When Did I Start Looking Like My Mother?

With it just being Mother’s Day, we couldn’t help but notice all the pictures of moms bombarding our social media timelines. It was great to see families celebrating together and carrying on yearly traditions like moms and muffins or brunch with three or even four generations. We also couldn’t help but notice how, in so many of those pictures, we all look so much like our mothers. Have you looked at any of your pictures and thought, “Is that my face I’m looking at?” when comparing you to your mom? Do you still feel youthful inside yet feel like you look like your mom more and more every day? If this sounds like you, don’t worry! We have plenty of services that can help you keep up with the ever-changing, aging you.

Injectables

Injectables can help in so many ways! At Alazzo, we carry Botox™ and Xeomin™ which help to reduce the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles. As we age, we lose elasticity in our skin which at one point kept those repeated facial contractions from creating permanent lines. Botox™ and Xeomin™ are great for treating lines around the eyes and on the forehead.

 

Fillers are another type of injectable. As we age, our body slows down its production of collagen as well. Therefore, we use fillers like Radiesse which help the body produce its own collagen and Juvederm and Belotero which help pull the body’s natural fluid to help fill the lines. Areas around the mouth are commonly treated with fillers.

Micro-Needling

If you want to get rid of your fine lines and wrinkles but don’t want Botox™, you can opt for micro-needling. Micro-needling uses the body’s ability to regrow and repair the skin when responding to microdamage. Micro-needling uses tiny needles to puncture the skin which triggers the repair. The result is younger looking skin.

Intense Pulse Light (IPL) Therapy

If you have age spots, IPL therapy is the perfect treatment to make you feel like you have ageless skin. IPL therapy uses a broad spectrum of light to target irregular pigmentation of the skin. The light is absorbed by the darkened skin causing the damaged skin to flake off during the exfoliation process. This leaves your skin even-toned and youthful!

Microresurfacing

As stated earlier, as we age, our body slows down the production of collagen. It also slows down in creating new skin cells. Microresurfacing helps to exfoliate the dead skin cells which promotes new skin growth. This treatment leaves your skin smooth, even-toned and helps with fine lines and wrinkles.

Let us help you feel as youthful on the outside as you do on the inside. We have free consultations so that you can speak to us in confidence about your concerns and we’ll provide you with the best options to make your skin look more youthful! You can also follow us on our Facebook to get more tips on how to keep youthful skin!

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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.

Keep Your Acne-Prone Skin Clear This Summer

Many of us tend to look forward to the summer months, however, that’s not the case for all of us. For those who suffer from acne, the summer can seem like a free-for-all for breakouts. The soaring temperatures and relentless humidity causing you to sweat excessively can make regular skin-care routines seem pointless and the acne can be quite embarrassing. If you have acne prone skin, here’s what you need to know to maintain clear skin and keep your confidence this summer.

Take two showers

Two showers a day can keep the acne away! In July and August, the sun is scorching most of the day so it’s hard to stay cool 100% of the time, especially if you must go outside. The smallest amount of sweat can cause your pores to clog, especially where your clothing is tight like your underwear. Take a shower right before bedtime to be sure that your skin is nice and clean before bed preventing the oil from absorbing in your sheets and being on your skin overnight.

Wash all your active gear

No matter if you’re an avid hiker, biker or just like to enjoy walks in the beautiful sunshine, it’s important to wash your gear after each use. Your bike helmet strap can cause acne where it touches your skin since it carries acne-causing bacteria if not washed. Be sure to wash your bras after each use as well since they absorb your sweat. You don’t want to put it back on after sweating in it all day. That’s a great way to get acne on your back and chest.

Shower after swimming

While chlorine kills bacteria, it is also known to dry your skin out which can also cause breakouts. We all know that oil causes breakouts but not having enough oil can cause breakouts too as the dead skin cells clog pores as well. If you can’t shower right after swimming, try to at least splash fresh water on your face. If you’re an avid swimmer, you may want to consider coming in for our micro-resurfacing treatment. This treatment will help get rid of all the dead skins cells giving you a clean and clear look.

Tweak your facial cleansing routine

Many of us use cleansers that have more oil in them during the winter because of the dry, cold air. You may want to switch to a cleanser that has less oil in it since our skin naturally produces oil in the heat. You may also want to get a lighter moisturizer to help prevent your pores from getting clogged. If you’re not sure which skin-care products to use, we recommend Image Skincare and would be happy to help you pick which is best for you.

Reduce inflammation

There are many things that we put in our bodies that cause inflammation. Sugar and dairy are two more common ones. To see others, take a look at 8 Foods An Inflammation Expert Won’t Touch. A good way to reduce inflammation is to reduce your intake of inflammatory foods. You can also take supplements or stimulate your liver with the use of herbal teas. Some teas like dandelion tea have anti-inflammatory properties that also help your liver reduce toxins in your body which can lead to breakouts.

If you take these tips into consideration this summer, you’ll be sure to reduce the number of breakouts you have if not prevent them all. If you’ve had acne prone skin in the past and want to get rid of any scarring that is making you feel self-conscious, we have micro-needling which can help with that also. Come on in for our free consultation and we’ll help you determine which treatments are best for your skin!

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.

Prenuptial Prepping

The day is fast approaching. You are getting ready for your walk down the aisle and want to be sure you look and feel perfect.  Let Alazzo Med Spa help you with your prenuptial preparation for your special day. We have many services available to help you look and feel your best on your wedding day.

CoolSculpting

Go strapless, backless or both with your wedding dress. You won’t have to worry about extra bulges or lumps in your dress. CoolSculpting can help with eliminating bra fat and back fat. CoolSculpting allows you to reshape your body and feel great in whatever silhouette you choose.  Say goodbye to that last bit of underarm fat and double chin, too! If you have several areas you want to treat, we can take care of them in record time. We now offer DualSculpting which will allow you to get twice the CoolSculpting in half the time.

Laser Hair Removal

Get rid of unwanted hair and get yourself honeymoon ready. Take care of your bikini line, underarms, and legs with laser hair removal. You are sure to feel great in your swimsuit. You won’t worry about shaving at all when on your tropical paradise celebrating your I-do’s. Tell your soon-to-be husband to join you for laser hair removal. He’ll feel great in his swimsuit, too! Bridal Guide suggests that you start treatment at least six months before the wedding.

Injectables

Give yourself a flawless look that lasts with injectables. We can help with fine lines, wrinkles and even the deeper 11’s (those deep creases between the eyes). Injectables can also give you fuller lips and more volume in your cheeks, giving you a youthful and healthy look. Give your face a smooth and supple look that will last a lifetime in your wedding pictures. One bride chronicles her experience with pre-nuptial Botox in Brides magazine.

Skin Treatments

You may want to consider micro-needling before the big day. This is a way to harness the body’s innate ability to re-grow and repair the skin as a response to micro-damage. Alleviating the appearance of surgical, acne and trauma scars. It also reduces the appearance of fine lines for a picture-perfect look on your wedding day.

Intense Pulse Light Therapy (IPL) gives the look of ageless skin. IPL creates a more even skin tone with a smoother and firmer finish. It uses a broad bank of light and intense pulses for an effective resolution of facial redness.  Whatever your skin issue is we can help improve your skin for your trip down the aisle.

With wedding season about to begin, we know that every bride is on the quest for the perfect day. Don’t stress and cause your skin to do crazy things. Come talk to us and get a plan in place. If you are not sure where to begin, schedule your free consultation today. We will discuss the areas you want to address and answer all your questions, so you can sit back and relax and enjoy your wedding day.

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.

Double Down on Your Fat

 

CoolSculpting is the top of the line for non-surgical fat removal. Freezing away the fat, never to have it return.  Sounds amazing, doesn’t it?  Well, it is, but what if you have several areas you want to get treated, does that mean several trips to the office since you can only treat one area at a time?  Each treatment takes about an hour per area. To learn more about how CoolSculpting works, watch this video. Now, we are thrilled to talk with you about DualSculpting. It takes away the only downside of CoolsSculpting, only being able to treat one area at a time.

Taking it to the next level

When CoolSculpting was developed the team started by developing applicators to treat different parts of the body.  There is the petite applicator that is perfect for our underarm area.  The mini applicator works under our chin.  The original applicator itself is used to treat the larger areas, such as inner thighs, abdomen, and sides. There is even a plus size applicator to handle belly pouches in the lower part of the abdomen. All the problem areas are taken care of by each of the specialized applicators. Now, with the introduction of DualSculpting, we can use two machines simultaneously.

Two are better than one

The dual part of DualSculpting means you can have two different areas treated at the same time.  With the current technique, we are only able to treat one area at a time. Although we can do several areas in one day, with CoolSculpting, we can only do one area at a time.  DualSculpting means we still use the same amazing machine, but we use two of them. This gives us the ability to give you twice the CoolSculpting in half the time.  Let’s say you wanted to do both your love handles, previously, it would require at least a double session. One for each side, or more depending on the size of the area.  Now, with the new technique, we can do both sides at the same time. Cutting your time in half.

For your satisfaction

Let us show you the magic of doubling down on your fat. Now with the ability to use two CoolSculpting machines at one time, we can erase those love handles and eliminate that backfat.  And, in half the time. We are so excited to share this with you and to see your results.  Remember, there is no downtime with CoolSculpting, you will be able to return to your normal activities straight away. The same holds true when you opt for DualSculpting. Get twice the area covered, in half the time.

As we say in our mission statement “We offer a full line of services to keep up with the ever changing you”.  As leaders in the industry, we also keep up with ever-changing technology and the latest in techniques.  We want you to be satisfied and happy with all your results from Alazzo Med Spa. Our representatives are always available for a consultation and to answer any questions you may have. Please contact us today to schedule your 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.

Don’t Fall for Fads

There are several options available today to treat just about any concern we have with our body but how many of them treat the root of the issue versus being a temporary fix?  In this blog, we’ll be discussing two more common concerns and the treatment that best treats the root of them.  After all, why put out money hand over fist when you are not treating the root, but simply masking it with a “quick fix”?

Unwanted Body Hair

It seems that we struggle with removing unwanted body hair daily. Men shave their faces just about every morning. Women must pay close attention to their legs and underarms, especially during swimsuit season, and sometimes even their chin. There are options for managing hair removal, but how many of them are addressing the regrowth of hair?

  1. Razors – There are different types of razors; wet, dry or electric and they work in different ways. However, the results are the same. Hair grows back in a matter of a day or two. Razors simply lift the hair a bit from under the surface of the skin and cut it. This leaves the root beneath the surface still growing. The result is in a day or so, you need to shave again to achieve the smooth skin you desire.
  2. Wax – Hot wax (hopefully not so hot that it burns you) is applied to the skin. Cloth strips are used to pull the wax off in the opposite direction of hair growth. This rips the hairs out and gives smooth skin for a couple of weeks. While this lasts longer than shaving, it can be very painful and isn’t good for every part of the body. Waxing is recommended for the upper lip and eyebrow areas only.
  3. Depilatory – Have you ever heard of the cream that uses a chemical to “dissolve” hair? Really, it’s a horrible smelling cream that essentially chemically burns the hair. Do not use a depilatory for all areas of the body. You can use it for the bikini area, armpit or upper lip. The depilatory can last a few days to a week.
  4. Laser hair removal – According to Gillette, this is the “hair removal method that gets the job done. For real!” Laser hair removal uses an intense heat from a laser to target the melanin found in hair follicles. This prevents the hair from growing. You can use laser hair removal on just about the entire body. Depending on your body and how your hair grows, depends on how many treatments you may need. This is the most permanent hair removal method available and addresses the root of the issue at hand – hair re-growth.

Abnormal Hormone Levels

As we age, our bodies change and our hormones change, too. For women, there are several options for hormone replacement. Mayo Clinic explains that estrogen comes in pills, patches, gels, creams, and sprays. Unfortunately, these hormones are not something naturally occurring in the body and are made from horse urine and are chemically-steroidal.

Men have options for hormone replacement as well. WebMD tells us about the skin patches, gels and mouth patches available for testosterone replacement. However, there are many drawbacks to the different types of hormone therapy for men. Whether it be tenderness at the application site, inconsistent levels, frequent injections or gum and mouth pain. More information about drawbacks, from a Harvard expert, is available for your review.

When you are ready to look at hormone replacement therapy, we recommend that you consider Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BIHRT). With BIHRT, we provide an adequate supply of a deficient hormone in a form that is molecularly identical to that which your body produces, restoring your body’s normal healthy physiological effects. We are getting to the root of the issue and correcting it in a way that is natural to your body. We use T-pellets to deliver a slow steady release of hormones into the bloodstream. This allows your body to receive a constant level of hormones that are identical to our own chemical makeup. Depending on your body, we can keep you level for up to 4 months at a time. The application is simple and painless. We trust that you will love the new you and getting back to feeling like yourself while addressing the root of your abnormal hormone levels..

To learn more about either laser hair removal or BIHRT, please contact us to schedule a consultation. We are happy to answer any questions and discuss our processes with you. We look forward to helping you get to the root of things.

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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