Have you noticed that many celebrities are aging seemingly more gracefully and naturally with less of a ‘plastic’ look? At Novuskin, we are in on their secret. We know they’re forgoing plastic surgery for med spa clinic visits. Many are open about the procedures they are using to stay beautifully young-looking in a healthy and natural way.
Very different than day spa treatments, medspa facials and body treatments use technology such as lasers, thermal compression, ultrasound, and even LED light therapy to treat skin concerns well below the epidermis. This allows for improved protein formation, cellular rejuvenation, and circulation, and can even reverse skin damage.
There’s no doubt medical spa procedures are for more than just cosmetics and vanity. While their anti-aging effects are a clear motivator, skin health and youthful longevity are factors that can’t be ignored.
Medspas are here to stay! Here are the most popular medical spa procedures patients are having done to maintain young-looking, healthy skin, well into their 50s, 60s, and beyond!
What are the most popular medical spa procedures?
- Laser Skin Resurfacing
- Chemical Peels
- Dermal Fillers
This article will explore the steps and uses of each of these popular medical spa treatments which are truly some of the best treatments available today.
Radio Frequency (RF) Microneedling
If you’ve ever pricked your finger – even with something small – and noticed the puncture site becomes red and may even hurt a tiny bit, you’ve experienced the power of microneedling. No matter how small the injury, our bodies use a cascade of events called the inflammatory response to heal that injury.
The same principle applies to RF microneedling, although there is very little pain and downtime with this facial. Some primary uses:
- Heal acne scars
- Reduce fine line and wrinkles
- Improve natural hydration by increasing hyaluronic acid production
- Firm and tone sagging skin by increasing collagen and elastin production
- Breakdown and lessen the look of melasma, hyperpigmentation, and rosacea
- Heal sun damage
- Decrease the look of stretch marks
During a microneedling treatment, a technician carefully rolls a specialized device over the skin that injects very tiny, microscopic needles. Minimally invasive but powerful, these needles cause micro-injuries that trigger the body’s inflammatory response. This response ushers collagen and elastin to the injuries which aim to heal the skin, fill in wrinkles, and smooth scar tissue. It also firms and reduces elasticity.
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Lasers on your face; it sounds a little futuristic, and maybe even scary, but lasers have been used to treat skin conditions for decades, the first appearing on the aesthetics scene in the 60s. Since then, laser treatments have been constantly refinded and improved until we have the efficient and safe aesthetic lasers of today.
Fractional laser treatments can smooth wrinkles, tighten skin, reduce acne, and help control oil production. They can also reduce the look of scars and even ablate varicose veins and blood vessels in rosacea-affected skin.
During a fractional laser resurfacing treatment, the skin is treated with a beam of high-intensity light. This encourages new collagen production. This production intensely improves the tone, texture, and elasticity of the skin and can remove unwanted marks and scars.
Chemical peels have gotten a bit of an unfairly bad reputation, thanks primarily to user error. If chemical peels are misused, such as using too harsh a product on damaged skin or leaving the product on the skin too long, they can cause burns and excessive peeling. When used correctly, chemical peels can be a secret weapon to exceptionally healthy and hydrated skin.
Not only can peels help with increasing the skin’s natural moisture, they can:
- Improve color, clarity, texture and tone of skin
- Control oil production and heal acne breakouts
- Minimize skin imperfection and scars
- Smooth fine lines and wrinkles
- Even the look of discoloration and sun damage
Due to the nature of how chemical peels work, a properly executed treatment allows for better absorption of skincare products.
When receiving a chemical peel at a medspa, your aesthetician should take into account any underlying conditions you may struggle with, such as rosacea, herpes simplex, or photosensitivity. If you have open wounds or infected acne sores, you should wait until your skin has healed.
Your aesthetician will apply a fluid that contains a small percentage of natural chemicals such as AHA, BHA, glycolic, or lactic acid. These chemicals will eat away at your epidermis – the outermost layer of your skin – to remove the dead skin cells. This exposes fresh, healthy skin that is well-prepared to absorb serums and moisturizers. This action can help any other skin treatments you may have scheduled to produce an even better outcome. For this reason, chemical peels are often combined with other beauty treatments to enhance the results.
Microdermabrasion is the gentler version of dermabrasion, it’s more aggressive cousin. While dermabrasion essentially ‘sands’ your skin, microdermabrasion is an alternative that uses tiny, exfoliating crystals that are applied to the skin using a specialized sprayer.
A wet microdermabrasion extracts the skin’s impurities and simultaneously delivers essential nutrients, targeting the deepest layers of the skin. A jet stream finer than a strand of hair penetrates pores while a vacuum gently pulls the skin into the top of the applicator, opening pores, and removing impurities.
Microdermabrasion is a minimally invasive procedure that’s an excellent beauty treatment to improve the overall look of the skin’s tone and texture. It also improves the appearance of sun damage, reduces wrinkles and fine lines, and can decrease the size of melasma and age spots.
The advances in the technology of dermal fillers is truly remarkable, which explains why they continue to be one of the most popular medical spa procedures. Dermal fillers are gel-like substances that are injected into the dermis (the second deepest layer of the skin) to fill in areas of depression, wrinkles, or scarring, and can even reshape areas of the face. Common treatments include lip plumping, cheek plumping, and even non-surgical nose jobs.
Dermal fillers, for which there are many types and brand names, are very safe. Fill treatments should be performed by a medical professional such as a nurse or doctor, since they involve puncturing the skin with a needle and injecting fluid under the tissue. This process is specialized and requires proper medical training to be performed safely. Importantly, botched fill treatments can look unsightly. While dermal fillers aren’t permanent, the results – good or bad – can last for months.
During your treatment, a very thin needle will be injected below the skin, and a filling gel will be specifically inserted into the desired area. The needle causes minimal pain. This injection adds fullness and volume. Used under or within scars and wrinkles, the filler can minimize their appearance. In and around the cheeks, lips, and nose, dermal fillers can change the shape of the area.
Sometimes called fat-freezing, CoolSculpting is a non-surgical treatment used to get the look of liposuction but in a less invasive way. Fat-freezing is a clinically-proven method of reducing pockets of fat in the thighs, butt, back, chin, and abdomen.
There are a number of reasons patients elect to use CoolSculpting to reduce fat. Some experience issues with stubborn fat that seems nearly impossible to reduce even with consistent diet and exercise.
During CoolSculpting, a technician uses a specialized tool that literally freezes fat cells. Once this happens, the body eliminates them over a time period of 1-3 months. Theis removal is permanent since the frozen cells are removed from the body. CoolSculpting causes no pain and requires little to no downtime.
CoolSculpting leaves the treated areas slimmer and more contoured for an improved physique. If excess fat is a health concern, CoolSculpting may be a safe way to speed up fat loss.
Hydrafacials are all the rage – and for excellent reason. These facials target uneven skin tone, congested pores, excess oil production, dehydrated skin, and fine lines and wrinkles.
Hydradermabrasion is combined simultaneous exfoliation and infusion. This means the treatment removes dead skin while also imparting hydrating and cleansing serums. A specialized wand is fitted with a tiny diamond tip to exfoliate. This is coupled with the use of an extremely thin jet stream. It’s not very romantic, but this jet stream works a bit like a power washer, both helping to soften and loosen depleted cells on the surface of the skin while also sending moisturizers and serums into the skin through the pores. Meanwhile, a vacuum gently sucks away dead cells.
Hydradermabrasion is exceptionally beneficial while also being quite gentle which makes it an obvious choice for anyone experiencing the following skin concerns:
- Dehydrated skin
- Sagging skin
- Aging / wrinkled skin
- Acneic skin or clogged pores
- Congested or inflamed skin
- Dull, lifeless skin
We believe skincare is essential – not an indulgence. At Novuskin, we offer these and other popular, effective skincare treatments that not only improve the look and texture of the skin but take your skincare one giant step forward; to truly improve your skin health from the inside out.
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