The Hydrafacial

If your skin is feeling congested and dehydrated then the Hydrafacial is the answer.  The Hydrafacial uses glycolic and salicylic acid to remove impurities while simultaneously hydrating the skin with potent antioxidants.

 

Surgical Dermabrasion

The Process

The Hydrafacial treatment uses a series of hydra peel tips which have multiple abrasive edges to exfoliate the skin several times with each pass.

The unique spiral design creates a vortex effect to dislodge and remove impurities while simultaneously introducing hydrating skin solutions and potent antioxidants.

What do patients say about Hydrafacial?

“After the first treatment my skin felt hydrated and clean and the effect lasted for days.  I love the way my skin looks and feels immediately after treatment.”

“The Hydrafacial was like receiving 3 treatments in one.  It was extremely comfortable and I am glowing. This is going to be a must treatment for me!”

The Steps

Step 1

Cleansing and Exfoliation

Dead skin cells are removed to reveal healthy new skin

Step 2

Glycolic and Salicylic  Acid Peel

The gentle peel helps loosen dirt and debris from pores without irritation

Step 3

Extractions

The vortex suction produces painless extractions to clean out pores

Step 4

Hydration

Antioxidants and hydraulic acid are used to nourish and protect your skin.

Important points regarding the Hydrafacial

In Summary –The Hydrafacial :-

Works for all skin types

Shows immediate results

Has no down time or discomfort

Targets specific skin concerns – especially congested skin

Provides an alternative to invasive procedures

At Avenue Advanced Skin Care we often follow the Hydrafacial with a combination of red and blue LED light. This reduces inflammation, destroys bacteria associated with acne and stimulates collagen and elastin producing an anti-ageing effect

 

Surgical Dermabrasion

 

Surgical Dermabrasion

A surgical dermabrasion is the next step up from a microdermabrasion. An abrasive wheel rotating at high speed is used to remove the epidermis from the skin. Layers of epidermis are removed until pinpoint bleeding occurs. This indicates that the deeper skin layer (the dermis) has been reached. At this point the dermabrasion usually stops, a soothing ointment such as paw paw ointment is applied, and the skin is allowed to heal. Healing usually takes from 3-5 days and therefore there is inevitably some downtime associated with a surgical dermabrasion. For your comfort, the procedure is performed either with local anaesthetic injections or a local anaesthetic cream.

Once the skin is healed (usually after 3-5 days) the skin will be slightly pink. It is very important to avoid sunlight following a surgical dermabrasion as the skin will be sensitive to sunlight for several months and hyper-pigmentation can easily occur.

Surgical microdermabrasion is especially successful in reducing the vertical wrinkles that often form in the upper lip and can be quite deep and unsightly. It is also useful for skin which has been extensively scarred by acne.

 

Chemical Peel

Several formulations of chemicals are available that are designed to produce a mild chemical burn of the skin and induce peeling. The deeper the peel, the more the downtime. For example, Trichloracaetic acid (TCA) is often used to peel the lower eyelids or the cheeks and forehead. The skin is a little weepy and red afterwards for 3-5 days.

 

Chirally Corrected Medical Peels

These peels all contain ingredients that have been corrected to ensure adequate absorption through the skin.

 

Benefit Peel

Designed specifically for Rosacea, sensitive skin and general ageing, the Benefit Peel combines Vitamin A Vitamin C and powerful antioxidants to neutralize irritation and strengthen blood vessels.

 

Timeless Peel

Designed to dramatically reduce pigmentation and age related changes to your skin, this medium depth peel combines Vitamin A with Lactic Acid.

 

Salicylic Acid Peel

Designed specifically for acne breakouts this peel removes dead skin cells, clears underlying congestion and kills bacteria in order to heal and resurface your skin.

Healing after all peels is enhanced by exposure to LED light immediately following your treatment.

 

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) can also be used to improve the complexion. The procedure involves the injection of part of your own blood in order to stimulate growth and healing of the tissues. The process begins with 20 ml of blood being taken from a vein in your arm. The blood is then centrifuged and treated so that all the red blood cells are removed leaving behind the plasma and platelets. This fraction of your own blood contains growth factors which stimulate stem cells in your skin to grow into new structures and to repair damaged tissue.

Multiple tiny injections are usually made so there may be a little bruising immediately after the procedure.

At Avenue Advanced Skin Care we have found that PRP injections have been an excellent adjunct to the use of procedures such as microdermabrasion and dermal fillers. It is particularly useful to correct areas such as the groove between the lower eyelid and the cheek. This can be difficult to correct with fillers as some lumpiness can be produced. With PRP, on the other hand, a smooth correction is obtained.

PRP can also be used to improve the complexion generally and even to promote hair growth in areas of baldness.

 

The science behind PRP

The platelets collected in PRP are activated by the addition of thrombin and calcium chloride. These substances induce the release of growth factors from alpha granules found within the platelets. The growth factors present in PRP include:-

 

Platelet derived growth factor
Transforming growth factor Beta
Fibroblast growth factor
Insulin-like growth factor 1
Insulin-like growth factor 2
Vascular endothial growth factor
Epidermal growth factor
Interlukin 8
Keratinosite growth factor
Connective tissue growth factor

 

So, with so many growth factors present in PRP, it is not surprising that it can be used to heal a wide variety of conditions.

The preparation of PRP by the centrifugation of whole blood is designed to increase the platelet count from approximately 200,000 per micro litre to about a million per micro litre.

Clinical applications

PRP has been used as a clinical tool for such diverse conditions as nerve injury, tendonitis, osteoarthritis, cardiac muscle injury, bone repair, and of course, in plastic surgery to improve the skin not only in the face but also in other areas such as the back of the hand. It has been widely used in the treatment of sports injuries in professional athletes.

Of course there are individual differences amongst humans in the baseline blood platelet count. Combined with a variability in platelet concentrating techniques that are used this explains the variability in clinical outcomes between different individuals.