“Where do I start…?” is the question we often hear from clients, overwhelmed by the many options available to improve their skin, and ultimately their appearance. “Chemical peels, micro-needling, IPL, Fractional Skin Resurfacing, Botox, fillers, topicals…what does it all mean, what should I do, where do I start???” Relax, it’s going to be OK, we’ve got this!
To really see what’s going on with the health of your skin, we start with a skincare consultation using a VISIA Skin Analysis. It gives us, and you, a very clear picture of your skin, from the top surface down to 3mm. The damage that lies under the surface may not be a problem today, but it will be down the road. Here’s how the VISIA works. It scans your skin by taking a series of 3 quick pictures and digitally captures key visual information. It measures skin pigmentation, pore size, porphyrins (bacteria), UV spots, photodamage (typically from sun damage), texture (smoothness) and wrinkles. These categories are further analyzed as percentile scores. The higher the percentile, the better. It compares your skin’s features to others of the same sex, age, and skin type and will also provide you with your “TruSkin” age. For example, a 45-year-old woman with excellent skin may be evaluated with the skin of a 38-year-old, and vice versa.
After you have celebrated or cried, (we’ve seen both) an esthetician will customize a treatment plan that works for you, both short and long-term, depending on your lifestyle, budget, etc. You will be given a folder with your VISIA images and results, recommendations, costs and a treatment plan. We never want to sell you something you don’t fully understand.
The bottom line, knowledge is power! An educated client is always our goal. When you can see what’s going on with your skin and understand what it means, you can then address it, select a plan, and start seeing visible improvements. We are here to help you navigate the many treatments, without being pushy. Take the first step to healthier, more beautiful skin, call our office and schedule a Visa Skin Analysis! We are your skin care experts servicing Fenton, Grand Blanc, Flint, and more. You can also Book Online right now.
When you think about aging, specifically the face, you probably think about lines, wrinkles and sagging skin. These are very common concerns for most people. Back in the day, if a woman (or man) wanted to improve their appearance, a face-lift was pretty much the only option. Some face-lifts are done well, but some result in an unnatural pulled appearance, or what we call a “windblown face”. While face lifts have their time place, we now know that restoring VOLUME into the face conveys youth, and can take years off your appearance! Let me explain. When you were younger, you had nice, round “apples” for cheeks. As we age, we not only lose the fat pads that create the apples, we also lose some of the bone that supports it as well. The results are cheeks that look flat and deflated, with the possibility of now looking “bottom heavy”. (Gravity…it’s not our friend). When you add volume back into the cheeks, it’s like a mini face lift. The good news? It’s fast, it’s easy, it’s relatively painless and it’s NOT surgery! No down time is one of the reasons so many people are choosing filler versus surgery. (Not to mention the cost). Another thing to consider is that age doesn’t matter. If you’re over 18 and have always wanted a little more fullness in your cheeks, we can do that too!
What is this miracle in a syringe? It’s Voluma XC, one of the many Juvederm products. (Voluma is made especially for cheeks). We love it because of its ability to lift, restore and sculpt, and we are impressed with its longevity. It can last up to 2 years! The results are immediate, subtle, and natural. Voluma is made up of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance that’s found in the body, making the chance for any reaction or allergy very low. It is injected with an ultra-fine needle, and there is lidocaine added to minimize discomfort. Patients sometimes experience temporary swelling or slight bruising, but not always. If you have cheeks that leave you flat, we know you will LOVE Voluma!!
Call and schedule a free consultation to see if Voluma is right for you. (810) 701-8088
Here’s a fun fact: Adult humans have about 5 million hair follicles on their body, the same number as a chimpanzee. You’re right, it’s not fun, but it’s a fact! We spend an enormous amount of time and money on this annoying daily ritual. That’s a whole lot of shaving, waxing, depilatories, and tweezing, resulting in razor burns, ingrown hairs, razor bumps, skin irritations and the occasional crime scene laceration. Stop the madness, Laser Hair Removal (LHR) can change your life. It will quickly, safely and effectively remove unwanted hair from (almost) any area on the body.
What you need to know:
Hair grows in three stages: anagen (growth), catagen (regression), and telogen (resting). The laser only works on hair in the growth phase. Between appointments, some of the hair will grow as it cycles through the phases. Hairs that may have been dormant during previous treatments may now be active. This is why a series of treatments is necessary, so hair can be targeted as it moves into the growth phase. When the laser hits your skin, the melanin, or pigment in your hair follicles absorbs the energy and is destroyed. Once a follicle is successfully destroyed, it won’t grow back.
Is it permanent?
There is no such thing permanent hair removal, or 100% hair removal. However, you can expect to see a gradual reduction over several treatments. (We recommend at least 6 treatments, scheduled 4 to 6 weeks apart). When hair does grow back between appointments there will be less of it and it will be finer and lighter. For an example, when you have completed your treatments, you may only have to shave once every few weeks, or months instead of daily. A touch-up appointment once or twice a year may be necessary.
How do I prepare?
Avoid tweezing and waxing 2 to 4 weeks prior to your appointment. These methods can disturb the hair follicle and interfere with laser hair removal. Shaving is OK because it preserves the follicle. In fact, shaving is recommended so that the laser doesn’t target hair above the skin, potentially causing a burn. Also, avoid tanning and sunless tanning products.
Does it hurt?
It doesn’t feel great, it’s like a rubber band snapping. But you can do it, you can do anything!
Does it work on gray or blonde hair?
Does everyone get the same results?
Absolutely not. It is important to remember that each person’s age, ethnicity, weight, metabolism, medication, and hormones have a direct result on hair growth and can affect their laser hair removal process. Individual results will vary.