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Dermaplaning Pro – The Pro’s & Con’s

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One of the trendiest hair-removal options today is dermaplaning, which is performed using a scalpel to manually exfoliate dead skin cells from the face. “Dermaplaning is a physical exfoliation method that requires the use of a sterile surgical scalpel to gently shave the top layer of the skin, the stratum corneum, dead skin layer, and vellus hair, aka peach fuzz,”. This treatment results in ultra-smooth, fresh, and brighter skin. By removing that dead layer and hair from the face, the skin is evened out, and it helps with cell metabolism, which helps new skin come to the surface.” But is dermaplaning just a passing trend? Or is it a treatment worth investing in? Here are some pros and cons:

PROS:

  • It painlessly exfoliates the stratum corneum to stimulate cellular turnover with little to no downtime.
  • It is a great option for clients with sensitive skin and pregnant women who are looking for a deep exfoliation.
  • It can be performed prior to treatments like facials, laser, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels for better product penetration.
  • It can be performed frequently.
  • It helps makeup go on smoother and more evenly.
  • It can help significantly lighten postinflammatory scars from past acne.
  • It does not make the hair grow back thicker and darker.

CONS:

  • The results might not be as long-lasting as other hair-removal methods, such as waxing, as the hair is not removed from the root, but a much better experience. Laser hair removal does not smooth out skin or reduce light hair. Dermaplaning does both!
  • Results will differ depending on a client’s individual hair-growth cycle.
  • Not everyone is a candidate. Clients with active and cystic acne should avoid this type of hair removal, as it can cause further irritation. Also, it is contraindicated for clients with hirsutism, a condition of excessive male-pattern hair growth in women.

Call today for your free consultation to see how Dermaplaning can help you achieve the skin you are looking for!

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American Spa Newsletter 2019

 

Holiday Skincare Tips – Let It Glow!

Skincare Tips for the Holidays

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The holiday season can take a toll on your skin. From the non stop eating to the late night partying on new years, our skin does a little freaking out. We are overwhelmed with stress, party planning, shopping for that perfect outfit, etc. Here are some tips on how to keep your skin looking it’s best during the holiday season.

Keep the skin clean and moisturized. Before applying your foundation, moisturize your skin with an oil free moisturize, then you can apply your make up primer if you happen to be using our wonderful skincare makeup jane iredale!. A primer along will not work to moisturize the skin. Properly moisturizing the skin allows a perfect base for your foundation. Before going to bed, always cleanse your skin and remove all traces of makeup. Never ever fall asleep without cleansing your skin. Its worth the effort to put 5 minute in to clean and treat with some type of anti-aging products such as Retin A, or GeneXC by iS Clinical! Your skin will be anti-aging as you sleep!

Exfoliate once a week with a peel or facial. We tend to apply more make up than usual during the holidays to look fabulous. A lot of ladies opt for a 12 hour foundation to keep their make up in place through out the whole night. By exfoliating the skin, you are not only prepping the skin for a smooth foundation application, but you are removing all the dead skin cells and impurities that can lead to breakouts. We suggest Cleansing Complex by iS Clinical which is full of botanical acids which deep cleans your face. We also offer our 10% Glycolic Moisturizing Wash by our private label GlowMD.

Drink lots of water. People are known to drink more alcohol during the holidays than any time of the year. Waking up the next day dehydrated can not only affect your body, but your skin as well. Try to minimize your alcohol intake and drink more than the recommended 8 glasses of water a day.

Last but not least, keep your make up brushes extra clean. We apply more make up during the holidays to get that perfect look and need to take care of our makeup brushes that are also getting a little bit of a workout. Whether it’s a foundation brush, beauty blender, contouring brush, or eye shadow brush, it has to be kept clean. Keep your makeup brushes in excellent shape with jane iredale Botanical Brush Cleanser. This quick-drying brush cleanser uses witch hazel and alcohol to eliminate bacteria and instantly dissolve buildup, oil and grime. Each time you wash your makeup brushes with this cleanser, it will leave your tools clean, soft and fluffy. This formula is also enriched with grapefruit oil and seaweed extracts to condition the bristles as it deep cleans. jane iredale Botanical Brush Cleanser is ideal for cleaning both natural and synthetic brushes on a regular basis.

Dont forget your sunscreen for your daytime parties and everyday!!

Schedule your glamour peel or facial today to look your best for the Holiday season!

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.

 

 

NOW IS THE TIME TO REPAIR THE DAMAGE

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Medical Grade Skin Care Program-Personalized Care For All Skin Types

Fall is probably the best time of the year to get started with our Medical Skincare Program. Treat the damage that the summer sun has done, refresh your skin, and be prepared for the harsh winter ahead.

All adults with any skin type can benefit from this program, even if you’ve never been seen by a Dermatologist or Aesthetician before.

Medical Skincare Program of The Dermatology Center is facilitated by glowMD Laser MedSpa at our beautiful office in Fredericksburg. Our specialists at our center provides physician trained staff, laser certification, skin care education, and a background in the medical field allows them to administer physician strength treatments that are highly effective.

Dr Morris’s Medical Skin Care Program includes:

  • A thorough skin evaluation at your consultation
  • Scheduled, targeted treatments for your skin needs
  • An at-home customized medical grade skincare routine
  • Year-round office follow-ups every season

IPL Phototherapy for Summer Sun Damage

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology uses a broad spectrum of light to delicately target and reduce melanin, excess pigment in the skin. This is definitely one of the best treatments for post-summer skin.

Skin’s pigment is gently heated by short pulses of light energy from the IPL hand piece. The temperature in these highly-concentrated areas of melanin or vascular pigment is raised, shattering the cells that contain excess pigment. The body then begins its natural process of repairing the injured cells, reducing the pigment, and replacing this area with new, younger skin cells.*

Skin conditions treated with IPL Phototherapy include:

  • Age Spots
  • Birthmarks
  • Brown Spots
  • Freckles
  • Pigmented Lesions
  • Sun Damage
  • Sun Spots

During your IPL consultation, you will meet with one of the medical staff who is certified and specializes in IPL Treatments. She will discuss any concerns and customize a treatment plan for you.

Skin Resurfacing with Chemical Peels, Microdermabrasion, and Laser

After the summer you may be left with more sun-damaged skin, age-spots, and wrinkles. In addition, you may have skin scarred by acne, accidents or previous surgery can benefit from skin resurfacing. There are three major treatment methods available for skin resurfacing.

Chemical peels, ViPeels, uses chemical reactive solutions to remove the undesirable layer of skin. A chemical peel sounds like a harsh treatment, but in reality it can greatly vary from gentle to strong depending on the type of solution used for your skin’s needs. For all skin types!! 

Dermasweep uses a rotating brush on your skin, removing the uneven outer layer of the skin, unclogging your pores, and improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles through collagen stimulation. After the treatment is completed, we infuse the skin with a Vitamin C, maybe a Hyaluronic acid for the dewy fresh look, or even for hyperpigmentation.

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Fractora, What Is All The Fuss About?

Fractora: RF – Radio Frequency

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.

Skin resurfacing can minimize the appearance of:

  • Acne and trauma scars
  • Blackheads and whiteheads
  • Dull skin
  • Enlarged pores and blemishes
  • Fine lines & wrinkles
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Oily skin
  • Photo-aged skin
  • Uneven texture & tone

During your initial consultation, we will thoroughly evaluate your skin to recommend the best skin resurfacing treatment method for you. Please call to schedule  your Complimentary Consultation at 540-371-9098.