Jaclyn and The Strawberry Inch-Loss Laser

What an Amazing Year

Before I continue with our inspiring story of an amazing lady and her Strawberry Inch-Loss Laser experience, I wanted to take a minute and thank each and every customer, client and follower of Bella Viságe for supporting us in 2016. What an amazing year!! We exceeded our goals by leaps and bounds and YOU are the reason.We are excited about the year to come and look forward to meeting even more amazing clients.

Meet Jaclyn

As most of you know, we are located behind Liquid Hair Studio, a premier hair studio in downtown. Being in such close proximity has given us the opportunity to get to know the stylists and staff. One of the stylists, Jaclyn, begun a journey about a year ago that has inspired us and we wanted to share it with you. When we approached her she was a little hesitant, but realized that by sharing her story and inspiring others, she would also strengthen herself. Thanks for taking the time to read our blog. Here’s to a healthy and beautiful 2017!! Here is Jaclyn’s Success Story with The Strawberry Inch-Loss Laser.

The Hardships

For as long as Jaclyn can remember, she has always struggled with her weight. She remembers being a young girl, 7 or 8 years old, and finding it difficult to resist foods that helped her pack on the pounds. Her weight continued to fluctuate, but during the summer before she entered 8th grade, she dropped some weight and gained some womanly curves. She felt great! In high school, the weight found her again. She started dating and gained 60 pounds with her first boyfriend. He eventually broke up with her because of her weight and by her senior year she was just over 200 pounds. Like most of us, Jaclyn enjoys transformation stories and pictures of people who have drastically altered their appearance and lifestyle for the better. She would watch TV shows about people losing weight, read Facebook testimonies and purchase books about lifestyle changes. She was searching for the answer, an easy way to solve her problems that seemed to be tethered to her waistline. She joined Weight Watchers and was successful, but she was in her 20s and had an active social life. Her life revolved around her friends, going out, partying and drinking. Sadly, she gained back all of the weight she lost at Weight Watchers.

In 2012 she began working at Liquid Hair Studio, where she still works. She had never worked for a business that ordered lunch every day, they even had a receptionist who would go get their lunch! It was amazing! Jaclyn was excited to work in the heart of Downtown Lakeland and quickly came to love all the local fare. The indulgence came at a price, however, and she packed on 25 more pounds. The before picture of Jaclyn is during this time. The tipping point for Jaclyn came when she looked at a picture that her mom had taken of her. She couldn’t believe how big she had allowed herself to get. She hated looking in the mirror. During a health check up, she was weighed and scale read 252 pounds. She was appalled! She was scared of reaching 300 pounds and decided to change her life forever. The motivation she had been looking for had taken a long time to arrive, but she had finally arrived at the place she needed to be. Her transformation had begun.

Seeking Out The RIGHT Answer

Jaclyn finally gave up trying to find an easy fix to her problem and decided she was strong enough to make a few small changes. She started to engage in activities such as walking and group fitness sessions. She also started making better food choices, she cut out alcohol and fatty foods. She said goodbye to fast food and hello to fresh choices. Once she had made the commitment to change, she was unstoppable. The more weight she lost, the more motivated she became. People started noticing and the positive comments made her glow. It had taken SO LONG to get to this point, but she was here and she felt great.

The Strawberry Inch-Loss Laser

This past November Jaclyn decided to add another component to her transformation arsenal by getting Strawberry Inch-Loss Laser treatments at Bella Viságe. She was intrigued by the concept behind the treatment. The Strawberry Inch-Loss Laser is comfortable and literally mobilizes the fat on the targeted areas. Although she had worked very hard to lose weight, she was unhappy with her hips and abdomen. Once she started to use the Strawberry Inch-Loss Laser, that all changed. Her transformation went into overdrive and people, both friends and strangers, started saying “Oh my gosh! You’re melting away! What are you doing??” She lost a total of 9 inches from her waist and lower abdomen and has kept it off. She is now working on other areas. That’s the amazing thing about theStrawberry Inch-Loss Laser, it can be used to contour any problem area.

Strawberry Inch-Loss Laser

Jaclyn says that she has never been this thin in her life. She used to wear dresses all the time because, when you gain weight, a dress is more forgiving. Now she is wearing all of the clothes that hung in her closet just waiting for healthy Jaclyn to appear. Even after all of her success, she still struggles, but she attributes the Strawberry to keeping her accountable to her routine and goals. She is encouraged by the staff and by her very noticeable results.

Strawberry Inch-Loss Laser

At Bella Viságe, we have been so proud to support Jaclyn on her continued journey. We are glad that she let us share her story, because we truly feel like Jaclyn’s story is the story of many people. If you would like to find out more about the Strawberry Inch-Loss Laser and how it can help you become successful at changing your life, health and appearance, call for a free consultation today.

You have nothing to lose, except the inches… and everything to gain.

Microneedling

Thanks for coming back to our Bella Blog page. One of the questions that was asked at our recent open house event was the topic of Microneedling. Microneedling is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that can help stimulate rejuvenation of the skin. Most of our clients who have heard of or have previously undergone a microneedling procedure have had to travel outside of Polk County to have this performed. Bella Viságe was the first Medical Spa to offer the procedure in Polk County and we are very proud to be able to offer this amazing treatment right here in Downtown Lakeland. This procedure is administered by one of our Board Certified Nurse Practitioners, which is another reason that we are a premier destination for microneedling.

Since this discussion will involve a lot of big words I have asked Jeanna Parker ARNP to explain the process, which really is pretty simple.

 

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What is it and how does it work?

Microneedling, also called Collagen Induction Therapy/CIT, is an aesthetic medical procedure that involves repeatedly puncturing the skin with tiny, sterile needles in order to induce endogenous (your own) production of new collagen. Among the earliest proponents was Michael Pistor, a French doctor who is credited with having developed mesotherapy in 1952. This procedure has been shown to increase the remolding of the skin by creating thousands of microscopic channels through the skin, which then increases the formation of new tissue by activating the body’s wound healing cascade, also known as tissue remodeling. This treatment is a non-ablative treatment, unlike lasers or chemical peels, in that the deeper parts of the skin are treated without removing the top layer. This treatment is designed to treat various skin conditions such as fine lines and wrinkles, light scarring from acne and photo damage, and to improve skin color and other skin texture changes.

What is the principal behind Microneedling?

The CosmoPen is the device we use at Bella Viságe and is just one form of collagen induction therapy. The goal of microneedling therapy is to create a controlled, non-thermal injury underneath the skin’s surface. This results in the formation of new tissue layers of collagen and elastin fibers, as well as new capillaries for an improved blood supply to the treated area. The skin plumps and thickens in response to this stimulus, ultimately reducing the appearance of large pores, fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars and other skin texture changes.

There are skin rejuvenation procedures that produce great results, such as chemical peeling and laser therapy, however not all people are candidates for these procedures. Microneedling is safe for all skin types, making it the perfect treatment to rejuvenate and heal the skin.

 

Professional skin needling is considered a safe skin treatment when performed by a medical aesthetician, nurse, or physician. This should not be confused with the myriad of home care microneedling devices designed for patient use.

It is clear that the category of medical microneedling is poised to explode in the near term, and we can expect to see more clinical data to confirm claims that doctors are seeing in their practices. There has been a sea change from what once was marked skepticism to almost widespread acceptance of this category of skin treatments.

 

What is the difference between CosmoPen Microneedling and dermarollers?

 

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Home devices, called dermarollers, are popular and are sold to consumers for home microneedling. There are risks involved with these and here are comparisons:

Dermaroller Flaws:

  • Cross-infection risks
  • Excessive and undesired trauma
  • Too large for small areas
  • Lacks accuracy and consistency for speed and depth

CosmoPen Microneedling Advantages:

  • Administered by a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner
  • Up/down movements prevent excessive trauma
  • Single-use disposable needle cartridge
  • No risk of cross-contamination
  • Small size of needle head reaches all surface areas, large and small
  • Very accurate and consistent speed/depth

 

How is this procedure performed?

Before microneedling is performed the skin is cleaned and prescription-grade numbing ointment is applied to the treatment surface for 20 minutes. This allows for a more effective treatment without pain for the client.   For optimal results we use a collagen-stimulating product like Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin-C serum or skin lightener for pigmentation during the procedure. The CosmoPen Microneedle is then used to create tiny channels in the skin. The CosmoPen’s multi-speed and adjustable needle depth allows the needles to pierce the skin’s surface at a ninety-degree angle, which increases the absorption of products. After the treatment, a soothing 24-carat gold infused collagen mask is applied for 10 minutes. This luxurious mask helps to hydrate, heal and soothe the skin. The 24-carat gold collagen mask provides numerous benefits that include: hydrating the skin, expelling toxins, increasing lymphatic drainage and circulation. You can see why this is a perfect way to complete this procedure. Our gold masks are also available for purchase for you to enjoy at home, they also make wonderful unique gifts and stocking stuffers at Christmas.

The number of needling sessions depends on the individual’s skin condition. Three to four treatments may be recommended for mild to moderate acne scarring, whereas deeper scarring or deeply aged/sun damaged skin may require upward of five treatments. An interval of 4 to 6 weeks between treatments is typically recommended.

What is the down time after Medical Micro-Needling treatment?

The inflammatory reaction of the skin is extremely short and fades significantly within hours from redness to pink that may last for 12 to 48 hours. You may have the appearance of a mild sunburn. Sunscreen is extremely important after your treatment since your skin will be sensitive and sun damages and dries out your skin. We can recommend several fantastic products that we carry by Image Skincare. You can wear makeup after your treatment within several hours, however waiting until the next day would give your skin time to rest and absorb the collagen. The use of mineral makeup is recommended after this, or any, procedure. Our business neighbor, Liquid Hair Studio, carries an amazing line of mineral products by Sormme, which we use and highly recommend. Please fill free to call us or leave a message on our website regarding questions on this or any of our other services we offer.

 

BELLA GIVES BACK

WOW! Yes, I said it again and I will repeat it. WOW!!!

Last week’s blog was so well received that I’m a little nervous about letting our readers down. Just know that all of us at Bella Viságe appreciate your feedback and all the positive comments. As much as we love Carrie, we love giving back to Lakeland just as much and that’s why we formed Bella Gives Back.  Thanks in advance for your time.

 

For those of you who have followed Bella Viságe since we began this journey, you know that my only condition before jumping in and joining Jeanna and Shelli in this adventure was that we form a charitable arm of our business so that we could give something back to our community. The next step was to decide in what manner to do so. Ironically, my research into how we would pick the vendors and products for our spa played a large part in how I shaped Bella Gives Back.

Let me share two examples of what I mean.

 

 

RevitaLash was founded in 2006 by a man desperately trying to help his cancer stricken wife feel better about herself after the devastating effects of chemotherapy. This original, love inspired product helped repair her damaged eyelashes. Ten years later, each product in the RevitaLash collection revitalizes the natural beauty and inner spirit of all women.

Wonderful products with a wonderful purpose!

 

 

 

Farmhouse Fresh is a skincare company that markets its products in a whimsical way. Think “Chic fil a” meets glam.   What really helped us make the decision to use their products in the spa was the way they give back to their community. They have a farm where they shelter abused and abandoned animals. From dogs to cows, they love them all.

 

 

Just like RevitaLash and Farmhouse Fresh, we here at Bella Viságe have a heart for philanthropic endeavors. While the staff at Bella has a desire to enrich the beauty and lives of all of our clients, it has been my desire from day one to help others through our Bella Gives Back program. We have a page on our Bella Viságe website Bellavisagelakeland.com, that allows our customers to nominate worthy candidates for services that will help them. So far we have helped several young ladies with severe acne scarring on their faces. To see them walk through the door with their shoulders back and big smiles on their make up free face is a unique experience. We didn’t cure cancer or mend broken bones, but we changed how they see themselves. This month the winner of our monthly drawing is a young mother of two who lost her husband to cancer just six months ago. we had heard that the stress and grief of her loss was overwhelming her so we wanted to give her the chance to relax, unwind & rejuvenate.

Thank you Dr. Brienkenhoff for your inspiration. Thank you Farmhouse Fresh for reminding me that giving back can be fun with a light hearted twist. Thank you Lakeland for supporting our Bella Gives Back.  You are the reason we can continue to love and support those in need.

WHO IS CARRIE BRADSHAW

Today I am going to reintroduce you to our staff. Since she was our first employee we will start with our lead Aesthetician Carrie Bradshaw.

Who is Carrie Bradshaw?

 Well isn’t that a loaded question!

 

NO NOT THIS ONE

No, not this one.

 

Yes, this one

I can tell you she is more than just a fictional TV and movie character (Sex In The City). Our Carrie Bradshaw is a very passionate skincare specialist that has personally struggled with skincare issues for as long as she can remember. She tried it all, and I do mean all, from lemons on her face (it burns the bacteria. Yeah right) to Accutane (That was after her high school crush told her he would never take her to Prom because she looked like “I stuck my face in an ant bed”… Ouch!)

After years of facials, microderm treatments, chemical peels, & plastic surgeon visits her wonderful husband, Mr. Big, made a joke about learning this “stuff” on her own so she could save him some money. Well, let’s fast forward. I’m not sure about the saving money part, but the learning of this “stuff” has become part of her every day life.  Now she has made the skincare industry her career and her mission is to help as many people that are willing to listen, about their skin.

In talking to Carrie for this article she said, “This giant leap of faith has paid off and being a licensed aesthetician has become better than any dream I could have dreamt. My heart is full and I hope that comes through with all of my services I provide for my clients.” Trust me when I say it does!

Carrie was the first person that we hired last year, 5 months before we opened. We knew the moment we spoke to her that we needed her on our team of professionals. She is a graduate of the Artistic Nail and Beauty Academy in Lakeland, Florida and has worked in several Polk County spas. She was craving the opportunity to expand her skill level into the medical side of aesthetics, (deeper peels, microneedling, etc) so it was a perfect match for both of us. She is currently working on some CEU’s so that she may expand her list of services to include more medical services.

Carrie maintains a Facebook page, Pretty in the City, Ask Carrie Bradshaw, where she helps her followers with their skincare needs. She is constantly researching, attending conferences and training with our vendors so she can stay at the top of her chosen field. Her zest to improve her craft and overall passion for skincare is contagious. Honest, easygoing, and incredibly skilled, she makes you feel refreshed, relaxed and informed.

Her list of services includes:

Facials

Waxing

make-up

Dermaplaning

microdermabrasion

Norvell spray tanning.

Eyelash tinting and extensions

chemical peels including medium and deep medical grade

Carrie lives in Lakeland with her husband and 3 daughters.

See you next week!

Bella Viságe – Faith, Friends, and Family

Welcome!

This is the 3rd piece of our blog on the beginnings of  Bella Viságe. Our partnerships have strengthened us and allowed us to open with great confidence and support. Copious amounts of thanks goes to our faith, friends, and family.

One of the best ways we can take care ourselves is in recognizing when we are too stressed or too tired to keep on keeping on. This past December we were at the end of our remodeling phase and had just found out that we were facing 3 – 6 weeks of further delays because of some state licensing issues.  So there we were, “all dressed up and nowhere to go”.  I had recently connected with an old friend on Facebook, Mark Richardson. Mark and his wife had relocated back into the Gainesville area and opened an art gallery in Micanopy, FL. So I jumped in our brand new sport turbo, headed north and opened her up.  I spent the day walking thru all of the shops in town and catching up with “Sark”.  Their shop; “Somewhere Along The Way” is a great place to stop in and enjoy the works of artists of Somewhere Along The Way Micanopyseveral different media and forms.   Micanopy is truly a gem to be found.  If you like vintage and small town charm this is the place for you!  Just minutes from Gainesville, Micanopy is surrounded by some amazing natural resources.  Camping, hiking, biking and more adventures are yours to be had.  

Let me close with this thought: Faith, friends, and family.

Faith.  Without it Shelli, Jeanna and I would have never begun this journey. It has been amazing to watch as things “just fell into place.” Jad Tremel was sharing with me and described it as a “season of growth.” We opened our minds and hearts, and HE allowed the right people at the right time to enter our lives. What a ride so far!

Friends. We have made a lot of new ones the last 6 months, and depended on our old ones for strength and support. You know who you are—enough said!

Family. Sometimes it’s your siblings, parents, sons and daughters, etc.  Other times it’s those who you have gravitated towards. You know, the people who know your heart and your dreams and decide that they are in. We are moved by them. They have “it.” It’s hard to define, but you know it when you feel it. That thing that inspires you to be a little better. They take the journey with you; all of it, the good and the bad. They lift you up and support you, and they keep you grounded. When you hear us say Bella Viságe is a family owned business, “now you know the rest of the story.”

Thank you again for taking this journey with us. Keep watching our website for more blog posts! Our topics in the future will lean more towards skincare, wellness, massage and all things spa however, I’m sure we’ll also be keeping you updated with happenings from ‘around the spa’ as well. Here’s to a fantastic adventure! Make sure to follow and share us on social media.

 

Why locality is the heart of Bella Visage – Part 2

Bella Visage lakelander Jeanna ParkerFirst, we offer our sincere thanks for your interest in the Bella Viságe blog. In this post we’ll share part two of our story and why we absolutely love being a part of the downtown Lakeland community!

Our Website

After we had hired our lead aesthetician, Carrie Bradshaw, she heard the three of us discussing our want to build a website. We had already narrowed our list down to three companies, all of which are great choices, and some of them I even consider friends. It was then that Carrie mentioned two of her best friends were website designers and worked in downtown Lakeland. The next day we were sitting in the office of Mosier Data, meeting Brook and TJ Alcock. Carrie had told them about our spa and they already had some ideas to share that matched our vision. We never looked back. The job they have done for us far exceeded our expectations, and we now consider them friends, too.

Fixtures & Furnishings

Just a short walk down Traders Alley and a quick turn up Kentucky Ave is a very charming store, Simple Vintage. We were in a pinch one day and needed some finishing touches to be completed on several of our pieces we were going to use in the spa. Enter Nicki and Kim. The very next day they showed up and completed our pieces. Being lovers of all things vintage and shabby chic, we felt as if we had found heaven via downtown Lakeland in their store. Now Bella Visàge is peppered with furniture and fixtures that we found at Simple Vintage. We absolutely love their vibe!

The Lakelander

While there are many downtown businesses that have supported us and welcomed us with open arms I want to mention one more that has stepped to the plate, The Lakelander Magazine. Jeanna has known Curt and Deb Patterson quite a few years, from church. I met Curt several years ago and knew he was the “Lakelander guy.” One morning I was heading down “The Alley” and Curt comes out and we start chatting. I tell him that we are opening a spa in a couple of months, and since that moment Curt and Deb have supported us and prayed for us.

Thank you downtown Lakeland!

All of us at Bella Viságe are very thankful for the warm welcome that we have received from all of our downtown Lakeland neighbors. Thanks for taking a few minutes of your time to get to know us better. Talk to you soon.[/fusion_text][/one_full][separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”10″ bottom_margin=”10″ sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”” class=”” id=””][images picture_size=”fixed” hover_type=”none” autoplay=”no” columns=”5″ column_spacing=”13″ scroll_items=”” show_nav=”yes” mouse_scroll=”no” border=”yes” lightbox=”no” class=”” id=””][image link=”#” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://bellavisagelakeland.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/bellalakelander-1.jpg” alt=””][image link=”#” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://bellavisagelakeland.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/simplev-300×170.jpg” alt=”simple vintage lakeland”][image link=”#” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://bellavisagelakeland.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/10923507_898029156922594_3800744987296365622_n.jpg” alt=”TBA Marketing TJ Brook Alcock “][image link=”#” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://bellavisagelakeland.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Screen-Shot-2016-04-28-at-7.19.18-PM.png” alt=”lakelander magazine bella visage”][image link=”#” linktarget=”_self” image=”” alt=””][image link=”#” linktarget=”_self” image=”” alt=””][image link=”#” linktarget=”_self” image=”” alt=””][/images]

Bella Visage Y Design Co Lakeland

Why Locality is the heart of Bella Visage Lakeland

Bella Visage Y Design Co Lakeland

 

 

 

 

Welcome!

This is the beginning of our blog where we are going to post on skincare, rejuvenation procedures, massage therapy and general health and wellness. However, in our first few blogs, we’re going to share some of the things that have happened to allow us to open Bella Visàge. At first glance you might think, “What does an article on business relationships have to do with skincare?” But locality is the heart of Bella Visage and well, if you don’t have the basics in place you can’t be successful.  For example, we can provide you with the best skincare products in the world, but if you continue to put the wrong things into your body, you won’t get the results you are looking for. The same thing would’ve happened if we didn’t get the base of our business built with strong, reputable, local partners; we wouldn’t be able to serve you.

Our Logo

With that in mind, let me share a few of the things that have taken place. When we started to put together the idea of Bella Visàge, we knew that there was a specific look, feel, and brand that we wanted for the spa. We also knew that we didn’t have the time or ability to do it on our own. Enter Y Design Co. I’d met Jared and Katie Yates several years ago through Lakeland Business Leaders. Knowing that Jared created logos, he listened to us as we shared our vision and ideas for the space. We explained how we were going to use specific furniture, doors and fixtures that had been saved from my dear friend Joe’s house, and about why we chose to use some antiques from our own house.

Local helping Local

Jared began his design process, he spent time with us in the spa as it was being renovated. After several  weeks he shared the fruits of his labor, and wow! We absolutely loved the completed work. The concept, the colors, the fonts, the BV monogram. It was all better than what we ever thought. Our logo and overall brand identity is the first interaction the public has with Bella Visàge, whether it’s on our front door, our shirts or our website, and we are proud to bear the image Jared crafted for us. His vision has become one of the first pieces of the intricate Bella Visàge puzzle.

The Heart of Lakeland

It really is a great example of how a small business can work with another small business to help them get started on the right foot. Y Design Co. is firmly planted in the heart of Lakeland (Jared’s a native Lakelander) and is active in the Lakeland business community. Thanks, Jared and Katie, for your hard work and support!

Stay tuned for our next blog where we’ll introduce a few more of our great downtown partners and friends!