Focus on Your Food

It may seem like a paradox, but focusing on your food could be the secret weapon in your medical weight loss program.  Think about it: When was the last time you ate a meal and actually savored each bite?  If you’re used to spending most of your time inhaling your food at your desk, dashboard dining, and trying to figure out how your toddler’s leftover chicken fingers disappeared, you may be in need of a mindful eating makeover.

What is mindful eating? Culled from Buddhism—which centers around mindfulness in all aspects of living—mindful eating has become a simple yet powerful tool you can use to help you lose weight or maintain weight loss.

Read more about how Ideal Skin Weight Loss programs can help you lose weight.

 Put simply, mindful eating is:

·         Being present for each sensation of the experience of eating.

·         Awareness of the chewing, tasting, and swallowing of food, moment by moment.

There are lots of different concepts in mindful eating, but an important one is being present—rather than future—focused.  We spend so much of our time fixating on the future and letting the present slip by unnoticed. This is especially true of eating. We’ll be captivated by the image of a delectable but ‘forbidden’ food, while barely acknowledging what’s under our nose. Mindful eating strives to change that. Ready to get started? Here’s an activity to get you focusing on the present moment—and meal:

‘Sort’ your food. The next time you sit down to a meal, mentally label what you’re going to eat by imagining three buckets. Label one bucket ‘positive,’ one ‘neutral,’ and one ‘negative.’  In your mind, put each food item you’re about to eat into one of the three buckets. 

Now that you’ve labeled your food, think about why you gave it the label you did. For foods you labeled positive, think what it is about the food you like so much. For those that are neutral or negative, consider why you put it in that bucket. Realize that we won’t always be able to have ‘positive’ eating experiences (just like not every moment of life is positive, either—wouldn’t that be nice!).

But by mentally sorting our food we take the first step toward awareness of our attitude about it and eating it mindfully in the present moment. Through this we can move toward choosing foods we feel positive about that also promote health and well-being—and that can help us achieve our weight -loss goals.

Top 5 Trends in Medical Aesthetica

Ideal Skin is always looking for the latest and most advanced technology in anti aging and fat reduction.  We currently offer many progressive treatments in both of these areas.

#1 - Ditch the Scale

In 2017, rather than declaring a New Year’s Resolution to lose weight, many more people will be booking treatments for new and improved nonsurgical fat reduction treatments including Cavitation, radio-frequency and laser-assisted technology, ultrasound technology and Kybella injections. While there’s no substitute for eating right and exercise, these technologies offer excellent results for stubborn fatty areas such as love handles, muffin tops, bat wings and double chins—and can even tone and tighten skin, too.

#2 – New Uses for Kybella

And speaking of Kybella, this “miracle” injectable—which was approved by the FDA in April 2015 as a non-surgical injectable for reducing moderate to severe fat on the upper neck, otherwise known as a “double chin”—is likely to soon be approved for other areas as well. Injections contain a naturally occurring molecule, which eats away at fat cells, leaving skin substantially tighter and the jaw more defined and contoured. More than 20 studies with thousands of patients have shown that almost 70 percent noted both physical and emotional improvement after treatment, and many beauty experts are calling Kybella “the next Botox”!

#3 – The Selfie to End All Selfies

Without a doubt, we’re going to see more apps and computer-based technology that will allow consumers to see how their faces will look before and after specific treatments. Medical spas and other medical aesthetics businesses can discuss results with clients in real time. This technology can be highly beneficial in educating the client on options, treatments and cost, as well as narrowing any potential expectation gaps.

#4 –PRP Gaining Popularity

Platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) gained significant notoriety when a certain-certain celeb posted pics of herself getting a facial that included dripping blood (actually, PRP) onto her face. Though it may still sound strange, it works and it’s very natural. PRP has actually been around for many years, originally used in sports medicine and also dental work. PRP is obtained by drawing a small amount of the client’s blood, then spinning it in a centrifuge to separate out platelets and plasma. PRP grows collagen and can be used to soften the appearance of sun damage, wrinkles and sagging. PRP can be used topically—with or without treatments such as microneedling, which allows further penetration of PPR—and can also be injected into the face and even feminine areas for rejuvenation purposes.

#5 – More Men, More Millennials

As more and more people are getting comfortable not only with getting medical aesthetics services such as Botox, dermal fillers and laser or IPL skin rejuvenation, but also with talking about these services with their friends and on social media, the market share for both men and millennials continues to climb. While men in their forties, fifties and beyond tend to focus on looking younger in the workplace, younger men and millennials of both genders focus on appearance enhancement and age-prevention.

10 Causes of Aging and Wrinkles

With the number of wrinkle-reducing and age-defying products on the market, it seems that everyone has a different treatment option. These treatments are effective in diminishing fine lines and wrinkles but not preventing new ones from forming. For the best prevention, Fort Worth patients should understand why wrinkles form and how they can rejuvenate their skin.

Understanding What Causes Wrinkles

Certain causes of wrinkles are unavoidable, but patients can counteract others by practicing healthy habits that are good for their body as well as their skin. Here are the top ten reasons why patients get wrinkles and what preventative measures can be taken to stop them from forming:

  • Sun: While a free and natural source of vitamin D, too much sun exposure can also cause wrinkles and sunspots to form. Fort Worth patients should avoid going out when the sun is at its strongest (10 am until 2 pm). When they do go out in the sun, they should apply sunscreen before heading out and every two hours after to help prevent wrinkles.
  • Free radicals: Naturally occurring atoms in our body, known as free radicals, cause damage to our cells. One visible form of this damage is wrinkles. A diet rich in antioxidants (vitamins A, C, and E to name a few) can combat this damage and slow the visible signs of aging.
  • Smoking: In addition to the high risk of developing cancer and gum disease, the nicotine found in cigarettes constricts blood vessels and deprives your skin of the oxygen and nutrients it needs to stay healthy. Quitting is the best option for the health of your skin and body.
  • Facial expressions: Our emotions cause the repeated motion of muscles that eventually become embedded in our skin over time. There are several treatment options for Houston patients to rejuvenate skin and reduce the wrinkles formed for a more youthful expression.
  • Age: As patients grow older, years of sun exposure, repetitive facial expressions, and loss of elasticity in the skin add up and cause wrinkles. Another factor that causes wrinkles is genetics. However, maintaining a healthy lifestyle will help prevent more wrinkles.
  • Gender: Women usually have more wrinkles than men because there are fewer hair follicles and glands on their faces.
  • Gravity: Over time gravity causes the skin on your face to pull downwards. This leads to the formation of wrinkles, lines, and sagging skin common with age.
  • Hormones: Having the right balance of testosterone and estrogen keeps skin looking young and wrinkle-free. As patients age their hormone levels decrease. Hormone therapy is a great option for
  • How you sleep: Patients who sleep on their side or stomach with their faces pressed against a pillow will get lines on their face when they wake up. Over time, these lines accumulate and eventually cause wrinkles to form. Try falling asleep on your back to avoid this problem.
  • Unhealthy diet: The occasional sweet or salty snack won’t cause patients to develop wrinkles overnight, but a diet that lacks the proper nutrition to maintain skin health will. Switching to a diet with healthy fats, plenty of fruit and vegetables, and a diet rich in vitamins A, C, and E will help prevent wrinkles.

Contact Ideal Skin MedSpa AT 817.820.0193 for a free consultation, and to learn about more ways to prevent wrinkles.


Which Chemical Peel is Best For You

Chemical peels are wonderful alternatives to laser facials, which can be costly, and are a quick way to remove dead skin cells, fine lines, small scars, freckles, dark spots and/or skin imperfections caused by aging, hormones and the sun. They are controlled treatments to your face, neck and/or chest, and can be performed safely by a medical esthetician. However, the more intense peels will need to be performed by a physician.  Chemical peels are performed on an outpatient basis, and they are very effective in renewing the skin’s texture. Also, because peels slough off those unwanted dead skin cells, and force brand new fresh skin to the surface, it gives you the appearance of tighter, brighter skin and smaller pores.

There are 3 levels or grades of chemical peels, and it really depends on your skin color, texture, level of skin imperfections and elasticity to determine what chemical acid solution works best for you. In addition, your esthetician or doctor will determine if you need a stronger or lighter solution within each grade of the chemical peel.     

Lowest Grade: Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) Peel or Lactic Peel

These peels are more surface level, and they help with rough/dry skin and texture. This peel can also be mixed with skin bleaching agents to lessen dark spots or skin discoloration due to sun damage, hormones and aging. AHA peels take about 10 minutes, and you basically end up with what looks like a sunburn; the skin will be red, dry and you may or may not peel. It takes about 2 - 5 days to heal but you can go about your normal life without any real downtime.

Medium Grade: Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) Peel

This type of peel is used to treat fine lines, surface level acne and slight skin imperfections. The TCA peel takes about 15 minutes, and for darker skin, you may need two or more treatments spaced out over several months. After having this procedure, you can expect mild swelling, redness, crusting/scabbing and peeling. The downtime can be anywhere from 5-10 days depending on how quickly your face heals. 

 Higher Grade: Carbolic Acid or Phenol Peel

This peel is for coarse, deep wrinkles, and deeper darks spots and skin imperfections. The phenol peels are intense and can only be used on the face as it can scar the neck and other parts of the body. This peel needs to be performed by a physician because it does require general anesthesia and a sterile technique. Post-procedure, you will have heavy swelling; the eyes may even be swollen shut and you may need bandages that can be removed within 2 days. You will probably need some kind of pain medication, and you will not be able to wear makeup for two weeks. It is imperative that you stay out of the sun for at least 3 weeks as the skin is very susceptible to sun damage.    


A New Year - New You saying goodbye to your double Chin with Kybella Fat Dissolve


Diet and exercise only shrink fat cells under the chin. Because of this, the chances of the cells returning to normal size are high—practically inevitable.

Kybella works in a different fashion. The drug completely destroys stubborn fat cells. The appearance of a double chin is eliminated and results are permanent. Patients love the fact that they never have to worry about their double chin reappearing. They’re also pleased that they don’t have to partake in an ultra-disciplined exercise and diet regimen that produces minimal results.

Patients love “in and out” non-invasive Kybella treatments. The injections take a significantly less amount of time than liposuction, and often times produce better results. In addition, no anesthesia is required—which is great for patients who experience unpleasant side effects following the administration of this drug.


Following Kybella treatments, patients are highly satisfied when they experience minimal to no side effects. If side effects do occur, they’re minor—usually in the form of a 15-20-minute tingling sensation under the chin, or minor numbness, swelling, and/or bruising.

The other thing patients really love is that they don’t have to walk around with bandages on or around their chin. This is great as it allows normal everyday function to occur—patients never have to worry about appearing differently.


One of the best ways to judge the results of plastic surgery is through the use of before and after photos. Following Kybella treatment, before and after photos show a drastic improvement in not only the chin but the entire appearance of the face. The jawline, facial symmetry, and other facial features are more aesthetically pleasing.


Kybella (deoxycholic acid) is a naturally-occurring molecule in the human body. The results of two clinical studies led to the FDA’s approval of the drug in April of 2015. The FDA specifically indicated it for “the improvement in the appearance of moderate to severe convexity or fullness associated with submental fat (fat under the chin) in adults.”

The FDA label is a strong one—that ensures the drug is safe. This gives patients a high level of comfort because that they know that they will be okay after treatment. Other treatment options like diet pills are not FDA approved. If you’re considering taking a non-FDA approved drug, it’s very important that you discuss it with your trusted plastic surgeon before doing so.


Kybella is a safe and effective drug that will reduce or eliminate the appearance of your double chin. It’s quickly become one of the most popular plastic surgery treatments because people love it. When you’re ready, please don’t hesitate to contact our office. We’d love to help you with something no one else can.



How your skin changes during menopause

Don’t let menopause ruin your Holiday glow…

For all women, menopause is an incredibly complicated process. When your hormones change, your body starts changing: hot flashes, night sweats, dryness, mood swings, hair growth, hair loss, acne, insomnia, and more.  But did you know that menopause significantly effects your skin?

The reason that menopause effects the skin is because women need estrogen to stimulate skin-smoothing collagen and oils. When menopause approaches, estrogen levels decrease, resulting in dryness and sagging of the skin, acne, and fine lines and wrinkles. Plus, with testosterone no longer masked in the women's body, some women may develop unwanted hair growth, particularly facial hair.

Tips for Better Skin During and After Menopause:

  • Hydrate & Protect - Make applying moisturizer and SPF 30+ sunscreen your daily routine
  • Eat your Antioxidants - Eating foods with antioxidants can make the collagen in your skin stronger
  • Stock up on Soy - Soy is rich in isoflavones, plant-based compounds that act like estrogen in your body, This can help with hot flashes and night sweats
  • Laser Skin Rejuvenation - You are now more prone to sun damage. If you are noticing sun spots or age spots, a solution at Ideal Skin MedSpa is the non-invasive skin treatments IPL and SkinPen which can provide a clearer and more youthful complexion with no downtime
  • Laser Hair Removal - Whether it's unwanted hair on your chin, upper lip, legs, or where ever, laser hair removal at Ideal Skin can relieve the embarrassment and build back your confidence with smooth, silky skin.
  • Botox & Dermal Fillers - If you are noticing more fine lines and wrinkles, Botox and Dermal Fillers are temporary solutions that can restore and correct facial aging.  Schedule a free consultation to learn how you can have a “Liquid Facelift” in an hour!
  • Maintain Your Youthful Glow -  Chemical Peels, Dermaplane and Microderms are great solutions to keeping your skin looking and feeling its best. 

Don't let Menopause control you. Stay in control of your body and be proactive. 

Contact an Ideal Skin Consultant today to learn more about how to keep your youthful glow for the Holidays!



Kybella Fat Dissolve Vs. Surgical Neck Surgery

Kybella vs. Surgical Neck Lift: The Double Chin Showdown

Just a few months ago, the neck lift was virtually the only option you had when it came getting rid of fat under the chin. Then, Kybella entered the ring. Kybella is the first and only injectable treatment approved by the FDA to help correct submental fat. This means you can finally get rid of your stubborn chin fat safely without going under the knife!

So now that there are options to get rid of your double chin, which one is the best? Let’s compare key features of each so that you can get a better grasp of what they entail.

Round 1: The Procedure

Kybella and neck lifts are two very different procedures. The most obvious difference between the two is that one is non-surgical and the other is surgical.

During a Kybella treatment, your practioner will inject deoxycholic acid into your chin fat. Though this might sound scary, deoxycholic acid is actually already found in your body naturally. It works to absorb fat. When injected, the acid dissolves your double chin fat over a few weeks. For the best results, Ideal suggests receiving two to three treatments with a one month gap between each. Each treatment takes about 20 minutes to complete, and involves 12 to 20 injections with very fine needles.

A neck lift is a little more involved. Not only does it improve fat under your chin, but it also corrects the muscle and skin. First, your surgeon will cut an incision, typically behind the ears, under the chin and back toward your neck hairline. Next up are the improvements! Your surgeon will redistribute your fat, remove excess fat with submental liposuction, tighten your muscle or reposition tissue under your neck, depending on what you need. Finally, he or she will carefully lay your skin back over your neck and cut away any excess skin. The entire procedure takes about two to four hours to complete.

Round 2: The Recovery

Since a neck lift is surgical, you can expect a longer recovery time than you would after Kybella. Typically, neck lifts require about two weeks of healing time. After a Kybella treatment, you may experience some swelling and tenderness under your chin for a few days. But you can go back into your normal routine right away.

Final Round: The Results

Since the Kybella substance destroys fat cells over time, it takes about four to six weeks for your double chin to begin disappearing. But once you see the results, they can last for years. There should be less fat underneath your chin and your jaw should look more contoured.

If you are wondering if the results are worth it, here is the proof: Over 20 studies showed that about 70 percent of thousands of patients saw improvements in both the amount of fat underneath their chin and their emotional state after they received Kybella. Kybella reviews support this evidence. As of right now, 95% of real Kybella patients say that the treatment was worth it on RealSelf.

Neck lifts have proven their effectiveness year after year. After a neck lift, not only is the excess fat underneath your chin gone, but your muscles and skin are tighter as well. Unlike Kybella, a neck lift treats fat, muscle and skin, making you subtly look years younger. Typically, neck lift results last between five and 10 years. Again, patients love what they see after a neck lift. 94% of real neck lift patients say that the treatment was worth it on RealSelf.

The Verdict: Kybella vs. Neck lift

If fat is your only issue when it comes to your double chin and you are not quite ready for surgery, Kybella might be the way to go. It is a fraction of the cost of a neck lift, does not require surgery and takes much less time during the procedure and recovery.

If you are looking for a more long-term solution, a neck lift is probably your best option. It will last years longer than Kybella and treats several issues. Those who have lax skin and muscle under their chin along with fat will see the best results with a neck lift.

Whether you choose Kybella or a neck lift, both of these treatments should give you a slim chin for years to come. That is, if you have a skilled practitioner.

Look no further than Ideal Skin Center to remedy your double chin woes. Ideal specializes in facial Liquid Lifts and rejuvenation, allowing our patients to look refreshed and rejuvenated without looking overdone or artificial.

Call for a free consultation today and see if Kybella is right for you!


Hydrapeel Facial - The 30 minute Secret to Flawless Skin

When it comes to facial treatments, “no pain, no gain” seems to be the rule rather than the exception. Whether it’s harsh lights, harsh chemicals or deep extractions.  Getting results (brighter, clearer, more radiant skin) always seems to require some level of discomfort.

So when a treatment comes along that’s rare enough to be equal parts gentle and effective, we take notice—and after trying it, we’re believers. That’s why Ideal Skin is now offering the Hydrapeel Facial.  Awarded this year in the New Beauty Beauty Choice Awards in the “Instant Results” category. The editors and expert panel noted that “in just a matter of minutes, this skin-perfecting treatment removes dead skin and infuses your complexion with hydrating ingredients for a healthy, plumper and beautiful look overall.”  When one of the editors took the facial for a test drive, she reported back: “Instant results—minus any redness. Skin looks super hydrated and glows. Plus it's a relaxing treatment—it’s perfect for just before an event or if you are a celeb on the red carpet.”

What sets Hydrapeel Facial apart is a unique technology called Vortex-Fusion, which replaces the harsh manual exfoliation and extractions common in other facial treatments. The treatment is used to cleanse, exfoliate, extract impurities and flood skin with treatment serums. Vortex-Fusion is similar to microdermabrasion, but instead of relying on an abrasive diamond tip to remove dead skin, it delivers various proprietary serums that help to dislodge dead cells and excess sebum while a suctioning action removes them from skin. The result? A deep cleanse and exfoliation without any pinching, pulling or pain. The treatment concludes with a liberal application of serum rich in antioxidants, peptides and hyaluronic acid, designed to maintain results and give skin that immediate healthy glow.

Hydrapeel Facial is appropriate to target a range of common skin concerns including the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, skin texture, hyperpigmentation, sun damage, congested skin, enlarged pores and both oily and dehydrated skin. It’s well loved by beauty editors, celebrities and consumers alike.