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  • Introducing the Newest Filler Technology: Volbella

    At AOB, our goal is always to work with our clients to meet their goals while creating natural-looking results. So when we learned about the newest technology for lips that is designed create a soft, natural look that lasts longer, we jumped at the chance to offer it to our clients.

    This great new product, Juvederm® Volbella® XC, made Elle’s list of Top 5 Beauty Breakthroughs for 2016, and it’s no wonder! The lip filler is designed to increase lip fullness and soften perioral lines through one year after treatment. Volbella® XC is also the first and only product approved by the FDA to erase laugh lines, the creases that form at the sides of the mouth, which are more pronounced when you laugh.

    A Longer Lasting Formula

    Like most fillers on the market today, Volbella® XC is comprised of hyaluronic acid (HA), a molecule that occurs naturally in the body. HA works to keep every aspect of your skin stable and renewed. However, it decreases over time and it’s necessary to use fillers in order to replace the HA and reduce the appearance of aging.

    That said, while HA fillers are great for anti-aging, they’re also nothing new.

    So what got Volbella® XC on the list of beauty breakthroughs?

    Volbella® XC is unique in that it’s formulated with Vycross technology.

    HA can basically be divided into two categories: high and low molecular weight molecules. Low molecular weight molecules are more desirable in cosmetics since the smaller molecule is able to better penetrate the skin, yet has the same ability to hold moisture as the high weight molecules.

    Vycross technology uses 90% low-molecular-weight HA and only 10% high-molecular-weight HA to improve the cross-linking efficiency of the HA molecular chains. (To put this into perspective, traditional fillers are comprised of 100% high-molecular-weight HA.) Cross-linking, where bonds are added between the molecules, has been proven to increase the longevity of fillers, which is why Vycross products are long-lasting.

    Vycross technology is patented by Allergan and can only be found in Allergan products.

    Now, we know that was a whole lot of science to take in, so let’s skip straight to the results…

    Benefits of Vycross Technology

    Smoother Application

    Because the molecules are smaller, the Volbella® XC filler flows easily and integrates more fully into the skin. This means you’ll easily be able to achieve smooth, natural-looking results.

    Long Lasting

    In order to establish the effectiveness of Volbella® XC for improving lip fullness and smoothing lines around the mouth, 168 people were treated with Volbella® XC and 56 were treated with another filler. A 5-point scale was used to evaluate the effectiveness of Volbella® XC for lip enhancement and a 4-point scale was used to evaluate how effectively it smoothed lines around the mouth.

    Doctors reported that 80% of subjects had a 1-point improvement in lip fullness three months after treatment and 62% had at least a 1-point improvement one year after treatment. Doctors also reported that over 60% had at least a 1-point improvement in the appearance of lines around the mouth after treatment.

    90% of the subjects reported that they thought their lips looked and felt natural for one year after treatment. Approximately two-thirds of people treated with Volbella® XC showed improvement in lip fullness through one year.

    Comfortable plication

    Volbella® XC is formulated with lidocaine in order to increase the patient’s comfort level during treatments.

    Why choose Volbella® XC?

    The smaller HA particular size allows your provider to easily achieve natural-looking results when treating the fine lines around the mouth. The small size also allows for a subtle enhancement of the lips without concern that the lips will look overfilled.

    Ellen Marmur, MD, an Associate Clinical Professor in the department of Dermatology and Genetics/Genomic Research at Mount Sinai Medical Center in NYC, says "A longer lasting lip filler that does not look over the top, is the sweet spot that my patients have been looking for.”

    Our own Sarah Dornik, RN, says, “Volbella is my favorite filler for vertical lip lines and lip structural support. Plus, it’s the longest lasting filler for the lips/lip lines!”

    If you need even more convincing about how well Volbella works for subtle lip enhancement, we think these amazing before and after pictures speak for themselves.

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    After getting Volbella® for the first time, Lisa, one of our staff members, said, “For so many years my lip lines have bothered me. I am not a smoker and didn’t cause these lines by habit. For me to find a solution has been awesome. I’ve already seen improvement after one syringe and cannot wait for my full transformation.”

    AOB prides itself on making sure that our clients lips look natural and proportionate to their facial features. We know that Volbella® XC is a great option for those interested in lip augmentation. If you are interested in Volbella in Denver, contact us today at 303-305-4343 or info@aobmedspa.com to schedule a complimentary consultation.

  • Biggest Beauty Breakthrough in 2016, CoolSculpting!

    Elle magazine recently released their top five list of the biggest beauty breakthroughs of 2016. And there’s no arguing that technology is making some major advancements in the med spa industry! Patients are achieving the same great results from non-invasive procedures that, not so long ago, would have required surgery. Among Elle’s list of breakthroughs is the CoolAdvantage applicator.

    What makes the CoolAdvantage breakthrough technology?

    The CoolSculpting® technology has helped patients slim down without the sweat for years, but the CoolAdvantage applicator, launched in 2016 helps patients achieve results a little quicker.

    CoolSculpting® treatments are designed to treat stubborn pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. Clients love it because they can finally achieve the results they want without the invasiveness of surgery, which means little or no down time!

    The process works by using an applicator to freeze targeted fat cells, which are then flushed through the lymph or lymphatic system naturally. Treatments last one hour, during this time clients can sit back, relax, work, or even take a nap. The procedure is safe, effective and lasting, since CoolSculpting® lessens the opportunity to gain weight in treated areas, as there are fewer fat cells.

    The new CoolSculpting® applicator completes its cycle in just 35 minutes, making it possible to have your treatments done on your lunch break.

    Like the other CoolSculpting treatments, clients will notice results in as soon as three to four weeks, with optimal results at 12 weeks. We also do an eight week follow up visit with photos to track their progress.

    Annie Chiu, MD, an attending dermatologist at Cedar Sinai Medical Center, points out, "Non-invasive body contouring continues to increase in popularity, and we can really customize treatments now with a multi-modality approach including CoolSculpt for bigger bulges.”

    Benefits of the CoolAdvantage CoolSculpting® Applicator

    With this applicator, you can treat the abdomen, flanks and inner thighs, as it has three interchangeable contours. Clients also love that treatment cycles with this applicator are just 35 minutes long, the result of the revolutionary new cup design.

    ZELTIQ, the maker of CoolSculpting®, modified the shape to make better contact with the skin and provide even colder temperatures. This allows clients to see the same great results in almost half the time.

    Other benefits of this new beauty breakthrough include:

    • Increased comfort: clients report that the new cup design increases their comfort level during treatments
    • More tissue treated: the new CoolAdvantage design provides a larger cooling area, which means clients are able to treat more fat tissue during every visit. It even helps with fibrous tissue!

    How to Get Even More from Your CoolSculpting® Treatments

    Just as CoolSculpting® isn’t designed to help those who want to achieve massive weight loss, it’s also not a free pass to eat whatever you’d like and binge on Netflix night after night. If you want to achieve the best possible results you’ll still need to maintain a healthy diet and exercise on a regular basis, especially since exercise gets the lymph system moving and helps to release those fat cells quicker.

    While we are not dieticians or nutritionists, we have seen that clients get the best results by eating whole foods like vegetables, fruits, and protein. We do recommend getting your doctor’s approval before beginning any new diet or exercise program.

    What happens if you gain weight after CoolSculpting?

    This is a question that often comes up for clients who are new to CoolSculpting®. While the treated cells are flushed out of your system for good, weight gain is still a possibility. However, if do you gain weight after your CoolSculpting® treatments, your body will continue to evenly distribute fat. One area will not typically become larger than the other.

    If you think you’re ready to give CoolSculpting® in Denver a try, it pays to work with a provider who is both experienced and educated on the latest techniques and technology. All of our providers have been trained at CoolSculpting® University in addition to receiving additional continued education during their time at AOB. For more information on the procedure or to see if you’re a good candidate, contact us at 303-305-4343 or info@aobmedspa.com.

  • 10 Tips for Glowing Skin This Winter

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    When you think of winter in Denver, you think of skiing, snowboarding, sledding, skating, and a whole lot of snow! But as much fun as all those wintertime activities can be, there is one small problem: the havoc it can wreak on your skin!

    The cold air can result in chapped, red skin on both your face and hands. And even if you choose to hibernate and stay inside, the heater is there to dry out your skin.

    So what can you do to protect your skin? Take a look at these top 10 tips from our team below to help you achieve glowing skin this winter:

    1. Moisturize!

    The moisturizing routine you used during the months probably isn’t going to cut it now that winter has arrived. Thicker moisturizers with peptides are a great choice, since they lock in your natural oils and help with anti-aging. If you have chapped skin, oil-based products are perfect for helping your skin to heal.  If you live in in a cold climate, we have a lot of great solutions to help with dry skin.

    1. Use sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher.

    One of the best parts about living in Denver is that there are outdoor activities all year long. However, people often don't associate the winter with sunburns and will neglect to put on sunscreen. With all of that snow reflecting back on your face you can get some pretty bad burns. Make sure that you're maintaining your daily sunscreen regimen all winter long and protect your skin against unnecessary sun damage.

    A warm scarf is the perfect, stylish solution for limiting exposure to the sun and other elements.

    1. Avoid long, hot showers (or extended stays in a bath)!

    We totally get it! Nothing feels better after a long day on the slopes than a long, hot shower – or an even longer soak in the hot tub. However, when the water is really hot, the water breaks down your natural oils, leaving your skin dry and dehydrated.

    1. Regular facials.

    Regular facials are excellent for treating overexposed, dry skin. We’re particularly fond of the Hydrafacial since it both exfoliates and hydrates your skin.

    1. Exfoliate… but not too much.

    Exfoliating is a great solution for whisking away those dead skin cells. Just avoid over-doing it. Once or twice a week is typically ideal for maintaining the benefits of exfoliation without drying out your skin, although it does vary depending on the type of exfoliator.

    The m.merge Bamboo Face Scrub is great for gently removing dead skin and hydrating with coconut and bamboo powder. The IS Clinical ® Tri-Active Exfoliant is also a great option. It has peptides and is designed to smooth, brighten and soften your skin.

    1. Use a humidifier.

    Designed to increase moisture levels by emitting water into the air, humidifiers can have an enormous impact on dry skin. They can help with more than just that, though. The National Institutes of Health recommend humidifiers for relieving the symptoms of the common cold, flu, and sinus infections, as well as dry nasal passages, cracked lips and nosebleeds from the dry air.

    1. Hydrate from within.

    Because you don't perspire as much during the winter months, many people are often bad about drinking water consistently. Make sure that you're hydrating from within by drinking plenty of water. Also, eat foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids that help to keep your skin stay well lubricated and maintain that youthful glow.

    1. Get your beauty sleep.

    This isn’t your typical skin care tip; however, sleep is the best way for your skin and body to repair and regenerate. When it gets dark out, your brain produces more melatonin to make you tired. With shorter days during the winter, you may notice that you’re getting tired earlier than you do during the summer. Take a cue from nature and get to bed sooner. Your skin and your body will thank you, trust us!

    1. Add a serum to the mix.

    Give your moisturizer some help by applying a serum beforehand. Serums deliver more advanced, concentrated formulas that your skin loves because they have a smaller molecular structure and are able to better penetrate to the dermis. Serums pack in beneficial ingredients like antioxidants such as pomegranate extract and vitamin C , which protect against sun damage and fight the free radicals that cause skin aging. Some serums also contain vitamin E as well as retinol, which is great for anyone with oily or acne-prone skin.

    If you need a serum with antioxidants, the SkinCeuticals® CE Ferulic® is a great choice. This antioxidant treatment contains 15% L-ascorbic acid, 1% alpha tocopherol, and 0.5% ferulic acid.

    Because serums can penetrate more deeply than traditional moisturizers, they are able to deliver a high concentration of these active ingredients. This makes them a valuable tool for targeting specific skincare concerns, such as fine lines and wrinkles.

    If you’re looking for a good serum to help combat the winter weather, we highly recommend the Hydrating B5 Gel, an oil-free hydrating gel designed to restore moisture, or the 15% Professional C Serum from Obagi, which is excellent for fighting free radical damage.

    1. Repair summer damage (or prep for the summer).

    Since most of us spend less time out in the sun during the cold, winter months, it’s a great time to take advantage of the treatments that you don’t want during “bikini season.”

    For example, the winter months are the best time of year to remove pigmentation from summer damage. It’s also a great time to start laser hair removal treatments, since it’s most effective when your skin is lighter. Since it also takes multiple treatments to achieve the desired results, it’s best to start your treatments in the winter in order to be ready to hit the beaches by summer.

    For even more tips, the U.S. National Institutes of Health has more on keeping your skin healthy.

    If you’re still searching for the perfect gift for the holidays, consider giving the gift of beautiful . Not sure what your friends and family need? You definitely can’t go wrong with a gift card! From facials to CoolSculpting to laser hair removal to skin care products, we have products and services to meet the needs of just about everybody on your list. And the best part about a gift card? You know your friends or family are getting exactly what they want!

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  • Why I choose Bellafill® to treat the scars on my face

    It seems silly that a small collection of scars could be the source of so much distress, but for me it was all I saw in photos and in the mirror for years.  When I was a child, I had the chicken pox and like most kids, I couldn’t resist the urge to pick at my skin.  Unfortunately, I had no idea that would leave me with scars on my face, the most visible part of my body.

    A little over a year ago, I started to get MicroNeedling treatments to help reduce the appearance of scarring.  Although I did see some improvement in my skin, my scars were deep and I wanted to do something more.

    I started researching other options and learned about Bellafill®.  Now, to preface, I am an all-natural kind of girl. I wear minimal makeup and when I am not working I am hiking, skiing, or running.  While I do care about my appearance, I have never considered receiving any kind of injectable treatment in the past, in part because of the negative stigma that surrounds the whole industry. I didn’t want to look like a Kardashian or look overdone.

    Bellafill® seemed different from other fillers though.  For one, Bellafill® helps to replace lost collagen by working with your body’s natural process.  This comforted me A LOT as I didn’t want to look or feel fake in the process of getting rid of my scars.  Essentially, Bellafill® is made up of collagen and PMMA microspheres. The collagen gel provides immediate volume and lift while the PMMA microspheres bind with existing collagen to form a strong base for structural support.  In simple terms, Bellafill® is like a fertilizer that promotes collagen growth and the overall health of your skin as opposed to a filler which is temporary and fills empty pockets space.

    Rather than being a temporary filler, Bellafill® has been proven effective with results lasting through 5 years, with many patients saying that the effects are permanent. The price per syringe is higher than most other fillers, but given the lasting results it is a much cheaper option for clients looking to treat acne scars or volume loss.

    On Saturday, I came to AOB Med Spa and I got my treatment.  Although I had done my own research, my provider went over the treatment with me, explaining what was going to happen and how I would feel. My provider also answered any remaining questions that I had. Numbing cream was applied to my face to reduce any potential pain or discomfort and I was given stress balls to squeeze during my treatment.  Overall I didn’t experience much pain, just a small pinch and a bit of a weird tingle.

    The treatment was quick and easy, and I was able to return to normal activities immediately after treatment.  When I got home, I immediately could tell the difference in the depth of my scars. They look shallow and are barely visible except under close inspection.  What is more amazing is that over time, my results will get better as the PMMA microspheres remain in place and create a base that provides critical structural support for my skin.

    I can’t tell you how happy I am with my results and it’s been less than 48 hours!  I highly recommend coming in for a free consultation to learn more about Bellafill®! Give us a call at 303.731.2149 today to learn more!

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  • True Friends Share The Love

    A good skincare routine often times doesn't come cheap, but what if that changed?  Routine maintenance at home and in-center treatments can add up but are important in order to maintain healthy skin over time. At AOB, we want to make skincare affordable and reward our clients for inspiring their friends to take care of their skin as well. This is why we have introduced our client referral program.

    You know what they say: "True friends share the love!"  If you have loved your services with us, we want you to tell a friend. When you send a friend to us we will give your friend a $75 credit to try us out and YOU will receive a $75 credit for referring your friend to us.  You can refer as many friends as you would like and keep those credits rolling in.

    Sounds too good to be true doesn't it?  There is no catch, we are passionate about skincare and believe that the best compliment that we can receive is the referral of a friend. Our entire staff is here to help you achieve the results you desire and nothing makes us happier than seeing our clients walk out happy!

    "My clients are my driving force to be here. To be able to make them happy and comfortable in their own skin is such a great success." - Corinne, Medical Aesthetician & CoolSculpting® Specialist, AOB Med Spa - Lone Tree

    "I am excited to come to work in the morning because I love when people come in and are having great results and it just improves every aspect of their life. Thats why I do this for a living." - Seabron, Medical Aesthetician & CoolSculpting® Specialist, AOB Med Spa - Cherry Creek

    Taking care of your skin will help to protect and prevent the skin from harmful environmental damage, reduce the visible signs of aging, and leave you with a healthy glow.  Share your experience with a friend today to earn $75 toward your next service!

    Email: info@aobmedspa.com for more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation today!

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    *We do not allow double discounts. Credits are not of cash value and will be placed on in-house client account. Cannot be used on Neurotoxins. Credit applies to next scheduled visit.

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  • Luscious Lips. Not without sunscreen

    I've never thought about my lips the way I think about my skin when it comes to protection.  I learned my lesson this weekend. Like most Coloradans, I enjoying being outdoors as much as possible and last weekend was no exception.  A few friends and I packed our bags and headed for the mountains with the intent on a Mt. Sherman summit on Sunday morning.

    Being a part of the skincare industry, I was careful to not forget the essentials: sunscreen, a hat, long sleeves, and sun glasses. Knowing I'd be higher in altitude and closer to the suns powerful rays, protection was paramount. Not to mention, the snow still on the mountain would reflect the sun and increase the risk of sun damage even more.

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    The day started off great.  With sunscreen applied, we started our ascent, marveling at how lucky we were to have such beautiful weather. Surrounded by snow capped peaks in every direction, I was in awe of my first winter 14er. Around 13,000ft, however,  I started experiencing a few signs of altitude sickness.  Rather than make the final ascent, I oped for rest and re-hydration. While I waited for my friends to summit and return, I built and subsequently huddled behind a rock wall protecting myself from the wind.  What I didn't think about, however, was the direct and very intense sun exposure that I was getting.

    After arriving back at the car, I looked in the mirror and was horrified to discover how burnt the lower part of my face was despite wearing sunscreen all day.  What was the most disturbing was the sunburn I had gotten on my lips.  Red, irritated, and blistery from prolonged exposure to sun at high altitude.

    I am NEVER forgetting my Elta MD UV Lip Balm ever again.

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    3 things you should always remember about SPF when hiking:

    1. Sunscreen needs to be reapplied early and often. Zinc based sunscreens act as a physical block and can last up to 2 hours.

    2. Sometimes sunscreen isn't enough, creating a physical barrier between you and the sun can be the most effective way to protect your skin.

    3. Don't forget the LIPS! Applying SPF to the lips is JUST as important as the skin.  It is a place we often forget and doing so can be very harmful (and painful might I add).


     

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  • 4 Reasons to Wear Sunscreen Every Day

    Elevation

    With Denver's elevation at 5,280 ft we are a LOT closer to the sun than our friends at sea level.  This means the suns rays are much stronger and more powerful in Denver.  Applying sunscreen in the morning and throughout the day is vital to protecting our skin!

    Avoid Awkward Tan Lines

    Are you an active Coloradan?  Hiking, biking, and trail running are all fun spring and summer activities but the tan lines from our athletic clothes are not.  When you are on the mountain, you are EVEN CLOSER to the sun than when you are in the city.  Lather on some sunscreen so you can trail run or mountain bike without worrying about how your tan lines will look at your sisters wedding.

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    Anti Aging

    We say it again and again but wearing sunscreen helps reduce the risk of premature aging of the skin.  Weather it is mid-April, December, or July taking care of your skin year around is important to minimize your aging and keep you looking young!

    Avoid Skin Cancer

    We all think it won't happen to us but skin cancer is a reality for many people.  Even though the sun is most harmful to us during the peak hours or 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. any exposure to sunlight during the day can be harmful to our skin and can contribute to skin cancer later in life. This same principle holds true for sun exposure during off peak months like November - April.  Even on a cloudy day, you can still be exposed to harmful rays.

    Better Sunscreen Options Available!

    At AOB Med Spa, we pride ourselves in offering great sun protection solutions. We carry several zinc based formulas from brands like Elta MD, SkinCeuticals, Obagi and IS Clinical.  Zinc and titanium dioxide act as a physical block against harmful UVA and UVB rays.

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  • Your Most Frequently Asked Questions about Kybella

    If you haven’t heard, in April of 2015, the FDA approved the first non-surgical treatment for submental fat, commonly known as the “double chin.” This actually is one of two non-invasive treatments for neck fat that were approved in 2015, the other being the CoolSculpting CoolMini. 2015 was definitely a big year for cosmetic innovations!

    But what is Kybella exactly? How does it work? And is it painful?

    We wanted to answer a few of your most frequent questions in order to clear up some of the confusion and help you decide if this might be something you would be interested in learning more about.

    What is Kybella?

    As we mentioned above, Kybella is the first non-invasive FDA-approved treatment for the double chin. It is actually an injection that contains a naturally occurring molecule that eats away at the fat cells over time, leaving all other cells healthy and intact. After your treatments are complete, you should notice that the skin is substantially tighter and the jaw more contoured. Of the thousands of patients treated, almost 70 percent noticed both physical and emotional improvement after treatment.

    Will I need more than one treatment?

    Just like all cosmetic treatments, there is no one size fits all Kybella treatment. The number of injections and the number of treatments will vary from patient to patient. You may need only two or three visits total, spaced a month apart, or you may even need up to six. The only way to find the answer to this question is to meet with us in person to discuss your unique situation. On the plus side, your treatments should only take about fifteen or twenty minutes, so you’ll be in and out in no time for appointments.

    How fast will I see results?

    Like many injectables, the results aren’t instantaneous. You should expect to see results within four to six weeks.

    How long will the results last?

    The results are designed to be permanent since the fat cells are dissolved and are no longer available to store excess fat. However, it IS a new product there are technically no long term results. That said, three and four year clinical trials have been performed with great (and lasting) results!

    Are the injections painful?

    After finding out that the injections really work, one of the first questions people ask is “does it hurt?” There is minimal discomfort during the procedure although some patients do experience a mild burning or stinging sensation. On these occasions, holding an ice pack against the skin post treatment can help to minimize discomfort. Watch this RealSelf video and listen to a patient describe her experience getting Kybella injections.

    What kind of recovery time should I expect?

    The most common side effect patients experience is swelling. It typically resolves itself after two or three days but can take a few weeks to fully subside.

    If you are interested in Kybella in Denver, we are happy to answer any other questions you might have! To schedule a consultation, contact us today at 303-305-4343 or info@aobmedspa.com.

  • Meet Amy, Cancer Survivor & AOB Client

    As we approach Breast Cancer Awareness month, I think it is important to remember and honor all cancer survivors. Last week I had the opportunity to sit down with AOB Client and two-time cancer survivor, Amy Kearney, to talk about the road to recovery and life after cancer. Continue reading

  • Peel to Reveal with a HydraFacial

    The following blog post was written by Catherine Moede, an AOB home office team member and Denver transplant who spends countless hours outside. She enjoys running, mountain climbing and playing rugby with Black Ice Rugby here in Denver. Catherine has been getting a series of chemical peels to help correct some of her sun damage and will writing about her experience at AOB Med Spa throughout the process! This week Catherine is writing about her first HydraFacial treatment that included a Vortex-Peel. Continue reading

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