The Power of Combination


The Power of Combination

By Alissa Stevens

Spring time is here and like most of us you are probably experiencing some transitions in your skin as the seasons change.  You may be wondering what is happening to your skin and what you can do to ‘fix’ it.  Fortunately, and unfortunately, there are a ton of treatment and product options that can produce a remarkable improvement in skin tone, texture and quality.

Unfortunately, the broad range of options can become very confusing and may not address all your particular goals or needs.  Often times we find that when we combine treatments and add on customized options to facials or non-surgical treatments we often achieve a more desired result on the skin. We can increase the overall effectiveness of your treatments, by adding custom exfoliation, hydration, anti-aging ingredients, or collagen and elastin stimulators to our treatments to meet your skins needs and obtain optimal results.  

Some of our favorite skin care additions are Dermaplane, Facial Infusion, Oxymist and Ultimate or Glow Facials. Some of these treatments can be done immediately after our medical aesthetic services or done 1-2 weeks later to enhance and increase the results from your treatment. Boosters like our Dermaplaning Infusion facial are combined with microneedling, custom facials, waxing and many other treatments. 

Dermaplaning can ‘refinish’ the skin through a method of superficial exfoliation removing dead skin cells and ‘peach fuzz’, which can trap excess dirt and oil.  The exfoliation leaves the skin feeling silky smooth and improves the look of facial skin to smooth out imperfections or textural irregularities. This can also help with overall product penetration on the skin, making products and other treatments more effective. This is how facial infusion plays a key role.

The Infusion helps boost and speed results of other skin care treatments or can be used as a stand alone treatment. This treatment can generate 30 day collagen production and avoids damaging the epidermis by penetrating several high dose active ingredients into the dermis through liposomal delivery through a retinol derivative.  This treatment is further customized by adding powder blends and actives which enhance the results for acne, rosacea, and hyperpigmentation. This unique combination can achieve the same benefits from doing a chemical peel, but without the downtime and side effects of dry skin with the added benefit of increased collagen production.

When we combine an Infusion after receiving a microneedling treatment the skin receives the ‘nourishment’ it needs during the healing process to hydrate and exfoliate, while aiding the recovery process. 

Our patients love the dermaplaning and the facial infusion combination.  It removes any unwanted skin dryness and leaves you skin silky soft!

For those of us who want a little more resurfacing, a superficial chemical peel like the Glow and Ultimate Facials are the perfect amount of exfoliation to get nice, visible results with minimal downtime. They are a great compliment to a treatment like IPL/Photofacial, which helps correct discoloration in the skin but doesn't necessarily target textural issues or clean out the pores. And they can even be done immediately after the IPL!

We highly suggest a complimentary consultation with one of our providers to find the best, customized plan for addressing your skin concerns, and we have a great promotion this month discounting some of our favorite combinations!

Call us if you don’t think your skin is radiant or you have any questions.


Breakthrough Products, Alastin Skincare

Alastin Skincare product line helps prepare and increase skin receptiveness to procedures as well as boosting the healing process to improve the overall procedure result. The products are also designed to combat the signs of aging, in addition to enhance and maintain skin health with daily use. Alastin products, with proprietary TriHex Technology, feature a patent-pending synergistic blend of potent peptides and key ingredients in a formulation designed to penetrate the skin. Alastin products featuring TriHex Technology are based on proprietary science designed to stimulate, strengthen and support the skin’s regenerative processes which produces new skin that is softer, smoother and more pliable.

In histological studies, Alastin Skincare products have been shown to increase the accumulation of both elastin and collagen which has made Alastin the leader among skincare lines in elastin stimulation.

Importance of Elastin and Collagen

Elastin and collagen are the primary structural component proteins in the dermis. Collagen and elastin are abundant in early skin and critical for its ability to renew and regenerate. As the skin ages, it becomes less and less able to naturally recycle itself and regenerate, which means slower wound healing and evident signs of aging.

Peptides and Skin Regeneration

Peptides are small proteins naturally present in the body that direct cell signaling. Certain peptides signal the generation of collagen and elastin. Also, some have modulating and recycling properties of the extracellular matrix (ECM), enhancing the skin’s own ability to generate renewed, healthy skin. 

 

Skin Repair

Although many patients believe the healing process is complete within a few short weeks post-procedure, that visible healing is only on the skin’s surface. In truth, the full healing process can last well beyond the visual signs of recovery. Invasive and non-invasive procedures require specific aftercare and the healing process can last as long as 1-3 months post-treatment.

When skin is cut or injured in a surgical, ablative, laser or peel procedure, the body begins a natural process of healing, including:

  • The Inflammation Phase:stabilizes the site and cleans away dead cells and any bacteria; lasts a short period of time and if prolonged, can lead to scar formation
  • The Reparative Phase:skin cells multiply and initiate mobilization to close the wound and regenerate the epidermis (outer skin layer)
  • The Remodeling Phase:completes the skin remodeling; can take 30-90 days or more and is marked by the formation of new layers of skin built up from within; moderation of inflammation can reduce scarring and discoloration.

Similar to how the chronic wound healing process benefits from wound bed preparation, treatment of aging of the skin may be improved with a “skin bed preparation” to optimize rejuvenation procedures and skin maintenance programs.