FAQ’s about Microdermabrasion Treatments

2011-couple-edited_dreamstime_8378777What is microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a mechanical exfoliation that physically sloughs off dead skin cells. During this painless process a wand with a coarse tip is passed over your skin. The wand is attached to suction, which helps keep the wand close to the skin and sucks the dead skin cells away. The result is a glowing, smooth complexion.

Is there any downtime after this process?

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. You may experience some dryness after the treatment so moisturizing is recommended.

How does microderm benefit my skin?

The best way to improve skin texture and smoothness is to accelerate the shedding of dead skin cells, thereby encouraging the replacement of new 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.

Can anyone do have a microderm treatment?

Men and women, teens and adults can all benefit from a microderm. Individuals with severe acne or rosacea should avoid this treatment as it may flare their condition, however those with mild acne will benefit from a microderm.

Please contact us to see if a microdermabrasion treatment is right for you 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