Medical Facials: Busting the Myths

Facials make us feel great, at the time. But how often do you feel disappointment a few days later when you look in the mirror and your glowing skin is gone and you are back to square one. The problem we are facing is that these beauty facials provide great skin pampering, but are not treating the skin at a deeper level. This is where medical facials come in, the latest trend that is responsible for rejuvenating skin and providing visible results.

We enlisted the help of plastic surgical nurse Angela Frazer, from Prescription Skin Care NZ, in order to share everything you need to know and to bust the myths surrounding medical facials.

What are they?
Medical facials are targeted treatments that use new technologies, as well as non-irritant products that contain active ingredients only available in medical clinics. The use of these prescription strength ingredients can reach the dermis to combat all skin issues.

“[They] can treat everything from acne, scarring, dryness, pigmentation, rosacea, broken capillaries, sun damage and dehydration,” Anglea explained.

Medical facials also improve the tone, texture and collagen and elastin production in the skin, thus slowing down the signs of ageing.

Why are they more effective?
Our skin is nature’s ultimate protection and our body’s largest organ – so it is important we take care of it the best way possible. Our skin is made up of two layers, the outer later known as the epidermis, which is responsible for the prevention of free-radical damage like pollution, chemicals and harmful bacteria. The inner later, which is known as the dermis is made up of mostly collagen, elastin and fibrillin that gives skin its flexibility and strength. Medical facials reach the dermis, which is where our skin does the most healing and repairing so it is imperative that the nourishing ingredients reach it.

Each facial is then tailored to your skin. Angela said a trained aesthetician assess your skins health in a thorough consultation, which looks at your skin type, your concerns, goals and lifestyle and treatment recommendations are then based on this.

Are they painful?
This depends on your pain threshold, of course, but as whole these treatments are not painful. Usually the concentration of the peel is quite mild. The cleanup process is not painless, but it is bearable.

Am I too young?
It is a myth that medical facials are only for people above the age of 30. Acne is a major concern among teenagers, which makes people who are 15 and older prime candidates for such treatments. As long as you are over 15, you will benefit from a medical facial.

What can I expect?
There are a lot of pros to these treatments, but there can be some temporary cons. Redness, swelling, discomfort and downtime are factors in some treatments, and this is something that should be discussed with the aesthetician first.

“As all patients have a consolation to explain the after effects of the treatment there shouldn’t be any surprises,” explains Angela.

What is Dermastamp?
With an abundance of treatments available, Dermastamp is the one treatment everyone is talking about. The treatment reduces pore size and repairs cobbled skin on areas such as the chin, cheeks and around the mouth. “It is also very successful at flushing out small red veins that appear on the skin in a spider or dot-like fashion,” Angela said. Dermastamp treatment works by tricking the epidermis into thinking that a true wound has been caused so the bodies healing process is activated. “This in turn helps the skin build new collagen and stimulates further production,” Angela explained, “With new collagen comes firmer, plumper looking skin.”

To learn more about these facials, pick up a copy of the March/April M2 Woman.