Advice From the Pros About Professional Skin Care Services

Not Just Skin Deep



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Going a Little Deeper

Blue light treatment, used primarily to treat precancerous facial lesions, has a welcome side effect: It yields revitalized skin after it is employed.

These days, many medical practitioners are also offering facials and spa services. Many of the “surface” treatments are similar to what you can get at a spa. However, if you think you might need extra help from the fountain of youth, it can pay to get facials from a medical facility.

Certain preparations and techniques are only available from a licensed physician’s facility, such as higher-strength chemical peels, stronger microdermabrasion, and specialized light and laser therapies. In addition, cosmetologists are confined to “above the skin,” while medical staff can provide more invasive services such as injectibles and lancing to remove larger infected areas.

Franz explains that many aesthetic procedures offered today are medical in origin, but they have the side effect of being cosmetically complimentary. Blue light therapy, for instance, is used for precancerous lesions on the face, but also reveals revitalized skin after treatment.

She warns that safety is the most important factor in finding a good skin care professional. Especially if you are having laser treatment, fillers or Botox, understand that these facilities must not only be licensed by the state of Florida, but also a medical professional should evaluate every patient. Often, horror story side effects happen in cases where a non-medical or unsupervised person injected products in areas contraindicated by medical standards.

Kristin Costa, physician assistant at The SPA at Southeastern Plastic Surgery, agrees. She points to the overarching premise that medical facilities are results-oriented and use medical evidence to recommend procedures and treatments. 

At Southeastern, they use a holistic approach to skin care, including nutrition and hydration counseling, specialized and medical-grade procedures — which is far more than the dim lights and sound effects offered at some day spas.

 

Bottom-Line Basics

Seeing a pro for skin care won’t break the bank — services start at about $50 per half hour in Tallahassee — but it can make a big difference. It’s worth pointing out that even 30 minutes every couple of months can pay big dividends in your skin care regimen. Relaxing under a professional’s touch can reduce your stress hormones, help sleep patterns and dramatically improve your skin’s health.

And the secret to great skin, decade after decade? Sunscreen. All professionals will say that preventing sun damage in the first place is the best way to ensure a beautiful complexion for years to come. Turns out, Mom really was right when it comes to taking (skin) care.

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