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How the Icon Laser Works to Improve Skin and Fight Aging

People’s most common concerns about aging are the gradual appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, and acne scars. 

While there are several treatments available to reduce these aging symptoms, such as dermal fillers, botox, hydrafacials, skinpen microneedling, and cryopen therapy, the ICON laser is a preferred method for many.

In this article, expert plastic surgeon Dr. Tim Sayed discusses the mechanisms behind the ICON laser and how it works to fight aging and give you beautiful, flawless skin.

Why Signs of Aging Appear

To understand how the ICON laser treats aging and sun damage, we first must understand how these processes manifest as physical characteristics on the skin.

Our skin is held together with structural proteins, such as elastin and collagen. Our bodies produce these proteins at rapid rates in our youth, meaning we heal better and faster when we’re younger. As we gradually age, our bodies become less efficient at producing these proteins, meaning our skin starts to lose its youthful structural integrity and elasticity.

This results in our skin being less tight, allowing fine lines and wrinkles to appear.

Similarly, with years of exposure to damaging UV rays from the sun, our skin pigments become damaged, resulting in freckles and sunspots.

Fortunately, the ICON laser helps to reverse these processes.

What is the ICON Laser?

The ICON laser system is a form of laser skin resurfacing technology. It combines fractional laser and intense pulse light technology to deliver precise and controlled energy to the desired treatment area. This enables the targeting of any skin blemish.

The process works by penetrating deep into the skin and breaking down the underlying tissue, stimulating the body’s natural healing response. This encourages the production of more collagen and elastin in the treatment area, which helps to restore your skin’s youthful vibrance and elasticity, eliminating fine lines, wrinkles, and sun damage.

How Can the ICON Laser Fight Signs of Aging?

The ICON laser treatment is customizable according to the needs of the patient. The treatment uses two different laser wavelengths (whereas other laser treatments only use one wavelength), allowing you to target multiple skin issues in a single treatment.

The combination of light therapy and the two laser wavelengths means patients require fewer treatments to achieve their desired results.

Icon Laser Treatment in San Diego, CA

Almost everyone has some concerns with their skin. Fortunately, with the OCIN laser treatment system, everyone can also do something about their skin blemishes and signs of aging.

Reach out to Dr. Tim Sayed in La Jolla, CA, by calling (858) 247-2933 or via this online form to arrange a quick virtual consultation to discover how we can help you look and feel your best.

One of the Best Anti-Aging Secrets

People from every culture, all over the world, want to age gracefully and with dignity. And aging manifests in different ways according to different cultures, with some following healthier lifestyles than others.

Doctors are approaching aging from a new perspective – that is that it is a disease that can be cured. That’s right – aging is nothing more than the processes taking place in our bodies every day, resulting in it breaking down and becoming less efficient and effective.

In this article, Dr. Tim Sayed reviews what aging actually is, what causes it, and talks about a truly effective anti-aging secret that you can start today.

What Causes Aging?  

Aging is caused by the cells in our body becoming less effective at performing their tasks. For example:

  • Our skin loses its youthful elasticity over time because it becomes less efficient at producing structural proteins such as collagen.
  • Bones become more brittle because the body loses its capacity to assimilate calcium.
  • Cognitive abilities can break down because the neural pathways in the brain lose their ability to relay information.

But what causes this?

Doctors now understand that each time our cells replicate, minuscule fragments of our DNA coding can be coded incorrectly. Tiny mistakes are made during cell replication and genesis, which compound to create more significant problems within our DNA over time. As these cells perform their functions, they become less efficient, leading to the breakdown of our physical and mental health and, thus, the onset of aging. 

How To Slow Aging?

Interestingly, the body does have mechanisms for correcting these minor problems in DNA transcription and replication. When the human body is in a fasted state and cells are not in digesting mode, our cells switch from energy creation to repair.

During this state of repair, DNA is reexamined and changed in our body, which reduces the number of errors. Over time, with repeated exposure to this fasted state of DNA repair, the aging process slows because there are fewer errors in our DNA compounding.

Intermittent Fasting and Caloric Restriction for Outstanding Health and Anti-Aging Results

As such, one of the best anti-aging solutions is a lifestyle where one embraces a concept popular with healthy living advocates known as “intermittent fasting.” In its most basic form, this approach follows a daily routine where a person fasts long enough for the body to enter a fasted state – usually 14-16 hours.

By not eating for at least 16 hours every day, we allow our body to correct our DNA, which significantly slows the breakdown of our cellular function and can have powerful benefits for your body and brain.

Following an intermittent fasting way of life means that you would need to consume your caloric requirements within 8 hours or even less. The longer and more frequently you stay in a fasted state while getting your caloric requirements, the more benefits you can expect. Here is a small sample:

  • Improved function of hormones, cells, and genes.
  • Stimulates cellular repair processes.
  • Improves metabolic features important for brain health.
  • May extend your lifespan, helping you live longer.

Many people follow a healthy lifestyle while on their intermittent-fasting journey. Each patient may experience aging differently and enjoy the positive results provided by dermal fillers or a facelift

Anti-Aging in Newport Beach, CA

Slowing the aging process is an achievable goal when one has the right approach and mindset. Reach out to Dr. Tim Sayed in Newport Beach or La Jolla, CA on 18582472933 or via this online form to arrange a quick virtual consultation to discover how we can help you look and feel your best.

Will a Breast Lift Make You Look Younger?

When most people think of aging, gray hair and wrinkles first spring to mind. But many of Dr. Sayed’s patients struggle with the changes that occur in their bodies’ contours over time.

With age, and particularly following pregnancy, the breasts begin to stretch and change shape from their original perky setting on the chest to more of a drooping appearance. Fortunately, this effect is easy to counteract with a breast lift.

Here, Dr. Tim Sayed of Tim Sayed MD Plastic Surgery in La Jolla and Newport Beach, CA, looks at why the breasts show signs of aging and how a breast lift can rewind the clock.

What Happens to the Breasts Over Time?

All skin gradually stretches over time. This phenomenon occurs because the body slows the production of structural proteins such as collagen and elastin, compounds essential for resilient and youthful skin.

On your face, lost collagen and elastin leads to wrinkles and fine lines, which Dr. Sayed can address with either a facelift or dermal fillers.

Skin laxity leads to drooping, low-hanging breasts, which a breast lift can resolve. Weight gain, pregnancy and simple aging can all affect the elasticity and skin redundancy of the breasts, leading to what plastic surgeons call “ptosis” (which the rest of us call “sagging”).

How Does a Breast Lift Make You Look Younger?

The breasts are a defining feature of a woman’s body. Firm, uplifted breasts signify, to many, youth and confidence, which is why many middle-aged women or moms come to Dr. Sayed seeking a solution to their deflated, sagging breasts.

In performing a breast lift, Dr. Sayed will excise excess skin and sometimes a small amount of fat from around the breasts. Having completed this step, he then repositions the breasts higher on the chest wall and fixes them in place with dissolvable sutures that will disappear over time as your breasts heal.

The breast lift procedure can make you look years younger, while instilling an essential confidence level that many patients find difficult to feel with drooping, low-hanging breasts. In some cases, lifting the breasts also helps the patient feel fitter and look more slender.

Can Other Procedures Help Enhance My Breasts?

They certainly can!

For many women, a breast lift helps set the breasts higher, but many enjoy the comprehensive results from a breast augmentation as well.

Breast augmentation increases the breasts’ size and definition, and you can have it done concurrently with a breast lift for an even more dramatic difference.

Breast Lift in Newport Beach, CA

If your breasts make you look or feel older than your years, you’re not alone. These concerns are prevalent among women as they age, and Dr. Sayed offers a brilliant solution in a breast lift. Reach out to us in Newport Beach or La Jolla, CA, by calling 858-247-2933 or through our website to arrange a quick virtual consultation to discover how we can help you look and feel your best.

Skin, Muscles, and the In-Between: How to Treat Each Layer of Your Face

The face is immensely complex. Each of us has 43 muscles, 14 bones, along with our incredibly unique skin. Beyond these complex anatomical forms, each person’s lifestyle, genetics, age, and gender all play a significant role in how we look, age, and feel.

Dr. Tim Sayed is a skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon with particular expertise treating the head, neck, and face. Treating such a delicate and highly visible area requires an astonishingly high degree of artistry and experience. When you work with Dr. Sayed, have comfort knowing you are working with the best of the best.

Depending on what results you’re hoping to accomplish, we have a wide range of available surgical and non-invasive treatments to address the skin, muscles, and everything in-between. Read on to learn more. 

Reversing Signs of Aging: Non-Surgical Options

Two of our most popular procedures are botox and dermal fillers. Together or on their own, these injectable treatments allow Dr. Sayed to reverse the signs of aging and provide a more even, youthful skin tone and texture. 

Botox®, which continues to grow in popularity each year, works by temporarily paralyzing the muscles that cause wrinkles like laugh lines and crows feet. We offer our patients only the highest quality products, and Botox® is one of the safest and most effective tools in our arsenal. 

As for fillers, Dr. Sayed can use this product to address a wide variety of concerns with beautiful results. Patients love fillers as they gradually fade over time, allowing you to try out several aesthetic enhancements like lip augmentation without having to make a lifetime commitment. 

Fillers are a gentle, precise product that can be used to tackle wrinkles or provide rejuvenation of sunken eyes and cheeks. We carry several filler brands, as each comes with their own unique properties and can be best suited to particular areas of the face or treatment types. To learn more about our full range of fillers, read on here

In combination, fillers and botox can provide what’s known as the liquid facelift. This procedure is entirely non-invasive but provides significant anti-aging results. Dr. Sayed can target volume loss and wrinkles with pinpoint accuracy. If you’re interested in the best of both worlds, we can combine your liquid facelift with a more traditional surgical lift for comprehensive results. 

The Power of Transformation: Surgical Options

Modern aesthetic medicine has come a very long way over the last three decades. Of all the procedures that have seen the most significant leaps forward, the facelift may be number one. Today, Dr. Sayed can use this delicate technique to provide long-lasting, stunning, natural-looking rejuvenation in a single procedure. You can benefit from: 

  • tightening of the supporting layers of the face, particularly the Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System (SMAS) layer
  • Repositioning and restoring fat to its rightful locations and volume
  • Removing excess skin
  • Improving the complexion and texture of the skin
  • Correcting a saggy or heavy appearing neck
  • Lifting the jowls
  • Maintaining a natural-looking hairline and respecting anatomic landmarks
  • Sculpting a shape that looks more youthful and takes gender aesthetics into consideration

However, if you are looking to address the upper portion of the face, a brow lift is most likely your best option. Though it pairs beautifully with a facelift or eyelid rejuvenation, it can also be performed as a solo procedure. Brow lifts address slackness of forehead tissue and skin looseness or hooding in the upper eyelids. Recovery time tends to be minimal, and we offer several brow lift techniques to suit your needs. 

During your consultation, we can determine which approach is best. 

Balance, Proportion, Refinement: Rhinoplasty

Of all the facial anatomy, the nose is, in many ways, the most complex. Rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, is a technically demanding procedure that’s become one of the most popular in the world. During a rhinoplasty, Dr. Sayed works to reshape your nose and create a more proportional and balanced form. With an incredible degree of customization, this procedure can address a wide array of aesthetic and functional issues. 

It’s essential to choose a surgeon who is not only comfortable, but adept in meeting the challenges of rhinoplasty with an artistic, careful, and caring approach. Dr. Sayed prides himself on his ability to craft natural results patients love. 

Schedule a Consultation

Whatever aspect of your facial anatomy you hope to address through aesthetic medicine, Dr. Sayed can help. He is a board-certified plastic surgeon with world-class training and particular expertise in facial surgery. 

The best way to determine which procedures could be right for you is to schedule a free consultation at our San Diego office. To get in touch, please give us a call at 1-858-24 SAYED (858-247-2933) or contact us online today.