Debunking 5 Common Botox Myths

  • By Ashlee G
  • 11 Nov, 2016
With any kind of advancement in medicine, there are always a lot of doubts, rumors, and horror stories. Botox and other anti-aging skin care methods are no exception. Below, you'll find five of the most common myths about Botox. Read along to find out the truth about this life-changing treatment.

  1. You won’t be able to express emotion  

    Rumor has it that Botox totally immobilizes your facial muscles, making it impossible for you to smile, frown, or do anything in between. This is absolutely false. Not only will you have the ability to smile, but you’ll probably find that you’re doing it a lot more often since you will finally have the sense of self-confidence you deserve.

  2. Botox and Dermal Fillers are the same thing  

    Sure, both treatments reduce the appearance of wrinkles; however, they do not accomplish this in the same way. Botox relaxes the muscles that cause wrinkles to form while Dermal Fillers add volume to the facial tissue to give you that youthful plumpness.

  3. Botox is toxic  

    When administered in the right dosage, the injections are totally safe for your body. Contrary to popular belief, Botox is not a dangerous, synthetic material. It actually occurs in nature. Botox is made from Botulinum toxin, which is a neurotoxin protein. Yes, Botulinum toxin can cause the disease botulism when consumed from improperly canned foods; however, a small dose administered by a professional will not cause harm.

  4. The injections are painful  

    The needle used for injections is so small that the pain, if there is any, is minimal. To reduce discomfort, you can numb the area with a topical anesthetic cream or ice pack 10 to 20 minutes before the procedure. Botox is commonly referred to as the “lunchtime injection” because the procedure is so quick and painless.

  5. Botox is permanent  

    About 82% of Botox patients see an improvement within one week of treatment; however, the effects of the treatment only last for about three months. Botox is not permanent, and for results to be sustainable, you would need to repeat the injections every few months.

To learn more about Botox injections, talk to your doctor or visit your local beauty spa. Other youth-restoring spa treatments include chemical peels, laser hair removal, and microdermabrasion.
By Ashlee G 03 Jan, 2018

First, happy new year guys! 2018 will be amazing with all the best treatments getting the spotlight they deserve!

Botox is by far the most popular minimally invasive cosmetic procedure in the US. 

Doctors across the country perform 7 million Botox procedures  every year. Women from all backgrounds rely on these injections to revitalize their appearance.

The demand for Botox has never been higher. Between 2000 and 2015, there was over a 750% increase  in the use of botulinum toxin to treat wrinkles.

Most women know what Botox does. But many also want to learn about Botox recovery as well as the risks associated with the procedure.

This article will answer some of the biggest questions people have regarding Botox. Let's find out everything there is to know about America's favorite cosmetic procedure!

Are There Any Risks or Side Effects?

There's a reason why some people refer to Botox as the "lunchtime" cosmetic procedure. It normally takes an hour or less to complete the procedure. But even if you're an ideal candidate for Botox, you may still end up dealing with some negative side effects.

However, most of these side effects last only a few weeks. Also, many are easy to avoid if you go to an experienced clinician.

A few of the most common side effects of Botox include the following:

  • slight bruising or swelling
  • rash or redness
  • temporary nausea
  • headache
  • drooping eyelid or eyebrow
  • allergic reaction
  • tingling
  • numbness
  • muscle stiffness
  • lack of improvement

You can mask any minor swelling and bruising with makeup.

Temporary drooping can indeed occur if the toxin spreads to nearby muscles. To avoid this, don't rub or touch the injection site following the procedure.

Keep in mind that this procedure doesn't have any long-term side effects. As a result, you can get back to most of your normal activities immediately. But you should plan your treatment at least one week prior to a big event.

Who Should Avoid Botox?

Botox is a safe and effective cosmetic procedure for women of all skin types. But certain people should steer clear from wrinkle injections.

For one, don't get injections if you're pregnant or nursing. Some animal studies have shown a link between birth defects and botulinum toxin. But more research is necessary to reach a definitive conclusion.

Also, be very cautious if you suffer from any neuromuscular disorders. You may be at a higher risk of experiencing breathing or swallowing issues after Botox.

Finally, avoid Botox if you have any rigorous physical activity planned within 24 hours following your injection.

What Are Some of the Best Botox Recovery Tips?

You can minimize many of the negative side effects of wrinkle injections by following the right Botox recovery tips.

Unless your clinician advises you to do so, avoid massaging your face for 12 hours after the procedure. In most cases, it's best not to touch the injection site whatsoever.

Do your best to stay awake for 4 hours following the procedure to avoid pressing down on the injection site. During your first night after the procedure, put an extra pillow under your head to reduce the swelling.

Also, avoid exercising or bending down for 4 hours after receiving injections.

Don't use any chemical peels or other facial treatments for 4 hours after Botox. It's also a good idea to avoid the sun if you're still experiencing redness and swelling.

If you notice severe pain or skin blanching, contact your clinician immediately. Make sure to follow the Botox recovery instructions they give you very carefully.

How Long Does It Take to See Results?

You may begin to notice the benefits of Botox  within a few days. However, it can take up to a week or more to see the full effects. At this point, the bruising and swelling should completely subside.

Botox isn't a permanent treatment. The effects of the procedure last longer for some patients and shorter for others. Results typically dissipate after 3-6 months, so many patients choose to get injections 2-4 times per year.

How Much Does the Procedure Cost?

The cost of wrinkle injections varies from location to location. The procedure's complexity can also impact the cost.

Clinics and spas usually charge by units, areas treated, or volume. The national average cost is approximately $382 . But the average cost of Botox in California ranges anywhere from $100 to $800.

It's important to keep in mind that this procedure isn't covered by health insurance.

What Should I Do Before Getting Botox?

Some over-the-counter drugs can thin your blood, which increases your bruising risk post-Botox. Stop taking the following medications or supplements a week before receiving injections:

  • Ibuprofen
  • Aspirin
  • Ginkgo Biloba
  • Vitamin E

You can continue taking Tylenol or paracetamol. But avoid drinking alcohol 24 hours before your procedure.

It's also important to provide a complete and accurate medical history. Let your clinician know if you are taking any medication, and be very transparent about your allergies.

Remember that Botox can have remarkable effects on your face. That said, make sure you set realistic expectations to avoid disappointment.

Feel free to ask your clinician as many questions as possible. Put together a list of questions you can bring with you during your consultation.

What Can I Expect During the Procedure?

The procedure doesn't require any anesthesia. But some clinicians may apply local or topical anesthesia per request.

If your lines are not visible, the clinician will ask you to contract your facial muscles to make them show. The clinician will then inject the Botox into the muscles that are causing your issues.

Clinicians use a very thin needle to administer Botox. As a result, there's little to no pain during injection. If you're sensitive to pain, however, you may experience minor discomfort or a slight stinging sensation.

It will only take about 10 minutes or so to complete the entire injection process.

Learning More About Botox

Your clinician will be able to provide in-depth answers to any questions you may have about Botox recovery, risks, side effects, and costs.

When choosing a clinic or spa, start by doing some online research. Read Facebook, Google, and Yelp reviews to find out how satisfied their customers are. Also, make sure their technicians are properly licensed.

Do you need more information about Botox recovery, or are you ready to book an appointment at Radiance? If so, reach out to us  today so we can help you achieve the youthful look you always wanted!

By Ashlee G 11 Dec, 2017

Wrinkles indicate their wearer has led a long life full of smiles and laughter. The key phrase is "long life" -- as in "been around for a while." That key phrase frequently leads to searching Google for "how long does Botox last?"

Many people want to continue smiling and laughing without fear of their age showing. Looking old leads to feeling old, after all. For that reason, they check into Botox treatments.

Botox treatments  are used to smooth wrinkles and reduce signs of aging. Celebrities such as Cher and Kelly Ripa have openly used Botox, increasing its popularity.

But how long does Botox last? How does it work? Is it permanent?

We'll answer all of these questions and more below.

How Does Botox Work?

Botox is the common name for botulinum, a potent neurotoxin.

Muscle movements occur when muscle nerves send a transmission to the brain. The brain sends back a response, telling the nerves how their muscles should react. Repeated movement leads to the formation of wrinkles in the skin covering the muscles.

Botox works by blocking muscle nerve transmissions to the brain. As a result, the brain cannot respond and the injected muscles cannot move. Thus, the skin that covers them cannot wrinkle.

The skin remains flat and smooth, creating the illusion of unaged skin.

Common Areas For Botox Use

Botox is commonly used around on the forehead, around the eyes, and at the corners of the lips. It is also used on the chin and neck areas.

These parts of the face are the ones most prone to wrinkling. We constantly smile or frown, and we use our eyes to accentuate our mouth movements.

Botox has many uses besides cosmetology. Some of the conditions that it treats include migraines, uncontrolled blinking, excessive sweating, and intense cramping.

Essentially, Botox treats uncontrollable muscle movements. Relaxing those muscles brings relief and increases enjoyment of life.

How Long Does Botox Last?

Botox is a temporary treatment. How long it lasts varies from patient to patient. Typically, though, its effects wear off after four to six months .

Certain elements determine how long Botox lasts post-injection.


The first answer to the question "How long does Botox last?" is "It depends on the dosage."

Botox is injected by unit. The more units a muscle receives, the longer the Botox lasts.

However, every person's face differs. Person A could have strong eye muscles and weak forehead muscles while Person B's muscles work the opposite of Person A's.

For that reason, the most successful Botox injections are tailored to the patient's muscles.

It can be difficult to gauge a first-time patient's muscles. The technician has only the patient's wrinkles and muscle movements to judge dosage needs. However, repeat injects allow the technician to see what area needs what dosage.


Another issue is dilution.

Prior to injection, Botox must be diluted using saline. Proper dilution will result in an easy, safe treatment with all the desired results.

It is possible to over-dilute Botox. When that happens, the effects wear off more quickly.

Muscle Strength And Size

Muscle strength also determines how long a Botox treatment will last.

Weak muscles don't fight against the injection site like strong muscles do. For that reason, patients with strong muscles usually must schedule a follow-up appointment every two months. Those with exceptionally strong muscles may need to follow up in less than two months.

Another issue is bulky muscle. Bulky muscles metabolize Botox more quickly than smaller muscles.

Usage Length

Patients who've been using Botox continuously find that their injections last longer over time.

It is unknown why long-term patients experience longer lasting results. Perhaps their muscles become used to the relaxing effects of the treatments.

Regardless, long-term patients have been known to go as many as nine months without needing a follow-up appointment.

Technician Experience And Skill

Only a skilled and experienced technician can properly inject Botox. They know the dosage to use as well as how to operate the injection equipment. They also know how to achieve the youthful look patients are shooting for.

Going to an inexperienced or unskilled technician can have severe consequences.

Patients need only to Google "bad Botox stories." Photos of celebrities and others who've undergone poor Botox treatments  will pop up. The wronged patients look older, unnatural, and worse of all, unhappy.

For this reason, it's recommended that patients choose a board-certified plastic surgeon. The surgeon should have a lot of experience performing facial work.


Botox must be stored in a cold place. After it has left its cold environment, it is only good for roughly four hours. Botox left out for longer than four hours weakens, and its effects wear off sooner than expected.

For that reason, patients should always check with their technicians to make sure the Botox is "fresh."


Athletes have a higher metabolism rate than patients who don't frequently work out. For that reason, athletes' bodies start working to address injuries more quickly than non-athletes' bodies.

The body considers Botox injections a foreign invasion. It attacks the solution and works to dissolve it. For that reason, athletes must receive Botox treatments more frequently than non-athletes.

Sun Damage And Gravity

Botox is considered a reliable substance that gives the patients the results they want. However, there are instances where Botox is an ineffective treatment.

Botox smooths out wrinkles caused by general skin wear. It has no effect on wrinkles caused by gravity or sun damage.

What To Expect Post-Injection

Now that we've answered "How long does Botox last?", we'll answer "What should I expect after the injection?"

Patients may experience some swelling or bruising where the needle pierced their skin. However, these side effects are mild and will not stop them from engaging in their normal routines.

It takes anywhere from a few days to a week to see results. Patients can expect to wait two weeks before seeing the final results.

Need More Information On Botox? Contact Us!

At Radiance, we know you want to feel good about yourself and your appearance. We offer numerous treatments to help you achieve your goal. From Botox to laser hair removal to facials, we cover all of your needs at Radiance.

For more about Botox or to schedule an appointment, please feel free to reach out to us  today!

By Ashlee G 06 Nov, 2017

In 1978, the world's most potent neurotoxin, Botulinum, was used in its first clinical trial.

Botox has come a long way from its origin as a corrective treatment for crossed eyes. Early on, few physicians knew that Botox's treatment of muscle hyperactivity could have multiple uses.

In the late 1990s, Botox gained fame as the great wrinkle reducer. To this day, Botox is best known for its cosmetic applications.

However, researchers and physicians continue to find new uses for this peculiar treatment. New treatments range from migraine relief to controlling vaginal spasms.

You will be surprised to discover five hidden benefits of Botox. Let's explore some of them!

1. Chronic Migraine Relief

In the United States more than 37 million people suffer  from chronic migraines. It is a debilitating ailment that keeps people away from their jobs and family.

There are many different types of migraines and the triggers can be different for everyone.

Typically Caucasian Females, aged 35 -55 years old, suffer most frequently.

As symptoms arise it's important to document possible triggers. Recognizing patterns can be a useful way to prevent future migraines.

In 2010, the FDA approved Botox for intramuscular injection as a preventative treatment of migraines.

Benefits of Botox include providing migraine relief by inducing muscle relaxation.


Typically physicians recommend treatments once every three months. They will inject small doses in several locations on the face and neck:

Typical injection sites for migraines:

  • The bridge of the nose
  • Temples
  • Forehead
  • Back of the head
  • Neck
  • Upper Back

Inducing muscular paralysis in these key areas has proven effective. The use of Botox has also relieved many migraine sufferers' dependence on pain medication. After injection, it can take 10 days to two weeks to experience relief.

2. Sweating

For those that suffer from Hyperhidrosis, or excessive underarm sweating, Botox can be a welcome treatment. Excessive sweating is an embarrassing disorder that even extra strength antiperspirants cannot control.

In 2004, the FDA approved Botox for use as a treatment for underarm sweating.

Botox has the ability to temporarily block the chemical that activates our sweat glands. Treatments are effective almost immediately with repeat visits are needed every seven to 16 months.

But how do you know the difference between common sweatiness and Hyperhidrosis?

Diagnosing Hyperhidrosis  is an important first step to seeking treatment.

How many times per day do you worry about sweating?

Does excessive sweating affect your work or social life?

Have you tried every OTC treatment with no results?

If you find that your answers align you with this diagnosis, you should consider Botox treatment. The benefits of Botox are time-proven and show little to no long-term side effects.

Before any procedure, it's important to know the q uestions to ask . You should make sure the practitioner is licensed and experienced. In addition, ask to see "before and after" pictures of actual patients they have treated.

3. Incontinence (Overactive Bladder)

For women with bladder incontinence, Botox has prove more effective than implanted nerve stimulation devices.

Sudden urges to go to the bathroom and frequent leaks keep many women from living their best life. Both Botox and InterStim are effective in decreasing incontinent episodes. However, in a head-to-head comparison , Botox decreased four daily urges on average versus InterStim's three.

The neurotoxin is injected into the bladder and directly relaxes the overactive muscles.

Issues with incontinence can stem from pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause.

During pregnancy, the expanding uterus puts added pressure on the bladder. The bladder sphincter is a valve at the base of the bladder that controls the release of urine into the urethra. The added pressure on the bladder makes it hard to hold your urine inside and causes episodes of urge incontinence.

After childbirth, muscular support in the internal body weakens. The pelvic floor muscles are fatigued and stressed. As well, the process of childbirth can actually damage the nerves in the bladder.

An injection of Botox helps to desensitize an over-active bladder, all with the goal of retraining the bladder to control the urinary output.

4. Vaginal Spasms

For many women, sex can be a painful process. Many claiming that their vagina is too tight, or too small. In many cases, a vaginal spasm condition called Vaginismus might be the cause.

Vaginismus is an abnormal condition that causes severe cramping of the vaginal muscles.

This condition can make it very painful to have sexual intercourse or impossible for penetration. During intercourse, some women's vaginal walls spasm, preventing entry.

Botox injection into the muscle tissue relaxes the overactive muscles. This treatment has proven effective at intervals of every two to six months.

For many women, vaginal spasms have affected their personal relationships. Just two consecutive treatments can afford relief for normal penetration.

There are many Botox myths  that can keep you from helpful treatments. Knowing the facts is the only way to feel confident in treatments.

5. Crossed Eyes

Strabismus is the medical name for having crossed eyes. Treating this condition was the original use of Botox, but very few know these origins.

After numbing eye drops are placed in the eye, the specialist will place a special needle into the eye muscle directly. When the correct location is targeted, a dose of .1 ml is administered. The expert will wait 30 seconds before removing the needle to reduce the spread of the toxin within the eye.

Botox can also help to reduce chronic eyelid spasms. Each eye has six muscles, with two moving the eye laterally by pulling in opposite directions. If one muscle becomes weakened, the eye can be pulled out of alignment. This causes the eye to appear lazy.

These amazing benefits of Botox are still used today and continue to develop.

The Amazing Benefits of Botox

Who knew this lethal neurotoxin could have so many wonderful benefits when administered safely?

Botox's unique ability to relax muscles has treated so many conditions. Its cosmetic uses are just the beginning.

Research continues to find new treatments. Many proven treatments are waiting in line for FDA approval.

Botox Services  at Radiance Spa are performed in a serene environment under the supervision of licensed and experienced experts. Contact us  today to schedule your appointment!

By Ashlee G 03 Nov, 2017

One of the newest trends taking America by storm is Botox.

In 2016, over 4 million women  were walking into clinics for fewer wrinkles and/or bigger lips. Not to mention the couple hundred thousand men that got Botox, too.

Beauty standards are changing, and many more patients want in on the action.

As common as it is becoming, Botox is still a medical enhancement . You should take your time finding the right Botox clinic and the best treatment for you.

The process doesn't have to be difficult, though.

Here's everything you need to know to make the right choice.

1. Know What You Want

You may think you're looking for Botox, but there are actually other terms to be aware of. Your makeover may be as simple as a facial or peel.

To give your face a fuller look, consider dermal fillers.

Fillers help lift the cheeks and smoothen deep creases. They can help preserve your youthful glow with more ease than Botox.

Fillers cost less and are administered with fewer visits, needing only one follow up per year.

Common Uses for Botox

As great as these treatments are, no one knows your face like you. Botox might be a bit more of an investment, but feeling like the best version of you is priceless.

Botox is most commonly used to treat laugh lines. You can also fight other wrinkles like those above the brows or under the eyes.

Fun fact: Botox isn't just for aesthetics!

This simple injection can fight migraines, writer's cramps, and even multiple sclerosis. If you suffer from any of these , ask your doctor about your Botox options.

2. Ask Around

With the rise of these amazing treatments, it may feel like there is a Botox clinic on every corner.

Start your search by talking to your gal pals  and family members.

Does mom's smile look a little more youthful these days? Is your little sister obsessed with treating her skin?

A few simple questions can point you in the right direction to your future Botox clinic.

Don't be shy about getting too personal. Many women love their treatments so much they can't wait to talk about it.

Remember, aging happens! Everyone gets wrinkles. Yet, not everyone has to live with them being as bold as they first appear.

Trust the lovely ladies in your life to help you out.

3. Check Reviews

Take your conversations into serious consideration, but do some solo searching, too.

Get online and see what your Botox clinic options are really about.

Reading client reviews will tell you the ins and outs of each spa and service.

This is where you can get a feel for what to really expect. Reviews may lead you further than the right clinic. They may also tell you the person you need to ask for to get the best service.

Speaking of the staff, double check you are looking at a clinic with certified nurses. As popular as Botox has become, it is still a medical injection.

Reviews also give you a better idea of what to do before and after your treatment. Every person has a different level of recovery, but it's good to see if someone posted a little advice.

Don't forget to take a peek at social media for more information.

Systems like Facebook and Instagram can give you a tour of a Botox clinic from the comfort of your couch.

See if you can imagine yourself in one of the waiting rooms or consultation areas. Who knows? One account may even call out to you stronger than you think and help you make a decision.

4. Consider Your Budget

Before you fall in love with a beautiful spa, look at the price tag.

You shouldn't have to spend a fortune to get rid of fine lines. Be wary of going for the cheapest choice though, because you get what you pay for.

The right price will offer the treatment you want and the value you need. Most clinics include a follow-up since Botox takes a few days to kick in.

Some will even offer special rates  and product purchases. These help keep your skin glowing long after your appointment, and who doesn't love that?

5. Set Up a Consultation

Set up a consultation with your top choices of Botox clinics. Most clinics now offer free meetings, so you can add these to your calendar with ease.

This is the best way to see who really has your best interest in mind.

Make a point to talk to the person who would be administering your treatment. Try to establish a relationship with them and see how you connect.

The specialist should be friendly yet professional. He or she should be able to answer all your questions with ease and simplify complex terms.

Some people may even bring up other options than you expect. They want to treat what's really going on with your skin, which might mean a treatment of lesser strength or a long-term Botox plan.

6. Get All the Details

Your consultation is a time to talk about the small details. Actually, these can sometimes be the most important.

Ask how long a Botox clinic has been in business and talk about past successes. A clinic should have before and after photos to back up its claims.

Take a moment to discuss your concerns, too.

Disclose your fears and a current health status that may apply to the treatment. Talk about your regular levels of activity and how the treatment could affect this.

You should leave a consultation fully confident in what you've talked about.

Out of all the meetings you set up, one will definitely stand out.

Discover the Botox Clinic Waiting for You

Is your inner beauty hiding behind a few wrinkles?

Let the world see the best version of you with the help of a Botox clinic.

The ladies at Radiance Wellness and Beauty are waiting to administer the makeover you're dreaming of.

Contact us  today to talk about your Botox treatment and other beauty options!

By Ashlee G 28 Jun, 2017
You may have scheduled mole removal for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you are at risk of melanoma, which affects about 40,000 Americans each year, or maybe you are doing it for cosmetic or preventative care. Either way, it is always better to recover from the treatment with smooth skin rather than a scar. Fortunately, you can prevent unsightly scars with the right aftercare methods. Follow these tips to keep your skin looking as healthy as possible in the weeks following your treatment. 

  • Clean The Area: As with any beauty spa treatment, it is important to keep the area free of bacteria. Any type of infection can cause the wound to get worse and potentially leave you with an ugly scar. Ask your doctor for specific instructions, but water or some hydrogen peroxide usually does the trick.

  • Stay Hydrated: What you put in your body directly impacts your skin. By drinking plenty of water, you can keep your skin hydrated and healthy. If the area seems to be drying out, apply a small amount of gentle moisturizer to supplement.

  • Avoid Vigorous Exercise: When you work out, friction from your clothes, sweating, and quick movements can irritate and potentially reopen the treated area. Take it easy for a few weeks to let your skin heal, and ask your clinician when you can get back to your normal activities.

  • Cover Up In The Sun: The sun's harmful rays can do some serious damage to vulnerable skin. This aftercare is similar to treatments like laser hair removal and botox. Keep out of the sun if possible, but always wear protective layers and sunscreen.

  • Keep Your Hands Off: Even if the treated area hurts or itches, do your best to keep your hands away. Picking and scratching can cause a scar, since it slows down your skin's natural healing process.
In the days and weeks following your mole removal treatment, be sure to call your clinician if you notice any problems. They will either give you advice or have you come in for a follow up appointment. The bottom line is to be gentle with your skin and pay attention to any issues. This will let your skin regenerate itself for the most healthy result possible.
By Ashlee G 20 Jun, 2017
Taking care of your skin is more than just chemical peels and facials -- it also involves checking for signs of skin cancer. While you may love the sweet spots on your skin, the beauty mark you so adore may turn out to be problematic. If you have moles on your body, it is important to keep an eye on them, as they can turn cancerous. In fact, an estimated 5 to 10% of the U.S. population has atypical moles. While these types of spots are more common in immunosuppressed adults, it is important for everyone to be aware. 

Fortunately, you can check your moles for irregularity right at home. Use this guide to inspect your skin, and make an appointment with a dermatologist if you suspect a problem. They may encourage you to schedule mole removal. 

The 'ABCDE' Method

The best way to inspect your moles is to follow this method. Stand in front of a mirror in a well-lit room. Make sure to check all of your skin, including your scalp. As you scan your skin, check for the following mole features.

  • Asymmetry: Moles should be symmetrical, so check if one half looks different than the other.
  • Border: Healthy moles have a even border. If it has a jagged or poorly defined border, it could be problematic.
  • Color: Moles should also be uniform in color. If you are noticing multiple shades of brown and black, call your skin professional.
  • Diameter: Generally, moles should not be larger than a pencil eraser. Larger moles could be a sign of skin cancer.
  • Evolving: Your moles should stay the same over time. If you notice that one is growing, or changes in shape or color, it's time to get it checked out.

Other Signs To Look For

In addition to performing the ABCDE method to check yourself regularly, also watch out for more general signs of an unhealthy mole. If a mole is bleeding, itchy, or painful in any way, you should call your specialist for a checkup. It is also important to schedule checkups for any moles that appear during adulthood.

If your skin specialist recommends mole removal , the process is generally quite simple and painless. You can also have a mole removed amongst your other cosmetic procedures, even if it does not appear to be problematic.

Radiance Wellness And Beauty performs the mole removal San Diego trusts. Schedule your appointment to achieve your ideal skin today.
By Ashlee G 31 May, 2017
Radiant, clear, smooth skin is a highly desirable feature. However, it is hard to avoid acne scars, wrinkles, or sun damage discoloration as we get older. Luckily, there are some amazing services out there to rejuvenate the skin and help get rid of these pesky skin problems. All the skin product commercials out there stress how important exfoliation is, but your skin cleanser at home can only do so much. If you have some skin imperfections that you can't get rid of on your own, or are just hoping for younger looking skin, it is easy to find a beauty spa that offers microdermabrasion or chemical peels. They are both popular options but how do you know which exfoliation option is right for you?

Chemical Peels
Chemical peels involve applying gentle skin enhancing chemicals on your face which dissolves the upper layers of skin. The chemicals also clear away dead skin cells and help to reveal healthy, smooth skin underneath. Chemical peels are a great treatment option for acne and acne scarring, minimizing fine lines and wrinkles, and it improves the texture of sun damaged skin. Chemical peels are most effective for serious skin problems such as deep wrinkles and scars. 

A series of peels is usually required to obtain the best results and is also dependent on how serious the skin issues are. Chemical peels are available in 3 different strengths: light, medium and deep. The strength chosen will ultimately determine how long the recovery time (you may need up to three months). As peels essentially burn the top layer of skin away, mild skin irritation is to be expected as well as dryness, redness, and flaky skin. Your skin might also be more sensitive to the sun and outdoor elements because you have temporarily removed the skin's protective outer layer.

Microdermabrasion polishes away the upper layers of skin with a vacuum like machine that exfoliates sucks away the dead skin. The suction also stimulates collagen production and blood flow. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons says that microdermabrasion "helps repair facial skin that takes a beating from the sun and the effects of aging." This procedure offers the skin a 'rosy glow' but will not significantly change the appearance of the skin surface. This procedure does not improve wrinkles or skin discoloration. Sometimes, microdermabrasion is recommended before a chemical peel to prepare the skin for the chemicals used in the facial peels. It is the milder exfoliation option for sure. Skin peeling is a normal occurrence after a microdermabrasion treatment but, this does not mean there is a problem. It will resolve on its own after 24-48 hours. Patients may also experience mild redness, minor irritation and dryness. 

Whether you choose chemical peels, microdermabrasion, or both treatments is entirely up to you. If you are feeling uncertain you may want to consult with your dermatologist or physician first. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, both microdermabrasion and chemical peels treat age spots, dull complexion and uneven skin tone. But, as stated before, chemical peels are best suited for more serious skin conditions and microdermabrasion will help with skin rejuvenation and give you that rosy glow again! Make sure you find a beauty spa that has licensed and experienced estheticians. Either procedure can be done multiple times (with required recovery time in between) throughout your life and might become a welcome addition to your skin care routine.
By Ashlee G 25 May, 2017
Considering Botox injections for the first time? Cosmetic procedures are a great way to pamper yourself, leaving a beautiful result. While searching for a clinic to perform your Botox procedure, be sure to gather all possible information. Start by asking the clinic these simple questions: 

  • What certifications do your clinicians have? Be sure to schedule an appointment with a licensed clinician. This will ensure your safety and the success of the procedure. Those with the proper training will also be able to provide proper care instructions for Botox before and after injection.

  • Does your facility often perform injections? It is best to book your appointment at a clinic that has vast experience performing this type of treatment. If the clinicians are performing injections every day, they are likely more precise and efficient. If you are having any doubts about a certain clinic, look for one with a better portfolio.

  • What treatment to you recommend? Once you select a clinic or professional beauty spa, make a consultation appointment to assess your treatment options. Your clinician will recommend what areas to treat. They will also be able to tell you about all possible Botox benefits and risks, as well as what other treatments you might enjoy.

  • How much Botox will you be injecting? Every client is different, so your clinician will tell you how much Botox they will need to inject to achieve your desired result. Don't be afraid to ask questions about why they are choosing a certain quantity and how it will affect your aftercare.

  • What should we do for aftercare? When your treatment is complete, be sure to ask about how to prevent bruising and damage to the area. Your clinician will be able to give you specific limitations and a timeline for recovery.
As most Botox before and after photos suggest, about  82% of Botox patients  experience improvement within one week. If you are noticing any pain, bruising, or other issues, be sure to call your clinician right away. They will be able to reassess the area and figure out the problem. Remember that taking the time to choose the best possible Botox injection clinic will reduce the chances of bruising altogether, so be sure to gather plenty of information.
By Ashlee G 12 May, 2017
Professional laser hair removal benefits your confidence, making you feel flawless. To make sure that the treatment is as effective as possible, it is important to follow all aftercare instructions. This will prevent damage to your skin and prep the hair follicles for your next treatment. In addition to your specialist's specific instructions, be sure to follow these care tips after the laser hair removal process .

  • Avoid sunlight.After your hair removal appointment, your skin will be more sensitive to the sun. Cover up your skin when possible and always wear sunscreen. The same guidelines apply for other treatments like facials and chemical peels.

  • Sooth your skin.You might experience some pain and irritation for about 24 hours after the treatment. Apply ice to the area to reduce any swelling. The pain should go away within a few days, but be sure to call your spa if you see any sores.

  • Expect some itching.The treated area will likely itch for at least the first day. Buy a bottle of aloe vera or itch cream ahead of time to apply to your skin post-appointment. While it might be tempting, do your best not to scratch the area.
    This will just lead to more irritation.

  • Be careful with products.Try to avoid makeup or other cosmetic products right after treatment. If you must use something, opt for a mineral or chemical-free option. Your skin will be sensitive and you could irritate it more by caking chemicals onto it. Be as gentle as possible.

  • Call about any problems.If pain, irritation, or itching doesn't go away after about a day, call your specialist as soon as possible. They will tell you if anything is wrong or if you need to come in for a follow up appointment.

Taking care of your skin and hair follicles is essential to prep your body for your next hair removal session. Most industry professionals recommend the patients come in for follow-up treatments about every 4 to 8 weeks. Depending on your skin tone and hair texture, your hair removal specialist may have more specific instructions. The laser hair removal process takes time, so be sure to be patient. The results will be worth the wait.
By Ashlee G 01 May, 2017
Cosmetic procedures are terrific for individuals who want to not only improve the look and feel of their skin, face, or body, but also feel better about themselves. Despite the fact that these procedures are so wonderful and help so many people, many individuals are still unsure about going through with some of them. If you're skeptical at all about these procedures, simply do a little online research about the procedure you're thinking about. 

Here are some of the best cosmetic procedures that you should consider this year and a few of the advantages that make them so great. 

Chemical Peels
This procedure is great for people who are struggling with serious skin issues. Chemical peels can give you a dramatic lift to your face and appearance without invasive and expensive surgery. One of the advantages of chemical peels is that any serious skin conditions like severe acne, blotchy patches or sun damaged skin, this procedure can easily alienate these symptoms. Age spots can be difficult to hide on your face as well, but chemical peels can assist you in reducing pigmentation and can give your skin a much more balanced and evened out look. 

Facials can do wonders for your skin's physical appearance as well, but the greatest benefit these procedures can provide is complete and total relaxation. Work, relationships, kids, and life can seriously stress you out, so don't let your skin pay the price. Get a facial done and reach your complete state of relaxation. 

The annual revenue generated from the Botox industry is approximately $2.4 million. Although the obvious benefits of Botox involve a youthful, more smooth looking skin, as well as lifted eyebrows, there are also plenty of health benefits as well. For people who experience severe migraines or frequent headaches, Botox actually significantly decreases and sometimes even completely prevents these irritating head issues. In addition to headache prevention, Botox also alleviates excess sweating underneath arms. Don't let wrinkles cause you stress.

If you want to learn more about facials, chemical peels, or Botox benefits, or any other benefits of cosmetic procedures , contact Radiance Beauty and Wellness today. 

By Ashlee G 31 Mar, 2017
Moles are pesky clusters of dark skin pigmentation that may or more not indicate another medical condition. Most moles are benign and pose no risk to the people who have them. However between 5 and 10% of people have atypical moles, with that number only growing in immunosuppressed adults. So, whether it's to give yourself a bit of a beauty spa treatment and remove an annoying bump on your skin or to rid yourself of a potentially dangerous health hazard, here are three mole removal treatments you can expect from your doctor.

  1. Natural
    Not as common as the other two and not recommended to use for moles that may be cancerous, there are many topical creams you may use to safely get rid of the mole that is bothering you. It can be used at home and is a less invasive procedure than the other two, though if you suspect you mole might be cancerous, it's recommended you consult your dermatologist about getting it surgically removed and bypass the natural method.

  2. Laser
    Similar to laser hair removal, this method is best used for flat, brown or black moles that exist on the skin. Cosmetic procedures like this usually take between one and three trips to work effectively. Laser mole removal is not usually used for moles that are large or protrude from the skin.

  3. Surgery
    Surgical mole removal is actually split up into three categories, shave excision, punch biopsy, and excisional surgery. The first is used for moles raised above the skin. The second is used for smaller, less protruding moles. And the third is typically used for flat and malignant moles and is a little more invasive. Depending on which type of mole you have will depend on which procedure your dermatologist recommends to you.
Mole removal procedures may sound rather complicated and intense, but in reality they are not that big of a deal. Most procedures are painless and do not require that large amount of surgery time or recovery. If you are considering removing a mole for cosmetic or medical purposes, consult your dermatologist and see which procedure is best for you. 

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By Ashlee G 29 Mar, 2017
Laser hair removal is one of those cosmetic procedures many people consider getting for themselves. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, nearly 1 million treatments were done last year in the United States. If you are thinking about going in for laser hair removal yourself, you might have a couple questions on your mind. Here are the answers to some of the most common inquiries about the laser hair removal process.

How does it work?

It's actually a very simple procedure. The area is cleansed and usually numbed, patients put on safety goggles, and then a very strong light goes directly to the follicle and kills it. It is a relatively painless procedure, with people reporting the sensation of a pinprick. The ease of the procedure as well as how permanent it is are just some of the laser hair removal benefits.

When will I see a difference?

The effect will likely be immediate. It tends to vary based on the darkness of the hair and skin, the type of laser, and where the treatment was on the skin. Patients sometimes need to come back to receive further treatments for any hair that was missed or that is showing signs of growing back. However, results tend to last for months or even years. And regrowth is expected to be lighter in color and much finer.

What are the side effects?

Laser hair removal is a relatively safe procedure. However, some side effects can be expected. Most commonly, people report swelling, discomfort, or redness at the site around one to three days after treatment. The side effects are temporary and usually go away after a time. Other side effects are really rare but can include blistering, infections, scarring, or lighting of the skin. If done correctly under proper supervision of a dermatologist, these side effects are unlikely to happen.

Overall, in the hands of a licensed and trusted dermatologist, laser hair removal is one of the safest cosmetic procedures to have done. You can see results almost instantly and the long-term effects are worth the little pricks of pain you might feel during the removal. Be sure to always have any kind of procedure done by a professional.

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By Ashlee G 02 Mar, 2017
Are you on your way to a big event and need to look your best? Do you just need a pampering session? Head to a beauty spa for the ultimate luxury experience. Whether it's a facial massage, hair removal, exfoliation, or a facial, they've got you covered. Your skin care will get a boost and you'll leave glowing and feeling amazingly relaxed! Some beauty spas may even offer laser hair removal and microdermabrasion, for a true pampering experience. Whether you're a bride-to-be, off to a gala or photoshoot, or just want a few hours of special treatment, you can get it all at a beauty spa.  

What Services Can I Expect?
Most beauty spas will offer a spa treatment, facials, manicures and pedicures, exfoliation, waxing services, and some type of massage, whether it's just a facial massage or full-body massage. 

Facial peels   are particularly popular, designed to brighten your complexion and pull out any impurities that have built up on your skin. There's a variety of chemical peels available, depending on your skin type and what kind of result you're looking for.  

  will help exfoliate, clean out your pores, and relax your whole face with a facial massage . Many facial treatments also include anti-aging properties and antioxidants for the best care possible.  

Manicures and pedicures
  can be extra luxurious at a beauty spa, with filing, clipping, a foot or hand massage, dry skin removal, and pushing back of the cuticles, all before the nail polish goes on.  

Waxing   and other types of hair removal procedures are also very popular, with almost one million laser hair removal treatments done last year, according to statistics from the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Laser hair removal does require follow-up visits and most surgeons suggest that you get follow-up treatment every four to eight weeks for the best results.  

How Do I Pick a Good Beauty Spa?
Referrals are one great way to find the spa of your dreams. Ask friends and family if they've been to a spa recently and what their experience was like. You can also check out spas online that are nearby and see what reviews or testimonials are on their website. Checking websites that review businesses might also be a good place to look. And of course, look at the spa's website to see what kind of services they offer and the price range for these services -- that's a surefire way to narrow down some of your options. 

Depending on the spa, there may also be specials running seasonally or for certain age groups, such as seniors or college students.  

Indulge in a first-class treatment and make your skin happy by visiting a beauty spa today! Get contoured, cleansed, waxed, and exfoliated before your big event. You'll love the way you look and the treatments will help keep your skin healthy and glowing with regular visits. Once get your first facial massage and beauty spa treatment, there's no going back.
By Ashlee G 22 Feb, 2017
Hair is all over our bodies, and while it's nothing to be ashamed of, sometimes it grows in places where you might not want hair to grow. You could shave or wax, but what's the point when you'll just have to repeat the process in a week or two?  

Fortunately, there's a solution. Laser hair removal is one of the most effective hair removal processes currently in use today, but like any cosmetic procedures, you shouldn't go in blind. Here are just a few of the many laser hair removal benefits that you should consider before going in.  

Treatments Are Fast  
Every laser pulse lasts for a fraction of a second and can treat multiple hairs in that amount of time. This means that smaller areas like the upper lip can be treated in as little as a few minutes. Larger areas take more time, so if you're planning on having your legs or back done it might be smart to budget more time for those sessions.  

Lasers Are Precise  
Precision is one of the laser hair removal benefits that very few other hair removal options can't boast. Lasers will selectively target the hairs slotted for removal and leave the surrounding skin unharmed. You might be able to get similar results with plucking or waxing, but both of those processes are tough on your skin.  

There's Less Pain  
If you've ever had any part of your body waxed, you know that hair removal is painful. But it doesn't have to be! The laser hair removal process is one of the least painful cosmetic procedures you can have done. You might think lasers are synonymous with pain, but you'd be surprised at just how simple and painless laser hair removal can be.  

It's a Safe Treatment  
Complications can arise in any cosmetic procedure, but one of the biggest laser hair removal benefits is how safe the procedure is. There's no pulling on your skin or needles involved, and when performed correctly, it's virtually painless.  

It's Effective  
As previously stated, laser hair removal is popular because it works. Patients typically see permanent hair loss after an average of three to eight sessions. So while you have to go back for additional sessions, this process is one of the most effective on the market.  

Body hair doesn't have to make you uncomfortable anymore. Laser hair removal can help you regain confidence and remove unwanted hair, so why wait? See if laser hair removal is right for you today.
By Ashlee G 01 Feb, 2017
When it comes to skincare, the truth is that healthy skin is radiant skin. Things like moles, age spots, and wrinkles are not only undesirable, but they indicate sun damage to the skin. Abnormalities on the skin resulting from sun damage can lead to melanoma, a potentially deadly form of skin cancer that is diagnosed in almost 40, 000 Americans every year.

While skin scarring and other imperfections can be corrected with cosmetic procedures like microdermabrasion, exfoliation, and facials, skin cancer cannot always be correct with mole removal . That is why it is so important to practice prevention against sun damage. Here are some tips:

  1. Avoid the Sun 
    Stay in the shade, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. This is when the sun and its damaging UV rays are the strongest. Cover your body with clothing, including broad-brimmed hats and UV-blocking sunglasses.

  2. Use Broad Spectrum Sunscreen 
    Since its founding in 1979, The Skin Cancer Foundation has recommended the use of a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. If you intend to be outside for a long time, use a water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. It is important to remember to apply sunscreen (about one ounce) to your whole body a half hour before going outside and to reapply immediately after excessive sweating or swimming.

  3. Preventative Inspections 
    Every month, examine your skin head-to-toe, keeping an eye out for any abnormal moles or markings. While an estimated 5-10% of the general population has atypical moles, and not all will necessarily indicate melanoma, it is best to have any suspicious spots examined by a professional. In some cases, avpreventative measure will include mole removal.

  4. Avoid Indoor Tanning 
    While it might be tempting to get an instant glow and impress your friends with your bronze skin, even in the dead of the winter, it is not worth the danger. Indoor tanning utilizes two types of UV rays, both of which can damage skin and cause skin cancer. The short-term cosmetic advantages of indoor tanning also lead to premature skin aging, including wrinkles and age spots.
To make sure your skin remains healthy and glowing for years to come, don't forget to take these precautions against sun damage.
By Ashlee G 24 Jan, 2017

One of the best things you can do is invest a little time in yourself. A well-deserved trip to the beauty spa will help you look and feel your best for all that the new year has to offer. Here are five ways you can treat yourself to a little bit of luxury this season.

  1. Facial Massage

    We are all familiar with the amazing stress-relieving and muscle-relaxing benefits of massage, but a facial massage in particular also has added beauty benefits. By focusing on the pressure points in the face, this type of massage opens up blocked energy passageways to leave skin looking more youthful and vibrant. It has also been shown to relieve symptoms of PMS and migraines.

  2. Laser Hair Removal

    A laser hair removal treatment is like the gift that keeps on giving. Ditch the razor in the shower and show off your legs and underarms without worry at any time and on a moment's notice.

  3. Botox

    For a real pick-me-up this year, get a Botox treatment to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The results from a single treatment often last an average of four months, so you'll be ready to face anything.

  4. Chemical Peel

    If you suffer from an uneven skin tone, fine lines, sunspots, or any other kind of surface imperfection on your skin, ask your beauty spa technicians about a chemical peel. They come in a variety of strengths so that you get the exact results you want.

  5. Dermal Fillers

    If it's volume and fullness you're after, consider a dermal filler treatment. This procedure can add and restore plumpness to thin lips or hollowed cheeks, as well as reduce the appearance of acne scars or deep creases around the mouth or eyes, for a more youthful glow overall.
Ready to put your best face forward for 2017? Consider the confidence and vitality you'll gain with just one or more of these beauty spa treatment options. After all, it's the best time of the year for rejuvenation. Take the time to look after your personal wellness, and your wellness will give back to you all year long.
By Ashlee G 03 Jan, 2017

Smoothing fine lines and eliminating wrinkles is typically the first thing that comes to mind when we think about Botox. That’s because it is the world’s most popular treatment for this type of cosmetic issue. Botox works by blocking signals from the nerves to the facial muscles, causing them to relax. As a result, the facial skin loses some of its tension and wrinkles smooth themselves out. Of course, this effect is only temporary, with the average treatment lasting about four months. Botox does not treat all skin conditions. Wrinkles caused by sun damage, for instance, may be addressed through alternative beauty spa cosmetic procedures like chemical peels and microdermabrasion.

While reducing lines and wrinkles to maintain and more youthful appearance is the most common use for Botox, it’s not the only one. Here are a few lesser-known applications for the treatment.

Three Botox Benefits and Applications

  1. Relief from migraines

    In 2013, the FDA approved Botox as a treatment for migraine headaches. If you’ve ever suffered a migraine, you know that it can be a terribly painful experience. Symptoms include a pounding or throbbing pain, sensitivity to light and sound, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, fatigue, and blurred vision. By injecting Botox into seven different locations including the temples, forehead, shoulders, and neck, migraine symptoms can be reduced significantly. 

  2. Treatment of hyperhidrosis

    Individuals who suffer from the condition known as hyperhidrosis sweat up to five times as much as the average person. To reduce this excessive sweating, Botox can be injected directly into the sweat glands to temporarily block the signals that stimulate them. This treatment typically lasts for about six or seven months before another injection is needed.  

  3. Bladder control

    Patients who have an overactive bladder or suffer from incontinence may benefit from this drug as well. If the symptoms are caused by frequent contractions of the bladder, Botox can be injected into the bladder using a cystoscope in order to relax the muscles, helping to normalize urination patterns.  

Botox benefits go beyond cosmetic applications. Some serious medical conditions like migraines, hyperhidrosis, and incontinence can be treated by a quick and simple injection. If you suffer from one of these problems, talk to your doctor about Botox today.

By Ashlee G 22 Nov, 2016
It's no secret that many people are obsessed with looking and feeling younger. From Botox to chemical peels to hair removal, there are many types of procedures done in the name of anti-aging.  

Nowadays, however, a process called microdermabrasion is getting a lot of attention. A typical session lasts anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes, and it can help you look and feel youthful. Here are a few more interesting facts about this popular process.  

Microdermabrasion is Non-Invasive  

While it is a procedure that promotes youthful-looking skin, it's non-invasive. This means that while procedures like Botox and mole removal use needles to penetrate the skin, this process doesn't pierce the skin at all. In fact, it's very similar to regular exfoliation, although done at a much more advanced level.  

It was Invented in Italy  

That's right! The land of pasta and pizza developed microdermabrasion procedures around 1985. We may never know what inspired them to do so, but we're all grateful that the gift of youth has been given.  

There are Over 100 Types of Machines on the Market  

Most microdermabrasion locations will use high-end machines to exfoliate the skin, but there are many different kinds on the market. While there are endless combinations of ways to make this machine, the basic idea of exfoliating and suctioning dead skin cells remains the same across the board.  

Large Pores? No Problem  

Fortunately, this procedure isn't just a one-trick pony. Believe it or not, this procedure can actually benefit you if you're uncomfortable with your big pores. Microdermabrasion helps diminish the appearance of pores in addition to removing other imperfections on the skin.  

People Really Love This Procedure  

In a 2009 study, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons revealed that patients were stepping away from invasive treatments like Botox and chemical peels in favor of this procedure. One of the main reasons people gave for the switch was the cost. Not only that, but this process is much safer and not invasive at all.  

There's no question that people will always look for new ways to feel younger. Turns out this is one of the better ways, that can make you feel great afterwards.
By Ashlee G 11 Nov, 2016
With any kind of advancement in medicine, there are always a lot of doubts, rumors, and horror stories. Botox and other anti-aging skin care methods are no exception. Below, you'll find five of the most common myths about Botox. Read along to find out the truth about this life-changing treatment.

  1. You won’t be able to express emotion  

    Rumor has it that Botox totally immobilizes your facial muscles, making it impossible for you to smile, frown, or do anything in between. This is absolutely false. Not only will you have the ability to smile, but you’ll probably find that you’re doing it a lot more often since you will finally have the sense of self-confidence you deserve.

  2. Botox and Dermal Fillers are the same thing  

    Sure, both treatments reduce the appearance of wrinkles; however, they do not accomplish this in the same way. Botox relaxes the muscles that cause wrinkles to form while Dermal Fillers add volume to the facial tissue to give you that youthful plumpness.

  3. Botox is toxic  

    When administered in the right dosage, the injections are totally safe for your body. Contrary to popular belief, Botox is not a dangerous, synthetic material. It actually occurs in nature. Botox is made from Botulinum toxin, which is a neurotoxin protein. Yes, Botulinum toxin can cause the disease botulism when consumed from improperly canned foods; however, a small dose administered by a professional will not cause harm.

  4. The injections are painful  

    The needle used for injections is so small that the pain, if there is any, is minimal. To reduce discomfort, you can numb the area with a topical anesthetic cream or ice pack 10 to 20 minutes before the procedure. Botox is commonly referred to as the “lunchtime injection” because the procedure is so quick and painless.

  5. Botox is permanent  

    About 82% of Botox patients see an improvement within one week of treatment; however, the effects of the treatment only last for about three months. Botox is not permanent, and for results to be sustainable, you would need to repeat the injections every few months.

To learn more about Botox injections, talk to your doctor or visit your local beauty spa. Other youth-restoring spa treatments include chemical peels, laser hair removal, and microdermabrasion.
By Ashlee G 26 Oct, 2016

A mole occurs when the cells that give skin its pigment grow in a cluster instead of being spread out. It’s very common; in fact, most people have between 10 and 40 moles. Your mole pattern is primarily determined by genetics, but sun exposure can also have an effect on the number of moles as well as their color. We often hear about moles being a major warning sign of skin cancer, so if you notice a new mole or see a strange change in an existing one, you may become concerned and wonder if mole removal is right for you.

In this kind of situation, it is always best to see your doctor right away, but for your own information, here is a list of different types of moles and which to look out for.

Types of Moles

Normal Mole 

Almost everyone has moles that are completely harmless and totally normal. This type of mole can develop at any time in a person’s life and can be found anywhere on the body. Normal moles are usually smaller than a pencil eraser and just as round. They are symmetrical, have smooth borders, and an even coloring. Throughout a person’s life a mole should not grow, evolve, or change shape.

Actinic Keratosis 

This is a type of growth commonly found on the scalp, face, forearms, or hands. They typically appear to be rough and scaly and pink or red in color. Doctors say that an actinic keratosis should be inspected and removed because up to 10% of them become cancerous.

Basal Cell Carcinoma .

This type of mole is cancerous. It is caused by sun damage and is easy to treat as long as it is caught early. Typically found on the face, a basal cell carcinoma will look pink or red and may bleed or scab over. One could potentially mistake it for a pimple if not looking carefully.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma 

A squamous cell carcinoma is a thick growth that tends to peel and bleed. It often has an asymmetrical, strangely shaped border and may be mistaken for a wart. It is usually found on the legs, hands, or body. It is cancerous, though it can be cured if caught early enough.


Melanoma is a potentially deadly form of skin cancer that can spread rapidly but is curable when caught early on. It is diagnosed in about 40,000 Americans each year. In women, it is typically found on the legs, while men more commonly get it on their torso. The mole appears dark and irregularly shaped. It often has an uneven reddish-brown or black coloring. If you have a melanoma, mole removal is essential.

If you live in San Diego, stop by Radiance Beauty and Wellness to learn more about mole removal . Radiance also offers additional cosmetic services and facial treatments like Botox, chemical peels, and laser hair removal.
By Ashlee G 13 Oct, 2016
Traditional methods of hair removal are imperfect, pricey, and time-consuming. Laser hair removal can provide the perfect long-term solution for hair reduction and removal for both men and women. If you're wondering whether laser hair removal will be right for you, here are three of its main benefits:

  1. Cost-effectiveness
    Buying an endless amount of razors, shaving creams, tweezers, and other tools for hair removal can be incredibly costly. Because laser hair removal helps reduce hair growth in the long-term, you'll no longer have to buy those items. In addition, laser removal is much more cost-effective than traditional waxing treatments over time.

  2. Speed and precision
    It's easy to miss a spot (or several) when you shave with a disposable or electric razor, but with a laser removal treatment, you'll be assured that hair removal is precise and thorough. The best part is that treatments are quicker than you might expect! It takes only about 20 minutes to perform a laser treatment on the underarm and Brazilian area. Patients typically report permanent hair removal after three to eight sessions, which is nothing compared to the daily chore of traditional hair removal. When you think about the amount of time you spend shaving or getting waxed in an average day or appointment and compare that to the amount of time a laser treatment lasts, it's easy to see how much extra time you'll have when you opt for a laser treatment. Now, you'll just have to come up with ways to spend it!

  3. Skin problems
    Those who have sensitive skin that's easily irritated by creams or razor burn can greatly benefit from laser removal treatments. Laser treatments won't irritate your skin or create painful cuts, which is especially important for areas like the upper lip and bikini area. In addition, if you've ever experienced the frustration of not being able to shave close enough with a traditional razor, laser removal treatments for unwanted hair are a great option. Best of all, you won't have to deal with painful or unsightly ingrown hairs. Laser treatments are the best option to prevent ingrown hairs from occurring, and if you opt for these treatments, you'll never have to deal with them again!
Whether you're considering microdermabrasion treatments, want to delve into chemical peels or botox, or want to make an appointment at a facility that provides some of the best laser hair removal San Diego has to offer, contact us today to find out more about our services.
By Ashlee G 21 Sep, 2016

Botox, facelifts, hair removal – the cosmetic industry offers us lots of ways to look and feel younger.   While these methods produce great results, some of us are looking for less invasive, nonsurgical techniques for recovering that healthy, youthful glow we once had. If this sounds like you, have you considered microdermabrasion or chemical peels? Though both are considered “skin polishing” or medical-grade exfoliating treatments, they do have some fundamental differences that set them apart.

What is microdermabrasion? 

This simple procedure is great for treating dull, leathery skin as well as reducing mild acne scarring and smoothing fine wrinkles. It involves removing the uppermost layer of dead skin cells while polishing the face and stimulating collagen production and blood flow. This gives the skin a healthy, soft, and youthful look. The typical treatment session lasts between 15 and 30 minutes. Between six and 12 treatments are recommended to achieve optimal results.

What are the side effects of microdermabrasion? 

Side effects are mild; some patients experience minor redness, irritation, or dryness after the treatment.

What is a chemical peel? 

Chemical peels also smooth rough, dry skin and improve the appearance of damaged skin by eliminating superficial acne scars and deep wrinkles. The procedure begins by cleansing the skin. Next, the chemical is applied and as it penetrates the dead skin cells, it stimulates the regeneration of new, healthier cells. Like microdermabrasion, chemical peels work best if they are performed at regular intervals. The first peel is usually pretty gentle, but subsequent peels gradually increase in strength.

What are the side effects of a chemical peel? 

It is normal for patients to experience a slight stinging or burning sensation during the treatment, and for the first few days the face will appear red and flaky. The provider may recommend an antibiotic treatment or steroid ointment to alleviate swelling and tenderness.

If you are interested in learning more about the ways you can look and feel refreshed and rejuvenated, discuss your options with a dermatologist or aesthetician. For the microdermabrasion treatments and chemical peels San Diego residents can rely on to feel their best, make an appointment with Radiance Wellness and Beauty today.
By Jacob Mulligan 31 Jul, 2015
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It’s free:
It costs you a grand total of zero dollars to post to the blog, so if you have something to say, there’s nothing to stop you.

You can establish yourself as a thought leader:

A blog is a great place for your original thoughts, and it can be a wonderful way to show off your individuality. If people like your ideas, you can become a thought leader in your industry!

What else do you love about blogs? Let me know!
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