Botox for Skin Rejuvenation?

It’s been all over the internet, magazines, and in the news. If you haven’t heard yet, Botox injections may do more than paralyze muscles to promote wrinkle reduction. New research suggests the paralysis-inducing treatments may also turn back the clock on skin as a whole, by increasing its natural ability to stretch and recoil.

Botox treatments seem to promote production of elastin and collagen, the dynamic duo of proteins that make younger skin tight, firm and flexible.

“We found if we treat people with Botox using standard techniques, we see an increase in elasticity, which is what you’d see in people with more youthful skin,” Dr. James Bonaparte, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon and an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa in Canada, stated. “We’re actually seeing evidence that we, for some reason, are getting more elastin and collagen in the skin,” Bonaparte said.

As people age, repeated facial expressions cause fine lines, deep lines, and wrinkles of the face. Additionally, the levels of elastin and collagen decline in the skin, causing it to sag. Sun exposure and lifestyle lead to excessive aging as well, as sun exposure accounts for 80% of skin’s aging.

Botox is made from the same bacterial toxin that causes botulism – onabotulinum toxin A – and is used to paralyze facial muscles to smooth the skin’s surface.

However, some experts have noted that areas of skin that have been treated with Botox appeared to regain some elasticity and pliability – an effect not fully explainable by merely paralyzing muscles.

To examine this more closely, Bonaparte and his colleagues gave 48 women, average age 55, their first-ever Botox injections, treating the skin between the eyebrows and around the eyes. The following four months, the team followed the women to see how the injections affected the skin’s elasticity.

Their findings show that Botox increased the elasticity of the women’s faces, causing changes in composition that make the skin more youthful in appearance. The researchers found this effect to be similar to the results of radiofrequency skin tightening, an aesthetic procedure that uses radio waves to heat skin tissue and stimulate collagen production.

The effects last roughly as long as round of Botox injections do – about three to four months.

“It’s temporary, but it’s not a byproduct of swelling, and it’s not a byproduct of muscle contraction. It’s something that’s intrinsic to the skin itself,” said Dr. Catherine Winslow, an Indianapolis plastic surgeon who wrote an editorial accompanying the new study.

There isn’t a concrete understanding or reason why Botox has this effect on skin’s collagen and elastin. It is believed that the cells that produce elastin and collagen may contain a receptor that somehow responds positively to Botox. If this proves to be true, future drugs could be created to target that receptor with even better results than those produced by Botox.

“We may be able to develop some medications that don’t require injection, that you can apply topically and get the same skin rejuvenation effect as Botox,” Bonaparte said.

Additionally, Winslow believes that Botox might promote and antioxidant effect on the skin. Muscles of the face produce waste products as they are engaged and are believed by Winslow to damage the collagen and elastin. By paralyzing these muscles, she suspects Botox gives the skin a chance to heal itself from this damage, and ward off future damage from accumulating.

Dr. Scot Glasberg, a New York City plastic surgeon and president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, thinks that the answer may be even simpler: The paralysis caused by Botox gives the collagen and elastin fibers a chance to recover from repetitive facial motion.

The research team will move forward in their investigation, determining whether extended use of Botox can have long-term benefits for the face or not. Prior studies have shown consistent use of Botox may prolong the treatment’s efficacy, reducing the amount of doses over time and increasing the length of time between treatments.

Interested in Botox? Have questions? Desire a complimentary consultation? Contact us today at 262-657-5446 or click here to schedule your appointment.

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The Science of Great Skin

Skiin Anti-aging Lounge represents the furthest advancements in scientific skincare with a passion for guest satisfaction. Our combination of experience, education, intelligent results, and the highest quality equipment and products provide our guests with the confidence that they are receiving the absolute best services backed by the highest ethical standards.

Boutique is Better.

Proper skincare is paramount in producing healthy results. We offer only the highest caliber of science-based products that are proven to address any and all of your skin concerns in the best possible way. You won’t find mass-produced, mass-marketed mediocre skincare regimens here. Our anti-aging lounge is home to state of the art equipment and boutique skin care products that deliver intelligent results.

Revise and Revive: Revision Skincare

“For over 25 years, Revision Skincare has provided physicians with clinically proven, high-performing skincare products. Using only the purest, most efficacious ingredients, the Revision Skincare collection was formulated to provide targeted solutions for enhancing skin’s appearance and reducing signs of aging.” – Revision Skincare

Whether Harper’s Bazaar is touting the magic of Revision Skincare’s DEJ Eye Cream and Nectifirm or Newbeauty Magzine is giving Intellishade Broad-Spectrum SPF 45 the Beauty Choice Award, Revision’s reputation is building rapidly.

From Head to Toe: mybody skincare

“Where does great skin come from? (Hint: it comes from more than just a pretty bottle). A healthy lifestyle, good daily habits and awareness of what you put in and on your body all contribute to the health and appearance of your skin. At mybody, we have created the ultimate in skincare solutions so you can experience a deeper connection to your skin, health and wellness.”

“Through the innovative science of topical probiotics, key peptides, micronutrients and superior delivery systems, mybody mimics and supports how the skin repairs, defends and heals itself for profound results. Skin acts younger and healthier—and looks that way, too.” – mybody skincare

mybody was created with your body in mind. Their dedication to repairative probiotics that nourish every skin type and address every skin condition make for a skincare line that is use friendly and results driven. Superior ingredients and advanced technology prove to work synergistically with your body’s chemistry to deliver the outcome you so deserve.

Baden-Baden: The birthplace of beauty and Biodroga

“Biodroga employs top European experts in the fields of biochemistry, dermatology and bioengineering. They ensure that only ingredients of the highest quality are processed. Naturally, as with all other Biodroga products, our biological beauty systems are manufactured in strict observance of GMP (good manufacturing practices) and our facilities have ISO 9000 certifications. Our company guarantees that this strict standard is met in order to fulfill our commitment to unsurpassed product quality.” –  Biodroga Skincare

Biodroga Systems skin care solutions run the gamut – from acne care to advanced anti-aging treatments –  Biodroga is a worldwide leader in the science behind beautiful skin. Researched, developed and manufactured exclusively in their own laboratories in Baden-Baden, Germany, their dedication to excellence and integrity by far surpasses many other lines out there. With a history of over 50 years of innovation, Biodroga remains committed to the highest standards of product quality to ensure superior results.

Want to know more about our stellar skincare offerings? Want to get IN with skiin? Contact us today at 262-657-5446 and follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

 

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Hair Removal the Permanent Way

 

De-fuzzing our bodies and faces has come a long way since generations past. While for our mothers, their mothers, and their mothers, good old fashioned shaving was the only option. Today the ways in which to get rid of unwanted hair on our bodies and face are plentiful. From slathering on depilatory creams, sugaring and waxing to threading, tweezing and lasering our hair off, the “one size fits all” approach does not apply to getting rid of hair. One option may be preferred by or work better for one than it does for another.

If you need a quick fix for the weekend, date night, or an impromptu body-baring event, you have plenty of options. Yet, if you are looking for a permanent way to say “By Bye!” to body hair, laser hair removal is your best and only option.

Laser hair removal gained momentum as a leader in the hair removal realm in the early 2000s. In the past 15 years, technology has come a long way and the process and results are better than ever.

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Still weary? Let us take away the guesswork – here is what you can expect if you are interested in this treatment:

Not all lasers suit all skin and hair types. The truth is that no one laser can successfully remove all hair from every woman but we can achieve great results on all skin types with our state of the art equipment, Asclepion. This state of the art equipment provides effective results in less time with less discomfort and less sessions.

It may take anywhere between 4-8 treatments to remove hair completely, depending on the amount of and texture of the hair.

When booking your treatments, the time between visits need to be apart by about a month, depending on your hair.

It can be sensitizing to the skin. Many people compare it to having a rubber band snapped across your skin but the level of discomfort is greatly minimized with the laser technology we use.

The price varies. Just like there is not a “one size fits all” with hair removal options, there isn’t one for laser hair removal treatments.

There is no downtime. You might experience some redness or or slight inflammation after the treatment session, but it vanishes shortly after the treatment.

It works! After the first few treatments there should be a 50 to 70 percent reduction in hair. Some people need to do yearly touch-ups to stay free of unwanted hair, but any hair that does grow back will be much finer and thinner.

Interested? Book your complimentary consultation today at 262-657-5446! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Combination Anti-Aging Therapy

 

The aging process varies from one person to the next.  The main causes in facial aging are changes in bone density, loss or displacement of fatty tissue and the breakdown of collagen and elastin. These causes can be related to intrinsic factors including hormones and heredity and extrinsic factors like free radical damage brought on by sun exposure, alcohol consumption, cigarette smoke and poor diet.

Can we turn back time?

Minimally invasive facial cosmetic treatments and surgical procedures coupled with superior skincare products, regularly scheduled anti-aging facial treatments, and healthy lifestyle habits can be your key to reducing the signs of aging. While some factors, like bone changes, can’t be prevented, others like fat, collagen and elastin loss can be minimized. Lifestyle choices like diet, exercise, and reduced sun exposure can quickly impact how these factors come into play.

Today, doctors have a better understanding of what causes facial aging and are better equipped to address areas that aging tend to creep up. The nasolabial folds, deep facial lines and wrinkles, and volume loss in the cheek area are the areas that tend to tell a person’s age. These areas are able to be effectively treated with and to provide better results using injectable solutions like Botox or Dysport, hyaluronic acid fillers, collagen-based stimulators and fillers, and even naturally injected fat.

The injectable revolution is the catalyst to the increase in noninvasive cosmetic treatments. The advancements in the use of injectables have come a long way in preventing and reversing the visible signs of aging and the indications for certain injectables are growing. Everybody can benefit from an injectable at some point in time – to stave off aging and promote a more youthful appearance.

Fillers can offer instant results, which is a major draw for many people. Botox takes 5-7 days te see and feel the full result. Many patients don’t want or can’t afford the downtime and overall cost that comes along with surgery.

Today’s injectable menu offers a wide array of products to address not only the wrinkles themselves, but the muscles that cause lines and furrows to form. Dermal fillers,  such as Radiesse and Juvederm, plump up wrinkles while muscle blocking agents, such as Botox and Dysport, prevent the muscle contractions that lead to etched lines.

This “mix-and-match” approach is gaining popularity, and studies have shown doing these in conjunction can lead to longer-lasting results, since impairing the muscle function around the areas treated with fillers can slow the re-absorption of the product. No downtime and phenomenal results. What are you waiting for?

Now let’s schedule your appointment: 262-657-5446.

Say “YES!” to thinner thighs

Who doesn’t want thinner thighs?. While many women tend to gain weight around their midsection, others store stubborn fat in their thighs and buttocks. But with these two tips, you will learn how to achieve the long, lean legs you’ve always longed for.

1. Slim and Tone With Squats and Lunges

Who it’s good for: Everyone and all body types
Before you jump the gun and decide that the only way to get a better body is with surgery, give a good workout a shot— and stick with it. The best methods for taking extra pounds off of the thighs, and firming them, too, is by combining aerobic exercise, like hiking and running, with toning moves, such as squats and lunges with leg lifts. Aerobic exercises help to shed that top layer of fat, and the toning moves help to firm up the underlying muscles. You can also add resistance with medicine balls or Kettlebells, which will up the intensity of your workout, therefore burning more calories.

Be patient. Working out can garner pretty dramatic results, but they won’t happen overnight. You need to be consistent with cardio, toning and diet for about 12 weeks to really see the increase in lean body tissue and a decrease in fatty tissue. You’ll also want to make sure that you eat well, too, including plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables and proteins—and only healthy fats like avocado, nuts and olive oil—since fats and carbs love to stick to the inner and outer thighs.

2. Get Rid of Fat with Coolsculpting

Who it’s good for: Those with hard-to-banish pockets of fat on the inner and/or outer thighs.

No matter how hard we try, there are some of us who have areas on the thighs that are resistant to dieting and exercise and just won’t improve. That’s where Coolsculpting comes in. Both the inner and outer thigh can be treated by the Coolsculpting procedure. CoolSculpting technology safely delivers precisely controlled cooling to gently and effectively target the fat cells underneath the skin. The treated fat cells are crystallized (frozen), then die. Over time, your body naturally processes the fat and eliminates these dead cells, leaving a more sculpted you. The CoolSculpting fat freezing procedure is FDA-cleared and contours the body by safely and effectively freezing away unwanted fat for good without surgery or downtime.

Whether the inner thighs, outer thighs or both are your areas of concern, your plastic surgeon can sculpt a sleeker look with Coolsculpting and its array options to target certain areas of concern. It’s the safe and effective alternative to fat reduction surgeries.

Have questions about Coolsculpting or want to book your complimentary consultation? Contact us today at 2562-657-5446! We look forward to helping you on your journey to a more sculpted, healthier you.

 

5 Ways to TLC Your Skin When You’re Sick

Cold and flu season can do a number on your body but if you’ve got a serious case of the sniffles, you might be seeing some effects on your skin too. Between cold medications, repeated nose blowing, itchy throats and fevers, it’s not abnormal to experience less than sub-par skin. To avoid spotty, flushed, dehydrated skin, try following these five tips from yours truly at skiin Anti-Aging Lounge:

1. Use a humidifier at night. Whenever the air is dry it looks for moisture wherever it can get it—and that means robbing it from skin. Common decongestants also dehydrate the skin, leaving it parched and dry. Using a humidifier at night keeps moisture in the bedroom air, which maintains hydration levels in the skin, and keeps it feeling comfortable.

2. Apply a cold gel mask to your skin. Since decongestants can dehydrate the skin, a rich moisturizer can save the day – and your skin. There’s no better replenisher than myHERO from mybody.

3. Keep moisturizer on your nose at all times. Repeated nose blowing causes friction of the tissue (even tissues with added moisturizer) around the nose, resulting in red, dry, irritated skin. After every blow, apply a small amount of cream to the nose area for comfort and repair. Look for creams that contain anti-inflamatory ingredients and linoleic acid for ultimate soothing moisturization. One to try: mybody‘s SAFETY BLANKET.

4. Turn to mint. Fighting an infection can leave skin looking gaunt and sallow and congestion makes it hard to breathe. So think mint. Sip on mint tea —medical experts recommend it to sooth a sore throat, help drain sinuses and ease congestion. You’ll love the taste of this one.

5. Drink a lot of water. Despite common perception, this isn’t very beneficial for the skin, since water is the least efficient way to hydrate it, but more so for the body. Keeping fluids running through your system can flush away toxins and keep your internal temperature down. We recommend making refreshing water recipes to help flush out those germs –  strawberry, mint and lemon are just a few great additives for a detoxifying and delicious H2O combo. Adding fresh ginger and honey is great for combating colds with a refreshing spicy twist as well.

 

 

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Anti-Aging from A to Z

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AHAs and antioxidants and retinols and retinoids – Oh My!! With all the terms we are bombarded with every day – from Oprah to Elle – the world of anti-aging gets bigger and more confusing with ever y minute that passes! Rather than stumble, hazed and confused, from beauty counter to beauty counter, here’s a complete guide to everything anti-aging in skincare—from A to Z.

AHAs: Alpha Hydroxy Acids found naturally in fruit and milk, they are used in chemical peels as natural exfoliators and are known to help reduce the appearance of skin imperfections from fine lines, wrinkles, and sun spots.

Alpha-Lipoic Acid: An ingredient that can decrease the appearance of fine lines and support anti-oxidants like vitamin C to help eliminate free radicals. This gem comes in supplement form as well, helping to strengthen the skin from the inside out.

Antioxidants: Vitamins and minerals found naturally in foods like fruits, vegetables, and chocolate that counteracts the effects of free radicals by blocking the damaging effects of the radicals and restoring free radicals to healthy, functioning cells.

Botox: A prescription injectable used to block communication between the nerves and muscles to paralyze the muscles in the face. This helps smooth skin and reduces the appearance of wrinkles. Depending on how your body naturally metabolizes, the results can last up to 6 months (insert perma-grin here)!

Broken Capillaries: Tiny extensions of veins under the skin that get damaged via sun, alcohol, rigorous skincare, excessive, heat, etc… making them red and visible through the skin.

Collagen: A protein found naturally in the dermis; collagen acts as the support system for your skin, helping it bounce back to its natural, resilient form after funny facial expressions and environmental stressors. Over time, collagen gets weaker and is produced less allowing fine lines and wrinkles to form.

Crow’s Feet: The wrinkles that appear on the outside corners of the eyes, as a result of the natural aging process and common facial expressions, generally with three lines shaped like a crow’s foot.

Dermal Fillers: Usually given by injection, fillers add volume and fullness to the face to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and deviations and imperfections from physical damage to the skin. They can be used to plump up thin lips, soften wrinkles, and improve the look of scars.

Dermis: The second layer of skin, located beneath the epidermis, the dermis is the layer where wrinkles form.

Dysport: A prescription injectable that works like botox, paralyzing muscles and reducing the appearance of wrinkles.

Elastin: A protein located in the dermis, it works synergistically with collagen to support skin’s cellular structure and provide elasticity. Over time, environmental exposure decreases the amount of elastin in the skin.

Ferulic Acid: This powerful antioxidant kills free radicals and helps ward off sun damage, repairing the skin from past exposure. It can also increase the efficacy of other anti-oxidants like vitamin C and E.

Fraxel: A Laser treatment, performed by certified physicians, that can take between 15 and 45 minutes. It smoothes out skin’s texture, helping to minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, surface scarring, pigmentation, and sun damage.

Free Radicals: Cells in the body that have been damaged by the process of oxidation. These cells are missing an electron and try to correct the problem by stealing their missing electron from healthy cells. Free radicals feed off of healthy cells, damaging DNA and causing premature aging.

Frown Lines: This refers to two kinds of wrinkles: the vertical lines that form between the eyebrows and the vertical lines that form across the forehead. And you get them from – you guessed it – frowning. So smile more and see us for Botox.

Glycation: The process by which excess sugar consumption breaks down collagen and elastin, causing skin damage and accelerated aging.

Glycolic Acid: An AHA and natural exfoliator found in sugar cane, it penetrates the pores to remove dead skin cells and debris while lightening discoloration for healthier and more youthful looking skin.

Hydroquinone: A lightening/whitening agent used to reduce hyperpigmentation and eliminate sun spots.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL): A light therapy treatment performed in a medical-based setting; it stimulates collagen production and targets multiple signs of aging simultaneously, including but not limited to: spider veins, broken capillaries and dark spots.

Kojic Acid: An ingredient with similar effects as hydroquinone, lightening sun spots and reducing hyper pigmentation.

Laugh Lines: Are the best lines!! These wrinkles form around the side of the mouth from the nose to the chin; also known as parentheses.

Microdermabrasion: An exfoliating treatment, usually done on the face, neck and chest, it uses a specialized tool to buff away dead skin cells. This helps minimize the appearance of fine lines and smoothes out textured skin.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids: An antioxidant that helps protect the skin from UV damage, and it keeps skin and hair hydrated and radiant. It can be found naturally in fish, flaxseed and walnuts and in supplement form.

Oxidation: The process of cells being exposed to oxygen. It is a natural process that may lead to cell death, in which case, dead cells are usually replaced by new and healthy ones. In some cases, oxidation will damage cells, turning them into free radicals.

Peptides: Small proteins shown to increase collagen production. Peptide technology is continually improving and improving its capacity to help smoothe out wrinkles and lines while increasing overall firmness and suppleness in the skin.

Plant Stem Cells: Don’t believe the hype.

Retinol: Derived from vitamin A, retinol is considered one of the most effective ingredients for reversing sun damage and other signs of aging because it speeds cellular turnover (or the production of new skin cells). Essentially, Retinol creates new, delicate skin. Because of this, it should only be used as part of a nighttime skincare regimen laid out for you by a professional. Retinol and sunshine do not mix, so please remember your SPF.

Salicylic Acid: an ingredient used to exfoliate skin and improve its texture, it can help minimize the appearance of fine lines while cleaning out pores.

Selenium: This mineral (found in whole grains, seafood, garlic and eggs) helps preserve skin elasticity and protect the skin for excessive UV damage. Eat up, buttercup.

SPF: The leading cause of premature aging, fine lines and wrinkles is exposure to the sun and it’s UVAging and UVBurning rays. Using sunscreen daily is the best way to prevent that damage. Make sure yours has a Sun Protection Factor of at least 15. If you’re in the sun for a prolonged time, reapply every 45-60 minutes to ensure you’re consistently protected.

Spider Veins: These look like capillaries and are usually red, purple and blue veins that appear under the skin, usually in the legs and face.

Sun Spots: Also called dark spots or age spots; these appear on the skin, in an array of colors and sizes, after prolonged sun exposure that leads to loss of elasticity, dehydration, and cellular damage.

Varicose Veins: Often painful, the large, swollen veins are visible through the skin in the legs.

Vitamin A: Used to make some of the most effective anti-aging ingredients, including retinol. Vitamin A is an antioxidant that can help reduce the appearance of circles under the eyes. For a list of foods that contain Vitamin A, click here.

Vitamin C: A powerful antioxidant, this vitamin helps ward off free radicals and decrease environmental damage, including the damaging effects of the sun’s rays (but a replacement for SPF it is not). It can also boost the body’s natural ability to produce skin-firming collagen and decrease inflammation in the skin.

Vitamin E: Another vitamin with antioxidant properties, vitamin E is a natural non-comedogenic moisturizer that can repair dry, cracked skin, while helping protect it from UVB rays.

Xeomin: An injectable available by prescription. It works like Botox and Dysport by blocking signals from the nerves to the muscles and paralyzing the muscles to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

What to know about your skin in your 40s

 

Now that your skin has settled from the transitional phase of aging to the early physical effects of aging, changes to the tone and texture of your skin, which are the result of years of sun exposure, are probably being seen. The skin starts to dull and that healthy glow that you knew as a teenager through your 20s is lost, partially because of decreased collagen and elastin that gets broken down by the sun and many other environmental aggressors like pollution.

A Dull Complexion

Why It’s Happening

Our skin cells don’t shed as quickly and as normally in our 40s as they did when we were younger. This results in more dead skin that sits on the surface, making skin look lackluster and highly textured. If you pair that with sun damage you have the perfect combo for looking far older than you are.

Rx

Regular exfoliation is a must, in the forms of mechanical and chemical exfoliation. A gentle scrub two to three times a week and a light AHA treatment gel can do wonders for sloughing off the old and bringing forward the new.

Age Spots

Why They’re Happening

The skin can’t repair itself nearly as well, or as fast, and sun exposure takes up to 20 years to show up on the skin, generally in the form of age spots. Friends of your sun exposed past start popping up in the form of brown spots ranging in small freckles to large masses of pigmentation.

Rx

Retin-A, hydroquinone, and antioxidants (especially topical vitamin c) can help, but light and laser treatments like fractional CO2 can really clean up sun-damaged skin, making it more even in tone and smoother in texture.

Why A Retinoid Is A Must

No matter your age, using a retinoid or retinol cream nightly can make a world of difference in how your skin ages. Despite the current condition of your skin, be it perfect or damaged, every 40-something woman should be using a retinoid. It’s a must—there’s nothing else with the same body of data that shows that over the years your skin is going to look that good and age that well. Retinoids help exfoliate skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and pigmentation while keeping the skin healthy, hydrated and luminous.

The Start of Volume Loss

In your early 40s (and sometimes even in your 30s), small amounts of volume can be lost from the cheeks, lips and under the eyes, which gives a tired or sunken look. As fat moves down from the cheeks, the face loses the fullness that we associate with a youthful look.

Rx

Using tiny amounts of dermal fillers can inflate these features to how they looked five years ago

Inside Tip

To help stave off the effects of further volume loss, neurotoxins are a must; and it is most likely time to give skin a boost with chemical peels and even skin-tightening treatments. Sun exposure is not an option so use an SPF daily to the face, neck, and chest as well as any other exposed areas.