Debunking the Top 5 CoolSculpting Myths

CoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure that eliminates stubborn fat safely and effectively, without surgery or downtime. We can help to reshape your body by assessing your problem areas and creating a customized treatment plan. It sounds easy, right? It truly is despite what myths are out there. We are here to debunk the myths and give you the facts.CoolSculpting, cold, freeze, fat, myths

1.  It’s Painful 

CoolSculpting is in no way painful, says Women’s Health Bag. The procedure is non-invasive, and most patients only experience a tingling sensation and mild redness. As the name suggests, the procedure can be a little cold, but that feeling usually subsides within about 10 minutes after the area numbs.

2.  It Only Works on Your Stomach

While the stomach is one of the most popular areas to target with CoolSculpting, there are many areas that can be helped with this procedure. Aside from the belly, CoolSculpting can be used for the treatment of visible fat bulges of your double chin, thigh, abdomen, and flank, along with bra fat, back fat and underneath the buttocks. Oh, and did we mention the upper arm? Say goodbye to your bat wings!

3.  Results Are Instant

CoolSculpting tells us that you can start to see changes as quickly as three weeks after your treatment and will experience the most dramatic results after two months. Your body continues to flush out fat cells for up to six (6) months after treatment.

4.  It’s Dangerous

This fat reduction treatment is the only FDA approved procedure to use controlled cooling to safely target and eliminate diet and exercise-resistant fat. The results are proven, noticeable and lasting, so you’ll look and feel great from every angle.

5.  Results Are Temporary

Once the treated fat cells are frozen, they die. They are naturally processed and eliminated from the body. Once those fat cells are gone, they are gone for good! People who claim their results didn’t last are incorrect – the fat cells that treated with CoolSculpting are gone.

Are you ready to love every view of you? The sooner you set up your consultation, the sooner you’ll see results in the mirror. Get long-term results in those areas that have resisted all your efforts through diet and exercise. Contact us today to find out if CoolSculpting is right for you.

Melissa Bolden, CRNP

Melissa Bolden, CRNP graduated from University of Maryland with a Masters in Science as an Adult Nurse Practitioner. Melissa has owned and operated Med Spa’s since 2003. Her vast knowledge of aesthetic services and drive for perfection as well as her ability to achieve maximum results places Melissa at the top of the Med Spa industry.

Six Things to Consider When Getting Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is a wonderful thing, and this is a great time of year to get started.  While the procedure is easy and downtime is nonexistent, there are a few things you should consider before you dive in.

  1.  Medications

If you are taking any medications that make you photosensitive, like antibiotics, they could make your skin more sensitive to the laser’s UV light. It’s a good idea to discontinue these medications or finish them before starting laser hair removal. Otherwise, the sensitivity could lead to blisters or changes in skin color. In most cases, you shouldn’t have taken the medication for at least 7 days prior to your treatment. If you have questions about a specific medication, we’d be happy to answer them.

2.  Exfoliators

It’s important to be gentle with your skin before a laser hair removal procedure. Using an exfoliant could irritate your skin and in some cases could even cause scarring.  Exercise caution when using any type of exfoliation on your skin before a treatment.

3.  Skin Care Routine

You’ll want to skip the skin care before your treatment. It’s best if you have clean and product free skin to prevent potential skin discoloration. Products on your skin can have a reaction with the lasers, so you want skin that is bare.  If you have any topical prescriptions, you may want to check with your doctor to see about potential reactions to the lasers. For extra precaution, we clean your skin before treatment.

4.  Shave 1-2 days before

While waxing is convenient and last quite a bit longer than shaving, we recommend that you skip it prior to laser hair removal. Waxing pulls hair out by the root and our lasers need those roots to “see” the hair it is targeting. On the other hand, you want to make sure that you trim the hair before your treatment. Having longer hair absorbs the energy from the laser and basically wastes it, making it less effective.

5.  Tanning

Aside from the risks we already know about tanning beds, they can make laser hair removal less effective because they are changing the pigment of your skin. Since the laser is attracted to pigment, it’s important to keep your skin as fair as possible.Therefore, winter is the best time to start the process since your skin is at its most natural.

6.  Don’t Expect 100% the First Time

While laser hair removal is effective, don’t expect perfect results the first time. After each session, you can expect a 10-20% hair loss because your hair grows in cycles. The results build as we destroy hairs in each growth cycle. WebMD says that most patients have the best hair loss results after an average of three to seven sessions. This is why we recommend 6 sessions for each laser hair removal package.

To learn more about the laser hair removal process and our trained practitioners at Alazzo Med Spa, please visit our website.

Melissa Bolden, CRNP

Melissa Bolden, CRNP graduated from University of Maryland with a Masters in Science as an Adult Nurse Practitioner. Melissa has owned and operated Med Spa’s since 2003. Her vast knowledge of aesthetic services and drive for perfection as well as her ability to achieve maximum results places Melissa at the top of the Med Spa industry.

Don’t Let PCOS Dwindle Your Confidence in 2018

So often when talking about Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), only the physical symptoms are discussed. Those suffering with this syndrome know that the effects are far more than physical.  So what are some of the steps we can take to combat the emotional effects and the toll it takes on our self-confidence? We’d like to share some with you.

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Your Skin and PCOS

There are many reasons that one may struggle with acne, however, those living with PCOS are dealing with excess amounts of testosterone and that is one of the most common causes of breakouts. Having excess testosterone means that there are too many androgens in the body stimulating glands to produce more sebum. Too much sebum clogs pores and creates acne. bioClarity.com breaks down the process in greater detail in the blog “The Connection Between Testosterone and Acne”.

Often times, no matter how careful we are in our skin care, breakouts leave blemishes. Additionally, high insulin levels also cause dark patches of the skin. Both can leave those with PCOS feeling insecure and embarrassed. The good news is that intense pulse light therapy (IPL) can treat both blemishes and dark spots. IPL allows for a more even skin tone that has a smoother and firmer finish, using a broad spectrum of light. This intense pulsed light selectively targets broken blood vessels and irregular pigmentation with minimal effect to surrounding tissue.  Not only targeting the damaged area but pulling hyperpigmentation to the surface of the skin. Therefore, exposing a more refreshed and blemish free skin, allowing those with PCOS to feel more confident.

As many of us know, blemishes aren’t the only thing caused by breakouts. Acne can cause scarring as well. At Alazzo Med Spa, we offer micro-needling which can help reduce acne scars. Micro-needling harnesses the body’s innate ability to regrow and repair the skin as a response to micro-damage. Our small hand-held device stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, normalizing various skin functions.

Hair in NOT All the Right Places

Along with the extra testosterone release stimulated in the ovaries, we get additional hair growth and it may not be in places that are comfortable. That’s why laser hair removal is such an advantage to those of us with PCOS.  Without having to let hair “grow out” we can target areas of unwanted hair, as the laser “sees” the hair follicle below the skin. We can target areas on the face, back, legs and arms or anywhere you may want to rid yourself of excess hair. At Alazzo Med Spa, we offer a $25/15-minute guarantee with all our packages. Therefore, if you grow any hair in the area treated after you have completed your six treatments you only have to pay $25 per 15 minutes to have that area touched up. We can’t control the body from making hair, but we can stay on top of it and make it manageable.

While there are many things associated with PCOS that we cannot control or do anything about, we don’t have to let it get us down. There are ways to control the way it affects our self-esteem and how we view ourselves. We don’t have to let PCOS have complete control over our lives. If you are interested in learning more about how Alazzo Med Spa can help you overcome some of the side effects of PCOS, please call the spa today and talk to one of our knowledgeable team members.

Melissa Bolden, CRNP

Melissa Bolden, CRNP graduated from University of Maryland with a Masters in Science as an Adult Nurse Practitioner. Melissa has owned and operated Med Spa’s since 2003. Her vast knowledge of aesthetic services and drive for perfection as well as her ability to achieve maximum results places Melissa at the top of the Med Spa industry.

Hands Down, You’ll Want This Service in 2018

In “If I Could Turn Back Time”, Cher likes to sing about turning back the hands of time, but what if we could turn back time on your hands? With hand rejuvenation, we can! As we age, the collagen levels in our hands deplete and the skin thins out resulting in wrinkles and prominent veins. Often, this leads us to feel self-conscience about the appearance of our hands because they look rather old. Don’t let “Granny Hands” happen to you, get hand rejuvenation!

Why hand rejuvenation?

Many of us wonder how we can reduce the appearance of laugh lines or crow’s feet around our eyes as we age. We always think of our faces when we think about how we age. Well, what about our hands?  Have you ever put your hand up to your face and felt as if there was a disconnect between the person your face shows and the person your hands show? Wrinkles, sunken in knuckles and the appearance of bony fingers are all signs of aging we show in our hands. Now, with hand rejuvenation, we can plump and restore lost volume to our hands while minimizing the visibility of veins and tendons all while providing a smooth and natural looking result.

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Immediate results?

Yes! The hand filler works to add volume under the skin and over time will stimulate your body to make collagen again, on its own. With hand fillers, you will notice a more youthful appearance to hands, the treatment is quick and effective. You’ll enjoy the appearance of young supple hands, once again. You won’t have to hide behind expensive manicures or lots of bangle bracelets to take the focus off your aging hands. Radiesse® shows us some amazing before and after photos of actual patient results.

Radiesse®

Radiesse® is currently the only dermal filler approved by the FDA for use in the hands.  This injectable is a calcium based gel that offers instant plumping effects and can last up to a year. As previously stated, this procedure also stimulates your body to produce its own collagen, which will help reduce the amount of filler you will need in the future. You can read more on our website.

If turning back the hands of time is something that you want to learn more about, please feel free to contact us for a free consultation today.

Melissa Bolden, CRNP

Melissa Bolden, CRNP graduated from University of Maryland with a Masters in Science as an Adult Nurse Practitioner. Melissa has owned and operated Med Spa’s since 2003. Her vast knowledge of aesthetic services and drive for perfection as well as her ability to achieve maximum results places Melissa at the top of the Med Spa industry.

Give the Gift of Ageless Beauty

As we age, our bodies change, but not always in time with our spirit. We want you and your loved ones to look as beautiful as you all feel. So we have several products and services to help you keep up with the ever changing you.  Alazzo Med Spa makes giving the gift of ageless beauty easy. Here are some products and services you may want to consider getting a loved one.injectables, microresurfacing, chemical peels, dermasweet, alazzo med spa

Skin Care Products

Image Skincare is an ageless skin care product formulated for aging skin.  Helping repair skin from environmental damage, sensitivities or rosacea-prone skin, the Vital C Formula is a great choice. Other great choices are Clear Cell, which helps with acne or oily skin, and Prevention, which is an evolution of moisturizers with broad spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection. Not sure what product to get?  No worries! You can give a gift certificate and they can come in for a free consultation to determine which product is best for their skin type.

Injectables

There are many different types of injectable products out there. We don’t want anyone to worry about what is right for them. If you buy a gift certificate, our experienced staff will guide them in the right direction. Choosing a filler, neuromodulators or combination will give the youthfulness they are looking for.

MicroResurfacing & Chemical Peels

The DermaSweep MD is a technological advancement in the treatment of specific skin conditions and the improvement of overall skin appearance and health. By removing the dead skin cells on the surface, we can stimulate the body to produce new skin cells resulting in a more youthful, smoother and softer look. Whether your loved one is looking to even out their skin tone, reduce sun damage or remove acne scars, MicroResurfacing can address these issues.

Chemical peels also improve the appearance of the skin. This process is where a chemical solution is applied to the skin for 5-10 minutes. This will cause the skin to peel revealing new regenerated skin. The new skin looks smoother and brighter. Both treatments are great gifts for ageless beauty!

No matter what the product or service, we want you to feel comfortable giving the gift of ageless beauty from Alazzo Med Spa and knowing that your friends and family are in good hands! Stop in and grab a gift certificate at 8927 Fingerboard Road, Suite E, in Frederick, MD.

Melissa Bolden, CRNP

Melissa Bolden, CRNP graduated from University of Maryland with a Masters in Science as an Adult Nurse Practitioner. Melissa has owned and operated Med Spa’s since 2003. Her vast knowledge of aesthetic services and drive for perfection as well as her ability to achieve maximum results places Melissa at the top of the Med Spa industry.

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