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How to Get Clear Skin And Repair Sun Damage

How to Get Clear Skin And Repair Sun Damage

SilkPeel Facial Treatment

I think we’re all a little guilty of not being as SPF complaint as we should be. From past summers of slathering on the deep-tanning oil at the beach to outdoor activities like jogging and hiking, the sun and UV damage starts to take its toll on your skin. While more and more skincare specialists are stressing the importance of SPF and protecting your skin, the fact is SPF cannot REVERSE or HEAL the effects of sun photodamage. This damage often shows up as dark spots, irregular pigmentation, and rough tone. What can be done about sun damage to the skin then?

We have two treatments here at Parfaire that can help improve and reverse sun damaged skin: One is out “Clear Skin Treatment” with Lumecca and the other is our “Signature SilkPeel Facial” with Dermal Infusion. In this blog, we will discuss the “Clear Skin” Treatment, (Click here for more information about the Silkpeel Facial.)

Clear Skin with Lumecca

Clear Skin with Lumecca is a treatment using the most modern and effective medical aesthetic laser treatment that utilizes intense pulsed light (IPL) to remove and reduce the appearance of almost everything from sun damage to spots to pigmentation problems and rosacea.

Clear Skin with Lumecca

Clear Skin with Lumecca is a treatment using the most modern and effective medical aesthetic laser treatment that utilizes intense pulsed light (IPL) to remove and reduce the appearance of almost everything from sun damage to spots to pigmentation problems and rosacea.

Clear Skin treatment by Parfaire

While you may see results with one appointment, more sessions may be needed depending on the condition and goals.

Schedule a treatment or consultation today. Book Online HERE or give us a call at 626-844-7273

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5 Ways to Keep Your Skin Glowing During the Holidays

5 Ways to Keep Your Skin Glowing During the Holidays

Glowing Skin

Holidays are one of the most joyful… and stressful times of the year. Somewhere between the spiked eggnog and late night Christmas movies we forget to take care of what truly matters; our skin. Taking care of your skin during the holidays may seem like just another task on the list of dozens of things to get done, but neglecting your skin can cause dryness, irritation and even lead to breakouts! Talk about the worst Christmas or Hanukkah gift ever! Here are 5 easy ways to keep your skin happy and healthy this holiday season, enjoy!

1. Drink More Water

Put down the wine for a minute and pour yourself a nice glass of WATER. Yes, you heard me. Drinking alcohol not only dehydrates you, but also has hidden sugars that can trigger inflammation throughout the body and lead to annoying breakouts or rashes. Just remember; for every 8 oz of alcohol, drink 16 oz of water to compensate and keep your glow on!

2. Get Some Major Zzzz

I know you have a ton of stuff to do; gift wrapping, baking, and decorating doesn’t happen overnight! Just make sure to get the proper amount of sleep in between. The average person requires anywhere from 6 to 8 hours of sleep per night to maintain proper cognitive function and cell restoration. This is crucial for skin because during REM sleep your skin begins its regenerative phase which helps to replace old cells with new cells.

3. Use a Silk Pillowcase

If you don’t already have one, put it on your Christmas list! Transepidermal water loss is when your skin can no longer hold in the moisture it is needed to maintain a proper barrier between your skin and the environment. What that means is when you’re sleeping, things like a traditional cotton pillowcases absorb the moisture from your skin, leaving you waking up to dry and itchy skin. Not to mention the amount of oil it absorbs from your hair and can transfer to your skin. Using an all-natural silk pillowcase can solve this problem and not only improve the health of your skin but also the health of your hair!

4. Exfoliate + Mask = Match Made in Heaven

Exfoliation is one of the best ways to slough off dead cells that are sitting on the surface of your skin. Using a gentle scrub, or salicylic, glycolic, or lactic acid 1-3 times weekly can dramatically improve the texture and tone of your skin. With the removal of dead skin cells on the surface, products are able to penetrate deeper to feed your skin the vitamins and nutrients it needs. Follow up with a revitalizing or hydrating mask after exfoliation and watch all your holiday woes disappear. Be careful to only use a charcoal or clay mask in areas you produce more oil (T-Zone) to prevent over drying the skin.

5. Cocktail Your Products

During the holiday season, many people suffer from abnormally dry skin due to the weather change. If you are one of those lucky people, a great way to combat dry skin is to mix a hyaluronic acid serum or facial oil into your moisturizer. What this does is increase the weight of your moisturizer without adding too many layers of product. This will insure your skin gets the hydration and moisture it needs without clogging your pores. Also a great way to turn any moisturizer into an overnight cream instantly!

Have a happy holiday & glowing New Year!

Xoxo

Georgia Hathaway

Medical Aesthetician

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Voluma for Cheek Contouring

Voluma for Cheek Contouring

Cheek Contouring

While people often associate injectables with crow’s feet and lip enhancement, cheek contouring is becoming increasingly popular. A wonderful new FDA-approved injectable solution called Voluma (from Juvederm) is a highly recommended and simple way to achieve beautiful, pronounced cheekbones for both women and men.*

Contouring your face with makeup can be helpful in creating the illusion of defined cheekbones, but that only goes so far, as the mid-face is often the first part of our faces that age. Full cheeks are often seen as very appealing and are one of the reasons that the boosting of hollow cheeks is gaining popularity.*

Moreover, increasing hollowness of the cheeks is also a visible sign of aging. Because of this, many people are inclined to come in for Juvederm Voluma injections. Read more here: https://www.juvederm.com/volume-loss

The Link Between Loss of Cheek Volume and Aging

The primary link between aging and a loss of cheek volume comes with understanding the fact that the cheeks house a lot of fatty cells. These cells disappear over time. The key to maintaining a youthful appearance has a lot to do with restoring the volume of the cheeks.

Juvederm Voluma is a very smooth gel that is primarily made up of dense cross-linked hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a natural material that offers structure to the tissues and is normally found in the human body. Adding this substance to the cheeks restores the structure that has been lost.*

The Juvederm Voluma Injection Procedure

The process of restoring the lost volume with Juvederm Voluma is performed with a series of injections. The duration of the injection procedure can be quite short. The substance is usually applied to the top of the bone. When administered properly, the amount that needs to be injected isn’t usually much at all.*

After the Procedure

Voluma tends to provide an almost immediate boost with very impressive results. The change in your appearance will be noticeable and impressive, but most people are not able to pinpoint the exact reason for the enhancement.* The results of Voluma injections are evident for a considerable period of time. Results have been known to last for up to two full years after the date of treatment, longer than most other dermal fillers. Touch-ups, if needed, may be available.*

Your injection treatment will not require much downtime, if any; most people return to their usual routine the following day without issues. This is in stark contrast to surgical procedures, which often require the patient to stay home and rest for weeks on end.*

After the procedure, a degree of temporary bruising and tenderness around the area may occur. This is due in part to the fact that these injections go down deeper than most other cosmetic filler injections to provide deeper rejuvenation.*

The Answer to Hollow Cheeks

Make sure that you visit an experienced professional for your Juvederm Voluma injections, as incorrect administration of this substance can have negative effects.

Parfaire’s well-respected American Board-Certified physician, Dr. Winnie Moses, is a skilled medical professional and will be happy to meet with you for a consultation. To arrange your consultation, contact our office and set up an appointment.

*Disclaimer: Any claims of restoring volume or definition or reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles cannot be guaranteed. Individual results will vary and are often based on lifestyle factors, such as age, diet, exercise, smoking or alcohol use.

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Top 5 Skincare Trends of Right Now

Top 5 Skincare Trends of Right Now

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Like many things in western culture, trends come and go. Whether its fashion, food, or you guessed it, skin care. Certain things gain popularity and once skin care companies believe it is in high demand, they start to mass produce similar products. This includes treatments, packaging, and even the use of certain ingredients.

1. Hyaluronic-acid based moisturizers:

Hyaluronic acid has been around for several decades, but in the more recent years it has gained popular hype. The main reason that it is used as a skin hydrator because of its ability to hold 1,000 times it weight . It simply hydrates, which makes perfect sense because over 8% of people are not properly hydrated, therefore neither is their skin. It gained its popularity for being the optimal option for people who are prone to acne breakouts, due to the fear of oil.

2. Radiofrequency treatments:

Radiofrequency has gained popularity, especially in the medical aesthetics arena. Due to its ability to penetrate to the deep layers of skin, it is used in conjunction with heat and other forms of controlled trauma to activate and stimulate your bodies own collagen and elastin. Many these treatments typically are done at an office setting since radiofrequency can only be done by a skin care, or medical professional.

3. AHA/BHA exfoliating masks:

Masks have been a skin care must have for the past few years. With the uprising of korean skin care, sheet masks became all the hype. However in the past few months masks have moved back into jars and are now incorporating active ingredients such as AHA/BHAs. These are alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids which exfoliate your skin chemically. Some are naturally derived from plants and others are made chemically of course. These acids exfoliate your skin, ridding it of the dead skin cells on the outermost layer of your skin leaving your skin soft and clean and bright.

4. At-home beauty tools:

Because of the uprise of makeup and beauty in the more recent years, it has become apparent that everyone needs to improve their skin. Obviously, people do not have the time to see a skin therapist everyday, so they have began to sell skin-improving products for home.

5. Less cake, more skin:

That’s right ladies! It’s time to ditch that 30 min makeup routine in favor of a more natural look. This means that your skincare routine is that much more important.

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BodyFX and Forma to Treat Unwanted Cellulite

BodyFX and Forma to Treat Unwanted Cellulite

BodyFX

If you feel self-conscious about your cellulite, it may be time to come in and have it treated. Our Body FX and Forma treatments are state-of-the-art cellulite solutions that numerous satisfied patients swear by.

What Is BodyFX?

BodyFX is a skin treatment that can not only improve the elasticity of skin on your thighs, hips, abdomen, and other parts of your body but also reduce the appearance of cellulite.

BodyFX is one of the first technologies to use focused and targeted radio-frequency energy to tighten the dermis and collagen, destroying the fat cells in the process. Not only will you be able to lose unwanted inches from treated areas, your skin will also be tightened and remodeled.

This non-invasive process offers long-lasting results. If you are not willing to undergo liposuction and are searching for a non-surgical alternative, BodyFX is a great choice. Improve your body contours with our cutting-edge BodyFX treatment.

What Is Forma?

Forma is another type of non-invasive procedure that can reduce skin laxity. This procedure can tighten almost every part of the body, including the thighs, arms, and abdomen.

The fractionated radio-frequency energy that is implemented by this process stimulates the production of collagen. This in turn gives the patient firmer, tighter, and healthier skin, making them look more youthful. This process can reduce the irregularities on your skin and can improve the texture. This procedure can be effectively used on all types of skin.

How Do BodyFX and Forma Work?

In BodyFX treatment, a number of techniques are implemented to remove cellulite and tone your body, including deep-tissue heating, radio-frequency energy, and suction-coupled negative pressure. These methods help in evenly distributing the heat to the body tissues that lie under the skin. The controlled energy pulses and vacuum suction work together to bring about a beautifully toned appearance for the skin.

Forma even targets the tissues that lie in deepest regions of the skin to ensure their rejuvenation. This is why it can reduce fat in almost any portion of the body. Forma can treat even those areas that other treatment procedures cannot, including the nasolabial folds, the lower eyelids, the jowls, crow’s feet, smile lines, the forehead, and even the neck.

Due to the precise use of radio-frequency energy, only those areas that you want to get treated will be targeted. Because both BodyFX and Forma are non-invasive, there is no downtime required. You’ll be able to return to your daily schedule immediately. The number of sessions required for each treatment varies from patient to patient.

So if you want to get rid of that ugly cellulite, we can provide you with ideal solutions: BodyFX and Forma treatments.

Take the First Step Towards Smooth, Cellulite-Free Skin

Now that you’ve learned more about BodyFX and Forma treatments, it’s time to get started with your procedure. The first step of the process is arranging a consultation by contacting Parfaire Medical Aesthetics. Skilled board-certified physician Dr. Winnie Moses will be available to answer questions and discuss the procedures in further detail.

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Want to Cut the Strings on Those Marionette Lines? Try Juvederm!

Want to Cut the Strings on Those Marionette Lines? Try Juvederm!

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Marionette lines are the vertical facial lines that extend downward from the corners of a person’s mouth. These age lines can make a person look sad and depressed, negatively affecting the appearance of their otherwise-beautiful smile. They can also make a person look much older.

These harsh wrinkles are formed as the facial volume begins to deplete. Some of the causes of marionette lines are genetics, losing moisture in the skin due to aging, and excessive exposure to sunlight. Stress is also said to play a major role in their appearance.

Happily, getting rid of marionette lines has become incredibly easy, all thanks to convenient and simple Juvederm treatments!

What Is Juvederm?

Juvederm is a popular injectable dermal filler made of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the human body, attracts and bonds with water molecules in the skin tissues to hydrate the tissues. This serves to add volume to the region, making it look overall healthier and smoother.

Hyaluronic acid is synthesized in the laboratory using a biosynthesis process in order to manufacture Juvederm. Because hyaluronic acid is a substance found in the body, it is biocompatible and has a very low risk of allergic reactions.

Usage of Juvederm

To begin, the area where the Juvederm will be injected is cleaned thoroughly. A certain volume of Juvederm is taken in an injection as per the requirements of the patient. It then has to be injected where the marionette lines are formed.

Juvederm will be injected either to the mid or deep dermis in order to correct moderate to severe marionette lines.* Other mild facial wrinkles and age lines can be addressed by injecting into the upper dermis.

When the product is injected into the soft tissue, the folds, lines, and wrinkles are treated as the gel fills the space beneath them.* This creates a smoother and younger-looking appearance for the skin.*

After the use of Juvederm, the patient is advised not to perform any strenuous physical tasks for a short time. Going out in the sun should be avoided for a few days. Women who are either pregnant or nursing are advised against the usage of Juvederm.

Advantages of Using Juvederm

Juvederm usage is a great way of getting rid of marionette lines and bringing back the beautiful smile that one previously had. It has many benefits:

  • Juvederm is more effective than most other fillers.*
  • Juvederm can be used to treat facial wrinkles and lines.*

Arrange a Consultation

The Juvederm injection treatment must be performed by a trained expert in order to avoid any complications.* To find the right injector for you, contact Parfaire Medical Aesthetics. Board-certified physician Dr. Winnie Moses is the ideal choice for your next aesthetic procedure. Set up your consultation with Dr. Moses by contacting our office today.

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