Skin Care San Francisco CA

Want Healthy Skin? Watch What you put on your Plate

What you put into your body is arguably just as important as what you put on your skin. If you eat healthy foods, not only will you feel better but your skin is also likely to reap the benefits. Likewise, if you are constantly ingesting junk food, your sense of well-being and skin will suffer. Health experts agree, when your diet is lacking in certain foods, you can develop skin problems. Sometimes chronic skin problems like acne, eczema, and psoriasis are directly linked to diet. Here are specific foods that you can incorporate into your healthy skin diet.

Be balanced

Health experts suggest that maintaining a balanced diet is the best route to ensuring and maintaining healthy skin. But there are certain foods that provide a particular boost to the look and health of your skin. These include low-fat dairy products, berries, nuts, fish, healthy oils, whole wheat, and green tea. Here we will address three of these:

Low-fat dairy

Vitamin A is an essential component of healthy skin maintenance. Low-fat dairy products provide one of the best sources of this vitamin. Healthy skin is particularly dependent on food sources with vitamin A. For instance; low-fat yogurt contains not only vitamin A but includes acidophilus- a “live” bacteria for intestinal health –as well. This ingredient may also have a positive impact on healthy skin.

Berries and plums

Blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, and plums are all high in antioxidants. Studies show that these foods are rated as containing some of the highest antioxidant capacity. The antioxidants and phytochemicals in these foods can protect the cells and decrease the chance of skin damage. Other high antioxidant foods include prunes, pecans, artichokes, and beans

Whole Wheat

Whole wheat bread, muffins, and cereals contain the mineral selenium. Selenium plays an integral role in maintaining healthy skin cells. Some research demonstrates that skin damaged by the sun may deal with fewer consequences if selenium levels are high.

Schedule a consultation

To find out more about how to improve the look of your skin, contact Aura Skin Spa in San Francisco, California by calling (415) 788-3800. Schedule your consultation today!

Kybella San Francisco CA

Double Chin? Kybella Can Fix That

Do you have extra fat under your chin? When you take photos or look in the mirror, are you annoyed by the extra fat you see below the chin area? Kybella is a revolutionary and relatively new injection used to improve the appearance submental fat, often referred to as “double chin.” A double chin can develop from aging, weight gain, and even genetics. At Aura Skin Spa, we offer consultations with our physicians and medical experts to see if services like Kybella are right for you.

How it works

When Kybella is injected into the submental fat area (fat below the chin) it responds by destroying fat cells. After being treated with Kybella, these fat cells can no longer gather or store fat. Kybella is made of an active ingredient called deoxycholic acid. This acid is a naturally occurring molecule in the body that works to break down and absorb fat. After the fat is broken down, it is processed using your body’s metabolism.

Depending on your specific situation, the amount of Kybella treatments you require will vary. Aura Skin Spa’s medical experts will help ascertain the number of treatment sessions you need depending on the amount of submental fat you have and your personal goals. Normally, patients need about 3-6 total treatments. Several treatments may be required to help the submental fat break down.

What to expect

If you want to pursue Kybella as a treatment for your double chin, here is what you can expect. The treatment will be done by a board-certified physician or medical professional in the privacy of Aura Skin Spa. Photos will be taken to demonstrate yours before and after look. A prescription pain reliever may be given before the treatment begins along with the application of an anesthetic. Next, Kybella will be administered using injections and will take about 30 minutes or longer to finish. After your treatment, you may develop swelling or redness at the injection area that will last for a few days.

Schedule a consultation

If you are interested in removing excess skin from below your chin, Kybella might be an excellent fit for you. To schedule your consultation with Aura Skin Spa, call our office located in San Francisco, California, at (415) 788-3800.

Vascular Vein Treatment San Francisco CA

Spider and Varicose veins: Am I at Risk?

An estimated 30%-60% of adults in the U.S. have varicose veins or spider veins. Varicose veins are large, raised, twisted blood vessels. They appear swollen and make their appearance in the legs. Spider veins are red, purple, and blue blood vessels that also twist, but are much smaller. Spider veins can show up in the face or legs. Both types of veins are visible underneath he skin. Let’s discuss the risk factors associated with varicose veins and spider veins.

The risk factors

A wide range of situations predisposes certain individuals to develop spider veins and varicose veins. These factors include:

  • Heredity, a history of blood clots, obesity
  • The hormonal impacts of puberty, menopause, and pregnancy
  • Using birth control pills
  • Conditions that create a large amount of pressure in the abdomen like constipation, tumors, and girdles
  • Jobs that include prolonged standing like nurses, teachers, factory workers, and hair stylists
  • Damage or trauma to the skin, exposure to ultraviolet rays, or previous vein surgery

Varicose veins and spider veins are more common in women than men. As we age, these veins can increase in amount.

The symptoms

Many individuals with varicose veins describe feelings of pain, aching, and cramping in the legs. Additional symptoms are restlessness, fatigue, and a throbbing or heaviness in the legs. For women, symptoms can feel worse during certain times in their menstrual cycle or pregnancy. Swelling, ulcers, and darkened skin have also been reported as symptoms, but these are less common. Varicose veins can also create a condition called thrombophlebitis, an inflamed blood clot in the leg.

How to treat varicose veins and spider veins

At Aura Skin Spa, we offer laser treatment to reduce veins on the face, legs, or other areas of the body. Vascular vein treatment delivers pulses of energy that make the blood within the vein coagulate. This will destroy the blood vessel, allowing it to be absorbed into the body. Blood flow is then forced to take a different route through more healthy veins.

Schedule a consultation

If you have any of the risk factors associated with varicose veins or spider veins, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with Aura Skin Spa today. You can reach us at (415) 788-3800 at our office in San Francisco, California.

SMARTLIPO™ San Francisco CA

Lose Stubborn Fat with SmartLipo

Do you have unwanted fat on your neck, arms, stomach, flanks, back, or thighs? SmartLipo is an excellent option for treating these and other areas. At Aura Skin Spa, we specialize in SmartLipo MPX technology that is FDA approved and specifically made to liquefy and eliminate fat cells while tightening the skin. SmartLipo MPX has additional power and various wavelengths, making it one of the most advanced and safe methods for removing unwanted fat.

The treatment

A small cannula tube (about 1-2 mm in diameter) containing a laser fiber is inserted into the skin. The cannula applies the laser’s energy right on the fat cells. This method makes the fat cells rupture and drain. The laser also impacts the dermis, which makes the skin shrink and tightens. SmartLipo MPX is a minimally invasive procedure and is sometimes done under local anesthesia. This specific type of laser makes the blood vessels coagulate upon contact. This results in less swelling, bleeding, bruising and faster recovery time than traditional liposuction. Most patients need only one treatment since the procedure destroys fat cells, and adults to not typically generate new fat cells.

The benefits

SmartLipo will treat unwanted fat, address tissue abnormalities, tighten the skin, improve the look of cellulite, cause only minimal bruising and bleeding, and tighten flabby or loose skin. SmartLipo MPX provides lasting results because it destroys treated fat cells.

Am I a good candidate?

If you have regions of fat on your body that do not respond to exercise or diet, then you may be an excellent candidate for SmartLipo MPX. You also need to be in general good health, have normal body weight, and maintain realistic expectations about what the procedure can do for you.

Schedule a consultation

If you have stubborn areas of fat that you want to get rid of, you may be a great candidate for SmartLipo MPX. In addition to SmartLipo we offer other fat reduction services including LipoSonix, VelaShape, and Kybella. To schedule your fat reduction consultation, contact Aura Skin Spa today by calling our office at (415) 788-3800, located in San Francisco, California.

Chemical Peels San Francisco CA

How a Chemical Peel can Renew your Skin

This New Year, rejuvenate and refresh your skin by getting a chemical peel. Chemical peels can eliminate the old and damaged layers of skin to reveal a smoother surface, fewer blemishes, and less scarring. Chemical peels are often combined with other treatments to help improve the overall look of the skin.

The procedure

Chemical peels range from strong to mild, depending on the needs of the patient. The types of chemical peels are alphahydroxy acid (AHA), trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and phenol. The procedure for each type of chemical peel varies. For instance, for a TCA treatment the skin is cleaned then a solution applied. After the peel, a waterproof adhesive or petroleum jelly may be put on the skin. For an AHA peel the skin is cleansed then the solution is applied. For AHA, a post-peel ointment is not needed.

What to expect

Anesthesia is not required for chemical peels because phenol and TCA already contain anesthetic ingredients. AHA normally creates a subtle stinging sensation but nothing that necessitates the use of anesthesia. After a procedure, a phenol or TCA peel may create a throbbing or tingling feeling, reddened skin, scabbing, or significant swelling depending on how strong the peel was. These side effects will last about one week before they begin to diminish. An AHA peel may generate temporary stinging, irritation, or flaking.

After your chemical peel, it is vital to keep your skin protected from the sun for several months. This will assist in reducing the probability of complications while allowing for the desired results to develop. Keep in mind that a chemical peel is likely not covered by insurance if it is done for cosmetic purposes.

Schedule a consultation

To learn more about what a chemical peel can do for your skin, contact Aura Skin Spa today. A consultation will help you determine what service will best accomplish your skin goals. As we enter into 2018, start things off fresh by rejuvenating your skin at Aura Skin Spa. We look forward to assisting you and answering your questions. You can call our office at 415-788-3800, located in San Francisco, California.

Pellevé San Francisco CA

Look younger this New Year with Juvederm

Do you want to diminish the appearance of wrinkles? Juvederm can correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles like those around your eyes, chin, nose, and mouth. In addition to creating a fuller and younger appearance, it is also used to enhance the fullness of your lips. Here’s how Juvederm works and what it can do for you.

How does Juvederm work?

Juvederm is a gel made of hyaluronic acid, which is a substance that already occurs naturally in your skin. This substance enhances volume and hydration and is administered as an injection to the face. Throughout the aging process, the volume of our skin will naturally decrease and folds and wrinkles will develop. Juvederm does not require allergy testing and is effective at filling laugh lines, chin creases, diminishing folds, and adding volume to the lips, and other regions of the face.

What will happen during my Juvederm treatment?

Juvederm injections can be performed during your lunch break with no down time involved.  At Aura Skin Spa, a board certified physician will perform your Juvederm treatment. When you arrive for your procedure, you may receive an anesthetic injection. Next, the Juvederm injection will be administered. This usually takes about 30 minutes depending on the patient. Typically, patients can return to their normal activities, but we recommend resting at home after the procedure.

How soon will I notice a difference?

After your procedure is complete, you should begin to notice an improvement in your facial folds and wrinkles. Keep in mind that the injection area may appear red and swollen for a couple of days. You can help diminish the swelling by applying ice. Juvederm treatments typically last up to six months, but results will vary from patient to patient.

Arrange a consultation

If you want a smoother and more youthful appearance this New Year, Juvederm might be right for you. To discuss your options, arrange a consultation with Aura Skin Spa today by calling our office in San Francisco, California at 415-788-3800. We look forward to helping you find the best service to suit your needs and goals.

microdermabrasion San Francisco CA

What Microdermabrasion can do for You

Microdermabrasion is a skin rejuvenation treatment that can treat discoloration, sun damage, and light scarring. By using a minimally abrasive instrument, the old, uneven, top skin layer is sanded away. Let’s review the benefits, risks, and results of microdermabrasion.

The Benefits of Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion can enhance your collagen, resulting in the younger looking skin. As a child, you have higher amounts of collagen that make your skin look smooth and full. As we age, collagen creation decreases resulting in loose and uneven looking skin. Microdermabrasion can:

  • Improve age spots and dark patches
  • Exfoliate and refresh your skin
  • Lessen the appearance of stretch marks and wrinkles
  • Reduce large pores and treat acne scars

The Risks of Microdermabrasion

Any discomfort associated with microdermabrasion is usually temporary. If you experience swelling or redness, this will diminish within a few hours. In some cases, you may have the flaky or dry skin for a few days after your treatment. Additional risks include:

  • Bruising
  • Sensitive skin (Be sure you use sunscreen after your treatment)

Microdermabrasion Results

The results of your microdermabrasion treatment will depend on the health of your skin and the number of treatments you receive. Some individuals have two microdermabrasion treatments per month to maintain a polished and refined look. Consult with your skin specialist to determine how many treatments you need and how often you should get them.

Arrange a consultation

During your microdermabrasion consultation, be ready to address any medical conditions or drug allergies you have, current medications you are on, and your expectations for the treatment. Your specialist may take photographs of your skin, discuss how microdermabrasion works, and address the outcomes associated with the treatment. This consultation is the perfect time to ask any questions you have or voice your concerns.

If you are interested in what microdermabrasion can do for your skin, contact Aura Skin Spa today at 415-788-3800. We offer a variety of services in skin rejuvenation and care including laser therapy and fat reduction. We look forward to helping you achieve younger and more refreshed looking skin. Don’t hesitate to call us with your questions about what our services can do for you.

Botox San Francisco CA

What you need to Know about Botox

Botox is a popular cosmetic treatment that is used to diminish facial wrinkles and creases. It is commonly used to reduce crow’s feet, lip lines, and frown lines. If you are considering Botox, here’s what you should know about what it can do for you and what to expect.

How a Botox procedure works

Botox is injected into specific muscles using a fine needle and works by blocking the signals between muscles and nerves that make a face contract. The result is a more smooth and relaxed look. Botox injections are commonly used for a variety of wrinkles including forehead lines, frown lines, lip lines, and the areas around the mouth and neck. Botox cannot reduce wrinkles created by sun damage, cigarette smoking, or gravity. This is because these wrinkles are not caused by facial contractions.

What can I expect from my Botox treatment?

A full Botox procedure takes mere minutes and can be done during your lunch break. You will not be able to see the full results of Botox injections until about one week after the procedure. Botox injections can last up to four months. As you routinely get Botox injections, the muscles are trained to relax, and treatments are needed less often.

Two weeks before your Botox appointment do not take any anti-inflammatory medications or aspirin. One week prior, avoid alcohol. These precautions will help reduce bruising.

Am I a good candidate for Botox?

If you are in general good health and want to reduce your facial wrinkles, Botox is an excellent option for you. If you are breastfeeding, pregnant, or have a neurological disease, you should not get Botox injections.

Insurance and Botox

Insurance does not typically cover Botox because it is a cosmetic procedure. If you have questions about your health coverage or need clarification on what it includes, contact your insurance company for more details.

Arrange a consultation

If you are interested in getting Botox injections or any of the other services we offer at Aura Skin Spa, contact us today. You can reach our team at 415-788-3800 to schedule your consultation. We’re excited to hear from you!

Laser Hair Removal San Francisco CA

Laser Hair Removal: The Treatment you Didn’t Know you Wanted

Laser hair removal is enormously popular and ranks as one of the most common cosmetic procedures in the U.S. With the promise of no more plucking, tweezing, or waxing, its no wonder people love it so much. If you are considering getting laser hair removal, here’s what you should know:

 The Benefits of Laser Hair Removal

No waxing, no plucking, and no shaving. Who wouldn’t want that? Laser hair removal is precise, dependable, and quick. Using highly concentrated light, lasers pinpoint and destroy hair follicles. These lasers can target the coarse, dark hairs while leaving the skin around it unscathed.

Laser hair removal is a speedy process. With each pulse of light, the laser can treat many hairs at the same time in less than a second. If you want your upper lip treated, it will likely take a few minutes. If you are treating a larger area like your back, it can take an hour.

Laser hair removal is predictable. Most people experience permanent hair loss after about three to seven laser hair removal sessions.

Preparation for the Laser Hair Removal procedure

Laser hair removal is a medical procedure. This means you should be mindful of the doctor you select to perform the treatment. Be sure you select a doctor with experience and the proper credentials to minimize your risk of complications.

If you choose to get laser hair removal, you should not pluck, tweeze, or wax for about six weeks leading up to the treatment. To be effective, the laser must pinpoint hair roots. It can’t do that if those roots are temporarily removed by shaving, for example. Also, you will need to limit your sun exposure for the six weeks leading up to and after your treatment. This will help minimize the risk of complications as well.

The cost of Laser Hair Removal

The cost of laser hair removal depends on several factors. These include the number of treatments you need, the part of the country you are having the procedure done, and the size of the area being treated.

Schedule an appointment

If you are interested in laser hair removal, schedule an appointment with Aura Skin Spa today at (415) 788-3800. We look forward to hearing from you!

Fat Reduction San Francisco CA

How to Curb your Holiday Food Cravings

Cravings, in general, are quite the monster to wrangle, but when the holidays roll around, they may feel completely uncontrollable. Luckily, you don’t have to be at the mercy of occasional or chronic cravings. Simple behavioral and mental tricks can help you navigate Thanksgiving and Christmas treats while still enjoying the holidays.

Identify healthy food substitutes

During your workday, fellow employees are sure to bring in holiday treats to share. Have your stash of snacks on hand like whole grain crackers and cheese, apples and peanut butter, or vegetables and hummus. You’ll notice you won’t experience the same sugar high and subsequent crash like your colleagues.

If you crave it, eat it less often.

This may seem like an obvious thing to do, but we may have difficulty doing it. When we give in to our cravings every time, we’re merely reinforcing the habit of eating badly. This doesn’t mean you need to stop eating your favorite sweets or treats completely, just do so less often.

Understand and use portion control

It is fine to allow yourself to have a favorite food you crave. But don’t eat the whole cake, just a proper portion. Also, don’t buy holiday treats to fill your cabinets at home. By doing this, you’re just asking for an afternoon binge on Christmas cookies or your favorite holiday fudge. As you resist foods you crave, you will help diminish the link between mindless eating and environmental cues.

Take up a new hobby

Take out those paintbrushes and canvas you’ve had stored since college and try your hand at creating a winter scene. The trick here is to distract your mind from food cravings with non-food activities. If painting isn’t your thing, do 100 jumping jacks, go for a walk, read a favorite book, or call a friend to say Happy Holidays.

Schedule an appointment

To find out how to feel and look your best this holiday season, call Aura Skin Spa today. Our services include everything from laser therapy, fat reduction, to specialized skin treatments. Call our team now with any questions you may have. You can reach our office at 415-788-3800. We’re excited to hear from you!