Skincare FAQ’s

  • FAQ’s Chemical Peel
  • FAQ’s Dermaplaning Skin Treatment
  • FAQ’s Micro-Needling Therapy
  • FAQ’s Body Waxing

 

CHEMICAL PEEL

chemical-peelChemical peels are the most popular skin resurfacing procedure in the cosmetic industry. In fact, according to a recent survey by the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, more than 850,000 chemical peels were performed last year.

Today, with the public’s increasing interest in rejuvenating skin and slowing the effects of the aging process, chemical peeling has emerged as an exciting anti-aging procedure. Making the peel the most sought after cosmetic procedure performed in the U.S.

 What are Chemical Peels and How Do They Work?
The chemical acids (AHA, BHA and Enzymes) are naturally occurring acids, derived from the sugars in particular plants. Each has a unique function and some examples are Citric Acid (Citrus Fruit), Glycolic Acid (Sugar Cane), Lactic Acid (Sour Milk) and so on. The acid chosen by the professional is based on skin type, skin condition, health history and desired result. These acids work at the very base of the stratum corneum, (outer most layer of skin) dissolving the cement that holds excess layers of dead skin cells together.

This process increases cell turnover (natural skin shedding cycle, which slows with age) and influences the structure of new stratum corneum being made. This results in skin that is more flexible, smoother, and more even in tone. At greater concentration, deeper dermal effects (such as higher amounts of collagen and elastin and increased skin thickness) are observed. Eventually, acids will produce skin that is softer, smoother, less wrinkled, less dehydrated, and more even in skin tone. This results in younger looking and younger feeling skin.

Chemical peels may be performed on the face, neck, chest, hands, arms, back and legs. The best results with wrinkles are noticed on the neck, under eyes and around the mouth. Superficial, medium, or deep chemical peels may be used to improve damaged aging skin. As a general rule, the deeper the peel, the more dramatic the results. After treatment you can expect a slight sunburn sensation to sever redness, followed by light flaking or generous peeling. Individual results depends on the persons skin type and depth of treatment.

How are Peels Performed?
The procedure is generally quick and easy to perform. After a consultation, the Esthetician will recommend the proper peeling agent based upon the desired results. The face is then cleansed and striped of its natural oils and the chemical is quickly applied. During the procedure, most patients experience a warm sensation followed by mild itching or stinging sensation. A fan and cold towel will help to relieve this discomfort. Mild peels can be performed weekly or biweekly for six treatments or until the desired affect is achieved. Thereafter, maintenance peels are recommended just like you would maintain your hair or nails.

Chemical peels are widely used for the treatment of Wrinkles, Acne, Sun Damage, Large Pores, Hyperpigmentation (brown spots), Superficial scars, Stretch Marks & Rosacea

What Kinds of Improvement can I expect with a Chemical Peel?  
With your Licensed Medical Esthetician, you should discuss the type of skin improvement you hope to have from the peel treatment program. Together you can decide if your expectations are realistic and redefine your goals if necessary to get your desired improvement. The following are types of improvements that are possible and the types of peels offered.                                                  

The benefits of chemical peels include the following:

  • Eliminate dead cellular debris
  • Helps to unclog and minimize pores
  • Immediately improving overall skin texture and tone
  • Reduces fine lines and mild scaring
  • Softens discoloration due to sun damage and pigmentation flaws
  • Assists in collagen renewal, re-layering the skin and improving hydration 

 

The type of chemical recommended will be based on skin type, condition and health history. Mild chemical peels require 20-30 minutes per treatment, with no down time. Dramatic improvements occur with consistent treatments.

How Often Can I Receive a Chemical Peel?
Initially an average of six separate applications are recommended every 1-2 weeks. Some patients may notice significant benefits form only four peels, while others may require up to eight. Depending on the patients objectives, fewer or more peels may be recommended. Thereafter, one every four weeks is recommended to maintain your results.

Do Chemical Peels Cause Sun Sensitivity Especially in Summer Months?
Used correctly, chemical acids do not increase sun sensitivity. Sun sensitivity occurs when skin is irritated and inflammation occurs. Chemical peels remove layers of accumulated dead skin cells which offers no SPF protection. However, it is important to avoid overexposure to the sun immediately after a chemical peel, while the skin is healing.

Are There any Possible Negative Reactions to a Peel?
The chemical peel process can possibly cause an acne flare, a herpes simplex flare in patients who have had previous herpes infections (particularly if no preventative treatment was used) or an inflammation (redness and/or swelling) of the tissue around the mouth. Some patients may experience transient spots of hyper- or hypo-pigmentation (coloration or discoloration) after a chemical peel procedure. If these conditions are left untreated, they usually resolve themselves in four weeks.

Medical grade peels are unlike salon or home kit peels. They are not PH balanced to match the skins PH, and therefore, required a licensed professional trained in clinical skincare or physician to perform. Medical grade peels are much stronger and absorb into the skin to simulate from deep within.

What are the levels of chemical peels?

Very Superficial
Peel Known as the “lunch time peel”, this is a quick and affordable treatment. The skin immediately looks brighter and more radiant, and you can go straight back to your normal daily routine. Superficial peels penetrate the epidermis only. The skin may appear flushed and mottled. Skin generally does not shed with this peel.

Superficial Peel
As above, but skin can frost in places and shed very lightly for several days.

Medium Depth Peel
Stronger formulas are used and recovery takes up to two weeks, depending on how quickly you heal. Medium depth peels affect the entire epidermis and the papillary and upper reticular dermis. The skin develops a white frost all over after a couple of minutes. After the peel, a thickened skin develops and peels off in 5-7 days.

Deep Chemical Peel
Local anesthetic is needed. Can take months for skin to recover but one treatment can produce dramatic results. Administered only by doctors (Dermatologists or Plastic Surgeons).

What are the types of chemical peels?

Lactic Acid (AHA) – An exfoliation gentle enough for sensitive skin. This chemical peel has excellent water-binding properties that enhance the strength & barrier function of the epidermis. Also aiding in lightening discoloration, evening out skin tone. Work extremely well for clients with dry-dehydrated and sensitive skin.

Glycolic Acid (AHA) – An anti aging peel, glycolic acid works by loosens the buildup of dead cells to reveal brighter, smoother skin. The peel absorbs into the skin to promote a youthful glow by reducing the visible signs of aging, stimulating collagen and elastin, smoothing the complexion, balancing irregular skin tones and hydrating cells to generally soften the skin. A mild exfoliation is recommended for normal to combination skin types.

Mandelic Acid (AHA) – Very much like the BHA of Salicylic Acid, Mandelic Acid is an AHA with a larger molecule than Glycolic Acid, which makes it better tolerated on the skin and treats a wide array of skin concerns i.e. acne, malasma and wrinkles.

Salicylic Acid (BHA) – Designed to exfoliate oil base accumulated dead cells from the skin’s surface it has also been shown to exfoliate the cells of the interior of skin pores. Salicylic acid has superior analgesic, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Salicylic acid is best suited for oily and acne prone skin.

Enzyme Acid (Papaine/Bromelaine) – As well as an exfoliation this combination of enzymes perform a different action. In that they convert harmful and highly reactive free radicals into less reactive form. This action assists in slowing down the aging process.

Jessner’s Peel Plus – This solution is made from Salicylic Acid, Lactic Acid, Resorcinol and Hydroquinone. This peel is very effective for those concerned with discoloration and acne prone skin. Recommendation is based on the individual’s skin type and condition.

TCA 15% (Trichloroacetic Acid) Peel – Often called “freshening peels” and considered a replacement for a face lift. This peel will improve any deeper lines, wrinkles, darker age spots or fresh shallow acne scars that you might have. This will help tighten the skin, leaving a brighter youthful appearance. Recommendation is based on the individual’s skin type and condition and should not be performed more then 1-4 times per year.

 

 

DERMAPLANING SKIN TREATMENT

Dermaplaning is a simple and safe procedure for exfoliating the epidermis and ridding the skin of fine vellus hair (peach fuzz). Using a scalpel and a delicate touch, the esthetician simply abrades the surface of the skin using light feathering strokes.

Because dermaplaning is a quick procedure with few to no adverse effects, it has no down time.

It is also a first choice for patients who have excess vellus hair on the skin. This hair often causes a buildup of dirt and oils in the follicles, so removing the hair gives the patient healthier looking skin.

Although merely an old wives’ tale, many patients are often concerned that the hair will grow back heavier and darker after dermaplaning. This is not the case. As long as the hair is superficial vellus hair, it will grow back at the same rate and texture as before the treatment.

Removing epidermal skin also allows products to penetrate more readily into the deeper layers. Physicians may recommend this treatment to prepare the skin for medical procedures such as laser treatments or deep chemical peels. It also may be used by estheticians to prepare the skin for superficial chemical peels or before a cleansing facial. Dermaplaing also allows maximum penetration of topical treatments and products.

Dermaplaning is most often used on patients with rough, dry skin, superficial hyperpigmentation, mild acne scarring, or fine lines and wrinkles. The treatment results in a more refined, smooth, “glowing” appearance. Prices for dermaplaning range from $130 for dermaplaning alone to $280 for a dermaplaning/chemical peel combination treatment.

 

 

MICRO-NEEDLING THERAPY

The principle behind Micro-needling Therapy is simply to stimulate the body’s own production of collagen, thereby reducing wrinkles and improving skin texture. When it is applied to the skin, under topical anesthesia, a sterile motorized pen with very fine needles is used to create many microscopic channels deep into the dermis of the skin, which stimulate your own body to produce new collagen. These channels also improve the penetration of vitamins A and C creams about 1000 times. Vitamins A and C stimulate skin renewal, thereby making the skin appear fresher and younger. Results last as long as 5–10 years or more.

Micro-needling Therapy can typically cause the following results in your skin:

Soften fine lines and wrinkles
Contribute towards skin thickening (collagen)
Reduce the appearance of acne scars and other depressed scars on the body
Help improve stretch marks

How long is the procedure?    
Treatment sessions range from 10 minutes to one hour, depending on the area being treated.

How many treatments are needed?  
This will depend on the degree of the problem and the patient’s expectations (number of treatments usually range from three to six). Sessions are often spaced two to six weeks apart.

How long does it take to see improvement in the skin with Micro-needling Therapy?    
Collagen remodeling in normal skin takes at least 90 days, so the effects of this treatment may not be fully appreciated for at least three months after the procedure. But the effects last for years in most people.

Is Micro-needling Therapy painful? 
The procedure usually requires a topical anesthetic cream in some areas. There is usually no pain after the procedure.

What changes can be realistically expected with Micro-needling Therapy?  
Micro-needling Therapy will usually make the skin smoother, fresher and improve fine lines around the eyes, mouth and cheeks. Micro-needling Therapy will usually cause significant improvement in stretch marks and acne scars. Skin texture and brown marks will also improve in most cases.

What is the cost for this type of procedure?     
The price of each clinic treatment ranges from $350+ per treatment.

EFFECTIVE TREATMENT FOR WRINKLES, STRETCH MARKS AND ACNE SCARS

MICRO-NEEDLING COMPARED TO LASER 

SINGLE TREATMENT PRICE

NUMBER OF TREATMENT REQUIRED

TOTAL COST FOR TREATMENT

FRAXEL

$1,200

5 treatments, 1-2 weeks apart

$6,000

PIXEL

$700

5 treatments, 1-4 weeks apart

$3,500

MICRO-NEEDLING

$200

3 treatments, 6-8 weeks apart

  $600

WAXING

 

Waxing Recommendations

For your comfort, I recommend the following to ensure the best results from your service.

1.  We recommend that waxing services be performed when the hair growth has reached approximately 1/4” in length or 3-4 weeks of hair growth.  Generally longer is better however, when receiving a Brazilian wax this does not apply.  Anything over 1/2” in length may be painful so please remove any excess at home.

2.  You may experience some redness, rashing or welting following your waxing services. These symptoms are normal for many people, especially for your first time visit. Hydrocortisone can be used if needed.

3.  During menstruation, pregnancy or some medications may cause the skin to retain water. Women may experience more sensitivity at this time. Bruising or increased redness may occur, particularly around the bikini area. If lifting occurs Neosporin may be applied to the area if needed.

4.  Please allow 24 hours to allow follicles to heal before entering a hot climate, i.e. tanning bed, sun bathing, hot tub or gym. Newly waxed skin is more sensitive. If in sun always apply SPF 15 or higher.

5.  Please inform your technician if you are using ANY medication prescribed by a dermatologist or physician. We cannot perform waxing services on clients who are using Accutane, Retin-A or Antibiotics due to the sensitivity these products cause to the skin.

6.  Post waxing wash treated area gently with mild cleanser.

7.  Avoid applying product with Retin-A, alpha hydroxyl acids, masks or astringents for 48 hours or until skin sensitivity subsides.

8.  Please inform us of any recent facial procedures, i.e. chemical peels, microdermabrasion, IPL or laser treatments. Significant healing time must be allowed before undergoing facial waxing.

9.  High frequency may be used to help heal the follicles and to prevent any formation of bacteria.

10.  When in doubt do without:  Please refrain from cosmetics that are not pure mineral for 12 hrs. Some ingredients and bacteria in products may cause infection on newly waxed skin, i.e. pressed powders, comedogenic foundations, dirty sponges or brushes.

 

Policies & Procedures for Underage Clients

Under the age of 12:  bikini waxing will NOT be performed on minor persons under the age of 12 for any reason

Ages 12-15:  guests ages 12-15 may receive bikini waxing only if the minor is accompanied by a parent or legal guardian
The parent or guardian signs a parental consent waiver/release form
The parent or documented guardian is present in the service room during the service procedure
The client must keep on undergarments during service
The technician must be the same gender

Ages 16-18:  guest ages 16-18 may receive bikini waxing only if
A signed parental consent waiver/release from is obtained
The client must keep on undergarments during service
The technician must be the same gender

Other waxing services: under the age of 16
The minor is accompanied by a parent or legal guardian
A signed parental consent waiver/release for is obtained