Sun Warriors

Skin professionals share their secrets for erasing sun damage.

While I am vigilant with the sun screen, wide-brimmed hats and serious after-sun serums all summer long, I was curious about what other options are at my fingertips for skin care and repair. I chatted with our friends at Aesthetic Specialty Centre and asked team members to share their favorite go-to non-invasive treatments. This summer, why not love what you see in the mirror from every angle? I like the sound of that!

Kim Donahue, PA-C. The physician assistant says, if you’re looking for a noninvasive way to tighten and lift your skin, Ulthera may be perfect for you. Through the use of hyper-focused, ultrasonic heat, Ulthera revitalizes your existing collagen and promotes the production of brand new collagen in your skin.  Ulthera has become one of the most popular anti-aging technologies across the country because it is safe, noninvasive, and is associated with minimal to no down time. This procedure can make your skin look younger while slowing the aging process. Ulthera is most commonly on the brow area – eyes – face – neck and décolleté, but is also used to tighten and lift the skin of the abdomen, buttocks, and above your knees.

Tracey Gregory, FNP-BC loves her job. “I enjoy the blend of science and art and the ability to be creative. I truly love creating natural beauty and empowering my patients with self-esteem,” says the nurse practitioner. Neurotoxins such a Botox, Dysport and Xeomin are first on my list for improving wrinkles between the brows, around the eyes, forehead, bunnylines, lifting the corners of the mouth and improving neck bands. Neurotoxins have been used for many years and have been proven to be safe for both cosmetic and therapeutic treatments in most cases. Neurotoxins can be injected to look very natural and reflect a more rested appearance.

Dermal fillers are another great favorite that can be used to improve overall volume loss and soften lines that are present at rest. Hyaluronic acid fillers such as Juvederm Ultra XC, Juvederm UltraPlus XC, Juvederm Voluma XC,  Restylane Silk and Restylane Lyft are my other go to products and my favorites for this category. These fillers can plump up anything from fines lines to deflated cheeks and restore lip volume. With this treatment, you can expect to see your result right away but as a couple weeks go by, surprisingly, it seems to improve. Volumizing lines or entire areas of the face are not to be feared. This treatment can be done achieving very natural results.

Dr. Marc E. Yune is a double board certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon and suggests Thermi®,  a versatile treatment used for aesthetics, dermatology and women’s health and well-being. “We are able to treat hyperhidrosis (excessive sweeting )– skin laxity (for the face & body) and offer vaginal rejuvenation – using non-invasive radio frequency and offering optimal patient satisfaction with little to NO down-time with these in-office procedures.”

Allie McAllister, FNP-C, says cellulite is a top complaint from most of her female patients and affects what over 90% of women see when they are looking in the mirror. “With Cellfina we finally have a treatment that smooths dimples in a quick, minimally invasive in office procedure. Your beach body will thank you – let’s face it DIMPLES are just NOT that cute on all cheeks,” notes the ASC nurse practitoner.

Kimberly Palmieri, LMA-CLT, says that even patients who are working out and are within their target weight and take their diet serious can have stubborn areas left behind. CoolSculpting targets and addresses those areas of unwanted fatty tissue of the abdomen – inner and outer thigh – love handles – flanks – bra fat and even the unwanted double chin now with the new Cool Mini applicator. Both male and female patients alike have found Coolsculpting to be the ideal go to treatment for sculpting.

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