How to Prepare for PDO Thread Lift

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About PDO Thread Lift at Neu Look Medical Spa in San Diego

Neu Look Medical Spa in San Diego, CA is known for being up-to-date on all cosmetic treatments that are typically offered in medical spas. A newer procedure, PDO Thread Lift, that has been done for years in other countries was recently FDA approved for the United States within the last two years. According to the National Laser Institute, PDO Thread Lift, is a “Non-surgical face lift utilizing monofilament fibers, which dissolve over time, to lift and reposition the skin in order to accentuate the cheeks, diminish the jowls and tighten the jawline.” The threads are made out of a well-known material that is used in pediatric cardiac surgeries, and can also be used in many other areas of the body besides the face and neck.

What is PDO Thread Lift?
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How to Prepare for Your PDO Thread Lift

To prepare for your PDO Thread Lift, there are a couple of precautionary things you should do. Such as:

  • Ensure there is no inflammation already present in the body the days leading up to or on your treatment day.
  • Get any dental work that you are unable to post-pone out of the way, you will not be able to see a dentist for approximately two weeks.
  • Avoid taking any blood-thinning medications or blood-clotting medications approximately two days before your treatment day.
  • Try to limit bodily and emotional stressors prior to your treatment.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol the night before your treatment.

Important Things to Note About the PDO Thread Lift

Inflammation presently in the body and physical or emotional stressors can enhance the bodies response to the trauma caused by the PDO Thread Lift, even though the treatment is mild and very safe. In the same way, bringing stress and anxiety into the treatment room can sometimes bring unnecessary discomfort and prolong a rather short healing process. A healthy mindset and trust in your practitioner can help your treatment go smoother and have an overall better experience.

Although PDO Thread Lift is a wonderful treatment, it does not replace the use of dermal fillers. It does however accentuate fillers and help you to get an even better result with your filler treatment. The PDO Thread Lift was designed to pull loose skin back, to a degree, while the filler is responsible for replacing the fat that was lost due to the aging process. A consultation at Neu Look Medical Spa will be required to determine how effective the lifting treatment will be for you based on how much loose skin has already been accumulated. When using these two treatments in conjunction with one another, you will receive the best possible result.

Types of Treatments

As we stated earlier, there are many possible treatment areas such as aging knees, breast, the buttocks, loose belly skin and more. The treatment area will determine which thread is to be used. The MEDiTHREAD website informs us, “There are many types of PDO threads and this can be confusing for patients. In general, PDO threads can be divided into Smooth threads and Barbed threads.

  • Smooth threads are used to stimulate collagen.
  • Barbed threads are used to lift and reposition the skin.

PDO threads come in different thicknesses and lengths. These all affect their quality, tensile strength, effectiveness, and of course, price of your treatment. Your doctor may choose to use different kind of threads for you, depending on your rejuvenation and skin lifting needs.”

Schedule PDO Thread Lift with Neu Look TODAY

If you have any questions regarding PDO Tread Lift or any other treatment we offer at Neu Look Medical Spa, please contact the office at (858) 538-5665 or email us at info@neulookskin.com.

Edited by Gita Izadi

Can I use OBAGI Nu Derm During the Summer?

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Can you safely use tretinoin and hydroquinone during the summer?

Many patients at Neu Look Medical Spa are hooked on using the Nu- Derm skincare system by OBAGI Medical. A common question that arises as summer approaches is, “Can I safely use tretinoin and hydroquinone during the summer?” and the answer is yes! That not only applies to using the Nu- Derm system, but all other medical grade tretinoin and hydroquinone as well.

Obagi Nu-Derm Backed By Science

Suzan Obagi, MD, Associate Professor of Dermatology and Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery, Director, UPMC Cosmetic Surgery and Skin Health Center University of Pittsburgh Medical Center states: “Many patients ask if they should take a break from using their skincare products during the summer months. This stems from concerns with sun exposure and increased outdoor activities. However, I have oftentimes found that patients that need the Nu-Derm product line most are those with pigmentation issues such as melasma or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. These are conditions that typically flare and worsen during hot, sunny weather. In order for patients to have adequate control over these conditions, I recommend that they continue to use their Nu-Derm products as instructed. This goes hand in hand with sun avoidance during the peak hours of 10 am to 2 pm, wearing a hat when outdoors, and reapplying their sunscreen after sweating, swimming, or every 2 hours while outdoors. Furthermore, while ultraviolet ray B (UVB, the burning ray) increases during the summer, UVA (the aging ray) remains constant all year. Therefore it is imperative to use a daily, broad-spectrum sunscreen such as Obagi Sun Shield, either tinted or untinted, daily. I recommend it even while driving or working under fluorescent lights, as these are sources of ultraviolet light exposure that most patients do not realize.”

Helene Geigelman ,CHC, from Rizzier Medical Spa joins into the conversation adding, “In addition to using a sunscreen, incorporate a topical antioxidant into your morning skin care routine. Antioxidants help in the fight against free radical and sun damage. They help stabilize collagen, which helps reduce the aging effects the sun inflicts on our skin. Vitamin C in the form of L-ascorbic acid is believed by many experts to be the most stable and effective in protecting skin. Obagi Medical offers a full portfolio of vitamin C (l-ascorbic acid) products: Pro C formulas 10%, 15% and 20% as well as Pro C Peptide Serum, C Exfoliating Day Lotion and Pro C Suncare SPF 30, all of which contain vitamin C. Apply a few drops, first thing in the morning, after cleansing and toning.”

Stick To a Prescribed Skincare System

In conclusion, not using your Nu- Derm system may indeed leave you vulnerable to get additional photo damage that will need to be treated as well. The best way to take care of your skin and complexion all-year-round would be to stick to your prescribed medical grade skincare system that is recommended by your personal medical facility or medical spa, such as Neu Look. You want to protect your texture, complexion and all of the other important skin concerns as well – not just worry about hyperpigmentation.

Contact Neu Look Med Spa & Skin Center in San Diego Today

If you have any questions regarding finding a skincare system or OBAGI Nu- Derm, call 858-538-5665 to speak with any of our educators at Neu Look Medical Spa.

Edited by Gita Izadi, Nurse Practitioner

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

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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.