Summer is upon us and many of us are focused on doing what is right for our bodies. We’ve started exercising, eating less and some of us have even opted for a truSculpt® iD body contouring procedure, for even more of a jump-start on our swimsuit-worthy bodies!

But what about our faces? Is your skin care routine summer-ready? This question has come up in our office several times in the past few weeks, with patients calling in to schedule our very popular IPL facial.

IPL, or Intense Pulsed Light, is a type of “laser” therapy used to treat wrinkles, spots, sun damage and other skin conditions. As wonderful and effective as it is, it is not a treatment to have during the summer months. Patients are advised to avoid prolonged sun exposure after having an IPL treatment for 4-6 weeks.

Summer skin care for your face

Fortunately, there are alternative, effective treatments that you can have right now.

One such treatment is a secret… actually the Secret RF, a micro-needling procedure that delivers energy below the surface to help revitalize and regenerate the skin. Patients looking to treat fine lines, wrinkles, photo-damage and/or scars are loving this procedure. There is little or no downtime, redness for the rest of the day being the most common, and in 1-2  treatments, you will notice your skin looking younger, smoother and more even.

Another year-round skincare treatment option we offer is Laser Genesis, a non-invasive laser technology to safely, naturally and effectively treat fine wrinkles, redness and acne scars. Over the course of 4-6 treatments, Laser Genesis can help restore the skin’s youthful glow and appearance.

As you can see, there are many treatment options for attainable healthy-looking, summer skin. In addition to whatever treatment you decide, remember to take care of your skin on a daily basis. Be sure to apply sunscreen everyday before going outdoors!

Happy Summer!

The reality of hair loss is that, for many, it’s out of their control, a genetic predisposition about which they can do little. However, those who have the baldness gene can make their hair fuller and healthier, and they can slow the rate of hair loss. Typically, it takes a combined effort, including steps you can take yourself as well as medical treatment. There are even some exciting new applications that show promise in the battle against baldness.

Today, let’s look at the options you have to combat hair loss:

Hair loss and nutrition

There’s no super food you can add to your game plan that will bring back lost hair, though if you’re living on fast food, you may accelerate thinning and lost hair. A well-balanced diet with a good range of essential nutrients is as necessary for hair maintenance as it is for any other system in your body. B vitamin deficiencies, in particular, can lead to poor hair growth, since these are essential for the development of new hair cells. A diet full of leafy greens, such as spinach, kale, and romaine lettuce, and lean proteins, including eggs, chicken, fish, and pork, will assure you have the B vitamin building blocks your hair needs.


The Food and Drug Administration has so far approved only two drugs to treat hair loss. Minoxidil, which is also used to treat high blood pressure, helps to slow the rate of hair loss. It can form some new hair growth, but this is typically thin and weak, as well as being limited to the crown. It’s unlikely you’ll see new growth at your hairline. Finasteride, originally developed to prevent prostate cancer, blocks production of a hormone that kills off hair follicles, causing male pattern baldness. Some men experience reduced sexual desire and impotence as a side effect of finasteride, however. Shampoos containing Nioxin show little promise in slowing hair loss.

Hair transplantation

Perhaps the best traditional method for hair replacement, transplants relocate healthy hair on your body to thinning and bald spots. Though a fairly reliable method of re-growing hair, transplants are expensive and time-consuming and require up to two weeks to recover. Some methods can leave substantial scarring, which could show through shorter hairstyles.

New rejuvenating technologies

Laser stimulation of the scalp is non-surgical, painless treatment with little in the way of side effects. The principle behind laser treatment of hair loss is that improving blood flow to the scalp helps supply oxygen and nutrients to slow the rate of hair growth, as well as thickening existing hair. On their own, laser treatments won’t start overwhelming new hair growth, but in combination with hair restoration therapy, results often show greater promise.

Blood thrombocytes therapy takes a sample of your own blood and then uses a centrifuge to concentrate platelets, which contain growth factor hormones. These hormones signal to naturally occurring stem cells to start regenerative growth. When injected into areas of hair loss, the blood cells therapy provides additional resources for new hair growth that’s encouraged by laser stimulation. Although results vary depending on the extent and aggressiveness of your hair loss, the combination of laser and blood thrombocytes treatments is the next wave in hair loss therapy.

At the Advanced Rejuvenation Center, we use the Theradome™ laser phototherapy system in combination with blood thrombocytes injections for our patients wishing to improve the quality and quantity of their own hair.

For many people unfamiliar with the injectables, the line between Botox and Fillers can become a bit blurry. However, when choosing which procedure may be best for you, it is important to understand more about each of them and also how they differ.

What is Botox?

Botox is Botulinum toxin, a protein that can temporarily relax the muscles in your face and reduce or eliminate lines and wrinkles. It can also be used to treat various medical conditions like excessive sweating and migraines.

Getting Botox injections is a safe procedure that has been around for decades. After a treatment session, there is not really any downtime. The immediate area around the injection site may be a bit tender, bruised, or swollen for a short period of time. However, the bruising is not so severe that you can’t cover it up with a little makeup.

Who Should and Shouldn’t Get Botox Treatments?

Botox is a treatment that is excellent for people that want to rejuvenate the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It is especially effective for eliminating frown lines, crow’s feet, and glabellar lines

It is shouldn’t be used by people with certain medical conditions like nerve damage. Treatments are also not advised for women that are pregnant or breastfeeding.

What are Fillers?

Dermal fillers, usually shortened to simply fillers, are gel-like hyaluronic acid that is injected into the soft tissue of the face. These fillers help to reduce the appearance of fine lines. There are other types of fillers, such as lip fillers, that actually add volume to the lips.

Getting injections of dermal fillers such as Juvederm, take about 30 minutes, but the results last for a year or more. The filler injections cause similar side effects to Botox injections such as swelling, bruising, and slight tenderness. Again, the bruising can be covered with makeup.

Who Should and Shouldn’t Get Filler Treatments?

Fillers can help eliminate the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, similar to Botox. However, it is also a good choice for people that have lost volume in their face, such as marathon runners. The fillers can give a more youthful appearance in this instance.

As with any procedure or treatment, people should consult with their physician before having filler injections. However, there are no particular contraindications to the treatment. There isn’t any known risk to those that are pregnant or breastfeeding either.

In Conclusion

Both Botox and dermal fillers can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. If you are considering one of these treatments, it is best to discuss the particular results you want to achieve with your plastic surgeon to decide which option is best for you.

In the past, when a person was suffering from drooping cheeks or jowls, the only way to deal with the problem was a face-lift. There were other treatment options that had a minimal effect such as skin resurfacing or injections. Yet, they could never achieve the same level of change as the scalpel. However, not everyone is ready, willing, or able to undergo a surgical procedure. Now, they don’t have to!

Non-Surgical Face-Lifts

Thread Lifts Fill the Gap

The gap between a noninvasive procedure and a surgical procedure has finally been bridged with the introduction of thread lifts such as NovaThread. This procedure uses temporary sutures to lift the skin and tighten it. The process also causes the body to produce extra collagen in order to heal the areas that have been treated. This response of amping up the collagen production also helps firm the face and reduce some of the signs of aging.

The Advantages of a Thread Lift

One of the biggest advantages of choosing a thread lift over a more traditional face-lift is the downtime. The healing process from a face-lift can require extra help and care for several days post procedure, and there is usually a substantial time off of work and other activities required. Plus, there is the fact that a face-lift requires heavy sedation, and the patient is unable to drive themselves home after the procedure. It may be difficult to fit this extensive of a procedure into a person’s schedule due to the extended healing time needed.

On the other hand, the thread lift is not nearly as intensive because it is a lot less invasive. There will be several days worth of healing, but they do not require missing days and days of work or activities. The patient simply needs to be cautious about rubbing the face or sleeping on the face. There is also care that needs to be taken such as keeping the area clean and moisturized. The risks involved with a thread lift are much lower, and there is almost no risk of scarring after the procedure.

Is a Thread Lift Right for You?

As you can see, a thread lift is a lot less invasive than a traditional face-lift. Yet, it offers dramatic results not found with other less invasive procedures. Younger patients, in their late 30s to mid-50s, are the best candidates for a thread lift. If you are considering having a face-lift in the near future, it may be beneficial to speak to your plastic surgeon about thread lifts. It may be a good option for you!