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The Holiday Season is HERE!
Get yourself ready and come in to either relax or brighten and have people asking “What have you done to look so good!?”
We all have heard of chemical peels at some point. Whether it was a good or bad experience, we know of someone who has had them. But why are chemical peels one of the number one requested skincare services in the country? Why would anyone WANT to peel? What are the benefits? Let’s dive right in to those questions!
What do peels do?
In minutes, acids lift away dead cells and trigger a chain reaction. As the topmost layer of skin is used, signals are sent to the living cells below to multiply and move up, to increase collagen production, to make more hyaluronic acid, to act younger. A thorough chemical peels offers one immediate benefit: smoother skin that’s more radiant and more receptive to ingredients in your at-home skincare. Your skincare will perform better because there are no dead skin cells impeding the penetration. On top of the anti-aging benefits, there are many great benefits for our acne patients. Some chemical peels are attracted to the oils in our skin that cause the bacteria that acne feeds off of. Removing these layers of dead skin, as well as decreasing oil production in the skin, leaves a beautiful result. Chemical peels will increase circulation in the skin, and bringing new oxygen and blood flow to the skin is very healing and rejuvenating!
Can a peel be customized for my skin concerns?
There are chemical peels that are safe to use on every skin color without risk of hyperpigmentation, usually a worry with darker complexions. We have a wide range of chemical peels. There are superficial peels (also known as a lunchtime peel), medium-depth and deep-depth. We now know that using multiple acids gives a better outcome with less irritation than a single acid at a higher strength. All of our aesthetician’s are proficient in skincare chemistry, and are able to create a blend of acids that will safely attack the concerns you have in your skin. There are chemical peels that focus on hydration, where you will not “peel”, and mid-deeper depth peels where you may peel for a week or more. We offer a wide variety of options, and our aesthetician’s can assist you in choosing a peel that will work within your lifestyle.
The right peel can end acne, and soften the scars that come with it.
Salicylic acid peels and Jessner peels, dive deep into the pores while also skimming the surface to erode blackheads and fade post-pimple marks. Another advantage of salicylic acid: It lingers in the pores, where it continues to keep them clear over time, to improve pitted acne scars. There is very little downtime, and it’s safe for most skin types and colors.
Chemical peels are melasma’s friend.
While there isn’t a permanent cure for the recurring sun-triggered dark patches brought on by hormonal surges. Whether those surges are caused by pregnancy or birth control. Chemical peels, paired with proper at-home care such as hydroquinone creams, high-SPF sunscreen and strict sun avoidance, offer the best fighting chance, While lasers work well with some cases, some patients are unable to treat this light and heat sensitive condition with, you guessed it, light and heat. We offer chemical peels that are exclusive to our office only that have been tried and true when it comes to combatting melasma.
Ready to take the leap?
Come in and see what peels are all about! October is a great month to begin a series of chemical peels. With less sun exposure in these fall and winter months, it is the ideal time. This month we are highlighting our Pumpkin Apple fall peel. This peel uses the natural benefits of apples and pumpkin to firm and tone the skin for a refined look, while nourishing and brightening dull, dry summer skin. Achieve a beautiful and youthful glow to your skin just in time for all of your holiday festivities!
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Over time, your skin loses elasticity, which contributes to moderate to severe lines that form around the nose and the mouth. While serums and creams work on the skin’s surface, Juvederm’s Vollure will add volume to the skin to smooth these lines and folds, to help give you the subtle, long-lasting results you want!
What causes parentheses lines?
Parentheses lines are known as “static” wrinkles. Static wrinkles are lines that appear even when your face is at rest. This happens over time as your skin loses some of it’s building blocks (hyaluronic acid and collagen), that give your skin its structure.
Can your natural lips lose volume?
Yes, over time, your lips may lose volume and become thin. However, many people seek out lip augmentations with injectable fillers, because they naturally have thin lips and simply desire more fullness.
What is Juvederm Vollure? Where can it be used?
Juvederm Vollure is an injectable form of hyaluronic acid that is used to soften moderate to severe parentheses lines and wrinkles. It can also be used to add volume to thin lips. By adding volume to lines and wrinkles, it produces a beautifully subtle and long-lasting result for up to 18 months! The original Juvederm, while it is a fantastic, tried and true product, is proven to last only 1 year.
We are excited to add Juvederm Vollure to our already impressive line of injectables. We want you to experience it the way we have. That’s why we are offering $50 OFF each syringe of Juvederm Vollure purchased this month! Call in and schedule a consultation with Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Kjar to see if you are a good candidate for Vollure.
Exhale. The kid(s) are back in school. The family reunion is done. The big family vacation has been had and memories were made.
That PAUSE? That’s the greatest gift! Now you get to decide what to do with some of that “extra” time you have.
Now what, again? PAMPER!
Take care of yourself, put your best face forward as we go in to the fall and soon *cough cough* the holidays. Here are just a few of our favorite ideas for how to PAMPER:
You deserve to take a few minutes and we would love to help you make the most of that time!
PAUSE & PAMPER
Back-to-school season can generate a lot of nervous energy for children of all ages, from preschool to high school. TODAY Tastemaker and child development expert Dr. Deborah Gilboa has three key tips for parents to remember while working with agitated, anxious children who are not looking forward to the new school year, no matter their ages:
“It doesn’t help to tell your child how or how not to feel, like ‘Don’t be scared’ or ‘There’s nothing to be worried about,” said Dr. Gilboa. “It’s disrespectful to your child, and worse — it doesn’t work.”
Emphasize the fact that children can do something about their emotions. “The point isn’t actually about how you feel, it’s about how you behave,” said Dr. Gilboa. “So ask your child what might help to do.”
“This isn’t — mostly — about getting your child on the bus or in the door that first day with as little trauma as possible,” said Dr. Gilboa. “This process is about learning what works and doesn’t to help your child with all the ‘firsts’ they’ll encounter in the years to come.”
The coping skills you give your kids now are skills they can use forever, long after graduation. “Life is full of first days. You’re helping them figure out how to manage their feelings and still thrive. And if they don’t rock it this year, that’s OK. Learning skills takes time and practice,” she said.
Dr. Gilboa also has age-specific suggestions for parents, based on the worries that plague the specific age sets.
Most of their focus is on being away from you, Dr. Gilboa noted. “So ask, ‘What makes you feel better when we’re not together for a little while?’ Then try to put one or more of those strategies into play,” she said.
For this age, the focus for children is often on a change in their setting and schedule. “Try reading books about kindergarten and going to see the physical space they will be in to build familiarity with location and routine,” said Dr. Gilboa.
“Change is hard, and this next grade will have lots of differences from last year,” said Dr. Gilboa, who suggested parents ask their children what they already know — or think they know — about this grade and what they think will be hard. “Then you can brainstorm strategies together to manage the rough spots.”
For middle schoolers, it’s all about their social world, said Dr. Gilboa. “Encourage your child to do what they can to connect with friends before school starts so they can go in feeling solid,” she recommended. “Having a few strong connections — even if they don’t end up in classes together — will make the roughest times, like lunch and before or after school, feel more manageable.”
“Talk about pressure. These are the years when students feel the heat about what courses they’re taking and how they do in them, and if they play sports and participate in extracurricular activities and how they ‘measure up,'” said Dr. Gilboa. “As their parent, make sure you’re not the biggest stressor, and ask them to set reasonable expectations for themselves. Talk about their goals. This will give you some context for their experience and help you mentor them without getting too involved in the day-to-day details of their lives,” she said.
Editor’s Note: This story was originally published on August 13, 2017, and has been updated.
One area that always gives away your age is your neck and your décolleté. We often forget to take care of these sensitive areas! We spend so much time focusing on our face, we need to give that same type of care and attention to these surrounding areas. You are never too young to begin caring for your skin. But in this post we will address what you can start to do in each decade to combat the first signs of aging, all the way up to deeper lines and wrinkles.
In our 20’s and 30’s we need to start setting a base foundation for how we will care for our skin for years to come. As we begin to age, our body naturally stops producing collagen. This process begins in our 20’s. So we must do what we can to prevent the breakdown of our existing collagen. So what can you do to protect your skin from premature aging?
Sunscreen: Apply sunscreen daily. A large majority of the collagen loss in your skin can be attributed to UV sun damage. So make sure you do not forget your neck and décolleté when applying your SPF in the morning. You want to use an SPF of at least 30, and reapply consistenly when out in the sun for extended periods of time.
Moisturizers and Serums: When applying moisturizers and serums, don’t forget your neck and chest! Any serum from a hyaluronic acid, such as our Sheer Peptide. To a vitamin C, such as our Anti-Ox Ultra, will do your skin some good. It is also a good idea to begin using a product such as our Neck Smoothing Cream. With over twenty different tighteners, and gentle retinol. You can help prevent some of the environmental aging before it even begins. So be sure to show your face, neck and décolleté some love, daily!
Facials: Consistent facials at any age will be an important tool in your beauty arsenal. Facials address the face, neck and décolleté. Ask your aesthetician to upgrade your facial to either a microdermabrasion that for an additional fee includes your neck and décolleté, or a mild chemical peel that can stimulate new collagen and elastin, and soften lines and wrinkles.
By your 40’s and 50’s you should definitely be consistently applying sunscreen and at-home products like mentioned above. But as our skin continues to age and change, it is time to start focusing some of your in-office treatments on your neck and décolleté. Everyone ages differently, but it is not uncommon to begin seeing some lines and wrinkles (necklace lines) appear across the neck. Depending on how you sleep, you may realize the lines on your chest that you used to fade away not long after waking up in the morning, are now noticeable at all times. Sun spots are beginning to pop up, and you feel like you’ll never have your gorgeous, young looking chest again! But never fear. There are a variety of in-office treatments that you can utilize to turn back the clock.
Chemical Peels: Chemical peels are a fantastic place to begin. Chemical peels are no longer as daunting as they once were in the past. With the variety of peels that exist now, depending on the desired intensity, there are many peels that are an easy option to add in to your regular facial. Have you ever had one of our Brightening or Illume peels? Did you know both can be used on your décolleté? Because why stop at your face! Especially if pigmentation, or harsh texture is becoming an issue for you. Those two peels are a fantastic place to begin reversing those signs of aging skin.
PhotoFacials: Lasers are your friend when it comes to anti-aging treatments with minimal downtime. Photofacials are fantastic at not only treating unsightly pigmentation issues, but helping to tighten and tone the skin. Downtime is different for everyone, but is typically less than 24 hours. Up to 3 treatments spaced 4 weeks apart may be necessary for best results. But it is a fairly quick and easy way to turn back the clock!
Venus Viva and Diamond Polar: One of the newest additions to our office, but the most effective. The Venus Viva and Diamond Polar Skin Tightening are two separate treatments, but they pack a 1-2 punch that is a great option whether you are just beginning to see the first signs of aging, or have some signs of advanced aging. The Venus Viva and Diamond Polar are both powered by radio frequency. The Venus Viva is comparable to microneedling, a buzzword in the aesthetics world at the moment. Radio frequency is used to create small pinhole channels deep down into the skin. These channels create a controlled injury in the skin, that results in the growth of new collagen and elastin. The radio frequency breaks down texture in the lines and wrinkles, smoothing the appearance of even the harshest of lines. Up to 3 treatments spaced 4 weeks apart are suggested for best results.
The Diamond Polar utilizes radio frequency as well. But in this treatment the radio frequency is used to bulk heat the skin. When the skin reaches a certain temperature for a specific amount of time, it tightens and tones the tissues that have begun to have issues with skin laxity. These two treatments work beautifully hand-in-hand to deliver the best results possible! Skin tightening treatments may be done weekly, and in a series of 3-8 treatments, depending on the severity of the issues.
Home care will always be necessary to see your best, long-term results. The combination of skincare and in-office treatments will leave your skin in the best possible condition, despite the environmental and genetic odds we all fight daily. If your neck or décolleté have become an area of concern for you, consultations with our aestheticians are always complimentary. Schedule a consultation today, and let’s get you on the road to happy and healthy skin!