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Skin Layers

Joseph Coupal - Monday, March 24, 2014

By: Mary Kelley

Thin as our skin may be, it is still a complex organ. Have you ever wondered how many layers of skin we have? The answer may surprise you. Overall, we have 3 layers: the epidermis, the dermis (often called the true skin), and the subcutaneous (or hypodermis) layer. Each of the three layers are very complex themselves—the epidermis has 5 layers and the dermis has 2 layers.

This cross section of human skin shows most, but not all, of what is happening inside the .09-2mm of tissue on our body. For instance, look at the size of the epidermis versus the dermis. The epidermis has 5 layers-the stratum corneum, the stratum lucidum (found only in the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet), the stratum granulosum, the stratum spinosum, and the stratum germinativum. The epidermis packs quite a lot into such a small area compared to the two layers in the dermis –the papillary layer and the reticular layer. Below the epidermis and the dermis is the final layer of the skin—the subcutaneous layer. Sometimes, this layer is also called the fatty layer or the subdermis.

Keep an eye out for my next two blogs where I explain exactly what is happening in each layer of the epidermis and dermis.

Don’t forget, keep your skin hydrated and protected from the sun!

It’s Ok. Everyone has Thin Skin!

Joseph Coupal - Monday, March 17, 2014

By: Mary Kelley

Skin is our largest organ. It makes up 16% of our body weight and covers an average surface area of 2 square meters (roughly 21.5 square feet). Despite the large surface area, our skin is quite thin. The palms of our hands and soles of our feet have the thickest skin—about 4mm thick (.15 inches) and our eyelids have the thinnest skin—only .05 mm thick (about . 0.0003 inches thick).

To put this in perspective, the average sheet of copy paper is .09 mm thick. So, our eyelid skin is as thinner than one sheet of copy paper. Our facial skin isn’t much thicker—only about 2 to 5 sheets of paper thick. Despite being so thin, our skin acts as a barrier to protect the rest of our body from infection, helps maintain proper internal temperature, and keeps our internal organs on the inside. Also, the average doorframe is about 22 square feet. Our skin is as thin as a few pieces of paper but can stretch to fill out an entire doorway.

As we age, our skin can get thinner due to a lack of volume due to collagen, elastin, and fat loss. Take care of your skin by using a proper cleanser, moisturizer, and using a broad spectrum SPF at all times—even if you aren’t going outside or if it is cloudy and you don’t see the sun. The rule of thumb should be if you can see your hand in front of your face, you should be wearing sunscreen. Also, don’t forget to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water!

Sources: BBC and WebMD

A New Filler Available at Dream Spa Medical: Juvéderm Voluma™ XC

Joseph Coupal - Monday, March 10, 2014

By: Mary Kelley

As we get older, our bodies experience a decrease in Hyaluronic Acid—a moisturizing acid that helps maintain the skin’s youthful volume and structure. A major sign of aging is volume loss in the face, especially the cheek area. Dream Spa Medical provides fillers that restore volume for a more youthful look and we are proud to add the first and only filler that is FDA-approved to instantly add volume to the cheek area.

Juvéderm Voluma™ XC is created by the same makers as Botox® and Juvéderm® XC. Patients who are familiar with Juvéderm® XC know how effective the product is for restoring volume around the nose and mouth. What makes Juvéderm Voluma™ XC unique is that this product is specifically designed for the cheek area and injections are clinically proven to provide volume for up to 2 years.

Most of us don’t have deep wrinkles in our cheeks and chose to focus on smoothing out lines around our noses or mouths. However, adding volume to our cheeks adds a subtle but effective way to look younger. Take a look at these before and after photos from the clinical trial:

This patient had 3.5 mL injected into her cheek area. As you can see, Juvéderm Voluma™ XC added fullness to the apex, apple, and hollow of her cheeks but the result is subtle. The patient does not look like she had work done even though volume has been restored to her cheek area. The clinical trial determined that optimal results are best achieved with an injection of 6.8 mL but our nurses will work with you to find the right amount of Juvéderm Voluma™ XC for your individual needs.

Schedule an appointment with one of our nurses today to discuss how Juvéderm Voluma™ XC can help you create a more youthful look. Many of our patients combine filler and Botox® treatments in one day. Dream Spa Medical is hosting a Botox® Day on February 27th. All Botox® treatments are 15% off on the 27th and Juvéderm Voluma™ XC is a perfect addition to your treatment.

New! VI Peel

Joseph Coupal - Monday, March 03, 2014

Give your skin the VIP treatment with Dream Spa’s latest addition, the VI Peel! Dream Spa Medical is the premier provider in the Canton area for this amazing line.

Originally founded in Miami in 2006 and currently based in Beverly Hills, the Vitality Institute has created the next generation of chemical peels that are virtually painless, require no preparation, and have very little downtime. While many clients see a dramatic difference in acne, melasma or other pigment issues, or signs of aging in as little as one peel, we recommend a series of 3 peels spaced 3-4 weeks apart for optimal results—especially for more severe skin concerns.

What makes this celebrity favorite peel the “next generation of chemical peels”?

  1. VI Peels can be used on all skin types and colors. Whether you have fair skin or dark skin, sensitive skin or rough skin, or dry or oily skin, there is a VI Peel perfect for you.
  2. Research shows that just one VI Peel has the same impact on skin issues as 5 IPL laser treatments at a fraction of the cost.
  3. VI Peel offers an amazing line of homecare called VI Derm that complement and enhance the treatments throughout the year.
  4. VI Peels can be used on the face or on the body.
  5. Affordable prices ($250-$350 per peel) for both peels and products mean that you can maintain your new glowing skin year-round.

Just look at these results from the VI Acne Peel and the VI Anti-Aging Peel below. Why wait months and months for topical products to work when you can see results in just a few weeks? Call Dream Spa Medical today to treat your skin like a VIP with our VI Peels.


Rodan + Fields AMP MD Micro-Exfoliating Roller

Joseph Coupal - Monday, February 24, 2014

Are you ready to roll your skin concerns away? You can with the Rodan + Fields AMP MD Micro-Exfoliating Roller.

Many of our clients with scarring, rough skin, or wrinkles will come to us for peels and laser treatments but now we have an additional treatment that is quick, effective, and getting rave reviews from Allure, InStyle, the Today Show, and The Ellen Degeneres Show. The treatment? Derma Rolling; also known as micro needling.

Micro needling is a non-ablative procedure (leaves the surface of the skin intact) that exfoliates, stimulates collagen, improves blood circulation, and allows for skin care products to penetrate more deeply. Skin looks and feels smoother even after just one use. Additionally, micro needling improves the appearance of scarring and wrinkles with continued use. In the office, the procedure takes about 20-30 minutes depending on the size of the treated area. You can have a treatment here in the office but we also retail kits from Rodan + Fields for home care.

The Rodan + Fields AMP MD Micro-Exfoliating Roller achieves professional results at home with very little downtime. The Derma Roller is available in a number of Rodan + Fields retail kits and can be purchased on its own. What makes the Rodan + Fields AMP MD Micro-Exfoliating Roller stand out from other micro needling treatments, is its ease of use and our easy shipping system—you don’t have to worry about your favorite product being out of stock because the AMP MD Micro-Exfoliating Roller is shipped directly to you.

Visit to learn more or book a free consultation with one of our aestheticians.

Enhance your Workout with Dream Spa Medical's Resort Packages!

Joseph Coupal - Monday, February 17, 2014

Mini-Resort package $599
(Value of $875) Savings of $276.

  • 3 VelaShape Treatments
  • 3 Skinny Wrap Treatments
  • Aviva Spray Tan Treatment

Grand Resort Package $899
(Value of $1,715) Savings of $816.

  • 6 VelaShape Treatments
  • 6 Skinny Wrap Treatments
  • Aviva Spray Tan Treatment

VelaShape™ features the revolutionary elōs™ combination of Bi-Polar Radiofrequency (RF), Infrared Light Energy, plus Vacuum and Mechanical Massage. Vacuum and specially designed rollers for the Mechanical Massage smooth out the skin to facilitate safe and efficient heat energy delivery. The net result increases the metabolism of stored energy, increases lymphatic drainage and reduces or shrinks the size of the actual fat cells and fat chambers. 6 treatments are recommended for optimal results.

Spray tanning gives you a year-round sun kissed glow without the dangers of being exposed to UV radiation. Dream Spa Medical offers Aviva Spray Tanning, a top of the line, organic tanning solution. Unlike older methods of spray tanning booths, Aviva spray tans are performed with airbrush guns for a highly customizable and natural looking tan.

The technology developed in the wrap was originally a spa service preformed in Spain that cost upwards of $300 a treatment.  It’s a woven cloth infused with the natural botanicals that tone and tighten the area it’s applied to.  Paired with the Velashape treatment, it gives optimal, longer lasting results.

What is Sugar Doing to your Skin?

Joseph Coupal - Monday, February 10, 2014

By: Mary Kelley

Everyone knows that sugar can be harmful to your waist line but did you know that sugar can also damage your skin? This article from Skin Inc. explains how an overabundance of sugar in the body can lead to sugar molecules and protein molecules combining in a process called cross-linking. The new sugar proteins are called Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs). Our bodies do not recognize AGEs and will send antibodies to fight them. This results in inflammation and because AGEs gravitate towards the collagen and elastin in our skin, our faces are adversely affected by the inflammation.

What can you do to fight the signs of aging due to glycation? Use products specifically designed to fight damage caused by AGEs such as our product of the month, A.G.E Interrupter by Skinceuticals. This product combines blueberry extract (a powerful antioxidant), phytosphingosine (an anti-bacterial lipid that has anti-inflammatory properties), and Proxylane (a patented anti-aging ingredient that increases skin density and firmness while stimulating collagen).

A.G.E Interrupter should be used morning and night, after cleansing and before adding moisturizer. Perfect for dry and sensitive skin, this anti-aging treatment is a powerful way to fight the signs of early aging due to glycation.

Dream Spa Medical has added two facials to their Menu of Services

Joseph Coupal - Monday, February 03, 2014

The Purification Facial

The Purification Facial is perfect for clients who have oily skin, clogged pores, or occasional breakouts. Clogged pores are extracted and we use a high frequency machine to prevent future breakouts. This facial ends with a hydrating masque and clients leave with healthier, refreshed skin.

The Macro Express Facial

The Macro Express Facial combines mechanical exfoliation with a soothing masque for ultimate smoothness. This is the perfect treatment if your skin is dull from the harsh winter weather.

Waxing with No Breakouts; a New Addition

Joseph Coupal - Friday, January 31, 2014

By: Mary Kelley

I am very excited about Dream Spa Medical’s latest service! We are adding waxing to our treatment menu! Waxing can be performed on almost all skin types and is perfect for our clients who may not benefit from laser hair removal. We can wax anywhere that we would normally laser (legs, underarms, backs, chins, bikinis) but waxing can treat one area that laser cannot: the eyebrows. Imagine coming in for a treatment and being able to shape your brows in the same visit. Dream Spa Medical is dedicated to providing quality services to our clients and this new addition is not an exception.

We carry the luxurious Lycon wax. Based out of Australia, Lycon has become world-renowned for their dedication to creating high-end wax products that contain soothing ingredients to reduce inflammation and discomfort. Dream Spa Medical uses both a hard and a strip wax from Lycon.

We use Lycon’s LycoJET in lavender as our hard wax. LycoJET is thinner than most hard waxes so it heats up at a lower temperature and is formulated with soothing lavender, making it perfect for sensitive areas. This wax can remove hair that is as short as 1 millimeter.

This wax is great for sensitive skin but is also very strong and does not break, making it perfect for clients who do not want to use strip wax on larger areas of the body.

For clients who prefer strip wax, we use LycoTec strip wax. This amazing wax can be used on large or small areas and is perfect for sensitive skin. LycoTec strip wax adheres to the skin and can remove hair as short as 2 millimeters long. It is formulated with coconut oil and titanium dioxide to leave your skin smooth and irritation-free.

Every waxing treatment is followed up by a high frequency treatment to minimize redness and prevent breakouts. Some tips for a successful wax:

  • Do not shave the treated area for about 7 days to allow for proper hair growth
  • Avoid the sun before and after each treatment to reduce irritation
  • Do not use retinol products for a week before waxing on the face
  • Accutane users should consult their doctor before waxing, most aestheticians ask that their clients have stopped using Accutane at least 6 months before waxing but it is always best to check with your doctor.
  • Also, always follow up your wax with a high frequency treatment to reduce redness and prevent post-waxing break outs.

Our aestheticians are excited to provide waxing and love our Lycon waxes. Schedule your appointment today to see how wonderful our waxing services can be.

Custom Tan without Harmful UV Rays

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 20, 2014

Does your skin have the winter blahs? Do you have a special event coming up and want to add some color to your skin? Don’t turn to self tanners that will turn you orange or to a harmful tanning bed that will age your skin….call Dream Spa Medical for a professional spray tan using Aviva Labs Organic Tanning Solution. This organic-based line works with the existing melanin (the chemical that causes you to tan) in your skin to create a perfect, natural looking tan.

Our tanning specialists use a hand-held sprayer to ensure even coverage and will work with you to pick the perfect color—we can even blend different shades to create a customized look. Avivia is a wonderful, water-based line that is perfect for every skin tone.

Call Dream Spa Medical now to schedule your appointment.

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