Which Medical Skin Care Treatment Is Best For Me?
Have you heard of microdermabrasion, microneedling, or injectables? There certainly are a lot of different skin care treatments, DIYs, and surgeries you can get in 2018, but which one is right for you? Just because the Kardashians have talked about a miracle skin care treatment on their Instagram recently doesn’t necessarily mean that it will work for your skin type. So which one is which, what are their benefits, and which one will be better for your skin?
We’re all on individual journeys to achieve stock photo-esque skin, right? Flawless and definitely not edited, much like the photo below. As unrealistic as that is, we can still help you get as close as possible to that airbrushed look based on your skin type. Whether you’re trying to improve your skin’s acne, acne scarring, or general discoloration we’ll help you choose your best treatment based on what it was traditionally used for, its current uses, and its effects on your skin!
Medical Skin Care Treatments
Every influencer and celebrity claims to have found the creme de la creme of skincare treatments, right? Ones that we’ve seen recently in the media are microneedling, Korean face masks, and even some bizarre ones that probably shouldn’t be mentioned. No matter what you’ve heard, there is a medical treatment out there that can help with whatever skin problem you might have, you just need to find the right one.
Dermaplaning is the process of gently scraping off the topmost layer of skin on the face. By removing the top layer of skin, collagen and other natural healing properties are given the opportunity to regenerate and help grow new healthy skin. Dermaplaning is also effective for removing “peach fuzz” from the face.
Dermaplaning was invented in the 1970’s for the express purpose of existing as an alternative to chemical peels. The blades were shaped like butter knives and were used the same way we use them now. This is a non-invasive treatment with little to no down time!
Dermaplaning is best for those who have minimal (superficial) acne scarring, dry skin, rough skin, or uneven skin tones. If you have active acne you should talk to a specialist before making sure Dermaplaning is right for you at the time.
Microneedling is the action of quickly and gently inserting many tiny needles into the upper layers of the skin to create micro-injuries. This is achieved through a variety of tools, but each are designed to control the depth of penetration and stimulate natural production of collagen and elastin.
Microneedling is reported to have been used as far back as ancient China but was closer to acupuncture than what we know today as Microneedling, or the “Vampire Facial”. In the late 1990s two dermatologists decided to see if they could use their techniques for treating scars to improve the texture and appearance of the face.
Microneedling is used to encourage the natural production of collagen and elastin by bringing blood to the top layers of the skin through tiny puncture wounds. It is best used to reduce the appearance of acne scars, discoloration, and dry or rough skin texture. If you have active acne it is recommended that you don’t receive this treatment until you have no open wounds on your face. Healing time takes about a week, but you can receive one monthly treatment for longer-lasting effects!
Similar to Microneedling, Microdermabrasion uses tiny crystals to create micro-injuries to the skin. This encourages natural healing through the production of collagen and elastin, which help the skin to appear fresher or plumper.
Microdermabrasion is a gentle way to help exfoliate and remove dead skin cells, while creating those tiny injuries which are then encouraged to heal properly. Invented in 1985, the treatment made its way to America in the 1990s. It was originally created as another alternative to Dermaplaning and regular dermabrasion.
Microdermabrasion and microneedling are different in both methodology and results. Microneedling is better for plumping and smoothing skin texture, while Microdermabrasion is best used to help the appearance of fine lines, age spots, and enlarged pores. Microdermabrasion is safe to use with active acne and has no down time!
There are a variety of chemical peels on the market. They are designed to remove the top layer of skin through a drying and peeling process, which helps to dry out any active acne and help prevent future spots.
It is believed that a variation of chemical peels were used as far back as ancient Egypt when people noticed the natural healing properties of acidic substances like fermented grapes and sour milk. Chemical peels were established as a skin care treatment in the mid-1800s by a Viennese dermatologist. From there many different chemicals and substances have been tested so that we may now enjoy our variety of proven chemical peels and facials.
Chemical peels are best used for very acne-prone skin. Though chemical peels have been shown to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, discoloration, and even acne scarring, they are still best used to help with active acne and to prevent future scarring.
Laser Photofacial Treatment (IPL)
Laser Photofacial Treatment, also called photorejuvenation, is the use of intense pulsed lights to treat severely sun-damaged and pigmented skin. The intense laser pulses cause collagen and blood cells to constrict, which helps the skin return to its normal tone.
Invented in the 1990s, IPL was intended for hair removal. As the treatment was optimized and improved, dermatologists later found that it was better for improving skin color and texture. The IPL treatment takes about a half hour, and patients experience no pain and minimal downtime.
IPL is best used for people with sun-damaged skin, rosacea, large freckles, large pores, and even fine lines! It is safe to use with all skin types and textures.
Venus Viva Treatment
The Venus Viva treatment is a combination of several procedures because it uses a type of Dermapen with 160 needles to inject intense heat into the epidermis. This stimulates collagen and elastin, but the heat also encourages the cells to constrict and reduce the size of pores.
Venus Viva is the invention of the Venus Concept, a team of dermatologists who wanted to improve the world of skincare. They believed they could replace all other skincare treatments with this one concept, and have successfully been able to provide thousands with effective treatment through their tools. The tool uses radiofrequency, to ablate the face (gently burn off the skin), and people that use it experience clearer, smoother, and fuller-looking skin. After the treatment your skin will peel in tiny dots from the pricks of the needles, revealing smooth and healthy skin. The healing process takes about a week and has no negative after-effects.
The Venus Viva is best for people looking for a “catch all” treatment. This versatile treatment helps with discoloration, rough texture, dry skin, acne scarring, and plumping. If you want to improve your face in all areas this treatment is right for you. If you only have one or two of the above skin problems consider other treatments to specifically target them.
Qwella’s Medical Skin Care Treatments
At Qwella Medical Spa we are certified nurses and estheticians, trained on best skin care guidelines and practices. We are able to do a consultation with you to determine which of the above procedures will be best for your skin type and treatment, as well as answer any and all questions you have. If you feel that one of these skincare treatments will help improve your skin please do not hesitate to call us at 801-666-4966 to schedule your appointment or consultation!