Aesthetics

Viviscal- Fuller Hair Naturally from your Fort Collins Med Spa

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Do you feel like you have just tried it all, and you don’t have any luck with your thinning hair? Viviscal is a nutritional supplement that will help your existing hairs grow in thicker and reduce hair loss for a fuller look, naturally! Here at your Fort Collins Medical Spa, we now carry this professional line of supplements!

Various factors can affect the quality of your hair health, including everyday stress, poor nutrition, age, genetics and damage caused by the environment and overstyling. Breakage and excess shedding can occur as a result of the combination of these factors. Ensuring that hair and scalp are healthy, conditioned and nourished will maintain an ideal environment to promote healthy hair growth.

If your diet does not supply your body with sufficient nutrients, including specific vitamins, minerals, and protein, the condition and strength of your hair may be affected. Viviscal dietary supplements provide essential nutrients to the hair follicle to prolong the growing phase of the hair growth cycle, which promotes the growth of existing hair.

Hair follicles are nourished from within in four different stages, with the use of Viviscal hair growth supplements. In stage 1, the hair follicles are nourished from within. In stage 2, Viviscal helps strengthen and promote the growth of existing hair. In Stage 3, it promotes the growth of hair that has slowed or stopped growing. Finally, in Stage 4, your hair will be noticeable stronger, healthier and more vibrant.

Why Viviscal? Viviscal is safe. It’s formula is supported by seven clinical studies. Viviscal has been researching hair loss for 25 years. Viviscal offers a 90 day money back guarantee! You have every reason to try it! So stop by Advanced Aesthetics of Northern Colorado today to see how Viviscal can help you achieve the hair you have always wanted!

Multilevel Marketing Skincare- Pros and Cons, Part 1; Fort Collins Spa

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Read Part 1 of this post here.

There is a big difference between different skin conditions, something that professional estheticians are trained to recognize, and MLM representatives may not be. For instance, dry skin lacks oil and dehydrated skin lacks water. Proper skin analysis can determine which, if either, if the case for you, and recommend appropriate treatment. Regarding acne- there are differences between pustular, cystic, and comedonal acne. The type determines the treatment, and the wrong kind of treatment could make existing acne much worse and even cause permanent scarring or discoloration. As licensed professionals, we can assess acne and determine whether chemical or physical exfoliation is appropriate, and how to hydrate and moisturize without causing further clogging. We also know the difference between sensitive, reactive, rosacea, and couperous skin and can make recommendations for treatment. We know specific ingredients and how they affect sensitive skin.

Pregnant women’s skin also requires specific attention. Certain ingredients like peppermint, sage, or salicylic acid are dangerous for pregnant women. Melasma also requires training and knowledge, that as licensed aestheticians, we possess and can share with our clients.

Being an effective skin care specialist also requires a knowledge of contraindications and ingredient allergies, especially with reactive skin. One example that may not be taught to MLM representatives, but that licensed professionals know, is that an aspirin allergy contraindicates salicylic acid.

Some MLM product lines may contain the same ingredients at the same strength of drug store skin care products, but with higher price tags. Professional skin care products, such as the skin care line Lira that we sell, are made from much higher quality ingredients at higher concentrations. The companies that create professional skin care lines want these products to be used and recommended correctly- thus they are only sold to licensed professionals to prevent misuse and adverse reactions.

If you are considering joining or purchasing from an MLM skin care company, do some research first. Talk with a representative to ask exactly how the product works and what it does to the cells of the skin. Be wary if they are not able to answer your question in their own words. If you are a representative and you have a real passion for skin care, consider pursuing an esthetician license which will give you valuable knowledge on the skin and help you to better serve your clients.

If you are looking for a treatment or product for your skin, let us make a recommendation for you! Contact us today!

 

Multilevel Marketing Skincare- Pros and Cons, Part 1; Fort Collins Spa

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While the appeal of at home products and devices for skin care, such as laser hair removal devices or microneedling devices can be very appealing, there are definitely some risks involved, too. The lower price tag and convenience of doing the procedure on your own in the comfort of your home is very attractive. But is it worth the risk?

There are many multilevel marketing platforms out there- you’ve probably heard of Avon, Mary Kay, and It Works, just to name a few. Typically, to become a partner, representative, or distributor for a skin care company, no skin care training is required or giving. Company training typically involves sales and business training. Not every company is the same and not every representative is the same. There are definitely some dedicated, educated, and licensed sales people out there, but they are a minority.

Another concern with MLM is the potential for fake before and after photos. Before and after photos can be very convincing when you are considering a skin care product. However, there are many tricks that may be used such as makeup, lighting, Photoshop and camera tricks. Be wary!

One of the more concerning aspects of MLM is accurate analysis. Licensed professionals, like our team at Advanced Aesthetics of Northern Colorado, spend a long time in school studying the health, physiology, diseases, and care of hair, skin and nails. Passing a State Board exam and practical is required. Many states require continued education to maintain this license. Unfortunately, many MLM skin care lines are very one size fits all. Representatives are generally given very basic information on different skin types, relying on the client to know what skin type they have. Many conditions and diseases that affect the skin may not be recognizable by the representative.

Here at Advanced Aesthetics of Northern Colorado, we pride ourselves on being the most educated team of skin care professionals in Northern Colorado! We strive to get every relevant certification related to our work, and we truly value your wellness and skin health. Contact us for a free consultation to discuss your specific skin type and product and treatment options to help with your skin care concerns.

Microneedling; Fort Collins Facial

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There is a new type of facial available in some salons across the US and it is one that we are currently researching and hope to be able to offer soon to our valued customer! Microneedling is a facial treatment that uses a cluster of 9 to 19 needles to jab tiny holes all over the face rapidly.

Creating those tiny holes makes the skin go into healing mode, where it makes more collagen, which helps fade scars and smooth pockmarks caused by acne. The release of collagen also prevents fine lines from deepening, plus gives a radiant glow to the skin.

The procedure involves a consultation to determine if the treatment is right for you and your skin. Then the skin is cleanses, and a numbing cream is applied. Once the numbing cream is activated, then a hyaluronic acid and growth factor serum are applied to help the device glide over the skin. The needle length is set on the wand, which is an individual needle length based on your skin. The length is determined so that it is long enough to create a pinkish inflammation but not overwhelm the skin or draw blood. Then a patch test is done, which won’t hurt at all. After the patch test, the wand will be moved over the face inch by inch in concentric motions. The sensation is hardly noticeable. The machine buzzes, but the actual feeling on the face is almost like being scratched by a fingernail. The whole process takes about 20 minutes, and the needles may be shortened to accommodate the thinner and more sensitive skin around the eyes, forehead, and side of the nose.

Microneedling is safe for all skin tones and can help almost anyone achieve baby smooth skin. There is minimal downtime- a maximum of one to three days, and collagen is stimulated over a 6 week period. This makes the treatment a more affordable alternative to other collagen stimulation facials.

Although the treatment isn’t for everyone, and results will not correct sun damage because the needles do not go that deep, skin can see even more improvement after four or five consecutive treatments. Within 24 to 48 hours after microneedling, you should see results! After treatment, apply nutrient rich serums to the face later on the day of treatment and the next day.

We can’t wait to announce when we will be able to offer this incredible new treatment here at Advanced Aesthetics of Northern Colorado! Until then, schedule a free consultation to discuss other facials that we offer, such as microdermabrasion and laser genesis!

Toenail Fungus- Fort Collins Natural and Med Spa Treatments

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Are you embarrassed of your feet? Specifically, do you struggle with toenail fungus? Many of us do! No need to be embarrassed! Especially now that it is summer, it’s natural to want to show off your feet with sandals or going barefoot at the pool or beach! Now you can!

There are numerous natural treatments for toenail fungus, and if you don’t have success with those, we can help you out at Advanced Aesthetics of Northern Colorado by eradicating toenail fungus with laser treatment!

Toenail fungus is characterized by inflammation, pain, and swelling of the toe, as well as yellowing, thickening, and crumbling of the nail itself. It can result from an abnormal pH of the skin, continuous exposure to moisture, wearing synthetic socks, a compromised immune system, sweat build up in shoes, poor foot hygiene or weak circulation such as that caused by diabetes.

It can be treated with topical treatments, oral anti-fungal medicine, or surgical removal of the nail. Side effects may include trouble breathing, swelling of the mouth or face, hives, rashes, blisters, headaches, dizziness, nausea, loss of appetite, liver damage, weight gain, fatigue, heart problems, fever, diarrhea, and pain.

Another approach to treatment is that of traditional herbal medicine, including natural oils, fruit juices, and dry goods. Most of these have no side effects at all. The top ten remedies include apple cider vinegar (topically, internally, or both), olive leaf extract, tea tree oil, orange oil, corn meal, baking soda and sodium borate, coconut oil, and lavender oil.

If none of the above treatments are appealing or work, let us know! We can help cure your toenail fungus with laser treatment! Contact us today to schedule a complimentary consultation!

Kybella- Fat Reducing Treatment; Fort Collins Salon

Do you struggle with a double chin? No matter what you try, you aren’t satisfied with the results? Cleaner diet, more exercise, over the counter treatments, and even different styles of necklines aren’t working for you? Kybella might be the solution!

Another treatment that we are excited to be able to offer soon is Kybella! This is an injectable that reduces fullness under the chin. Kybella can help contour your face and chin area.

It is the first and only FDA-approved non-surgical treatment which can reduce a double chin! It works by breaking down fat under the skin. Once those fat cells are destroyed, they cannot be stored or accumulated in that area. Kybella has been shown to be very safe. There are a few possible side effects, such as swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness, and areas of hardness around the treatment region.

Every individual will have a different treatment plan, depending on your goals. Many patients experience visible contouring of their chin profile in two to four treatment sessions spaced one month apart, but up to six treatments can be administered. After the ideal result is achieved, retreatment with Kybella is not expected.

Here at Advanced Aesthetics of Northern Colorado, we want to help you look and feel your best! We don’t want you to be self-conscious of a double chin! That’s why we are very excited to let you know that we have been researching Kybella extensively and plan to be offering this services in the near future!

Meanwhile, we offer many other excellent skin care pampering services, such as facials, massage, injectables, and we sell many excellent Lira products! Contact us soon to schedule a free consultation to see if any of these wonderful services will help you achieve health, happiness, and beauty.

The Truth About Chemical Peels; Fort Collins Facials

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Chemical peels do so much more than many people realize. They offer a variety of skin benefits and can be used on face, hands, neck and chest. Some benefits include reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, evening skin color, brightening the complexion, and exfoliating skin to treat sun damage and acne scars.

What really happens to your skin during a chemical peel? The active acid is delivered to the skin, working to remove damaged skin cells. Then the acid rejuvenates and refreshes your skin by exfoliating dead skin cells. The peel can stay on for a few minutes or longer. You may experience some warmth or discomfort during this time while the acids remove dead skin cells. We will always be watching your skin and checking in with you to ensure it isn’t too intense. Once the peel is neutralized, skin redness and peeling may occur.  

After healing from any redness and peeling, the new layer of skin is smooth and radiant. Your pores will be less noticeable and skin tone will be better. Lines, age spots, and scars may be reduced in appearance.

There are several types of acid that may be applied to the skin during a chemical peel- alphahydroxy acid (AHA) such as glycolic or lactic acid, salicylic acid, or the strongest tricholoracteic acid. AHAs work on the superficial layers of the skin, while other types of acids are applied to the middle layer of skin.


If you have acne, sun spots, wrinkles, or scars, a chemical peel may be right for your skin. Wouldn’t you like to let your inner beauty shine out? Let’s get your skin looking it’s absolute best with a chemical peel or other treatment specifically chosen for your unique skin type and needs. Come visit us in Old Town Fort Collins to discuss your skin care needs during a free consultation.

Lira Clinical Products from your Fort Collins Med Spa

Lira Clinical products are sold exclusively by licensed skin care professionals! We proudly carry this line of skin care products so that you can continue to improve the health of your skin from the comfort of your own home, either in conjunction with or as an alternative to medi spa skin treatments.

Lira Clinical is uniquely designed to brighten and tighten all global skin types in order to restore your youthful beauty.  Lira Clinical offers customizable corrective skincare and skin health maintenance through the "Resurface & Restore" method. Lira offers several skin care lines: BIO Line (reclaim healthy skin), MYSTIQ Line (radiate luminous confidence), ICE Line (recreate problem free skin), and BIO BB & SPF Line (repair and protect).

Lira Products bring anti-ageing technology together with the healing power of natural ingredients. The result is a powerful skin care system that uses science to unlock nature’s secrets.

Lira Cinical is a global skincare company founded by a collective group of aesthetic professionals devoted to perfecting modern skin care with the combination of science and nature, along with ancient aesthetic secrets to deliver product perfection. The advanced formulations and effective combinations make Lira Clinical one of a kind! These high quality skin care products will improve the look and health of your skin with regular use.

We carry a wide variety of Lira products, including lotions, cleansers, cremes, masques, serums, and more! Come in today to check out the product line, or order online now! You can choose to pick up the products in our convenient Old Town location, get it delivered to your home, or have it shipped directly to you! Perfect for the busy, skin conscious man or woman seeking improved skin texture and look!

Lira Clinical is redefining aesthetics. You will see not only real results, but ongoing results!

Chemical Peels; Fort Collins Facials

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Do you suffer from wrinkles, fine lines, mild scars, acne, age spots, freckles, or dark patches on your face? If so, you may be a candidate for a chemical peel to improve your skin’s appearance. No need to hide behind makeup! Let the true you shine!

Chemical peels apply a chemical solution to the skin which gets rid of dead skin cells on the surface, and after about 10 days it begins to flake off. The new skin is smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin. Chemical peels can be done on the face, neck, or hands to improve the look and feel of the skin.

We will work with you to determine the depth of the peel, depending on the condition of your skin and your goals for treatment. First, we will clean your skin thoroughly. Then, we will apply one or more chemical solutions to the area of treatment- either glycolic acid, thrichloroacetic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, or a plant enzyme. This will create a controlled area of new skin generation.

During the treatment, most people feel five to ten minutes of a burning sensation, followed by a stinging sensation. Putting cool compresses on the skin may help with the stinging. If a deeper peel is performed, pain medication may be needed during or after the procedure. We will never perform a deep peel without a thorough consultation and skin analysis.

Depending on the type of peel, a reaction much like sunburn occurs after the procedure. There is usually peeling with redness, followed by scaling, which typically ends within three to seven days. Peels may be repeated within several weeks to months, depending on the depth of the peel and the results desired. Often times to achieve the optimum result a series of peels is best, over the course of 3-4 months.

Contact us today to learn more about chemical peels here in Old Town Fort Collins!

Laser Treatment; Fort Collins Facial

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Who needs a revolutionary limelight laser facial? Anyone that wants to revitalize their skin of age spots, sun-induced freckles, brown spots, skin redness (rosacea), birthmarks, acne scarring and other blemishes. Limelight laser treatment can also be done to your chest, shoulders, and arms (areas with sun exposure). The LimeLight Facial is a new, non-invasive approach to skin revitalization using Cutera’s LimeLight. Who doesn’t want to improve their skin tone and skins surface imperfections from aging and sun damage?

Limelight is an FDA-cleared, patented technology which provides dramatic results. There is no need to apply topical anesthetic beforehand. Virtually any part of your body with uneven skin tone, redness, or sun and age spots can be safely treated.

Here’s how LimeLight works- it uses light to heat the pigment in the top layer of your skin. Unlike other options, LimeLight treats specific areas without abrading the surface of the skin. There is no need to interrupt your regular skin care routine.

When the handpiece is placed on your skin, it will feel comfortable and cool. When the pulse of light is delivered, you may feel a brief, mild stinging sensation. Immediately following treatment, the spots may begin to darken, and the surrounding skin may slightly redden. Typically, within a few hours this subsides. Over the next few weeks, the darkened spots will fade and flake off. However, your final result may not be apparent for several months.

Who is eligible for this procedure? Anyone with a light or medium skin tone may be a candidate for LimeLight. Those with darker skin tones may not. We will assess your particular situation and let you know if you are a good candidate for LimeLight during a consultation.


Does this sound like something you are struggling with? Schedule a consultation and we can chat more about how LimeLight can help you with sun and age spots. No need to hide behind makeup or conservative clothing. Let us reveal your true healthy skin!

How clean is that waxpot?

We all go to get our brows waxed from time, and lots of us go in for other areas of the body, more intimate areas of the body. While many aestheticians out there practice good sanitation, there are a great many that do not. The State of Colorado currently doesn’t set specific standards of cleanliness for waxing. There isn’t a law that states that you cannot double dip. Some salons and spa will actually do that, and claim that it is safe to do so. I’d like for you to consider the temperature at which bacteria thrive, and what temperature they are killed at. If the temperature of the wax is hot enough to kill off any bacteria or other organisms, it would be too hot to apply to it to your skin! Now, let’s say your waxer double dipped when performing a bikini wax on the client before you. Then you come in for an upper lip wax. I personally do not want that client’s germs on my lip.

Right about now, you could be wondering how to tell if they are practicing good sanitation practices. We would say the single quickest way is to take a look at their wax pot. Do they have wax dripping all over it or does it look nice and clean? From there, you can ask them if they are double dipping, and also if they are using a new pair of gloves when doing body waxing, especially on more intimate areas of the body.

Remember, these are potentially bloodborne pathogens that we're dealing with. You don't need to be exposed just because you wanted your brows looking their best!

 This is what our wax pot looks like. No, it's not new, it's almost 5 years old!

This is what our wax pot looks like. No, it's not new, it's almost 5 years old!