Aestheticians are skin care therapists trained in providing cosmetic treatments. Cosmetic treatments are performed to improve your appearance and to treat scars. Aesthetic procedures include services such as cosmetic facials, microdermabrasion facials, and glycolic acid and beta lift peels.
Cosmetic facials are recommended to cleanse, exfoliate and nourish your skin giving you a clear, well-hydrated complexion. Regular facials can help people with acne and blackheads to reduce the amount of breakouts they experience. Your aesthetician begins the facial by thoroughly cleansing your skin. The basic steps of a cosmetic facial include:
Skin Analysis- The aesthetician examines your skin closely to reveal various skin conditions that need to be treated.
Cleansing-Your aesthetician uses cotton pads or sponges and a cleansing lotion chosen for your skin type (dry, oily, combination, normal).
Exfoliation- Exfoliant products are used to reduce surface oil, remove dead skin cells, soothe and hydrate your skin.
Extraction of blackheads or whiteheads- Pore blockages or comedones will be gently removed.
Facial massage-Your aesthetician will massage your face using gentle strokes to stimulate your skin and facial muscles.
Mask-A facial mask will be applied depending on your skin type.
Steam-Steam treatment may also be used.
Products-Advice on home skin care- Exclusive products and regimens will be recommended for at-home use to keep your skin looking its best between facials.
The microdermabrasion technique abrades the skin using a high-pressure flow of crystals. This is an effective treatment for fine wrinkles, enlarged pores, age related changes, and superficial scars, with minimum risk and rapid recovery.
Microdermabrasion makes your skin thicker and healthier. Multiple treatments are beneficial as they encourage the production of higher levels of collagen and elastin which are essential for healthy glowing skin. A series of 5-12 treatments are required to achieve good results but in cases of acne scars more treatments may be needed. Initial treatments are scheduled weekly or biweekly followed by monthly to biannually for maintenance therapy. This technique should not be considered during concomitant use of accutane (isoretinoin), active herpes infection, malignant skin tumors, and certain keratoses.
Glycolic acid and beta lift peels are cosmetic procedures called chemical peels used to rejuvenate the skin. Chemical peels can diminish fine lines and wrinkles, even out skin discoloration, brighten a dull complexion, or soften rough skin.
The chemicals used in this cosmetic procedure, glycolic acid or beta salicylic acid, cause the damaged upper layers of skin to peel off and new skin to appear in 14 days.
Chemical peeling requires some follow-up care. You must protect your skin from sun exposure and avoid smoking to prevent scarring and infection.
Tell your dermatologist if you are prone to cold sores, undergone any cosmetic procedure in the past, had a keloid scar or are taking medicines like Accutane, Differin, or Retin A as these can affect the outcome of a chemical peel.