Great Skin from Within

Great Skin from Within

Great Skin from Within

Skin treatments and advanced products can go a long way in keeping you feeling refreshed and beautiful, but what you put into your body is just as important as how you treat your skin. Making an effort to maintain a pattern of healthy dieting and exercising will keep your skin looking radiant and keep you feeling young.

At Angell Medical Spa, we offer a wide variety of skin care treatments to rejuvenate your complexion, alongside professional skin care consultations to promote a comprehensive approach to healthier and younger-looking skin.

Acne-Fighting Foods

A proper skin care routine can go a long way toward keeping your skin acne free, but a healthy diet can give your body the extra boost it needs to fight pore-clogging cells. Studies have shown that high blood sugar correlates with an increase in acne, so consider cutting back on foods high in sugar and switching out white bread in favor of whole grain options.

It’s no secret that eating plenty of fruits and vegetables is the recommendation of doctors everywhere, but, in addition to their numerous health benefits, they also play a part in keeping skin clear. Fresh produce that is high in antioxidants and vitamins, like carrots, avocados and tomatoes, can keep your skin looking fresh and invigorated while ensuring you feel your best.

Combating Premature Aging

While developing wrinkles is an inevitable part of life, no one should have to worry about looking older than they feel. A well-rounded diet can keep you looking and feeling healthy, effectively fighting any early signs of aging. Keeping unnatural, processed foods out of your body while working to incorporate healthy foods with natural fats into your diet, like fresh salmon, olive oil and dark chocolate, will supply your body with the nutrients it needs to produce wrinkle-free skin.

Collagen plays a huge role in keeping skin supportive and hydrated and is directly affected by the body’s supply of nutrients. Foods like fresh oranges, bell peppers and spinach will help your body produce the collagen it needs to keep skin looking young. If you are worried that your daily vitamin intake is not sufficient, adding a simple adult multivitamin to your diet will ensure you have all of your bases covered.

Staying Hydrated

Your body needs proper hydration to not only function well but also keep you looking your best. As the body ages, its volume of hyaluronic acid (HA) present in the skin gradually decreases. HA is a naturally-occurring sugar molecule that keeps skin elastic and hydrated. Wrinkles form as a result of skin aging and losing its hydration, so keeping your body well-hydrated can translate into visible results in your complexion. Shoot for about 60 ounces of water per day, or around eight glasses full. Foods like watermelon, cucumber and celery are also great sources of water and will give your body an added boost of hydration.

Keeping your skin healthy is all about treating it right. If your skin has taken on a dull, tired appearance or you have some sun damage you would like to eliminate, schedule an appointment with Angell Medical Spa. We offer an assortment of skin care options, including chemical peels and advanced products from SkinCeuticals, for all of your skin care needs. Call us today at 916-905-2372 to schedule a consultation.

Chin Up!

Chin Up!

Chin Up!

Has your double chin gotten the best of your self-confidence? The dreaded double chin is a bane of people everywhere and develops as a result of submental fullness, or the accumulation of fat underneath the chin. Some people are naturally predisposed to store fat in the submental region and are unable to eliminate their submental fullness no matter how healthy they eat or how active their lifestyle is.

Kybella is an FDA-approved injectable treatment that destroys fat cells underneath the chin, directly targeting submental fullness. At Angell Medical Spa, our team is proud to offer this treatment to patients interested in finally eliminating their double chin and creating a slimmer and tighter jawline.

The Science Behind Kybella

Kybella’s primary ingredient is deoxycholic acid, a naturally-occurring acid found in the human body. After injecting Kybella directly into the subcutaneous fat underneath the chin, the synthetic deoxycholic acid destroys the outer fat cell membranes, rendering them incapable of storing fat. These fat cells are then gradually eliminated by the natural metabolism of the body through the lymphatic and circulatory systems. In other words, Kybella takes care of those pesky fat cells and leaves your body in charge of handling the cleanup.

Kybella vs. Liposuction

Kybella was introduced as a nonsurgical alternative to liposuction, the most popular surgical method for fat removal. During liposuction, fat cells are suctioned out of the body through thin metal tubes that are inserted through small incisions. While liposuction produces effective results and can be used to target submental fullness, not every patient wants to resort to a surgical means for fat removal.

While liposuction is a safe procedure, surgery brings inherent risks through the use of anesthesia and produces prolonged side effects. Small incisions in the skin can also result in scarring, which may not be an equal trade-off in an area as visible as the neck.

Kybella provides comparable results without the need to undergo surgery. Kybella appointments only take about 20 minutes and are perfect for anyone with a busy schedule. Liposuction may be a suitable option for some patients to remove their submental fullness, but Kybella provides a level of flexibility that surgery cannot match.

Results in as Little as Two Treatments

The amount of Kybella treatments necessary to achieve the desired results depends on the amount of submental fat targeted for removal. Most patients need about two to four treatments to experience optimal results, with about a month in between each appointment. Treatments are relatively comfortable, and ice packs, cold compresses and topical anesthesia will be provided to minimize pain during and after treatment.

After a series of injections in the targeted area, patients are free to be on their way and return to work and other daily activities. Some mild bruising and swelling are typical for the first couple of weeks, so plan on scheduling your appointments right before the weekend to maximize recovery time if you’re concerned about potential visible side effects.

Lifelong Results

While Kybella has many benefits that put it at the forefront of noninvasive fat removal treatments, its greatest strength lies in its ability to produce lifelong results. Once Kybella kills fat cells and the body removes them, they are gone for good. Your final results will develop in four to six weeks as swelling diminishes and your body continues to clear out the dead cells. Unlike other injectable treatments, you will not have to schedule regular maintenance appointments or come in for touch-ups. The results you see after your final treatment will reflect the look of your neck and jawline for years to come.

If this nonsurgical treatment to reduce submental fullness interests you, call Angell Medical Spa today at 916-905-2372 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Angell and Jason Peugh, PA-C.

Pucker Up for Valentine’s Day

Pucker Up for Valentine’s Day

Pucker Up for Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day, treat yourself or a loved one to Juvéderm® lip treatments. Juvéderm® is a family of FDA-approved injectable fillers that can leave patients satisfied for up to one year. If your lips are thin, asymmetrical or could just use a little love, then be sure to schedule an appointment this month to come into Angell Medical Spa for a Juvéderm® treatment.

Get Plump, Kissable Lips with Juvéderm®

Juvéderm® Ultra XC and Juvéderm® Volbella XC are two Juvéderm® products specially designed to add volume and shape to the lips. Juvéderm® products are made with a smooth formulation that adds fullness for surgery-free lip augmentation. Juvéderm® is made of hyaluronic acid, a naturally-occurring substance found in the body that keeps skin hydrated, and lidocaine, a numbing agent that makes injections more comfortable.

Appointments take about 30 minutes and are performed in the comfort of our Sacramento office. Using a series of precise injections, Dr. Angell and Jason Peugh, PA-C, will add volume to your lips according to your preferences and beauty goals discussed during an initial consultation.

Juvéderm® Volbella XC can be used to soften the appearance of vertical lips lines, in addition to volumizing lips. If you are bothered by perioral wrinkles above your lips, commonly referred to as “smoker’s lines,” let us know and we will discuss a comprehensive treatment plan for all of your concerns. Juvéderm® products can be used to treat a wide range of facial wrinkles and imperfections, so if you are satisfied with your lip treatments, ask us what else Juvéderm® can do for you.

Easy Recovery, Fast Results

After your quick appointment, results develop quickly. You will notice an immediate difference in the size and shape of your lips, although there may also be some temporary bruising, swelling or numbness. These side effects are mild and typically last three days to one week. We recommend scheduling your Juvéderm® treatments on a Thursday or Friday to allow time for side effects to diminish over the weekend.

The treatment itself is relatively painless, although you may experience some mild discomfort. The lidocaine present in Juvéderm’s® unique formulation numbs the lips during the injection, but topical anesthesia or numbing creams can also be provided upon request for added comfort.

Results from Juvéderm® treatments can last up to one year, making it one of the longest-lasting injectable fillers on the market. Results will gradually fade with time, so be sure to come back in for an annual maintenance appointment to maintain your results. If for any reason you are not satisfied with your new lips, you can rest easy knowing that the results are temporary and your regular lip shape will return with time.

Juvéderm® Treatments and More at Angell Medical Spa

At Angell Medical Spa, we would love to help you achieve your beauty goals. This Valentine’s Day, schedule a Juvéderm® appointment to treat yourself or a loved one to surgery-free lip enhancement. Call us today at 916-905-2372 to book your appointment. Dr. Angell and Jason Peugh, PA-C, look forward to hearing from you!