Microdermabrasion/ Chemical Peel

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  1. Orochian

    Orochian New Member

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    If you don't have an existing skin condition that you want to get rid of, ie. scars or fine lines, any type of peel or microdermabrasion will only temporarily change your skin; it certainly doesn't change your skin type and the various problems associated with that skin type. What exactly is it about your skin that you don't like? You might also want to look at non-ablasive laser treatments like Smoothbeam - they are more expensive at $200-$500 per session and require multiple treatments, but they are known to have long term and significant effects on your skin. I know someone who used to have a host of skin problems due to excessive oiliness, and after 3 or 4 smoothbeam treatments her skin was finally under control and not oily at all. Ask your dermatologist or google for details.

    On the other hand, if you have shallow scars or pigmented blemishes, microdermabrasion works really well. The actual results depend on the aggressiveness setting you and your dermatologist (or aesthetician) decide on; the gentler the procedure, the less drastic the results with a much faster healing time (or virtually no healing time). I had one done a few months ago that was quite aggressive and it took me a good week or so to fully recover (skin was first red and irritated and then started to peel), but the end result was quite remarkable.

    I've never had a chemical peel done at a dermatologist's offic, but I've heard from a lot of people in the know that it's not worth it since a lot of the same supplies are now readily available on the market and are quite safe to use at home. I've been using a 20% glycolic acid peel and it works pretty much like microdermabrasion, and you can control the extent of the peel yourself by timing the procedure.

    I just bought another type of chemical peel called TCA online, and it's supposed to be even more effective than glycolic acids, and was exclusively sold to professional aestheticians and dermatologists until very recently. Can't wait to try it.
     
  2. Orochian

    Orochian New Member

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    Oh, and if you're going ahead with the microdermabrasion, one important advice: Don't freak out when you see your face after the procedure, it's *supposed* to look much worse than before. The redness, patchiness, and unevenness will eventually fade as your skin heals and (possibly) peels. And whatever you do, keep your hands busy and do NOT mess with your face too much - trauma and irritation inflicted on skin during its healing process are likely to become much more severe than normal. Also avoid using any strong topical skin treatments while your skin heals, and don't moisturize unless you absolutely have to - it'll slow down and deter the renewal process, basically rendering the procedure useless. Good luck!
     
  3. tealady

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    How long does that last, Orochian? Do you have to go into hiding? :shock:
     
  4. Orochian

    Orochian New Member

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    tealady: my skin was red and patchy for 2-3 days, then the dryness set in and for the rest of the week my skin was gradually peeling. Now, I did go out and live my normal life during that time, thanks to the help of a bit of tinted sunscreen (which is a must for any post-peel skin), I just made sure I wasn't attending any important event. It wasn't unbearable, though it's safe to say I wasn't in my best mood during that week :p . But again, you can completely avoid this by asking the aesthetician to go with a gentler approach - you'll just have to settle for less visible results. Beause, remember, peeling is the key to skin renewal, and while the process can look pretty ugly, the more you peel, the more of the pre-existing problems you're eliminating. I'm all for bang for the buck, so I went with a moderately aggresive - but still safe - session.

    But it was all worth it because the results were great after the peeling subsided.
     
  5. paprika_hiccup

    paprika_hiccup Reanimated

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    I have scarring froma car accident, and I was going to do the microderm when I was healed enough, but I never did. I chickened out, b/c I was scared that it would turn out worse than before. I didn't know is that aestheticians could perform these procedures- I was going to have it done by my plastic surgeon (I've only had reconstructive work done ;) , not cosmetic- so far. . .)

    Personally, I would have it done by a dermatologist, jsut becasue they have studied all things skin-related for many, many years. I'm sure there are plenty of aestheticians who are very knowledgeable and amazing at what they do, but I know I would feel much more secure with an MD. You won't get pressured to buy the salons products after the procedure and you might be able to have it covered by your insurance ;) I'd like to hear/see how it goes--
     
  6. whereisthatsusu

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    one of my mom's friends had it done, and her skin is now very sensitive and doesn't respond well to many skin products...maybe she didn't go to a good enough doctor? but her skin does look great
     
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    alejandro, saw the pics in the "Pictures of Us" thread...

    very cute!! :flower:
     
  8. Acid

    Acid yes

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    **** i have my appointment on monday morning! and i have to look amazing by tuesday (vivienne westwood show)

    they told me the redness will only last up to 1 day at the VERY most :unsure:
     
  9. Orochian

    Orochian New Member

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    That's at best a ridiculously optimistic estimation, to put it mildly.

    If the tuesday event is important to you, I suggest rescheduling your microdermabrasion appointment. I know a few other people who has the procedure done on a regular basis, and even those on the most gentle settings would take at least 2-3 days for their skin to completely return to its normal state.
     
  10. tealady

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    Sean, how did it go? :unsure:
     
  11. Alejandro

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    Gratzie! ;)

    Im telling you, the best thing I have spent my money on.
     
  12. Acid

    Acid yes

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    :shock: it feels like someone is brushing your face with a metal toothbrush :lol:

    my skin is still sore from it.......i'll report back in a few days
     
  13. Orochian

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    Do let us know how your skin's healing, Acid. Hope that by now it's practically flawless! ;)

    I have just started to use the TCA Peel kit at home, and though it's too early to judge, initial impressions tell me it's much more user friendly and effective than any other chemical peels I've had before. Frow what I've read (and I've read A LOT) it's one of the best solutions to problems related to uneven skin tone.
     
  14. destyle

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    :shock: it feels like someone is brushing your face with a metal toothbrush :lol:

    my skin is still sore from it.......i'll report back in a few days [/b][/quote]
    how is your skin now? Are you happy with the results?
     
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    *bump* wanna know how it went.. :unsure:
     
  16. Acid

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    its real smoothe still......but it didnt do anything amazing
     
  17. tealady

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    Would you do it again, Sean?
     
  18. Acid

    Acid yes

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    I had a glycolic acid peel a few weeks ago using a 25% AHA solution.. to be honest it was a waste of time and money.. i can get better results by using a 10% AHA product at home by myself.
     
  20. EdK

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    got a question about peels. are there different types of chemical peels? I've seen on tv people going under anesthetics for chemical peels. which would make it cost like 1,500 dollars. ?????
     

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