Did you read the title of this article and start thinking about a ménage a trois? Well get your mind out of the bedroom…and into the medispa.
Costhetics, Australia’s leading resource for news and trends in the world of all things aesthetic enhancement, wants you to know that doctors, as well as nurse injectors and dermal clinicians, are combining a trio of treatments to achieve singularly beautiful results:
- Cosmetic Injectables
- Laser Skin Treatments
- Chemical Peels
Stick It to Wrinkles with Cosmetic Injectables
We are living in The Age of the Injectable, with cosmetic medicine leading the charge against visible signs of ageing. Equally loved by A-list celebrities and everyday folks of both genders, cosmetic injectables offer quick relief from an old-before-your-time appearance. Treatments are quick, relatively pain-free, and require no down time.
Dermal fillers are one of the most popular cosmetic injectables. They help people:
- Balance facial asymmetry
- Lift and plump the apples of the cheeks
- Plump thin lips
- Relax expression lines around the mouth
Wrinkle-relaxing injections inhibit unsightly wrinkles from forming and can:
- Restore facial symmetry
- Soften laugh lines and crows feet
- Smooth nasolabial folds
- Relax forehead creases
The 3 Faces of Laser Skin Treatments
Laser-assisted skin treatments have become dramatically better through the years. Today, three types of laser treatments exist. They can address a wider range of skin concerns of patients with a broader range of skin types.
- Ablative Laser – This treatment vaporizes surface skin producing red, raw oozing skin, followed by dramatic improvements in wrinkle reduction and acne scars.
- Non-Ablative Laser – This treatment uses a different kind of laser to create microscopic punctures in the skin. It is effective for stimulating collagen production under the skin to create more youthful fullness.
- Hybrid Laser – Literally the best of both worlds, a hybrid laser uses ablative and non-ablative laser light to boost collagen production, erase pigmentation marks, and restore a youthful luminous glow.
Making It Last: Skin Peels
A skin peel is a facial rejuvenation treatment that uses alpha hydroxy, beta hydroxyl, or a combination of the two to refresh the surface of the skin. Some also contain glycolic acid (alpha) or salicylic acid (beta). Chemical peels are an excellent way to
- Loosen the bonds of dead skin cells
- Exfoliate the skin
- Increase skin-cell turnover
For these reason, skin peels are wonderful for between-procedures touch-up and can help you delay the need for additional laser treatments and injectables.
By the way, to maintain the results of the peel itself, make hydration a priority. Loading up on H20 before, during, and after your treatment can help you get the best results. Start your water regimen two months prior to your chemical peel for super-duper skin.
Timing is All in Skin Rejuvenation
Patients who are considering injectables and laser treatments have a decision to make about which treatment to have first. That decision should be made in partnership with your medical aesthetic provider. Generally, wrinkle inhibiters are recommended prior to laser treatments. With this approach, collagen grows naturally in response to the laser treatments, without the interference of active muscles that cause the skin to wrinkle.
There are also reasons to have a laser treatment first. The effects of a laser can change the contours of the face by stimulating collagen. As a result, some doctors choose to assess the benefits provided by the laser prior to using injectables. Whichever treatment you choose to start with, there should be a 2-week gap between them.
That’s it for now from Costhetics. Stay beautiful, skin-side and inside.