Screen Shot 2019-05-30 at 5.15.30 PMHolly Burman, CEO/Owner of New You Aesthetic, is a board-certified nurse practitioner with more than 14 years of gynecology experience and over 25 years of healthcare experience specializing in bioidentical hormone replacement, botulinum toxin injections, and nonsurgical facial aesthetics. Holly is a graduate of Emory University and resides in Marietta with her husband, Bill. Below she answers your questions about TransFirm® the no-surgery facelift.

Q: What is TransFirm®?

TransFirm® is a nonsurgical, minimally invasive treatment process. This comprehensive approach to facial restoration harnesses the power of nitrogen plasma.

Q: Why is TransFirm® unique?

A: Unlike a traditional surgical facelift, the TransFirm® process stimulates collagen and elastin production. Collagen and elastin fibers are naturally produced by your body to provide skin with structure and support, but their production naturally declines over time. The combination of treatments may be used to enhance facial or jawline contours, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, target and destroy stubborn pockets of facial fat, and tighten loose skin.

Screen Shot 2019-05-30 at 5.15.03 PMQ: What can I expect from the treatment process?

A: While there may be some discomfort associated with treatment, numbing creams are utilized to promote your comfort. Although there is minimal downtime, you should be able to resume your normal daily activities! However, you may experience some bruising or general discomfort in the treatment area. Results achieved will vary for each person and their specific concerns. But, most people enjoy initial results within a few weeks and results gradually improve as your body produces new collagen and elastin.

Details: www.NewYouAesthetic.com. TransFirm.NewYouAesthetic.com. 770-558-9773.

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Screen Shot 2019-05-30 at 4.45.00 PMAs the practice administrator of Anderson Aesthetics, Courtney Pantelis helps patients feel like the most beautiful versions of themselves. Below she talks RF and its collagen-boosting benefits.

Q: What is RF?

A: RF stands for radio frequency. It is a nonsurgical and noninvasive modality used by clinicians to help tighten skin and reduce fine lines, wrinkles, cellulite, and skin laxity. Instead of using laser light, which is a high frequency, to heat the tissue, radio-frequency energy is used.

Q: What are the benefits?

A: RF is one of those treatments, much like microneedling, that has a long list of benefits. After a treatment, you will notice some immediate tightening due to contraction of the heated tissues. Long term, you will have significant collagen synthesis, which will plump up your collagen layer to create that fuller look young people enviously possess.

Q: Who is the best candidate for this treatment?

A: This is possibly the best part about radio-frequency treatments—almost anyone is an ideal candidate. Men and women benefit from treatments on the face and body (think tummy, legs, arms, neck or décolletage). TempSureTM is actually cleared by the Food and Drug Administration for African Americans, who are not able to undergo most laser treatments because of the potential for hypo- or hyperpigmentation. Plus, there is no downtime!

Q: How often do you need to have the treatment?

A: A series of four about four weeks apart is the most common frequency of treatments.

Q: What is the cost?

A: The investment for these treatments range between $250 to $2,400, depending on what area we are treating and how many treatments we will be doing.

Details: www.AndersonAesthetics.com. 404-256-4247. 2710 Old Milton Pkwy., Ste. 150, Alpharetta, GA 30009

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Screen Shot 2019-05-30 at 4.29.16 PMAs the director of operations at Aesthetic Body Sculpture Clinic & Center for Anti-Aging, Mrs. Gail Slater helps patients discover the latest treatment options available to help them reach their goals. The clinic’s team of estheticians is highly trained in advanced procedures and techniques. Learn more about the new Posh Body Slim body sculpting procedure below.

Posh Body Slim is now offered by Aesthetic Body Sculpture Clinic And Center For Anti-Aging in Buckhead, Atlanta. This “top” noninvasive treatment reduces unwanted fat in many areas—tightening and toning the skin, while contouring the body. It is a great way to sculpt your body without undergoing an invasive procedure. The best part is that it is painless, affordable, and you will see immediate results.

Gail Slater says they added “Posh Body Slim Treatments” to the menu of services for their patients because “This is the best noninvasive fat reduction/skin-tightening system they have found. We have our own patient photos to prove it! This technique destroys fat, tightens skin and helps contour problem areas.”

Screen Shot 2019-05-30 at 4.30.48 PMSo many of the current treatments on the market require multiple visits, are painful with less than promised results, and have a high price tag. We utilize a technique which destroys the fat cells and tightens skin while contouring the body—achieving beautiful and permanent results.

Both men and women can get rid of unwanted fat and visibly tighten skin at the same time, with no downtime. Each session takes 60 minutes and four to six treatments are recommended for optimal results.

Details: www.SlaterMD.com. (770) 691-0570. 4840 Roswell Rd., Atlanta, GA 30342

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Screen Shot 2019-05-30 at 4.06.02 PMDr. Dina Giesler has performed thousands of cosmetic procedures including porcelain veneers over the last 20 years creating beautiful smiles and transforming lives. She is also MAGD (Master of the Academy of General Dentistry) certified, a designation which is held by less than 3% of practicing dentists. Dr. Dina Giesler views comprehensive dentistry as a lifelong commitment to your health and self-image. By providing natural aesthetic dentistry, the experienced cosmetic dentist makes sure patients can capitalize on their greatest asset: their smile.

Q: What qualifies you to be a Beauty Boss?

A: When I was a hygienist in 1984, patients would always grab the mirror to see if their teeth were whiter. Although people care about the health of their teeth, how their teeth look is also incredibly important to them. In 1987, I went back to dental school to become a cosmetic dentist and I’ve studied this field ever since. I have an artistic eye and one of my hobbies is interior design. I can envision the final result and I can also offer my patients many treatment options.

Q: Why are porcelain veneers the gold standard in smile makeovers?

A: It’s the most conservative, beautiful, and lifelike restoration we have that most resembles enamel. Think of them as contact lenses for the teeth.

Q: Who is a candidate?

A: Anyone who is embarrassed of their smile or feels that they have teeth that are worn, discolored, crooked or not attractive.

Screen Shot 2019-05-30 at 4.23.05 PMQ: What should people know before they choose a cosmetic dentist?

A: Years of experience is extremely important and patients need to choose a doctor that does these procedures on a daily basis.

Q: How much do porcelain veneers cost?

A: The national average ranges from $1,200 to $3,500.

Details: www.AtlantaSmiles.com. (404) 262-7733. 4405 Northside Pkwy. NW., Ste. 110 Atlanta, GA 30327.

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Screen Shot 2019-05-30 at 3.47.47 PMPaige Conner is the founder of Luxury Lash, an all-inclusive top-rated beauty salon, and the founder and lead educator of Luxury Lash Academy. She is NCEA Certified, a master aesthetician, and a member of the Society of Dermatology SkinCare Specialists. Paige has been a makeup artist for 25-plus years, which included powdering the pros at CNN. Read more about her amazing extensions below.

 Q: What are eyelash extensions?

A: They are the ultimate Hollywood beauty secret! Eyelash extensions are small synthetic hairs that resemble natural lashes, which are professionally attached to your natural lashes.

Q: How long do they last?

A: Lash extensions last 6-8 weeks with touch-ups every three weeks.

Q: Do they mess with your natural lashes?

A: No, they sure don’t because our Luxury Lash Artists are Atlanta’s finest trained and certified professionals with years of experience. We know how to vary the length, size, and weight in order to accommodate the health of your natural lashes and also use the highest-grade products for long-lasting lashes. This is Luxury Lash’s formula for beautiful lashes.

Screen Shot 2019-05-30 at 3.50.18 PMQ: How much do they cost?

A: Eyelash extensions are an investment and prices may vary. Any first-time guest is going to need a full set of lashes ($150 to $375). Price is based on time, technique, and quality of products used to create a beautiful and personalized look. We also offer discounted specials!

Q: How do I take care of them?

A: Eyelash extensions are very low maintenance! We offer products to help you clean and maintain the healthiest lashes for the longest potential wear.

Details: www.LuxuryLashLounge.com, (770) 883-9500, 6160 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd., Ste. B100, Atlanta

 

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Screen Shot 2019-05-30 at 3.32.06 PMAs a makeup artist specializing in brows, Alyson Hoag, is the CEO and founder of Authentic Beauty. She has 25 years of experience specializing in brows and is known as the brow guru of Atlanta. We chatted with her about her special approach in the Q&A below.

Q: What makes your approach different from other eyebrow studios?

A: Our goal is to bring out your natural shape, and then grow and enhance that. We tweeze because that is the only way to be as precise as possible.

Q: How does the “Brow Rehab” process work?

A: Brows grow on a four- to six-week cycle. All brows, especially those that have been over-tweezed, need to be kept on a maintenance cycle to grow into their natural shape.

Screen Shot 2019-05-30 at 3.32.53 PMQ: What results should be expected?

A: You can expect fuller and more balanced brows within a few months, depending on the amount of hair growth in each cycle and how badly the brows have been damaged.

Details: http://MyImageJourney.com, (404) 849-0443, 4674 Roswell Rd. NE.

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By: Nhu Le

Aesthetician Kim Bogash

Aesthetician Kim Bogash

Name of treatment center: Aesthetic Specialty Centre

Name of treatment: CoolSculpting

Name of expert performing treatment: Kim Bogash

Treatment length: 35-plus minutes

How should you prep for the treatment?
There is not much prep involved prior to the treatment process. Kim recommended that I bring warm socks and a few healthy snacks in case I got hungry during the process, but other than that, there were no dietary or other restrictions beforehand.

What was the treatment like? How did your skin feel before, during, and after?
I had read blogs online and looked at different videos and was a little worried that the treatment might be uncomfortable. Kim immediately put me at ease when I walked in the door. She explained the process and that she was a Master CoolSculpter.

She began by taking my measurements before applying a cool gel pad to my lower abdomen. Once the gel pad was on, she placed the applicator on me and it was just a little squeeze and soon enough all I felt was a cool sensation. The process was so relaxing! The machine worked and I watched Netflix and ate a snack unbothered.

Kim Bogash preps a patient for treatment.

Kim Bogash preps a patient for treatment.

The only slightly uncomfortable part came after the treatment when Kim had to massage the area vigorously. Even during this part though, Kim was wonderful, reassuring me that the massage only lasted for two minutes and that the massage would dramatically improve my results. After the treatment, I went back to work, on a run that evening, and out to dinner with friends. All with little to no pain!

Are there any precautions that need to be taken before or after the treatment? (sunscreen, specific face wash, discontinue use of retinol, etc.)
No specific precautions. Kim just encouraged me to maintain a healthy lifestyle with eating and exercising. There was hardly any downtime after the treatment and I was able to go to the gym later that evening.

Who is this treatment ideal for?
This treatment is ideal for anyone with those stubborn unresponsive areas of fat. I work out regularly and do my best to eat healthily but there still seems to be a stubborn pouch of fat at the bottom of my abdomen that won’t go away no matter the number of crunches I do.

What was your favorite part of the treatment?
My favorite part of the treatment was how peaceful the whole experience was. Kim went above and beyond to ensure that I was comfortable, setting me up with a blanket, snacks, and even teeing up my favorite Netflix show, “Friends.” Of course, I am looking forward to the results as well!

Click here for our Facebook Live with Aesthetic Specialty Centre

Click here for our Facebook Live with Aesthetic Specialty Centre

How often should someone go back for optimal results?
This is a one-time process where you can expect to see a 20- to 25-percent reduction in fat. Depending on the results you are seeking or how many areas you wish to treat, more treatments can be done.

For more information, watch our Facebook LIVE at Aesthetic Specialty Centre by clicking above!

Details: 1825 Old Alabama Rd. #201, Roswell, GA 30076; ASC-PSD.com

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By: Dawn DeSantis

Click here to watch our Facebook Live with the Aesthetic Body Sculpture Clinic & Center for Anti-Aging.

Click here to watch our Facebook Live with the Aesthetic Body Sculpture Clinic & Center for Anti-Aging.

Name of treatment center: Aesthetic Body Sculpture Clinic & Center for Anti-Aging

Name of treatment: Lip Fillers

Name of aesthetician performing treatment: Dr. Monte D. Slater

Treatment length: 1 hour

How should you prep for the treatment?
Dr. Slater requested that I did not take any aspirin or ingest alcohol before my appointment. I also removed all my makeup prior to this treatment and took arnica before and after the treatment to reduce swelling and bruising.

What was the treatment like? How did your skin feel before, during, and after?
My lips had some fine lines at the top and I wanted a fuller look throughout the top and bottom. When I smiled, part of my top lip would sometimes disappear, so this treatment really helped with that. Before the injections, Dr. Slater made sure to numb my lips so that during the treatment, I would be comfortable. I was surprised how little pain I actually felt during the treatment. I was asked me to rate my pain on a scale from one to five and I said one. I didn’t feel much after, maybe a little tender in a few small spots.

Are there any precautions that need to be taken before or after the treatment? (sunscreen, specific face wash, discontinue use of retinol, etc.)
No specific precautions. I was able to apply lip gloss after and go to a meeting.

Who is this treatment ideal for?
This treatment is ideal for anyone wanting to shape their lips or give them a fuller, “pouty” look. It also helps reduce fine lines around your lips.

What was your favorite part of the treatment?
My favorite part of the treatment was definitely the result! The change was very subtle and natural. I was pleased that Dr. Slater listened to my wishes on not going bigger. It was important to me to be heard and to have my feelings respected.

How often should someone go back for optimal results?
Results can last from 10 to 12 months or longer depending on how full you go.

For more information, watch our Facebook LIVE at the Aesthetic Body Sculpture Clinic & Center for Anti-Aging by clicking above!

Details: 4840 Roswell Rd., Bldg. D, Ste. 100, Sandy Springs, GA 30342; SlaterMD.com

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By: Dawn DeSantis

Paige Conner Owner of Luxury Lash Beauty.

Paige Conner Owner of Luxury Lash Beauty.

Name of treatment center: Luxury Lash Beauty by Paige Conner

Name of treatment: Hybrid Lash Extensions

Name of aesthetician performing treatment: Paige Conner

Treatment length: 1.5-2 hours

How should you prep for the treatment?
Wash your face before your appointment and arrive with no makeup on your eyes.

What was the treatment like? How did your skin feel before, during, and after?
I had a little trouble blinking at the beginning because I’m sensitive around my eyes. Paige adjusted the tape holding down my bottom lashes so that it was comfortable. The whole procedure is very relaxing. While it takes place, you lie down in a comfortable chair with a warm blanket and music playing in the background. I just kept my eyes closed and even almost dozed off a couple of times while it was happening.

Are there any precautions that need to be taken before or after the treatment? (sunscreen, specific facewash, discontinue use of retinol, etc.)
I couldn’t get my lashes wet or work out for 12-24 hours after the procedure to let the glue dry properly. Paige also gave me little lash brushes to brush through the lashes.

Who is this treatment ideal for?
Anyone who wants to look amazing. The extensions make me feel very glamorous and gave my lashes a big wow factor. I feel like a movie star.

Click here to watch our Facebook Live with Luxury Lash Beauty.

Click here to watch our Facebook Live with Luxury Lash Beauty.

What was your favorite part of the treatment?
Paige saw that I have blue eyes and she put little hints of blue lashes here and there. Very subtle but everyone is commenting about how blue and vivid my eyes look. They really pop.

How often should someone go back for optimal results?
Every 3 weeks to fill lashes that you naturally lose.

For more information watch our Facebook Live at Luxury Lash Beauty by clicking above!

Details: 6160 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd., Ste. B100, Atlanta, GA 30328; LuxuryLashLounge.com

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By Dawn Clements and Miguel J. Ortiz, CPT

We are a society of sitters, texters, and commuters who pack our days with activities. This is why some of the most popular and requested classes at gyms and spas now are stretching classes.

Dawn Clements, CEO of LiLiFu and inventor of the Fit Buddy fitness tool, along with Miguel Ortiz, personal trainer at Lifetime Fitness in Sandy Springs, share five simple methods to soothe aches and pains in common parts of the body in under 10 minutes.

1. Thoracic Spine

Thoracic SpineLie on the floor with a foam roller behind the upper back. Place your hands behind your head to support your neck. Raise hips off the floor and slowly roll back and forth to find the tender spot, (knots or adhesions). Hold for 30-90 seconds. Use your hip height to adjust angles and tension. Do NOT roll over the lower back while the core is engaged and do NOT roll over your cervical spine! By keeping your elbows wide, you might also find that this helps to lightly stretch the chest as well. With your elbows wide, you will mainly be targeting the scapula/shoulder blades, when you bring your elbows together, you will be targeting your rhomboids (muscles between your spine and shoulder blade).

2. Rhomboid/Scapula

While lying on your back, place the more rounded or narrow end of the Fit Buddy Rhomboid:Scapulaunderneath your shoulder blade/upper, mid and lower trapezius. Moving horizontally or straight up and down will work just fine as you discover different positions may target unique areas and adhesions specific to you, so do what’s comfortable and efficient. Keep your feet flat on the floor to help raise your hips if more pressure is needed or to target a different position. You can have an arm extended above your head and an arm brought across the chest. Both are used to manipulate the shoulder blade and allow you to target slightly different muscle groups. You don’t want to start in these positions, as that might be a little advanced. Take your time and slowly move your arm in one direction at least three times before adjusting/changing direction.

3. Quadratus Lumborum/Lower Back

Lie completely on the floor or a mat with your feet flat. Lift your hips high enough off the Quadratus Lumborum:Lower Backfloor for you to place a small ball, such as a lacrosse ball, where the small of your lower back is. Be mindful to not put direct pressure on your hip bone and spine, as you want to target your lower back or quadratus lumborum. Once you find the right spot, slowly begin to place more pressure on whichever side the ball is on so that you don’t lose your balance and you can begin to bend your knee high enough to grab. While you’re getting comfortable, be sure to allow your head to rest by placing it on the floor. Take slow and moderate breaths. Increase breath length the longer you’re in the position.

4. Abdominal/Iliopsoas

Begin by lying completely on your stomach. In this picture, Miguel is using a bigger Abdominal:IliopsoasHypersphere ball. However, depending on how tight you are or if you need less pressure, a smaller ball might help. The placement of the ball should be about 3-4 inches away from your belly button. You’re looking for the space between your ribs and hip. Miguel is also using the same side arm to create more pressure by lifting himself up. This usually isn’t recommended, so only perform this if capable and if more pressure is needed. There are different techniques and angles that you will be able to reach by bending or straightening the same or opposite side leg.

5. Bottom of the Feet

For anyone with foot pain, this is arguably the most underutilized area of stretching. Most Bottom of the Feetknee and hip pain starts from our feet because it’s our first place of contact with the ground. If you haven’t been taking care of your feet, then doing this move while sitting might be a good idea. Utilize the ends of the Fit Buddy as needed for pressure and height. In the photo, Miguel is standing up straight and the larger end is closer to his heel but you can also stretch your calf as well by leaning forward lightly. Stretching both the bottom of your feet and calves at the same time could be difficult, so slowly work your way into deeper stretches. The smaller end of the Fit Buddy might be easier around your toes and the balls of your feet but since the muscle around that area is slightly thinner consider the amount of pressure you are using.

Bonus: Breaking Down Cellulite

Women often develop cellulite, which is simply fat deposits pushing through the connective tissue beneath the skin, in their late 20s to early 30s. Fat build-up can occur all over the body but is mainly found in women around the buttocks and thighs. Fit Buddy Breaking Down Cellulitecan be used to break down cellulite. To target the lower body, hold Fit Buddy in a horizontal position and massage the quads. Next, massage the inner thighs, the outer thighs, and the area under the legs. Use for 10-15 minutes per leg. Utilizing the Fit Buddy appropriately can help tremendously with cellulite reduction as moving or pressing against the skin can help stimulate pressure receptors and lead to a series of bioelectric and biochemical events causing fat to be dispersed/released from the body through other metabolic pathways.

Details: https://www.lilifu.co/, https://www.instagram.com/migueljortiz

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