Laser Hair Removal Survival Guide

February 6th, 2019

The thing about facial and body hair is that it always comes back. You can shave and wax as much as you want, but it will always return to keep you warm in the winter within a week or less. If you’re looking for a process to rid your body of hair for good, look no further than laser hair removal. Say goodbye to body hair and follow these laser hair removal survival guidelines for amazing results.

Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal, a non-invasive treatment, is nearly pain-free with virtually no downtime after the procedure. The laser targets the pigment melanin in the root of the hair follicle and therefore eliminates the hair growth entirely. A well-designed treatment regime usually includes six treatments spaced four to 8 weeks apart depending on the body area, as well as skin and hair type.

Am I a Good Candidate for Laser Hair Removal?

Since laser hair removal targets pigment, people with darker hair and lighter skin are the best candidates. People with very tanned or darker skin tones have more melanin in the upper layers of the skin. Because of this, the skin will also absorb some of the laser light, which can result in burns on the skin. Therefore, the treatment protocol must be less aggressive, often starting at lower energy levels and doing test spots to ensure that the skin is not burned. It can also take more treatments to achieve the desired results. If you have white, gray, or light blonde hair, laser hair removal will not be very effective. If you think you may go gray in the future, don’t wait to get the treatments done!

The best areas for laser hair removal are lower legs, bikini line, and underarms. Using a laser on the face, including the upper lip and chin, can be a bit more challenging because the hair is much more fine and stubborn. However, good success can be achieved with the right treatment plan.

Will I Need Maintenance?

Yes! You will typically need maintenance treatments. It really differs by individual, but most people like to do one touch-up treatment per year. Knowing this is best practice, Belladerm MedSpa offers 50 percent off maintenance treatments FOR LIFE, on the area treated, for original treatments that are done here.

How do I Prepare?

  • Contact Belladerm MedSpa and schedule a consultation. We will help you determine if you are a good candidate for laser hair removal and create a treatment plan for you.
  • Avoid tanning and any sun exposure before you schedule your first treatment. Tanning will increase your risk of hyperpigmentation or burn.
  • Shave the area to be treated. DO NOT wax, pluck, or use products like Nair because they will destroy the hair bulb.
  • Understand that hair grows in cycles, so you will not see immediate results after the first treatment.

If you have questions or feel that you’d be a good candidate for laser hair removal, contact Belladerm MedSpa today to schedule a FREE consultation. We are offering a BOGO promotion on laser hair removal packages (e.g. buy a Brazilian package, get an underarm package free) right now and can’t wait to help you feel your smoothest and best self!




Freeze Away Fat with CoolSculpting Treatments

January 3rd, 2019

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Do you have stubborn fat that won’t go away no matter how much you diet and exercise? There’s a safe, non-surgical solution to slim down your love handles, banana rolls, bra lines, and more! CoolSculpting is an FDA-cleared procedure that uses controlled cooling to get rid of fat with no damage to surrounding tissue—and no downtime. For some, it’s an ideal alternative to liposuction. Learn how CoolSculpting can give you a new start on a fabulous, sculpted body.

How does CoolSculpting work?

CoolSculpting technology safely delivers controlled cooling to gently freeze fat cells underneath the skin in a process called cryolipolysis. Harvard scientists discovered this process when they found that children who ate popsicles tended to have slimmer cheeks than those who didn’t. Frozen fat cells crystalize and then die. Your body will process the fat and get rid of the dead cells naturally. Once the treated fat cells are gone, they’re gone for good.

Is CoolSculpting effective?

CoolSculpting is backed by science, countless clinical studies, over 100 peer-reviewed publications, and more than seven million CoolSculpting procedures performed worldwide with a high satisfaction rate. Our CoolSculpting specialists go through in-depth training and certification, ensuring accurate assessments, effective treatment plans, and safe practices. CoolSculpting devices have built-in safety sensors that shut the system down automatically if the skin gets too cold. With CoolSculpting ‘s proven, noticeable, and lasting results, you’ll look and feel great from every angle.

Where can I start my CoolSculpting treatments?

Belladerm MedSpa, preferred CoolSculpting partner and voted best in Maple Grove, MN, has performed more than 500 treatments. Our facility has two CoolSculpting machines, so we can DualSculpt two body areas at once, saving you valuable time. Our CoolSculpting specialists will develop a customized treatment plan that is tailored to your body, your goals, and your budget.

What does a CoolSculpting procedure involve?

After we select the area(s) to treat, we position the device on your body and apply controlled cooling. During your procedure, you may choose to read, check email, or even take a nap and typically return to work and normal activities immediately.

To customize treatment for your abdomen, flank, thigh, and upper arm, bra fat and back fat, and fat underneath the buttock and jawline, Belladerm MedSpa uses many different applicators, including:

  • CoolCore Advantage
  • CoolCurve+ Advantage
  • CoolFit Advantage
  • CoolAdvantage Plus
  • CoolAdvantage Petite
  • CoolSmooth Pro
  • CoolMini

The sooner you set up your consultation, the sooner you’ll see results in the mirror. If you’re ready to love every view of you, schedule an appointment with Belladerm MedSpa to see if you’re a candidate for this procedure. Our knowledgeable staff will discuss a holistic approach that so you can reach your goals and enjoy long-lasting results. Contact us to learn more about the CoolSculpting fat freezing procedure.




Let’s Talk Dermal Fillers

December 6th, 2018

Dermal Fillers added to create pouty lips

When people think of reversing the aging process and starting the journey to a smoother, younger-looking face, they often think of Botox. While Botox can smooth wrinkles and make you look years younger, dermal fillers can address issues Botox can’t. Let’s talk dermal fillers. Dermal fillers lift and smooth deep wrinkles and folds by adding volume to the face for a fresher look.

As we age, natural collagen production decreases, making skin less elastic. Due to a lack of hyaluronic acid (HA) production, skin becomes drier, thinner, and less able to repair itself. Therefore, wrinkles and lines appear. The dermal filler injection procedure involves injecting gel that mimics your own naturally occurring HA through a tiny needle into the skin to add volume and freshness to the face.

There are many different types of fillers. Which one is best for you? Read on.

Juvederm Ultra

The softest dermal filler in the Juvederm family, Juvederm Ultra is injected into the dermis layer of the skin and used to treat mild to medium-depth wrinkles located from your nose to the corners of your mouth. It also smooths out depressed scars and enhances lips. Juvederm Ultra treatments are usually relatively painless and quick. This is the ideal treatment for anyone seeking to smooth mild to medium-depth wrinkles or plump areas with minor skin depression or fat loss. Results will last up to 12 months.

Juvederm Ultra Plus

Juvederm Ultra Plus is a thicker version of the Juvederm Ultra. It’s used to fill in depressed areas in the cheeks and correct deeper facial wrinkles, nasolabial folds, and marionette lines. Ultra Plus is ideal for those looking to smooth deep folds and wrinkles or plump areas with deep skin depression or fat loss. Results usually last up to 12 months.

Volbella

Volbella is a blend of different molecular weights of HA that creates subtle, long lasting volume. A member of the Juvederm family, Volbella is used to increase lip fullness and soften the appearance of lines around the mouth. Since it contains the thinnest, most spreadable gel, it is also used to fill in acne scarring on the face, and even smooth out the delicate under eye area. Volbella usually lasts up to 12 months.

Vollure

Vollure is the middle child of the Juvederm clan. It combines a perfect mix of spreadability and durability allowing for more natural facial expressions and movements after injection. It’s ideal for treating nasolabial folds and marionette lines as well as filling in moderate wrinkles and refreshing the lower part of the face. The treatment can last up to 18 months and has been found to be the longest-lasting dermal filler for nasolabial folds.

Voluma

The thickest and strongest gel of the Juvederm family, Voluma is ideal for deeper injections into the cheeks. It gives your face a nice lift and boost of supple volume. If you’re looking for a natural contour and a defined, youthful look, Voluma is for you. No downtime is needed after the injection and it can last up to two years.

Whether you’re suffering from a lack of collagen production, acne, or other effects of the aging process, dermal fillers can give you a more natural appearance than surgical face lifts. They are used to reduce or eliminate wrinkles, raise scar depressions, enhance lips, and replace soft-tissue volume loss. For more information about dermal fillers or other the services we provide, contact Belladerm MedSpa. Book an appointment today!




diVa Laser Vaginal Therapy

October 26th, 2018

From the first signs of puberty to childbirth and menopause, women’s bodies are constantly changing. Some of these changes are mechanical and some are hormonal. Although the body has ways of naturally healing, a decline in vaginal health isn’t uncommon – especially after childbirth, menopause, a hysterectomy, chemotherapy, or breast-feeding. Reverse the mechanical and hormonal effects and improve your vaginal health with the benefits of diVa laser vaginal therapy.

 

What is diVa vaginal therapy?

The diVa laser was developed by Sciton® to safely and effectively heal the stretching of the vaginal canal and surrounding tissues caused by childbirth, as well as address the thinning, drying, and inflammation of the vaginal area from menopause, hysterectomy, chemotherapy, or other issues.
The diVa vaginal therapy treatment takes about three to five minutes per procedure and requires no downtime afterward. It is recommended that women receive three procedures, scheduled four to six weeks apart. No surgery or anesthesia is required, and the procedure is customizable to your specific needs.

Benefits of diVa vaginal therapy

Using two lasers, diVa uses heat to resurface tissue. The heat from the first laser causes a natural thermal response that repairs the surface tissue by regenerating new glycogen cells, which are necessary for proper lubrication. The second laser treats the deeper vaginal tissue through heat to stimulate collagen by coagulation. The addition of collagen increases the fullness of the tissue and thickens the vaginal walls. This tightens the vagina and helps support control of the bladder and urethra.

This type of laser vaginal therapy allows women to immediately return to their normal daily routines and experience minimal side effects with maximum benefits. Patients report minimal to little discomfort and 98 percent of patients reported that their expectations were met. Some spotting and mild cramping may occur post-treatment, and other than refraining from sex for up to 48 hours, there are no restrictions for what you can do after a procedure.

If you’re experiencing pain during sex, lack of lubrication, vaginal atrophy, bladder control issues, vaginal laxity, or any other related vaginal mechanical or hormonal issues, diVa Laser Therapy might be the answer. For more information or to request an appointmentcontact Belladerm MedSpa today. We look forward to treating you.




Get Glowing with LUMIVIVE™

September 30th, 2018

At Belladerm, we LOVE rolling out new products to you and this one is sure to get a lot of buzz.  SkinMedica just launched an amazing new duo called The LUMIVIVE™ System. This powerful two-step system is designed to protect skin from blue light and environmental damage. Everyone knows to avoid sun damage but THIS? Chances are this type of damage isn’t on your radar. But did you know that the average person spends around 10 hours in front of a screen daily?! Are you aware that blue light produced by screens actually causes skin damage by degrading antioxidants in the skin? It also increases free radicals that cause aging, dark spots, wrinkles, and saggy or loose skin.

Since aging is accelerated from many modern environmental factors (pollution, blue light, UV rays, heat, etc..) LUMIVIVE™ is designed to protect skin from these external factors. Simply add this to any skincare routine that you already have in place. It is designed for ALL skin types. Defend from environmental aggressors during the day with LUMIVIVE™ Day Damage Defense Serum and revitalize and detoxify at night while you rest with Night Revitalize Repair Complex. Visible results of truly radiant skin can be revealed in as little as 14 days, users have reported. This innovation is a game changer! Click here for more info and check out the special HA5 freebie offer below.

If you are ready to defend and recharge your skin, we’d love to see you at Belladerm. You will be among the first to take advantage of an awesome promotion available right now: RECEIVE A FULL SIZE HA5 with the purchase of LUMIVIVE™.  ($178 value – available while supplies last)




Four Things to do to Combat Summer Sun Damage

September 4th, 2018

The end of summer is always bittersweet as we think about putting away our summer clothes and preparing for the season ahead. With back to school messages everywhere we look, it reminds us that fall is a time to begin a new routine. It is time to put you first. Changing your skincare regime and addressing sun damage should be a priority. Here are four ways to combat summer sun damage:

1.    Halo Treatment- Halo Hybrid Fractional Laser. Halo is the world’s first and only tunable hybrid fractional laser, combining non-ablative and ablative wavelengths in a single pass to maximize results and control downtime. Halo gives you the results you want without the downtime you would expect. What is so amazing about the Halo is that you will get the benefits of three lasers in one treatment! If you want to shrink facial pores, fade brown spots, diminish facial veins and redness as well as combat fine lines and wrinkles, then the Halo is perfect for you!

2.    BBL Broadband Light- If age spots and/or rosacea are your main concern, then BBL may be perfect for you. Broadband Light (BBL) is the world’s most powerful IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) device on the market. It sets a new standard in treating skin conditions. The light energy delivered by BBL will gently heat the upper layers of your skin. The heat absorbed by the targeted areas will stimulate your skin cells to regenerate. This corrective process will restore your skin to its natural beauty, making it clearer, smoother, more vibrant, and younger looking.

3.    Chemical peelsThis treatment effectively treats a host of skin problems including acne, discolorations and fine lines and wrinkles. A chemical solution is applied to the face, which removes the damaged outer layer of skin and unveils softer, smoother, more radiant skin. Most procedures take less than an hour to perform, with minimal discomfort during the treatment. There are a variety of chemical peels offered today and we will work with you to determine the best peel for you. We recommend a series of at least three for best results.

4.  A good home skincare regime- What you do every morning and evening will make a significant difference in the appearance and condition of your skin. At Belladerm, we carry nothing but the best products, such as SkinMedica and IS Clinical.  Skin Medica’s entire aesthetic product line is based on the science of the skin’s own healing abilities.  To learn more about our products go here: https://www.belladermmedspa.com/products

During the month of September we are offering a special pricing of 15% off on Halo and the BBL packages. Call for a complimentary consultation today and we will take a look at your skin through our Visia machine. Together we will discuss your skincare goals and find a solution that is perfect for you.

Give us a call today. 763-494-990. Consultations are always complimentary at Belladerm MedSpa.

 

 




Fall is a Perfect time for a new Skincare Routine

August 21st, 2018

The end of the summer marks a time of change. You can feel it in the air and chances are you can also see it in your skin.  Summer can be rough on your skin, however, the change of season reminds us it’s a perfect time to get back into a good skincare routine.

Here are four things we recommend at Belladerm MedSpa to get your skin in awesome shape for the fall season:

  1. Get a HydraFacial-A hydraFacial offers a variety of serums to specifically target your skin issues. It will address sun damage, blackheads and whiteheads, enlarged pores, acne, brown spots, uneven skin tone, early aging fine lines and wrinkles. It is a revolutionary skin treatment that gently clears away imperfections and improves the look and feel of your skin. HydraFacial is an advanced non-invasive, non-surgical procedure that quickly and easily delivers results without the use of lasers or harsh chemicals. It combines cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration and antioxidant protection simultaneously. The  result is clearer, more beautiful skin with no discomfort or downtime. HydraFacials are so gentle you can add them to your regular skincare routine.

 

  1. Home Skincare Routine- Start or refine your home skincare routine. Did you know that at Belladerm MedSpa we carry nothing but the absolute best products. We have partnered with the very best in the medical cosmetic industry today to maximize the benefits achieved with each cosmetic treatment. You will not find over the counter products or the latest fad product at Belladerm. Because the products we carry were all handpicked to promote younger, smoother, healthier looking skin. Our exclusive product line includes SkinMedica, IS CLINICAL, Colorscience, Epionce and Latisse for longer, thicker lashes. You can check out our skincare line here: https://www.belladermmedspa.com/products

 

  1. BroadBand Light (BBL)TM . This is the world’s most powerful IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) device on the market.  It sets a new standard in treating skin conditions best addressed with Intense Pulse Light.  BBL aka Broad Band Light will address your most common skin concerns with the power of light. The light energy delivered by BBL will gently heat the upper layers of your skin. The heat absorbed by the targeted areas will stimulate your skin cells and regenerate them. As a result, this corrective process will restore your skin to its natural beauty. It will make your skin noticeiably clearer, smoother, vibrant, and younger looking.

 

  1. Halo™ Hybrid Fractional Laser-The Halo is the world’s first and only tunable hybrid fractional laser, combining non-ablative and ablative wavelengths in a single pass to maximize results. The Halo gives you the results you want without the downtime you would expect.  Furthermore, you will get the actions of three lasers in one treatment! What can the Halo do for you? How about shrink your facial pores, fade brown spots, diminish facial veins and redness, combat fine lines and wrinkles.

Consequently,  the fall season always signifies change and change as we know it can be a very good thing! Call us today for a consultation and we will customize a fall skincare routine that is perfect for you and your unique skincare needs! 763-494-9905.

 

 




The Great MN State Fair

August 2nd, 2018

With stores filled with Back to School supplies, the MN State Fair seems like our one last hurrah of summer. It promises to be packed with new excitement and tasty treats like you have come to expect year after year. There are countless reasons to visit the MN State fair. Every year is a different experience than the one before. Here is some of the latest info so you’ll be in the know.

TASTE IT: Everyone knows the most popular attraction is the food! There will be 12 days of pure deliciousness for those of you who come to satisfy your taste buds. Some of the newest creations are Barbeque Splits, General Tso Chicken Tacos, Nordic Waffles, Firecracker Shrimp Stuffed Avocado and Mangonada Shave Ice. New restaurants this year are Midtown Global Market, The Hangar and The Anchor Coffee House.

RIDE IT: The  Sky Glider and River Raft Ride are sure to be among favorites. In addition, there are 7 NEW rides this year!  Three rides are the ONLY one of a kind in North America! Look for Downdraft, Haunted Castle Dark Ride, Rock Star, and Twin Flip at Midway. Combination Carousel and Teacups will be new rides at Kidway.

WATCH IT/LISTEN TO IT: There is a great line up bands as well at the MN State Fair, such as Boy George, Earth Wind and Fire and the Beach Boys, to name a few. Click here for a list of the Grand Stand Line-up and there are 6 stages with performances every day to keep you entertained. You’re sure to enjoy the livestock shows, exhibits and the brand new attraction called Experimental Aircraft Association’s Spirit of Aviation, featuring a flight simulator using virtual reality. Another new addition this year is Cambria Kitchen.  A stunning, state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen debuts in the Creative Activities Building and will feature presentations by premier local chefs and demonstrators, including Andrew Zimmern (Aug. 24), Scott McGillivray (Aug. 24), Sean Sherman & The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Food Lab (Aug. 31), and many more!

The countdown is on! Just 21 days left before we all gather together at the 2nd largest state fair in the country – our very own MN State Fair.  Pre-fair discount admission tickets for the 2018 Minnesota State Fair are on sale NOW for just $11! Get yours online, at the State Fairgrounds Ticket Office or by phone at 800-514-3849. To save money consider buying a Blue Ribbon Bargain Book. You can buy one in person at the State Fair ticket office beginning June 4th. You can also buy them at select Cub locations in the Twin Cities metro area and at locations in greater Minnesota and Hudson, Wis. beginning June 24 through Aug. 22. 

If you are one of the 1.8 million visitors, you’re sure to run into friends  and leave with a big smile and full belly. Enjoy – and while you’re out at the fair soaking up all that sunshine, be sure to apply your sunscreen!  If you’re in need, Belladerm MedSpa has some great options with 10% off currently. These are the trusted brands included in that promotion:  SkinMedica Total Defense + Repair, Essential Defense, Colorescience Sunforgettable Brush On Sunscreens & Lotions, as well as Epionce Daily Shield Lotion.

 




Why Summer is a Great Time for Fillers and Botox

July 10th, 2018

 

Sweet summertime. Beauty is all around with flowers blooming and gorgeous colors painted across the sunset skies. This time of year just inspires us to focus on not only the beauty all around in nature but also in our appearance.  It’s a perfect time to come to Belladerm MedSpa for fillers and Botox!  Why? Because there is no downtime!  You can get right back to enjoying the things you love to do outdoors!  Summer really is ideal for fillers and Botox because unlike many other services, they do not restrict you from enjoying the great outdoors. Treatments using lasers/IPL, BBL and chemical peels DO require that you avoid sun exposure after treatment.

A Reason to Celebrate

You will find so many gatherings and reasons to celebrate in the months of June, July and August. All of them will give you reasons to want to look your absolute best. That is why we recommend fillers and Botox to achieve a wrinkle free, youthful appearance.  Fillers and Botox are quick and easy treatments with BIG results!  Because people are more mobile during the summer means they are more seen! You will undoubtedly see people you haven’t seen for awhile and/or meet new acquaintances at the gathering such as weddings and other summer celebrations.  Likewise, summer is typically when you’ll be invited back for your class reunion, where EVERYONE always strives to look their best.

Another great thing about fillers and Botox is that you will enjoy immediate results! There is no waiting time for it to kick in and no down time where you have to hide out in recovery, so getting a filler treatment won’t keep you from the excitement and celebration. Why not put your best face forward and get in for your fillers and Botox BEFORE the big summer events!

Save on Filler at Belladerm 

We are offering an awesome promotion through the month of August on Juvederm XL filler. BUY 2 Syringes and GET 1 FREE!  This is one of the most popular choices for injectable fillers. If you are not very familiar with what a filler is or what it does, let’s go over the basics. Fillers help reverse the changes associated with aging by utilizing hyaluronic acid to improve the appearance of facial lines, folds – like the smile lines (we call parentheses) that form around your mouth. It smooths wrinkles, restores volume and enhances facial features.

What the Liquid Face Lift can do for you:

  • Fill in wrinkles and fold, such as smile lines and marionette lines
  • Smooth out frown lines, crows feet and forehead lines
  • Enhance and lift cheeks
  • Restore volume to flattening and sagging areas
  • Lift eyebrows up to their youthful position
  • Hide bags under eyes
  • Reduce jowls and create a straighter jaw line
  • Plump lips and smooth out lip wrinkles
  • Lift up sagging corners of the mouth

We Are Here to Help

Remember, consultations at Belladerm are ALWAYS free. We love spending time educating patients on how each service works and might meet their needs. Please call us at 763-494-9905 to chat or schedule a consultation. Fillers have consistently been gaining popularity year after year and they produce beautiful results. We love to see what it does for patients when they see a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance. Come check it out for yourself!




Four Fun Things to do this Fourth of July !

June 26th, 2018

We all know that Independence Day, also known as the Fourth of July, is a special day in which we celebrate our freedom. We have been recognizing this Federal holiday since 1776!  The fourth of July is also a time to gather with family and friends and have some fun! Why not try a new activity this year? To make it extra special, here are four fun things to do this 4th of July:

  1. Fourth of July Progressive Picnic Party: Host a neighborhood progressive picnic party. Encourage participants to make a side dish or a summer appetizer. Each participant would open their home to guests and have the opportunity to taste a variety of dishes and then vote for their favorite one. The host could also provide a special prize.  All the participants could chip in to cover the cost. The prize could be a summer theme like baseball tickets and a picnic basket full of goodies.
  2.  Visit A State Or National Park: Why not enjoy the best of the land that the country has to offer?  Scenic views from protected areas are breathtaking. You’re sure to discover something new in the great outdoors.  It is a great time to take in fresh air and get exercise while exploring new places with other like-minded outdoor enthusiasts. List of National Parks in Minnesota
  3. Go on a road trip:  Grab a map and pack a tent if you want to make it more of an adventure. Bring your bike along too and discover some great trails. Whether you choose to lodge indoors or camp outdoors amongst the stars, it sure to be an experience you will always remember.
  4. Plan a late night Fourth of July dinner: Enjoy it under the night sky while viewing the fireworks. Pick a spot to watch the fireworks and bring a comfy blanket and pillow. You can go on a date with that special someone or make it a celebration with friends and/or family.

If you are looking for place to watch the fireworks here in the Twin Cities, here is a list of great locations. List of Places to View Fireworks in Minneapolis

 

Have wonderful and safe 4th of July celebration! From your friends at Belladerm MedSpa.