By Best Self Staffer: Dawn DeSantis

Ultherapy is the only FDA-cleared noninvasive treatment for lifting the skin on the neck, chin, and brow. It is also the only noninvasive treatment specifically FDA-cleared to improve lines and wrinkles on the décolletage! Ultherapy uses focused ultrasound technology to stimulate collagen deep within the skin. The result? Firmer skin from brow to the chest! Even better, Skintherapy is the leading provider of Ultherapy in the Buckhead area.

I have to admit, I was pretty nervous about my Ultherapy treatment. I had been told by numerous people that it can be quite painful and that everyone has a different pain threshold.

Jennifer performs Ultherapy on Dawn.

Jennifer Curtin, L.M.E., prepped me by applying ultrasound gel to cool my skin and then did one run across my eyebrow with the equipment to show me what it would feel like. I didn’t feel anything at all! Jennifer focused the treatment on my forehead area to give me a brow lift and to smooth my frown lines. As the treatment progressed, I did start to feel a pricking sensation that I would describe as mildly uncomfortable, but overall it was a breeze. I barely felt a thing.

After the treatment, my skin was slightly red and puffy. Jennifer applied a cool seaweed mask to my face that smelled divine. Two hours later, I felt no discomfort and the area around my eyes felt a little tighter. I did not have the treatment done on my neck, although I saw before and after photos of other people who did that area and the pictures were amazing.

I had a fantastic experience and I highly recommend

Jennifer at Skintherapy. She was very sweet and gentle and has a natural bedside manner. The person who performs the treatment is, in my opinion, even more important than the treatment itself.

Facebook_LiveFor more on this service, check out this Facebook LIVE video featuring Jennifer Curtin, L.M.E., and Dawn DeSantis.

 

Details:  404.358.2961. 110 E. Andrews Dr., Atlanta, GA 30305. skintherapybuckhead.com

Skin Love!

As with any skin care regimen, consistency is the key to overall good results. A consistent daily regimen of cleansing, moisturizing and protection against the sun is a must. Also, don’t forget to get your skin screened in support of good health and skin cancer awareness month.

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By Best Self Staffer: Susan Lesesne

 

SkinPen® Microneedling offers a simple and safe way for all skin types to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, scars from acne, surgery, or trauma, stretch marks and large pores. The SkinPen stimulates collagen and elastin production by using tiny needles to puncture the skin.

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Overall, the procedure was very comfortable. Based on my specific needs to have my face look smoother, fresher and be a little bit tighter, my cosmetic practitioner, Melissa DiMaggio, applied a topical numbing agent about 20 minutes before the treatment began to ensure my comfort. During the treatment, which lasted about 30 minutes, I felt a mild sensation, which was just the vibration of the SkinPen®.

After the procedure, my skin appeared slightly pink for the next 48 hours, similar to a mild sunburn. For the next couple of days, I used the Skinfuse RESCUE Calming Complex to soothe my skin. I was told I could resume wearing makeup and sunscreen 24-hours post procedure, which was great since I had an event the next night.

The number of treatments needed depends on your skin and desired outcome. Typically, most aging-related concerns can be addressed in three to four treatments spaced 30 days apart. For acne scarring, it may take six to eight treatments. The SkinPen® is designed and safe for use on almost all parts of the body including the face, neck, chest and hands.

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Once you have completed a series of treatments and achieved the desired outcome, you may elect to have a touch-up treatment done in six months to a year to maintain results.

For more on this treatment, check out this Facebook LIVE video featuring Melissa DiMaggio and Susan Lesesne.

Details: Multiple Locations. 770.814.8222. naderm.com

3370 Paddocks Pkwy., Suwanee, GA 30024

3850 Pleasant Hill Rd., Duluth, GA 30096

3331 Hamilton Mill Rd., Buford, GA 30519

1230 Bald Ridge Marina Rd., Cumming, GA 30041

Skin Love!

As with any skin care regimen, consistency is the key to overall good results. A consistent daily regimen of cleansing, moisturizing and protection against the sun is a must. Also, don’t forget to get your skin screened in support of good health and skin cancer awareness month.

 

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By Best Self Staffer: Kim Cooper

There is an art form to administering lip injections. Luckily, for me, I had the honor of having my lips done by Advanced Aesthetic Injector, Michelle Giglio, PA-C, at Robinson Facial Plastic Surgery.

About five years ago, I had my lips done and it was a terrible experience. I was in so much pain and my top lip ended up larger than my bottom lip. But I could tell from my treatment consultation that this time would be entirely different!

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During my consultation, Michelle advised me that taking any kind of blood thinner before the treatment could be bad because added bleeding could make the process go much slower and lengthen the amount of time needed to heal. I followed instructions and did not take any blood thinners beforehand. While every patient’s experience is different, I barely bled at all during my lip injection process.

Before the procedure began, my lips were numbed for about 20 minutes. On top of that, the injections themselves have lidocaine in them, which helps to continue the numbing process. So, I really couldn’t feel anything. Michelle’s skilled needlework made me relaxed and excited for my results rather than nervous.

The whole treatment took about an hour including the numbing time. Like I said before, I couldn’t feel the injections happening since my lips were numb but I was excited that the fullness was happening immediately. I am so pleased with my results. I have always wanted a fuller lip but was worried about looking too “done.” Michelle explained to me her process of pinpointing horizontally and vertically where to place the injections to make the lips appear symmetrical so the results create a natural-looking amount of fullness.

The great thing about these injections is that you can always start small and then add on once you see the results. Michelle understands that the process to get your preferred look can take time and she works with her clients to ensure their happiness.

Before treatment top. after treatment bottom

Details: 770.667.3090. 3400 Old Milton Pkwy. Bldg. C Ste. 515. Alpharetta, GA 30005. RobinsonFPS.com

Facebook_LiveFor more on this treatment, check out this Facebook LIVE video featuring Michelle Giglio, PA-C and Kim Cooper.

Skin Love!

As with any skin care regimen, consistency is the key to overall good results. A consistent daily regimen of cleansing, moisturizing and protection against the sun is a must. Also, don’t forget to get your skin screened in support of good health and skin cancer awareness month.

 

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By Best Self Staffer: Dawn DeSantis

As a natural blonde, a mom, and an on-the-go professional I have always struggled to maintain the look of long, full lashes throughout the day. The lovely ladies at The Lash Lounge helped me achieve this and more with the Basic Full Set of Classic Lashes. They created a glam look just for me that filled out my lashes and opened up my eyes to showcase my baby blues.

My luxury lash experience began with a personal consultation with my lash stylist, Tiffany Mobley. Tiffany listened attentively as I described my busy schedule and desire for effortless thick lashes.

After my consultation, Tiffany and I decided that classic extensions comprised of silk lashes would be best for an enhanced, but natural look and feel.

To achieve this, Tiffany customized the length, width, and number of extensions needed for each lash based on a process called face mapping. Designed to take my face and eye shape into consideration face mapping suggested the best lash look for me.

For my classic look, she placed longer lashes over all my existing lashes. She assured me the extensions would do no harm to my natural lashes and for a fabulous evening or event she could place up to two or three extensions per lash for an even fuller look.

I was amazed at how easy and comfortable the process was, especially considering that I am jumpy when it comes to my eyes. To combat this, Tiffany placed soothing pads around my lashes to calm my eyes and make the process simple and stress-free.

Overall, the process took about two hours and the results were dramatic. The lashes looked and felt real and I was amazed at how much they opened up my face!

The Lash Lounge is currently offering first time guests their first full set of classic lashes for only $89!

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For more on this treatment, check out this Facebook LIVE video featuring Tiffany Mobley and Dawn DeSantis.

 

Details: 404.948.5274 4600 Roswell Rd., Atlanta, GA 30342. thelashlounge.com/salons/sandy-springs/

Skin Love!

As with any skin care regimen, consistency is the key to overall good results. A consistent daily regimen of cleansing, moisturizing and protection against the sun is a must. Also, don’t forget to get your skin screened in support of good health and skin cancer awareness month.

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By Best Self Staffer: Kim Cooper

 

Being a mom of two kids, I don’t get a lot of breaks or “me” time. So I’m sure you can imagine how thrilled I was when I heard I would be receiving a signature HydraFacial MD from Northside Plastic Surgery.

 

Cynthia Evans L.M.E. gave me an in-depth explanation of how the treatment works. This noninvasive, rejuvenating procedure is extremely effective for all skin types and it has long-lasting results.

 

The 30-minute HydraFacial consists of four steps; cleansing the skin of dead skin cells, using glycolic and salicylic acids to exfoliate and help with fine lines and wrinkles, extracting impurities, and lastly, delivering antioxidants, peptides, and hyaluronic acid to hydrate.

 

Honestly, this experience was better than most facials because it was completely painless and I could see immediate results with no downtime. My skin was clear and glowing and it was easy to see that the size of my pores were reduced. I loved the fact that I did not have any redness in my face and I did not have to worry about any harsh reactions from being out in the sun afterward.

 

Overall, it was a great experience that I would definitely try again the next time I get another second of “me” time or am preparing for an event.

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Details: 770.475.3146. 11681 Haynes Bridge Rd., Alpharetta, GA 30009.

960 Johnson Ferry Rd. NE., Atlanta, GA 30342. northsideplasticsurgery.com

Skin Love!

As with any skin care regimen, consistency is the key to overall good results. A consistent daily regimen of cleansing, moisturizing and protection against the sun is a must. Also, don’t forget to get your skin screened in support of good health and skin cancer awareness month.

 

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By Best Self Staffer: Annie Paschal

The Strawberry Laser Lipo is the nonsurgical answer to body fat and skin tightening issues. Using FDA-approved laser technology to spot treat different areas of the body, it can be performed on the stomach, arms, and legs, and works great for both men and women.

I was nervous to try this treatment because I have never had anything like this done before. I  was also excited because my stomach has always been a problem area for me. Marketing Manager Andrea Jennings places multiple lasers over the area where you would like to lose inches and experience skin tightening. After the lasers are placed on you, you simply relax under a blanket. The treatment is split into two 10-minute sessions. Each session focuses on one side of the targeted area.

The lasers are completely painless. The feeling is similar to having a heating pad on your body. Andrea measured me before and after the treatment so we could track my results. After just one treatment, I lost three inches all over. Treatments are usually sold in a series and the spa810 team recommends the eight-series package. However, they can be bought individually or in a set of four.

 

Before & after one session - 3 inches lost

Before & After one session – 3inches lost

May Special Deal

For the month of May, spa810 is offering Strawberry Laser Lipo trial treatments for $89 and 35 percent off non-member pricing on packages booked the day of the trial treatment. See details above.

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For more on this treatment, check out this Facebook LIVE video featuring Andrea Jennings. 

 

Details: 404.474.0077. 3535 Peachtree Rd. NE., Atlanta, GA 30326. spa810.com/buckhead

Skin Love!

As with any skin care regimen, consistency is the key to overall good results. A consistent daily regimen of cleansing, moisturizing and protection against the sun is a must. Also, don’t forget to get your skin screened in support of good health and skin cancer awareness month.

 

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The skin is the body’s largest organ and, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. And although we care for our skin in many different ways, it is common knowledge that applying sunscreen is one of the best methods of protection against skin cancer. The sunlight that reaches the earth is made up of Ultraviolet A and B rays. This is the “broad spectrum” sunscreen labels are referring to. Certain people are more susceptible to sunburns, but all skin tones react poorly to a large amount of sun exposure.

Quick Tips for Skin Love from the CDC

  • Try to stay in the shade between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when UV exposure is most hazardous.

  • Wear clothes to cover your arms and legs while in the sun.

  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat to help protect your face, neck, and ears.

  • Use sunglasses that filter both UVA and UVB rays.

  • Purchase a sunscreen that is at least SPF 15 or higher.

  • Avoid tanning beds.

Even when all precautions are used to prevent skin cancer, individuals should still have a regular screening once a month. If any part of a screening comes back abnormal, the doctor will most likely recommend a diagnosis screening.

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Sources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cdc.gov/cancer/skin/

Skin Cancer Foundation, skincancer.org/prevention

National Cancer Institute, cancer.gov/types/skin

 

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Emmy-Award winning journalist Soledad O’Brien is bringing her free personal and professional development conference series for young women to Atlanta on Saturday, May 13. The PowHERful™ Enrichment Conference is aimed at young and minority women ages 13-23.

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In partnership with the Sara Blakely Foundation, speakers will include Soledad O’Brien, Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx, Inc. and the Sara Blakely Foundation, Catherine Brewton, VP Writer/Public Relations at BMI and co-chair of Hope for Harvest Foundation, and McKenzie Coan, paralympic gold medalist, and U.S. National Swim Team member.

“What we were looking for [in terms of speakers] for the young women who attend our conference are examples of women who are wildly successful, but who are okay with speaking very bluntly about some of the challenges of getting there,” says O’Brien.

Not just a conference to inspire, O’Brien hopes attendees will come away with tangible lessons and advice to achieve their professional goals. Saying, “What’s key for us is that the young women who come to a PowHERful conference then get internship and mentorship opportunities in their own backyard.”

The PowHERful™ Foundation was created by Soledad O’Brien and Brad Raymond in 2011. Its mission, as Soledad says, is to “get girls to and through” college. So far, the foundation serves 25 collegiate scholars and uses its conference platform to build up the next generation of female leaders across America.

To register or learn more, visit powherful.org  #powHERful

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By Best Self Staffer: Kim Cooper

 Tons of women experience different vaginal issues but often feel too embarrassed to talk about this “taboo” subject. I was excited to tell our readers about my experience with a great treatment called ThermiVa®. I know so many women could benefit from the results of this easy nonsurgical procedure.

Audrey Arona, M.D., of Preferred Women’s Healthcare, and Gabrielle M. Sabini, M.D., of North Atlanta Dermatology, did a fantastic job of explaining the procedure to me and answering any questions I had. I felt at ease most of the time.

The ThermiVa® treatment involves administering low heat and radiofrequency waves to different areas of the vaginal region to remedy a variety of issues such as bladder leakage, painful sex, dryness, sagging or excess skin, or complications from childbirth. The best part about the treatment is that it is totally painless and takes less than an hour. Dr. Arona recommends receiving three different 40-minute treatment sessions. After that, a once a year procedure can be done to help results last.

Dr. Arona was very professional during my treatment and gave me a detailed description of the procedure. Essentially, a small wand that is heated to a regulated temperature is inserted into the vagina. In five-minute increments, the wand gently massages the walls of four areas within the vagina. The heat can be decreased if it’s uncomfortable, however, that was not necessary when I had it done. After the inner portion is completed, outer areas are treated for an additional five to seven minutes, depending on the desired result.

Overall, it was far less painful than any regular pap smear/vaginal exam I have ever experienced. There are two more treatments that occur after the first, but I can already see a drastic change.

Facebook_LiveFor more on this treatment, check out this Facebook LIVE video featuring Audrey Arona, M.D., and Kim Cooper.

Audrey Arona, M.D., of Preferred Women’s Healthcare

Audrey Arona, M.D., of Preferred Women’s Healthcare

Details:

Please visit our website, rejuvenationforwomen.com, for upcoming ThermiVa® informational events and receive a 15 percent discount when you attend and mention Best Self.

If you cannot attend an event, we will still honor the 15 percent discount by having a phone consultation.

Please contact one of the representatives below for more information. We may have to return your call in the evening. Also, include multiple callback time options in your message.

 Dr. Arona: drarona@aol.com or text Dr. Arona at 678.794.4189

Elaine: elaine@naderm.com

Melissa: melissarfw@yahoo.com

Treatments are available on Saturdays, Monday nights and weekdays at the Preferred Women’s Healthcare office in Lawrenceville and the North Atlanta Dermatology offices in Duluth and Buford.

Call or email to make an appointment: 404.644.8771, melissarfw@yahoo.com

 Details: Preferred Women’s Healthcare: 770.962.5100. 500 Medical Center Blvd., Lawrenceville, GA 30046. preferredwomenshealthcare.com

North Atlanta Dermatology Duluth: 770.814.8222. 3850 Pleasant Hill Rd., Duluth, GA  30096.

North Atlanta Dermatology Buford: 770.814.8222. 3331 Hamilton Mill Rd., Buford, GA  30519. naderm.com

 

Skin Love!

As with any skin care regimen, consistency is the key to overall good results. A consistent daily regimen of cleansing, moisturizing and protection against the sun is a must. Also, don’t forget to get your skin screened in support of good health and skin cancer awareness month.

 

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By Best Self Staffer: Wyndi Kappes

I was thrilled to find out I had the opportunity to give my acne-prone skin some tender loving care and experience my first high-end facial. For my HydraFacial, Anne Cesae, R.N., designed a custom combination of additives for my needs.

To start the treatment, Anne washed my face in preparation for the exfoliation and gently pressed down on my chest to help kick-start the drainage of fluid through my lymphatic system. Our bodies naturally flush fluid out of our faces, but for various reasons like diet, sleep patterns, and stress, this process doesn’t work as efficiently as we might like. Anne explained that pressing down on the upper part of the chest can help get the fluid moving and clear the face of unwanted puffiness.

Anne gently presses on Wyndi's upper chest  to help release fluids and reduce facial puffiness.

Anne gently presses on Wyndi’s upper chest to help release fluids and reduce facial puffiness.

The exfoliation was my favorite part of the facial. Using the HydraFacial vortex suction, Anne got dirt, oil, and bacteria out of my face. Once my pores were clean, she added different tips to the HydraFacial machine to infuse my skin with both hyaluronic and salicylic acids to fight my acne. These made my skin feel tingly, like using a strong astringent, but they didn’t hurt at all. Finally, she finished by hydrating my face with skin boosters and antioxidants. It was really like getting three different facials in one!

Afterward, Anne applied a high-quality sunscreen all over my face and neck and advised that I stay out of the sun for the rest of the day. Other than that, there was really no downtime. My face was immediately glowing and felt so clean! Per Anne’s recommendation, I would love to have this treatment once a month. The team at Anderson Aesthetics and Hair Restoration is very knowledgeable and they do a nice job of making sure their clients understand their options. They provide expert advice to ensure everyone gets the most out of their skin treatments.

Facebook_LiveFor more on this treatment, check out this Facebook LIVE video featuring Anne Cesae, R.N. and Wyndi Kappes.

Details: 404. 256.4247. 5555 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd., Atlanta, GA 30342. andersonaesthetics.com

Skin Love!

As with any skin care regimen, consistency is the key to overall good results. A consistent daily regimen of cleansing, moisturizing and protection against the sun is a must. Also, don’t forget to get your skin screened in support of good health and skin cancer awareness month.

 

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