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Combating Dry Skin in Winter

Combating Dry Skin in Winter

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girl feeling cold in autumn park Dry skin is a very common problem in the cold winter months, especially if you live in a naturally dry climate like in Utah. Dry skin is a result of not only the cold temperatures sucking the moisture out of the air, but also the very dry heat you pipe into your home morning and night.

After applying layer after layer of moisturizers on a daily basis, you’re probably thinking that there must be a better way to fight the dryness. Although mositurizing is important, it’s true that there are more effective ways to avoid dry skin. Read More

Dr Barr on Studio 5

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With 65% of men and 80% of women experiencing noticeable hair loss by age 60, there is a lot of interest in hair restoration procedures. However, many people are misinformed about how it’s done, are unsure of what to expect, or still think they’ll end up with that awful hair plug look of yore. In an effort to give people reliable information about this procedure, Dr. Lucy Barr, our board-certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in hair restoration, sat down with Studio 5’s Brooke Walker for a little chat. Check out the video below or give us a call at 801-532-0204.

How Hormones Affect Facial Skin

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Hormones Facial Skin Hormones affect many different areas of the human body. Stress hormones can prevent people from digesting food well or sleeping, while pregnancy hormones can cause women to be hyperemotional and hyper-sensitive to smell. Hormones also affect the largest organ in your body, the skin. The skin is affected at different phases of a person’s life due to the common hormones secreted at those times. Female skin is especially affected by hormones as women typically have more hormone fluctuations than men.

Take a look at how different phases of life can affect facial skin: Read More

Why Laser Hair Removal Is Better Than Any Home Remedy

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Laser Hair Removal Many men and women have body hair that they’d like to be rid of forever. This hair might be a bother or an embarrassment or in a conspicuous place.

You may be debating between three techniques of hair removal: tweezing, waxing, and laser treatment. While tweezing and waxing come with some advantages, they also come with an array of disadvantages. Both tweezing and waxing are temporary solutions to a persistent problem, whereas laser treatment offers a permanent remedy. Read More

Does Venus Legacy Work?

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DrBarr Knees

The first question we get about Venus Legacy, our new system for skin tightening and fat reduction, is “does it work?” That question is usually followed closely by “does it hurt”? The short answers are yes and no, respectively, but we know you want more information than that.

As you would expect, every company that designs these technologies provides us with before and after pictures showing how well their new toy works, but sometimes those results have been difficult to reproduce in our office.  Needless to say, we were curious if we could do it with the Venus Legacy, so we tried it out on Dr. Barr.

Here is a picture of Dr. Barr’s knees, after just three treatments. The knee on the left side was treated and the knee on the right side was untreated.  These results will continue to improve with the recommended ten treatments. Given these results, we feel confident in stating that the Venus Legacy therapy definitely works.

As for the question of pain, while Venus Legacy treatments to melt fat can get hot, they are not painfully so. This treatment is also completely non-invasive, meaning there are no needles, no incisions, and no blades. In fact, because the procedure is so well-tolerated, there isn’t even a period of post-treatment downtime. You can get the treatment and get on with your day

We are excited to be the first practice in Utah to offer the Venus Legacy, a system that delivers pain-free results you can see. Call us today to book your consultation and discover what the Venus Legacy can do for you.

Acne-Fighting Levulan

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Acne_Treatment The Levulan Kerastick Topical Solution has been used by professionals for years to help clear out pores and help those who suffer from even the worst acne achieve positive, long-lasting results.

The Levulan treatment can usually improve acne conditions faster and more completely than any other treatment available, without the use of prescription drugs or harsh chemicals. The procedure begins by cleaning and then prepping your skin for the Levulan treatment. The Levulan (aminolevulinic acid), which is derived from an acid your skin generates naturally, is applied and then allowed to penetrate your skin for a prescribed period of time (usually about an hour or so, depending on the area to be treated and your skin’s ability to tolerate it). After the solution has absorbed into your skin, you will be given protective goggles and then you will be placed under a BLU-U photo-dynamic therapy light for about 20 minutes to activate the treatment.

Your skin may peel and be quite red in the days following a Levulan treatment. It is essential you stay completely out of the sun during that time, as the solution that is in your skin tissues can be reactivated by bright light for two days after the procedure. This downtime will give your skin time to heal properly. When you complete your series of Levulan treatments, your skin will be clearer, smoother, and more even, and your acne will likely be greatly improved.

Another benefit of this treatment is its ability to target and help eliminate precancerous skin cells and lesions (AKs) in the area of concern.  In fact, Levulan was created for that purpose, but it has been found to be highly effective for the treatment of acne as well. To learn more about how this therapy can improve the health of sun-damaged skin, click here.

If you are searching for a better way to treat your acne, Levulan may be the answer. Of those who have tried it, most found the Levulan treatment has truly changed their life for the better. If you have questions about how the Levulan treatment works or are ready to book your free consultation and acne treatment, contact Light Touch Medical Aesthetics today at 801-532-0204.

Q-Laser Tattoo Removal

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Tattoo If you’re sporting a tattoo that you’d rather not keep, you’re not alone. A survey of 18-50 year olds conducted by the American Academy of Dermatology in 2006 found that of the 24% of you that have tattoos, 17% of you have considered having them removed. Lucky for you, there’s a new tattoo removal method, the Q-laser (Q-switched ruby laser), that has proven to be very effective over the past decade, without causing skin the damage and scarring of other methods. Read More

The Basics of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

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A Bit about Bioidenticals…

 

Turning back the clock is not just about looking good, it’s about feeling good too!

Woman benefits from BHRT

Hormones are chemical substances that act like messenger molecules in the body. After being made in one part of the body, they travel to other parts of the body where they help control how cells and organs function.  As we age, our bodies produce less and less of certain hormones that are essential for maintaining our sense of vitality.  We experience these hormone declines in the form of irritability, fatigue, insomnia, weight gain, mood changes, decreased libido, hot flashes, night sweats, and decreased exercise tolerance to name a few.

Bioidentical hormones have the exact same chemical and molecular structure as hormones that are made in the human body. The difference between a “bioidentical” hormone versus a hormone that is not “bioidentical” is the molecular structure, or shape, of the hormone. Why is this important? Think of a hormone as a “key” and the receptor that it activates, as a lock. In order for a replacement hormone to exactly replicate the function of the hormone that we naturally produce, the bio-identical replacement must exactly match the human hormone. It is the structural differences that exist between human “bioidentical” and “non-bioidentical” hormones that are responsible for serious side effects and health risks that can occur when non “bioidentical” hormones are used in humans.

While there are various forms on BHRT, including tablets, creams, gels, injections, and pellets; it is the pellet form that is most effective, and has the highest safety profile.  Bioidentical hormone pellets are plant-derived from yams or soy beans, and have been used in the United States since 1939. They are more appealing for patients dealing with menopause or andropause, because they are derived naturally, and our bodies can metabolize them properly. Another advantage of using bioidentical hormones is that they are specifically designed to match your individual hormonal needs – unlike synthetic hormones, which use a one-size-fits-all approach to symptom relief.

There is an overwhelmingly large body of evidence that supports the claim that bioidentical hormone therapy is safer and more effective than synthetic hormone replacement. However, it’s important to remember that no drug, supplement or herb is 100 percent safe…there is always a chance that you may experience an adverse reaction. That’s why it’s critical for women and men to consult with a hormone specialist before beginning any hormone therapy regimen, to safe-guard themselves from side effects.

The goal of Bio-identical Hormone replacement therapy is to provide an adequate supply of a deficient hormone in a form that is molecularly identical to that which your own body produces. Logically, this should result in the hormone’s normal healthy physiologic effects being restored. Because every person is unique, it is important for you and I to work together to customize a BHRT program based upon your individual symptoms and hormone levels. The precise dosing of each person’s therapy will be determined after consultation and evaluation of blood tests, and may be adjusted if needed.

Goals of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy include:

  • Relief of the symptoms caused by decreased production of hormones. (sleep problems, mood swings, increased body fat, decreased libido and sexual function, hot flashes, night sweats, anxiety, etc.)
  • Re-establishing the protective benefits originally provided by higher levels of your naturally occurring hormones. (healthy bone density, cardiovascular health, immune function, balance, etc.)
  • Reversal of diseases associated with aging (osteoporosis, loss of strength, fatigue, exercise intolerance, decreasing muscle mass, mental clarity, etc.)
  • Enhance the enjoyment, sense of well-being, and quality of life over the long-term.

In our practice, the bioidentical hormone therapy pellets are manufactured and obtained from a FDA licensed compounding pharmacy.  Based upon your individual lab results and symptoms, pellets are created specifically for you.  Usually, testosterone alone (an essential male AND female hormone) is placed in the sub-cutaneous, fat tissue, just under the skin.  The tiny pellet, about the size of a grain of rice, is painless to insert, and the procedure takes just 15 minutes.  The pellet is specially designed to slowly release hormone over time, and will completely dissolve over a period of 3 to 4 months.

Despite the fact bio-identical hormones have been approved and available for use in the U.S. since the 1930s, the use of these hormones has been slow to increase despite widespread agreement in the scientific literature that BHRT is far superior than using non-human, synthetic hormones. While I am quick to admit that this therapy is not a panacea, nor is it a “fountain of youth”, I am confident that it can dramatically improve quality of life and health in measurable ways.

Combined with proper skin care, aesthetic treatments, a healthy diet and exercise, BHRT can help you to be the best version of yourself!

Pregnancy Mask: What it is and How to Treat It

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Melasma during pregnancy What is melasma?

Melasma is a skin condition that is characterized by irregular, hyperpigmented (dark) patches of skin on the face and neck. Melasma is a common skin disorder that can affect anyone but is most common in young women with a brownish skin tone, particularly those living in sunny climates. Read More

Skincare Basics for Your Hands

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Wear gardening gloves Yes, we say it all the time about your face, but it’s true for all parts of your body. Sun damage is the leading cause of skin discolorations and premature aging on all of your skin. To protect your hands, make a habit of rubbing sunscreen into them right after you apply it to your face and neck. Be sure to choose a sunscreen with broad-spectrum UV protection that guards against both UVA and UVB rays. Using sunscreen is particularly important when you get a manicure, especially gel, before you expose your skin to the UV lamps. Read More