FAQ about Chemical Peels

chemical peels at ESCC“I would like my skin to look & feel smoother.”
“If only my skin tone and texture were more even I could wear less make-up.”
“I just want my skin to look better!”

These are some of the common statements heard everyday in our office. Most women would be happy if their skin looked smoother, less dull and more youthful, yet most don’t realize that it’s not as difficult nor as expensive as one may think to achieve.

What can I do to get better looking skin?

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.

What is the best way to stimulate the skin?

One of the best ways to safely exfoliate your skin is through chemical peels.

What is a Chemical Peel?

Chemical peels are really just a form of exfoliation – a minimally invasive and essential component of facial rejuvenation. Chemical peels use a combination of acids of varying degrees of strength to chemically shed dead skin cells. 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.

Does a Chemical Peel actually “peel” my skin?

Not all peels involve actual “peeling” of the skin.

When will I see results of my Chemical Peel?

Because the epidermis heals quickly, you will notice improved appearance of the skin, more even skin color, smoother texture and a healthier glow in just a few days. 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 sunspots and melasma.

Does a Chemical Peel have any added benefits?

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.

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.

How often can Chemical Peels be scheduled?

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.

How do I know which peel is best for me?

At Enhanced Skin Care Center we offer a variety of Chemical Peels, including the Vitalize Peel, Illuminize Peel and Rejuvenize Peel. Schedule your complimentary consultation to see which peel is right for you!

Please contact us at www.enhancedskincare.net

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

 

What is Dysport®?

Dysport-photo1Dysport is an injection used to temporarily improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyes, on the forehead or at the corners of the eyes. A competitor to BOTOX®, Dysport utilizes the same type of active ingredient to reduce the muscle activity, temporarily preventing the contraction of the muscles causing frown lines.

Is it safe?

Yes! Dysport is approved for aesthetic purposes in 36 countries and has been used clinically for 25 years.

How long does it take for the injection and how long does it last?

Typically five tiny injections between and over the eyebrows, this treatment takes about 10 -15 minutes with no downtime. It is easy to do during a lunch break! The individual begins to see improvement in about three days and results last approximately four months.

What is the difference between BOTOX and Dysport?

Typically Dysport begins to take effect in 2 to 3 days; BOTOX typically takes effect in about 5 to 7 days. Many people report Dysport lasts slightly longer than BOTOX. Most patients find that they save money with Dysport because the cost is less and the Dysport rewards program ASPIREREWARDS.COM offers savings for each treatment.

To find out more about Dysport and how it may benefit you, schedule an appointment with the nurse at Enhanced Skin Care Center for your complimentary consultation.

Please contact us at www.enhancedskincare.net

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

Meet Your Injector – A Little Q&A with Jane Kramar MD

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHow did Dr. Kramar get started at ESCC?

A licensed Family Practice Physician, Jane Kramar expanded her medical practice to include cosmetic procedures in 2005. Dr. Kramar had extensive training in the injections of dermal filler and BOTOX® before opening Enhanced Skin Care Center in February of 2006.

How does Dr. Kramar stay up to date in the field?

Since opening ESCC,  Dr. Kramar has attended a minimum of two training seminars per year to learn the latest in injection techniques as well as gathering information on the newest products and how they can perform best for her patients.

How many injections has she done?

Over 13 years Dr. Kramar has injected fillers such as Restylane®, JuveDerm® and Voluma® on hundreds of patients per year. The number of patients injected with BOTOX and Dysport® is numbered in the thousands.

Why should I choose Dr. Kramar and ESCC?

Injecting filler into the lips, cheeks, lines around the mouth, and BOTOX or Dysport in the upper face to give the individual a natural look is an art and the experience of the injector dictates those results. Beware of the injector that does house parties or comes to a salon occasionally to inject. Often these injectors are less experienced and see far fewer patients so the chances of less than desirable results rise. In the unlikely event a complication should arise during a procedure, an experienced physician, like Dr. Kramar will attend to it in a properly and timely mannerDr. Kramar takes the time to get to know her patients and understand the type of results they are looking for. She offers guidance to help the individual obtain a fresh, natural appearance never looking over done or unnatural.

How do I get started at ESCC?

Contact us through our website or call us at 734.946.8800 to set up a complimentary consultation. We will meet with you to determine your the right course of treatment for you. We carefully consider your skin type, your lifestyle, and your budget.

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 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

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

 

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