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Microdermabrasion skin care

Many of us are becoming more and more savvy when it comes to intelligent and healthy skin care, and we know that proper exfoliation is ideal for getting rid of dead, dull surface cells.   The average cell turnover of our skin is every 28 days and is a process by which new skin cells, or epidermal cells, work their way to the surface to emerge as new and vibrant skin.  This process of cellular turnover becomes sluggish as we grow older, because the new skin cells are impeded by the accumulation of dead skin that has not sloughed off.  For this the reason skin appears congested, with clogged or enlarge pores, is uneven and rough in texture, and is visibly dull and less radiant.

Exfoliation is a must as we age and nowadays there are many options for every skin type.  Microdermabrasion is a treatment option that effectively polishes the skin, partially or completely, by removing the surface skin cells in a gradual and controlled manner using a light abrasion.  It can effectively work to remove the outer layers of sun-damaged skin, refine fine lines and wrinkles, treat blackheads and whiteheads, remove or lessen the appearance of scars and dark spots, and effectively stimulate cellular regeneration.  Microdermabrasion can also be used for treatment of acne prone skin, but must be repeated every so often to be effective. The most common areas treated are the face, neck, décolleté, hands and shoulders, but nearly any area of the body can be treated.  During the procedure, special attention is often paid to key problem areas and readies the skin for the introduction of specialized serums and other actives to the skin.  Microdermabrasion should not be used on individuals who have taken the medication Accutane in the past 6 months to a year since this product causes the skin to become thin and vulnerable.

Microdermabrasion methods include mechanical abrasion using a low-pressure suction pump that blasts tiny crystals from pen-like device in a controlled stream of micronized aluminum oxide crystals.  The used crystals and exfoliated skin cells are then sucked away by the vacuum action leaving the skin instantly softened and new.  Another method is with a diamond tip; the appropriate tip or head is attached to a wand and then manipulated over to the skin combining mild abrasion with suction to remove the dead, outer layer of skin. Neither process is particularly painful, and may result in only mild discomfort and irritation

Add-on’s such as IPL treatments and chemical peels can go a long way to further promote cellular regeneration, and circulation for complete skin wellness.  One can have spectacular results with specialized services of this kind that aggressively tackle age-related skin concerns like superficial age spots, as well as hyperpigmentation, acneic skin, oily, dry or patchy skin types and conditions,  or skin that is congested and lackluster in appearance.  A cocktail of treatments including IPL, microdermabrasion, chemical peels and facials can be alternated over a period of 3-6 weeks.  Furthermore, these other facial treatments will be enhanced by one another and the skin will become visibly fresher and renewed in a much shorter time period.

Soon after a superficial microdermabrasion treatment, you may experience mild discomfort and your skin may look pink, much like having slight sunburn, but you will still be able to return to your regular activities that same day with a few exceptions.  It is advised that you omit swimming or use of excessive heat, sunbathing (which is not recommended by skin care experts, period) or the use a tanning bed for as long as 48-72 hours following the procedure.

Also, the appropriate post-treatment home care is essential to preventing sun-induced hyperpigmentation and other damage.  It is critical that unprotected sun exposure be avoided and a broad spectrum sun protection lotion or cream be worn at all times during the day.  The sun protectant should have and an SPF of at least 15-30, and should be worn even in the winter.  If make-up must be applied, begin with a light mineral powder and avoid the use heavy foundation for up to three days, until the new skin restores its protective barrier or acid mantle.

Microdermabrasion procedures should only be performed by specially trained and licensed aestheticians. For a microdermabrasion treatment in New York City, visit the nearest LaserTouch Aesthetics clinic for a complimentary consultation with a trained and licensed professional, or visit our website at www.lasertouchsoho.com for more information and promotions.

By: Lu Heaney

About LaserTouch Aesthetics:

LaserTouch Aesthetics and laser hair removal center, located in New York City, provides laser hair removal, laser skin rejuvenation, microdermabrasion, cellulite treatment, SmartLipo and other aesthetic procedures for female and male clients of all skin complexions. In order to best serve clients, LaserTouch Aesthetics utilizes the most advanced and safest laser and aesthetics technologies such as Candela  GentleLASE®, GentleYAG®, Cutera® Xeo, Viora Reaction and Cynosure MPX. Services at LaserTouch Aesthetics include but are not limited to laser hair removal, ingrown hair treatment, SmartLipo, laser genesis, laser vein  removal, freckle removal, sun-spot removal, cellulite reduction, skin tightening, mole and wart removal, radiosurgery, chemical peels, acne treatment with Levulan, VI Peel, Botox, Dysport, dermal fillers such as Juvederm,  Radiesse, Restylane, and microdermabrasion(*).

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LaserTouch Aesthetics Announces the Addition of Selphyl Dermal Filler

(Vocus/PRWEB)November 29, 2010 — SELPHYL® is a patented system for the safe and rapid preparation of Platelet Rich Fibrin Matrix (PRFM), a proven technology that Dr. Vafa of New York Medical Aesthetics is using to correct the effects of skin aging. Dr. Vafa of New York Medical Aesthetics collects a small volume of blood from the patient and through a patented process, separates and concentrates the patients own platelets and fibrin into a matrix. The resulting PRFM can be applied to a treatment area of the face or body to stimulate cell proliferation which promotes the increase of volume and rejuvenation of the skin through a process of targeted tissue re-generation.

The PRFM that is prepared with SELPHYL® is autologous, meaning it uses your natural biology. Platelets are known to contain factors which your body uses to trigger cell migration and proliferation to rejuvenate and increase skin volume. You can’t turn back the clock, but you can re-wind it naturally with the SELPHYL® System. As soon as SELPHYL® prepared PRFM is administered, growth factors are released into the skin through a sustained mechanism. In vitro studies have shown that platelet growth factors are released for up to 7 days, supporting collagen production and dermal matrix reconstruction. It is thought that SELPHYL® treats a root cause of skin aging by triggering the production of new cells and collagen. Pronounced effects occur approximately three weeks after the administration of SELPHYL®. Patients have enjoyed visible improvement and regeneration with long lasting effects.

SELPHYL® is administered by Dr. Vafa of New York Medical Aesthetics in a procedure that takes approximately 20 minutes. Desired results may be achieved in just one visit. However, only Dr. Vafa of New York Medical Aesthetics will determine the best treatment approach. Together, you and Dr. Vafa of New York Medical Aesthetics may decide if SELPHYL® prepared PRFM is right for you, especially if you desire a natural solution to looking younger!

About LaserTouch Aesthetics:

LaserTouch Aesthetics cosmetic procedures and laser hair removal center, located in New York City, provides laser hair removal, laser skin rejuvenation, microdermabrasion, cellulite treatment, smartlipo and other aesthetic procedures for female and male clients of all skin complexions. In order to best serve clients, LaserTouch Aesthetics utilizes the most advanced and safest laser and aesthetics technologies such as Candela  GentleLASE®, GentleYAG®, Cutera® Xeo, Viora Reaction and Cynosure MPX. Services at LaserTouch Aesthetics include but are not limited to laser hair removal, ingrown hair treatment, smartlipo, laser genesis, laser vein  removal, freckle removal, sun-spot removal, cellulite reduction, skin tightening, mole and wart removal, radiosurgery, chemical peels, acne treatment with Levulan, VI Peel, Botox, Dysport, dermal fillers such as Juvederm,  Radiesse, Restylane, and microdermabrasion(*).

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Photo Dynamic Acne Treatment at LaserTouch SoHo

Photo Dynamic Therapy or “ALA/PDT” treatment is a new procedure that treats resistant, hard to treat active acne, and acne scars. The procedure combines Photo Genesis (IPL) or light and Levulan. Levulan is a special light activated topical photosensitizing agent made of a 20% solution of Aminolevulinic Acid (ALA). ALA is a “natural” product found in all humans throughout the body. The Levulan, which is a clear painless solution, is applied to the skin and left on for 15-60 minutes. The Levulan is absorbed by active cells like acne sebaceous glands, making the targeted acne cells that are more sensitive to the light. During the procedure, the ALA is activated with the use of Photo Genesis (IPL) light which is far more effective than blue light or other light spectrums. This combined interaction of the solution and the Photo Genesis is what gives rise to the term “Photo Dynamic Therapy”.

Treatments target and destroy acne activity leaving the skin smoother, and in many cases make it possible to discontinue the use of antibiotics such Accutane. Levulan has been used extensively for the treatment of a variety of different skin conditions including actinic keratosis, sun damage, fine lines, and blotchy pigmentation are also improved because of the positive effect of Levulan and the light treatment. ALA/PDT treatments also have the ability to minimize pores and reduce oil glands, effectively treating stubborn acne vulgaris, acne rosacea.

Prior to Photo Dynamic Acne Treatment, the best available treatment option for resistant and cystic acne was Accutane. However, with Accutane there are many systemic* side effects including birth defects, liver abnormalities, mood depression, and virtually all patients get dryness and night vision changes.

Aesthetics procedures provided at LaserTouch SoHo are not limited to Photo Dynamic Acne Treatment (PDT). In order to best serve clients, LaserTouch SoHo utilizes the most advanced and safest laser technologies – Candela GentleLASE®, GentleYAG® and Cutera® Xeo – for laser hair removal, laser genesis, laser vein removal, freckle removal, sun-spot removal, cellulite reduction and skin tightening. Other services include chemical peels, VI Peel, Botox, Dysport, dermal fillers such as Juvederm, Radiesse, Restylane, and Microdermabrasion.

For more information, visit lasertouchsoho.com or call 212-219-1990 for a free consultation.

LaserTouch SoHo is a full service medical aesthetics center located at: 150 Spring Street, Floor 2, New York, NY 10012.

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What to expect from a Juvederm dermal filler procedure: Client writes about her experience

“I’ve always hated the deep circles under my eyes.  They sank down into my cheeks creating lines that made me appear mean or just droopy.

I consulted with other Drs. that didn’t understand my concern.  I can live with the pigmentation just not the indentation.  Today I went to LaserTouch SoHo hoping for a miracle with a facial filler.  Actually, I was willing to settle for just  a slight improvement.

It’s located on the second floor above the Tretorn store.  The space is clean and quite tasteful.  I was greeted politely and everyone was quite friendly.  The waiting area is tastefully arranged and avoids the trap of over advertising that most places embrace.

Even though I was early, I saw Dr. Yafa [Vafa] right away.  He is quite pleasant and friendly.  During our consultation he took the time to understand my true concern.  I was not looking to eliminate dark circles (it’s impossible) just the depression that ran from my lower eye to cheekbones.  He recommended juvaderm to fill the area and explained how the injections would feel based on the anatomy and the technique he would use to fill the area.

After a topical cream, he started with the filler.  Now, it hurts but lets be honest.. it’s a needle to the face.  It’s supposed to hurt.  Dr. Yafa [Vafa] worked quickly and thoughtful to minimize the discomfort and showed me the progress along the way.  It was liberating to see the lines I hate so viciously plump up and go away.

The whole process took about 20 minutes and I left with very, very minimal bruising.  Considering how sensitive the eye area can be I was impressed.

Upon checking out, once again the staff was pleasant and friendly.  I would certainly recommend the Dr. and this location to my friends and family.  I had a great experience.

I suppose I should add that the prices are quite reasonable.”

LaserTouch SoHo client , May 2009
Commentary: Copied directly from a review written by a LaserTouch SoHo client on a third-party review platform.

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