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The CoolPeel vs. Chemical Peel: Understanding the Difference

CoolPeel and Chemical PeelWhen it comes to rejuvenating your skin and achieving that youthful glow, there are numerous options available. Two popular treatments for treating sun damage and improving overall skin textures are the “CoolPeel” and the traditional “chemical peel.” Yelena at Triangle Facial Plastic Surgery is here to explore the key differences between these two skincare procedures.

Technology and Approach

CoolPeel: The CoolPeel is an advanced CO2 laser treatment that uses cutting-edge technology to target the outermost layer of the skin. It delivers controlled bursts of energy to stimulate collagen production and promote skin regeneration. Unlike traditional lasers, the CoolPeel leaves the surrounding skin undamaged by utilizing a fractional technique.

Chemical Peel: On the other hand, a chemical peel involves the application of a chemical solution to the skin, typically composed of alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), beta hydroxy acids (BHAs), or trichloroacetic acid (TCA). The solution exfoliates the skin’s top layer, causing it to peel off, revealing smoother, more youthful skin underneath.

Downtime and Recovery

CoolPeel: One of the major advantages of the CoolPeel is minimal downtime. Since it precisely targets the outer layer of the skin, the recovery period is relatively short compared to other laser skin resurfacing treatments. Patients may experience some redness and mild peeling, which usually resolves within a few days as healthy glowing skin is revealed.

Chemical Peel: Depending on the depth of the peel, recovery time can vary. Superficial peels (such as Pomegranate Peel, Blueberry Smoothie Peel) may have a shorter recovery period, but medium to deep peels (such as ViPeel and Timeless Peel) might require more downtime as the skin heals and peels off.

Skin Concerns Addressed

CoolPeel: The CoolPeel is an excellent option for treating fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, acne scars, stretch marks and overall skin texture. It stimulates collagen production and helps to improve skin tone and firmness.

Chemical Peel: Chemical peels are effective in addressing various skin concerns, including acne scars, uneven pigmentation, and mild to moderate wrinkles. They can also help to unclog pores and reduce the appearance of age spots.

Number of Treatments Needed

CoolPeel: Depending on individual needs and desired results, multiple CoolPeel sessions may be recommended. However, dramatic improvements can often be seen after just one treatment.

Chemical Peel: The number of chemical peel sessions required depends on the depth of the peel and the specific skin concerns being addressed. Some patients may achieve their desired results with a single peel, while others may need a series of treatments.

In conclusion, both the CoolPeel and the Chemical Peel are effective treatments for achieving smoother, more youthful skin. The choice between the two will depend on individual skin concerns, desired downtime, and treatment goals. If you’re looking to undo sun damage and restore your healthy, youthful looking glow, contact us by completing our contact form or call (919) 706-4900 to schedule your complimentary consultation with Yelena, and she will provide you with a skincare assessment and determine the most suitable treatment for your unique needs.

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6 Non-Surgical Cosmetic Treatments to Reduce Wrinkles

Reduce Wrinkles RaleighWrinkles are one of the early visible signs of aging that may begin for adults in their 20s, becoming more prominent over time, depending on a variety of factors. For many people, wrinkles can be quite bothersome and wreak havoc on one’s self-confidence. The good news is that improving the appearance of wrinkles is possible, and whether you are looking to start small or go bigger, our team of experts at Triangle Facial Plastic Surgery has several options for you; read on to learn more!

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Maximize Your Wedding Day Glow With These Tips

Glowing wedding day skin is on every bride’s wish list, and it’s absolutely attainable with proper planning and guidance.  Our team of highly experienced anti-aging experts at Triangle Facial Plastic Surgery in Raleigh is here to share some tips to boost and maximize your glow so you can feel your very best on your special day!  

  • If you haven’t already established a consistent daily skincare routine, NOW is the time!  Your daily skincare routine should include: 
    • Gentle cleanser in the morning, evening and after exercise.  
    • Moisturizer application to keep your skin hydrated and smooth.  
    • Vitamin C + retinol products for anti-aging.  Vitamin C brightens the skin, evens skin tone and protects the skin from environmental stressors that can come during the day.  Retinol (aka Vitamin A) firms and tightens the skin.  Both products can be used together, but they should not be applied at the same time – apply Vitamin C in the morning and Retinol in the evening.  
    • Sunscreen application to your face and neck (YES, even if it’s cloudy out) and reapply after prolonged periods out in the sun. 
  • Exfoliate with a gentle exfoliation product 1-3 times each week (depending on your skin type).  ZO SKIN HEALTH® Exfoliating Polish is an amazing, gentle polish that delivers an insta-glow and amazingly smooth skin!   
  • Consider additional skincare products to address specific concerns, such as acne, redness, spots and pigmentation. The best way to determine the best products to improve your skin condition is to consult with a licensed medical esthetician.
  • Hydrate from within! You should consume plenty of water each day.  A good rule of thumb is to drink 0.5-1.0 ounces of water for each pound you weigh.  
  • Schedule monthly facials to refresh and hydrate your skin, unclog pores, and improve the appearance of specific skin concerns.  HydraFacial gives you glowing, firm and more youthful looking skin in just 30 minutes!  And there are a variety of booster options to address your specific concerns, whether it be hyperpigmentation, acne, redness, wrinkles, etc.  
  • Erase forehead wrinkles, glabellar lines (aka the dreaded 11’s) and crows feet around the eyes with a neurotoxin treatment 1-2 months before the big day.  
  • If you’re looking to soften & contour your facial profile, and add volume to the areas including the cheeks, chin, jawline and lips, you may consider non-surgical filler treatments. Filler treatments should be done several months in advance to ensure satisfactory results.  Definitely plan ahead!  
  • If you are looking for more dramatic results to improve the appearance of aging and problematic skin vs. skincare products and facials alone, you may consider laser and IPL (intense pulse light) treatments.  They are more intensive treatments, and when combined, they are even MORE powerful!  These treatments should also be scheduled several months in advance to make time for multiple treatments if needed to achieve the desired results.    
    • CoolPeel CO2 laser treatments deliver a total skin rejuvenation with little downtime.  CoolPeel treatments dramatically reduce fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, acne scars, minimize pore size and improve dullness and skin texture in 1-3 appointments (typically scheduled a month apart). 
    • BBL Hero treatments penetrate into the deeper layers of skin and deliver remarkably clear and refreshed skin.  BBL Hero is great for addressing hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone, acne, inflammation and redness. It also helps to remove unwanted dark colored hair.

Do you want to learn more about specific products and treatments that are right for YOUR skin and your goals? Let’s talk!  Contact us to schedule your complimentary skincare consultation with Yelena, our licensed medical esthetician, and she will assess your skin, discuss your goals and timeline to create a customized treatment plan for you!

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VI Peel Q&A With Yelena

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You may have heard that Autumn has been dubbed as “peeling season” in the aesthetic world.   As temperatures get cooler and days get shorter, our sun exposure lessens.  It’s the perfect time of year to undo summer sun damage with a chemical peel! While we offer a variety of facial peels here at Triangle Facial Plastic Surgery in Raleigh, our favorite and most popular chemical peel, the VI Peel, has a consistent track record for minimal downtime and gorgeous results!

We are here with Yelena, our licensed medical esthetician, to highlight and answer the most commonly asked questions we receive about VI Peel.

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Five Commandments of Melasma

MelasmaAre you one of the many people wondering why darkened patches of skin on your face showed up out of the blue? Melasma is a facial skin condition that’s characterized by brown or blue-gray patches or freckle-like spots that appear on the forehead, cheeks, chin, upper lip and/or nose. It is more common in females and sometimes referred to as the “mask of pregnancy” because it can be triggered by hormones during pregnancy. Sunlight exposure plays a major role in triggering the appearance of melasma, along with birth control pills, HCG diets and hormone replacement.

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Which Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatment Would Work Best For You?

Laser Skin Resurfacing TreatmentsWe offer a variety of laser skin resurfacing treatments at Triangle Facial Plastic Surgery in Raleigh, NC to address various skin conditions. Laser skin resurfacing treatments vary when it comes to how aggressive the treatment is, treatment time, downtime and the timeline for results. Our goal is to recommend the treatment that will best address the concerns of our patients while delivering the most desirable, youthful-looking results.

While they all deliver healthy, glowing, younger-looking skin, determining which laser skin resurfacing treatment is best for you can be confusing. We’ve developed a chart to simplify and compare three of our most popular treatment options: CoolPeel CO2 Laser Treatment, Halo and Full Face Laser Resurfacing.

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