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Microdermabrasion is one of the top 5 non-surgical procedures performed by medical providers. Using a mechanical device, the provider exfoliates the skin surface with an ablative material, like sodium bicarbonate crystals, to scrub off dead and dull surface skin cells. The device simultaneously uses suction to stimulate circulation in the skin. The result is smoother, brighter looking skin. There is little discomfort, treatments take about an hour, and there is no down-time afterwards. It is suitable for most skin types, but not all.

Microneedling, however, is different than a superficial Microdermabrasion treatment and provides much more benefit, because it reaches below the skin surface. The procedure creates many microscopic punctures in the skin's outer layers. This is sometimes called "collagen induction therapy," because the process stimulates the body's production of collagen and elastin during the wound healing response. It is used to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars and even stretch marks on the body. There are at-home devices called "dermal rollers," which have small surgical steel needles which are rolled over the skin. This is very superficial in nature, so it is not very effective; and it can be difficult to keep the device sanitary, so it is also potentially problematic.

The SkinPen Microneedling device used at Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center has revolutionized microneedling, offering improved results compared to dermarollers and microdermabrasion. SkinPen is more sanitary because it uses disposable needle cartridges. Numbing cream is used to ensure comfort during the treatment session, and there is little down-time. Nothing should be put on the face (including products and makeup) for 48 hours post-treatment, until the micro-channels in the skin close. You may experience light peeling (like dry skin) a few days after your session, but nothing that should take you out of your normal routine.

SkinPen Microneedling is safe and effective for all skin types. If you desire a smoother, healthier, brighter complexion, you should consider Microneedling as one of your best treatment options!

Schedule a FREE Cosmetic Consultation with one of our Estheticians to find out which treatments would be best for you, and develop a customized treatment plan that fits with your lifestyle and budget. We are here to help! To learn more:

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February 05, 2018
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Acne   Skin Care   treatments   anti-aging   microneedling   PRP  

What is microneedling?

acneMicroneedling is a professional esthetic treatment to reduce the signs of aging (like fine lines, wrinkles, large pores, texture irregularities) and acne scarring. Like the name implies, we use a device called the SkinPen to prick the skin with tiny surgical steel needles to a very specific, therapeutic depth in the skin. These micro-injuries stimulate the body’s natural healing process, and the renewed production of capillaries, collagen and elastin produce smoother, healthier, plumper-looking skin.

How is it different than the at-home dermarollers?

A dermaroller is a round tube with needles sticking out of it on a handle, which the user rolls back and forth across the skin repeatedly. It is designed for in-home use or superficial day spa treatments. Unfortunately, the needles eventually dull with continued use, and it is difficult to ensure that the needles are sterile each time they are used. Also, there is only one, superficial depth to which the skin is penetrated with one of these devices. The SkinPen is a medical device and SkinPen Microneedling is performed by a Licensed Esthetician with a fresh, sterile needle cartridge for each treatment. It is far more maneuverable, can be used anywhere on the body. It will not drag or tear at the skin, and needle length is adjustable, so procedures are custom tailored to each patient’s need - penetrating to a deeper more therapeutic depth.

What is the PRP add-on to microneedling?

Kim Kardashian made headlines when she posted pictures of herself receiving a “Vampire Facial®”, which is a microneedling service including Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) extracted from her own blood draw, which is applied topically to the freshly treated skin. At Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center, you can choose to add PRP therapy to your microneedling service, for delivery of your own human growth factors deep to the skin and maximum skin rejuvenation.

How much down-time after treatment?

Aside from some mild post-procedure pinkness for 2 to 4 days, there is no downtime associated with microneedling when a SkinPen device is used (some see their skin return to normal within 24 hours). Makeup should not be worn for 48 hours after treatment, until the tiny channels in the skin have had time to close. You will experience light peeling several days post-treatment, but nothing that is not totally manageable within your normal routine.

Does it hurt?

No. Before beginning the treatment, our Master Esthetician will cleanse your skin then apply a numbing agent to relieve any potential discomfort.

How long does it take?

Each session is approximately 1 hour long, depending on your skin condition and the size of the area being treated. Multiple sessions are most often recommended for best-case-scenario results, with the services being spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart. We offer discounted treatment packages to encourage our patients to commit to the number of treatments they need to achieve their desired results.

If you would like to know more about microneedling, or think it might be just what your skin needs, take advantage of our introductory pricing and experience the skin rejuvenation trend that has swept the nation!

Call 540-341-1900 today to schedule a service or a FREE Consultation appointment to learn more.

By WARRENTON DERMATOLOGY & SKIN THERAPY CENTER
February 01, 2017
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Acne   Skin Care   treatments   Skincare  

Most of us are dealing with some sort of skin condition, such as sun damage, wrinkles, acne, acne scarring, or Melasma. If you fall into this category, now is the perfect time to correct and refresh your skin with a chemical peel. Chemical peeling is a procedure that aims to accelarate skin exfoliation, resulting in renewed, healthier looking skin and a more uniform complexion. These treatments don't mix particularly well with sun exposure. So this time of year, when the is lower in the sky and our lifestyles keep  up indoors a bit more, is when we recommend using skin peels the most.

This time of year, it is also very common to find that no matter how much moisture you use, your skin still feels dry and dull.This is another reason why chemical peels are the perfect winter-time skin treament - because your dryness is probably at least due to an artificially thick build-up of dead skin cells, which are blocking the surface of your skin from absorbing and utilizing your moisturizer (and any other topical products you may be applying). By clearing off this layer, you not only brighten your complexion, but you also allow your skin to receive topical products in a meaningful and beneficial way.

The Vitalize Peel (V-Peel) from SkinMedica is our most popular chemical peel treatment. Suitable for all skin types, it combines Retinol, Salicylic Acid and Lactic Acid to fight the effects of time, sun damage, acne, and Melasma. it smooths the appearance of discolorations, fine lines, wrinkles and roughness and requires little-to-no down time. This painless peel produces a light to moderate amount of peeling for 2-3 days, and can be repeated every 4-6 weeks. You'll experience noticeable results after just one peel, and compelling results after a series of 4 peels (spaced 4-6 weeks apart).

To find out which chemical peel may be right for your skin, call Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center at (540) 341-1900, to schedule a FREE consultation or ask to speak with our Licensed Master Esthetician! 

 

By Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center
August 03, 2016
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Lice   hair   treatments   topical treatments  

Excerpts from Dermatology Times 7/20/16

School will soon be back in session, and unfortunately, this usually means an uptick in the incidence of head-lice. Do you know what to do if your child comes home from school with lice?

Here are a few helpful tidbits about the world of lice: Head lice die in one to two days without feeding, and nits die within a week and cannot hatch if they are not near the scalp; Nits (lice eggs) alone do not indicate contagiousness; However, behaviors such as sharing brushes, combs or pillows could transfer nits or lice from person to person; Once hatched, lice move by crawling – they cannot hop or fly; Pets do not play a role in transmission of human lice.

What to Do

If lice are found on someone, machine wash and dry all clothing and bed linens worn or used in the two days before treatment. Items that can’t be washed should be placed in sealed plastic bags for two weeks. Soak combs and brushes in hot water (at least 130°F) for five minutes. And vacuum the floor and furniture around where the infested person sits or sleeps, then discard the vacuum contents in a sealed plastic bag. In addition to these actions, topical treatments may be used to kill the lice and nits on the persons scalp and hair.

Topical Treatments

According to Dr. Raegan Hunt, lice are becoming more immune to traditional over-the-counter treatments like Rid and Nix. Earlier this year, a study examined head lice in 48 states and found 98% had developed mutations. The good news: “There are several fairly recently FDA-approved topical lice treatments that can be used to combat the resistant ‘super lice,’” says Dr. Hunt, a pediatric dermatologist at Texas Children's Hospital:

  • Well-known treatments, such as Rid or Nix, are comprised of permethrin lotion 1%, and may not work due to the development of drug resistance.

  • Malathion lotion 0.5% (Ovide) works in a single application for most patients, but is limited to those 6 and older. Resistance has been reported in the United Kingdom.

  • Ivermectin lotion 0.5% (Sklice) got FDA approval in 2012. It kills baby lice (nymphs) and works as a single application on dry hair without nit combing. It’s approved for children 6 months and older.

  • Spinosad 0.9% topical suspension (Natroba) was approved by the FDA in 2011. It’s approved for children aged 4 and up, and is also effective as a single application on dry hair without nit combing. Retreatment is usually not needed.

  • Benzyl alcohol lotion 5% (Ulesfia) received FDA approval in 2009 and requires repeat treatment on the ninth day. It’s approved for ages 6 months to 60 years.

After treatment, if you see large, live lice, they may be a sign of a re-infestation. Also, according to Dr. Hunt, lice of different sizes can be a sign of possible resistance to treatment.