The cosmetic surgery and medical spa industry have many snazzy, innovative, high-tech solutions designed to slow down or reverse the effects of aging. Every month there's a new cool gadget or special sauce that hits the market adding a couple more years to our ‘beauty curve’. They all have one thing in common – they attack the effects of aging after-the-fact.Read More
Making adjustments to fillers is as much of an art form as the initial filler injection. Marie Reyes is often sought out to fix fillers gone awry from other injectors. There are issues across the United States with under-experienced injectors doing fillers, but don't worry - we can fix it.Read More
The theory behind including activated charcoal in beauty products is similar to its medical use: it will act like a magnet to attract and absorb dirt and oil. And the experts say that theory holds water. "When dirt and oil in your pores come in contact with the carbon, they stick to it and then get washed away when you rinse," cosmetic chemist Ni'Kita Wilson explained to Allure.Read More
The global haircare market is predicted to be worth an astonishing 87.73 billion USD this year. The industry is booming. But with thousands of new products coming to market each year, how much do people really know about caring for multi-racial hair? Even their own? After all, no two heads of multi-ethnic hair are the same. But it is possible to care for all the different curls, coils, waves, kinks and unique beauty of multi-ethnic hair.Read More
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
- 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.
- 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)
- Which sun-damaged skin is the correct one for me? (What are the options?)
- What is the estimated cost of the procedure?
- How long is one appointment?
- How often will I need to receive treatment?
- How far apart are the treatments?
- What are the common side effects or complications associated with the procedure?
- How can I prepare for the treatment/procedure?
- Does the treatment hurt?
- What are my pain management and anesthesia options?
- How long is the recovery time associated with my procedure?
- Do you have before-and-after patient images to help to prepare me for what to expect?
- Will someone walk me through the process before going in for treatment?
- What are the risks?
- 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
- Is a doctor on site?
- Is the doctor board-certified in dermatology or in another specialty with equivalent training and experience?
- Was my medical history taken?
- Was I given an initial evaluation to determine if the technique or procedure is appropriate for my skin type?
- Did the doctor show me before-and-after photos?
From aging executives trying to fend off younger rivals to male models looking to make a bigger splash on the runway, more men are turning to plastic surgery to try to improve their looks, the industry's professional organization says.
The number of plastic surgery procedures performed on men rose 29 percent between 2000 and 2017, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported Wednesday. Some 1.3 million cosmetic procedures were performed on men last year alone.Read More
Want to tighten up your skin? Reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines? Have you considered micro-needling?
We, at SkinSpaMED offer this skin rejuvenating procedure to firm up and refresh your skin.Read More
Sometimes clients will feel they look tired or deflated without being able to pinpoint why they feel that way. They may not have the distinct volume loss or facial laxity that would be fixed by fillers or a facelift, respectively. Instead, they may have broad areas of volume loss across the mid-face, along the cheeks and in the temples. At SkinSpaMED, we commonly see this effect in patients with petite faces, long lean faces and especially athletes. Sculptra Aesthetic is one of our favorite products used to address these areas.Read More
Protecting your skin and keeping it healthy can be difficult and takes discipline to maintain. Through our experience, there are 9 key things to keep under control to keep your skin radiant and healthy. If you have a skin condition, these 9 things may also worsen the condition!Read More
When researching the best skincare treatment option, the procedure itself may seem to be simple, but being required to stay in bed or hide indoors could be a deal-breaker. So what’s the best way to rejuvenate your skin this summer while battling high temperatures and harsh sunlight?
SkinSpaMED has the answer: Ultherapy.Read More
For anyone looking to unclog their pores, there’s nothing more satisfying than a good extraction. Even dermatologists agree they can be beneficial for our skin.
But if not done correctly, you could end up hurting your skin more than helping it. Before you dive into the world of extractions, there are a few things you should know.Read More
In light of the Botox and Dysport event at the end of the month, SkinSpaMED has received quite a few questions from clients asking about the way Botox and Dysport are prepared and priced.
It can be confusing without understand the difference between dilution and units.Read More
DOT CO2 laser resurfacing is a procedure utilized to improve and repair sun damaged skin, wrinkles, acne scars and surgical scars. The CO2 laser emits an intense beam of light that removes the damaged skin allowing healthy new skin to grow in its place. The beam itself is split into hundreds of tiny beams instead of being a solid column of light.Read More
Many people use Juvederm to treat wrinkles and lines, but there are other reasons to choose it: acne scars, lifting the cheeks, filling loose or sagging skin for a general younger look (“a liquid face lift”), changing the nose shape, to get plumper lips, and even medical conditions like lipodystrophy, which cause the loss of fat from the face.Read More
Beauty is only skin-deep, but the importance of healthy skin goes a lot deeper and we get it, skincare is hard - but the rewards make the work put in completely worth it. Here are easy ways to let your skin radiate.Read More
An incredible 420,000 men underwent Botox in 2017, which was a 4% increase on the previous year, and an astounding 355% increase since 2000. So, if you’re a guy who’d love to smooth out a few fine lines and wrinkles and slow the signs of aging, rest assured that you’re certainly not alone.Read More
Laser skin resurfacing has become the ideal solution for aging skin, used to eliminate imperfections on practically any part of the body.
Offering better results than any cream or serum currently on the market, laser procedures are used to reduce the signs of wrinkles, fine lines, acne marks, scars, age spots, skin elasticity, and more.Read More
Those of us who work in the cosmetic business usually look with a cynical eye at the way the media portrays certain cosmetic treatments. Oftentimes, highly effective cosmetic procedures are treated as a punchline, like sitcom characters ending up with paralyzed faces for laughs. I have to admit, this kind of drives me a little nuts, as it can scare away some who would otherwise benefit from cosmetic procedures, but are now worried about potential side effects that are greatly exaggerated for comic reasons. Botox, one of the most popular and effective non-surgical treatments out there to treat wrinkles, is often minimized and demonized with misinformation and scaremongering.Read More
There's a new filler in town, actually, two new fillers and they're billed as the next big thing in the fight against laugh lines. Galderma, the pharmaceutical company behind injectables like Restylane, Sculptra, and Dysport, recently announced FDA approval of two new fillers: Restylane Refyne and Defyne.Read More