Dermal Fillers: A Less is More Approach!

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Our Dermal Filler Philosophy

At Neu Look Medical Spa located in San Diego, CA, we pride ourselves on the knowledge we share with our patients regarding aesthetic treatments such as Dermal Filler, Botox and Laser. Gita Izadi, an experienced Nurse Practitioner, provides her patients with a “less is more” approach to ensure that the results of a treatment are natural. Although one syringe of filler is a very small amount (1/4 of a teaspoon), it is better to slowly correct than to overfill.

Neurotoxins

Dr. Kelly Vasileiadou, a plastic surgeon, states, “As cosmetic surgeons have grown more sophisticated in their methods and the array of fillers and neurotoxins has become more diverse and specialized, patently obvious nonsurgical work is becoming the exception rather than the rule. A good aesthetic doctor now recognizes that the most natural-looking effects are achieved incrementally, with tiny, almost imperceptible adjustments”. She continues explaining, “When I talk to my patients, I’m actually analyzing their facial expressions, harmony and beauty. I draw out a master plan with each patient, using a face-analysis tool on a photo of the patient. We start with baby steps and give touch-ups until we’ve achieved a uniquely personalized map of what and where to inject. A good facial surgeon does not need tons of material to achieve an impressive tightening of the skin, even at a 75-year-old patient. Why? Because she or he knows exactly where to inject it. A good doctor injects between the right ligaments of the face, that will keep the fillers stable and not diffuse them. He or she respects the natural anatomy of the person and aims to enhance and not change the one’s features.”

Less Is More

Dr. Sophie Shotter, the Medical director of a Skin & Wellness Clinic, states, “Our mantra is less is more and we believe that being conservative with products and then topping up if necessary later on is the best course of action and will give you a natural, refreshed look as opposed to the highly publicized trout pout and pillow cheeks that we see so much in the media nowadays. Dermal fillers are there to help you look naturally more youthful, and Dr Sophie is an expert in using minimal product for maximum effect.”

Dr. Darla Liotta, Plastic Surgeon, also agrees with Neu Look Medical Spa’s “less is more” policy. She states on her blog that, “My philosophy of beauty is that “less is more.” My goal is to optimize your natural beauty, and to achieve an apparently effortless, simple and timeless beauty that preserves the face as a fresh, clean palate.” She continues with, “The best plastic surgery is plastic surgery you can’t see. I often have patients who say, “when I walk down the street I can tell when someone has had filler, or a facelift.” Well done Botox, filler, peels, or even surgery should leave you guessing why your neighbor looks so well-rested, or why your college friend has looked the same for the last 15 years.

Quality Over Quantity

These physicians are only a few of many who agree that the injector is more important than the quantity of product in some cases. Gita Izadi, NP offers complimentary consultations where she will take time to address your concerns as well as give her suggestions. You will never feel pushed or pressured into a procedure at Neu Look Med Spa. Gita believes in respecting a patients features and providing enhancements that leave a patient looking refreshed and not overdone. If you start small, you will get big results. If you have any questions regarding dermal filler, Botox or any other treatment at Neu Look Medical Spa, just call 858-538-5665.

Benefits of Laser Hair Reduction (aka “Removal”)

Laser Hair Removal at Neu Look Med Spa in San Diego

The Struggle is Real

At Neu Look Medical Spa in San Diego, California, we consider it summertime year-round. With almost perfect weather for shorts all year , your skin always needs to be ready! We offer all of the treatment essentials such as spray tanning, IPL Laser (for red and brown discolorations) and most importantly Laser Hair Reduction or “Removal”. Every female knows the struggle of always trying to achieve smooth skin with the results ending in stubble, razor bumps, and ingrown hairs . Men can also struggle with folliculitis (white or red pimple like dots surrounding the hair follicle) and ingrown hairs that can potentially cause scaring on their face, typically in their beard area.

Laser Hair Removal Vs. Waxing

Some people get waxed regularly, which is much less time consuming than shaving. Waxing is an effective method of hair removal for most people but it can be expensive in the long run. Many people experience skin irritation that can be itchy, unsightly and painful for days after their service. It is also common for ingrown hairs to form under the skin, especially if the client has thick or course hair.

If you are hoping to find a treatment that is a worthwhile investment, Laser Hair Reduction (Removal) is a wise choice. Our Nurse Practitioner, Gita Izadi, will use the Lumenis (Light Sheer Desire) Laser to quickly treat the hair that is in the anagen stage (growing phase). Multiple treatments will be required to achieve the best possible result as we are trying to eliminate all the hair growth cycles. On average, 5-7 treatments that are between 4-6 weeks apart are needed for optimal results. Laser Hair Reduction has been FDA approved to last a minimum of 2-4 years with patients needing occasional touchups. Some treatment areas, such as lip or underarms, can even be completed in less than 10 minutes.

Preparation

To prepare for this treatment you need to shave the area that that will be lasered. It is important to not tan for 7 to 10 days before (or after) treatment, this includes Spray Tanning. Immediately after treatment, you can expect a mild sunburn-like sensation, possibly accompanied by some minor swelling. This usually lasts 2-24 hours, and can be soothed with cold gel or ice packs. The treated hair will continue to appear 7-30 days post-treatment. This is not new hair growth, but the treated hairs being expelled from the skin. In some cases you may experience Folliculitis or slight inflammation of the hair follicles, if this occurs you can call Neu Look Medical Spa for advice on how you should treat that area.

Schedule Your Appointment Today!
If you have any questions regarding Laser Hair Reduction (Removal), call Neu Look Medical Spa at 858-538-5665 or email us info@neulookskin.com

Edited by Gita Izadi, Nurse Practitioner

How to Heal Bruises From Injectables Quicker

How to Help Prevent Bruising - Neu Look Med Spa & Skin Center in San Diego, CA

At Neu Look Medical Spa in San Diego, CA, we understand the importance of privacy and the possibility that many of our patients do not share their cosmetic procedures with their peers. We pride ourselves on being knowledgeable about how much downtime is usually required per treatment to allow our patients to plan accordingly with the exception of one side effect: bruising. This is the only side effect that cannot be predicted prior to a treatment and the length and depth of the bruise cannot be pre- determined. There are so many blood vessels that cannot be seen by the naked eye in the body, especially in the face and neck area. Unfortunately, many people fear getting treated because of the possibility of bruising.

How to Heal Bruises Quicker

Although we cannot promise you will not be bruised, there are ways to heal the bruise quicker and more efficiently. The IPL Machine, or Photofacial Laser, can be used to minimize the appearance of a bruise within a few days or even help it to heal faster. You may recognize the name of this laser because it is typically used for broken capillaries, sun damage or other blemishes. Another way to reduce the longevity and discomfort of a bruise is to use warm compresses the day after the treatment or to simply allow the warm water to run over your face in the shower. Warmth helps the blood to flow and distribute away from the area versus having a cold compress promote clotting. We often suggest our patients begin taking oral tablets of Arnica or applying a topical Arnica cream the night before the treatment. This homeopathic remedy can be used for various purposes such as swelling, bruising, muscle pain, insect bites and more. We also suggest that patients hold off on using blood thinning medications a couple of days before their treatment or the soonest possible before receiving their injection for prevention purposes. We also advise you to not consume alcohol the day prior to your treatment or the day of your treatment.

Helpful Tips

Gita Izadi, Nurse Practitioner, can typically see a bruise forming almost immediately after the pinpoint injection. It is important to apply mild pressure quickly to prevent the spreading and depth of the bruise. The staff at Neu Look Med Spa try our best to keep the facility a low-stress environment that is inviting and comforting to our patients. We try to educate our patients to think positive thoughts before and during a treatment to not “invite” negative results, such as a bruise. High blood pressure, stress and anxiety can increase your chances of bruising. I am sure you have heard the phrase, “you can think something into existence”. It is also a fact that your genetics play the largest part in whether or not you will bruise. Everyone’s body has a different way of processing trauma, even if it is mild. This being said, Neu Look Med Spa wants to encourage positivity and to not allow one side effect to discourage you from getting treatments. Bruises are natural and typically resolve on their own in less than two weeks. It’s a small price to pay for the happiness you will experience long term from your results. Think of the bigger picture and enjoy the process.

If you have any questions regarding a treatment at Neu Look Med Spa, call 858-538-5665 or email info@neulookskin.com

Edited by Gita Izadi, Nurse Practitioner

Why You Should Be Using Latisse Instead of Lash-Boost

Latisse at Neu Look Med Spa and Skin Center in San Diego, CA

Neu Look’s Eyelash Ideology

When you first walk into Neu Look Medical Spa, you may notice one thing all of the personal at the practice have in common: long eyelashes. Gita (NP) and the staff believe in the effectiveness of and personally use all products we sell or offer at Neu Look Medical Spa. Latisse is one of the highest proscribed medications in the world. Because of that, a lot of companies have tried their best to create a generic formula that doesn’t need a Nurse Practitioner or Doctor’s signature to sell. If you are not familiar with the product, it is a clear solution that is only applied once daily to the upper lash line to promote longer, more full eyelashes.

The emulsion was originally formulated to relieve glaucoma, an elevated intraocular pressure in the eyes. Patients using the prescription began to notice that their eyelashes were growing very long during their treatment. Scientists took this knowledge and reformulated a wonderful prescription that led to an alternative to eyelash extensions, strip lashes and knock-off growth serums that are potentially dangerous with no medical evidence guaranteeing results. There has been controversy surrounding this prescription serum since it first appeared on the market in 2008. There has been speculation that the product may cause darkening of the eyelid and under eyes. There have even been claims that Latisse caused darkening of the iris in blue, green and hazel eyes when being used for glaucoma. That accusation has not been confirmed since the medication has been reformulated as Latisse. Patients should not be turned away from using this product by concern that it will cause dark pigmentation in their eyes.

Controversy

Since there has been so much controversy over whether or not Latisse is a safe and effective product, why are people so quick to purchase a counterfeit version of this prescription? Brands such as Rodan + Fields, Grande Lash, Rapid Lash and more advertise that you can achieve the same results at a lesser, sometimes frankly cheap, price. The argument that the personal at Neu Look Medical Spa stands by is that if anyone (that referring to a non-certified professional in the medical or esthetics industry) can sell this product, how do brands such as Latisse stay in business if they are as great as the competitors say they are? If you could achieve safe, outstanding results without a prescription wouldn’t everyone be purchasing it? The reality is that these products are not FDA approved (like Latisse is) and they do not have the same, necessary, cutting edge technology behind them to be safe and that effective. Gita (NP) at Neu Look Medical Spa encourages her patients to simply step in for a quick and free assessment to make sure lash-growth treatments are safe for her patients. Being under medical supervision while using any type of substance developed to enhance your body or anything similar is a mature decision for your overall health.

What to Expect

When you first use Latisse, you can expect to wait approximately three months before seeing a noticeable result. However, after that time period you will see longer, thicker and healthier lashes that will consistently to grow with the continued use of the medication. You can apply the product either in the morning or at night but is only needed once daily. You will be shown the correct way to apply your Latisse upon your free consultation with Gita (NP) and be given all the knowledge you need to enjoy your result. As always, our main priority at our facility is to service you the safest way and to give you the best possible results.

Get In Touch

Call 858-538-5665 if you have any questions regarding Latisse or any other treatment we offer at Neu Look Medical Spa. You may also email us at info@neulookskin.com to book an appointment.

Am I Too Young to Start Cosmetic Injections?

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Legality of Treatments

Let’s face it, social media, and celebrities are making a huge impact on the upcoming generation of young adults. Young adults and teenagers are witnessing a whole new world of anti-wrinkle, lip and cheek injections becoming the new “norm”. Many individuals view cosmetic procedures as a way of self-expression. It is also to be noted that neither Botox nor any filler injection is permanent. However it is a medically prescribed treatment and should not be taken lightly. At Neu Look Med Spa & Skin Center, in San Diego, legally, you qualify for any treatment at the age 18 years of age, with a consultation. But that doesn’t guarantee you will receive every treatment you desire, because at a young age, your body and face are still developing.

Uniqueness of Treatments

At Neu Look Med Spa & Skin Center, we know that each patient is unique and some treatments are specifically to correct an asymmetry, imbalance or deformity to avoid surgery. Other patients want to achieve a specific appearance that they see themselves as in their mind. Some people believe that waiting until you are older is better due to your advanced physical and emotional maturity. There are some practitioners who say as long as you are over the age of 18 or past your later teen growth spurts that there is no reason to not receive Botox or Filler. Other providers state that it shouldn’t be started until someone is in their mid-to-late 20’s or 30 years of age. The general consensus between disagreeing parties is that it is all depending on what the younger patient wishes to achieve and why.

Fillers and Skin Damage

According to Coco Ruby Skin and Anti-Ageing Cosmetic Blog, “What the Kardashians are doing cosmetically might not suit your face or your lips. Plus, chances are that the younger you are when you first start getting cosmetic injections; the more likely it is that you might regret it over time. Just like those colorful tattoos you’re considering investing in (or already have).” Our NP Gita, at Neu Look Med Spa & Skin Center, states that fillers will only stretch your skin or damage your appearance, long term, if it is injected incorrectly. “There is no treatment that I offer at my facility that is 100% permanent and I provide my patients with a thorough consultation before I make any decisions on treating them. I do not over treat anyone, to benefit financially, and I always do what is best for that unique individual based on their desires and my professional advice.

Botox and Dysport

Botox and Dysport are injected for many reasons such as anti-wrinkling, hyperhydrosis, headaches and more. Botox is manufactured by Allergan and Dysport is manufactured by Galderma. They are both Botulinum products. They essentially do the same thing except their molecular makeup is different. One unit of Botox is equivalent to three units of Dysport. Therefore, don’t think that you’ll need the same dosage. Our NP, Gita Izadi, likes to use Botox and Dysport for different areas of the face. It also depends on the patients and whether they prefer Botox or Dysport. They are both used to soften lines our patients develop on their faces.

Fine lines and wrinkles on your face have multiple causes. Many fine lines and wrinkles are from expressions we make on a daily basis but they are largely from genetics. “Everyone’s skin retains lines differently. Therefore, one patient may start developing deep set lines, that can be softened with Botox or Dysport, at the age of 30 and another patient may start forming a deep set line at the age of 22. The goal of Botox or Dysport is to prevent deep set lines that will need to be filled eventually. It is not bad to be cautious and proactive with your face,” Gita states. Meaning, if you feel as though you have lines that you want to be corrected, don’t avoid coming in to see our NP, Gita. Come in for a complimentary consultation and discuss your concerns with her.

Quality Over Pricing

At Neu Look Med Spa & Skin Center, we suggest that at ANY age, when receiving ANY treatment, to choose QUALITY over pricing. With injections, you often get what you pay for. Sacrificing professionalism and experience for lower pricing is never a good idea. Cheaper practitioners and facilities are often guilty of diluting their product, injecting lesser quality fillers, or non-approved substances. Anyone can be at risk for a poor injection but many unprofessional facilities prey on younger potential patients using social media as a tool. Please do not fall prey to these practices.

Call Neu Look Med Spa & Skin Center, at 858-538-5665. We’ll be glad to offer further information or advice on this topic. You can also email info@neulookskin.com to schedule your complimentary consultation or appointment.

Edited by Gita Izadi, NP

6 Easy Tips to Stop Yourself from Picking Your Skin

6 Easy Tips to Stop Yourself from Picking Your Skin

Many people have the habit of picking their skin, and working at Neu Look gave us the experience all those people and witness the consequence of their behavior.  At Neu Look Med Spa we treat all types of acne and other skin conditions. We have a large variety of skin treatments that target anything from cystic acne to hyperpigmentaiton. In 2019 we are putting a focus on educating our current and new patients about skin health and how to prevent further impurities.

According to Psychology Today, “Excoriation disorder, or compulsive skin picking, dermatillomania is a psychological condition that manifests in the form of repetitive touching, scratchingpicking, and digging at one’s own skin.” We are all guilty of this compulsive action at some point or another, but unfortunately it may cause deep scaring that will be difficult and expensive to correct many years later. Medical News Today warns us against crater scaring in an article explaining, “Pockmarks are deep scars on the skin that do not usually go away on their own. They are often caused by severe acne but can also be the result of skin infections or chickenpox.” In some cases scaring is inevitable but in most, the majority can be prevented by simply using the correct skin regimen proscribed by your provider and keeping your hands off your face!

Another factor in scaring is your skin type according to the Fitzpatrick Scale. It is a way to estimate how your skin tone or type can tolerate sun exposure and trauma. It is proven that darker skin tones (types 3-6) are more prone to a darkening of pigment rather than lighter skin tones (types 1-2) due to the excess of melanin in the skin. That being said, it is harder to safely laser skin types 3-6 if scaring occurs which limits your treatment options. The laser concentrates on darker pigmentation so the laser can focus on the blemish directly on people with a lighter skin tone. Gita (NP) at Neu Look Med Spa can always meet with you for a consultation to distinguish if your skin can be “prepped” with a brightening agent before your laser appointment if you are a darker skin type.

If you are a “picker” it is never too late to stop! Here are some tips on how to distract yourself from touching or picking a blemish:

  • Do not over-examine yourself in the mirror and do not use the extra strength mirrors that show every impurity. If you cannot see it with the naked eye, neither can anyone else!
  • If you catch yourself touching a blemish, stop immediately.
  • If you feel as if you need to touch your face, if possible, try to cleanse or moisturize! Make it a productive touch instead or a harmful one.
  • Have a friend or family member that you can tell when you feel the urge to hold you accountable whether it is with a phone call or in person.
  • Keep a sticky note that says “Do not pick” on your mirror to remind you. It sounds silly but it works.
  • Get regular skin treatments to improve your skin so there will not be as many impurities to tempt you!

Call Neu Look Med Spa at 858-538-5665 to ask about our free consultations or schedule one today. We also respond to emails at info@neulookskin.com to assist you.

Edited By Gita Izadi, Nurse Practitioner