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  • What is the difference between BOTOX and dermal fillers?

    “Ugh, where did that come from?!”

    Has that thought ever crossed your mind as you looked in the mirror in the morning?

    Wrinkles. They can appear on your forehead, in between or at the corner of your eyes, around your mouth… It can be extremely frustrating, especially if you’re working diligently to prevent them with quality products.

    Fortunately, they aren’t something you have to just live with. These lines can be eliminated without surgery thanks to BOTOX and dermal fillers.

    But which is the best? And what is the difference between the two injectable treatments?

    What is the difference between BOTOX and dermal fillers?

    BOTOX is so common today that it’s actually a household name, but do you actually know how the injections work?

    botox-1BOTOX injections are designed to block the signals from the nerves of the muscles that cause frown lines and crow’s feet. By blocking the muscle contractions from frowning and squinting and temporarily paralyzing the muscle’s movements, BOTOX can temporarily smooth facial wrinkles and improve your appearance.  The keyword in that sentence is temporarily. BOTOX typically lasts anywhere from three to six months and the results start to appear within days. Learn more about BOTOX in Denver.

    Dermal fillers actually refer to a range of products, each with its own different, unique attributes and they typically work in two ways: to plump and lift the skin, replacing collagen loss, and to stimulate the body to produce more of its own collagen.

    Like BOTOX, dermal fillers can be used to smooth wrinkles; however, it is designed to do so by lifting the skin and adding volume to the face. Fillers don’t block nerve signals and prevent muscle contractions. Also, unlike BOTOX, which typically doesn’t last more than 6 months, dermal fillers can last up to a year or two, depending on the filler you choose.

    BOTOX typically works best for dynamic wrinkles. These are the wrinkles that appear when you animate your face, such as the lines between your eyebrows when you frown, the lines the appear on your forehead when you raise your eyebrows or even the crow’s feet that appear at the corner of your eyes when you smile.

    belotero2Fillers, on the other hand, are designed to enhance volume and treat static wrinkles, such as moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Static wrinkles can be seen when you’re at rest, although they may increase in severity when you move your facial muscles. While they have multiple causes, they are typically the result of a loss of volume in the face from aging. Fillers can be used to augment the lips, treat lines around the lips, or even add volume to the back of the hands.

    Which treatment is best?

    This is definitely a question best discussed with your physician. The best treatment is entirely dependent on your unique situation, such as where the wrinkles are and what is causing them. Both BOTOX and dermal fillers can be extremely effective treatments and have proven results. Depending on the location of the wrinkles, your physician may even choose to use a combination of BOTOX AND dermal fillers to achieve the best possible results. Check out some of the great results patients have had with BOTOX.

  • Which Dermal Filler is Right for You?

    No matter how proactive you are about taking care of your skin, from wearing sunscreen to using anti-aging moisturizers, chances are that at least a few wrinkles have made their way onto your face. Fortunately is a simple, non-invasive solution to treating those wrinkles: dermal fillers!

    Dermal fillers are so effective that they are often referred to as a liquid facelift. While they are a temporary solution for wrinkles, they are a much more cost-effective solution that can literally be performed over your lunch hour. See some of the great results others have had with injectable fillers.

    Dermal fillers are designed to  add volume and decrease wrinkles from the cheeks to the chin, including:

    • Nasolabial folds (“smile lines”)
    • Around the mouth and lips
    • In the lips (for augmentation)
    • Mid Cheek areas

    However, even though they treat wrinkles in a variety of locations on the face, different fillers are made of different substances, which mean some work better to fill specific areas of the face than others.

    If you are looking to minimize the appearance of wrinkles, the best solution is to set up a consultation with AOB to determine which filler will best meet your need. That said, here are a few examples of dermal fillers that are available and the areas of the face where they can perform the best:

    Belotero Balance®

    Belotero Balance® is made of hyaluronic acid. It is designed to fill in wrinkles and folds by binding with water, allowing for an almost immediate correction. While some fillers are best for rebuilding volume in the face, Belotero Balance® is designed to treat moderate-to-severe lines and wrinkles like vertical lip lines.

    Juvederm®

    Juvederm® is a gel filler is designed to treat moderate to severe wrinkles and folds, especially around the nose and mouth. Juvederm Voluma® XC, on the other hand, is designed for deep injection in the cheek to treat volume loss. Learn more about Juvederm® in Denver.

    Bellafill®

    If you're looking for a good filler for treating nasolabial folds, "smile lines," or facial acne scars on the cheek, Bellafill® may be a good choice. This filler is FDA-approved for treating smile lines and pitted acne scars on the cheeks.  Bellafill is also the only dermal filler that is designed to last safely for five years, making it a far more permanent solution than other fillers.

    Radiesse®

    Radiesse® is intended to correct volume loss in the back of the hands as well as smooth moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Radiesse® injections can help stimulate collagen production more than the hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvederm® and Restylane®.

    Restylane®

    Restylane® is designed to treat moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds by adding volume. It also can be used for lip augmentation or to treat lip lines in patients over 21.

    As you can see, there are a LOT of different dermal fillers on the market and each one is a little different, from how fast they can produce results to the location and severity of wrinkles they best treat. The best solution is to speak to an experienced physician who can help guide you toward the right solution for your goals and ensure you have realistic expectations for the results.

     

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  • Spice Up the Holidays with Our December Specials

    Laser treatments, body contouring, skin care products…regardless of what you’re looking for, we offer a wide variety of specials available this month to make sure that you and your friends look glamorous for the holiday season! Check out this list of amazing deals!

    Free Holiday Makeover with the Purchase the Smoky Eye Kit

    This year you can get coal in your stocking whether you’re naughty OR nice when you purchase our Smokey Eye Kit. Use the kit to create the sootiest, most beautiful smoky eyes for all of your holiday festivities!

    The best part though? When you buy one of the Smoky Eye Kits you will receive a free holiday makeover. So even if you’re unsure of how to best apply your new makeup, we’ll show you how, ensuring you look your best during the holidays this year!

    Save $500 on CoolSculpting Treatments When You Purchase 3 Cycles or More

    Did you notice any stubborn bulges when you were trying on your holiday dress, this year? You’re not alone! Millions of people struggle with stubborn body fat that is resistant to diet and exercise. CoolSculpting is designed to target that stubborn fat without the invasiveness or risks associated with liposuction.

    With CoolSculpting, we use controlled cooling that is designed to target and kill those stubborn fat cells.

    During the month of December, you will save $500 on CoolSculpting treatments when you purchase three or more cycles. Please note that we do require a minimum purchase of three cycles  and that a consultation is required prior to the appointment.

    Purchase 6 Laser Treatments and Receive the 7th One Free

    Laser treatments are definitely the gift that keeps on giving! Whether you want IPL treatments that are designed to correct skin pigmentation caused by sun exposure or laser hair removal for getting rid of that unwanted body hair, our laser treatment special is sure to make you smile long after the holidays have passed. This December, when you purchase six laser treatments you will receive the seventh one free!

    And just in case this seems like a lot of treatments, it isn’t really as many as you might think. IPL treatments, for example, typically require at least five treatments spaced out three weeks apart to get the best results. Laser hair removal may take anywhere from five to eight treatments or even more, depending upon the skin type and other genetic factors.

    Please note that the free laser treatment must be of equal or lesser value.

    Free m.pulse Product with the Purchase of an AOB Gift Card

    I love gift cards, don’t you? They ensure that the recipient gets exactly what they want…the first time around! And for you, they take away the stress of wondering if you’re picking out the right gift. They’re especially good for those hard-to-shop-for friends.

    This month you’ll receive a free m.pulse lotion with the purchase of an AOB gift card. Choose between m.body Woman’s Lotion, m.power Men’s Body Lotion, m.press Woman’s Day Moisturizer, m.power Men’s Face Moisturizer. (While supplies last.)

    Contact us today!

    With nonstop holiday events, December is going to slip by before you know it. Don’t let these great deals pass you by! Contact us today!

  • How to Choose Between Liposuction and CoolSculpting®

    You’ve been struggling with your weight for years and you’ve finally had it. You’re ready to venture outside of the gym and the kitchen to get the body you want. However, what is the best solution? Spanx, tunics, and jackets will only get you so far. Years ago, the only option would have been liposuction. Today, however, there are far less invasive options, such as CoolSculpting®.

    The question is: which is right for you?

    The reality is that both are effective; however, one is typically more appropriate than the other.

    To better understand which procedure is right for you, you should first understand how each one works.

    How does Liposuction work?

    Liposuction, as you’re likely well aware, is a surgical procedure. Tiny incisions are made in the skin that allow the surgeon to insert small tubes for suctioning out fat. The surgeon moves the tubes around under the skin, targeting specific fat deposits and contouring.

    Liposuction can be extremely successful, and for that reason is still one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the United States today.

    However, it’s not without its risks.

    Some of the risks include anesthesia risks, bruising, damage to nerves, muscles, and abdominal organs, infection, and irregular contours or asymmetries, just to name a few.

    How does CoolSculpting® work?

    CoolSculpting® is a noninvasive treatment that uses controlled cooling to freeze fat cells. Suction is used to pull the offending bulges between two cooling panels. After an hour the device is removed and the area is massaged to break up even more fat cells. The most incredible part is that the targeted cooling freezes the fat cells without damaging the surrounding skin, muscles or nerves.

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    What are the advantages of liposuction compared to CoolSculpting®?

    • More aggressive with immediate results
    • Better contouring
    • The possibility of simultaneous surgical procedures

    On the other hand, CoolSculpting® has many advantages over liposuction as well.

    • It’s noninvasive and doesn’t require surgery or downtime.
    • Patients can immediately resume their normal daily activities, including work and exercise.
    • It’s far safer than liposuction. Patients can rest comfortably and read or work on a laptop during the procedure.
    • It’s convenient. Since the procedures last anywhere from an hour to a few hours, treatment can easily be performed over a lunch hour or during a small portion of the day without requiring patients to schedule an entire day for surgery followed by weeks of recovery. (Liposuction typically requires a few days off work and a few weeks before normal activities can resume.)
    • It’s far more affordable than liposuction, which is a major surgical procedure. See this article with real reviews and photos on the procedure here.

    While the results from CoolSculpting® aren’t immediate as they are with liposuction, patients can expect to see a reduction in fat in as soon as three weeks after treatment.

    Who is an ideal candidate for each?

    CoolSculpting® was designed as a fat removal treatment, not necessarily a weight reduction program for people who are overweight. The best candidates are those who are already near their ideal body weight and who maintain a healthy diet and exercise program, but who have stubborn pockets of fat that refuse to respond to diet and exercise. Problems like “love handles” or a belly bulge that can be pinched are typically ideal for treatment with CoolSculpting®.

    Again, CoolSculpting® is not intended to treat weight loss or obesity. If you are overweight and trying to treat weight loss, liposuction may be a better course of action.

    However, the only way to REALLY know what your options are is to speak with a physician directly. Go here for more FAQ's on CoolSculpting®. We are happy to meet with you and answer all your questions and concerns.

  • What Is Coolsculpting and How Does It Work?

    You’ve tried dieting, cardio, weightlifting, and just about everything else you can think of to burn those stubborn bulges, but nothing seems to work. Guess it’s just time to invest in some Spanx and accept those love handles once and for all, right?

    Wrong.

    Believe it or not, there is a safe, convenient solution that has been FDA-approved for treating stubborn fat…a solution that DOESN’T involve going under the knife.

    It’s called CoolSculpting™!

    CoolSculpting™ is a non-surgical treatment that uses controlled cooling to help reduce stubborn fat that is resistant to diet and exercise.

    Now, we'll admit, the idea that you can selectively freeze and reduce fat cells without damaging any of the skin or surrounding tissue seems crazy, like something out of a movie, but it's true.

    The concept came about when doctors observed that children who were given pain-relieving popsicles grew up to be adults with dimples because the cold from the popsicles killed the fat cells in their cheeks. The doctors realized that it was possible for cold to kill fat cells without damaging the surrounding tissue.

    How does it work?

    Vacuum pressure is used to pull your fat bulge into a device with two cooling plates and hold it there.  The plates cause the tissue to drop in temperature, close to freezing, and over the period of an hour the fat cells harden, crystalize and begin a gradual breakdown process. The entire process takes two to four months, during and after which patients see an undeniable reduction in fat in the treated area.

    How long does it last?

    CoolSculpting™ is performed in “cycles,” each one taking an hour and covering one area. The number of cycles required for the area you’re looking to treat is best discussed with your doctor. To give you a general idea, however, love handles are treated in independent cycles, so treating both sides would take two hours.

    Who is the best candidate for CoolSculpting™?

    CoolSculpting™ isn’t a good substitute for liposuction and was never intended as a weight loss treatment. However, if you are already within 20 pounds of your ideal body weight and are maintaining that weight (or are losing weight), it could be a great option.

    The treatment works best if the area you’re targeting has a fat bulge that you can easily grasp with your hand. If you pinch more than a couple of inches the bulge may not fit in between the two cooling plates, which would prevent it from working properly.

    Is it really safe?

    This treatment may seem too good to be true, but the reality is that it’s extremely safe. It’s been performed thousands of times with great success. It’s especially safe when compared to other methods of fat reduction like liposuction, because there is no anesthesia or incision involved.

    In fact, the entire treatment is so convenient you could have it performed over your lunch hour while you read a book, worked on your phone or computer, or even took a nap. It’s definitely not necessary to set aside an entire day for your treatment and there is zero recovery time. As soon as the treatment is complete you can return to your regular routine, including work and exercise.

    If this is something you think you would be interested in learning more about, contact us today so we can schedule your consultation.

  • Save Big With Cyber Weekend Specials at AOB Med Spa

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    20% OFF All Services November 27th- 30th

    Visit our beautiful new website and online store and learn more about all of the solutions we have to offer.  Choose from: Facials, Chemical Peels, Laser Hair Removal, Injectables, IPL Photorejuvenation, and many more!

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    Stocking Stuffer Stock UpCross everyone off your list, including yourself, with our special product promotion!

    For every $75 in skincare product purchases, receive your choice of 1 FREE m.Pulse product. (Value $16-32) 

    Choose from stocking stuffers for her or him:

    Products are paraben free, vegan and non GMO.

    Maximum of 5 Free Gifts per person while supplies last.

     

    Once A Year Offer!

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    NuFACE®, PMD®, and Clarisonic® Devices and Accessories

    Buy One, Get One 50% Off!

    Shop online, call, or stop in to purchase your beauty handheld device today!

    *Clarisonic not available online. While supplies last.

    Locations:

    * Denver AOB Med Spa

    Cherry Creek North

    3000 E. 3rd Avenue, #2  |  Denver, CO 80206

     

    Shoppes at Highpointe

    6365 E. Hampden Avenue, #102  |  Denver, CO 80222

     

    * Centennial AOB Med Spa 

    Streets of SouthGlenn

    6955 S. York St. #B-412  |  Centennial, CO 80122

    * Lone Tree AOB Med Spa

    Lincoln Commons

    10005 Commons Street, #230  |  Lone Tree, CO 80124

     

     

  • More November Specials

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year! (Admit it, you sang that in your head didn’t you?) <wink>

    We have to tell you…we love the holidays. Not just because it’s one of the few times of year the whole family gets together or because of all the amazing food, but because it’s a season of gift giving and we LOVE giving. That’s why we’re so excited to be able to offer a few amazing specials for Cyber Weekend to help YOU with your holiday shopping.

    BOGO Half Off Deal on Medik8 Productsmedik8-denver

    From November 1- 26th , we will be offering a buy one get one half off for all of our Medik8 Skincare Products.

    If you haven’t tried out the Medik8 Skincare Products before now, this is a great chance to test them out for yourself!

    Medik8 is an award-winning skin care brand that has products specifically formulated to target skin aging, acne, redness, pigmentation and dryness. Some of the products we carry in our office include cleansers and scrubs, serums, eyes and lip treatments as well as moisturizers. So regardless of your skin type, we absolutely have a product that can help you get the results you’re looking for.

    The Medik8 products make great stocking stuffers for your family and friends… and you may even be tempted to treat yourself!

    So why consider Medik8 over other skin care products?

    Unlike what you can get in your local drug store, the Medik8 products provide professional strength. And while stronger doesn't always mean better, the Medik8 researchers have found the active concentration that will get you the best results.

    But our Medik8 special isn’t the only deal we’re offering this year during Cyber Weekend…

    FREE Latisse® with Every Dermal Filler Purchase

    When you purchase any of our dermal fillers from November 1-26th you will receive 3ML of Latisse® free.

    If you aren’t familiar with Latisse®, it is the FDA-approved treatment for growing longer, thicker and darker eyelashes. With this amazing product, you can say goodbye to those annoying fake lashes for good. It’s also a great gift idea for any of your friends or family members who have always wished for long, thick lashes!

    Now keep in mind that you won’t see instant growth overnight. Latisse® works gradually over the course of 16 weeks, although you should begin to see results after two months.

    Unlike false lashes, Latisse® is very easy to apply! Just dab it in the upper lash line each night using the sterile applicators that are supplied. Your face must be clean and makeup and any contact lenses you may be wearing should be removed in advance. Once applied, Latisse® will automatically spread to your lower lash line when you blink.

    We wish you the best of luck on your holiday shopping this year and hope you enjoy your Cyber Weekend specials. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about any of these products and whether they might be right for you.

  • AOB Holiday Specials on Laser Treatments and Coolsculpting

    The holidays are just around the corner, a time that will be filled with family, friends and fantastic food. It’s also the final countdown until the end of the year and those pesky New Year’s resolutions.

    But why wait until January? Why not take advantage of our great specials and start looking and feeling your best today. Enjoy smoother, more beautiful-looking skin and fit into that fabulous dress for all of those holiday parties!

    This month, from the 1st to 26th of November, we are offering specials on two of our noninvasive procedures: laser treatments and CoolSculpting.

    For our laser treatment specials, we offer you the chance to reduce, remove and be free this November. Purchase six of any one laser treatment and receive the seventh treatment free. This includes our IPL photo facials as well as laser hair removal.

    If you’re unfamiliar with IPL photo facials, they are commonly used to lighten and remove sun spots and age spots from the face, neck, chest, hands and other areas of the body. They can also reduce redness, hyper-pigmentation, and the appearance of wrinkles. IPL photo facials also have the lesser effect of improving skin texture by stimulating collagen.

    Even though this treatment is noninvasive so convenient that it could be performed over your lunch hour, you will notice a marked difference in your skin over time. The skin will actually continue to improve for weeks after the treatment.

    As mentioned, our laser special also includes the IPL laser hair removal treatments. Our hair removal treatments remove and reduce unwanted body hair and facial hair, freeing you from the pain and aggravation of shaving, waxing and tweezing. If you’re anything like us, you would be happy never seeing another razor ever again.

    Our lasers emit pulses of light that targets cells in the skin with color. The light is converted to heat, which destroys the cells that feed the hair follicles. With the cells gone, the hair follicles die and growth stops.

    Optimum results are typically seen after six to eight treatments, which means that this is the perfect opportunity to treat yourself to those hair removal treatments you’ve been longing for (and you know you have).

    Our laser specials aren’t the only deal we’re offering in November, though.

    We’re also offering you the chance to save $500 on CoolSculpting treatments. To take advantage of this great deal, though, you must purchase three cycles in addition to your consultation.

    CoolSculpting is the only FDA-approved non-surgical treatment for reducing fat. It’s is perfect for someone who is close to their ideal body weight but who has small areas of stubborn fat, such as love handles, belly bulges or back fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. It’s definitely not a substitute for liposuction. However, if you’re just trying to reduce a few small bulges that won’t go away, CoolSculpting may be the perfect solution!

    If you have any questions about our November specials, don’t hesitate to contact us. Trust us, you don’t want to miss out on any of these amazing deals and the chance to get extra glam before the holidays!

  • #Peel2Reveal - Micro-peel Plus with a Dermaplane

    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 latest treatment: A Micro-peel plus with a dermaplane.

    Last week, I stepped it up a notch with my #Peel2Reveal. After consulting with Kayley Slayton, Client Coordinator and Medical Aesthetician at AOB Med Spa – Southglenn, I got a micro-peel plus with a dermaplane add-on.

    I was immediately excited when Kayley first suggested I try a dermaplane as I had never gotten one before. A dermaplane is a manual exfoliation treatment that seeks to remove the outer layer of dull and damaged skin as well as vellous hair. The treatment is performed using a pharmaceutical grade blade, takes a relatively small amount of time and is relaxing for the client. The benefits of dermaplaning include smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, reducing acne scarring, and evening out your skin tone.

    When combined with a peel, the provider will complete the dermaplane portion of the treatment prior to applying the peel. This allows for the peel to be more effective in treating the skin. The solution applied to my skin for this treatment was made up of 30% salicylic acid, which is an active ingredient that helps to reduce acne and assists in correcting environmental skin damage. If you remember from my first #Peel2Reveal post, I have A LOT of environmental skin damage (see photo below). I spent years of my childhood (and frankly my adulthood as well) out in the sun, which contributed greatly to the amount of sunspots beneath the surface of my skin. I also spent a year living in one of the most populous and fastest growing industrial cities in China, which I know impacted the amount of environmental damage I have.

    Once applied, I immediately felt the difference between my first peel and the micro-peel plus with the dermaplane add-on. I could feel the solution working right away because the dermaplane had already removed the outer layers of my skin allowing the peel to penetrate deeper. If this is your first dermaplane micro-peel combo, you will likely only need to leave the solution on your skin for a short amount of time as it will activate a lot quicker than your standard peel.

    After the treatment, I saw an initial increase in the redness on my face. This quickly subsided and over the next couple of days I began the peeling process. This is something that I was extremely excided about because the last peel I got, I only peeled on a microcellular level. Day 2-5 after the peel, I experienced light peeling at the surface of my skin around my nose crease and on my chin and cheeks. A week after my treatment, my skin is clear of blemishes, my pigmentation is lighter, and my face feels much smoother! Before I started working at AOB, I didn’t know much about skincare. After learning about how beneficial the treatments are and seeing my results, I am completely blown away. AOB really helped me define my beautiful and the journey has only just begun.

    Check out the photo series below to see the progression of my skin from treatment to transformation and stay tuned for another #Peel2Reveal in the near future!

    If you are interested in taking part in this #Peel2Reveal series, please contact us at info@aobmedspa.com to set up your complimentary consultation and choose a peel that will reveal your All Over Beautiful skin!

    Notice from the first photo series to the second the transformations that have occurred. First look at the vascular conditions. In the chin area, the redness significantly decreased. The decrease is also shown significantly on the top of my nose. Now, look at the underlying sun damage. From photo one to photo two, there is a decrease in sun spots on my nose especially, but also significant reduction on my jaw line. These transformations are reflected on the surface level as well. My skin feels smoother and I have fewer blemishes. I can't wait to check back in with you after a few more treatments to see even more progress!

  • 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

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