See below for our FAQ – some frequently asked questions and answers about skin care, laser, microdermabrasion and chemical peels:
The reason why some people get acne and others don’t remains a mystery. However, there are a few things that we do know that contribute to the cause of acne. Genetic disposition is one of them. Finding out your family background of acne sufferers will help you when trying to treat your acne. For instance, if both of your parents had acne, then chances of you developing acne is 75%. If only one of your parents had acne then the percentage drops to 50%.
Your skin is the largest organ you have. It is called your Epidermis, also referred to as your execratory system. In our body, all of our systems are connected. Therefore our digestive system is connected to our lymphatic system which of course is connected to our execratory system. If our body is not functioning the way it should be, if it is malnourished, dehydrated, or our circulation is irregular, our skin is going to show it!
The difference between a Professional Skin Care Line and a Skin Care Product off a shelf at a Drug Store, etc, is that of the Manufacturer, Formulation and Active Ingredients. First and foremost, Professional Skin Care Products are created and carefully developed by scientists and some Dermatologists that do nothing other than study skin. Unfortunately, skin care products that can purchased off the shelf at drug stores and grocery superstores are formulated by larger companies that also develop other types of products that are not used for the skin but for your household. When you invest in a Professional Skin Care Product, you are investing in a product that solely devotes itself to skin and every aspect of it. The formulations are developed to have the active ingredients used to their greatest potential. A true Professional Skin Care Product will cost more than the average skin care product off a shelf because of its formulation and active ingredients. So if it is results you are looking for, you will want to head towards a Professional Skin Care provider.
The Sun is the main culprit to the cause of vasodilation. Vasodilation is where the capillaries in the skin on the face become dilated because of excessive heat or damage from the sun. Leaving them broken which causes the skin to appear red. This usually is more visible on those of skin types I, II and III’s. The genetic disposition leaves you vulnerable. So if you have Irish, English, French, or Scottish in your ethnicity, you are more likely to end up with broken capillaries in the face as you age. You will also notice them more as you drink alcohol, caffeine and sit in the sun. There are treatments to rid one of broken capillaries. Laser Therapy for Vascular Lesions will help treat those unwanted lesions.
There are really 5 good reasons to exfoliate your face. Exfoliating improves skins texture, reduces the appearance of large pores, helps eliminate acne and removes debris, refine fine lines and helps with active ingredient absorption from your skin care products. There are 3 different types of exfoliating the skin; Manual, Mechanical and Chemical.
These are 2 totally different types of conditions yet there are a few treatments that can benefit both conditions simultaneously. For someone who is new to Medical Aesthetic treatments, they may want to start off light with a mild treatment of Microdermabrasion to mechanically exfoliate the skin. It is important to prepare skin for professional skin care products with active ingredients. Ingredients such as Alpha Hydroxy’s or Alpha Beta Hydroxy’s are definitely important in this process. These active ingredients will start to assist with the exfoliating process by increasing cellular turnover, evening out skin tone and texture, balancing the skin’s natural oils and fighting acne, while hydrating both the epidermal and dermal layers. Another treatment considered, but more effective would be a Chemical Peel. A good choice would be that of a TCA Peel. This peel goes a bit deeper than a Glycolic Peel, allowing conditions such as acne scars and pigmented areas caused by the sun to be treated. If you are serious about your skin, you may want to consider Photofacials which are laser/ IPL Therapy. Collagen is produced with both peels and laser/ IPL, but with Laser/ IPL a client will see the sun damage pigmented lesions appear almost instantly as they darken after the procedure. From the time of the treatment up to 2 weeks they will “coffee grind” and exfoliate themselves off. As you skin becomes brighter and smoother. Many clients work out a treatment plan with their Medical Aesthetician to do both Chemical Peels along with Photofacials.
Depends on who you ask. Everyone has a different pain threshold and a different idea of what pain is. Laser/ IPL can be uncomfortable, as it is energy that is converted into light and that light is then converted into heat. There are many systems out there that have different ways of making YOU as the client feel more comfortable. There is a very important part on our system which is called the hand piece. This hand piece can either have a cooling system or not. We have advanced so much in technology when it comes to Laser and IPL innovation that the majority of systems out there will have a cooling system. This cooling system provides the hand piece with a temperature that is below 0 degrees Celsius. Some systems are -4 degrees while the Formax by Sharplight used here at Sweet Expressions MediSpa has a -10 degrees cooling system. Therefore many clients have said it too often feel like cold water or ice at times rather than heat. Which is great!
For women it is recommended to begin no sooner than 16. For men it is recommended to wait until after the age of 18. This is not because of health reasons but because of hormonal growth.
Everyone is completely different. Someone may only need 6 sessions while another may need 8. On average it is between 6-8 treatments. They are spaced 4- 10 weeks apart depended on the area on the body and its hair growth rate.
“Intense Pulsed Light” is a technology that uses flash lamps that emit a gentle pulse heat and light. That heat and light is then absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle.
Light based technology uses a process called “Selective Photothermolysis”. To explain, it selectively chooses its target for destruction and destroys it without destroying any of the surrounding tissue. Hair reduction follows this method as the light targets the pigment in the hair while not damaging the surrounding tissue and destroys the hair follicle. The heat along with the light energy is absorbed into the follicle, and the follicles root is then coagulated. The result is a hair reduction of 80 to 90%.
Quite often enough topical medications irritate the skin and may produce serious side effects. While more than 40% of acne bacteria are insensitive to oral antibiotics.
Microdermabrasion is a type of Mechanical Exfoliation. There are 2 different types of Microdermabrasion Machines; Diamond Tip and Crystal System. Either system with create the same outcome- exfoliates the stratum cornium which is the most outer layer of the epidermis. Which you decide to have used on your skin is personal preference. The Diamond Tip Machine consists of a wand with interchangeable grits that have their own number to show their coarseness. The machine itself functions on a suction. This allows the dead skin to be suctioned off while the Medical Aesthetician is performing the treatment. The suction also invites new blood to the surface to encourage new skin growth as the dead skin cells are sloughed off to make way for new skin cells. We call this Keratinization. The second type of Microdermabrasion treatment is known as the Crystal Microdermabrasion. Unlike suction, this treatment uses different types of crystals in a compressor to be blown onto the face out of a wand to slough off dead skin cells. Each treatment takes about 20 minutes but as a full treatment with cleanse, mask and moisturize it take an hour.
Not everyone gets red. But believe it or not getting red is a great thing!!! Our intention as Medical Aestheticians are to create a superficial injury to the stratum cornium or lower. Superficial meaning- not deep. When we create these superficial injuries our goal is to stimulate new blood flow in the skin. Once the skin realizes that there is in fact a superficial injury, it then, will create its own collagen. Only after the age of 30 years old, is this the natural way for us to do so. So if you by chance happen to get red after a Microdermabrasion treatment- be happy and thank your Medical Aesthetician!!!
Remember we are exfoliating off dead skin and debris. In some cases, there is skin with 15 to 30 layers of dead skin on the first layer of the Epidermis! Sometimes when we start exfoliating off dead skin and debris we start to uncover what is underneath that has been trapped. This then may cause a small breakout, but you ARE in good hands! The good news is the break out is temporary and your skin is on its way to being completely healthy.
A Chemical Peel is a treatment that is used to smooth and improve the texture of the skin, correct pigmentation caused by sun damage and reduce excessive oil and bacteria in the skin.
No. Unfortunately not everyone is a candidate for a Chemical Peel. If one chooses to book an appointment with a Medical Aesthetician for a Peel a Consult and a Consent is always completed. There are many different types of peels and different percentages in which they can be delivered depending on the skin type or condition. To see all Contraindications to a Chemical Peel go to “Am I A Candidate For Chemical Peels”.
Everyone has a different experience with a Chemical Peel. Most people experience redness, itchiness, a sensation of burning (a sunburn), tingling and most importantly- a fresh glow. It is important to remember that the burning if any, takes place as the peel is on or being reactivated by the neutralizer. This all depends on the type of peel. Yes- you probably will go red or will be flushed with colour. This is a great thing! Red means blood, blood means new skin cells and that ultimately you will have healthier more revitalized skin!
Absolutely! In fact Salicylic Acid is one of the main performance ingredient that targets and fights P.acne while supporting anti-inflammatory properties. This BHA is derived from the bark of the willow tree and has been used in conjunction with many other active ingredients to fight acne. Salicylic is found to treat acne on its own or paired in a custom peel such as Jessner’s Peel.