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The Best New Topical Body Product you need now… and there’s clinical data to prove why

The genius, new body product you need to firm & restore saggy, bulgy and crepe-like skin – and there’s data to prove it.

Oh hello beautiful, thanks for popping by! In case we’ve just met: so glad you’re here. This is not a sponsored post, nor is any post I’ve ever written to date. If I’m ever provided trade sizes or samples, it’s just because of my full-time profession. Ok, glad we cleared that up. Thanksies!


I’m so excited because I’ve been sneak-previewing the newest innovation by Revision Skincare: BodiFirm – the first medical-grade body product specifically formulated to firm and tighten trouble areas on the body.

If you have areas that look like you’ve been caught in a hail storm, starting to notice thinning skin on your arms, would love if your tummy skin looked tighter, or if you’re as weirded out as I am about the unhappy-looking skin just above the knees, read on!


Total transparency moment: I have a lot of the above concerns myself.

Me, pulling out ALL. THE. STOPS.

Have you also been pulling out all the stops? Here’s what I have tried/have done/am doing (A for Effort, you guys):

  • Micro-needling

*maaaybe helped, but if it does, very slowly and pretty minimally for fine skin texture

  • Coolsculpting* for fat reduction

*Yes, YES coolsculpting works…for fat reduction. But not for skin-firming/tightening/skin texture/look of cellulite.

  • Slathering the backs of my legs in retinol or Retin A, for years

*nothing noticeable, but probably good for preventing crepe-like changes over the long-run.

  • Drowning my ‘trouble areas’ in Nectifirm and Nectifirm Advanced

*there have been compelling studies and associated study before/after photos circulating for years, and the science is there for improving the look of the fat just under the skin that can look bulgy. But this is not a super economical use of these products ($$$).

    • Plan: to begin

Halo Body

    • resurfacing treatments on my trouble areas, now that summer is over. Stay tuned…

Skin care Product Review and Results from Revision Skin Care BodiFirm at TheProductPro.wordpress.com by Elizabeth Weiler MBA, LE, CAC, CLT


So, if you’re like me and you too are fighting the good fight, you also want to prevent the “caught in a hail storm look”, arm skin that could double as a hang-glider, and/or knees that look like they’re grimacing, judging for all the mistreatment over the years. And, of today, get excited because Revision Skincare has been busy brewing up a more economic, highly-targeted product to use daily, specifically for Body – Or, uh, “Bodi”.

Ooooooooh yes, beauties…. My personal product-science-hero and total genius Tatiana, (one of the few product formulators in the whole country) who is the principal formulator at Revision has created a silky, easy and enjoyable to use treatment product for crepe-like, bulgy, and or saggy body skin.

What will it do for you?

According to Revision, BodiFirm has

  • Caffeine – to smooth
  • The same Melaplex technology used in their most recent brightening Vitamin C+ product, to brighten and even out pigment/darkness in sun-damaged areas
  • Bamboo Stem and Patented i-firm technology, (clearly, why ‘Bodi’ vs ‘Body’) which:
  • Diminishes the appearance of fat for contouring*
  • Firms, lifts, and tightens crepey, sagging skin
  • Restores density and elasticity
  • Restores hydration
  • Supports the skin’s microbiome
*There is limited for mail information available at this point, so I’m not sure about the mechanism of action for the fat appearance reduction… but I’ll be sure to circle back on that when I know more.BodiFirm before and after photo at TheProductPro by Elizabeth Weiler MBA, LE, CAC
That is one transformed elbow! But check out the back of the arm… buh-bye, future batwings!

How to use:

On trouble areas only, either:

  • 1 pump (I’m assuming, 1 pump per ‘trouble area’), once per day
  • 1 pump per trouble zone, twice a day

When will you see results?

I was surprised by their clinical data. Results are fast, especially for a topical.

  • 4 weeks, using it 2x per day
  • 8 weeks, using it 1x per day.

It will be launching in 2 sizes. I understand the 3.8 oz will last 3 months using it 1 time per day.Results from Revision Skin Care BodiFirm at TheProductPro.wordpress.com by Elizabeth Weiler MBA, LE, CAC, CLT


How I’m using it

I’m currently using my pre-launch, super top secret BodiFirm on:

  • The area just above the knees
  • The backs of my arms
  • The backs and sides of my upper thighs
  • Inner thighs
  • Stomach
  • As an adjunct to get better results from procedures, and protect my investment after.

I’ll likely be investing in the larger 8 oz size, as I plan to embark on a mission to Halo laser my trouble areas this fall, and know it will be a perfect adjunct to get more ‘bang for my treatment buck’ and protect my Halo Body investment.

 


When can you get your beautiful hands on it??

As an Elite Revision account, my office will be among the first physician offices nationwide to launch the new BodiFirm on 9/12/19! If you’re reading this now, it’s available! WAAAH!!

Stay tuned to RevisionSkincare.com for updates on availability near you!…..

 

If you want to touch base with my office, and/or obtain your BodiFirm from us, below is  the number and website. We’re also on the physician locator, where you can find other Revision offices near you, at Revision’s website.

E’s Office:

DMG Aesthetics at Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Glen Ellyn:

630-545-7840 (we don’t charge for domestic shipping)

And until next time, stay Fabulous, my friends!

 

 


*In no way have I been compensated for any of this^. I am really just that excited. 

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Ever wonder what it’s like to have laser resurfacing? Behold: (15 second clip)

While I thought this was a still photo (and could have been a lot more engaging had I known it was a vid), I thought it would fun to share a glimpse into a fractional laser resurfacing treatment:

Here's our lovely model about 15 minutes after her treatment:

Buh-Bye, Sun Damage, Enlarged Pores, and Wrinkles… Hello, beautiful!

She's looking shiney and goopy because of the protective ointment applied afterward – and she's looking happy because she's on her way to tighter, smoother, and brighter skin. She'll be reapplying ointment and pink for several days to a week, which varies according to the intensity-level and type of laser treatment.

Until next time, stay fabulous my friends!

Treatment performed under the direction of board certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr Daniel Danahey in Glen Ellyn, IL.

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10 Ways To Prepare For Your Laser Resurfacing Treatment

There are many different types of great resurfacing modalities and brands, and the treatment goes by many names. Fraxel, Fractionated (DOT) CO2, Erbium (Microlaserpeel or Arctic Peel, for example), and Halo (ablative and non-ablative fractional mix), are just a few of the great technologies available to resurface and ‘anti-age’.

These fantastic treatments can be performed at many levels for varying lengths of social downtime. Depending on the type and level of your treatment, some of the below guidelines may or may not apply to you. Read on for a few things that I go by when preparing a patient (or myself) for resurfacing, but always, ALWAYS follow the specific instructions given to you by your provider. 

Laser treatment reviews at theproductpro.wordpress.com

 


E’s Top Ten:

Preparing For Your Laser Resurfacing Treatment

1) Use a Retin A (generic: Tretinoin) in the months beforehand. Your provider can write you a prescription or dispense this out of the office. Your provider may ask you to stop using this anywhere from two weeks to a few days before your procedure.

2) Use a topical growth factor and/or peptide blend topical product. Using highly stabilized and potent healing serums like TNS Essential Serum, TNS Recovery Complex, or Neocutis Microserum will help to get your skin in gear for the healing process. The more prepared your skin is for treatment, the quicker your recovery will be, and you’ll likely have a more predictable -and potentially better- outcome.

3) Avoid Sun Exposure, and wear a broad spectrum SPF daily.

4) Keep your provider in the know. Let your provider know if you have any auto-immune or other health issues, allergies, or upcoming vacations (i.e., upcoming sun exposure, or if you’re not going to be around for follow ups, etc). Also be sure to let them know if you get cold sores.

5) If your provider wrote you a prescription for an anti-viral, begin this before treatment as directed. (Very important) Also fill any other prescriptions with plenty of time to spare before your treatment, in case you have any issues or hold-ups at the pharmacy.

6) If applicable, prepare your vinegar soak so it’s ready when you want it. Read more about that here.

7) Pick up any necessary post-care products. Your provider will recommend or give you products to use. DO NOT add or omit any products. Resist this urge!

8) Find or buy a zippered or button up-and-down top so you can remove it easily afterward. You may also want to locate your spare, cruddier pillow cases so when you hit the hay you won’t get ointment on your good linens.

9) Make your follow-up appointments. Your provider may want to see you multiple times during the healing process. These are important check-in’s to make sure you’re healing properly and answer any questions that come up. Making them in advance ensures you get the most convenient times for you.

10) Plan fun stuff to do at home while recovering. Have you been meaning to organize your closet but never have the time? Use your social downtime (no matter how short) to accomplish something great! Or, if it’s more your style, have yourself an 80’s movie marathon. :)


I hope some of these tips help as you plan your laser procedure! Remember to always, always follow the guidelines given to you by your provider, and prepare to enjoy your firming, smoothing, pore-reducing (and fabulous) results!

Until next time, stay fabulous my friends!

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Before and After: my Halo Laser Treatment Results!

As a skin care professional and Laser tech myself, it’s a little embarrassing to reveal what my complexion looked like before. But the results are TOO GOOD to not to share.

Here are the before-and-after Visia Imager photos 6 months after 2 sessions of Halo Laser Resurfacing. (no foundation/concealer, moisturizer, or anything on the skin in either pic). 

I am SO happy with my results!

What is Halo? Halo laser is the first of it’s kind: a hybrid (ablative and non-ablative) fractionated laser. Translation: 2 different wavelengths of laser fire off at the exact same time. Down-time is a fraction of any other fractionated laser out there-  (you can wear makeup out the door) – and the results are exponentially better from my perspective. It’s almost like having double the treatment with amazingly little social downtime, if any.

If you are on the fence about this procedure, I would urge you to go for it.

My before and after: 6 months after 2 Halo Laser Resurfacing Treatments at Erickson Dermatology in Chicago My before and after: 6 months after 2 Halo Laser Resurfacing Treatments

My Results: a reduction of pore size, NO more breakouts, reduction in discoloration and hyperpigmentation, a tightening of the skin (especially the lower face on either side of the mouth), improvement in texture and a noticeable glow or luminosity… YES, this is exactly why we call it the ‘Halo Glow’.

TheProductPro Before and After Photos Halo Laser

My before and after: 6 months after 2 Halo Laser Resurfacing Treatments performed while I worked at Erickson Dermatology in Chicago. Side note: That’s a little biopsy site on my upper cheek, done after my Halo Treatments.

 

My Plan: Moving forward, I plan to get/do a Halo on myself once a year at a minium to maintain- now that my skin is so improved, I’m spoiled!

Click: here to see more Halo Before and After’s on Sciton’s site

Until Next time, stay fabulous, my friends!

Post Update, 2019:  If you are looking for a provider to do YOUR Halo, I would love to meet you. I invite you to contact me at my current office, linked HERE  or connect with me on LinkedIn. 

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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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E Experiments: The Light Sheer Laser

I had the honor of experimenting with the Lumenis Duet LightSheer Diode Laser this week at my office, Erickson Dermatology. This nifty laser has a handpiece that gently suctions the skin as the laser is engaged. This makes things less painful (I would say pain free, almost!) for the patient during laser hair removal/reduction treatments- total win.

The spot size is humongous too, so treating a large area is a snap. Less stress on the practitioner, less stress on the patient: what’s not to love?

Interested in becoming a hairless cat? This handpiece is LARGE and in charge!

Interested in becoming a hairless cat? This handpiece is LARGE and in charge!

Just thought I’d share what I’m up to!
Until next time: Stay Fabulous, My friends!

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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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Playing With MicroLaserPeel

Not too long ago, I had the opportunity to experiment with Sciton’s Profractional Laser Technology, Sciton’s BBL, and Sciton’s MicroLaserPeel treatment. I was pretty excited about the versatility of the MicroLaserPeel. This  resurfacing laser treatment is fully customizable, and can fall anywhere in social downtime (ie, pinkness/sensitivity afterwards) between a REALLY effective microdermabrasion and a huge, intense laser treatment.

Here’s what can be treated with MicroLaserPeel:

• Wrinkles and Skin Texture

• Scars

• Keratosis

• Sun damage (including freckles)

• Pigment irregularities

Almost any skin areas can be treated, but the most popular treatment areas are the face, neck, chest and hands.

MicroLaserPeel (also sometimes called a NanoPeel, or a Weekend Peel) is an erbium laser treatment that removes a thin layer of damaged skin to improve texture and provide a more youthful appearance. It’s pretty great because it can be administered with great precision of depth, like if you only have one afternoon for social-downtime. The procedure is performed in your physician’s office and is pretty great because it can be custom tailored to your specific skin concerns, and most importantly: How much time you have to spare for social downtime. That, and it can be combined with other laser procedures at the same visit to maximize your results.

The depth is measured in microns, so a 10 Micron laser Peel is much lighter than a 20, which would require some social downtime. Here’s how you could look at it: A series of microdermabrasions (like maybe 6 treatments) can equal one treatment of a 10 micron MicroLaserPeel.

Here’s a great video of a demonstration.You’ll see the MicroLaserPeel’s beam being scanned over a treatment area to remove the very thin layer of the skin. As the skin heals, fresh cells grow and resurface the treated area. The result is healthier-looking skin, often with reduced wrinkles and improved tone. Patients often say that it looks like their skin went from looking ‘tired’ to fab.

 Here’s the same day before and after pictures of my hand after (from top to bottom) a 4 Micron Peel, an 8 Micron Peel, and a 10 Micron Peel. (translation: Super-Light to Light)

Screen Shot 2014-03-09 at 8.34.34 PMI felt totally fine (no discomfort AT ALL), and the texture on my left hand actually looked and felt smoother and healthier than the right hand, almost right away.  I was surprised how audible the laser sound was, and how comfortable it was. I really didn’t feel much at all! Can’t wait to offer this treatment to our patients, I think they’ll love it!

Until Next time: 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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