WHAT IS MEDICAL FACIAL?
This medical facial follows the same general steps as a classic facial, including cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, and hydration. The primary difference between these two treatments is that medical facials are administered at a deeper level. For example, a low concentration chemical peel may be used during a classic spa facial, whereas high-concentration, unbuffered acids can be used during a medical facial.
Medical facials are highly customizable and can be tailored to your specific skin needs and concerns. Additional treatment add-ons such a dermaplaning may be incorporated to physically exfoliate the top layer of the skin and enhance the absorption of the chemical peel solution. Medical facials are also an effective complement to in-office treatments such as dermal fillers and laser skin resurfacing.
WHAT IS MICRONEEDLING?
Microneedling is a Simple and fast method for safely treating fine lines, wrinkles, and scars. The reason is that the epidermis remains intact, the procedure usually suited to regions where laser treatments and deep chemicals peels are not typically performed, such as around the eyes and mouth, hands, and chest and it can be safely repeated.
Please note that Fitzpatrick skin types V-VI should consult with an experienced practitioner prior to receiving medical grade microneedling (1.5 mm-3 mm) to avoid triggering a pigment response in the skin.
HOW DOES MICRONEEDLING WORK?
Microneedling method triggers the repair response of the skin. The needles on a microneedling device puncture the skin to create a controlled skin injury. Each puncture of the needle creates a microscopic channel or empty space. This channel is recognized by the skin as tissue loss and begins to produce collagen and elastin to “fill” the channel. Collagen, is the main structural protein in skin responsible for sustaining skin integrity, firmness, and elasticity. The result is an improvement in skin texture and firmness, as well as a reduction in scars, pore size, and stretch marks.
When opting for miconeedling treatment, it is important to consider the length of the needle being used, as this determines the depth and scope of the treatment. Needle sizes start at 0.1 mm, which only affects the epidermis (the outermost layer of the skin), and can range up to 3.0 mm, thus affecting the deepest layer of the skin (the reticular dermis). Lengths between 0.1 mm and 0.3 mm are used for more superficial, cosmetic purposes such as increasing the penetration of topical serums. Fine lines and wrinkles are addressed with needles ranging from 0.5 mm - 1.5 mm. More invasive procedures use needle lengths from 1.5 mm up to 3 mm to reduce scarring, deep wrinkles, and stretch marks.
WHAT WILL I EXPERIENCE DURING MY MICRONEEDLING TREATMENT?
At the clinic Microneedling treatments can take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour depending upon the area being treated. The length of the needle will affect whether there will be any discomfort or bleeding. Deeper microneedling is generally performed with a numbing cream to maximize patient comfort. Your skincare professional will then roll the microneedling device over your skin to create tiny punctures. The sensation is often described as feeling “prickly”.
Immediately after treatment, your skin may experience redness and minor swelling. These effects generally subside within a day, but can take up to one week to fully resolve. Since your skin is more sensitive following a procedure, it is highly recommended to avoid sun exposure immediately after. Additionally, your skincare professional will likely advise you to avoid wearing makeup 24-48 hours following the treatment.