Skin Benefits of Vitamin C

Skin Benefits of Vitamin C

Did you know that the powerful ingredients in topical Vitamin C have been shown to prevent early aging, improve the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, prevent sun damage, and combat acne? Keep reading to learn why you should consider including a topical Vitamin C product in your skincare regimen from the experts at SomaSou.

What is topical Vitamin C?

You are most likely ingesting Vitamin C through your daily diet, but the beauty of topical Vitamin C serums is that you can ensure those nutrients are going directly on your skin for the best possible results. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that has been proven to protect against photoaging of the skin. Vitamin C is also a potent anti-inflammatory, which explains why the ingredient can help improve the appearance of acne. 

What are the benefits of Vitamin C?

Now that you have a better understanding of what Vitamin C is, we can now discuss the many benefits this ingredient has on the skin: 

  • Protects against UV-induced free radical damage
  • Boosts collagen production
  • Improves the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines
  • Helps prevent the breakdown of existing collagen
  • Reduces hyperpigmentation
  • Reduces inflammation, including acne
  • Provides hydration
  • It may help soothe sunburn and heal wounds

Who should use topical Vitamin C?

Vitamin C is a very safe product to use on all skin types. Very few people will experience adverse reactions to applying a topical Vitamin C serum to their skin. However, many studies have found that lower concentrations of Vitamin C are actually better for the skin. Any product that includes Vitamin C concentrations of 20% or more has been shown to cause some minor skin irritations. That is why we recommend looking for products that have between 10-20% concentration of Vitamin C.

How to use topical Vitamin C

You can easily start to incorporate topical Vitamin C into your skincare routine. Start by using a gentle cleanser. Then on a clean face, apply a few drops of Vitamin C serum to your face and neck. Continue on with the rest of your skincare routine by applying moisturizer and sunscreen.

When will I start to see results?

If you incorporate Vitamin C serums or products into your skincare routines, you can expect to see some of the results above in around six to twelve weeks. Typically it takes six weeks to see improved skin hydration and reduced hyperpigmentation. It takes around 12 weeks to see wrinkle reduction, which is around the same time it takes for new collagen to fully form. 

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Are you interested in incorporating more products with Vitamin C into your skincare routine? Contact SomaSou, Del Ray’s first MedSpa offering services to help our community regain vitality, strength, and confidence in themselves. SomaSou means “your body,” and we give you options to help you feel confident about it. Start your journey by taking an active role in your well-being and schedule a consultation with us today. For more information about our services and to schedule a treatment, please contact us here.

Traditional Microneedling vs Radiofrequency Microneedling?

Traditional Microneedling vs Radiofrequency Microneedling

What is Microneedling?

Microneedling is a minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure. During microneedling, tiny and sterilized needles puncture the skin very minimally to stimulate collagen production. This treatment is performed because the skin will heal after microneedling and reduce the appearance of acne scars or dark spots. Microneedling can also help improve the skin’s elasticity and create a more youthful appearance.

What is Radio-frequency Microneedling?

RF-microneedling combines two techniques commonly used for skin rejuvenation: radiofrequency and skin needling. Unlike the traditional version of a hand-held microneedling pen, RF-microneedling uses thermal energy that stimulates collagen production in addition to skin microneedling. This combination gives faster results in fewer treatments.

Is adding Radiofrequency (RF) better than just Microneedling alone?

Traditional microneedling causes physical trauma to the skin’s surface, which stimulates the production of collagen over time. By adding the RF thermal energy to the treatment, the effectiveness increases tremendously due to how deeply the thermal energy reaches the sub-dermal layers of the skin. Safe and faster results, longer-lasting outcomes, and increased ability for your skincare to reach deeper into your skin’s layers all lead to the ideal end result.

What are the Benefits of Microneedling?

There is a long list of benefits for the skin that microneedling procedures can provide, including: 

  • Skin Tightening 
  • Wrinkle Reduction 
  • Acne Scar Improvement 
  • Skin Tone & Texture Improvement
  •  Pore Reduction 
  • Scar Reduction 
  • Stretch Mark Reduction 
  • Double Chin Reduction 
  • Jowl Lifting 
  • Eye Brow Lifting 
  • Neck Lifting 
  • Hand Rejuvenation

How many treatments do I need for the best results?

For maximum benefit, you will need three sessions, spaced one month apart. The improvements continue over the next six months as your body continuously produces new collagen.

Can RF microneedling be used on all skin types?

Yes, RF microneedling can be used on all skin types. The microneedles are designed to precisely deliver the energy pulse towards the dermis tissues. This removes the risks of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation on darker skin types.

What can I expect during my RF microneedling treatment?

For your comfort, a topical anesthetic cream is placed over the area to be treated prior to the procedure being performed. During the procedure, the handpiece is passed over the skin. The fine needles penetrate the skin and the RF energy is delivered once the needles reach the desired depth. 

How do I prepare for my RF Microneedling treatment? 

  1. Discontinue retinoids, benzoyl peroxide, topical antibiotics, exfoliants, and AHA/BHA acids for one week prior to the procedure
  2. Do not take any anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen (Motrin/Advil) three days prior to treatment
  3. Avoid sun exposure/tanning booth two weeks prior to the procedure
  4. No waxing, electrolysis, or depilatory creams in the area to be treated for one week prior to treatment
  5. No shaving the day of the procedure
  6. Avoid blood thinners (aspirin, Omega-3, vitamin E) one week prior to the procedure
  7. Discontinue Accutane for six months prior to the procedure

What do I do post RF treatment?

  1. Use a gentle face wash the first day, then resume your normal skin care regimen after 24 hours
  2. Avoid vigorous activity right after the treatment
  3. Use SPF 30+ daily

How long does the actual procedure take?

Sessions generally take 20-30 minutes, based on the area being treated. 

Try Microneedling at SomaSou

SomaSou is Del Ray’s first MedSpa offering services to help our community regain vitality, strength, and confidence in themselves. SomaSou means “your body,” and we give you options to help you feel confident about it. Start your journey by taking an active role in your well-being and schedule a consultation with us today. For more information about our services and to schedule a treatment, please contact us here.

Healthy Aging Explained

Healthy Aging Explained

Did you know that September is Healthy Aging Month? Healthy aging is an important lifestyle choice to ensure that you thrive as your most confident self. In honor of Healthy Aging Month, we are sharing some helpful tips to combat early aging. Keep reading to learn more!

What is Healthy Aging? 

No one can turn back the clock on aging, but there are preventative measures you can take to ensure that your body, skin, and mental well-being stay strong for the duration of your life. Some factors are out of our control when it comes to aging, like our genetic makeup. However, there are many factors that are in our control, such as maintaining a healthy diet, exercising, taking care of our mental health, and of course, practicing effective skincare routines. 

Treatment Options to Promote Healthy Aging

Many treatment options are available to help promote healthy aging for years to come. Keep reading to learn about some of our most popular healthy aging treatments.

Aging Hands and Neck

Over time, the collagen in our hands deteriorates, which can create accentuated veins and wrinkles on our hands. Similarly, aging and cumulative sun exposure can lead to permanent wrinkles and bands on our necks. Luckily, there are a variety of treatment options to help build back the volume lost in these areas and improve skin texture. Our most popular are dermal fillers, laser skin resurfacing, and medical-grade skincare that penetrates deeper into the skin layers for maximum effect.  

Fine Lines and Wrinkles

Fine lines and wrinkles on the face are bound to happen to us all. We naturally lose elasticity and volume because we are not producing collage at the same rate as we used to. There are treatment and skincare options available to slow down or reverse fine lines and wrinkles that are beginning to form. Botox and fillers can provide immediate benefits, while laser skin treatments trigger collagen production for a longer-lasting effect.  

Sun Damage

After many years of sun exposure, you may start to notice uneven skin pigmentation and changes in your skin texture. There are many treatments and skincare options available to help reduce pigmentation on your face, decolletage, or hands. During your consultation, we provide you with a customized treatment plan to address your sun damage. Popular treatments include Intense Pulse Light (IPL), chemical peels, and laser skin resurfacing. Remember to always follow and apply daily use of SPF.

Explore Healthy Aging Options at SomaSou

​​SomaSou offers Botox, dermal filler treatments, and laser skin rejuvenation treatments. We are Del Ray’s first MedSpa offering services to help our community regain vitality, strength, and confidence in themselves. SomaSou means “your body,” and we give you options to help you feel confident about it. Start your journey by taking an active role in your well-being and schedule a consultation with us today. For more information about our services and to schedule a treatment, please contact us here.

Everything You Need to Know About Moisturizers

We’ve all heard that applying a moisturizer daily to our skin is an essential step to a proper skincare routine. Have you ever wondered why? We are breaking down everything you need to know about moisturizers to keep your skin healthy and hydrated!

What is a Moisturizer?

Before we begin, let’s describe what a moisturizer actually is first. A moisturizer typically comes in the form of a lotion, cream, ointment or balm. Moisturizers work to hydrate the surface layers of your skin to help it stay hydrated. When applied properly, a moisturizer seals the skin to lock in important nutrients and moisture. Moisturizers can also act as a barrier from harmful irritants that can cause damage to your skin.

Benefits of Using a Moisturizer

Moisturizers are powerful products! Not only can they hydrate the skin and prevent dryness, but they can actually improve your skin’s barrier. Anti-aging moisturizers can improve overall skin texture while making skin appear firmer. Plus, moisturizers add essential nutrients back into the layers of your skin.

How Do Moisturizers Work?

Most moisturizers do one of two things: seal moisture within the top layers of your skin or restore moisture that has been lost. There are three kinds of moisturizers: 

  • Emollients: These soften, smoothen and condition skin by filling in the gaps between skin cells or flakes with droplets of oil. An example is castor oil.
  • Occlusives: These create a barrier on top of the skin to reduce or physically block TEWL (transepidermal water loss). An example is petroleum jelly, like Vaseline. 
  • Humectants: These pull water from deeper skin layers or from humid environmental conditions. An example is hyaluronic acid. 

How to Use a Moisturizer

Moisturizers work best when applied to skin after it has been cleansed, so we recommend moisturizing after each time you wash your face. It’s also helpful to apply moisturizers when your skin is slightly damp, as they help to seal in moisture. To use a moisturizer, apply a pea-sized amount to your face and lightly rub it using circular motions. When it comes to a skincare routine, you should always cleanse, lightly exfoliate, then apply a moisturizer. 

How Often to Moisturize

Now that you understand the importance of moisturizing, you may be wondering how often to complete this step. We recommend moisturizing twice per day: once in the morning and once at night. We also recommend that you moisturize in the morning before applying sunscreen or makeup. Plus, many moisturizers include an SPF already, which can help make your morning routine easier.

Shop with SomaSouIf you would like to learn more about moisturizers, please reach out to us for a consultation. Or shop some of our favorite moisturizer products on our website here. SomaSou is Del Ray’s first MedSpa offering services to help our community regain vitality, strength, and confidence in themselves. SomaSou means “your body,” and we give you options to help you feel confident about it. Start your journey by taking an active role in your well-being and schedule a consultation with us today. For more information about our services and to schedule a treatment, please contact us here.

Back to School Skincare Ideas

Summer is winding down, and part of your back-to-school checklist should include a facial to help unclog all those face and back pores that were aggravated by the sun, sweat, pool, ocean, and sunscreen. Most facials also include a blue LED treatment which helps kill surface bacteria and restore your natural skin glow.  We’ve highlighted some of our favorite treatments below. 

Clinical Facial

Clinical facials are a great way to reset your skin after a long summer of sun exposure. Here are three we recommend: 

  • Glycolic Gel Exfoliator: This is one of our favorite facials. In just 30 minutes, you can exfoliate and resurface your face to improve the overall appearance of your skin – without peeling or downtime. Plus, you can apply make-up and continue with everyday activities right away. Glycolic gel exfoliator facials can improve pigmentation and control acne, while softening and smoothing your skin. We recommend trying this type of clinical facial once per month.
  • Glycolic and Enzyme Resurfacing: This clinical facial combines the glycolic resurfacing gel facial with Skin Zyme, where proteolytic enzymes are mixed with glycolic acid as a milder option. This treatment is great for people with reactive skin. After about one hour of treatment, this facial can help boost hydration and repair damaged skin. Best of all, there is no downtime. 
  • Brightening Advance Glycolic Treatment: Take glycolic treatment to the next level with this clinical facial that resurfaces and brightens the skin. With a one-hour treatment and no downtime, this facial includes a safe brightener with an advanced combination of ingredients, antioxidants and resurfacing agents. 

Chemical Peel 

A chemical peel will have your skin looking and feeling brand new before the school year. Check out some of our most popular chemical peel treatments below: 

  • Refine Peel: Enjoy your chemical peel for up to one full year after three one-hour treatments. A Refine Peel can rejuvenate the skin and improve texture, pigmentation, acne, and fine lines. Recovery time does take about two to five days, so be sure to schedule this ahead of any end-of-summer or back-to-school events. 
  • Transform Peel: Improve skin pigmentation and texture while rejuvenating your skin with a Transform Peel. This one-hour treatment is the most aggressive of the three Marini Peel Systems, but results can last up to one year after three treatments. Recovery time is about four to seven days, but this peel is an excellent solution to address pigmentation and advanced sun damage after a long summer outdoors.
  • Clarify Peel: Do you have acne-prone or oily skin? Then you’ll want to try a Clarify Peel before heading back to school. This treatment works great on darker skin types, plus recovery time is only two to five days. This is a serious solution for acne and rejuvenation, as the Clarify Peel dissolves oil to penetrate and clear follicles for maximum results. 

Schedule a Consultation with SomaSou

Are you ready to schedule one of the treatment options above? Please reach out to us for a consultation! SomaSou is Del Ray’s first MedSpa offering services to help our community regain vitality, strength, and confidence in themselves. SomaSou means “your body,” and we give you options to help you feel confident about it. Start your journey by taking an active role in your well-being and schedule a consultation with us today. For more information about our services and to schedule a treatment, please contact us here.

What is a Retinoid and How to Use It

Retinoid

If you’re new to the world of skincare, you may have seen the term retinoid come up in your research. Retinoids are powerful skincare ingredients available over the counter or in prescription form to improve the appearance of skin. To learn more about retinoids and how to use them, keep reading for some helpful tips from the experts at SomaSou. 

What is a Retinoid?

A retinoid is a derivative of vitamin A that has been converted into retinoic acid. Retinoids have structural similarities to vitamin A and come in natural or synthetic forms. Retinoids can be purchased over the counter or in stronger forms available by prescription only. Retinoids can be applied topically or orally, with topical retinoids in the form of gels or creams being the most popular. 

Why Use a Retinoid?

Retinoids are a common product used in dermatology and skin care because of their positive benefits on the skin. Retinoid is one of the most well-studied anti-aging treatments available. Retinoid products have been proven to: 

  • Increase skin cell turnover and renewal
  • Provide antioxidant and antibacterial benefits
  • May reduce oil production
  • Reduce hyperpigmentation
  • Boosts collagen production
  • Hydrates (although, it can initially cause irritation)

How to Use Retinoids

While retinoids are a well-studied and proven anti-aging skincare ingredient, they are known for causing irritation. So how do you use a retinoid? Here are some helpful tips:

  • Start slowly to allow your skin time to build tolerance. We recommend applying retinoid one night a week for two weeks, then two nights a week for two weeks, and so on.
  • Wear sunscreen every day, no matter the weather. You should be doing this already!
  • Consider buffering by applying a moisturizer before or after the retinoid to reduce irritation.
  • Reduce the number of other skincare activities you are using until your skin has built a tolerance. 
  • Consider combining with additional ingredients below to reduce irritation and boost the effects of the retinoid. 

Boost Retinoid with These Other Ingredients

Retinoids are a great anti-aging component to add to your skincare routine. Boost the effects of your retinoid with three other helpful ingredients: 

  1. Niacinamide: This ingredient complements retinoid’s anti-aging, brightening, and anti-acne effects. Plus, it can help increase the production of lipids within your skin barrier, which helps reduce the irritation commonly experienced with retinoids. 
  2. Hyaluronic Acid: This ingredient will help keep your skin hydrated, which facilitates skin cell turnover. 
  3. Green Tea: Green tea has been known to act synergistically with retinoids to prevent sun damage. Many popular moisturizers include green tea extract to pair with retinoids. 

Shop with SomaSou

If you are curious about how to use a Retinoid, please reach out to us for a consultation. Or shop some of our favorite Retinoid products on our website here. SomaSou is Del Ray’s first MedSpa offering services to help our community regain vitality, strength, and confidence in themselves. SomaSou means “your body,” and we give you options to help you feel confident about it. Start your journey by taking an active role in your well-being and schedule a consultation with us today. For more information about our services and to schedule a treatment, please contact us here.

Acne Scars vs. Acne Marks

Acne Scars vs Acne Marks

What could be more frustrating than finally having your breakout clear up, only to find residual scars or marks left on your once-clear skin? The blemishes left behind from a breakout can come in the form of either an acne scar or acne mark. Understanding the difference between an acne scars vs acne marks can be the key to treating them properly and getting your clear skin back. Keep reading to learn the difference below.

acne scars vs acne marks

What is an Acne Mark?

An acne mark is a dark spot or discoloration on your skin that is caused by inflammation. When you experience a breakout, your skin will send white blood cells into the bloodstream, which increases blood flow to the injured area. It also sends melanocytes with it, which are the cells that make melanin in your body. It’s the melanocytes that cause dark spots or hyperpigmentation in the form of acne marks left on your skin. Red acne marks are called post-inflammatory erythema, whereas brown acne marks are called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Both will cause discoloration of the skin. Acne marks are flat and tend to fade away over time. 

How to Treat an Acne Mark?

To help the acne marks fade faster, there are medical grade skincare options and treatments that can be prescribed to do so.

At-home treatments should be avoided as they tend to irritate the skin and don’t penetrate deeply or safely as needed to produce results.

What is an Acne Scar?

Acne scars are a bit different. Acne scars are irregularities in your skin’s texture after a breakout. These can be raised or indented marks that are typically permanent. When you have a breakout and then pick at your acne, your body will stop the bleeding by sealing damaged blood vessels. Acne scars are caused by an altered wound healing process where either too much or too little collagen is produced. When too much collagen is produced during the wound healing response, it can cause hypertrophic or keloid scars, both of which are rare. More often than not, your skin could produce too little collagen during the wound healing process, which will create indented scars called atrophic scars. 

How to Treat Acne Scars

As we mentioned above, acne marks will typically go away over time on their own. It’s acne scars that need to be treated right away to prevent permanent scarring. Here are several treatments we recommend: 

All of the treatment options above should be performed by a certified skin care professional, and never attempted at home by yourself. We also recommend treating acne at the source before exploring how to treat acne scars. If you can’t stop acne at the source, you will be dealing with the after-effects of stubborn acne marks and scars indefinitely. 

Find Treatments at SomaSou

SomaSou is Del Ray’s first MedSpa offering services to help our community regain vitality, strength, and confidence in themselves. SomaSou means “your body,” and we give you options to help you feel confident about it. Start your journey by taking an active role in your well-being and schedule a consultation with us today. For more information about products that treat acne, our services and to schedule a treatment, please contact us here.

The Difference Between Botox and Dermal Fillers

The Difference Between Botox and Dermal Fillers

If you are new to the Aesthetics world, you may have some questions about the difference between popular treatments like Botox and dermal fillers. While both cosmetic treatments are minimally invasive and are given through injections, there are some key differences in the benefits of Botox and dermal fillers. Keep reading to learn more from the professionals at SomaSou. 

What is Botox?

Botox is a drug made from Clostridium Botulinum that is injected into the face or upper body. Botox works by temporarily relaxing or freezing the muscles. Botox is commonly used to temporarily smooth facial wrinkles and fine lines. It can also be used for medical treatments to help prevent excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), chronic migraines, and even overactive bladders. Common side effects after Botox treatment include pain, swelling or bruising at the injection site. 

What is a Dermal Filler?

In contrast, dermal fillers are made of natural substances(hyaluronic acid)  that are injected beneath the surface of the skin to add volume and fullness to the face. Dermal fillers are designed to combat a variety of aging signs. Dermal fillers can help plump thinning lips, enhance shallow areas on the face, remove wrinkles under the eyes, soften the look of scars, or fill in static wrinkles from loss of collagen and elasticity in the skin. Common side effects after filler injections include pain, swelling, or bruising at the injection site. Treatments are non-invasive and results will last anywhere from six months to up to two years. 

What are the Key Differences Between Botox and Dermal Fillers?

Botox and dermal fillers are both non-invasive treatments that are given through injections. However, there are some key differences between the two treatments. Botox relaxes muscles around the upper face, like the forehead and eyes and is short acting, usually wearing off after three to four months. Dermal fillers actually fill in or plump areas around the face that have lost volume and smoothness lasting six months to one year. Oftentimes, both Botox and dermal fillers can be used together in one treatment. Schedule your consultation with SomaSou’s Injector to create the best treatment plan for you.

Why Use Botox or Dermal Fillers?

As we age, our skin naturally loses collagen and elasticity. This can cause fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, thinning lips, and more. Botox and dermal fillers exist to help combat these signs of early aging in a non-invasive, non-surgical way. Botox and dermal fillers are used by millions of men and women around the world to prevent early aging. While they do carry some minor risks, both treatments are minimally invasive and considered safe when performed by a certified professional. Botox and dermal fillers are not recommended for women who are breastfeeding or pregnant.

Find Treatments at SomaSou

SomaSou offers both Botox and dermal filler treatments. We are Del Ray’s first MedSpa offering services to help our community regain vitality, strength, and confidence in themselves. SomaSou means “your body,” and we give you options to help you feel confident about it. Start your journey by taking an active role in your well-being and schedule a consultation with us today. For more information about our services and to schedule a treatment, please contact us here.

Reverse Aging Treatment Ideas

Reverse Aging Treatment Ideas

No one can turn back the clock on aging. However, science has come a long way over the last several decades with the discovery of preventative treatments that men and women can take to reverse the signs of early aging. Keep reading to learn about a few treatment and product options that can help from the experts at SomaSou. 

How Can You Rejuvenate My Hands and Neck Area?

Have you noticed that your hands and neck are starting to show signs of aging? The fat and collagen in your neck and hands deteriorate over time, which can create accentuated veins and wrinkles. Cumulative sun exposure can also lead to permanent wrinkles and bands on your neck. Luckily, there are many treatment options available to combat signs of early aging on your neck and hands, like wrinkles, sun spots, and skin laxity. SomaSou offers a large range of treatments from fillers, IPL, RF microneedling, laser resurfacing, and skincare to combat early signs of aging on your neck and hands.

How Can You Eliminate Fine Lines and Wrinkles?

Genetics, your environment, and aging can all play a role in the loss of elasticity in your skin. You can reverse or slow down the fine lines and wrinkles that are starting to form with different treatments from SomaSou. Botox, dermal fillers, laser skin rejuvenation all paired with medical grade skin care can have you feeling your most confident self. 

How to Reduce Sun Damage

Throughout our life, we spend a lot of time outdoors. This can lead to sun damage that can cause changes to your skin pigmentation. SomaSou offers a variety of treatments to help reduce pigmentation on your face, decolletage, and hands depending on your natural skin tone and outcome desired ranging from prescription creams, laser skin treatments, and IPL. 

How to Remove Stubborn Belly Fat

Sometimes you can be doing all the right things to lose belly fat, like following a healthy diet and exercising, but you may not be seeing the desired results. This is very common as you age. That’s why we offer EmSculpt Neo treatments as a non-surgical, non-invasive option to help patients reduce belly fat by 30% – with NO downtime. Most of the stubborn belly fat that we experience as we age is actually visceral fat that lies under the muscle. That’s why it’s so difficult to treat stubborn belly fat with diet and exercise alone. Our EmSculpt Neo treatment makes it easy to finally see the results you desire. 

How to Regain Muscle

As we age, muscle loss is inevitable. This is another area that our EmSculpt Neo treatment can assist with. As we get older, it’s crucial to maintain a strong core to protect our bones and keep us active and fit for our daily activities. EmSculpt Neo treatments can help rebuild muscle from injuries and normal aging to keep you living your most fit and active life, no matter your age.

Kaloni Skincare

Pairing your procedures with the correct medical grade products makes treatments safer, gives better results, and provides faster healing. Starting with appropriate skincare is the first foundational tool to rebuild the nutrients in your skin. Shop our entire skin line care here.

Reverse Aging at SomaSou

SomaSou is Del Ray’s first MedSpa offering services to help our community regain vitality, strength, and confidence in themselves. SomaSou means “your body,” and we give you options to help you feel confident about it. Start your journey by taking an active role in your well-being and schedule a consultation with us today. For more information about our services and to schedule a treatment, please contact us here.

How Botox Can Help Migraines

Botox Migraines

June is National Headache and Migraine Awareness Month. Do you suffer from chronic headaches or migraines? A chronic headache or migraine means you experience symptoms at least 15 days or more each month. These debilitating headaches can significantly affect your overall health and wellbeing. Luckily, there are many treatments available to chronic migraine sufferers that can alleviate the pain. One such treatment is Botox, an injectable drug that has been approved by the FDA to help treat chronic migraines.  Keep reading to learn more about how Botox can help alleviate your chronic migraines.

What is Botox?

Before we begin, let’s explain what Botox is first. Botox is an injectable drug made from a protein called Clostridium Botulinum. When Botox is injected into your body, usually your forehead, it blocks some chemical signals from reaching your nerves. This causes your muscles to experience temporary paralysis. Botox was discovered as a popular treatment to reduce facial wrinkles until researchers discovered the positive benefits of treating other medical conditions with it. Today, Botox is often used to treat other medical issues like neck spasms, eye twitching, overactive bladder, and yes – preventing chronic migraines. 

Is Botox Safe?

Yes! Botox is safe. In 2010, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Botox for use to prevent chronic migraines. One caveat: you must go to an experienced and licensed healthcare professional for Botox treatment. Adverse side effects of Botox injections are typical when the treatment is not prepared according to FDA standards. So be sure to seek out a professional before starting Botox treatments.

How Does Botox Work to Prevent Migraines?

Now that you have a better understanding of what Botox is, here are the ways that Botox can help prevent chronic migraines. When injected into the forehead or upper body area, Botox will block the release of chemicals that transmit pain from a migraine. Botox can help reduce nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to lights, sounds, and smells caused by an oncoming migraine. 

How Often Should I Get Botox?

It typically takes about two weeks or more to experience relief and additional Botox treatments have been proven to be more effective. Typically, Botox should be administered every three months to improve migraine symptoms without relapse. Talk to a medical professional to find the treatment plan that’s right for you.

Are There Side Effects to Botox?

Like most medical treatments, there are some potential side effects that you should be aware of before starting Botox. While complications and side effects are rare, you may experience:

  • Neck pain or stiffness at the injection site (the most common side effect)
  • A headache
  • Temporary muscle weakness
  • In extremely rare circumstances, you may experience vision changes, difficulty swallowing, or drooping eyelids

To reduce your risk of complications, be sure to see a certified professional before using Botox. 

Try Botox at SomaSou

SomaSou is Del Ray’s first MedSpa offering services to help our community enrich themselves and build confidence. “SomaSou” means “your body” and we give you options to help you feel confident about it. Start your journey by taking an active role in your well-being and schedule a free consultation with SomaSou today. For more information about our services or to schedule a treatment, contact us.