Steps to a better you

Steps to a better you

Tips on non-invasive anti-aging treatments to maintain healthy and youthful skin.

There comes a time in every woman’s life when the mirror reflects a face that appears tired, stressed and lackluster—in need of repair, freshening and rejuvenation.

The mid-30s reveal skin that could benefit from a pick-me-up; sun-damaged skin, fine lines from childbirth and moisture depletion are highlighted during the 40s; and the skin’s texture, firmness and elasticity begin to disappear, with the eye area showing fatigue in the 50s. When a woman reaches her 60s, a combination of challenges impacts the skin.“Taking care of aging skin properly and successfully can be overwhelming,” says James Mirabile, M.D., FACOG, founder of Mirabile M.D. Beauty, Health and Wellness. “But, just like an exercise regimen that incorporates daily activity, a regular, results-oriented skincare program helps skin retain a youthful quality. It’s never too early to start being mindful about your skin.”

Mirabile M.D. Beauty, Health and Wellness, a convenient one-stop shop for overall wellness, offers MedCosmetic, the med spa division. Dr. Mirabile evaluates every product and treatment, approves all protocols and handpicks staff to best represent his patient care philosophy. The MedCosmetic staff includes three registered nurses, three licensed estheticians and a medical assistant.

Non-invasive treatments like cosmetic injectables, facial therapies, a variety of laser services and a propriety skincare line, among others, help combat the march
of time.

Turning back the clock

Jennifer has been a long-time bio-identical hormone replacement therapy patient at Mirabile M.D. Beauty, Health and Wellness. Earlier this year, the 45-year-old mother of two decided to get serious about unsightly facial hair growth, forehead creases and a general
skin dullness.

“For me, it’s a matter of self-esteem,” she says. “I wanted a strategy to achieve optimum results without doing everything all at once, so I talked with a MedCosmetic provider. She developed a customized plan that makes sense for me.”

MedCosmetic features the latest cutting-edge non-surgical skincare solutions for women—and men—in the region. Considered a pioneer in the aesthetics industry, Dr. Mirabile is also the onsite medical director of Mirabile M.D. Beauty, Health and Wellness.

Since 1999, patients have received well-researched, effective treatments in a professional caring environment—a reputation important to Jennifer when it came to decisions about her ongoing skincare.

“Knowing that a respected medical professional is at the helm of MedCosmetic is comforting,” Jennifer says. “Dr. Mirabile and his team recommend carefully vetted treatment options.”

Rejuvenation revolution

More and more women—and men— are turning to non-surgical skin rejuvenation procedures; in fact, Botox® and Dysport® topped 4.5 million in 2016, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Like Jennifer, the majority of patients (40 percent) are between the ages of 35 and 50;
31 percent are ages 51-64. People over age 65 seeking treatments has increased nearly
1,300 percent in the last 20 years.

Environmental factors play a role in how an individual’s skin ages, along with genetics.

“That adage about ‘growing old gracefully’ isn’t a lost art, but rather a thoughtful approach to the inevitable,” he says. “Team Mirabile understands the importance of maintaining healthy, glowing skin, helping minimize damage from years of sun exposure and other elements. While no one can escape time’s effects, we take pride in helping patients be the best they can, regardless of age.”

Beauty of Botox—and more

MedCosmetic offers the latest injectables, including Juvederm® for a smooth and supple appearance around the nose and mouth; Juvederm Voluma® XC to provide an instant lift to the cheek area while providing an upward pull of wrinkles on the lower face; Radiesse® for moderate to severe wrinkles—the first dermal filler approved for hands; Scupltra® Aesthetic, which targets the underlying causes of facial aging by replacing lost collagen; and Restylane® Silk, designed for the mouth area, including thinning lips and vertical lip lines.

“Botox and Dysport are neuromodulators that erase forehead frown lines and lessen crow’s feet around my eyes,” Jennifer says. “Sophia Garozzo is a nurse who specializes in injectables at MedCosmetic and her technique is excellent—my face isn’t frozen. I’m thrilled with the results.”

Garozzo notes that applying the appropriate treatments, tailored specifically to each person’s needs, helps “achieve remarkable results that last from three months to two years. Unlike surgery,
there are no scars and minimal downtime. And, let’s be honest, a face lift comes with a price tag that most people can’t afford.”

Dr. Mirabile likens the benefits to getting on the anti-aging fast track sooner to preventive medicine. “Addressing concerns earlier can keep deep wrinkles from forming in the first place,” he says.

Maintenance miracles

In addition to neuromodulators, Jennifer chose dermaplaning, an exfoliation method that gently scrapes off the top layer of the skin’s dead cells and facial hair—or “peach fuzz”— to create a smoother, brighter complexion. She also opted for monthly HydraFacials, a patented technology that cleanses, extracts and exfoliates.

“Both treatments improved my skin’s appearance, giving me an instant emotional lift,” Jennifer says. “Plus, they fit into my budget and busy lifestyle.”

Proprietary skincare line

Mirabile M.D. Beauty, Health and Wellness offers Dr. Mirabile’s exclusive skincare collection. Affordably priced, the non-toxic, premium line includes a foaming cleanser, gentle toner, moisturizer with a powerful sunscreen, and more. All are free of the three P’s commonly found in many skincare products—petroleum, phthalates, and parabens.

“I’m proud to part of Team Mirabile, where integrity is a core value,” says Christina Ammon, a licensed  esthetician. “We’re honest if we don’t believe a patient will get maximum results from a particular product or service. We aren’t in the business of selling—we’re here to help people realize their full beauty, health and wellness potential—inside and out.”

Holiday Refresher

This holiday season, rediscover your skin’s vibrancy at Mirabile M.D. Beauty, Health and Wellness. Here’s a quick reference guide on some of the most popular treatments at MedCosmetic.

HydraFacial M.D.: This luxurious, relaxing treatment, suitable for all skin types, provides cleansing, exfoliation, extractions and antioxidant hydration, and targets specific concerns, such as sun damage, acne, fine lines and wrinkles.

Dermaplaning: This exfoliating treatment gently removes dead skin cells and fine facial hair, resulting in softer, smoother skin texture and brighter skin tone.

Clear + Brilliant: Patients notice visibly illuminated skin tone, smoother skin texture and reduction of pores with this unique, gentle laser treatment.

Ultherapy: The only FDA-approved, non-invasive treatment for tightening and lifting neck skin and the chin, brow and décolletage. Mirabile M.D. is Kansas City’s only Ulthera Center of Excellence.

Cosmetic Injectables: Botox, Dysport, dermal fillers and Sculptra effectively erase wrinkles and restore lost facial volume due to aging and collagen loss.

Vaginal Rejuvenation: The team offers two technologies, Geneveve® and ThermiVa®. Hormonal changes, aging and childbirth all affect a woman’s feminine wellness. Issues like vaginal laxity, urinary leakage, vaginal dryness and sexual issues can all be resolved non-surgically.

KC Health & Wellness December 2017 

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