Monday, August 25, 2014

Pump up the volume....for the day?

There is a relatively new in office procedure being performed by some plastic surgeons.  It is quite controversial and, I will admit, this one has me scratching my head.  

It is a temporary breast enhancement.  The physician injects a saline solution directly into the breast and this will briefly expand them.  Results will last a short 24 hours and then {poof} just like Cinderella, your boobs go back to their normal state.

Saline solution is basically salt water. The solution gets reabsorbed into your body.  The cost is anywhere between $2500-$3500.

This procedure first started as a way for potential breast enhancement patients to determine how they would look if they chose to have implants.  Many doctors still offer this, but a few MD's began getting calls for this instant lift from women wanting a little more va va voom for a special occasion. Such as a wedding, vacation, party, even a ballroom dance!
Manhattan based plastic surgeon, Dr. Norman Rowe preparing to inject a patient's breast with saline.

So, I thought I would see what you all have to say about this procedure.  Would you have it done?  Yay or nay?

Saturday, August 9, 2014

I'm Baaaack!

Hello, my Beauties!!  I have missed you so!  I hope you are having as great a summer as I am!  It is going by waaaaaay too fast!  I have been crazy busy, but I am here to squash the rumor that I have been abducted by aliens and some sort of probe went on!
The Esthetic Goddess is a probe free zone!
Even though I work out year round I seem to step it up even more once warm weather hits so I haven't spent much time online.   I also seem to spend even more time in the summer in my kitchen playing Susie Homemaker!  Once winter hits I just want to hibernate under my electric blanket!  

The hubs and I have been remodeling our home for the past two years now and even though we have the major projects done, we still have some work to do.  Generally this means lots of dust and dirt inside the house in summer.
 However, approximately 6 weeks ago Steve suffered a sports related injury (ruptured achilles tendon) which he then had to have surgery to repair.  So everything has been put on the back burner for now.

The good news is he is healing exceptionally fast and will soon be ready for yet another sports related injury!  He seems to have a major one ever 2-3 years.

Although I have not had much of an online presence these past few weeks I was still answering questions through my email.  As a result, I thought it might be fun to answer some of the questions here.

Question: Do I really have to exfoliate my face?

Answer: Are you over the age of 13?  Do you have skin?

If your response was yes to either question above, then the answer is a resounding,  "Heck yeah you do!"  You can have up to 30 layers of dead skin on your face!  Simply cleansing your face cannot remove all the dirt, debris, and dry dead skin cells.  

By exfoliating once every 3 or 4 days you will:

*Reduce the occurrence of acne, blackheads, and clogged pores.

*Make your pores appear smaller.
*Improve your skin texture and tone.
*Help your skincare absorb better, therefore it will work harder for you.

So quit your bellyaching and don't be a "step skipper" as they say on Seinfeld.
 It will only take you a few extra minutes to exfoliate your face.  Additionally the benefits are so worth it and your skin will thank you for it!  Seriously, it will!  You simply can't hear it when there's 30 layers of dead skin cells piled on top of it!  If you would like to learn more about what kind of exfoliator you should be using read this.

Question: My make-up and/or moisturizer already contains an SPF.  Do I really need to apply a separate SPF?

Answer: You bet your sweet epidermis you have to apply a separate SPF!

 I am not a fan of products that claim to do several things in one and here is why.  In order to receive proper protection from the sun you need to apply a nickel size dollop to your face.  So, that means you would need to apply about 7 layers of make-up!  Who does that?!  And if you are applying 7 layers of make-up on your face, you better be exfoliating it!  Also when products have several ingredients in them, you are not getting the full percentage of what one active ingredient can do for your skin.  I don't know about you, but I want the most out of every product I use on my face!  So in a nutshell, don't be a "step skipper"!

Never leave home without applying an SPF of 30.  Whether the sun is shining or it is cloudy and raining, apply that sunscreen!  It is the easiest way to protect your skin from sun damage and skin cancer.  The UVB rays are the burning rays and are outdoors when the sun is out and about.  UVA rays are out ALL THE TIME!  No matter what the weather is.  UVA rays are the aging rays.  We hate them!  They steal our collagen and elastin.  Aging us faster than bad chili through a dog!  

For the best protection for your skin choose a physical sunscreen containing Titanium Dioxide and/or Zinc Oxide.  To read more about choosing the right sunscreen refer to this post.

If you have a question or concern about your skin please don't hesitate to contact me and I may use it in a future post!

So tell me:

* What have you been up to this summer?

* Have you ever had a sports related injury?

* Are you a "step skipper"?!

Till next time.  Have a beautiful skin day!  Your Esthetic Goddess,  Susie

Friday, June 27, 2014

Plastic Surgeries That Make You Go Hmmmmm

You all know I am all for taking care of wrinkles and sagging skin before things get too out of control.  I'm the Esthetic Goddess for a reason! Plus, I'll be the first to have a nip, tuck, or tweak done, and then I will share with you what procedures I had done.  

However, there are some really bizarre plastic surgery procedures out there that even I would not do and would leave me scratching my head.  I thought I'd share some of them with you, as you may not have heard of these procedures before. Maybe after reading this you'll want one of them! 

Beard Transplant
Now, I am not a dude so this one is a total mystery to me.  As women, we spend a lot of time and money removing hair from various parts of our body.  
For the beard transplant, surgeons harvest the hair from the back of the scalp and implant hair buds in the beard/mustache area.

Palm Line Alterations
Life not going the way you planned?  Forget working hard to change your life! With a few cuts here and there you can get the lines on your palms altered. 
 Take that fortune tellers!  Maybe you could even lengthen your life line!

Ear Lobe Lift
I can't tell you how many times a day a client comes in to me worried about her sagging earlobes.  Thank goodness she can forget about filling the wrinkles on her face with Juvederm, and instead inject the serum into her earlobes!  Sure, she will still have a face full of wrinkles, but her earrings will be hanging on some youthful looking lobes!

Eye Implants

Don't like the color of your eyes?  No problem!  You can now surgically change the color!  I think I will wait till they come out with a leopard print version of this procedure.  Then I'm going for it!

Voice Lift
This one gives a whole new meaning to "high talker"!  They simply slice your throat open, insert an implant, inject fillers into your vocal chords, then sew you back up.  What could possibly go wrong here?!

Now if you are tired of spending mula on plastic surgery for yourself, how about spending some on your pet?  Don't think your pet needs it?  Not so fast!  If you had you male pet neutered, isn't he missing something important?
 Yup!  He is missing his dangly bits and is probably real self-conscious of it too! 

 Thank goodness that can be rectified with Neuticles!  Solid silicone implants for his jingle bells.

And look, they come in different sizes too!  They can fit them for dogs, cats, monkeys, bulls, or just about any animal you can think of.  Isn't science and technology wonderful?!

Until next time!  Have a beautiful skin day!  
Your Esthetic Goddess,

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Treating Acne Scars

Acne scarring is probably one of the most common issues I see clients for on a regular basis.  There are several different kinds and of course even more ways to treat acne scars.  No need to fret as the Esthetic Goddess is here to give you the low down on how you can rid your complexion of those imperfections.
The most common and luckily the easiest to treat is post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation.  Post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation is the red or brown spots that are left over as acne is healing up.  On it's own this type of scarring can take 6-12 months to resolve itself.  In the words of Sweet Brown, "Ain't Nobody got time for that!" 
However what we do have time for is the autotune remix of Sweet Brown!  I'll wait right here whilst you watch and sing along!  It's totally worth it and you will sing it for the rest of the day!

Alrighty then!  Back to post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation.  
Post Inflammatory Hyper-pigmentation
There are a few ways to heal these spots up quicker than a few months.  Using a product with a 4% Hydroquinine in it 2 x's a day.  Hydroquinine is a bleaching ingredient that will help lighten up the scarring.  This is a prescription product that you get from your dermatologist and it is worth it!  There are products sold over the counter with 2% hydroquinine in them.  In my experience they are ineffective and a waste of your time and money. 

Another great option is the Intense Pulse Light Laser, treatments to help zap the spots and heal them up quickly.  I wrote a post about how IPL removes freckles and sun damage a few months ago.  I like to use IPL to improve and rejuvenate the complexion, which will facilitate in jump starting the healing process.

Retin A (Trentinoin) and chemical peels will also help restore the skin too.

Ice pick, rolling, and boxcar acne scarring is harder to treat and may need more invasive treatments but they can indeed be treated.
 Ice pick scars can be corrected with a surgical procedure called Punch Excision.  A special tool is used to excise the scar and then the skin edges are sutured together.  A week later stitches are removed.

Punch Excision with Skin Graft Replacement is also an option.  With this method the scar is excised with the punch tool.  Instead of stitching up the skin the gap is filled with a skin graft, usually taken from behind the ear.  After healing the skin may not match, but can be lessened with laser treatments.

Boxcar scars may be treated with Punch Elevation.  The same tool as mentioned above is used to elevate and the reattached.  This will diminish the depth of the scar.

Rolling scars can be treated with a method called Subcutaneous Incision.  A surgical probe is used to separate the skin and the scar tissue.  This will raise the skin and, over time, flatten out the surface of the skin.

Injectable fillers can sometimes be used as well as some laser treatments.  The important thing is to make sure you go to a physician who specializes in treating acne scarring so you get the best outcome for yourself and your skin.  

Till next time.  Have a beautiful skin day!  Your Esthetic Goddess,  Susie

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

How Eyelash Growth Serums Work Their Magic

Back in February I wrote a post on my "freakishly long" eyelashes and the eyelash serum I use.

I started using eyelash conditioners about 9 years ago.  They are in my opinion simply magical!  Incredibly easy to use. Everyone sees results when using them and they not only make your lashes grow, but losing eyelashes becomes a thing of the past!  That's magic in my book!

There is also a bunch of great serums out there to choose from.  Who doesn't love having choices?!

While I think we can all agree here that these serums are magical there is a definite method to how they work their magic.

So how do eyelash growth serums work?  Basically there is 3 phases of hair growth. 

*The Anagen Stage (The active growing phase.)

*The Catagen Stage (The transitional phase between resting or shedding.)

*The Telogen Stage (The resting or shedding phase.)

 The anagen stage is the growing stage.  Hair is typically in this stage for 2-6 years.  Then comes the catagen stage.  The catagen stage is in between the growing and shedding phase. usually lasting 1-2 weeks.  It is during this time that the deeper parts of the hair follicles start to collapse.  The telogen stage is the last phase and is known as the resting or shedding phase.  It generally last 5-6 months and at the end of this stage the older hairs will fall out and new ones will begin to grow. 

So basically what eyelash growth serums do  stimulates the resting hair into the anagen stage using peptides, vitamins, and minerals thus producing fuller, longer lashes.

Most people can use these products without any side effects, but as with everything there are always a small percent that is an exception to the rule.  A very few people have reported redness and stinging if product gets into eyes.  Most irritation goes away after a few days of use.  I have never experienced any side effects. 

If you wear contacts it is perfectly safe for you to use. However if you have any hesitation about using a lash enhancer always contact your physician first.

So tell me....

Have you ever used an eyelash serum?

What product do you consider magical?

Till next time.  Have a beautiful skin day!  Your Esthetic Goddess,  Susie

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

My Upper Eyelid Surgery Adventure! (Scary Pictures Included!)

Just a Little Off the Top

Your Esthetic Goddess decided to get a little nip and tuck on her eyes and I thought you might enjoy seeing how quickly you can heal from this surgery.  

I had been noticing for the past couple of years that my eyes did not pop open the way they did when I was younger.  I am currently 49 and even though I didn't have any hooding (Skin hanging on my eyelid.) I knew the elasticity of my eyelids were not as tight as they once were.  I am not one to wait around till I look like I need surgery.  I like to be proactive (I am this way with everything in my life!) and take care of things before they get to that point.  So I made an appointment with an ENT in my area who also preforms upper and lower Blepharoplasty as well as mini face lifts.  He agreed with me that I needed  just a little off the top.

I had surgery bright and early May 9th.  This was an in office procedure and was done with twilight anesthesia.  This was the cool part!  The anesthesiologist put an IV in my arm. Seconds later he asks me if I am feeling anything.  I tell him I feel really relaxed.  As soon as I said that I was out!  

They want you to sleep through the first part of the surgery because the doctor will put an injection right into the skin of your eyelid to numb the area.  I woke up as the left eye was done and he was starting on the right.  I was surprised that I was able to open my eyes as he was operating.  I thought maybe they would tape them closed so I wouldn't open them.  I was also surprised that I didn't feel drugged up at all and started having a conversation with everyone in the room!  

The doctor used a laser to cut the skin off.  If someone has hooded eyelids he would then pull fat pads out of their skin.  I didn't have that so once the skin was removed he stitched up my eye.  

The surgery took about a half an hour.  After that, I walked down the hallway to what the nurse referred to as "the quiet room".  A recovery room with a couple of recliners in it.  My sweetie pie hubby was waiting for me in there and snapped this pic of me.
Right after surgery.  I have no idea why the dr. drew a large dot on the side of my face.  Maybe I should start sporting it as a beauty mark?!  Nah, I worked too hard getting rid of all my freckles and hyper-pigmentaion!  Most of what you see on my eyes is just marker.
After checking my vitals a few times they give me the go ahead to leave.  When we got home, I took one of the pain pills the dr. prescribe as I thought I might be in pain when everything wore off.  The truth is, there really was no pain and I never took another pill!  I made sure to ice plenty the first couple of days to help with swelling.  

Day 2 swelling and bruising starting to settle in.
I could not wash my eyes for two days.  Ugh!  That was hard!  And of course, no make up till stitches out.
Day 4.  Swelling getting better.  Had more bruising around the left eye than the right.
Healing fast!  Day 6.
Yay!  Day 8 going to get stitches out!  No makeup just lipstick.
            One week before surgery.                                  9 days after looking brighter and more                                                                                                                                                                             refreshed!!  
This was an easy surgery to recover from!  My eyelids are still a little swollen so they will just continue to get better over the next few months.  The only thing is, I can't workout for about a month.  This part is killing me!  I stare at my weights everyday dreaming of when I can lift them again!

So tell me....

Do you need a little off the top?

What have you done lately for yourself to make you feel good?

Would you ever have cosmetic surgery?

Till next time.  Have a beautiful skin day!  Your Esthetic Goddess,  Susie

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Q & A with the Esthetic Goddess

A couple weeks ago the very lovely Savvy Working Gal approached me to do an interview for her site.  It turned out really well and I thought you readers might like to read something a bit more personal about me since I generally focus on skin care and treatments.
When you get a chance you must visit Savvy's site!  Her site deals with a bit of everything. From fitness to finance!  She has a thought provoking style of writing and makes finance seem easy, even for those of us (me) who are confused by it!

Esthetician Interview - Q & A with The Esthetic Goddess

After reading Susie of The Esthetic Goddess's post What I Have Learned (So Far) As An Esthetician, I knew I had to interview her about her career.  In the following interview Susie provides an insider’s look into her career as an Esthetician while offering advice and tips to help the consumer. Enjoy:   

I have been a licensed esthetician for over 10 years in a wonderful medical spa. When I go to work every day I get to do facials, chemical peels, micro current, skin tightening treatments, and micro dermabrasion. My job is not only fun, but rewarding and I love sharing what I have learned in the esthetics field!

What is an esthetician? 
An esthetician is someone who works on the skin. This can include facials, waxing, chemical peels, body wraps, make-up and lasers. Estheticians cannot diagnose or treat skin diseases. If I see something suspicious on a client, I recommend them to my favorite dermatologist who I know will take good care of them.

What motivated you to become an esthetician? 
I started getting chemical peels at the age of 28. I thought it was so cool that just by applying something to someone’s skin you could change their skin tone and texture for the better.

When I was 37 my 17 year marriage came to an end. I had always been a stay at home mom so I needed a career. I had such a love for esthetics that it was a meant to be for me! We have no esthetic schooling around me so I drove 180 miles a day for school. I was extremely determined to make it happen and it was extremely worth it in the end!

What kind of experience and preparation helped you the most?
(You mentioned that you are licensed. Can you explain what this involves.  Is it a requirement?)

 I feel like I got an exceptional education from my esthetics teacher. She was a tough teacher. At first she didn’t even like me. (Hello?! I’m really lovable!) She gave me the hardest clients to work on and I was determined (There’s that word again. It describes me well!) to not let her break me. By the time I graduated, her heart softened. She’d seen me working hard and exceeding education wise. She adored me by the end and I her! I owe so much to her. I felt very well prepared when I graduated.

In Illinois where I live Estheticians are required to have 750 hours of schooling. Once you graduate you have to get a state license by passing a written exam. After passing you can go on to more advanced training since you only learn the basics in school. Every two years you need to complete 10 hours of continuing educating. This is in Illinois. All states have different requirements for estheticians.

What do you like best about your work?
Helping clients gain confidence! When a client comes to me with sun damage, acne, wrinkles, or whatever their skin problem is. I not only will help treat their skin, but teach them what they need to be doing at home to maintain their skin in between the time till I see them again for another treatment. My goal is to always get my client skin looking great without makeup.

What is your biggest headache?
Clients who think everything can be corrected in one treatment. It took a long time for their skin to get to the condition it is, so it will take time to get it in good shape. Sometimes it can take several months. If you want your complexion looking beautiful for a wedding, reunion, etc. then start working on it at least a year before the special day. 

What are the important personal qualities or abilities necessary for a person to be a successful esthetician?
Patience is a biggie! Not just treatment wise, but you must have patience with the client themselves. For many of them, they have never been taught to use the proper skin care. Often times I will baby step them into using the correct skin care. Starting with a good cleanser and working from there. This way they will not be overwhelmed with a lot of products at once.

I also think you must always be professional. I have a ton of fun with my clients, but I would never bad mouth my completion. Even if a client is telling me about a bad experience they had with them.

Always do your job with integrity. Don’t sell a client a product or treatment you know will not work for them.

For someone who is considering this field, what would be your advice? 
Find what you love in this field and specialize in it and never ever stop learning!

What do you wish you would have known before entering this field?

I can honestly say I have no surprises when I entered this field of work. I went into it with my eyes wide open and have never regretted it for a second!

How much can an esthetician expect to earn? 
As a licensed esthetician you can make anywhere from $20,000-$50,000. It will all depend on experience and where you are working as well as what field you’re in. Working in a medical spa will pay more than working in a in a hair salon. You can also work from your own home or become a make-up artist. Salary will also depend on geo graphics. Do you live in a small town or a big city? There are so many different variables.

Are there any scams or pitfalls to watch out for (phony opportunities, uncomfortable or scary situations, etc.)?
Oh there’s a ton of skin care out there that doesn’t really work. That's why I will use products for 3 months when trying a new product line. You cannot expect skin care to change your skin in 2 weeks and if they advertise that I would be very leery of that company. You also have to be careful of salesman selling machines. Lasers, skin tightening, microderm machines or any machine really. They all have limitations, but sales people will say anything sometimes to make a sale. Not all sales people, of course but they better have clinical studies to back up what they are claiming.

You mention on your blog that this is an ever changing field, what is the biggest change you’ve seen over the years?
There are definitely more machines than ever out now. So many different types of lasers and you can treat everything from sun damage to sagging skin to wrinkles with them. This is why it’s so important to stay on your toes. You have to figure out what really works and how well it will work for your clients.

I am a 51-year old woman with extremely oily yet sensitive skin. I recently noticed fine lines on my forehead and in the corner of my eyes. I have a drawer full of free samples of over-the-counter anti-aging products which I never remember to use. When I do remember, I either end up with a rash or don’t see any noticeable difference. If I were to visit your salon, what would you recommend for my skin?
First and foremost, we would sit down and discuss everything you are using on your skin and figure out what you should be using. Many times client believe their skin to be sensitive when it truly is not. It may have to do with two products they are using that are interacting with each other or it is an anti-aging ingredient, like retinol or glycolic acid, which when you first start using causes your skin to get red, itchy, or flaky. When used correctly, your skin will get acclimated to the products and all that will stop. After that we would discuss some of the treatments I can do for you to help address these issues. Like a chemical peel to help with fine lines and your oily skin. You may also be a candidate for the Venus Freeze treatment which helps tighten the skin. However I think your best bet is Botox to erase those wrinkles. Botox is a muscle relaxer. It’s perfect for forehead lines and crow’s-feet. I have been getting Botox done for over 20 years and think its da bomb!!

Also, I know a woman who had a skin treatment to remove acne scars from her chin at a prestige skin-salon. She ended up with second degree burns on her face and a settlement of $3,000 to pay her medical expenses. I’m not sure what happened; if a mistake was made with the procedure or if she didn’t understand the potential side-effects. What questions should consumers ask or potential problems should we be aware of before choosing a skin-treatment product or procedure?      
This really is dependent on the type of treatment. I think the biggest thing for the client would be to know how often they are preforming this procedure. What kind of training was involved and what is the reputation of the facility they are planning on going to. 

Is there anything else you would like readers to know about yourself, skin care or your career? 
If anyone is thinking of going into esthetics, it is an incredibly rewarding field and I feel blessed every day to not only have a wonderful clientele, but to work in a medical spa with the most fantastic group of people ever!

Where can we find you? 
If anyone has any concern about their skin I am always happy to help. I can be found at