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Professional Exfoliation for Radiant Skin

photo of woman getting a facial procedure doneIf you’ve already obtained clinical exfoliation, you know the results are amazing. If not, you’re sure to be delighted! Refined techniques reduce dark spots, facial lines, freckled skin, and wrinkles. Acne improves with gentle methods, removing dead cells, killing bacteria, calming inflammation, and fading scars. For teens through seniors, exfoliation treatments brighten skin.

Professional methods are superior to home treatments. At a dermatology practice, a trained clinician customizes techniques to skin type and condition. Without this expertise, you can choose a retail product that harms your complexion. At Georgia Dermatology Center, we specialize in safe techniques, maximizing the benefits of exfoliation.

CELLULAR RENEWAL

Your body is always engaged in cellular turnover. As new skin cells mature, they migrate to the outermost skin layer, the “epidermis.” Eventually, the cells die, leaving a residue of organic material. The epidermis encompasses 20 to 30 rows of dead skin cells!

Some old cells shed with physical contact and the upward push of new cells. However, when dead cells accumulate, skin appears dull. When they persist on the surface, pores become clogged with dirt, oil, and bacteria, creating acne.

With aging, the process of cellular turnover slows. After the teenage years, skin renews itself about every 30 days. After age 50, the sloughing cycle further decelerates, occurring every 40 to 90 days.

Professional exfoliation speeds the stages of cellular renewal. Among the techniques available are dermaplaning, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels.

DERMAPLANING

This pain-free treatment renews your complexion by removing dead cells and fine hair. It also stimulates new cell growth by spurring the production of collagen and elastin, vital skin proteins.

Before the procedure, you’ll receive a facial and prepping solution. Then, a licensed aesthetician gently sweeps a sterilized micro-blade across your face. Dermaplaning is relaxing, performed with a light touch and feathery strokes.

Taking only about 30 minutes, you’ll see an immediate improvement in skin texture. Eliminating spots and fine hair brightens your complexion, softens skin, and evens tone. If you wear makeup, you’ll find it easier to apply. Acne is less likely to recur with the absence of bacteria and hair.

Dermaplaning is safe for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers since solutions don’t enter the bloodstream. Additionally, there are no side effects or downtime. Your facial hair won’t grow back darker or thicker. When hair reappears, you can return for another treatment, typically one month later.

MICRODERMABRASION

This exfoliating technique uses microcrystals to remove the top layer of dead skin cells. Like dermaplaning, it increases collagen and elastin production, fostering radiant skin. Microdermabrasion fades or eliminates dark spots, uneven tone, large pores, wrinkles, fine lines, and minor scars. Since the procedure opens clogged pores, it’s effective against acne. It may also reduce the redness of rosacea.

Microdermabrasion is ideal for sensitive skin. The crystals are non-allergenic, applied as a spray from a wand-type instrument that generates mild suction. The procedure takes 30 minutes to an hour. The treatment is painless, although you may feel a gentle warmth or tingling as the crystals work. For optimal results, microdermabrasion is done in a series of five to 12 treatments at three-week intervals.

CHEMICAL PEELS

With this technique, a solution applied to skin causes cells to loosen and eventually shed, replaced by new, healthy cells. Once completed, the treatment reveals supple, smooth, and vibrant skin.

To perform a peel, a licensed aesthetician applies the chemical and leaves it on for a few minutes. As it penetrates, you’ll briefly feel mild tingling or warmth. Afterward, your skin will be pink. Depending on chemical strength, the coloration fades within hours or several days.

SkinMedica Peels

We use SkinMedica products, formulated to complement the natural healing properties of skin. The company’s chemical agents are doctor-formulated, the result of extensive research and clinical testing. Producing only mild warmth or tingling, SkinMedica peels suit all skin types.

Illuminize

This method resolves mild skin imperfections, yielding radiant skin after just one treatment. While normalizing tone, it fades minor blemishes, fine lines, sun damage, and acne scars. Since Illuminize chemicals are gentle, visible peeling is unlikely. You can obtain subsequent peels every two weeks, with optimal results achieved in six treatments.

Vitalize

This gentle peel addresses mild to moderate skin imperfections, including uneven tone, acne scars, wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots, roughness, and the mottled patches of melasma. You’ll see results after just one treatment, with remarkable improvement after three to six peels.

Vitalize can be repeated every three weeks, and social downtime is minimal. Some flaking may occur for up to four days, minimized with moisturizer. After a peel is complete, your skin will be smoother, firmer, and clearer, with more even skin tone and diminished wrinkles.

Rejuvenize

This medium strength peel treats moderate to severe skin conditions, such as melasma, acne scars, uneven tone, wrinkles, and lines. Peeling occurs over three days, with visible improvement in about one week. Social downtime is minimal. For best results, three to six peels may be needed, spaced monthly. Upon completion, skin is considerably brighter and smoother.

MEDICAL SPA

Ramie Russo leads our spa staff. As a licensed aesthetician and certified laser technician, Ramie has 18+ years of experience. Educated at the Dermal Institute in Los Angeles, she’s worked with the founder of SkinMedica and serves on the company’s advisory board. Ramie specializes in dermaplaning, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels.

Heather Riley is another spa clinician, also a licensed aesthetician and certified laser aesthetician. A graduate of the Dalton School of Aesthetics and Chattanooga Medical College, Heather is dedicated to helping clients maintain healthy, vibrant skin. Among her medical skills, she’s proficient in microdermabrasion and chemical peels.

The full-service medical spa at Georgia Dermatology Center is under the direct supervision of Alexander Gross MD. Double-board certified in dermatology and internal medicine, Dr. Gross has 32 years of experience.

Combining advanced cosmetic and medical techniques, our staff performs a wide variety of dermatological treatments. Here you can see the full complement of services available at our medical spa. Licensed by the State of Georgia, our practice upholds the highest standards of safety, cleanliness, and patient care.

APPOINTMENTS

Located in Cumming, Georgia, we serve clients from the North Atlanta region, including Alpharetta, Buford, Johns Creek, Milton, Roswell, and Suwanee. Your initial dermatology consultation is free, including a thorough skin analysis and treatment recommendation. Thereafter, we accept most Georgia healthcare plans for services. However, before making an appointment, please call your insurance provider to verify coverage for professional exfoliation.

We occupy a medical suite on the campus of Northside Forsyth Hospital. We’re here to serve you Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 8am-4pm, and Tuesday and Friday, 7am-1:30pm. To schedule a spa appointment, call us at (678) 845-7494. For a general dermatology consult, call (770) 781-5077. You can also message us here.  With either type of consult, you’ll have access to the care of Alexander Gross MD.

Professional exfoliation helps maintain a youthful glow. We look forward to aiding your transformation!

Note – This article is not meant to substitute for professional dermatology advice. For expert care of skin conditions, schedule an appointment with Georgia Dermatology Center.

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