Non-Invasive Treatments

Microdermabrasion and Thermage are non-invase treatments

Microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion is a fairly simple, easy, painless, non-invasive, skin rejuvenation procedure using a combination of a fine abrasive tip or crystals and vacuum suction applied to the skin. Typically there are no needles or anesthetics required for microdermabrasion. The vacuum pressure and speed are adjusted depending on the sensitivity and tolerance of the skin. Microdermabrasion is often compared to the feeling of a cat licking the skin- a rough but gentle texture. Typical microdermabrasion sessions can last anywhere from 5–60 minutes. Minimal to no recovery time is required after microdermabrasion and most people immediately return to daily activity after a session. Makeup and non-irritating creams can usually be applied within a few hours or right after microdermabrasion. Since there is an often immediate increased minor skin sensitivity after microdermabrasion, irritating products like glycolic acids or fragranced creams and lotions are typically avoided right after the procedure. Unlike the older crystal microdermabrasion system, the diamond microdermabrasion does not produce particles from crystals that may be inhaled into patients’ nose or blow into the eyes. Hence, diamond microdermabrasion is regarded as having higher safety for use on areas around the eyes and lips. Generally, the slower the movement of the microdermabrasion handpiece against the skin and the greater the numbers of passes over the skin, the deeper the skin treatment. Often called “microderm” for short, microdermabrasion is a procedure to help exfoliate or temporarily remove a few of the top layers of the skin called the stratum corneum. Much like brushing one’s teeth, microdermabrasion helps to gently remove skin “plaque” and skin debris. Since human skin typically regenerates at approximately 30 day intervals, skin improvement with microdermabrasion is temporary and needs to be repeated at average intervals of two – four weeks for continued improvement. Multiple treatments in combination with sunscreen, sun avoidance, and other skin care creams yield best results.
Thermage Skin Tightening
The Thermage procedure is a non-invasive, safe, proven method to rebuild healthy collagen. By treating deep skin tissues while protecting the surface, Thermage uses radio frequencies (CRF) to pulse energy beyond the reach of topical creams and chemical peels. The tightening causes immediate and ongoing improvements to facial lines, wrinkling of the stomach, bands of the neck, and other common areas of elasticity loss due to aging — view patient photos. Thermage is not a laser, but it does use energy and heat to rejuvenate and tighten your skin. The process uses a combination of a surface-cooling “Thermatip” and a deep-tissue heat and energy element to reach underlying tissues. Most patients report a sensation of “deep heating” in the treated area during the procedure, as energy transfers to produce healthier, more responsive collagen (the cells that give structure to your skin). An outpatient procedure, the beneficial effects of Thermage can last for years. The treatment often lasts under an hour, and immediate and longer-term results are visible from day to months after the Thermage procedure. Doctor Lee of the Expert Laser Clinic is recognized asa leading professional in Thermage CRF care. For more information on Thermage and how it can work for your skin care needs, schedule your free consultation today.