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Beauty Redefined Magazine- Summer 2014
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Get informed, learn about products and services here at Beauty Redefined, and see what is new in the medical aesthetics field!

If time and money are on your side, these proven innovations are worth a trip to the dermatologist's office.

Botulinum Toxin

Star Power: Injections of botulinum toxin (brand names Botox and Xeomin) smooth away wrinkles by blocking the nerve impulses that cause muscle movement. When Botox was approved for cosmetic use in 2002, many patients wound up trading wrinkles for immobile eyebrows. In the years since, doctors have mastered how to smooth lines without making people look petrified or poker-faced. In fact, doctors now inject less toxin with each treatment than they used to. Expect results to last about three months at first. "After you've used botulinum toxin for a couple of years, it will last closer to six months," says Cheryl Karcher, MD, a New York City dermatologist. "And I have some patients who need only yearly touch-ups."

Who Might Benefit: Anyone who wouldn't miss her expression lines. Botox and Xeomin are FDA approved to treat frown lines (the "11s" between the brows) but are frequently used "off-label" to uncrinkle crow's-feet and horizontal forehead lines. Some doctors also use botulinum toxin for trickier applications: to soften vertical lines in the neck, for masseter reduction or between the breasts, to smooth puckering around the lips, and to lift the corners of the mouth.

You Should Know: Toxin injections can cause bruising. If injected incorrectly, they could also leave you with a droopy eyelid or—when used around the mouth—a drooling problem. "There are no long-term adverse effects caused by FDA-approved botulinum toxin," says Arielle Kauvar, MD, "but an unskilled doctor can create some pretty embarrassing, if mercifully temporary, side effects." So be sure you go to someone who knows what they are doing, and have been doing it for years.

Hyaluronic Acid Filler

Star Power: When applied topically, hyaluronic acid subtly plumps the skin for hours. When injected, it dramatically plumps the skin—for months. In the decade since Restylane, the first hyaluronic acid filler, was approved by the FDA, doctors have learned to use these injectables not only to soften the lines that can't be smoothed with Botox (the nasolabial folds) but also to replump the contours of the face that gradually lose definition (the cheekbones) or become hollow (the temples). Research has now shown that hyaluronic acid fillers can even help reverse aging by encouraging the skin to produce more collagen.

Who Might Benefit: If you want to plump your lips or smooth your nasolabial folds, consider Juvéderm. Radiesse and Voluma XC are a bit thicker (and sometimes last longer) and are ideal for restoring volume around the cheekbones and along the jawline. Belotero was FDA approved in 2011 and is favored for filling the hollows under the eyes: It won't create the bluish tinge that other hyaluronic acid fillers can leave when injected beneath thin skin.

You Should Know: Juvéderm, Radiesse, Belotero and Voluma can include lidocaine to ease the pain of injection, but it still stings. You may bruise and can expect some swelling for about 24 hours after an injection.

Fractional Nonablative Laser (Pixel Laser Treatment)

Star Power: With pixilated beams of light, this laser can boost collagen, smooth wrinkles, and in some cases break up pigment beneath the skin—without the weeks of redness, swelling, and peeling that accompanied its predecessors. Only a fraction of the skin is targeted with each treatment; after about five, you have "resurfaced" your face, giving you a profound improvement in skin texture, and even some tightening.

Who Might Benefit: Are fine lines and roughness your issue? The Pixel minimize lines and leave skin luminous. If discoloration is your problem, consider the Photofacial. It uses two wavelengths of light: One remodels collagen for smoothing; the other erases age spots.

You Should Know: Fractionated lasers leave your skin red and peeling for several days. Even with topical lidocaine, you'll experience heat and stinging during each treatment.

Chemical Peel

Star Power: A chemical peel, in which an acid solution is painted on the skin to lift away the upper layers, minimizes discoloration, smooths lines and crepiness, and even—when done deeply enough—helps tighten the skin.

Who Might Benefit: If you want a glow for a few days, a glycolic peel is your best bet. To reduce breakouts, try a series of salicylic acid peels, such as the Jessner Peel. A Vitalize peel or Jessner Peel can improve pigment. To improve the skin on your chest, back, or hands, a chemical peel is a great option.

You Should Know: Some peels, like the Jessner Peel, yield dramatic results in one treatment—but leave skin red and peeling for up to ten days. Light glycolic peels require little downtime but have a less transformative effect.

Men and Skin Care

Men, should you use skin care products? Enjoy some of these facts:

According to a recent study, men with a healthy skin color are more attractive to women then those with a masculine face. Researchers said it was “healthy” skin that was most attractive.

Because men are less likely to keep an eye on their skin, they are more at risk of having an advanced melanoma requiring radical treatment. Statistics show more than 50 percent of the current annual melanoma deaths in the U.S. are men.

Men are typically outdoors more than women, exposing their skin to more UV rays, environmental pollution, wind damage, all these factors that age the skin, producing wrinkles and hyperpigmentation.

If you want to learn more about skin care for men, schedule a free consultation with our skin care specialist online at in Makeup

Sleeping in Makeup

The question: Is not washing your face before bed every once in a while really that bad?

The expert: Dennis Gross M.D., founder of 900 5th Dermatology in New York City and creator of Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare

The answer: The quick answer: yes, it really is that bad.

A survey over the summer revealed a third of women sleep with their makeup on at least two nights a week. Doing so can clog your pores and oil glands, says Gross. “When the makeup becomes impacted in pores, it can make them appear larger.” It also stretches them out and, unfortunately, since your skin collagen levels decline as you age, your pores won't bounce back to their original size as easily, says Gross.

Not only does skimping on cleansing clog and stretch your pores, Gross says that skipping your nightly washing routine can also cause inflammation—which can generate free radicals and lead to collagen breakdown. (Collagen is that amazing thing that keeps your skin firm and taut.) These factors, combined with larger pores, can make your skin age faster. So as Gross says, “It’s best to break this habit sooner rather than later.”

To improve your skin's natural vibrance and avoid or help repair prolonged damage to your skin from makeup use, contact our office for quality medical grade skin care and truly all natural mineral makeup. Bad Habits That Damage Your Skin

5 Bad Habits That Damage Your Skin

Like all medical professionals, dermatologists subscribe to the Latin proverb "primum non nocere," or "first, do no harm." But, when it comes to your beauty routine, sometimes derms really, really want to smack you upside the head. "It’s amazing what some people do to their skin," says Doris Day, M.D., dermatologist and clinical associate professor of dermatology at New York University Langone Medical Center.

Habit 1: Picking At Your Skin

Hands off! Look, a zit only lasts a few days—a week, max—but residual redness and hyperpigmentation from picking and scratching can remain for months or even years. "Picking isn't just an issue with acne—it can cause scarring whenever and wherever you pick, whether it starts with keratosis pilaris, a bug bite, or for no reason at all," says Heidi Waldorf, M.D., dermatologist and director of laser and cosmetic dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital. "In fact, if you start scratching a spot of normal skin, after a while it will thicken. And it can become an itchy bump, also called a prurigo nodule."

"Laser hair removal helps for people picking at hairs," she says. "If that hair's not there, there's nothing to pick. Resurfacing lasers like the Pixel or Photofacial can help even out hyperpigmentation.”


Habit 2: Licking Your Lips—A Lot

There's a myth out there that claims people can get addicted to lip balm. We checked—it's not real. "These people just have dry skin and miss the feeling of the balm when it's gone," says Day. You know what's really addictive? Lip licking. But when you moisten your lips that way, you actually wind up making things worse. The water in your saliva evaporates, leaving lips withered and cracked. "Saliva can contain bacteria and irritants, so you can end up with a rash around the lips as well," says Day.

An aside: You might be tempted to brush your lips since flakes make lip color look particularly craggy and gross. Day says forget what you've read, and put down the toothbrush—a gentle swipe with a damp washcloth will suffice. "In trying to get a smoother look for a lipstick, brushing just makes them rougher and bumpier," she says. "Lips don't have oil glands, so you don't need to exfoliate them like the rest of your skin."

To repair damaged, dry and cracking lips, try Vivite Lip Plumper. It brings natural moisture to your lips, plumps and helps rebalance your lips natural moisture for a smooth surface to apply non-damaging lipsticks such as our all natural Mineral Lipstick or all natural Mineral Lip Gloss. For an amazing result, apply Vivite Lip Plumper 5 mins before applying our all natural Lip Luxe lip gloss.


Habit 3: A One-and-Done SPF Style

Nothing—and we mean nothing—bothers a skin doc like a patient who's blasé about their SPF game. "Caucasian patients who come in the color of red walnut tell me they don't understand how it happened when they applied an SPF 100," says Waldorf. "I show them my spotless skin after spending a week outdoors in Thailand and Brazil using only SPF 30+. What people need to understand is that you need to use enough, often enough."

You'd think derms would be on-board with ultra-high SPF sunscreens, but nope. Turns out, these provide only marginally better protection than an SPF 30 lotion, which filters more than 95 percent of UV rays. Worse, they give a false sense of security. "Just as wearing a safety belt doesn't give you permission to drive 90 miles per hour on black ice while texting, applying a high-SPF sunscreen doesn't give you permission to remain outside otherwise unprotected all day," says Waldorf.

Apply enough broad-spectrum sunscreen to fill a shot glass—and apply it a half-hour before you go outside. (It needs time to soak in.) Then, reapply every two to four hours. For extra credit—and extra sun protection—layer on SPF-infused foundations, concealers, bronzers, blushes, and lip colors. Mineral makeup, such as Beauty Redefined's All Natural Mineral Line have a natural SPF 15 in all foundations, concealers, and blush. Try applying your natural mineral makeup with it's natural SPF, then lightly tap on your SkinMedica SPF30+ over your makeup for a sure-fire coverage. All you will need to do is apply SkinMedica SPF30+ lightly again about every 3 hours, without messing up your makeup!

For more information about makeup and quality SPF, contact our office at

Habit 4: Ignoring Skin Fluctuations

"It’s important to pay attention to your skin and give it what it needs, the way it needs it, when it needs it," says Day. That means using lightweight, mattifying products in the summer; switching to heavier, more emollient ones in the winter; and using acne-fighting products before your period starts. ("If you wait until you're broken out, you're already behind," says Day.)

And don't rely on spot treatments. "Studies show that when you see a pimple, there are more in the surrounding area that haven't come up yet," she says. If your forehead is a problem area, treat the whole forehead. Ditto for the chin.

For help understanding your skin and its fluctuations, schedule a consultation with Kelly, our skin care specialist. She will ask you the right questions to help you better understand the best skin care regimen to stay ahead of your fluctuations instead of scrambling to constantly repair.


Habit 5: Exfoliating Your Face Off

Dermatologists understand why people love Clarisonic brushes and the super-clean feeling you get after using them or your favorite exfoliator. But chasing that beauty high has led a lot of patients to overdo it, scrubbing skin into a blotchy, irritated mess. Exfoliating too often breaks down the skin-barrier function, meaning new skin never has a chance to build up. Skin becomes more sensitive to irritation, which leads to inflammation and actually speeds aging.

For oily skin we recommend exfoliating every other day, for dry skin to exfoliate about once to twice a week, and for combination skin to exfoliate once to twice a week as well. Using the Clarisonic is not only for the benefit of exfoliating, but the technology in the Clarisonic helps to rejuvenate your natural collagen when used correctly. For more information on exfoliating and the Clarisonic, schedule a free consultation with Kelly, our skin care specialist.

Harmful Additives in Your Products at Home

From shampoo to sunscreen, we all use products to look and feel better. But could some ingredients actually be making the problem worse?

“Definitely make sure there are no parabens, no sulfates, that’s a good place to at least start,” said Melissa Lenberg, a makeup artist and owner of Citrine Natural Beauty Bar in the Biltmore Fashion Park.

Lenberg says toxic chemicals linked to cancer, hair loss, and even reproductive harm are common side effects of commonly-used chemicals.

“This is everything you use on your body. This is your deodorant, your toothpaste, your hair products,” said Lenberg. “Formaldehyde is a poison; it’s what we use to embalm bodies. But it’s also what they use to give products their shelf life.”

New, free apps like “Think Dirty” and websites from the Environmental Working Group aim to educate consumers about the ingredients in everyday products.

According to the Campaign for Safe Products, some of the big ingredients to watch out for include:

Mercury - found in some eye drops, ointment and deodorants

Lead acetate - found in some hair dyes and cleanser

Formaldehyde and toluene - found in nail products

Coal tar - found in dandruff shampoos, anti-itch creams and hair dyes

Placenta - found in some hair relaxers, moisturizers and toners

Phthalates - found in some nail polish, fragrances and hair spray

Melissa Lenberg has been researching health and beauty products for nearly a decade. She suggests using products that are all-natural, like jojoba and coconut oils. A good rule – if you can’t pronounce it, it’s probably not good for you.

“We love to feel pretty, but we also want to be healthy and safe too,” said Lenberg.

For a safe, paraben free and all natural mineral makeup line, try Beauty Redefined's All Natural Mineral Makeup. All of our products are paraben free, formaldehyde free, gluten free, fragrance free, and hypoallergenic. We have created a natural line that is for clients to we are makeup and have skin care that will not damage your skin, or undo the work we do here in the office to help you improve, repair and enhance your natural skin's beauty.

Which Dermal Filler is Right for You?

Dermal Fillers

Medical aesthetic professionals use many anti-aging skin care techniques to correct eye wrinkles and other signs of natural aging. One non-surgical method that has become extremely popular is the use of dermal fillers. Dermal fillers you may have heard of include hyaluronic acid fillers.

Medical aesthetic professionals refer to the use of dermal fillers as soft tissue augmentation. Soft tissue augmentation is a cosmetic procedure performed to correct eye wrinkles, other facial wrinkles, depressions in the skin and/or scarring. The procedure involves injecting a substance such as hyaluronic acid or collagen into the area being treated to plump it up or fill it up. With very few exceptions, the result is not usually permanent and touch-up injections may be required every three to 12 months depending on which substance was injected and your specific body chemistry.

We give you a brief overview of each dermal filler, but you should consult with your medical aesthetic professional about which one may be right for you.

Dermal Fillers - How They Work & What They Do

Dermal fillers work by plumping up the area around the injection site. Different fillers do this in different ways, but the ultimate result is that the skin around the injection site looks fuller giving your face a more youthful appearance. A basic over view of the skin and its function will help you to understand this better.

Our skin consists of 2 layers: the epidermis and the dermis. The uppermost layer, the epidermis, serves as a protective layer. It controls the loss of water from the cells and tissue and serves as a barrier to the external environment. Just below the epidermis is the dermis. The dermis contains the structural elements of the skin such as blood vessels, nerves and hair follicles. Protein forms a network of fibers that provide a framework for the growth of cells and blood vessels. Because it’s the primary component of the dermis, collagen acts as a support for the skin, giving the skin its strength and elasticity.

Over time, aging thins the upper layer of skin, the epidermis, decreasing its ability to serve as a barrier to retain water. Additionally, the body’s production of collagen slows and the existing collagen becomes less effective. Thinning epidermis and decreased collagen effectiveness lead to eye wrinkles and other signs of aging. All dermal filers act as anti-aging products by reducing the effects of thinning epidermis and less-effective natural collagen.

What Do Dermal Fillers Treat?

Hyaluronic acid and other dermal fillers are some of the most effective anti-aging treatments available. In general, dermal fillers return volume and fullness to the face, eliminating overt signs of aging and imparting a more youthful appearance. Dermal fillers are a non-surgical way to achieve the following outcomes:

        •        Plump thin lips

        •        Enhance shallow contours (such as the the nasolabial folds)

        •        Soften facial wrinkles and creases

        •        Improve the appearance of recessed scars


Hyaluronic Acid Dermal Fillers

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally present component of connective tissue whose function is to cushion and lubricate. Hyaluronic acid helps the body to lock moisture in the dermis which results in a more youthful appearance. The hyaluronic acid molecules lock in moisture because they bind many times their weight in water. Both natural and injected hyaluronic acid will degrade in your body over time. Hyaluronic acid injections help to achieve a fuller look for approximately six months.

Hyaluronic acid is not a new product. In addition to being used for aesthetic purposes, hyaluronic acid has been used for more than 20 years to help improve arthritic joints as well as for eye surgery and wound repair. Its long term effects have been well tested and documented.

There is a very low potential for allergic reaction because hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that exists in the human body.


Juvederm® is a brand of facial filler that is hyaluronic acid based. As your skin matures, the amount of hyaluronic acid found in the skin naturally decreases which in turn causes that skin to become less hydrated. This leads to facial wrinkles and folds.

Juvederm® is a smooth consistent gel. Although the FDA has approved the use of Juvederm® to fill in moderate creases around the mouth, it is also commonly used for softening the appearance of scars and other depressed marks on the face. It can also be injected around the eye to lessen the appearance of dark circles. Its effects last from 6 to 12 months. There are no animal proteins in this product and, therefore, there is very little chance of an allergic reaction. As with other dermal fillers, Juvederm’s side effects tend to be mild. They can include temporary site redness, swelling, tenderness, firmness, lumps and bruising lasting seven days or less.

Here at Beauty Redefined we offer two different types of Juvederm, Juvederm Ultra Plus (which is an 0.8ml syringe and is whipped 30% more than Restalyne so it goes in smoother with less chance of lumping), and Juvederm Ultra Plus XC (which is a 1.0ml syringe, has a little bit of lidocaine in it so it doesn't get as sore when injecting, and is whipped 30% more than Restalyne as well).



Radiesse® is another form of dermal filler used for soft tissue augmentation. It is composed of beads of Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA) suspended in a water-based gel carrier. Radiesse works by stimulating the body into producing more collagen. It gives the skin an overall smooth appearance by adding volume to the face and is a great substance for getting rid of deep, etched-in lines around the cheek and the nasolabial folds. The result is immediate and tends to last 12 to 15 months

Radiesse® is injected into the treated area by a fine gauge needle. Radiesse does not contain lidocaine, a natural anesthetic, as some dermal fillers do. It is necessary to use a topical and/or a local anesthetic with Radiesse® injections.

The use of Radiesse® is approved by the FDA to help eliminate nasolabial folds (the “parenthesis” fold around the mouth). Radiesse® is not advised for the lips. The pressure from the muscles in the lips can cause the filler to form lumps.


JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC injectable gel is a smooth, colorless hyaluronic acid (HA) gel that contains a small quantity of local anesthetic (lidocaine). HA is a naturally

occurring sugar found in the human body. The role of HA in the skin is to deliver nutrients and help the skin retain its natural moisture and softness. The addition of lidocaine helps to improve the comfort of the injection. JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC injectable gel is manufactured using VYCROSS™ technology to give a specialized smooth-gel filler that produces long-lasting results at the treatment site. JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC is delivered by an injection into the cheek and surrounding area of the mid-face to correct volume and fullness.

What is it for?

JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC is indicated for deep (subcutaneous and/or supraperiosteal) injection for cheek augmentation to correct age-related volume deficit in the mid-face in adults over the age of 21.

What does it do?

As you age, the cheek area loses its youthful shape. The cheeks flatten out and the skin may begin to sag. JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC injectable gel is designed to temporarily reverse these signs of aging. It is a gel that is injected into the cheek area to lift the skin. It temporarily adds volume to the cheek area and results in a smoother contour and more youthful appearance to the face.



BELOTERO BALANCE® Dermal Filler is an injectable filler that quickly integrates into your skin. Once injected, it instantly smoothes the lines and wrinkles in your face.While BELOTERO BALANCE® Dermal Filler is made of the same material (hyaluronic acid) as some other dermal fillers, BELOTERO BALANCE® Dermal Filler has unique properties that allow it to adapt within the skin for soft and even correction. The versatility of the product makes it strong enough to handle deep treatment areas such as nasolabial folds (smile lines around the mouth), yet soft enough to treat more delicate areas such as vertical lip lines  (thin lines that appear above the lip line).

Belotero: “The New  Wrinkle Killer”

When it comes to treating fine lines and wrinkles, a specially formulated skin smoothing agent is necessary to erase the first signs of aging. Belotero is the newest dermal filler to provide patients with a weapon to finally effectively combat wrinkles, a filler that New York Cosmetic Dermatologist Dr. Cameron Rokhsar, M.D., says is the newest tool to tackle upper lip lines and fine lines around the eyes.


Belotero targets specific concerns where fine lines can form, most commonly on the upper lip and around the eyes,” Dr. Rokhsar says. “It can also be injected more superficially compared to other hyaluronic acid fillers, giving it a unique precision.

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A new wrinkle eraser has recently been released onto the market called Belotero, a dermal filler that shows rival potential against other longer-standing fillers. Belotero is a gel that has been demonstrating exceptional results in significantly diminishing upper lip lines and fine lines around the eyes. These lines are one of the first few signs of aging and can be filled in so precisely and accurately with Belotero, it’s as if wrinkles are airbrushed right off the face, leaving behind a smooth surface. This new filler can provide reassurance for those that want to get rid of fine line wrinkles, allowing them to achieve their cosmetic goals and delay signs of aging.

Because of its ability to seamlessly integrate with the skin’s natural facial features, Belotero provides a detailing effect by providing subtle volume to the face as well as hydrating the skin. Patients who have lost their once youthful lips and eyes to wrinkles can have them restored with the injections that provide safe and effective results. During conversation, lips and eyes receive the most focus and attention, which is even more of a reason to keep them free from fine lines. The skin changes after years of facial expressions, sun damage and exposure to various substances, it’s only natural that the aging process show itself eventually, but that doesn’t mean the wear and tear left from years of experiences have to remain. Modern medicine advances rapidly, resulting in the constant expanding and improving of treatments to fulfill consumer demands. This provides patients with tailored treatments based on their personal cosmetic goals.

There are several dermal fillers available today and each has its own distinct properties. These fillers are primarily used to fill in and smooth out superficial to deep wrinkles, as well as augment, enhance and improve the volume of certain facial features. Radiesse is a calcium based filler used to augment nose, cheekbone and chin features. Another filler injection used to prevent the effects of aging is Sculptra, which is primarily composed of poly-L-lactic acid, a naturally occurring substance that works by restoring collagen into the deeper layers of the skin. Overtime Sculptra will stimulate collagen production that will allow for a gradual and natural skin enhancement. Collagen is a key protein responsible for keeping the skin tight and smooth and has the ability to partially reverse the aging process if stimulated.

The newest filler injection to provide patients with a smooth correcting tool is Belotero. Belotero is a hyaluronic acid based filler much like Restylane, Perlane, and Juvederm. These dermal fillers differ in the way their molecules are cross linked, granting each one a unique strength that makes some better at treating certain wrinkles and augmentations than others. Belotero is thinner and more lightweight compared to its predecessors, giving it the ability to naturally restore the fine lines formed from laughing, smoking and squinting, among many other repetitive micro-muscular movements.

“Belotero targets specific concerns where fine lines can form, most commonly on the upper lip and around the eyes,” Dr. Rokhsar says. “It can also be injected more superficially compared to other hyaluronic acid fillers, giving it a unique precision.”

Before Belotero was made available, superficial injections of other hyaluronic acid fillers could create the Tyndall effect. This occurs when light passes through a clear substance, giving skin an undesirable blue discolored appearance. Belotero is specifically designed and proven to effectively treat fine lines so patients no longer have to settle for another filler.

Hyaluronic acid is naturally present in the body. It is found most highly concentrated in the eyes and joints and acts as a cushion and hydrating mechanism. As a natural complex sugar that attaches itself to water, hyaluronic acid has the ability to absorb more than one-thousand times its own weight. Because hyaluonic acid is naturally produced in the body, Belotero eliminates the possibility of the body rejecting the filler so no allergy tests are required. Belotero was created using a technology called a Cohesive Polydensified Matrix which makes the final injection produce a solution with a high degree of elasticity. The combination of hyaluronic acid, collagen and elastin provides a powerful structure within the skin. This directly results in a rehydrating appearance while providing an evenness and enhancement in facial contours.

Dr. Cameron K. Rokhsar, M.D., is the leading authority in laser surgery and non-invasive techniques, Dr. Rokhsar, has extensive training and expertise in the field of skin tightening and wrinkle reduction. A graduate of Harvard and New York University, Dr. Rokhsar is a fellowship-trained dermatologist and laser surgeon and extensively published medical author and Professor of Dermatology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. His offices are located in New York City and Garden City, Long Island.

Is Botox in your 20's too early?

Is Botox in your 20’s too early?

Absolutely not, as a matter a fact if someone in their 20’s begins Botulinum Treatments, the Botulinum then acts as a preventative rather than a corrective treatment. When Botulinum is injected correctly by a trained medical aesthetic professional, Botulinum will then temporarily freeze the facial muscles that cause wrinkles and frown lines. Here at Beauty Redefined we recommend that patients get treated every 3 to 6 months to keep wrinkles from coming back, and which will also prevent the facial muscles from regaining their strength and creating lines at rest. Here at Beauty Redefined we believe that the use of Botulinum at an early age will prevent those facial muscles from becoming strong enough to form those wrinkles which make us look older, more tired, and even angry.


Does Botox help for Migraines?

Botox to Treat Migraines


Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA), also called botulinum toxin type A, is made from the bacteria that causes botulism. Botulinum toxin blocks nerve activity in the muscles, causing a temporary reduction in muscle activity. It is used to prevent chronic migraine headaches in adults who have migraines for more than 15 days per month, each migraine lasting 4 hours or longer. Botox should not be used to treat a common tension headache.

Here at Beauty Redefined we offer two brands of the Botulinum toxin A, Botox and Xeomin. For any Botulinum Toxin A treatment, effects last on average 3 months per treatment.


Addressing Acne and Aging From the Inside Out

As the demand for speedy results with skin care treatments continues to grow, skin care professionals may find themselves consulting with their clients about much more than treatment and product regimens. They will soon discover that, in order to achieve the most effective results, a partnership will have to be formed with clients in order to approach unwanted skin conditions from the inside out. Skin problems are usually related to a dysfunction or imbalance occurring deep within the body, and it is at this level the skin also has to be treated.

Unfortunately, this is often overlooked by most skin care professionals, and these skin problems are mainly addressed with only invasive treatments and harsh products. The way a client’s skin looks can tell you a lot about the person’s overall health. This is why it is so important to partner with your client to find a long-term solution that treats the root cause of the skin problem. No matter the client’s age, healthy, clear skin can be achieved—and the aging process can be delayed—with a holistic approach.

There are multiple skin conditions commonly treated by skin care professionals, but because acne and aging are the two most common, the root causes and holistic recommendations for these conditions will be examined in this article.

Root causes: adult active acne

                Candida/yeast overgrowth

                Emotional stress

                Food sensitivities


                Hormonal fluctuation or imbalance

                Nutritional deficiencies

                Poor diet

                Poor digestion or a toxic body system

Hormones and inflammation. Although acne is known for being a common problem during adolescent years, there has been an increasing frequency of acne cases in adults. Hormones play a significant role in adult active acne and can fluctuate at times other than adolescence—most notably during pregnancy, around the time of menses or menopause, and during periods of emotional stress. Oral contraceptives can also affect hormone production. All of these factors can lead to clogged and infected pores, resulting in increased bacteria and yeast overgrowth on the skin, often causing skin inflammation. Superficial inflammation results in pustule formation and skin redness. Inflammation that occurs deeper in the skin can result in the formation of nodules, cysts and possibly scars.

Poor nutrition. This leads to the second biggest contributor to acne: poor nutrition. Food allergies or food sensitivities can worsen or cause acne. Fat, sugar and processed foods accelerate skin inflammation that leads to problem skin. They also contribute to constipation, and the body responds by trying to release the toxins and poisons through a different avenue. The skin, along with the lungs, bowel, liver and kidneys, are all organs that assist the body in getting rid of waste products. When the development of a skin condition or even unhealthy-looking skin occurs, it may be due to one or more organs of elimination being overloaded or not functioning properly.

Diet. Your client’s diet is where you should start first when addressing skin problems. In general, acne-sufferers should follow a simple diet of basic, unprocessed foods. A diet full of excessive starches, fried, fatty foods and other junk foods has been shown to aggravate acne. Chronic constipation is also a contributing factor.

Dark green or orange vegetables are especially helpful due to their beta carotene content, which helps maintain and repair the skin. Eating them raw or lightly cooked helps to retain their nutrients and fiber. Clients who suffer with acne tend to have fewer breakouts when they follow a diet that is centered on whole foods, such as fruits and vegetables. Suggest limiting fruit juices and instead opting for vegetable juices. Juicing helps to make things easy when trying to get plenty of healthy fruits and vegetables into the body. A good vegetable juice combines carrots, beets, cucumber and celery.

Other foods that benefit clients with acne are those that contain omega-3 fatty acids. These special fatty acids can be found in many different foods, such as nuts and seeds—almonds, walnuts and pumpkin seeds—and fresh, cold-water fish—salmon, mackerel, herring and sardines. Flaxseed oil and cod liver oil also have essential omega-3 fatty acids and can be incorporated into the diet.

Recommend that clients avoid fried foods and solid fats, such as margarine, lard and vegetable shortening. Saturated and hydrogenated fats are difficult to digest, and they can worsen acne. Alcohol, sugar, chocolate and soda should be consumed in moderation and also suggest cutting back on meat products. Excessive amount of these foods can all create an acidic environment in the body that will encourage acne. For clients who are avid coffee-drinkers, try recommending herbal teas instead and drinking a glass of purified water every two waking hours to prevent dehydration.

Chronic antibiotic use. Skin care professionals are now treating clients who are on a plethora of prescribed medicines that, over time, strip and over-dry the skin and only offer temporary relief. In addition, overgrowth of candida, a fungal group of yeasts, can be an underlying cause of acne, most commonly due to chronic antibiotic use, which can destroy friendly bacteria. These days, many clients are using long-term antibiotics for the treatment of acne, which not only sets them up for more acne problems, but also can potentially lead to digestive problems, as well. If your clients must use topical or oral antibiotics for acne, recommend they eat some live, unsweetened yogurt every day to replace the friendly bacteria in the digestive tract.

If you have acne clients, caution them about the use of long-term prescription antibiotics and see if you can partner with their physicians to help slowly wean them off the prescriptions. Most prescription drugs for acne are too harsh, and can cause dryness, redness, scaling and sun sensitivity. Antibiotics can disrupt the natural balance of intestinal flora, and may cause yeast infections and diarrhea.

Stress. Lastly, the effects of stress can throw the body into a state of imbalance. Stress can affect the skin by altering hormone levels, and disrupting digestion and detoxification. Clients with acne usually feel additional stress because they generally feel self-conscious about their appearance. Recommend techniques for your clients to reduce stress, and help with skin health and appearance. Exercise, prayer, meditation, reading, yoga and many other techniques can be used to reduce to effects of stress.

Root causes: aging

                Elevated blood sugar levels

                Free radical damage


                Hormonal fluctuation or imbalance

                Nutritional deficiencies

                Poor diet/lack of exercise

                Poor digestion and detoxification

                Stress and isolation/lack of exercise

Aging is a natural process and most associate aging with how they look, as well as with age-related disorders, such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis and digestive problems. Most of these age-related conditions are caused by lifestyle factors, such as diet, exposure to environmental toxins, lack of exercise, genetics and stress. These days, more and more clients are demanding treatments and products to help prevent premature aging, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to keep inflammation and free radical exposure down to a healthy level. Other factors that accelerate the aging process include stress, lack of exercise, hormonal imbalance and high blood sugar levels. Prolonged periods of stress can lead to chronic diseases, and lack of exercise can increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis. Hormone balance is also a major contributor to healthy aging.

Hormones. The two primary hormones that affect aging are cortisol and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), and a deficiency or abnormal elevation of these hormones can accelerate aging and immune system breakdown. Most recently, however, researchers are finding that growth hormones may play a major role in slowing down the aging process.

Inflammation. Inflammation is a normal, short-term natural immune response that involves the release of immune cells by the body to counteract infection and heal trauma. At that point, the response is supposed to be turned off. However, if it stays activated, immune cells will remain in circulation and can damage healthy cell functions, such as natural skin rejuvenation and turnover. Eating too much sugar or high-glycemic food ultimately leads to a process in which sugar molecules in the blood bond to proteins and DNA. Over time, this process affects collagen proteins, changing their shape, flexibility, elasticity and function. The result is premature aging and additional inflammation. To significantly improve the tone and texture of the skin, inflammation would have to be reduced. This can be achieved by neutralizing free radicals both inside and out, and boosting immune function through good nutrition, supplementation, hormonal balance and detoxification.

Many aspects of modern living—including poor diet, and exposure to pollution, smoke and environmental contaminants—put the skin in contact with free radicals more than ever before. However, the body is designed to neutralize free radicals naturally with the use of antioxidants. Antioxidants are found in many fruits and vegetables, and in some herbs. A combination of healthful eating with antioxidant supplements can prevent excessive damage from free radicals.

Diet. As clients age, they may experience more difficulty absorbing nutrients and have a challenge incorporating enough fiber into their diets. To compensate, recommend that they eat plenty of whole grains and leafy greens and, if possible, add wheat germ to meals. Oats, flaxseeds and raw vegetables can prevent constipation and will reduce toxins in the digestive tract. Deeply colored fruits and vegetables are packed with antioxidants that neutralize free radicals. Vitamin C helps fight free radical damage, reduce cancer risk and strengthen the immune system. Good dietary sources of vitamin C include broccoli, citrus fruits, red peppers, asparagus and avocados.

To help prevent dehydration, recommend clients drink a glass of purified water every two waking hours; this will also help with chronic constipation. A glass of red grape juice or an occasional glass of red wine also has antioxidant properties to keep free radicals at bay.

Foods high in free radicals are red meat and processed foods, as well as foods with additives and preservatives. They can also clog up the digestive tract and inhibit proper functioning. Recommend that clients avoid or limit these foods.

Alma Lasers Introduces JuVaShape Face and Body Lifestyle Solution


Possibly good news for those suffering from years of sun damaged skin. We found a new treatment for skin tightening and treating skin damage that is reported as simple and virtually pain free.

Summer is here and it seems no matter how careful you are with sun protection it's hard to avoid sun damage.

Sunburns or excessive sunbathing accelerates the loss of skin's youthful appearance. This endless cycle of abuse is fraught with well-publicized, long-term consequences: photo-aging, wrinkles, dryness and roughness, poor skin tone, even loose sagging skin.

Alma Lasers has recently introduced the JuVaShape, a body and face lifestyle solution. The treatment is available exclusively through the vShape platform where using "Focused RF" radio-frequency energy allows for controlled penetration that can treat all skin and body types. According to the company, this non-invasive technology delivers concentrated thermal energy to renew, revitalize and refresh the body and face.

JuVaShape provides some skin tightening while also decreasing the appearance of unevenness in skin texture and tone. Reduce the appearance of cellulite, boost collagen from deep within the tissue for longer lasting results, and give your skin that natural youthful vibrance with each treatment!

Ask us about our Juvashape Membership. 113 clients have already taken advantage of the great savings!

Retinol Complex

 The queen of pretty much everything, Oprah, recently released her Spring Fashion Handbook, and surprisingly enough, there was a section called "Retinol Cream: Your Skin’s New Best Friend." The all-knowing Oprah and her team of best friend doctors and skincare pros shared how retinol creams changed their life and outlook on skincare.

Today we’re going to tell you why you should be using a retinol cream and which one will change your life! Remember, if Oprah says retinol creams are her new best friend, then retinol creams should be your best friends too!

Retinol creams are made up of retinoids, a retinoid is a tropical form of Vitamin A. Vitamin A is the number one anti-wrinkle ingredient recommended by dermatologists. It’s sole purpose is to promote cell turnover. It eliminates the old, bad cells and produces new, plump and healthy cells. Nothing works more effectively at eliminating the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines than retinol. It’s the best anti-aging ingredient. There is no argument to it. Piles of research prove that the vitamin A derivative can really undo wrinkles and even discoloration caused by sun damage.

One of the best things about retinol creams is that you know they’re working from the moment you put it on. Within just a few seconds of application, you’ll notice a small, yet noticeable difference.

So which retinol cream is right for you? We recommend Skinmedica Retinol Complex. It has just the right amount of retinol to ensure those wrinkles you hate will be gone in no time. It’s by far our favorite retinol cream on the market. It’s odor-free and paraben-free. In addition to that, it’s also hypoallergenic, perfect for those of us with sensitive skin. One tube lasts much longer than any other cream we’ve ever tried, because you only need a dime-sized amount for it to work at its full potential.

Within seconds of application, there was a noticeable result. Fine lines seemed to diminish in appearance, and skin felt smoother than it had in a while. After using Skinmedica Retinol Complex for 4 weeks, the lines around the lips were nearly nonexistent, and so were the crows feet. Deep wrinkles could still use a bit more work, but hope is not lost!

What Is Retinol Complex - Review of SkinMedica Retinol Complex

SkinMedica retinol complex is one such product that is guaranteed to work wonders with your skin. This amazing product can gently soften those wrinkles on your face and make the skin tighter as well. All you have to do is diligently apply it to your face and neck daily. SkinMedica retinol complex will gently exfoliate your skin to bring a healthy look to it. Primarily it is advised for people with mature skin who want to remove those wrinkles and fine lines that mar an otherwise beautiful face. It can also be used by anyone who has a damaged skin due to sun exposure. Another great thing about this product is that, it is suitable for almost all skin types.

The key to the success of SkinMedica retinol complex lies in its ingredients. Three analogs of Pro-Retinoic acid, Retinyl Pa imitate, Retinyl Acetate and retinol are combined together along with Tocotreinol which is a powerful antioxidant and protects the skin as well. When these actives come in contact with natural enzymes, they are converted to retinoic acid. When you use your SkinMedica retinol complex on your face, these very active forms of vitamin A are instantly delivered and converted to retinoic acid. But the polymeric entrapment of the actives makes sure that this release is done slowly. The result is a varying rate of bioconversion which reduces the chance of any kind of skin irritation or inflammation while producing dramatic results.

That is why even the most sensitive skin can use this product. Furthermore, the product also has effective anti-irritant ingredients like Japanese Green Tea extract, Alpha Bisabolol and Canadian Willowherb extract. Vitamin E is also present in this cream to provide you with sun protection.

Using it is very easy. Just pump the cream in your hand and gently massage it into your face and neck after you have properly cleaned the area. This procedure is best when done in the evening as a part of your bedtime beauty regime. Many women who use it regularly say that the product just soaks through during the night and when they get up, they have a really glowing skin! If you are using it during the day, make sure you also use some sunscreen before you go out as the sun protection factor is not that high in this product.

Did you know, a good moisturizer actually stimulates your skin to naturally moisturize itself over time, so you can give your skin a natural glow without constantly applying products? Vivite offers amazing moisturizing products using Glycolic Acid.


Do you know all the benefits of Microneedling? Interested in getting a personalized treatment for your skin?

Pixel Skin Resurfacing:

Dramatically Revitalize Your Skin!

-Remove fine lines and wrinkles

-Smoothes skin texture

-Builds collagen and helps tighten skin

-Improves acne, scars, and stretch marks

-Evens out skin tone

-Reduces pore size

Our Pixel laser will lift away years from your face and stimulate new collagen to grow. It improves your skin's texture and tone to fight fine lines, wrinkles, and even acne scars. The Pixel will reveal brighter, younger, and healthier-looking skin, from the inside out. It treats discolorations and fine lines from deep within the skin to give you a new, lasting and revitalized look.

Our Pixel laser works by creating thousands of microscopic perforations, but the skin around each of these perforations remains intact. This allows your skin's top layer to heal from the edge of these tiny holes very rapidly, which significantly improves your complexion.

Improvement in the skin occurs in a two fold process as the laser removes damaged tissue at the surface of the skin and also generates heat below within the dermis to stimulate collagen. This allows for rapid healing time (7 day period) and allows for minimal downtime. The client experiences warmth during the treatment and a “sunburn” like effect for 24 hours.  As new epidermal skin replaces the old, the repair process gives the client a bronze appearance over the next several days. The texture of the old skin will become slightly rough before flaking off on day 3 to 5. Healing is complete within 7 days, leaving you with dramatically revitalized skin.