It strikes without warning. The once even, beautiful skin on your face now has an unfamiliar dull shadow. At first you think it must be the lighting or perhaps dirt on your face, and then it hits you… these are permanent spots known as hyperpigmentation to professionals. Hyperpigmentation is the 2ndlargest skin concern for women and men in the US and one that affects over 30 million people worldwide.
What Is Hyperpigmentation?
Hyperpigmentation is a common, usually harmless condition in which patches of skin become darker in color than the normal surrounding skin. This darkening occurs when an excess of melanin, the brown pigment that produces normal skin color, forms deposits.
Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for this condition, although there are several treatments and products that can help contain the problem by minimizing the appearance of pigmentation.
In-office Treatment Options
There are several in-office options available to treat pigmentation:
PhotoFacial: the most popular treatment for pigmentation. How it works is a beam of light brings spots to the surface and causes them to gently slough off. It’s a great option, but be prepared to have redness, maybe minor swelling and a darkening of the pigmentation a few days after the treatment.
VI Peel : A peel uses acids to cause your skin to turn over and peel off the top layers of skin containing pigmentation (imagine a snake losing it’s skin) Depending on the peel, you may peel up to 3-5 days along with redness.
ZO Hyperpigmentation Products .
Please give us a call at 901-388-8887 to schedule a free consultation with our medical aestheticians to discuss which option is best for you .
We all know by now that we should be using sunscreen every day. If your typical day involves wearing makeup, you may dismiss SPF as an extra and unnecessary step. After all, your face is at least sort of protected by your layer of foundation, right? And you’re totally covered if your foundation has SPF in it—right? Many of us have likely asked ourselves the same questions and even shied away from using sunscreen in fear it will mess up our makeup or break us out, but no more. Makeup with SPFprovides some protection, says Tabitha Nelson a board-certified medical aesthetician at Laser Aesthetics Body and Wellness, but she recommends not depending on your foundation as your primary source of UV protection. She states, “In order to achieve the sunscreen SPF on the makeup label, you would need to use seven times the thickness you would normally use if using liquid foundation, and 14 times the amount if using a powder foundation.” Probably not the look you’re going for. To find a sunscreen that works best with your makeup, look for one that’s labeled “for face” and described as “non-comedogenic” to reduce your risk of acne breakouts. Another decision is the type of active ingredient in the sunscreen. These fall into two categories, chemical and physical. Chemical sunscreens’ active ingredients, such as avobenzone, octisalate, and oxybenzone, absorb into the skin and convert the sun’s UVA or UVB rays—different ingredients work for each—into heat, which is then released into the air. Physical sunscreens, containing zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide, sit on top of the skin and create a film that physically deflects the rays from penetrating the skin’s surface. When applying anything to your skin, the golden rule is to layer products from thinnest to thickest so that they are all able to effectively penetrate into the skin. Our aestheticians at LABW suggests washing and patting the face dry, applying any recommended skin care treatments, then sunscreen. We do recommend Image sunscreen and foundation to all patients at our clinic. Once your skin is prepped with these steps, go about your makeup routine as normal. For any questions or a free consultation, please give us a call at 901-388-8887.
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own.” – 1 Corinthians 6:19
I started us off with a Bible verse to show that our bodies are not to be tampered with.
Hard work is commendable and worth many blessings in God’s economy, but the rest part is
essential. God himself rested on the 7th Day after creating. God commands us to take care of our
bodies. What does relaxation do to the body? Getting the proper amount of sleep helps in a
multitude of areas. Sleep is a period where torn down muscle tissue is repaired, energy is
restored, and growth hormones are released. Sleep is an activity that should be taken
very seriously. Getting at least eight hours of sleep can give the body enough fuel to get
through the day. Anything less than eight hours of sleep and the body will be in damaged
state for most of the day. Grogginess along with difficulty concentrating will plague the
restless for a majority of the day. Rest is also extremely important to mental health. A
mellow rest can improve the mood of a person almost instantly. Stress and anxiety can be
combated with a 30 minute nap or a simple breathing exercise. Refusal to rest over a
long period of time will eventually stack against you in the worst ways possible. Those
stress levels will keep on rising and that anxiety will only get worse and worse. If worst
comes to worst, a lack of rest could result in severe headaches or depression. I don’t
mean to scare those reading this. My goal is to warn and give people a better outlook on
how to improve their health. So on this National Relaxing Day, get a cool bottle of water
(or room temp if that’s your mojo) and take your mind off of all the struggles at hand. Think one word:relax.
Botox Cosmetic manufactured by Allergan is a simple, FDA -Approved, nonsurgical, treatment that can temporarily smooth moderate to severe frown wrinkle lines. But what happens to Botox in approximately 120 days? Simple answer : Botox wears off . Our office insists on baseline pictures and follow up appointments at 2 weeks and 3 months. If patients continue with treatments on regular basis, most often the skin remodels itself and those wrinkles of motion are even better than their baseline pictures.
Allergan announced its intent to combine with AbbVie to create the 4th largest global pharmaceutical company in the world. AbbVie is a highly focused research-driven biopharmaceutical company that takes on the toughest health challenges. They do more than treat diseases—they aim to make a remarkable impact on people’s lives.
Brad McRae, Ph.D., director of pharmacology, immunology discovery at AbbVie, is spending a lot of time looking at that environment of bacteria in stomach.
In a healthier gut, the bacteria metabolize dietary fiber to short chain fatty acids. Those fatty acids then communicate with epithelial cells and the immune system in your gut. In people with obesity, microbial diversity in the gut is reduced, leading to an imbalance called dysbiosis. The reduction in diversity in the gut microbiome negatively impacts immune regulation, as well as the function of the thin tissue that covers internal organs which can allow for more disease-causing bacteria to overgrow. “By looking at the microbiome of patients who are overweight, who then become obese could give us a better understanding of the role of the microbiome in this process,” McRae says. Identifying the change in gut physiology could be a game-changer towards health and wellness. We here at Laser Aesthetics Body and Wellness are committed to seek the best research for our patients. Please give us a call at 901-388-8887 for a free consultation.
Whether you are thinking about getting a medical grade facial or a cosmetic procedure, you can expect outstanding service at Laser Aesthetics Body and Wellness. The perfect word for us would be a Medical Spa. LAB&W offers both medical and relaxing treatments aimed at improving the overall health of one’s body. Medicine and comfort go hand in hand in providing the healthiest of lifestyles. A laser treatment, for example, will attack the harmful impurities on the patient’s skin while a soothing facial like HydraFacial will leave the patient skin glowing. What then should one expect from a visit to LAB&W? A simple and easy three step process is the answer to that question. Like any medical clinic, we provide a consultation to adress any questions about the patient’s intended procedure. Next, the patient will receive the actual treatment. Depending on the procedure, the consultation and treatment may be done on the same visit. Finally, the patient will have a follow up appointment to analyze the progress and results. Where can Laser Aesthetics Body and Wellness be found? Visit us at 9755 Hwy 64 in Arlington, TN, or call us at 901-388-8887. Our highly qualified providers can’t wait to see you !
Having a dedicated skincare routine is essential, but did you know you should be switching things up a little in the summer?
Many people stick to their regiment year-round, but as we are inching closer and closer to summer read on for some important tips and treatments that should be on your radar in the coming months.
Whether you’re dealing with extra oil, shine, or the occasional sunburn, we have some expert ideas for you.
If you keep up with the latest trends or follow beauty bloggers and influencers you may know this one, but it’s just a generally good tip to have in your beauty regimen arsenal.
Double cleansing is a good practice, but especially in summer when excess sweat, dirt, and grime can cling to our face and clog our pores. Wash your face once to remove the surface layer of dirt and then cleanse again to get a deeper clean.
Take Care of Sunburns
It’s okay—we’ve all been there, you left your house without sunscreen or didn’t reapply as often. While preventing sunburn is ideal, we know things happen.
If you do suffer a sunburn, even a minor one, be sure to treat it right away! Keep aloe at home or pick up some chamomile oil or calendula, all three are great for anti-inflammation and will soothe your skin
Squinting all summer long will have consequences for your skin, take things into your own hands, and try our injectables like Botox and Fillers! You can say goodbye to wrinkles with minimal downtime and without avoiding the sun!
Establish a Routine
Are you completely lost on how to start a proper summer skincare routine?
Schedule a consultation with one of our skincare experts to go through your history and goals, and we’ll set you up with the right products.
Please give us a call 901-388-8887.
Laser Aesthetics Body and Wellness is proud to be a certified BioTE® Medical provider of bio identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). We are committed to educating our patients about the benefits of BHRT and how hormone therapy, using the BioTE® method, is the ultimate foundation for good health. Our BioTE® certification means we are dedicated to providing the best hormone therapy available for men and women who want to age healthier and improve the quality of their lives. Using tiny subcutaneous cardio-activated bioidential pellets inserted just below the surface of the skin, the BioTE® method mimics how hormones are naturally released into the body. This allows a patient’s hormones to remain at optimized levels more consistently than creams, gels, and injections without the side effects that can accompany synthetic options. Fortunately, replacing the hormones your body no longer makes naturally with BHRT is an effective way to treat the uncomfortable menopausal symptoms in women. Some of the commonly reported signs and symptoms of female hormonal imbalance include: Hot Flashes, weight gain, decreased libido, fatigue, depression, mood swings, irritability, migraines, memory loss, insomnia. Men experience a steady decline in testosterone starting in their 30’s. The symptoms, often ignored, as fatigue, abdominal weight gain, lethargy, depression, decrease in muscle mass, decreased libido and erectile dysfunction. To learn more, contact our office at 901-388-8887 or visit Martina’s page at http://www.biotedocs.com/Martina.Ashmore
Acne Scars are an unfortunate result of inﬂamed blemishes surrounding or sometimes beneath the skin. These scars have a range of visible severity but often come with a look of red, somewhat dimpled skin. The face is an area that is heavily aﬀected by scarring with predominantly all cases being located on facial features such as the cheeks or chin. The good and bad of it is simply that pores are overﬁlled with oil, dead skin, and bacteria giving rise to the eventually scarring. The amount of these substances that enter the pores often determine how difficult the treatment will be. Some handle the presence of these blemishes better than others. However, if you are one that is bothered by the look of the scarring or feel you need treatment, microneedling is the solution for you. MDPen MicroNeedling is a safe, effective and minimally invasive procedure that applies micro needles to the skin creating a series of tiny punctures. Micro needling results include glowing, smoother and younger looking skin but without the downtime or trauma that is associated with laser or chemical treatments. MDPen rapidly creates a pattern of micro channels in the treatment area, leaving the skin smoother, fresher and more uniform. Numbing cream applied before the treatment makes the actual procedure virtually painless. Tabitha Nelson is a skilled medical aesthetician with many years of experience, whose supreme knowledge of the subject is very apparent. Her execution is ﬂawless and only available at Laser Aesthetics Body and Wellness. If you or a loved one is considering microneedling, please call us at 901-388-8887.
Diets seem to be all the rage now a days. Weight loss is on the forefront of people’s minds,
and it’s not just that. This weight loss needs to be as quick and seamless as possible. So what
do people do? They turn to the newest diet that promises to be the way to lose pounds and lose
pounds fast. Do these diets work? The funny thing is that these diets will work more times than
not. However, the demands that come with these eating restrictions are not sustainable. Take the Keto diet for example. It’s very popular and uber effective. However, it requires an intake of less than 50 grams of carbohydrates a day. In the short run, this will absolutely achieve the desired results. In the long run, this would be extremely damaging to the health of the human body. Ideally, we want to create eating habits that are not only healthy, but essentially evolve into a lifestyle of eating. What is an eating lifestyle? It looks a little something like this: Well-balanced intake of proteins, carbs and fats. For example: around 200 g of carbs, around 50 g of fats, and 1 gram of protein per body weight. Food intake varies from person
the person and everyone need to find what works for them because only consistency will yield results. But what about foods like pizzas or French fries? Must they be given up all together? The answer to this is to implement one cheat day per weak. Treat yourself, don’t cheat yourself. In simple terms, don’t go overboard with the junk food and keep a nice clean diet. If you still are uncomfortable with the concept of a diet or have no idea where to even start, give Laser Aesthetics Body and Wellness a visit. We offer medically supervised weight loss program and we will find just the right one for you. Give us a call at 901-388-8887 and let’s get started on the journey to healthier you.