Skin FAQs

Skin Care FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1 ) Is it possible improve my skin without any pain or downtime?

While the most corrective skin procedures typically require downtime, there are a number of ways patients can still see improvements in your skin without pain or extensive recovery time, like microdermabrasion and superficial chemical peels, which remove the outer layer of skin that can make the skin look dull and accentuate fine lines and wrinkles.1

Microdermabrasion takes about 30 minutes; it’s painless and polishes the skin.2 During the procedure, patients may feel slight tugging of the skin in the treated area, but it does not hurt. There may be some mild redness of the skin following microdermabrasion treatment, but this is very temporary, even in the case of the most sensitive skin types.

Superficial peels don’t make patients flake and peel the way more intensive peels do, but are still effective without the downtime, helping to reduce pore size and fine lines and wrinkles. 3 There is no discomfort with any of our SkinCeutical peels, and while some patients may experience mild redness, they are able to apply make-up immediately following treatment.

Patients who are looking for something a little more aggressive to reduce pore size, fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, or to minimize old scars (acne or chickenpox) may want to consider the Affirm Laser.4Patients may experience redness after this procedure, which may last up to 24 hours, you can apply makeup  right away, minimizing downtime.

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Q2 ) What is the best skin resurfacing procedure?

Hands-down it is fractional CO2. Fractional CO2 is the creme de la creme of skin resurfacing procedures available on the market today. This is the best procedure for the correction of fine lines, skin tightening, sun damage and wrinkles.6 Consumers looking for fractional CO2 treatment should be aware that this procedure requires the doctor using the laser to have extensive experience with lasers. In addition, this procedure is not for people with dark skin types or those that are tan at the time of the procedure. There is some down-time associated with Fractional CO2, and although patients will not experience pain during or after the procedure, they may not want to be out with friends or coworkers for a few days.

The procedure requires the patient to start an antiviral medications the day before this procedure. On the day of treatment, the patient should arrive one hour before the scheduled procedure time, so we can apply a topical numbing medicine to the face. The CO2 procedure takes approximately 20-minutes to complete. Afterward we apply Aquaphor to the face and patients may drive themselves home. Expect “pinpoint bleeding” that evening and to have substantial redness and blotchiness which will resolve over the next 4 days. We can reduce the laser settings to reduce downtime but of course it also reduces effectiveness. Most patients will notice a “sunburn like” appearance up to ten days post-procedure. In cases of severe acne scarring a second procedure may be necessary. It should be scheduled approximately 3 months following the initial procedure.

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Q3 ) How does the Derma Sweep Microdermabrasion system work?

Using a vacuum system and an assortment of treatment tips, the DermaSweep MD Microdermabrasion wand gently lifts the skin, removing the top layer and then vacuums away the dead skin. The suction cleans the pores and increases blood flow to the skin’s surface to encourage collagen formation. 7Once the skin has been completely abraded, skin-specific serums are then infused into the skin. There are a variety of serums to choose from and they address conditions such as acne, hyperpigmentation, and dehydration.

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Q4 ) What type of skin conditions does microdermabrasion treat?

  • Reducing early signs of aging (fine lines)
  • Pigmentation
  • Texture
  • Surgical Scars
  • Skin laxity
  • Acne
  • Sun damage
  • Improving overall skin health

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Q5 ) Is getting a microdermabrasions treatment painful?

The treatment is safe and painless. Most patients find this treatment relaxing. You will feel the suction and the bristles gliding over the skin. The moisture of the topical treatment applied after exfoliation will leave the skin feeling cool and refreshed. Because the DermaSweep system uses bristles you don’t have the risks associated with traditional microdermabrasion  where the aluminum oxide crystals can become embedded in the skin and cause irritation.

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Q6 ) Will patients miss work or need to stay indoors after a microdermabrasion?

Patients can return to normal activities immediately following treatment. However, it is advisable to avoid direct sun exposure for at least a few days after treatment. Sunscreen should always be applied.

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Q7 ) How long will it take before I see results after a microdermabrasion?

Results can be seen immediately following a microdermabrasion treatment. The skin will be soft, smooth and bright. Microderms also offer cumulative results as they do help to promote collagen. You will need to continue with routine treatments. Lasting and more significant results will occur after 4 to 6 treatments spaced 10 to 14 days apart, supported by a daily post-treatment regime.

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Q8 ) What is the advantage of the DermaSweep system over other exfoliation and microdermabrasion treatments?

The DermaSweep MD system is a technological leap forward in the world of microdermabrasion and manual exfoliation. This treatment is completely customizable and can be paired with other treatments such as chemical peels and laser treatments. By removing the outer layer of dead skin it allows the skin to absorb products and treatments more effectively, providing better results.Traditional microdermabrasions use messy particles to blast away the dead skin. There was also the risk of the particles becoming lodged in the skin which could cause irritation.

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Q9 ) What will a chemical peel do for the skin?

A chemical peel is a skin-resurfacing/exfoliating treatment in which a chemical solution is applied to the skin to slough away the top layers of skin. There are a variety of different chemical peels available and they can address skin conditions like: acne, acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles,pigmentation/sun damage, tone, texture and overall skin health. Once the dead skin is removed it reveals smoother, softer, younger looking skin.

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Q10 ) What will I look like right after a chemical peel and during the next few days?

There are a variety of different peels available. We offer superficial and medium depth peels. Immediately following a superficial peel you skin may appear a little pink, which subsides pretty quickly. Superficial peels do not cause the skin to slough off, so you should not experience any shedding. These peels can be done as frequently as every 2 weeks. There is no down time with these peels.

Medium depth peels are different. We offer the full line of VI Peels. Immediately following the application of  the VI Peel your skin will look slightly tan or have a yellowish tint. You may also notice the skin is a bit pink. The VI Peels are self neutralizing and you will leave our office with the peel still on your skin. You will be provided with at-home skincare products and instructions of when to cleanse the peel from the skin and how to use the products to continue the peel process.The first two days following the peel your skin will feel tight and pigmented areas might appear slightly darker. On approximately day three, patients will begin to peel. The first signs of peeling usually begin around the mouth and chin areas. By day six or day seven patients will be done peeling. Keeping the skin moisturized can help making the peeling tolerable. Whatever you do, do not pick or peel the sloughing skin, let it come off on its own.

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Q11 ) How many peels are required to show an improved look?

A single peel will achieve some repair and add a healthy glow to the skin. Skin conditions like acne scars, pore enlargement and hyperpigmentation might require multiple applications to produce more dramatic results.

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Citations

  1. Johnson, DL (2016). Skin Resurfacing Procedures of the Upper Face. Atlas of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinics of North America. 2016; 24(2): Pages 117-124. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27499470
  2. El-Domyati, M (2016). Microdermabrasion: a clinical, histometric, and histopathologic study. Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology. 2016; 15(4): Pages 503-513. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27357600
  3. O’Connor, AA (2018). Chemical peels: A review of current practice. Australasian Journal of Dermatology. 2018; 59 (3): Pages 171-181. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29064096
  4. 4. Alexiades-Armenakas, MR (2008). The spectrum of laser skin resurfacing: nonablative, fractional, and ablative laser resurfacing. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. 2008; 58(5): Pages 738-740. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18423256.
  5. Gold M (2019). Facial cleansing with a sonic brush-A review of the literature and current recommendations. Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology. 2019; 18(3): Pages 686-691. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30985993
  6. Johnson, DL (2016). Skin Resurfacing Procedures of the Upper Face. Atlas of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinics of North America. 2016; 24(2): Pages 117-124. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27499470
  7. El-Domyati, M (2016). Microdermabrasion: a clinical, histometric, and histopathologic study. Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology. 2016; 15(4): Pages 503-513. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27357600
  8. O’Connor, AA (2018). Chemical peels: A review of current practice. Australasian Journal of Dermatology. 2018; 59 (3): Pages 171-181. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29064096
  9. Alexiades-Armenakas, MR (2008). The spectrum of laser skin resurfacing: nonablative, fractional, and ablative laser resurfacing. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. 2008; 58(5): Pages 738-740. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18423256
  10. Omi, T (2014). The Role of the CO2 Laser and Fractional CO2 Laser in Dermatology. Laser Therapy. 2014; 23(1): Pages 49-60. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24771971
  11. Shah M (2019). Microdermabrasion. StatPearls. 2019. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30571004
  12. Lee, KC (2019). Basic chemical peeling: Superficial and medium-depth peels. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. 2019; 81(2): Pages 313-324. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30550830