Banish summer breakouts

FullSizeRender (1)Summer is in full swing and so is the blazing sun that we all love so much! Boat rides and barbecues demand we protect our skin – here’s our foolproof way to maintain your radiant youthful complexion while enjoying all that the summer has to offer whether at home or in the office!

Prevent icky summer breakouts by following these easy steps:

At Home:

Step 1: Cleanse your skin! Reboot with Revision Brightening Wash (http://www.revisionskincare.com) which helps exfoliate dead skin cells, brightens the skin with Vitamin C and has antioxidant benefits that will get your skin glowing!

Step 2: Mask Time! Sit back and Relax with May Lindstrom’s (maylindstrom.com) amazing Problem Solver Correcting Masque! Antioxidant rich in raw cacao and healing bamboo charcoal, your tired skin cells will get back to circulating! This mask helps detoxify and open up your pores – it also smells delicious enough to eat!

Step 3: Protection! Now that we’ve cleansed and purified we have to protect ourselves from the sun’s glares! A non-comedogenic sunscreen like Revision Intellishade (SPF 45) (www.revisionskincare.com) shields and moisturizes your skin while also giving coverage – this revitalizing sunscreen comes tinted with a mineral base that helps blend and minimize pores!

At Spa:

Depending on your skin needs there are a variety of solutions to keep your skin safe. Our favorite summer time services are below!

Facials:

Cleaning the skin is of utmost importance! Extractions and steaming help unclog your pores and allow your skin to breathe! Combined with a salicylic peel (which helps slough off all dead skin, leaving behind a smooth beautiful complexion) your skin is ready for the next step! MAX 7 LED Light (link to my site) therapy helps your skin to purify, reduces any redness left behind and relaxes you as pores and sun damage begin to minimize.

Most importantly…

You must remember to take care of yourself both inside and out! Negative dietary habits can have an unpleasant reaction with your skin. Keeping an eye on intake of alcohol along with dairy, wheat and sugar is incredibly important! Both dairy and sugar cause spikes in certain pimple producing hormones. Awaken your diet with antioxidant rich greens like spinach and kale while replenishing with water and green tea!

Enjoy summer & take back your health!

Best Beauty Tip for that Summer Glow

Best Beauty Tip for that Summer Glow

Best Beauty Tip for that Summer GlowWith every beauty article churned out, we know a million and one ways to keep your skin poreless and clean. Oils, masks, serums, moisturizers – the list never ends!

But how do you get that radiant glow?

As time ticks by and we age, the process of cell regeneration starts to slow down. When old skin cells start to pile up on the surface of your skin, it can leave skin looking rough, dull and dry. To restore that youthful glow you must exfoliate! Read more…

Have You Heard of Coolsculpt?

Coolsculpt is a newer procedure that helps women that are trying to get rid of that last little bit of fat on certain areas. Oh yeah, and it’s a non-surgical procedure. This new technique melts away fat cells with extreme cold of all things.

coolsculptHere’s how it works in a nutshell: You have that bit of stubborn fat hanging on to your stomach and you want it gone. You don’t want to go through liposuction so you choose Coolsculpt instead. During the procedure, the device freezes the fat cells under the skin, which will then gradually drain away naturally. It typically takes around one hour and one of the best parts of this is that you can return to your normal routine right afterwards.

 A fun fact: It was actually invented by two Harvard doctors, who noticed that children who ate popsicles a lot had dimples because the cold killed the fat cells in their cheeks. 

It’s a safe, convenient and FDA approved and there are no scalpels or incisions. Side effects can be bruising on the skin or slight redness. It’s intended for people who already exercise and diet, but need to get rid of that last section of fat. It’s been approved to be used on the stomach, love handles and the thighs. It’s a great way to help you get that thigh gap everyone wants, no photoshop needed.

With New Year’s coming up, it’ll be time to get that little black dress out of the closet and party with friends and co-workers. Why not give yourself an early present and try CoolSculpt for yourself; they’ll never have to know. When they ask what your secret just smile your Mona Lisa smile and tell them dedication and hard work. After all, you worked hard for the body that CoolSculpt just revealed. Then you can look just as great on the outside that you feel on the inside.

If this sounds like the perfect solution for your needs, or you are nervous about having a surgical procedure like liposuction done then contact us for more information. Dr. Leslie Gerstman offers a wide variety of treatments, including CoolSculpt and can help meet all your beauty needs.

Botox Treats More Than Wrinkles

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We love our Botox! Everyone knows those angry lines, worries lines, and crows feet can magically disappear after we visit out beloved doctor for a few drops of Vitamin B (AKA Botox!) But Botox treats more than wrinkles!

But did you also know that Botox can diminish nasty migraines and lift your depression??

Well allow me to briefly explain what Botox actually is and how it performs miracles.

Botox is a brand name of a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. There are also      other brand names, such as Dysport and Xeomin.

Botox relaxes the muscles that cause your skin to wrinkle by blocking signals from the nerves to            the  muscles. Ahhh…..

So what else can Botox do for me you ask?

The beauty of Botox is that the same signal-blocking effect it has on the muscles of the face works also works on other areas of the body.

So here’s the list:

1. Botox stops sweating (hyperhydrosis)

Armpit stains be gone! In as little as one week, Botox injections in the underarm area work to reduce excessive sweating and effects last about seven months.

2. Botox relieves depression.

In May 2014, a study published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research reported that more than half of the study participants demonstrated a significant improvement in their symptoms of depression after having just one Botox injection in between the brows.

3. Botox treats jaw pain (TMJ)

Botox can be used “off-label” to relax the muscles of mastication and reduce teeth grinding (bruxism). Botox is injected into the jaw muscle and the effect lasts about four months. It also shrinks the jaw muscle creating a softer jawline.

4. Botox treats urinary incontinence

Botox injected into the bladder acts as a muscle relaxant. The FDA has already approved such treatment for use in reducing episodes of urinary incontinence due to neurological injuries, and it may also help control an overactive bladder.

5. Botox treats joint pain

Research has shown that injecting Botox directly into the knee can improve joint function and decrease pain caused by osteoarthritis.

6. Botox minimizes hand tremors

Australian researchers have shown that injecting Botox into the hand area can help ease tremors associated with multiple sclerosis.

7. Botox treats migraines.

In 2010, the FDA approved Botox for the treatment of chronic migraine headaches in adults.

So, there you have it folks. Botox really is a wonder drug! But remember it is a drug and should only be used by trained professionals.

To find out what Botox can do for you email us to set up a complimentary consultation today!

Top 4 Nonsurgical Anti-aging Procedures

wrinkle treatmentsWith age comes wisdom, grace, and, unfortunately, wrinkles. The good news is that a variety of non-surgical anti-aging treatments are available. Here is a breakdown of the different types of anti-aging treatments that Dr. Gerstman offers and recommends in her office:

Botox

Botox is a hot name in Hollywood, but you don’t need to be a celebrity to get this treatment. Botox is an injectable treatment that targets specific areas that are prone to wrinkles such as between your eye brows, on your forehead, and around your eyes. Botox injections can eliminate current wrinkles and prevent future ones from forming. Results generally form within 5-10 days after the procedure, and full results are usually visible within 2 weeks. These results usually last around 3-4 months with proper maintenance. Opting out of maintenance appointments will cause the muscles to regain their full strength, meaning that your wrinkles will come back. Botox is generally recommended for patients aged 18-65 who want to reduce and minimize the appearance of severe wrinkles. Because it is a prescription strength injection, you should have this procedure performed by a licensed Botox physician like Dr. Gerstman.

Chemical Peels

VI Peel is a less intensive procedure than Botox because it does not include any injections. It is a chemical peel that offers your face a fresh beginning by replacing dead skin cells with newer, healthier cells. The peel can be used on younger skin to prevent future damage. With proper skin care and protection (i.e. moisturizing, following a thorough sunscreen routine, etc.), and routine maintenance visits to a licensed skin clinic (about 3-4 per year), the skin peel‘s affects can be long lasting. This treatment is optimal for women who are looking for a way to make their skin younger and healthier without injections or invasive treatments.

DermaPen

DermaPen is a micro-needling device that works better than a laser to stimulate collagen production in target areas. This collagen production fills in fine lines and acne scars, tightens loose skin, and minimizes enlarged pores. Because of its small size, the DermaPen is ideal for upper lip wrinkles and crow’s feet. Dr. Gerstman recommends the DermaPen over a laser treatment since laser treatment uses high heat that can damage healthy tissue, causing pain and more downtime than theDermaPen. Women who undergo DermaPen treatment will receive a mild topical anesthetic to minimize discomfort.DermaPen is recommended for women with moderate to severe aging wrinkles, and women see results within 6-8 weeks of treatment. The skin will continue to improve over time since the procedure stimulates natural collagen and elastinproduction.

Juvederm

You may have heard Juvederm referred to as the “Liquid Face Lift” by celebrities, and that is in some ways just what it is.Juvederm is an injectable filler that is used to diminish wrinkles and smile lines as well as thin lips, flattened cheeks, and under eye hollows. Juvederm is a fast treatment that simply fills the problem areas. The great benefit of Juvederm is that results are often instantaneous and can last up to 12 months from just one treatment! Depending on your preference and treatment you may need to schedule an additional treatment after your first one. There is generally no downtime required, and you can return to your normal routine less than 24 hours after the treatment. Juvederm is recommended for women of all ages and skin tones, including dark skin tones. Juvederm doesn’t present any risk of hyperpigmentation, making it the first filler suitable for patients with dark toned complexions.

We know you want to look your best, and reducing your facial wrinkles through safe, non-invasive treatments is a great way to do that. For more information on which procedure listed above will work best for you, contact us today!

Why Your Acne Is Worse In The Winter and What Treatments May Help

acne treatmentYou’re an adult woman. You shouldn’t have to deal with acne breakouts anymore. You take good care of your complexion. Why is it that whenever the cold air starts moving in and the holidays are just around the corner, your skin decides it’s time for a massive breakout?

Winter Dryness Causes the Skin to Produce More Oil

As the temperature drops and cold weather grips the nation, there is actually less moisture in the air. Your skin starts to dry out from the lack of moisture which causes your sebaceous oil glands to kick into overdrive. The oil is meant to help moisturize the skin and restore its natural balance. However, sometimes as the sebaceous oils move from the glands to the surface, they collect dead skins cells which become trapped in the follicular ducts. The result is the formation of pimples and the inevitable acne breakout.

Steps You Can Take At Home to Help

There are some simple steps at home you can take to help improve your skin in the winter. First, always use a moisturizer on your skin. In addition, change your pillowcase every 2-3 days. As you sleep, oils from your hair and face are transferred to your pillowcase, which in turn transfer back to your skin. Finally, take an oral vitamin everyday such as Omega-3 Fatty Acids or Flax Seed Oil to help level out your skin’s oil production. These vitamins help give your complexion positive oils.  

Seek Professional Help

For many women, the dry stale air of winter simply proves too much for their skin. Despite following a daily moisturizing regimen and carefully caring for their skin, they still find themselves suffering from breakouts. Many women tend to isolate themselves and become extremely unhappy with their appearance during a breakout. There is no reason to needlessly suffer. A doctor or dermatologist can offer many acne treatments to help restore your smooth, radiant skin.

Dr. Leslie Gerstman, is a highly trained professional whose affiliations include the American Holistic Medical Association, American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, the International Medical Spa Association, the International Academy of Cosmetic Dermatology, and the MedSpa Society. Dr. Gerstman recommends such services as a SilkPeel Dermalinfusion, a chemical peel, or microdermabrasion.

To view some of her proven results, visit her before and after page which features pictures of actual women who have undergone treatment. Her caring and compassionate approach to skin care will have you out and about ready to enjoy the holiday season in not time.

Give Yourself the Gift of Botox before the Holiday Parties

Is that woman looking back at you in the mirror frowning? Are coworkers hesitant to approach you because you look, well, a little angry? Have those crinkly little lines around your eyes that used to be cute, suddenly become not so cute? If so, then maybe what you need is a little Botox to soften those lines and wrinkles that are getting in the way of your beautiful reflection. And what better time than now, before the parties and family gatherings, to give yourself a gift that makes you look and feel great! After all, you do so much for everyone else.

botoxBotox is used to relax the muscles that over time, contribute to the formation of wrinkles. When used by a professional, Botox is an excellent treatment for wrinkles.

Now I know what you are thinking, does it hurt? If you are anxious about the injection of Botox, your skin care professional can apply a topical cream that will numb your skin making the procedure very comfortable. A well trained clinician will skillfully perform the injections and quickly have you out the door.

Botox is particularly effective in the treatment of the following areas of the face:

  • Frown lines between the eyes
  • Forehead lines
  • To give the eyelids a lift
  • Platysmal bands of the neck
  • Crow’s feet
  • Nasalis lines or bunny lines around the nose

Now comes the fun part! In about 72 hours, you will begin to see the results as the muscles begin to relax right along with those nasty wrinkles. Over the next two weeks, you will see more and more improvement. These results will last for 3 to 4 months.

That means, if you get right in for a Botox treatment, you will see results before the holiday parties and family gatherings and right into the New Year!

And oh, don’t worry; no one will guess that you had a Botox treatment because the results are subtle. They will just notice that you look rested, refreshed, and happy, even during the hectic holiday season. So what are you waiting for?

To talk more about Botox, or anything else, please contact us. Thanks.

Exilis Elite Double Chin Treatment Provides a Slim, Toned Appearance for the Jawline and Upper Neck Area

imageDo you cringe when you look in the mirror and see an extra chin? It used to be that the only way to get rid of a double chin was to lose a lot of weight and hope that the extra fat left that area of the body. Unfortunately, this method is far from effective. Either the chin fat obstinately refuses to budge, or an even worse thing happens: It goes away, and leaves the skin hanging as turkey wattles. Who wants to look in the mirror and see a turkey looking back? With a possibility like this, it’s no wonder if you’ve felt hopeless about a double chin. Luckily, there is now a good cosmetic treatment that will not only eliminate that extra fat, but ensure that your skin will remain tight and youthful-looking after it’s gone.

A good double chin treatment doesn’t just remove fat and leave your skin hanging. It also firms the skin, so you can go out on the town with confidence! We prefer to use the Exilis Elite device for this procedure because it will do both things without the need for invasive surgery. It works by heating the fat cells until the fat melts away. Collagen production is stimulated at the same time, so the skin pulls up tight. Now isn’t that the best way to “melt away fat” you’ve ever heard of?

Even better, Exilis Elite is painless and there is no downtime. This makes it great for anyone who has shied away from cosmetic treatments in the past due to fears that they would hurt or cause too much missed work time. Getting a treatment is as easy as getting a facial at the spa, only with much more lasting results.

Non-invasive treatments using devices like the Exilis Elite produce excellent results, but it is important to remember that no cosmetic procedure is magic. Double chin treatment is great for getting rid of fat that is reluctant to leave even with a proper diet, but alas, it can’t answer your third wish on that lamp you rubbed: It won’t replace the need for dieting. This just means that you need to come in after you’re done with your diet. That way, the results will stick and you’ll have the look you’ve always dreamed of.

To learn more about Exilis Elite and other options for getting rid of that double chin, just contact us. We’ll be glad to discuss treatment methods that will send reluctant fat cells packing!

Tis the Season For Parties, But Your Rosacea Is Ruining the Fun

imageThe first snowflakes of the season are falling, Santa has made his appearance at the local mall, and Christmas lights are starting to light up the night. The holidays are just around the corner. That means holiday work functions, ugly Christmas sweater parties with friends, and family get-togethers. You’ve always loved the holidays, but this year it just isn’t the same. Lately, you’ve been avoiding pictures and dreading crowds. Red might be the color of the season, but you’re sure it’s not supposed to be on your face. The veiny red lines on your nose and rough red bumps on your cheeks are embarrassing, but nothing you do seems to help.

Don’t let your rosacea spoil your holiday spirit. PhotoFacial rosacea treatments can ease your symptoms and have you looking picture perfect in no time.

PhotoFacial is a revolutionary treatment procedure that uses gently pulses of light to create youthfully toned, colored, and textured skin. The procedure helps to smooth fine wrinkles, lessens pore size, and fades pink and brown spots. It has been shown to successfully treat dilated blood vessels and redness caused by rosacea without damaging the healthy surrounding skin. In addition, it helps to reduce episodes of flushing with long term effectiveness.

The entire process is performed as an outpatient procedure. There is no downtime or recovery involved and the treatment may last as little as 15-30 minutes. You can return to work or your holiday shopping as soon as the appointment is over. You can even reapply your makeup immediately. On rare occasions, some patients have reported additional redness that can last up to 24 hours before clearer skin begins to emerge.

Depending on the look you wish to achieve, you may choose to have the procedure performed multiple times. For maximum benefit, it’s recommended to have three to five treatments performed over a several week period. One treatment should be performed every three weeks.

Reclaim your youthful appearance and look your best this holiday season. For more information about treating your rosacea with PhotoFacial, contact us today.

Diminish Fine Lines and Wrinkles Before The Holidays With Juvederm

dermal fillersAs the holidays approach and you prepare for the annual family gatherings, office parties and other festive engagements, you want to look your best. You shopped until you found the perfect holiday wardrobe and you’ve bought some amazing jewelry and accessories. When you try on the entire ensemble at home and look in the mirror, everything looks perfect. Except for the fine lines and wrinkles on your face that are glaring back at you. Your holiday cheer has just vanished in the blink of an eye.

Don’t let your facial lines and wrinkles turn you into the Grinch. You still have plenty of time before you attend your holiday parties to diminish your wrinkles with Juvederm.

What Is Juvederm?

Juvederm is a dermal filler that softens fine lines and wrinkles so they’re less noticeable. This product is approved by the FDA, so you don’t have to worry about its safety. Juvederm is made from hyaluronic acid, which is a natural substance that’s found in the skin. When it’s injected into your skin, it spreads evenly and looks natural due to its special texture.

What Is The Juvederm Treatment Process?

Before the treatment, a topical anesthetic is applied to your skin and a tiny amount of lidocaine is added to the Juvederm. This ensures that the treatment is as pain free and comfortable for you as possible.

The entire treatment process takes less than one hour and it can be done in as little as 15 minutes, depending on your specific treatment. Since this is a non-surgical procedure, you’ll be able to proceed with your normal activities in less than one day. If you have extremely sensitive skin, you may experience mild side effects, such as redness or swelling, for a couple of days after the treatment.

The results of Juvederm are immediate and you may not need another treatment until your holiday party next year, depending on the outcome you wish to achieve.

For more information about Juvederm and how you can reduce fine lines and wrinkles contact us.