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healthy and vibrant skin

Best Aesthetics Treatments for Healthy and Vibrant Skin

There’s more than one way to get healthy and vibrant skin that helps you feel youthful and confident. These are the best treatments available to ask your doctor about.

Healthy-looking skin starts with how you treat it.

What’s easy to overlook is that the skin is a living organ, and it needs to be taken care of just like the rest of your body. Your skin needs regular hydration, protection from the sun, and a healthy diet to function properly.

But those aren’t the only measures to take to achieve healthy and youthful skin.

There are also a growing number of safe and effective aesthetic treatments that help your skin stay hydrated, reduce wrinkles, and keep a healthy glow. These options can not only help your skin maintain its protective barriers but also look better too.

Why not just rely on diet and regular moisturizer for healthy skin?

Your diet, water intake, moisturizing routine, and sunscreen usage are the foundation of having healthy skin. Even exercise helps you maintain healthy skin when you make sure to cleanse well after your workouts.

These work because just like your heart, lungs, liver, and brain, the skin is alive and benefits from the same healthful lifestyle as the rest of your body. A diet full of fruits and vegetables delivers antioxidants and anti-inflammatory vitamins and minerals to your skin. Staying hydrated prevents your skin from drying out and developing wrinkles. And exercise helps deliver oxygen and nutrients to the skin, as well as promote collagen production.

But there are added benefits to improving your skin and creating a youthful glow with safe and well-studied aesthetic treatments.

1. The aging process is inevitable

No matter how healthy your diet is or how much moisturizer you use, your skin does age.

This means there will be a gradual slow down of normal processes that take care of the skin, hair, and nails. As well as changes in hormones that 

This is especially true for women who go through menopause. During and after menopause, the level of estrogen drops in the body. One thing estrogen does is help keep your skin plump and youthful. This drop in estrogen is one reason why aging women often experience skin that thins and seems to sag.

Getting aesthetic treatments can help reverse and prevent this from happening in the first place.

2. Diet, exercise, and other health measures only go so far

As mentioned before, these aspects are the foundation of health.

But they cannot reverse signs of aging once they’ve already taken hold. Eating more fruit or exercising more won’t reduce the number of wrinkles on your face. But Botox and fillers can. 

3. They improve self-esteem

That’s right, getting aesthetics treatments is about more than just appearance. 

The research shows that getting Botox done, as an example, leads to recipients feeling measurably better in terms of self-esteem, body confidence, and overall life satisfaction for months after the procedure. When we feel good about how we look, we’re more likely to feel positive about other aspects of our lives too.

Getting a few units of Botox or filler is about taking care of yourself and taking pride in how you look. And the point of view that it’s a shameful or secret thing men and women get out of insecurity or vanity is fortunately disappearing. Because as we learn more about the way our appearance impacts how we feel, we realize it’s normal and reasonable to want to look and feel more youthful.

So what are the best aesthetics treatments for healthy and vibrant skin?

While this is not a comprehensive list of all the treatments out there, these are the procedures our patients love the most. The ones that bring them the best results and are safe, FDA-approved options.

PRP

PRP is short for platelet rich plasma. And a PRP treatment is the ultimate way to show some self-love and care for your skin.

The reason is that when applied to the skin, platelet rich plasma helps your skin attain a youthful glow by using processes your body does naturally. 

The process works by taking your own blood and separating the platelet rich plasma out to apply to your skin. The platelet rich plasma is full of growth factors and healing properties that repair damage on your skin. This is compounded by combining the PRP with microneedling. 

In the microneedling procedure, tiny micro-fractures are made in the skin. This prompts collagen production, which naturally happens around any injury. So when you get a PRP facial or facelift, you are bringing healing enzymes and collagen production to the surface of your skin. The end result is a dewy, youthful glow that lasts for months.

Botox

Botox is one of the oldest and most widely known aesthetic treatments around. It’s been on the market since 2002 and has proven to be safe and effective for reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

It works by injecting a small amount of botulinum toxin Type A into the targeted area where you want wrinkles to be prevented or reduced. The injection works to stop communication between the nerves and muscles in that area, preventing the muscle from moving. When the muscle can’t move, the wrinkles smooth out and an anti-aging effect takes place. 

Fillers

There are a lot of different fillers on the market, each with slightly different results and functions. But the primary thing they have in common is that they are used to fill in deeper lines that set in as a result of aging.

Most fillers use hyaluronic acid to plump the skin and create a younger, fuller-looking face. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring chemical your body produces to retain moisture. Over time, your body can start producing less of this, leading to dull and thin skin. Fillers help return hyaluronic acid to the skin and fill in deep lines and wrinkles.

Which aesthetic treatment for healthy and vibrant skin is right for you?

The best way to find out which aesthetic treatments are right for your skin needs is to talk to a doctor who provides these services. A doctor can do a professional assessment of your skin and get a full picture of your health to make the right decision.

If you want to learn more about options, book an appointment with one of our doctors today for a consultation.

PDO threads

What Happens When You Get a PDO Thread Facelift

A PDO thread facelift helps you get rejuvenating results without going under the knife for a traditional facelift

PDO thread lifts have become an increasingly popular option for anyone looking for a light procedure to reduce signs of aging.

The procedure is able to target a range of aging situations:

  • Uneven pigmentation
  • The appearance of sunken skin
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Skin elasticity

It can safely be used around the jaw, eyes, cheeks, and even neck. It’s far less expensive than a traditional facelift. And the results last at least one year, with some procedures lasting up to three years.

So here’s how the PDO thread lift works and what happens when you decide to get the procedure.

How do PDO threads work?

PDO actually stands for polydioxanone. And it’s what’s used to make dissolvable sutures for heart and other surgeries.

When a tiny amount of these sutures are injected into your skin, it triggers a process that lifts and tightens your skin.

What happens is the cells in your face called fibroblasts start to produce more collagen. 

Collagen is one of many proteins your body creates and has many uses in the body. Like maintaining healthy hair, skin, and nails.

Collagen is what gives your skin structure and elasticity. But as we age, we start to produce less collagen, and as a result, our skin becomes less firm and smooth.

PDO threads help you overcome this loss in collagen by prompting your body to create more around the sutures.

And because it’s minimally invasive, you have to option to combine it with other procedures like fillers.

Types of PDO threads

But PDO threads do more than just activate collagen production.

The result of using PDO threads depends on the type you get. And as part of any consultation to get PDO threads, the best type for you is chosen as part of your personalization package.

Depending on your desired results, your procedure could include any of the following types of PDO threads:

  • Screw threads that restore volume in areas your skin appears sunken
  • Mono threads that stimulate collagen production and revive your skin
  • Cog threads that that lift and support your skin and face

Benefits of PDO threads

The biggest benefit of PDO threads is that it’s a minimally invasive procedure.

All you need to get through the PDO procedure pain-free is a mild topical numbing ointment, which your specialist applies to the targeted area right before the procedure.

Because it’s minimally invasive you can expect a much lower price than a traditional facelift.

Plus, the thread lift procedure is done in less than 45 minutes with little recovery time afterward. It’s easy to fit it into a busy schedule without having to take time off work.

PDO threads also have an advantage over their similar threading counterparts.

PLLA and PLC threads are other options that are similar to PDO threads, except for one key difference…

The PDO threads are much softer which leads you’re less likely to experience swelling, tenderness, and other side effects. It amounts to getting a gentler procedure with real results that are less likely to result in complications or inflammation.

What happens during the procedure

The procedure goes by quickly because it’s minimally invasive.

First, your surgeon disinfects your face with alcohol. Once your face is properly cleaned, they apply the numbing ointment.

Then, a tiny incision is made with a thin needle and a device called a cannula is inserted into the incision. The cannula is essentially a little tube that the surgeon uses to insert the thread into the skin.

Next, your surgeon anchors the thread in the injection site and removes the cannula.

Last, they cut the thread, make sure it’s secure, and that’s it!

Some things to keep in mind after the procedure

Since a PDO thread lift is minimally invasive, there’s little recovery time and you can resume life as usual right away.

There are a couple recommendations for best results after the procedure:

  • Avoid any dental for about 3 weeks. The reason has to do with holding your mouth open and in that position for extended periods of time. Doing this soon after your thread lift procedure can impact your results
  • Sleep on your back instead of your stomach or side for about two weeks. It’s best not to put pressure directly on the face just after the procedure is done.

How to get the PDO thread procedure 

The PDO thread lift is possible for just about anyone.

So if you want firmer and younger-looking skin, then PDO threads are perfect for you.

Especially if you like the idea of getting facelift results without going through the invasive procedure of the facelift.

To talk to a specialist about your desired outcomes, you can schedule a time for a consult with one of our PDO thread locations near you.

Sources

  1. Wu, Woffles T L. “Commentary on: Effectiveness, Longevity, and Complications of Facelift by Barbed Suture Insertion.” Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Oxford University Press, 15 Feb. 2019, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6376340/
botox

Thinking About Getting Botox?

If you’re new to aesthetic procedures, the idea of getting Botox can be intimidating. Here are answers to some of the most asked questions about Botox to help you decide if it’s right for you.

Botox for cosmetic purposes is more common than ever before—with over 15 million performed on average each year. This makes it the most performed non-surgical procedure in the United States.

Since its release in 1989, it’s proven to be safe and effective in approved procedures and a range of studies. But there are still plenty of myths that surround the procedure. And a lot of confusion about how it works and what happens if you get it.

So let’s clarify some things about Botox so you know what it’s all about.

First off, what is Botox?

A lot of people are shocked to discover that the Botox injection is made from a toxin called OnabotulinumtoxinA. And while it’s generally advisable to keep toxins away from your body, studies have found time and again that when administered correctly Botox is completely safe.

Cosmetically, it’s given to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It works by preventing muscle contractions and blocking nerve signals around the injection site. 

The injections are typically between the eyebrows, and on the outside of the eyes to prevent crow’s feet. But there is a range of places for the injection to take place, with varied results:

  • Eyebrow lift
  • Smile lift
  • Reduced nasal lines
  • Reduced forehead lines
  • Hide crow’s feet
  • Remove frown or Glabellar lines

Wherever your injection site is, your wrinkles in that area disappear and new ones are temporarily prevented from forming. The reason it removes wrinkles is that the toxin stops the muscles in your face from moving as they normally would under the skin. 

Is it safe?

Yes! Studies have cited Botox as being safe and effective to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. 

Getting the procedure done cosmetically doesn’t require any incisions or anesthesia. At most, a mild topical anesthetic can be used on the injection site. The procedure usually includes 3-5 injections of the botulinum toxin type A (the same OnabotulinumtoxinA mentioned before).

The injections are given through a thin needle and takes 10–15 minutes total to complete.

Is Botox permanent?

No—every treatment is temporary. 

Typical treatments last around 3-4 months. So to keep up with regular maintenance, it’s a procedure you’re likely going to get a few times a year. But many people like to get smaller doses. These look more natural, but might only last 6-8 weeks instead.

The great thing about Botox is that your procedure is perfectly tailored to you. That way you can end up with a natural look—where you still look like yourself just minus the deep wrinkles.

Will you see immediate changes after the procedure?

While many expect the results are immediate, it does take time to see results. Noticeable results start to show 1-2 days after the injection, but full results take up to a week, and sometimes longer to set in.

The reason it doesn’t change right away is because of the chemical processes going on beneath the surface that take time to change.

Botox works by binding at a point where muscle and nerves connect—a point called the motor endplate. The nerves are what tell the muscles to move, and botox prevents the motor endplate from passing those directions to the muscles it connects to. It takes a few days for the toxin in the injection to completely silence the chemical directions passing through that area. This is why although the Botox binds quickly to the motor endplate, the visible results don’t appear immediately.

Should you only start using when wrinkles appear?

While many people do wait until wrinkles start to appear and use Botox, you don’t have to wait. And many will actually recommend starting before your wrinkles are too noticeable. The reason is that Botox can be used as a preventative measure. Getting it early helps keep your face looking young and prevents wrinkles from forming.

Is Botox only for wrinkles?

While Botox for anti-aging and cosmetic purposes is the most widely known use now, it was originally approved for another purpose.

In 1989 Botox was first approved by the FDA to treat blepharospasms. It’s essentially the technical term for eye-twitching. Botox proved to be a safe and reliable treatment for chronic eye-twitching and other eye muscle conditions. 

It wasn’t until 2002 that the FDA approved it for cosmetic use in reducing the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes and forehead. 

Now, healthcare professionals use Botox to treat a range of conditions that benefit from the paralyzing effects that come from the injection:

  • Hypertonicity of bladder, or overactive bladder (OAB)
  • lower limb spasticity
  • chronic migraines

Have more questions?

We provide Botox and other aesthetic services at Valley Medical Weight Loss. 

Contact our experts to schedule a consult. We’ll talk and learn more about your particular situation, allergies, medical history, to determine if Botox or any of our other cosmetic procedures are right for you.

Sources

  1. “AboutBotox.” Botox® Injections, www.botoxcosmetic.com/what-is-botox-cosmetic/about-botox-cosmetic-treatment.
  2. “Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research.” JCDR, jcdr.net/article_fulltext.asp?issn=0973-709x
anti-aging tips

Anti-Aging Tips: Keeping Your Skin Young

Your skin — your largest organ — is your first line of defense against the world. It protects you from bacteria, extreme temperatures, chemicals and pollution. Over time, all of these duties can take a toll on your skin’s appearance, transforming it from soft skin to something more dull. But don’t worry if your skin starts to look a little dull and wrinkled — proper skin care, and the right aesthetics treatments. can help with the anti-aging process, keeping your skin super soft and smooth.

Cleanse Regularly for Anti-Aging

Cleansers remove dirt and oil from your skin, which helps keep you smooth and blemish free. Make sure you’re using a mild cleanser that’s pH-balanced for the skin, especially on your face, which is more delicate than the skin on your body. If you have normal, oily or combination skin, you’ll want a gel-based or foaming cleanser. If you have dry skin, a cream cleanser can provide extra moisture that will keep your skin looking supple and prevent flaking.

Exfoliate Weekly

On average, your skin regenerates every 28 days. This means that dead skin cells rise to the surface, and while some fall off, some stay attached. These dead skin cells can give your face a dry, dull appearance. But, the good news is that they’re easily removed by exfoliation.

There are two different types of exfoliation: manual and chemical. Manual exfoliation involves an exfoliating brush or cleansers that contain little micro-beads that help slough off dead skin cells. Chemical exfoliation uses acids – like alpha-hydroxy or beta-hydroxy acid – to chemically remove the dead skin cells. Dry skin does best with manual exfoliation, while combination or oily skin takes well to chemical exfoliation. Normal skin can go either way.

But be careful not to overdo it. You should only exfoliate once or twice per week, not every day.

Stay Out of the Sun

The ultraviolet rays of the sun can actually change the DNA of your cells, which can cause fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration and even cancer. One of the best ways to take care of your skin is to avoid the sun, especially during the peak hours between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Apply sunscreen before leaving the house, even on cloudy days, and reapply throughout the day.

Drink Water

Water is the most basic of all anti-aging tools. Every cell and organ in your body needs water, especially your skin. When you don’t drink enough water, your body prioritizes giving it to other parts of your body so your skin gets dry, rough and more prone to fine lines and wrinkles.

Dehydrated skin also looks dull and lacks the glow of healthy, hydrated skin. To figure out how much water you should be drinking every day, take your weight in pounds and divide it in half. That’s how many ounces you should drink. For example, if you weight 140 pounds, you need at least 70 ounces of water each day.

Add In Professional Anti-Aging Treatments

Professional treatments like Botox and Juvederm can help get rid of wrinkles and fill in areas that are losing volume due to the normal aging process (or an aging process that’s been accelerated by too much time in the sun or smoking).

PRP (or platelet rich plasma) injections, which combine blood platelets with protein-rich plasma, are another excellent option for scars, stretch marks, wrinkles and fine lines, hyperpigmentation, sun damaged skin, tone and texture, and skin tightening. You can use them alone or in combination with Juvederm in our PRP Vampire Facelift.

There are many misconceptions about aesthetics treatments like these, but when you go to a trusted professional like our doctors at Valley Medical, the results are beautiful and natural. Plus, right now, we’re offering $50 OFF your first anti-aging treatment (any Juvederm®, Voluma®, Volbella®, PRP or minimum Botox® purchase of 35 units).*

 

 

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Busting Botox Myths

When it comes to Botox, we’ve heard (and been asked) it all. Botox is one of the most common cosmetic advancements of the 20th century, but people still misunderstand a lot of things about the procedure. We don’t know how these Botox myths started – or why they persist – but we’re here to clear the air for you.

Botox Makes You Expressionless

One of the most common rumors surrounding Botox is that once you’ve received it, you’ll no longer be able to show any expression, but that’s just not true! Botox doesn’t freeze your face; it relaxes the wrinkle-producing facial muscles at the point of injection. There are several other muscles in your face involved in facial movement, so you’ll still show a wide range of facial expressions.

Botox is Toxic

Botox is a protein derived from a toxin called botulinum toxin, which comes from the bacteria that cause botulism food poisoning. In order to get botulism, the bacteria must affect your central nervous system. Botox itself is not only an isolated segment of the bacteria, it stays local at the injection site and doesn’t travel to your nervous system.

While there are some small risks of side effects, Botox is extremely safe. The treatment has a long and well-established safety history that dates back 20 years. Keep in mind that Botox is safest in the hands of a qualified medical professional and at recommended doses.

Stopping Botox Will Make Wrinkles Worse

One of the most persistent Botox myths is that once you start getting it, you’ll have to continue getting it forever or your wrinkles will get worse. While you may want to because of how great you’ll look, it isn’t necessary. If you stop getting Botox treatments, your wrinkles will just go back to the way they were before you started the treatments. Martie Gidon – a dermatologist from Toronto – explains that Botox will prevent your wrinkles from getting worse while you keep up with treatments; but when you stop, you will lose the effect of the Botox and your face will resume normal development of wrinkles.

There are also no addictive properties in Botox, so there is no way to become physically addicted to it.

Botox is Permanent

Botox is not permanent. A typical treatment lasts for 3 months before a follow-up is necessary. In some cases, it lasts anywhere from 6 to 12 months, once patients get the hang of no longer furrowing their brows.

juvederm

Reverse Aging with Juvederm

When it comes to turning back your skin’s clock, Botox® is the talk of the town, but Botox® isn’t the only solution on the block. In fact, Botox® works best when combined with other interventions, like Juvederm ®, a dermal gel filler that picks up where Botox® leaves off. In most cases, Botox® works best on the common “frown lines” on the forehead and crow’s feet, or the small wrinkles that develop around the outer edges of your eyes. On the other hand, Juvederm ® is most effective in the areas around the nose and mouth — especially the “parentheses lines”, which develop each side of the mouth.

How Juvederm® Works

As you age, your body starts to naturally produce smaller amounts of two proteins called elastin and collagen. Unfortunately, the lowered production of these proteins translates to loss of volume in the skin. With a loss of volume, comes skin sagging, which can leave you with visible creases and wrinkles, especially in areas where the skin is thinner, like your face and chest area (or décolletage). This doesn’t just happen with aging though; it can also occur as a result of significant weight loss.

Juvederm ®, which is a gel made of hyaluronic acid, is used to correct these wrinkles. A medical professional injects the gel directly into the areas that have lost volume, literally filling in empty spaces to plump the skin back up and reduce the appearance of deep facial wrinkles and folds. Because of the way it works, Juvederm ® falls into the “dermal filler” category, unlike Botox®, which works in an entirely different way.

What To Expect

Like Botox®, Juvederm ® injections only require a quick, in-office procedure with little to no recovery time. You can get in and out on your lunch break; and the results are as quick as the appointment. You’ll notice a difference as soon as the gel is in place.

A single Juvederm ® treatment lasts up to one year, so there is little to no maintenance involved. In fact, Juvederm ® is the only FDA-approved hyaluronic acid filler that lasts that long.

What Else Should I Know?

You may experience some side effects after getting Juvederm ®, but in most cases, these side effects are mild to moderate and last one week, at most. The most commonly reported side effects are pain or tenderness at the injection site, redness, and swelling.

As always, our priority is to make you feel comfortable and confident. We encourage you to reach out to us to ask any questions you have about Juvederm ® and what it can do for you.