Skincare can often be confusing. There’s a reason dermatologists and skincare professionals go through extensive schooling and training in order to gain a full understanding of the complexities of skin.
Our very own Medical Aesthetician, Anne Keller, weighs in on some common questions people have when it comes to services we offer here at Apex Skin. With over 10 years of experience, Anne is the perfect person to consult with regarding your cosmetic skincare and aesthetic needs.
CoolSculpting vs liposuction:
Most of us want to be healthier, lose fat and be more toned. There are many options available to achieve your desired appearance, liposuction and CoolScuplting included. But what’s the real difference between the two and how can you make a decision when it comes to which is best for you?
Anne Keller: “CoolSculpting and liposuction both remove unwanted fat cells permanently from targeted areas, but are very different procedures. CoolSculpting is completely non-invasive, requires no downtime, has minimal risks of unwanted side effects and is ideal for addressing small bulges. Liposuction is an invasive surgery done with anesthesia. Side effects may include blood clots, possible reactions to anesthesia, or other serious complications.”
What’s the recovery time after a CoolSculpting treatment?
“Since this fat-loss procedure is non-invasive, “there is no recovery time necessary for CoolSculpting. Patients may experience some mild tingling, redness and swelling that only lasts 30 minutes to a few days post procedure.”
Individuals who receive this procedure can actually go about their day as normal afterward with very mild discomfort, if any at all.
What can a patient expect from a CoolSculpting treatment?
Any treatment option that removes fat from your body can be a little intimidating to walk into. Knowing what to expect is not only helpful, it can also soothe any anxieties relating to this non-invasive procedure.
“The right candidate can experience a 25%-38% reduction of fat cells in the treated area with just one treatment. After the procedure, the patient can return to their everyday life without any complications. While some patients may see results as early as 3 weeks after their first treatment, the greatest results are usually seen between 1 and 3 months post.”
Who would be a good CoolSculpting candidate?
Not all procedures at created equal. That being said, a great candidate for CoolSculpting is anyone who is healthy and active and is concerned with stubborn fat. It is recommended the patient to be generally within 30 pounds of their body weight.”
What are the different types of chemical peels?
Have you heard of or experienced the near-magic effect of a well done chemical peel? This treatment is perfect for sloughing off dead skin cells and assisting your skin in turning over new, fresh skin cells. However, not all chemical peels are the same, so what are the different types?
“There are many different chemical peels that range from different acids to depths. The chemical peels we offer at Apex are medical grade and range from very superficial, medium depth and mildly aggressive. We chose the type of chemical peel from patient to patient depending on their skin type, concern and desired results.”
As always, a qualified skincare professional will assess the patient’s needs in order to determine the best chemical peel for their skincare needs.
What are some benefits from chemical peels?
There’s a reason chemical peels have been around for so long. They work. Depending on your skincare needs, their benefits can be significant.
“The benefits of peels can be mild to transforming. Chemical peels help improve fine lines and wrinkles, help even pigmentation, reduce and diffuse redness, and can improve the texture of your skin.”
How do chemical peels work?
“Chemical peels have been used for over 100 years to create an even and controlled shedding of damaged skin cells. A chemical peel is a solution that is applied to the skin to exfoliate dead skin cells and expose fresh new skin. Peels stimulate the production of new healthy skin cells and tighten and reduce wrinkling to reveal a more youthful appearance.”
Regular chemical peels can make a huge difference in the patient’s overall skin appearance. Many ailments can be treated fully with chemical peels.
What skin care products do you offer and/or recommend to your patients?
“Apex offers medical grade skin care products to all of our patients. We customize and individualize skin care regimens based upon our patients and their needs. Skin concerns that range from acne, melasma, rosacea, sun-damaged skin to anti-aging and prevention. We want to create healthy skin from within and educate our patients on how to prevent and maintain their healthy skin we have helped to achieve.”
What type/brand of sunscreen do you recommend?
Everyone should use sunscreen no matter his or her skin type.
“Apex offers medical grade sunscreens. We educate our patients on applying a sunscreen with a SPF30 or higher every day of the year. The sunscreens we offer protect your skin not only from UVA/UVB, but also from infrared and high-energy visible light, which is blue light. Blue light is emitted from computers, cell phones and other digital devices. It is very important to know and understand the type of sunscreen you are applying so you can protect your skin from skin cancer as well as anti-aging.”
About Anne Keller, Medical Aesthetician
Anne delivers personalized attention to each of her patients, bringing awareness for preventable skin care and also believes in a healthy and energetic lifestyle. Anne enjoys staying active, cooking and being with her family and friends.