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The Definition of Med Spas and How They Differ From Traditional Spas

Medical aesthetic procedures are growing in popularity, with many people seeking to have treatments termed “minimally invasive.” Med spas are facilities that offer a variety of services, some of which fall under the heading of medical or surgical. The rise in prevalence and popularity of these treatments has led the American Academy of Dermatology Association to develop a position statement regarding these centers designed to help protect patients and clients. The Practice of Medicine Most states do not recognize med spas as facilities that practice medicine or surgery. Both physicians and non-physicians may perform various services that enhance and/or improve clients’ appearances or wellbeing. These services are termed, “medical aesthetic services,” and they do not constitute the practice of medicine. Definition of Medical Aesthetic Services This term includes the diagnosis, treatment, or correction of various human conditions, infirmities, diseases, or injuries that involve the hair, nails, skin, or mucous membranes. Any treatment method or instrument that would change or alter skin or tissue falls under the definition of a medical aesthetic service. Therefore, scalpels, lasers, electrical impulses, chemicals, microwave energy, injection or insertion of a substance, and sanding meet this criteria. Difference between Med Spas and Traditional Spas A medical spa must have a director who is a licensed health care professional, and this practitioner must oversee all treatments and therapies. A traditional spa delivers simpler beautification services such as massages, non-medical facials, hair and nail care, and hair removal by waxing. While a medical spa may also offer these services, it will also offer more in-depth or enhanced services such as microdermabrasion, laser hair removal, and injectable fillers.... read more

Try These Six Home Remedies for Excessive Sweating

For some people, over-the-counter deodorant and antiperspirant can’t stem the tide of excessive sweating. This potentially embarrassing problem may cause self-consciousness in both professional and social settings. Fortunately, home remedies can be an effective solution for people who sweat too much. 1. Vinegar It might taste pungent, but taking vinegar three times a day about a half hour before a meal can potentially curb excessive sweating. Two teaspoons of natural vinegar combined with one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar is an effective dosage for many with perspiration problems. 2. Baking Soda This common kitchen staple can help with sweating in a few different ways. For example, a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with a cup of water and consumed each night often results in less sweat. It can also be dusted in the areas you sweat the most to reduce moisture and odor. 3. Lemon The citric acid in lemon juice is a natural deodorant. For best results, a lemon should be sliced in half before bed, and the juice applied to the armpits overnight to limit sweat the next day. 4. Herbal Teas Certain herbs are known to reduce sweat gland activity. Those who want to try this remedy can either brew tea containing sage or opt for a chamomile, black, or green tea if sage is not readily available. 5. Coconut Oil This natural remedy is incredibly popular for skin and hair care and can also be used to reduce excessive sweating and odor. The oil is simply applied to any areas of the body that tend to sweat, including the armpits and feet. 6. Tomato Juice... read more

What is Clenziderm M.D.

Clenziderm M.D. Systems are prescription-strength acne therapies from Obagi medical products. They are the only physician-dispensed acne systems that use a liquified form of Benzoyl Peroxide. And they are clinically proven to provide clearer, healthier skin in as little as two... read more

Acne Therapeutic Systems

Your frustration with acne and unsuccessful treatment ends here. Obagi Clenziderm M.D. Acne Therapeutic Systems are different than other acne products. They are the only systems that use Soluzyl Technology to penetrate to the root of the follicle and clear acne where it starts. Acne starts deep below the surface of your skin. Clenziderm M.D. Systems are physician-dispensed for a reason. These three-step acne therapies can clear skin quickly when used under the supervision of a skin care professional. They’re available in two distinct systems, depending on your skin type. There’s one for normal to oily skin and one for normal to dry skin. Talk to your skincare professional about which Clenziderm M.D. Acne Therapeutic System is right for you. Most benzoyl peroxide treatments are formulated as micro- or macro-crystals, which can remain primarily on the surface of your skin. But P. acnes flourish at the root of your hair follicle which is difficult to reach. The Soluzyl Technology contained in Clenziderm M.D. is 1/100,000 the size of any other benzoyl peroxide treatment available, so it can penetrate deep into your hair follicle and kill acne at the root. Clenziderm M.D. Systems are considered prescription-strength. As a matter of fact, they are clinically proven to be as effective as a leading topical prescription benzoyl peroxide/antibiotic combination. For Normal to oily skin: Pateints found 52% reductions in acne lesions at week 2 Patients found 34% reduction in whiteheads and blackheads at week 2 For Normal to dry skin: Patients found 45% reduction in acne lesions at week 2 Patients found 26% reduction in whiteheads and blackheads at week 2  ... read more

Botox, Grand Rapids, MI – Carlson Laser Aesthetics

Cosmetic BOTOX   BOTOX® is a purified protein derived from the bacterium, Clostridium Botulinum. Using a tiny micro-needle, a very small amount of BOTOX® is injected, very precisely, into several locations on the face; typically the vertical lines between your eyebrows, forehead lines, and lines at the corners of your eyes (crow’s feet). For over 10 years, doctors have treated many ophthalmologic and neurological disorders safely and effectively with BOTOX®. Grand Rapids doctors use the injections for these purposes as well as for cosmetic procedures. In 2004, over 2 million people were injected with BOTOX®. We purchase our BOTOX® directly from Allergan, the only FDA-approved source in the... read more

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