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PRE-TREATMENT SKIN CARE: ENHANCING YOUR RESULTS
Pre-Treatment Skin Care: Enhancing Your Results
Preparing the skin prior to treatments such as Fraxel® Laser Resurfacing, Microneedling, Ultherapy® and other Infinity procedures is known to improve healing and treatment outcomes. Much has been learned about the skin’s ability to respond to topical therapy in the form of technologically-advanced, physician-grade skin care products. We now understand that preparing the skin prior to any skin procedure with the use of carefully-chosen skin care products will influence the results, sometimes drastically.
Dysfunctional healing and excess inflammation due to age, sun damage, hormone loss, and poor nutrition can lead to less than optimal responses to skin treatments. Use of skin care products with excellent antioxidant penetration, proteins and peptides that stimulate collagen and elastin, along with hydration enhancement and state-of-the art sun protection have been a recent game changer in the skin care industry. Patients can now prepare their skin in advance of any skin procedure including injectables, thread lifts, laser resurfacing, chemical peels, tissue tightening and microneedling. Inflammation is reduced, healing time is improved, bruising, swelling and unwanted pigmentation is significantly diminished, and patients are able to return to normal activities faster and with better results.
Advanced skin care products are expensive due to their high-quality ingredients and years of research and development. However, considering the high cost of rejuvenation procedures, the use of these products for 4 to 6 weeks prior to skin procedures in order to prepare the “canvas“ is more than worth it. An additional 4 to 6 weeks of use after the procedure, or preferably year-round, shows the greatest benefit.
How do you know which skin care products will help you? During your pre-treatment appointment, your provider will recommend products for you to use prior to your procedure. These products may include a bleaching cream containing a prescription hydroquinone cream, an anti-aging serum, an all-in-one day cream that boosts your skin health with antioxidants and a sunscreen, a night cream to stimulate collagen while you sleep, or other specifically chosen products for your individual skin type. If you need more time, Infinity Skin Care offers a complimentary product consultation with one of our Licensed Skin Care Estheticians. During this 30-minute appointment, you can sample skin care products, discover their benefits, discuss your skin care needs and receive a personalized product plan for your skin. And, hear about the importance of daily skin care maintenance and sun damage prevention. It’s a great place to start if all the skin care options seem somewhat overwhelming for you.
Take your treatment results to the next level and prepare your skin with great quality skin care products designed for proven results!