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January 11, 2017
Hey everyone, it's Sarah! I am excited to be sharing my own personal experience with fillers. Growing up I always had a recessed chin and it has made me self-conscious. I had a consult with an oral surgeon to see about extending my jaw, but the cost and the downtime for the surgery just didn’t seem right for me. I started looking for other options and came across filler.
Let me tell you guys, filler really is incredible. There is no downtime and it is more affordable than surgery. Yes! I just needed the right doctor I could trust. Fast forward to this year and I began working alongside Dr. Prasad and assisting him with his Botox and filler patients. I get to see him do incredible work on everyone that comes into this office. I immediately knew I needed him to do my filler.
I scheduled my appointment for two weeks before Christmas. This worked out perfectly! My treatment was painless. I had no topical numbing and was completely fine. The filler itself has numbing medication in it, which helps. Dr. Prasad decided I would need two syringes of Radiesse and I love how it turned out. It looks so natural. It gave me the chin that I have always wanted.
If you are thinking about filler or are on the fence, then you NEED to come in for a consult with Dr. Prasad. Filler isn’t just for the lips or for celebrities. We do some pretty incredible treatments with it in our office: scar revision, hand rejuvenation, mini facelifts, and so much more!
I decided to answer five of the most frequently asked questions about fillers below. Also, check out my before and after photos; pretty amazing, right?
1. What are Dermal Fillers
As we age, we lose collagen and elasticity in the skin, which causes deep folds and sagging. Dermal fillers are biocompatible, injectable gels that create lift and add volume to key areas of the face that show signs of aging. The results are instant, with the procedure taking 30 minutes or less. During the procedure you will be made comfortable with the use of lidocaine. Many clients enjoy a youthful look by filling in the folds around the mouth, restoring cheek height, and refreshing lips and other areas. At your consultation, your practitioner will go over your options and help you achieve the results you are looking for.
2. How long do fillers last?
Because each face is so different, outcomes will vary. Most fillers advertise they last up to one year; however, this depends on the initial amount of filler used, age of the client, desired results, and the depth of the folds and wrinkles. In general, based on our experience, fillers can last between 9 and 12 months.
3. But I don’t want to look fake. Don’t those celebrities look awful with huge lips?
A small fraction of celebrities use a poor combination of bad plastic surgery, Botox and fillers to create an unnatural look. The thousands of celebrities that receive fillers from experienced practitioners merely look young and fabulous! Done properly, no one needs to know. Many clients decide to keep their choice of treatment very private; that’s why we specialize in a natural look.
4. Do people bruise after dermal filler treatments?
Any time a needle is injected into the skin, there will be a chance of bruising. To decrease your chances of bruising, it is good to avoid blood thinning agents such as ibuprofen and aspirin for one to two weeks prior to your appointment. Always consult with your doctor before changing your medications if you are under a doctor’s care. At your consultation, benefits and risks will be discussed in detail.
5. Can I work out or continue my normal routine after treatment?
You will be able to continue your normal routine; there is no “downtime” for injectable treatments. We recommend, however, not to do highly vigorous exercise for 6 hours after treatment, as well as to avoid direct sun exposure. It is best to keep the head upright for 4 hours to allow the product to settle into the designated areas. You can apply makeup after treatment as you normally would.
January 10, 2017
I was a fan of the show Friends, and my favorite character of the ensemble was Phoebe, the unusual, flighty massage therapist and coffeehouse singer. In one episode in particular, Phoebe is trying to soothe the high-strung perfectionist, Monica, to rest and sleep, and encourages her to listen to the “plinky-plunky music” – the same music Phoebe uses during massage to help her clients relax.
We regularly get asked about the music playing in the background at the MedSpa. “Why the instrumental/ambient/space music? Why no words?”
The effects of sound and music choices are apparent in our everyday life. For example, we experience the energizing effect of sound and music every time we hear music with a heavy beat. Just think of the last time you heard a favorite dance hit and couldn't help but start dancing along or singing in your car.
We choose less intense beats for body work because we want to encourage relaxation and calm rather than the normal rush-rush of everyday life. We want our guests to have a mini-vacation each time they come to see us. Often during a massage with a soothing song in the background, I find that not only do strokes become more rhythmic and fluid, but my breathing and my guest’s will often synchronize – possibly even our pulses, though I’ve never tried to verify this.
Part of the reason we tend to stay away from songs with lyrics or “popular” music is the memories they may bring up for us or the guest – and though fond memories are wonderful, they can also be painful if associated with loss or a hard time. It is our goal that the MedSpa be a place that encourages physical, mental and emotional well-being for our clients. Instrumental or ambient music also tends to be unfamiliar, so time passes without meter, allowing our guests to get lost in the experience and their minds to wander.
Come join us at the JCMG MedSpa for a mini-vacation: zone out, bliss out, relax, refresh. We don’t mind if you hum along.
December 8, 2016
Hello everyone! I am so excited to become part of the blogging world! My name is Austin Schroeder and I started my massage journey in March of 2015. I was born and raised on a farm in the small town of Babbtown. My family and I raise registered Black Herefords. My favorite things to do are to work on the farm and spend time with my family, and to show heifers and bulls across the United States.
I have always cared about others and their feelings. I wanted to find a profession where I could do just that. That is when I found Massage Therapy. I knew that becoming a Licensed Massage Therapist would give me the satisfaction I was looking for in helping others through my hands. Massage helps a person feel good about themself and helps them gain self-confidence.
After learning about all the benefits that massage has on a person’s mind and body, I was even more excited about becoming a Licensed Massage Therapist. Massage not only helps to relieve headaches, muscle aches/tension and stress, but also helps people with anxiety and depression, and improves sleep, immunity, mood and physical fitness. In addition it helps people with carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, tennis/golfer's elbow, sciatica, and fibromyalgia.
Another type of massage that I find very interesting is animal massage. It is not yet a popular thing, but will be. My dog and show cattle love to be massaged. Massaging my cattle dog helps her joints and muscles stay loose so that she can keep up with the cattle herd. Massaging my show cattle helps them to be more relaxed before entering the show ring and also helps them to walk in a clean straight line.
Over the next few months I will be talking about the benefits a person gets when receiving a massage each month.
December 2, 2016
Let me help you relax and decompress during the stressful yet fun holiday season.
Breeeaattthhheeee innnnn...annnnd exhaaaale. The purpose of meditation is to make our mind calm and peaceful. If our mind is peaceful, we will be free from worries and mental discomfort, and so we will experience true happiness; but if our mind is not peaceful, we will find it very difficult to be happy, even if we are living in the very best conditions. If we train in meditation, our mind will gradually become more and more peaceful, and we will experience a purer and purer form of happiness. Eventually, we will be able to stay happy all the time, even in the most difficult circumstances.
Yes, that dreaded word. No one can find the time, and even if you can it is tough to stay on the bandwagon! The physical benefits of exercise – improving physical condition and fighting disease – have long been established, and physicians always encourage staying physically active. Exercise is also considered vital for maintaining mental fitness, and it can reduce stress. Personally I have noticed a HUGE difference in mood when I keep exercise in my daily routine. Studies show that it is very effective at reducing fatigue, improving alertness and concentration, and at enhancing overall cognitive function. This can be especially helpful when stress has depleted your energy or ability to concentrate. Scientists have found that regular participation in aerobic exercise has been shown to decrease overall levels of tension, elevate and stabilize mood, improve sleep, and improve self-esteem. Even five minutes of aerobic exercise can stimulate anti-anxiety effects.
Let's face it...the more stressed you are, the more cortisol your body produces. Cortisol is a “fight or flight” hormone made in the adrenal glands that raises heart rate and blood pressure, and leads to the deposit of excess calories in the midsection. Scientific evidence shows that infrared sauna therapy helps the body maintain healthy levels of cortisol. While cortisol levels stay the same or rise slightly during a sauna therapy session, they drop immediately afterward. In fact, our Sunlighten saunas have been clinically shown to reduce both systolic and diastolic blood pressure with regular use. So step into one of our saunas and let us help you melt that stress away!
4. Do something that makes YOU happy
Sure enough...you can take your own stress away by doing something that you love. Whether it is taking a walk, listening to your favorite songs over and over, journaling, singing your favorite song as loud as you can and dancing around like no one is watching, praying, or something that I like to do is color with my children. Yep, coloring really does clear the mind and has a meditative feeling once you lose yourself with staying inside those lines. The meditative coloring state can soon vanish when your toddler decides to pour their juice all over your page. But hey, you got a few minutes of bliss in, right?
5. Massage Therapy
Last but NOT least...what would be better to pamper yourself after enduring hours of conversation and thousands of family photos than to get an hour of uninterrupted tranquility and body relaxation? Massage is proven to lower your heart rate and blood pressure, relax your muscles, and increase the production of endorphins, your body's natural "feel good" chemical. Our MedSpa offers four skill-certified massage therapists who are more than willing to help you find your “peace”.
“Massage is a luxury you can’t afford to miss.” ~Anonymous
I hope your holidays are blessed with an abundance of love, laughter and good health!
November 30, 2016
Since fall is officially upon us, I decided to make a little list of Dos and Don’ts to help out anyone struggling to stay on trend! Of course, I am all about expressing yourself however you want, but sometimes it’s nice to have a little guide to help along the way!
DON’T – Forget to exfoliate!
As the humidity subsidies and the winter dry months move in, your skin can become flaky and cause your makeup to look patchy! Exfoliating and getting facials regularly can help keep your skin looking fresh!
DO – Focus on hydration for the skin!
The fall and winter months can be very drying and damaging to the skin. Keeping your skin hydrated will keep it looking healthy and help your makeup stay on longer. My favorite product to keep skin plump and hydrated is SkinMedica’s HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator. This product helps smooth fine lines and supports the skin's ability to naturally replenish its own hyaluronic acid. I think it’s great for all skin types!!
DON’T – Skip sunscreen!
Harmful rays can still affect your skin even during the fall months. Keeping a layer of sunscreen on your skin will prevent sun damage that can cause premature aging and even skin cancer!! Colorescience has loose powder mineral sunscreen brushes that can easily fit in your handbag to be reapplied throughout the day!
DO – Wear berry toned lip colors!
Fall is the perfect time to bust out some dark and even vampy lip colors that don’t exactly fit into the rest of the year. Butter London’s LIPPY Moisture Matte Lipstick in the shade Ruby Murray is a beautiful berry toned lipstick that is right on trend. If you’re not comfortable with a super dark lip, maybe try a mauve toned color. For example, butter London’s LIPPY gloss in the shade Toff is a safe mauve option!
DON’T – Wear overly bright colors!
This season revolves around warm toned and dark colors, and most likely your summer tan has faded. At this point, wearing a bring neon pink lip can wash out your skin and clash with fall time outfits. It's best to stay with neutrals, nudes and berry toned lip colors.
DO – WARM TONES!!
Fall is all about warm, rich colors!! Cranberries and oranges for eye shadow can really channel your inner love for fall. If you’re not into color, you can always stick with nudes and neutrals like browns and taupes. This year a bronze/copper lid and really smoking out the lower lash line is all the rage. So to create the perfect fall smokey eye, all you need to do is sweep some warm brown through the crease, throw some bronze or copper on your lid, and smoke out your lower lash line and you’re done! Liner is optional!!
DON’T – Over-highlight your face!
This year highlighting has become more popular than ever. Everyone has been all about having a summer glow that is visible from outer space. But this fall we are taking things down a notch. A little highlight is always acceptable, but more natural looking highlights will be more on trend for the fall season. If you have a deeper complexion, gold highlighters will be more flattering. For all my fair-skinned ladies out there, more champagne colors will complement your complexion.
Here is a little inspiration picture for Fall Glam makeup! My lovely model Sarah is wearing The Colorescience Beauty On The Go eyeshadow palette, butter London Brow Tint, Blinc mascara, and butter London Toff LIPPY Gloss. The perfect fall combination for any skin tone.
November 23, 2016
Sarah here. I am excited to get this blog up and running. I hope you enjoy reading as much as I enjoy writing for you all! Turkey day is just around the corner. It's usually the time that we all indulge! I know I have a hard time saying no to another serving of pie or turkey. Don't even get me started on mashed potatoes. I am so guilty! I keep telling myself it's a holiday and I am allowed to splurge. I just hate that "I can't get off the couch for a week" feeling. This year is going to be different; I have a post-Thanksgiving DETOX plan! I will be taking full advantage of our infrared sauna and body wraps. If you haven't done either, you are missing out.
Our bodies are the unfortunate collectors of hundreds of the 80,000 chemicals and metals currently in use in our air, water, food, cosmetics and soil. The best way to eliminate metals and chemicals is through SWEAT. A 30-minute session in our sauna has been documented to burn 300 to 600 calories! How many other ways can you sit still and read a book and burn as many calories as you would in a 45-minute jog?
In August 1981, the Journal of the American Medical Association (AMA) stated, “Many of us who run do so to place a demand on our cardiovascular system, not to build leg muscles. Regular use of a sauna imparts a similar stress on the cardiovascular system, and its regular use may be as effective a means of cardiovascular conditioning and burning calories as regular exercise.” Yes, you read that right. You can sit and burn calories! That sounds good to me.
I LOVE to follow up my sauna sessions with the Baltic Sea Mud Wrap or the Firmi-Sea Seaweed Wrap. Body treatments like these are centuries-old treatments for detoxification. They have such awesome health benefits. Just to name a few: they absorb impurities, remove toxins, and help maintain healthy metabolism. Not to mention your skin will be so soft and glowing afterward. Here's another little tip: schedule a sugar scrub before your Versa spray tan. You will thank me later!
I am going to give you a breakdown of my 4-week detox plan, and I hope you come in and follow it, too!
Week 1: 1 weight loss sauna session, followed by Baltic Sea Mud Wrap
Week 2: 1 weight loss sauna session
Week 3: 1 weight loss sauna session, followed by the Firmi-Sea Seaweed Wrap
Week 4: 1 weight loss sauna session, followed by a 60 minute Swedish massage
This is the perfect plan to get rid of toxins and improve your overall well-being. Come December I will be feeling fabulous and ready for the holiday parties! If you follow along I would love to hear about it!