What is the difference between a Day Spa & a Medical Spa
For many people this a bit ambiguous.
A Day Spa provides personal care treatments focusing on relaxation, health and beauty. You will find services such as massages, mani/pedi, facials and mud baths. Day Spas are not under the care or direction of a Medical Director and services are not typically performed by medically trained professionals, though they are most often trained in their area of expertise.
A Medical Spa, on the other hand, is found in a medical facilityand is under the direction of aBoard Certified and Licensed Physician. Medical Spas focus on giving medical-grade procedures to correct a variety of skin conditions including acne and breakouts, fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, age spots, melasma, rosacea, scars, stretch marks, tightening and toning and restoring youth and vitality to the skin*. They are less about relaxation and more about providing lasting improvements to the skin.
That was a lot information, but hopefully we’ve shined a little light on a sometimes bewildering topic!
SkinCeuticals and ReSurge International making a difference
SkinCeuticals has partnered with ReSurge International to help bridge the gap for the 5 million people worldwide who lack access to safe, timely surgical care. As a non-profit organization, Resurge International provides life-changing surgical care in developing countries by empowering and training local female doctors to become pioneers in reconstructive plastic surgery.
Why does it matter? “When women do better, the world does better. In a study of 100 countries, The World Bank found that every 1% increase in the proportion of women with a secondary education raises a country’s per capita income growth. These gains are even stronger when a society actively welcomes women into the workforce.”
We’re excited to see this initiative gain so much momentum and how it’s empowering female surgeons in developing countries to succeed in their careers and pave the way for more women to join their ranks!
To learn more information about Skinceuticals products in Las Vegas, call us at 702.410.9800.
Tattoo Artists Assist in Breast Reconstruction Procedures
Breast reconstruction is a major step in regaining a sense of normalcy in her life when a woman has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Once the breast reconstruction process is complete, most women are left without the nipple and surrounding areola.
In an effort to help with this, professional tattoo artists have been striving to create realistic three-dimensional tattoos of the nipple and areola. Areola repigmentation is done by tattoo, having a 3-D effect in mind. All procedures are done in the beautiful office of Dr. Brandon Reynolds, in a private and sterile environment. It’s the last step in a very hard journey. Each woman is treated with the utmost care and respect while Annie, from Pink Ribbon Tattoo, helps her design what will make her feel whole again. The goal through this process is to help women feel physically and emotionally restored.
Tattoo Artist Techniques
Before a paramedical tattoo artist becomes involved in the process, the reconstruction of the breast is completed by the plastic surgeon. Often, the plastic surgeon will reconstruct the nipple, however there is no coloration of the surrounding areola. Aesthetically, the nipple reconstruction alone is not as realistic as many women hope it to be.
Now that paramedical tattoo artists have joined in the battle against breast cancer, patient outcomes have improved significantly. They’re able to recreate the most natural looking nipple and areola complexes due to their experience with needle types and speeds, color mixing, and attention to detail. Their technical skill makes it possible to compensate for the lack of texture that results from a breast reconstruction after a mastectomy. They’re even able to create the shadows that make it seem as though the nipple and the little glands around the nipple protrude (if a new nipple was not reconstructed by the plastic surgeon) as they should.
Truly, the potential for improved patient outcomes, with the help of paramedical tattoo artists, is limitless.
Some concerns have been expressed regarding the incorporation of these “other” professionals into the world of plastic surgery. A primary concern involved is the possible business that may be taken away from Las Vegas plastic surgeons. When patients are referred to these other professionals for a part of their reconstruction procedure, a fraction of the plastic surgeon’s business may be lost. However, in the grand scheme of giving patients their best possible outcome, this may be a necessary sacrifice. At Reynolds Plastic Surgery, we do not have this concern as we have an amazing tattoo artist in house and are able to offer patients a renewed and whole sense of self from the start of the breast reconstruction process to the completion of it.
There has also been a concern about whether or not these tattoo “procedures” will be covered by a patient’s insurance company. Only time will tell for sure, however, there is a belief that insurance will cover the tattoo at least in part. This will be especially true if tattoo artists are willing to go into medical facilities to work rather than having women go to their tattoo parlors.
If you are facing a battle against breast cancer, it is important to remember that you are not alone. Reynolds Plastic Surgery has a dedicated team of professionals ensuring your best recovery.
When the time comes to pursue post-mastectomy options, please schedule a consultation with our experienced plastic surgeon at Reynolds Plastic Surgery in Las Vegas to see exactly what your options are.
For more information, contact Reynolds Plastic Surgery at 702.410.9800.
Reynolds Plastic Surgery Med Spa will be having it’s grand opening on Wednesday March 1, 2017! In addition to Dr. Reynolds impeccable skills as a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, we now can offer just about any skincare service you can dream of – peels, skin resurfacing, acne, scar, stretch mark treatment, cellulite reduction, skin tightening, fat reduction, laser hair removal, tattoo removal and more. Reynolds Plastic Surgery is working hard to be your one stop shop for all of your cosmetic, plastic and skincare needs! With the new year, make time to take care of yourself. Spread the good news to all your friends and come see what all the hype is about!
We are also proud to be the first and only office in Las Vegas to offer the VShape Ultra! Finally a treatment for fat and cellulite reduction as well as skin tightening that’s pain free, has no down time, is comfortable, and actually works!
Call us at 702.410.9800 to book your complimentary consultation or fill out our consultation form on the right and we will contact you to answer any questions and set up an appointment for you.
Come early as we are giving away 20 “swag bags” for the first 20 people who come to the open house tonight.