faq's

facials

A facial is a great way to treat your skin. Some of the benefits:
  • Helps improve your complexion
  • Evens out skin tone
  • Removes dead skin
  • Has deep cleansing qualities
  • Hydrates and/or detoxifies
  • Increases circulation and stimulates the skin
  • Slows down premature aging
  • Prevents wrinkles before they occur
  • Minimizes fine lines and wrinkles
  • Relaxing and soothing
A facial is ideal for anyone - Women, Men and Teens.

In most cases you should not have a reaction to a facial. It is possible that an allergic reaction may occur if a product is used that contains an ingredient that you may be allergic to. Sometimes you may develop an allergy to an ingredient that you have been using for a while. This happens very rarely. Please inform your aesthetician of all possible allergies you may have so that we can make your experience the best possible.

If you should experience a reaction after a facial, depending on how severe it is, you may want to take an OTC allergy medication to reduce symptoms. It is important to notify your aesthetician as soon as possible if you experience any negative reactions. If necessary, your aesthetician can take a look at your skin and give you further instruction as well as try to identify allergens. It is extremely important that your aesthetician knows about this, so that when you come in for your next facial, those products can be avoided.

Usually after a Microdermabrasion your skin looks and feels fresh. A slight tingling and redness may occur but usually goes away within a few hours. During the first 24 hours your skin might feel dry and tight. Some flaking may occur after the treatment. Be sure to use quality moisturizer and lots of sunscreen.

A reaction similar to a sunburn occurs following the procedure. Peeling usually involves redness, followed by scaling that ends within 7-10 days. This procedure may be repeated at one to four week intervals until desired clinical effect is achieved.

Microdermabrasion done by a professional is more intense than any at home kit. Because your actually blasting the dead skin away as opposed to rubbing it off. You also benefit from the vacuum of a machine which stimulates the collagen production. It is good to use the home kit for in between sessions as an exfoliator.

Two of the most popular skin care procedures today are microdermabrasion and chemical peel. In fact, many clients schedule their skin care treatment with the same regularity as they do an appointment with a hair stylist. Both procedure are controlled exfoliation processes which means that they remove the outer layer of dead skin and stimulate new cell growth which results in a smoother more glowing complexion. Microdermabrasion is sometimes called the “Lunch Time Peel” and uses a combination of tiny abrasive crystals and suction to slough off the old layers of skin. There is no ‘downtime’. Your skin looks great after this treatment. Microdermabrasion freshens the skin, helps repair sun damage, treats fine lines, smoothes blotchy or rough-textured skin and minimizes the effects of aging. You can get just one treatment but it is more beneficial if the procedure is done in a scheduled series and the results are seen gradually, increasing with each successive treatment. It is highly recommended to get a facial with this treatment. Your skin is receptive to all the products that are applied, so the results are even better.

Chemical peels use a chemically induced process to remove the damaged or old layers of skin and leave the skin with improvements in texture, tone and color. Peels are often done in a series and it takes approximately 3 to 7 days for the skin to heal. Even if you have sensitive skin there is a chemical peel that will work for you.

To achieve glowing skin and rejuvenate the complexion, both Microdermabrasion and chemical peels are usually done in a series. Because there may be some temporary flaking or redness, schedule your Microdermabrasion or peel one week before an important event.

A chemical peel is an accelerated form of exfoliation or skin renewal that is induced by the use of a chemical agent (i.e., AHAs, trichloroacetic acid [TCA], phenol acid, etc.).

Your comfort level will depend on the strength and depth of the peel. Many patients experience stinging, burning or slight discomfort with the chemical peeling agents. We will give you a fan to use to minimize the stinging.

Alpha-hydroxy acids are nontoxic substances derived from various sources, including citrus fruits, apples, sugar cane and sour milk. AHAs affect both the epidermis and dermis, causing cells to shed more quickly and certain layers to thicken. The two most common AHAs are glycolic and lactic acids.

AHAs are water-soluble and are thought to stimulate skin renewal by speeding up exfoliation of the top layer of the skin (epidermis) as well as stimulate collagen production in the dermis. BHAs are lipid (oil) soluble and therefore have been shown to be effective in the treatment of acne.

AHAs are considered light or superficial peels. They are used in concentrations of 20%-70% by a physician or under a physician’s supervision. The objective of a glycolic acid peel is to speed up the natural skin renewal process, not to wound the skin. Medium depth peels use a stronger chemical agent, typically a 10%-30% concentration trichloroacetic acid (TCA), to create a deeper wound to the skin than light, superficial peels. The medium depth peel is generally used to treat patients with moderate photo aging. The healing period is approximately one week to 10 days.

A TCA (trichloro acetic acid) is a medium strength peel and is highly effective in treating fine lines, discoloration, rough texture and uneven skin tone. It will improve superficial discoloration, such as age spots. It may improve blotches and can sometimes improve dark circles under your eyes.

There will be little discomfort following the procedure. Your face will initially appear red. Within a few days, your superficial layers of skin will turn dark, become stiff, and resemble leather. They will then crack, flake, and peel. Flaking is usually complete in four to seven days. Once your old skin has sloughed, your new skin will be bright and flushed. Once your skin has finished peeling, you may begin wearing makeup. You will physically be able to return to work immediately, but your appearance may preclude this. Most are able to comfortably return to public within seven days. You should resume skin care within two weeks of your procedure. Your flushed appearance will fade slowly over several weeks.

waxing

The area to be waxed is exposed, cleaned with an antiseptic, then dusted with a light powder. A rapidly, hardening green wax is applied in manageable sections to the area, using a wooded applicator, then briskly removed by hand, not by a muslin strip, taking the wax and the hair with it. It is a quick process.

We cannot wax client that are taking Accutane, using Retin-A, have just tanned in the sun or tanning bed or are on any antibiotics that contribute to increased skin sensitivity. Menstruation does NOT prevent you from waxing, although your skin may feel a bit more sensitive.

Hair growth should be at least 1/4” for most effective waxing. Rule of thumb is: if you can’t grab the hair with your fingers (not fingernails) than the hair are not long enough. The longer you can wait the better the results will be.

Most peoples hair grows back within 3 to 4 weeks. Hair grows in 3 phases, so you may see the next phase growing in just a little in the next week or so. Hair growth becomes less and finer the more you wax.

The removal of the hair outside the bikini area on the pelvis and inner thigh.

The complete removal of ALL hair, from front to back. The client is free to exclude any particular area. Women often prefer to leave a small strip of hair above the pubic bone. This is commonly called ‘Playboy”.

massage

Please arrive approximately 10-15 minutes prior to your appointment. A guest experience associate will help you complete the necessary paperwork prior to your massage. Be sure to communicate with your massage therapist before, during and after your massage. Take off only as much clothing as you feel comfortable removing. After your massage, be sure to get up slowly and drink extra water. Your massage therapist will go over any special instructions with you following your massage. You can expect to have your massage in a safe, nurturing environment.

You'll start the session by filling out some confidential paperwork, and we will discuss your goals, even if it is just to relax and de-stress. You will then be left alone in the massage room to undress to your level of comfort. You'll get on the massage table, where you will cover yourself up with the sheet and blankets. We don't enter the room until you tell your therapist that you are ready. Your therapist will ask a few questions about your concerns and determine wich massage is right for you then will start the massage.There is music playing in the background, unless you prefer silence. When the massage is done, We leave the room for you to re-dress in private.

This is one of the most common massage FAQs that we get. We find that most people start with a 50 minute massage. That's enough time to cover the entire body. A half hour is only enough time for a specific area or two - such as back and neck. A lot of people prefer to come in for an hour and 1/2, as that way they can get the full body massage, with extra time on any problem areas.

Wear whatever you are comfortable in. Some people that come straight from work like to bring a change of clothes for after the massage. If you prefer to receive massage through your clothing, then you might want to wear something that isn't too tight, for example sweat pants/t-shirts.

It helps to be well hydrated, so be sure to drink plenty of fluids the day before and day of your massage.

One of the most common massage faqs is about how much water to drink. The best way to tell if you are drinking enough is to check your urine. If it is clear and odor free, you are drinking enough. If it has a strong odor and color, then you probably will want to increase the amount you drink, unless you are on water restriction for medical reasons.

That really depends on what your goals are, and your budget. We recommend getting a massage at least once a month, as the effects are cumulative. A few of our clients come in once a week, most of them come in every other week, some every 3 weeks, and some once a month. All of them recognize the importance of self-care, and the health benefits that they enjoy from receiving massage on a regular basis.

Possibly, but not necessarily. It is very important for you to let your therapist know if he/she is using too much pressure at any time. Sometimes working with an injured area might be painful, but even that should be within a good tolerance level... think "good hurt" vs. "bad hurt". If you are not used to receiving massage, it is similar to not being used to working out. Just as you can feel sore after a good workout, you might feel a little sore after a massage, but that feeling should not last more than a day or two. Again, communication is key to getting your best massage.

This is one of those massage FAQs that a lot of people want to know, but don't always ask. You only have to undress to your level of comfort. You will be on the massage table, with sheets and blankets covering you at all times. Only the part of your body being worked on will be exposed, for example arm, leg, back. If you are not comfortable getting undressed at all, We have techniques that I can use through your clothing. It is always your choice on how much clothing to take off or leave on. You will always be properly draped for your privacy and comfort level. We are always professional at ASerenity Skin | Body, so it is totally up to you.

That is totally up to you. Your therapist will occasionally ask a few questions, pertaining to your comfort level, and how you are feeling. We have learned that some people relax by talking, others prefer to have their massage in silence. It's your massage - you get to decide if you want to talk to not. Often times people will start out talking, then "drift away" as the massage goes on. Whatever helps you to relax the most is best.

We've worked with many people who were ticklish. We can vary the pressure, depth, and pace of the massage strokes so that you won't feel tickled.

We have a variety of massage modalities that we offer at ASerenity Skin | Body. After talking to you about your concerns, we will figure out what massage is right for you. Most of the time we combine different massage techniques in the same session.

A responsible massage therapist asks about your medical history. We will have you fill out a new client form. Although massage has many wonderful benefits, it is not appropriate for people with some medical conditions and sometimes must be used cautiously.

For example, massage is not recommended if you have a condition involving infection (including cold or flu) because massage might help the infection spread through your body. Massage is also generally not recommended for people with advanced heart, kidney, or liver problems. Other conditions that affect circulation, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, require caution, depending on your overall physical condition.

Obviously, you should not receive massage if you have a contagious condition. If you have a skin rash, know what it is before your massage, because some skin conditions are contagious.

Medications, particularly pain-killers and muscle relaxants (including aspirin), dull your perception of pain and pressure—your massage therapist needs to know your perception may not be accurate to avoid inadvertently using too much pressure.

Information about injuries, traumas, surgeries, and physical activities provide information about where or how you hold tension in your body. Also, specific massage techniques can help the body heal soft-tissue injuries. If you have back pain or certain digestive problems, abdominal massage can be helpful, but it is not appropriate for some medical conditions. Your massage therapist needs to know your complete and up-to-date medical picture to provide informed and safe massage. Be assured that all medical information is confidential.

This can be a confusing question to answer. When presented with the two options, it seems to indicate that Swedish Massage simply lacks pressure. This is not true. A Swedish Massage can be performed with a great deal of pressure or as light as the client may wish. Deep tissue on the other hand is typically a deeper stroke. Massage Swedish Massage is a systematic and scientific manipulation of the soft tissue of the body. This manipulation is performed to promote good health. There are five primary strokes involved in Swedish Massage. They are the effleurage, petrissage, friction, tapotement and vibration. Effleurage strokes are long flowing strokes that allow the therapist to spread the lubricant and feel the muscle tone. Petrissage is a kneading stroke that lifts and squeezes the tissue and it helps flush out metabolic waste in that area. Friction is a strokes that involves fast short movements to create heat. This is good to bring blood flow to that area and is great for loosening ligaments. Tapotement is a series of light blows to the body designed to relax a muscle. This is the stroke most people are familiar with and sometimes looks like alternating karate chops. Vibration is a stroke that is used to create movement in the entire body and when done properly, is very relaxing.

Deep Tissue is a series of slow, specific and deliberate strokes and is best suited for postural deviance’s and abnormal muscle tone. The Massage Therapist will choose between several strokes depending on the size of the muscle that they are working on. They will “hook in” and start a slow moving down the muscle as it lets them. A good Massage Therapist will never force pressure into the muscle. They will continue to apply pressure until the muscle pushes back against them. The muscle will then slowly begin to release and allow the therapist to move along it. The pressure used should not be painful, but should walk a fine line between pleasurable release of tension and a pain-blocking response from the body (tensing up). The standard misconception in Deep Tissue work is “No Pain, No Gain”. This is simply not true. Pain causes the muscle to tense up and actually makes the massage less effective.

Unless you have an injury to a specific muscle or have postural concerns, I recommend you book for a Swedish Massage. You should communicate with your therapist about how much pressure you like. It is much more difficult to ascertain how much pressure a client needs in Swedish Massage than in Deep Tissue. Some clients have expressed that they don’t ask for more pressure because they feel like they are asking the Therapist to work harder. This is not the case. A Massage Therapist will use proper body mechanics to use leverage instead of strength to apply pressure. Our Therapist want you to have the best experience possible. To achieve this goal requires education and communication. Never be afraid to ask a Massage Therapist to back off of pressure or to apply more.

botox | fillers

Botox cosmetics is a purified protein. It is a non surgical-administered treatment that can temporarily reduce moderate to severe frown lines between the brows in patients 18 to 65 years of age. During treatment, very low doses of Botox cosmetics are administered via a few tiny injections into the muscles that cause stubborn lines between the brows, also known as the ‘11 lines’.

Botox Cosmetics is the only treatment of its type approved by the FDA for this use. The treatment is minimally invasive and non surgical. It requires no recovery time and causes little discomfort.

The lines that appear between your brows actually result from muscle movement and the passage of time. Two muscles are largely responsible for frown lines between the brows. When those muscles contract, they draw the brows together. As skin becomes less elastic over time, repeated frowning can result in those moderate to severe lines between your brows.

Botox Cosmetic works by blocking nerve impulses, which reduces the movement of those muscles. With less movement, the skin surface gradually smoothes out, and the moderate to severe frown lines between your brows begin to fade.

Botox Cosmetic is a quick and minimally invasive treatment. Dr. Murphy makes a few tiny injections into the muscles that cause moderate to severe frown lines between your brows. Dr. Murphy will determine exactly where to administer the injections to achieve the best results. No anesthesia is required, although he may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or anesthetic cream prior to injecting. The entire procedure take approximately 10 minutes. Discomfort is minimal and brief - most patients compare the sensation to a bug bite. You may resume normal activity immediately.

ASerenity Skin | Body offers Botox, Dysport & Weinkle Fillers. Dr. Murphy is a California licensed physician and has nearly 30 years Botox injection experience. Being an Ophthalmologist by trade, he is one of the first doctors to specialize in Botox administration.

You can expect to see results within days after your treatment. The appearance of the area between your brows may continue to improve for up to a week.

By day 30 in a patient clinical study, 89% of patients judged the severity of their frown lines between their brows as moderate or better. Visible results can last up to four months. After that you may be ready to return for a follow up treatment. Patients with neurological disorders such as ALS, Myasthenia Gravis, or Lambert-Eaton syndrome may be at increased risk of serious side effects. The most common side effect include headache, respiratory infection, flu syndrome, temporary eyelid droop, and nausea. Other side effects include pain and redness where the medicine is injected, pain in the face, and muscle weakness. These effects generally occur within the first week and usually go away on their own. Your own results may vary - be sure to talk to Dr. Murphy about what you can expect.

The effect of each treatment can last up to four months - be sure to schedule your follow-up treatments in advance.

If you decide not to continue with Botox Cosmetic, the area between the brows will eventually go back to its pre-treatment appearance.

Compared to other aesthetic treatment options, Botox Cosmetic is relatively inexpensive. According to a survey by The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, it’s one of the least costly facial aesthetic procedures. And when you consider the difference it can make in the appearance of the moderate to severe frown lines between your brows, you may find Botox Cosmetic to be a great way to invest in yourself.

If you are between 18 and 65, you may be a candidate for Botox cosmetic. If you feel that reducing the appearance of those moderate to severe frown lines between your brows might make you look more approachable, Botox may be right for you. Come in for a consultation on the days Dr. Murphy is scheduled to be at ASerenity Skin | Body.

The Resylane family of products includes Restylane and Perlane. Both are cosmetic dermal fillers. that replace lost volume and restore youthful contours to the skin to smooth away moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as the lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth (nasolabial folds).

You don’t have to. In clinical trails, Restylane and Perlane were used in the same patients. The hyaluronic acid in both products is made by the same biotechnical process. The difference is in the gel particle size. Perlane gel particles are larger and designed for deeper injection than Restylane. Dr. Murphy will decide which product is right for you.

Dr. Murphy will decide which product is right for you based on an evaluation of facial wrinkles and folds.

Restylane products are proven to deliver long-lasting results. Restylane lasts about six months. Perlane lasts at least six months, in a majority of patients. The products’ patented stabilization technology helps maintain the cosmetic effect for those time periods.

Yes. They are approved by the FDA for the treatment of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as the lines from your nose to the corner of your mouth.

Restylane has been used in over 1.4 million treatments in the U.S. and in available in more than 70 countries. It is the most studies cosmetic dermal filler in the world with dozens of publications in medical literature. Clinical studies showed no significant differences in the safety of Restylane and Perlane.

Restylane and Perlane require no pre-testing, but you should take a few precautions before being treated. Avoid using aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, St. John’s Wort, or high doses of Vitamin E supplements prior to treatment, because they may increase bruising and bleeding at the injection site. Also, if you have previously suffered from facial cold sores, discuss this with your doctor, who may prescribe a medication to minimize recurrence.

No. Restylane and Perlane do not require an allergy test and can be administered immediately - no waiting time is required.

Restylane and Perlane are administered by injection to the treatment site. Before treatment, talk to Dr. Murphy about pain management.

No. Over time Restylane and Perlane products are broken down and eliminated by the body - unlike permanent fillers.

Restylane products are injected directly into the skin in small amounts by an ultra fine needle. As with all injections, some patients may experience discomfort. To increase your comfort, Dr. Murphy will assess what technique is right for you.

A Restylane or Perlane procedure is customized to your specific needs, so the cost will vary. In general the cost is comparable to similar procedures. Ask Dr. Murphy to give you a cost estimate based on your particular needs.

How long the aesthetic correction lasts is very individual. Ask Dr. Murphy about the benefits of scheduling a follow up appointment in about six months.

Restylane was the first cosmetic dermal filler made from hyaluronic acid that has been modified slightly to last longer than the body’s hyaluronic acid. In the human body natural hyaluronic acid provided volume and fullness to the skin.

Restylane and Perlane contain no animal proteins. This limits any risk of animal-based disease transmission or allergic reaction. You should not use Restylane or Perlane if you have allergies to microorganisms known as gram-postive bacteria.

Botox Cosmetic and Restylane are used to correct wrinkles in different ways. Restylane products are natural cosmetic fillers injected into the skin, adding volume to smooth wrinkles such as lines from your nose to the corner of your mouth (nasolabial folds). In contrast, Botox relaxes the muscles that cause frown lines between your eye brows.

Radiesse® dermal filler is made of calcium-based micro spheres suspended in a water-based gel, and is injected into the skin through a simple and minimally invasive procedure. RADIESSE dermal filler is the ideal choice for total facial contouring. It can restore a healthy, youthful appearance, enhance your existing features, help you defy age and gravity, and increase your confidence – all without invasive surgery or scarring.

RADIESSE dermal filler works with your own body in a remarkable way. Upon injection, it immediately adds volume to safely contour, correct, and beautify facial features. And unlike other fillers, RADIESSE dermal filler continues to work over time. With its patented microsphere technology, it starts a process called collagenesis, stimulating your body to produce new collagen and encouraging collagen to grow around the injection area. RADIESSE dermal filler actually helps your body create its own naturally younger look, setting a new standard in facial contouring and augmentation.

RADIESSE dermal filler has been clinically tested extensively for years, with excellent safety and efficacy results. It has received CE mark certification, two FDA approvals, and a number of FDA clearances. RADIESSE dermal filler is made from a biocompatible substance that’s identical to what’s naturally found in the body. There’s virtually no risk of allergic reaction, and there have been very few side effects reported in clinical trials and actual use.

Immediate and long-lasting. Treatment with RADIESSE dermal filler is so simple and convenient, it can be performed during a lunch hour. You’ll see the results right away - and these results may last up to a year or more for many patients. The long-lasting effects of RADIESSE dermal filler can reduce the need for re-treatment, which saves you time and money compared with other fillers.

JUVÉDERM® is the only HA filler with FDA approval to last up to one year. JUVÉDERM® injectable gel is a “next-generation” smooth consistency gel dermal filler that helps to instantly restore your skin's volume and smooth away facial wrinkles and folds like your “smile lines” or “parentheses” (nasolabial folds — the creases that run from the bottom of your nose to the corners of your mouth). *JUVÉDERM® is indicated for injection into the mid to deep dermis for correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds (such as nasolabial folds).

JUVÉDERM® injectable gel temporarily adds volume to facial tissue and restores a smoother appearance to the face.

JUVÉDERM® is the ONLY hyaluronic acid (HA) filler FDA approved to last up to 1 year.* Our unique manufacturing process provides a high concentration of cross-linked hyaluronic acid for long-lasting results. It also works to create a smooth consistency gel that flows easily into the skin and provides a smooth, natural look and feel. All other hyaluronic acid dermal fillers currently on the market are made of granular consistency gels. And, JUVÉDERM® is the first hyaluronic acid dermal filler that has demonstrated its safety and effectiveness in persons of color. *JUVÉDERM® is indicated for injection into the mid to deep dermis for correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds (such as nasolabial folds).

Dysport™ is an acetylcholine release inhibitor and a neuromuscular blocking agent indicated for the temporary improvement in the appearance of moderate to severe glabellar lines associated with procerus and corrugator muscle activity in adult patients under 65 years of age. Basically, it is an injectable used to minimize the appearance of wrinkles and frown lines in the face. It is made using small amounts of abobotulinumtoxinA. Used in very small, controlled amounts, the toxin relaxes the muscles in the face thereby allowing the overlying skin to relax.

Botox prices have steadily risen and now seems to have stabilized now, but it still may have a slightly higher price point than Dysport, currently in most practices. It (Dysport) appears to have a faster onset and it appears to maybe having a longer life span (about four months). Your individual results may vary.

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