Anti-Aging Skin Treatments
While many products and services sold at day spas can help temporarily improve the appearance of skin tone and texture, only the treatments provided by medical aestheticians and cosmetic physicians can truly turn back the hands of time.
Dermaplaning is a non-invasive technique perfect for those new to cosmetic medicine who are looking for instant results with no downtime or side effects. Dermaplaning uses a blade to gently exfoliate the uppermost layers of skin, revealing fresh, smooth skin beneath. The technique manually removes dead, dull skin cells and baby-fine facial hair for a brighter, smoother complexion. Dermaplaning also permits skincare products and treatments to better penetrate the dermis, making them more effective, quicker. Makeup glides on more easily. Pioneered decades ago by the dermatologists to Golden Age Hollywood starlets, both Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe were known to employ this technique to maintain perfect “camera-ready” skin.
Microdermabrasion is similar to dermaplaning in that both are methods of manual exfoliation. Using an abrasion tool, usually in conjunction with tiny exfoliating crystals that are sprayed upon the skin, microdermabrasion gently buffs away the uppermost layer of skin. Microdermabrasion can help to dislodge blackheads, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and minimize the appearance of large pores. There are no to minimal side effects or downtime.
Chemical peels take exfoliation a step forward by using a chemical solution to remove the uppermost layers of skin. A light chemical peel can subtly improve the appearance and texture of your skin and are performed by licensed aestheticians. A moderate-to-deep peel is often performed by a cosmetic physician and can dramatically improve scars, deep wrinkles, and discolored skin. Dr. Roche and her team will select the appropriate peeling agent and depth of peel to achieve your desired results. Glycolic acid is often used for light chemical peels, while surgical-level peels employ TCA (trichloroacetic acid) or phenol. Skin will slough off over a period of days, revealing fresher, more youthful skin.
Depending on the depth of peel, patients can expect anywhere from a two-day to six-week recovery time. Skin may look slightly sunburned with a mild peel or even crust with a moderate to deep peel.
A chemical peel is one of the least invasive and most affordable cosmetic medicine procedures. Popular to correct facial wrinkles, chemical peels can also improve skin texture on the neck, chest, and hands.
Remember to maintain your beautiful results. All exfoliation techniques increase your sun susceptibility, so use a strong sunscreen and limit sun exposure after treatment. “At-home” exfoliation can be done safely as a routine self-therapy, with facial scrubs and peels. These fine products are available for purchase at the Elizabeth Roche MD MedSpa, following a consultation with our medical aesthetician.