Laser Treatments

Toenail Fungus- Fort Collins Natural and Med Spa Treatments

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Are you embarrassed of your feet? Specifically, do you struggle with toenail fungus? Many of us do! No need to be embarrassed! Especially now that it is summer, it’s natural to want to show off your feet with sandals or going barefoot at the pool or beach! Now you can!

There are numerous natural treatments for toenail fungus, and if you don’t have success with those, we can help you out at Advanced Aesthetics of Northern Colorado by eradicating toenail fungus with laser treatment!

Toenail fungus is characterized by inflammation, pain, and swelling of the toe, as well as yellowing, thickening, and crumbling of the nail itself. It can result from an abnormal pH of the skin, continuous exposure to moisture, wearing synthetic socks, a compromised immune system, sweat build up in shoes, poor foot hygiene or weak circulation such as that caused by diabetes.

It can be treated with topical treatments, oral anti-fungal medicine, or surgical removal of the nail. Side effects may include trouble breathing, swelling of the mouth or face, hives, rashes, blisters, headaches, dizziness, nausea, loss of appetite, liver damage, weight gain, fatigue, heart problems, fever, diarrhea, and pain.

Another approach to treatment is that of traditional herbal medicine, including natural oils, fruit juices, and dry goods. Most of these have no side effects at all. The top ten remedies include apple cider vinegar (topically, internally, or both), olive leaf extract, tea tree oil, orange oil, corn meal, baking soda and sodium borate, coconut oil, and lavender oil.

If none of the above treatments are appealing or work, let us know! We can help cure your toenail fungus with laser treatment! Contact us today to schedule a complimentary consultation!

Laser Genesis from a Patient’s Perspective; Medi Spa Fort Collins

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The following is a retelling from one of our satisfied patients at Advanced Aesthetics of Northern Colorado, who received a Laser Genesis facial recently.

"I had never been to a day spa nor a medical spa before, but I decided to schedule a Laser Genesis facial. This was my first ever facial (other than the cheap face masks you can get at the grocery store and apply at home). Fortunately, having had a great experience with LASIC laser vision correction, I was not afraid of the laser. I had read a little bit about what Laser Genesis feels like, and I knew that it would not be a painful procedure.

I arrived at the spa the morning of my appointment, and was greeted by Christina, who helped me feel right at home. After completing some paperwork, including medical releases and information on my medical background and skin health, we discussed the procedure in depth. Christina answered all of my questions and made me feel comfortable immediately. After discussing everything fully, it was time to start the procedure!

I lay down on the table and Christina washed my face with a gentle cleanser, to remove any dirt and debris. After drying my face, she then started the laser. She told me that we would do the facial in four sections- each cheek, the forehead, and then finally the area around the mouth. Just like I had heard, the laser felt like warm rain on my cheek. The warmth increased at the procedure continued. For my skin type, I was receiving 100 pulses of the laser per section of face. The laser pulses very rapidly and you just hear light beeps for each pulse, too fast to count. While the cheek and forehead sections were being done, I was able to continue chatting with Christina, which made me feel very comfortable. I would also say that the laser felt like laying out under the warm sun. It was just a very warm feeling- not hot, and not burning, but like the sun was shining down on your face. During the entire procedure, there were eye protection goggles over both eyes. When it was time to do the mouth region, she warned me that the laser could crack my teeth if it came in contact with them, so to be sure and not talk or open my mouth during that part of the process. After all four sections were done, she applied a lovely moisturizing SPF cream from Lira to my skin and said I was good to go about my day as usual!

Thank you for helping my skin feel and look clearer and smoother, Christina! You’re the best!"

If you want to learn more about how Laser Genesis could work for you, let’s set up a time for a free consultation!

Facial Laser Treatment; Fort Collins Dermatologist

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Lasers, like the Cutera Xeo, are one of the most effective ways to even out the texture of the skin. One important point to remember is that every device and protocol is different. It all depends on the results you are seeking, skin type, and hair color even plays a role. Uneven texture can result from sun damage leaving the face spotted or leathery. Before you commit to a laser procedure, there are some important dos and don’ts that you should be aware of. The laser we use is the Cutera Xeo which delivers identical pulses of light each time it is used, unlike many other lasers. With many lasers, the treatment area is numbed with a topical cream. However not all treatments are painful. Once the skin starts tingling and becomes cold, the procedure can begin. The numbing will wear off shortly after the procedure is complete.

There may be some time required for your skin to return to normal after a procedure. Depending on how invasive the procedure is, the downtime can vary from none to about a week. With no downtime, any redness or pinkness of the skin will disappear in less than a day.

There are many different strengths of laser. Lighter lasers can treat minimal pigment problems and usually do not require down time as they do not break the skin. However, they typically need to be done more than once. Some feel like nothing while others can hurt or even make the skin feel warm.

The best time to receive a laser treatment is in the winter. After your skin receives laser treatment, sun exposure should be kept to a minimum.

Results from laser treatment can be great, but you will have to be diligent about maintaining results. After the full course of treatment, protecting your skin from the sun and keeping it healthy will prolong your results. Failure to protect your skin from the sun could damage your skin again.

Come chat with us to see if treatment with the Cutera Xeo laser is right for you!

Chemical Peels; Fort Collins Facials

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Do you suffer from wrinkles, fine lines, mild scars, acne, age spots, freckles, or dark patches on your face? If so, you may be a candidate for a chemical peel to improve your skin’s appearance. No need to hide behind makeup! Let the true you shine!

Chemical peels apply a chemical solution to the skin which gets rid of dead skin cells on the surface, and after about 10 days it begins to flake off. The new skin is smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin. Chemical peels can be done on the face, neck, or hands to improve the look and feel of the skin.

We will work with you to determine the depth of the peel, depending on the condition of your skin and your goals for treatment. First, we will clean your skin thoroughly. Then, we will apply one or more chemical solutions to the area of treatment- either glycolic acid, thrichloroacetic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, or a plant enzyme. This will create a controlled area of new skin generation.

During the treatment, most people feel five to ten minutes of a burning sensation, followed by a stinging sensation. Putting cool compresses on the skin may help with the stinging. If a deeper peel is performed, pain medication may be needed during or after the procedure. We will never perform a deep peel without a thorough consultation and skin analysis.

Depending on the type of peel, a reaction much like sunburn occurs after the procedure. There is usually peeling with redness, followed by scaling, which typically ends within three to seven days. Peels may be repeated within several weeks to months, depending on the depth of the peel and the results desired. Often times to achieve the optimum result a series of peels is best, over the course of 3-4 months.

Contact us today to learn more about chemical peels here in Old Town Fort Collins!

Treating Toe Nail Fungus with Laser Treatments; Fort Collins Med Spa

Do you have one or more toe nails that are: thickened, brittle/crumbly/ragged, distorted in shape, dull with no shine, or a dark color caused by debris building up under your nail? If so, you may have onychomycosis, also known as nail fungus. It can affect several nails, but not usually all of them. Toe nail fungus is so common that it is possible to not be aware that it is happening to you!

Nail fungus begins as a white or yellow spot under the tip of your toenail. As the fungal infection goes deeper, nail fungus may cause your nail to discolor, thicken and crumble at the edge. Toe nail fungus thrives in the warm, moist environment of socks and shoes. Sound familiar? Not to worry, Advanced Aesthetics in Fort Collins can help!

Toe nail fungus can be treated with lasers, which kill the fungus. In a short period of time, the laser can kill the fungus and completely remove it from the nails. The benefit to laser treatment is that the toenail and skin surrounding the toe are unharmed! There is no pain whatsoever during or after the treatment, which typically lasts around 30 minutes per treatment, and three treatments are recommended for best results.. For most people, the three 30 minute laser treatments will kill the fungus and allow their toe nails to grow normally and healthy again.

There are no current restrictions on age or health to receive laser treatment for toe nail fungus, because there are no negative side effects (unlike prescription drugs prescribed for toenail fungus.) This will allow those who are unable to take certain drugs for toenail fungus to likely qualify for laser treatment.

Don’t let your toe nail fungus embarrass you any longer. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and get your feet looking their best before summer sandal season rolls around!

Laser Genesis a Treatment for Burns; Medical Spa Fort Collins

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I have a patient who was in a house fire. She ran back into to save her beloved pet. She was severely burned. Burns on her face, back, neck and shoulders. She was in treatment with a medical doctor for a long time to get the burns to heal.

Still, scars remained where her skin had melted and scorched. She now looked in the mirror and saw a completely different person. It was devastating.

She came to see me and we started a series of Laser Genesis treatments. This specialized laser can assist healing on scar tissue, discoloration and underlying bacteria that might be present.

Each visit she would come and I would gently treat her burns on a moderate setting. Gradually, the burns began to heal. She experienced far less pain and when she looked in the mirror she began to see more and more of herself as she remembered her.

There were parts of her body on her back and shoulder that were just burned too badly for us to treat at first. It was too painful, her nerves were still too raw. We simply worked around those areas and allowed a deeper healing to take place before treatment. Once the sensitivity of those burns lessened we were able to begin the Laser Genesis treatment on those areas to great effect.

My patient isn’t coming to me because she’s obsessed with a beauty ideal. She’s coming to my Medical Spa in Fort Collins to treat a very serious medical condition.

Does it effect her perception of her appearance? It does. Yet, not because she longs to be on the cover of a magazine. What she longs for is to look in the mirror and see her self. Her face as it once was, her skin as it once was. Perhaps we won’t be able to restore every cell to appear as it was before her tragic rescue of another living being.

We’re creating new cells with health and vitality, which is allowing her true self to shine forth in the world. More important, we’re creating a new true self so that she can look in the mirror and recognize herself as the astounding beauty that she is.

Laser Genesis at Fort Collins Spa Treats Discoloration

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One of my favorite patients is a teenager. She’s a sweet girl who gets good grades and has a good self esteem.

But, not a great self esteem. She has a terrible outbreak of acne that is interfering with her general self esteem. She hesitates to raise her hand in class for fear that everyone will turn to look at her. She worries about going into new social situations for fear of what new people will think of her. And her crush. Oh how she worries that he will never like her back because she has this horrible acne.

My heart breaks for this girl, because I too have had terrible, chronic outbreaks of acne. I know what it’s like to walk into a room worried that no one can see past my redness and irritation.

In fact, it was while I was treating my own acne outbreak with a facial and some high quality products that I decided to become an aesthetician.

“How can I get more of this? How can I help others?” I asked myself while I was getting that facial. It was such a relief to finally find a solution. Bringing my skin back to balance and health was so important to me that I truly wanted to help others with their own skin issues.

I didn’t have access to the kinds of lasers that can be most effective in this treatment. Now, however, I have invested in a laser that allows me to administer the most effective Laser Genesis treatments for all kinds of skin issues. It treats the acne by sending heat many layers deep in the epidermis.

Still, even after acne is healed discoloration is usually evident. Sometimes even scarring that can last a lifetime. The great thing about Laser Genesis is that it treats the discoloration and scarring in addition to the acne.

My life is so much better now that I have access to this laser treatment. That teenage girl’s skin is clearing up and we’re now working on the discoloration and prevention of scarring. I can’t promise that her crush will like her back, but I am sure that she will be able to walk into a room and feel confident about how she looks.

Men’s Laser Hair Removal in Fort Collins is Necessary

Men, let’s get right to the point. You need to invest in laser hair removal. They say that men age better than women, and in some cases this might be true. But, not if you don’t take care of yourself.

As the hair on your head thins, for some crazy reason the hair on the rest of your body begins to take over your whole body. Grandpa hair pops out of your nose and ears, your eyebrows begin to grow wayward trees, unpruned. Your belly starts to resemble a hairy puppy. Once smooth skin on your back begins to sprout patches of bushes and shoulders start to get all Cro Magnum.  

Just so you know, women are not attracted to this. A little well-groomed hair in the right areas—on the chest, for instance—can be quite sexy to women. But, going full cave man is not.

Manscaping is necessary for some men. A little trim here and a little trim there makes a big difference. Waxing of the nose and ears can improve your appearance greatly. It makes it look like you really care about your appearance and women like that since they put so much effort into their own appearance.

As men age and hair begins to get out of control, laser hair removal can make you look ten to twenty years older and thus, more attractive to your wife, girlfriend or first date.

For many areas laser hair removal in Fort Collins is the way to go. With several treatments your back will be back to smooth and flawless. It also works on bellies and shoulders, bringing you from Cro Magnum to Modern 21st Century Male.