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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’.

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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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Why I did miraDry

Have you heard of miraDry? It’s a device that microwaves your underarm sweat glands. Yes- literally microwaves them.
Cool, right?

Using heat to selectively seek and destroy is not a new concept. That’s how laser resurfacing works, among many other things. In this case, it’s seeking and destroying the sweat glands.

Here’s an interesting fact: there are two different types of glands in your underarms. One kind produces sweat (the wetness) and the other one produces the odor and whatever makes the underarm area of an old white t shirt yellow.

Miradry zaps both, and as a special bonus, the underarm hair too. I’m sold.

There are people out there who have hyperhidrosis, that’s when the sweat glands are stuck in overdrive mode. I don’t have that, but when I stood up in my best friend’s wedding a couple of years ago, the photos revealed that I must of been a little nervous presenting my maid of honor speech- my satin gown gave me away with some classy sweat marks. Nice.

Ok, it’s true that I’m not giving speeches in satin dresses all the time. So why did I do it, then?

I hate anti-perspirant. I’m actually allergic to almost every kind on the market. The only one I wasn’t allergic to became Discontinued, so I’ve been ordering it for the last couple of years on Amazon.

Another reason? The aluminum compounds in anti-perspirant have been rumored to add to breast cancer risk and/or contribute to the Alzheimer’s. (The evidence is inconclusive that it actually does that, so don’t freak out… here’s a link): http://www.m.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/features/antiperspirant-facts-safety

Whether or not that ends up being true, I think reducing how much chemical is on my skin on a daily basis is probably a good idea.

Miradry treatment can take 1 or 2 treatments to work. I ended up doing two, just to really nail it. I’ve been really really happy since then, and so have my underarms (no allergic reactions here)!

Satin dresses are no match for me now!

Here’s a link to my office’s page on miradry, check it out!

http://www.ericksondermatology.com/miradry/

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Here’s me with the miradry device at Erickson Dermatology in Chicago right after my treatment. It’s actually quite the relaxing experience!

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Hair For You: Products for Hair that needs Help

My hair has suffered through a lot throughout the years… Health and nutrition issues,  stress, changing colors, bleaching, medications, breakage… The list goes on!

While I’m entirely more of a skin care expert than a hair expert, I do have some experience on the topic. This ranges from working as an shampoo girl, assistant and salon receptionist for many years to managing a larger corporate spa.  Add to that list the transforming, repairing, and disguising of issues with my own hair (years later ) with everything from cranial prosthesis to extensions, weaves and falls. (It doesn’t hurt to have fabulously talented and smarty-pants professional stylist friends to give advice, either!)

Anyway, here are just a few key things that I have found helpful over the years for  thinning and breaking hair. Because if you’ve ever gone through this, you know that you’re ALWAYS seeking new info, desperate to find something to helpful during a really tough time.

Best for Delicate Hair, Loss, and Breakage

E's new Mason Pearson Brush

This thing was SO pricey… Probably putting those Boars’ children (piglets??) through college!


  • A Boar Bristle Hair Brush

The theory here is that the boar bristles will help to distribute your own oils from your scalp to the ends, while simultaneously stimulating the scalp. Mine is new, so far it’s going pretty well! Caution: these guys are expensive. I found mine on Amazon, but these can be found at Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom as well.

  • Aveda Invati Line

Consisting of an exfoliating shampoo, a light/medium consistency conditioner, and a daily scalp spray, this line is most helpful for prevention of breakage*. Aveda insists that the spray is necessary to do every day (“12 sprays a day keep the loss away”) But I must admit, I am not great at completing that stop as regularly as I should. Nonetheless, I still feel that this line has been helping considerably. * Side note: You may be thinking, “Great, but my issue is hair loss, not breakage”. I thought the same thing. But when you are suffering from hair loss, do not under estimate the importance of keeping the hair you have!  http://www.aveda.com/products/8655/Hair-Care/Hair-Concern/thinning-solutions/index.tmpl

 

Best for Damaged and Dry hair


 

  • Phyto 7 and Phyto Revitalizing Serum

Phyto 7 is kinda like Moisturizer for your hair

Phyto 7 is kinda like Moisturizer for your hair

Found at Nordstrom, Sephora, and Ulta, these products are one of the reasons that I still HAVE hair over the years of bleach and abuse. My favorite by far is the Phyto 7 Day Cream. Not as heavy as an oil this can be used easily on dry hair without making it look heavy or greasy. I’ve also liked the treatment serum, packaged in ampules and used twice a week on the scalp.   http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/phyto-7-daily-hydrating-cream/2832082

 

  • Aveda’s Damage Remedy line

Here's me with Peg, the owner of the AVEDA store at San Tan Village that I frequent

Here’s me with Peg, the owner of the AVEDA store at San Tan Village that I frequent

These fantastic products are sort of expensive, but I worth every penny. Using proteins to repair damage, this line consists of a Reconstructive Shampoo and conditioner, a daily repair leave in conditioner, and an intensive treatment mask. I’ve been using this product family for a few years since they launched, and would highly recommend them. http://www.aveda.com/products/5232/Collections/Damage-RemedyTM/index.tmpl

 

 

 

I’ll post additional hair products soon… In the meantime, stay fabulous my friends!

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Dermaplaning: Don’t be Scared

Ever thought Dermaplaning looked scary-as-heck? You’re not alone!

What is it?? Also known as epidermal leveling, Dermaplaning is an expert technique which gently removes superficial, rough skin with the use of a modified surgical utensil (that’s the nice way to say SCALPEL). This specialized treatment leaves the skin glowing and refreshed. Here’s the secret: No, it doesn’t hurt! AND, it’s actually more gentle (and effective at removing superficial, dead/damaged tissue) than lots of other aesthetic treatments.

Here’s me performing a dermaplane:

dermaplaning with Elizabeth Weiler

Here I am using a modified #10 blade scalpel to gently remove the rough surface cells.

Who is it good for?  Dermaplaning is safe for almost all skin types. It’s not so great for really active acne or for people with really thick hair growth on the face. It’s actually a great alternative to microdermabrasion: much more gentle and much more effective at removing stratum corneum!!! Ok, people also love it because it removes peach-fuzz. For those of you who love that part, I mentioned it! Are you happy?? =)

DP treatments result in a more refined, smooth, “glowing” appearance.  Because Dermaplaning does not require the use of chemicals to exfoliate, it is often appropriate for those with certain skin allergies or sensitivities, even rosacea… no kidding!

choose your own

Dermaplaning treatments: Choose Your Own Adventure. (Actually, your skin care pro will help you… but you catch my drift)

What to Expect:  Dermaplaning is actually a no-downtime, gentle refinement. You might expect your at-home products to absorb more quickly than usual, and your makeup to go on more smoothly than usual.  (so use caution if you are using strong exfoliants or harsher products!) If it is determined to be appropriate for your skin, a mild chemical peel, cryogen therapy, or a masque treatment may be applied during your treatment. It’s sort of like a choose-your-own adventure book. Remember those? If you do, you might look into dermaplaning for it’s anti-aging benefits. (That was supposed to be funny!!)

Locally, I enjoy teaching other professionals to dermaplane. This comfortable treatment is a patient-favorite and a specialty of our office, and may be a specialty of an office near you soon!! =)

Do NOT try this at home

No, it’s not scary… but Do NOT try this at home.

Until next time, stay fabulous my friends!

E

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