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

What is Rejuvapen Micro Needling?

Rejuvapen is an amazing breakthrough in skin care that yields amazing results quickly with almost no downtime. It is becoming more increasingly popular among patients and for various reasons.  It is quick, no real down time, and note worthy results.   So, what is this new micro-needling treatment, and how does it work?   Rejuvapen’s nine precisely spaced micro needles create tiny perforations in the top two layers of the skin. The skin shifts its repair mechanism into high gear, producing collagen and elastin to mend these micro-perforations. This is a 100% natural form of skin renewal, repairing from the inside out. Your skin will be firmer and regain its elasticity, so fine lines and wrinkles become visibly reduced, pores are smaller, and creates younger looking skin. 

Skin becomes firmer, regains its elasticity, fine lines and wrinkles are visibly reduced, pores are smaller and circulation is stimulated so the overall condition and appearance of the skin improves. Rejuvapen addresses fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, hyper-pigmentation and skin texture by stimulating the skin’s natural ability to produce new collagen formation creating healthier skin. You can treat the forehead, around the eyes, cheeks, around the mouth, neck and chest are treated most often, but Rejuvapen can be used on problem areas like surgical scarring to reduce prominence.

The treatment takes approximately 30-60 minutes depending on the treatment area. Typically the patient will come into the spa approximately 30 minutes early to apply numbing cream.  Most patients look as though they have a moderate to severe sunburn and your skin may feel warmer and tighter than usual. This is normal and will subside in 1-2 hours. Most patients recover in less than 24 hours, with minimal discomfort.

The initial reaction is that our patients love the treatment. They can immediately feel improvement and a firmness to their skin. Most patients will notice visible results after the first treatment, and results improve after subsequent treatments. It is recommended to have 3-4 treatments for optimal results.

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.

 

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.

 

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.