Skin Care Services FAQ
What is microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion, also known as the “lunchtime peel,” is a manual, gentle form of exfoliation of the top layers of the skin, which is used to smooth and improve the tone of the skin. The procedure will improve the appearance of abnormal pigmentation, blemishes, mild scarring, brown spots and fine lines.
How is the treatment performed?
Treatments are done using a diamond-tipped hand piece glided across the skin surface taking the topmost layer of dead skin cells with it. With these sessions, discomfort is minimal, normal activities can be resumed immediately, and there is no downtime.
How many will I need?
Over a series of six sessions, done every two to four weeks, taking approximately 20 minutes each.
What can I expect immediately following the procedure?
At the end of each session, you will notice a marked improvement in the texture of your skin. Your skin will have a slight pink appearance. If desired, you can wear makeup. For best results, a series of treatments will help to improve sun-damaged skin, blemishes and minor scars. There is a cumulative effect, and it is important to adhere to a consistent schedule of sessions to maximize the benefits.
What do chemical peels do?
Many types of chemical peels have been performed in this country during the past 20 to 30 years. The purpose of a chemical peel is to cause an even, controlled shedding of several layers of damaged cells, so you are left with a new fresh layer of skin, with a more uniform texture and color. During your consultation, we will review your medical history and examine your skin type and pigmentation to determine which, if any, peel is right for you. Our goal is to determine the most appropriate type of treatment for each individual case.
Reasons for considering a chemical peel:
- Reduce facial wrinkles and lines
- Improve sun-damaged skin
- Correct pigmented problems (sun-damaged skin, age spots, liver spots, freckles, blotchiness)
- Lighten scars (especially from acne)
- Improve texture
How are chemical peels performed?
During the procedure, the skin is first cleansed of oils. A solution is then carefully applied and is allowed to remain on the skin for a short period of time, in some cases for longer periods of time, in order to remove the layers of damaged skin. During the procedure, most patients experience a warm to somewhat hot sensation that lasts about 5-10 minutes. Before leaving the office, most patients no longer feel any discomfort. Since we offer glycolic and salicylic acid peels, the procedure may differ a little with each. The procedure can be performed on the face, neck, chest, hands, arms and legs.
What should I do after a chemical peel?
You need to limit sun exposure for one to two weeks after your peel. You should wear sunscreen at least SPF 30 or higher every day. Picking skin that is peeling can lead to scarring. Skin is usually improved and back to normal in one week. You may resume topical at-home treatments, such as Retin-A®, after one week.