Fix Summer Sun Damage with Microneedling in Boston, MA

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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!

Wrinkle Me Not

Botox® in Boston, MA

I’ve never met a wrinkle that I’ve liked. But what about those adorable Shar Pei dogs?! Let me clarify: I have never met a human wrinkle that I have liked. Wrinkles are signs of aging. While many call them ‘character’ lines, I do not. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want your face to be frozen, but a little smoother, plumper, and more lifted never hurt anyone.

Allergan has created an entire family of injectable products that do just that: give you back a few years (or decades) to your appearance and enhance your natural beauty. Here are a few highlights about the injectable treatments available by Allergan: 

 

 

Botox Cosmetic is the only FDA-approved treatment to temporarily improve both moderate to severe frown lines between the brows and crow’s feet.

Kybella is a prescription medicine used to improve the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin, also called “double chin”.

The Juvederm collection of fillers are injectable gels made from modified hyaluronic acid.  Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring sugar found in the human body. Hyaluronic acid retains up to 1,000 times its weight in water, which makes it ideal for lifting, smoothing, and plumping the skin. Depending on the weight of the hyaluronic acid correlates to how thin or thick the product is, and where it can be used in the face and body.

LIFT: Lift & contour your cheek area

  • Juvederm Voluma XC is the first and only filler proven to last up to 2 years in the cheek area.

SMOOTH: Smooth your wrinkles & lines

  • Juvederm XC is the only HA filler proven to last up to 1 year in moderate to severe facial wrinkles and lines.
  • Juvederm Vollure XC is the first and only filler proven to last up to 18 months in moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds.

PLUMP: Enhance your lips

  • Juvederm Ultra XC is the first filler proven to last up to 1 year in the lips.
  • Juvderm Volbella XC is the first and only filler proven to increase lip fullness and soften the appearance of vertical lip lines for up to 1 year.

Allergan has created different treatment options for the results YOU desire.  Let’s find which treatment option may be right for you. Call to set up a complimentary consultation. I look forward to seeing you.

Shannah Hampton, RN

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Liberated from Urinary Incontinence? Yes, You Can Be!

Vaginal Rejuvenation in Boston, MA

Break the Silence. Just Ask.

Urinary incontinence is an all-too-common condition that affects millions of women around the world. It begins to develop as a natural result of aging when vaginal tissue starts to weaken. It can also be accelerated or worsened by childbirth, making it especially common among mothers. Due to incontinence, women may experience an involuntary release of urine when coughing, exercising, laughing, or sneezing. Although this can be a huge discomfort, embarrassment or inconvenience, this condition can be effectively treated – allowing you to become liberated from urinary incontinence.

Geneveve™ Vaginal Rejuvenation for Urinary Incontinence

Many doctors recommend Kegel exercises and other methods to restore strength to the vaginal muscles. Unfortunately, these techniques often deliver minimal results at best. Vaginal rejuvenation is the newest treatment that can restore and strengthen the vaginal tissue, and it doesn’t require surgery or any other invasive techniques. Geneveve™ vaginal rejuvenation uses gentle radiofrequency energy to stimulate collagen production in the vaginal tissue. As collagen increases, it strengthens the vaginal tissue to restore the function and tightness of the vagina.

How Will Geneveve™ Help with Incontinence?

Once the vaginal tissue is restored as a result of treatment, you will notice more control, resulting in a significant reduction in the severity and frequency of urine leakage. This means that patients will be able to live freely again, without the unpredictability of urinary incontinence holding them back.

Are There Other Benefits of Geneveve™?

Geneveve™ is quickly becoming the all-in-one vaginal health solution because it offers so many results in one easy treatment. In addition to reducing symptoms of incontinence, women can achieve a tighter feel, increased sensation and lubrication, and a boost in confidence. Plus, it only takes a single treatment to achieve all these incredible benefits. The Geneveve™ treatment is gentle and non-surgical, meaning that patients are able to resume normal activities immediately after their treatment and get back to living life to the fullest.

How Fast Does Geneveve™ Work?

Geneveve™ begins to work immediately, stimulating collagen production in the body. Patients will begin to notice results within a few weeks, noticing more significant results approximately two to three months after treatment.

Where Can I Try Geneveve™?

If you are interested in trying Geneveve™ or learning more about the treatment, contact us at Suite Six Medical Aesthetics today at 978-358-8178. Suite Six Medical Aesthetics offers Geneveve™ to women living in Salisbury, Newburyport, and the surrounding areas of Massachusetts, including Boston.
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Our Best Kept Secret to Skin Rejuvenation!

Skin Rejuvenation in Boston, MA

When it comes to the beauty and skincare industry things are ever-changing; technology is always advancing and there is always a new and trending treatment that everyone is buzzing about. Designed to increase collagen production, diminish fine lines and wrinkles, shrink pore size and treat acne scarring, Laser Genesis is a non-invasive skincare treatment that we, and our skin, can’t get enough of!Skin Rejuvenation in Boston, MA

A brief overview

Laser Genesis is a cutting edge YAG laser treatment that works to treat the concerns mentioned above plus acne vulgaris, rosacea, hypertrophic scarring, skin discoloration, and large, clogged pores. This treatment is non-invasive, requires no down-time and is safe for all skin types.

How to prepare for your treatment

Before coming to us for your first treatment, we recommend to all of our clients to start using an antioxidant serum such as the SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic once daily for one week. This serum delivers advanced environmental protection while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. We also recommend preparing your skin with a gentle cleanser in order to remove debris at night, treating your skin with a retinol in order to accelerate the shedding process for optimal laser absorption, and always finish off by applying an SPF to prevent further skin damage and premature aging from the sun. For optimal results it is recommended to have 4-6 treatments waiting 2-3 weeks in between treatments.

What to expect during treatment

On the day of your treatment we recommend to remove all makeup before arriving. Makeup or debris on your skin will interact with the laser creating more discomfort during the treatment. Your licensed aesthetician will then bring you into the treatment room and cleanse your face with a gel based cleanser followed by saturating gauze with alcohol to remove any residual residue.  The treatment is painless and non-invasive. You will feel a warming sensation similar to sitting out in the sun. The laser works by heat accumulation in each region in your face.  The warming sensation in the skin stimulates collagen production in the dermis layer, as well as shrinks red capillaries in your skin that are responsible for redness in your cheeks. The results are subtle at first and increase in time as increasing collagen levels promote the growth of new beautiful and smooth skin. The appointment for a Laser Genesis skin rejuvenating treatment is a quick 30 minute appointment also called the “lunchtime” facial. Once finished your aesthetician will escort you to the check out to schedule your next appointment.

 

FAQ’s

  • How many treatments will I need to have before noticing results?

It is recommended to have a series of 4-6 treatments each 2 weeks apart for maximal benefits. Laser genesis targets the dermis layer of skin so you will notice immediate results after your first treatment which will improve with each subsequent treatment.

  • Can I have a tan and still get this treatment done?

Laser genesis is a non-invasive, YAG laser, meaning it has modalities that can treat all skin types on the Fitzpatrick scale for skin types. You are allowed to have a tan but cannot have a burn which would result in overheating of the skin, increasing the risk of burns.

  • Does it treat scarring?

Laser genesis is very effective in treating scarring and current acne breakouts. It is an antibacterial treatment as well as collagen stimulating. It is recommended in conjunction with a microdermabrasion treatment to remove the dead skin cells resulting in a deeper penetration of the laser and more effective treatment.

Don’t miss out on these promotions!

  • Purchase 25 units of Botox or Xeomin and receive a complimentary Laser Genesis skin rejuvenating treatment!
  • Receive a 15 minute introductory Laser Genesis treatment FREE! Included with this appointment is a full diagnostic consultation with our licensed estheticians using the SkinCeuticals SkinScope!
  • Pack Some Punch Facial Experience! — Choose from any of our facials
  • Ask one of our team members about our Ultimate Bundle Packages with complimentary SkinCeuticals Skincare products!

Taking Your Beauty Regimen from Winter to Spring

The never-ending winter has finally come to an end! Now that the spring is here and summer is around the corner it is time for some spring cleaning – for your skin care routine! Just like we change our clothes for the seasons we must change our skin care routine as well. With the winter causing most of us to be a bit dry, have flaky and sensitive skin, in the warmer months we tend to see more oil and breakouts. Changing out skin care products is crucial to making sure we are giving our skin everything it needs to keep it balanced. It’s time to say GOOD BYE to heavy creams and HELLO to SPF & antioxidant serums!

What I recommend most to my patients is SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic or Phloretin CF antioxidant serums. Using either of these serums before applying any SPF will help to amplify the benefits of a sunscreen and make sure you are getting the most from your products. We recommend the antioxidant serum before your sunscreen because it is going to advance the environmental protection against free radicals that will damage the skin induced by UVA, UVB & infrared radiation.

Next step is ALWAYS 100% necessary. Even though you cannot see the sun all of the time doesn’t mean it is not there! Make sure you are ALWAYS wearing an SPF. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the USA right now but also the most preventable. Using an SPF every day will protect your skin from sun damage, discoloration of the skin & early signs of aging. 90% of visible aging comes from the hours spent in the sun. Spare your skin tomorrow and wear your sunscreen today!

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 an 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.
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5 Reasons You Need A Spring Facial

Spring cleaning is not all about cleaning out the closet or the mess under your bed. What about your skin? Your skin has just survived the harsh cold winter months, deprived of moisture and radiance. Leave the dull, lifeless skin with the dull winter days.

  1. Professional Exfoliation, a professional exfoliation during a facial sloughs off layers of dead skin we simple can’t do at home with our scrubs. Winter’s harsh weather causes dry, flaky, dull skin. A professional exfoliation will slough away your winter damage, leaving you radiant and glowing for the new season.
  2. Deep Cleansing, detoxifying and cleaning out the pores helps you start a new season with healthy skin. Dry skin can often cause clogging, because of built up layers of dead skin which can cause acne breakouts. Deep pore extractions are done by opening the pores, loosening up the dirt inside, and carefully extracting it without discomfort or leaving dark marks.
  3. Professional Masks, a professional mask has ingredients only estheticians are either certified to use, or they are the only ones that can get their hands on it. These ingredients help close the pores and the facial, while targeting your concerns. These masks can target anti-aging, hydration, acne, pigment, etc.
  4. Saving Money in the Future, ask any esthetician and they will prescribe you regular facials even if you are getting the latest photofacial treatment or botox. It isn’t a scheme to take your money either. The reason is that regular facials help prevent, correct, and protect. You can save money by maintaining the results of your expensive Botox or photofacials, etc. You can also save money by preventing conditions in the future, such as acne, pigmentation, even aging. Regular facials can help makeup glide on easier, perhaps not needing makeup at all?
  5. Relaxation and Rejuvenation, Facials generally include a face, neck, and hand massage to relax you and relieve tension. These massages also help drain toxins from your face/neck to both detox and destress. They are good for the mind and soul to relax 1 time a month away from the phone, the kids, and the stress. A massage with one of our Themae facials does just that. We use aromatherapy in the beginning of the facial to relax the senses, and at the end to refresh and awaken the sense. Our massages are unique and include a collagen building ridoki massage for anti-aging and detoxing impurities.

What’s new to Suite Six this year?

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Here at Suite Six we are constantly updating our technology to bring you the best and most efficient treatments! We are more than ecstatic to welcome the Harmony Laser from Alma, with the latest technology in hair removal, photofacials, vein removal, and more. The Harmony is known for its unbeatable, pain free results with fast treatment series as seen on The View and Doctor Oz.

Let’s be honest, you have been fighting the razor all of your life, and waxing is no one’s favorite treatment. Don’t give up here, laser hair removal with the Harmony laser will change your life! No more waxing, no more shaving, no more razor burn or ingrown hair! You might ask what makes the Harmony laser hair removal different from any other laser? The Harmony laser is developed to deliver pain free treatments, where most people won’t feel a thing! After one treatment, you will be thinking why would I go to anyone else?

Not only, does the Harmony deliver the best technology for laser hair removal, but also delivers the best results in photofacials. Photofacials in my opinion is the best advancement to hit the industry. Just about every patient that hits my bed, is concerned with their hyperpigmentation (sun spots) and strive for that clear, even complexion. Photofacials with the Harmony laser target hyperpigmentation and broken capillaries in quick easy treatments, for that clear complexion you love. Now keep in mind, Photofacials can work miracles but you as a client must do the correct regimen at home to maintain and keep the results long term!

Laser Hair Removal and Photofacials are just 2 of the treatments the Harmony delivers. Check out a full list of treatments on our menu, found at Suite Six. Winter is the best time to make a change with Harmony laser, so book your consult today!

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Happy 2016. Is This Your Year For Perfect Skin?

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As the New Year rolls around, many of you may be contemplating a change in your life whether it be diet, exercise or lifestyle. But have you stopped to think about changing your skincare? It is time to build your confidence and be happy with the way that you look.

2016 is the year to correct the brown spots you hate, those lingering acne scars, or even that wrinkle you cannot seem to smooth. The perfect way to start a fresh New Year off is with a fresh new skin care regimen.

You know that old saying “out with the old, in with the new”? Well that goes for skin care also!

Do you have a shelf full of old skin care products that have been sitting way past their expiration dates, waiting for that special occasion to be used? Truth is, most open products have about a year shelf life. After that year, ingredients lose their potency. Not to mention, emulsions start to separate and can become occlusive to the skin causing break outs and clogging. Overall, these products are doing more harm then good if you’ve been keeping them hostage for too long.

Think of all the technology advances. If you are not updating your skincare every now and then you are completely missing out on all those skincare breakthroughs that can dramatically enhance your skin. This is your chance to look younger, my friend!!

If you are remaining loyal to a brand that is just not giving you the results you want and are worried about being mislead by the latest fad and wasting your money on products that don’t work, you are not alone. But…don’t forget you have to be in the game to win the game!

Truth is, with the right prescribed home care and treatments you will reach your goals if you remain disciplined, just like your diet. Our advice is to see your Esthetician so you can better understand your skin and put a plan in place to achieve the results you seek. Here at Suite Six we send you home with prescription sheets after each facial describing products and treatments we recommend. We love our clients and our clients love the results. Let us fulfill your New Year’s resolution of Perfect Skin today!

What to expect from a Brazilian Wax?

Face & Body Waxing in Boston, MA

As you know, Brazilian waxing is getting more and more popular. Why is that? Not only does waxing reduce hair growth, but it also helps prevent ingrown hair, which is why so many women have skipped the razor and switched to a monthly wax for relief. If appointments are kept up ,

follicles will not have the chance to repair themselves leaving them damaged, which in this case is exactly what we want…to stunt hair growth! As awkward as Brazilians may seem, it is a much better alternative to shaving.

Have you ever wondered how you should prepare for a waxing appointment? Come prepared, you may shower beforehand and prepare a loose fitting outfit for afterwards. A quick tip is to exfoliate the area with a wash cloth the day before as an extra precaution against ingrown hair. First time waxing clients or those who are extremely sensitive may want to consider a topical numbing cream applied to the area 5-30 minute before a wax. For your comfort, make sure your hair is grown out to the right length. Hair length should only be from ¼ of an inch (a grain of rice) to an inch. Too short hair can result in left behind strays and extensive plucking and the longer the hair, the longer and more painful the process.

After your wax appointment, feel free to use after wax serums/soothers, such as aloe or our favorite Tend Skin, to help soothe redness and prevent ingrown hair. Wear loose fitting clothing after your appointment, to give the open follicles room to breathe. Please be advised that minor spots of bruising can occur, and will heal 48-72 hours after your wax. If you feel any major irritation to the area, never hesitate to call your esthetician. Chances are, your esthetician has a remedy that can help if post waxing discomfort occurs.
At Suite Six, we use a mainly organic Italian strip waxes. Our organic wax sticks only to your hair and not to the skin to prevent trauma to the area. Not to mention, there are no harsh additives or irritants going on the skin. People have often preferred our waxes over others, saying there was no irritation to the area and commending us on a fast and painless experience.

Brazilian waxing is not as bad as it sounds, it is more the anticipation that hurts!
So why not try Suite Six for your next Brazilian?