Acne is a common skin disease characterized by pimples on the face, chest, and back. It occurs when the pores of the skin become clogged with oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria. Acne vulgaris, the medical term for common acne, is the most common skin disease in the US and affects nearly 17 million people yearly. While acne can arise at any age, it usually begins at puberty and worsens during adolescence. Nearly 85% of people develop acne at some time between the ages of 12-25 years and studies show that up to 20% of women develop mild acne in their lifetime. There are various treatments to help reduce acne and the inflammation it causes. Our skin care team will work with you to create a treatment plan that may include laser treatments, chemical peels, specific products, or a combination of these treatments to help treat your skin concerns.
A facial designed to combat pigment with powerful antioxidant properties in order to brighten and illuminate dull skin. Our Vitamin C facial utilizes the power of 3 different forms of super anti-oxidant Vitamin C, peptides and enzymes which reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and restore the skin’s youthful look.
Specifically designed to meet the needs of a man's skin, our gentlemen's facial provides a custom treatment complete with deep pore cleansing and toning.
Vitamin - C Facial
Microdermabrasion is an effective, gentle way to exfoliate the outermost layers of the skin to help reveal softer, smoother, more vibrant skin. Fine lines, crow’s feet, age spots, large pore size, stretch marks, acne and acne scarring have all shown improvement after treatment. The procedure uses light abrasion to gently smooth surface skin cells. It is not painful and does not require the use of a topical anesthetic and is generally considered safe and effective. Commonly thought of as a lunchtime procedure, it only takes about thirty to forty-five minutes to complete. There is no recovery time and normal activities can be resumed immediately. Repeated treatments are often recommended for optimal results and typically, between five and twelve treatments are performed, spaced two to three weeks apart. Chemical peels and other facial procedures are sometimes combined with microdermabrasion to further enhance the results. Following treatment, your skin will appear pink and feel softer. In general, makeup and moisturizers may be applied immediately. Direct UV exposure should be avoided at all costs and sunscreen should be worn for the first 24 hours following treatment.
Microdermabrasion w/ Signature Facial
A chemical peel is a technique used to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck or hands by applying a chemical solution to the skin which causes it to exfoliate and eventually peel off. The new, regenerated skin usually turns out smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin.
Generally light-haired and fair skinned people are the best candidates for chemical peel. The procedure does not work as well on dark-skinned patients and is not recommended for individuals with infections, active skin disease, cut or broken skin, sunburns or active Herpes simplex 1 sores. Other contraindications include patients who are:
Nursing or pregnant.
Have taken Accutane in last six months.
Have psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis or rosacea.
Have used Retin-A, Renova, prescription skin care products, products that contain ascorbic acid, bleaching or skin-lightening agents or other acid-based products in the last 48 hours.
All peels require some follow-up care:
Superficial peels require one to seven days to heal and may initially be red and scaly. It is advisable that lotion or cream be applied until the skin heals, followed by daily use of sunscreen. Makeup can usually be worn the next day.
For this mild peel, lower strength lactic, salicylic, or glycolic acids are used to penetrate only the outer layer of skin to gently exfoliate it. The treatment is used to improve the appearance of mild skin discoloration and rough skin as well as to refresh the face, neck, chest or hands.
For a medium peel, medium strength glycolic or salicylic acids are applied to penetrate the outer and middle layers of the skin to remove damaged skin cells. The treatment is used to improve age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, freckles and moderate skin discoloration. It also can be used to smooth rough skin and treat some precancerous skin growths like actinic keratosis.
Medium peels require 7 to 14 days to heal and the skin may initially appear red and swollen. Swelling worsens for the first 48 hours and in rare instances, eyelids may swell. Occasional blisters may form and break followed by crusting of the skin which peels off in seven to 14 days. Skin must be soaked daily for a specified period, followed by generous ointment application. Optionally, mild lotion or cream may also be applied. It is advisable to avoid all sun exposure until healing is complete. Camouflage makeup may be worn after five to seven days and a follow-up appointment will be necessary to monitor progress.
For a deeper peel, higher strength salicylic, lactic or phenylethyl resorcinol acids are is applied to deeply penetrate the middle layer of skin to remove damaged skin cells. The treatment removes moderate lines, age spots, freckles and shallow scars. Patients will see a dramatic improvement in their skin appearance almost spontaneously. The procedure is used on the face and only can be performed once.
Great for patients with irregular pigmentation in the skin including UV induced hyperpigmentation, age spots, sun spots, melasma, uneven tone, scarring or textural skin damage. This peel 4-step peel combats pigmentation by combining the proven VI Peel solution with a long trusted hydroquinone-enriched lighten booster and a fast acting brighten booster.
Effectively penetrates damaged areas.
Promotes rapid cell turnover.
Exfoliates and helps diminish pigmentation and textural damage to restore skin to its natural health.
Prevents pores from becoming clogged.
Reduces appearance of acne scaring.
Reduces skin oil secretions.
Suitable for various skin types.
Patients with the following contraindications would not be a candidate for the VI Peel:
Isotretinoin (Accutane) use in the past 3 months.
Active cold sores or herpes simplex.
Phenol or hydroquinone allergy.
Inflamed skin with open wounds.
Mild Peel w/ Signature Facial
Dermaplaning is a non-invasive treatment which uses a surgical blade to precisely remove the top layers of dead skin and hair to reveal the luminescent skin underneath. It can be described as the scratching of the surface of the skin with a surgical blade at a 45-degree angle to remove the uppermost layer of dead skin cells. This creates an exfoliation treatment designed to help us look younger. Dry, dull and damaged skin can detract from your overall appearance and confidence and oftentimes when the skin is dry, moisturizers have trouble penetrating through the tough outer layer.
This renders some of these topical treatments ineffective. This procedure also reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and has been around for the last 35 years or so. It is also often referred to as epidermal leveling and unlike a scrub or microdermabrasion, it provides the added benefit of removing vellus hair, often referred to as peach fuzz, from the face.
There are many benefits to dermaplaning. Once clients enter their 30s, the natural cell turnover process begins to slow down, causing a layer of dead skin cells on the surface. This buildup accentuates the appearance of wrinkles, and dulls the skin. Dermaplaning is recommended every four to six weeks, there is no down-time and is considered a lunch time procedure and make up can be applied immediately afterwards.
Dermaplaning w/ Signature Facial
The Skin Pen is an innovation in aesthetics for the treatment of fine lines, acne scars and the skin’s texture, tone and color by breaking up pigment mechanically and stimulating collagen formation without heat or the need for lasers. Removing heat from the equation also makes for a safer, more comfortable skin resurfacing treatment with a very low complication rate and less downtime. The Eclipse Micropen can be used on all parts of the body; face, neck, décolleté, arms, hands, legs, abdomen and back and is performed using a sterile single-use cartridge tip containing 12 points attached to the pen. A topical numbing cream may be applied to your skin prior to starting the procedure to ensure patient comfort along with sterile saline. Once the appropriate pen setting has been obtained for that individual, the pen will glide in one direction until the entire treatment area has been covered.
The procedure can take anywhere from 15-45 minutes depending on the size of the area treated and the number of passes. Immediately after the treatment you will notice a bright redness to the skin.
The Benefits of Skin Pen are a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, hyper-pigmentation and hypo-pigmentation, acne scars, traumatic scars, stretch marks, and rejuvenated younger looking skin.
Day 1: Mild to moderate swelling and redness, similar to a mild sunburn. There may be some mild bruising as well.
Day 2: Some persisting redness may be present, but all redness, bruising and swelling should be diminishing.
Day 3: Most redness, bruising and swelling should be nearly gone. Normal appearance with makeup may be achieved.
Day 4: Skin appears mostly normal at this point with some minor swelling.
You will also receive instructions on the best ways to properly care for your skin post-procedure to ensure optimal results.