Thursday, September 14, 2017
When it comes to skin rejuvenation treatments, you want the biggest bang for your buck as well as the quickest and most painless option possible. Fractora is a skin rejuvenation treatment that tightens and lifts the face while treating fine lines, wrinkles, and even photo damage. This painless procedure requires no downtime or anesthesia, and is best completed in one treatment per week for six weeks. Here are some frequently asked questions and answers about Fractora.
How does it work?
Fractora delivers targeted bipolar radiofrequency energy to various selectable depths in the skin. Fractora meets and exceeds the results of fractional CO2 without the associated downtime, prolonged redness, and pigmentation drawbacks. Fractora achieves full-scale treatment depths with customizable fractional energy to improve superficial skin tone problems (photo damage) to deep textural concerns (rhytids and tightening). Clinicians can select between variable depths, densities and energy levels for results that were previously unattainable without excisional surgery.
What are the benefits?
Patients experience a significant reduction of wrinkles and fine lines. Other benefits include improved skin tone, a reduction of blood vessels, and even reduction in acne scarring. Fractora also provides the best ratio of power of results to recovery period and potential for adverse effects compared to other skin resurfacing treatments.
How will I look following treatment?
For the first 24 to 48 hours the skin will be red and irritated, and small black dots will be visible. During this time you will frequently apply a moisturizer. Within 2 to 3 days most patients can begin wearing their makeup again as usual.
How soon will I see results?
Most patients see an improvement in the quality of their skin as soon as the initial redness and swelling subside. The full effect takes about 6 months, due to the continuous production of collagen.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Blue Sky Med Spa can help keep your skin hydrated during the summer. Summer is a wonderful time of year, complete with beach days, road trips, and fresh summer food and drink. But with the warm weather comes potentially damaging factors that can make our skin look dull and lifeless. This summer, keep your skin looking youthful and fresh with these simple tips.
The Basics of Skin Structure
Your skin is the largest organ on your body, and makes up about 15% of your body weight. It is composed of three layers: the epidermis, dermis, and hypodermis. The epidermis is the outermost layer of skin, and is directly exposed to the environments around you. The dermis is the second layer, and is rich in collagen and elastin, which keeps your skin flexible and strong. And finally, the hypodermis, which contains fatty tissue. These three layers need to stay balanced in order to keep your skin hydrated and looking it’s best.
Factors That Affect Hydration
There are a few factors that can affect the hydration level of your skin. Those factors include:
- High temperatures
- UV radiation
- Drinking coffee or alcohol
- Taking too long of showers or baths
- Aggressively cleaning or exfoliating your skin
Symptoms of Dehydrated Skin
When your skin is dehydrated, it’s feels similar to dry skin. Your face can feel tight and dry, and you may also experience redness, peeling, or itching. Dry skin, however, does not always indicate lack of moisture.
Tips for Keeping Your Skin Hydrated
Although everyone’s skin care routine will vary, there are a few basic things you can add to help keep your skin hydrated and fresh.
- While over-exfoliating can add to dehydrated skin, regularly exfoliating- two or three times a week can help remove dead skin cells and increase blood circulation to your face. You can research recipes for exfoliating scrub that you can make at home, or find a brand you like at the drugstore.
- Using the right kind of moisturizer for your skin in the morning and evening is essential in keeping your skin hydrated. Moisturizer is a key component in the skin’s rejuvenation process, so it’s important to find the right one for your skin.
- Drink Water and Eat a Balanced Diet
- How much water you drink and the foods you eat also play a crucial role in keeping the skin hydrated. Drink plenty of water during the day, and make sure you’re eating enough fruits and vegetables.
If you have any problems with your skin or want to know more about how to keep your skin hydrated over the summer, please feel free to reach out to us! Call 815-759-2368 to schedule your free consultation, or visit our website. We hope to see you soon!
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Check out our Non-Invasive Anti-Aging Techniques. As we age, our skin loses elasticity and fine lines become visible on our faces. In addition to lost elasticity, our skin also becomes thinner and drier, lacking the radiance and “glow” of our youth. Thankfully, we live in a modern era with modern treatments for all your aging skin woes. Non-invasive techniques are the way to go, since they address your skin concerns without risky surgical intervention. Blue Sky Med Spa offers several of the latest and greatest non-invasive anti-aging treatments.
Laser Skin Tightening
Laser skin tightening uses an infrared laser to tighten skin by heating the collagen under the skin’s surface, causing the skin to contract and tighten. Facial skin tightening is noticeable immediately after the treatment, and there is no downtime, making this an increasingly popular procedure. Additional skin tightening occurs over the next few months, but optimal results usually require two or three treatments about a month apart.
Rather than just smoothing or tightening skin, an injectable filler aims to change the facial profile to a more youthful one. The injection of filler materials under the skin can fill in deep folds, create fuller lips, and pad out hollow cheeks and eyes. Collagen used to be the standard filler, but now hyaluronic acid is more popular, and used by brands like Juvederm (available at Blue Sky Med Spa). The most recognizable name in anti-aging injectables, Botox (also available at Blue Sky Med Spa!), prevents and removes wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing the muscles in your face.
Microneedling involves using fine needles to create hundreds of tiny, invisible puncture wounds in the top layer of skin. These tiny “micro-injuries” stimulate your body’s natural healing process, which increases collagen and elastin production - resulting in cell turnover and reversing/preventing signs of aging. At Blue Sky Med Spa, we use the PR (Power Rejuvenator) Pen to channel anti-aging serums into the skin via microneedling. We apply a topical anesthetic to the treatment area to minimize any possible discomfort. Typically the procedure lasts less than one hour, and you may begin to see some results before you leave the office! With progressive healing, final results are typically achieved within six weeks.
At Blue Sky Med Spa, we offer free initial consultations and would be happy to discuss Non-Invasive Anti-Aging Techniques and your skincare goals and come up with a treatment plan that works for you. If you are ready to discover the wonders of modern, non-invasive anti-aging treatments, contact us today!
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Youthful, radiant looking skin is the dream for millions of women across the country. Unfortunately, with age brings the appearance of wrinkles, sunspots, freckles and exhausted looking skin. It can feel impossible to meet the unrealistic expectations of photoshopped celebrities and social media. As we struggle to improve our appearance, remember that beautiful skin starts with healthy habits. Here’s what you need to know as we approach the sunny summer months.
Importance of Sun Protection:
Have you ever wished you wore sunblock after a day at the park or beach? It’s easy to know the right thing to do after it’s happened. When it comes to sun protection, always apply sunblock of at least SPF 30 approximately 15-30 minutes before going outdoors (even when it’s cloudy). Not only will this help prevent wrinkling but it will also protect against skin cancer. To learn more about sun protection please visit this link.
What You Eat Matters:
A diet rich in vitamins and protein is good for both general health and glowing skin. Simply put, eating healthy is a win-win! Cut down on sugars, fats and starch. Instead, add plenty of Vitamin E and Vitamin C to your diet with fruits, veggies, and omega 3 fats. Some of the best foods for healthy skin include avocados, spinach, kale, berries, nuts, beans and olive oil.
How to Stay Forever Young:
Blue Sky Med Spa wants to help keep you looking youthful this summer with our ForeverYoung Package. This package includes an Atlantic Peel – PRPEN – Laser Skin Tightening and Collagen Mask. The Laser Skin Tightening stimulates collagen under the surface of the skin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines while the collagen skin treatment is used to fill lines/wrinkles around the eyes, lips, nose and forehead. (Treatments to be done 3 weeks apart).
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
“Compression Therapy” refers to wearing sock or stockings specifically created to improve circulation in the legs. Anyone with swelling, fatigue or discomfort in their legs can benefit from compression therapy, but it is primarily recommended for wound care or for patients with chronic venous disease.
Venous disease occurs when blood flows abnormally through the veins of the legs and feet. One of the more common signs of venous disease is dilated or “spider” veins, which are not only unsightly but can be painful. These small blood vessels are typically on the legs and face, and are easily visible. Another sign of venous disease is varicose veins. These swollen and twisted blood vessels generally occur in the legs and can be extremely painful. Aside from the discomfort, venous disease puts the patient at risk for multiple serious health issues, including blood clots and ulcers. Compression therapy with socks or stockings is often the first line of defense in strengthening vein support and alleviating the painful symptoms of varicose or spider veins. Compression increases the pressure below the skin, reducing swelling and eliminating excess fluid.
Venous insufficiency is often brought on by blood clots or varicose veins. Symptoms of Venous insufficiency include swelling of the legs or ankles, throbbing or a feeling of heaviness in the legs, leg ulcers, and itchy legs. Compression garments such as socks or stockings are typically prescribed to improve blood flow and reduce swelling. Other recommendations include keeping legs uncrossed while sitting, elevating legs when possible, and starting a regular exercise regimen.
Compression therapy is shown to be beneficial to venous ulcer patients as a means of limiting swelling and helping the wounds to heal much more quickly. According to the American Venous Forum, in patients with severe wounds or ulcers, compression is the therapy of choice to encourage rapid healing and to prevent recurrence. When applied correctly, this therapy allows the patient to go about their daily activities with little or no disruption.
Compression garments are typically graduated, meaning that the compression is strongest at the ankle and decreases as it moves up the leg. Compression garments are generally worn during the day, from first thing in the morning until the patient goes to bed at night. The goal of compression therapy is not only to decrease symptoms but to allow you to carry on with your normal activities, including standing and walking as necessary. Compression therapy garments are generally covered by insurance.
If your doctor has recommended compression therapy, the staff at Pacific Vein Care is ready to help you select the right compression garment to get you back on the road to recovery.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Legs take us places. So why are they typically taken for granted? Many people only pay attention to legs when experiencing discomfort or injury. At Pacific Vein Care, we believe a human body part that walks an average of 6000 steps per day deserves more. Instead of neglecting limbs on a daily basis, legs should be appreciated as a magnificent piece of human engineering. Plus, if you don’t take the proper measures, you may experience the wrath of unsightly spider veins and varicose veins. Here are 5 ways to keep your legs healthy.
Obesity: One leading factor that negatively affects legs and often leads to varicose veins is obesity. Excess weight adds pressure to veins, causing them to enlarge and weaken. Losing weight can help take the extra pressure off veins.
Diet: For a healthy, vein-friendly diet, cut back on red meats, dairy products and salt. Some of the best foods for healthy legs include high-fiber foods and healthy fats including olive oil, avocados and beans.
Exercise: Hitting the gym is a great way to tone legs, but improving blood circulation is as simple as walking around the neighborhood. Getting legs up and moving on a daily basis is a great start towards achieving healthy legs.
Avoid Inactivity: Our body is made to move. Sitting or standing in the same position for too long may cause circulation problems in lower limbs. It’s important for healthy legs to have sufficient blood flow. After sitting or standing for long periods of time, stretch to increase circulation.
Seek Treatment for Varicose Veins: Vein Disease is a condition that refers to backwards blood flow in the legs and feet that cause veins to be impaired. If left untreated for a long period of time, varicose veins can cause discomfort and even lead to serious complications. Vein disease can be the gateway for serious health issues. It can put you at risk for blood clots, ulcers, pulmonary embolism and sometimes worse. For your health, it is vital that you eliminate the problem before it becomes deadly.
If you are experiencing varicose veins, spider veins or simply want advice on achieving healthy legs for life, contact the team at Pacific Vein Care today!
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
● VI Peel for $149. VI is all about transforming the look and feel of your skin. VI peels are perfect for acne-scarred skin, and can be used for all ages. The goal of this medical, pain-free peel is to smooth and soften skin texture and even out the skin tone.
○ The VI Peel original fights the signs of aging skin, such as pigmentation and rough texture, as well as provides a softening of lines and wrinkles.
○ VI Peel Precision is a higher concentration for skin with excessive pigmentation.
○ VI Peel Purify is specialized for acne-prone skin. Its powerful blend opens pores, kills blemish-causing bacteria, and calms inflammation.
● $11 per Botox unit or one Juvederm for $575 per syringe. Get quick results in just a half-hour for lines and wrinkles. Botox works by temporarily paralyzing muscles to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and is a great choice for forehead lines, crow’s feet, and more. Juvederm, a long-lasting facial filler, works especially well for thin lips and sunken cheeks.
● Receive a free 60-minute custom facial ($99 value) with the purchase of 50 units of Botox or one syringe of Juvederm. Includes cleansing, exfoliating, and mask.
If you’re ready to treat yourself to rejuvenated skin this month, give yourself a boost by calling Blue Sky Medical Spa at (815) 759-2368 for a consultation or to make an appointment. Please visit our website to find out more about our products and services.