MicroNeedling (Collagen Stimulation Therapy)

  • What is MicroNeedling, and how will I benefit from it?
    A treatment requiring specific advanced training performed with a device such as the DermaPen 3.  The Aesthetician uses the device to create micro-injuries to the skin.  As part of the healing process the fibroblasts (special cells in the skin) create increased amounts of collagen and elastin which helps to decrease: fine/deep lines and wrinkles, skin laxity, hyper-pigmentation (sun/age spots) as well as scar reduction.  Patients typically notice an evening out of skin tone and texture initially post treatment.  A series of 3-8 treatments is recommended and is dependent upon the condition being treated. CST is proven effective in anti-aging as well as scar, burn and stretch mark resurfacing.


  • Preparing for your MicroNeedling treatment.
    A complimentary skin analysis is required prior to receiving advanced treatment to determine if there are any contraindications. For the best results, establishing a customized home care protocol with your aesthetician prior to your first visit to get your skin “treatment ready” is strongly encouraged.
  • What to expect during MicroNeedling treatment.
    Following a double cleanse and enzyme application, a prescription compounded numbing crème will be applied and allowed to remain on the skin for 20 minutes. Once the numbing crème is removed, the aesthetician will start with the forehead area and work towards the décolleté.
  • After MicroNeedling.
    You will leave your treatment with a tinted SPF designed for application post treatment to start the healing process and to help camouflage the pinkness of the skin, which is both a normal and desired result of the treatment. Once the numbing crème wears off, your skin will feel sunburnt. Many patients are no longer pink the following day, the inflammation response for each person is different. Most patients find that their skin feels dryer and tighter over the course of the following few days. Post care products are helpful in this regard as is the post enzyme treatment.
  • Home care post MicroNeedling.
    Your aesthetician will make adjustments to your normal home care protocol for 3 days post treatment. You will resume your typical home care protocol on day 4.
PRP/Blood Facial
  • What is a PRP/Blood Facial and PRP Injections?
    Many have heard this treatment called the Vampire Facial, made popular by Kim Kardashian.  A PRP/Blood Facial involves a simple in-office blood draw done to produce a platelet rich concentrate (PRP) which is infused into the skin during a MicroNeedling treatment.  PRP contains growth factors and stem cells and is capable of regenerating healthy skin at unequivocal levels. This is an Add-on treatment available when scheduling a MicroNeedling. PRP injections can be also be performed as yet another Add-on treatment. PRP injections result in a rejuvenation boost that many a calling the 21st Century Facelift.
LED Therapy
  • What is LED Therapy, and what are the benefit of it?

    LED Therapy has been shown to increase circulation, enhance tissue repair, kill acne bacteria, decrease inflammation, smooth skin texture, and enhance tone and clarity for  overall skin rejuvenative benefits.

    Research indicates that cells absorb photons (particles of light) and transform their energy into adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is what cells use for energy. Increasing the amount of ATP in a cell is like adding Nitro to the gas tank of a car! The increase of energy in the cell is used to power cellular processes such as manufacturing DNA, RNA, proteins, enzymes, and other products needed to repair or regenerate damaged skin cells, accelerate cellular turnover, improve skin firmness and resilience, increase lymphatic system activity, restore skin’s natural cellular activity, and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and superficial hyperpigmentation. In other words, the LED light provides compromised cells with more energy to enhance performance. For example, fibroblast cells will increase collagen and elastin production which is key to renewing the skin.

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  • Preparing for LED Therapy.
    No special pre-treatment of the skin is required
  • What to expect with LED Therapy.
    The LED Therapy is 30 minutes and is offered as a stand-alone treatment or as a Treatment Enhancement. Skin will be cleansed to ensure that it is free of makeup or any other skincare products that may deflect light away from the skin. An enzyme will also be applied to prepare the skin before the treatment for best results. The Celluma device will be positioned in close proximity to the area being treated after protective eye patches have been applied.
  • Home care after LED Therapy.

    LED devices are considered extremely low risk when used as intended and has been proven to be beneficial for all skin types. It is non-ablative, non-invasive, painless, and requires absolutely no downtime. You can return to your normal daily activities immediately post treatment.

Chemical Peel (Resurfacing)
  • What is a chemical peel?
    A chemical peel is an acid solution that is applied to the skin. It dissolves the outermost layer of skin cells, which then peels off over the following days to reveal the fresher, younger layer below. Peels are very effective in treating a large range of skin concerns such as aging, sun damage, acne, mild scarring, improving skin brightness, and evening skin tone.

    Peels can be light, moderate or deep. Light peels require no down time from work and your normal activities. Moderate peels may require a day or two, and deep peels can require a week or more of down time to allow the skin to fully heal. Estheticians who are not working in a medical setting perform light to moderate peels only. Deep peels can only be performed by a physician, or under a physician’s supervision, for your safety.

  • Preparing for treatment.
    A chemical peel is an acid solution that is applied to the skin. It dissolves the outermost layer of skin cells, which then peels off over the following days to reveal the fresher, younger layer below. Peels are very effective in treating a large range of skin concerns such as aging, sun damage, acne, mild scarring, improving skin brightness, and evening skin tone.

    Peels can be light, moderate or deep. Light peels require no down time from work and your normal activities. Moderate peels may require a day or two, and deep peels can require a week or more of down time to allow the skin to fully heal. Estheticians who are not working in a medical setting perform light to moderate peels only. Deep peels can only be performed by a physician, or under a physician’s supervision, for your safety.

  • What to expect during a chemical peel.
    The skin is cleansed and a prep solution will be applied to remove surface oils and allow the peel to penetrate the skin evenly. Any sensitive areas that cannot be treated will be protected with a thin film of petroleum jelly. Your eyes will be covered to protect them. One or more chemical mixtures will be applied, such as glycolic acid (from sugar cane), trichloroacetic acid (similar to bleach), salicylic acid (wintergreen—good for acne), lactic acid (from milk), or a combination peel called a Jessners peel. The peel will be applied in 1–3 layers, depending on the depth of penetration intended. The acids react with the skin to produce a “controlled wound,” allowing fresh skin to regenerate and emerge. A tingling, burning or hot sensation is normal. Most peels remain on the skin only a few minutes, and are closely watched by the esthetician. A fan may help you stay more comfortable. After some peels, a neutralizing solution is applied to stop the peel. Other peels are self-timed and stop on their own.
  • After the peel.
    After most peels, the skin will be pink to red, and look shiny and tight. It is vital to apply sunscreen of SFP 30 or greater to the skin for the next 48 hours, minimum. You must also stay out of the sun, as your skin will be very sensitive to UV rays and could be damaged by sun exposure. The skin will begin to flake or peel within 2–3 days after the treatment, unless you had a lactic acid peel—these encourage moisture retention and may not produce any actual peeling. Sun-damaged areas of your skin will appear darker at first, then will lighten. This is normal. Deeper peels can produce peeling for a week or more. To assist in removing the flaking skin, an enzyme peel or light microdermabrasion treatment is sometimes scheduled a week or so after the initial peel. For maximum results, a series of peels is usually recommended, and may be necessary for treating challenging issues such as hyperpigmentation
  • Home care after a chemical peel.
    Your esthetician will recommend healing products to use for the week or two following your peel. These will soothe and nourish your skin, and aid in its recovery. Usually it is best to avoid makeup during this time, to allow the skin to heal and function without interference. However, if you must wear makeup, mineral makeup will not adversely affect the skin.
Facials
  • What is a facial? Why do i need one.
    A facial is a professional cleansing, purifying, and beautifying treatment of the skin on the face and neck. Facials are the number one treatment performed by estheticians, and a good way for your therapist to get a good understanding of your skin prior to suggesting more aggressive treatments.

    For most people, facials can be scheduled every four weeks, although your therapist may recommend a different schedule. There are many variations of facials based on different needs, as well as different lengths of time. A mini facial may be only 20–30 minutes in length, while a more luxurious version may be 75–90 minutes in length. Tell your esthetician exactly what you want to get out of your facial, and she/he will be able to recommend a facial to meet your needs.

  • Preparing for a facial.
    Be sure to allow enough time to fill out a comprehensive intake prior to your treatment. Plan to arrive a little early so you will not feel rushed and can enjoy the entire length of your treatment. Remember that your hair may become damp during the facial, and will usually be held back from your face with a soft wrap or headband, so you may not want to schedule a public appearance right after your facial! There is no need to remove your makeup prior to the appointment, as it will be cleansed off during the facial.
  • What to expect.
    Facials are generally very relaxing and soothing. Your esthetician will explain to you what the treatment steps will be. Be sure to communicate with your esthetician during the facial if any product burns, itches, or if you need anything or have any questions. Otherwise, just lie back and enjoy the experience. A basic facial generally includes the following steps:

    • Makeup removal and cleansing of the skin.
    • Skin analysis.
    • Exfoliation by mechanical, enzymatic or chemical means.
    • Massage of the face and neck, to aid in relaxation and stimulate blood and oxygen flow to the skin.
    • Extraction of blackheads and other impurities, either manually (using gloved hands and cotton or tissue around the fingers with gentle pressure to remove the impacted pore) or using a metal extraction implement designed to clear blocked pores. This can also include the use of a lancet (a small, sharp blade to lift the dead cells of the skin prior to extraction).
    • Application of products targeted to your skin type (dry, oily, mixed, sensitive, or mature).
  • After a facial.
    After a facial, your skin will probably be soft, smooth and well hydrated. However, if multiple extractions were needed or if you required a fair amount of exfoliation, your face may be somewhat rosy for one to two hours or more, depending on how sensitive your skin is. This is quite normal. You can apply mineral makeup after your facial if there is some redness you want to conceal.
  • What about home care?
    Your esthetician will go over which professional home care products for you to continue the improvement in your skin following your professional treatment. This way, you will be using products that maximize benefits and prolong the effects of your treatment. Your therapist can explain how, when and how much of the products to use. Feel free to call the therapist later, if you have any questions.
Microdermabrasion
  • What is microdermabrasion, and how will I benefit from it?
    Microdermabrasion is a method of exfoliation that uses a machine to remove dead surface skin cells and initiate cellular turnover. It was first adopted in Europe in the 1980s and was introduced to the United States in the late 1990s. Its introduction led the revolution of device-driven, noninvasive cosmetic procedures. Today, microdermabrasion remains one of the most popular services employed in both medical and day spas.

    The two most common methods are crystal and diamond. The crystal method uses a wand which sprays fine crystals onto the skin, loosening and removing dead skin cells, while simultaneously using vacuum suction to remove the used crystals and dead skin. It has been compared to a mild “sandblasting” of the skin. The diamond method uses a diamond-tipped wand to sand and resurface the skin, combined with suction to remove the dead skin cells. Both methods stimulate blood circulation and revitalize collagen production, which promotes younger-looking skin. The degree of exfoliation depends on the number of passes, level of crystal spray or coarseness of the diamond wand, the pressure and suction used, and the frequency of treatment.

    Microdermabrasion can be helpful to treat aging and sun-damaged skin, altered pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, stretch marks, and some types of acne and acne scarring. It is especially effective in treating the under-eye area and crow’s feet. Results may include improved skin tone, reduced visual appearance of aging, fewer breakouts, diminished appearance of scars, refined skin pores, renewed elasticity, and a healthy glow. Microdermabrasion may be recommended for those with chemical sensitivities and can be used on most skin colors and types, although there are some contraindications. Ask your skin care professional if microdermabrasion is right for you.

  • Preparing for microdermabrasion treatment.
    The procedure is noninvasive and requires little preparation. You may remove your makeup and come to the treatment room with a clean face, or allow your skin care professional to remove your makeup for you.
  • What to expect with microdermabrasion.
    Most clients do not find the procedure to be painful, and it requires no anesthetic. The esthetician will instruct you to relax as she applies the wand to your face in a slow, methodical way. One microdermabrasion treatment should take 30 minutes to an hour. There are no side effects, and your skin will look glowing and fresh almost immediately after the treatment. Some more aggressive treatments may cause the skin to look slightly pink and tender for a few hours afterward. You can resume normal activities and apply makeup and moisturizer directly after your microdermabrasion session.
  • Home care after microdermabrasion.
    Because fresh skin has been newly exposed, it is important to apply sunscreen and to avoid direct sunlight and tanning booths following your session. Also, avoid products containing harsh chemicals, dyes, or perfumes until the skin has fully healed. Your skin care professional will explain the home care regimen that is right for you, and send you home with written instructions.