There are four basic reasons to treat oneself to a facial; they are known to cleanse, firm, smooth and moisturize the face. Even those who are extremely diligent at maintaining healthy skin can benefit from the procedure. Pores are often clogged by dead skin cells and oils. Not only will it take care of that but also increase the amount of oxygen and metabolic rate of your skin cells. Whether it’s to relax or clear up some unwanted flaws, facials are the perfect way to keep your skin looking youthful and radiant.
Thermage is a non-invasive procedure to tighten the skin on targeted areas on the face, around the eyes, or anywhere else on the body. The process is all about radiofrequency, using heat to stimulate your body’s ability to produce new collagen. The results are practically instant and there is little if any recovery making this procedure great for those of you with hectic schedules and little downtime.
Skin tightening is the result of thermage but can also be accomplished by using pulsed light. The process works in two ways; first by converting light into heat and then by activating repair cells in the skin. While it may sound similar to thermage the difference lies in the fact that the pulsed light doesn’t go as deep into the skin as thermage but yields the same great results!
Some may be insecure about facial wrinkles, scars or pigment differentiation, but all can be removed by skin resurfacing. The newest technology allows doctors to remove the skin from targeted areas one layer at a time. Also referred to as a laser peel, this procedure is best used to treat what has resulted from natural elements such as the sun, birthmarks and other reasons for skin discoloration.
Chemical peels are one of the most widely known non-surgical procedures to improve the look and feel of facial skin. Chemexfoliation, as it is also known as, using a combination of chemicals, including some sort of acid, to remove dead skin which will eventually peel off. Your doctor will choose the specific agent that is right for your skin during the consultation. Chemical peels have also been successfully used on the neck and hands.
Dermabrasion is a popular procedure to smooth the skin. A high speed rotating brush, somewhat resembling a toothbrush, removes the top layer of your skin. Its the perfect non-surgical treatment for those who have light or fair skin.
Dermaplaning is similar to dermabrasion but is considered a more intensive procedure. Instead of a brush a very fine razor-like tool called a dermatome is used to remove dead skin from the layer of the skin known as the epidermis. With it is considered non-invasive, it is most like a surgical procedure and must be cared for afterwards.
Also known as a “liquid facelift” this procedure is ideal for someone interested in cosmetic surgery who does not have enough downtime. The doctor injects the filler into defined areas of the face, like botox for example. This adds volume and yields immediate results. However, one must consider the downside being that it is not as permanent and must be maintained more frequently than if tended to surgically.