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Is Microdermabrasion a Good Treatment for Wrinkles?

As we grow older, our skin can begin to show our age. It can even make us look older than we are. While growing older is most certainly a privilege, wearing fine lines and wrinkles as a visible trophy is optional thanks to advances in wrinkle prevention.

Wrinkle Prevention and Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is an aesthetic treatment. It is used to stimulate the growth of fresh, healthy, vibrant skin by removing the outermost layer of the skin. It works in the upper dermis and stratus corneum, not in the deep dermis.

Think of microdermabrasion as a medical-grade exfoliant. Through carefully administered abrasion and suction, it offers a simple, speedy, and painless cosmetic treatment with minimal risk and no downtime. It can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as early sun damage and mild acne scarring. But it is limited and can only address mild skin issues.

Microdermabrasion will do little for deep wrinkles. These are better reduced in appearance with the use of technologies like Halo (a laser treatment) and Vivace (a microneedling treatment).

Fine lines and wrinkles that have not become static or deep can also be addressed with Botox and dermal fillers, such as Juvederm.

What’s Best for You?

Well, that is the question! Your skin is as unique as you, which is why those one-size-fits-all over-the-counter pharmacy products have probably been a letdown. Pinpointing the right wrinkle prevention treatment (or combination of treatments) for you starts with creating your personal skin profile.

During your free in-person consultation with us, we will conduct a computerized 3D skin analysis. This is a $150 value that all new patients can receive for free. Why? Because customizing our treatment options to your unique needs and skin is our focus and passion. Your consultation and skin analysis create the strongest possible foundation from which we can customize a plan to achieve your desired results.

Are you ready to give your skin the TLC it deserves? Let us “upgrade” your “age trophy” by leaving people to wonder if you have amazing anti-aging genes.

Achieve Maximum Results With a Medical-Grade Deep Cleansing Facial

Deep Cleansing Facials: How We Help You Achieve Maximum Results

We recently covered why home facials cannot compete with our medical-grade deep cleansing facials. Now, we want to focus on just how our facials help you achieve maximum results, making them well worth your investment.

Customization is Key

Medspa facials surpass anything you can purchase off the store shelves because they are customized to each patient. One of the reasons over the counter products are often lackluster is because they take a “one size fits all” approach. When it comes to your skin, there simply isn’t one size.

A medical-grade deep cleansing facial at Dermacare starts with an easy yet thorough in-person consultation. We discuss your goals, desired results, concerns, challenges, and history. We also conduct a computerized 3D skin analysis, which helps us create a customized snapshot of your unique skin. This free consultation is the foundation of a skincare program that will be developed, especially for you.

More Than a Facial

Deep cleansing facials are more than a facial, especially here at Dermacare. We use medical-grade products only available at a medical spa and under the supervision of a medical director. These products allow us to highly customize your facial to your specific needs and desired results.

If necessary, we will perform extractions to remove clogged pores. You won’t get this kind of deep cleaning from generic facials.

Medical-grade facials work on a cellular level. You can expect your customized treatment to include any of the following:

  • Skin analysis
  • Deep pore cleansing
  • Exfoliation
  • Steam
  • Face and neck massage
  • Manual extraction to treat clogged pores
  • Masks to soothe, calm, moisturize, purify, or stimulate
  • Toner
  • Hydration
  • Broad spectrum SPF

Glowing Results

Deep cleansing facials generate a radiant, healthy glow immediately after treatment. During the following 48 to 72 hours, your skin is hydrated. Circulation will improve, and your skin will look healthy and refreshed. Over the next 72 days, your skin cells will regenerate. During this time, long-term benefits and proper cosmeceutical care are achieved.

Maintaining Long-Term Results

One of the conversations your provider will have with you is how to maintain your results following a deep cleansing facial. Our initial consultation will be used to generate a personalized maintenance program. We can even adjust it if you have concerns or want to achieve specific results.

We have memberships available to aid you in achieving maximum results with maximum efficiency and cost savings. Taking care of your skin has never been easier. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.

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Professional Medical-Grade Deep Cleansing Facials Are Worth Your Attention

Deep cleansing facials are an excellent way to treat some of your most delicate skin to the purifying and moisturizing action it needs. Medical-grade deep cleansing facials take it to an even higher level, and the extra perks they include are worth your attention.

At-Home Facials

Why go to a spa for a facial? Can’t you buy products to use at home? Aren’t they at least somewhat similar? If you want an honest answer, no. 

At home, facials can feel refreshing and even generate short-term results. Still, they lack the encompassing treatment of deep cleansing facials.

What Are Deep Cleansing Facials?

Your skin is the largest organ of your body. It takes up an area of approximately 20 square feet in total. It protects you from the weather, shields your internal organs from the sun, and is on the front lines of blocking microbes. Thanks to your skin, you can feel sensations of heat, cold, and touch. It even helps regulate your body temperature. It sees a lot of action and deserves special care.

The skin on your face is perhaps the most exposed skin on your body. It is continuously taking sun, wind, rain, hot, cold, humidity, and germs to…well, to the face! Deep cleansing facials are an excellent way to care for the most vulnerable and delicate skin on your body. Here’s what they do:

  • Remove dull surface skin
  • Stimulate circulation
  • Decongest clogged pores
  • Cleanse and hydrate
  • Nourish
  • Moisturize
  • Protect

What Makes Medical-Grade Different?

Dermacare’s medical-grade deep cleansing facials are how we help you achieve maximum results. Our facials are so much more than just a facial – we include extractions, serums, and sunscreen. We apply medical-grade products that can only be used under the supervision of a medical director, and we customize the facial to your specific and unique needs.

So Treat Yourself

You deserve it, and so does your skin.

How Much Should Botox Cost?

How Much Does Botox Cost?

Botox is the most popular brand of anti-aging and age reduction injectable used by medspa professionals. It can decrease and slow the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles. It provides predictable and subtle results and is the only treatment of its kind both evaluated and approved by the FDA for safety and efficacy. So, what can you expect for Botox cost?

Let’s Talk Local

Dermacare services the Hampton Roads, Virginia area. In our local region, Botox with a qualified injector, uses the appropriate product strength for how strong your muscles are , is generally in the range of $12 to $14 per unit. The overall cost depends on a few important factors, including:

  • How many areas are treated
  • The desired results

Additionally, the cost is impacted by the experience of the injector and location. While Botox is considered a minimally invasive and safe treatment, the experience of the injector and qualifications of the facility offering it are critical to cost, safety, and results.

Be Cautious of Low Botox Cost

Today, almost everyone lives on a budget. It’s hard to prioritize self-care, but anti-aging treatments like Botox has been claimed to improve mood, boost self-esteem, and even offer proven medical benefits. Finding the right fit for your budget is important, but it’s equally important to make the smartest (and safest) investment.

Botox has no antidote (like hyaluronic-based derma fillers do) and only wears off in 2 to 4 months, depending on how the patient’s body metabolizes it. Inexperienced injectors fall on the lowest end of pricing, which can be great for your wallet but not your results. A botched Botox job may not be immediately repaired, and it will be 2 to 4 months before another treatment can be administered.

Medspas that offer groupons and below-market pricing all the time can be high risk. The provider must get the dosing precisely right for you, which demands a highly personalized and customized approach for each patient—factors that impact the cost. Botox is a product, and like any product, there is a cost. Be sure the medspa you choose isn’t skimping.

Our Botox Cost

Quality, safety, and results are at the heart of what we do. Our injectors are some of the most experienced. Not only are our providers highly trained and expertly qualified, but they have 40 years of combined experience injecting Botox and Dysport.

We work to help you make smart investments on a budget, which is why we offer memberships that can save you on Botox and more. You deserve high quality, safety, and results. We deliver!

Will Microdermabrasion Help With Acne Scars?

Will Microdermabrasion Help With Acne Scars?

Acne scars can often look like shallow indentations or lesions, usually on the face. They can also be slightly raised and thick looking. They can form anywhere on the body where acne breakouts occur. Some confuse the discoloration of the skin after a pimple heals for scarring, but this is post-inflammatory acne hyperpigmentation.

If you have acne scars, you are not alone. Roughly 40% of active acne patients have them, too. While post-acne hyperpigmentation can sometimes rebalance naturally over time, acne scarring does not always decrease in appearance without treatment.

What Is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion works in the upper dermis and stratus corneum of the skin, not the deep dermis. It is an aesthetic treatment that removes the outermost layer of skin to encourage the body to produce healthy, vibrant skin. By itself, it is not the best treatment for acne scars since they can often reach the deep dermis.

How to Treat Acne Scarring

Treating acne scarring involves a unique and multipronged approach for each individual patient. It is important to pinpoint why acne breakouts happen and address reducing those breakouts through better skin health and care before tackling scars.

Once breakouts are under control, there is a combination of treatments that can address and decrease the appearance of acne scars. The combination of treatments will depend on your desired results and the visible scarring and/or hyperpigmentation. Some of the tools we use include:

  • Chemical Peel: Multiple skin issues can be treated with a chemical peel. When it comes to acne, we use this treatment to help control it, minimize scaring, and decrease discoloration.

  • BBL: Broad Band Light or BBL is one of our most powerful tools. It can treat deep lesion acne scars and address hyperpigmentation. We often combine it with products to tame acne and improve overall skin health and appearance.

  • Halo: Skin texture can be negatively impacted by acne scars. Halo is one of our preferred options for treating skin texture issues. It is an excellent tool for reversing and diminishing the look of scars.

  • Vivace Radiofrequency: Microneedling is yet another option that can help focus on skin texture and reduce the visibility of scars. We specialize in multiple microneedling tools, with Vivace being one of the cutting-edge technologies at our disposal.

If you have acne scars, contact us today for a free consultation. We take a unique, multipronged approach to acne challenges. You will not find a more qualified team of acne experts anywhere else in Hampton Roads.

Can Microdermabrasion Be Used for Sun Damage?

Can Microdermabrasion Be Used for Sun Damage?

Sunburn. Everybody gets it, some more than others. It seems like such an innocent thing, but even a mild sunburn inflicts sun damage to your skin. Should it concern you? Can it be corrected? Let’s find out.

The Dangers of Sun Damage

According to, “Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the [U.S.] and worldwide.” It is estimated that 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer by age 70. Having just 5 or more sunburns doubles your risk. Aside from the potential to develop cancer, sun damage is also responsible for:

  • Faster aging, especially on the face
  • Skin texture changes
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • More rapid appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Freckles

With sun damage being behind the more than 9,500 cases of skin cancer diagnosed in the United States daily, skin health and sun damage treatment (plus prevention) has never been more important.

Repairing Sun Damage

There are many options for repairing sun damage. Microdermabrasion is an aesthetic treatment. It works by removing the outermost skin layer and thereby encouraging the body to produce new healthy, vibrant skin. While it could potentially be useful for minor sun damage, a combination of aesthetic and deeper targeted laser treatments can provide more beneficial results for other cases.

We often use BBL and Halo to reverse the visible effects of sun damage. In some cases, laser and microdermabrasion can be used in combination to revitalize the skin.

Prevention and Maintenance

Detecting and treating sun damage is an essential step to healthier, more youthful skin. Preventing further damage and maintaining your results is another. Sun exposure can age your skin prematurely, which is why something as seemingly simple as sunscreen is vital to preserving the health and youthfulness of your skin.

At Dermacare, we specialize in using some of the most cutting-edge, non-invasive technology for repairing sun damage. Our medical experts are well versed in the most beneficial aesthetic treatments, as well as the products and schedules available for maintaining your desired results. Keeping your skin healthy and young is our passion. What sun damage or skincare questions can we answer for you?

A Guide to Coolsculpting Cost

A Guide to Coolsculpting Cost

Shedding stubborn, exercise and diet-resistant fat can be achieved with Coolsculpting. This fat-freezing procedure is FDA-cleared, non-surgical, and non-invasive. It can help you shed unwanted fat and shape the hardest to target body areas, like the abdomen, back, and chin. But how much should you expect to invest to achieve results? In this blog, we will discuss Coolsculpting cost and pricing to help you make a smart and safe investment.

Coolsculpting Cost Basics

Just like any product or service, Coolsculpting has a cost. Keep in mind that it is an FDA-cleared procedure. It should only be administered by an appropriately qualified medical professional, which means training and expertise is required.

Coolsculpting pricing starts at around $750 per cycle per area. The price can decrease based on how many cycles you purchase. It can be as low as $500 per cycle.

If you’re a deal shopper—and let’s be honest, who isn’t—be wary of Groupon-ers with Coolsculpting offers. These are often extended by under-qualified and under- experienced providers more interested in decreasing their cost and increasing their profit.

Why Qualifications and Experience Matter

Saving money and helping a new provider gain experience isn’t a bad combo, is it? Well, it depends, and it is a gamble.

Coolsculpting works by freezing the targeted areas of unwanted fat. The freezing process encourages your body to naturally eliminate the fat pockets. The procedure can produce extraordinary results and take away the stress of toning stubborn fat—if used correctly.

Before choosing a provider, you should ask them three vital questions:

  1. How experienced are you?
  2. How many Coolsculpting cycles have you performed?
  3. Have you been to Coolsculpting University?

The answer to question #3 is perhaps the most important. Graduates of Coolsculpting University have completed a comprehensive and intensive specialty training program, ensuring they are well-qualified to administer the treatment safely and effectively. Additionally, Coolsculpting should always be overseen by a qualified clinician.

All these prerequisites contribute to Coolsculpting pricing. The bottom line is cheaper is not better, especially for your safety and results.

Coolsculpting at DermacareHR

Coolsculpting is just one of the body contouring treatments our highly qualified clinicians are experienced in using. To fully understand your body contouring goals, we offer complimentary consultations and transparency about our qualifications and cost.

Contact us today to get started!


What Is Botox?

Most people have heard of Botox, but their knowledge is often limited to promoted stereotypes and, sometimes, misinformation. In this blog, we will explore just what Botox is, how it works, and how it is being used by today’s anti-aging professionals.

The Science

As you age, your face naturally develops lines. These can appear as moderate to severe forehead and frown lines, laugh lines, and crow’s feet. Changing facial expressions causes these lines to be visible.

Botox is used to decrease facial lines and creases, helping the skin appear natural and smooth. It is an injectable treatment made of botulinum toxin

During treatment, a tiny amount of botulinum toxin is injected into specific muscles – the ones that cause undesirable facial lines and wrinkles. Originally used to treat dysfunctional muscles and eyelid spasms, it was realized that patients using the injections had fewer frown lines. Cosmetic uses were then investigated, and Botox as an anti-aging option was born.

How Botox Works

Botox is not a solution for static wrinkles, which are those visible when the facial muscles are relaxed. However, for lines caused or made more prominent by muscle contractions, Botox is a game-changer.

It uses teeny tiny amounts of the botulinum toxin to stop the nerve endings from communicating with the muscle. As a result, the muscle is temporarily paralyzed. Lack of movement prevents the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles, leaving the skin smooth and supple.

Botox can be used to decrease the visibility of already existing fine lines and wrinkles, or it can be used to slow the formation of them. 

Botox Uses

Traditionally, Botox has been used for cosmetic purposes. It is the first and only treatment approved by the FDA to temporarily reduce the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines, forehead lines, and crow’s feet. Botox is the #1 selling treatment of its kind.

Aside from its use as an anti-aging tool, Botox has gotten attention for many other applications. Time Magazine covers this in detail in their story, Botox: The Drug That’s Treating Everything. While it obviously cannot treat everything, it has been shown beneficial for relieving chronic migraines, depression and anxiety, eye twitching, jaw grinding, and more.

All Your Botox Questions Answered

In our upcoming blog series, we will answer the most asked questions about Botox. We will cover things like who is a good candidate, how much Botox costs, the safety of this treatment option, and more.

Be sure to follow us so you don’t miss any of the excellent information to come!

Is Botox an Effective Option for Wrinkle Prevention?

Is Botox an Effective Option for Wrinkle Prevention?

Botox has preventative and reparative uses. In this blog, we will discuss Botox wrinkle prevention. Is it a myth? Does it work? Should you try it? Let’s find out!

Can Botox Prevent Wrinkles?

In a word, yes. Botox can be used to reduce the visible signs of facial aging. The real discussion is in how Botox prevents wrinkles.

Botox is one of the most well known and used injectable treatments in a dermatologist’s toolbox. Composed of an injection containing a protein of botulinum toxin, it temporarily paralyzes the muscles it encounters. Originally used to decrease muscle spasms, like eye twitches, it was realized that people using it had fewer facial lines and wrinkles.

Men and women can start using Botox as early as their mid-20s in a preventative treatment that some people have started called “baby botox.” By using tiny amounts of Botox, subtle results that delay the formation of some facial fine lines and wrinkles can be achieved. If maintained, wrinkles can be temporarily prevented, allowing patients to retain youthful-looking skin for longer.

Who Should Use Botox?

While Botox can be used to ward off wrinkles, not everyone is a good candidate. Multiple factors need to be considered when deciding if it is the right wrinkle prevention option for you.

It is equally important to pick the right provider for Botox treatments, especially for preventative goals. If administered incorrectly, the results can be unwanted and will take three or more months to wear off.

We know Botox well. Our providers have years of injection experience and are well versed in multiple wrinkle prevention options. Treat yourself to a free consultation where we will discuss your cosmetic goals, skin health, and unique needs. Let us put the revitalizing spa in medspa and help you kick some stress and age gracefully.

Why People Start Getting Botox at Such a Young Age

Why People Start Getting Botox at Such a Young Age

Botox is an anti-aging treatment. It reduces the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles, especially around the eyes and mouth and on the forehead. Traditionally, men and women in their 30s and 40s were considered prime candidates for Botox. However, people in their mid-20s seeking to slow signs of visible aging have started getting Botox treatments, and the treatment has been coined “baby botox.”

What is “Baby Botox”?

Botox has preventative capabilities. “Baby Botox” is a pet-name that some practices use when describing a treatment strategy where Botox is used in smaller amounts to prevent the formation of fine lines and wrinkles caused by facial expressions. As we age, our skin loses elasticity, which can contribute to the formation of laugh and frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead lines.

“Baby Botox” is great for younger people who don’t want major changes to their faces or are seeking to slow the formation of facial wrinkles. Smaller amounts of Botox are used and placed in smaller, more targeted areas to achieve subtle results.

Who Can Use Botox?

There is no age limit on who can use Botox, but there are some factors that make it a better fit for some patients. For example, the predictable and subtle results combined with a relatively low maintenance upkeep schedule make it a great choice. For others, especially those with static lines and wrinkles, it may not be the right choice to achieve their desired results.

You can defy your age and make it just a number by showing your skin some love. We can help you determine which options, from injectable Botox to laser treatments, are right for you.

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