Imperfections

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Let me first say, I think all women are beautiful (and every man is handsome), especially those with a kind heart. But in this field, you often find yourself trying to defend what we do. So I want to be clear. What we do isn't about vanity or "fixing" imperfections. It's about building confidence, caring for ourselves and our bodies and most importantly, doing what makes us happy. 

I am not ashamed or embarrassed about the procedures I get done here. I am blessed with two beautiful boys. But having them certainly caused my body to change. I had two CO2s to tackle those stubborn stretchmarks. SleekShapes to tighten my wrinkled stomach. If it's a rough week… or month, then I believe I deserve a relaxing seasonal facial or rejuvenating H2O Quad Facial. These procedures help me build my confidence. They help remind me I am still the woman my husband fell in love with several years ago. They relax me so I have energy to entertain two toddlers. I am not ashamed or embarrassed for doing what I want to do. 

As for imperfections, those are what makes us unique. This is currently quite the topic in our household as we battle a few things with our five year old that definitely makes him unique and special. So when it's my turn to point something out, I point to this beautiful scar on the left side of my nose. How easy it would be to erase this scar with all the procedures we offer. But I don't want to. This imperfection, I love. I was born with it. My parents know me by it. And when my boys were little ones, they often asked to kiss my "boo boo". 

So embrace your imperfections. Love them and everything about yourself. We aren't here to fix you. We are here to build you. To support you. To showcase you. We will never tell you about your imperfections. Because you are already perfect. Just tell us what will make you happy. That's our goal. We want you happy. 

-Lindsay

MonaLisa Touch- An Innovative Treatment For Vaginal Health

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Dr. Howlin was the first to offer the MonaLisa Touch in Michigan and introduced it in 2015 as her 13th laser to the Chelsea Medicine and Laser practice. Since then, Dr. Howlin has done over 900 treatments, restoring women's vaginal health by addressing dryness, burning, painful intercourse and urinary incontinence. 

The MonaLisa Touch is a gentle laser that delivers energy to the vaginal wall to stimulate a healing response, generating new collagen in the tissue and enhancing moisture levels in the vaginal canal. A typical course of treatment is three procedures over 12 weeks.

  • In-office procedure

  • No anesthesia, virtually painless

  • No downtime

  • No side effects

  • Each treatment is < 5 minutes

  • Thousands of women have been treated worldwide since 2008

In both European and U.S. clinical trials, women reported symptom relief after the very first treatment and even greater improvement after treatments 2 and 3.

 
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Dr. Howlin Says....Use Your Sunscreen!

Physical sunscreens are safer and are more effective than chemical sunscreens. Be aware of what type you are using!

UPDATE 5/8/2019: Chemical sunscreens are being absorbed into our bloodstream. Blood levels are detectable a day after using a chemical sunscreen. Be sure to use zinc or titanium sunscreen as they are not absorbed and are a non chemical way of preventing sunburn and skin cancer without putting toxins into the body. This information was published by the AMA this week. It doesn't show that the ingredients are unsafe at this point, but just that they are absorbed into our bodies. 

*Sheer Sunscreen $32- Physical protection for all skin types. Gentle on sensitive and acne prone skin.  *BB Sunscreen $45- UVA/UVB protection. Conceal imperfections and minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pore size.

*Sheer Sunscreen $32- Physical protection for all skin types. Gentle on sensitive and acne prone skin.
*BB Sunscreen $45- UVA/UVB protection. Conceal imperfections and minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pore size.

Chemical sunscreens: oxybenzone and octinoxate are looking like they are harming sea coral and alter the sex hormones of ocean wildlife. Hawaii is banning them in 2021. The FDA finds them safe for people. But we know that the chemical sunscreens denature sunlight to not damage our skin. Preferable is a physical sunscreen to block it without putting chemicals in our body. Remember that the skin is our largest organ and what we put on it can travel into our bodies. 

People have always found the chemical sunscreens thinner and easier to apply and less expensive. Their names are avobenzone, homosalate,  octinoxate, oxybenzone. Note: they are not to be applied to infants < 6 months of age. 

Physical sunscreens contain minerals like zinc or titanium. They are not linked to environmental or hormonal problems. Some good brands that can be used for body coverage are Neutrogena Sheer Zinc, Coppertone Sport Lotion. I've found an inexpensive zinc sunscreen by Meijer. Our office sells a cosmetic grade physical sunscreen that is good for facial use.

Choose broad spectrum sunscreen so that uva and uvb are covered. Uva causes aging and cancer and uvb causes sunburn. Use anything over spf 30 as it blocks 97% of rays. A common mistake is not reapplying after two hours. 

Some companies sell oral sunscreens. Don't rely on them for sole protection. Wear a topical sunscreen too. 

And enjoy the rest of this beautiful summer! 

- Dr. Howlin