IMPROVE THE APPEARANCE OF SUN DAMAGE WITH POST-SUMMER PEELS

IMPROVE THE APPEARANCE OF SUN DAMAGE WITH POST-SUMMER PEELS

It is the perfect time to address the signs of damage accrued throughout the summer as we say goodbye to fall. The environment and sun’s rays have damaging effects that can cause the skin to become patchy, dehydrated, marred with brown spots and cause fine lines and wrinkles. Post summer peels are a great option to repair this damage and to help protect the skin from further damage in the upcoming months.

Chemicals peels provide a perfect solution because they are designed to peel the top layers of the epidermis and some deeper peels target the dermis. The process dissolves the bonds that hold the cells together, which expedite the exfoliation process. Post summer peels significantly improves texture irregularities, pigment concerns and clogged pores in the skin.

After the summer when the risk of sun damage decreases is the ideal time to receive chemical peels. The skin has returned back to its natural tone and chemical peels can safely penetrate the skin. Patients also find it easier to stay compliment with post-treatment care.

When a patient’s risk of sun damage decreases after the summer and tissue is closer to its natural tone, the depth of a peel via increased percentages of active ingredients, or by “stacking” one to two additional passes of these ingredients during the application process. It is pivotal that the new, healthy skin that is unveiled is properly protected with a broad-spectrum sunscreen year round.

It is crucial to maintain skincare treatments throughout the fall and winter. Many experience dryness due to the decrease in the natural exfoliation process and the skin’s exposure to moisture-binding molecules within the dermis that regulate the skin’s moisture level. The result is often a dull, dry appearance in both tone and texture. Chemical peels present an effective, simple solution for exfoliation and stimulation of the dead skin cells.

To determine the best peel there are multiple factors that should be considered including the patient’s skin type, tissue sensitivities, peel ingredients, potential peel penetration, and external influences over the healing process. Peel ingredients may include trichloroacetic acid, resorcinol, Jessner’s solution, or a blend of alpha and beta hydroxy acids, including glycolic, lactic, mandelic and salicylic acid. These ingredients are formulated to enhance the skin’s clarity, color, texture and tone.

IMPROVE THE APPEARANCE OF SUN DAMAGE WITH POST-SUMMER PEELS

Fillers: Needle vs Cannula

Fillers: Needle vs Cannula

The conventional method to inject hyaluronic acid (HA) dermal fillers such as Voluma and Juvderm, has historically been performed with a (sharp) needle.  It has been common knowledge that the dermal filler injection process can cause pain and can be associated with complications such as bruising, skin necrosis and blindness.

However, when the blunt tip of a cannula is implemented these risks decrease drastically in comparison to the traditional needle.  Many ask why since both methods involve going into the skin tissue to deliver the filler.  With that said there are a total of 7 reasons the use of a cannula is the ideal option for filler injections. The traditional needle easily puncture blood vessels as it travels through the tissue with its sharp tip.  On the other hand, the blunt tip of a cannula softly moves blood vessels to the side instead of puncturing them.  This method significantly reduces the possibility of bruising, skin death and blindness.  Some injectors have reported a 90% reduction in bruising since switching to blunt tip cannulas.

If you are considering filler injections ensure that your injector utilizes a blunt tip cannula in place of a needle for your treatment.

7 Reasons To Ensure Your Injector Uses Cannulas

  1. The bruising and swelling post procedure are considerably decreased. This minimizes social downtime.
  2. Patient discomfort associated with dermal fillers during the treatment is lessened.
  3. The number of access points or “pokes” is substantially decreased with cannulas. Example; the lips can be enhanced with dermal fillers with only 2 access points with a cannula vs.10 with traditional needles.
  4. The total treatment time is condensed with cannulas. The majority of the time topical anesthesia is not necessary for areas such as smile lines and tear trough area. Also, the process with cannulas is shorter due to reduced number of pokes.
  5. The risk of a vascular catastrophe is almost abolished because a vessel cannot be pierced with a blunt cannula.
  6. Tear trough injections are able to be performed deep to the muscle to prevent the filler from being visible. (“Tindel Effect”)
  7. Cannulas can be utilized for all fillers with the exception of Sculptra.
Fillers: Needle vs Cannula