Non Invasive Body Contouring

This morning I woke up wanting to eat french toast… And while, I don’t eat it regularly, I indulge profusely when I give myself the luxury of eating what I want, as long as it’s not excessive. Just as I was going to take that first bite, a friend called me to complain about how overweight she is and how awful that makes her feel. The truth is that how we look and feel in terms of our weight has a direct impact on our self esteem, and hence the quality of our lives.
But with so many alternatives out there, what is the best way to get back in shape? Well the answer is specific to each person, but to me there is no substitute for a treatment plan that incorporates lifestyle and nutritional changes. Even if you decide to surgically remove the excess fat, if you fail to adjust your lifestyle, you will eventually end up gaining the weight again. New theories agree that the number of fat cells is not static, but rather is adjusted by numerous mechanisms in our bodies, to achieve homeostasis.
Among the non-invasive fat reduction techniques or combination of techniques are cool sculpting, radio frequency, focused ultrasound, infrared, laser, and more. The ones that are based on heat, basically provide benefits by increasing collagen, by enhancing blood circulation and draining fatty acid deposits to the lymphatic system, and by fatty acid dissolution and heat induced fat cell apoptosis (death). In the case, of coolsculpting, while the mechanism of action is not 100% fully elucidated, it eliminates fat by cooling adipocytes. While none of these can replace surgery, they are effective for those who are looking for non invasive procedures, and who are not obese. Touch ups maybe required after the initial treatment.
If you have additional questions, please call us at 305-356-7402 or e-mail us at Info@medaestheticsmiami.com. As always, “Our Promise Is More Than Beauty”.

Fireworks, Independence Day, and Oxygen

One of my favorite days of the year is the Fourth of July. Not only is it an excuse to just relax and not think about anything, but it also reminds me of all the experience, knowledge, and hard work accumulated throughout the years that we all need to go through to get to where we now are in our lives. To me, it is a celebration of making our dreams real and the freedom to do so. That freedom is the oxygen of the soul.
While it is a little bit of a stretch, taking care of ourselves also requires a lot of hard work and discipline to free ourselves from disease and remain in optimal health. I strongly believe in a holistic approach, where wellness and beauty start from within. So today, I wanted to continue our discussion on the skin care revolution by going over one of my favorite treatments in my arsenal… and that is oxygen.
Well, oxygen is a fundamental nutrient. It not only heals, cleanses, and detoxifies, but it is also anti-inflammatory and vaso-constricting. Lack of oxygen can cause inflammation, can affect the growth of blood vessels, can impair cell function, and more. In my office, we use oxygen to treat rosacea and redness, acne, hyper pigmentation, among others. It is the treatment of choice for sensitive skin. Immediately after an oxygen facial, my clients feel that cleansing effect. While there are other treatments that can be used for hyperpigmentation, acne, and rosacea, I particularly like the results I get after an oxygen treatment.
As always, please call us with your questions at 305-356-7402 or e-mail is at info@medaestheticsmiami.com. Please remember ”Our Promise Is More Than Beauty”. Until next time…

Our Skin and Epigenetics

In this competitive world, where much is determined by how we look, many people love a face that is well taken care of. So when they notice one and after the initial comment of “Your Skin Looks Great”, comes the question: “Have you always had good skin; is it in your genes?” … and the answer is: to an extent, but of course, there’s no substitute for taking care of your skin. Some believe that epigenetics or changes in gene expression not resulting from DNA instructions, is responsible for about 65% of longevity; whereas the remaining 35% is determined by those instructions mentioned above. In other words, gene expression is influenced by other factors in addition to DNA instructions, such as our environment, exposure to ultraviolet rays, cosmeceuticals, exercise, treatments, diet, meditation and stress, smoking, pollution, our microbiome, medications and disease, and more (the typical nature versus nurture debate).

This is really good news because that means that skin renewal and regeneration can be influenced by the correct cosmeceuticals, which takes me back to my previous blog on “The Skin Care Revolution”. The products that we apply to our face can help our skin’s function in terms of hydration, protection, response to stress, repair mechanisms, immune response and aging in general. Thanks to recent developments we may have more control, than what we would like to be responsible for, of our skin and aging process in general. In other words, the reasons for using that sunscreen and applying that right product to our face are now stronger than ever.

As always, if you have any questions or comments, please call us at 305-356-7402 or email us at info@medaestheticsmiami.com. Please remember “Our Promise Is More Than Beauty”.

Antioxidants: Helping Our Bodies

Antioxidants are essential to help us against free radicals.

As I continue expanding on the skincare revolution, today, I decided to focus on antioxidants. A lot is known about them and their role in many functions of our bodies. Most notably, antioxidants are known for their help protecting our bodies from free radicals. They do this by giving off an electron that will attach to the free radical chain, thus breaking the reaction. They come in different forms from vitamins, minerals, amino acids, hormones to enzymes. For example, a few nights ago I was extremely tired and took some melatonin. I ended up sleeping about eight hours straight, more than my usual six. I also gave melatonin to a friend that was recovering from too much partying…I love melatonin. 

Among my favorites are glutathione and superoxide dismutase, which are made by our bodies. These help to prevent oxidative stress (I wrote about this a few months ago). They protect mitochondria from premature death. Mitochondria are key in our bodies and affect overall health including our skin. Some skin manifestations of mitochondria damage are hair abnormalities, changes in pigmentation, rashes, autoimmune disease and inflammation. By the way, exercise too will support mitochondria. Consuming fresh fruits and vegetables with antioxidants such as omega 3 fatty acids, magnesium, CoQ10, alpha lipoid acid, b-complex vitamins, among others, are key to mitochondrial health. 

As you know, many of us are deficient in many key vitamins and minerals that are key to the way our bodies function. Overeating as well as late night are not ideal, since the body is functioning at low metabolic rates in those cases. Next time you go grocery shopping, make sure you include those carrots, tomatoes , avocados, and nuts in your list.

As always, for more information, reach out to us at 305-356-7402. Please remember “Our Promise Is More Than Beauty”.

Hyaluronic Acid: A Balancing Act

This post continues our conversation on skin care from our previous post.

Balance in our lives is key to a successful journey; and that applies not only to how we live, but also to what we apply to our skin. Hyaluronic Acid is no exception to the rule. How hyaluronic is broken down in our bodies, the amount and rate, is part of a magical equation to maintain homeostasis.
So what am I trying to imply? Cells can only function when there is enough water. And that is where hyaluronic acid intervenes in our skin. Hyaluronic Acid is part of the glycosaminoglycans that maintain water for our skin. Its presence hydrates and adds volume to our skin. Variations in its availability in the tissue, as we age, can result in increased wrinkling, lack of elasticity, less support for the microvessels, and more. And this is easily understood, since 70% of our bodies are made of water. However, hyaluronic acid has a regulatory role in tissue repair and inflammation. In other words, excess hyaluronic acid can send the wrong signals to our cells, therefore hyaluronic acid is not just one more skin moisturizer to use anytime and randomly. It is important to understand how it’s made to determine which role it will be predominantly performing, given that there are variations with different effects.
Now, my goal here is not to scare you; but rather to pay attention. As always, if you need help navigating these waters, call Med Aesthetics Miami at 305-356-7402.Please remember that “Our Promise Is More Than Beauty”.

Saving Your Skin From Pollution

Did you know that according to some sources pollution kills more people than HIV and malaria, and has been linked to lung or heart disease, and strokes? Their analysis is based on the fact that traffic pollution contains nanoparticles that can penetrate the skin, such as nitrogen dioxide, linked to cancer. Furthermore, these can cause wrinkles, irritate our skin, and result in a breakdown of our skin barrier. And while we think our homes are free from pollution, we can also be exposed to dust mites, pollen, pet dander, mold, radon, allergens, carbon dioxide and more. While I did not do the research myself, it does make sense that we take some precautions.

So while there are treatments that can help that we perform in our offices, such as microcurrent, gentle enzymes, and more, there are routines and products that can help us in our daily lives. For example, double cleanse at night, and make sure you include an oil or cream based product to remove makeup; use a toner to re-establish that Ph; protect your skin by not overexfoliating; use mineral cosmetics on top of your sunscreen for extra protection during the day; and last but not least, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Some topical ingredients that can help are Vitamin E, Vitamin C, copper, selenium ,manganese, and iron.

While my goal is not to scare people, protecting your skin now can result in many more years of healthy, beautiful, skin. For more information, call us at 305-356-7402 or email us at info@medaestheticsmiami.com. Please remember, “Our Promise Is More Than Beauty”.

Hirsutism

In today’s business landscape, it’s easy to lose sight of your destination and start looking at what others are doing. This translates from trying to be present in your work to looking at your competitors and worrying about what they’re doing. Well, in my case, I like to think that I can only provide my best results when I use my talents to the max and when I believe in what I do. In other words, by being the best I can be, I not only provide a better service to my clients, but I am more at peace and fulfilled with myself. This alignment is simply magical… So how is that related to hirsutism? It isn’t…just food for thought.

But back to our topic, today I wanted to mention a few medical conditions that can result in excessive hair growth in women such that it resembles male hair patterns, or hirsutism. Of course, the number one in my list are hormones. However, there is also a possibility that the hair follicle is causing it by overreacting to a normal level of androgens resulting in excessive hair growth. Among the most common related hormonal disorders, I start by mentioning adrenal gland dysfunction. Many clients are born with this condition and present acne and/or hair loss in the scalp. Cushing’s Syndrome, which results when the body undergoes consistently high levels of cortisol for a long time due to stress, dysfunction, or medications. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, which prevents the ovaries from releasing an egg. The last one in my list are Tumors. Tumors in the ovaries, the adrenal or the pituitary glands may cause an increase in male hormones and consequently in unwanted hair. Whenever there is an excess of unwanted hair as described above, it is always advisable to check with your doctor to make sure all is well.

If you have any questions, as always please contact Med Aesthetics Miami at 305-356-7402. Please remember, “Our Promise Is More Than Beauty”.