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Bat your lashes all you want, but lips draw the most attention. Lips can pout, entice, and excite. Have your lips ever been as alluring as you’d like? Maybe they aren’t what they once were?

With a 93% patient satisfaction rating, lip enhancement can be beneficial at any and every age. Subtle enhancements with nonsurgical treatments can make a significant and positive change to one’s overall look.

In our 20s, Lip enhancements are done more commonly to remedy natural asymmetry, super thin lips or when the corners droop down, to help turn that frown upside down. Thankfully dermal fillers like Juvederm and Restylane can be used to address any of these issues.

In our 30s, the loss of collagen and elastin can contribute to wrinkles on and around the lips. Years of sun exposure with limited lip protection, can also do some heavy duty damage. Specialty fillers like Restylane Silk and Belotero, can help to soften the appearance of the lines and even halt them from getting worse.  

With that in mind, in our 40s, treatments are used to counteract the signs of aging. Laugh lines are becoming more pronounced, and the lip shape itself, as well as areas around the lips, are starting to change structurally. The corners of our mouths become weaker, drawing the mouth downwards even farther. This may be time to consider other dermal fillers and/or treatment options for the rest of your facial features, so that you can create a good support system for your enhancements.

Blue’s providers elegantly use artistry with a mix of fillers and neurotoxins to help recreate the Cupid’s bow, the curve at top of the lip, and the vertical lines that run from the base of the nose to the top points of the lips, restoring definition. Juvederm Ultra Plus and Restylane Lyft are very popular choices for this look!

In our 50s, there are overall changes to your entire visage that may or may not be pleasing to the eye. The lack of elasticity in the skin (due to the loss of collagen and elastin) and incremental drooping that starts mid-face, can actually lengthen the space between the nose and lips meaning that, with time, the lips themselves have in fact drooped (just like everything else).

In our 60s and Beyond: Maybe you’ve done treatments for years. Or maybe you’re just starting out. Reconstructing key areas, including restoring the fullness of the lips and facial structures around the mouth, are crucial at this stage in life. There is such a thing as being conservative, however it’s important to not sell yourself short by under treating either.  

While tweaks and touches in our 20s and 30s are focused more on correcting that which nature did not naturally bestow upon us, the focus in our 40s, 50s, and beyond is essentially to restore to our previously youthful appearance.

Whether we’re searching for the perfect lips we once had, or one we never had in the first place, nonsurgical solutions are as easy as stopping by. No matter what stage you find yourself in, Blue Medi Spa will consult one on one to find the solution that suits your face, and your cosmetic goals.

Patients are often surprised to learn that there’s a big difference between moisturizing and hydration. Moisturizing, or moisturization, is the process or act, in which the skin gets hydrated, for example applying your daily serums, and sunscreens.

While hydration directly reflects the water levels in the skin, and helps increase the benefits of the addition

Hyaluronic acid is a natural, “water-loving” substance found in the skin—acting as your body’s natural hydrator. HA holds in moisture, keeping skin healthy, resilient, and supple. With age, the amount of HA in the skin decreases, diminishing your skin’s ability to remain hydrated. Between the ages of 40-50, your skin has already lost more than 50% of the HA it had at age 20!!

Not sure what to do or where to start? Check out a few of our favorites below, or ask any one of our specialists for a complimentary VISIA skin analysis!

HA5 from Skin Medica ($178, 2oz) supports the skin’s ability to replenish its own Hyaluronic Acid (HA) for overall skin health. HA5 has a proprietary mix of five HA forms that smooth the skin, thereby decreasing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The five HA’s work synergistically to provide immediate smoothing and continuous hydration throughout the day.

Most topical HA products only hydrate the surface of the skin temporarily. HA5 is powered by VITISENSCE™ Technology, a SkinMedica® exclusive technology that harnesses potent antioxidants.

Studies show that AFTER 8 WEEKS OF TWICE DAILY USE, 91% OF PATIENTS AGREED HA5 MADE THEIR SKIN FEEL MORE REFRESHED AND HYDRATED!

HA5 is ideal for all skin types and the perfect complement to an existing regimen designed to prevent and combat many signs of aging.

HYDRA-COOL® SERUM from IS Clinical ($90, 1oz) is formulated to rejuvenate, hydrate, and soothe the skin. This refreshing, powerful, penetrating serum combines superior antioxidants with essential botanicals and bio-nutrients. HYDRA-COOL SERUM is designed for all skin types and for all ages, and is gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin. Key Ingredients like Vitamin B5, Mushroom Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, and Centella Asiatica, help to provide the benefits listed below!

BENEFITS:

  • Provides intensive, penetrating hydration,
  • Cools, calms, and soothes dry, irritated skin
  • Provides antioxidant protection
  • Great for blemish-prone or sunburned skin
  • Excellent for use after shaving, for men
  • Excellent for travel (helps replenish the dehydrating effects of air travel)
  • Can combine with any “”active”” treatment product to accommodate acclimation
  • Helps revitalize the appearance of aging and compromised skin
    Paraben-free

HydraPlus Active Fluid from BABOR ($46, 7 ampoules, 1 week regimen) is an active concentrate in an ampoule form to provide a moisture boost for dry or dehydrated skin. It supplies the skin with intensive moisture and instantly lends the complexion a smoother and fresher appearance. A complex of hyaluronic acid and a polymer moisturizer hydrates and protects the skin against natural moisture loss.

Each HydraPlus Active Babor ampoule has same effect on your skin as drinking 8 glasses of water a day! They come in perfect little glass bottles that help retain the integrity of the active ingredients, and are preset in a designated pack of 7 for the week!

The trick with this product is that you do not have to change up your current regimen, you just add this to it for 7 days!!

Looking for more tips, and tricks, follow us on social media @bluemedicalspa for all the latest and greatest in product and promotional info!

With Christmas being only a few days away, you may be short on time to get that holiday glow your out-of-town visitors gloat over you for.

We all want to look our very best during the holidays, but those endless late nights spent indulging in festive drinks with colleagues and friends, combined with those rich foods that we find it so hard to resist, all conspire to leave us feeling bloated, with greasy, tired looking skin.

So why not make this year different and embark on a pre-Christmas preparation plan, and ensure you’ll look your very best come the big day.

Botox

So now that everyone can tell that Christmas stresses you out, how can you even begin to pretend to look like you’re well rested?

You have probably heard of this treatment that has been around for decades. Botox uses a natural protein to smooth out frown lines that are typical between the eyebrows as people age. It can also diminish the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes and in the forehead area. When Botox is administered, the practitioner assures that the patient’s natural features and appearance are retained. A Botox session lasts for just about 30 minutes or less, and the effects of the treatment last for a few months.

Dermal Fillers

Yet another excellent pre-holiday medical spa treatment involves using dermal fillers. It addresses the skin changes that occur along with the aging process by filling in the fullness and volume that diminish over time. The effects from using dermal fillers are apparent immediately after the treatment occurs and can last as long as 6 months or even longer than a year. Lips, cheeks and undereyes are the season’s most popular filler treatments.

Facials

The most essential part of holiday-prepped skin has to be our Oxygen and Fire and Ice facials. While our at home skincare regime may serve us well, it’s always a good idea to top it up with a specialist to stimulate circulation, reawaken natural radiance, and soothe and hydrate tired skin ready for a relaxing holiday. 24-48 hours prior to a big event will give you maximum benefits!

With a huge range of customizable facials, we can help pick something that best suits your skin’s needs.

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Each year, American Spa Magazine’s Professional Choice Awards grow as industry insiders vote for their favorite spas and top products. In the running are day spas, medical spas and resort spas from around the globe. The Top Med Spa award is given to professionals, by professionals, based on industry excellence.

What is “industry excellence”? Is it a good deal? Is it cleanliness, kindness?

What makes a solid business? Who determines the definition of success?

When given multiple choices, choosing is easy. When you have to decide for yourself, the question gains much deeper meaning.

Built from the ground up, Blue Medi Spa stands as a pillar in our community for beauty, health and wellness. Known by clients and industry peers as “the place to go” for all things laser and cosmetic.

Touted by medical skin care professionals and world renowned pharmaceutical enterprises, Blue Medi Spa, has yet again, been aptly named one of American Spa Magazine’s Top Medical Spas (in the whole world).

Success in the medispa industry goes far beyond the competition of market pricing. Good friendly competition allows for a client to choose their own options. Pricing may be an initial deciding factor, however, what price can be put on your experience?

There are two very large chain stores that offer the same product I use quite regularly. One sells in an 8 pack, for $7.30, and the other sells in a 4 pack for $5.99. Now, I’m not one to overlook a good bargain, but between location, accessibility, holiday traffic, and general staff knowledge and kindness, one will always get my business over the other.

I’d gladly pay a little bit more to not feel like I’ve completely lost myself in the shuffle of the overall experience. This seems to run true in many aspects of life. Some are built for the struggle, some of us just want to live.

As leaders in our field, we believe in exceptional customer service, advanced education for clients and providers alike, and an experience that goes beyond the basic shuffle of “get em in and get em out.”

Brand representatives and business managers from across the nation stop in to visit, ask specifically for our feedback, and invite us to participate in private product launches prior to consumer release.

We couldn’t be more proud to accept this title, and we will continue to honor its’ integrity by keeping up the hard work. Blue Medi Spa is more than a brand, we’re a family. Come see why feeling Blue never felt better!

Follow us on social media @bluemedicalspa for all our latest services, achievements and celebrity stop-bys!!

Did you know that going to bed with your makeup on can age your skin up to seven
times faster?

While we really have no clue how anyone has come up with the magical ‘seven times’
factor, there may actually be some serious truth behind it.

Most makeup contains artificial colors and other ingredients that may clog the pores.
This can cause damaging chemical reactions in and on top of the skin, and can even
interfere with your hormones. Resulting in congested skin and allergies, and of course contribute to skin aging, it seems it may really be best to thoroughly remove your makeup before bed.

If you really can’t or just won’t, get into this habit, look for makeup companies that offer
more natural and less harmful ingredients.

We LOVE Revision’s Intellishade, color-matching, tinted moisturizer, for its sun protection factor (SPF45), great anti-aging benefits, and fairly decent coverage.

Your skin is your primary defender and protective barrier to the harsh environment we live in. If you don’t help it ‘reset’ on a daily basis to purge any damage and inflammation, your defenses weaken and unwanted changes to your gene patterns occur to compensate.

Leaving makeup on overnight without cleaning your skin leads to greater build-up of damaging agents, which accumulate and accelerate the aging process.

Hannah Hatcher, global educator for make-up company, Jane Iredale says, “Washing your face before going to sleep is essential in the fight against aging skin. Our makeup can allow free radicals that we are exposed to during everyday life, to cling to our skin. If we do not wash our faces before we go to bed at night, our skin is exposed to free radical damage that can prematurely age the skin as we sleep.”

IS Clinical offers a great cleanser that can be utilized as a make-up remover as well! pH balanced for your best and most effective wash, it targets acne causing bacteria, helps to minimize pores, and deep cleanses without drying out your skin.

Come visit us for a complimentary VISIA skin analysis to see how you fare with within your peers, and if your current skin care and make-up regimen is helping or hurting your future face.

In 2016, more than 64 percent of American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery members report having more new patients under the age of 30.

“The constant trending of hashtags and social media has accelerated the visibility of, and interest in cosmetic surgery and medispa type procedures.”

According to multiple sources, many well-known facial plastic surgeons from Los Angeles to New York City, say Botox or Dysport and dermal fillers are the most popular procedures for younger clients.

We agree! Our medical director, alongside our top Physician Assistants, agree that injectables are the best tools for younger clients who want enhancement without the risks of plastic surgery. “Clients come in for a consultation, take out their phones, and pull up examples of desired features.” They want to put their best face forward for their ‘selfies’, and most often injectables are their answer, as well as their entrance into cosmetic aesthetics.

Millennials in our practice are seeking wrinkle relaxers and dermal fillers. By using dermal fillers primarily to augment facial features and fill in acne scars, they also use the relaxers to prevent future effects of aging, and to maintain their vitality. But, by using BOTH together, they’re able to extend the longevity of their youthful appearance.

According to evidence reported in the journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, there is a simple technique for prolonging the effects of hyaluronic acid (HA) dermal fillers. Researchers show that Botox and Dysport (wrinkle relaxers) can extend the life of HA fillers by reducing the muscle activity in the treated area. This study showed that HA filler application in combination with Botox significantly decreases the degradation process and increases the remaining volume at the end of the paralyzed period.”

Follow us on Instagram @Bluemedicalspa, and on Facebook to see more, or to post your #selfie for a shout out from us!

Every morning I overindulge in the peaceful bliss of sleeping family members, an obscenely large cup of coffee, and catch up on some recently missed prime-time TV.

Some people need air, others need ‘Scandal’ (or ‘Game of Thrones’).

When I first heard the term, “Netflix Face,” I assume it referred to some snarky look I’d probably been making for longer than I’d realized.

Nope! My sudden onset of dehydrated, aging, broken out skin was brought on by none other than my late night, early morning TV/movie binges. *WARNING: This could also possibly be attributed to countless hours spent on InstaGram, YouTube or SnapChat.*

A widely-known UK dermatologist advised, “There seems to be emerging evidence that light from cell phones and computer screens, which is referred to as high energy visible (HEV) light, can in fact penetrate into the deeper levels of the skin.”

Could this POSSIBLY be true? I’m all about finding an answer (or an excuse) for everything. But this, I wasn’t ready for.

While less likely to acquire this look from a television; your computer, tablet and cell phone just became enemy #1.

So what can we do?? Catering to the limitless potential of our interweb addictions may no longer be a guilt free pleasure. But there are ways to curb the visual pitfalls of our vices. The secret: SUNSCREEN!

I know, now you’re wondering what sales guru found a way to get you to need to wear your sunblock INSIDE the house. But it’s true. The immense light displayed by ANY level of tech brightness emits the same cell damaging levels of free radicals and reactive oxygen cells.  These reactive cells are creating inflammation and breaking down your skin’s collagen!!

Aside from your standard, over the counter, collagen building procedures and products, what are you doing to protect what you’re already working with?? You pay $156 for a serum that smells like dirty, wet rocks, but do you even wear your sunscreen?  Your foundation’s SPF 8 doesn’t count, either.

Sunscreen can do WAY more for you than just bring back the aromas of summer. Studies have shown that anti-oxidant and protein based sunscreens, like IS Clinical’s Extreme Protect SPF 30, are not only protecting you from future damage, but also reversing some of the damage that already been done.

Don’t love hardcore white sunscreen? Revision’s Intellishade SPF45 is the ONLY color matching tinted moisturizer that is clinically proven and client tested, to minimize the signs of aging in as little as 12 weeks. (And it provides GREAT coverage!!!)

IS Clinical, Skin Medica, and Revision all offer physician recommended products with anti-oxidants, and protective proteins. Come visit us to see and feel the difference for yourself.

It seems it’s getting harder and harder to tell the real value of a skin care product over the actual cost.It’s not an easy buy anymore. It’s, “Is my investment worth it?” Trying to decide can feel like a crapshoot mixed with generalized hope-in- a-jar syndrome. With everything claiming to revive, renew, and essentially replace your already beautiful face, how do you know what to believe?

At Blue, we believe in science, and results. Our patients DO NOT LIE. When it comes to love/hate, we know what keeps our clients happy. The secret you ask? Keep it simple, and put your money where your pout is.

The cost of the most effective, quality, formulations tend to range between $100-150, so it’s best to look for formulations made with quality ingredients. It used to be that companies would put collagen (or Vitamin C) in everything, and it would just sit on top of the skin. Now, we can get incredible results with topical products that you couldn’t get before. The advanced active ingredients and technology to drive these ingredients into the skin is where real cellular improvements are being made.

“Inflamm-aging” – along-side regular old aging, we can all look forward to inflammation to go hand in hand with looking less than youthful. How, exciting?!

“If we apply skin care with growth factors to damaged skin — whether it’s from a burn, photo-damage or aging, then it can help revitalize the tissue in the damaged skin. The end result is younger-looking skin.”

Growth Factors of many kinds are used in skin care to help create the stimulation of Fibroblasts. Fibroblasts produce collagen. Collagen production reduces the appearance of aging, thus making “Growth Factors,” a trending active ingredient. Platelets, plant cells, stem cells, the list goes on and on…

Skin care specialists, and physicians agree, “They’re especially effective when used after peels, microdermabrasion, micro-needling, or any type of exfoliation. By using anti-aging skincare products that include growth factors, and stacking them with exfoliation and micro-needling, you can significantly stop or even reverse skin aging.”

Growth factor-spiked skin care is often more affordable than its injectable and laser counterparts, though not to be considered instead or in place of. So where do you get these growth factors? Right Here!

Make sure to follow-us or check back, for next week’s update on IS Clinical’s favorite Growth Factor: (Bio Identical) Copper Tri-Peptide: This ingredient is TRULY UNDERRATED and gives us back so much more than you would typically expect from an anti-aging product.

“Take a picture with me?”, “Let’s FaceTime!?”, “Selfie time!?”

ANSWER: “Nope, I have 7 chins!”

I hear this about 6-8 times a week. Friends, family, clients, you name it. Front facing camera action of any kind, is a NO-GO. No matter how close or how far, a text message could cover anything that needed to be discussed, and definitely shouldn’t require any form of selfie. When we first heard about Kybella, we almost didn’t believe it. PERMANENTLY remove FAT in the submental (chin profile) area? But HOW… and why have I not done this??

Submental fullness or an extended chin profile, as we like to call it, can be caused by a multitude of factors. Most commonly, however, is genetics. So yes, you can say, “Thanks, Mom”, or “Way to go, Gramps” (the genes are strong in this one), as this effects just as many men as it does women.

Time and time again, we’ve seen the constant personal struggle to eliminate ANY type of fat. You start with eating right, and power walking, but you still have that dreaded “extra” chin. Inquiring minds are dying to know, how does one exercise their under chin?

We’ve all seen YouTube videos of relentless embarrassment, showing different ways you can slap yourself until the fat is activated. Or different mouth opening movements, and stretches. We’ve even tried every possible over the counter cream and serum our friends and local stores have suggested. Still, no luck. So, back to the drawing board. This time, you’ll only need 1 option.

KYBELLA is the first and only FDA approved injectable that directly targets and destroys fat cells in the submental chin area! Minimal down time, a non-aggressive treatment, and done in 20 minutes, please tell us WHY have we waited this long?? Oh, yes, science sort of made us, but we digress.

With available treatments for lifting, tightening, and increasing cell turnover (none of which targets the problem), KYBELLA is a standalone product, making for dynamic differences in appearance, confidence and taking over the submental market all together! Why divide and conquer when you can define and contour?!

The active ingredient in KYBELLA is deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into the fat beneath your chin, KYBELLA causes the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat. Give us 3 months, only 90 days, and in as few as 3 visits (1 per month), you can say, “Bye-Bye” to however many chins you thought you had! You know you’ve committed more time than that to a gym you’ve never stepped foot in. (PS – You’re secret’s safe with us!)

Commitment is key with this treatment product. You may see improvement from the very first appointment, but it’s important to remember that you NEED ALL 3 appointments to be completed, before your maximum result can be achieved. Most physicians prefer to not even gauge a client’s result on only the first session, since there’s still so much magic to behold.

A treatment this safe and effective can still only be done by medical professionals, and though almost every person is a candidate, consultations are strongly recommended to create your own personal treatment regimen.

We invite you to come in and see our individual before and after photos, or just ask anyone here, and they’ll
gladly show you how to take a stand to that front facing camera and put your best chin forward.

Is there anything worse than putting on your bikini and getting a look at your backside? It isn’t fair. For most of us, we could spend our lives at the gym, cut carbs, or even starve ourselves, and it makes very little difference in the way that our skin appears. The problem is that we are going about it the wrong way. You can spend countless hours at the gym doing butt lifts, lunges, and squats, but all that you are really doing is making the situation worse.

 

The truth is that the ripple effect that you see on your behind, and in other problematic areas, has nothing to do with your exercise regimen, or even what you put in your mouth. It has more to do with age and your genetics. Cellulite can’t be taken care of through exercise; it only makes the fat cells that cause the ripple effect come closer to the surface of the skin and stand out more.

 

When you try to spot reduce through exercise what you do is build muscle. Muscle is an excellent way to speed up your metabolism to burn fat, which in theory should take care of cellulite, but that would only be true if cellulite were only about fat. Cellulite is a condition of the skin, not one related to how fat you are. That is why even the skinniest woman at any beach can have the biggest cellulite problem.
When you build muscle, it pushes up against the skin, which can actually make your cellulite more prominent. So, by spending hours beating yourself up, you aren’t helping the cause. Although frustrating, don’t lose heart, there is a way to do away with that cottage cheese look that can plummet even the most body-secure woman out there.

 

Endermologie is a process that helps to stimulate blood flow and reduce cellulite. An FDA approved treatment that really works; it helps to “shrink” fat cells that are responsible for cellulite on a cellular level. A deep massage treatment, it increases blood flow and oxygen to the tissue where the cellulite lies. Endermologie works by stimulating the metabolism around fat cells. The deep massage forces the skin to squeeze the cells located just beneath the skin and compress the dimpling effect of them.

 

The massaged cells are compressed to the point where they release fluid and shrink. The fluid that is removed through the treatment is reabsorbed into the skin and then excreted from your body through sweat or urination. So, not only does Endermologie work to decrease the size of fat cells and the ripple look, but it also helps to reduce any puffiness that can accumulate in the most inconvenient areas.

 

The difference between exercise and Endermologie is that Endermologie works by targeting specific areas of the body. Spot reduction exercise isn’t possible, and even if it were, it would do nothing to help the appearance of the skin. Save yourself from painful hours at the gym that may be making it all worse and give Blue Medi Spa an opportunity to do away with those fat cells for good without any effort on your part.