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Sara Moeller, right, is performing Botox on Kaitlyn Sargent, left, a patient.

Trends and fads come and go, but the one thing that never goes out of style is self-care and glowing skin. UnityPoint Health – Fort Dodge is excited to offer an expanded line of services to our community in the realm of aesthetic (cosmetic) dermatology. Beginning in April, UnityPoint Health – Fort Dodge is opening a new clinic, UnityPoint Clinic Aesthetics. This clinic will be solely dedicated to cosmetic skincare and helping you feel like your best self.

Aesthetic dermatology is the treatment of skin, hair, or body that works to enhance the appearance of the client. This area of dermatology allows you to focus more on enhancing the way you look, thus, enhancing the way you feel.

All current cosmetic procedures and products offered in the UnityPoint Clinic Kenyon Road Dermatology will be relocated to the new Aesthetics clinic. UnityPoint Clinic Anesthetics is located on the ground floor of the Physician’s Office Building East (just below the current UnityPoint Clinic Kenyon Road Dermatology). At this time, the Aesthetics clinic will only be open on limited days.

Let’s further examine benefits of our services starting with Botox. One of the most significant benefits of getting Botox treatment is that it is an easy way to enhance your natural beauty. Botox is used as an anti-aging treatment, as it lessens the appearance of wrinkles. This means that Botox injections can improve anything from severe forehead lines to frown lines and all parts in between.

Next let’s take a closer look at Juvederm. One of the most significant benefits of this treatment is that it is hypoallergenic. Juvederm is composed of hyaluronic acid, a chemical compound found in the human body. You don’t have to worry about a foreign substance triggering an allergy response. Additionally, for Juvederm, this treatment is FDA-approved to treat fine lines, wrinkles, and even the deepest of facial folds. The skin near your eyes, mouth, forehead, and hands can all benefit from this treatment.

Lip augmentation allows you to achieve drastic results without having to go under the knife. It is an incredibly simple procedure with minimal discomfort and no anesthesia. It plumps lips instantly – once the procedure is complete, you can instantly see plump lips without any downtime or wait.

We are excited to begin offering SkinPen microneedling services. Microneedling is a cosmetic procedure that involves repeatedly puncturing the skin with tiny sterile needles. It is minimally invasive as the needle pricks are done by a handheld tool that do not deeply penetrate the skin. Microneedling can be used to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles as well as scar treatments, sun damage, and anti-aging to name a few. This is achieved by causing your body to make more collagen and elastin, which heal your skin and help you look younger.

Our clinic will also continue offering chemical peels and microdermabrasions. A chemical peel is a procedure in which a chemical solution is applied to the skin to remove the top layers. The skin that grows back is smoother. This also improves the skin’s color, clarity, tone, and texture. They stimulate new collagen and healthy skin cell growth, resulting in a radiant complexion. They reduce discoloration caused by sun damage and help to clear up breakouts.

Microdermabrasion treatments use a minimally abrasive instrument to gently sand your skin, removing the thicker, uneven outer layer, and has many benefits. One of the many benefits is that it decreases the visibility of acne scars. It treats acne scars by stimulating an increase in collagen production, which fills in the scars to smooth and resurface the skin. It also shrinks pores. Large pores can be the result of acne, photodamage, collagen loss of the buildup of excess sebum, cosmetic products, and other debris. Due to its exfoliating effects, microdermabrasion is effective in removing dirt, debris, and oil from pores. This in turn reduces the visibility of large pores as well as their likelihood of becoming clogged in the future.

UnityPoint Clinic Aesthetics offers skin care products and cosmetics, such as Obagi, Skin Medica and Jane Iredale. The benefits of Obagi skin care products include smoother skin, increased hydration, fewer freckles and age spots, collagen and elastin boost, quicker cell turnover, less fine lines, and wrinkles, and plumper, younger-looking skin. Skin Medica has products for every age. If you are a teenager and need to get into the habit of forming a good, daily skin care regimen, there are products for you. If you are in your thirties and are starting to see the signs of aging on your face, some of the products will slow down the aging process. Lastly, Jane Iredale products contain natural, clean ingredients. They are formulated with organic, non-toxic ingredients. Jane Iredale are suitable for all skin types and are non-comedogenic, so they don’t block the pores, and allow the skin to function normally. They are made with non-irritating ingredients such as aloe and hyaluronic acid, which calm and soothe the skin. As a result, they are ideal for all skin types, including sensitive and acne-prone skin.

Overall, it’s important to take care of skin and practice self-care. Self-care is doing the things that make you feel more like yourself. We look forward to serving you with all of your cosmetic dermatology needs and helping you feel more like yourself.

Services provided at UnityPoint Clinic Aesthetics:

• Botox

• Juvederm

• Lip augmentation

• SkinPen Microneedling

• Chemical peels

• Microdermabrasion

• Obagi Products

• Skin Medica Products

• Jane Iredale Products

Hours: Thursday and Friday mornings and by appointments only

Phone number: (515) 574-6851

Fax: (515) 574-6847

Sara Moeller and Delaney Schara are physicians assistants.

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