Botox® San Francisco CA

Botox Basics

Do you want smoother and younger looking skin? Botox Cosmetic is a non surgical injectable that temporarily smooths out frown lines, brow lines, crows feet, and other pesky wrinkles. At Aura Skin Spa, our physicians use the latest and safest methods for administering Botox to our patients. A Botox treatment is so quick, it can be done during your lunch break or before work. With no down time or recovery time necessary, you can resume your normal work schedule and most of your activities.

How does Botox work?

Botox Cosmetic is a purified protein created by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium. Upon injection, it works to relax the muscles that create frown lines, forehead wrinkles, and crows feet. As a result of Botox injections, you will begin to notice reduced wrinkles at the injection sight. This smooth appearance will last up to four months.

Are you a good candidate?

If you are between the ages of 18 and 65 and looking for a more youthful appearance, Botox may be the right treatment for you. At Aura Skin Spa, consultations are free and are done with a board certified physician. During your consultation, the physician will ask what your goals and expectations are along with a history of your medical health. Be prepared to share any medications or supplements you are currently taking. Those in general good health are typically great candidates for Botox. If you are nursing or pregnant, you should wait until after you are no longer the source of nourishment for your baby before you pursue Botox.

What happens during a Botox treatment?

Your Botox treatment will occur at Aura Skin Spa. Our comfortable and private office offers you the space and solitude you need to have a relaxing appointment. Our treatments are performed only by board certified physicians who have the experience and qualifications to administer Botox Cosmetic. Anesthesia is not necessary but the injection sight may be numbed with a cream or ice pack to help prevent discomfort. You will begin to notice a more youthful and smooth appearance within only days after your Botox treatment.

Arrange a consultation

For more information about Botox Cosmetic, contact Aura Skin Spa today. You can reach our team by contacting us at (415) 788-3800 at our office located in San Francisco, CA.

LipoSonix® San Francisco CA

What LipoSonix Can Do For Your Waistline

Are you anxious to get rid of stubborn abdominal fat? LipoSonix is an innovative fat reduction treatment that is non invasive with zero recovery time. Here’s what you need to know about LipoSonix.

How it works

LipoSonix results are noticeable after only one treatment. The procedure works by utilizing focused ultrasound (HIFU) energy to get rid of fat cells and contour the body. Here is how the process works specifically: First, the head of the LipoSonix device is pressed onto the designated treatment area. Next, HIFU energy is focused on the treatment area to create a process that reduces fat cells beneath the skin surface. After that, the fat forms a lesion while the skin surface stays unharmed. Lastly, the body eliminates the fat lesion through natural processes resulting in a thinner waist.

What to expect

After your LipoSonix treatment, you will be able to resume your normal day to day activities immediately. With no down time, LipoSonix can easily fit into any schedule, no matter how busy. Patients will recognize a change in their waistline about 2-3 months following the treatment. This is usually the time it takes for the body to process and eliminate the fat that was targeted during the procedure.

The right candidate

If you are near your perfect weight but can’t seem to get rid of that extra abdominal fat through diet and exercise, LipoSonix is for you. You are also a good candidate for this procedure if: you have a body mass index under 30, you are in general good health, you have realistic expectations about LipoSonix, and you can pinch about an inch of fat at your waist.

Arrange a consultation

To find out more about LipoSonix and other fat reduction services at Aura Skin Spa, call us at 415-788-3800. We look forward to discussing what fat reduction treatments fit best with your lifestyle and physique. We’re excited to help you feel and look your absolute best this summer.

Microdermabrasion San Francisco, CA

Common Questions About Microdermabrasion

This summer, Aura Skin Spa can help you put your best face forward with microdermabrasion. If you want a non-invasive way to refresh and rejuvenate your skin, microdermabrasion can help you. Let’s discuss some common questions that patients have about how microdermabrasion works and what it can do for you today.

How does a microdermabrasion treatment work?

Microdermabrasion involves the use of a minimally invasive instrument that gently scrubs away the top layer of skin. This will reveal a fresh layer that has less of the imperfections that exist on the surface layer of skin.

What are the risks and benefits of microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion can improve the skin by diminishing the appearance of pores, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, decreasing stretch marks, and improving scars. As we age, collagen production decreases which can result in uneven or loose skin. Microdermabrasion offers a simple solution for aging skin by increasing the presence of collagen, which creates a more taut, even, and smooth appearance.

If you have any discomfort during or after a microdermabrasion treatment, it is temporary. Redness and swelling are possible after your treatment, but it will diminish within 24 hours. For the first week after a treatment, some patients report that their skin felt dry or flaky. Bruising is also a possibility due to the suction like force that the treatment involves. All of these irritations are non-permanent. For the first few days after your treatment, make sure you avoid sunlight on your skin. If you do go outside, remember to apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 and UVB as well as UVA protection.

How many microdermabrasion treatments are needed?

The severity of your individual skin condition will dictate how often you need microdermabrasion treatments. For some patients, it is recommended that they receive a microdermabrasion treatment every two weeks to one month.

Schedule a consultation

To learn more about how microdermabrasion can refresh and rejuvenate your look, call Aura Skin Spa today at (415) 788-3800, at our office located in San Francisco, California. We look forward to helping you look and feel your best this summer.

Skincare San Francisco CA

Summertime Sunscreen Tips for Protecting Your Skin

Your skin is a phenomenal organ that protects your body while also revealing your age. As the largest organ you have, your skin needs to be taken care of, particularly during the summer months. The sun’s rays can ruin your skin and lead to the development of skin cancer. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) reports that one in five Americans will eventually get skin cancer. In addition, sun exposure can lead to the development of cataracts, wrinkles, dryness, age spots, and premature aging. Here’s how you can protect your skin this summer.

Sun protection and Sunscreen

Remember, you can still get hit by the sun’s rays when it is foggy, overcast, or misty outside. Sun exposure is possible all year round but is particularly high in the summer. If you are concerned about the health and or beauty of your skin, consider how you can integrate the following sunscreen tips into your daily behavior.

First, wear sunscreen. This simple but often overlooked habit can do wonders to protect your skin. Sunscreen is available in lotions, creams, ointments, gels, wax sticks, and sprays. The trick is to find a sunscreen you like so you’ll use it more. When you get ready for the day, apply sunscreen before heading out the door. If you are visiting the beach, apply at least 1 ounce on your entire body. If you are outdoors for an extended period of time or swimming or sweating, reapply sunscreen every few hours.

Make sure your sunscreen is water resistant so water can’t remove it. Check the label to ensure it is SPF 15 or higher. Keep in mind that your skin can still get damaged from the sun even if you don’t get sunburned. Next, check that the sunscreen provides broad-spectrum protection and will block out UVB and UVA light.

Arrange a consultation

If you are looking for additional ways to achieve more youthful looking skin, contact Aura Skin Spa today. You can reach our office by calling (415) 788-3800. We’re excited to help you look and feel your best!

Cellulite Treatment San Francisco CA

Everything you Want (and don’t want) to Know about Cellulite

Cottage cheese skin, dimpled skin, orange peel skin, and the mattress phenomenon. These are all terms used to describe the severity of cellulite. Cellulite happens when fat deposits emerge between the connective tissue underneath the skin. Both men and women can get cellulite but it is far more common in men. It impacts 80-90 percent of women and typically affects the buttocks and thigh regions.

You can possibly prevent cellulite

Studies show that a low fat diet can help prevent severe cellulite. Regular exercise and a lack of smoking can also contribute to helping quell the occurrence of cellulite.

There are different grades of cellulite

Mild cellulite is typified by an orange peel appearance to the skin along with 1-4 topical depressions. The skin may also appear to be sagging or draped. Moderate cellulite comes in the form of five to nine depressions in the skin and has the look of cottage cheese with the skin moderately draped. The last and most severe form takes on a “mattress” look and has around 10 deep depressions along with extremely draped skin.

The cause of cellulite is unknown

Science is unsure of what exactly is to blame for cellulite formation. As mentioned previously, it is in part due to the relationship between the connective tissue and the dermatological layer of the skin. In this layer of skin, women have fat cells and connective tissues that are designed vertically. For men, it is a crisscross appearance. This variation in fat and connective tissue design may be responsible for why cellulite is more noticeable in women.

Cellulite typically begins to forma after age 25

The incidence of cellulite increases with age, but there are other factors that can make it more likely. Genetics, lifestyle choices, and hormones may all contribute to the formation of cellulite. For instance, individuals who make fat, carbohydrates and salt a major part of their diet are more susceptible to cellulite formation. Cellulite is far more common in individuals who are overweight, but can also develop in thin people as well.

Arrange a consultation

To find out how Aura Skin Spa can help you look and feel your best, call us today. You can reach our office at (415) 788-3800, located in San Francisco, California.

Thermage® San Francisco CA

Renew Your Appearance with Thermage

Do you want to smooth your skin or improve the appearance of cellulite? Thermage can deliver just that. Thermage CPT Technology is a specialized radio frequency treatment made to deliver a more sleek, smooth, and younger feel to your skin. Thermage is generally used on the face, neck, eyes, and overall body.

How Thermage Science Works

Thermage treatments use radio frequency energy to encourage the body’s natural renewal system. This smart technology is a simple process and combines heat energy and cooling effects to protect the skin and help the patient feel comfortable. The latest update to Thermage technology uses patented Comfort Pulse Technology, which uses regular cooling and gentle vibrations to enhance your comfort during the treatment.

Thermage Treatment

Thermage transforms the skin by focusing below the surface to diminish skin imperfections caused by age and environmental factors. Thermage can smoothen wrinkled or uneven skin and provide enhanced facial definition for the neckline, jaw, and eyes. Thermage will tone undesirable bulges or dimples on the face and body while allowing the patient to feel comfortable during the process. Treatments generally last 45-90 minutes depending on the size of the area being addressed. Since recovery time is minimal, Thermage is an excellent skin enhancement option for those that cannot spend a lot of time away from work to recover.

Thermage Results

It takes only one treatment to see and notice real and natural results from Thermage. In merely one day, patients report that their skin looks more taut and smooth. Your skin can continue to improve for up to six months after the treatment as the body regenerates collagen. Your results can last years.

Arrange a Consultation

At Aura Skin Spa we pride ourselves in the quality and quantity of services we offer our clientele. Thermage is one of several skin enhancement treatments that we are excited to provide our patients. If you are interested in how Thermage can tone and smooth your skin, don’t hesitate to arrange a consultation with Aura Skin Spa to discuss your expectations and how the treatment works. Call our office at 415-788-3800. We’re excited to hear from you!

Laser Hair Removal San Francisco CA

Get Ready for Spring with Laser Hair Removal

Are you tired of shaving, tweezing, or waxing to get rid of unwanted hair? Laser hair removal offers a long-term solution and is an excellent option to consider. Laser hair removal is hugely popular in the U.S. and stands as one of the most common cosmetic procedures to date. Laser hair removal works by beaming light into hair follicles. These follicles absorb light, which destroys the hair.

The benefits

Laser hair removal can eliminate hair from the face, underarm, bikini line, arms, legs, and other areas. The procedure is precise and can pinpoint dark, coarse hairs and leave the surrounding hair untouched.

Laser hair removal is fast and efficient. With every laser pulse, many hairs can be treated simultaneously. Small areas of the body, like the upper lip, can be treated in less than one minute. The back of the legs and other large areas may take about one hour to treat.

Best of all, laser hair removal is predictable. Many patients report having permanent hair loss after about three to seven treatments.

How to prepare

If you are planning on getting laser hair removal, you should avoid electrolysis, plucking, and wax for six weeks before your appointment. Lasers pinpoint the hair root. If plucking or waxing is done, the root is temporarily removed. Also, limit your exposure to the sun six weeks before and after your treatment. Excessive sun exposure has the potential to make complications more likely.

Recovery and risks

For a few days after your treatment, the area will feel like it is sunburned. You can use cool compresses and certain moisturizers to help alleviate any discomfort. If you had laser hair removal on your face, you might wear makeup as soon as the next day if your skin is not blistered. Over the course of the next month, the treated hair will gradually fall out. Blisters are uncommon, ·but those with darker complexions are more susceptible. Swelling, redness, and scarring are also possible though permanent scarring is rare.

Schedule a consultation

If you are interested in laser hair removal, schedule your consultation with Aura Skin Spa today. You can reach our team by calling (415) 788-3800, located in San Francisco, California.

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.