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FACEing the New Year

Young beautiful woman with clean, naturally looking skinAs the 2014 New Year ushers in, many, if not all, of us make New Year’s resolutions. We make plans to lose the extra pounds absorbed during the holidays, some plan to spend more time with family, and some think about possibly changing jobs. Of interest this year is that the last of the Baby Boom generation are turning 50. There are 10,000 baby boomers turning 50 each day this year. Many of this generation have embraced looking younger since they view age differently than the previous generations. They feel younger and want to look as young as they feel. These Baby Boomers are more apt to research and seek ways to help them look as good as they feel. For these individuals and others, the time may be right to make some rejuvenating changes. If this is you, then read on as we arm you with some information about some of our minimally invasive procedures offered at the Rousso Facial Plastic Surgery Clinic & Aesthetic Medical Spa.

BOTOX® Cosmetic

BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription medication that is injected into the muscles to improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the brows, crow’s feet around the eyes, and wrinkles across the forehead. BOTOX® Cosmetic results will be noticeable in 4 or 5 days and typically last up to 4 months

We also have Dysport® and XEOMIN® which, like BOTOX® Cosmetic, treat the same problems with similar results.

Dermal Fillers

Fillers also treat facial wrinkling.  While many are composed of substances that are naturally found in the body, all of the fillers that we use are approved by the FDA and administered using a very fine needle.

These fillers will smooth out wrinkles, improve the deep folds from your nose to the corners of your mouth, and increase facial volume lost to aging.   Sculptra can be used to plump up the cheeks and for facial contouring, which will continue to work at the collagen level to help rebuild what is lost through aging.  All of these products typically last from 6 months to one year.

●    Restylane®

●    Perlane®

●    JUVÉDERM Ultra / Ultra Plus

●    BELOTERO BALANCE®

●    Sculptra® Aesthetic

Maybe you would like to improve the appearance of dull skin and restore that radiant look that your face once projected. We also have many forms of skin resurfacing treatments to noticeably improve the appearance of your face.

Micro Laser Peel

Known as an intra-epidermal laser peel, this treatment removes the outermost layer of the skin to improve imperfections on the face like pigmentation, mild wrinkles, and light scarring. If you are looking for something stronger than microdermabrasion, a Micro Laser Peel may be just what you’re looking for. This heals in about 3-4 days.

Plasma Skin Resurfacing

Plasma Skin Resurfacing stimulates the production of collagen to regenerate newer healthy skin cells. Plasma skin resurfacing consists of pulses of nitrogen-based plasma to the skin via a hand piece device. This plasma-containing energy is directed out of the hand piece and onto the skin. The energy produces a heating action that works at the skin’s surface to remove old sun-damaged skin and promote collagen growth.

Results are usually seen within 7 days and can last indefinitely. You can expect Plasma Skin Resurfacing to remove sun damage and discoloration, improve wrinkles, and restore your facial skin to feel smoother and give you a more youthful appearance.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatment

Intense Pulse Light (IPL) uses specific wavelengths of light to target various skin problems, including acne rosacea, broken capillaries (facial blood vessels), freckles, and brown spots. You can expect to have 3 to 5 treatments 4 to 6 weeks apart for the optimal outcome.

Ultherapy®

Ultherapy® is the newest FDA approved nonsurgical treatment for the face and neck that uses ultrasound waves for lifting, tightening, and toning your skin with a single treatment. An applicator is placed on top of the skin to heat the tissue below the surface, which gradually and naturally creates new collagen. Ultherapy® improves your skin from the inside out without disrupting the surface of your skin. Patients will feel some toning and firming immediately following treatment, but the full lifting and tightening effect will build gradually over time and continue to improve for up to six months. There is no downtime with Ultherapy®, and patients can return to their normal routine immediately.

Dermapen®

Dermapen® is a new, revolutionary breakthrough for beautiful skin. Dermapen® is a class 1 FDA-approved fractional micro-needling device that works to tighten, lift, and rejuvenate the skin. It is effective in reducing the fine lines around your eyes and the facial wrinkles you notice when you look in the mirror. Dermapen® also works to diminish acne and surgical scars. Dermapen® fractional micro-needling uses tiny needles to pierce the skin in a controlled and precise pattern. Dermapen® is safe on any type of skin, has a short treatment time, little discomfort, and virtually no down time.

Start your new year off right and contact our Alabama practice today. Whether you wish to add a youthful glow to your face or attain complete facial rejuvenation, we can help. Dr. Daniel Rousso is board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and he has years of experience performing many different surgical and non-surgical procedures for facial rejuvenation. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Rousso, please call (205) 930-9595 or Toll Free (877) 932-0400, or you can fill out our online contact form. We look forward to helping you Look and Feel Your Best in 2014!

Medical Spa Birmingham

When you look in the mirror do you see over-tanned, hyper-pigmented (brown spots), and dry damaged skin. Do fine lines appear deeper. In Winter the cold air moves in and the humidity moves out, resulting in your skin loosing much of the moisture it was accustomed to in the warmer months. However, you can still have radiant, beautiful skin. There are several recommendations below that will help to keep your skin glowing throughout the winter months and all year round.

Cleanse your face with a creamy cleanser. We recommend a PCA (Physician’s Choice of Arizona) cleanser. A gel or foam may be stripping your skin of vital moisture and its natural barrier that locks in moisture. Cleansing each morning and night will remove dirt and makeup while keeping in much wanted moisture.

Hydrate your skin. In the summer your skin draws moisture from the air, but with winter air tends to be dry. We recommend PCA Hydrating Serum. This product is a clear, thin serum packed with ingredients that pull moisture from the air into your skin to hydrate from within. It is ideal for all dry and/or dehydrated skin types, and is especially beneficial to anyone prone to break-outs as this product will not clog pores. Use this product morning and night under any good moisturizer or sunscreen.

Don’t forget to drink plenty of water. If you find yourself to be a person that is prone to breakouts or clogged pores but also has dry skin, consider that you may be dehydrated and your skin is purely lacking water. Try to stay especially hydrated since your skin is the last organ to receive the water you take in. This will help all skin types to be hydrated and supple!

Moisturize. An effective moisturizer is crucial. This will help to not only hydrate but to create a barrier to keep moisture from escaping. A perk of a great moisturizer is that it helps to smooth the appearance of fine lines. Try Age Intervention Face Cream by Jan Marini. This moisturizer provides excellent hydration and barrier function benefits – which prevents water loss. This just begins the list of benefits with this particular product. It enhances collagen production, helps to repair compromised cells, reverses cell damage caused by the sun, contains CoEnzyme Q10 – a major antioxidant, and firms and reduces the appearance of wrinkles, among other things.

Exfoliate.  Part of what you are feeling on the surface of your skin is likely dead, dry, flaky skin cells. This contributes to a dry, rough feeling. Once these cells are exfoliated your skin will feel smoother and your products will be more effective, since they are no longer being blocked by all of those dead skin cells.  Exfoliate twice a week. Having a microdermabrasion will be the quickest method to exfoliate your skin. You could also try a very fine scrub, like PCA’s Gentle Exfoliant. Or use an enzyme mask. Using one of our enzyme masks are great at-home skincare routines you can use between Spa visits. These masks are typically left on your face about ten minutes. These masks dissolve and remove cell build up creating a healthy glow yet they are very gentle and appropriate for all skin types. We recommend an enzyme by either Jan Marini or our Anakiri line. 

Professional Skincare treatments.  The most important key to beautiful winter skin is monthly professional skin care treatments. In the Spa we can more effectively and thoroughly exfoliate those unwanted, dry, dead skin cells and also saturate your skin with hydration resulting in your skin feeling smooth and super hydrated. Due to the rate of skin cell build up, a facial treatment every 4 to 6 weeks is recommended for optimal results. Another good facial this time of year is a Hot Stone Facial Treatment.

Hot stones infuse moisture into your skin through the warmth of the smooth, weathered, volcanic stones. These stones are dense with minerals which conduct heat and aid in product penetration deep into the skin.

During this treatment dry, dead, flaky skin cells are exfoliated off of the surface of your skin, not only to prepare it for better moisture and nutrient absorption, but also to leave your skin smooth and glowing. As we do this, a neck and shoulder massage is performed using the hot stones. The heat from these stones passes through the skin and into the muscles, relieving tension. This massage is also beneficial for the skin on the neck, arms, and decollete as it is very hydrating. A facial massage with a hydrating mask follows using the stones to drive the mask in deeper and stimulate circulation. There will also be warm stones applied to and massaged to the hands, arms and feet.

Cold stones applied over an eye mask help to calm and sooth tired eyes and reduce puffiness. This is the ultimate service for improving skin and de-stressing during this totally relaxation session. I highly recommend it!

Peels. If your skin has more complex needs we offer a variety of services such as a series of chemical peels individually customized for your skin type. These peels are designed to help acne, pigmentation, dry skin, fine lines and wrinkles. Winter is also one of the best times to treat aging skin and broken capillaries since being exposed to excessive sun is out of the picture. Try the Pumpkin peel to exfoliate and draw impurities out of the skin while introducing vitamins, enzymes, and nutrients into the skin.  Or, try the Oxygenating Trio before a party or get-together for a refreshed, radiant glow.

Mineral Make-up

The make-up making headlines is mineral make-up – which is most commonly thought of as a powder. With the cold weather it might be time to switch to a liquid. Try our YoungBlood  liquid mineral foundation. This lightweight deep-sea hydrating complex is perfect for everyone, including dry and mature skin. It will give you great coverage while allowing your skin to breath. It is non-comedogenic (does not clog pores). It will leave you with a radiant, natural glow and is perfect for many skin conditions such as acne since minerals do not support the growth of bacteria.

Just For Fun. For a new, hot color try the moisturizing and long-lasting YoungBlood mineral lipstick in “Kranberry” for your next holiday party.

I personally invite all new clients to schedule a time to come in for a free skin care consultation. As your Esthetician, I would be happy to discuss your skincare concerns with you and custom design a skincare treatment plan that will deliver the results you desire.

Alissa Lobdell

Master Esthetician

Rousso Medical Spa