Four Smart Ways to Welcome Back Your Best Skin

Posted by Jessie Bumgarner on Aug 28, 2015 9:57:00 AM


With the end of summer quickly approaching, you may notice more dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles, and discoloration in your skin from sun exposure this summer. Excessive exposure to the sun can negatively affect the skin in many ways.  Even if you are a diligent sunscreen-wearer, environmental assaults and UV radiation can cause your complexion to become visibly dry and uneven. Now is a great time to be thinking about rejuvenating your skin and here at Sona MedSpa, we have the top 4 things you can do to help improve your sun damaged skin.

1. Diminish Sun Damage with AFT

At Sona MedSpa, we help fight the effects of sun damage by treating it below the surface of the skin. Our highly trained medical experts utilize AFT (Advanced Fluorescence Technology) to diminish the appearance of dark spots, hyperpigmentation, freckles, and other persistent imperfections.

2. Exfoliate with Professional Chemical Peels

Here at Sona, we are proud to offer SkinMedica medical-grade chemical peels. SkinMedica peels exfoliate dead skin cells and helps reveal fresh, new skin. Three levels of peels are available to suit different skin types. One of our Skin Consultants will determine which product best meets your needs, and will provide a personalized assessment and recommendation. With a regular SkinMedica peel regimen, you'll notice improved appearance in days and continual improvement for a long time to come.

3. Hydrate and Protect

It may seem obvious, but one regimen to reverse sun damage is to limit your time in the sun. Always apply sunscreen and since too much sun can dry out your skin, use a high quality moisturizer daily. At Sona, we recommend SkinMedica's SPF 30+ Sunscreen and Ultra-Sheer Moisturizer. These products will help replenish dry skin and stimulate the production of collagen that gives your skin its smooth texture and appearance.

4. Get healthier skin with Vitamins & Antioxidants

Antioxidant-rich topical creams like SkinMedica's TNS Essential Serum and Vitamin C + E Complex can help repair sun damaged skin cells. These antioxidants not only help to prevent skin cancer, but also protect the collagen and elastic tissues in your skin from the free radicals that cause sagging and wrinkles. You can also get natural antioxidants from eating foods such as blueberries, cooked artichokes, and pecans.

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Ask An Expert: CoolSculpting

Posted by Jessie Bumgarner on Aug 25, 2015 9:10:00 AM


Q: How does CoolSculpting differ from other fat reduction treatments?

CoolSculpting is a FDA cleared treatment that uses a unique technology that freezes away stubborn fat with no surgery and no downtime.  The treated fat cells are destroyed and gone for good.

Q: Who is a good candidate for CoolSculpting?

A good candidate for CoolSculpting is anyone who is at or near their target weight and looking to reduce areas of fat that haven’t responded to diet and exercise.

Q: How does CoolSculpting work?

An applicator is placed over a particular area and will freeze subcutaneous fat. Treatment takes about an hour depending on area treated. Additional treatments may be needed based on your personal goals.

Q: When should you begin to see results?

After your CoolSculpting treatment, you could begin seeing results in as little as 3-4 weeks with full results in 3-4 months depending on the area(s) treated.  Your body will naturally metabolize all of the destroyed fat cells over time.

Q: Why would you recommend CoolSculpting? 

CoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure and has no downtime! For about an hour or so, you can relax, take a nap, do some work, or play on your iPad while your fat freezes away. 

Q: Have you received CoolSculpting treatments? If so, how do you like your results?

I love CoolSculpting! I have had my flanks treated. My results are amazing! I feel like I have more of that hour glass figure and love the way my clothes fit. I'm excited to have my outer thighs treated next!

Q: What was one of the most rewarding client transformations you’ve seen?

One of our clients had tried diet and exercise for years and never could reduce the fat on her abdomen. After she came in to Sona, we personalized a plan for her. After her first treatment on her abdomen, she saw the results of CoolSculpting with reduced fat and her clothes fit better than ever! I could see the confidence and how happy she was about her results.

Q: What is your favorite part of your job?

I enjoy educating clients on Coolsculpting, and making them feel comfortable during their visit to Sona. The best part is seeing how happy clients are with their results.


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Ask An Expert: Skin Rejuvenation with AFT

Posted by Jessie Bumgarner on Aug 19, 2015 1:46:37 PM



Q: How does AFT differ from other laser skin rejuvenation technology

AFT (Advanced Fluorescence Technology) is a laser rejuvenation treatment designed to remove damage caused by sun exposure as well as treat conditions that are worsened by sun exposure, such as rosacea. This treatment targets hyperpigmentation or dark spots on the skin as well as redness and broken capillaries. Because it specifically targets these types of concerns, it is superior to traditional Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and photofacial therapies, which treat broader concerns and are not as target specific.

Q: Who is a good candidate for AFT laser rejuvenation?

An ideal candidate would be someone who has unwanted dark spots, redness, or broken capillaries either caused by sun exposure or due to aging. Individuals with rosacea also benefit from AFT because it can successfully treat the excessive redness and networks of broken capillaries frequently associated with this condition.

Q: How does AFT Laser Treatment work?

AFT uses light energy to target melanin (which contributes to dark pigmentation) as well as red tones. This energy heats these concentrated areas of redness and pigmentation and causes the areas to fragment or break up and later be absorbed or removed by the body. 

Q: When should you begin to see results?

You can begin to see results as early as the first treatment, and will continue to see improvement throughout the treatment process.



Q: Why would you recommend AFT?

I would recommend AFT because I know that this treatment is successful and it is the treatment of choice for clients with pigmentation concerns.

Q: Have you received AFT? If so, how do you like your results? 

Yes, I have received AFT treatments and I love my results! I have had years of sun damage removed and now have a younger, more rejuvenated even skin tone and appearance.

Q: What was one of the most rewarding client transformations you’ve seen?

One of the most rewarding experiences that I had was with a client doing treatments before her bridal photos and her wedding day. Prior to treatments, she had to use thick layers of make up to cover up the dark pigmentation on her face and neck and she had very little confidence in her appearance because of the amount of makeup she had to use to cover up these dark spots. After she had treatments, she was in tears because of the positive changes in her skin and because she no longer had to use layers of makeup because the dark pigmentation had been removed. She was able to have the skin she desired for her portraits and for the most important day of her life.

Q: What is your favorite part of your job?

I love being able to restore a client’s confidence! There is nothing more rewarding than being able to improve or restore a client’s self-esteem.


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3 Reasons Why Moms Love CoolSculpting®

Posted by Jessie Bumgarner on Aug 14, 2015 11:32:00 AM


3 Reasons Why Moms Love CoolSculpting at Sona MedSpa



Losing that baby weight can be frustrating. Even with a proper diet and exercise, that stubborn bulge may not go away. CoolSculpting might be the answer for you. This innovative, non-invasive procedure freezes the fat cells and during the following weeks and months, your body will naturally process and eliminate the treated fat cells. Once they are gone, they are gone for good!


Moms know downtime is hard to come by. Since CoolSculpting is a non-surgical procedure, there is no downtime! You can schedule your treatment while your kids are at school and spend your treatment time while catching up on your favorite shows, reading a book, or taking a quick nap. After your treatment, you'll be able to go back to your daily routine and enjoy your time with your kids.


As a busy Mom, it may seem that you always doing something for someone else. Why not do something for yourself and get the body you want without altering your lifestyle?


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Ask An Expert: Botox

Posted by Jessie Bumgarner on Aug 11, 2015 4:36:09 PM


 Q: Who is a good candidate for Botox?

Any adult with annoying wrinkles that are caused by frequent facial movements, such as frown lines between the eyes.  It is important to get advice from an experienced injector, as some wrinkles in the face will require other treatments, such as dermal fillers like Juvederm.

Q: How is Botox different from dermal fillers?

Botox affects the wrinkles that are made by the action of muscles. The "11s" between the eyebrows and the "crow's feet" on the sides of the eyes are the best examples of wrinkling caused by muscle action.  Fillers treat the wrinkles, depressions and in some instances the "droop" that comes from loss of fat or volume in the face.  Areas that fillers help are the Nasolabial folds, the creases that extend from the nose to the corner of the mouth, and the Marionette lines that extend from the corner of the mouth to the jaw.  Newer fillers such as Voluma add volume to the cheeks and help to "lift" the face and restore- "plumpness"- that is a very nice enhancement.

Q: What does Botox do?

Botox acts on the muscle to "relax" or lessen the action of the muscle.  When the muscle doesn't "work" as hard, the wrinkles will be greatly minimized, or will disappear completely.

Q: When should you begin to see results?

Some people tell me they can see a slight difference in a day or two.  Most people will be at nearly full effect in one week.  It is at it's peak of effectiveness in two weeks.

Q: Why would you recommend Botox?

The effects of Botox are very predictable.  It does what it promises if dosed and administered properly.  It has a wonderful safety record, no or minimal pain with treatments and no or minimal side effects.  It is, in my opinion the best "fresher-upper" available.

Q: What is one of the most rewarding client transformations you’ve seen?

I have a client who I have been treating for over 8 years.  She came to the center because she said she was tired of people always asking her why she was angry.  She had deep wrinkles between her eyebrows that are easily treated with Botox.  Botox did the job and she relayed to me that she really thinks people relate to her differently now that she doesn't look like she is "in a bad mood."

Q: What is your favorite part of your job?

Seeing the transformation that can occur from Botox as well as other aesthetic treatments that I do is very rewarding.  It makes a huge difference in how people feel about themselves and can be a real boost to their self-confidence.  I also like the consultations that I do.  There is abundant, confusing, over-stated, or just plain wrong information available.  Developing a treatment plan and educating clients is very important to me.  Many times people focus on one wrinkle and have no idea that while Botox is an awesome treatment, it won't fix everything.  That is where client education comes in and it is an essential part of any treatment.

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The 5 W's of Laser Hair Removal at Sona MedSpa

Posted by Jessie Bumgarner on Aug 6, 2015 5:17:00 PM



WHO gets Laser Hair Removal?

If you have dark, unwanted hair then Laser Hair Removal is the solution! And laser hair removal isn't just for women. Both men and women can enjoy smooth, hair-free skin with laser hair removal at Sona MedSpa.

WHAT happens during and after a laser hair removal treatment?

During a laser hair removal treatment, a beam of light targets the hair follicles. Following each treatment, you will experience your hair growing back finer and lighter until the hairs eventually go away for good. But keep in mind, due to hormonal changes in our bodies like pregnancy, weight gain, etc. hairs can grow back and that's why at Sona we offer The Sona Promise!

WHERE on my body can I get laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal can be performed on both men and woman on the legs, bikini, underarms, arms, hands, back, chest, neck, chin, and upper lip. 

WHY should I choose Sona MedSpa for laser hair removal?

For the last 17 years, Sona MedSpa has performed millions of laser hair removal treatments. Our advanced laser hair removal technology is a safe, comfortable and proven solution, removing hair from virtually any part of your body and keeping it off. With our medically trained staff and expertise, our clients trust us with making them feel beautiful and confident again.

WHEN should I get laser hair removal?

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Sona MedSpa is awesome! I recommend to anyone who is annoyed with thick, dark hair. The staff is so sweet, and does everything and beyond to make sure you are 100% comfortable!

- Alyssa  Houston, TX



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Product of the Month: SkinMedica TNS Recovery Complex

Posted by Jessie Bumgarner on Aug 3, 2015 11:04:00 AM


SkinMedica TNS Recovery Complex

What is it?

SkinMedica's TNS Recovery Complex is an anti-wrinkle gel serum.

How does it work?

SkinMedica TNS Recovery Complex® utilizes growth factors to visibly smooth, tone and firm skin. The Tissue Nutrient System (TNS) features naturally occurring proteins that repair blood vessels, reduce inflammation, encourage cell growth and cast a healthy, youthful glow on your skin. Amino acids and antioxidants prevent free-radical damage and signs of premature aging.

How do I use TNS Recovery Complex in my daily routine?

TNS Recovery Complex should be applied after cleansing and toning the skin and prior to applying any other products, including sunscreens. SkinMedica's clinical studies show that optimal results occur after using the product for at least 90 days. 



Why does Sona MedSpa recommend SkinMedica products?

With a long history of research and backed by numerous scientific studies, SkinMedica products uses the science of your skin's own healing abilities to give you naturally radiant skin. By using SkinMedica products, you can enhance your results of your Sona MedSpa treatments even further. We recommend using this product after these treatments and services:

    • Body Contouring
    • AFT for Sun Damage, Age Spots, and Spider Veins
    • Pixel for Skin Rejuvenation
    • Chemical Peels
    • Botox, and Dermal Fillers

For a limited time you can save 10% on SkinMedica TNS Recovery Complex at any Sona MedSpa Center. But hurry! This offer ends August 31, 2016.


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