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DERMAPLANING + MICRONEEDLING: AN OPTIMAL COMBO TREATMENT

Dermaplaning and Microneedling are Effective Stand alone treatments. But combined they can produce optimal results. Dermaplaning is a safe and simple skin rejuvenation treatment intended to exfoliate the epidermis and remove facial peach fuzz. It leaves the skin smoother and looking healthier.  This exfoliation allows for your skincare products to penetrate more readily into the deeper layers.

Dermaplaning is an ideal treatment for those with excess vellous hair the can cause dirt and oil to clog follicles and is a perfect add on for many aesthetic procedures.  Dermaplaning is also a prime exfoliation treatment for those who are pregnant or nursing and not allowed to use chemical peeling agents.

Patients often wonder if their hair will grow back thicker and darker after dermaplaning.  This is simply a myth.  As long as the hair is superficial vellus hair, it will continue to grow back at the same rate and texture as it did prior to treatment.

Microneedling or collagen induction therapy mimics the effects of fractional laser by generating micro-punctures in the skin. This controlled wound-healing response in the deep layers of the skin stimulates the collagen. It results in a smoother and more youthful appearance. The micropunctures create a controlled injury underneath the surface of the skin, which then sends a wake up call to the collagen to start producing more.  The skin plumps and thickens in response to this. Microneedling aims to improve mild to moderate acne scarring, fine lines and wrinkles, rough skin texture, decreases pore size, and tightens lax skin.

What is a microneedling treatment? The skincare provider holds a pen-like device with a sterile, disposable tip housing tiny needles used to pierce the skin. Most people experience redness and light swelling post-treatment that can last up to 48 hours. This is suitable for all skin types and colors, and there is no risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

Combining these two treatments will give you the most desirable outcome. Together these procedures are ideal to treat uneven skin tone and texture, large pores, fine lines, unwanted facial hair, and acne scars. Dermaplaning before Micro-needling allows for topical products to penetrate significantly deeper into the skin layers, allowing the patient to achieve the most desirable outcome.

AESTHETICS FOR A CAUSE AND DURING A CURE

October is BreWells_breast_cancer_ribbon_0ast Cancer Awareness Month. We would like to extend a few helpful skincare tips to those who are undergoing or have undergone cancer treatments. Side effects from chemotherapy and radiation may include severely dry, itchy skin that often accompanies significant facial volume loss. There are a number of aesthetic treatments available to help minimize these skin issues. These include calming facials, lasers, fillers, Botox, and topical skincare products. These services are typically safe during and after radiation or chemotherapy for breast cancer and other non-head and neck cancers.

Facials: gentle products used during our aesthetic treatments are customized to your specific skincare needs. Studies have shown there are healing benefits through the power of touch, such as with facial massage, including pain reduction and mood enhancement. A soothing facial treatment will improve skin appearance and leave you feeling relaxed.

Injectables:  Botox and dermal fillers, such as Voluma and Sculptra are safe to use after chemo and radiation and can give your face the volume that was lost during drastic weight loss that often accompanies cancer therapies.

Skincare products: a quality skincare regimen can help regain skin health with much needed hydration and moisture that is greatly lost during cancer treatments. Lightweight lotions that can be easily applied are ideal as well as products that are gentle and non-drying that do not contain perfumes, dyes, or chemicals are essential.  Lavender is one scent that is often tolerable but avoid sweet smells like vanilla. It is also important to avoid alpha-hydroxy products and others that heavily exfoliate and peel skin that is already compromised from cancer therapy.

The exceptions for non-invasive skin care treatments are those with a depleted immune system as well as those receiving cancer therapy for head and neck cancers.

Cancer treatments will affect patients physically, mentally, and emotionally. We understand how important it is to stay positive and looking well is important to your well-being. Schedule a complimentary skincare consultation with our aesthetic specialists and feel comfortable in knowing that we perform every skincare treatment with knowledge, compassion and understanding.

Did You Know You Can Get Back the Apples of Your Cheeks With Voluma?

Youthful faces are blessed with plump ‘apples’ of the cheeks, smooth contours and a natural luminescence. When we age the deep loss of volume due to collagen loss in the cheeks takes away this natural glow. This causes shadows to be seen on the face which multiplies the appearance of facial aging.  Juvederm Voluma corrects loss of collagen and lasts for up to two years!
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With Juvederm Voluma, you can maintain your face’s fuller contours in the apple, apex and hollow of the cheek with simple, non-surgical injectable treatments. Voluma faces look and feel natural, and you will appear rested and less stressed. In Voluma’s clinical study, people felt they looked 5 years younger 6 months after the treatment, and 3 years younger even 24 months after treatment – a truly lasting, positive result.

Voluma injections work instantly to add volume and subtly lift the cheek area to temporarily reverse the loss of collagen that leads to signs of aging. Turn up the volume now for a fresher, younger looking face!

 

  • Voluma treatments are done in our office in a single appointment.
  • There is no downtime and you many only see a little redness at the injection site.
  • The procedure is done in under an hour.
  • Results last up to two years.
  • Voluma contains a numbing agent to make your treatment more comfortable.
  • The number of syringes used is dependent on the severity of the treatment areas.
  • Best results are seen if filled to recommended and prescribed volume.

Face the New School Year Acne Free

The stress teenagers experience as they head back to school can often leave its mark on their faces. Acne can be tricky to control and teens can unknowingly cause more harm than good to their skin if they do not understand how to properly take care of it.

When the body is under stress it produces greater amounts of back to schoolandrogen hormone, which can then cause skin glands to generate larger amounts of oil. Oil build-up, bacteria and debris can then become trapped which triggers an inflammatory response as the body is trying to rid itself of the foreign matter. Redness, swelling, warmth and discomfort are all characteristics of skin inflammation. Any pressure, including squeezing pimples, can excessively irritate acne and possibly force oil and bacteria deeper into the skin layers, causing cysts and further trauma. Teens are more susceptible to breakouts due to hormonal changes. Also, teens actively participating in sports may experience more breakouts during their sports season due to excessive sweating, dirt, and rubbing their skin. Fortunately, we offer a variety of anti-acne treatments and products to help remedy these breakouts.

In many cases, Acne Laser Treatments are an effective alternative to Accutane or long-term antibiotics. The Sciton BBL™ in our office is a FDA approved treatment that utilizes a blue light to target p-acne bacteria on the surface and in the sebaceous gland. Treatment sessions last less than one hour. Following treatment, some may experience temporary redness and mild swelling but there is no required downtime. Makeup can be applied immediately following treatment.

In addition to laser treatments, we also offer acne facials and light chemical peels. During acne facials, the Aesthetician will use purifying products formulated to refine texture and calm irritated skin. Deep cleansing, exfoliation, acne extractions, and an anti-acne mask are all included steps of an acne facial. A light chemical peel may be added for extra exfoliation if desired and if the Aesthetician feels it is needed. Done in a series, facials and peels are highly effective at improving mild to moderately severe acne breakouts while evening out skin tone and fading discoloration.

There are many products, in varying strengths, available to reduce acne. We offer three effective products from the My Body acne skincare line. Step 1 is the Probiotic Calming Cleanser which helps relieve stressed skin while preventing future breakouts. This cleanser contains salicylic acid, a common ingredient for acne skincare products, which will unclog pores without irritating the skin. Eucalyptus and Menthol helps naturally soothe and refresh problematic skin. Step 2 Refining Gel reduces pores, naturally brightens, and restores skin clarity. Step 3 is an Oil-Free Hydrator. This product is great for calming redness and inflammation while rebalancing skin that has been depleted. Tretinoin may also be prescribed.

Visiting a skincare specialist can be insightful for both the parent and teenager because improving the teen’s skin quality can also boost their confidence. As an Aesthetician and Mother of a teenager, whether you are plagued with occasional breakouts or persistent acne, I have experience and can customize a treatment that will be right for you.

 

Call our office today for one of these services and to schedule a complimentary skincare consultation.

Runners: Run Off That Sun Damage!

Runners take note! Long gone are the days of baking yourself in the sun for that fashionable tan. Natural, healthy skin is now the look people strive for and can be achieved despite long hours of running under the sun’s harmful rays.

Runners and cyclists enjoy training and racing outdoors. Along with that comes excessive sun exposure and an increased risk of sun photo-1damage, premature aging, and even skin cancer. In the summer months, runners tend to wear short-sleeved shirts or tank tops, shorts, and some even go shirtless, leaving the majority of their skin sun-exposed. You do not realize the damage you are doing to your skin until years later when it comes back to haunt you in the form of sun spots, broken vessels, redness, lax skin, and wrinkles. The good news is this photoaging can be corrected with various treatments and products. We proudly offer the following services to help restore your skin health.

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)

is a treatment that delivers light energy similar to a laser device and is commonly used to reduce skin discoloration, including sun spots, redness, and broken capillaries. In addition to reducing discoloration, people often see a reduction in pore size, overall brightening of the skin, and slight collagen stimulation.

Microneedling

is the “non-laser” equivalent to Fraxel for collagen stimulation. This service uses microneeedles in a small cartridge to form micro punctures into the epidermis and top layer of the dermis. As we age, collagen and elastin production slows down causing uneven, lax skin texture and these micropunctures send a “wake up call” to the collagen reminding it to activate cell regeneration again. The result is firmer skin with greater elasticity, a reduction in fine lines, wrinkles, smaller pore size, and overall improvement in skin health. Also successfully treats acne scars and hyperpigmentation.

Chemical Peels

improve many skin imperfections including discoloration from sun damage, acne, and softens fine lines and wrinkles. Peels effectively remove the damaged outer layers of skin and range from mild to aggressive depending on the severity of the skin issue and the desired result.

Microdermabrasion

is an easy yet highly effective treatment that allows tiny crystal particles to exfoliate the top layer of skin, leaving your skin smooth and free of dead skin cells. This procedure reduces fine lines, light scars, and hyperpigmentation while reducing dead skin, which allows your skincare products to penetrate deeper and be more effective.

Skin is the body’s largest organ, so be kind and keep it healthy! Schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our experienced Aestheticians and allow them to customize a comprehensive skincare regimen that is right for you.

Runners: Collect Race Medals, Not Sun Spots

Being outdoors and staying active are vital components of a healthy lifestyle. Fresh air, daily exercise, and a healthy diet are all important, but it is also important to protect your skin from harmful sun rays before stepping outside. Prevention is the first line of defense against sun and sun spots.photo-2

July brings us a plethora of marathons, bike races, fun runs and more. The race you can often win is the one against negative effects of the sun, which outdoor runners are exposed to day in and day out. Sun damage can be prevented by applying topical vitamin C and mineral-based (zinc) sunscreen before heading outdoors, covering up with UV protective clothing, hats, UV-blocking sunglasses, and by avoiding training during peak sun hours of the day.

Topical vitamin C is vital in protecting the skin from free radicals and photoaging. CE Ferulic and Phloretin CF are at the top of my favorites list and offer advanced environmental protection, calms the skin, and stimulates collagen synthesis while reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

Avid outdoorsmen need to choose clinical grade sunscreen that offers both UVA and UVB protection to combat burning and photoaging, while lowering your risk of skin cancer. EltaMD Sport and Physical sunscreens are my go-to when it comes to sunscreens because they are water-resistant and don’t sting my eyes when I sweat. EltaMD Sport 50 is great for face, ears and neck, combined with EltaMD UV Lip Balm SPF 31 for lips that are always sun exposed and easily forgotten when it comes to sun protection.

Topical vitamin C and quality sunscreen are effective as stand-alone products but are even more effective when paired together. Skincare professionals say these two products combined “plug the leak” and keep the harmful sun rays from penetrating the skin. Always keep sunscreen in your race bag. It is important to remember that the sun’s UV radiation can pass through clouds and fog, therefore sun protection is necessary even with it is overcast. Daily application of a sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher is recommended to help prevent premature aging and also reduce your risk of skin cancer.

Skin is the body’s largest organ, so be kind and keep it healthy! Schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our experienced Aestheticians and allow them to customize a comprehensive skincare regimen that is right for you.

Our Patients story this month features Marie’s Mommy Makeover

Wells Plastic Surgery & Skin Care’s “Our Patients” story this month features Marie’s Mommy Makeover, and details her comprehensive makeover and transformation.  Marie had a facelift, and rhinoplasty, along with her Mommy Makeover ,  all performed by Dr. Henry Wells. Wells Skin Care and Susan M. Wells RN, MS CANS performed all Maries’ non-surgical skin care.  She also had dental care done to enhance her new appearance.

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Our Patients. Their Stores. Featuring Mickey

Life has different stages, different needs, and different stories.

“The main thing I’m so pleased about is that I still look like myself.  I don’t look different, I look better.”

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Ear Lobe Rejuvenation with Juvederm

YOUR EARS – AND EARRINGS – WILL LOOK FABULOUS!

Years of wearing earrings coupled with the effects of gravity leave many of us with softer, deeply grooved earlobes. The side effect is that earrings tend to droop and actually attract attention to this problem. Just like the rest of the body ear lobes are affected by gravity and loss of collagen. We have the solution and it’s so simple.

Screen-Shot-2014-12-02-at-12.02The ears aren’t the typical part of the body we think of when we think of fighting the signs of aging, but over time your earlobes will lose collagen, thus lose elasticity and plumpness. This leads to sagging, furrowed, wrinkled and even elongated ear lobes. It is even more pronounced when you wear earrings, because lack of support from thin ear lobes that have weakened make earrings droop forward.

The great news is that this can be significantly corrected with the use of injectable dermal fillers to plump the ear lobe. We prefer to use Juvederm – the same filler that we use on the face – to correct the shape and strength of the earlobe by restoring volume.

Thus added support from Juvederm plumps up the ear lobe to its former shape and makes the earring hole not look so stretched out. Your post earrings will be seated better. Injections are done in our office in a single appointment – actually in just a half hour – and topical numbing is used for patient comfort. As corrective procedures go, this can be a very inexpensive fix for something that is bothering you. If you achieve full cosmetic correction most patients never need to repeat the treatment!

The results are long lasting rejuvenation of the lobes, keeping these tell tale hints of age at bay. There is virtually no recovery time, and you can show off those great earrings again immediately!

Call Wells Plastic Surgery and Skin Care at 859.255.6648 for a consultation with Susan Meers Wells, RN, MS, to see how Earlobe Rejuvenation can be achieved for you.

Our Patients. Their Stores. Featuring Stacey

Life has different stages, different needs, and different stories.

“Dr. Wells not only gave me my face back, he gave me my life back”.

Read more of Stacey’s Story below.

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