04 Feb

In Today’s World, Aging is Optional

Just because your birth certificate knows your true age doesn’t mean that everybody else has to! Aesthetics centers that focus on the face, body, skin, and hair, make it not only possible, but easy, to always look ten years younger.  Here are just a few simple, non-invasive procedures that men and women alike take advantage of for ageless beauty.

CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting is a unique fat reduction technique delivers impressive results without the added burdens of surgery, dieting, or recovery time.  It uses controlled cooling to safely target and remove fat that has proven resistant to other weight loss methods. When strategic cooling is gently applied to your stubborn areas of fat, the fat cells under the skin are frozen and then die. These fat cells are flushed from your body over the course of a few months to reveal your slim and sculpted body. Read More

09 Jul

How Permanent Make-Up Can Revolutionize Your Beauty Regime

Make-up can sometimes be fun to put on… providing you’ve got plenty of time to focus on it. However, when you’re running out of the door to the office and only have five minutes to spare, it’s not quite so enjoyable.

Neither is it much fun when you’re applying lipstick in the car and accidentally go outside your lip-line, or when you’re out on the rain and your mascara ends up down your cheeks! This is where permanent make-up can make the world of difference to your life. Here’s more information. Read More

09 Jun

Time to Get Rid of that Turkey Neck: Here’s How

If there’s one thing that can really age you like nothing else, it’s the dreaded ‘turkey neck’. As we grow older, our skin naturally loses its elasticity; and in some cases, this can cause the skin around the neck to sag downwards, resulting in those unflattering folds of skin that look a little like turkey wattles!

The bad news is that no amount of exercising or moisturizing is going to return that skin to its former taut state. However, there is some good news – there is a cosmetic treatment that can! Read More

16 Apr

Gobble, Gobble…. Gone! How to Get Rid of Your ‘Turkey Neck’

As we get older, our skin naturally loses some of its elasticity and freshness. This can result in wrinkles, lines and sagging. Whilst most of us feel happy enough living with a few wrinkles, there’s one sign of aging that most people unanimously feel self-conscious about… the dreaded ‘turkey neck’!

What Causes Turkey Neck?

Loose, sagging skin around the neck area is really unflattering, especially when someone is taking your photo; as it’s virtually impossible to hide! The cause for a sagging turkey neck is often related to excess fat or unexercised muscles; and once you’ve got one, they’re notoriously hard to get rid of. Read More

03 Mar

In Search of a “Healthy Glow”? Reconsider Your Use of Tanning Beds

Only a few years ago, tanning salons were really popular. The bronzed glow was once considered a really desirable look, and many men and women, eager to bring some color to their bodies, headed to their local salon to top up on their tan.

However, according to recent statements released by the FDA, tanning beds are unsafe and ‘pose serious health risks’. Read More

24 Oct

Interested in Other Ways to Freshen up Before the Holidays?

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You know, the end of beach weather should not mean an end to any weight loss and physical fitness efforts. Fall is actually the perfect time to reevaluate annual weight loss goals before the hectic winter holidays.

By combining portion control, calorie reduction, sugar-free foods and beverages with regular exercise, you can lose weight without eliminating certain foods and beverages.

Here are more tips to “fall” into weight loss:

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    Eat less, more often. Many experts say eating small snacks throughout the day will lead to healthier choices when it comes to the three main meals. Frequently consuming snacks can help keep your blood sugar level steady and your energy up.
  • Make simple substitutions. Try preparing foods that are nutritious and satisfying yet low in calories. Reducing the amount of fat and calories in meals can help prevent weight gain. Create healthier versions of favorites by using skim milk instead of whole milk, applesauce in place of oil, or a sugar substitute in place of the sugar in a recipe.
  • Enjoy the great outdoors. In many parts of the United States, autumn provides the perfect season for outdoor activity – cool mornings and evenings and warm afternoons. Get outside and take advantage of the brisker temperatures by bicycling, hiking, jogging and playing golf or tennis.
  • Keep a food journal. It helps to write down all food and beverages consumed throughout the day to get an accurate picture of the number of calories you are consuming. These types of journals can help uncover hidden calories, specify eating patterns, highlight problem areas and, essentially, increase the chances of weight loss success down the road. Visitwww.caloriescount.com for a printable food journal and online calorie calculator.
  • Stock your kitchen with healthy choices. Empty those cupboards of high-fat snacks or meals and replace them with nutritious items. Always have cut-up fruits and vegetables on hand and pair them with low-fat yogurt dip for an instant snack or side dish. Having healthy foods readily available makes it easier to work them into your diet.

 

Need help getting started? Check out this month’s specials:

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Interested in other ways to freshen up before the holidays? Click here for a complete list of this month’s specials and then call our office today to schedule your complimentary consultation.

28 Feb

Are Your Legs Ready for Summer?

It’s certainly winter coat weather right now in Kansas, but before you know it, the sunshine and warm weather will arrive, bringing with it flirty spring fashion, skirts, and shorts! Most women look forward to spring and summer with eager anticipation, but for those with unsightly spider veins on their legs, putting on a sundress or a bathing suit is the last thing they want to do.

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At Midwest Medical, we currently offer sclerotherapy for patients with spider veins and reticular veins.  Spider veins can form due to genetic predisposition and pressure resulting from pregnancy, obesity, or long periods of sitting or standing, and the best and only way remove and reduce spider veins is professional sclerotherapy.

This form of spider vein removal utilizes tiny needles to inject sclerosing agents into the body that will dissolve, collapse, and fade the telltale signs of spider veins.  Each spider vein removal treatment only takes only 30 to 60 minutes and is relatively painless.  The number of treatments required will depend on your individual situation; most cases require multiple treatments.

And when your treatment is finished, you can go right back to what you were doing!

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Sclerotherapy does not require any recovery period. You’ll be able to walk immediately, drive yourself home and resume your regular activities after the treatment!

And if you really want to kick your legs up another notch this summer, here are some 

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Walk daily. This is the simplest exercise for legs. Use a step counter; you should try to walk about 10,000 steps each day.

Go running. Running will use more energy and in turn help burn fat. Try to do this at least three times per week.

Use a stationary bike or go biking. Bike riding provide a shockingly high caloric burn of about 500-600 calories an hour, making it one of the best exercise for reducing body fat.

Do a simple floor exercise. Lay flat on your back with your legs on the floor. Put your arms out beside you on the floor. Bring your knee up to where the highest part of your profile is. Then, with your other leg, kick it as high as it will go. Return it to the floor. Do sets of 60.

Try leg rolls. Lie on your right side and place your left arm on the floor in front of you. Raise your left leg at hip level. Pretend your leg is in a barrel and with your toes, lead the rest of your leg to trace the inside of the barrel. Do sets of 60.

Now is the absolute best time of year to seek sclerotherapy, as patients must wear compression stockings for two weeks after a treatment to attain the best results.  Prepare yourself for summer and enjoy legs that are dramatically healthier-looking and youthful with professional spider vein removal.  Call our office today to schedule your free consultation.

24 Feb

Kiss and Tell with Restylane

There’s nothing more romantic than a classic, big-screen kiss. However many times we may have watched a film, those passionate moments still have the power to send shivers down the spine.

As a special indulgence today, with Oscars just around the corner, here’s a little tribute to some of the best movie kisses from the Golden Age of Hollywood.

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Gone With The Wind
“You should be kissed, and often, and by someone who knows how.” Well, when you put it like that… No wonder Scarlett O’Hara, played by Vivien Leigh, swooned for Clark Gable’s ardent Rhett Butler in this 1939 epic!


To Have and Have Not
In this 1944 film, the kiss between Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall is all the more romantic knowing that the two actors fell in love while on set.


From Here to Eternity
It would be impossible not to include the sea-soaked kiss between Deborah Kerr and Burt Lancaster in a list of iconic kisses. In fact, the memorable moment when ocean waves rush up and around the two lovers on the beach goes beyond a simple kiss to become one of the most iconic movie scenes of all time, period.


In today’s rushed, busy, and messy world, it can sometimes seem impossible to reach the level of sophistication and romance that these stars achieved effortlessly. But in fact, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Injectable treatments to enhance lips are an easy and convenient way to add a touch of old-fashioned glamor and passion to your appearance, and you’ll be amazed at how stylish and confident you’ll feel.

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For patients over 21 years of age, Restylane is the first and only FDA-approved choice for lip enhancement. This safe and natural injectable filler subtly enhances lips beyond what cosmetics alone can do, providing fullness and definition which can last up to six months.

We have extensive experience using Restylane. The procedure is simple and convenient, optimizes your comfort, and provides nearly instantaneous results.

The best part is that Restylane™ can last up to 18 months with only 1 follow-up treatment at either 4 1/2 months or 9 months. By targeting specific areas using the right treatments for each you can basically get a facelift without all the surgery, the cost, and there is virtually no downtime.

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And speaking of time, the whole procedure can be done on your lunch hour.

To hear what other women have to say about Restylane and what it did for them you can see them on our website by clicking Here.

It’s now easier than ever to channel your inner Vivien Leigh or Deborah Kerr. Just go to our website to schedule a Complimentary Consultation to Book your Appointment.

10 Feb

Crucial Facts About Cosmetic Fillers and You!

Crucial-facts-fillers-woman_clockIt seems that we are bombarded with the miracle of how we can turn back the clock and look younger simply by using any number of the plethora of cosmetic fillers on the market. Simply by injecting this products we are told it will have age-reversing abilities and will change our lives.

BUT the real truth is that the product by itself does not necessarily mean you’ll get the results you want. Otherwise anyone, even you, would be able to just insert a small needle in the desired area and get perfect results. I mean that’s what a lot of people do who are diabetics or have epi-pens for certain life threatening allergies.

It’s a fact that dermal fillers have revolutionized the field of cosmetic dermatology. But most people don’t understand how important the role of the dermatologists and/or cosmetic surgeons is.

Let me ask you, if you had a life threatening disease which required surgery, would you want a surgeon that had just graduated or one that has successfully performed that operation thousands of times? It’s not just a question of the product, it’s one of what you do with it!

There are many factors to be considered that most people never think of. So it’s important that if you are considering dermal fillers that you do the research to find someone who is experienced in the following areas.

Knowing how the skin ages: Fillers are just one tool used in anti-aging treatment, and the process of aging does not occur uniformly in all areas of the face. So it’s imperative that the person administering the fillers is knowledgeable on your type of skin and how it ages.

Being knowledgeable about the various types of available fillers: There are a host of fillers available, so it’s imperative to know about the various fillers, their ingredients, particles per mg, cross-linking, the presence of any additives and their shelf life before and after opening the filler.

Being familiar with the technique: There are various methods of injecting dermal fillers, and some of them can be associated with lumps, if administered incorrectly.

Being up to date regarding the approval status of the filler. Many people don’t realize it, but the procedure of injecting dermal fillers is considered to be a medical procedure and hence there is a quality check conducted by various approval bodies in various parts of the world to assert the authenticity and safety of the products.

So…who are you going to trust with your Skin?

Crucial-facts-fillers-woman_make_upOur core business is in this area of expertise.

I established Midwest Medical Aesthetics Center as the first freestanding medical aesthetics clinic in the Kansas City area and my clinic has been and is still the most comprehensive medical aesthetics facility in this area for over 18 years.

Whether you’re interested in:

Botox Dysport Restylane – Juvederm Perlane
Artefill Radiesse Selphyl Sculptra

or any of a number of wrinkle fillers and facial volumizers, we are experts in sculpting faces.

Why do my patients trust me?

My patients tell me time and again that the reason they trust me with their skin is because I have the distinct ability to analyze their face and know where to place the fillers and which ones to use. They also keep coming back because my focus is on making them look BETTER not just younger.

They often tell me horror stories…

…about how other spas will inject fillers without even considering how the injection will look in relation to the rest of the face. And even though my patients tell me they would pay just about anything for my services, I still offer the best prices in town.

I offer Complimentary Consultations to review your individual concerns so you can make an educated decision on the most important part of any procedure, and that is YOU! Schedule an appointment on our website or just give us a call for further information.

28 Jan

Are You Looking To Turn Back The Clock?

Fillers-Done-Professionally-woman_faceTwenty years ago, if you wanted to get rid of facial wrinkles, sagging skin, and fill those deep furrows, there was basically one way to do it – going under the knife for a face-lift.  But today, a range of dermal fillers can be injected into those crow’s feet, marionette lines, thinning lips and furrows between the brows, taking years off the face–and all can be done during your lunch hour, with no invasive surgery and little recovery time.

Dermal fillers, also known as “injectables” or “soft-tissue fillers,” do just what their name suggests — they fill in the area under the skin. Some fillers are natural and some are synthetic, but they all work to give a youthful appearance to aging skin.

But how do you know whom to trust to effectively make you
look like you did 15 years ago?

Many medispas, laser centers, plastic surgery centers and doctor’s offices offer injectables. Here are some important questions to ask when considering any provider.

  1. How much of their service is devoted to injectables? In order to get the best possible look with injectables, you need a practitioner who has dedicated themselves to this procedure and understands how each product works to restore your natural youthful look…not someone who does it on the side.
  2. Do they offer industry recognized safety measures? No matter how rare an adverse reaction may be, the prudent professional carries medication to reverse dermal fillers and to plan for an allergic reaction.
  3. When was the last professional seminar they attended? The field of aesthetic medicine is always evolving. Don’t settle for a practitioner who is outdated.
  4. Does the practitioner have quality time for you? So many clients come to Midwest Medical because their last practitioner was too busy to spend time with them.
  5. Do you like the atmosphere? It’s important to feel indulged when you’re getting luxury services, without paying too much.
  6. Do you feel pressured to buy? Large, corporate laser centers and medispas often push services while offering tempting “financing”. Regretful clients often buy services that don’t result as promised.

So why choose Midwest Medical Aesthetics?

  • We perform more procedures with fillers than any other medical practice in Kansas!
  • I don’t inject a filler just to solve a problem in one area; through experience I see how the different parts of your facial appearance need to fit together to achieve a natural youthful appearance.
  • I am a licensed professional and also a registered nurse, so you can relax knowing that you’re getting the best care possible.
  • We eagerly attend the latest professional seminars in order to bring you the most current approaches.
  • Our prices show that you are getting, not only the best price, but also the best service from an experienced professional in a welcoming atmosphere.
  • We don’t believe our clients need to rush through a service; even if the procedure takes 10 minutes, you should always have your questions answered.

Give me 45 minutes and I’ll take 15 years off your appearance…so if you’re looking for the “Fountain of Youth” just give us a call today for an appointment.  You won’t be disappointed!