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Microblading Aftercare Guide

Microblading Aftercare Guide

microblading aftercare

After your first microblading treatment, it’s important to take good care of your eyebrows as they heal. The more careful you are in the beginning, the better they will look and the longer they will last! If you’ve never gotten a tattoo or had cosmetic tattooing done before, there are some important changes you might have to make to your daily routine. In the end, we promise it will be worth it!

Things to avoid post-microblading:

  1. Getting area wet for 10 days
  2. Sweating, saunas, and hot showers
  3. Direct exposure to sun and salon tanning
  4. Wearing makeup for at least a week
  5. Picking or itching your eyebrows
  6. Facials, chemical peels, Botox, and microdermabrasion for at least four weeks

What you can expect after your session

The healing process for microblading typically takes around four to six weeks. Throughout these weeks, your eyebrows will go through several phases of healing. At first, the dark pigment on your eyebrows may look a little unnatural and will appear dark for a few days. As your skin naturally starts to regenerate, the color will begin to fade and start to look more normal. During this period, there will be peeling, causing your brows to appear lighter than the original consultation projection. This is typical of most people, even with proper care. That’s why your follow up appointment after six to eight weeks is so important! After 30 days, your eyebrows will be in their final phases of healing. At this point, they’ll look more natural, and you can enjoy your beautiful new eyebrows!

Skin care after microblading

Once your microblading is completely healed, there are simple methods to avoid fading. 

  1. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, sunscreen is a must! Apply a thin layer of SPF 30 to 50 on your eyebrows before you go outside. 
  2. When using foundation, avoid putting it directly on your healed eyebrows because they’ll appear lighter.
  3. Avoid products that contain retinol – they may speed up the process of fading!
  4. Be sure to use moisturizer or ointment that is suggested by your permanent makeup artist. These products can be used to minimize scabbing and keep your eyebrows moisturized and protected from germs and bacteria.

You want to keep your eyebrows looking amazing for as long as possible, so it’s crucial to take the best care of them during the healing process! If you’re worried about messing up the healing process, talk with your microblading specialist and figure out what will work best for you. 

Be sure to book your six to eight week touch up and your annual follow up to keep your brows looking fresh. Book today >>

Anti-aging Starts with Collagen

Anti-aging Starts with Collagen

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As we age, we start to notice more fine lines, sagging skin, and wrinkles. Why does this happen? When we get older our skin starts to thin and becomes less elastic. Repetitive facial expressions like smiling, frowning, and squinting forms a groove under the surface of the skin. Younger skin has the elasticity to bounce back from this, but as you get older, your skin loses its flexibility and has a harder time bouncing back, resulting in permanent lines and wrinkles. There is an important fiber in the skin called collagen that forms the skin’s connective tissue. Over time, it breaks down and makes the skin thinner and weaker. Luckily, there are ways to get more collagen through your diet, supplements, and even medical spa treatments.

What is collagen?

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body. It’s found in the bones, muscles, skin, and tendons. Collagen is actually what holds the body together. Collagen production naturally declines with age and is affected by other factors like smoking and exposure to UV light. After menopause, women experience a rapid decline in collagen production, which means the skin is more vulnerable to imperfections. 

If you’re experiencing wrinkles and fine lines or want to take precautions to prevent them, you’ve come to the right place. Follow the methods below to receive more collagen and save yourself from wrinkles!

Collagen in your diet

There are important nutrients found in different foods that can prevent collagen loss:

  • Proline: eggs, meat, cheese, soy, and cabbage 
  • Anthocyanidins: blackberries, blueberries, cherries, and raspberries
  • Vitamin C: oranges, strawberries, peppers, broccoli
  • Copper: shellfish, nuts, red meat

Do collagen supplements work?

Many studies have been done on the effectiveness of collagen supplements. In a Journal of Medical Nutrition and Nutraceuticals study, researchers found that participants’ skin hydration and elasticity improved significantly and the depth of their wrinkles were reduced. Collagen supplements also boast other benefits, including improved joint health, increased muscle mass, bone loss prevention, and heart health. Researchers are still skeptical and are working to study all of these benefits. 

Medical spa treatments that boost collagen

Microneedling is an excellent treatment for restoring the body’s natural collagen production. Microneedling uses sterile surgical steel microneedles to penetrate the upper and lower layers of the skin. This causes controlled microscopic wounds, which kick starts the body’s healing response and increases the amount of collagen producing cells.This month, take advantage of the introductory price on our newest treatment: Secret RF microneedling! It improves signs of aging, wrinkles, and fine lines by using radio frequency to penetrate deeper layers of the skin to boost collagen production. Learn more >>

Best Treatments to Pair at ANU

Best Treatments to Pair at ANU

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Spa treatments are for more than just relaxation. They can be healing while addressing many skin issues and cosmetic concerns. There are so many skin care treatments at our New Jersey spa that can give you younger looking skin, improve skin tone, and more. We find that pairing two different treatments yields the best results for our clients. 

You can get the most out of your time at the spa by pairing treatments like these:

Dermaplaning and a peel

Dermaplaning is an exfoliating treatment typically thought of as an alternative to chemical peels or microdermabrasion. During this treatment, an experienced aesthetician uses a surgical blade to gently exfoliate the outer layer of dead skin cells and remove fine facial hair. A noticeable improvement is immediate with a smoother, brighter skin appearance. When paired with a chemical peel, you’re targeting hyperpigmentation in the skin for a more even skin tone.

This month at ANU, we’re offering dermaplaning with a SkinCeuticals glycolic peel for one low price. Learn more >>

Microdermabrasion and a facial

Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive skin polishing that decreases age spots, sun damage, acne, hyper-pigmentation, fine lines, and scars. When paired with a facial, it helps with clogged pores, skin hydration, smoothness, and overall skin health.

This month at ANU, we’re offering microdermabrasion with a pore cleansing facial. 
Learn more >>

Microneedling and a mask

Microneedling uses fine surgical steel microneedles to penetrate the upper and lower layers of the skin, which causes controlled microscopic wounds and pinpoint bleeding to kickstart the body’s own wound healing response. This results in more collagen producing cells for better skin with less fine lines, scars, and stretch marks. Paired with a mask, your skin is nourished and restored, giving you a healthy radiant complexion.

This month at ANU, we’re offering microneedling with a biocellulose restorative masque. 
Learn more >>

If you’re planning on getting a treatment done at our New Jersey spa, we’ll help you to find the perfect pairing that will make your skin look amazing! During your complimentary skin analysis, our experienced aestheticians will address all of your questions and concerns and create a personalized treatment that’s unique to you. Book an appointment today!  

The Difference Between Juvederm and Botox

The Difference Between Juvederm and Botox

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No one is immune to the wrinkles and fine lines that come with aging. Luckily, with treatments like Botox and Juvederm, it’s possible to restore and maintain your youthful look. Known as lunchtime procedures, Juvederm and Botox provide some of the fastest results with little to no downtime. Both injectables may seem like they do the same thing, but there are important differences that may make one option better than the other for certain patients.

Juvederm vs Botox

Juvederm
Juvederm is a dermal filler that adds volume under the skin to fill in wrinkles and make the skin more plump. What’s injected is a sterile gel that’s made from hyaluronic acid – a natural sugar found in the skin.

There are many different types of Juvederm that serve different purposes:

  • Juvederm Voluma XC – creates contour and gives you back the apple of your cheeks.
  • Juvederm XC – the only hyaluronic filler proven to last up to one-year in moderate to severe facial lines and wrinkles. Erase the appearance of parentheses lines, vertical lip lines, corner lines, and marionette lines brought on by age, genetics, and environment.
  • Juvederm Ultra XC – gives your lips a fuller, more natural pout with long-lasting results. It is the only lip filler proven to last up to one-year.
  • Juvederm Vollure XC – softens moderate to severe parentheses lines and wrinkles by adding volume to the lines and wrinkles around your nose and mouth to produce subtle and long-lasting results.

Botox
Botox cosmetic works by relaxing the muscles that cause wrinkles and fine lines. When injected, Botox blocks the neuron signals to the muscle, allowing for regular motion of the face without the wrinkles. 

Botox is used to treat:

  • “11s” between your eyebrows
  • Crow’s feet
  • Wrinkles on the forehead
  • Laugh lines
  • Neck bands

Getting rid of wrinkles

When deciding whether to get Juvederm or Botox, it’s important to know that the biggest difference between the two is the type of wrinkles they work on. When your face is at rest, Juvederm is a wonderful option for filling in and smoothing out wrinkled areas. Those hallowed areas that lack tissue will benefit from the plumping effects of the filler. On the other hand, Botox is a great option for wrinkles that appear on movement. 

Want to learn more about injectables at ANU Medical Spa?

Botox is widely used for cosmetic purposes in the upper face. Learn more about Botox here.

Juvederm is most often used to correct lines and wrinkles around the mouth, nose, and chin with slightly longer lasting results as compared to Botox. Learn more about the different types of Juvederm at ANU here.

December Specials at our New Jersey Spa

December Specials at our New Jersey Spa

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The holidays are upon us, which can be a busy time. Slow down and take time to pamper yourself at our New Jersey spa! Every month, we offer new specials so we can give you the best spa and physician treatments in the industry at the lowest possible prices. While there are 16 specials this month, here are our top five favorites:

Secret RF Microneedling Radio Frequency

$750 

This exciting, new treatment improves signs of aging, fine lines, wrinkles, scars and stretch marks. Secret RF couples the benefits of microneedling with radio frequency energy to penetrate deeper layers of the skin for maximum benefit. Book it!

Microneedling with Biocellulose Restorative Masque

$299 (normally $400)

Our microneedling services use fine surgical steel microneedles to penetrate deep into the skin to kick start the body’s healing process. Then, we use a gentle and nourishing mask to quickly restore your skin, giving you a healthy radiant complexion. Book it!

TruSculpt™ 3D – Under Chin

$250 (normally $600)

The truSculpt 3D sculpting procedure is the only treatment of its kind, revolutionizing the modern approach to body sculpting. It delivers precise, uniform temperature treatments to adipose tissue, giving amazing results in the shortest treatment time. Book it!

Ultherapy

All areas 25% off

Ultherapy® is the only FDA-approved procedure of its kind to lift and tighten skin in the hard-to-treat areas of the brow, neck, chin, and décolletage without surgery. Treatment lengths vary based on area of the body, but they could take from 30 to 90 minutes. Book it!

Microdermabrasion with Pore Cleansing Facial

$100 (usually $140)

This non-invasive physical “skin polishing” decreases age spots, sun damage, acne, hyper-pigmentation, fine lines, stretch marks, and scars. Followed by a pore cleansing facial, pore minimizer serum, and extractions. Book it!

Looking for a New Jersey spa that can give you high-quality treatments at discounted prices? ANU Medical Spa offers new specials every month, so you can pamper yourself! Check out the rest of our December holiday specials here. Or, if you want to treat a loved one to a spa day, you can purchase a gift card here.

Lose Weight Fast with truSculpt iD

Lose Weight Fast with truSculpt iD

Lose Weight Fast with truSculpt iD

Anu Medical Spa is proud to offer truSculpt® iD, a revolutionary non-surgical, body-sculpting treatment that allows you to personalize your ideal body in as little as one 15-minute treatment.

truSculpt iD is a safe and effective technology that is clinically proven to permanently eliminate fat cells in stubborn areas around your abdomen and flanks. With truSculpt iD, you can get the body definition you want, even in areas that have been resistant to diet and exercise.

HOW IT WORKS

  • truSculpt iD uses innovative Monopolar RF technology to selectively target fat and therapeutically heat it until fat cells are eliminated by passing through the body naturally.
  • An average of 24% fat reduction is achieved in just one treatment.

HOW IS THIS DIFFERENT THAN OTHER BODY SCULPTING PROCEDURES?

  • This procedure is versatile and effective to treat a wide-range of patients who may not be a candidate for other contouring procedures due to treatment location, skin type, fat thickness and presence of skin laxity.
  • The treatment has minimal discomfort and has been compared to a hot stone massage.
  • There is no visible downtime after the procedure and normal activity can be resumed immediately.
  • The treatment time is dependent on the treatment size and how many areas are treated.
  • Treatment time is typically 15 to 30 minutes to treat the abdomen and flanks.
  • Typically, only one treatment is needed. Maximum results are visible after 12 weeks.
  • Additional treatments may be required to achieve the personalized results you desire.

Your truSculpt iD treatment consultant can provide all the details you need to make an informed decision about the procedure. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation!

Benefits of Revision Skincare at ANU

Benefits of Revision Skincare at ANU

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Revision Skincare is available at ANU! Lines and wrinkles can’t compete against the Intellishade Original, Intellishade Matte, and the Revox 7. We use these products ourselves and recommend them to our clients to see the amazing anti-aging benefits. Let’s dig in and see all the benefits of Revision Skincare.

The Intellishade Original, Intellishade Matte, and the Revox 7 are chock-full of ingredients that tighten the skin from when you first put it on and ensure maximum stability in the long-term. The Revision Skincare ingredients are based on five formulation principles:

  1. Multiple pathways – there are many pathways that exist in the layers of the skin. Revision Skincare has formulated their products to target multiple pathways to address the visible signs of aging.
  2. Peptides – peptides are fragments of proteins,which are fundamental building blocks of the skin. A lack of protein in the skin can result in the appearance of wrinkles and loss of firmness. When peptides are introduced into skincare, great things happen. Revision Skincare products feature eight different peptides, which allow for many different components of healthy skin to be addressed.
  3. Skin neutral pH – Revision’s line of skincare products features a skin neutral pH. This means it will mimic your own skin’s pH levels to support healthier skin. Why is pH balance important in skincare? A healthy pH balance in your skin prevents infection, seals in moisture, and keeps your skin firm. With age, the pH of your skin is more vulnerable to the skincare products you put on it. Skin tends to become drier and more prone to fine lines and wrinkles. That’s why these products are perfect for maintaining a healthy pH!
  4. Microbiome technology – Revision Skincare products are formulated to harness the microbiome in the skin to balance and promote skin health. A healthy microbiome in the skin is important for keeping the skin hydrated and healthy for the long-term.
  5. Synergistic usage – Revision Skincare products were designed to be compatible with your other skincare products to deliver amazing results. The Intellishade Original, Intellishade Matte, or the Revox 7 can be used everyday during your normal skincare and makeup routine.

Try out these amazing products today at ANU Medical Spa! Stop by our office to pick up a bottle and see the immediate and long-term difference Revision Skincare can make. Have any questions about the products? Give us a call 856-809-0909 or reach out to us info@anumedicalspa.com.

5 Myths About Laser Tattoo Removal

5 Myths About Laser Tattoo Removal

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If you’ve made some regrettable tattoo decisions, you’re in luck. Laser tattoo removal is more powerful than ever and will only continue to get better as our technology enhances. We’re not sure what you’ve heard about laser tattoo removal, but we do know there are myths out there that could be keeping you away from it. Let’s debunk those myths now!

Myth: At-home tattoo removal kits work well

When you Google ‘laser tattoo removal,’ some of the first things you might see are tools you can buy and use at home to remove your tattoo. The $50 price tag may be enticing, but let us stop you right there. Laser tattoo removal should be performed by a licensed doctor for safety and accuracy. If you’re looking for laser tattoo removal in New Jersey, the Garden State is the only state that requires licensed physicians to operate a laser. You’ll have peace of mind knowing the person doing your tattoo removal is an experienced professional.

Myth: Laser tattoo removal leaves scars

There is minimal risk of scarring with laser tattoo removal. When you visit a licensed professional for laser tattoo removal, they will know the recommended amount of laser energy to use that will not cause scarring. If there is any scabbing after your laser treatment, it’s important that you do not pick at or rip off your scabs because that may cause scarring.

Myth: Laser tattoo removal is unsafe

Laser tattoo removal is just as safe as getting your tattoo in the first place – maybe even safer depending on where you got your tattoo! The enlighten® laser, used at ANU Medical Spa, is an industry leading platform for tattoo removal. Plus, it’s only operated by our licensed physicians to ensure your safety.

Myth: New tattoos are easier to remove than old tattoos

You might think a new tattoo would be easier to remove because it’s less settled into your skin, but that’s not the case. An old tattoo might take less sessions to remove simply because tattoos tend to fade as they get older.

Myth: It only takes one laser treatment to get rid of a tattoo

If a company is making the promise that they can remove your tattoo in just one treatment, run far, far away. The technology does not yet exist to remove tattoos in one session. Many factors are taken into consideration when planning out your treatments. Things like tattoo placement, age of the tattoo, age of the patient, use of color, type of ink used, and more can all affect how many treatments you’ll need. That’s not to say your tattoo will never be completely removed – it will just take a few sessions!

It’s important to do your research before making a decision about where to get your tattoo removed. At ANU Medical Spa in Voorhees, New Jersey you can be sure you’re getting the best treatment possible using the enlighten® laser performed by Dr. Anu Momi. Learn more about our laser tattoo removal services in New Jersey.

Stop Thinking About It: It’s Time to Get Lash Lifts in New Jersey!

Stop Thinking About It: It’s Time to Get Lash Lifts in New Jersey!

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Even though we’ve been offering lash lifts in New Jersey for a few years now, we still can’t get enough! For anyone who isn’t happy with the length, height, or color of their natural eyelashes, last lifts are a quick, easy and semi permanent way to give you the eyelashes you’ve always wanted – mascara not included. If you’re still on the fence, here are some quick facts about lash lifts to hopefully convince you to give it a shot:

Think of it like a perm for your eyelashes.

Similar to a perm, lash lifts use a chemical solution to curl your lashes upward, giving them the appearance of being longer. Even though chemicals may make you nervous around the eyes, lash lifts consist of silicon rods and a Keratin-based lifting lotion.

Quick enough to do it on your break.

Whether you are doing lash lifts only or lash lifts with a tint, the process will take you under an hour. Most people say their appointments take between 30 and 40 minutes.

Most of the appointment is lying down.

If you’re worried about having to watch or feel someone messing around your eyes, we are happy to report only a small portion of the appointment consists of actually touching your eyelashes. Instead, most of it consists of you lying in a comfy chair or on a table while the solution develops on your lashes. It’s relaxing and a great way to close your eyes.

Come au naturale.

If you’re getting lash lifts, make sure you come without any makeup on, especially mascara. Also, leave the contacts at home, so your eyes are au naturale and ready to go.

Toss your eyelash curler and mascara in the trash.

After your lash lift appointment, there is no need for eyelash curlers or mascara! Using eyelash curlers can actually break the rods in the lifts and using waterproof mascara can damage the lifts. If you want to take the best care of your lash lifts, avoid mascara and heavy eye makeup so you aren’t rubbing it off at the end of the day.

See you in three months.

Arguably one of the best parts about lash lifts is they can last up to 12 weeks, even with activities like swimming or exercising. There is no need to come in for maintenance or fill-ins, making lash lifts the ultimate way to have the best lashes ever!

Call ANU Medical Spa today to talk with one of our consultants and book your lash lift appointment. Be sure to mention lash tinting if you are interested in adding it to your treatment!

Harmful Ingredients to Watch Out for in Makeup and Skin Care

Harmful Ingredients to Watch Out for in Makeup and Skin Care

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WARNING: You might be disappointed in your skin care and makeup products after reading this. Makeup and skin care products may make you look beautiful on the outside, but without carefully looking at the ingredients, you could be harming your insides! Of what we put onto our skin, 60 percent gets absorbed, so you want to make sure you’re giving your skin and body the best. You might be surprised to learn that the FDA does not regulate skin care, so almost any ingredient could be included in your products. Some of them can even be dangerous to your health. We’ll show you what to avoid, and ANU’s South Jersey spa experts will suggest some healthy ingredients that your products should have!

 

Ingredients to avoid

Parabens
Parabens are preservatives that are found in almost everything. Anything that contains water will usually have parabens in it to keep it from growing bacteria. Parabens have the power to mimic estrogen in the body and could cause hormone imbalances. Several studies have linked parabens to breast cancer, skin cancer, and decreased sperm count.

Sodium lauryl sulfate/sodium laureth sulfate
These sulfate ingredients are foaming agents that are commonly found in shampoo, toothpastes, and cosmetics. These ingredients have been known to cause skin irritation, canker sores, natural oil imbalance and contribute to acne around the mouth and chin.

Artificial fragrances
It’s extremely difficult to find products without artificial fragrances (even the un-scented ones). Anything that says ‘artificial’ or ‘synthetic’ should raise a red flag. Companies are not required to list the ingredients of fragrances, so you never know what’s in there. You could be exposing yourself to carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, and allergens.

Phthalates
These chemicals are used to increase the flexibility and strength of plastics. These are often not listed in the ingredients but have the same effect as parabens. They’re primarily found in fragrances but can also be found in hairspray and nail polish.

Polyethylene glycol (PEG)
PEG is used as a thickener in many cosmetic products like lotions, shampoos, and sunscreen. It can alter and reduce the skin’s natural moisture. If you’ve ever used a facial scrub with those little plastic beads, then you’ve experienced PEGs before. The U.S. government considers them a human carcinogen and that penetrates the skin.

 

Healthy ingredients you need

It’s important to make sure your skin care and makeup products include some of these ingredients:

Vitamin C and E, green tea, and licorice root
The skin needs antioxidants and skin protectants like these to interrupt environmental damage.

Retinol and niacinamide
Skin restorers like retinol and niacinamide encourage skin cells to make better, younger cells, which is awesome for people with fine lines and wrinkles. These ingredients will keep your skin looking younger.

Hyaluronic acid
Hyaluronic acid fortifies your skin to hydrate and keep it young, smooth, and healthy. 

Zinc oxide
Zinc oxide can be found in many products that contain SPF,which you should be using every day anyway. Sunscreens that contain zinc oxide are your best line of defense for protecting your skin.

Remember, the next time you’re about to purchase your favorite product, turn the bottle over to read the ingredients and make sure you’re doing what’s best for your body. Happy skin is a happy you! Do even more for your skin with our South Jersey spa’s skin care specials: http://bit.ly/2MNCpAV 

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