DERMAPLANING + MICRONEEDLING: AN OPTIMAL COMBO TREATMENT
Dermaplaning and Microneedling are Effective Stand alone treatments. But combined they can produce optimal results. Dermaplaning is a safe and simple skin rejuvenation treatment intended to exfoliate the epidermis and remove facial peach fuzz. It leaves the skin smoother and looking healthier. This exfoliation allows for your skincare products to penetrate more readily into the deeper layers.
Dermaplaning is an ideal treatment for those with excess vellous hair the can cause dirt and oil to clog follicles and is a perfect add on for many aesthetic procedures. Dermaplaning is also a prime exfoliation treatment for those who are pregnant or nursing and not allowed to use chemical peeling agents.
Patients often wonder if their hair will grow back thicker and darker after dermaplaning. This is simply a myth. As long as the hair is superficial vellus hair, it will continue to grow back at the same rate and texture as it did prior to treatment.
Microneedling or collagen induction therapy mimics the effects of fractional laser by generating micro-punctures in the skin. This controlled wound-healing response in the deep layers of the skin stimulates the collagen. It results in a smoother and more youthful appearance. The micropunctures create a controlled injury underneath the surface of the skin, which then sends a wake up call to the collagen to start producing more. The skin plumps and thickens in response to this. Microneedling aims to improve mild to moderate acne scarring, fine lines and wrinkles, rough skin texture, decreases pore size, and tightens lax skin.
What is a microneedling treatment? The skincare provider holds a pen-like device with a sterile, disposable tip housing tiny needles used to pierce the skin. Most people experience redness and light swelling post-treatment that can last up to 48 hours. This is suitable for all skin types and colors, and there is no risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
Combining these two treatments will give you the most desirable outcome. Together these procedures are ideal to treat uneven skin tone and texture, large pores, fine lines, unwanted facial hair, and acne scars. Dermaplaning before Micro-needling allows for topical products to penetrate significantly deeper into the skin layers, allowing the patient to achieve the most desirable outcome.
AESTHETICS FOR A CAUSE AND DURING A CURE
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We would like to extend a few helpful skincare tips to those who are undergoing or have undergone cancer treatments. Side effects from chemotherapy and radiation may include severely dry, itchy skin that often accompanies significant facial volume loss. There are a number of aesthetic treatments available to help minimize these skin issues. These include calming facials, lasers, fillers, Botox, and topical skincare products. These services are typically safe during and after radiation or chemotherapy for breast cancer and other non-head and neck cancers.
Facials: gentle products used during our aesthetic treatments are customized to your specific skincare needs. Studies have shown there are healing benefits through the power of touch, such as with facial massage, including pain reduction and mood enhancement. A soothing facial treatment will improve skin appearance and leave you feeling relaxed.
Injectables: Botox and dermal fillers, such as Voluma and Sculptra are safe to use after chemo and radiation and can give your face the volume that was lost during drastic weight loss that often accompanies cancer therapies.
Skincare products: a quality skincare regimen can help regain skin health with much needed hydration and moisture that is greatly lost during cancer treatments. Lightweight lotions that can be easily applied are ideal as well as products that are gentle and non-drying that do not contain perfumes, dyes, or chemicals are essential. Lavender is one scent that is often tolerable but avoid sweet smells like vanilla. It is also important to avoid alpha-hydroxy products and others that heavily exfoliate and peel skin that is already compromised from cancer therapy.
The exceptions for non-invasive skin care treatments are those with a depleted immune system as well as those receiving cancer therapy for head and neck cancers.
Cancer treatments will affect patients physically, mentally, and emotionally. We understand how important it is to stay positive and looking well is important to your well-being. Schedule a complimentary skincare consultation with our aesthetic specialists and feel comfortable in knowing that we perform every skincare treatment with knowledge, compassion and understanding.