Looking Good

  • Wed Dec 10th, 2008 11:17am

By M.L. Dehm For The Herald

If holiday stress is taking a toll on your complexion, you might want to check out Lumina Laser and Skin Care. Lumina is a state-of-the-art medical and aesthetic skin care practice led by medical director Dr. Victoria Stocker.

Whether you’re a man or a woman, everyone wants to look their best during this busy time of year. Lumina’s treatments and products not only make a great gift to pamper someone you love, they’re also nice for yourself.

A graduate of University of Washington’s School of Medicine, Stocker combines years of experience with the latest in technology and products to keep her clients looking renewed and refreshed.

Our fractional laser treatment is very popular,” Stocker said. “That’s something that we have that a lot of places don’t.”

The skin treatment offers both rejuvenation and treatment for sun damage. It can tighten skin; especially the crinkly look under the eyes and pucker lines around the lips. For some patients, the laser is also used to treat acne scars, stretch marks or other unwanted blemishes.

Unlike old laser treatments in the past, the state-of-the-art fractional treatment does not require anesthesia or pain pills. You’re ready for work the next day. Better still, it requires fewer treatments than old methods. Most patients have just three or four sessions.

Another popular treatment at Lumina is the photofacial that’s done with a Palomar Starlux laser. The process rejuvenates skin tone and treats pigment problems.

“The photofacial treatment treats the reds and browns that are from sun damage,” Stocker said.

Brown spots start to resolve after the first treatment, while redness and broken vessels often disappear after the third. Every photofacial treatment at Lumina is customized to achieve the best possible results.

“Botox is another treatment that is really popular around the holidays. It gives you that refreshed look,” Stocker said.

Botox works by quieting certain wrinkle-causing muscles around the eyes. Most people worry that botox might make them look frozen, which is why it’s important to have a professional do your botox treatment.

Stocker has years of experience and understands the aesthetics of botox placement.

She is an expert at managing lines while maintaining a natural look.

Patients who have botox treatments experience only a slight discomfort because the needles used to inject the protein are very tiny. Any initial redness resolves in about 15 minutes and you can see the results in as little as three days.

Many people are also unaware that botox is an effective treatment for excessive underarm sweating. It has saved many people from embarrassment and also saved many expensive formal clothes from stains.

Lumina also offers dermal fillers, laser hair reduction, acne treatments, peels and many other aesthetic and skin-care services. Lumina also offers gift certificates.

Sometimes you might feel uncomfortable offering someone a gift of treatments, so it’s good to know that the person can also use the certificate for high-quality, professional products. There is a Lumina Skin Care products catalog online.

Learn more about Lumina services by visiting www.luminaskin.us, or call 877-259-3650 for appointments and gift certificates.