Skin Rejuvenation Treatments – Understanding Your Options
When you look in the mirror, does your skin look dull? Does it feel like you could open your own beauty supply store with all the products you’ve bought that provided little or no results? Then it might be time to consider professional skin rejuvenation treatments. Don’t panic, we’re not talking about plastic surgery and going under the knife. There are a variety of noninvasive skin rejuvenation treatments that address many different issues. While it’s always best to consult with your physician to decide which type of treatment is best for you, it doesn’t hurt to know a little bit about the options.
A noninvasive procedure, microdermabrasion uses a specialized wand which is applied to the skin. This wand uses tiny crystals to remove the top layer of skin which is predominantly dead skin cells, oil, and dirt. Because the body reacts to this as it would an injury, blood flow and collagen production are stimulated. The result is fresh, younger looking skin and because of the increased collagen. Microdermabrasion can also reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
A chemical peel is a skin-resurfacing procedure which, like microdermabrasion, removes the top layer of skin. During treatment, a chemical solution is applied to the skin. The procedure is painless and you may not notice any difference for a couple of days. Then you will experience peeling skin similar to what happens after a sunburn. This will reveal smooth, brilliant skin.
One of the more popular peels is the glycolic acid peel. This type of peel helps stimulate the growth of collagen and can help reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Because it is derived from sugar cane, a natural humectant, glycolic acid can also help hydrate the skin.
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing is also an effective skin rejuvenation treatment, capable of reducing fine lines and wrinkles. These treatments stimulate collagen growth in the deeper layers of the dermis, creating a plumper, rejuvenated look. The increase in collagen growth results in fresh, rejuvenated skin and a more youthful appearance. Laser skin resurfacing can also diminish the appearance of dark spots. During treatment, laser energy is applied to the skin targeting the pigment. As the energy is absorbed into the skin, its gentle vibration shatters the pigment, breaking it into micro-particles.
Botox and Dysport
While Botox is the more commonly known injectable used to treat and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, Dysport is also an effective treatment. Both injectables contain botulinum toxin which temporarily disables the facial muscles that cause wrinkles. The botulinum toxin does this by blocking the signal from the nerve to the muscle, reducing muscle activity and temporarily preventing contraction of the muscles. Both Botox and Dysport are especially effective on crow’s feet and frown lines. The main difference between the two injectables is the potency of trace proteins. Dysport typically produces results faster while Botox lasts longer.
Microneedling and PRP Facials
Microneedling is performed using a dermaroller or a SkinPen. Each of them has a bunch of tiny needles that make microscopic puncture wounds in the skin. This stimulates the production of collagen, which is the most abundant protein in our bodies. It helps give our skin strength and elasticity, along with replacing dead skin cells. This increase in collagen production can provide multiple results such as filling in wrinkles, reducing the appearance of acne scars and improving skin tightness.
PRP (platelet rich plasma) facials are often performed in conjunction with microneedling for enhanced skin rejuvenation. This type of treatment involves drawing your own blood and having it separated into layers in a centrifuge. The layer containing the platelets forms the platelet-rich plasma. This is then applied in conjunction with the microneedling treatment.
Professional Skin Rejuvenation Treatments at Vive
If you’re considering skin rejuvenation treatments, the professionals at Vive Medical Weight Loss and Aesthetics can help you find the right option for your skin. In addition to a variety of microdermabrasion as well as other skin rejuvenation and aesthetic treatments, we are now offering NeoStrata Glycolic Peels. Schedule your consultation today and get ready to reveal younger, more vibrant looking skin.