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5 Ways MedSpa Treatments Improve Skin Health

MedSpas offer a variety of treatments and products designed and clinically proven to improve many skin conditions. At Dermacare of Hampton Roads, we are a MedSpa equipped to treat acne, rosacea, dry or dehydrated skin, sun damage, pigmentation issues, and fine lines and wrinkles. Our treatments can cosmetically improve your skin and make you look younger, but they’re far more than just cosmetic. MedSpa treatments can improve skin health.

MedSpa vs. Day Spa

MedSpas are set apart from day spa treatments by technology. Dermacare is unique thanks to the variety of lasers and light-based treatments that we offer and how they can improve the overall skin health. We carry advanced technologies, such as lasers, fillers, Botox, and medical-grade skincare products.

One of the many lasers we offer is the Sciton Forever Young BBL. It’s a revolutionary laser system that targets skin imperfections at a cellular level. It can improve skin health and provides major short-term and long-term benefits.

#1: Treatment of Common Skin Concerns

Who doesn’t like accomplishing two things at once, especially when it’s effortless? That’s what MedSpa treatments like Forever Young BBL can do for you.

Not only can Forever Young repair damaged skin, but it can also offer age-defying benefits. The broadband light treatment safely and precisely treats numerous skin conditions, and it doesn’t matter where the skin is affected. Forever Young can be used anywhere on the body to treat common skin conditioning including:

  • Rosacea
  • Sun damage
  • Sun spots
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Age spots
  • Facial veins

#2: Anti-Aging Benefits

The Forever Young treatment specifically targets skin cells and alters the expression of the genes associated with the aging process to closely mimic the look and feel of younger skin. But that’s not the only treatment we offer with anti-aging benefits. Almost all of our services contribute to skin rejuvenation in different ways.

Your skin’s health – everything from its immune system to the amount of damage it has endured over the years – shows. MedSpa treatments are not merely cosmetic because the most ideal results and anti-aging benefits are achieved by improving and maintaining skin health.

#3: Anywhere, Anytime

Forever Young BBL is effective on all body areas, and it’s not the only treatment capable of generating results. It’s often used to treat the face, neck, chest, arms, and hands. A consultation with one of our specialists is necessary to determine your candidacy for this procedure. During your consultation, we’ll assess your goals and recommend the best treatments for achieving them.

#4: No Surgery, No Downtime

Most of our MedSpa treatments are non-invasive and require limited to no downtime. In most cases, our patients can carry on with their daily activities after most procedures.

#5: Long-Lasting Results

Further studies conclude that patients with regular Forever Young BBL treatments see long-lasting results. These studies also include patients who were treated more than 10 years ago!

Each of our treatments generates lasting results in various ways, but much of the success of maintaining visible improvements with MedSpa treatments depends on consistent and correct skincare at home. Your esthetician is trained to select the products that will most benefit your skin and advise you on how to maintain your results between visits.

Let’s talk skincare! Contact us today for a complimentary consultation.

Fat loss

What You Need to Know About Fat Loss and Fat Cells

Did you know that by the time you exit puberty your body typically stops creating fat cells? The fat cells you have into adulthood increase in volume when you gain weight and shrink when you lose it. It’s one of the reasons there’s a difference between fat loss and weight loss.

What Are Fat Cells?

According to Craig Freudenrich, PH.D., fat or adipose tissue is found in different areas of the body. Subcutaneous fat is located just under the skin. Some fat, called visceral fat, can be found on top of your kidneys and in your liver. Even smaller amounts are stored in muscle.

Men carry fat in their chest, abdomen, and buttocks. Women usually carry it in their breasts, hips, waist, and buttocks. Interestingly, science has proven that your body doesn’t typically generate fat cells after puberty. As your body stores fat, the number of fat cells stays the same. The cells just get bigger. Craig Freudenrich raises the theory that there are potential exceptions to this, but in general, the number of fat cells the body has after puberty remain the same into adulthood.

How Do Fat Cells Accumulate?

It’s all about diet, right? You are what you eat! Well, not entirely.

ScienceBlogs’s Ed Yong covers the emerging science of obesity and the new understanding of fat cells stemming from studies. A study conducted by Kirsty Spalding from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden found that people with more body fat had larger fat cells both in their subcutaneous and visceral (belly) fat. The study found that the number of fat cells a person has is set during childhood. Each year, roughly 8% of their fat cells die off and are replaced.

The obese subjects in Spalding’s study included people who were obese from an early age. Interestingly, most of them grew up to be obese. Approximately 75% of obese children become obese adults.

Once fat cell counts are set during childhood, there isn’t a change in adulthood unless a significant event triggers fat cell production. The exact reasons for childhood obesity vary, and sometimes, they have little (or nothing) to do with diet and activity levels.

How Do You Get Rid of Fat Cells?

As weight is lost, fat cells shrink, which is why a person who loses weight begins to look thinner or smaller. If the accumulation of fat cells has little to do with diet and exercise, then it stands to reason losing fat isn’t all about diet and exercise. While adopting a healthy lifestyle is without a doubt a key factor to losing weight and seeing the number on the scale drop, it’s not the only contributing factor to losing fat.

Your body will naturally break down fat, but the number of fat cells will remain the same. Maintaining a healthy weight generally requires:

  • Eating a balanced diet of carbohydrates, fat, and protein
  • Avoiding overeating (a daily diet of 1,500 to 2,000 calories is usually sufficient)
  • Regular exercise

While your body will naturally burn fat for energy, sometimes it doesn’t burn it where you want. This is where targeted fat loss strategies based on the science we just covered come into the picture.

Fat Loss (and Reduction) Strategies

Diet and exercise-resistant fat can be treated in multiple ways. For people trying to rid themselves of fat in hard-to-target areas, body contouring procedures have provided a non-invasive and non-surgical solution, depending on their body and goals.

CoolSculpting and Body Contouring

Our “go to” fat reduction treatment is CoolSculpting, which we many times combine with Exilis Ultra to generate the best possible results of fat reduction and skin tightening.

We also specialize in the use of Exilis Ultra, Kybella, and SculpSure for body contouring and skin tightening needs. You’ll need to schedule a consultation to find out if you are a candidate for one of these body contouring treatments.

5 Reasons to Get a Deep Cleansing Facial

5 Reasons to Get a Deep Cleansing Facial

When it comes to who should get a deep cleansing facial, the answer is YOU, and everyone you know – man or woman, young or old. A great daily skincare routine is vital to maintaining healthy, fresh-looking skin, but turning the reigns over to a professional and getting a facial treatment should also be a staple of your skincare routine. Skincare professionals recommend having a deep cleansing facial at least once a month or every 4-6 weeks.

But why get a deep cleansing facial? And why should you go for them so regularly?

5 Reasons to Get a Deep Cleansing Facial

Why Deep Cleansing Facials Rock

A deep cleansing facial or DCF is the most common treatment performed by estheticians. It’s a great way for your provider to gain a good understanding of your skin before recommending more or different treatments (if needed). A deep cleansing facial includes:

  • Skin analysis
  • Makeup removal
  • Skin cleansing
  • Exfoliation
  • Steaming
  • Extractions
  • Treatment mask
  • Serum/moisturizer
  • Broad spectrum sun protection

Deep cleansing facials are a multi-step skin treatment that can include exfoliation, face masks, cleansing, a facial massage, steam, and a variety of creams and lotions. There are a variety of facials that are chosen depending on your specific skin issues and skin type. Some are good for skin-firming, others are great for removing dead skin and revealing a fresh layer, and still others focus on solving a particular skin condition or treating problem areas. Your esthetician will recommend a DCF frequency based on your skin analysis. While it’s standard to recommend a facial every 4-6 weeks, your esthetician may recommend a different schedule based on your individual skin needs or concerns.

In many cases, multiple treatments are needed to accomplish the desired skin care goals. Generally, a series of deep cleaning facials, as well as a daily skincare regimen designed for your skin type, is recommended for producing ideal results.

Here are five reasons you should be getting a deep cleansing facial regularly.

#1: It’s Great for Everyone

Almost any skin type or skin condition can receive (and benefit) from a deep cleansing facial. Everyone – no matter their skin – can benefit from expert exfoliation of dead skin cell debris plus blackhead and whitehead extraction. But wait! There’s more…

#2: Professional Exfoliation and Extraction

A DCF is a great way to let a professional work their skin rejuvenation magic. During a facial, the exfoliation, extraction, steam, and mask application help refresh and renew the skin on a level you just can’t achieve at home. The result is a healthy, radiant glow that will stand out in the long run as your skin is consistently cared for and restored.

#3: Deep Cleansing

Just as the name indicates, a deep cleaning facial provides DEEP cleaning. This cleansing helps rid the skin of unwanted buildup of oil, toxins, dirt, bacteria, and all skin cell debris – all of which contribute to unwanted skin conditions like acne and premature aging.

5 Reasons to Get a Deep Cleansing Facial

#4: Stress Relief and Self-Care

Self-care cannot be undervalued in the high-stress environment we live in. It’s important to find ways to relieve stress and what better way than some spa time? The massage that comes with a DCF and the peaceful, relaxed environment at Dermacare of Hampton Roads fit the bill. And just think, you have a reason to treat yourself monthly because facials should be a reoccurring event in your skincare routine.

Did we mention we have a membership program to save you money on some pampering? Check it out here.

#5: Promote Youthfulness and Skin Health

Facial treatments can prevent visible signs of aging and increase skin health. They hydrate the skin and increase blood circulation. They also improve your skin’s absorption abilities, which means the products you use to keep your skin young and healthy will be better absorbed following a facial.

 

Treat yourself! Contact us today to schedule your very own deep cleansing facial.

Simply Skin Care: A Look at TIZO

TIZO stands for Titanium Zinc Oxide. It’s a brand of sunscreens created by Solar Protection Formula, and it uses micronized titanium dioxide and zinc oxide to achieve broad spectrum UVA/UVB skin protection. TIZO has been focusing on formulating superior sunscreens and other protective products since 1989.

Sunscreens by TIZO are ideal for sensitive skin and post-procedure skin. The titanium, iron, and zinc oxides in their products are formulated to offer a sheer and silky matte finish. TIZO layers invisibly under makeup and can replace foundation primer!

Why TIZO?

The main environmental cause of skin cancer is unprotected sun exposure, which is why protecting your skin from UV rays is important. A sunburn is an inflammation or irritation of the skin caused by too much exposure to the ultraviolet rays from the sun. A sunburn can cause permanent damage and may demand proper medical attention, so sun protection should always be a staple in everyone’s daily skincare routine.

All TIZO’s products are free of chemical sunscreens, oils, preservatives, parabens, and fragrances. They are also free of gluten. TIZO uses only physical blockers and their products are rich in antioxidants and mineral performance ingredients.

TIZO Mineral Sunscreens

They aren’t your average sunscreen. TIZO mineral sunscreens have benefits that other sunscreens lack, including:

  • The option of tinted or non-tinted
  • High-quality physical broad-spectrum protection (great for post-procedure use)
  • Gentle enough for ALL skin types, even the most sensitive
  • Photostable and will not degrade or break down in sunlight
  • Contains anti-oxidants C and E
  • Not tested on animals
  • Made in the USA

TIZO2 SPF 40 is a non-tinted facial mineral sunscreen – great for lighter or fair skin tones – while TIZO3 SPF 40 is lightly tinted. Both offer cosmetically elegant sun protection. They can replace foundation primer, layer invisibly, and have a matte finish.

TIZO Ultra Zinc Body and Face Sunscreen is a non-tinted mineral formula. All skin types and tones can benefit from it. It contains moisturizing ingredients for a hydrating, dewy finish. It’s a recommended product for post-procedure skin due to its soothing and calming 20% zinc oxide.

What Sets TIZO Apart?

All sunscreens fall into two categories: physical blockers and chemical absorbers. TIZO sunscreens are made up of physical blockers.

Physical blockers, or mineral-based sunscreens, work by scattering and reflecting UVA/UVB rays. Chemical absorbers, or chemical sunscreens, from the organic chemistry lab work by absorbing UV radiation before it can penetrate the skin. The efficacy of chemical sunscreens varies depending on how long the product remains stable when exposed to the sun. This is unlike physical sunscreens, which remain stable and don’t break down.

It’s a proven fact that unprotected sun exposure causes dry, damaged skin, increases the risk of skin cancer, increases the occurrence of pigmentation changes, and contributes to the development of fine lines and wrinkles. TIZO mineral sunscreens offer age-defying fusion. Their products can help slow the signs of premature aging while helping block damaging sun exposure.

TIZO is a great brand to add to your daily skincare routine. What better than to incorporate sun protection than by replacing your foundation primer with a product designed to block harmful UVA/UVB rays and blend seamlessly under your makeup?

Dermacare

Faces of Dermacare: Meet Tina Jaffe, LE

Tina Jaffe is a master esthetician with 30 years of experience. Cosmetics for skincare are continually changing, and she’s been on the cutting edge of it all since learning aesthetic lasers in the early 90s – when they first appeared on the market and Exilis gained FDA approval.

What drew Tina to the field? “Helping others is self-gratifying,” she says.

Relationship building is important to her and focusing on the patient-provider relationship is one of the things she does to make a lasting impact on her patients. She also makes it a point to have extensive knowledge of treatments and passes it on to her patients in a way they can easily understand and use.

Getting to Know Tina

Tina lives in Virginia Beach and is a Newport News native. She is a wife, mother, and grandmother to two amazing girls, Lily and Emma.

In her spare time, Tina is passionate about pursuing causes of importance. She is a member of social clubs and a fundraising volunteer for everything from animal cruelty to CHKD. She’s also an advocate for Bikes for Tikes.

Tina’s Favorite Treatments

When it comes to recommended products, Tina likes to share SkinMedica products with her patients. “Their science and technology back up the efficacy,” she says.

Her favorite treatment to perform is Exilis facial treatments. “It helps to rebuild collagen and provides instant gratification plus lasting results. Exilis is an ideal anti-ager,” says Tina. As a provider who has followed Exilis since it first gained FDA approval, her preference certainly carries weight!

diVa is Tina’s favorite treatment to receive. It’s a treatment that has changed her quality of life and the quality of life of many other women. diVa laser vaginal therapy is an amazing solution for women experiencing pain and discomfort for various reasons. You can read all about here: What Is diVa Laser Treatment?

Learn more about cosmetics for skincare. Stop in to meet Tina or browse our online learning center.

What to Expect From Body Contouring Procedures

Non-invasive body contouring options are growing in number. Many are finding these options to be a great means of losing stubborn, exercise-resistant fat and meeting their fat loss goals. But with all the options on the market, it’s easy to get lost. Which body contouring procedures should win your attention and what can you expect from them?

The Hampton Roads Body Contouring Experts

We’ve been serving the body sculpting and fat reduction needs of Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, and Norfolk since May of 2006. We have multiple systems and modalities for body contouring, allowing us to truly customize to meet your unique needs.

The number of fat cells the body stores typically remains constant throughout adult life. Fat cells shrink as we lose weight, but diet and exercise don’t destroy them. Body contouring procedures like CoolSculpting, Exilis Ultra, and SculpSure destroy fat cells for people who struggle to lose fat in troublesome areas.

CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting uses cold temperatures to accomplish its goal: the destruction of fat cells. It’s completely non-surgical and non-invasive. Your provider will attach the applicator to the area being treated and freeze the unwanted fat cells in your target area. Once the fat cells are cooled in a controlled way, they die.  The dead cells are naturally eliminated from the body over the next 12 weeks.

Want to know more? Check out these helpful CoolSculpting topics:

Exilis Ultra

Our second most popular body contouring treatment is Exilis Ultra. It’s the most capable skin tightening and body contouring system of 2018, and it’s multi-purpose. It can be used to contour troublesome areas like the abdomen or as a powerful face and neck treatment.

For the Body

The need for skin tightening can occur anywhere on the body for numerous reasons. If you’ve lost a good deal of weight or have a post-pregnancy “pouch,” you know how hard it is to tighten loose skin. Toning at the gym doesn’t always work, and professional intervention is needed. Exilis Ultra is a solution. It can be used to tighten and rejuvenate skin anywhere on the body.

For the Face

Exilis Ultra is our “go to” system for face and neck skin tightening and rejuvenation. The skin on the face and neck is delicate and has many contours. Exilis allows us to best customize the procedure for exactly the area you need to tighten, no matter how delicate or shapely.

You can learn more about Exilis Ultra by browsing these topics:

Kybella

Kybella is the first (and the only) FDA-approved injectable designed to contour and improve the appearance of submental fullness or a double chin.

o one likes looking a double chin in the face, especially when it’s your face in the mirror. If you’ve done the diet and exercise thing, adopted a healthy lifestyle, lost weight, and still find that double chin is staring back in the mirror, there IS a solution – Kybella.

Read more about it in these topics:

SculpSure

The SculpSure body contouring treatment is, in some ways, the opposite of CoolSculpting. Instead of freezing away unwanted fat cells, SculpSure heats them up to achieve similar results. Instead of causing a cooling sensation during treatment, it creates a warm and sometimes achy feeling.

Let’s Chat

Is body contouring something you’ve wanted to try or are curious about? Let’s chat! Our team of passionate experts is ready to assess your needs, discuss your goals, and recommend the best body contouring procedure for you.

Contact us today for a consultation!

Image Skin Care

Simply Skin Care: A Look at Image Skincare

Image Skincare is a collection of clinically proven skincare products. Its lines are powered by safe, active ingredients and smart botanicals.

The Story Behind Image Skincare

In 2003, the Image Skincare brand was born. The products were created by an aesthetician and formulated by a plastic surgeon. This partnership of experts know skin inside and out.

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