IMAGE Skincare and the Age Later Mission

 

IMAGE Skincare is a revolutionary skincare company that has made it their mission to provide customers with the latest technologies. They leave no stone unturned as they focus on everything from anti-aging, hydration, skin balancing, and illumination.  In an industry complicated by unnecessary chemicals, IMAGE Skincare was created and founded by Janna Ronert who set out to create products made with botanicals and high percentages of safe, proven active ingredients.  Ronert herself  was an aesthetician battling rosacea and believed that women everywhere deserved simplicity, value, and results when it came to their skincare regimes.  Dr. Marc Ronert, Janna’s husband, is a certified plastic surgeon and serves as IMAGE Skincare’s clinical director.  Together, they collaborate with top chemists and physicians to offer a wide selection of products to choose from, all of which are 100% Paraben Free.

 

Janna and her husband Marc founded a non-profit organization created for people who suffer from skin loss due to accidents, burns, scars, or genetic abnormalities.  The foundation’s goal is to restore both facial and body appearance to those who could not otherwise afford these types of surgeries.  To say they like to give back is an understatement and is evidence that the IMAGE line was designed to help customers achieve their best skin.

 

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IMAGE Skincare is a Florida based company and was founded in 2003.  Today, the company offers a full line of products available in many different countries across the world.  The products claim to target five major problems:

 

 

 

     -  Wrinkles

     -  UV damage from the sun

     -  Rosacea

     -  Acne problems

     -  Prematurely aging skin

 

 

Most of IMAGE Skincare’s customers are women, but even men in some of the company’s many warehouses are trained on the products’ ingredients and benefits.  All employees are given free starter kits and are educated on the product lines.  According to Ronert, the founder and chief executive of the company, the training gets the employees “invested in the brand” with the thought process being that if the internal people don’t love it, the external customers won’t”.  The education of both customers and clients is what has helped IMAGE Skincare to build a company that is represented in over 52  countries worldwide.

 

Because the company is invested in product knowledge, the IMAGE brand is considered a “professional” brand, which means that the products are only sold by plastic surgeons, dermatologists, med-spas and hotel spas where there are trained physicians and aestheticians on staff.  As with most products available on the market today, IMAGE products have made their way to Amazon and other unauthorized sites.  Ronert claims that this has been an ongoing issue but an impossible one to combat.  Because IMAGE is a brand that only sells through professionals, products purchased through websites come with a warning to consumers that the company cannot guarantee the quality or efficacy of the products purchased from unauthorized retailers.  IMAGE stands behind their brand, which is reason enough to purchase products from someone who is licensed to do so.  Another measure of success is that less than 1% of orders are returned.  That is an impressive statistic!

 

IMAGE Skincare offers multi-functional products that contain the highest levels of active ingredients.  They represent a multinational, multicultural approach to skin health that is represented by all skin tones and types.  Essentially, IMAGE leaves no skin behind.

 

At Dermani Medspa, we are committed to helping our clients meet all of their skincare needs.  While procedures are key, we understand that what you put on your skin in between treatments is equally as important.  We are proud to be an authorized dealer for IMAGE and offer free skin care assessments along with product knowledge that assures you will get a skincare regimen designed specifically for you!

 

Call today to schedule your free consultation at 770-212-2242 or go online to dermanimedspa.com

 


Microdermabrasion - The Treatment That Will Improve Your Skin

 

Do you ever look at your reflection in the mirror and wish that you had a more even skin tone? If so, you may want to consider microdermabrasion. It seems that new anti-ageing treatments hit the market everyday promising the consumer the sun, the moon, and the stars. Some make good on their promises while others fall short. It can be overwhelming and confusing to stay on top of the trends and know which treatments deliver the best results. Microdermabrasion procedures have stood the test of time and continue to be one of the most sought out exfoliation treatments that make one’s complexion appear smoother, brighter, and more even in color.

 

There are many origins of microdermabrasion that cycle back as far as Ancient Egyptians. Egyptian doctors would use sandpaper to smooth out and soften the appearance of scars. The modern day microdermabrasion was created in Italy by accident when a “collection” device would collect discarded cells that could otherwise be inhaled by physicians. It was also discovered to address other issues that were found with standard dermabrasion techniques. It was determined to cause less pain and at the same time was more effective. This new and improved microdermabrasion treatment gained popularity for being safe and effective with little if any recovery time.

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So, what exactly is microdermabrasion? Microdermabrasion is a procedure used to thoroughly exfoliate the skin. It can be performed by both aestheticians and dermatologists alike. It is a non-invasive treatment that uses no chemicals and tiny crystals to not only exfoliate but to remove the top superficial layer of dry, dead skin cells. While it may sound painful, it is actually one of the gentlest anti-aging treatments around today.

 

The treatment is simple and straightforward and essentially works in two parts with different functions. The first step uses a machine that utilizes crystals, most commonly aluminum oxide crystals, to exfoliate the surface of the skin and the second step uses a vacuum to suck the removed skin cells and debris away. Other microdermabrasion machines use a diamond tipped hand piece that mechanically exfoliates the skin and uses the same type of suction system to vacuum the exfoliated particles away. Crystal machines use a compressor that draw in air through a hand held device or wand. When the device touches the skin, a vacuum is created. In many microdermabrasion devices, the suction pressure can be adjusted to suit client sensitivity. It does not require medications or numbing agents prior to treatment.

 

The microdermabrasion procedure is quick, lasting anywhere from 15-30 minutes. The procedure may take slightly longer if one is wanting other body parts done such as the neck, the hands, or the feet. While the treatment is relatively fast, the results are beneficial and lasting. How many treatments one will need depends on what the end goal is. One treatment will leave your skin looking brighter and feeling soft while multiple treatments will improve specific skin problems. While one will typically see and feel the benefits after a single treatment, a series of 6-10 scheduled 7-14 days apart are typically recommended.

 

Because microdermabrasion works on the surface of the skin, there are minimal issues in term of side effects. After a treatment, it is normal for the skin to appear slightly pink, but will fade within a few hours. Some people have reported to have felt like they had a minor sunburn the day after a treatment but this should not be painful or noticable. The fact that this treatment is quick and has no side effects is one of the reasons it is so popular. A microdermabrasion can be performed on one’s lunch break which is an added bonus to all of the benefits.

 

Additional Benefits of Microdermabrasion:

 

Improves the of efficiency of skin products
Fast and simple procedure
No possible complications or side effects
Diminishes fine lines, wrinkles, and shallow acne scars
Stimulates blood flow, which increases the nutrition delivered to skin cells. This improves cell production, which improves the skin’s elasticity and texture

 

Microdermabrasion Facts:

 

There are over 100 microdermabrasion machines on the market but they all have the same basic design, to exfoliate and suck up dead skin cells.
Removing dead skin using this procedure can aid in the penetration of products by up to 50%.
Many people choose microdermabrasion over chemical peels and laser treatment because it is safer and more cost effective.
The best results are usually seen by people in the early stages of ageing between 35-50.
It is not recommended if you have conditions such as rosacea, eczema, dermatitis, sunburn, herpes, open sores, or widespread acne.
Skin will be more sensitive to sunlight after the procedure so a good sunscreen is crucial.

 

At Dermani Medspa, we are committed to staying current with the latest skin-care trends and procedures, while at the same time continue to offer classic treatments that stand firm and deliver results in the anti-aging market. If you are interested in getting more facts and information on microdermabrasion, call us today to schedule your free consultation at 770-212-2242 or go online to dermanimedspa.com


SkinPen® Precision

 

Microneedling is a technique that has been safely used for years on clients of all different skin types.  Over the years, there have been different versions of this treatment ranging from at home versions to in office.  Because the beauty industry is always evolving, it was only a matter of time before the microneedling concept advanced and that it has.  Introducing SkinPen, taking microneedling a step further.  SkinPen is a medical grade microneedling device designed to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, acne, and scars on both the face and body.  The SkinPen device uses tiny stainless steel needles to create what are called micro injuries to the skin.  While derma pens have been quite effective for microneedling, SkinPen allows different treatment depths for different issues, customizing the treatments for each individual patient.

 

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Shallow Depth treats fine lines, pores, texture, minor scarring and improves crepe skin.

Medium Depth treats fine lines, scarring, mild stretch marks and enables deeper penetrations of solutions. 

Deeper Depths treat deeper acne scars, surgical and traumatic scars, stretch marks, deeper wrinkles, pores texture and enables the deepest penetration of solutions.

 

One might ask why anyone would intentionally create injuries to the skin, especially when it comes to the face. The body is a miraculous thing and when it is wounded, works quickly to repair itself.  The SkinPen needles make small punctures in the dermis and as the body works to repair itself, it stimulates the skin’s natural ability to produce new collagen and elastin for healthier and younger looking skin.

 

There are three phases to the repair process -

 

 *  Phase 1:  Inflammation 

          By piercing the skin, the immune system is triggered to disinfect the wound, increase blood flow, and begin the process of creating new tissue.

 

 *  Phase 2:  Proliferation

          The existing wound or wounds are rebuilt with new cells as well as collagen and elastin which are part of the extracellular matrix.  In addition, a new network of blood cells is developed.

 

 *  Phase 3:  Remodeling

          The wound is replaced with new blood vessels and dermal tissues.  The collagen in the newly formed tissue is replaced with a stronger collagen which can contract to create a tightening on the skin.  

 

Clients often hear the words needles and puncture and decide that this treatment is definitely not for them.  So what should one expect?  For the procedure, a numbing cream is placed on the face 15-30 minutes prior to the treatment.  Most clients report little if any pain and some note a mild stinging sensation that is tolerable.  When asked to rate the pain of SkinPen on a scale from 1-10, most clients stated a 1-2 and said that without a doubt, they would do the treatment again.  This in office procedure is simple, yet so effective; clients come back time and time again to reap the benefits.  The SkinPen is particularly effective for rejuvenating aging skin and is making its mark as the latest trend in age reversal. 

 

Additional benefits to SkinPen are-

 

- Improves fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, hyper pigmentation, stretch marks and skin texture

- Minimally invasive procedure and no-ablative treatment 

- Minimal downtime

- Effective for all skin types, both light and dark

- In office procedure that is quick and simple

 

Preparing for a SkinPen treatment 

 

24 hours before:

Avoid direct sun exposure 

No retinol or Retin-A

No autoimmune treatments

 

3-4 days before:

No self tanner or spray tans

Stop all topical antibiotics, exfoliants, hydroquinone or benzoyl peroxide

No waxing, depilatory creams or electrolysis 

 

2 weeks before:

No facial laser treatments

No dermal fillers for 2 weeks before OR after

 

SkinPen microneedling healing times vary, depending on each individual patient.  It is not recommended to schedule the procedure around important events.  Most clients return to work the next day and can expect mild to moderate redness, similar to a sunburn.  The skin may feel slightly tight or warm.  Most patients make a full recovery within 24 hours, though some experience dryness and slight flaking in addition to the redness.  Patients should avoid exercise and sun exposure for 3 days after the treatment and should not exfoliate for 2 weeks.

 

No skin enhancement is permanent, including microneedling.  SkinPen is a gentle treatment designed for incremental results.   Even when desired results are achieved, the skin continues to age which is why maintenance is not only encouraged, it is necessary.

 

Patients will typically see improvement after only one treatment, though a series of treatments is typically recommended.  If you are just wanting to brighten an already healthy completion, you may benefit from a single treatment.  If you are treating pre-existing damage, you may need 3-6 treatments spaced about a month apart.  A knowledgable treating provider will be able to assess the damage and determine how many sessions you may need.

 

At Dermani Medspa, we offer a free skin care analysis and consultations.  Youthful skin is our business and we take it very seriously.    If you would like to learn more about microneedling and about SkinPen, the next advancement in micro-therapy, call today to schedule an appointment at 770-212-2242 or go online to dermanimedspa.com


How the Med Spa Industry is Redefining the Spa World

 

Over the past decade, there has been a shift in what spas have to offer and one size no longer fits all.  When one hears the word spa, we typically imagine relaxing music, soothing waterfalls, and massages.  While that does sound heavenly, there is another type of spa that seems to be making quite a name for itself.

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Medical spas or Med Spas are one of the most rapidly growing areas of medicine.  According to the American Med Spa Association (AmSpa), as of 2017, there were 4,200 medical spas in the U.S  These Med Spas generated annual sales of nearly 4 billion.  Between 2017 and 2022, revenue is expectedly to grow significantly.

Keep in mind that Medical Spas and their reputations are based on results.  Statistically speaking, they must be doing something right.  You may want to get on the age reversing train but don’t know where to start.  As a client and consumer, it can be difficult to decipher between available treatments and which spa is right for you.

So what is a Medical Spa and what separates it from your average day spa?

A Med Spa is a spa with a medical program which is operated under the supervision of a licensed health care professional.  A reputable Med Spa operates under a valid license due to the nature of some of the medical procedures offered.  Some of these treatments might be-

Laser hair removal
Microneedling 
IPL photofacials
Cool Sculpting
Body contouring and skin tightening
Chemical peels
Botox and facial fillers

Medical Spa’s unique blend of medical technology with relaxation to create treatments that rejuvenate the skin and ease the mind at the same time.  Med Spas are designed and operate with long term results in mind.  Patients will work with dermatologists, nurses, and or aestheticians to achieve desired results.

A Day Spa tends to focus on the relaxation of both the body and mind as well as general well being.  A day spa facility will typically include massage rooms, saunas, and pools, while some go as far as providing fitness programs such as yoga or tai chi.  These spas created for relaxation can stand alone or be part of a resort.  Treatments offered at a day spa might be-

Hot stone massage
Manicures / pedicures
Seaweed / clay masks
Body wraps
Hairstyling

A day spa is built essentially for pampering and relaxation.  Treatments received at a day spa do not provide long term results but rather serve as a place of temporary rejuvenation.
 

At a Medical Spa, you can enjoy many of the essentials of a day spa but with high quality, medical grade products that penetrate deeper for optimum results.  They specialize in corrective cosmetic treatments and it’s important to note that often times, multiple treatments will be required.  A medical aesthetician will be able to determine how many procedures will be necessary.

It is important when choosing a Med Spa that you ask the right questions to ensure that you are choosing both a safe and reputable facility.  Some of these questions might include-

How long has the spa been operating?
Does the facility operate under a licensed physician?
Are the treating technicians licensed appropriately?
Ask for explanations on which treatment is suitable for you.
Ask for explanations on why certain treatments aren’t suitable of you.

Dermani Medspa combines the relaxation of a spa with with the latest medical technology to create a comfortable environment for our clients while delivering thorough treatments and long term results.  Because we recognize the uniqueness of our clients, we create individualized skin care programs and focus on client education.  If you would like to see what all the buzz is surrounding Med Spas, call us today to schedule your free consultation at 770-212-2242 or go online to schedule at dermanimedspa.com


Chemical Peels for Acne

        A Chemical Peel is a form of exfoliation that uses a type of chemical solution to remove dead skin cells from the top layer of the skin.  The treatment takes roughly 30 minutes while the peeling process can last anywhere from 3-5 days (depending on the type and the strength of the peel).  A chemical peel can reveal a brighter and smoother complexion and improve the overall look and feel of the skin after a single treatment.  While results can be seen after a single treatment, for long term results, a series of at least three peels scheduled four to six weeks apart is recommended.  Other benefits to receiving a chemical peel are:

*Improving the skin’s color, tone, and texture

*Reducing discoloration caused by sun damage

*Stimulating new collagen and promoting healthy skin growth

*Smoothing away fine lines and wrinkles

*Increasing the skin’s hydration

*Helping to clear up breakouts

*Helping to clear up acne scars

 

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          Let’s take a minute to discuss the last two benefits of receiving a chemical peel listed above. It is common knowledge that peels are good for overall skin appearance but there tends to be some skepticism when it comes to peels being a way in which to treat acne.  Those that have struggled with acne or acne scarring throughout their life are understandably hesitant when it comes to embarking on yet another treatment option.  Acne be unsightly and often uncomfortable for the bearer of breakouts and scarring.  As a result, clients often feel hopeless and lack self esteem.

          When topical medications are no longer providing desired results, a better complexion may be achieved with an acne chemical peel.  Yes, there is such a thing.  An acne peel takes the chemical peel a step further and is designed specifically for the client that struggles with breakouts in mind.  The treatment process of an acne peel is the same as a regular chemical peel with recovery time again depending on the type and strength of the peel.  Upon receiving an acne peel, patients often experienced some temporary side effects such as redness, drying, and flaking. 

        While there are several types of chemical peels, they all fit into one of three categories - 

Superficial:  Superficial peels penetrate the surface layer of the skin, helping to shed the cells on the skin’s surface.  At the same time, they also have anti-inflammatory properties that reduce oil secretions.  Advantages of a moderate peel are -

* Help to smooth dry skin

* Help with pigmentation problems

* Remove blemishes

* Control acne

* Reduce blotchiness

* Shorter recovery time 

Moderate: Medium peels penetrate more deeply into the skin than superficial peels.  They cause peeling of deeper layers of the skin and produce collagen and elastin which help to give the skin it’s elasticity.  Advantages of moderate peels are -

* Facial lines are removed making the appearance of wrinkles less noticeable

* Improves the skin’s pigmentation 

* Helps with dry skin and old acne scarring

Deep:  Deep peels penetrate most deeply into the skin and are used to treat acne scars.  Because the deep peels use stronger acids, the procedure MUST be administered by a trained physician or aesthetician (in essence, don’t try this at home)!  Advantages of deep peels are -

*Ability to remove pre-cancerous growths

*Long lasting effect

* Helps with deep or course wrinkles

* Eliminates deeper acne scars

* Controls acne

* Only a single treatment is necessary to see results

          Over the counter peels do not cause the same effects to the skin and as a result cannot produce the same sort of results that a treatment performed by a physician or an aesthetician is likely to achieve.  Both superficial and medium peels are somewhat effective in treating acne while medium and deep chemical peels tend to be more helpful for scar reduction.  A trained professional will be able to analyze the patients skin and determine what peel is best.  It is not uncommon for a treatment provider to start with a mild peel and work the client up to a deeper peels.  

          While there are some disadvantages to chemical peels, the advantages far outweigh them, particularly for those with severe skin problems.  At Dermani Medspa, we value both our clients and their skin and are skilled at creating treatment plans customized to each individual.  Interested in finding out which peel is right for you? 

      Call today to schedule your free consultation at 770-212-2242 or go online to

Dermanimedspa.com


Chemical Peels for Acne

        A Chemical Peel is a form of exfoliation that uses a type of chemical solution to remove dead skin cells from the top layer of the skin.  The treatment takes roughly 30 minutes while the peeling process can last anywhere from 3-5 days (depending on the type and the strength of the peel).  A chemical peel can reveal a brighter and smoother complexion and improve the overall look and feel of the skin after a single treatment.  While results can be seen after a single treatment, for long term results, a series of at least three peels scheduled four to six weeks apart is recommended.  Other benefits to receiving a chemical peel are:

*Improving the skin’s color, tone, and texture

*Reducing discoloration caused by sun damage

*Stimulating new collagen and promoting healthy skin growth

*Smoothing away fine lines and wrinkles

*Increasing the skin’s hydration

*Helping to clear up breakouts

*Helping to clear up acne scars

 

chemical-peels

          Let’s take a minute to discuss the last two benefits of receiving a chemical peel listed above. It is common knowledge that peels are good for overall skin appearance but there tends to be some skepticism when it comes to peels being a way in which to treat acne.  Those that have struggled with acne or acne scarring throughout their life are understandably hesitant when it comes to embarking on yet another treatment option.  Acne be unsightly and often uncomfortable for the bearer of breakouts and scarring.  As a result, clients often feel hopeless and lack self esteem.

          When topical medications are no longer providing desired results, a better complexion may be achieved with an acne chemical peel.  Yes, there is such a thing.  An acne peel takes the chemical peel a step further and is designed specifically for the client that struggles with breakouts in mind.  The treatment process of an acne peel is the same as a regular chemical peel with recovery time again depending on the type and strength of the peel.  Upon receiving an acne peel, patients often experienced some temporary side effects such as redness, drying, and flaking. 

        While there are several types of chemical peels, they all fit into one of three categories - 

Superficial:  Superficial peels penetrate the surface layer of the skin, helping to shed the cells on the skin’s surface.  At the same time, they also have anti-inflammatory properties that reduce oil secretions.  Advantages of a moderate peel are -

* Help to smooth dry skin

* Help with pigmentation problems

* Remove blemishes

* Control acne

* Reduce blotchiness

* Shorter recovery time 

Moderate: Medium peels penetrate more deeply into the skin than superficial peels.  They cause peeling of deeper layers of the skin and produce collagen and elastin which help to give the skin it’s elasticity.  Advantages of moderate peels are -

* Facial lines are removed making the appearance of wrinkles less noticeable

* Improves the skin’s pigmentation 

* Helps with dry skin and old acne scarring

Deep:  Deep peels penetrate most deeply into the skin and are used to treat acne scars.  Because the deep peels use stronger acids, the procedure MUST be administered by a trained physician or aesthetician (in essence, don’t try this at home)!  Advantages of deep peels are -

*Ability to remove pre-cancerous growths

*Long lasting effect

* Helps with deep or course wrinkles

* Eliminates deeper acne scars

* Controls acne

* Only a single treatment is necessary to see results

          Over the counter peels do not cause the same effects to the skin and as a result cannot produce the same sort of results that a treatment performed by a physician or an aesthetician is likely to achieve.  Both superficial and medium peels are somewhat effective in treating acne while medium and deep chemical peels tend to be more helpful for scar reduction.  A trained professional will be able to analyze the patients skin and determine what peel is best.  It is not uncommon for a treatment provider to start with a mild peel and work the client up to a deeper peels.  

          While there are some disadvantages to chemical peels, the advantages far outweigh them, particularly for those with severe skin problems.  At Dermani Medspa, we value both our clients and their skin and are skilled at creating treatment plans customized to each individual.  Interested in finding out which peel is right for you? 

      Call today to schedule your free consultation at 770-212-2242 or go online to

Dermanimedspa.com


To Fill or Not to Fill… (A crash course in Juvederm®)

         It used to be that aging simply meant aging.  These days, aging can mean a host of different things.  One thing we can all agree on, however,  is that face is the first place to shows signs of aging.  In this era of youth and beauty quests, most will stop at nothing to fight or at least slow down the aging process.  Often times people find themselves in a dermatologist or plastic surgeon’s office frustrated with lines, creases, and wrinkles.  It has become common practice to “plump” the offending crease.  In essence, see a wrinkle, fill a wrinkle.  Yes! It really is that easy.

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          Sound too good to be true?  It’s not.  While there are literally dozens of facial treatments and procedures designed to reverse the process of aging,  injectable fillers have become common practice for women and men of all ages.  Fillers are desirable because the results are fairly immediate.  Unlike surgery, they are non invasive and require no down time other than the possibility of mild bruising or swelling.  While fillers are not inexpensive, when compared to the alternative of cosmetic surgery, the price is a mere drop in the bucket!

            The competitive market today has made it not only easy to find a reputable injector but affordable as well with very little if any downtime at all.  While people typically need to receive botox once every 3-4 months, fillers can last a year and in some people longer.  Botox and fillers have completely different functions but used together can dramatically reverse the signs of aging. The price of injectable fillers is higher, yes.  That being said, they last longer which levels the playing field.

What areas can dermal fillers address?

-  Nasolabial folds (lines from the nose to the mouth)

-  Melomental fold (lines from the mouth to the chin)

-  Lines above the upper lip

-  In the lips for both volume and definition 

-  To restore volume to both the cheeks and cheekbones 

-  Frown lines (this is achieved best when combined with Botox)

  

          If you are one of the many who would like to reduce or in some cases completely eliminate the appearance of wrinkles or enhance your lips, dermal fillers are a great option.  Fillers are a minimally invasive procedure in which a natural substance that is already found in the body (hyaluronic gel) is injected just below the surface of the skin.  The procedure adds volume to the facial structures. 

          One of the most widely used fillers is Juvederm®, though there are several different products available in this line.  There is Juvederm® Ultra Plus XC, Juvederm® Ultra XC and Juvederm® Voluma XC.  While all of these products are formulated to target aging skin, they all work differently and are each designed for specific areas.  While a skilled injector will know which product should be used in a particular area, it can be a bit overwhelming to a patient who is just starting to step into the injectable world.  So what’s the difference between the products?  We are so glad that you asked!

          Both Juvederm® Ultra Plus XC and Juvederm® Ultra tend to be softer hyaluronic fillers. They are typically used on the lips and around the mouth to reduce both fine lines and wrinkles.  By injecting Juvederm® around the nose and mouth, the treatment adds volume to the skin to smooth out any lines or folds. Both of these products can last anywhere between 9 months and a year. 

          Voluma is a newer product in the Juvederm® family and these days, it’s all the rave.  A clinical study determined that 6 to 18 months after treatment, all study participants rated their results positively.  It is a thicker hyaluronic filler that is designed to restore lost volume in the cheeks.  Voluma is injected deeply into the cheek area (no, it does not hurt) to correct volume loss that is usually age related.  It is ideal for cheek, mid face, and chin lifts and unlike the other Juvederm® products, it can last up to two years.  

          An added benefit to dermal fillers is that they can be built upon.  If someone was to receive a syringe of one of these fillers and a month later feels they would like to add more volume, there is no damage in adding to and building upon what was already injected.  For some, more than one injection may be necessary to achieve the desired look.  Because hyaluronic acid is a natural product,  eventually the filler will be absorbed by the body and will need to be replenished.  So while the results are virtually immediate and long lasting, they are not permanent.  

          If you are interested in plumping up your lips, reducing sagging skin or correcting mild to severe facial wrinkles and folds, we are confident that there is a dermal filler product designed to meet your needs.  At Dermani Medpsa, we are committed to helping our patients age gracefully and are here to answer any and all questions you might have.  Dermani Medspa is a TOP 250 provider with Allergan, the only maker of Juvederm®!

          Call today to schedule your FREE consultation at 770-212-2242 or go online to schedule at Dermanimedspa.com.  We look forward to speaking with you.


Laser Hair Removal…the best solution to permanent hair reduction!

         If you happen to be someone who feels like you spend countless hours a week shaving, chances are you have longed for an easier solution to unwanted hair.  It used to be that waxing was the only alternative to shaving and while effective, it has it’s own challenges.  For starters, waxing can be a bit messy, quite uncomfortable, and like shaving  is just a temporary solution to what seems to be a never-ending problem.  Many years ago, laser hair removal entered the arena and it was a total game changer in the quest to get rid of unwanted hair. 

 

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      Laser hair removal is a process that removes hair by means of exposure to pulses of laser light.  It is a long lasting form of hair removal that damages or destroys the hair  by using light to target the pigment in each individual hair.  The light travels down the shaft of the hair to the follicle under the skin after you shave.  As a result the heat from the laser kills the follicle so that hair can no longer grow from it.   While shaving is required prior to laser hair removal, it is important to know that waxing is not.  Waxing removes the hair as well as the follicle and without the follicle, the laser has no target. 

          While laser hair removal was performed experimentally for about twenty years, it only became commercially available in the 1990’s.  Since that time, the lasers have come a long way with constant advancements and improvements to the machines, the treatments themselves and even the spectrum of who can benefit from the procedures.  It used to be that darker skin tones could not benefit from laser hair removal and that is no longer the case.  Laser hair removal used to be pretty uncomfortable or downright painful depending on who you asked but these days, the procedure is both quick AND painless making it the most effective treatment available when it comes to hair removal.

          While hair removal IS permanent, clients who undergo laser hair removal should expect that some hair will grow back.  This is quite normal.  The amount of time that  regrowth takes will depend on the person’s hair growth cycle and their particular type of hair.  Hair that is in a resting phase will grow more slowly than hair that is in another phase.  Another reason for regrowth is if the follicle is merely damaged and not destroyed during the hair removal process.  Many treating physicians now refer to laser hair removal as permanent hair reduction.  This does not mean that laser hair removal does not work.  It simply means that upon completing one’s full treatment cycle, one should expect one or two touch ups a year.  That’s a heck of a lot better than shaving and waxing! 

 Some things to consider prior to receiving laser hair removal are - 

1.  It is important to stay out of the sun before your appointment, this includes artificial tanning as well.

     -  Because the laser is designed to target pigment, the darker ones the skin, the more the laser will be drawn to it.  

2.  One must shave the area that they are getting layered.

     -  Again, because the laser is targeting pigment, any hair on the exterior of the skin will attract the light from the laser.  The goal is for it to hit the follicle.

3.  Depending on the size of the area one is treating, appointments can take anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour.

4.  Do not receive laser hair removal anywhere near the eyes.  If your provider suggests this…find a new provider!

5.  If you want to see results, you MUST be consistent. 

6.  One should begin to see results in about 3 months. 

7.  Some hair and skin types may be a little more difficult and take longer to treat.  

8.  One should avoid hot showers and lather up on sunscreen post treatment. 

 

Minor side effects to laser hair removal are common and may include-

*  Redness

*  Blistering 

*  Temporary changes in the color of the skin, particularly in people with darker skin tones 

     (it is common for a treatment provider to do a test spot prior to procedure).

  

          While laser hair removal is safe and effective, it is imperative that one provide an accurate and detailed medical history with the provider before starting treatment.  This will greatly reduce risks and any possible side effects.  Consistency is also another key factor in achieving  optimum results.  Upon starting laser hair removal, one must commit to being treated once every 4-6 weeks to stay on top of the hair’s growth cycle.  After about 4 to 5 treatments, one will notice a decrease in the hair that grows back. While some clients achieve results in as little as 8 sessions,  most people should expect to receive 12 -15 treatments.  

          Laser hair removal significantly reduces the amount of body hair that a person has which is what makes it such a desired procedure.  While hair may regrow over time, it will be considerably less than that with one started with.  Because laser hair removal is a customized treatment, certain skin complexions and hair types may have quicker or better results than others.  

          At Dermani Medspa, we suggest discussing your treatment goals with a specialist.  If you would like to see if you are a candidate for laser hair removal, call us today to set up your free consultation at 770-212-2242 or go online to schedule at dermanimedspa.com.

 

We look forward to speaking with you!

 


Coolsculpting... Non-surgical Fat Removal

          Looking for a non-invasive way to diminish excess fat that seems to be diet and exercise resistant?  Are you at your desired weight but still have a bit of extra fat around your thighs, abdomen or flanks?  If so, CoolSculpting might be an excellent option for you.

abdomen          In recent years, there have been multiple procedures for the noninvasive reduction of adipose tissue.  Some of these include cryolipolysis, radiofrequecy, low level laser and high intensity focused ultrasound.  Of all of these technologies, cryolipolysis has been available the longest and has also been the most researched making it one of the most trusted procedures for fat reduction on the market today. 

          CoolSculpting is a highly advanced technology that uses cryolipolysis, a process that “freezes” the fat.  It works by placing the desired treatment area into two panels that cool the unwanted fat to a freezing temperature. The procedure uses extreme cold to dispose of the fat through the body’s lymphatic system.  This extreme cold is externally applied to the areas of unwanted fat which essentially damages the fat cells within.  Because the fat is expelled by the body naturally, the process can take time. Results can typically be seen anywhere from a few weeks to a few months post procedure.  While results won’t be visible until about 90 days after the CoolSculpting session, one can expect an effective a long term solution to their unwanted fat.

       Studies continue to show that CoolSculpting is a very effective non-invasive fat reduction procedure.  The procedure’s popularity continues to increase in the United States and since it’s approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2010, CoolSculpting procedures have increased by 823 percent!
 

           It is important to note that while CoolSculpting is highly effective, it is not a weight loss procedure.  The best candidates are those who are within their ideal weight range, those who eat right and exercise regularly.  Realistic expectations are key and patients must be willing to maintain the results of CoolSculpting with a healthy and active lifestyle.

          As with any fat reduction procedure, the question most often asked is what will happen if one gains weight after the procedure?  Upon CoolSculpting, the treated fat cells are destroyed and leave the body’s system for good.  The fat cells that were removed will not come back but weight gain is still a possibility.  The process of gaining (and even losing) weight is different from the process of destroying fat.  When one loses weight, the fat cells shrink.  When one adds more pounds, they don’t gain additional fat cells.  Instead, the cells become larger, making one larger.  As with ANY weight loss procedure, patient participation is crucial in maintaining results.  CoolSculpting is an excellent resource to jump start the fat reduction process and those who remain dedicated to the process will ultimately see the most improvement. 

          So what can one expect during this fat reduction treatment?  While the patient may initially feel cold, they will comfortably be able to read, relax, and even talk on the phone.  The length of of the treatment is determined by the area that is being treated.  Procedures can be as little as 45 minutes and as long as a few hours.  After the treatment, patients can resume their normal activities immediately.  Some may experience redness, mild bruising and swelling. 

          At Dermani Medspa, we have always been committed to helping our clients achieve their skin care goals.  In today’s competitive and beauty driven society, we understand and value the importance of body confidence as well.  Regardless of age or stage of life, we believe that there is are treatment options available for everyone.

          If you would like to see if you are a candidate for CoolSculpting call today to schedule your free consultation at 770-212-2242 or go online to Dermanimedspa.com.

  


Microdermabrasion: What is it and what are the benefits?

        As the largest organ in the body, the skin serves as a barrier to the elements and foreign substances literally every minute of the day.  As result of its hard work, the skin shows signs of aging over the years through scars, changes in pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles.  Men and women of all ages who are looking to treat these flaws may be interested in the benefits of Microdermabrasion.  The treatment has been around for years and it continues to rank as one of the most effective skin rejuvenation treatments on the market.
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          Microdermabrasion is a non invasive exfoliating procedure which is typically performed with a handheld device that gently removes the top layer of the skin.  While removing the top layer of dry skin can show immediate improvement, the process also helps to speed up cell turnover and over time reveals healthier and more youthful looking skin.  

          The benefits of Microdermabrasion are many making it one of the most popular skin care treatments available today.  A single Microdermabrasion treatment can remove up to three times the number of dead skin cells than other exfoliating treatments.  In addition to being effective, Microdermabrasion requires zero down time which means one could squeeze a treatment in on their lunch break!  Unlike other spa treatments available today, Microdermabrasion does not discriminate.  This treatment is suitable for all skin types and because the treatment settings are widely adjustable, the treating professional is able to tailor the treatment to the individual. 

          So how does Microdermabrasion work?  It essentially works in two parts.  The Microderm machine utilizes tiny crystals to remove the dead skin cells.  These crystals can be made up of any number of substances, the most common being aluminum oxide.   Throughout the exfoliation process, a tiny built in vacuum sucks the removed skin cells and any other debris away.  Most Microdermabrasion devices can be adjusted which allows the technician to adjust the suction pressure to the clients sensitivity.  

Microdermabrasion is ideal for candidates looking to improve

* Fine lines

* Large pores

* Pigmentation and skin blemishes

* Age spots 

* Scarring from acne

* Dull skin

 

          In addition to the above listed benefits, Microdermabrasion has other advantages as well. The process can improve blood circulation deep within the skin, improving blood flow and supplying more oxygen and nutrients to the cells.  This improves cell processes and improves overall elasticity.  

          Because Microdermabrasion removes dead skin, the treatment has been proven to enhance the absorption of skin care products considerably allowing the skin to be more receptive to cleansers, serums, and moisturizers.  Not only is the treatment good for your skin...it’s good for your skin care regimen too and helps to stretch your products further.

          It is not uncommon to notice results after one treatment.  If one is simply looking to brighten the skin or remove blackheads,  a single Microdermabrasion treatment will suffice.  For best results, however, 5 to 8 treatments are suggested.  

          Would you like to find out if you could benefit from Microdermabrasion?  At Dermani Medspa, we are committed to working with our clients to help them achieve all of their skin care goals.  Call today to schedule your free consultation or go online to dermanimedspa.com.

 


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