Getting The Most Value From Your Skin Care Treatments
We all have different skin care routines, but we don't necessarily follow them to the letter. Sometimes we skip steps when in a hurry or we don't think that every single step is important enough. Whether we realize it or not, the results are a reflection of how much effort we put into it. When you spend your hard earned money on professional treatments, you really need to get the most out of that treatment. Here are the steps you need to follow to make every penny counts.
Types of Treatments
Many different treatments are intended to get the same results. Facial peels, laser skin resurfacing, microdermabrasion, microneedling, and Ultherapy all may be used for skincare such as reducing frown lines, sagging skin, or scars to different degrees. Note that some of these treatments are ablative, meaning they cause controlled damage to the surface of the skin while others are non-ablative, meaning they do not.
Facial Peels - Many people have tried facial peels, also called chemical peels. The treatment involves applying a chemical such as fruit enzymes, trichloroacetic acid, or phenol to the skin. It is left on for a short time before being washed off. The ablative treatment is meant to remove layers of skin and force the skin to heal itself and rejuvenate.
Laser Skin Resurfacing - Treatments using aesthetic devices can resurface the skin by using light-based energy. The laser targets the skin cells and removes layers of skin in a controlled fashion. Using an ablative laser means the targeted skin cells on the surface will be vaporized A non-ablative laser would target the dermal layer, heating the cells to melt collagen and stimulate it into repairing itself.
Ultherapy and Radiofrequency - Treatments using ultrasound technology can be used to deliver heat deep down in the dermal layer to stimulate collagen growth and cellular repair. Radiofrequency therapy uses sound waves to do the same. Both are non-ablative procedures.
Preparing For Treatments
Before going in for a scheduled procedure, you need to care for your skin so it will be primed for treatment. Most procedures recommend that you avoid smoking and overexposure to the sun for at least two weeks before your session.
Smoking causes premature wrinkling and dries out the skin, causing damage to the cells. So does overexposure to the sun, so wear a decent sunblock such as SPF 30 each time you go out. On the day of treatment, cleanse your skin thoroughly but do not exfoliate it as you don't want to irritate it the day of the procedure. Do not wear any topical products like lotions, oils, sunblock, or makeup on the day of treatment.
After The Procedure
Once the procedure is over, there are still ways to care for your skin to improve the results. Immediately following your session, use cold compresses if the skin feels uncomfortable. Watch for infections. They rarely occur, but if they do, seek medical attention right away. Continue to avoid getting too much sun and avoid any exposure to smoking for at least a week or two after your appointment. Use moisturizing lotion to keep the skin from drying out too much.