Bellissimo Medi Spa
Posted April 22, 2016
We are so excited about the launch of Bellissimo Medi Spa, we decided to devote our entire May newsletter to examining a few of the most popular medical spa procedures that we now have available. These services, along with Botox, Voluma, Juvederm, and Belotero complete the environment we wanted to create for you, our patient, as we partner together for a beautiful you.
Dermaplaning, or blading, is a non-invasive skin treatment that is used to promote skin rejuvenation. Dermaplaning is similar to microdermabrasion as it removes the top layer of the epidermis to eliminate dead skin cells and correct minor surface imperfections. The primary difference between the two procedures is the removal of the fine, facial hair while exfoliating the skin. This procedure is typically performed by a licensed aesthetician and utilizes a sterile surgical blade. The blade is used in a motion similar to shaving and painlessly removes the dry, dead skin to reveal new, healthy skin cells. A dermaplaning session is a perfect way to prime your skin for further treatments such as a facial or peel.
Facials are a method of deep cleaning, exfoliating and nourishing the skin to promote a clear, younger and healthier looking complexion. When used as part of an on-going skin care program the effects are increased. The facial should be performed by an experienced, knowledgeable aesthetician and begin with a consultation to review any products currently used, concerns, diet and develop a treatment plan to meet your individual needs. The basic steps of the facial include a deep cleansing followed by an analysis of your skin condition to choose the appropriate products for your treatment. Steam is used to help soften any blackheads or white heads that may need to be extracted. Skin is exfoliated and extractions may be done if desired. A facial massage is done to both relax you and stimulate the skin prior to a mask being applied that has been targeted to address your skin type. Finally, moisturizer and sunscreen is applied at the completion of the treatment.
The primary use of a chemical peel is for skin regeneration. They are used to increase collagen and improve discoloration, sun damage, fine lines and age spotting. There are different levels of peels, the simplest peel is a superficial resurfacing which can produce a new, smother layer of skin with improved texture. There is nothing to actually “peel off” during a facial peel, rather a chemical solution is applied to the face and works by dissolving the outer most layer of skin. The depth and strength of the peel is based upon the chemicals used and the amount of time the solution is applied. The difference between a peel and microdermabrasion is that one procedure uses a chemical solution to exfoliate the skin and the other uses a mechanical method to rejuvenate and exfoliate. By removing old, dry skin we allow new cell growth to occur. This allows for better absorption of topical products and creates a more youthful appearance.
Microdermabrasion is a process that uses a minimally invasive instrument to buff or sand away the surface layer of the skin. This type of skin rejuvenation can be used for multiple reasons such as discoloration, sun damage, exfoliation, skin tone and texture, and light scarring.
The skin is made of up of two layers, the epidermis and the dermis. The top layer, or epidermis, is made up of dead skin cells underneath a layer of cells that are maturing. The layer on the top is called the stratum corneum and acts as a protective barrier to the layers below. It is here that we see most of the minor skin imperfections such as fine lines and discolorations. Microdermabrasion acts on this level of the epidermis, the stratum corneum. By deeply exfoliating the skin and removing this outermost layer it provides the patient with a radiant glow. There is no down time and does not require anesthetics. Skin may be temporarily pink but recovers within 12-24 hours.
Lash extensions are applied by a licensed aesthetician and involve individual lashes, applied one at a time, to each of the client’s lashes using a specially formulated, semi-permanent glue. A full set of lashes takes about two hours to apply. They can be maintained year-round with touch ups recommended every three to four weeks as lash growth occurs. (A full growth cycle of natural eyelashes is typically six to eight weeks.) Water should be avoided on your lashes for the first 12-24 hours after application as the water may weaken the adhesive that was used to apply the lashes. If applied correctly, lash extensions will not ruin your own lashes, nor do they fall out if applied properly to each individual lash. They are safe and do not damage your natural lashes. Do not rub your eyes or pull on the extension as this can cause damage to the natural lash. If you wish to have them removed, it is best to consult with a professional.