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What Is New In Skin Care?

Aug 17, 2007
The perpetual quest to defeat the signs of aging is one that may be never-ending, but the odds are in our favor now more than ever thanks to a few new weapons. The skin care industry is booming thanks to the members of our population that now find themselves in their forties and fifties, and it is perfectly understandable. If you do not have to live with those wrinkles and fine lines, why should you? For those of us who are seeking refuge from father time, help can be found at your local medical spa.

A medical spa typically offers services that provide a significant cosmetic enhancement without the drawbacks and pitfalls of surgery. The medical spa represents the fusion of healthcare and beauty. A trip to the medical spa can help to maintain or restore the youthful appearance of your skin with procedures that normally require no recovery period or serious infringements on your day-to-day life. The concept of a medical spa has been around for more than a decade, but in recent years the advent of new technologies have helped to make medical aesthetic services a potentially significant part of our lives.

Imagine taking time out of your lunch hour to stop by and have your wrinkles erased, to have unwanted hair permanently removed, or to eradicate pesky cellulite. These concepts have gone from imagination to reality, and are readily available today. Medical aesthetic services providers, who are typically medical or cosmetology professionals with advanced training in the use of lasers and other energy based devices, can now develop their skills at any of the new specialized training schools that can be found in nearly every region of the country. As the desire for these services increase, so too does the demand for qualified laser technicians and cosmetic medical providers.

One of the newest technologies that can be found in some of the more advanced medical spas is skin tightening. Skin tightening involves the reduction of flaccid or loose skin by the introduction of radio frequency, or RF, energy. RF energy devices are not lasers, but they use a form of energy to cause small constrictions of the collagen and elastic in the skin to create a tightening effect. This procedure can yield incredible results when used on the face, neck or abdomen to smooth wrinkled skin. It can also be used on the arms to firm up flaccid skin, or in conjunction with other treatments to contour and tighten the thighs and buttocks.

For deep wrinkles, many medical spas also now offer a laser service that will actually enhance the bodys production of natural collagen. It is estimated that the body produces collagen, which lends to supple and smooth youthful skin, at peak levels in our mid to late twenties. That production rate then diminishes as we age. This new laser procedure can actually stimulate your body to begin producing collagen at an increased rate; much like it did when you were several years younger. Can a forty year old woman really have the appearance of a thirty year old? Visit your local medical spa to find out.

Other new medical aesthetic services available today include non-invasive cellulite reduction with the use endermology technology. Endermology is essentially a mechanical vacuum assisted deep tissue massage that breaks up fat cells to help contour and shape the body. Also be sure to ask your provider about micro-current energy treatments, which can be used to tighten facial muscles to provide a non-surgical facelift effect.

It seems the war against aging is being fought on many fronts these days. As these services become more widely accepted and more readily available, technology may give us the upper hand. These advancements have come about so quickly over the last decade that it is hard to say what the future may hold. There is, however, one thing that will be for certain; we will all be aging gracefully as we wait to find out.
About the Author
Jason Begley is one of the original founders of the Institute for Medical Aesthetics - IMAj, which is the largest and most experienced medical aesthetics and laser hair removal training school in North America. For more information, please visit http://www.imajschool.org
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