Get the Perfect Pout for Valentine’s Day

Kissable Lips

Kissable Lips

With celebrities like Kylie Jenner all over Instagram with the perfect set of lips, we feel more pressure than ever to get the ultimate sultry pout. Thankfully, there’s an easy solution that even Kylie admits to using for her signature pucker. Let’s talk about lip injections and whether they’re right for you.

What are Lip Injections?

Lip injections are the use of injectable dermal fillers to add volume to the lips. The dermal filler, usually made of a hyaluronic acid-based gel, is injected directly into the lips to add to the lips’ overall shape and volume. This minimally invasive cosmetic procedure can be done in as little as 30 – 45 minutes and does not require any downtime or recovery. The results of your lip injections are temporary but long-lasting.

What Products Are Used for Lip Injections?

While the procedure for each lip injection treatment stays the same, there are different types of dermal fillers that can be used to help you achieve your desired results. At Suite Six, we typically use Juvederm® or Restylane® to help you get bigger, fuller lips.

  • Juvederm®
    • Juvederm® is a line of dermal fillers that can be used to add volume and diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles all over the face. One of Juvederm®’s products, Volbella® is formulated specifically for lip enhancement. Volbella® is a hyaluronic acid-based gel that is not too thick and not too thin, which makes it perfect for adding volume to the lips. The results of your treatment with Volbella® can even last for up to one year.
  • Restylane®
    • Restylane® is another popular line of dermal fillers that acts in a very similar way to Juvederm®. While Juvederm® has Volbella® to fill in the lips, Restylane® has a formulation called Restylane® Silk. Restylane® Silk is designed for a more subtle lip augmentation effect for a natural-looking boost that typically lasts for up to six months.

What are the Benefits of Lip Injections?

There are many benefits to getting lip injections done by Dr. Ballenas at Suite Six Medical Aesthetics, including:

  • Minimally invasive treatments
  • Treatments are done in under an hour
  • Immediate results
  • No downtime or recovery period aside from slight swelling and minor bruising
  • Natural-looking results
  • Long-lasting results (six months to a year)

Thinking lip injections might be the right move before Valentine’s Day? Contact us today to schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Ballenas.

Summer Bodies are Made in the Winter

Summer Bodies

Summer Bodies

We’ve all heard the saying “summer bodies are made in the winter,” but not many of us have taken it too seriously. With holiday feasts and temptation all around, it’s hard to get a jump start on your perfect bikini bod. We at Suite Six want to make things simple for you. Here are some of our go-to body sculpting procedures that can help you get a body you can be proud of by the Fourth of July.

1. Liposuction

Liposuction is easily one of the most popular body contouring procedures on the market. This surgical treatment removes unwanted fat from the body using a special tool called a cannula. The cannula is a small, hollow tube that, when powered by a vacuum pump system, gently sucks fat from the treated areas. At Suite Six Medical Aesthetics, we specialize in VASERlipo, which utilizes ultrasonic sound waves to assist with breaking apart fat cells in the treated area.

Benefits of Liposuction

While liposuction is the only surgical procedure on this list, it does have a bunch of benefits, including:

  • Relatively short recovery period
  • Permanent removal of fat cells from the body
  • Potentially permanent results (when paired with a balanced diet and regular exercise)
  • Visible results after just one treatment

2. CoolSculpting®

CoolSculpting® is a leading body contouring procedure with a pleasant twist. CoolSculpting® is a completely non-surgical way to get bikini body ready. This procedure uses a process called cryolipolysis to freeze the fat cells in the treated area. Once the fat is frozen, it is naturally eliminated from the body and never comes back. The treatments are safe, painless and don’t require any downtime or recovery.

Benefits of CoolSculpting®

While it does take multiple treatments to see your results, there are many benefits to getting CoolSculpting® treatments done at Suite Six, including:

  • Treatments as quick as 35 minutes per cycle
  • Can treat more than just the abdomen
  • No downtime or recovery after treatments
  • Non-invasive
  • Long-lasting results

3. CoolTone™

CoolTone™ is the newest member of the non-surgical body contouring family. This procedure takes a look at toning the muscles underneath layers of fat to produce the results you haven’t been seeing in the gym. CoolTone™ uses Magnetic Muscle Stimulation technology to induce involuntary muscle contractions that mimic the contractions your muscles have while working out. With CoolTone™, you can finally get the core you’ve wanted without breaking a sweat.

Benefits of CoolTone™

While CoolTone™ treatments must be maintained to keep your results, there are many benefits to getting CoolTone™ treatments done, including:

  • Non-invasive treatments
  • 30-45 minute treatment sessions
  • No downtime or recovery period
  • Can treat the abdomen, thighs, and butt

There are more ways for you to get your perfect body now than ever before! Our body contouring treatments are available for you to get your perfect body before bikini season. If you are interested in learning more about any of these procedures, call us today to schedule your body contouring consultation.

8 Ways to Put Looking Your Best on Your Holiday To-Do List

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Holiday blog

This holiday season, let Suite Six Medical Aesthetics in Newburyport help you look and feel vibrant, confident, and glowing.

ALEXANDRA PECCI

For so many of us, the holidays pass in a whirlwind of shopping, baking, events, and last-minute errands. Things move so fast that it can be easy to let looking our best fall to the bottom of our to-do lists (or not even make it onto the list at all).

But with so many parties, catching up with family and friends, and photo-ops that the season brings, looking Instagram-ready during the holidays is more important than ever. That’s why so many people turn to Suite Six Medical Aesthetics in Newburyport and Boston to get extra gorgeous this time of year.

“They want their skin glowing and fresh,” says Suite Six Medical Aesthetics owner and creative director Gabriela Varoudakis. From anti-aging and corrective skin treatments to body contouring, here are eight ways that Suite Six Medical Aesthetics can put looking your best on your holiday to-do list.

1. Get glowing with a HydraFacial: The gentle and rejuvenating HydraFacial takes all the impurities out of the skin without any downtime, making them perfect for party prep, even on the day of your special event. “The HydraFacial is a great treatment for any event,” Varoudakis says. “It gets your skin glowing.” It plumps and purifies the skin and can also help with acne and rosacea.

2. Remove unwanted hair with laser hair removal: Tackle those unwanted chin hairs, perfectly shape your eyebrows, and more with pain-free and permanent laser hair removal any time before your holiday parties and events.

3. Wake up your eyes with eyelash extensions and microblading: Make sleepy-looking eyes a thing of the past with eyelash extensions and tinting. You can also ditch the eyebrow pencil thanks to microblading, which applies a semi-permanent pigment for fuller brows and should be done about a week before your special event.

4. Smooth fine lines and wrinkles with dermal fillers and injectables: “Nobody wants to have lines in their pictures,” Varoudakis says. That’s why patients love Suite Six Medical Aesthetics’ dermal filler and injectable products, like Botox Cosmetics, which are each designed for a specific cosmetic concern. You’ll get quick treatment and immediate results with little or no downtime. Opt for fillers about a week before your holiday bash.

5. Beat holiday hangovers with IV Vitamin Therapy: If you partied a little too hard last night, don’t fret. Instead head to Suite Six Medical Aesthetics’ comfy IV Drip Lounge for one of its IV Vitamin Therapies. The hangover cure contains anti-nausea medication, vitamins, and minerals for an instant remedy. “I call it The Grand Rescue,” Varoudakis says. “After the party, you come in for the cure.”

6. Tighten and tone with CoolSculpting: Don’t settle for bulges in your holiday formalwear. Instead, try CoolSculpting, a non-invasive, fat reduction treatment that works safely, painlessly, and effectively in as little as 35 minutes and with zero downtime.

7. Get your skin makeup-ready with dermaplaning: “If your skin isn’t properly exfoliated and you don’t slough off the dead skin cells, your makeup won’t go on smoothly,” Varoudakis says. That’s why dermaplaning is a great option. It uses a scalpel to gently scrape off dead skin cells and fine facial hair to smooth and brighten the skin with no downtime. It can even increase the efficacy of other skin care treatments.

8. Stay glam on the go with SkinCeuticals: Can’t squeeze in a visit to Suite Six Medical Aesthetics before the holiday rush? They’ve got you covered with SkinCeuticals, a medical grade skincare line designed to prevent, protect, and correct signs of aging. Turn to their “Glow Kits” to prep your skin or help maintain in-office treatments. “It’s amazing,” Varoudakis says.

Finding Your Skincare Regimen in Boston, MA

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skin care blog

Finding a skincare routine can be intimidating. With so many steps to taking care of your skin, it’s hard to know where to begin. At Suite Six Medical Aesthetics, we want to make things as easy as possible for you. There are four basic things to take into account when picking out your skincare products for the ultimate daily regimen.

First Thing’s First

Before we get into the craziness of picking out the specific products you need, let’s go over the four basic types of products that are necessary to keep your skin as healthy and rejuvenated as possible. Everyone should have four basic items in their skincare routine:

  • Cleanser. This first step of your skincare routine ensures your pores aren’t blocked with any extra bacteria that can cause acne.
  • Serum. Serums provide antioxidants to protect your skin from any pollutants that might be in the air. They also are fortified with vitamins and minerals to keep your skin healthy as ever.
  • Moisturizers. Moisturizers give your skin the hydration it needs to get through the day and night.
  • Sunscreen. The sun can wreak havoc on our skin causing dark spots and sun damage. It’s also important to make sure there are no harsh chemicals in your SPF.

Take into Consideration

There are many things to take into consideration when picking out your cleansers, serums, moisturizers, and sunscreens. There are three vital questions you need to ask yourself before taking the plunge into some products.

What Type of Skin Do You Have?

The type of skin you have, whether oily, dry, or a combination between the two, is important to take into account when picking out your products. Some products are made with more hydration in them to keep your skin moisturized throughout the day, whereas products made for oily skin may have some special ingredients to keep oils at bay. Be honest with yourself about your skin type and adjust your products accordingly.

What’s the Biggest Concern You Have with Your Skin?

We all have skinsecurities and concerns about the conditions of our skin. Thankfully, skincare products are here to save the day and your skin. Different serums and moisturizers can help with your concerns, like fine lines and wrinkles or uneven skin tone.

Which Types of Products Do You Prefer?

Although you should always stick to the basic four, there are variations of the four that you can choose from. Consider whether you like thick moisturizers or something more like a light balm. Do you prefer a tinted sunscreen or something lightweight and natural? Is your favorite serum more thick and syrupy or thin and watery? Consider these characteristics when choosing your ultimate skincare routine.

To learn more about the products available at Suite Six Medical Aesthetics, contact us to schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Ballenas.

Emsculpt® Vs. CoolTone™ in Boston, MA

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Cooltone v. Emsculpt blog

Getting the body you want isn’t always as easy as going to the gym. When you have stubborn fatty deposits that just won’t go away with healthy eating and exercising alone, you may start to be considering cosmetic procedures to help you get the silhouette you desire. There are two major procedures you should be aware of: Emsculpt® and CoolTone™. Let’s go over the benefits and drawbacks of each.

Emsculpt®

Emsculpt® is the original non-invasive muscle toning treatment that uses HIEFM energy to induce involuntary muscle contractions that tone and strengthen your abdominals and buttocks.

The Pros

Emsculpt® treatments are done in-office and only take about 30 minutes to complete. Emsculpt treatments are best for toning your abs and your butt. During your treatment, the device is placed over the desired treatment area and involuntary muscle contractions are induced. These contractions mimic performing 20,000 crunches or squats in a 30 minute period. This builds muscle mass and improves strength, tone, and definition of the muscles. Emsculpt® can also be used to melt stubborn fat around the waistline and thighs. The HIEFM energy disrupts fat cells and eliminates the fat over the course of a few weeks. There is no downtime required after this procedure and it’s completely painless.

The Cons

While there are many benefits to Emsculpt®, it is recommended you get four 30-minute treatments done in the first two weeks of your treatment period in order to start seeing results. This means you’ll have to sacrifice your time four times in two weeks to be in the doctor’s office.

CoolTone™

CoolTone™ is the newest device to help you tone your body without the excessive use of a gym. It uses Magnetic Muscle Stimulation (MMS) technology to produce involuntary muscle contractions just like Emsculpt®.

The Pros

CoolTone™ treatments are done in-office and also take about 30 minutes to complete. CoolTone™ treatments work to tone your abdomen, butt, and your upper legs. During your treatment, the CoolTone™ device is placed over your treatment area and MMS technology induces 25,000 involuntary muscle contractions. This is 5,000 more contractions than Emsculpt®. The contractions build muscle fibers to tone and strengthen the treated muscles. Like Emscuplt®, you’ll start seeing your results a few weeks after your initial treatment. Unlike Emsculpt®, MMS technology uses 50 percent more energy to give you better and faster results.

The Cons

This treatment is strictly for developing muscle tone and does not melt fat. In order to melt fat with this procedure, you have to combine it with another treatment called CoolSculpting®. CoolSculpting® will use cryotherapy to freeze the fat in your body, which is then eliminated naturally.

The Verdict

Choosing between Emsculpt® and Coolton™ is a tossup. Both create involuntary muscle contractions in the body to build muscle tone and strength. Emsculpt® can be used to melt fat but requires multiple sessions to be done in your first two weeks of treatment, while CoolTone™ does not require such treatments but needs to have the addition of CoolSculpting® to melt any stubborn fatty deposits you may have. The choice is ultimately up to your preferences, your lifestyle and what Dr. Ballenas recommends for your desired results.

If you are interested in learning more about the similarities and differences between Emsculpt® and CoolTone™, contact us to schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Ballenas today.

Get Rid of Dark Circles Under Your Eyes in Boston, MA

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bleph blog

Are you tired of looking tired? We don’t blame you. Fixing dark circles under your eyes may feel like an endless battle, but it doesn’t have to be anymore. Dr. Ballenas at Suite Six Medical Aesthetics offers two different ways you can rid your dark circles – using Belotero® for a temporary fix, or by combining amniotic fluids with platelet-rich plasma for a more long-term solution.

Using Belotero®

Belotero® is a dermal filler made from hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring sugar in the skin that bonds with water to add volume back in areas that have depleted over time. The Belotero® formula is smooth and cohesive, which allows it to be injected into sensitive areas like under the eyes and still look and feel natural. You can see the results of your Belotero® treatment right away and for up to six months after your treatment. It is recommended to maintain treatments to keep your under-eyes looking smooth and awake.

Using Amniotic Fluids with Platelet-Rich Plasma

Amniotic fluid is the liquid that surrounds a baby during pregnancy to provide it with protection and nutrients before being born. Using a combination of this amniotic fluid and platelet-rich plasma is a completely natural way to fill the bags and correct the dark circles under your eyes for three to five years at a time. This treatment is less conventional than using a dermal filler like Belotero®, however, the product is all-natural and results are long-lasting. You may not see results right away. Rather, these results will take a little while to take effect in the body, as growth factors have to activate.

The Process

Both Belotero® and amniotic fluids with platelet-rich plasma use the same procedure to rid your face of dark hollows under the eye. Before your treatment, you will be given a topical numbing cream to ward off any discomfort you may feel during your treatment. If you are getting amniotic fluid with platelet-rich plasma, you will have a small amount of blood taken from your arm which will go into a centrifuge during this time to extract the plasma. Once all numb, Dr. Ballenas will inject the formula into the hollows under your eyes. The procedure shouldn’t take any longer than an hour to complete and you’ll be able to return to normal daily activities immediately after.

The Cost

The cost of ridding your under eyes of unsightly dark circles and hollows is going to differ depending on the type of treatment you receive and the extent of that treatment. If you are considering getting either of these treatments done, schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Ballenas today. He’ll be able to go over your personalized treatment plan with you and talk to you about the cost. For your convenience, Dr. Ballenas and Suite Six also offer financing options that allow you to break up your payments to better suit your lifestyle and budget.

To learn more about getting rid of your dark circles and the hollows under your eyes, contact us to schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Ballenas. He’ll go over your customized treatment plan to help you achieve all your aesthetic goals.

Fix Summer Sun Damage with Microneedling in Boston, MA

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microneedling blog

Spending days lounging at the pool or at a beach-side cabana was a lot of fun, but the summer sun does a lot of damage to the skin. Rejuvenate and enhance your skin with microneedling treatments. This minimally invasive procedure can help you to dial down the sun damage and turn up the radiance.

Microneedling Basics

Microneedling is exactly what it sounds like – it’s using micro-needles to puncture small holes into the skin. This method triggers the body’s natural healing process to produce more collagen and repair flaws in the skin. Microneedling results in patients seeing a significant reduction in fine lines, wrinkles, acne scarring, and uneven skin texture. Suite Six Medical Aesthetics uses a combination of microneedling and either stem cells, dermal fillers or platelet-rich plasma to produce maximum rejuvenation results.

During Your Treatment

Before your treatment begins, Dr. Ballenas will apply a numbing cream to your skin which will help with any discomfort you might feel when the treatment begins. Your microneedling treatment is done in-office and takes no more than an hour to complete. During this time, Dr. Ballenas will press the microneedling device onto the face or neck area to create small holes in the skin. If you choose to have any stem cell, dermal filler, or platelet-rich plasma boosters, those will be injected just under the surface of the skin at the same time. The creation of these small punctures, or microchannels, helps the skin to better absorb any product that may be used during or after your procedure.

After Your Treatment

You may feel some redness, tenderness, and swelling immediately after your procedure, but this typically fades on its own after a few days. You may be able to see your results after just one treatment, however, we recommend multiple treatments to help you achieve your ultimate results. You may not notice anything right away, but don’t worry. When the collagen starts to produce after a few days of healing, you’ll be able to notice more plump, smooth and radiant skin. Most patients notice results within a few weeks of their initial treatment, with the best results occurring about a month or two after your treatment. The best part is there’s no downtime for the procedure. Simply get your microneedling done in the morning and you’ll be ready for a night out the same day.

The Cost

The cost of your microneedling treatment is going to be as personalized to you as the actual treatment is. There are a lot of different factors that go into your microneedling treatment, like boosters and add-ons, so the cost of your treatment is going to widely vary. If you are considering microneedling, schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Ballenas today. He’ll be able to go over your personalized treatment plan with you and talk to you about the cost of your treatment. For your convenience, Dr. Ballenas and Suite Six also offer financing options that allow you to break up your payments to better may better suit your lifestyle and budget.

If you are interested in learning more about microneedling treatments done at Suite Six Medical Aesthetics, contact us today to schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Ballenas.

Why Antioxidants are a summer must!

Skin Care Products in Boston, MA

Skin Care Products in Boston, MA

Summer must haves to keep your skin safe, healthy and radiant are our SkinCeuticals Antioxidants and Sunscreen. Changing out your skin care routine is crucial to making sure we are giving our skin everything it needs to keep it balanced. It is time to say GOOD BYE to heavy creams and retinols and HELLO to SPF & Antioxidant Serums!

We can’t always see the sun in New England but it is always there! We need to be making sure that we are doing everything for our skin that is going to help us looking young, bright and wrinkle free. The sun is the number one cause of denaturing collagen and two steps I recommend most to my patients are SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic or Phloretin C F antioxidant serums and always SkinCeuticals SPF 50 (tinted or non tinted)

Enjoy our beautiful sunny days of summer all season long without sunburns and sunspots. Using an antioxidant under your sunscreen is important because it will amplify your sunscreens ability to protect your skin. Creating a barrier around the skin cells that eats up the free radicals that harm the skin. I personally recommend these antioxidant serums because it is going to advance environmental protection against free radicals that will damage the skin induced by UVA, UVB & infrared radiation.

The next step is ALWAYS important 100% important whether it be spring, summer, fall or winter. Like I said, because we can’t see the sun does not mean that it isn’t there! Make sure you are always wearing a sunscreen with Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. Using an SPF every day will help to protect your skin from sun damage, discoloration in the skin & early signs of aging. 90% of visible aging comes from hours spent in the sun. Spare your skin tomorrow, wear your sunscreen today!

Skin Cancer Fact: Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the USA right now but is also the most preventable.

SkinCeuticals Antioxidants and SPF:

SUNSCREEN: Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 – our weightless 100% physical sunscreen provides water-resistant broad-spectrum protection with titanium oxide and zinc oxide. This lightweight sunscreen increases the your skins defenses and resistance to UV heat stress.

C E FERULIC: C E Ferulic is a antioxidant combination that delivers advanced environmental protection against photo aging by neutralizing free radicals that cause accelerated signs of aging.

PHLORETIN CF: Our broad-spectrum treatment provides advanced environmental protection to defend skin against reactive molecules that are known to cause cellular damage. In addition to its superior antioxidant capabilities, it has been proven to correct existing damage from the inside out.

SUN SCREEN TRADE IN PROMO!!

EXPIRED SUNSCREENS: Sunscreen does expire believe it or not. Expired sunscreen will not effectively block or curb the sunlight which makes the chance of burning or damaging your skin much more likely then when using a non expired sunscreen.

Suite Six Medical Spa is offering our patients the opportunity to rid that expired sunscreen and receive 25% off a NEW one! So come on in to our spa, bring your old & expired sunscreen and pick up one of our medical grade sunscreen products and receive 25% off a brand new one!

 

  • Geneveve $1,950 (Regularly $3,000)
  • New customers receive the first 20 units of botox at $9/unit
  • New customer receive a Laser Facial for $65 (Regularly $125)