How to Treat Crepey Skin

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Does Your Skin Look Like Crepe Paper?

Is your skin starting to look thin and wrinkled? And maybe similar to crepe paper? Crepey skin can result from aging, lack of moisture, excessive weight loss and exposure to the sun. Collagen and elastin, in our skin, keep our skin tight and wrinkle-free. But the ultraviolet light in the sun’s rays break down the collagen and elastin in our skin. However, don’t fret, there is a solution to this!

Treatments for Crepey Skin

You can use Sculptra and Radiesse fillers in areas you have crepey skin. These fillers can be injected in your neck, knees, butt, arms, face, and almost any other body part you can think of. Radiesse/ Scultpra are fillers used to plump wrinkled skin or folded areas of the skin, like crepey skin. After it is injected, Radiesse/ Sculptra stimulate your natural collagen growth. This is why your immediate results, post injection, will only improve. Our Nurse Practitioner, Gita Izadi, recommends getting 2-3 Radiesse/ Sculptra treatments that are 4-6 weeks apart. This is to ensure the best results! The injectable is known to last 9-15 months but can even last up to two years when you get the correct dosage. Sculptra has been known to last up to 2-3 years depending on how many treatments your receive. Peak results for Scultpra are after the second treatment. As Gita puts it, the filler needs to be layered in order to stimulate more collagen. Radiesse/ Sculptra both work to restore facial volume and soften wrinkles and folds over time.

Radiesse/ Scultpra are both great products that stimulate collagen production and work to add volume to the areas they are injected. When you come in for a consultation, Gita will go ahead tell you which one is better for your desired results. She can also help you figure out a treatment plan that is best for you! I have seen her use Scultpra countless times for the face and chest. And I have seen her use Radiesse for hands, arms, and the neck. But these two fillers can be used interchangeably. There’s just some differences in their molecular structures.

As stated on their company website,

“Radiesse is comprised of CaHA, calcium hydroxylapatite, microspheres suspended in an aqueous gel carrier.”

Once it is injected, Radiesse provides immediate volume and boosts the body’s natural production of collagen, for a long-lasting effect. The CaHA gel microspheres are then absorbed by the body, leaving the collagen that your body has produced. With Sculptra, it is a similar process except with PLLA which is poly-L-lactic acid, collagen stimulator. That’s why your metabolism is a huge factor in how long Radiesse lasts for you. Once the microspheres are metabolized, your collagen production will no longer be stimulated. So, if you’ve heard people claiming Radiesse isn’t lasting for them, it’s due to their body and metabolism. Fillers work differently for everyone so don’t let one person’s experience keep you from getting it done!

Get a Consultation Today

Come in for a consultation with Gita and she will be sure to evaluate the desires you want and recommend which filler will be more effective for your crepey skin. Call us at (858) 538-5665 to schedule an appointment!

Jane Iredale, A Full Coverage Makeup Line That’s Good For Your Skin

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About Jane Iredale

Jane Iredale was started by a former casting producer and director who realized how much people in the entertainment industry rely on makeup. However, she saw models and actors, and actresses using products that were horrible for their skin. They wanted full coverage but they were using any product to do so. It would result in them breaking out from the makeup they were using. She had an epiphany one night and wanted to create makeup that was good for the consumer’s skin. And from there Jane Iredale was born. A full coverage makeup line that is good for your skin, which is why Jane Iredale is promoted by plastic surgeons and sold in our medical facility.

Jane Iredale is mineral based, and from personal use I can say that I have never broken out from it. Other makeup brands tend to include chemicals, oils, and other ingredients that will cause your skin to deteriorate with their use. However, Jane Iredale will help you cover any blemishes you have and protect you with SPF. Their pressed and loose powder foundations are the only powder foundations I have ever used. I can attest that in high school I had horrible acne and they helped me cover them up seamlessly. The Jane Iredale powder foundations also have SPF in them which protected me from the sun and prevented me from getting sun damage.

What Kind of Products Does Jane Iredale Offer?

Jane Iredale has all the makeup you could want. This includes, BB cream, which is a liquid foundation, powder foundation, lip sticks, mascara, eyeshadow, eyebrow kits, setting spray, etc. The best thing about their products is you do not have to worry about them having a negative effect on your skin. Just find your foundation match, favorite shade of eyeshadow or lip stick and don’t worry. Jane Iredale also offers bronzer, blushes, contouring kits, and concealer which is perfect for our medical spa. We use it on patients when they get an injection and become bruised. It provides full coverage and they know they’re safe from chemicals and the sun due to a lot of Jane Iredale products having SPF in them.

Other Brands Vs. Jane Iredale

The reason that other brands are not good for your skin or health is because a lot of their products include parabens, which are man-made chemicals, carcinogens, which cause cancer, and excess fragrance. If you actually look at the ingredients and see a lot of words that sounds like chemicals or are things you have never heard of before, then chances are it’s horrible for your skin. They add a lot of these to their formulas to make them last longer. But they can impact the oil and bacteria on your face, and some can even impact your hormones and internal health. It’s important to keep in mind that the makeup you put on your face seeps into your skin and can cause internal issues. Unlike other famous brands, Jane Iredale received a score of 2, on ewg.org/skindeep for their low hazard makeup.

Conclusion

When buying new makeup products be sure to look into their ingredients and make sure they are good for your skin and body. I understand wanting to cover up blemishes but not at the expensive of actually worsening the appearance of your skin and health. Choose Jane Iredale for a stress free decision! Come in today and let us help you find your favorite new products!

My Journey with Acne and Skin Treatments

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My Acne Journey

My skin journey has been a long one filled with various products, skin treatments, medications, and lifestyle changes. I know the dream answer to managing your acne would be one thing. Like there is this one product that will change everything or cutting one thing from your diet would fix it but it takes more than that. Acne is a more aggressive issue than that. I have had acne since I was about 12 years old. Growing up I knew that acne was genetic but now that I have gotten older I know that besides that the biggest cause of acne is your hormones. The most important thing to managing and getting rid of acne is being consistent AND never picking at them and turning them into acne scars.

Personally, I use the Obagi Clenziderm System which is for acne prone and oily skin. With oily skin, you want to use products that will dry out the excess oil like salicylic acid, retinoic acid, and benzoyl peroxide. Salicylic acid and retinoic acid work to unclog pores, retinoic acid also works to prevent breakouts and minimize acne and acne scars, and benzoyl peroxide works to eliminate the acne-causing bacteria. But remember, you will need a moisturizer to go along with these products. Even though salicylic acid, retinoic acid, and benzoyl peroxide are good to rid your skin on the excess oil and bacteria, they will dry out your skin. That’s why you absolutely MUST buy a good moisturizer. I would recommend either Skin Medica’s Ultra Sheer Moisturizer or Obagi’s Hydrate Luxe. Moisturizing will add the hydration back to your skin. Otherwise, when your skin dries out it will try to overcompensate, produce more oil, and result in you breaking out. The key is finding the balance between drying out the bacteria and acne but not too much so your body has to over compensate.

Favorite Treatments

Along with a great home regimen, consistent treatments such as peels, Microneedling, Dermaplanning, and acne-cortisone shots will be helpful. Microneedling and Fractional will also be effective for acne scars. Our Skin Medica Vitalize and Rejuvenize peels along with the Dermaplanning will help rid your face of the dead layer of skin, on your face. They will also help your skin develop new healthier cells. The Rejuvenize is a deeper peel that we recommend for people that have more acne and acne scars. It is more effective for tougher skin because it penetrates deeper in your skin. With the acne-cortisone shots, they are usually for huge individual zits. Our nurse practitioner will inject a diluted corticosteroid into the zit and it will start to deflate within a few hours. Like we’ve mentioned in our other blogs Microneedling and Fractional both work to resurface the texture of your skin. Microneedling will use microscopic needles to scratch the surface of your skin to promote more collagen production and soften the surface of your skin. With fractional, it is a laser that penetrates deeper into the skin and has a longer down-time than the Microneedling. Both treatments require a consistent home regimen to see the best results.

Don’t Forget About Proper Nutrition!

Last but certainly not least, a key aspect of minimized acne is the foods you eat and put into your body. Everybody’s body is different so if you really struggle with cystic and hormonal acne I would talk to a dermatologist or endocrinologist about the foods you should and should not consume. For me personally, I need to stay away from sugar and dairy but everyone is different. Everyone’s body and skin is different so try different treatments and products and see which combinations work for you!

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Schedule a consultation with our practice and let us help you with your acne journey. Call us at (858) 538-5665.

What Is Radiesse?

Radiesse information from Neu Look Med Spa and Skin Center in San Diego, CA

Aging and Radiesse

Aging affects all parts of the body, and the hands are no exception. They used to be a sign of age prior to aesthetic companies finding ways to combat the skin aging. From loss of strength and grip, increased stiffness and lack of mobility, the hands show the signs of aging in many ways. However, one of the first signs of aging in the hands is a cosmetic concern, but one that can affect the happiness of your patients nonetheless. Lines and wrinkles develop in the hands because the skin loses its ability to retain moisture, which can lead not only veins becoming more visible with a thin, papery appearance, but it can also lead to skin becoming dry and itchy. Not even Sun Protection such as SPF can help with signs of aging on the hands but luckily we live in an aesthetically aware age where we have Radiesse.

What is it made out of?Is it safe?

Radiesse injections are generally safe, effective, non-surgical and have minimal pain, without any significant downtime. We use proven safe, gentle and easy anesthetic options for your added comfort. Younger looking hands begins immediately. However, any swelling & bruising that may occur masks final results until gone. To minimize bruising and swelling from Radiesse, avoid aspirin & aspirin containing products for at least one week prior to Radiesse hands injections. And if possible avoid ibuprofen for 3 days prior to Radiesse hands injections. Avoid other blood thinners per your prescribing physician’s recommendation. Contraindications include allergy to Radiesse, pregnancy and nursing and significant bleeding disorders. We avoid any infected skin until healed so be sure to inform the practitioner prior to coming in, if this applies to you. The most common side effects are bruising, redness, swelling, pain and itching. Reversible lumps or bumps have been rarely reported to occur. Serious adverse events are rare, but may include tissue damage from unintended intravascular injection, allergic reaction and infection. Minimize strenuous activity and avoid extensive sun or heat exposure for 24 hours after Radiesse injections and until any swelling or redness has resolved. Ice, cold packs and ibuprofen may be used after injections as needed. Results usually last from 1 to 2 years or sometimes, longer. It differs per person due to their lifestyle, environment, and metabolism.
However, you can always use the following to try to get the longest possible out of your pricey filler. Overexposure to the sun’s UV rays reverse the benefits of your injectable treatment. This is why we encourage all filler patients to practice sound sun protection, especially post-treatment. Maintain your results longer by using a high quality broad-spectrum sunscreen, avoiding the outdoors during peak UV hours and applying sunscreen every 2 hours. Limiting your body’s stress is another way to lengthen the effect of your filler. Use these steps and tips in order to have the best Radiesse experience!

Book Today

Call us at (858) 536-5665 to schedule an appointment, with our Radiesse expert, Gita.

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

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