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Skin Damage Treatments That Work

 by Tina M. Welsh

Too much fun in the sun, your diet and water intake can take their toll on your skin. If you find that your skin has been abused, Body Beautiful can certainly help turn back the clock on skin damage. Whether it is acne, scars, sun damage, stretch marks or daily wear and tear, we offer various services to help you look your best. It is my job as an esthetician and laser technician to help you with your skin care needs. Some of these treatments include: Chemical Peels, Microdermabrasion, Photofacials, Fractional Laser or Lamprobe

  Chemical Peel and Microderm  

   A Chemical Peel or Microdermabrasion, received with a facial, is one of the least invasive ways to improve the appearance of your skin. They may be used on all skin types and on many areas of the body with a few exceptions. Done in a weekly series for up to six


weeks, they can improve acne. By exfoliating the top layer of your skin, it allows dead skin cells to shed more effectively, which reduces clogged pores and pimples drastically. Both treatments are great for age and liver spots, fine lines, pigmentation, rough or dry skin, scars and sun damage. Microdermabrasion can also increase the number and thickness of collagen fibers, the number and size of fibroblasts, cells that make collagen, and the number and orientation of elastic fibers, giving the dermal layer more spring.


   You will see subtle improvements at first, but that healthy glow will increase with each treatment of your series. Then you can maintain your vibrant look by receiving treatment once a month. Although Chemical Peels and Microdermabrasion work for superficial skin conditions, deeper scars and pigmentary abnormalities may require a Photofacial or Fractional Laser treatment.

        Treatment Options                  Treats                  Initial Treatment & Maintenance          Results
  Ultrasound Facial
  Power Peel
  Lumenis Lig
  Age & Liver spots
  Fine Lines
  Rough/ Dry Skin
  Sun Damage
  Active Acne
  Hair Removal
  Once a month
  Extra Microderm Benefits
  Increases Collagen Fibers
  Fibroblasts Cells
  Elastic Fibers
   Deeper scars and pigmentary abnormalities may require a Photofacial or Fractional Laser treatment.
  Photofacial (IPL)
  Damaged cells deep
  within the skinís layers
  Palomar Star
  Age Spots
  Sun Damage
  Fine Lines & Wrinkles
  Collagen Production
  Damaged Skin & Cells
  Texture & Tone
  Acne Scars
  Skin Pigmentation
  Hair Removal
  Visible in 1 week
  Fractional Laser
  Skin Resurfacing

(skin tightening & wrinkle reduction)

  Other Lasers
  Syneron E-Lite
  Alma Accent XL
  Velashape 3.0
  Acne Scars
  Stretch Marks
  Crowís Feet
  Blotchy Skin
  Face & Neck
  Chest & Back
  Arms & Legs
  4-6 treatments
  every 4 weeks
  Monthly: Facials
  Chemical Peels
  Once a year laser
  Visible in 1 week
  New Collagen

Photofacial (IPL)

     When skin rejuvenation is applied to the face and neck, itís referred to as a Photofacial. We use Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Therapy - a skin rejuvenation technique that uses intense pulsed light waves to treat damaged cells deep within the skinís layers. Since there are no incisions involved, you can undergo treatment and go back to your regular schedule immediately.  
     The Photofacial makes use of an Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) device that is steadily passed over the skinís surface and treatment areas. The light emits high-intensity wavelengths that reach deep within the skinís layers to cause a structural breakdown of damaged cells. This promotes the healing process as the body rapidly removes the injured tissues and cells.  

   Photofacials offer several benefits for damaged skin, and can help you achieve a fresh, rejuvenated appearance as they:

  • Reduce the appearance of age spots
  • Remove fine lines and wrinkles
  • Improve the complexion
  • Increase collagen production to help create healthy and resilient skin

  • Break down and remove damaged skin tissue and cells naturally

  • Improve the texture and tone of the skin
  • Get rid of acne scars and skin pigmentation

  • Enhance skin tone and help even out darker shades or patches of skin


Fractional Laser (Infrared)


   While Photofacials target discolorations, a Fractional Laser is used for skin resurfacing (skin tightening and wrinkle reduction) on all skin types. This laser is used to treat problems that occur on the face, neck, chest, back, arms, and legs (wrinkles, acne scars, melasma, stretch marks, crowís feet, blotchy skin).


   The Fractional Laser works by delivering an array of high-precision micro beams (infrared) to create deep, narrow columns of coagulation in the epidermis and dermis. This triggers a restorative natural healing process that creates healthy new tissue including collagen.


   Photofacials and Fractionals are administered in a series of four to six treatments every four weeks for optimal results and may be maintained with monthly facials, Chemical Peels, Microdermabrasion and yearly Photofacial and Fractional Laser treatments.


   Contact Body Beautiful today to schedule a consultation and let me help you develop a skin care routine that works for your individual skin type.


LivingBody BEAUTIFUL | Your Tri-County Resource Guide to Health and Beauty | Magazine Six     15      


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