BLACKLEDGE SKIN CARE
SKIN CARE SOLUTIONS for lasting beauty.
Skin Care Procedures
At Blackledge Face Center, chemical peels are customized to each patients’ needs. The goal of any chemical peel is to safely remove a uniform thickness from the treated areas of the skin and, in so doing, improve fine lines and wrinkles. Chemical peels can help you get rid of years of sun damage.
While many patients ask Dr. Blackledge if they can perform their own chemical peels at home. His reply? You can perform your own chemical peel at home, but you run the risk of severely damaging your skin by applying the wrong amount of chemicals. Dr. Blackledge and his team understand how to fit each chemical peel to every patient and their aesthetic goals, so your skin feels beautiful. Hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and wrinkles can all be remedied by chemical peels, which help ‘reset’ the age of your skin.
Erbium Laser Resurfacing
Erbium laser resurfacing is designed to remove surface-level and moderately deep lines and wrinkles on the face, hands, neck, and chest. This type of laser treatment is great for treating sun spots, as it dusts off the top surface layer of the skin.
A Blackledge hydrafacial cleanses, exfoliates, extracts, and hydrates the skin. A hydrafacial infuses antioxidants, peptides, and hyaluronic acid into the skin. This is a non-invasive procedure with immediate results and no discomfort or downtime. Remove debris from the pores, hydrate the skin, and infuse the skin with all sorts of rejuvenating antioxidants and peptides. Dr. Blackledge and his team choose the products that will best serve your skin, then they infuse those products. Hydrafacials are an excellent form of self-care and skin rejuvenation.
Dermaplaning is a very popular treatment that involves gently scraping the skin, which removes fine facial hair as well as the uppermost layer of the skin. Dermaplaning has grown in popularity over the past few years, as the ‘age of the selfie’ has taken hold. Dermaplaning helps smooth and exfoliate the skin so that you are photo-ready no matter what. Dr. Blackledge and his team will use a small surgical scalpel to gently remove the ‘peach fuzz’ and dead skin cells that accumulate on your face. Dermaplaning has become the foundation of nearly every procedure we perform here; that is, we will usually dermaplane before we do a chemical peel or other treatment because it can make that treatment even more effective.
The IPL Laser treatment, sometimes called the “Photo Facial” treats sun damage, hyperpigmentation, and rosacea. It also tightens the skin, all with zero down time. The IPL Laser treatment can give you an instant glow. The IPL laser can take care of tiny, unwanted blood vessels, unwanted broken spider veins around the nose, and can give your skin a tightened effect.
Microneedling is a game-changer for rejuvenating the skin. It involves placing tiny, fragmented holes into the skin to stimulate collagen production. Many patients say that their skin looks like glass following their microneedline procedures.
Microdermabrasion renews overall skin tone and texture. It can also improve the appearance of sun damage, wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, and other skin-related concerns and conditions. Microdermabrasion polishes and perfects the skin using a diamond crystal-tipped applicator.
Skin Care Products
Blackledge Face Center prides itself on providing the highest quality, medical-grade skin care products, including serum, face oil, and cleanser, for your at home skin care and beauty routine. Our skin care products feature powerful active ingredients that can protect against UV rays and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, so that your skin looks and feels brand new. Visit our online store to see our exclusive offerings of the best skin care products for you!
1. What is the Comprehensive First Facial?
During your initial visit with the skin care department at Blackledge Face Center, you will receive both a comprehensive skin care analysis, a deep cleaning and rehydrating facial and then a personalized protocol for your skin treatment plan. Our estheticians have over 75 years of combined skin care experience in dealing with skin of all types and problems. We realize that you have entrusted us with your face, and so we will do everything necessary to ensure that your experience is rewarding and goal-oriented.
During your facial, you may expect to have your makeup removed using a gentle cleanser and your skin will be examined under a Woods lamp to determine your extent of oil production and accumulation and to assess your sun damage. Each step during your facial will be explained to you so that you become an integral part of your treatment.
Once the “discovery” part of your facial is complete, we will begin the treatment phase which may include extractions of clogged pores, micro peels, microdermabrasion, dermaplaning or customized peels. We use a very graduated approach so as not to overwhelm you or your skin. Our philosophy is that our patients become skin care patients for life, which means are entering a marathon with you as your skincare partner.
At the conclusion of your facial, our aestheticians will review their findings, and then give you a treatment plan that may include follow up treatments and make suggestions for products to improve your skin. We carry six different lines of products and will pull from each line to personalize your skincare.
2. What is Dermaplane?
This innovative technique has increased in popularity over the course of the past ten years. A gentle scraping that removes the fine facial hair and uppermost layer of skin allows the underlying layers of smooth, clear, undamaged skin to emerge, lessening the appearance of fine lines and brown spots.
The results of dermaplaning are immediate and give the skin a smooth appearance. Dermaplaning may be performed in conjunction with some of our chemical peels as well so that the peel is applied more evenly. For patients wanting a quick fix, dermaplaning is one our most popular treatments.
3. What is Micropeel??
An exfoliation procedure involving a physical and chemical means to improve the overall look and feel of the skin. This procedure evens out skin texture and softens fine lines and wrinkles. For desired results, a series of treatments is recommended.
4. What is Custom Peel?
A topical application that is individualized to meet your skin care needs. This procedure gently and effectively polishes the skin’s surface to reduce the depth of surface lines, smooth rough skin texture, and promote even skin color.
5. What is Microdermabrasion?
A painless procedure that exfoliates and rejuvenates skin. This highly effective and clinically proven technique uses a specialized machine tip to gently remove dead skin while vacuuming the pores resulting in a smoother texture, a reduction in the appearance of fine lines, acne scars and wrinkles. It also promotes better penetration of skincare products. Best results come with repeat treatments.
6. What is Hydrafacial?
It is a new type of facial that cleanses, exfoliates, extracts and hydrates. It actually infuses antioxidants, peptides, and hyaluronic acid into the skin. It is a non-invasive procedure with immediate results and no downtime or discomfort.
7. What Acne Treatment Options are Offered?
From acne related to puberty associated changes to adult acne and rosacea acne, our estheticians and Dr. Blackledge will formulate a comprehensive treatment plan to both treat active acne, minimize previous acne scars and prevent further breakouts.
The armamentarium used for treating acne is grown significantly with topical rinses, retinoids, antibiotics, light and laser treatments leading the way. During your visit, your esthetician will help you find the cause of your acne, whether it be hormone changes, medications or even just clogged pores and then will work with you in formulating a treatment plan.
Some of the treatment options for acne include microdermabrasion which is a superficial skin polishing procedure used to remove oily skin pores, diminish previous scars and improve the texture of the skin.
A customized skin peel will likely also be formulated for your acne. Depending on the type of acne (whether it be mild, cystic or adult) a peel will be selected to start to control the cause of your acne. Salicylic acid peels work well on just about all types of acne.
Customized Medical Topical Skin Care – A combination of topical retinoids which are used to improve skin cell turnover, a topical antibiotic to control underlying infections in the skin, cleansers that are careful not to over dry your skin, serums used to control inflammation and antioxidants to improve scarring will be discussed with you during your consultation.
Laser Skin Tightening – In some cases in which previous acne has already scarred the skin or indentations in the skin, laser may be used to tighten and realign the collagen under scar tissue. This stimulation of growth in the collagen produces healthy collagen that fills in depressions and scars.
Medical Facials – The estheticians have developed an acne facial specific for acne prone skin. It focuses on the cause of the overproduction of oil, works to unclog pores, extrats existing pores, and cleanses the skin to stimulate a healthy environment for new fresher skin.
Medical Injectables – A combination of any of the fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane may be used to inject into acne scars to plump the skin giving the skin a more healthy, even appearance.
8. What are Chemical Peels?
Chemical peels are an effective way to attain smoother, softer skin by delicately removing the older top layers of skin, making way for more youthful surface skin. There are many products available for resurfacing and peeling the skin from light peels such as salicylic acid to deep chemical peels such as trichloroacetic acid. Our estheticians are trained in evaluating your skin, recommending chemical peel strengths that are both safe and effective in polishing your skin. The goal of any chemical peel is to safely remove a uniform thickness of the surface of akin so that newer collagen forms in the lower levels of skin, thereby giving a more plump skin without the fine lines and wrinkles.
9. What are Light “lunch time” Peels?
Lactic Micropeel – Lactic peels are ideal for dry skin as it not only freshens the skin, but also moistens the skin. Sensitive skins such as rosacea prone skin are also ideal for lactic acid treatments. Resulting skin is more even in tone and has a glow. A series of peels is often recommended with this treatment.
Glycolic Micropeel – This superficial peel is an alpha hydroxy acid peel derived from sugar cane that is gentle but effective in smoothing the skin. It does not leave the skin irritated, opens blocked pores and works great on oily skin, acne prone skin and sun damaged skin. It works to reduct the appearance of fine lines while visibly improving skin color, tone and texture.
Salicylic Micropeel – This treatment exfoliates oily skin, removing clogged pores and pimples. This peel works wonders for acne prone skin by reducing pore size and improving the skin’s texture.
10. What are the Medium Depth Peels?
VI Peel – One of the latest in chemical peels produces amazing results without pain and keeps downtime at a minimum. It improves tone, texture and clarity of the skin while reducing age spots, freckles and hyperpigmentation.
Custon Peel – A topical application that is individualized to meet your skin care needs. This procedure gently and effectively polishes the skin’s surface to reduce the depth of surface lines, smooth rough skin texture and promote even skin color.
TCA (Trichloroacetic acid) Peel – TCA peels come in varying concentrations depending on the skin type and conditions to be treated. Common concentrations include 10, 20 and 30% with the higher concentrations reserved for more problematic skin. TCA peels are reserved for patients who desire significant improvement in fine lines and rhytids as well as patients with severe sun damage and pigmentation issues.
SkinMedica Illuminize Peel – This peel is a customized peel that provides radiant, vibrant skin with virtually no downtime. The peel is painless and the effects are present within 2 to 3 days.
SkinMedica Vitalize Peel – This SkinMedica peel is a stronger customized peel than the Illuminize peel and is most popular among patient preparing for an upcoming event. The skin has a healthy glow after the peel along with a subtle amount of swelling that temporarily fills in fine lines.
SkinMedica Rejuvenize Peel – The strongest of the three SkinMedica peels, these results take about a week to be complete and last up to 3 to 4 months. Patients often schedule a series of three of these peels over the course of a year to get the maximum results.
11. What are Deep Peels?
Baker Phenol Peel – This peel has been the gold standard for peels for over 50 years. Using a combination of phenol and croton oil, the peel functions almost like a chemical burn with the recovery phase lasting 1 week and skin pinkness being present for up to 6 months. The results however are remarkable in that the deepest of lines may be erased, and the results last up to 10 years. Dr. Blackledge performs all Baker Phenol peels in the Center.