Chemical peels utilize chemical solutions to penetrate the dermis to correct damaged cells, restoring a youthful and vibrant appearance. Scarring, texture, acne, and photodamage are improved after only a few sessions. Even though there are a few chemical peels available, at SD Aesthetics we utilize TCA and salicylic chemical peels. TCA is classified as superficial to medium depth chemical peel and is highly efficacious in the treatment of wrinkles, photodamage, pigment changes, and scarring. TCA chemical peels range in concentrations from 15% to 50% and may be combined with other chemicals. TCA provides more dramatic results than superficial chemical peels. The skin is first degreased and prepared, then solution is applied. Many factors determine different levels of peeling, including concentration of chemical peel, amount of strokes applied, how hard solution is rubbed in, and even post treatment care. These are all important to consider, as this will also affect results. TCA chemical peels causes coagulation of proteins which lead to collagen deterioration. This is evidenced by frosting occurring at initial application. Erythema and edema are likely as well, with skin healing occurring around seven days. Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy chemical peel treatment for grades III and IV acne. At SD Aesthetics a 20% or 30% concentration is used. Salicylic acid is considered superficial with comedolytic and sebostatic properties that can safely treat inflammatory and non-inflammatory pustules, with studies confirming its efficacy. Take note however, that even though salicylic acid is safe and beneficial for any skin type, those with aspirin allergies should avoid this kind of chemical peels done. After skin is degreased, salicylic acid is applied, causing mild stinging sensation, then the peel will be neutralized. Since clogging is brought to top of epidermis, more pimples will be seen, but this is only temporary. After any chemical peel skin is sensitive to the sun, so using high quality sunscreen is important.
Microneedling is a minimally invasive skin rejuvenation treatment. Microneedling improves skin’s texture, and when performed properly, microneedling is safe and benefits skin. There are few microneedling devices, basically they work similarly, delivering similar results to one another. Microneedling size is what determines extent of results. Let’s compare 0.5 and 1.0 mm microneedles.
0.5mm needle size: If fine lines, mild scarring, and hyperpigmentation is your concern, then using this micro needle size is the right fit. There is also added benefits of skin product absorption. This is specially desirable when using prescription topicals. However, this holds true for any micro needles since micro channels are being created on the skin. These are less painful than longer sizes. Numbing cream is usually not necessary. Patients describe this microneedling length as “velcro” being rolled on their skin. Erythema will most likely be present post treatment, however, recovery time is approximately a day or two. Peeling and some dryness have also been reported as well. This micro needle size can actually produce impressive results, however, it triggers mild collagen production. Therefore, six to perhaps ten treatments are required. There is minimal risk of pin point bleeding, this is normal.
1.0mm needle size: Just like other micro-needle lengths, the goal is to create micro injuries to the skin. In return, the body stimulates collagen and elastin which are the skin’s structural matrix, giving skin its resilience. This reverses and prevents the signs of aging. Micro needles work the same way lasers would, without heat (there is mcroneedling with radio frequency energy using heat, but this is not discussed here). Applying numbing cream prior to 1.0mm microneedling treatments is necessary. Erythema on the skin will be more noticeable and may last a few days longer than 0.5mm treatments. As previously mentioned, outcomes will depend on micro needle size. Now let us recap the multiple benefits of microneedling:
*Reduces fine lines and deep wrinkles using the body’s own natural healing mechanism.
*Reverses hyperpigmentation and photodamage.
*Helps aging skin.
*Improves pore size appearance.
*Increases product absorption.
Just like other skin treatments, individual results vary, however, microneedling technique has been demonstrated to be highly effective in treating signs of aging and prevention.
|At SD Aesthetics our approach to dermal fillers targets aging, and enhances your natural beauty. Dermal fillers describes treatment that restores volume to the face. Dermal fillers smooth fine lines, hollows, resulting in a more youthful look. Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers, such as Juvederm and Restylane attract moisture within the skin, keeping it hydrated. Synthetic dermal fillers such as Radiesse and Sculptra, can stimulate your own cells to produce more collagen.
Aging: As we age our body produces less collagen and elastin, that gives your skin its supple look. Lines begin to form and overall loss of volume occurs. Aside our genetic composition,extrinsic factors also yield to premature aging, including sun exposure and smoking.
Why choose SD Aesthetics? Dermal fillers should be done in a medical facility and performed by a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon with special and ongoing training. Choosing the right physician can determine the difference between natural looking results or “done” results. Our providers at SD Aesthetics have the experience and knowledge to discern the right filler for your face, and we use every FDA approved dermal fillers.
What happens during treatment? Fillers are injected into the skin via an ultra fine needle or cannula. Sometimes lidocaine is used to ensure a comfortable experience.
How long will I keep my results? Results vary by patient and dermal filler used. On average, results may last between five and 24 months. Dermal fillers will be absorbed by the body over time.
When will I see results? Results are immediate and may take two weeks to fully “settle”.
Which areas can be treated? Nasolabial folds,marionette lines, lips, cheeks, under eyes and tear troughs, horizontal lines on forehead, and vertical lines between eyes.
Is there downtime? No, you may return to your daily activities. You may experience mild swelling and bruising. You can minimize this by avoiding aspirin, ibuprofen, and vitamin E for a week prior to treatment.
Prevention is always key:
Use antioxidants to provide protection from free radical damage. Free radicals continuously borrow electrons from their neighboring cells. This manifests as damage on the skin. While there isn’t one single miracle antioxidant, choose a product that combines an array of antioxidants for maximum protection, such as Image Skincare’s AC&E. Daily use can help protect your skin.
Sun block please:
While most of us want to achieve a “healthy tan”, newsflash, there’s no such thing. As a matter of fact, a tan is the skin’s way of trying to protect itself from the sun’s rays. Harmful UVA and UVB rays are responsible for premature aging and skin cancers. I cannot stress enough the importance of daily broad spectrum sunscreen use, even on rainy days and winter months.
Peptides are protein fragments, without them, the skin doesn’t remain resilient, and research has shown that peptides can help revitalize your skin. As always, don’t get wrapped up in one single ingredient, the key is to use a product with a cocktail of quality ingredients.
Wash your face:
Cleansing your skin at night is critical for maintaining your skin’s health. Pores need to be cleared to prevent acne and oil buildup. Cleansing regularly makes your skin more permeable to products, ensuring more efficacy.
Micro needling treatment has been used in Europe for many years. Now, it has become very popular here in North America, for its efficacy on the skin, and it is here to stay. Microneedling uses tiny needles, ranging from 0.5 to 1.0 mm in length, to stimulate collagen. As the needles create microchannels in the skin, the body responds by healing itself, creating more collagen. This process occurs almost immediately. At SD Aesthetics we use DermaFrac, for its safety and predictable results.
Along with 180 micro needles, it combines other rejuvenating technologies to infuse powerful serums into the skin. Specific ingredients are selected to target your skin’s concerns:
Hyaluronic acid to hydrate
Kojic acid to lighten
Salicylic acid to clarify
Peptides to rejuvenate
Growth factors for healing and healthy cells
Vitamin C for antioxidant protection
As always treatments are customized, however, we suggest series of 6 to 10 , administered every 1 to 2 weeks, followed by a monthly or bimonthy maintenance. Treatments should not be performed until 7 days after having had Botox, fillers, waxing, electrolysis, or high frequency. Unlike other resurfacing skin treatments, microneedling is one of my favorites because there is no removal of the top layer of the skin, meaning there is no downtime post treatment.