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Are you a candidate for Microdermabrasion?

Posted by Sara Barrett on Nov 29, 2012 11:02:00 AM


Mircrodermabrasion
is a popular treatment and a favorite of our clients here at Silk Touch Med Spa and Laser Center. But even with so many people raving about their latest micro session, not everyone knows exactly what a microdermabrasion is, how it works, or the numerous ways that micros can improve your skin.

How does Microdermabrasion work?

One of the questions we receive most often is, how exactly does microdermabrasion work?

Microdermabrasion works in two ways. It works by gently exfoliating or removing the outside layers (stratum corneum) of the skin. The abrasive action of the wand gently removes the outer surface layers, allowing smoother, fresher skin to be apparent. The second way is that the vacuum action helps to stimulate microcirculation and lymphatic flow, increasing the blood supply that provides nutrients needed for skin regeneration. This helps accelerate the skins repair process and stimulates the formation of new collagen and elastin thereby improving skin texture and elasticity.

Minute aluminum oxide crystals are delivered in a controlled fashion to the top layer of the skin. The crystals are then vacuumed off, taking away dead skin cells. Some studies report that there is an increased production of collagen in the skin that helps the skin look youthful again. As well helping the face look plump and youthful.

The principle behind Microdermabrasion is the idea that if you remove the stratum corneum, the body interprets this as a mild injury and rushes to replace the lost skin cells with new, healthy ones. This process has many beneficial effects. With the stratum corneum gone, the skin's surface is improved. The healing process brings with it newer skin cells that look and feel smoother. Some of the skin's visible imperfections, like sun damage, blemishes and fine lines, are removed. Also, without the stratum corneum acting as a barrier, treatment creams and serums are more effective because more of their active ingredients and moisture can find their way down to the lower layers of skin.

How do I know if I’m a good candidate for Microdermabrasion?

You are a good candidate for microdermabrasion if you are a healthy adult who has relatively minor skin conditions or imperfections like: superficial acne scars, brown sun spots, sun damage, large pores, and fine wrinkles, and realistic expectations about what microdermabrasion can and cannot do

Microdermabrasion is not recommended for people who have, deep scars, active keloids, undiagnosed lesions, warts on the face, active acne, an autoimmune system disorder or unstable diabetes.  Pregnant women should not undergo microdermabrasion.

 

medical microdermabrasion before after silk touch med spa 

Microdermabrasion works great for those who want to improve: 

  • Clogged pores including blackheads & whiteheads.

  • Large Pores

  • Rough skin texture

  • Production and growth of healthy new cells

  • Collagen

  • Uneven skin color

  • Sun & Age spots

  • Dull or dry patches.

  • Acne and Acne Scarring

  • Fine Lines and Wrinkles

What can I expect during a microdermabrasion treatment?

At Silk Touch Med Spa and Laser Center of Boise, Microdermabrasion begins with an application of cleansing gel to your skin. Next, we use a hand-held device to sandblast the aluminum oxide onto your skin. The device also sucks up the dead skin cells at the same time. The wand is waved across your entire face so the skin's texture and color will remain consistent. Finally, a trained staff member will apply a sun blocking cream to your face. This allows you to resume your daily routine right after the treatment.

Most people who undergo microdermabrasion experience little to no discomfort with the treatment. In fact, it can be extremely relaxing!

What can I expect after my treatment?

Expect a little pinkness of the face for a few hours after treatment. This tends to fade quickly.

  • Use moisturizer for 4-6 days after microdermabrasion to avoid excessive peeling.
  • Don't forget to use sunscreen every time you go out (even if it's an overcast day) because microdermabrasion increases photosensitivity.
  • Avoid heavy makeup for a day.

Our clients have had nothing but positive remarks to say about their experience with microdermabrasion

“I enjoy having this treatment done, it leaves my skin feeling smooth with a more even tone, I tend to do microdermabrasions every two weeks to maintain and help treat my skin. We all know as we age our skin starts to look more dull and tired, I feel that with the help of a microderm and my at home products my skin is much more healthy and vibrant. To me this treatment with a light peel is a necessity to my fight against aging.”

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With all the holiday parties coming up, what better way to make an entrance then with beautiful rejuvenated, younger looking skin?  Or show a little love to that special someone and give him or her the gift of younger looking skin. Call us at 208-939-3110 or request an appointment online. We can’t wait to have you in!

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Topics: Anti Aging, Microdermabrasion, Beauty

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.

chemical peels

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

Silk Touch Explores: Can you Exfoliate Too Much?

Posted by Shannon Morgan on Apr 6, 2012 1:33:00 PM

silk touch med spa, exfoliate

 

Often we are asked, “can your exfoliate too much?” The answer? Absolutely yes.

Many women inadvertently give themselves problem skin by exfoliating too often and too hard. By doing this you are risking drying out your skin and stripping of the top layer. When your skin is robbed of needed moisture, it responds as it if were an injury – therefore it starts producing more oil, which often results in acne.

In addition, over exfoliating can also break blood vessels and create problems like rosacea, a condition where facial blood vessels enlarge. This is another reason we tell our patients to beware of home microdermabrasion products.

So, how do you avoid over exfoliating?

Try to use a hard face scrub or sponge only once or twice a week. Do not use an exfoliant at all if you are currently using glycolic acids or retinoids.

Facial peels and microdermabrasion treatments can be used every 2-3 weeks until old dull skin is eliminated, uncovering new, younger and brighter looking skin beneath.

Here is a quick test to tell if your skin is in need of an exfoliation treatment:

Take a piece of clear tape and apply it to the forehead. Rub it gently and remove. Look at the tape, and if there are little pieces of flaky skin, then you need to exfoliate!

At Silk Touch Med Spa we offer various treatments such as microdermabrasion that can help with your skin care needs. We’d love to speak with you! Schedule your free consultation with us today!

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Topics: Skin Care, Anti Aging, Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion: Secret Weapon For Great Skin

Posted by Shannon Morgan on Jan 24, 2012 9:15:00 AM

Often we are asked, what exactly is microdermabrasion

Essentially, microdermabrasion is a mechanical exfoliation. It is one of the easiest and most effective anti-aging treatments you can get.

Microdermabrasion works by using an abrasive action to remove or exfoliate the outer surface of the skin.  This abrasion helps to regenerate the skin by increasing the blood supply and lymphatic flow to the skin.  This helps to accelerate the repair process and enhances the formulationof new collagen and elastin.  The results are smoother, fresher skin.  Medical microdermabrasion can improve acne and acne scarring, fine lines and wrinkles, age spots and sun damage, rough skin texture, large and/or clogged pores including blackheads and whiteheads.

Medical Micrdermabrasion: Before and After

microdermabrasion, silk touch med spa

Microdermabrasion also makes it easier for high-tech skincare products to penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin and help build collagen,

This video gives you an up close look at the microdermabrasion proccess offered here at Silk Touch Med Spa

Often referred to as the “lunch time” treatment, microdermabrasion is preferred by many clients because its lack of downtime.

Treatments take 30 to 60 minutes.  4-6 treatments are recommended every 2 weeks.  They are often alternated or paired with chemical peels. Make up can be applied immediately following the treatment, and is usually found to have a more smooth even application post microderm.

Because of its plumping and smoothing effects on the skin many clients will opt to have this treatment done before parties, traveling or weddings. Microdermabrasion gives a subtle glow to the skin, making you feel refreshed and hydrated.

There are minimal risks to having microdermabrasion.  After treatment, patients are pink in color.  We ask them to wear sunscreen and depending on how aggressive the treatment and we encourage patients not to wear makeup for the rest of the day since most makeup is not sterile after first use and the skin is more vulnerable to impurities. 

Anyone with keloids (thickened scars) or who has taken Accutane within the past 6 months are not candidates.  Those who are susceptible getting cold sores (herpes simplex) should make sure they are taking an antiviral before treatment.

Our clients have had nothing but positive remarks to say about their experience with microdermabrasion. 

“I enjoy having this treatment done, it leaves my skin feeling smooth with a more even tone, I tend to do microdermabrasions every two weeks to maintain and help treat my skin. We all know as we age our skin starts to look more dull and tired, I feel that with the help of a microderm and my at home products my skin is much more healthy and vibrant. To me this treatment with a light peel is a necessity to my fight against aging.”

Are you interested in learning more about the microdermabrasion treatment? Contact our staff for a FREE consulatation too see if it is the right choice for you. You can do so by calling  208-939-8442 , or online by following the link below.

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Topics: Microdermabrasion