Get the most out of laser treatments at Desert Sands Aesthetics & Laser – St George News

CONTRIBUTED CONTENT — Patients of all ages visit Desert Sands Aesthetics & Laser to restore their natural beauty using non-surgical, non-invasive therapies. Owner Shannon Evans and her team of skincare experts aim to help everyone learn to love the skin they’re in.

Shannon Evans, owner of Desert Sands Aesthetics & Laser, St. George, Utah, date not specified | Photo by Sheldon Demke, St. George News

Technology is constantly evolving, as are skin rejuvenation treatments. Desert Sands Aesthetics & Laser proudly offers many energy-based laser skin therapies that can turn back time. In addition to providing state-of-the-art procedures, Evans strives to educate patients to help them get the most out of every treatment.

“At Desert Sands Aesthetics & Laser, patient safety and optimal outcomes are always our top priorities,” she said. “Proper skin preparation is key to getting the maximum benefit from any laser treatment.”

Laser treatments make your skin more vulnerable to the harmful effects of the sun. It is imperative to avoid sun exposure, tanning beds, spray tan products and self-tanning products for at least four weeks before and after your treatment. Otherwise, unwanted tan or darkening due to excessive absorption of light energy may occur.

Having a tan also decreases the effectiveness of most laser treatments, Evans said. Darker skin will prevent some of the laser intensity from reaching the intended depth, as the light energy is absorbed too soon by the pigment on which it fires.

Patients should wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily while avoiding the sun before and after treatment. Desert Sands Aesthetics & Laser offers zinc-based sunscreen from EltaMD. Zinc reflects and reduces the widest range of UVA and UVB ultraviolet rays, helping to protect skin from the powerful southern Utah sun. Evans also strongly recommends wearing a hat.

Facial treatment at Desert Sands Aesthetics & Laser | Image courtesy of Desert Sands Medical Clinics, St. George News

Hydration is essential for healthy skin, especially during laser treatments. Moisturize your skin morning and night for seven days before your procedure and drink at least eight glasses of water a day.

Avoid most facial procedures for four weeks before treatment, including chemical peels and dermabrasion. Do not use skin exfoliating products, such as retinols and glycolic acid, for a week before.

To reduce the risk of bruising, persistent redness of the skin, and delayed healing, patients are advised to stop taking supplements of fish oil, garlic, gingko biloba, flaxseed, cod liver oil, vitamin A and vitamin E for at least seven days before treatment. Aspirin, naproxen, and ibuprofen, unless medically necessary, should also be avoided. Alcohol consumption, which can act as a blood thinner, is not recommended for four weeks before treatment and one week after.

Speak to your skincare provider at Desert Sands Aesthetics & Laser about your skincare routine and any concerns or questions that may arise. However, following these guidelines will greatly increase the effectiveness and longevity of laser skin treatments.

“Good skin condition equates to better outcomes, less risk, greater patient satisfaction and possibly fewer treatments needed, leading to greater cost savings,” Evans said.

Interior of Desert Sands Aesthetics & Laser Clinic, St. George, Utah, date not specified | Photo by Sheldon Demke, St. George News

Desert Sands Aesthetics & Laser has built a reputation for excellence since opening its doors two years ago. Recently, The Best of Southern Utah voters awarded the cutting-edge medical spa a gold ribbon in the aesthetic category.

In addition to laser skin therapy, Desert Sands Aesthetics & Laser offers injectable products such as Botox and fillers as well as men’s and women’s skin care services including facials, chemical peels , dermaplaning, microneedling and more. It is also the only medical spa in the St. George area offering comfortable sedation from a certified anesthetist in conjunction with laser treatments.

Evans and his team of skin care specialists are committed to facilitating the ultimate spa experience using the latest technology. She prides herself on providing state-of-the-art medical aesthetics in a relaxing environment focused on the comfort and confidence of each patient.

“Everyone has different skin issues because no one is the same,” she said. “I consider it an art.”

To schedule a consultation, visit the Desert Sands Aesthetics & Laser website or call 435-522-5190.

Written by ALEXA MORGAN for St. George News.



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