What’s The Deal With Cosmelan?
Cosmelan is the answer to dark spots and hyper pigmentation, especially on the face. These discolorations are an aesthetic concern that most of us are facing, as we age. Instead of covering your face with heavy make-up or foundation, return your skin to its natural tone. The Cosmelan depigmentation treatment, originally developed in Spain, is very effective. The treatment targets pigmentation and melasma to soften those areas and minimizes pores.
Cosmelan improves your skin tone in a noninvasive safe manner. The process provides amazing results that other treatments can’t replicate. It’s very effective for all types of melasma. The procedure is quick and easy. The product is compatible with all skin types. The light peeling effect rejuvenates and increases collagen in the skin. Treatments can start and be used all year round. As a bonus, it’s also effective for acne patients.
These are the Cosmelan steps, according to their website:
- The specially formulated pigment-reduction activating mask (Cosmelan I Mask) is applied to the skin and left on for 8-10 hours. This is in great part dependent upon the amount of pigmentation as well as your skin sensitivity levels This prolonged “wearing” of the mask is a key component in stimulating the fastest response. We will apply the Cosmelan I Mask at the office.
- Once the development and action time is complete, you may wash the mask off. The intensive action ingredients in Cosmelan include hydroquinone and retinoic acid. Hydroquinone will staunch the pigmentation cycle while retinoic acid encourages quick cell turnover. This helps you to more quickly shed brown patches and discoloration. The combination ingredients are an excellent combination which has been shown to provide a superior removal of old pigment and suppression of new pigment.
- Your At-Home Cosmelan Program will consist of active-ingredient products you will use on a consistent basis to further improve pigmentation problems and prevent excess pigment formation. Your maintenance cream, Cosmelan II, will be used on a ongoing basis. This special pigment control cream contains ingredients such as Kojic Acid, Phytic Acid, Ascorbic Acid and a protective agent, Titanium Dioxide.
- Cosmelan At Home Instructions: Active ingredients include hydroquinone, retinoic acid, azelaic acid, kojic acid, arbutine, phytic acid and ascorbic acid. The Cosmelan® Depigmentation action mechanism is based on the inhibition of tyrosinase, a basic enzyme responsible for the melanin formation process. Several of the substances present in the Cosmelan formula act by blocking this enzyme.
What To Expect
Within a week, patients will notice skin blemishes beginning to fade, and a brighter complexion is breaking through. After a couple weeks, the skin will take on a shiny, healthier glow. These results will continue to improve over the fourth or fifth week, when the full benefits of a Cosmelan Peel can be seen.
Patients who commit to a daily routine will see the smooth results from the Cosmelan Peel last for many months to come. The skin will be delicate and sensitive the first two weeks after treatment; prolonged sun exposure should be avoided and a full spectrum sunscreen should be worn at all times. We recommend the Sun-Shield Matte sunscreen, from Obagi.
According to our experience over the last 16 years at Neu look Med Spa, Cosmelan is the best for peel for high pigmentation and melasma. It corrects overproduction of Melanin and over powers the appearance of new dark spots. The dedication of the patient to the treatment plays a large role in overall lasting effects of Cosmelan. The product must be used as directed by Gita, our Nurse Practitioner, at Neu Look Med Spa and follow up visits must be scheduled to achieve the best lasting results.
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!
Call us at (858) 536-5665 to schedule an appointment, with our Radiesse expert, Gita.
The Importance of Using Sunscreen Properly
The popularity of sunscreen is becoming evidently more apparent as people are seeing the effects of sun damage and skin cancer from their younger years. Nurse Practitioner Gita Izadi at Neu Look Med Spa is very adamant about the education of protecting skin from the harmful UVA and UVB rays. We offer many different treatment options such as laser treatments and chemical peels but prevention is the best method for keeping an even complexion.
A healthy skincare routine involves the appropriate cleaner for your skin, toner or astringent, serum, eye cream and moisturizer along with a weekly exfoliant. As we age we add in retinol which is one of the most incredible skincare discoveries in history but only if used correctly with a good moisturizer and sunscreen. Retinol makes you more subjectable to sunlight due to the deep exfoliation it provides. To get maximize the anti-aging results of any retinol, you need sunscreen to combat the sun damage that can occur from exposure. All skin types and tones are at risk for damage and skin cancer.
Obagi’s Sun Shield
At Neu Look Med Spa we retail a product by OBAGI called Sun Shield that does exactly what the name suggests. This is a daily sunscreen that is great for both men and women with an SPF of 50. It is hydrating without being heavy and wears perfectly under make-up. It has a Zinc Oxide concentrate of 10.5% and Octinoxate percentage of 7.5% along with other active ingredients that prevent damage. OBAGI states, “this sunscreen combines UVB absorption and UVA protection in an elegant, matte finish that is non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic, non-acnegenic, and dermatologist tested.” The Skin and Cancer Foundation approved this sunscreen as an effective broad spectrum protection.
SkinCeuticals is another common brand that is known for their medical grade sunscreen and sold at Neu Look Med Spa. Physical Fusion UV Defense has an SPF of 50 and is water and sweat resistant. It also has UVA/UVB protective fluid to enhance your natural skin tone while remaining paraben and chemical free. It has a percentage of 5% Zinc Oxide and 6% Titanium Dioxide. This sunscreen can be used daily and is also perfect for all ages and gender neutral. It also wears perfectly under make-up for women.
Sunscreen Mineral Powers by Colorscience
If a liquid sunscreen is something you cannot get used to using every day, we at Neu look Med Spa and Skin also retail sunscreen mineral powers by Colorescience. With an SPF of 50 these powders come in a brush on container or a compact for convenience. You will get just as much protection and these are perfect for reapplying over make-up throughout the day – which is suggested for maximum protection against the UVA and UVB rays. This hypoallergenic powder contains 22.5% Titanium Dioxide and 22.5% Zinc Oxide. There are many options for sunscreen so you should always be protected.
Revision Skin Care’s Intellishade Sunscreen
Another line that we retail at Neu look is Revision skin care. Revision has Intellishade original and Matte which is an anti-aging tinted daily moisturizer. The Itellishade has SPF 45, UVA and UVB protection.
How to use sunscreen and tips:
- Apply sunscreen in the morning as the last step in your skincare routine.
- Try to apply your SPF at least 15 minutes before exposure to ensure it has had time to penetrate into your skin.
- Re-apply throughout the day if you are not wearing make-up, and if you are wearing the make up use the Colorscience powder.
- For Make Up Select Jane Iradale Poweders that has SPF for extra protection.
Stop by Neu Look Med Spa today to pick up your favorite choice of sunscreen or call us at (858) 538-5665.
Edited by Gita Izadi, Nurse Practitioner