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“Can I Use Retinol After RF Microneedling?” & Other Microneedling Aftercare Questions Answered

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Many non-surgical skincare treatments and procedures do not have a recovery, but do require some aftercare. Our master estheticians answer some of the most common questions after undergoing RF microneedling in Bellevue at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery.

#1: Can I Use Retinol After RF Microneedling?

Not immediately after, no. Your master esthetician will likely recommend not doing any skincare the first night, beyond some moisturization. Since retinol is a resurfacing agent, you will need to wait at least a few weeks before continuing its use. Depending on the product and frequency of use, your master esthetician may recommend waiting between two and six weeks before resuming retinol use.

#2: Will I Peel?

Potentially, though it is less likely to than a chemical peel. Any peeling that occurs is usually mild and resolves quickly. Many will not experience any peeling after RF microneedling.

#3: What Is Normal After RF Microneedling?

After RF microneedling, it is normal to experience some redness, irritation, and itchiness for a few days. However, this should improve after the first one to two days and it should not be so uncomfortable that hinders everyday life. Occasionally, peeling or dryness may occur. Unless severe, this is also no cause for concern. To learn more and to schedule a consultation, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach out online via Price Simulator, chat, and contact form.
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Is Dermaplaning Good For Aging Skin?

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Dermaplaning is a treatment that uses a surgical scalpel to remove dead skin and peach fuzz from the surface of the skin. It does not involve any ablation and is safe for all skin types and tones. Since it mainly is an exfoliation treatment, many patients ask, “Is dermaplaning good for aging skin?” While dermaplaning on its own is not an anti-aging treatment, it can complement other anti-aging procedures. For example, because dermaplaning removes dead skin and hair that may otherwise prevent skincare products and procedures from penetrating deeper into the skin. When a patient undergoes dermaplaning before another procedure, this can increase the efficacy. This is especially true of medical grade facials and chemical peels. Additionally, dermaplaning is great for providing a temporary skin glow. Therefore, if you need a quick glow for an event, dermaplaning is a great finishing touch that can give you a healthy looking glow and make your make-up go on easier. In short, yes, dermaplaning is good for aging skin, though it is not an anti-aging treatment on its own. Your master esthetician can determine if dermaplaning is a good addition to your normal routine. To schedule a consultation, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach out online via Price Simulator, chat, or contact form
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Does The Zombie Carbon Laser Peel Cause Peeling?

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The zombie carbon laser peel is The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery’s take on a traditional carbon laser peel. Combining soothing carbon lotion with laser technology, the treatment is fairly comfortable and rejuvenates the skin without creating major damage. Since it is referred to as a “peel”, many first time patients ask, “Does the zombie carbon laser peel cause peeling?”   Generally, the answer is no. Unlike a traditional chemical peel that contains various ingredients designed to resurface the skin such as lactic acid, carbon lotion is not formulated to do this. It provides a dark colored surface for the laser to target which controls the amount of laser energy that reaches the skin. This leads to a treatment that both rejuvenates and soothes the skin.   With that said, some patients can experience minor peeling after the procedure. While not especially common, it is usually not something to be concerned about. If patients experience peeling, they can moisturize and, after a few days, lightly exfoliate. You can also always contact your master esthetician to find out the best aftercare solution for your skin.   To schedule a free consultation with a master esthetician, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach out online using chat, contact form, or Price Simulator®.
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Is RF Microneedling Painful?

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Radiofrequency microneedling–more commonly known as RF microneedling–is a form of microneedling that reaches deeper below the skin’s surface. This means that the controlled damage is more than on the surface of the skin. It is ideal for improving the appearance of acne scars, sun damage, and aging. When a master esthetician describes the procedure to patients, a frequently asked question often follows, “Is RF microneedling painful?” In technicality, the procedure is more painful than traditional microneedling. However, in practice, patients barely feel the procedure because topical numbing cream is applied beforehand. This keeps the procedure nearly painless and most patients remain perfectly comfortable throughout the treatment. Patients may feel the pressure of the device against their skin and some may experience some minor discomfort if they have sensitive skin, or towards the end of the procedure. To account for this, your master esthetician will adjust the settings of the microneedling device for each area. This prevents the microneedles from penetrating too deeply or causing too much damage. It also limits pain. Overall, RF microneedling is not a painful procedure. Your master esthetician will use topical numbing creams and various techniques to keep the treatment as painless as possible. To schedule a consultation, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach out online using Price Simulator®, chat, and contact form.
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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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