FALL in love at deme!

Each month we’re here to give our fabulous followers the latest news and insider tips from deme’s team of experts. This month, fall in love with the latest secrets from the world of skin care, injectables, cosmetic dentistry, nutrition, make-up, hair care and everything in between. The leaves are changing, and it may be time for your beauty regimen to do the same! Find out in October’s edition of deme’s Little Black Book.

With every wish for your continued health and fabulousness,

Your devoted team at deme.


Skin Care

Hydrating Regimens

skin-brighteningWith the start of Fall comes colder weather and for some, drier skin.  deme’s clinical aestheticians have some advice to help you select the moisturizer that’s right for you.

Always choose a moisturizer based on your skin type. An easy way to determine this is to examine how your skin feels at the end of the day. Is your T-Zone dry, oily, or somewhat normal? Our clinical aestheticians suggest using the following guidelines to choose the perfect moisturizer for you:

DRY SKIN
Emollient rich creams are the best choice because of the rich hydration content. These creams are ultra moisturizing and softening for the skin. Lactic acid is also a great moisturizing ingredient because it is the most hydrating of the AHA family. 

OILY SKIN
Serums and water-based moisturizers are best. Hyaluronic acid is a key ingredient for oily skin because it sits on the skin and does not clog pores.

COMBINATION SKIN
A light lotion or serum is your best bet because they will not clog your pores. Lactic acid is also great for this skin type.

NORMAL SKIN
Lotions are a great choice.

No matter what your skin type, make sure you exfoliate before hydrating so your skin can absorb the moisturizer. Some exfoliating ingredients include lactic, glycolic, and salicylic acids. Always remember that moisturizing is just one of many steps in your skin care routine. Follow up with an SPF to protect your soft skin from the rays of the sun.


 Dental

Teeth Whitening

Fall is officially here, and that means holiday parties are around the corner. You want to look your best and feel confident while taking on the season’s soirees, and sometimes a teeth whitening treatment is all it takes. deme’s dental professionals recently answered some of the most commonly asked questions from patient’s about teeth whitening so you can decide for yourself if the treatment is right for you.

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Q: How white are my teeth going to become?
A: At deme, our dental professionals use Zoom Whitening. Factors that affect the outcome of the whitening process are a patient’s age, dental history, beverage consumption (such as coffee, tea, wine and cola) and use of cigarettes and cigars. At a minimum, teeth will become three shades lighter. Healthy candidates can see teeth go as much as five shades lighter. All superficial stains are removed before whitening.

Q: Will I experience discomfort?
A: Each patient is unique so the degree of discomfort varies. Typically, younger patients are more likely to experience discomfort during whitening due to the anatomy of teeth before they age. If a patient is concerned about discomfort, deme’s dental experts recommend taking 800 mg of Ibuprofen before whitening to minimize discomfort and sensitivity.

Q: Who is a candidate for teeth whitening?
A: Yellow responds well to teeth whitening and gray does not. Some people have a combination of yellow and gray, and a dental professional can advise you how effective teeth whitening will be. Crowns and fillings do not respond to teeth whitening. If you intend to whiten your teeth, consult with your dental professional to find out what post-whitening dentistry would be necessary to achieve a beautiful, bright smile.

Q: How long does a treatment take?
A: The session lasts between 1.5 and 2 hours. The preparation time is approximately 20 minutes, followed by one hour of active whitening in which product is applied to the teeth every 15 minutes.

Q: What maintenance is required after a whitening treatment?
A: Custom whitening trays with professional whitening gel and a Sonicare toothbrush are recommended for maintaining your bright smile.

Q: How long should I wait before eating?
A: Patients can eat right away after a whitening treatment, but deme’s dental experts say avoid eating or drinking anything that would stain a white t-shirt for 24 hours!


 Cosmetic Injectables

Understanding Injectable Fillers By Maria Schafer, RN, BSN

As an injector in a busy plastic surgery practice, I see many patients throughout the day requesting more information about injectable fillers. Even with the help of the Internet and mass marketing by the pharmaceutical companies, there is more confusion than clarity regarding the injectable products on the market. As new injectable agents continue to enter the marketplace, more uncertainty continues to grow, adding to the confusion of consumers.

Many patients often ask me, “What do you think I need?”  at the beginning of the consultation. I usually turn this question around and ask them, “What do YOU think you need?”  Injectable procedures are less about needs, and more about what the patient desires. This is why I spend much of the consultation educating my patients before treating them.  When a patient understands his or her treatment plan and what he or she is going to look like after the procedure, he or she is less anxious and feel more at ease during the procedure. The informed and educated consumer makes for a happier client.

Most patients have heard of Restylane and Juvederm, which are examples of hyaluronic acid fillers. These are very popular fillers due to their safety and natural results. They can be used in most areas of the face. Belotero and Perlane are other hyaluronic acid fillers that also fall into this category. Another popular filler is Radiesse, which is composed of calcium hydroxyapatite.  Due to its firm composition, this filler is used to augment the cheekbone or jawline to create a more defined facial structure.

One of the most intriguing products is Sculptra. Sculptra is used to restore facial volume in patients with lipoatrophy.  It is used as a rejuvenating  “volumizer” in patients who would like to restore a youthful fullness to their face. The benefit of Sculptra is that it typically lasts longer than other fillers,  often for several years. I have been able to achieve amazing, and sometimes unbelievable results with this product.

juvederm_voluma_xc_bannerThe newest filler to enter the market is called Juvederm Voluma XC.  Voluma is used for restoring volume in the cheek and midface. It is also a hyaluronic acid filler that is very safe and natural.  It has an excellent “lifting” capability, which is why it is so effective for the cheeks.

Regardless of what filler is used, artistry and a good “aesthetic eye” are essential to achieve consistent and natural results.  An inexperienced injector tends to lead to unhappy patients. It is always paramount to choose an injector with experience and understanding of the anatomy of the face. A discussion about injectable fillers goes a long way during a patient consultation. It is important that patients are aware of the available choices and know what can be achieved.  Whether a patient desires fuller lips or improvement in their facial folds and wrinkles, he or she should be aware that there are safe and effective choices available. With good technique, sound judgment and an aesthetic eye, the best can be achieved. Patients should always remember that these are medical treatments, so do not compromise safety when you look to have an injectable treatment.

 


 Nutrition

It’s October and that means pumpkin is taking over taste buds everywhere. From lattes to muffins and everything in between, pumpkin offers a great flavor to many treats, but the calories that often come along with it are not so great. Tracey McDermott shared her favorite nutritious pumpkin recipes that will give you all the fall flavor you crave with none of the excess calories.

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie from Kris Carr and Oh She Glows 

1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup canned organic pumpkin
A healthy alternative to canned pumpkin pie
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon blackstrap molasses
1/2 frozen banana
Ice
Blend in high powered blender such as Nutribullet or Vitamix until smooth.

Pumpkin Pie Baked Oatmeal from My Whole Food Life
These are great for breakfast. Makes one dozen.

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2 cups gluten free rolled oats
1/2 cup pepitas
3/4 cup canned organic pumpkin
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
All pure maple syrup is organic but Grade B is best
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon clove
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons almond milk
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Preheat oven to 350. Mix all dry ingredients together. Mix all wet ingredients together. Combine the two. Spoon into lined cupcake pan. Bake 15-20 minutes.