Anti-Aging Advice from Your Fort Collins Medical Spa

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Aging is a normal process for all of us, yet some of us wear our age better than others. Wondering what can be done to minimize the effects of aging? Read on for some anti-aging advice from your Fort Collins Medical Spa- Advanced Aesthetics of Northern Colorado!

One treatment for aging is a skin-resurfacing treatment called CO2 fractional laser therapy. It combines the effectiveness of traditional carbon dioxide lasers and a new application technique to offer powerful results without harsh side effects. Laser resurfacing uses beamlets of energy light to create tiny holes in the skin, which stimulates the body’s natural collagen production. Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing prevents damage to the top layer of skin during this process, which offers maximum results with minimal recovery time.

Another anti-aging treatment is anti-wrinkle injections, like Juvederm (which we offer!). Fillers can be used to volumize skin anywhere on the face, so a youthful look can be achieved without surgery! Unlike a face lift, which pulls the skin tight, volumizing injections plump up the skin in a natural way. Juvederm leads to robust collagen production and also interferes with collagen breakdown, so you get a filling effect with an increase in collagen production, too!

A simple anti-aging breakthrough is antioxidants, found in fruits and vegetables! They fight aging by destroying free radicals, the unstable molecules occurring from sun exposure or pollution that can break down the skin’s collagen supply. Topical antioxidants, such as CoQ10, Vitamins C and E, and the coffee berry, can improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles!

Another way to stimulate collagen production is through peptides- small proteins! Peptides can produce a mild Botox-like effect, inhibiting release of neurotransmitters that keep facial muscles from forming wrinkles. They can act like growth factors, stimulating skin cells to make quick turnover.

Vitamin A is another great anti-aging treatment! It can be applied as prescriptions like Retin A or Renova, but also in weaker strengths in over the counter products listed as retinol. Retinoids- derivatives of vitamin A- work on aging skin by increasing collagen production and decreasing collagen breakdown.

Anti-aging sunscreens are another great way to handle aging skin. Helioplex, which is a new technology that makes sunscreen ingredients more effective, and Mexoryl SX, which is a new protective agent in anti-aging sunscreens. Both defend against the aging effects of UVA rays.

Let us help you make a skin care plan, with your budget in mind! Schedule a complimentary consultation now!

Juvederm FAQs; Fort Collins Spa

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Juvederm is similar to Botox in that it is a facial injectable which helps temporarily minimize wrinkles. We are going to answer some of the frequently asked questions relating to Juvederm, so you can decide if it is something you might be interested in.

What is Juvederm? It is a gel dermal filler which helps to instantly restore the volume to your skin and smooth away facial wrinkles and folds. It temporarily adds volume to facial tissue and restores a smoother facial appearance.

How is it used? It is injected into the facial tissue with a fine needle.

How does it work? There are numerous hyaluronic acid fillers, but Juvederm is unique because it is manufactured with HYLACROSS technology which gives it a special smooth gel structure that lasts over time. It is approved by the FDA to last up to one year with only one treatment.

What is Hyaluronic Acid? It is a naturally occurring substance found in all mammals that helps hydrate and add volume to your skin. It can be used for cosmetic purposes but also for injection into arthritic joints to aid movement as well as for eye surgeries and wound repair. It occurs in abundance in young healthy skin. With age and other factors such as sunlight, the amount of Hyaluronic Acid are reduced, which causes your skin to lose structure and volume creating wrinkles and folds. Juvederm is a safe and effective way to replace the hyaluronic acid your skin has lost, bringing back facial volume!

What will treatment with Juvederm accomplish? It will help smooth moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. For most patients, one treatment will accomplish optimal wrinkle smoothing for up to one year. Most patients will see improvement immediately after treatment. We will work with you on an individual basis to achieve the most natural looking results.

What are possible side effects? Most side effects are mild or moderate, with short lasting duration. Common side effects include temporary injection site reactions like redness, pain/tenderness, firmness, swelling, lumps/bumps, bruising, itching, and discoloration. There is the possible risk of infection, like with all skin injection procedures.

What should I do prior to treatment? Avoid aspirin and ibuprofen, because they can both increase bleeding or bruising at the injection site.

What do I need to do after treatment? Return to normal activities other than vigorous exercise (which can resume the following day).

Can people with different skin tones receive Juvederm injections? Yes! Juvederm is the first hyaluronic acid dermal filler that has been proven safe and effective for people of color. There is no increased risk of hyperpigmentation or hypertrophic scarring in patients of color.

Wondering if Juvederm is right for you? Contact us to schedule a free consultation and get answers for any other questions or concerns you may have.

Voluma Injectable Filler; Fort Collins Botox





Has life caught up with you? Is your face embarrassing you with age? There is a solution! Introducing Voluma Injectable Filler, the first and only FDA-approved filler to correct age-related volume loss in the midface. Voluma, by the makers of Juvedern, is a cheek filler which will help correct sagging cheeks  and give more volume, showing off your gorgeous cheekbones! Natural looking results from Voluma last up to 2 years!

We are so excited to announce that Advanced Aesthetics of Northern Colorado has Voluma in stock and is ready to discuss how Voluma could work for you! Contact us to schedule a free consultation! Let us talk you through the process and what to expect, to determine if Voluma is right for you!

Voluma is similar to Botox, but is a cheek filler. Manufactured by Allergen, just like Juvederm, this is a high quality injectable that will help restore the fullness of the cheeks that we tend to lose with age. This injectable gel is made for injection into deep dermis for correction of age-related volume deficit in the mid-face in adults over the age of 21.


Show off those gorgeous cheekbones you have hiding! Let Voluma accentuate your natural beauty, facial structure, and definition.  Voluma will help restore your skin and cheekbones to their absolute best! Check out these great before and after pictures- with Voluma you can really see the difference in the cheek contour and definition, making the subject appear much younger.

Come chat with us about Voluma and our other injectable options, as well as what look you are hoping to achieve, and we can get the process started! Voluma is a safe and long lasting injectable filler to restore the cheekbones of your youth and let your inner beauty radiate!

Botox vs. Juvederm in Fort Collins


Botox and Juvederm- what is the difference? Let’s get into the science and break them down to learn more.

Botox is a treatment that involves a very small amount of a specific purified protein produced by a bacteria called clostridium botulinum. The protein is injected with a very fine needle into the small muscles of the face, to temporarily freeze or weaken the muscle, which reduces the ability to squint, frown, or show excessive worry lines.

Botox is commonly used in the glabellar muscle to erase frown lines between the eyebrows, as well as on the horizontal lines on the forehead, crow’s feet around the eyes, on the muscle that brings down the corner of the mouth, and in the neck.

Treatments typically last several months. The procedure is quick, only around 20 minutes, and requires no down time. There is no effect on the sensory nerves, so the injected areas will feel normal. The pain is minimal, as the injections feel like little bug bites and no sedation or anesthetic is required.

On the other hand, Juvederm is a form of hyaluronic acid, developed using filtration and molecule manipulation techniques. It treats moderate to severe facial folds, raises the upper part of eyebrows, smooths under eye hollows, enhances lips, increases volume and defines contours of cheeks, chin, and jaw line. It can also be used for minor rhinoplasty (reshaping of the nose). It typically last six months or more, which is longer than Botox.

Benefits of Juvederm include the ability to be used on all skin types with no risk of disease transmission or allergic reaction. Some facial areas require only a single treatment and results are immediate, with minimal swelling and pain.

Come see us to talk about these great non-surgical cosmetic procedures and how Botox or Juvederm can help you achieve the youthful, fresh complexion you desire!