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What To Expect After A Chemical Peel

Posted by Sara Barrett on Apr 30, 2015 11:36:06 AM

 

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Chemical peels are quick in-office treatments that can help with a wide variety of skin concerns. They have remained a favorite because they can resurface and refresh the skin by diminishing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, enlarged pores, hyperpigmentation and acne scars. 

Peels range from light, to medium or deep. Lighter peels are generally recommended in a series of at least six, while a deeper peel may be a one-time treatment. You may be able to return to your regular activities immediately after a light peel, deeper peels may require more downtime. 

What to Expect

While some patients never actually peel, others can expect several days to weeks of noticeable skin peeling, depending on the type and strength of peel and your skin type.  After a peel you will look fresh and radiant. With more aggressive peels, you may look pink to red, but that is temporary and goes away within a few days to weeks. Skin should appear tighter, fresher and more even toned.

Most people can start to wear makeup the next day.

Downtime

The amount of downtime involved with a peel depends on the type of peel. Lighter peels can have very little to no downtime at all – with only light flaking, if any. Medium to Deep peels can have from 2-3 days, to 2-weeks downtime, depending on the peel and your skin type.

Post-Care Tips

Before your peel, an aesthetician will use VISIA skin analysis to develop a custom skin care plan based on your results. The VISIA will help determine the correct chemical peel treatment and post-care regimen.

Immediately following your peel avoid direct sun exposure as much as possible. After a chemical peel it is important apply a moisturizer with sunscreen every morning with at least an SPF of 30 – although you should be doing this every day regardless!

 

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How To Shrink Your Pores

Posted by Sara Barrett on Dec 11, 2014 3:10:00 PM

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While pore size is not always the biggest area of concern when it comes to skin care, we have seen an increase in patients who want to “make my pores look smaller.” 

What makes pores look bigger?

Genetics determine pore size, as do skin type and age. If your skin is oily, and that oil gets trapped inside the pores, it oxidizes and turns dark. Overtime, especially if you’ve had a lot of sun exposure in the past – you start to lose the collagen and elastin that support the pores. They begin to stretch and sag around the edges, which can make them look bigger.

While you can’t shrink our pores with any permanency, the right skin-care products and treatments can help keep the skin clear and tight – making them less noticeable. 

Ways to make pores look smaller

Before cleansing the skin, make sure to exfoliate.  Exfoliation is key to a clear and vibrant complexion. 

If you have tried over-the-counter products and still aren’t seeing any results – it may be time for a visit to your aesthetician. When a patient’s pores are very clogged with blackheads and whiteheads – they can make the pores a lot more apparent.

Products

Prescription retinoid creams exfoliate pores and flush them of oil and build-up, which makes pores appear smaller. Retinol is FDA approved to protect against signs of photoaging, which contributes to the dilation of pores over time – it’s like killing two birds with one stone.

Treatments

A round of treatments is often the answer for those whose pores are so severely clogged that even prescriptions don’t help. For some, lasers and peels are most effective at minimizing pores.

IPL (Intense pulse light therapy) can make pores look smaller. The lights reach deep into the skin and stimulates collagen production.  With IPL they are able to penetrate deep enough into the layers of the skin without harming the surface layers. IPL takes about 30 minutes and there is little to no downtime involved.

Chemical Peels. Another great way to minimize pores is with peels. Peels are one the best ways to exfoliate the skin, and you’ll see your pores shrink right away in addition to many other benefits. Depending on the type of peel your aesthetician recommends – peels can help with acne, complexion and texture issues as well as overall anti-aging affects.

Can you get rid of pores completely?

Pores are a vital part of the skin, and getting rid of them completely is impossible.  However, with the right skin care routine, you can minimize the appearance of pores dramatically.

In need of a new skin care routine? Come visit us for a complimentary Visia Skin Analysis. Our aestheticians can meet with you to develop a customized skin care plan that’s right for you and your wallet!

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Topics: Anti Aging, Chemical Peels, IPL

How To Prevent and Treat Lip Lines

Posted by Sara Barrett on Sep 22, 2014 5:01:00 PM

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Sometimes the smallest problems can contribute a great deal to an aging look.

Lip lines, also called smokers’ lines, are those little vertical fissures above your upper lip. Most women get them as the years pass, whether they smoke or not. The process is the same as it is for all facial aging: the skin loses tone and elasticity on the surface while the volume under the skin diminishes. The result is a wrinkled, sunken look.

What causes lip lines?

1. Sun Exposure

Are you surprised with this one? It seems those UV rays always take the blame for aging. Even on the coldest day, we still get UV exposure. The only way to help with the aging affects of sun exposure? You guessed it - stay out of the sun and lather up on sunscreen every single day!

2. Smoking

In addition to all the other scary health issues that come with smoking - the repeated motion of puckering up causes the tiny grooves in the skin above your lips to form more quickly, and to become more pronounced.

3. Straws

Though this has not been scientifically proven - many medical sources say that the frequent use of straws can cause lip lines to form sooner. The same is said about kissing - but you may want to weigh the benefits on that one. :-)

4. Aging

The one thing none of us can do anything about? Aging. Sort of. There are plenty of lifestyle changes that can help prevent of slow down the appearance of lines around the upper lip. Moisturize, drink plenty of water, use a Retinol, get enough sleep and eat a healthy diet.

How to Treat Lip Lines

If your genetic code or past-sun exposure or smoking has resulted in lines to your upper-lip, there are many steps you can take to minimize and even completely erase their appearance.

Our Top 3 Treatments for Lip Lines

1. Injectable Wrinkle Fillers 

2. Laser Skin Resurfacing

3. Chemical Peels 

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Topics: Chemical Peels, Fillers, Wrinkle Fillers

Transformation Tuesday: Getting Rid of Melasma

Posted by Sara Barrett on Mar 18, 2014 10:35:00 AM

Getting Rid of Melasma

Patient Background:

This client was terribly sunburned as a young girl and developed melasma. Unfortunately the photos were taken with different cameras and the lighting and coloring are quite different, but you can see in the 2nd photo her melasma has faded almost entirely.  She has no makeup on except for a little lip gloss.  

The melasma patient had done many procedures including MicrodermabrasionChemical Peels, and IPL treatments with no success. 

Treatment:

We thought we were never going to find the right treatment to help this patient – until we found the formulation for our skin lightening peel. We called her up and said, “We think we finally found something to help you, let us do this for you free of charge!”   She had a few days of down time and had to use an at-home skin care system for a few weeks, but just a month later, Shazaam! Look at her now!!!!! Aren't her results amazing??? 

melasama before and after

melasma before and after peel

Silk Touch Rx Skin Lightening System is a superficial chemical peel designed to improve the texture and appearance of hyper-pigmented skin. This facial peel is designed to eliminate sun damaged skin and melasma. This peel involves a medicated masque and an at-home skin care regimen. Downtime is a little greater (up to 7 days) but the results are amazing!!!

There is no pain and little-to-no irritation during the application of the opaque creme masque, and typically, the irritation level on the following days is more like a sunburn.

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Topics: Before and After Photos, Transformation Tuesday, Chemical Peels, Melasma

When to Schedule a Microdermabrasion VS. a Chemical Peel

Posted by Shannon Morgan on Sep 28, 2012 10:30:00 AM

There are numerous ways of removing skin imperfections like wrinkles, pigment changes, fine scarring, acne, and sun damage. Microdermabrasion and chemical peels can both help treat your skin concerns. But how do you know which is right for you? When should you get a microdermabrasion verses a chemical peel?

Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion treatments start with a deep cleansing and gentle extractions.  This treatment uses micro-crystals to painlessly remove the surface layer of skin to leave it softer, smoother and fresher. Six to eight sessions are usually suggested for optimal results. There is minimal redness of the skin after each treatment which usually subsides within about 30 to 60 minutes so there is little down time associated with this procedure.

Microdermabrasion is great for improving:

  • Clogged and large pores

  • Rough skin texture

  • Production and growth

  • Collagen

  • Uneven skin color

  • Sun and age spots

  • Dull or dry patches

  • Acne

  • Fine line and wrinkles

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels involve the application of an exfoliating solution to the skin in order to remove damaged outer layers and expose the soft, new and radiant underlying skin. At Silk Touch we offer several types of chemicals peels, all suited for various skin types and conditions. Read about them here. The downtime for a chemical peel is a little longer than for a micro but it is still minimal.

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Chemical peels are great for improving:

  • Fine lines

  • Acne

  • Skin Discoloration

  • Increases moisture retention

Both treatments sound great, but which treatment is right for me?

Microdermabrasion and the lightest glycolic peels both make very subtle changes to the appearance of the skin. As part of a regimen of regular skin care, either will probably contribute to a fresh and rested appearance.  However, peels using stronger concentrations of glycolic acid, or using one of the many other chemical peeling agents, will almost certainly make a more substantial difference in the look of skin than microdermabrasion does.

Every person considering facial resurfacing will have to balance the competing factors for themselves. Only an individual can know how much of a difference they would like to see in their face, and what they are willing to do to achieve it. If you want help deciding between a chemical peel and a facial, our staff at Silk Touch is here to help. Drop on by for a free consultation and we can give you a skin analysis go over the changes you would like to see and suggest the best treatment options for you personally.

To schedule an appointment click the link below or give us a call at 208-939-3110.

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Topics: Skin Care, Anti Aging, Chemical Peels, Microdermabrasion

My teen is suffering from acne. Which skin care treatment is best?

Posted by Shannon Morgan on Dec 7, 2011 9:35:00 AM

My teen is suffering from acne. Which treatment is best?

Will Tanning or Watching their Diet Help?

Acne is an inflammatory disease of the skin and is not related in any way to the foods consumed by an individual. Acne is most common and severe in the teenage years but can continue into adulthood. Acne leads to skin redness, pimples and blackheads. When uncontrolled, acne can eventually lead to scarring. All successful acne treatments must include steps to unclog the pores and to kill the bacterium that causes the inflammation.

Many OTC (over the counter) products promise to reduce acne but succeed only in causing further skin irritation and increase the chance of permanent scarring. Exposure to sunlight (tanning) may temporarily reduce the outward sign of acne, but symptoms will return after the skin begins to heal. In addition, sun exposure increases the chance of skin cancers, brown blotches and premature wrinkling and aging.

Because every patient’s skin is different, Silk Touch Acne Care starts with a FREE PERSONAL CONSULTATION. This approach allows us to design a treatment regimen that will offer the best results for each patient.

LED Light Therapy 

LED Acne

The LED therapy (also called Blue Light Therapy) is a treatment that uses light to kill the acne causing - bacteria and stimulates cells to help with the healing process. The blue-light therapy also helps to reduce the inflammation surrounding acne lesions.

Blue light therapy can be used on its own, but is often combined with an agent that makes the skin more receptive to the light treatment. Several treatments are needed, usually spaced out over several weeks. LED therapy is most often recommended for patients with light to moderate acne or those who may not tolerate a more aggressive treatment.

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Photodynamic Acne Therapy

We use a combination of Levulan and LED Light Therapy or Deep Pore Therapy to target hard to treat acne. A series of three to five treatments are usually performed at a period of two to four week intervals. The number of treatments recommended depends on the severity of acne. Some patients may notice results after the first treatment.

Photodynamic Acne Therapy can be used to treat moderate to severe cystic acne, and may provide results similar to those achieved with Accutane.

Before and After Photos:

acne before LED  Acne After LED

Medical Microdermabrasion

Medical Microdermabrasion removes dead skin and helps prevent and dislodge follicle plugs. Microdermabrasion can be helpful in treating the type of acne that consists of blackheads, whiteheads, and skin-colored bumps. When used as part of an acne treatment program, microdermabrasion can significantly enhance the clearing of active pimples. For users with red bumps or deeper cysts, however, an alternate procedure (such as Photodynamic Acne Therapy) may be recommended.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels can exfoliate the skin and minimize clogged pores and may also be beneficial in for scar reduction in long term acne patients. Silk Touch MedSpa offers a wide variety of chemical peels suited to various skin types.

Cosmeceuticals

Cosmeceuticals –or cosmetic pharmaceuticals-- include moisturizers, cleansers, peels and other topical products used to control acne. Silk Touch MedSpa carries a complete line of prescription and non-prescription cosmeceuticals, including topical retinoids.

To find the treatment that is right for you, please schedule a free consulation with our office. We'd be happy to answer any questions you have.

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Topics: Before and After Photos, Chemical Peels, Acne

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