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Sun Damage While Driving

Joseph Coupal - Monday, April 28, 2014

By: Mary Kelley

I have a confession to make. I got a sunburn this week. I wasn’t outside…I driving 20 minutes to work and my left arm and hand were bright red at the end of the drive. During the winter, I wear long sleeves and gloves and normally, I wear sunscreen on my hands and arms when I’m driving. Just one day of forgetting was a reminder that even if you aren’t spending the day at the beach, you should always wear sunscreen on any exposed skin.

Many of my clients have told me that they only wear sunscreen if they are going to be outside for long periods of time. Doing that doesn’t protect you from sun damage when you are sitting in your car, by the office windows, or walking from your house to your garage. This is a picture of a man who was a delivery truck driver for 28 years.

The left side of his face shows significant signs of sun damage. This damage didn’t come from one bad burn but from constantly being in the sun at work. Now, think, how many of you put sunscreen on when you go for a short walk, drive to work, or sit by a window? The next time you do, please protect your skin with sunscreen.

Canton Citizen: New Canton-Based Medical Spa Touts Latest Advances in Skin Care Technology

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Dream Spa Medical offers a long list of skin care services to clients, much like the other spas in the area. But what sets the new Canton facility apart is that it has its own medical director.



April is National Rosacea Awareness Month

Joseph Coupal - Monday, April 14, 2014

By: Mary Kelley

Rosacea is a skin condition that affects approximately 14 million people in the US. More women than men have rosacea but men tend to experience more severe symptoms. Rosacea can affect the skin on the cheeks, the nose, the skin behind the ears, and even the eyes.

There are a number of suspected causes of rosacea including genetics, environment, bacteria, and common organisms but doctors have not yet isolated a single cause of the condition.

Only a doctor can diagnose rosacea, common symptoms include:

  • Facial redness, flushing, visible blood vessels.
  • Acne-like breakouts.
  • Thickening skin.

If you notice any of these symptoms, especially when combined with very sensitive skin, raised or bumpy patches of skin, or enlarged pores, consider making an appointment with your dermatologist to see if you have rosacea. Treatment options are available to keep this condition under control.

Having rosacea does not mean that you have to hide or that you cannot have facial treatments. Dream Spa Medical offers many treatments suitable for rosacea patients. After you call your doctor, call us for an appointment!

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My Friend Brittany: Before and After Acne Treatment

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 08, 2014

By: Mary Kelley

Meet my friend, Brittney. She and I met at aesthetics school. Brittney and I have many things in common, including struggling with acne.

While my acne has been under control for a few years now, Brittney has been looking for the right combination of home care products and treatments. Once I was hired at Dream Spa Medical, I knew that I had the right resources available to help Brittney. We offer chemical peels, facials, laser treatments, and excellent home care products.

Together, Brittney and I are working to clear up her acne. Brittney’s skin is clearing up but she is still developing new lesions and has post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) from the lesions that are clearing up. PIH refers to the dark spots left behind after acne.

Once Dream Spa Medical started carrying the VI Peel, I knew I had found a solution that would combat my friend’s existing acne and address her PIH at the same time. The VI Peel is a next generation, medium depth peel. It delivers maximum results with very little discomfort due to an advanced blend of acids and a numbing agent.

I explained the aftercare process to Brittney and went over the homecare treatment plan that comes with each VI Peel. Due to the strength of the peel, Brittney would certainly experience a physical peel for 3-6 days and I wanted to make sure she knew what to do at home.

We checked in every day and after a week the results were nothing short of amazing.

Brittney’s active lesions have cleared up and her pigment has been drastically reduced. We are continuing to work on a treatment plan to make sure that her skin stays healthy and clear.

I am incorporating VI Peels into my clients’ acne treatment plans because of the amazing results that I have seen with Brittney’s skin.


Teen Acne Doesn’t have to be a Struggle

Joseph Coupal - Monday, March 31, 2014

By: Mary Kelley

Here at Dream Spa Medical, we see many moms come in for treatments and they often tell us how concerned they are with their teens’ acne. Acne is something that can cause depression, low self esteem, and lasting physical scarring; but, many people think that acne is just a phase that many teens and young adults go through. Many of our aestheticians have struggled with acne, or have teens themselves that struggle with acne, and understand exactly what you and your teen are going through.

Instead of going through trial and error with acne products found in drug stores, why not bring your teen in with you during your next visit to Dream Spa Medical for a free consultation. We can advise on the best treatments and the best products for your teen or young adult based on their lifestyle, preferences, skin condition, and other concerns. Our patient-centered approach will instantly put your teen at ease. Whether your teen has face or body acne, we can give your teen the best treatments here in our office and also design a sensible home care routine.

We offer a variety of acne treatments suited for both boys and girls. We offer treatments that start at just $100 and for a limited time, if you bring your teen or young adult in and mention this blog, you will receive 10% off any full priced service. Our treatments can be as mild as steaming and pore extraction but for more advanced acne, we offer acne peel treatments and soothing LED Light Therapy. Also, we offer 25% off of first time products when you come in for a treatment.

One teen wrote to Dream Spa Medical….

“I came to Dream Spa Medical with the hope that their team of professionals could help treat my acne problem. I just completed my fourth treatment and the results are amazing! My skin is looking acne free and giving me more confidence. Mary has chosen to treat with my acne with the Image Acne Peel which has given my skin an amazing change. My skin use to be covered in acne and now I’m acne free! Thank you Dream Spa!”

Call Dream Spa Medical at 339-502-8070 to schedule a free consultation. We have flexible hours to accommodate school hours and sports practice.

Cosmetic Doctors and Medical Spas in Canton, MA - Dream Spa Medical

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, March 26, 2014


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.


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