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Treatment for Getting Rid of Double Chin

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 17, 2018
What is Kybella?

Do you have some extra fullness beneath your chin? Maybe it’s something you’ve had your whole life, something that developed over the years, or something you noticed recently. This is a condition called submental fullness, which some people refer to as “double chin.”

Both men and women may be affected by submental fullness, which can be caused by:

  • Weight Gain
  • Genetics
  • Aging

You don’t have to be overweight to have fullness under your chin. And sometimes, no matter how much you exercise or diet, the condition may not go away.

Bothered by Double Chin?

You’re not alone. According to a 2015 survey conducted by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS):

67 % of people surveyed said they are bothered by the fat beneath their chin.

In fact, the survey results showed that people are just as bothered by submental fullness as they are by lines and wrinkles around and under their eyes.

KYBELLA May Help Improve Your Chin Profile

If you’re interested in a nonsurgical way to reduce submental fullness, also known as double chin, KYBELLA® may be right for you. KYBELLA® is a first-of-its-kind injectable treatment for adults with submental fullness that destroys fat cells under the chin to improve your profile. This could be the best way to get rid of double chin.

For more information on this month's Kybella Special for getting rid of double chin, contact Radiant Remedies in Plymouth, MA.

Microneedling vs. Microdermabrasion: What is the Difference?

Joseph Coupal - Monday, June 25, 2018
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Microdermabrasion is a skin rejuvenation procedure that has been used in the United States since the mid-1990s, so medical providers and many patients are familiar with it. In fact, less extensive types of microdermabrasion can be performed at spas and even at home. Microneedling is a much newer alternative that is rapidly gaining popularity because of it’s many benefits. So, what’s the difference between microneedling and microdermabrasion?

Microneedling vs. Microdermabrasion - H2
Microdermabrasion Exfoliates Surface Skin - h3

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery says this is one of the top five non-surgical procedures performed by medical providers. Using a mechanical device, the provider treats the skin surface with an ablative material such as sodium bicarbonate crystals to scrub off dead and dull surface skin cells. The device simultaneously uses suction, to stimulate circulation in the skin. The result is smoother looking skin.

Because microdermabrasion is non-invasive, there is little to no discomfort with the procedure. Treatments take between 30 and 60 minutes and there is no downtime afterward, so this is sometimes called the “lunch hour” procedure. Microdermabrasion is used to reduce the appearance of pore size, fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, stretch marks, and acne scars on many parts of the body. It is suitable for most – but not all – skin types.

Medical microdermabrasion produces the deepest results because providers can use medical grade equipment and products. However, many aesthetic spas can perform a “lighter” variation of the procedure that is relaxing and can produce visible – but more subtle – results. There are also over-the-counter microdermabrasion products and kits available for use at home. These produce the least visible results.

Microneedling Stimulates New Skin h3 The microneedling process reaches skin below the surface. The procedure creates many microscopic punctures in the skin’s outer layers. This is sometimes called collagen induction therapy because the process stimulates the body’s production of collagen and elastin during the wound healing response. It is used to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, and stretch marks on the body.

Initially, microneedling was delivered via a dermal roller, a small device embedded with tiny surgical steel needles that are rolled over the treatment area. Dermarollers have also been promoted for at-home use, especially to reduce acne scars, but the process is painful and not very effective.

The SkinPen microneedling device has revolutionized microneedling, offering improved results compared to dermarollers. SkinPen is more sanitary because it uses disposable needle cartridges. It’s physical design enables clinicians to easily reach small areas. Microneedling sessions are short and require little downtime.

With SkinPen, the microneedling procedure combines state-of-the-art technology with advanced skin care products specifically formulated to enhance the patient’s experience. Post-procedure products contain essential ingredients that lubricate, soothe, and nourish the skin. Equally important, they are free of ingredients that could interfere with healing. As a result, these products work as a catalyst to help the skin’s tiny wounds heal faster.

One of microneedling’s greatest advantages is that it is safe and effective for every skin type. If you are considering either microneedling or microdermabrasion, consult with Radiant Remedies in Plymouth, MA to learn more.

Microneedling Success With SkinPen

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Doctors and patients alike from all over the world have been celebrating SkinPen® microneedling.

This is a video testimonial from Kimberly, who had recently completed her SkinPen treatments.

Results with SkinPen

We asked Kimberly why she chose SkinPen to treat her acne scars. Here’s what she said, “When I started with SkinPen, I didn’t know what to expect. I’ve done lasers, I’ve done microdermabrasion and I just expected the same result. When I do laser treatments, they truly are painful and I wanted to have something that was not as abrasive. More natural.” Kimberly said that once she began her first treatment, “I knew! This was it. It wasn’t painful, there was no downtime, I loved it!”

The SkinPen Process

Under the bright lights, Kimberly shared about how easy her SkinPen process was. Doctors and Medical Spas are now overwhelmingly choosing SkinPen for their patients. The most important thing to look for is how safe it is. Is it FDA-cleared for the service that we are providing? The second, is it effective?

As of today, SkinPen is the only legally marketed microneedling device in the U.S. For more information on microneedling before and after with SkinPen, contact Radiant Remedies in Plymouth, MA.

Can a Chemical Peel Improve My Skin?

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Radiant Remedies, Plymouth, MAChemical peeling is a procedure that aims to accelerate skin exfoliation by the use of chemical substances resulting in renewed, healthier looking skin and more uniform complexion.

What should I expect during the Vitalize Peel® procedure?

The complete treatment is expected to take 45 minutes, which includes ample time to address any questions you may have, and a discussion on your post peel care. The actual application procedure is approximately 20 minutes. Tolerance to the procedure varies from patient to patient. Tingling or burning sensations are normal and expected reactions. A handheld fan can be used during the procedure to minimize discomfort, which usually subsides in a few minutes.

How will my skin look right after the Vitalize Peel®?

Vitalize Peel® can leave a yellowish tinge on the skin which is expected to last no longer than 2-3 hours. Mild to moderate redness is expected after any type of chemical peel procedure. The extent of redness varies from patient to patient. The face may appear redder than usual for some time after the treatment and completely resolves after the peeling is complete.

Will I peel after receiving a Vitalize Peel® treatment?

Your skin care professional will provide you with in depth post-procedure instructions. Your post-peel regimen will include SkinMedica® Sensitive Skin Cleanser or Facial Cleanser, moisturizer appropriate for your skin type, and Essential Defense sunscreens (tinted or untinted).

How can I protect my skin post peel?

Since the new skin is more susceptible to sunburn, extra precautions should be taken to limit sun exposure for at least one week after the peel. It is imperative to use a broad spectrum sunscreen product with an SPF of 30 or higher.

After the Vitalize Peel® treatment, when can I resume my regular skin care regimen?

You can resume the use of your regular treatment products after you have completely finished peeling.

What results can I expect after the Vitalize Peel®?

After the Vitalize Peel®, patients will notice an improvement in the appearance of overall skin condition, diminishment in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, smoothness of skin texture, more even skin color, and improved skin clarity.

How often can I have the Vitalize Peel® treatments?

Vitalize Peel® treatments can be repeated every 3-4 weeks.

How many treatments are required?

Multiple treatments may be required to achieve desired results. The number of treatments is based on initial level of skin damage, and can vary from 3 to 6. The effect of the peel is cumulative and results are favorable when the peels are used in conjunction with SkinMedica® daily product regimen.

How do I maintain optimal results following Vitalize Peel®?

Vitalize Peel® is part of a skin management program that includes SkinMedica® home-use products. To maintain optimal results achieved with the Vitalize Peel® treatments, patients should use a daily skin care regimen recommended by a physician or skin care specialist.

Can pregnant or lactating women receive a Vitalize Peel®?

SkinMedica® peels should not be administered to pregnant or lactating women.

See our special on Vitalize and Illuminize Chemical Peels. Contact Radiant Remedies for more information.

How do Chemical Peels Improve the Skin?

Joseph Coupal - Monday, May 21, 2018

Radiant Remedies, Plymouth, MAChemical peeling is a procedure that aims to accelerate skin exfoliation by the use of chemical substances resulting in renewed, healthier looking skin and more uniform complexion.

Who can benefit from Chemical Peels?

SkinMedica® Peels address the visible skin imperfections that result from skin aging and sun exposure, such as fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin tone and texture. Peels also address skin tone unevenness that can be caused by acne scarring or pigmentary changes. SkinMedica® offers a range of different strength chemical peels that licensed medical professionals can select to provide the optimum treatment for their patients.

How do I decide which particular peel is most beneficial for me?

During the initial consultation, your skin care professional will evaluate your skin condition and recommend the appropriate peel regimen based on your needs.

Who is the ideal candidate for an Illuminize Peel®?

Illuminize Peel®, the gentlest SkinMedica® Peel is appropriate for first-time, chemical-peel patients, patients with mild skin imperfections or patients that are looking for brighter, more radiant skin with no downtime.

Can Illuminize Peel® be performed on patients with dark skin?

Illuminize Peel® is appropriate for all skin types.

Will I peel after receiving an Illuminize Peel®?

With Illuminize Peel® patients should not expect to see visible peeling due to the superficial nature of this peel. There is no expected downtime with Illuminize Peel®.

What can I expect immediately after having an Illuminize Peel®?

Most patients leave the office looking healthy and fresh. Mild redness or discoloration may occur and can be covered with makeup. Ask your physician or skin care specialist for details.

How long should I wait between Illuminize Peel® treatments?

For maximum results, the Illuminize Peel® can be received every two weeks until desired results are achieved. Results are cumulative and optimal benefits are seen with a series of three or more peels.

For more information on chemical peels, contact Radiant Remedies in Plymouth, MA.

Hair Restoration Treatment with PRP

Joseph Coupal - Monday, April 30, 2018

Radiant Remedies, Plymouth, MABy now you're probably familiar with, or at least have heard of the "vampire facial," a skin treatment that essentially uses your own blood to help facilitate a glowing, youthful complexion. What you probably haven't heard of is that there's a similar treatment for hair loss, and yes, it requires your blood, too.

It's called platelet-rich plasma, a.k.a. PRP. Here's how it works: Our blood is made of two main components, red blood cells, and plasma. The plasma contains white blood cells and platelets, which are rich in growth factors.

Growth factors, in a sense, play the role of messengers, signaling skin cells to function. In fact, they've been used in medicine to treat a range of health issues, including arthritis, signs of aging, etc. The good news for anyone with thinning hair is that growth factors can "help stimulate the activity of the hair follicles and promote new hair growth."

The use of PRP is "a great treatment option for hair loss because it has a number of scientifically based articles showing its efficacy increasing hair count, hair thickness, and the growth phase of the hair cycle.

The process.

As with most procedures, there is a careful process involved in using PRP for hair regrowth, beginning with a standard blood draw from the patient's arm. Next the tube of blood is put into a machine called a centrifuge, which spins the blood tube to separate out the red blood cells from the plasma. The plasma, rich in platelets, is then injected directly into the scalp at the level of the hair follicles.

The process is meticulous — with injections beginning across the scalp, approximately at every half inch over the area of thinning hair — but typically, the entire procedure takes less than a half hour.

Who it works for.

Anyone experiencing hair loss is essentially a good candidate for PRP treatments, but those with early hair loss tend to respond best. PRP is best used for patients with androgenic alopecia, which is a genetically determined type of hair thinning that typically occurs along the top of the head. In women, this might look like a widening part with normal hair thickness at the back of the head.

The results.

For best results, consistency is key. Treatments are typically performed once a month for the first three to four months, and then every three to six months thereafter, depending on the individual patient's response and results. Following this protocol, anticipated results can first be seen within two to three months.

The first result that patients usually note is decreased hair shedding, followed by early regrowth and increased length of hair. The general consensus is that receiving treatments every three to six months on a long-term basis are optimal for continuing to stimulate the growth factors and stem cells that are associated with regrowth and stopping hair fallout.

For more information on hair restoration treatment, contact Radiant Remedies.

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Microneedling vs. Microdermabrasion: What’s the Difference?

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Radiant Remedies, Plymouth, MAMicrodermabrasion is a skin rejuvenation procedure that has been used in the United States since the mid-1990s, so medical providers and many patients are familiar with it. In fact, less extensive types of microdermabrasion can be performed at spas and even at home. Microneedling is a much newer alternative that is rapidly gaining popularity because of it’s many benefits. So, what’s the difference between microneedling and microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion Exfoliates Surface Skin

This is one of the top five non-surgical procedures performed by medical providers. Using a mechanical device, the provider treats the skin surface with an ablative material to scrub off dead and dull surface skin cells. The device simultaneously uses suction, to stimulate circulation in the skin. The result is smoother looking skin.

Because microdermabrasion is non-invasive, there is little to no discomfort with the procedure. Treatments take between 30 and 60 minutes and there is no downtime afterward, so this is sometimes called the “lunch hour” procedure. Microdermabrasion is used to reduce the appearance of pore size, fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, stretch marks, and acne scars on many parts of the body. It is suitable for most – but not all – skin types.

Medical microdermabrasion produces the deepest results because providers can use medical grade equipment and products. However, many aesthetic spas can perform a “lighter” variation of the procedure that is relaxing and can produce visible – but more subtle – results. There are also over-the-counter microdermabrasion products and kits available for use at home. These produce the least visible results.

Microneedling Stimulates New Skin

The microneedling process reaches skin below the surface. The procedure creates many microscopic punctures in the skin’s outer layers. This is sometimes called collagen induction therapy because the process stimulates the body’s production of collagen and elastin during the wound healing response. It is used to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, and stretch marks on the body.

Initially, microneedling was delivered via a dermal roller, a small device embedded with tiny surgical steel needles that are rolled over the treatment area. Dermarollers have also been promoted for at-home use, especially to reduce acne scars, but the process is painful and not very effective.

The SkinPen microneedling device has revolutionized microneedling, offering improved results compared to dermarollers. SkinPen is more sanitary because it uses disposable needle cartridges. It’s physical design enables clinicians to easily reach small areas. Microneedling sessions are short and require little downtime.

With SkinPen, the microneedling procedure combines state-of-the-art technology with advanced skin care products specifically formulated to enhance the patient’s experience. Post-procedure products contain essential ingredients that lubricate, soothe, and nourish the skin. Equally important, they are free of ingredients that could interfere with healing. As a result, these products work as a catalyst to help the skin’s tiny wounds heal faster.

One of microneedling’s greatest advantages is that it is safe and effective for every skin type. Patients considering either microneedling or microdermabrasion should consult with a qualified, experienced provider to learn more.

For more information on microneedling or microdermabrasion, contact Radiant Remedies in Plymouth, MA.

Treat Age Spots, Sun Spots and Skin Tags

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Want to Know how to treat age spots, sun spots, and skin tags painlessly? A gentle and effective way to say goodbye to spots and tags that's quick effective and painless. Find out if CryoClear is a good solution for your skin type.

For more information, contact Radiant Remedies.

PRP Rejevenating Facials are Still Trending

Joseph Coupal - Monday, March 12, 2018

Radiant Remedies, Plymouth, MAPerhaps one of the most talked about procedures on the market right now is the vampire facial: the craze started back in 2013, when we learned that Kim Kardashian was incorporating them into her beauty regimen.

Unsurprisingly, the trend continues to grow. Users continue to have a great interest in no-injection, non-invasive treatments. Anecdotally, there has been an increasing number of physicians and med spa's expand their services to include PRP/Vampire facials and Microneedling.

Meanwhile, RealSelf released the statistics to prove it, revealing that, accounting for site growth, the number of visits from users to the Vampire Facelift grew 25%.

First things first, what is a PRP Facial?

PRP stands for platelet rich plasma. PRP is taken from your blood and applied to (PRP Facial) or injected into (PRP facelift) your skin. The PRP facial utilizes the nutrients and growth factors from a sample of the patient’s own blood and combines them with the benefits of microneedling, or, in the case of the PRP facelift, can be injected into the skin. Both processes revitalize the skin, leaving it refreshed and rejuvenated—ultimately, the skin is stimulated and produces more collagen.

What does the PRP Facial entail?

First, a sample of blood is taken, just like when you get routine blood tests performed. Generally, one tube—or a little more than one and a half teaspoons of blood—is drawn from the arm of choice.

Next, the sample is spun in a centrifuge so that the platelet rich plasma can be isolated. Sometimes red blood cells are mixed with this, and that translates to a red hue on the skin when the mixture is applied.

After the area to be treated is made numb with a topical numbing cream and thoroughly cleaned and prepped, a microneedling device can be used. This device uses several sterile, ultrafine needles that create small, superficial wounds in a highly controlled way.

Is it Painful?

The procedure sounds scary but with the right amount of numbing, it can be painless and effortless! While microneedling is going on, platelet rich plasma is intermittently applied to the skin. It can either be applied to the skin itself or injected into the skin (the PRP facelift). It is important that you are treated by an experienced professional who specializes in this type of treatment.

What's the Downtime?

Downtime is minimal and most patients can return to normal activity the following day—some feel comfortable resuming normal activities even on the day of treatment.

What can a PRP Facial do for you?

It can help rejuvenate facial and neck skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and certain types of scars. With a series of treatments, collagen production is stimulated, leading to smoother, softer skin. Facial rejuvenation can also come in the form of a more “awake” appearance. If you decide to supplement PRP treatments with fillers, under eye bags and sagging skin can also be addressed, as these can provide more volume in areas of the face that thin out or appear more hollow over time.

When will I see results?

Depending on the microneedling device used, a series of four treatments (separated by 4-6 weeks) is typically performed, and benefits build over time with each additional treatment. Results aren’t usually noticeable until after a few treatments, but based on my experience, improvements can be noticeable earlier in some patients.

Why does this work?

The secret is in the platelet rich plasma, which contains key growth factors that possess regenerative and revitalizing properties that stimulate wound healing and collagen production, which is why it is believed to help reduce fine lines and scarring and improve the texture and radiance of the skin.

Is PRP right for you?

Depending on what your goals are, there are several different treatments that can rejuvenate and revitalize the skin with little to no downtime. If acne, melasma, and/or pigmentation are your main concerns, PRP might not be for you. In that case, a micro-peel, photo-facial, laser resurfacing or topical treatments might be the best options.

But if you’re looking for overall facial rejuvenation or for the treatment of targeted areas such as fine lines or volume loss in the cheeks or under the eyes or you’re weary of fillers or laser treatments, then facial PRP treatments might be a great alternative for you.

For more information on PRP skin Facials, contact Radiant Remedies in Plymouth, MA.

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Tips for Getting Your Skin Ready for Spring

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Radiant Remedies, Plymouth, MAHaving a skincare routine is important. If you don’t have a daily routine, you’re more likely to have frequent breakouts and problems controlling the texture of your skin. Spring is right around the corner, so here are some tips for getting your skin ready for spring and summer!

Switch to Lighter Products

Different times of the year require different types of skin care products and services. The last products you should be using going into summertime are creamy cleansers, intense moisturizers, and heavy makeup. Gradually shifting your skin in Spring is the way to go. As the humidity and temperatures rise, the amount of dirt and oil on your skin does, too. Switch it up to light moisturizers or serums, foaming cleaners, and BB creams for fresh and light wear.

Exfoliate a Few Times a Week

During the spring and summertime, we tend to put extra products on our face. This is another reason it’s important to switch to lighter products during these seasons. Because of these additional products, we should be exfoliating our skin more often. Exfoliating a couple of times a week is vital to get rid of all the extra dirt, oil, and sunscreen off of your entire body. Keep in mind, exfoliating means our skin is more exposed and prone to burning. Make sure you are applying enough sunscreen daily.

Protect With Sunscreen

We cannot stress enough how important sunscreen is! We often hear the excuse, “but my makeup has sunscreen in it.” You could not cake on enough makeup to properly protect your face. We also often forget about our neck and below our necks. Make sure you are applying sunscreen to all three areas daily. Our faces aren’t the only places that age; we cannot forget that those other two areas need just as much protection.

Are you interested in a facial or collagen induction therapy or any of our other services to get a jump start on Spring? Contact Radiant Remedies in Plymouth, MA.

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