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Botox Day and Wrinkle Filler Special

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Another year has come and gone but you can still turn back the clock with Dream Spa Medical’s Botox and Juvaderm specials on January 13th and January 16th. We are offering 15% off of all Botox treatments and a buy 1, get the 2nd at 50% special on Juvaderm filler.

Botox® is used to treat frown lines around the eyes and forehead. Botox® works by relaxing the muscles that contract when you frown. Typically, Botox® takes 2-7 days to take full effect after injections and results last up to 3 months.

Juvéderm® is the smooth gel filler that your doctor or nurse uses to instantly smooth away wrinkles around your mouth and nose. With just one treatment, you'll get smooth and natural-looking results that last up to a year. As you age, your skin changes. For example, it reduces production of a naturally hydrating substance called hyaluronic acid (HA). Over time, the loss of HA in your skin results in facial wrinkles and folds, like those "parentheses" lines around your mouth. Juvéderm™ injectable gel replaces the HA your skin has lost, bringing back its volume and smoothing away facial wrinkles and folds.

Come in and treat yourself to one or both of these amazing specials. If you are getting a Botox® treatment, ask to schedule a HydraFacial and add on a DermaBuilder treatment before your Botox® treatment. The HydraFacial is a perfect treatment for the winter because the treatment exfoliates and hydrates the skin, leaving behind anti-aging serums to keep skin healthy. The DermaBuilder add-on is an additional $50 to the HydraFacial and contains muscle-relaxing peptides that will keep your skin smooth for up to 5 days while Botox® takes its full effect.

Botox and Filler Promotion for the New Year

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 06, 2014

Last Minute Primping

Joseph Coupal - Monday, December 23, 2013


It’s the most wonderful time of the year…holiday parties, family dinners, shopping, snow shoveling, and getting ready for a new year. Did I saw wonderful? I meant busy.  Between work, home, shopping, parties, and everything else, most of us forget to schedule in some time for ourselves. Want to make sure you look great for all of your upcoming events and still have time to stick to your busy schedule?

Visit Dream Spa Medical for all of your last minute skin care needs. We have two treatments that are fast and perfect for making your skin look its best this time of year:


Our HydraFacial gently exfoliates dead skin while removing impurities and, most importantly, infuses the skin with hydrating and anti-aging serums.  This treatment is usually performed in under 30 minutes and there is no recovery time. Unlike a chemical peel, there is no recovery time with a HydraFacial. You could have the treatment on your way to a holiday party and enjoy compliments on your glowing skin. Additionally, the HydraFacial is a great treatment to have just before a Botox treatment! Make sure to ask for the DermaBuilder add-on if you are getting Botox. The DermaBuilder has bio-peptides to smooth out the muscles in the face and help maintain a smooth look while you are waiting for the Botox to activate.

Our Derma-Glow

The DermaGlow facial combines laser therapy with the revolutionary HydraFacial to increase the tone, texture, and clarity of the skin and stimulate collagen. The Medlight laser rejuvenates the skin using patented Photo Acoustic Technology.

Clients may experience minor sensation as a result of the laser—most clients describe the feeling as a mild tingling. After the laser treatment, we use the HydraFacial machine to infuse powerful antioxidants into the skin for added rejuvenation. An added benefit is that vellous hair, commonly known as peach fuzz, is removed during this treatment. Results can be seen after just one treatment so come in for the Dermaglow and shine at your event.

Call 339-502-8070 or e-mail to book your holiday glow facial.

Is your skin “peel-ready”? The answer might surprise you.

Joseph Coupal - Monday, December 16, 2013

By: Mary Kelley

I spoke with Alexis Robertson, an Educator for Image Skincare, about the best way a client can prepare her skin before a chemical peel. Those of us “in the know” have been told to avoid retinol products for at least 48 hours, to not use an exfoliant for a few days, and to stay out of the sun. But, that isn’t enough, according to Alexis; we need to make sure to have 5 essential home care products to prep our skin and we also need to make sure that we use these 5 essential products for at least one month before our skin is peel ready. She calls this a 30 day facial rejuvenation program.

Why 30 days? On average, our skin cycles into new cells every 30 days. This cycle depends on how old you are, what type of sun damage you have, etc. but 30 days is enough time to prepare your skin with the right products at home and get the most out of your chemical peels here in the office.

So, what do you need for in your homecare routine for the 30 day facial rejuvenation program?

  1. An antioxidant to protect skin health. You should apply antioxidants through serums or crèmes, anything that will stay on your skin for a long period of time. Many cleansers will boast antioxidants among their ingredients but a cleanser does not stay on your face for very long.
  2. Sunscreen to protect the skin’s elastin (an elastic protein in the skin’s tissue helps skin keep its shape). Dream Spa recently posted about the importance of sunscreen. Performing a peel on recently sun damaged skin will only damage the skin more. Also, Alexis told us that chemical sunscreens in foundation can cut through physical sunscreens—making the products less effective. So, if you are going to use a foundation with added SPF, make sure you use a chemical sunscreen or chose a foundation without added sunscreen.
  3. A Tyrosinase inhibitor. Tyrosinase plays a part in the creation of melanin (pigment). A tyrosinase inhibitor is more commonly called a pigment regulator or lightening serum. These serums block the production of new hyperpigmentation and help reduce the appearance of existing hyperpigmentation.
  4. A Glycolic or other Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA). AHA’s thin the top layer of dead skin and allows home care products and peels to penetrate more deeply and, therefore, be more effective. If glycolic is too strong of an AHA for your skin, consider using a product with lactic acid. Lactic acid can be gentler on sensitive skin types.
  5. A Retinol. Retinol increases cellular turnover and increases healing. Retinol also works with tyrosinase inhibitors to bring existing pigment to the surface. You don’t have to go to your doctor for a retinol cream. The retinol crèmes carried by professional med spa’s, like Dream Spa Medical, have the appropriate amount of retinol for your skin.

Unsure how to work these 5 products into your home care? Do you think that you have some, or all of these, already? Schedule a free consultation with one of our dedicated skin care specialists to go over your current home care routine, get advice on new products, and discuss what chemical peels are right for you. As an added bonus, Dream Spa Medical extends a 25% discount when you buy a new product.

Can’t wait 30 days for a facial? Don’t worry. We also offer many facials that will leave your skin refreshed and glowing—no prep time needed.

Free Radicals and How to Fight Them

Joseph Coupal - Monday, December 09, 2013

By: Mary Kelley

Lately, it seems that the word antioxidant is on the lips of every healthcare and skincare care professional. We are told that we must eat a diet rich in antioxidants, take antioxidant supplements, and use antioxidant-based skin care products. There’s a lot of talk but very little information about what antioxidants are and what they really do.

First, let’s look at what antioxidants protect us from. Free radicals are molecules with unpaired electrons—this imbalance causes the molecules to be very unstable and chemically reactive. These reactions are called oxidation. For most of us, this is a word we haven’t heard since junior high science class when discussing why metals get rusty. Our skin doesn’t get rusty when exposed to free radicals, however, we do see the adverse affects of oxidation in other ways. Skin damaged by free radicals will lose elasticity, develop hyperpigmentation, wrinkles or fine lines, or become rough, dry, or scaly; also, the biggest indicator of free radical damage is sunburn or skin cancer.

How do we fight free radicals by using proper skin care at home? The answer is simple: make sure your homecare products have effective antioxidants in you serums, crèmes, and sunscreens. Sunscreen, especially physical sunscreens that contain titanium oxide or zinc oxide, protects our skin from radiation damage from the sun.

But, what else works? The October issue of Skin Inc. lists Vitamins C and E as effective antioxidants. In fact, the article states that applying “topical antioxidants like vitamins C and E are potent tools for reversing sun damage to the skin.” Many product lines have Vitamin C in cleansers, crèmes, masques, and serums. Look for topical serums or crèmes that will stay on your skin for a long period of time.

SkinCeuticals has also published a study that concluded that topical C and E “provided substantial protection for human skin against solar simulator-induced oxidative skin damage, including erythema, sunburn cell formation and DNA mutations related to skin cancer.”

We’ve all heard the benefits of vitamins C and E but what may be news to most, is an antioxidant mentioned in a Skin, Inc article; melatonin—the chemical that moderates our sleeping and waking cycles. Naturally produced by our bodies, melatonin works synergistically with topically applied vitamins C and E for deeper penetration and to reduce inflammation. WebMD also lists the active form of vitamin A (Retinoic acid) as an effective antioxidant that reduces the impact of sun damage on skin.

Not sure how to work antioxidants into your skin care routine? Call Dream Spa Medical at 339-502-8070 to schedule a free consultation to find the best products for your skin type. If you are going to take antioxidant supplements, always consult your physician before beginning any regiment.

Give the Gift of Beauty this Season

Joseph Coupal - Monday, December 02, 2013

Having trouble deciding on a last minute gift? Want to avoid lines and traffic at shopping centers? Dream Spa Medical is excited to announce that we are having a holiday promotion on our gift certificates! When you purchase a gift certificate for $100 you get a $25 bonus gift certificate!  The $25 bonus can be combined with the original gift or you can save it and treat yourself! Our gift certificates can be redeemed on any service we offer. You could also use the gift certificates on any of our retail products!

Are you dry or dehydrated? - Boston

Joseph Coupal - Monday, November 25, 2013

This time of year, we hear a lot about products that treat dry skin. The winter elements can really do a number on our faces. But, is your skin really dry or is it dehydrated? Knowing the difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin helps you find the right products to treat your skin and also helps you communicate more effectively with your aesthetician about your skin concerns.

Dry skin is a skin type that lacks oil. Dehydrated skin is a skin condition caused by a lack of water in the skin. How can you tell the difference?

Dry Skin:

  • Has very few, if any visible pores.
  • Does not tend to develop breakouts.
  • But, is prone to early lines and wrinkles due to lack of hydration.
  • Because dry skin is a skin type, it is common to see dry skin over the entire face.

Dehydrated Skin:

  • Is a skin condition that can happen to any skin type (dry, normal, oily, or combination).
  • Can still develop breakouts.
  • Skin can look dull and flaky, almost like onion-skin when looked at up close.
  • Dehydration can affect certain areas of the face (especially in combination skin) or the entire face.

The treatments and products for dry and dehydrated skin are very similar but you do want to keep a few things in mind: while you can change a skin condition, you cannot change your skin type. Dry skin will always be dry skin. Treating dehydrated skin means that you can change your condition and your skin will function as its normal skin type after a while—if your skin is normally oily but is currently dehydrated, work with your aesthetician to make sure that you do not clog your pores or otherwise . Also, no matter how much water you drink, only a small percentage of that water actually goes into your skin. Topical treatments such as moisturizing serums, creams, and cleansers designed for dehydrated or dry skin are better for providing hydration.

Dream Spa Medical offers treatments and products to protect and treat your dry or dehydrated skin this winter. Call 336-502-8070 to schedule a free consultation today.

Protect your skin; Delay aging

Joseph Coupal - Monday, November 18, 2013
by Mary Kelley

“I don’t need a sunscreen because my moisturizer or makeup has SPF in it.” Aestheticians hear this all the time from our clients.  Out of all the state-of-the-art serums, creams, cleansers, and toners available, I would rather my clients incorporate a quality sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 before building their home care routine with other products. The last thing I want is to see my clients relying solely on a product that is primarily meant to be used for something other than sun protection for their sunscreen.

Products that are not meant to be sunscreens but offer additional sun protection (liquid foundation, mineral makeup, moisturizers, etc) contain ingredients that offer some sunscreen but often at such low levels that the protection provided is not adequate. According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, these products should not be your first line of defense in sun protection. Instead, look for a sunscreen that contains a physical sunscreen, a chemical sunscreen, or a combination of both and use that before putting on your moisturizer, makeup or other products with additional SPF.

What’s the difference between physical and chemical sunscreens? When used properly, they both provide protection from UVA and UVB rays. Physical sunscreens are not absorbed into the skin; rather these sunscreens contain ingredients, such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which create a barrier on top of the skin that reflects the sun’s rays. Physical sunscreens offer immediate protection from the sun. Chemical sunscreens, the most common being oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate, are absorbed into the skin and work by absorbing the harmful rays of the sun.  In general, it takes 20 minutes for chemical sunscreens to be absorbed into the skin and become effective. Some people find that physical sunscreens are too heavy while others find that chemical sunscreens are not for them, either. The choice is up to you but it is important to consistently use a sunscreen year-round.

The two amazing product lines that Dream Spa Medical carries contain the physical sunscreens zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. The SkinCeuticals line offers a physical sunscreen that should be used after applying moisturizer.  If you do not want to use two products, the Image line offers a range of sunscreens that have moisturizers in the sunscreens.  One Image sunscreen, the Prevention+ Daily Ultimate Protection, combines both chemical and physical sunscreens.

Why write about sunscreens in the late fall? Just because the summer months are over, it doesn’t mean that the sun has gone away. Our faces are still exposed to the sun when we are in the car, working in our yards, going for walks, sitting by windows, and enjoying fall and winter sports. Take the time to protect yourself from the sun this winter. Your skin will thank you.

Seeing Spots? - Canton, Boston

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 12, 2013

When you look in the mirror, is your reflection a little spotty? Brown spots, called hyperpigmentation, develop on our skin over time due to sun exposure and the natural aging process.  Even if you apply sunscreen on a regular basis and stay out of the sun, brown spots can sneak up on you and cause your skin to appear dull and aged.

Dream Spa offers a number of treatments, from laser therapy, chemical peels, and other facials, that can help combat brown spots. However, your best weapon of defense is using the right products at home. Products that are particularly effective in diminishing the look of existing brown spots and preventing new spots contain both brighteners and lighteners.

Lighteners help reduce the appearance of already existing dark spots. Brighteners help prevent new hyperpigmentation from forming. Both lighteners and brighteners should be used over a period of time for best results. Dream Spa’s two product lines, Image and SkinCeuticals, offer options to prevent and correct hyperpigmentation. The key ingredients in all products that lighten and brighten are licorice, mulberry, and bearberry extracts, kojic acid (which is derived from mushrooms), and Vitamin C in the form of L-Ascorbic Acid.  It is important to wear sunscreen while using pigment-reducing products because the skin can be more sensitive to the sun.

Call Dream Spa today to schedule an appointment with one of our medical aestheticians for a consultation to discuss diminishing the look and appearance of your brown spots.

Botox Party for the Holidays - Canton, MA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, November 04, 2013

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