SpotlyteTM readers are a curious group — and we love you for it. You’re hunting for hyaluronic acid in everything you apply, forever searching for the ultimate sunspot treatment, and maintaining a fascination with microblading that mirrors our own. Nowhere is your interest in skincare and aesthetics more apparent than the questions you’ve asked our chat team.
In case you didn’t know: one of Spotlyte’s unique features is our team of trained aesthetics specialists. It is comprised of real, friendly humans who are on standby to answer your skincare, beauty, and aesthetics questions. Aesthetics specialists are knowledgeable on the topics you might read about on Spotlyte — and, should you want to book an aesthetics consultation for injectables or CoolSculpting®, they can help point you in the right direction. (Alternatively, browse aesthetics providers in your area using Spotlyte’s Find a Provider tool.)
After more than a year of chatting with Spotlyte readers, we thought it would be fun to share some of the most common and/or interesting questions readers have asked. (For instance: Can CoolSculpting reduce my double chin? Or, the age-old query: Do injectables hurt?!) Below, a distilled list; plus, brief answers and links to read more about each topic. Have another question you’re itching to ask? Check in with our team of trained aesthetic specialists now!
Skincare question #1: Will fractional laser help smooth out lines and wrinkles?
In short, yes. Regardless of your skin type, here’s a universal truth: over time, skin loses collagen and elastin (i.e. the proteins responsible for keeping skin plump and firm). Losing these structural supports is one reason why lines and wrinkles form in the first place.
Luckily, our bodies are capable of producing more of the aforementioned proteins. There are numerous methods for spurring collagen and elastin production, and fractional lasers are among the most revered. Within the fractional laser category are two subtypes: ablative fractional lasers and non-ablative fractional lasers. While both stimulate collagen production, their mechanisms differ vastly.
Specifically, ablative lasers create tiny punctures in the skin. These tiny punctures trigger the body’s wound healing response — part of which entails collagen and elastin production. Non-ablative lasers, on the other hand, do not create micro injuries in the skin. Instead, they rely on heat energy to trigger collagen synthesis. Read more about the exact differences between ablative and non-ablative lasers, and how they work to smooth out lines and wrinkles.
As always, talk to your doctor before starting any new treatment.
Skincare question #2: What can you do when you’ve over-exfoliated?
When it comes to exfoliation, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. While the practice of sloughing off dead skin is certainly important, exfoliating more than necessary can leave your skin feeling flaky, tight, and overly-sensitive. Alas, the only foolproof way to recover is to stop exfoliating for a while. Moreover, some pros even recommend cutting out your entire skincare routine until flakiness subsides. Read about why this might be a good idea, plus how to reincorporate exfoliation into your skincare routine.
Skincare question #3: How do you get rid of chest and back acne?
If you’re among the 50 million Americans who struggle with acne, you’re probably aware of the fact that blemishes don’t necessarily stop at the neck. Body acne is a common qualm that, like facial acne, often requires a treatment regimen. Specifically, chest and back acne can be managed with medicated body cleansers, retinoid-spiked lotions, and masks — in addition to lifestyle changes. If you’ve noticed that blemishes are barraging your bod lately, study up on the differences between face and body acne — and how treatment for each condition differs.
Retinol shouldn't be used by women who are pregnant, considering getting pregnant, or nursing. Please consult with your doctor before use.
CoolSculpting question #1: Does CoolSculpting work for a double chin?
Ahh, the double chin — or what doctors refer to as “submental fullness.” Whatever you call it, a pouch of fat below the chin can be caused by numerous factors, including genetics and weight gain. Double chins are a visual manifestation of excess fat cells clustered in the area. (Note: they are not to be confused with “turkey neck” or loose skin below the chin, which is due to loss of elasticity.) The good news is that those stubborn fat cells can be treated. CoolSculpting is one such treatment method; in fact, there is an applicator specifically designed for the double chin area. Read about one writer’s in-depth account of CoolSculpting for her double chin.
The CoolSculpting treatment is a non-invasive fat freezing treatment that effectively reduces fat in certain self-proclaimed “problem spots” in the submental and submandibular areas, thigh, abdomen, flank, and upper arm, along with bra fat, back fat, and underneath the buttocks (you know, those bulges that just won’t go away, regardless of how much you sweat it out on the treadmill). While it isn’t a weight loss solution, fat-freezing can reduce pouches of fat. As with any procedure, there are risks and side effects, so talk to a licensed provider to see if it’s right for you.
CoolSculpting question #2: Does CoolSculpting hurt?
While the idea of freezing your fat cells to death may sound excruciating, most people find the CoolSculpting experience totally tolerable. In fact, the treated area usually becomes numb shortly after the applicator is in place; so it’s not uncommon for things to feel more strange than painful, per se. Need more convincing? Take it from these firsthand CoolSculpting patient accounts.
Individual experiences may vary. Some common side effects include temporary numbness, discomfort, and swelling.
Injectables question #1: How do I temporarily get rid of crow’s feet?
The appearance of crow’s feet can feel sudden. In reality, though, those horizontal lines have been years in the making. Squinting, smiling, and sun damage can all contribute to the formation of crow’s feet. (Squinting and smiling require repeated muscle movements, which wrinkle skin over time; UV damage renders the overlying skin less resilient.) One effective method for temporarily smoothing the look of moderate to severe crow’s feet comes in a syringe. Injectable wrinkle reducers can be injected into the area and reduce the underlying muscle movement, and thus, smooth the appearance of lines on the surface. Read more about how injectable wrinkle reducers can help reduce the appearance of crow’s feet. Then, read about one writer’s firsthand experience with injectable wrinkle reducers for her crow’s feet.
Injectable wrinkle reducers are used to temporarily smooth the look of moderate to severe wrinkles in certain areas of the face such as the forehead, frown lines, and crow’s feet. They should not be used more frequently than every three months. Like any medical treatment, they have potential risks and side effects. Be sure to talk to a licensed provider to see if they’re right for you.
Injectables question #2: Are injectables painful?
The prospect of having one’s face poked with a needle sounds objectively unpleasant — to some, it may sound fearsome. For these reasons, it’s understandable why some people cite pain as a deterrent to trying injectables. Ask anyone who has tried injectables for themselves, though, and they’ll likely say the experience was surprisingly tolerable. Many people compare the feeling they get when treated with injectable wrinkles reducers to a tiny bee sting or a small pinch, depending on the location of the injection site. And, although fillers may have the potential to cause discomfort, rest assured, injectors will almost always offer a topical numbing cream beforehand. Read more about what to expect from injectable wrinkle reducers and injectable fillers.
Injectable filler is a temporary treatment that adds volume to areas of the face such as the lips, cheeks, and laugh lines. Like any medical treatment, it has potential risks and side effects. Be sure to talk to a licensed provider to see if they’re right for you.
CoolSculpting® is an Allergan®-owned non-invasive fat reduction treatment.
CoolSculpting® Treatment Important Information
The CoolSculpting® procedure is FDA-cleared for the treatment of visible fat bulges in the submental (under the chin) and submandibular (under the jawline) areas, thigh, abdomen and flank (love handles), along with bra fat, back fat, underneath the buttocks (also known as banana roll), and upper arm. It is also FDA-cleared to affect the appearance of lax tissue with submental area treatments. The CoolSculpting procedure is not a treatment for weight loss.
Important Safety Information
The CoolSculpting procedure is not for everyone. You should not have the CoolSculpting procedure if you suffer from cryoglobulinemia, cold agglutinin disease, or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria.
Tell your doctor if you have any medical conditions including recent surgery, pre-existing hernia, and any known sensitivities or allergies.
During the procedure you may experience sensations of pulling, tugging, mild pinching, intense cold, tingling, stinging, aching, and cramping at the treatment site. These sensations subside as the area becomes numb. Following the procedure, typical side effects include temporary redness, swelling, blanching, bruising, firmness, tingling, stinging, tenderness, cramping, aching, itching, or skin sensitivity, and sensation of fullness in the back of the throat after submental or submandibular area treatment.
Rare side effects may also occur. CoolSculpting may cause a visible enlargement in the treated area which may develop two to five months after treatment and requires surgical intervention for correction.