Chemical Peels & Microdermabrasion
Individuals with a dull, rough, or mottled complexion can benefit from microdermabrasion or chemical peels. These treatments enhance skin quality by encouraging cellular turnover and promoting circulation, which results in softer, renewed skin with better tone and texture. After just one session, you will notice a visible improvement in your skin's brightness, clarity, and overall health.
Depending on your individual concerns and intended level of improvement, either microdermabrasion or a chemical peel may be recommended. Microdermabrasion is frequently used to treat fine lines, wrinkles, scars, acne, dark spots, and even stretch marks. Chemical peels can correct several of the same concerns – including dark spots, wrinkles, and acne – but are also very effective for sun-damaged skin, rosacea, and skin laxity. During your initial consultation, you will be evaluated by Dr.Kaga and she will suggest the appropriate mode of treatment.
Although both microdermabrasion and chemical peels address the outer layers of the skin, they differ in their delivery method. During a chemical peel, a topical solution is applied directly to freshly-cleansed skin. This solution can vary in strength to produce a mild, moderate or deep peel, and may be left on the skin for 10 minutes or more, depending on the type of peel used. Most patients experience a warming or tingling sensation within the first 10 minutes of application, which is not usually painful. A local anesthetic may also be used prior to deep chemical peels for enhanced comfort. After the solution has been allowed to penetrate the skin, a neutralizing agent is applied and the chemical peel is removed.
Microdermabrasion is a slightly more aggressive treatment since it physically refines the outer layers of the skin's surface. During the procedure, dirt, oil, and makeup are first removed. Next, a hand-held device emitting a fine spray of very small crystals is pressed against the skin. These particles create a "buffing" effect by gently breaking apart dead skin cells and removing imperfections. Most people are very comfortable during the procedure, and liken the experience to a mild facial massage. Microdermabrasion treatments generally last about 30 minutes.
The number of sessions needed varies by treatment and individual concerns. Typically, a series of 6 microdermabrasion treatments is recommended for full results. Mild to moderate chemical peels may require subsequent treatments every few months to maintain the effects.
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