28 October 2021

Dermal Fillers – Something to Smile About

In our youth, our lips are naturally plumped with collagen, but we notice fine lines around our mouth and less volume in our lips as we get older. While the rich lip colors that are out this season beg to be painted on full lips, we are not looking to become famous for our lip injections, i.e., Kylie Jenner. So, this month, we ask Sharon, owner of Embody MedSpa, to tackle the most common questions about dermal fillers.

Q: Who are dermal fillers for?

A: Dermal fillers are for anyone who would like more fullness in their lips and for people who have been living with fine lines around their mouth, eyes, or forehead. Instead of purchasing every lip plumping gloss on the market or drawing outside the natural lines of your lip with lipliner, fillers will create a full, soft, natural-looking lip. They will also restore the natural contours of the face that keep us looking young and healthy. 

Q: Which injectable should I choose?

A: At Embody, we offer the entire collection of FDA-approved injectable Juvéderm Fillers.  These fillers ensure a natural look while restoring volume, treating fine lines, and minimizing the appearance of wrinkles and folds. Juvéderm allows for soft fullness without puffiness.

Q: What are they made of?

The active ingredient in Juvéderm is hyaluronic acid. This sugar,found naturally in the body, adds temporary volume and definition when injected into lips.  It is also FDA cleared for use in the cheek, chin, jawline, and perioral area to smooth lines and restore contours. The plumping effect of hyaluronic acid serums on fine lines and wrinkles are well known, and the injections work similarly; the hyaluronic acid attracts water and hydrates the skin while volumizing.

Q: Will it hurt?

A: Juvéderm mixes pain-reducing lidocaine into the formula, and with each injection, you can expect an increased level of temporary numbness. The start of the procedure may be mildly uncomfortable; however, as it continues, you may feel pressure but very little pain. Our nurses are extensively trained in the cannula technique which minimizes pain and bruising.

Q: What is the procedure like?

A: Dermal fillers appointments are approximately 30-45 minutes, including the consultation so it’s something you could even do on your lunch break.  Our highly skilled nurse injectors will start with a consultation to understand the client’s specific goals and then customize a treatment plan that will help you achieve your goals. The nurse will mark the areas to be treated and then inject Juvéderm into the target area. She will lightly massage the area to ensure even distribution and reduce the chance of swelling.

Q: Are there side effects?

A: I get questions about side effects a lot; with this treatment, you can expect mild swelling and bruising that could last anywhere from 24 to 72 hours. The nurse will go over your post care with you and make sure you have a way to get in contact with her in case you have any questions or concerns. At first, you may feel some firmness around the targeted areas; however, that will be naturally metabolized within a day or two.

Q: How long do they last?

A: Dermal fillers are not permanent. I wish I could say they were, but they fade because they contain naturally occurring enzymes, such as hyaluronic acid, so your body will metabolize them over time. The speed of your metabolism will significantly affect how long your treatment results last; fillers tend to last longer in areas with less movement, but I bet your full lips will have you smiling a lot, so expect a touch-up every eight to ten months. Fillers in the cheek area usually last 1-2 years.

Dermal fillers are a safe, non-invasive way to minimize fine lines around your cheeks and eyes and volumize your lips. Come see us at Embody MedSpa; we’ll answer your questions about dermal fillers and give you the full pout you desire. Then, go out and buy that bright red lipstick!

14 September 2021

We Have FALLen for These Five Treatments

Cozy sweaters, bright foliage, pumpkin spice, back to school…fall, we love you! Our incredible summer has come to an end, and the crisp autumn weather is here. Fall is a time for new beginnings, a time when we get serious about school, work, and new, nourishing self-care routines. Here are five fantastic fall treatments that will get you and your skin ready for the season ahead.

  1. HYDRAFACIAL

When it comes to parched skin, a Hydrafacial is a perfect antidote.  This hydrating facial restores the precious moisture that cooler temperatures extract from our skin. HydraFacial is for everyone and every skin condition, from oily to dry, sensitive to damaged, young to mature. The active solutions can be customized to deliver the best results for your concerns. Ultimately, HydraFacial will leave your face feeling softer than ever before, your pores will appear smaller, and it will decrease the appearance of blemishes. This relaxing treatment requires no downtime leaving you with smooth, hydrated, radiant skin. A perfect FALLback for dehydrated skin.

  1. LUMECCA IPL

Our potent Lumecca Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Photofacial treats hyperpigmentation and sun damage – the perfect solution for a long hot summer. This extremely effective procedure is ideal for clients looking for quick but dramatic improvement in brown spots and redness. Lumecca IPL will dramatically fade the appearance of age spots, sun damage, vascular lesions, rosacea, and freckles. We see results after the first session, but multiple sessions are recommended to maximize the impact on the skin. FALL in love with bright, even skin.

  1. MORPHEUS8

Morpheus8 uses radiofrequency and microneedling, two scientifically proven methods to tighten and resurface the skin while stimulating collagen production. This treatment is minimally invasive, using a matrix of micro pins to renew the deeper layers of the skin and smooth wrinkles with almost no downtime. Morpheus8 treats just about everything – aging, acne, scarring, enlarged pores, and more! It can be used on all skin types and skin tones, with noticeable improvement after one treatment (although a series of treatments is recommended for optimal results). FALL into tighter, smoother skin!

  1. COOLSCULPTING

Cool-weather is coming; why not freeze away your unwanted fat! CoolSculpting targets those stubborn pockets of body fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. CoolSculpting uses Cryolipolysis, a process in which targeted fat cells are destroyed without harming the surrounding tissues. The cells are then naturally flushed out of your system and gone for good. CoolSculpting is a non-invasive process for permanent fat reduction with no downtime. The procedure is so easy that you can resume regular activity immediately after; it can permanently isolate and eliminate persistent pockets of fat that diet and exercise can’t reach. Let your fat FALL away.

  1. BOTOX

Botox is a great way to start each season as we usually recommend a treatment every three to four months, but everyone is different, and we formulate a unique plan for each client. The dramatic impact on fine lines and wrinkles makes this one of our most popular treatments. We inject Botox in areas where we want to relax the muscles that cause frown lines, crow’s feet, and other conditions. These wrinkles are typically found in the upper face, such as the forehead and around the eyes. How about looking as relaxed as you feel when the kids go back to school. Watch the years FALL away.

Come in and book one of these excellent treatments to celebrate the change of seasons and the beginning of fall! We can’t wait to hear from you.

 

7 September 2021

HYDRAFACIAL – GROWING YOUR GLOW

Summer is almost over, and it has been exquisite! But, after all that sun, sand, and SPF, it’s time for therapeutic treatment for your skin. A HydraFacial is a perfect solution. It promises to target everything from oily and congested pores, hyperpigmentation, fine lines and deliver an instant glow. It’s no wonder that it is the most popular treatment out there right now!

Here’s why:

It’s Never Painful. If you avoid advanced treatments because of the discomfort, then you’ll be pleased to know the HydraFacial is rarely painful. That’s because the vortex suction used during the extraction is so gentle that it has been described as a light massage for your face. 

No Recovery Time.  Some treatments require some level of downtime. There may be residual redness, and your skin may feel a bit sensitive for a few days. That’s not the case with the HydraFacial; you will leave the treatment room with radiant, glowing skin. It makes sense that it’s a go-to treatment for celebs before an award show. 

Works on All Skin Types. HydraFacial is for everyone and every skin condition, from oily to dry, sensitive to damaged, young to mature. The active solutions can be customized to deliver the best results for your concerns. 

Instant Results. HydraFacial will leave your face feeling softer than ever before, your pores will appear smaller, and it will decrease the appearance of blemishes, leaving you with smooth, hydrated, radiant skin. Sounds pretty good, right?

Here’s what to expect:

Bespoke Treatment. First, one of our expert skincare professionals will assess your skin’s needs and choose an appropriate peel for your skin type. They will also select the strength of the suction. This facial is highly customizable, so we’ll find the best plan for you during the consultation.

A Three-Step Process. Using patented “Vortex-Fusion Technology,” the Hydrafacial leaves the skin healthy, refreshed, and radiant. 

  1. Cleanse & Peel: The exfoliator resurfaces, removes makeup, debris, and dead skin cells to leave you with a deep clean. After this, a serum containing glycolic acid and salicylic acid will be infused into the skin, providing a mild chemical peel. 
  2. Extract & Hydrate: The gentle suction painlessly removes debris from pores and nourishes the skin with intense hydration.  
  3. Fuse & Protect: The skin’s surface is penetrated with helpful antioxidants and peptides that promote elasticity and hydration while creating a cooling, refreshing sensation that will maximize your glow.  

The results are intense; our clients typically notice greatly improved skin hydration, minimized dark circles, and a dramatic reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles even after just one treatment. So if you’re wondering, “where can I find a HydraFacial near me,” the answer is right here at Embody Medspa. Contact us for a consultation

16 August 2021

SHARON’S FAVORITES

People are always asking me, “Sharon, what are your favorite treatments”? I usually start by saying that I love ALL the treatments we offer here at Embody; if I didn’t, they wouldn’t make it to our services menu. But I do measure the success of a treatment based on two criteria: 1) Did this service improve confidence and self-esteem in my client? 2) Did my client leave Embody with noticeable results?  If I use these two questions as a litmus test, five treatments consistently make it to the top of my go-to list.

BOTOX – GOODBYE WRINKLES!

There is no other treatment that is this easy, this popular, and makes such a dramatic impact on fine lines and wrinkles. We inject Botox in areas where we want to relax the muscles that cause frown lines, crow’s feet, and other conditions. These wrinkles are typically found in the upper face, such as the forehead and around the eyes. Everyone is different, so we formulate a plan unique to each client, but most of all, we listen to our clients and customize their programs to deliver the results they are looking for. Botox is one of our most popular services because it works so well! Why I love it: it’s quick, no downtime can be done to prevent and correct lines and wrinkles. The bottom line, your friends are right; it works!


HYDRAFACIAL – HELLO GLOW!

Maybe it’s not a miracle, but The Embody HydraFacial is a scientific advancement in skincare that promises stunning results quickly. The HydraFacial is an all-in-one treatment that cleanses, exfoliates, extracts, hydrates, infuses, and protects skin to restore vitality and establish radiant, glowing skin. The experience is entirely customizable and dictated by the specific needs of the client; options include “skin boosters” and “super serums,” manual extractions (if needed), LED Light therapy, lymphatic therapy, skin detoxification, and massage. Why I love it: The HyraFacial is ideal for all skin types, addresses sun damage, and shows noticeable results after one treatment. The bottom line, it’s time for your skin to shine!

MORPHEUS8 – KEEPIN’ TIGHT!

What, ANOTHER side effect of aging? Yes, when we grow older, our skin begins to lose elasticity and starts to sag. However, we have a treatment that can turn back the hands of time. Morpheus8 uses radiofrequency and microneedling, 2 scientifically proven methods to tighten and resurface skin, while stimulating collagen production. This treatment is minimally invasive, using a matrix of micro pins to renew the deeper layers of the skin and smooth wrinkles with almost no downtime. Why I love it:  Morpheus8 treats just about everything – aging, acne, scarring, enlarged pores, and more! It can be used on all skin types and skin tones; with noticeable improvement after one treatment (although a series of treatments is recommended for optimal results) continue. Bottom line, bag the sag and tighten up!

COOLTONE – TONE IT UP!

CoolTone uses magnetic muscle stimulation or MMS technology to strengthen and tone muscles. Magnetic waves penetrate deep into muscle layers to induce involuntary contractions. The result? Increased strength, better posture, improved fitness, more muscle mass, and definition. Why I love it: CoolTone can promote noticeable muscle strength and definition that cannot be attained by diet and exercise alone. One treatment is like doing 20,000 – 30,000 sit-ups or squats in 30 minutes, seriously! The bottom line, it’s the easiest workout you’ll ever do!

COOLSCULPTING ELITE – FREEZING FAT AWAY!

While CoolTone builds muscle, CoolSculpting Elite freezes your unwanted fat away. This procedure targets those stubborn pockets of body fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. CoolSculpting uses Cryolipolysis, a process in which targeted fat cells are destroyed without harming the surrounding tissues. The cells are then naturally flushed out of your system and gone for good. This is a noninvasive process for permanent fat reduction with no downtime. Why I love it:  The procedure is so easy and you can resume normal activity immediately after; it can isolate and eliminate persistent pockets of fat permanently that diet and exercise can’t reach. The bottom line, this is the fat loss solution you’ve been waiting for.

So there they are my top five picks. Everyone has different experiences, so let me know what your favorites are. If you are unsure of what treatment plan is right for you, call us for a consultation. We can discuss your goals and design an approach that is perfect for you.

14 June 2021

Botox – The Icing on the Cake

Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons rank Botox as the number one non-surgical procedure on the market today, comprising nearly half of all injectable treatments. In addition, it’s known to be an unmatched solution for fine lines and wrinkles. At Embody Medspa, we continuously witness the transformative results Botox has on appearance and self-confidence.  But, don’t take our word for it, meet Angela Zaremba. This busy mother and business owner recently had Botox for the first time, and she was kind enough to share her story.

Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am Angela Zaremba, founder, and designer of Luxa Jewelry, a handmade jewelry line established in 2010 that has grown into a full boutique located in Ipswich, MA. The backbone of my business is my handmade jewelry, but we also host other local makers in our space. We recently moved into a beautiful new location where we can focus more on production, events, and the expansion of our clothing section. I am the lucky mom of two of the funniest and lovable little kiddos. My son Nash is 6, and my daughter Hunter is 3. I have been married to the love of my life for ten years. On top of it all, we also have three rescue dogs.

Q: What made you consider Botox the first time? 

I was thinking about Botox for about three years, and when I was 37, I finally did it! Raising kids and running a business is busy. Sometimes it is hard to carve out time for me, but I find everything goes smoother when I do. Botox was something I wanted to do, just for me, and I am so glad I did.

Q: What were you targeting?

My main concern was the lines between my eyebrows – frequently called the 11’s and my forehead wrinkles. I noticed over the years that these lines were causing me to look a little tired even when I was fully rested.

Q: What were your preconceived notions about Botox? 

I was concerned about Botox before I got it. I did not want it to change my look entirely. I wanted to retain my natural expressions. I was worried it would be painful, and because I didn’t understand how it worked, I felt some anxiety.

Q: Why did you choose Embody MedSpa for your procedure?

I heard about Embody MedSpa last year from a few friends who had services there, and their results were stunning. So, I started following their social media journey, and I became convinced Embody was the right place for me.

Q: What was the experience like?

It was great! I was a little apprehensive about the whole process, having never done it before, but they made me feel comfortable right away. My experience at Embody was better than I could have imagined!

Q: Which team member did you see?

I saw Marcy, a registered nurse specializing in injectables.  She was so informative, not pushy at all, and helped ease my anxiety. Marcy listened to my goals and then suggested the Botox location based on that. She was deeply knowledgeable and helped me understand the degrees of movement I could expect.

Q: What was the room/vibe like?

The room was beautiful! Clean, calming, and spa-like. The treatment room was professional but also charming and comfortable.   

Q: Did it hurt?

It didn’t hurt at all! That was the part that surprised me the most. Not only did it not hurt, but I did not experience any side effects! 

Q: What do you think of the results?

I am so happy with the results. I wanted to retain enough movement to look 100% like myself, and I do, but I also look so refreshed. My favorite part is how it has lifted my eyebrows and brightened my eyes. 

Q: Are you happy that you chose Embody MedSpa? 

I am so happy I chose Embody MedSpa, and I will be going back. I lead a healthy lifestyle, I eat well, exercise, and try to get a lot of sleep, but this Botox experience has been the icing on the cake. Now I feel as good on the outside as I do on the inside!

26 May 2021

KEEPING IT FUN IN THE SUN

In New England, we know summer won’t last long. So it’s no wonder we run to the beach at the first sign of nice weather. After such a long winter we should celebrate the natural beauty of our hiking trails and coastline. So, get out there!  Enjoy our favorite season but do it responsibly and remember these facts.

FACT.  Skin cancer is the most common cancer worldwide and the most preventable.

FACT. Skin cancer affects people of all colors, even those with darker skin tones.

FACT. 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70.

FACT. Having five or more sunburns doubles your risk for melanoma.

FACT. When detected early, the 5-year survival rate for melanoma is 99%.

Every time you tan, your skin is damaged. As this damage increases, you increase your risk for all types of skin cancer, premature aging, and skin damage. So, what can we do?

STAY SHADY. Always find the shade between the hours of 10 AM and 4 PM. This time of day is when the sun’s UV rays are strongest.

DON’T GET BURNED. Sunburns increase your chances of skin cancer, and they can permanently damage your skin. At Embody, we offer medical-grade peels that stimulate collagen and new cell growth, repairing sun damage and leaving you with younger looking skin.

AVOID TANNING. A tan does not make you look healthy. In fact, getting a tan from an artificial tanning source is quite the opposite of healthy. Never use UV tanning beds or booths. Instead, try a spray tan that will leave you with all the glow and none of the damage.

COVER UP. When you can’t be in the shade, make sure you cover up. Wearing sunglasses, a broad-brimmed hat, long-sleeved shirts, and pants are excellent choices to stay protected from the sun’s UV rays.

LATHER UP. Apply 1 ounce of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before you go outside. Reapply every two hours or after swimming or exercising. Our team of experts at Embody Medspa can help you find a product that is perfect for you.

CHECK YOURSELF. Examine your skin head to toe every month. Memorize your moles, blemishes, and freckles so that you will notice if anything changes. In the words of Ice Cube, “Check yourself before you wreck yourself.”

THE DOCTOR KNOWS BEST. At least once a year, you should see a Dermatologist for a professional skin exam. A dermatologist may catch sun damage that you have missed, and they will be able to recognize the earliest signs of skin cancer.

So, go ahead, order a cute suit, and get your beach body ready but do not forget our tips and tricks for staying safe in the sun.

19 April 2021

The CoolTone Experience

As non-invasive procedures rise in popularity, we are adding more to our menu of services. One of our favorite non-invasive treatments is CoolTone by Cool Sculpting. Although this procedure is called “CoolTone,” it has nothing to do with freezing fat cells. Instead, it uses magnetic force to stimulate involuntary muscle contraction, which results in a tighter and more toned appearance. One session of CoolTone has been compared to doing 20,000 – 30,000 sit-ups in 30 minutes, all while laying down. Sound too good to be true? Don’t take our word for it!

Meet Jenny Lane, owner of Jennylaneyoga.com, an online yoga studio that provides on-demand yoga classes both in-person and online. She is a mother, a healer, and an entrepreneur. Jenny’s business is fitness and wellness, so she exercises consistently and eats well, but still, she wasn’t satisfied with the definition in her abdomen despite hours of core workouts. Then, she found CoolTone at Embody MedSpa and all of that changed.

Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m Jenny Lane. I own jennylaneyoga.com, which provides on-demand yoga classes, yoga teacher training, and crystal healer courses. I am a single mother to a wonderful little boy, and I love the beach.

Q:  How did you hear of Cooltone?

A friend of mine suggested it to me. She had a very successful experience at Embody and explained that CoolTone is a non-invasive process that triggers the same muscle-building contractions that we create whenever we exercise. She said for her, the result was a stronger, more defined abdomen.

Q: In the end, what made you decide to move forward with Cooltone

As someone who tries to live as authentically and honestly as possible, it seemed as though Cooltone was a way to try a new treatment without losing sight of my values. This treatment is non-invasive, which is important to me, and I liked that it was essentially a compliment to my established fitness routine.

Q: Tell us about the experience at Embody MedSpa.

Both Sharon and Stacy are incredible! They made me feel welcome right away. The environment was clean, open and I felt safe the entire time. In the beginning, we chatted a lot to build a connection as the treatment level slowly intensified. As the treatments went on, I became so comfortable that I used my appointment as an opportunity to read in silence for a half-hour which, as a single parent, is a rare treat!

Q: Was it painful? What did it feel like? 

It was not painful at all. It felt like a contraction, but not an intense pregnancy contraction – more like someone was helping you squeeze your muscles tightly as possible. It’s a strange sensation, but not in any way painful.

Q: How many sessions did you have?

I had 6. Two sessions a week for 3 weeks.

Q: Describe your results.

I could see a difference after every session. My abdomen feels and looks so much tighter. The photos truly speak for themselves!

Q: How did CoolTone make you feel?

Amazing. I have always worn a bikini, but after becoming a mom, I was a bit body-conscious. I have been working for years on self-love and yoga; I genuinely feel confident almost always. This treatment simply added a little boost to that!

Q: Would you recommend it to a friend?

I absolutely would! In fact, I want to go back for my glutes! The process was so simple, and the aestheticians were knowledgeable and kind. The results are incredible. I would rate Embody MedSpa a 10 out of 10!!

1 July 2020

Use It Or Lose It!

Did you know that the average person loses 3%-5% muscle mass per decade after the age of 30? And males will lose 30% in their lifetime? It’s a condition called sarcopenia and it affects both inactive and active men and women. This should concern you because less muscle leads to increased weakness, decreased mobility, decreased balance, and an Sarcopeniaincrease in falls and injuries as we age.

But there are ways to prevent sarcopenia from happening or at least slow it down. The first is through strength training or Progressive Resistance Training (PRT). This involves using weights or bodyweight exercises that challenge the body and absolutely essential for building muscle and getting stronger. The other way to stave off muscle loss as we age is by eating adequate amounts of lean protein as part of an overall healthy diet. Protein is the building block of muscles, helps to increase muscle mass, bone mass, fat loss, and reduce muscle loss.

What else can you do? Here at Embody we also offer a procedure from the brilliant scientists who brought you Coolsculpting called CoolTone. CoolTone is FDA cleared to strengthen, tone, and firm the abdomen, buttocks, and thighs. Using magnetic muscle stimulation (MMS), CoolTone builds muscle by recruiting more muscle fibers and generating stronger contractions than you could ever do on your own. It’s noninvasive, safe, easy and effective. CoolTone is the perfect complement to your fitness and nutrition program.

22 November 2019

Coolsculpting Fat Removal Treatment For Men

Do you follow a healthy lifestyle but still have stubborn areas of fat that don’t respond to diet and exercise? Do you want an option to get rid of this fat safely and efficiently? Coolsculpting is the #1 non-surgical permanent fat removal treatment and it can help achieve this goal.

Body shape, weight and size are very personal aspects of a person’s look. Our highly trained professionals will develop a coolsculpting treatment plan to meet your body goals and ensure that your coolsculpting services experience is comfortable from the initial consultation to completion of treatment.

Body contouring is a term that encompasses a wide range of cosmetic medical procedures that help you reshape and get rid of unwanted fat. Before coolsculpting, the only options for permanent fat removal involved surgery and downtime. Coolsculpting is an advanced non-invasive procedure that is both safe and comfortable. It uses the body’s natural process to eliminate the targeted areas of fat. CoolSculpting Weight Loss Treatment

Men generally carry excess fat in the areas of the stomach, lovehandles, and back. These areas can be resistant to even the most intense diet and exercise regimen. Coolsculpting treatment uses advanced tissue cooling technology to freeze and remove unwanted fat permanently, leaving a smooth contoured look to the area.

How long do coolsculpting results last?
Coolsculpting freezes away unwanted fat for permanent fat reduction. Once the fat cells are eliminated from the body they will not come back.

How much does coolsculpting cost?
The price for coolsculpting treatment varies because every client is different. We take into account the areas being treated, the volume of fat, the orientation of fat deposits, body frame, and the desired outcome. We offer free consultations to discuss your specific goals and will develop a customized treatment plan to achieve those goals efficiently. If you are interested in learning more or would like to set up a free consultation to determine if Coolsculpting is right for you please contact the body contouring professionals at Embody MedSpa.

14 November 2019

What’s All The Buzz About B12?

Have you heard about B12 shots? It seems that everyone – from celebrities to athletes to your next door neighbor – is raving about the benefits of these powerhouse injections. And with good reason. These simple little Vitamin B12 injections are given in the arm and provide a whole list of benefits:

  • improved energy & stamina
  • improved sleep quality & durationVitamin B12
  • higher metabolism
  • balanced immune system
  • reduced stress
  • improved mental focus
  • lessened symptoms of depression
  • improved skin

Vitamin B12, or cobalamin, is an essential nutrient your body needs to function properly. It keeps your nerve cells and blood cells healthy and helps make DNA. B12 cannot be produced by your body so you need to get it through food, oral supplements, or injections.

 

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