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How Does LED Light Therapy Work?

How Does LED Light Therapy Work?

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LED light therapy treatments have been popping up more and more over the last few years with the hopes of combating acne and signs of aging. You’ve probably seen the trend of the futuristic LED masks and handheld devices among celebrities and influencers on social media. So how exactly can this light help your skin? 

What is LED therapy and what are the benefits?

A light-emitting diode (LED) is a special kind of light bulb that only gives off light at a certain wavelength or color. Much like the light from the sun, these light waves can penetrate deep into the skin to trigger reactions in the cells. Different colored lights produce different reactions. In your typical at-home light therapy kit, you’ll find red and blue light working together to kill bacteria and speed up the skin’s natural healing process by stimulating collagen production. In many medical spa offices, you’ll find white light treatments that work even harder to penetrate deeper to tighten skin and reduce inflammation. 

Benefits of LED light therapy:

  • Reduces signs of aging
  • Brightens up dark spots
  • Kills acne-causing bacteria
  • Reduces the appearance of breakouts
  • Reduces appearance of acne scars

What you can expect

Noninvasive LED light therapy treatments typically last about 20 minutes and patients describe the procedure as relaxing. The LED light may feel warm on the face but it won’t cause any burns to the skin.

Are there any risks involved?

Penetrating your face with LED beams may sound unhealthy, but we can assure you it’s safe. LEDs do not contain ultraviolet rays so they’re safe for regular use. Additionally, these lights do not cause burns and is safe for all skin colors and types. However, if you’re taking Accutane for acne or you’re experiencing skin rashes, you should not use LED light therapy.

This month, ANU Medical Spa in New Jersey is offering LED Light Therapy with Skinceuticals Sensitive Peel for $99! Don’t wait, book your appointment today!

Getting Rid of Stubborn Fat at a New Jersey Medical Spa

Getting Rid of Stubborn Fat at a New Jersey Medical Spa

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Diet and exercise will help you shed pounds, but you might be left with some stubborn fat and flabby skin. You’ve come this far, so don’t give up! You don’t have to live with loose skin forever and you WON’T have to get surgery to fix it. At ANU Medical Spa in New Jersey, we offer multiple non-invasive treatments for getting rid of your stubborn fat. We’ll help you find the best one for you here!

TruSculpt 3D

TruSculpt by Cutera is an effective procedure for non-invasive fat reduction and body sculpting. truSculpt 3D can be used on multiple parts of the body, including the stomach, thighs, and under the chin. It uses a low frequency and high conductivity radiofrequency technology for deep penetration to treat the subcutaneous fat layer from skin to muscle while maintaining a comfortable surface temperature for patients. The fat cells are slowly destroyed during this process and excreted through the body naturally over several months. 

The truSculpt handpiece is applied to the skin and will deliver radiofrequency energy for about four minutes before moving on to the next area, until the entire area is covered. The truSculpt glide technology offers consistent results with on average 24% fat reduction in short treatment time over a large treatment zone. 

KYBELLA

KYBELLA is great for patients who are struggling with submental fullness, also known as a double chin. It’s the first and only FDA-approved injectable drug that contours and improves the appearance of submental fullness. KYBELLA is a formulation of deoxycholic acid, which is a naturally-occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown of fat. When injected, KYBELLA destroys the fat cells and renders them unable to store or accumulate fat in the future. Patients typically require around three to four treatments. Once you’ve reached your aesthetic goal, there is no need for further treatment because the fat cells are no longer able to accumulate. 

After a KYBELLA treatment, you might have some swelling, numbness, pain, redness, and areas of hardness in the treatment area.

VelaShape

VelaShape is a nonsurgical body contouring treatment that reduces cellulite and body circumference. Your desired tone and body shape can typically be achieved in just three treatments with no downtime. VelaShape can treat the neck, arms, thighs, buttocks, flank (side of waist), and abdomen. The treatment combines infrared light and bi-polar radio frequency to reduce the appearance of cellulite. These factors, combined with a vacuum, heat fat cells, their surrounding tissue, and the collagen fibers underneath. This heat vacuum activates growth of new and improved collagen and elastin. 

VelaShape is not a weight loss treatment. It helps reduce the trouble spots that diet and exercise cannot reach. The ideal candidate for VelaShape is someone with a BMI of less than 30. 

If stubborn fat is holding you back, it’s time to do something about it! This month, our New Jersey medical spa is offering KYBELLA and truSculpt for discounted prices on our monthly specials page. See the offers here.

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Wrinkle Repair with Pelleve at a New Jersey Medical Spa

Wrinkle Repair with Pelleve at a New Jersey Medical Spa

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As we get older, wrinkles inevitably become more and more prominent around the eyes, neck, and jowl area. If you could add up the amount of money you’ve spent over the years on anti-wrinkle and anti-aging creams, serums, and lotions, would it be a number you’d be comfortable admitting? No judgement here! So many of our clients are tired of wrinkles and fine lines and want a more long-term solution. The answer we give them is Pelleve at our New Jersey medical spa.

Pelleve is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure that uses radio waves of heat to target the deep layers of the skin without any damage to the top layer. This heat stimulates your skin, causing it to contract and tighten. Following treatment, the skin begins to produce new collagen, which improves skin firmness.

Pelleve can be used on:

  • Smile lines
  • Mouth wrinkles
  • Lines between the eyebrows
  • Forehead lines
  • Loose skin around the eye
  • Crow’s feet 

What the Pelleve treatment is like

The Pelleve treatment is virtually painless and has even been described as pleasurable because it feels like a warm facial massage. Pelleve doesn’t require anesthesia or skin cooling. A conductive gel is placed on the area that is getting treated. Then, the Pelleve handpiece is applied to your skin.

The best part is there is little to no recovery time! You’re able to wear makeup and resume your normal activities after your treatment. However, you will be advised to wear SPF 30 after the treatment to prevent photodamage and preserve the results.

How Pelleve is different from other skin treatments

You’ll start to see results after just one treatment of Pelleve at a New Jersey medical spa, but that’s just the beginning. After the treatment is over, it continues to work for weeks and months as new collagen is produced. Over time, your skin will gradually tighten and grow smoother with results for up to six months.

Ready to see your wrinkles disappear? This month ANU Medical Spa in Voorhees, N.J. is offering the Pelleve full face treatment for $200 off! Schedule a Pelleve consultation with one of our experienced aestheticians today

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How Many Units of Botox Will I Need?

How Many Units of Botox Will I Need?

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If you’re new to Botox, it might be a little intimidating trying to figure out the cost per unit and how many Botox units you’ll need to see results. Botox priced at $10 to $15 per unit is normal, but it’s going to take more than one unit to get rid of your most troublesome fine lines and wrinkles. 

In truth, everyone is different, so there’s no right answer for how many units you’ll need until you visit for a consultation with a doctor or esthetician. However, the manufacturers of Botox and the FDA have their own recommendations and averages for the amount of Botox units needed.

How many Botox units do you need?

Botox comes in doses between 50 and 200 units per syringe. So how many units does it take? Allergan, the manufacturer of Botox, recommends four units each in five sites on the forehead, totaling 20 units. Additionally, 20 units have been approved by the FDA for the 11’s – the area between the eyes. Everyone’s forehead is different. Your gender, treatment areas, and the strength of your facial muscles are all factors that will play into how many Botox units you’ll need. In the beginning, your doctor might start out with a lower dosage in each injection site to see how that works for you and then go from there for future appointments. 

Average units per area

  • 11’s between your eyes – 20 to 30 units
  • Horizontal lines on the forehead – 6 to 20 units
  • Crows feet around the eyes – 6 to 15 units

Depending on what areas you’re treating and how many units you’ll need, the price of Botox can fluctuate from $200 to $500. In general, Botox is meant to last for about four months. However, your first treatment could wear off a little sooner. After your first follow-up appointment, you should expect to see the results for longer.

We’ll help find the right amount of Botox for you! Visit us for a consultation at our medical spa in Voorhees, New Jersey. This month, you can get Botox for $12 per unit ($11 for new clients). Book now!

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Jeuveau is Botox’s Newest Competitor

Jeuveau is Botox’s Newest Competitor

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If you’re looking to get rid of wrinkles and fine lines, Botox’s newest competitor, Jeuveau, might be right for you. Since Botox was FDA approved back in 2002, there have been few other competitors that have entered the market and have had as much success. It’s kind of a big deal that Jeuveau was FDA approved just this year because it’s the first new brand of neurotoxin to come to the U.S. market in almost 10 years. As a medical spa, having more options for our clients is always a good thing. 

How is Jeuveau different than Botox?

Jeuveau is a neurotoxin that is structurally similar to Botox. They’re even branding themselves as #NEWTOX. Both Jeuveau and Botox are used to improve the appearance of frown lines and even have identical risks and potential side effects. The biggest and most notable difference between Jeuveau and Botox is the price. Jeaveau runs slightly cheaper than Botox because it is priced at a premium. Unlike Jeuveau, Botox has medical indications, such as treating migraines and hyperhidrosis, and was used for medical purposes before it was approved for cosmetics. Jeuveau is purely cosmetic and is not subject to any insurance coverage or reimbursement, so it tends to run a little cheaper.

Is one better than the other?

We say no. Seeing as Botox and Jeuveau are both made of the same ingredients and serve the same cosmetic purpose, there is no true winner in quality of the treatment. When making the decision between the two, it all comes down to doctor recommendations and patient preference.  

Where you can find Jeuveau

This month at ANU, the Jeuveau treatment is a new monthly special at a great price! For just $10 per unit, you can say goodbye to wrinkles. Book an appointment now: http://bit.ly/2ZeoKYZ 

Popular Monthly Spa Specials You’ll Love

Popular Monthly Spa Specials You’ll Love

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Every month at ANU, you can expect to see new specials of our most popular treatments. Maybe you’ve had your eye on a treatment but aren’t sure if it’s right for you. We’ve rounded up the most popular monthly spa specials that our clients love.

Botox

Month after month, Botox continues to be one of the most asked about treatments at our medical spa. At just $12 per unit ($11 for new clients), you could say goodbye to your crow’s feet, wrinkles, and laugh lines. It’s a simple procedure that could be done during your lunch break and could last up to three to six months. 

There have been many myths surrounding Botox. No, your face isn’t going to look like an episode of Botched. In fact, for wrinkles and fine lines Botox causes the skin in that area to appear softer and more relaxed without reducing movement.

Laser hair reduction

This spring and summer, laser hair reduction has been a huge hit. For those who are tired of shaving multiple times a week, laser hair reduction has been a lifesaver. This month, you can get a laser hair reduction treatment for 50 percent off! Our laser can remove hair from just about any part of the body such as the face, arms, underarms, and back. It can also treat sensitive areas like the chest, nipples, and bikini line. The end of the summer and early fall is the perfect time to start laser hair reduction treatments, so by next summer, you’ll be officially stubble free!

Microblading

Microblading is one of the biggest trends in beauty right now. Everyone is seeking that perfect brow but might be a little hesitant about permanent makeup. Microblading creates very natural looking brows using small strokes of a microblading pen. Don’t worry. You’re in good hands at ANU. Our estheticians listen to your needs, whether you prefer thicker or thinner brows, lighter or darker, and you’ll be able to get a sense of what your brows will look like before the procedure with an outline. This month microblading is $450!

Microdermabrasion

On Fridays only, we cut the price of microdermabrasion in half! Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive physical “skin polishing,” which decreases age spots, sun damage, acne, hyper-pigmentation, fine lines, stretch marks, and scars. There’s little to no prep or downtime for this procedure. You should be able to return to your daily activities looking fresh and years younger! 

TruSculpt 3D

For getting rid of stubborn fat, truSculpt 3D has your back. The truSculpt 3D sculpting procedure is the only treatment of its kind, revolutionizing the modern approach to body sculpting and hip reduction. It provides our clients the best results in the shortest treatment time possible. This month, you can buy one area for $999 and get the second area half off!

These five treatments are by far the most popular among our clients. If you have any questions about any of them, feel free to give us a call or reach out to us through email info@anumedicalspa.com. Be sure to stay updated on our monthly spa specials each month and don’t miss out on this month’s while they’re still around. See the specials here.

Skin Care Tips for Traveling This Summer

Skin Care Tips for Traveling This Summer

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Summer is a great time for traveling, but maybe not the best for your skin care routine. Your daily routine could take a hit from the travel-sized restrictions or the changes in your diet and environment. For your vacation, try out these summer skin care tips!

Summer Skin Care Tips for Traveling

 

Choose your most important products if you’re crunched for space.

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If you’re traveling by plane, chances are you’ll have to pick and choose the products to bring with you. Decide what products are the most important for your routine. Two things you absolutely should not leave behind: a cleanser and a moisturizer.

 

Stay hydrated – inside and out.

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Once you’re 30,000 feet up, the air is going to be dry and your skin will not be happy about it. Be sure before your flight to properly moisturize and bring a bottle of water to stay hydrated throughout the flight!

 

Sunscreen

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Wherever you’re headed, sunscreen is a must. On a plane, you’re 30,000 feet closer to sun, so applying sunscreen to any exposed area couldn’t hurt. You can kill two birds with one stone when you use a face moisturizer that contains SPF!  If you’re going somewhere tropical, you’re going to need a lot of sunscreen – much more than you can fit in a travel-sized container. We recommend buying your sunscreen at your destination or shipping it to yourself beforehand, so it’s there waiting for you. For more on protecting your skin, check out our tips for skin protection all summer long.

 

Reusable containers

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Travel-sized reusable containers are awesome for cleansers and basic moisturizers. But other products may not take too well to being transferred to a new container. Beneficial ingredients in many products may begin to degrade with exposure to oxygen, so transferring them can decrease the effectiveness. If it’s not small enough to get on a plane, it might be best just to leave it at home.

 

Cleansing face wipes

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For long hours of travel, you’ll be happy you brought some cleansing wipes. During a layover, it’s not always convenient to wash your face in the airport bathroom. Face wipes are an easy and quick way to refresh your face and get rid of dirt and oil. Don’t forget to apply some moisturizer afterward!

 

Too much makeup may cause more harm than help

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With the exhaustion and stress of traveling comes breakouts and a full face of makeup – while it might cover up imperfections – isn’t going to help. It’s just a recipe for acne. Go bare to keep your skin looking clear and fresh. 

Wherever you’re going, take these summer skin care tips with you! The best way to prevent breakouts and ensure beautiful skin all vacation-long is to be prepared. You can start your vacation off right with a facial from ANU Medical Spa. See what we have to offer and book an appointment today!

Tips for Protecting Your Skin All Summer Long

Tips for Protecting Your Skin All Summer Long

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Summer is finally here! You can pack away your sweaters and jackets and take out your sundresses and bathing suits. While we’re all itching to get out into the summer sun, it’s important to remember the consequences that long periods in the sun can have on your skin. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S., and it can start from excessive sun exposure. Luckily, there are ways of protecting your skin that still let you enjoy time in the sun. Even better, if your skin is already sun damaged, there are treatments for reversing it at South Jersey spas like ANU Medical Spa.

Sunscreen

Sunscreen is probably the most important thing you should remember this summer. You may be already protecting your face without even knowing it! Many moisturizers out there contain SPF. Check your moisturizer and make sure it has at least SPF 15. When looking for the best sunscreen, it’s a good idea to go with a higher SPF (15 or higher) and be sure it is water-resistant and provides broad-spectrum protection. Your sunscreen will work best when you apply it 15 to 30 minutes before going out in the sun! If you’re swimming, sweating, or spending a long time outdoors, reapply sunscreen every two hours on your face and entire body. A good rule of thumb: you should be putting on enough sunscreen that it takes a full minute to rub in.

Sun hats and umbrellas

Any extra protective clothing is good in the sun, but let’s start with just a hat. Unless you have a shaved head, it’s difficult to put sunscreen on your scalp. A wide-brimmed sun hat will protect your head and ears from harmful rays (and look really cute). 

On the beach, don’t forget your umbrella! Hours and hours spent in the direct sunlight is dangerous for your skin and exhausting. Take a break from the sun under your umbrella to cool off, rehydrate, and reapply sunscreen before going back into the sun.

Lip balm

The lips are commonly overlooked in the sunscreen procedure, but it’s a common site for skin and lip cancer because of the extended sun exposure. To protect your lips all summer, you can put sunscreen directly on the lips or look for lip-specific products that have SPF 15 or higher. You should apply lip products just as often as you reapply sunscreen (every two hours).

Sunglasses

Just like your skin, prolonged sun exposure can redden the whites of your eyes, which overtime could cause eye problems. When it comes to sunglasses, bigger is better. More coverage of the eye means less intensity of light to reach the back part of the eye. When looking for a good pair of sunglasses, make sure they have UV 400 protection.

Microneedling for reversing sun damage

If you’re already noticing sun damage, it might be a good idea to try a microneedling treatment to reverse the damage. Microneedling at a South Jersey spa uses surgical steel microneedles to penetrate the skin. This process kickstarts the body’s wound healing response and increases collagen production to eliminate dark spots, uneven pigmentation, and other types of sun damage. Learn more about microneedling in our blog.

The summer fun doesn’t have to stop because of sun damage, but make sure you’re taking these preventative measures so your skin can stay healthy and look younger for longer! This month at ANU, we are offering a variety of discounted skin care treatments to keep your skin healthy and beautiful. Check out our monthly specials to see what you can save on.

Skin Care Tricks: Surprising Uses for Botox

Skin Care Tricks: Surprising Uses for Botox

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When you think of Botox, you probably think of its most common use – getting rid of wrinkles and signs of aging. What you may not know is there are other uses for Botox that treat a number of conditions.

6 surprising uses for Botox

Chronic migraines

Botox has been FDA approved for chronic migraines since 2010. Back in 1992, it was discovered that patients receiving Botox reported fewer headaches. It was then tested on those with chronic migraines and approved for use. Some experts are still unsure whether it’s truly effective or if it’s a placebo effect. Either way, patients are experiencing fewer migraines! For migraine prevention, patients typically receive 31 injections in different spots on the head and neck, which lasts up to three months.

Excessive sweating

Also known as hyperhidrosis, excessive sweating is a common condition that can cause frustration and distress. Areas like the armpits, palms, soles, and scalp can be treated with Botox injections. Some studies show that Botox decreases sweating in the injected areas by up to 87 percent, and in the hands, it’s been up to 90 percent effective. Yes, sweating is necessary for our health, but repeated treatments of Botox have been shown to be safe and it’s FDA approved!

Overactive bladder

Many doctors have found Botox is an impactful treatment for overactive bladder in women. In a study, 70 percent of women reported about three leaks a day compared to five at the beginning of the study. For the treatment, Botox is injected into the bladder muscle to target the source of the overactive bladder. It reduces leakage, treats the strong need to urinate, and reduces the number of trips to the bathroom.

Crossed-eyes

This was one of the first conditions Botox was approved for. Crossed eyes, also known as strabismus, can be a congenital issue or can occur from trauma. While there are other methods to correct crossed eyes, such as surgery, some choose Botox treatments first to relax the muscle and see how the uncrossed eye will look. Botox can be used as a longer term solution as well.

Muscle spasms

Whether you have severe spasms in the neck or even in your eyelids, Botox can be used as a blockade to block how the nerves communicate with the muscles. This method is FDA approved and is useful to doctors when muscles are spasming.

Acne

While it’s not the most popular or effective treatment for acne, studies have shown that Botox used on acne lesions can lessen oil production and lead to less acne. In a study, 85 percent of patients who were injected with a single dose of Botox saw a decrease in pore size and oil. Botox is not a permanent solution to acne but may help get severe cases under control.

The effects of Botox on the conditions listed above can vary from person-to-person. If you’re considering Botox as a treatment, it’s important to talk to your doctor about possible side effects. Typically, Botox will last three to four months. For getting rid of wrinkles at ANU, the skin care professionals in New Jersey are offering discounts on Botox units this month!

TruSculpt vs. CoolSculpting

TruSculpt vs. CoolSculpting

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Diet and exercise may get you to your ideal body weight, but you could still be left with stubborn fat that doesn’t want to go away. Don’t give up just yet! Bat wings, turkey gobble necks, and love handles can be a thing of the past with body contouring treatments like TruSculpt 3D and CoolSculpting. Both of these treatments have become very popular in recent years, but what’s the difference?

A look at TruSculpt and CoolSculpting

In the past, surgical liposuction was the only way to get rid of fat, but now there are nonsurgical options like TruSculpt and CoolSculpting that work just as well without the risks of surgery. Upon first glance, both treatments are very similar. However, these procedures are using opposite mechanisms to achieve similar results. One uses radiofrequency heat to destroy fat cells and the other uses extreme cold. There are also important differences in who it’s best suited for.

A deeper look at TruSculpt

TruSculpt 3D uses radiofrequency technology to heat fat cells and destroy them through a process called lipolysis. The cells then shrink and the body eliminates them over about three months.

During a TruSculpt treatment, a handheld device is pressed over the treatment area to deliver targeted pulses of calibrated radiofrequency energy. If you’re worried about any discomfort from the heat of the machine, the frequency used penetrates the layer of fat and heats the cells more so than the skin. Additionally, your doctor will be able to adjust the device to a temperature you’re comfortable with.

Oftentimes, several handheld devices are used simultaneously so the treatment may only last 20 to 30 minutes depending on the treatment area size. TruSculpt 3D is a great option for those that are too small or too large for the machine used in the CoolSculpt procedure, as it does not require any skin to be pinched. It’s also great for people who have pockets of fat in difficult to reach places, like the underarms, neck, and shoulders.

A deeper look at CoolSculpting

As the name would suggest, CoolSculpting uses cold to freeze fat cells through the cryolipolysis process. Similar to the TruSculpt process, the cells then shrink, die, and your body eliminates them over a few months.

During the CoolSculpting treatment, your problem areas will be pulled up into a cup-like device. The skin held in that device will receive the cold treatment until the fat cells are frozen. If you’re worried about the pain of the treatment, the first 10 minutes or so is the only time that patients may feel discomfort. After that, the skin will feel numb and the discomfort goes away.

CoolSculpting sessions typically last between 40 to 60 minutes. Unlike TruSculpt, only one area can be treated at a time with CoolSculpting, so more than one treatment may be necessary. Additionally, CoolSculpting is a little more limited in who it’s best for. It’s best for those who have areas of excess fat that can be pinched (usually about an inch of fat is needed to be pulled into the machine). Where TruSculpt does not require a specific amount of fat needed for the treatment to be effective.

Whichever method of body contouring you’re interested in, it’s important to do your research and learn your options. The best way to figure out if a treatment is right for you is to come in for a consultation. One of our experienced physicians at ANU will find the perfect treatment plan for you to get rid of stubborn fat! This month, ANU is offering one area of TruSculpt for $999 and you’ll get the second area half off! Learn more here.

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