“Boo-Tox”

“Boo-Tox”

And other spooktacular skin care treatments

By Elizabeth Hausman

 

It is that time of year again when the days are getting shorter, the smell of fall is in the air and Halloween is right around the corner. In celebration of the ghost and ghoul season, let’s look at some frightening-sounding but highly effective skin care treatments.

Although relaxing “fluff” facials still have a place in the aesthetic industry, more and more treatments are now considered “clinical” instead of “cosmetic,” and that means they need to be performed in a medical-based office because they are more intense procedures that involve needles, blood, peels and zaps. Although the treatments might sound or look scary, most are very quick, easy, relatively painless and offer “spooktacular” measurable and noticeable clinical results.

Here are some of the spookiest-sounding and best Halloween-worthy options:

“Boo-Tox” (AKA) Botox

Relax and smooth away those dreaded “crows feet,” forehead lines and frown lines with Botox.  In the world of medical aesthetics, Botox continues to beat out all other treatments year after year.  Botox is a brand name like Pepsi, and although Botox is the most well known (basically a household word in today’s society), there are other brands of neurotoxin available that offer equal or in some cases (patient-specific) superior clinical results. One of those alternatives is Dysport. Overall, Botox and Dysport are very similar. Both are a type of botulinum used to relax muscles. The biggest difference is that Dysport is a smaller sized molecule, so the way it is measured (the number of units administered) is different than Botox. Both have been used cosmetically for years, and both offer a high safety profile. Dysport may be slightly less expensive, but it depends on the area of injection and the amount of units needed. In double-blind studies, both the patient and the physician were unable to tell the results apart.

Vampire Facial

No garlic is needed for this one. As soon as you see the clinical results, you will be welcoming this treatment time and time again. The Vampire facial, otherwise known as a PRP (platelet-rich-plasma) facial, gained national attention when Kim Kardashian underwent the procedure on her television show. This treatment involves taking blood from a patient, processing it in a centrifuge to extract the platelet rich plasma containing growth factors and then needling (through a process called micro-needling) or injecting it (with a small needle) into the skin. The micro-injury along with the application of platelets initiates a healing response, which over time stimulates new collagen, thus rejuvenating the skin.

Phantom Facial

While this treatment may look like something right out of a Freddy Krueger movie, it is actually a pain-free and relaxing treatment. This treatment utilizes a multi-wavelength, multi-color LED-light therapy mask that targets skin laxity, sun damage, acne, poor circulation and age spots.  Fibroblasts and collagen is stimulated through the application of the mask, ultimately revealing a fresher, tighter and clearer appearance of the treated skin. Research has shown that skin cells exposed to LED light therapy regenerate 150-200 percent faster than those not exposed to the light.

Spider Vein Treatment Options

Sclerotherapy and Laser treatments are both safe, effective and virtually painless methods for the reduction of spider veins. Sclerotherapy involves injecting a liquid solution with a small needle into the affected vein, causing the vein to collapse and fade. Laser treatments use energy and heat to break up the pooled blood inside the vein, which is then absorbed by the body.

Shed the Dead with a Medical Grade Chemical Peel by SkinMedica

Shed those dull, dead skin cells with one of three medical grade peels by SkinMedica. SkinMedica offers three levels of their professional in-office chemical peel: Illuminize, Vitalize, and Rejuvenize (think light, medium and strong). Chemical peels work best when done in a series and address skin texture, pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles. Chemical peels are also often a great option for treating acne and acne scars.

Black Mask by Revision Skincare

Too much Halloween makeup got your pores all clogged up? Try a fabulous black mask treatment by Revision Skincare to purify, detoxify and revitalize your post-Halloween skin. This mask is great for removing excess oil, eliminating debris, reducing pore size and purifying the skin. Black mask contains freshwater silt with natural minerals. The silt is proven to effectively absorb toxins, revealing a healthy post-Halloween glow.

After considering these are some of the most requested and most effective non-surgical options out there, all of this probably doesn’t sound too scary, after all.  

Elizabeth Hausman is the former owner of Premier Wellness AZ in Anthem. For more information, visit premierwellnessaz.com.

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