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Dr. Michelle Sieffert
If, like many of us at Donaldson Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Solutions, you’ve taken this time of social distancing for self-improvement, then you’re probably also thinking, “Once I’m allowed back to some sense of normalcy, what can I do (that I couldn’t do at home) to continue what I started?”
I’m here to highlight just a few of the services we offer that I recommend when “coming out of quarantine” to help you on your journey to become the best, most confident version of you!
Neurotoxin injections (such as Botox, Xeomin, Dysport, Jeuveau, etc.) are used to treat wrinkles caused by muscle activity—most commonly in the forehead and around the eyes. They can also be used for prevention if you are only just starting to see wrinkles surface! The injections are relatively painless, only take a few moments to complete, and only need to be repeated roughly every 3-4 months (so you may be starting to see those fine lines and wrinkles return while on quarantine). My single rule for neurotoxin injections is simple: no exercise for 24 hours afterwards.
We offer complimentary make-up touch-ups after any injectable procedure, so you can get back to your life without anyone being the wiser!
Filler is a substance made of hyaluronic acid (HA), which is a naturally occurring substance in your skin. It is used to plump areas of the face and body that have experienced volume loss, or to shape areas of the face like the nose, chin, and jawline. Different fillers (Ultra and Ultra Plus, Voluma, Vollure, Volbella, Restylane, Radiesse, etc.) are designed with different measures of thickness and longevity; they can last anywhere from 1-2 years depending on the product used and the location injected. Some of my favorite locations for filler are the lips, cheeks, jawline, temples, and nasolabial folds. The treatment generally lasts 30 minutes (most of that time is spent discussing your needs and desires), and you can expect mild, but not unbearable, discomfort.
I suggest planning filler injections at least a week ahead of any major event, as swelling and bruising is a possibility with any filler injection. As mentioned above, we offer complimentary make-up touch ups after your injectable visit, so you can leave our office looking and feeling like you!
Perhaps you’ve been experimenting with making your own facials at home to keep your skin healthy and glowing, but need a little something extra to brighten or moisturize as you’re getting back to work. In my opinion, nobody performs a more relaxing and effective facial than our Lead Medical Aesthetician, Tatjana!
Tatjana offers 45 minute to 1 hour-long facials and peels, targeted to your specific skin type and individual skin concerns. Come in to see Tatjana to discuss any medspa skin service you might be interested in, including brightening your skin, controlling acne, hydrating dry skin, improving fine lines, and calming irritated and inflamed skin.
Everyone has that “one area” that, no matter how hard you exercise and diet, never seems to go away; this is where CoolSculpting is of benefit! The advanced CoolSculpting technology freezes localized areas of fat, causing damage and, ultimately, death, of the fat cell itself. Over the ensuing 2 to 3 months, the body removes the damaged fat cells from the area, causing a reduction of up to 25% of the fat present in the treatment area.
Each CoolSculpting treatment, or “cycle”, lasts 1 hour. You can expect mild discomfort and tingling as the treatment begins and ends (as the skin cools and re-warms), and an area of numbness that returns to normal between 2 days and 3 weeks afterwards. As with any minimally invasive body contouring technology, multiple treatments in the same area are required to get a great result.
CoolTone is the newest non-invasive body contouring tool at our practice, and one that I am personally pretty excited about! It uses electromagnetic stimulation to give your abdominal, gluteal, or thigh muscles (other treatment areas coming soon) a intense 30-minute workout, with the result being visible toning and strengthening. This is a perfect solution for anyone who wants firmer abs, tighter glutes, or more defined thighs!
CoolTone treatments begin with a series of four 30-minute “workouts” performed over a 2 week period, with subsequent maintenance treatments performed on a quarterly to monthly basis. I recommend that any necessary fat reduction be done prior to muscle toning, which is why I encourage pairing CoolSculpting with CoolTone for best results.
In my many years as a fitness competitor, I always had trouble with my abdominal region, and I can honestly say after my first series of four treatments I have never seen my midsection look better. I am a strong believer in CoolTone’s technology!
That wraps up my top 5 suggestions for coming out of quarantine! Wrinkle relaxers, fillers, facials & peels, CoolSculpting, and CoolTone are among our most popular services, and are here to help you continue your efforts to help you feel your best every day!
Call 614-442-7610 or submit a request on our website to schedule a consultation with one of our aesthetic professionals to find out if any of these treatments are right for you.
We can’t wait to help you become your very best version of you!
Lead Medical Aesthetician, Tatjana introduces her new line of skin care on Good Day Marketplace. This skin care line is meant to complement the products that are already offered at Donaldson Plastic Surgery, along with some specific key products to add to your current skin care routine.
COLUMBUS, OH (PRWEB) AUGUST 03, 2017
Donaldson Plastic Surgery has introduced the Tatjana line, skin care products privately labeled by Tatjana Dzamov, the company’s lead medical aesthetician. Included in the Tatjana line’s selection are skin cleansers, brightening systems, glycolic treatments, moisturizers and eye serum.
Also available is a men’s kit of products Dzamov created specifically for improving male skin, as well as a post-treatment kit to accelerate healing and improve the final results. Dzamov is a medical aesthetician with more than 20 years of dermatological and aesthetic experience.
“We have been eager to share the expertise that Tatjana holds with a greater audience than our current patient base,” said Jeffrey H. Donaldson, MD, the board-certified plastic surgeon who founded Donaldson Plastic Surgery. “It is a privilege to create product branding for a core provider in our practice, especially since other local practices are not. Tatjana also offers a line specifically geared towards men, which is a new avenue in our practice.”
The Tatjana line’s products, which make a significant difference in skin health, are now available for purchase at the Donaldson Plastic Surgery office in Columbus.
Tatjana Dzamov is a licensed medical aesthetician whose extensive knowledge and background have made her one of the Columbus area’s most sought after aesthetic providers.
Her experience also includes volunteering for five years as a skin care and makeup specialist for the James Cancer Hospital’s “Look Good, Feel Better” program, helping to restore the confidence of women enduring chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
Dzamov’s professional affiliations include membership in the Society of Plastic Surgical Skin Care Specialists, an organization for licensed plastic surgical skin care specialists practicing in the offices of board-certified plastic surgeons.
Her goal is to empower customers to feel and look better through education and the use of advanced aesthetics.
According to Donaldson, the Tatjana line will influence all current skin care and skin health patients of Donaldson Plastic Surgery, as well as potential new patients seeking a customized, full-service approach to skin care. He sees Dzamov’s brand as a way to generate more recognition and patient retention for the company’s practice.
To learn more about the Tatjana line, please call Donaldson Plastic Surgery at 614-442-7610 or visit donaldsonplasticsurgery.com. Their office is located at 4661 Sawmill Rd., Suite 100, Columbus, OH 43220.
Dr. Donaldson brings decades of experience to his cosmetic services at Donaldson Plastic Surgery. He specializes in plastic surgery procedures for the face, breast and body, drawing upon a background in reconstructive surgery. Dr. Donaldson maintains the hospital and operating privileges at Riverside Outpatient Surgery Center, Riverside Methodist Hospital, and Dublin Methodist Hospital.
Valentine’s Day is just a few days away, and with all this cold and snow, there’s a good chance your lips are feeling dry and flaky. That’s not at all what you want when you’re about to pucker up! Don’t worry — there’s still time to get soft, kissable lips by the 14th. Just follow these three simple steps and you’ll be ready for your next big kiss in no time.
You already know how important regular exfoliation is for your face and skin, but don’t forget about your lips! Because our lips have a thinner layer of skin compared to the rest of our body, they lose moisture fast. Exfoliating is the best way to remove any dry, flaky skin that has built up on your lips.
The easiest way to exfoliate your lips — take a clean washcloth, run it under warm water, then gently rub the washcloth over your lips in circular motions to scrub away the dead skin. Sugar scrubs are also great for exfoliating the lips. If you don’t have one handy, you can always mix a little sugar and coconut oil together to make your own simple sugar scrub. Take a small amount of the scrub and use your finger to apply it to your lips, again using soft, circular motions. When you’re finished, wipe away the scrub using a damp washcloth and pat them dry.
If you’re taking the sugar scrub route, make sure you’re not using it more than twice per week or you could end up irritating your lips. Always follow up exfoliation with a moisturizing lip balm to keep the lips soft and smooth.
Speaking of lip balm, we recommend keeping it with you at all times. Moisturizing is key to plump, kissable lips. Most people will simply lick their lips whenever they’re feeling a little dry, but this actually just dries your them out further! The best thing to do when on the go is to reach for your favorite lip balm. Just a quick swipe across your lips and you will instantly feel better.
Just keep in mind that not all lip balms are created equal! There are a number of products out there that are formulated with ingredients that can irritate and dehydrate the lips — the very thing they are supposed to be preventing. Before you buy a lip balm, check the ingredients for any of these red flags: fragrance, menthol, camphor, or salicylic acid.
You should also watch out for petrolatum. This ingredient is designed to seal your lips and keep moisture from escaping, which you would think is a good thing. But it also prevents further moisture to get in, so your lips end up drying out in the long run. Stick to lip balms that use natural oils to seal in moisture.
Are you getting your eight glasses of water a day? Well, it’s time to start drinking up. Not only is drinking water important for your overall health, it’s one of the best ways to keep your lips looking fresh.
When your body is dehydrated, your lips are often the first place it will show. They will look deflated and maybe even a little wrinkled, especially if you already have age lines showing around your mouth. All it takes is a tall glass of water to breathe life back into your lips! Get into the habit of drinking a full glass of water when you first wake up in the morning and start carrying a reusable bottle with you while you’re out running errands so you always have water with you.
If you’ve tried everything and your lips still feel dry and deflated, it might be time for a lip repair treatment! The treatment is great for decreasing fine lines and wrinkles to give your lips a more youthful appearance. If you want kissable lips and you want them now, this is definitely the route to go! To schedule a lip repair treatment, call Donaldson Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Solutions at 614-442-7610.
Have you heard of microneedling?
It is certainly being celebrated, and for good reason – it has rapidly become a favorite among skincare patients and clinicians alike. So, why is microneedling becoming so popular?
Microneedling is a safe and clinically proven technique for improving collagen production, using ultrafine needles to stimulate your skin’s natural healing process and to improve the appearance of pores, fine lines, acne, scars, discoloration and wrinkles. Quick and non-invasive, microneedling is a long-lasting method to achieve notably smoother, brighter, and more luminous skin after just one treatment.
Essentially, it changes the skin on a cellular level by releasing blood platelets along with growth factors. After every microneedling treatment, your skin begins growing new collagen which, in turn, plumps the skin. Fine lines and wrinkles are prevented or corrected, hyperpigmentation is improved and corrected, and scars are softened or diminished.
In order to achieve the best results, patients start with six treatments spaced two weeks apart, along with the use of recommended medical grade products at home. After this initial series is complete, most patients will then continue their microneedling appointments every four to six weeks to maintain their results. The more you receive, the better your skin will be!
Downtime is usually very minimal, averaging one to three days of redness depending on the sensitivity of your skin. Typically, skin is the most red immediately after treatment – the process essentially creates controlled wounds, so your body’s natural inflammatory response is activated immediately after treatment.
Your face will look like you got a sunburn, but it will resolve itself much faster than a sunburn would. Redness will subside dramatically in the 24 hours following treatment. You may want to avoid making plans for the following day until your skin returns to its normal color. Makeup and sunblock should also be avoided for 24 hours. There will be some mild flaking of the skin two to three days after the treatment. It will feel dry and tight, but will naturally exfoliate off.
Of course, this treatment works best with proper aftercare. Using the right products can optimize your treatment, so I will also spend some time doing a skin assessment. Together, we will develop an easy-to-follow skincare regimen using medical grade ingredients to complement the microneedling treatment.
Microneedling is like planting a new layer of grass. You need to water and nourish your new foundation in order to see the best results, and maintenance is key to your happy new skin.
Aquagold Fine Touch is similar to cosmetic microneedling, however it goes a step further. This treatment infuses the skin with customized skin cocktails through 20 small needles plated with 24-karat gold, allowing for greater absorption of the active ingredients through the tiny microchannels.
Tatjana Dzamov, our Lead Medical Aesthetician and Aquagold specialist, recently demonstrated this cutting-edge treatment and explained its benefits on Good Day Marketplace.
First, we will figure out the right combination of serums for your skin. Once filled, the needled applicator is then pressed into the skin in an overlapping pattern, ensuring the solution is delivered evenly into the chosen area.
You may be surprised to hear there is virtually no pain connected with this procedure; your skin will numbed beforehand to ensure maximum comfort, with special attention given to particularly sensitive areas. The needles on the Aquagold applicator are ultra fine, smaller than even a hair follicle, meaning they will create very miniscule and precise punctures while inflicting the least possible amount of damage.
Unlike traditional microneedling, Aquagold allows us the added benefit of microdosing combinations of result-driven products like BOTOX®, Restylane®, Volbella, vitamins like B12, peptides like Cytocare 516, and anti-inflammatories like CBD oil into the skin. These products create a specialized elixir that will help to reduce pore size, even out skin tone, minimize fine lines and wrinkles, improve redness and inflammation, and improve acne scars. The end result is glowing and vibrant skin for the next two to three months. For best results, I recommend four treatments spaced four to six weeks apart.
Aquagold and microneedling are not meant to replace each other, but rather to enhance the other’s benefits. Aquagold is a great way to give your microneedling regimen a boost when done in between your microneedling appointments. They pair very well together; microneedling can be done to maintain the benefits from your Aquagold treatment or vice versa.
Are you ready to schedule your microneedling or Aquagold appointment with Tatjana? Give us a call at (614) 442-7610 and get ready for healthy and beautiful skin.
Adrienne appeared on WTTE FOX28’s Good Day Marketplace to discuss the staff’s favorite skin care products.
*Earned by Dr. Donaldson