Press Reset on Your Skin with a Chemical Peel

In a world where skin rejuvenation treatments have become both numerous and complex, the traditional chemical peel is still the preferred choice for many patients. Not only does the chemical peel have a proven track record, it’s uniquely efficient: A single deep peel can prompt dramatic overall rejuvenation. By contrast, most lasers and abrasive devices must be administered several times to create similar results. If you want to press “reset” on your skin in time for Halloween, a chemical peel might be exactly what you’re looking for.

How Do Chemical Peels Work?

Some people are intimidated by the term “chemical peel,” imagining that this procedure involves the use of harsh solvents. Fortunately, this isn’t the case; chemical peels actually use natural, organic acids to gently break down the uppermost layer of the skin. Some chemical peels are made up of lactic acid, for example, the compound that gives sour milk its bitter flavor. Others are comprised of salicylic acid (derived from willow bark) or glycolic acid, which occurs in a number of sucrose-rich plants.

The peeling process is beneficial for skin health in several different ways: First, it exfoliates the pores, dissolving debris that’s become lodged deep within hair follicles and killing bacteria. The acids then slowly remove damaged and discolored skin cells by causing the most superficial layer of the skin to flake off. Finally, while producing a new layer of healthy skin cells (to replace the dead layer that’s been peeled off), the body increases collagen production. This causes some of the most significant anti-aging effects associated with chemical peels: Collagen makes our skin both stronger and firmer, so collagen stimulation can tighten areas of loose skin and smooth away wrinkles. In fact, collagen depletion is responsible for most of the visible signs of aging. (Collagen production gradually decreases after age 30.)

What Conditions Can Chemical Peels Treat?

Chemical peels are used to decrease the frequency and severity of acne breakouts in younger patients. Salicylic acid (BHA) peels are extremely effective when used for this purpose. In fact, research has shown that BHA peels are more adept at fighting acne than any other leading skin rejuvenation treatment. Chemical peels can also be used to minimize the appearance of acne scars.

In more mature patients, chemical peels are used to erase fine lines and wrinkles while improving the skin’s overall firmness and elasticity. They’re also great for treating signs of sun damage, such as areas of thickened, leathery skin and sun spots. Deeper chemical peels can even get rid of spider veins and reduce the redness associated with rosacea. At PSSF, we often use chemical peel therapy on patients who have had facelift surgery. Chemical peels can reverse the superficial signs of aging, while facelift surgery tackles any underlying structural issues.

Administering a chemical peel safely requires a great deal of skill and knowledge. Your plastic surgeon must be able to choose the right strength of peel to meet your needs, without causing you any unexpected discomfort. For this reason, it’s important to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist to administer your chemical peel. Contacting the experts at PSSF to arrange a chemical peel consultation will ensure that your skin rejuvenation journey is stress-free, from beginning to end.

 

Give Mom the Gift of Beauty and Rejuvenation This May

All moms undeniably love Mother’s Day but one day for all we do seems a bit underwhelming, right? Honor the mom (or moms!) in your life by spoiling them all month long! Forget Mother’s Day—this is Mother’s Month.

A trip to our medical spa can help your mom look and feel incredible. Call to learn more about your options.

Doesn’t Your Mom Deserve a Facial?

After years of wiping runny noses, drying tears, and cleaning up piles of toys, your mom deserves some “Me” time. Give her a customized, pampering facial in our MedSpa. We offer a wide range of facials, including:

  • Anti-Aging Facial with Ampoules
  • Hydrating Facial with Ampoules
  • Sensitive Skin Facial
  • Customized Facial

We also offer neck and bust masks, eye treatments, lip treatments, a body peel, a full body scrub, and more. Pamper your mom with us this May.

The Perfect Chemical Peel for Mom

Does your mom dream of smoother, younger looking skin? A chemical peel could help her dreams to come true. Our Master Esthetician, Priya, is highly experienced using several top chemical peels. She can help your mom choose the right peel for her skin. We offer the Obagi Radiance Peel, and a gentle AHA peel. The Physicians offer the Obagi Blue Peel, and a deeper Phenol peel.

Chemical peels slough off the outermost layers of skin. This boosts your body’s healing response and smoothes out uneven skin. This treatment can improve the appearance of sun damage, fight acne, smooth rough skin, fade lines and wrinkles, and more.

Soft Hands and Feet for Mom with Paraffin Wax

Silky soft hands and feet are a paraffin wax treatment away. As her hands are dipped into the relaxing warm wax, she’ll feel all her worries subside. This treatment will get Mom’s feet sandal-ready for summer!

Perfect Products for the Perfect Mom

This May, give your mom the gift of high quality skin care products. Using the right products at home can complement the aesthetic treatments you receive in our offices. We offer a wide range of top quality medical grade products and can help your mom to choose the best products for her skin type and concerns.

You’ve got a great mom; give her a great gift! A true win-win, we also have plenty of surgical and non-surgical rejuvenation specials through May.

Call 540-371-7730 today and book a treatment in our MedSpa or clinic.

Get Glowing Skin for Valentine’s Day—No Surgery Needed!

We don’t know where cupid’s arrow will strike this year, but we do know the secret to gorgeous, glowing skin. The big day is getting closer, but you still have time to perfect your skin. Call and schedule your treatments today. These beautifying options are all non-surgical with little to no downtime. Skip the roses and give yourself the gift of gorgeous skin instead.

Fraxel Laser

Hearts and chocolates aren’t enough this Valentine’s Day. What you really need is the Fraxel laser. It can shrink pores, improve skin tone, smooth wrinkles, boost collagen production, improve the appearance of acne scars, and much more. You’ll look and feel like you have new skin.

We typically recommend a series of treatments to start (often 3-5). You can get your first treatment now and finish up with the rest after Valentine’s Day (treatments are spaced every 4 to 6 weeks). Fraxel requires no downtime and has a very short recovery period. You’re going to love the treatment, and the results even more.

Chemical Peel

chemical peel is the solution to dull or uneven skin. We offer a variety of peels in differing strengths so you can achieve the results you want on your schedule. If you want to look great by Valentine’s Day, let us know so we can choose a peel that works quickly with no downtime (the AHA Peel and the Obagi Radiance Peel are both excellent options).

A chemical peel works by using an acidic solution to slough off dead skin cells and promote the body’s healing response. Deeper peels use a stronger acid to provide more dramatic results, but also require more post-treatment healing time.

Custom Facial

Relationships end, but not with your skin. It’s always there for you, through the good times and the bad. What gift will you give your skin for Valentine’s Day this year? We recommend a custom facial—a restorative and pampering way to give your skin a little extra TLC. We offer a variety of facial treatments and can customize any facial to your skin’s unique concerns.

Gorgeous, glowing skin awaits this Valentine’s Day. Call us today at 540-371-7730 and book your treatments.

I Want to Get Ready for Summer … What Are My Options?

Looking gorgeous all summer long doesn’t just happen by chance. It takes a bit of preparation. If you want to look amazing this summer, now’s the time to come on in and see us. We’ve offer a variety of procedures (both surgical and non-surgical) to get ready for summer from head to toe. Call us today and book your appointment.

Liposuction

If stubborn fat is getting in the way of your ideal bikini body, liposuction might be the solution. This procedure suctions away stubborn fat permanently. Liposuction works great on the abdomen, thighs, love handles, and buttocks (and many other areas too) for a beach ready body.

We offer several different types of liposuction including tumescent liposuction and laser assisted SmartLipo.  Come see if liposuction is right for you.

Breast Surgery

Would you like bigger breasts? Have you lost breast volume after pregnancy? Are you starting to sag? We offer a variety of breast surgeries to get your body ready for swimsuit season. Breast augmentation is consistently one of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures and can even be combined with other breast surgeries (like a breast lift). Think of how good you’ll look this summer with a larger bikini top.

Male Breast Reduction

Enlarged breast tissue in males (gynecomastia) is an embarrassing and surprisingly common condition. Men with gynecomastia often avoid taking off their shirts (hard to do when you’re lounging by the pool) due to embarrassment over their physique. Male breast reduction can help men to regain their confidence and achieve their ideal body by removing the excess tissue. We often use liposuction and surgical removal of glandular tissue to restore a masculine shape and create a flatter, smoother chest. We can work with you to create a surgical plan specific to your needs.

Permanent Makeup

Are you sick of your makeup coming off every time you jump in the pool? This summer, look great, even when you’re wet, with permanent makeup.  This procedure implants pigment into the dermal layer of the skin using a specialized rotary pen. The results last for years. This procedure is a great option for enhancing the lips and the eyes without the need for daily makeup application.

Chemical Peel

Summer means a lot of time without makeup. Let’s get your skin looking radiant. A chemical peel can remove dead skin cells, allowing the fresh skin underneath to shine through. This treatment is great for evening out skin tone, fighting fine lines, and dealing with problem skin. It’s very safe and effective.

Are you ready for summer? Come try one (or more) of these procedures and have your most beautiful summer yet. Call Plastic Surgery Services today for your complimentary consultation at 540-371-7730!

Red Carpet Watch: What Cosmetic Procedures Did You See?

One of our favorite parts of the Academy Awards is watching gorgeous celebrities and looking for beauty inspiration. The stars are certainly gorgeous, but most of them didn’t get there all on their own. Let’s take a quick look at some of the procedures we may have seen on the red carpet this year.

Breast Augmentation

If you aren’t naturally blessed with the cup size of your dreams, breast augmentation is the solution. Many celebrities, including Kaley Cuoco and Denise Richards, openly admit to having breast implants. To look great in those strapless gowns (especially after having children), breast implants are often a must.

BOTOX®

You might not notice it (the natural looking results are a big reason this procedure is so popular), but that doesn’t mean it isn’t there. BOTOX® is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments on the red carpet. BOTOX® is a specialized toxin that helps facial muscles to relax letting the wrinkles they cause fade away. The results are stunningly natural looking and best of all, the procedure just takes a few minutes. This treatment is great for crow’s feet, forehead lines and lines between the brows. If you’re looking for an easy way to give yourself a red carpet makeover, come see us about BOTOX®.

Liposuction

Even with a careful diet and a high-priced personal trainer, celebrities still need liposuction. Some stubborn fat pockets are very resistant to diet and exercise, making it almost impossible to eliminate them on your own. Liposuction suctions this fat away permanently and reshapes body contours for those perfect curves. Hollywood stars might not admit it, but many have surely had liposuction.

Chemical Peels

How do you get your skin ready for the red carpet? With a chemical peel, of course. This treatment uses an acid solution to remove dead skin cells, revealing fresh, young skin underneath. A light chemical peel is the perfect solution to refresh and rejuvenate your skin before a big event.  A deeper peel is a better choice for removing stubborn hyperpigmentation and deep wrinkles.

Dermal Fillers

Celebrities know how to age gracefully. Many of our favorite stars still look sexy at 50, 60 and beyond. Can you believe that Brad Pitt is actually 51? Dermal fillers are a great way for celebrities to turn back the clock without the need for more extensive plastic surgery. Dermal fillers can plump up the lips, smooth wrinkles, lift sagging skin and reshape facial contours for a more rejuvenated look.

As you watched your favorite celebrities walk the red carpet this year, did you notice any of these cosmetic treatments? You may not have noticed, but we guarantee, they’re there.