“WHAT TREATMENT DO I NEED?” is the most frequently asked question!
Clients are confused by all the available options. And most people are also somewhat afraid of committing to a treatment they don’t completely understand. Let’s take the mystery out of some of the services at the studio:
Corrective Skincare Treatment: This is a facial but not a “spa” facial. This service will address your main skincare concern. The treatment always includes an exfoliation, which are methods that are typically chemical or mechanical. Chemical exfoliators for this service are either an alpha hydroxy acid or fruit enzymes, while a mechanical exfoliator for this service would be a facial scrub. This treatment is great for just about anyone.
Microdermabrasion: This treatment usually starts with a fruit enzyme or AHA to loosen skin on the surface. A microdermabrasion is then performed using suction against the skin with a diamond tip (chosen for your skin type) that pulls the surface skin from the outer most layer of the skin. Some microderm machines also use a titanium dioxide “crystal” that is pushed out of the wand and then the debris along with the surface skin from the outer most layer. Both methods trap the debris and skin in a filter that is changed with each client. Tips are also sanitized and sterilized prior to each client. Microdermabrasion is used to revive dull skin and dry skin, as well as address pigmentation from the sun, acne scarring and congested skin (large pores). Most clients notice an immediate improvement. Microdermabrasion can be performed monthly and most clients can benefit from this treatment.
Micro-Peel: This treatment includes everything that a microdermabrasion treatment does with the added application of a medium-depth peel after the microderm. The peel agents are specially blended to meet your specific needs.
Microdermabrasion with O2 Infusion: This is the microdermabrasion treatment listed above with the added benefit of pushing a serum into the skin to infuse the skin with moisture and improved penetration of the product as it is applied under air pressure. This infusion technique can be used after many different types of treatments, not just microdermabrasion.
Chemical Peels are agents applied to skin. These chemicals can sometimes be combinations of AHA and BHA (beta hydroxy acids). We also use TCA and Modified Jessner peel agents in the process, depending on the client needs. All chemical peels do not cause the skin to “peel,” but the process is designed to create exfoliation of the skin without a mechanical exfoliation. We do use a variety of chemical peels and agents, which are valuable tools in treating fine lines and wrinkles, acne, and pigmentation. Chemical peels are often used in combination with microdermabrasion and LED therapy.
LED Therapy is almost every client’s favorite! Most call it the “light nap” because it is so relaxing. LED is FDA approved to treat aging skin, acne and pain. We use a Celluma panel that emits red, blue and infrared light during each treatment. First, the skin is cleansed and exfoliated and sometimes a healing agent (growth factor) or other translucent product is placed on the skin. The client wears goggles to avoid bright light in their eyes (the light is not dangerous to your eyes but uncomfortable without goggles). The panel is bendable and is adjusted to fit as close to the face as possible. The further away the panel the less effective the treatment. LED is used for 15-30 minutes depending on the service.
I hope this takes away some of the questions you may have about different skincare treatments. I am always happy to discuss any questions you may have because I love to educate clients on what’s available. More importantly, I closely listen to what you want to accomplish, which is the best possible way to chose a treatment!