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?

how young is too young for injections?

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

Mico-Needling

Mico-Needling at Neu Look Med Spa

Micro-Needling, is a treatment that we use at Neu Look Med Spa to rejuvenate the skin. The “Vampire Facial” uses the same concept but the difference is that they draw your blood, spin the plasma in a machine and then place it back on to your skin. With Micro-Needling, we use microscopic needles to create mild bleeding during the treatment, then we will massage the blood back to your skin (because your pores are already open from the light abrasions). Micro-Needling is a mildly invasive skin rejuvenation procedure which causes the body to create new collagen and elastin. We glide the pen over the skin with a peptide solution full of nutrients. This will help the skin regain tightness, firmness, reduce scaring, correct large pore size and even stretch marks. Results are typically best seen in a series of treatments; such as 3-6.

Producing The Change We Want to See

Many patients who suffer from acne and acne scaring turn to facials to correct the problem. Although we do not offer facials at Neu Look Med Spa, we know they are a wonderfully relaxing and rejuvenating for the face and mind. On a medical level they are usually not strong enough to kill the bacteria that cause acne and boost enough collagen to see any major changes in scaring. We are encouraging our patients to try this more invasive treatment that we know will produce the change we want to see. We at Neu Look do not prefer to perform this service on active breakout that is on a large scale due to the spreading of bacteria but we always prescribe product or a chemical peel  (Vitalize or Rejuvinize peels) to prep you for the service. Micro-Needling also helps your skin to absorb product directly into the treated area which will help the overall appearance and health of your skin.

How Micro-Needling Helps

Micro-Needling can help to reduce and prevent premature aging. Another lesser known effect of this procedure is it helping with the reduced appearance of stretch marks. It may not completely remove the scar but it can make it shallower and less dark in color. More sessions are usually required but it has been recorded that people have seen good results over time, even with deeper set ones. At Neu Look we have Non-Ablative Fractional (ICON) technology which treats the stretch marks (if less than 6mm in width). Multiple treatments are needed for the best result and they all have minimum downtime.

Most hyperpigmentation is caused by over exposure to the sun, damage to the epidermis, inflammation or trauma. Sun damage and age spots are a stubborn issue to correct but studies have proven that Micro-Needling can help to lessen the pigment by generating new, healthy melanin evenly over the skin. This treatment prepares the skin to absorb the right medication for brightening and lightening of the skin. This treatment is even effective on patients who have darker skin tones. Some lasers can cause hyperpigmentation rather than correcting it if used incorrectly (the dark skin needs to be prepared by the lightening agents before laser treatments). In summary the rule of Micro-Needling applies to correcting wrinkles and fine lines, large pores and creates a smoother texture.

Call Neu Look Med Spa at (858) 538-5665 to book your free consultation or appointment. If you have any questions feel free to ask one of our treatment educators who would love to help you decide which treatment best suits your desired result.

Edited by Gita Izadi, Nurse Practitioner

Vitalize Peel vs. Rejuvenize Peel

Vitalize Peel vs. Rejuvenize Peel

Chemical Peels at Neu Look Med Spa

Chemical peels (used at Neu Look Med Spa) are prescribed for many reasons. At Neu Look they can be used for all skin types and all ages after 18. The peels penetrate to a safe but deeper layer than microdermabrasion, other mechanical exfoliations or scrubs. Peels help to rebuild collagen we have lost over time and boost our cell turnover rate. The natural cell turnover rate for the average adult is 30 to 90 days and it is every other day for a baby or small child. That is why the skin heals so much more quickly when having an abrasion when we are children. The face feels and looks better only a few days after having a peel, leaving your face with a better skin tone, improved texture and overall, a radiant glow. Chemical peels are also used for correcting adolescent and adult acne by destroying the bacteria in the skin and drying up any active breakout. Receiving routine chemical peels can help to slow the signs of aging, and in some cases, reverse some of the present signs of aging.

The Vitalize Peel by Skin Medica

The Vitalize Peel by Skin Medica has a mixture of Lactic and Salicylic Acid and then it is layered under a Retinol complex – which is optional. Just because it is called a “chemical peel” does not mean you always physically peel. Some patients do not want to peel due to work or other obligations so leaving the Retinol layer out can help to prevent you physically shedding dead skin. Instead, the peel will work internally inside the dermis.

This peel can be expected to:

  • Help correct sun damage to a small degree.* Smooth fine lines.
  • Reduces mild scarring.
  • Smoothes rough texture.
  • Improves acne conditions.

It is unrealistic to expect this peel to remove or reduce broken blood vessels, eliminate deep wrinkles or redesign your natural pore size and shape. The pores will appear to be slightly smaller and more constricted post treatment but your pore size and shape is genetic. It is impossible to shrink them contrary to popular belief. You should wait 6-8 hours (a minimum of 2-3 hours) before washing your face after receiving your Vitalize Peel at Neu Look Med Spa. This particular one is self neutralizing. Any redness or sensitivity from the peel will subside within couple hours of the application and it will also take 48 HR for flaking to begin if you request the Retinol layer. The flakiness of vitalize peel is very minimum unless is used on someone with very sensitive skin or patient with darker skin. You can do a series of this peel and receive them every 3-4 weeks if you desire. You may also apply this peel to the neck and chest to improve fine lines and blotchy discoloration such as age spots.

The Rejuvenize Peel

The Rejuvenize Peel mainly targets fine lines and texture plus acne. This peel also has Salicylic Acid along with Mandelic Acid instead of Lactic Acid so it is a little stronger. You may also request to add a Retinol layer to increase your chances of physically peeling – but this is optional. This peel can performed in 3-5 week intervals and is best with a series of 3-6 peels.

This peel can be expected to:

  • Improve your overall skin condition.
  • Diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Smooth the skins texture.
  • Improve overall clarity of the skin (subsides the appearance of Acne).

The Cosmelan Peel

It is unrealistic to expect this peel to completely remove any deep set wrinkles or remove any dark spots that are deep. It can however help to address skin tone unevenness or scaring caused by acne. The Cosmelan Peel is the only peel to date that can help to reverse major sun damage and age spots. You should also wait 6-8 hours to remove the Cosmelan 1 mask. You may experience mild redness and sensitivity but this will not subsides as quick as other peels. You may also apply this peel to the neck and chest to improve fine lines, firming the skin and pigmentation.

A Few Words of Caution

Before your chemical peel you should avoid skin exposure to the sun and tanning. You should also discontinue the use of Retinol creams, AHA’s, Glycolic Acid, Vitamin C or Bleaching creams one week prior to your appointment. We at Neu Look will prescribe you a post-peel skincare regimen for your homecare to ensure the best and prolonged results of your treatment.

Book your chemical peel today at Neu Look Med Spa by calling 858-538-5665. Ask one of our highly trained professionals any questions you may have about which peel best suites you or about any other service we offer.

Edited by Gita Izadi, Nurse Practitioner

Skincare Make-Up

Skincare Makeup at Neu Look Med Spa

We understand the importance of make-up at Neu Look Med Spa. After a treatment whether it is laser, botox, or filler, we run the risk of bruising and swelling. Gita also instructs you to apply a sunscreen post appointment due to the vulnerability of the skin post treatment. Many make-up brands are popular but also full of harmful chemicals such as talc, phthalates (harmful ingredient), synthetic fragrance, fillers and GMO ingredients. These ingredients can cause breakouts, clogged pores and other long term affects. At Neu Look Med Spa we retail a cruelty free brand that will cover your imperfections seamlessly but is also safe and protective post treatment.

Jane Iredale

Jane Iredale is a real woman like all of us who expressed, “My goal is to make products that look good, feel good and are good for the skin.” This brand also focuses on enhancing natural beauty and simplifying a longer beauty routine. All of this brands makeup is free of harmful parabens, talc, phthalates, synthetic fragrance, fillers and GMO ingredients as we listed above. It is dermatologist and allergy tested while still being highly pigmented with a long-lasting application. A lot of the products even have SPF protection that is recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation as effective.

A few of these products are:

  • Pure Pressed Base Mineral Foundation
  • Amazing Base Loose Mineral Powder
  • Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream

You can find these items at our Jane Iredale make-up station located inside of Neu Look Med Spa.

Although Jane Iredale is very popular with Gita’s (Nurse Practitioner) patients, it is not the only healthy and effective brand we sell at Neu Look Med Spa. Our very own Gita Izadi created her own line of lip products and eye liners. She created a large selection of shades that fit every skin tone and make-up trend. They are also free of harmful ingredients and cruelty free because of Gita’s compassion for animals. Many patients prefer to choose one of these lipsticks or glosses to pair with their Jane Iredale powder or foundation. They are long-wear while still providing hydration to the lips and are safe for post lip augmentation.

The Neu Look Med Spa Lip Collection

The Neu Look Med Spa lip collection has a large variation of shades to fit every skin tone and occasion (such as nudes, reds, pinks, purples or burgundy and a few darker shades for special events or wintertime). We offer all of the shades our patients love in traditional lipsticks, lip glosses, liquid lipsticks and liquid matte lip gloss or lipstick.

Colorscience SPF 50 Facial Powder

Colorscience is another mineral based make-up brand Neu Look Med Spa has introduced to our patients. One of our personal best sellers is the SPF 50 facial powder that comes in a convenient all in one brush that is perfect for throwing in your purse for your daily use. You should be reapplying sunscreen throughout the day for maximum sun protection and applying the power on clean skin or over make-up makes this the perfect item to add to your collection. We at Neu look Med Spa retail the Colorscience’s holiday make-up bag filled with eye shadow, setting or refreshing mist, an anti-aging concealer with SPF 35 and an SPF 35 lip gloss.

Visit Neu Look Med Spa!

Come in Neu Look Med Spa today for a free make-over to access which items best fit your make-up needs. Any of our knowledgeable skin and make-up specialists would love to help you.

Edited By Gita Izadi, Nurse Practitioner