6 Things You MUST Know About LED Light Therapy

Full body LED light therapy really works. We’ve got all the info you need to know before trying this amazing treatment.

Don’t Forget Your Body (and an Amazing Regimen from Alastin)

We all take care of our faces, but your body can have tighter more radiant skin as well. We’ve got a great regimen from Alastin that will help you look more radiant from head to toe.

PRX-T33: The Best “Peel” We’ve Ever Seen

We’re introducing a new chemical peel called PRX-T33. It’s not the greatest name, but it is one of the most innovative treatments I have seen in my 20+ years of doing skincare.

This little miracle is a peel that barely peels, if at all. PRX-T33 has all the normal chemical peel benefits like brightening and smoothing, but it also tightens the skin. I mean, really tightens the skin.

Check out these before and afters. Look at that tightening!

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This treatment is formulated with 33% TCA acid, which produces visible change but normally causes significant peeling.

To understand how it works, we need a little biology lesson.

Allow me to nerd out for a minute.

PRX-T33Our skin has three layers – epidermis, dermis, and the subcutaneous. Inside the dermis are things called fibroblasts and this is where the laxity or tightness of the skin comes from. If you want to make real change in the skin, you need to stimulate the fibroblasts.

You may have heard about collagen and elastin. These are proteins in the skin that we have a lot of as we’re young and become less effective and less present in the skin as we get older. Hence, as we get older we get wrinkles and saggier skin. Collagen is (the plumping protein) and elastin (the elastin protein) reside in the dermis area of the skin, and together with fibroblasts, the connective element of tissue, work to keep skin tight. PRX-T33 works by stimulating the fibroblasts to stimulate the production of more collagen and elastin, resulting in tighter skin.

Whew! Sorry, but I love skincare. Basically, just know that PRX-T33 helps your body make more collagen and elastin so you get tighter skin.

Why I Love This

PRX-T33 is the coolest because it is formulated to go straight into the dermis, bypassing the top layers of dead skin, which will get even better results without all of the downtime like sun sensitivity and peeling.

The treatment itself has little to no discomfort, with a smidge of stinging here and there for the rest of the day. Right after the peel, your skin will be a little pink, then there is a visible post-treatment glow (we call it the PRX glow). There is no downtime. Seriously. Sunscreen and makeup can be applied right after the peel.

To get the best results, a series of PRX-T33 treatment is required, so plan on once a week for four weeks. At the end of your series you should see significant tightening with a long lasting glow. We’re recommending a touch up treatment once every 3 to 6 months.

So let’s sum this up.

  • Little to no pain
  • Little to no peeling
  • No downtime
  • Lots of tightening of the skin
  • Wear makeup same day
  • No need to stay out of the sun

It’s almost too good to be true, and when I first heard about it, I didn’t believe it. It’s a new treatment for Radiance but it’s been around in Italy for years and is starting to make its way here.

PRX-T33 is great for:

  • Laxity (a fancy word for less than tight, wrinkle free skin)
  • Helps even excess pigmentation
  • Improving the look and texture of acne scar and stretch marks

Post-Care = The Difference Maker

What I also love about this stuff is the post-care available. I know some people just want to come in, have the treatment, then be done. But really, the post-care for PRX-T33 is what can make the results even better and last longer. The post-care has two parts:

  • WIQo Smoothing Face Fluid which has glycolic acid to help with exfoliating.
  • WiQo Moisturizing Face Cream for Dry Skin helps keep peeling to a minimum.

Special Offer

To introduce my new favorite treatment, we are doing a special for November. Buy your series of four for $1000 and get all of your post-care included. That is $152 worth of free product! If you are seeing a little too much laxity (even on your eyelids) and want a non-invasive treatment that will produce significant change, you want to try this!

P.s. Read more about all our chemical peel options here.

Dark circles around the eyes got you down?

Has anyone ever asked you if you are feeling ok because they noticed you looked tired? Are your dark circles one of the first things you notice when you look in the mirror.

What Is Microneedling?

Have you heard of microneedling? Not to be confused with acupuncture, it’s become an increasingly popular cosmetic procedure for individuals suffering from skin problems. Whether you suffer from stretch marks, scars or other skin conditions, microneedling can help you achieve smoother, healthier skin. But what exactly is microneedling?

What Are BOTOX Injections?

Even if you’re unfamiliar with nonsurgical cosmetic procedures, you’ve probably heard of BOTOX injections. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), over 1.8 million BOTOX injections were performed in 2018. To put its popularity into perspective, BOTOX has been the #1 cosmetic procedure performed by plastic surgeons for two decades. With so many BOTOX injections performed, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that it’s both safe and effective. But what exactly are BOTOX injections?

Overview of BOTOX Injections

A BOTOX injection is a nonsurgical cosmetic procedure that involves the injection of a botulinum toxin (BTX) to temporarily minimize the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. BTX itself is produced by a specific type of bacteria known as Clostridium botulinum. When injected into skin or muscle tissue, BTX inhibits the transmission of neurological signals to the local muscle tissue. As a result, the targeted muscle tissue reverts back to its natural relaxed state.

BOTOX has origins dating back to the 1970s, during which a doctor practicing in San Francisco, California developed the injections when researching ways to treat strabismus. Strabismus is a medical condition characterized by the misalignment of the eyes. In other words, it’s a form of cross eyes in which a person’s eyes look in different directions. The doctor discovered that by purifying BTX and injecting it into the eye muscles, he was able to treat strabismus.

In 1987, the drug company Allergan, Inc. purchased the rights to BOTOX. Soon after the acquisition of this innovative new drug, Allergan began marketing BOTOX for the treatment of strabismus as well as other muscle disorders like blepharospasm. It wasn’t long until the medical community pioneered other applications for BOTOX. Today, BOTOX injections remain the single most commonly performed cosmetic procedure performed in the United States.

What Are BOTOX Injections Used For?

BOTOX injections have several useful applications, the most common of which is to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines in the face. The formation of wrinkles and fine lines is a regular occurrence with age. As we grow older, our skin loses some of its natural elasticity. Over time, this lack of elasticity may prevent contracted muscles from relaxing, thereby creating the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. BOTOX injections, however, offer a safe and effective way to treat facial wrinkles and fine lines.

Since its inception back in the 1970s, BOTOX has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat the following conditions:

  • Strabismus
  • Blepharospasm
  • Cervical dystonia
  • Crow’s feet
  • Incontinence
  • Chronic migraines
  • Lip spasticity
  • Excessive sweating
  • Glabellar lines

How Do BOTOX Injections Treat Wrinkles and Fine Lines?

BTX is a neurotoxin that disrupts neurological signals. Our muscles are designed to contract in response to signals sent by the connected nerves. When you contract a muscle, your nerves tell the respective muscle to contract. BTX — the compound used in BOTOX injections — works by temporarily blocking these neurological signals so that your facial muscles will revert back to a relaxed state.

Wrinkles and fine lines are often the result of muscles stuck in a contracted state. If you squint your eyes, for example, wrinkles may form around the outer edges of your eyes — a condition known as crow’s feet. Relaxing your eye muscles, on the other hand, should make the wrinkles disappear. But sometimes muscles will remain in a contracted state for a prolonged period. Unless the contracted muscle or muscles relax, they may create the appearance of wrinkles or fine lines.

With BOTOX injections, however, you can force the contracted muscle or muscles to relax. The purified BTX solution temporarily blocks the transmission of signals from your nerves to the local muscle tissue. And without the appropriate neurological signals, the targeted muscle tissue will no longer contract. Instead, it will revert back to its relaxed state, resulting in smoother skin with fewer wrinkles and fine lines.

It’s important to note that BOTOX isn’t a permanent solution for wrinkles and fine lines. Over time, its effects will diminish. With that said, BOTOX injections usually last for about three to six months, during which you’ll benefit from smoother skin with fewer wrinkles and fine lines. Even after the effects have worn off, you can always schedule a followup procedure for BOTOX injections to achieve similar results. Alternatively, there are other filler injections available, such as Dysport and Xeomin, that can yield similar effects.

What to Expect With BOTOX Injections

A typical BOTOX injection procedure lasts about 10 minutes. During the procedure, a purified form of BTX will be injected into the muscle tissue at or near the location of your wrinkles and fine lines. The procedure doesn’t require sedation. Rather, it’s performed using a small and thin needle to minimize pain and discomfort. During a BOTOX injection, you may be asked to contract some of the muscles in your face so that the muscles can be identified and targeted more easily. When you contract the muscles in your face, they’ll become more visible, allowing the practitioner to find them more easily.

Are BOTOX Injections Safe?

Being that BTX is classified as a neurotoxin, some people assume that BOTOX injections are dangerous and carry a high risk of complications. You can rest assured, however, knowing that BOTOX injections are safe. The procedure has been around for decades, and during that time, it’s been performed millions of times in the United States alone. If BOTOX injections were dangerous or otherwise harmful, it wouldn’t be ranked as the country’s #1 cosmetic procedure.

BOTOX injections only affect local muscle tissue, meaning it won’t cause other muscles in your body to relax. Only the muscles in which the BTX solution is injected will relax. The hundreds of other muscles in your body won’t be affected by BOTOX. Unless BTX is injected into a particular muscle, it won’t be affected.

BOTOX has also been approved by the FDA, which is another key indication that it’s both safe and effective. The FDA performs extensive research to decide whether to approve procedures. Unless a procedure is both safe and effective, it won’t hold up to the FDA’s requirements. BOTOX first received FDA approval for the treatment of glabellar lines, and since then, it’s been approved by the FDA for eight other conditions.

Granted, you may experience some minor side effects during and shortly after receiving BOTOX injections, including localized bruising and numbness, but they should subside over the course of the following two weeks. Regardless, BOTOX is a safe procedure that doesn’t require incisions. It’s considered a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that only requires injections via a small and thin needle.

In Conclusion

BOTOX is a nonsurgical cosmetic procedure that involves the injection of purified BTX into muscle tissue. It’s used primarily to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Once injected into muscle tissue, BTX blocks the transmission of neurological signals, thus causing the muscle or muscles to relax. Hopefully, this gives you a better understanding of BOTOX injections. Using this information, you can decide whether BOTOX is the right treatment option for your stubborn wrinkles and fine lines.

Want to learn more about BOTOX injections? Request a free consultation today!