Everyday when I wake up, I try to do so with an open mind ready for the new possibilities that that day will present to us. And just like reseting our computers are key to make them work properly, waking up with a clean slate is key to maintaining that freshness and curiosity that allows us to get rid of that anxiety and feeling of overwhelm, letting us stay on track.
Well, I would like to apply this to our skin and wellness routines. Many times my clients come to my office with pigmentation from melasma, coupled with feeling loaded with futile attempts that have cost them precious time and money. Unfortunately, melasma takes time and discipline and commitment to a routine. While, we many times want to make magic, believe it or not magic may require work and time. So next time you try to manifest an even pigmentation, think vitamins, nutrition, products on your skin, treatments, and last but not least, making sure your are compliant with your after care requirements. Regarding treatments, we try to avoid harsh treatments. We usually start with scheduling several peels, coupled with microneedle or light fractional radiofrequency treatments. In the case of melasma, while we can’t control our hormones, we can affect how are skin reacts to these, and, yes, we can help and improve it, but it’s a long road ahead and it never goes away.
As usual, please call us with your questions at 305-356-7402. As always, “Our Promise Is More Than Beauty”.
Now that summer is getting closer, some clients are starting to get that shine again. And while the shine is not welcomed, it usually comes with other accompaniments such as greasy skin, oil build up, breakouts, enlarged pores, acne scars, and more…
There are many reasons behind this, starting with overactive sebaceous glands, as well as environmental pollutants and dirt that can get trapped by oil in the pores and cause those blackheads. To make matters worse, bacteria can get trapped, resulting in acne. Unfortunately this affects both men and women, specially men given their thicker skin, excess sebum production, and day to day grooming regime, which by stripping natural oils from the skin, signals the skin to produce more oil. Hormones are a big culprit behind this too, specially when under stress.
However, not all is bad…Oily skin gives us increased protection against the harmful U/V rays and burns less than drier skin types. Oily skin gets less wrinkles and ages at a slower rate. The solution is to keep that oil in check.
So what should we watch out for? To keep that sebum production in check we should find ways to manage stress, eat healthy and drink lots of water, Why? Because there are some foods that will cause our sebaceous glands to produce more oils and because by drinking water we keep our bodies hydrated and help ourselves get rid of those toxins. There are also treatments and products that can help.
For more information, call us at Med Aesthetics Miami, 305-356-7402. As always, “Our Promise Is More Than Beauty”.
I love February. Not only because it is my favorite month of the year, but because we celebrate friendship and relationships. In our case, I would like to extend it to love of ourselves. And yes, it sounds like a simple phrase, but loving ourselves is the most important relationship we can have, and not only determines how we live our lives, but involves many variables. Recent studies that I have researched, concluded what our grandma’s have always told us: sleep, healthy meals, exercise, positive thoughts, meditation, and harmonious relationships have a direct impact on our quality of life and longevity.
So what does all of this have to do with us, at Med Aesthetics Miami? Well, our goal is to refresh your memory and go back to our initial blog in which we talked about our holistic approach and the many legs to a stool. Our treatment recommendations start from the inside out by taking vitamins, and applying products that help your body function at optimum condition. For example, if you have acne, Vitamin A is key. If you’d like to body contour, well we then recommend our pharmaceutical grade protein shakes. For anti aging in general, we suggest your omegas, CoQ10, Resveratrol, and more. For a collagen boost and uneven skin tone, that Vitamin C will work. Where do we find these? In addition to supplements, your diet can provide you with most of these. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables has worked wonders for me. When you eat, just make sure there are many colors of the rainbow in your plate.
As always, when in doubt, call us at Med Aesthetics Miami…305-356-7402. We are here to help. And remember, “Our Promise Is More Than Beauty”.
When my son’s friend came to visit him recently, I couldn’t help but notice the scars on his skin. Of course I had to bite my tongue to not say anything, but teen acne and acne in general is a major concern for many of us and rightly so, because those pimples can result in scars and pigmentation. In the case of teens, these can even cause them to withdraw from social activities, including social media.
Extracting acne lesions from the skin without creating damage is key, but however there is a fine line. Too much pressure and leaving bacteria behind can cause bruising, more scars, and it can leave the problem unresolved. Furthermore, not all acne is the same. For example, some is caused by constant pressure, friction or trauma, such as when using the phones. In this case, an adequate professional treatment coupled with good home care can probably resolve the problem. Whereas in the case of pseudofolliculitis barbae, caused by hair, we may need to extract and use salicylic or other chemical at the office depending on the skin and even the climate.
There’s really no simple solution, since as always many variables are involved and no one size fits all treatment exists. It is really the client’s skin that should dictate the best approach. As always, call Med Aesthetics Miami for more information and remember…”Our Promise Is More Than Beauty”.
During our last days of an ending year, we all start analyzing our lives looking at our accomplishments versus our unfinished business and, as a new year begins, we usually make resolutions that will help us complete our stories. Well 2018 at Med Aesthetics Miami, is no different.
This year we have decided to enhance our body sculpting services. Why? Because “Our Promise Is More Than Beauty” and body sculpting is key to our well being. Many times we are doing the right things, but we still can not get the results we want, such as clearing up that cellulite, losing those extra inches, resurfacing those wrinkles, and shrinking that skin that we can pinch.
To help you in your goals, we are now bringing unipolar and bipolar radio frequency, as well as focused ultrasound technology. In the past, others appealed to cavitation and similar technologies. However, I prefer this new technology. In the case of body contouring, it is a non invasive, no downtime treatment that delivers concentrated energy to generate heat and friction resulting in volumetric contraction without unwanted side effects. In the case of stretch marks, the pixel technology is amazing.
However, these achievements come at a price… and that is that we have to make the correct lifestyle choices. And, yes while these treatments are for those who make the right choices, these must be maintained. As with most body contouring goals, making it happen will depend on our abilities to stick to our roadmap: sleeping well, drinking adequate amounts of water, eating healthy, and exercising. While this may sound cliche, they are easier said than done and require discipline. So this takes us to our initial blog, “Many Legs To A Stool”; where we discussed how everything is intertwined and there are many variables involved in successful treatments.
Best Wishes in 2018! And call us at Med Aesthetics Miami 305-356-7402, to help you design your plan…please remember “Our Promise Is More Than Beauty”.
As I was deciding about what to write today, I thought of glycation. And yes, while we are in the Holiday Season, and having written about ways to enjoy the holidays without worrying too much about those carbs, today I write about the other side of the coin: Glycation…(too much sugar)
Glycation usually happens when excess sugar causes covalent bonding between a sugar molecule and a protein or lipid molecule, but without the controlling action of an enzyme so that these protein molecules cross-link with sugar molecules resulting in new sugar proteins. Because our bodies do not recognize these new molecules, antibodies are created causing inflammation in the skin. Glycation is many times the result of lifestyle (drinking, smoking, sun exposure), and health choices.
When you see very wrinkled and lax skin, it usually is a result of a structural breakdown. Too much glycation may affect the type of collagen you can build and as a consequence affect your skin’s resistance to wrinkling.
So what can we do, aside from eating properly and making the right diet choices? There are some supplements, such as alpha lipoic acid and some derivatives of vitamin B6, and vitamin B1 that can help. Anti inflammatory ingredients and hydrating ingredients on your skin are a must, such as hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, green tea, and jojoba oil. Treatments should aim at reducing inflammation. A series of treatments may be better than a single deep one. Hydration facials, enzymes and certain cream based peels could be appropriate.
Yes, it’s okay! As the holidays approach, we get lots of advice on how to survive the season. With all the commitments and events, many of us are not only subject to the stress of running from one place to the next, but we are tempted by delicious food, alcohol, and desserts (of all of the above, the latter is my main weakness).
While most of the advice centers around “get some sleep, avoid the flours and sugars and eat your veggies; this is not necessarily realistic. Depriving ourselves in this season of sharing is not enticing and ends up costing us some fun. While I can’t just suggest that you forget your diet or not take care of yourself, I do believe that spending time with friends and family is there to be cherished for many reasons, which are obvious. And while it could cost us that glow, there are things we can do in the meantime while being in the flow.
For example, if you want to drink alcohol, then make sure you compensate by drinking at least an equal amount of water or hydrating yourself in other ways. If you like sweets, most Thanksgiving dinner tables have dark chocolates and fruits that can be added to the equation, so that you still land on your feet. In my experience, vegetables and fruits have such a positive effect on our body that they can help us balance those unhealthy meals. Maybe you can eat healthier in the morning and day, so you can counteract the night attacks. Of course there are products that you can buy, such as antioxidants, but that is beyond our topic today.