Lip fillers have become an immensely popular non-invasive cosmetic treatment. Since the year 2000, their use by women has increased more than 50 percent! Due to celebrities, like Kylie Jenner with her infamous lips; lip kits; and wide influence, lip filler photos and video are being shared all over social media at a frequency not previously seen. While this has no doubt fueled the trend, it’s also amplified plenty of misconceptions about the treatment.

Are you looking to plump your pout but unsure of lip fillers because of something you’ve seen on Instagram or TikTok? You can trust the experts at Elevé, who have always been committed to educating patients, with helping you make informed decisions about your aesthetic care. Read on as we dispel the main misleading (or outright untrue) myths you may have heard about lip injections.

 

Myth: Lip filler is only for thin lips.

Fact: While people with thin lips may be more likely to use lip fillers, the amount of plumping achieved can be adjusted to suit almost any patient. At Elevé, lip injections are performed for a variety of reasons:

  • Adding volume
  • Adjusting the shape of the upper and/or lower lip
  • Improving lip symmetry
  • Defining the cupid’s bow
  • Contouring
  • Boosting the appearance of turned down corners
  • Moisturizing chronically chapped lips

 

Myth: It’s obvious when someone has lip fillers.

Fact: The experts at Elevé use Restylane® filler, which is made with synthetic hyaluronic acid, a compound the body produces on its own. Hyaluronic acid-based fillers will enhance the appearance of a person’s lips in a subtle and natural way.

The extremely large, overdone “duck lips” some people incorrectly associate with lip fillers are usually the result of botched jobs performed by unlicensed providers.

Elevé’s nurses, aestheticians, and injection specialists have years of medical training and know how to guide you to the best injection strategy based on your anatomy.

 

Myth: Filler will make your lips feel weird and smile unnatural.

Fact: The lingering “strange” feeling left by a lip filler injection will fade over a week or two. Once you acclimate to the new shape of your lips, you will no longer notice the difference. Administered properly, fillers should never change your lips’ texture or your ability to make expressions with your mouth.

 

Myth: The procedure is painful.

Fact: Topical pain reliever is applied to the lips and surrounding area before the injection. The procedure is not conducted until the area feels numb, which keeps discomfort to a minimum. In addition, treatments are brief and can be completed in as little as 15 minutes.

 

Myth: Lips will look smaller once the filler dissolves.

Fact: Your lips will not look smaller. They will return to their previous shape over a long period of time. Elevé’s hyaluronic acid-based filler is slowly broken down by the body over six to twelve months following treatment. Your lips will eventually return to their pre-filler shape without any sagging or damage.

The hyaluronic acid also promotes natural collagen production in the body, which thickens the outer layer of skin and smoothes wrinkles, even after the filler dissolves.

 

Fall in Love With Your Lips This February

Don’t believe everything you’ve read online or heard from a coworker or friend. Lip fillers are a safe and effective way to enhance your look when administered properly. This means finding an experienced medspa team with a strong reputation who can show you examples of their work with previous patients.

With Elevé, it’s more than just lip service. Its team is trained in all the latest techniques and dedicated to helping you achieve your aesthetic goals.

Still unsure if lip filler is right for you? Book a consultation today: 715-847-0000 Elevé’s experts are happy to answer any and all of your questions!

 

As the curtain comes down on 2022, we collectively turn over a new leaf and welcome the new year and all its possibilities. A new calendar year means a fresh start, a chance to renew focus on what really matters, and the perfect time to unveil an all-new YOU!

At Elevé, we stand ready to empower you as you move toward becoming your strongest, most confident, healthiest self in 2023! We’re here to help you focus and prioritize your health and beauty goals with our January promotions. Specials include our popular Vitality program, DEXA scans and our favorite collagen supplement. Don’t let another day, let alone another year, pass you by without seizing the chance to make 2023 the year of ME!

 

Aging does not have to be marked by body aches, weight gain, or memory loss. Even the simplest lifestyle changes can improve your healthspan (the duration of your life in good health).

Vitality’s medical professionals are committed to providing the data, resources, and professional guidance to empower you to optimize your health and reduce the risk of chronic disease or disabilities of aging.

We use multiple assessments to analyze your health and habits, design a customized care plan, and provide ongoing personalized support to meet your goals.

Live your best life now & schedule a consultation today: 715-847-0000

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What is a DEXA scan?

DEXA stands for (Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry). Approved by the FDA, the whole-body scan is considered the most accurate method for measuring body composition. The medical-grade technology is used by elite sport labs and researchers across the world.

 

How does it work?

The DEXA scan fires two rays which are reflected in different ways by muscle, fat and bone. As the scanner passes across the body, it measures the quantity of lean muscle mass and fat tissue in a person’s body.

 

What are the benefits of a DEXA scan?

DEXA scans are commonly used as an accurate, general assessment of a person’s health.

Outdated methods for measuring body composition, like BMI, can be dangerously misleading. Someone can be fit and muscular and be considered “overweight” on a BMI scale. Or, someone may carry too little muscle and too much fat and fall into the “normal” category set by BMI standards.

Securing an accurate measurement of your body fat can inform you about the right steps you need to take to meet fitness goals and reduce your risk for chronic health conditions, including:

  • Heart disease
  • Fertility problems
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Cancer
  • High blood pressure
  • Arthritis


Who should get a DEXA scan?

DEXA scans are useful for anyone with weight loss or fitness goals who needs a precise way to track progress. Regular monitoring shows a patient’s physiological response to their diet or training and allows for adjustments to be made to improve results.

 

How long does it take?

DEXA scans are quick, painless and usually take less than 20 minutes to complete. Upon completion of the scan, a detailed report of your results is provided and discussed. To schedule a DEXA scan, contact the experts at Elevé today: 715-847-0000

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Collagen peptides are the most abundant protein inside our bodies, making up about a third of an individual’s protein composition. They help build and maintain muscle, cushion our joints, and keep skin looking young.

However, as we age, our natural collagen production drops significantly. Starting in our mid-twenties, we lose about one percent of our collagen every year. It’s the reason collagen supplements have become so popular.

 

Research-Backed Benefits of Taking Collagen

Skin health

To protect your body from UV damage, scratches, and bacteria, the epidermis is always producing new skin cells, and collagen is the protein that keeps these cells strong and resilient.

In one study, women who took a collagen supplement every day for 12 weeks experienced less dryness, fewer visible wrinkles, and better blood flow in the skin.

 

Improved mobility

As our body naturally loses collagen during years of aging, our tendons and ligaments become less flexible. Collagen supplements can alleviate joint stiffness and help the body glide with less painful friction between bones.

 

Muscle growth

Collagen is full of the amino acids that act as the building blocks for creatine, a compound that helps you speed up muscle growth and recovery.

 

Digestive health

Collagen aids in the formation of connective tissue in the GI tract and repairs its protective lining that keeps microbiome in balance. This helps prevent chronic digestive health issues like IBS and leaky gut syndrome.

 

Unlocking the Most Benefits

Collagen supplements are a simple, convenient way to increase your protein intake and boost your body’s collagen levels. As with any supplement, the key to how much benefit you see is its quality.

At Elevé, our preferred collagen supplement is Whole Body Collagen. It has a unique blend of three collagen peptides backed by clinical research showing its efficacy in supporting collagen production. Whole Body Collagen comes in a powder form that can be mixed into smoothies, hot drinks, soups and other foods or beverages that make it easy to ensure your body gets enough.

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*Must schedule your treatment during the month of January to receive these special offers. Specials cannot be combined with any other special offers. Deals expire 1/31/2023.

 

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There are plenty of temporary options for people who want to remove hair from their face or body. The problem is that each one comes with at least one detractor. Shaving results are short-lived. Plucking is a tedious timewaster. Depilatory creams are messy and often smell awful. And waxing can be painful and harsh on sensitive skin. In addition, these methods are time-consuming and expensive: The average woman spends a whopping 72 hours and up to $23,000 removing hair during her lifetime.

Imagine cutting your shower time in half and having that freshly-shaved confidence for months or years at a time! It’s possible with laser hair removal.

If you’re unfamiliar with the procedure, and are wondering how it works, read on for answers to the most important FAQ.

 

What is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is a non-invasive, FDA-approved aesthetic treatment that uses precisely calibrated laser technology. Other methods chop hairs off at the base, while laser hair removal targets and inactivates the hair follicle itself. This reduces the hair’s ability to grow and sometimes stops it permanently!

Laser hair removal can treat unwanted hair almost anywhere on the body or face:

  • Underarms
  • Legs
  • Bikini line
  • Between brows
  • Upper lip
  • Chin
  • Forearms
  • Back
  • Shoulders

 

What are the Benefits of Laser Hair Removal?

  • Save time and money
    • Laser hair removal can be performed in as little as 15 minutes. The smaller the area being targeted, the less time the procedure will take.
    • While laser hair removal has a higher upfront cost, treatments will result in significant savings over the combined cost of razors, shaving cream, and waxing appointments.
  • Enjoy soft, smooth skin
    • Laser hair removal won’t leave behind ingrown hairs, razor burn, or stubble like traditional hair removal methods.
  • Avoid the slow torture of waxing and tweezing
    • Laser hair removal causes minimal discomfort. Patients have compared the sensation of the laser to rubber band snaps against the skin.
  • Target precise areas of skin
    • Elevé’s laser technology allows for confident and close-quarters work around eyebrows, lips, and the bikini line.

 

Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent?

For most people, the effects of laser hair removal are long-term, although not completely permanent. The intense heat and light do permanently damage the hair follicle. So, after a series of treatments, some patients don’t experience regrowth for years, if ever! For those who do see it grow back, the hair is finer and lighter in color. Hair color, skin color, the area treated, and medications can all have an effect on results.

 

Is Laser Hair Removal Right for You?

Men and women can both benefit from laser hair removal, but it’s important to consult with your primary doctor before scheduling treatment. Certain oral and topical medications can raise the risk for adverse side effects.

Laser hair removal also requires a commitment to a series of treatments, because hair grows in cycles. The procedure can only inactivate follicles during the active growth phase, so best results are achieved over the course of four to six sessions spaced weeks apart.

 

Why Choose Elevé for Laser Hair Removal?

Laser has been a popular and effective hair removal treatment for decades, but it can be dangerous in the hands of someone inexperienced. Qualified providers, like the experts at Elevé, are better suited to achieving the best outcome. Their training and knowledge in both laser hair removal and aesthetic medicine make the process as smooth and pain-free as possible.

Schedule a consultation today to discuss your goals and what to expect during and after treatment. Whether you’re ready to get rid of unwanted hair, or just looking to learn more, the Elevé MedSpa laser hair removal team will make sure you are comfortable and well informed every step of the way. Set up a consultation today: 715-847-0000

Living life to the fullest means embracing its varied experiences and emotions. You can’t relish the highs without confronting the lows. Smiling, laughing, frowning and crying; it’s all rawness and realness that gives our existence meaning. The problem with all those strong emotions is the effect they have on your face. Over time, the facial expressions that come with these feelings produce laugh lines, crow’s feet, forehead wrinkles, and furrows between the brows.

Botox® has long been the solution for men and women looking to soften these fine lines and wrinkles. But what if you could fight off wrinkles before they set in? It turns out preventing the signs of aging is easier than seeking a remedy.

 

What is Botox®?

Botox® is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure used to reduce repeat muscle contractions in the face, relaxing targeted areas to stop the pulling that creates wrinkles. The injectable treatment works by temporarily blocking signals sent from the nerves to the facial muscles, smoothing wrinkles that form around the eyes and on the forehead.

 

How Does Preventative Botox® Work?

The concept of preventative Botox® is not a case of creating a problem just to require a solution; there are definite advantages to incorporating the treatment into your skincare routine at a younger age. Since wrinkles form because of repeated muscle contractions (facial expressions), slowly decreasing the use of these muscles early in life, before visible lines settle, can halt their development altogether. Preventative Botox® injections also help “train” targeted muscles to relax, further delaying wrinkles.

It’s an example of the old axiom: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In general, patients who use Botox® proactively will need fewer Botox® and anti-aging treatments later in life.

 

When is the Right Time to Start Preventative Botox®?

There is no carved-in-stone rule for when you should start using Botox® because everyone’s timeline is different. Elevé patients start preventative treatments as early as their mid-twenties, when lines first begin to show up around the eyes. Some people, however, won’t develop lines until well into their thirties. The number and severity of wrinkles can vary significantly from person to person. Sun exposure, genetics, skin color, tobacco use, sleep habits, and stress all factor into how skin ages.

At Elevé, our rule of thumb is simple: Start to treat lines when they first start to show! If fine lines linger when your face is relaxed after smiling or raising your eyebrows, then it’s time to consider preventative Botox®.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do treatments take?

Preventative Botox® treatments can be administered in just 15 to 30 minutes.

 

What can I expect after my Botox® appointment?

Botox® is a non-invasive, in-office procedure. Treatments are often performed over a lunch break, with no downtime required. Patients can resume normal daily activities immediately after an appointment. Though, intense exercise should be avoided for at least 24 hours to allow the Botox® to settle.

While rare, some patients may experience bruising or swelling, but symptoms can easily be reduced with a cold compress.

 

When will I see results?

In the case of some preventative Botox® treatments, no change is a good sign! The point of the procedure is to stop wrinkles from developing in the first place.

If fine lines are already visible, results will be quick. A smoother appearance will be noticeable within a few days, with full results developing gradually over the next 1-2 weeks.

 

How long do preventative Botox® treatments last?

Many patients enjoy results for three to four months. However, with continued use, fine lines can sometimes be minimized for up to six months.

 

The Best Results Come from the Best Aesthetic Team

Botox® is a skill-sensitive procedure requiring sound medical judgement. A provider’s experience can have a dramatic impact on the quality and longevity of the results. Elevé’s distinguished nurse practitioners, aesthetic RNs and injection specialists are educated in the latest anti-aging and skin rejuvenation treatments and will never approach Botox® as a one-size-fits-all solution. They’ve achieved results with clients of all ages and skin types and are ready to use that knowledge to help you love the skin you’re in for decades to come!

Set up a consultation to learn if preventative Botox® is right for you. Contact Elevé today: 715-847-0000

 

Throughout the years, our skin is exposed to UV radiation, pollutants, and sometimes harsh chemicals in skincare products. All have cumulative detrimental effects, and the damage begins to show as skin that is wrinkled, uneven and tired looking. Your face just doesn’t look the way it used to, and makeup and drugstore treatments are no longer effective in masking and improving the problem areas. If you’re still seeking the right solution for your skin concerns, it’s time to consider the benefits of BroadBand Light (BBL)™.

BBL sets a new standard for treating a wide variety of skin conditions. Sometimes called the “Swiss Army Knife” of cosmetic care, BBL is a non-invasive rejuvenation procedure that improves skin superficially and structurally, helping you regain a younger, refreshed, and more radiant appearance.

 

How does BBL work?

BBL is photo rejuvenation that utilizes intense pulsed light to gently heat the outer layers of the skin. Excess pigment and blood vessels are damaged when they absorb the light, prompting the skin to heal itself through accelerated cell turnover. This corrects age spots and redness and triggers the production of collagen, a protein that gives skin a youthful appearance. The comprehensive BBL treatment improves skin’s look and overall health.

 

What is BBL used for?

BBL can address a wide range of skin conditions, almost anywhere on the body. The areas most often treated with BBL include the face, neck, chest, arms and hands.

Different wavelengths can be selected during BBL treatment, allowing specific areas of concern to be targeted. And because the technology’s filters can be quickly changed, multiple skin conditions can be addressed in a single treatment session.

 

At Elevé, BBL is often used to rejuvenate skin affected by:

  • Age spots & freckles
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Spider veins & broken capillaries
  • Fine lines & wrinkles
  • Loss of firmness
  • Rosacea

 

Other BBL FAQ

How long does the treatment take? BBL is quick and convenient, with some treatments taking as little as 5 minutes. Most can be completed within 20 to 40 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated.

Are there any risks or side effects? The potential side effects of BBL treatments are mild and temporary. Age spots and freckles may darken for a few days after a session, but makeup can easily cover those areas as they fade. It is, however, important to note that tanned skin can increase the risk of complications and prevent the treatment’s energy from targeting specific areas.

What can I expect after a BBL treatment? BBL is a non-invasive treatment with no downtime, making it perfect for patients with busy schedules. While skin may look slightly red in the treated areas, patients can return to their usual activities immediately after an appointment. BBL provides many of the same benefits of a chemical peel with a shorter recovery time.

Is BBL a one-time treatment? There will be a visible improvement in your skin’s appearance after a single BBL treatment. However, the number of sessions required for best results depends on your skin type, aesthetic goals, and severity of your condition.

How long do BBL results last? Results from BBL can often last one to two years, depending on the number of treatments and the patient’s skin type and skincare routine.

 

Why choose Elevé for BBL?

By choosing Elevé’s skincare team, you’ve enlisted the help of extensively trained medical professionals with experience producing the best possible outcomes. Elevé prioritizes patient education and believes open communication is key in setting realistic expectations. You will be guided through every step of your personalized treatment plan to ensure you are comfortable and confident with the chosen products and procedures.

If you’re ready to recapture your youthful glow with BBL, contact Elevé to further explore the technology’s benefits: 715-847-0000

Many of us dream of having healthy, glowing skin and are often quick to treat or cover up even the smallest imperfection in our pursuit of an even tone. But, for those suffering from melasma, blotchy patches spread across a large portion of the face, making it difficult to hide with makeup. The heartening news is that melasma can be treated effectively with a personalized plan developed by experts, and there are few more qualified than the specialists at Elevé.

 

What is Melasma?

Melasma is a condition that produces hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin), most often presenting as brown or gray patches across the face, chest and neck. Sometimes called the “pregnancy mask,” melasma is most commonly experienced by women between the ages of 20 and 50.

 

What Causes Melasma?

The underlying cause of melasma still remains a mystery. And while science tells us that heredity is a significant factor, experts have identified many other triggers:

 

Pregnancy, Oral Contraceptives

Many women experience melasma during pregnancy or while taking oral contraceptives due to changes in hormone levels. A rise in certain hormones, like progesterone, can increase melanin production.

 

Sunlight

UV light stimulates the body’s production of melanin, and skin is affected in multiple ways when it isn’t protected from sun exposure. First, sunlight can darken existing melasma. Secondly, UV light and heat can trigger or “wake up” dormant melasma, causing it to appear.

 

Skincare Products

Scented cleansers and moisturizers can aggravate the skin and make melasma worse.

 

Options for Treating Melasma

To be clear, melasma can be challenging to manage, especially if one sticks to store-bought skincare products. The best avenue of treatment is through a personalized treatment plan developed by a professional skincare team. Often the solution will be a combination of topical applications and in-office treatments. There is no cure for melasma, but advanced aesthetic treatments and medical-grade skincare are proven to dramatically reduce the appearance of the condition’s characteristic blotchiness. Below are some of the melasma treatment options used by the specialists at Elevé:

HALO® – A revolutionary laser treatment by Sciton®, HALO® provides unmatched improvement in the visible signs of skin aging, including pigmentation and sun damage. The technology penetrates deep into the dermis, reducing discoloration in skin tone and stimulating collagen production to smooth and tighten skin and contract pores. HALO®’s unique hybrid design uses dual wavelengths to resurface both the epidermis and dermis simultaneously to deliver dramatic results.

Chemical Peels – Superficial chemical peels accelerate skin exfoliation, reducing the appearance of pigmentation and improving the overall condition of a patient’s skin.

 

Prevention

One of the most effective treatments for melasma is prevention. Following these steps can help keep melasma at bay:

Apply Sunscreen Daily. Because UV rays can easily trigger or worsen melasma, it’s important to use medical-grade sunscreen with an SPF of 50 or higher daily, regardless of whether the sun is out or not.

Shield Skin from Direct Sunlight. Wear a wide-brimmed hat to further protect your face while outside.

Use Gentle Skincare. Anything that irritates your skin is likely to exacerbate your melasma.

 

Determining the right treatment plan for your melasma depends largely on the severity of your condition, your skin tone, and what’s believed to be causing your symptoms. It requires specialized care, and the team of experts at Elevé will always take the time to explain why they recommend products and procedures deemed most beneficial to you. Call 715-847-0000 to schedule a consultation today!

 

How often have you considered the impact your diet has on your skin? Just like the other organs in your body, your skin’s health depends on your nutritional intake. How we care for ourselves “inside” has a major impact on our outward appearance.

If the body had a need for artificial flavoring and preservatives to be healthy, the standard American diet would be the world’s gold standard. Unfortunately, this is not the case, and many of us aren’t getting adequate levels of important vitamins and minerals. Those missing nutrients can contribute to a long list of skin problems: acne, dryness, puffiness, undereye bags, fine lines and more. Supplements for the skin are an easy way to fill the nutritional gaps of someone’s diet.

While there are a variety of different formulas that target specific dermatological concerns, our skincare team at Elevé has done the hard work for you and compiled a list of our favorites:

 

H-S-N Complete™

H-S-N Complete™ is a comprehensive formula combining vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanicals in a single dose to promote healthy hair, skin and nails.

Key ingredients include:

  • MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane):MSM supports healthy hair, skin and nails. A clinical trial found facial skin radiance, firmness and hydration significantly improved after four weeks of use and continued to improve after 16 weeks of use.
  • Green Tea Extract: Supplementation with green tea can increase the synthesis of collagen and potentially reduce the signs of UV-induced photo-aging.
  • Grape Seed Extract: The antioxidants in grape seed extract have been shown to reduce wrinkles and strengthen skin.

 

OmegAvail™ Hi-Po

As we age, our skin often dries out because we lose some of our natural oils and experience a decrease in cell renewal. Omega-3s are essential to keeping skin healthy, boosting hydration while stimulating the growth of new cells. However, our body cannot produce fatty acids like omega-3s or omega-6s and must obtain them in food or supplement form.

OmegAvail™ Hi-Po provides a potent 1500 mg of omega-3s to support an optimal body balance of these beneficial fatty acids. The supplement’s 75% concentration of EPA+DHA is much higher than most commonly available fish oils, which means it can more quickly deliver its health benefits. OmegAvail™ Hi-Po’s formula also includes lipase, a digestive aid to ensure maximum absorption and prevent any fishy aftertaste.

EPA and DHA each have unique characteristics that benefit the optimization of health. EPA supports skin and brain health, balanced emotions and normal cholesterol levels. DHA supports proper brain function, maintenance of normal triglyceride levels and blood pressure, and healthy pregnancy.

Recent studies also show omega-3s offer protection against UV light and may help prevent skin cancer.

 

Whole Body Collagen

Collagen is a protein found in the body that plays an essential role in maintaining skin strength and elasticity. As we get older, our natural collagen production drops significantly. In fact, from the age of 25, our bodies produce 1 percent less collagen every year. The decrease leads to wrinkles and crepey skin.

Whole Body Collagen contains a unique blend of three collagen peptides backed by clinical research that shows their efficacy for supporting collagen production, skin elasticity, joint health, and more. The powder can be incorporated into smoothies, coffee or tea, soups and other foods and beverages, making it easy to ensure your body gets enough.

 

When can you expect to see results from a skincare supplement?

Skincare supplements are a long-term commitment that requires consistent use and a double dose of patience. In general, patients experience changes in skin within one to three months of use, with full benefits seen after 3 to 6 months of daily use.

Skincare supplements are not one-size-fits-all, because your skin is unique and requires a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. Take the guesswork out of finding the routine that’s right for you by contacting the skincare specialists at Elevé today: 715-847-0000

 

Designs for Health® skincare bundles (H-S-N Complete™, OmegAvail™ Hi-Po, and Whole Body Collagen) are 10% off during July! *Bundled price is first-time purchase only. Special cannot be combined with any other special offers. Expires 7/31/22


 

About Elevé MedSpa & Vitality

Elevé MedSpa & Vitality helps patients achieve aesthetic goals and maximize their healthspan, both physically and mentally. Located at 2606 Stewart Ave. in Wausau, Elevé’s advanced aesthetic menu includes FDA-cleared CoolSculpting®, laser hair removalradiofrequency skin tighteningchemical peelsHydraFacial®vein treatmentsmedical-grade skincare as well as many other award-winning treatments and products. As a subsidiary of Surgical Associates, Elevé is part of a network committed to excellence in patient care and satisfaction. Learn more at: www.eleveplasticsurgery.com

 

Sweating is a fact of life. It’s our body’s natural response to cool our skin and regulate temperature. However, it can still impact your confidence, and if you have hyperhidrosis, the pit stains or sopping palms can be downright humiliating. Sadly, many people affected by the condition suffer in silence, unaware there is an effective, FDA-approved Botox® treatment for hyperhidrosis.

 

What is hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition characterized by chronic, excessive perspiration. Armpits, hands, and feet are the most commonly affected areas of the body. People with this condition sweat heavily even when the normal causes (e.g., high temperatures, physical exertion, stress) are not present. The cause of primary hyperhidrosis is not known. However, underlying medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and some cancers can cause what’s known as secondary hyperhidrosis.

Hyperhidrosis is different from someone just prone to heavy sweating. Symptoms may include:

  • Noticeable sweating that soaks through clothing
  • Dripping palms
  • Sweating while at rest
  • Night sweats
  • Excessive body odor
  • Itching and inflammation in affected areas
  • Extreme flushing on the face

 

How does Botox® treat hyperhidrosis?

Botox® is more than just a cosmetic procedure used to treat wrinkles and fine lines. The injections are also an FDA-approved treatment for severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis.

It works by blocking chemical signals between the nerves and sweat glands. Exercise and anxiety are common triggers for the nervous system to activate sweat, but hyperhidrosis makes the glands overactive even in the absence of the usual outside stimuli.

Botox® injections directly into the area experiencing excessive perspiration work by essentially paralyzing those overactive nerves. The chemical messages get interrupted, so the sweat glands never receive the message to sweat!

The benefits of treating hyperhidrosis with Botox®:

  • It’s effective: According to the International Hyperhidrosis Society, underarm Botox® injections can reduce sweating by 82%-87%.
  • It’s fast-acting: Only one treatment achieves results!
  • It’s minimally invasive: The treatment doesn’t require surgery and is longer lasting than topical agents.
  • It’s affordable: Health insurance providers may cover the cost of Botox® for excessive sweating.

 

What to expect during treatment

Botox® treatments for hyperhidrosis are quick and convenient. The injections are administered in the comfort of Elevé’s office and require no downtime after the appointment.

Results may vary, but most patients see a dramatic reduction in sweating in two weeks, with full results experienced within a month.

Treatments are usually required every four to twelve months because the nerves will regenerate. Over time, though, some patients report being able to go longer periods between injections.

 

Who is an ideal candidate for Botox® hyperhidrosis treatment?

Botox® treatment is highly recommended for healthy adults suffering from chronic, severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis. Patients at Elevé have often tried other treatments (prescription-strength antiperspirants, creams, pills) without success. The Botox® injections are also ideal for those who do not want to try more invasive procedures, like sweat gland removal or nerve surgery.

 

Don’t sweat it!

The days of being drenched in sweat can be over with the help of Elevé’s injection specialists. Now is the perfect time to take control and put your perspiration in the past because you can take $300 off Botox® treatment for hyperhidrosis at Elevé during the month of June.

If you’re interested in learning more about stopping sweat through the benefits of Botox®, call 715-847-0000 to set up a consultation at Elevé today.

Special cannot be combined with other special offers. Expires 6/30/22.

 


About Elevé Plastic Surgery, MedSpa, Vitality

Elevé MedSpa & Vitality helps patients achieve aesthetic goals and maximize their healthspan, both physically and mentally. Located at 2606 Stewart Ave. in Wausau, Elevé’s advanced aesthetic menu includes FDA-cleared CoolSculpting®, laser hair removalradiofrequency skin tighteningchemical peelsHydraFacial®vein treatmentsmedical-grade skincare as well as many other award-winning treatments and products. As a subsidiary of Surgical Associates, Elevé is part of a network committed to excellence in patient care and satisfaction. Learn more at: www.eleveplasticsurgery.com

 

We are exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet spectrum (UV rays) during multiple activities every day. And we’re not just talking about tanning on the beach. Think about all the times you’re exposed, even briefly, to sunlight: morning walks, watering flowers, even driving in the late afternoon when the sun is low in the sky. There’s a catch-22 in our relationship with the sun, because its light is essential for good health and the production of vitamin D. But, the harmful radiation of UV rays causes skin cells to age and damages cells’ DNA.

An estimated one in five adults develop skin cancer in their lifetime, but despite it being the most common form of cancer, it’s also highly preventable.

Here, we’ve outlined four proactive measures you can take to reduce your risk of melanoma and other types of sun damage, like fine lines and age spots.

 

Don’t skimp on the sunscreen

Medical-grade sunscreen is your first line of defense against skin cancer and premature aging. Proven by science, these sunscreens contain minerals that block UVA and UVB rays. Unlike other types, medical-grade sunscreen isn’t absorbed into your body and is more effective at protecting your skin.

In general, you should apply two tablespoons of sunscreen 15-30 minutes before your anticipated sun exposure, then reapply every two hours. Sunscreens do expire, so be sure to throw away products that have been sitting in your cabinet for a few too many summers.

All medical-grade sunscreen is 10% off during the month of May at Elevé.

 

Cover up

In addition to applying sunscreen, it’s helpful to wear lightweight long-sleeves and pants for extra protection when you know you’ll be exposed to the sun for longer periods. A wide-brimmed hat will also cast excellent shade to protect your face’s thin skin and prevent wrinkles.

Some people with a lighter complexion, or those who easily sunburn, may want to consider wearing outer layers specifically designed to block UV radiation.

 

Stop using tanning beds

The Skin Cancer Foundation says tanning lamps damage your skin cells because of their direct use of ultraviolet (UV) radiation. They are not safe to use and are a known carcinogen, like cigarettes. Just one indoor tanning session can increase your risk of skin cancer by 20%. If you want a golden glow this summer without damaging your skin, use self-tanners or spray tans.

 

Get checked out

Even if you don’t have a family history of skin cancer, it’s prudent to schedule an annual skin check. Elevé staff members are trained to spot any moles that may be starting to become cancerous and offer guidance as necessary. Our skincare experts will also provide tips for check-ups you can conduct at home to stay proactive about your skin health. Skin cancer is highly curable if caught early.

Skin checks (from the neck up) are just $75 at Elevé during May.

 

Reverse the Appearance of Sun Damage

Over our years of life, the time in the sun adds up. Though, there are solutions for correcting dark spots, wrinkles and broken capillaries. At Elevé, we often recommend:

Chemical peels: By accelerating skin exfoliation, chemical peels smooth fine lines and wrinkles and improve hyperpigmentation.

Dermaplaning: Using a small surgical blade to remove dead skin buildup from the top layer of your skin, dermaplaning will help brighten your complexion and fade age spots.

Microneedling: Microneedling activates your body’s regenerative process to encourage collagen production and cell turnover which helps lighten and reverse hyperpigmentation.

Sun damage accumulates over time, so it’s never too late to reduce your risk of cancer by taking preventative steps. At Elevé, skincare is one of our specialties, and we have vast experience helping educate and treat patients with a variety of conditions, including sun damage. Contact Elevé today to set up a consultation: 715-847-0000. We’re ready to recommend the top products and services available to help you fight the effects of overexposure, protect your skin from additional damage, and develop a roadmap for “turning back the clock” to a more refreshed and younger-looking you!

Elevé specials cannot be combined with other special offers. All expire 5/31/22.

 


About Elevé Plastic Surgery, MedSpa, Vitality

Elevé Plastic Surgery, MedSpa, Vitality helps patients achieve aesthetic goals and maximize their healthspan, both physically and mentally. Located at 2606 Stewart Ave. in Wausau, Elevé’s advanced aesthetic menu includes FDA-cleared CoolSculpting®, laser hair removalradiofrequency skin tighteningchemical peelsHydraFacial®vein treatmentsmedical-grade skincare as well as many other award-winning treatments and products. As a subsidiary of Surgical Associates, Elevé is part of a network committed to excellence in patient care and satisfaction. Learn more at: www.eleveplasticsurgery.com

Rosacea is a chronic condition, usually affecting people over the age of 30. Often hard to treat, it appears more commonly among those with fair skin, with symptoms of persistent blushing, prominent blood vessels, thickened skin, and red bumps on the cheeks, nose, chin, forehead and eyelids.

If you are one of the 16 million Americans living with rosacea, you know how painful and embarrassing it can be. To prevent and calm flare-ups, Elevé’s experts have put together skincare and lifestyle tips that have a proven track record with patients.

 

Be Sun Savvy

Protection from the sun is the single most important step in keeping rosacea in check. In sunny conditions, it doesn’t take much exposure to exacerbate symptoms, but you must also consider the cloudy days and their impact on your skin. Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every day, and seek out products with titanium dioxide or zinc oxide which are less likely to aggravate skin.

 

Know Your Triggers

Determining the external factors that cause your rosacea can go a long way in preventing flare-ups. Armed with information, you can avoid the triggers and give your skin a fighting chance. Keep a journal to track your activities and diet. All cases of rosacea are unique, but there are common triggers to consider: sun exposure, windburn, humid weather, stress, hot beverages, alcohol, spicy foods, and hairspray.

 

Keep Skincare Simple

Pare down your skincare routine, especially if it seems like the products you use are making your flushing worse. If it’s difficult to pinpoint one problematic product, then go back to the basics. Start using just three items: a mild cleanser, moisturizer and an SPF.

Once your skin clears, you can always reincorporate one product at a time. To do that properly, test the product on a small area of the skin first to make sure there is no irritation.

An experienced aesthetician can also help you develop a treatment plan that uses products specifically developed to prevent and minimize rosacea flare-ups.

 

Use Care When Cleansing

Avoid astringents and exfoliating agents, and always use hypoallergenic products that are free of oil and fragrances. For best results, follow these steps twice a day: gently apply cleanser with fingertips, rinse with lukewarm water, and blot dry instead of rubbing with a towel.

 

Follow the Forecast

Extreme temperatures are an external factor that can aggravate rosacea. If you plan to spend time outdoors on a hot day, wear a hat and try to stay in the shade. During the winter, when the wind is bitterly cold, you can stop your skin from drying out by wearing a scarf or ski mask.

 

Consult a Professional

There is no known cure for rosacea, although health care providers are continually learning more about the condition. Many treatments available drastically improve the appearance of rosacea and keep its symptoms in check. At Elevé, we often recommend:

Rozatrol® by ZO Skin Health – Rozatrol® is a topical treatment serum that attacks the symptoms of rosacea in multiple ways: minimizing redness and irritation, replenishing hydration, preventing excess oil and boosting cell turnover.

HydraFacials – HydraFacial MD® is a revolutionary skincare treatment that can reduce the appearance of rosacea’s primary symptoms: redness, bumps and enlarged pores. HydraFacial MD® cleanses, exfoliates, hydrates and nourishes the skin. A customized booster serum can also be applied to reduce discoloration from rosacea and protect skin after the treatment.

Laser – Laser can be used to treat broken capillaries that cause rosacea redness, with patients often seeing a dramatic improvement in just a few short sessions. Laser also delivers a more permanent result than topical creams.

Dermaplaning – Dermaplaning is a mechanical, not chemical, method of exfoliation, making it a great alternative to peels or microdermabrasion for anyone with sensitive skin or rosacea. The treatment provides an immediate boost to your complexion by removing dead skin cells and vellus hair from the epidermis.

 

Rosacea is not a condition that should be ignored, because without treatment, it’s likely to get worse over time. If you suffer from flare-ups and want to rein in your skin and regain control of your self-confidence, schedule a consultation with Elevé to explore treatment options today: 715-847-0000

 

During the month of April at Elevé, take 10% off Rozatrol® by ZO Skin Health.
*Special cannot be combined with other special offers. Expires 4/30/22.

 


About Elevé Plastic Surgery, MedSpa, Vitality

Located at 2606 Stewart Ave. in Wausau, Elevé’s advanced aesthetic menu includes FDA-cleared CoolSculpting®, laser hair removalradiofrequency skin tighteningchemical peelsHydraFacial®vein treatmentsmedical-grade skincare as well as many other award-winning treatments and products. As a subsidiary of Surgical Associates, Elevé is part of a network committed to excellence in patient care and satisfaction. Learn more at: www.eleveplasticsurgery.com