Longer, Fuller Lashes with Latisse

 

Does Latisse really work?  The answer is YES.  Latisse really does work.

Since FDA approval in 2008, Latisse has become THE celebrity-loved lash treatment. It is praised for its ability to grow longer, thicker, darker lashes for those of us who have sparse, thin, or nearly none. It not only extends the growth phase of the existing hair, but also increases the number of hairs that actually grow. Some of my patients even have to cut them because they get so long!

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Latisse is a topical prescription solution applied to the top lash line every night with gradual results over 4-16 weeks. It’s simple, quick, and it really works!   The Medical Spa at Corbett Cosmetic offers Latisse in the 3ml quantity.  If you are one that struggles with sparse, thin, or short lashes, I encourage you to try Latisse.  I think you will love the results

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-.Lyzah, Registered Nurse at The Medical Spa at Corbett Cosmetic

 

 

What are age spots?

What are Age Spots?

Age spots are pigmented lesions caused by excess melanin in skin cells resulting from UV exposure. People of any age or race can develop these spots. (That was the bad news.) The good news is that there are several treatment options that can help you achieve that beautiful, even skin tone again. Topical treatments used to bleach, lighten or brighten include Hydroquinone, Lytera, or Chemical Peels.  Another popular option is IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), for skin types I-IV,  which can pull the excess pigment out of the skin for an immediate improvement. We recommend using Lytera with retinol  to protect your investment and results after your IPL treatment.  Regardless of the treatment option you choose, sunscreen should always be applied afterwards and daily.

Dermal Filler Dos.

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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.

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

Is filler permanent?

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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

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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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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!

Retinol Really Works!!!

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HI, I’m Allyson and I am a licensed Aesthetician at Corbett Cosmetic.

I can not emphasize enough just how important it is to be using Retinol, daily. This SINGLE active ingredient can tackle acne, pores, fine lines, wrinkles, skin texture, and skin discolorations. It’s amazing!

Now with all of that being said, it is also important to know the proper way to use retinol. Exfoliation is like exercise. You can’t start out lifting 100lb weights as a beginner, you start with 1-5lb weights. When you initially begin your use of retinol, it’s important to use a lower percentage (such as .25) and introduce the product to your skin slowly (starting with use only every 2-3 days). Almost everyone will better tolerate retinol vs. retinoic acid. The difference is that retinol can be micronized, time released, and buffered to make the continued daily application much easier. Retinoic acid is RX Tretinoin and is not micronized, time released, or buffered. This can cause more skin irritation than retinol.

Despite Retinol’s superstar status is does not eliminate the need for a balanced skincare regimen. This will ultimately give you beautiful, healthy skin that look and acts younger.

Allyson, Licensed Aesthetician

Corbett Cosmetic Aesthetic Surgery and MedSpa

Chemical Peels

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I love chemical peels!

Chemical Peels are a non-invasive path to improving your skin’s overall appearance. Depending on the concentration and number of peels in your series, you can expect minor to major improvements. Superficial Chemical Peels typically contain alpha and beta hydroxyl acids (glycolic and salicylic acids). Peels can help with fine lines, wrinkles, skin discolorations, skin texture, and blackheads. You may experience some redness, increased skin sensitivity, and yes- FLAKING. Though in about a week, all is replaced by fresh, smooth, new skin. The most important thing to keep in mind is that chemical peels are not anti-aging miracles! You must keep your expectations realistic. All in all, the combination of superficial chemical peels and the right daily skincare routine will help you to achieve healthier, younger looking skin. –  Allyson, Medical Aesthetician

So what are Fillers?

Fillers represent the single largest growth sector of aesthetic medicine over the past few years yet I don’t think a lot of people know what they are or how they are used.

So here’s Filler 101. Most of the fillers out there today, Restylane® and Juvederm® are the most common ones, are composed of Hyaluronic Acid (HA). HA is a protein that is already all over your body. It’s in your skin and joints and connective tissue. HA’s have replaced Collagen injections because they last longer and are easier to use. The longevity of the fillers varies but tends to be many months at least with some of them lasting several years.

Uses: Fillers fill and that’s how we use them. They are not intended to smooth fine lines or crows feet or frown lines. That’s what the toxins do, think Botox® and Dysport®. Fillers restore volume to your face. As we age, our faces loose volume, particularly our midface. The mid face is the area between your lower eyelids down to the bottom of your nose. What happens is the fat pads we have in that area tend to shrink and descend. So, with the fillers we can safely restore that volume. It’s that simple.

Now, fillers can be used all over the face and commonly are. We inject them in the temple, between the eyes, in tear troughs, the nose, cheeks, nasolabial folds, marionette lines, lips and along the jawline. They are very versatile.

The lip injections are what most people see and they are the reason, based on the comments I hear from women, that some patients shy away from fillers. Some patients prefer a larger lip that some others may see as being “over done”. This is really a matter of opinion but the point is, if you see a patient with a very full lip or cheek or wherever, it’s because they like it that way. They have simply requested more filler. You don’t automatically get huge lips just because you inject some filler. Some patients request 1 syringe ( 1cc) of filler, others 3 or 4 syringes.

Fillers are injected in the office usually with topical anesthesia. The whole process takes about 30 minutes. After, you can have some swelling, or bruising and the area may be a little tender for a while. Overall there is very little down time associated.

So there’s a brief summary of fillers. If you are interested or have more questions please just contact our office. 502.721-0330.

Lee Corbett, MD

Medical Director of Corbett Cosmetic

Skin Care 101…Do you have the right products?

G-R-A-S-S : This is the acronym that one of our skin care lines, Skin Medica®, uses to remind us of the components everyone’s daily skin care regimen should include.

Grass breaks down this way…G: Growth Factors R: Retinols A: Anti oxidants S: Sunscreen S: Specialty products

Growth factors are proteins that are normally found in your skin. They are important because they help the skin repair and remodel itself, help prevent collagen breakdown, and prevent aging. The problem is levels tend to decrease as we age, which is when we need growth factors the most. Thus the prescription strength product lines such as SkinMedica® and SkinCeuticals® should be included in everyone’s skin care regimen to help replace this key to youthful skin.

Retinoids are derivatives of Vitamin A and are excellent exfoliants. They help rid you of the top layer of dead skin cells that lead to more fine lines and overall a more dull complexion. This not only leaves you with healthier, younger looking skin, it also allows your other skin care products to reach the healthy skin cells.

Anti-oxidants are very important in protecting your skin from environmental stresses like UVA light and pollution. Sun is probably the single most destructive external element that damages skin. As the skin is damaged the cells change and free radicals result within your cells causing oxidation. Anti-oxidants stop this process and protect the skin from the environment. Common examples of topical anti-oxidants include Vit. A, C and E which are found in many skin care lines.

Sunscreen is critical to any skin care regimen. Nothing is worse for your skin than excess sun exposure and tanning beds. UVA, which accounts for most of the sun’s rays, is the dominant cause of skin aging and even skin cancers. Protecting your skin from these damaging rays is essential.

Specialty Ingredients are the products that treat particular issues such as acne or things like hyper-pigmentation (brown spots)/melasma that tend emerge as a result of too much sun or hormone changes or pregnancy.

There are several prescription strength product lines that incorporate some or all of the components mentioned above. In our MediSpa, we have carefully chosen specific products from the SkinMedica®, SkinCeuticals®, NeoCutis® and Obagi® lines that we feel offer the best result for the best value. If you have any questions about your skin care feel free to contact our East Louisville office at 502-721-0330.

Lee Corbett, MD

Medical Director Corbett Cosmetic Aesthetic Surgery and MediSpa