Skin treatments have been performed for many centuries. The desire to have healthy skin has also been around for centuries. The methods and products used have drastically changed to where some of today treatments can actually reverse and repair aging. Clinical facials are treatments that repair and reverse skin damage without any downtime or pain. They involve the use of clinical treatments such as microdermabrasion, chemical peels and more. They differ a lot from your standard facial procedure because they are performed by medical aestheticians. The main goal of a clinical facial is to promote skin health in the long term not just cleaning or massage. One of the biggest pluses of a clinical facial is that it promotes rapid cellular turnover. This is a process that slows down as we age and can leave us with a dull complexion. The beauty of an increased cellular turnover is its ability to minimize age spots, fine lines, certain kinds of acne, freckles even acne scarring.
Clinical facials are outpatient treatments, meaning you can immediately return to regular activities after your treatment. Your practitioner will evaluate your skin and examine any skin conditions you may have. Then he/she will customize a facial treatment combination specifically designed to address your skin needs. This may involve microdermabrasion, a light to medium chemical peel, blue light therapy and more. A light chemical solution is typically a mix of AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) and BHAs (beta hydroxy acids) depending on your skin needs. After the solution is removed from the skin, there may be a mild stinging sensation that feels like a sunburn. The skin will be cooled after the treatment and an SPF will be applied to the skin. Patients are advised to avoid any sun exposure because the skin will be extra sensitive to sunlight immediately after treatment. One treatment will definitely reveal some brightening results, but a series of 3-6 clinical facials will maximize your results. If you have age spots, uneven skin tone or acne scarring and want to heal or brighten your skin, contact Kwan Dermatology to schedule a consultation.