Posts Tagged ‘hyperpigmentation’

Dermaplaning at Rejuvenate Rx

Our clients absolutely love dermaplaning!

Dermaplaning is a great way to exfoliate down to newer skin using a fine blade to remove old skin cells.   Although it is a very effective treatment, few people are aware of this technique and fewer practitioners perform it.   Dermaplaning requires medical equipment and specialized training to perform properly.

Despite the skill set needed to perform it, dermaplaning is a very simple, safe and effective treatment.  Nowadays, many medical estheticians and physicians choose dermaplaning as their method of choice for clinical exfoliation.   This technique also allows  superior product penetration when coupled with other medical-grade exfoliation procedures.  As an added bonus say “Good-bye” to facial fuzz and “Hello” to gorgeous makeup.

Want to improve texture, tone, pigmentation, hydration and fine lines all in one treatment?  Dermaplaning is outstanding by itself however at Rejuvenate Rx we use it principally as the first step in our rejuvenating treatment known as the SkinCeuticals MicroPeel.    Come in to try this premier anti-aging corrective skin care treatment (affectionately known as “the peel without any peeling.”) There is no downtime; your skin will not be red or irritated and the results are spectacular.

Consultations are complimentary.  Come in and see us or call (509)290-6149 to find out more.

Time for Being TrueTM

BeingTrueRejuvenate Rx and Being TrueTM Cosmetics combine resources to celebrate who we are and all we aspire to be. Like Shakespeare professed, “To thine own self be true.” Well Spokane, here is a great option for you to look and feel your beautiful self. Anti-aging makeup artistry is here at your fingertips.
Our new makeup line arrives next week and it will be a delicate balance to keep on the shelves. Being TrueTM is a professional line that is focused on dermatological health with antioxidants to protect skin from free radical damage, correct existing age spots; and SPF to prevent further sun damage. Yes, all that goodness plus art! The many color choices and formulations are highly desirable for any consumer or pro. Through the technology and a diverse color palette, we can further promote self-confidence and the notion of being exactly you.
Our makeup artist is here Monday through Saturday to consult with you on how to achieve any look or feel you desire. Through the art of blending, color theory, balance, proportion, value and simple design, Being TrueTM has never been so productive and enlightening.
We offer complimentary color-matching. Stop by when you are ready to explore Being TrueTM.

Happenings at Rejuvenate Rx

Since we, “the new kids in town” opened in June of 2012 we have been growing and garnering recognition as the “place to go” for corrective skincare, injectables and esthetic services in Spokane and the surrounding areas.

We’ve added some services including eyelash extensions and spider vein treatments.  Plus, you’ve been telling your friends about Dr. Gwyn’s skills at BotoxTM, JuvedermTM; and removing age spots and other sun damage with her special treatments.

Now we are entering into another phase of our evolution:  A new location!  We couldn’t be more excited about joining the premiere businesses at the Wandemere Village West (picture Starbucks, Mel’s, Sweet Frostings…) We expect to transition to the new space in mid-May.  We will be expanding our available days, hours and staff once we are in our new home.

We are grateful for your friendship and support–and definitely enjoying this ride. Come join in the fun!

 

Cute cheeks with VolumaTM at Rejuvenate Rx

Cute cheeks with VolumaTM at Rejuvenate Rx

Wrinkles and age spots aren’t the only problems as we age. There is another large part of the aging equation: Volume loss.  Volume loss in the cheeks causes our faces to flatten which causes the skin on our faces to migrate lower and look saggy.

Before Juvederm Voluma XC and 1 month post-treatment. A total of 3.5 ml was injected into the cheek area.

Enter VolumaTM from Allergan.  VolumaTM is the first and only FDA approved filler to add volume to the cheek area, mainly on the cheek bone.  VolumaTM gives you back lifted, youthful, cute cheeks for up to 2 years.   There is very little, if any recovery time and your results are instant.

We are happy to share with you more information over the phone or in complimentary office consultation.  Give us a call at (509)290-6149.

–Dr. Gwyn

Chemical Peels, the Unsung Heroes in Skin Rejuvenation

They may have fallen off the radar screens among those sexy sounding laser procedures for skin anti-aging techniques;   but the simple truth behind the power of chemical peels is “They work.”

Chemical Peels have been clinically shown to build collagen and elastin in the dermis of the skin.  The dermis is the layer of skin that “plumps from within.”  Chemical Peels also cause rapid exfoliation of millions of layers of dead skin cells and speed cellular turnover—hence the radiance and glowing complexion.  Over time, chemical peels are your best ally against hyperpigmentation and blotchiness, especially when specifically formulated with anti-pigmentation ingredients.   Acne is another condition that benefits greatly from clinical chemical peels.

An even nicer truth about certain chemical peels such as SkinCeuticals MicroPeels TM is that they leave your skin smooth, hydrated and glowing.  There is no down time.  There is no redness or flaking.

Last, but not least:  The cost of a series of MicroPeels is much less than a single laser treatment and certainly less than a series of laser treatments.

If you would like to know more about our anti-aging treatments at Rejuvenate Rx, please call us at (509)290-6149.  –Dr. Gwyn

 

No More Hyperpigmentation Here!

Age spots, giant freckles and dark patches can be very frustrating for both patients and the skin specialist. One, because improvement takes time and two, if not done correctly, therapies such as laser and microdermabrasion can actually cause more hyperpigmentation.

Treating hyperpigmentation is a multifaceted process.  First, we must block or slow down the process of melanin production; second, we interfere with the delivery of melanin to skin cells and third, we break up the existing pigment clusters on the skin’s surfaces.

Vitamin C contributes to the first step of the treatment process along with antioxidant side-benefits. A pigment regulation medication comes next.  In the past, dermatologists used hydroquinone 4% to block pigment formation, however questions of long-term toxicity are now cause for concerns (and bans in Europe.)  I recommend SkinCeuticals Pigment Regulator which covers all three steps of the treatment process.  To augment the exfoliation process, retinols can be added to the treatment regimen if your skin tolerates them.  They contribute to the interruption of the melanin clusters and they accelerate epidermal cell turnover. Sun protection is the final, essential step in any treatment and prevention program for hyperpigmentation.

Topical, at-home treatments work gradually.  The process of hyperpigmentation occurred over many months and the time-frame for an at-home treatment is the same.  Be patient and persistent with your treatment program.  The good news with Pigment Regulator is that it can be used as a maintenance therapy year-round as part of your regular skin regimen if you are at high risk for hyperpigmentation.

Clinical epidermal peels in series can be very effective for most pigmentation issues.  Combined with home therapy, pigmentation can be improved greatly. We have peels specifically designed to treat hyperpigmentation at Rejuvenate Rx.

Call us if you would like to learn more!  Consultation is complimentary.  –Dr. Gwyn

The Destructive Duo: Blemishes and Aging

Many of us suffered through acne during our teen years with reassurances that the acne would “only be for a few more years.”   “It’ll go away soon dear,” was the advice we heard from our parents, family members and even our doctors.

For some of us, those reassuring words were true.  For others of us…..not so much.   For some reason we continue to be plagued with the acne scourge well past our teens, twenties and even into our thirties, forties and fifties.   Somewhere in our thirties and forties onward we also have to pay more attention to sun damage and other skin changes associated with aging.

SkinCeuticals Blemish and Age Defense serum is a novel acne treatment that pairs blemish therapy/prevention with the benefits of anti-aging properties.  The formulation has been shown to reduce sebum production, decrease the growth of P.acnes bacteria, minimize hyperpigmentation and fight inflammation.  It also promotes efficient and uniform exfoliation of dead skin cells, and thus keeps pores clear and complexion bright.  In fact, in a recent head-to- head study published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology in June 2012 Blemish and Age Defense out performed a popular prescription acne therapy.  Blemish and Age Defense  is a great therapy for teenagers as well; after all, it’s never too early to prevent skin damage!

For more information, call us or visit our website at Rejuvenate-Rx.com   –Dr. Gwyn

“Arrrgh” is for Rosacea!

If you have Rosacea, you have sensitive skin.  Not just sensitive skin–Hyper–sensitive skin.  I’m not talking sensitive in the usual sense of eczema or allergic skin types.  I’m talking exaggerated skin responses to substances and products at which normal skin might merely scoff.   This is why we get inflammation in structures of the facial skin.  That is also why our skin reacts in a “bad way” to many treatments that we have tried. Whether it’s excessive redness, soreness, flaking, bumps, cysts or pimples; Rosacea is physically and emotionally distressing.  Untreated, Rosacea causes the skin to thicken in some areas like the nose and forehead;  it also causes excess surface blood vessel formation on our faces; and don’t forget the permanent scarring and/or hyperpigmentation from inflamed cysts and pimples.

Rosacea is more common than you think.  It reportedly affects women three times more than men; however this may be due to the fact that men typically do not report the condition.  About 10% of people in North America are affected to some degree with Rosacea.

All people with Rosacea suffer embarrassing skin changes depending to the extent that their skin is affected.  All forms of Rosacea are challenging when it comes to treatment.  Forms of Rosacea that mimic acne conditions can be extremely troublesome to control, especially given their psychological effects.

At Rejuvenate Rx, we take your skin seriously.  We have expertise in managing all forms of Rosacea.  We will work closely to help you find which products and treatments work best for you.  Because we have a licensed physician on site, we are able to provide a fusion of prescription and non-prescription clinical care that is the right mix to help control the Arrrgh’s.  –Dr. Gwyn