When it comes to facials, many people view them as a luxury. And no doubt, they certainly can feel luxurious. But when you consider all of the health benefits they provide, perhaps you might start to think of them as a necessity. Facials and other skin-care treatments can be a way to reduce the signs of aging.
Especially for women, stress can trigger a premature aging process. Facials can reduce your stress and relieve psychological distress by activating your sympathetic nervous system, according to an article in the journal Biomedical Research. That happens when pressure points in your face, which link to various systems throughout your body, respond to being massaged. Facials also promote blood circulation, which means your facial cells are getting extra oxygen and nutrients carried through the blood, creating healthier and more efficient cells while it makes your skin glow.
Of course, facials cleanse your skin, but they also can ward off signs of aging because they boost cell regeneration and promote collagen development, which gives you younger-looking skin. Stimulating collagen production also helps tighten the skin, which reduces signs of aging such as wrinkles. Skin loses its luster as we age. Add the consequences of modern life, such as pollution, sun exposure , smoking or lack of sleep, your skin also loses its ability to recuperate.
Facials can detoxify the skin, which can prevent acne breakouts, also reducing the consequence of acne: scars. If you have bags or dark circles under your eyes, facials can help minimize them.
In addition, studies have shown that for people with naturally dry skin, facials can restore moisture into the skin, which keeps skin supple and more youthful looking.
Science Backs It Up
All of these great reasons for getting facials aren’t just anecdotal; they’re backed by science. One study from the User Science Institute in Japan found that a 45-minute facial significantly reduced levels of anxiety and negative moods in women aged 20 to 40, thanks to the parasympathetic nervous activity that was stimulated. Another study showed that chemical peels reduced acne scarring while yet another study found peels improved skin texture, reduced follicular pore size and aided with hyperpigmentation while being a “simple, evidence-based, result-oriented, and cost-effective procedure.”
There is no lack of products on the market that are intended to improve the skin, with $43 billion each year being spent on topical creams, injectables such as Botox and spa treatments (more than $12 billion by itself). It’s important for the best skin treatments, though, to go to the experts. Trained aestheticians are able to analyze the skin and recommend the right procedures to get desired results. Aestheticians know which peels and procedures are best suited for individuals, based on what the patients want, and have the training to use products properly and provide treatment.
There are many skin-care treatments available in Tucson at About Faces Cosmetic Surgery to help you achieve your best-looking skin. Whether it is pigment issues or fine lines and wrinkles, Dr. Lo and his professional team will make the best recommendations for you for use at home or procedures in the office. Skin-care procedures include dermaplaning, exfoliating and medical-grade facials including Alpha Hydroxy (AHA) peels, VI Peel® and Obagi Blue Peel®.
Skin Treatments at About Faces Cosmetic Surgery
The non-surgical skin treatments at About Faces Cosmetic Surgery don’t end there, though. One of the most popular and exciting procedures is ThermiSmooth®, a non-invasive treatment that uses radio frequency energy to heat tissue and stimulate collagen production to lift the skin and takes less than an hour. Patients often say that it feels like a hot stone massage. Using small, circular motions, the aesthetician will gently roll the handpiece over the surface of your skin, heating targeted tissues. Usually four or five treatments are needed, with maintenance scheduled once every four to six months. The FDA has cleared ThermiSmooth to tighten skin and reduce wrinkles. ThermiSmooth is popular because it has no downtime, requires no surgery and is approved for all skin types and tones.
Muscle-relaxing injectables such as Botox®, Dysport® and Xeomin® are great for reducing wrinkles. These treatments are often used around the eyes, on the forehead and between the brows. Dr. Mikel Lo, who is one of the most experienced injectors of Botox in Tucson—with more than 24 years of experience – also can treat other areas such as the lower face, lips and chin.
Many patients also seek fillers to help with facial imperfections. Without proper guidance, however, and with so many fillers on the market, it’s difficult to know which one is best for you without the help of a professional. Different areas of the face require different fillers because of the thickness of the skin and whether you want wrinkle lines filled in or volumizing. About Faces Cosmetic Surgery offers Radiesse®, Restylane® and from Juvéderm: Voluma®, Vollure™ and Volbella®. Dr. Lo has years of experience and will be able to recommend which ones are best for the results you desire.
But Wait! There’s More!
Another popular skin treatment is microneedling, which is minimally invasive and requires no downtime. It’s used to rejuvenate the skin by stimulating collagen production. Microneedling helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles in addition to improving the appearance of acne or surgical scars.
If you’re looking to exfoliate the skin, leaving it hydrated, plump and youthful looking, HydraFacial could be your best solution. Frequent HydraFacial treatments can reduce fine lines and mild pigment problems, too. And it can be done at the same time you’re getting a mild chemical peel or dermaplaning to further enhance the effect.
Whichever skin-care treatment you’re interested in, the experts at About Faces Cosmetic Surgery will be happy to consult with you to discuss the right options for the results you desire. Contact us today!