fbpx Blog - Page 5 of 6 - Tribeca Medspa

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:

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...

Show More Show Less

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...

Show More Show Less

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...

Show More Show Less

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...

Show More Show Less

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...

Show More Show Less

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...

Show More Show Less

Men’s Skin

Men and women have many differences, but one similarity is their skin.  The skin behaves in a remarkably similar way for both men and women though what men and women notice as an issue may be different.  While it might not be as talked-about or obvious as it is with women, men absolutely understand the importance of looking good.  For years men have been relying on the cut of a suit or good barber to feel their best, but the skin-care industry has also seen steady growth in male clientele for the past decade (reports estimate the market at $3.5 billion).  The term ‘metro-sexual’ was coined in the 1990’s to describe a heterosexual male with good grooming habits (in the 1890’s the term was ‘dandy’ and not too long before that a man who had good grooming habits was simply a ‘gentleman’).

By far, the most male-embraced procedure is Botox.  As Dr. John Gray, author of the best seller “Men are from Mars, women are from Venus,” points out: men are efficiency oriented.  If you are looking for wrinkle reduction, Botox is the fastest most efficient product on the market.  According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 300,000 men got Botox in 2011 and Fox News recently reported on men opting for Botox or Dermal Fillers before performing “father-of-the-bride” duties.

If you are a gentleman paying attention to your skin, please know that you are not alone.  If you are a gentleman who is still a little shy about your excellent grooming habits, just know that the active ingredients in quality skincare products are the same for men and women, so there is no shame in borrowing, using, or just plain stealing your wife’s facial cleanser for the time being. If you are feeling bold, contact us to set up your own customized skincare consultation.

Men and women have many differences, but one similarity is their skin.  The skin behaves in a remarkably similar way for both men and women though what men and women notice as an issue may be...

Show More Show Less

What is Collagen?

If you are interested in anti-aging, you have heard the word collagen before.  Just what is collagen?

Collagen is a protein that occurs in many places in the body including our skin, joints, even blood vessels and bone.  When speaking about collagen in anti-aging, we are speaking of collagen in your dermis which acts like scaffolding in your skin that helps it hold its plump, firm shape.

Collagen does naturally diminish in your skin over time which can lead to loss of elasticity, volume and tone.  There are many ways to boost collagen production including noninvasive lasers such as Laser Genesis and Fraxel.  Hyaluronic acid, found in TriBeCa MedSpa’s exclusive Camille of New York hydrating system, will add intense moisture to add volume, while retinol and alphahydroxy acids also aid in collagen stimulation.

If you are interested in anti-aging, you have heard the word collagen before.  Just what is collagen? Collagen is a protein that occurs in many places in the body including our skin, joints, even...

Show More Show Less

Hormonal Skin

The word ‘hormonal’ is often used to explain away break-outs, bad moods and erratic behavior, but what is the real effect that hormones have on our skin?  Hormonal changes are part of the natural aging process that takes us from adolescence to maturity.

Androgens, which are the hormones that stimulate the sebaceous (oil) glands in the skin, can run the show in our early teens through 20s. When the sebaceous glands are over-stimulated by androgens, acne flare-ups can occur.  Androgens also effect body hair growth.

Estrogen takes center stage as women enter ‘child-bearing years.’  Fluctuations especially during pregnancy can result in increased melanin, body break-outs and dry, rough patches of skin.  Estrogen fluctuations also occur throughout the menstrual cycle for women and these fluctuations often have a strong effect on skin for women beginning or coming off of birth control pills.

The dip in estrogen levels later in life dramatically increases skin sensitivity while also resulting in a downturn in elasticity and collagen.

Stress hormones, such as cortisol and norepinephrine, perhaps have the most powerful effect on skin for both men and women.  Stress hormones are released any time our brains interpret situation as being potentially dangerous, and these hormones interact with and often cause fluctuations in estrogen, testosterone and androgens.

The best thing treatment for ‘hormonal skin’ is two-fold.  First have a professional evaluate your skin.  The most common pitfall in home skin care regimens is treating your skins former condition instead of its current one.  Pregnant women experiencing break-outs may turn to the astringent they used at 16 and pre-menopausal women may notice that their skin seems thinner and just apply more of the moisturizer that they have been using for the past decade when these are not the best products for their current condition.  This inappropriate product use in a home care regimen stresses the skin, causing it to work harder and possibly worsening the condition you are try to fix.

The second part of treating hormonal skin is easier said than done: relax.  Simply taking time to breathe deeply is scientifically proven to reduce stress hormones in the body.

Hormonal skin need not be a synonym for bad skin; take a deep breath and treat your skin well.  To schedule a complimentary consultation to evaluate your skin care products, please contact us.

The word ‘hormonal’ is often used to explain away break-outs, bad moods and erratic behavior, but what is the real effect that hormones have on our skin?  Hormonal changes are part of the...

Show More Show Less

Banish Ingrowns with Laser Hair Removal

Ingrown hairs can be a pain. The term for ingrown hair is “pseudofolliculitis barbae”, a condition in which a foreign body inflammatory reaction is produced when curved hairs grow back into the skin. Inflammation is characterized by papules, pustules or small nodules located from one to three millimeters away from the hair follicle. You are most likely to suffer ingrowns where body hair is coarse, explaining why many women experience bikini-zone ingrowns.  While there are several ways to treat ingrowns after the fact, prevention is always the best medicine.

Laser Hair Removal is highly effective in treating ingrown hairs by simply eliminating the problem. Laser hair removal targets the individual hair follicles of the unwanted body hair. Through a series of treatments the follicles are compromised due to the targeted laser heat and therefore stop producing hair. Hair that is produced from follicles that have been treated with Laser Hair Removal is more fine and usually lighter than the original hair. You will see ingrowns diminish and disappear during the course of your Laser Hair Removal treatments just as you see unwanted body hair diminish and disappear.

TriBeCa MedSpa offers complimentary consultations for Laser Hair Removal, and has even been featured in a article by Essence Magazine as Laser Hair Removal experts for darker skin tones.  Contact us to book your consultation and say goodbye to ingrowns and hello to that beach vacation.

Ingrown hairs can be a pain. The term for ingrown hair is “pseudofolliculitis barbae”, a condition in which a foreign body inflammatory reaction is produced when curved hairs grow back into the...

Show More Show Less
X