I have treated thousands of patients with Botox® and dermal fillers in my Broomfield, Colorado office, and I love what they can do. The vast majority of facial aging comes from volume loss, so replacing that lost volume with fillers is incredibly satisfying for both myself and my patients. But fillers and Botox®, for the most part, do not improve the quality of the skin. We can fill and firm up the mattress, but what about those wrinkly, colored bedsheets?   I see so many beautiful women that look even better after my injection treatments, but so many have poor skin quality. Remember, we live in one of the most hostile environments for skin aging: High altitude, constant sun, and dry climate. Our faces are aging much faster than someone in Minnesota!

It puzzles me why I don’t see more patients doing things to reverse sun damage and improve surface texture and color on their skin. They are investing thousands of dollars in injectables, but at the same time ignoring the other important aspects of facial aging. As you may know, natural collagen production in the skin starts to decline in our thirties. We need to do something to wake that process up again.

Chemical peels are an easy, lower-cost way of doing this. Chemical peels are second only to Botox® as the most common minimally invasive cosmetic treatment in America. Peels will remove brown spots, improve lines, wrinkles, pores and rough skin texture, as well as treat acne, rosacea, and melasma, if present. During the procedure, a mild acid is briefly applied to the skin, stimulating exfoliation of the skin’s top layer, the epidermis, and causing new collagen to be made in the dermis, the skin’s deep layer. A mild heat sensation is felt for only a few seconds, after which the acid is immediately neutralized. Two days after the procedure, the skin will peel, but will not appear red or sunburned. The more peeling that can be achieved, the better the result.

Chemical peels come in different depths. The deeper the peel, the longer the recovery, but the better the results. But even mild peels will yield excellent results. Your skin will feel immediately tighter, brighter, smoother, and more radiant. Peels can be repeated as often as once a month, but can be done at whatever frequency is desired. I have never met a patient who was not pleased with their results. Even darker-skinned patients can undergo peels safely. For maintenance of results, application of good quality anti-aging skin care products is recommended.

The bottom line is: Everyone should be getting chemical peels. They will make your skin look young and vibrant, reverse skin aging and sun damage, and will make everything else (Botox®, Fillers, etc.) work better. What are you waiting for? Come see Laurel today for a consultation.

*Results may vary from patient to patient

By / December 17, 2015 / Med Spa