Microdermabrasion

Difference between Mechanical and Chemical Exfoliators:

Exfoliation is essential for healthy and younger-looking skin. Why? During our day to day lives, dead skin cells build up on the surface of our faces. If we neglect to clean our skin well, old makeup, dirt, and oil can also join the mix. This causes pores to become clogged and the condition of the skin to worsen over time. The best way to get rid of this build-up is to exfoliate. Chemical exfoliation makes use of several types of chemicals in order to remove dead skin cells and other impurities. Some examples of chemicals that can be used as exfoliates include: several types of enzymes, including fruit enzymes, alpha and beta hydroxy acids, and vitiman A, known in the skin care world as retinoids or retinol. All chemical exfoliates work to break the bonds between the skin cells, loosening up the dead skin to be easily whisked away. The second type of exfoliation is physical or mechanical exfoliation. This type of exfoliation is fairly self-explanatory. Physical exfoliates are products that contain some type of rough material (such as grains or beads). By rubbing the particles against your skin, you will buff away the layer of dead skin cells. Newer, younger skin will be revealed when you wash away the product. Physical exfoliates can vary in ability to exfoliate—it all depends on what kind of product you buy. Even those of us with sensitive skin can tolerate most physical exfoliates well, especially those with micro-beads. Experiment with different products and different grain textures to see what works best for you.

What is a Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel is a technique used to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck or hands. A chemical solution is applied to the skin that causes it to exfoliate and eventually peel off. The new, regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin. Peels tackle skin problems at the cellular level. Thanks to the concerted actions of its many acids and vitamins, it will help erase fine lines and wrinkles, shrink enlarged pores and build collagen and elastin which tighten skin. It is extremely effective in reducing or eliminating hyper pigmentation including melasma, the most difficult pigmentation issue to correct.

Am I a good candidate?

Lumen carries safe peels that work well on all skin types. All skin types can enjoy the benefits of a peel at Lumen. African-American and darker skin types such as Asian and Latin patients can experience anti-aging and restorative skin repair that was previously unavailable. The skin on the neck responds well. For most patients, peels should be done three to four times a year starting at puberty to repair sun damage that is already present, and to avoid permanent scarring for those affected by acne. The frequency of the peel depends on various factors, and will be determined by your doctor.

The Procedure

Your appointment will take about 20 minutes or less. The skin peeling associated with a Lumen peel is a light, fluffy peel that generally starts on day three and usually finishes by the end of day seven. The peeling is easily hidden by moisturizer. In some cases, the peel is virtually invisible. Patients using Retin A may experience heavier peeling. The peel can be modulated by your skin care provider to produce a deeper, more aggressive peel, if necessary, depending on your skin condition. Sun exposure should be limited. Sunscreen 30 SPF UVB/UVA coverage should be worn.

The Recovery

The skin will look slightly tan, yellow or red immediately after the peel. On days one and two, the skin will feel slightly tighter, with no visible signs of having had a peel. Any pigmented areas might appear slightly darker. On approximately day three, you will begin to peel. The first signs of peeling usually begin around the mouth area and continue for a day or two. By day six or day seven you will be done peeling and the results are dramatic. Peel results will last as long as skin is maintained. There are no restrictions. We recommend avoiding heavy sweating for the first few days after the peel. Normal activities can be resumed immediately after the peel.

What is Vibradermabrasion

Vibradermabrasion is the new way to do microdermabrasion. Vibradermabrasion Therapy produces exfoliation on any part of the body. The process is fast and very comfortable for the patients and produces exceptional results. 75-85% of the stratum corneum is removed in minutes and prepares the skin for many additional procedures non-ablative laser treatments. Vibraderm uses a flat hand-piece covered with abrasive surfaces couples with "sonic vibration technology" to improve both the texture and tone of your skin. It can penetrate twice as deep into the dead skin layers as traditional microdermabrasion--with NO downtime.

Am I a good candidate?

Vibraderm is safe and effective for all skin types and skin tones. Although everyone will notice the polished feel and look of their skin after a treatment, the best candidates are those with fine lines, wrinkles, acne, sun damage, or uneven texture. Vibraderm can smooth and brighten the skin of the face, neck, chest, back, arms, and legs. It can be used to smooth rough skin on heels, elbows, and knees.

The Procedure

The process takes only 20 - 30 minutes and feels like a facial massage. Immediately after the treatment, some patients will have a temporary rosy color to their skin which can last up to an hour. You can apply skin care products, sunscreen, and make-up immediately after treatment.

The Recovery

Many patients notice an improvement in the look and feel of their skin after just one treatment. Patients who complete a series can begin to grow new collagen and thicker, healthier skin within three weeks. It cleans pores and minimizes future break-outs. Vibraderm has also been proven to increase the absorption of skin care products.

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