The quest for minimally invasive, minimal downtime procedures for facial rejuvenation and skin enhancement has led both doctors and patients down paths that have been a mixture of disappointing results and exciting improvements. One technique that has shown exciting improvements is microneedling, now offered at The Med Spa at Clymer Facial Plastic Surgery. This technique initially involved the use of a roller that had tiny needles on its surface. This roller was passed over the skin with gentle pressure. The intended effect of these micro skin pricks is the stimulation of collagen which in turn improves skin texture, tone, fine lines, and acne scarring. Recently, advancements in the technique have led to the use of electronic pen shaped devices that make a very controlled, reproducible micro puncture of the surface of the skin, and in doing so, trigger collagen production. This technique has been shown to be a safe and effective option for treatment of wrinkles, acne scars, and even some types of stretch marks. Patients are instructed to skip make-up for 24 hours after the treatment, and then may resume all normal activities. To achieve the best results possible with microneedling, a series of four treatments with three weeks between each treatment is recommended. In addition to the improvement in their skin, the minimal downtime is one feature of this treatment that patients enjoy, as it allows the treatment to fit into most people’s busy lifestyles. If you don’t have much downtime, and want to improve the texture of your skin or improve scars, call our office and get a consultation at The Med Spa at Clymer Facial Plastic Surgery.
In the sea of beauty treatments and fad-creams, it can be difficult to decipher which products and treatments will actually be worth your time and money. Everywhere you look someone is marketing something! Just this morning I put on a pair of socks with Jessica Simpson stitched into the bottom of them and it occurred to me how all-encompassing our branding and marketing schemes have become - from our socks to the products in our bathrooms our heavily marketed world barrages us with promises of miracle creams and treatments. They boast with the microwaving powers to bippity boppity boo our skin issues away forever! While billboards, magazines, and the internet can be a wonderful information hub, not everything written, published, hash tagged or celebrity-stamped is going to deliver on its promises.
Over the years as an aesthetician, I have had so many clients and patients lament to me about their frustrations with which “poreless wonder lotion” or “fairy-baby-face zap treatment” will actually work for them. The truth is that trying to find the best skin routine or anti-aging treatment program alone is like trekking Mount Everest thinking google maps is the only navigational tool you’ll need. While we wouldn’t traverse a mountain without a guide, many people believe they can figure out what's best for them without any help from a professional. If the avalanche of beauty treatments, serums, toners, vitamin C product possibilities that are out there in the market today confuse you, even in the least, it's time to find an aesthetician!
Here are the top 3 things to look for in your aesthetician.
An aesthetician's job is to help their clients and patients find the best solutions for their skin and because their names are attached to the advice and treatments they provide, there is a certain integrity factor in play that you will benefit from! As an aesthetician for over 7 years, the best part of my job has been the relationships and trust I have built with my clients and patients and the satisfaction of helping others reach their goals with their skin! Do yourself a favor and find a face whisperer!
I am often asked the difference between the two techniques, SculpSure™ and CoolSculpting™. I have evaluated both technologies, and we offer SculpSure™ at Clymer Facial Plastic Surgery for a few reasons. Both techniques have been shown in studies to be effective ways to non-surgically reduce fat. So, both can be effective. However, there are differences that I believe are beneficial to patients and hence the reason we offer SculpSure™. The first difference is how the devices reduce fat cells. CoolSculpting™ freezes the fat in order to kill the fat cells, while SculpSure™ is a laser-induced killing of the fat. I believe this laser technology is the current leading technology for non-surgical body contouring. Another reason we have chosen to offer SculpSure™ is that there are differences in how each device works. In CoolSculpting™, the area to be treated is suctioned up into the device, so that a freeze can be created between the two sides. Imagine your vacuum cleaner sucking up an area of your love handles or an area around your stomach. Once the area is in the “vacuum”, the tissue under the skin is cooled to kill the fats cells. This vacuum creates a stretching of the skin. This stretching can result in pain or numbness that may persist, by some patients report, for weeks after a treatment with CoolSculpting™. In SculpSure™, there is no suction applied. This avoids the potential risk of stretching the nerves to the skin. Also, with CoolSculpting™ treatments, the area that has been suctioned up into the “vacuum” needs to be massaged to get it flat again. Since there is no suction being placed on the skin in SculpSure™ treatments, both the risks of stretching nerves and the need for post-treatment massage can be avoided. Secondly and probably most important to patients these days, is that the SculpSure™ treatment takes about HALF the time as a comparable CoolSculpting™ treatment. This makes for shorter visits, and less time out of your busy schedule.
So in summary, we have chosen to offer SculpSure™ as the current leading edge LASER technology for non-surgical body sculpting, with limited risks, less time per treatment compared to other devices, and excellent effectiveness and patient satisfaction.