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Wedding season is upon us and all brides are anxious to look their very best on “the big day”. Sometimes we may need professional advice and cosmetic procedures to help us shine! Our featured bride-to-be, Nicki Vaseghi, Licensed Medical Aesthetician at The Bellevue Laser and Cosmetic Center, is getting married this month! She offers her advice to other future brides.

-What kind of problems did you have with your skin?

-I had acne on my back and chest, discoloration from old acne lesions, brown sunspots, and broken blood vessels. Also, I wanted to get rid of the excess hair on my underarms and bikini area.

-What type of treatments did you do?

-Dr. Chiu, our dermatologist at Bellevue Laser, put me on a topical and oral medication regimen for my acne. I also have been getting Intense Pulsed Light photofacials for my acne, brown spots, and broken blood vessels as well as laser hair removal for my underarms and bikini.

-Your skin looks so beautiful and glowing. What makes healthy skin?

-I eat very clean and try to de-stress as much as possible…an hour of walking every day. Getting fresh air is also great for your skin. I do yoga, drink lots of water (at least 8 glasses of water every day), and try to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables.

-What causes skin problems?

-The main causes of skin problems are stress, diet, genetics, picking, and sun exposure.

-How fast did you see results?

-If you have acne, you should start treatment at least 6 months before your wedding date. It takes a couple of months for medication to start working. You have to be patient. IPL photofacials are a great way to even out your skin tone and make your skin absolutely glowing. There is no significant downtime (you can put make up on right away!) and no “wound care” afterwards. However, it can take up to 4 treatments, a month apart, to get the results you want. IPL treatments are great for anything that is red or brown as well as for active acne. You can also do chemical peels to even out the skin tone, unclog pores, and give your skin a nice glow. We usually recommend 6 treatments, one month apart to get the best results. For hair removal, start a year prior to your wedding date. It takes 6-8 laser treatments approximately 4-6 weeks apart.

-Were you completely satisfied with the results?

-Of course! Now I don’t have to shave as often, and have less frequent breakouts.

-Are there other treatments besides lasers that can be done? What if I am older and have some fine lines and wrinkles? What about dark circles?

-There is a lot you can do with injectibles, including Botox and dermal fillers such as Juvederm, to help erase fine lines, wrinkles, and dark circles. We like to call it a “liquid face lift”. Dr. Diane Chiu personally does all of the Botox and filler injections at our office and she has 13 years of experience. Her results look totally natural. No one will be able to tell you had anything done!

-Any make up or product suggestions?

-Wash your make up brushes with gentle cleanser every now and then to keep them clean. My favorite line of make up these days is Armani!

-What kind of products did you use to tackle your skin problems?

-Dr. Chiu prescribed both an oral antibiotic and a medication called spironolactone for my acne as well as a 5% benzoyl peroxide wash for my back. I wash both morning and night, use proper skin care, and exfoliate 3-4 times a week. I also use a salicylic acid containing serum by SkinCeuticals called Blemish & Age Defense for my acne and Obagi Vitamin C Clarifying serum with 4 % hydroquinone (a prescription grade bleaching agent) to help with my brown spots.

-What’s your daily skin care routine?

Morning regimen:

Skin Ceuticals Simply Clean Cleanser

Skin Ceuticals LHA Solution Toner

OBAGI C-Clarifying Serum

Skin Ceuticals Emollience Rich Restorative Moisturizer

Epionce Ultra Shield Lotion, SPF 50

Skin Ceuticals A.G.E. Complex

Night regimen:

Skin Ceuticals LHA Cleansing Gel

Skin Ceuticals LHA Solution Toner

Skin Ceuticals Blemish + Age Defense: Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment

Skin Medica TNS Essencial Serum

Skin Ceuticals A.G.E. Complex

Make an appointment with The Bellevue Laser and Cosmetic Center for a free consultation and find your path to healthy radiant skin!


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