Winter, while lovely, can take a toll on your skin. Dry heated air can steal your youthful glow, and dead skin cells can leave skin feeling less than smooth. Luckily, new advancements in skin refining technology have given us multiple options for treatment. If you’re looking for a way to improve your skin’s texture and appearance, but don’t have laser treatment in your budget, take heart. These three options are less invasive, painless, and easier on your wallet.
While early exfoliation techniques included literally sanding away unwanted skin, microdermabrasion uses a diamond or crystal resurfacing tip to exfoliate the epidermis, the upper layer of the skin. The process has been around for decades and is popular in aesthetic offices and med spas. The 10-15 minute process is painless, but redness and slight irritation are common. Since these drawbacks are minor, microdermabrasion is a good option for people looking to achieve a more thorough exfoliation than can be done at home with a facial scrub. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost for microdermabrasion is $137, depending on the provider’s expertise and geographic location.
The HydraFacial uses a vacuum-sealed wand to remove dirt, dead skin, and surface congestion. It also saturates the skin with serum “boosters” to address everything from dullness and sun spots to fine lines. Peptides, vitamin C, and growth factors are just a few options you can choose from. Unlike microdermabrasion, there is no abrasion tip, but some patients have experienced prolonged redness, swelling, and excessive dryness. For these reasons, we recommend that you meet with a certified provider to discuss your skin and the ingredients used in their treatment serums. The average cost is $150+, and the results are temporary, especially if you opt for a single treatment.
Dermalinfusion (previously known as Silk Peel)
If you want to increase your skin’s hydration or target acne, wrinkles, or age spots while also eliminating dead skin and refining texture, then Envy Medical’s dermalinfusion treatment will get you there. Although not as readily available in all areas, this combination treatment effectively exfoliates dead cells, deep cleans pores, and infuses skin with a variety of serums to meet specific needs. These three steps happen simultaneously. Why does that matter? Skin is at its most receptive immediately after the exfoliating process. Since there’s no lag between cleaning the skin and providing it with a targeted serum, it has greater benefits than a sequential process. The dermalinfusion device is similar to a diamond-tipped microdermabrasion device with the added bonus of suction to remove debris and pressure to infuse the skin instantaneously. You can expect to pay about $150 for a 50-60 minute session. Bonus: This treatment is also available for the rest of your body as well!
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Even though these facial treatments are generally well tolerated by patients, your skin is unique. While treatments should not have any side effects or down time, do your homework before embarking on treatment immediately before a big event. And before handing over your credit card, select a licensed physician who is certified in these procedures (or someone who practices under his or her supervision). Glowing results are the goal, but if you have a bad reaction, you’ll be in good hands if you need medical treatment.
To gorgeous, glowing skin,
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