Category: Microdermabrasion

For Better Skin, Curb that Stress!

MicrodermabrasionStress is a natural part of life, except maybe if you are a cave-dwelling Tibetan monk. Since you’re reading this, we surmise that you are not a monk, which makes you like the rest of us average humans who can easily get swept away into a sea of stress. What is at the heart of our stress is irrelevant. It could be the latest news on television, or the extra pounds we noticed on the scale this morning. When we stress, we create a systemic response that can do more harm than good.

Stress is associated with cortisol. In small doses, this hormone can keep us alert and safe. However, for many of us, our body is riddled with cortisol on a daily basis. Our worry over what is happening in our life can lead to chronically high cortisol, which can lead to a number of other problems. Some of the common ways that stress shows up on the skin include:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles. Isn’t it ironic that the idea of aging could be stressful, and yet stress can accelerate the aging process? Cortisol has been linked to the deterioration of connective tissues, which is the underlying problem beneath fine lines and wrinkles, as well as loose, sagging skin and other cosmetic concerns.
  • Acne. High cortisol affects the sebaceous glands, prompting them to excrete more oil. More oil on the skin means accumulation of debris and bacteria, which means clogged pores. Clogged pores equals pimples and blackheads.
  • Skin problems like psoriasis, rosacea, and eczema are chronic conditions that, with good care, can be managed. Each can also flare up during times of stress.

Putting your Skin First
There are ways to maintain healthy, attractive skin even in the face of daily stressors. One of the best things we can all learn to do is manage our response to stress, since we cannot avoid it. How you manage stress is up to you to determine. A walk in the park may be better for you than a hot yoga class, so don’t limit your choices for stress relief.
Stressed-out skin can also be pampered by the team at Sahara Medical Institute. In our Las Vegas facility, you may choose skin-boosting treatments such as:

  • Microdermabrasion
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatments
  • Customized chemical peel treatments

We love fostering beautiful skin! Call (702) 823-5010 to consult with us about your aesthetic goals.

What Can Microdermabrasion Do For Your Skin?

Beautiful WomanAre you looking for a simple and subtle way to improve your skin? Microdermabrasion may be a good option. Keep reading to learn more about this treatment.

What is microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion uses a device to vacuum aluminum oxide microcrystals across your skin’s surface. These crystals are similar to sand and they exfoliate your skin to remove dead skin cells on the surface layer of your skin.

What is it used to treat?

Microdermabrasion is used for a variety of skin issues. It is often used to treat:

  • Wrinkles and fine lines
  • Acne
  • Normal scars and acne scars
  • Prominent, large pores
  • Pigmentation issues caused by sun damage
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Skin peeling
  • Stretch marks
  • Congested skin
  • Age spots

If you’d like to subtly improve your skin in a safe and natural looking way, microdermabrasion is a good option. It can create a smoother, more refreshed appearance and make blemishes less noticeable.

What is the treatment like?

At Sahara Medical Institute, those who choose microdermabrasion have their skin cleansed when they come in for an appointment. Once the skin is dry, the crystals are brushed over your face to remove the top layer of skin. Then, a cold wet towel or hydrating mask is applied to your face to soothe the sink. Last, moisturizer with SPF is applied to your face. For best results, most patients come in for a series of treatments that can be spaced 10-30 days apart.

How should you protect your skin following a treatment?

After your microdermabrasion treatment, your skin will temporarily be more vulnerable to sun damage. This makes it extra important to avoid sun exposure and apply sunscreen whenever you’ll be outside. In addition to taking extra care in the sun, you can continue with your normal skin care routine to keep your skin moisturized and clean. If you have more questions about aftercare, ask your dermatologist for advice.

Microdermabrasion can give you softer, smoother, younger looking skin. If you’d like to learn more about this treatment and other cosmetic procedures that can enhance your appearance, schedule a consultation at the Sahara Medical Institute.

7 Ways To Get Healthy, Beautiful Skin

sunshine-blondHealthy, clear skin is a sign of youth and beauty. Find out how to get healthy, beautiful skin below:

1. Stick To Good Habits

Simple daily habits will go a long way toward keeping your skin healthy and beautiful.

  • Wash your face in the morning and before bed with mild cleanser.
  • Never sleep with your makeup on.
  • Use a moisturizing cream during the day, even before you begin to notice signs of aging.
  • Use retinoid cream at night.
  • Keep your hair away from your face and avoid touching your face with your hands.

2. Eat The Right Foods

A healthy diet protects your body and gives your skin a youthful glow. Salmon, Greek yogurt, pomegranates, avocados, walnuts, blueberries, spinach, kale, and green tea can all help your skin stay healthy and young.

3. Get Enough Sleep

Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep every night—this is one of the simplest ways to keep your skin looking young. Being too tired can make you look and feel older and it takes a hefty toll on your skin.

4. Stay Hydrated

Your body needs water to stay healthy and so does your skin. Drink at least 8 glasses of water every day. It will help flush out toxins and moisturize your skin.

5. Exercise Regularly

Exercise keeps oxygen flowing to your body and improves circulation—this can give your skin a healthy glow. Regular exercise also causes perspiration, which eliminates toxins from your body before they can damage your skin.

6. Prevent Sun Damage

Sun damage can age your skin faster than almost anything else. Take extra measures to protect your skin from the sun every day, but especially when you’ll be outside.

  • Use face moisturizer with sunscreen.
  • Wear a broad rimmed hat when spending time outside.
  • Choose sunscreen with a high SPF and reapply it throughout the day—you may need to reapply more often if you’ll be at a high elevation or if you’ll be in the water.
  • When appropriate wear clothing that covers your skin to protect it from harmful UV rays.
  • Do not use tanning beds or lay out in the sun for long periods of time—explore other, safer options if you want a sun-kissed tint to your skin.

7. Explore Treatment Options

After doing everything you can on your own to take care of your skin, it is time to consult a professional. There are many treatments available that can improve the appearance of your skin.

If you’d like to get clearer smoother skin, ask about microdermabrasion or a chemical peel. If you’d like to eliminate wrinkles or restore a youthful fullness to your face, ask about Botox and dermal fillers.  The team at Sahara Medical Institute can help you find a solution that suits you, schedule a consultation to learn more.

Microdermabrasion: a Facelift Without the Surgery

Beautiful asian womanDo you want tighter, smoother skin without needing to go under the knife? Do you dislike the idea of treating your skin with burning chemicals or injections? Microdermabrasion might be right for you.

What Is It

Let’s look at the root words. Micro obviously means “small or tiny.” Derm has to do with the skin; think of words like “dermatologist.” The last suffix is abrasion. This is the really important part. Think of the word “abrasive.” You probably picture sandpaper or your really strict and mean 5th grade teacher. Abrasion is something that is rough and rubs and scrapes away at something.

If we put it all together, microdermabrasion is the miniature scraping away of the skin. And that is exactly what happens. In a spa or clinic, your face will be covered with small, rough grains that are then rubbed across your face to buff your skin. This erases the top layer of old dead skin, uncovering a smooth, beautiful, and less-damaged layer of skin undernearth. This works because your body recognizes the damage done to the top layer of skin, so it essentially goes into overtime to work to quickly replace the lost skin cells. As these cells are literally brand new, they are much healthier and look a lot better.

There is no need to worry about these granules getting under your skin or of your lower skin layers being damaged. Microdermabrasion only affects the uppermost skin layer.

The Multiple Benefits

The benefits of microdermabrasion are very similar to those of chemical peels. It removes much of the discoloration present in your skin, as well as many signs of sun damage. Your skin will look and feel smoother and softer. All of the skin products you use, such as moisturizers or medicinal creams, will be more effective, as there is one less layer of skin, and the skin is newer and more receptive to outside influences.

While the most effective microdermabrasion is done in-office, there are also many at-home kits available. Whatever choice you make, make sure to consult with your dermatologist and wait for your skin to regenerate and heal before going through the process again.