Facials And Peels

Facials

A facial is essentially a multi-step skin treatment that is one of the best ways to take care of your skin. A facial cleanses, exfoliates, and nourishes the skin, promoting a clear, well-hydrated complexion and can help your skin look younger. You also receive advice on the best way to take care of your skin. A facial works best when it is part of an on-going program of skin care.

The Basic Steps of a Facial

Consultation
A facial should begin with a consultation. You might fill out a form with questions about your skin concerns, your diet, how much water you drink, which drugs and supplements you take, and products you are currently using. More commonly, we will simply ask about your skin concerns and if you are using Retin-A.

Cleansing
At Southwest Med Spa we start by wrapping your hair with a towel or headband to keep products off of it. The first step is thorough cleansing, using cotton pads, wipes or sponges.

Steam
We will wrap your face with a hot towel. This is relaxing and helps softens up any blackheads and whiteheads to be extracted. If you have very sensitive skin, we may not use steam.

Exfoliation
Exfoliating the skin uses mechanical or chemical substances. Mechanical exfoliants have a gritty texture that rubs away the surface dead skin cells. This type of exfoliation usually happens during the steam. Chemical exfoliation uses enzymes and acids to loosen the bond between skin cells. A gentle enzyme treatment can be done during the steam. Stronger chemical peels, which vary in intensity, can be a stand-alone treatment or part of the facial. It is not generally an "upgrade" and done in a series.

Extractions
This is the removal of blackheads or whiteheads if you want it and need it. People have different pain tolerance for extractions. They can be uncomfortable, especially on thin or ruddy skin. Extractions can cause broken capillaries and discoloration if done improperly. 

Facial massage using classic strokes like effleurage to both relax you and stimulate your skin and facial muscles.

Final application
An application of toner, serums, moisturizer, and sunscreen if it's daytime is given.

Advice on home skin care
The nurse practitioner will tell you how she thinks you can take better care of your skin and recommend products. Some feel uncomfortable with this step because it involves product recommendations, but it is part of the nurse practitioner's job. 

Types of Chemical Peels

A chemical peel is an effective medical skincare treatment that can improve the appearance of the skin by destroying and removing damaged and dead skin cells from the visible layer of the skin. We use a variety of chemical peels to treat fine lines, wrinkles, acne, acne scars, uneven skin tone, sun spots, pigmentation problems, and rough texture. Our Nurse Practitioner at Southwest Med Spa will analyze the patient’s skin and discuss their concerns and goals before recommending a chemical peel treatment.

Stimulator Peel
Stimulator Treatment is a must for skin that feels rough or looks dull, as it uses a new, unique combination of exfoliating ingredients to renew and revive skin. With no downtime, this is the ultimate results-oriented treatment that many of our patients have been looking for. For all skin types. The peel takes approximately 30 min. The recommended treatment period is once a week for a month. To maintain the peels effectiveness, you should have peel every 4-6 weeks after the last peel.

3 – Step Peel

During/After Procedure

The process for applying a chemical peel is generally the same for each type, but will vary slightly depending on the level of solution being applied. Anesthesia is not used during this procedure. First, the face is thoroughly cleaned. Then, the chemical agent is then brushed on to the skin. Patients will experience some mild stinging at this time. The face is then washed, and a cool saline compress is applied to act as a neutralizer. Patients will need to wear sunscreen and limit sun exposure as much as possible post procedure.


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