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Ultherapy: your VIP invitation

Ultherapy: your VIP invitation
Rejuvenate Rx Launches Ultherapy® … The Non-Invasive Facelift
Join us for an exclusive event!
• Presentation on Ultherapy®, demonstrations, & mini treatments
• Plenty of treats, vino, giveaways, & hospitality
• Please RSVP, there are only a few spaces available
• January 29, 2015 | 4pm – 6pm | 509.290.6149
Ultherapy® is the only non-invasive procedure cleared by the FDA to lift skin on the neck, under the chin, and on the eyebrow.
Need a lift? Would you like to appear more bright-eyed, enjoy smoother skin, and look younger? No, you don’t need surgery. Rejuvenate Rx now offers Ultherapy®  – According to Ulthera, Inc. (founded in 2004), this time-tested ultrasound energy helps lift and tighten the skin naturally, without surgery or downtime. ”Ultrasound energy” is the science of sound waves that humans can’t hear.
Ultherapy® delivers energy to the connective tissue below the skin and heats the skin at the same time – the combination creates an excellent lifting and tightening of the skin. Ultherapy® can focus the energy to the spots where you need collagen to regenerate itself, without cutting or disrupting the surface of the skin.
Rejuvenate’s Dr. Gwyneth Blattau-Gay says, “We’re so excited to offer Ultherapy®, we’ll be able to have an even stronger impact on anti-aging for our clients. Plus, the technique suits our mission of offering access to healthy, non-invasive skin care for a more youthful appearance.”
Dr. Gwyn and her team have been smoothing wrinkles and nurturing skin with innovative techniques and great preventative products, including SkinCeuticals, since Rejuvenate Rx opened on the North Side nearly three years ago. Rejuvenate Rx opened in its brand new, customized location this summer (Wanderemere shopping area).
You’re a good candidate for Ultherapy® if your skin has started to feel and look less firm. Dr. Gwyn says, “We can tighten up a lowered eyebrow line, loose skin on the neck, sagging under the chin, and lines or wrinkles on your chest. It’s awesome!

Rejuvenate Rx’s Holiday Open House— we are so thankful for YOU!

You have become our friends and cheerleaders. We are so grateful for your respect and confidence in referring us to your friends and family… these are true gifts.

We are especially excited we’ll get a chance to hang out with you at our open house on Thursday, December 12th from 4-6 pm. AKA, “the gratitude party”. We want to treat you to special deals just for you, swag bags, chair massages, cool demos and groovy prize.  There will be some yummy snacks and champagne (which is always a plus.)

Let’s celebrate a year’s hard work and joy moments, and toast a new year of fabulous, healthy skin.

Can’t wait to see you there!

–Dr. Gwyn, Kim and Chris at Rejuvenate Rx

Are you angry?

Glabellar lines (also called frown lines) are vertical lines that appear between the eyebrows as we get older.  Over time, repeated muscle contraction combined with less skin elasticity results in those lines becoming visible even when we are not frowning.   As we age, muscles may also develop some residual tonicity (incomplete muscle relaxation) that makes the creases visible even when we are “relaxed.”

What to do about it?

Refraining from knitting your eyebrows is one technique for avoiding glabellar creases.  This may work for those of us who are able to employ this strategy.  I tend to knit my brows at the slightest need for concentration (epic fail on that one although I did try.)

Proper skin care, good hydration, sunglasses and healthy lifestyle choices may help decrease the appearance of the lines once they appear however there is no evidence to suggest that they are treatments for glabellar lines in and of themselves.

A neuromodulator such as Botoxtm is far and away the best treatment for glabellar creases.   These medications block nerve impulses that cause muscle contractions and allow the muscles to relax.  The overlying skin is then able to smooth out; improving or eliminating those glabellar creases.   A typical treatment with Botoxtm  for the glabellar area is 20 units for women and 30 units for men; but remember that the amount of Botoxtm  needed to achieve the desired result varies from person to person.

You should also know that Botoxtm  takes 3 days to take effect and 14 days before the full effect is reached;  therefore, you should always return to your injector after two weeks to determine if your results are optimal or if a little more medication is needed.   Once you are optimally treated, the effects of Botoxtm will generally last from 3-5 months, depending on how actively you contract your muscles and other factors such as exercise and metabolism.  You can plan for treatment 3-4 times a year as a guide.

“I have never met anyone who’s had Botoxtm  done well who didn’t want to do it again.”

–Dr. Gwyn  @ Rejuvenate Rx—your prescription for healthy skin

 

Ah autumn! (And Acne?)

Crisp air, warm fireplaces, beautiful foliage, acne breakouts……Yes, fall is the season of acne flares.  The cooler, drier weather pulls moisture from the surface of the skin.  Oils become a little more viscous and sluggish when moving up through the pores.  The result is more dead skin cells on the surface and more plugged pores below; not a good combination for those of us who are prone to acne.

I would like to share some tips for curbing the willingness of our skin to misbehave in the cooler weather.

#1—Don’t over-dry your skin.  I know the tendency is to use harsher, drying acne formulations when our skin is breaking out.  But don’t!  This only increases the amount of dry skin cells on the surface.  Your skin senses dehydration and produces even more oil which promotes bacterial activity.  Use low foaming or even lotion cleansers.

#2–Exfoliate but don’t traumatize your skin.  Use smooth, round exfoliating beads rather than sharp, ground seed pods (like apricot shells.)  Use salicylic-acid products to promote gentle cell by cell exfoliation without over-drying your skin.  Now would also be the time to get a professional facial that includes a mild chemical peel.

#3—Moisturize your skin.   Use a light moisturizing lotion for daytime and a heavier, more emollient moisturizer at night.  Apply the moisturizer after cleaning your face while the skin is still damp to seal in precious moisture.  I prefer to skip the moisturizers that have alpha-hydroxy acids in them; instead I prefer to use cleansers that have salicylic or alpha-hydroxy acids (that are then rinsed off.)

#4—Spot treat with formulations that contain salicylic acid rather than benzoyl peroxide.  Salicylic acid penetrates the spot without over-drying your skin the way BP can.

If you are still struggling with unresolved complexion issues please give us a call (509)290-6149 for other treatments, including prescription solutions.  Consultations are always complimentary.  At Rejuvenate Rx we love working with you to clear up acne and promote beautiful healthy skin.

Enjoy every season!

–Dr. Gwyn

New at Rejuvenate Rx –Sclerotherapy!

We are very excited to offer sclerotherapy services at Rejuvenate Rx.   Sclerotherapy is an injection therapy that works to eliminate unsightly spider veins on your legs or just about anywhere else.

Spider veins or telangiectasias are small thin veins that lie close to the surface of the skin; although they are considered mainly a “cosmetic” problem, they can cause sensations of burning or itching at times.

Sclerotherapy is the method for eliminating superficial spider veins by the injection of a “sclerosing” agent directly into the affected blood vessels using a very fine needle.  The result is closure and the eventual disappearance of the spider veins.

Most of the time you will require several sessions to achieve your desirable result; although certain blood vessels will be successfully treated on the first session, there are usually many vessels that need treatment over a few visits.  The number of treatments you need depends on how many areas need treatment and how many blood vessels there are.

To help achieve the best results we will meet with you at least 1 week prior to your first procedure to review medical history, discuss the procedure and review aftercare protocols.

We look forward to seeing you.  Give us a call at (509) 290-6149 if you want to know more about what we can do for you at Rejuvenate Rx!

–Dr. Gwyn

Break the Acne Cycle

Acne breakouts are caused by blocked pores (follicles.)  We don’t know all the reasons that the follicles become obstructed, but when they do oil that is produced in oil glands cannot exit the pores to moisturize the skin effectively.  Instead, the sebum (oil) along with skin cells along the pore becomes trapped.  The combination forms a sticky plug which effectively traps bacteria in the pore where they multiply and cause inflammation.

One of the most effective treatments for acne, used alone or in combination with other therapies is chemical peels.

At Rejuvenate Rx, we specialize in both chemical peels and other acne treatments.  If you have been frustrated by acne we would love to help you.  Call (509) 290-6149 to learn more.  –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

 

Nose-waxing Newsflash for Men and Women

As we get older, hair starts to grow in all sorts of places that one could consider unsightly.  Unfortunately, this hair can also be difficult to remove.  Nose hair is a very common area of unwanted extra hair growth.  This can be improved by waxing the hair instead of using alternative methods. Although you have other ways of removing nose hair, waxing truly makes the most sense.

Nose-hair trimmer. This will give you quick results but you will be left with stubble and the hair will begin to grow back almost immediately.

Scissors: With this option you are again left with stubble and the hair grows back quickly as well. Accidental cuts are common.

Hair removal creams: Not recommended for the nose due to a high probability of chemical burns in the nostril and respiratory side effects.

Tweezers: Ouch! This will take a long time if you are removing a large amount of hair. It will also be painful as you are pulling hairs out one at a time or a few at a time at best.

Electrolysis:  This involves a needle that penetrates the skin and is placed next to the hair follicle. It then sends an electric current to destroy the root and the dead hair must then be tweezed. The needle must be inserted into every single hair follicle which is hard to do with a small area such as the nose.  Prepare for hours of pain.

Waxing: This procedure literally takes about a minute per nostril. You get long-lasting results because the hair is removed in its entirety. A new hair must grow back in its place which will take weeks.  Our esthetician has great technique for this procedure—don’t watch internet videos, she uses a very different technique which we would be happy to explain to you on the phone or in person.

Instead of incorporating a hair removal method that requires everyday management, choose waxing and get back living life without worrying about those unattractive nose hairs. Kim Jarrell our licensed esthetician at Rejuvenate Rx is well-known for her gentle touch and expertise in waxing.  Make an appointment for services or complimentary consultation at (509)290-6149.

–Dr. Gwyn

Virgin coconut oil bests mineral oil for dermatitis, xerosis

Here is a great article on virgin coconut oil as therapy for both eczema and xerosis (very dry skin) – Dr. Gwyn

By: SHARON WORCESTER, Skin & Allergy News Digital Network

MIAMI BEACH – Virgin coconut oil is superior to mineral oil for lessening both the signs and symptoms of mild to moderate atopic dermatitis in children and senile xerosis in elderly adults, according to findings from separate randomized controlled studies.

In the pediatric atopic dermatitis study, 117 children were randomized to receive 8 weeks of twice-daily topical application of either virgin coconut oil (VCO) or mineral oil. Of those treated with VCO, 93% experienced improvement on the Scoring Atopic Dermatitis (SCORAD) index, compared with 53% of those treated with mineral oil. An excellent response, defined as 75% or greater improvement on SCORAD, occurred in 46% and 19% of the patients in the VCO and mineral oil groups, respectively, Dr. Mara Therese P. Evangelista reported at the annual meeting of the American Contact Dermatitis Society.

The children treated with topical VCO were 85% more likely to experience treatment success than those treated with mineral oil, said Dr. Evangelista, a resident at Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center, Manila, Philippines.

Like mineral oil, VCO has both occlusive and emollient properties. But unlike mineral oil, it is believed to have both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, Dr. Evangelista said.

In this double-blind study, the VCO was significantly more effective than mineral oil on all subjective and objective measures, including SCORAD, transepidermal water loss, and skin capacitance, she noted.

Treatment was safe and well tolerated; no differences were noted between the groups with respect to adverse effects.

VCO, which is readily available in health food stores and in many Asian food markets, represents an effective and inexpensive alternative to other commercially available moisturizers for the treatment of atopic dermatitis in children, Dr. Evangelista concluded.

Similarly, in the senile xerosis study, 148 patients with mild to moderate leg xerosis were randomized to receive 2 weeks of twice-daily application of either VCO or mineral oil. The therapeutic response rate was 32.1% in those treated with VCO, compared with 8.9% for those treated with mineral oil, Dr. Mariecon Escuadro reported in a poster at the meeting.

VCO treatment was associated with significant improvement on most subjective and objective measures used in this assessor-blinded study, including the Overall Disability Sum Score (ODSS), patient-assessed efficacy, corneometer reading, and sebumeter reading (relative risk reductions of 60.5%, 27.6%, 51.75%, and 55.5%, respectively), said Dr. Escuadro of the University of the Philippines, Manila.

Scores on the Filipino Dermatology Life Quality Index did not differ significantly between the two groups, nor did adverse events.

VCO in this study was associated with effective and immediate improvement in senile xerosis of the legs in elderly patients, Dr. Escuadro said.

The ACDS Annual Meeting Review Committee reported resolving any real or apparent conflicts of interest prior to presentations being made at the annual meeting.

04/16/13  

 



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Major finding: Children with atopic dermatitis treated with VCO showed a 93% improvement in the SCORAD index, versus a 53% improvement for those treated with mineral oil. Therapeutic response rates in elderly adults with senile xerosis were 32.1% and 8.9% for treatment with VCO and mineral oil, respectively.

Data source: Two randomized controlled trials.

Disclosures: The ACDS Annual Meeting Review Committee reported resolving any real or apparent conflicts of interest prior to presentations being made at the annual meeting.

ACNE Talking points

Just as our approach to skin rejuvenation is multifaceted; at Rejuvenate Rx we approach acne care from several different directions.
Home skincare combined with prescription care is a good foundation, however in my opinion all individuals with acne can benefit from office procedures.

Chemical peels, cryotherapy and other acne procedures are extremely helpful in controlling and clearing acne.   They help to clear pores, increase cellular turnover and speed resolution of stubborn acne lesions.

Good to know as well: There are quick fixes even for problematic acne lesions the day before a big event.

Combined with the proper skincare program, corrective procedures and professional maintenance have proven to be great strategies to get your skin clear and keep you clear for the long run.

If you would like to know more about acne treatments at Rejuvenate Rx call us at (509) 290-6149 or find us on Facebook.