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Why Is Fall The Best Time To Get A Chemical Peel?

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With fall upon us, it is a great time to undergo skincare procedures that may not be recommended during the summer months. A great example of this is chemical peels which cause the skin to peel and become more sensitive. Chemical peels are a great exfoliant and can be performed year round, but they do require more caution during the summer months. Let’s look at the question, “Why is fall the best time to get a chemical peel?” Since the sun is out more and stronger during the summer, this puts your chemical peel treated skin at risk of damage or further irritation. The skin is especially sensitive to the sun following a chemical peel. Now, of course, UV rays and sunlight do still get through during the fall and winter, but it is much weaker, less frequent, and easier to protect your skin from than the summer sun. Wearing sunscreen whenever you go outside is often enough to protect yourself from the sun during the fall and winter. In the days following your chemical peel, you may consider also wearing a hat, but overall, your skin is much less likely to be damaged by the sun after a chemical peel during the fall and winter months. To learn more and schedule a consultation, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach out online via chat, contact form, or Price Simulator.
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3 Benefits Of IPL Treatments

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IPL—or intense pulsed light—treatment is one of the oldest light-based skin procedures available. While newer lasers have replaced it for certain applications such as laser hair removal, IPL still remains a frontline treatment for many ailments and concerns. Let’s look at three of the benefits of IPL treatments.

#1: Reduces Redness From Rosacea

Rosacea is a type of benign redness and warmth on the cheeks and occasionally other parts of the face. There often is not one identifiable cause and due to this, it can be frustratingly difficult to treat. IPL is known to significantly reduce rosacea redness as well as flare-ups. However, it is not a cure and touch-up treatments are necessary to help maintain results.

#2: Targets Unwanted Red & Brown Spots

Most lasers emit one wavelength at a time to address a specific concern. An IPL laser is a form of light treatment known as broadband light which emits more than one wavelength. This allows IPL to treat two colors of discoloration of the skin—red and brown. Thus, it is one of the most effective treatments for sun damage.

#3: Treats Spider Veins

Spider veins can become visible for a variety of reasons including aging, sun damage, and general thinning of the skin. Red spider veins respond well to IPL treatment and the treated veins should not become visible again. To learn more and schedule a consultation, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach out online via chat, contact form, or Price Simulator.
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Is An Oxygen Facial Good For Oily Skin?

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Oily skin can be frustrating to live with and treat. People with oily skin are often more prone to breakouts and inflammation than those with other skin types. When it comes to skincare for oily skin, there are several recommendations that will vary based on the specifics of the patient. However, one frequent suggestion is to double cleanse or deeply cleanse. This is where oxygen facials come into play. Let’s look at the question, “Is an oxygen facial good for oily skin?”   An oxygen facial is a deeply cleansing surface professional skincare treatment. It uses highly pressurized oxygen to clean the pores of debris and oily. It also provides moisture to the skin which is sometimes the cause of oily skin. The skin is dry and then the skin overproduces oil. This helps treat that process to hopefully reduce the sebum and oil the skin creates.   Oxygen facials are also great for treating mild inflammation due to acne or irritation. The soothing nutrients and treatment may help reduce redness. Therefore, regular oxygen facials can treat oily skin and the issues that arise from it.   To learn more and schedule a consultation, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach out online via chat, contact form, and Price Simulator.
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Is Microblading Painful?

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Microblading is a growing brow enhancement procedure that grows in popularity every year. Since it provides semi-permanent results, many patients understand that it is going to be a more involved procedure than other brow enhancements such as brow lamination. So, let’s look at one of the most commonly asked questions, “Is microblading painful?” Microblading is technically a form of tattooing. While it does not use exactly the same technology or go as deeply into the skin, it can hurt. Face tattoos are often considered among the most painful. However, our microblading artists use numbing cream to limit the pain felt during the procedure. Overall, patients feel little pain and only slight discomfort during their microblading treatment. In general, microblading is less painful than a tattoo, even without numbing cream. Though, at the Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery, we tend to recommend that all patients get numbing cream because it can be uncomfortable otherwise. It is a two-hour procedure on average, so numbing cream takes the edge off. To learn more and schedule a consultation, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach out online via chat, contact form, or Price Simulator.
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Can RF Microneedling Cause Scarring?

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Scarring is one of the top concerns of patients undergoing cosmetic procedures, even non-surgical ones. Since RF microneedling is a little more involved than a typical facial and creates controlled damage to the skin, patients sometimes ask, “Can RF microneedling cause scarring?”   Technically, yes, RF microneedling can cause scarring. However, it is more commonly used to treat scarring. In cases where scarring occurs there is generally one of two causes. First, the practitioner was not qualified or skilled enough to administer RF microneedling correctly. Secondly, the patient was not a good candidate and the provider should not have moved forward with the procedure. Occasionally, both may contribute.   Practitioners who can administer RF microneedling include dermatologists, master estheticians, and plastic/cosmetic surgeons. Generally, you will find it performed by dermatologists or master estheticians. This may also vary by your state. While most people can safely undergo RF microneedling, if a patient is particularly prone to scarring or on certain medications, it may not be a good idea to proceed with treatment.   To learn more and schedule a consultation, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach out online via chat, contact form, or Price Simulator.
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What Are The Best Chemical Peels For Acne Scars?

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Chemical peels treat a variety of skin concerns. From aging to hyperpigmentation, the right chemical peel can improve both the look, health, and quality of your skin. Therefore, a frequent question our master estheticians hear has to do with the best skin peel for a patient’s specific concerns. Let’s look at one variety of this question, “What are the best chemical peels for acne scars?”   Often acne scars, especially if years old, require a medium strength peel to see noticeable improvement. A salicylic acid peel is a great option that is commonly used and overall safe for the skin. It can help reduce the appearance of ice pick acne scars. Hypertrophic acne scars are harder to treat with chemical peels.   A VI Peel is another amazing option for treating acne prone skin and acne scars. It is a medium strength peel that uses a mixture of acids to help reduce breakouts and the appearance of acne scars. This is often recommended as the gold standard when it comes to chemical peels for acne scars. Your master esthetician may also recommend adding microneedling or another treatment to improve results.   To learn more and schedule a free consultation with a master esthetician, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach out online via chat, contact form, or Price Simulator.
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Does RF Microneedling Help Jowls?

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Radiofrequency technology has been used in surgery for decades. However, more recently, it has become a non-surgical skin tightening tool. Radiofrequency treatments in isolation can help tighten the beginning stages of lax skin that occur with aging. Radiofrequency microneedling combines powerful RF energy with one of the best medical grade skincare treatments to offer great results. Does RF microneedling help jowls?   It depends. If the jowls have sagged significantly and skin removal is necessary, then RF microneedling will likely not provide the desired results. A facelift or neck lift is usually recommended. However, following this surgery, RF microneedling can help promote skin tightening and reduce scarring.   If the jowls are just beginning to lose elasticity, then RF microneedling may reduce the appearance of this and slow the overall progression of the sagging. This is because it induces a collagen response on both the surface and structural portions of the skin. This helps improve elasticity and treats the appearance of wrinkles.   While it cannot completely eliminate or prevent aging, it can prolong the progress and keep you looking younger for longer. To learn more and schedule a consultation with a master esthetician, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach out online via Price Simulator, chat, and contact form.
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Are You Supposed To Brush Lash Extensions?

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Lash extensions are small faux eyelashes adhered to the natural lashes to create extra length and volume. Generally, after placement, our master estheticians recommend not touching the lashes and not applying mascara. However, contradictory to this advice, many lash experts recommend brushing the extensions to keep them from tangling and maintain them for longer. So, are you supposed to brush lash extensions? Yes, gently brushing through your lashes with a dry, clean mascara brush removes debris that could potentially break down the adhesive. This can keep your lashes on longer as well as make sure they are always looking their best. Additionally, when sleeping, the extensions can become tangled which can put stress on them. Gently brushing alleviates this. While brushing is encouraged, do so as gently as possible and only once (or twice in some situations) a day. Overbrushing could prematurely damage or pull out the lashes, which can even put your natural lashes in peril. While unlikely, it is best to simply make it a quick part of your routine to gently brush your lashes once a day. To learn more, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach out online via chat, Price Simulator, or our online contact form.
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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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