Skin Treatments

Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical, non-chemical, non-invasive method of skin resurfacing that utilizes fine crystals to provide effective exfoliation and rejuvenation of the superficial layers of the skin. When a more aggressive treatment is necessary, vacuum pressure can be increased to evenly penetrate deeper layers of the skin. Increasing the blood supply provides nutrients necessary for skin regeneration, repair, and increased cellular turnover. In return, improving the skins’ elasticity and texture, as well as balancing the pigment.

What is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical, non-chemical, non-invasive method of skin resurfacing that utilizes fine crystals to provide effective exfoliation and rejuvenation of the superficial layers of the skin.  When a more aggressive treatment is necessary, vacuum pressure can be increased to evenly penetrate deeper layers of the skin.  Increasing the blood supply provides nutrients necessary for skin regeneration, repair, and increased cellular turnover.  In return, improving the skins’ elasticity and texture, as well as balancing the pigment.

How does the treatment work?
The skin is washed to remove excess oil and dirt.  Then, a medical professional targets a stream of fine aluminum oxide crystals over the area.  The crystals abrade away old, dead skin cells, which the vacuum then picks up with gentle suction.  This promotes the growth of collagen and new, rejuvenated skin.  Moisturizers and sun block are then applied to the treated area.

How many treatments are required?
Initially 5 to 8 treatments spaced 7-10 days apart are recommended for most people.  Acne scars and or discolorations may require more treatments.  Monthly maintenance treatments every 2 or 3 months may be necessary to maintain results.

Is Microdermabrasion safe?
Microdermabrasion is a safe and common procedure.  Unlike laser resurfacing or chemical peels, this procedure is not traumatic and therefore there is no downtime to allow for healing and recovery.  But, as always, provide your full medical history and follow your pre and post-treatment instructions.

Can I go back to work after a microdermabrasion treatment?
YES!!!!!  A few patients do notice their skin feeling tight immediately after the treatment as if the skin has been exposed to the sun or wind.  You might experience a slight dryness of the skin depending upon your skin type.  An effective moisturizer is applied after the treatment to prevent this drying of the skin.  The skin might appear slightly red for the remainder of the day.  Additionally, the patient is asked to refrain from using makeup on the day of the treatment to give the skin chance to breathe and regenerate itself.

Injectables

What are fillers?
Fillers are a crystal clear gel that is injected into the skin (or for some treatments just under) in small amounts to restore volume and structure. It is based on hyaluronic acid, similar to the body’s own hyaluronic acid. The hyaluronic acid is non-animal which means that no skin tests are needed and that there is a minimal risk of allergic or hypersensitive reactions

Where can fillers be used?
Fillers can be used to add volume and fullness to the skin and correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds,sucj as the lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth(nasal labial folds or laugh lines) Lipstick lines-the area below the nose and above the upper lip you can also inject the marionette lines

What is Botox/Dysport?
Prescription Dysport is an injection used to temporarily improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) in adults less than 65 years of age.

How do Restylane® and Botox ® differ?
Botox ® cosmetic and Restylane® are both used to correct wrinkles but in different way. Restylane ® products are cosmetic fillers injected into the skin, adding volume to smooth moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. In contrast Botox® cosmetic relaxes the muscles that cause wrinkles.

Laser Hair Removal

How does a Laser remove hair?
The laser emits a gentle beam of light that passes through the skin, to the hair follicle, where it is absorbed. Upon absorption, the laser energy is transformed into heat, which disables the follicle.                 

What does it feel like?
The feel of the laser on the skin has been described in many different ways. Some say it feels like a pinch on the skin. Others say it feels like a mild rubber band snap.

How long will the procedure take?
That depends on the area you are having done. An entire back can be done in 1 ½ to 3 hours,. underarms can be done in 1-2 minutes, and an upper lip in less than 10 seconds. These are just a few examples. Here is a comparison of time between laser and electrolysis to clear an area once:

 Men  Laser  Electrolysis
 Back  1½-3 hours 100-150 hours
 Shoulders  10-20 minutes 25-50 hours

 

Women Laser Electrolysis
Underarms 1-2 minutes 4-10 hours
Bikini 8 -10 minutes 5-10 hours
Upper Lip less than 1 min. 30-60 minutes
Chin 2-3 minutes 1-3 hours
Legs 1 ½ -3 hours 75-150 hours

How do I know if I’m a good candidate for laser hair removal?
Generally speaking, white, brown, black, male, female – if you are concerned about unwanted dark hairs, you are probably a candidate for laser hair removal. Other factors can influence the treatment process, but these are generally best evaluated and discussed in person.

How many treatments will be necessary?
To remove the hair, you will need at approx 6-8 treatments. This is because hair grows in cycles, and only the follicles that are in an active growth stage at the time of the treatment are eliminated. So your next appointment will be scheduled to coincide with the next active growth stage (about 6 weeks later). Many factors such as hormones, age, ethnicity, weight, metabolism, and medication all influence the body’s hair growth. So, because each person’s skin and hair are different, results may differ from person to person.

How should I prepare for Hair Removal?
Avoid waxing, plucking or bleaching your hair before treatments. You will be asked to shave the night before or morning of treatment.  Avoid tanning or tanning agents for six weeks prior to treatment. Tanning will increase the risk of temporary hyper or hypo-pigmentation (light or dark spots). Remember, to use sun protection before and after laser treatments. Some medications or medical conditions may be contra-indications for laser hair removal. These circumstances will also be specifically discussed during your consultation. Please schedule a complimentary consultation to receive a personal explanation of the procedure or answer any specific questions.

PRODUCTS LINES WE CARRY

OBAGI
Obagi Ne-Derm System is anti-aging therapy that penetrates below the skin`s surface to  transform skin cell functions at the cellular level and correct damage within. Revealing younger-looking skin.

PRODUCT Q&A
http://www.obagi.com/patients/product-line/nu-derm#tab-4

Neocutis
Neocutis was discovered through years of medical research conducted for wound healing and  burn treatments, PSP, Processed Skin Cell Proteins, is the newest generation of optimal,  naturally balanced blend of proteins which include Human Growth Factors, Cytokins and  Interleukins for beautifully ageless skin.

PSP HAS BEEN CLINICALLY PROVEN EFFECTIVE IN

  • Skin rejuvenation
  • Post-procedure skincare
  • Care of sensitive and stressed skin

PRODUCT WEBSITE
http://www.neocutis.com/modules.php?modid=4

Glo Therapeutics
Glo therapeutics offers a systematic approach to treat multiple skin concerns by incorporating a  daily skin care regimen with advanced treatments. Our professional treatments include facials  and chemical exfoliations developed to rejuvenate the skin.

  • Free of parabens and dyes
  • H igh concentration of actives
  • Innovative ingredients

PRODUCT WEBSITE
  http://www.gloprofessional.com/product-type/skincare

IMAGE
An effective product line for preventing and treating the signs of aging and environmental  exposures. Diminish fine lines and wrinkles and reverses the effect of cellular damage. Promotes  skin rejuvenation and leaves skin fresh and youthful.

PRODUCT WEBSITE
http://www.imageskincare.com/ageless_.php