Smooth, glowing skin is the ultimate trend for summer 2020, and one of the best ways to get there is through skin resurfacing treatments. We’re going to be honest—there are a ton of treatment options out there (some better than others), so it can be a little difficult to find your perfect match.
As skin experts, our team at Medical Aesthetics & Laser have provided countless skin resurfacing treatments for clients of all ages and skin types. From our experience in the industry, we know exactly which treatments are a must and which are a bust.
To get you started, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite options you have to try to get the skin of your dreams just in time for summer. From laser skin resurfacing to microneedling and more, keep reading for our full list of professional skin rejuvenation treatments you can find near The Woodlands.
What is skin resurfacing?
Before we get to the list, let’s talk about what skin resurfacing actually is. True skin resurfacing is all about cellular turnover. Skin cells don’t last forever. In fact, on average they have a life cycle of 28 days. Keep in mind that this cycle varies from person to person and aging slows the process down.
New cells sit in the deep layer of your skin (the dermis) while older cells are pushed to the surface. Skin cells die as they travel to the superficial layers of your skin, meaning they are no longer active cells. As you can imagine, those dead cells don’t make your skin look the best. A buildup of dead cells can lead to dullness, textured skin, and even acne breakouts. However when fresh, younger cells emerge, you’ll say hello to the glow and goodbye to the dull.
Your skin does this process just fine on its own. The problem comes when dead skin cells pile on top of each other without shedding. Skin resurfacing treatments not only remove those skin cells, they also promote the cellular turnover process to get you younger skin faster.
Now that you know some of the basics, let’s move forward to our top skin treatments of 2020 to increase cellular turnover.
1. Laser skin resurfacing
It would be unfair to not start this list off with laser skin resurfacing. We won’t say lasers are miracle workers, but they sure are pretty close. Laser energy penetrates the skin to vaporize damaged skin cells. New cells “resurface,” giving you the ultimate exfoliation treatment.
To keep things super simple, there are two main types of wavelengths that lasers use:
Ablative wavelengths: Ablative wavelengths remove the epidermal layer, producing dramatic skin-resurfacing results. This effect promotes collagen formation and retraction of the dermis and epidermis to tighten the skin.
Non-ablative wavelengths: Non-ablative wavelengths are not nearly as aggressive, but are able to treat the skin for other conditions such as acne and uneven skin tone. The wavelengths do this by drilling small thermal injuries into the skin to kickstart collagen and elastin production.
So, here’s what to remember: Ablative wavelengths target the epidermis (top layer of skin) while non-ablative lasers target the dermis (deeper layer of skin).
Here are the laser resurfacing treatments we offer at Medical Aesthetics & Laser:
- Halo: a laser treatment that combines the power of both ablative and non-ablative wavelengths to treat dark spots, scars, wrinkles and fine lines, sun damage, and more
- MicroLaser Peel: a laser skin peel that diminishes the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, keratosis, uneven skin tone, and sun damage without the discomfort and downtime of harsher laser treatments
- Deep laser resurfacing: a profractional laser treatment that “aerates” the skin by creating micro-spherical channels that stimulate collagen growth
Move aside dermarollers, microneedling is the professional treatment that gives real skin rejuvenation results. Unlike a dermaroller that simply causes damage for the heck of it, a microneedling treatment uses the SkinPen, an innovative device that uses hundreds of tiny needles to puncture the skin in highly targeted ways.
The needles create micro wounds that trigger the body’s natural healing process. As a result, it boosts cellular turnover and boosts collagen production. Microneedling treatments are often paired with skin-loving serums to give you the best age-rewinding results possible.
Microneedling is a great way to reverse skin conditions such as:
- Acne scars & stretch marks
- Injury or trauma scars
- Sun damage
- Rough skin texture
- Enlarged pores
- Fine lines & wrinkles
- Dull, sallow skin
3. Chemical peels
It’s no secret that chemical peels are incredibly effective for skin resurfacing. Plus they are a great companion to your everyday skincare routine. Chemical peels are full of replenishing ingredients that shed the top layer of skin to reveal the beautiful, fresh skin that lies below.
The great thing about peels is their versatility; you can get one as mild or strong as you’d like, meaning you can specifically cater a chemical peel to your unique needs. Since chemical peels are so customizable, they can treat skin conditions such as:
- Acne scars
- Fine lines & wrinkles
- Sun damage
- Age spots
- Uneven texture and tone
Chemical peels can range in intensity from light peels to deep peels. However, if you’re new to peels, we highly recommend you start light and slowly work your way up. If you’re in The Woodlands area, Medical Aesthetics & Laser offers a light peel that can help you achieve radiant skin in no time! After our peel, your skin may feel slightly tingly and irritated. You may also experience some redness, but after 2 to 3 days, your skin will feel smoother and appear younger than before.
Who said you have to go through a procedure with downtime for amazing skin rejuvenation results? Dermaplaning uses a surgical-grade knife to gently scrape away dead skin build up. Plus, the treatment triggers the body’s healing process, which means you get a collagen boost and exfoliant in one session! Dermaplaning can treat:
- Fine lines
- Acne scars
- Dark spots
- Dull skin
- Rough texture
- Peach fuzz
But wait, do not try this at home! While there are DIY skin resurfacing options you can buy on the market, they can do more harm than good. Think about it. Do you trust yourself with a knife on your face? Going about the process on your own could lead to damage, including increasing your risk for pain and infection.
On the other hand, a professional dermaplaning treatment only takes about thirty minutes, and once you’re done, you don’t have to worry about any downtime.
Do you know what skin really loves? It’s simple—water. While you can drink water to keep your skin soft and supple, you can also take it a step further with the HydraFacial. In three simple steps, the HydraFacial uses innovative technology to treat:
- Visible fine lines and wrinkles
- Elasticity and firmness
- Brown spots and other uneven pigmentation
- Uneven texture
- Uneven tone and vibrancy
- Enlarged, visible pores
- Excessively oily, congested, or dull skin
Step One: Vortex-Exfoliation™
Using HydraFacial’s specially designed, medical-grade hydradermabrasion nozzle, we deeply cleanse skin, clearing it of dead skin cells, dirt, debris, and other impurities. It wouldn’t be a HydraFacial without some hydration, so we also penetrate your skin with moisture, preparing skin and making it fresh and clean for Step Two.
Step Two: Vortex-Peel™ Infusion Facial
We apply a gentle glycolic and salicylic acid peel to the skin that may give a light tingle. The glycolic acid, an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), dissolves the remaining dead skin cells and debris clinging to the skin’s surface while salicylic acid, a beta-hydroxy acid (BHA), penetrates deeper into pores to treat blemishes and blackheads.
Step Three: Vortex-Extraction™
Using the extraction nozzle, which acts as a vacuum, and the help of a special serum, we literally suck all of the remaining clogged oils and debris from your pores. This addresses stubborn, lingering acne and clears the way for your new vibrant, healthy skin to shine through.
Step Four: Vortex-Fusion™
You now have deeply cleaned and resurfaced skin. What next? Protect it! To end your HydraFacial, we infuse an antioxidant-and-collagen-rich serum into your skin to safeguard and nourish these healthy new cells. If you want to get more out of your HydraFacial, consider adding a custom Boost in this step.
We highly recommend you stick with HydraFacial treatments for the best results. For most people, that means once a month. However, if you have any questions about how often you should return, you can always contact our team and we’ll be happy to help!
Discover the best skin resurfacing treatments in The Woodlands at Medical Aesthetics & Laser
Don’t wait any longer to give your skin the treatment it deserves. Our team of skin care specialists don’t take the same approach with everyone, because why would we? Every client is different. Led by the talented Dr. Reeves, we’re determined to help you reach your skin goals.
Plus, as a medical spa, we’re uniquely equipped to complement your skin care routine with our aesthetic procedures and treatments. With us, you can stop wishing for great skin and finally unveil the skin of your dreams.
Get started today by using our virtual consultation tool or by scheduling an appointment.