Microdermabrasion and Peels

Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a fast and efficient way to remove old or damaged skin cells and enhance the vitality and clarity of the skin. Regular treatments will maintain a youthful appearance, especially when part of a well-organized regimen of skincare.

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Microdermabrasion treatment

The GentlePeel technique relies on the delivery of minute aluminum oxide crystals to the surface of the skin. These particles gently remove layers of the epidermis as the operator moves the hand piece across the surface of the skin. The GentlePeel unit is the only system of its kind that uses sophisticated electronics to control critical aspects of the treatment. Healing time is rapid with minimal discomfort and redness. Most people return to work immediately with nothing more than a vibrant, healthier-looking complexion that appears free from the ravages of sun, wind, and environmental abuse.

The normal course of the GentlePeel program varies between four-to-six treatments at two-week intervals. After this initial course of treatment, we recommend that you schedule an additional treatment every two-to-three months to maintain the excellent condition of your skin.

This continued regimen of skin care is important. As you get older, it is more difficult for your skin to regenerate and cell renewal is considerably slower. The appearance of aging skin can impact younger individuals, not just those in their middle or later years. There is no age restriction for GentlePeel treatments since the technique can assist with the prevention of problems of young skin as well as enhance the appearance of aging skin.

Peel Facts:

Avoid Seven (7) Days BEFORE a Peel

  • Electrolysis
  • Waxing
  • Depilatory creams
  • Laser hair removal
Stop Using Four (4) Days BEFORE a Peel:

  • Retin-A, Renova, Differin, Tazorac
  • Any products containing retinol, AHA, BHA, or benzoyl peroxide

Contradictions

  • Active cold sores
  • Allergy to aspirin
  • Use of Accutane within the past year
  • Women who are pregnant or nursing

Vitalize Peel®

This peel from SkinMedica brings the benefits of alpha hydroxy acid and other peeling agents in a unique blend to provide a strong, but gentle peel that is appropriate for all skin types. Clinically proven to help reduce the visible sign of aging, after one Vitalize Peel® you will notice an improvement in your skin texture and tone, lessening of fine lines and a healthier, more youthful appearance. Dramatic results are achieved with a series of peels.

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Vitalize Peel®

Rejuvenize Peel®

The Rejuvenize Peel® is the deepest of the SkinMedica peels, providing the most dramatic results possible while maintaining minimal irritation and moderate peeling lasting three-to-six days. This advanced treatment consists of a unique combination of alpha and beta hydroxy acid, resorcinol and retinoic acid, as well as a built-in anti-irritants and penetration enhancers. This is the perfect peel for anyone with moderate-to-severe sun damage, lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, melasma, acne, and scarring.

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Rejuvenize Peel®

Illuminize Peel®

The Illuminize Peel® is a safe Lactid Acid (LHA) peel and is gentle enough for most skin types. It is helpful in treating mild skin imperfections and also assists in brightening the overall appearance of the skin.

Retinoic Acid Peel

Retinoic Acid Add-on– A three percent retinoic acid solution (is an add-on to a peel) is applied to the skin after a Beta or Jessner Peel to enhance the peel potency and help with aging skin, acne, and pigmentation. The acid is left on the skin for up to four hours, and then rinsed off with water at home. A protective sunscreen is put on the face before you leave our office. The gentle peeling process may begin a few days after application.

TCA Peel

Trichloro-acetic acid (TCA) peels are medium-depth solutions that use high concentrations of trichloro-acetic, glycolic, lactic, and salicylic acids to achieve a variety of skin resurfacing and rejuvenation results. More aggressive than superficial and light peels, TCA peels and other medium-depth solutions penetrate through the epidermis layer of skin and into the dermis layer. Although recovery times are more extensive than lighter peels, the benefits are superior.

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A TCA peel

A TCA peel is a medium-depth peel used to remove fine lines, precancerous skin lesions, hyperpigmentation, and refine superficial acne scars. This treatment is performed by a doctor and requires a week at home to heal. The TCA peel is good for acne marks, hyperpigmentation and sun damage. It helps to improve fine lines and wrinkles. First, the Jessner solution is applied, then the TCA solution. This peel can result in moderate discomfort, as the skin will physically peel. For most people, visible peeling starts on days three and four after the TCA solution has had time to work on your skin. However, some people may peel earlier or later.

By day three, your skin won’t be as red anymore, but you still have to be gentle with it. It will feel dry and look crepey until this top layer of dead skin peels off. You will baby your skin during this process and keep it well-hydrated. After about five days, once the top layer has peeled away, you may begin to wear a mineral make up.

Extraction

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Extraction before and after

Peel add-on– once the skin has been properly prepared with a light peel, facial, or microdermabrasion, which helps soften up the plug of hardened sebum that makes up the blackhead (also called a comedone); extractions can be performed safely by our trained medical aestheticians. A lancet or comedone extractor is used to remove blackheads and milia trapped under the skin’s surface. Extractions are one of the most important parts of a facial or peel if you have blackheads or whiteheads.

Dermaplaning

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Dermaplaning in progress

Dermaplaning is a simple and safe procedure for exfoliating the epidermis and ridding the skin of fine vellus hair (colloquially called peach fuzz). Using a scalpel and a delicate touch, the aesthetician simply abrades the surface of the skin using light, feathery strokes. Dermaplaning is beneficial for patients with rough/dry skin, superficial hyperpigmentation, mild acne scarring or fine lines, and wrinkles. This treatment results in a more refined, smooth, “glowing” appearance.

This is also great for patients who are pregnant or nursing that want a deep exfoliation but are not allowed to use peeling agents. There is no downtime with this procedure and it can be done as often as every two weeks. Contradictions include allergy to nickel, numerous raised lesions on the skin and inflamed acne.

Micropeel

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Woman undergoing a micropeel

The Micropeel is a three-step clinical procedure combining dermaplaning, chemical peeling and cryogenic therapy to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, hyper-pigmentation, dullness, and visible skin imperfections.

  1. Dermaplaning: A manual exfoliation technique that safely and efficiently removes surface skin and vellus hair gently with a special dermaplaning blade, priming the skin for a chemical peel
  2. Chemical peel: Using optimized solution formulated for resurfacing the skin by removing the outer epidermis and stimulating collagen to improve pigmentation, fine line and wrinkles, texture, and skin impurities
  3. Cryogenic therapy: This anti-inflammatory and antibacterial freezing procedure increases the rate of cell turnover and leaves skin feeling cool and tight

Micropeel Plus

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Undergoing a micropeel plus

A one-step clinical procedure of chemical exfoliation designed to reduce acne and help correct environmental damage. This solution uses a combination of salicylic acid to refine pores and help reduce the appearance of acne and glycolic acid to aid in the improvement of rough texture, blotchiness, and uneven skin tone.

Beta Peel

This safe, self-neutralizing, 20 percent to 30 percent beta hydroxy acid peel (BHA) is gentle enough for most skin types and is especially helpful for acne prone skin, but potent enough to improve and clarify fine lines. BHA is known for its benefits for treating acne, exfoliating, and stimulating cellular turnover to reveal softer and smoother skin. Salicylic acid is the most commonly used BHA. It has anti-inflammatory effects that can decrease erythema (redness) associated with acne. The beta peels are commonly used on the face, back, chest and back of hands. Some dryness and redness is normal following a beta peel, but you may not experience any actual peeling.

Jessner Peel

This peel is excellent for all skin types. It smooths and rejuvenates the skin, producing beautiful results in treating acne, discoloration, moderate wrinkling and sun damage. Peeling of the face, neck, hands and upper chest is also quite effective. The Jessner Peel combines lactic acid, salicylic acid and resorcinol to result in deeper penetration and greater exfoliation of the outer layers of skin cells. This deeper exfoliation can produce noticeable flaking in the following three-to-four days after the peel. Within a week, a smoother, brighter, healthier layer of skin will be revealed.