Vivace! What is it and what can it do for you?

Vivace combines targeted microneedling with radiofrequency to help stimulate and tighten the skin. It’s commonly used to help treat large pores, excess oil, acne scars, fine lines, wrinkles, and acne.

Science Of Vivace:

When applied to the skin, under topical anesthesia, sterile microneedles are used to create many microscopic channels deep into the dermis of the skin that can stay open up to four to six hours. This stimulates the body to produce new collagen. The precise delivery of RF energy to 31 varying depths of penetration gives Vivace exceptional outcomes.

Vivace microneedles are insulated except the end point (0.4mm). Microneedle electrodes deliver bi-polar energy deep into dermis without damaging the epidermis. Minimally invasive RF thermal energy creates fractional electrocoagulation in the dermis which facilitates a natural wound healing process. WHM promotes the remodeling of collagen, elastin and wound contraction, which enhances skin laxity.

Pulses of light activate skin cells to increase collagen production, moisture levels in skin, and improve skin tone and texture.

How to Get Perfect Skin from New Beauty Magazine

The Top Ways
 to Get Perfect Skin
From NewBeauty Magazine
Microneedling With PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)
The idea of having a bunch of tiny needles rolled across your face may sound scary, but microneedling has become one of the best-kept secrets in the beauty industry. “It’s safe, improves skin texture and tone and is usually less expensive than lasers with lower risks and quicker recovery,” says Chicago plastic surgeon Irvin Wiesman, MD. Not only is microneedling an anti-aging go-to treatment because it stimulates collagen, but it can also be combined with other treatments like PRP for even better results. Dover, OH, facial plastic surgeon David Hartman, MD, says that when PRP, a procedure which uses your own blood’s growth factors to stimulate new cell and collagen growth, is done in conjunction with microneedling, the combination of the two procedures can provide optimal results for smooth, tight, glowing skin. And, it makes a world of difference for those who suffer from acne scars. “The PRP can be applied topically after microneedling and can also be injected into pitted scars to build collagen,” adds Beverly Hills, CA, facial plastic surgeon Davis Nguyen, MD.
Known at CCMI as the Vampire Facial!
Neuromodulators like Botox Cosmetic and Xeomin
Wrinkles can age your appearance and make your skin look dull and weathered. But one of the easiest, and quickest, ways to get rid of them is with injections of neuromodulators. Pensacola, FL, plastic surgeon Jocelyn E. Leveque, MD, says that Botox Cosmetic is a great treatment for both wrinkle reduction and prevention. “Botox is a purified protein that is injected into facial muscles, causing relaxation of the muscle and therefore relaxes the pull on the skin, which relaxes the wrinkle. By keeping up with this procedure, wrinkles will continue to improve and will never worsen and new wrinkles will not form because the muscles are constantly relaxed.”
Fractional lasers
Pensacola, FL, plastic surgeon Peter Butler, MD, is a big proponent on fractional lasers for skin that’s practically spotless. “When used on a low setting, they help to tighten pores, diminish age spots and make skin brighter and clearer,” he says. “Patients also notice a reduction in breakouts in the weeks that follow. There might be a little peeling or flaking the next day, but that’s about it.”
See what the April laser Specials can do for you!
Clear + Brilliant laser treatments
Treating your skin to a procedure like Clear + Brilliant a few times a year can really help to reset it. “In addition to the daily use of topical antioxidants and sunscreen, Clear + Brilliant laser treatments enhance neocollagenesis to minimize fine lines, improve minor skin imperfections and scars and tighten pores,” says Washington, D.C. dermatologist Tina Alster, MD.
A CCMI favorite treatment! No downtime!
If you’ve heard it once, then you’ve heard it a thousand times: The sun is your skin’s worst offender. Besides leaving skin dry and spotted and increasing your risk for skin cancers, as well as advancing the signs of aging, going a day without sun protection is like walking into oncoming traffic-the risk that something bad can happen is just too high. Clinton, MI, dermatologist Dr. Tiffany Cukrowski, MD, says that sun protection is the foundation in keeping skin evenly toned and glowing.
We love our Elta tinted and non-tinted sunscreens!
There’s no second-guessing the role that proper hydration plays when it comes to your skin. Hydration, both internally and externally, are important, and without it, skin lacks plumpness and dewiness-plus, lines, wrinkles and other imperfections become amplified. Princeton, NJ, plastic surgeon Adam Hamawy, MD, says that it doesn’t make sense to be apply moisturizer over the skin if your body itself is not hydrated. “That’s why you need to drink plenty of water, too.”
Drink water and use our CCMI Hyaluronic Acid drops!

We welcome Melissa Marrs to CCMI!

Melissa graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from West Coast University. She is a licensed Registered Nurse and a licensed Aesthetician with over 10 years aesthetics experience. She is very passionate about improving each patient’s quality of life and appearance. She has learned to perform a multitude of competencies and skills through the training expertise of PhD, Nurse Practicioner, Marylyn Hagerty.

She is honored to be a part of the CCMI family. Her work ethic, faith, values and positive attitude  represent the kind of patient care that provides the opportunity for you to maximaize the ideal outcome in your aesthetics goals. From an effective facial to lasers and injections, you will be in great hands!

Get Holiday Ready at CCMI!!

Botox. Botox is an injection that temporarily relaxes facial muscles that cause wrinkles with fast results. Botox can be used to treat lines between the eyebrows, crow’s feet, and forehead furrows. It only takes three to seven days to take full effect.

Juvederm. Juvederm is a dermal filler that temporarily restores volume to the face and reduces the appearances of wrinkles such as frown lines. Juvederm is made of hyaluronic acid, a substance naturally found in the human body. You will be able to see results immediately and treated areas will continue to improve for a few days.

Microlaser Peel and Fractional laser resurfacing can be performed to improve fine lines and wrinkles and the overall texture of your skin. The treatment requires a topical numbing cream.  After the procedure you are  red and swollen and this can last for 3-5days depending on how deep you choose to go. Your skin will be flaky and rough for up to a week after the treatment. The results can be amazing!

Micro-needling is one of the latest trends!  It helps with fine lines and improving pore size. Topical numbing cream is used. After the treatment your skin can be red,lasting up to 24 hours . The redness however can be easily covered with makeup.  This is another great option for getting your skin to glow!

Intense pulsed laser (IPL) is another option if you have recovery time. IPL uses laser energy to remove dark spots, irregular pigmentation, and broken blood vessels. It is easily tolerated with minimal discomfort. Your skin will be red the day of treatment. Brown spots and vessels will appear much darker for up to one week. A great option if spots are an issue!!

Come into CCMI for  a free consultation and see what you can go to glow for the holidays!|



How to Avoid Bruising with Fillers

How do you avoid bruising with fillers? The swelling, lumps and bumps that can happen when you get Botox, fillers like Juvederm or Radiesse, Sculptra and other cosmetic injectibles? Your pre-treatment and post-treatment actions can have a big effect on these. So here are a few pre and post treatment tips that can help you avoid any unnecessary bruising etc

Avoid Bruising with Fillers Before Treatment
To a large extent your results will depend on how well you and your doctor/nurse are communicating about what you want and expect. If you are both clear and realistic, treatments tend to go well.

Medications to possibly discontinue 7 days before treatment. Some of these may be needed for medical reasons so check with your doctor first. The reason to stop these is that they make your blood less likely to clot (“thinner”) which can cause bruising. If you are on warfarin/Coumadin or Plavix, stay on it!
Ibuprofen (Motrin, Aleve, Advil)
St. John’s Wart
Omega 3 fatty acids
Vitamin E
Ginko Bilboa
If you need pain medication, Tylenol is always fine to use.
Stop drinking alcohol 1-2 days prior to injections.
No garlic 1-2 days before injections.
Try eating pineapple 2-3 times for 1-2 days prior to injections (anecdotal evidence only). Bromelain supplements (pineapple extract) can have some serious side effects so we don’t recommend this.
Take Arnica Montana one-day prior or the morning of injections. You can find Arnica Montana at certain drugstores and often at WholeFoods. Don’t take if you have high blood pressure or heart problems.
If you have ever had a cold sore around the mouth or near the injection site be sure to talk to your doctor before treatment. He/she will probably prescribe you Valtrex or another anti-viral medication to prevent an outbreak.

After Treatment
Some common injection-related reactions may occur, such as swelling, bruising, redness, tenderness, itching, and discoloration at the injection site. The intensity and duration of your filler or Botox side effects will depend on the treatment aggressiveness and your individual healing characteristics, but normally can last for one to two weeks after the treatment.

Remember it can take from 1-7 days for the results of cosmetic treatments to fully evolve (“settle in”). Unless something is really off, most minor problems will resolve in that time by just being patient.
Remember it takes Botox 7-10 days to fully take effect.
Try to avoid alcohol for 24 hours after treatment.
No excessive sun or heat until any initial swelling and redness have resolved.
Avoid squeezing or massaging the treated areas for several hours after treatment as this could subtly change the results. (If you were treated with the injectible Sculptra, please disregard this note and massage as you were instructed.)
Proper and frequent use of sunscreen is always important. The sunscreen should offer broadband protection (UVA and UVB) and have a sun protection factor of SPF 30 or more. Wear a hat when outdoors.
No aspirin, Exedrin, ibuprofen, Aleve or Advil for 2 days after treatment. (Tylenol is always fine.)
If you have swelling, apply cold compresses to the treatment area for 5-10 minutes every hour.
If you have any pain, you may take Tylenol as necessary.
Occasionally, a treatment can trigger an acne flare. These side effects usually resolve naturally within 1-14 days after the treatment.

No matter whom you choose to do your injection, it is always best to avoid planning any important work or social events for 2-7 days after treatments. If you bruise easily, you may need to plan for 2 weeks to heal. Most bruises can be covered fairly well with make-up, but not all. If you have an extremely important event like a wedding or a reunion, we recommend having fillers done 3-4 weeks before the big day, as sometimes bruises can last for up to 14 days.


Christie Brinkley talks about Clear + Brilliant and Thermage!



“I’ve also tried a laser treatment that was nothing short of miraculous. Last summer I got a rash from brushing against poison ivy and was left with noticeable discoloration on my face. After just a few treatments with a Clear + Brilliant laser (which wasn’t painful and didn’t make my skin more red or flaky), my skin tone was back to normal.
The process also stimulates your body to produce collagen, the naturally occurring protein in the skin that gives it firmness and elasticity, so I get the added bonus over time of my face looking fuller and more youthful.”

“Skin-tightening devices that use radiofrequency waves, such as those in Thermage, can do amazing things without any surgical lifting. These machines deliver energy deep into the skin to heat it and stimulate collagen production.
Results develop over a period of two to six months after treatment and can last a year or more.”
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Fine-Line Eraser: Belotero Balance
Long beloved in Europe, this thin, gel-like hyaluronic acid filler is designed to integrate into the skin rather than plump it. The payoff: It can fill the finest, shallowest lines without bumps. “For fine lines around the mouth, this is a gift—what we’ve been waiting for,” says Fusco. “It never creates that ducky lip or simian monkey effect, so you’ll never look overdone,” adds Ellen S. Marmur, MD, associate clinical professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. And unlike some fillers, Belotero is less likely to cast a bluish hue on the skin, which makes it perfect for the thin skinned. New York– and Miami-based dermatologist Fredric Brandt, MD, also uses it to smooth away tiny creases on the upper cheeks and forehead. “It’s like skim coating—it creates a perfect finish,” he says. Better yet, results last: In one study, 66 percent of participants were still seeing the effects of Belotero nine months after their treatment. Cost: about $600 and up per treatment; many patients require just one.

Fast-Track Radiance: Clear + Brilliant Laser
If you’ve considered laser resurfacing but backed off because of the considerable downtime, this may be your smooth-skin holy grail: Clear + Brilliant delivers many of the same wrinkle–smoothing, brown-spot-zapping, glow-getting benefits as more intense lasers, without any downtime. The 15- to 30-minute procedure is somewhat –uncomfortable—on a par with a teeth cleaning—but far less painful than the full-blown Fraxel Dual Laser (it also costs less). Yet it uses the same technology, inflicting millions of microscopic wounds on the upper layers of your skin to help dissolve unwanted pigment and spur new collagen growth. Expect a little redness for the first couple of hours and some mild peeling over the next few days. “It’s amazing for treating mild wrinkles and sun damage,” says Brandt, who recommends three to six sessions spaced four weeks apart. Average cost: $250 to $500 per treatment.

Low-Risk Instant Face-Lift: Juvéderm Voluma Xc
To combat the loss of facial fat as we age, many cosmetic doctors use some-thing called a volumizing filler, a viscous substance that is injected into the cheekbones, temples or jawline, plumping the area, pulling skin tauter and thereby smoothing wrinkles and lifting sags.
Volumizing fillers can do their job because they are generally thicker than fine-line fillers, such as the aforementioned Belotero Balance. But until now there was a catch: Most volumizers were irreversible—meaning that if you didn’t love the results, you had to live with them for up to 24 months. Not so with new, FDA-approved Juvéderm Voluma, a hyaluronic acid volumizing filler that is fully reversible. “If you want to take it down a notch—or completely—we can inject an enzyme that turns it into water,” says Marmur. Many MDs who’ve used Voluma are raving about how easy it is to control during injections and about its natural, adjustable results. “With Voluma, you see an instant, natural-looking improvement, and it can last as long as two years,” says Marmur. Cost: about $1,450 per treatment; patients typically need one or two.102200827 copy