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Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are an important part of skin health.  They improve skin tone, texture, fine lines and wrinkles, breakouts and dark spots. They can be applied to any skin type.

Chemical Peels cause exfoliation. When your skin peels or flakes after a treatment your skin is shedding dead or damaged surface cells and revealing new, healthy skin cells on the surface. This action is called cell turnover. Supporting the cell turnover process with chemical peels is what allows the skin to shed dead cells and bring new, fresh skin to the surface, free of signs of aging, sun damage, dirt and debris. The result is glowing skin.

What to expect

You won’t necessarily experience visible peeling. That doesn’t mean your treatment was ineffective. Everyone experiences different levels of peeling, dependent upon skin type, resilience, type of peel and the number of layers applied. Some people experience ‘sheeting,’ when large portions of the skin peel off at once. Some experience ‘flaking,’ when small pieces of skin peel off, similar to dry, winter skin or mild peeling after a sunburn. Others experience exfoliation that is not visible. If you don’t peel, your skin is still exfoliating. In this case, the exfoliation is happening on a cellular level that can’t be seen by the naked eye.  In any of these cases, chemical peels are causing skin rejuvenation or growth of new healthy skin.  

Your downtime will depend on your level of peeling. Following your post-procedure regimen after your treatment will enhance your results and keep peeling and redness to a minimum. You should also avoid anything that causes sweating for 48 hours after treatment.  It is important to wear an SPF sunscreen of 30 or higher after a peel and avoid unprotected sun exposure.  Your clinician will give you more detailed instructions after your procedure, catered to your skin’s needs.

Microneedling

Microneedling, or Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), is a noninvasive procedure that uses very tiny needles to penetrate the skin. The “controlled damage” stimulates new collagen and elastin for smoother, more firm and toned skin. The Microneedling treatment temporarily creates hundreds of micro-channels that allow for superior penetration and diffusion of topicals such as growth factors or Protein Rich Plasma (PRP).

MOST COMMON AREAS OF TREATMENT:

  • Face
  • Neck
  • Chest
  • Hands
  • Acne scars
  • Stretch marks

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT:

Microneedling requires little to no downtime and is safe for all skin types. Following the procedure, there may be some redness and mild swelling immediately. However, by the next day, this will have mostly resolved and normal skin care and make up can be applied. This procedure is typically done in a series of 3 spaced 1-2 months apart.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

Platelet Rich Plasma, also known as "PRP" is an injection or topical treatment whereby a person’s own blood is used. About 10ccs or about a teaspoon of blood is drawn up from the individual patient into a syringe. The blood is spun in a special centrifuge to separate its components (Red Blood Cells, Platelet Rich Plasma, Platelet Poor Plasma and Buffy Coat).

Platelets are very small cells in your blood that are involved in the clotting and healing process. When PRP is injected into the skin or applied topically following a skin procedure, it causes a mild inflammation that triggers the healing cascade. As the platelets organize in the area of injections, they release a number of enzymes to promote healing and tissue responses including attracting stem cells and growth factors to repair the damaged area. As a result, new collagen begins to develop. As the collagen matures, it begins to shrink causing the tightening and strengthening of the skin. When treating injured or sun damaged tissue, they can induce a remodeling of the tissue to a healthier and younger state.

PRP has been shown to have overall rejuvenating effects on the skin including: improving skin texture, thickness, fine lines and wrinkles; increasing volume via the increased production of collagen and elastin; and diminishing and improving the appearance of scars.

MOST COMMON AREAS OF TREATMENT

  • Lower eyelids to improve thickness, texture, and wrinkles
  • Topically over entire skin after microneedling or skin resurfacing
  • Injected into the skin of face, neck, or décolletage to stimulate collagen
  • Injected into stretch marks to improve appearance
  • Injected into the scalp to promote hair growth

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT:

After your treatment, you may have some mild bruising and swelling but downtime is minimal. The full procedure takes approximately 30 minutes to an hour. Generally a series of 3 treatments are recommended. However, more treatments may be necessary based on severity of treatment area. Touch up treatments may be done once a year after the initial group of treatments to boost and maintain the results.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is used to treat brown spots, sun spots, redness, and spider veins on the face. It also can improve texture, pore size, and active inflammatory acne. The pulsed light penetrates deep into the skin targeting the melanin in the brown spots and hemoglobin in the blood vessels and denatures it. The denatured melanin comes to the surface and flakes off and the blood vessels are destroyed.

MOST COMMON AREAS TREATED:

  • Face
  • Neck
  • Chest
  • Hands
  • Arms
  • Legs
  • Individual spots

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT:

Following treatment, slight redness may occur. The brown spots will become darker until they flake off. This may take a few days up to up to 2 weeks. The vessels may become darker as well. This is usually a series of at least 3 treatments spaced 4 weeks apart.

Facials

The Skin is the largest organ of the human body and many factors, both internally and externally, affect the state, appearance and overall health of our skin.  It is also one of the first things we see when we look in the mirror.  That being said, the way we feel about our skin can greatly affect our self-esteem. Plus, it’s just way more fun to love your skin! Facials are a great way to get you to loving your skin!

A facial is a multi-step skin treatment that can BOTH prevent and correct common skin concerns and conditions.   Within a facial, a licensed aesthetician, or skin specialist, will consult with you to determine the goals of the treatment and your skin concerns (i.e. breakouts, dark spots, dryness, sensitive skin, fine lines and wrinkles, rough texture, sagging, dullness, redness, uneven skin tone, age prevention, etc.)  In determining this upfront the proper facial treatment can be chosen to fit your specific and unique skin needs.  

The next steps of the facial include cleansing, toning, analyzing, treating, correcting, moisturizing and protecting,   During the cleansing step, a facial cleanser is used to remove any surface dirt, debris, makeup and  impurities so the aesthetician can start with a blank canvas.  Next the skin is toned which puts the skin at a safe PH level which prepares it for additional treatments.   At this point the skin will be analyzed under a light and the skin type (dry, normal, combination or oily) and current conditions (i.e. dehydration, sensitivity, sun damaged, blackheads, acne etc.) will be identified.  Next the skin will be treated using different modalities such as products, exfoliation, steam, masks, and/or extractions.  After the skin has been treated, corrective serums are applied to the skin which will penetrate into the lower layers of skin and promote change from the inside out.  Then to seal in these products and the skin’s own moisture, a moisturizer and sun protectant is applied.  The result is clean, refreshed, rejuvenated, glowing skin and a refreshed, new you!

And we are not going to stop there!  You will also receive guidance on how to best take care of your skin at home with a customized treatment plan so that you can maintain your results and accumulate additional results!