WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF PROFESSIONAL SKIN CARE?

Nearly twenty years ago, Dr. Turkle established an aesthetics department within our surgical practice because she realized there are some problems that are better handled with less invasive treatment. In addition, it is her belief that there are many products and treatments that really work and that can delay the need for surgery or prolong one’s investment in surgery.

Your skin can’t glow if it is unhealthy, sun-damaged or aging. Professional skin care treatments and products can clean dead skin cells and debris from your skin, reduce pore size, reduce redness and hyperpigmentation, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, tighten lax skin, reduce hair and more. More complex problems such as rosacea and extremely sensitive skin can be treated as well.

Just as important is that skin care products that really work contain more active ingredients and penetrate more deeply into the skin than those you buy over-the-counter.

The licensed medical aestheticians at Phases Skin Care and Laser Center are the best trained and best qualified professionals in the state. They are specifically trained to function in a medical setting, under the supervision of board-certified plastic surgeons, to offer advanced therapies and the latest in aesthetic treatments and products. They receive regular continuing education to keep them up-to-date on the latest developments in their field.

We take pride in developing a personalized skin care treatment and product regimen for you. Whether you are interested in skin rejuvenation and resurfacing, skin tightening, body sculpting, facials, peels, laser hair removal or other services, your first step is to schedule an aesthetics consultation to discuss your needs, your goals and your timeline. Whether your skin has special needs or not, you will benefit from the expertise and experience of our medical aestheticians.

To learn more about professional skin care or any of the services or products offered by Phases, please click here to contact Phases Skin Care & Laser Center in Indianapolis by using our quick contact form or call us at 317-848-8101 today.

Microneedling

Microneedling. It sounds scary. Almost like acupuncture for your face, right? We have had many patients that are interested in the benefits of microneedling – collagen stimulation, an improvement in acne scars, fine lines and texture, etc., but who are scared that it may hurt or have quite a bit of downtime.

While watching the MDPen microneedling procedure at Phases, I was intrigued. Initially, Ashli, one of the medical aestheticians, applied numbing cream to her patient. She then very meticulously covered her patient’s cheeks with the microneedling device, moved to her chin, to her other cheek and then up to her forehead. The patient was chatty at first and then ended up falling asleep.

Upon following up with Ashli’s patient, I learned that she had some pinkness for the day of and after she had her MDPen procedure, got a little dry a few days after that, and then started getting multiple compliments on her “glow” at about the 5 day mark. Sign me up!

Being in the industry for almost 12 years, I knew that microneedling was a tried and true procedure. It gained a lot of popularity prior to fractionated lasers, and now has resurged as an alternative to laser treatments for those who needed maintenance or cannot afford a full laser package.

To learn more about microneedling or any of the services or products offered by Phases, please click here to contact Phases Skin Care & Laser Center in Indianapolis by using our quick contact form or call us at 317-848-8101 today.

Treating Late Winter Skin

It’s the time of year when spring can’t come fast enough. Just when you think winter is finally finished, you wake to frost on the ground. And like us, you’re probably ready for an end to winter skin – being dry, flaky, red and itchy is as fun as trekking through freezing rain.

Though we can’t make warm days arrive sooner, there are easy steps to soothe skin and get it ready for spring.

1) Upgrade your moisturizer. Opt for an antioxidant-packed, emollient hydrator. For dry, aging skin we recommend SkinMedica’s Dermal Repair Cream or TNS Ceramide Treatment Cream if you’re dry and redness-prone. Patients with oily skin – or those who simply prefer a lighter moisturizer – will love Skinprint’s B5 Bloom. This silky gel uses a high amount of sodium hyaluronate (similar to hyaluronic acid) to plump and hydrate skin without occlusion.

2) Turn down the thermostat. We know it’s tempting to turn the dial way up when it’s bone-chilling. But dry heat sucks moisture from skin and hair – which is no good when you’re already dehydrated. Bonus: You’ll save money on energy bills!

3) Cleanse your face the right way – ditch the bar soap. Soap can be drying, and in areas with hard water, like Indianapolis, soap mixes with mineral deposits to form scum. A fine layer of it can stay on skin, causing irritation and clogged pores. Opt for a gentle, water soluble cleanser like SkinMedica’s Facial Cleanser or Skinprint’s Sensitive Skin Cleanser.

4) Schedule a facial plus dermaplaning with one of our estheticians at Phases skincare center. Exfoliation is especially important this time of year as skin cells turnover slower during colder months. With dermaplaning, a small razor is brushed gently across the face to remove vellus hair (aka peach fuzz) and dead skin cells. This quick process leaves skin so soft and smooth. You may find that your anti-aging serum absorbs better. To really glow, follow dermaplaning with a gentle chemical peel!

5) If your skin has really taken a beating from winter weather, a deeper treatment might work best for you. Schedule a consultation with an aesthetician at Phases Skin & Laser Center and we’ll work with you to find a treatment that will get your skin glowing for the Spring!

Basic Skin Care

Welcome back! I hope you’ve had a good summer. I can’t believe it’s coming to a close. Just a few more weeks of BBQs, weekends at the lake and splashing around the pool. I’ve touched on acne over the last few months, so let’s talk about something new.

Let’s go back to the basics of skincare for ALL skin types and conditions and why it is so important. First, it helps with its function. Our skin is the largest living organ of the body, so it has a very big job of keeping what’s inside protected. Therefore, it deserves care to keep it healthy and working properly. By cleansing, you’re removing the buildup of cells which can dull the complexion. Think of a brand new car, shiny and sparkling. Cleanse your skin and it will stay glowing, just like your new car’s paint!

Now we need to hydrate the skin so it can breathe (remember, it’s living). You can use a cream or a lotion to add moisture to the skin and keep it plumped up and healthy. Let’s think of those tires on the car. Maybe the rubber is a little dull and dried out. Putting a little oil on them makes them supple, just like you’d want your skin to be!

For the final step, let’s protect the skin with an SPF. Back to the car and it’s windows, they do have a little UV protection (especially if they’re tinted). Applying a broad-spectrum SPF can protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays, just like the window tint. There are powder and cream sunscreen options available. Some of my favorites are the new tinted sunscreens from SkinMedica and Sunforgettable mineral sunscreen from Colorescience.

Forever Young BBL

Forever Young BBL

This study patient’s forehead looks considerably younger after regular BBL treatments than it did 12 years ago when he began treatment. What if there was a treatment that could turn back the hands of time and keep you forever young? Scientific studies have shown that regular maintenance treatments using Forever Young BBL rejuvenates the skin and delays skin aging. BBL (Broadband Light) is a light based treatment that provides targeted treatment for many skin conditions caused by aging and sun exposure, such as freckles, age and sun spots and skin redness, as well as small facial veins, acne, skin firmness and uneven skin texture.

The light energy generated by BBL heats the upper layers of your skin and stimulates your skin cells to regenerate new collagen. Any area of the body can be treated. The most popular areas are the face, neck, back of the hands, chest and shoulders. The treatment is gentle, non-invasive and FDA-cleared.

A Stanford University study showed that regular BBL treatments can restore gene expression patterns of aged human skin to resemble young skin, which
improved fine wrinkles and pigmentation.

Another study showed BBL halts the visible signs of aging. In this study, BBL patients appeared nine years younger than their actual age when evaluated by a panel of physicians. The conclusion of this study was that a regular regimen of BBL treatments annually can reduce and delay the long term signs of skin aging.

The photos above are of a study patient. The first was taken 12 years ago. The second, or after photo, was taken during the study after a series of regular BBL treatments each year. After 12 years of BBL treatment the patient’s skin looks younger than it did 12 years earlier!

All About Retinol

Spring is (hopefully) upon us and we have talked about the SkinMedica LYTERA Brightening System and chemical peels the past couple months. This month I would like to talk about retinols. There are many myths on why to use them, what to use (or NOT to use) with them and how they really work. We have several to choose from at Turkle & Associates and Phases™ Skincare and Laser Center, so let’s go over a few basics.

First, why would I use a retinol? The simplest answer is that it is an antioxidant that “talks” to the cells and tells them to make more healthy, young cells. It is Vitamin A, for anti-aging and can also help with acne. It “ramps up” the production of new skin cells. This is a key factor in the skin not only acting younger, but looking younger too! They really give you a glow (and who wouldn’t want that?). Everyone can use a retinol; it’s just finding the right one for your skin.

Second, what can I use (or NOT use) with them? It is important to use an SPF 30 whether or not you use a retinol, but especially important is to use other antioxidants, like Vitamin C and E, with your retinol.

Vitamin C requires a low pH to remain stable. Retinol works best in an acidic environment (and skin is naturally more acidic than neutral) therefore, the two work beautifully together to fight free radicals. In fact, your Vitamin C helps keep the retinol from oxidizing and allows it to penetrate deeper into the skin. Magic, right? Science AND magic! How about those AHA’s (alpha-hydroxy acids) and BHA’s (beta-hydroxy acids) you hear so much about? Can you still use those with your retinol and other antioxidants? Absolutely! In fact, when used together they improve the results you get from both.

Lastly, how do they work? Keep in mind, you don’t have to deal with peeling, flaking and redness with retinol use. Retinols work by penetrating deeper into the skin and converting to retinoic acid. If you experience irritation, you should stop using for a few days and hydrate the irritated skin to soothe it and bring it back to “normal”. You can (and should) use a moisturizer as a part of your regular skincare program-but especially when using a retinol.

I hope this has helped dispel some of the myths about retinols. We have several different brands and strengths of retinols to help you on your journey to healthy, glowing skin.

To learn more about retinols or any of the services or products offered by Phases, please click here to contact Phases Skin Care & Laser Center in Indianapolis by using our quick contact form or call us at 317-848-8101 today.

Here’s to turning over new skin for spring!

Lighten & Brighten the New Year

The New Year usually brings thoughts of resolutions; some of them attainable and some, well…better luck next year. A very achievable goal is brighter skin! There are a few simple things you can start today that will make a dramatic improvement in your complexion.

Dr. Turkle has had the LYTERA Skin Brightening System by SkinMedica for several months and has seen very impressive results with daily use. The system is a simple cleanser, LYTERA Skin Brightening Complex, a retinol and a sunscreen. Clinical studies saw improvements after four weeks and 100 percent patient satisfaction in a long-term study of twice-daily use. If hyperpigmentation, melasma, “pregnancy mask” or sun and age spots have you down, call us to see if the LYTERA Skin Brightening System is right for you.

LYTERA was recently named by New Beauty magazine the “Best Dark Spot Remover” product! Our licensed medical aestheticians at Phases can help you with a series of chemical peels, too.

To learn more about lightening and brightening your skin or any of the services or products offered by Phases, please click here to contact Phases Skin Care & Laser Center in Indianapolis by using our quick contact form or call us at 317-848-8101 today.

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