Last updated 6 months ago
By Tami Osborne
Medical Aesthetician at Sholar Center
I am constantly seeing people who can benefit from microderms but for some reason are scared of it. Maybe they’ve had their own bad experience, or they have heard “horror stories” about what can go wrong- usually from non-trained individuals. Honestly, Microderms are my very favorite treatment to do & just about anybody can benefit from them. They are nothing to be afraid of, and are something that our patients overwhelmingly look forward to, because the results are AMAZING!
So, let me tell you all the reasons WHY Microderms are so wonderful!
~ Immediate gratification- Before you even touch your skin you can feel the difference!It’s as smooth as a baby’s bottom!!
~ Absolutely NO downtime- You can put make-up on immediately following a treatment, all though you won’t want to because it feels so good!
~ Quick pick me up- When your make-up just isn’t cutting it anymore you HAVE to have something done… better than a facial alone, but is definitely the most beneficial to receive it along with a facial.
~ So many benefits- Helps with fine lines, wrinkles, brown spots, scars, pore size.
~ Easy & inexpensive- A treatment can be done in 30 minutes & cost less than lasers or fillers.
I do warn all my clients that microderms are addictive!After you have received one your skin will tell you when you need it again- usually at least once a month.I consider it the gateway treatment, but with these kind of benefits I’d say that is a healthy addiction! =D
Last updated 6 months ago
The Ugly Truth
by Robin Almond,
Licensed Medical Aesthetician and Certified Laser Technician
Are you throwing away your hard earned money for “fancy” designer skin care that delivers false expectations? Is your bathroom cabinet jam-packed with barely used, florally scented facial creams that don’t make you look “10 years younger”, as promised?? If so, don’t feel bad! With the hottest marketing trends and advertising claims, it is near impossible for consumers not to fall under the spell of cosmetic companies. As Licensed skincare experts, we are here to educate you so you can protect your investments.
The truth is, there is a huge difference between “over-the-counter”/cosmetics vs. pharmaceuticals/cosmeceuticals, and it’s not the price tag.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) divides skin care products into these two distinct categories: cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Cosmetics are the well-known, department store or OTC (over-the-counter) beauty products that Webster defines as “articles intended to be rubbed, poured, sprinkled, or sprayed on, introduced into, or otherwise applied to the human body...for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance.” Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? Here is the problem; cosmetic companies can claim, promise, and advertise whatever it is that you as the consumer want to hear. The marketing technique is to use pretty pictures and catch phrases like; “Clinically Proven “and “Dermatologist Tested”. These companies are not regulated by the FDA, they can claim “scientific-studies” without any proof or validation of the products efficacy or safety. You can bet, however, that the packaging will be aesthetically appealing and I’m certain the fragrance is absolutely fabulous, but let’s be honest; those qualities don’t deliver results.
In the world of pharmaceuticals, it’s an entirely different story. Often times it can take years, numerous studies and millions of dollars for the FDA to approve a pharmaceutical product formulation. The term “Cosmeceuticals “, coined by the famous skin researcher Albert Kligman, to define these professional medical grade skin care products. You can only purchase cosmeceuticals through a physician, dermatologist, or licensed aesthetician due to the contents high concentration of active ingredients. The products ability to change and improve the appearance of your skin is with the correct mixture of high concentrated active ingredients and, arguably even more essential than the constituents itself, is the depth of skin penetration.
Metaphorically speaking, let’s think of our skin as a mattress and sheets, the dermis being the mattress and epidermis representing the sheets. In order to have taught sheets, your mattress has to be in good condition, right? Although the epidermis is the layer that we can physically see, it is made of mostly dead skin cells. As we age our cell turnover rate slows immensely, giving you a rough dull complexion. OTC cosmetics simply cannot contain the same percentage of active ingredients, there for not having the strength to penetrate through the epidermis, limiting any product benefits to the outermost layer of the skin. Esthetically speaking, our dermis is the ‘live’ layer of our skin. This is where the production of new cells begin, most importantly; collagen and elastin. These proteins are a key factor in the vitality of our skin providing it with support and structure. The human body stops producing elastin when you hit puberty and without the replenishment of elastin, collagen will in turn lose its elasticity and being to weaken, hence the aging process begins! Cosmeceuticals have the ability to penetrate all layers of the skin, thus being able to regenerate the production of collagen and elastin, correct previous damage, prevent future damage, and protect your existing healthy skin.
Don’t take a gamble when it comes to the health and appearance of your skin; choose a regimen, like Skinprint, that is proven to deliver results.
Call (812)401-7900 for more information or a complimentary skincare consultation at SHolar Center!
Last updated 7 months ago
It seems that every year cosmetic and plastic surgery technology grows by leaps and bounds. It seems even more so in the laser and skin tightening technology industry. So, here’s the latest.
When skin loses its elasticity, there is actually a loss of the body’s ability to generate new collagen, elastin, hyaluronic acid, and glycosaminglycans. As estrogen levels diminish, we can’t keep these very important molecules at levels that are capable of keeping up with the rate in which we are losing it. There are ways to imitate this process, but wouldn’t it be better to “trick” the skin into producing what it truly needs? That is where treatments like the Titan, Velashape, and the Pearl Fractional step in. When we apply energy to the deep dermis, the sense of immediate tightening of the skin comes from the collagen fibers uncoiling, then re-coiling in a much tighter fashion. The elastin fibers also shrink. However, the long-term effect is a burst of collagen and elastin production because the fibroblast cells have been given so much extra energy they really rev up their cellular machinery and kick it into “high-gear”. This is truly a way of artificially coaxing our skin into believing it needs to heal itself.
Titan and Velashape use Infrared and Radiofrequency to do this in a manner that is gentle, effective, and produces amazing results, and takes 2-6 treatments for the optimal effectiveness.
Pearl Fractional Laser tightens skin by conveying energy directly deep into the skin, via micro-wounds that stimulate our body’s natural resources of collagen, hyaluronic acid, and elastin to the treated areas. The key to this process is in how the small holes are created so that the energy that is conducted is intense, but bypasses of the skin’s outermost surface, and delivers it right to the deep dermal fibrobast cells. This reduces the possibility of side effects, reduces recovery time, and makes it safer for more delicate skin types. The result is tighter, smoother, more youthful-looking skin that will be a “treat” for you to see!
For more information, and to book a complimentary consultation with one of our Medical Aestheticians/ Certified Laser Technicians,, please call us at (812) 401-7900.
Last updated 7 months ago
In the 1500’s, Ponce de Leon was obsessed with stories of the vitality-restoring waters that would “cure” his aging. Unfortunately, he died at age 47, without ever finding the Fountain of Youth, and still today there is no surefire way to keep skin from aging. Even those with fabulous genes, great lifestyle choices, and Anti-aging Medicine can stave it off longer than most, but the biological processes associated with aging skin will still march on. Even skin that is well-cared for will eventually show wrinkles, changes in color, and other signs that you are getting older.
What causes sagging, wrinkling, hollowing, and changes in the shape of the face?
Gravity: It does eventually take its toll on all parts of our body, and it accelerates as we lose elasticity in our skin and subcutaneous tissues.
Hormones: Declines in estrogen in women, and testosterone in men, lead to a decrease in elasticity and cell regeneration. Oil production slows- especially prominently in menopausal women- and the skin does not produce enough moisture to retain its youthfulness.
Sun and weather damage: As our ‘protective barrier’, the skin is designed to us from the elements. With each year of aging, the epidermis eventually grows thinner, and the bonds between the cells become weaker, letting in toxins and letting out too much moisture. Excessive tanning, sports, lack of sunscreen, outdoor jobs and extreme weather conditions have a tendency to speed up the aging process by disrupting our skin’s barrier function.
Subcutaneous fat decreases: As you age, it seems that your body does not gain or hold fat in any of the right places. Fat found just below the skin that gives your face shape and youthfulness begins to diminish. The facial features may start to look sunken, and the loss of subcutaneous fat can also contribute to wrinkles. (I always joke that it leaves the face, and goes to the rear end!)
So, is there a Fountain of Youth that can reverse these problems?
Yes. The newest laser systems, such as Cutera’s Pearl and Pearl Fractional Lasers have become remarkably precise and selective, allowing treatment results and safety levels not previously available.
Laser Resurfacing to improve cosmetic flaws, such as wrinkles, acne scars, and aging and sun-damaged skin, is the latest scientific breakthrough in skin rejuvenation. Using a wand-like laser handpiece, undesired skin cells and wrinkles literally disappear in a puff of mist and are replaced by fresh skin cells.
One of the Pearl Fractional Laser's most significant advantages over traditional techniques for skin resurfacing is that treatment is relatively bloodless and offers more control in the depth of penetration of the skin's surface, allowing an increased degree of precision and safety in treating delicate areas. It also has minimal downtime compared to previous fractional laser systems, and requires only 1 or 2 treatments, versus the 5-6 treatments required by other fractional systems.
Laser resurfacing is performed in the physician’s office to:
Erase fine lines and wrinkles of the face
Smooth and tighten eyelid skin
Improve crow's feet around the eyes
Soften pucker and smoker’s lines and frown lines
Remove brown spots and splotchy, uneven skin color
Improve and flatten scars
Improve skin tone and texture
The Pearl Fractional Laser IS the closest thing to the modern day Fountain of Youth! For a complimentary consult or for more information about laser procedures, please call us at (812) 401-7900.
Last updated 7 months ago
A hundred years ago, the circus “Age Guesser” is said to have averaged a 70% accuracy rate. How did he do it? He would just shake hands with circus-goers. That gave him all the information he needed.
Um….uh oh! We do tend to forget about our hands when we are tackling anti-aging in other ways. Sure enough, our hands often reveal more about our lives and the care we pay ourselves than do our faces. So what can you do? Fortunately, your hands will respond well (and quickly) to even a little TLC.
For starters, keep these 6 easy tips in mind:
Choose Your Soap Carefully. While it’s true that the skin on your hands is tough enough to withstand more abuse than delicate facial tissue, washing with harsh soap will take it’s toll. The pH level of most hand soaps ranges between 9 and 10 while the natural pH of your hand skin is slightly more acidic (around pH 5). So, most soaps dry and age your hands. Minimize the damage by using a better-quality hand cleanser, such as Skinprint Body Purifier Cleanser. Look for ingredients like glycerin, cocoa or shea butter, or hyaluronic acid for their moisturizing and humectant qualities to offset the drying properties of soap’s alkaline base. Also, at least a few times each week, gently exfoliate your hands with a gentle enzymatic exfoliator such as Exquisite Exfoliant from Skinprint. This stimulates cell regeneration and draws blood to the surface to nourish the skin.
Always Use SPF. Get into a daily habit of applying sun block to your hands all year round. By protecting your hands from bombarding UV rays now, you will certainly lower your risk of age spots (and skin cancer) later on. Also, take special precaution to apply SPF to your hands before driving. UV rays do penetrate most automobile windows, and your hands are often exposed for long periods. Try Skinprint UltraSheer for a non-noticeable SPF protection.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize! Did your grandmother give you this advice: you can make your hands beautiful by applying a rich hand cream before bed, then wearing gloves while you slept? Keeping your hands hydrated and supple is the surest way to keep them looking young. For daytime use, we suggest Skinprint Luster Anti-Aging Lotion, and for nighttime try a rich crème like Dew Renew from Skinprint. Beauty experts also recommend placing your moisturizer on your bathroom sink and bedside table, reminding you to lotion your hands after washing and before bed.
Get a Hand Massage! There are a number of benefits to be gained from hand massage. It improves circulation, relieves tension in the tendons and increases the flexibility in your hands, fingers and wrists. A hand massage, since it uses lotions or oils, is also a great way to rejuvenate hand skin. If you suffer from chronic or occasional arthritis pain in your hands, research indicates that regular hand and wrist massage can reduce pain and improve grip strength. Similarly, if you use your hands for repetitive tasks (like keyboard typing) and regularly experience pain or cramping, a Reflexology Hand Massage can provide symptomatic relief. Even better, get a Warm Paraffin Hand Treatment first to warm up those achy joints and super-soften the skin.
Eliminate Age Spots. Age spots also start to appear and proliferate, the result of accumulated sun damage. Topical treatments such as Skinprint Illuminate and Recover lighten the age spots by reducing the activity of the pigment-producing cells. You’ll see them lighten after a month or two of regular daily application. For even faster brown spot removal, we can do Limelight IPL Treatments. This is a laser-like procedure to quickly slough off the brown spots in just a few treatments, and without any downtime.
Renew the Skin. Starting in our 30’s and through menopause, hormonal changes follow that affect your hair and skin. Among other changes, you’ll begin to notice that it’s harder to keep your hands looking good. They can lose their elasticity and suppleness, or even develop a veiny appearance. This is due to loss of collagen in the skin, and loss of fat in the subcutaneous tissue. Starting with the skin, laser procedures such as the Laser Genesis or Pearl Fractional Laser actually cause a surge in new collagen production to resurface the skin, removing wrinkles and thickening thin, aged skin to give it a youthful appearance. For fat rep
lacement, Sculptra injections or Fat Injection procedures can be done by Dr. Sholar to plump up the tissue and hide the ugly veins that appear with age.
The combination of these treatments will bring back youthful hands, and keep them guessing your age for years to come!