Facial treatments have come a long way in recent years, offering a range of options to help you look and feel your best. From dermabrasion to laser resurfacing, microdermabrasion, dermal fillers, Botox, chemical peels and microcurrent technology, there are plenty of treatments available to help you achieve the look you desire. Let's take a closer look at each of these treatments and what they can do for you.
Dermabrasionis a procedure performed by a dermatologist or licensed professional. The skin is first numbed and then an exfoliating device is used to remove the outer layers of the skin.
This process encourages the body to create younger skin cells. Dermabrasions can improve the appearance of acne, acne scars, sunspots, fine lines and uneven skin tone. Side effects may include redness, swelling and irritation immediately after the procedure, but these should go away within a week.
Microdermabrasionis another option that can cause redness and swelling after being performed. The results of a microdermabrasion can last about 30 days and specialists recommend undergoing more than one treatment to see longer lasting results.
Laser Resurfacinguses repetitive pulses of light beams on a target skin area.
The laser works in two different ways: it destroys the outer layer of damaged skin, allowing new skin cells to develop in their place; and it promotes the production of collagen, a protein that helps keep skin smooth and smooth. Performed by a plastic surgeon or dermatologist, the procedure can take up to two hours and will improve fine lines, wrinkles, acne spots, acne scars, sunspots, birthmarks and warts.
Laser Therapy for Rosaceais a different type of laser therapy used for treating rosacea skin. Laser resurfacing will make the skin red immediately after treatment and will also make the skin sensitive to the sun for a few months. Be sure to apply SPF daily to prevent further sun damage.
Dermal Fillersare mainly used to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
As the skin ages, it becomes thinner and susceptible to sagging and wrinkles. Dermal fillers can be injected into the skin to counteract volume loss. Licensed professionals can inject fillers with a needle into the lips, cheeks and around the eyes. Fillers improve the appearance of aging skin and result in younger, brighter looking skin.
Side effects include bruising, redness, excessive swelling and pain at the injection site. The results are not permanent and usually last between six and 18 months.
Botoxis another procedure in which a doctor injects the botulinum chemical into the muscles of the face. The most common use of Botox is to improve fine lines and wrinkles on the face. When Botox is injected into the muscles, they are temporarily paralyzed and relaxed.
This causes wrinkles to relax and soften, improving their appearance. Botox is usually injected into the lines between the eyebrows, crow's feet around the eyes and into the neck. Side effects include bruising, headaches, dry eye, mild pain and weakness in surrounding muscles. Results last three to six months.
Chemical Peelsare performed to improve the appearance of the skin.
It can treat sunspots, acne scars, dark freckles, wrinkles, acne spots and generally improve skin tone and brightness. Chemical peels range from mild to deep and are performed by a dermatologist. A chemical solution is applied to the skin causing it to blister and peel off. Once the top layer peels off, the skin underneath will look younger, more even and brighter.
Immediately after the procedure it will be necessary to bandage the skin for several days to avoid complications or infections at the site. Over the next seven to 14 days, the skin will crust, blister and peel off. The results of medium-depth chemical peel can last up to one year while deep peels can last up to 10 years.
Microcurrent Technologyis a low-level electric current that mimics your body's own biological current which can help give your skin an elevated appearance. It can be offered with services such as facials, microdermabrasion or dermaplaning as well as with laser treatments alone or together with microneedling in order to maximize results and promote healing.
Popularized in Vampire Facials this healing supplement also helps relax tight facial muscles that cause crow's feet or frown lines.