New Treatments & Monthly Specials

It’s April! How did we get here so fast? April is Stress Awareness Month which is appropriate since we all just finished up our taxes! In this issue, you will all of the NEW and EXCITING treatments and services were are now offering! April also is the precursor to so many upcoming celebrations. Mother’s Day, graduation and prom are all fast approaching. Mother’s Day Gift Ideas and specials are also included!

 

We hope you enjoy this issue and look forward to seeing you in the spa soon 

to help you Live Life Counterclockwise!

 

WHAT ARE NOVATHREADS?

NovaThreads are small, fully absorbable sutures made of polydioxanone (PDO), a synthetic biocampatable material long used in surgical settings. With age, our skin naturally loses elasticity which often results in a sagging and wrinkled appearance of the chin, jawline and neck area, as well as a hollow appearance in the cheeks due to loss of volume. While these concerns are best remedied with surgical intervention, NovaThreads can help to create positive results with minimal downtime.

HOW DO NOVATHREADS WORK?

NovaThreads is a minimally-invasive procedure that utilizes thread lifting to significantly minimize visible signs of aging. The threads can be placed to stimulate collagen in areas of volume loss or to fill a fold. They can also can be used to pull and tighten the skin, such as that of the neck or brows. Over the next 4-6 months, your skin absorbs the threads and they won’t leave behind scar tissue.

NovaThreads come in a variety of sizes and shapes that can be combined with other injectable by your expert injector to create a customized treatment plan. Plus, in addition to lifting and tightening, this procedure also works to stimulate the body’s natural collagen production for long-lasting facial rejuvenation. This innovative procedure is able to lift drooping brows, restore volume to the cheeks, tighten the skin on and around the neck, and reduce the appearance of marionette lines and jowls.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING MY APPOINTMENT?

If you are deemed a candidate for NovaThreads, your provider will apply topical anesthetic to numb the placement area. Once your skin is sufficiently numb, the NovaThreads, which come pre-packaged inside hypodermic needles, will be strategically placed under the skin according to your pre-determined treatment plan. While some patients experience mild swelling, tenderness, or redness at the placement site, most are typically able to resume their regular activities that same day.

HOW LONG WILL MY RESULTS LAST?

NovaThreads are a quick and easy way to get immediate results with long-term benefits. The PDO thread will be absorbed by your body, but that doesn’t mean your skin won’t react to it. During the 4 to 6 months needed to fully absorb the PDO suture, your skin is also repairing itself around it.

That repair process is called “controlled healing”. In medical terms “selective inflammatory response” is the principle behind a lot of aesthetic procedures (such as fractional laser, chemical peels, and microneedling). Our skin is very good at repairing itself, and by inserting Novathreads we make it heal itself by creating new collagen, naturally!

NovaThreads can be used on their own as well as a great enhancement to fillers and Botox or Dysport.

BENEFITS OF NOVATHREADS?

  • Minimally-invasive, non-surgical procedure.
  • NovaThreads can stimulate natural collagen production in the face and neck.
  • The results of a NovaThreads procedure will continue to improve even after the threads have been naturally absorbed into the body.
  • This treatment can be combined with other procedures, such as injectable fillers, during the same appointment.
  • No downtime required.

The lifting and tightening effects of your NovaThreads procedure will be immediately visible and your results will gradually improve over the following few weeks as collagen production is stimulated. Your body will naturally absorb the NovaThreads roughly six months after placement. Most patients find that their facial skin is visibly refreshed and revitalized after their procedure, but retain a natural-looking appearance. 

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?

BEFORE

  • Consultations for NovaThreads are available at both our Greensburg and Shadyside MediSpa. 
  • Treatment times vary depending on the size and number of treatment areas; typically NovaThreads treatments take approximately 45 – 75 minutes.
  • Results are visible immediately. However, most patients see optimal results 1 week post treatment when swelling has completely subsided. 
  • No downtime required.

AFTER

  • May experience mild swelling, redness, and/or tenderness.

What is Sculptra Aesthetic and how does it work?

Sculptra is a new injectable used to fight wrinkles and sagging skin by stimulating the skin’s collagen production to help restore the cheeky plumpness of healthy skin. It is an alternative anti-aging treatment to injectable dermal fillers, skin creams, fat injections and implants. Collagen is an important structural protein found in connective tissue. Its function is to keep the skin firm, youthful and smooth. As you age, your body’s collagen production decreases, and you may begin to see wrinkles or sagging. Fat loss beneath the skin also results in drooping skin, hollowed cheeks, indentations and depressions in the face.

As Sculptra stimulates your skin to regrow its own natural collagen over time, it helps to correct shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds resulting in a firmer, younger looking skin. It is important that you understand that Sculptra is simply a collagen stimulator. The Sculptra itself is NOT providing the filling action; the Sculptra causes a reaction in the skin, which forms new collagen. The Sculptra itself is absorbed by the tissue and is gone about 2 years after a treatment, but the new collagen layer which is left behind may last 2 or more years. Sculptra requires a SERIES of treatments to achieve adequate filling for most skin defects.

Is Sculptra safe and do the injections hurt?

Sculptra is composed of poly-L-lactic acid, a molecule which is biodegradable, so it does not harm the body and is easily broken down and absorbed. We use a very effective topical numbing agent to numb the skin prior to the injections. The Sculptra powder is also reconstituted with water and lidocaine, so you will feel more numb as the injections are being done. Most people are surprised at how comfortable the treatments are.

What is the usual treatment protocol for Sculptra?

On average, a minimum of three treatment sessions are needed over a period of several months. The number of injection sessions and the length of time between sessions vary from person to person. Older patients, thinner patients, and patients who exercise extensively may require more product or more treatment sessions.

Are there specific instructions to follow around the time of my treatment?

You should avoid taking the following medications for at least 7 days prior to your injections to minimize bruising:

·      Any type of anti-inflammatory medication – including Aspirin, Advil, Motrin, Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Aleve, etc.

·      Any type of Omega-3 supplements such as fish oil, flax seed oil, etc.

·      Vitamin E

You can also take Arnica to help prevent bruising. We offer arnica tablets at The Spa at Aestique. Start the pills (one tablet 3 times a day, dissolved in your mouth rather than swallowed whole) 3-7 days before your treatment and continue the pills until any bruising is gone. This will cut the healing time significantly.

We will send you home with an ice pack and recommend you ice the treatment area off and on for at least the first 24-48 hours.

Most IMPORTANT: Rule of 5’s:  Massage the areas injected for 5 minutes, 5 times daily, for 5 days. This is critical to prevent the formation of nodules – we want to keep the Sculptra particles dispersed in the tissue rather than allowing too much collagen to form in one spot.

We are excited to announce we are now carrying Dysport as a second option for a neurotoxin. Don’t worry, we still have our first love, Botox, but wanted to be able to offer another option! Dysport, like Botox is an injection proven to help smooth the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines without changing the look or movement of the rest of your face. Untreated muscles still work normally, so you can continue to express feelings naturally. The lines disappear, not your expressions.

Dysport is a neuromodulator which, like Botox, is derived from the botulinum toxin. It works by temporarily paralyzing muscles. When your muscles relax, wrinkles that are formed by repeated muscular contractions are minimized.  Dysport, like Botox, is a temporary solution for wrinkles. Results last from 3-4 months, at which point you’ll need a follow-up injection to maintain your smooth look.

HOW LONG DOES DYSPORT LAST?

You’ve got better things to do than think about what your frown lines look like. Dysport may help improve the look of lines for up to 4 months. The majority of patients see improvement in just 2–3 days after treatment, but 2 weeks for final results.

 There is one important difference between Dysport and Botox, they are dosed differently. For example 50 units of Botox does not equal 50 units of Dysport. Below is a diagram that illustrates how the dosing is different but your provider will give you their recommendation on how many units would need to be administered for desired results. 

 

This is the day you get to spoil your mom (or grandma, sister or BFF) the way they deserve. Every woman deserves a medi spa day. Your Mother’s Day promotions are listed below. Oh, and if you want to take advantage of this for yourself? We won’t tell anyone!

 

 Purchase any HydraFacial MD treatment and

receive a complimentary Lip or Eye Perk Treatment.

($40 Value)

 

Get the extra perks out of your HydraFacial MD treatment! With HydraFacial Perks you can target the eye and lip areas and merge an in-office exfoliation service with 30-day take-home products so you can extend your treatment results. 

Perk Eye treatment: Give your eyes some love! On the eyes, the skin is extremely delicate and prone to thinning, fine lines, and wrinkles. Eyes can show sign of stress, lack of sleep, and poor diet. This treatment brightens and refreshes your outer-eye area with key ingredients like horse chestnut seed extract and arnica flower extract.

Perk Lip Treatment: One of the first signs of aging is your lips. Your lips are some of the thinnest skin on your body, making them especially prone to damage and dehydration. The HydraFacial Lip Treatment revitalizes your lips with key ingredients like peppermint oil and peony extract – leaving your lips refreshed, hydrated, and plumped. 

To purchase this special or any of these treatments, call us at 724-832-8266 or email us at [email protected]