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What’s the difference between Botox and Filler?

With all the buzzwords in anti-aging treatments, things can get a bit overwhelming! If you are like most people, it is easy to get these terms mixed up.  One thing we hear all the time is when people confuse “Botox” and “Juvederm.” They are both great products made by the company Allergan, but they are…

Anti-Aging Skin Care: Who needs Growth Factors?

  As we age, our skin loses up to 80% of its thickness. Wow! The loss is caused by a drop in the production of collagen, elastin, and other components necessary for repairing environmental damage and retaining the structure of our skin. Epidermal growth factors are an essential part of an anti-aging skincare regimen to…

Keep That Youthful Look

The first facial fillers were used for scars back in 1893. Autologous fat (meaning fat from your own body) was used to correct scars, and “filling” began as a cosmetic procedure. The benefits of the procedure were short-lived based on the limited technology at that time.   Later, collagen was first used for facial wrinkle…

When should I start getting Botox?

The golden age of our grandmothers swearing by their jar of cold cream is long gone. Back then, when the magic of lotions and potions ran out, the only alternative was a drastic (and often scary) wind tunnel style facelift. Wow, how times have changed!   Botox is now a household name and the most…

Anti-Aging Skin Care: Why do I need Antioxidants?

Antioxidants fight “free radical” damage from the environment that causes signs of aging, including brown spots and wrinkles.  They also enhance the effectiveness of sunscreens in preventing sun damage.  During the day, the combination of antioxidants plus sunscreen provides a strong defense against wrinkles, dullness, and discoloration.  At night, antioxidants reverse damage through cellular repair…

Skin Care – it’s what we do!

Skin Care – it’s what we do!  As we age, many things happen to our skin.  Years of tanning, eating the wrong foods, not getting enough sleep, not drinking enough fluids, and just plain every-day toxic environments, from city dwelling to spending too much time indoors, all play a role in skin trauma.  For years,…

Kenalog Scar Treatment

Do you have raised scars? Did you know they can be treated? Kenalog Scar Treatment is a specially formulated anti-inflammatory injection that can be used to significantly improve raised scars, including injury scars, surgical scars, hypertrophic scars, and keloids.   Raised scars—or hypertrophic scars and keloids—are caused from injury and irritation of the lower layers…

Anti-Aging Skin Care: What is the best sunscreen?

The higher the SPF, the more sun protection… right? Unfortunately, that is not the case. So, what is SPF? The Sun Protection Factor (SPF) actually indicates the length of TIME of added protection, not the strength. An SPF of 15 means you can be in the sun 15 times longer than you would have without…

Anti-Aging Skin Care: Why do I need Retinol?

As we age our skin starts to lose its natural ability to renew itself, leading to fine lines, wrinkles and duller looking skin. There are many anti-aging skin care products available to help your skin to look smoother and younger. One of the most widely used products in anti-aging treatments is retinol.   Retinol is…

Anti-Beauty Sleep: Are your sleep habits causing the lines on your face?

As we age, the wrinkles we form are often associated with loss of collagen in our skin, an important component to its strength and structure. We often refer to collagen as the “scaffolding” that holds up our skin. Over the years, our facial expressions can lead to forehead lines, smile lines, and more. We also…