Skin Care in NYC
The skin changes that occur as we age are primarily a direct result of our history of sun exposure combined with hormonal and genetic factors. The ultraviolet radiation and environmental toxins to which the skin is exposed produces damage to the collagen and elastic fibers that give the skin its youthful appearance. The wrinkled, dry, and tired looking skin that results can be restored to a healthier and refreshed appearance with a customized program of skin care prescribed by Dr. Forley.
There are a variety of chemical peels available that will effectively treat not only the wrinkles of sun damaged skin but also the pigmentation changes that occur. Dr. Forley combines an at home program of skin care products including topical vitamin C and fruit acid based products with in office peels to exfoliate, produce more even skin tones, and stimulate regenerative properties in the skin. Skin lighteners that combine hydroquinone and kojic acid as well as botanical lighteners like plant gycosides can be used to successfully treat troublesome hyperpigmentation. Many of the fruit acid peels produce only a mild stinging sensation and do not require any down time from work or social activities. Deeper peels using trichloroacetic acid (TCA) can be utilized to achieve a more dramatic benefit on problematic skin wrinkling but require a period of 3-5 days for healing. Renova and Retin-A contain a vitamin A derivative, tretinoin, which has been shown to diminish fine lines and wrinkles and is used to help maintain and improve skin texture following a peel.
Microdermabrasion is a minimally invasive technique that uses the abrasive action of micro-crystals combined with machine vacuum to improve the damaging effects of aging and sun exposure to the skin. Fine lines are diminished, pigmentation is more even, pore size is reduced, and the skin appears more vibrant. A rejuvenating effect is produced by an increase in cell regeneration and enhanced blood flow to the skin. There is minimal discomfort and no down time following the procedure. Since the improvement from microdermabrasion is incremental in nature, a series of 4-6 treatments, at 2 week intervals, is recommended to achieve the maximum benefits of the technique.
Following the initial treatment series, a maintenance program combining a weekly re-texturizing regimen involving an at home peel and exfoliant alternating with a clay mask will help to enhance the results of the microdermabrasion.