ZONA Med Spa http://www.zonamedspa.com Expert technicians in skincare, injections, and other specialties Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:31:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.1 Fat Burning B12 Shots: Not Just a Weight Loss Treatment http://www.zonamedspa.com/fat-burning-b12-shots/ http://www.zonamedspa.com/fat-burning-b12-shots/#respond Tue, 20 Sep 2016 19:44:06 +0000 http://www.zonamedspa.com/?p=591 Fat Burning B12 shots: Not just a weight loss treatment When most people hear of B12 shots, they think of it only as a weight loss treatment. While, yes, Fat Burning B12 shots are a great natural way to meet your weight loss goal; a regular shot of Vitamin B12...

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Fat Burning B12 shots: Not just a weight loss treatment

When most people hear of B12 shots, they think of it only as a weight loss treatment. While, yes, Fat Burning B12 shots are a great natural way to meet your weight loss goal; a regular shot of Vitamin B12 has some amazing benefits by itself! In the next sections I will list the warning signs that you are desperately low on Vitamin B12 and also break down the difference between Fat Burning B12 injections and Vitamin B12 shots.

14 Signs Your Vitamin B12 Levels Are Low:

  • Your always tired no matter how much sleep you get
  • Your vision is blurry
  • Coffee doesn’t help wake you up
  • You are depressed
  • Your anxious
  • Your body feels weak or heavy
  • Minimal amounts of exercise are making you dizzy
  • You have new or more headaches
  • Your irritable
  • Tingling feeling in your hands and/or feet
  • You’re a vegan (vitamin B12 is found mostly in animal-based foods)
  • Forgetfulness
  • Impaired or slow thinking
  • You drink a lot (alcohol makes it very hard for vitamin B12 to be absorbed)

Fat Burning B12 Shots:

The natural ingredients of the Fat Burning B12 (lipotropic) injections are Methionine, Inositol, Choline, and Vitamin B12. This combination has been reported to increase fat metabolism and mobilization by the liver. Mixing these “Lipotropic” co-enzymes and amino acids allow the liver to metabolize fat and mobilize fat for elimination and excretion. Some case reports show this combination to improve weight loss by up to 1 additional pound per week. Fat Burning B12 works best if combined with a sensible diet and exercise program.

Vitamin B12 Shots:

Vitamin B12 is important for the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system and formation of the blood. B-12 is also involved in providing an elevation in energy levels. This energy boost can provide a “pick-me-up” to increase metabolism and burn more calories. Injections may be done weekly or monthly.

Vitamin B12 Shots have been reported to do the following:

  • Increase energy levels
  • Improve the immune system
  • Decrease allergies, stress, depression, and frequent and severe headaches

If you have multiple symptoms that are correlated with low Vitamin B12 levels or just want an effective and natural weight loss treatment you can schedule an appointment online or by phone any time for a Fat Burning B12 shot or a normal Vitamin B12 shot!

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Everything You Need to Know About Dermaplaning:

Want to get rid of your facial peach fuzz? Want to have refreshed glowing skin? Consider dermaplaning then. Dermaplaning is an exfoliating treatment done by our trained professionals with a surgical blade.  Don’t worry the phrase “surgical blade” sounds intimidating and painful but the treatment is completely painless! The blade sloughs off the first few layers of dry skin cells which allows our products in the treatment room and your products at home to penetrate deeper into the skin. Not only does it do this, Dermaplaing removes fine vellus hair (peach fuzz). After the treatment, your skin will be left refreshed and incredibly smooth!

Benefits:

  • Your skin is refresh, radiant and smooth
  • Smaller pores
  • More even tone
  • More flawless makeup application
  • Facial products penetrate deeper and are absorbed better by the skin

A common question:

When discussing Dermaplaning, the most common question we receive is, will the hair grow back darker and thicker? This is a recurring misunderstanding and the answer is no; Dermaplaining will not cause the hair to grow back thicker or darker. It’s actually physiologically impossible. Vellus hair, which is the fine soft hair that covers the entire body, is different from terminal hair (the course dark hair that grows on the head, underarms, legs and public area). Vellus hair will eventually grow back within 4 weeks, however will be completely unchanged from its original state.

Wide Appeal:

Dermaplaning works for all skin types!  Even if you have acne or sensitive skin, ZONA’s aesthetician, Chelsea, will discuss your options. This treatment is also perfect for woman who are pregnant or nursing since it is gentle and there are no chemicals to worry about.   It is also a first choice for clients who are prone to broken capillaries and should not do Microdermabrasion or clients who have excess vellus hair on the face.

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6 Things to Consider Before Going Under the Needle http://www.zonamedspa.com/6-things-to-consider-before-going-under-the-needle/ http://www.zonamedspa.com/6-things-to-consider-before-going-under-the-needle/#respond Wed, 07 Sep 2016 22:43:29 +0000 http://www.zonamedspa.com/?p=572 6 Things to Consider Before Going Under the Needle Injections of neurotoxin and fillers are the most popular minimally invasive cosmetic procedures in the U.S. If you are considering “going under the needle”, there are 6 things you’ll want to think about beforehand. Who’s the injector. With so many people...

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6 Things to Consider Before Going Under the Needle

Injections of neurotoxin and fillers are the most popular minimally invasive cosmetic procedures in the U.S. If you are considering “going under the needle”, there are 6 things you’ll want to think about beforehand.

  1. Who’s the injector.

With so many people offering Botox and other fillers now a day, it’s tough to know who to trust. Make sure to research the injector and check their credentials, this should include where they were trained and how long they’ve been doing cosmetic injections. Another great way to review an injector is to either ask or find (via social media) before-and-after pictures of previous patients.

Michele Hunter, RN at ZONA Med Spa is an experienced certified Aesthetic Injector / Educator and licensed Esthetician in Scottsdale Arizona. She has extensive training and experience to ensure you receive outstanding results from your aesthetic treatment. ZONA Med Spa is also present on many social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, where you can see many before-and-after pictures.

  1. Your budget.

The term “You get what you pay for” definitely holds true when it comes to cosmetic procedures. All injections vary in prices, however, you’ll typically find fillers in the $500 to $2,000 per syringe price range.  You should see it as a red flag if there is a crazy deal, it could possibly be that the fillers are from out of the country. At your consultation, talk to the injector about your budget and discuss if what you can afford or what should be put off so you can have a more comprehensive treatment in the future.

Consultations are always complimentary here at ZONA Med Spa!

  1. Your expectations.

When thinking about injections, it is very common for people to come in with pictures of celebrities and show the injector what famous feature they desire. However, this isn’t what they need to see. Bring in a picture where you love the way you look, even if you’re in your 20s in it! A picture of yourself will give the injector a realistic reference point and help them figure out how to enhance your own natural features. It’s important to remember that a good injector will not make you look “over done”.

Our goal at ZONA Med Spa is to help you enhance your nature beauty without looking overdone.

  1. The product.

There are a lot of cosmetic injections out there and its imperative to know which ones are being used on you and why. Even though Botox is a household name, there are plenty of other botulinum type A toxins. For example, Dysport and Xeomin don’t have as much weight as the name Botox, but they all are made from botulinum toxin type A yet have a different amount of accessory protiens. The same goes for fillers. You can choose from Restylane, Juvéderm, and Belotero, all which are composed of the same ingredients, the hyaluronic acid particles are simply linked together differently. Overall, make sure to ask your injector what they are recommending and why.

Our injector Michele Hunter, RN is very informative and will talk you through exactly what she is using, what it does, and why that product is the best for you.

  1. Before and after injections.

Botox is what they call a “lunchtime procedure”, you don’t need to do anything particular before you go in and the only thing you can’t do immediately after is lay your head down for about four hours or workout the rest of the day. Fillers however, are different. It’s recommended to book your appointment two days before any event or special occasion. This is due to the common side effect of bruising and swelling. It is also advised to stop taking any blood thinning supplements two weeks before injections because they increase the likelihood of bruising and swelling.

For pre-treatment instructions visit the services tab on ZONA Med Spa’s website and click on the treatment you would like to receive, everything about that procedure is detailed there. After your appointment, ZONA Med Spa will inform you on post-treatment care.

  1. Result duration.

Cosmetic injections longevity depends on: the product uses, how many units was injected, and where it was injected. So result duration may vary. However, as a general guideline, botulinum toxin type A last four to six months and hyaluronic acid fillers last six to 18 months. That being said, you have to be prepared to keep up with the procedures if you like the results.

At ZONA Med Spa we unsure you’ll be thrilled with your results!

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Tech Neck Wrinkles

Would you believe that our overactive use of technical devices is causing you to show signs of aging significantly earlier? In this tech consumed world, it is no surprise that this is actually true. The phenomenon is called tech neck. Tech neck occurs when looking down at your cellphone. The repetitive downwards tilt of your head cause deep wrinkles on your fragile neck skin, thus showing signs of aging much more rapidly than normal.

Luckily, there are a few ways to treat these unavoidable wrinkles right here at ZONA Med Spa!

Treatment Options:

  • Kybella injections These fat-melting injections rid you of the “double chin” from help of its active ingredient, deoxycholic acid. This naturally occurring molecule in the body aids the breakdown of dietary fats. Kybella can help you win in the never ending battle for the perfect profile.
  • Hyaluronic Acid fillers – This filler is perfect for the deep, etched in, horizontal lines that come as a result from the dreaded tech neck. At ZONA Med Spa there are various dermal fillers that we would help you decipher which one is perfect for your wants and needs.
  • Botox – Pretty much everyone knows about Botox now a days, but not everyone knows that it can help aid an aging neck. Have wrinkles that give your neck a ropey kind of look? Botox can fix that by relaxing the vertical (platysma) muscle.
  • Skin Tightening – RF (Radio Frequency) technology is an all-in-one solution to many aesthetic procedures. RF stimulates collagen for significant improvement in skin laxity, sagginess and texture; this can be performed on the neck and anywhere else on the body.

Technology isn’t going anywhere any time soon so remember to keep your chin up and if the damage is already done, come in for a free consultation and we can find the perfect treatment for you!

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Sun Exposure: Causing Your Skin to Age Prematurely http://www.zonamedspa.com/sunscreen-2/ http://www.zonamedspa.com/sunscreen-2/#respond Sat, 18 Jun 2016 18:24:09 +0000 http://www.zonamedspa.com/?p=487 Sun Exposure: Causing Your Skin to Age Prematurely Sunscreen and the importance of SPF has come a long way in the past 5 to 10 years. By now we have been educated over and over again on the importance of sunscreen, yet I come across so many clients who still...

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Sun Exposure: Causing Your Skin to Age Prematurely

Sunscreen and the importance of SPF has come a long way in the past 5 to 10 years. By now we have been educated over and over again on the importance of sunscreen, yet I come across so many clients who still are not protecting their skin on a daily basis. Consider this: 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Living in Arizona we see the sun almost daily. Even if you don’t plan on laying out or being outside for an extended amount of time, wearing sunscreen is still important. The accumulation of sun exposure through the car window on the way to and from work or running errands, all add up. Besides the risk of skin cancer, using a daily SPF (ideally 30 SPF-50 SPF) is also the first step in preventative aging. Unprotected sun exposure speeds up the aging process causing fine lines and wrinkles, loss of elasticity and uneven skin tone or brown/red spots.

ZONA Med Spa always offers complimentary consultations. We are here to guide you in your skin care journey, even you need help finding the right sunscreen for your skin. As of 2012 the FDA regulated sunscreen to be properly labeled “broad-spectrum” meaning both UVA and UVB protection. Using a sunscreen for both the face and body that is broad-spectrum protection is most important as UVA and UVB both affect the skin differently.

UVA Rays: The Aging Rays

  • Penetrates deeply into the skin, deeper than UVB, damaging collagen and cells
  • Plays a key role in the acceleration of wrinkling, pigmentation (brown spots and sun damage), blotchy skin tone and redness, skin roughening and loss of elasticity
  • Can pass through glass (office and vehicles)
  • Not affected by weather or altitude (meaning even on cloudy days the UVA rays are there)
  • Present all day, every day of the year
  • UVA is 50 times more prevalent than UVB rays
  • Can contribute to the development or increase the risk of skin cancer

UVB Rays: The Burning Rays

  • Penetrates the skin more superficially than UVA, mostly affecting the outer layer of the skin
  • Is the primary cause of sunburns and tanning that increase the risk of cancer
  • UVB varies with the time of day and seasons, and are stronger in the summertime
  • The SPF (sunburn protection factor) number of a sunscreen indicates the level of protection from UVB only

ZONA Med Spa proudly carries Revision Skincare sunscreens that help prevent sunburn and protect skin health. Using a blend of peptides, broad-spectrum UV protection and potent antioxidants, it’s the smart way to care for your skin. Great for all skin types, Intellishade Matte and Original reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, fights photodamage that causes premature aging while moisturizing and blending naturally with the color of your skin. Multi-Protection Broad-Spectrum SPF 50 is also formulated for all skin types. This sunscreen contains a strong blend of antioxidants, moisturizes the skin with plant-based Polysaccharides, Squalane and Sodium Hyaluronate all while providing broad-spectrum UV protection. Thanks to Revision Skincare’s all in one sunscreens, daily protection and antiaging moisturizing has never been easier!

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Goodbye Double Chin – Hello Kybella! http://www.zonamedspa.com/double-chin-kybella/ http://www.zonamedspa.com/double-chin-kybella/#respond Thu, 07 Apr 2016 23:45:23 +0000 http://www.zonamedspa.com/?p=452 Goodbye Double Chin! Have you noticed an unwanted second chin taking away the focus from your beautiful face? Is the waddle in your selfies and pictures getting you down? Say good riddance to that awful double chin and hello to the neck you can’t wait to show off! Kybella is...

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Goodbye Double Chin!

Have you noticed an unwanted second chin taking away the focus from your beautiful face? Is the waddle in your selfies and pictures getting you down? Say good riddance to that awful double chin and hello to the neck you can’t wait to show off! Kybella is the first and ONLY FDA approved for improvement in the appearance of moderated to severe fullness associated with submental (area beneath the chin) fat in adults.

 What is Kybella?

The active ingredient in this treatment is deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. Kybella is administered by a trained physician who injects the product under a patients chin to destroy fat cells, improving appearance of the chin area. Submental fullness (double chin) is a common yet undertreated facial aesthetic condition. Both men and women can benefit from Kybella as submental fullness can be from aging, weight gain or genetics.

Often times the double chin area is resistant to diet and exercise alone which is why Kybella is made to destroy the fat cell, getting rid of it for good. Other fat reduction or removal methods may shrink the fat cells or cause a temporary reduction in the jawline area unlike this treatment. In a 2015 study done by the ASDS (American Society for Dermatologic Surgery) 67% of people are just as bothered by their double chin as they are by their fine lines and wrinkles.

What to Expect During Treatment

Having a consultation with our expert injector before your Kybella treatment is recommended. During this consultation she will go over how many treatments you may need to get desired results as the number of treatments vary from person to person. Cost of the Kybella treatment will be explained during this time which is based on how much of the product will need to be administered during each treatment. Up to 6 treatments may be required to see full results. Contraindications, realistic expectations and any questions you have will be answered to be sure you are comfortable and satisfied before getting started.

In the clinical trials many patients had experienced visible results in just 2-4 treatments, although 59% of the patients did receive all 6 treatments. After being treated patients reported improvement in self-perception, including feeling happier and younger based on their own chin profile as well as feeling less embarrassed, self-conscious, overweight and bothered by a double chin.

Whether getting rid of the double chin has been a dream of yours for years or something that has bothered you more recently, Kybella is the way to go! Set up your free consultation today and get started on a new you!

 

Information in this blog sited from both Allergan and Kybella medical sites.

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The Crucial Skincare Step You Cannot Skip http://www.zonamedspa.com/the-crucial-skincare-step-you-cannot-skip/ http://www.zonamedspa.com/the-crucial-skincare-step-you-cannot-skip/#respond Fri, 05 Feb 2016 00:26:31 +0000 http://www.zonamedspa.com/?p=418 Not a Fan of Breakouts or Wrinkles? The Crucial Skincare Step You Cannot Skip! You might think that using a moisturizer every day is a no brainer. Believe it or not I come across people frequently that aren’t using any type of hydration, which brings me to this blog. Here...

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Not a Fan of Breakouts or Wrinkles? The Crucial Skincare Step You Cannot Skip!

You might think that using a moisturizer every day is a no brainer. Believe it or not I come across people frequently that aren’t using any type of hydration, which brings me to this blog. Here are 7 things that can happen if you neglect your moisturizer!

1. You Can Develop More Wrinkles

The horror! No one wants to purposely create more wrinkles! When you leave your skin dehydrated it leads to low grade inflammation. This inflammation ultimately leads to the breakdown of collagen and accelerated aging.

2. Even Your Current Wrinkles Will Look Worse

The more hydrated your skin is the less the signs of aging show. Therefore dehydrated skin exacerbates the wrinkles you already have making them stand out like a sore thumb. Try using Hyaluronic Acid to help plump and moisturize your skin so those fine lines and wrinkles fade away instead.

 3. Your Complexion Will Become Dull and Flaky

Living in the desert tends to leave us feeling dry for most of the year because dry air dehydrates and stripsyour skin of lipids or natural oils. When this outer most layer of protection has been stripped this causes irritation, redness and flaking. Dermaplaning is an excellent treatment to help with a dull and flaky complexion. We can remove all of the dull dry skin cells and allow hydrating products to absorb more efficiently.

 4. It Will Aggravate Your Acne

Yes, even oily skin needs a moisturizer! Consistently using a moisturizer actually regulates oil production causing skin to be LESS oily in the long run. Acneic and oily skin types tend to use more drying products to dry out blemishes and it is important to always finish with hydration. Without the final step of hydration your oil glands will over produce oil for lack of moisture compensation, making skin oiler than it is in the first place.

 5. You Lose a Layer of Protection

Products like Retinoids, Benzoyl Peroxides and Salicylic Acids can be very drying and give some uncomfortable side effects like redness, peeling or flaking. By not using a moisturizer your skin tries to combat the dry, red and flaking skin versus absorbing the benefits from these products.

 6. Makeup Accentuates Dry Areas, Fine Lines and Wrinkles

When applying makeup after using a moisturizer, chances are more likely for the application to be flawless. Without properly hydrated skin makeup sticks to the dry areas of the face and can even seep into fine lines.  Picture the little lines under your eyes where the concealer creases, but worse.

 7. Your Skin Will Itch Like Crazy

Similar to the tight dry uncomfortable feeling you get right after a nice hot shower, imagine that – all day long. If the reasons above aren’t good enough to keep your hydration on point, just thinking about that awful itching feeling should do the trick. And as always if you need guidance in your skincare ways, ZONA Med Spa is here as your skin guru to point you in the right direction for you specific concerns or skin type!

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Skincare Resolutions for a Flawless 2016! http://www.zonamedspa.com/skincare-resolutions/ http://www.zonamedspa.com/skincare-resolutions/#respond Thu, 14 Jan 2016 22:21:28 +0000 http://www.zonamedspa.com/?p=389 Skincare Resolutions for a Flawless 2016! January is here again, the time of year when we make resolutions and rules to abide by for a “New Year New Me.” As genuine as our intentions may be, resolutions are hard to keep.  Waking up at the crack of dawn to get...

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Skincare Resolutions for a Flawless 2016!

January is here again, the time of year when we make resolutions and rules to abide by for a “New Year New Me.” As genuine as our intentions may be, resolutions are hard to keep.  Waking up at the crack of dawn to get in a workout before work sounds like a good plan, until our alarm goes off and hitting snooze sounds so much better. It’s important when choosing goals to not be too hard on ourselves and to try something simple to keep us on track. Let’s start 2016 off by showing our skin some love it deserves and make it a priority to step up our skincare game this year. The following are rules – or resolutions if you will – that are effective at achieving your best skin yet! A few of the rules coming next may seem like basics, but you’d be surprised how often these crucial fundamentals get skipped.

Wear SPF 30+ Every. Single. Day.

Even though it sounds redundant and preached now more than ever, we sometimes forget how important an everyday sunscreen really is. For the few of you out there who still rely on the SPF in your makeup or are using a daily SPF below 30, unfortunately you aren’t doing your skin any favors. Sunscreen is one of the most important things you can do for your skin. Not only does it protect against sun damage and skin cancer but it is also the foundation of an anti-aging routine. You are never too young to start an anti-aging routine as preventative is much easier than correcting.

Stop Smoking

Let’s be real, it’s 2016 and by now everyone knows the negative side effects from smoking. Besides the obvious ways smoking can harm the body both inside and out, it also increases premature wrinkles and aging. Your blood vessels constrict when smoking causing less blood flow, meaning important nutrients and oxygen are no longer able to reach the skin. Even the repetitive motion of pursing your lips to smoke that cigarette can accelerate unsightly lines and wrinkles to form around your mouth. If you want healthy and younger looking skin, kick the habit!

Eat Better

Again, sounds like a no brainer. We are what we eat. When we have a diet full of trans fats and dairy (i.e. pizza, ice cream and doughnuts) it makes our taste buds happy but our skin scream! Both dairy and trans fats cause inflammation and irritation like redness, breakouts and swelling. By filling your diet with more fruits and vegetables containing antioxidants, it can reduce inflammation. Clean eating is happy eating, in more ways than one!

NEVER Go to Bed with Your Make Up on

Hey, I’ve been there myself. It’s been a long day and I can barely change out of my day clothes before crawling into bed, I get it. The struggle is real but the ramifications can be much worse. We have touched on this topic before in another blog but here is a reminder of what can happen when you skip the before bed routine.  Clogged pores, acne, dehydration, skin irritation and even rashes can develop! I know some days are hard but power through that nightly routine and your skin with thank you in the long run.

Don’t Pick!

This one is hard for everyone, especially when that whitehead is staring at you or the scab you think is never going away just needs a little help. Picking can actually cause more inflammation and irritation as well as the spreading of bacteria causing the area to look worse than it did before. It can even increase your chances of scarring or discoloration, leaving a more permanent mark rather than just letting it heal on its own! Stay strong and resist the urge to pick!

Get a Routine that Works for You

Trends come and go in the skincare industry and newer better ingredients pop up all the time. A regimen that works great for a friend may wreak havoc on your skin, not everyone’s skin is the same! See a skin professional to help guide you into a routine that is gentle or aggressive enough for your concerns. Switching from product line to product line frequently can also be part of the problem. You want to give a routine enough time to work before you move on. Remember there is also a chance of purging when you first start a new regimen as it can be cleaning out previous impurities the last routine left behind. Find something your skin loves and stick to it.

I think these rules are realistic expectations for the coming year and a resolution we won’t regret! Remember it’s the small changes that make the biggest difference. As always if you need a skin guru to keep you on your path to flawless skin, we are always here to help!

We at ZONA Med Spa want to make one thing perfectly clear, your skin.

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How to Avoid Bruising With Injections http://www.zonamedspa.com/bruising-injections/ http://www.zonamedspa.com/bruising-injections/#respond Wed, 02 Dec 2015 22:29:44 +0000 http://www.zonamedspa.com/?p=377   How to Avoid Bruising With Injections When deciding to get procedures like Botox or Fillers most people want to have little to no bruising post treatment. Even the most experienced and knowledgeable injector can give a client a bruise, redness or bumps after a treatment. However, there are a...

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How to Avoid Bruising With Injections

When deciding to get procedures like Botox or Fillers most people want to have little to no bruising post treatment. Even the most experienced and knowledgeable injector can give a client a bruise, redness or bumps after a treatment. However, there are a few pre- and post-treatment tips that can minimize your chances of bruising. Always follow your medical professional’s instructions and be sure to ask any questions you have.

Pre-Treatment

Certain vitamins or over-the-counter medications you take can cause the blood to thin, giving you a greater chance at bruing. Always check with your doctor before stopping medications as they may be needed for medical reasons. The following are supplements to discontinue (if applicable) 5-7 days prior to injections.

  • Aspirin, Excedrin or Ibuprofen (Aleve, Advil) – Tylenol is ok to use if you need a pain medication.
  • St. John’s Wort
  • Omega 3 Fatty Acids
  • Vitamin E (your multivitamin is ok)
  • Ginko Bilboa
  • Ginseng

Besides the list above try to avoid garlic, alcohol, and caffeine a couple days before your treatment as well! You can take Arnica 30c pellets orally (found at Hi Health or Whole Foods) 3 days prior to your treatment to help prevent bruising. Be sure to follow instructions on the label. Consuming Pineapple a few times a day for 1-2 days prior to your treatment can lessen side effects. Bromelain is found in pineapple juice and can naturally help with inflammation and swelling. If you are prone to cold sores around the mouth or near the injection site, be sure to discuss with your medical professional about how to prevent an outbreak. Most likely they will give you a script for an antiviral medication.

During the Treatment

When having an injection treatment such as fillers, we at ZONA Med Spa use a topical numbing cream to help you feel more comfortable. Throughout your treatment the medical professional applies pressure followed by ice to any spots that bleed to ensure a lower chance of bruising.

Post-Treatment

After care for your injection treatment is important. Be sure to follow the instructions given to you by the medical professional. Some common injection related reactions may occur including redness, swelling, tenderness, itching and bruising at the injection site. Here are some general post-care instructions for a smooth recovery. Ice as much as you can for the first 48 hours, 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off several times a day. Apply Arnica gel or cream to injection sites and continue taking Arnica orally for 5 days, following instructions on label. Avoid any exercise, saunas, yoga or hot showers for 48 hours or until swelling resolves. Avoid sleeping on your face, getting facials or massages. Do not wear any tight fitting objects to the area injected such as hats, ski or scuba masks. The duration of post treatment reactions can depend on individual healing characteristics and how aggressive the treatment was.

Results

Remember that it takes time to see full results of a treatment. Injectables such as Botox can take up to two weeks to fully kick in. Filler injectables can take a couple days to see a final result as swelling will reduce and the product has settled in. It is important to have realistic expectations with the results of fillers as they do not “get rid of” all your wrinkles. You can expect “significant improvement” not complete wrinkle removal. Having a consultation with your medical professional may be the best place to start.

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10 Products Our Skin is Thankful For http://www.zonamedspa.com/10-products-skin-thankful-for/ http://www.zonamedspa.com/10-products-skin-thankful-for/#respond Wed, 25 Nov 2015 20:41:29 +0000 http://www.zonamedspa.com/?p=367   10 Products Our Skin is Thankful For Tis the season to be thankful. As Thanksgiving approaches we can’t help but reflect on the wonderful things and people we are blessed with. Personally I am thankful for many things, one of which is being able to work in an industry...

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10 Products Our Skin is Thankful For

Tis the season to be thankful. As Thanksgiving approaches we can’t help but reflect on the wonderful things and people we are blessed with. Personally I am thankful for many things, one of which is being able to work in an industry that I love! Battling years of acne and of course by working in this industry, my skin has been exposed to a plethora of products. Here are ten products our skin thanks us for using.

Face Wash:

This may seem like a no brainer but let’s be real, our face isn’t going to wash itself! After a long day of being exposed to pollution and free radicals, not to mention being suffocated by foundation, our skin is thankful that we cleanse away those impurities and allow it to breathe again.

Toner:

Not astringent! A proper toner is water based, containing no alcohol. Unlike astringents which are alcohol based and strip our skin of our natural oils leaving the face more dry than before. A toner is like a sip of water to the skin, adding some moisture back while calming and soothing it. Thus leaving our skin thankful for the sweet ‘ahhh’ of soothing comfort.

Exfoliation:

Regardless if it is a scrub, clarisonic or professional treatment, exfoliation allows us to slough off those dry dead skin cells to allow our products to penetrate deeper. As we age our skin cells don’t turn over and shed fast enough like they used to. Thankfully, we are here to help! Without being too aggressive, we are able to maintain healthy skin that is fresh and smooth.

Eye Cream:

The delicate skin around the eyes requires its own cream to treat and prevent dark circles and aging. A great eye cream can improve the appearance of the area, including the upper eyelid. Thus being able to reduce and prevent the appearance of wrinkles and provide intense moisturization for smoother skin texture.  Your skin around the eyes thanks you for not forgetting about them!

Retinol:

Now there are many forms of Retinol as well as different strengths. In some cases like Retinoic Acid, your skin may want to scream instead of thank you as it can be very drying and irritating to the skin. Retinol on the other hand is the most accepted form of Vitamin A that can be absorbed by the skin. It can help brighten, plump and give a smooth texture. Your skin will be thanking you for keeping it youthful!

Nectifirm:

Taking great care of our face is one thing, but we can’t forget about our neck! When your neck looks younger, so do you. This specially formulated neck cream contains five peptides, plant extracts and unique biotechnological blends that work cohesively to create a smoother, firmer, younger-looking neck. Not having a turkey neck will make your skin very thankful this Thanksgiving.

Hyaluronic Acid:

Found naturally beneath the surface, Hyaluronic Acid binds water to the skin and provides short-and long-term moisturization. With the drying effects of winter and living in the desert, Hyaluronic keeps your skin from getting thirsty.

Night Cream:

At night our skin restores and repairs itself. Night creams are typically more emollient and packed with nutrients and peptides to aid in restoring the skin to its best! Your epidermis thanks you for using a hydrating cream to condition it while you sleep after a long day of makeup and pollutants.

Vitamin C:

THD Ascorbate is a stabilized form of Vitamin C. This glorious Vitamin brightens the skin and provides antioxidant benefits. By using the THD Ascorbate form it contains a mixture of oil and water which the skin recognizes and absorbs.

Sunscreen:

Another product that may feel like a no brainer, but some people have yet to jump on the SPF train! Everyday sunscreen protects the skin from accumulation of sun damage. It defends the skin from the harmful UVA and UVB rays. Although you may not get a sunburn from the 20 minutes it takes to get to and from work, the sun is aging your skin and creating possible brown spots. The obvious reason to use this product is to help fight against skin cancer and for that, your skin thanks you! (So does your loved ones, no one likes the c word)

How many of those ten products does your skin thank you for? Not very many? Maybe it is time to switch up the regime and give your skin something to be thankful for. Tomorrow when we stretch our stomachs to fit in massive amounts of glorious foods, take a minute to reflect and be thankful. Thanksgiving is a Holiday that is often brushed over these past few years as the Christmas Holiday just can’t wait its turn. So enjoy your food, friends, and family and have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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