By Best Self Publisher: Patti Stephens

Anderson Aesthetics and Hair Restoration offers several options for people looking to have noninvasive treatments that produce results. One such treatment is Microneedling. It is one of the more innovative services that Ken Anderson, M.D., and staff provide.

Collagen starts to decrease in the skin beginning in your 20s, and by 40, it has drastically reduced. One of the ways estheticians are fighting back against this collagen loss is with microneedling. Hence, why microneedling is a popular buzz word in the skin care industry right now—everyone is gravitating toward it. The treatment, which involves injecting tiny needles all over the face and neck, triggers the body to heal itself. The process of healing creates more collagen, which plumps the skin and makes the face look younger.

Anne performs microneedling on Patti’s face.

Anne performs microneedling on Patti’s face.

I had this procedure done on my entire face and neck and I was surprised at how painless it was. Anne Cesae, L.M.E., performed the treatment, and Courtney Pantelis provided me with great insight on the process and benefits of the procedure. It started with applying numbing cream on my face and neck to limit my discomfort. Once applied, you need to wait about 15 to 20 minutes for it to take effect. Even with the numbing cream, you do still feel a few small stings but not uncomfortable at all. The needling took about 20 to 30 minutes.

My face was slightly red afterward and I was instructed to stay out of the sun, but overall, the downtime was minimal. Courtney and Anne gave me some great serums to put on later that night and the next day. They were well-educated about the aftercare process since they have both had the procedure done on themselves. Within the next few days, I saw a noticeable difference in the texture of my skin. It felt smoother, more supple, and my wrinkles were slightly diminished. I would definitely recommend having the procedure done in a series to get maximum benefits.

Facebook_LiveFor more on this treatment, check out this Facebook LIVE video featuring Courtney Pantelis and Anne Cesae.

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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By Best Self Staffer: Kim Cooper

(L-R) Judy Paredes, L.M.E., and Tessa Bell, L.M.E.

(L-R) Judy Paredes, L.M.E., and Tessa Bell, L.M.E.

I was feeling fairly nervous about the Halo Pro Laser treatment because I didn’t know what to expect. The procedure begins by applying a topical anesthetic to reduce any sensations felt on the face. The anesthetic is followed by measuring and photographing the skin with motion tracking technology. This machinery helps the staff to evenly treat the skin based on the needs of each client.

During the treatment, there was minimal discomfort because the numbing cream was effective. The practitioners, Judy Paredes, L.M.E., and Tessa Bell, L.M.E., also let me know exactly what they were doing and what to expect it to feel like. There is a small feeling of discomfort from the heat and prickling of the laser, but for the most part, it was painless. Afterward, my face remained warm for the next hour and it felt like I had a slight sunburn. The next morning, I had some swelling under the eyes but nothing terribly drastic.

Image of the sun damage under Kim’s skin.

Image of the sun damage under Kim’s skin.

My results were spectacular! I could tell I had more of a glow and saw a reduction of fine lines, wrinkles, and brown spots from sun exposure. Halo combines deep dermal rejuvenation with epidermal renewal and creates amazing results to reverse years of damage without the downtime of more aggressive types of treatment. Results can be seen as soon as two to five days after the treatment. Most patients see the greatest improvement in decreases in pigmentation caused by sun damage in the first two to three weeks.

After looking at my skin under the UV light, I will definitely be more diligent about wearing sunscreen every day. We don’t realize the amount of sun exposure we are getting on a daily basis simply by driving our cars. I highly recommend the experience with OPAL and cannot wait to see my continued results.

 

Facebook_LiveFor more on this treatment, check out this Facebook LIVE video featuring Judy Paredes and Tessa Bell.

Details: 404.953.4023. 1100 Johnson Ferry Rd. NE., Atlanta, GA 30342. opalatlanta.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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Candace receives a seaweed facial and eye contour treatment from Tamara Townsend.

By Best Self Staffer: Candace Bivins

I was excited to visit Steve Hightower Hair Salon & Day Spa to try both the Repêchage Hydra Dew® Express Lift facial and Opti Firm Eye Contour treatment. I heard great things about both brands and wanted to experience it for myself.

The Repêchage Hydra Dew® Express Lift facial is seaweed based with water lily extract. It smoothed my fine lines and wrinkles while administering a dose of antioxidants to my skin. It made my skin feel more supple, luminous, and dewy. The Argireline® and hexapeptide in the facial helped to firm and lift my skin.

The Opti Firm Eye Contour treatment was soothing and cooling. It brightened my dark circles and reduced the puffiness and wrinkles around my eyes.

The whole experience was very relaxing. Both masks were thick and felt cool all over my face. Skin specialist Tamara Townsend left them on for about 15 minutes and afterward, they peeled right off. I saw results immediately. My skin felt very soft and hydrated. I could definitely see and feel a big difference.

Most people don’t realize that Steve Hightower Hair Salon & Day Spa has a full-service spa with a complete menu of services. I would highly recommend the combination treatment I received. It was extremely affordable. The Repêchage Hydra Dew® Express Lift facial is $75 and the Opti Firm Eye Contour treatment is $45.

Details: 404.264.9006. 646 Lindbergh Way, Atlanta, GA 30324. stevehightower.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: Candace Bivins

Carmen Bilal, LE. uses a scalpel to exfoliate Candace’s skin during a dermaplaning procedure.

Carmen Bilal, LE. uses a scalpel to exfoliate Candace’s skin during a dermaplaning procedure.

I was excited to get a deep facial exfoliation thanks to my dermaplaning and enzyme peel at Dermani Medspa.

What’s great about dermaplaning is that it can be done on all skin types and is a great way to refresh the skin and renew its youthful appearance.

Dermaplaning is a method of exfoliation that consists of using a scalpel to gently scrape off the top layer of dull, dead skin cells in order to reveal a smoother, brighter complexion. It is pain-free and works to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, even skin tone, and reduce acne scarring and other facial blemishes.

During the procedure, there was a bright light on my face. As mentioned above, the method involves gentle scraping all over the face with a fine scalpel blade. Although it feels and sounds like scraping, it doesn’t hurt at all. But I did have to lay completely still because Carmen Bilal, L.E. was using a sharp scalpel blade to scrape off the dead skin cells. She followed up with a quick enzyme peel to further exfoliate my skin. It was painless but it does make your skin tingle/itch for about a minute.

Afterward, my skin felt very soft and smooth. I had some red patches, but they went away. I could definitely see and feel a big difference in my skin.

I loved this treatment! I highly recommend dermaplaning if you want a quick skin pick-me-up for your face. You will see immediate results. It only takes 30 to 40 minutes and you are out the door and back to work in no time. Your face will feel very smooth and radiate. The treatment also removes baby facial hairs. But if you’re wondering if it will make your hair thicker and grow back quicker, the answer is no, it will not.

 The cost of the procedure is $55 if you are a Dermani Medspa member. For non-members and walk-ins, the cost is $110.

 Details: 770.212.2242. 5 Metro Atlanta locations. dermanimedspa.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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Amy Densmore performs INTRAcel on Sherri.

By Best Self Publisher: Sherri Adair

To kick off 30 Days of Healthy, Beautiful Skin, I had a revolutionary new treatment called INTRAcel at Buckhead’s Institut’ DERMed which is celebrating 28 years in business this year.

The first time I heard about INTRAcel, I was intrigued. It is a high-tech skin treatment that combines the best of two technologies—microneedling and radio frequency. Essentially, you get the enhanced benefit of two treatments in one.

The treatment combines microscopic needles with targeted radio frequency to prompt the body to produce more collagen, which helps to support the skin, reduce sagging, improve imperfections, rejuvenate and provide overall tightening. This treatment is great for the whole face but can also be performed on the neck, hands, and other areas of the body where skin tightening is desired.

In my opinion, this is a truly advanced skin care treatment. The procedure starts with numbing of the area. This step helps to reduce the discomfort some people may feel. Although, most of the people I’ve talked to say the minor discomfort was more than worth the results. Plus, there is no downtime!

I had a single treatment on my face and after only one treatment I saw an amazing change in my skin. Over the next few weeks, my skin tone should continue to improve as the treatment continues to work. Enhanced results are seen after the second and third treatment.

Facebook_LiveFor more on this treatment, check out this Facebook LIVE video featuring Institut’ DERMed’s owner and founder Lyn Ross.

Details: 404.261.5199. 3726 Roswell Rd. NE., Atlanta GA 30342; idermed.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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Stroke SignsAccording to the Shepherd Center, in the U.S., a stroke occurs every 40 seconds. Pay attention to these signs of a stroke occurrence and remember to act F.A.S.T.

Face Droop on one side or a smile that is not equal

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Time Call 911

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Healthy, Beautiful Skin

Spring is here and summer is on the way, meaning more sun and more exposed skin! In honor of the upcoming season, and May being Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month®, Best Self Atlanta magazine is putting a health and beauty spin on our widely popular “30 Days of Fitness” series. Throughout the month of May, we will host a special blog and Facebook LIVE series called “30 Days of Healthy, Beautiful Skin.”

Beginning May 1, our Best Self staff will take turns visiting local med spas and dermatology offices to receive 30-minute skin care treatments. As we complete each day of Healthy, Beautiful Skin, we’ll blog about our experience to let you know what to expect from each treatment or procedure. We’ll even let you take a peek at some of the treatments we’re receiving in “real time” via Facebook LIVE! In addition, we’ll be sharing vital information about skin cancer awareness on the blog posts.

Be sure to like us on Facebook to follow along each day, or bookmark this post, where we’ll update the links as we go through each day in the month.

If you have favorite treatments of your own, tell us about them in the comments section or on social media with #30DaysofHealthyBeautifulSkin @BestSelfAtlanta!

Day 1                     Day 11                    Day 21

Day 2                     Day 12                    Day 22

Day 3                     Day 13                    Day 23

Day 4                     Day 14                    Day 24

Day 5                     Day 15                    Day 25

Day 6                     Day 16                    Day 26

Day 7                     Day 17                    Day 27

Day 8                     Day 18                    Day 28

Day 9                     Day 19                    Day 29

Day 10                   Day 20                    Day 30 part 1

Day 30 part 2

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yoga

What better backdrop for a workout class than the iconic Piedmont Park? As the official fitness program of the Piedmont Park Conservancy, Love You Healthy offers a variety of fitness programs for all levels.Stop by the Saturday Morning Yoga class to eliminate stress, restore energy and rejuvenate.

Details: loveyouhealthy.com

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The new INTRAcel treatment at Institut’ DERMed uses microneedles to increase collagen and target wrinkles, improve skin texture, acne scars, and sagging jawlines. shutterstock_249488587“The most incredible part about it is that we can achieve CO2 fractional laser results without downtime or the normal discomfort associated with a laser resurfacing,” says Lyn Ross, Institut’ DERMed founder.  Details: 3726 Roswell Rd., Atlanta; idermed.com

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