Why Do We Have “Problem Areas” on the Body?

Patients on a journey of cosmetic transformation often ask us, “Which body sculpting method is best?” Our Long Island-based team at VITRA Aesthetics Clinic recommends specific treatments based on the patient, since every person’s needs—and goals—are unique.

That said, almost everyone has at least one part of their body they wish they could change, whether it’s the thighs, the upper arms, or a double chin. As much as we’d like to specifically exercise or diet away that one problem area keeping us from having the look we want, there’s unfortunately no guarantee that our body shape and type will be exactly the way we want it to be—even after reducing overall body weight. For example, you may want a balanced, hourglass shape but be unable to lose stubborn fat on the stomach or thighs. It can seem like fat refuses to leave from “problem areas” regardless of how strict of a diet we follow or how much time we spend working out.

The reason why it’s often tricky to reduce fat from specific areas is because factors we have little control over—including genetics and hormones—influence how we store fat on our bodies. For example, men and women are essentially programmed to store fat differently. On some men, fat tends to collect in the abdominal area, while some women tend to store more fat on the lower body.

Happily, there’s a way to restore a more balanced, firmer body shape. EvolveX by InMode is a new, non-surgical body contouring device that can transform the appearance of the body by lifting and remodeling skin, reducing fat, and toning muscles. Also, as we age, sagging can occur on the lower face, and the contours of the face may change. Evoke is a facial rejuvenation platform from InMode that adds definition to the cheeks, neck, and jawline to reshape the face by delivering bipolar radiofrequency energy to the subdermal area.

This works well for many people, since problem areas many not only be caused by excess fat that lingers, but also loose, stretched-out skin and/or poor muscle tone.

EvolveX Body Reshaping is ideal for patients who want to reduce excess fat, tighten loose skin, and build muscle to sculpt their ideal body shape, while Evoke Facial Reshaping is best for patients who want to improve their facial contours. CoolSculpting® is a fat-freezing option for patients who want to focus on slimming down isolated areas where loose skin is not a concern.

Which contour-sculpting method is best for you? Our Long Island-based team at VITRA Aesthetics Clinic is available to answer this and other questions about cosmetic treatments. Call us at 631-662-7880 or submit a contact form if you would like to discuss your options.


How Can Cheek Fillers Enhance Your Appearance?

Facial fillers are highly versatile treatments that can improve various aspects of any face—without the need for surgery. Many of the most popular types of temporary facial fillers are made with hyaluronic acid to create gels injected beneath the skin’s surface to fill in wrinkles or to augment certain facial features. While considering treatments for lines and hollows, patients sometimes also ask us, “Do cheek fillers make you look slimmer?” Our Long Island-based team explains that it’s indeed possible to alter the shape of the face, making it appear thinner with the help of cheek fillers. Injectables can also add fullness that emphasizes desirable proportions.

Overall, the cheeks are an important element in bringing balance to the face and giving it attractive contours. High, full cheekbones are associated with a youthful appearance, whereas flattened cheekbones can make you appear older.

If you naturally have a rounder face because of genetics, fillers can be used to add definition to the cheekbone area and give your face a more defined and angular appearance. The gel can be used to better define your natural facial bone structure.

On the other hand, some patients may want to soften the face instead—and this is also possible! Fillers can improve the volume of the cheeks to fill out and rejuvenate an area that has developed a gaunt or flat look. Hyaluronic acid fillers are ideal for the cheek area because they are adjustable: More filler can be added if necessary, and the material can be dissolved as desired for the reverse effect.

Beyond hyaluronic acid-based fillers, there are also semi-permanent injectables such as Sculptra® and Radiesse® that provide longer-lasting results and are effective for filling deep hollows caused by significant volume loss. Semi-permanent fillers are known as collagen stimulatory or biostimulatory fillers because, unlike hyaluronic acid fillers, they stimulate gradual production of the body’s own collagen to add fullness. These treatments are an ideal way of improving projection for the cheeks.

Which options is best for you? Our Long Island-based injectors at VITRA Aesthetics Clinic can help to answer this question and tell you more about the benefits of the various available injectables. Call us at 631-662-7880 or submit a contact form online.


Can HydraFacial® Help with Acne Breakouts?

Our skin thrives in mild, consistent weather, so any drastic changes or intense conditions can lead to skin problems if we aren’t careful. When the temperature gets higher during the summer, it means more oil production, sweating, and pores becoming blocked—which can often result in some terrible acne breakouts. We continue to apply moisturizers, sunscreens, lotions, and oils during the summer, just as we would during the rest of the year, and this also makes flare-ups worse when the products mix with grime, dead skin, bacteria, and sweat. People who are searching for ways to get clearer skin will often ask us, “Does HydraFacial® remove acne?” Here’s what Long Island-area patients should know about how this skin revitalization treatment can benefit acne-prone skin.

If you have blocked pores, acne blemishes, or blackheads, then a HydraFacial® may be exactly the type of facial you need, regardless of what’s causing your acne flare-ups. The great thing about HydraFacial® is that it can target a variety of cosmetic concerns at the same time.

HydraFacial® helps to cleanse the pores of impurities, which is why it can be so helpful for acne. The treatment deeply exfoliates and includes extractions to remove blockages from the pores. It also removes the excess sebum (oil) on the skin that is known to make acne worse. Since it is a microdermabrasion technique, HydraFacial® is believed to improve not just acne, but acne scars as well!

This treatment can be especially helpful for non-inflammatory types of acne such as blackheads, which are partially caused by an accumulation of dead skin cells. HydraFacial® can also soothe inflammation, replenish hydration, and infuse the skin with antioxidants to provide lasting relief from acne breakouts.

As HydraFacial® provides a form of deep cleaning and skin resurfacing, it can be an ideal treatment after the summer to revitalize skin that has become a little dry, washed out, blotchy, or congested from all of the sweat, excess oil, and sunscreen.

Our Long Island-based team at VITRA Aesthetics Clinic can answer more questions and explain further about the benefits of HydraFacial®. Call us at 631-662-7880 or submit a contact form if you would like to request a consultation.


What Can You Do to Get Pleasantly Plumper Skin?

Plump, supple, and beautifully full skin is something many of us strive for. Babies and small children have a pleasing, round-faced look that we associate with health and youthfulness. This is thanks to several factors—including abundant collagen. Collagen is the substance that keeps skin from sagging and wrinkling, so when the body starts making less of its own collagen (which happens as we get older), we begin to notice thinner, more fragile, and less elastic skin. After the age of 40, it’s estimated that we lose as much as one percent of our body’s collagen each year. Anyone who wants to address this loss must turn to cosmetic treatments that help to replenish this important building block of the skin. Additionally, facial fat stores in the skin are diminished as time passes, so the skin may become drier, making it appear even thinner. There are many popular cosmetic techniques that purport to make skin thicker, but not all work the same. With that in mind, many people who come to VITRA Aesthetics Clinic want to know: Does microneedling plump skin? Our Long Island-based team often gets asked this question by patients who are seeking ways to treat skin that is thinning or damaged.

If you’re noticing that your eyes look puffy or dark, your skin is dull, and lines that you have developed over the years look more pronounced, it’s likely that you have thin or tired skin that may need extra attention. Microneedling effectively stimulates collagen production and increases elastin fibers by triggering a wound healing processes that gradually makes skin appear fuller and smoother.

Through a series of treatment sessions, microneedling can make the epidermis (the outer layer of skin) thicker and tighter. Along with microneedling, patients can take the following steps to get more voluminous skin:

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is a molecule that’s excellent for adding hydration to skin because it absorbs and retains large amounts of moisture. Using hyaluronic acid products will help your skin to hold onto moisture so it looks plumper.

Exfoliation

Regular exfoliation helps your skin to shed dead cells so that turnover increases. This gives your skin a brighter, fuller appearance.

If you have questions about skin rejuvenation and achieving a plumper look, our team at VITRA Aesthetics Clinic would be happy to answer them and provide further advice on enhancing your skin’s appearance. Call us at 631-662-7880 or submit a contact form to request a consultation.


How Can Cosmetic Procedures Help You Achieve Your Body Goals—Even if You’re a Procrastinator?

Summer is finally here, and the prospect of wearing lighter, more revealing clothes motivates many of us to want to get into our best shape. What many patients want to know is, does QWO® really work for cellulite? Our Long Island-area patients (and others!) can indeed benefit from QWO® to get smoother skin on their buttocks—as well as other treatments for sculpting their ideal body. With this in mind, our team at VITRA Aesthetics Clinic can help you put together a personalized plan to help you achieve your body goals if you want to transform your look.

First, remember that it takes time to get in shape. Similarly, it can take months before fully enjoying the optimal results from many cosmetic treatments, such as QWO® injections, which produce noticeable results within 10 weeks on average.

Procrastination is something we all do, especially if a task feels stressful or overwhelming. If your workout plans got derailed this year, or if you simply put off getting the cosmetic treatment you’ve wanted for too long, the good news is that it’s never too late to start working on your beach body.

Some of the most common cosmetic concerns our patients want to address are cellulite  (a harmless but frustrating condition that gives the skin a lumpy, dimpled appearance), deposits of stubborn excess fat, and sagging skin due to aging or weight fluctuations. The most suitable treatment for you all depends on your specific cosmetic concerns and goals.

  • QWO® is the only injectable, science-backed treatment that is proven to reduce moderate to severe cellulite on the buttocks. It targets the underlying cause of cellulite: the tense, fibrous bands of collagen below the skin’s surface. The enzymes that QWO® contains release these tightened bands, allowing fat cells to redistribute while promoting the growth of new collagen.
  • CoolSculpting® is a popular, non-surgical fat reduction treatment that focuses on isolated pockets of excess fat by freezing the unwanted fat cells. This causes them to eventually break down and be metabolized, sculpting slimmer body contours.
  • EvolveX body reshaping is an energy-based technique that promotes fat reduction, skin tightening, and muscle building at the same time by prompting muscle contractions, collagen production, and more.

What do these three treatments have in common? Once you get them done, your own body then works on its own to develop the results. That’s great news for procrastinators, since there’s not much to remember to do after you’ve had your treatment. That said, it’s recommended that you combine aesthetic procedures with a balanced, healthy diet and a consistent exercise routine to maximize results.

Long Island-based VITRA Aesthetics Clinic team can provide more information about injectable cellulite treatments, fat freezing, and other types of cosmetic procedures available from our practice. Call 631-662-7880 or submit a contact formto set up a consultation.


Which Injectable is the Best Option for You?

Starting from as early as our 20s and 30s, it’s common to see the earliest wrinkles begin to form. Even though wrinkles are one part of life that we can’t completely avoid, there are ways to “disguise” the lines so that your face barely appears to age. Since there is a wide variety of injectable wrinkle treatments available on the market—and each is used to treat different concerns—knowing which one you need to address your specific cosmetic needs can be confusing. The main question you might be asking yourself might be: Is it better to get filler or BOTOX®? Our Long Island-based VITRA Aesthetics Clinic team can explain the differences and similarities between these two treatments in detail during your consultation—but don’t worry. You don’t have to know everything about your options, because we will give you the information you need and will help to guide you in making a decision.

The most effective treatment for you depends on what’s causing the signs of aging you want to address. Wrinkles fall into two main categories: static and dynamic.

Dynamic wrinkles are usually the first wrinkles we notice. They are caused by habitual facial expressions and are only visible when the face is in motion. Static wrinkles remain visible in the skin even when the face isn’t moving and are linked to loss of volume or elasticity from the skin rather than muscle contractions.

Injectable facial fillers are gooey, gel-like, transparent substances made from natural or synthetic materials that are injected beneath the skin in strategic areas of the face. They add volume and lift to reduce the depth of wrinkles. These injections are intended for static wrinkles.

BOTOX® is a diluted solution that impacts nerve cells and temporarily limits muscle contractions so that the skin won’t crease on the surface. BOTOX® only works for dynamic wrinkles.

The results from facial fillers last longer, and they have a faster onset, but many patients start with BOTOX® first because dynamic wrinkles begin to develop at a younger age. Or course, scheduling a treatment that takes advantage of both injectables in an option, too.

So is it better to get filler or BOTOX®? Contact Long Island’s VITRA Aesthetics Clinic to learn more about these wrinkle treatments and we’ll help you decide. Call us today at 631-662-7880 or submit a contact form.