Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend! For today’s post, I wanted to share what a typical day in the clinic looks like for me. Later in the week I will answer your questions about the field of Medical Aesthetics! *please note, in order to comply with HIPPA and to protect my patients’ privacy and confidentiality, no names will be used and treatment examples will not be detailed as to reveal any patients’ identity. A Typical Day An average shift is about 6 hours (I work longer on the weekend) and this allows me to accommodate 5-7 patients per day. I arrive at leastRead More →

TGIF! Yesterday we discussed what Melasma is- today we are going to talk about different options for treatment! Your Regimen, Your First Line of Defense Repeat after me: SPF is your BFF. Melasma can be exacerbated by sun exposure and heat. What this means for you is that you need to protect your skin from direct sun as well as from heat that can get trapped in the skin. Choose a mineral sunscreen only. A mineral sunscreen is a physical block, which repels heat. The mechanism of chemical sunscreens is such that UVA and UVB rays do reach the epidermal junction where they get shattered or dispersed.Read More →

TGIF!!! Today I’m going to talk about different peels for anti-aging!  Why Peels for anti-aging? Building upon what I said yesterday– the body is exceptional at efficiency and energy conservation. If you imagine your skin as bricks and mortar, the basal layer (or the bottom layer) establishes a pattern as the skin cells are born and layered on top of one another. As we age, this process slows down significantly and we also lose our natural Collagen and Elastin cells. A peel helps to increase cell turnover rate, and, if the peel is deep enough to be registered as a controlled wound to the skin, canRead More →

Happy Thursday y’all! In this post, I’m going to give you an overview of different corrective peels for acne! What is a peel? A peel is a treatment to the skin using a chemical acid that causes the top layer of skin to be exfoliated and eventually slough off. There are different depths of peels- Light, Medium and Deep peels. For best results, peels should be done in a series of 3-4, every 2-4 weeks depending on your skin type. For today’s post we will be discussing a few medium peels for troublesome acne. Peels for Acne Retinol Peel- This type of peel utilizes Vitamin A inRead More →

Happy Thursday!! I am certain that if you haven’t yet heard of Dermaplaning, you soon will. It is quickly becoming one of the most in demand exfoliation treatments asked for, and you will soon learn why! What is Dermaplaning? Dermaplaning is an exfoliation of the skin using a 10 gauge surgical blade. The Aesthetician/PA/or RN will cleanse and de-grease your skin thoroughly before proceeding. They hold the skin taut and glide the blade along the superficial layer of the epidermis, essentially scraping off the top layer of skin in addition to vellus hair (peach fuzz). It is painless, extremely low risk, and can be done on itsRead More →

Happy Monday y’all! For today’s post, I’m going to share with you all the benefits of a mineral bath as well as a how-to, to introduce weekly rejuvenation into your life! What is a mineral bath? The average adult’s body contains 60% water. Mineral baths (typically found in the form of bath minerals or lyophilized sea water) contain trace minerals found in the sea such as calcium, magnesium and sodium. Bathing in these helps to re-mineralize the body as well as the skin! Epsom Salts, containing magnesium sulfate are also very popular. How-to take a mineral bath: Draw a tepid bath (around 98 degrees). It isRead More →

  When considering breast reconstruction, a big concern for many patients is post-operative pain. Implant vs DIEP flap: Which is less painful? Many women believe breast reconstruction with implants is less painful since the procedure is less invasive and has a shorter operative time, but studies have shown this is not the case. Although the DIEP flap procedure is more invasive and takes longer than traditional implant reconstruction, DIEP flap patients experience less pain. The DIEP flap minimizes muscle trauma and preserves all the patient’s abdominal and chest muscles. Most implant-based breast reconstruction involves placing the implant under the chest (pectoral) muscle. This requires releasingRead More →

Happy Saturday!!! Today is the third and final installment of Dr. Jack sharing with us her wealth of knowledge on the topic of scars. Today she’s going to share information about scar revision surgery as well as other non-surgical options to treat a scar that you aren’t happy with. I find this is particularly helpful for all of my beautiful Mom friends out there who have had Cesareans! SKB: “So now another topic that I know is very interesting to many people is scar revision surgery.” DJ: “Patients who are candidates for scar revision are going to be people who have a scar that they don’t like. EitherRead More →

TGIF!!! Today I am bringing you Part Two of this Scar series and we have Dr. Megan Jack, MD and Plastic Surgeon weighing in on the different types of scars.  SKB: “So, what are the most common types of scars?” DJ: “So, we talked about what a normal scar looks like, and there’s two main abnormal scars that we’ll see. One is going to be hypertrophic. Hypertrophic scars are where the scars are raised, they are usually pink or red and they’re usually within the borders or boundaries of the original surgical site. They don’t extend beyond the border of the original incision. Those scars are typically successfullyRead More →

Happy Monday!! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! It’s Scar Week at The Skincare Belle!!! Today I am so excited to share everything you need to know about scars from board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Megan Jack, MD! Dr. Jack practices in sunny and warm Boca Raton, FL, and sees many patients for scar revision surgeries as well as topical scar treatments! She is a wealth of knowledge, and today we are going to go over the basics. Later in the week we will cover types of scars, and on Saturday we will go over the different treatments and interventions available if you aren’t happy with your scar! Ashli: “So,Read More →