Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Cool Weather is Here, and so is CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting is Here!

The cool weather has arrived in Colorado and just in time, too! Our office is now offering an in-office, no down-time, weight loss solution known as CoolSculpting! The CoolSculpting fat-freezing procedure is the only FDA-cleared, non-surgical fat-reduction treatment that uses controlled cooling to eliminate stubborn fat that simply will not disappear with diet and exercise. 

Each person is different but common side effects during the treatment are slight tugging, pulling, pinching, aching, and cool sensations, but most of these subside approximately 5 minutes into the treatment due to the area becoming numb. Most people even return to work the same day following their treatment. 

The duration of the treatment depends on the area or areas being treated. Most of the time the patient is in the treatment room for a minimum of an hour but can sometimes be up to two.

What areas can be treated on CoolSculpting and is it safe you may ask?? It is FDA-cleared for the treatment of visible fat areas in the upper arm, underneath the buttocks, submental area, thigh, abdomen and flank, along with the bra fat, and back fat.

You may think this is too good to be true! No downtime, little to no discomfort AND you get to sit back and relax while losing weight. The results speak for themselves which is why so many people have taken advantage of this amazing opportunity! Although this is a great treatment to lose that stubborn fat, it should not take the place of good exercise and a balanced diet. CoolSculpting is great because it freezes off the fat cells for good whereas diet and exercise do not get rid of them, only reduce the appearance. This is a great tool to aid in helping you reach your goals!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

21 Years in Business!

21 Years in Business!!

This month we want to congratulate our owner, Shannon Hastings, for being in business 21 years this month! What a wonderful business she has created and we couldn't do it without YOU! A huge thanks to all our wonderful clients for supporting us over the years! Check out our specials for the month of September and help us celebrate!

This summer was a growing time for Uptown Medical Aesthetics as well! We have added two wonderful staff members to our team. Adriana Silva is our phenomenal new Aesthetician. She has so much knowledge and training under her belt and we are so excited to have her! Come see her to have all your skin needs taken care of. Tia Cregor is our new Marketing Director at Uptown. She has worked in the spa industry before practicing marketing and has a background in graphic design. Come in today to say hello to these new faces!

With new faces to the office comes new treatments as well! We are so pumped to be adding PRP (platelet rich plasma) to the mix! This add-on can be mixed with our Microneedling or our Sublative treatment. We will draw your blood, spin it in a centrifuge to separate your red blood cells from your platelet rich blood cells, and then either needle it, inject it, or apply it to your skin. This accelerates the healing process and helps with the collagen and elastin regrowth of your skin.

CoolSculpting is also on the market for Uptown Medical Aesthetics! This treatment is the go-to, just-in, hot-thing-on-the-block procedure! And for obvious reasons! It is a non-surgical, in-office treatment that is relatively quick and painless to get rid of those stubborn fat areas. We are so excited to offer it and can not wait for you to try it!

We are always so thankful for the support from all of our clients and always strive to give the best care. We look forward to many more years ahead!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Soft as a Baby's Bottom...

Have you ever heard the saying, “Soft as a baby’s bottom?” 

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could maintain our skin’s softness and texture throughout our whole lives?

Part of the reason babies skin is so soft is due to cell turnover, which for them happens every 14 days.
Cell turnover is our skin’s natural exfoliation process which replaces older skin cells with new, younger cells.

Here’s how it works…

The cell travels up through the epidermis until it reaches the uppermost layer of the skin, the stratum corneum. Once the cell reaches this layer, it is rough, dry, flaky -- what we consider a "dead" skin cell. Ideally, new skin cells continue to arrive at the skin's surface, pushing older cells off from beneath.  This turnover process is extremely important when it comes to benefits for the face.

As we age, our cell renewal rate slows down, which leads to an unnecessary buildup of dead skin. We need to help the skin get rid of this accumulated these dead cells through exfoliation. This will help eliminate clogged pores, encourage purging of skin impurities, and is also imperative for cosmetic ingredients to effectively penetrate the skin.

The older you are, the more you need to exfoliate.  The average cell turnover rates are 14 days for babies, 21-28 days for teenagers, 24-30 days for those in their 20s, 28-35 days for 30-somethings, 30-42 for 40 plus-year-olds, and 45-84 days for those in their 50s and beyond.

We have several options to encourage cell turnover at Uptown Medical Aesthetics. Regular mechanical exfoliation with Microdermabrasion and Dermaplaning and Chemical Exfoliation with mild to more advanced Chemical Peels can both be done as often as once per month.  With the support of exfoliating and anti-aging products used daily, your skin can be restored to its youthful appearance in no time!

Our providers at Uptown Medical Aesthetics have a total of over 50 years of Medical Aesthetic experience and education.   We are passionate about educating our clients on caring for their skin, and looking their best.

Schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our providers today, and let us start exercising your skin back to its healthy, youthful glow.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Learn from the Best


Rahul C. Mehta, PhD, VP Research &
Development, SkinMedica®, An Allergan Company

Growth factors play a pivotal role in maintaining firmness and elasticity in your skin. Daily use of skin care products containing growth factors are known to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and improve skin tone and texture. But, not all products containing growth factors have the same benefits. Dr. Rahul Mehta, Head of Research and Development at SkinMedica® (a pioneer in using growth factors in cosmetic treatments), explains why growth factors are imperative for skin rejuvenation.

What are Growth Factors and why do we need them in skin care products?
Growth factors are natural substances made by skin cells to maintain healthy skin. They are responsible for supporting the repair of damaged skin, making components that provide firmness and elasticity to the skin while helping to maintain skin’s protective functions. They are NOT Growth Hormones! Aging and sun-damaged skin require growth factors to maintain itself. However cells in aging skin make less growth factors than cells in youthful skin. One approach to support the levels of skin rejuvenation is to regularly use skin care products with a high concentration of stable growth factors.

Where do Growth Factors in skin care products come from?
Advances in biotechnology over the past decade have created multiple sources of growth factors. They can be derived from several different human cells grown in a laboratory (skin cells, bone marrow stem cells, fat stem cells), extracted from one’s own blood (PRP - Platelet Rich Plasma) or from non-human sources such as snails and some plants. While all cells can produce growth factors, the composition of the growth factor blend they produce is likely to be ideal for the health of cells that produce them. For example, fat stem cells are likely to produce growth factors that help the functioning of fat cells and bone marrow stem cells are likely to produce growth factors that help with functioning of bone marrow. Similar logic can be applied to growth factors or growth factor-like substances derived from non-human sources. Therefore, to maintain optimal skin health, ideal growth factors would be produced by skin cells, called fibroblasts, whose main function is to produce the components necessary to support the skin.

Do Growth Factors really work? 
Several clinical studies, over the past 15 years, have highlighted the benefits of topically applied growth factor products showing improvements in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, texture, and discoloration. The studies show that, depending on the quality of skin, good results take 6-12 weeks of twice a day use. The diligence is definitely worth it as the improvement in skin appearance is very impressive! Most studies show visible reduction in crow’s feet lines, under-eye skin texture, and overall radiance. Combinations of growth factors with strong antioxidants tend to show results sooner, typically within 4-8 weeks. TNS Essential Serum® provides a combination of stable growth factors (TNS Recovery Complex®) with strong antioxidants (APS Corrective ComplexTM) designed to provide this rapid effect. Over 11 clinical studies have been conducted looking at cosmetic efficacy with TNS Essential Serum® with results showcasing its ability to improve the overall appearance of skin. These are more studies than any other topical cosmetic growth factor product in the market today.

Who should use Growth Factor Products?
Clinical results show that growth factor products benefit anyone with visible signs of facial aging. While women with early signs of aging may benefit by using growth factors, most significant visible improvements in skin are seen in women with greater photodamage and mature skin. Twice a day use with diligence is the key to maximizing benefits from growth factors products. Your skin care professional can advise whether or not products containing growth factors are right for you.

How does TNS Essential Serum® stand out from other Growth Factor products on the market?
TNS Recovery Complex® is the first topical cosmetic made almost entirely of stabilized human growth factor (93.6%). The growth factors are harvested using a patented process that ensures their stability and activity. Furthermore, TNS Recovery Complex® formulation and manufacturing process maintains the stability of active growth factors. Multiple published studies in scientific journals and conferences have verified the presence of active growth factors in TNS Recovery Complex®. Carefully selected antioxidants and peptides present in TNS Essential Serum® complement the benefits of growth factors.

What other products should I use with Growth Factors? 
A good skin care regimen requires regular use of an SPF 30 or higher broad-spectrum sunscreen. Protecting newly rejuvenated skin is essential in maintaining results. Free radicals produced by sun exposure, smoking, and pollution can damage skin rapidly, negating any benefits of growth factors. Antioxidants, such as Vitamin C, neutralize free radicals and provide an extra layer of protection beyond sunscreen alone. Total Defense + Repair provides protection from sun exposure and free radicals. For more serious skin concerns, Vitamin A (retinol) may be added to the regimen with growth factor products. Retinol works slightly differently than growth factors so the combination would provide a better outcome than either one alone. Talk to your skin care provider about a complete regimen that is right for you.

Rahul C. Mehta, PhD is Vice President of Research & Development for SkinMedica®. He is a pharmacist by training with over 30 years of experience in pharmaceutical research and development. He has authored or co-authored over 50 research publications and book chapters, over 150 poster presentations and multiple patents in pharmaceutical sciences. Dr. Mehta is strongly committed to bringing pharmaceutical level evidence-based skin care with strong biology and clinical science for creation of multi-modality holistic skin care produc

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Eyelash Tinting

The Struggles are Real

Poly-cystic ovary syndrome is a surprisingly common condition, affecting up to 10% of women in the US. But despite it being so common, there's a whole lot that's still unknown about it: Experts don't know exactly what causes it, and as many as 50% of people who have it don't know that they do. 
Women's ovaries normally produce some "male" hormones called androgens, but women with PCOS make too much. That can cause missed periods, thick body hair, weight gain, and acne.
The talented and certified Paramedical Aestheticians at Uptown provide Electrolysis and Laser Hair Removal services for excessive unwanted hair, and a plethora of services and products tailored to help with acne, from even the most mild to severe.
Help with PCOS symptoms is available, if you know where to find it!
**Statistics courtesy of Prevention Magazine, photo courtesy of Shutterstock