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

Bellafill  -Making us smile!

 

I love my career and one of the main reasons is the consistent improvements made in the world of aesthetic injections.  There are so many options for my patients and I am confident there is a product that will work for you. I am excited to announce we are adding Bellafill® to our already comprehensive injectable product line.  Bellafill may be what you are looking for if you have deep smile lines or acne scars.

 

Bellafill is comprised of polymethyl methacrylate microspheres and bovine collagen. Sounds scientific I realize but easy to explain. These microspheres are building blocks for the skin and add volume. The spheres stimulate your natural collagen production. Which means you skin will continue to improve over time as the collagen rebuilds. Your smile lines can benefit with longer lasting results of up to five years. You will see immediate results due to PMMA (polymethyl methacrylate) microspheres.  Once injected the collagen gel immediately reduces the look of the smile lines. Over time the gel is gradually absorbed and replaced by natural collagen stimulated by the methacrylate microspheres.

 

Bellafill is also FDA approved to treat deep acne scars.  If you suffer from scars that appear pitted, Bellafill is a great treatment option. The indents or pitting of the skin is caused by a loss of collagen to the area.  Injecting Bellafill directly into the scar restarts the collagen building process and gives an immediate filled in/smooth look. The gel composition is 20% PMMA and 80% collagen gel.   As the gel is absorbed into the body the collagen is building giving you longer lasting results and a smoother skin.

 

Early risks associated with Bellafil are similar with other aesthetic injections with mild swelling and bruising at the injection site.  We offer complimentary consultations for all our injectable services. Together we will put together a treatment plan that is best for your skin and goals.  Schedule your appointment today and discover the exciting world of aesthetic injections. 248-524-0620.

 

Raquel Merlini, RN and Aesthetician

Before & After

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.

Save money on Aesthetic Injections

How can I save money on Aesthetic Injections? 

Everyone likes to receive something for less and aesthetic injections are no exception.  The good news is the two major pharmaceutical companies, Allergan and Galderma recognize this and want to reward you for using their products.  Both companies have point reward programs that give you money off your next injection. I know what you are thinking, another reward system to keep track of and we sometimes forget to check if we have points. No worries, we will manage it for you and ensure that you receive your discount! We will also notify you in advance if you have points expiring.

  

Enrolling in these programs will definitely save you money. During the month of October, Galderma is donating $25 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation for every NEW consumer member who joins. Save money for yourself and help save a life. It doesn’t get any better than that!

 

Call today to schedule your next appointment and let us help get you enrolled! 248-524-0620  

 

Add Volume to Your Face Without Surgery

My face is starting to sag….What can I do without surgery?

Does the loss of volume in your face have you feeling down or do you keep hearing people tell you that you have a frown?  I see patients all the time complaining that they feel like their faces are falling or that they are getting “jowly,” or look like they are constantly frowning. These complaints are usually due to us subtly or not so subtly noticing signs of aging on our face.   These signs of aging usually start with changes in the skin, fat and muscle layers as well as changes to the bone structure itself.

The perceived volume loss occurs due to fat redistribution, and the bones become thinner and flatter in places.   As we age, this fat/volume loss in the face causes the face to appear “saggy.” Many patients come in wanting to fill in the nasolabial folds and marionette lines, when often times, restoring volume to the cheek area would be much more beneficial.  Injecting filler into the lower face may not always be a good idea, depending on the patient, because it may possibly accentuate the heaviness a patient is feeling. As we age our faces lose their shape. This causes your heart, oval, or round shape to become more square and bottom heavy.  This facial shape of aging can many times be reversed to some degree by restoring volume to the mid-face. This in turn will impact the appearance of the lower face.

Derma filler such as Voluma ® or Restylane Lyft ® to the mid-face will also likely help lift the nasolabial folds and the marionette lines in the lower face as well as at times minimize or improve the appearance of jowls. Fillers can also make the skin appear smoother, plumper and help minimize fine lines in certain areas. So let me turn that frown upside down!  Call our office located in Troy, MI today to schedule a free consultation.

 

 

Dr. Clarissa Kroese, 248-524-0620.  I will work with you to develop a treatment that matches your desired look and add loss volume back to your face.

Am I Too Young for Botox?

 

Some would say Botox®/Dysport® before wrinkles is useless but I beg to differ.  As someone who didn’t start Botox til my late 30’s, I certainly wish I could turn back time!  Botox or Dysport can and is much more frequently being used as preventative maintenance for wrinkles. If you smile a lot (crows feet) or frown a lot (Glabellar or 11’s) these products in your 20’s can prevent the wrinkles from setting in!

By watching someone’s facial expressions you can see where they are most likely to form wrinkles in the future.  Those are the areas where you would want to start these products early. It actually trains the muscle to relax. The good news is you can usually use a smaller dose when using Botox/Dysport preventatively.  You also do not need to be completely frozen for it to work! You can still have some expression while preventing deep lines from setting in! I think it’s a win win!!

Its not too early! Call me to schedule an appointment!

Kristen Lotz, PA-C

Michael J. Schenden, MD PC

201 West Big Beaver, Suite 1130

Troy, MI 48084

248-524-0620

www.drschenden.com

What is the difference between aesthetic fillers and neurotoxins injections for facial aging?

Aesthetic fillers are injectables used to instantly smooth and plump the skin. Most of these are
made with hyaluronic acid. This acid is present in all living organisms. It is natural to your body
and adds volume and restores a more youthful appearance by filling wrinkle lines or areas
needing more fullness. Many of the brands we use in our office are FDA approved for
superficial, medium and deep wrinkles; vertical rhytids (smoker lines), smile lines, nasolabial
folds and marionette's lines. Proven to give beautiful and long lasting results from 6 months
and up to 18 months depending upon the filler selected.

Neurotoxin injections, most commonly referred to as “Botox™”, are injections that smooth
deep facial lines by relaxing the muscles that form facial wrinkles. Most common areas are the
vertical, angry lines between your brows, forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet. These are also FDA
approved for forehead and glabella areas. Botox, a brand of neurotoxin, has been prescribed
for decades for treatment of muscle spasms and other non-cosmetic areas. Neurotoxin results
last for 3 to 4 months.

Schedule your free consultation today at our office in Troy, Michigan to discuss goals, options,
costs, risks and benefits. We strive for natural looking results to look refreshed not overdone.
(248) 524-0620

Raquel Merlini, RN & Aesthetician

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

Fat Grafting

Fat Grafting

How can we use fat from one area of the body to enhance another area? Fat transfer (fat transplantation, fat injection or fat grafting) is a medical procedure that uses the patient’s own fat tissue from their thigh, lower stomach or inner knee to increase the volume of fat in the subcutaneous area of the body. Uses continue to develop but some of the most current applications include injection of fat into the breast for augmentation or after breast cancer surgery, cheek and chin augmentation, wrinkles next to the mouth (marionette lines) and the hollow areas under the eyes.

In most applications, the fat is injected down through the skin and into subcutaneous tissue and sometimes muscle to provide a better chance for the fat cells to find a nearby blood supply and survive. Some of the fat does not survive, so typically a surplus amount of fat is injected. Fat transfer provides excellent results, and it is readily available! If you don’t want to use synthetic fillers, fat grafting would be an excellent option for you.

To learn more about your options contact 248-524-0620 for a private consultation.

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.