,  Light Touch Medical Aesthetics and Barr Facial Plastic Surgery are one of the first offices to be trained on and to offer Voluma in Salt Lake City.

The official Voluma site can be seen HERE.