Find Out How To Get Fuller Looking Lips

lip surgery at riverside medical arts in st. george utahFull lips can make you look younger and more attractive. If your lips are naturally thin or if they’ve lost volume with age, there are ways to make your lips look fuller—keep reading to find out how.

1.Try a different lipstick: Bold red lips are sexy, but darker colors make your lips look thinner. If you want to make your lips look larger with very little work, something as simple as switching to a light pink or nude colored lipstick could do the trick.

2. Gently exfoliate your lips once in awhile: Dead skin can make your lips look thinner and duller—and it can make it harder to apply makeup.

3. Use lip balm that contains mint: Mint naturally makes your lips look a little larger, and it can feel refreshing.

4. Create a larger canvas: Applying concealer to your lips and then overdrawing them (just barely) with lip liner can give you a larger canvas to work with. When you fill in your lips with lipstick that is the same color as your liner, your lips will look slightly larger.

5. Try lip gloss: Lip gloss can make your lips look moist and full. Wear it alone or dab it in the middle of your lips after applying your normal lipstick.

6. Consider lip augmentation: At Riverside Medical Arts, patients can choose from a variety of lip enhancing procedures.

Some patients choose dermal filler injections that can give the lips a softer and more full appearance. Dermal fillers offer great looking results, but they don’t last forever. When dermal fillers are used to enhance the lips, recovery is quick and there is almost no downtime.

Lips can also be plumped using fat from other places in the body. Fat injection may require a short recovery period, but it is still a minimally invasive procedure.

Patients interested in permanent results should ask about the Perma Facial Implant procedure. This treatment uses soft silicone that cannot rupture or degrade over time. This procedure is approved by the FDA and it offers natural looking, permanent results.

If you’d like to learn more about getting fuller lips, schedule a consultation at Riverside Medical Arts.

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Which Dermal Filler Is Right For You?

woman-in-stripesDermal fillers can restore lost volume to your face, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and fill in creases, but with so many options available, how do you know which dermal filler to choose? Keep reading to learn more about your options.

Hyaluronic Acid Fillers

Hyaluronic acid is a substance produced naturally by your body. It is an important component of skin and it helps your skin stay healthy and look young.

There are many dermal fillers available that use hyaluronic acid to improve your appearance. Some of these include:

  • Juvederm—Juvederm is an FDA approved treatment that is used to correct wrinkles and folds around the nose and lips. It is commonly used to treat ‘smile lines’ and ‘parentheses’ in the lower section of your face. Juvederm can last for up to 12 months and it can also be used to enhance the lips.
  • Voluma—Voluma is a long lasting type of Juvaderm that was created specifically to treat the cheeks and midface. It provides instant results that can last for up to 2 years.
  • Belotero Balance—Belotero balance is smoother and finer than other fillers, which makes it ideal for treating more sensitive areas like the tear troughs under the eyes. It is also often used to enhance lips and correct sleep lines and smile lines. Results usually last 6-9 months.
  • Restylane and Perlane—These fillers are part of the same family. They are both used to correct wrinkles, reduce the appearance of lines, and add volume to the face. Restylane is thinner so it can sometimes be used for more sensitive areas. It lasts for about 6 months. Perlane is thicker, which means it lasts a little longer. In general, Perlane lasts for 9-12 months

Other Fillers

While hyaluronic acid fillers are common, they are not the only type of filler on the market. Other dermal fillers use another natural substance in your body—collagen—to improve your skin and take years off of your appearance.

Radiesse stimulates the production of your body’s own collagen to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and restore volume to the face. Results can last 12-18 months. Radiesse is also sometimes used to smooth the skin on hands and make them look younger.

Sculptra works gradually to improve your appearance subtly. It is a great option for those who want to improve their appearance without drawing attention to the process. Sculptra uses poly-L-lactic acid to replace lost collagen and restore the foundation of your skin. Results improve gradually through a series of 2-3 treatments and these results can last for up to 25 months.

To learn more about dermal fillers, schedule a consultation at Riverside Medical Arts.

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Wrinkles 101

injection in the eyebrowWrinkles are a natural part of the aging process, but if you think your wrinkles are making you look older than you feel, there are plenty of things you can do to protect your skin and treat wrinkles.

Here’s what you should know:

Preventing Wrinkles

You are never too old or too young to start protecting your skin. Whether you’re 20 or 65, there are plenty of things you can do to improve your skin and hold on to your youth. The following habits will help you prevent wrinkles. Even if you already have wrinkles, preventing future wrinkles will help you maintain your appearance.


  • Keep your skin hydrated and nourished by applying moisturizer daily, drinking plenty of water, and eating a healthy balanced diet.
  • Exercise regularly to keep your health up and improve your circulation. Keeping the blood circulating through your body is an important part of keeping your skin healthy.
  • Do everything you can to avoid sun damage—never use a tanning bed, wear sunscreen and reapply it while you are outside, stay in the shade between 10 am and 4 pm, and wear a hat and sunglasses to shade your face.
  • Remember to treat your neck just as well as you treat your face. If you are applying moisturizer or sunscreen to your face, apply it to your neck as well.
  • Wash off all your makeup and apply a retinol cream before going to bed.
  • If it is comfortable, sleep on your back.
  • Keep your stress levels low.

Treating Wrinkles

Even if you take fantastic care of your skin, some wrinkles will develop as you age. Fortunately there are relatively simple, non-invasive treatments that can reduce and eliminate the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Three common options are Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin.


While these three treatments have subtle differences, they work in much the same way. All three contain botulinum toxin A as an active ingredient. They work to weaken muscles in the target area to create a smoothing effect. All three treatments have benefits and some are better suited to specific areas of the face. If you’d like to learn more about these options, schedule a consultation at Riverside Medical Arts.

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Simple Ways To Prevent And Reduce Stress

reduce stress st. george utah | riverside medical artsToo much stress can take a serious toll on your health and your appearance, which is why it is important to learn how to prevent and reduce stress. Use the following tips to get started:

Preventing Stress

Not all stress can be prevented, but there are many things you can do to make yourself less vulnerable to stress:

  • Plan your schedule carefully and stick to it. Poor time management can cause serious stress.
  • Exercise regularly. Staying active is one of the best ways to prevent and reduce stress. Find an activity you enjoy whether it is taking a yoga class, jogging through your neighborhood, boxing at a nearby gym, or swimming at the local pool.
  • Say no. Sometimes it is hard to say no, especially to people you care about, but you’ll be able to be more present and productive if you avoid overcommitting. If you don’t have time to do something, just say no.

Reducing Stress

Not all stress can be avoided, which is why it is important to have coping strategies. Try a few of these strategies. Some of them are best for people who have a few hours to spend, while other coping strategies will take less than five minutes.

  • Call a loved one on the phone.
  • Watch a funny video online. Laughing is an excellent way to reduce stress.
  • Stand up and stretch at your desk.
  • Take a 15 minute break to play with your dog.
  • Go outside. For many people, spending time out of doors is relaxing. If you only have a few minutes on your lunch break, take a walk around the building. If you have a weekend to relax after an especially trying workweek, go for a hike or take a picnic to a nearby park.
  • Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Breath deeply with your eyes closed for about a minute to calm yourself down and refocus your energy.
  • Listen to your favorite song.
  • Schedule a day to relax and rejuvenate at a medical spa. At Riverside Medical Arts you can relax in a calm environment while cosmetic professionals help you refresh your appearance and look your best.
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4 Easy Ways To Look As Young As You Feel

look younger st. george utah | riverside medical artsDoes your outer appearance accurately portray your true self? If you feel young and energetic on the inside, you deserve an exterior to match. Try these easy ways to look younger:

1. Refresh Your Makeup Routine

Changing your makeup routine is an inexpensive and immediate way to look younger. Try these tricks:

  • Wear less foundation and powder—heavy makeup settles into the lines on your face and accentuates them instead of covering them up. Go bare-faced or switch to a CC cream that will protect your skin and conceal blemishes without highlighting your wrinkles.
  • Use highlighter or concealer near the corners of your eyes and near the corners of your mouth.
  • Choose a lighter eye shadow palette so your eyelids don’t look heavy and droopy.
  • Swap out your dark lipstick for a nude color or a pink lip gloss. As you age, your lips become thinner. Wearing a dark lipstick can make your lips look thin, wearing a nude lipstick or a gloss makes them look younger and bigger. You can also use a light pink lipstick and gloss to make your lips look bigger and softer—apply your lipstick as normal and then apply the gloss only to the middle of your lips.

2. Whiten Your Teeth

As people get older their teeth get yellower, which means whitening your teeth is a quick and easy way to reclaim a bit of your youth and improve your appearance.

3. Change Your Hairstyle

A new hairstyle can completely change your look. Start by evaluating your actual style. Is it classic and timeless, or does it scream “I peaked in the 80s”? If you need help updating your style to a modern, but timeless look, get in touch with your stylist. You can also ask your stylist about subtle face framing highlights that can bring some warmth and brightness back to your complexion.

4. Restore Lost Volume

Unfortunately, as people age, the cheeks loose their volume, lips become thinner, and creases deepen. Fortunately dermal fillers can restore lost volume to the cheeks and lips and fill in creases like those going from the nose to the corners of the mouth. If you’re interested in reclaiming your youth, contact Riverside Medical Arts for a consultation

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Tips For Reaching And Maintaining A Healthy Weight

maintaining a healthy weight at riverside medical in st. george utah

All bodies are different, and the ideal weight for one person may be very different than the ideal weight for another—however reaching a healthy weight comes with many significant benefits.


Reaching a healthy weight can lower your risk for serious diseases, reduce back pain, make it easier to find clothes you like, boost your confidence, increase your energy levels, and improve your overall appearance.  Use the following tips if you need help reaching or maintaining a healthy weight:

Practice Portion Control

If you want to lose weight, you have to use more calories than you consume—it is as simple, and as difficult as that. One of the easier ways to reduce your calorie intake is to practice portion control. Instead of upheaving your entire diet, eat the same things you always do, just eat a little less. Shaving off a few calories during meals and snacks will add up throughout the day. One way to make portion control easy is to get smaller plates and bowls. Most people tend to fill whatever space they have on their plates, so if you plates are smaller, you’ll likely end up eating less. Measuring out servings may also help you manage portions.

Find Ways To Be Active

For the best results, you should combine a healthy diet with regular exercise. Find things you like to do that are active. Don’t give up on exercise if you hate running—instead, try biking, swimming, weight lifting, yoga, boxing, hiking, walking, or racquetball. Pick something you love and keep doing it, or cycle through multiple activities to prevent boredom and burnout.

Make Smart Substitutions

Smart substitutions can help you use more calories during the day and consume fewer. Try a few of these substitutions:

  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator
  • Ride your bike to work instead of driving
  • Drink water instead of soda
  • Snack on carrots and almonds instead of chips
  • Convert your desk to a standing desk so you don’t have to sit all day
  • Go for a walk on your lunch break instead of sitting in the break room
  • Cook meals at home instead of eating out

Find Out What Is Causing Weight Gain

It can be difficult to maintain a healthy weight if you don’t know what is causing weight gain. At Riverside Medical Arts, doctors will evaluate your thyroid and check for food allergies and intolerances. There are many different weight management systems available. Doctors will help you find a system that is suited to your specific needs. Schedule a consultation to learn more.

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5 Steps To Eliminate Acne

hygiene st. george utah | riverside medical artsAcne can be painful and embarrassing, and in some cases it can even leave permanent scars. If you’ve been fighting your acne, use the following tips to eliminate it:

1. Start With Impeccable Hygiene

Bad hygiene isn’t the only culprit behind breakouts, but good hygiene habits are the first step to preventing and eliminating acne.

  • Wash your face every morning with a gentle cleanser and soft cloth.
  • Use an oil free moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated
  • Wear minimal makeup and always wash it off before going to bed
  • Keep your hair pulled away from your face
  • Avoid touching your face with your hands, and wash your hands frequently
  • Change your pillowcase at least once a week

2. Protect Your Skin From Sun Damage

It will be harder to prevent breakouts and treat acne if your skin is damaged. Sun damage can also have devastating long-term effects, including skin cancer. Take time to protect yourself by applying sunscreen whenever you go outside and reapplying it throughout the day. It is also wise to wear clothes that cover your arms and legs and a wide brimmed hat to protect your face.

3. Take Time To Relax and De-Stress

Stress can cause breakouts or make them worse, so take time to relax. Listen to music you like, call a friend, take a bubble bath, walk on the beach, or indulge in some retail therapy.

4. Try Over-the-Counter Treatments

For mild breakouts and occasional acne, over-the-counter creams may solve your problems. Most drugstores, grocery stores, and supermarkets carry acne creams. Look for creams with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.

5. Visit a Dermatologist

Some types of acne can’t be treated by improving your hygiene and applying over-the-counter products. In this case, you’ll probably need to visit a dermatologist. At Riverside Medical Arts, dermatologists choose a treatment based on the type of acne a patient has. There are three main types of acne: comedonal, inflammatory, and cystic. These types of acne have different causes and require different treatments. A dermatologist can determine which type of acne you are dealing with and choose an appropriate treatment.

To find out more about treating acne, schedule an appointment at Riverside Medical Arts.


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Could Botox be the answer for YOU?

Have you been looking in the mirror lately only to find that the number of wrinkles and fine lines on your face has greatly increased. You have an option to keep your appearance younger for longer – consider trying Botox!

Botox is a toxin that when injected into the skin fills fine lines and wrinkles, as well as add volume to the face. In addition to treating apparent problems, Botox also improves complexion and helps the skin look younger. Who wouldn’t want to look as young as they feel?!?

botox st george utahIf you’ve already been considering Botox, take into account the following benefits:

Botox is a non-surgical option. Facelifts are major surgeries. But Botox can provide similar results when administered regularly without undergoing surgery. Treatments every four to six months are optimal. If you’re not ready for a full facelift, Botox can remedy your immediate issues.

Botox lifts the brow. With regular treatments, Botox injections have been shown to gradually lift the brow. Your eyes are an integral part of your youthful appearance. Botox will help you look less tired by exposing your eyes more. A brow lift is often part of a facelift procedure. Again if you’re not ready for surgery, Botox can provide you with similar results.

Botox lessens the occurrence of migraines. More and more patients who suffer from frequent severe migraines also find relief with Botox. You may choose to seek Botox to specifically treat your migraines or it may be solving two issues at once. Either way, your life will be better with Botox.

Botox reduces excess sweat. This benefit doesn’t result from facial injections. But if Botox injections are administered into the armpits, sweating has been shown to decrease. How great is that?!? Not only will Botox help you maintain your youthful appearance, it can help you avoid a common embarrassing problem.

An experienced doctor can provide you with amazing results without performing surgery. Botox treatments have come a long way, and you deserve to reap the benefits. As long as you discuss your expectations with your doctor, you’ll have the appearance you want in no time. We want to make your Botox experience a great success!

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Dermatological Treatments for Healthier Skin

Having healthy skin helps keep ourselves protected against the damaging effects of the environment, so it needs extra care and attention. Having healthy and glowing skin is also attractive to others. Dermatology is not just for your face, it is related to all your skin from head to toe.

EczemaWe have been working in dermatology for many years. We provides optimum skincare, with world class technology, to help patients revive their normal lives. We have also developed many different methods to treat all kinds of skin problems including, Eczema, one of the most devastating ailments of skin.

What is Eczema?
Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a condition labeled to the inflammation of skin. When left unattended it can lead to blister like inflammations. The early symptoms of Eczema may include itching and redness and then leading to severe pigmentation. Based on the primary symptoms and inflammation the major categories of Eczema are:

  • Statis Eczema
  • Nummular Eczema
  • Dyshidriotic Eczema
  • Contact Eczema

The potential causes of Eczema are various allergens present n the environment including:

  • Bacteria
  • Pet dander
  • Certain foods
  • Dust
  • Pollens

Diagnosing the real cause of Eczema allows doctors to provide the best treatment possible. Major types of tests used to diagnose Eczema include supervised food challenges, which are aimed at finding any kind of food allergens’ that can aggravate Eczema. Another major type of Eczema test is a patch test which is most frequently used to test the specific allergen. Another recent technique is skin prick testing. This method makes use of a needle to inject a certain substance inside the body which may be a susceptible allergen.

Because this disease can affect your daily routine, we know that Eczema patients need extensive care and proper treatment. Schedule your appointment at Utah to get relief ASAP.

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Skin Cancer After-Care

skin care st george utah | skin cancer | Riverside Medical ArtsIf you have gone through a bout of skin cancer, you’re probably wondering what you can do to prevent it from coming back. You want to treat yourself as carefully as possible to make sure you’re doing everything to maintain the best health possible. Some of the best after-care instructions you can get are suggestions for maintaining skin healthy on a daily basis. If you implement a great daily skin care regimen along with advice from your personal doctors, you have an excellent chance of enjoying beautiful skin again.

The majority of skin products are less effective than what you can get with pharmaceuticals. Although many cosmetic products associated with top name brands have great reputations to go along with their high prices, their products are also found to be ineffective and disappointing. You’ve already collected plenty of medical bills from resolving past issues.

Take the time to research products that are offered over the counter. Keep your skin safe from harsh conditions and extreme sunlight. Don’t frequent tanning salons. The last thing you want to do is go sunning on a beach or using a tanning bed, inviting skin cancer to return. Ask your doctor if he or she can recommend the perfect product for you. You may have to spend a little extra money getting the products that’ll work best for you. The important thing is to spend that extra money on products that actually work and do what you need them to.

Check the labels on any product you plan to put on your skin. You’ll want to check for antioxidants and ingredients that will lend to excellent skin health. Take advantage of the laser treatments, chemical peels, waxing, and any other skin care your doctor suggests.

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