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Pores Oh Pores!

Original Article By Greenwich Medical Spa Staff.

It’s fair to say that pores are an obsession, both for our staff and clients! But what are pores exactly?

Pores are tiny openings at the top of our hair follicles, where our body’s natural oil is released onto our skin to keep it moisturized. Because they are open, they can easily become clogged with debris. When a bacterial infection develops in these clogged pores, you may end up with a breakout or acne. Pores come in different sizes which, fortunately or unfortunately, are pre-determined by genetics.

Along with the amount of oil production, pores create the different skin types that we use as the basis of our skin analysis and consultation at Greenwich Medical Spa. There is no such thing as a “bad pore” size; however, many clients desire smaller pores.

Can you shrink pores? The short answer is no, you can’t change the size of your pores. Pores are essentially, tiny openings in our skin and nothing can technically “open” or “close” them as they don’t have muscles.The good news is you can change the appearance of the size of your pores by keeping your skin healthy and clear.

The first thing to consider is consistent sunscreen use. Pores can become enlarged when the collagen in your skin depletes (we use 1% of our collagen a year as our skin matures, and UVA and UVB rays of the sun speed up this process). Second, a great way to change the appearance of the size of your pores is to cleanse thoroughly, day and night, to empty your pores from any leftover product, makeup, or debris. The more debris in your pores, the larger they appear. Exfoliating also helps clear your pores of dead skin cells and debris. And both of cleansing and exfoliating help keep blackheads at bay, which is one of the major factors for the appearance of larger pores.

Last, but certainly not least, regular facials keeps blackheads from forming and stretching out your pores. Seek out products that won’t clog your pores.

Here at Greenwich Medical Spa, our staff favorites include: Arieed MD ReFresh Cleansing Cream, iS Clinical Active Serum, Arieed MD ReDefy clarifying moisturizer and EltaMD UV Replenish Broad Spectrum SPF 44.

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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