We all want smooth, even, flawless skin. But for many men and women, their quest for beautiful skin is beset by dark spots. These patches, known as melasma, affect about 3.5% of the population and are more common in women than men. 

Dark spots on the face can be particularly distressing, but don’t worry. There are things that you can do to get rid of them.

Join us as we explore what causes them and how to get rid of dark spots.

What Causes Dark Spots?

Dark spots, also called pigmented lesions or melasma, are usually brown patches on white skin. A build-up of pigmentation on people with black and brown skin also causes dark spots.

Whatever your skin tone, what causes dark spots is:

  • Exposure to the sun
  • Hormonal changes
  • Genetic reasons
  • Some skincare products

Dark spots are very common and many people, especially women, will develop them at some point in their lives. Most commonly, they are found on the face and forearms. That’s no surprise as these are the parts of our bodies that get the most sun exposure. 

Dark spots that occur due to hormonal reasons may fade on their own. For example, some women develop this condition during pregnancy. It’s so common that it’s sometimes called the mask of pregnancy.

Usually, in these cases, no treatment is needed. It will resolve once your hormones have returned to normal after pregnancy.

Other hormonal causes of dark spots on your face could include:

  • Thyroid diseases
  • PCOS
  • Menopause
  • Hormonal birth control.

The best way of removing these kinds of dark spots, is by resolving the underlying hormonal imbalances.

Who Is At Risk?

Anyone can be at risk of developing dark spots, although it’s much less common in men. Genetic factors can play a part, as can lots of sun exposure. As is always recommended in SoCal; it’s good to cover up or wear sunscreen when going outside.

Dark spots occur more commonly in women over the age of 50. However, people in their 20s, 30s, and 40s can also develop dark spots due to sun exposure.

How to Get Rid of Dark Spots

When thinking about how to get rid of dark spots, most people’s first choice is medicated creams. One popular choice is a topical medication called hydroquinone.

This can help to lighten the appearance of dark spots, but it may cause side effects. These include: dry skin, further discoloration, burning, and inflamed skin. 

Your doctor or dermatologist may also recommend other topical treatments. They can also rule out other conditions, which may look like melasma at first. They may prescribe corticosteroids and other stronger treatments to try to even out your skin tone.

How Laser Treatment Works

Creams may help, but one of the most effective treatments for dark spot removal is laser treatment.

The PicoWay Resolve laser treatment is a cutting-edge, FDA-approved, laser treatment for sun damage. It works by sending ultrashort laser pulses beneath the skin. Sessions take only 10-15 minutes. 

The laser works by shattering the build-up of pigment beneath the surface of the skin. The body’s natural healing processes then take over. They remove these minuscule particles of pigment, giving a lighter appearance to the skin.

After the treatment, the skin will initially become darker. Then the lesion will crust over and shed. Within a couple of weeks of a single treatment, you can expect to see results. 

For most people, a single facial dark spot treatment, or maybe two, is all they need to see a huge improvement in the evenness of their skin tone. During your personal assessment, we will evaluate whether one or two sessions are needed. 

The practitioners are experienced, well-trained nurse practitioners. They are fully certified laser technicians.

Using the advanced technology of the PicoWay Resolve system, they are able to target only the dark spots. The surrounding skin is not affected by the treatment. This means that there is very little downtime after a treatment session.

Benefits of Laser Treatment for Dark Spot Removal

Unlike other treatments that may take a long time to work, dark spot removal with lasers is fast.

The lasers target the pigmentation itself. The body then plays its part by removing the shattered pigmentation and healing the affected area. Results are visible within a couple of weeks.

It also fits with your busy lifestyle. With other chemical or abrasive treatments, there may be long periods of downtime after a treatment. With laser treatment, you can return to work or get on with other activities right away.

Another great benefit is that you are not tied into a long series of treatments. Just one or a maximum of two treatment sessions are needed to achieve great results. 

The procedure is also very comfortable. There is very little or no pain involved. The only expected side effect is some minor redness at the treatment site. 

Choose Better Off for Dark Spot Removal

We understand that many women out there are grappling with how to get rid of dark spots. Creams and serums can help, but for fast results, laser treatments are the way to go. 

At Better Off, we understand the science of treating dark spots. The PicoWay Resolve laser technology we use in our med spa eliminates the build-up of pigmentation beneath the surface of the skin. Just one or two treatments are usually all that you need!

Call us today on (760) 452-2722. Alternatively, fill out our online form and we’ll get in touch very soon!

You dream of confidently wearing a bikini on the beach. So you scope out the perfect suit, order it, and wait in anticipation until it comes. The day it comes, you hurry to try it on only to feel your heart drop with disappointment.

You look nothing like the model on the beach. Cellulite has robbed you of happiness and that moment of perfection on the sand.

Not to worry. A simple cellulite removal treatment can solve this problem along with a few others. Everyone knows that a cellulite removal treatment will remove the unsightly dimples, but few know about the hidden benefits of this procedure. 

Keep reading to learn about all of the good things that a cellulite removal treatment leads to. 

Cellulite Removal Treatment Procedure

To fully understand the benefits of cellulite removal options, you first need to understand how cellulite removal works. 

Basic cellulite reduction may take more than single treatment, but it does not require months upon months of visits. Furthermore, most treatments do not require surgical procedures. Rather; many clinics offering cellulite treatments use non-invasive, virtually painless technology. 

In short, a technician uses a massage device to break apart cellulite that sits beneath the skin. As the cellulite breaks apart, the body naturally absorbs it. 

In the end, you walk away with smoother skin and more confidence than ever. Even a single treatment in some cases can show results. Sometimes you will need a few treatments for the desired effect, but regardless, the treatments do work. 

Benefits of a Cellulite Removal Treatment

Now that you understand how cellulite removal treatment works, you can better understand the myriad of benefits that come from such a minor and simple procedure. Here are how you can benefit from cellulite removal. 

1. Improved Appearance

The most obvious benefit is the most desired benefit. Cellulite creates a dimpled skin appearance, mostly on thighs and buttocks. The dimpling comes from the fat of the cellulite that sits beneath the surface of your skin. 

When the massage therapy breaks down the fat deposits, then the dimpling goes away. No larger deposits of fat means no unsightly dimples but rather just smooth, desirable skin. 

2. Improved Blood Flow

Massage therapy as a whole increases blood flow and relaxes muscle. Thus, it only makes sense that cellulite treatment, which requires massage, increases blood flow. 

As your blood begins to flow more freely, the blood will deliver more oxygen throughout your body. The fat deposits of cellulite will reduce blood flow because of the larger deposits in the area. As the treatment breaks up the fat, blood begins to flow more freely. 

Furthermore, cellulite can trap fluids under the skin. Without the larger deposits of fat the fluid can drain more easily. Thus cellulite removal becomes ore than just an aesthetic treatment but also a self-care and skin care regimen. 

3. Makes Exercise More Appealing

When you look good, you’re less intimidated by exercise. Experts state that women will hesitate to exercise because they’re thinking about how they look as they exercise. They worry about their cellulite jiggling and people watching them exercise. 

If you don’t have cellulite, you don’t have to worry about people seeing it jiggle. 

A basic cellulite treatment leads to more toned, smoother skin. Furthermore, you may retain some elasticity in your skin. As the fat breaks up with cellulite removal treatments, you will be left with toned muscles. 

People will see the hard work you do because cellulite no longer disguises it. You won’t be afraid to push yourself in the gym because you’ll have a body that looks like you exercise regularly. 

4. Boosts Confidence

With your reduced cellulite comes a big boost in confidence. Attractive people tend to have more confidence than those who perceive themselves as unattractive. Cellulite removal can give you that boost of confidence you need. 

With your boosted confidence comes new risks. Maybe there’s a job that you’ve wanted to take a stab at for a while. have less cellulite will give you the confidence you need to seek after what you want. 

5. Encourages a New Wardrobe

For good or for bad, when you lose weight, you have to purchase a new wardrobe. While cellulite removal won’t lead to a size change, it will change to a style change. 

No longer do you have to wear knee-length skirts and shorts to cover cellulite-laden thighs. Rather, you can try those short shorts and skirts. You can push the fashion limit because you have the body to do so. 

6. Creates a New Shape

Cellulite removal treatments will remove the dimples and create new shapes. People who get cellulite removal treatments have a shaped belly, thighs, butt, and arms. Their “problem areas” are no longer a problem because your treatment dislocated the fat deposits and accelerated fat melting. 

7. Boosts Energy

More confidence in a newer shape logically leads to a boost in energy. But there’s more. The actual cellulite removal treatment will flush out the toxins that have accumulated over time. 

Furthermore, if you have swollen legs or edema, the message treatment will unclog the tissue. Your water retention will go away quickly with a cellulite removal treatment. 

Cellulite Removal Treatment Made Simple 

Cellulite removal treatment does more than smooth out the dimples on your problem areas. It’s a relaxing spa treatment that helps melt away both fat and cares. You’ll experience increased blood flow and sense more confidence. 

Furthermore, you’ll have renewed energy and just a healthier, more attractive body. In short, cellulite removal treatment is a spa treatment that will help the client relax and enjoy the process as well as the results. 

Are you looking for the best of the best in body reshaping? We can help. 

We make a pledge to each customer we serve. We promise to deliver both service and integrity. We also stay focused o your health and your needs, responding quickly and stating our opinions honestly. 

If you’re in need of some cellulite removal, contact us today. We have the equipment and experience that will help take care of your stress while helping you look good in the process. 

In the United States alone, there are over 11,000 dermatologists who are active in seeing and assisting patients. 

There are even more trained technicians who work in the skincare field, and they can help with a wide variety of services. Laser scar removal is a growing field because of the irritation, self-consciousness, and pain that scars can cause. Even scars thought unfixable like acne scars are now treatable. 

If you have scars you want to be removed, what should you look for before deciding one where to go to have the procedure done? Like all medical procedures you want to be careful. 

1. No Scar is Fully Gone 

An important thing to remember when dealing with laser acne scar removal is that the scar doesn’t vanish. Scar removal is more akin to replacing one scar with another, only the second scar is a lot harder to see. There is no magical property of a laser that allows it to completely recompose damaged skin. 

The acne scarring that you’ve suffered will become far less noticeable than it was before. The ability to hide scars and make them less obvious, is where laser operations excel. It is an important distinction that you have to keep in mind, there is no 100% cure for scarring, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t seek help if you want it. 

2. Results Will Vary 

Not everyone has the same result when they have acne scar removal. The best results depend on the person who is doing the removal procedure. Their skill and understanding of the process will determine how effective your treatment is. 

It is for this reason that you should always seek out a trained medical professional. You don’t want to risk having someone who doesn’t know what they are doing, operate on you. The results can be even worse than they were before, so it is important to have a professional. 

A nurse practitioner or a certified dermatologist are the best options in this case. They can help make sure that you get the most out of your procedure. They will also be able to help you in other ways, understanding the risk and alternative possibilities. 

3. Consultation 

You should always have a consultation with the professional that you intend to use. You don’t want to leave any questions unanswered, this is a serious medical procedure. Make sure that you are getting the service you need, and that all your concerns get dealt with. 

A consultation is also when you need to be honest with your medical provider. Tell them if you have any underlying conditions or if you smoke. Let them know what medications you are on so that they can have all the information they need to get the best results possible. 

You also need to be honest with your expectations. Share with your doctor or practitioner what you expect to get out of the process, and what you’re looking for. They can advise you on what to expect and the most common results. 

4. Stay Out of the Sun 

You may not be aware, but if you show up with a suntan or sunburn, the procedure will not work. You can not have a laser operation done if you are currently suffering from sunburns or have damaged skin. But it isn’t just before the operation that you need to be careful. 

Once you have a laser operation done to your skin, you need to protect the area in every way that you can. Sunscreen alone isn’t going to be enough. Stay out of the sun and in the shade as much as possible to prevent any discoloration or damage to the operation site. 

5. Treatment vs Procedure 

Acne laser scar removal is only one of the treatment options to deal with acne scarring. Depending on the severity of the scarring, there are other acne scar treatment removal options that can work hand in hand with laser removal. These include other options like fillers to reduce the size of the scars. 

Make sure that you speak with your clinician about what to expect and what other methods they would suggest. The more effort and time you put into scar removal, the more successful the results will be. 

6. It may take Multiple Treatments

Besides the other options on the table, your scar removal may require more than a single laser treatment. A lot will depend on how your skin takes to the procedure, how big of an area is treated and how severe the scars are. If you have severe acne scarring, you might expect a second treatment. 

Don’t let this get you down, it is a normal part of scar removal. Of course, we all wish that results would occur in everyone in only a single treatment, but that isn’t realistic. 

7. Be Patient

Laser acne scar removal treatment doesn’t make a full impact until months after the procedure was done. This is due to how the skin heals and how the scars are mitigated by the presence of other scars. To see your full results, you might be waiting for several months. 

It is common for the process to take up to months before you even begin to notice a big change. This can be frustrating, but there’s no way around it. It takes time for the body to recover from the procedure and the full impact of your scar removal to be apparent. 

Removing Your Acne Scar

Often an acne scar can remind us of a more painful time in our lives. Every time you look into the mirror you may find yourself focusing not on how good you look, but how prominent the scars on your face are. You don’t have to suffer like this any longer, you can get the help that you need. 

If you are in the San Diego area and want a place where you can get scar removal and relief from the stigma they bring, contact us. Better Off Med Spa is committed to getting the maximum benefits for our clients. 

‘I can’t wait to get wrinkles!’, said no man or woman ever!

The fact is; that the effects of the sun, the environment, and let’s face it, time, eventually catches up with all of us. But don’t despair, laser wrinkle removal works, and it could be a great solution for you!

Of course, to make a balanced decision, it’s always good to weigh up the pros and cons.

So join us as we take a closer look at exactly what are the pros and cons of laser wrinkle removal.

How Laser Wrinkle Removal Works

The PicoWay Resolve laser is a market leader for skin rejuvenation.

It works by stimulating the body’s own healing processes to repair your skin. The ultrashort laser pulses removed damaged skin cells. This sets in motion a process called neocollagenesis. 

Collagen is what keeps your skin plump and firm. The process of neocollagenesis stimulates the body to produce new collagen. By targeting certain areas with a laser, you benefit from increased collagen right where you want it!

This process helps to restore the smoothness of the skin and help it regain elasticity. It also works well for skin marks and discoloration.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

This will depend on your personal circumstances. Factors include: age, skin issues, and the depth of your wrinkles. 

You will likely begin to see a difference after your first treatment. After 4 treatments, there should be a very noticeable improvement in the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. 

The Pros of Laser Wrinkle Removal

Everyone would love to see an improvement in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles that develop as we age. What are the advantages of laser wrinkle removal compared with other treatments?

It Works

The first pro of laser wrinkle removal is that it actually works.

It works by harnessing the body’s natural ability for healing. The body supplies the building blocks – the collagen proteins, which naturally plump out the wrinkles. This creates a smooth, natural glow that you cannot beat. 

It’s Quick

Can you really see improvements in just 40 minutes of treatment?

With laser wrinkle removal you can. Just four sessions of a minimum of ten minutes are all you need to start to see a real difference.

No need to take time off work! You can even schedule appointments during your lunch break. 

No Downtime

This form of wrinkle removal involves no downtime. No painful peels with long recovery treatments. No irritation from abrasion treatments.

The treatments take ten to fifteen minutes per session. You will need a minimum of four treatments. Depending on the condition of your skin, you may need more to gain the most benefit.

After the treatment, a cool washcloth or cold compress will be applied to the treated area to soothe and cool it. After that, a soothing cream called ‘A Soothing Touch’ helps to minimize any further discomfort.

Most people find that discomfort post-treatment is rare. Those who have a little discomfort find it fades within an hour.

Then you’re free to go about the rest of your day in complete comfort, with minimal disruption to your schedule!

Works on More Than Just Wrinkles

An amazing benefit of laser skin treatments is that they don’t just help with wrinkles. 

The California sun can lead to dark spots and uneven skin pigmentation developing. A course of laser skin treatments can help dark spots to fade away. It can even out your skin tone, giving a more balanced appearance. 

Laser skin treatments can even work on scars, such as acne scars and surgical scars! It can also reduce the appearance of enlarged pores. 

The Cons of Laser Wrinkle Removal

It’s clear that laser skin treatments are some of the best wrinkle solutions out there. But do these anti-aging treatments come with some drawbacks? Let’s take a look at a few cons of laser wrinkle removal. 

Increased Sensitivity to the Sun

After the treatment, your skin will be more sensitive to the powerful UV rays of the sun. So we recommend that you always wear sunscreen after treatment.

Actually in southern California, this is good practice all of the time to protect your skin from sun damage.

Results May Not Be Immediate

Some people may notice a difference after the first session. However, this type of wrinkle removal works by harnessing your body’s natural healing processes. That means that it can take time for you to see the difference.

Don’t despair if this is true in your case. Wait until you have had all four treatments. Then you will doubtless see the results you were looking for. 

Possible Skin Irritation

Many clients find that there is very little skin irritation after PicoWay Laser wrinkle treatments. However, in some cases, clients may develop redness, itching, or temporary bruising at the treatment site.

Also; areas that were pigmented may also appear discolored for short while. It is expected that these symptoms will all resolve within a week. 

Choose Better Off for Laser Wrinkle Removal!

Laser wrinkle removal allows you to enjoy smoother skin without the need for painful surgery!

You can roll back the years by harnessing the restorative power of your own body. With extra collagen in the targeted areas, your skin will feel full and glow.

At Better Off, we’re ready and waiting to put together a treatment plan that’s right for you. Our licensed medical practitioners will provide a thorough consultation. They’ll discuss treatment options and goals.

Rest assured, the PicoWay Laser treatment is non-invasive and comfortable. 

Call us on (760) 452-2722 or contact us online for more details!

Did you know, 17% of people who get tattoos later regret at least one of them? In the grand scheme of things, that’s a lot of people who would rather not have that tattoo anymore.

When it comes to tattoo removal, there are plenty of misconceptions about whether or not the procedure leaves a scar. We’re here to dispel those myths! When done professionally, it can honestly be like nothing ever happened. 

Keep reading to get a sense of what impacts tattoo removal scars and the process of having your tattoo removed.

Do You Need to Live With Tattoo Removal Scars?

A common misconception is that after the ink has faded from a tattoo removal procedure you will be left with scarring and bumpy, lumpy skin. 

While it is a fair question to ask whether or not laser removal will have lasting effects on your skin, it’s also not fair to assume they’re the reason scarring may occur. 

We’ll go into more depth on that later, but we can answer this big question right off the bat. Laser tattoo removal is not likely to leave a lasting and unsightly scar.

That being said, leave the procedure in the hands of professionals to get the best results. Choosing the right people to do the work for you will minimize any chance of scarring you may have.

There is the possibility, however, of a ‘ghost’ of the tattoo remaining, which is a paler area of skin that has lost some pigmentation. In most cases, your complexion will heal itself. It’s also possible the laser treatment won’t be able to get rid of the ink completely, leaving a very fine trace of what was once there. 

This doesn’t bother most of our clients and they are all happy with their end results, even if a ghost of the tattoo remains.

How Many Sessions Are Required?

Ultimately the number of sessions you will need will entirely depend on the size of your tattoo. Other elements may include the strength of your immune system, the type of ink used, and how sensitive your skin is. These will all factor into the overall time required to completely remove the tattoo.

Plenty of people believe all tattoo inks are made equal but that’s simply not true. Colors like purple, aqua blue, and yellow are more challenging to remove

If you have colors other than black and red in your tattoo, or if they are larger than 30 square centimeters, the process of having your tattoo removed will invariably be longer. Having tattoos on your feet and legs that are more than three years old will also affect the number of sessions required. 

Plenty of surprising things can influence this number. And, interestingly, a smoker will have a lower chance of successful tattoo removal. This is because laser removal works by breaking up the dye in the skin. Smoking can slow down this process because it blocks the body’s immune system to a fairly significant degree. 

That’s not to say we can’t get rid of your tattoos for you. You may just need a bit more time.

What Affects Scarring and Pain?

Tattooing itself is an invasive process. Because of that, it’s far more likely to be the culprit behind any scarring you may see. The primary factor in this is the experience level of your artist.

While some artists are careful and considerate of the skin and don’t inflict lasting damage, others may tattoo too deeply or roughly. This will inevitably leave a visible scar after tattoo removal.

It’s likely the original design of the tattoo hid some of the damage. So even if you didn’t notice the scarring before, laser removal will bring it to the forefront.

What to Expect From a Laser Tattoo Removal

While laser removal can cause some discomfort, for most people it’s not nearly as painful as getting the tattoo in the first place. Some people opt to apply a numbing cream prior to the session but this is a personal decision. 

Additionally, some areas of the body are more sensitive than others. The skin on the wrist and neck, for example, is more sensitive than the shoulders or legs.

What to Do After Laser Removal

As with getting the tattoo, the healing process after laser tattoo removal is a vulnerable time for your skin. Handle your skin with care! 

You’re likely to experience some minor swelling and tenderness after each session, perhaps even some redness. This is all a very normal part of the procedure. There may also be some blistering and bleeding, depending on the depth of the laser treatment.

With the right care, this shouldn’t have any lasting effect.

Scarring is more likely to occur if the aftercare instructions are not followed. You must keep the area clean and covered to avoid problems. Picking at your skin during the healing process will also significantly increase the odds of a scar developing. 

Avoid tight clothing and exposure to direct sunlight and keep the site clean! You’ll be well on your way to having perfectly healed skin and the tattoo nothing but a distant memory.

It’s All Personal

Scars tell a story, that’s true. However, sometimes we don’t want those stories in our lives anymore. Perhaps you got a tattoo that no longer represents your ideals in life, or you’re just not vibing with it anymore.

That’s where laser treatment comes in. Especially if you don’t want to walk away with tattoo removal scars.

If you’re interested in learning more about what we do, head on over to our blog to get the latest news and updates.

Are your wrinkles making you look older than you feel? We understand your pain, but the good news is that there are great skincare treatments that can bring back your youthful glow.

First, you need to know the difference between static wrinkles and dynamic wrinkles. Everyone wants to banish their wrinkles, but for treatments to be effective, it’s important to know the difference between the two types of wrinkles.

In this guide, we’re going to explain the main differences between static vs dynamic wrinkles, and we’ll look at the best treatment options for both types of wrinkles so that you can look your best. Let’s get started. 

What Are Static Wrinkles?

Let’s start with static wrinkles. These are the wrinkles that occur as you age. Your skin begins to lose its elasticity, so gravity causes wrinkles to form. Types of static wrinkles include:

  • Laugh lines across the cheeks
  • Marionette lines from your mouth to the jawline
  • Nasolabial folds from your nose to your mouth
  • Tear trough lines under the corner of your eyes
  • Neck wrinkles

Everyone gets static wrinkles, so they are nothing to feel ashamed about. They set in over long periods of time as your skin loses elasticity, so they are deeper than dynamic wrinkles.

However, there are some things you can do to lessen their appearance. Maintaining a good skincare routine is recommended, as well as proper nutrition. You should also avoid smoking. 

Static Wrinkles Treatment: How to Get Rid of Static Wrinkles

Since static wrinkles are deep and hard to avoid, they require more invasive treatments. The most popular static wrinkles treatment options are:

  • Laser skin resurfacing
  • Botox
  • Chemical peels
  • Dermal fillers

Even though static wrinkles are inevitable, these treatment options provide a great solution. You can lessen their appearance and achieve a youthful glow with these treatment options.

What Are Dynamic Wrinkles?

Thankfully, dynamic wrinkles are easier to avoid and remove. They are the lines that appear over time when your face makes the same movement over and over again. For example, frequent squinting can cause wrinkles to form at the corners of your eyes, otherwise known as crow’s feet.

Other common examples of static wrinkles include:

  • Lines over your top lip from using a straw too much
  • Frown lines from furrowing your eyebrows
  • Forehead lines from raising your eyebrows
  • Cheek lines from smiling
  • Lip lines from smoking cigarettes

Dynamic wrinkles can form at any time, but they are more common as you age. When you are younger, your body produces enough collagen to maintain healthy skin elasticity, which causes your face to bounce back instead of forming wrinkles from repetitive movements.

As you age, your body produces less collagen, which means your skin has less elasticity and doesn’t spring back like it did in your glory days. 

However, dynamic wrinkles can still form in your youth if repetitive facial gestures make an impact. For that reason, it’s important to avoid smoking and drinking from straws too much.

Dynamic Wrinkles Treatment: How to Get Rid of Dynamic Wrinkles?

Dynamic wrinkles treatment options are less invasive than static wrinkles since they are easier to correct. Unfortunately, dynamic wrinkles can turn into static wrinkles over time, which means they are harder to remove.

If you have dynamic wrinkles that you want to get rid of, it’s important to seek treatment soon before they become static wrinkles. The most popular dynamic wrinkle treatments are:

  • Botox
  • Laser treatments

Maintaining a proper skincare routine is also recommended to reduce the appearance of dynamic wrinkles. Keep reading to learn more ways to prevent the appearance of wrinkles. 

Try the PicoWay Resolve Laser Treatment

Do you want to banish wrinkles with effective and non-invasive treatment? At Better Off, we use the PicoWay Resolve Laser treatment to rejuvenate your skin

This treatment method is pain-free, takes only 15-20 minutes per session, and unlike Botox, it requires no downtime. The PicoWay Resolve Laser uses tiny laser pulses to transform the skin beneath the surface. 

It works by removing old skin cells and triggering your skin into producing more collagen. New skin cells are then created, which make the surface of your face look younger, smoother, and brighter. 

Along with wrinkles, the PicoWay Resolve Laser treatment also helps eliminate sun spots and acne scarring.

How to Prevent Wrinkles

As we said, some wrinkles are inevitable as we age. However, if you live a healthy lifestyle and take care of your body, you can avoid them and minimize their appearance. Plus, many of these prevention methods are things you can do at home.

The best ways to prevent wrinkles include:

  • Drinking plenty of water
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Limiting sun exposure
  • Wearing sunscreen
  • Wearing sunglasses
  • Eating omega-3 rich foods, like salmon
  • Eating plenty of fruits and veggies
  • Eating soy products
  • Using a daily moisturizer

Additionally, avoiding smoking and toxic environments will also preserve youthful skin.

When you combine a healthy lifestyle, high-quality skincare products, and professional laser treatments, you will look as young as you feel for years to come. 

Get Rid of Wrinkles at the Better Off Med Spa in Encinitas, California

Are you ready to try a professional treatment to get rid of your wrinkles? While there are plenty of ways you can care for your body and skin at home, med spa treatments are the best way to guarantee the long-term health of your skin.

At Better Off, a med spa in Encinitas, California, our mission is to bring out your inner beauty and help you look as amazing as you feel. We offer a variety of treatments that do just that, including laser treatments that remove wrinkles, cellulite, sun spots, and acne scarring.

Now that you know the difference between static and dynamic wrinkles, you can choose the treatment option that targets your problem areas. Contact us today to book an appointment. 

We all make decisions we regret, and some of us have to literally wear them on our sleeves for the rest of our lives. Believe it or not, up to 27% of people with tattoos regret at least one of them at some point in their life.

Luckily, we live in a time with options for removal, but a lot of people are hesitant because of the perceived pain risk. So, does tattoo removal hurt, and what should I expect on my first visit? Glad you asked.

Does Tattoo Removal Hurt?

This is a complicated question for one reason; there are too many variables involved. In general, patients do experience anything from mild discomfort to pain during these sessions, but this depends on a number of factors. Here are some examples.

Pain Tolerance

First, pain is entirely based on the individual. Everybody experiences pain differently, and everybody has different skin types and reactions to the laser. If you know that you have sensitive skin, or that you are sensitive to heat, then you should brace for some pain.

However, if you got the tattoo comfortably enough, then you shouldn’t expect the pain to be overwhelming. Keep in mind, needles and lasers offer different types of pain, but this should give you an idea of how sensitive that area is.

Location

Another factor is the part of your body where the tattoo is located. Sensitive areas like the wrist, neck, butt, lower back, chest, and others are bound to be more painful than other areas.

Areas of your body that have high traffic to stimuli are often less sensitive. An exception to this is our fingers, as we use them to feel and interpret the things around us.

Although, the outside of your forearms touch things far more often than the inside, as they are kept close to your body when at rest. This is why the inside of your forearm is more sensitive than the outside, as it has adapted less to various stimuli. Apply that logic to the part of the body where your unwanted tattoo is located.

Style of Tattoo

Is your tattoo large and spanning multiple regions on your body? If so, you can expect some pain or discomfort, as it will take a long time to remove, and the lasers will be affecting different areas.

If it’s a dark, saturated tattoo, this will also require more time and likely, more discomfort. For example, American Traditional tattoos are known for their deep color saturation in the skin, which will be more challenging to remove.

How Long Is Each Session?

Some laser sessions are very fast, and some take a little time. If you have a smaller tattoo and you do what is requested by your doctor ahead of time, you should expect to be in and out in as little as 45 minutes, in most cases. It’s important to know what to expect during each session, but it is highly individualized.

For a larger tattoo, you should expect more time in each session, and more sessions in general. The saturation and color of the tattoo will also be contributing factors.

How Long Does It Hurt?

Some patients leave each session with mild discomfort, while some walk away without any issues at all. Again, it depends on a wide variety of factors. Although, if you walked out of your tattoo session without any problems, you shouldn’t expect the aftermath of a laser session to be unbearable.

However, some people are sensitive to laser lights and you may experience a mild burning sensation, redness, swelling, or other complications after a season. If this happens to you, you shouldn’t panic, as this is totally normal. Contact your dermatologist if this is the case and ask what to do.

How Many Sessions Does It Take?

This will vary from patient to patient, once again. If your tattoo is already fading, if you use the right follow-up procedures, and you get your sessions done on a regular schedule, then you should expect it to take between 6 and 8 sessions, generally.

This will depend on your skin type, tattoo style, and more. Talk to your dermatologist beforehand and get a personalized estimate.

Is There Anything I Can Do?

Yes, actually. While you can’t remove the ink from a tattoo all on your own, there are things you can do to make the process more effective, and potentially even eliminate the need for an extra session or two.

This will save you a little bit of pain and some money! Start by lathering on sunscreen. One of the most common reasons that a tattoo can’t be removed is excessive exposure to the sun.

If you know that you are going to get a tattoo removed in the future, start keeping it out of the sun or use sunscreen as much as possible.

Also, you should make sure that you’re getting these services done by a licensed and experienced dermatologist, as they will be able to offer the best services that will get the job done right, in as little time as possible, and with minimal complications.

Say Goodbye To Your Ink!

Now that we’ve answered the age-old question “does tattoo removal hurt”, you should know that in most cases, it’s not as bad as they say. If you talk to your doctor ahead of time, they’ll be able to give you more personalized information on what to expect on a case-by-case basis. What are you waiting for? Contact us and schedule an appointment today!

Between 2013 and 2016, almost 50% of Americans reported that they had tried to lose weight. Fat removal techniques are not always the easiest. 

Some of the more common methods that people have used to try and lose weight were decreasing the amount of calories ingested and exercising more. Along those lines, just under half of all Americans were obese.

Excess weight can impact one’s self-esteem and cause serious health concerns. If you have tried every method in the book but just aren’t seeing the results, it might be time to look elsewhere. 

You don’t have to turn to surgical methods for fat removal. Keep reading on to learn more about non-invasive techniques for weight loss. 

Invasive Fat Removal

Before diving into why non-invasive body sculpting techniques are becoming the go-to route for fat removal, it is important to discuss the risks of invasive procedures. Prior to recent advances, this used to be the method that physicians picked for helping patients lose weight. 

The most common technique that people think of when they picture fat removal is likely liposuction. This procedure sounds exactly as it is named. It uses a suctioning tool to remove fat from areas such as the buttocks, abdomen, hips, and thighs. 

Liposuction’s focus is removing fat cells in the areas it is targeting. It doesn’t remove cellulite or stretch marks.

To have liposuction, you have to be put under anesthesia. That alone presents its own risks. Because this is a surgical procedure, there are also higher risks for bleeding. 

There are additional complications to liposuction, including:

  • Skin irregularities 
  • Increased fluid
  • Nerve irritation
  • Infection
  • Organ puncture
  • Fat embolism

UltraShape Body Sculpting

What is UltraShape Power body sculpting? It uses ultrasound for weight loss and removing fat. It is typically used on the abdomen and buttocks or hips. However, it is also used on the back and chest such as in the case of gynecomastia. 

The benefit of UltraShape Power is that it is non-invasive and does not require any sort of anesthesia. It also only takes around one hour and there is no recovery time – you can walk right back out of the appointment without significant bruising or discomfort. 

You might wonder if it just reduces the fat cells or actually destroys them. UltraShape Power works by destroying fat cells in the targeted area. Once the fat cells are destroyed, the breakdown of the cells – triglycerides – flow into the bloodstream where they encounter the liver. 

Your liver will process these triglycerides and you will naturally dispose of them. Because these fat cells are destroyed, it puts you less at risk of developing new ones, especially with the implementation of a healthy diet and exercise. 

Procedure and Cost

As mentioned previously; the average time that an UltraShape Power session takes is around one hour. During this time, your qualified physician typically places a belt around your abdomen before using an ultrasound wand to target the areas of fat removal. 

How deep do the ultrasound waves go? Typically, these waves penetrate approximately one and a half centimeters deep. No incision is required during this process.

Only the ultrasound gel is used during this technique. Afterward, there is no recovery time needed at the clinic. You can leave right away without any side effects.

During the procedure, you might feel some warmness but that should be it. You can also rest easy knowing that your blood vessels and muscles are not in harm’s way with this technique. In fact – it has been approved by the FDA since 2016.

Most recommendations suggest three separate treatments. Each treatment should have a minimum of two weeks between them. Many people state that they start seeing results after the first treatment. 

The cost of UltraShape Power depends on the clinic and region of the country you receive it in. Based on the 2016 reports, the cost of UltraShape Power was just under $1,500 for each treatment

This cost might change based on added fees. You should ask for a quote before getting started to see how much it will cost you. Keep in mind – these procedures are not covered by your insurance. 

Non-Invasive Studies

You have read about the newest tool to use for non-invasive fat removal, but what do the studies show? One study examined multiple types of non-invasive techniques to see how effective they actually were. 

What they found was that they positively affected body sculpting and removing fat. Some of the techniques also removed cellulite at the same time. 

On average, there was a two to four-centimeter improvement following these procedures. 

Cellulite

Most people have concerns regarding cellulite. For instance – liposuction targets fat cells but not cellulite. So, are there other techniques out there that can also get rid of that stubborn cellulite?

The answer is – yes!

Better yet, these tools are also non-invasive. The VelaShape III uses more advanced technology to highlight areas of cellulite and fat deposits for removal. Like the UltraShape Power procedure, you can leave the clinic right away without any pain or discomfort. 

New Body

Find your new body today – or regain your old one – by opting for a non-invasive fat removal procedure. Not only is this a safe tool to use, but it offers amazing results in just a couple of weeks. 

UltraShape Power works to eliminate areas of excess fat and contour your body. In conjunction with an effective weight loss strategy – the fat cells are destroyed so that you don’t have to worry about immediate weight gain. 

Contact us today and let one of our staff members set you up with a consult with one of our skilled health practitioners. 

About 9,500 people are diagnosed with skin cancer every day. Meanwhile, over two people die of skin cancer in the US every hour. 

About 90% of nonmelanoma skin cancers are associated with UV radiation from the sun, too. 

Are you worried about your skin health or the potential health risk of prolonged skin exposure? Are you starting to notice sun spots across your skin? What causes sun spots, exactly?

Keep reading to find out. With this guide, you can learn everything you need to know about sun spots. We’ll even cover prevention and treatment tips.

After reading this guide, you can make more informed decisions with your skin health in mind. Read on to learn everything you need to know about sun spots today. 

What Causes Sun Spots?

First, let’s answer the question that likely brought you here: what causes sun spots to form?

You might develop a few sun spots on your skin if you’ve spent a lot of time in the sun throughout your lifetime. Sun spots are also called solar lentigines, liver spots, and age spots. They appear as flat, smooth, brown spots in areas where your skin has experienced a lot of sun exposure. 

Usually, these spots are harmless areas of pigmented skin. However, they’re easy to confuse with other sun-related skin spots. In some cases, you could confuse a sun spot with a sign of skin cancer.

If you notice sun spots, make sure to monitor them over time. If you’re concerned, visit a board-certified dermatologist.

They can help you determine whether or not the area requires treatment.

What causes sun spots, then? Sun spots are a type of hyperpigmentation that’s caused by UV exposure. After exposure to the sun, your skin will start increasing melanin production.

Melanin is a pigment that gives your skin color.

Over a period of time, your skin might start developing small clumps of melanin. These clumps can cause a sun spot to form.

Your sun spots might look like cancerous growths. If they’re really sun spots, however, they won’t require treatment. Instead, your body forms these sun spots to protect itself from more sun damage.

If you’re concerned about aesthetics, you can have your sun spots lightened or removed.

Symptoms

You can complete a visual examination of your skin to check for sun spots. They’re common in adults who have light skin. Unlike freckles, however, sun spots won’t fade over time on their own.

The spots will likely appear flat or oval in shape. They can range from freckle size to about 1/2 inches across. 

Sun spots will develop in areas of the body that get the most sun exposure, including:

  • Hands
  • Chest
  • Back of the hands
  • Shoulders
  • Face

Usually, they appear flat rather than raised. They might appear in clusters. Most sun spots appear brown in color. 

Age spots are common in adults over the age of 50. However, younger people can also develop sun spots if they spend a lot of time in the sun.

Prevention

Now that we’ve answered the question “what causes sun spots,” let’s discuss prevention tips.

First, try to avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm. The sun’s rays are most intense during these hours. Try to schedule any outdoor activities at another time.

Make sure to wear sunscreen each time you step into the sun, too.

Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen between 15 and 30 minutes before you head outdoors. Choose products with a sun protection factor (SPF) or 30 and higher. If you sweat a lot or plan on swimming; reapply sunscreen every two hours.

Otherwise, make sure to cover up your skin before heading outside. 

For example, you can wear tightly woven clothing to cover your arms and legs, protecting your skin from sun exposure. You can also wear a broad-brimmed hat. 

Otherwise, consider wearing clothing that’s designed to offer sun protection. 

Treatment Options

You can talk to a medical professional or visit a medspa to discover ways to treat and lighten your sun spots.

For example, you might consider at-home treatment options using:

  • Aloe
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Licorice extract
  • Milk
  • Green tea
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E 
  • Topical creams

Vitamin C might provide a protective effect against UVA and UVB rays. Consider applying vitamin C topically to lighten sun spots.

Vitamin E topical oils might protect your skin from sun damage. These products might lighten existing sun spots, too. 

If you visit a medspa for treatment, consider options like:

  • Intense pulse light (IPL)
  • Laser resurfacing
  • Chemical peels
  • Cryotherapy
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Microneedling

An IPL treatment could remove sun spots by heating and destroying melanin clusters using pulses of light energy. Laser skin resurfacing could encourage new skin to grow, replacing areas with skin spots. Chemical peels might peel away old skin before encouraging new growth as well.

Make sure to find a licensed, experienced practitioner before scheduling a medspa treatment. An experienced provider will ensure the best possible results.

You can learn more about the best sun spot removal treatment options here.

When to Visit a Dermatologist

Usually, sun spots won’t require you to seek medical care. However, you might want to visit a dermatologist occasionally to assess your skin health.

Visit a medical professional right away if you notice the spots are black or have changed in appearance. These changes might indicate melanoma, a serious form of skin cancer.

About 106,110 new melanomas will get diagnosed by the end of 2021. Melanoma accounts for only 1% of skin cancers. However, they cause a large majority of skin cancer deaths.

You should also visit a dermatologist if the spot:

  • Increases in size
  • Has an irregular border
  • Changes colors
  • Has an unusual combination of colors
  • Starts bleeding

Make a note of any changes you notice before your appointment. 

What Causes Sun Spots?: Your Guide to Spotless Skin

To recap, what causes sun spots? Too much sun exposure can increase melanin production, causing sun spots to form. Consider scheduling treatment at a local medspa to lighten or remove your sun spots.

Don’t forget to visit a dermatologist right away if you’re worried about your skin health. 

Eager to start treatment from a medspa you can trust? We’re to help.

Contact us today to schedule your first appointment. 

Tattoos, which were once considered vulgar and tasteless in American culture, are now widely culturally accepted. This is largely due to the younger millennials and members of Generation Z, who consider tattoos a sort of right-of-passage in growing up. The numbers support this; as 36 percent of people aged 18-29 have at least one tattoo

However, the relative permanence of tattoos, combined with the fact people get them in fits of rebellion sometimes leads to less-than-desirable results. Combine this with the culture of D.I.Y. tattoos given out at parties, and many people wind up with really bad tattoos. 

Bad tattoos can get you down. Unlike a bad haircut, you can’t just wait to grow out of them, and unlike a bad fashion choice, you can’t just sell them off. 

However, there are ways to deal with really bad tattoos. This article will walk you through the things you can do to deal with your terrible tattoos.  

Cover It Up

One of the best — and most clever — ways you can eliminate your undesirable tattoos is to cover them up with a different design. Tattoos are a work of art done on your body after all. As long as the tattoo is on the mid-sized/smaller size, a great tattoo artist should be able to work the shapes, lines, and colors into another figure. 

If your tattoo is truly diminutive; say, the popular outline of a heart on the wrist that’s so popular, a cover-up will be easy. Any large design that can be filled in will simply blot out the tattoo you don’t like. This works for any of that outline/symbol tattoos that are popular right now. 

For more complex figures, a tattoo artist might have to get creative in the ways that they work your old tattoo into something new. A common example of this is a more small and simple floral/vegetal pattern getting transformed into something similar but larger. The lines and angles that flowers commonly take make it optimal for this. 

What if you have several tattoos across your arm/arms that you want to get rid of? If you’ve always been someone who wanted thick, heavy sleeve tattoos, then getting these can simply cover all of those past mistakes up. 

No matter what you’re going for, we recommend coming in with a vision for your tattoo cover up. The last thing you want is to pay money and waste your time only to wind up with a larger tattoo, that you still hate, 

Fix It Up 

This is not always a viable solution, but if you happen to find a very talented tattoo artist, you might just be able to get your tattoo fixed up.  

Your first tattoo artist might simply have not been that good. They may have saddled you with an unprofessional-looking design that you’re not proud of. This time, find someone with a better reputation, so you can be sure you’ll wind up with work on you that you’re proud of. 

If your first tattoo artist slacked on some details like color and shape, you might just need a better tattoo artist to do a simple fill-in job. There are also many miraculous instances of tattoo artists changing details to turn a not-flattering portrait into a flattering one. 

You might want your tattoo fixed up not because it was done poorly the first time, but because it was done a long time ago. Over time, certain tattoos fade, particularly if they weren’t done with very strong ink. You might head to a new tattoo parlor just to get your great old design touched up. 

Don’t shirk checking the credentials of the artist even then, however. With a less-than-stellar tattoo artist, it’s easy for a slightly faded tattoo to turn into something you completely hate. 

Removal 

If you don’t want to chance getting another tattoo, dislike the fact that you got a tattoo in the first place, or simply want to start with a fresh canvas, you can always get your tattoo removed. 

 

Laser tattoo removal is an excellent option for anyone who just doesn’t like the way their tattoos turned out. Lasers are used to burn the ink off the skin, which is usually a painful process but can leave your body looking as good as new. The ink is shattered into smaller particles that the body can then use its natural resources to remove. 

Believe it or not, true black-ink tattoos are actually the easiest to remove, so don’t worry if all of your tattoos are black. Some tattoo removal technologies can’t handle removing certain colors of tattoos but the PicoWay laser that BetterOff uses is known for getting rid of tattoos of any color. 

Tattoo removal sessions are usually quick, but the process often extends over the course of several sessions, so as not to cause injury. However, at BetterOff, we charge for one flat rate, so you don’t wind up caught in any unexpected situations. 

You Don’t Have to Live Under the Weight of Really Bad Tattoos 

There are many reasons why one might wind up with some really bad tattoos. No matter what your reasons are, you deserve the comfort of knowing that you don’t have anything that you hate on your body. 

Consider covering up your tattoos, getting them fixed up, and even removing them. 

For more information on removing bad tattoos and getting yourself the body you desire, contact us today and we’ll work to help you find the solution.