Category Archives: Cosmetic Treatments

4 Cosmetic Treatments to Make Your Beauty Routine Easier

Everyone has specific areas they obsess over, whether it’s their eyebrows, nose, forehead, or hair. Caring about your physical looks doesn’t make you vain or shallow—it just means you take pride in yourself! In fact, there’s evidence that working on our appearance makes us more confident, and regular self-care can even be therapeutic, keeping depression and anxiety at bay. Self-grooming can, however, take up a lot of our time that could be spent on other tasks and activities. The average women’s beauty routine is 55 minutes each day. We’re not saying that time isn’t well spent, but there are options if you want to cut down on the time you dedicate to clothes, hair, makeup, and personal grooming each day. Professional treatments, such as laser hair removal from our Albuquerque-based team at Western Dermatology Consultants, can reduce the time, energy, and costs involved in achieving your ideal look each day. Here’s a look at four schedule-saving treatments we offer:

Laser Hair Removal

Excessive body hair on areas like the face, legs, back, arms, and bikini line is a dilemma many people face. Shaving and waxing are intensely repetitive chores. Using laser energy, we can damage follicles that absorb the focused light, heat up, and lose their ability to properly grow new hairs. This is a quick, precise, and long-term hair removal method that works for up to a year, reducing the need for razors and plucking.

Permanent Makeup

Microblading creates beautifully arched, waterproof eyebrows that preserve the same shape and style for years. That means you won’t have to spend as much time getting ready each morning. Much like a tattoo, the results do not require significant maintenance. There are also similar options for eyeliner and lip liner.

Latisse®

Full, luscious lashes make eyes brighter and more beautiful. However, it can be difficult to find the right mascara, applying it flawlessly can be a challenge, and eyelash extensions aren’t for everyone. Latisse® makes your lashes grow naturally and is a less high-maintenance treatment option for anyone looking to routinely accentuate their eyes.

Microdermabrasion

Instead of coating your face with concealer to hide dull, dry skin and blemishes each morning, consider booking a microdermabrasion session with us! This treatment abrades away dead cells from the surface to deep clean pores and create a more even tone and texture.

Get more advice on laser hair removal and other aesthetic procedures available from our Western Dermatology Consultants team serving Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Call us today at 505-855-9267, or write to tell us more about your interests.

Latisse® or Eyelash Extensions: Which Should I Choose?

The eyes are said to be the windows of the soul, and having long, beautiful eyelashes as a frame for them can make them look more expressive, attractive, and youthful. When it comes to getting such luscious lashes, there are many different options available, from lash-enhancement tattoos to volumizing mascaras, lash lifts, eyelash extensions, and growth-simulating serums like Latisse® topical formula. For Albuquerque-area patients hoping to upgrade their natural lash length, our Western Dermatology Consultants team discusses both Latisse® and standard eyelash extensions.

The prescription medication is ideal for making your lashes longer, fuller, and darker. Latisse® has been FDA-approved since 2008 for application on the upper eyelids. If used daily, as recommended, it gradually improves several aspects of lash growth. The active ingredient works to both increase the number of hairs and extend their growth phase to address sparse, stubby lashes or make already full lashes even fuller. This effect will last as long as the cosmetic is routinely applied. If you stop applying Latisse®, your lashes will gradually return to the way they looked prior to starting the treatment.

Eyelash extensions are physical products made up of silk or similar material, applied on top of your natural lashes to create a more dramatic, intense appearance. They look more natural than mascara and can be customized for unique eye shapes. The effect can last as long as the natural lifespan of eyelashes themselves: about six to eight weeks.

Extensions can also be used in conjunction with Latisse® for patients who want an especially noticeable “wow” factor for their lashes, or who want to get a fuller look right away while waiting for the effects of Latisse® to truly kick in. Anyone interested in this dual approach should know that they must wait for 48 hours after getting extensions before applying the topical medication.

Want to achieve the long, luscious eyelashes you’ve always yearned for with Latisse®? Or try eyelash extensions for yourself? Book a tele-consult with us today by calling (505) 855-9267 or fill out a contact form to get in touch with our team at The Spa @ Western Dermatology Consultants in Albuquerque.

Under-Eye Circles: Common Causes and How to Treat Them

Suffering from too many sleepless nights? When you first notice dark, bluish patches and bags below your lower eyelids, it can feel as if you’ve suddenly aged years. Products like eye creams and concealers don’t always do much for this condition, which is known in scientific terms as periorbital hyperpigmentation (POH). Fortunately, there are some quick ways to open up and brighten your eyes once again with cosmetic treatments. In the case of some anti-wrinkle injections like BOTOX®, our Albuquerque The Spa @ Western Dermatology Consultants team believes they are too risky for the under-eye area and won’t do much to resolve the problem. Instead, you can always try fillers like Juvederm®. Our team assesses each patient on an individual basis to determine what will work best for them.   

Dark circles may be linked to a variety of causes, including fatigue. Lack of sleep causes blood vessels to dilate. As the skin below our eyes is particularly thin and semi-transparent, prominent blood vessels and the dark coloring they create easily show through. This can make the area below the eyes appear shadowed.

Some people may be prone to developing under-eye shadows due to hereditary factors, so if your parents look perpetually tired, you may develop the same appearance.

Additionally, natural aging can contribute to the problem, as the skin in the tear troughs becomes thinner and hollowed when moisture, collagen, and fat are lost over time.

If you’re concerned about periorbital dark circles, you may want to restrict your sun exposure, since UV radiation can further weaken aging skin, as well as cause permanent hyperpigmentation problems.

The tear troughs can be challenging to treat. As noted above, BOTOX® isn’t recommended. This injectable is hardly ever applied on its own beneath the eyes, primarily because it carries won’t be able to correct thinning or loose skin.

On the other hand, fillers are typically safe and effective for the under-eye area. Juvederm® is a great choice for replacing depleted volume, which can fill out hollows, restore moisture, and make darker vessels below the skin more difficult to see.

No matter the treatment chosen, it’s always best to choose a highly experienced team led by a board-certified dermatologist if you’re planning any kind of under-eye correction.

Ready for a new you? To learn more about Juvederm® and other treatments available from The Spa @ Western Dermatology Consultants, call our practice in Albuquerque at 505-855-9267 or write to us to request a consultation.

Why Facials Are Great for Your Skin

Maintaining the beauty and health of your skin requires good lifelong habits, including a basic daily care routine. Want help with developing the ideal regimen for your skin type and goals? The best way to have your skin properly assessed and understand your unique needs is by seeing a reputable, board-certified-dermatologist-led team. At Albuquerque’s Western Dermatology Consultants, the Spa @ WDC involves dermatologists, nurses, licensed aestheticians, and more working together to recommend treatments and products in plans custom designed to promote skin health and beauty.

Because it can be difficult to fully remove dirt, dead skin, and bacteria from your skin on your own with at-home treatments, facials are one of the most popular skin rejuvenation approaches available at the Spa @ WDC. Our team believes that facials can be an important element of any self-care plan, since they’re beneficial for both women and men who want to go beyond mild, drugstore cleansers and exfoliation for more complete skin rejuvenation. Facials are especially ideal for people who want results, but who are not ready for microdermabrasion or injectables.

A standard facial consists of a series of steps performed by a skin expert. These steps may include steam, exfoliation, creams, masks, massages, and other techniques to open pores, remove debris, and nourish and clean the skin. In addition to creating a more even tone and complexion, facials can also make your skin look refreshed and younger without the need for more dramatic cosmetic therapies. Facials address a variety of concerns, including everything from pimples, blemishes, and blackheads, to dullness and flaky skin.

Another major benefit to facials is that they can help you to understand more about your skin type. Your aesthetician will first perform a skin analysis on you to identify your skin type, which may be dry, oily, combination, sensitive, or normal. The analysis can also reveal any conditions that should be addressed.

Your aesthetician will give you expert advice, recommend products to use at home, and explain how to care for your skin after a facial. Some people prefer to have a facial on a monthly basis, while others choose it less often. The treatments can be customized depending on your specific needs and wants. For example, someone in their 20s may want a general “freshening up,” while a  person in their 40s or 50s may want more of a rejuvenating effect.

If you want to discover more about facials, the professionals at Albuquerque’s Western Dermatology Consultants can answer your questions about the treatment, its results, and more. Call 505.855.9267 or set up a consultation to find the most effective treatment for your skin care needs.

What Condition Is Your Skin In This Season?

It’s winter in Albuquerque. Our board-certified dermatologists see a wide range of both cosmetic and medical conditions during this time, which may surprise some people. The darker season is known for cooler and often wetter weather—not something that would seem to be associated with dry skin. Unfortunately, winter conditions are ideal for drying out our protective layer, leading to a range of problems.

This is because despite the occasional rain, humidity actually drops in the winter—both indoors and out. Dry air leads to dry skin.

Winter is also the time when many people notice the effects of their sun-worshiping summer. Maybe a string of days at the pool contributed to the cumulative damage that causes wrinkles to form, spots to develop, and increases the risk of skin cancer. Ultraviolet radiation can wreak havoc on sensitive cells, causing everything from mutations that form tumors to the hastened breakdown of vital collagen, elastin, and more in the skin.

No matter the problem—or the condition of your skin—Western Dermatology Consultants is here to help. With fair-weather days a fond memory or distant hope, our team can assess the current state of your skin and make recommendations for treatments, procedures, and at-home regimens to promote both beauty and health.

Why not use the post-holiday lull to schedule a full-body exam to check for early signs of skin cancer? Or find out what you can finally do about that pesky cellulite that’s been bugging you for years? From dark circles you first noticed after a procession of parties throughout the holidays to a desire to altogether ditch the shaving you’ve been putting off (since you can get away with wearing pants instead of skirts or shorts), there is always something our dermatologists and their carefully selected and trained team can do to help.

Call Western Dermatology Consultants at 505-855-9267 or request a consultation online to arrange a visit and get started on some winter skin care.