Making your annual skin check appointment with your dermatologist is not necessarily on the top of most of our lists. However, as more and more physicians move into medical aesthetics for face and body, you are likely to be pleasantly surprised with the variety of information on both clinical and aesthetic treatments during your routine skin checks. Aesthetic body treatments are one of the quickest growing segments in the medical spa world according to a recent article in The New York Times.
Medical Spa Treatments For the body
Traditionally, the most meticulous aesthetic treatments were performed on the face. However, more and more medical facilities and spas are changing that by offering facial-inspired treatments for the rest of the body. Areas including arms, chest, back, and feet “facials” have people talking as they address previously ignored skin concerns. These treatments typically involve what you would expect from your standard facial: steam, massage, deep cleansing and extractions. Couple these skin brightening treatments with non-invasive body contouring treatments and you have a full menu of services – head to toe. Now more than ever, consumers have alternatives in body rejuvenation that do not involve going under the knife. Utilizing body peels, customized home-care systems, non-invasive laser and RF therapies, skin care professionals can help clients achieve toned, supple, firm skin, as well as address issues, such as hyperpigmentation, keratosis pilaris, acne, aging, dull form, slack skin and cellulite bumping … to name a few.
Peels and RF: a “one-two Punch” to treat aging Skin Body peels, much like facial peels, work beyond the surface to reduce course texture and fine lines, diminish age spots and hyperpigmentation, and help maintain healthier, more youthful-looking skin. Body peels work by initiating deep stimulation, breaking the skin down, then rebuilding and nourishing it while stimulating cell turnover. Treatments may be adjusted and customized to address almost any skin type or issue, and allow skin care professionals to provide solutions to sun-damaged, photo-aged or sagging skin, as well as the appearance of cellulite.
A new treatment medium on the scene is radiofrequency (RF) technology. An example is the Exilis therapy, which has a number of potential applications for the body such as the reduction of wrinkles and skin laxity and reshaping or minimization of small pockets of fat. The device has FDA clearance for these applications and is suggested to be an option for use after liposuction procedures, to delay more invasive fat removal therapies, or as a primary fat reduction treatment for patients with mild to moderate fat deposits.
What is the Treatment Like?
The RF technology delivers short but intense bursts of heat to target fat and, in the case of wrinkle therapy, stimulate collagen. The skin may become slightly flushed and warm to the touch immediately after treatment. Patients are able to tolerate treatment with no significant downtime. It is safe for use on all skin types. Treatments are typically provided bi-weekly over a period of two months.