Patients interested in undergoing SculpSure body-contouring treatments often have the same same questions about what to expect before and after treatment.
Luckily, there’s not much preparation involved before having a SculpSure treatment, since it is a non-invasive procedure. There are really only two recommendations to follow prior to treatment.
1. Please avoid sun exposure 7-days prior to treatment. (Having a suntan is OK, but if you have any kind of sunburn we cannot proceed with treatment.)
2. Please do not apply any creams or lotions on the day of treatment to target areas, and remember to wear comfortable clothing.
After your SculpSure treatment, you may experience some mild pinkness and tenderness in the skin. Some patients have described the tenderness feeling similar to that of a bruise, since the skin is only tender when you push on it. You may also notice mild swelling and even some firmness in the treated area. Tenderness may last up to two weeks but will not impede any activity; in fact most patients report it as inconsequential.
We recommend that you gently massage the area twice a day for five to ten minutes each time. You can resume normal activity, including exercise, immediately following treatment.
Drink plenty of water post treatment, since staying hydrated helps the body flush out the damaged fat cells.
Physical activity also helps to mobilize the damaged fat cells so they can be eliminated through the body’s lymphatic system.
SculpSure Results and Further Treatment
You may start to see a change in your treated areas as early as eight weeks post treatment with full results at 12 to 14-weeks. Keep in mind that at least two treatments are necessary to achieve the best results. You can have your second treatment eight to ten weeks following your first, but you can certainly wait longer if you prefer. After that, all you need to do is enjoy and maintain your results!
It used to be that patients would come in with pictures of celebrity lips they wanted to emulate…
Now, they come in with pictures of celebrity backsides.
In the span of a few years, Sculptra has accumulated a cult-following of celebrities, models, and mere mortals alike, that all wish to safely augment their buttocks and hips. Sculptra treatments are currently the go-to treatment option for anyone that wants killer curves, a rounder booty, or that hour glass silhouette — without painful and invasive surgery.
Sculptra is a volume enhancing, dermal-filler approved by the FDA since 2004. Its unique ability to stimulate the body’s own collagen production allows for drastic volume results; improved lift, appearance, and plumpness of the treated body-part. Sculptra has been used for body improvement by providers in both the United States and abroad to great effect.
It is a newer phenemonom where Sculptra providers and patients are focusing their attention away from the face, and concentrating on volume enhancement of the body. Although Sculptra can be used to improve the appearance of decolletage, breasts, arms, etc, the current most popular treatment option is the Sculptra Butt Lift.
Sculptra restores the youthful contours of the buttocks and hips by providing a significant increase in the volume and shape of the buttocks and hips, in addition to improving the quality of the skin. (Stretch-marks and cellulite dimpling are minimized with Sculptra treatments.)
By strategically assessing each patient’s body in contrast to their desired results, your treatment provider will carefully place Sculptra injections throughout the treatment area to help create the desird sculpting of the buttocks and hips; correcting hollows, adding curves, and highlighting your natural contours.
Although the results are achieved gradually, the changes improve over time with repeat treatment.The effects of Sculptra will build up over the course of each session, providing a natural and flattering improvement in the desired area(s). Sculptra Butt Lifts allow you to have more buttock / hip projection, volume, and a subtle lift in as little as 2-3 treatment sessions, with no downtime.
About Face Skin Care is proud to offer Sculptra Butt Lifts to the Philadelphia area, and with Nicole Ciasullo (certified national Sculptra trainer) on staff — your booty will be in excellently experienced and competent hands.
When it comes to getting rid of wrinkles, the first thing that comes to mind —and often go to—is Botox.
While Botox injections may be the Philadelphia gold standard for smoothing out skin and lessening signs of aging (Dysport does the same!) there are also a handful of out-of-the-box ways to use this miracle agent.
1. Reduce Sweaty Armpits
One of the original uses for Botox was to treat overactive sweat-glands. Medically known as hyperhidrosis, overly sweaty underarms is a condition that affects millions of people and can be hugely embarrassing for social-interactions. According to Philadelphia injector Nicole Ciasullo, this FDA-approved treatment is one of the most life-changing. “People are ecstatic to wear any kind of clothing they like, anytime of year, and never have to worry about embarassing sweat-stains.” Botox /Dysport injections in the underarms target the sweat-producing glands, preventing them from contracting and expressing sweat. Results usually last for around 6-months.
2. Alleviate Migraines
Years ago, doctors noticed that when they injected their patients with Botox for cosmetic purposes — there was also a decrease in the frequency / severity of headaches that migraine-sufferers experienced. Studies show that using Botox around the head and neck, in addition to between the temples, forehead, and hairline, can help relax the muscles that tense up during painful headaches and migraines. Nurse-injector Lauren Adamski says that while the exact mechanism of action isn’t known, it’s believed that Botox inhibits sensory pathways that modulate pain in migraines. “It may also reduce muscle contractions that act as a migraine trigger.”
3. Eliminate a Gummy Smile
If you show more gum than tooth when you smile, a few units of Botox/Dysport may be able to help. This off-label use can help your smile show more teeth, and less gums. “It works by temporarily freezing the muscles that lift the upper lip when smiling, this then prevents the upper-lip from retracting and exposing a significant amount of the gums when smiling,” explains Ciasullo. However, make sure to choose your provider with care — if the injections aren’t done just right or if too much product is used, your smile can become uneven, distorted, and even effect your speech.
4. Stop a Twitching Eye
Before Botox became known for its ability to smooth out wrinkles, one of it’s origianl uses was to correct eye-twitches. “It was originally developed and used to treat muscle-twitching around the eyes. This uncomfortable condition was greatly alleviated by the injection of neurotoxin into the hyperactive muscle,” says Ciasullo. “The effects typically last for three to six months.”
5. Alleviate Depression
“When it comes to using Botox to treat depression, it’s kind of similar to how it effects migraines,” explains Adamski. “Expression is tied to emotion as much as emotion is tied to expression. The action of making a facial-motion can create emotion, too,” she says. In studies, patients with depression who were treated with Botox either got better or went into remission, it is thought that the inability to frown helps prevent the patient from feeling upset or unhappy.
6. Control an Overactive Bladder
Best administered by a urologist, Botox can be injected into the wall of the bladder to help control bladder issues and halt the feeling to constantly “go”, which is connected to overstimulated bladder muscles. “To inject in this area, a small scope is passed through the urethra into the bladder and then a needle is passed through the scope. Several injections are made into the bladder,” says Ciasullo.
7. Relieve Jaw-Tightness From TMJ
Constant grinding of your teeth and clenching of your jaw can actually swell the muscles that live at the edge of the jaw and in the scalp. “Aside from feeling uncomfortable and tight — as these muscles grow and get stronger, they can cause the face to appear off balance,” says Adamski. “Injecting those muscles with Botox can soften the angles of the face and release any tension, too.”
8. Diminish Voice Disorders
When the vocal-cords spasm they can cause disorders with speech. Lasting anywhere from two to four months, Botox injections can help with these involuntary muscle spasms in the vocal cords. Best performed by providers that specialize in this area, “Botox is injected directly into the vocal-cord muscles in order to relax these muscles so that the involuntary movements are weakened or eliminated completely. As in other areas, treatment to this area is temporary and usually lasts 2-4 months.” says Ciasullo.
9. Control Oily Skin
According to some experts, micro-Botox treatments can be used to help decrease the production of sebum (the substance that makes skin look oily) on the face. “Subdermal injections of Botox can help to temporarily treat oily skin and reduce the size of the pores.” says Ciasullo.
Beauty experts break down the cutting-edge procedures expected to make it big in the new year, according to Allure Magazine.
For our selfie-obsessed culture, the desire to look perfect — in photos and IRL — has never been stronger. In fact, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of minimally invasive cosmetic procedures has grown nearly 200 percent since 2000, with no indication of slowing down. Advances in technology and research are on track with consumer demand, and the Food and Drug Administration is set to approve at least three new, cutting-edge cosmetic procedures in 2019.
Below, we ask renowned plastic surgeons and cosmetic dermatologists to weigh in on the trends and procedures they think will be the most popular this year to zap, inject, and restore our bodies.
1. Injectables Are More Accessible Than Ever
“It’s really the era of minimally invasive medical aesthetic procedures,” says Lara Devgan, a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York City. “I think that is not only because of low downtime, lower cost, and lower invasiveness, but also because there’s lower stigma and lower barrier to entry.”
Injectables, lasers, and skin resurfacing can be quick, lunchtime procedures, often with immediately visible effects and limited downtime, qualities that contribute to their inclusivity as well as confidentiality. Injectables, like Botox and fillers, have become so mainstream that, according to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS)’s annual survey, four-fifths of all treatments performed by facial plastic surgeons in 2018 were cosmetic, non-surgical procedures, thanks to the subtle but noticeable results and relatively reasonable cost.
2. More Men Will Pursue Cosmetic Treatments
The quick bounce back into a normal routine post-procedure has caught the attention of those who are reluctant to admit they had a procedure or don’t want to deal with the downtime. Devgan estimates 15 percent of her patients are men, with that number increasing annually. She attributes the rise to the resurgence of classically masculine features and the decline of the social stigma attached to elected cosmetic procedures.
“A lot of the procedures that I’m doing enhance features to look more masculine,” says Devgan. “Men have historically been interested in the lower third of the face, meaning the chin, neck, and jawline.”
Radio frequency technology (like Thermage) to address neck and jawline sagging and heft is a procedure New York City-based, board-certified plastic surgeon Adam Kolker, anticipates to skyrocket in 2019, especially among men. “It’s a real revolution in what we’ve been doing to date,” he says. Depending on the patient, it can be done in conjunction with other procedures, like injections or microneedling.
3. People Seek “Tweak-Ments”
Disproportionately large body-parts, overfilled lips, and exaggerated cosmetic procedures, are all trends that are on their way out. New trends show that people want cosmetic procedures that are not hugely obvious. Patients increasingly want to maintain their general face structure, inherited family traits, and just generally want to look like themselves, but with a few refined tweaks.
“We are definitely seeing the rise of ‘tweak-ment.‘ It’s definitely not like 10 years ago when people were coming in with the cover of a magazine wanting to look more like a supermodel that had nothing to do with their lives,” says Devgan. “Now, people want to look more like their own filtered photos or a Photoshop version of themselves. And recently, people are super into the tiny little micro-optimizations that make them feel a little bit more confident but are not completely obvious.”
4. Niche Treatments Are on the Rise
Small, hyper-specific procedures to resolve minor but irksome facial and body quirks are increasing in popularity. These “micro-optimizations,” as categorized by Devgan, include the unorthodox use of filler in locations other than the traditional cheekbone, like the earlobe to tighten a stretched piercing from heavy earrings, or the bridge of the nose during a noninvasive rhinoplasty.
5. Body Contouring Is Expected to Soar
“EmSculpt has just become available in the U.S., and it is the first and only noninvasive muscle and body fat-shaping procedure,” says Dendy Engelman, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City. The handheld tool uses magnetic fields to activate muscle contractions in the body to break down fat and build muscle.
Body fat responds to the metabolic reaction of the contractions by breaking down, essentially tricking your body into thinking it’s working out. “It’s a painless procedure that has been tested in five clinical studies with measurable results,” she says. “I’m excited to see the results it will deliver in 2019.”
6. The End of Medical Tourism
Even on a good day, international medical tourism, particularly for plastic surgery, has been on shaky ground. What was perhaps once attractive as a low-cost alternative to pricey elective procedures now has patients reconsidering its value, monetarily and otherwise.
“A good amount of patients I see are consult patients with people who went down to South America or other places for plastic surgery and then end up having complications, or needing a complete revision, that I have to treat for them here in New York,” says Shafer. “I think we’ll see a kind of reverse medical tourism, so patients will not be going to Third World countries for cheaper plastic surgery, but coming to places like New York instead.”
7. Preventative Treatments Will Be Big
If 2018 was the year plastic surgery and cosmetic enhancements stepped out of the shadows and into mainstream conversation, 2019 will be the year of the tweak-ment, small corrections to the face and body while remaining true to your natural facial and physical characteristics. And according to experts, a larger number of patients will be undergoing treatments at a younger age as preventative treatment. In fact, the AAFPRS’s annual survey found that 72 percent of facial plastic surgeons saw an increase in cosmetic surgery or injectables in patients under 30.
“Patients are also getting regular treatments starting at a younger age that are preventing invasive procedures in the long run,” says Engelman. “I think of it as maintenance or upkeep for skin instead of ignoring concerns until drastic measures are needed.”
About Face Skin Care just added Vivace to their Philadelphia treatment offerings. More information about this treatment is coming, but in the meantime, here is a teaser-post about Vivace from OliviaCulpo.com:
There are so many fascinating beauty treatments out there. I’ve tried a lot of them, but I’m always up to try a new treatment and see how it works!
One treatment that I just tried is microneedling with Aesthetics Biomedical’s Vivace Experience.
Microneedling may sound scary—as the name suggests, it involves very tiny needles on your skin—but it was totally painless!
Before getting to the fun part, my skin was first cleansed and prepped with a numbing cream that ensured I wouldn’t feel the needles during the treatment.
A little champagne before the microneedling! Any spa treatment feels more luxurious with a little champagne or hot tea and soft music. (Side note from About Face: Although it is a luxurious touch, we would definitely recommend NOT having alcohol before a treatment! Alcohol is a blood-thinner, and you should avoid all blood-thinning substances before any injection treatment, or treatment where your skin is being broken. Blood-thinners make you more susceptible to bruising, bleeding, and swelling.)
Then it was time for the actual microneedling.
Aesthetics Biomedical created The Vivace device, which combines microneedling and radio frequency to really get into the skin.
The main goal of microneedling is to stimulate collagen production, which can do everything from minimizing wrinkles and stretch marks to toning your skin.
After the microneedling, I had a serum applied to my face, followed by a face mask.
The whole process didn’t take long at all, and I immediately felt like my skin was glowing, smoother, and toned. Once the numbing cream wore off, my skin felt so clean and refreshed!
The best part was that there was very little downtime afterwards. It was recommended that I refrain from wearing makeup for about 5 hours after the Vivace microneedling, but it didn’t leave my skin red and irritated like some facial treatments can.
This post was done in partnership with Aesthetics Biomedical.
(Last offer going live December 11th, 2018) Day 7 of 7: SCULPTRA HAUL
What are the “7 Days of Beauty”?
To celebrate the holidays and help you best *present* yourself and your loved ones (see what we did there?) About Face Skin Care will be featuring daily beauty flash-sales, starting on December 3, 2018.
Just like the song “12 Days of Christmas”, for 7x days a new offer will be added — culminating on the 7th and Final Day when ALL offers will be available. Each promotion will be available from the day it is first announced, until the end of the 7th Day. (At midnight on Tuesday, 12/11/18, these once-a-year offers are over.)
How does it work? Each weekday, starting on December 3rd, 2018, an email and social-media post will go out alerting you of that day’s promotion. Although you need to purchase your desired promotion ASAP, you have until the end of next year (December 30, 2019) to actually redeem your selected offer.
Are the specials going to be for me, or presents for other people? What a great question! You are so thoughtful!
There will be a combination of offers, depending on who you are buying for — there are some options that might appeal as gift options for both yourself and others.
What if I change my mind about a purchased bundle?
All offers are final sale, however extenuating situations will be handled on a case-by-case basis.Get our number on speed-dial (215-923-5001), and be prepared to have the most beautiful holiday season ever.
Now that enough time has passed for your tan to fade, it’s the perfect chance to treat your skin and erase unwanted brown-spots and sun-damage.
Based on your skin and it’s specific needs, your treatment provider will help you make the best treatment plan for YOU to clear away undesired pigmentation. With numerous chemical peels and laser treatments to choose from, your customized plan will be created to achieve your desired skin goals.
Package of 4x Chemical Peels + FREE 15mLSkinCeuticals HAI Serum*(Please call for details, the price will vary per selected chemical-peel.)
Introducing New Injection Bundles to give you Killer Contours and/or To Die For Lips.
All new injection bundles include multiple vials of dermal-filler AND home-care products to maximize your results while minimizing recovery.
(About Face-Lift packages also include Botox / Dysport.)
NEW! 2x Different Lip Bundles
NEW! 2x About Face-Lift Bundles
Sorry: Please note that new propietary Package Pricing can only be reviewed in-person. Please feel free to call 215-923-5001 orschedule hereto learn more.
PUMPKIN SPICE FACIAL
Indulge your sense with this Seasonal facial treat!
In addition to the usual facial accoutrements; massage, cleansing, extractions, your 60-minute Pumpkin Spice Facial treatment will end with a Pumpkin Spice mask to help clear and brighten your skin. This Pumpkin treatment contains a powerful, triple-action manual, chemical and enzymatic exfoliating treatment to address dull, aging, and congested skin in three ways: exfoliates with Pumpkin Enzyme, reveals brighter skin with Alpha Hydroxy Acid and polishes with Aluminum Oxide Crystals. This delicious pampering session will help even the appearance of your skin tone, smooth the look of fine lines and wrinkles and clarify your skin to reveal a smoother, younger, and revitalized appearance.
As seen in Elle Magazine, September 2018When it comes to treating the signs of aging, many women used to take a wait-and-see approach. As in, they wait until they see a wrinkle or age spot, then do something about it. But not anymore. According to dermatologist Harold Lancer, MD (whose Beverly Hills office is frequented by Kim Kardashian, as well as Margot Robbie and Brie Larson), his twenty- to thirty-something patients have learned from their mothers and become the what-if generation. As in, “I may not have forehead lines now, but what if I get them when I’m 40?” Here’s how they’re taking steps to slow aging skin.
Consider Preventative Botox and Filler
“I have 25-year-old clients who want to reduce lines before there are lines,” Lancer says. “They’ll squint and say, ‘That’s where I’m going to have a wrinkle, so I want two drops.’ ” And they’re right, he says. “By doing mini treatments more frequently, you prevent facial muscles in those areas from creating deeper lines in the future,” he says.
Lancer injects microdoses of muscle-inhibiting neuromodulators, such as Botox or Dysport, at the site of “could be” lines—the 11 (aka frown) lines between the brows; crow’s-feet; and across the forehead.
When it comes to hyaluronic-acid based dermal-fillers, the placement and amount are “far more specific and subtle,” Lancer notes. For example, to keep eyes looking bright and open, he puts a droplet of Restylane at each brow’s outer tip. “There’s a muscle/fat overgrowth that occurs in the midtwenties that starts to cause a heaviness of the upper brow,” he says. “Microdosing helps you keep that 15-degree upward turn of your eyes.”
Exercise Your Face
There are 40-plus muscles in your face, and strengthening specific ones can help sculpt high cheekbones and a defined jawline naturally. One option: electrostimulation, which has long been used in the medical arena to treat Bell’s palsy but has now gained traction among the skin-care obsessed. Fitspo cool girls like Hannah Bronfman of HBFIT and Bec Donlan of Sweat with Bec are fans of facialist Shamara Bondaroff’s microcurrent facials ($225 for 50 minutes; @sb_skin). According to Bondaroff, the benefits of muscle-stimulating sessions every four to eight weeks include the “instant gratification of tighter, more lifted skin, but also long-term results—I have clients who stop getting Botox or filler.” Some find the treatment enhances their injectable’s effects. “I look well rested because my eyebrows are sitting higher, I have cheek- bones for days, and it makes my Botox last longer,” Donlan says. Others take matters into their own hands: The palm-size ZIIP nanocurrent home device has reached cult status since its 2015 launch. (The company recently debuted Silver Gel, $50, a serum that contains hyaluronic acid plus mineral-rich seawater, and acts as a conductor between current and skin.) One caveat: If you’re doing electrostim in conjunction with injectables, timing is crucial. “You risk altering their distribution,” Lancer says. “So wait a week after Botox before using the technology, and at least two weeks with fillers.” And be committed. “Electrostimulation can enhance your cheekbones and jawline, but you have to use a home device twice daily indefinitely,” he says. “It’s not like doing one push-up a year is going to make a difference.”
Apply SPF Like It’s Your Job
“Sunscreen is the number one anti-aging cream you can use right now, every day,” says New York dermatologist Robert Anolik, MD. “The only time you don’t have to put it on is at night.”
That’s because, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, 90 percent of skin aging comes from the sun. Sure, your tropical vacations require more diligent protection, but Anolik points out that it’s actually cumulative daily bursts of ultraviolet light (UV) exposure that will fast-track wrinkles, brown spots, and blotchiness. And don’t rely on the SPF in your makeup or moisturizer; it isn’t enough unless it’s at least 30.
Then there’s digital light (aka HEV), emitted from your phone and computer, to worry about: HEV damages skin cells, just as UV does.
Anolik, like most dermatologists, swears by retinoids. The vitamin A derivative has decades of science behind it, affirming its ability to diminish pigmentation, boost collagen production, lessen fine lines, improve texture, and reduce the appearance of pores and breakouts by increasing cell turnover.
However, the potential downsides to a prescription retinoid—dryness, irritation, and flaking—lead many to ditch their Rx before their skin can benefit. To minimize potential side effects, Anolik has patients start with a pea-size amount of .025 percent tretinoin every other night and apply moisturizer on top. If your skin is supersensitive, downgrade to a gentler over-the-counter retinol, such as Sente Bio Complete Serum.
Balance Your Microbiome
“The gut and the skin are intimately connected,” says New York dermatologist Whitney Bowe, MD. “Toxins from your gut are released into your bloodstream and trigger inflammation systemwide, including in the skin.” If your gut bacteria are out of whack, your complexion will appear dull—no matter how religiously you stick to a skin-care routine. Or, worse, you’ll experience outbreaks of acne, eczema, or rosacea. According to Bowe, the solution is to starve your gut’s “bad” bugs with a diet rich in probiotics, prebiotics, and healthy fiber, which will rebalance its “good” flora. She also recommends taking a probiotic supplement containing multiple strains of 10 to 15 billion colony-forming units, working your way up to 50 billion. “You see significant changes in your gut microbiome in as little as three days, but it could take a few weeks to translate those differences to your face,” she says. Try Genuine Health Advanced Gut Health Probiotic ($20) SHOP NOW.
What Really Works
It’s a no-brainer: Commit to using SPF daily and work a skin resurfacer into your routine, pronto.
The newest lip-filler techniques are able to mimic the best tools in your makeup bag: They can make lips look plumper, more defined, and even permanently glossy, all without the addition of any cosmetics. (Unless you want to apply makeup to your enhanced pout, which you can obviously do as well.)
Below, discover all the ways in which injectables are currently being used to replicate the effects of lip liner, lip gloss, highlighter, and contour.
INSTEAD OF LIP LINER
“As we age, the line (technically called the Vermillion Border) around our lips becomes less crisp,” says Sarah Sidiqi, a cosmetic-injector in Phildelphia. “A little filler helps keep the lip-border defined.” Sidiqi uses tiny dosages (aka microdroplets) of hyaluronic acid around the lips’ border to make them look more defined, similar to the effect you get with a lip pencil. It only takes a small amount of product, “and your lipstick won’t bleed for the next 6-months,” she says.
INSTEAD OF LIP GLOSS
“Babies and kids have plump, moist lips because they produce a lot of hyaluronic acid naturally,” says Nicole Ciasullo, clinical injector in Philadelphia, PA. Over time however, that production slows and lips get thinner and drier. Once this starts occurring, small amounts of hyaluronic acid dermal-iller injected superficially — just below the lips’ surface — helps bind water to the mucous membranes and restore that youthful lip plumpness and smoothness. The result isn’t going to be like perma-lipgloss, but you will notice a healthy sheen.
INSTEAD OF LIP HIGHLIGHTER
The Cupid’s Bow and Philtral comns (philtral columns are those two ‘legs’ that run from the tip of the lips toward the nostrils) tends to flatten with age. But the right filler in the right spots can restore the shape. “I put a small amount of a more viscous hyaluronic acid filler, like Restylane L, at the peaks of the Cupid’s bow and along the philtral columns” says Lauren Zallie, cosmetic nurse-injector about About Face Skin Care also located in Philadelphia, PA. (Just think about where you might apply highlighter.) Defining the Cupid’s bow can also make filled lips look more natural. “If you only fill the lips without enhancing the Cupid’s bow, you could end up with an upper lip that goes unnaturally straight across and sticks out, like a duck,” says Zallie.
INSTEAD OF LIP CONTOURING MAKEUP
“To make lips look pillowy, you want more filler in the center of the lips than on the sides,” says Sidiqi. It creates the same kind of effect as dabbing lipgloss onto the bottom of the lower lip. “I often put a little filler in the chin as well to bring the lower-lip forward without having to overfill the lips,” she says.