The new no-makeup look is taking off. In fact, it's soaring. Pale lips and bare faces are everywhere: on runway models; inside fashion magazines; and in movies with stars like Jennifer Anniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Marion Cotillard. Do a quick Google search of “no makeup trend," and you'll come up with over 36 million results! To keep up with the NO-makeup look, makeup companies are offering more and more products that enhance the face rather than hide it...and women are looking for the skin to match. According to the Wall Street Journal*, “Some beauty executives say the new look reflects greater interest in skin care and a broader cultural focus on wellness.” We all know that taking care of our bodies promotes wellness, and good skin care does the same for our skin. But how to begin? For expert guidance, a good place to start is at a medical spa directed by a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist. There you'll find top medical-grade products and the advanced technology that can transform your skin.
6 Medical Spa Tips
The following 6 medical spa tips illustrate the impact of such care, from analysis to products and on to treatments.
(1) Start with a Visia™ Complexion Analysis
At the initial evaluation, a complexion analysis with the Visia™ imaging system quantifies your skin’s condition. In fact, it’s definitive enough that it’s used in scientific research studies! Using special UV lighting, a series of photographs measure sun damage, lines, bacteria, acne, and rosacea. This information, along with a physical examination, assists the skin care expert in recommending the best products and treatments for your skin. The following cases show what’s possible.
(2) Use Results-Oriented Skin Care Products
What can skin care products do other than moisturize? It turns out--a lot! The most powerful ingredients aren't for everyone, however, so cosmeceutical companies sell their most effective potions only to physicians. These medical-grade products can:
- increase cell turnover
- thicken the dermis
- reduce fine lines
- improve texture
- even out pigmentation
- ...and, of course, moisturize.
In our first case, the woman pictured below wanted to improve her pigmentation and fine lines with products alone. To do that, her consultant recommended Obagi Nu-Derm™ and Obagi Tretinoin (Retin-A). Four months later, she loved her results, and her second Visia™ complexion analysis showed her why. Not only were her texture and fine lines noticeably better, her pigment had improved by 40%!
(3) Smoother Skin with DermaSweep™ + Rejuvenize Peel™ + Botox™
Of course, product with treatments can do even more. In fact, DermaSweep™ allows products to work more effectively. How? The particle-free microdermabrasion system removes dead skin cells with vacuum pressure, allowing products to penetrate better. Individualized skin solutions can be infused to address acne, hyperpigmentation, or hydration. For deeper penetration of the skin, we turn to chemical peels. The agents in the Rejuvenize Peel™ are formulated for a particularly aggressive exfoliation. In addition to improving roughness, the Rejuvenize Peel™ helps minimize the appearance of fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and acne. A series of three to six has the most dramatic impact. The woman below alternated between DermaSweep™ and Rejuvenize Peel™ to give her a smoother texture and a more youthful glow. To enhance the effect, she had Botox™ injections to soften the lines and contours around the eyes.
(4) Refresh Skin with Clear + Brilliant ™ Gentle Laser
Reaching deeper into the skin, the laser energy in Clear + Brilliant™ protects the skin from some of the effects of aging, while enhancing the skin's appearance and feel. Although Clear + Brilliant™ is a one-time treatment, repeated treatments can help maintain a more youthful appearance. The results below show the improvement in texture, tone, and color after one Clear + Brilliant™ treatment.
(5) Fight Lines with Fraxel™ for a More Aggressive Laser Treatment
To amp up the collagen stimulation, a series of Fraxel™ laser treatments addresses fine lines and wrinkles even more aggressively. Fraxel™ is also effective in treating superficial acne scars, hyperpigmentation, and sun damage. In the case below, three Fraxel™ treatments resulted in a noticeable improvement in pigmentation and fine lines and tightened the skin as well. To enhance the results, Juvederm™ was injected to fill out the depression from the side of the nose to the corner of the mouth ("nasolabial fold").
(6) For Deeper Lines, Lumenis™ FX CO2 Laser
If you're willing to set aside six or seven days for downtime, laser resurfacing with a Lumenis FX CO2 Laser can stimulate the deeper dermis even more powerfully. By kicking up the collagen remodeling, the treatment can improve wrinkles, pigmentation, sun damage, acne scarring, and texture, while also tightening the skin. (Whew!) The woman featured in our next case said the Lumenis FX CO2 Laser resurfacing helped her "feel like the best me I could be." The results below show why. To appreciate the skin tightening she got, focus on the eyes. No surgery was done; only laser resurfacing. She also loved the improvement she got in her tone, texture, color, and fine lines.
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What's the best thing about a healthy, glowing rejuvenated face? It isn't the amount of makeup you wear; it's the self-confidence you feel.