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Is Dermaplaning Just Shaving?

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Dermaplaning involves removing surface hair from the face using a surgical blade. The treatment can look similar to shaving. Therefore, patients often wonder, “Is dermaplaning just shaving?” This is a fair question considering dermaplaning does not have the hype surrounding it that procedures like microneedling and the VI Peel. Let our master estheticians tell you why dermaplaning is so much more than shaving.    First off, as previously mentioned, dermaplaning uses a surgical blade. This obviously sharper and more precise than the razors used at home. This allows your master esthetician to remove more than just hair. While hair removal is one benefit of dermaplaning, the main objective is to remove dead skin that is bogging down and clogging your healthy skin.    Secondly, dermaplaning is known for what is called the “dermaplane glow”. Soon after treatment, patients often experience a noticeable glow. This is because the skin is clear of debris and products such as moisturizers and cleansers can now penetrate deeper into the skin.    Finally, dermaplaning requires a certified professional like a master esthetician to perform. Since it uses a surgical blade, performing dermaplaning yourself or having it done by an untrained professional risks injury. Therefore, dermaplaning is much more than just shaving.    To schedule a free skincare consultation with a master esthetician, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach us online using Price Simulator®, chat, or contact form.
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3 Non-Invasive Summer Skincare Options

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With the promise of sun this summer, procedures like chemical peels and laser resurfacing cannot be performed with the same frequency or intensity. These treatments leave the skin sensitive to sun and sun damage. Therefore, it is best not to have them done during the summer months, or to only treat areas consistently and completely covered with clothing. Luckily, our master estheticians perform other treatments that will not make your skin sun sensitive while still keeping a healthy glow throughout summer. Here are 3 non-invasive summer skincare options from The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery.  

#1: Oxygen Facial

  An oxygen facial promotes circulation and cell turnover to keep skin looking refreshed. It also moisturizes and infuses oxygen into the surface of the skin to keep it well nourished. An oxygen facial can benefit nearly every skincare routine and is safe for all skin types and tones.  

#2: Rain Facial

  A customized facial in Bellevue, the rain facial features nine different treatment heads that are combined individually to treat your specific skin needs. Like the oxygen facial, the rain facial is gentle, using a stream of water to clean and nourish the skin for a lasting glow.  

#3: Dermaplaning

  Dermaplaning removes dead skin and peach fuzz from the surface of the skin. This allows for daily skincare to penetrate deeper into the skin and results in a “dermaplane” glow. It can result in some mild irritation, but requires no downtime or time out of the sun.    To schedule a summertime appointment with one of our master estheticians, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also contact us online via our Price Simulator™, chat, or contact form.

How Painful Is Laser Tattoo Removal?

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Getting a tattoo can be a painful endeavor. Those who choose to remove their tattoos may wonder if it comes with pain as well. Overall, the best way to remove a tattoo is using a laser which can break down the pigment of the tattoo and fade it into your skin. One of the most common questions our master estheticians hear during laser tattoo removal consultations is, “How painful is laser tattoo removal?”   The amount of pain that a patient experiences during laser tattoo removal will vary from patient to patient. Generally, patients do feel some pain or discomfort during the procedure. For many, this pain compares to getting the tattoo. Others may experience less pain depending on the age, location, and size of the tattoo.    Additionally, a laser tattoo removal session takes less time than most tattoo appointments. Therefore, you will only have to bear the pain or discomfort for a short period of time, unlike when getting the tattoo. Your master esthetician can provide better insight into how painful laser tattoo removal may be for you after gauging the specifics of your tattoo.    To schedule a consultation with a master esthetician at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach us online through Price Simulator™, chat, or contact form.
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VI Peel Bellevue: How Long Do You Peel With VI Peel?

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The VI Peel is a high-end chemical peel designed to deliver medium depth results with only mild to moderate peeling. Peeling after a chemical peel largely depends on your skin type, if you’ve had peels before, and various other factors. Despite this, it is natural for patients to wonder, “How long do you peel with a VI Peel?”   On average, patients will begin peeling around Day Three following their VI Peel in Bellevue. They then usually peel through Day Five. This means that if you have a VI peel Wednesday, you can expect to peel through the weekend. While peeling will vary between patients, the VI Peel is known for minimal peeling post-procedure and providing full results in a week.    The VI Peel also comes with a curated kit of aftercare. This aftercare was specifically formulated to work with the VI Peel. It soothes the skin, promotes minimal skin peeling, and protects the skin as it heals after the peel. This makes the VI Peel unique and sets it apart from other chemical peels.    After a consultation with a master esthetician at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery, they can provide a more personalized timeline for your VI Peel aftercare. In general, the VI Peel does not cause patients to peel for more than a few days. To schedule a consultation, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach us online via Price Simulator™, chat, and our contact forms.
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Dermaplaning Bellevue: How Often To Get Dermaplaning?

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Dermaplaning is a procedure that uses a surgical blade to remove peach fuzz and dead skin. This can improve the efficacy of your skincare products and can contribute to a smoother makeup application. One of the most loved and notable benefits of dermaplaning is the glow it often creates after treatment. After undergoing their first Bellevue dermaplaning treatment, patients often want to know how often they can have dermaplaning. This question will vary for everyone. So, how often to get dermaplaning?   Dermaplaning is considered one of the least invasive skincare procedures. It exfoliates and opens up the pores with an extremely gentle and careful technique. Therefore, it is possible to undergo dermaplaning more often than other procedures such as chemical peels or microneedling.    Most patients can safely get dermaplaning every three to four weeks. This roughly once enough schedule removes the dead skin that accumulated since the last treatment, removes surface hair, and restores a dermaplane glow. This schedule hinges on you only undergoing dermaplaning or gentle facials. If you have a procedure such as a chemical peel between dermaplaning sessions, you may need to wait before having another session.    Your master esthetician will review your skin needs and create a customized skincare treatment plan. To schedule a consultation, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach us online through our contact forms and Price Simulator™ app.
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Chemical Peels Bellevue: What Is The Difference Between Enzyme Peels And Chemical Peels?

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Chemical peels are an esthetic procedure that exfoliates and chemically resurfaces the skin. Skin peels come in many different varieties because some will utilize different ingredients and strengths. Enzyme peels are similar to a chemical peel and applied in much the same way. But, what is the difference between enzyme peels and chemical peels? Chemical peels use a blend of acids such as salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and lactic acid to penetrate deep into the skin and generate dead skin removal. Typically, a patient’s skin will begin to peel within a few days of treatment, exposing a fresh layer of skin beneath. When performed and used by a professional like our master estheticians, these ingredients are perfectly safe. Some patients may prefer treatment without acids, have sensitive skin, or prefer a more routine procedure. Enzyme peels are like chemical peels in that they exfoliate the skin. The main difference is that enzyme peels use all natural ingredients such as enzymes from fruit. This is gentler on the skin and provides many of the same benefits as a traditional chemical peel. However, because it does not penetrate the skin as deeply, chemical peels provide longer lasting and better results. Enzyme peels can still be a great addition to any skincare routine.  To schedule a consultation, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach us online via our contact form, Price Simulator™, or chat.
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Skin Benefits Of An Oxygen Facial In Bellevue

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An oxygen facial is known for its gentle rejuvenation of the skin. Suitable for sensitive skin and most skin types, there are many benefits of an oxygen facial. Every patient can expect different advantages based upon what their oxygen facial is meant to treat. In most cases, a Bellevue oxygen facial is a wonderful addition to any skin routine. Among the benefits you could expect from a Bellevue oxygen facial include:
  • Reduction of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Pore minimization
  • Increased collagen and elastin production
  • Can aid in acne treatment
  • Smoother skin
  • Cleanses and removes pollutants from the skin
  • Powerful moisturization
  • Brighter, glowing skin
  • Firmer skin
Oxygen facials are a fantastic treatment to provide a noticeable glow before an event. Many find that an oxygen facial is perfect before a wedding, red carpet, or reunion where you want your skin to look it’s best. The benefits of an oxygen facial are perfect for any skin type and should not irritate the skin.  This gentle Bellevue facial is perfect for patients who do not want the peeling of a chemical peel, but still want to see skin improvements. To schedule a consultation with a master esthetician at the Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery, call us at 425-775-3561 or contact us online at
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The Top Pre-Wedding Skincare Treatments

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Planning a wedding is a stressful endeavor that can take months and years to achieve. It is a day where you want to look your best and at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery wants to make it easy and stress-free. Our master estheticians offer many professional pre-wedding skincare treatments. 

Oxygen Facial

Celebrities are known to have oxygen facials performed days before hitting the red carpet. This facial infuses oxygen onto and into the skin to provide a healthy looking glow. With no downtime and nearly no risk of side effects, you can apply makeup and continue your skincare directly after treatment.

The Glow Up Package

If you still have a while before the big day, the proprietary glow up package can rejuvenate your skin and treat concerns like acne scarring and pigmentation issues. The procedure staggers three chemical peels and three microneedling sessions over the course of a few months. This leads to your skin receiving consistent treatment and an increase in collagen production. It is best to let your skin rest for a week or two after you finish the final treatment.


Dermaplaning is one of the top procedures recommended by makeup artists because it removes peach fuzz and dead skin. This allows makeup to go on smoother. For your wedding, it is important that your makeup looks smooth and your skin glows. Call us at 425-775-3561 or contact us online to schedule a consultation about your pre-wedding skincare routine.
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Will A Chemical Peel Hurt? & Other Skin Peel Questions Answered

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When seeking out any new esthetic or cosmetic procedure, it is natural to have questions. Chemical peels are no exception. With over a million peels performed per year, their popularity continues to grow. Patients new to peels often have questions, below we have answered some of the most common ones. 

Do chemical peels hurt?

Maybe. Chemical peels rarely require anesthesia (except in rare cases when performing phenol peels). Light and medium peels often make the skin feel tight during and for a short time following your peel. Your master esthetician will monitor your condition throughout the peel process. Sometimes a topical anesthetic can be applied.

Are chemical peels safe?

While the term “chemical” may raise alarms for some, the chemicals used are all skin-safe acids. Many of these acids are naturally derived or already found in the body. Glycolic acid comes from sugar and salicylic acid from willow trees. However, chemical peels should only be performed by a professional like our master estheticians in a sterile environment. At-home chemical peels can burn and permanently damage the skin.

Which skin peel do I need?

The facial peel best for you depends greatly on your skin type and conditions. For first time peel patients, our master estheticians usually recommend a light or medium peel to start. This allows them to gauge how your skin will react and build it up gradually. During a complimentary consultation, your master esthetician can determine if you are a candidate for a Bellevue chemical peel and which one will benefit you most. To schedule a consultation at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery, call us at 425-775-3561 or contact us online.
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