A medispa is what you may expect from the name – a combination of medical and aesthetic procedures performed under the supervision of a licensed health care professional in a relaxing spa-like environment. That being said, not all Maui medispas are the same. There are many that offer only aesthetic and other treatments you would find at any spa and others that focus on treating the whole person – inside and out. While RevitalizeMaui does offer services that you would see in other Maui medispas, such as Botox and Fillers, we also provide nutrient treatments, functional medicine, and diagnostic testing. Here our main goal is to help you to look and feel your best by achieving optimal wellness, and all of our services are delivered with the utmost skill and professionalism in a beautiful and relaxing environment. Along with the environment where you will be receiving your treatments, when you are selecting a Maui medispa there are many other things you should consider.
Chances are that you have a lot of options when it comes to selecting a Maui medispa, but first, there are some questions that you should be asking in order to ensure that you chose a safe and comfortable facility for your treatment. The first, and possibly most important thing to consider is who is the Medical Director of the medispa. Is it owned by a licensed M.D. who specializes in the treatments offered, and are they actually at the medispa supervising and performing treatments themselves? Generally, a medical doctor is legally required to be an owner of a medispa and to oversee any procedures performed there, but this does not mean they are always (or sometimes ever!) actually on the premises. Some medispas have a Medical Director on staff to satisfy legal requirements, but the patients never see them. Similarly, many medispas have Medical Directors who actually specialize in another area and have little to no prior experience with the services being provided there. Be sure that you choose a Maui medispa that is run by a licensed and experienced practitioner who sees patients and oversees all treatments provided.
It used to be that when you would to go to the doctor for medical aesthetic services, it would be in a much more clinical atmosphere than what you would find at a day spa. Today it has become very common to see both environments combined in a medispa with a staff trained to provide traditional spa services, as well as medical procedures. At RevitalizeMaui, we believe that it is not enough to look your best if you do not feel well, and we have a focus on wellness that includes services such as nutrient therapies, functional medicine consultations, guided weight loss, nutritional counseling and more.
We also offer medical aesthetic procedures to help you enhance your appearance, which are what we typically consider our “medispa” services, and all are performed by our highly trained Medical Director, Emeka Okwuje, M.D. When you combine these complementary therapies with our treatments focused on wellness, you are able to address all of your concerns both inside and out.
These types of medispa of treatments are less expensive, and less invasive than cosmetic surgery, while still providing fast and measurable results. Some of the Maui medispa services that we offer at RevitalizeMaui include:
Neuromodulator injections (commonly referred to as Botox®) are a wonderful option for patients looking to reduce wrinkles. The effects of this treatment are usually are visible within about 3 days, with the maximum benefits being reached somewhere between 10 to 14 days. Neuromodulators work to relax the muscle and in turn soften the skin over it, giving you a relaxed, youthful appearance. Because this treatment relaxes the muscle, it prevents you from making the movement that causes wrinkles in areas such as the forehead, crowsfeet, ect. In this way it works to reduce the appearance of existing wrinkles and prevent new wrinkles from forming. Unfortunately, neuromodulators cannot get rid of existing “static” wrinkles, or those that are visible when you are at rest. The best treatment for static wrinkles is to first treat the area with neuromodulators, and then fill the wrinkles with a dermal filler to smooth their appearance.
Dermal fillers give you a more youthful appearance by eliminating wrinkles and other signs of natural aging such as fat and volume loss in the face. As we age, we naturally lose volume in our face, creating sagging skin, wrinkles the more hallowed appearance that we associate with being older. Dermal Fillers are able to counteract this by replacing this lost volume, as well as smoothing deep wrinkles in places like around the mouth and forehead. Dermal fillers have begun to be used for treatments including nose and chin augmentations, where previously only surgery or implants were used. In these cases, fillers are an inexpensive semi-permanent solution that are much less invasive and require little to no downtime.
There are many different types of fillers for use on different areas. Many brands of filler carry a full line of products that are able to address each different type of concern. The different filler types vary in how long they last and the results that they provide. The most commonly used dermal fillers in the U.S. include Juvederm®, Restylane®, Radiesse®, Belotero® and Sculptra®.
There are many things that we do every day that cause damage to our skin. Things like sun exposure/tanning, poor diet, pollution, and smoking all cause cellular damage that takes a toll on your skin. As we age and our skin loses the ability to renew itself as efficiently and rapidly, the subsequent dryness, blotchiness, thinness and dark spots only get worse as we age. Drugstores are filled with lotions and potions that claim to skin issues and complexion unevenness, few actually perform as promised. Luckily there is now an alternative to this drugstore product trial-and-error available at our Maui medispa with Glutathione IV Nutrition Therapy.
Glutathione is a powerful anti-oxidant that provides several health benefits. It rids the body of free radicals, toxins and oxidants and prevents oxidative damage, which is thought to be related to cancer, diabetes, liver and cardiovascular disease and skin disorders. Glutathione also improves the immune system, memory, focus and overall state of mind. When glutathione is administered intravenously, it is spread evenly throughout the body while it speeds up cell turnover and replaces damaged cells with new ones.
Glutathione IV Therapy has many benefits for the skin including improving luminosity, lightening and evening your skin tone. It reduces skin blemishes such as scars and pigmentation, suppresses the formation of acne, helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and enhances elasticity through the production of collagen. RevitalizeMaui is the only Maui medispa that offers Glutathione IV Therapy; the treatment takes about 1 hr, and you are able to relax the entire time with no down time after. A full treatment series of 10 sessions over 5 weeks (twice per week) is recommended to see results.
Chemical peels are acids that are applied topically and aid in rejuvenating and restoring the skin’s surface by creating an controlled and even shedding of several layers of the skin. There are different types and depths of peels, meaning just a few or many layers can be shed. This allows new layers of skin to be exposed, creating a new and fresh appearance. Chemical peels enhance the appearance of your complexion in a relatively short period of time by reducing blotchy and/or uneven pigmentation including freckling, age spots and sun-damage, as well as decreasing fine lines and wrinkles and acne scars.
Glycolic peels are chemical peels that feature glycolic acid as their main component. Glycolic acid is a fruit acid derived from sugar cane and is part of the alpha hydroxyl family of natural ingredients. It is a popular treatment for winkles and acne, and when it is applied to the skin, it helps to remove the older, rougher and dryer skin on the surface, revealing the fresh and undamaged new layer underneath. Most people who get glycolic peels feel that they look younger, and report fewer fine lines and wrinkles. Those with acne often notice their skin is less oily and much clearer.
Glycolic acid peels are considered fairly light peels and usually result in few, if any, side effects. You might feel some burning or see some redness right after the treatment, but both of these should go away quickly. Those with sensitive or very fair skin are more likely to encounter these discomforts. After the peel is removed and you leave the medispa there is no real recovery time, and you should not require any pain relievers. If you do feel any discomfort during or after the procedure (which would likely be due to slight irritation of the skin) you can take Tylenol or Motrin. You may experience some tightness in your skin for a few days after, and depending on the strength of the peel you can see some flaking of the skin, but no peeling like with a stronger treatment. Glycolic acid makes your skin more sensitive to the sun, so be sure to always wear a sun block after having a glycolic peel.
Stronger chemical peels that should be performed in a medispa under the supervision of a doctor include both what are considered “medium” and deep.” The main difference besides what ingredients are in the peel are how deeply they penetrate, how much down time is required and what kind of results they yield. Both medium and deep peels cause peeling of the skin, unlike more superficial glycolic peels.
Immediately following a medium-depth chemical peel, your skin may be swollen and can feel tight. It is recommended that you continuously apply occlusive ointments several times a day while the epidermis above the level of chemical injury separates from the underlying skin on approximately the third day following your treatment when there will most likely be some associated oozing and/or crusting. After this, the skin begins to peel beginning in the perioral area and radiating out, with your forehead being last to peel. You should allow your skin to peel at the rate that it wants to naturally, and do not pick at the exfoliating epidermis as it may cause scarring. After five days you can begin to apply a moisturizer, and you can expect the peeling process to continue for up to ten days. Afterwards you should notice that your new skin is brighter and more even with a reduction in hyperpigmentation, blemishes, fine lines and wrinkles. Dermal remodeling continues after your treatment and after about 6 weeks it results in new collagen production, providing ongoing improvement in your skin’s quality. Even though this type of peel is deeper than some, further peels may be required to achieve desired results.
As you might have guessed, the recovery period for a deep peel is even longer and more involved than a medium peel. For the first 48 hours following a deep peel, an occlusive dressing such as a waterproof tape mask must be applied and worn. This treatment has a lot of downtime after as it leaves the skin requiring careful wound care, and you may also need to adhere to a blended diet through a straw for at least a week to prevent excessive mouth movements. Around day 9 you can begin to gently debride the dead peel mask with regular warm compresses and emollient applications, but the new skin underneath will still be red and swollen for up to four weeks.
Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic procedure that many people might have heard of, but also might still not really know much about. Microdermabrasion uses a machine to exfoliate and remove the top superficial layer of dead, dry skin cells. This treatment buffs and polishes the skin using a diamond tip or a stream of fine crystals. Some machines also use suction to vacuum loose skin cells from the face.
The patients that benefit most from a series of microdermabrasion treatments are those with fine lines, uneven pigmentation or clogged pores. It is also good for patients with melasma, as well as individuals using retinoids. Microdermabrasion isn’t painful to have performed, but it may leave the skin slightly more sensitive and/or red for a few hours afterwards. It is best to use a calming moisturizer and sunscreen after treatment.
Now there are machines that allow you to do similar treatments at home, but the devices used at a medispa are still much more powerful, and are able to penetrate deeper into the skin to provide precise exfoliation. Most people get microdermabrasion done in medispas at 1-2 month intervals, while at home treatments must be done daily to maintain any results.
This popular treatment consists of injections that help to reduce the appearance of existing wrinkles, and prevent the formation of new ones.
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Neuromodulators that we offer at our Medispa include:
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Fillers made from Hyaluronic Acid (HA) help to restore youthful appearance by filling in wrinkles and lost volume associated with aging.
The HA Fillers we offer include:
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We offer two options for fillers that are not made from Hyaluronic Acid, Radiesse® and Sculptra®, which last longer than HA fillers.
Radiesse and Sculptra are made from different materials and used to treat different areas, but both fillers work to help produce your own collagen in the area that they are injected, which allows them to have longer-lasting results.
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Kybella® is used in medispas to reduce fat under the chin, also known as submental fullness, that causes many people to look older or heavier than they are.
Kybella® is synthetic deoxycholic acid, which is a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. This treatment includes multiple injections under the chin that destroy the fat cells, even when healthy diet and regular exercise have had no effect.
Not available at most medispas, IV Treatmens with Glutathione even out and lighten your complexion and reduce the appearance of blemishes and scars.
With a series of 10 treatments, twice per week you should see a lightening of 1-2 levels. If greater results are desired, you can repeat the treatment series again. A minimum of 10 treatments is required to see results. Save 10% when you purchase all 10 treatments in your series at once.
These lighter peels help generate cell turnover and provide results with little discomfort and very minimal down time.
Because Glycolic Peels are not as strong, you will not have downtime with skin peeling like with stronger peels, however you will see the best results from a series of at least 3 glycolic peels. Most people have great results having a series of 3-6 peels every 2 weeks, and then maintaining every few months.
For more dramatic results, you can opt for a medium or deep penetrating chemical peel. These have more downtime than lighter glycolic peels.
While they do not take the place of cosmetic surgery procedures, such as a face lift, medium and deep peels can provide amazing results for people who are bothered by things such as hyperpigmentation, lines and wrinkles, and scarring. Because they damage and penetrate through multiple layers of skin, there is specific care required after, and you may have to take time off work.
Regular microdermabrasion treatments help to maintain a more even and youthful complexion, without any downtime or discomfort.
Microdermabrasion buffs away the top layer of skin to reduce signs of aging including hyperpigmentation and fine lines and wrinkles. Getting a series of treatments is recommended for the best results, followed by occasional treatments for maintenance. Microdermabrasion also yields great results in conjunction with other facial treatments and products.
When you invest in your appearance, it is important to use a regimen of products that will help maintain and protect your investment.
Not all skin care products are created equal. If you are spending your time and money on treatments in a medispa, you should not be using drugstore products to help maintain your results. Using products provided by your doctor ensures that you are going to see better results, longer. Call us to find out more about the different medical skin care lines that we carry.