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A Lesson: Lip flip vs Lip filler

When it comes to enhancing your pout, there are two options: the lip flip or lip filler. We don’t think one is better than the other, it just depends on what you want to achieve!

If you know santāl skin, you know we are big advocates of skin health and medical grade skincare. Sometimes, maintaining a plump and youthful glow goes beyond all of our favorite skin care products. We’re not talking anything too invasive–in fact, you probably have the right tools with you right now. They are your hands, and you just need to learn how to use them!

What is lymphatic drainage?

Lymphatic drainage is a manual massage technique that works on the lymphatic system, stimulating it to work quickly by moving the lymph to the lymph nodes. Its main function is to accelerate the process of removing the accumulated liquid between the cells directing them to the capillary vessels through specific movements so that they are eliminated.

Lymphatic facial massage is a great way to address everything from fine lines to circulation and even helping to achieve a more sculpted jawline and cheekbones.This is a technique we use during our bespoke signature facial, and the benefits include:

Stimulates blood circulation and tissue regeneration

Directs and increases lymphatic flow, promoting faster removal of excess fluids

Reduces swelling and water retention

Improves the immune system due to the important elimination of toxins

Promotes body and mental relaxation

Provides an overall lightness in the body

Energizes the Body

What to Expect

If someone is giving you a lymphatic drainage massage, prepare to feel them working on you—it’s not a Swedish massage, it’s definitely deeper. But also, expect to feel lighter when it’s over and to look more contoured. You’ll notice a pinkish tint to your skin that’s directly related to increased blood flow. Oh, and don’t be surprised if you’re sore the following two days from the pressure the we will use during the massage. You also might notice more mobility in certain muscles than you didn’t previously have (which, goals). As well as an energized feeling within your body, along with the need to pee more. This happens because your lymph will be moving properly, but also because you’ll need to stay hydrated post-massage (professional or DIY) to maintain the benefits.

Let’s talk about one of our all-time fav multi-tasking skin care treatments. Microneedling!

Microneedling is a service during which thousands of microscopic injuries are purposefully inflicted to the skin in order to promote what’s called the healing cascade. This stimulates skin cell regeneration, boosts collagen and elastin production, and remodels the tissue. We apply a high quality numbing cream prior to treatment, making it comfortable and painless. The pen itself sounds a bit like a tattoo gun, and has 14 medical grade microscopic needles. 


Supports overall skin health and elasticity. 

Tackles both superficial and non-superficial scarring.

Breaks up superficial pigment irregularities to promote more even tone.

FDA approved and safe to use on delicate areas like the under eyes, neck, and décolletage.

Improves texture, smooths fine lines, and wrinkles—aka great anti-aging treatment.


Treatment Day:

You will leave looking red + tight like you spent the day on the beach + forgot your spf!

Day 1 Post-Treatment:

Redness will subside and give way to a tender and more pink undertone. You may feel tight and dry. Apply the post-care cream to the worst areas that are bothersome and/or uncomfortable!

Day 3-5 Post-Treatment:

Make-up may be applied to areas that are still pink, and you may experience flaking and dryness. Around this time you’re going to be itching to exfoliate!

Day 7 Post-Treatment:

After redness and any sensitivity has subsided, you may exfoliate and reveal skin that’s brighter, healthier, and smooth. Watch the results continue as the weeks pass!

Note: We recommend a series of 4 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart for best results. 

Keep in mind while the results of microneedling can be long term and never truly go away, we are always combatting the natural aging process! 

How does a full 8 hours of R+R sound? It can be a pretty unrealistic expectation for some of us, but with the latest FDA-approved hyaluronic acid skin quality treatment, you could stand a chance to at least look well-rested.

Skinvive is a new type of hyaluronic acid “skin booster” vs. the more viscous hyaluronic acid fillers that are replacing lost volume. Skinvive is meant to hydrate and change the appearance of your skin rather than the shape of your face. It does this by attracting moisture to the upper layer of the skin, and addressing dullness and improving texture. 

At santāl skin, we always say that we’re “in the business of natural.” We want you to look like you, but refreshed, which is why we added Skinvive to our arsenal of medical aesthetic treatments. Changes in skin quality and volume loss are both signs of aging. The best results come from combining filler to target volume loss and Skinvive to help with skin quality. This combination is part of a more global and comprehensive treatment plan. 

Treating with Skinvive is beneficial for just about anyone, and is ideal for all skin types looking to achieve the “glass skin” look. Fine lines soften, skin laxity is mitigated, and collagen is stimulated. Patients to avoid this treatment include those who are pregnant and/or breastfeeding, and those experiencing active acne. 

Skinvive requires little to no downtime, and is comparable to other injectables like filler and Botox. You can resume your regular daily activities immediately after your appointment, but avoid exercise and applying makeup for 24 hours. 

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