Portland Skin Care & Aesthetics

Skin Care and Medical Aesthetics

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Why Should I See an Aesthetician?

Esthetics is the application of various treatments to the skin, to maintain its health and vitality. Aestheticians are trained in skin wellness, helping their clients balance oil and moisture content and achieve a healthy, youthful complexion. As well as various facial treatments, they commonly also perform body treatments such as salt or sugar scrubs, moisturizing or slenderizing body wraps, hair removal techniques such as waxing or threading, and hand/foot treatments to rejuvenate the skin.

A variety of treatments and products are used to protect skin from environmental hazards and combat fine lines, wrinkles, and a dull, uneven skin tone. Estheticians are also skilled in managing conditions such as acne, rosacea, eczema, and dry skin, to name just a few. And finally, skin care treatments are wonderfully relaxing and rejuvenating. If smooth, healthy skin is your goal, visiting a skin care professional can benefit you.

Techniques and products

Techniques used by estheticians include facial steaming, wrapping, exfoliation, waxing, pore cleansing, extraction, and chemical peels. Creams, lotions, wraps, clay or gel masks, and salt scrubs are used. Machines may also be used to help deliver high-tech services.

Some common therapies:

  • Chemical peel: An exfoliation process, very effective in treating a large range of skin concerns such as aging, sun damage, acne, mild scarring, improving overall skin brightness and evening skin tone. Peels can be light, moderate or deep. Light peels require no down time from work or normal activities. Moderate peels may require a day or two of down time, and deep peels can require a week or more to allow the skin to fully heal. Estheticians who are not working in a medical setting perform light to moderate peels only. Deep peels are performed by a physician, or under a physician’s supervision, for your safety.
  • Exfoliation: The removal of dead skin cells manually (scrubbing, brushing, or using a system such as microdermabrasion), with a chemical peel (a product that causes dead skin cells to shed) or with an enzymatic product that digests dead skin cells.
  • Extraction: This is the process of deep cleansing the pores, either manually (using gloved hands and cotton or tissue around the fingers, with gentle pressure to remove the impacted pore) or using a metal extraction implement designed to clear blocked pores. This can also include the use of a lancet (a small sharp blade to lift the dead cells of the skin prior to extraction).
  • Facial: A facial is the most popular treatment performed by estheticians. It is a good way for your therapist to get a good understanding of your skin prior to suggesting more aggressive treatments. A facial generally includes makeup removal and skin cleansing, exfoliation by mechanical, enzymatic or chemical means, steaming, extractions, facial massage, a treatment mask, serum/moisturizer and sunblock. For most people, facials can be scheduled every four weeks, although your therapist may recommend a different schedule based on your individual needs.
  • Microdermabrasion: The process of resurfacing the skin using a machine that sands the skin’s epidermal (outer) layer, using either a wand tipped with crushed diamonds, or a spray of special crystals which are then suctioned back up along with the dead skin cells. It can be very helpful in improving skin texture, fine lines and the effectiveness of home care product penetration.

Visiting an Aesthetician

It is always a good idea to schedule a consultation appointment prior to your first treatment, especially if you are new to esthetic treatments. This gives you and your therapist a chance to discuss your goals and expectations for the first visit, and long term goals for the future. During a consultation, your therapist will go over an extensive intake form, and most likely do a cleansing of the skin followed by a detailed skin analysis. This will give your therapist the information she/he needs to create an individualized treatment plan, both for a series of professional treatments and recommendations for products you can use at home.

What about home care?
Much of the success of maintaining a visible improvement after treatment depends on consistent, correct home care. Your esthetician is trained to select the products that will most benefit your skin, and to advise you on how to maintain your professional results between visits. Like medical or dental care, following the right daily regimen at home is essential if you are to get the most out of your visits to a professional.



Facial Infusion Peel
Facial Infusion enhances results for acne, aging, rosacea, and hyperpigmentation. This is a non-acid, non-inflammatory peel that is a wonderful option to boost/speed up the results of your skin concerns. It is unique peel as it avoids damaging the epidermis by penetrating several

Ultrasonic Resurfacing

Ultrasonic Resurfacing provides soft peeling as an alternative to microdermabrasion. Using ultrasonic technology, the skin is deeply exfoliated and smoothed. The Ultrasonic Infusion also allows for a deeper penetration of skin care ingredients, while accelerating blood circulation and strengthening the skin tissue metabolism—a perfect complement to a facial treatment.


Let your skin breathe and soak in nutrient rich treatments. Microneedling stimulates the body’s natural collagen, elastin, and blood vessel production in order to produce new and vibrant, healthy skin. uses hundreds of micro-needles to penetrate the skin of your target area. The treatment causes a reaction which triggers your body to “fill” these micro holes with new collagen and elastin. is one of the only cosmetic procedures that assists the body in creating new blood vessels to the skin. These new vessels (capillaries) can then bring essential nutrients, vitamins, and growth factors that are involved in the production of newly formed collagen and elastin in the target area.

Common Conditions Treated With Microneedling:

  • Loose / Sagging Skin
  • Scars / Stretch Marks
  • Sun Damage / Uneven Skin Pigmentation / Brown Spots)
  • Wrinkles / Fine Lines
  • Oily Skin / Large Pores

Benefits of Microneedling:

  • Deeper, more effective product delivery
  • Increase of Collagen
  • Smoother, firmer skin
  • Rejuvenation of skin cells
  • Minimal to no downtime
  • No post-treatment pain
  • Non-destructive to the skin
  • Safe for most skin types

What To Expect:
During the procedure, you may experience some minor discomfort, but your esthetician will work with you to make your experience as enjoyable as possible. You see results within 2—3 days after treatment with continued improvement up to 6—10 weeks after the procedure. Because collagen production occurs naturally, and at the cellular level, your skin can continue to look smoother and firmer for up to one year after the procedure.

Microcurrent Facelift

A microcurrent facelift delivers a variety of benefits to patients who wish to attain a healthier and younger looking appearance. The following benefits can be achieved: improve muscle tone in face and neck; lift jowls and eyebrows; reduce and eliminate fine lines and wrinkles; improve facial circulation; skin exfoliation, lymphatic drainage, sun damage treatment, skin pigment improvement, product penetration, and much more.

A microcurrent facelift utilizes microcurrent technology which uses gentle electrical stimulation to trigger the body’s natural skin enhancement chemicals at a cellular level. Clinical studies have shown that after twenty days of treatment collagen production increases by 14 percent, elastin increases by 48 percent, and blood circulation increases by 38 percent. Scientists have also found that microcurrent facelift treatments trigger the body’s production of amino acids and ATP. Both of these accelerate cell repair and promote healthier cell production.

The best candidate for a microcurrent facelift is any patient who wishes to maintain or gain a youthful appearance. For ultimate results a series of 10 sessions within a 5 week period is recommended.