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  • CoolSculpting center in Stratham, NH
    12/02/2020 - myaboutface 0 Comments
    How to Prepare for CoolSculpting

    CoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure that helps remove extra fat cells under the skin. Since the process is non-surgical, prepping for an appointment requires just a few steps. Learn more about what to do the day before and the day of a CoolSculpting session.

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  • Double chins cosmetic treatments in Stratham, NH
    08/26/2020 - myaboutface 0 Comments
    Cosmetic Treatments That Can Help With Double Chins

    ​​When patients seek treatment for removing unwanted chin fat, they often think that their only options are liposuction or surgery. However, CoolSculpting and Kybella are non-invasive treatments that can help patients who struggle with a double chin.

    CoolSculpting Vs. Kybella


    CoolSculpting (cryolipolysis) works by targeting the fat cells in a specific area and freezing them so that they’re absorbed by the body. Kybella is comprised of deoxycholic acids that are injected into the chin to break down fat cells. Both treatments can be used to help reduce the appearance of a double chin.

    CoolSculpting Application Process


    CoolSculpting can treat central and lateral areas of the neck and is a good option for patients with fuller necks. Each treatment typically lasts for about 45 minutes. CoolSculpting freezes fat cells by using cooling plates and suction. Patients may experience some sensitivity and a bit of pressure during the procedure. The treatment area may exhibit numbness that can persist for up to two weeks post-treatment. Many patients report seeing results after about four weeks.

    What to Expect With Kybella


    Receiving a Kybella injection is a relatively painless procedure that takes approximately 15 minutes. The number of injections and the time it takes will depend on the amount of chin fat that is being targeted. Patients can expect to have swelling around the chin for up to a week after treatment. Typically, the results from Kybella become apparent after six to eight weeks and can continue to improve for up to three months.

    Good Candidates for Treatment


    Medical providers often discuss how much chin fat the patient would like to remove before deciding on a treatment option. CoolSculpting and Kybella are intended for patients who are in good overall health but struggle with fat below their chins due to genetic factors. Kybella is typically used only for chin fat, but CoolSculpting can help patients with trouble areas on other parts of their bodies.

    If you would like to reduce the appearance of chin fat, the licensed professionals at About Face Medical Aesthetics, PLLC can recommend the treatment that’s best suited for you. Our face and body contouring services can also help with stubborn pockets of fat in areas other than the chin. To schedule a consultation with our staff, call 603-580-5296 or contact us online.

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  • Skincare guide for exercisers by About Face Medical Aesthetics
    06/09/2020 - myaboutface 0 Comments
    A Skincare Guide for Your Exercise Routine

    One of the major perks of a rigorous workout routine, other than being in shape, is that dewy post-workout glow. The sense of accomplishment gained after a long run or intense cardio session will have you feeling ready to take on the world—until a breakout strikes. Sweat and bacteria buildup can lead to stubborn blemishes that make your skin feel less than squeaky clean. Use this guide to build your pre- and post-workout skincare regimen.

    Cleansing Your Skin Is a Must


    While some studies suggest that the act of sweating isn’t directly connected to breakouts, your skin is still susceptible to toxins if your sweat mixes with bacteria and dirt. The potential buildup from this mixture can clog your pores and lead to the absorption of unwanted oils. Before every round of exercise, remove all makeup so that you can start your workout with fresh skin. Following your workout, cleanse your face and then use a replenishing moisturizer.

    Take Precautions


    If you plan on running outdoors, be sure to use SPF protection to help shield your skin from sun damage. You should also wash your gym clothes and towels after each session and wipe down any gym equipment before use to prevent cross-contamination. Wearing a sweatband can also prevent hair products from mixing with sweat and dripping down your face, which can alter your skin’s pH. Try to limit the use of hair gel, leave-in conditioner, mousse, or hairspray before hitting the gym. You’ll be better off washing and styling your hair afterward instead.

    Opt for Loose-Fitting Workout Apparel


    For those prone to breakouts on their back, chest, or shoulders, avoiding tight clothing during your exercise routine can curb dirt buildup. The rubbing of close-fitting material on your skin can cause irritation and aggravate acne-prone areas of your body. Lightweight tops and sports bras can help reduce the friction experienced during workouts.

    Help defend your skin against difficult breakouts after working out by following a consistent routine. Discover a treatment plan tailored to your skin’s needs by consulting the licensed professionals at About Face Medical Aesthetics, PLLC. For years, we’ve helped Stratham, NH residents optimize their beauty and confidence with innovative skincare techniques and products. Request a consultation today to learn more about our aesthetic services.

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  • Stages of male pattern baldness by About Face Medical Aesthetics
    10/18/2019 - myaboutface 1 Comment
    The Seven Stages of Male Pattern Baldness

    According to the American Hair Loss Association (AHLA), almost 70% of men in the U.S. will begin to notice hair loss by the age of 35, and that number increases to 85% by age 50. Nearly all hair loss in men can be attributed to male pattern baldness (MPB), and signs of the condition occur gradually over the years.

    Seven Stages of MPB


    The stages of male pattern baldness are noted on the Hamilton-Norwood scale, as outlined by

    Stage I – Stage II: These stages are often grouped together, as Stage I represents a baseline at which no thinning occurs, and Stage II involves a slight recession of the hairline that usually goes unnoticed.

    Stage III: Hair recession at the temples becomes more obvious, creating an M, U, or V shape. In Stage III, also known as Stage III Vertex, the hairline remains the same, but baldness at the top of the scalp—the vertex—becomes noticeable and more difficult to conceal.

    Stage IV: Hairline recession advances further in Stage IV, and extremely sparse wisps of hair remain on the vertex.

    Stage V: Areas of hair loss seen in Stage IV have grown larger, but they’re still separated by a small band of hair that connects the remaining hair on each side.

    Stage VI: The band of hair separating the vertex and the hair at the hairline has disappeared, leaving the hairline and vertex bald.

    Stage VII: Only a band of hair around the side of the head remains. Hair density has depleted; remaining hair is typically very fine, and chances of recovery at this stage are usually slim.

    Treatment Options for MPB


    The AHLA notes that, although society often brushes off MPB, most men who suffer from it are often embarrassed by their condition. While there’s no cure for MPB, otherwise healthy individuals may seek certain restoration treatments such as cold laser, microneedling, and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. Licensed aesthetic professionals can help their clients make the best choice for their MPB concerns.

    About Face Medical Aesthetics, PLLC is a nurse-owned aesthetics business in Stratham, NH that offers clients these hair restoration services via state-of-the-art technology as well as treatments to help reverse the signs of aging. If you’re interested in treatment for MPB or other aesthetic services, contact us today at 603-580-5296 to request a consultation.

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  • Anti-aging treatment in Stratham, NH
    07/22/2019 - myaboutface 0 Comments
    Are Radiofrequency Treatments Safe for the Skin?

    Those longing for youthful-looking skin have several options, from skin-renewing facials to surgical procedures. One non-surgical method quickly gaining traction uses radiofrequency technology to quickly and comfortably tighten skin to help restore its youthful appearance, without scars or downtime. So what is radiofrequency treatment, and is it safe?

    What Is Radiofrequency Treatment?


    Radiofrequency treatment has been the anti-aging treatment of choice for many women for almost two decades, but it has recently gained more widespread popularity as more and more women have experienced its benefits. The procedure involves heating the deepest layers of skin using a very small amount of energy to encourage collagen and elastin production and cell turnover. This can result in firmer, thicker skin and a more youthful appearance. Radiofrequency can improve skin tone and structure at a deeper level, whereas skin renewal treatments that use lasers target the skin’s surface. Naturally, some women have questions about the safety of using heat energy to help enhance their appearance.

    Safety of Radiofrequency Treatment


    Skin-tightening procedures use waves emitting a tiny fraction of the energy used for X-rays and other purposes. They’re also highly controlled. Experienced providers use state-of-the-art equipment to target specific tissue to minimize the risk of burns from overheating. The Food and Drug Administration has cleared this technology, and clinical studies have indicated that the procedure is safe for a variety of uses, including body contouring and vaginal rejuvenation.

    Try Radiofrequency for Yourself


    While radiofrequency skin treatments are generally safe, it’s important to choose a trusted doctor. The team at About Face Medical Aesthetics, PLLC has helped countless patients in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine work towards younger-looking skin with radiofrequency. We also perform other med-spa services and procedures to try to help you look amazing and feel confident. Call About Face Medical Aesthetics, PLLC today at 603-580-5296 to request a consultation.

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  • A close up of a woman's face wearing make up
    10/16/2018 - Diane Keefe 0 Comments
    An Introduction to Laser Resurfacing & What It Can Treat

    Improvements in dermatological and cosmetic technology have generated safer and more-sophisticated ways to obtain youthful skin. One such improvement is laser skin resurfacing, which can reduce wrinkles, age spots, and other blemishes, while simultaneously tightening skin and balancing tone. Here’s what to know about laser resurfacing before scheduling an appointment.

    How Laser Resurfacing Works 


    Laser resurfacing is a skin renewal procedure that typically uses intense pulsed light (IPL) or Sublative Rejuvenation to stimulate collagen and elastin production and give the skin a refresh. IPL, also known as Skin Rejuvenation Advanced (SRA), uses a powerful light source to penetrate deep into multiple layers of skin to stimulate skin rejuvenation. The Sublative Rejuvenation laser, on the other hand, uses radiofrequency energy to deliver targeted results to the treated areas while leaving the surrounding tissue untouched to aid in the healing process.

     Preparing for Laser Treatment


    As with any dermatological treatment, laser skin resurfacing should begin with a consultation with a trained professional. During the consultation, the provider can determine whether the patient is a good candidate for the procedure. In the week leading up to the appointment, patients should avoid nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as Advil or Motrin and avoid caffeine for 24 hours leading up to the treatment. Patients should also avoid smoking, as it can prolong the healing process.

    Discomfort with Treatment


    Like other facial or body treatments, patients may experience some discomfort when receiving laser resurfacing and IPL photofacial treatments. It is often compared to the feeling of a rubber band snapping against the skin, but the amount of discomfort can vary depending on the area and depth of treatment. Some patients have also compared it to a tingling sensation. After the procedure, patients may have some continued tenderness, as well. 

    Timing of Laser Resurfacing 


    Many do not realize that the timing of a laser resurfacing treatment is just as important as finding the right practitioner. Timing matters because laser-treated skin can have increased sensitivity to sun exposure for up to 12 months after a procedure. To counter this symptom, many providers recommend having the procedure in autumn, as patients tend to spend more time indoors during the autumn and winter. Patients should also protect their resurfaced skin with a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. Using a quality sunscreen every day can also prevent signs of aging and risks of skin cancer.

    The right laser treatment can help patients achieve a youthful glow by reducing the appearance of fine lines and discolorations. For more information about the procedure or our current offers , give About Face Medical Aesthetics a call or request a consultation at 603-580-5296 today!

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  • 07/30/2018 - Diane Keefe 0 Comments
    Activities to Avoid After Your Facial

    Anyone looking for youthful, glowing skin can benefit from a facial or skin renewal treatment. Whether the problem is acne or early signs of aging, a med spa facial can leave patients feeling and looking their best. And unlike more dramatic procedures, facials require no downtime. Here are a few things patients should keep in mind when undergoing the treatment. 

    Within the First 24 Hours Following the Procedure 

    Patients can return to their normal day after a facial, including returning to work. But, heavy makeup and facial products should be avoided, even if the skin is red after the treatment. Skin renewal treatments already open pores more than normal, making skin more susceptible to bacteria. Normal makeup routines can resume the next day, but this is a great opportunity to thoroughly clean those makeup brushes! 

    Any activity that can cause sweat should also be put off for 24 hours. This includes going to the gym and anything that gets the heart rate up, as increased heat and sweat can be irritating to the skin. Even the sauna should be avoided, as the steam can cause skin sensitivity and broken capillaries. 

    Within a Few Days 

    Even after resuming normal makeup routines, patients should avoid exfoliating for a few more days. Skin is exfoliated during the facial, and over-exfoliating can lead to inflammation, irritation, and irreversible damage. Other harsh products, like retinols, at-home peels, and salicylic acid-based cleansers or toners should also be avoided for a few days, as they turn that radiant glow into red, irritated skin. Finally, it’s best to put off pool days and vacations, but if they’ve already been scheduled, wearing sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat are absolute musts. Check out more great sun protection tips.

     Within a Week 

    Any kind of skin treatment—such as waxing or laser hair removal—needs to be spaced out at least a week after the facial. The exact amount of time will depend on which products were used and the intensity of exfoliation, but most med spas will require patients to wait a minimum of one week before receiving waxing and laser treatments. These treatments exfoliate the skin, and that over-exfoliation can actually lift and burn the skin, causing nasty, painful scabs. 

    When you visit About Face Medical Aesthetics, PLLC for your skin renewal treatment, your medical team will provide you with exact instructions for beautiful, glowing skin and a successful recovery. Call us today at 603-580-5296 or request a consultation with our med spa team today!

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  • 06/06/2018 - Diane Keefe 0 Comments
    Sun Protection Tips for a Safe Beach Vacay

    Riding the waves, collecting seashells, catching some rays—everyone loves a summertime beach trip! That is, until that painful sunburn sets in from too many hours baking in the sun. According to Cancer Research UK, getting a sunburn just once every two years triples the odds of developing melanoma, and overexposure to the sun changes the skin’s texture, losing elasticity and leading to visible signs of aging. Thankfully, a beach vacation doesn’t have to mean painful sunburns and increased risks of skin cancer when these sun protection tips are followed. 

    SPF: Bigger Isn’t Always Better 


    The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a broad-spectrum sunscreen (which protects against both UVA and UVB rays) with an SPF of 30 or higher, reapplied every two hours and after swimming. While some brands charge big bucks for sunscreens with higher SPF ratings, there’s no evidence that SPF ratings higher than 50 offer significantly more protection from the sun. 

    The Three-year Rule 


    While sunscreen should be worn every single day, many people still don’t buy it regularly and stick with one bottle for years. But sunscreen loses effectiveness after three years, so using an old bottle can be ineffective against the sun’s rays. It’s important to check the bottle’s expiration date, or if one isn’t listed, it’s better to be safe and buy a new one. It’s good to write down the date it was purchased on the bottle for future reference.

     Dress for the Occasion 


    While it would seem a bathing suit is the only attire needed for the beach, extra clothing helps protect against the sun’s rays. In fact, clothing is the most effective form of sun protection. Rash guards are great for those who plan to ride the waves or play in the pool, and light-colored clothing made from polyester or Lycra offers more protection than cotton or linen. 

    Even when the rest of the body is covered, the scalp should never be forgotten! A broad-brimmed hat protects the head and face, neck, and ears, and spray-on sunscreens designed specifically for the scalp are available for those who don’t want to wear a hat. Sunglasses are also necessary on a hot beach day; not only do they make it easier to see in the bright sun, but they also filter out the sun’s UV rays to protect against cataracts and eye damage. Many cheap sunglasses don’t offer the best sun protection, so it’s important to get a pair that offers 100 percent UV protection. 

    If you catch a bad sunburn on your trip, About Face Medical Aesthetics, PLLC can help rejuvenate your skin when you return to town. We’ll create a customized skin renewal plan based on your lifestyle and environmental factors, like sun exposure, to keep your skin looking youthful and hydrated. Call us at 603-580-5296 or request a consultation with our team of licensed medical professionals.

    If you have any further questions about additional information regarding our skin services and the expert level of care that we can provide for you, then please refer to our services on our website.

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  • 08/23/2017 - myaboutface 0 Comments
    Site Launch

    Our new website is finally up. We’ve worked hard to get a beautiful new site ready and we’re proud to show it off. Thanks for reading our blog. We have lots of great blog posts in the works. Please check back or contact us now to find out how we can help you.

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