Three Things I’ve Learned By Leslie Ann Gilstrap, LE

 

  1. After the age of 30, we lose 1% of our collagen each year
  2. 80% of fine lines are caused by the sun
  3. I’m 100% ready to do something about it

If this sounds like you, let’s talk the ThreeforMe and what it can do for you. Our most popular treatment targets fine lines, sun spots, and facial vessels/redness. As we age, unfortunately, all these things seem to become more noticeable on the skin. If tighter, brighter, smoother skin is your goal, see me.

All consults are complimentary 30-minute sessions where I will evaluate your skin, discuss your concerns, expectations, and whether or not you are a candidate. If the Three for Me is not the right treatment for you, I’m confident we have something to make you feel your best.

Here’s what my patients love about the ThreeforMe:

  • Minimal downtime.  Most patients are back to their regular routine 24-48 hours later
  • Improved appearance in texture and fine lines, with the replenishment of collagen and elastin
  • Diminishment in brown spots and discoloration
  • Reduction in facial vessels

Take a look at what a few of my patients have said about ThreeforMe:

“I chose the ThreeforMe treatment because I wanted to reduce or eliminate some of the dark spots on my face that have occurred with the normal aging process. After only 2 of the three treatments, the results have far exceeded my expectations! My skin is refreshed and brighter. I am loving my results and would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to get rid of dark age spots and/or sun damage. ”   -Donna, Patient 2019

“After the ThreeforMe treatment, my wrinkles have diminished considerably, and my brown spots are gone! My face glows and feels amazing. I am told that I look ten years younger–which is what any woman in her 50’s longs to hear! I highly recommend it.”     -Becky, Patient 2019

“I had the ThreeForMe laser treatment and am impressed with my results! The tiny facial vessels I had around my nasal area are gone! The brown spots from years of sun damage and aging have diminished, so I don’t have to wear much makeup to even out my skin tone-which is a huge perk. Overall, my skin feels plumper and brighter. I am pleased with my results and recommend it to my friends!”  -Cheryl, Patient 2019

To learn if ThreeforMe laser treatment is right for you, schedule your free consultation today.

Collagen to improve female health

photo for Monalisa Touch collagen ad 2019

The loss of vaginal collagen can lead to many common female symptoms:

  • Painful intercourse
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Vaginal burning
  • Vaginal/vulvar itching

Now there’s a simple in-office treatment that improves vaginal collagen, elasticity and lubrication!

SCHEDULE YOUR CONSULTATION TODAY TO SEE IF YOU ARE A CANDIDATE.

MonaLisa Touch™ addresses these problems without systemic hormones or surgery. Dr. Michele Couri is thrilled to be the first physician in the greater Peoria region to offer this state of the art technology here at the Couri Center. It is ideal for pre-menopausal patients, post-menopausal patients, and breast cancer survivors who are often unable to receive conventional treatments for these debilitating symptoms.

MonaLisa Touch™ delivers gentle laser energy to the vaginal wall tissue that stimulates a healing response by generating new collagen, elastin, and vascularization. A typical course of treatment is three procedures over 18 weeks.

  • Painless
  • In-office procedure
  • Requires no anesthesia
  • No downtime
  • Minimal side effects
  • Each treatment is <5 minutes
  • FDA-cleared for gynecologic use

Wine & Wellness Intimate Health Event November 2019

Join us for a casual, FREE Q & A on revolutionary, FDA-cleared treatments for women’s intimate health:

Are these symptoms getting in the way of your intimacy?

  • vaginal dryness, burning, itching
  • painful intercourse
  • urinary symptoms/incontinence

Sit back & enjoy chocolate and a sip of wine as Dr. Michele Couri hosts a panel of women-JUST LIKE YOU-to share how MonaLisa Touch™ & Emsella have changed their lives!

RSVP as seating is limited

October Laser Sale-30% OFF all packages

October Sale:  30% off ALL Anti-Aging Laser Treatment Packages & Laser Hair Removal Packages

  • Unwanted Facial & Body Hair
  • Surgical & Acne Scars
  • Stretch Marks
  • Pigmentation & Melasma
  • Sun Spots & Age Spots
  • Wrinkles & Fine Lines
  • Rosacea & Facial Veins

Schedule your complimentary consultation today!

Sale ends October 31, 2019.  Packages must be used by March 31, 2020.

Why You Should be Using NIA24 Treatment Catalyst Facial Oil By Leslie A. Gilstrap, Licensed Esthetician

NIA24 treatment catalyst facial oil girlKeeping your body and skin well hydrated is so important.  One of my favorite NIA24 products is our Treatment Catalyst Facial Oil.   Summer or winter, it works well year round. When you hear the term “facial oil”, you may be tempted to think OH NO- I don’t want to put oil on my face—but listen to all the great benefits this facial oil can offer you.

NIA24 Treatment Catalyst helps reduce sun damage, hyperpigmentation and allows your current products to absorb and retain benefits further then using them alone. Nourishing and fortifying, NIA24 Treatment Catalyst enhances and accelerates the results of other skincare products.

Our skin is made up of water and sebum (oil from the skin). So, facial oil can work with your skin instead of against it, keeping it balanced, soft and comfortable.  In most cases its all about balance.  Too much sebum can result in clogged pores and possible breakouts. Too little sebum can result in dry, tight and flaky skin.  In this case, its best to use a facial oil to keep your skin properly balanced.

Over exfoliation from products like granular cleansers, acidic cleansers and peels can strip the skin of its natural moisture barrier.  Your skin may try to compensate for this stripping (loss of moisture) by over producing sebum, which as mentioned, can lead to clogged pores and breakouts. If you think your skin may be imbalanced, try adding a facial oil like NIA24 Treatment Catalystto your routine and help restore your skin’s normal ph balance. Using the right high-quality facial oil will actually help cut through the excess oil that may accumulate.

I have found with loyal use of the Treatment Catalyst Facial Oil that my skin has continued to stay glowing, balanced and clear.  Your skin can be too, just give it a try or as always, I’m here for a complimentary consultation if you have any questions.

Run don’t walk to get your NIA24 Treatment Catalyst Facial Oil. Supplies won’t last long!

To healthy skin,

Leslie Ann Gilstrap, Licensed Esthetician

 

 

 

NIA24 Treatment Catalyst Facial Oil

 

NIA24 Treatment Catalyst Facial Oil

Treatment Catalyst is supplied as a translucent oil which quickly penetrates the epidermal layers to significantly improve epidermal moisture levels and boost radiance. Essential fatty acids and antioxidants improve the health and condition of the epidermis. This skin fortifier strengthens the barrier function of the stratum corneum and improves the skin’s ability to produce natural collagen and assists with epidermal cellular renewal. It improves moisture retention necessary for epidermal equilibrium. The performance of other skincare therapies is greatly enhanced when used in combination with Treatment Catalyst.

Benefits:

  • Suitable for all skin types.
  • Improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Enhances the performance of other skincare products.

Directions:

Use twice daily. Apply two to three drops of face oil to cleansed skin. Apply directly to skin or mix with preferred serum or moisturizer for optimum performance.

Purchase in store 8-4:30, M-F

 

SALE: Anti-Aging Skin Resurfacing Laser Treatments

30% OFF Skin Resurfacing Laser Treatments now through August 30, 2019.

Stop concealing your skin’s imperfections and experience brighter, tighter and smoother skin with our 1540 Skin Resurfacing Laser Treatments.  In just a few short treatments and minimal downtime, you will see improvement in your skin’s texture, tone, fine lines, and wrinkles.

How it works:

  • Our 1540 Skin Resurfacing utilizes fractional laser technology to deliver specialized pulses of energy into your skin -targeting unwanted fine lines and wrinkles.
  • The heat generated by the laser promotes collagen production which causes the skin to tighten and look younger and healthier.
  • The package includes 6 full-face treatments; 90 minutes each.
  • Schedule your complimentary consultation to find out if 1540 Skin Resurfacing is right for you!

What are the benefits:

  • Improves skin texture, tone, and other irregularities of the skin.
  • Reverses the signs of aging, such as fine lines, wrinkles, and sun damage. Experience brighter, tighter, and smoother skin.
  • Skin Resurfacing laser treatment is a non-ablative treatment with noticeable results and minimal downtime.
  • Provides deep exfoliation of dead skin revealing a brighter complexion.

How much is the treatment?

Sale: $350/Reg $500 each.  Package(6): $2,100/Regularly $3,000.  SALE ends August 30, 2019.

Schedule your complimentary consultation with our Licensed Esthetician today or call 692-6838.

Feminine Wellness Quiz

TAKE THE FEMININE WELLNESS QUIZ:

After menopause, when estrogen levels decline, many women experience changes that can really affect their quality of life.  Symptoms include:

  • Painful intercourse
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Burning
  • Itching

MONALISA TOUCH™ TREATS THESE COMMON FEMALE SYMPTOMS WITHOUT HORMONES OR SURGERY!

MonaLisa Touch™ addresses these problems without hormones or surgery. Dr. Michele Couri is thrilled to be the first physician in the greater Peoria region to offer this state of the art technology here at the Couri Center. It is ideal for menopausal patients, post-menopausal patients, and breast cancer survivors who are often unable to receive conventional treatments for these debilitating symptoms.

HOW IT WORKS:

MonaLisa Touch™ delivers gentle laser energy to the vaginal wall tissue that stimulates a healing response by generating new collagen, elastin, and vascularization. A typical course of treatment is three procedures over 18 weeks.

  • Painless
  • In-office procedure
  • Requires no anesthesia
  • No downtime
  • Minimal side effects
  • Each treatment is <5 minutes
  • FDA-cleared for gynecologic use
  • Thousands of women have been treated worldwide since 2012

If you struggle with these common symptoms, we can help. Schedule your consultation today to see if Monalisa Touch Treatment is right for you.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The Issue

Even with the passage of time, many women still retain their youthful energy and enthusiasm, but post-menopausal changes can affect a woman’s quality of life in unexpected ways. Now, there is a gentle laser therapy that can help millions of women who are silently suffering.

What is the MonaLisa Touch™?

The MonaLisa Touch™ is a gentle laser therapy that delivers controlled energy to the vaginal wall tissue. It restores vaginal health by generating new collagen, elastin, and vascularization. The MonaLisa Touch™ was first available outside the US where thousands of patients have been treated worldwide.

Are there clinical trials on the MonaLisa Touch™?

Dr. Mickey Karram, Director of Fellowship Program on Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery at The Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, OH, and Dr. Eric Sokol, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Stanford University Medical Center has completed a multisite study.

The trial assessed the use of CO2 fractional laser therapy on 30 women with vaginal health issues due to natural or induced menopause.   All patients in the trial received MonaLisa Touch™ laser therapy. Results were:

  • Overwhelmingly positive and immediate
  • Highly statistically significant improvement in symptoms after the first treatment
  • Escalation of progress with each subsequent treatment
  • *Women in the study either experienced natural menopause or induced menopause as the result of hysterectomy or drug-induced suppression of ovarian function (chemotherapy, radiations, and anticancer drugs such as Tamoxifen).

Dr. Stefano Salvatore*, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vita- Salute San Raffaele University completed a study to assess the feasibility of fractional C02 laser in the treatment of 50 women suffering changes in their gynecologic health.

84% showed significant improvement in their physical and mental quality of life scores over baseline and were satisfied with the treatment.
In addition to the multisite study, there are currently eight published studies with six ongoing studies.

Where can I have this done?

The MonaLisa Touch™ is an in-office procedure that Dr. Michele Couri can perform right here at the Couri Center for Gynecology and Integrative Women’s Health, in Peoria, IL. Dr. Couri is the first physician in Central Illinois to offer this treatment.

Does the procedure hurt?

The procedure is virtually painless and requires no anesthesia. Some patients may experience some discomfort when the probe inserted the first time, but the actual treatment is not painful. Many patients report that it feels like a gentle vibration.

How long does MonaLisa Touch™ take?

Patients receive three treatments, spaced six weeks apart, which each take less than five minutes to perform.

For which patients is this treatment appropriate?

The MonaLisa Touch™ is appropriate for any female suffering from issues from a decline in estrogen, as well as those who are experiencing symptoms as a result of a hysterectomy or breast cancer treatments, for any woman with vaginal atrophy due to physiological hormone changes, which become inevitable over time. In particular, MonaLisa Touch™ is the ideal treatment for those who are looking for a less invasive procedure, compared to traditional surgical or pharmaceutical treatments. Remember, no one can advise you better about MonaLisa Touch™ and what is best for you to achieve your best results than your doctor.

When will I see results?

Most patients feel improvement after the very first treatment, although the procedure calls for three sessions spaced over an 18-week period.

How long does MonaLisa Touch™ therapy last?

Patients should expect to come back annually for their maintenance treatment to ensure results last over the course of time.*

*Your doctor will determine if follow up treatments are required.

What are my limitations following the procedure?

Patients should refrain from sexual activity for 2-3 days. Your doctor will determine a post-procedure regimen that is right for you.

Is this MonaLisa Touch™ safe for women with breast cancer?

Yes, the MonaLisa Touch™ therapy is particularly well suited for patients who cannot, or prefer not to receive estrogen therapy.

How much will the procedure cost?

Patients should schedule a consultation or call 309.692.6838 for additional information.

Will insurance cover MonaLisa Touch™?

There is no processing code for this procedure.  We believe this is an investment in yourself and your quality of life.  We gladly accept CareCredit.

Are there any risks?

There are some minimal risks. MonaLisa Touch™ is an outpatient treatment. Most women report temporary side effects, slight redness or swelling, some discomfort that usually disappears in one or two days.

The MonaLisa Touch™ Laser system has been FDA-cleared as safe for gynecologic use; however, it has not explicitly been FDA-approved for treatment of genitourinary syndrome of menopause (vulvovaginal atrophy) or painful intercourse. MonaLisa Touch™ laser therapy is documented as an appropriate and efficacious treatment for vaginal symptoms due to menopause in the medical literature.

What’s Your Daily Routine? By Leslie A. Gilstrap, Licensed Esthetician

What’s Your Daily Routine?

What’s that, you don’t have a skincare routine?  Well, let me help you with that.  Our skin works 24/7 to protect our face and body from weather, UVA/UVB rays, injuries, disease, and aging. So taking a small amount of time twice a day to tend to your skin is very beneficial.  If you have any question of where to begin or in what steps products should be applied, the following should help you.  As always if you’d like to sample products or discuss your skin concerns, please schedule a complimentary skincare consult.

CLEANSE

Properly cleaning your skin is an essential step in taking care of your skin.  This step will remove impurities from makeup and daily environment. Try NIA24 Gentle Cleansing Cream.

TONE

Applying a low-grade solution to absorb excess oil or to speed up the ph balance level of the skin. Which, in turn, will cause products to absorb faster.  However, your skin will balance out on its own.

SERUMS

Serums help target specific concerns, (dull complexion, breakouts, pigmentation issues) and nourish the skin, promoting healing and fighting the signs of aging.  Here are some staples to try: NIA24 Rapid D Tone Correcting Serum, NIA24 Rapid Exfoliating Serum, NIA24 Intensive Moisture Double Serum, NIA24 Intensive Retinol Repair, SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic or SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF.

EYE CREAM

The orbital skin is more thin and delicate than the rest of the skin on the face.  It’s essential to use a cream that is specific for the eye area. Most will target puffiness, fine lines, and dark circles.  Try NIA24 Eye Repair Complex.

MOISTURIZER

It is essential to choose a moisturizer that isn’t too heavy for your skin type.  You want one that will offer optimal moisture for dryness. Here are two favorites: NIA24 Skin Strengthening Complex and NIA24 Intensive Recovery Complex.

SPF

The best care for the skin both on your face and body is preventive care.  As I’ve told you before the sun is the #1 ager of the skin. ALWAYS wear sunscreen and don’t forget to reapply.  Try NIA24 Sun Damage Mineral Sunscreen.

 

Happy product picking! Just start with two or three products that fit your lifestyle.  It is that simple!

 

To healthy skin,

Leslie A. Gilstrap, LE

NIA24 Intensive Retinol Repair

NIA24 Intensive Retinol Repair

Retinol-powered moisturizer targets key signs of aging without irritation and increases cell turnover for stronger, fortified skin.

 

Key Ingredients:

  • Pro-Niacin® to strengthen and nourish the skin barrier.
  • Pro-Niacin® is clinically shown to visibly improve skin tone, texture, dark spots, sun spots and discoloration.
  • Retinol increases cell turnover to improve texture, tone, smoothness, firmness.
  • Botanical Complex of Enteromorpha Compressa Extract (seaweed) and Caesalpinia Spinosa Gumactive promotes a more youthful complexion.
  • Hexapeptide reduces the appearance of wrinkles.
  • Sodium Hyaluronate is a potent humectant that hydrates skin and locks in moisture.

Usage:

Use in the morning and at night on clean, dry skin. Apply over
entire face, concentrating on areas of concern.
Caution: Avoid contact with eyes. For external use only.