Stretch Marks

How to Reduce Stretch Marks and Cellulite After Pregnancy

By | Stretch Marks

Pregnancy means many things: you get a baby out of the months of bodily changes, cravings and other issues. Sadly, you also get those stretch marks and cellulite that come with almost every pregnancy. This leaves many women deeply distressed and wondering just how to remove stretch marks and cellulite after pregnancy. At Juvia Medspa we see many patients worried that they won’t be able to reclaim their former appearance or figure.

The good news is that simple dieting and exercise are two great ways to start to conquer issues like cellulite. Unfortunately, even weight loss cannot eliminate those stretch marks. Let’s understand why they occurred and then consider some valid ways of dealing with them. (Hint: We’ll also look at a few good remedies for cellulite, too).

What Are Stretch Marks

You may have moisturized and tried hard to prevent stretch marks as your baby grew and your body changed, but for most women it can feel like a losing battle. With rapid weight gain, hormones and water weight, these marks can be impossible to avoid. Many of our patients see a lot of fading in the months after they have given birth, but many also want to see a more permanent reduction.

While many read that treatments like cocoa butter, vitamin E serums or glycolic acid lotions can reduce the marks, they don’t actually erase them. These products are great for your skin, but they can’t erase stretch marks.

Fortunately, we have several treatments that minimize their appearance to such a degree that you may hardly notice them. These include laser treatments, microdermabrasion options, and other treatments that remove the outermost layers of dead or damaged skin and scar tissue. It usually takes several treatments to accomplish the greatest effects, but the good news is that they work and are readily available to you once initial swelling and redness has faded in the months after childbirth.

Now, About that Cellulite…

Cellulite is the bane of most women’s existence, and a few men, too. It is caused by fat that is pushing against the connective tissues just beneath the skin. This is why it looks dimpled, and why it can be tough to shed. After all, it is stored fat and that is the toughest thing to lose. As we already mentioned, diet and exercise reduce its appearance, but even ultra-thin people can have it.

The good news is that treatments like mesotherapy, radio frequency and infra red light treatments, and liposuction are all available. Depending on your specific needs, we can help you to choose between a variety of effective non-invasive or surgical options that can eliminate the issue fairly quickly. It can even be used on unusual areas like the arms in addition to the legs and buttocks.

You are not stuck with those stretch marks or that cellulite. If you are eager to restore your body to its pre-baby appearance, you have an array of options available at Juvia MedSpa. The first step is to meet with our team and review the treatment options they suggest. So, don’t hesitate any longer, and call today to schedule a free consultation. Our phone number is 817-427-3700, and our friendly and knowledgeable team members are standing by to take your call.

How Does Botox Help to Prevent Wrinkles?

By | acne, Age Spots, Botox Treatment, Facial Rejuvenation, Stretch Marks, Treatment

Are you someone who dreads the day you look into the mirror and notice your first wrinkle or deep line? Most of us agree, even if we don’t say it aloud. This is why so many people want to know if there is any veracity in the claims that Botox treatment helps to prevent wrinkles. At Juvia Medspa, we offer a wide array of facial rejuvenation treatments for those seeking to turn back the hands of time, but we also encourage patients to ask about wrinkle and line prevention.

So, how can Botox treatment help prevent wrinkles? Without getting too far into the science behind it, Botox is used to dull the nerve impulses to some of the facial muscles. This stops them from contracting as they usually do, and this causes those existing lines and wrinkles to flatten and smooth. This makes them far less distinct, and usually within five days of treatment you see a dramatic reduction in the appearance of existing wrinkles.

Now, the more treatments you receive, the more effective it becomes at fighting the development of new lines and wrinkles. How? You might have already guessed. If Botox is keeping certain muscles a bit slack, and it does so continuously between treatments, it prevents your face from holding strong expressions. The way you constantly raise your eyebrows or hold your mouth in a frown cannot have the same effect on the skin, and this is one way Botox prevents wrinkles.

The other way has to do with the composition of your skin. As we grow older, our skin becomes less dense with collagen. This allows the skin to lose its elasticity. That is precisely why lines form so much faster as we age – your skin just cannot remain as taut as it once was. Botox stops muscles from contracting, and in so doing it stops you from holding your delicate facial skin in a pose that leads to wrinkles and lines.

Keep It Going

As you might see, this means that you probably have to plan on having Botox treatments on a regular basis if you wish its effects to last. We recommend every four to six months as a valid way to rely on the benefits of Botox in the fight against wrinkles and lines. It can take a while for you to see results, but it is generally seen as a truly optimal approach to reducing the signs of age and preventing new signs from appearing.

If you are concerned about specific areas of the face, Botox is already known for its ability to target even some of the most challenging issues. Deep lines in the forehead, between the brows, at the corners of the eyes (also known as crow’s feet) and even frown lines around the mouth can all be addressed with Botox. This is true of existing lines and wrinkles, but it is also available to target such areas before issues develop.

Ultimately, it is going to come down to a good skin care regimen and a variety of treatments to address the signs of aging as well as fighting them. If you want to discover all of the ways to fight signs of aging in your skin, call today to schedule a free consultation. Our phone number is 817-427-3700, and our friendly and knowledgeable team members are standing by to take your call.

Ideal Acne Treatment for Oily Skin

By | acne, Skin, Stretch Marks, Treatment

It seems like a remarkably unfair one-two punch when you are someone with oily skin and who struggles with acne. After all, pimples and acne “flare ups” are usually due to excessive oil, and so your acne can feel entirely out of control because your skin is natural oily and leading to ongoing problems. Fortunately, we at Juvia Medspa have a lot of great solutions for patients struggling with just such issues. Let’s first look at some of the basics and then discuss the treatments and services we make available.

Cleaning Is Imperative

This is a bit of a tricky issue. Oily skin needs to be cleaned just as much as regular skin, and though it seems appropriate to try hard to eliminate the oil, it is actually not a good idea. Instead, do as medical experts suggest and use a “gentle cleanser” because harsher soaps actually cue your skin to create more oil. Also remember to skip the washcloth or facial buffer because these too cause oil production.

When choosing a cleanser, remember you want something that can help to reduce oiliness in a gentle way. Ingredients like salicylic acid, glycolic acid, benzoyl peroxide and beta hydroxy acid are all effective in reducing oiliness on acne prone skin.

NOTE: Never buy any skin care product and just slather it all over your face. If you have oily skin that is also acne prone, always test a small area to see how your skin reacts. If everything goes well, go ahead and use it.
Always wash with warm water (never hot) and always be sure you have rinsed cleansers away completely.

Toning Is Next

You may find that many skin care experts argue over the use of toners. Some say “yes” and others say “it doesn’t help or matter”. We think it a good idea to use toners, but only on the oily areas of the face (like the sides of the nose, the chin and the forehead). Yes, you have oily areas and not a 100% oily face. Everyone you meet has “combination” skin, meaning areas that are usually drier and areas that can be oily.

If you don’t want to tone, try using those amazing medicated pads treated with compounds that can reduce oil and help with acne flair ups.

Moisturizing Last

Yes, it sounds odd that your oily skin needs to be moisturized, but that is the case. Use an oil-free moisturizer and apply it very lightly and to the areas you know your skin needs it most.

Visit a Pro

This is where Juvia Medspa can enter the picture and really help you with your acne prone, oily skin. Acne is not something that goes away on its own, and so you need a skin care expert to help you get things under control. We can discuss the options for chemical peels and even laser treatments for scarring, and we can help you discover if there are any special topical treatments that can reduce the irritation in your skin and get acne flair ups to minimal levels.

There are ideal acne treatments for oily skin, and one of the simplest is developing a good regimen and following it at all times. You will also want to meet with one of our skincare experts to discuss additional treatments that can reduce the severity of your acne. Call today to schedule a free consultation. Our phone number is 817-427-3700, and our friendly and knowledgeable team members are standing by to take your call.

What Are the Ways to Remove Stretch Marks After Pregnancy?

By | Stretch Marks

If you’ve recently given birth – or if you’re expecting a baby soon – you’re probably thinking about how you’ll get back to your pre-pregnancy weight, but that’s not all. You’re probably also thinking about the stretch marks you’ve gained along your abdomen as your baby developed inside you.

While stretch marks are a part of most women’s journey to maternity, they do not have to be a constant reminder of your pregnancy after you give birth. In fact, there are several ways that you can get rid of them, and there are even ways to prevent them from forming in the first place.

Before we get into how to remove stretch marks after pregnancy, though, it’s important to first understand what stretch marks are. Purple and red stretch marks are actually subdermal tears in your skin tissue that occur as your skin is stretched beyond its elastins’ ability to yield. White stretch marks are actually scar tissue after those tears have healed.

Thus, red and purple stretch marks can often be treated to prevent the formation of white stretch marks. After they’ve formed, though, white stretch marks must be removed with different procedures.

Treating Early (Red or Purple) Stretch Marks

The key to avoiding scarification with early stretch marks is to feed your skin all of the nutrients and moisture it needs to heal. At Juvia Med Spa, we have several high-quality creams that are full of vitamin E, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, and other nutrients that will help prevent your stretch marks from forming scar tissue. Using these products regularly during your pregnancy can help those early stretch marks fade away and disappear.

Chemical Peels

In some cases, small, shallow white stretch marks will appear, even if you’ve been very careful with treating your red or purple stretch marks. With these, a chemical peel or microdermabrasion will usually take care of the problem. Essentially, because we’re looking at very light scarring, chemical exfoliation is a good way to get rid of that scar tissue. Some patients prefer microdermabrasion, with its fine mist of exfoliating particles, to chemical peels, but either one is a good option in this case.

Laser Scar Removal

For deeper and older stretch marks where the scar tissue is set farther into the skin, laser scar removal is a better option. This will work in one of two ways. You may come in for multiple sessions in which the top layers of skin are stripped away with a laser, leaving behind young, unscarred skin. For especially deep or large scars, laser scar removal works by focusing on the scar tissue itself and breaking it up. Over a period of a few sessions, the scar tissue will be entirely broken up, and your body will reabsorb it. After a few weeks, your stretch marks should have significantly faded, and they will likely disappear entirely in time.

Every patient is different, and so there are several methods available to deal with stretch marks after pregnancy. If you’re looking forward to getting your pre-baby body back and hitting the beach in a bikini next summer – or if you’re just looking forward to seeing smooth, even skin on your belly again – please don’t hesitate to call us at Juvia Med Spa today at 817-427-3700!

Essential Things to Know About Stretch Mark Removal

By | Stretch Marks

Whether you’ve recently had a baby, or you’ve lost a significant amount of weight fairly quickly, you likely have some stretch marks that you’d like to see disappear. You’re definitely not alone – millions of people get stretch marks from weight loss, weight gain, and other factors that stretch the skin too quickly for it to adjust. If you’re interested in stretch mark removal so that you can see your smooth, beautiful skin again, there are a few things that you need to know first.

What Are Stretch Marks?

First, what exactly are stretch marks? You already know that they occur most often due to fluctuations in weight, but why do they show up and why don’t they disappear over time? Essentially, stretch marks are scars. When the skin is stretched too quickly, small tears will occur in the tissue, which will cause red and purple stretch marks to appear. If these stretch marks go untreated, they will eventually turn into white scar tissue.

Stretch Mark Removal

Stretch Mark Removal

How Does Stretch Mark Removal Work?

Stretch mark removal works in a couple of different ways. For newer stretch marks, a process of softening the skin and giving it the vitamins and nutrients it needs to retain its elasticity can work very well. This kind of treatment is especially effective when your stretch marks have not yet formed scar tissue as it is designed to heal the torn fibers in your skin while promoting blood flow to the skin and improving elasticity.

If you have older stretch marks that have turned white, you may be a good candidate for skin resurfacing. If the stretch marks are faint and light, microdermabrasion may be a good treatment. In this procedure, a skilled aesthetician will spray a fine mist of tiny abrasive particles over the affected area, causing a buffing effect. Another good option could also be a chemical peel, in which enzymes and vitamins are applied to the skin and will work to eat away dead skin cells and the top layers of scar tissue to leave behind youthful, smooth skin.

Even the most severe stretch marks can be removed, thanks to laser technology. With laser skin resurfacing, we can use a specifically focused laser to burn away the top layers of dead and damaged skin cells. Multiple sessions may be necessary to get the desired effect, but once the procedure is done, you’ll be amazed by the results.

Without proper treatment, stretch marks are permanent, but you do not have to live the rest of your life with them. Whether you’ve just recently gained some reddish or purple stretch marks or you want to get rid of stretch marks that appeared years ago, Juvia Med Spa has a solution for you.

Are you ready to feel confident in your smooth, gorgeous skin again? Contact us today at 817-427-3700 to book your free consultation and find out which stretch mark removal treatment is right for you.