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Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is similar to skin polishing. Microdermabrasion is where a superficial layer of skin is gently scrubbed away in order to give an overall fresh healthy glow to your face. Microdermabrasion is useful in treating dull skin or leathery looking skin, reduce mild acne scaring, smooth fine wrinkles. Microdermabrasion even can help to even out skin tone and exfoliate plugged or clogged pores. Microdermabrasion stimulates the production of skin cells and collagen, which can give the skin a more youthful appearance.

Procedure:

A device with a closed vacuum and a rough, diamond tip is applied to the skin surface. The device mixes the gentle abrasion of the rough particles with suction to remove the uppermost layer of dead skin cells. The leftover skin debris is vacuumed back into the tube and filtered for disposal. The tip of the machine gently polishes your face and the suction stimulates collagen production and blood flow. Treatments only last about 15-20 minutes with 6 to 12 treatments recommended. Dr. Gilpin and his staff will suggest the appropriate amount of time for your microdermabrasion treatment. After the initial treatment regimen is completed, periodic “touch-up” treatments may be beneficial to maintain results.

Side effects:

Some patients may experience mild redness, minor irritation and dryness after the procedure.

Chemical Peels

Chemical Peels can provide significant benefit to your skin by helping to smooth rough, dry areas, improve the texture of sun damaged skin, and reduce superficial acne scars.  Chemical peels can also minimize fine lines and soften deep wrinkles of your face.

Chemical peels are prescribed not only for cosmetic uses but also can be used for therapeutic purposes such as melasma (dark pigmentation on the face during pregnancy) and other skin conditions such as keratoses.

A series of peels may be required to gain the best results. Peels should optimally be performed at intervals of 2 to 4 weeks. The strength of the initial peel is often milder and gradually increases with subsequent chemical peel treatments. For the first few days after the peel you may notice redness followed by some light scaling and/or flaking.

Procedure:

Chemical peels start with cleansing of the skin. The peel is then applied to the skin which penetrates any dead skin cells and stimulates the regeneration of a new epidermis with a stronger, newer foundation. The peel may produce a warm or hot sensation, lasting about 5 to 10 minutes, followed by a slight stinging sensation. After the treatment, you should gently cleanse with a mild soap and moisturize. Dr. Gilpin may recommend using antibiotic ointment, steroid ointment, or the use of Ibuprofen for swelling and tenderness.

Side effects:

Some patients may experience pain, discomfort, redness, or pigment changes which usually fade in time.  If you have a previous history of cold sores, be sure to let Dr. Gilpin and his staff know.  Chemical peels can exacerbate this condition, and you need pre-medication to help prevent this.