MICRODERMABRASION & CHEMICAL PEELS
Who can benefit from Microdermabrasion?
Skin that is aging, congested, flaky, dry, devitalized, thickened, blemished, dull and sun damaged can be rejuvenated and refreshed. Blotchiness, uneven skin tones and texture will also be improved. Even normal skin can be made to look fresher with a warm glow.
How often are the treatments given?
Microdermabrasion requires a series of treatments. While results are achieved with a single treatment, it is an unrealistic to expect significant results from a single treatment. Cumulative results can be significant with as little as 6 treatments repeated one to three weeks apart. Monthly maintenance treatments are recommended.
How many treatments are needed to achieve significant results?
The number of treatments depends on the type of skin problem the patient has.
What areas can be treated?
The most common areas that are treated are the face and neck. In addition we can treat the chest, shoulders, back, hands, knees and elbows. Any body area can be treated.
Why does the skin benefit from Microdermabrasion?
Approximately every 28 days we create a new layer of skin. As new cells form they push their way to the surface and then dead cells settle on the surface. This can cause enlarged pores, clogged pores, a bumpy uneven texture, and a dull appearance. As we age this process slows down leading to the appearance of older skin with less radiance.
Are there any side effects from the treatment?
Since we are only treating the outer layer, called the stratum corneum, serious side effects is not a problem. Non-invasive and non-wounding to the skin’s surface, microdermabrasion has no discomfort, down time or recovery. Patients typically experience some redness for about an hour after the procedure. Healing time for most is a few days.
What can I expect after my first treatment?
Though microdermabrasion requires a series of treatments, you can see a visible improvement in the treated skin after the first treatment. Some patients experience a tightness and redness of the skin, comparing it to the feeling of mild sunburn. To restore moisture that is lost during Microdermabrasion, I recommend proper moisturizer for daily use.
- If you suffer with cold sores, you should be cold sore free prior to a treatment to avoid the risk of them spreading.
- You need to discuss with the technician if you have any of these conditions: rosacea, dermatitis, skin cancers, easy bruising, Hepatitis C, AIDS, or are on blood thinners or Accutane.
- If you use Retin A products or any skin care products that irritate the skin you should stop them for at least 2-3 days before and do not restart until 2-3 days after a treatment.
For One week before and after your treatment please STOP using the following treatments and products:
- Electrolysis, waxing, depilatories, masks, other Glycolic or Lactic Treatments or Dermabrasion.
- Hair dyes, permanent wave or straightening treatments.
- Tretinoin (Vitamin A Acid creams) and Glycolic Acids.
- Loofa or other types of sponges.
Be sure to inform of:
- History of sensitive skin, eczema, lupus or other autoimmune disease.
- Current medications.
- History of sun sensitivity.
CHEMICAL PEELS SKINCEUTICALS
One Week Before Peel:
Avoid electrolysis, waxing, hair removal creams and laser hair removal for an entire week prior to your chemical peel.
24 Hours Before Your Peel:
Stop using any exfoliating products or products that may be drying or irritating including products containing alpha or beta hydroxyl acids or benzoyl peroxide (a treatment for acne). You will also be advised that on the day of your peel to cleanse your skin in the morning and not to apply makeup on the face other than eyes or lips.
The Peel Procedure
During the peel your skin will be cleansed and toned and the chemical peel will be applied to your skin using a gentle brush, swab or gauze and the peel will be left on the skin for between two and five minutes, during which time some patients may experience a mild tingling or a mild burning sensation. The procedure is not painful. After the peel a cool compresses may be applied to the skin. Your skin will be moisturized and an antioxidant and a sun screen will be applied to the skin.
Chemical Peel Aftercare
After your peel you may notice that the skin is more red than usual for two hours afterwards, you may also notice that the skin feels tight or dry and or you may experience some very mild flaky skin for a few days. Rarely you may experience crusting of the skin, swelling or a reactivation of cold sores. It is very important to use a sunscreen during the course of your treatment and for four weeks after to prevent uneven skin tone and excess pigmentation. Do not use any other skin products except those advised by your therapist.
1. Do not pick any spots or peel off any flaky skin
2. Do not use Alpha Hydroxy Acids or BetaHydroxy Acids on your skin for 24 hours
3. It is imperative that you use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and avoid direct sunlight for at least one month
4. Patients with hypersensitivity to the sun should take extra precautions to guard against exposure immediately following the procedure, as they may be more sensitive following the peel.
5. Please avoid strenuous activity for 24 hours.
6. When washing your face do not scrub, use a gentle cleanser for sensitive skin.
7. Apply a light moisturiser such as hydrating B5 as often as needed to relieve dryness and tightness
8. Do not have any other facial treatment for at least one week after the peel
If you feel that you are having any problem, please call us, so that we may assist you.
Glycolic Acid Peel 40%
Glycolic acid is a natural ingredient derived from sugar cane and is the most common, safest form of alpha hydroxy acid. Its small molecule weight promotes greater penetration into the layers of the skin, resulting in softer, smoother, healthier skin.
Exfoliates dead skin cells
Lightens discoloration such as sun or age spots and hyperpigmentation
Reduces the depth of superficial wrinkles and fine lines
Enhances skin’s ability to increase moisture content
Beneficial to acne-prone skin by clearing the pores of excess keratinocytes.
Lactic Acid Peel 40%
Similar to glycolic acid peels, lactic acid peels are alpha hydroxy acids (AHA). Derived from milk, they are very mild chemical peels with little to no downtime. Because lactic acid is a natural human metabolite, there is less chance of an allergic reaction with this type of peel.
Therefore, they are a good choice for first-time peel users or for those with sensitive skin. However, dry or oily skin types can also use this peel and get good results. Lactic acid is especially good for to use for mature skin.
The benefits of lactic acid peels include:
- Exfoliating the surface of your skin
Deep cleaning pores
Fading dark marks
Improving hyper pigmentation
Evening out skin tone
Brightening and lightening skin
Improving the appearance of light wrinkles
Stimulating natural collagen production
Benefits of a Lightening Peel
A professional peel treatment to even skin tone and discoloration and hyper-pigmentation. Formulated with a combination of Alpha Hydroxy Glycolic and Lactic Acids with Kojic Acid, Bearberry and Licorice extracts to inhibit skin discoloration and melanin production. Strength of peel is equivalent to a Glycolic or Lactic Acid 30%-40%.
Initially, your skin will appear pink. The redness usually fades within the first 24 hours. Stinging and discomfort may continue after the procedure. Other common side effects include flaking, scaling and drying of the skin. Always use Sunscreen.