Our licensed aestheticians in Nashville and Memphis have slightly different skincare portfolios based on their years of experience treating patients like you. Please call the office closest to you for more information. We will customize a treatment plan based on your personal needs.
What is Skin Rejuvenation?
There are many affordable options to rejuvenate your appearance without surgery. Our facial skin treatments are ideal for women – and men – who want to treat their face without downtime. Some of our non-invasive skin treatments, such as skin tightening and scar revision, can be used on any part of the body.
What is a Good Skincare Routine?
The goal of any skincare routine should be focused on tuning up your complexion so that your skin is functioning at its best. This may involve focusing on targeting areas that are giving you the most trouble. Your skin will change as you age, and with it the best products and routine you implement. However, there are three steps that should be a part of any daily skincare routine you choose to pursue: cleansing, toning, and moisturizing.
Keeping your skin clean and washing your face daily is one of the most beneficial steps to achieving beautiful and younger looking skin. Your skin comes into contact with a variety of environmental pollutants, dirt, oils, and grime throughout the day, and they should be gently removed. Washing your face twice a day, once in the morning and once at night, will help you avoid clogged pores, dullness, and even acne.
Toners have changed drastically over the years. Older toners used to be alcohol based and would dry up the skin in order to remove any unwanted dirt or oils. However, many toners you can find today deliver extra nutrients and even help your skin absorb any additional products you may use to balance your complexion. Toner is optional, but can be a good way to add specific nutrients that may not be found in other products. Some of the more notable ingredients of a good toner include:
- Alpha and beta hydroxy acids: helps remove dead skin cells, improve sun-damaged skin, and reduce dullness.
- Hyaluronic acid: helps boost hydration and subtly treats fine lines and wrinkles.
- Rose water and green tea: have anti-inflammatory properties that may help reduce skin irritation and redness.
- Vitamin E and C: help fight exposure to free radicals that age the skin.
Additional skincare products that act similarly to toners include serums. Serums are often filled with microdoses of active, antioxidant ingredients that may help mitigate dark spots or wrinkles. Some of the ingredients to look out for to target specific issues include:
- Vitamin C: to brighten the skin and to reduce dark spots
- Retinol, vitamin B3, peptides: to stimulate collagen and elastin production. These help prevent fine lines and skin sagging.
- Colloidal sulfur, niacinamide: to reduce reddening or irritation of the skin by decreasing inflammation. They are also known to improve acne with their antimicrobial effects.
Hydrating the skin is important no matter your age or skin type. Moisturizers, as implied in the name, help to hydrate and soften the skin. Essentially, a moisturizer serves to prevent loss of water in the outer layers of skin. Moisturizers also complement naturally occurring, protective oils in the skin. As we age, our skin loses its ability to retain moisture. Certain moisturizers should be added into your daily skincare routine – year-round and for all skin types.
What are the Types of Skin Care Treatments?
Rejuvenating facial skin can be accomplished by reversing sun damage, uneven skin tone, wrinkles & fine lines, hyperpigmentation, age spots, or acne scarring. There are various methods to achieve this, including microdermabrasion, dermaplaning, microneedling, laser skin resurfacing, chemical peels, and radio frequency assisted treatments.
Microdermabrasion is a minimally-invasive procedure used to renew skin tone and texture. Microdermabrasion can help improve the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, acne scarring, sun damage, and many other skin-related concerns or conditions.
Think of it as a mechanical exfoliating procedure. Typically, the procedure utilizes an abrasive surface to gently sand away the thick, outer layer of skin. This encourages natural collagen production, which helps make the skin look younger, fuller, and softer.
Microneedling is a cosmetic procedure that involves pricking the skin by means of tiny, sterilized needles to reach the skin under the surface. These tiny wounds encourage collagen and elastin production to heal the skin, making it look younger and brighter. Microneedling is often called collagen induction therapy.
Chemical peels achieve similar results as the above treatments, but the process is chemical rather than physical, via the application of a liquid to the skin. Typically, your aesthetician will apply one or more chemical solutions to your face, neck, or hands, after they have been thoroughly cleansed. The chemicals can vary but often include: glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, or carbolic acid (phenol). This will create a controlled “wound” or blister that will allow for new skin to take its place.
Dermaplaning is a more manual form of resurfacing using a fine blade to peel away the outer layer of the skin. You may hear it also called microplaning or microblading. The aim of dermaplaning is to make your skin’s surface smooth, younger looking, and reduce dullness. This treatment can help remove deep tissue scarring caused by acne and other uneven pockmarks on your skin.
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing techniques help remove skin layer by layer with precision. A dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon will target wrinkles around the eyes, mouth, or forehead individually, or treat the whole face. These treatments will often require a topical anesthetic or sedation depending on the size of the area being treated.
Radio Frequency Assisted Treatments
Non-invasive radio frequency assisted treatments can be used to tighten skin. These include Thermi, Exilis, Forma, Fractora, and Morpheus.