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Banish Those Bunny Lines

As we continue to explore how Botox can soften unwanted facial lines and wrinkle, I am going to turn your attention to your nose.  Yes, you read that right – your nose!

“Bunny lines” (on women) or “wolf lines” (on men) are the lines on the sides of your nose that a lot of us form when we laugh and smile.  They are natural expression lines and are even cute on some people.  However for others, the muscle that crinkles up to make these lines (the nasalis) is very strong.  As we age and with repetition over time these lines become permanent wrinkles even at rest!  But, with a small amount of Botox, we can soften your bunny or wolf lines.   The results are natural and beautiful!

We look forward to discussing Botox, dermal fillers, and your other interests with you at any of our 5 Twin Cities locations.   To schedule, call 952-435-6565 for our knowledgeable receptionist will help you.  See you soon!

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Acne and Wrinkles?!? Not fair! SkinCeuticals to the Rescue!

We can’t wait for you to try our newest product, SkinCeuticals Blemish+Age Defense.

Do you feel like you’re the only one fighting breakouts and wrinkles at the same time? You are not alone! It is one of the most frustrating battles, not knowing whether to hydrate your skin or spot treat acne breakouts. This is why we can’t wait for you to try our latest and greatest product from SkinCeuticals! This breakthrough product fights both pesky breakouts and the nagging signs of aging. Blemish + Age Defense is an oil free approach to improving the appearance of aging skin and skin prone to breakouts. This amazing product contains a proprietary blend of gentle and effective acids to reduce the formation of acne and clogged pores, while improving the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone. Blemish + Age Defense can be used on all skin types, but acne prone, combination, and aging skin will especially love it!

Here are a few comments from some faithful users. We can’t wait to hear what you have to say about it too!

“I love that it is a two in one product! Anything that works this well and can save time and money being a double treatment, I’m all for it! Acne as well as an anti-aging, you can’t beat it!” –J. C.

“I love how lightweight the product is. It feels so fresh and absorbs quickly. I noticed a difference in my skin within a few days!” –S. M.

“Blemish + Age serum has truly changed my complexion. Since I began using it, I have noticed a dramatic difference. My face is clearer, smoother, and fresher. It is my new all-time favorite product!” -C. C.

As always, call us at 952.435.6565 if you would like information on how to purchase SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Defense!

Blemish + Age Defense

Skincare and Laser Treatments for Men- Not Just For the Ladies Anymore! Part 3 of 3

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For the final day of this “Skincare and Laser Treatments for Men- Not Just For the Ladies Anymore!” blog series, we will focus on laser technologies which will deliver the quickest and best results, for whatever condition you are wanting to treat. Whether your concern is brown spots, red spots, fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars or just an aged appearance, there is a laser treatment for you.

VBeam- Pulsed Dye Laser: Sun damage not only presents itself in the form of brown pigment on the skin, it can also present itself as redness. Broken blood vessels around the nose and cheeks are a common issue for many men. This can be an easy and quick fix! VBeam laser directly targets blood vessels, causing them to noticeably shrink, even after the first treatment. Little to no downtime and a quick office visit it all it takes! Depending on the severity of the vessels, the number of treatments varies person to person, but typically ranging from 2-4 treatments.

IPL- Intense Pulse Light: IPL laser can gently treat the stubborn and bothersome brown spots that sneak up on us over the years! All of our beloved outdoor activities, golfing, boating, biking…create years of wear and tear on the skin presenting itself as splotchy brown spots. Brown spots on the skin can be quickly and effectively treated in as little as one treatment. There is minimal downtime, meaning returning to day to day life immediately post treatment.

Fraxel- Fractionated Resurfacing Laser: The big kahuna! Fraxel is an all-encompassing laser treatment used to treat signs of general aging. Texture, fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, brown spots, and all over skin tone is improved with one to two treatments. With just a few days of healing, your skin will have an all over refreshed and renewed look as well as a softened texture. One of our male clientele favorites!

Contact us at 952.435.6565 anytime you have a question regarding which treatment is right for you!

 

Skincare and Laser Treatments for Men- Not Just For the Ladies Anymore! Part 1 of 3

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Aging affects us all. But don’t feel left out guys, we are here for you, too! Today is day one of a series of three blogs related to our first ever Men’s Month at SkinSpeaks! We will be focusing on non-invasive, anti-aging treatments that are quick and generally have little to no downtime.

Aging presents itself on the skin as fine lines, wrinkles, redness, brown pigmentation, and dull, rough skin. There are several different treatment options when dealing with aging skin. Skincare products, chemical peels and laser treatments are the most effective options and we will describe each in more detail in the coming blogs. These treatments require a minimal amount of downtime, allowing life to get back to the normal grind in as little as 45 minutes.

Today, let’s briefly mention the simplest way to start treating aging skin- skincare products. Skincare products include cleansers, moisturizers, antioxidants, SPF, retinoids, and Alpha Hydroxy Acids.

Cleansers- proper skincare begins with clean skin. Removing impurities is essential to prepare your skin for other products that applied.

Moisturizers- regulate, strengthen and protect your skin from everyday enemies. They can soothe irritated, dry or red skin.

Antioxidants- prevent brown spots, wrinkles, and the breakdown of skin by fighting free radicals. Vitamin C is the most common antioxidant in skincare, and it helps create collagen, a must for aging skin.

SPF- prevents against skin cancer, uneven pigmentation, wrinkles and the breakdown of collagen.

Retinoids- smoothes skin texture, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, reduces brown spots, balances oil production, and creates a youthful glow.

Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA)- dissolves the “gunk” that builds up between your skin cells that prevents products from penetrating. AHA’s are also a natural humectant, helping keep skin hydrated.

It sounds confusing, how do you know where to start? That’s the easy part! Come in for a complimentary consultation with one of our amazing aestheticians, and they will do the hard work for you, recommending only the products you are looking for. Our staff has handpicked a collection of the most efficacious skincare products available and know that expensive does not always mean better. We don’t believe in complicated skincare regimens that are destined to fail, but instead provide a customized approach. So, whether you want to start slow, or get a full treatment regimen right away, give us a call at 952.435.6565!

 

 

BOTOX® Cosmetic or Fabulous Fillers?

What is the Difference Between
BOTOX® Cosmetic and Fabulous Fillers?

Every day, we are bombarded by ads tempting us to try something new to fight the signs of aging: Want to look younger? Take 10 years off with our at home like-a-laser treatment! Turn back the clock and boost collagen with our new dream come true foundation, only $7.99!

Tempting us with images and empty promises, these advertisements often raise hope, only for hope to fade into disappointment.  

Why is it that aging tends to start with little changes (gradual changes, changes that we feel comfortable with), and then one day we wake up and wonder, “Where in the world did that line come from? Did it happen overnight?”

Aging is so much more than skin deep; changes in appearance, and perhaps the way we feel about our appearance, may come hand in hand with hard-earned wisdom. With the passage of time, not only are there changes in the structure, elasticity, and look of the skin, but there are also changes related to repetition of facial movements (SEE PREVIOUS BOTOX® COSMETIC BLOG) and facial volume loss. Think of a pillow case: When a pillow is pulled from its case, the case loses its shape.  When facial volume is lost, the canvas of our face (our skin) loses its support. Volume is lost not only from facial fat compartments and subtle muscular changes, but also from changes in the skeletal structure of the face and changes in our skin’s ability to retain water. In addition to volume loss, the lovely downward pull from gravity also plays a role in visible anatomy changes. In a nut shell, repetition of muscle movement, along with the combination of gradual changes due to volume loss and gravity are responsible for slowly and quietly creating “the line that showed up overnight.”  

The majority of us want the same thing, and it is simple: To be able to look and feel our best and also look age appropriate but NOT “over-done.” While there is no such thing as a miracle cream, fortunately, there are many options when it comes to stepping into spring (YES, SPRING!) with your best face forward.

Due to high rates of satisfaction and little to no down time, aesthetic injectable treatments have been steadily growing in popularity over the past few years. Of the many injectables on the market, BOTOX® Cosmetic has been a leading workhorse of available products. Because of its widespread use and longevity on the market, BOTOX® Cosmetic is well known and is frequently thought of as a “cure all” when it comes to injectable procedures. As wonderful as BOTOX® Cosmetic is, it is not the treatment for every facial wrinkle or fold. There are numerous injectable products available on the market, but for now, let’s focus on the difference between BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers (although we highly recommend you also visit our Scuptra® Aesthetic Blog!):

What does BOTOX® Cosmetic do?

BOTOX® Cosmetic is used either to treat lines that occur due to repetition of muscle movement or to relax muscle movement in targeted areas to promote change. FDA approved to improve the appearance of expression lines between the brows, it is used off-label to soften expression lines around the eyes and forehead. It can also be used to promote lifting of the corners of the mouth or eye brows, soften “bunny lines” on the nose, lessen the appearance of a squared jaw, plus treat multiple areas of the lower face and even the neck. While BOTOX® Cosmetic has many uses, it does not help with volume loss.

What is filler, and how does it treat volume loss?

Here’s a quick overview on skin anatomy: The outermost layer of our skin is called the epidermis. Essentially, the epidermis acts as a protector. The dermis (the layer of skin located below the epidermis) provides support. The majority of wrinkles and folds take place within the dermis. HA (hyaluronic acid) is a naturally occurring substance within the skin that binds and absorbs water (think of HA as a friend- it creates facial volume by attracting water). As we age, HA slowly diminishes. When the amount of HA in the skin lessens, the skin loses some of its ability to retain water (water=volume) which contributes to the formation of wrinkles and folds. 

HA Dermal Fillers are sugar-based substances that are FDA approved to treat wrinkles/folds (sometimes referred to as parentheses and marionette lines) around the mouth and nose. Unlike BOTOX® Cosmetic which treats expression lines by quieting muscle movement, HA dermal fillers (JUVEDERM® XC, Restylane®, and Perlane®) provide correction of lines by actually filling areas where volume loss has occurred.  HA fillers are very versatile; because of their incredible ability to attract water (promote facial volume) to precise locations, in addition to treating expression lines or folds around the mouth and nose (and other areas of the face, as well), they are also used to enhance lips, enhance cheeks, and multiple other areas of the face.

Want to learn more?  Call (763)231-8700 to set up a complimentary consultation with one of our highly trained cosmetic injection specialists. We look forward to meeting you!