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Body Contouring

The benefits and methods of vaginal rejuvenation

The significant benefits

A vaginal rejuvenation has many positive qualities that go far beyond improved sexual satisfaction, although that is an incredible benefit too. It treats a wide range of issues and medical conditions caused by weakened vaginal tissues.

It restores tightness and functionality of the vaginal area and patients can resume regular activities extremely quickly.

The particular treatment method chosen can be customized to the individual patient and their needs, increasing its effectiveness.

And probably worth mentioning- It increases your partner’s sexual experience as well as your own, improving your self esteem and quality of (sex)life significantly.

How the treatment works

Typically, MonaLisa vaginal rejuvenation treatments consist of 3 total procedures over the course of 18 weeks. All of these treatments are conducted within the doctor’s office in a matter of 5-10 minutes, and do not even require an anesthetic as they are virtually painless.

So, if you’ve experienced changes in your vaginal health since menopause or loss of vaginal muscle tone, it’s OK to talk about it – because now there is a new therapy that really works.

Essentially, MonaLisa Touch Vaginal Rejuvenation can relieve painful intercourse, reduce urinary urgency, restore your satisfaction, and revive your relationship.

Given the immense benefits and stress-free treatment, there’s no reason not to book a consultation. you can reach us here.

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Body Contouring

Menopause: what’s changing down under?

As you age and as your estrogen levels go down after menopause, your vaginal tissue can atrophy. Great, right? After a lifetime of monthly cycles, hormones raging, and for many, childbirth(s), now this?

Luckily, menopause and post-menopausal effects need not be as dreadful, thanks to some nifty solutions like vaginal rejuvination.

But first, let’s take a look at what actually happens down there…

So, my vaginal tissue might atrophy. What does that mean?

It means your vaginal tissue becomes drier and thinner than it was when you were younger. It may also become inflamed, causing burning, itching, discomfort, and even bleeding. 

It can be good to know that because of vaginal atrophy, and as a result of aging you may experience frequent urinary tract infections, stress urinary incontinence, vaginal discomfort or bleeding, chronic urinary tract infections and painful penetration and intercourse. 

Goodness, after all that we think it’s time to move on over to that nifty solution, don’t you?

Enter the MonaLisa Touch vaginal rejuvenation treatment. It can help reverse conditions related to menopause-related vaginal atrophy. And for younger women, it can help tighten up stretched vaginal tissue (known as vaginal laxity) that can result after childbirth.  

MonaLisa Touch is an innovative, nonsurgical treatment that regenerates vaginal tissues and helps relieve a variety of vaginal health issues.

It is defined as a medical procedure that delivers a type of therapy known as fractional CO2 (carbon dioxide) laser energy to soft tissues, such as the tissue in your vagina.

This gentle laser treatment regenerates vaginal tissue safely and effectively, providing you with a hormone-free, medication-free solution to a range of pelvic health conditions. 

Your treatment with MonaLisa Touch occurs comfortably in our offices and requiring no anesthesia. During your treatment, a small probe is inserted into your vagina delivering gentle laser energy to your vaginal tissues. The treatment lasts only about five minutes, and the laser energy delivered by MonaLisa Touch stimulates your vagina to form new blood vessels and increase the production of collagen and elastin, two proteins that contribute strength and elasticity to your vaginal tissues.

Best of all, most candidates can return to their normal routine soon after having MonaLisa Touch treatment, although it may be recommended that you refrain from sexual intercourse for two or three days.

At Gentle Revive we have a team of compassionate, experienced women’s care experts that can help you decide whether treatment with MonaLisa Touch is right for you.  So if there are any questions regarding the treatment, and the intricacies thereof, please approach the authorities and Revive Gently. 

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Skin Treatments

The real dangers of sun damage and why you need to take it seriously

‘Sun damage’ is a catchall phrase that refers to any harm done to your skin by the sun and for many reasons prevention is better than cure.

Daily protection is critical for avoiding sun damage from both UVA and UVB rays. This is because much of the sun damage that accumulates in our skin is the result of daily incidental sun exposure.

Various studies have shown that regardless of the weather or daily activities, the skin of the people who used sunscreen everyday aged significantly better.

Start taking care of your skin now

Don’t wait until you see signs of sun damage to start taking care of your skin. Daily SPF is essential, wear sunscreen on any skin exposed to direct sunlight, and not just when you go to the beach.

Wear hats and sunglasses to protect your eyes and face and seek shade as soon as you feel the sun is too harsh.

Try avoiding direct sunlight at peak hours which varies depending on where you live, but usually occurs in the afternoon.

Wear light, breathable, long-sleeved shirts and pants when possible, especially if you’re particularly susceptible to sunburns. These may seem obvious, but current data suggest they are not always observed, to the detriment of our skin.

DNA damage to your skin

You can treat the aesthetic effects of sun damage. But you unfortunately can’t reduce or reverse DNA damage caused by the sun. Once DNA mutation has occurred due to UV irradiation, there is no way to undo that.

What sun damage actually looks like

Sun damaged skin can show up as actinic keratosis, wrinkles, spots, spider veins, a blotchy or ruddy complexion, and can even progress to skin cancer. It often looks different across skin tones.

In lighter skin types, thinning of the skin, fine lines and discolorations will be apparent. In darker skin types, discolorations may be the most prominent feature of sun damage.

UVA rays are generally linked to the aging of skin cells and tend to be the cause of wrinkles, sunspots and other signs of sun damage.

UVB rays, on the other hand, are the principal cause of sunburns, directly damage DNA in skin cells and are linked to most skin cancers.

How some damage can be reversed

While the negatives seem overwhelming, it is possible to reverse (sun damage) to some extent. This can be done by utilizing lasers, chemical peels and certain topical medications to destroy dark spots and vessels. You can encourage collagen deposition and remove the damaged layers of skin if you have discoloration, wrinkles, or fine lines.

At Gentle Revive we understand you dermatological and personal requirements better than anybody else. If you’ve been burned one too many times and regret the outcome, let us discuss what options you might have.

Sources:

  1. https://www.skincancer.org/
  2. https://www.webmd.com/
  3. https://www.stanfordchildrens.org/
  4. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/
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Skin Treatments

Why do I get sunburn, but not a tan?

Have you ever wondered why you only need five minutes in direct sunlight to turn a bright shade of pink, while your friend Anna can spend hours outside and end up at worst with a revitalizing glow?

Note, however, that both are signs of cellular damage to the skin.

However, we can answer this by looking at what sunburn is.

Sunburn is an inflammatory reaction to ultraviolet (UV) radiation damage to the skin’s outermost layers. At the heart of it all is melanin, a pigment that gives your skin its color and defends it against the sun’s rays.

How does melanin work?

Melanin works by darkening your unprotected sun-exposed skin. The amount of melanin you produce is determined by genetics, which is why some people get sunburned while others tan. Both are signs of cellular damage to the skin, and for people with less melanin, prolonged unprotected sun exposure can cause skin cells to become red, swollen and painful, also known as sunburn. Sunburns can range from mild to blistering.

Some people are more prone to sunburn

Skin type determines your susceptibility; people with fair skin run the greatest risk. But anyone can get burned. Even without a burn, sun exposure raises skin cancer risk. Even if you are tan or your skin type is dark and your skin does not redden, the sun can cause cellular damage that can lead to cancer.

How sunburn damages your skin

Sunburn hurts you in more ways than one. The danger goes far beyond any short-term pain, redness and discomfort, because after the sunburn fades, lasting damage remains. Sunburn accelerates skin aging and is a leading cause in the majority of cases of basal cell carcinomasquamous cell carcinoma and melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.

As you get older and have accumulated a lot of time in the sun, those freckles are only some of the damage you are able to see. Sun damaged skin can show up as actinic keratosis, wrinkles, spots, spider veins, a blotchy or ruddy complexion, and can even progress to skin cancer.

The UV index factor

The UV index is a factor: The sun varies in intensity by season, time of day and geographic location. A high UV index means that unprotected skin will burn faster or more severely. Be careful, especially when the sun is strongest. But even when the index is low, the risk remains.

Repeat sunburns put you at a substantial risk for skin cancer and premature skin aging, so you need to protect yourself every day of the year. Everybody must ‘learn from their burn’, your skin will heal, but the real damage has been done.

At Gentle Revive we understand you dermatological and personal requirements better than anybody else, if you’ve been burned one too many time and regret the outcome, let us discuss what options you might have, and which solution is best for you.

Sources:

  1. https://www.healthline.com/
  2. https://www.popsci.com/
  3. https://www.mayoclinic.org/
  4. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/
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Hair Restoration

How we help you with Hair Restoration

Here’s some food for thought. Worldwide, about 60 percent of men and 50 percent of women experience some form of hair loss, with age listed as the most common cause. Some people prefer to let their hair loss run its course untreated and unhidden, while others may cover it up with hairstyles, makeup, or other garments.

Indeed, this affliction is a lifelong struggle. Once hair thins, the additional stress related to this condition may cause even further loss, and further stress. It becomes a vicious cycle and for the person suffering, if not properly diagnosed and treated, becomes a crutch for the remainder of their lives.

This, we definitely do not want. And thankfully there’s a way to deal with hair loss, not allowing it to be the root of your unhappiness.

The term “hair restoration” can be used to refer to many different procedures that include both surgical and non-surgical options. It describes any procedure in which a patient is able to improve their overall appearance through the restoration of a natural-looking hairline and thicker head of hair. The all-encompassing nature of this definition may be somewhat confusing to those who are unaware of the wealth of procedures available to patients looking for the best method for addressing thinning hair or hair loss.

Put simply, hair restoration seeks to promote increased blood circulation to the scalp and hair follicles. By revitalizing these hair follicles, it helps with hair cell proliferation. It then helps the best treatments stimulate growth and prevent hair loss in the long term.

But how does one seek to understand the wealth of procedures available to patients looking for the best method for treating thinning hair or hair loss?

At Gentle Revive Medical Spa, we have a great interest in helping people change. There can be many ways that people want that change. Age and sometimes nature can be cruel to us concerning our hair. Here at Gentle Revive, we are working with a method of hair restoration that uses the healing factors of the patient’s own blood to restore their hair.

By drawing blood and spinning it to get the platelet-rich plasma. The plasma then gets injected into the scalp in the areas where new growth is needed.

Three treatments are required within six months. Although our experience is that changes begin happening soon. It is also helpful to use some supplements and other natural growth factors to help with hair growth. We help with prescribing a full treatment protocol to get the best hair growth possible.

Sources:

  1. https://abhrs.org/
  2. https://www.webmd.com/
  3. https://www.bosley.com/
  4. https://robbreport.com/
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Laser Technology

All The Latest Laser Technologies

Here at Gentle Revive, in Lindon Utah, we recognize that understanding laser terminology can be just as daunting as deciding which is your favorite laser treatment. We have the most lasers in Utah County, and the latest in each technology. With so many lasers, we have a lot of terms to know, and we are here to help you in every way.

Chromophore, IPL, and Lesions

Let’s start with a term that describes everything we will be lasing. A chromophore is what we call the molecule we are affecting with the laser energy. For one treatment we may be targeting hemoglobin (blood), another may be melanin (gives tissue brown colors), and another target may be water. For instance, if we are targeting age spots through the chromophore melanin, it would target the color and leave the rest of your skin alone. The same idea goes for any of the issues we treat with laser.

One method of targeting chromophores is called IPL. You may have heard it before, and it stands for Intense Pulsed Light. These are only wavelengths of light that are useful for the treatment. Any non-useful wavelengths are filtered out, such as the infamously damaging, ultraviolet light. There are many uses for IPL, such as hair removal, signs of sun damage and aging, acne, and redness. So then, what are those brown or red blotches of chromophores called? They have lots of names, but in the world of lasers, we sometimes refer to them as lesions. Not a wound, tumor, or an abscess, but simply a tissue that has suffered damage. Brown spots are called pigmented lesions, and redness is referred to as a vascular lesion. It’s not as scary as it sounds, and it doesn’t mean you’re terminal.

Photofacial and Radiofrequency

As for treatment names, most of them of them are pretty self explanatory, and others seem to be named by putting random words together. The photofacial is one of those. It doesn’t mean ‘facial that gets you ready for photos’ though it really could be. A photofacial is an IPL treatment that completely gets rid of age spots (sometimes called liver spots), redness, freckles, tiny veins, rosecea, and even birthmarks.

When you have this treatment, you’ll get crystal clear, gorgeous skin. It is one of many treatments we have to get you looking perfect for every photo. Another treatment that has a name that comes out of nowhere is our Radiofrequency treatments for wrinkles, cellulite, skin tightening, and real life air-brushing effects. It gets its name because of the way the energy goes back and forth during the treatments, This method gives very effective, efficient, and immediate results. I have yet to meet anyone who doesn’t want the younger, smoother, brighter skin this treatment gives. 

Ablative and Non-ablative

This seems like an easy one, as soon as we discover what ablative means. It’s not quite as cut and dry as ‘elephant or not elephant’ though. Ablation means ‘removal of tissue’ and both ablative and non-ablative laser treatments do that, in different ways. So what differentiates them? What you can see. Ablative treatments remove the top layer of skin, and non-ablative treatments heat the tissue without breaking the skin. Both treatments are very effective for rejuvenating the skin, and going with one over the other is very individualized.

Ablative is the way to go for someone who:

  • Has deep wrinkles and more sever signs of aging
  • Has deep or pitted scars on the face
  • Wants to see huge results quickly
  • Is able to take time off socially while healing

Non-ablative is a better choice for those who:

  • Have mild to moderate signs of aging
  • Need improvement in texture, tone, and collagen production
  • Between ages 25 and 65
  • Is willing to have multiple treatments before seeing results
  • Needs to have no downtime

CO2 

You’ve probably heard of CO2, and you’ve definitely heard it called carbon dioxide. It’s the same thing. It is one of the first gas lasers to be developed, and is one of the highest powered lasers available. This ablative treatment works miracles on wrinkles, scars, sagging skin, age spots, sun damage, warts, and moles. It will clear your skin and give youthful skin. 

Fractional

Last but not least is the math one, that isn’t really about math. When a laser beam is fractional, it means that every time there is a stamp from the laser, thousands of tiny columns go into the skin to attack aged and damaged tissue. It works within both the dermis and epidermis, greatly stimulating collagen production and reformation. In this intensive treatment, the old damaged cells are expelled, and the healthy tissue is left unaffected, resulting in a faster healing process. Several treatments use a fractional laser, and we see excellent results with them.

Now you can walk into your treatment or consult and ask all the questions you can think of, having more knowledge of what you want to have done! We’ll see you then!

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Body Contouring

How much weight can you lose with Orbera?

With any weight loss method, there can be some variables. The main variable is always the mindset of the individual. There are many tools out there that can help achieve the goal of weight loss. Finding the right one can be difficult. In this article we’ll talk about how much weight you can lose with Orbera.

Diet and exercise seem like a good place to start. We all have heard that diet and exercise are key to weight loss. This is true. We can’t go out and eat whatever we want and sit on a couch all day and expect to see results. We have to have some action. That’s where some of the weight loss tools can help. The tools help push us in the right direction. For instance, a health coach can help provide us with tips and tricks for eating healthier. Although, sometimes this isn’t enough either.

Weight Loss with Orbera

Orbera is one of these tools and it’s one that we offer at Orbera. Orbera is unlike traditional weight loss methods that involve surgery like gastric bypass, lap band, or gastric sleeve. It is completely non-surgical and has little to no downtime.

Orbera is a good option for individuals that are looking to lose 20-30+ pounds and have failed with other weight loss methods besides surgery. Orbera is usually for those with a BMI between 30-40. Things that would disqualify an individual from receiving the Orbera are previous surgeries to the stomach and bowel diseases.

Lindsey talks about how Orbera helped her listen to her body.

How Orbera Works

Orbera balloon shown inside the stomach.

Orbera is a grapefruit sized balloon that is placed into the stomach using an endoscope under mild sedation. Then the balloon is inflated once inside the stomach. The procedure usually takes only 30 minutes and is done in a surgical suite located in our same building. Once we place the balloon, it stays in the stomach for 6 months. During those 6 months and for 6 months after, you meet with Dr. Cherrington and our dietitian every month as part of one of the Orbera program options we offer. After the 6 months, we remove the balloon in the same way we placed it. Orbera deemed safer than weight loss surgeries like the lap band or gastric sleeve because it’s completely reversible, meaning that no part of the anatomy of the body was altered.

How the Orbera gastric balloon works.

As an added bonus, at Gentle Revive we offer a few extra perks that we’ve included into our Orbera program options. Things like a year of our silver or platinum memberships and free Morpheus8 radio frequency microneedling treatments are just a few of these bonuses.

In conclusion, Orbera is a safe tool for weight loss. Many people have lost the stubborn weight with Orbera, but determination to lose weight is the key. For most people it’s the last thing they try, but the first thing that works. To find out if Orbera is right for you, reach out to us and we can answer any questions you may have.

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Body Contouring

WarmSculpting vs. CoolSculpting

If you have looked into getting a non-surgical treatment that will take away fat, you’ve probably already heard of CoolSculpting. Utah County has many locations that do CoolSculpting, but Gentle Revive is the only place that you can get the newer and better way to sculpt. WarmSculpting

How are WarmSculpting and CoolSculpting alike?

WarmSculpting and CoolSculpting are, as you may imagine, similar in some ways. That is why they compete against each other. You would not compare these treatments to liposuction, a weight loss procedure like gastric bypass, or a balloon treatment. WarmSculpting and CoolSculpting reduce areas of stubborn fat. They work best for people who have a healthy lifestyle, and have pockets of fat that just won’t budge. You know what I’m talking about: the pudge on your belly, the bra fat or love handles, the double chin in every photo, areas that if you could just take that one bulge off, you’d feel a thousand times better.

Both heat and cold easily destroys fat cells. However, the temperature changes are not so extreme as to affect other kinds of cells. Cool and Warm Sculpting treatments are FDA approved, and both involve no needles, no anesthesia, and no downtime. They can both treat the same areas, and the fat cells are gone forever. Yep, permanent fat reduction. Both treatments rely on the lymphatic system to dispose of the destroyed fat cells. With both you will have your final results in about 3 months. So, from here, you may wonder how to best choose one over the other. 

Why is WarmSculpting better for the body?

WarmSculpting with SculpSure really is the better way to sculpt, as the technology has increased. It fixes some of the major issues that came with CoolSculpting. It uses hyperthermic lasers to destroy fat cells and tighten the skin. The heat from the laser works with the heat from your skin, instead of against it. This causes beautiful feathering of results as the heat dissipates away from the area the applicator is in, giving you smooth contouring. It uses four applicators during each treatment, so you can get a very customized result right where your trouble spots are.

One treatment takes away 24% of fat cells in the area. It heats the fat cells to between 107.6 and 116.6°F liquifying them so the body may easily remove them. WarmSculpting is a very versatile treatment that can target multiple areas at the same time. This makes your treatment easy and quick. At its worst, WarmSculpting can feel like strong cramps. We are able to adjust it to give you a comfortable and effective treatment.

As the laser is heating the fat cells beyond repair, it is also stimulating collagen production in the skin. This means there will be no sagging skin, but rather lift and firmness in the areas we treat. It takes only 25 minutes, and 96% of patients report that they are happy with their results. 

The side effects of WarmSculpting with Sculpsure is slight redness that may last up to half an hour. Also, some nodules that go away with massage as the lyphatic system processes the destroyed cells. There is also a slight soreness for a week or so as the body processes the cells. As for price, WarmSculpting is definitely the cost efficient way to go. We will do WarmSculpting for about half the price of CoolSculpting, and the more areas you want to have done, the more of a discount we give you. 

How does CoolSculpting compare to WarmSculpting?

There are many ways that they are the same, and there are some very important things to know about how they are different from each other. Some of the major issues that come with CoolSculpting are painful pulling tugging, and numbness during the treatment. Patients with sensitive skin or thicker fat deposits find that having the fat suctioned into the applicator is too painful to do.

During the treatment the single CoolSculpting applicator suctions fat between two cooling plates. The tissue is cooled to 39°F where the fat cells are turned into “ice crystals”, that the body then eliminates. You can expect a 23% reduction in fat cells in the area. Although patients must have enough fat to be sucked into the applicator, and only that fat can be treated.

After the treatment the patient is massaged briefly to warm the skin and break up the fat cells. Though brief, it is painful. CoolSculpting can take between 35 minutes to an hour for each treatment area. This can make it a far more extensive, expensive, and time demanding process. Though 73% of patients report that they are happy with their treatment results. Side effects to CoolSculpting include tenderness, redness, bruising, nodules and swelling in the area treated. 

Need More?

If you feel that you need more than WarmSculpting can do for you, give us a call. We also offer laser assisted liposuction (Smartlipo) which boasts of dramatic results and an easy recovery time. We also offer a weight loss balloon treatment called Orbera to help you lose weight everywhere.

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