Some people have the preconceived notion that med spas are for women only. While it is probably true that more women than men avail themselves to the services of a med spa, more and more of my fellow men are seeing the value in looking and feeling better. Some of the varied reasons men have med spa needs include acne, blackheads, unwanted hair, wanted hair that’s no longer there, chicken pox, acne and sports-related scars, sun-damaged skin, skin laxity from aging, fat loss in certain areas, fat gain in others and activity-related muscle/body/joint aches.
At Azura, we have several treatment modalities for acne, acne scars, scars from chicken pox and scars from sports injuries. Treatments could include microdermabrasion, IPL treatments, laser hair reduction treatments, microneedling, facials, and certain skin products.
We have IPL for removal of sun damage, treatment of rosacea symptoms, and for the reduction of acne bacteria. There is little to no downtime with IPL and it is generally well tolerated. Areas that can be treated include the face, back, abdomen, arms, and legs. IPL works best on lighter skin types.
We also have one of the best laser hair removal devices in the industry here at Azura. We have purchased the Gentle Max Pro by Candela which has received numerous awards for its safety, tolerability and patient satisfaction. This device can also treat sun damage, leg veins, rosacea symptoms, redness reduction and toenail fungus. What a powerful device this is!
Azura is also researching microneedling using PRP (platelet-rich plasma) to restore hair. So far we have been impressed with the initial look into this technique that uses fluid from a patient’s own blood that is rich in certain proteins and growth factors that are thought to stimulate cells and tissue to grow, like dormant hair follicles. If a man has some balding on the scalp and the hair follicles are dormant and not scarred or absent, microneedling with PRP appears to stimulate these dormant hair follicles to re-grow hair! Though we do not yet offer this at Azura, look for it soon if it passes our evaluation.
Sun effects on the skin include tanning and the production of vitamin D. While most people appreciate a nice suntan, it is probably the worst thing for our skin in the long term. Vitamin D is important for several things including bone and muscle health as well as preventing colon cancer. But other effects from the sun’s ultraviolet radiation include:
-damage to melanin-producing cells in the epidermis leading to thermal burns (bad sunburn), age or liver spots (solar lentigines), freckles, white spots, sallowness (yellow hue) and mottled pigmentation
-destruction of collagen and elastin that leads to lax, sagging skin, fine and coarse wrinkles, slow healing, easy bruising (senile ecchymoses), coarsely textured skin (rough or leathery skin) or conversely, thin, fragile skin and telangiectasias (dilated superficial blood vessels)
-damage to the DNA of skin cells leading to skin cancers
Unfortunately, according to WebMD, 80% of a person’s total lifetime sun exposure occurs in the first 18 years of life. As adults now, we can’t undo what happened when we were younger, but we can better manage the effects of the sun’s damage. The adults who are parents now can make an impact on their children’s skin by limiting sun exposure and/or using sunscreen often.
At Azura, we have many tools and techniques to combat the effects from the sun including IPL, Exilis, microdermabrasion, microneedling, Botox, Dysport, Juvederm, Restylane and many wonderful skin products (cosmeceuticals).
Also, as men, we tend to furrow our brows when we think – our stronger musculature causes the glabella to bring our medial brows downward that makes us look angry, stand-offish and like we are in a bad mood – not always the message we want to send our coworkers or loved ones. Fortunately, this responds nicely to neuromuscular blockade. In a competitive job market, we also want to look our best and look younger, if we can – neuromuscular blockade and fillers can be a good investment. As men, we also tend to have blackheads on our face and on our backs; Azura’s aestheticians can treat these with our gentleman’s facial and comedone extractions.
Though we at Azura do not perform any surgery at this time, we use non-surgical techniques to minimize unwanted fat using our Exilis machine – though not a substitute for good nutrition and exercise or liposuction, it can significantly help reduce, and sometimes eliminate, those stubborn unwanted areas of fat. For those areas on the face or hands that lose fat as we age, we use volumizing hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvederm Voluma or Restylane.
(***Update to this Blog: We now have partnered with Dr. Angelo Tellis with Aegean Medical to provide with PRP/Stem Cell therapy for joint health and anti-aging efforts as well as Liposuction and fat transfer services here at Azura)
To treat those sore muscles and achy joints, we have wonderful massage therapists and for a special treat for yourself, excellent aestheticians for your first or second or third … relaxing, gentleman’s facial.
So, as you can see, Azura Skin Care Center, a Med Spa, is for MEN too! Call us for a consultation today to develop your treatment plan!
Craig A. Stevens, MD