Ask Charmayne | What Is An Oxygen Facial?

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ASK CHARMAYNE


Q — WHAT IS AN OXYGEN LIFT FACIAL? 

A — If you’re imagining laying back with some spa music in the background + an oxygen tank right next to you — don’t worry, it’s not THAT kind of Oxygen Facial.

This non-medical facial uses the IMAGE skincare line which infuses oxygen, plant-derived stem cells, peptides and specially concentrated enzymatic botanicals into the O2 LIFT facial.

This Oxygen LIFT Facial delivers a spa experience you won’t regret (especially from the RENEW Crew — but you know that) with results you can see the minute you walk out of your treatment.


WHAT RESULTS CAN YOU EXPECT?

  • Anti-aging: We’re talking cell turnover (thank you enzymes) that’s gentle, yet invigorating. Hello, Glow!

  • Moisturized + Rejuvenated: This Oxygen LIFT Facial aims to produce gorgeous, luminous skin that will leave your face feeling healthy + radiant.

When your Oxygen Facial is finished + you  walk out of that peaceful room (feeling so relaxed you forget where you are for a minute) your face will be fully moisturized, glowing and ready to turn over new cells for skin rejuvenation like a kid that just learned how to ride a bike (vroom, vroom!). 

PS — Have a question for Charmayne or Dr. Elijah? Simply email (renewpuebloco@gmail.com) with your question and we’d love to answer and feature them in our monthly Ask Dr. Elijah/Ask Charmayne articles. (And don’t worry, we won’t use your name; it’s all anonymous.).



How to Ease into The New Year (Without Losing Your Mind)

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Oh hello, 2019!

 

Have you noticed there are two very distinct camps of people when it comes to making stuff happen and crushing goals in the new year?

 

The super energetic, full of vigor, jazzercising camp – “Let’s DO THIS PEOPLE!!” (With so many exclamation points and in all caps because they’re shouting this from the rooftops).  

 

And the Eeyore-laden, ho-hum camp – “Another year. Another shmyear. Whatever.” (In the most mundane tone because they just don’t do excitement very well).

 

But what if there was another camp?

 

Yes, let’s create another camp and call it Easy Like Sunday Morning Camp (and tip our hats to Lionel Richie).

 

This new year camp is all about ease + productivity; grit + grace; get’er done + give it some time.

 

 

The new year can be full of so much hope + excitement it’s easy to get swept up into goal setting and what you want to accomplish for the next twelve months, the next thing you know anxiety is setting in.  

 

Before you know it overwhelm sweeps up any feelings of excitement and eagerness for what you want to accomplish in the new year.

 

And why is that?

 

Because we’re not giving ourselves enough time to integrate, to decipher what we want and don’t want – instead, we’re just looking at placing a checkmark next to our daily/weekly/yearly goals.

 

We’re too hard on ourselves.

We expect too much too soon.

And the next thing you know a pint of ice cream has vanished and it’s gurgling in the belly – because overwhelm.

 

 

What if we changed that paradigm?

 

What if we usher in 2019 in a way that feels good?

 

If this sounds like a better plan than you have now – then we have some Easy Like Sunday Morning tips for your best year yet (without all the overwhelm).

  

 

Ease into The New Year Tips

  

1.    Set goals (but be spacious with your time + self-love)

 

Have a ginormous, behemoth goal this year? (Good for you, by the way!)

Does this goal scare you a bit? That’s what big goals do, don’t they? They’re equally frightening and exhilarating.

 

What if, every time you got scared with this big one, you also gave yourself some space + time as well?

Perhaps your goal needs a new timeline?

Perhaps you need to recalibrate?

Perhaps you need to scrap the whole thing?

 

Give yourself enough time to cultivate + create as well as be gentle with how this goal is playing out.  

 

Be tenacious + flexible!

 

 

2.    Experiment (replace the word goals with experiments)

 

Does the word goal send tingles down your back?

 

If you’re in the category of people that just don’t love the word “goals” – what if you replace that word with experiment?

 

Sometimes we just need an energy shift that helps us take the pressure off and find more fun and freedom with all the things we want to do in the new year.

 

Here’s a little script that can help shift your mindset –

 

Goal/experiment: Lose 15 pounds.

 

Mindset/Mantra: “This year I’m going to experiment with foods that make me feel good + a lifestyle that supports high energy levels, clear thinking and more movement in my daily life.”

 

Instead of making things too strict; make your focus about feeling better and experiment with what will help you do that!

 

 

3.    Remember the “little” wins

 

Don’t forget to acknowledge the wins you achieve on a daily or weekly basis.

 

Maybe you packed your lunch for work more than you didn’t.  

Maybe you got up 30-minutes early 4 out of 7 days.  

Maybe you simply showed up for yoga class.

 

Sometimes showing up – more often than not – is all you need to keep the momentum going…

 

So, keep showing up!

 

 

Whether you’re bogged down by goal overload or haven’t even thought about what you want from 2019 – we hope these tips and mind shifts help you feel less stress + more spacious as you move through this new year!



2018 Reflections from Dr. Elijah + Charmayne

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“We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.”

– Dolly Parton

  

With 2018 coming to a close – we decided to look back on this year with some reflections + life lessons we’re definitely taking with us into 2019 and beyond.

  

We hope these nuggets help you!

 

 

Dr. Elijah | 2018 Reflections

  

•  Life’s too short to be offended by everything. 

I think taking offense to everything just makes us angry all the time. I got caught up in all the politics for a while, but I felt myself just being triggered by others and that made me feel anger and irritation, so I blocked the negativity on social media. Often times the power really does belong within us!

 

•  Encourage your kid to graduate early. 

Not only does this save you a lot of money, it also allows your kid to jump into a possible career earlier or get in some travel before starting a job.

  

•  Starting a new business and renovating a building is hard work! 

When I embarked on starting a new business and renovating a building, I never could have imagined what those two endeavors could entail. I have new admiration for all those entrepreneurs out there and showing up every day – especially when curveballs get thrown your way!  

 

 

Charmayne | 2018 Reflections

 

•  Friends are the family you choose for yourself.

I’ve learned blood isn’t the only requirement for family – it can also be friends who come into your life and make your world SO much better. I’m grateful I’ve embraced friends who are just like family to me.

 

•  Self-care is not selfish.

Taking care of yourself mentally, physically and emotionally is an absolute requirement before you can even think about taking “care” of anyone else. It may have taken me a while to learn this one, but I’m happy I can see the benefit of self-care (like, don’t even come at me if I haven’t done at least 10 burpees)!

 

•  Nourish connections.

Sometimes you find connections with people you never thought would be a part of your life. I’ve learned not to shirk those bonds – even when I can’t fully understand why a certain person was placed in my life. Whether someone is in your life for a particular reason, a specific season or throughout your lifetime – soak all the lessons in that you can!

 

 

Here’s to all the life lessons that’s shaped you throughout this year + the lessons carrying you into the new year.

 

 

Cheers, 2019 –

Dr. Elijah + Charmayne

Botox vs Filler – Which One Is Right for You?

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Look in the mirror lately and spot some sneaky lines and potential wrinkles on your face – that you’re NOT in love with?

 

Aging is definitely part of life, but the world we live in now – going under the knife doesn’t have to be the only way to treat a sagging face or even that “resting” face where people think you’re either super angry, or highly confused.

 

(You know the one we’re talking about!)

 

A less invasive approach to treating wrinkles, lines and areas of lost volume on your face can be Botox or filler.

 

But this is where confusion usually sets in…

 

What’s the difference between Botox + filler and which one should I choose?

 

Let’s take a closer look, so you can decide for yourself…

 

  

What Is Botox?

  

You’re injecting WHAT into your face?

 

Oh, just a neurotoxin that’s produced by a bacterium by the name of Clostridium botulinum (aka botulinum toxin).

 

(Whew, that’s a mouthful isn’t it?)

 

Just saying those big words and uttering neurotoxin on top of it sounds like nobody should be injecting Botox into anything, right?

 

But what if we said it all depends on how the Botox is made and administered that distinguishes Botox from wrinkle-smoother to botulism-inducer?

 

Botox – the kind used for injecting into and smoothing areas like the forehead and eye area – first comes in a powder form that is diluted with saline which allows for injection.

 

The saline also helps to water down the Botox and dilute any toxic capabilities.

 

When Botox is injected into, say, the forehead area, it will block transmission to the nerve in the nearby muscles. Almost like a “freeze” of that injected area.

  

When Botox is used and administered correctly (ahem, we’re talking a licensed professional) it can be used for more than a smooth forehead.

 

Botox can also be used for headaches, migraines, eye crossing, muscular and bowel disorders, bladder challenges and even excessive sweating.

 

Depending on your age and amount of collagen, receiving Botox for aesthetic reasons may also help your future creases and wrinkles as well.

 

Who would’ve thought Botox was more than a beauty enhancer?

 

Ok, now that we’ve covered Botox, let’s talk about filler…

 

 

What Is filler?

 

Most fillers contain Hyaluronic Acid (in different forms) and do not “freeze” the muscle like Botox does.

 

Filler is usually used in areas that Botox is not (like around the mouth) and can even be used to contour the nose, plump up the perfect pout, as well as add volume to areas that appear to be sagging on the face.

 

There are different versions and names for these fillers:

 

•  RESTYLANE SILK – known to be a subtle enhancer.

 

•  RESTYLANE + RESTYLANE-L – known for volume; the only difference is the Restylane-L has lidocaine in it for potential prevention of pain.

 

•  JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA XC – lip line definition, in addition to smoothing out fine lines found around the mouth area.

 

•  JUVÉDERM ULTRA XC – known for a plush lip look.

 

Depending on the look you’re going for, a combination of these fillers can be used to achieve the desired appearance.

 

 

Which One Is Right for You – Botox or Filler?

 

When you get right down to it, Botox or filler is a personal choice and one that should be made between you and a highly qualified professional injector.

 

So, here’s what’s typically recommended —

 

•  Botox is best for facial expression lines like the crease points where your muscles contract (crow’s feet and eye area, between the eyebrows and forehead).

 

•  Botox can last 3-6 months depending on skin type.

 

•  Filler is best for facial lines at rest — where volume is needed — like the deep lines around your mouth, plump up your pout and can also be used for nose correction and those wrinkles/lines where you sleep as well.

 

•  Filler can last anywhere from 6-18 months depending on skin type and what filler you choose.  

 

 

To Sum it Up

 

If you’ve ever considered smoothing out some of the lines and wrinkles creeping up on your face with Botox or filler, but were confused and, honestly, a little nervous because of words like Botulism and neurotoxin being thrown around – not to mention those horror stories about botched Botox – we completely understand your concern.  

 

Some of the biggest reasons Botox and filler gets a bad rap is due to an unlicensed or inexperienced “professional” administering this injectable, especially with a wrong dosage that isn’t safe to be injected.

 

Our best advice?

Do your research for a highly qualified – and highly recommended – injector in your area and allow yourself plenty of time to ask questions and get comfortable with the person who may be helping your face look totally fresh – without the surgery!


Curious about Botox and fillers?

Request an appointment below or contact RENEW | 719.423.0083 to consult with a highly qualified injector like Dr. Rochelle Elijah!



truSculpt iD® vs. CoolSculpting® – A Melt the Fat or Freeze the Fat Comparison

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When it comes to body contouring, we’re pretty sure you’ve heard the words truSculpt or CoolSculpting.

Followed by that is usually terms like “melt the fat” or “freeze the fat” when referencing these body sculpting technologies.


And often times this is where confusion sets in.

Because there’s much debate on which body contouring technology is better and more effective — to melt fat or to freeze fat.

Not only is this one of the big questions in medical aesthetics today, but it’s also on the minds of many potential clients looking to contour their body without surgery.

 

We know you want to target those areas on the body that can be stubborn and don’t want to let that fat go no matter how hard you exercise or eat right — like the abdomen, flanks, back, arms and even the chin area.

 

But how do all of these body contouring machines compare?

 

Let’s take a look, shall we…

 

A Melt The Fat or Freeze The Fat Comparison  

truSculpt iD® (Melt the Fat):

 

•  Technology Used?

Monopolar focused Radio Frequency.

 

•  Treatment Time?

15-minutes.

 

•  Comfort Level?

Usually well tolerated; little to no discomfort.

 

•  Effectiveness of truSculpt iD®?

Up to 24% permanent fat reduction. 

 

•  Any Adverse Effects? 

None reported.

 

•  Treatable Areas:

The flexibility of applicators allows for multiple areas to be treated including chin, arms, abdomen, flanks, thighs, knees and the back area.

 

•  Skin Tightening? 

Yes.

 

•  Treat BMI Over 30?

Yes.

 

 

CoolSculpting® (Freeze the Fat):

 

•  Technology Used?

Cryolipolysis (fat freezing).

 

•  Treatment Time?

105 minutes to treat same area.

 

•  Comfort Level?

Due to the suction-based applicator + post-treatment massage this can get uncomfortable.

 

•  Effectiveness of CoolSculpting®?

Up to 22% permanent fat reduction. 

 

•  Any Adverse Effects? 

Up to a few weeks of potential numbness, nerve pain and uneven results of the treatment area.

 

•  Treatable Areas:

Potential limited treatment areas based on the design of the applicator (which is suction-based).

 

•  Skin Tightening? 

No.

 

•  Treat BMI Over 30?

No.

 

  

To Sum it Up

 

Now you’ve seen the comparisons – to melt or to freeze – those stubborn areas on your body where no amount of jumping jacks, lunges, hot yoga sessions and green smoothie sipping can help.

  

Call us bias (we LOVE our truSculpt iD® technology), but it looks like if you want to maximize your time, increase your potential for permanent fat reduction, experience little to no discomfort during the body contouring treatment and tighten your skin while treating your problem areas – truSculpt iD® has you covered in all of those areas and then some.

 

If you asked us whether we’d melt our fat or freeze our fat – we’d simply say, “Pass me a frozen drink ‘cause it’s about to get warm up in here while I melt this fat away!”


Does body contouring without surgery have your interest?

Call RENEW | 719.423.0083 to schedule a consultation or REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT below to get started!



Microblading – Your Semi-Permanent Eyebrow Treatment Guide

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Remember that time when thin eyebrows were in?

 

Thanks to the 90’s decade and celebrities like Drew Barrymore – thin eyebrows were a fashion statement and tweezers were in high demand.

 

We’re happy that fad passed, and natural brows are where it’s at now.

 

But what if you struggle with thinning brows?

 

Or want a different shape for your eyebrows?

 

 

If you haven’t heard the buzz around microblading yet, let us introduce you to this semi-permanent eyebrow treatment.

 

 

What is Microblading?

 

Microblading – also known as permanent or semi-permanent makeup – is an eyebrow treatment that can give you precise shape and color to match your face…without having to tweeze, pluck or prod.

 

This treatment is done with a tool that beauty magazine, Elle, describes is, “…like a pen with the nib being a sloped blade with 10-12 little needles at the end - needles that don’t penetrate the skin but just delicately scratch the surface, much like a paper cut.”

 

Don’t worry, semi-permanent microblading is NOT at all like going to the tattoo parlor and getting ink that will stay with you forever.

 

(Although that is an option if you choose permanent make-up microblading).

 

Semi-permanent microblading typically lasts for 1-3 years with varying touch-ups needed.

 

 

I bet you’re wondering how this even works, right?

 

Ok, let’s walk through the steps of getting started and a typical microblading session…

 

 

Microblading – How to Get Started

 

You’ve thought about it for a while now + your thinning eyebrows need some major help.

 

But where do you begin?

 

First, make sure you find a licensed permanent make-up artist in your area.

Much like you wouldn’t trust fixing your car to just anyone, eyebrow microblading is the same.

 

It takes a great deal of artistry, technique, and education for make-up artists.

Please do your homework and ask for referrals from your local spa or salon.

 

Now that you’ve narrowed your search down and have some options for microblading here’s what to expect…

 

 

Microblading – Step-by-Step

 

After you consult with a licensed make-up artist and microblading expert, now it’s time to start the microblading process.

 

 

1.    Numb the eyebrow area.

If you’re more sensitive to pain, please let the make-up artist know.

 

2.    Color match and go over shade together.

Throughout the process you, the client, and the make-up artist will continuously agree upon color, shade, and shape of eyebrows.

 

3.    After agreeing upon the color, shade and shape of brows the microblading semi-permanent eyebrow treatment will begin and can take around 45-minutes.

 

4.    Once the treatment is done a client follow-up in 4-6 weeks is scheduled to check-in on the healing process and if you need any additional strokes or pigment change.

 

5.    You’ve made it this far with your new eyebrows and now it’s time to enjoy them for the next 1-3 years with potential touch-ups needed in between!

 

6.    Follow after-care instructions like no picking and scratching of the eyebrow area to allow for healing.

 

7.    Remember your eyebrows may look darker for the first 7-10 days as healing takes place. It’s very normal for your brows to appear darker than they will actually appear over time – be patient and allow space for them to heal.

 

 

Pssst.

Wonder what happens if you don’t love your eyebrows or they come out looking like Groucho Marx after the healing period is over?

 

No worries. Since microblading does not leave scars a saline/salt solution can be used to remove the work that was done on your eyebrows.


In this video esthetician + permanent make-up artist, Stephanie Vigil, expains microblading step-by-step + dispels any myths surrounding this procedure.


To Sum it Up

 

It’s no longer the ‘90s and thin is definitely not in when it comes to eyebrows.

 

So, if you’re concerned about the size, shape or fullness of your eyebrows – microblading could be a treatment that is right for you.

 

Find a licensed permanent/semi-permanent make-up artist in your area whom you feel comfortable with and remember you will be agreeing on color, shade, and shape throughout the microblading treatment.

 

Your new eyebrows can last from 1-3 years with touch-ups in between.

 

And remember, even if you absolutely can’t stand your new brows after healing takes place – the semi-permanent microblading treatment can be undone with a salt/saline solution.


In the Pueblo/Southern Colorado area?

Schedule a consultation with Stephanie Vigil (Licensed Esthetician and Permanent Make-Up Artist) from the RENEW Crew – and see what microblading magic you two can conjure up!

RENEW | 719.423.0083



The Powerhouse Skincare Product – ZO®’s Growth Factor Serum

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What would you do if you were getting ready to go on the vacation of a lifetime, but there was a catch when it came to what you could bring for skincare products…

The caveat: you can only bring ONE skincare product.  

Would you cancel the trip?

 

Or would you get really serious about finding the absolute best product to take with you on this dream vacation?

 

If we know your style at all, you begin your research and the hunt is on.

 

But, what if we said we can help you in that search for the one powerhouse skincare product?

 

Let us introduce you to ZO® Growth Factor Serum – a trusted, anti-aging formula with proven results.

 

 

What is ZO® Growth Factor Serum?

 

“Growth factors manage essential tasks like replicating cells, reducing inflammation and stimulating collagen production. By applying them topically, growth factors strengthen the skin’s extracellular matrix, stimulate collagen and trigger the skin’s natural ability to heal – making growth factors an invaluable component of anti-aging skincare.” – ZO® Skin Health

 

Growth Factor Serum is here to help you –

 

• Improve skin firmness

• Reduce appearance of wrinkles and fine lines

• Improve skin elasticity

 

 

How Does Growth Factor Serum Work?

 

This ZO® skincare product has a unique combination of ingredients proven to help you not only prevent future skin damage but enhance the appearance of your skin.

 

Growth Factor Serum is a gel formula that packs potency and is tolerable for your skin.

 

Synergistic Ingredients —

 

• Plant + Enzymatically Derived Growth Factors: stimulates the skin’s extracellular matrix to promote the skin’s own production of new collagen and hyaluronic acid, resulting in healthy, hydrated and firm skin.

 

Angelica Polymorpha Sinensis Root Extract: Stimulates collagen, enhances microcirculation and reduces inflammation.

 

• ZPRO® Sericin Protein: Helps prevent against future signs of aging by protecting skin from cellular damage and collagen degradation and by enhancing production of collagen and hyaluronic acid.

 

Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate: Relaxes muscles for rapid smoothing of deep wrinkles.

(Wooo - those were some big words, eh?!)

 

 

Why Choose ZO® Growth Factor Serum?

 

Because it’s backed by science.

 

“In a 12-week clinical study, Growth Factor Serum was proven to help improve skin density, firmness and elasticity, as well as the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.” – ZO® Skin Health

 

Proven Results —

 

• 31% Improvement in Dermal Thickness (*at the 4-week interval compared to baseline)

 

• 80% of Participants Showed Improvement in Firmness + Elasticity (*at the 12-week interval)

 

• 92% Experienced Improvement in Fine Lines + Wrinkles (*at the 12-week interval compared to baseline)

  

Patient Satisfaction —

 

•  95% of Participants — reported improvement in texture + smoothness at 8 weeks

 

•  92% of Participants — reported improvement in overall appearance at 12 weeks

 

•  78% of Participants — said skin appeared tighter and firmer at 12 weeks

 

 

** PROTOCOL: Forty-one female subjects, Fitzpatrick Skin Types II-IV with moderate to severe fine lines and wrinkles + lack of firmness, completed a 12-week study. Subjects cleansed skin in both AM/PM with Gentle Cleanser, applied Growth Factor Serum in the AM/PM and applied SPF 30+ Primer Sunscreen in the AM daily.

 

 

To Sum it Up

 

Ok, now that you’ve done your due diligence and found that powerhouse skincare product – ZO® Growth Factor Serum – you’re ready to place this liquid gold in not only your travel bag but your daily skincare routine as well. Right?!

 

If you’re looking to prevent future skin damage and improve skin elasticity, firmness, fine lines, and wrinkles, as well as know this product is backed by the science of a clinical study – let Growth Factor Serum help you.

  

Request an appointment below to talk to Dr. Elijah or any of the RENEW Crew about Growth Factor Serum (or any ZO® products).




Body Contouring Without Surgery

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I’m going to let you in on a little secret.

And I have a feeling I’m not the only one that shares this secret.

Ready for it?

Here it is: I’m stingy with my time – especially when it comes to treating myself.

Yep, I’m a get in and get out type of person (most of the time!).

 

Even though I have access to so many self-care and aesthetic treatments, I still shudder at the thought of any treatment or procedure taking too long.

 

So recently, when we were introduced to a new body contouring technology with an indicated use of one, 15-minute treatment – with visible results seen up to 12 weeks post-treatment – you could say I was more than intrigued.

 

I thought, who doesn’t want to melt fat cells and sculpt their body on a lunch break?

 

Sign me up!

 

And that’s what we did…

 

So, what is this new 15-minute, results-driven, fat blasting, body contouring without surgery technology we’re talking about?

 

 

truSculpt iD® by Cutera

 

truSculpt® iD is a revolutionary non-surgical, body-sculpting treatment that allows you to personalize your ideal body in as little as one 15-minute treatment.

We at RENEW are proud to bring this technology to you.

And we’re the FIRST practice in Colorado to offer truSculpt iD® -- how exciting is that?!

 

Ok, let’s get to know this technology that offers body contouring without surgery.

 

 

Body Contouring Without Surgery

 

By now you’re probably wondering how truSculpt iD® works and what makes this different than other body contouring procedures.

 

How truSculpt iD® Works

 

• truSculpt iD® uses innovative Monopolar RF technology to selectively target fat and therapeutically heat it – until fat cells are eliminated by passing through the body naturally.

 

• Average of 24% fat reduction is achieved in just one treatment.

 

• Can be used on most areas of the body – especially abdomen, flanks, chin, and arms.

 

• No visible downtime after the procedure and normal activity can be resumed immediately.

 

• The treatment time is dependent on the treatment size and how many areas are treated. Treatment time is typically 15 to 30 minutes to treat the abdomen and flanks.

 

• Results are typically visible after just one treatment, with maximum results seen after 12 weeks. Additional treatments may be required to achieve the personalized results you desire.

 

What Makes truSculpt iD® Different Than Other Body Contouring Procedures?

 

• This procedure is versatile and effective to treat a wide range of patients who may not be a candidate for other contouring procedures due to treatment location, skin type, fat thickness and presence of skin laxity.

 

• The treatment has minimal discomfort and has been compared to a hot stone massage.

 

• Because truSculpt iD® is a customized and tailored treatment to meet individual needs, most adult men and women are a candidate.


in this video, charmayne discusses body contouring without surgery with trusculpt id®


To Sum it Up

 

If you’re stingy with your time like I am but want to look and feel your best (without putting in loads of hours in at a time), truSculpt iD® is both time and body contouring friendly.

 

One, 15-minute treatment (that can be done on your lunch break) has the ability to help you contour and sculpt your body with no downtime and maximum results seen in as little as 12-weeks.

 

At RENEW, we’re truly proud of this technology and what it can do to help you feel comfortable inside and out!

 

Just take a look at these results we’re seeing in less than 6-weeks.

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If you feel less than confident with areas like the abdomen, flanks, chin and/or arms, please don’t hesitate to contact RENEW for a free body contouring consultation  |  719.423.0083

We want you to love your time with us just as much as you love the results from truSculpt iD®.



Best Non-Retinol Skin Brightener

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If you’re looking for a skin brightener that doesn’t contain retinol - we have just the ticket for your pigmentation challenges and those with skin sensitivity.

So…

What is the Best Non-Retinol Skin Brightener?

ZO® Skin Health Brightalive®

what is brightalive®?

Brightalive® is a ZO® Skin Health product that helps brighten the skin — without retinol. Which, for some people, retinol can cause increased skin sensitivity.

Inside this little blue package are ingredients that work synergistically to help your skin reveal a brighter, more even skin tone.

Brightalive® is packed with:

  • Skin brightening complex: Unique blend of skin brighteners helps block the production of pigmentation.

  • Papain: Provides enzymatic exfoliation to remove dead skin cells.

  • Glycerin: Replenishes hydration to restore skin barrier moisture balance.

  • Stachys officinalis (leaf) extract, beta-glucan, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract: Calms and soothes irritated skin.

Who is Brightalive® For?

Brightalive® is helpful for anyone with pigmentation problems — especially post-summer when those spots start to show up even more.

Because Brightalive® doesn’t contain retinol, this product can be particularly helpful for those who are sensitive to retinol, or have a sensitive skin type.

If retinol and skin sensitivity is not a challenge for you, this product can be combined with a retinol for an added boost.


in this video, dr. elijah discusses zo® product brightalive® + how this non-retinol formula can brighten your skin


to sum it up

If you’re feeling like your complexion is on the dull side right now and/or you’re experiencing pigmentation challenges - ZO® Skin Health product Brightalive® could be just what you’re skin needs (especially if you’re prone to skin sensitivity and/or retinol isn’t your friend).

And this product can also be combined with retinol-based product for an added boost, if needed.


Ready to get started with Brightalive®? You can purchase this product at our online ZO store.

Want to discuss ZO® Skin Health products for a skin care analysis and customized regimen?

Contact Dr. Elijah | 719.553.2201 or RENEW | 719.423.0083 to get started!



Best Non-Surgical Facelift Treatment

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Have you looked in the mirror lately, ran your hands over your neck area and muttered the words, “ugh, turkey neck”?

 

But thought to yourself, “No way am I going under the knife for a nip and tuck!”

 

What if we said there’s a non-surgical facelift treatment to help not only the dreaded turkey neck (sagging skin), but crow’s feet and deep wrinkles as well?

 

And this treatment can be done during your lunchtime…(what?!).

 

This skin tightening procedure is called Forma (by InMode) and not only gives you the option of a non-surgical facelift treatment, but also allows for an in-office procedure with little to no downtime.

  

Ok, let’s get into the details, shall we?

 

 

What is Forma for Skin Tightening?

 

“Forma is the first auto-adjusting non-invasive, thermal skin treatment for deep and uniform tissue stimulation. Forma uses radio-frequency power that flows uniformly between the electrodes to provide a comfortable thermal experience with immediate and subsequent contraction.”  - Forma by InMode

 

Ok, so what does all this radio-frequency and electrodes talk really mean?

 

It means that Forma is your non-surgical treatment superstar for face tightening, deep wrinkles, and collagen stimulation.

  

Now that you know you don’t have to go under the knife for that saggy skin, what can you expect from this Forma procedure?

 

 

Non-Surgical Facelift Treatment | What to Expect

 

Unlike going under the knife (and anesthesia for that matter), Forma only requires an in-office visit with your skincare professional and less than an hour of your time.

 

Hence why they call this the “lunch-time” procedure.

 

You may experience some warmth or slight tingling during the Forma treatment, but nothing that should be highly uncomfortable.  

 

Over time your skin can reveal a more youthful, glowing appearance that doesn’t involve bandages on your face from going under the knife.


in this video charmayne torres-trujillo talks about forma for skin tightening and the potential results for this “lunch-time” procedure.


To Sum it Up

 

If you’re looking for a solution to sagging skin, crow’s feet and/or deep wrinkles, but don’t want an invasive procedure – Forma by InMode is your “lunch-time”, non-surgical facelift treatment solution!

 

With little to no downtime and potential results that include a tighter and younger-looking appearance, Forma could be just the skincare treatment you’re looking for.

 

Say so long to the “gobble, gobble neck” and save your turkey for Thanksgiving.  


If you’re ready for skin tightening that doesn’t require going under the knife, request an appointment today to get started or call 719.423.0083 to schedule a FREE consultation.  



IPL for Sun Damage

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Do you feel like you’ve tried everything to get rid of that sun damage on your skin — but nothing’s worked?

 

Did you buy the lotions and the serums and work diligently to erase the sun damage – and still – you were left with sun spots, hyper-pigmentation, fine lines/wrinkles and/or melasma?

 

Frustrating, right?

 

We so get that.

 

 

When it comes to a one-size-fits-all approach to skincare, there isn’t such a thing.

 

 

One person may achieve glowing results from certain serums and skincare products, while another person may never see the results they’re looking for with that particular regimen.

 

Add to the mix the fact that sun damage – depending on your skin type – is a skin condition that can be difficult to treat.

 

If you’ve been let down by skin care products or regimens promising sun damage help and not living up to that promise – we have an alternative treatment for your sun damaged skin: IPL (Intense Pulsed Light).

 

 

What is IPL?

 

As mentioned IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light and can also be referred to as a “Photo Facial”. 

 

At RENEW, we use Lumecca™ IPL by InMode, which helps to treat and target skin conditions through selective photothermolysis (also known as laser resurfacing).

 

 

Okay, now that you know what IPL is, let’s take a look at why IPL can be the powerhouse treatment of sun damage…

 

 

IPL Treatment of Sun Damage

 

With skincare, most professionals want to start off slow and/or ease you into treatments for your skin.

 

Sometimes, however, IPL is exactly the skincare tool that’s needed to get in there and treat stubborn sun damage.  

 

IPL treatment can be used for:

• Light and dark skin

• Allows for the potential to treat varying skin types and conditions that could include photo-damage, superficial vessels, rosacea, skin texture and/or facial pigmentation.

 

What to expect from IPL:

1-5 IPL treatments are recommended (around the 3rd treatment is when most patients begin to see results) – with mild downtime around 7-10 days.

 

Keep in mind, post IPL treatment you will notice the pigment (especially the darker/damaged spots) pull to the surface of your skin – that means don’t be shocked if spots on your face look darker in this time period; the IPL treatment is working (but always contact your skincare professional with any concerns and follow-up).

 

Yearly IPL treatments are recommended for maintenance.

 

IPL for sun damage aims to reveal even skin tone, texture and glowing, dewy skin!


In this video Dr. Elijah + Medical Aesthetician, Charmayne Torres-Trujillo demonstrate an IPL treatment, the benefits and how this "photo facial" can help with stubborn sun damage.


To Sum It Up

 

Summer is fun.

Sun damage is not.

 

We feel you, truly.

 

And sometimes, no matter what you’ve done in the past to help erase those dark spots and uneven skin tone, a sun damage ninja is needed: say hello to IPL (Intense Pulsed Light).

 

As always, speak with your skincare professional to make sure IPL is right for you and the best course of action for your skin type.


Resources:

Photo by Artem Kovalev on Unsplash


Looking for a sun damage ninja?

Ready to find out if IPL is right for you?

 

Request an appointment below to get started with Dr. Rochelle Elijah and/or Medical Aesthetician Charmayne Torres-Trujillo – or someone from the RENEW Crew!



Our Favorite Retinols for Sun Damage

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Are you feeling the effects of sun damage?

 

Whether you spent most of your summer fun in the sun (or not) can be irrelevant when it comes to experiencing the damage sun can do to your skin.

 

If you’ve ever devoted a lot of your time to the sun – even if, as a teenager, you worshiped the tanning salon -- sun damage can show up out of nowhere.

 

And one of sun damage’s favorite time to make an appearance on the skin is post-summer…when fall is approaching.

 

Luckily, we have some tools that’ll help you fight sun damage and (hopefully) reveal beautiful, glowing skin.

 

Those tools happen to be retinols.

 

But before we talk about retinols, let’s get clear on what sun damage is…

 

 

 

What is Sun Damage?

(*If you haven’t read our blog – Your Guide: Treatment for Sun Damaged Skin – feel free to do that at any time for more in-depth knowledge and treatment of sun damage).

 

Sun damage is sneaky.

 

As we mentioned in our guide and treatment for sun damaged skin,

 

“You sun worship in your teens and 20’s, get hip to skin care and sunscreen in your 30’s and one day that cloud of flour – err, sun damage – explodes right in front of your face.”

 

Sun damage can look like:

  

Now that you know what sun damage can look like, let’s talk retinols (finally!)…

 

 

What Are Retinols?   

 

Retinols take the form of topical Vitamin A to target cell turnover and aid in skin exfoliation.

 

Retinols aim to reveal newer, healthier skin and a brighter complexion.

 

Retinols can also be a much needed addition to prepping your skin for more in-depth services such as chemical peels and/or laser treatments.

 

Ok, now that you know what retinols are, let’s talk about our favorite one’s…

 

 

Our Favorite Retinols

 

Not all retinols are made the same, so with that in mind, we believe in quality and our partnership with ZO® Skin Health speaks volumes when it comes to quality and results.

 

Our (3) favorite ZO® Skin Health Retinols:

 

Retinol Skin Brightener .5%:

According to ZO®, this retinol, “targets skin discoloration and breaks up existing pigmentation, brightens skin and helps even skin tone, helps prevent future damage, antioxidant protection and helps support the repair of the skin.”

Retinol Skin Brightener 1%: This 1% solution has the same benefits as the .5% Retinol Skin Brightener, but with an increased strength.

Wrinkle + Texture Repair: ZO® explains this best-selling product: “Wrinkle and texture repair crème supports the visible improvement of skin’s texture, firmness and color tone, while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.”

This Wrinkle + Texture Repair also packs antioxidant and anti-irritant properties to support your skin as it renews itself.


 Dr. Elijah talks retinols and sun damage in this video:


To Sum It Up

 

If you’re feeling like summer sun has taken a toll on your skin, retinols can help fight the signs – such as sunburn, hyperpigmentation, dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles, and loose/sagging skin – of sun damage.

 

One of our favorite tools for tackling sun damage are retinols – especially ZO® products like Retinol Skin Brightener .5% + 1% as well as their Wrinkle + Texture Repair.

 

Retinols can also be a perfect skincare prep for other treatments such as chemical peels and/or laser treatments.


Ready to schedule a consultation for sun damage?

Interested in learning more about ZO® Products?

Request an appointment below to get started.  



I’m Turning 50-Years-Old & I’m Back!

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This has been a crazy year for me…

 

I bought a building and am starting a medical spa – and all of a sudden, I find myself working more, not less.

  

What the heck have I gotten myself into? 

I'm a doctor not a business person.

Or am I a business person?

 

To top it all off, I turn 50. 

What the F*CK! 

 

Perimenopause has more than set in and thank God I have a patient husband; perimenopause has not been kind to me. 

 

I'm moody, can't sleep, hot, central weight gain, bloated, nauseated, itchy, and tired.

 

There was a time that I thought to myself, I can't do this. I can hardly get up in the morning and feel good enough to take care of patients. 

 

However – and eventually, thankfully – a few of my male patients started talking to me about getting trained to do testosterone pelleting. 

 

These men were tired of driving to Colorado Springs from Pueblo, Colorado.

 

It took me a while to listen to them, but I finally attended a BioTE® training (Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy).

 

While I was at the BioTE® training, I’m thinking to myself, “This is me!”

I got pelleted during the training and haven’t looked back.

 

 

Why didn't I learn all of this in medical school? 

Why is traditional medicine against this treatment? 

The answers to those questions are very political and too much to discuss in this blog. 

 

The bottom line is: I'm BACK. 

 

I'm ready to take this on (most days).  

 

I have a new calling and it starts with helping men and women feel better inside and then I can help them feel better outside too.  

 

50-Years-Old + Aging Like Fine Wine,

Rochelle Elijah

 

 

Skin Prep for Chemical Peels

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If you're asking yourself: “Do I really need to prep my skin before a chemical peel?”

My answer would be a major, shout-from-the-rooftops,

“Yes: skin prep for chemical peels is a real thing!”

 

And here’s why…

Your skin is delicate and needs a lot of love...from you.

 

Especially if you’re new to receiving skincare treatments of any kind (facials, peels, laser, etc.).

 

Now, let’s talk about skin prep for chemical peels…

 

Why Do I Need to Skin Prep for Chemical Peels?

If you’re a newbie to professional skin care treatments like facials, peels and/or lasers of any kind – consider your skin prep-worthy.

Now, if you believe yourself to be an expert and have your medical aesthetician on speed dial than skin prep can take on a different meaning.

 

But let’s just say you’re new to any in-office treatments for your skin, or it’s been a while since you’ve seen your favorite skincare expert...

 

Think of your skin like a hot date – you prepare like crazy don’t you?

You take a long bath or shower.

You find the right outfit.

You take extra time to get all fancy.

You might even find yourself eating healthier and guzzling water more than usual.

Why?

Because you want to put your best “face” forward, right?

 

Well, that’s a lot like skin prep...

Because you want your in-office “date” to go as well as expected…

You want the treatment to work smarter, not harder.

And that’s why you skin prep.

 

Ok…you know WHY you prep your skin, but exactly HOW do you do that?

 

How Do I Skin Prep for Chemical Peels?

First and foremost -- if you’re not working with a skincare professional right now, this is definitely the time to start researching and testing out consultations with those in your area.

Every skin type and person are different, so a thorough skin analysis should help whomever you’re working with lead you in the right direction for your skin.

 

Ok, you’ve met with your skin care expert and a chemical peel(s) is recommended.

 

 

(4) Skin Prep Tips for Chemical Peels:

 

1.  Stop the Sun Damage

For the (not) love of sunspots, hyperpigmentation and all things sun damage – get out of the sun! If it’s summertime, grab a hat, loads of sunscreen and learn to love the shade. Nothing adds more damage to your skin quicker than the sun.

So, give your skin a break and prep it by loving the sun indoors or in some major shade.

 

2.  Enzyme Peels

Enzyme peels are perfect pre-treatments to chemical peels.

The enzyme peel (a blend of natural fruit ingredients) works as a gentle exfoliant to remove the top layer of skin and helps speed up cell turnover.

This peel can instantly help your skin look glowing and fresh and ready for other skincare treatments. 

 

3.  Retinols

This naturally occurring form of Vitamin A (retinol) targets cell turnover and aids in skin exfoliation.

If you haven’t noticed, exfoliating those dead skin cells is a big step in skin prep and retinols are excellent in that department.

 

4.  Dermaplaning

This procedure – you guessed it – is an exfoliation ninja.

A sterile, surgical scalpel is used to “shave” the surface of the skin. Dermaplaning gently removes dead skin and “peach fuzz” hair off the top layer of skin.

Leaving you with skin that is fresh and ready to absorb all the good stuff that can aide in skincare and healthy aging.

  

To Sum It Up

If you’re thinking about upping your skincare game make sure you consult with your favorite skincare professional and let them guide you with the best course of action for your individual skin.

When skin prep is recommended keep in mind that can include everything from enzyme peels to dermaplaning.

 

And one of the best options you can choose for your skin – prep or no prep – is to watch how long you’re in the sun and make shade and sunscreen your friend.


Looking for a skin care expert in the Pueblo and/or Southern Colorado area?

Request an appointment below and begin your skincare journey today.



Lip Fillers - Your Guide to the Perfect Pout

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I want to real-talk with you about something that’s kind of taboo…

Lip fillers.

Yes, I’m talkin’ injections in your lips.

Don’t gasp, I’m here to help you maneuver this topic…

 

Do you ever think about getting lip fillers, but you’re too afraid people will liken you to the next Kylie Jenner?

Or perhaps you’re afraid you’ll receive a botched job and end up looking like those duck-lip selfies nobody wants to see?

You’re not the only one with these thoughts.

 

Today, we’re going to talk about all things lip fillers – your guide to a perfect pout!

 

But first, you have to remember to...

 

 

Do Your Research

You wouldn’t buy a brand-new house without spending time looking for the best real estate agent, neighborhood and dialing in your preferences, correct?

Exactly. Do the same with lip fillers.

Research doctors in your area, go in for a consultation and definitely take your time.

Even though lip fillers are meant to be temporary, you’re still injecting a needle into your lips – make sure you’re completely comfortable with the doctor and procedure you choose.

And remember – you can always change your mind! No pressure just find out what works for you.

 

Ok, let’s talk about all things lip fillers…

 

 

What Are Lip Fillers?

Most lip fillers are temporary and contain Hyaluronic Acid (in different forms). These temporary, hyaluronic acid lip fillers are FDA approved and – unlike any other time in history – are highly popular.

There are different versions and names for these lip fillers:

•  RESTYLANE SILK – known to be a subtle enhancer.

•  RESTYLANE + RESTYLANE-L – known for volume; the only difference is the Restylane-L has lidocaine in it for potential prevention of pain.

•  JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA XC – lip line definition, in addition to smoothing out fine lines found around the mouth area.

•  JUVÉDERM ULTRA XC – known for a plush lip look.

Depending on the look you’re going for, a combination of these lip fillers can be used to achieve the desired appearance.

 

Ok, now you know what lip fillers are -- what does the procedure entail? 

 

 

Lip Fillers – Procedure

After cleansing the area, potentially applying a topical numbing cream (and allowing it to kick in) and then the injections – you’re looking at less than an hour from start to finish.

Of course, this is a ballpark figure, so don’t forget to ask your injector what their process looks like and how long a visit will take.

 

...But is it painful? 

 

 

Lip Fillers + Pain

Isn’t this the question we always ask – but will it hurt?

What’s that famous quote, “Pain is beauty.”

Hmmm, perhaps some truth to that.

 

As for lip filler, the most pain people feel is the lidocaine shot.

After that, the filler is usually described as a pricking sensation that is soon followed by the filler moving through the lips (potentially uncomfortable pressure here).

You’ll most likely see volume right away but swelling and bruising can occur for up to a few days after the procedure.

We don’t recommend an evening photo shoot after your session!

 

 

Lip Fillers + Side Effects?

Small bumps may occur around your lips but usually go away after a week or so.

With any procedure, serious (but rare) complications can occur.

For lip fillers, blood clots can occur as well as significant pain or discoloration. Please get in touch with your doctor immediately, if you experience these side effects. 

 

 

Lip Fillers – Care + Maintenance

Post-procedure you want to keep your blood flow to a minimum. That means no exercise for a couple of days and definitely keep those hands away from your lips for at least 48 hours.

If you love your (new) perfect pout, touch-ups are ideal. Speak with your injector about your lifestyle (Full of movement? Love the couch?)

Those factors can help determine when your ideal touch-up window is.

 

 

To Sum it Up

So, you’re thinking about what your perfect pout would look like?

To lip filler or not…that is the question.

As the diligent student you are, do your research and take your time.

Remember most lip fillers are temporary (speak to your injector about what can be done if you absolutely hate how your lips turn out with filler).

In less than an hour, you’ll probably feel a small amount of pain and experience discomfort, but that should go away.

(Contact your doctor immediately if you experience extreme pain and discoloration.)

 

And in a few days, you’ll be ready for your close-up, darling!


Looking for an injector in the Pueblo/Southern Colorado area?

Request an appointment with Dr. Rochelle Elijah today…and start your perfect pout journey.

 


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