See exactly what you’ll experience when you have get a Quelage Peel.
Did you know that you still need sunscreen despite the winter coat, rain coat and galoshes? Sun protection is not just for sunny days. It is necessary everyday, if not multiple times a day. There are a few factors that you should understand about sun protection:
- Your sunscreen should be zinc-based. This physical natural element provides the most effective protection against UVA and UVB rays. Protection from both types of ultra violet light is crucial in order to protect all the layers of your skin from premature aging and multiple forms of skin cancer.
- The SPF number is not a reliable measure of how potent it is. The FDA has loose regulations when it comes to SPF measurement, though it is in the process of enforcing stricter regulations by 2014. Use the ingredients as a better measure.
- “Waterproof” is not foolproof. It would be more appropriate to call it water resistant. These sunscreens are only effective for 40-80 minutes at a time. We urge you to adopt the mantra “reapply, reapply and reapply!”
- Seek out a professional clinical dermatologist for a skin check annually. If you need a referral to a dermatologist, we are happy to help make recommendations.
Please enjoy our humorous and educational video about sun protection!
I have always been a sun worshipper, and never even used a single skin care product until I was 40. Around age 50, I began thinking… “I eat right, exercise regularly and keep my weight down and basically take care of myself in almost every way. The one thing I really never addressed was my skin, and more speciﬁcally, my face.” It was either now or never for that.
I went online and did a little research. It was there that I found FUZION, and surprisingly, Dr. Goodkind, who had joined forces with Kati Midgley (who I refer to as the injectables guru). I recognized Dr Goodkind as the same guy who performed my sister’s upper and lower eyelid surgery and she looked fabulous! So I made the call.
My ﬁrst experience at FUZION was awesome. The office was beautiful. It was state-of-the-art modern, clean and all the employees were very friendly and welcoming. They all seemed like they really LOVED working there.
My initial consultation was with Dr. Goodkind to perform the same miracle on my eyes as he had done with my sister’s. I had been thinking about it for quite some time and I was ﬁnally going to do it. Needless to say, my surgery was a success and my eyes look great. Dr. Goodkind knows his stuff when it comes to cosmetic surgery and his long standing reputation speaks for itself.
Now to address my skin issues, which was really the reason I had researched Fuzion in the first place. I felt like although my eyes now looked great, my face looked tired and dull. I am over 50 and I was starting to see signs of the inevitable aging process—hollowing cheeks, ﬁne lines and a bit of sagging around the jawline, not to mention the new spots from sun damage following many years of sun exposure.
Next was my consultation with Kati. After discussing my options, I decided on the dermal ﬁller Sculptra. After three sessions, the results were amazing. The improvements were gradual and therefore not noticeable. To my knowledge, no one even noticed I had anything done. To me, the improvements were signiﬁcant. My jawline looked smoother and the additional volume where my face had been hollow looked natural. I was very impressed.
Last but not least, I made an appointment with Laura to address the sun damage. We decided on a series of Retinol peels and scheduled them every couple of months. I loved the results and decided on an additional deep sea peel. I can’t describe how great my skin looked following each of these peels—especially the deep sea. In fact, the tone was so improved, that my 19 year old daughter told me that my skin looked great and asked if I was wearing a new foundation. I had none on! That was the ultimate testament to how peels can improve skin tone and texture. After all, who is more critical of one’s appearance than a teenage girl!
I would recommend FUZION to anyone who is looking to improve their appearance whether it be surgically or non-surgically. The people at FUZION are experts in their fields and have many years of training and success under their belts to prove it. After a few visits to FUZION, you will still look like you, only much better!
Laura T., from Chester, CT
We talked about our desire and idea to help children in our own backyard at the beginning of the year. We’re very proud to let everyone know that it has been doing phenomenally well! Our “Pay It Forward” campaign, which started back on January 1, 2013, is our commitment to donate 3% of our company’s entire sales from January 1, 2013 until May 15, 2013 to local schools. Even more, we’ve asked our patients to consider contributing any amount they may be comfortable with as well, even just one dollar. The towns benefitting from this generous donation include Branford, North Branford, Guilford, East Haven and North Haven.
I was so moved after a conversation with a local teacher who explained how three kids had to miss recess that week because they didn’t have appropriate clothing. Without hesitation, I knew we needed to get involved and help. I feel a responsibility to the community in which we serve, and kids especially, have been hard hit. Sometimes it seems that there just isn’t enough goodness out there.
The Pay it Forward campaign is going to run right up until our big, annual May Beauty Bash on May 16, where we are sharing how to feel “Fabulous at Every Age.” In addition to the funds raised over the past five months, FUZION will also be offering a drawing at our big event to feature our local partners—and 100% of the drawing proceeds will also go to the schools. You know we love to show our love, so we’ve invited representatives from each of the five schools to the event so we can present them with the donation.
Thanks again for all of your support and help in trying to make the world a little better!
Watch Kati Midgley and Dr. David Goodkind answer a few questions from the April BeautyBash—Mythbusters III.
After I had my last child four years ago, through a repeat cesarean section, I couldn’t help feeling so upset about the way I looked. I felt like I would wake up in the morning with the world on my shoulders before my day even started just because I wasn’t happy with the way I looked and felt about myself. It was very difficult for me because I have an amazing and loving husband, 3 incredible and healthy children, a beautiful home, my dream job as a special education teacher and yet, there seemed to be just something missing.
I had tried every diet known to man; Weight Watchers, Atkins, South Beach, the cabbage diet, 17 Day Diet, and I even started the Medical Weight Loss…the list goes on. No matter how long or hard I worked out, the result was always the same. I felt great about every part of my body except for my stomach area and my sides. Although I was only about 25 pounds heavier than I’d like to be, I would lose some but never in the problem area around my abdomen and sides. I felt like the skin would either hang or bulge out and it really took a toll on my emotional view of me and how I saw myself. I just assumed if I saw myself in this way, others must too.
I had a discussion with my OBGYN at my last visit about how uncomfortable I was about my body structure. He recommended a fantastic Plastic Surgeon by the name of Dr. Goodkind. I was very apprehensive about the consultation, mostly about having to show yet another person my flaws. Walking into Dr. Goodkind’s office was very uplifting. It was beautifully decorated and the staff was very nice and personable. Dr. Goodkind could not have been any sweeter. He totally understood me and exactly what I wished I looked like. He made me feel like I could look like my old self again and reassured me that I would be taken great care of!
The following month I made another appointment to go see him with my husband. After our meeting and the scheduling of the surgery for an abdominoplasty my husband and I were psyched! I can honestly say I think my husband was more excited than I was. He could not stand to see me so down and depressed because of something I couldn’t control or change on my own.
It has now been two months since my abdominoplasty and I can’t express how much it’s changed my life and the lives of those around me. I wake up with a smile on my face because I like the person that looks back at me in the mirror. I can actually take an outfit out the night before and put it on in the morning without even wondering if I look nice in it. This surgery has given me my confidence and self-esteem back that has been absent for many years. It feels wonderful!
My husband, children, and family in general have all been so supportive and see a big difference in me, not just physically, but emotionally. Things I didn’t like doing before like getting dressed up, wearing fitted clothing, or even having somebody hug me if it meant touching my sides are all forgotten now. I can honestly say I’ve done each and loved it!
I’d like to say “thank you” to Dr. Goodkind and his staff for their amazing professionalism and humanism. I’ve spoken to his assistant, Mary, numerous times and she’s been fantastic and always makes me feel like I’m of first priority. They truly understand and get to know you as a person, not just a patient, and they really care. Dr. Goodkind has changed the way I think and feel about myself and I could never have done this without him. He’s an amazing person and a talented surgeon.
Stefanie S. Northford, CT
Spring at FUZION means many things. First, it’s time to freshen your look with some of our best specials of the year! Second, our BIG May Event is right around the corner. This year’s event is shaping up to be our most spectacular to date. Be on the look out for your personalized invitation within the next few weeks. Third, it’s time to look ahead to summer and book your Cellulaze or SmartLipo Triplex appointments so that you are bathing suit ready. Finally, Spring at FUZION means it’s time for MYTH BUSTERS!
MYTH BUSTERS has become one of our most popular Beauty Bashes and is always a great time. This is the event where we invite you to challenge us, bring us your questions about technology, procedures and products. We make it our business to research the latest technology, test the “hot new products,” debunk the fad treatments to keep you safe and “in the know.”
Have you ever found yourself standing in the beauty isle at CVS wondering about which products work? How about your favorite department store offering ‘great savings’ on their latest $400 eye cream. What makes it so expensive? Is it worth it?
Did you know that there was recently a change in Connecticut Law regarding MedSpas? There has also been a crackdown on Physicians and MedSpas buying illegal BOTOX and Juvederm? Have you ever been getting a pedicure and been forced to watch an infomercial on the latest money-saving, ‘too good to be true’ at-home hair removal product or facelift procedure that will change your life? Well, find out whether they’re worth the hype!
Your facial features can be some of your best attributes. Sparkling eyes, long lashes, defined cheekbones, luscious lips and a sculpted jaw bone can make some people green with envy!
As you age, these features can fade or become less defined. There’s no other feature that is more effected than your eyes. Your lashes and brows lose up to 60% of their thickness by the age of 50. The delicate skin begins to wrinkle and appear crepey. Dark circles become more prevalent. Your eyes hollow and appear deeper set. The lids appear heavy and the anatomic fat parts herniate forward creating those lovely “bags.” Your brow height drops creating a veil of skin at the edge of the eye which may inhibit peripheral vision.
Although this might sound depressing, don’t pack those “bags” and head for the hills. FUZION has many treatments available to put the twinkle back in your eyes! Here’s a toolbox of tips and options:
- Avoid high sodium meals
- Avoid smoking
- Avoid excessive caffeine
- Get plenty of rest
- Never pull on delicate eye skin
- Avoid squinting- wear sunglasses, and appropriate prescription glasses
- Latisse for thinning brows and lashes
- Medical grade skin care
- Permanent make up to accentuate brows
- Eyeliner customized chemical peels for your delicate eye area
- At-home radio frequency Tanda system
Higher level intervention:
- BOTOX/Dysport for crows feet
- Dermal filler for hollows and dark circles Laser resurfacing
- Surgical blepharoplasty to remove excess skin and fat pads
- Brow lift to eliminate hooding over the sides of your eyes that may limit vision.
FUZION’s team of experts are always available to speak with you about your specific eye concerns. Consultations are always complimentary and promise to be educational. We welcome you to watch our FUZION University educational videos where we further discuss issues and options pertaining to your eye area.
Be bright. Be beautiful. Be confident.
Watch Kati Midgley, BSPT, MHS, PA-C and Skincare expert Laura Christensen talk about caring for your eyes. Only at FUZION Medical Aesthetic Boutique.
I know a lot of people are confused regarding whether they’re candidates for Smart Liposuction or the new Cellulaze procedure. Although both procedures use the same laser, they address very different clinical aesthetic concerns. I’m going to talk a little bit about the differences between the two, as well as Smart Liposuction’s benefits over fat-treating options.
Smart Liposuction treats disproportionately fatty areas that are hard to get rid of with weight loss and exercise. I’ve performed over 100 treatments. The most common areas I treat are the inner and outer thighs, knees, abdomens and love-handles. The disproportionate bulge in these areas stand out when you’re overweight but are still prominent if you’re not. Smart Liposuction melts and removes the fat in those area and tightens your skin. It has shorter recovery time and more finesse than traditional liposuction. The result is a significantly nicer and more proportionate body contour. Remember, an attractive figure is all about your shape and proportion—not size.
Smart Liposuction is a very effective treatment, while some of the other options have important flaws. Cool liposuction seems similar to Smart Liposuction, yet it uses a wavelength that is 40x less effective. Zeltiq is a form of cryotherapy (cold therapy) that is delivered across the skin. The problem is it can’t deliver enough energy to effectively melt significant amounts of fat. Zerona is a light energy applied to the skin. The procedure is only deemed effective when the prescribed regimen of diet and exercise are followed…. In other words, just follow a diet and exercise and you don’t need to have this procedure. At least in 2013, Smart Liposuction provides the only effective way to melt and then remove fat, by direct contact underneath the skin.
Cellulaze on the other hand treats cellulite, and I am convinced it is the only thing that actually works for it. Cellulite is a surface problem that leaves you with varying degrees of “hill and valley” texture. What’s happening here is that vertical bands of tissue under your skin are pulling down, which allows the fat to bulge upwards. This is what causes the valleys and hills. When your skin starts thinning, it becomes more noticeable. Cellulaze cuts these bands and melts the fatty “hills.” Similar to Smart Lipo, it then tightens your skin which improves your contour.
Both procedures involve skin tightening. Smart Lipo treats contour defects, melting and eliminating fat deep in your fat layer just above the muscle. Cellulaze treats bumpy surface texture, cutting bands and melting fat in the top-most layer just below your skin.
Both treatments are permanently effective. We perform both in our office painlessly under local anesthesia. They are safe with minimal-to-no down time.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call FUZION to learn more about these state-of-the-art procedures. Come to the February Beauty Bash featuring an even more in depth discussion, and I’ll teach you more there.
Be bright. Be beautiful. Be confident.
Dr. David Goodkind