Body Treatments I am Loving

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Many of you have heard me say, “God gave us one body, take care of it!”.  It’s true!!  As I mature and continue the aging process, I cannot not emphasize this enough.  Your heart, your blood pressure, your hearing, your eyesight, your weight, your diet, your skin…the list is endless.  We are blessed with the gift of aging and we all know the alternative.  I share so many topics and so many talented guests on my podcast, My So-Called Fabulous, that help us take care of ourselves and that one body of yours.  I would love to share how I am currently taking care of my body with selected skin treatments.  

During my adult years, I have made my skin a priority and taken care of my skin health.  I am from “that” generation that worshipped the sun on silver reflective blankets, slathered with a solution of baby oil and iodine!  No…no sunscreen applied….WHAT?!?!  I truly gasp at the thought of the damage done and now I am reversing the process.  

I will never forget the “ah ha” moment!  During my college years, enjoying a weekend at the lake with no sunscreen I contracted a nasty cold sore, which are caused by certain strains of the herpes simplex virus (HSV).  HSV-1 usually causes cold sores.  It was awful, painful, ugly and guess what…no cure!  I recall my dermatologist sharing why protecting my skin was so important and now that I had contracted the virus, I must protect my skin for a variety of reasons in a variety of ways.  She shared I must ALWAYS apply sunscreen as wind and sun can cause recurrence.  Ugh!!!  I was 100% ready to take my skin health seriously and have.  

Dr. Laura Riehm, Skin Deep Laser MD

I am so excited to share some of the body treatments I am LOVING!!!  Last year I discovered Dr. Riehm at Skin Deep Laser MD in Fort Worth, Texas.  During my consultation with Dr. Riehm, I was immediately impressed with her vast knowledge of medicine, and the most current treatments on the market.  I shared my concerns and problem areas and was open to her treatment suggestions.

Pelleve and Picosure Laser for pigmentation and skin tightening

Meeting Dr. Riehm at 55, we both agreed my skin is good condition but room for improvement; I was in!  We decided to begin with my neck as I have two cervical surgical scars that have been almost invisible for years as they were strategically placed in the natural folds in my neck.  During the aging process, now I have crepey skin surrounds the scars and hyperpigmentation.  Dr. Riehm determined the best form of treatment would the Pelleve and Picosure Laser.  I have just completed my 4th out of 5 treatments and loving the results.  The projected number of treatments, 1 treatment per every 10 years of age.  I am 56, so 5 treatments for me.  I will share before and after photos in a few months, and so happy with the progress so far.  

PicoSure

This is the first and leading choice for comfortable and convenient tattoo removal and skin revitalization treatments for wrinkles, acne scars and pigment like freckles, sunspots and discoloration.  This laser doesn’t rely solely on heat to burn or melt away unwanted tattoo ink or melanin the pigment that causes dark spots in your skin.  The PicoSure it unique as I am not having tattoo removal but focusing on skin tightening and pigmentation with the same machine!  I am so excited for my friends that are using Dr. Riehm for tattoo removal.  

Pelleve

Pelleve it a revolutionary innovation for smoother, tighter, skin.  FDA-cleared to treat facial wrinkles without surgery so you can look and feel refreshed, naturally.  Pelleve precisely heats the deep layers of your skin using advanced radiofrequency energy without damaging the epidermis, or the top layer.  The heat causes the existing collagen in your skin to contract and tighten.  The best part…after the treatment, your skin will start to produce new collagen.  LOVE THIS PART!  The results are an improvement in skin tightness and wrinkles that can be seen and felt. 

Laser hair removal

About 15 years ago, I had laser hair removal.  Although very successful, I recall the pain was excruciating and four treatments almost killed me.  No joke!!!  Fast forward 15 years, it’s time for a touch up but I am not interested in the pain. NOPE!!!  NO!!!  NO!!!!  Megan at Skin Deep Laser MD assured me this new laser it almost painless.  I didn’t believe her.  My daughter shared she would like to try Skin Deep’s treatment….THE perfect graduation gift by the way! She tried and no pain!!  WHAT??  I JUST had my first touch up two weeks ago and I was SHOCKED!!!  The laser did not hurt AT ALL and…if you follow me…you know I am a big baby when it comes to pain.  I understand, 3 treatments for my bikini area should do the trick!!  Continue to follow as share my results.  Kennedy it SO happy with her first treatment as waxing was producing unpleasant experiences.  SO excited!! 

FlexSure…Skin tightening on my legs and knees

I am not sure when my quads began falling into my knees, but it’s happening.  I had Fraxel last year to help with skin tightening and happy with the results but painful.  Skin Deep Laser MD offers FlexSure for the ultimate body boost!  This treatment helps you achieve a more youthful appearance.  It’s designed to curve and conform your body in the hardest-to-treat areas.  FlexSure uses deep tissue Flex-heating technology, along with the world’s first flexible form-fitting applicator to effortlessly contour to areas once considered difficult to treat.  MY KNEES!!!  I have had one treatment, but each treatment delivers a light warming sensation that’s both gentle and soothing with zero downtime.  FlexSure is a radio frequency body treatment that provides deep, even tissue heating.  The peel & stick applicator curves and conforms to your body.  Common treatment areas include abdomen, love handles, arms, thighs, and knees, and have been described as a gentle hot stone massage.  The number of treatments vary, but a minimal of 3 sessions per treatment area it recommended.  Each session takes approximately 15 minutes.  You can see results in as little as 3 treatments, but optimal results are seen after a series of 5.  Stay tuned for before and after photos when complete. 

Chemical Peels

I love the monthly peels from Skin Deep! I just love!!!  Skin Deep’s staff determines your skin’s needs and go from there!!  I have had chemical peels for years and again, my fear was extensive peeling and my face literally scaling continuous for a week post.  The gentle peels I have experienced with Dr. Riehm are so gentle and I am seeing phenomenal changes in my skin.

Our skin cells are continually renewing and pushing out older, dull cells.  Much faster when we are younger, but as we age the process slows and your complexion dulls.  These dead and damaged skin cells can build up within the pores and lead to breakouts.  Yuck!  Chemical peels encourage the process of shedding older skin cells.  Your skin renews itself faster, bringing healthier cells to the surface, producing brighter and much more smooth skin.  

I hope you have a fabulous Monday, but I have to know… have you started any of this treatment yourself? Let me know in the comments below. I love hearing from each of you! Oh! Don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter for weekly inspiration and even some amazing recipes.

Keep staying fabulous friends!

XO- Tiffany Blackmon

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