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Focus on You: SLUCare Physician Group

When schedules get hectic and the pressures of life accumulate, it’s easy to forget about the importance of self-care. People often feel obliged to put off their own needs until the requirements of career and family can be met, and that may lead to a continuous cycle of placing personal care on a back burner.

However, stressful times are when self-care can do the most good in terms of better skin health and a more youthful outlook, according to clinical esthetician Paige Campbell of SLUCare Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Creve Coeur, which offers a variety of medical spa services. “Scheduling a visit is a positive step toward personal well-being,” she says. “Taking care of yourself on the outside does you good on the inside.”

Over the past two years, people have spent much more time at home than they used to, and self-care has fallen by the wayside for many, Campbell says. Long periods of working, schooling and raising a family under the same roof can be stressful, but the medical spa’s relaxing, soothing services can help. Facials, laser treatments, microdermabrasion, broadband light and chemical peels are among the most popular nonsurgical services available, and plastic and reconstructive surgeons Dr. Frank Simo and Dr. Collin Chen see patients for more in-depth services as well.

Campbell says many adults opt for skin treatments like microdermabrasion and dermaplaning as they head into the spring and summer months. “Microdermabrasion helps remove dead cells and brightens your skin,” she explains. “It also helps to stimulate collagen and elastin production, and it can be customized based on your needs and skin type.” Dermaplaning has similar exfoliating effects, and it helps to remove fine hairs and improve skin texture.

Depending on their individual needs, clients can opt for different combinations of treatments, such as a facial with microdermabrasion. Issues like hyperpigmentation, scarring, acne, rosacea, sun damage, wrinkles, fine lines and other effects of aging can all be effectively addressed with personalized services. Campbell says people find it very convenient to take care of multiple skin issues at one time, in one location. “A client might come in and say, ‘I want to have laser hair removal, a facial with dermaplaning and treatment for brown pigmentation all in one visit,” she says. “We are a one-stop site for skin services, and we can help with all of these issues.”

The goal is always fresher, healthier, more youthful-looking skin, and some treatments can be done right before spring and summer events when clients want to look their best. Staff can suggest finishing and protective products like serums, toners, moisturizers and sunblock, and injectables and fillers are available as well.

Soon, the medical spa will begin offering electrolysis services, according to Campbell. Electrolysis is a permanent form of hair removal that uses an electrical current to treat individual hair follicles. “The technique stops the blood supply to the follicle so it can never produce hair again,” she says. “It can be used on different parts of the body, most often the face.”

Now is an ideal time to schedule an appointment for fresher-looking skin, according to Campbell. “We have noticed the happiness and relief on clients’ faces as they come back in for services, and we love seeing the confidence boost they get from healthier skin—especially after being at home so much over the past two years,” she says. “People are so glad to get back to caring for themselves after taking care of everyone else.”

SLUCare Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery offers complete facial care and medical spa services at 555 N. New Ballas Road in Creve Coeur. Pictured on the cover: Clinical esthetician Paige Campbell. For more information, visit slucare.edu and search for ‘facial cosmetics.’

Cover design by Julie Streiler
Cover photo courtesy of SLUCare Physician Group

Pictured at top: Clinical esthetician Paige Campbell
Photo courtesy of SLUCare Physician Group

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