Summer is coming! We will be exposed to more sun, and our bodies will be more exposed, wearing the summer fashions – which could potentially cause self-consciousness for some of us. May we suggest a few summer beauty hacks to help.
- Get Botox, to avoid wrinkles – Botox can reduce wrinkles by preventing the formation of dynamic lines and thus avoiding the formation of static lines. Wrinkles are formed initially by repeated muscle actions, such as lines formed around the eyes during squinting in the sun. These are called dynamic lines, which can eventually turn into static lines – permanent wrinkle lines – even without squinting or smiling. Botox relaxes the facial muscles and thus prevents the formation of dynamic lines and therefore static line wrinkles. The effectiveness of the Botox usually lasts for three months, so we can have the first treatment in April and then in July to cover the whole summer. Some of us have Botox aesthetics treatments year-round. If you are wondering, you can be in the sun after Botox, and having a sun tan does not preclude you from getting the Botox treatment.
- Use skincare products with sunblock – Even in Seattle, we have plenty of UV exposure during the long summer days, sunny or cloudy. IntimMed carries a full range of skincare products with sunblock. Please chat with us about them.
- Cellulite can be less obvious after treatment – The dimpled and rough skin look from cellulite is one of the most common concerns when the thighs and buttocks areas are more exposed in the summer. This is a challenge to eliminate, but the appearance of the cellulite area can be improved, albeit temporarily, by some non-invasive measures offered at IntimMed. The VelaSmooth system uses RF and IR technology to heat up the skin tissue and the suction action to the skin gives a smoother look. Cellupulse uses shockwave pulses to disrupt the fiber bands which cause skin dimpling, and it helps to drain the lymphatics to improve the appearance of the cellulite skin.
- Local contour reduction – If you have local areas, such as thighs, buttocks, or waist line, that are too pronounced, we have treatments that can help without resorting to liposuction, thus avoiding down time and scars in the summer. VelaShape, similar in technology to VelaSmooth as mentioned, can reduce the contour effectively with one to three non-invasive treatments in our clinic. The effect could last up to a year. A clever beauty hack that we have at IntimMed is the Ballancer Pro system – the only one in Washington, but super popular in Beverly Hills. It uses mechanical message technology that can take inches off you, albeit just for a few weeks, but enough to make you look great in summer fashions for important events, such as weddings and proms.
Look great this summer with a little help from IntimMed!
Michael Lau, MD