Those longing for youthful-looking skin have several options, from skin-renewing facials to surgical procedures. One non-surgical method quickly gaining traction uses radiofrequency technology to quickly and comfortably tighten skin to help restore its youthful appearance, without scars or downtime. So what is radiofrequency treatment, and is it safe?
What Is Radiofrequency Treatment?
Radiofrequency treatment has been the anti-aging treatment of choice for many women for almost two decades, but it has recently gained more widespread popularity as more and more women have experienced its benefits. The procedure involves heating the deepest layers of skin using a very small amount of energy to encourage collagen and elastin production and cell turnover. This can result in firmer, thicker skin and a more youthful appearance. Radiofrequency can improve skin tone and structure at a deeper level, whereas skin renewal treatments that use lasers target the skin’s surface. Naturally, some women have questions about the safety of using heat energy to help enhance their appearance.
Safety of Radiofrequency Treatment
Skin-tightening procedures use waves emitting a tiny fraction of the energy used for X-rays and other purposes. They’re also highly controlled. Experienced providers use state-of-the-art equipment to target specific tissue to minimize the risk of burns from overheating. The Food and Drug Administration has cleared this technology, and clinical studies have indicated that the procedure is safe for a variety of uses, including body contouring and vaginal rejuvenation.
Try Radiofrequency for Yourself
While radiofrequency skin treatments are generally safe, it’s important to choose a trusted doctor. The team at About Face Medical Aesthetics, PLLC has helped countless patients in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine work towards younger-looking skin with radiofrequency. We also perform other med-spa services and procedures to try to help you look amazing and feel confident. Call About Face Medical Aesthetics, PLLC today at 603-580-5296 to request a consultation.
In the ever-advancing quest to help people look and feel younger, HydraFacial has emerged as one of the best and most versatile facial treatment options available today. HydraFacial is an in-office treatment that can be done in as little as 30 minutes. Unlike other skin treatments, it is almost always a pain-free and even pleasant procedure that can usually be customized for any skin type or desired result.
How HydraFacial Works
HydraFacial uses hydradermabrasion that cleanses, exfoliates, and infuses the skin with serums. The HydraFacial handpiece uses spiralized tips that employ a vortex technology that simultaneously uses water to push dirt and other impurities out of pores while injecting them with boosters. These boosters are highly customizable and can be combined with other treatments to target specific problem areas that the patient wants to be addressed. Best of all, the procedure usually produces results almost immediately and can be done in a relatively short amount of time—without the downtime associated with more intensive laser or chemical procedures.
What HydraFacial Can Treat
One reason for HydraFacial’s popularity is that it can be used for almost all ages, skin types, and areas of concern. It can be effective for deep-cleaning clogged pores for teenagers with acne issues. It’s perhaps most popular among those looking to reduce the appearance of aging, such as fine lines, wrinkles, or sun damage. It can also typically be safely paired with injectable treatments like Botox or non-ablative laser or light treatments.
About Face Medical Aesthetics, PLLC provides HydraFacial and other anti-aging treatments to help our clients achieve a vibrant, youthful look without the time and discomfort of surgery. We are a nurse-owned, female-run aesthetic business ready to help you explore your skin treatment options. Check out our current offers for great deals on our treatments and request a free consultation today.
Improvements in dermatological and cosmetic technology have generated safer and more-sophisticated ways to obtain youthful skin. One such improvement is laser skin resurfacing, which can reduce wrinkles, age spots, and other blemishes, while simultaneously tightening skin and balancing tone. Here’s what to know about laser resurfacing before scheduling an appointment.
How Laser Resurfacing Works
Laser resurfacing is a skin renewal procedure that typically uses intense pulsed light (IPL) or Sublative Rejuvenation to stimulate collagen and elastin production and give the skin a refresh. IPL, also known as Skin Rejuvenation Advanced (SRA), uses a powerful light source to penetrate deep into multiple layers of skin to stimulate skin rejuvenation. The Sublative Rejuvenation laser, on the other hand, uses radiofrequency energy to deliver targeted results to the treated areas while leaving the surrounding tissue untouched to aid in the healing process.
Preparing for Laser Treatment
As with any dermatological treatment, laser skin resurfacing should begin with a consultation with a trained professional. During the consultation, the provider can determine whether the patient is a good candidate for the procedure. In the week leading up to the appointment, patients should avoid nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as Advil or Motrin and avoid caffeine for 24 hours leading up to the treatment. Patients should also avoid smoking, as it can prolong the healing process.
Discomfort with Treatment
Like other facial or body treatments, patients may experience some discomfort when receiving laser resurfacing and IPL photofacial treatments. It is often compared to the feeling of a rubber band snapping against the skin, but the amount of discomfort can vary depending on the area and depth of treatment. Some patients have also compared it to a tingling sensation. After the procedure, patients may have some continued tenderness, as well.
Timing of Laser Resurfacing
Many do not realize that the timing of a laser resurfacing treatment is just as important as finding the right practitioner. Timing matters because laser-treated skin can have increased sensitivity to sun exposure for up to 12 months after a procedure. To counter this symptom, many providers recommend having the procedure in autumn, as patients tend to spend more time indoors during the autumn and winter. Patients should also protect their resurfaced skin with a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. Using a quality sunscreen every day can also prevent signs of aging and risks of skin cancer.
The right laser treatment can help patients achieve a youthful glow by reducing the appearance of fine lines and discolorations. For more information about the procedure or our current offers , give About Face Medical Aesthetics a call or request a consultation at 603-580-5296 today!
Anyone looking for youthful, glowing skin can benefit from a facial or skin renewal treatment. Whether the problem is acne or early signs of aging, a med spa facial can leave patients feeling and looking their best. And unlike more dramatic procedures, facials require no downtime. Here are a few things patients should keep in mind when undergoing the treatment.
Within the First 24 Hours Following the Procedure
Patients can return to their normal day after a facial, including returning to work. But, heavy makeup and facial products should be avoided, even if the skin is red after the treatment. Skin renewal treatments already open pores more than normal, making skin more susceptible to bacteria. Normal makeup routines can resume the next day, but this is a great opportunity to thoroughly clean those makeup brushes!
Any activity that can cause sweat should also be put off for 24 hours. This includes going to the gym and anything that gets the heart rate up, as increased heat and sweat can be irritating to the skin. Even the sauna should be avoided, as the steam can cause skin sensitivity and broken capillaries.
Within a Few Days
Even after resuming normal makeup routines, patients should avoid exfoliating for a few more days. Skin is exfoliated during the facial, and over-exfoliating can lead to inflammation, irritation, and irreversible damage. Other harsh products, like retinols, at-home peels, and salicylic acid-based cleansers or toners should also be avoided for a few days, as they turn that radiant glow into red, irritated skin. Finally, it’s best to put off pool days and vacations, but if they’ve already been scheduled, wearing sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat are absolute musts. Check out more great sun protection tips.
Within a Week
Any kind of skin treatment—such as waxing or laser hair removal—needs to be spaced out at least a week after the facial. The exact amount of time will depend on which products were used and the intensity of exfoliation, but most med spas will require patients to wait a minimum of one week before receiving waxing and laser treatments. These treatments exfoliate the skin, and that over-exfoliation can actually lift and burn the skin, causing nasty, painful scabs.
When you visit About Face Medical Aesthetics, PLLC for your skin renewal treatment, your medical team will provide you with exact instructions for beautiful, glowing skin and a successful recovery. Call us today at 603-580-5296 or request a consultation with our med spa team today!
Riding the waves, collecting seashells, catching some rays—everyone loves a summertime beach trip! That is, until that painful sunburn sets in from too many hours baking in the sun. According to Cancer Research UK, getting a sunburn just once every two years triples the odds of developing melanoma, and overexposure to the sun changes the skin’s texture, losing elasticity and leading to visible signs of aging. Thankfully, a beach vacation doesn’t have to mean painful sunburns and increased risks of skin cancer when these sun protection tips are followed.
SPF: Bigger Isn’t Always Better
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a broad-spectrum sunscreen (which protects against both UVA and UVB rays) with an SPF of 30 or higher, reapplied every two hours and after swimming. While some brands charge big bucks for sunscreens with higher SPF ratings, there’s no evidence that SPF ratings higher than 50 offer significantly more protection from the sun.
The Three-year Rule
While sunscreen should be worn every single day, many people still don’t buy it regularly and stick with one bottle for years. But sunscreen loses effectiveness after three years, so using an old bottle can be ineffective against the sun’s rays. It’s important to check the bottle’s expiration date, or if one isn’t listed, it’s better to be safe and buy a new one. It’s good to write down the date it was purchased on the bottle for future reference.
Dress for the Occasion
While it would seem a bathing suit is the only attire needed for the beach, extra clothing helps protect against the sun’s rays. In fact, clothing is the most effective form of sun protection. Rash guards are great for those who plan to ride the waves or play in the pool, and light-colored clothing made from polyester or Lycra offers more protection than cotton or linen.
Even when the rest of the body is covered, the scalp should never be forgotten! A broad-brimmed hat protects the head and face, neck, and ears, and spray-on sunscreens designed specifically for the scalp are available for those who don’t want to wear a hat. Sunglasses are also necessary on a hot beach day; not only do they make it easier to see in the bright sun, but they also filter out the sun’s UV rays to protect against cataracts and eye damage. Many cheap sunglasses don’t offer the best sun protection, so it’s important to get a pair that offers 100 percent UV protection.
If you catch a bad sunburn on your trip, About Face Medical Aesthetics, PLLC can help rejuvenate your skin when you return to town. We’ll create a customized skin renewal plan based on your lifestyle and environmental factors, like sun exposure, to keep your skin looking youthful and hydrated. Call us at 603-580-5296 or request a consultation with our team of licensed medical professionals.
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