7 benefits of Vitamin C for skincare
The support system for our skin starts with collagen and elastin. As we age, the production of these can fall slightly behind causing the skin to loosen. Wrinkles, fine lines and sagging can be a result of the support system falling short. While there are many things we can do when we are young to slow this from happening, in time, our production of collagen and elastin will have a hard time keeping up. There are several options for taking care of the ramifications of aging including but not limited to laser treatments, derma fillers, prp facelifts, neurotoxins, chemical peels and even skincare products.
Many skincare products sold over the counter claim to be anti-aging, which means they are advertising that the ingredients inside can penetrate through your dermis to tighten the collagen and elastin. In many cases, vitamins need to be combined, tested, and sealed correctly for them to have any value later. Vitamins lose their potency quickly if not manufactured in the correct means. When it comes to our body, every vitamin has its role in keeping us well and healthy on the inside and out.
Vitamin C is a big player in the role of our outer body, our skin particularly. The 7 benefits that Vitamin C has for our skin include: replenishing and plumping our dermis, reduces the damage done by UV exposure, increases collagen production, aids in the healing process, reduces dry skin and mixed with Vitamin E as a topical, it can be more protective of free radicals.
In addition to other treatments, ask your skincare provider about specific products focused on Vitamin C for aiding in the rejuvenation of younger, healthier skin. When considering products be sure not to purchase anything consisting of higher concentrations than 20%; studies have found that maximal absorption is at 20%.
For more information, contact us for a consultation with one of our skincare professionals.
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Cancer Support ServicesDuring cancer treatment and immediately after, it can be difficult to feel good about your body. Most of us get a boost in self-esteem and in our overall outlook when we look and feel our best, but we don’t always have the time or energy to seek out massage treatments, aesthetics procedures, or other health and wellness options to help us feel we’re at our best. This can be especially true for people combating serious health issues such as cancer – a time when our mental outlook can make a huge impact on our health.Current data shows that 1 in 3 women and 1 in every 2 men will develop cancer in their lifetime, and if you yourself have not experienced the potentially devastating effects of this disease, you probably have someone close to you who is in treatment for cancer or who is a survivor. While many cancers are treatable, anyone who has gone through treatment can tell you that treatment is sometimes worse than the disease. Because of this, and because cancer has touched the lives of so many members of the El Con Health and Wellness Center staff, we would like to invite current cancer patients and cancer survivors to take part in our services.We offer a range of treatments and products that are appropriate at different stages of cancer care. If you are still in treatment, we will discuss safe aesthetics options with you and your doctor that will not interfere with your medical care. Once you are in remission, there are more options available to help restore your body’s vitality and your self-esteem, and we can help advise you on which treatments are best suited to post-treatment cancer survivors. If you have never had cancer, but are concerned about risk factors in your family history, if you have had long term UVA/UVB exposure, or if you are simply interested in preventative options such as our pre-cancer skin treatments or our medical grade topical skincare that is paraben-free and has low carcinogenic properties, we are happy to help you chose preventative measures that will best suit you.In addition to massage therapy, which may be appropriate at nearly every stage of cancer care, we also have gentle facials and other spa treatments suitable to chemotherapy patients. We have a nutritionist who can help advise you develop a post-treatment diet plan. And once you are ready for a challenge, we have personal trainers in the building who can help you build your strength, and a nurse practitioner who specializes in well woman exams and hormone replacement therapy. If you have lost tone or have had changes of texture in your skin, are treating scars or areas of depigmentation, or are looking for hair re-growth solutions, we can help you.At El Con Health and Wellness Center It’s our goal to help everyone feel better about their body, even when their body isn’t at its best.
Summer Skin CareWe all know that summer skin care begins with proper protection. Even though Autumn may be just around the corner, it’s important to remember to continue protecting your skin from the damaging effects of UVA and UVB rays. El Con Health and Wellness Center has a number of ways to help you stay protected from the sun, and to help you repair your skin if you’ve begun to notice signs of damage caused by our desert rays!Don’t Forget the Sunscreen!
The damaging effects from the sun can lead to premature skin aging, age spots, and even skin cancer, including melanoma. In fact, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, with 3.5 million skin cancers diagnosed in 2 million people annually. Each year, there are more new cases of skin cancer than breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancers combined. To avoid these threats, wear a high-quality broad-spectrum sunscreen like the Obagi Sun Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 50. Broad-spectrum sunscreens are formulated to protect you from both UVA and UVB rays—the two types of UV light that damage the skin.You will need to re-apply it every 2 hours if you plan to be outside, but even if you plan on being indoors the entire day, it is still important to apply sunscreen! Why? You will still be exposed to UV radiation for short periods throughout the day: when you walk to your car, go to get the mail, stand near a window, etc. Also remember that lotions and makeup that contain sunscreen should not replace your sunscreen. They’re simply not strong enough UV protection.Options for Sun Damaged SkinEven with your best efforts, it’s likely that as you age, you will begin to see more damage to your skin due to UVA and UVB exposure: wrinkles, hyper pigmentation, age spots, and changes in skin texture can all make us look older than we are. We have many options to help treat and reverse signs of aging. We like to use a combination of daily topical skincare treatment with targeted non-invasive therapies such as laser removal of brown spots, radiofrequency micro needling to correct skin texture and fine wrinkles, and even chemical peels specifically designed to target damaged areas of the skin that hold dangerous precancerous cells. The topical products we recommend are high quality, medical-grade lines such as Obagi that contain both correctiv
The Many Benefits of Laser Hair Removal
Getting rid of unwanted hair can be a hassle. Shaving and waxing work to some extent, but stubborn hair continues to grow back. If you are tired of constantly worrying about this hair, your local med spa can help. With laser hair removal, you can get rid of this unwanted hair for good.
It Targets the Hair Without Affecting the Skin
When you get this procedure at our, the technician will use highly concentrated beams of light to actually destroy the hair inside of the hair follicle. These lasers can get to the root of your hair issues without affecting the skin around it. This precision means that you can enjoy the results of the procedure without worrying about unappealing side effects.
It Works Quickly
Every pulse of light from the laser can treat a large amount of hairs. One pulse is applied in just a fraction of a second, which means that you can get rid of your unwanted hair in a few minutes. In a quarter of a second, the laser effectively treats an area that is about the size of a quarter. If you are trying to target smaller areas, like the upper lip, you can get the procedure in less than a minute. If you want to focus on larger areas, like the legs, the whole treatment might take about an hour.
It Offers Real Results
As many as 90 percent of patients who have received laser hair removal treatments enjoy permanent hair loss. After just 3-5 sessions at El Con Health and Wellness Center, you can say goodbye to your unwanted hair and hello to smooth, hairless skin.
To learn more or to schedule an appointment, visit us online or call (520) 318-5515.
How the Orgasm Shot Helps Boost Female Sexuality
Sometimes sexual dysfunction or stress incontinence can affect a woman’s ability to enjoy herself in the bedroom. The O Shot, or Orgasm Shot, is a procedure available at El Con Health and Wellness Center to help a woman regain vital stimulation in the vagina and the clitoris so she can climax more frequently. Read on to learn more about this shot and what it can do.
When a woman goes to get this procedure, a medical professional will first draw her blood to take a sample. He or she then removes platelet-rich plasmas (PRPs) and re-injects them near the clitoris and the upper vaginal area. This extra stimulation is supposed to increase a woman’s ability to fully enjoy sexual encounters. Since this procedure is non-surgical, most women experience very little pain or discomfort. Almost all women who get the procedure report positive results for their sexual experiences.
Stress Relief for Better Sensations
The O Shot is reportedly so effective because it dramatically decreases stress incontinence while making the vaginal opening tighter. It also increases clitoral stimulation, which helps women relax and truly enjoy a sexual experience. By reducing stress and improving the overall sensation, this procedure helps more women reach a fulfilling climax.
Increased Sexual Desire
All of these factors come together to increase a women’s sexual desire. The shot can also encourage stronger and more frequent orgasms, which makes sexual experiences more pleasant for all parties involved. It even gives a woman smoother and healthier skin on the vulva, which can make her feel more confident naked and help increase her pleasure even more.
If you want to get more enjoyment out of sex, you should schedule an appointment with Mena to talk about how the O Shot can help you. We also offer the Priapus shot for men. To learn more about our sexual enhancement treatments or our other medical spa services, visit us online or call (520) 318-5515.
Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments of Acne
Both adolescents and adults can be affected by acne. This uncomfortable skin condition causes unattractive blemishes on the skin that can lower a person’s self-confidence and ruin the aesthetic appeal of their complexion. Keep reading to learn more about acne, what causes it, and how to treat it.
When a microcomedone occurs in the dermal layers of the skin, it will eventually cause acne lesions. If these lesions are not inflamed, they will present themselves as blackheads or whiteheads. If the lesion is inflamed, however, it will turn into a pimple. Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, but it affects everyone differently. If you notice blackheads, whiteheads, or pimples, you should talk to the skin care experts at the med spa to learn about treatment options.
The skin is full of small holes called hair follicles, out of which hairs grow. Right next to the hair follicle is a sebaceous gland that produces a type of oil called sebum to keep the hair and the skin from getting too dry. When someone has acne, his or her sebaceous glands produce too much sebum, which clogs the nearby hair follicle. These clogged pores are responsible for the lesions that cause acne symptoms.
The medical spa offers a variety of treatment options that can help you get rid of your acne issues. The skin experts can teach you about certain acne products that can be used for moderate acne outbreaks. A light chemical peel can also provide the necessary exfoliation to get rid of dead skin cells and clear out the pores. The med spa also has laser treatments to get rid of acne scars.
If you are suffering from acne, El Con Health and Wellness can help. With our medical and laser acne treatments, you can get the relief you need to reduce your skin issues and enjoy a clearer complexion. To learn more about this and other treatments, visit us online or call (520) 318-5515.
A Closer Look at Photodynamic Therapy for Skin Cancers
New advancements in skin cancer treatment make it easier and less painful to target basal cell skin cancers. Doctors once prescribed either surgery or liquid nitrogen cryo-therapy as treatment options, but they were painful and left a patient with unattractive scars. Now you can have a simple outpatient procedure through our wellness center and get photodynamic therapy to deal with skin cancer or precancerous cells.
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) uses a combination of an FDA-approved drug, which is also known as a photosensitizer, with a certain kind of light. This combination creates a specific kind of oxygen that kills the cells around it. Every time a photosensitizer is used, it requires a particular wavelength of light to send it to a specific area of the body. We will use different wavelengths to reach cancers at different depths.
The Cancer Treatment
When our clinician uses PDT to treat cancer, they topically apply Levulan. Although cells throughout the treatment area will absorb this agent, it stays inside of the cancer cells longer. The clinician will then wait for a period of time to ensure that the photosensitizing agent has left the normal cells to use the light only on the precancerous cells. PDT can actually kill such cells without leaving permanent scars.
The Side Effects
Certain photosensitizing agents such as porfimer sodium cause light sensitivity in the skin and the eyes for about six weeks. Your doctor will most likely advise you to avoid sun exposure for more than a month after your procedure. You might also experience some burns, swelling, pain, and scarring, but these side effects are usually minimal.
If you have pre-skin cancer cells, El Con Health and Wellness Center can perform your photodynamic therapy to target the cancerous cells. To learn more about our treatment options or to set up an appointment, visit us online or call (520) 318-5515.
Are You a Good Candidate for a Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel is a procedure that you can get at a medical office to improve the look and feel of your skin. Keep reading to see if you are a good candidate for this rejuvenating treatment.
You Are In Overall Good Health
As with most other medical procedures, you will want to ensure that you are healthy enough to sit through the treatment and get the desired results. If you have a history of facial warts, unusual skin scarring, or strange pigmentation, this might not be the right procedure for you.
You Have Blotchy Skin
If you notice slight areas of discoloration or blotchiness on your face, a chemical peel can help you get smoother, more even skin. During the peel, a clinician applies a chemical solution that encourages the top, damaged layer to peel off. You are left with healthier, more aesthetically appealing skin. A chemical peel can even lighten the skin, which gives you an advantage when it comes to treating acne.
You Have Sun Damage
As nice as it feels to spend time in the sun, too much exposure can prematurely age your face. If sun damage is starting to make you look much older than you actually are, a chemical peel can help you reverse the damage and enjoy a more youthful appearance. Talk to your clinician about a chemical peel and whether or not it is the right solution for your sun damage issues.
Schedule an appointment at El Con Health and Wellness Center today to learn more about how a chemical peel can help you. We offer some of the best skin services and products in the city. For more information on our services, visit us online or call (520) 318-5515.
A Patient’s Guide to Schlerotherapy
Spider veins can be uncomfortable, unattractive, and irritating. If you have spider or varicose veins on your legs, however, you can do something about it. Sclerotherapy can help you get rid of these veins and return to the legs you remember.
Stopping Blood Flow to the Damaged Vein
During the schlerotherapy procedure, a clinician will inject an FDA approved medication into the vein. This solution encourages the blood to thicken and clot, which shuts off the damaged vein. After some time, the vein is almost impossible to see. The procedure usually only lasts 30 minutes, so you do not have to interrupt your entire day to get it. You should avoid strenuous exercise for a few days after you get your treatment.
Preparing for Sclerotherapy
The clinician will tell you if there are any medications that you should stop taking before the procedure. Do not apply lotion to your legs on the day of your treatment. Some dermatologists also suggest that you avoid taking aspirin, ibuprofen, or other anti-inflammatory drugs. Taking these preventative steps can help to lessen downtime and bruising after the procedure.
Enjoying the Benefits of Sclerotherapy
Every time you get scleroterhapy, you can expect that 50-80 percent of the injected veins will disappear. This in-office treatment is minimally invasive, safe, and has been proven effective. Since the clinician does not need to make an incision, the procedure comes with very little risk of complications.
If you are ready to try scleroterhapy, schedule an appointment with El Con Health and Wellness Center. As one of the top centers in Tucson, we provide you with services that boost your confidence and target your cosmetic issues. For more information, visit us online or call (520) 318-5515.
What Is the Vampire Facelift?
A vampire facelift is a procedure that uses blood from your own body to decrease the signs of fine lines and wrinkles. If you think your face is starting to show the signs of a life well lived, this treatment can get you real results without the need for an invasive surgery.
Injecting Blood Into the Face
This revolutionary procedure does not require surgery like other cosmetic treatments designed to get rid of wrinkles and lines. Instead, the Vampire Facelift works much like an injectable filler does. The staff at the office injects the patient with a mixture of his or her own blood to smooth out wrinkles and improve the overall complexion.
Using Natural Materials
Unlike certain fillers, the Vampire Facelift uses natural materials to improve the look of certain areas of the body. Injecting blood into these trouble zones is a safe way to get results that help patients feel calm and confident in their own bodies. Since the procedure uses their own blood, there will not be dangerous side effects.
Separating Platelets to Get Noticeable Results
The Vampire Facelift procedure starts by taking some blood from the patient. The platelets and red blood cells are then separated so the platelets can be mixed with fibrin. Once the solution is ready, it is injected into the affected area. The doctor usually injects the solution and overfills the area by about 20 percent. By the next day, almost all of the extra solution is gone. Within a few weeks, patients will see smoother, firmer looking skin and far fewer wrinkles.
El Con Health and Wellness offers services like a Vampire Facelift and a Vampire Breast Lift to give you the results that you want. We are proud to be one of the most reputable offices in Tucson, and we look forward to helping you find solutions for all of your issues. To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment, call (520) 318-5515.
Common Reasons Women Lose Their Hair
When most people think of hair loss, they assume it is a condition that mostly happens in men. However there are several factors which can cause women can also experience this kind of loss as well.
The three trimesters of a pregnancy are full of a wide range of hormones that can affect women in many different ways. The hormonal fluctuation combined with severe stress on the body means that pregnancy could be a trigger for hair loss. Most women who see hair loss notice it after the baby is born. If you feel like you have less hair now than before you gave birth, you might want to talk to the experts at El Con Health and Wellness Center.
Sometimes there is no escaping hair loss, especially if there is a history of it with the women in your family. Female-pattern hair loss is the feminine equivalent of male pattern baldness. If you know that women in your family have suffered from thinning hair, you might want to talk to the experts before it happens to find a way to prevent it.
Your emotions affect your body more directly than you might realize. Severe emotional stresses can often lead to hair loss. If you notice that you are still losing your hair after you feel less stressed, it might be time to make an appointment at the med spa for a consultation that can help you find a solution.
If your iron levels are too low, it could be a reason that you are losing so much hair. Talk to your doctor about testing your blood to check on your iron levels. If you are deficient, you can start taking a supplement that should help reduce the side effects of anemia.
What Can be Done to Reverse Hair Loss in Women?
If you have experienced hair loss, and have already corrected physical causes of hair loss such as hormonal imbalance, lack of vitamins, or severe stress, and are looking for ways to regrow your hair, El Con health and Wellness Center can help guide you through several treatment options. There are several topical treatments such as serums and shampoos that can be used to help thicken existing hair, and stimulate new growth. In conjunction with oral supplements, these treatments can help either short or long term hair loss, and help maintain new growth once it appears.
A more dramatic option is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatments. During such a treatment, a clinician will draw your blood, and then spin it to separate out your blood’s serum. This serum contains growth factors which, when stabilized and re-injected into your scalp, can stimulate old follicles into growth. It is generally recommended that this treatment be repeated several times for optimal results, and is an excellent option for those who have a sudden change in the amount of hair they can grow.
The experts at El Con Health and Wellness Center are here to help you find a solution for your hair loss issues. Our hair loss restoration has proven effective in both men and women. Call (520) 318-5515 today to learn more.
Anti-Aging Creams: What Works and What Doesn’t?
Franz Kafka once said, “Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.” He may be right, but the multi-billion dollar anti-aging cosmetics industry might have a quarrel with that claim. Baby boomers are entering their fifth and sixth decades endowed with better health and vigor than previous generations. Skincare has great importance to them and their younger counterparts for what is the face, if not a window into our vitality.
This theory might explain our appetite for “elixirs of juvenescence”. Creams that promise skin rejuvenation are pursued and purchased with the persistence of Ponce de Leon’s quest for the Fountain of Youth. If we look past the seductive claims, what do we know about anti-aging creams?
The factors that affect the appearance of skin are age, sun exposure, and smoking. Wrinkles occur when we stop producing collagen as we age. Cigarette smoking’s harmful respiratory effects are well documented, but its toll on the appearance should be noted. Sun exposure also contributes to the loss of collagen. Sunscreens rich in antioxidants can halt the sun damage that affects collagen production. Collagen, which is a protein lost due to age, can be replaced with Peptides. Peptides are short chains of amino acid monomers known to increase production of collagen. Retinol A is a vitamin compound that stops the compounds that prevent collagen from forming. Though an effective agent, Retinol A requires about eight weeks of use to take effect. Hyaluronic acid is an agent that absorbs moisture, filling in the crevices that produce wrinkles.
Research affirms the effectiveness of these substances and they are all essential to El Con Health and Wellness Center’s skincare product lines. The ingredients are formulated to address the needs of different skin textures. The science of quality dermal absorption is present in all their gentle, non-irritating products. Effectively and elegantly designed, El Con Health and Wellness Center is the nexus between science and beauty.
Self-Confidence: It’s Sexier Than You Think!
Beauty and sexiness are subjective concepts, depending on each individual to perceive whether someone is “hot” or “ugly.” One concept that is intricately entwined with beauty is self-confidence. How you feel about yourself directly influences people’s perception of your beauty.
What Is Self-Confidence?
Believing in yourself is a core principle of self-confidence. If you don’t believe in yourself, others cannot believe in you either. You display your confidence everyday. For example, low confidence is ordering coffee in a muffled voice with the eyes averted to the floor. High self-confidence is ordering in a clear voice directed at the clerk.
Although a particular person may not be perfectly symmetrical in the face, there’s something about how they carry themselves that makes them attractive. Self-confidence reflects in your swagger, such as when you enter a room. Standing tall, maintaining proper posture and smiling contributes to your beauty factor. You don’t need to be wearing the most revealing outfit to be sexy.
Your body language speaks to people, portraying you as self-confident and beautiful. For example, crossed arms and a scowling face deter people from you. Their perception deems you as smug, ugly or unfriendly. However, keeping your arms open at your sides and making eye contact makes people feel comfortable. They instantly see your self-confidence, translating it into likeability and beauty.
Accenting Your Confidence
To make yourself even more beautiful and sexy, you could try several skin care techniques from El Con Health and Wellness Center. Complement your constant smile with dermal fillers. With small injections, a skin care specialist adds specialized fillers to your skin to gently smooth out wrinkles temporarily.
Take an entire day off to experience even more beauty treatments with hair removal procedures. Regardless of your removal needs, El Con Health and Wellness Center is discreet with their services. You can even schedule a breast lift for even more self-confidence each day.
Finding confidence within yourself requires an internal evaluation of your perception and image. Pay attention to your daily body language to change people’s perception about you. Stand tall and don’t be afraid to speak your mind. When you couple mental self-confidence with a fantastic beauty treatment from El Con Health and Wellness Center, you have the perfect combination to meet new people, gain new friends and achieve more success in your personal goals.
You’ll Never Guess What Some Poker Players and Celebrities Have in Common
Botox has long been recognized as a non-surgical treatment that eliminates unwanted wrinkles. An affordable in office treatment, dermatologists all over the world use Botox on men and women regularly. People from all walks of life, such as poker players and celebrities, swear by regular Botox injections for its swift recuperation time and superb results.
A common fear of Botox injections is the that the face may become frozen and unable to smile or wink. That is not the case at all. One has to only look at a magazine to see the fresh-faced celebrities that have had Botox. How did they achieve this? A thorough consultation with experienced, certified botox injector is key to achieving the desired results. A properly trained Botox injector knows that the goal of Botox injections is to compliment natural facial expressions, which means that the patient walks out of the office looking like themselves, only better.
It’s easy to see why a celebrity would use Botox, but why would a professional poker player? Some poker players are worried about having a “tell,” a facial expression or movement that might alert other players to what kinds of hand was dealt. Botox works by easing facial muscles. As a result, facial skin on top of the injection sites smooths out. Botox can be precisely applied so it downplays particular tells, such as a squint.
But if celebrities and professional poker players get regular Botox injections, how can normal, everyday people afford it? At El Con Health and Wellness Center, Botox injections are surprisingly affordable. Their professional and highly trained staff are trained medical professionals as well as specially trained injectionists.
Whether you want to turn back to clock or look refreshed, Botox can help you get there. Consult with the professional at El Con Health and Wellness Center for the ideal Botox regimen.
What’s Trending in Beauty?
If you’re thinking about what’s new in beauty, you can do no better than to start with Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton’s bangs. She arrived on the scene at Bill de Blasio’s swearing-in ceremony wearing brand-new bangs: light, eyebrow length, lightly layered, and looking exceptional with her new ‘do. These types of bangs are definitely in this season, and all the stars are wearing them.
Also new in beauty is lipstick. Forget about your nails for just a minute: surveys show that millions of women are still purchasing lip products by the pound, almost. Whatever your coloring, you’re sure to find a new color or shade that will go with that lovely winter coat or sweater, and as this is one of the coldest winters on record so far, be sure that you stock up on other lip products such as moisturizing treatments and chapsticks for those days around the house.
Also new in beauty are Beyonce’s perfumes. The mega-hit superstar has sold so many of her perfumes that we lost count, and they continue to sell. Their upbeat, light, fresh scents are perfect for winter, when you just want to sit inside by the fire with your loved one. There’s also plenty of perfume coming in from other stars, too. But start with Beyonce’s, and you won’t go wrong this winter, as you bundle up smelling your absolute best.
Another thing that’s in for women is barber shops. Have you ever treated yourself to a hairdo made for a man, but made for you, too? Barber shops are the latest trend for women, and you too can get a cute, short cut that defies all traditional style notions. You can save a pretty penny, too, and look your absolute freshest with a cut from a man’s world. It’s your world, too, ladies.
All these new beauty trends come to you from El Con Health and Wellness Center, where your beauty is our priority, and we can help you learn to look just as good as you feel.
Remove Lines and Look Younger with Facial Fillers
When it comes to reversing the aging process of the skin, many people turn to plastic surgery as a solution for a more youthful appearance. However, surgery may not be the right answer. Dermal fillers, also known as ‘liquid facelifts’, are an increasingly popular alternative to harsh and painful surgeries. Learn more about this modern beauty treatment, and how it can help you.
What is a Dermal Filler?
A dermal filler is a minimally invasive treatment that instantly adds healthy volume to thin lips and shallow areas on the face, such as sunken in eyes and cheekbones. A dermal filler is also able to reverse wrinkles and fine lines.
How Does it Work?
Your clinician will advise you on the available types of fillers and will help you select which type is most appropriate for the areas you need to correct. Fillers such as Voluma and Restylane Lyft work best for large areas such as cheeks, while fillers such as Restylane Silk may be better for more delicate areas such as ‘smoker’s lines’ around the mouth. Most fillers which will be used to fill the areas on your face that you would like corrected make use of hyaluronic acid, a chemical found naturally occurring within the body, to build collagen and elastin in the areas that have been injected. This process prevents an allergic reaction and is much more safe overall for patients. Dermal fillers produce temporary to semi-permanent results, depending on the treatment route selected by you and your clinician, and depending on the specific product, but can last anywhere from 6 months to several years.
What to Expect
The process involved is relatively simple and fast, making dermal fillers the perfect solution for busy people who do not want to deal with the downtime involved in an invasive surgical procedure, such as a facelift. Your clinician will outline the best strategy in order to produce the results that you want. He or she will then clean your face, possibly apply a topical anesthetic, and inject the filler. Usually completed in less than an hour, dermal fillers are the fastest way to revive your look and gain a more youthful appearance.
Call the experts at El Con Health and Wellness Center today to find out if this treatment is right for you.
What’s the Cynosure Laser?
The Cynosure laser is a cosmetic laser that is used to provide fast treatments for cosmetic issues such as hair removal, skin resurfacing, and brown spot removal. Designed using next generation platform technology, it is the only melanin reader that is FDA-approved. The Cynosure laser has high peak power, so it delivers exemplary performance. It takes aesthetic technology to the next level by being able to address a variety of cosmetic issues with one device, such as skin resurfacing, laser wrinkle reduction, laser scar treatment, laser stretch mark treatment, permanent hair reduction, and pigment, vessel and leg vein clearance.
The Cynosure laser has a variety of features, some of which include the following:
• Power. The Cynosure laser delivers a high volume of power, more than 350 joules. It is the most powerful cosmetic laser on the market and has an optimized aesthetic light platform.
• The Skintel melanin reader. This device is a revolutionary one that determines the average melanin density of the skin, which allows for more effective treatment.
• Advanced contact cooling. The cooling on this laser maintains the degree at 5 degree Celcius throughout the laser procedure to prove more comfort to patients.
• Hexagonal XF microlens. This microlens makes it so that a full-face, one-pass treatment can be completed in just 15 minutes.
• Intuitive user interface. The intuitive user interface helps track new technology for more streamlined procedures.
• Calibration. This laser also features new external calibration to provide the most optimal pulsed light performance.
• AccuSpectrum. The AccuSpectrum feature of the laser minimizes any epidermal exposure to enhance the comfort of patients.
• Photon recycling. Photon Recycling reduces the amount of energy lost, which helps maximize treatment results.
• Smooth Pulse. The Smooth Pulse light delivery system makes it so that greater amounts of energy can be used, also resulting in greater treatment.
Basically, the Cynosure laser is an innovative, breakthrough technology that makes cosmetic procedures go more smoothly. From hair removal to wrinkle reduction, the Cynosure laser makes the cosmetic correction process more effective as well as more comfortable for the patient.
Why Am I Still Getting Acne?
You may be in your 30s, 40s or even 50s and a pimple breaks out. Acne is not just the bane of puberty and teenagers. Millions of adults get acne everyday with the majority being women. As your skin produces sebum through sebaceous gland activity, this oil eventually hardens and clogs pores. As an irritated pore, bacteria infect the area and inflammation occurs. There are several reasons why acne develops more frequently with particular people. Proper skin care and can help keep your skin healthy and blemish free throughout your life.
If a male has an overproduction of androgen, such as testosterone, acne can occur at almost any age. Women, however, have a more fluctuating hormonal balances. From menstrual cycles to pregnancy, women’s bodies are constantly working with various hormone levels. Hormonal imbalances encourage acne breakouts.
If your mother and father had adult acne, you are more likely to have it as well. You inherit their hormonal levels and skin type, culminating in adult acne.
If you have a difficult home or professional life, stress affects your weight, your mental state and the skin. Hormones produced during stressful periods fluctuate wildly, causing widespread acne. Excessive sweat during stress also forms pimples from ample sebum in the pores.
Medication Side Effect
Some medications cause your hormones to change, effectively activating an acne breakout. Discuss any severe acne with your doctor when the medication is prescribed. There may be an alternative to avoid acne issues.
Gently cleansing your face and acne is the best way to take care of any breakouts. Alternatively, visit El Con Health and Wellness Center for their acne control services. Teenage and adult acne can both leave scars on your face. We offer acne laser treatment, chemical peels, topical medical grade skin care products, and other treatments to reduce scarring that can affect your self-confidence. When used in conjunction with a proper cleansing regimen, you can control most adult acne.
Call or email El Con Health and Wellness Center for a complimentary consultation today. You’ll love the way you feel after treating your skin condition to the best professionals in the business.
How the Sun Damages Your Skin
The skin is the largest organ of the body. It protects against disease, maintains a steady body temperature, controls moisture content, produces vitamin D and removes toxins. Skin damage from the sun does not appear immediately. The damage is cumulative over years of exposure, and it is associated with aging.
The natural aging process begins in our mid-20s. Several signs of aging are apparent over time. Signs of aging are wrinkles, dry skin and sagging skin. Age spots, a spotted complexion and freckles may appear. Exposure to the sun accelerates the aging process, and exposure to the sun can be deadly.
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, and the number of cases is rising. Skin cancer is caused by ultraviolet radiation (UV) from the sun. Ultraviolet light reaches the surface of the earth on sunny days, and it penetrates through cloud cover.
It feels good to soak up the sunshine and get a tan. A tan is a symbol of a fun and active lifestyle. Unfortunately, a tan destroys the top layer of skin cells. Tanning beds are not safer than a tan from the sun.
It is not difficult to prevent skin damage. A few precautions should be taken when going outside. Wear a wide brimmed hat to prevent UV rays from reaching the ears, nose, lips and face. Canvas hats block UV rays better than straw hats.
Cover up and use sunscreen. A thick coat of sunscreen is more effective than a thin coat. Waterproof sunscreens are available to use when swimming. Sunscreen is absorbed into the outer layer of the skin. Apply it at least 20 minutes before going outside, and reapply the sunscreen approximately every two hours.
Skin damaging ultraviolet light from the sun is reflected off concrete, sand and other surfaces. Protect every area of exposed skin, including under the chin, from UV rays.
Proper skin care reduces the wrinkles, fine lines, blotched complexion and dry skin associated with aging. The professionals at El Con Health and Wellness Center in Tucson, Arizona offer many services to help your skin look beautiful, youthful and radiant. Contact El Con Health and Wellness Center today for a free consultation.
How Safe is Botox and How Does it Work?
Botox was originally approved for the treatment of eye muscle disorders in 1989. However, a combination of its safe, continued track record and impressive effect on relaxing facial wrinkles and lines has made it the most popular cosmetic procedure since the FDA approved it for cosmetic use in 2002. Quite a few celebrities have turned to Botox use in order to preserve their youthful appearances without the need for “going under the knife”, including such big names as Kim Kardashian, Nicole Kidman, Simon Cowell, Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox.
How Botox Works
Over time, skin loses its pliability, and creases and wrinkles develop where consistent and prolonged facial movements are made. Squinting causes lines, or crow’s feet, at the outer corners of the eyes while concentrating causes wrinkles in the forehead and smiling and frowning cause lines to form around the mouth.
Botox works by blocking the impulses of nerves that cause muscles to contract and, thus, form wrinkles. Because targeted muscles are relaxed by Botox injections, lines soften and those areas smooth out creating a more youthful appearance. As Botox treatments are continued, the targeted muscles are actually trained to relax and wrinkles become less severe over time.
More recently, Botox has been found to be effective at restoring the aesthetic arch to drooping eyebrows as well as removing wrinkles and lines. Botox is also used for non-cosmetic procedures such as relieving pain (like migraine headaches) and eliminating hyperhydrosis (excessive sweating).
Botox Application and Treatment
Botox treatments are incredibly fast and easy, requiring only a local anesthesia and from between 5 to 30 minutes to perform injections depending on the range of treatments desired. The application of Botox is performed by using a fine needle that is inserted into the targeted muscle group with little discomfort. Slight bruising may occur, but it can be minimized by ceasing to use anti-inflammatory medications and aspirin approximately two weeks prior to Botox treatment. Also, it has been found that men normally require higher doses of Botox than women to obtain desired results from the cosmetic procedure.
The results of Botox treatments are temporary, lasting only from between four to six months and, therefore, need to be repeated as lines gradually reappear. However, as treatments are progressively made, facial muscles more permanently relax due to non-use. Although the effects of Botox treatments don’t last as long as surgical procedures such as laser skin resurfacing and facelifts, they are faster, less expensive and require no down time.
To learn more about Botox treatments, contact El Con Health and Wellness Center and talk with one of our highly trained staff. We can quickly and affordable remove the wrinkles and other time lines from your face to restore your youthful look for the world to see and admire. No other med spa in Tucson, AZ can provide the same level of professionalism and expertise that El Con Health and Wellness Center gives to each and every one of our Tucson Botox patients.