Ins And Outs Of Your Botox Treatment

There are plenty of steps that you can take to reduce wrinkles on your face. One such step is Botox injections. For some people, this is an incredible way to get rid of unwanted lines without serious side effects. For others, it is a matter of treading cautiously and listening to the advice of others who have undergone this treatment.

Reasons To Use Botox

Botox uses botulinum toxin that temporarily prevents movement of muscles. However, the key with this usage is the composition of chemicals that makes Botox a successful compound to treat wrinkles. The injection blocks signal from nerves causing muscles to contract as a result. The muscles around eyes, lips and on the forehead relax temporarily. Other conditions for which Botox is used include but not limited to:

1) Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating where the body produces a large amount of sweat even in the cold temperature.

2) Migraine where Botox is used to treat patients suffering from chronic symptoms that last more than a month.

3) Eye twitching where individuals experience uncontrollable twitching of the eye and as a result, it is affecting their normal well-being.

Who Needs Botox?

Botox is widely used by women and men who want to get rid of their wrinkles or make modifications to their facial look, expressions, and contour. They are performed by an experienced doctor who offers relatively safe solutions to aesthetic concerns. However, there may be possible side effects and complications that one cannot neglect or should take into account when undergoing this procedure. For example, Botox may lead to mild pain, bruising or swelling at the site it is administered. It is absolutely necessary to identify the right physician who is highly specialized in this field and be informed of the treatment steps beforehand. Equally important is to inform your doctor immediately upon noticing any of the side effects that are mentioned above.

More About Botox

Another crucial thing to consider is to pay attention to your health condition before undergoing this procedure. Physicians recommend against using Botox if you are breastfeeding, pregnant or suffer from an allergic reaction to this protein. Many women take the route of informing their primary care physician or gynecologist for health advice prior to Botox treatment. This may be necessary because certain people who are on birth control or taking medications and may face serious health problems if they are careless. Experts at DWH Health & Wellness MedSpa advice their patients to inform them of Botox procedure so they can give out relevant information about how to care before, during and after the treatment. Additionally, this health organization can refer to doctors specialized in this area and are located at the same hospital so that evaluation of the patient is done quickly and affordably as possible.

 

When it comes to fat reduction, there are many options. Diet and exercise are, of course, the first steps to be taken to shape the body. But, when a healthy individual is still having trouble getting rid of stubborn fat, then cosmetic procedures can a great next step. However, trying to find the right type of procedure can be a challenge in today’s cosmetic advertising whirlwind. To help you weed through the mess, we’re going to analyze two of the most popular cosmetic procedure options to reduce stubborn fat.

What Is CoolSculpting?

Being an active procedure for the last decade, CoolSculpting takes advantage of the process of cryolipolysis. This process gradually freezes away fat cells– once the cells are frozen, they are then absorbed and expelled by the body. Throughout the process of natural elimination, CoolSculpting can help to get rid of targeted areas of fat. This procedure is done specifically to target the fat cells right below the surface of the skin while avoiding any damage to the surface tissues.

CoolSculpting at Dominion Women’s Health will allow you to get rid of those stubborn areas of fat that simple dieting and exercise can’t touch. It’s important to understand that this type of fat reducing procedure takes time to work. Over the course of about four months, the fat cells will naturally die off. When this happens, they are collected by the lymphatic system and processed through the liver to be excreted. Once these crystalized cells leave the body, the treated area can no longer expand with weight gain.

Pros

  • Safe and reliable technology that has been used for over a decade.
  • Can treat harder-to-reach areas like the chin, back rolls, inner thighs, arm fat, and bra line.
  • No downtime after treatment.

Cons

  • Mild discomfort from suction and massage processes.
  • Not available for those who are pregnant or suffering from liver cirrhosis.
  • Mild swelling and bloating can occur.
  • Numbness of the area following treatment

What Is Sculpsure?

Instead of fighting the fat cells with cold, Sculpsure uses laser-focused heat. The diode laser system reaches temperatures between 107 and 116 degrees Fahrenheit. This is just hot enough to destroy the fat cells below the surface of the skin, but still cool enough to leave the surrounding tissues unharmed. Due to the use of heat to damage the fat cells, patients tend to feel a prickling sensation on the skin while the treatment is underway.

At DWH, we’ve found that patients can lose up to 24 percent of fat cells in the targeted area with just one treatment. Just as with CoolSculpting, Sculpsure’s fat reduction will take place over a few months. The laser energy will destroy the fat cells and the body will naturally eliminate them through the lymphatic system.

Pros

  • Stimulates collagen production in the skin.
  • Quick procedure done in 30 minutes.
  • No downtime.
  • Various applicators are available in different sizes to treat all different areas.

Cons

  • Bruising and swelling can happen up to a few days after the treatment.
  • No direct sun exposure for a week to the treated area.
  • Six months wait in between treatments.

Schedule a Consultation

Whatever your goals for fat reduction, we can recommend the right treatment option for you. Your first step is a consultation with our technicians who can create a treatment package using the latest in non-surgical fat reduction. To get started, contact our office by calling or filling out our online form.

 

For those who need it, hormone replacement therapy can work wonders. Hormone replacement therapy is a treatment system that replaces and supplements your body’s natural hormones through various methods. This is often used in the treatment of various illnesses, but it is also often employed for women who go through menopause. As women age, they begin to produce less and less estrogen, which results in painful symptoms like hot flashes. Studies have found that hormone replacement therapy can help minimize many of these symptoms as well as improve the long-term prognosis for things like dementia and heart disease.

Does hormone replacement therapy work?

Researchers have found that there are numerous benefits that women may enjoy through hormone replacement therapy. These benefits may vary depending largely on the specific amount of hormones taken, as well as the doctor-recommended method of taking them. Overall, many patients have found that hormone replacement therapy is one of the best ways to deal with all types of troublesome menopause symptoms. Issues like night sweats and vaginal dryness were all successfully minimized with the appropriate regimen of hormone replacement therapy. Studies have even found that estrogen replacements were able to have a tremendously positive effect in preventing osteoporosis, and the risk of developing the condition increases with the woman’s age.

What are the benefits?

Though there may be an initial period of hesitation, many women have found that the benefits of working with hormone replacement therapy have far outweighed any potential risk. This is especially true for women who are otherwise healthy and only want to adjust their menopausal symptoms to make them more manageable. The biggest benefit of hormone replacement therapy is that it is extremely effective for those who wish to moderate their hot flashes. Women who have lost bone mass can also benefit from this type of treatment, as it is easier on the body for those who have a hard time tolerating other treatment options.

In addition to providing tremendous benefits for women, hormone replacement therapy can also be an extremely powerful option for older men. Men who find themselves struggling with lower libido, overall muscle loss, and a lack of energy may benefit from hormone replacement therapy. The system of treatment can also be useful in helping men overcome erectile dysfunction. The therapy works for men the way it does for women, and there are numerous ways for men to get started. Men who are particularly healthy and only want to adjust this aspect of their health to suit their lifestyles are the candidates best suited for this option as well.

How do I get started?

Individuals who are interested in learning more about how hormone replacement therapy can work for them should be sure to get in touch with our professional team. You can schedule a consultation with our experts and, after preliminary tests to rule out other issues, you can expect to begin your hormone replacement therapy relatively quickly. Depending on the type of treatment plan, you may even work with other therapy systems in conjunction with this one to optimize results.

Like many other such specialized therapies, however, it’s important to understand that hormone replacement therapy might not be a one-size-fits-all solution. There are many different ways of engaging in hormone replacement therapy, depending on your personal health and what your physician will recommend. To schedule a consultation with our experts, contact us by calling or filling out our online form.

 

There are many people who diet and exercise and still cannot reach their body goals. Stubborn pockets of fat tend to cling to certain areas of the body. You may have heard about non-surgical fat reduction treatments and wondered if they really work. SculpSure is a revolutionary treatment that can eliminate up to 25% of the fat in the area(s) targeted. Referred to by many as a non-surgical alternative to liposuction, this may be the ideal treatment for you.

How is SculpSure Beneficial?

Treatments are Quick and Easy

Knowing that this non-surgical procedure can eliminate up to 25% of fat in the area, you may be thinking it takes hours to complete. This is not the case, however, with many appointments taking less than an hour to complete. Many people choose to have this treatment done over their lunch break. Another benefit of this treatment is that you can choose up to four areas to treat at one time. So you are covering multiple areas of concern in little time for an effective treatment.

It Can Benefit Anyone

Some non-surgical fat reduction options require the target area to be placed between two paddles. This means you have to be able to “pinch” the fat. SculpSure is different. It can be used safely and effectively almost anywhere on the body. It is also appropriate for use on all skin types, tones, and body shapes. Common treatment areas include the thighs, belly, arms, hips, and back.

SculpSure is Safe

This treatment was actually the first laser device approved by the Food and Drug Administration for fat removal. Since it is completely non-surgical, there is very little risk of complications. You will not have to worry about the incision site becoming infected or unsightly scars being left behind. The device allows us to customize the laser to best meet your needs in a safe and effective way. There are very few potential side effects, such as redness at the treatment area or mild tenderness, but these symptoms clear up quickly.

Results are Permanent

SculpSure actually attacks and destroys fat cells in the treated area. Your body will not replace or repair these fat cells, giving you permanent results. That being said, it is important to realize that results develop over time as your body flushes out the contents of the destroyed fat cells. It typically takes 6-8 weeks to see your most dramatic improvements. One of the things that set SculpSure apart from other non-surgical options is that it actually helps your body rebuild collagen and elastin fibers, which tighten your skin.

There is No Downtime

After your treatment, you can immediately go back to your normal daily activities. This is another reason that this option is so popular on lunch breaks. Unlike surgery, which prevents you from exercising or even going to work, SculpSure does not take you away from your life. If you are a busy individual but want to see a sleeker, slimmer you, SculpSure may be the treatment you’ve been wanting.

Schedule Your Consultation

Still wondering what are the benefits of having SculpSure? Learn more about SculpSure and what it can do for you at DWH Health & Wellness MedSpa. If you are interested in potentially getting this treatment done contact us at (804) 447-2303 or click here to schedule your complimentary consultation today.

Every once in a while, your at-home skin care regimen might feel like it’s not cutting it. Getting into DWH Med Spa for a facial is always a good idea to help get your skin on track. We offer a variety of facials to address an assortment of skin issues that may be bothering you.

Soothe Inflamed Skin

If you have rosacea or just general redness and irritation, the rosacea facial might be the soothing treat your skin needs.  The rosacea facial aims to calm irritations and decrease redness accompanying rosacea. All of the products used are alcohol and fragrance-free and are super gentle to not irate sensitive skin. This facial will help protect the skin and strengthen delicate capillaries from breaking.

Tackle Texture

For uneven texture and dry patches, we offer microdermabrasion and a cleanse and dermaplane procedure. Microdermabrasion gently exfoliates away dead skin cells while also, stimulating collagen production leaving you with smooth skin. With a cleanse and dermaplane facial, you can refine your complexion by combining exfoliation and removing peach fuzz; leaving the skin glowing and prepped for makeup application.

Balance Acne Prone Skin

If you’re experiencing an acne flare-up, an acne facial is a must. We help get your skin in check by doing a deep cleanse, extractions, and LED blue light therapy. This facial combines anti-inflammatory and cleansing methods to help balance acne-prone skin. This is perfect to get rid of any extra congestion before starting a new at-home regimen.

Universally Helpful

A nice treat for almost any skin type, the DWH Signature Facial involves a thorough cleanse, exfoliation, extractions and facial massage. After this process, moisturizing masks are applied to improve moisture absorption. Other treatments can be combined for a custom facial.

The Complete Solution 

If your skin needs some major TLC, the Revitalize Facial is the most comprehensive facial offered at DWH Med Spa. This facial is 90 minutes of deep cleansing, extractions, exfoliation, facial massage paired with either microcurrent or a facial peel. This facial will leave you truly relaxed and your skin looking radiant.

Need a facial? Call our office today to schedule an appointment with one of our skin care professionals.

You might be feeling a little hairy this winter, but don’t worry! At DWH Spa, we offer laser hair removal procedures for many areas of the body where unwanted hair might accumulate, including legs, underarms, and bikini areas. Dream ahead and let us help you get ready for swimsuits and warm weather!

What is it?

Laser hair removal is noninvasive and optimal for those with dark and well-pigmented hair. Highly-concentrated laser light is applied to the hair follicle through the pigment and halts unwanted future growth. Hair can sometimes be obstinate, so this may require three to four treatments to achieve optimal results. Get started now so you can hit the beach this summer feeling confident!

What can I expect?

There may be some mild discomfort during the procedure, with some swelling and irritation afterwards, but applying ice packs and anti-inflammatory creams can help ease symptoms. Be sure not to shave or pluck hairs prior to the procedure.

We also offer strip and hot waxing services to help you get smooth and hair-free, when and where you need it. Leave the razor at home and get the most fun out of your summer!

To ask questions or book an appointment, give us a call at 804-571-1234. We can’t wait to meet you!

If you have a full schedule of holiday parties this year, you may be looking for a way to prep in minimal time. DWH Spa offers a variety of services that can help you prepare for the swankiest of soirees.

Injectables

Whether you’re looking to soften lines or give your face a more youthful volume, DWH Spa has an injectable for you. Injectables involve minimal downtime and in most cases offer quick results. Botox® injections can address brow furrowing, horizontal lines across the forehead. Botox can take up to two weeks to take the full effect. So if you’re thinking about doing this for the holidays, be sure to make your appointment about two weeks prior.

Another great way to rejuvenate your look just in time for party season is to try some injectables to add volume to your facial profile. Juvederm® Voluma can be used to volumize the cheek area for a more youthful structure. Another great injectable to try this holiday season is Juvederm® Volbella for a soft fullness to help you pull off any holiday bold lip.

Makeup Services

Do you have a big party where you really want to impress? Getting your makeup professionally done can take a portion of the burden off your plate when preparing for an event. The professional makeup artists at DWH can help you achieve the holiday glam look you desire, from full lashes to a striking flawless complexion.

Microdermabrasion

To aid in flawless makeup application, a microderm is a must! The microdermabrasion treatment exfoliates away dead skin cells and then brightens the skin. The removal of dead or flaky skin cells helps to prepare the skin for a flawless makeup application and a glowing complexion. Microdermabrasion’s involve little to no downtime and can be done as close as the day before your event.

If you have a big event to prepare for, call DWH Spa to schedule an appointment with one of our aesthetic professionals for your next big holiday party!

For gorgeous, healthy skin, treatment must extend past the med spa. That is why we offer a variety of products to help you keep your skin healthy while at home. In addition to  the great existing product lines we currently carry, we have recently added a few essential products of our own!

Brighten Up Pads

Many of us are self conscience of unwanted pigmentation, but are also hesitant to use harsh products on the skin to achieve results. Brighten Up Pads are ideal because they can be customized by your skin care professional. When used alone, the pads contain kojic acids, antioxidants, and botanical ingredients to brighten your complexion. Depending on your needs, your aesthetician can add variable strengths of hydroquinone to boost your results to diminish pigment. Brighten Up Polish

Although we love gentle acids for exfoliation, sometimes you just can’t replace the feel of a physical exfoliator. This exfoliator brightens and evens out the texture of the skin without irritation. The scrub formula is rich in antioxidants and glycolic acid to help soothe the skin. Most skin types can benefit from a gentle scrub once or twice per week.  This works great for your face and body.

Body Refine Cream

The skin from the neck down needs love too! Many of us are not as diligent with taking care of the skin on our body and as a result have dry flaky skin. The Body Refine cream is a multi-tasking body moisturizer that hydrates, nurtures collagen production and elasticity for firmer skin. By using a multitasking body lotion you will quickly notice smoother, firmer, softer skin.

Zen Skin Mist

The Zen Skin Mist is one of those products that you’ll want to have everywhere: your vanity, handbag and in the office. The Zen Skin Mist soothes and moisturizes the skinwhenever you need it. Whether you are setting your makeup first thing in the morning, or if you need a quick “pick me up” later in the afternoon, this all natural mist is gentle enough to be used multiple times per day

Stop by DWH Health & Wellness MedSpa today to try some of our new products. They are guaranteed to become some of your skincare favorites!

How do I know when I need a massage?

You know that achy pain you keep getting on your neck? Or how sometimes you have to almost literally have to peel your shoulders down from your neck when you wake up in the morning? A lot of times many of us don’t really pay attention to these signs that our body is giving us. It is crying for help, so listen to your body. A couple of signs that might help you determine if you need a massage would be:

  • You’ve been getting headaches
  • You don’t have full range of motion
  • You don’t get enough sleep
  • You are stressed out
  • You have pain in your neck (or back, or shoulder, or hip)
  • You haven’t had one for months or years

There’s many factors that contributes to your body being in pain. Pain is your body’s way of communicating to you that something is wrong. The busier we get, the more we tend to ignore our body’s signals. You don’t want to ignore your pain or your injury could get worse. So schedule a massage as soon as you can and make it a habit. The most common recommendation for a massage would be once a month. What are you waiting for? Thank your body for all it has done for you and all you have put it through.

Schedule your appointment with us at DWH Health & Wellness Spa! 804.571.1234

Has summer relaxation and vacations caused you to put on a little extra weight around your midsection?  If so, don’t worry! SculpSure® in Richmond, VA can help you to shed that extra belly bulge without surgery and downtime. Read on to learn more about SculpSure® and what to expect during the treatment.

What is SculpSure?

SculpSure® is a noninvasive body sculpting treatment that uses laser energy to melt away stubborn fat cells on the abdomen, thighs, flanks and the uncomfortable bra roll. Because this treatment requires no surgery there is little to no downtime needed! Patients can drive back to work or continue their everyday errands right away.

Each treatment plan is customized to fit your needs during a complimentary, private consultation. However, it is important to understand that SculpSure® is not meant as a weight loss solution.

What is Treatment Like?

During your Sculpsure® treatment, applicators will be applied to the treatment areas, and targeted laser energy will be used to melt away fat. The applicators come with a special cooling system to maintain safe and comfortable skin surface temperatures. Each treatment area takes about 25 minutes and most patients address more than one treatment area during their session.

Fat cells will be eliminated from the body naturally and will only improve with time.

In the days following SculpSure® you may experience mild bloating and swelling in the stomach area, but massaging the treatment area can help to break up the fat cells and aid in elimination. If you are ready to say goodbye to that extra belly bulge, contact DWH Med Spa today! We would be happy to schedule your SculpSure® consultation.

 

 

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