Industry Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Procedure
We all want to get our money’s worth whenever we invest in something, especially luxurious (or expensive) beauty procedures! Besides, who doesn’t want to maximize the life of a beauty treatment that is helping to reduce imperfections and improve facial symmetry?
Some products, medications, supplements, and even lifestyle habits can impact the longevity of treatments, either negatively or positively. Taking special measures - under the direction of a medical professional - can often help maximize the impact of your aesthetic treatment, allowing you to really get the nourishing benefits and potentially extend the life of your results!
What You Should Know Before MedSpa Procedures
A medical spa or a medical aesthetic facility is not the same a traditional spa, even though both typically offer a relaxing and pampering environment. When scheduling an appointment at a facility like Colorado Beauty RN, there are a few things to keep in mind.
For starters, medical-grade procedures usually feature a stronger dose of enhancing medicine or chemicals, such as retinol or hyaluronic acid, that you typically won’t find at a regular spa or beauty store. Ultimately, what sets us apart is the medical presence; a MedSpa should always operate under the supervision of a medical professional. At Colorado Beauty RN, for example, all of our procedures are performed by owner and resident nurse Jenny Garland, RN, under the supervision of medical director Dr. Aubrey Copeland, MD.
Additionally, while many traditional spa centers offer similar style treatments, like facials, a MedSpa treatment can often be more intense, meaning you may need a day or two of recovery before you see full results. Since the procedures are stronger, and thus, more potent, patients can often see better results after a facial with medical-grade products versus a run-of-the-mill cream or serum.
Tips and Tricks to Maximize the Life of Your Treatment
Many things must first be prepped before undergoing a service or treatment. Foundation goes on before concealer, primer is applied prior to paint, and even certain nail polishes require a special base coat before applying! Naturally, your skin and body are no different!
Whether it is a dermal filler, hydro-dermabrasion facial, or even a chemical peel, Jenny has some helpful tips and tricks that can help you get the most out of your MedSpa treatment.
Before Chemical Peels:
If you are struggling with uneven skin texture, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, or wrinkles, you may find relief with a chemical peel. These procedures work by accelerating exfoliation and shedding dry, damaged, and blemished skin to reveal the healthy, radiant layers underneath. However, they do so by introducing medical-grade chemicals to your skin (they’re safe, we promise!), which can often require some prepping and planning before and after treatment.
For starters, Jenny recommends stopping any retinol products or treatments at least 3 days before your appointment. You should also plan to stay out of the sun for at least a week. If you must go outside, don’t forget a hat, sunscreen, and a cute pair of sunglasses!
Before Dermal Fillers:
Dermal fillers and injectable treatments, like Juvéderm® or Botox®, are an excellent way to treat issues beneath the skin. Things like loss of collagen and elastin, or deep wrinkles and furrows can be temporarily treated with dermal injections, leaving you with a fuller, more symmetrical facial profile. There is a risk of bruising, swelling, and even a bit of bleeding during these treatments, so one of the biggest “Don’ts” that we recommend to patients is to avoid taking any type of NSAIDs, OTC pain medication, or similar productions for at least a week before. This includes common things like Aspirin, Advil, Tylenol, Motrin, etc. Avoiding alcohol can also help.
If you’re worried about bruising or swelling, Arnica is an excellent alternative! Jenny recommends it to all her patients, and you can begin taking it as early as a week before your appointment and continue for up to a week after.
Before Other Treatments:
Dermaplaning, facials, and other topical treatments typically don’t require much preparation, but it’s still nice to take certain measures before visiting your local medical spa. These procedures are a great way to tackle minor imperfections and blemishes on your face, such as peach fuzz, rough skin, or discoloration. There are also more penetrative procedures, such as micro-channeling or micro-needling, that can help stimulate your body’s natural production of collagen to help improve skin elasticity and tightness over time.
Typically, you don’t need much to get ready for these treatments. Jenny recommends stopping any chemical exfoliation products at least three days before a dermaplane or facial treatment and discontinuing retinol use at least 24 hours before a medical micro-channeling procedure.
Of course, some of our favorite (not-so) secret tips include a good diet, high-end beauty products, and a great SPF sunscreen or moisturizer to keep your skin looking great before, after, and between treatments!
Talk to an Expert First
Before undergoing any type of medical treatment, whether it is aesthetic or health-related, you must first undergo a consultation! A quick meeting with a trained medical expert can help give you a better idea of what you can expect from your upcoming procedure.
At Colorado Beauty RN in Castle Rock, Jenny sits down with all of our patients to discuss their beauty goals before scheduling any type of service. Here, you can talk about desired results and any health or skin sensitivities so that our nurse practitioner can recommend the best approach for you! She will also be sure to review any important instructions you should follow before a treatment. Schedule an appointment today and take the first step towards a new you!