Wednesday, March 29, 2017

one week post microneedling

Per your request, here are my photos to document my progress! I would normally wait a month, but since some of you have been wondering, bam! Here it is! All healed up and glowing! 
I am on a regular anti-aging routine and am on a good skin care regimen, so this is more of a maintenance procedure for me. I will check back in with another photo one month out. I know you will see the difference then! Funny enough, I can see an improvement in person more than 
I can see in photos. 
Plus, let's not even get started on how my hormones caused a new pimple (that you totally see on my after) and have me bloated. Lovely! I now have documented proof that PMS is real! HAHAHAHA
Glowing my ass.........

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

How to get that dewy glow

Want that dewy glow?
Sure, make up certainly can play a role, but it's more than that. It's all about the canvas.
Good Skin Is In!

Dewy skin cocktail: 1. monthly exfoliation, 2. good products, 3. quality mineral make up and stay hydrated!

1. Monthly hydrafacial or skinceuticals micropeel - no downtime & skin glows immediately.

2. SKIN CARE! Whatever touches your skin everyday dictates it's behavior.

Oily/Combination skin: Retinol 🌙 & Antioxidant plus SPF ☀️️

Dry/Mature skin: Glycolic 🌙 & Hyaluronic Acid plus SPF ☀️️

Mix a self tanner with your night cream
 to get a sun kissed glow without the damage. 
 I know it sounds crazy, but try it! It works!

Instead of having a moisturizer that masks the problem, try a hydrating treatment product that heals it.

A few of my faves:
Great for oily skin or combination skin. Antiaging + Moisture
Literally the best hydrator for all skin types.

Mature skin

3. With good mineral make up, I like the usual suspects.........Glo Minerals, Colorescience and my newest obsession, PACIFICA. They are super healthy and have great foundations! My fave is the Pacifica Alight Multi-Mineral BB Cream

I put it on first on the areas I want to highlight only and then the rest of my normal routine. It's fab!

4. Most importantly, drink your water! Staying hydrated is key. 

Click the link below to see this woman who took 10 years off her face just by drinking water!
 Thank you ABC news and Good Morning America for this awesome video!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Even your skin tone!


Advanced Fluorescence Technology

This is a photo of what AFT can do in one treatment. It is not touched up and she is not wearing make up. It's phenomenal! In a perfect world, having 3 treatments is preferred, but with one you will see a fantastic change! Every person reacts a little differently, but my gosh! One treatment can improve any amount of sun damage, tighten pore size and give you a healthy glow. 

It's best to do this procedure when you aren't in the sun, so now would be the best time!! It takes about 45 minutes and for the following week, your freckles will get darker and flake off. You can cover it with make up but don't make any big plans for photos that week. lol

Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Here comes summer! I mean, seriously! Spring break is less than a month away!!! Are you bathing suit ready?!? 

We have a wonderful, non-invasive solution that is quick and easy! I know I have told you guys before, but I LOVE it so I want everyone to know about it! lol 

Before-- One month later I did a second treatment --After

It takes a couple of months for the full results to set in, so starting sooner than later is best!

Here is a link to our Coolsculpting page at work, in case you want to come see me or get mor info:

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

My new favorite treatment #antiaging


The fountain of youth can be found in your blood! lol Well, kinda...... So PRP is Plasma-rich Protein.
 PRP is your own blood plasma that has been enriched with platelets. PRP contains several different growth factors & many cytokines that can stimulate healing, which in turn increases your natural collagen production and does so much anti-aging with it!

Your naturally derived PRP is used in conjunction with the microneedling and is delivered deep within the tissue. Essentially it is stimulating collagen from below and above, which increases the amount of collagen bundling you get. That's what the black dots in the photo above represent.

The young lady pictured above had a series of six in a row. She did one every six weeks or so. These photos have not been touched up. She had Botox around the eyes, a little mid-face filler and Microneedling with PRP. Pretty dramatic, right?!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Loose the turkey neck

Before gobble day arrives, get rid of your gobble! hahaha!!
For real though, these treatments are fantastic because they actually work! Seriously, removing unwanted fat below the chin has never been easier. Also, once you remove that fat, the skin tends to retract, taking years off your face! There are 2 non-invasive solutions to choose from now!!! Less than a year ago there were zero non-invasive solutions for that fat pocket.
The first one is Coolsculpting. As you know, I had coolsculpting on my abdomen (and still love it) but they recently developed an applicator small enough that it can be used under the chin. Typically, two treatments are needed but this depends on how much volume you have. With one treatment you can expect to reduce the volume by 20-25% but with 2 treatments, you would see 40% or more! You will be measured to ensure you are the right candidate, because there has to be enough fat to fill the cup. If it's not enough fat, don't worry I am getting to that!

In this photo the client is getting measured by the technician with that device the arrow is pointing to, so that we can ensure this is the right treatment for her.

The procedure itself is fairly simple. You come in, get photos, get you hooked up for your treatment, the cooling begins and in one hour you are done. It gets so cold that you go numb, so it's pretty painless. It feels like that sensation when you hold ice on your skin for too long and it starts stinging. Not too bad for getting that fat to go away! The applicator is placed under your chin, it's pretty comfortable and you can play with your phone or take a nap. It takes 45 minutes to complete. Then the applicator is removed, the area is massaged and viola!!! You are done! Simple as that. There is a possibility of swelling, but everyone is different and it's typically minor swelling (if any) that goes away in 24-48 hours.

Now! If you don't have quite enough to fit in the Coolscupting applicator, then here is treatment #2! (and it's also a superb treatment, so really it's an equal alternative)

Kybella is an injectable alternative to the Coolsculpting Mini. It literally melts the fat once injected. Your injector will map out exactly where to put the product, as it's spread throughout the entire area. The injections are administered and your treatment will start working immediately! As it takes effect, swelling sets in and the inflammation for about a week. The advantage here, however, is that it's possible you may get a tad more tightening from this than you do the Mini. This treatment takes anywhere from 2-6 treatments and a vial is typically recommended for each treatment. I don't perform this treatment, but have seen the transition of those who have received it and results are great!

Above, the treatment area is mapped out and the Kybella is being administered.
Then!!!! There is a sneaky option that my co-worker Sandy Lanier (Physicians Assistant at Hall Plastic Surgery) came up with. She says that if there is a lot of volume, the fat pocket can be "de-bulked" with Coolsculpting first. This way you avoid that swelling initially from Kybella and still have the fat reduced. Once that process is complete (about a month later), follow up on that fat pocket with Kybella and get more fat reduction and tightening. It makes sense to me!

No one would volunteer to let me use their photos, so google it. Sorry ya'll! Honestly, the ads are true. We see amazing results with these two treatments regularly and because everyone responds differently, see a provider for specific answers on your goals. Being informed is a good start though! :) I do the Coolsculpting, so come see me at Hall Plastic Surgery if you are ready to start!

As always, feel free to leave comments or email me with questions. Sending you lots of love!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Treating hyperpigmentation

There are many effective ways available but understand that it takes time to successfully treat pigmentation. It took time to build up that level of sun damage, so it takes time to break it down.

The best way to treat stubborn hyperpigmentation is to combine both treatments and product. What you put on the skin daily dictates it's daily behavior, and sunscreen is a must. Treatments break it up and allow the skin care to get deeper into the skin and treat it more effectively. The best treatments vary according to the type of sun damage you have.

With hormonal pigmentation I prefer to treat it with chemical peels and cold lasers (such as the red LED lights). Both methods are safe and effective. The LED red or green  light therapy has zero downtime and can be done on your lunch break, but you need to do them once a week, every week for 4-6 months. That means 4 or 6 treatments total done over 4 to 6 weeks.

LED treatment above

Depending on which peel you do, you will peel for about a week following your treatment. Pictured below, I had a medium depth peel. The peeling with medium depths is not as bad as it's rumored to be. Photo is courtesy of the internet.

^Not going to happen^
HAHA! Everyone expects Samantha's down time, but that would typically be from a deeper peel like a TCA (Obagi Blue Peel) or a CO2 peel. Below is a photo from when I did a medium depth peel to target pigmentation. It starts around the mouth and works its way back into the hairline. Dang!! I had some filler in my lips then. Maybe I should do that

3 Days Post Peel

UV induced, chemically induced and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation are easier to treat because it responds beautifully to the IPL or AFT. These lasers literally pull the brown spots out of the skin, but it needs to be done in a series of treatments. It would not require as many treatments as the LED light, but it does have a week of  minimal "down time". You cannot get any sun on your skin safely after this treatment for a couple of weeks, at least, so this is best to do in fall or winter months.

photos courtesy of Alma lasers

The skin care you choose makes a big difference, as well. First of all, protection is key. If you are investing in your skin protect it from future damage, please! An spf of 35 or higher and purchase from medspas or doctors offices are your best bet. They actually meet claims they make. Ask an aesthetician what you should use for your skin type. It can be tricky! I will cover that in another blog post.