Monday, October 13, 2008

How often should I come in?

The intensity of your treatments will depend on a number of factors:
  • Your skin concerns
  • Your skin's condition when you begin treatments
  • How quickly you want to see results
  • What other procedures you may have had recently*
  • Your own time constraints
Generally speaking, I like to see new clients the most often, sometimes spacing treatments such as microdermabrasion as closely as every 10-12 days for the first four to six appointments. Another technique that I use is alternating treatments between, for example, microdermabrasion and acid peels for the initial treatments, to provide the skin with the benefits of both methods. Clients then graduate to a "maintenance level" of skincare treatments after certain goals have been achieved.

If the skin's barrier function is compromised, treatments must begin at a much lower level of intensity, focusing on rebuilding the acid mantle before beginning more targeted skincare.

While those with busy schedules may find it hard to come in as often as would be ideal, the recommended institut' DERMed home treatment plan is the key to bridging that gap. Since you will be cleansing, toning, exfoliating, and applying corrective treatments 60 times a month whereas I will be professionally treating your skin one to two times in that period, being meticulous about following your skincare routine is vital to the accelerated results you are looking for.

*Some medical procedures may limit the intensity and frequency of skincare treatments. These include but are not limited to: laser treatments for hair removal, skin resurfacing, or vein treatment, chemical peels in a medical office, prescription skin care, recent aesthetic or reconstructive plastic surgery, or injectable anti-aging treatments such as Botox or Juvederm.

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