Go See The Brow Expert…

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I have always been plagued my entire life with not so “on fleek brows.” I plucked at them so much as a teenager, having no clue what I was doing. This resulted in uneven brows, as far as shape, length and fullness. I also had light colored and very thin hairs in some areas.  I would attempt to fill them in on my own, plagued that each day they looked different which also drove me insane. When microblading became a trend, I did some research and was thrilled when PVPS decided to bring it on board. Alison Kuzoian the Aesthetician at our Nocatee location has had 7 years experience in permanent makeup and 2 years in the microblading technique. I saw her before and after pictures and felt extremely confident in her ability to do a phenomenal job!

I met with Alison and she explained to me how the procedure would go and asked what I would like my brows to look like. I showed her some pictures of eyebrows that I liked, and explained to her what I did not like about my own brows. Alison then used an eyebrow pencil to draw the “new eyebrows” to show me an example of how it would look. I definitely approved of the pre-drawn shape and fullness! I laid back while numbing cream was applied and Alison found the correct color that matched my natural brow hair color. The color match was perfect and I was so thrilled! The overall time and procedure spent with Alison was about 2 hours, so please plan for that time. The hair strokes are manually done and take precision and perfection…don’t ever rush perfection! The pain is minimal and with my amazing results, I would definitely do it again!

I left the office with beautiful brows, minimal swelling and no discomfort. I was given post procedure instructions to follow for the next seven days. I am due to go back in 4 weeks for a touch up and then will be good to go! My confidence level has boosted and it is so comforting to know I don’t have to stress about filling in my eyebrows and can now get away with just mascara on the days I want to be laid back. I can now say I have beautiful brows. I have Alison and PVPS to thank for that!

The below pictures were taken directly before and after the procedure.

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Written by: Audra Kelley

Call 904-273-6200 to schedule your appointment with Alison Kuzoian

www.pvps.com

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“Don’t Sweat it, SCULP(t) it…”

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SculpSure and it’s innovative laser technology offers several advantages over Coolsculpting in regards to performance, time, and a reduction in risk of complications. The drastic differences between the two have been listed below.

Sculpsure 

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CoolSculpting

SculpSure can treat multiple areas at the same time (up to 4 areas) in 25 minutes VS  Coolsculpting can only target one area per treatment in 60 minutes.
SculpSure ensures comfort by utilizing flat applicators that do not use a suction method. Also, is able to treat even the smallest amount of stubborn fat. VS The applicators used in Coolsculpting require enough “pinchable” fat that is able to be pulled and sucked up into the applicator for treatment. If the problem area is not large enough to fit in the suction, it can not be treated.
 You can repeat SculpSure treatments on the same area after 6 weeks, SculpSure also has the ability to reach your optimal results in just one treatment. VS Coolsculpting patients are required two or more treatments to achieve their desired result.
 SculpSure patients have not reported pain or discomfort following treatment. VS Those who had Coolsculpting have reported numbness, pain and bruising that can last for weeks post treatment. Also, research is now revealing that Coolsculpting can cause more severe complications such as delayed onset pain and even nerve damage. 
SculpSure utilizes laser technology to heat the fat cells to release them from the tissue to be naturally eliminated by the body. Treatment is described as a warm soothing sensation and does not pose any threats to the nerves or the treated tissues. VS  Coolsculpting uses a process called Cryolipolysis to freeze fat cells. This method can cause nerve damage and pain. 

After seeing the vast differences between the two, its easy to admit SculpSure is the best choice!

Call us today for your consultation at 904-273-6200.

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“I Spy With My Little Eye…”

You look in the mirror and begin to notice dark spots that may not have been there before, or maybe you have had them for awhile and you finally are deciding to research ways to rid them of your skin. These dark spots you see are called sun spots, the ultimate reminder that the summer was hot and long!

The summer heat brings summer sun spots and at PVPS we offer many different treatments to help eliminate them.  Some of our most popular treatments are the BBL and the HALO. BBL has been used traditionally to treat brown and red pigmentation on the face and body and HALO resurfacing treats pigmentation, pores, fine lines, acne scars, and overall skin texture. In addition to our very popular Broadband Light Laser (BBL) and HALO resurfacing treatments, we’ve also added the NanoPeel and MicroPeel.

 The NanoPeel is best described as a ‘polishing’ of the skin in addition to treating pigmentation and is a great compliment to BBL treatments.  The NanoPeel consists of little downtime and is a great ‘over the weekend’ treatment, as far as peeling goes. The face and body (including hands, feet, etc) can be treated with the Nanopeel, but require multiple treatments for best results. The MicroPeel is a deeper laser treatment which requires more downtime and recovery, but less treatments.

To learn more or to reserve your appointment with one of our Nurse Practitioners call us today at 904-273-6200.

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Claudette Walker Written by: Claudette Walker, ARNP

LED Therapy & your skin…

Anti-aging has never been easier! PVPS now offers LED light therapy

LED therapy (officially known as Light-Emitting Diode) can work wonders for our skin. This technology was originally used for household gadgets such as alarm clocks in the 1960s. Several years later NASA started using LED therapy to speed wound healing in no-gravity situations, which then led to LED being used in skin cancer treatments. The skin care industry now uses this technology to improve skin health and appearance in many ways.

LED light waves travel deeply into the skin triggering live cells to react. Red light LED actually strengthens and builds collagen! We love collagen, which is abundant in young skin and decreases as we age, so incorporating treatments that increase collagen production is extremely anti-aging. LED therapy is also anti-inflammatory, promotes increased circulation, speeds healing, reduces redness, constricts pores, and can suppress oil and acne.

This treatment is completely painless and takes about 20 minutes. It does not heat the skin, so burning is not a risk. All of the work is done below skin’s surface, so there is no damage and no down time whatsoever. It is also a perfect addition to our HydraFacial treatment.

PVPS now offers HydraFacial Elite (includes the LED therapy), and is a perfect multi-tasking skin treatment! This treatment deep cleanses, exfoliates, extracts pores, deeply infuses several nutrients, builds collagen, and renews your complexion. Your skin will glow for days! Our experienced Aestheticians offer this treatment at Ponte Vedra Beach, Southside, Amelia Island, and our Nocatee location.

We have a special going on now until 8/31/16 for the HydraFacial. Call us today to schedule your treatment at 904-273-6200.

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 Andrea Written by Aesthetician, Andrea Bailey

Tired of being told your symptoms are normal?

How ThermiVa has helped me after child birth:

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I am a 32 year old full time working mom of a beautiful three year old little boy.  Pregnancy and child birth changed a lot about my body.  Some of the things are easy fixes and other I had come to accept as the new normal, like being nervous if I felt a big sneeze coming on. All of which is a small price to pay for the joys of being a mom.  One of my favorite things about my job is hearing about all the new up and coming treatments available and being in the know before the general public.  Our staff at Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery started receiving education on a new treatment called ThermiVa…vaginal rejuvenation.  I remember when I heard vaginal rejuvenation I thought to myself “Wow  I never thought that would need rejuvenating.”  I went through the training and while intrigued I was hesitant because  let’s be honest that might be a little bit of an awkward experience.  So I put it in the back of my mind and didn’t really start seriously considering it until my coworker, Beth, shared her experience with me after her treatments.  She was literally singing its praises and gave me all the details.  So I decided to give it a try.  I figured if I had one treatment and it was just too awkward that I didn’t have to have another one.  So I made my appointment and saw Suzanne, our nurse practitioner at the Nocatee office.  It was anything but awkward.  She made me feel extremely comfortable throughout the whole experience and I saw an improvement after my first treatment.  I had two other treatments after that each 4 weeks apart, and will have yearly touch up treatments.  I no longer get nervous before a sneeze, and my husband even commented he noticed a difference.  This amazing new treatment has allowed me to no longer have to accept the changes pregnancy and child birth caused.

Written by Meagan Heineman

 

Call Ponte vedra Plastic Surgery today to schedule your appointment (904) 273-6200

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Sealed With A Kiss……

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For several years I got Juvederm injections to plump my thinning lips.  I loved the look but unfortunately, it only lasted 3-4 months for me, so the expense mounted with the frequency of the fillers.  When Dr. Sternberg told me about lip implants I jumped at the chance to have them inserted!  No more injections and every morning I look in the mirror and think, “oh, it looks like I just had my lips injected.”  It is a very natural look and no one knows I have the implants until I mention it.

It can be done under local anesthesia, like you get when you go to the dentist.  Mine were done during a surgical procedure I had planned.  I knew someone who had it done weeks before under local anesthesia, so I got to see her lips and knew what to expect.  She said she could not drink through a straw, as she was told to do (per post procedure guidelines), but could only eat with a baby spoon for several days.  I found I could not use a spoon, but could better use a straw for the first several days. I also applied ice to the lips which felt good and helped with the slight swelling.  I returned to the office a week later with very little swelling noticeable and had 2 small stitches removed from the corner of my mouth.

I have had my lip implants for 4 years now and still love them.  I don’t think about the fact that they are implanted, as they’ve become a part of me.  I can feel the implants if I press my lips together, otherwise, it’s life as usual.  I encourage anyone who has routine lip injections for restore volume to consider having implants placed and make an appointment to meet with one of our Board Certified Plastic Surgeons at Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery. You will love them!!

Call Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery today to schedule your consultation (904) 273-6200.

Written by Robin McBride       Robin

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Reclaim, Restore and Revive with ThermiVa

 

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What is ThermiVa?

When I first heard about ThermiVa and what it did I giggled to myself and thought “No way”, but after some research about the treatment and all the benefits I then decided to speak with our Nurse Practioner Suzanne Reibling  to hear more about it. I was amazed how simple the process was, and how long the results lasts.  In the beginning I was interested in the treatment because it helped with urinary incontinence, but when I found out the other advantages, such as vaginal laxity, lubrication and the overall physical appearance I was sold.

I was a little intimidated walking in for my first treatment but Suzanne’s professionalism and calm demeanor immediately put my nerves at ease.  After Suzanne thoroughly explained the process she made me feel so comfortable, and she even shared her personal experience and told me about her amazing results. To be honest, it was easier than visiting the OBGYN and the treatment only took thirty minutes! Suzanne uses a small diameter wand that uses radio-frequency energy to heat the vaginal tissue which rejuvenates collagen. There was no discomfort or downtime. Suzanne and I chatted through the treatment, and before I knew it we were finished. When I saw results, after just one treatment, I was enthralled by how cosmetically appealing it was. It had a youthful appearance and I noticed an immediate improvement with my urinary incontinence.  Other than Botox, this was one of the best things I have done for myself. I am extremely happy with the results and I am proud to share my experience.  Trust me ladies ….it is worth it.

Call Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery today to schedule you appointment (904) 273-6200

Beth Griffin Written by Beth Griffin – Patient Care Coordinator

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Brown patches, age spots and Hydroquinone

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Why do I have brown patches and spots on my face?

This is caused by overstimulated and irregular pigment production, known as hyper-pigmentation. Some contributing factors are sun exposure, heat, injury, hormone fluctuations and pregnancy.

How can I improve this condition?

There are medical grade skin care products and treatments effective in improving and controlling this chronic condition.

What are effective products?

Hydroquinone (HQ) is a result oriented product to help suppress the pigment production. This pigment begins deep in the basal layer of your skin. It is recommended to use HQ for no more than 5 months.

What are the concerns of using HQ for more than 5 months?

Long term use of HQ alone can become non-effective in treating hyper-pigmentation.

Some studies have shown that there is a rare condition called exogenous ochronosis that was linked with prolonged hydroquinone use longer than 6 months. This can cause the skin to present with brown-grey or blue-black hyper-pigmentation and is very difficult to treat.

Should you immediately stop HQ if you’re using it for more than 5 months?

It is NOT recommended to abruptly stop HQ use, but to gradually wean off of it as you replace it with a medical grade NON HQ product such as Zein Obagi MD’s (ZO) Brightenex, Brightalive, or for a more mild condition, C-Bright maybe the best choice for you.

The danger in discontinuing HQ without weaning off and replacing it with an alternative pigment regulator could result in rebound hyper-pigmentation which means you may develop more unwanted pigment as the suppression of HQ has been removed.

Where can I go to have someone help me get on the right skin care regimen for my specific concerns?

You will find 6 very caring and qualified Medical Aestheticians at Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery (pvps.com) able to improve skin conditions such as aging, hyper-pigmentation and acne by using medical grade products and treatments. You can also utilize our Nurse Practitioners for laser treatments such as the Halo and BBL, that can also help to fight hyper-pigmentation. Here at Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery you have a team of experts at your fingertips!

Call today to schedule your complimentary consultation (904) 273-6200.

Kim Lindsey – Aestheticiankim

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Perfect Summer Skincare Treatments

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During summer months we typically spend more time outdoors. Activities such as cookouts, picnics, sporting events, pool and beach time means more UV exposure. We all know how very critical daily sunscreen application and reapplication are, but what are the best skin care treatments to promote skin health and radiance during this time without down time?  The aestheticians at Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery recommend the DF Facial, Hydrafacial MD, and Hydrafacial Elite.

The DF Facial is a very relaxing treatment that combines spa-like pampering with clinical benefits to the skin. During this treatment, sound waves (sonophoresis) are used to deliver vitamin A deep within the skin to build collagen. Another unique feature of this treatment is microcurrent (iontophoresis) which gently and effectively tones facial muscles; almost like pilates for the face! This entire treatment is completely painless and extremely relaxing. Your skin will be noticeably nourished, hydrated, and have a gorgeous glow after receiving the DF Facial. There is no down time with this treatment, which takes 90 minutes and the cost is $200.

Hydrafacial MD is a true clinical treatment like no other. Our aesthetician uses a machine to deep cleanse, gently exfoliate with mild suction and mild exfoliants, extract pores painlessly, all while simultaneously infusing numerous antioxidants and plumping hyaluronic acid into the deep tissues of your skin. The result is extremely clean, noticeably plumper, hydrated skin. You will possess a glow to your complexion that will last for about a week. This painless, clinical treatment takes 30 minutes and the cost is $175 but we have an amazing summer special going on please call our office to get the details.

Our aesthetician can also step up this already fabulous treatment to the Hydrafacial Elite, which also includes a specialty serum vial and LED light therapy . Infusing a specialized concoction of Dermal Repair serum or Growth Factor serum will result in increased collagen production. LED light therapy specifically chosen for your skin concerns will build collagen, reduce inflammation, reduce bacteria, and improve overall complexion appearance. The Hydrafacial Elite is a painless, one hour treatment and the cost is $250.00

Andrea Written By: Aesthetician Andrea Bailey

Please call Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery to book your facial today (904) 273-6200.

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Saying good-bye to bikini blues…Why I decided to have a breast augmentation.

We all know the lyrics to the song by Brian Holand “It was an itsy bitsy teenie weenie yellow polka dot bikini…” and unlike the girl in the song, we do not want you to be afraid to come out in the open!

Thinking about making a change? We spoke with Naomi Horton about her decision to have a breast augmentation with Dr. Rumsey at Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery.

NAomi       Naomi Horton- Patient Concierge

  • Why did I decide to have a breast augmentation?
    Unfortunately in my family none of the women were blessed to have anything more than an “A” cup. I lived my entire life wearing padded bras and padded swimsuits. I am a fairly thin person who doesn’t have that hour glass shape so to be completely flat chested as well, really affected my self-confidence. I never felt very feminine in my clothes as they did not fit the way I wanted them to.

 

  • How long had you been thinking about getting surgery before you made your first appointment?
    Right after puberty once I realized my breast were fully developed I started thinking about plastic surgery. Many of the females in my family have breast augmentations. It was kind of a joke in our family that if any of the women want breasts then they would have to purchase them. I waited until my thirties to have my breast augmentation, as I wanted to get past my baby bearing years.

 

  • How did your consultation go?
    I met with Dr. Rumsey at Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery and he was absolutely fabulous. He had the best bedside manners and I knew immediately that he was going to be my surgeon. He was extremely thorough and explained the entire process. He showed me where the incisions would be made, determined that the implant needed to be placed under my muscle since I did not have a lot of breast tissue. He explained the difference between the three types of implants that PVPS offered. He also recommended an implant that would look the most proportionate on me. The exciting part of the consult was that I got the opportunity to try on sizers. Plus they had a computer simulated program called Crisalix that I was able to download a few pictures of my breasts and actually see what the different size implants and shapes would look like on me. I decided to go with the round silicone gel, high profile 325CC.

 

  • How was your recovery time?
    My full recovery took about six weeks and I thought the actual surgery was a piece of cake. I had my surgery on a Wednesday and I was back to work that following Monday. I had never been under anesthesia before so I was a little apprehensive about that however, once I met my anesthesiologist and knew that he was Board Certified and would be in the operating room monitoring me the entire time I felt at ease. I had no complications from the anesthesia at all. The recovery room nurses were so compassionate, which added to the ease of the procedure. The main things I had to watch were weight restrictions. I couldn’t lift any more than 10 pounds for the first two weeks and no more than 20 pounds from week two to six. At the six week mark I returned to normal activity and exercise.

 

  • How did the results of your surgery change the way you feel about yourself?
    It has been four years since my breast augmentation and they are still absolutely my favorite body part. I feel so much more feminine and my clothes finally fit like they are supposed to. I haven’t bought a padded swim suit or bra since and it is so liberating. My breasts look so natural, like I was born that way. The best part is no one would ever know I had a breast augmentation unless I told them. The decision to have a breast augmentation has given me the confidence that I lacked.

 

  • Did you tell your friends and family about your plans to move forward with the surgery? What kinds of reactions did you receive?
    I definitely told all my friends and family about my decision to get a breast augmentation. None of them were surprised by my decisions because I had been talking about it for years and I have always complained about my flat chest. They were all very supportive and encouraged me to do whatever I wanted to do to feel better about myself. After I got my breast augmentation my sister and cousin were soon to follow after they saw my amazing results.

 

  • What about the cost?
    The cost was very affordable and customized to me. It is based on the amount of time you will be in surgery and the type of implant that is selected. The cost was all inclusive, so it included anesthesia, facility fee, the surgical bra that I was supplied and all of my follow up appointments. I was also offered finance options with Carecredit and Alphaeon.

 

  • What would you say to someone who has been wanting to make a change in their appearance but is still on the fence about it?
    I would advise them to schedule a consultation with one of the six Board Certified Plastic Surgeons at Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery. Together the surgeons have over 130 years of experience. The consultations are so thorough and detailed that after I finished mine I could not wait to have the breast augmentation. Dr Rumsey was so informative, compassionate and professional. He put all of my apprehensions at ease and I knew right then that I had made the right decision and had chosen the right surgeon.

 

  • Where can someone go to learn more about breast augmentation surgery?
    I had my surgery at Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery and I am thrilled with my results. You can learn additional information about this procedure and flip through the before and after photo gallery at www.pvps.com. The America Society of Plastic Surgeons is also a great resource for learning additional information and finding a doctor www.plasticsurgery.org.

Summer time is here and if you are having bikini blues….

Call us today to schedule a consultation with any one of our Board Certified Plastic Surgeons at (904) 273-6200.

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