Want to level up your skincare regime with a professional treatment, but are unsure of your skin's needs? Dermal Therapist Yadira Cauchi explains the most popular in clinic treatments, including costs, and how long it will take to see results.
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Published: September 2022
You know you want to level up your skincare regime with a professional treatment, but where to begin? How to know which treatment best addresses your unique skin needs, how long until you should realistically expect to see results, and whether you are being ripped off?
Whether you want to boost collagen production, help manage breakouts, or minimise pore size, reading through extensive treatment lists can feel confusing and exhausting.
So whether you’re curious about starting a skin treatment plan, or you want to chat to a Dermal Therapist about your options, below is a mini guide to some of the most popular skin treatments you’re likely to come across.
Remember the best way to determine what treatment is right for you is via a skin consultation with a clinician who can provide the right treatment plan for your individual skin type and concerns.
Microneedling is done with a device that uses microneedles to stimulate collagen and elastin production. This helps restore and rejuvenate the skin.
It reduces wrinkles/fine lines, improves skin texture, reduces the appearance of visible pores, scarring, pigmentation and assists with the overall management of ageing skin. Microneedling can also be used to treat the neck and décolletage and other areas of the body.
Approximate cost: $250-$450
3-4 sessions spaced every four weeks apart are recommended for best results.
All skin types, however individuals with a low pain threshold, active cold sores or open lesions in the treatment area are not suitable for this treatment. Anyone with active papulopustular rosacea, anyone with severe acne or anyone that has used topical antiobiotics for acne in the previous two weeks or has taken Roaccutane in the past 12 months are also contraindicated.
Chemical peels are the best treatment to improve skin tone and texture in all skin types (also much different to a fluffy facial treatment you might find in a beauty salon.)
There are many different types of peels in clinic with a range of ingredients, including alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA’s), beta hydroxy acids (BHA’s), encapsulated retinols, fruit enzymes, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory components that help achieve results without compromising skin health.
Clinical peels stimulate cell renewal which results in brighter, firmer and healthier skin. They can be applied to the neck and décolletage if required. Non-acid based peels are also available for sensitive skin types.
Approximate cost: $100-$350
It depends on the skin concerns being treated. They are great to do monthly.
All skin types can benefit from the right peel. However, if you are extremely sensitive, or rosacea prone, tread with caution. Some peels may also not be suitable during pregnancy and/or breastfeeding although there are options for use during this time.
It’s a laser that works by gently heating the upper layer (or dermis) of the skin through thousands of micro-pulses of light. Laser genesis isn't invasive or painful, and bonus, it can be done on your lunch break.
The heat from the laser stimulates collagen production, can break down scar tissue, and helps to shrink blood vessels and diffuse redness. The face is the most common area to treat using laser genesis, however, this treatment can also be done on your neck and décolletage.
Laser genesis has many benefits, but it's predominantly loved for the way it reduces the look of redness, veins and scarring.
This is why it's often recommended as a skin treatment for rosacea. It's also a great laser for managing ageing as the stimulation of collagen production can help smooth skin and minimise the look of fine lines.
Approximate cost: $250-$450.
This will depend on skin type and concern.
All skin types can benefit.
LED light therapy treatment stimulates collagen and elastin growth, accelerates post trauma healing, reduces and prevents acne, and instantly plumps the skin from within. It’s painless, has zero downtime and equals healthy skin. It is also best combined with other clinical treatments. (Read our deep dive on at home and in-clinic LED Light Therapy in this article).
Approximate cost: $50-$150, depending on device
LED Therapy can be done as often as required.
All skin types can benefit, however clients with melasma or with skin type IV and above may need to modify some wavelengths.