Introducing Restylane Refyne and Defyne!

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We are so excited because U. Med Spa is now offering Restylane Refyne and Restylane Defyne!  Refyne and Defyne are incredibly unique facial fillers made of flexible hyaluronic acid.

Flexible hyaluronic acid allows Refyne and Defyne to bend or “flex” as you smile and make facial expressions, creating soft and incredibly natural-looking results.

Refyne and Defyne are best for filling in laugh lines and nasolabial folds (the parentheses marks on each side of the nose) because they won’t restrict your natural facial movements and expressions.

Refyne is a thinner product and is best filling in moderate lines, while Defyne is a thicker, sturdier product, so it is used to treat deep lines.

For a limited time, U. Med Spa is offering Restylane Refyne and Restylane Defyne for only $575 per syringe, regularly $650.

Click to purchase below!

Restylane Refyne

Restylane Defyne

Give us a call at 972-943-8633 to book a free consultation.

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It’s Injectable Week at U. Med Spa: $199 per area Botox, Dysport, & Xeomin!

U. Med Spa Injectable WeekSay goodbye to lines and wrinkles because it’s Injectable Week at U. Med Spa!  YES!!! All of our wrinkle relaxers are only $199 per area until Saturday, May 20th.

One Area Equals:
50 units of Dysport, 20 units of Botox, or 20 units of Xeomin

Dysport is our favorite wrinkle relaxer because Dysport lasts the longest and goes the farthest. Dysport spreads more than Botox and Xeomin, making it ideal for treating larger areas like the forehead.

Botox is the classic wrinkle relaxer that started it all.  Botox relaxes facial lines and wrinkles and lasts about 3 months.

Xeomin is the wrinkle relaxer that offers the fastest results and contains zero additives, making you less likely to become resistant.

Injectable week specials can be purchased online, by phone, or in store from now until this Saturday, May 20th and you can use your wrinkle relaxers whenever you like!

Purchase online below or give us a call at 972.943.8633

$199 per area Dysport
$199 per area Botox
$199 per area Xeomin

Give us a call at 972.943.UMED (8633) to book your next appointment or schedule a free consultation.

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Celebrate Mother’s Day with AquaGold!

It’s almost Mother’s Day and I’m super excited because this will be my first Mother’s Day as a new mom!  I’m looking forward to brunch in bed on Sunday because my husband makes the BEST bacon, potatoes, and fried eggs, and I’m going to sleep in as late as possible!

To celebrate Mother’s Day, U. Med Spa is offering an amazing special on my new favorite service, the AquaGold Rejuvenating Treatment:
only $599 per treatment, or two treatments for $999.

The best way to describe AquaGold is that it’s like photoshopping your skin in real life!  AquaGold is an injectable device that injects a wrinkle relaxer (Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin), and a facial filler (Belotero) into the surface layers of the skin using 24 karat gold needles, finer than a single hair follicle.

This induces instant plumping,  tightening, and smoothing of the skin, making you look years younger in just a few minutes.  AquaGold also shrinks your pores and reduces acne breakouts and blackheads.

One of our awesome clients just sent us this AquaGold review:

“I started the AquaGold primarily to hide my very large pores. I believe after 2 treatments they are growing together and becoming smaller. I’m doing another treatment to keep them reducing, but I thought I should mention that I believe I am having a permanent change”

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Our regular pricing for one AquaGold treatment is $750, so if you purchase two for $999, you will be getting it for half price!  This is our best pricing EVER and if you are a mom, you totally deserve to treat yourself!

Purchase online below:
One AquaGold Treatment: $599
Two AquaGold Treatments: $999

Want to see the AquaGold treatment in action? Click on the video below to watch U. Med Spa’s cosmetic injector, Carol Robinson, PA-C, demonstrate this amazing new anti-aging treatment:

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AquaGold is the perfect lunch-time rejuvenating treatment, taking about 15 minutes and you are able to resume regular activities immediately after this procedure. It is also virtually painless with results lasting anywhere between 4-6 months

Give us a call at 972.943.UMED (8633) to book your next appointment or schedule a free consultation.

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Introducing Restylane Lyft!

Restylane Lyft

I’m so excited to tell you that U. Med Spa is now offering Restylane Lyft!

Restylane Lyft is the newest hyaluronic acid-based facial filler that actually lifts and plumps up the cheeks.  Restylane Lyft is also used to add volume and definition to the mid-face area, and to smooth out smile lines (nasolabial folds).

Restylane Lyft also contains a local anesthetic to minimize any pain and discomfort.

Gorgeous cheeks and softened lines can be achieved in just one treatment and the results from Restylane Lyft last between 12 and 18 months.

For a limited time, U. Med Spa is offering Restylane Lyft for only $550 per syringe, regularly $650.  Give us a call at 972.943.UMED (8633) to book your free Restylane Lyft consultation!

It’s also time to announce the winner of our Liquid Facelift Contest!

Liquid Facelift Contest

Congrats Amnieh Saleh!! Stay tuned, our next big giveaway is coming soon!

Give us a call at 972.943.UMED (8633) to book your next appointment or schedule a free consultation.

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How to apply your skincare products for maximum benefits

You might not know this about me, but I’m a skincare formulator, so I’m always having friends and family try out my latest products.  And, the question I get asked most often is:

“What order should I apply my skin care products?”

This is a great question because the main purpose of our skin is to create a waterproof barrier between the outside world and our internal organs, and our skin does a really good job at keeping stuff out, including our expensive skin care products.

The part of the skin that you see and that you apply skin care products to is called the stratum corneum, which is made up of dry, dead skin cells which are water-hating and oil-loving.

The water-hating nature of the stratum corneum actually makes our skin waterproof which is a really good thing because if our skin wasn’t waterproof, we would blow up like a balloon every time we showered, went swimming, took a bath, or got caught in the rain.

The downside is that the stratum corneum makes it difficult for skin care products to penetrate past the stratum corneum and into the skin’s deeper layers.

Today, I’m going to teach you how to apply your skin care products to achieve the deepest skin penetration for maximum skin benefits.

Since the stratum corneum is oil-loving, the best way to apply skin care products is to apply oil-based products on top of water-based products.  Oil forms a seal over the skin, trapping water underneath which pushes water-based products deeper down into the skin’s layers.

Interestingly, the skin’s deeper layers are actually water-loving and oil-hating so if your water-based products can make it past the stratum corneum, they have a great chance of penetrating into the dermis (the skin layer that produces collagen and elastin), where they can work their magic.

When you are applying your skin care products, there two general rules to keep in mind: apply your products from the thinnest consistency to the thickest, and from water-based products to oil-based products.

My recommended order for applying skin care products:

MORNING

1. Cleanser

2. Toner: A lot of people skip toners, but they are actually really important for balancing the skin’s pH.  The natural pH of our skin is slightly acidic, between a pH of 4.5 and 6.  Unless you are oil-cleansing or using an extremely gentle cleanser, cleansing is going to raise the pH of your skin, drying it out and compromising its barrier function.  Toners and even floral waters (rose hydrosol is my favorite) will bring the skin’s pH back down to a healthy level which will prep your skin for maximum absorption of your other products.

3. Water-based serums and treatment products: If you look at your product’s ingredient list and see that your product contains water or alcohol and no oil, it is a water-based serum.

4. Light lotions and treatment creams: light lotions contain both water and oil

5. Eye Cream: Eye creams are typically heavier than lotions.  However, if you are using an eye gel, apply it before your light lotions.

6. Thicker moisturizers or a face oil (if you have dry skin, if not, leave your heavier moisturizers for nighttime)

7. Sunscreen

EVENING

1. Cleanser

2. Toner

3. Water-based serums and treatment products

4. Light lotions and treatment creams

5. Eye cream

6. Night cream or rich moisturizer

7. Oil serum or beauty balm: I’m a huge fan of oil serums and beauty balms because they really seal in all the active ingredients from your other products and offer your skin hours of hydration while you sleep.  This is the beauty balm that I’m currently using.

A few more tips to enhance skin care product penetration:

Exfoliate regularly, (but no more than 2-3 times a week to avoid damaging your skin) and use a product with Alpha Hydroxy Acids which will remove dead skin cells, shrinking the stratum corneum and making it easier for your skin care products to penetrate past your skin’s upper layers.

Try exfoliating at night because that is typically when you are going to use your most expensive high-performance products.  Exfoliating will allow these products to penetrate deeper into the skin’s layers.

Take a long bath or use a facial steamer for a few minutes before you apply your skincare products.  Humidity and water vapor will soften the stratum corneum and cause it to swell, creating “pores” between the dead skin cells which allows more ingredients to penetrate into the skin.  I love taking baths at night before getting ready for bed and applying my skincare products.

Give us a call at 972.943.8633 to book your next appointment or schedule a free consultation.

U. Med Spa’s Spring Fling is this Thursday!

SPRING FLING FRONT WEBHappy Easter! We hope you are having a wonderful holiday weekend and we want to remind you that U. Med Spa’s Spring Fling Party is this Thursday! YAY!

Please join us on Thursday, April 20th from 5:30 to 8:30 pm for champagne, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts.

We are giving away a ton of gifts and prizes (free Dysport and free Restylane, anyone?!), and if you are a fan of cosmetic injectables, now is the time to stock up because we are offering crazy-awesome event pricing on wrinkle relaxers and facial fillers.

U. Med Spa's Spring Fling Specials

Our Spring Fling specials can be purchased online, by phone, or in-store from now until this Saturday, April 22nd, and you can use your injectables whenever you like!

Purchase online below or give us a call at 972.943.8633

$199 Botox (20 units): The wrinkle relaxer that started it all.  Botox relaxes facial lines and wrinkles and lasts about 3 months.

$199 Dysport (50 units): Our favorite wrinkle relaxer because Dysport lasts the longest and goes the farthest. Dysport spreads more than Botox and Xeomin, making it ideal for treating larger areas like the forehead.

$199 Xeomin (20 units): The wrinkle relaxer that offers the fastest results and contains zero additives, making you less likely to become resistant.

$375 per syringe: Belotero: The only filler that can be used to treat lines around the eyes.

$399 per syringe: Volbella: the fine line filler that can subtly plump up the lips and fill in verticle lip lines and fine lines on the face.

$475 per syringe: Restylane: Our favorite filler for plumping up the lips, making them juicy and kissable.

$500 per syringe: Juvederm: Great for filling in naso-labial folds and marrionette lines, and for injecting under the brow to create a lift.

$500 per vial: Sculptra: Stimulates the production of your own collagen for gradual results that won’t give you away.

$500 per vial: Kybella: An injectable treatment that breaks down, destroys, and dissolves fat cells underneath the chin.

$550 per syringe: Radiesse: The facial filler that can do it all. Radiesse is our favorite for creating “model cheeks”, for filling in lost facial volume and erasing shadows under the eyes, and for defining the chin and jawline. Radiesse can also be used to plump up aging hands, fill in acne scars, and to perform liquid nose jobs.

$599: AquaGold Treatment: An all-over facial smoothing and tightening treatment that is like photoshopping your skin in real life. AquaGold can be used to rejuvenate your face, neck, and chest.

$700 per syringe: Juvederm Voluma: the best filler for defining the jaw line and to use in combination with Radiesse for cheek augmentation.  Voluma is a long-lasting filler with results lasting up to 2 years.

$1200: 2 Syringes of Radiesse + one area of Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin: A mini liquid facelift that restores lost volume and smooths out facial wrinkles.

Retail Products Buy One Get One Half Off

We can’t wait to see you on Thursday!

Give us a call at 972.943.UMED (8633) to book your next appointment or schedule a free consultation.

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Can collagen supplements slow down skin aging?

Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot about oral collagen supplements and how they can slow down skin aging by increasing your skin’s production of collagen.

Collagen is the most important protein for keeping your skin looking young because it gives your skin strength, structure, and resilience.

Without collagen, your skin will start to wrinkle and sag.

Collagen levels start to decline by the time we reach our thirties, and it is estimated that we lose about 1.5% of our collagen per year after that.

So, can taking collagen supplements actually slow down this decline by helping your body produce more?  And can eating collagen actually plump up the skin from within?

In 2014, a large study tested the effects of oral collagen supplements by giving women 2.5 grams of a collagen supplement once a day for eight weeks.

After eight weeks, the researchers measured an impressive 20% reduction in the participants’ the overall wrinkle depth.  By the end of the study, participants also had elevated levels of procollagen (the precursor to collagen).

These results are very exciting, but what is more exciting is that you don’t need to go any further than your kitchen to get younger-looking skin.

The all-time best source of collagen is actually good old fashioned bone broth, which is much more easily digested and absorbed by the body than oral collagen supplements.

Researchers believe that our rapid decline of collagen after the age of thirty may be caused by our preference for boneless, skinless chicken breasts, which has created a collagen deficit in our diet.

Our ancestors used to get plenty of collagen in their diet because they used bone broth in their cooking.

When you boil a whole chicken or cook down bones, the jellylike substance that rises to the top is collagen.  And, the easiest way to get more collagen in your diet is to trade in your usual chicken and beef stocks for bone broth.

Bone broth is much more expensive than stock, but think of it as a worthy investment in your skin.  Bone broth also has a deeper, richer flavor and is loaded with nutrients.

The difference between beef or chicken stock and bone broth is the amount of time the bones are cooked.  Your typical stock is simmered for a short time (45 minutes to 2 hours), while bone broth is simmered for a long period of time (often in excess of 24 hours).

The longer cooking time for bone broth helps to remove as many minerals and nutrients as possible from the bones.  The longer cooking time also breaks down the collagen in the bones so that it becomes more easily digestible, providing the amino acids needed for collagen production.

If you consume enough bone broth, you will supply your body with much-needed collagen to help prevent wrinkling and slow down skin aging.

If you are feeling ambitious, here is a simple recipe for making your own bone broth.  Or if you are lazy like me, here is a link to a high-quality bone broth that you can purchase online.

Give us a call at 972.943.UMED (8633) to book your next appointment or schedule a free consultation.

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U. Med Spa’s Spring Fling Party

SPRING FLING FRONT WEBI don’t know about you but these long days and warm weather is giving me a serious case of spring fever!  Which is why I’m so excited to invite you to our Spring Fling Party on April 20th!

Please join us on Thursday, April 20th from 5:30-8:30 pm for yummy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, prizes, and our best specials on cosmetic injectables.

We can’t wait to see your beautiful face!

Give us a call at 972.943.UMED (8633) to book your next appointment or schedule a free consultation.

U. Med Spa’s spring giveaway + my favorite hormone-balancing superfood

If you read last week’s post, you may remember that I mentioned maca, a Peruvian superfood that has been shown to be effective in balancing hormones, particularly estrogen.

A few months ago, after my doctor told me I had low estrogen levels, I began researching natural ways to restore balance to my hormones when I came across a product formulated by Dr. Anna Cabeca, a well-known hormone and anti-aging specialist.

I’ve been dying to tell you about this product because I absolutely love it and having balanced hormones slows down the aging process and is key to maintaining healthy, beautiful skin.

The product I found is called Mighty Maca, which is a powdered green superfood blend of maca plus 42 other beneficial ingredients that you mix into water, juice, or a smoothie.

Maca is a root vegetable that grows in central Peru and has been used for thousands of years to increase fertility, boost the immune system, and increase energy and vitality. In fact, Inca warriors used to eat maca before battles because they believed that it gave them superhuman strength.

Maca is often referred to as “natural viagra” because of its ability to strengthen the libido. Maca also revs up the metabolism, gives you a non-caffeinated boost of energy, and improves your mood.

Maca benefits the skin by decreasing inflammation, improving skin tone, and helping to clear up testosterone-related adult acne.

Recently, maca has gained popularity for promoting hormonal balance and is particularly useful in helping women with low estrogen levels.

Just a few months ago, I had the tell-tale signs of low estrogen: dry skin, fatigue, and unexplained irritability. After taking Mighty Maca every day for the past couple of months, my skin looks more hydrated, I have more stamina in my workouts, and I am usually in a ridiculously good mood (and I’m definitely not being paid to say that!).

Maca is extremely nutrient dense, containing 55 beneficial chemicals including amino acids, Vitamins B1, B2, B12, C, calcium, phosphorus, and zinc.

The other 42 ingredients in the Mighty Maca blend include broccoli and cauliflower, cruciferous vegetables that help the body detoxify, as well as spirulina, chlorella, flax, cat’s claw, and turmeric, which further aid in detoxification and the metabolism of hormones.

Mighty Maca also contains oat beta-glucan, known for its moisturizing and skin smoothing properties, and mangosteen, acerola, green tea, pomegranate extract, and resveratrol, which act as powerful antioxidants, protecting the skin from damage.

You can check out more information about Mighty Maca here. If you decide to give it a try, I would suggest taking it every other day until your body gets used to it because I had some abdominal discomfort when I first started taking it.

Dr. Anna Cabeca also suggests using Mighty Maca as a nutrient-rich superfood facial masque. Just combine a scoop of the Mighty Maca powder with enough water to form a thin paste. Massage into your skin and leave on for twenty minutes or until dry.

Okay, let’s get to the real reason why you are reading this post: U. Med Spa’s Spring Giveaway is here! On April 30th, we are giving away a liquid facelift to one lucky winner!

Liquid Facelift Contest

U. Med Spa’s liquid facelift uses facial fillers and cosmetic injectables to restore lost volume and reduce facial wrinkles, making you look years younger with no downtime!

The liquid facelift includes one area of Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin to relax the facial muscles that cause frown lines and wrinkles, one syringe of Radiesse to restore lost facial volume and to create “model cheeks”, and one syringe of Belotero to plump up the lips.

The winner will be selected on April 30th!

ENTER TO WIN HERE

Give us a call at 972.943.UMED (8633) to book your next appointment or schedule a free consultation.

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How to tell if you have a hormonal imbalance

If you’re like me, you want to keep your skin looking as young as possible, for as long as possible. So, did you know that your delicate balance of hormones plays a huge role in determining how fast your skin ages?

Estrogen is arguably the most important hormone for skin aging.  Low estrogen levels can turn fine lines into deep creases, and lead to sagging and a loss of elasticity.

A lack of estrogen also reduces the number of blood vessels in your skin, reducing blood flow and nutrients to your skin’s outermost layers and causing it to look pale and less vibrant.

Our estrogen levels decrease with age and if you are over 40, you may have low estrogen levels if you are experiencing the following symptoms: dry skin, hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, mood changes, and bone loss.

High estrogen levels are more damaging than low estrogen levels because an excess of estrogen can cause breast tumors.

Hyperpigmentation, melasma, and dark spots are symptoms of high levels of estrogen, which is often seen in pregnant women and women who take birth control pills.

If you suddenly have oily skin or an onset of adult acne, your testosterone levels may be too high. Women who take high-androgen birth control pills or who are about to enter menopause can experience a surge in testosterone.

Sudden dry, thickened, and rough-looking skin is a symptom of low thyroid, as is weight gain, fatigue, low sex drive, and the reduced ability to sweat.  On the other hand, high thyroid levels can cause your skin to look flushed and sweaty.

To find out for sure if you have a hormone imbalance, ask your doctor for full hormone screening which includes the following tests: TSH, free T4, free T3, and reverse T3.  Also, have your Vitamin D levels checked because Vitamin D is necessary to maintain healthy hormone receptors.

What you can do to balance your hormones

Managing your stress, getting good sleep (check out my 13 tips for your best beauty sleep here), eating a nutrient-rich diet, and exercising regularly will go a long way in restoring balance to your hormones.

As much as you can, try to stay away from beauty and personal care products that contain ingredients that are known hormone disrupters.  Find out how to read ingredient labels like a pro here.

Ask your doctor about taking DHEA and DIM supplements.  DHEA supports the adrenal glands which produce your hormones, while DIM supports estrogen metabolism, helping to keep estrogen levels from getting too high.

Eating superfoods such as flaxseed and maca have been shown to be effective in balancing estrogen levels.  And, chaste tree berry is an herbal supplement that has a long history for supporting estrogen and progesterone balance and increasing female fertility.

If you have high testosterone, avoiding dairy products will help lower your levels because dairy products contain hormones that the human body converts into testosterone.

Omega-3 fatty acids in the form of fish and supplements, and foods high in zinc (green beans, pumpkin seeds, and sesame seeds), help to balance testosterone levels.

Foods that help detoxify the body will also help balance the hormones by aiding in hormone metabolism.  Detoxifying foods include garlic, onions, and cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and kale.

Give us a call at 972.943.UMED (8633) to book your next appointment or schedule a free consultation.