Botox™ – It Doesn’t Have to be Scary

As we start to feel that our laugh lines are deepening or our foreheads are looking as wrinkled as a Shar Pei, our first instinct is to ask, how can I fix this? When you squint, smile, raise your eyebrows or frown, muscles contract causing the skin to furrow and fold. Over time, as skin ages, it loses some of its elasticity and these repeated contractions can cause persistent lines. There are several injectables used to correct these lines and it’s important that you know when they are to be used. Because many people don’t know when Botox™ is to be used, they think it’s scary because of the aftermath they have seen from it being used incorrectly.

Where is Botox™ used?

While our facial expressions cause lines around our mouths, in the corner of our eyes, between our eyes and across our forehead, it does not mean that all of these should be corrected with Botox™. By injecting Botox™ into the muscles in small amounts, it causes the muscles to relax and the lines will no longer form. Therefore, it should be used in places like the forehead to alleviate the lines caused by our muscles contracting when we squint and raise our eyebrows. It is not used to fill the lines around our mouths or to make our lips bigger. Using Botox to enhance your lips will be quite scary!

Can it reduce early signs of aging?

Yes, Botox™ smooths and relaxes the muscles that cause the lines and creases that are associated with aging. It is specially designed to work into your skin and mold to your unique facial contours and therefore will soften lines and wrinkles giving results that turn back the years.

Tell me more…

Ok, so here are a few frequently asked questions and answers.

What is the pain level? No more than a little pinch.

Are results immediate? You will see results start to appear in about 7-10 days.

How long does it last? Everybody is different, but you can expect results to last three to six months.

Is Botox™ for me?

If you want to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, then Botox™ is for you. To have a specific area looked at, we recommend coming in for a free consultation so that we can determine what injectable is appropriate for the area you want to have treated and for the look you are seeking. Botox™ isn’t scary like some make it seem so to schedule your consultation or to make an appointment to get a younger looking you, please call Alazzo Med Spa at 301.810.5740.

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.

It’s Football Season and Testosterone Should Be Rising

Angry woman staring at cheerful man as he watches TV in living room at home

The change of the season is upon us and we may start to see some changes in the men we love, too.  While passions rise about their favorite football team, we all think of our guys yelling at the TV, cheering on their team with their buddies or maybe even taunting the fan of a losing team. You know, the typical testosterone filled actions of football loving men. Don’t let these actions fool you though. Your guy could actually be low on testosterone, despite what it may seem.

What are the signs of low testosterone?

Testosterone affects many functions and its decrease can bring about significant physical and emotional changes.  So, what are the warning signs of low testosterone?  Well, according to healthline.com, men may notice a decrease in sex drive, sperm production, muscle mass/strength, a change in fat distribution or bone density, just to name a few. Other signs could include increased fatigue, hot flashes or a decrease in body hair.

What you can do.

We have uncovered a revolutionary way to increase testosterone levels safely and effectively with. Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BIHRT). The goal of BIHRT is to provide an adequate supply of a deficient hormone in a form that is molecularly identical to that which your body naturally produces, therefore restoring your body’s normal healthy physiological effects.  BIHRT uses pellets to effectively release a slow steady amount of hormones into the blood stream allowing the body to receive constant levels of hormones that are identical to our own chemical makeup, resulting in the highest level of efficacy of hormone replacement.

T Pellet benefits

There are numerous T pellet benefits when getting Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy. Some can be recognized in the first insertion while others won’t be realized until you have had more than one implant performed. The benefits to look at when considering BIHRT include, heart protection, improved insulin sensitivity, protection against certain cancers, increased energy and improved sleep, along with improvement of overall health and sense of well-being.  These are just a few of the noted improvements after receiving treatment with T Pellets.

If you’d like to learn more about BIHRT and testosterone replacement for the man in your life, stop in or give us a call at 301.810.5740 for a free consultation.

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.

Reversing the Summer Sun

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With summer coming to an end and the fall season upon us, it’s time to reflect on our skin and how to reverse the damage of the summer sun.  While there are many preventative steps to take in our skincare routines, sometimes even the best efforts can result in sun damaged skin at the end of the summer season.  At Alazzo Med Spa, we offer Microdermabrasion, a great way to get rid of the damage.

What Is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive procedure that uses a multi-level vacuum system to exfoliate and remove the superficial layer of dry, dead skin cells.  By removing the dead skin cells on the surface we can stimulate the body to produce new skin cells giving you a more youthful, smoother, softer look and feel that’s close to truly ageless skin. Huffington Post offers to clear up common misconceptions in their article “What Is Microdermabrasion, And Will It Improve Your Skin?” which confirms that patients with fine lines, uneven pigmentation or clogged pores may benefit most from a series of microdermabrasion treatments.

Why Exfoliate?

When old skin cells start to pile up on the surface of your skin, especially your face, it can leave skin looking dull, rough and dry.  In addition, the buildup of these skin cells result in excess oil and clogged pores, which lead to blemishes and acne.  Exfoliating your skin on a regular basis can improve the results of your skincare routine and help to rejuvenate your skin. So, if you want to look fresh and healthy, exfoliation is an integral part of your skincare and microdermabrasion is the best at exfoliation and bringing new life to your complexion.

What Does It Feel Like?

The treatment, which is scheduled for an hour to an hour and a half, is painless and feels like a gentle vacuum. You may experience mild tightening, warmth, and/or tingling after the treatment. The moisture of any topical infusions will leave your skin feeling cool and refreshed while the exfoliation process renders the skin smooth to the touch. You’ll leave with glowing skin that feels soft and supple.

We offer a full Q & A section on our website regarding Microdermabrasion, also referred to as MicroResurfacing, and we encourage you to visit. If you still have questions regarding microdermabrasion or to visit with one of our specialists, please call today to schedule your free consultation 301.810.5742.

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.

It’s National Self Improvement Month

September is National Self Improvement Month and what a better time to start change in your life than now? Is there something in your life that you want to improve? Perhaps you would like to like to lose that last pesky 20 pounds or start taking better care of your skin, maybe even contour those troubled spots that diet and exercise can’t reach. Now is the time to gain that focus and get started!

Restore Your Skin From the Inside, Out!

As we age, our skin loses its youthful appearance and we develop furrow lines, uneven skin tones and often, we lose hydration and suppleness.  Skinade delivers essential nutrients in liquid form and helps to rebuild our skin, while combating the signs of ageing by increasing moisture and hydration. As a result, Skinade restores your skin’s youthful appearance, improves tone, texture, smooths those furrow lines and improves skin suppleness. Results are often reported as soon as 4-6 days after using Skinade. You can read Skinade reviews and see why so many are thrilled with the results of Skinade!

Gain Confidence with Body Contouring

Want to reduce the appearance of cellulite without any downtime? Do you want to feel the confidence from knowing that you look your best?  Then Body Contouring could be right for you. Body Contouring can be performed anywhere, from the fat pouch under your arms down to the “cankles” you wish you never had. We can get rid of that bulge in front by your bra line or the back fat that you hate.! The list goes on and on. Bottom line, if you have extra inches that bother you let us help improve your feeling of confidence to build a new you.

How It Works

UltraShape is a noninvasive, non-surgical procedure that uses pulsed, focused ultrasound for fat cell destruction. When combined with VelaShape, the broken down fat cells are mechanically pushed into the lymphatic system to be eliminated by the body.

If you want to benefit from any of these treatments or others, during National Self Improvement Month, we’d love to help you gain the confidence and start the change. Let’s start with a free consultation to evaluate your needs and answer any questions that you have. Call us today at 301.810.5740.

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.

April is Rosacea Awareness Month

women with rosaceaAt Alazzo Med Spa, we treat a variety of skin conditions with a multitude of services. Some of the skin conditions we treat are hyperpigmentation, liver spots, age spots, melasma and acne. April has been deemed as Rosacea Awareness Month, by the National Rosacea Society, so we’d like to shift our focus to Rosacea, a condition that affects more than 16 million Americans and is treated at Alazzo Med Spa.

What is Rosacea?

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, rosacea is a skin condition that affects people between 30 and 50 and is characterized by many signs and symptoms. These signs and symptoms are typically seen on a person’s nose, cheeks, forehead and chin but can also be found on the ears, chest and back. There are 4 types of rosacea:

  1. Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea – redness, flushing, visible blood vessels. You may recognize some of these famous faces who show the signs of redness and flushing: Bill Clinton, Cameron Diaz, Prince William and Princess Diana.
  2. Papulopustular rosacea – redness, swelling and acne-like breakouts.
  3. Phymatous rosacea – thickening of the skin with a bumpy texture.
  4. Ocular rosacea – red and irritated eyes, swollen eyelids, the appearance of what looks like a sty.

Aside from the physical signs and symptoms, many studies show that the problems that come along with rosacea go much deeper than the skin. Recent studies have found that those affected by rosacea are frustrated, embarrassed, worried, have low self-esteem, anxiety and depression. This emotional toll it takes, causes people to have difficulty in their relationships and trouble meeting new people. A survey conducted by the National Rosacea Society found that 70% of those with rosacea have trouble with interacting with people at work because they’re embarrassed. Thirty percent of people even miss work.

What causes rosacea?

Genetics are a big cause of rosacea. Many people who are blue eyed and blonde, have Celtic or Scandinavian ancestors and have someone in their family with severe acne often get rosacea. There are other factors that may play a part, as well, like: your body’s ability to process cathelicidin, a protein that protects your skin; mites on your skin, and a weakened immune system.

How is rosacea treated?

At Alazzo Med Spa, in Frederick, MD, we treat rosacea with intense pulse light (IPL) therapy. IPL Therapy targets broken blood vessels that contribute redness and pulls the hyperpigmentation to the skin’s surface as the body absorbs the broken blood vessels. All in all, this diminishes the appearance of rosacea. Getting IPL has some additional benefits too! Read our recent blog “Prevent Looking Another Year Older with These Two Anti-Aging Treatments” to learn more.

If you’re struggling with the signs and symptoms of rosacea, we’d love to help restore you confidence. Let’s start with a free consultation so that we can evaluate your skin and answer any questions that you have. Call us today at 301.810.5740.

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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