Neka Parekh MSN FNP BCNeha Parekh, MSN, FNP-BC

As many of you have heard our spa is now open for facials, BOTOX® Cosmetic and fillers – additionally,  you may have also heard of interactions with the COVID vaccine and fillers.  I wanted to share some valuable information to keep you informed.

3 out of 15,000 people who had the Moderna® vaccine had some mild temporary swelling of their face.  Of those patients who had a reaction, the type and brand of filler is unknown. No reports with filler and Pfizer® vaccine, with no other vaccine data available.

Currently, reaction to fillers after the administration of the COVID vaccine is very uncommon but treatable. Botox has not caused any problems with the vaccine. If you have had filler in the past,  we encourage you to get vaccinated.  

Other adverse reactions such as fever and discomfort can occur with any vaccine i.e. MMR, shingles, flu vaccine.  We are encouraging patients to get vaccinated.

Vidhi Gadson MDKelly Symbal

Microneedling is a treatment that has been in existence for decades and is a continually advancing technology.  The thought process behind the technology is to treat and improve skin conditions such as acne scarring, the fine lines and wrinkling of aging, loose skin, skin texture, pore size and pigmentation.

When we microneedle, we are control-wounding the skin.  This means we are purposely making tiny channels in the skin with sterile needles.  As we do this, the production of collagen is induced.  Before starting the treatments, it is important not to use topical agents that may increase the sensitivity of your skin.  Some examples of this would be Retinoids, exfoliants or acids for 5 to 7 days prior to your treatment.

Three to four treatments are recommended, four weeks apart.  It is very important to be consistent with your treatment sessions for proper collagen induction.  After the three to four sessions have been completed, you can expect to see your full results in four to six weeks.  To maintain our results a treatment of microneedling should be done every six months.

Vidhi Gadson MDKelly Symbal

Office-based chemical peels are wonderful for maintaining and restoring skin’s health and appearance. Chemical peels are exfoliating treatments to help resurface the uppermost layer of the skin to reveal new, healthy skin. Chemical peels are available in many different formulations and concentrations to address different skin concerns such as fine lines and wrinkles, acne, enlarged pores, skin tone, texture and sun-damaged skin. There is a chemical peel that can be used on every skin type that can help achieve an individual goal.

Skin cells turn over naturally in our youth every 18 to 20 days, resulting in a vibrant, healthy look. Aging tends to slow this process down, resulting in a dull, less radiant appearance. Chemical peels stimulate the cell turn-over to give back the radiance we remember. Most peels offered by the Medspa have little to no downtime. Often referred to as the “lunchtime peel,” you are able to apply makeup immediately and go on to your next event.

Anti-aging for our 50 & 60’s…..another phrase for addressing the cumulative effects of time, all the things we did in our misspent youth….. Do you remember…..

– heading out on bikes/to pools without sunscreen, or better yet using baby oil or greasy tanning products?

– dealing with pollution exposure pre-regulation near city factories in neighborhoods growing up?

– the only time we drank water was if there was a hose around?

– how old you were when you found out about alcohol…..and overindulged…..?

So much of what 50 & 60 year olds grew up with is now what makes them the fabulous generation they are, but alas also contributes to aging issues that can still be addressed …….ergo, Anti-Aging!

First, no matter the age, sunscreen is of the UTMOST importance.  Our go-to at any age is Elta MD®, but more specifically the tinted Broad Spectrum SPF 44.  A moisturizing sunscreen with Hyaluronic Acid helps to restore our body’s largest organ – our skin.  With both UVA and UVB protection you are covered whether driving in your car or reading the latest Book Club novel poolside, but did you know that UVA rays penetrate more deeply into the skin and drive premature skin aging and wrinkles?? 

Vidhi Gadson MDVidhi Gadson, MD

Stress Incontinence is not funny!

Studies say that doing Kegel exercises throughout your pregnancy may help prevent stress incontinence, which is the most common type of urinary incontinence. Stress incontinence occurs when pressure on the bladder is increased, causing a urine leak. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can also cause stress incontinence. Other factors play a role in the development of incontinence during and after pregnancy.

These include:

  • Family history of incontinence
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Gaining excess weight during pregnancy

Although it isn’t always possible to prevent urine leaks during pregnancy, there is a lot you can do to potentially reduce the frequency and severity of leaks, such as:

by Kelly & Nanci

Youre30So much has happened in your twenties – you’re an adult, you’re not an adult – but at thirty it really hits home…….you’re an adult!  And your skin is starting to tell you so.  You are finding that the first signs of aging are now popping up and it’s disarming and annoying.  Not to scare you, but skin goes through a number of changes in your thirties and your products need to keep in step with the appearance of fine lines and dull skin. 

Products you used in your twenties, probably even carried over from your late teens, may no longer address the upcoming changes and you may want to kick your skincare up a notch. 

Cleansers used in the past may still work for you or they may begin to be more drying.  If you like your current cleanser but it is drying, we recommend that you boost your moisturizer as your skin may feel less hydrated.  But if your cleanser isn’t doing the trick anymore, we are recommending two cleanser products.  If your skin is in the normal zone or “all skin type”, Revision® Papaya Enzyme is a great choice (smells luscious too!!) as it contains papaya fruit extract which energizes the skin while Salicylic Acid removes dead surface cells.  It is rich in vitamins and minerals but also provides potent antioxidants with a Bixa Orellana Seed Extract.  If your skin leans to the oily, again a great revision cleanser choice is the Brightening Facial Wash.  With alpha and beta hydroxyl acids and skin-brightening botanicals, this wash exfoliates and brightens, leaving skin radiant and hydrated.

Sherry Namenby Sherry Namen LMT, CMT

Hello, my name is Sherry Namen, and I teach Invigor - Stretch Therapy. I am a licensed and insured professional massage therapist - qualified in many different types of massage.

Invigor-Stretch Therapy offers many different types of stretch and massage, and focuses on giving the client time to recover from the stresses of everyday life, soft tissue injuries and pain.  Invigor-Stretch Therapy also offers Sports Therapy Massage, which involves increasing range of motion and joint flexibility which helps to alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body's soft tissues and joints during physical activity and life's everyday challenges. This treatment is not just for the sports person: anyone can benefit from invigorating stretch therapy, including people in physically demanding jobs and those suffering from injuries or stress related positions.

Stretch Massage is one of our September Spa Specials! Please call our office to schedule your stretch massage today! Call 847-304-0044 Ext. 2

Vidhi Gadson MDKelly Symbal

A Melanage chemical peel is a skin brightening system used to treat uneven skin tone, deep pigment issues and melasma.  Melasma, usually associated with pregnancy, the use of birth control or hormone replacement therapy, is a darker pigmentation that occurs on both sides of the face in the areas of cheeks, upper lip, forehead and chin. The peel helps to even out the skin tone of the affected skin areas, removing dead skin cell and brightening the skin tone.  If pigmentation is the client’s main concern, a series of peels may be the recommended treatment.

The Melanage peel treatment is appropriate and safe for all skin types but is NOT to be applied during pregnancy or while nursing.  It is not painful, with little irritation during the application.  The application is a two-part process with the first step containing small amounts of Salicylic and Azelaic acid and the second step containing Retinol. 

August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month.  The breastfeeding campaign, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, hopes to empower women to commit to breastfeeding by highlighting new research showing that babies who are exclusively breastfed for six months are less likely to develop ear infections, diarrhea, respiratory illnesses and may be less likely to develop childhood obesity. Breastfeeding is also linked to a lower risk of these health problems in women: Type 2 diabetes, breast cancer, ovarian cancer and postpartum depression.  Breastfeeding mothers enjoy a quicker recovery after childbirth, with reduced risk of postpartum bleeding.  During lactation, total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels may decline while the beneficial HDL cholesterol level remains high.

The benefits of breastfeeding begin from the first moments after childbirth and last for many years after breastfeeding ends.

In your 40's product blog photoAfter being quarantined for xxxxxxxxxxxxxx days (or maybe it seemed to fly by for you??), everyone has grown to appreciate their need for personal care, especially for their beauty needs – skincare, nail care, exercising, skincare…..oops, yes that bears repeating. With different products launching constantly, it can be rather difficult to figure out what is needed. So we are looking at age groups and discussing products with our aesthetician, Kelly to gain insight and to provide guidance today for our 40-ers.

A Gentle Cleanser

Kelly’s recommendation is the Obagi® Gentle Cleanser. A gentle cleanser is essential to good skincare. On the same level as your sunscreen (we’ll get to that!), cleansers should really have been a part of your skincare since your 20’s but if that hasn’t been the case, no worries. Obagi cleans away dirt, is gentle enough to remove makeup – even mascara – without being irritating. It actually calls itself out as soothing.

Carbohydrates provide the body with the fuel it needs for physical activity and for proper organ function.

Different compounds composed of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen are called “carbohydrates.”

There are two main categories:

Simple Carbohydrates:

  • Fructose (fruit sugar)
  • Dextrose or glucose
  • Sucrose (table sugar)

Complex Carbohydrates:

Include everything made of three or more linked sugars (starch and fiber).

Carbohydrates are found in fruits, vegetables, breads, cereals, grains, milk and milk products, foods containing added sugars (cakes, cookies, sugar-sweetened beverages).

Healthy Tips:

  • Follow a meal plan that gives you 45% to 65% of the calories as carbohydrates (1 gram of carbohydrate = 4 calories)
  • Start the day with whole grains
  • Use whole grain breads for lunch or snacks
  • Choose water instead of sugar-sweetened sodas
  • Have a piece of fruit for dessert and skip desserts with added sugar
  • Choose 4 oz of 100% fruit juice rather than a fruit drink
  • Make at least ½ of your grains whole grains

**Your daily diet should contain a balance of carbohydrate and protein. Remember – when choosing carbohydrates, choose quality!!**