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Microdermabrasion

How it works:   The diamond tip wands remove layers of skin by polishing it with natural diamond chips and vacuuming the dead skin in a controlled manner. Removing the dead skin leaves a smoother surface and promotes new growth. Made of surgical grade stainless steel, each wand is plated with pure nickel and natural diamond chips sifted to the exact micron size. Wands are available in four micron chip sizes to insure proper resurfacing for each individual’s skin type. Selecting the appropriate diamond chip, along with the adjustable vacuum, allows for a controlled abrasion. Once complete, the skin that has been removed is deposited on a small disposable filter for the client to see.
Safe for all skin types, this treatment is pain-free, using only sterilized or disposable instruments and producing only a slight amount of redness. Because there are no crystals being propelled onto the skin, this allows the therapist to treat areas closer to the eyes and those fine lines and wrinkles around the lips.
Crystal vs. Crystal-Free Technology

The technique of microdermabrasion has proven to be a most innovative and effective treatment for almost any type of skin problem as well as the symptoms of aging.  The reason for this is the constant stimulation of cell renewal, by process of removing the excess dead skin cells on the stratum corneum. Prior to diamond tip wands, microdermabrasion worked with a vacuum technique that guided micro-crystals (aluminum oxide, salt, baking soda) over the upper layers of the skin.  These crystals would abrade layer per layer of the epidermis. Although proven to be an effective treatment, the process has experienced numerous shortcomings and problems:

  1. The risk of particles remaining embedded in the skin.
  2. Particles being propelled into the eyes
  3. Patients and Aestheticians having to breath aluminum oxide dust or other micro-crystals.
  4. The aggravation and mess of crystals.
  5. Dust and damage to the treatment room.
  6. Clogging due to humidity or filters that forever need changing.
  7. Expense incurred due to downtime of machine (all machines clog) and
    the expense of crystals to purchase.

Who Benefits from MicrodermabrasionMicrodermabrasion diamond tip wands offer benefits to anyone who wants to improve specific skin conditions and rejuvenate the overall health and appearance of their skin.

  • Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
  • Rejuvenates sun-damaged skin
  • Reduce age spots
  • Minimize blotchy skin coloring
  • Reduce acne, chicken pox scars, and superficial scars from a past injury
  • Extract blackheads and whiteheads.
  • Integrate cosmetic surgery or laser treatments
  • Improve overall skin health

Dermaplaning

  • Dermaplaning is a method of exfoliation that consists of using a 10 gauge scalpel to gently scrape off the top layer of dulling dead skin cells in order to reveal a smoother, brighter complexion. Sounds scary, right? It really isn’t, as long as you’re in the right hands. Dermaplaning requires a licensed aesthetician who specializes in this procedure.Dermaplaning is a favorite in the entertainment industry, specifically among models and actresses. Why? It also eliminates that annoying peach fuzz that cakes up in makeup and can be enhanced by harsh production lighting and high-definition cameras. Dermaplaning removes dead skin cells and facial hair, leaving the surface very smooth. Dermaplaning also allows for greater penetration of skincare products and creates a flawless canvas for makeup to glide on smoothly.Wondering if you should try dermaplaning versus microdermabrasion? They are both forms of physical exfoliation, but the methods are very different. Microdermabrasion sands and suctions dead skin cells, which also helps to uproot clogged pores around the nose, mouth and chin. Dermaplaning safely scrapes off the top layer of skin, so it is well suited for drier skin types and anyone who wants to get rid of peach fuzz. But, keep in mind, both methods are good for almost everyone and it could just boil down to your personal preference.
  • Who is it for?Dermaplaning is recommended for all skin types except those with acneic skin. If you have deep cystic acne, wait until breakouts are clear before trying this treatment. As always, also discuss any allergies or skin sensitivities before starting a treatment.This is a great treatment if you are pregnant or nursing and want exfoliation without the risk of harsh chemicals absorbing into the blood stream and potentially harming your baby.
  • What does the treatment feel like?Dermaplaning is a painless procedure and can be compared to the sensation of shaving your legs, but in this case, it’s on your face.First, the aesthetician will cleanse and thoroughly dry your skin. Next, she’ll pull an area of your skin taut with one hand, and hold a sterile 10 gauge blade at a 45 degree angle in the other hand and use short, swift strokes to scrape off dead skin cells and peach fuzz.How long does it take?
    About 30 minutes
    Are there immediate side effects?There are no side effects and zero downtime. After the treatment, your skin will be highly sensitive to sun exposure and may already look very pink, so be sure to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher to reduce the risk of hyperpigmentation.
  • WHAT ARE ANTICIPATED RESULTS?
    You’ll immediately look more radiant with a more even skin tone and texture. All of your peach fuzz will be gone, which is why first-timers say their skin has never felt so soft before.

Dermaplaning removes 21 days worth of dead skin cells, so it’s best to allow the skin to complete its rejuvenation cycle before your next treatment.

Chemical Peels

What is a chemical peel?

A chemical peel is a technique used to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck or hands. A chemical solution is applied to the skin that causes it to exfoliate and eventually peel off. The new, regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin. The new skin is also temporarily more sensitive to the sun.

When is a chemical peel appropriate?

Chemical peels are used to treat a number of conditions including:

  • Acne scars
  • Aging skin
  • Crow’s feet
  • Scars
  • Sun damaged skin
  • Sagging skin
  • Wrinkles

Who is not a candidate for a chemical peel?

The procedure is not recommended for individuals with infections, active skin disease, cut or broken skin, sunburns or active Herpes simplex 1 sores. Other counter-indications include patients who are:

  • Nursing or pregnant.
  • Have taken Accutane in last six months.
  • Have psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis or rosacea.
  • Have used Retin-A, Renova, prescription skin care products, products that contain ascorbic acid, bleaching or skin-lightening agents or other acid-based products in the last 48 hours.

What are the complications or potential side effects of a chemical peel?

  • Temporary or permanent change in skin color, particularly for women on birth control pills, who subsequently become pregnant or have a history of brownish facial discoloration.
  • Scarring
  • Reactivation of cold sore

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