September is a milestone month; it brings Labor Day marking the official end of summer, cooler temperatures, the pumpkin spiced latte and a shift in the types of skin-care treatments that many day and medical spas are offering. During the sun-filled summer months, spas tend to shy away from offering strong resurfacing treatments. September is a different story. The sun’s rays begin to diminish in their intensity and day spas and medi-spas once again focus on anti-aging, resurfacing treatments.
Here’s our pick of the Top 5 Resurfacing Treatments
1. Chemical Peels
One of the most universal services in the skincare industry, peels can range from very mild enzyme peels to more advanced and powerful peels like the Jessner peel. There are many types of peels that can work on tone, texture and elasticity. Check with your local medical spa or day spa to determine which type of peel will help you reach your specific goals. Patients generally receive peels that are lighter in strength in a series to help reach their desired results. Treatments are 4 -6 weeks apart and are often bundled in a series of 3 –6 treatments.
Another favorite on the day spa treatment menu, this treatment involves a vacuum massage of the facial skin that is combined with either aluminum oxide crystals or a spinning diamond tipped head. The crystals are then whisked across the skin, removing dead skin cells and debris to reveal beautifully luminescent new skin cells. Microdermabrasion can help improve the tone, texture and elasticity of the skin. You can receive Microdermabrasion every 4 weeks, and generally it’s recommended in a series of 6 – 10 treatments for significant results.
This treatment is available in medical spas in most states. Depending on state licensing regulations, it may also be available in day spas. A scalpel is used to gently scrape the surface of the skin and remove dead skin cells. It also removes the tiny villous hairs or “peach fuzz”; the hair does not grow back thicker. This treatment can be done every 3 – 4 weeks.
Microneedling, (also known as Collagen Induction Therapy) uses a specially designed instrument with microscopic needles to puncture the skin less than 1 millimeter deep, with numerous tiny pin-pricks. As the tiny wounds heal, collagen and elastin growth is stimulated, which then improves tone, texture and elasticity. Most patients need between 3 – 5 treatments depending on an individual’s skin condition. While many spas and doctors’ offices offer Microneedling, only physicians can offer a more deeply penetrating treatment.
5. Laser Resurfacing
This physician-only service aims at improving, tone, texture and elasticity. Laser Resurfacing comes in a variety of protocols. They can be very mild and treat only the very top layers of the skin. Such mild treatments deliver noticeable results on a small scale with virtually no down time. Lasers resurfacing treatments can also be more deeply penetrating. These offer dramatic anti-aging results and show marked improvements in tone, texture and elasticity by impacting the facial skin below the surface. These treatments can require up to 14 days of down time, but can help patients achieve goals without surgery.
No matter which of these resurfacing treatments you choose, it is vital that you use a scientific, doctor-recommended skincare line that facilitates healing during the recovery process. MEG 21 with Supplamine® offers Redness Relief, which is ideal for use post resurfacing treatment. It combats skin inflammation, redness and irritation while promoting healing. The natural soothing extracts of aloe, burdock root, comfrey, allantoin, licorice and ginger combine with patented Supplamine® soothe skin after advanced resurfacing treatments.
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