Microneedling – A Hot Topic in Skin Care

eclipse-micropenMicroneedling is one of the hottest topics in skin care today – and for good reason…
Microneedling
is a clinically proven treatment that, when executed correctly, produces collagen and elastin in aging skin. This is known as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), a process in which microneedles puncture the skin to stimulate and manipulate the body’s natural healing properties.

Two Layers of Skin
Skin is composed of two primary layers: the epidermis and the dermis. The epidermis is the outermost protective layer. The dermis – commonly known as the “true skin” – is the most important layer since it is home to the essential functioning components of the skin. This layer is made up of fibroblasts, which are primarily responsible for producing collagen and elastin.

Collagen makes up 70% of the dermis and plays a vital role in the cohesion, elasticity and regeneration of skin. At the average age of 35, almost half of the collagen that we were born with is lost. As a result, degenerative skin changes can become visible. As the skin ages, it begins to lose its firmness and elasticity, but it CAN be rejuvenated!

Rejuvenate with Micro Needling
During the process of microneedling, small micro-channels are created in the skin to activate the body’s natural healing response. During the regeneration cycle, the body intensifies the release of growth factors within the deeper layers of the skin. As a result, collagen and elastin production is accelerated to heal the wound, which builds new layers of healthy skin cells.**

At ESCC we use the Eclipse MicroPen and recommend a series of three treatments spaced about 6-8 weeks apart. Downtime is minimal – most experience pink/redness to the skin on the day of treatment – returning to normal within 24-48 hours. This treatment is fine to do during the summer months with the daily use of good sunscreen!

For more information about healthy skin, please contact us at www.enhancedskincare.net

Enhanced Skin Care Center is located at:
 24825 Eureka Rd. in Taylor, MI 48180

 

**Source – Clinical Resolution Lab – 3/13/17

Winter is the Perfect Time for a Chemical Peel

beautiful_SkinAlthough many of us are get tired of the cold, winter is actually the best time of the year to treat some of our most annoying skin-related issues. Chemical peels are no exception and are very effective when done on skin that is not tanned or recently been exposed to the sun.

The hallmark to great looking skin is a regimen that promotes the exfoliation (shedding) of dead skin cells and the regeneration (growth) of collagen and new skin cells. Think about it…if you do nothing to get rid of old dead skin cells they simply lie on your face and give your skin a dull or ashy appearance. Your body has no encouragement to manufacture fresh new skin cells to replace the old ones. And because your skin is not being stimulated, the production of collagen under the skin slows down.

Chemical peels have both cosmetic and medical benefits. They optimize skin health by encouraging new cell growth and are beneficial for all skin types, colors, and ages.

Cosmetically, the exfoliation from the peel improves pore size, hyperpigmentation from sun, old acne lesions, and melasma, as well as fine lines. Medically, a chemical peel can improve acne, benign keratoses and actinic keratoses (pre-cancerous lesions). Peels achieve these results by removing damaged outer layers of the skin allowing a fresh, new layer of skin to naturally emerge.

How do chemical peels achieve these amazing results?

Chemical peels use a combination of acids of varying degrees of strength to chemically shed dead skin cells.  Not all peels involve actual “peeling” of the skin or downtime from work or activities. Because of the nature of the chemicals, peels are especially helpful for acne prone skin and skin that is discolored due to sun damage or old acne lesions.

Because the epidermis heals in just a few days you will notice improved appearance of the skin, more even skin color, smoother texture and a healthier glow. In addition there will be decreased fine lines, especially around the eyes and mouth, improvement of mild scarring and acne, and a reduction of skin discoloration such as sun spots and melasma.

Incorporating a peel into a good skin care regimen will boost the effectiveness of the products and prolong the results of the peel.

Your skin will look and feel much better after you begin an exfoliation and product regimen.  For optimal results we recommend chemical peels being done in a series of three treatments spaced about 3-4 weeks apart. After completion of the series, a periodic maintenance program can be established. Maintaining the regimen is important so as not to return to dull, ashy skin. We also recommend a peel be followed by TNS Recovery Complex (a potent solution containing human growth factors that help enhance skin tone and texture), as well as a good moisturizer and sunscreen.

For more information about healthy skin, please contact us at www.enhancedskincare.net

Enhanced Skin Care Center is located at:
 24825 Eureka Rd. in Taylor, MI 48180

Summertime Skincare Do’s and Don’ts

Sunny skies, outdoor fun, and warm weather all remind us that the lazy days of summer are here. But don’t get lazy when it comes to taking care of your skin!

Here is a list of summertime skin care Do’s and Don’ts to help you keep your skin in shape this summer:

Do: Wear sunscreen everyday even if you don’t think you will be outdoors much. Always apply your sunscreen as the last product before make-up so it is not diluted.

Do: Look for sunscreen with UVA/UVB protection and a SPF of at least 30.

SPF 30 blocks approximately 97% of all incoming UVB rays. No FDA-approved standard exists yet for UVA protection in the US, even though UVA penetrates more deeply into the skin than UVB.  Broad spectrum sunscreens combine UVB and UVA absorbing chemicals and/or physical blockers and give the most protection.

Do: Wear water-resistant sunscreen if you are participating in activities that make you sweat or if you are in the water.

Do: See your doctor for to get an annual skin-cancer screening, especially if you notice any suspicious lesions on your body.

Do: Use a quality facial cleanser to rid your skin of the sweat and oil that warmer weather brings.

Do: Schedule a facial to clean out your pores and re-hydrate skin exposed to pool water and outdoor elements.

Don’t: spend too much time outdoors between the hours of 10am-4pm when the sun it at its strongest.  If you must – wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses to protect your face!

Don’t: use harsh scrubs on your face that will strip oils and irritate your skin. SkinMedica makes a gentle Skin Polisher that exfoliates without irritation.

Don’t: forget to continue a good skin care regimen while vacationing or staying up late!  Changes in routine can cause breakouts or flare-ups in rosacea.

Don’t: forget that summer is a great time to treat those facial lines and wrinkles – you will look rested and relaxed after a treatment of Botox® or Dysport.

For more information about healthy skin, please contact us at www.enhancedskincare.net

Enhanced Skin Care Center is located at:
 24825 Eureka Rd. in Taylor, MI 48180

Dermal Fillers…what are they and what do they do?

In recent months there has been a lot of press about “dermal fillers”, specifically Restylane and Juvederm. Many people are confused about what dermal fillers are and what they do. Read on for answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about dermal fillers.

What is Restylane and Juvederm?

Restylane and Juvederm are brand names of substances commonly referred to by doctors as dermal fillers. Both of these products are safe and natural fillers made up of a non-animal based hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that already exists in the body.

What can fillers do?

Fillers are used to restore volume and fullness to the skin. They are best used to fill in lines around the nose (nasolabial folds), around the lips, and areas at the corners of the lips (marionette lines). Fillers are also used to restore fullness to the lips and areas in the face like cheeks and hollows under the eyes.

Are fillers safe?

Yes. Fillers have been used for more than 20 years worldwide. Since the hyaluronic acid is fully compatible with your bodily fluids there is virtually no risk of allergic reactions and no allergy testing is required.

What is the procedure like?

First you will consult with the doctor about the specific areas in which you would like volume restored. Once the area(s) have been determined, a topical numbing cream is applied to your skin for about 20-30 minutes prior to the procedure to minimize any discomfort from the injection. The product is then injected into the desired areas. Usually the entire procedure takes less than an hour and a half (including the numbing time.)

Are there any side effects?

This can vary by the individual. After the treatment you may have some redness or swelling. This will normally last less than a week. You also may experience some bruising at the injection sight – which can typically be concealed with cover-up. We do have pre-procedure instructions that can help minimize swelling and bruising as well as a natural supplement called Arnica Montana for those who tend to bruise more easily. We always advise people to schedule their procedure at least 2-3 weeks before a special event like a wedding, to ensure no visible signs of the procedure.

How long does the filler last?

Fillers can last 6 to 12 months depending upon the individual. The exception to this is when used around the lips. Because we use our lips more often through eating, talking, etc. the product is more quickly metabolized by the body and may last closer to 6 months. Recently Restylane has been granted FDA approval for the duration of up to 18 months if a patient comes in for an enhancement between 6 and 9 months. We have found that patients who return within 6 to 9 months for a touch-up are able to sustain their results for well over a year.

What is the cost of the procedure?

The product is priced per syringe, and the cost of the procedure depends upon how many syringes needed to make your desired correction. The more volume you want restored, the more syringes needed. Please note that all syringes don’t always have to be done in one visit. Often a patient will have some filler injected at one visit and then return in a few weeks to have additional filler placed in areas where she/he wants more volume. This layering process does not detract from the final result and can help to make the procedure more manageable financially. Because it is difficult to accurately quote a cost without seeing the patient first, we suggest scheduling a complimentary consultation to accurately determine a treatment plan for you.

I am considering the procedure. What should I do?

Please call our office to set up a complimentary consultation with our nurse. She will answer any questions you may have, give you an accurate price for the procedure, and provide pre-treatment instructions.

Dermal fillers are a safe, effective way to immediately improve lines and wrinkles on the face with little or no downtime. In comparison with other cosmetic procedures this is an affordable option to enhance your appearance. If you have additional questions or would like to schedule your complimentary consultation to see if dermal fillers are right for you, please contact us today by calling 734.946.8800 or visiting our website.

Microdermabrasion with HydroPlus – the Key to Healthy, Beautiful Skin

As we head into the winter season, many of us will be look in the mirror and realize our skin no longer has that “healthy glow”  but instead looks dull and dry.

What’s the best way to improve skin texture and smoothness?

In a word…exfoliation. Skin exfoliation is a natural process associated with the constant regeneration of the cell of our epidermis.  Skin cells generate in the deepest layer of the epidermis and move toward the surface. Old skin cells slough off and new skin cells replace the old. This natural process slows down as we age – teens renew their skin cells every 21-28 days, middle age adults every 28 to 40 days, and those over 50 can take up to 50 days to renew their cells.

The best way to improve skin texture and smoothness is to speed up this cycle, accelerating the shedding of dead skin cells, thereby encouraging the replacement of new skin cells. One great way to achieve this is through mechanical exfoliation, or microdermabrasion.

Mechanical exfoliation involves physically sloughing off dead skin cells. Microdermabrasion encourages the production of new skin cells, stimulates collagen growth under the skin, and removes debris from the pores helping to decrease pore size.  During this painless process a wand with a tip of finely crushed diamonds mixed with stainless steel is passed over your skin.  The wand is attached to suction, which helps keep the wand close to the skin and sucks the roughed up dead skin cells away.  The result is a glowing, smooth complexion.  There is no downtime following the procedure (your skin may appear a little pink for about an hour afterwards) and it may be repeated every four weeks as desired.

HydroPlus treatment for your face is an innovative treatment that combines the exfoliation of our Diamondtome Microdermabrasion with the infusion of a serum to improve skin imperfections. We have a variety of Serum options, including Even Tone Serum, Deep Hydrating Serum and Acne Serum. These serums are designed for optimum skin penetration after a microdermabrasion treatment, creating an effective way to improve and enhance your skin.

It is important to remember that your skin needs constant maintenance to look its best.  Because your skin is a living, changing organ, you must tend to it frequently or it will quickly revert back to looking dull and lifeless.

Let us help you choose a skincare regimen that is best for you. Not only will you look better, you will feel better with healthy glowing skin!

For more information about healthy skin, please contact us at www.enhancedskincare.net

Enhanced Skin Care Center is located at:
 24825 Eureka Rd. in Taylor, MI 48180

 

Winter – the Perfect Time for Hair Removal!

Tired of shaving? Embarrassed about the shadow of hair even after you’ve shaved?
Winter is the perfect time to change things for the better! Intense pulsed light hair removal is a safe, painless and effective way to get rid of unwanted hair.

How does Intense Pulsed Light work?
Our system uses specialized hand pieces which filter light from different parts of the spectrum. Each band of the spectrum has a wavelength that is ideal for different treatments, such as hair reduction. The hand piece emits pulsed light into the hair follicle. The light is absorbed in the follicles and converted to heat. The heat then loosens the hair and disables the cells responsible for growing new hair.

What areas of the body can I get treated?
Any areas of the body, except directly around the eyes, can be safely treated.

What are the treatments like? Is it painful?
A mild sensation is felt; no numbing of the skin is required. The hand piece will be moved over the treatment area, pulsing light every few seconds. The cooled treatment-head helps soothe and protect your skin while pulsed light and energy penetrates the skin to destroy the active hair follicles.

How many treatments are necessary?
Because hair follicles grow and regrow in a cycle and growing follicles are most susceptible to treatment, multiple sessions are required to achieve full effectiveness.  However, significant hair reduction is often noticed after one or two treatments.  6 -8 treatments spaced 2 -10 weeks apart, depending on the area, is recommended to ensure hair removal.

What else do I need to know?
All skin types can be treated safely with our technology.  It is recommended that the skin not be tanned which is why winter is a great time to begin treatment.  Also – hair does not have to be left on the skin to be removed – shaving or clipping of hair can be done as often as desired.  No waxing, plucking or depilatories can be used for 2-3 weeks before treatment or during treatment.

Are treatments for women only?
Absolutely not!!  Many men are self conscious of excess hair on their backs, or suffer from painful red bumps after shaving their necks.  Hair removal is the perfect solution for these and other problems.  Many men have been very satisfied with our discreet atmosphere and professional service.

For more information about healthy skin, please contact us at www.enhancedskincare.net

Enhanced Skin Care Center is located at:
 24825 Eureka Rd. in Taylor, MI 48180

 

The Key to Firm, Healthy-looking Skin

What is collagen? 

Collagen is a type of protein that is fibrous in nature, connecting and supporting other bodily tissues.  Some people refer to collagen as the glue that holds the body together.  Collagen works with keratin to provide skin with strength, flexibility and resistance.  As we age, cell degradation occurs, leading to wrinkles.  Think of collagen fibers as a chain-link fence.  Now imagine those links rusting and falling apart; and as the links break, the fence falls.  As our collagen production decreases this is what happens to skin fibers resulting in sagging, crepe-like skin. In addition, fibroblasts (collagen producing cells) decrease their production of new collagen as we age.

Once the importance of collagen in the skin is understood it is easier to understand why stimulating collagen production is the key to any good skin care and anti-aging regimen.  Numerous studies explain why certain products and skin care treatments are effective at rejuvenating the skin.  These treatments & products (discussed below) improve skin appearance and its ability to resist injury, wrinkling, and sagging by stimulating new collagen production.

Collagen enhancing treatments

IPL treatments stimulate collagen production adding firmness to the skin through the introduction of light waves into the skin.  The heat generated by the light signals the body to produce more collagen in effort to repair itself.  Even though no harmful damage occurs during this treatment,  the body is triggered to produce more collagen.  Other treatments such as microdermabrasion and chemical peels work in the same way.  These treatments signal to the body that disruption of skin cells has occurred thus triggering an increase in collagen production.  In fact, in 2007 researchers reported that the wrinkle-filler Restylane promoted new collagen growth and limited collagen breakdown, helping the body to retain firmness and elasticity as a result of the treatment.

Collagen enhancing products

While many skin care product lines claim to increase or stimulate collagen production, not all products are equal to the task.  Cosmoceuticals, or medical grade skin care products, contain higher amounts of the active ingredients necessary to increase collagen production.  Therefore, they are more effective at doing the task they claim to do – provide anti-aging benefits for the skin.  Products sold at drugstores contain much lower levels of the ingredients, and as a result, often much more of the product is needed and a much longer time is necessary to use these products while still resulting in less than noticeable change in the skin.  SkinMedica has developed a product, TNS Recovery Complex, that is very effective at increasing collagen production.  Learn more about this product at www.TNSRecoverycomplex.com. When used daily, positive results can be seen in 2 – 3 months.

Antioxidants also help stimulate fibroblasts to produce collagen fibers.  These antioxidants include Vitamin C, Green Tea, and Vitamins A & E.  Vitamin C is a very potent antioxidant necessary in the synthesis of collagen.  Vitamin C’s acidity helps it penetrate the skin and maintain its effectiveness.  Many people experience tingling upon application (using it just once a day in the morning.)  Because this product is fairly unstable, packaging is important – look for it in a pump dispenser.  Vitamin A, in the form of retinols or Retin A, is probably the hallmark of an anti-aging routine.  Research has shown that using retinols consistently significantly reduced wrinkles and skin roughness by promoting new collagen.  When left on the skin retinols can cause sensitivity to the sun.  Because of this it is recommended that this product be used each night after cleansing and washed off in the morning before leaving the house.

Routine, routine, routine

Now that you understand how important collagen production is to our skin’s health you can also understand the importance of getting on a daily regimen that is easy to maintain.  It does little good to follow a great skin care routine for a few months only to quit using the products after improvement is noticed.  After time, collagen production will slow down again and essentially you will be back to square-one.  Like anything else in life, if you want good results you have to stick with it.  Make sure you treat yourself to microdermabrasions, chemical peels, facials etc. on a regular basis to keep your skin on alert that it needs to continue to produce collagen.  Use your products daily and protect your skin from further damage by using a good sunscreen 365 days per year.

 

For more information about healthy skin, please contact us at www.enhancedskincare.net

Enhanced Skin Care Center is located at:
 24825 Eureka Rd. in Taylor, MI 48180

Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About…Chemical Peels

“Chemical Peel” – those two words often evoke memories of television characters emerging from the doctor’s office with red, painful skin only to hide indoors for weeks while their skin heals. Actually, with the majority of peels nothing could be farther from the truth!

Chemical peels are really just a form of exfoliation – a minimally invasive and essential component of facial rejuvenation. Chemical peels optimize skin health and are beneficial for all skin types, colors, and ages.

A chemical peel has both cosmetic and medical benefits. Cosmetically, the exfoliation from the peel improves pore size, hyperpigmentation from sun, old acne lesions, and melasma, as well as fine lines. Medically, a chemical peel can improve acne, benign keratoses and actinic keratoses (pre-cancerous lesions). Peels achieve these results by removing damaged outer layers of the skin allowing a fresh, new layer of skin to naturally emerge.

How do chemical peels achieve these amazing results?

Peels work by using a combination of peeling agents such as alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs) such as glycolic, lactic or fruit acids and Beta hydroxyl acids (BHAs) such as salicylic acids to induce a faster sloughing of the cells in the epidermis. The addition of a Retinoid helps facilitate the exfoliation. Deeper peels use different acids such as TCA and phenol to stimulate renewal in the dermis, the collagen-rich layer of the skin.

Because the epidermis heals in just a few days you will notice improved appearance of the skin, more even skin color, smoother texture and a healthier glow. In addition there will be decreased fine lines, especially around the eyes and mouth, improvement of mild scarring and acne, and a reduction of skin discoloration such as sun spots and melasma.

Incorporating a peel into a good skin care regimen will boost the effectiveness of the products and prolong the results of the peel. We recommend a peel be followed by TNS Recovery Complex (a potent solution containing human growth factors that help enhance skin tone and texture), as well as a good moisturizer and sunscreen.

A peel may be repeated every four to eight weeks depending on the strength of the peel, your skin type, and what issues you are addressing with the peel.

Are you ready to improve your skin and try a peel? Do you already love the peel and want to get another one?

Join us for our Chemical Peel Event on Wednesday, October 16, 2013. 

Receive a FREE Vitalize or Rejuvenize peel with the purchase of a 3-step or custom skin care regimen. Please visit our website at www.enhancedskincare.net or give us a call at 734.946.8800 for more information or to reserve your space at our Chemical Peel Event!

Enhanced Skin Care Center is located at:
 24825 Eureka Rd. in Taylor, MI 48180