Coming Soon! Oxygeneo 3 -in-1 Super Facial!

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We are very excited to announce that in July we will be adding new lasers and the Oxygeneo facial!

 

This second blog in a series discusses our new Oxygeneo facial:

The geneO+ is a new platform that redefines how we do facial treatments with the combined innovative OxyGeneo and ultrasound technologies. One device, one treatment to exfoliate, oxygenate, and infuse.

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Exfoliate: A Capsugen tablet exfoliates the upper skin layer to remove dead cells, smooth and renew the skin.

Infuse:  And this Capsugen action prepares the skin to receive active nutrients. 

Oxygenate: After infusion of nutrients, carbon dioxide bubbles are produced that gently burst on the skin sending oxygen rich blood to the treated areas. This process increases capillary blood flow and increases the skin's metabolism.

Ultrasound: finally we use ultrasound waves to penetrate below the surface of the skin. The ultrasound vibrations increase the permeability of the upper layer of the skin which is generally not very permeable at all. This even further assists the skin in absorbing essential ingredients.

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How many treatments will you need?

We did our demo session on a current patient of ours who has significant rosacea and was currently having a flare. She noticed improvement immediately! To get the best results, though, you are going to want to do a series of treatments. Our aesthetician, Monica, will advise you on how many you need based on the severity of the condition you're trying to correct.

What can you expect after a treatment? Any downtime?

After your Oygeneo 3- in-1 facial your skin is going to feel so refreshed and rejuvenated! The treatment doesn't hurt and there is no downtime! You can resume your daily routine immediately. However, it's very important to use quality skincare products, like Epionce, to maintain your results.

Can any skin tone have an Oxygeneo facial?

Yes! Oxygeneo can benefit all skin types and tones!

How long will a treatment take?

Usually the treatment takes 30 minutes after your consult, your face is cleaned and a good skin evaluation is done.

We look forward to seeing you soon! 501-228-6237

 

Anne R Trussell MD

Diplomate American Academy of Anti-aging And Regenerative Medicine

owner/physician

Sei Bella Med Spa

 

501-228-6237

 

10310 West Markham

Suite 202

Little Rock, AR 72205

 

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New Laser Hair Removal Coming to Sei Bella Med Spa in July!

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We are very excited to announce that in July we will be adding new lasers and the Oxygeneo facial!

This first blog in a series will discuss laser hair removal:

We will be able to offer hair removal with our new LightSheer laser! Many of you have asked for laser hair removal, but everyone always complains about how much it hurts. I actually had a treatment on my legs and underarms with the Lumenis LightSheer and it was very comfortable! During the demo we actually had to turn the power up because I have coarse, dark hair. And the whole thing only took 10 minutes!

The Lumenis LightSheer is 75% faster than the average hair reduction session, and what makes it so comfortable are the unique HIT and ChillTip technologies that greatly increase comfort. The HIT technology incorporates suction to elevate and stretch the skin. This causes maximum absorption into the hair follicles and fast coverage of large areas.The ChillTip uses a proprietary cooling system that momentarily numbs the skin which decreases discomfort as well.

 

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Multiple treatments are required to achieve permanent hair reduction. (NOTHING removes 100% of hair FOREVER). We have to treat the hair follicle in the early growth phase of the hair (anagen phase). Not all hairs are in the same phase at a given time, thus the reason multiple treatments are needed. Usually 4-6 treatments achieve excellent results.

 

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The appearance of the treated area varies from person to person. During the treatment, some hairs shed from their follicles immediately, while remaining ones will shed in the following weeks. A little swelling and redness around the hair follicle may appear immediately after the treatment and this is a GOOD sign indicating the treatment is working. My legs looked like they had a small a small amount of razor burn for about 12 hours, but absolutely no discomfort! And I can already tell a difference after one treatment!

Stay tuned for the exact date in July that we will start! You can call us to be added to the list of the first ones we schedule! 501-228-6237
 

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Anne R Trussell MD
Diplomate American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine
owner/physician
Sei Bella Med Spa

501-228-6237

10310 West Markham
Suite 202
Little Rock, AR 72205

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Epionce Lytic Tx Products Reduce Sebaceous Hyperplasia

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Sebaceous hyperplasia is hypertrophy (overgrowth) of the entire sebaceous gland. These lesions are benign, but bothersome, and can become severe. They are characterized by yellowish papules, and sometimes actual nodules on the forehead, nose and cheeks. They are most common in middle aged, elderly and acne-prone people. There haven't been a lot of available treatments other than topical retinoids (think retin-A) which tend to dry the skin out and cause aggravating flaking.
 

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However, a recent study has shown that the Epionce skincare products, Lytic Tx and Lite Lytic Tx have been very effective in treating sebaceous hyperplasia. A controlled clinical trial done with human volunteers (Epionce never does animal testing) showed visible improvement or complete resolution of the lesions. Epionce products are botanical based. The Lytic Tx products have keratolytic activity (meaning they break up these nodules and papules) and prevent the release and activation of inflammatory factors in the skin.
 

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Epionce products do not contain teas, soy, vitamins, retinoids, alpha hydroxy acids or traditional antioxidants. They are formulated for elderly, infant, atopic and sensitive skin, individuals with outdoor lifetstyle and occupations, including those that live in harsh environments and climates. Despite their effectiveness, they are very well tolerated with only a .01% sensitivity rate across the brand. Give us a call today.....501-228-6237

Anne R Trussell MD
owner/physician
Sei Bella Med Spa

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Meet Our New Licensed Massage Therapist......Frank Massingill

We finally have a Massage Therapist!

And you're gonna love him!

Meet Frank Massingill

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Frank, a licensed massage therapist, is the newest addition to Sei Bella Med Spa. He attended Touching American in Maumelle, then transferred to Arkansas Therapeutic Massage Institute and Spa in Hot Springs. Frank graduated with 800+ hours of instruction. His massages are a blend of many different modalities and techniques, with extensive experience in Swedish/Relaxation Therapy, Myofascial Release Therapy, Sports Massage, Aromatherapy, Hot Stone Massage and even Chair Massage!

Massage is not only relaxing; it has therapeutic and healing properties as well, and is used to treat a variety of problems from sports injuries, to fibromyalgia to anxiety and depression.

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My husband and I have known Frank and his wife, Judy, for years through the Conway Running Club. Although Frank runs much faster than I do, I won't hold that against him. Above is a picture of several of us before the St. Jude marathon a few years ago. We were all running in our NF (neurofibromatosis) singlets to raise awareness for a charity near and dear to my heart....the Children's Tumor Foundation.

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Besides running, Frank's hobbies include hiking, cycling and various arts such as playing music, DJ work, photography, videography, music recording and sketching. One of his favorite things to do is spend time with his wife and wonderful grandkids!

Frank has a passion for helping others improve their quality of life through massage....from the young to the most mature. I know he has one of the most generous hearts I've ever seen and we feel blessed to call him a friend. I am very excited to have him join us at Sei Bella and looking forward to adding his expertise to all our other services that help you look and feel your best!

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Please join us in welcoming Frank to Sei Bella! His first day will be Sept 5th and he will be taking appointments from 9 am-3 pm, Tues, Wed, and Thurs. You can get in line behind me!! You can start booking appts. anytime! 501-228-6237

60 min......$70

90 min......$90

120 min....$110

Anne R Trussell MD

owner/physician

Sei Bella Med Spa

501-228-6237

 

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Microneedling......an alternative to laser resurfacing

There is an abundance of evidence that shows inducing channels of dermal injury by laser or microneedling stimulates collagen production. Microneedling has seen a huge surge in popularity. That is most likely because the results are remarkable without as much downtime, at a fraction of the cost of laser. Don't get me wrong, laser is very effective for collagen stimulation, but for the reasons mentioned above, many are opting for microneedling. Additionally, microneedling is great for all Fitzpatrick skin types, whereas laser is not safe for dark skinned individuals.

Do not confuse medical microneedling with the commercially sold, roller-type devices available from multiple skin care companies. Medical microneedling doesn't use a roller. It features a motor that very rapidly stamps multiple small needles into the dermis of the skin and goes deeper than can be achieved with a roller. Not to worry, we do numb you with a topical numbing cream prior to the procedure, and we can vary the speed of the motor and depths of the channels. Medical microneedling penetrates deeper than the roller. It penetrates down to the dermis where you make collagen.

Microneedling is considered safer than many other aesthetic procedures because there is less risk of prolonged redness, dermatitis and infection. There are however, a few contraindications to microneedling....active skin infections, open wounds, and severe collagen disorders. I personally will not do microneedling on sunburned skin, a planned prolonged exposure to the sun, nor if you have had recent extensive skin resurfacing procedures. 

With our Rejuvapen microneedler we have seen very impressive improvements in scars and discoloration. It is pretty effective for skin tightening and makes the skin look brighter overall as well. It will also help with pore size reduction and diminish the appearance of wrinkles. Recovery time is very quick. I know when I have microneedling done, I can cover almost all of the redness with make up the next day. To make the treatment even more effective we apply peptides and growth factors to the skin as we do the treatment to stimulate even more collagen growth and increase the luminosity of the skin. I personally do microneedling as a maintenance treatment two to three times a year. For those who have problem areas like acne scarring, I'll probably recommend a short series of treatments 6-8 weeks apart, as collagen continues to grow for 6 weeks.

Treatments $350 each. Discounts when purchasing more than one treatment at a time. Give us a call! We're ready to take care of all of your skin care needs!

 

Who Needs IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)?

A recent article in Med Esthetics talks about the benefits of IPL (intense pulsed light). According to Dr. Michael Gold of the Gold Skin Care Center in Nashville, IPL is still the #1 treatment for skin rejuvenation and photodamage in fair skin because it covers vascular concerns, pigmentation problems and stimulates collagen production. So if you have photodamaged skin  with some wrinkling, some red spots and some brown spots, there is no other device that will treat all those concerns simultaneously. With lasers, all these would have to be treated separately. IPL can not be done on dark skin like African Americans as it can cause permanent hypopigmentation.

Benefits of IPL have been published extensively, including in 2012 by Stanford University in Journal Of Investigative Dermatology and in 2016 in the Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy. Due to the heat that is generated, IPL offers some collagen stimulation, temporary pore size reduction, some overall skin plumping and a reduction in fine lines. However, skin sagging and deep lines need to be treated with something like Ultherapy and fillers.

Thanks to its ability to target redness, IPL is widely used to treat the diffuse redness and broken blood vessels of rosacea.  IPL has become the first line of treatment for both pigmentation and melasma in Asia and is widely used for these in the U.S. as well. There isn't really a cure for melasma, but combining IPL with skin products containing 4% hydroquinone and an occasional medical grade chemical peel, you can successfully treat melasma. IPL can also be used both alone or as a light source for photodynamic therapy (PDT) to treat acne. I prefer to use IPL, chemical peels and a few targeted skin products to treat acne before I refer to dermatology for Accutane. We also use our IPL device for hair removal on the face, especially on the upper lip and chin.

One big advantage of IPL is it can be used all over the body and is very popular for the chest, arms, back, shoulders and hands. I have always touted that your hands will tell your age, regardless of the age of your face! In the U.S.,  IPL is very popular for the treatment of Poikiloderma of Civatte, which is actually dilated blood vessels in the dermis and pigment deposition into the dermis. It is most common on the neck and chest. IPL can treat both problems of poikiloderma.

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Most people need 4-6 treatments depending on the severity and type of condition we are treating. Treatments may be 1-4 weeks apart depending on whether we are treating rosacea, melasma or for hair reduction. IPL is sold in packages of 4 for $400. Give us a call to schedule your appointment today!  501-228-6237

Why SculpSure for Fat Loss?

In contrast to CoolSculpting that utilizes a freezing technology on fat, SculpSure treatments are delivered by a laser system that heats up your fat cells. SculpSure directs the laser into your stubborn, fatty areas, heating and emulsifiing the fat cells, essentially melting them. Once the fat cells are melted, they are naturally excreted by your body. In addition, the heat from the SculpSure treatments encourages collagen and elastin production in the treatment areas. This encourages healthy and young tissue growth, leaving the treated area not just thinner, but more firm and youthful as well.

Below are before and after pictures at 6 weeks from patients at Sei Bella.

Abdomen is the most requested area, but we have also treated arms, bra fat, flanks, love handles, inner and outer thighs, front and back of thighs, banana roll, and above the knees.

Use your Secret Santa card to get 20% off a treatment! Many people just need one treatment in an area, but Dr. Trussell can give you a better idea once she sees you. You will lose fat for 12 weeks, but you lose the most fat in the first 6 weeks. SculpSure is fast! SculpSure is permanent! SculpSure is non-invasive! It's cold outside now, but you can start getting your body summer ready! Give us a call! 501-228-6237

Testosterone.....Men AND Women Need It!!

Continuing on with my recent hormone blogs.....let's talk about testosterone today.

In men testosterone is responsible for sperm production and for secondary sex characteristics. In women testosterone regulates sexual desire and helps maintain bone and muscle health.

It is a well known fact that testosterone decreases with age in both men and women. Men age 30-70 lose 1-3% of their total testosterone production each year. Women age 30-40 lose 50% of their testosterone production.

Symptoms of decreased testosterone in women include:

  • fatigue
  • mood swings, anxiety, depression
  • insomnia
  • decreased libido, vaginal dryness
  • brain fog, memory loss
  • weight gain especially in the belly
  • decreased muscle mass
  • joint pain
  • night sweats
  • migraine/menstrual headaches

Symptoms of decreased testosterone in men: 

  • fatigue
  • decreased muscle mass and weight gain especially in the belly
  • erectile dysfunction and decreased libido
  • "man boobs"
  • irritability, depression, anxiety
  • joint pain
  • sleep problems
  • memory loss

Lots of myths surround the use of testosterone in women. So be informed and make note of the facts!
 

  • testosterone is the most abundant biologically active hormone in women
  • testosterone does not "masculinize" women unless some huge supra-physiologic dose is used
  • testosterone does not deepen a woman's voice
  • testosterone therapy actually increases scalp hair in women
  • testosterone is cardioprotective and adequate levels actually decrease the risk of heart disease 
  • testosterone decreases anxiety and irritability
  • testosterone is protective to the breast and DOES NOT cause breast cancer

At Sei Bella we offer bio-identical hormone replacement therapy with pellets. Pellets are inserted in the fat of your butt under the skin every 4-6 months depending on when your symptoms recur. The procedure is very quick and painless. It doesn't even require any stitches, just a steristrip. Hormone pellet implants were developed in 1939 for women who had radical hysterectomies and they have been used in Europe, the United States and Australia ever since. 

Bio-identical hormone pellets are actually derived from sweet potatoes and are the size of a grain of rice or smaller. They have the exact same molecular structure as the hormones our own bodies used to make. They provide a steady stream of hormones in your blood stream (no peak and trough). Dosing is very individualized based on your lab work, age, height, weight, symptoms, etc. And since they are placed under the skin of your butt they last for 4-6 months.

I personally have been getting hormone pellet therapy for almost 4 years. I certainly have had no adverse effects and they changed my life. My mood is better. I can sleep! And I don't have all the soreness and muscle recovery I used to have after a long run or workout.

Call for your consult! Start feeling like yourself again before the holidays! 501-228-6237

Anne R Trussell MD

owner/physician

Literature sources:

North American Menopause Association

Davison SL, Bell R, Donath S, Montalto JG, Davis SR. Androgen levels in adult females. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism 2005;90(7):3847

Kaufmann JM, Vermeulen A. The Decline of Androgen Levels in Elderly Men. Endo Rev 2005;26:833-76

Gray A. et al, Mass. Male Aging Study, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, 1991; 73:1016

Glaser R, Dimitralakis C., Testosterone therapy in women, Myths and misconceptions: Maturitas 74 (2013) 230-234

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