30 Nov

Ways to Make Your Thanksgiving more Meaningful

Kansas City Spa Happy Holidays

Every family seems to have their own set of holiday traditions. This year, why not try something different and create some new Thanksgiving traditions? Here are some fresh ideas to try this turkey day — and perhaps for many more years to come.

1. Create a banner you can use year after year. Use what you have in the house to create a gratitude banner to decorate your dining room on Thanksgiving.

2. Invite someone who doesn’t have a place to go. Whether it’s a work colleague or a friend of a friend, if you hear of someone who won’t be able to go home this Thanksgiving, invite him or her to your home to share this special meal.

3. Set up a never-ending gratitude list. Unfurl a roll of butcher paper and set it on a side table or buffet with a cup of pens and a little sign encouraging guests to record the things they are grateful for.

4. Share the bounty. Before the holiday comes, take stock of your own good fortune and see if you can afford to donate a few bags of much-needed food to your local food bank or soup kitchen.

5. Have a potluck of objects. Ask your guests to bring something to place on the table that is meaningful to them, whether it’s a saltshaker bought on a special trip or great-grandma’s gravy boat.

6. Share your family’s treasured recipes. If you always make a favorite dish that’s been passed down through your family, this year take the time to copy it out on cards to give guests, along with the story behind it.

7. End the day outside. Take a walk, play football or sit around an outdoor fire with a final glass of wine. After all of that cooking and eating indoors, it feels lovely to step out into the crisp air.

And…at the Thanksgiving table have a little fun by seeing if anyone knows the answers to these Thanksgiving trivia questions!

Was there Turkey at the First Thanksgiving?
There is no evidence that turkey was eaten at the first Thanksgiving shared between the pilgrims and Wamponoag tribe in 1621. It’s more likely that they ate venison and a lot of seafood.

What is the relationship between frozen TV dinners and Thanksgiving?
Apparently, part of the reason that Swanson started creating T.V. dinners in 1953 was because it needed to find something to do with the massive amount of leftover frozen Thanksgiving turkeys.

How did the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade begin?
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade began in 1924 with 400 employees marching o from Convent Avenue and 145th Street in New York City. During this time, the parade was accompanied with live animals borrowed from the Central Park Zoo – from camels to elephants.

At this time of year, we’re thankful for many things… especially our loyal customers like you.   From our family to yours… Happy Thanksgiving!

26 Nov

Do You Want to Reverse the Signs of Aging?

sculptra-woman_thinkingYou look in the mirror one day and it hits you.  Your face doesn’t look as young as it used to.  The lines, wrinkles and deep creases that weren’t there before are suddenly very prominent.  When did that happen?  The changes that have taken place have been gradual but how do you make them disappear?

Do you choose an option with immediate, possibly shorter-term results or opt for a treatment that decreases the signs of aging gradually and builds volume in the facial area?

Because dermal fillers can offer many of the benefits of a costly surgical facelift with little to no downtime, the popularity of these non-surgical cosmetic procedures have been growing year after year.

And it’s obvious why dermal fillers are an excellent choice for minimizing wrinkles, plumping lips, filling out shallow contours and restoring youthful fullness to the face. However, with all the different options of dermal fillers available today, choosing the right one can be overwhelming.

There are various types of temporary fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane™ (that last about a year), which are used to fill smaller lines around the mouth, hollowing under eyes, fine lines such as crow’s feet, and add volume to the lips.

Radiesse™ also lasts about a year or so and is used to add volume, fill deep lines, build cheeks and lift sagging skin with a technique called “liquid facelift”.

So What’s Your Alternative for
Turning Back the Hands of Time?

 

Answer – Sculptra® Aesthetic. Not an overnight miracle…long lasting…not a quick-fix. It’s the first facial injectable that gives you subtle results over time by replacing lost collagen and giving you a more natural-looking appearance, without giving you away.

A full treatment of Sculptra® Aesthetic – which is an average of three injection sessions over a few months – can last more than two years. And that gives you more time to see how sensational the subtle approach can be.

Sculptra® Aesthetic is used to correct shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds that are treated with the appropriate injection technique, and is suitable for deep folds between the nose and the mouth, the lines framing your mouth and chin wrinkles.

Age doesn’t have to look
the way it used to
.

 

You can view a Video of Before and After results on actual Sculptra® Patients on our website lookmybest.net/body-services/sculptra Only a trained professional can properly assess your particular situation, provide the right options for you and carry out the treatment with precision.  Because some of the most common complaints related to dermal fillers involve incorrect placement, asymmetry and overfilling, choosing the right professional with a high level of experience in injecting dermal fillers is extremely important.

sculptra-20_years_experienceI have over 20 years of experience in the field of cosmetic injectables and I have all the products and tools available to allow me to recommend the best solution to help you reach your goals.

Let me help you discover anti-age for the modern age.  Call our office today to schedule your personal – and complimentary – consultation.

19 Nov

“Filler” Up for the Holidays

The holiday season is officially in full swing…and it’s a time when we all aspire to look our very best. However, if the holidays prove anything, it’s that no matter how hard you try, there just aren’t enough hours in the day to go for that cosmetic enhancement you’ve been putting off.

From gift shopping to preparing a delicious family dinner, little to no time is left to squeeze in some much-needed pampering. If these obligations weren’t enough, in the spirit of the season you’re sure to want to spend every moment that you’re not in some endless checkout line or in front of a piping hot stove with the people who make life that much more satisfying.

And while it can be a great time to enjoy food, family, and football, all of us know that it can also be a very stressful time of year.

Fillers-turkeyA number of things can go wrong:

  • You could burn the turkey;
  • Your football team could lose;
  • Your family could overstay their welcome.

While we can’t prevent these common holiday problems, we can prevent frown lines and wrinkles in your upper lip. In fact, we can give your face a rejuvenated look with the help of injectable fillers.  Following are come of our most popular options.

Artefill, is a dual-acting injectable wrinkle filler. First, ArteFill visibly corrects the wrinkle. Then the microspheres provide the permanent support your skin needs to correct the wrinkle and prevent further wrinkling. Artefill/Bellafill™ lasts!  20% of each injection line will last permanently.  With a typical injection, multiple lines are done in the same area which means 20-60% will STAY!

Restylane is a long-lasting cosmetic dermal filler that lifts and adds fullness to the areas being treated.  You can visibly see the difference in the “Before” and “After” photos.  As hyaluronic acid gradually degrades, each molecule binds to more water and over time, the same volume can be maintained with less hyaluronic acid. This ability of hyaluronic acid to bind to water is what helps provide long-lasting results. Check out our website for more photos & Videos

Fillers-before_after

Radiesse is a volumizing filler that provides structure and stimulates your own natural collagen growth.  Radiesse™ has the potential to last for years (most see results lasting 1-7 years), and it can be used in virtually any area that you may want to decrease wrinkling, with the exception of crow’s feet around the eyes (the product is too thick for the thin tissue in this area). This product is also a wonderful filler for scars, including acne scars.

 (Note:  It’s best to get your facial fillers at least a week or two before any important event in order to give the results plenty of time to make their debut.)

fillers-familySo relax…we have options available, including Perlane and Sculptra that will help you to look your best in picture after picture – memory after memory – with minimal cosmetic enhancement. To avoid downtime and continue spreading that holiday cheer, dermal filler injections are a great non-invasive way to freshen up for the holidays.

This holiday season, opt for more time with family and less time worrying about facial creases, laugh lines, wrinkles, and any other effects of excess sun or aging that may detract from the smiles to which loved ones look for joy and inspiration.

To schedule your complimentary consultation just call our office today!re

11 Nov

10 Skin Care Myths

Great looking skin can change how you feel about yourself and make you look years younger. Of course we are all looking for the “Fountain of Youth” and there is no shortage of home remedies, products and beliefs we hope that will give us our desired results. So I’ve put together a small collection of Skin Care Myths and an explanation of each.

skin-care-myths

  1. Facial exercises tone facial muscles and make a person appear younger.
    The face is the only part of the body where muscles are attached directly to the skin. Constant facial exercise and tugging contribute to additional lines. Actually, wrinkles often form along expression lines caused by facial movements.
  2. Cucumbers help reduce puffiness around the eyes.
    The principle ingredient in cucumbers is 90% water with the balance being inert fiber. They can be soothing and, with moisture, hydrate skin temporarily. The same results can be obtained from a cold compress.
  3. Chocolate and greasy foods cause acne.
    Eating chocolate does not cause acne. Hormonal factors, bacteria and skin cells are at the root of problematic skin, and stress can exacerbate flare-ups.
  4. Natural and organic products are always better.
    Buyer, beware! Many natural and organic products are not as they claim. Synthetic compounds can actually be identical to those found in nature and be more effective. Natural vs. laboratory-processed should not lead to an up or down decision about whether a product is good or bad. Not all chemicals are bad, and not all natural or organic ingredients are good.
  5. Blackheads are a caused by improperly cleansed skin.
    Blackheads or comedones are caused by clogged pores, and excessive scrubbing can irritate and further inflame skin. Blackheads often contain dirt, oil, and dry and dead skin cells that need to be removed. Products that help dissolve sebum are the most effective.
  6. Drying problematic or oily skin clears up acne.
    The opposite is true. When skin becomes overly dry, an environment is created in which the skin is signaled that is too dry and produces more oil. Use drying products sparingly, and look to lightly moisture oily skin. The goal is to keep skin balanced.
  7. Get a base tan to prevent burning before going on vacation.
    Any tan is a scar, and there is no such thing as a healthy, safe tan.
  8. Sun exposure will improve acne.
    Yes, sun exposure can hide the appearance of acne for awhile, but will lead to skin damage, pigmentation and drying that signals the skin to produce more oil.
  9. Skin care products can last three or more years.
    Despite a number of claims to the contrary, most skin care products lose a great deal of their potency within 12 months. Preservatives do not last forever and ingredients can get contaminated with bacteria.
  10. Strong scrubs, soaps and abrasives are good for your skin.
    Be careful how you wash your face. Too much scrubbing or too many abrasive products can remove protective oils, create tiny micro tears and contribute to aging, irritated skin. Less is more, and a gentle cleanser and light moisturizer work well for most people.

Osmosis Skin CareHere’s one Product that achieves remarkable results by addressing every aspect of Skin damage…Osmosis Skincare

You will not find this professional line of Skin care in any department or drug stores.  Only qualified Medical Spas have trained staff to examine your skin and make sure you get the right product for your specific needs.  If you would like to reverse the aging process of your skin just respond to this post or call us today.