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Microneedling vs. Microdermabrasion: What’s the Difference?

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Radiant Remedies, Plymouth, MAMicrodermabrasion is a skin rejuvenation procedure that has been used in the United States since the mid-1990s, so medical providers and many patients are familiar with it. In fact, less extensive types of microdermabrasion can be performed at spas and even at home. Microneedling is a much newer alternative that is rapidly gaining popularity because of it’s many benefits. So, what’s the difference between microneedling and microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion Exfoliates Surface Skin

This is one of the top five non-surgical procedures performed by medical providers. Using a mechanical device, the provider treats the skin surface with an ablative material to scrub off dead and dull surface skin cells. The device simultaneously uses suction, to stimulate circulation in the skin. The result is smoother looking skin.

Because microdermabrasion is non-invasive, there is little to no discomfort with the procedure. Treatments take between 30 and 60 minutes and there is no downtime afterward, so this is sometimes called the “lunch hour” procedure. Microdermabrasion is used to reduce the appearance of pore size, fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, stretch marks, and acne scars on many parts of the body. It is suitable for most – but not all – skin types.

Medical microdermabrasion produces the deepest results because providers can use medical grade equipment and products. However, many aesthetic spas can perform a “lighter” variation of the procedure that is relaxing and can produce visible – but more subtle – results. There are also over-the-counter microdermabrasion products and kits available for use at home. These produce the least visible results.

Microneedling Stimulates New Skin

The microneedling process reaches skin below the surface. The procedure creates many microscopic punctures in the skin’s outer layers. This is sometimes called collagen induction therapy because the process stimulates the body’s production of collagen and elastin during the wound healing response. It is used to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, and stretch marks on the body.

Initially, microneedling was delivered via a dermal roller, a small device embedded with tiny surgical steel needles that are rolled over the treatment area. Dermarollers have also been promoted for at-home use, especially to reduce acne scars, but the process is painful and not very effective.

The SkinPen microneedling device has revolutionized microneedling, offering improved results compared to dermarollers. SkinPen is more sanitary because it uses disposable needle cartridges. It’s physical design enables clinicians to easily reach small areas. Microneedling sessions are short and require little downtime.

With SkinPen, the microneedling procedure combines state-of-the-art technology with advanced skin care products specifically formulated to enhance the patient’s experience. Post-procedure products contain essential ingredients that lubricate, soothe, and nourish the skin. Equally important, they are free of ingredients that could interfere with healing. As a result, these products work as a catalyst to help the skin’s tiny wounds heal faster.

One of microneedling’s greatest advantages is that it is safe and effective for every skin type. Patients considering either microneedling or microdermabrasion should consult with a qualified, experienced provider to learn more.

For more information on microneedling or microdermabrasion, contact Radiant Remedies in Plymouth, MA.

Treat Age Spots, Sun Spots and Skin Tags

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Want to Know how to treat age spots, sun spots, and skin tags painlessly? A gentle and effective way to say goodbye to spots and tags that's quick effective and painless. Find out if CryoClear is a good solution for your skin type.

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PRP Rejevenating Facials are Still Trending

Joseph Coupal - Monday, March 12, 2018

Radiant Remedies, Plymouth, MAPerhaps one of the most talked about procedures on the market right now is the vampire facial: the craze started back in 2013, when we learned that Kim Kardashian was incorporating them into her beauty regimen.

Unsurprisingly, the trend continues to grow. Users continue to have a great interest in no-injection, non-invasive treatments. Anecdotally, there has been an increasing number of physicians and med spa's expand their services to include PRP/Vampire facials and Microneedling.

Meanwhile, RealSelf released the statistics to prove it, revealing that, accounting for site growth, the number of visits from users to the Vampire Facelift grew 25%.

First things first, what is a PRP Facial?

PRP stands for platelet rich plasma. PRP is taken from your blood and applied to (PRP Facial) or injected into (PRP facelift) your skin. The PRP facial utilizes the nutrients and growth factors from a sample of the patient’s own blood and combines them with the benefits of microneedling, or, in the case of the PRP facelift, can be injected into the skin. Both processes revitalize the skin, leaving it refreshed and rejuvenated—ultimately, the skin is stimulated and produces more collagen.

What does the PRP Facial entail?

First, a sample of blood is taken, just like when you get routine blood tests performed. Generally, one tube—or a little more than one and a half teaspoons of blood—is drawn from the arm of choice.

Next, the sample is spun in a centrifuge so that the platelet rich plasma can be isolated. Sometimes red blood cells are mixed with this, and that translates to a red hue on the skin when the mixture is applied.

After the area to be treated is made numb with a topical numbing cream and thoroughly cleaned and prepped, a microneedling device can be used. This device uses several sterile, ultrafine needles that create small, superficial wounds in a highly controlled way.

Is it Painful?

The procedure sounds scary but with the right amount of numbing, it can be painless and effortless! While microneedling is going on, platelet rich plasma is intermittently applied to the skin. It can either be applied to the skin itself or injected into the skin (the PRP facelift). It is important that you are treated by an experienced professional who specializes in this type of treatment.

What's the Downtime?

Downtime is minimal and most patients can return to normal activity the following day—some feel comfortable resuming normal activities even on the day of treatment.

What can a PRP Facial do for you?

It can help rejuvenate facial and neck skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and certain types of scars. With a series of treatments, collagen production is stimulated, leading to smoother, softer skin. Facial rejuvenation can also come in the form of a more “awake” appearance. If you decide to supplement PRP treatments with fillers, under eye bags and sagging skin can also be addressed, as these can provide more volume in areas of the face that thin out or appear more hollow over time.

When will I see results?

Depending on the microneedling device used, a series of four treatments (separated by 4-6 weeks) is typically performed, and benefits build over time with each additional treatment. Results aren’t usually noticeable until after a few treatments, but based on my experience, improvements can be noticeable earlier in some patients.

Why does this work?

The secret is in the platelet rich plasma, which contains key growth factors that possess regenerative and revitalizing properties that stimulate wound healing and collagen production, which is why it is believed to help reduce fine lines and scarring and improve the texture and radiance of the skin.

Is PRP right for you?

Depending on what your goals are, there are several different treatments that can rejuvenate and revitalize the skin with little to no downtime. If acne, melasma, and/or pigmentation are your main concerns, PRP might not be for you. In that case, a micro-peel, photo-facial, laser resurfacing or topical treatments might be the best options.

But if you’re looking for overall facial rejuvenation or for the treatment of targeted areas such as fine lines or volume loss in the cheeks or under the eyes or you’re weary of fillers or laser treatments, then facial PRP treatments might be a great alternative for you.

For more information on PRP skin Facials, contact Radiant Remedies in Plymouth, MA.

Tips for Getting Your Skin Ready for Spring

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Radiant Remedies, Plymouth, MAHaving a skincare routine is important. If you don’t have a daily routine, you’re more likely to have frequent breakouts and problems controlling the texture of your skin. Spring is right around the corner, so here are some tips for getting your skin ready for spring and summer!

Switch to Lighter Products

Different times of the year require different types of skin care products and services. The last products you should be using going into summertime are creamy cleansers, intense moisturizers, and heavy makeup. Gradually shifting your skin in Spring is the way to go. As the humidity and temperatures rise, the amount of dirt and oil on your skin does, too. Switch it up to light moisturizers or serums, foaming cleaners, and BB creams for fresh and light wear.

Exfoliate a Few Times a Week

During the spring and summertime, we tend to put extra products on our face. This is another reason it’s important to switch to lighter products during these seasons. Because of these additional products, we should be exfoliating our skin more often. Exfoliating a couple of times a week is vital to get rid of all the extra dirt, oil, and sunscreen off of your entire body. Keep in mind, exfoliating means our skin is more exposed and prone to burning. Make sure you are applying enough sunscreen daily.

Protect With Sunscreen

We cannot stress enough how important sunscreen is! We often hear the excuse, “but my makeup has sunscreen in it.” You could not cake on enough makeup to properly protect your face. We also often forget about our neck and below our necks. Make sure you are applying sunscreen to all three areas daily. Our faces aren’t the only places that age; we cannot forget that those other two areas need just as much protection.

Are you interested in a facial or collagen induction therapy or any of our other services to get a jump start on Spring? Contact Radiant Remedies in Plymouth, MA.

Collagen Induction Therapy: What is it?

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, February 22, 2018

Radiant Remedies, Plymouth, MAThere are a lot of terms for the same procedure. You might have seen it called collagen induction therapy, micro needling, skin needling, derma rolling, just needling, or even vampire facial. In principle it all refers to the same thing: small needles (usually on a roller) puncture the skin to create controlled damage that the body’s natural processes will then work to fill in with new collagen, while simultaneously also filling scars and fine lines, and helping to face dark spots and other pigmented scars.

Although the basic principle underlying treatment is the same, the way that treatment is done, the device used, and the cosmetics applied can make a big difference both in results and in cost. For example, the vampire facial is a high-end variation on micro needling where blood plasma harvested from your body is combined with stem cells or human growth factor and applied back onto the skin after a needling session. Practitioners claim that this high tech cocktail of actives makes the treatment much more effective. We discuss professional treatment in more detail below.

As an Alternative to Lasers and Peels

It’s been claimed that Collagen induction therapy can be as effective as more invasive treatments like laser treatments and chemical peels. Collagen induction therapy performs a different function as compared to chemical peels and lasers. Lasers and chemical peels can target the skin at different depths (and for different purposes) depending on how they are designed. A superficial glycolic acid treatment might just exfoliate the outermost dead skin cells, while a laser treatment can go all the way to the depth of the dermis for what’s usually called a laser facelift. Collagen induction therapy targets the deeper layer of your skin called the dermis where it initiates the healing response and causes collagen formation. The key difference is that micro needling doesn’t affect the epidermis beyond some temporary redness it can cause. It can be a much less invasive treatment option for scars and fine lines compared to lasers and chemical peels.

At Home vs a Professional

Based on the existing research the best answer is that professional treatments are more intensive and better suited to more significant skin issues like atrophic scarring and deep wrinkles.

Does Collagen Induction Therapy Work?

Collagen Induction Therapy has been clinically and anecdotally proven to provide a ton of benefits with a relatively low risk and low cost. Microscopic analysis has shown it increases collagen production up to 400% and “leads to reorganization of old collagen fibers and laying down of new collagen, elastin, and capillaries.” It’s safe for darker skin tones and it’s relatively accessible and inexpensive. It’s effective whether or not you use product following treatment, but of course results are faster and can be more pronounced when supported by the right actives.

For more information on Collagen facial skin care, contact Radiant Remedies in Plymouth.

What is Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) and Why is it Gaining Popularity?

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, January 11, 2018

Radiant Remedies, Plymouth, MA"I saw a bigger change in my skin with one Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) than all those other treatments."

Collagen Induction Therapy has become one of the most popular treatments requested by clients.

It's designed to increase collagen and improve the quality of skin. It is also used to help get certain products more deeply into the skin like antioxidants and vitamin C. The goal is to smooth out areas where there are scars and wrinkles and it helps with pore size. It's a safe office-based procedure.

This collagen treatment can can be used for a range of skin issues, so people are having it done for various reasons.

People anywhere from their late teens with acne scarring to women in their 40s and beyond use it as an anti-aging treatment. It can treat stretch marks on the abdomen from pregnancy and some patients are doing it for crepe-y skin on their arms and knees. It's a great treatment because it targets so many areas, which is what makes it so popular.

Experts recommend having at least three sessions done initially each four to six weeks apart followed by annual or biannual treatments for maintenance.

The skin continues to heal and tighten over the next several weeks.

There aren't really any downsides to the procedure when it's done by a trained professional, except that you might not see the dramatic changes you would see with a cosmetic surgical procedure.

It’s a New Year. Improve your Self-confidence, Reinvent, Re-energize. Right now you can enjoy the Collagen Induction Therapy Special at Radiant Remedies in Plymouth. Contact us for more information.

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Rejuvenating Facials for the Holidays: The New Way to Exfoliate Your Face

Joseph Coupal - Friday, December 15, 2017

Radiant Remedies, Plymouth, MAHave you always wanted to remove all the hair from your face? Have you contemplated lasers, but maybe your skin has too much melanin, which could cause hyperpigmentation. Instead have you been waxing, tweezing, and Nair-ing for years? You should discover dermaplaning.

Dermaplaning is a skin care treatment that removes dead skin cells and vellus hair, aka peach fuzz. An aesthetician uses a small, sterile blade while holding the skin taut, swiping the blade in gentle upward motions.

The treatment gets rid of gnarly sideburns and facial hair with just a few passes—and best of all, it's painless. It feels quite relaxing, actually, like little baby hands running across your face.

Dermaplaning leaves your skin brighter, smoother, glowing, and more youthful. The only people who can't dermaplane are those with active pustular acne.

Here, we break down everything there is to know about dermaplaning and getting your smoothest skin ever.

You can expect to see an instant improvement in skin texture and tone, while the long-term effects are increased cell turnover, reducing wrinkles and dark spots, reduction of acne scarring, and the removal of fine facial hair.

Hairless skin is the cleanest

Removing the peach fuzz is beneficial since the fine hairs trap debris and oils and give skin a dull look. After dermaplaning, skin care products and treatments perform much more efficiently since they can penetrate the skin more easily. Your makeup goes on smoother as well. It's the perfect procedure to begin stacking other treatments.

For more information on rejuvenating facials for the holidays, contact Radiant Remedies in Plymouth, MA.


Reduce Wrinkles with Top Anti-Aging Skin Care through Coolifting Technology

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Revolutionary registered system to perform a shocking facial rejuvenation.

Radiant Remedies, Plymouth, MAThe anti-aging skin care treatment consists of projecting a power CO2 flow, combined with an extremely high concentration of atomized actives at a very high pressure and a very low temperature.

To reduce wrinkles together with facial rejuvenation have always been the corner stone of aesthetics.

Until now, the proposed treatments combined long sessions with scarce results or else, some timid result by enduring traumatic and invasive treatments. But nowadays, the rules of the game are changing: the Coolifting technology is here: a simple, fast and effective treatment that opens-up a new spectacular, unique, innovating and non-invasive anti-aging concept to fight wrinkles and for facial rejuvenation.

The Coolifting gun projects a powerful CO2 flow on the facial tissues, along with an extremely high concentration of atomized actives at a very high pressure and very low temperature. It is a non-invasive treatment and thus, not painful. The application pressure and temperature are technically controlled by specific software, so that its perception doesn’t represent any discomfort.

The cold CO2 flow and the atomized actives combined with the high application pressure on the sking causes an intensive penetration of the Coolifting actives and an exponential increase of its effects. The thermal shock caused by bringing an external intense cold source suddenly to the skin, which is normally at 36ºC (97ºF), generates a dermis reaction, deep and instantaneous, while stimulating the underlying tissues. For that very same cause, the circulating vessels contract and expand alternatively to counter that cold contribution (action known as paradoxical vessel-motricity). On top of that, we must add the benefits generated by the CO2: it activates blood micro-circulation, it induces production of collagen and elastine and it increases the tissues oxygenation.

All of which means a double effect: on the one hand, an immediate lifting effect, which means eliminating the superficial wrinkles, reduction of deep skin-folds and skin smoothing; on the other hand, an enduring rejuvenating effect, visible by an intense collagen and elastine stimulation, dermis regeneration and skin texture and quality improvements.

Coolifting is designed to easily treat facial wrinkles, both the expression ones and the gravitational ones: eyes outline, forehead, frown, cheeks and lips’ zone. Coolifting has been totally developed in Barcelona by a team that has combined state-of-the-art technology with the excellence, thus delivering this revolutionary system.

For more information and to reduce wrinkles, contact Radiant Remedies in Plymouth.

Rejuvenating Facials: Dermaplaning or Microdermabrasion?

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, November 30, 2017

Radiant Remedies, Plymouth, MADermaplaning is a method of exfoliation that gently scrapes off the top layer of dulling dead skin cells in order to reveal a smoother, brighter complexion. Dermaplaning is a fast rejuvenating facial when performed by the right person and spa.

Dermaplaning is a favorite if the skin facials in the entertainment industry, specifically among models and actresses. Why? It also eliminates that annoying peach fuzz that cakes up in makeup and can be enhanced by harsh lighting and high-definition cameras. Dermaplaning removes all the dead skin cells and also the facial hair, leaving the surface very smooth. Dermaplaning also allows for greater penetration of skincare products and creates a flawless canvas for makeup to glide on smoothly. In fact, cosmetic dermatologists often use dermaplaning to help prepare skin for more intrusive procedures such as laser treatments and chemical peels.

Wondering if you should try dermaplaning versus microdermabrasion? They are both forms of physical exfoliation, but the methods are very different. Microdermabrasion sands and suctions dead skin cells, which also helps to uproot clogged pores around the nose, mouth and chin. Dermaplaning safely scrapes off the top layer of skin, so it is well suited for drier skin types, winter weather, and anyone who wants to get rid of peach fuzz. But, keep in mind, both methods are good for almost everyone and it could just boil down to your personal preference.

Who is it for?

Dermaplaning is recommended for all skin types except those with acneic skin. If you have deep cystic acne, wait until breakouts are clear before trying this treatment. As always, also discuss any allergies or skin sensitivities before starting a treatment.

This is a great treatment if you are pregnant or nursing and want exfoliation without the risk of harsh chemicals absorbing into the blood stream.

Are There Immediate Side Effects?

There are no side effects and zero downtime. After the treatment, your skin will be highly sensitive to sun exposure and may already look very pink, so be sure to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher.

What are the Anticipated Results?

You’ll immediately look more radiant with a more even skin tone and texture. All of your peach fuzz will be gone, which is why first-timers say their skin has never felt so soft before.

Recommended Course for Optimal Results?

Dermaplaning removes 21 days’ worth of dead skin cells, so it’s best to allow the skin to complete its rejuvenation cycle before your next treatment.

Who Should Give me this Treatment?

Dermaplaning should be administered by a board certified dermatologist or licensed aesthetician who specializes in this procedure. An aesthetician has to be licensed in the state in which she is practicing. It’s always a good idea to ask how long they’ve been administering dermaplaning to know their level of experience.

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For more information on dermaplaning or any other medical aesthetics procedure, contact Radiant Remedies.

Instant Face Lift: Take Off 10 Years in 5 Minutes

Joseph Coupal - Monday, November 13, 2017

It is the most spectacular and instant face lift treatment to defy the passing time: 5 minutes to remove 10 years.

Coolifting, The Beauty Gun, a revolutionary system that shoots a strong CO2 flow on the facial tissues combining an extremely high concentration of atomized actives at a very high pressure and low temperature.

1. The Session

Simple, effective and fast treatment: 5 minutes that opens a new future for non-invasive facial rejuvenating.

2. Application Zones

Coolifting is designed to treat the eyes’ outline, forehead, frown, cheeks and lips’ area.

3. Later Sessions

A lasting treatment generates a durable rejuvenating effect that adds itself to the immediate lifting effect.

Number of Sessions

The instant face lift protocol consists of:

Single session: Immediate results with a single session, lifting effect: smoothens and illuminates the skin, eliminates superficial wrinkles and reduces deep wrinkles. Starts a lasting treatment.

Attack or shock treatment: 8 sessions in a month (2 per week) for a rejuvenating effect: intensive collagen stimulation, elastine, dermis regeneration, improves skin texture and quality.

Maintenance treatment: A session every two weeks

At Radiant Remedies, you'll have personalized counseling by a professional for each case.

For more information on a non-invasive face lift, contact Radiant Remedies in Plymouth, MA.