As the weather starts to heat up and you start prepping for spring break and summer fun in the sun, now is a great time to treat yourself to a skin treatment or two. But contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to spend a fortune to get beautiful, glowing, healthy-looking skin. In fact, these five popular med spa treatments deliver a whole lot of bang for your buck.
If you’re struggling with dull, lackluster skin, uneven skin tone, dark spots, fine lines or acne scars, microdermabrasion could be an effective solution. This noninvasive treatment uses a handheld device containing tiny crystals to gently exfoliate your skin. This process removes the dead, flaky cells on the surface, revealing a fresh, smooth layer of skin underneath.
Most microdermabrasion sessions take anywhere between 30 and 45 minutes to complete, and you can expect to see gradual results developing in the coming weeks. You will need to stay out of the sun while your skin heals from this procedure, and while there’s no downtime afterward, your skin may appear pink and slightly swollen immediately afterwards.
2. Chemical Peel
Another type of exfoliation, chemical peels use topical ingredients to exfoliate the skin and stimulate collagen to reveal a smoother, more even and younger-looking complexion. Different peels contain different ingredients, but many use alpha hydroxy acids like glycolic acid or beta hyroxy acids like salicylic acid.
Peels range from light to medium to deep. The lighter the peel, the more subtle the results and the less risk of side effects like redness and more extensive peeling.
3. Laser Skin Rejuvenation
Combine laser skin rejuvenation and other med spa treatments with the right products for your skin type for enhanced, longer-lasting results.
There are many types of laser skin rejuvenation, including fractional lasers, broadband light (BBL) treatments and even radiofrequency wrinkle reduction. The right treatment for you will depend on your specific goals and skin concerns. The Clear + Brilliant fractional laser, for example, is a great option for anyone looking to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin tone and minor skin blemishes.
BBL photofacials can address lines and wrinkles, acne, acne scars, enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, age spots and other pigmentation issues such as melasma or redness caused by rosacea.
The Pellevé wrinkle reduction treatment uses radiofrequency waves to stimulate your skin’s collagen production and improve signs of aging such as lines, wrinkles and deep creases.
Perhaps one of the most popular med spa treatments, BOTOX® is most commonly used to temporarily erase lines and wrinkles near your eyes, brow and forehead. Crow’s feet, 11 lines and forehead wrinkles are some of the most common areas treated with BOTOX.
It can take up to two weeks after your BOTOX appointment to see your final results, and most people enjoy those same great results for 3 to 6 months afterwards. Until that time, the product will gradually wear off on its own. However, there is some evidence that BOTOX may help to prevent the formation of new wrinkles over time.
5. Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers are another common injectable treatment that help to smooth away lines and wrinkles in the mid-face area, as well as add volume to the cheeks and lips. Laugh lines, bar code lines and thin lips are some of the most common treatment areas for fillers. Expect to enjoy your results for 6 to 18 months, depending on the type of filler used.