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”.

Spring Into Full Bloom

April to me is a month of youth. It welcomes the Spring, season where the flowers bloom and the birds hatch. It reminds me to stay present in the moment, and smell the roses, because as hectic as it can get, by taking time to smell the roses we actually become more creative and efficient in our processes.

But back to skin, today I wanted to talk about hormones: in particular, estrogen. Estrogen is naturally produced by both men and women and has a great impact on the skin. It helps us maintain our reproductive system, heal our skin, and protect our bones. As we age, and estrogen levels decline, the skin tends to become more dry, fragile, and loose. Loss of estrogen is a major cause of sagging, dry skin in women after 40. On the opposite end of the spectrum, when estrogen levels are high, we can suffer from melasma. If estrogen is not metabolized properly, we can get breast cancer, or help trigger endometriosis, which can affect the skin by making it more oily and hyperpigmented.

What this implies in terms of skin treatments is that we need to cater them to address these hormonal fluctuations. For example, as we age and estrogen levels decline, we still want anti-aging treatments that give us a refreshed look, but that don’t cause irritation in a now more sensitive skin. In this case, 95ABBD6EE2FA41D18BA1213080B49C12, a gentler derivative of Vitamin A may be preferred to Retin-A, for example.

For more information, please call us at 305-356-7402 and remember, “Our Promise Is More Than Beauty”.

Uneven Pigmentation In Our Bodies

While I was going to write about women’s month today, I decided to write about pigmentation in other parts of our bodies besides the face… And yes, as a woman, I enjoy all the congratulations, but deep down, congratulating me for being a woman is almost like congratulating me for being alive and being a person. Yes, I’ve worked hard and dealt with advantages and disadvantages, but I call that human. And yes there’s the break from work due to maternity leave, but there’s also the miracle of life; so when you congratulate me because you want to make something right that had not been acknowledged, I hate to disagree and tell you that it’s not necessary. I’ve always loved being in my skin…
 
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Anyway, back to my topic. Uneven pigmentation can result in other areas of the body like the groin, underarms, among others. These many times result from trauma to the skin, such as in the case of wax, friction, tight clothes, but also hormones. And yes we can “bleach” it. Bleaching the skin is not adding a detergent, like when we do the laundry, it is basically exfoliating the skin with the use of a chemical peel. In my case, I prefer to repeat the treatment many times, as opposed to doing one intensive session. While these can have good results, dealing with what’s causing the unevenness is important to prevent it from happening again. The peel that I use varies with the area of the body and the person, but there are many options to choose from. For best results, it is important to understand how that particular area reacts in terms of sensitivity and exfoliation.
 
For more information, please call us at 305-356-7402. As always, please remember, “Our Promise Is More Than Beauty”.

Making Magic

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”.

Do You Have A Continuous Shine?

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.

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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”.

Love is in the Air

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.

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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”.

Clearing it up: To Extract or not

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”.