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3 Essential Steps to Skin That’s Forever Young

Oh, hello Beautiful!

I recently wrote this article for my organization, DuPage Medical Group. Thought I’d share it with you.

Until next time, stay fabulous, my friends!


3 Essential Steps to Youthful Skin

By: Elizabeth Weiler, LE

TOPICS: SKIN HEALTH
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 Whether you’re beginning skin damage prevention in your 20s and 30s, or improving age-related changes and maintaining the condition of your skin in your 40s and beyond, the services at DMG Aesthetics can help you achieve and maintain radiant skin no matter your age.

Our licensed aesthetician, Elizabeth Weiler,offers her professional advice on how to sustain youthful skin by following the ladder metaphor, along with a helpful visual for planning and navigating results-oriented options for age management.

3 Essential Steps to Anti-Aging by Elizabeth Weiler MBA, LE, CAC, CLT

Step 1: Daily  

The first and most important step on the ladder for maintaining healthy and glowing skin year-round is daily use of the core four products.

The following products create a skincare routine that protects your skin from damage during the day and repairs damage at night. Without these core skincare products, your skin is highly vulnerable to environmental damage every day.

The Core Four

1. Sunscreen (SPF) – AM Only

No matter your age, it’s a good idea to apply sunscreen daily, even on cloudy days and days when you don’t plan to go outside. To streamline your routine in the morning, you may opt for a sunscreen that also moisturizes.

Revision Skincare’s Intellishade is a popular SPF product, which is an all-in-one anti-aging daily sunscreen and moisturizer. Another SPF option is ISDIN Eryfotona Actinica, which is a light-weight, easy to apply mineral sunscreen.

2. Antioxidants – AM (PM’s as indicated)

High quality, topical antioxidants can help protect your skin from environmental damage. Many formulas such as a vitamin C serum, are proven to visibly brighten, reduce redness and stimulate collagen in the skin.

Skinmedica’s Lumivive system is a great option for almost all skin types. It includes a nighttime antioxidant serum to stimulate mitochondria to repair damage as you sleep.

3. Growth Factors and Peptides – AM/PM

Once you turn 40, it is helpful to use a growth factor/peptide serum twice a day, which heals any accumulated skin damage over the years.

When it comes to growth factor and peptide serums, TNS® Essential Serum and Neocutis MicroSerum are both a great choice.

The TNS Essential Serum is popular due to its powerful, multi-tasking technology that includes a combination of antioxidants, peptides, HA plumping spheres, brightening Alpha Arbutin and the highest concentration of topical growth factors available.

Neocutis’ MicroSerum is an unrivaled blend of newly developed peptides that is proven to stimulate three different types of collagen to support the structure of the skin.

4. Retinol or Retinoids – PM Only

Step four, which typically starts at 30 years or older, is incorporating a retinol on a nightly basis.

Retinols and growth factor serums are well known for reducing fine lines, brightening, smoothing, restoring and repairing the skin.

One of the most popular retinols is SkinMedica’s Retinol .25 (for sensitive or dry skin) and SkinMedica’s Retinol .5 (for normal skin).

For recommendations on what skincare products you should be using, please schedule a consultation online or by calling your local DMG Aesthetics.

Step 2: Quarterly

In this step, photorejuvenation and/or a wrinkle-reducing treatment such as BOTOX Cosmetic is recommended at least three to four times a year. 

Photorejuvenation treatments can instantly help improve the quality of your skin with results lasting up to several years. The Forever Young BBL is a common quarterly photorejuvenation treatment.

The Forever Young BBL is a specialized light-based treatment that increases brightness, smoothness and evens skin tone. This BBL treatment not only improves and maintains your skin tone, but can also be used to rejuvenate the skin on the neck, chest, hands or any other area of the body.

A wrinkle-relaxing injection (neuromodulator), such as BOTOX Cosmetic, Dysport or Xeomin, works by relaxing the muscles that cause lines and wrinkles. For that reason, injections such as BOTOX can help prevent deep dermal creases, folds and wrinkles or prevent wrinkles you already have from deepening over time.

Wrinkle-relaxing injections are typically repeated every three to four months to maintain the effect, as recommended by the FDA.

Step 3: Annually

For men and women in their 40s and beyond, receiving a laser resurfacing treatment approximately one to two times per year can help reverse and prevent age-related changes in your skin.

An innovative laser treatment called the Halo™Laser is a popular choice. It is a dual-fractionated laser treatment that reduces enlarged pores, lines, wrinkles and mild acne scarring. It also treats visible sun damage as well as deeper sun damage we can’t see. The Halo™ laser is unique because of its low downtime and highly customizable settings that can be personalized for a wide variety of needs.   

For example, a lighter Halo™ treatment is ideal for those who want to maintain a youthful and radiant complexion. A more intense treatment is beneficial for those who have deep lines and textures. A Halo laser and BBL combination treatment is common for those with stubborn pigmentation, or those who want ‘wow’ results.

Finally, because we lose volume in our faces over time, treatments with an FDA filler can help to reverse deep dermal creases and the look of sagging skin, without surgery.

When it comes to filler injections, Sculptra Aesthetic or Juvederm Voluma XC are often recommended because of their long-lasting, lifting results. For a list of fillers we offer, please visit our non-surgical procedure page.

Start working towards your healthiest and most youthful-looking skin today by scheduling a consultation online, or by calling your local DMG Aesthetics

To schedule a consult with Elizabeth Weiler, call our Glen Ellyn DMGA location at 630-545-7840.

 

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AmSpa, Environ, and Cutera host Chicago Aesthetic Industry Friends at POPS

Last week I had the honor of joining a number of Chicago area pros at the American Medical Spa Association, Environ Skin Care and Cutera Laser Industry Networking Reception at Pops for Champagne.  A great time was had by all! Thanks to Nealy Skeldon with Environ and Ryan Hotchkiss with Cutera for hosting!

With a Bunch of Beauties at the AmSpa, Environ and Cutera Chicago Industry Networking Reception

With a Bunch of the Beauties at the AmSpa, Environ and Cutera Chicago Industry Networking Reception

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Sciton’s Superior Science: Aesthetic Laser Symposium

Speakers Jason Pozner, MD, FAC and Stanley J. Kovak, MD just schooled all of Chicago (and surrounds) last weekend on Combo treatments with amazing Sciton laser technologies at the Waldorf Astoria.

Sciton (as I’m learning over time) has awesome, advanced, and highly-customizable phototherapies for many different aging and sun-damaged skin types. These lasers are complex, and behind the scenes you would hear that they aren’t for the beginner laser practitioner. Even with as much experience as I have doing laser treatments, I’m learning a lot (well, a TON) and am enjoying every minute!! The results are significant- and I’m looking forward to learning more every day under the direction of my physician. YEAH!

Screenshot 2014-03-09 22.24.34These were the Topics:

  • Achieving superior results with combination procedures
  • Advanced phototherapy and skin tightening for aging and sun damaged skin
  • Resurfacing Perfected

Thanks Sciton, Dr Pozner, and Dr Kovak! I learned a ton!

Until next time: Stay Fabulous, My Friends!

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The Chicken, the Egg, and The Changing Aesthetic Landscape

Chickens be like: I was here first.

Chickens be like: I was here first.

As I write, I am here in San Francisco at the The Aesthetic Academy meetings.  Yesterday I took the Certified Aesthetic Consultant Exam and should have my results in 2-3 weeks. (Keep your finger crossed for me!) And now that the hard work is over, I can take a deep breath, sit back, and learn.

A handful of the nation’s top aesthetic physicians are here presenting their favorite technologies for non-surgical rejuvenation, fat reduction and anti-aging. I’m noting a continuous theme with every. single. presentation.

The theme: the industry landscape is changing. For example: in 1997 (and maybe even 2007) a person might go to a doctor, have a surgery, and ride off into the sunset. These days, informed consumers are seeking more progressive solutions with little or no downtime. They have high expectations, plenty of options, and do lots of research.  They aren’t jumping into invasive surgeries. In fact, according to ASAPS, the surgical segment of our industry is only experiencing growth of 3% each year, whereas non-surgical procedures are growing over 10% each year. As I listen, I agree… as a Service Provider, a Practice Manager, and as a patient myself. People want procedures that are better, faster, and easier to recover from.

From my perspective, I see these savvy, well-informed patients demanding these advancements. And I also see (especially at the industry conferences) that the technology is getting better.  But I wonder: is the technology getting better because the market demands it? Or are people starting to access these treatments because the new, effective, non-invasive options are finally available? Which came first? The chicken or the egg?

Whichever scenario is happening, the technology is getting better. Science is looking to affect the skin/tissues on a molecular level. We are hearing more and more about changing ‘the behavior’ of the tissue. I even heard the phrase “reprogramming genes like software”.  Indeed, genes are kind of like little strings of data, not unlike software.  Heating, cooling, and using all types of energies to manipulate, denature, and contract are becoming the methods of choice for patients AND practitioners.  Very interesting.  So while plenty of facelifts are still happening, it sounds like the future of medicine is going ‘molecular’.

Feeling good, about to take the Certified Aesthetic Consultant exam.

Feeling good, about to take the Certified Aesthetic Consultant exam.

Here are the buzz-worthy, popular topics for non-surgical and non-invasive technologies here at the show:

  • Microneedling
  • Diodes
  • RF Devices (radiofrequency, now with less treatments)
  • Enzymes, Stem Cells in Skin Care
  • IPL, Photo Facial (oldie but a goodie)
  • Circumferential Reduction, (Body Contouring and Fat Reduction)
  • (Still trying for a great) Skin Tightening modality
  • Cellulite Treatments (still nothing permanent, but looking good in the temporary-realm!)
  • Micro-cannulas (for injecting soft tissue fillers like Juvederm)
  • Voluma (the new filler from Allergan)

More to come from San Francisco!

In the meantime, Stay Fabulous, My Friends!

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December Lumenis Symposium: Because Chicago could use a little light(-based technology) in the winter… amiright?

I was honored to be learning about Lumenis’ latest cosmetic light-based technology from (and with) some of the brightest minds in our field at tonight’s Chicago Lumenis Symposium. Lumenis has been well known for it’s IPL devices over the years, but just a few months ago they received FDA approval for their ResurFX: The New Fractional Non-Ablative technology for skin resurfacing.

What the heck does that mean, you ask?

A quick generalized answer here: Non-Ablative means that the surface of the skin stays intact, and fractionated means collagen remodeling by only treating a FRACTION of the skin at a time (aka, little-to-no-downtime). WOO-HOO!

Cindy, R2-D2 (kidding, it’s the Lumenis M22) and Yours Truly

Here I am with The Lumenis M22, (the R2-D2 looking unit which houses their famous ResurFX and IPL), alongside the well-known Aesthetic Consultant extraordinaire, Cindy Graf (aka, The Laser Queen!)

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Chicago’s Most Recent Solta Medical Laser Symposium… where technology meets fabulocity.

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Last week, Chicago Physicians and Clinicians attended Solta Medical’s most recent Laser Symposium, where we learned about the most recent advancements in Liposonix fat-reduction (reduction of subcutaneous adipose tissue) via HIFU (High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound), Fraxel re:pair (treatment of wrinkles, furrows, pigmented lesions, vascular dyschromia) Thermage (classic non-invasive treatment of wrinkles) Fraxel DUAL 1550/1927 (sun spots age spots, AK’s, melasma, peri-orbital wrinkles and scars) Clear + Brilliant (general skin resurfacing) and Isolaz (acne). WHEW!

Needless to say, there was plenty to absorb… and I had a cramp in my hand from taking notes even before the main course was served. I think with all the constant advancements in technology (especially in our industry), no matter WHAT your role is in your office: we are ALL always learning and growing!

It was an honor to be there, learning alongside some of Chicago’s greatest!

Until next time, Stay Fabulous My Friends!

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