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…

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”.

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”.

Making It Big in 2018

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.

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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”.

Skin Care and Mental Health

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Recently I noticed many of my clients were going through life changing circumstances such as divorce, losses, and the like. Questions about their appearance and weight which resulted from these circumstances, had a direct impact on how they saw themselves.
Yes mental health matters…and it matters both ways: on how we see ourselves and on how we tolerate and react to the treatments. For example, my young client, who came with her mother for laser, started screaming when she saw the machine angled towards her as a result of anxiety. Furthermore, mental health affects how we take care of ourselves in terms of sleep, food and exercise, and these have a direct impact on our skin. In other words, unhealthy eating habits where we fail to take our essential fatty acids, vitamins A / C / E, choline, etc; and lack of sleep, will not allow our cells to perform its functions to the best of their abilities, and therefore result in suboptimal skin.
As I mentioned in my previous blog, there are many legs to a stool. Taking into account the different legs will make a sturdier stool. Next time you look in the mirror, don’t just think about the treatment you just had, but instead think about those other variables within your control that affect your skin, and that when paying attention to them will maximize the results you get from the treatments.
For more information, please call Med Aesthetics Miami at 305-356-7402 or email us at info@medaestheticsmiami.com.