Cosmetic Skin Treatments
Good skin is a reflection of our exterior beauty. Glowing skin and an attractive complexion places more confidence in us. Although, due to various reasons, the skin may lose its natural glow and vitality. This is not only because of aging, but also due to over-exposure to the sun, illnesses, infections, burns, wrong diet, overworked body, and more. Over-the-counter medicines and moisturizers can only give a protective layer for eliminating further chances of harm to the skin. While cosmetic procedures help restore the vitality and freshness of the skin and keep the skin healthy and glowing, for a longer period. These procedures can treat the dullness, wrinkles, loose skin, blemishes of the skin. Procedures like chemical peels, facials, micro-needling and fractional laser resurfacing are performed by a dermatologist to achieve the desired results.
Chemical peels use chemicals like alpha-hydroxy acid, trichloroacetic or glycolic acid to exfoliate the facial skin to improve the appearance and texture of skin. Diamond peel is another form of peel that uses a crystal-free microdermabrasion procedure to achieve the same result.
Medical facials and spa facials are different. Medical facials penetrate deeper into the skin to eliminate problems like scars, acne, pigmentation, wrinkles, folds and lines. Whereas spa facials are for beauty purposes, and the effects of which are short-lived. Medical facials can be hydra facials, oxygen facials, and plasma facials. Hydra facials or hydradermabrasion exfoliates and hydrates the skin at the same time. Oxygen facials after hydration deliver a beam of pressurized oxygen that rejuvenates the skin. In plasma facial, blood from the patient’s arm is centrifuged and blood plasma is injected into the skin that promotes collagen production.
Radio frequency micro-needling is a procedure where radio frequency waves are transferred into the skin using tiny needles. This stimulates skin cells to grow and repair within. Also known as collagen induction therapy, it promotes the production of elastin, collagen, and blood capillaries that tightens the skin and makes it glow.
Fractional laser resurfacing
Use of laser beams to promote the production of collagen – this process is known as fractional laser resurfacing, and it gives way to healthy skin. This can be an ablative procedure with lesser recovery time, as the more aggressive skin treatments take more recovery time, due to the need of multiple sessions.
Dr. Rameesa Shaan
General Practitioner (Dermatology)
Dr. Vimi Ponnamparambath
What are chemical peels for the face?
Chemical peels are chemicals used for peeling or removing the uppermost layer of the skin resulting in exposing the new healthy skin. These use AHA (alpha-hydroxy acid), trichloroacetic or glycolic acid or phenol to exfoliate the facial skin gently. These chemicals are used for treating the skin problems like:
- Acne scars, blemishes and sunspots
- Sun damage
- Fine lines and wrinkles
What is a diamond peel?
Diamond peel is the procedure of exfoliation, deep cleaning and smoothening of the skin. This procedure exfoliates and cleans the skin by the use of a diamond-tipped device. Along with cleaning it delivers the serum according to the skin of the patient. This helps in rejuvenating skin and helps in reducing acne, scars, blemishes, pigmentation and ageing signs.
Does chemical peel hurt?
Chemical peels use chemicals to mildly exfoliate the skin. Mild itching and burning are experienced during the procedure but they subside within a couple of minutes. The patient is monitored during the whole procedure and ice or neutralizer is applied after the peel to get relief from common symptoms. There are no severe post-peel side effects.
How are dermatologic facials different from common facials?
Dermatologic facials are performed by a certified dermatologist and they are customized according to the skin concern of the patient, unlike spa facials. These dermatologic facials stimulate skin cells, increases the production of collagen and elastin resulting in healthy, bright and glowing skin.
What is a vampire facial?
Vampire facial is gaining popularity as it is a safe and non-allergic option for rejuvenation of the skin. This facial aka platelet-rich plasma facial uses a small amount of blood drawn from the arm of the patient. From this blood, platelet-rich plasma is separated, collected and injected into the skin of the patient. This stimulates the skin cells growth and increased collagen production resulting in healthy and glowing skin.
How does RF micro-needling help?
Radio-frequency micro-needling creates micro-injuries by delivering radiofrequency waves through multiple small needles. These injuries stimulate the skin cells to grow and repair. It also increases the production of collagen, elastin and small blood vessels. All these skin actions counteract the intentional injuries that result in healthy, bright and glowing skin.
What is the advantage of Fractional laser resurfacing?
Fractional laser resurfacing is the procedure that uses the laser to stimulate skin growth and repair. The laser beam is used to create superficial injuries in the skin in a grid pattern and in response, the skin starts production of new skin cells, collagen and elastin. This results in smooth, scar-free and glowing skin.
Are non-invasive skin treatments effective?
Yes, non-invasive skin treatments like peels, facials, micro-needling and laser resurfacing are very effective. These treatments gently exfoliate, clean and stimulate the skin to produce new cells and collagen resulting in smooth, clear and glowing skin. They are customized according to the concern of the patient for effective and safe results.