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  • How to Get the Most Out of Your Medical Spa Services

    April 16, 2014
  • Medical spa services can work wonders for both your appearance and your confidence, and include a wide range of services such as Botox, spot fat reduction, skin tightening, muscle toning, and laser hair removal.  All medical spa services are performed by trained and experienced technicians who have been thoroughly trained by a medical professional, so you are assured of professional, safe service.  Regardless of what treatments you choose, there are some simple things you can do before and after to help you get the most out of your medical spa treatments.

    Groom Yourself for Your Visit

    Especially if you're going for hair removal, shave your under arms and legs the day before your appointment. The laser is attracted to pigment, and if the body hair is not shaved, the laser will not be attracted to the papilla (the root of the hair). Instead, it will be attracted to the surface of the skin, which could cause burning. Use a rich, unscented lotion the day before your visit. Avoid putting on heavy perfumes or wearing a lot of fragrance to the spa as some people have allergies or sensitivities to scented products. Having clean, soft skin will hydrate and prep your body, boost your mood, and make your medical spa services more enjoyable. Avoid using harsh skin products the night before or the day of the actual treatment.

    Drink Plenty of Water
    Hydration is important both before and after your treatments, so make sure that you drink plenty of fluids the day before your medical spa services. Avoid caffeine as much as possible, as it is a diuretic and will rob your body of liquids. Drink eight to ten cups of water, herbal tea, or decaffeinated coffee to keep your body hydrated and flush impurities out of your system before you enjoy any medical spa services. Skipping your morning coffee might be a bit tough, but the results are worth the sacrifice.

    Eat a Healthy Diet
    Your diet can affect not only your health but your results as well. A healthy diet rich in nutrients, antioxidants, and fiber keeps your body in top condition and can ensure the effects of your treatments last longer in-between medical spa visits. Alcohol and nicotine can dry out your skin and slow down the healing process of treatments like chemical peels, so reduce or eliminate your alcohol and nicotine use for a few days after your medical spa services finish.

    Certain medical spa services such as cellulite removal or spot fat reduction benefit greatly from exercise. Exercise boosts heart rate and circulation and gets your blood flowing to all parts of your body, which increases lymphatic drainage so all of the toxins that were released during your visit can be flushed out more effectively. It also raises endorphin levels and promotes faster healing. Even after a photo facial, your skin will look and feel better if you exercise. Aim for 20 to 30 minutes a day of cardio exercise to get the best results.

    Don't Touch Treatment Areas
    If you're having a chemical peel or microdermabrasion procedure, you may experience mild tingling or itching after your treatment. Your skin will be more sensitive than usual also. Avoid rubbing or scratching your face after you've had these kinds of medical spa services. You should also avoid using products such as facial masks, sunless tanners, or anything that contains bleach or Alpha Hydroxy Acids for a few days as well. These can irritate the new skin that has been exposed and reduce the effectiveness of the results. Not touching your skin is especially important if you have had Botox treatments or soft tissue fillers.  As these services are injections, unnecessary touching can cause infection and disrupt the results.

    Signing up for medical spa services is exciting. The results are rewarding, and the services that are available can leave you looking and feeling younger, often turning back the clock to the body we remember once having. With a little planning and some small sacrifices, your medical spa services can work better and last longer. The benefits of using home care to enhance your results are definitely worth it, so remember to follow these 5 easy suggestions during the course of your treatment. You'll be so glad you did!

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