Simple Home Remedies for a Flawless Smile

We feel that first impressions are important, and your smile can be one of the first things someone notices about you. Feel confident in showing it off with these simple at-home suggestions for keeping your pearly whites glistening. Below are a few natural remedies that you can easily create in order to enhance this essential feature of yours!

- Brush your teeth with activated charcoal and water.

- Brush your teeth with a mixture of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.

- Swish coconut around in your mouth for 10-20 minutes.

- Mix turmeric with either water or coconut oil to create a paste, and use to brush.

- Combine apple cider vinegar with water to swish around in your mouth like a mouthwash, and do so for a few seconds at a time.

- Muddle together one to three strawberries with baking soda and use the mixture to brush. Then let it sit for about 5 minutes.  Brush teeth again afterwards, and floss to clean out the excess strawberry seeds.

In addition to creating these at-home mixtures, there are some other regimen adjustments that can be taken in order to help bolster your beaming smile even more.

- Avoid dark pigmented food and drinks, such as coffee, soy sauce and marinara sauce.

- Add raw, crunchy fruits and vegetables to your diet, such as apples and carrots.

- Limit the amount of acidic food and drinks you intake.  This includes; sodas, wine and citrus.


Why Men Should Adopt a Skincare Routine

At one point in time, we've all seen a man somehow able to complete his morning/evening regime with a 3- in-one product.  Judgment and exasperated sighs aside, you can’t blame the poor guy.  It wasn’t until recently that the men’s skincare industry evolved beyond its usual, simple bar of soap. It’s important for men, just as women, to adopt a proper skincare routine in order to ensure aging more gracefully and preventing stubborn breakouts. We’ve rounded up some product concepts that we think are essential in perfecting the perfect men’s skincare routine.

An oil based cleanser/gentle cleanser:

Because men tend to have thicker and oilier skin than women, they need a cleanser that removes oil and sweat without drying out the face.  An oil-based cleanser is ideal for oily skin because it doesn't entirely strip the skin of its natural oils.  For men with dryer skin, a more gentle and fragrance-free cleanser would be appropriate as well. You should also wash your face every evening in order to remove the sweat and dirt that’s accumulated throughout the day.

A moisturizer with SPF:

Shaving can take a toll on your skin, especially for men that shave their faces on a daily basis.  By adding a moisturizer into the routine, men can ease dryness and irritation that is often associated with shaving. A moisturizer containing SPF is even better if you can manage, as it will protect your face throughout the day while helping in the anti-aging process, as well as in helping to prevent sun damage.

An exfoliating scrub: 

Shaving is already exfoliating, but additionally you should exfoliate everywhere else once a week. Exfoliating scrubs will help to eliminate dead skin and dirt, which will unclog pores and prevent breakouts.

Retinol and eye cream:

Retinol contains Vitamin A, which is incredibly necessary when it comes to aging gracefully, George Clooney style.  However, Retinol can be very drying, (it started out as a means to treat acne) so be wary if your skin starts to flake.  Eye cream will assist with dark circles, the appearance of crow’s feet and overall puffiness in the eye area. 


Prep Smart For Your Next Injection

Fillers have become increasingly popular as an option to either enhance your features, such as lips, or eliminate fine lines and wrinkles. Juvederm, Restylane and Radiesse are all hyaluronic acid fillers available at The Spa at The SHAW Center. They provide instant results and can effectively help you to achieve your aesthetic goals with little to no downtime. Preparing for injections can be just as important as the actual procedure, and these suggestions will allow you an even more seamless service.

Plan Accordingly
Make sure you properly hydrate since hyaluronic acid binds to water. The more hydrated you are, the better you will look overall.
Avoid taking ibuprofen or aspirin before the procedure and up to 36 hours after.
If you work out on a regular basis, you may want to make sure you do so beforehand. It’s not uncommon for additional swelling to occur as a result of strenuous physical activity. Typically 24 hours is an ideal waiting period before engaging in exercise again.

Give Bruising The Boot
Bromelain is an enzyme found in pineapple juice that can be used for medicinal purposes. It is most commonly used as an anti-inflammatory, as it helps to reduce swelling after surgery or an injury.
The flower of arnica is also used as a medicine to help reduce pain and swelling associated with bruises and aches.  This supplement will quickly become your new BFF when used both before and after your injections.
Adding leafy greens to your diet have also been known to reduce the possibility of bruising, as they are rich in Vitamin K.

Valentine's Day Beauty Product Crushes

It’s the season of love with Valentine’s Day upon us. Feeling your best and most beautiful is not simply limited to date night, but it definitely gives us an excuse to get dolled up. Primp and prep with these products and fall in love with yourself all over again!
There’s something to be said for a full, flirty set of lashes. It’s one of the most feminine qualities in a woman and knowing how to enhance this weapon can be easily achieved through the use of one of our favorite beauty products, Latisse. Latissse helps to grow longer, thicker and darker lashes almost overnight!
Juvedermis another one of our favorites, as this injectable gel works as a dermal filler to enhance and plump your pout.  Creating more full and symmetrical lips can be easily done through this miracle injectable with minimal discomfort and little to no downtime.
Laughing is one of the greatest forms of therapy, but our faces shouldn’t have to be punished for it. Let’s be honest, no one welcomes crows feet willingly. Botoxis another one of our beauty crushes because of its ability to completely rejuvenate and render our skin young again. Botox can help to rid those unwanted wrinkles around your eyes, so that you can laugh and smile again confidently.
The SHAW Center is crushing majorly on ZO Skin Health’s Oraser Nourishing Hand Crème because of its ability to restore hydration and smooth your skin completely.  Not only does it help to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but also it enhances exfoliation to improve rough skin texture. Grab your significant other’s hand, and we bet they won’t want to let go!


Everything You Need to Know About Dermaplaning

Dermaplaning is a simple procedure that works to refresh and revitalize your skin without any pain or downtime. Dermaplaning rids your face of unwanted vellus hair, otherwise known as peach fuzz. It also helps your daily skincare products penetrate easily and into deeper layers of your skin, making them more effective than ever. The SHAW Center’s Spa offers Dermaplaning for those seeking a more flawless complexion without having to endure harsh chemical alternatives. 

How It Works
Using light feathering strokes, our aesthetician will carefully exfoliate the top layer of the skin using a specialized surgical blade or scalpel. This removes dead skin cells, peach fuzz and stimulates new skin development along with collagen. All in all, the procedure takes around 30 minutes, it’s completely pain-free and requires no down time. Immediately after the treatment, your skin will look glowy,  more radiant and hydrated.  

Dermaplaning is the ideal means of exfoliating the skin because of how mild the actual treatment is. It doesn’t require any chemicals, which makes it great for most skin types, even sensitive skin. Although a surgical blade may sound scary, the treatment feels like you are lightly brushing your skin.   This is the ultimate treatment to offer to patients who are pregnant or nursing and desire a deep exfoliation but aren’t allowed to use peeling agents or chemicals on their skin. Additionally, Dermaplaning is relatively inexpensive compared to other professional exfoliation treatments. 

Microdermabrasion Versus Dermaplaning
The SHAW Center offers both Microderm and Dermaplaning to brighten and clear your complexion. Each procedure delivers the same results and is a comfortable way to get a little more out of your usual facial. Microdermabrasion sands and suctions dead skin cells, whereas Dermaplaning is suited for drier skin types because it scrapes off the epidermis layer more gently, without the suction process.
No matter what treatment works best with your skin type, you can expect instant results. Microderm and Dermaplaning both diminish fine lines, fade dark spots and deeply exfoliate skin that’s been subjected to dryness, makeup and environmental factors like sun. Your skin will feel clean, smooth and clear right after the treatment. You will also notice that your foundation goes on smoother, your skin tone is more even and many people report that they break out less frequently and easily.

The Cure to a Clear Complexion

Our face is the first thing people notice and a huge part of our identity. Maintaining a clear complexion is not always the easiest feat, but definitely worth prioritizing. With so many products and beauty remedies out there today, it can seem overwhelming not knowing which ones to trust, but The Spa at The Shaw Center has you and your skin covered! We believe the answer to a flawless face lies within a combination of both skincare products and some simple home regimens. 

Ditch the Washcloth
Washcloths can do more damage than good by disrupting your skin’s natural state. Typically using one can lead to irritation and redness, and not to mention they’re breeding grounds for bacteria. Instead, try Clarisonic, which is a sonic technology proven to gently yet effectively loosen dirt and oil to clear your pores. It micro-massages twice as effectively as manually cleansing does and is available for purchase at The Shaw Center.

Clean Your Essentials
A more common sense, but highly underestimated cause for breakouts comes from your pillowcases and makeup brushes. These two vehicles collect your oils and dirt daily and are later reapplied to your face when used again and again without first being washed. We suggest using a gentle cleanser for both and avoid sanitizers that employ harsh fragrance, as this added ingredient can also lead to clogged pores.

Moisturize Appropriately
Believe it or not, there is such thing as over moisturizing and it can even lead to breakouts. Adding too much product to your skin can clog your pores and prevent your complexion from being able to breathe. We recommend using a moisterizer with hyaluronic acic, which helps to retain water. One of our favorite hydrating lotions is our ZO Skin Health Ossential Daily Power Defense

Exfoliate Effortlessly
Regular exfoliation is essential in maintaining your skin. Your dead skin cells can tend to collect over time, creating a dull complexion and preventing you from showing off that glow you most definitely deserve. Microdermabrasion,  is a non-surgical exfoliating treatment that can help you to achieve healthier, younger-looking skin. The Spa at The Shaw Center offers this as a service and highly recommends it for those looking to rid themselves of stubborn blemishes.

Microneedling 101

Not too long ago, if we had told you that running a needling pen over your face would actually benefit you – you would think we were crazy. DermaPenning, also known as Microneedling, has made a huge splash in the skincare world recently. With noticeable results with little to no downtime, this is one treatment you need to try.

How does it work?

We use the DermaPen 3, a cutting-edge version of a DermaPen, that painlessly penetrates the outer layers of the skin. This creates micro-injuries that spur collagen and elasitn to repair, regrow and heal skin making way for smoother, more even skin. Also, almost any part of the body can be treated.

What will it do for my skin?

Like a peel without the burn, micro needling treatments help with wrinkle reduction, texture and tone improvement. Pores are decreased and skin looks and feels firmer and refreshed. Also, if you have hyperpigmentation, sun spots or scarring, these treatment helps fade those blemishes and also erases acne scars, trauma scars and stretch marks.

What does it feel like?
The quick, 15 to 30-minute treatment feels like a light buffing similar to sandpaper being rubbed gently across skin.

Is there downtime?
Right after your treatment you will notice an instant glow and some redness that goes away usually within four hours. After 12 hours, mineral makeup is recommended and skin is healed within 24 hours.

For more information, you can call 480-767-1900 to schedule a complimentary consultation to talk with one of our aesthetician pros.

New Year, New Skincare: Our Top Product Picks for 2016

Here at The SHAW Center, we’re all about professional treatments. Hands down, they are the most effective way to get the skin and body you’ve always wanted.

To keep your results and ensure that they last as long as possible, post-treatment home care is also an important factor. We’ve rounded up our top five favorite skincare products for 2016. From firming to banishing wrinkles, keep these bottles sink side and incorporate them into your daily routine.

This past week, we gave you the opportunity to enter to win any one of these 5 fab products, and we'd like to congratulate Carissa Robin (#5), Nicole Carreo (#4), Patty Dilk (#3), Jacque Ast (#2) and the winner of our (#1) chosen skincare product for 2016, Donna Chasan! We thank all of those who participated, and if you didn't get chosen this time around, you can still purchase any of these products at the Spa at The SHAW Center. What are you waiting for?

#5: Revision Skincare Intellishade, $56. A nutrient rich, anti-aging tinted moisturizer that’s super hydrating and reduces appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

 #4: Revision Skincare Nectifirm, $73. Say bye bye to that turkey neck because 96% of patients experienced a firmer neck with Nectifirm®. This best-selling neck cream contains plant extracts, antioxidants and unique biotechnological blends that work cohesively to create a smoother, firmer, younger-looking neck.

#3: ZO Medical Retamax, $145. This lightweight, Retinol-packed lotions helps reverse signs of aging by supporting even skin tone, reducing lines and helping speed up your skin’s natural renewal system.

#2: SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Acid, $162. This serum contains a revolutionary antioxidant combination that increases firmness and replenishes lipids to visibly reduce wrinkles for more than 72 hours after use.

#1: SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum, $270. Packed with a powerful, cutting-edge TNS complex, this protein and amino acid-rich serum reduces inflammation and erases signs of aging.


Everything You Need to Know About Botox

Last week our team kicked off the Holiday season with our annual BOTOX® Days event. The perfect treatment for party-prepped skin, Botox is a quick, easy way to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles. The three most popular spots for Botox include: 

- Horizontal forehead wrinkles
- Crow’s feet lines around the eyes
- The “11” (two vertical) lines between the eyebrows

If you’re a newbie to facial injections or want to brush up on your Botox smarts, we’re breaking down five of the most commonly asked questions about this anti-aging phenomenon.

1.    When is it time to get Botox?  What visible signs should I lookout for? 

As an overarching recommendation, adding injectables to your anti-aging arsenal is a completely personal decision. Many women start getting Botox between the ages of 25 to 35 when they notice deeper expression lines around the eyes and forehead. The only thing to consider when it comes to timing is that once wrinkles are deep, Botox can help soften them, but may not eliminate them completely. Whatever you choose, Botox will erase or fade lines and make a noticeable improvement at any age.

2.    How long does Botoxlast? 

Treatments last about three months. Once you have your initial session and continue to receive injections on a regular basis, you may start to not need as many units and transition to more of a “maintenance” plan to keep lines in check.

3.    What does Botox feel like? Will my face feel numb after I get it?

There’s no way around it, there’s a needle involved. On the bright side, the needles we use are small and thin, so patients say they feel a subtle prick, nothing super painful and much less impact than a regular shot. You shouldn’t feel any numbness or irritation.

4.    How long does an actual Botox session take? Is there anything I should do prior to or after getting Botox?

Botox is a super simple treatment. You lay back in a chair and the injection specialist will ask you what areas of your face bother you and what you would like treated. They will also give you recommendations to achieve your ideal look so there’s no guesswork involved. After a few strategically-placed injections you will be ready to go in 20 to 30 minutes max. 

Depending on your body, some patients notice slight bruising post-treatment. To help prevent bruising, stay away from pain medication prior to your treatment. Also avoid drinking for a few days before you get Botox. 

Aftercare is easy. Don’t lie down for four hours after the treatment and avoid rubbing or touching the area. That also means that for the first few hours, hats and headbands are a no-no. Avoid exercise the day you receive the treatment (about 12 hours on the safe side) and stay away from saunas, steam rooms or any other place or activity that can raise your body temperature. Some patients see results in as little as 72 hours, but wait a week for full results.
5.    Do I need to use a specific skincare line or products after a treatment? 

We recommend using medical-grade skincare products to your skin healthy and protected. Our team can help you choose a regimen fro our wide variety of product lines. but generally, a high-quality face cleanser, serum infused with Hyaluronic acid, hydrating night cream and and a SPF-packed moisturizer for daytime is recommended. Living in the dry AZ desert, keeping skin hydrated and plump is key to getting the most out of Botox.

For more information and any other questions you have, we are here to help! To schedule a consultation or chat with one of our injection specialists, call (480) 767-1900!

Reduce Signs of Aging With Sculptra Aesthetic Facial Volumizer

There are many products and treatments available when it comes to reducing the visible signs of aging, but there is nothing quite like Sculptra® aesthetic. Referred to by some physicians as "Face lift in a bottle", Sculptra® aesthetic represents a new and unique, minimally invasive option that helps facial skin regain a more youthful and natural-looking appearance.

Over time, our skin loses collagen and fat, reducing its full, firm, youthful appearance. It becomes loose and starts to wrinkle.  This reduction in tissue volume can make cheeks and eyes appear sunken, making us look older than we are.  Injectable Sculptra® aesthetic can help regain a firm texture and restore lost volume by promoting production of your body’s natural collagen in the treated areas. Sculptra® aesthetic is a safe, synthetic, and biocompatible material that is injected below the surface of the skin to correct the effects of fat loss (lipoatrophy).

Sculptra® aesthetic is particularly suited to treating the lower face and differs from conventional line fillers by providing more of a lifting, volumizing result. Sunken skin and wrinkles can be significantly reduced by restoring facial contours without surgery.  This process of natural restructuring of the skin continues long after the course of treatment has been completed.

As with all injectable fillers, technique is a vital component in delivering the best potential outcome, and with Dr. Shaw and his staff having over 20 years of injection experience, you can count on incredible results.

The SHAW Center is running a special on Sculptra right now where you can save $200 when you purchase a minimum of two viles. You can also earn an extra $20 off with a Galderma Reward certificate when you sign up for the Aspire Rewards Program at www.aspirerewards.comprior to your injection appointment. Upon completion of your two vile injection session, you’ll be one step closer to VIP Club Membership where you’ll earn a $50 Galderma Reward for a future appointment.

The perks don’t end there! For every new Aspire Rewards Member the month of October, Galderma will donate $25 to National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.

Achieve More Youthful Looking Eyes

Give your eyes the refreshed look they deserve by alleviating dark circles and giving those bags the boot. We can’t always prevent our body’s natural reaction to our hectic schedules and response to tiredness, but we can at least find ways to help keep it from affecting our appearance.
Many different variables can contribute to the cause of tired eyes, such as seasonal allergies that trigger the release of histamines in the body, which in turn can inflame blood vessels and cause swelling.  Genetics can also have a hand in causing dark circles. If you inherit thin under eye skin it can be more evident when blood accumulates there from slowed circulation. Also, age is a key player in the cause since over time skin naturally loses collagen and thins, which will more prominently expose veins.
Sweet Dreams
You may want to try doubling up on pillows for added support when you sleep to keep blood from building up under your eyes.  When you wake up, try applying a cold compress, such as frozen spoons underneath your eyes for about five minutes to constrict the blood vessels. You can also try using an eye cream with caffeine before calling it a night.
Hide And Go Seek
You can always opt for the temporary method of covering up with makeup. Use a concealer a couple shades lighter than your natural skin tone, and apply a powder the same shade as your skin over top. No need to get crazy with highlighter, just a quick fix.
Collagen Cures
For most of us, having thin skin is the overriding issue and cause of dark circles. Try implementing a collagen-building cream into your beauty regime to help restore your skin. We recommend using one with retinol. Here at The SHAW Center we carry the ZO Skin Health product line, which typically employs this ingredient for anti-aging purposes.
The SHAW Center also offers eyelid surgery, which is a procedure that can create more youthful looking eyes. It removes excess eye skin, muscle or fat deposits to address sagging eyelids or bags beneath the eyes.


The Essential Guide To Rhinoplasty Surgery

Rhinoplasty, or more informally known as a “nose job,” is one of the most common procedures performed here at The SHAW Center.  This surgery can be an ideal option for those hoping to correct the size of their nose, eliminate a bump, change the shape of the tip or bridge or narrow or widen the nostrils. Whether you have been unhappy with the appearance of your nose you entire life or endured a recent injury resulting in the aesthetic of your nose, rhinoplasty can help both the appearance of the nose, as well as improve one’s breathing.
The Best Candidates
A good candidate for this procedure is one who has realistic expectations about the outcome of this particular surgery. A nose job should never be sought after in order to make someone else happy or to conform to an ideal. It’s a very personal procedure and should be pursued to achieve changes that appeal to only you.
It’s recommended that the patient be over the age of 15 since it is important that the patient’s face is no longer growing or maturing when the surgery is performed.  Those who wish to pursue rhinoplasty should be non-smokers and in overall good health.
The Actual Procedure
This procedure can be done in either an open or closed approach. The decision is contingent upon what Dr. Shaw feels is the best approach based on your consultation. The goal is to personalize the procedure to the patient in order to ensure the best results are achieved.
In a closed approach there are no external incisions, and instead they are made within the nose, which helps in avoiding external scarring. Many are eligible for this style and it is recommended for those seeking help with minor breathing difficulties.
The open approach is performed when Dr. Shaw feels that the patient requires extensive alterations to the tip of the nose, needs detailed work within the dorsum or has severe breathing issues. This technique requires a small incision across the bridge of tissue between the nostrils very carefully.
Recovering From Rhinoplasty
Typically the recovery process is extremely manageable. You can expect to wear a splint and bandages for about a week after the procedure, and your face will feel swollen and the area around your eyes and nose will be bruised for several days. We recommend using a cold compress to minimize swelling and reduce pain. It’s also best to keep your head elevated and relatively still the first few days post surgery. This is your time to relax, recover and heal because after this down time you will feel especially motivated to get out and conquer the world!
 Call The SHAW Center at (480) 767-1900 to schedule your consultation today!

The Benefits of ZO Skin Health's Ossential Daily Power Defense

The Shaw Center offers a wide range of skin care products, but one of the best selling products is ZO Skin Health’s Daily Power Defense Anti-aging Formula, which helps to restore both your skin’s function and elasticity. This bottled up fountain of youth provides continuous results and solutions without much effort on your end at all.

About ZO Skin Health
For over three decades, Dr. Zein Obagi has mindfully crafted a wide spectrum of therapeutic skincare products and treatments that are exclusively available through skin health professionals, such as our own center. ZO combines all the latest advances in skin therapy technology, such as plant cell components and biotechnology complexes, with regard to all skin conditions, ages, genders and ethnicities in order to provide the best and most effective outcomes.

The Power of Retinol
ZO’s Daily Power Defense is a retinol-based formula that maximizes the penetration of retinoic acid to reduce signs of aging, such as fine likes, wrinkles, sun damage and age spots. This magic ingredient comes from vitamin A and is one of the few substances with small enough molecules to reach skin receptors in order to stimulate the natural production of collagen and elastin, which in turn help to create healthy skin.

Daily Power Defense not only employs retinol to the skin, but it is also rich in other specialized DNA repairing enzymes that work around the clock. By implementing this anti-aging soldier into your beauty routine you are not only restoring skin function, but also preventing against UV damage and minimizing pigmentation.

Our Shaw Spa also provides many other products, as well as alternative options to repairing and rejuvenating your skin. Schedule your complimentary consultation to discover what the best route for you is.


Frame Your Face With Beautiful Brows

In recent years eyebrows have become the face’s most important feature and one of the main focal points. They make the front page in celebrity news and dozens of different makeup lines have released products centralizing around the beauty of brows. Now if you have bad eyebrows there’s just simply no excuse for it. Find your favorite frame and pluck for perfection with these grooming go-tos.

Tame Time
Plucking your eyebrows in an effort to achieve the ideal shape can be challenging and at times even painful. However, the recent brow trends encourage a much fuller and thicker shape, which allows you to spend substantially less time tweezing.

We recommend choosing to tweeze after your shower since warm water tends to open the hair follicles and soften them, which in turn can help them to be extracted more easily.

Once you’ve determined your ideal shape, outline your arch using a brow pencil and remove only the hairs that fall above or below this outline. Avoid using a magnifying mirror to avoid over plucking. It’s the bigger picture that matters after all.

Fake It Till You Make It
After you’ve obtained that awesome natural arch, consider enhancing your brows further by filling them in with a color that complements your hair color. Use Benefit’s Brows-A-Go-Go or Anastasia Beverly Hill’s Brow Wiz to add definition, color and shape. Filling in those sparse areas will make the world of difference. Always have the most pigment intensity in the arch of the brow. This will help to create a more youthful look.

Finally, set your hairs with some brow wax or gel to ensure that that shape you’ve been working towards doesn’t loose its appeal throughout the day. You can even add a brow bone highlighter to further emphasize the look of your arch.


Makeup Ingredients To Be Mindful Of

They say a little lipstick never hurt anyone, except in this case it might actually. In Europe, there are 1,373 chemicals that are banned from cosmetics. While in the United States, there are only 8. That’s not to say you need to completely pause the pout, but knowing what ingredients exactly are present in your powder is a good start to preventing harmful side effects. Let’s be honest, skimming that long list of ingredients of hard to pronounce words isn’t always our first instinct when shopping for new shadow, but at least knowing what to avoid is essential.

Formaldehyde  has been known to cause cancer, and it can be found in nail polish, hair gel, shampoos and lotions.

Triclosan, yet another harmful ingredient, can be found in soaps, deodorants and toothpastes and can disrupt the body’s natural hormone system.

Parabens, which are used as preservatives, are found in breast cancer tumors, as well as have been linked to reproductive toxicity. These are present and can be found in many lotions and ointments.

Ethylene oxide is a recognized carcinogen and can be found in fragrances and shampoos.

Talc, which can be found in eye shadow, blush and deodorant, has been linked to ovarian cancer and respiratory problems.

Lead  is a neurotoxin linked to learning and behavioral problems and can be found in lipstick, foundation and over 650 other cosmetics. This is also usually not listed as an ingredient because it’s technically a contaminant.

In the United States, there are no laws that require cosmetic companies to demonstrate the safety of their products, and that’s why learning to read your makeup ingredients, as well as more generally just being aware of what you’re putting on your face is crucial. Beauty may sometimes be pain, but it doesn’t have to be in this case!


Real Reviews From Real Patients: Revision Intellishade Broad-Spectrum SPF 45

The Shaw Spa offers up a variety of different skincare lines and products, but when asking around the office, Revision Skincare’s Intellishade anti-aging tinted moisturizer seemed to be a fan favorite of our fabulous Shaw Center women. This miracle moisturizer not only helps to conceal blemishes, but it reduces fine lines and wrinkles, as well as protects your skin with its UVA and UVB broad-spectrum coverage.

One of our former patients, Deborah, 61, recently started using Intellishade and was able to provide honest feedback to us. We asked, and she answered. Here is what she had to say about Intellishade’s formula.

What skincare products were you using prior and what objections did you have with them?
I’ve used everything under the sun from drug store products like Neutrogena’s Rapid Wrinkle Repair and Roc Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum, which I found only made my face appear oily and was far too greasy going on. Everything else I have experimented with has shown little to no results and does nothing for the complexion of my skin as far as color correction goes.
What do you look for in anti-aging skincare?
To appear twenty years younger. Kidding. However, I do expect to see results after consistent use, at least with my finer lines and wrinkles. I want to be able to have a glow without appearing shiny, and ideally, I would like to know that it’s not just correcting, but also preventing further damage from occurring.
What was your first impression of Revision’s Intellishade moisturizer upon application?
I was extremely impressed with how evenly and easily it went on. The “one shade fits all” promise really rang true. I noticed my redness disappear almost instantly, and it felt incredibly silky smooth on my skin. I couldn’t feel that I had anything on my face, but there was a noticeable difference in the evenness of my skin tone afterwards.
What was most ideal about this product and would you considering continuing to use it?
I am always on the go, and I especially loved how fast and simple using Intellishade was. Because I am constantly out and about, it’s difficult for me to touch up, but I noticed with this product that the subtle color remained on my face evenly throughout my days without getting blotchy hours later.  My skin is also more sensitive, and a lot of other products have tended to cause minor breakouts, whereas this minimized my pores without seeming to clog them. I would absolutely plan on continuing to use this and am excited to see what it does for my lines and wrinkles once I’ve applied it more long term.


Tips For Out-of-town Patients

Most plastic surgery procedures can be performed out of state, and in fact it is not uncommon to explore your options by searching around the country for your preferred physician. Most might find undergoing cosmetic surgery out of town more appealing due to the ability of being able to recover privately and out of the eyes of family and friends.  Confidentiality is key, and the SHAW Center ensures a customized and comfortable recovery period based on your specific needs and wishes.

Simple Steps
The process for out-of-town patients is made as seamless as possible when going through our surgical center. First, have a friend or spouse help you take photos of the areas you’re concerned with, and send them via email at info@theshawcenter.com, which will go directly to Dr. Shaw for review.
Following this you will want to schedule a phone consultation to voice your concerns, hear out Dr. Shaw’s recommendations, as well as discuss recovery plans.
Shortly after, your patient coordinator with help you in scheduling your surgery date along with pre and post-operative appointments.

Travel With A Friend
While maintaining your privacy during recuperation is essential throughout this process, making sure you have your spouse, a close friend or a family member by your side is also extremely important. Depending on the surgery, you may not be able to do everything yourself the first couple of days right after the procedure so having someone to assist you will allow you to fully focus on recovering.

What To Pack
Unless specifically recommended otherwise by Dr. Shaw, typically wearing loose-fitted clothing is recommended after your surgery. No need to pack any muumuus, but relaxed fits and sweatpants are ideal being that they’re extremely easy to get on and off. 

Facial Rejuvenation Based On Your Unique Complexion

Your face is your most important accessory and maintaining a healthy and vital complexion should be made as achievable as possible. VISIA Complexion Analysis is an imaging systems service offered at The Shaw Center that helps you to attain the most effective facial rejuvenation plan by taking a clear, multi-dimensional portrait of your face. 
This system succeeds in personalizing your procedure as much as possible by providing your skin care professional with the necessary comprehensive data needed in order to develop the most competent plan for you. It does so by collecting multi-spectral images that aid in developing a rejuvenation regime based off your specific complexion requirements. 
VISIA Complexion Analysis measures individual aspects of your skin, such as texture, spots, pores, overall skin tone and wrinkles to identify health conditions like sun damage. Once the overall health of your complexion is identified, an individualized program is created based off of each patient’s specific results.  VISIA’s precise imaging takes into consideration all facial characteristics and does so throughout your skincare regime in order to track and monitor any changes or improvements.

Once you complete your VISIA Complexion Analysis, you are given a printed report which you can take home that details your imaging session and recommends different rejuvenation and skin care options for you. 
The Shaw Center wants you to be able to see what the naked eye can’t through this service so that you can ultimately achieve the radiant complexion that you deserve through personalized treatment options. Stop trying to analyze your own skin in the mirror and instead let us and our VISIA Complexion Analysis System do it for you once and for all. 
Call to schedule your appointment at (480) 767-1900.


You Deserve A Day At The Spa

Ready, Set, Relax! It’s sometimes difficult to take the time out of our busy schedules to focus on your most important accessory: your face! We get too caught up in daily tasks to remember that taking care of ourselves should be one of our top priorities. The SHAW Center’s Spa is an oasis complete with treatments and skin solutions that will leave you wondering why you ever waited so long to make a visit. The best part of the Spa is that its services are easily catered to fit your needs and require little to no down time.
Something More A”peel”ing
Skin Peels are incredibly beneficial to maintaining that beautiful complexion of yours. Chemical peels can help to repair skin damage caused by sun exposure, minimize facial lines, as well as improve the overall skin tone and texture of your face. Things that may affect the depth of a peel include the acid concentration in the peeling agent, the number of coats that are applied, and the amount of time allowed before the acid is neutralized.
There are different types of peels you can opt for depending on the area you want to target and intensity of results. AHAs are the most gentle of the three offered at The SHAW Center Spa. They simply aid in smoothing and brightening your skin through the use of a group of glycolic, lactic and fruit acids. This particular procedure has the shortest recovery time and takes 10 minutes or less.
TCAs penetrate the skin more deeply than AHAs and are the preferred chemical solution for darker-skinned patients. This particular peel treats fine surface wrinkles, superficial blemishes and pigment problems.
The deepest penetrating peel offered at The SHAW Center Spa is Phenol, which treats more difficult skin problems, such as coarse facial wrinkles, precancerous growths and severely blotchy or damaged skin caused by sun exposure. Our center typically only uses this peel on the face and around the mouth.
Know The Difference…
Our center also offers Microdermabrasion, which is a non-surgical, exfoliating treatment for those wanting to rid themselves of age spots, freckles, fine lines, scars and rough skin. While this procedure has similar results as chemical peels, they do employ alternative techniques. A chemical peel achieves exfoliation through the use of chemical agents and is typically followed with a longer recovery process. Microdermabrasion is an exfoliating treatment, but does so by simply “sanding” with minimal to no downtime.
The Spa also offers services, such as Visia Analysis and an extensive line of well-trusted skincare products. So take the day off, kick your feet up and allow us to spoil your skin by enhancing and repairing its natural beauty!

The Beauty Benefits of Botox

The SHAW Center is dedicated to achieving the most natural looking results and achieves this through a variety of different techniques, one of them being injectable treatments. Both Botox and Dysport will help to eliminate any unwanted lines and render your skin noticeably younger by targeting specific facial expression muscles.  Our center hosts only the most skilled and trained professionals to ensure that these procedures are both personalized to fit your desires and executed flawlessly.
Bottom Line, There Should Be No Lines
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a simple and safe treatment that involves a small injection that blocks the nerve impulse to the muscle under the skin in a certain area. Typically, results can sustain anywhere from three to six months. One of the many benefits of this procedure is that there’s no downtime or serious recovery process. Inject today, show off tomorrow!
While Botox’s most popular benefit is its ability to rid your face of signs of aging, it can also aid in many other areas. Botox has been known to be highly effective in the treatment of migraine headaches. When injected into specific head and neck sites, it can actually prevent a migraine and dull future headache symptoms. Botox is also helpful in balancing the problem of hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating. It relieves this condition by blocking the release of perspiration through the sweat glands.

Meet Tammy!
Tammy Federico is one of our SHAW Center superstar team members, and it is through her skillful attention to detail that she has succeeded in making our clients happy. Tammy specializes in injectables, with over seven years of experience.
I pride myself on giving the best experience possible, and making sure you look your best.  I feel very fortunate to have worked at the SHAW Center for the past four years, as it has always been one of my goals to work alongside one of the best plastic surgeons.” -Tammy
Tammy is now offering a complimentary consultation here at The SHAW Center so that she can assess the best options for you. Whether it’s fuller, plumper lips (her personal favorite!), or simply removing any undesired creases, she is on board with enhancing your beauty.

There’s More…

We are also excited to announce that through the month of May we’re offering $100 off any injectable service for first-time patients. In addition to that, on Wednesday, May 13, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. we will be hosting our Botox Days event where you can spin the wheel and receive savings of 10% off and more on your treatment. You can really flirt with lady luck, and receive your entire treatment free.
While you may have earned worry lines, it doesn’t mean you need to show them anymore!

Lip Injections: The Dos And Don'ts

Our lips are definitely not sealed on this topic. The crazed lip plump phenomenon is taking young women’s worlds by storm. There are definitely ways to go about achieving the perfect pout, and we’ve even unveiled some of those tricks in a more recent blog post. However, the “Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge,” is not and should not be a method.
Just Because It’s Trending Doesn’t Mean It’s Trendy
In case you missed it this week, the Kylie Jenner lip challenge was a trending topic that involved mostly young girls, and even some men, in taking a shot glass to their mouth and sucking until the outside circumference of their natural lip line became swollen and bruised. While it’s been reported that Kylie Jenner is not in support of this alternate means of lip enhancement, the challenge has been titled so in an effort to recognize this Kardashian sister’s popular pout.
Kiss This Method Goodbye
So while there’s nothing wrong with supplementing your already existing features in order to attain your ideal image, there is a point when size really does matter, and enough is enough. Teens across the country participated in this challenge, with some even enduring serious injuries from the shot glass shattering during the process. There are ways to both naturally and cosmetically enlarge your lips, but it’s imperative that it’s done through the safest means possible.
Consider relining your lips, implementing a balm with hyaluronic acid or even schedule a consultation at The SHAW Center, but please just put this Kylie Jenner challenge to rest. 
Pout Perception
Full lips have been a hallmark of beauty more so in recent years than ever, but dramatic results are not always necessary. That’s not to say The SHAW Center doesn’t offer lip injection procedures that will satisfy your desire for luscious lips. However, aesthetic perception is key, and it is our goal to provide the most natural-looking results. No shot glasses necessary!

Our Lips Are Sealed

Let’s face it - this has been the year for lips! If you’ve been on social media you’ve probably seen celebrities like Kylie Jenner showing off their puckered pout in a big way. You have to sometimes wonder if its surgery or just an intense makeup regime that renders these women so kissable.
Well…It’s probably both!
Plump it up
An easy way to temporarily plump is to use a lip plumping gloss. There’s scores of different types of over-the-counter products that promise to produce enhanced lips but do they actually work? Some do because they contain ingredients like cinnamon, ginger mint or other compounds that are found in hot peppers, which work to create mild redness and swell the lip, however these are temporary solutions.
Crossing the line
Lining your lip is both temporary and non-invasive. Creating the illusion that your pout is more dramatic as it is can be achieved through this method, but it’s also important that you do it right so you don’t end up looking like you just failed your first stage makeup tutorial. Don’t over line, and make sure you follow the natural raised creases that are there but just may not have full, natural color.
Make it effortless
If you’re really trying to attain your desired lip shape and size, then Restylane Silk may be the answer. It is the first and only FDA-approved treatment to specifically address lips and is both a natural and subtle means for lip enhancement. Lips can be one of the first signs of aging due to the lines that are created around the mouth. These lines can lead to lip thinning and loss of shape. Restylane Silk is designed to provide natural-looking results through the use of injecting a clear gel formulation of hyaluronic acid, which is a sugar that is already naturally present in your skin. The SHAW Center offers this service and would be happy to schedule a consultation in order to figure out the best approach for you!

Getting Even

Throughout your childhood you’re gifted with perfect and even-looking skin, but as time goes on it’s almost impossible to ever fully recover your baby-like complexion. Sun damage, acne breakouts in your adolescence that can lead to scarring and the natural process of aging are all contributing factors to the discoloration and unevenness of your skin tone. One common thread shared by these variables is that they’re all inevitable, no matter how hard we try to avoid them. While we may not be able to prevent it, we can most definitely repair it!

Bottoms up!
Drink, drink, drink. In fact we want you to get completely intoxicated off of water. Staying hydrated is the most important thing you can do for your body and its rejuvenation. It not only helps in cleansing your skin from the inside out, but it prevents any unwanted wrinkles by filling those pockets with necessary fluids. Of course try to avoid any sugary drinks or alcohol as much as you can since these alternatives act as moister-suckers, but we understand the occasional indulgence – we’re guilty too! So next time you’re out, ask for a tall glass of H20…Shaken, not stirred.
Good Morning, Sunshine
Nothing is better than feeling the warm sun kiss your skin. While it may seem like an attentive boyfriend one minute, it can turn into the psycho ex the next, causing nothing but damage and harm to your skin. In fact, the most common cause for an uneven skin tone is sun damage.
Start incorporating the application of sunscreen into your daily routine. Most daily moisturizers and some makeup already have a sunscreen worked into their formula but make sure it’s at least SPF 30. It’s also important to ensure that the sunscreen you’re applying has both UVA and UVB protection to help prevent from both sunspots and immediate burning. ZO Skin Health offers a wide variety of sunscreens and products to reverse the effects of sun damage, available in The SHAW Center.
We also recommend exfoliating at least once a week and employing a moisturizer thereafter.
When All Else Fails
The Shaw Center offers a complete skin rejuvenation treatment, which will leave you feeling brighter, younger and healthier. Laser360 provides a more youthful look, without an invasive procedure. It encompasses three different types of methods:  skin resurfacing, skin tightening and skin color. Through the skin resurfacing procedure, Laser360 stimulates new collagen to grow, improving your skin’s overall texture and tone.
The tightening technology will firm up any unwanted loose skin around your eyes, nose and jaw through infrared light, which creates deep healing in your skin, helping you to regain a more contoured appearance.
Finally, Laser360 will help to completely eliminate any skin pigments, broken blood vessels and vascular marks through its skin color segment.
This treatment is not only safe and effective, but it can completely transform your complexion through a nearly noninvasive experience!
Contact The SHAW Center at (480) 767-1900 to schedule an appointment to discuss customized treatment plans.

Simple Skincare For Men

Skincare isn’t just for women; guys’ skin needs some loving too.  We’re here to tell you exactly what you can do to improve your “manplexion. “  Gone are the days that you secretly steal your lady’s night cream or wonder why you’re still exhibiting breakouts as if you’re 15 again and going through puberty. We’ve got you covered.
First Things First
Every morning when you initially wake up, immediately splash cold water on your face. This quick cleanse process will help slough away dead skin cells you may have, ultimately helping to improve the dullness of your face. We recommend using a wash with glycolic acid, which will penetrate skin deeply and easily. You should also be exfoliating anywhere from once to twice a week in order to keep your face looking fresh and rejuvenated. ZO Skin Health carries an Offects Exfoliating Polish, available at The SHAW Center, which consists of ultra-fine magnesium crystals that aid in exfoliating dead skin cells and enhances epidermal turnover to produce a smoother complexion. 
Quench The Thirst
Moisturizing your face is key. While exfoliating and using compounds like glycolic acid are beneficial, it can also leave your skin looking dry if you don’t take proper measures. If you’re prone to breakouts, try a product that is mostly water-based. We’re not saying you have to shave the beard either, just work around it! You ‘mustache’ what you’re doing to help remedy the situation.
In addition, make sure you’re getting your H20 fix throughout the day. Dehydration can lead to many issues that can result in bad skin. We understand that you’re still probably going to have your post-work brew with the boys, but just make sure you’re equalizing that with some water.
So What, Maybe You Still Get ID-ed
Even if you've hit the genetic gene pool and have plans to age like George Clooney, it’s essential to still take precaution with wrinkles and aging. It’s never too early to start using products like retinol cream to boost your youth and promote collagen production. Making this a habit will only continue to improve the evenness of your complexion.  ZO Skin Health offers several of their products that comprise an “Aggressive Anit-Aging Program,” otherwise they have a variety of cleansers, polishes, creams and sunscreens that help combat aging as well.
Dress The Part, Don’t Stress The Part
Some things are easier said than done. Choosing to not stress out isn’t always the easiest option but at least you can try to control it. Unfortunately, stress can lead to an imbalance in hormones, which can then completely throw off your skin’s condition, ultimately causing breakouts.  Try to let the little things go to not only improve your mental health but your skin as well. 
The SHAW Center also offers a variety of different procedures to both repair and enhance your skin, such as Botox, dermal fillers and laser resurfacing. Contact us at (480) 767-1900 to schedule a consultation to see what the best option is for you.

Botox Boom Among Men

            According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, The U.S. has seen a 310% rise in male patients receiving Botox since 2000.  Due to the competitive job market, among other reasons, men are beginning to take a dip into the fountain of youth.  Some are beginning to refer to the trend as “BroTox.” 
Alternative procedures such as fillers and lasers have been immensely popular among men.  Men are beginning to realize that laser hair removal works in their favor to cut down time on trimming and grooming.  CoolSculpting helps keep a fit physique that doesn’t require any time off from work or downtime in general.  CoolSculpting helps combat stubborn fat that diet and exercise have a tough time getting rid of. 
More and more men are turning to treatments due to their innovation.  The majority of men don’t want to look as if they’ve had any work done.  Most noninvasive procedures at The SHAW Center Spa deliver results that patients are striving for yet don’t make them look “plastic.”
Another sought-after procedure among men is chemical peels due to the numerous results they deliver.  They help repair skin damage caused by years or sun exposure, minimize fine facial lines on your face, remove or decrease lip creases, crows feet and forehead lines, and minimize the appearance of pores among many other benefits. 
Whether your favorite beau is seeking CoolSculpting or a chemical peel, help them along and schedule their first appointment or consultation.  Contact The SHAW Center at (480) 767-1900.

Alternative Injectables to Botox

            When the word injectable is mentioned, the first thought that typically comes to the majority of people is Botox.  Although the FDA approved Botox in 2002, there have been alternative injectables introduced to the market since then.  Dysport was approved by the FDA in 2009 and then Xeomin in 2011.
            Like Botox, Xeomin is a “prescription medication used to temporarily improve the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) in adults and contains botulinum toxin type A, a protein purified from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum,” according to www.origin.library.constantcontact.com 
              Xeomin provides the latest and most innovative research and results accessible in neutrotoxin (Botox).  Initial results from the injectable can be expected within 7 days after treatment.  Full results will typically be noticeable around the first 30 days.  Results from Xeomin can last up to 3 full months, however, they may be remarkably longer or slightly shorter depending on the patient. 
            Standard facial expressions throughout the day such as squinting or frowning requires the muscles between your eyebrows to contract, resulting in the skin to groove and crease.  As you begin to age, your skin slowly loses its elasticity, which then usually creates frequent frown lines.  Botulinum toxin type A, the main component in Xeomin, work on nerve endings in muscles to combat muscle fibers from shrinking.  This process briefly minimizes the wrinkles on your forehead and other problem areas on your face.
            If you’d like to receive additional information about Xeomin or would like to schedule an appointment, contact The SHAW Center at (480) 767-1900. 

Botox Myths Busted

            More than one million Botox treatments are now being carried out each year for the first time, according to www.dailymail.co.uk.com.  Although the number of people beginning to receive Botox is skyrocketing, there are still a lot of myths about the popular injection out there.  We’re here to set the bar straight and bust the myths so you know what to expect for your first time or the next time around.
            First off, many believe that Botox and fillers are the same thing.  Muscle movement forms wrinkles, which makes Botox the ideal tool to relax the muscle and level out skin.  Fillers are utilized to fill in the skin around the wrinkle.    
            A “frozen” face is a common correlation with Botox, however this isn’t always the case.  Your results depend on where you decide to go to receive the treatment. Having Botox done from a reputable, board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist will ensure a reliable, secure and aesthetically pleasing procedure. 
            Some may believe that the results of Botox are immediate and last a while.  This all depends on the person but a patient should expect to see full results within about five days.  You can anticipate your results to last approximately 3 to 4 months.    
            Wrinkles are not the only use for Botox although it’s the most common.  The intention for Botox is to paralyze a certain muscle.  Botox has been endorsed by the FDA for frequent health-related cases to tackle overactive bladders, migraines, and muscle spasms aside from wrinkles.  People automatically presume that Botox is an uncomfortable procedure since needles are involved, however the majority of patients report that the treatment is bearable.  If you’re wary of needles, a local anesthetic cream can be applied to your face an hour before the procedure in order to numb your skin. 
            Want to save on Botox?  Join us for Botox Days at the SHAW Center Spa on Wednesday, November 12 from 9 AM – 5 PM.  Spin our wheel for savings: 10%, 15%, 20%, 50% off, $100 off, or win FREE Botox!  Space is limited for the event, please call us at (480) 767-1900 to schedule an appointment.  While you’re at it, enjoy 10% off ALL skin care product purchases the day of the event as well. 


Revitalize Skin With Dermapen

            Dermapen is an innovative skin needling therapy to treat aged and sagging skin, fine lines and wrinkles, stretch marks and much more.  The device utilizes multiple needles that vertically pierce the skin with Automatic Occilating Vertical Nedling (AOVN) technology.  Natural collagen production is stimulated when Dermapen is moved across the skin. 
            The advanced skin needling in Dermapen results in scar-less healing as well as increased production of normal collagen.  This outcome is similar to fractional laser treatments minus the side effects and downtime.  Dermapen is also believed to be more powerful and more advantageous than the majority of chemical peels and microdermabrasion.   Dermapen’s technique causes less trauma and has minimal skin damage opposed to standard skin needling rollers.  This also results in reduced pain and discomfort, which makes it a safer, more effective treatment.
            Overall, Dermapen is recommended to treat aged and sagging skin, fine lines and wrinkles, vertical lip lines, skin tightening and rejuvenation, enlarged pores, stretch marks, scars (acne, surgical, and burns), and Alopecia.  Since Dermapen has a variety of uses, the recommended amount of treatments varies.  If you’re seeking rejuvenation, it’s recommended to have 4-6 treatments that are 4 weeks apart.  Six treatments are recommended for acne scarring that is spaced 6 weeks apart.  Depending on your stretch marks, it’s recommended to have 4-8 treatments that are 4-6 weeks apart.
            Patients can expect to see results as soon as the first treatment- more significant results will appear the more treatments you have.  Once you have completed all of your treatments, your skin will continue to progress over the next 6-12 months.  Contact the SHAW Center at (480) 767-1900 for a complimentary skin consultation to see if Dermapen is right for you!
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More on Microdermabrasion

            Roughly every 28 days our body creates a new layer of skin.  When new cells form, they push their way to the skins surface.  As you begin to age, this system begins to slow down resulting in skin appearing less radiant.  Clogged pores, breakouts, uneven texture and a dull appearance can also form if the skin doesn’t shed correctly. 
Microdermabrasion is available in the SHAW Center Spa and is a non-invasive exfoliating procedure that aids in repairing acne scarring, sun-damaged skin, age spots, freckles, stretch marks, fine lines, scars, and rough skin.  The treatment can be done on the face, neck, chest, hands, back, elbows, feet, almost anywhere! 
Depending on your skin, the treatment can take anywhere from 15-40 minutes.  A moisturizing sun block is then applied post procedure.  You can expect to have a mild, temporary pinkness in the treated area.  Like the majority of other procedures provided in the SHAW Center Spa, the treatment doesn’t have any “down time” and you can return to work and other standard activities instantly.
The treatment is conducted utilizing a jet of fine mineral crystals that are brushed over the skin’s surface by forming a soft vacuum.  The crystals then sit on the skin accompanying dead/damaged skin cells.  The crystals softly exfoliate about 20-25 microns of dead skin cells of the outermost layer, leaving younger looking skin to appear.
           In order to achieve optimal results, it’s recommended to have several treatments.  Treatments are usually scheduled two to three weeks apart.  Throughout your tailored treatment program, you’ll experience gradual improvement.  Microdermabrasion will make your skin feel soft and silky with a healthy glow.  Contact the SHAW Center at (480) 767-1900 for further questions or to schedule a skin consultation!

The Secret to Younger Looking Eyes

         D.E.J. eye cream is a recently developed route to youthful-looking eyes.  The product is composed of advanced extracts, peptides and antioxidants for confirmed anti-aging results.  The formula targets all the signs of aging around the eyes along with the upper eyelid.
            The DEJ is “the dermal-epidermal junction; an area of skin where the dermis meets the epidermis.  With age, this junction flattens and skin begins to weaken.  Research shows that addressing the DEJ greatly affects the skin’s appearance,” according to Revision Skincare.
            All skin types have the ability to benefit from the cream and it supplies powerful moisturization to produce a smoother skin appearance.  Ninety-six percent of users have reported an improvement in skin elasticity along with an enhancement in the look of fine lines, firmness and overall photodamage.  
            The key ingredients within the cream are Dipalymitoyl Hydroxyproline, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Methyl Glucoside Phosphate Proline Lysine Copper Complex, Goji Fruit Extract, Sunflower Seed Oil Unsaponifiables, Vitamin C and Cucumber Fruit Water.  All of these powerful ingredients work together to firm, moisturize, energize, brighten and soothe your skin. The ingredients also help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, provide antioxidant benefits, and increase skin's moisture level.
            Anyone who is interested in minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on top of refining the overall appearance of the eye area is an excellent candidate for D.E.J. eye cream.  The element that sets this eye cream apart from the rest is that it’s designed to tackle all of the signs of aging among the eye including the upper eyelid.
            Contact the SHAW Center at (480) 767-1900 for additional information and to talk about beginning your D.E.J. eye cream routine!

Facts on Photorejuvenation

            The SHAW Center Spa offers a wide variety of peels, products and microdermabrasion.  One of our most popular procedures is photorejuvenation, a safe, non-invasive solution that can be customized to your skin type and condition. 
            Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology is utilized during photorejuvenation in order to repair an array of benign skin conditions, such as facial skin imperfections, the signs of photo-aging, birthmarks, unwanted hair, unsightly small veins and other blemishes.  The light is altered to heat energy as it penetrates the level of the collagen below the skin surface.
            Typically a cool gel is applied to the area being performed on and you may be asked to wear dark glasses to protect your eyes from the light.  The IPL hand piece is cautiously applied to your skin and pulses of light are applied.  Patients report minimal pain, similar to the snapping of a small rubber band.  An anesthetic cream may be used but is hardly ever necessary.  Depending on your desired results and your skin’s condition, the procedure is typically done in a series of 4 to 6 sessions to provide excellent long-term results.  Each treatment takes approximately twenty minutes.
            Once you’ve had the treatment, you can return to work and all other normal activities within the same day.  By utilizing several treatments, you will notice a gradual improvement with very low risk and it helps uphold the “no down time” aspect.
            If you would like more information about photorejuvenation or are interested in booking an appointment, contact the SHAW Center at (480) 767-1900.

Our Outpatient Options

            If you are receiving a procedure from the SHAW Center Spa, all treatments will be performed within our office.  For more invasive procedures, there are several options for surgical facilities.  The North Scottsdale Outpatient Surgery Center is a modern, state-of-the-art facility conveniently located on the first floor of our building, offering a comfortable private outpatient surgery option.  The Piper Outpatient Surgery supplies a personalized high quality care for patients undergoing a surgical procedure.  Dr Shaw is also on the staff of Good Samaritan Hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospital with full admitting and outpatient surgical privileges.
The North Scottsdale Outpatient Surgery Center’s highly trained staff will work with you before, during and after surgery to help you feel as comfortable as possible.  The facility is a fully AAAASF-accredited Ambulatory Surgical Facility, meaning that it is frequently inspected and evaluated to be accredited by the program.  The AAAASF preserves the highest standard of excellence for the facilities it certifies and regularly updates its requirements for safety and quality of care.
            The operating suite within the North Scottsdale Outpatient Surgery Center is fully prepared, providing general anesthesia and innovative instruments and monitoring devices for patient safety throughout surgery and recovery.  Board-certified anesthesiologists perform all procedures that involve anesthesia and all staff members are certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).
            The Piper Outpatient Surgery Center supplies tailored, high caliber care for patients enduring a surgical procedure.  This surgery center is located on the Shea Campus of Scottsdale Healthcare.  Patients experience comprehensive nursing care from the moment they are admitted until they are properly discharged.  On top of that, Piper provides a remarkable quiet nursing care unit that creates a relaxed, therapeutic environment for patients that need to extend their stay for 1 to 2 days.  This unit also enables one adult family member to stay overnight with the patient.  

Meet the Man Who Started It All

            Dr. Shaw has a high level of expertise and experience within the plastic surgery industry.  He was originally born and raised in Long Island, New York and completed his undergraduate at Emory University.  He received his medical degree from New York Medical College in 1979 and then continued to achieve a five-year General Surgery residency.  He completed his plastic surgery residency training at the Phoenix Integrated Plastic Surgery residency in 1986.
            Since then Dr. Shaw has performed thousands of plastic surgery procedures.  He is now a double-boarded Plastic Surgeon, which demanded 7 years of surgical training alone.  He is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the only board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties to certify doctors in Plastic Surgery.  He is also certified by the American Board of Surgery.                  
            The American Board of Plastic Surgery only certifies physicians who have completed the following:
  • Medical School
  • A specialized residency in Surgery, Otolaryngology, or Orthopedics
  • A Plastic Surgery residency
  • A rigorous set of oral and written examinations

            Aside from his certifications he is also a member of regional and national medical societies including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
            Throughout his 25+ years of performing plastic surgery in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area, he has been recognized and awarded with numerous achievements.  Some of his recognitions include receiving the most votes in the category of Plastic Surgery and was also named the “Top Doc” in Plastic Surgery in Phoenix Magazine in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014.  He was named “Top Doc” in both Plastic Surgery categories – Body and Facial Plastic Surgery in 2013.  The readers of Scottsdale Magazine also voted Dr. Shaw as the “Best Plastic Surgeon in Scottsdale.”
           Dr. Shaw now exclusively practices Cosmetic Plastic Surgery utilizing the most innovative techniques available such as endoscopic facial and breast surgery and ultrasonic and laser assisted liposuction (SmartLipo).  Find out more about Dr. Shaw along with reviews, photos, and frequently asked questions at www.realself.com

Process For Out of Town Patients

            Undergoing plastic surgery is a significant event and it’s important to find a plastic surgeon that makes you feel secure and comfortable about your procedure.  Often times patients search throughout the country in order to find the best plastic surgeon.  Utilizing a surgeon that is out of town provides privacy, confidentiality and enables a patient to recover away from their friends and family.  The SHAW Center’s excellent reputation attracts a number of patients from outside Arizona.  We have a few simple steps in order to adequately accommodate out of town patients. 
            Once you decide to undergo a procedure, have a friend or spouse help take photos that can easily portray your areas of concern.  Email the pictures along with your concerns to info@theshawcenter.com or click on the Contact us link on our website.  Our forms of contact are confidential and is sent directly to Dr. Shaw to analyze. 
            After you send Dr. Shaw pictures, the next step is to set up a phone consultation.  Throughout your conversation with Dr. Shaw he will provide his recommendations along with your surgical and recovery plans.  You are more than welcome to express any concerns or questions throughout your consultation.  A general pricing plan can be supplied along with financing assistance as needed.  Keep in mind that surgical planning and pricing may alter until it is established with an in-office evaluation. 
            Following a phone consultation, you may schedule a surgery date along with pre-operative and post-operative appointments.  Contact Samantha at (480) 767-1900 to schedule your surgery and visit to Scottsdale.  Our staff will tailor your recovery period depending on your specific needs and customize it to your desires. 

Professional Peels with SkinCeuticals

            Chemical peels are ideal for anyone who desires to tackle age, hyper pigmentation or acne and they also provide numerous benefits to your skin.  There are many types of chemical peels to target different skin imperfections.  One of our favorite product brands to utilize in the SHAW Center Spa is SkinCeuticals.  SkinCeuticals Clinical Peel Procedures offer the following treatments:

Pigment Balancing Masque
·      Improves hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone
·      One-step clinical procedure of chemical exfoliation combine with high-performance brightening agents
·      Helps reduce the primary signs of photoaging (fine lines and wrinkles, dullness, and visible skin imperfections)
·      Three-step clinical procedure combining manual exfoliation, chemical exfoliation, and cryogenic therapy
Micropeel Plus    
·      Helps reduce acne and keep problematic skin clear of breakouts
·      One-step clinical procedure of chemical exfoliation with salicylic acid

     Aside from the benefits listed above, chemical peels have the ability to enhance skin texture and radiance, sustain healthy collagen levels for firmer skin, eliminate fine lines and wrinkles, reduce dark spots, even-out skin tone, lessen acne blemishes, help inhibit future breakouts, and revitalize sensitive skin while clearing out pores.
           Chemical peels allow you to non-invasively resurface and improve the health of skin immediately with no downtime.  The SHAW Center spa is able to design a complete skincare program tailored to your needs that consists of chemical peels, maintenance treatments, and an at home regimen.  Contact us at (480) 767-1900 to schedule an appointment!

Diminish Dark Circles with Teamine

            Tired of being told you look tired?  Dark circles are very common and have a number of causes such as allergies, lack of sleep, stress, and genetics to name a few.  Teamine Eye Complex is the number one eye cream recommended for dark circles by physicians. 
            Teamine is constructed to be effective through several pathways.  The cream provides three main benefits such as visibly diminishing the look of dark under eye circles, reducing the appearance of puffiness and smoothing the look of fine lines and wrinkles. 
Teamine is formulated from several key ingredients: Teamine Complex, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Phytonadione (Vitamin K), Mica, Silica & Titanium Dioxide, 1 and 3 Beta-Glucan, and Peptide Complex.  These ingredients work together in order to remove dark circles, puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles, brighten, calm and soothe the skin.  The powerful antioxidants in the cream help create optimal anti-aging benefits as well. 
Once you begin to use Teamine, you will be able to see and feel long-term results within four to eight weeks.   Teamine’s formula has been constructed from years of rigorous research and is considered to be the most complete topical cream offered to tackle dark circles, puffiness, lack of elasticity and fine lines and wrinkles in the fragile eye area. 
Contact the Shaw Center today at (480) 767-1900 for additional information or to begin your Teamine treatment!

Semi-Annual Botox Event

            In the past we hosted a Botox event once ever year, however, since the event was so popular we decided to make it a semi-annual event.  Our Semi-Annual Botox event is finally just around the corner!  The event will be held this Thursday, April 24th from 9 AM – 5 PM.  Spin our wheel to receive numerous prizes and discounts.  Discounts include 10% off skincare products and markdowns on Botox.  Various free gift bags will be handed out as well.  Six lucky winners will receive Latisse for FREE.  Don’t forget to enter our Latisse drawing for a chance to win. 

Although appointments were required in the past, no appointments are necessary.  If you have yet to visit us at the SHAW Center, we are located at 8913 East Bell Road Ste. 201, Scottsdale, Arizona 85260.  For questions concerning the event or if you would like to schedule an appointment, contact the SHAW Center at (480) 767-1900.  We look forward to seeing you there!       

The Process of a Procedure

            All procedures provided at the Shaw Center are performed in a customized, professional and innovative office environment.  There are a few steps that a patient experiences in order to receive a procedure.  These steps include a consultation, pre-surgical preparation, surgery and post-surgical care that are all provided in a skillful and attentive manner.
            Prior to any cosmetic procedure a consultation with Dr. Shaw is done for a small fee, all spa consultations are complimentary.  Consultations give patients sufficient time with Dr. Shaw and his staff for an in-depth evaluation based on the patient’s concerns.  Understanding the patient’s goals, determining what is best for the patient, and educating the patient about the procedure and recovery are the primary focal points of the consultation.  Any and all questions the patient has will be thoroughly answered throughout the consultation as well.
            A preoperative preparation presents in-depth tailored instruction, photography and a detailed discussion with Dr. Shaw and the staff.  All procedures aside from treatments in the spa are performed in Hospital based and fully accredited Outpatient Ambulatory Surgical Facilities.  The majority of the procedures are done using general anesthesia.  In order to strengthen safety and reduce risk, a board-certified anesthesiologist administers the anesthesia and monitors you during the procedure. 
            All post surgical care is fulfilled through an outpatient bases or inpatient at the Piper Ambulatory Surgery Center.  Our staff will contact you in person or by phone and are available for any issues, questions or concerns 24/7. 
            If you are unable to make an appointment, please contact us with at least 24 hours advanced notice in order for us to give your appointment to another patient if possible.  The Shaw Center accepts the following forms of payment: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Cashier’s check, money order or personal check.  We also accept patient financing through Care Credit.
            If you are interested in scheduling a consultation or would like more information, call the Shaw Center at (480) 767-1900.

Why Are Peels Popular?

            The skin on your face is a bit thinner than the rest of your body, warranting a little more TLC and attention.  Cleansing and moisturizing are great ways to preserve and maintain your skin but peels help take your skin the extra mile.  Chemical peels also have the ability to recuperate and lengthen the results from plastic surgery. 
            Today there is an array of chemical peels available; The Spa at the Shaw Center utilizes either one chemical at a time (glycolic acid or trichloroacetic acid) or a mixture of chemical agents.  These chemical mixtures are available in various strengths and combinations of chemical agents depending on your condition.  Our experienced skin care specialists tailor each treatment based on your skin and the condition you are seeking to enhance.
            Chemical peels help improve numerous skin conditions.  The following are just a few among many:
·      Repair skin damage caused by years of sun exposure
·      Minimize fine facial lines on your face
·      Remove or decrease lip creases, crows feet and forehead lines
·      Minimize appearance of pores
·      Remove lesions and improve scarring
·      Improve acne, pimples, black heads, and clogged pores by killing the bacteria
·      Lessen freckles and age spots on the face or body

Chemical peel frequency depends on your skin condition and your desired results.  Downtime post procedure varies from patient to patient as well depending on the strength of the peel.  Typically patients report slight redness and peeling, which can be covered up easily.  If you are interested in a chemical peel, contact the Shaw Center at (480) 767-1900. 

How to Use CareCredit to Help Cover the Cost of Your Surgery

            Considering plastic surgery but worried about the financial burden?  You can receive your procedure faster than you think!  The Shaw Center accepts CareCredit, a financing option for health, beauty, and wellness expenses.
            CareCredit is the nation’s leading healthcare credit card that allows you to choose between special financing options when you use their card for $200 or more.  You can apply online and will receive a response almost immediately.  CareCredit is a part of GE Capital and they securely submit your application to GE Capital Retail Bank.  Once you are approved, you are able to start treatment prior to receiving your CareCredit healthcare credit card.
            CareCredit doesn’t have to be used strictly for invasive procedures; you can utilize it for non-surgical or dermatologic treatments such as the services provided in the Shaw Center Spa.  As long as you have credit available on your card, you can use it as much as you like for maintenance procedures such as Botox or Restalyne injections that you receive multiple times a year.  CareCredit also allows you to pay for multiple procedures at one time.
            Once you use your CareCredit card for transactions over $200, you have the ability to select a special financing option that works best for you.  Special financing options range form 6 to 24 months.  Longer-term plans for up to 60 months are also available.  In order to make CareCredit successful for you, here are some suggestions to control your credit card: pay on time, never miss a payment, pay more than the minimum, pay off your balance in full every month, check your monthly statement, and preserve a moderate “debt-to-income ratio.”
            If you are interested in CareCredit, contact the Shaw Center at (480) 767-1900 for more details or apply online today! 

How to Prep For Plastic Surgery

            Once your appointment is booked for your procedure, it is important to properly prepare not only for your actual surgery but for your recovery time as well.  Before booking your surgery it is crucial that you are fully satisfied with your decision in order to avoid apprehension and nervousness.  We have a few suggestions to make sure you are organized for a speedy recovery!
            Prior to your procedure, Dr. Shaw will give you brochures and information regarding your procedure and what to expect.  Read up on as much as you can and don’t be afraid to ask him any questions you may have to better prepare yourself.  It is best to have someone close to you be there for support once you initially come out of surgery and plan on taking you home.  If they can be around you for a few days following the procedure in order to help take care of you, even better!
            Properly prepare your home for your return from surgery.  Make sure you stock up on healthy food, plenty of pillows, magazines, movies and essential ice packs.  You can fill your prescription for any medication you may need beforehand so it is readily available once you are back at home.  
            It is very common to feel some doubts the night before surgery, which is normal.  Lack of sleep and high blood pressure may come as a result; try some deep breathing or meditation techniques in order to calm yourself down or watch a funny movie to help relax.  Once you are back at home, take it easy, soon enough you will be able to enjoy the benefits of your procedure!   

Makeup Remover, Causing More Harm Than Good?

            Regardless of how much makeup you wear during the day, it is imperative to remove it every night.  Sleeping in your makeup can cause your pores to clog and can eventually draw acne-causing bacteria to your pores.  Overtime, sleeping in your makeup can lead to undesired subjection to free radicals in the air that makeup clasps to.  Fine lines are then developed on the skin because free radicals breakdown healthy collagen. 
            Even though it is essential to take off your makeup every night, using the wrong makeup remover for your skin type can have the same affect as not taking off your makeup.  No matter your skin type, it is best to go with a remover that does not contain preservatives, fragrances or alcohol.  “If you have rosacea or eczema, use a hypoallergenic fragrance-free makeup remover.  Cream or liquid cleansers work well for individuals with sensitive skin.  And if your skin is more tolerant, you will be better able to handle makeup remover cleansing cloths,” according to the Huffington Post.    
            Using alternative products such as baby oil as a makeup remover can lead to clogged pores, eventually causing breakouts in patients susceptible to acne.  An array of makeup removers incorporate active cleansing ingredients that can stay on the skin until it is washed off.  “If they remain, the residue from them may expose the skin to excess amounts of various chemicals including emulsifiers and surfactants,” according to Dr. Susan Stuart, founder and medical director of La Jolla Dermatology.    
            Once your makeup is fully removed, always wash your face afterwards.  Washing your face once all of your makeup is off helps avoid clogged pores, pimples and breakouts.  The Shaw Center carries the ZO Skin Health line that contains ideal products for any skin type ranging from cleansers to exfoliating polishes.  Contact the Shaw Center at (480) 767-1900 to develop a skincare program tailored to your skin needs! 

New Year, New You!

            With the New Year right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking of your resolutions and ways you wish to improve.  Have you always considered plastic surgery?  You’re not the only one!  According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 14.6 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures were performed in the U.S. last year.  We have compiled a list of great reason on why you should contemplate going under the knife or having cosmetic procedures. 
            Reconstructive surgery is a great option for those that have insecurities due to scarring or defects.  Accidents can cause disfiguration or scarring that reconstructive surgery can help reduce and eliminate.  Birth defects like cleft lips and ear deformities can be repaired to a standard image through a sequence of surgeries as the person grows.  The majority of women who have undergone a mastectomy turn to reconstructive surgery in order to relieve psychological pain.  
            For those that have undergone a major weight loss, plastic surgery is a great alternative to remove excess skin that you are unable to lose.  One of the most common reasons to get plastic surgery is for your own self-esteem and image.  If you have certain insecurities, plastic surgery will help boost your self-confidence and make you feel better about yourself!
            If you are not ready to commit to plastic surgery, there are many non-invasive treatments, procedures and products that The Shaw Center offers that still produce noticeable results.  Products like Botox can be used to enhance your appearance and can also be used for medical reasons such as reducing migraines and sweating. 
According to Before After Surgery Toolbox, the top ten reasons people give for having plastic surgery are to turn back the hands of time, look like a beauty, not a beast, look smokin’ hot (sometimes like a person one admires), erase mistakes (like scars due to an overzealous sense of immortality), get rid of too much “me,” make more of “me” in the right places, to make my partner happy (wrong reason), to fix what’s broken (reconstructive surgery), to make sex better (because I’ll look and feel sexier), and to be happy with my looks (comfortable in my own skin.) 
            Whatever your reasoning may be for plastic surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Shaw at (480) 767-1900 in order to discuss your options and improve yourself for the New Year.  We wish everyone a very happy New Year! 
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