Prepping and Protecting the Skin With Medical-Grade Skin Care

September 3, 2020 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

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September is Self-Improvement Month, and we are focusing on keeping our skin healthy and beautiful by following a medical-grade skin care routine. Using the right products is important for everyone, especially for those who undergo cosmetic procedures, such as Botox, dermal fillers or laser skin treatments like Forever Young BBL. We’re excited to share our top picks for everyday care and for prepping the skin now for upcoming non-surgical cosmetic appointments at our office.

Laser Skin Treatments at Dr. J. J. Wendel Plastic Surgery

We provide laser treatments and surgeries for patients who need skin resurfacing and rejuvenation. Advanced laser technology treatments like BroadBand Light and Forever Young BBL are great options for those looking to repair sun damage, reduce fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth or eyes, tighten the skin, even skin tone or improve texture. We also use lasers to treat common skin problems, such as melasma, hyperpigmentation and skin lesions to leave patients with youthful, incredible skin.

The Best Skin Care Routine to Prep for Laser Treatments

What could be a better time to focus on your skin care routine than Self-Improvement Month? For anyone planning to schedule a laser treatment this fall, we recommend priming your skin with products containing nourishing, anti-aging ingredients that also prevent sun damage. Try incorporating a high-quality cleanser, toner, exfoliator, serum or targeted treatment, daily moisturizer with SPF, and retinol into your daily routine to promote healthy, glowing skin before and after your treatment. Here are some of our Aesthetic team’s top tips for your pre- and post-laser skin care regimen:

“We prep our laser patients with SkinMedica Lytera 2.0 Pigment Correcting Serum and Wendel Koji Pads – at least one of these products. SkinMedica AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser is an effective cleanser that clears and brightens skin without making it visually peel. I have sensitive skin and can use this 4-5 times a week without causing any peeling, redness or irritation. It helps clear the dead skin build-up, clean up clogged pores and helps with overall skin texture and tone. It makes my face feel and look squeaky clean! For sunscreen (A MUST), I personally love and use Neocutis Micro Day and EltaMD UV Elements.” – Emily Moore, Assistant Aesthetic Department Manager

Lauren Redmond, Patient Care Coordinator, echoes Emily’s recommendation:

“Koji Pads and Lytera 2.0 have made a big difference in the evenness of my skin tone. SkinMedica Retinol 1.0 at night has really helped improve the overall texture and appearance of my skin as well, but especially with hormonal acne. Kojis, Lytera, and Retinol are the key products for my skin care routine, but are also great specifically for prepping for lasers. Also, as far as SPF goes, EltaMD UV Clear is my personal fav, as it goes best with my skin type! Sunscreen is always a must, but it’s especially important when doing lasers.”

SPF should be worn every day, all year long – not just in the summer or when indoors.

Medical Assistant (and self-professed skin care freak) Jill Robbins says: “Like Lauren, I am a Retinol user everyday as well as either Neocutis Micro Day or EltaMD UV Clear. Daily SPF is extremely important.”

Patients often ask for Forever Young BBL and laser treatments to improve brown spots and hyperpigmentation caused from sun exposure, which can be diminished with daily SPF. Our team loves and recommends Neocutis Micro Day, EltaMD UV Clear and UV Elements, as well as SkinMedica Total Defense + Repair.

Top Products to Use Before Laser Procedures

Whether you’re considering Forever Young BBL or another laser skin treatment for hyperpigmentation treatment, repairing sun damage or improving fine lines and wrinkles, we can help you find the best medical-grade skin care products for your needs. Lori Lankford, NP loves laser season because the results from laser and light-based treatments can be dramatic and life-changing. Here’s what she recommends most to her laser and BBL patients:

“Lytera 2.0 helps control the pigment of the skin – there are 5 pathways that the melanocytes (cells that show up as brown/dark spots on your skin) become visible. This product has a specific ingredient for each pathway to stop that from happening, and it also evens out the skin tone and brightens the skin as well, all with no hydroquinone! It’s an airless pump, so all you need is 1 pump in the morning and 1 at night. I have melasma and I use this product and my Koji Pads every day; It’s an amazing combo! Controlling those melanocytes is key to stopping any PIH (post=inflammatory hyperpigmentation) after light-based treatments.”

Protecting Your Skin With Medical-Grade Skin Care

By protecting your aesthetic investment, whether it is facial surgery, Botox, injectable fillers or lasers, you can enhance your results and keep your skin in amazing shape. Join us in our mission of having our best skin yet this Self-Improvement Month. If you have any questions about the best products for your skin type or how to prepare for a cosmetic procedure, contact our office today!