Welcome to Oasis Med Spa
“An Oasis Of Calm, In the Middle of the Chaos”
We can’t stop aging, but there is no reason to go down without a fight! After a comprehensive skin evaluation, we can recommend the Med Spa procedure and products that will allow you to age gracefully. We offer everything from Micro-Needling, Microdermabrasion, Dermaplane, Chemical Peels, IPL Lazer, Resurfx, Anti-age and Anti Acne Facials.
What is Microdermabrasion?
Mircrodermabrasion is one of the most natural ways to evenly and safely exfoliate the skin aswell as being one of the most requested non-invasive cosmetic procedures. Micro utilizes crystals to gently resurface superficial layers of the skin. When a more aggressive treatment is necessary, vacuum pressure can be increased to evenly penetrate deeper layers of the skin.
Who should consider Microdermabrasion?
Micro is ideal for most people interested in minimizing the appearance of:
- fine lines and wrinkles
- pigmentation problems
- uneven skin tone
- sun-damaged skin
In order to find out if you are a candidate for Microdermabrasion, please call us at 941-493-9393
What to expect during and post procedure:
Initially you feel a mild scratching sensation as the crystals make contact with the skin. Mild to moderate redness and irritation can occur for ½ hour to one day, depending on the aggressiveness of the treatment. For optimal results, Micro is usually done in a series of 5 treatments, and can be followed by an acid peel depending on your desired results.
What Is Micro-Needling?
Micro-Needling (also known as Collagen Induction Therapy or CIT) is a new innovation in aesthetic medicine for treating the appearance of fine lines, acne scars and improvement of the skin’s overall appearance. During this procedure, the MicroPen is used to create controlled micro-injuries to the skin in order to produce collagen and elastin. The skin’s repair process results in improvement of the appearance of softer wrinkles. Micro-needling also creates superficial micro-channels which can be used with topical gels, creams, serums and platelet rich plasma to help improve the appearance of the skin.
What Are The Benefits?
The benefits of micro-needling can included a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, younger-looking skin with fewer signs of aging. Micro-needling may also have a positive effect on the appearance of hyper-pigmentation, hypo-pigmentation, acne scars, traumatic scars and stretch marks and generally creates a fresher appearance or glow to the skin. Micro-needling can be used on all parts of the body, including the: face, neck, décolleté, arms, hands, legs, abdomen and back.
How Is The Procedure Done?
A sterile cartridge containing 12 points is attached to the Micro Pen. Your skincare professional will apply a thin layer of topical gel to your skin and select the appropriate pen setting based on your unique needs.
Next, in a single motion, the pen will be gently pressed against the skin while simultaneously gliding in one direction until the entire treatment area has been covered. The feeling associated with the Micro Pen is similar to light sandpaper being moved across the skin. While some areas are more sensitive than others, the speed of the reciprocating tip reduces discomfort while the applied hydrating gel also makes the treatment more tolerable.
What Is The Downtime?
Immediately after the treatment you will notice a bright redness to the skin. On average, patients are red up to 2 to 4 days. Many patients heal completely in as little as 24 hours.
When Will I See The Results?
Patients notice an immediate “glow” to their skin. Visible changes to the skin develop over the course of several days and weeks. Results can continue to improve up to 6 months after a treatment as collagen production continues.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
Some patients only require a single treatment once per year to achieve optimal results. However, it is recommended for most patients to receive a series of 2-3 treatments spaced about 6-8 weeks apart. For patients with deep wrinkles, advanced photo-aging, stretch marks or acne scars it is recommended to receive 6-8 sessions at 6-week intervals.
What is Dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is a non-invasive skin resurfacing procedure that uses a special surgical blade to gently scrape away the top layer of dead epidermal cells.
Who should consider Dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is ideal for anyone interested in: removal of vellous facial hair (peach fuzz) which can trap excess dirt and oil an alternative hair removal technique an alternative to Microdermabrasion, which is not recommended for clients who have visible broken capillaries.
What should I expect during and after treatment?
Dermaplaning is a virtually painless procedure. You may feel a mild scratching during the treatment, and may appear to have a mild sunburn afterwards. Aftercare is simple and easy, requiring only gentle cleansing and a good sunscreen. Dermaplaning is best if done in a series, and can safely be done every four weeks. For a more aggressive treatment, dermaplaning can be followed by an acid peel.
What is Glycolic Acid?
Glycolic Acid (GCA) is one of the alpha-hydroxyacids (AHAs), a group of naturally occurring substances often referred to as “fruit acids” because they are found naturally in various fruits and other foods. In its natural state, glycolic acid is found in sugar cane juice. Leading dermatologists and plastic surgeons worldwide have long appreciated the positive results of AHA treatments.
Numerous clinical publications have demonstrated their benefit in improving skin appearance and texture. Improvements have been observed in patients with dry skin, oily and acne-prone skin, and with pigmentation concerning age spots and melasma. Many skin problems are caused by or associated with an excessive build-up of dead skin cells that makes the skin thick and dull, and may cause clogged pores. AHAs help to loosen and remove the surface layers of skin, as well as promote more even pigmentation and deeper skin firming effects.
What is a Glycolic Acid Peel?
A glycolic acid peel treatment is a specific technique for skin renewal. During this process, a high concentration of GCA is applied to the skin for a short period of time and then chemically neutralized to end the treatment. This procedure rapidly removes the damaged layer of surface skin cells revealing fresh skin, and stimulating cell rebuilding and restructuring of deeper skin layers. This procedure can help the skin appear smoother, healthier, plumper and tighter, with more even pigmentation.
Can Anyone be Treated with a Glycolic Acid Peel?
To determine if you should have a chemical peel, we will discuss your medical history, skin sensitivities and peel expectations. We will design a program especially for you with the appropriate type and timing for a peel. Many conditions can affect the sensitivity and reactivity of your skin to the GCA peel. We may recommend that you briefly discontinue using certain products, depending on you product-use practices and medical history.
What Kinds of Improvement Can I Expect with a series of Peel Treatments?
Softening of fine lines from sun damage diminution of coarse lines from sun damage, increased smoothness in skin texture, mild or moderate smoothing of acne scars, lightening of pigmentation irregularities, increasing skin glow or radiance, some minimization of pore size.
How Will I Look or Feel Right After the Peel Treatment?
Initially your skin may be somewhat red or puffy. It may take up to one week for the renewal and rebuilding process to allow your skin appearance to return to “normal.” During this repair/renewal period some patients have experienced some of the following: stinging, itching, burning, mild pain or discomfort, tightness, sun sensitivity, and peeling of the superficial layer of the skin. Light peeling is an expected result, of course, but not necessary to see the improvement you want. The sensations will lessen over the course of the week as the skin returns to its “normal” appearance. Analgesics can be used to treat any mild pain. Any changes in skin pigmentation, or uncomfortable irritation should be reported to our office right away.
Are There Any Possible Negative Reactions to a Peel Treatment?
The GCA peel process can possibly cause: 1) an acne flare due to deep pore cleansing, 2) a herpes simplex flare in patients who have had previous herpes infections (particularly if no preventative treatment was used or 3) an acne-like inflammation around the mouth (called peri-oral dermatitis). Some patients may experience transient spots of hyper- or hypopigmentation (coloration or discoloration) after a GCA peel procedure. If these conditions are left untreated, they usually resolve themselves. However, you should inform us if you develop changes in skin coloration.
What is Salicylic Acid Peel?
Salicylic acid is a beta-hydroxy acid derived from Willow Bark. It is a fat loving compound which removes intercellular lipids by encouraging the sloughing of dead skin cells. Because of this property, it is a highly effective superficial peeling agent, oil reducer and pore cleanser. In low concentrations, salicylic acid is applied to the surface of the skin to keep pores clean and prevent acne. Higher concentrations of the acid are used in chemical peels.
Salicylic Acid Helps Control and Prevent Acne
Salicylic acid has been found to be effective at keeping pores clean because it is able to penetrate oil into the pore which contains sebum. It encourages the peeling of the top layer of skin and the opening of plugged follicles which helps exfoliate the dead skin cells and re-establish the normal skin cell replacement cycle. It also has been shown to have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Salicylic Acid Improves Skin’s Appearance
Salicylic acid chemical peels are known to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, texture and pigmentation. Salicylic acid can gently remove the upper layers of your surface skin. The skin left behind is tighter, firmer, brighter, and smoother. The process by which salicylic acid removes the surface layers of your skin is an exfoliation process. It’s basically the same process by which your skin naturally sheds dead cells. The difference is that a salicylic acid peel speeds that process up. Rather than shedding dead cells slowly, you can remove them all at once with a salicylic acid peel. This can improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It can also help to limit the appearance of sun damage as we age.
Salicylic Acid is an Easy, Gentle and Safe Peel
Salicylic acid is gentle enough for use on all skin types Those with oily, dry, normal, and even combination skin types can enjoy the benefits. A formulation of either 20% or 30% salicylic acid is applied to the skin for about 5 minutes until a white precipitate forms. Salicylic is self neutralizing so it does not need to be neutralized. The face is wiped with cool water and sunscreen is applied. Some patients experience mild burning during the procedure and mild peeling after. The peels have the optimum benefit if performed in a series of 3-6 treatments at 3- 4 week intervals.
The Jessner Peel is generally considered a superficial to medium level peel containing 14% of each acid (Salicylic, Lactic, and Resorcinol.) The depth of this peel is determined by the number of layers applied during application and the tolerance level of the skin it is applied to. The distinct blend of acids work in synergy to combat hyperpigmentation, sun damage and rough texture to reveal vibrant glowing skin.
Chemical peels enable your skin to re-grow, so it can help your skin recover from scars and other damage. After you heal from a Jessner peel, you can expect your skin to be smoother, brighter and healthier. Large pores will be less noticeable as well as fine lines, wrinkles and blemishes. Peels can make you look younger feel happier in your skin.
What is the treatment like?
The skin is cleansed to remove excess oils. The peel solution is then applied to the skin and allowed to sit for about 5 minutes. Additional layers are added depending on the condition being treated or the desired depth of the peel. After a Jessner peel, it’s likely that your face will have a whitened look, which is called “frosting.” This discoloration will only last for a few hours. During the first five to seven days after a peel, your skin will peel and flake off. To maximize effectiveness the peels are best performed in a series of 3-6 peels at 4 week intervals.
TCA Chemical Peel
Your skin is a living organ, made up of millions of cells. Everyday, thousands of cells die, fall off, and are replaced by new cells from below. This is a slow and haphazard process that does not allow your skin to shed dark spots, sun damage, or a dull, lifeless complexion. The purpose of a medium facial peel is to cause the even, controlled shedding of several layers of damaged cells, so you are left with a new fresh layer of skin, with a more even texture and color. This process is similar to a snake shedding its skin. Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peels are one of the most commonly used medium depth peels. These peels can make marked improvements in blotchy pigmentation, freckling, sun damage, fine wrinkles, and some types of acne scars.
What is the treatment like?
The peel consists of the application of one or several layers of medication to your skin to create a controlled chemical burn. There is normally a few minutes of stinging and burning after the medication is applied. This usually stop within 2 or 3 minutes, and there is no more discomfort during the rest of the time you are peeling, although most people experience itching during the healing process. During the next several days, your skin turns darker, feels tight, then cracks and peels off, leaving you with a new fresh layer of skin. During healing, you should have no pain. The healing varies with the depth of the peel which is based on the strength of the TCA and the number of passes applied to the skin. The average peel takes 5 or 6 days to complete. Deeper peels, for heavily sun-damaged and wrinkled skin, may take 8 or 10 days. There are specific medicated creams you may need to use during peeling.
Most patients require more than one peel to achieve their best improvement. For most skin types, two peels are needed to give the best results, but some skin problems, such as excessive pigmentation from pregnancy or birth control pills, may require multiple peels for maximum improvement. Everyone’s skin is different, so each person’s peel program is tailored to his or her individual needs.
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