Sunscreen Booths Now Exist, and They Are Awesome

Sunscreen Booths Now Exist, and They Are Awesome

Sunscreen is a non-negotiable if you’re spending time outdoors. But even the most responsible sun-averse people are guilty of failing to reapply protection as time passes. 

Luckily, there’s a relatively new high-tech spray solution. Sunscreen booths mist a layer of SPF all over the body, and all you have to do is stand there. You don’t even have to get your hands goopy. 

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Laser Treatment: Skin Type Matters!

Laser Treatment: Skin Type Matters!

To this day, when most people think of lasers, they think science fiction. They think space battles, Star Wars, weapons that fire energy.

The reality of lasers is quite different. Lasers have changed the world, but not in a violent, sci-fi way. Lasers are used extensively by plastic and cosmetic surgeons to treat skin conditions.

Laser skin treatments can minimize scarring, reduce acne, fade dark spots, improve wrinkles and eliminate sun damage. In the hands of a skilled, SkinSpaMED plastic surgeon, laser treatments can really make a huge difference in a patient’s complexion, literally resurfacing the skin - if you have the right skin for it. 

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Why Ultherapy is The Go To Summer Treatment

Why Ultherapy is The Go To Summer Treatment

While other laser treatments are off-limits during the summer months with the constant lingering temptation so spend all your time in the sun, Ultherapy, the noninvasive ultrasound treatment shines! 

Ultherapy, the summer friendly treatment is the noninvasive way to tighten skin without surgery.  Everybody wants to avoid downtime, and with Ultherapy the no downtime treatment allows you to keep to your busy fun filled schedule.  

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Sun Damage Dos and Dont's

Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun can cause premature skin aging, skin cancer and other conditions such as:

Skin texture changes, such as coarse wrinkles, especially on the back of the neck, and fine wrinkles caused by thinning of the skin, especially on the forearms and back of hands.Excessive bruising from minor trauma.Pigment changes, such as brown spots, freckles, age spots and liver spots.White spots on legs, arms and the back of hands.Red areas on the sides of the neck.Moles, some of which can develop into skin cancer.Pre-cancerous skin changes, including red scaly lesions called actinic keratosis and lesions on the lips called actinic cheilitis, both of which can develop into squamous cell carcinoma.

What you should know about sun-damaged skin

Excessive sun exposure is the most significant cause of aging skin. It also can exacerbate many other skin conditions, including age spots, scars, crow’s feet, frown lines, scars, skin cancer and more.

Do’s and don’ts

Do...

  • Reduce your exposure by wearing comfortable loose-fitting clothes during summer months.
  • Use the appropriate level of full spectrum sunscreen, somewhere between SPF 15 and SPF 50.
  • Wear a hat or head covering while outside.
  • Get 10 to 15 minutes of sun exposure daily to promote your body’s production of vitamin D.

Don't...

  • Use sunscreens with SPF factors greater than 50 as they give a false sense of security and may encourage you to stay in the sun too long.
  • Expose skin to the sun that is red, sore or blistered.

Sun-damaged skin questions to ask a dermatologic surgeon

(Download a Sun-damaged Skin Questionnaire to bring to your appointment)

  1. Which sun-damaged skin is the correct one for me? (What are the options?)
  2. What is the estimated cost of the procedure?
  3. How long is one appointment?
  4. How often will I need to receive treatment?
  5. How far apart are the treatments?
  6. What are the common side effects or complications associated with the procedure?
  7. How can I prepare for the treatment/procedure?
  8. Does the treatment hurt?
  9. What are my pain management and anesthesia options?
  10. How long is the recovery time associated with my procedure?
  11. Do you have before-and-after patient images to help to prepare me for what to expect?
  12. Will someone walk me through the process before going in for treatment?
  13. What are the risks?
  14. What should I expect after the procedure is performed? (i.e., short-term and long-term effects; activity restrictions; expected recovery period)

General questions to ask before sun-damaged skin procedures

  1. Is a doctor on site?
  2. Is the doctor board-certified in dermatology or in another specialty with equivalent training and experience?
  3. Was my medical history taken?
  4. Was I given an initial evaluation to determine if the technique or procedure is appropriate for my skin type?
  5. Did the doctor show me before-and-after photos?

Dont Forget, Olive Oil is Amazing for Your Skin

Homer once described olive oil as ‘liquid gold,’ a term that still resonates with many. Fortunately, we do not have to fight wars over olive oil anymore as it is abundantly produced in many parts of the world and readily available. We all know that olive oil is one of the healthiest vegetable oils, along with coconut oil. Not only can you consume this nutritious food and receive numerous benefits, you can also use it to boost the nutrient value of your beauty products. 

4 Benefits of Olive Oil for Skin

Adding olive oil to your beauty routine may provide immense benefits to your skin, hair, and nails. Here are some of the olive oil skin benefits you may find surprising.

1. Antioxidant Protection

Olive oil contains three major antioxidants: vitamin E, polyphenols, and phytosterols. Antioxidants, when topically applied, may help protect the skin from premature skin aging. Vitamin E partly accounts for the anti-aging benefits of olive oil because it helps restore skin smoothness and protects against ultraviolet light. [1]Hydroxytyrosol, a rather rare compound found in olive oil, also prevents free radical damage to the skin. [2]

2. Doesn’t Clog Pores

Unlike commercial moisturizers that can clog pores and exacerbate current skin conditions, olive oil penetrates deeply into the skin while providing a cleansing effect. Try using organic olive oil at night as a substitute for your regular moisturizer. Apply a teaspoon of the oil to the face and neck. Gently pat the skin with a paper towel to wipe away any excess oil.

3. Enhances Exfoliation

Another one of olive oil’s benefits for skin is its usefulness in exfoliating applications. A common exfoliating method using olive oil is to mix 1 tablespoon of the oil with natural sea salt, rubbing this mixture over the skin. The mild abrasive qualities of the sea salt, combined with the deep, penetrating action of the oil, will remove dead skin cells and leave the epidermis looking renewed and glowing.

4. General Beauty Booster

Olive oil is also used for nail and cuticle care, and many women use it as an eye makeup remover. Further applications include using it as an ingredient in homemade facial masks. One other interesting application for both men and women is the substitution of olive oil for shaving cream. Many men have abandoned shaving cream once they discovered how close a shave they can get with olive oil. Men and women alike have also found its refreshing qualities make it an excellent aftershave.

Source: Global Healing Center

It’s warming up outside but it’s FREEZING at SkinSpaMED!

It’s warming up outside but it’s FREEZING at SkinSpaMED!

Get bikini-ready for summer! If you’re fit and at or near your target weight, but still have stubborn fat clinging on to your flanks and/or love handles, we have just the procedure for you. 

The CoolSculpting procedure can help both women and men the same!

CoolSculpting is an innovative way to contour your body by freezing unwanted fat away with no surgery or downtime. With over 2 million CoolSculpting treatments performed worldwide it is the world’s #1 non-invasive fat-reduction procedure. You’ll have a more toned-looking body through a natural cleansing process that removes damaged fat cells safely, effectively and permanently.

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"Is One Syringe Going to be Too Much for Me Today?" Lip Volume Questions Answered

Hey, guys! 

I wanted to talk a little bit about lips.

Quite frequently new clients like to ask questions about how big are they going to be, and "is one syringe going to be too much for me today," and I like to use this Galderma brochure from Restylane.

It goes over three different lip before and afters.

As you can see, the top one they use about two and a half syringes, the second one is right at two syringes or two CC's, and then the third one is almost three CC's.

You can tell none of these look like they been overdone. They all look very tasteful. They all look very natural. I like to usually only do one syringe in the beginning, and then bring someone back in two weeks, and then usually add more. But one syringe is just going to get you some structure, some of the general anatomy, kind of back and also going to give you some better line control around the lips, as well as smoother lips.

When you get into two or three syringes, then you really get into some volume, which is not a bad thing! 

So I just wanted everybody to see this brochure. It's a really great example, if you're nervous about volume, to kind of let you know that volume is okay. And it doesn't get that overdone look overnight.

All right, cheers!

DOT CO2 With, and Without PRP

DOT CO2 With, and Without PRP

Wrinkles, skin discoloration, sun spots, and skin laxity may be reduced or eliminated with DOT Therapy. Scars from acne or other skin injuries can also be improved with this technology.

DOT Therapy with the SmartXide DOT CO2 laser offers the ultimate in skin rejuvenation in just under an hour for most treatments. The addition of PRP actually gets more results, with half the healing time! 

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The New Radiesse Boxes Have Gone Green!

All right.

Cool.

We got some new Radiesse boxes. It looks like they have gone green and combined the old single packaging into a two-pack.

Very, very cool.

So the old one was just a 1.5cc syringe in a single pack, and then the new one is a box that is double.

Ooh, - it's actually blue.

So we get the needles on one side and then the single-pack syringes on the other. It's super cool, and pretty, and, I guess, better for the environment too.

Awesome.

A Guide to the Benefits of Coffee Body Scrubs

A Guide to the Benefits of Coffee Body Scrubs

Coffee scrubs are all the rage these days and their popularity is not without reason. The natural product has miraculous properties that can cure the skin of problems such as acne, cellulite, psoriasis and aging. Coffee is rich in antioxidants, is anti inflammatory and is also a natural exfoliant. This makes coffee a great natural scrub to pamper your skin. Very soon, you will realize that it’s not just your taste buds that tingle for the taste of coffee. Coffee scrubs will be a fantastic weekly wake up call for your skin. 

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