medical spa

What is Derma-planing?

Derma-planing is a form of exfoliation that uses a scalpel to scrape off the top layer of dead skin and fine hairs to expose smooth and brighter looking skin. By removing the layer of dead skin and peach fuzz, you’re removing what keeps oil on your skin and what gives your skin the dull appearance. Derma-planing can be done on various skin types, the only skin type it cannot be done on is those currently experiencing a breakout.

The procedure uses an inch long blade and is completely painless. After prepping and drying the skin your aesthetician will take the blade and scrape your skin in small and quick swipes to exfoliate your skin. The whole process takes about 30 minutes with results that last about 20 days and can be done every three to four weeks. You can also having derma-planing done with other procedures such as chemical peels and laser treatments to maximize the exfoliating benefits.

After derma-planing, your cleansers will be able to work deeper in your skin and helps your makeup go on easier. The benefits of investing in derma-planing include reduced signs of aging, even skin tone and clearer skin. If you want glowing and refreshed skin, pair derma-planing with your next facial or peel treatment at Advanced Aesthetics.

What is an Injectables Specialist?

An Injectables Specialist, also known as an aesthetic nurse, work to improve and enhance a patient's appearance. In the medical spa world, there are RNs that have specialized training in cosmetics procedures. They work to smooth wrinkles and fine lines, shape lips, improving imperfections and more. These nurses perform non-surgical aesthetics enhancement procedures, and are becoming more and more common in the medical spa industry. The procedures that are preformed by an injectables specialist do not involve anesthesia.

In order to become an injectables specialist you do not need to be an aesthetician first, but training is required within the area of skin care and cosmetic procedures on top of being a registered nurse. One of the primary goals of an Injectables Specialist is to improve the patient's perception of themselves and improve psychological health by modifying their body image.

Injectables specialists are available to answer any questions patients might have about procedures available.

Laser Genesis from a Patient’s Perspective; Medi Spa Fort Collins


The following is a retelling from one of our satisfied patients at Advanced Aesthetics of Northern Colorado, who received a Laser Genesis facial recently.

"I had never been to a day spa nor a medical spa before, but I decided to schedule a Laser Genesis facial. This was my first ever facial (other than the cheap face masks you can get at the grocery store and apply at home). Fortunately, having had a great experience with LASIC laser vision correction, I was not afraid of the laser. I had read a little bit about what Laser Genesis feels like, and I knew that it would not be a painful procedure.

I arrived at the spa the morning of my appointment, and was greeted by Christina, who helped me feel right at home. After completing some paperwork, including medical releases and information on my medical background and skin health, we discussed the procedure in depth. Christina answered all of my questions and made me feel comfortable immediately. After discussing everything fully, it was time to start the procedure!

I lay down on the table and Christina washed my face with a gentle cleanser, to remove any dirt and debris. After drying my face, she then started the laser. She told me that we would do the facial in four sections- each cheek, the forehead, and then finally the area around the mouth. Just like I had heard, the laser felt like warm rain on my cheek. The warmth increased at the procedure continued. For my skin type, I was receiving 100 pulses of the laser per section of face. The laser pulses very rapidly and you just hear light beeps for each pulse, too fast to count. While the cheek and forehead sections were being done, I was able to continue chatting with Christina, which made me feel very comfortable. I would also say that the laser felt like laying out under the warm sun. It was just a very warm feeling- not hot, and not burning, but like the sun was shining down on your face. During the entire procedure, there were eye protection goggles over both eyes. When it was time to do the mouth region, she warned me that the laser could crack my teeth if it came in contact with them, so to be sure and not talk or open my mouth during that part of the process. After all four sections were done, she applied a lovely moisturizing SPF cream from Lira to my skin and said I was good to go about my day as usual!

Thank you for helping my skin feel and look clearer and smoother, Christina! You’re the best!"

If you want to learn more about how Laser Genesis could work for you, let’s set up a time for a free consultation!

What’s the Difference Between a Medical Spa and a Day Spa?

There’s one big difference between medical spas and day spas - medical spas give results! Day spas are great and offer many restorative and relaxing treatments with the end goal of pampering. However, medical spas like ours have a medical doctor overseeing everything. We have more effective products with stronger active ingredients, treatments with lasers and injectables, deeper levels of exfoliation, and multiple forms of exfoliation in a single treatment. These are all things that you cannot find at a day spa.

At first glance, med spas and day spas seem similar, especially since the menu of services looks similar. However a med spa is actually a hybrid between a medical clinic and a day spa, and operates under the supervision of a highly trained and specialized medical doctor. Medical spas can treat skin conditions such as brown spots, redness, fine lines, wrinkles, loss of volume, and broken capillaries that cannot be treated at all or as effectively by a traditional day spa.

Today, most medical spas have a comparable atmosphere to a day spa, so that the patients leave relaxed and fulfilled. Here at Advanced Aesthetics of Northern Colorado, we pride ourselves on our professional, well educated, and helpful staff. We want all of our clients to feel comfortable asking questions about treatments and products they are considering. The overall health and wellness of our clients is our number one priority- we want you to look and feel your absolute best! No need to hide behind makeup or other barriers- come in and see what we can do for you so that your natural beauty radiates from the inside out!

We offer free consultations for all of our services! We look forward to talking with you about how our products and services can meet your needs!

What is a “Boutique” Medical Spa?

Here at Advanced Aesthetics, we have a small team of experts, ready to serve your needs! Our team offers individual attention. Each time you come to see us you will receive our full attention, one on one. We strive to not be at all intimidating. We promise that you won’t be passed around from staff member to staff member. You will see the same staff every time you receive a treatment. We form relationships with our patients and love getting to know you!

Our friendly, knowledgeable and compassionate staff is here to help! We genuinely care about your needs and concerns. Whether you are coming in for laser, injectable, aesthetic, lash, or other services, we want you to be comfortable and relaxed. Mutual trust between client and provider is extremely important to us. Let us know what you are dealing with, how we can help, and any questions you have. We thoroughly explain all procedures in advance and are always happy to answer any questions you may have at any point.

We are here to help! If you are preparing for a job interview and need some of our services, please let us know! We am happy to help with a brow or lip wax, or makeup services the day of the interview. Let's find a way to trade so you can get the job! Is your budget limited? Maybe you have been eyeing lash extensions for a while. Maybe you battle acne and don't know where to go for help. Odds are we are in the midst of learning about a new product or technique. Contact me and see what the study of the moment is, and, see if you qualify for a trial treatment at dramatically reduced prices.

We are confident you will love Advanced Aesthetics of Northern Colorado! Come in today for a free consultation and let us help you choose a procedure or product for your health and beauty needs. We care about our customers and wish you nothing but the best! Try us out!


Laser Genesis a Treatment for Burns; Medical Spa Fort Collins


I have a patient who was in a house fire. She ran back into to save her beloved pet. She was severely burned. Burns on her face, back, neck and shoulders. She was in treatment with a medical doctor for a long time to get the burns to heal.

Still, scars remained where her skin had melted and scorched. She now looked in the mirror and saw a completely different person. It was devastating.

She came to see me and we started a series of Laser Genesis treatments. This specialized laser can assist healing on scar tissue, discoloration and underlying bacteria that might be present.

Each visit she would come and I would gently treat her burns on a moderate setting. Gradually, the burns began to heal. She experienced far less pain and when she looked in the mirror she began to see more and more of herself as she remembered her.

There were parts of her body on her back and shoulder that were just burned too badly for us to treat at first. It was too painful, her nerves were still too raw. We simply worked around those areas and allowed a deeper healing to take place before treatment. Once the sensitivity of those burns lessened we were able to begin the Laser Genesis treatment on those areas to great effect.

My patient isn’t coming to me because she’s obsessed with a beauty ideal. She’s coming to my Medical Spa in Fort Collins to treat a very serious medical condition.

Does it effect her perception of her appearance? It does. Yet, not because she longs to be on the cover of a magazine. What she longs for is to look in the mirror and see her self. Her face as it once was, her skin as it once was. Perhaps we won’t be able to restore every cell to appear as it was before her tragic rescue of another living being.

We’re creating new cells with health and vitality, which is allowing her true self to shine forth in the world. More important, we’re creating a new true self so that she can look in the mirror and recognize herself as the astounding beauty that she is.