From gentle cleansers to the latest laser therapies, the skincare world is a constant scroll of options. But if you're looking for real damage reversal of skin concerns like wrinkles, dark spots, and sagging skin, an experienced professional is often your best bet. So, with trendy treatments seemingly popping up daily, how do you know which cosmetic skin procedures are truly worth your investment (and maybe a bit of discomfort)? Let's cut through the noise and get the scoop on the most effective in-office treatments for every skin concern.
Best for Large Pores: Clear + Brilliant Original Hand-Piece
The Clear & Brilliant original hand-piece is excellent for treating large pores thanks to its unique combination of gentle laser energy and targeted delivery. Unlike more aggressive lasers, Clear & Brilliant uses fractional pulses that stimulate collagen production deep within the dermis without damaging the surface. This collagen boost helps shrink pores from the inside out, promoting a smoother, more even texture. Additionally, the hand-piece's precise targeting allows it to focus on individual pores, minimizing their appearance without affecting the surrounding skin. So, if you're looking for a laser treatment that tackles large pores without the drama, the Clear & Brilliant original hand-piece is a clear winner.
Best for Dehydration: Jet Peel
Whether you are combatting dull, dehydrated or dry skin, look no further than the JetPeel. This red-carpet transdermal-infusion facial employs a high-pressurized jet stream of water and oxygen and nutritive ingredients that penetrate deep into the epidermis, without any pain, discomfort or skin breakage.
The JetPeel consists of three-steps for ultra-hydrated, glowing skin:
- Lymphatic Massage: The JetPeel hand-piece device moves over the skin to deliver a continuous, liquid jet stream of oxygen and water similiar to a lymphatic massage to lift and detoxify the skin.
- Gentle Exfoliation: A gentle, but powerful exfoliation sloughs away dead skin cells and prepares the skin for the infusion step.
- Effective Infusion: Nutritive micro-droplets of active serums are infused deep into the sub-dermal layers of the skin, bypassing the skin barrier to directly hydrate and plump from within.
We love the JetPeel facial for its ability to deliver instant, glowing results with absolutely no downtime. Immediately following your treatment, you will notice dramatic improvements to skin texture and tone, fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and hydration.
Best for Light Sun Damage and Dull Skin: Clear + Brilliant Permea
Unlike the original hand-piece that focuses on pore size, the Clear + Brilliant Permea hand-piece boasts a longer 1927nm wavelength that dives deeper, directly targeting pigmentation and melanin production. This deeper reach means it effectively fades sun spots, freckles, and unevenness, leaving your skin with a brighter, more uniform tone. It also stimulates collagen production underneath the surface, plumping up tired cells and banishing that flat, lackluster look.
Think of it as an internal light switch, illuminating your skin from within for a naturally radiant, sun-kissed glow. So, if you're ready to ditch the dullness and embrace a sun-kissed, even-toned complexion, the Permea hand-piece is your ticket to a brighter you.
Best for Significant Sun Damage: IPL
Struggling with severe sun damage, redness and brown spots? The IPL laser effectively targets multiple light wavelengths at once, neutralizing the very culprits behind sun-induced woes. During an IPL laser treatment, the melanin (the pigment responsible for discoloration) absorbs the light and breaks down, gradually fading away to reveal a more even, youthful tone. Unlike harsher ablative lasers, IPL works gently beneath the surface, leaving skin intact and minimizing downtime.
If your sun-kissed days have left behind unwanted souvenirs, the IPL laser facial offers a gentle yet effective treatment for moderate to severe sun damage, restoring your skin's natural radiance.
Best for Sagging Skin & Fine Lines & Wrinkles: RF Microneedling
Radio Frequency (RF) Microneedling stands out as a powerful yet non-invasive solution for combatting signs of aging, like sagging skin. This innovative treatment combines the benefits of microneedling and radio frequency energy to deliver a potent double whammy. The tiny needles create micro-injuries in the skin, triggering the body's natural healing response to produce collagen and elastin, the essential proteins responsible for youthful firmness and elasticity. Simultaneously, the radio frequency energy heats deeper layers of the skin, causing tissue contraction and further tightening.
This synergistic action works from the inside out, gradually rebuilding the skin's support system and restoring its youthful bounce. Unlike traditional surgical procedures, RF Microneedling avoids the risks and downtime associated with incisions and offers a more natural, progressive approach to lifting and tightening sagging skin.
Best for Severe Acne Scarring: Erbium Ablative Laser
The Erbium Ablative Laser can significantly improve the appearance of acne scars, leaving you with a smoother, more confident complexion in just one treatment. Think of the Erbium laser treatment as a combination of a deep peel and a resurfacing laser. The ablative Erbium laser uses intense heat to vaporize damaged skin cells while simultaneously creating new healthy cells, stimulating collagen production, and improving elasticity for a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance.
After just one Erbium laser treatment, your skin will look smooth, refreshed, and luminous. Multiple treatments may be required for deeper or more severe wrinkles, acne, scarring, or pore size. In comparison to other resurfacing lasers, the ablative Erbium laser requires less treatments to achieve desired results than most resurfacing lasers.
Keep in mind that the Erbium laser will require proper aftercare and moderate downtime of up to two weeks. For the smoothest experience, it is essential to discuss your medical history with your estetician, especially cold sores, fever blisters, and Accutane use, as these can affect the treatment. Additionally, it is recommended to quit smoking at least two weeks before your Erbium laser treatment for optimal healing.
Best for Active Acne: VI Peel & TCA Peel
Want to break out of the breakout cycle? VI Peels and TCA Peels can deliver clearer, brighter and smoother skin within weeks. Both VI Peels and TCA Peels go beyond surface-level exfoliation. They penetrate deeper into the skin, reaching those clogged pores and oil glands where acne takes root.
Why These Peels Pack a Punch:
- Exfoliation: Both peels slough off dead skin cells, preventing congestion and promoting healthy skin cell turnover. This leads to clearer, smoother skin and fewer pesky pimples.
- Inflammation Reduction: The ingredients in both peels help calm down redness and swelling, reducing the pain and discomfort associated with active acne.
- Collagen Boost: Peels stimulate collagen production, leading to firmer, plumper skin and a reduction in acne scars and wrinkles – bonus points for overall skin health!
Best for Redness and Rosacea: Laser Genesis
Ideal for those seeking to improve overall texture, reduce redness, and treat rosacea, Laser Genesis boasts minimal downtime and delivers a naturally radiant glow. This gentle, rejuvenating laser facial uses light energy to stimulate collagen production, strengthen elastin, reduce redness, kill acne forming bacteria, and plump skin cells. Often referred to as the "lunchtime laser facial," Laser Genesis is a 20-30 minute service that will leave your skin looking even-toned, healthy and hydrated.
Best for Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH): VI Peel
Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) is an area of darker skin left behind after a pimple or wound heals. The discoloration is due to excess melanin production as part of the skin's natural response to inflammation. If you have been looking to treat PIH, consider the VI Peel.
A revolutionary, medium-depth chemical peel, the VI Peel packs a punch with a cocktail of carefully chosen ingredients. It combines trichloroacetic acid (TCA) to exfoliate and promote collagen production, salicylic acid to unclog pores and reduce inflammation, and phenol to brighten and even skin tone. The potent formula in the VI Peel is expertly designed to tackle PIH from multiple angles, fading discoloration and revealing a smoother, brighter you.
The VI Peel has become a favorite among both clients and skin care professionals for its ability to deliver maximum benefits with minimal downtime.
Best for Melasma: VI Peel & Clear + Brilliant Permea
The VI Peel, classified as a medium-depth peel safe for all skin types, effectively treats hyperpigmentation caused by conditions such as melasma and sunspots. It works by exfoliating the skin, promoting cell turnover, and revealing the brighter, healthy layers of skin underneath. The secret is within the VI Peel's potent blend of ingredients:
- TCA: This exfoliating superstar peels away layers of dead skin, revealing brighter, more even-toned skin underneath. It also targets melanin production, helping to fade pesky discoloration.
- Salicylic Acid: This anti-inflammatory hero reduces redness and irritation, calming down existing melasma patches and preventing new ones from forming.
- Phenol: This brightening agent enhances the fading of dark patches and promotes overall skin radiance, leaving you with a luminous glow.
Another highly effective treatment for melasma is the Clear + Brilliant Permea laser. This treatment utilizes fractional laser technology to create tiny micro-injuries, triggering the skin's natural healing process and boosting collagen production. The Clear + Brilliant Permea laser specifically targets melanin, the pigment responsible for melasma, breaking it down and reducing its appearance.
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