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Sun Protection 101

Written by Keren Lai.

Summer is here and that means it is time to buddy up with your SPF! Here at GMS we are serious about sun protection.Sun exposure is responsible for most of the visible aging of your skin—far more than all other factors combined!

If you only do one thing for your skin, consistent sunscreen application is it.

It is important to know that not all sunscreens and sunblocks are created equal. There are two main types of sunscreens available, chemical and physical.

Chemical Sunscreens: absorb UV radiation and convert it into a small amount of heat. In the ingredients listed on the bottle, you may notice compounds such as oxybenzone, avobenzone, and octocrylene.

Physical Sunscreens: mineral compounds such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide that work by reflecting and scattering UV light to protect your skin. These sunscreens tend to be easier on sensitive skin.

We recommend applying sunscreen using the “teaspoon and shot glass rule”: 1 teaspoon of sunscreen to the face and neck, and enough to fit a shot glass for exposed areas of your body. Be sure to reapply every two hours, or after every water exposure.

GMS’s staff favorite is UV Replenish by Elta MD. It is an oil-free physical sunscreen with moisturizing hyaluronic acid, making it perfect for all skin types. Stop by any of our three locations for a sample!

Happy Summer!

Male patient receiving an Emsculpt NEO treatment to the abdominal area.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can EMSCULPT NEO do for me?

EMSCULPT NEO is an amazing noninvasive body sculpting treatment. It’s perfect for patients who are looking to get summer body ready! With this state-of-the-art, two-in-one technology, you build muscle and burn fat at the same time! This treatment provides a 30% reduction in subcutaneous fat and 25% growth in muscle on the treated area after a recommended number of treatments.

How does EMSCULPT NEO work?

While you lie down and relax, EMSCULPT NEO sends high-intensity energies deep below your skin, making your muscles contract in a big way that is like doing thousands of crunches or squats in a few minutes. While your muscles are contracting, the energy from the applicator simultaneously sends warmth to your fat cells, heating them up to the point of destruction. So you build real muscle from the contractions while destroying fat cells that are later naturally eliminated by your body.

How many EMCULPT NEO treatments will I need?

The recommended treatment plan is 4-6 treatments, one week apart. Depending on the patient, you may see improvement in your muscle tone, core strength and posture within a few weeks. And you’ll see fat reduction continue for about 12 weeks after your last treatment.

Are there any patients for whom you do not recommend EMSCULPT NEO?

EMSCULPT NEO is great because it has been shown to be safe and approved for all body and skin types. Contraindications include hernia, recent surgery, and pregnancy, so if a patient has any of these conditions, they should wait until they don’t to get EMSCULPT NEO.

What is the difference between CoolSculpting and EMSCULPT NEO?

CoolSculpting is a well-known treatment that is excellent for reducing unwanted fat in targeted areas. EMSCULPT NEO also reduces fat, but it has the benefit of building muscle, which is what its predecessor EMSCULPT was made to do.

Which treatment you choose depends on what your body needs and your personal goals. If you have great muscle tone and only need to get rid of some extra fat in a specific area like your abdomen or below your chin, CoolSculpting is an excellent option. But if you have loss of muscle tone and need more of a lift or tightening to a certain area like your abs or butt, EMSCULPT NEO is your two-in-one solution.

What is your favorite thing about EMSCULPT NEO?

Not only is this treatment super convenient with one treatment lasting only 30 minutes, but there is also no downtime! Patients can go about their day as they normally would immediately after their visit.

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