What Does a Photofacial Do?

Posted on May 13, 2020

A photofacial, also known as Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment, is a skin rejuvenation procedure that uses the power of broadband light. Photofacial treatments improve the appearance of age spots, sun spots, and the skin’s texture. IPL treatments are also used for photorejuvenation, hair removal, and for alleviating dermatological conditions such as acne. Photofacial has gained popularity for being affordable, non-invasive, and effective.

How does a Photofacial work?

A photofacial is done with a small hand-held device that is passed across the skin. It delivers broad-spectrum light in pulses, which penetrates the deep layers of your skin. The interaction between the light and the skin occurs at a molecular level, thus eliminating the need for any injections or incisions. Photofacials are therefore targeted treatments, suitable for specific skin concerns and problem areas.

How long does a Photofacial take to heal?

Since the procedure is not invasive, a Photofacial barely gets in the way of your daily life activities. You may continue using makeup right after the treatment, but you have to ensure that you are gentle during applications and removal. If you experience any bruising, which rarely happens, it will heal after a week or two. Crusting may occur, which improves in about ten days.

How to get the best results from a Photofacial

To get the best results from a Photofacial, you must ensure that you take care of your face accordingly, before and after the procedure. Use the proper skincare for a week to stimulate the skin before the procedure. Ensure that you follow the doctors’ advice after the procedure for healthy skin renewal.

What are the benefits of a Photofacial?

Photofacials are beneficial in erasing brown spots, freckles, mild sun damage, and irregular pigmentation on problematic areas of the skin. Below are some of the benefits of photo facial treatments:

Photofacial is applicable to any body part

Most first time users get Photofacial treatments on their facial area. After they start to see results, they choose to apply the treatments to other problematic areas such as the chest, shoulders, and neck. IPL treatments are, however, applicable to any external part of the body.

Helps to control acne

Photofacial treatments can be beneficial to people who suffer from acne. They help to combat the inflammation and redness caused by acne. They also help to eliminate large pores, therefore reducing the appearance of acne on the skin.

They help to minimize signs of aging

Although Photofacials aren’t necessarily an anti-aging solution, they help to reduce signs of aging, such as sunspots and wrinkles.

Photofacials are affordable

Compared to other skin treatments, Photofacials are a lower-cost solution. The results are also long term, thus eliminating the need for regular appointments.

DWH Health & Wellness Med Spa is a wellness medical spa located in Richmond, Virginia. The spa has several master estheticians who are licensed, knowledgeable, and caring. We offer a wide range of services, including skincare, hair removal, and anti-aging treatments. The spa also offers photo facial treatments for various skin conditions.

Your Guide to Skincare in Your 30s

Posted on April 27, 2020

It’s a fact of life that your skin changes as you age. Once you get into your thirties, it’s perfectly normal to notice a shift in your skin and the way it responds to your at-home care. Like your wardrobe, your skincare regimen should change with seasons to adapt to your skin’s needs and your cosmetic goals. Whether you’re in your thirties or fast approaching, here’s what to know about some important steps in your skincare habits and lifestyle.

Get Enough Sleep

When you were in your teens and twenties, it probably felt like you could get away with much less sleep. In fact, you could probably stay out all night and still be relatively fresh the next day. However, too many lost hours of sleep will start to show on your skin in your thirties. This can manifest in fine lines and bags around your eyes as well as overall poor skin quality since your body doesn’t have the rest it needs to renew collagen and turn over new cells. Getting at least eight hours of sleep every night becomes extremely important to your health as well, so make an effort to incorporate this into your lifestyle if you haven’t already.

Pay Careful Attention to Sensitive Skin

The skin on your eyelids is thinner than the skin on other parts of your body. This is also true of your hands and neck, and these areas can give away your age even if your face otherwise looks young and smooth. As part of your daily moisturizing regimen, you should spread some moisturizer over your neck and hands, as well as your undereye area. If you need a little extra help, certain skincare treatments like a chemical peel or dermal infusion can help boost your skin’s cell turnover and reduce fine lines in sensitive areas. Additionally, our skincare team can recommend the best at-home products for you and your anti-aging goals.

Get Your Antioxidants

Vitamin C and Vitamin E are both antioxidants, and these protect your skin from damage caused by the sun. While there is no surefire method of stopping wrinkles, antioxidants are known to speed up your skin’s repair systems, which slows down the aging process. Some good sources of Vitamin C are citrus fruits, green pepper, broccoli, and leafy, green veggies. To get more Vitamin E, you could eat almonds, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, or peanuts. Along with this, consider incorporating a Vitamin C serum into your skincare to give it an extra boost of protection and to repair sun damage.

Schedule a Consultation

Finding the right skincare regimen in your thirties can mean youthful, glowing skin for years to come. To meet with our skincare experts and learn more about your best options, we invite you to contact our Richmond office by calling or filling out our online form.

When Do I Need Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)?

Posted on March 23, 2020

Nearly all women experience some discomforts during menopause, although not all will experience these the same way. Hormonal changes that occur during menopause can have life-changing effects that can alter the nature of relationships, emotions, and bodily functions. Often, these changes keep many from enjoying their lives as they did before. Fortunately, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) can help relieve these symptoms. Here’s what to know about when you can benefit from this treatment option.

Hot Flashes and Other Menopausal Symptoms

Estrogen levels in a woman’s body decline sharply during the menopausal years, which can lead to emotional and mental discomfort. Moderate anxiety and depression are common, but when these symptoms are severe, it can take a toll on relationships, work, and the general ability to function daily. Hot flashes are one of the most severe symptoms of menopause. Intense feelings of warmth over the chest, neck, and face can occur regularly and unexpectedly. The increase in bodily heat can lead to extreme sweating, which often causes a significant drop in body temperature and subsequent chills.

Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones lose their density over time and become brittle, causing them to break easily. This is one of the more serious symptoms of menopause, and it rapidly gets worse once it starts. The weakness of the bones can cause them to bend over time, which can have devasting effects on posture. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can reverse this in many women or be used to keep this from happening in the first place if therapy begins early enough.

Premature Menopause

Woman reach their menopausal years at different ages, but symptoms usually begin between the years of 45 to 55. However, some women begin experiencing these symptoms during their 30s. Ovaries can stop making female hormones early in life and periods stop coming as a result. Premature menopause can be slowed down with hormone replacement therapy if treatment begins as soon as other symptoms start to manifest. The idea is to catch this issue before it becomes a problem that is less treatable later.

Loss of Sex Drive

If you experience a significant reduction in sex drive and it begins to adversely affect your relationship or marriage, hormone replacement is an option for you. This has to do with the steep reduction in the production of female hormones associated with sex drive. These include estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. While men produce much more testosterone than women, it’s still the primary hormone for both sexes when it comes to libido.

Schedule a Consultation

It can be hard to know when it’s the right time to begin exploring hormone replacement therapy, but our team can help. To learn more, we invite you to contact DWH Health & Wellness MedSpa by calling or filling out our online form.

How Permanent is Laser Hair Removal?

Posted on February 21, 2020

What is laser hair removal, and how does it work?

You may opt for laser hair removal if you do not enjoy how often you have to wax, tweeze, or shave to maintain positive results.

Laser hair removal is a long-term hair removal procedure that works by sending the light of a laser through a pigment of the hair. The light converts into heat and damages the hair follicle.

Hair grows in a cycle of resting, shedding, and growth spurts. The laser hair removal process will not affect hair that’s in the resting phase. Patients need to repeat the procedure several times within a 2 to 3 month period for optimal results. 

To what extent is laser hair removal permanent?

Laser hair removal can be permanent. You may experience that hair regrows in the areas targeted by laser treatment. Meaning, the follicles in the resting stage, which were unaffected by the laser, have now reached their growth spurt.

Moreover, it could be that the hair follicle was damaged but not destroyed, and after a while, hair regrew from these follicles.

Whatever the case, the hair that regrows, if it does, is usually lighter and less noticeable as compared to the natural hair. The extent of the regrowth may also depend on the type of hair. 

Your Dominion Women’s Health physician may recommend that you undergo several treatments to stop the regrowth permanently.

However, there are people with hair that’s light, short, or resistant to the laser treatment and therefore don’t get a permanent result from the procedure.

What are the cost implications for laser hair removal?

The cost of laser hair removal is highly individualized. It depends on the treatment area, how much hair is in the area, the thickness of hair, and many more factors. Since laser hair removal is a cosmetic procedure, most insurance companies do not cover the cost. It is important to check your insurance plan before coming into the office to make sure of what your benefits are. The amount of hair and the extent to which it regrows in-between process will also affect cost. If financing is a concern, speak with our practice coordinator about payment and our financing options. We strive to make this procedure comfortable and stress-free for each patient. 

How do you choose a good technician?

Laser hair removal is a process that needs considerable experience and expertise. It is, therefore, essential to go to highly-trained and experienced. estheticians. Dominion Women’s Health is a health and wellness med spa where beauty and medicine meet. The spa has been in the industry for many decades, thus gaining expertise in laser hair removal. A free consultation is guaranteed to all customers, where our team addresses your needs and concerns. Your physician will formulate the best treatment plan to ensure you are satisfied with the results. If you are searching for experienced, efficient, and cost-effective laser hair removal technicians, look no further. For a consultation, contact our office today by phone or by filling out our online form. 

Your Guide to Skincare in Your 20s

Posted on January 22, 2020

Our skin changes as we age. In our teens, it produces more oil and acne is a major concern. By your thirties, your skin tends to be dryer and starts to show signs of aging and sun damage.

Your twenties are a transitional time for your skin. That means that now is the time to focus on keeping your skin healthy and preventing problems that can arise from poor skincare.

The following rules are great ones for women and men in their twenties to follow for beautiful, smooth, glowing skin in the decades to come.

Rule #1 – Remove Your Makeup

It’s no surprise that most women and some men in their twenties wear makeup. While these products can even out your skin tone and elevate your look, they can clog your pores and make it difficult for your skin to absorb the nutrients it needs.

That means that cleaning your face every night is critical to your skin’s health. It is a good idea to use a cleansing oil or balm to soften up your makeup and follow it up with a good, yet conditioning cleanser to remove excess oil and the dirt and debris in your pores.

Rule #2 – Exfoliate

To get the most out of your skincare, you need to exfoliate one or two times weekly with a chemical exfoliator. These non-abrasive chemicals go into the pores to remove build-up from cosmetics and other skincare products. This is important to ensure that your moisturizers and serums are getting deep into your skin and doing their job.

Rule #3 – Sunscreen

Prevention is key when it comes to sun damage, which includes wrinkles, sunspots, and skin cancer. Use sunscreen daily by applying it over your moisturizer, but before foundation. Foundation with sunscreen often isn’t enough to prevent the most serious sun damage, making this an important rule.

Rule #4 – Use an Eye Cream

The skin around the eye is the most delicate and prone to wrinkles and sun damage. Good eye cream is gentle enough to be used on this delicate area of skin and will help keep the skin moist, smooth, and boost collagen production to prevent and minimize fine lines and wrinkles. It can also improve the appearance of dark circles.

Rule #5 – Retinol

It’s never too early to start age-related skincare. In your twenties, you begin to see signs of aging around your eyes and mouth. Before that begins, use retinol products. These products work deep within the skin to heal damage and boost collagen production to prevent wrinkles and keep your skin smooth, plump, and healthy.

Need a Little Guidance?

To create a custom skincare routine, book a consultation with one of our licensed master estheticians at DWH Health and Wellness Medical Spa. An experienced esthetician can guide you in your skincare and help you manage problem areas and ensure that your skin stays clear, smooth, and healthy as you age. If you need a bit more help, we can also provide the treatments you need to keep your skin beautiful and flawless.

Botox Injections And Side Effects

Posted on December 17, 2019

Botox has been used as a medical and cosmetic treatment for decades. It is a very versatile treatment that has many uses. When considering any cosmetic treatment it is important to be knowledgeable about the product. When considering Botox, you should look into the advantages, disadvantages, and possible side effects. At DWH Med Spa we can answer any questions you have regarding Botox and the procedure. 

What Is Botox?

Botox is short for botulinum toxin. This injectable form of this bacterium has been used in the medical field for decades. It helps to prevent muscles from contracting which leads to wrinkles and fine lines. Botox is the industry leader for addressing wrinkles and fine lines. But it also has many other uses as well. 

What Is Botox Used For?

Botox can treat conditions and issues like:

  • Muscle contractions
  • Lazy eye
  • Excessive sweating
  • Eye twitching
  • Cervical dystonia (contracted neck muscles)
  • Bladder issues
  • Chronic migraine headaches

Botox helps to stop the nerves from sending messages to muscles. 

When given in a measured, controlled way, it can be effective in dealing with muscle over-activity, spasms, or contractions. 

Wrinkles around the forehead, eyebrows, and face can be treated. When administered, the muscles are relaxed and they no longer cause wrinkles. This leads to an overall more youthful, smoother appearance for the patient.

Potential Side Effects Of Botox Treatment

Botox is considered safe when monitored and administered by a trained professional. Some side effects that may occur after treatment include:

  • Swelling, redness, or pain at the injection site
  • Dryness of the eye, or excessive tearing
  • Uneven eyebrows
  • Drooping eyelids
  • Crooked looking smile
  • Drooling
  • Headache or symptoms that mimic the flu

Precautions

If you are going to get Botox, make sure you:

  • Choose your provider carefully
  • Do not massage the injection area, especially in the first 24 hours
  • Make sure to inform your provider if you take: allergy medications, sleeping aids, or muscle relaxers before your treatment

If you are local to the Richmond, VA area, you may wish to reach out to the staff at  DWH Med Spa. They can help you set up a consultation, give you more information about your options, or schedule an appointment for Botox or another service of your choice.

How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?

Posted on November 26, 2019

When general aging and sun damage start to emerge, our faces begin to sag, develop wrinkles, and lose volume. It happens to everyone. We don’t have to just sit there and accept these normal developments because advancements in beauty science have led to incredible aesthetic, non-surgical treatments like dermal fillers. These amazing injections are safe, simple, and show instant results. Patients who are thinking of getting a dermal filler treatment often have many questions. Mainly, how long do results last?

How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?

It depends on the type of filler chosen and what it is used to address. Each dermal filler treatment can be customized to suit individual needs. Also, dermal fillers are a temporary cosmetic treatment, so touch-ups will be required to keep the effects maintained. Generally speaking, dermal fillers can last anywhere from six months to two years.

Dermal fillers were designed to lift, add volume, or fill in facial lines and folds. When done properly by skilled experts, you can transform your facial contours to a more youthful appearance in minutes.

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) Fillers

HA is a substance naturally found in the human body. Hyaluronic acid helps keep your skin smooth, taut, and moisturized. As we age, it diminishes significantly.

HA fillers like the Juvederm product line are the most popular dermal fillers chosen because the gel serum is easy to inject. It delivers a smooth, plumped up effect as it acts as a moisture magnet. Juvederm has a range of dermal fillers that add volume, and there are others that fill in lines, wrinkles, and plump up thin lips. HA is excellent for lifting and adding volume to your cheeks, temples, and smoothing your jawline.

The various Juvederm fillers we offer are:

  • Ultra and Ultra Plus
  • Vollure
  • Volbella
  • Voluma

Juvederm products last anywhere between six months to two years. This can vary greatly per person due to genetics, age, and amount of injections used during treatment. Each product offers it’s own advantages and disadvantages. Come into our Med Spa to see which one could benefit you.

Schedule a Consultation

Here at DWH Health & Wellness Med Spa, we can help you achieve a youthful and natural-looking appearance. Don’t let general sagging, wrinkles, and loss of volume bring you down. Today’s dermal fillers are very popular aesthetic treatments worldwide because these injections can deliver amazing results.

If you are looking for a refreshed look but do not wish for a complex procedure, then talk to our team about dermal fillers. We can help to recommend the right for you during an in-person consultation. Contact us today to schedule. 

Is Sculpsure the game-changer for non-invasive fat removal?

Posted on November 5, 2019

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In a highly-competitive market for non-surgical fat reduction, it can be difficult to determine which option will be best for you and your goals. One option worth knowing about is Sculpsure, which has been approved by the FDA and can reduce up to 24 percent of stubborn fat with each treatment session. This can be effective on areas where you don’t see the results you want from diet and exercise alone. Here’s what to know about this game-changing treatment.

Learn More about How Sculpsure Works

The treatment session is short, usually lasting just 25 minutes. This innovative method uses light energy to generate heat and then destroy fat cells in specific areas. It is completely non-invasive. The fat cells will then be metabolized by the body before they are permanently removed.

This treatment can be customized to your unique concern areas where fat doesn’t seem to go away with your weight loss regimen. The unique applicators designed with the Sculpsure system can be placed on almost any part of the body where you have unwanted fat. For greater comfort and more effective contact, the applicators are specially molded to unique areas of the body. Most patients experience no discomfort during each treatment and even report it feels similar to a warm massage. Since this is a non-invasive treatment, you’ll be able to get back to your normal schedule immediately after. Most patients require a package of treatments for the best results, so our technicians will ensure you understand your best options.

Schedule a Consultation

You don’t have to live with unwanted fat that doesn’t go away. To get started on your non-surgical fat reduction options, contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our expert technicians.

Does Hormone Therapy Have Anti-Aging Effects?

Posted on October 14, 2019

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The United States has been using hormone therapy for multiple innovative purposes for years. In the US, it’s common to use hormones to reduce the appearance of aging. By contrast, in the UK, utilizing the anti-aging effects of hormone therapy is a fairly new concept. Many people don’t even know an anti-aging hormone therapy treatment is an option.

An Overview of Hormone Therapy

There isn’t any one type of hormone therapy. Many different programs and procedures have been developed to address a wide variety of hormonal issues. The best-known is hormone replacement therapy. This is most often used during menopause to help replace the body’s estrogen. Doing so counteracts hot flashes, loss of libido, mood swings, and other menopausal symptoms.

An anti-aging hormone therapy program is designed to correct hormonal imbalances. Proponents believe that hormone growth techniques can slow the aging process, boost energy levels, and increase both libido and overall sexual performance. The therapy is performed through the injection of bio-synthetic growth hormones.

The Statistics Behind Anti-Aging Hormones

Reports indicate that anti-aging hormone therapy has had positive results on the patients who have undergone it. These people have noticed better sex, improved sleep, boosted energy levels, and clearer skin. Durham University published a report in 2010 that showed a correlation between HRT and improved cognitive function in middle-aged women.

Even in the anti-aging niche, there are a variety of hormone treatments available. The recommended treatment will depend on the individual and the circumstances. Typical hormones include melatonin, progesterone, DHEA, testosterone, and estrogen.

Potential Health Dangers

It’s important to note that the benefits of hormone therapy have not been proven without a doubt. In addition, since the concept has only been in use for a few years, researchers are still gathering data about potential long-term problems. HRT has well-documented risks, but other hormone treatments have received scrutiny because of research showing they may increase a person’s chance of getting breast cancer.

The United States Food and Drug Administration hasn’t yet approved hormone therapies for anti-aging. This means that scientists have been unable to provide evidence that the treatment can offer lasting benefits with low risks. Some experts point out that all hormones have been proven to have potential consequences. The procedure is still in the experimental stage, which means that it might cause harm without delivering results.

Balancing Hormones Naturally

Before you undergo any kind of hormone therapy, there are steps you can take to balance your hormones naturally.

  1. Engage in regular exercise. On top of making you feel good, exercise boosts HGH and testosterone levels.
  2. Reduce stress by introducing relaxing activities and self-care into your life.
  3. Eat nutrient-rich foods like fruits and vegetables. This helps boost your body’s hormone production. Melatonin levels can be boosted by rice, oats, bananas, onions, mint, and red wine.

For more information on hormone therapy and anti-aging treatments, contact DHW Health & Wellness Med Spa today.

Ins And Outs Of Your Botox Treatment

Posted on August 12, 2019

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.

 

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