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Why CO2 Lumenis For Rejuvenation?

Revolutionary CO2 lasers from Lumenis with a unique patented Acupulse™ technology to lessen side effects and downtimes of traditional CO2 laser. These CO2 procedures can offer total solutions in one treatment with minimal downtime for treatment of sun damage, fine and deep lines, and combines superficial and deep treatment of acne scars. This procedure can be used to effectively treat fine lines, wrinkles, and discoloration, as well as other effects of aging and sun damage. The laser beam is applied in a fraction pattern to create columns of thermal damage on the skin to stimulate new collagen. Columns are spaced out so that the remaining tissue is spared, resulting in faster healing. The AcuPulse system uses unparalleled high-power-short duration pulse technologies that maximize treatment effectiveness, safety and patient comfort, as well as minimize downtime and risk of complications resulting from treatments. Lumenis’ CO2 laser optimally treats a broad range of conditions from gentle superficial treatments to deep contracted scar revision. Fractionated laser resurfacing has become an important part of rejuvenating the changes that occur with aging and sun exposure. Non-surgical, minimal downtime!

Acupulse™ CO2 by Lumines is the new gold standard laser skin tightening and skin resurfacing system combining multiple levels in one device for improved efficiency. The high energy beams activates important healing cells called Fibroblasts which turn on and begin laying down strands of fresh collagen and elastin. This can also target melanin deposits in the skin which can also even out skin tone. For clear, healthy, beautiful skin, learn more about Acupulse™ CO2 by Lumines. 540.371.9098 for your free consultation and assessment!

NEW!!! ZO GROWTH FACTOR EYE SERUM

ZO Growth Factor Eye Serum is formulated to support the thin, aging & fragile skin around the eyes.

It offers fast-acting features and ingredients with clinically proven ZO®Growth Factor Technology to achieve improvement in the appearance of expression lines, eye creasing and hollowness for a visibly revived look.  A supporting blend of peptides  and extracts provide superior rejuvenation in restoring eye skin health. Fast-acting ingredients, in combination with the cooling applicator, ensure hydrationeven product absorption and skin stimulation to revive the look of tired eyes.

Clinically proven ZO®Growth Factor Technology penetrates deep and supports skin’s natural regeneration of collagen and hyaluronic acid for a more youthful, glowing appearance.

BENEFITS

  • Reduces the appearance of expression lines and eye wrinkles
  • Visibly improves the appearance of volume
  • Improves plumpness and hydration
  • Cooling applicator revives the look of tired eyes
  • Re-invigorates eye skin health and vitality

KEY INGREDIENTS

  • ZO® Growth Factor Technology – enzymatic plus plant-derived growth factors support skin’s natural restorative pathways
  • Neuropeptide – fast-acting; improves the appearance of lines and wrinkles
  • Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate – fast-acting hydrator; plumps and visibly fills in creases

Creates an optimal environment for eye skin health restoration.

MICRONEEDLING WITH PRP!

PIN microneedling

Microneedling with PRP is a cosmetic treatment that stimulates collagen production by rolling fine needles over the skin and applying platelets, which are one of the components of blood. The addition of PRP from the blood may make microneedling more effective. … These proteins help skin tissue repair itself. PRP is created from a person’s own blood, and is a concentrated blend of plasma cells and specific growth factors. This blood sample that is taken in office is then placed into a centrifuge which separates the plasma from the red and white blood cells. Plasma contains a high concentration of stem cells, platelets, and growth factors to help stimulate collagen and elastin production for youthful-looking skin.

What are the Benefits of Microneedling with PRP?

  • Reduces broken capillaries and spider veins.
  • Reduces the appearance of large pores.
  • Reduces acne and acne scarring
  • Evens skin tone, acne, acne scarring, 
  • Improves the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles.
  • Gives the skin a fresh glow.
  • Gives the skin a firmer & smoother texture.
  • Helps lighten sun spots.

Microneedling with PRP is an effective, highly advanced technique to trigger natural collagen production in the skin tissues. At GlowMD Laser Medspa, our mission is to provide our clients with the most updated and state of the art procedures to preserve, maintain, and restore skin on the face and body.  Microneedling with PRP can do wonders for skin that has begun to show the signs of aging, or for a nice rejuvenation. Your body’s natural healing processes are accelerated with PRP, and as the collagen production increases, your skin regains its natural elasticity, smoothness, firmness, and glow.

Call for your free consultation today!540.371.9098

INFLAMMATION & SKIN AGING

Inflammation affects the skin in a myriad of ways, but is particularly damaging when combined with the effects of aging. However, there are many ways to remedy the causes of inflammation and to minimize its effects.

In this post, we will discuss how to recognize inflammation and why it is especially connected with the aging process. We also offer methods to reduce not only the appearance of inflammation, but the actual inflammatory process itself.

comparison of young and old face

IDENTIFYING INFLAMMATION

Inflammation is usually considered to be part of a skin disease, such as rosacea or acne, and it certainly is. However, ongoing inflammation affects every decline in skin health and is an important driver of skin aging. If inflammatory processes could be decreased – and they can! – then aging would be slowed, skin health would improve and beauty would increase.

Not only is inflammation present when it appears as redness, warmth, discomfort and swelling but it is also present, whether it is visible or not, during aging. Furthermore, stress from any cause is quite inflammatory. Inflammation accelerates aging, so much so that a new word was coined by scientists and doctors to describe this close connection – “inflammaging”. Inflammation and aging are so associated with one another that they can be spoken of as a single word.

INFLAMMATION AND AGE

Older persons have more inflammatory markers in their blood stream compared to younger persons. This is known to be true because these levels have been measured in large numbers of people. For those of the same age, persons with healthier skin and a healthier body have lower levels of inflammation compared to those with less healthy skin or bodies.

Even in groups of people of the same age and with the same medical problem – such as diabetes, for example – diabetics who have their condition under good control have fewer circulating inflammatory molecules than diabetics whose disease is under poor control. These levels also predict how rapidly health will decline unless interventions are taken.

woman meditating

CONTROLLING INFLAMMATION

There are many ways for an individual to decrease their personal level of inflammation. One solution is to take oral supplements, such as curcumin, which have been shown to decrease inflammation in the body. Another option is to adopt practices like meditation, yoga, mindfulness training and exercise, which decrease the body’s molecules that communicate stress and encourage inflammation in the skin and other tissues.

Many lifestyle modifiers working through epigenetics also positively impact the inflammatory process; some of these include diet, exercise, smoking cessation, stress reduction, social connection, spirituality and a positive outlook on life.

SKIN CARE AND INFLAMMATION

Topical skincare products are an accessible and effective way of reducing skin’s inflammation and improving skin aging, especially when they are of excellent quality. Many ingredients in skincare products reduce “inflammaging”. Some of these include ADVANCE+ Vitamin C, olive leaf extract/oleuropein, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, antioxidants and Centella asiatica. Additionally, using sunscreen lessens inflammation and decreases the risk of skin aging and skin cancer.

TREATING INFLAMMATION WITH iS CLINICAL SKINCARE

 All botanicals in iS CLINICAL products have antioxidant ability and double as anti-inflammatories. An iS CLINICAL product that is a hero in reducing inflammation is PRO-HEAL SERUM ADVANCE+. Other skin care products in the iS CLINICAL line with excellent anti-inflammatory activity include SUPER SERUM ADVANCE+EXTREME PROTECT SPF30ECLIPSE SPF50+GENEXC SERUM, WHITE LIGHTENING COMPLEX and REPARATIVE MOISTURE EMULSION.

Every individual has much more control over their own inflammatory processes than they may realize. With the correct knowledge and habits, it is easy to make positive impacts on ones skin aging, skin health and beauty every day.

For additional education, follow Dr. Charlene DeHaven on Instagram @CharleneDeHavenMD

13 Ways to Help Prevent Signs of Aging in Your 40’s

Everyone stresses about retaining that youthful look as we begin to age. If
you are looking to reduce the signs of aging as you enter your 40s, there are
many ways to take years off of your face and body that don’t require drastic medical procedures and can help protect you from further aging. Try the following 12 tips to reduce your personal signs of aging.

  1. Daily SPF: Never leave the house without first putting on a daily
    sunscreen. In your 40s, you’re probably already noticing the accumulated sun damage if you haven’t already been protecting your skin. It’s never too late to prevent further damage and aging related to sun exposure. Try an ELTA 46 tinted moisturizer or sunscreen with at least 30 SPF of UVA/UVB coverage to prevent any more exposure.
  2. Daily cleansing routine: By the time you’re in your 40s, you already
    know how important it is to have a regular daily facial cleansing routine. Remember that your skin will most likely loose moisture as you age and what worked in your 20s probably isn’t right for you anymore. We can provide medical grade cleansers that can cleanse your skin with ingredients such as white willow bark, sugar cane extracts and other botanical cleansers- by GlowMD and iS Clinical.
  3. Retinol: A great way to prevent further aging in your 40s and turn back the years on your skin is using a Retinol. Put it on after washing and drying your skin, but before any moisturizer or other makeup you use.Retinols are very effective in lessening the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Retinol is effective on many other types of facial blemishes, and also in reducing the slight sagging on your neck and décolletage.
  4. ProHeal Serum – Vitamin C! Superior Antioxidant Protection. Builds collagen, calms and sooths. Also helps treat grade 3 and 4 acne.
  5. Hydra-Cool Serum – Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin B5, Mushroom Extract, improves texture, anti-actinic, the hollywood glow secret!
  6. Moisturizer iS Clinical Reparative Moisture Emulsion helps prevent DNA damage with Extremozymes. Great for hydrating your skin with Hyaluronic Acid and other moisture binders and growth factors.
  7. Water: At any age, water is essential to the health of our bodies.
    Drinking enough water can help keep our bodies running efficiently in our 40s and can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Adequate water intake can also give you back some of that youthful glow by keeping your skin naturally moisturized.
  8. Exercise: Exercise is important at every age, but especially in your
    30’s and 40’s. We can tone our bodies and strengthen our bones to help reduce the effects of aging. As we age into our 30s and 40s, our body begins to loose precious calcium stored in our bones that can be restored through weight-bearing exercises. Exercise also releases positive endorphins that can help our minds feel young too.
  9. Keep your weight in check: It’s easy to add pounds slowly to our weight over the years, and even easier as our metabolism declines through our 30s and 40s. Extra weight on your body can add years to your appearance and overwork your body’s organs. Losing those extra pounds can make you look years younger than you actually are and keep your body systems running effectively, especially the heart. For stubborn areas, we offer CoolSculpting – permanent fat reduction. Non surgical – no to little downtime! Free Consultations!!
  10. Nutrition: Nutrition can help reduce the signs of aging in many ways.
    Healthy nutrition means healthy skin.The antioxidants in vitamins and from our diet also help us to fight free radicals that cause cancer and the oxidation of our bodies. Antioxidants aid in the natural regeneration process of our skin and on every other bodily organ.
  11. De-stress: Learn to take some time for yourself and let go of stress. A
    stressful life can add years to your face. De-stressing can be as simple as taking a quiet bath, getting a pedicure, or as elaborate as taking a cruise to somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit.
  12. Facial and Peels: Treat yourself to a facial to exfoliate and hydrate your skin. A great option is our Fire and Ice. It will draw dirt and oil out of your skin, and reduce pore size. It can make your skin appear younger by giving it a healthy, clean, and moisturized glow.
  13. Makeup: A great way to look younger in your 40s is to keep your makeup application light and natural. When applying makeup, never pull down or be too rough with your skin: gravity doesn’t need any help! A tinted moisturized with SPF 30 is great for a woman in her 40s as it protects your skin from the sun and environmental toxins. We offer jane iredale, the skincare mineral makeup. We offer makeup application for $25. This fee can go toward any purchases that you may make.

Preventing signs of aging doesn’t have to be expensive or take a lot of time.
Many of these tips are easy and will take years of your face and body. Remember that each of our bodies is different and the way in which we age is only 50% genetic. The other 50% we can control if we choose to properly take care of ourselves and the 40s is a great time to start. Stay healthy!
 

MICRONEEDLING – POPULARITY IS STEADILY CLIMBING!

What is Collagen P.I.N. Microneedling?

The Collagen P.I.N. (Percutaneous Induction Therapeutic) microneedling device is a pen-like device that houses very fine, sterile needles. When passed over the skin, the Collagen P.I.N. creates a series of small punctures, or “micro injuries,” which effectively triggers your body’s natural healing response to injury.

As we age our ability to regenerate new skin cells and collagen diminishes. Years of trauma to our skin leaves a lasting mark, contributing to aging factors such as scarring, pigmentation, fine lines, and overall pore size and texture. There are a wide away of effective methods to treat and rejuvenate your skin from laser based treatments, chemical peels and finally micro-needling.

This process promotes an increased production of collagen and elastin in the treated area, which gradually increases the firmness of your skin, reduces blemishes, improves signs of aging and sun damage, and minimizes the appearance of scars—all without having to remove layers of skin with lasers or chemicals.

Aside from providing an overall improvement in the health and radiance of your skin, microneedling is a wonderful choice for improving the following skin concerns:

  • Signs of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles
  • Sun damage, including discoloration
  • Scarring from acne, chickenpox, or surgery
  • Large pore size

Microneedling is a safe option for virtually every skin type and color, unlike other more invasive skin treatments. It can be performed almost anywhere on the body, including the face, neck, decolletage, hand, arms, and back.

Why The Collagen P.I.N.

The benefits of microneedling Collagen P.I.N. has made advancements in both the design of the device and application techniques. With three times more needles than other devices on the market and the ability to be customized to each patient, Collagen P.I.N. boasts superior results and a quick treatment.

Complimentary Consultation

A personalized skin evaluation and consultation will be performed before microneedling is scheduled. We want to make sure that you are an appropriate candidate for the procedure.

The Day of Microneedling Treatment

One the day of your session, we will take photos to follow your progress. We will prep the skin and, depending on your needs, apply a topical serum to enhance the benefits of treatment. Often, we will choose a product containing hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring protein that helps keep your skin soft, supple, and healthy.

The Collagen P.I.N. device will glide smoothly over your skin’s surface, creating thousands of very tiny punctures to stimulate your skin and deliver the applied serum. Your treatment will be fully customized to your skin type and concerns, from the ideal needle depth to number of passes required to provide you with optimal results. Patients report that treatment is quite tolerable, particularly when compared to older “rolling” microneedling devices.

After your Treatment with Collagen P.I.N. Microneedling

After your treatment, we will apply a special moisturizer to hydrate your skin and promote proper healing. For the first day or so, you may feel and look like you have a mild sunburn, but any discomfort and redness should dissipate very soon. By the following day, you can wear makeup on the treated areas, and most of our patients feel comfortable returning to work.

Because the skin’s healing and repair process will begin as soon as treatment is complete, you will begin seeing results quickly, and they will continue to gradually improve for up to a year. You’ll be enjoying firmer, younger, and healthier skin in no time.

Call us to see if you are a candidate for Microneedling! 540-371-9098

 

Anti-aging: Should we lose the term?

At GlowMD Laser MedSpa, we hear the word anti-aging a lot. Anti-aging happens to be one of   top-searched keywords on the internet. The notion of turning back the clock draws patients to dermatologists and clients to med-spas, and the term is part of skin care advertising for thousands of products from over the counter moisturizers to prescription peels and injectables.

So it comes as something of a shock that the publishers of Allure, a leading fashion and beauty magazine, announced that they’re banning the term anti-aging from their editorial copy. Huffington Post quotes Allure‘s Michelle Lee on the thinking behind the change:

“Whether we know it or not, [the term is] subtly reinforcing the message that aging is a condition we need to battle — think antianxiety meds, antivirus software, or antifungal spray,” wrote Editor-in-Chief Michelle Lee , adding, “Repeat after me: Growing older is a wonderful thing because it means that we get a chance, every day, to live a full, happy life.”

Allure is putting its cover where its philosophy is, featuring ageless cover woman Helen Mirren. (Of course, if we all aged as gorgeously as Dame Helen, maybe we wouldn’t be so anti-!) But the magazine isn’t content to police their own editorial team. Lee is issuing a challenge to all of us to rethink the way we approach aging, to think of it as something we do naturally, beautifully, gracefully, not an enemy in the mirror to vanquish.

At GlowMD laser MedSpa it’s our motto that healthy skin is beautiful skin — at any age. Though we’ll continue to use the keyword anti-aging to describe many of our cosmetic treatments and products, the only aging we’re dead-set against is premature, preventable damage to skin that causes early wrinkling, sagging, and spots and can lead to skin cancer. Otherwise, we’re here to help you live gracefully and beautifully every year of your life.

Call us for your customized anti-aging skincare regimen at 540-371-9098!

ViPeel in Fredericksburg, VA

ViPeel for New Skin in 7 Days! Virtually painless, Affordable, Remarkable Results!  Treats all skin types!  GlowMD Laser MedSpa now offering this VI Peel™ to leave your skin smoother, brighter and more youthful.

What is a VI Peel™?

A VI Peel™ is a unique blend of ingredients that produces powerful results that treats sun damage and other signs of aging and melasma to leave the skin smooth and soft. The primary advantages of a VI Peel™ is its ability to do its job without the discomfort some other chemical peels have and corrects the skin at the cellular level rather than the outer layer of skin. VI Peel™ combines TCA, Retin-A, salicylic acid and Vitamin C, making it safe for all skin types. It can also be used on the hands and chest to remove sun spots.

There are three types of VI Peel™ solutions:

  • VI Peel™ Purify

    – This formula treats acne and the side effects that come with it including scarring and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

  • VI Peel™ Precision
    – This is a stronger formula of the VIPeel™ – 25 percent stronger

  • VI Peel™ Precision Plus
    – This treats melasma and pigmentation with a precision booster and extra pads.  ​

Benefits of a VI Peel™

A VI Peel™ is very effective at removing the signs of aging, including sun spots, age spots and fine lines and wrinkles. It is often chosen for a chemical peel because it offers the following benefits:
  • Safe to use on the hands, neck, and chest
  • No discomfort
  • Results are visible in days
  • No skin preparation
  • Very little downtime

Is a VI Peel™ Right for Me?

The VI Peel™ is right for you if you have visible age or sun spots, melasma or other signs of aging and want to smooth your skin beyond using fillers and injectables. Additionally, a VI Peel™ is ideal if you want a peel that results in less downtime and side effects.

VI Peel™ Recovery

Immediately following the VI Peel™, the skin has a brown or reddish tone to it that lasts for the first couple of days. Most patients look slightly tan so they are able to continue working. The peeling begins at about the three-day post peel mark and is done by the end of day four. Within about a week, the process is complete and the skin looks smooth and revitalized. Normal routines continue as there is little to no problems with the appearance; however, we recommend no vigorous exercise or activities for the first few days. Most patients require only one treatment to achieve smoother skin although it is suggested that maintenance peels be performed about every three to four months.

How Much Does a VI Peel™ Cost in Fredericksburg, VA ?

The cost of VI Peel™ varies depending on where the peel is performed and how many treatments are required. During a consultation, we can discuss the cost with you following an
evaluation of your skin. We offer excellent financing through CareCredit® to make more procedures available to more patients.

What Do I Do Next?

If you are interested in finding out if VI Peel™ is an option to achieve younger, smoother skin, we recommend you schedule a consultation. At this appointment, we will evaluate your skin to determine if VI Peel™ or another peel is the right option for you. We will also spend time answering questions and addressing any of your concerns.

Contact Us today to schedule a consultation at 540-371-9098.