Say Goodbye to Acne
Acne extractions are performed as an in‐office procedure to quickly remove white heads and black heads that can progress into larger, red pimples. Extractions increase the absorption of topical medications, allowing them to work more effectively. Proper acne extractions are best performed by a dermatologist. Squeezing pimples with your fingers or poking them with sharp household objects is discouraged. This may result in infection and scarring and/or make acne worse.
WHAT IS HYDRAFACIAL?
A hydrafacial is a resurfacing treatment that deep cleans your pores and hydrates your skin. It is a four-step treatment that cleanses, exfoliates, extracts, and hydrates the skin with serums that are infused into pores with the HydraPeel Tip.
HydraFacial treatment is safe and gentle and does not irritate the skin. It is an ideal treatment for those with sensitive skin.
WHAT DOES HYDRAFACIAL TREAT?
- Wrinkles and fine lines
- Sun Damage/rough texture
- Enlarged pores
- Skin laxity
After having a HydraFacial, the skin is left with a rosy glow. Your treatment will be customized to address your skin’s particular needs by selecting a combination of the appropriate corrective serums for infusion.
HOW DOES HYDRAFACIAL WORK?
The HydraFacial technology consists of a handheld applicator that has a spiral tip which creates a vortex effect to dislodge and remove impurities (by suctioning) while simultaneously infusing hydrating serums, antioxidant serums, peptides, and brightening agents into the skin.
HydraFacials are convenient, comfortable, and painless. There is no down time afterwards. It is typical to have mild redness and a little peeling a day or so after treatment.
Occasionally there is the surprise pimple that develops before a wedding, party, date, or video conference meeting.
These pimples can be injected with medication to dissolve them. Improvement is usually seen within 48 hours. After 24 hours, the pimple typically responds by becoming smaller, allowing make-up to be applied to cover it. Dr. Wong reserves emergency appointments on a daily basis for such occurrences.
Microdermabrasion is a painless, non-invasive procedure that gently polishes and refines the outer layer skin. A wand with a treatment tip composed of fine diamond particles is moved across the skin surface. Keratin plugs, sebum, and dead skin cells clogging pores are exfoliated. The wand has a vacuum that simultaneously suctions the acne clogging debris away while clearing and smoothing the skin surface. There is no down time with this treatment. You will notice immediate improvement in the skin texture. Your skin will feel smoother and softer. Microdermabrasion enhances the efficacy of prescription topical medications used to treat acne. It is used as an effective adjunct in treating acne.
Microneedling is an effective treatment for acne scars. It is a minimally invasive resurfacing procedure that uses medical grade, sterile, fine titanium needles to create microchannels in the skin. This produces a healing response in the skin, resulting in a burst of cellular growth factors being released. As a result, new, healthier collagen and elastin fibers are produced in the dermis, improving the appearance and filling in acne scars . Multiple treatments are needed for best results. It is recommended that a series of microneedling sessions be done, approximately every 6 weeks.The number of treatments needed for improvement varies, depending on one’s skin type, the body area, and the condition being treated. A topical anesthetic cream is applied prior to treatment. Redness may last anywhere from a half a day to a few days depending on the amount of correction needed. During your acne consultation with Dr. Wong, she can estimate the number of treatments you would need for improvement if it is determined that microneedling would be of benefit for you.
PRP + Microneedling
Microneedling can be combined with platelet rich plasma (PRP) infusions to boost results and healing. platelets play a pivotal role in tissue healing. Platelets release a multitude of growth factors such as platelet-derived growth factors AA, AB, BB, transforming growth factors Beta 1 and 2, vascular endothelial growth factor, insulin-like growth factor, basic-fibroblast growth factor, epidermal growth factor, and platelet factor-4. These signaling proteins are responsible for initiating cellular production of collagen, hyaluronic acid, fibronectin, proteoglycans, and blood vessels in the skin. These factors are responsible for repair and regeneration of our skin. PRP is a concentrated preparation of platelets prepared from your blood. A blood sample is collected into a special tube and spun in a centrifuge. This separates the platelets from the rest of the blood cells. The platelets are activated to release the growth factors and the activated PRP is then applied during the microneedling procedure.
Acne peels can be used to treat discoloration from prior acne, clear up active pimples, dissolve clogged pores and blackheads, and remove dead skin cells that interfere with absorption of topical acne medications. Alpha hydroxy, beta hydroxy acids, or a combination thereof are applied to the skin. This generally results in mild redness of the skin followed by peeling for a few days. A series of acne peels performed every 3-6 weeks are needed for best results.