Microneedling Plus Chemical Peels Can Reveal Fresh Fall Skin
The skin of our face is exposed to more harmful UV rays than almost anywhere else, resulting in accelerated cellular breakdown in the thinner, more delicate facial skin. The bad news is that our faces become one of the first places that aging begins to show. As a result, we’re most likely to develop wrinkles, age spots, and fine lines on our face before the rest of our body shows signs of getting older.
Thankfully, it’s entirely possible to revitalize your skin with individualized aesthetic treatments. For example, to enhance the appearance of your skin, your aesthetician might recommend combining a chemical peel with microneedling to exfoliate away dead, dry skin cells and stimulate new collagen production.
At La Belle Vie Medical Care & Aesthetics, we’ve got all the help you need right here in Draper, Utah. With our October specials, you can press the refresh button on your skin this fall with a revitalizing combination treatment.
Both chemical peels and microneedling are brilliantly effective treatments. However, combining the two processes offers intense stimulation and deeper penetration of skin cells for optimal rejuvenation.
Microneedling: How Does It Work?
Microneedling is a safe, easy, inexpensive, and effective treatment that requires no downtime. It is classified as a skin regenerating treatment. A microneedling device gently makes thousands of tiny punctures in your skin, creating micro-channels and stimulating new elastin and collagen production.
New healthy skin cells then fill in the microchannels, revealing refreshed and vibrant skin. Improvements following this procedure include the reduced appearance of acne scars, correction of irregular pigmentation, diminished pores, and firmer, brighter, smoother, healthier-looking skin.
These microscopic punctures will heal virtually instantaneously. By triggering the body’s natural healing processes, nutrient and oxygen-rich blood floods your treated skin, creating new skin-repairing cells. These newly generated cells plump your skin, erasing the appearance of scars, loose skin, and fine lines.
The face and neck are typical target areas for microneedling, although it has also been found to effectively treat stretch marks on the abdomen and thighs.
Microneedling isn’t painful; however, we can apply a topical anesthetic cream to minimize any discomfort, allowing you to remain relaxed during your skin treatment. You should expect to spend about an hour in the office for this procedure from start to finish, although the actual treatment time is generally less than thirty minutes.
Chemical Peels: How Do They Work?
Chemical peels are potent, skin-penetrating treatments that utilize acids from fruit as exfoliators to remove dull and dry cells from your skin’s surface. As your old dead skin cells shed away, the healthier-looking, refreshed skin underneath is revealed.
Peels can reduce redness and uneven skin tone and improve the appearance of acne scars, hyperpigmentation, sun damage, fine lines, and wrinkles.
During a chemical peel, your aesthetician will apply a chemical treatment on your neck, face, or chest. You might experience a prickling sensation while the peel is working on your skin. Afterward, your skin may be a little pink or red, depending on the intensity of the peel used. Your aesthetician may apply a soothing serum following the treatment to minimize any inflammation or redness. Personalized aftercare instructions will be provided to help you care for your skin after a chemical peel.
Depending on the type of peel, you may experience a few days of redness and slight flaking or peeling on your skin. However, there is really no downtime with chemical peels either.
What Are the Benefits of Combining a Chemical Peel and Microneedling?
Applying a chemical peel a few weeks prior to microneedling creates a powerful skin-renewing combination that enhances penetration and intensifies your results. Both treatments are compatible with most skin types.
A chemical peel is recommended first for exfoliating the top layers of your skin.
Then, our professionals can start microneedling treatments about four to six weeks later to amplify collagen production in the deeper layers of your skin.
Microneedling is more effective and can penetrate deeper after a chemical peel has removed the outermost layers of your skin. Combining a series of peels and microneedling treatments will help you achieve maximum benefits by boosting collagen production within the deeper layers of your skin.
Are These Procedures Safe?
For most people in relatively good health, microneedling and chemical peels are perfectly safe procedures. However, pregnant women or those currently using certain types of medication to treat acne should not have them performed. Scheduling a consultation with us is the best way to determine if this combination treatment is appropriate for you.
What Side Effects Can Be Expected?
Much like at-home skin treatments (and even vigorous exfoliation) can cause mild irritation, it is normal to experience some sensitivity and topical redness for up to twelve hours following either of these procedures. However, you should contact your aesthetician immediately if you notice unusual side effects such as bruising, peeling, infection, or bleeding.
Frequently Asked Questions- Before and Aftercare
How Do I Prepare for This Type of Treatment?
- Avoid sun exposure for twenty-four hours before the treatment.
- Avoid taking medications prescribed to treat autoimmune diseases for twenty-four hours before treatment.
- Arrive at the clinic with no makeup and a clean face.
- Avoid microneedling if you have used Isotretinoin (Accutane) in the previous six months.
How Do I Care For My Skin After Treatment?
- Do not wash your face for at least four hours.
- Your skin may feel tight, warm, or look red for up to three days after. During this time, use a gentle cleanser and delicate moisturizer. Applying hydrocortisone cream as needed will also soothe skin irritation.
- Avoid sun exposure, swimming, and strenuous exercise.
- Avoid anti-inflammatory medications, which can interfere with your body’s natural healing response. Non-anti-inflammatory medications, such as acetaminophen can help reduce any discomfort.
- Flaking and peeling may occur after microneedling due to increased skin cell regeneration. Avoid scratching or picking at your skin. Using a mild, hypoallergenic moisturizer will comfort itchy skin.
When Will I Notice Results?
For chemical peels, it will take a few days for the peeling to stop, but after that, you can expect to see fresh, new, and glowing skin anywhere from five to seven days after the procedure. The results can last for a month or several decades. Light peels will not be as long-lasting as heavier peels, so you should speak with your aesthetician about your specific goals.
You will begin to notice the positive results of microneedling within two to four weeks. You can apply cosmetics in the meantime to diminish the appearance of skin peeling and redness.
You can expect the results of microneedling to last for about six months. After that, you may repeat the procedure every four months. Three to six treatments may be necessary to achieve maximum results, and six to eight sessions may be required to treat scar tissue.
Combining chemical peels and microneedling enhances your skin from the inside out.
It is recommended to have a chemical peel first to exfoliate the top layers of your skin.
Then, a few weeks later, you would start microneedling treatments to increase collagen production in the deeper layers of your skin.
With La Belle Vie’s October Specials, you can get three microneedling sessions, three chemical peels, and SkinCeuticals sunscreen for just $449 this month! Plus, we’ve got other promotions happening as well, including:
For more information on any of these treatments or to schedule a consultation, get in touch with us today!