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

With age, your body produces less collagen, a protein present in the middle layer of our skin. As a result, skin becomes dry and less elastic, meaning wrinkles and sagging can develop over time.

A minimally invasive cosmetic procedure called microneedling, or collagen induction therapy, can help rejuvenate skin. An aesthetician uses an FDA-approved microneedling device to make micro-punctures in the top layer of the skin. Nearly invisible, these punctures activate your body’s regenerative process to encourage collagen production and cell turnover.

There are many benefits to including microneedling in your beauty routine, but the following five best illustrate why the treatment has become so popular:

 

Minimized Fine Lines and Wrinkles

Microneedling is an excellent option if you want to soften wrinkles but aren’t ready for Botox® or fillers.

Because the micro-punctures boost collagen and elastin production, frown lines, forehead furrows and crow’s feet become less visible. Microneedling also strengthens the outer layer of skin, called the epidermis, which helps prevent future fine lines and wrinkles.

Collagen creams cannot penetrate down through the dermis. Microneedling, however, promotes collagen production and natural healing from the inside out.

 

Enhanced Effectiveness of Skincare Products

Microneedling makes it easier for your skin to absorb and benefit from serums, moisturizers and other topical treatments. The micro-punctures let the products penetrate deeper, producing more powerful effects.

 

Balanced Skin Tone

Hyperpigmentation refers to patches of skin that are darker than the surrounding area due to excess buildup of melanin. It can happen as a result of acne, cold sores, hormonal changes, or sun exposure.

Microneedling helps break down clumps of excess pigment while improving cell turnover to even out skin tone.

 

Diminished Acne Scarring

A consistent skincare routine can help make pitted acne scars less noticeable, but it cannot erase them. Acne scars are areas of fibrous tissue that replace normal skin after skin is damaged.

Microneedling breaks down the fibrous tissue pulling at the surface of the skin, drastically improving the appearance of acne scars.

According to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, patients who received one to six monthly microneedling treatments had an improvement in the appearance of acne scars by at least 50 percent after an average of two and a half treatments.

 

Smaller Pores

When the face loses collagen and elasticity, pores begin to sag and accumulate dirt and oils. This congestion often leads to skin problems such as blackheads and acne.

Microneedling can effectively tighten enlarged pores. When the procedure kickstarts the production of collagen, old skin cells are shed and replaced by new skin cells. As a result, skin will appear smoother with pores that are smaller and less noticeable.

 

Elevé’s Approach to Microneedling

The trained aestheticians at Elevé have years of microneedling experience and are well prepared to treat scarring, wrinkles and other conditions safely and effectively.

Microneedling procedures are conducted at Elevé’s new, state-of-the-art clinic and take about 20 to 30 minutes to complete.

It’s common to see visible changes to skin within 48 to 72 hours after treatment, with results improving over time as collagen production continues. Multiple treatments are usually recommended; the number of required treatments depends on the patient’s goals.

Pairing microneedling with an oral collagen can help maximize results. The treatments complement each other in their ability to improve skin elasticity and hydration.

To find out how microneedling can transform your skin, book an appointment with Elevé today: 715-847-0000

During the month of March, buy three microneedling treatments at Elevé, and get one complimentary treatment. *Special cannot be combined with other special offers. Expires 3/31/22.

 


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

 

Spider veins are thin, blue and purple clusters of veins which usually appear on a person’s outer thighs, lower legs or face. The name is derived from their resemblance to a spider’s web.

The usual way in which spider veins are formed is when valves that prevent blood from flowing backward are damaged or not performing properly. Blood backs up in the veins, increasing pressure and weakening the walls of the veins. The pooling blood shows through the skin as webs, branches or patches. Many factors increase the likelihood of developing spider veins, including heredity, prolonged standing, pregnancy and menopause.

An exception is spider veins (or broken capillaries) of the face, which can develop without underlying venous issues. They often present in the noses and cheeks of people with fair skin and are typically associated with rosacea, chronic sun exposure or autoimmune disorders.

While the formation of spider veins can’t always be avoided, there are simple lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your chances of developing spider veins or prevent new ones from forming:

 

Elevate Your Legs

Either sitting or standing, the veins in your legs are under a lot of stress as they work against gravity and the higher venous pressure it causes. When you have time to relax, elevate your feet above the level of your heart to encourage blood flow.

 

Invest in Compression Socks

Wearing compression socks fights the effects of gravity and makes it harder for blood to pool in the lower legs. The socks are designed to squeeze your veins with just the right amount of pressure to improve circulation.

 

Take Active Breaks

Regular activity promotes healthy veins, so get moving when you have the opportunity! If most of your time at work is spent standing or sitting, add short walks and/or calf raises into breaks to keep blood flowing.

 

Exercise Regularly

Exercise, similar to the previous suggestion, improves circulation by helping pump blood from the legs back to the heart. Routine exercise can also help you lose weight, which eases the pressure put on the veins in your legs, preventing the valves from weakening or failing.

 

Don’t Forget the Sunscreen

UV rays break down collagen under the skin’s surface and damage blood vessels. Repeated sunburns raise your risk of developing spider veins on your nose and cheeks.

 

Eliminate Spider Veins With Laser Treatment

Spider veins, once formed, won’t disappear on their own. Whether you’ve recently noticed a few new webs or are sick of your existing spider veins limiting your wardrobe choices, a specialist is required if you’d like them removed for good.

The experts at Elevé Plastic Surgery, MedSpa, Vitality use advanced laser technology to eliminate spider veins on both the legs and face and cherry angiomas. The non-surgical technique sends targeted heat energy to the lining of veins, causing them to collapse. They are then naturally absorbed by the body, and other, healthy veins take over their function while the treated spider veins fade and disappear.

The in-office procedure typically takes 15 – 30 minutes to complete. The treatment doesn’t require anesthesia, making it less risky than more invasive procedures. Most patients are able to return uninterrupted to their normal routine.

Depending on the severity of the spider veins, multiple treatments may be needed to achieve your desired results.

To learn more about Elevé’s advanced laser vein treatment, set up a consultation today: (715) 847-0000

 


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

 

Pregnancy is a time of great change for a woman. The surge in hormones can be the cause of frustrating side effects for your skin: acne, rashes, and dryness. All combined, it’s easy to feel as if your body is going through as many changes as the baby inside you! The external and internal stressors of pregnancy create a substantial need for a little pampering.

An afternoon at Elevé is the perfect way to relieve stress and ease some naturally occurring discomforts brought on by pregnancy. But before you book that next appointment, it’s important to know whether your preferred skincare treatments and products are still safe for you while there’s a baby on board.

So, to help guide you ahead of your next visit, we’re sharing the soothing and safe options available for moms-to-be at the medspa.

 

Facials

A facial can help you relax and take back a little “me” time, while also treating breakouts, redness and increased oil production triggered by hormonal changes. Facials are generally safe when a woman is expecting, but it’s important to know the risks that may cause a reaction or even harm the baby. Because skin is extra sensitive during pregnancy, avoid more aggressive treatments like certain chemical peels and microdermabrasion. Also, double check the products being used. Many common ingredients, like retinoids and salicylic acid, can enter your bloodstream through the skin and are considered unsafe during pregnancy.

Elevé’s Mommy Facial, one of our newest skincare treatments, has quickly become a favorite among expectant mothers. The customized hydrating facial includes a light mechanical exfoliation, hydrating serums, massage and hydro-jelly mask.

 

 

Dermaplaning

Dermaplaning is a mechanical method of exfoliation, making it the safest exfoliation treatment for a pregnant or breastfeeding woman because it does not involve any chemicals. A trained aesthetician uses a scalpel and light strokes to gently scrape the skin’s surface. The treatment provides an immediate boost to your complexion by removing dead skin buildup and vellus hair (peach fuzz) from the epidermis. It also aids your skin’s ability to absorb skincare products, keeping it hydrated and glowing for longer periods of time.

 

Skincare Products

The dizzying array of skincare products available can make things confusing when you’re trying to be cautious during pregnancy. Go-to solutions for breakouts, wrinkles and dry skin may affect the baby growing inside you. A largely unregulated industry, many skincare products available over the counter and online have not been thoroughly tested for safety by a third party. In contrast, medical grade skincare is regulated by the FDA. The products are meticulously tested to ensure what’s on the label is what’s in the bottle—an absolute must when your baby’s safety is on the line. At Elevé, we recommend both the ZO® Getting Skin Ready Kit and Stimulator Peel for expectant mothers. During the month of January, you can get the Getting Skin Ready Kit for free with the purchase of any two new facials.

 

 

 


For guidance to keep you glowing during pregnancy and beyond, come see the experienced, licensed aestheticians at Elevé. We’ll explain which treatments are right for you and develop customized recommendations to improve your skin during pregnancy. We also specialize in developing long-term treatments and home care regimens to help you reach skincare goals while juggling all the responsibilities of a new mother. Contact us at 715-847-0000 to get started!

Note: Every pregnancy is different, so it’s important to get the go-ahead from your obstetrician before scheduling any medspa services or using any skincare products.

* Elevé specials cannot be combined with any other special offers.