Vibradermabrasion vs. Microdermabrasion

Vibradermabrasion is the newest technology of microdermabrasion.  This intense exfoliation treatment gives you safer, more effective results than microdermabrasion.  Many of us are already familiar with the older microdermabrasion machines which use micro-crystals to “sandblast” the skin. These machines have several drawbacks, the most dramatic being the suction component of microderm (which sucks the crystals off your skin and back into the machine) has been found to cause telangiectasia (tiny broken capillaries or spider-veins).  The microdermabrasion handpiece (a pressurized closed loop vacuum where the micro-crystals are dispersed from on one side and suctioned back on the other) is relatively small which also means treating a larger area such as the chest or even the forehead can be time-consuming.  Lastly, the crystals often leave the skin irritated and in some cases have been found to leave residues in the skin causing inflammatory reactions.  Vibradermabrasion has none of these negative side effects.

Vibradermabrasion manually exfoliates the skin using stainless steel textured paddles that vibrate against the skin’s surface giving you a glowing, smooth complexion without the danger of broken capillaries, and noticeably less post-treatment redness than microdermabrasion.  By evenly removing the rough outer most layer of the dermis without leaving any residue (due to the abrasives being fixed onto the paddles), fresh healthy skin is revealed and over time this exfoliation leads to increased cell-turnover and collagen growth.

We think of Vibradermabrasion as the “going organic” exfoliation technique.

Vibradermabrasion can be done as one treatment or combined with other treatments such as a TriBeCa Classic FacialLaser Genesis, or Chemical Peels. Vibradermabrasion is safe for all skin types and often recommended for pregnant women.  At TriBeCa MedSpa we always suggest you begin with acomplimentary consultation to find out what treatment is best for your unique skin concerns.  If you have concerns about broken capillaries, there are treatment options available.

Vibradermabrasion is the newest technology of microdermabrasion.  This intense exfoliation treatment gives you safer, more effective results than microdermabrasion.  Many of us are already...

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The Magic Bullet of Anti-Aging

Tretinoin is a topical skincare product derived from Vitamin A that has been on the market for over 20 years.  While tretinoin was first prescribed as an acne solution, the anti-aging effects on the skin were undeniable.  A double-blind study (done in 1988) of tretinoin’s effect on photodamaged skin found that all 30 patients who completed the 16-week study showed a significant improvement including diminished wrinkles and brown spots.

Tretinoin, also known by the brand name Retin-A, has years of scientific backing on its ability to boost cell-turnover, normalize melanocyte cells (which produce pigment) and even stimulate collagen production.  With proven results in all three of these key factors of anti-aging, the question is: Why isn’t everyone using tretinoin?

Lack of user education has affected tretinoin’s popularity.  Even when used correctly (slowly, often beginning with just a pea-sized application for the entire face once or twice a week) the product can be irritating, causing some users to give up before seeing the positive effects.  Redness, irritation, flaking and in some cases breakouts can happen for the first 8 weeks of use.  When properly educated about how the product works and following careful dosage, your skin will build a tolerance to the product and you can minimize the negative side effects.  Quality formulations such as Obagi’s tretinoin also minimize this initial irritation.  Even so, in today’s ‘instant’ age some users find that toughing it out now for guaranteed results later is an exercise in patience.  Even in the 21st century, the truth is that good things come to those that wait.

Are you ready to find out if the product also known as ‘the anti-aging magic bullet’ is right for you? Contact us to schedule a complimentary consultation.

Tretinoin is a topical skincare product derived from Vitamin A that has been on the market for over 20 years.  While tretinoin was first prescribed as an acne solution, the anti-aging effects on the...

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Planning Ahead

Believe it or not, Fall is upon us!  As children start their new school year, balmy beach vacations move off onto the 2013 calendar and tans fade, it is the perfect time for Laser Hair Removal.  Laser Hair Removal is a process that takes multiple treatments for best results, so beginning this Fall will allow you to have a hair-free, razor-free, hassle-free summer from 2013 on.

There is a famous quote: “It pays to plan ahead.  It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark.”

It is unarguable that planning ahead is one of the most important steps anyone can take to feeling empowered in their home life, their career and their future.  Even if you don’t enjoy planning, every word ever written about self improvement will tell you: like it or not, planning works.

Laser Hair Removal at TriBeCa MedSpa begins with our knowledgeable staff who will work with you to create and support a plan for you to follow that will have your unwanted body hair disappear forever.  At TriBeCa MedSpa we have several different types of hair removal lasers, ensuring you will get the safest and most effective treatment possible.  Our laser experts will chart your individual hair growth cycle and monitor the laser settings for each of your treatments.

Laser Hair Removal usually takes between 6-10 sessions spaced 6-8 weeks apart while waxing can take 12-14 sessions a year and shaving can be 52-180 ‘sessions’ a year.  Only laser hair removal offers permanent results and decreases ingrown hair issues with every treatment.  Another reason to plan ahead: Laser Hair Removal won’t work on grey hairs so give yourself this gift sooner rather than later.  With just 6-10 sessions starting now, if someone offers a last minute beach trip come Spring Break, you can say yes without a thought about body hair.  After all, isn’t the best part of planning knowing that you still have time to be spontaneous?

Believe it or not, Fall is upon us!  As children start their new school year, balmy beach vacations move off onto the 2013 calendar and tans fade, it is the perfect time for Laser Hair Removal. ...

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Healthy Skin Lifestyle

With the summer wrapping up, many of us are looking at the toll that the summer months took on our skin.  Sun exposure, long days with late nights, and summer cocktails can leave your skin dull and dry.  Whiletreatments and products make a difference revitalizing your skin and repairing the damage from the bad behavior many of us indulged in this summer, there is a quick ‘life-style’ cleanse that guarantees to refresh you.

In an ideal world, we could rely on a full 7-8 hours of sleep, plenty of water, a whole-food based diet including organic vegetables, and daily physical activity for a beautiful, healthy appearance.  And while most of us busy-but-beauty-conscious individuals find achieving just one item from off that list out of our reach, there is one simple life-style change that produces an immediate improvement to one’s appearance: cut out alcohol.

I tried a 30-day alcohol cleanse on suggestion from my acupuncturist when complaining about my unshakeable sugar cravings, but the compliments I got on my skin made me think: is this the skin-care tip people haven’t been getting?  At the risk of using temperance party sound-bites or sounding as old-fashioned as a character from Boardwalk Empire, I highly recommend going “dry” to combat dry skin.

Alcohol dehydrates you.  Not only does alcohol work as a diuretic it inhibits the hormones which control water reabsorption.  So even if you are using the college-senior-approved strategy of one shot of water per shot of alcohol, you will be dehydrated.  So for those of us with dry skin, alcohol keeps us dry or exacerbates the condition.  To follow this further, dehydration leads directly to wrinkles as collagen is not being regenerated well so wrinkles come on faster and go deeper.

Alcohol is a vasodilator which means it dilates the blood vessels and causes a redistribution of fluid in the body.  In case you were wondering how one can be dehydrated and puffy at the same time, there is your answer.  While your whole body is affected, the thin delicate skin around your eyes is quick to show this by way of puffy eyelids and under eye bags.  This increased vascular activity can look like a general flush or redness particularly around the nose and cheeks.  Over time or in extreme cases this increased vascular activity can result in tiny broken capillaries sometimes called spider veins.

In a less direct aesthetic attack, alcohol is detrimental to restful sleeping causing tossing and turning and waking up more frequently during the night.  A University of Michigan study actually shows this side-effect to be worse for women than for men.  The subsequent and often indulged craving for a greasy hang-over-cure breakfast is another indirect assault on your skin’s health.

Going alcohol-free is certainly not a necessity for health as there have been numerous scientific studies about the benefits of alcohol; red wine in particular has garnered plenty of good press in the last decade.  It’s important to remember that alcohol, like any controlled substance, has both pros and cons.  If you feel like giving ‘Sober September’ a try, you can judge for yourself.

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What is Photoaging?

For those of us interested in health and beauty our relationship status with the sun is “it’s complicated.”  For most of history, avoiding sun exposure and a pale complexion was considered beautiful, desirable and was a sign of wealth.  From the dawn of recorded history through the turn of the century, a tan had nothing to do with health and had all to do with economic class.  Of course, the industrial revolution changed that when jobs came out of the sun and into the factories, and the wealthy began spending their leisure time outdoors.  In fact tanning wasn’t even discussed as an aesthetic topic until 1923 when the famous Coco Chanel accidently brought a tan home to Paris as an unexpected souvenir from a yacht trip.  Ironic that the tanning fad was born in a country that loves mimes, non?   Once color photography took hold in the 1950s ‘sun-kissed’ increasingly became a beauty standard.

Photoaging is the term used to describe the multiple aging effects of sun exposure (specifically UVA and UVB rays).  For photoaging, as it is with most health concerns, prevention is always the best medicine.  Along with stricter FDA monitoring of sunscreens, increased taxes, age limits and even outright banning of tanning booths, Americans are taking notice.  A recent public service announcement says it best:

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What is a Unit of Botox?

Botox is a medication, and as such has a dosage which is determined by a Medical Professional.  Botox dosage is measured in units.  The best wrinkle-erasing results come from a strategic treatment: a combination of appropriate dosage for each individual’s facial musculature and precise targeting of where the Botox is placed.  This brings us to the practical question: what is the difference in paying ‘by unit’ for a Botox treatment and paying ‘by area.’

Some practices choose to charge a set ‘by area’ price, but at TriBeCa MedSpa we charge our Botox by the unit.  When charged by the unit, you can be confident that you are only paying for the amount that you need.  When you pay per unit, the total price will vary with the number of units injected. The more units you receive, the more you pay. The less units you receive, then the less you pay.  In a complimentary consultation which includes an examination of your unique facial musculature, a thorough explanation of how Botox works and discussion of your desired result, you will be educated on exactly what dosage is appropriate for you.   There will be enough time to also give you the treatment on the day of your consultation, however if you prefer to just have the consultation and schedule the treatment another time that is completely up to you.

When you pay per area the price is set, regardless of the number of units of Botox injected into the area.  When considering area pricing though, you do need to know what each practice considers an “area.”  The glabella (the area between the browns where frown lines appear) is one area and the forehead (the lines that appear when raising one’s eyebrows up) is another area.  So what a resonable person may think of as one area is often considered two different treatment areas by a practice that charges area-rates.  Another consideration is that while you pay one lump sum per area, if you don’t need as much Botox as the next person, you’re paying the same, but getting less.  That just doesn’t seem fair, does it?  Often times, practices that charge by area will not educate you on the dosage you received for this very reason.  While ‘by area’ practices often include ‘free touch-ups’ within 2 weeks of the treatment date, we do not consider this a perk since Botox can take up to 14 days to take full effect.

Then there is the matter of style.  Do you want to erase lines, soften lines, alter shape such as evening out brows, or a combination?  The results from a Botox treatment can range from conservative to frozen based on the patient’s request.  In New York, the preferred look is ‘refreshed’ but unfrozen while the trend in Los Angeles is more frozen and patients may ask for certain expressions to be completely ‘knocked out’ or immobilized.  One is not better than another and there is plenty of room in between the two extremes.  But considering most New Yorkers still want to be able to frown when needed (sometimes oblivious tourists walking 4 abreast on our sidewalks deserve a frown!), we typically use fewer units than our left coast contemporaries.

We pride ourselves on providing a customized treatment plan and tailored experience for our customers at TriBeCa MedSpa.  Charging by unit is part of that experience.  Contact us to set up a consultation.  As Kelly Ripa, one of our favorite New York Girls, says: “I work out absolutely every day. I don’t overeat. I try to drink water but I prefer wine, and when all else fails, I get Botox injected right here, right into my forehead, as much as possible.”

Botox is a medication, and as such has a dosage which is determined by a Medical Professional.  Botox dosage is measured in units.  The best wrinkle-erasing results come from a strategic...

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Don’t Sweat It

There are millions of sayings about sweat:

  • Don’t sweat the small stuff, and it’s all small stuff
  • Women don’t sweat, they glisten
  • This will take blood sweat and tears
  • Don’t let them see you sweat

But for some of us, sweat isn’t a saying, it’s a diagnosis.

Axillary Hyperhidrosis, the medical term for excessive underarm sweating, is a medical condition that is not uncommon.  Unlike functional sweating, which is triggered by exercise, exertion, and external heat, hyperhidrosis often has no trigger at all or can be a result of emotional situations such as anxiety. In fact the term ‘cold sweat’ is often used because the sweat is not being used for heat regulation or triggered by temperature.  Unfortunately, breaking into a cold sweat has negative connotations including presumed guilt or fear by observers and an out-of-control feeling by the patient.  While certainly not life-threatening, this condition has negative effects on a patient’s lifestyle and self-confidence.  Most patients with Axillary Hyperhidrosis have tried multiple antiperspirants, prepare coping methods (a few go-to jokes, or a small fan in their office or cubicle), and choose clothing strategically based on this condition.

Botox is FDA-approved for severe underarm sweating and works by temporarily blocking the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the hyperactive sweat glands.  As a result, patients will experience a dramatic drop in underarm sweat for six to twelve months. While it can take up to 14 days to see the full effects of Botox, many clients report noticing a difference in as little as 3 days after the injection. Quite simply, this safe and effective treatment drastically improves quality of life for patients who suffer from excessive sweating.

To prepare, we ask that you shave your underarms either the day of or day before treatment, we will then use a topical numbing cream on the area and a series of injections will be administered for each underarm.  The procedure takes about an hour and you can resume normal activity immediately.  Some clients notice a slight sensitivity in the treatment area later in the day as the numbing cream wears off.

It is a New York City summer, and all of us are expecting to sweat or glisten accordingly, but if you are suffering from excessive sweating, contact us to learn about your treatment options.  Then you can contact your favorite shopping buddy to find a strapless dress or tailored button-up shirt.

There are millions of sayings about sweat: Don’t sweat the small stuff, and it’s all small stuff Women don’t sweat, they glisten This will take blood sweat and tears Don’t let them see you...

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Dermal Filler

The news is out about Dermal Fillers.  In other words, we’ve come a long way since 1986 and Lisa Rinna’s infamous lip situation.  Experts are called in routinely to discuss “did she or didn’t she” for gossip magazines that read often like an advertisement for filler.  But if you think that fillers are limited to the world of celebrity, think again.  Forbes, NY Times and CNN have all reported on the rapid rise of dermal fillers in the beauty industry.   With over 1.9 million procedures performed in 2011, the dermal filler question is rarely “Should I?” but rather “Which one?”

That question is answered best individually.  In a complimentary consultation you will meet with our expert Medical Staff where we will go over your medical history, talk about your concerns and let you know what type of results you can get from fillers, including which filler is recommended for you.  While there are several types of fillers on the market, research shows that hyaluronic acid based fillers (such as Restylane and Juvederm) are rapidly becoming the facial injection of choice.  While collagen-stimulating fillers such as Radiesse and Sculptra typically last longer, the gel-like consistency of hyaluronic fillers make them softer and more ‘spreadable’ which is best for areas like the lips or under the eyes where skin is thin.  Restylane, for example, is the only filler FDA-approved for lip enhancement.

If you are looking to restore lost volume or simply erase away a deep crease, Fillers are an excellent option.  Contact us to learn more.

The news is out about Dermal Fillers.  In other words, we’ve come a long way since 1986 and Lisa Rinna’s infamous lip situation.  Experts are called in routinely to discuss “did she or...

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Where Do Brown Spots Come From?

All skin color from the lightest to the darkest is created by melanin.  To quote Professor Nina Jablonski, melanin is “a really cool molecule.”  It is a brown pigment produced by cells called melanocytes, which are found in the top layer of the skin.  The majority of cells in the epidermis are skin cells, which create a protective layer, but about every eighth cell is a melanocyte cell.  Melanin is always being produced in the lower levels of the skin, and the pigmentation then rises to the top of the skin.  The process resembles that of an assembly line.  Anthropologists have been studying melanin in regards to skin color and race in humans for years, but in the skin-care industry, we usually only think about melanin as the cause of hyperpigmentation.  Hyperpigmentation also goes by the term ‘brown spots,’ ‘sun spots’ or ‘age spots.’

Brown spots happen when there is a disturbance somewhere along the ‘assembly line’ of melanin production.  A trigger such as sun-exposure, inflammation, injury or a hormone spike sends a signal to the melanin-stimulating hormones.  After this message is sent, the enzyme tyrosinase is activated.  Once tyrosinase is signaled, the melanocyte cell receives a message to produce pigment.  The melanocytes make melanin and package them into little bundles known as melanosomes.  The cells then disperse pigment upward through the dermis, resulting in hyperpigmentation.

When melanin is produced by one of these triggers, the body doesn’t disperse the pigment in the same way that regular melanin production happens.  Instead, it gets deposited in clumps that show up as spots and discoloration. As the skin ages, the cycle is even less controlled as the cumulative effects of sun exposure and hormonal changes continually interrupt the standard production cycle. As excess melanin is produced, hyperpigmentation forms, creating deposits of color that will stay indefinitely unless treated.

If hyperpigmentation is a concern for you, there are several treatments, such as Fraxel and Photo Genesis which provide excellent results.  A product regimen such as Obagi or using a correcting serum like Skinceuticals’ Pigment Regulator may be recommended by your Aesthetician.  If hyperpigmentation runs in your family, you can contact us to set up a Reveal Skin Analysis and begin a customized preventative program for your skin.

All skin color from the lightest to the darkest is created by melanin.  To quote Professor Nina Jablonski, melanin is “a really cool molecule.”  It is a brown pigment produced by cells...

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Exfoliation is a Key to Anti-Aging

Exfoliating is a necessary step to achieve a glowing complexion, but just what is exfoliation?  Exfoliation is the general term for any process of removing the oldest dead skin cells on the skin’s outermost surface.  The use of exfoliation for cosmetic rejuvenation was documented as far back as by the Ancient Egyptians, and this step of Cleopatra’s beauty process has also been scientifically proven as a key to anti-aging.  The root word comes from Latin “to strip off leaves.”

There are two main types of exfoliation: chemical and manual.  Chemical exfoliation, also known asChemical Peels, are specially formulated to work on a cellular level and can be said to work from the inside out.  Throughout the peeling process, bright fresh skin cells are revealed as the outmost layer of deal skin cells slough off.  Manual exfoliation immediately removes the dead skin cells by using an abrasion technique be it a vibrating stainless steel textured paddle (used in Vibradermabration), Jojoba seeds (these seeds are the abrasive agent in the all natural Phyto Lipid Scrub, a product used in ourTriBeCa Classic Facial) or even a scalpel (used for Dermaplaning to gently scrape away the outermost layer of dead skin cells).

Exfoliating is important as part of an effective home regimen too.  Using a product such as a glycolic acid or a good scrub once a week as advised by your Medical Aesthetician is an easy way to get great results for your skin.  After exfoliating, products are able to penetrate deeper into your skin and are absorbed effectively.  Contact us to make sure you are getting the resurfacing benefits of exfoliation.  Whether chemical or manual, in a service or through use of a product, when you exfoliate away dead skin cells, you promote healthy skin renewal and have your skin look and feel soft and smooth.

Exfoliating is a necessary step to achieve a glowing complexion, but just what is exfoliation?  Exfoliation is the general term for any process of removing the oldest dead skin cells on the...

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