Don’t Skip the Growth Factor

allysonWhat aging skin really needs are Growth Factors. Research shows that Growth Factors have the potential to enhance resiliency, increase collagen production, improve the appearance of fine lines/wrinkles, age spots, wound-healing, and the overall tone and texture of skin. Growth Factors work to stimulate biochemical pathways that promote skin tissue repair and regeneration. The more Growth Factor you have, the better the outcome you can expect.  In this case, more is MORE. This is why we carry SkinMedica’s TNS Recovery Complex.  TNS is a highly concentrated formula containing Matrix proteins, Soluble Collagen and antioxidants.  It is made up of 93.6% Human Growth Factor!!

We recommend cleansing, toning then applying TNS, your antioxidant, RETINOL and any other specialty product you use such as a brightening agent.  If you are one who likes to simplify your skincare routine,  try is the TNS Essential Serum.  Essential Serum is a 2 chamber, all-in-one product containing 93.6% growth factor, 7 antioxidants to prevent free radical damage and specialty ingredients to brighten the skin.  Just add a retinol at night and a sunscreen in the morning and you are ready to go.

For more information on skin care or if you would like help in perfecting your skincare routine, call for a free consultation with me, Monday through Friday, 9-4:30.

Allyson- Licensed Aesthetician at the MedicalSpa at Corbett Cosmetic

 

Achieve Healthy, Beautiful Skin with GRASS

allysonAllyson Says:

Beautiful skin begins with healthy skin.  GRASS is an acronym for a skincare regimen that incorporates everything you need to achieve healthy, glowing, beautiful skin.

  1. Growth Factors
  2. Retinols
  3. Antioxidants
  4. Specialty Products
  5. Sun Protection

Each component of the GRASS regimen has a specific purpose. Growth Factors such as TNS Recovery Complex rebuild collagen and treat fine lines and wrinkles. Retinol is a chemical exfoliant that addresses acne, pores, fine lines, wrinkles, skin texture, skin discolorations, and acts as a vehicle for any product applied prior.  Antioxidants lsuch as SkinMedica Vitamin C&E Complex protect against free radicals and basically slow down the aging process.  Specialty Products would encompass any product(s) for your unique needs ie. Acne, brightening, redness relief, scar recovery.  Sun Protection is for UV defense (SPF 15 minimum daily).  Sun Screen Protects your investment.  Recently, SkinMedica introduced the first Super Screen that not only protects you from UVA/UVB rays but also infrared.

My recommendation is to resist the skincare impulse buy at the drug or department store.  These products generally do not stack up against the cosmeceuticals available in your physician’s office causing your commitment to wane as results are not achieved.  Consult with your skin care professional and invest in a skincare regimen that will work for you and produce beautiful results.

Dermal Filler Dos.

lyzahLyzah, Registered Nurse

Dermal fillers are used to correct volume loss in the face.  We can use these in cheeks, lips, tear troughs, temples, nasolabial folds, jaw line, ear lobes,chin… almost everywhere really.  When injecting dermal fillers, there are several guidelines I like to share with my patients to help them to achieve their best possible outcome.

First, I like to advise patients how to prepare to receive the injections.  I suggest that you discontinue the use of Aspirin, Fish Oil, and Vitamin E supplements 10 days prior.  This does not mean you can’t have filler if you took Aspirin that day or the night before.  It simply means you may experience some bruising associated with the blood thinning effect of these products.  I would also recommend taking Arnica (homeopathic for bruising) and Bromelain (homeopathic for inflammation) tablets 3 days prior (continue for 7 days after).  Again, if you don’t, it is not a deal breaker.  You just may experience more bruising and swelling.

Next, I like to give my patients a realistic idea of what to expect.  Many fillers are temporary hyaluronic acids that your body will eventually absorb naturally between 6-12 months.  Initial treatments, may require a ‘touch-up’ in 4-6 months to prolong results and/or increase volume for best results. This also depends on which product and how much product you choose initially.  The initial volume with Sculptra (polylactic acid) will diminish after the first 3-5 days. PLLA particles will then work to stimulate your own collagen to replenish lost volume. It is then important to follow up every 6-8 weeks until you achieve ‘FULL correction’ with this product. I stress that it is common to have swelling, redness, and even bruising after treatment. Following the instructions above and icing the area can help diminish one’s chance of experiencing these undesirable side effects.

Lastly, I recommend that you avoid direct exposure to heat and sunlight, excessive manipulation and rubbing of the treated area(s) for 48 hours, chemical peels and laser treatments immediately after.   Apply ice to the treated area(s) for the first 48 hours as well as Arnica cream and continue taking your Bromelain.  I also recommend drinking plenty of water for the next 5 days as this will help hyaluronic acid to ‘hydrate’.

I welcome my patients to call me if they have any questions post procedure.  This will help me when administering your next treatment.

Clean Skin and Clear Pores with Clarisonic Smart Profile

 

allysonShould I be using a Clarisonic?

Clarisonic is a hand held rotary facial device that uses a patented sonic wave to blast dirt, oil, pollution, and makeup out of your pores. The result is smoother, softer skin with the added benefit of better topical product absorption. At Corbett Cosmetic we offer the Clarisonic Smart Profile. This is a more powerful device resulting in 11x better makeup removal than hands alone and gentle enough to use twice daily and your skin will be more receptive to the products you apply.  We recommend using this in conjunction with the     G R A S S skincare routine.  Welcome to the best skin of your life.

Allyson- Licensed Aesthetician at the MedicalSpa at Corbett Cosmetic

 

Permanent Hair Removal in a Snap.

allysonIf you are tired of shaving, you should try laser hair removal.  Laser Hair Removal has become the preferred option and hair removal continues to be the #1 requested aesthetic treatment. Permanent hair removal happens when light passes through the skin and is absorbed by individual hair follicles. The process damages the hair follicles enough to inhibit future growth. The Cynosure Icon System offers high peak power and state-of-the-art cooling resulting in fast treatments with excellent results!  When using the laser as the preferred method of hair removal, one must commit to an average of 6 treatments.  Each treatment is administered about 6-8 weeks apart.  This treatment regimen will provide a nice result.  You will no longer have razor burn or angry,painful red bumps that appear as a result of ingrown hairs.  You will simply experience smooth, hair free skin until the growth cycle renews.  Each treatment, you will see less and less hair reappearing, eventually ending your love/hate relationship with your razor.

Allyson- Licensed Aesthetician at the MedicalSpa at Corbett Cosmetic

Beautiful skin starts with an even complexion. Rx – IPL

allysonWhat is IPL?

If hyperpigmentation is your concern, you are not alone.  1.972 BILLION other people have that same concern. Say goodbye to sun damage, blotchy redness, hyperpigmentation, small facial veins, and more! Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) or PhotoFacial uses pulsed light to penetrate the skin. The result is blood vessel constriction, collagen formation, and lifting away brown spots. The procedure is quick and requires no downtime. The best candidates for IPL are people with light, untanned skin. IPL can effectively improve skin texture, eliminate discolorations, reduce pore size, and minimize wrinkles and fine lines.  To keep your results in check, we recommend protecting your investment with SkinMedica’s Lytera for your at-home treatment.  Lytera is applied morning and night and contains a combination of ingredients that effectively reduce the appearance of skin discoloration and dark spots in as little as 4 weeks.  It has similar efficacy to 4% hydroquinone but unlike hydroquinone, Lytera can be used continuously where as hydroquinone’s recommended treatment is 3 months on, 3 months off .  IPL treatment in conjunction with Lytera will give you a fantastic result of a glowing, more even complexion.

Allyson- Licensed Aesthetician at the MedicalSpa at Corbett Cosmetic

Is filler permanent?

lyzahLyzah, Registered Nurse

Myth 3: “My filler will last forever, right?”

The honest answer to this question is NO they will not last FOREVER with only ONE treatment. Dermal fillers are fillers that treat volume loss in most areas of the face including lips, nasal labial folds, chin, cheeks, tear troughs, under eyes, jaw line and  temples.  Most hyaluronic acid fillers (Restylane, Perlane, Silk, and Juvederm) will last anywhere from 6-12 months with one treatment. However; if you can tolerate minor maintenance about every 6-8+ months, you can achieve and maintain amazing results that last.   Keep in mind results also depend on which filler you choose, what area we treat, and how much product we use. The most common filler complaints I have encountered are a result of inadequate amount of product being placed.  Perhaps you needed 2 syringes and chose to place only one syringe, you may not achieve your optimal result. For this very reason I am all about consultation and catering to each patient’s needs and what will work best for your lifestyle. Another hyaluronic option is Juvederm Voluma, specifically for cheek volume. With adequate treatment you can expect to see results for up to 2 years. The last option is Sculptra Aesthetic, or poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA). This is also a filler used to add volume; however, in a few days the initial volume diminishes, and the PLLA microparticles remain to stimulate your own collagen production. With adequate treatment you can expect to see natural results for 2-5 years. I strongly recommend you consult with your practitioner and ask plenty of questions prior to having a treatment. This will help to eliminate any confusion, and also aid in the selection of type and amount of product that best fits YOU.  :)

Tackle Signs of Aging Eyes

allysonShould I be using eye cream?

The answer is YES.  The skin around the eyes is delicate and thin and one of the first areas to show signs of aging.  Eye creams with antioxidants and growth factors can help keep the skin around the eyes hydrated, treat signs of aging, and make your entire complexion appear more youthful. Neocutis Lumière Eye Cream  is a favorite in our Medical Spa as it targets fine lines and dark circles using growth factors to repair fine lines, hyaluronic acid to hydrate, and caffeine to treat puffiness/dark circles.  Not only can it be used under the eye, it is also indicated for the eyelids.  Of course prevention of damage is always key, so sunscreen and sunglasses are important as well.  Tackle these premature signs of aging by prevention and treatment for your best result.

Allyson- Licensed Aesthetician at the MedicalSpa at Corbett Cosmetic

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Before and After with use of Neocutis Lumière Eye Cream

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04/14/2015
InStyle April 2015 “Beauty at Any Age”

“Got dark circles?” This article in the April 2015 issue of InStyle magazine recommends adding a cream with caffeine to your eye-illuminating plan for an added boost. Lumière Bio-Restorative Eye Cream (with caffeine) is just the trick for reducing the appearance of under eye darkness!

Protect your investment.

allysonI can not stress enough the importance of using SPF daily. Too many people think that they only need sunscreen when they are “going out in the sun”. All of those people don’t realize that the majority of sun exposure we get is incidental. When you walk out of your house, to your car, or any time (during the day) you are not wearing SPF,  sun damage is happening. Sun damage will occur in the form brown spots, broken blood vessels, wrinkles, fine lines, even skin cancer. If you want to look young for as long as possible, wear SPF daily.  If you are investing in Botox/Dysport , Filler, IPL, Chemical Peels, etc, you must protect your investment and wear sunscreen.  I am currently obsessed with SkinMedica Total Defense and Repair.  It is labeled a “Super Screen” because not only does it protect from UVA/UVB but also from infrared and heat.  It is the currently the only super screen on the market with this capability.  I also love the ZO Oclipse Sunscreen and primer.  It is a physical sunscreen, which means it does not penetrate, it sits on top of the skin.  It is a broad spectrum, SPF 30 that also behaves as a makeup primer.  (love it)

Allyson- Licensed Aesthetician at the MedicalSpa at Corbett Cosmetic

Winter = Dry Skin

allysonWinter is coming…… Which means dry skin is coming with it. Even people with oily/oily in areas skin types will get dryer in the winter. This is a result from the combination of there being less moisture in the air and the heat being on which also drains the skin of moisture/hydration. What will greatly help with this dilemma is a Hyaluronic Acid serum added to your daily skincare regimen.

Hyaluronic Acid will not only help you hang on to the moisture you naturally produce but also what you are putting into your skin. Naturally found in the body, hyaluronic acid creates fullness, secures moisture, provides structural support to cells vital for collagen production, and can hold 1,000 times its weight in moisture!

So, when your moisturizer isn’t enough this winter consider adding a hyaluronic acid serum such as Phaz Hyaluronic Acid Blend (which is offered at our office) instead of switching moisturizers.  For best results, apply hyaluronic acid serum to the affected area directly after washing your face to retain the moisture and then apply your growth factor, antioxidant, moisturizer and sunscreen. It really could make all the difference for you.  Allyson- Licensed Aesthetician at the MedicalSpa at Corbett Cosmetic