We know it when we see it… Gorgeous skin that absolutely radiates vitality and health. We may witness it on any age group, from the newborn with fresh unblemished skin, to a woman well into her 70’s who has been diligent about sun protection and her home care regimen throughout her life. Regardless of where its sighted, healthy skin has several common characteristics that fit together like a puzzle to form a truly beautiful complexion.
Let’s celebrate Back to School and learn the ABC’s of beautiful, healthy skin!
Acne & Congestion Free
Acne can affect people of all ages. Just when you think you have escaped your teenage acne, it rears its ugly head later in life due to stress or hormone imbalance. Regardless of its cause, it is important to seek products and treatment therapies to keep your skin clear of acne infections to avoid future scarring and pigment damage. In advanced cases, this may require a prescription from your dermatologist.
Congestive acne manifests itself as blackheads and whiteheads, especially along the t-zone of the face (forehead, nose, chin). This type of acne is often caused by using skincare and makeup products that have ingredients that irritate or clog our pores. In other cases, these blackheads form as a result of your skin not being able to effectively shed dead skin cells quickly enough. The result? These excess cells combine with facial oil and clog a pore.
Solutions: Check out physician grade skincare products with ingredients like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. These ingredients kill surface bacteria and help skin exfoliate. Explore treatments like chemical peels and Hydrafacial MD® to professionally exfoliate your skin and regulate your cellular turnover and keep you skin clear and blemish free!
Balanced & Bright
Does your skin feel like an oil slick by mid-day, or do you feel dull and as dehydrated as the Sahara regardless of the climate or season? No matter the extreme, this is your skin’s way of telling you that it needs to be balanced. Truly healthy skin has an ideal balance of surface oil and water hydration to maintain a slightly acidic pH to fight off bacteria. Remember, our skin is our first line of defense to our environment! Although usually stemming from hormonal imbalance, oily skin can be caused by using products that over strip/over dry our skin, such as products that contain alcohol. Skin that is dehydrated, or lacking water, will appear dull and tight.
Solutions: Meet with a licensed aesthetician to determine your skin’s condition and get a homecare regimen prescribed that will balance your skin’s unique properties. Regulate your skin’s behavior with professional treatments such as customized clinical facials, chemical peels and HydraFacial MD®
Calm & Clear
Tired of seeing red? Skin that is chronically red is indicative of underlying vascular issues. Excessive flushing, broken capillaries and “hot to the touch” skin may be a sign of rosacea or a truly sensitive skin type. Where there is red, there is inflammation. Inflammation perpetuates aging by breaking down collagen and elastin over time. It is very important to keep this type of skin calm, cool and collected with homecare products that are soothing and reparative.
Solutions: This skin needs TLC! Meet with a licensed aesthetician for a proper homecare regimen of calming products and customized facials that will tone down redness and repair your skin’s compromised barrier function. IPL, or Intense Pulsed Light treatments, are highly indicated for this skin condition as the technology closes the tiny vessels that are contributing to the overall redness.
Dewey & Hydrated
When a fresh new skin cell is born it is plump and full of water…like a juicy grape. By the time it reaches the surface of our skin, it is more like a raisin. This water loss can cause our skin to look dry, tight and crepey-exaggerating the appearance of fine lines. Lifestyle habits can make a huge impact on this water loss, especially if you are someone who doesn’t’ consume enough water throughout the day. What we topically apply to our skin can also have an impact on these levels of hydration, especially if we are using products that strip or dry our skin.
Solutions: Ask your licensed aesthetician to identify your skin type and condition and prescribe a moisturizer that is appropriate. In some cases, a serum containing hyaluronic acid can be highly beneficial. This ingredient binds water to our skin and is incredibly hydrating. Treatments like HydraFacial MD® are also very effective because they remove dead skin cells and infuse moisture and antioxidants into the skin!
Even & Smooth
Dark spots on the skin absorb light. Uneven skin texture refracts light. This results in the appearance of the complexion looking muddy, dark and dull. Dark spots (hyperpigmentation) may be caused by excessive sun exposure or hormone fluctuations. These usually present themselves as dark freckling or patches of dark pigmentation. Uneven skin texture may be caused by acne scarring or enlarged pores from oily skin. Lightening these dark spots and working to even the texture on the skin can have a dramatic impact on the over youthful appearance of a complexion! Many studies point to an uneven skin tone being a much better assessment of age than wrinkles! It’s time to get even!
Solutions: Ask your licensed aesthetician for product recommendations that contain lighteners like Kojic Acid, Licorice Extract, Hydroquinone and skin smoothers, such as retinols or alpha hydroxyl acids. IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is the gold standard treatment in removing dark spots from the skin, and treatments like SkinPen® Micro Needling can help build skin up from the inside out and lend to a smoother appearance!
Firm & Full
Forget about the apple of your eye…how about the apple of your cheek! As we age, our skin loses volume. This is the result of bone loss, fat redistribution, and a slowing of the rate of how our skin produces collagen and elastin. Collagen and elastin are the proteins in our skin that give it fullness, spring and bounce. Around age 30, our rate of producing these fibers almost grinds to a halt. The result? Skin that starts to sag, hallows under our eyes, a gaunt appearance. Thankfully, there is much we can do!
Solutions: Dermal Fillers are one of the most effective options to restore lost volume to the skin. These products are commonly comprised of HA’s, or hyaluronic acid compounds which draw water to themselves. The result? Plump, lifted skin and enhanced, more youthful contours to your face. Increase your results by having a licensed aesthetician prescribe appropriate homecare products such as retinols, growth factors, or the newest products that contain 4th generation stem cells.
Meet with a Face Cosmetic Skincare Licensed Aesthetician to get started on your journey to truly healthy and beautiful skin!
Facial Plastic Surgery is not superfluous or vain, for many it can lead to a dramatically improved sense of self.
Let’s be honest. We live in a world of plastic and cosmetic surgery extremes. While some people are getting plastic surgery to look more like their favorite celebrity, the next patient is simply addressing a functional issue like a deviated septum to breathe more efficiently. For every Facebook and Instagram post filled with horror stories like the New York City “Cat Lady,” there is another that showcases a study that shows the improvement to self-esteem after a cosmetic procedure. In all of this sensationalism, the average plastic surgery patient can feel confused, under represented and lost. It’s time to realistically represent the world of facial plastic surgery, to dispel the common misconceptions, and to embrace the empowerment that comes from realizing that each one of us deserves to have the appearance we want.
Undesirable facial features and/or traits can severely impact your self-esteem and, in turn, your overall satisfaction with life. Many adult patients still experience insecurity and poor self-esteem due to teasing about a facial trait, such as enlarged ears, from their childhood. During consultations, many patients comment on how their dissatisfaction with their crooked nose, aging face or double chin instills negative feelings about themselves on a daily basis. After surgery, they will share that they feel like they are able to now focus on the more enjoyable and important aspects of their lives. In addition, due to their heightened self-esteem, they now focus on improving other aspects of their lives such as fitness, nutrition and their relationships with people they care about. All in all, their facial surgery lead to overall improvement in ALL areas of their lives. If this is the case, why is there still such a taboo surrounding facial plastic surgery?
Bring up the term “plastic surgery” at a dinner party and you will get just as many reactions and opinions as the number of party guests. While some are judgmental and site several examples of horrifying news headlines, others will argue that it is a personal and private decision of the patient and celebrate the power of choice and the journey of self-improvement. The topic can be as polarizing as politics and, unfortunately, many of the arguments against plastic surgery come from outdated, hypocritical and incorrect assumptions.
One common argument is that Facial Plastic Surgery is expensive, vain and superfluous. Critics will site that this money could be better spent on something philanthropic, making the pursuer of plastic surgery feel as if they are missing the mark on some moral high ground. But, to this point, one could than argue that anyone who buys an expensive home, car, or piece of artwork is guilty of the same crime. Who is anyone to dictate what another spends their earned income on? In addition, how can you put a price on how feeling good about your appearance can improve your life and how you live it?
Another common argument is that Facial Plastic Surgery is dangerous. Millions of cosmetic procedures are conducted each year in the United States by board-certified plastic surgeons and facial plastic surgeons. Do you think you are more apt to hear about the wonderful outcomes of these procedures, or the ONE procedure, performed by an unlicensed or unqualified practitioner, that turned out poorly? Unfortunately, great results get less TV ratings and responses on social media than your “Top 5 Plastic Surgery Gone Wrong” headlines. This sensationalism is not only detrimental to the thousands of surgeons practicing ethically with wonderful outcomes, it is damaging to the person who is considering a procedure, but is now filled with ungrounded fear. Case in point, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), the rate of serious complications from plastic surgery is LESS THAN HALF OF ONE PERCENT.
The decision to have Facial Plastic Surgery is deeply personal and the results can be life altering. Many experience a profound sense of empowerment through acknowledging the source of their discontent, seeking the guidance of a board-certified plastic surgeon, and taking control of their appearance. If that is not reason enough, year after year, studies prove that the benefits of these procedures extend far beyond what we see reflected back in the mirror. We have one life. We should not feel shame or judgement in our desire to move through it with our best face forward!
Dare to go bare and ditch your razor with Laser Hair Reduction
Imagine confidently going to the beach this Summer and not worrying about whether or not you had shaved that morning. Next, think about how much time you would save if you didn’t need to shave your legs in the shower or make monthly trips to an aesthetician to get your back waxed. Last, do the math on how much money you would save if you didn’t have to buy costly razor replacement cartridges each month. These reasons and MORE have caused hundreds of thousands of people to ditch their razors for Laser Hair Reduction and embrace smooth, soft skin that stays hair free for good!
According to the National Cosmetic Surgery Data Bank Statistics, over 1,035,783 laser hair reduction procedures were performed in 2016 alone. This makes it in the top 5 of all non-surgical cosmetic treatments for the past decade. Much of this is due to the fact that BOTH men and women can benefit from Laser Hair Reduction and it has continued to become more effective, safe, fast and comfortable.
- 80-90% hair reduction, if not complete removal in some cases
- soft, smooth skin year round
- reduction in ingrown hairs and razor burn
- control and maintenance of excessive hair growth from certain medical conditions
- improved self confidence
- time efficiency
- cost effectiveness
So how does this technology work? First, you must understand a little bit about how lasers work. A true laser is one congruent beam of light that, based on its wavelength, targets a specific thing, such as blood, water, or melanin in skin. In the case of Laser Hair Reduction, the wavelength of light targets the pigment in your hair follicle. Because the laser is attracted to pigment, the best candidates for Laser Hair Reduction are lighter skinned individuals with no active tan to their skin who have dark hair (no blonde, grey or translucent hair). Once a pulse of the laser is administered to a hair; the hair absorbs the energy and follicles are disabled from growing fully again. With each subsequent treatment, the ability of those follicles to regenerate new hair is disabled more and more.
Because our hair has several growth cycles and each is different, dependent on location on the body, multiple treatments are needed to catch each active growth cycle. This leads to up to 80% reduced hair growth, and sometimes, a reduction in the thickness and the texture of any returning hair. Many patients experience more reduction if not complete clearance of any existing hair, but this is dependent upon the individual’s response.
Patients often describe the sensation of the laser like a light rubber band snap gliding across the treatment area. Lasers vary in both action and sensation from brand to brand and it is important to inquire about the training and medical directorship of your laser hair reduction provider. It is common to have some redness and swelling after a treatment for up to 48 hours, but as the next two weeks progress, and the next growth cycle of hair begins to surface, any treated hairs will fall out or “shed.”
Treatments are often sold in packages and are spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart. Each time a patient returns for treatment they will notice less and less regrowth. On average, each laser treatment reduces active hair growth by 10-25%. Annual maintenance treatments are recommended to ensure soft, smooth and even skin all year round!
The most common areas for Laser Hair Reduction are:
- bikini area
Do you have questions about Laser Hair Reduction? Schedule a complimentary consultation with a Licensed Aesthetician at Face Cosmetic Skincare. She will also discuss how to save up to 40% on your treatments by joining our MRewards Program!
Celebrate a new caliber of patient care with our unparalleled comprehensive approach
Do you remember your last vacation at that all-inclusive resort? The airline tickets were bundled in, taking care of the hassle of haggling with your airline miles points. All meals were buffet style so you had a choice of what you felt like that evening at dinner. Your fancy blue cocktails were brought poolside without the need for stressing about tip percentages. There is a reason why people love the ease and simplicity of all-inclusive luxury. So, what if you could extend these privileges to your skin?
“We knew very early on that we wanted our approach to skin health to be different than any other practice in the area,” states Dr. Tolan of Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery. “As a surgeon, I was seeing the difference great skin care was making in my patients’ outcomes with surgery and recovery,” he continues. “Patients who were religiously meeting with an aesthetician to enhance the health and appearance of their skin were getting better surgical outcomes and maintaining the results of the treatments they had already received,” he shares.
The physicians at Midwest Facial Plastics knew that they were onto an approach that would greatly improve not only their surgical outcomes, but also patient satisfaction. Thus, they opened an entire aesthetic department (FACE Cosmetic Skincare) to their surgical practice, hired some of the best aestheticians in the area, and even started their own skincare line to care for their patients.
“We have a really comprehensive approach to taking care of the WHOLE patient,” says Sara Manulikow, an aesthetician with FACE Cosmetic Skincare. “Every patient starts with a thorough consultation to discuss the current state of their skin, their concerns and their goals,” she continues. “Gathering this information allows us to form a partnership with the patient and devise a strategy for them that fits their lifestyle, budget and overall goals” she advises. “Every treatment we do has our skincare line, FACE Rx, bundled into it to ensure that patients are properly caring for their skin before, during, and after their procedures,” says Sara.
As an extension of this high caliber of care, Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery has also introduced an annual skin membership. Costing less than $100 per month, this membership entitles the patient to savings of 40% on all aesthetic skincare services and 15% off on all skincare products. For many patients, this amounts to thousands of dollars in saving each year.
“Our MRewards Program takes all the guesswork out of getting your best skin ever,” says Sara excitingly! “Your aesthetician will literally act as your skin concierge and will tweak your monthly treatments and skincare regime to adjust to exactly what YOUR skin needs,” she continues. “Our surgical patients opt in to make sure they are protecting the investment of their surgery and our patients who are diligent with the program, should they opt to ever get a surgical procedure, tend to have much better outcomes because their skin is in such fantastic health,” she concludes.
This comprehensive approach is truly reflective of the exceptional care each patient receives at Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery and FACE Cosmetic Skincare. Each patient is unique! Therefore, their approach needs to be customized - down to the facial cleanser, to truly let their best skin shine through!
Curious about reaching your ultimate beauty potential? Call now to schedule a complimentary consultation with a FACE Cosmetic Skincare aesthetician or a Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery physician to get you on the fast track to your best self! 651.632.9700
The Top 4 Procedures Men are Requesting and Why!
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASPS) revealed recently that Americans spent over $16 billion dollars in 2016 on plastic surgery and cosmetic treatments. They also noted that one sector of this population is on the increase…MEN. Since the ASPS began collecting data in 1997, there has been a marked 273 percent increase in documented procedures on men, with a 43 percent increase from 2014 alone! Why are men turning to both surgical and non-surgical procedures and which are the most requested?
“Men cite several reasons for requesting plastic surgery and other treatments in our practice,” shares Dr. Garrett Griffin, a double board certified Facial Plastic Surgeon with Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery. “For some, they simply want to look as young as they feel, or, perhaps their wives had a procedure with us and now they want to look as great as their spouse,” Dr. Griffin continues. “Men and women of the Baby Boomer generation are taking better care of themselves and they really want to look as good as they feel!”
Another explanation for this rise in male cosmetic surgery is the economy and the state of the business world, according to Business Insider publication. It is a more competitive job market and men see looking younger and more attractive as an asset to keep them viable and competitive with their more youthful counterparts. With countless studies citing data that potential employers consistently rate younger and more handsome applicants as smarter and more motivated, having a rejuvenated appearance can give men a leg up in the business world!
“In addition to seeing a rise in surgical procedures at our practice for men, we have also noticed an increase in men requesting non-surgical procedures such as Botox, Kybella and dermal fillers,” shared Dr. Christopher Tolan, also a double board certified Facial Plastic Surgeon at Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery. “Obviously being a man myself, I find it so refreshing that men are starting to see that these treatments don’t need to look obvious or overdone,” he continues, “they are truly about making men look like a more youthful, attractive version of themselves.”
Both Drs. Tolan and Griffin agree that the following surgical procedures are some of the most requested from their growing male patient base:
1. Blepharoplasty: Eyelid Rejuvenation
As we age, it is natural for both men and women to experience sagging, drooping and/or puffiness under and around the eyes. Loose hanging skin, heavy eyebrows that drape over the upper eyelids, and bulging fat pads below the eyes can make a man look as if he has lost his vitality. It can also result in friends and colleagues asking if he is tired or angry. Fortunately, blepharoplasty surgery can tighten upper and lower eyelid skin, remove bulging fat pads, and restore a more youthful and awake eye area.
2. Neck Lift
Although we often hear women complain about a “turkey neck,” this aging of neck skin affects men in much the same way! In fact, many men complain that it is difficult to wear a tie with a dress shirt anymore because they hate how their loose neck skin hangs over their collar. The sagging and drooping that occur on our neck skin and muscles as we age can also make a man look heavier than he actually is. Ideally, a strong jaw line and a defined chin-neck junction are considered attractive for the male face, so when everything starts to head south, a man can lose the features that make him look the most masculine. A surgical neck lift can restore a man’s youthfulness and vitality by tightening the neck skin and strengthening the jawline
3. Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery)
When it comes to attractive facial features, proportion is everything. A nose that is too large can throw off the balance of your other features and even make your chin or jaw appear smaller, weak and less masculine. In fact, many surgeons will simultaneously perform a chin implant procedure with a rhinoplasty to further balance facial proportions. Nose surgery requires very advanced skill and many men seek out a physician like Drs. Griffin or Tolan, who are double board certified ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) physician AND a Facial Plastic Surgeon for this procedure to ensure the best outcomes.
4. Chin Augmentation / Chin Implant
As discussed with Rhinoplasty, the chin and jawline are key features of masculinity on the male face. If the chin is receding, or out of proportion with other features, it can dramatically impact the appearance of the overall face. A chin augmentation involves enhancing the proportion, balance, and appearance of the chin by the use of an implant. In addition, liposuction along the jawline may be used to sharpen your features even more. Your surgeon may also recommend that you receive Kybella treatments, a series of injections that dissolve the fat under your chin to further enhance your outcome.
The world of plastic surgery is becoming less and less “taboo” for men. Since its creation after World War I, society’s perception of plastic surgery has continued to evolve from something seen as superfluous and selfish to something that is a tool for people to simply look as young as they feel. As we continue to live longer with a markedly better quality of life, it makes sense that we demand procedures that keep us looking and feeling our best, regardless of if we are man or woman!
Gentlemen! Are you curious about learning more about one of these procedures? If so, book a private surgical consult with either Dr. Griffin or Dr. Tolan at Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery by calling 651.632.9700.
The day and age of clear, glowing and healthy skin being an only female pursuit are long gone. Men are one of the fastest growing demographics in not only the skincare product industry ($121 billion sold in mens’ skincare in 2016!), but also the skin TREATMENT industry. In some cities, you’ll find just as many men in the waiting room of a medical spa as you will women. Men are starting to think proactively about aging and are scheduling monthly treatments with an aesthetician to both improve and maintain their skin’s health. There’s no need to be intimated though guys! The road to great skin health and appearance doesn’t have to be a bumpy one nor complex. Here’s 3 simple steps you can take to easily improve your skin’s health and appearance in less than one hour a month!
STEP 1 : Out with the Old & In with the New (Exfoliation)
The human skin sheds about 30,000 to 40,000 dead skin cells each MINUTE. The rate at which these dead cells detach from our skin slows with age. If we don’t do anything to help them along in saying “sayonara” they tend to stick around and leave our complexions muddy and dull. These excess cells can also lead to blackheads and skin congestion. Exfoliating products help to either “bump off” these dead cells or dissolve them through safe chemical reactions with our skin. The result? Smooth, bright and soft skin.
Many men prefer the feel of a gentle scrub to use 2 times a week as their exfoliating step. This is massaged into the skin for at least 30 seconds while you are showering. As a plus, do this stage before shaving to get an incredibly close shave! Exfoliation knocks off dead skin cells around your hair follicles and can discourage nicks during shaving and ingrown hairs! (pssst….if you suffer from ingrown hairs on your neckline, ask your Face Cosmetic Skincare Aesthetician about laser hair reduction for this area!)
Want to try an exfoliating cleanser from our Face Rx Skincare line? We recommend: Face Rx POLISHED Skin Cleanser
STEP 2 : Protect your Assets (Sun Protection & Hydration)
What’s the point of achieving healthy and strong skin if you don’t protect it? Two of your worst skin liabilities are the sun and dryness. We know, you hate the feeling of thick, tacky creams on your face when you’re outdoors during the Summer. But, it’s the 21st Century and sunscreens have come a LONG way. Plus, many of them are now multi-takers that double as your antioxidant and moisturizer!
The sun’s harmful rays break down the collagen and elastin in our skin. These are the components that keep our skin plump and wrinkle free. UV exposure can also lead to other conditions that lead men to age prematurely such as dark spots, broken blood vessels and deep cross-hatch wrinkling. In addition, the sun can also zap our skin of moisture, leaving us dry (lacking oil) and/or dehydrated (lacking water). Skin that is depleted of hydration will show more fine lines, wrinkles and lack vitality and youthfulness. A light moisturizer can help balance your skin and leave you looking hydrated, NOT greasy.
Looking for a sunscreen that dries quickly, isn’t greasy and won’t make your breakout? We recommend: Face Rx “SHEER ARMOR SPF 50” Physical Sunscreen
Think it’s time to try a lightweight moisturizer and get balanced? We recommend: Face Rx “NOURISH” Hydration Serum
STEP 3 : Get Multi-Tasking! (Hydrafacial MD®)
Do you like the idea of partnering with a professional who gets to know your skin and can coach you through your best options, but the idea of going to a spa and changing into a robe makes you cringe? Fret not! There are clinical treatments that are fast, treat multiple concerns, AND require NO COSTUME CHANGE!
Hydrafacial MD is quickly becoming a favorite treatment among men across the country. This 5-in-1 treatment takes little time to do, but yields huge results when done regularly. This 30-45-minute treatment includes a deep cleansing, a physical exfoliation, a gentle chemical exfoliation via chemical peel, extractions of blackheads and a deep moisture infusion. It’s literally like a one stop shop for your skin! Hydrafacial MD can also be customized to address any specific concerns you may have about your skin such as acne, sun damage or premature aging.
Like the idea of partnering with a Face Cosmetic Skincare Aesthetician? She'll meet with you monthly and adjust your treatment plan to suit your skin’s needs, your lifestyle AND your budget! Call 651.632.9700 to get started!
As the largest organ of our body and the only one we’ve got, or skin is worth investing in. We need to look after it and take care of it! Our skin mirrors who we are and acts like a canvas that tells the unique story of our lives. Whether our wrinkles reflect a lifetime of hardship or laughter, your skin impacts how others perceive you. Investing just a little time and effort into how your care for your skin will keep it healthy and strong for years to come!
You have your Mother’s emerald green eyes, your Father’s hearty laugh, and it seems all the children in your family have the signature smile that traces back generations. But, what about the “less desirable” traits that run through your family tree? A double chin you’re always trying to hide? A slight bump on the bridge of your nose that you share with your cousins? Or, maybe non-existent thin lips that all the women in your family try to pencil in?
It’s time to celebrate the traits you love and ditch the ones you don’t! There are a multitude of non-surgical treatment options that are fast, effective and respect the unique features of your face and family lineage. The best part? Most treatments take less than 10 days to see the full effect!
“A lunch time nose job is possible, but it’s not what you think,” shares Dr. Christopher Tolan, Facial Plastic Surgeon with Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery. “If a patient has a minor bump, we can oftentimes smooth out the bridge of the nose by injecting a dermal filler, such as Voluma® to the depressed area,” he continues, “the procedure is fast, comfortable and lasts up to 18 months.” He goes on to say, “this is a great option for a younger patient, or even a patient who is thinking about a surgical rhinoplasty, as it foreshadows what the nose could look like.”
“Patients who feel self-conscious or embarrassed by certain facial features can feel trapped by their own genetics,” says Dr. Tolan compassionately. “They see their destiny played out in how their family members age and what traits become pronounced,” he continues. “It feels wonderful to be able to offer simple and effective treatments that run a fraction of the cost of surgery, yet have a significant impact on my patient’s self-confidence!”
“Kybella® is one of the fastest growing treatments in our practice,” says Dr. Garrett Griffin, double board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon. “We see patients everyday who have literally exhausted EVERY option to get rid of their double chins; exercise, diet, lasers, creams, crazy QVC products…you name it. Sub-mental fullness has a strong genetic component and historically nothing would correct it besides surgery. Kybella® has changed that.”
Kybella® has quickly has become THE non-surgical gold standard in treating a double chin. Deoxycholic acid is the active ingredient found in Kybella® and is a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into the fat beneath the chin, KYBELLA® destroys fat cells, resulting in a noticeable reduction in fullness under the chin. Once destroyed, these cells can no longer store or accumulate fat, so further treatment is not expected once you reach your desired aesthetic goal. Most patients receive 2 or 3 injection sessions spaced 3 months apart.
Both Drs. Tolan and Griffin site many other inherited traits that they treat on a daily basis at Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery and Face Cosmetic Skincare. These include correcting thin lips with Volbella® and Juvederm®, alleviating the family “scowl” with muscle relaxing Botox, and even enhancing jawlines and hallowed under eyes with fillers like Voluma®. Most of these treatments are performed in less than 30 minutes with results seen either that SAME DAY or in less than 2 weeks!
“We want our patients to realize that they don’t need to be captive to their genetics,” states Dr. Tolan simply. “There are too many options out there nowadays that don’t even require surgery or downtime, and they’re affordable and FAST,” he continues. “Making you feel confident through the facet of your appearance is our objective. To do it in a way that works for your lifestyle and shows respect to your natural features is our highest goal.”
Do you want to discuss your options when it comes to using injectables like Kybella®, Botox® and/or Dermal Fillers to address a family trait you hate? Schedule your consultation with Dr. Tolan or Dr. Griffin by calling (651) 632.9700.
The role stress plays on skin aging, health and appearance.
Your eyes fly open at 3:23 AM on the dot. This has been happening all month and you’re exhausted. Like clockwork, the wave of worry and anxiety sets in on the encroaching day. Did you pay that bill? Who is carpooling the kids to soccer tonight? Can you fit in an afternoon workout or do you have to skip again? Will that client go for your proposal or did you overprice the bid? Does you Mom feel neglected because you haven’t called her in 4 days? Are you saving enough for retirement? Sound familiar?
STOP! Take a deep breath. Hold it for 5 seconds. Breath out. Believe it or not, this could save not only your life, but also your appearance. For years now we have been schooled about the role chronic stress plays in our overall physical and mental health, but few of us know of the dramatic implications that stress can have on our skin and appearance. Need an example? Look no further than every US President from when he/she enters office to when they leave. The White House seems to be a trans-dimensional portal that ages its inhabitants 10 years for every 4!
“My clients are truly Wonder Women,” exclaims Amie, a Licensed Aesthetician at Face Cosmetic Skincare. “They are balancing families, marriages, full-time work lives, and still trying to stay fit and healthy and feel attractive,” she continues, “it is utterly overwhelming for so many of them and I am usually the only person in their lives telling them to SLOW DOWN and take a TIME OUT!” Amie goes on to say, “Most of my clients have no idea what role stress plays in the aging of their skin, or how to combat these signs and bring some balance to their lives.”
Stress = Inflammation, and Inflammation = Aging. This goes for the body AND your skin. Science now claims that the destructive chronic stress can easily age you a decade beyond your years. But how? Let’s talk telomeres!
In 2004, biologists and physicians started to take a closer look at telomeres. These are the tiny tips of strands of DNA; like the plastic sheath at the end of a shoelace. Telomeres stop DNA from fraying. When DNA frays, the cell’s health is impacted and become mutated. If it is a skin cell, it will cease to function or replicate properly. The results, skin with impaired collagen/elastin production, irregular oil production, dehydration, redness and premature aging! The chief enemy of telomeres? Stress and the inflammation it causes at a cellular level.
“Sometimes I have patients who I can tell feel guilty for taking time for themselves,” shares Amie shaking her head. “I explain that it’s not just the treatments I’m performing or the products I am using that will benefit their skin; it’s the downtime they are taking to close their eyes and relax and breathe,” she continues. “Women so often feel like we need permission to put on the brakes and invest in ourselves because so many other people need us, but YOU and your skin need you too,” Amie laughs! “If your health is impacted and you don’t feel good about your appearance and skin as you go through life, what is it all for?!”
“As an aesthetician, my 2 favorite suggestions for women on the go are a HydraFacial and a “Skin Ritual,” states Cyndi. “HydraFacial is a 4-in-1 treatment that takes less than 45 minutes to perform and addresses ALL of the signs of stress induced aging,” she continues, “it gets you laying down on my treatment table and relaxing, it exfoliates off sluggish cells, increases circulation, encourages new collagen/elastin growth AND leaves the skin incredibly hydrated and gorgeous!”
“Next, you need a skin care ritual that involves a series of products that are custom tailored to you and your lifestyle,” advises Amie. “If a woman takes 5 minutes to run through the steps of her skincare it’s like a mini meditation session,” she smiles. “Plus, you are investing in your skin and bathing it in high powered ingredients that combat stress like Vitamin C, Vitamin A and growth factors,” she concludes.
Your skin is a mirror to your lifestyle. Treat yourself well and structure a life that gives you time to relax, and your skin will respond with health and vitality. Invest in your skin with treatments and products that care for it and its needs, and it will respond with radiance.
Curious about what treatments, products and lifestyle habits can combat stress and reveal your healthiest and most beautiful skin possible? Schedule a complimentary consultation by calling (651) 632.9700.
“Bunny Lines,” Platysmal Bands, Depressors, Masseters…No, these aren’t cartoon characters or cooking utensils; these are actual areas of the face commonly treated with Botox Cosmetic! While worry lines between the eyebrows and pesky crow’s feet are still some of the most commonly treated areas for Botox, there are many “off label” applications of this wonder drug. Since its first cosmetic approval in 2002, the uses and benefits of Botox have expanded and far exceeded most physicians’, AND patients’ expectations!
“You can put it THERE?!” laughs Dr. Christopher Tolan, Facial Plastic Surgeon with Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery, and a National Trainer for Allergan, the manufacturer of Botox. “If I only had a dollar for every time a patient asks me this about an area I’ve recommended for Botox,” he smiles. “It’s amazing how versatile and effective this product is; and the advancements in its use just keep growing” he says enthusiastically.
Botox received its first FDA clearance to be used to temporarily improve the appearance of moderate-to-severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) on April 12, 2002. This quickly grew to include the indication for use around the eyes (crow’s feet) as well. But what might surprise you is that many injectors have been using Botox for years in an off-label manner to improve the appearance of several areas beyond the forehead and eyes.
Common off label applications of Botox include:
Bunny Lines: The little crinkles high on your nose when you smile. Botox can prevent these lines from forming there when you’re NOT smiling!
A Gummy Smile: Botox can be used to lower an upper lip that exposes too much of the gum line when you smile.
Masseter Muscle / Jaw Clenching: Botox can soften the muscles that assist in teeth grinding and, in turn, smooth an angular jawline.
Depressors / DAO’s: Botox is used to turn your frown upside down! The strong muscles that draw the corners of our lips down towards our jawline can give the appearance of heaviness and drooping. Botox can relax these muscles and, therefore, give a lifted appearance to the low face.
Platysmal Neck Bands: The muscles and tendons that run vertically through our neck can be strained and over-pronounced and, in turn, cause horizontal wrinkles. Botox is used along these bands in the neck to soften the strained appearance and even cause some subtle lifting at the jawline.
“It’s truly amazing to watch the advancements that are unfolding with Botox,” shares Dr. Tolan excitedly. “Now that it has such a strong history of both safety and efficacy, Botox is truly becoming the gold standard in both preventative and anti-aging therapies,” he shares. “In my role as a trainer for Allergan, I get to train other physicians and nurse injectors on the FDA indicated application of Botox, but patients need to realize that there are so many more applications of this product than what are advertised,” he continues, “it is so important to seek out an experienced and highly credentialed injector, as these off-label indications take advanced skill and knowledge,” he concludes.
Curious about what OTHER areas of your face may benefit from Botox? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Tolan or Dr. Griffin, who are both Physician Injectors! Ask us about our “Botox Bank” or Membership programs, and get your Botox discounted ALL YEAR AROUND! 651-632-9700
A quadruple threat treatment that helps you maintain your skin effortlessly and get glowing for special occasion has arrived!
Does this sound like you? You want less fine lines, blackheads and dark spots on your skin, but the idea of committing to facials every other week is too time consuming? You’re pining for smooth even texture, tone and clarity for your complexion, but are intimated by the thought of laser treatments or downtime. What if you then discovered you can get all of these improvements and MORE with a simple new treatment available at Face Cosmetic Skincare? You CAN with the 5- in-1 power of Hydrafacial MD®!
While traditional facials tend to focus on one skin condition at a time, such as inflammation or acne, Hydrafacial MD® is a 5-step clinical skin treatment that can literally transform multiple skin care concerns with each 30 to 45-minute treatment.
Step 1: Deep Cleansing and Exfoliation. Your licensed aesthetician will use a small "deplaning" tool that simultaneously releases a cleansing solution across your skin, while a gentle vacuum draws away impurities like dirt, debris and dead skin cells.
Step 2: Light Chemical Peel. Next, your aesthetician will gently swipe a light glycolic peel over your skin to improve texture, tone and clarity. This step also softens the impactions insides of your pores to make the next step, extractions, easier and more effective.
Step 3: Extractions. Gentle vacuum assisted extractions come next! If you dread traditional extractions during facials, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how comfortable this process is. Because your skin has been properly prepped by this step, blackheads are easily removed without pain or bruising. Plus! You get to see what has been extracted after your treatment in the vacuum’s collection tank!
Step 4: Serum Infusion. This step is what truly sets Hydrafacial MD® apart, and leaves your skin with a glow that will last for days. Your aesthetician will use a patented vortex-fusion tool, which saturates your skin with antioxidant-and-collagen-rich serums to promote elasticity and hydration. Imagine a cooling, soothing, nutrient rich rain bath for your skin, and say HELLO to the GLOW!
HydraFacial MD® is indicated for all skin types and can dramatically improve fine lines and wrinkles, skin tone and vibrancy. In addition, it lightens hyperpigmentation, clears oily congested skin, and reduces the appearance of enlarged pores. The Hydrafacial is quickly becoming a favorite of patients of ALL ages and skin concerns at Face Cosmetic Skincare because of its versatility and results. Whether you are a teenager battling congestive acne or a woman with dry, malnourished skin in her 70’s, this treatment is for YOU!
Patients see visible refinement, an incredible glow, and even, radiant skin tone after just one treatment. Results when doing Hydrafacial MD® in package (spaced 3 to 4 weeks apart) can be comparable to chemical peels and even some laser treatments. These results, along with soothing hydration can last up to 7 days or even longer. You can guess why this is a favorite treatment of brides, mother of the brides and anyone with a special occasion!
Want to save 40% on your monthly Hydrafacials? Join MRewards!
Bank $1,190 in your personal MRewards Account, and receive all Aesthetic Skincare services at 40% OFF. Also, receive discounted Botox®, filler and skincare products. Two ways to pay: down payment + monthly, or pay in full. Call for details 651.632.9700