To Our Valued Patients
As always, our #1 priority is protecting the health, safety, and well-being of our patients and our staff. With that in mind, we are closely monitoring the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and local health agencies for the latest developments regarding COVID-19 and applying appropriate health and safety measures. We are reinforcing these agencies' recommendations and will continue to maintain our high standard of hygiene and sanitary protocols to provide the safest environment for our patients and staff.
At this time, our office will maintain normal business hours Monday to Friday with some Saturday openings. The situation is evolving rapidly, and we will inform you as quickly as possible if there are any modifications to our schedule.
We all have a role to play in keeping each other safe during this time of heightened sensitivity. We ask for you to join in our efforts to ensure everyone's safety by adhering to the following guidelines:
We are here for you during this uneasy and challenging time. Please fell free to call us with any questions or concerns .
We hope you and your families continue to stay safe and be well!
Drs. Neil and Evangeline Specht
Here’s food for thought: Did you know that sleep deprivation is a risk factor for weight gain and obesity?
Lack of sleep can certainly make you feel tired and be less productive, but bad sleep habits can also negatively impact your hormones and metabolism, increasing your appetite and cravings while decreasing your insulin sensitivity — a perfect storm for weight gain. Adding insult to injury, inadequate sleep also impairs your energy and mood, making you less psychologically apt to make healthy dietary choices.
Fortunately, there’s a solution! Improving your sleep may help support your weight loss goals and provide a load of other health benefits! Try these tricks for better sleep, inspired by a recent health story on eatingwell.com.
A 2018 study revealed that people who got six hours or less of shut-eye were more likely to be inadequately hydrated. Interesting, right? Help your sleep by drinking plenty of water throughout the day until about 3 or 4 p.m. This drinking schedule allows your body plenty of time to absorb and excrete fluids before you sleep, reducing your need for middle-of-night bathroom visits.
Another sleep aid is limiting your caffeine consumption to the morning hours. You can do that, right? For that mid-afternoon slump, instead of reaching for coffee, see the next tip...
Your body truly has an internal clock — it’s not just a thing people say. The light and darkness of day and night influence your body’s circadian rhythms. During the day, the light tells your body to stay alert, while at night, your body is triggered to relax so it can fall asleep easier. If you’re not getting outside at all and stay hunched over your computer all day at work, it can mess with your circadian rhythms so your body doesn’t know what time of day it is. The simple solution is to get outside for just a 3-minute walk. It doesn’t take much to cue your body and sync your internal clock so you can sleep more easily at night.
Studies show that people who exercise sleep longer and get better quality sleep compared to those who don’t exercise. What’s great about exercise is that it not only promotes sleep, but also burns calories, so you’re getting a twofer!
Our mission at Women’s Choice is to bring out your best in every way. If you’re interested in body contouring help, we’ve got a wide range of non-invasive treatments to help you tone and trim your problem spots with no downtime. Call 203-445-0101 or request a consultation today.
Leg veins cause us so much discomfort, both emotionally and physically, they should be one of the first concerns we address on our To Do list of medspa treatments.
If you’re putting off your leg vein treatment because it’s too much hassle, think again! It takes less downtime than you think and recovery is faster than ever with today’s advanced vein treatments. So you can walk tall in your shorts this summer and beyond, here’s a look at our leading selection of vein therapies.
At Women’s Choice Aesthetics, we proudly offer three treatment options to fit a wide range of vein concerns and downtime preferences.
If you’d like to say goodbye to small spider veins, scars, spots or redness, the excel V™ Laser treatment is a non-invasive, no downtime way to be free of these unsightly conditions. This high- power green laser can be calibrated to address specific skin conditions, allowing us to treat everything from superficial blemishes to deep scars. The laser uses cooling technology so you’ll be comfortable throughout your treatment. Your normal skin tone and color will be restored without side effects or time out from your regular summer schedule.
Spider veins appear in a network pattern, commonly in women between the ages of 30 and 50. Their appearance is often related to pregnancy and estrogen production. Although they are harmless, they can cause consternation and self-consciousness for anyone who has them.
If you’re ready to be free of your spider veins, sclerotherapy can help. This minimally-invasive treatment involves a microinjection of a saline solution directly into the vein. The solution irritates the vein lining, causing it to gradually disappear. The surrounding veins will take over the work of the eliminated veins. During your treatment, we can address multiple trouble spots so you never have to fret about spider veins again.
If you’re suffering from chronic venous insufficiency, a condition that occurs when the valves in the legs become damaged, our third vein treatment option can help. ClosureFast™ is a minimally invasive outpatient treatment (using local or regional anesthesia) that targets unwanted veins with radiofrequency energy delivered through a catheter inserted via a small incision. The heat contracts the collagen in the vein walls, causing them to collapse and seal. According to one study, ClosureFast offers faster recovery and fewer side effects like bruising and less pain than laser ablation.
To learn more about your laser vein treatment options, please call 203-445-0101 or request your consultation today!
Is your complexion in a rut, bogged down by the greasy grime of sunscreen and humidity? It’s time to reclaim your vibrant skin with a few easy skin care treatments.
For a quick summer skin pick-me-up, we proudly offer the award-winning HydraFacial MD® Elite. This is the most advanced HydraFacial technology available, and it’s the perfect non-invasive, no-downtime treatment to revitalize clogged, lackluster summer skin.
HydraFacial MD Elite exfoliates dead skin cells, extracts impurities, and infuses skin with replenishing hydration and intensely revitalizing nutrients. In 30 minutes, you’ll have smoother, more evenly-toned skin. Plus, you’ll notice a range of other benefits, including smaller pore size, diminished lines and wrinkles, reduced blemishes and redness, and much more.
We also offer the PRP Facial for a 100% natural way to rejuvenate dull, drab skin. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a potent portion of your own blood packed with healing agents and growth factors. These amazing proteins help stimulate healing, encourage cellular turnover, and even promote new collagen production.
The PRP Facial begins with microneedling, or collagen induction therapy, to prepare the skin for topical PRP application. By creating thousands of tiny micro-injuries on the skin’s surface, your PRP is better absorbed and able to work its magic more effectively. A PRP Facial leaves your skin looking radiant and feeling silky smooth.
Last, but far from least — our #1 summer skin care tip is sunscreen, sunscreen, and more sunscreen! The sun is responsible for up to 90% of your skin’s aging, so wearing sunscreen is the most important thing you can do for your skin to prevent the signs of aging. Always use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or greater with both UVA and UVB (or broad spectrum) protection.
We want to help you enjoy your best skin in the summer and all year long, no matter what your age, skin type, or experience with sun exposure. Find out more by calling 203-445-0101 or requesting your consultation today!
What’s the #1 summer health hazard? If you guessed UV rays, you are right! The sun is responsible for most cases of skin cancer. It’s also responsible for most signs of your skin’s aging—up to 90 percent! Without a doubt, applying sunscreen on a daily basis is your skin’s most important health and beauty weapon. That said, here are a few more tips for enjoying a happy and healthy summer:
Nothing increases your skin cancer risk more or prematurely ages you than sunburns. But if you do get a sunburn, don’t forget to hydrate! Sunburned skin increases your risk for dehydration and heat stroke, so be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day and stay in the shade.
You’re most susceptible to collecting ticks after hikes in wooded areas or playing in the yard with your dog. Ticks are easy to miss, roughly the size of a speck of pepper. Fortunately, it takes 36 to 48 hours for most ticks to attach and transmit the Lyme disease bacterium. You can dramatically reduce your risk of infection by bathing within two hours after your outdoor adventures, which will rinse any unattached ticks away. Other proven preventives include wearing insect repellent with DEET and wearing long sleeved shirts and pants tucked in with socks.
Did you know that watermelon contains more lycopene than tomatoes, and that it can help to enhance your skin’s natural defenses against the sun? Other skin-protecting foods that are high in antioxidants and other skin-enhancing nutrients include blueberries, leafy greens like spinach, carrots, avocados, green tea, nuts and seeds, dark chocolate, and cauliflower.
Keep in mind that foods are NOT a substitute for regular SPF application, but they can certainly enhance your skin’s health, not to mention your total body health!
Give your skin a beauty boost this summer by visiting us for a professional skin care consultation. Call 203-445-0101 or request a consultation online today!
Achieving gorgeous skin is our business, and underlying every radiant complexion is healthy skin. You simply can’t have a luminous glow without health!
In honor of Skin Cancer Awareness Month, we’d like to boost your skin health with a few easy tips from the Skin Cancer Foundation.
This is not optional. Applying sunscreen every day of the year is your first and foremost line of defense against skin cancer. Most cases of skin cancer are caused by exposure to UV rays, which means you have a lot more control than you think! You can dramatically decrease your risk simply by protecting your skin from the sun with daily sunscreen application. It’s truly that simple
Have you always had that mole? Was that freckle there last year? Being familiar with the normal variations in your skin will help you to better spot the irregularities that promptly need a doctor’s attention. Be on the lookout for the ABCDE’s of skin cancer:
A is for an Asymmetrical mole
B is for a Border without clean lines
C is for Color that is varied—irregular moles are multi-colored, i.e., red, brown, and black
D is for a Diameter that is larger than the eraser on a pencil tip
E is for Evolution—healthy moles do not change in shape, size or elevation
Once a year, see your dermatologist or primary care physician for a routine skin cancer screening. The earlier skin cancer is diagnosed, the easier it is to treat! Early detection can save your life!
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in America, affecting 1 in 5 adults by age 70. Fortunately, skin cancer is also one of the most preventable cancers! To learn more about reducing your risk and keeping your skin healthy and beautiful, please call 203-445-0101 or complete our online consultation request form today!