Beauty Sleep, not a myth!

We have all heard the saying “Time to get your Beauty Sleep”.  Although many think it is just an old Wives’ tale, the truth is the amount of sleep you get at night is a critical component of your body and skins health. As a board certified doctor, I like to look at the complete health of my patients to help them achieve their aesthetic goals.   Proper sleep means an increase in growth hormones which allows cells to repair. Without proper sleep the broken down cells accumulate which causes more noticeable signs of aging.

 

It has been shown that not getting enough sleep can increase levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. Increased levels of cortisol causes more inflammation in the body. More inflammation in the skin can cause the breakdown of collagen and hyaluronic acid which are what give skin its elasticity and glow!

Decreased sleep equals decreases moisture levels and lowers pH levels in the skin as well. When your pH levels drop it creates an imbalance in your skin and leaves skin looking dry, uneven, red and can even trigger breakouts. If you have dark circles your lack of sleep could be the cause. Lack of sleep is the number one reason your blood vessels dilate which leads to the appearance of dark circles under the eyes!

 

Therefore, the wives tale is actually a wise recommendation! Starting today in celebration of National Sleep Day “Get your Beauty Sleep” and you will feel and look more refreshed all day!!

 

Dr. Clarissa Kroese

How to achieve maximum results with a skin resurfacing treatment.

How to achieve maximum results with a skin resurfacing treatment.

 

Laser rejuvenation and resurfacing is popular for many reasons. It offers a solution to wrinkles, fine lines, post-traumatic scars, acne scars, sun spots, freckles and/or aging and damaged skin. Many lasers perform best when completed in a series.  However, if you are looking for results in a single treatment, the ActiveFX Laser by Lumenis® is the laser for you.  ActiveFX fractional laser can improve a wide range of skin conditions while refreshing the overall appearance of the skin.

 

Every patient’s skin is different, which is why a consultation is so important. It provides the opportunity to assess the patient’s condition and do a thorough evaluation of the skin. . This laser uses a high-energy beam of light that causes the skin’s upper layer to peel off and regenerate a layer of healthy new skin.  This achieves a dramatic effect; however, it does require approximately five days of downtime, as your skin will have associated redness and peeling.  You will see a reduction of wrinkles and fine lines as well as a softening of deeper lines. You will also see improved skin tone and texture and immediate contraction of the skin with reduction in pore size. Additionally it stimulates new collagen, you will see plumping of the skin up to six months after the procedure!

 

Winter months are the optimum time to receive your laser treatment. Call our office today to schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Clarissa Kroese or Raquel Merlini, RN and turn back the clock on your skin. 248-524-0620.

ResurFX -Skin Resurfacing wit NO downtime!

 

The ResurFX Laser is my favorite! It is a non-ablative laser so there is little to no downtime with great results.  The ResurFX uses heat to stimulate the growth of collagen which improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, over all skin texture and pigmentation.  You can start to see results with just one treatment but we recommend 3-4 treatments, spaced 4-6 weeks apart, for maximum results. Once you finish the series of treatments you can maintain the results with one treatment per year.  

Myself, and many of my patients, have extremely busy lifestyles and can’t afford to take time off from work and life to have ablative laser treatments that require 5-7 days of aftercare.  With the ResurFX Laser you can expect to be back to your regular schedule the very same day. Most people have a “mild sunburn” appearance for 1-2 days following treatment. There can be some mild swelling as well but nothing major.  We recommend staying out of the sun for a few days post treatment and, as always, wear your sunscreen!

Here is a photo of me the same evening of my last ResurFX treatment, at a Tiger game!

Call our office today to schedule your complimentary consultation. 248-524-0620.  

Kristen Lotz, PA-C

 

Step Into Our Time Machine

Step Into Our Time Machine
by Dr. Clarissa Kroese. DO, Aesthetic Medicine

Do you want fewer wrinkles, tighter skin and an even balanced skin tone?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then I have the answer for you, Active FX Laser Treatment. The FX laser is the new gold standard CO2 laser skin tightening and resurfacing system. This laser offers immediate wrinkle reduction due to tightening of existing collagen. Improvements continue up to six months due to new collagen formation and remodeling.

The Active FX laser has shown great improvement for people with hyperpigmentation (aka brown/sun spots). We have also seen improvement in people struggling with melasma.

If you would like to turn back time by having fewer wrinkles, a more even skin tone, and increased firming and “plumping” to your skin, call our office today and set up your free consultation. Winter months are the optimum time to receive your laser treatment.

For additional information:
Doctor’s Name: Dr Clarissa Kroese, DO, Aesthetic Medicine
Consultation Contact: Margaret Randall
Phone number: 248.524.0620
Practice/Website: Dr. Michael J. Schenden, MD – www.DrSchenden.com
Address: 201 W. Big Beaver Rd Ste 1130, Troy MI 48084

Laser resurfacing and rejuvenation

Laser resurfacing and rejuvenation with ActiveFX Fractional CO2 Laser.

Laser rejuvenation and resurfacing is popular for many reasons. It offers a solution to wrinkles, fine lines, post-traumatic scars, acne scars, sun spots, freckles and/or aging and damaged skin. I myself have had laser treatments and have seen significant improvement after just one treatment. I was speaking with my staff earlier today about this very topic and will be scheduling my second treatment with the ActiveFX CO2 fractional laser. At any age, it is important to feel your best and put your best face forward.

The ActiveFX fractional laser can improve a wide range of skin conditions while refreshing the overall appearance of the skin. The procedure offers patients the opportunity to be in and out with moderate downtime, as the procedure typically takes about a half hour and recovery takes 5 to 7 days.

Every patient’s skin is different, which is why a consultation is so important. It provides the opportunity to assess the patient’s condition and do a thorough evaluation of the skin. Our practice offers DeepFX resurfacing for scar revision solutions also. For more information on the Active or DeepFX or other skin treatments please contact 248-524-0620 for a consultation.

New trend in laser liposuction!

Laser liposuction is one of the newest technological advancement in the area of liposuction and a very exciting one! It utilizes laser energy to selectively reduce excess fat from different parts of the body. As we all know, we can’t always acquire the ideal results with diet and exercise alone; sometimes we have stubborn areas on our belly, thighs or on the under part of our arms, that need to be tightened up and fat removed for good.

SmartLipo by Cynosure is highly effective for eliminating unwanted fat from the body. The lasers energy destroys the fat cells and has the ability to tighten loose skin, thereby improving the body shape and contour. The dual functionality of laser liposuction is what sets it apart from other methods and adds to its popularity.

The plastic surgery field continues to change and the advances in technology and obtainable results are astounding.

Contact 248-524-0620 to set an appointment to discuss your options.