Shape Up Your Neck

Written By: Belinda Stewart

What’s with the neck!  OMGeeeee!  We have gotten so good at making the face ageless, but how about the neck?  It is no fun when our neck shows our age.  In the last couple of years, this has become a great focus for so many companies.  Enter us, and let’s make some magic happen.  There is now Kybella to permanently rid the neck of fat while creating some retraction as well.  There is off-label Botox to treat the bands, those pesky unwanted necklace lines.  Let’s not forget filler for the lines too.  Amongst all these treatments, we can combine laser tightening to create an outstanding performance.  Necks are not a one size fits all and can be tricky.  With the increasing options, finding the one that works best for you can sometimes be a challenge.  Just know that each day we get closer and closer to making the neck great again. 

Not to be a product junky, but for me I have found a dynamic duo for my neck.  I have seen amazing results with SkinMedica’s Total Defense and Repair Sunscreen and the Recovery Complex.  They even have scientifically proven results!  It along with Kybella has given me the confidence to show my neck again.  Throw away the turtle neck, enter in the v-neck.  Yes, baby!!

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Sublative Laser

Have we talked about the Sublative Laser yet?  Well, let’s do this.  Sublative Rejuvenation with eMatrix is an amazing procedure using radio frequency to deliver an effective but controlled ablative and non-ablative fractional treatment for wrinkles, scars, large pores and better texture of the skin.

What does this mean in “laser lingo”?  Most lasers use light laser for an effective approach whereas this one used radio frequency. Meaning…. Safe for all skin types, all year long. This laser does not focus on the pigment of the skin.

Each pulse delivers the radio frequency energy via a matrix of spots, inducing a skin injury maximized in these tiny, targeted areas. This injury signals the activation of Fibroblasts within the “zones” signaling collagen to regenerate and remodel.  Thus yielding improved skin tone and texture overall. Meanwhile, the surrounding “untreated” tissue, outside these little spots, helps to support and accelerate the healing process in the skin.  I have seen some amazing improvements with acne scars, large pores, and let’s not forget about STRETCH MARKS!  UGH!!  Combine this treatment with a FotoFacial and Wa-Bam, amazing.

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Laser hair removal…does it hurt?

One of the most common questions we get asked at Emerge Medical & Well Spa about laser hair removal is, does it hurt? The short answer is…yes BUT it is a tolerable pain that is over with quickly. 

Here are some points to remember when considering the pain of laser hair removal.

We offer a topical anesthetic. You’ll be happy to know that a lot of our clients don’t request a topical anesthetic for a simple laser hair removal session, but if you’re having more anxiety than you’d like, we can numb the skin to put your mind at ease.

Some areas are more sensitive than others. I’ve pretty much been lasered from head to toe, so based on my personal experience (and never using a numbing cream) I can tell you that some areas are little bit more sensitive than others. For instance, my underarms didn’t hurt as much as my ankles. OUCH And my chin didn’t hurt near as bad as my bikini. This could be due to the next 2 topics. 

Everyone’s pain tolerance is different. Any time you’re using a laser to penetrate deep into the skin targeting certain areas, there will always be a little bit of pain involved, but your pain level and experience may be completely different than your friends.  

How much hair do you have? The more hair you have per area, the more you’ll likely feel more pain. The pain is coming from the laser zapping and killing active hair follicles, so when you treat an area that have virtually no hair, wouldn’t it make sense that a hairy area would cause more pain? LOL

Lastly, get your mind right. We’ve all heard those terrifying laser hair removal stories but don’t let that scare you! The anticipation of the pain can be worse than the pain itself! 

Consider how painful other means of hair removal are. Have you ever used Nair? Been waxed? And even if you’re just shaving, you can cut yourself or get painful ingrown hairs or razor burn, so you see, any form of hair removal isn’t completely pain free. Wouldn’t you rather endure a little bit of pain in short amount of time and be done forever with all the other methods? For me, it was worth the pain.

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Laser Treatments in the Fall and Winter months

Written By: Belinda Stewart

Moving on to more laser information in this season of laser treatments.  Have you ever heard lasers aren’t safe during the summer?  In so many ways this is true.  Lasers like to focus on the color of our skin and not the damage underneath.   When we have tan skin, including spray tans, we risk all the benefits of your treatment.  We are limited on how aggressive we can treat your skin.  In order to get the best results for your laser investment, wait for the tan to go away and use sunscreen.  You can also pre-treat your skin with lightening products that allow for a safer treatment.  I recommend Lytera Brightening System by SkinMedica.  This pre-treatment will allow us to progress to an amazing and safe treatment customized for you.  This includes, but is not limited to, your face, chest, arms, back, underarms, bikini area, etc.  The list continues.  

“Help me and I will help you.”  Wait, is that how they saying goes?  “Help me, help you?”  Makes sense to me.  It is never too early to start your pre-treatment.  Consult with any of our nurses on staff to see what treatment is right for you.  “This is the time, this is the place.”  See you at the spa!

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Invest in your skin care

Written By: Belinda Stewart

With all this talk about lasers and all their benefits, I want to remind you of the importance of good skin care. If you are considering laser treatments, you really need to consider upgrading you daily routine.  You are now in correction mode, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, redness from rocesea or broken blood vessels.  If you’re looking for “new” skin then you must treat with medical grade skin care.  No longer are those over the counter cleansers and moisturizers benefiting you the way they did when you were in your twenties. Let’s bring on good changes by supporting the skin’s underlying tissue with growth factors, turning over aging skin with retinols, increasing the effectiveness of your moisturizers with HA’s.  There are so many amazing scientifically founded products that actually treat the skin and make it healthier than before. Count me in! I love it when my clients are shocked by my age. We all know that we feel younger than we look.  Why not look younger than you feel.  Most over the counter products have lots of water and fillers that make your skin feel good when putting it on but have little benefit to keeping it that way all day. Invest in your skin when you invest in lasers, you will love what it can do for you.  My absolute favorite products, TNS Essential Serum and HA5 made by SkinMedica, throw in a little Stone Crop Moisturizer from Eminence and you won’t be disappointed. 

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What is a MicrolaserPeel™?

Written By: Belinda Stewart

What is a MicrolaserPeel™?  OH, you just wait.  This new treatment at our facility has people talking fo’ sure.  Using the Sciton Laser, this procedure is ideal for patients with little to no downtime to spare. Using a customizable approach to your needs, this peel removes fine lines and wrinkles leaving you fresh youthful skin. It has been known as the weekend procedure with immediate, lasting results. This Erbium Yag laser is definitely a leader in its class, one of the foremost precision lasers available today.

The procedure is quick and virtually pain-free with a healing process that takes place over 2-7 days depending on the depth of the peel. New skin for you, you and you! Because the Sciton Erbium laser is so precise, the risk of scarring or other complications (such as infection) is greatly reduced.  We have many patients that return to his or her regular work or social activities the same day.  This treatment is ideal for patients looking for better results than a microdermabrasion or a light chemical peels can offer, yet, still has little time for the healing process. Call us to schedule your complimentary consultation 918.392.8606

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Vaginal Rejuvenation

Written By: Belinda Stewart

Let’s talk about VAG, BABY.  As Salt-N-Pepa used to say, “Yo, I don’t think we should talk about this.  People might misunderstand what we trying to say ya’know.  NO, but is a part of life”.  Yes, unfortunately it is a part of life.  As we age, our bodies go through a transformation. For many women, the aging process and childbirth take a toll on the vagina, which stretches and loses muscle tone over time. Lack of hormones or medical treatments for cancer can add to the lack of moisture leading to painful sex.  This natural occurrence can lead to reduced sexual satisfaction (for both partners), embarrassment and a loss of self-esteem that can blindside even the most confident of women.

Laser vaginal rejuvenation repairs the muscles and tissues in the vagina.

CO2RE Intima is a new, in office, non-surgical laser treatment to relieve the vaginal symptoms women may be experiencing related to childbirth and aging. CO2RE Intima is a medical laser that delivers controlled CO2 energy to the vaginal or vulva tissue – so cells make more collagen – improving skin tone, texture and appearance.  You can consult with any of our Registered Nurses to see if this treatment is for you.  Don’t be embarrassed anymore.  We have you covered.

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Myths About Laser Treatments

Common Myths About Laser Treatments

Laser treatments and myths

At Emerge Medical & Well Spa, we’re dedicated to making sure that each and every one of our clients is not just comfortable and taken care of but confident, too. Whether you’re coming to us for laser treatments, BOTOX®, hormone replacement therapy, a deep tissue massage or one of the many other services that we can provide, we want you to be relaxed.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of myths out there about some of the therapies we offer. Some people might be understandably nervous or hesitant about getting certain things done. With the experience we have in helping people feel at home in their own bodies, we can give you the truth behind the myths, so you know you don’t need to worry.

In this blog, we’re going to look at some of the common myths about some of the laser treatments we offer at our spa in Tulsa.

There’s Only One Type

Most people outside of the cosmetic industry tend to assume that there’s only one type of laser treatment, typically associating it with laser hair removal. This is the first myth. There are actually a number of different laser treatments available, and all of them will apply different kinds of lasers, for different lengths of time and with different intensities. The type of laser will depend on what it’s being used for, and who the expert using it on your skin is.

Laser Hair Removal Is Painful

It’s easy to assume that having hair burnt away will hurt, but just how painful this type of hair removal is often overstated. In reality, there’s less pain, although no one can promise it will be pain-free. It’s usually felt as a pinprick or heat sensation, but it depends on the type of skin you have, and where the laser is being applied.

Lasers Damage and Thin Your Skin

This myth is definitely understandable since it would be safe to assume exposing your skin to a focused laser would do some damage. What this comes down to, however, is that your laser treatment is being carried out by a professional, who knows where, how, and for how long to apply a laser to a certain area.

A similar myth to this one is that laser exposure causes your skin to become thinner, but laser treatments are often used to plump the skin. Controlled heating in specific areas encourages the production of collagen and elastin, which your body uses to replace older tissue.

Laser Tattoo Removal Leaves Ugly Scars

Actually, the risk of scarring from laser tattoo removal is minimal. With proper application done over the right period of time, a professional using lasers to remove a tattoo will leave very little to absolutely no scarring. They can also give you advice on how to take care of the area you’re having the tattoo removed from, to help reduce the risk of scarring even further.

Laser Exposure Can Cause Cancer

Without getting too much into the physics side of things, lasers don’t actually operate at a wavelength that triggers cancerous growth. In fact, lasers are used to eliminate growths on the skin that can or have become cancerous.

Contact Us About Laser Treatments

These are just a few examples of laser treatments we offer, and some of the myths associated with them. There are too many out there for just one blog entry, but our experienced and friendly staff are more than happy to answer your questions and concerns when you contact Emerge Medical & Well Spa. Find out what else we can do for you at our medical spa, and check back in on our blog for more information entries coming soon!

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The latest in tattoo removal technology, the Picoway

Written by: Belinda Stewart

Let’s now dive into another Laser treatment that has half the amount of treatments with less damage to surrounding tissue compared to its predecessors. Let’s talk PICOWAY. Over the years, we have had the fortunate experience to rent Tattoo Removal Laser treatment devices. Although all had successful results, the removal process could take up to 10 treatments, sometimes more, to minimize the appearance of the Tattoo. Providing this service 1-2 times per month sometimes did not lend itself to the needs of our clients. Create new technology with quicker results and more convenience to our clients, Boom, we now own the Picoway and provide treatments five days a week.

In short, Picoway is quicker and more likely to achieve complete resolution of tattoos over traditional tattoo lasers. The Picoway, (TA-DA!) is a picosecond pulse duration versus a nanosecond pulse duration laser. The faster pulse duration breaks up the ink into smaller molecules. Therefore, it has the ability to absorb the ink better to be excreted out of the body. Having used the traditional tattoo laser for years, without a doubt we now have much more success resolving tattoos quicker with virtually no shadow or residual pigmentation. Our experience is that it takes ½ the treatments which means ½ the time to resolution. A true gold standard in Tattoo Removal.

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The latest in laser technology is here!

Written By: Belinda Stewart

In this ever growing market to age gracefully and regain that youthful glow and look, technology has also grown and made this more possible than ever.  That is why we are excited to offer the top of the line, gold standard, of lasers available on the market today.  My personal favorite is the GentleMax Pro.  This incredible laser offers the best in class laser hair removal for all skin types!  Uneven skin tones no more!  Included in treatments for this amazing laser is ridding those reds (Rosacea), tormenting those browns (age spots, melasma, sundamage), and lets not forget tightening (goodbye saggy necks).  Wait, we are not done.   How about those unsightly veins?  Included treatments target those pesky veins around the nose, on the check, and down our legs. For many years we have not been able to treat as safely Type IV –VI skin types.  With the GentleMax Pro, we can treat ALL skin types.  Can I get a Whoop Whoop?


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