Category: Skin Care

Best Procedures to Reduce Wrinkles and Restore Youthful Skin

Woman getting laser face treatment in medical spa center.

The effects of aging can be seen throughout the body, but they most commonly appear on our faces – which is often the first thing people notice.

However, there are now a variety of safe, affordable procedures for every type of skin rejuvenation. We can now restore the elastic, youthful skin we once had and reduce the wrinkles that have begun to appear…and it’s much easier than most people think.

Here, we’ll highlight a few of our favorite procedures and discuss the best options for those wishing for youthful, vibrant, wrinkle-free skin.

Corrective Facials help to rejuvenate facial skin, relax the mind, and restore beauty, all in a relaxing spa environment. We also offer a membership service for customized facials every month.

  • Clear and Brilliant® is a non-surgical, laser skin care treatment used to reduce the signs of aging and provide a more youthful, glowing appearance. It is a less invasive, gentler option than other fractional laser treatments.
  • SkinPen is a brand new, fractional, micro-needling device that tightens, lifts, and rejuvenates for smoother, firmer, younger looking skin: all with minimal discomfort! Marvel is the ONLY practice in Nashville that offers this cutting edge service, voted “Best New Aesthetic Device of the Year.”

Injectables and Dermal Fillers are the perfect option for men and women looking to correct wrinkles or folds and restore the contours and smoothness of the face. Roughly one million people annually choose injectables or dermal fillers because of their affordable cost and easy recovery, without extensive surgery.

  • Botox or Dysport (for larger areas) injectables work by relaxing the facial muscles to remove wrinkles on the forehead, around the corners of eyes, or on other areas of the face.
  • Juvederm and Restylane are fillers that provide natural-looking results by smoothing wrinkles and folds, or adding subtle enhancements and smoothing lines.
  • Voluma, Kybella, and Bellafill are used to correct specific areas of the face, including the nose, below the chin, and for the “laugh lines.”

Non-Surgical Facelift is a great option for patients wanting the benefit of a facelift without any incisions. Most people are familiar with a traditional Facelift, which helps to correct facial sagging, reduces wrinkles/fine lines, and provides an improved, more youthful appearance.

A Non-Surgical Facelift is great because it uses the body’s own existing stem cells found in fat tissue to help regenerate tissue. Benefits also include a more predictable outcome, a more cost-effective procedure, and the avoidance of synthetic fillers.

Not sure which facial improvement is the right fit for you? We offer every patient a risk-free, complimentary skin analysis before they undergo any procedure. This helps ensure that we are picking the best procedure to suit you and your specific needs, to bring out YOUR most beautiful skin.
Contact us today at 615-538-0399 to schedule your free consultation, and get ready to love the skin you’re in!

What Happens During Eyelid Surgery?

Did you know that eyelid surgery isn’t just for cosmetic purposes? While many patients undergo this type of surgery to have double eyelids, there are also those who have functional problems that necessitate the need to undergo eyelid surgery, shares Dr. Alton Ingram MD. For eyelid surgery, one example of a functional need for it is to remove loose or sagging skin that may be impairing a patient’s vision.

The Steps for Eyelid Surgery Procedure

Regardless of purpose or intent to undergo eyelid surgery, the procedure is more or less the same. Dr. Alton Ingram MD shares that patients must first determine whether they are a candidate for the procedure. In general, the best candidates for eyelid surgery should be healthy individuals, non-smokers, have realistic expectations, and do not have any serious eye conditions. The best way to find out if you’re a candidate is to consult your plastic surgeon. Your plastic surgeon will evaluate your facial anatomy and determine the best course of action for your concerns or goals.

On the day of the procedure, the surgeon will first administer anesthesia, which can either be general anesthesia or through intravenous sedation.

Next, the surgeon will make an incision on the natural creases of the eyelid. Depending on the goal of the surgery, the surgeon may remove or reposition fat deposits, tighten muscles, or remove excess skin, shares Dr. Alton Ingram MD.

After that the surgeon will now close the incision. Because it’s done on the natural creases of the eyelid, the resultant scars will be well-concealed. In general, it takes a week before the sutures can be removed.

Finally, patients are given post-procedure care instructions by their surgeon as they may experience bruising and swelling during the recovery period.

This is a general outline of the steps in an eyelid surgery procedure.

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5 Things You Need to Know about CO2 Skin Resurfacing

Laser treatments are designed to help manage various skin conditions and improve the skin’s surface quality. If you're interested in reducing the signs of aging and improving the appearance of scars, read on for more information about our CO2 laser treatment.

At Marvel Cosmetic Surgery, we pride ourselves in providing our patients with quality care. One way we do this by offering the latest treatments so our patients experience incredible results. Laser treatments have made several advancements over the years, but many people have yet to experience them.

Laser treatments are designed to help manage various skin conditions and improve the skin’s surface quality. If you’re interested in reducing the signs of aging and improving the appearance of scars, read on for more information about our CO2 laser treatment.

1.When to Get a Laser Treatment

The time of year you schedule a laser treatment is important because when your skin comes into contact with a laser, it becomes more sensitive to UVA and UVB rays. Getting your laser treatments in the fall ensures your skin will have limited exposure to the sun because you spend more time indoors. It’s also recommended that you wear SPF 30 after the procedure, regardless the time of year.

2. Choose a Highly-trained Physician for the Best Results

Laser resurfacing is a safe way to reduce scarring and improve skin tone. However, you don’t want to trust just anyone. Choose a professional who is knowledgeable about the process to ensure your results will be a dramatic improvement.  Working with someone who is poorly trained could result in unnecessary pain and damage to the skin. When choosing a doctor, only consider working with someone who is board certified.

3. Medications Can Affect Results

Transparency about health issues or conditions is the best way to ensure you get the most from your CO2 laser treatment. Particular medications and supplements can have an impact on how you recover.

Acne medications that contain Accutane can cause your skin to heal poorly and encourage scarring. Regular use of aspirin can cause excess bleeding post procedure. Conditions like recurring cold sores are worth mentioning because it’s possible that you might experience a breakout. Diabetes and other chronic conditions should be addressed so your doctor can analyze how they might affect your results or healing capabilities.

4. Your Skin May or May Not be Tender

Everyone will experience a different sensation while undergoing a laser treatment. However, most doctors and patients compare it to a rubber band snapping against the skin. The CO2 laser penetrates the skin on a much deeper level than other lasers. When you are meeting with your physician at your consultation, you can discuss ways to minimize discomfort.

5. A CO2 laser has Different Advantages than Other Lasers

Not all lasers are created equal. A CO2 laser penetrates the epidermis more deeply. It has the capabilities to:

Resurface Skin

The CO2 will gently vaporize the outer layer of the skin, reducing and in some instances eliminating sun-damage and acne scarring. It can also blend out fine lines and wrinkles to reveal smooth, fresh skin. The precision of the laser also gives your physician control over the application. You should see amazing results in just four to six weeks.

Rejuvenate Hands

Many times, our hands will give away our age before our face does. CO2 laser treatments can help achieve smoother, younger looking skin in just a few visits. By combining the laser with other effective treatments, such as chemical peels or microdermabrasion, you can effectively remove sun spots, wrinkles, or other blemishes to restore volume and create a youthful appearance.

Feminine Rejuvenation

Feminine rejuvenation is an excellent option for women who have given birth or are experiencing incontinence. The CO2 laser safely tightens and strengthens, while stimulating the production of collagen. As the new skin cells formulate, the tissue will become smoother and healthier. The treatment can also help stop unwanted secretions, increase blood flow, and sensitivity.

Discover more benefits of the CO2 laser by booking an appointment with one of our highly-trained physicians by calling 615-329-3900.

Your Guide to Flawless Summer Skin

Your Guide to Flawless Summer Skin

Summer is here and that means many of us spend more time outside than in, due to our constant activities or vacations. During these months, many women choose to wear less makeup as they lounge by the pool or relax at the beach. If you are looking for ways to improve the appearance of your skin so you can feel more confident going au naturel too, we’ve highlighted some of the best treatments at Marvel Cosmetic Surgery.

Hyaluronic Enhancer

Hyaluronic acid is an amazing product that makes your skin look younger, fresher, and more subtle. Overall, it’s a skincare superstar and is found naturally in your body. Although the name says acid, it’s not. It’s actually a sugar molecule found in the body that holds almost a thousand times its weight in water. The result is plumper, fresher looking skin. As a facial treatment, it has the ability to smooth out skin and add volume. If you’re looking to obtain natural, dewy skin Hyaluronic Enhancer is a fantastic option.

Botox

Combating fine lines and wrinkles is possible with Botox. Botox is derived from neurotoxins that relax facial muscles. The process encourages patients to limit movements that enhance age lines like furrowing or frowning. What it does not do is add volume to the skin. Instead, it focuses on eliminating wrinkles cosmetically around the eyebrows, mouth, and forehead. The results provide patients with a more youthful complexion.

O2 Lift

An interest in a spa-like experience is completed with the O2 Lift Facial. This facial is a multi-step treatment that infuses oxygen, stem cells, peptides, and a high concentration of botanicals that are designed to exfoliate, illuminate, and oxygenate. The process is safe and great for all skin types. The products used are free from acid and sulfates and work to balance out the skin’s pH leaving you with nothing to the softest and most radiant skin.

Fillers

Fillers are similar to Botox as they are injected into different areas of the face. But while Botox eliminates lines by relaxing the muscles, fillers work to add volume to the skin. The perfect candidate for fillers will have a noticeable loss of volume around the mouth, eyes, jaw, and cheeks. There are a variety of fillers available that provide patients with the youthful, glowing skin they desire. The best part is the utilization of Hyaluronic Acid. Because it’s naturally found in the body, these fillers will work well with almost everyone.

Intense Pulse Light Facial Rejuvenation (IPL)

IPL Facials are designed to improve the appearance of photo-aged skin on both the face and body. It treats broken capillaries and age spots for a smoother looking skin. Additionally, it can reduce the appearance of redness, correct skin pigmentation and irregularities. The treatment uses emissions from high-intensity lasers to treat deep within the dermis. These lasers are filled with plasma and destroy skin cells that may be damaged. It will also induce a natural healing process.

Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a popular treatment that eliminates dead skin cells but stimulates cell growth. Many patients use it to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, large pores, and other imperfections. It’s a non-invasive procedure which means there are no incisions or scarring. Microdermabrasion is perfect for anyone who is looking to get rid of age spots, sun damage, acne, scares, or hyper-pigmentation. By exfoliating the skin and stimulating collagen production, your skin looks healthier and more rejuvenated.

Protecting Your Skin

The best way to protect your skin is to use sunscreen every day to reduce the chances of getting sun damage or wrinkles. You should apply it under your makeup and wear it regardless of how much sun you plan on getting that day. Even when you drive or sit next to your office window, you are subjecting your face’s delicate cells to UVA and UVB lights that in high doses accelerate aging and sometimes cause cancer.

Additionally, never underestimate the power of water. Your 8 glasses a day are a natural way to remove toxins from your body that can cause your skin to look dull. Try to swap your cokes and coffee with a glass of water as often as you can to keep skin looking youthful.

For more information about the procedures or to book an appointment, call 615-329-3900 today!

Best Procedures to Reduce the Signs of Aging

Best Procedures to Reduce the Signs of Aging

 

Reduce Signs of Aging

The easiest way is to start drinking plenty of water and make sure to apply sun screen and moisturizer daily. However, even with meticulous care, frown lines and wrinkles will happen. Because September is National Healthy Aging Month, we want to share with you the best procedures to reduce the signs of aging.

Botox

Botox is widely known for its use to reduce the signs of aging. With a few quick injections, deep lines between brows, crow’s feet, and laugh lines are all reduced in appearance.

Botox works by using Botulinum toxins, which are injected directly into the facial muscle to restrict muscle movement. Deeply etched lines in the face, often created by intense concentration or constant furrowing, will smooth out with regular use. Regular Botox treatments mean preventing new creases from forming while smoothing out the appearance of what you already have.

Injectables

Fillers differ from Botox because they are injected into the contours of your face, not to paralyze, but to add volume or plump specific areas.

Made with hyaluronic acid fillers smooth out wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid is a substance your body naturally produces to keep skin plump and hydrated. Since it already occurs in the body, these fillers are less likely to cause an allergic reaction. The filler itself has a gel-like consistency that is injected into the skin to smooth fine lines. These particular fillers can last from 6 to 12 months before being absorbed. Brands such as Juvederm, Juvederm Voluma, and Restylane are all options for those who are interested in the Hyaluronic Acid option.

Fat Transfers

Noninvasive fat transfers – or micro-lipo injection – add volume to the skin in the face and hands, giving you a more rested, youthful appearance. By using your body’s unwanted fat, the procedure reduces crow’s feet, laugh lines and ridges that appear as a normal part of aging. Along with improving the skin’s appearance and reversing the signs of aging, fat transfers can also repair and reconstruct skin damaged by trauma or surgery.

Vitamin C Peel

Vitamin C is one of the best-known defenses against free radicals. This peel is an option for anyone who suffers from acne because it deeply cleanses the pores and provides an anti-bacterial action to prevent acne from reappearing. The acid found in Vitamin C also works as a bleaching agent, which can help restore imbalanced skin tone and help fade blemishes.

Vitalize Peel

The Vitalize Peel uses a combination of AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acids and Beta Hydroxy Acids), along with Retinol, to give a more corrective exfoliation for the skin. Our most popular facial treatment and suitable for melasma, sun damage, acne, post hyper-inflammatory acne, fine lines and all-over tone and texture of skin. For best results, you should consider a series of three visits.

CO2 Laser

CO2 laser is the latest technology for skin resurfacing. It’s designed to help remove wrinkles around the eyes, forehead, and cheeks. The laser works by gently vaporizing the outer layer of sun-damaged or acne scarring to reveal smooth, fresh new skin underneath. Similarly, the laser works to phase out fine lines and wrinkles. The procedure gives your physician control over the application. Recovery time lasts about two weeks and works best for lighter skin tones.

If you would like to see what Dr. Marvel and his team can do for you, call 615-329-3900 to book a consultation today!

5 Tips for Flawless Summer Skin

5 Tips for Flawless Summer Skin

 

Summer is in full swing, which means more time spent outdoors. It’s easy when the temperature starts to rise to reduce some steps in your skincare, but there are some parts of your beauty routine you should never skip. Here are our recommendations for maintaining flawless skin this summer.

Drink Water

In the summer, people tend to not drink enough water. Sweating, even if it’s just from sitting next to the pool, depletes our water storage. Drinking water is the best way to achieve healthy skin from the inside out. Water also detoxifies the body, which means you stay hydrated and get supple, clear skin. So, make sure on days when you spend a significant time outside, you double up on your water intake to flush out toxins!

Makeup with SPF

Even when we don’t intentionally spend time outside, it’s important to slather on the SPF. Sitting in your car while in traffic or having an office where the sun shines through the window still exposes us to the sun’s daily rays. Harmful UVA and UVB rays damage the skin, making it look old and leathery. We love this product from Giorgio Armani. Complete with broad spectrum 50, it doubles as a primer and SPF which means you can keep your foundation in place and get the protection you need. It’s lightweight which won’t add excess oil throughout the day.

 

After Sun Moisturizer

It would seem counterintuitive to slap on moisturizer when you are sweating from the heat. However, an after-sun moisturizer has the added bonus of cooling aloe, which helps promote cell rejuvenation. The sun is very drying and to maintain your tan without peeling; you’ll want to slather on this moisturizer from Clarins. They have a whole line dedicated to summer skin, but we love this particular product! It deeply penetrates to protect your bronzed glow.

Self-tanner

If soaking up the rays isn’t your thing, you can still achieve a sun-kissed glow with a good self-tanner. It’s a safer way to look like you’ve spent days vacationing in Bermuda. We love this product from St. Tropez. It’s a buildable self-tanner that lets you graduate to a bronzed look that works for you. St. Tropez developed this product for in shower use for zero orange mess. The simple, easy to follow steps allow for an even, foolproof tan.

Injectables

If you want plump, glowing skin both in and out of the sunshine, injectables are a good option. Injectables work structurally to enhance the shape of your face, smooth out acne scars, and make skin appear even. They also work to plump areas like your lips or under your eyes, all of which are options for maintaining a more youthful appearance. Deeply etched lines in the face as a result of constant furrowing will smooth out with regular use of a product like Botox. This procedure can enhance your overall appearance by making you look more relaxed and youthful.

Our expertly trained staff can work with you to help you achieve flawless summer skin. Call us at 615-329-3900 to book your consultation today!

Top 4 Alternate Benefits of Botox

Alternate Benefits of BotoxBotox is known widely for its use to reduce the signs of aging. With a few quick injections, deep lines between brows, crow’s feet, and laugh lines can be reduced.

Botox can be used for other beneficial purposes besides just reducing wrinkles. Read on to learn more ways you can benefit from Botox.

Top 4 Alternate Benefits of Botox:

  1. Reduce Tension Headaches

When Botox is injected into the muscles of the forehead, neck, and shoulders, it can release tension built up in those areas – therefore reducing the strain on the nervous system. Those who suffer from tension headaches will benefit from this procedure.

  1. Reduce Excess Sweating

Botox injections can also help with the overproduction of sweat. The injection inhibits the chemical acetycholine, which stimulates the sweat glands. The procedure lasts 6 – 8 months and can be used in the armpits, hands, feet, and face.

  1. Bladder Control

Recently, Botox is being used to treat patients with an overactive bladder. When injected into the bladder it helps increase volume capacity. The treatment can last up to several months reducing the number of bathroom visits for those who are affected.

  1. Eye Treatment

We aren’t talking just wrinkles. This procedure will help anyone who suffers from Strabismus (crossed eyes). When the injection is used in one of the eye muscles, the muscle temporarily weakens allowing the eyes to realign properly.

If you want to see what Botox can do for you call us today at 615-329-3900 or click here to fill out our contact form.

 

The Vitamin C Peel And Its Benefits

Vitamin C Peel

There are a plethora of serums, ointments, procedures, and lotions that declare it can help reduce the signs of aging. But did you know Vitamin C works wonders on treating uneven skin tone, acne, scarring, fine lines and wrinkles? The Vitamin C Peel and its benefits make it a skin care treatment well worth your while.

Vitamin C is one of the best-known defenses against free radicals (such as pollution, sun rays, and cigarette smoke) that can cause your skin to lose elasticity and sag. As a result, your skin loses its ability to shed dead skin cells, causing a dull and uneven appearance. Vitamin C works as an antioxidant to neutralize these free radicals, by preventing them from oxidizing on your skin.

When there is a build-up of dead skin cells on the face, the skin in the area begins to appear aged and worn. With the help of a Vitamin C peel, you can slough off the dead skills cells, so your body can replace them with new ones giving you a fresh and vibrant glow.

This peel can also help anyone suffering from acne, as it deeply cleanses pores and provides an anti-bacterial action to prevent them from reappearing. The acid found in Vitamin C also works as a bleaching agent that can help restore imbalanced skin tone and help fade blemishes.

This process is perfectly safe for all skin types and suitable for any age, with no recovery time like traditional peels. Virtually pain-free, the peel has a gentle tingling feeling from the ingredients penetrating the lower layers of the skin. Most results can be seen after one session, but it’s advisable as with a beauty routine to maintain results with multiple treatments.

If you think the Vitamin C peel is right for you, give us a call today at 615-329-3900 or click here to fill out our contact form.

 

Five Common Skin Care Myths

5-Skin-Care-MythsLet’s face it. We all want beautiful and ageless skin. Luscious moisturizers, anti-aging serums, and heavy-duty exfoliators line your countertops as you devote a portion of your day to erasing wrinkles and revealing a youthful glow. But what works, and what doesn’t? Let’s explore five of the most common skin care myths.

  1. Oily skin types should avoid using moisturizer.

This is one of the most detrimental ideas out there about skin care today. If you have oily skin, moisturizer is an essential part of your daily routine. This is because when our skin is deprived of hydration, it often compensates by creating an excess of its own oil. Using a light moisturizer on oily skin will actually help to balance out your hydration levels, which will lead to the matte texture you desire.

  1. If it’s cloudy, I don’t need sunscreen.

Wrong. Just because you can’t see the sun, doesn’t mean that it isn’t just as strong. Ditching the sunscreen during the winter months is a huge mistake that can lead to rapid aging. You should always include some SPF in your daily regime, whether it is through your morning moisturizer or a cosmetics product. Some protection is better than none. 

  1. A one-week trial period is enough to know if a product works.

Despite marketing that claims new and innovative skin care to be overnight miracle-workers, it would be foolish to dismiss a product just because you don’t see immediate results. Our skin needs time to adapt to new treatments, as our cells are constantly cycling through changes. You should try a new product for at least eight weeks before deciding whether or not you have gotten the desired results.

  1. If my skin feels tight after I clean it, that’s a good thing.

It’s not. If your skin feels tight and devoid of elasticity after you’ve washed it, you’re most likely using a cleanser that is too harsh for your skin type. This often happens to people prone to dry skin, where the cleanser strips the face of hydration.

  1. Exfoliating once a week is enough for my skin.

There is no clear cut answer as to how many times a week you need to exfoliate. It’s completely dependent on how your skin reacts and how much dry skin you need to slough off. Experiment with gentle exfoliators and heavier masks to figure out a routine that works for you.

Ditching these five common skin care myths will have you own your way to gorgeous, youthful-looking skin!