Interested in a Chemical Peel? Do your homework!

Posted March 2nd, 2017 by Schendens Med Spa and filed in Skin Care, Skin Rejuvination
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As an aesthetic registered nurse and licensed aesthetician I can’t stress enough the importance of good skin care and finding the right treatment provider. Especially if you’re considering having a chemical peel. My number one recommendation is for clients to do their homework. There are multiple spas in any given area but it is important to find a Medical Spa which requires a Medical Director to ensure that you are receiving a medical grade product and oversight.

Schedule a Consultation
I like to meet with a prospective patient and discuss their goals in order to determine which chemical peel will be right for their skin. A chemical peel improves skin texture, pigmentation and can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. All consultations are free of charge and allow me to understand your aesthetic goals and assess your skin.

Construct a Plan
We will discuss the amount of time necessary and what type of peel I would recommend based on desired outcome aggressive/ cautious and skin type. Lastly, what will be needed at home? To achieve optimum results you need to use the right skincare products both before and after the peel. These products work in conjunction with the peel.

Check Your Schedule
If you are planning on a more aggressive peel, my suggestion to all my patients is to not schedule any special events until your skin is finished with the peeling process. Your skin will usually start to shed 2-3 days after treatment and can last up to 7, depending on the type/strength of the chemical peel. During the peeling process, the only products you’ll want to apply to your skin are a mild cleanser, a moisturizer (I prefer using Aquaphor) and a broad spectrum sunscreen. A possible side effect is you may experience mild irritation, itchiness and inflammation. This is normal and as a nurse I suggest oral Benadryl. Always resist the urge to rub, pick or pull at the peeling skin. It is extremely important for you to let it flake off naturally to avoid scarring and further irritation.

At the end of the process you will achieve brighter, beautiful fresh skin. Call today to schedule a free consultation with me and together we can develop the right treatment plan for you.
248-524- 3622.

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Author: Raquel Merlini, RN
Phone: 248-524- 3622
Schendenmedspa.com
Schenden’s Medical Day Spa 201 W. Big Beaver, Suite 1120, Troy, MI 48084

Want natural looking glowing skin? Night time skincare is a must.

Posted March 2nd, 2017 by Schendens Med Spa and filed in Skin Care, Skin Rejuvination
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As a licensed aesthetician, registered nurse and professional body builder, I’m often asked how I get my skin to have a natural glow and look great without makeup. Night time skin care is the answer. My favorite at home tool is my Clarisonic™ cleansing brush. Its rotating bristles remove all the dirt and oils as well as dead skin cells. Skincueticals® LHA Cleanser is my go to product to use with my Clarisonic. Designed for aging skin prone to breakouts, LHA cleansing gel combines potent cleansing agents with LHA, (Lipohydroxy acid which decreases bacteria found within the pores), glycolic acid and salicylic acid to decongest pores, smooth irregularities and brighten skin. I recommend a skin consultation to find the right products for your skin type.

After your skin is cleaned properly it is time to apply a retinol. It is best to apply retinol on clean, bare skin. Retinol is a form of retinoid, a derivative of vitamin A. It’s commonly used to give your skin a healthy boost by minimizing fine lines and wrinkles, smoothing texture, and diminishing hyperpigmentation and dark spots.

Finally, a moisturizer, depending on the season and your skin type. I prefer a heavier cream in the winter when I am drier such as LaRoche-Posay™ Substiane and Neocutis™. BioGel hydrating gel in the summer months.

You too can achieve lighter, brighter skin. Call today to schedule a free consultation with me and together we can develop the right treatment plan for you. 248-524- 3622.

For additional information:
Author: Raquel Merlini, RN
Phone: 248-524- 3622
Schendenmedspa.com
Schenden’s Medical Day Spa 201 W. Big Beaver, Suite 1120, Troy, MI 48084

What is Dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning, is an excellent exfoliating treatment that is used as an alternative or in conjunction with a chemical peel or microdermabrasion. It is a good choice for anyone who has fine facial hair, extremely sensitive skin, redness or rosacea, or visible facial veins. The dermaplaning treatment is done with the use of a blade to gently exfoliate the outer layer of dead skin cells and remove fine facial hair commonly known as “peach fuzz”. A noticeable improvement is immediate with smoother texture and fresh skin appearance. Hair returns normally and will not become coarser because of the treatment.

Removing this outer layer skin also allows products to penetrate more readily into the deeper layers. Physicians recommend this treatment to prepare the skin for medical procedures such as laser treatments or deep chemical peels.

Dermaplaning is most often used on patients with rough or dry skin, superficial hyperpigmentation, mild acne scarring, or fine lines and wrinkles. The treatment results in a more refined, smooth, “glowing” appearance without any down time.

Most commonly asked questions:

Why doesn’t the hair grow back thicker?
Fine facial “peach fuzz” is one of the two types of hair that everyone has. It’s called vellous hair and is the fine translucent hair that you can see if you look closely on women’s face, chest and back. The other type of hair is terminal hair, which is the coarser hair you see on the head, brows, and on the lower face in men. Cutting vellous hair does not make it grow in thicker or feel stubbly afterwards.

How often is this procedure performed?
The normal skin growth cycle is around 30 days and since dermaplaning removes about 2-3 weeks-worth of dead skin cells, it’s best to wait about 3-4 weeks between treatments.

Can dermaplaning be performed in the same visit as a chemical peel?
A chemical peel done immediately after dermaplaning is an excellent way to make sure that the peel penetrates deeper and more evenly. Lactic acid peels will hydrate and further exfoliate dry and normal skin while a glycolic acid peel is strong enough to combine with dermaplaning for oily skin.

What skin types/conditions can be treated?
All skin types are candidates for dermaplaning. The only skin that shouldn’t be treated with dermaplaning is skin with active bacterial spread or skin injury.

Call today to schedule your appointment. 248-524-3622

VI Peel is now at Schenden’s Spa! Learn the benefits!

We are very excited to announce that Schenden’s Medical Day Spa is now offering VI Peel treatments. The Vi Peel contains a synergistic blend of powerful ingredients suitable for all skin types. This peel provides dramatic results with virtually no pain, no skin preparation and little downtime.

The VI Peel is extremely effective in removing sunspots from the face, hands, arms, and chest and eliminating the wrinkles associated with sun damage on the decolletage.

The VI Peel is effective on all skin types, and for the first time that is an excellent peel for African-American and darker skin types as well. Even some Asian and Latin skins can experience anti-aging and restorative skin care that was previously unavailable.  It is extremely successful in practically eliminating hyper pigmentation including melasma. The VI Peel also provides excellent results for patients with acne.

Depending on your skin type and needs, our aestheticians can customize a skin care regimen to maximize results. Our spa offers lactic, salicyclic, glycolic, jessner, VI Peel and IPL Laser treatments which all have a different benefit, and some can even be combined to boost your results. Schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our aestheticians to learn more about your options.

Check out www.ViPeel.com   or the “before and after gallery” on the VI Peel website at: http://www.vipeel.com/before-after/

IPL Photorejuvination for Rosacea, hyperpigmentation or aged spots

Say “Hello” to the new laser at Schenden’s Medical Day Spa and “Goodbye” to your rosacea or aged spots. We are pleased to announce the arrival of our brand new Lumenis M22 Laser for Photorejuvination. Clients actively seek out this state of the art laser treatment because it has the ability to effectively treat sun damage, aged spots, hyperpigmentation and rosacea.

Photorejuvination/IPL treatments can be used  to help restore the skin’s youthful appearance. IPL treatment improves the appearance of photoaged skin, removes age spots (sun-induced freckles), most benign brown pigments, and redness caused by broken capillaries through a process called photorejuvenation for face and body.

The process is ideal for patients with active lifestyles because the procedure requires no downtime and has a low risk of side effects.

The gentle, non-ablative treatments use broad spectrum light to treat the face, chest, neck and hands—virtually anywhere that sun damage shows. The treatment regimen typically consists of four to six treatments administered at three week intervals.

Several appealing qualities of IPL Treatment using Photorejuvenation which result in very high levels of patient satisfaction. IPL treatments are quick, gentle and non-invasive. There is no interruption of routine activities. By helping to remove the age spots (sun-induced freckles) and broken capillaries, the result is overall more even, luminous, younger looking skin. Patients can see dramatic results within a very short time.

We are delighted to continue to offer our clients the best treatment options available and gladly welcome the Lumenis M22 laser for photorejuvination/IPL treatments to Schenden’s Medical Day Spa. Contact the spa reception team at 248.524.3622 to schedule a complimentary consultation.

 

Bikini Wax…1st timer or waxing junkie?

Bikini Wax: two words that cause women to wince and squirm. Whether you’re a first-timer or a waxing junkie, the idea never seems pleasant. But it can be tolerable, especially if you know what to expect.

What are the various kinds of bikini waxes? Traditional: The most modest bikini wax that involves the removal of hair that might show while wearing a swimsuit. Brazilian: Everything in the bikini area from front to back is removed.

Will it hurt? The aesthetician will apply a very gentle hypoallergenic wax that will be warm but never hot. Using a gentle high quality wax is an important element and helps to prevent red or irritated skin following treatment. The aesthetician will remove the wax with a quick pull. Expect it to sting but only for a split second.

How far in advance should you wax before an event or wearing a bathing suit? Generally, the day before is fine. If you know you have extra-sensitive skin, go two days before. Newly waxed skin is a bit sensitive to the sun, so be sure to apply sunscreen around the bikini line.

The take home message: for those men and women who have tried waxing at home or endured the grueling task of shaving – consider waxing from a professional. Quick, discreet, and a longer lasting result. For more information on our waxing services please contact the spa reception team at 248-524-3622.

 

Don’t let the word “Peel” Frighten you away…

What is a “peel”? The word “peel” may seem a bit intimidating or scary to those people who have yet to experience the treatment and witness the amazing benefits. Don’t let the name scare you away… once you try a facial peel you may be hooked for life. Sun exposure, acne or just getting older can leave your skin tone uneven, wrinkled, spotted or even scarred. If you desire smoother and younger looking skin, consider a chemical peel, which smooths the texture of your skin by removing the damaged outer layers.

A chemical peel, is one of the least invasive ways to improve the appearance of your skin. Although chemical peels are used most commonly on the face, they can also be used to improve the skin on your neck and hands. Clients seek chemical peels to improve acne scars, aging spots, wrinkles, irregular pigmentation, rough patches of skin, scarring or even sun damage. Following a facial peel, most people leave with beautiful glowing skin, however occasionally there may be a slight redness that will quickly dissipate.

Now that you know what a facial peel can do for your skin, it’s important to understand what they cannot do. They do not treat deep facial lines, in that case you may want to consider facial injectables that boost collagen production or CoolTouch CT3 Plus treatments that boost collagen production. Peels do not assist with broken capillaries, if you experience an issue with that you would consider Telangitron. For deep scarring or burns you could consider scar revision, CO2 Deep Fractional Laser treatments or dermabrasion – all of which you would be handled by Dr Schenden and not in the Spa.

Chemical peels do wonders for the skin, so don’t let the word “peel” frighten you away; instead, consider scheduling an appointment for a skin evaluation to learn about all of the chemical peels we offer at the spa (Salicylic, Jessner, Glycolic, Mybody, Lactic, Microdermabrasion, Probiotic, Dermaplaning).

For more information contact the spa reception team at 248-524-3622.

 

Massage Therapy – it is more than just a nice massage!

The power of massage is more than you may realize – often clients seek massage therapy to help alleviate and combat the pain they suffer on a daily basis from conditions like arthritis, chronic back pain or even cancer. A method to soothe away pain proves substantial for clients suffering on a daily basis and will help rejuvenate their exhausted bodies. Massage therapy allows the clients a chance to relax and escape into a world without pain or worries of the future. Massage can be an effective complementary therapy and many health care professionals recognize massage as a useful, noninvasive addition to standard medical treatment.

In battles like cancer, spirit can prove just as important as medicine for healing. Studies and research suggest massage can decrease stress, anxiety and depression. It is important for someone with a serious condition such as cancer to check with their doctors before adding massage to their treatment plan. It is also suggested to let your massage therapist know any concerns or conditions you may have before a massage is performed and provide a doctor’s note prior to treatment.

To learn more about the benefits of massage or to schedule a massage for someone you love contact 248-524-3622.

Microdermabrasion – don’t try it at home!

Microdermabrasion is one of the easiest and most effective anti-aging treatments you can get and has been around since the ‘80’s. It has multiple benefits: softens fine lines and wrinkles, helps to smooth coarsely textured skin, decreases the appearance of scarring and pore size and reduces superficial hyper-pigmentation, also known as age spots. Additionally microdermabrasion makes it easier for high quality skin care products to penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin and help build collagen, which is responsible for skins youthful appearance.

True microdermabrasion should be done by a professional not at home for several reasons. First, the home kits are basically a scrub for the face that is often too abrasive and can irritate the skin. Secondly, when receiving microdermabrasion at the spa, instead of using a home kit, the Aesthetician will determine and control the depth of exfoliation by the strength of the vacuum and crystal flow for maximum safety. Thirdly, the Aesthetician will be able to determine the number of passes to make over your skin for optimal results. Often only two passes are made, but sometimes a third pass may be necessary if your skin is thick enough or if there is an area that needs special attention, like a scar or brown spot.

Microdermabrasion has many benefits for both men and women, which is why it has been such a popular and trusted treatment option for more than three decades. Many men seek microdermabrasion because it can dramatically help improve problems with ingrown hairs. For more information on microdermabrasion contact 248-524-3622 to schedule a consultation with one of the professionally trained Aestheticians.

Pamper your face and get a facial!

The right facial can cleanse your face, clear up skin problems and help you moisturize your way into a healthy (sun-free) glow. A standard facial typically consists of four steps: cleansing, exfoliating, massaging of the neck, face and shoulders and applying a mask for your skin type. Many clients take the facial to another level and opt for a Power European Facial, which includes an element of dermaplaning or microdermabrasion for an added anti-aging result.

The Aesthetician will first perform the cleansing portion of the facial, which consists of removing any makeup and dirt from the skin. Next, the exfoliation process helps to slough off any dead skin cells and preps the skin for extractions (don’t worry that sounds more intimidating than it truly is). The best and most relaxing portion of the facial – the massage portion helps calm and pamper the client all with a medical benefit of lymphatic drainage, lifting or pressure points. The next phase of the facial is the mask portion which drives more nutrients into the skin and can soothe and calm the skin as well. The final step is the application of the much needed and hopefully staple in your skincare routine, a high quality moisturizer with SPF.

Remember, it is never too early (or too late) to start taking care of yourself and your skin. It is much easier to hold back the hands of time then try turn them back later. Call 248-524-3622 for more information on facials or other skin treatment options.