Who doesn’t want to have long, lush, and thick eyelashes? There’s just something about having full lashes that brings out the allure of your eyes. It evokes class, beauty, and mystery, especially when partnered up with your favorite eye makeup. But just how does one get those thick lashes without any attachments or surgeries? The answer: Latisse®. This treatment is offered by the experts at A Younger You in Burlington and Brookfield, and it may be just what you need to look and feel your best.
Latisse® is the key to unlocking those beautiful and long eyelashes. If you are a woman who values her beauty, this is a natural and safe way to make your eyes look great.
What is Latisse®?
Latisse® is the only FDA-approved medication for eyelash enhancement. It goes under the medical name “bimatoprost ophthalmic solution.” This solution is 0.03% bimatoprost, a prostaglandin analog prescription used in the management of ocular hypertension. It is commonly prescribed to glaucoma patients, used topically (as eye drops) to control the progression of the disease. Prostaglandins are found naturally in our bodies, and they perform different functions in the cells and tissues, such as reducing inflammation and decreasing intraocular pressure by controlling the outflow of aqueous eye fluids.
Bimatoprost is marketed under the trademark Lumigan (marketed in Canada, the United States, and Europe by Allergan). It was originally used in glaucoma treatments, but doctors noticed a beneficial side effect: patients started having longer, lusher, and fuller eyelashes. This discovery prompted the pharmaceutical company to create a new market for the cosmetic prescription. In December 2008, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a cosmetic formulation of bimatoprost commercially sold as Latisse®.
The way the product works is not fully understood yet by clinical studies. Eyelashes sprout from the hair follicles along the eyelids; this product is believed to stimulate the hair follicles, encouraging a fuller and longer growth and also extending the lifespan of the newly grown hair.
How to Apply It
Latisse® is a topical prescription applied by brushing it along the upper eyelid lash line using the official applicator (not on the eye itself). The solution automatically spreads to your lower lash line when you blink.
Tips on using the product include:
- Make sure you remove any makeup or contact lenses ahead of time.
- Dab the sterile applicator on the solution.
- Brush the solution gently on the lash line on the upper eyelid.
- Do not brush more than twice.
- Do not apply it on your lower lid (according to the manufacturer’s instructions).
- Be careful not to brush the solution on other areas around the eyes.
- Only use the prescribed applicator once – do not reuse!
- Ideally, apply the solution once every evening.
- After two months, you should begin to see results.
- Your eye doctor may recommend a different treatment schedule, so it’s important to consult accordingly.
Make the Most Out of Your Eyelashes
Having long eyelashes is already beautiful enough, but you can make it even better by applying makeup. Because Latisse® is a treatment that typically takes only a few minutes to apply, you can immediately put on your best makeup afterward.
Some makeup tips include:
- Apply a neutral eye shadow color (should match your skin tone) over the eyelid.
- Follow it up with a darker shade (two tones darker, or whatever is in vogue) along the outer corner of the eyelid and then blend nicely.
- You can add glitter or shimmery color.
- Primp your eyelashes using a curler.
- Apply two coats of mascara on the upper lashes.
- Apply one coat on the bottom lashes.
- Apply highlighter on your brow areas.
- If you want a more seductive look, you can opt for a cat’s eye look by using an eyebrow pencil.
- If you wear contact lenses, make sure to apply them before applying makeup.
What are the Expected Results?
According to studies, users experience the best results after 16 weeks (4 months) of use. The reported results are:
- Eyelash thickness increased by 106%
- Length increased by 25%
- Darkness increased by 18%
This is a prescribed prescription, so always consult with your eye doctor before using the prescription. Likewise, consult if you don’t get any results after 2 months, or if you experience side effects.
Who are Good Candidates?
Almost everyone and anyone who wants to achieve those beautiful and long eyelashes can qualify for the treatment. With that being said, the candidate must:
- Be in good physical health
- Be in good mental health
- Get a prescription from a qualified professional
- Have realistic expectations
Since this is still a prescription, there are potential undesired results to anyone with not-so-ideal conditions. Our team will make sure to take your medical history to determine whether you can use the prescription. As is the case with any treatment, there are certain things that can disqualify a person from undergoing the treatment. For example, it’s not a good idea for people with certain eye conditions or women who are pregnant or lactating.
Is It Safe?
According to clinical studies conducted before FDA-approval and after its commercial release, Latisse® is proven safe for most people. However, as mentioned above, the prescription isn’t for everyone, especially those with medical conditions like conjunctivitis or a stye, or someone with severe allergies. Because the bimatoprost active ingredient in the solution decreases intraocular pressure, it is not fit for anyone already using intraocular pressure prescriptions for glaucoma or ocular hypertension. Users have reported no problems or harmful side effects when the prescription got into their eyes.
Latisse® is a prescribed prescription. In other words, you cannot buy it over-the-counter as you will need to have a consultation with a qualified provider. If you want to know more this amazing product, our experts at A Younger You will gladly assist you. Our team will welcome you and determine if you qualify for the treatment. We have offices located in Burlington and Brookfield, and we happily serve clients throughout the surrounding areas. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and get started on your journey to achieving the long, beautiful eyelashes of your dreams!
Made famous as “the fountain of youth” by aging celebrities in the 1990s, BOTOX® is FDA-approved to treat or cure over a dozen medical conditions ranging from chronic migraines to excessive sweating of the hands, feet, and underarms. Of course, its most common use involves minimizing the appearance of dynamic wrinkles on the face. If you would like to learn more about how this therapy could help you, please do not hesitate to contact the experts at A Younger You, with offices located in Burlington, WI and Brookfield, WI.
What is BOTOX®?
BOTOX® is a medical therapy implemented by the injection of a purified protein solution into the target facial muscles. Discovered in San Francisco, California in the 1970s by a doctor searching for a cure to strabismus, or crossed eyes, the discovery rights were purchased by Allergan in 1987. This was first used to treat blepharospasm, or uncontrollable blinking, and strabismus. Over the course of a decade, however, the FDA has approved this treatment for many more medical conditions. It is also being tested for its treatment of even more medical conditions.
Most everyone has at least heard of BOTOX® by now, but a lot of people still don’t know exactly how it works and what it does. To put it simply, the solution is injected into target facial muscles and aims to relax these muscles in order to allow the skin on top of them to relax. It is commonly used to treat crow’s feet, forehead lines, and other dynamic wrinkles.
BOTOX® is commonly known to smooth fine lines and wrinkles in the face and other areas, but what else does it treat? Today, we will discuss some of the treatments that fewer people know about. For example, did you know that the treatment can be used for preventive purposes?
Treatment for Men
Over a decade, the prevalence of men using BOTOX® has increased by 250%. As a society, we are still trying to get over the stigma, however, that this therapy is just for women. Some men choose treatment simply because they don’t want to undergo surgery, but there are others who must choose the treatment because they don’t qualify for surgery for whatever reason.
That’s one of the great things about BOTOX®. It can work for many people who don’t qualify for surgery, allowing a lot of people to achieve their cosmetic goals in a non-surgical, convenient way.
Prevents the Emergence of New Fine Lines and Wrinkles
BOTOX® injections are not only used to eliminate or reduce existing fine lines and wrinkles temporarily. They are also used to delay the formation of signs of aging in the face and neck. This is particularly effective for healthy individuals who are still in their younger years, such as between their mid-20s and late-30s. We are seeing more and more younger individuals visiting our office for these injections because they realize the importance of maintaining a young and refreshed appearance for as long as possible. Rather than coming to us years down the line once the wrinkles have already taken effect, they come to us in order to prevent the formation of the wrinkles in the first place. By relaxing certain facial muscles, we are able to keep the skin above them smooth and wrinkle-free for much longer.
What to Expect
Expect your first visit to involve a consultation. It’s always a good idea to hydrate properly before you come in. Expect future treatments to take less time, since a consultation isn’t required. This treatment is simple and quick. It is entirely non-surgical. You can be treated during your break and go back to work or your other daily activities as if nothing happened, as there is no real downtime required.
One thing that many patients aren’t aware of is that the results take some time to become apparent. Do not expect to see any visible results right after the treatment if you are going in to smooth already-existing fine lines and wrinkles. However, in the days after the treatment, you will most likely see the results. You’ll notice as the lines and wrinkles in the treated area fade away.
One month or so after the treatment, the results will still be clear. Follow-up appointments are not usually needed until multiple months after being treated. With that being said, you can simply schedule an appointment as needed to maintain your results.
Am I a Good Candidate?
As BOTOX® is not a surgical procedure, almost everyone is a good candidate for the treatment. Our specialist can give you individualized advice during your initial consultation at our office, but mostly, you are a good candidate for this treatment if:
- You are at least 18 years of age
- You are neither pregnant nor nursing
- You are in good general health
- You have overactive muscles which you want to relax temporarily
- You have realistic expectations which our team will help you understand during your initial consultation
Schedule Your Initial Consultation
If you think you may benefit from BOTOX® treatment, get in touch with the friendly professionals at A Younger You. Learn more about the treatment, including what to expect before, during, and after the procedure, as well as whether or not it can help you. Feel free to ask questions about the many uses and benefits of the treatment as it pertains to your unique case. We understand that everyone is different and has their own cosmetic goals, so we always aim to treat you like an individual. We don’t aim to treat our clients with a one-size-fits-all approach. After we have consulted with you, we can come up with a customized treatment plan based on your wants and needs.
Here at A Younger You, we look forward to helping you put your best face forward and live a happy and confident life. We have offices located in Burlington, WI and Brookfield, WI and happily serve clients in the surrounding areas. Contact us today to book a consultation and get started on the journey to achieving a rejuvenated appearance!
Vitamin B12 injections are an increasingly popular health treatment to treat a vitamin deficiency in B12. Such deficiencies can cause an array of health problems ranging from simple fatigue to life-altering permanent neurological changes. We’ll explore what B12 injections are, what conditions they can address, and how you can take advantage of vitamin B12 shots to improve your overall health.
Why Vitamin B12 Injections?
Vitamin B12 is an essential vitamin for your body that is water-soluble and plays a key role in a number of bodily functions. Vitamin B12 helps to facilitate the production of energy, nerve cell health, neurological functions, DNA synthesis, red blood cell formation, and other essential functions in the body. Vitamin B12 is present in a wide variety of food sources, namely those that are animal-based as B12 is bound to protein molecules. During digestion, vitamin B12 is absorbed into the bloodstream, with adequate stomach acid being necessary to separate B12 from the protein, with the substance called “intrinsic factor” essential to absorb the B12.
When individuals cannot absorb Vitamin B12 properly, they may develop pernicious anemia, a condition that is characterized by the lack of intrinsic factor. Given that the daily recommended dosage of Vitamin B12 for adult men and women is 2.4 micrograms (mcg), and rises to 2.6 and 2.8mcg for pregnant and breastfeeding women respectively, absorption is essential.
Vitamin B12 Shots and Deficiencies
The primary purpose of receiving a Vitamin B12 shot is to ensure that your body receives a sufficient amount of vitamin B12 to perform its essential functions such as red blood cell production or neurological functioning. When B12 cannot be absorbed through food sources, it can be gained from a man-made version of the nutrient called “cyanocobalamin.”
Vitamin B12 shots contain high levels of cyanocobalamin to rectify any shortages in the body. The shots can be self-administered, although we recommend going to a professional to ensure adequate delivery without any hassle. These shots can quickly boost the level of B12 in your body, making up for any deficiencies.
It is possible to consume cyanocobalamin through a variety of means. The man-made vitamin can be found in liquid, tablet, or capsule form. Foods generally lacking in vitamin B12 can also be fortified with cyanocobalamin to increase the B12 content. The most effective and direct delivery method, however, remains the vitamin B12 shot.
Who Needs Vitamin B12 Shots?
Given that vitamin B12 can be purchased over the counter, can be found in foods, and also through pills and tablets, vitamin B12 shots are available only through prescription. Only those that truly need vitamin B12 shots should pursue this option. The human liver generally stores many years worth of vitamin B12, and thus it is rare for individuals to have a significant lack of vitamin B12 in their bodies. Such individuals are prime candidates for the beneficial treatment.
There are three groups of individuals who are particularly at risk of experiencing vitamin B12 deficiencies:
- Those with symptoms of B12 deficiency
- B12 deficiency risk factors
- People with gastrointestinal issues
B12 Deficiency Symptoms
As noted above, one of the common symptoms of a B12 deficiency is pernicious anemia. Common signs and symptoms of a B12 deficiency manifested in this way include decreased cognitive functioning, including issues with memory. Fatigue is a common symptom coupled with lethargy, depression, and irritability. Headaches, feeling faint, and constipation are also additional symptoms to watch out for, alongside many others.
B12 Deficiency Risk Factors
Particular behaviors increase the level of risk that you might develop a B12 deficiency. Engaging in the following behaviors will heighten the risk of B12 deficiency: smoking, alcohol abuse, particular prescription medications such as antacids and some drugs for type-2 diabetes, endocrine-related autoimmune disorders including diabetes or thyroid disorders, eating a vegan or vegetarian diet, gastrointestinal disorders, gastric bypass, and aging.
Gastrointestinal Issues and B12 Deficiency
Persons who have gastrointestinal issues are particularly predisposed to issues with B12 deficiencies. When the gastrointestinal tract does not function effectively, it may inhibit the release of B12 from the protein and the absorption that is meant to follow it. Individuals who have had gastrointestinal surgery, such as weight loss surgery, may also have fewer cells through which to secrete stomach acid and intrinsic factor, inhibiting B12 absorption.
The Benefits of B12 Shots
The key advantage of vitamin B12 injections is the fact that they are absorbed directly into the bloodstream. This delivery method bypasses the gastrointestinal system altogether, so persons in risk groups for vitamin B12 deficiency with gastrointestinal issues may turn to the shot option for a quick means of ensuring their body has sufficient stores of vitamin B12 to effectively function.
Vitamin B12 is an essential vitamin for the proper functioning of the human body. In the presence of a deficiency, it is essential that you consult with medical professionals to identify the source of the deficiency. Should it simply be diet-based, for example if you are a vegan, you eat no meat and thus are denied foods high in proteins and thus vitamin B12, then using edible vitamin B12 supplements, whether tablets, pills, or fortified foods, is sufficient.
However, for those with gastrointestinal issues, the consumption of greater levels of vitamin B12 through foods and digestible sources will do little to rectify the deficiency. In such instances, vitamin B12 injections are necessary to provide for the need of the vitamin for the user. Vitamin B12 shots are delivered by medical professionals after testing, ensuring that the amount you receive is exactly what you require to achieve optimal functioning.
Candidates for vitamin B12 injections should consult with a medical professional to determine whether the treatment is viable, and if so, to what degree. To learn more and for consultations on how vitamin B12 injections can be used to improve your look, come on down and visit the professionals at A Younger You, with offices located in Burlington, WI and Brookfield, WI. Contact us today to book your appointment!
Facial rejuvenation is all about stimulating healthy tissue growth and ensuring proper moisture content. Many of the facial skin treatments address only one specific concern, but the Hydrafacial procedure covers all the bases. This treatment exfoliates, removes damaged surface skin, opens up clogged pores, and infuses nutrients directly into the dermal layers.
Hydrated Skin Is Healthy Skin
Our skin contains hyaluronic acid, a sugar substance that helps keep moisture in place. As we age, we don’t produce as much of it as we did when we were younger. It’s, therefore, necessary to give the skin a hydration boost. At the same time, this loss of moisture results in brittle, dull-appearing skin. The Hydrafacial skin rejuvenation procedure addresses both of these problems with a single treatment.
Clogged pores result in a reduced ability for the skin to breathe properly. This also upsets the moisture balance in the dermal layers. The Hydrafacial treatment includes a step that opens up these pores and removes excess oil and foreign particles.
We explain the entire Hydrafacial treatment during a consultation with the client. The treatment takes only about an hour or so to complete. The first step is exfoliation. We use a rotary brush tool to gently scour the skin surface. This lifts away damaged skin cells and foreign matter.
Next, we apply a mild acid solution to the skin. This is a chemical peel step, but unlike traditional peel treatments, this one takes only about 10 minutes to work its magic.
After washing the face, we use a suction tool to extract material from the skin pores. The final step in the treatment is the infusion of a special serum that contains antioxidants and peptides. Even before leaving our office, the client notices an improvement in the overall texture and tone of the facial skin.
In the days that follow, the skin will continue to improve in terms of texture and tone.
The peel step results in an acceleration of new epidermal growth, and this helps to reduce the appearance of injury scars, age spots, freckles, and other blemishes. The increase in moisture retention means skin that is more taut and supple.
Complete Skin Rejuvenation
This is a popular treatment because it’s performed in-house, and there’s no downtime for the client. The treatment can be adjusted to account for the individual’s skin tone and texture, making it a suitable procedure for most anyone plagued by age-related skin problems.
Acne is often caused by excessive hormone production in young men and women. Testosterone is perhaps the biggest culprit for this common skin condition. It can also be related to an overproduction of sebum, which is an oil that’s naturally produced by skin cells. This substance causes blackheads, whiteheads, and other outbreaks in clogged pores. While this skin condition can be frustrating and embarrassing, you do not have to settle for skin that does not feel smooth and healthy. Our team proudly offers a variety of acne treatment options.
Hygiene and Healthy Habits
While it may seem like a no-brainer, a regular hygiene routine is a key first step in a good skincare routine! It’s important to take a shower immediately after intense exercise. The skin might become irritated and inflamed as it rubs against sweat and soaked textiles. If showering isn’t possible, it’s still important to replace sweaty clothing with dry apparel. However, synthetic materials could actually exacerbate acne and other skin problems. Cotton rarely causes any discomfort, but synthetic polyester poses some risks for irritation of the upper body and back.
If you are interested in enhancing your skincare routine, we offer a variety of carefully selected skincare products to cleanse and refresh your skin. These products can address a variety of concerns, leaving your skin looking its very best.
Exfoliation is one of the most important habits to have for healthy skin. While it is recommended to use a gentle exfoliant at home a few times a week, seeking a deeply exfoliating treatment can be helpful to combat acne!
Chemical peels and microdermabrasion are safe and effective treatment options to remove excess dead skin cells and unclog pores. Not only do these treatment options help reduce the appearance of acne, but they can be effective at reducing the appearance of acne scars!
IPL treatments, often called photofacials, use UV light to target and reduce bacteria of the skin. Acne can often be red or inflamed, and this FDA-approved treatment for this specific type of blemish.
Have you noticed that your eyelashes are starting to get thinner as you get older? You likely feel that this is detracting from your appearance. The idea of using false eyelashes or eyelash extensions may not be appealing to you. If you would like to do something about thinning eyelashes, we invite you to learn about the benefits that come from Latisse®.
Latisse® is an exciting treatment that is helping individuals to get fuller, darker, and thicker eyelashes. It is the first and only treatment that has been approved by the FDA for this purpose.
It is a prescription medication that is applied one time per day along the upper eyelid where the eyelashes grow.
You may be wondering how Latisse® works. Every hair follicle on the human body has a growth phase, even the eyelashes. This product works by lengthening the growth phase that your eyelashes go through. Because that phase is increased, your eyelashes are able to grow for a longer period of time.
After you receive your Latisse® prescription, you will likely be instructed to apply the product one time per day along the base of the upper eyelashes. After the product has been applied along the upper lash line, it will spread to the lower lash line after you blink. You are likely to start seeing results about three or four months after you begin using the product. At that point, you can likely start using Latisse® every other day in order to maintain the results.
Latisse® is not a makeup product. It is not used to coat the eyelashes in order to make them longer or darker. It is a treatment that actually helps your eyelashes to grow. So you may get the best results when you use mascara in combination with Latisse®.
You may wonder what will happen if you were to stop using Latisse®. After a couple of months, your eyelashes will go back to looking how they do now.
Schedule a consultation with A Younger You to learn about your candidacy for Latisse®. Our offices are located in Burlington, WI and Brookfield, WI.
Acne is a rite of passage for many young people in Milwaukee, but it can leave unpleasant reminders behind long after it has resolved itself. Acne scars can be a source of embarrassment and self-consciousness. If you are looking for a more effective way of exfoliating your skin and reducing the appearance of acne or its scars, you should look into microdermabrasion.
Microdermabrasion is a minimally invasive skin rejuvenation treatment available in Milwaukee. It is safe and effective for the gentle exfoliation and polishing of the upper layer of skin. It has the ability to stimulate the growth of fresh collagen and reveal fresher skin underneath that looks and feels smoother. This treatment can help you minimize the appearance of dull skin, fine lines, sunspots, blemishes, and acne. Results improve with regular treatments.
Microdermabrasion may benefit you if you want to simply brighten your complexion and have radiant skin. It can help you if you are suffering from acne, sun damage, fine lines, or clogged pores.
This treatment has the advantage of offering immediate results without the need for downtime or side effects. It is safe and effective for all races and skin types.
It is important to utilize treatments that are appropriate for your individual skin condition. Microdermabrasion may not help you if you are dealing with serious skin conditions like dermatitis, eczema, deep acne, or rosacea. The treatment requires several sessions for optimal results. Your skin may be somewhat sensitive to sunlight right after your treatment.
What is a treatment like?
Microdermabrasion is typically performed by a licensed skin care professional in an in-office setting or med spa to improve the appearance of skin problems like acne.
We will discuss with you the length of time needed before you can return to your daily activities. You will also receive instructions regarding your post-procedure care. This will include information detailing normal symptoms and potential signs of complications.
Do you feel confident wearing shorts, a miniskirt, or a swimsuit? You likely would love to answer yes to that question. However, if you have cellulite on your legs, hips, or buttocks, it may be very difficult for you to wear clothing that reveals these areas. If you are interested in finding a solution to this problem, we invite you to eliminate unwanted cellulite with i-Lipo in the Milwaukee area.
A lot of Milwaukee residents love when the warmer months roll around. After spending a lot of time indoors during the cooler months, they are anxious to enjoy the sunshine and outdoor activities. However, people who have unwanted cellulite on their body may choose to just stay at home during these exciting warmer months even though everyone else is out there enjoying them. Or they may wear uncomfortable, heavy clothing while out and about because they do not like the way their body looks.
Thankfully, you can do something about your cellulite. i-Lipo has been able to help many individuals in our area to feel a lot more comfortable with their body and to actually like the way it looks.
You very likely have heard about liposuction being used to get rid of unwanted fat. It definitely provides this benefit. However, it can only go so far in getting rid of cellulite. This is where i-Lipo comes into play. When you have this treatment done, you can look forward to seeing a reduction in cellulite.
If you live in the Milwaukee area, you are warmly invited to contact us at A Younger You. We would love to show you about the benefits that you can receive when using i-Lipo to get rid of unwanted cellulite. We want you out there with your friends and family enjoying the nice weather in your shorts and swimsuit. You do not have to hide away any longer. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our office in Burlington or Brookfield!
Microneedling is one of the hottest treatments available at medical spas today. It is a minimally-invasive treatment that uses a handheld device with tiny micro-needles in it to create microscopic channels in your skin. These channels stimulate your body’s healing process to provide better skin tone, more even texture and a reduction in many of the most common signs of skin aging.
This low-risk treatment is well-loved by many of our patients because it has almost no downtime and takes very little time to perform. Therefore, it is a good option for busy clients just like you who have packed schedules. The following four benefits of microneedling are some of the main reasons why we see this treatment used so frequently in our office. If you deal with one of these complaints, you may be able to benefit from microneedling as well.
Line and Wrinkle Treatment
Microneedling is most well-known for its ability to smooth away lines and wrinkles in the skin. It does this by engaging your body’s own healing processes. When the tiny channels are created in your skin, your body rushes to heal them. It sends blood that is rich in nutrients and growth factors to the area. This allows new skin cells to be born and also creates an influx of collagen in the area. As collagen increases, it plumps up the lines and wrinkles, causing them to smooth away.
Scar and Stretch Mark Reduction
In much the same way, we can also use microneedling to treat depressed scars. While it is not useful for keloid or hypertrophic scars, it can smooth out other forms of scars by increasing the collagen beneath them.
Other patients use microneedling as a preventative treatment against the most common signs of aging. Regular treatments can help you keep excellent skin tone and texture and give you a beautiful glow on your skin.
Topical Product Enhancer
Those tiny channels created by the microneedling device help the topical treatments that you already use to make it beneath the surface of the skin, where they can really work.
At A Younger You, you can experience an array of customizable skin and body treatments that will have you feeling like a better version of yourself. If you are not sure which treatment is right for you, we encourage you to come in for a consultation at our office in Burlington or Brookfield. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!