Juvaderm.  Changing the Face of Aging.

 

          While signs of aging are inevitable (especially in the face),  we are lucky to live at a time where there are solutions to this “age old” problem.  We see beautiful celebrities, models, and musicians and chalk their good looks up to genes but this is not always the case.  There is a way to tackle the ares that age us the fastest so that they don’t become too prominent.

 

          As we age, our faces naturally lose their volume and “baby fat”.   While that may sound like a good thing, the thinner our faces are, the more fine lines and wrinkles stand out.  Juvaderm is a collection of fillers that address a multitude of concerns.  Whether it be lifting the cheekbones, concealing lines around your mouth or plumping lips, Juvaderm has a product for you.

 

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          Because there are several members of the Juvaderm family and it can be difficult to determine which product is best for you.  

 

 

*  Juvaderm Ultra and Ultra Plus XC reduce moderate to severe marionette lines and wrinkles around the nose and mouth.  It can also be used to plump the lips.

*  Juvaderm Volume XC is designed to lift and define the cheekbones.

*  Juvaderm Vollure XC is designed to add fullness and plump thin lips.

*  Juvaderm Volbella XC adds subtle volume to the lips and also tackles vertical lip lines.

 

 

Some other commonly asked questions: 

  

 Will there be bruising or swelling?

 

        Juvaderm injections usually result in mild bruising and or swelling.  While this is temporary, it can last up to two weeks.  The good news is that there are ways to reduce it.  Before your treatment, it is important to avoid aspirin, fish oils, alcohol and any of the “G” supplements (garlic, ginkgo biloba,  and ginseng).

 

 

Is Juvaderm safe?

 

          Yes.  Juvaderm is incredibly safe.  It is an FDA approved hyaluronic acid that has a proven track record for safety.  It has been used in practices for years and continues to be clinically tested to guarantee optimal safety and results for patients.

 

 

What if the results of Juvaderm are not what I expected?

 

          Rest assured, there is an “undo” button.  Juvaderm can be dissolved with an injection of hyaluronidase.  It speeds up the natural breakdown of the hyaluronic acid which is what Juvaderm consists of.  It is important to wait two weeks after the procedure before deciding to dissolve the Juvaderm.  It can take up to two weeks to settle and even out properly and often patients who are unhappy the first week after injections find that they are happy with the end results.  

 

Will there be downtime?

 

          Juvaderm is a minimally invasive procedure but you should expect a little downtime afterwards.  It is important to avoid exercise for 2-3 days after treatment to minimize swelling.  While most have incredibly mild swelling or bruising, each patient reacts differently so it’s better to be safe than sorry.  Juvaderm is not recommended any less than two weeks before an event.

 

 

How long will Juvaderm last?

 

          The effects of Juvaderm vary with each patient because we all metabolize the product differently.   There are many variables such as the area that was injected, the amount of product used, and again how quickly one metabolizes the product but Juvaderm typically lasts six months to a year. 

 

 

Does it hurt?

 

          Injections can take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour depending on the area that is being treated.  Anesthesia is not necessary but some physicians may apply a topical anesthetic to make you more comfortable.  Juvaderm also has a numbing agent in the product to minimize discomfort.  As with any procedure involving needles, the initial stick is the worst part.  After that, it’s smooth sailing.  

 

 

What does it cost?

 

          There are several factors in determining the price of cosmetic injectables.  The price of the Juvaderm varies by which product you use (Voluma is the most expensive but lasts longer)  as well as how many syringes you may need.  Of course different practices charge differently but Juvaderm can range anywhere from $300 to over a $1000.  Keep in mind that cheapest is not always better.  This is your face we are talking about!  Do your homework and choose a reputable provider who also has a good price point. 

 

  

          Juvaderm injections should only be administered by a licensed health care provider and it is important to be honest about your medical background prior to treatment for safety reasons. While the product is incredibly safe, there are a handful of patients who aren’t good candidates.  Juvaderm should not be used in patients with severe allergies or a history of anaphylaxis.  Those who have a history of allergies to gram-positive bacterial proteins or lidocaine should also avoid receiving Juvaderm.

 

          At Dermani Medspa, we pride ourselves on being diamond status with Allergan, the makers of Botox and Juvaderm.  We hire only the best cosmetic injectors and are always furthering their education.  If you would like to see if you could benefit from one of the Juvaderm products, call today to schedule your free consultation at 770-212-2242 or go online to dermanimedspa.com

 

 


  Dermaplaning - More than just shaving your face

  

          While watching movies or thumbing through a magazine, have you ever wondered how actresses get their faces to look so flawless?  It’s possible that they have simply been blessed with good genes or have fallen into the hands of a brilliant makeup artist.  It may be combination of things but it’s entirely possible that what you’re seeing may be some of the benefits of dermaplaning.

 

          One of trendiest hair removal options today is dermaplaning.  Dermaplaning is an exfoliation method that requires the use of a sterile surgical scalpel which gently shaves the top layer of skin, the dead skin layer and vellus hair (peach fuzz).  With the build up of dead skin and microscopic hairs, one’s complexion can appear dull, flaky, and can cause breakouts due to clogged pores and follicles.  By removing the dead layer of skin and hair and from the face, the skin is evened out and the result is smoother, fresher, and brighter skin.

 

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          While dermaplaning is trendy, the concept has been around for quite some time.  Often referred to as “shaving the face”, this procedure has been sought after for years.  It is a favorite in the entertainment industry among actresses and models.  By removing dead skin and vellus hairs, skin care products are able to penetrate the skin better and allow for better make-up application.

 

          While there are many perks to dermaplaning, here are just a handful of the benefits and answers to some commonly asked questions-

 

            1.  Dermaplaning is recommended for all skin types.  This procedure doesn’t discriminate and virtually everyone can benefit from it.  Patients with sun damage, fine lines and wrinkles, dry skin and dull skin are all great candidates.  

          2.  Dermaplaning will NOT make your hair grow back darker and thicker.  This myth simply is not true.  Your hair will grow back the same texture and at the same speed as before.  

          3.  There is no downtime with dermaplaning.  In some cases, the skin may appear slightly red but fades quickly.  It is not uncommon for this procedure to performed on one’s lunch break.

          4.  You need to be diligent with SPF after dermaplaning.  Sun protection should be worn every day but it is crucial after post exfoliation.  Your skin will be especially susceptible to the sun after this procedure along with any other type of exfoliation treatment. 

          5.  The results can last for up to four weeks.  Dermaplaning removes three weeks of dead skin cells which allows your skin to glow all month long.  The skin, however, is always growing so you’ll need to consistently schedule treatments to maintain results. 

          6.  Don’t trust just anyone to perform the procedure.  While the procedure is simple, painless, and easy, it does require the use of a sharp scalpel to exfoliate correctly.  It is recommended that you only see a doctor or a medical aesthetician for the best and safest results.  

 

          Dermaplaning is a painless procedure that requires no numbing cream.  Your treating provider will cleanse and dry the skin.  Next, they’ll pull the skin to get it taut with one hand and hold a sterile blade a 45 degree angle with the other.  They will use short, swift strokes to scrape the dead skin cells and fine hairs from the top layer of your skin.  It may sound scary but rest assured, it is not.  The procedure, when done correctly, can be very relaxing!

 

          Perhaps the best part about dermaplaning is that the results are immediate.  The procedure provides many of the same benefits as a chemical peel without the down time and clients often report that their skin has never felt so smooth.

 

          Dermaplaning is usually performed every three to four weeks.  It is important to have the skin complete its normal rejuvenation cycle before going back and having the treatment done again.  The procedure removes 21 days worth of dead skin cells from he facial area so plan on having it done about once a month. 

 

          While the benefits of dermaplaning far outweigh the negatives, here are just a few pros and cons to help you determine if you are a candidate-

 

 

Pros:

*  The procedure painlessly exfoliates the stratum corner to stimulate cellular turnover with zero downtime.

*  It is a great option for clients with sensitive skin or pregnant women who are looking to exfoliate.

*  Dermaplaning can be performed prior to treatments such as facials, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels and allows for better product penetration.

*  Because we are constantly turning over skin cells, it can be performed frequently.

*  It significantly helps lighten acne scars.

*  It is quick (the procedure typically takes less than 30 minutes).

 

 

Cons:

*  The results may not be as long lasting as other hair removal methods because the hair is not removed from the root.

*  Results will vary depending on the individual hair growth cycle of each client.

*  Clients with acne and cystic acne should avoid this treatment as it can cause further irritation.  

 

 

            At Dermani Medspa, we are committed to helping our clients not only meet but exceed their skin care goals.   If having radiant, brighter, and younger looking skin is important to you, maybe it’s time you gave dermaplaning a try.  Call today to schedule your free consultation at 770-212-2242 or go online to schedule at dermanimedspa.com

 


Winter Facials And Why They Are a Must!

 

 

          Mother nature is not always kind to our skin, especially in the winter months.  While we are trekking to work or out shoveling snow, the cold air and harsh winds can leave our faces feeling raw and red.  In addition to the elements, mere temperature changes can shock our skin into protest.  It is crucial that we not forgot our skin in the winter months and even possible that we care for our faces more during these frigid times.   A refreshing winter facial is an excellent way to reset our skin and will restore moisture and improve circulation in preparation for the upcoming season.  The right facial will rejuvenate your skin and keep it glowing as if it were summer.

 

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                The reason we want to improve circulation to our face is to stimulate the skin’s natural renewal.  The stimulation can take the form of exfoliants, masks, or peels, all of which remove dead skin cells and reveal new cells underneath.  All technical terms aside, one of the ultimate benefits of a facial is that of relaxation and stress relief….these are an added bonus to better skin.

 

          Cleansing is critical for all skin types but even more so for those prone to blemishes.  A basic facial includes cleansing which will help unblock pores and will promote healing and restoration of the skin.  While we may think we are cleansing when we shower or remove make-up, a deep cleansing that accompanies a facial  will provide optimum results.  Upon cleansing, nourishing the skin with a good moisturizer is key.  Winter months require more moisture and protection which means we need to remain vigilant in our skin care and sun protection regime.

 

Some additional facts that we tend to forget in the winter months are -

 

Exfoliation is the key to skin turnover and will brighten one’s complexion-

          Skin cells tend to turn over more slowly in the winter which is why an exfoliation treatment will help sluff off gray winter skin and even aid with discoloration and pigmentation.  A gentle peel is a great way to exfoliate and while they usually require staying out of the sun, that is not a problem when it is cold and dark out!

        

Hydration isn’t just about drinking water -

          In colder temperatures, water evaporates out of the skin, leaving it dry and flaky.  A hydration mask can provide moisture and a medical grade facial will help in reducing the redness associated with dry, irritated skin.

 

 

Vitamins and antioxidants give your winter skin that summer glow -

          Many facial treatments seal in vitamins and antioxidants that help protect your skin from the elements.  These blends can help reverse the damage we accumulate with sun exposure and pollution.  In addition, many antioxidants also help reduce inflammation, improve cell circulation and stimulate the growth of new skin cells.

 

 

          Winter can really wreak havoc on our summery complexions but it doesn’t have to.  Following these basic guidelines will ensure that your skin will survive the winter months with minimal setbacks.  

 

 

*  Use lukewarm water 

          - hot showers dry out the skin and if not properly moisturized can cause cracks and winter eczema.

*  Stay hydrated

          -  moisturize to prevent water from escaping the body.

*  Protect your skin 

          -  wear gloves, hats, and most importantly sunscreen to shield the skin from the cold temperatures.

*  Use Skin care products wisely

          - avoid masks and peels, astringents and lotions that contain alcohol as they dry out the skin.

*  Do not exfoliate too much

          -  while exfoliating the skin helps in ridding dead cells, you have to be careful during winter because the skin barrier is already compromised by the cold weather.

*  Don’t forget the hands!

          - the skin on the hands is thinner and has fewer oil glands than other body parts.  Moisture escapes from the hands quickly, making them prone to cracks and itchiness. 

*  Care for your feet

          -choose glycerin based creams and petroleum jelly to moisturize.  Make sure you exfoliate the skin on your feet occasionally so that it can absorb moisturizer easily.

*  Follow a skin care regime

          -  Being consistent with a basic and simple skin care routine will make your skin happy during the winter months.

 

          A customized facial tailored for your needs can result in great results.  By focusing on your skin care concerns early,  you can plan on your winter glow lasting well into the Spring.  Why not treat yourself to a winter facial this month?  Call us today to schedule your free consultation at 770-212-2242 or go online to schedule at dermanimedpsa.com

        


A Guide to IPL Photofacials

 

While virtually everyone wants to have brighter, smoother, and more youthful looking skin, not all are prepared for the risks or recovery time that come along with some cosmetic procedures.  The competitive market of anti-aging procedures has taken note of this fact and continue to create beneficial treatments that require little if any down time.  Photo rejuvenation is the latest in modern dermatology and allows patients to transform their complexion with just a few treatments.  IPLs have been offered at dermatologists and spas for years now, but they are still among the most effective and beneficial treatments that both men and women of all ages can undergo.

 

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IPL photofacials, also known as Pulsed Light Therapy, use a handheld device that emits pulses of broad spectrum light through direct contact with the skin.  IPL photo facials act on the deeper layers of the skin and are ideal for treating broken capillaries, sun damage, and other impurities.  Patients with the following may also benefit from an IPL -

 

 

*  Rosacea

*  Liver (age) spots

*  Hyperpigmentation

*  Spider veins

*  Freckles

*  Fine lines

*  Acne breakouts

*  Texture changes

 

 

During a photofacial treatment, high energy light waves are used to reduce or in some cases completely eliminate many common effects of aging, including wrinkles and skin discolorations.  The IPL works by breaking down the brown and red pigment in the cells beneath the skin’s surface.  The pigment is responsible for most facial blemishes.  The IPL light also stimulates the production of collagen, a natural protein that fills in wrinkles.  The addition of collagen is beneficial as it helps to create a more supple and youthful look.

 

So what can one expect before, during and after an IPL photofacial?  Before the procedure, the client will be given protective eyewear to protect from the bright flashes of light.  A cool gel is applied to the treatment area to lubricate the handpiece while at the same time cool the epidermis during the treatment.  During the procedure, the client will feel a warm sensation brought on by the handpiece.  The sensation from the light has often been described as that of a “snap” from a rubber band.  The number of pulses received will depend on the size of the area being treated.   Intense pulse light therapy is most commonly performed on the face, however, the neck, shoulders, back, and even the hands are treatable areas.  Essentially any area that is exposed to the sun and the elements is a candidate for the treatment.

 

Immediately after the treatment, the treated area will appear slightly red or flushed.  This is quite normal.  Because there is very little damage done to the skin during the treatment, the recovery time from an IPL is minimal.  The side effects of an IPL photofacial will dissipate shortly after the treatment but for some patients, the redness or dark spots may take up to a week to fade.  This is more common for patients with severe acne who are being treated more aggressively.

 

Photofacial treatments can give excellent results but it is imperative that the client protects their skin for several weeks after treatment.   It is important to avoid the sun for several days and to wear plenty of sunscreen following an IPL.  It is suggested that one receive five full face IPL sessions spaced three weeks apart for optimal results.  With each treatment, however, the results become more pronounced so it is not unusual to see the benefits of this treatment early on.

 

Ideal candidates for photofacials are those with white, untanned skin that is still somewhat elastic.  When performed on the right person, the procedure will effectively improve skin texture, eliminate discolorations, reduce pore size, and minimize fine lines and wrinkles.  IPL treatments have also been proven to greatly benefit those who have rosacea, a condition that causes blotchy redness in the face.

 

People with tanned or dark skin may experience changes in skin pigmentation after an IPL which is why they are not always good candidates for the procedure.  Those who have darker skin tones may wish to discuss possible side effects with their treatment provider prior to the procedure.

 

Perhaps one of the greatest benefits of an IPL is that it treats a wide range of skin problems.  With an IPL treatment, clients can have a single treatment and address multiple skin conditions, rather than having to undergo several procedures and address problematic areas one at a time.   In addition, it has a smaller risk of burns and scarring than other laser treatments.

 

At Dermani Medspa, we are committed to helping our clients achieve all of their skin care goals.  If you would like to see if you could benefit from an IPL photofacial, call us today to schedule your free consultation at 770-212-2242 or go online to schedule at dermanimedspa.com.

 


Everything you Need to Know about Botox - Debunking the botox myths

 

 

Botox is a drug that is created from the same toxin that causes a life-threatening type of food poisoning.  This particular toxin is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.  You may be asking yourself why anyone would want to be injected with a toxin, more importantly a toxin that is associated with food poisoning.  That is a very good question!

 

Doctors have used this toxin in small doses to treat a multitude of health problems including

 

 

* Severe underarm sweating

* Cervical dystonia - a neurological disorder that causes severe neck and shoulder muscle contractions

* Blepharospasm - uncontrollable blinking

* Strabismus - misaligned eyes

* Chronic migraine

* Overactive bladder

 

 

As with many FDA drugs on the market today, botox for cosmetic purposes was discovered by accident.  In 1987, Vancouver doctors Jean and Alastair Carruthers, discovered cosmetic benefits in a toxin that had most commonly been used by opthalmologists.  Alastair divided his Vancouver dermatology practice with Jean, who treated pediatric disorders along with conditions such as blepharospasm.  This is an uncontrollable blinking and spasming of the eye and the surrounding areas.  A diluted solution of botulinum toxin was used to treat the condition.  Once injected into the skin, the spasming muscles were temporarily “paralyzed” which relaxed the muscles.  One day, one of Jean’s blepharospasm patients came into her office upset that her forehead hadn’t been injected at her last appointment. Jean told her that her forehead wasn’t spasming and inquired why she wanted to be injected there.  The patient replied “Because when you inject my forehead, my wrinkles go away”!  And the rest is history….

 

The couple’s accidental discovery quite literally changed the face of beauty and since this time has become a billion dollar industry.  Botox is the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment, with more than 6 million Botox treatments administered each year. 

 

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Botulinum toxin is one of the most poisonous substances know to man.  Scientists have estimated that a single gram could kill as many as 1 million people.  In high concentrations, it can result in a life threatening illness.  Despite botulinum being so toxic, Botox itself is in huge demand.  HOW and more importantly WHY might be your next questions.

 

When Botox is injected, it can migrate up to 3 cm from the injection site.  Even if some molecules were to travel to the bloodstream, the cosmetic doses used are significantly less than the toxic dose that would be potentially dangerous.  The cosmetic dose is typically less than 100 units while the toxic dose would be anywhere from 2500-3000 units.  Words such as toxic and deadly don’t really beckon the consumer but hopefully those numbers put you at ease and explain just why Botox is so safely and widely used.

 

Botulinum toxin (Botox) can be injected in extremely small concentrations and works by preventing signals from the nerve cells reaching muscles.  It essentially paralyzes the muscles temporarily.  Just as toxic and deadly aren’t comforting words, neither is paralyzing.  Rest assured, the muscles are not paralyzed by rather relaxed for a period of time.  Practitioners use the word paralyze as a medical term but Botox is temporary, while paralysis is not. When the Botox protein stops functioning, it is broken down into harmless components (amino acids) and is recycled for use in other proteins or excreted by the kidneys.  To date there have been no reports of liver or kidney toxicity.

 

Perhaps the most nagging question is that pertaining to the safety of Botox.  The safety record of Botox is quite robust based on the fact that there have been literally tens of millions of patients treated with Botox.  In addition, Allergan, the makers of Botox, set the bar high for customer safety and product regulations and continue to test the product despite its already pristine reputation.

 

It’s no longer just movie stars and celebrities that are chasing the fountain of youth.  Since it’s FDA approval, Botox has moved mainstream and is now available to anyone, anywhere, making it the number one cosmetic medical treatment in the country.  It is the most safe and effective anti-aging procedure delivering subtle yet undeniable results.  This non invasive procedure takes only minutes, requires no downtime, and while results vary, lasts anywhere from 3-4 months.  The simplicity of the procedure, not to mention the results, keeps men and women of all ages returning time after time to partake of this quick fix.

 

Interested in taking your first step into the fountain of youth?  At Dermani Medspa, we pride ourselves on our team of physicians assistants and injectors and are always expanding our knowledge, technique, and skills.  With our commitment to continuing education, we can guarantee you will be in good hands and will love your results!  Call today to schedule your free consultation at 770-212-2242 or go online to dermanimedspa.com

 

 

          

 

 

 

 


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.

Doctors

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


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