Top Questions Asked of an Aesthetician in a Medical Spa

We recently asked our Aesthetician Erica what common questions she gets asked the most about skincare at our Medical Spa in Bucks County.

But before we get into those questions… 

What is an Aesthetician?

An Aesthetician is someone that works in a medical setting and is overseen by a Medical Doctor, that can help improve your skin. They can help you select medical grade skincare products, chemical peels, and laser treatments that would benefit you the most.

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Why is everyone confused about skincare?

Reading beauty magazines and scrolling down your Instagram feed, we are all inundated with so many treatments and products for our skin that it can be overwhelming.

Like many of us, you probably have more than a few cleansers that you have tried over the years, masks that you have applied at home, and over the counter eye creams and moisturizers that you dabbled with.

Have they worked? Maybe? Did they cause you to break out or dry your skin? Were they the right products for your skin?

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Those that are looking to see quicker results in the improvement of their skin turn to an Aesthetician at a Medical Spa.

What are the common questions asked of an Aesthetician at a Medical Spa?

In what order should I apply my skin care products?

You should always start by removing makeup, cleanse, tone, serum/treatment, eye cream, moisturizer, sunscreen.
It is important to apply products in the correct order to get the best results. 
Which order you should put on skincare products

Can I use drugstore products on my skin?

Drugstore products are not recommended by skin care professionals because they contain tons of fillers, irritants, and low quality ingredients.
They only add minuscule amounts of the “good” ingredients so they can claim to be effective on the packaging.
Medical grade products contain more beneficial ingredients and are highly concentrated so you need less of it.
Whereas, drugstore products are so watered down they won’t last you nearly as long. 

Where can I purchase medical grade products? 

You should always purchase medical grade products from a medical spa or doctor’s office to make sure you’re getting legitimate products.
There are a lot of fake products sold online that are cheaper because they are most likely expired or have different ingredients than the original.
Also, you risk having a reaction or break out due to not knowing the actual ingredients that are in it.
You should always consult with an Aesthetician or Doctor first to choose what medical grade products will be most beneficial for your skin type and concerns. 
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Why is sunscreen so important? 

Wearing sunscreen every day can protect you from exposure to UV radiation that can burn the skin and cause skin cancer.
Always make sure your sunscreen has an SPF of at least 30 and reapply every 2 hours.
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays can pass through clouds so it’s important to wear it even on cloudy days. 
Another benefit of wearing sunscreen is that it slows down premature aging of the skin.
It also helps maintain an even skin tone by preventing discoloration and dark spots due to sun damage. 

At what age should I start using a retinoid? 

Everyone over the age of 30 should be using a retinoid like Tretinoin cream.
It will speed up cell turnover which slows down as we age and causes fine lines and wrinkles to appear.
Tretinoin cream is also great for treating acne, so it is recommended for patients with acneic skin as well as mature or “aging” skin.tretinoin obagi retinoid bucks county, pa

Will Dermaplaning cause my hair to grow back darker and more course?

Dermaplaning is a safe procedure for exfoliating the epidermis and ridding the skin of fine vellus hair.
Many patients are concerned that the hair will grow back darker and courser after dermaplaning.
However this is not the case.
Vellus hair, also known as peach fuzz, will grow back at the same rate and texture due to its superficial nature and lack of complexity within the follicle.Dermaplaning-in-Bucks County

What can I do to improve dark spots?

There are many different options to treat hyperpigmentation so it’s always best to consult with your Aesthetician to create a customized treatment plan.
A few great options are Clear + Brilliant laser, VI Peel, Vitamin C serum, and Hydroquinone cream.
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What can I do for blotchy, red skin?

A Photofacial or IPL, also known as Intense Pulsed Light treats skin pigmentation. A Photofacial can treat those pesky broken capillaries that many people get around their nose. 

Is laser hair removal painful? 

Everyone tolerates pain differently, but for most people laser hair removal is tolerable and hurts less than waxing.
It also depends on the area of the body being lasered, because some areas are more sensitive to pain than others.
It’s often compared to the feeling of a rubber band snapping.
A numbing cream may be applied upon request or you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever before the treatment. painless laser hair removal Doylestown, PA

If I am a darker complexion does that mean I can’t get laser hair removal?

Although there are certain lasers that can only be done on lighter skin types, there are also some that are safe on all skin tones.
The laser we use at Healthy Solutions Medspa can be done on all skin types and even has a melanin reader that helps choose what setting to use for ultimate results in a safe manner.
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Is it bad to pop pimples on my own? 

If you squeeze an inflamed pimple that’s not ready to be extracted, you can actually damage your skin further and can make the breakout worse by spreading bacteria.
To avoid long-lasting marks and scars, you should always see an Aesthetician at a medical spa.
There’s a proper way to extract blackheads, and a Hydrafacial treatment is one of the most gentle and effective options.skincare Doylestown, PA

How far ahead should I schedule a Hydrafacial before an event? 

You can schedule a Hydrafacial as late as the day-of the event if you’ve had it before.
If it’s your first time, it’s best to schedule two or three days before so that your skin has time to relax just in case you have any reactions. hydrafacial in bucks county pa

How long is the peeling process of a VI Chemical Peel?

The skin usually starts to peel anywhere from 2-3 days following a VI Peel and it can last up to a week.
If you have an event, it is best to schedule a few weeks ahead of time.
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How does an Aesthetician determine what procedures are best for my skin? 

An experienced Aesthetician in a medical spa will ask you a few questions to determine what type of treatment is best.
It’s best to be honest when discussing your skin type and what products you use at home.
Also let your Aesthetician know of any allergies you have and medications you take.
This will help your Aesthetician give you the best customized treatment plan for your skin. 

How to find the right Aesthetician?

When scheduling a skincare appointment, make sure to select a reputable and established Medical Spa. Read their Facebook and Google reviews to see what their clients have said about the facility and the results.

If you are looking for the best medspa in Bucks County, schedule an appointment at Healthy Solutions Medspa.

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Mother’s Day Medspa Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and every Mom deserves a little pampering to have her feeling confident and rejuvenated.

Mother's Day Gift Guide Bucks County, PA

Don’t know what to get her?

That’s why we put together a Mother’s Day Medspa gift guide to give you some great  ideas on what to get your Mom or significant other without having to leave your home.

Mother’s Day Medspa Gift Guide:

These popular products and treatments can be purchased from our #StayHome online sale.

And if you are torn on which treatment or products is right for Mom, you can surprise her with a gift certificate that can be used towards any product or treatment of her choice.

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Here are some popular Medspa treatments we recommend that you can give this Mother’s Day:

Hydrafacial:

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This is one of our most in demand treatments that your Mom will love because it involves 3 steps in 30 minutes and leaves you with healthy, smooth, and glowing skin.
HydraFacial uses a unique, patented Vortex-Fusion delivery system to exfoliate, extract and hydrate skin, and, the spiral design delivers painless extractions.

The Hydrafacial is a pleasant treatment that includes a facial, chemical peel, and microdermabrasion all in one.

You can purchase a Hydrafacial at our online store.

Clear + Brilliant or Hydra-Brilliant:

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Clear + Brilliant laser treatment can help prevent the visible signs of aging and address the overall effects that time and the environment can have on your skin.
Any Mom would love to get this treatment as it is non-invasive, and requires little to no-downtime.

This treatment helps with reducing fine lines, improving skin tone, texture, pigment, sun damage, while minimizing pores.

The Clear + Brilliant laser treatment is not too painful and additional comfort is provided with the use of a topical numbing cream.
During this laser treatment, the hand piece gently rolls across the skin and creates microscopic wounds to stimulate collagen production.
We also offer a Hydra-Brilliant treatment which starts off with a Hydrafacial to prep the skin prior to the Clear + Brilliant to give you an even better result.

Botox:

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Another great gift option for your Mom this Mother’s Day is Botox, which is an injectable that reduces the appearance of wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes.
Botox treatments involve tiny injections that work by blocking nerve impulses to the injected muscles.
This reduces muscle activity that causes moderate to severe lines to form.
The results are long lasting and very affordable.
Use our Botox Calculator to see how much an average Botox treatment costs.

Obagi Skincare Products:

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Home care is very important in maintaining and improving skin health.
A good skin care regimen will give you much better results than just treatments alone can.

Obagi is a medical grade product line that is all about correcting and preventing skin concerns.

A perfect gift for any Mom is the Tretinoin cream, commonly known as Retin-A.
Everyone age 30 or over can benefit from it, because it increases cell turnover which slows down as we age and causes fine lines and wrinkles to appear over time.

Vitamin C is another key ingredient that’s not only important for ingestion but also topically.
Obagi Vitamin C Serum lightens, brightens, and protects your skin against UV damage.

Obagi Vitamin C Serum

Another great product is Elastiderm facial serum that will leave you with a more supple, hydrated, refreshed appearance.
It helps to improve skin elasticity, collagen, and fine lines and wrinkles.

We offer consultations via FaceTime or over the phone with one of our medical professionals to help choose which products or treatments are best suited for you.

Take advantage of our online sale and use code: 10OFF to receive 10% off all products.

Coolsculpting:

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Mommy makeovers have been becoming more popular over the years, but surgery can be dangerous and very painful to recover from.
Coolsculpting is a non-surgical fat reduction treatment and alternative to liposuction that freezes away fat from the belly, love handles, thighs, bra fat, chest, double chin, and arms.

If you still need help choosing the perfect gift for your loved one and you live in or near Bucks County, PA,  please contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

How Does the Clear + Brilliant Laser Facial Compare to Microneedling & Photofacial?

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A common concern in patients is wanting to reduce fine lines, wrinkles and scars while improving skin tone and texture.

Having younger-looking, radiant skin is now more easily attainable and less painful than ever with today’s technologies.

Some of the most popular skin and facial procedures that don’t require surgery include treatments like Clear + Brilliant, Microneedling and IPL Photofacials.

While all three of these procedures are similar, they also have their differences. So how do you know which treatment you should get?

 

First, you should narrow down your top skin concerns from the broad goal of just attaining “better skin”.

Whether that’s reducing fine lines and wrinkles, reducing pore size, smoothing texture or improving pigmentation or scars, some treatments work better at a specific goal than others.

Here’s what you need to know about how the Clear + Brilliant, Microneedling and Photofacial compare:

Clear + Brilliant

Clear and Brilliant Laser


The Clear & Brilliant treatment is relatively new, yet it’s one of the most popular laser treatments for improving early signs of aging such as fine lines, skin tone, texture, pigment and sun damage while also minimizing pores.

It works by a laser gently rolling across the skin to create microscopic wounds, stimulating collagen production.

The Clear and Brilliant laser treatment has no downtime and works on all skin types.

The Clear + Brilliant can be done on the face, neck, chest or hands. A series of treatments is recommended, and ongoing treatments are needed to maintain results.

Microneedling

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Similar to Clear + Brilliant, this procedure  works also by stimulating collagen production in the skin, except by using microscopic needles.

It improves the skin’s overall appearance, reduces fine lines, wrinkles, stretch marks, hyperpigmentation and acne scars.

Microneedling can be done on any part of the body such as face, neck, chest, arms, legs, abdomen and back.

IPL Photofacials

A Photofacial or IPL (intense pulsed light) targets pigment, redness and vessels in the skin without harming any surrounding tissue.

Photofacials are best for treating sun spots, age spots, rosacea, spider veins, capillaries and other similar conditions on the skin.

IPL treatments can be done on the face, chest, back or hands. This treatment works best on lighter skin tones.

So how do the three stack up against each other?

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Clear and Brilliant vs. Microneedling

How the Clear + Brilliant and Microneedling treatments are similar:

1. They both stimulate collagen production with controlled micro injuries
2. They’re both minimally invasive
3. They both reduce the size of pores
4. They both improve early signs of aging
5. They can both correct acne, pigmentation, fine lines, sun damage, skin tone and texture
6. Can do either treatment as often as 3 to 4 weeks
7. Both treatments can be combined as part of a long term skin care correcting treatment plan, spacing them out by at least 4 weeks
8. Both treatments can be performed on the face, neck and chest as well as hands and arms.

How Clear + Brilliant and Microneedling treatments are different:

1. Clear + Brilliant removes top layer of skin
2. Clear + Brilliant has less visible downtime than Microneedling
3. Clear + Brilliant is better for treating signs of sun damage, such as brown spots and freckles
4. Skin is red to pink for 2-3 days following Microneedling treatment
5. Skin is red immediately after treatment but looks back to normal the day after Clear + Brilliant with less visible social downtime
6. Skin feels raw for a few days after Microneedling
7. Skin feels like sandpaper for 3-7 days following Clear + Brilliant treatment

Clear + Brilliant vs. IPL (Photofacial)

How the Clear + Brilliant and the Photofacial are similar:

1. They’re both minimally invasive
2. They both stimulate collagen production
3. They both improve early signs of aging, sun damage, skin tone and texture
4. They both reduce fine lines and minimize pores
5. You need a series of treatments to fully remove brown spots for both procedures
6. Both treatments can be done on the face, chest, hands, and arms
7. Can combine both treatments as part of a skin care correcting treatment plan
8. Skin looks back to normal the day after treatment

How the Clear + Brilliant and the Photofacial are different:

1. Clear + Brilliant is for all skin types
2. IPL is not recommended for darker skin tones
3. IPL improves veins and capillaries on the face
4. IPL does not smooth acne scarring
5. IPL does not remove the top layer of skin

All three treatments for the face can be combined to create a skin care treatment plan for best results.

So if you wanted to correct pigmentation, reduce acne scars and reduce vascular lesions, a series of all three spaced three to four weeks apart maybe your best option to give you clearer, younger and healthier looking skin.

It’s best to schedule a consultation at a reputable Medspa to see which treatment or treatment plan is right for you.

If you live in Bucks County, Montgomery County, Philadelphia County or the surrounding area, contact us to schedule a consultation.

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New Year Beauty Resolution: Clear + Beautiful Skin

New Year Beauty Resolution: Clear + Beautiful Skin

The new year has officially started, and that means new resolutions!

One of the most common goals we’ve already seen for 2020 is clear, youthful and radiant skin.

There have been countless different beauty and skincare trends in the last decade, and we should definitely be leaving some of them there.

From charcoal and red-light masks to CBD and elaborate 15-step routines, we’ve learned that not everything will work on everyone’s skin (or anybody’s for that matter), and a lot of it can be a waste of money and energy.

New Year Resolution Clear & Beautiful Skin

That being said, it’s time to leave all of that in 2019.

It’s a new year, and we’re basically living in the future: technology changes everything in our lives, no less our skincare.

So, isn’t it about time we have a solution for our beauty goals that doesn’t require an endless period of trial-and-error with skincare products, needles or surgery?

2020 has entered the chat, and she says yes!

One of the most innovative procedures to come our way is called Clear + Brilliant.

Essentially, the treatment improves the signs and effects that time and environment can have on your skin, while also preventing visible signs of aging.

Let’s face it: our skin changes over time. Fine lines, enlarged pores and uneven tone and texture can be inevitable, especially as we age.

Even if you take good care of your skin with a consistent, preventative routine with top-notch products, unfortunately nobody can look like they’re in their 20s forever.

Luckily, we’ve discovered and proven new ways to fix what we don’t like and also prevent them from coming.

Clear + Brilliant could be the answer to your New Year’s resolution, but you probably have some questions:

What is Clear + Brilliant and what does it do?

The Clear + Brilliant treatment is a gentle laser procedure that helps to better overall complexion by improving skin tone, texture, uneven pigmentation and the appearance of fine lines and pores, while also treating and preventing signs of aging.

Using fractional laser technology, the treatment works by targeting the upper layers of the skin and replacing damaged cells with healthy tissue.

This essentially triggers the skin’s natural healing process, leaving you with younger looking, radiant skin.

The procedure does not require any surgery or injections, and is 100% non-invasive.

Clear and Brilliant Laser

What should I expect?

A typical Clear + Brilliant treatment begins with a consultation with a licensed professional to establish that the treatment is right for you and your skin concerns.

Before the treatment, your licensed professional may apply a numbing cream to your face to eliminate any possibility of discomfort.

The procedure then consists of guiding a laser hand piece across the skin and target areas, and takes about 20-30 minutes from start to finish.

You will see both immediate and progressive results over the course of a week or two.

Is Clear + Brilliant painful?

The treatment is non-invasive, quick and gentle. Patients have reported that the procedure is minimally painful, with a slightly hot and/or prickly feeling that is easily alleviated by applying ice to the skin.

At most, minor swelling or redness may occur for a few hours following the treatment.

How much does Clear + Brilliant laser treatment cost?

The average cost of a single Clear + Brilliant treatment is around $450, but can vary depending on location, provider and prior state of your skin.

Is Clear + Brilliant worth it?

A high majority of patients say that Clear + Brilliant is worth it due to the results, minimal pain, quickness and downtime of the procedure as compared to other laser treatments.

Patients report that after just one treatment they noticed softer, younger looking skin, improved tone and a radiant glow, and no need to take time off from work.

Clear + Brilliant Before and After:

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How often should I get the Clear + Brilliant treatment?

Results can most likely be seen after just one session, however 4-6 treatments are recommended in order to notice visible improvements and achieve the look that you want. It is also recommended to separate each treatment by a month for best results, depending on your skin condition and care regimen.

Can I exercise after my Clear + Brilliant treatment?

A light walk is OK following treatment; however, it would be best to avoid strenuous exercise as is it recommended to avoid perspiring and sweating for at least 24 hours after the procedure. Additionally, you should avoid any sun exposure due to heightened sensitivity.

What is the downtime for Clear + Brilliant?

There is little to no downtime for the Clear + Brilliant laser treatment.

Patients are able to get the procedure while on lunch break on a work day and return back looking and feeling normal.

At most, some slight redness or heat may occur on the face immediately after the procedure, but can be alleviated with ice or a cold pack.

The aftercare is simple, and your doctor may advise using gentle and minimal products on your face while avoiding sunlight.

 

Achieve your New Year’s resolution of finally having the radiant complexion you’ve always dreamed of without surgery, needles or wasting money on trendy products that don’t show results.

If you are searching for Clear + Brilliant treatment near me and you live in the Bucks County, PA area, request your free consultation at Healthy Solutions Medspa online or by contacting our office at (267) 388-4692.

To learn more about some of our other facial treatments we offer at Healthy Solutions Medspa, see our before and after photos and our video patient testimonials, click here.

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