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BOTOX – Want To Try It But Afraid?

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For over 20 years of service in Fredericksburg, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Terri Morris of glowMD Laser MedSpa has been providing our patients with fantastic results from their Botox injections. The Botox injection process is easy, quick, and relatively painless, and it offers long-lasting results.

If the lines in your face aren’t quite matching up with your age or your attitude, you might be considering a cosmetic treatment to smooth them out. The “crow’s feet” that develop around the eyes and “frown lines” between the eyebrows can make you appear older or more stressed out than you actually are. These inconvenient lines are no match for Botox, a popular cosmetic treatment to reduce lines and wrinkles.

How Botox Works

Botox is used as a cosmetic skin treatment aimed at reducing wrinkles and fine lines on the face. The Botox solution is administered by our board certified physician Dr Terri Morris using a tiny needle containing purified botulinum toxin. This naturally-occurring protein works by halting muscle movement under the targeted areas of the face. Wrinkles happen because the facial muscles are constantly in motion when chewing, talking, even reading or blinking. When those movements are restricted, however, the wrinkles diminish over a few days time. The effects of Botox on the muscles usually last between three and five months, but results vary with each patient.

Great Results

Botox is well-established as an aesthetic procedure, making it a safe, affordable, and minimally invasive procedure. While surgery can be expensive with a long-term recovery, Botox is an excellent way to achieve similar results without the cost or downtime. Typical results are subtle and the final result leaves patients looking younger and refreshed instead of constricted or “pulled.” Recently, a clinical study found that the vast majority of people who chose Botox were very pleased with their results; they all reported that their appearance had improved.

It only takes around 15 minutes to perform your Botox treatment. The injections themselves produce minimal discomfort, and there is no recovery period after the injection process. It will take about five to seven days to see your full results, and those results will last for around three to five months.

Call glowMd Laser MedSpa to schedule an appointment for your Botox injections today. Dr. Morris and our expertly trained staff can provide you with the outstanding aesthetic care and beautiful, natural results that you are looking for. 540-371-9098.

 

DAY SPA VS MEDICAL SPA: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

 

Sometimes you just need a good spa day!  Going to the spa can be a great way to destress while rejuvenating your mind, body, and skin. For many people the difference between a medical spa (aka “med spa” or “medi-spa”) and a traditional day spa is a bit ambiguous. This blog explains some of the differences and benefits of a medspa vs a day spa!

DAY SPA

Traditional day spas provide personal care treatments focused on improving beauty, health, and relaxation. Common services at day spas include massages, pedicures/manicures, aromatherapy, facials, and mud wraps. Some Day spas offer specialized treatments like lava stone massage and reflexology, while others integrate hair salon and makeup services so spa-goers can get a new hair style while they relax.

Day spas are not under the supervision of a medical director, and treatments are not typically performed by medically trained professionals such as nurses or nurse practitioners. Day spa providers of some treatments are certified in the area of their expertise, such as a licensed massage therapist, or they may be trained as a spa tech or aesthetician.

MEDICAL SPA

At Glow MD Laser MedSpa, we are a specialized medical skincare medpsa operating under the guidance of Terri P Morris MD, our Board Certified Dermatologist with a PhD in Biochemistry. (Does it get any better than that in terms of having a skin expert in house?)  We are located adjacent to The Dermatology Center with easy access to our physician, or our PA Rob Sterling, and our NP Nikki West. Our medical spa focuses on providing medical-grade treatments to correct a variety of skin conditions including lines and wrinkles, pigmentation issues, acne, redness, volume loss, acne and broken capillaries. We also offer CoolSculpting for the permanent removal of subcutaneous fat.

MedSpa’s are less about relaxation and pampering, and more about providing lasting improvements to the skin with advanced skincare and treatments.

GlowMD Laser MedSpa treatments include:

  • Medical Grade Skincare. We pride ourselves on spending time with our clients to offer a customized selection of products that are developed according to latest scientific research with highest quality ingredients and standards. All products are dermatological and many are clinically tested for the best efficacy. We take many factors into consideration before recommending a skincare regimen for our clients. We have the ability to offer products that have been clinically proven to have a positive effect on the skin. Products sold outside of a medspa cannot offer the same.
  • Facials (Medical Grade): Facial treatments that can target a variety of different skin ailments including acne, redness, and aging symptoms. Compared to facials offered at a day spa, med spa facials can incorporate extractions and topical products with higher concentrations of active ingredients.
  • Chemical Peels: Topically applied formulations that trigger a controlled shedding of the skin to accelerate the growth of new and youthful appearing skin cells. Chemical peels are available in a variety of different types each using different active ingredients (peeling agents) depending on the condition being addressed with treatment.
  • Microdermabrasion/ Dermasweep: A physical exfoliation process that removes the outermost layers of the skin, revealing youthful under layers.
  • Skin Lightening: A specialized skin treatment (typically hydroquinone and retinol based) that addresses common pigmentation issues including dark spots, blemishes, melasma, and melanin imperfections. Skin lightening systems can also boost the texture and luminosity of the skin.
  • Skin Lightening – Botanical: We offer iS Clinical White Lightening Complex which helps treat pigment, age spots, melasma and lightens and brightens. Key Ingredients: White Willow Bark, Bark Extract, Glycerin Squalane, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Sugar Cane Extract, Bilberry Extract.
  • Micro-Needling: Involves the creation of microscopic channels through the surface of the skin, which leads to formation of new tissue and releases the skin’s natural growth factors which promote scar and hyperpigmentation repair and healing. The treatment can be enhanced by adding topical treatments or the patient’s own platelet-rich plasma, which are better able to penetrate deeper into the skin with the channels created by the Micro-Needling.
  • Lasers: There are many laser treatment options available to address a variety of concerns, including wrinkles, loss of collagen, texture issues, discoloration and blemishes, and more. Some common laser treatments include IPL photofacial, Gentle Lase, Laser Hair Removal, Tattoo Removal, VBeam for hemangiomas and scarring.
  • Radio Frequency (RF): A device used to impart energy into the deep tissue to provide a tightening effect for face and neck.  Some commonly used RF devices are InMode Fractora and Forma. These services can also provide a nice resurfacing to the skin.
  • CoolSculptingThis device offers non-surgical body contouring using cryolipolysis (i.e., it freezes the fat). GlowMD is a Certified CoolSculpting Center of Excellence with certified clinicians to serve our area.
  • Botox or Dysport: Injectable treatments to address lines and wrinkles.
  • Kybella: The permanent reduction of submental fat (for double chin).
  • Dermal Fillers: Most commonly formulated with hyaluronic acid, dermal fillers help to volumize areas of the face that have hollowed or formed wrinkles due to a loss of collagen. Common fillers include Juvederm, Restylane, and Radiesse. There are many to choose from.
  • SK’s??We can also treat Seborrheic Keratosis in the MedSpa. Seborrheic keratosis is a common type of pigmented skin patch that is typically raised and can be treated in the MedSpa with eskata.
  • Blue Light for Acne: Blue light therapy is a noninvasive treatment for acne that uses light to kill certain bacteria on the skin. A form of phototherapy, blue light treatments are FDA-approved for acne vulgaris that is moderate or has not responded to other therapies

 

An important different between medical spas and day spas is that medical spas require professional oversight since treatments offered are powerful and have a risk of negative side effects if they are not performed by a skilled provider. In fact, many states require med spas to be overseen by a specially trained and licensed physician (such as a dermatologist ) and be staffed by medically trained providers to obtain proper operating licenses. The licensed physician that oversees the medical spa may supervise other providers to actually perform the treatments. These providers are often the physician themselves, nurse practitioners, certified physician assistants, medical assistants, or licensed aestheticians.

Take your skin and aging concerns to the next level at GlowMD Laser MedSpa. The safe and effective place to spend your time and investment. Call today for your free skincare analysis at 540-371-9098.

 

 

FRACTORA ~ SMOOTH OUT THE WRINKLES

             FRACTORA – RF (Radio Frequency) NON SURGICAL FACE AND NECK LIFT

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At glowMD Laser MedSpa at The Dermatology Center, Dr Terri Morris is now offering Fractora Radio Frequency face and neck treatments. Non surgical skin tightening and rejuvenation has reached the next level! Individuals who are looking for a non-invasive and natural looking approach to skin tone, texture irregularities and lifting can benefit from Fractora™ Fractional. Fractora™ Fractional can be used in areas that demonstrate fine or deep wrinkles, scars or discolored red and brown skin tone. The most common areas of treatment are the face and neck.

Our Neck/Jowl Tightening Treatment, aka the “Non Surgical Face and Neck Lift” will leave your neck and jawline tighter, more chiseled, and youthful. Skip the scalpel, love the RF (Radio Frequency) treatment!

During your consultation, we evaluate your face as a whole to create a customized experience unique to your anatomical needs and personal cosmetic goals. All of our treatments are tailored around acceptable expectations and meaningful improvements without complications. We sometimes combine multiple therapies to obtain optimal results.

Ideal Candidates:

Age 30+ with concerns of lower face jowling, sagging neck skin or increased skin laxity.

How does it work:

The Fractora is the most advanced fractional radio frequency treatment that provides anti-aging improvements on skin tone, texture and firmness for a more radiant look through ablation and skin resurfacing. The Fractora delivers Radio frequency energy to the skin through an array of pins producing localized thermal energy. The gentle heat generated by the Fractora pins in the sub-dermal tissue promotes collagen growth for skin rejuvenation and an improved skin texture. In deeper tissues, the Fractora tightens the face and neck muscles which causes the tightening of the jowls and neck muscles.

fractora process exampleTreatment Details:

Each treatment lasts approximately 1 hour. After 1 treatment, you will see improvements but for permanent results, we recommend 2-3 sessions, spaced 3-4 months apart. There are 2-3 days of downtime after each session.

Benefits:

  • Fractora improves skin elasticity and firmness, especially around the jowls and neck area.
  • Fractora delivers improvements in fine lines, deep lines, texture, pigment irregularities, blood vessels and redness.
  • Fractora offers improvements for aging skin that would normally require two, three or even four different technologies.
  • Ablation of the skin promotes skin resurfacing while untreated skin between the pins promotes faster healing of the treatment tissue.
  • Versatility of parameters allows the user to vary the depth of ablation, coagulation and heating.

The treatment is well tolerated with a topical numbing agent. Social activity can be resumed after a couple of days. We encourage all patients to start our medical grade skin care line prior to and after treatment for better results if you are not using medical grade skincare. The Fractora treatment can be considered an effective modality of treatment for moderate wrinkling and softening acne scars with minimal downtime and advantageous results.

Fractora is performed by Dr Terri Morris, our Board Certified Dermatologist at The Dermatology Center – glowMD Laser MedSpa! Call our office at 540-371-9098 to schedule your Complimentary Consultation!

FACE

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NECK

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ACNE

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