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Homecare – What to do after Injection, Laser and Skin Care Treatments

Posted on 02. Mar, 2016 by in Chemical Peel, Cosmetic Treatments, Esthetics, Skin Care, Sunscreen

Injectables, Lasers, Chemical Peels  and What You Need to Know for Homecare
Botox, fillers, lasers, and chemical peels. These are all common procedures and treatments men and women of all ages take advantage of now to look their very best. Many people have professionals help correct their wrinkles, saggy skin and sun damage. While the outcome is almost always positive, the beautiful results of a youthful appearance will not last as long without the proper homecare – the care you take at home maintaining the results from your procedures and treatments.  When you leave your professional provider you have to remember that the aging process still continues.

Obagi Kit   You can’t really stop the clock, but you can help it slow down! Professional and prescription strength skin care products are made to enhance and compliment the results of your treatments. By using the right products for your skin type and skin condition you will definitely maintain the results you desire.
In a randomized study by an Omaha dermatologist, 61 patients who had received Botox injections were assigned either hydroquinone and 0.05 retin a along with cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen or cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen. Compared with the standard skincare users, the group with the retin a and hydroquinone saw significantly milder fine lines and hyperpigmentation at days 30, 90 and 120.
Retin A is prescription strength topical vitamin a. It is used to continue to exfoliate the skin and actually help stimulate collagen. It keeps pores refined, texture smooth and fine lines barely visible. When combined with 4% hydroquinone it will also keep hyperpigmentation or “brown spots” under control. Lasers and chemical peels are used to remove sun damage in the form of brown patches and brown spots and rough texture. Hydroquinone is prescription strength at 4%. It will help lighten discoloration. If you do not add the proper prescriptions into your routine you run the risk of having all those spots return!
Antioxidants, in the form of topical vitamin c and green tea are used to brighten and lighten the tone of the skin. Antioxidants fight free radicals. Free radicals are the environmental stressors, pollution, UVA and UVB rays, to name a few, that wreak havoc on the skin.
Growth factors are the latest addition to the skin care arena. Growth factors come in plant based and human based products. Signs of aging such as discoloration, oxidative stress, loss of firmness and moisture are addressed by growth factors. These products help to stimulate collagen but also help to stimulate the growth of new skin cells. They can be used in combination with topical prescriptions suggested by your skin care experts.
And last, but not least, it is important to use a medical grade physical block sunscreen. Zinc mineral sunscreens are preferred as they physically block the damaging rays of the sun. It is important to use a minimum of spf 30 in your daily routine.
By using professional and prescription strength skin care products, Botox, fillers, Co2 laser and chemical peels will all maintain the results that were first seen after the initial procedure or treatment.
Abrams Dermatology carries both prescription and professional medical grade skin care products from the Obagi and Neocutis and PCA skin care lines. Complimentary consultations with Catherine Deans, Licensed Medical Aesthetician are available to discuss what products are best suited for your personal needs.

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