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NOVEMBER 

WHY MICRO-NEEDLE?

Micro-Needling is a safe, effective and minimally invasive procedure that applies micro needles to the skin creating a series of tiny punctures. Micro-Needling results include glowing, smoother and younger skin but without he downtime or trauma that is associated with laser or chemical treatments.


Does it hurt? No. A numbing cream is applied to your skin for thirty minutes before your treatment making it well tolerated.


Will I bleed? It depends on the level of treatment you require. It is possible to see pinprick bleeding that will end shortly after the session. No one will notice the micro punctures.


How long does a treatment take? A full face and neck anti-aging is normally completed in 20-40 minutes.


How many treatments should I have? Depending on your treatment goals and your skin condition, you may decide to have a single treatment or you may need to have a series of four to eight treatments spaced two to six weeks apart.


How will my skin feel after the treatment? Immediately after the treatment you skin may be sensitive to touch and appear red or flushed. Usually within four to six hours, redness and sensitivity will diminish and within 24 hours the micro channels will feel healed. Normally after two to three days the redness and sensitivity will end allowing a new, radiant complexion to shine through.


Is there any downtime? MD Pen Micro-Needling treatments do not cause the same trauma to the skin as Fractional Laser so there is no downtime.


If you are ready to have smoother, fresher skin on your face or body, including the hands, lips, neck, décolletage and abdomen, call our office for a free consultation today and have your face holiday ready!!   703-444-2777



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Summer 2018

Summer & Laser Treatments

It’s that time of year again. I hear people saying they can’t get laser treatments because it is summer. I understand the thought behind it. Any time you have any laser treatment, you are told to avoid sunning for a week to two weeks, but somehow that has been interpreted that you cannot do anything in the sun at all if you are getting laser.


Some types of laser, such as BBL/IPL (which actually isn't a laser wavelength but is often referred to as "laser"), should be avoided if the patient has had prior sun exposure. Here is what is crucial. Sun exposure doesn’t mean riding your bike or going places in shorts. It means we are asking you not to be at the beach sun bathing for two weeks after your treatment. You can be outside in the sun, wearing sunscreen. Sunscreen clothing is a great idea even if you are not being lasered. It’s ongoing protection built into your clothing and has clothing for kids, men and women. www.coolibar.com is where you can look them up. I’ve worn their clothing pre and post laser treatments during the summer for years.


Other types of laser can be performed during the summer if the patient can avoid direct sun exposure during the treatment and recovery period. Sun screen and hats are recommended.


I’m from Louisiana. The land of the ten-month summer. The festivals, crawfish boils, beaches and of course New Orleans all insured that we had plenty of sun damage by the time we are 30 years old. If we had to wait for the cooler months to laser, no one would get it. We have learned that wearing hats and sunscreen


What about laser hair removal. This can be trickier because the laser is looking for the color of the hair and a sun tan, even if it is a suntan from creams or lotions can affect the skin and the treatment. I definitely ask people to avoid tanning two weeks prior and two weeks after. If they want to use tanning creams or lotions, they can resume that immediately after treatment but need to stop 10-14 days prior to the next treatment so the “tan” will have faded enough for a quality treatment.


Bottom line: there are plenty of ways to stay on your anti-aging and hair removal regime. Utilize them and stay smart!

Skincare, SkinMedica, Beautiful Scenary, Vacation, Safe Laser


AUGUST 2018

FIVE END OF SUMMER SKIN TIPS

Tip #1: Address sun-damaged skin including your age spots and freckles

Frustrated that you have more freckles, blotchy skin tone, and darker age spots after the summer? Even your best efforts at sun protection don’t keep the sun off your skin 100%.


Your first line of at home care will be products containing glycolic..  These over the counter creams help lighten over time.  Professional vitamin C products can powerfully benefit your skin too, but they are not all created equal. In my opinion, the best professional vitamin C skin care product is my Cell Repair Serum/CRS because it contains a full 15% of L ascorbic acid in a serum that has the requisite pH of 3 and is dispensed in airtight pump – all necessary details to protect the vitamin C so that you get the most out of your vitamin C skin care treatment. You can layer the Cell Repair Serum on top of the Green Tea Antioxidant Skin Therapy for the best combination antioxidant skin care available today. Your skin will look, feel, and be healthier overall.


Your second and most effective is to get a BBL laser treatment. In one to 2 sessions, your age spots and freckling can be eradicated with no down time at all.  Follow this up with your at home creams for a smoother and clearer complexion.


2.   Rehydrate and repair your lips

Weathered, chapped lips tell the tale of your outdoor adventures, but they’re also painful, cracked, and vulnerable. With cooler temperatures just around the corner, you’ve got to get your chapped lips healed as soon as possible. Use a deeply hydrating and hypoallergenic lip quencher like Ceralip with lip-healing shea butter. When you’re outdoors and need sun protection use the mineral lip sunscreen LipCotz.  


In our office, schedule a Medical Facial where the dry, damaged skin and lips can be professionally exfoliated and a soothing, hydrating mask placed over the entire face and lips.  Facials should be done in the office every 4 -6 weeks.


3. See your dermatologist

I always find more skin cancers on my patients’ skin after summer. Self skin exams and professional skin exams done by your dermatologist save lives. Learn what to look for on your own skin and schedule an appointment with your doctor.


4.Don't put away sunblock

Sunscreen should be used year round.  Your skin is the first line of defense against the sun’s rays so it’s important to protect it by covering up, avoiding the sun between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., and not being deceived by fall’s cooler weather or clouds in the sky. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, up to 40 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation reaches the earth on a completely cloudy day. People have a responsibility to take care of their largest organ: the skin.


5.  Make a consultation appointment with us to assess where your skin is now and where you want it to be before the holidays.  Now is the time to start reversing the damage and reversing the aging.  Consultations are free and take 15 minutes.  Call today 703-444-2777



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May 2018

May 16, 2018

FOREVER BARE

I was so sick of shaving!  My breaking point was a trip to Africa with 12 other women.  There was no place that we could shave so we literally began to look like a bad flashback from the 60's with hippy unshaven legs and there was place for us to shave.  Except one girl.  


Her legs were smooth the entire time.We finally had to know why and she said she had done laser hair removal ten years ago and didn't have to shave anymore.


WHAT?!?!?!


I looked into it when I returned and can say I am now 19 years without shaving and life is SO GOOD!


LHR takes up to six appointments 6-8 weeks apart to do the trick, but was the best decision I could have made.  Here at Loudoun Medical Aesthetics, we charge by the time increment.  30 minutes is $250 and can get several areas lasered at once.  It all depends on what your concern is.  60 minutes is $400 and again, you have an hour on the laser to get any or all areas done.  Affordable and free of hair!  I'd call that a win!!


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April 2018

Microneedling may sound like an intimidating procedure, no thanks to the word "needle" in its name, but the treatment can be considered a more effective way to do a facial—aside from the numbing cream involved. You're really building collagen and thickening the skin, so instead of looking good for a few days after your traditional facial, your skin is smooth and radiant for much longer. It's such a safe procedure, and is great for filling in acne scars. Of course, the idea of getting needles inserted into your face for the sake of skincare can seem intimidating, but if you've seen the before and after shots, there's no questioning the treatment's effectiveness, and instead of using injectable fillers to repair an indented area, the process kick-starts your body's own natural collagen production to heal the skin on its own. Here's some frequent questions we are asked here:


Who Should Do It? If you need to grow a thicker skin—not necessarily in terms of your friends roasting you in the group chat—you're probably a good candidate. It's great for acne scarring, and because it doesn't use heat and is totally mechanical, it's safe for all skin colors and types. The treatment is wonderful for smoothing out the skin and filling in acne scars, but if you have those small bumps from clogged pores, it can help to clear all of that up as well. Just make sure there aren't any inflamed or infected areas on your skin, and if you have a cystic breakout, wait until it clears up before going in for your appointment.


Does It Hurt? It shouldn't, provided that your face or the areas treated are numb first. We use a cream to numb the skin really well, so we can go as deep as we need to. Afterwards you can expect the skin to be a little pink, and at the very worst, a few tiny punctate scabs that fade in a few days.

How Often Can I Get It Done? Depends on the severity of the issue. If your skin is generally fine and you take care of it, you can microneedle every 3 to 6 months, but someone with dramatic acne scarring should plan to do one session per month for 4 to 6 months. After that, you can come in once a year for a touch-up whenever you feel like you need to give your skin a reboot.


What Should I Do Afterwards? Ideally, you'll want to avoid putting on makeup for the rest of the day, but if you have prior commitments, it's totally safe to wear later in the night. We send people home with a bottle of serum to put on before bed, and then again in the morning, You can apply more in the morning, and you can go back to your regular makeup routine then, and the vials of serum should be used every night until you run out."

How Do the At-Home Dermarollers Compare? When you come in for a microneedling treatment, I'd compare that to working out with a trainer, whereas a dermaroller is like working out at the gym by yourself. Working out by yourself is definitely good, but you'll have more dramatic results and a better workout with a trainer.


If you're interested in healthier, softer, clearer more youthful skin with a day or two of pinkness, this is a perfect SPRING INTO BEAUTIFUL SKIN choice.




the face and body you want

August 24. 2017

Many people come to our office excited about making an improvement in some area of their face of body.  Our goal has been and always will be to give you the best treatment(s) and products.  Just as this picture shows, the steps to the place you desire to be is a journey, not an event.


When you come in for a consultation, we will listen to you and make your treatment and skin care to give you the best results.  We are a team working together,  In the office you are given 100% of our attention, skill and knowledge.  When you leave, you'll have gone from the bottom step to step 1 and you leave with the tools you need to use for your at home maintenance. 


When you come back in for the second treatment or for  new procedure, you won't be back to the bottom step. You'll be at the second step and ready to continue on to the third step. 


Your journey is just that; your journey.  Let's get going and keep rolling.


Caio Bella,

Michelle Fisher

you are what you eat

August 25, 2017

The clean eating trend is growing as people realize the benefits of changing not just their diet, but also their lifestyle to cut out processed foods and buy foods directly from the source. Clean eating changes the way you eat, how much you eat, and when you eat. It encourages altering your diet so that you eat fresh produce and whole grains that are packed full of nutrients, as well as other foods that contain good fats to improve overall health. This lifestyle has many health benefits, including reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, many types of cancers, and other medical problems.


Being aware of the journey your food takes to make it to your plate cuts out additives, filler, and other unnecessary products. Follow these ten clean eating do’s to reap the benefits of a trend that’s sure to stay.


1.  No Processed Foods

It’s quite easy to learn about the clean eating lifestyle, but following it can be difficult and a major shock (a good one) to your body. One of the main foundations of clean eating is cutting out and avoiding processed foods. Doing so will prevent the consumption of unhealthy and sometimes very harmful additives. Processed foods are hard on your body and have been connected to serious health complications, including cardiovascular disease and obesity. They can contain so many bad ingredients that are difficult on your liver and for you to digest, and those harmful ingredients and additives are often then stored in the body.


2. Eat Several Small Meals a Day

A clean eating staple when following this diet and lifestyle involves eating several small healthy meals a day, either 5 or 6, instead of 3 (or fewer, depending on your routine) big meals. Some benefits of eating this way include improving your metabolism through the extra work required to digest food more frequently and maintaining blood sugar levels. It can also prevent overeating because you won’t feel starving at your next meal, causing you to eat more than your body needs. It provides your body regular nourishment to keep you energized and satiated throughout the day.


3. Exercise Portion Control

Even if you’re an exercise junkie or are training for something physically demanding, portion control is an important aspect of clean eating that’s doable regardless of your situation. Everyone requires different amounts of food, depending on their age, sex, weight, medical history, and lifestyle. Through portion control you can still get the added protein you need to train, while loading up your body with vital nutrients that will help your overall health.


4. Eat Fresh Veggies

Eat your vegetables. You probably heard this growing up and if you have kids, you’ve probably said it to them, too. There’s a reason vegetables are considered a key part of a healthy diet and it’s recommended you get several servings of them each day—they’re supremely healthy. Vegetables are packed full of nutrients and other sought-after properties that can greatly improve health, protect you from illness, and give your body what it needs to not only survive but thrive. The nutritional properties of vegetables range, but many are rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein, and folic acid, all of which contribute to good health.


There’s an impossibly long list of health benefits from eating fresh vegetables, from giving you energy, improving digestion, and protecting your skin and eyes to potentially reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, and many types of cancer. Many vegetables are considered superfoods because of these amazing health benefits, so stock up and eat them regularly. Eating fresh vegetables is a definite do for clean eating and you’ll see and feel the benefits of these powerful foods.


5. Drink Water

Finally, clean eating is about keeping your body clean in every aspect, allowing it to flourish and helping your body become as healthy and strong as possible. Water is vital for your body and impacts more of your health than you may know. It can flush out toxins and other harmful waste in the body, enhance and maintain healthy muscles, and decrease joint pain. Some teas and other fluids can be as effective in hydrating your body as water, so if drinking a lot of water is a big change to your diet you could supplement a few cups of herbal tea as your body and mind adjusts to the change.


Staying hydrated is also known to help control your appetite. Hunger is often mistaken for thirst, causing people to eat and overeat instead of the body what it really needs – water. Drink water throughout the day, at least the standard 8, 8-ounce servings, though your activity level and health impacts how much you should drink. By helping your body thrive from staying well-hydrated all the time you’ll be on your way to keep your body clean.


Caio Bella

Michelle Fisher

Winter Skin Care

January 2018


Winter weather is not fun for skin. Cold weather and low humidity levels result in dry air, which then steals moisture away from the skin every second of every day. Without immediate care, dry skin can lead to cracking and bleeding, and harsh winter wind makes the problem worse. Indoor heat further robs the air of moisture, as do hot showers or baths and harsh cleansers.


Additional moisture helps, but you need to do more to actually counteract these effects and keep skin looking youthful and smooth. To reduce chapping, redness, itching, and keep skin more healthy and comfortable this season, try these tips.


1. WASH IN LUKEWARM WATER

Hot showers and baths always feel good in the winter, but when you can, particularly when just washing your face or hands, choose lukewarm water to avoid stripping as many oils away from the skin.


2. MOISTURIZE IMMEDIATELY AFTERWARDS

Your skin not only needs more moisture, but moisture right after you wash. Applying moisture to damp skin helps seal that dampness into the skin. Keep a bottle near the bathtub, shower stall, and at every sink and use liberally every time you wash.


3. CHOOSE MOISTURIZER CAREFULLY

Some over-the-counter moisturizers have petroleum-based ingredients that can actually further dry your skin in the winter months. Be sure to choose a smart formula that has natural, nourishing ingredients. Go for an oil-based rather than a water-based solution, as it’s more likely to help your skin retain moisture in the winter. Try Indie Lee’s natural moisturizing oils, as they’re made with natural, hydrating ingredients like lavender, chamomile, jojoba, and more, which help soothe dry, itchy skin.


4. PROTECT

Get used to wearing gloves and scarves to protect skin from cold winds, rain, and snow. Also, don’t forget the sunscreen. Winter sun can be just as damaging as summer sun, so apply a safe option like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to any exposed areas.


5. HUMIDIFY

Heating systems dry out the air, so consider installing a humidifier in your home, particularly in your bedroom, to put moisture back into the air and help prevent your skin from drying out.


6. DRINK

We tend to drink less water in the winter because we turn to hot drinks like cocoa and tea, but don’t forget that your skin needs hydration from the inside, out. A little warm water with lemon can be very refreshing and hydrating at the same time.


7. OVERNIGHT MOISTURIZE

Dryer areas like hands, feet, elbows, and knees have thin skin and tend to lose moisture faster than other areas on the body. Consider slathering on a deep moisturizing balm cream at night like Obagi Hydrate Luxe, then wear cotton gloves and socks to seal in the moisture until morning.


8. EXFOLIATE

We often forget to help the skin slough off dead cells in the winter, particularly on our hands. Yet moisture can’t get in if the dead cells are too plentiful. Find an exfoliating mask and use it on your face and your hands, as well as gently on your lips, then follow immediately with moisture to truly see a smoother difference. Exfoliating body washes are also helpful in the winter months.


9. AVOID TOXINS, SPECIFICALLY ALLERGENS AND IRRITANTS

Particularly if you have eczema, dermatitis, or psoriasis, you have to avoid allergens and irritants that may trigger a flare up. Winter skin is more fragile, so avoid irritating fabrics (like wool) and chemical-laden detergents, and use mild cleansers and moisturizers designed for sensitive skin. In addition, glutathione is considered the “master anti-oxidant” and helps your body detox.


10. HYDRATE FROM THE INSIDE OUT 

Eating foods high in water content can help hydrate your skin from the inside out. Try watermelon, cantaloupe, apples, oranges, kiwi, and watery veggies like celery, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, and carrots. Make sure you’re getting enough vitamin C and zinc to support the healthy production of collagen and elastin. Also consider Be Well’s omega-3 supplement, or consume more fatty fish and flaxseed to give your skin the building blocks it needs to appear supple and smooth.






BEST ANTI-AGING PRODUCT


November 2017

One of the most common questions I am asked is what is one skin care product that will do the most to keep my skin healthy and young,  Easy  Sunscreen.  Allow me to break it down so you'll understand that regardless of your skin tone, the sun does more to age you than anything else, including smoking and drinking.


Many people will tan when they go to the beach or are playing in the sun.  That's because of UVB rays.  (B=Burning as in sunburn)  Thinking you don't need sunscreen to keep your skin healthy and young simply because your tan is misleading.  You may have no problem with the UVB rays, but the UVA rays are accelerating the aging (UVA=Aging) process of your skin.


You can google a fantastic photo that is the perfect visual of what I'm saying.  Google "Sun damaged truck driver picture".  Is an unretouched photo that shows extreme aging on the left side of his face.  On the right side of his face, he appears to be in his late 50's.  On the left side he appears to be in his late 70's or early 80's .


This is because he never wore sunscreen because he drove a truck for a living.  He never burned and was only in his truck and not on the beach.  The reason for the striking difference is that his was driving the truck so the sun was coming through the left window and those UVA rays, amplified when coming through glass, aged his skin by decades compared to the right side which rarely was in the sun.


What sunscreen should you use?  A broad spectrum so it will absorb both the UVA and the UVB rays and wear it everyday.  Yes, even in the winter.  If you will be in the sun all day, reapply ever two hours.


Enjoy the outdoors and remember your sunscreen.  September is a great month to come see me and together we will erase the old sun damage and let your skin shine!


Caio bella,

Michelle Fisher



Winter skin care


January 2018

Winter weather is not fun for skin. Cold weather and low humidity levels result in dry air, which then steals moisture away from the skin every second of every day. Without immediate care, dry skin can lead to cracking and bleeding, and harsh winter wind makes the problem worse. Indoor heat further robs the air of moisture, as do hot showers or baths and harsh cleansers.

Additional moisture helps, but you need to do more to actually counteract these effects and keep skin looking youthful and smooth. To reduce chapping, redness, itching, and keep skin more healthy and comfortable this season, try these tips.


1. WASH IN LUKEWARM WATER

Hot showers and baths always feel good in the winter, but when you can, particularly when just washing your face or hands, choose lukewarm water to avoid stripping as many oils away from the skin.


2. MOISTURIZE IMMEDIATELY AFTERWARDS

Your skin not only needs more moisture, but moisture right after you wash. Applying moisture to damp skin helps seal that dampness into the skin. Keep a bottle near the bathtub, shower stall, and at every sink and use liberally every time you wash.


3. CHOOSE MOISTURIZER CAREFULLY

Some over-the-counter moisturizers have petroleum-based ingredients that can actually further dry your skin in the winter months. Be sure to choose a smart formula that has natural, nourishing ingredients. Go for an oil-based rather than a water-based solution, as it’s more likely to help your skin retain moisture in the winter. Try Indie Lee’s natural moisturizing oils, as they’re made with natural, hydrating ingredients like lavender, chamomile, jojoba, and more, which help soothe dry, itchy skin.


4. PROTECT

Get used to wearing gloves and scarves to protect skin from cold winds, rain, and snow. Also, don’t forget the sunscreen. Winter sun can be just as damaging as summer sun, so apply a safe option like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to any exposed areas.

5. HUMIDIFY

Heating systems dry out the air, so consider installing a humidifier in your home, particularly in your bedroom, to put moisture back into the air and help prevent your skin from drying out.


6. DRINK

We tend to drink less water in the winter because we turn to hot drinks like cocoa and tea, but don’t forget that your skin needs hydration from the inside, out. A little warm water with lemon can be very refreshing and hydrating at the same time.


7. OVERNIGHT MOISTURIZE

Dryer areas like hands, feet, elbows, and knees have thin skin and tend to lose moisture faster than other areas on the body. Consider slathering on a deep moisturizing balm cream at night like Obagi Hydrate Luxe, then wear cotton gloves and socks to seal in the moisture until morning.


8. EXFOLIATE

We often forget to help the skin slough off dead cells in the winter, particularly on our hands. Yet moisture can’t get in if the dead cells are too plentiful. Find an exfoliating mask and use it on your face and your hands, as well as gently on your lips, then follow immediately with moisture to truly see a smoother difference. Exfoliating body washes are also helpful in the winter months.


9. AVOID TOXINS, SPECIFICALLY ALLERGENS AND IRRITANTS

Particularly if you have eczema, dermatitis, or psoriasis, you have to avoid allergens and irritants that may trigger a flare up. Winter skin is more fragile, so avoid irritating fabrics (like wool) and chemical-laden detergents, and use mild cleansers and moisturizers designed for sensitive skin. In addition, glutathione is considered the “master anti-oxidant” and helps your body detox.


10. HYDRATE FROM THE INSIDE OUT

Eating foods high in water content can help hydrate your skin from the inside out. Try watermelon, cantaloupe, apples, oranges, kiwi, and watery veggies like celery, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, and carrots. Make sure you’re getting enough vitamin C and zinc to support the healthy production of collagen and elastin. Also consider Be Well’s omega-3 supplement, or consume more fatty fish and flaxseed to give your skin the building blocks it needs to appear supple and smooth.



Pre-Spring Skin Care


February 2018

Next Season-Next Steps for Great Skin


FACT: Healthy, clear, and beautiful skin starts with good habits. It’s the smart choices you make throughout the years that add up and pay off. What people usually get wrong is thinking the fate of their skin’s future is all based on genetics. While we are genetically programmed from birth to age a certain way (called intrinsic aging), genetics are now only thought to be responsible for 20-30% of aging. The other 70%-80% is up to you. Caring for your skin the right way, day in and day out, is essential. My 34 expert tips will make a world of difference if you follow them faithfully.


1. NEVER, EVER, USE A BAR OF SOAP ON YOUR FACE OR ANY CLEANSER THAT LEAVES YOUR SKIN FEELING DRY. The binders that hold a bar of soap together are in an alkaline base (high pH balance). This strips all the water and natural oils from the skin, causing the skin’s surface to dehydrate. Your skin cells need moisture in order to be healthy. Without water, acne, sensitivity, and dry skin become aggravated and worsen. Even if the manufacturers of the soap claim it’s moisturizing, it will still strip the skin, no matter what.

The rule for any cleanser is: More lather, more drying. Less lather, less drying. So, when choosing a cleanser, always look for the words ‘sulfate-free’ on the bottle. This implies that harsh detergents were removed from the formula so it’s safer and gentler for your face. My very favorite recommendation for super-sensitive skin is Obagi Gentle Cleanse. (it is SO GOOD!)


2. AVOID USING TONER THAT CONTAINS SD ALCOHOL 40 OR DENATURED ALCOHOL. Many people like the clean and tight feeling associated with using alcohol on the skin. Unfortunately, though, alcohol strips the skin of water. This, then, results in dead cell buildup and dullness. Trying to dry oily skin with harsh ingredients like alcohol actually has the opposite effect. As a reaction to the drying ingredient, the skin increases oil production as part of its healing and balancing processes. Toners without alcohol are very important for removing drying chlorines, salts and minerals found in tap water. Think of a toner as the rinse cycle for your skin after cleansing. Make sure to use a toner both morning and night after cleansing. My toner is Obagi and leaves my skin feeling supple and healthy.

Pro tip: Always leave your toner damp before applying your serum or moisturizer. This helps seal the toner’s hydrating benefits deep into the skin.

3. BE MINDFUL OF HOW YOU SLEEP ON YOUR PILLOW AT NIGHT. This may come as a surprise, but did you know the second cause of wrinkles. I’ve been using silk pillow cases and they work wonders. No drag.


4. GET REGULAR FACIALS FROM AN EXPERIENCED ESTHETICIAN. It’s a fact that a proper home care routine is essential in keeping your skin healthy and looking beautiful. However, when your home skincare products aren’t giving you the results you want. That’s why it’s so important to visit me once a month for a Medical Facial. It allows me to find any problem areas before they get out of control.


5. It’s a great time to get the laser or microneedling or vampire Facelift. New spring. New you. Don’t forget about laser hair removal. Be ready when the moment presents itself. No more razor stubble worries.

Ciao!

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Vampire facelifts or vampire facials


March 2018

You've probably seen the photos on Instagram: A celebrity or influencer's advertising the Vampire Facial. No, it's not a party— it's actually one of the latest treatment trends in skin care, also known as a "vampire facial."Celebrities, including Kim Kardashian West and Bar Refaeli, are fans of the facial, which might look quite scary in progress, but boasts big-time results.


So, what are they and how do they work, exactly? Don't let the name fool you. In fact, "Here in Virginia it’s done in full light of the day”


In all seriousness, the treatment is a "combination of a micro-needling with the MD Pen followed by the application of PRP (platelet-rich plasma)," says Shamban. "The PRP is derived from the serum portion of the blood, which contains platelets. The platelets contain high levels of growth factors, which, when applied to the skin, will stimulate cell turnover."


In laymen's terms: It's a facial that essentially uses, your own blood to help promote the healthy activity of your skin cells. Our skin is naturally comprised of red blood cells and serum, which contain our white blood cells and platelets.


Platelets are rich in growth factors, which essentially act as energy boots for our skin. This helps our skin function optimally, increasing everything from collagen to elastin, while also bringing antioxidant and hydrating properties. Platelet-rich plasma is now commonly used topically as part of a regular facial, used along with micro-needling with our MD Pen to enhance penetration into the skin, and is even being injected into the skin in the same manner as dermal fillers.


The process sound serious? Well, it sort of is — since the treatment begins with venipuncture (a blood draw) to obtain the blood. But, contrary to popular belief, it's relatively painless — aside from the first needle pinch.

Typically, the process includes the initial blood draw, then running the blood through a centrifuge to isolate the platelets. You'll then receive MD Pen micro-needling just before your PRPs are slathered across your face. This can be accompanied with or without radio frequency, too. It sounds gory and mysterious, but in fact, it is central to our evolving understanding of the physiology of the skin and advanced techniques with which to improve the quality of the skin

As for recovery, it might take a day or two of downtime before you're ready to hit the streets. Recipients may need one or two days, depending on how aggressive the microdermabrasion was on your skin. You'll emerge from treatment a bit red, almost like a sunburn, which means post-procedure sunscreen is highly recommended. Applying makeup, though, is discouraged.

Are you a candidate?  Most likely! Those with premature wrinkles, high levels of solar damage, or anyone who wants an even tone and fresher appearance to their skin, is an ideal candidate for the procedure, she says. However, if you have a history of blood diseases, including clotting or bleeding disorders, you should not seek PRP treatment.

As far as risks go, there aren't as many as you might think. In fact, the only risk you really run is suttle bruising at the time of the venipuncture. Aside from the discomfort of a blood draw and light bruising from injection or MD Pen micro-needling, the vampire facial is "extremely safe, as it is your body's own blood being recycled."


How much does it cost?  Cost typically ranges, but in our office, a treatment will set you back around $900. Also worth noting that multiple treatments may be needed for optimal results and that treatments should be performed no more often than once per month.


Call us a schedule your free consult and let’s take a bite out of aging!