Wednesday, June 1, 2011
It's almost summer! This was a beautiful Memorial Day weekend! I do want to take a moment to remember that Memorial Day is to honor those who served and continue to serve our country so bravely and so unselfishly. We can not thank them enough. We also want to remember with appreciation all those who have given a child, a sibling or a spouse to defend the freedoms we are blessed with.
All of you are heroes!
Radiesse has been added to our facial rejuvenation products. You are already familiar with Botox and Juvederm from my previous newsletters and blogposts. Botox is for wrinkles in the upper face like frown lines, forehead lines and crows feet. Results last about 3 months. Juvederm is a hyaluronic acid filler and fills in the marionette and smile lines aound our nose and lips. It is also great to plump up thinning lips. Results will last you about 9 months. Radiesses is a different filler. It is made of calcium hyroxylapatite microspheres that stimulate collagen and fibroblast formation. I had Radiesse about a week ago and the results were immediate because it's thicker. Radiesse lasts 10-14 months so it continues to form collagen through 6 months or so and then holds steady before it starts to fade. After losing 65 lbs last year, I lost some of the fat pad in my cheeks. Sandy filled those in with Radiesse and it gave me a lift of those nasolabial folds that were sagging. It can be used aroung the jaw line to give a smoother contour or at the corners of the mouth where gravity starts to pull things down. Radiesse however can not be used in the lips because it is much thicker than Juvederm. Don't worry....you don't need to know which product you want. We offer free consults and can advise you on the products that will work best for you. We want your face to look younger and fresher!
Our VIPeels have been popular this spring. Most people came in for them to get rid of a few hyperpigmented areas that were noticeable without makeup on. No one really likes to wear much makeup in the summer especially at the lake or at the pool. Give us a call to get your peel scheduled. (501-228-6237). I usually recommend putting them on Wednesday or Thursday. You can go right back to work or home. The main peeling happens on day two or three, usually over the weekend. Sandy, the number one nurse, likes the results on her upper lip. The fine lines were much less noticeable after her peel. VIPeels are medical grade chemical peels that can be used on the face, hands, shoulders or back to decrease or eliminate dark spots, acne, fine lines and acne scarring. The great thing about the VIPeels, is even though they are medical grade and you WILL peel, they are not painful and you don't have to take days off work to recover.
Now, speaking of going to the lake or the pool.......you know what's coming....the SUNSCREEN lecture! But you know I can't do a summer newsletter without reminding you to wear at least SPF 30, especially on your face. Reapply every hour and a half. The sun is a wonderful thing, but too much causes your skin to age quickly and even worse is the #1 cause of skin cancer. I'm not promoting any particular sunscreen, just one that blocks UVA and UVB rays, at least SPF 30.
My medical and aesthetic patients have asked a lot of questions lately about what vitamins I take. I'm not sure if it's because I look better or because I seem more energetic. Either way, the vitamins/herbs I take are predominantly for skin and heart health.
Vitamin E....good for the skin, good for the breasts, decent antioxidant.
Vitamin C....good for the skin as well and really hard to apply topically because it is an unstable compound when exposed to light. It's always been reported as a good way to ward off the common cold. I don't know if that's true or not.
Soy.......breast health and helpful with menopuasal symptoms.
CoQ10.....often recommended in combination with a statin (cholesterol lowering drugs) to prevent muscle aches. It is a very good antioxidant for the skin as well.
Krill oil....one of the most potent antioxidants out there. Gives salmon and flamingo their pink color. Rich in astaxanthin, krill oil is even better than omega-3 fatty acid capsules. The important thing is to choose a brand with the natural oil of the krill, not synthetic. Krill oil reportedly prevents bad PMS symptoms, too. I'm not sure about that, though. You'd have to ask my kids and the folks who work with me everyday!
Of course there are as many vitamins and herbs out there with as many health claims as there are people taking them. These are just the ones I've found that I like the best. As always, before starting any medication (prescription or over the counter) talk to your doctor first. Make sure there isn't a conflict with other medications you take.
Finally, I'd like to thank Jennifer Welter for asking me to be a sponsor of the Women Run Arkansas 5K in Conway. It was a huge success! About 2000 participants. And I enjoyed the "Head To Toes Party" (shoes and Botox party) at Solemates in Little Rock owned by Shelly Arnold. We met some really nice people and found some very stylish shoes! If you didn't get to take advantage of the Mother's Day special gift certificates through the Clear Channel radio stations, there are a few left from all five sponsored companies. Sei Bella Med Spa still has some VIPeels available for purchase. You can go to the KSSN, tomFM, The Wolf 105.1, etc. websites to find those.
Have a great start to your summer this June! Call us today and let us know what we can do for you (501-228-6237). Pray the tornadoes and flooding are past us and those in Arkansas, Missouri, Alabama and all the other hard hit areas will recover quickly. As Americans we always step up to the plate to help our fellow man......
Anne R Trussell MD
Sei Bella Med Spa