Love the Skin You’re In

Everyone wants to look their best and present their best self to the world. We, at Alazzo Med Spa, want you to look and feel your best always. That’s why we are sharing our favorite ways to be able to always love the skin you’re in.

Skinade

Age, stress, and environment can affect our normal skin function. Without proper hydration, nutrition, protection, and regeneration, our skin isn’t at its best. Skinade allows you to drink your way to younger looking skin with a natural peach and mangosteen flavored collagen drink. Skinade works from the inside out while it’s six active ingredients work to promote optimal skin function. After the first 30 days, you can look forward to increased skin hydration, radiance, and suppleness. You will see a reduced appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Additionally, you will enjoy healthier looking hair and nails. Cosmopolitan does a full 30-day trial and review of Skinade where the results show significant increases in skin hydration and thickness. The author also gives her recommendation of giving Skinade “a go if you want plumper, more hydrated skin with less lines and wrinkles.”

Micro-needling

Another way to introduce collagen is with Micro-needling. This helps to stimulate the body’s innate ability to regrow and repair the skin as a response to micro-damage.  Using the latest technology to energize the needles radiofrequency will help to stimulate the collagen in the skin. Micro-needling aims to tighten, lift and rejuvenate skin. We offer a 12-needle tip and a 36-needle tip giving you the enhanced results in a shorter time frame. Micro-needling helps improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scars and even stretch marks. Depending on the desired results, it may be necessary to receive 4-8 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart.  There is minimal downtime, and you may experience some facial redness for 12-48 hours after the treatment. We recommend not applying anything to the treated area for 12 hours. Health.com explains that the result from micro-needling is smoother, firmer and more even-looking skin.

Intense Pulse Light (IPL) Therapy

Another way to achieve the look of ageless skin is Intense Pulse Light Therapy. With IPL you will achieve a more even skin tone that has a smoother, firmer finish. With IPL, the light targets broken blood vessels and irregular pigmentation to reduce the appearance of uneven skin tone.  Treatment is used for brown spots, redness, age spots, broken blood vessels, and rosacea. IPL is non-invasive and has no downtime. In fact, the only thing we recommend after treatment is using an SPF 35 daily. You can return to work or resume your normal activity immediately. Depending on the skin being treated, a series of 5 treatments is recommended, with 4 weeks between treatments.

At Alazzo Med Spa our mission is “keeping up with the ever-changing you” so we strive to provide the best products and services that will help you love your skin even as it continues to change. Call our office today and schedule a consultation with our experienced staff and be on your way to always loving the skin you’re in.

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.

Why We Love BIHRT

Testosterone plays an important part in the body so when levels are low, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BIHRT) is a good solution. As a very valuable hormone that works in both men and women, having even levels is important. When you don’t have enough testosterone in your body, you will notice both mental and physical changes. Because of high stress, high paced lifestyles, and environmental factors testosterone levels have been depleted over time taking a toll on daily functions.

What does testosterone do?

Basically, it will help you have a better general overall feeling. It will give you more energy, increase mental clarity, improve sleep so you wake up feeling refreshed, and have an overall calming effect. Since women don’t have higher levels of testosterone, like men, they are more sensitive to it, therefore, they don’t need as much to tachieve noticeable results. When working out, having the appropriate amount of testosterone in your system helps to carve out those nice lean looking muscles for both men and women.

Can BIHRT help with menopause symptoms?

Woman receiving BIHRT that are in pre-menopause or menopause will see a decrease in estrogen. When the testosterone levels are adequate, they will convert to estrogen. This is naturally occurring when the body has the right hormone levels. Testosterone converting over to estrogen will help eliminate night sweats and hot flashes as well as other menopausal symptoms.  The hormones used in BIHRT are Bio-Identical meaning they bind to the receptor sites in our body. Therefore, the body will receive the amounts it needs, without overloading or receiving too little.

How testosterone pellets work

The T-pellets used in BIHRT are plant based and all natural. Other hormone replacements, like Premarin, are derived from horse urine. This is a much stronger hormone than our bodies can handle and properly use.

The pellets, about the size of a grain of rice, are implanted in the hip and testosterone is slowly released so you aren’t getting any rise and falls in hormone levels. Other methods may use shots, which give you a spike at the time of injection and lower levels until the next shot is received. Some methods use a patch which can cause a sensitivity at the patch site and doesn’t give you the adequate dose that pellets can give you.

Other benefits

Testosterone is a natural anti-inflammatory. For women, testosterone binds to the receptors that estrogen would, so it decreases the risks cancer. For men, it will decrease the risk for prostate cancer.

Too much estrogen in the system is not healthy for the body so that’s why we want to place a “blocker” in the pellets of the women that are pre-menopausal or have a history of cancer. This helps prevent the testosterone from turning into estrogen creating a surplus. It doesn’t matter how old you are, there are benefits for every age level.

BIHRT can help to lower your cholesterol levels and A1C levels. Another common benefit is a rise in sex drive. There are no risks associated with BIHRT and minimal side effects according to multiple studies. The typical side effects are hair growth and/or acne. We have methods like laser hair removal and Skinade to help manage any side effects experienced.

Want to know more information on BIHRT? Please visit our website or call our office to schedule a 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.

Duck Faces Are For Selfies

Webster’s defines a selfie as “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media.” Selfies have become increasingly popular over the last several years and almost every selfie of the younger generation has a girl with “duck face.” We think that duck faces are for selfies and should stay there!

What do we mean by that, you ask. As we age, our lips start to thin, and we lose some of that volume we knew in our youth. For some, thinner lips can cause us to feel insecure and looking for a solution to help plump our lips so many turn to lip fillers for more volume. When getting lip fillers, it’s important that the person administering the filler has good experiences with creating a natural look. If not, you may end up looking like you have a permanent “duck face” and no one wants that!

What are lip fillers?

As lip enhancements are a popular trend right now, many are using dermal fillers to plump up their lips. Lip fillers are an injection of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring sugar in your body, that attracts water and fills the lips from the inside. Once injected, the filler supports and shapes the tissues of the lips. WebMD shares some of the benefits of using dermal fillers, including control over lip volume and reasonably lasting results. There are several different fillers used to get different results. For example, Juvederm is used for a fuller effect, while Beletero and Volbella can give a more subtle enhancement. What an easy way to get plump lips once again!

What can you expect?

Lip augmentation is a quick procedure done right in the spa with little to no downtime. After a topical or local numbing agent, you are ready for your injectable. Next, we will carefully mark your lips and use very fine needles to inject the substance into your lips. No matter if you are trying to enhance your naturally thin lips or replace the fullness you have lost over the years, Juvederm® offers a solution that will wow you! You can expect to see almost immediate results, that show plumper, fuller lips that feel completely natural. You may even have a new infatuation with lipsticks!

What is the perfect size?

Most fillers come in a 1 ml syringe, so that is the approximate amount that most people start out with. We know that symmetry is important and will use our expertise and your desired results to come up with the best look for you. This Cosmopolitan article gives us the takeaway that a 50/50 ratio is ok, but the upper lip should not be bigger than the lower lip. Going slow with the fillers and seeing how your lips will take the injections, is the best way to avoid the “duck face” and give you a nice and even look.

What should I avoid?

While there is little to no downtime, there are a few recommendations of what you shouldn’t do after getting your fillers. Don’t exercise the day of your procedure. Exercise increases blood flow to your face, which isn’t advisable. We also recommend that you steer clear of massages or facials after your procedure. Lastly, you should avoid painkillers, fish oil and Vitamin E. These are known to thin the blood and thinner blood can lead to bruising or bleeding in the treated areas.

We can thank celebrities like Lisa Rinna and Kylie Jenner for bringing lip augmentation to the forefront of the beauty industry. However, you don’t have to be a star to have plump and pouty lips. You too can have this sexy and a sought-after look. Alazzo Med Spa can help you achieve the look you desire. Call today to talk to our staff and schedule your lip 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.

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.

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