Skin Resurfacing

skin resurfacing

Ask Dérmica: WHAT is Skin Resurfacing?

  • An esthetic procedure or personal use of an exfoliating product/tool that removes layers of damaged skin.
  • Improves the overall appearance and texture of the skin.
  • Boosts the regeneration rate of skin cells and promotes collagen production.
  • Improves circulation and absorptive ability of the skin.
  • Recommended for all skin types as part of a healthy skin care routine or to treat skin conditions.
  • Methods of resurfacing include: chemical, mechanical, and light-based treatment.

CHEMICAL METHODS AND BENEFITS

Chemical Resurfacing

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  • There are different classifications of chemical resurfacing: AHA, BHA, Retinols, TCA, Enzymes.
  • Causes a chemical reaction at the surface of the skin that dissolves the bonds between the skin cells.
  • Varying intensity and penetration.
  • Can be delivered in low doses on a daily basis or as a stand alone treatment delivered by a trained technician.
  • Skin may require pre-treating with lower dose prior to procedure.
  • Down time varies depending on the dose delivered.
  • Topical products used for homecare may need to be prescribed by a physician.
Benefits:
  • Can treat a wide range of conditions.
  • Can be used as part of a daily maintenance routine.
  • Broad range of penetration level available from mild – deep.
  • Improves texture of the skin.
  • Reduces unwanted pigmentation.
  • Treats acne and related scarring.
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MECHANICAL METHODS AND BENEFITS

Granular Exfoliants

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  • Granular product that is massaged over the skin.
  • Lifts dead surface layer of skin.
  • Available in various formulations and intensity.
  • Product contain microbeads or granules that slough the outer layer.
  • Mild resurfacing.
  • Not typically recommended for acneic or sensitive skin.
Benefits:
  • Instant results.
  • Can be used daily as part of a regular skin care routine.
  • No downtime.
  • Increases absorption of products.
  • Stimulates circulation.

Dermaplaning

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  • Technician performs feathery strokes typically using a 10 gauge blade held at an angle over the surface of the skin.
  • Removes surface layer of the skin.
  • Form of mechanical skin resurfacing.
Benefits:
  • Also removes the vellus hair in the area treated.
  • Delivers instant results.
  • Minimal downtime.
  • Can alleviate and treat eczema, skin irritations, and excessively dry patches.
  • Promotes increased hydration and penetration of topical medications and treatment product.

Microdermabrasion

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  • Technician uses a wand over the skin to remove superficial layers.
  • Can be performed with a diamond encrusted tip being dragged over the skin or using a crystal spray to gently “sandblast” the surface of the skin.
  • Not recommended for acneic skin or highly sensitive skin types.
  • Mild – mid level resurfacing.
Benefits:
  • Minimal downtime required.
  • Can be paired with other methods of resurfacing for optimal results.
  • Improves circulation.
  • Improves texture.
  • Lightens pigmentation.

Abrasive Materials

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  • Used to lift the dead surface layer of the skin by causing friction.
  • Brushes bristles vary from soft – hard.
  • Can be used with products for added cleansing.
  • Abrasive materials include loofas, pumice, and other textured materials in varying coarseness.
  • Mild resurfacing.
  • Not recommended for sensitive or sensitized skin
Benefits:
  • Can be used as part of a daily routine or in a professional service.
  • Instant results.
  • No downtime.
  • Increases circulation.

Dermabrasion

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  • Performed by a medical professional.
  • Anesthetic is used to numb the skin prior to treatment.
  • In some cases a prescribed relaxant may be given to ease the patient.
  • Technician operates a high-speed device that scrapes away layers of skin.
  • Mid – deep resurfacing.
Benefits:
  • Delivers deep resurfacing with minimal sessions.
  • Can remove deep imperfections.
  • Dramatic results can be achieved.

Microneedling

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  • Pierces fine needles into the surface of the skin creating micro-lesions.
  • Varying levels of intensity depending on the device.
  • Minimal – no downtime required.
Benefits:
  • Tightens pores and smooths texture.
  • Effective on minimizing the appearance of stretch marks and acne scarring.
  • Improves circulation.
  • Stimulates collagen and elastin production.


LIGHT-BASED METHODS AND BENEFITS

IPL Skin Rejuvenation

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  • Stands for Intense Pulsed Light.
  • Device emits a broad band light energy into the skin.
  • Works below the surface of the skin on a cellular level, leaving the surface layer intact.
  • Depth of penetration varies medium – deep.
Benefits:
  • Minimal down time, if any.
  • Reduces redness and surface capillaries.
  • Removes pigmentation and evens skin tone.
  • Improves texture and tightens pores.
  • Reduces fine lines and pre-mature aging.
  • Treats acne and related scarring.

LASER Skin Resurfacing

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  • Acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.
  • Device emits a focused beam of light energy into the skin.
  • Depth of penetration varies from medium – deep.
  • Down time ranges depending on the type of laser used.
Benefits:
  • Improves textural damage.
  • Reduces signs of aging.
  • Reduces redness and vascularity from facial and body region.
  • Removes unwanted pigmented lesions.
  • Treats acne and related scarring.


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