Take Years Off Your Face With the Sublime Facial

Nearly 2 million facial rejuvenation treatments are performed each year in the United States, according to data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, making these treatments among the most popular cosmetic options for both women and men. Facial rejuvenation can help reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles while also firming skin that’s started to sag. 

Today, there are lots of options available for facial rejuvenation. The key is to determine which one is best for helping you reach your goals.

At ENVY Skin Clinic, our team offers several options for facial rejuvenation and skin tightening in patients from Glendale and Sherman Oaks, California, including the state-of-the-art SublimeTM system by CandelaTM. This system uses a unique energy-delivery system to fight wrinkles, lines, and sagging skin all at once, so you can look great and feel more youthful and more confident. Here’s how it works.

How skin ages

No matter how well you care for your skin, at some point, the effects of aging are going to kick in. That means that eventually, wrinkles, lines, and sagging skin are going to come calling, dramatically transforming the appearance of your face and neck.

Many factors can contribute to age-related changes in your skin, including your hormones, genes, and even good old gravity. But it’s changes in your skin’s structure that wind up causing the wrinkles and laxity that we see — specifically, changes in your levels of collagen and elastin, building blocks of healthy, youthful skin.

As we get older, our bodies produce less and less of these two critical components, and that means the skin is a lot more prone to other factors that affect skin aging, like hormones, genes, and gravity. As collagen and elastin production declines, wrinkles and lines start to become more evident, and skin starts to droop and sag.

To truly reduce these problems and restore a more youthful look and feel to your skin, you need a treatment that addresses the decline in collagen and elastin production, so your skin can get the firm support it needs. That’s where Sublime can help.

The power of two

Unlike other skin firming treatments that use one type of energy, the Sublime system uses two types of energy — radiofrequency energy and infrared energy. That’s important because these two types of energy work differently to stimulate collagen and elastin development at different layers of your skin to treat both superficial and deeper wrinkles. Plus, the gentle warmth from the energy helps heat your skin’s structure, helping to “shrink” it, so it feels and looks firmer and more resilient — more youthful.

Sublime is gentle, so afterward, there’s no downtime and no juggling of your routine. Because it works to help your skin remodel itself over time, most patients get the most significant benefit by scheduling a series of treatments, each spaced out by a few weeks or a few months, to give your skin time to produce new, firm collagen fibers.

The Sublime system is designed for use on most face and neck areas, including the eyes, cheeks, and jawline. As skin remodels over time, you can enjoy firmer, more youthful contours, as well as skin that looks smoother and feels softer.

Learn more about Sublime treatments

 Aging doesn’t mean ignoring the effects of aging. It means making a plan to feel confident and beautiful no matter your age. If you’d like to learn more about Sublime and how it can help you feel your youthful best, call ENVY Skin Clinic or use our online form and request a consultation today.

5 Benefits of Vitamin B12 Injections

There’s a problem with the American diet — we’re well-fed, but we’re not necessarily well-nourished. In fact, nearly one-third of the population is at risk for at least one vitamin deficiency and 1% of the population doesn’t take in enough vitamin B12.

At ENVY Skin Clinic, we believe that a big part of looking great comes from the inside. While we offer a wide range of cutting-edge services that can help your appearance, we also want to ensure that your body has the resources it needs to glow from within. As part of these efforts, we offer vitamin B12 injections.

Here’s a look at some of the many benefits of boosting your B12 levels through injections.

1. Gives you extra energy

One of the first things you may notice when your body doesn’t have enough B12 is a lack of energy. Vitamin B12 plays a large role in the creation of red blood cells, which carry much-needed oxygen. If your body’s cells aren’t getting the oxygen they need, they become weak, leaving you feeling fatigued.

2. Provides a nutrient your body doesn’t produce

The human body doesn’t produce B12, but collects it from outside sources, namely animal products. If your diet doesn’t include B12-rich foods, our injections can make up the critical difference.

3. Protects health of your baby during pregnancy

If you’re pregnant, you need to have higher-than-normal levels of B12 to help with your fetus’s development, especially when it comes to nervous system development, which includes the brain and spinal cord.

One study showed that pregnant women with vitamin B12 levels lower than 250 mg/dL (this number should be around 400 mg/dL) were three times more likely to have a child with brain or spinal cord defects. If vitamin B12 levels drop below 150 mg/dL, the risk increases by five times. 

4. Boosts bone health

Your levels of vitamin B12 can also play a role in the health of your bones. For example, a study found that people with a vitamin B12 deficiency had lower average bone mineral density. This deficit can become more significant the older you get because your bones naturally lose density.

With our B12 injections, we can help support the strength of your bones and help reduce your risks for developing osteoporosis.

5. Improves your mood

While there’s much that we still don’t understand about mood regulation in the brain, we do know that vitamin B12 plays a role in synthesizing and metabolizing serotonin, which is the “feel good” chemical in your brain.

By boosting your levels of B12 through our injections, we can influence the production of serotonin to elevate your mood.

In order to accomplish the objectives we outline above, we deliver the vitamin B12 directly to where you need it most — into your bloodstream. This allows us to bypass your digestive tract, where problems with B12 absorption can crop up.

If you’d like to improve your health and wellness with vitamin B12 injections, contact one of our two offices in Sherman Oaks or Glendale, California.

Achieve Longer, More Luscious Lashes with Latisse

Thin and sparse eyelashes can leave you feeling less than comfortable with your looks. Fortunately, with recent medical breakthroughs, you don’t have to keep living with thin eyelashes. 

Enter LatisseⓇ, the first and only FDA-approved eyelash serum on the market. Latisse can help give you the thicker, longer lashes you desire. 

Our specialists at ENVY Skin Clinic in Glendale and Sherman Oaks, California, are pleased to provide this option for qualifying candidates.

Here we share more about Latisse, including the benefits you can anticipate.

How Latisse can help

Latisse contains a synthetic form of prostaglandin, a natural substance in your body. Proglastin disrupts and then stimulates the growth cycle of your eyelashes. Scientists discovered that synthetic prostaglandin could help people grow lusher lashes.

Unlike eyelash extensions, which bring an increased risk for eye disorders such as dry eye disease and allergies, Latisse is noninvasive and simple to apply at home. And once Latisse starts working, you can expect not only thicker, more visible lashes but a boost in your self-confidence about your appearance.

Good candidates for Latisse

If you’ve lost eyelashes due to other treatments such as eyelash extensions or have sparse eyelash growth, you may be a great candidate for Latisse. 

Latisse is generally considered safe for anyone with healthy eyes. If you have any chronic medical conditions that may impact your eyes, talk to our team before considering treatment.

What to expect once you start 

Once you’ve been prescribed Latisse, you apply it to your upper lashes using a sterile applicator once each day. Most people choose first thing in the morning or right before bed. 

You’ll want to avoid your lower lashes and keep the serum away from other facial areas, to prevent unwanted hair growth. While most people find the process comfortable, in rare cases, eyelid darkening or irritation occurs. 

When you use Latisse properly daily, you can expect to see full results in 8-10 weeks. From there, you may select to switch to applying it every other day. However, you’ll need to keep applying the serum to some degree, or your eyelashes will go back to their original state. Our team will help determine your best course of treatment.

To learn more about Latisse or find out if you’re a good candidate, call Pure Touch Skin Center or request an appointment through our website. We would love to help you reach your aesthetic goals through our noninvasive and proven treatments.

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus.

But what do you do if you still need health care? Fortunately, Telehealth can help.

How Telehealth works

Telehealth — or telemedicine — is a healthcare solution that allows you to meet with your doctor virtually instead of going to the office. Our 100% HIPAA-compliant system uses a two-way, high definition video, so we can talk face-to-face as if we’re in the same room together.

With Telehealth, you can also:

  • Submit your medication list, allergies, ID cards, and medical history in advance
  • Chat or share photos describing your symptoms
  • Have prescriptions electronically sent to your pharmacy
  • Securely pay online for your virtual visit

This streamlined approach originally evolved to help expand medical care to men, women, and children living in remote areas. Today, 76% of hospitals use Telehealth technology, and US employers could save as much as $6 billion a year by making telemedicine technology available to their employees. But the advantages of Telehealth go far beyond financial savings.

The benefits of telemedicine

Whether you live close to your doctor or in a rural area, you probably know firsthand that even a routine visit involves wait times of 18 minutes or longer — and that doesn’t even include the time you spend getting there. Telehealth technology eliminates that.

By connecting to your doctor in a virtual setting, you can expect to:

  • Miss less time at work
  • Have fewer disruptions with any child or elder care responsibilities
  • Eliminate the time or travel expenses associated with your office visit
  • Receive quality health care faster
  • Reduce subjecting yourself and others to a contagious illness

At the same time, you also reduce your risk of exposure to contagious illnesses, like the common cold, flu, and COVID-19.

Telemedicine is also available to patients of all ages, including children, older adults, and those in vulnerable health. That makes it an ideal healthcare solution for everyone, especially when someone can no longer leave their home safely but still requires medical attention.

What to expect during a Telehealth appointment

Telemedicine technology has never been easier to use, simply:

  • Download our app to your tablet, computer, or phone
  • Request an appointment through our Telehealth portal
  • Fill out the registration forms included in our calendar invite
  • Follow the link in your calendar invite to open your video-chat to start your appointment

You can also upload photos, if needed, to help us diagnose your symptoms.

For more information on telemedicine or to schedule your virtual visit, contact us by calling or requesting your Telehealth appointment online today.

Why Botox Is the Best Cosmetic Tool for Long-Term Wrinkle Reduction

Are the effects of aging making you feel self-conscious about your appearance? You might want to consider Botox®. It’s a popular cosmetic treatment that reduces wrinkles and fine lines around your eyes. With continued use, the effects of Botox can last long-term and help you feel more confident.

At ENVY Skin Clinic with locations in Glendale and Sherman Oaks, CA, our highly experienced medical team –  we have a physician and over 12 registered nurses — can enhance your appearance with Botox and other minimally invasive cosmetic treatments.

Botox has been around the longest

Botox has been FDA-approved for cosmetic purposes since 2002. As a result, there are nearly two decades of tried-and-true results.  

Botox is considered safe for anyone over the age of 18. Whether you want to get rid of crow’s feet or prevent them from forming in the first place, chances are, Botox is right for you.

Over the years, our team has helped hundreds of patients look and feel their best. We trust Botox and have the experience and training to give you natural-looking results.

Botox treatments are quick and effective

On average, your Botox appointments last between 15-20 minutes. That said, it takes a day or two to see results. Depending on your needs, age, and other variables, the effects of Botox injections usually last between three and six months. This means you may only need to get the treatment two to four times a year. 

If you use Botox regularly, the effects will last longer and you won’t need as many appointments. This makes paying for Botox, as well as scheduling your treatments, much easier than a cosmetic tool that requires monthly upkeep.

Botox injections aren’t painful — you don’t need anesthesia, which makes it much safer than other options. You can stop receiving injections at any time without abnormal sagging or wrinkling.

Botox treatments slow down the aging process 

Keep in mind, you’ll still need consistent treatments to maintain the youthful appearance Botox provides. That said, regular use of Botox can drastically slow down the aging process. For example, people who receive Botox injections long-term experience a change in their muscles that causes them to make less “aggressive” expressions. As your facial muscles stay relaxed, the skin covering them also releases any folds or wrinkles. 

Some studies show that patients who have Botox for more than 10 years look visibly younger than those without. Botox can also prevent new wrinkles from forming, which makes it a popular therapy with young adults who don’t want wrinkles to form in the first place. 

Should you consider Botox? 

Botox is a great option for preventing wrinkles and other signs of aging. If you’re interested in Botox injections, call us or request an appointment online today at ENVY Skin Clinic We’ll help you look and feel incredible.

Want Bold Brows Without a Ton of Makeup? Try Microblading

In the past, improving your appearance required invasive surgical procedures and lengthy downtimes. Those days have come to an end. Now, you can turn to numerous minimally invasive aesthetic treatments to enhance your appearance during a simple office visit. And, they can even address sparse or thinning eyebrows.

Cosmetic treatments for eyebrows aren’t new. But, unlike common treatments like tattooing, microblading offers a more affordable and convenient option. It’s no wonder this process has gained massive popularity in recent years with celebrities like Madonna, Cara Delevingne, Lily Collins, and many others. 

Our team of highly qualified aestheticians at ENVY Skin Clinic can demystify this astonishing treatment if you’re looking for thicker, fuller, and natural-looking eyebrows. 

When to consider microblading

The good news about microblading is that it literally works for everyone. Whether you want thicker brows without the daily hassle of makeup, or you’ve noticed brow thinning related to age or alopecia, you can get spectacular, natural-looking brows with microblading.

How microblading works

The term “microblading” simply describes the process of applying a semi-permanent tattoo to your brow lines. This technique provides results that typically last up to three years. 

At ENVY Skin Clinic we use a simple, handheld device to draw individual pigments of color, creating the appearance of additional hairs along your brow lines. Your initial treatment can take up to a few hours to complete, and you can expect darker, fuller results immediately after treatment. 

As your eyebrows heal, you can expect your new brows to fade, providing a more natural look. Scheduling follow-up appointments helps monitor your results and provides opportunities for touch-ups or alterations depending on your overall goals.      

The advantages of microblading

Unlike permanent tattooing processes, microblading doesn’t alter the deeper layers of the skin. Instead, you only have changes on the very surface layers of your skin. Plus, the pigment strokes used in microblading have a more natural appearance. We achieve these results by using a handheld needle or blade, as opposed to a tattoo gun, which penetrates deeper and provides less natural-looking — and permanent — results. 

Getting perfect brows

Now that you know how microblading works and what to expect, you may be wondering about cost and the number of sessions you’ll need to get great results. If you’re ready to take the first step in achieving bold, lush brows, come see our team of highly trained aestheticians at ENVY Skin Clinic for all the details. You can trust our extensive experience and unique skills, along with the latest in cosmetic technology to get the fuller and truly organic-looking brows you’ve been dreaming of. 

Are you tired of thinning brows and exhausted from going through the aggravation of filling them in day after day? Microblading could be the answer you’ve been looking for. Contact one of our convenient locations in Glendale or Sherman Oaks, California, to schedule a consultation today.

5 Skin Conditions that Can Be Helped with Chemical Peels

As the years go by, your skin performs its job well, shielding you from just about everything the world can throw at it. Unfortunately, the evidence can begin to pile up in the form of blemishes, lines, and discolorations, especially in highly exposed areas like your face. To clear away the damage, many people turn to chemical peels.

At ENVY Skin Clinic, our team provides our patients with the most advanced tools and techniques to bring out the best in their skin. As part of our extensive suite of services, we offer chemical peels, which provide solutions for a host of skin concerns, and we review five of them here.

1. Uneven skin tone

As we age, our skin cells don’t regenerate or repair themselves as easily, which means that your skin may look a little more tired and dull as you age. To refresh and revitalize your skin, we recommend a light (superficial) chemical peel, which strips away damaged and dead cells from the outer layer of your skin, revealing healthier skin below.

These peels are quick and easy and there’s no downtime afterward. Many of our patients incorporate these light peels into their regular beauty regimens to stay one step ahead of aging skin.

2. Age spots

As you get older, the effects of prolonged exposure to the sun become more evident. This occurs because your melanin is more apt to bunch together, which creates age spots. Through our medium peel, we can get down to where these areas of hyperpigmentation develop and strip them away, clearing the way for clearer skin to grow.

3. Fine lines and wrinkles

The development of fine lines and wrinkles is perfectly natural as you age, but it doesn’t mean you have to resign yourself to them. Through regular light chemical peels, we can prevent lines and wrinkles from forming, and with our medium peel, we can address many fine lines and shallow wrinkles that have already developed. 

If you have deeper lines and wrinkles, you may want to opt for a deep chemical peel, which gets down into your dermis for dramatic skin resurfacing.

4. Scarring

If you’d like to clear away unpleasant reminders of acne or an accident, chemical peels work well to address scarring. Depending upon the degree of scarring, we choose the right peel to strip away these blemishes, leaving smooth, scar-free skin behind.

5. Acne

If you currently have mild-to-moderate acne, a chemical peel can help clear away the outbreak more quickly. This approach to acne isn’t for everyone, especially if you have severe acne. The best way to find out whether a chemical peel can clear your acne is to sit down with one of our experts for a consultation.

If you’d like to learn more about how a chemical peel can hit the restart button for your skin, please contact one of our two offices in Glendale or Sherman Oaks, California.

COVID-19 and PPE: How We Ensure Your Safety in the Office

Cosmetic treatments help keep your skin looking glowy and refreshed, but they may provide other benefits too. In fact, Americans who opt for cosmetic treatments to fight skin imperfections, such as wrinkles, report higher self-esteem levels. 

But can you continue enjoying your favorite cosmetic treatments while staying safe during the pandemic?

Yes, you can. Below, our experts at ENVY Skin Clinic explain the measures we take to keep our patients in our Glendale and Sherman Oaks, California, offices protected.

How personal protective equipment (PPE) is used to keep you safe 

All of our personnel use gloves and face masks throughout each consultation. We also ask our clients to wear a facemask and use hand sanitizer when entering the building. 

Surgical masks prevent the spread of the virus by filtering large particles and reducing exposure to saliva droplets and respiratory secretions. 

Consider bringing your own pair of latex gloves too. However, keep in mind that the virus can stick to latex gloves, so if you do choose to wear gloves, don’t skip the hand sanitizer.

Safety measures to protect you during the COVID-19 pandemic 

So what will be different when you visit our office to get cosmetic treatments? Our staff takes the following measure to help keep everyone safe from the virus:

  • Screening patients over the phone based on symptoms 
  • Offering online consultations 
  • Requiring the use of face masks when entering the office 
  • Requiring the use of hand sanitizer 
  • Disinfecting all surfaces and tools after each consult or treatment
  • Positioning chairs in the waiting room at least six feet apart to encourage social distancing
  • Removing magazines and brochures from the waiting room

If you’re experiencing cold-like symptoms, or if someone close to you is exhibiting cold-like symptoms, stay at home for at least 2-3 weeks, until the symptoms disappear. 

We also encourage you to come to the office by yourself. If you do choose to bring a family member or a friend with you, make sure your companion also wears a mask when entering the building.

Schedule an online appointment with us 

Our staff currently offers Botox®, laser hair removalchemical peelsmicrobladingmicroneedlingfacial rejuvenationskin tightening, and injectables

If you’re interested in any of these cosmetic treatments, contact the office most convenient to you. You can call to book an appointment or see if there are any new updates regarding COVID-19 guidelines and office visits. Or you can request an appointment online.

You can also schedule a virtual appointment to get expert advice on how to manage your skin concerns from home.

Where Can I Have Hair Removed?

Everyone has body and facial hair, but not everyone loves having it in all the places it grows. Now you don’t have to fight unwanted facial and body hair with tweezers, razors, and chemicals. Laser hair removal offers a better solution for smooth, silky skin. f

As part of our comprehensive line of services, our team of aesthetic experts at ENVY Skin Clinic in Glendale and Sherman Oaks, California, uses the latest in laser hair removal technology to give our clients the hair-free skin they’ve been longing for. 

Many patients come to our practice wondering which areas of the body they can have treated with laser hair removal. We’ve put together this informative guide to tell you what you need to know about laser hair removal and how it can help you achieve your aesthetic goals.

What is laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal is an effective and safe method for reducing unwanted body and facial hair. Using concentrated light, it destroys hair follicles without hurting or marking your skin. The result? The smooth, silky skin you desire.

ENVY Skin Clinic uses the Candela GentleMax Pro system, which can treat nearly any skin type. For treatment, your provider marks the treatment area and then uses a handheld device to send concentrated laser light into the hair follicles to end the production of hair.

Several laser treatments may be needed to give you optimal results, since hair grows in a 3-part life cycle, and laser hair removal only works during the growth stage. Thick, dark hair can frequently be removed in fewer treatments than thin, light hair.

What parts of the body respond best to treatment?

At ENVY Skin Clinic we use laser hair removal to safely treat almost all areas of the body. Your provider will create a customized plan to meet your hair removal needs based on your goals and the condition of your skin and hair.

Possible areas that hair can be removed from include the following:

  • Face and neck
  • Arms and legs
  • Underarms
  • Back and chest
  • Shoulders and abdomen
  • Bikini area

Even though laser hair removal can be used on most areas of the body, the overall effectiveness and number of treatments may differ depending on the body part being treated. In our experience, the average number of sessions needed is 5-10. Here’s a closer look at the most popular treatment areas what you can expect when having hair removed from these parts:

The legs

The hair on your legs typically responds extremely well to laser hair removal, since leg hair is usually thicker and darker than hair in other areas, such as your face. This means you can usually achieve amazing results with a few treatments. 

The face

Facial hair is typically thinner and lighter than other body hair. So, while laser hair removal can give you results you’ll love, you might need several treatments to reach your goals. And because facial hair has a longer resting phase in the 3-part hair cycle, you may have to wait longer between sessions.

The bikini zone

Like the hair on your legs, the hair in your bikini zone is usually thicker and darker. This makes it one of the best areas for treatment. You can often have dramatic results quickly.

The underarms

The underarms are one of the most popular treatment areas for laser hair removal. What’s more? The procedure can reduce the continuous dark shading many people have after shaving or waxing. For lasting hair reduction in the underarms, you can expect 6-8 treatments.

To learn more about what laser hair removal can do for you, book an appointment online or over the phone with ENVY Skin Clinic today. We now also offer telehealth appointments, so you can consult with our experts from the comfort of your home.

First Time for Botox? Here’s How to Prepare for the Best Experience

Making the decision to get Botox®️ is just the first step in preparing for your initial treatment. Botox can be an important part of your anti-aging and health routine, but it’s important to know what to do beforehand to make each treatment attain optimal success.

At ENVY Skin Clinic in Sherman Oaks and Glendale, California, our team is committed to make your first injectables appointment go as smoothly as possible. We’ve put together the following tips to help you prepare for your first Botox treatment so that it goes off without a hitch. 

Botox basics

With nearly 7.5 million Botox treatments provided in 2018 alone, Botox remains the leader in the global injectable cosmetics market. This treatment is proven safe and effective for reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

Cosmetic Botox injections consist of an FDA-approved purified toxin, known as onabotulinumtoxinA. A dose is injected along the line or wrinkle in question to temporarily paralyze small muscles in your face. This can help eliminate the visible appearance of crow’s feet around your eyes or troublesome forehead wrinkles. 

Botox doesn’t just make fine lines and wrinkles invisible by relaxing the facial muscles around them, but can also be a preventive measure, keeping new lines and wrinkles from forming. Also, the Botox injections can trigger a healing process, slowly remodeling your skin over time. 

If you keep coming back for repeated Botox injections, you can begin to space them further and further apart and use less Botox to get the same result. 

Botox preparation tips

Before your first Botox appointment, you can and should do several things to get ready:

Talk to your doctor about your medications

Ask your physician about medications, supplements, and herbal remedies. You might have to take a short break from taking certain prescriptions prior to Botox treatment. Avoid over-the-counter medicines like aspirin and ibuprofen as well as supplements like St. John’s Wort for four days before Botox treatment.

Prepare your face ahead of time

Skip any planned facials, chemical peels, or tanning in the week leading up to your Botox treatment. Apply arnica topically to reduce any bruising, and plan on icing your face the morning of and soon after your treatment.

Use smart scheduling when booking

Most people find Botox to be minimally disruptive, and they typically go back to their day after treatment. However, since it’s your first time, you might want to schedule your procedure either at a time when you can take the rest of the day off or right before the weekend. There might be some bruising, so don’t have it done immediately before a big job interview or social event.

Ready for your first ever Botox treatment? Contact us at 818-275-2771, or use our online scheduling tool to book your appointment.