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Meet Clarisse Clements: Our Newest Aesthetician

Clarisse_headshotWhere are you from and where did you grow up?   I am from Portland, Oregon. I lived there from age 10-28. Before that I grew up in Tri-Cities, Washington, so basically the Northwest. I have lived in Houston for a while now and love it! The sunny skies and the diversity of this city can’t be beat anywhere in the US!

What is it about medical spa’s that you love?    I love a medical spa because it combines cosmetic treatments with medical benefits, and together they help heal skin and makes patients feel great! The environment is always professional, educational and calming, and allows me to really get to know my patients really well.

Why did you choose to go into dermatology?   I have always had an interest in skin and beauty. I always knew my career would be centered around that: it’s been my passion for as long as I can remember.

What aspects do you love?   I love to help! Getting people on the path to great skin care while being involved in a part of someone’s life that makes them feel good is a true privilege and it makes everyday fun!

How would you describe your style as a provider?   I’m an educator first and foremost. I like to answer questions and make sure the patient understands, then feels at ease with the course of action, and, ultimately, receives the results we discussed from the beginning. If it has to do with skin or beauty ask me: I would love to answer!

How long have you been practicing and where?    I have been a licensed aesthetician since 2005.  I started as the spa manager at Nordstrom Spa.  I coordinated all daily functions of the spa as well as performed chemical peels, waxing, and microdermabrasion.  I moved out of the retail side to a dermatology office in Portland as a medical aesthetician. There, I assisted the doctor is all aspects of patient care as well as performed chemical peels, waxing, and microdermabrasion for 2 ½ years. Then I moved to Mohs surgery for almost 7 years. Now, I am coming back to my roots and getting back to being an aesthetician and couldn’t be happier!

Do you have a personal motto/mantra?   Try new things, take risks. You never know until you try!

What issues/organizations do you feel passionate about?   Skin cancer awareness, being in this business and working for a MOH’s surgeon really makes you aware of the disease and how it can affect anyone while also being totally preventable! I can’t say this enough: wear your sunscreen!

Something you feel passionate about…I have been ice skating and dancing since I was 2 years old, and I still enjoy it immensely. Living in Houston makes it hard to go skating but whenever I visit family, I try to hop on the ice. The winter Olympics are also a big favorite of mine, no surprise there! I also enjoy makeup artistry, home decorating, and cooking.

Call our office at 713.850.0240 to schedule your appointment.

CoolSculpting®: CoolAdvantage™ Applicator

Learn about the newest CoolAdvantage Applicators at our Houston dermatology practice.

By now, you’re probably already familiar with CoolSculpting and its possibilities. You may have even had it done yourself. But ZELTIQ®, the manufacturers of CoolSculpting, is continuing to make the procedure more accessible. That’s the idea behind CoolAdvantage.

Introduced in March, CoolAdvantage is an exciting 3-in-1 applicator that can be used to freeze a greater variety of treatment areas and adjusts to suit more body types. It all adds up to faster, more satisfying results, and I’m thrilled to offer it to my CoolSculpting patients here in Houston.

As a dermatologist, my first priority when considering adding a treatment to the practice is the wellness and safety of my patients. Because I already trust the safety and efficacy of CoolSculpting, I’m so glad to be able to serve even more people with CoolAdvantage. Let’s explore what’s new:

The Applicators

CoolFit Advantage™: Created to treat areas of “vertical” fat, the CoolFit Advantage applicator is designed for quicker results on a larger surface area, such as the inner thighs.

CoolCore Advantage™: A great match for the unique contours of the abdomen, CoolCore Advantage takes a more specialized approach to one of CoolSculpting’s most common treatment areas.

CoolCurve+ Advantage™: As the name suggests, CoolCurve+ is ideal for the curvy areas of the body. It’s particularly adept at helping men and women alike shrink their flanks, or love handles.

The Advantage

35 minute treatment-01 Shorter treatment times: CoolSculpting Advantage has been cleared by the FDA to operate at a lower temperature than traditional CoolSculpting. Cooler translates to quicker: This advancement, coupled with the applicators’ enhanced shapes, offers maximum effectiveness in as little as 35 minutes.
more treatment area-03 Larger treatment area: With their expansion to new shapes, CoolAdvantage applicators can address more areas of the body than ever before, offering patients more ways to treat more areas with stubborn fat deposits.
more comfort-02 More comfortable design: In the same vein, the varied, specialized designs of the CoolAdvantage applicators make them better suited for even the most challenging curves and contours.
diverse body types-04 Effectiveness on different bodies: Newly designed applicators mean that a larger variety of people can successfully undergo CoolSculpting safely and effectively. This means that if you previously dismissed CoolSculpting because you weren’t sure of your candidacy, now is a great time to take a second look.

The Results

Overall, CoolAdvantage is another way to deliver the exciting results of the CoolSculpting cryolipolysis treatment. We love performing CoolSculpting because it can safely and comfortably reshape areas of the body that our patients have struggled with. It remains the best noninvasive approach to stubborn fatty bulges — wherever they may be.

The midsection, flanks, back, and inner and outer thighs are the perennial favorites — but with the CoolAdvantage applicators, we’re excited to see how our Houston patients take advantage of CoolSculpting in entirely new ways.

CoolSculpting results from our Houston dermatology practice.

Take a look at the results that CoolSculpting can create. With this patient, a single treatment created a slimmer, flatter abdomen and midsection by reducing fat she was unable to target through diet and exercise alone. For even more, visit our before-and-after gallery.

Seeking: Youthful and Vibrant Eyes

Seeking: Youthful and Vibrant Eyes
by April Harrison, MPAS, PA-C

April smallWhat can be done about tired looking eyes?  In some cases, filler is the answer.  We’ve been using filler to treat under-eye hollows and circles for years now, but what about the upper lid?  With normal aging, the fat pads in our face shrink and shift around causing us to look tired, particularly around the eyes.  Hollowing on the upper lid, also called the A-frame, can be treated with discrete amounts of hyaluronic acid filler.  The treatment is painless and requires very little filler.  Typically we recommend two treatments spaced 2-4 weeks apart.

You can see in the before picture of this patient hollowing on her upper lid.  One week after treatment with Restylane® Silk, her eyes appear more youthful and vibrant.  Call for a free consult today to see if you are a candidate for this procedure! 713.850.0240

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Slim Your Jawline in Just a 15 Minute Appointment

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by April Harrison, MPAS, PA-C

Did you know BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® can be used to slim a wide face?  In some patients, this is a great aesthetic option.  Our masseters are a set of thick muscles on the side of our jaw that help us chew.  If they are overworked due to grinding teeth, TMJ disorder or excessive gum chewing, the muscle responds by becoming larger and bulkier, much the way our other muscles respond to workouts.  By injecting botulinum toxin into the masseter muscle, communication between the nerves and the muscle is reduced, resulting in slimming of the masseter muscle over time and improved contouring of the lower face.

In the patient below, her jawline in the after picture on the right is less square and slimmer than in the before picture.  Dysport was used on this patient.  Treatment involves a few injections into the masseter muscle then a touch up two months later.  Results can last up to a year making touch up treatments a breeze!

Call for a free consult to see if you are a candidate for this procedure. 713.850.0240

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You Need More Than SPF

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Not all rays are the same. The sun emits difference types of damaging rays including: ultraviolet (UV), visible light, and infrared (IR).

types of rays-02Causes sunburn, generate free radicals, and had a role in causing skin cancer

types of rays-03Penetrate the skin more deeply, resulting in skin aging and wrinkles and generates free radicals that can accelerate skin aging

types of rays-04Reaches down to the skin’s deepest layer and generates free radicals that can accelerate skin aging

THE COMPLETE PROTECTION COLLECTION from SkinMedica®

skinmedica sunscreensProtect yourself from the sun’s damaging rays with broad spectrum sunscreen available at our office. The Complete Protection Collection includes:

Total Defense + Repair – A revolutionary Superscreen that goes beyond broad spectrum UV protection to defend against harmful rays while supporting the skin’s ability to restore itself. Choose from three formulations.

  • Broad Spectrum SPF 34 Sunscreen
  • Broad Spectrum SPF 34 Sunscreen Tinted
  • Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen

Essential Defense – Broad spectrum sunscreen that provide excellent protection against UVA/UBA rays in 2 formulations.

  • Mineral Shield™ Broad Spectrum SPF 32 Sunscreen Tinted
  • Mineral Shield™ Broad Spectrum SPF 35 Sunscreen

We have the sunscreen that’s right for your skin. Visit either our Galleria or Katy office to pick up your new favorite sunscreen. Can’t stop by, don’t worry, order it on our online store.

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Injectable Fillers: 3 Questions You Didn’t Know You Had

Dermatologist in Houston answers frequently asked questions related to fillers.

Injectable fillers are a very common topic of conversation for our dermatologists. Our Houston patients are often curious to learn everything they can before a treatment session. Here are some of the questions that often come up when we discuss the benefits of fillers with them.

1) Do you have to choose between BOTOX® and fillers?

The simple answer: no. It’s quite common to combine BOTOX Cosmetic with dermal fillers — and in fact, they often work better together because of their complementary approaches. With BOTOX, the goal is to subdue the underlying facial muscles that cause certain wrinkles. It has a softening, smoothing effect on areas such as crow’s feet, the glabellar lines between the eyebrows, and the forehead. Injectable fillers, on the other hand, work to restore lost volume in areas such as the mid-face, cheeks, and nasolabial folds.

When combined, the 2 can enhance each other’s benefits. For example, constant muscle motion can break up the dermal fillers faster, causing them to be absorbed by the body. When paired with BOTOX, the dermal fillers last longer, because the BOTOX works to decrease muscle activity. Together, they can effectively relax the muscles causing wrinkles and fill out the area at the same time.

2) Do results in certain treatment areas last longer than others?

This comes back to the same point about muscle movement: Generally speaking, where there is less of it, the results do last a bit longer. Fillers injected to the lips have the shortest lifespan, while injections around the eyes often last the longest.

For a general rule of thumb, JUVÉDERM® and RESTYLANE® last about 6 to 9 months. JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC and Sculptra® Aesthetic last about 2 years or more. Everyone is a little bit different, as well. With repeated treatments, you will get a feel for how long your results last.

3) Can the treatment be reversed?

While all the dermal fillers we use will eventually be absorbed by the body, it’s possible to speed up the process for our hyaluronic acid-based fillers if a patient is dissatisfied with the results. With hyaluronic acid-based fillers, we can use an enzyme called hyaluronidase to break down and dissolve the fillers. The full effects of reversal take between 1 to 3 days, depending on the extent of the original injections.

Scupltra® and Bellafill® are long-lasting fillers with a different chemical composition. They are generally not reversible, so the decision to inject these fillers needs to be made with a bit more caution.

Do you have any other questions about fillers? Leave them for us in a comment, or contact us directly.

Father’s Day CoolSculpting Contest

This Six Pack is On Us

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Cheers to the Awesome Dads out there this Father’s Day! Nominate your special guy for a complimentary CoolSculpting(R) treatment for his abdomen, valued at $1,500! HOW TO ENTER: Go to our Facebook page. Find our post about the contest and in the comment section: post his name/tag him and tell us why you think he’s the best! Share the post for an additional entry.

Last entry will be accepted midnight June 20th and winner will be announced June 22nd. If you would like to learn more about CoolScupting click here.


OFFICIAL RULES: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. FACEBOOK SWEEPSTAKES TIMING: Father’s Day Giveaway (“Sweepstakes”) begins 8:00 a.m. ET on June 4, 2016 and ends 11:59 p.m. ET on June 20, 2016 (“Sweepstakes Period”). ELIGIBILITY: Open to legal residents of Harris and Fort Bend County, who are 18 years of age or older as of date of entry (“Entrant”). Employees of Suzanne Bruce and Associates, P.A., and their children, parents, spouse, and members of their household are ineligible to participate. HOW TO ENTER: There is NO PURCHASE NECESSARY to participate in the Sweepstakes. A purchase does not increase your chances of winning. During the Sweepstakes Period, you may access the Sweepstakes by visiting www.sba-skincare.com/blog/contest/coolsculpting-2 (“Site”). To enter, you must nominate a father figure by tagging their Facebook profile (so that they can be contacted), and include a caption/description in 130 characters or less (all components combined constitute the “Entry”) of why your father figure should win to receive one (1) Entry into the Sweepstakes. Share the post on your newsfeed to receive an additional entry. Entries will not be judged.  All eligible Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on June 20, 2016 to be eligible for the Grand Prize drawing. Limit one (1) entry per person/email address during the Sweepstakes Period. If your Photo features additional people, you must have their prior consent and provide such consent to Sponsor, in writing, upon request. If your Photo features a minor, you, as the Entrant, must be minor’s parent or legal guardian and you must provide such consent to Sponsor, on minor’s behalf, upon request. PRIZES: Grand Prize: A CoolSculpting abdomen treatment consisting of 1 Large or 2 small applicators to be performed only at our Katy location. The value of the treatment will not exceed $1,500. The odds of winning any drawing will be determined by the number of eligible entries received. WINNER NOTIFICATION/VERIFICATION: The Grand Prize winner will be notified by phone, e-mail and/or mail. Six pack is NOT guaranteed. RELEASE: By submitting an Entry, you on behalf of yourself or your minor child (if your child is depicted in Photo) hereby grant Suzanne Bruce and Associates the irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide right to use, reproduce, edit, market, publicly and privately display any photo submitted. In the event of winning, the winner agrees to full release of before and after photo releases.

Another Reason to Reach for Sunscreen Daily: Your Botox Results

Your BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment may be affected by this daily factor, explained by Suzanne Bruce, M.D.

“Wear sunscreen!”

You’ve heard it before from your friends, doctors, and nearly every beauty magazine on the shelves. The importance of wearing sunscreen every day, inside or outside, is no secret. But if you’re a fan of BOTOX® Cosmetic, this news may help you remember to apply early and often.

The sun’s harmful rays can actually lessen the effects of your BOTOX treatment, according to a recent article in NewBeauty magazine. These findings could particularly be true for Houston, where we see a whopping average of 204 sunny days a year!

You may think of your skin as an impenetrable barrier against the sun, but that’s not the case. UV rays do pass through to just below of the surface of your skin, exactly where The BOTOX neurotoxin is placed. As a result, when those rays come in contact with BOTOX, the treatment’s potency may decrease more quickly. The article did a great job of explaining how UV exposure actually speeds up the metabolism of BOTOX, in other words, the way that your body breaks down and removes the product. The sun has other effects too: those same rays degrade collagen, which is necessary for healthy, even-toned skin and firmness.

I provide my BOTOX patients with an effective treatment with healthy natural-looking results. You can see some of these results below and in the before-and-after photo gallery on my website. Receiving your treatment from a qualified, experienced practitioner is critical for a good result, but it still can’t stop UV rays or prevent future sun damage.

See before-and-after images from some of Dr. Bruce's BOTOX® Cosmetic patients.

 

So what’s the best way to prevent exposure to damaging sun rays? Apply a medical-grade sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to your face and neck each morning and again throughout the day. Using high-quality skin care products, such as those available at my practice, will help make sure you’re getting the best ingredients and protection for your skin.

Plus, with consistent use of sunscreen, you’ll get added benefits such as preventing skin cancer and sun spots from developing, while maintaining a youthful, even skin tone. And if you are a BOTOX user, you’ll help those results last as long as possible.

Here’s a little bonus tip for our BOTOX patients: Sunscreen is important, but don’t forget the hat and sunglasses. The glare of the sun causes us to naturally squint our eyes and furrow our brows, activating the muscles that create crow’s feet and the vertical lines between our eyebrows. Those are exactly the same muscles we treat with BOTOX. Forgetting your hat and sunglasses will only cause those muscles to work harder, worsening the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes and forehead.

If you’re not a consistent sunscreen user, there’s no better time to start integrating it into your routine, especially before the summer months hit. And if you are a consistent user, remember that your sunscreen has an expiration date, and it may be time for a new bottle.

Not sure which SPF product is best for you? The skin care experts at our practice are ready to help you find the perfect fit for your lifestyle and skin type. Give us a call directly at (713) 850-0240, or request a consultation online, and we’ll help you find the perfect products for your skin!

SBA Sunscreen Tips

Coming soon.

Meet Heather Davis: Our Newest Aesthetician in Katy

Meet Heather, a member of the aesthetician team, supporting our dermatologist team in Houston, TX. Heather Davis – Joined us in 2013. She has been a practicing licensed aesthetician since 2010. Prior to working as an aesthetician in The SPA, she served as a Certified Medical Assistant to the dermatologist team at Suzanne Bruce and Associates in Houston. Heather receives continuing education and training in skin-care products and procedures and patient relations. She is a member of the Dermatology Nurse’s Association and Society of Dermatology Skincare Specialists.

WHERE ARE YOU FROM? Austin, Texas

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO BE AN AESTHETICIAN?  I have always been interested in beauty, health, and helping people. Aesthetics combines all three!

WHAT ASPECTS DO YOU LOVE? Healthy skin is something many people take for granted. I love helping people feel better about their skin and ultimately themselves. Teaching patients how to achieve and maintain healthy, beautiful skin is one of the best and most rewarding parts.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE AS AN AESTHETICIAN? Since I am passionate about achieving healthy glowing skin, I like sharing tips and tricks with all my patients. I am friendly and like to really get to know my patients. It is important that they feel comfortable, cared for, and especially well-informed about skincare.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PRACTICING AND WHERE? I have been practicing for a little over 6 years. I love this industry so much, that I started my own private spa in Austin right after getting my license! After starting at Suzanne Bruce and Associates in 2013 as a Medical Assistant, I was exposed to all the latest cosmetic treatments on the market. Afterward I knew exactly where I wanted to practice as an Aesthetician. When a positioned opened up at Suzanne Bruce and Associates: I immediately applied. The rest, as they say is history! I am very excited for this new chapter in my life, and can’t wait to get to know all my new patients.

DO YOU HAVE A PERSONAL MOTTO? Do what you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.

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