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Dermalinfusion goes beyond a typical facial, microdermabrasion or even a hydrafacial, it is a comprehensive and fully customizable treatment designed to address a wide variety of skin concerns.
Dermalinfusion uses medical grade diamond-tips with pneumatic pressure to gently lift and evenly exfoliate dry, dull layers of skin while simultaneously infusing condition specific serums directly into the epidermis to plump up fine lines and minimize pigmentation, while it is also extracting impurities to clarify pores. The serums are infused into the tissue using pneumatic pressure in a closed vacuum loop. The diamond tip is recessed in the hand-piece, and the vaccume pressure brings the skin up into the hand-pieces, where it is exfoliated, while simultaneously the pores are opened, so that the serums may be infused at the base of the pores and into the surrounding epidermal tissue. This deeply hydrating treatment volumizes the epidermis up to 70% and can also be performed over lips, around eyes and on non-facial skin.
Dermalinfusion Silk Peel treatments may be further enhanced by adding dermaplaning, enzyme or glycolic peel and treatment specific facial masks.
A patented technology provides superior exfoliation with a wet-vacuum process that is more gentle than dry microdermabrasion. This controlled depth, technique is designed to give a uniform, even and precise exfoliation to smooth skin texture and brighten skin.
Vacuum pressure flushes skin surface and pores to deep clean, removing dirt, debris and bacteria to clean and clarify pores.
Specialized Pro-infusion serums are delivered deep into the skin and address specific skin conditions, such as acne, hyper pigmentation, sun damage and aging. This infusion also provides deep hydration and plumps skin by increasing epidermal volume for up to 72 hour.
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Microdermabrasion is a form of mechanical exfoliation or micro-resurfacing, that utilizes a specific mechanical medium to gently abrade the top most layer of skin along with adjustable suction. There are many mechanical mediums used for microdermabrasion including: Aluminium Oxide Crystals, Sodium Bicarbonate Crystals, Sodium Chloride Crystals, Bristle tips, natural and synthetic Diamond Tips. DiamondTome is a natural, non-partical form of microdermabrasion that utilizes natural diamond chips at various levels of coarseness attached to the tip of a wand.
DiamondTome eliminates the powders and crystals, by using the polishing action of diamond chips and the cleaning action of controlled vacuum. This non-particle form of microdermabrasion offers a clean controlled procedure.
When you have a Microdermabrasion facial treatment at Paradise Valley Skin Klinic, you will enjoy the added benefits of full custom facial and dermaplaning. The microdermabrasion procedure removes the top most layer of skin by gently exfoliating the skin with natural diamond chips while at the same time vacuuming the dead skin cells away, in a sterile and controlled manner. This exfoliation promotes the growth of healthy new skin cells. You will immediately experience cleaner, softer and smoother skin after with each treatment.
Paradise Valley Skin Klinic also offers Microdermabrasion with Sodium Bicarbonate Crystals
Why do I need Microdermabrasion?
Our skin is constanly growing, similar to our hair and nails. The normal cycle of skin cell turn over is about six weeks. This means that a new skin cell is produced, and slowly moves to the surface of the skin (stratum corneum), then is naturally sloughed or exfoliated off and replaced by a new skin cell. As the skin ages the process of skin cell turn over slows down and dead skin cells build up on the surface of the skin. As the stratum corneum becomes thick with a build up of dead skin cells, this skin will have a rough dull appearance and texture. Pigmented skin cells also becomes more dense causing hyperpigmentation, such as melasma, freckles, sun spots or any skin discoloration to look worse. Dead skin cells can also build up in the pore contributing to blackheads, whiteheads and acne breakouts.
When the skin is exfoliated with microdermabrasion the dead skin cells are immediately removed from the surface of the skin, and the fibroblast is stimulated to produce collagen. Exfoliation is a way of speeding up the process of skin cell turnover. Removing dead skin cells from the skins surface will allow for better penetration of topical skin care products, you can actually double the effectiveness of your products. Exfoliating the skin will also reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation, fine lines, superficial scars and help combat acne.
Is there any discomfort or downtime?
No. Microdermabrasion with the DiamondTome is very comfortable, most people actually enjoy the way it feels. Microdermabrasion feels similar to the “scratchy” surface of a cats tongue, along with mild suction. One advantage to microdermabrasion is there isn’t any down time. You can have a microdermabrasion on your lunch break, reapply makeup and return to work.
What are the limitations of microdermabrasion?
Unfortunately, there are some exaggerated claims to microdermabrasion benefits. It’s important to have a realistic expectation for skin treatments. Microdermabrasion is a fairly superficial form of exfoliation compared to chemical peels and laser resurfacing. Each technique has unique benefits and has a special place in skin care. Microdermabrasion is intended to exfoliate the skin without downtime or discomfort. Treatments can be done on a regular basis to maintain the skin and performed between other skin treatments to expedite and enhance results.
There are limits to microdermabrasion, it does not reach skin below the stratum corneum, even if done once a week it will not have an effect on the deeper layers of skin. It is necessary to reach skin cells at deeper layers to treat many skin conditions, for this reason microdermabrasion can not be used to replace laser resurfacing procedures or chemical peels.
Microdermabrasion alone will not eliminate hyperpigmentation. Exfoliation will remove the dense layers of dead skin cells on the skins surface, by removing these layers, pigmentation will be less dense and the appearance of skin discolorations will be reduced. The discoloration is still there it just appears lighter because it is less dense. As the skin continue’s to “grow” and as the stratum corneum builds back up, the pigmentation will return. Your skin care professional can help you select topical agents to help better treat skin discolorations.
Can I get the same results with Microdermabrasion products at home
No, these products generly use crystals similar to those used in Microdermabrasion treatments. They are basiclly facial scrubs, and don’t exfoliate skin to the same level of a Profesional Microdermabrasion treatment. Proffesional treatments use equipment that allow for controll of the negetive pressure or suction used as well as the release of abrading crystals or the abrasiveness of wand. The technique used also plays a role in the effectiveness of treatment.
Imagine a skin treatment that has the ability to treat sun damage, rough skin, freckles, skin discolorations, redness, broken blood vessels, rosacea, acne, kill acne causing bacteria, reduce oil glands, minimize pore size, improve appearance of some acne scars and treat precancerous Actinic Keratose. Believe it or not, such a treatment does exist! The skin treatment I am referring to is PhotoDynamic Therapy (PDT). PhotoDynamic therapy is a non-invasive, non-ablative treatment with little to no down time.
PhotoDynamic Therapy (PDT) is a 2 part skin treatment that uses the light activated drug therapy, Levulan (aminolevulinic acid) also known as ALA. Levulan is a topical agent that is used to photosensitize the skin prior to light based treatments such as IPL (photofacial) and blue light acne treatments.
Adding Levulan (ALA) to a photofacial IPL treatment, is a bit like putting your photofacial on steroids. The Levulan photosensitizes the skin, allowing the IPL energy to be better absorbed by the targeted pigmented and vascular chromophores. This results in a higher level of correction of freckles, sunspots, skin discolorations, broken blood vessels and redness compared to photofacial alone. Although, Levulan in it’s self does not penetrate to dermal layers of the skin, the heat and inflammatory response caused by PhotoDynamic Therapy does reach the Papillary dermis. This heat stimulates the fibroblast to produce collagen.
PhotoDynamic Therapy is unique because Levulan is absorbed by abnormal cells, such as those of Actinic keratosis (AK’s). Aminolevulinic acid is also absorbed into the oil glands and hair follicles. When the Levulan is activated by the appropriate light or laser it damages the oil glands and reduces P. acne bacteria. Acne can be affectively treated by using Levulan to pretreat the skin before IPL (photofacial) or Blue light treatments.
How is the treatment done?
First your skin is pretreated with an acetone scrub, to remove oil from the skin’s surface. Sometimes microdermabrasion is also preformed before the Levulan is applied. Microdermabrasion will remove dead skin cells and cause blood vessels to dilate, which will result in a more effective treatment with IPL. After the skin is prepped the Levulan Kerastick is cracked open and applied to the skin. Aminolevulinic acid (ALA) doesn’t sting or burn like acids used in chemical peels. The ALA is left on the skin to “incubate”. The incubation time can be anywhere from 1-8 hours, a longer incubation time can cause more reaction as well as more correction. Non-facial skin generally requires a longer incubation time. Once the Levulan is applied, you must avoid sun exposure for 40 hours. Topical anesthetic may also be used. After the Levulan has been on for the determined amount of time, the skin is then treated with IPL and/or Blue Light. The light will activate the ALA. Blue Light is used specifically to treat acne and can be done alone or with IPL.
The degree of post treatment reaction will depend on the amount of skin damage and how aggressive the treatment is done. The Luvulan can be left to “incubate” longer, before it is activated for a more aggressive treatment. Those with a lot of sun damage or active acne can expect to have more reaction. Some people will experience little to no side effects. Similar to photofacial, pigmented spots will become temporarily darker, until they flake and peel off. The treated area will likely appear pink or red for the first few days and peeling may also occur and last for up to 7 days. Some may also experience mild swelling that lasts a couple days. It is important to avoid sun exposure for the first 40 hours post treatment, sun block will not protect skin against photosensitivity reactions caused by visible light. Sun exposure can cause stinging, burning, redness and swelling to the treated area.
How many treatments are needed?
The amount of treatments needed will depend on the skin condition and level of correction desired. There is significant improvement with each treatment. Some people may be satisfied with a single a treatment, however for optimal results a series of treatments are recommended. Treatments can be scheduled as soon as 3- 4 weeks apart.
Schedule a consultation to determine if you are a candidate for PhotoDynamic Therapy, and set up a treatment plan.
Don’t Be Scared!
Sexy Halloween costume’s are popular, but they don’t leave much to the imagination.
Our tricks and treats will make you “bootiful” before your Halloween Party.
Trick: Cellulite or belly bump.
Velashape is used to treat cellulite and for circumference reduction. There isn’t any down time so you can go out immediately post treatment. For best results a series of weekly treatments are needed, however even one treatment can offer improvement.
Trick: Scary Hairy
Waxing or Dermaplaneing
Laser hair removal is usually my first suggestion, however for a quick fix waxing or dermaplaning is your best bet. Waxing is quick and can be done almost anywhere on face or body, however waxing is not recommended if you are using isotretinoin or tretinoin.
For facial hair dermaplaning is my favorite option. Dermaplaning involves using a surgical blade to gently scrape the skin, to manually exfoliate dead skin and remove facial hair. Your skin is instantly smooth and your makeup will go on better than you ever imagined. You can go out immediately post treatment and look gorgeous.
Trick: Skin Laxity
ReFirme is a non-invasive Skin Tightening procedure, that is used to achieve a more youthful, toned and lifted appearance without enduring downtime. ReFirme is used to improve skin laxity, targeting those telltale signs of aging, including, jowl and neck laxity, sagginess under the eyes, saggy brow lines, and nasolabial folds. There isn’t any down time with ReFirme treatments, so you can have a treatment the same day as an event. A series of treatments are needed for best results, however even your first treatment offers a visual benefit.
An acne facial can offer some improvement, however keep in mind it is never a good idea to do a lot of extractions before an event. Extractions can be done on pustules and can help reduce inflammation.
Trick : Peeling, flaking skin and beyond.
Microdermabrasion and/ or Dermaplaning
Microdermabrasion is a form of manual exfoliation and is ideal for most skin types. Your treatment is customized to your specific needs. Exfoliation will slough of any flakey or peeling skin, and reduces the appearance of skin discolorations ” slightly”. Pigmentation will still be visible, but we are talking about a last minuet treatment, and you don’t get 100% correction over night. After a Microdermabrasion your skin is left smooth, hydrated and glowing.
Treat: Dead Sea Body Paraffin
This is an incredibly pampering, 90 minute- body wrap treatment. First dead sea salts infused in warm aromatic oil is rubbed over your body, exfoliating and removing dead skin. You are then wrapped in warm wet towels and the salt scrub is gently removed. After the salt glow, oils are massaged into the skin, and then a warm dead sea mud paraffin is painted over your entire body. The body is then wrapped in a cocoon to help seal in moisture. Finally, the the wrap and paraffin is peeled away, leaving your skin silky smooth. This is a salt glow, massage, and body wrap all in one.
Treat: Oxygen Treatment Facial
A uniquely designed system to cleanse, nourish and revitalize every skin cell through its revolutionary use of pure oxygen. It helps to reduce the effects of aging caused by the sun, exposure to pollutants and free radical damage. Vitamin rich oils are first massaged directly into the skin and then infused via pure oxygen into the skin again. This is excellent for dry, dehydrated skin as well as skin that is “hungover” from to much late night partying.
Treat: Lash and Brow Tint
This treatment is excellent for men! Women enjoy it too. Whether the hair is naturally fair or has lightened with age, a quick tint can brighten your appearance. There are many colors that can be used for a natural look.
Paradise Valley Skin Klinic offers a wide variety treatments.
Call to schedule a treatment or consultation with Stephanie or Kristy. 480 421-1701
Bacne is the slang term for back acne, this condition can be painful and cause scaring. Both men and women get back acne, however it is most severe in teenage boys and athletes. Back acne is sometimes referred to as athletic acne. Tight fitting cloths and athletic gear trap perspiration, allowing P. acne bacteria to proliferate. Steroids can also contribute to acne. Bacne can range from very mild to severe and treatment protocols are designed appropriately. I strongly recommend professional treatment for back acne, as there are acne products that should not be used together or contraindicated for some people.
Chemical peels can be customized to treat acne and PIH ( post inflammatory hyperpigmentation) I find that customized peels are a very effective treatment for back acne.
Back facials can include extractions, acne treatment masks, and topical medications.
Microdermabrasion is appropriate for mild to moderate acne, however treating over pustules, cysts and inflamed skin is contraindicated.
Cryotherapy, also called Co2 slush or acne slush, has been used in dermatology for over a quarter of a century. Co2 slush is created at the time of treatment, liquid Co2 is made into a “snow” ball and wrapped in gauze or cheese cloth and then dipped into acetone. The “slush” is the lightly swiped over the treated areas.
Blue Light RF Acne Treatment
The combined energies of elōs™— natural photodynamic therapy (blue spectrum) with radio frequency (RF) — enable highly selective targeting of the sebaceous glands and acne bacteria. Pulsed Light together with RF energies reduce sebaceous gland activity while blue light simultaneously destroys active acne. Blue light treatment isn’t painful and has no down time.
Clarisonic developed the sonic technology proven to gently yet effectively loosen dirt and oil to clear your pores. The Sonic Skin Cleansing System uses a patented sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second to clean, soften and smooth your skin. In just 60 seconds a day, the micro-massage action cleans more than twice as effectively as manual cleansing.
I usually recommend that you apply the Bioglycolic scrub, and leave it on for a few minutes before you wash it off. This will allow the glycolic acid time to penetrate.
Resurfacing Body Scrub combines glycolic acid and polished granules in order to provide an aggressive but safe approach for reaching a noticeably improved level of body skin rejuvenation. This formulation enables patients to immediately address roughened or calloused areas while enhancing overall smoothness and tone. Patients will experience unparalleled softness and results will only increase with continued use.
Obagi Clenziderm M.D. is a 3- step physician dispensed acne treatment. Step #1 is a Foaming cleanser with 2% salicylic acid, to remove excess sebum and cleans skin. Step #2 is Pore Therapy with 2% salicylic acid to help unclog pores, and menthol to remove surface bacteria. Step #3 Serum gel is a 5% solubilized benzoyl peroxide to reduce P. acne bacteria.
Kill acne-causing bacteria and bring back beautiful, healthy-looking skin with the easy-to-use ANSR: BEAM. Just two treatments a day can effectively treat and prevent acne blemishes without side effects. Only the ANSR: BEAM has two light treatments in one device:
BLUE light to kill acne-causing bacteria
RED light to smooth texture and tone, reduce redness and pore size
All of the products and services listed are available at Paradise Valley Skin Klinic.
Call to schedule a treatment or free consultation. 480 421-1701
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