Arviv Medical Aesthetics https://arvivaesthetics.com/ Wed, 26 Oct 2022 20:01:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://arvivaesthetics.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/cropped-arvivIcon1-1-150x150.png Arviv Medical Aesthetics https://arvivaesthetics.com/ 32 32 How to Open a Med Spa https://arvivaesthetics.com/how-to-open-a-med-spa/ Wed, 06 Apr 2022 15:37:24 +0000 https://arvivaesthetics.com/?p=15144 Medical spas are some of the latest advancements in the industry, combining both the traditional doctor’s office with spa services designed to create a welcoming space for patients and combine medical treatment with holistic care. Opening a med spa is an extensive but rewarding process, so it is important to create a plan to create a successful and patient-driven business. […]

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Medical spas are some of the latest advancements in the industry, combining both the traditional doctor’s office with spa services designed to create a welcoming space for patients and combine medical treatment with holistic care. Opening a med spa is an extensive but rewarding process, so it is important to create a plan to create a successful and patient-driven business.

Secure a Solid Concept

While offering a wide range of services may seem like a good thing, it is often better to pick a specialization. Having a specialization will allow you to attract a more specific clientele and build a reputation as the top provider of your services in your area. If you try to offer too many services, you may realize you bring in fewer customers. Ask yourself these questions whenever you consider adding a new practitioner or service to your business. How does this practitioner complement my practice? How will these services enhance my business? What types of packages can I create from these new services?

Create Your Business Plan and Crunch the Numbers

Creating a business plan that includes your expected finances should always be the first step to opening a new business, med spas included. A business plan is beneficial if you are looking for investors to fund your new business. Even if you’re not looking for investors and choosing to finance your med spa yourself, you still need a plan to know what to expect and aren’t surprised by unexpected costs.

A business plan also helps to put everyone on the same page. From architects and designers, consultants to your spa manager, everyone can do their job better if they know your vision for your med spa. Having your business plan handy can also be a great resource to refer back to often to make sure you are staying on track with the goals you’ve set for yourself.

Hire a Development Team

A development team is necessary to ensure the success of your med spa. Even the most creative med spa concepts can backfire if your designed facility does not correctly address your clients’ needs. Your team will help guide you in making decisions throughout the entire process using knowledge and tools you may not have yourself. An experienced development team helps build a facility that enhances your concept, creating a relaxing, serene space for your clients.

Find Your Ideal Location

A doctor’s office is a destination patients will travel to visit a specific doctor, regardless of location. A spa is different, requiring a great place to attract customers. So what do you do when you’re creating a combination of the two? Many factors can affect your location, such as demographics, parking availability, street frontage, and zoning.

Ensuring that your city’s zoning laws allow for a medical spa is essential. Med spas are a relatively new concept, so your zoning board may not fully understand it. You may find it challenging to get them to understand what a med spa is, so it can be helpful to collect zoning data from other existing med spas to use as a reference to avoid the hassle.

Create a Strong Menu and Choose Appropriate Product Lines

The spa services and products you sell need to be supported by your doctor for your business to succeed. This can be difficult, as you will have to create a menu of services and products that do not compromise your doctor’s integrity yet are still marketable. It is important to work with your doctor to find products and services that do not conflict with their medical training. For example, if you are considering selling skincare, look for products that dermatologists recommend and have proven to be effective.

Many pharmaceutical companies have expanded their product ranges to suit the needs of the medical spa industry. If you choose to work with a pharmaceutical range, you can give your business the upper hand and work with your medical staff on your spa services and products.

Create and Implement Your Business Infrastructure

The main goal of a med spa is to create a welcoming environment that helps patients feel relaxed. To ensure success at your business’s medical and spa ends, you will need to develop and implement a business infrastructure that allows all aspects of your business to run smoothly – have this set up before having staff come on board. If you do not have policies and procedures in place, your staff will take advantage of you, and you will see your spa’s reputation dive as customers begin to complain. Having staff taking advantage of your business will cause your business not to produce its potential income.

Integrate Both the Medical and the Spa Side of Your Business

The entire concept of a med spa is to merge the doctor’s office and the spa into one place. You can take multiple approaches to achieve this, so it is important to consider what path you would like to take as part of your business plan and infrastructure. One direction is to create a panel of doctors and spa practitioners that work together to create a treatment plan based on an individual patient’s diagnosis. Another method is to allow clients to have a private consultation to discuss their needs and receive education on both medical and spa services that may help. If your spa focuses on the cosmetic side, you may want to create a concept that allows clients to pick and choose what services they would like based on their needs.

Choose Your Medical Insurance

Whether you choose to have your medical and spa staff work together on a panel or have them act as separate entities, everyone needs to be able to protect themselves. It is important to see a licensed insurance agent who will help you create a plan specific to your facility that includes the basics (malpractice, general liability, and property coverage) and any coverage specific to your business. Regulations will differ across each state, and your facility will have needs that differ from others, so it is important to do thorough research into what types of coverage you may need.

Hire Your Staff Wisely

Vetting your staff is important to the success of your med spa. Hire staff who have prior experience in a medical setting and an excellent bedside manner who can offer the right healing touch. Consider staff such as estheticians with continued education certifications, dermatologists’ assistants, and registered nurses.

It is important to keep in mind that this is a high turnover industry, so it is important to create an environment for your staff that is positive and friendly. By treating your staff fairly, along with offering continued learning and fair compensation, you can successfully retain staff and create a team of professionals that work well together, providing the highest quality services to patients.

Generate Revenue Through Marketing and Retail Sales

It is important to remember that your medical spa is not just a doctor’s office. Meaning you will need to take a proactive approach toward attracting clientele. In addition to having the tools that other small businesses have, med spas also have an advantage others do not. As a med spa owner, you have access to some of the greatest marketing tools, a list of spa clients’ names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses. Use your mailing list to communicate with clients on upcoming promotions, new services, and events. Some ways to aid in building clientele include completing follow-ups with a phone call to get clients back and advertising promotions and events to walk-ins and passersby with signage and flyers.

You can also expand your marketing and sales using social media and your business’s website to attract new customers and make online sales of your retail products. Your online presence is an essential part of helping to make more potential clients aware of your business and allows you to promote your brand image.

Med Spa Business and Consulting Services

Once developed correctly, a medical spa is a rewarding and lucrative business. By creating a space focused on client care, you could be one of many paving the way towards making spa services a standard addition to many medical services in the future. If you’re looking to open a med spa, you may benefit from business and consulting services tailored toward the needs of your business. Arviv Plastic Surgery offers med spa consulting services that can include:

  • Business consulting
  • Assistance with opening medical spa with proper licensure
  • Assistance with opening a surgery office with proper licensure
  • Review and provide marketing strategies
  • Assist with staff structuring, hiring, employment agreements, job descriptions
  • Selection of proper devices based on the demographic, skill set of current or hired staff
  • Assistance with device acquisition and negotiation of pricing
  • Training protocols for devices and other treatments
  • Assist with creating a pricing menu, logo, website, etc.

If you’re ready to get started opening your med spa, contact us today and let us help you create the perfect business based on your vision.

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Who Can Open a Med Spa? https://arvivaesthetics.com/who-can-open-a-med-spa-in-florida/ Wed, 30 Mar 2022 15:32:52 +0000 https://arvivaesthetics.com/?p=15130 The med spa industry is one of the most rapidly growing and exciting industries globally. According to the global medical spa market, med spas are projected to grow annually at 12.2% between 2018 and 2025. Opening a med spa can be a lucrative business idea, and a great source of income for entrepreneurs. However, is anyone allowed to open a […]

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The med spa industry is one of the most rapidly growing and exciting industries globally. According to the global medical spa market, med spas are projected to grow annually at 12.2% between 2018 and 2025.

Opening a med spa can be a lucrative business idea, and a great source of income for entrepreneurs. However, is anyone allowed to open a med spa in Tampa, Miami, or any other place?

Who Can Open a Med Spa

A med spa is a type of spa that features both an aesthetic medical center and a day spa. It aims at providing an experience you’d get in a day spa together with nonsurgical medical services and anti-aging treatments.

Procedures you can expect at a med spa include non-invasive treatments such as Botox injections and spa treatments like massages and body scrubs.

To own a med spa, you must observe the corporate practice of medicine doctrine. The doctrine means that only companies and individuals with medical backgrounds and certifications can be paid for medical services.

If you are in Tampa or Miami, reach out to Arviv Medical Aesthetics to enjoy our specials and find out how to open a medspa.

What Are the Advantages of Owning a Medical Spa?

If you are wondering how to start a medical spa in Tampa or Miami, or any other place, these are the kind of benefits you should expect to get.

Profitability

Since insurance agencies don’t cover injectables such as Botox, your business will be cash-based. You won’t have to deal with things like medical billers or hire staff to verify the insurance benefits or other additional administrative needs. Your facility will collect all payments after every service.

Opportunity to Offer Quality Services

Owning a spa means every responsibility rests on your shoulders. Since most of the treatments at med spas involve offering aesthetic services and skin health, you have the opportunity to provide your clients top-notch services and foster great relationships with them.

You can use a membership-based business to create a personalized relationship with clients, and aim at helping clients achieve their skincare goals.

New Learning Opportunity

Med spas provide learning opportunities. You are expected to be aware of everything that goes on in the world of cosmetology. You need to be aware of emerging treatments such as ultrasonic exfoliation, and ionic hydration.

Your clients need to know that the services they are getting are tried and tested. The only way to know that is by staying knowledgeable and up-to-date on treatments.

Do Owners Need Qualifications Before Being Eligible to Open a Med Spa?

Corporate practice of medicine governs med spa ownership since most of the treatments offered at the spa require medical background. So if you want to own a med spa, you must be a qualified medical practitioner with a valid medical license.

Besides a medical license, you must abide by the Salon and Spa rules and regulations, and hire qualified cosmetologists with appropriate licenses for the procedures.

What Qualifications or Certifications Do Med Spa Employees Need?

To secure employment in a med spa, a person needs a medical certificate, and an aesthetics license. However, for a trained nurse and a dentist, they already have the skills and education to comfortably offer their services in the spa.

When hiring your staff, ensure you contact the following agencies to ensure their certification is legitimate:

  • Board of health
  • Local health department
  • Education board
  • Cosmetology Board

What Are the Different Levels of Medical Spas?

Customers will encounter different spa levels with different services, such as:

Aesthetic Spas

Aesthetic Spas offer simple and non-invasive procedures. In other words, the only part affected is the skin’s uppermost layer. Opening aesthetic Spas is much easier since regulations governing them are slightly loose.

Medical Aesthetics Spas

Medical aesthetics spas provide a more enhanced medical procedure that is highly regulated. Clients can expect procedures like light therapy, micro-needling, deeper peels, and skin-tightening procedures. All the procedures must be conducted by a medical practitioner or under their supervision.

The facilities are also governed by a board of professionals in charge of medical personnel.

Plastic Surgery Clinics

The facilities include surgical procedures to alter or modify parts alongside treatments available in a regular spa. Treatments, which include facelifts body augmentation, among others, are only performed by experts in the industry because of their risky nature.

Meet Our Training Team

When you visit us at either of our offices in Tampa or Miami, you will meet a team of experienced professionals, ready to offer you a great experience that will leave you feeling confident, beautiful, and more empowered. Dr. Tali Arviv, our team leader, has more than ten years of experience in laser technology. Together with our team of medical providers, we will offer you whichever treatment you need.

Get the Right Consulting for Your Med Spa Business

Owning a MediSpa business is exciting and stressful at the same time. Besides all the needed qualifications, you must abide by regulations set in place by the medical practitioners’ board to start and operate a spa.

However, it’s smooth sailing once you have everything in place. If you are in Tampa or Miami, FL, walk into our offices at Arviv Medical Aesthetics for a detailed analysis of how to open a medical spa. You can also contact our officers in Tampa or Miami to set an appointment or start a membership plan.

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6 Reasons Why Intimate Areas Darken Over Time https://arvivaesthetics.com/reasons-why-intimate-areas-darken-over-time/ Mon, 07 Mar 2022 15:48:24 +0000 https://arvivaesthetics.com/?p=14819 Over time, most people experience a darkening of the skin around the intimate areas, including the labia, anus, and scrotum. Your natural coloring affects the extent to which you see this kind of darkening. For example, women with fair skin may see the lips of the vagina, or labia, turn purple or brown over time. Women with dark private area […]

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Over time, most people experience a darkening of the skin around the intimate areas, including the labia, anus, and scrotum. Your natural coloring affects the extent to which you see this kind of darkening. For example, women with fair skin may see the lips of the vagina, or labia, turn purple or brown over time. Women with dark private area skin may see the vulva, or external part of the genitals, turn a lighter shade than the rest of their skin.

Usually, this condition, known as hyperpigmentation, is not a sign of any significant medical problems. It’s simply an accumulation of cells containing melanin. Most people will experience this condition after puberty. However, you may still wonder why my private area is dark and what you can do to keep it from happening. You have options for intimate lightening procedures that you can turn to if you want to curb the darkening of your private areas.

What Is Intimate Lightening?

Intimate lightening is a procedure that uses safe, natural components to lighten or brighten the personal area. Fruit extracts are a commonly used natural compound. Men and women with a dark private area can see a significant difference after just a few treatments.

Causes of Intimate Area Darkening

You may wonder, “Why is my private area dark?” The darkening of your intimate area usually traces to a few common causes.

1. Age

Age plays a role in the darkening of the skin around your intimate area. Just like the skin of your face, the private area changes in tone, texture, color, and elasticity over time. Intimate lightening procedures can help reverse this.

2. Hormones

Hormones like estrogen also cause some of these changes. The melanocytes in your skin produce melanin, and they are highly susceptible to hormonal changes, especially during puberty, pregnancy, or menopause. Some areas, such as the skin around your nipples and anus, get significantly darker. 

3. Friction and Inflammation

Friction and inflammation contribute to the darkening of the intimate area, and those issues come from many sources. Underwear that doesn’t fit well, exercise, walking, and sex all cause friction. Anywhere that skin rubs against something else is likely to experience hyperpigmentation. Unfortunately, it’s very difficult to prevent this kind of friction.

4. Poor Ventilation

Poor ventilation and the resulting moisture are factors in the darkening of the intimate area. Because these body parts are usually covered by fabric that doesn’t breathe well, a lack of fresh air passing over the area lets wetness accumulate and contributes to color changes in the skin and a dark private area. Choosing cotton underwear over synthetic materials and washing the garments before you wear them can help with this problem. Sleeping without underwear may be beneficial as well.

5. Shaving

Shaving can cause the darkening of the intimate area. Frequent hair removal irritates the skin when new growth comes in, which can cause color changes. Chemicals in shaving cream and lotions can also aggravate the problem. Shaving less often gives your skin a chance to recover, so you may choose to trim the area and keep the hairs cut short without removing them altogether. If you must remove the hair, consider waxing or laser over shaving.

6. Sweat

Sweat can also cause color changes in the intimate area by depositing chemicals and waste products that accumulate over time. Sweat often stays on your skin in the personal area until you shower or bathe again. Therefore, people who sweat profusely may notice a dark private area more than people who don’t sweat as much. Frequent cleaning keeps the by-products of sweat from building up and changing skin color and texture. You might also consider avoiding scented soaps and other products that can irritate this delicate area.

 

How to Lighten Intimate Areas?

While you can’t prevent all the reasons why intimate areas are dark, you can take steps to reverse some of the changes. For example, avoid wearing clothing that is too tight over the private area. Clothes that fit correctly let air flow through the area, keeping it dryer and well-ventilated. Anything that reduces friction can help minimize darkening as well. Arviv Medical Aesthetics offers you additional options for intimate lighting in a dark private area.

Types of Intimate Services Offered at Arviv Medical Aesthetics

While conversations about the aches and pains of aging are common, rarely does anyone talk about how time changes the private areas. Particularly for post-menopausal women, the changes can leave you feeling unhappy with your body. Arviv Medical Aesthetics offers a variety of services to help you love your intimate self again.

Vaginal Rejuvenation Laser Procedure

Vaginal rejuvenation involves changing the shape, size, or function of your intimate area through laser procedures. Women with excess vaginal tissue may find that the procedures make them more comfortable, more confident, and better able to enjoy sex. At Arviv Medical Aesthetics, we use the Co2RE Intima laser, which is FDA-approved for conditions such as atrophy, incontinence, and darkening of the intimate area. This non-surgical procedure takes place in the comfortable environment of our office.

Intimate Area Lightening

Intimate area lightening is an in-office procedure that involves bleaching hyperpigmented genital and anal areas to match the tone of the surrounding skin. Intimate area lightening at Arviv Medical Aesthetics takes about 20 minutes, and you may need more than one treatment depending on how dark the skin is.

O-Shot

The O-Shot is an all-natural and painless procedure that re-energizes clitoral and vaginal functioning. This non-surgical procedure helps with urinary incontinence, enhances orgasms and sexual desire, and improves natural lubrication. The O-Shot uses platelet-rich plasma taken from your blood and injected into the clitoris, G-spot, and around the urethra to boost the orgasm system. Clients usually need one or two treatments eight to twelve weeks apart and annually after that to maintain the benefits.

Medical Aesthetics in Miami

Understanding why private parts are dark in color can help you determine the best treatment path for you. At Arviv Medical Aesthetics, Dr. Arviv and her team provide patients with an individualized plan to get their desired results. Visit one of our locations, either Tampa or Miami and let us help you get your confidence in your body back.

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The Difference Between Vaginal/Anal Bleaching and Intimate Lightening https://arvivaesthetics.com/the-difference-between-vaginal-anal-bleaching-and-intimate-lightening/ Mon, 07 Mar 2022 14:29:45 +0000 https://arvivaesthetics.com/?p=15043 Aging, hormones, and other major health concerns can affect the color of your intimate areas. This is why more people opt for anal and vaginal bleaching or intimate bleaching to brighten up the genital areas. This procedure is becoming popular, and there are a whole host of people offering the service. Be careful who you go to – choose a […]

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Aging, hormones, and other major health concerns can affect the color of your intimate areas. This is why more people opt for anal and vaginal bleaching or intimate bleaching to brighten up the genital areas.

This procedure is becoming popular, and there are a whole host of people offering the service. Be careful who you go to – choose a trusted skin care expert, like Arviv Medical Aesthetics in the Tampa or Miami, Florida area.  If you’re looking to boost your confidence by enhancing the look of your intimate areas, all you need to do is choose the right provider.

 

What Is Vaginal and Anal Bleaching?

Vaginal and anal bleaching is one of the ways to make your intimate area light without any negative effects. Some of the salons bleach intimate areas using anal and vaginal bleaching cream. But before you choose common/normal creams to bleach your intimate areas, you need to understand that using creams can damage and can even cause chemical burns on your skin. This is why it’s best to avoid using creams or other harsh ingredients.

 

What Is Intimate Lightening?

Like anal and vaginal bleaching, intimate lightening is designed to the process of lightening the skin around the area you desire. The main difference between the two is that an intimate bleaching kit has no risk to one’s health. There is no discomfort or pain associated with this body/intimacy lightening treatment.

It is safe to be used in intimate areas and offers desired results at the end. The inner thighs, underarms, vaginal, and anal region are all possible treatment areas. Individual outcomes vary depending on skin type, how dark/pigmented the area is, and how lightened you desire to be.  This treatment results in a brighter and more even appearance of the skin in intimate areas.  Once you’ve completed the treatment sessions, you no longer have to feel embarrassed about your dark skin.

 

How Is Intimate Lightening Performed?

At Arviv Medical Aesthetics, your procedure will be performed in a quiet, serene, and hygienic setting by one of our well-trained professional skin experts.  Professional skin care experts use a mixture of botanical and other natural ingredients that are completely safe for your skin. This mixture doesn’t have any harsh chemicals.  Depending on the region to be treated, the procedure can take anywhere from 20 to 90 minutes.

If you’re getting services from our skilled skin experts at Arviv Medical Aesthetics and wish to change or alter the treatment, you can discuss that freely with our staff. We develop a customized plan based on your needs and preferences.

 

What Is the Recovery Like After Intimate Lightening?

The recovery period after intimate bleaching will directly depend on which treatment you’ve chosen to lighten up your genital area.

Intimate Laser Bleaching – If you’ve chosen Intimate laser bleaching, there are just a few things you need to consider.

  • Don’t shower for at least one day
  • Avoid sex for seven days
  • Keep your genital area well moisturized
  • Use cold compresses if you experience redness, itchiness, or swollen skin.

For more information regarding the precautions or aftercare, you can talk to skin care expert at Arviv.

 

Are You Ready for an Amazing New You?

If you’re ready to switch from darker skin to light areas, all you need to do is contact a reputable and reliable intimate lighting service. It is one of the best ways to get rid of discolored skin and get back your confidence. If you’ve any doubts regarding the session or wish to know more about the process, feel free to talk at the consultation session.

 

How Many Treatments Are Normally Recommended?

The right treatment plan will depend on your needs and situation. Generally, the treatment will be concluded in three intimate lightning treatments. The time gap between the two sessions will be 14 days. In case your skin hasn’t reached the lighter shade in 3 sessions, you can try a few more to get ultimate results.

 

What Can I Expect After Treatment?

You can expect the right results within 1-3 days without much hassle. The intimate anal and vaginal bleaching will offer you light to moderate peeling within days.

 

Schedule Your Intimate Lightening Today!

If you’re looking to get rid of darker skin and glow your intimate areas with laser hair removal, make Arviv Medical Aesthetics your first call. At Arviv, our ultimate goal is to make our clients feel confident and empowered by cosmetic procedures. Our services will not only make you feel good from the outside but also from the inside. We offer intimate lighting services in Tampa and Miami. If you wish to get the right kind of anal and vaginal bleaching treatment, feel free to schedule your intimate lighting session with our experts. Our specialty is to assist our clients in looking and feeling fantastic. Book your session today!

 

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How to Change the Shape of your Face? https://arvivaesthetics.com/how-to-change-your-face-shape/ Fri, 04 Feb 2022 17:18:15 +0000 https://arvivaesthetics.com/?p=14972 For a wide variety of reasons, people everywhere and of all backgrounds are often unhappy with the shape of their faces. In fact, you yourself may well have wondered: can you change your face shape? The answer, fortunately, is yes! Through a variety of different options, it is quite possible to change face shape. Even better, many options are non-invasive […]

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For a wide variety of reasons, people everywhere and of all backgrounds are often unhappy with the shape of their faces. In fact, you yourself may well have wondered: can you change your face shape?

The answer, fortunately, is yes! Through a variety of different options, it is quite possible to change face shape. Even better, many options are non-invasive and fairly rapid. Read on to know a little more about existing possibilities for changing face shape for adults in the Miami and Tampa area.

First Step: The Consultation

Have you ever asked: can you reshape your face? It is often possible, and the first step towards doing it is a consultation. Through a consultation with an experienced medical professional, you can better learn about your options for changing your face shape. In your consultation, you will clearly explain to a medical professional what you would like to change about your face. Together, you can review possibilities and determine the most effective course of action.

Changing Facial Contour Non-Surgically

A surgical procedure for changing the shape of your face can be complicated and time-consuming. But if you want to know — can you change your face shape without surgery? — rest assured that it can be done. A number of options — from liposuction to dermal fillers, to injections — can make noticeable differences to your facial shape in a reliable, safe, and fairly easy way.

Nonsurgical Treatments For the Lower Face

There are a number of options that can allow you to alter the shape of your lower face without invasive or painful surgery. Masseter muscle reduction is one, which can help reduce the appearance of a “square” face, ensuring your lower face appears slimmer.

Another option is a product called Kybella, which when injected will destroy fat cells. This can make a major difference in terms of how your jawline is defined.

Finally, do not forget about dermal fillers. These injectables can add noticeable volume to the lower face, particularly the chin or lower cheeks. These can create the appearance of an altered bone structure, and give your face a more noticeable definition.

Surgical Facial Contouring: Liposuction

Tumescent liposuction is an extremely common form of liposuction that allows for rapid discharge from the medical office, as well as quick recovery after the procedure. This can be applied to the chin, face, and neck (as well as other parts of the body), and is a safe and effective way to shed excess fat.

The way the process works is simple: an anesthetic solution will be added to soften fat cells and make them easier to remove (as well as reduce bleeding and bruising after the procedure). A small incision will then be made in the skin, and a cannula will be used to remove fat. Finally, the incision will be covered, and an elastic compression outfit will be prescribed to help recover. The entire process will take several hours, and you will be able to return home the same day.

Everything You Need To Know About Nonsurgical Facelifts

Nonsurgical facelifts — also known as vampire facelifts — are effective alternatives to traditional facelifts. Vampire facelifts essentially work by using platelet-rich plasma from your body to stimulate the renewal of facial cells and the healing of worn and tired skin. This is an alternative to the typical facelift procedure, which involves surgically lifting the face.

The process is quite simple. First, the doctor overseeing the procedure takes blood from the arm, which is then placed into a centrifuge to separate the platelet-heavy plasma. The doctor then uses hyaluronic acid filler to address deep wrinkles and creases. Finally, the platelet-rich plasma is injected into specific areas of the face.

All in all, the procedure is quick and individuals can quickly return home, although multiple sessions may be needed to see the best results. Vampire facelifts can create plumper skin, brightening sallow or dull skin, and can even help with scarring and wrinkles. 

Learn About Face Reshaping Services in Miami and Tampa

Can you change your face shape? Yes — you can! If you live in Miami or Tampa, Florida, Arviv Medical Aesthetics is here to help you change face shape. We offer a wide variety of potential procedures, and our staff of skilled professionals is ready to help you look and feel your best.

If you are looking to change your face shape in Miami, Tampa, or surrounding areas in Florida, look no further. Contact Arviv Medical Aesthetics online for a consultation today, or call us at (813) 855-0111 in Tampa or (301) 340-9002 in Miami.

Don’t wait — book your appointment today!

 

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What is Vaginal Bleaching and Is It Safe? https://arvivaesthetics.com/what-is-vaginal-bleaching-and-is-it-safe/ Fri, 04 Feb 2022 17:06:39 +0000 https://arvivaesthetics.com/?p=14968 Vaginal bleaching is a cosmetic process wherein various methods make their vaginas look lighter in appearance. Vaginal bleaching is an entirely cosmetic procedure popular in Tampa and Miami, Florida, though there is no medical foundation behind the lightening process. Some doctors are wary of vaginal bleaching due to potentially dangerous side effects from unprofessional procedures and incorrect aftercare. However, for […]

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Vaginal bleaching is a cosmetic process wherein various methods make their vaginas look lighter in appearance. Vaginal bleaching is an entirely cosmetic procedure popular in Tampa and Miami, Florida, though there is no medical foundation behind the lightening process. Some doctors are wary of vaginal bleaching due to potentially dangerous side effects from unprofessional procedures and incorrect aftercare. However, for most people, vaginal bleaching or intimate area lightening is a harmless cosmetic procedure that can boost confidence. 

What Is the Point of Vaginal Bleaching?

The big question is, why lighten your intimate areas anyway? The history of vaginal bleaching isn’t entirely clear. The point, however, is to lighten the genitals cosmetically for the labia and vulvar to look pinker. The idea is that pinker and lighter genitals appear more vibrant, youthful, and less worn. 

Some people have offered the opinion that pornography has influenced the upturn of the procedure. It is common in many sexually explicit productions for both men and women to have less body hair. When less body hair is on the screen, some audiences focus more on the genitalia of the youthful, hypersexualized people in action. Intimate area bleaching may be an attempt to emulate the youthful and largely hairless appearance of the genitalia portrayed in pornographic productions. 

While women and men come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, some want to tweak their appearance. Some women in Miami prefer to stay hairless and fair. Others would instead maintain pubic hair rather than display a vulvar area that has become darker and more calloused from aging, wear, sexual activity, childbirth, clothing, waxing, shaving, swimming, or any number of other ordinary occurrences. Other people suggest that they simply do not prefer skin color variations in the body. As a result, anal bleaching sometimes will accompany the vaginal lightening procedure for people who do not care for skin color variations. 

How Does Vaginal Bleaching Work?

People in Tampa and Miami turn to a selection of treatments for intimate area lightening solutions. Professional care and procedures are the best choices to avoid careless mistakes or questionable aftercare. 

Depending on what area of professional practice you have chosen, intimate area lightening can be completed through lasers, chemical peels, or specialized topical creams. Typically, you will make an appointment with a professional to schedule a consultation for the procedure. Once the details are precise, the final meeting will be made. A topical anesthetic will be applied to the area first when you arrive for your appointment. Once the topical anesthetic has had time to affect the site, the procedure will commence.

Important Tip: Don’t DIY Anything

Genitals are the most delicate area of your body and can easily be damaged and scarred. The medical-grade specialized creams that professionals sometimes use for intimate area lightening are not comparable to over-the-counter products meant for use on the face or other areas of the body. Do not DIY with any procedures involving bleaching your private areas for best results.

Is Bleaching Your Private Areas Safe?

So long as you are under the care of a well-reviewed and licensed professional, your procedure should be relatively quick and easy, not to mention safe. The clinician that performs your lightening will also provide information about the required aftercare of your genital area after the treatment. It is essential to follow these directions carefully to heal quickly and correctly. 

What Are the Side Effects?

If you do not seek care from a professional and your aftercare is absent or lazy, there is a potential for severe side effects. Your genitals could require medical assistance and corrective care if not adequately treated. Potential side effects from vaginal bleaching can include: 

  • Discomfort or itching
  • Painful intercourse
  • Scabbing and scarring 
  • Unbalanced vaginal flora 

Are There Any Benefits to Vaginal Bleaching Aside From Changing the Appearance?

Changing the appearance of the vagina includes more than just one benefit. While the lighter look is truly the only thing newly observable with an intimate area lightening procedure, other benefits occur depending on the person. For some women, the genital discoloration that has naturally occurred over the years has been a source of insecurity. Other women have long desired a lighter vagina than they had. Boosting self-confidence and improving self-image can be a significant game-changer for anyone.

For Best Results, Work With a Professional

No matter the reason for trying vaginal bleaching, the trained professionals at Arviv Medical Aesthetics are ready to walk you through the details of an intimate area lightening service and provide you with specific aftercare tailored to your treatment. Schedule a consultation today to learn more.

 

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What is Microdermabrasion? https://arvivaesthetics.com/what-is-microdermabrasion/ Fri, 04 Feb 2022 16:54:13 +0000 https://arvivaesthetics.com/?p=14965 The Miami sun can do a number on your skin, but you can fight signs of aging with the right treatments. One such procedure is microdermabrasion. What is microdermabrasion? It’s an intense form of exfoliation that removes the topmost layer of skin. Since these cells are exposed to the elements, they get damaged and contribute to signs of aging. Removing […]

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The Miami sun can do a number on your skin, but you can fight signs of aging with the right treatments. One such procedure is microdermabrasion.

What is microdermabrasion? It’s an intense form of exfoliation that removes the topmost layer of skin. Since these cells are exposed to the elements, they get damaged and contribute to signs of aging. Removing them allows the newer skin beneath to flourish.

What Does Microdermabrasion Do?

If you have a skincare regimen, you’re probably wondering if you need the assistance of an aesthetician. Isn’t exfoliating once or twice a week enough?

While exfoliation is a crucial part of skincare, it doesn’t have the same effect as professional treatment. Chemical or physical exfoliation gets rid of dead skin and dirt, but it doesn’t go beneath the surface to impact signs of aging. Mechanical exfoliation such as microdermabrasion completely removes the top skin layer, not just the debris resting on it.

Advantages

Mechanical exfoliation is popular because it reduces the appearance of the following:

  • Large pores
  • Wrinkles and fine lines
  • Acne scars
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Stretch marks
  • Age spots
  • Blackheads and acne

Additionally, the intense exfoliation provides a refreshed and glowing appearance.

Disadvantages

Like any procedure, microdermabrasion has its downsides:

  • Sensitivity to sunlight
  • Stinging or burning
  • Bruising
  • Redness
  • Swelling

These side effects are part of the body’s natural immune response to removing skin cells. They usually last a few days and signify that the procedure is working. During this time, your body should ramp up collagen production to accommodate the lost cell layer. Collagen makes skin elastic, so it’s essential for fighting wrinkles and plumping skin.

What Are the Different Types of Microdermabrasion?

Mechanical exfoliation is non-invasive, so there’s no need for anesthesia or prolonged recovery time. Due to the intensity of this treatment, it must be performed by licensed skincare professionals. There are several types of microdermabrasion machines, each of which uses a different method to accomplish the same goal.

Hydradermabrasion

As you may have guessed, hydradermabrasion pairs hydration with exfoliation. Skincare professionals use a specific machine with three different attachments to renew your skin’s surface.

The first step is clearing away dirt, excess oil, and dead skin cells with a vortex-like wand. Next, your aesthetician extracts blackheads and pore debris with the vacuum attachment. Finally, the pen attachment distributes nourishing serums for ultimate hydration.

Crystal Microdermabrasion

Crystal microdermabrasion uses sodium bicarbonate and aluminum oxide to scrub away skin cells. The process is like physical exfoliation, except the crystals are sprayed by a wand attachment, which simultaneously sucks up used crystals and cells.

Diamond-Tip Handpiece Microdermabrasion

When it comes to precision, diamond-tip handpiece microdermabrasion is the top contender. Unlike the other types listed here, this treatment doesn’t spray the skin. Instead, aestheticians use a wand with a specially made diamond tip to gently scrape away surface cells. Skincare professionals have complete control over how deeply the tip exfoliates, which allows them to work carefully around sensitive areas such as the eyes.

Additionally, since there are no added materials, there’s no risk of clients accidentally ingesting or inhaling stray crystals. The handpiece also suctions up loosened dirt and cells as it goes, leaving your skin looking radiant.

How Long Does a Treatment Take?

Mechanical exfoliation sessions can take between 45 minutes and one hour. You should see a difference immediately, and the results will grow more noticeable over the next 24 hours as collagen production ramps up.

What Can You Expect After Treatment?

One of the best things about this procedure is that there’s no downtime. You can go right to work or out on the town, though you may want to wait a few days before applying makeup.

Treatment Schedule

As human beings, we’re constantly shedding skin cells and making new ones. That means that over time, the effects of microdermabrasion fade. However, this cycle is also what makes microdermabrasion successful, as you always have newer cells hiding under your epidermis. To keep up with your body’s natural skin shedding cycle, you should get microdermabrasion in two- to four-week intervals.

Recovery

Since your skin will be sun-sensitive for a while, you should make sure to apply sunscreen before hanging out on a Tampa beach. Of course, you should be applying sunscreen anyway to prevent premature aging and increased cancer risks, but be extra careful for the few days after your procedure.

If you want to revitalize your skin but don’t want to spend a day recuperating, microdermabrasion may be the procedure for you. Fortunately, Arviv Medical Aesthetics offers diamond-tipped handpiece microdermabrasion services at our Miami and Tampa medspas. To learn more or make an appointment, call us at 813-855-0111 for our Tampa location or 305-340-9002 for the one in Miami. You can also contact us online.

 

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Can Shaving Cause Hyperpigmentation (Make Your Skin Darker)? https://arvivaesthetics.com/can-shaving-cause-hyperpigmentation/ Tue, 18 Jan 2022 16:09:58 +0000 https://arvivaesthetics.com/?p=14935 Shaving hyperpigmentation is a common problem. Recognizable by its telltale dark spots and blotches, it can make you wonder if you should take a razor to your skin again. If you’re wondering, “Does shaving cause hyperpigmentation?”, you’re certainly not the only one. You don’t have to discontinue shaving altogether, but you should know your options for correcting dark areas on […]

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Shaving hyperpigmentation is a common problem. Recognizable by its telltale dark spots and blotches, it can make you wonder if you should take a razor to your skin again. If you’re wondering, “Does shaving cause hyperpigmentation?”, you’re certainly not the only one. You don’t have to discontinue shaving altogether, but you should know your options for correcting dark areas on your skin. And yes, you can stop it from developing or getting worse — keep reading to find out more.

Understanding Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation results from excess melanin production. When injured skin heals, it also darkens. That’s because melanocytes, the cells in your skin that give it color, create too much melanin in the process. Melanin is intended to shield your skin from ultraviolet radiation that can harm it. When injured and unprotected skin is exposed to sunlight, these effects can worsen.

Why Does Shaving Cause Hyperpigmentation?

Does shaving make skin dark? To be clear, the mere act of shaving doesn’t cause hyperpigmentation. It’s how you shave that’s the key. Aggressive technique is partially to blame — that is, repeatedly rubbing and scraping your skin with your razor’s blades. That can lead to irritation after each shave, which in turn causes hyperpigmentation over time.

So, what about skin irritation that causes excessive skin darkening? Irritation and inflammation go hand-in-hand. Despite the fact that you’re choosing the shave, your body activates its immunity and healing processes as with any other injury. Hyperpigmentation is also common with razor bumps, which result from ingrown hairs that curl into one’s skin instead of away from it. Bacteria and inflammation inside those hair follicles trigger the body’s immune system, which kicks in to fight infections.

Not everyone experiences hyperpigmentation in the same ways. However, many people struggling with this issue notice small dark spots in the areas where they shave. Individuals with curly hair are more likely to experience razor bumps, and people with medium to dark complexions may have more noticeable hyperpigmentation. However, anyone can develop both conditions.

How To Prevent Excess Darkening of Your Skin

We’ve answered the question, “Does shaving darken skin?” but now it’s time to talk about better shaving. First, let’s start with your choice of product — or lack thereof. Remember the first cardinal rule: Never shave on dry skin. To avoid drying out your skin and risking irritation, you should also steer clear of items that contain alcohol. Instead, select a shave gel, cream, or soap with moisturizing plant-based ingredients like avocado oil or shea butter.

Changing up the rest of your shaving routine can help you counteract hyperpigmentation. You probably don’t need to do a drastic overhaul: Some minor tweaks can make a major difference. To start with, you’ll want to exfoliate before shaving. Use a mild pre-shave exfoliating product no more than two or three times per week. During your shave, you’ll also want to keep some pointers in mind:

  • Apply water and shaving gel or cream before you begin.
  • Keep your razor as wet as possible.
  • Reapply your cream or gel as necessary.
  • Shave with the grain, never against it.

If you use electric razors, you can still fight hyperpigmentation. Wet shavers should wash their skin and exfoliate before shaving. Before shaving, apply a pre-electric shave product that doesn’t have alcohol. And whether you use a standard razor or an electric shaver, you should always apply a sun-protecting moisturizer after you’re done shaving.

Treatments That Correct Hyperpigmentation

You have options for preventing dark spots from developing on the skin you shave. But even if you already have them, there are solutions available. Treatment options for facial hyperpigmentation include IPL, a photofacial technique using broad-spectrum intense pulsed light. Other possibilities include microdermabrasion and chemical peels, but you can explore all your options during a consultation.

Intimate skin lightening is ideal for anyone of any gender who wants to reverse the effects of hyperpigmentation on other parts of the body. This service consists of in-office treatments during which a skin-friendly treatment is applied to lighten affected areas. It’s a popular option for the bikini and surrounding areas, but it can be used on the underarms, inner thighs, elbows, and knees.

Your Medical Aesthetics Experts in South Florida

Stopping additional shaving hyperpigmentation is easier than you think. Adopt a shaving routine that treats your skin right with exfoliation, moisturizing, and proper technique. And if you’re dealing with dark spots on your skin, Arviv Medical Aesthetics can help. We’re a medical spa in Miami, Tampa, and nearby South Florida communities, delivering compassionate care with innovative procedures and techniques. Book an appointment at our Miami location by calling (813) 855-0111. For appointments at our Tampa location, phone us at (305) 340-9002.

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How To Reduce Pain During Laser Hair Removal https://arvivaesthetics.com/how-to-reduce-pain-during-laser-hair-removal/ Tue, 18 Jan 2022 15:59:30 +0000 https://arvivaesthetics.com/?p=14937 Laser hair removal can help you look your best on the beaches of Miami, FL, which is why so many people choose it over shaving and waxing. However, new clients may wonder, “Does laser hair removal hurt?” Unfortunately, this procedure is a little painful, but there are ways to reduce discomfort. Tips for Managing Pain During Laser Hair Removal We […]

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Laser hair removal can help you look your best on the beaches of Miami, FL, which is why so many people choose it over shaving and waxing. However, new clients may wonder, “Does laser hair removal hurt?” Unfortunately, this procedure is a little painful, but there are ways to reduce discomfort.

Tips for Managing Pain During Laser Hair Removal

We should clarify that not everyone experiences pain during laser hair removal–in fact, the sensations can vary from person to person. What does laser hair removal feel like? Most describe it as being flicked with a rubber band during the procedure and a mild sunburn afterward. You won’t feel any actual heat, but your skin may be red and tender.

So, what can you do to experience the least amount of discomfort? Before you arrive for your appointment, make sure you do the following.

Schedule the Procedure Around Your Period

The answer to the question, “Does laser hair removal hurt?” can vary for individuals based on when they get the procedure. During menstruation, pain receptors are more active, which means what didn’t bother you before may feel painful. And let’s be honest–you may already feel poorly, and the side effects of laser hair removal won’t help. For the least discomfort, aim for right after your period.

Stay Hydrated

Hydration is always important, as it ensures your cells have enough water to function. Drinking lots of water is also an excellent way to flush your system of substances that may increase pain. Caffeine is notorious for making clients more susceptible to discomfort, so avoid coffee and other caffeine-heavy beverages before your appointment.

Medicate Before the Appointment

Is laser hair removal painful if you take medication beforehand? Actually, pre-medicating with over-the-counter pain relievers can significantly reduce discomfort during the procedure. If you’re not sure what type of medication to take, discuss it with your doctor beforehand and make sure you only take the recommended amount.

Shave Beforehand

You should always shave before getting laser hair removal treatments. While this may seem counter-intuitive, shaving makes it easier for the laser to do its work and significantly decreases the risk of side effects.

Tips for Reducing Pain Caused by Laser Hair Removal

Does laser hair removal hurt after your appointment? While not everyone gets intense side effects, you should prepare for the following:

  • Temporary or permanent changes to skin pigmentation
  • Irritation
  • Red bumps

These last about the same amount of time as the side effects of waxing or plucking in most cases.

Avoid Scratching

Scratching may temporarily relieve skin irritation, but it can damage already-sensitive areas. If the irritation is too much to tolerate, try pain medication, numbing cream, or other forms of relief.

Choose the Right Pain Relievers

Speaking of pain relief, what’s the best medication to use? A numbing cream is a good option for immediate effects. Ibuprofen is another excellent choice since it can reduce inflammation, but it can take up to 30 minutes to work.

Wear Loose Clothing

Tight clothing can rub against the skin and further irritate inflamed areas. To avoid this issue, wear loose-fitting clothing on the affected areas.

Use Sunscreen

Wearing sunscreen is always a good idea in Tampa, FL, but it’s essential when getting laser hair removal. The procedure makes your skin more sensitive so that you may burn more quickly after your appointment. You also shouldn’t get laser hair removal on a sunburn, so make sure you use sun protection in the weeks leading up to your procedure.

Ice the Area

Does laser hair removal hurt more than other hair removal procedures? That depends on your own experience and pain tolerance. For example, many people find sugaring extremely painful but can tolerate the laser fairly well.

One thing that may help no matter your personal tolerances is applying ice. Cold compresses can reduce inflammation, which is indicated by redness and swelling. The cool sensation may also alleviate some people’s “sunburn” feeling. Just make sure to only ice an area for twenty minutes at a time since prolonged exposure to cold can burn your skin.

Postpone Your Workout

You want to avoid exposing recently-treated areas to sweat, so you may have to postpone your workout for a few days after laser hair removal. If you absolutely have to exercise, make sure you keep the treated skin as sweat-free as possible.

Appointments Available

Laser hair removal may be the perfect option if you want smooth, hairless skin with less maintenance. Fortunately, Arviv Medical Aesthetics offers this service among others, and we also offer memberships to save you money on regular treatments. To learn about specials or schedule your appointment, call us at 813-855-0111 for our Tampa location or 305-340-9002 for our Miami location. You can also go online.

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Genius: Microneedling RF https://arvivaesthetics.com/genius-microneedling-rf/ Tue, 12 Jan 2021 17:29:24 +0000 https://arvivaesthetics.com/?p=12512 Did you know that collagen production starts to decline at about age 25?! It decreases even more in women after menopause along with other factors such as smoking, sugar, and ultraviolet rays. The Genius is a microneedling treatment with radiofrequency which helps stimulate collagen and elastin production. This treatment is unique in that it delivers customized thermal energy to promote […]

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Did you know that collagen production starts to decline at about age 25?! It decreases even more in women after menopause along with other factors such as smoking, sugar, and ultraviolet rays.

The Genius is a microneedling treatment with radiofrequency which helps stimulate collagen and elastin production. This treatment is unique in that it delivers customized thermal energy to promote the body’s natural healing process for firm and renewed skin. The Genius gives long-lasting results and is safe for all skin types.

For optimal results, we typically recommend a series of three treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart. You will see changes in the skin soon after treatment and as your body rebuilds collagen, you will see gradual improvements continued over the next 6 months. You can expect an initial swelling and redness immediately after treatment which subsides after 24-72 hours. Total downtime after the procedure may take up to one week.

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