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The difference between MedSpa and Day Spa | Buffalo Aesthetics

I find myself answering that question a few times a week since I started working at Buffalo Aesthetics. Most people when they hear the word “Spa” have an image in their head of a calm dimly lit atmosphere, essential oils defusing and tranquil music playing softly in the background. No one knows for sure where th term “Spa” came from, however there are a few theories one being the word spa comes from a small Belgian village called Spa, where hot mineral springs were used by Roman soldiers to treat aching muscles and wounds from a battle. In 1326, Collin le Loup, discovered the mineral springs in the town of Spa, Belgium. Around these springs, a health resort was built and the term “spa” came to refer to any health resort located near natural springs, associating the springs with the diseases they were thought to help cure.

When you go to a day spa you can expect relaxing facials, massages and other services meant to help their clients unwind, while also treating the clients skin and body. It is unlikely you will find the advanced technology to treat below the first layer of skin that you can find in a medical spa here. If you are looking to treat yourself to a relaxing experience, a day spa is the perfect option for you. Estheticians in day spas will analyze your skin type and can help you find what skin care routine you need to maintain the treatment received that day as well.

If you’re looking for quicker results and more permanent options you may want to consider a medical spa. Medical spas have the technology to dive deep into the world of cosmetics and skin care to be able to provide revolutionary treatments supervised by medical providers. With the guidance of a physician a more comprehensive approach to your skincare is established with prescription grade medications, along with services only a medical specialist can provide. These facilities also have Medical Aestheticians that can still perform traditional facials and skin analysis. MedSpas fuse medical technology with traditional spa services. Medical spas include non-invasive cosmetic procedures such as Botox and Dysport, noninvasive face-lifts, fillers, and of course machine facials that use different types of radiofrequency to reach lower layers on the skin. You can find treatments for acne, acne scarring, aging skin, permanent hair removal, fat busting and more at a medical spa.

Which one is right for you? It depends on what experience you’re looking for and what your end goal is. There is no one size fits all when it comes to your skins health so it is best to do your research, ask your friends, and do what you feel is best for you.   

How to read our sunscreen label | Buffalo Aesthetics

What is Broad Spectrum?

Your Sunscreen should definitely say Broad Spectrum- this ensures both UVA and UVB protection. UVA are aging rays that penetrate deep into the skin and break down collagen fibers. UVB are burning rays that affect the outer most layers of the skin. 

 What Does SPF stand for?

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and measures the amount of time a person can be in the sun before the skin starts to redden or burn. 

What is Water resistant & Sweat resistant?

These terms indicate whether the sunscreen remains effective for 40 minutes or 80 minutes when you are swimming or sweating. No sunscreen is fully “waterproof” or “sweatproof,” the FDA prohibits these terms.

Looking for Active Ingredients in Sunscreen

This area is really the most important label on your sunscreen. There are two main types of active sunscreen ingredients: chemical and physical. Chemical ingredients such as avobenzone and benzophenone, work by absorbing UV, reducing its penetration into the skin, but can also cause free radical damage to the skin. Physical ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide stay on top of the skin and deflect UV rays, giving a “screened” protection. Many sunscreens available today combine chemical and physical ingredients. 

Skin Tightening and Contouring | Venus Freeze

As we get older, our bodies naturally produce less collagen, leading to skin that looks dull and noticeably aged. Venus Freeze™ provides an extremely comfortable solution that boosts collagen production by heating the deeper layer of tissue under the skin. This treatment works to smoothen out fine lines and wrinkles, tighten sagging skin, and restore a refreshed, younger-looking appearance.  

Venus technologies work in unison to safely and comfortably heat the tissue under the surface of your skin, which encourages the body to produce more collagen and elastin fibers. This process results in firmer, smoother skin that looks noticeably more youthful on the surface.  

Venus Contouring can be used everywhere on the body from eyes to thighs. Smooth under eye wrinkles, define the jawline, reduce belly fat & smooth cellulite on thighs!

This treatment is safe for all skin types and skin tones! A series of 8 treatments are necessary for best results and should be done 7-10 days apart. The treatment itself takes 30 minutes and there is no downtime afterwards. Clients can resume all daily activities immediately after each session.

Whats the deal with Hyperpigementation?
With any type of sun exposure we see a ton of hyperpigmentation not only on the face, but the neck, chest and hands as well!
Hyperpigmenation or “brown spots” are typically a result of old sun damage from past years making its way to the surface of the skin, however some brown spots can also be from hormonal fluctuations stemming from past pregnancies or birth controls. Hyperpigmentation can also be a scar from old break outs as well.
Luckily, there are very effective treatments to safely lighten and reduce hyperpigmentation!
Simple steps include SPF, skin protection, and routine moisturization and maintenance of your skin.
At home skincare is extremely crucial in reducing not only existing hyperpigmentation, but also what has not risen to the surface of the skin quite yet! Vitamins A,C,  and E help to even skin tone and inhibit the over production of melanin which creates future hyperpigmentation as well.
In office services can range, from an array of skin peels to lasers services. In particular an IPL photoofacial is a great, non invasive, pain free, and fast way to reduce visible brown spots on the skin. A flash of light is delivered to the skin and is absorbed by the brown spots. From there the brown spots begin to naturally exfoliate off, reducing the visible color. A series of 3 IPL sessions is always recommended to effectively reduce all visible hyperpigmentation.
Our Aestheticians at Buffalo Aesthetics provide a skin assessment to ensure the most effective at home skincare treatment to aid in the prevention and reducing of hyperpigmentation.
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What is Dermaplaning?
What is dermaplaning? 
A physical exfoliation with a blade to gentle lift dead skin and fine “peach fuzz” vellus hairs off of the face. Exfoliation of dead skin cells improves product penetration. 
What do I need to do before dermaplaning? 
Nothing preparation wise needs to be done prior to receiving treatment. To ensure you can receive the most effective treatment, wait 2-4 weeks post chemical peel or waxing.
What do I need to do after dermaplaning?
There are no restrictions after treatments. Clients are able to wear makeup, work out, sweat ect. Keeping the skin fully hydrated with topical skin care and sufficient water intake will prolong your benefits. 
What does dermaplaning feel like? 
The treatment its self feels like a tickling sensation when gliding over the skin. 
What will my skin look like after Dermaplaning? 
Immediately after treatment your skin will be glowing, free of “peach fuzz” vellus hairs, and mildly pink. 
Who can have Dermaplaning? 
All skin types are candidates for Dermaplaning. Areas with active acne will be avoided. 
How long will results last?
Smoother skin texture and removal of vellus hairs can last up to 4 weeks. 
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Eight ways to maintain a youthful appearance with Buffalo Aesthetics
  1. 1. Get plenty of rest!
  2. 2. Apply a Vitamin A Serum in the morning and at night to replenish the depletion of these essential nutrient to the skin. Vitamin A normalizes the skin functions and factors like sun and free radicals constantly damage healthy cells.
  3. 3. Get regular facials! Not only does this reduce stress, but medical grade facial also improve skins tone and texture- reducing the appearance of fine lines.
  4. 4. Apply Vitamin C & E Serum in the morning and at night. Similar to Vitamin A- Vitamins C & E are essential to aging skin. C & E brighten visible and underlying pigmentation.
  5. 5. Apply a Mineral SPF! Mineral SPF’s are a physical shield from the sun and its harmful effects on healthy tissue. Mineral SPF can be applied in a cream or powder form- making it easy to apply as part of your moisturizing step OR as a makeup!
  6. 6. Choose Products without Chemical Preservatives. Choosing an effective skincare line can be tough! Environ Skincare delivers high, active ingredients into the skin without fragrances, chemicals or preservatives!
  7. 7. Drink Plenty of Water. Drinking water pre and post facial helps to detoxify the skin and clear out harmful toxins.
  8. 8. Apply Antioxidants! Antioxidants neutralize free radical damage, pollutants and harmful sun rays. Applying this in the morning is crucial to skin health throughout the day.
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Planning Your Facial – before and after
Facials are a great, relaxing way to keep the skin healthy and glowing. We recommend facials to be done every 6-8 weeks in order to keep the skin balanced and your at home regimen effectively working. 
Do’s 
-Drink lots of water to keep the skin hydrated and to flush out toxins post facial. Hydration means longer lasting results!
-Keep up with exfoliation. Daily use of a Toner is a chemical exfoliation which sloughs off dead skin cells. 
-Use a brightening serum. We love our C Boost which is rich in antioxidants and boosts collagen production.
-Book your 6-8 week appointment before leaving the office. This helps keep you accountable between treatments! Also, prepaid packages are discounted!
Don’ts 
-Avoid any sun exposure, spray tans or self tanner. A facial can give an uneven tone to the color of the spray tan & sun exposure will make the skin more sensitive. 
-Wait 12-24 hours to work out heavily after a facial. Deep cleansing and exfoliation can cause inflammation in the skin, and working out can cause even more inflammation. 
-Don’t pick at any exfoliating skin. Picking skin of before it is ready to shed can cause scaring and discoloration. 
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What is a Photofacial or IPL?
What is an IPL or photofacial?
IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light designed for improving skin tone (color of skin) by softening pigment and melanin irregularities. An IPL photofacial can treat a variety of skin concerns such as:
1) redness/flushing
2) facial vessels
3) brown spots
4) sun spots/age spots
Better known as a Photofacial, a flash of light is delivered to the skin with settings customized to exfoliate off brown spots or to close off blood vessels showing on the skin.
PhotoFacials are typically done is a series of 3 for optimal results. A clearing of red vessels and brown sun spots/freckles are seen after each treatment is performed. 
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What is Body Contouring with Venus Freeze?
What Is Venus Freeze Body Contouring And How Does It Work?
Venus Freeze Multi-Polar Radio Frequency and Pulsed Magnetic Fields are the Gold Standard in fat reduction and skin tightening.  Don’t be fooled by the name- there is no freezing involved, other than “freezing” the effects of time and aging on your body. Clients often compare the  treatments to a relaxing, hot stone massage—no needles, no chemicals, no pain. All gain!
 Multi-Polar Radio Frequency uses heat to target and reduce unwanted fat. This non invasive, no downtime treatment takes 15-30 minutes to complete. The heating of the skin tissues creates shrinkage of fat cells in the targeted area. Once the fat cells are shrunk, they are rid from the body through sweat and urine. This contouring treatment can be done on arms, abdomen, flanks, bra fat, buttocks, inner thighs and outer thighs.
Do I Need A Consultation?
A consultation with one of clinically education Aestheticians will determine if you are a good candidate for this treatment! Consultations are complimentary and often treatment is able to be started the same day!
What Do I Need To Do Before/After Treatment?
Clients should avoid any self tanners, spray tans and tanning bed prior to treatment.
Post treatments clients will be directed on proper use of their At Home Care System- Environ’s Body Profile Kit.
There is no downtime or restrictions post treatments.
Pink/redness to the treatment area is normal and will subside a few hours post treatment.
How Many Treatments Do I Need?
A series of 8 treatments is recommended for optimal results. 
These treatments are typically 7-10 days apart.
How Long Do My Results Last?
Your best result is seen 6-8 weeks after you complete your full series.
With proper spacing of treatments and continued use of your At Home Care System your results can continue to be seen up to 4 months post treatment series.
Most clients continue to do maintenance treatments once every season, 4 times per year, to ensure you keep the aging process at bay.
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FAQs | Fibroblast Skin Tigheting

FAQ’s about Fibroblast Skin Tightening

What is Fibroblast Skin tightening?
Under the supervision of a Doctor, Fibroblast Skin Tightening is a cosmetic treatment that uses plasma, an ionized gas, to tighten skin non-surgically. Plasma Fibroblast Skin Tightening is your alternative to surgical procedures to treat loose skin on the face, neck and body. This is very similar in comparison to an ablative laser in term of delivery of energy, however this device yields far less downtime and a more accurately delivered treatment.
What is a fibroblast?
Fibroblasts are cells in your skin that create collagen.
Why are fibroblasts important?
As we age, we lose fibroblast activity responsible for skin regeneration and collagen production. By Activating the fibroblasts with this procedure, we regenerate skin vitality.
How does Fibroblast Skin Tightening work?
Fibroblast Skin Tightening is a cosmetic skin treatment that utilizes heat energy delivered through a small needle with an electrical arch to create a controlled trauma to the skin, in turn stimulating the bodies regeneration which releases growth factors producing new collagen.
The production of new collagen fibers form tighter skin in the treatment area.
Where can Fibroblast Skin Tightening be done? 
Neck bands, sagging skin, wrinkles under eyes, loose skin on the eye lids, belly and arms are all treatable with Fibroblast Skin Tightening.
What happens during treatment?
Consent forms and post care procedures are viewed with your technician.
A topical numbing cream is applied to the area, making the treatment extremely tolerable.
A post treatment serums is applied once the full area is treated thoroughly.
What happens after treatment? 
After treatment small crusts form and fall of in 7-10 days.
Skin is tender for about 24hrs.
Cooling gel ice packs may be used post treatment.
Makeup is to be avoided for 24 hrs.
Any exfoliators or alcohol based products should be avoided for 10 days post treatment.
about 7-10 days post treatment the crusts will fall off revealing new pink skin.
What should I do before treatment?
No make-up is worn on the treatment area.
Lash extensions should be removed if treating eye lids or under eyes.
You may take an anti-histamine 60 minutes prior to your appointment to help with swelling and continue to take anti-histamines for 2-3 days following your appointment.
Prescription retinols and glycolic acids should be avoided for 3-5 days prior to treatment.
When will I see results? 
Tightening of the treatment area is seen and felt immediately post procedure. The areas full extent of results are visible 6-8 weeks post treatment.
How long do results last?
Results are visible for up to 3 years. At home treatments with medical grade skin care account for 51% of a lasting result.
How many treatments are required?
The number of treatments required will vary according to the area being treated, skin’s laxity, the desired degree of correction and the individual’s response to the treatment. Most clients see results instantly and this continues to improve over the course of the following 6-8 weeks. Further treatments can be carried out to get better results, although it is uncommon to require more than two treatments.
Who cannot have this treatment?
Clients skin should not be inflamed in the area we are treating prior to procedure.
Clients prone to keloid scars are not ideal candidates.
Clients with diabetes, healing disorders or lymphatic draining issues should not undergo treatment.
Clients with a sunburn/sun tan should postpone treatment.
Clients who have a history of Hyperpigmentation are not ideal candidates.
Clients must not display any tanning at the time of the treatment.
Clients must not display Herpes Simplex Virus (Cold sores/Fever blisters). You will need to reschedule your appointment if you are experiencing an outbreak.  If you have experienced Herpes Simplex Virus (Cold sores/Fever blisters) in the past you must see your Medical Doctor and obtain a prescription for Valtrex and begin taking it 3 days before treatment and for 4 days following treatment. (This applies for treatments surrounding the lip area only)
Not for clients with pace makers.
Not for clients who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
This treatment is only recommended on light-medium skin tones . Anyone with a darker complexions is at risk for Hyperpigmentation.
How long before I can wash my face?
after a period of 24 hours you will be able to wash your face.
How long before I can wear makeup?
After a period of 24 hours you can wear makeup?
Can I have other aesthetic treatments?
No peels, resurfacing, laser treatments, or injectables for 2 weeks.
Can I tan?
after 2 weeks you will be able to tan.
Can I flake off the spots?
No, the skin uses the spots as a shield to help underlying skin heal.
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