Posts for: June, 2014
A E Skin is excited to announce the launch of our new and improved website: http://www.aeskin.com. There are a number of new updates to the site including a fresh new look, more information, and more pictures. The Service menu is divided into sections, making it easier to find information. We have updates on some of the services including Painless Botox. The Laser treatment section is divided into eight different sections, with pictures and information on each page. This includes new pages for the popular A E Skin Soft and Smooth Rejuvenation and A E Skin Ultimate Rejuvenation treatments. There is also a new page for Ultherapy, a new treatment for tightening of the face and neck in one session. The Skin Care section is divided into seven different pages with product images and information on each page. The Before and After pictures are also divided into sections based on the treatment and many new pictures are now available. The Video section has been updated to provide a better look and feel. The contact information is easy to find and a convenient Contact Form is available on every page. For those that like social media, we have easy links to our Facbook page, Twitter account, You Tube channel, and Yelp page and a Twitter feed is even viewable on the right hand side. Our most exciting new feature is the Specials page, which is updated each month with new specials. We hope you enjoy our new website. Happy new year!
Dr. Alex is featured in the Winter issue of The Aesthetic Guide, the leading aesthetic practice resource for cosmetic doctors. One section featured Aesthetic TV’s Red Carpet Hollywood Mixer, where Dr. Alex was interviewed on the Red Carpet and spent time with other Hollywood A-list physicians such as Dr. Andrew Ordon from the television show The Doctors. The other section that featured Dr. Alex was an article entitled “The Aesthetic Academy Trains Elite Certified Practices.” One part of the articles discusses the Certified Aesthetic Consultant certification course. This course develops doctors and their staff to create outstanding practices. Dr. Alex has gained invaluable experience from attending the Aesthetic Show in Las Vegas, NV for the past three years as well as The Aesthetic Academy in Los Angeles in 2012, where A E Skin won Best Aesthetic Practice. Dr. Alex will be attending the Aesthetic Academy in San Francisco, CA February 15-16, 2014 with his office manager Nora. During this conference they will learn about lasers, injectables, and practice management. We look forward to the Aesthetic Show at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, NV in 2014.
For the second year in a row, A E Skin has been nominated for Best Aesthetic Practice by the Aesthetic Show. This prestigious award “recognizes the outstanding efforts of a team to build and grow an exceptional aesthetic practice.” The winner is determined by public vote. All you need is your name, telephone number, and e-mail address; it takes less than one minute. Click here to vote for A E Skin. The winner will be announced at the Aesthetic Show in July 2014 at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. Winners will be featured in an Aesthetic TV episode, included in the Aesthetic Show public relations campaign, featured in the Aesthetic Guide, and receive a trophy to display in the office. A E Skin won the award in Los Angeles, CA in 2012 at the Aesthetic Academy in Beverly Hills, CA and this year we are looking to win it on a national scale. The Aesthetic Show is an annual event held in Las Vegas, NV attracting cosmetic doctors and their practices to highlight the newest technologies, treatments, and products in aesthetics. The Aesthetic Academy is a smaller scale event and this year will be held in San Francisco, CA during Valentine’s day weekend. Thank you for your support!
The skin on the hands tends to be thicker than the skin on other areas because we use our hands to do so many things. This leads to a rough texture on the surface. A simple way to exfoliate and get a soft texture is with a physical exfoliant like salt. This smoothens the skin like sandpaper smoothens the surface of a table. Wet your hands with warm water and place a teaspoon of table salt in the palm of your hand. Rub your hands together for 30 to 60 seconds. Then rinse of all the salt thoroughly with plenty of warm water. After drying your hands apply some moisturizer and voila, soft hands. Do this every four weeks for maintenance. It can be done on other areas such as the feet. For the face, use other methods like exfoliating serums, laser peels, chemical peels, or the Clarisonic brush.
The Elta MD UV Lip Balm is now available at A E Skin. It is an outstanding product for moisturizing the lips and it works particularly well for people with really dry lips or during these winter months when the weather is cold and dry. It has a smooth texture that feels great on the lips with a mild mint flavor. It provides long lasting protection and is water resistant for 80 minutes. Perhaps the best part is that it includes a transparent physical sunscreen of SPF 31 so your lips are protected from sun damage during the day. Many people forget that the lips are exposed to the sun and can be damaged over time. Sunburns can occur on the lips and are extremely painful. Also, the lips are common areas where people get skin cancer later in life and protection early on will prevent it later. The size of the product is small and the price is very reasonable, so it can fit in both your purse and budget. Stop by A E Skin to try out the new Elta MD UV Lip Balm.
Vitamin D is an important supplement to maintain healthy bodies. It is used in the body to metabolize calcium and phosphorus, which are important for keeping bones strong. Low levels of vitamin D lead to bone problems and in severe cases a disease known as rickets. Vitamin D can be obtained from the diet and through the skin with sun exposure or UV tanning beds. While getting vitamin D from the diet is very healthy, getting it from sunlight is dangerous to your skin. This is because sun exposure and tanning beds lead to both premature aging of the skin and skin cancer. Premature aging results in the formation of fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, and broken blood vessels on the skin. It also destroys collagen which is seen as sagging skin. There are 3.5 million cases of skin cancer diagnosed every year and this number continues to rise. It is estimated that one in five people will develop skin cancer during their lifetime. In the United States every hour one person dies from melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer. Vitamin D can be obtained through the diet through a number of foods that have additional health benefits such as fortified milk and cheeses and oily fish such as salmon and tuna. The National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine recommends an intake of 600 international units of vitamin D for people aged 1 to 70 years. With all these healthy and nutritious sources of vitamin D, it doesn’t make sense to increase your risk of premature aging and skin cancer by using sunlight as a source of vitamin D. This also emphasizes the importance of using sunscreen daily. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a sunscreen with SPF of at least 30 every day, even if you are not outside or if it is cold or overcast. The Elta MD sunscreens provide outstanding protection and feel very comfortable on the skin. For more information, schedule a free consultation with Dr. Alex (818-835-1833 firstname.lastname@example.org).
February is Black History Month, making it a perfect time to discuss treatments and products for those with dark skin. The most common concern for people with Fitzpatrick skin types V and VI is dark discoloration or hyperpigmentation, usually from sun exposure. Therefore the most important product to use is sunscreen daily with an SPF of at least 30. Brightening products containing hydroquinone, kojic acid, and alpha-arbutin as well as antioxidants such as vitamin C provide further improvement. Certain treatments such as IPL photofacials and certain resurfacing treatments should also be avoided in these skin types. Full field and fractional resurfacing with CO2 lasers (such as Fraxel re:pair) and YSGG (Cutera Pearl) create a lot of heat in the skin and can lead to worsening of the discoloration. However resurfacing with an erbium laser such as the Sciton Pro Fractional does not create heat and is safe for dark skin types. Such resurfacing can provide improvement for texture and color concerns. Light chemical peels work well too. Please contact us for a free consultation (818-835-1833 email@example.com).
Dr. Alex attended the Aesthetic Academy at the Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco, CA on Valentine’s day weekend from February 14, 2014 to February 16, 2014. This was an outstanding opportunity to learn more about what is new in aesthetics in order to better serve our patients. On Friday Dr. Alex met with a consultant for over five hours to discuss mechanisms to improve patient experience and results at A E Skin. On Saturday, Dr. Alex attended a full day course on injectables including Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, Juvederm, Juvederm Voluma, Restylane, and Radiesse. Expert injectors from around the country gave talks and their were even live demonstrations. Dr. Alex attended the VIP dinner on Saturday night at Hakkasan, an Asian fusion restaurant in the heart of the financial district with a view of the Chinese New Year parade, where he spoke more with the experts. Sunday featured more seminars on non-invasive and non-surgical body contouring including talks on therapies such as Freeze the Fat (Cool Sculpting by Zeltiq). Throughout the weekend, Dr. Alex met with vendors in the exhibit hall to learn about the latest technologies in terms of laser and skin care. A E Skin won the award for Best Aesthetic Practice at the Aesthetic Academy in Beverly Hills, CA in 2012 and we have been nominated for the national Best Aesthetic Practice award by the Aesthetic Show in 2014.
This weekend was an outstanding opportunity and we look forward to the Aesthetic Show in the summer in Las Vegas, NV.
Treatment Differences with Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin
With all of the new cosmetic products and treatments now available it is hard to know the similarities and differences between them all. A category of treatments is called neuromodulators, which are injected to address certain wrinkles on the face. These are purified proteins that relax muscles that cause wrinkles. The three products that are currently cleared by the FDA for cosmetic use are Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin. The most common areas that are treated are the horizontal lines on the forehead seen when raising the eyebrows, the vertical lines between the brows seen when frowning, and crows feet around the eyes seen when smiling or squinting. Improvement is seen in three to seven days after treatment and last for three to four months. Botox (Allergan, makers of Botox, Juvederm, Voluma, and Latisse) has been used the longest and studied the best and is therefore the post popular product. Dysport (Medicis, makers of Dysport and Restylane) is newer and has little more spread, which can be good or bad depending on the area treated. Xeomin (Merz, makers of Xeomin, Radiesse, and Belotero) is the newest one and is a cleaner protein with a decreased risk for allergic reactions. Being the newest Xeomin currently has the most competitive price point. The other difference is that the unit dosing is not necessarily equivalent between the three products. One unit of Botox is approximately the equivalent of one unit of Xeomin. However, one unit of Botox or Xeomin is the equivalent of 2.5 to 3 units of Dysport. All three of the products work, but some people prefer one over the other. It is like comparing Coke and Pepsi. Most people will try two or three of them and see which works best for them. For a free consultation with Dr. Alex, please contact A E Skin (818-835-1833 firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Elta MD Foaming Facial Cleanser is an outstanding product for any skin care regimen. It is a gentle enzyme cleanser used to clean the face twice daily. The face should be washed twice daily, once in the morning and once at night. This allows for removal of oil, dirt, debris, makeup, and sunscreen. It allows the skin to breath better and allows for better penetration of skin care products. Clean skin is healthy skin. Studies have shown that facial cleansers should be in contact with the skin for at least 30 seconds for best results. The Elta MD Foaming Facial Cleanser foams to give you this indication. To use it properly first wet the face, then apply two pumps to the palm of your hand. Rub it between your palms and massage it gently and evenly to the entire face. Allow it to sit for at least 30 seconds until it foams. If it does not foam by this time rinse the face and repeat. Once it foams rinse off with lukewarm water. The Elta MD Foaming Facial Cleanser is safe for all skin types, oil-free, pH balanced, and gentle enough for use twice a day. Once of the ingredients is bromelain. This is an enzyme found in pineapples that decreases irritation and inflammation in the skin. It gives the product its foamy texture and gives the skin a silky and smooth feeling. For even better results, apply the Elta MD Foaming Facial Cleanser to the face and use the Clarisonic Pro with it. The Elta MD Foaming Facial Cleanser and various other products in the Elta MD line are available at A E Skin. Contact A E Skin (818-835-1833) for a free consultation for recommendations specific to your skin.