Today we performed a Radio Frequency Skin Tightening Treatment using PRP.
Boston area Anti-Aging Beauty Nurse Fiona Tennant, R.N., C.A.N.S. & Fitness/Nutrition Guru Josette Puig meet to discuss IV Vitamins as well as the science of staying fit and beautiful on Josette’s Myfm radio program
Two renowned Boston area Latina women put their knowledge regarding vitamins, nutrition and health together when they spoke on Myfm 101.3! Josette Puig, self-professed, “Wellness Firecracker” spreads the word about the effects of diet and nutrition on the body through her radio show on Myfm as well as with private clients. Nurse Fiona Tennant began her career at Miami Children's Hospital ER, became a school nurse educator in the Miami-Dade school system and is now one of the Boston areas best known anti-aging nurses.
During the beginning of the radio show both women got to talking about how the skin tells a story about a person especially regarding their diet and habits. One take away from these experts is that acne below the nose is considered to be due to hormonal causes and above the nose is typically diet related. Both women agreed that B vitamins are great for treating acne - especially B5. B Vitamins are incorporated into several of the IV treatments at Nurse Fiona The Medical Spa and can also be administered via injection. Benefits such as increased fat and carbohydrate metabolism, energy, mood and mental clarity typically last one week. Treatments can also be done daily for detoxification or a metabolism boost.
Additionally, Josette and Fiona discussed that a high sugar diet is very aging to the skin. Glycation, or the process in which sugar molecules attach themselves to proteins such as collagen, stiffens them and causes them to deform. The result is sagging skin and wrinkles which are worsened by smoking and sun exposure! Renowned dermatologists, Dr. Lipman and Dr. Brandt and even celebs such as Gwyneth Paltrow have also caught on to the harmfulness of sugar to the skin. Not only does sugar break down collagen, it also weakens the immune system and increases bacteria growth! YIKES!! Another reason to pass on the soda!
Both Josette and Fiona are extremely knowledgeable about the benefits of vitamin supplementation and agreed that a very important benefit to having vitamins delivered via IV or intra-muscularly is that the absorption rate of vitamins increases from about 40% to 100%!! This is amazing for those who need that added boost to body and skin. Did you know that IV vitamins such as glutathione post-chemotherapy can help to detoxify the body? Others exposed to heavy metals such as those with Copper IUDs or those who fly frequently may also want to try IV Vitamins for detoxification benefits. In addition to those that are suffering from heavy metal toxicity, other people can benefit from IV vitamins such as those that are seeking increased metabolism, mood and radiant skin.
Speaking of radiance, Fiona recommends Boston area brides seeking increased metabolism, mood as well as stress relief and radiant skin book a LiFT Beauty IV treatment combined with a facial for an amazing result a few days pre-wedding.
Are you concerned about thinning hair? Micro-Needling with PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) is the latest treatment for both men AND women! PRP treatment for hair loss works to regrow thinning hair without chemicals. Watch Dr. Jennifer Ashton from Good Morning America explain her own personal experience with PRP for hair regrowth with before and after photos. Then book your appointment for PRP for hair loss at Fiona MedSpa & Skincare.
What is Micro-Needling?
Skin-needling is a recently embraced procedure here in the US. Skin-needling, also called Micro-needling or collagen induction therapy (CIT), has been a standard procedure in Europe for decades. Advances over the years led to the development of automated micro- needling. This simple mechanical device based on fine needle penetration can also deliver some of the same benefits of laser at a more affordable price point.
How does it work?
The premise is simple – create a small wound and the skin will respond with collagen production (up to 200% more) and new skin cells. Depending on the depth of the needle penetration, the needling pen can offer skin rejuvenation levels from the simple enhancement of product absorption to the clinical treatment of scars and wrinkles. Treatment on the face and neck are the primary locations, but skin needling can successfully be used on any area of the body… especially hands.
Micro-Needling Pens vs At-Home Dermal Rollers
What conditions can be treated or improved?
What does the procedure involve?
The skin is cleaned and numbing cream may be applied to lessen discomfort. For better results we use a collagen-stimulating products like Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin-C serum, a skin lightener for pigmentation, or even Platelet Rich Plasma… AKA PRP (more about PRP below) during the procedure. A small handheld pen like device with a sterile, disposable tip with 12 tiny needles is then used to pierce the skin. Our needling pen’s multi-speed and adjustable needle depth allow needles to pierce the skin’s layer at 90 degrees and increase the absorption of products. After the treatment, soothing Vitamin-C serum or Hyaluronic acid are used to hydrate, heal and protect the skin.
What are the benefits of Medical Micro-Needling?
When will I see results?
Patients typically notice an immediate glow, but visible improvement will take about 2-4 weeks and can continue for up to 6 months.
How many treatments will I need?
A series of 3-6 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart is ideal for optimal results. Some conditions like deep wrinkles, advanced photo-aging, stretch marks, and acne scars may need 6-8 treatments
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy
What is PRP?
Platelet Rich Plasma is a concentration of platelets in the blood that are crucial to wound healing. When used for skin rejuvenation, PRP releases growth factors into the skin to expedite the body’s own repair process and stimulate new collagen and elastin… up to 1000% more!
What does the procedure entail?
A small blood sample is taken from your own body and the PRP is separated from the other components.
The PRP is then topically applied to the skin immediately followed by a micro-needling procedure.
The micro-channels created by micro-needling provide direct pathways to the deeper layers of skin for optimal wound healing. After micro-needling, the remaining amount of PRP may be injected intra-dermally to cheeks, nasial-labial folds, marionette line, temples and lips for added volume and collagen production.
Micro-needling with PRP application is an ideal treatment for smoothing fine lines, wrinkles, and scars or even increasing plumpness and overall rejuvenation of the skin. It's basically a super-charged version of our basic micro-needling treatment giving superior results in a shorter amount of time.
In between treatments we recommend a Microdermabrasion treatment
*Microdermabrasion, tiny crystals are sprayed onto the skin to gently remove the outer layer of your skin. This technique is less aggressive than dermabrasion, so you don't need numbing medicine. It is basically an exfoliation and skin rejuvenation procedure that leaves skin looking softer and brighter.
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Why does Botox still have a negative association?
For some people, hearing the word Botox paints a picture of a plastic woman with a frozen face. Other people think “rat poison”. What’s the reason behind all this negativity? In my opinion, there are two main reasons: Reality shows where someone went way too far and lack of knowledge.
Hopefully this post will alter any negative perspectives out there and turn them into positive ones.
Let’s start with the most basic questions…
What is Botox?
Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA) is a two-chain polypeptide protein and neurotoxin produced by a purified form of bacterium Clostridium botulinum.
“Purified” being the key word here…
There are also two other brands of "Botox"… Dysport and Xeomin, which are just competitors. But in my opinion, there's only one true Botox… Although, I've found that most people do just as well with Dysport and a very small percentage with Xeomin. Xeomin is the only one of the 3 that doesn't contain accessory proteins, which may work better for patients with resistance to Botox or Dysport.
How does Botox work?
Botox works to relax the contraction of muscles by blocking nerve impulses, resulting in muscles that can no longer contract, causing dynamic wrinkles (wrinkles that appear temporarily when a muscle contracts during facial expression) to relax and soften. It usually takes 2-14 days to see cosmetic improvement and the effects can last 3-6 months.
Side-note: Botox is not as effective on static wrinkles (wrinkles at rest). Static wrinkles are better treated surgically or with dermal fillers.
Who is Botox good for?
Botox is FDA approved for men and woman from ages 18-65. Although most think that Botox is for older people… It’s actually extremely preventative. More and more, people are starting to realize this fact. For example, take a look at your mother, father, or any other older person you may encounter… Do you see any permanent wrinkles in between their eyes? Those wrinkles are caused by the corrugator muscle contracting over and over again. This contraction causes collagen breakdown every time the muscle contracts. So, the earlier you start getting Botox the less wrinkling you’ll get later in life. The older you get, the more you’re doing it just to treat those wrinkles, the younger you are, the more you’re doing to prevent them from occurring.
How much does Botox cost?
Average cost is $200-$400 per area and should be repeated every 3-6 months for optimal long-term results. (I usually spend this amount every time I visit the supermarket)
Botox timeline of events:
1895 – Emile van Ermengem, Belgian bacteriologist, found the producer of the botulin toxin was a bacterium, which he named Clostridium botulinum.
1928 – P. Tessmer Snipe and Hermann Sommer for the first time purified the toxin.
1949 – Arnold Burgen discovered that botulinum toxin blocks neuromuscular transmission through decreased acetylcholine release.
1960’s – Alan Scott, M.D., a San Francisco ophthalmologist, and Edward Schantz were the first to work on a standardized botulinum toxin preparation for therapeutic purposes.
1973 – Scott (now at Smith-Kettlewell Institute) used botulinum toxin type A (BTX-A) in monkey experiments.
1980 – Botox was officially used for the first time in humans to treat strabismus “crossed eyes”, and “uncontrollable blinking”, blepharospasm.
1989 – The cosmetic effect of BTX-A on wrinkles was originally documented by a plastic surgeon from Sacramento, California, Dr. Richard Clark, and published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
1993 – Discovered that botulinum toxin could be used for the treatment of achalasia, a spasm of the lower esophageal sphincter.
1994 – Dr. Khalaf Bushara of Southend Hospital in England, showed that botulinum toxin injections inhibit sweating. This was the first demonstration of non-muscular use of BTX-A in humans.
December 21, 2000 – Botulinum Toxin Type B (BTX-B) received FDA approval for treatment of cervical dystonia.
April 12, 2002 – The FDA announced regulatory approval of botulinum toxin type A (Botox Cosmetic) to temporarily improve the appearance of moderate-to-severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines)
June 2009 – Its use for treating hypertonic muscles helped an Australian man to walk again. He had required a wheelchair for mobility following a stroke 20 years prior
October 15, 2010 – Received FDA approval for treatment of chronic migraines.
September 11, 2013 - Received FDA approval for crows feet.
Clearly, throughout the years, Botox has gone through many discoveries and has truly done and continues to do amazing things cosmetically and medically. To add on to this, here’s a full list of its cosmetic and non-cosmetic reported uses:
Cervical dystonia or spasmodic torticollis (a neuromuscular disorder involving the head and neck)
Blepharospasm (excessive blinking)
Severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
Achalasia (failure of the lower oesophageal sphincter to relax)
Chronic focal neuropathies
Migraine and other headache disorders
Idiopathic and neurogenic detrusor overactivity
Incontinence due to overactive bladder
Incontinence due to neurogenic bladder
Vaginismus (to reduce the spasm of the vaginal muscles)
Movement disorders associated with injury or disease of the central nervous system including trauma, stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, or cerebral palsy
Focal dystonias affecting the limbs, face, jaw, or vocal cords
TMJ pain disorders
Vocal cord dysfunction (VCD) including spasmodic dysphonia and tremor
Reduction of the Masseter muscle for decreasing the apparent size of the lower jaw
Painful bladder syndrome
Detrusor sphincter dyssynergia and benign prostatic hyperplasia
The amount used for cosmetic purposes is an average of 15-30 units per area…
The amount used for non-cosmetic purposes is between 50-360 units per area…
The non-cosmetic amount is 12 times more than cosmetic amount used!
So as you can see, Botox offers a variety of solutions for a multitude of problems… cosmetically and medically.
In 2004, the FDA approved the use of Botox for hyperhidrosis or severe sweating of the underarms, hands, or feet.
Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition caused by over stimulated sweat glands. People with this condition often produce four to five times more sweat than people who do not suffer from hyperhidrosis.
How to diagnose Hyperhydrosis?
If there is excessive sweating of at least 6 months duration with at least two of the following characteristics then primary Hyperhydrosis is present and this can be treated with Botox.
What can be done:
BOTOX® has proven to be an effective hyperhidrosis treatment. When injected into the hands, feet, or underarm area, BOTOX® helps to control hyperhidrosis.
How does it work?
A small volume of BOTOX® solution is injected through a very fine gauge needle into the affected area. BOTOX® works by temporarily blocking the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. When these glands no longer receive the chemical signals, the excessive sweating stops. The procedure takes about 5-10 minutes, is relatively painless, and the effects of the treatment have been reported to last 6-9 months (Results vary from person to person and eventually will wear off). Depending on the severity of the hyperhidrosis, multiple injections may be needed.
Within 1-2 weeks of the initial treatment there will be significant reduction in sweating. There is a possibility that some sweat glands may be missed during BOTOX® hyperhidrosis treatment. If this occurs, sweating may continue from the untreated areas and a touch-up treatment may be needed.
How much does it cost?
For optimal results, 100 units of BOTOX® (50 units per hand, foot, and/or underarm) is needed, which can run anywhere between $1000-$1500.
Pre Treatment Instructions:
The Starch Test:
The “Starch Test” is sometimes performed to view where the affected areas of perspiration are located. Not all providers perform this test, as it has been said to be unnecessary. Most providers inject into the area of hair growth, since sweat glands lie just next to each hair follicle.
Starch Test Info:
Patients should shave underarms and abstain from use of over-the-counter deodorants or antiperspirants for 24 hours prior to the test. Patient should be resting comfortably without exercise, hot drinks, etc for approximately 30 minutes prior to the test.
Here’s what to expect:
Iodine solution will be painted on.
Starch powder will then be sprinkled and allow to settle for 10 minutes.
A blue-black mark will identify affected area of persperation.
The area will then be circled and marked.
BOTOX® is then injected just beside each pen mark.
Post Treatment Instructions:
Cucumbers do so much more than just decrease puffy eyes, they have so many vitamins and antioxidants you need every day. Just one cucumber contains: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin D, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, and enzymes.
Here are a few benefits of each vitamin contained in cucumbers:
In addition to these health benefits, cucumbers have many house-hold uses as well:
Now that’s an incredible vegetable!