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Volume Loss For The Face

As we begin to age you may start to notice volume loss in your face; this is due to the decrease of your collagen and elastin production. When you begin to lose volume in the face you may notice areas tend to hollow out or your skin may begin sagging. At Mona Dermatology, we use filler treatments to help with areas where you may be experiencing volume loss such as the cheeks, temples, or under the eyes. Filler allows us to replace lost volume and restore that youthful shape to your face in a natural-looking way.  

WHY DOES VOLUME LOSS IN THE FACE OCCUR?

Volume loss is unfortunately a part of our natural aging process; you may notice changes to your facial shape as you begin to age. While this is a normal process of aging, injectable treatment options such as fillers are great for targeting these concerns. At Mona Dermatology, we start every treatment with a full-facial assessment. Whether you are treating one area or multiple, we will assess your facial anatomy in the same way. Though injectables will not be able to treat everything you may be concerned about, they are still an amazing tool to help give your face that youthful look.

HOW LONG WILL MY RESULTS LAST?

Typically most patients’ filler results will last anywhere between 8-18 months. This is patient dependent, though, as everyone metabolizes filler differently. We love filler treatments because you are able to see instant results right after treatment.  Your results will continue to improve over the next few days as the filler settles in and attracts water. 

VOLUME LOSS BEFORE & AFTER

Volume loss for the face

We used a combination of Juvéderm Voluma XC & Vollure XC to restore lost volume to her cheeks, chin, lips, and mouth.

Volume loss for the face

We used 1 syringe of Juvederm Voluma XC to her temples & piriform, 1 syringe of Voluma XC to her cheeks & chin, 1 syringe of Volbella XC to her chin, mouth corners, & necklace lines. As well as 1 round of Kybella treatment to her jowls and chin.

 SCHEDULE A FILLER CONSULTATION

Anyone can be a candidate for a Filler treatment! To learn more, schedule a consultation online or give us a call at 513.984.4800.

What Is Microblading? Dr. Bowles Answers All of Your Questions | Popsugar Feature

We’re thrilled to see our provider, Dr. Alexandra Bowles, featured in a recent article on Popsugar: “What Is Microblading? An Expert Answers All of Your Questions”

Expanding on her insights revealed in the interview with Popsugar, Dr. Bowles is sharing the inside scoop on Microblading with you, and what to consider if getting a treatment.

Microblading

What is Microblading?

Microblading is a cosmetic technique that tattoos the eyebrows to help enhance and reshape them. The practitioner uses small, fine-point needles to deposit pigment into the superficial layers of the skin. Unlike traditional eyebrow tattoos that use a machine, microblading is done by hand, which allows the practitioner to create fine, hair-like strokes that mimic the natural pattern of the eyebrow.

How long will my results last?

It typically lasts between one to three years but it can vary for each individual. Those with oily skin might find that their pigment fades a bit more quickly versus those with less oily skin. In order to get the most out of your microblading treatment, it’s important to follow specific aftercare instructions. This can include moisturizing properly and even avoiding certain activities such as swimming and excessive sweating. Avoiding these activities will help the pigment last longer. 

Other factors that determine the longevity of the pigment include your exposure to sunlight, your body’s own healing process from the procedure, and the quality of the pigment. A combination of using a quality sunscreen, working with your practitioner to determine if any touch ups need to be done, and finding a qualified practitioner to perform the service all play a major factor in the longevity of the service. 

What is the downtime?

Given the procedure involves the use of small yet fine-point needles, you can expect a bit of swelling and redness immediately after the procedure, just as you would any other invasive procedure. 

You may even notice your skin adjust over time to the procedure and show signs of scabbing, flaking, itchiness, darkening or even fading. This is all part of the healing process and over time your skin will adjust and the pigment will lighten as it settles in. You should then start to see the final result. Of course if you have any concerns, questions, or you don’t feel your skin is healing as well, it’s best to follow up with the practitioner.

What does the aftercare look like?

Aftercare is a crucial part of the microblading process to ensure proper healing and long-lasting results. General guidelines include keeping the eyebrows clean and dry for 24-48 hours following the procedure. This includes keeping the eyebrows dry to allow for them to heal. Additionally, applying an ointment will help keep the skin moisturized and protected. 

Similar to any procedure on the skin, you’ll want to avoid excess exposure to the sun, whether that be direct sunlight, tanning beds, and more. Make sure to apply plenty of sunscreen and even consider covering the eye area for added protection.

Aftercare will also include refraining from applying makeup and skincare products for at least one week following the procedure. Not doing so could interfere with the healing process. This is also a good time to simply be gentle with your skin such as not rubbing your eyes or causing any additional irritation to the skin. 

How much can it cost?

The cost of microblading can depend on a number of factors, such as the city you live in, experience of the practitioner, and more. On average, the cost for the procedure can range from $500-$1,000. 

Is it permanent?

It’s important to note that microblading is considered a semi-permanent procedure, meaning the pigment will gradually fade over time and may need to be refreshed with touch-up sessions to maintain the desired appearance. The frequency of touch-ups will depend on individual factors and personal preferences.

There is also a level of risk associated with microbladed brows. Improper technique and poor quality pigment can leave behind a less than ideal color to the skin. I have seen this in a few patients who required laser treatments to attempt to remove the pigment, which is difficult to do in a hair-bearing area as laser removal can also cause permanent hair loss. I caution all of my patients to make sure that their microblading is performed by an experienced professional using a high quality product. 

What does the Microblading feel like?

The pain level experienced during microblading can vary from person to person based on individual pain tolerance, the skill of the technician, and the techniques used. Generally, most people describe the sensation of microblading as uncomfortable rather than painful. 

In most cases, a topical anesthetic will be applied to aid in numbing the area. You will most likely feel the strokes of the pigment being deposited onto the skin. Be sure to communicate to your practitioner if you have any discomfort during the procedure. To ensure a more comfortable and positive microblading experience, it’s important to choose a skilled and experienced technician who uses high-quality tools and techniques.

What is the process of Microblading?

Your experience may vary depending on the practitioner you are seeing, however, most will likely start with a consultation before the actual procedure begins. This will include your ideal eyebrow shape, color of the pigment, and the general look you desire. The practitioner may also assess your eyebrows to customize the treatment for your facial features and based on your desired outcome.

Following the consultation, the topical numbing agent will be applied allowing it to take full effect before beginning. While that sets, your practitioner may map out your eyebrows and ensure your pigment aligns with your eyebrow, skin and hair color. 

Using a sterile, handheld tool with fine-point needles, the technician will carefully map out and shape the eyebrows according to the agreed-upon design. This involves creating precise, hair-like strokes that mimic the natural growth pattern of the eyebrow hairs. The technician may also use a special pencil or marker to outline the shape and arch of the eyebrows before starting the microblading process.

Once the eyebrows are mapped and shaped, the technician will begin using the handheld tool to deposit the chosen pigment into the superficial layers of the skin, creating fine, crisp, and natural-looking strokes. An experienced technician will work meticulously to fill in sparse areas, define the shape, and enhance the overall appearance of the eyebrows. Throughout the microblading process, the technician will periodically apply more pigment to the eyebrows, allowing the color to penetrate the skin and create lasting results. The technician will also ensure that the pigment is evenly distributed and that the strokes blend seamlessly with the natural eyebrow hairs. The entire microblading process typically takes about 2-3 hours to complete, depending on the complexity of the design and the individual’s needs.

Best Sunscreens For The Family

Summer is right around the corner, so now is the perfect time for you to find the right sunscreen and use it! What better way to prepare for spring break than by refreshing your sunscreen stash? Learn why this is the most important step in your skincare routine. Our provider Anna, CNP shares her top recommendations for the best sunscreens for the whole family. If you are not already wearing your sunscreen daily, this is your sign to start! 

 

When it comes to finding the perfect sunscreen for you or your family, there are three things to look out for:

Coverage

When looking for the right sunscreen for you, coverage is extremely important: look for ingredients including Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide to ensure you are purchasing a broad-spectrum sunscreen. These two ingredients are a great choice in your sunscreens as they cover both UVA & UVB Rays. 

SPF

Our providers always recommend a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and rates the amount of solar exposure that you will be protected from. For example: an SPF 100 is going to block 99% of UVB rays, while an SPF 30 is going to block 97% of UVB rays. So while SPF 100 is going to give you greater protection, it is only a 3% increase so it may not be worth the added cost. 

Daily Use

Using a broad spectrum sunscreen daily will help ensure consistent protection from UV damage. In order to get into the habit of wearing your sunscreen daily, it’s helpful for you to find one that you enjoy wearing. We carry a wide variety of sunscreens here at our office: such as lightweight or moisturizing, tinted and non-tinted, along with specialty formulations such as powders.

Lastly make sure you purchase a sunscreen you will wear, there are a variety of sunscreen options based on your skin type, as well as tinted and untinted options. 

 

 Click below to watch our provider, Anna, CNP share her favorite sunscreens for the whole family!

 

EltaMD UV AOX ($45) – Best for Families

Click here to purchase EltaMD UV AOX

 This 100% mineral sunscreen, is lightweight and water resistant will leave your skin feeling hydrated and moisturized.

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ISDIN Eryfotona Ageless ($68) – Best for Sun Damaged Skin

 Click here to purchase ISDIN Eryfotona Ageless 

This ultralight tinted sunscreen protects, repairs, and corrects with Eryfotona Ageless. It is an ultralight tinted sunscreen with zinc oxide which helps fight the signs of photoaging. 

Erofytonia-Ageless

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SkinMedica Total Defense & Repair ($68) OR

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This revolutionary sunscreen helps protect your skin from harmful infrared rays while improving the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and sun damaged skin.

SkinMedica Total Defense & Repair

 

ColoreScience Face Shield Flex ($54)- Best for Pigment

Click here to purchase ColoreScience Face Shield Flex

This lightweight mineral sunscreen has a tinted color coverage that immediately evens your skin tone for a flawless look. 

ColoreScience Face Shield Flex

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EltaMD UV Sport ($31) – Best for Water Activities 

Click here to purchase EltaMD UV Sport

This sunscreen is great for swimmers, skiers, runners, golfers and other athletes. This sunscreen will not wash off or run into your eyes if you sweat.

EltaMD UV Sport

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ColoreScience Brush On Shield ($69)- Best for Reapplying 

Click here to purchase Colorescience Brush On Shield

This all mineral skin shield provides complete protection on the go, this application can be applied alone or over makeup.

ColoreScience Brush On

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Not wearing sunscreen at all is never a good idea! If you are still on the hunt for the perfect sunscreen for you or your family schedule a consultation, we would love to help!

 



Skin Tightening 101 | Skin Tightening Treatments Near Me

Get treated with Skin Tightening treatments near me at our Cincinnati, Ohio-based office. Mona Dermatology offers a multitude of skin tightening treatments, anywhere from RadioFrequency Tightening, Microcoring, and Ultrasound Tighetning.

EmFace: Muscle Stimulation + RadioFrequency Tightening 

You may notice sagging in your forehead, cheeks, or under the chin as your skin starts to age. This is due to the loss of muscle combined with the breakdown of our collagen. EmFace is a facial tightening treatment that uses the combination of Radiofrequency with high frequency electrical stimulation (HIFES). Our office offers 3 applicators for this treatment including: cheek, forehead, and submental, which are all used to give you a more youthful look.

To learn more about EmFace, schedule a consultation online or give us a call at 513.984.4800.

Learn more about EmFace from our Instagram page below!

 

Ellacor: Microcoring 

Ready to say goodbye to your fine lines, wrinkles, acne scarring, or loose sagging skin? Our office offers a micro-coring device called Ellacor; this device uses hollow needles in a stamping pattern to your skin, removing micro-cores of the skin. This results in tightening of the skin to help with fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, and more.  If you are looking for a treatment to help with any of the following concerns, plus boost your collagen and elastin production, consider Ellacor. It’s like getting a mini facelift treatment but without the normal downtown of a surgery. 

To learn more about Ellacor, schedule a consultation online or give us a call at 513.984.4800.

Learn more about Ellacor from our Instagram page below!

 

Thermage: Radiofrequency Tightening

Thermage is a treatment we have at our office to target concerns of aging around your eyes. If you have concerns with hooding on your upper part of your eyes or fine lines and crepiness shown on your lower lids, consider Thermage. This anti-aging treatment prevents and slows down the aging process around your eyes. By using radiofrequency, this treatment is able to tighten and contour the loose skin around your eyes without surgery.

To learn more about Thermage, schedule a consultation online or give us a call at 513.984.4800.

 Skin Tightening 101 | Skin Tightening Treatments Near Me

 

Sofwave: Ultrasound Tightening

Ultrasound Tightening is used to slow down the aging process through a non-surgical treatment. At our office we use a specific Ultrasound device called Sofwave. This device is used to help lift and tighten your skin in a natural way through pulses of energy that will form low-level focused heat delivered beneath the skin’s surface. This will then create new collagen production resulting in tightening the skin itself. Most patients will gradually see their results improve over the course of 3 to 6 months. 

To learn more about Ultrasound Tightening, schedule a consultation online or give us a call at 513.984.4800.

Learn more about Sofwave from our Instagram page below!

 

RF Microneedling: Radiofrequency Tightening 

RF Microneedling (RF) treatment uses ultra fine needles that will create micro-injuries while delivering radiofrequency energy to the perfect depth in the skin. Not only will this treatment tighten and improve your skin’s texture, it will also help with collagen and elastin reproduction.  At Mona Dermatology all of our providers are MD’s, PA’s, or NP’s and go through extensive training on all our laser and light treatments. This will allow you to feel confident in your provider and the treatment they performing for you. 

Schedule an RF Microneedling consultation To learn more, schedule a consultation online or give us a call at 513.984.4800

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EmSculpt Neo 101 | EmSculpt Near Me

Emsculpt Neo is the first and only non-invasive treatment that provides simultaneous fat elimination & muscle building. Get treated with Emsculpt near me at our Cincinnati, Ohio-based office.

EmSculpt Near Me | Cincinnatie Ohio EmSculpt Neo Treatments

How does EmSculpt Neo Work?

EmSculpt Neo treatment is a body sculpting technology that uses the combination of RadioFrequency to target fat reduction and rebuild muscles with a High Intensity Focused Electromagnetic (HIFEM) energy. This targets 90% of the muscles with a high frequency electro-magnetic energy. We have been offering this treatment at our office since 2021. Did you know traditional exercise methods only target 40-60% of your muscles? Clinical studies have shown an average of 25% of muscle growth from EmSculpt Neo treatments.

Are you the right candidate?

Not satisfied with your results from the gym? EmSculpt Neo is a great treatment option for you. If you have BMI (Body mass index) below 35 you would make a great candidate. You will not be considered a candidate if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, have metal implants, metallic IUD, pacemaker, defibrillator, or artificial joints. CoolSculpting Elite is an alternative treatment if you are not a candidate.

Why do we love EmSculpt Neo?

EmSculpt Neo combines the benefits of two treatments into one. EmSculpt Neo can reduce your fat up to 30% and increase your muscle up to 25%. This treatment can address 9 different areas on the body to target muscle growth. These areas include the abdomen, arms, buttocks, inner and outer thighs, calves, quadriceps and hamstrings. Your treatment will begin with a series of 4 treatments,  spaced one week apart, in the area you want to target. Your provider will create a treatment plan with you, based on your goals and the outcome you are wanting to achieve. The treatment itself is fairly short, only 30 minutes, plus no downtime, which allows you to go back to your daily routine right away after your treatment finishes. 

Schedule a EmSculpt Neo Consultation

To learn more, schedule a consultation online or give us a call at 513.984.4800.



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