What is a chemical peel?
A chemical peel is a technique used to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck, hands or chest. A chemical solution is applied to the skin that causes it to exfoliate and eventually peel off. The new skin is usually smoother and appears less wrinkled in appearance than the older skin. The new skin may be more sun sensitive and requires a higher level of care and protection. There are three basic types of chemical peels:
Superficial Peel. Sometimes referred to as a “lunchtime peel”, a superficial peel uses a mild acid to penetrate only the outer layer of the skin to gently exfoliate it. This type of peel is used to refresh the face, neck, chest or hands.
Medium Peel. A medium depth peel penetrates the skin more deeply than a superficial peel and may cause a second-degree burn of the skin. It is used to improve aging skin as well as smooth rough skin and treat some precancerous skin growths.
Deep Peel. A high concentration of Trichlororacetic Acid (TCA) or Phenol is applied to deeply penetrate several layers of the skin to removed damaged skin cells. Deep peels are used to treat severe wrinkles, long-term sun damage, pronounced pigment changes, and lesions and growths on the skin.
What is microcurrent?
Often called a non-surgical facelift, microcurrent facials are extremely popular facials with many benefits and few contraindications. The treatment is not aggressive or invasive and feels very relaxing to the client. A water based gel or water is used to conduct the current as the skin care professional moves probes very specifically around the face. The muscle may be “lifted” and held in place for a few seconds.
It is compared to “taking your face to the gym” and multiple sessions yield better results.
What is Dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is also known as Dermal Edge Therapy, Epidermal Leveling or Blading. This is an extremely safe, gentle and effective skin care treatment of manual exfoliation. This is an extremely popular treatment that is safe for all skin types. Dermaplaning removes the outer layers of dead skin cells and safely removes the Vellus hair known as “peach fuzz”. The immediate results are smooth, soft and more radiant skin.
How is a Dermaplane Treatment Performed
A dermaplane treatment is safely performed using a sterile surgical blade which is held against the skin at a 45 degree angle and gently stroked along the skin, similar to shaving. The skin care professional holds the area of skin taught while stroking the skin with the blade, removing the outer micro-layers of the skin and any hair in the area. The treatment is painless and there is no downtime. Products applied after the dermaplaning are absorbed better and monthly treatments will improve the skin. It is recommended to wait at least 3 to 4 weeks between treatments. Those with active acne lesions or excessive oil production are not good candidates for dermaplaning. For more sensitive individuals, the skin may be pink or feel slightly dry immediately following the treatment. These symptoms are temporary and resolve quickly.
What is Collagen Induction Therapy?
Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), also known as micro-needling, is a procedure that improves the appearance of wrinkles, acne scars, loss of firmness, brown spots and stretch marks by stimulating the skin’s natural ability to repair itself. A device with tiny, sharp needles is used to create hundreds of micro-channels in the skin. This process triggers the skin to release growth factors and cytokines, producing more collagen and elastin, resulting in younger looking skin.
How many treatments will I need?
Initially treatments may be required in a 6, 8 or 12 week program for best results. Combined with an ongoing Home Prescriptive program, monthly treatments may then be required. Just like a fitness program, initially you must work harder before you reach a maintenance stage. Everything in life is about consistency.