Take some time to do something good for yourself. The skincare treatments offered here are all very effective, safe, and well-tested. We have helped thousands of people achieve a natural and healthy vibrancy. Many patients who have visited our Decatur, Champaign, and Springfield, Illinois plastic surgery practice have benefited immensely from the extra care provided by these treatments, and so can you! If you would prefer to have some guidance about which treatment is right for you, don't hesitate to contact The Center for Cosmetic Medicine™ and the Estique Medical Spa to speak with our medical esthetician or Dr. Stuart Baker.
Photodynamic therapy has been used for years to treat many skin conditions such as rosacea, sun damage, and acne. At the Estique Medical Spa, FDA-approved BLU-U photodynamic therapy is used for the treatment of:
- Moderate inflammatory acne
- Actinic keratoses
Photodynamic Therapy for Acne
BLU-U® treatment is a safe and cost-effective alternative approach to prescription drugs for acne. The BLU-U® delivers narrow-band blue light to target and eliminate the bacteria that play a role in the development of acne. The BLU-U® treatments are very simple — after your consultation with Dr. Baker, a treatment schedule is decided upon. You simply sit in a private treatment room with your face close to the BLU-U® light for a short time (usually a 15-minute session) once or twice a week. The treatments may be administered for five to six weeks, depending on your schedule. The BLU-U® light is not hot, and it's not painful at all. After a few weeks of treatment, the blue light can control your acne, or clear it up for a very long period.
Photodynamic Therapy for Actinic Keratoses
Photodynamic therapy using a topically applied medication, aminolevulinic acid, is approved by the FDA to treat actinic keratoses (AKs), which are an early potential sign of skin cancer. AKs are caused by sun exposure, and they usually show up as scaly patches of skin on sun-exposed areas such as the face, the back of the neck, and the hands and arms.
BLU-U® is used at the Estique Medical Spa along with the Levulan® Kerastick (aminolevulinic acid HCl) as part of a simple two-step photodynamic therapy for AKs on the face or scalp. After the Levulan® is applied to an AK, the Levulan® is absorbed and converted into a potent photosensitizer, which is then activated by the BLU-U®.
If you have actinic keratoses or acne and you would like to learn more about photodynamic therapy, please feel free to contact cosmetic surgeon Stuart Baker, M.D. today to arrange a private consultation.
Chemical skin peels are used to lessen imperfections in the skin by peeling away the skin's top layers. A peel can help reduce wrinkles, even out blotchy pigmentation, or reduce the damage that sun exposure can cause.
In a chemical peel treatment, a chemical solution is applied to the skin with a swab, brush, or sponge. The peeling varies according to the ingredients and strength of the chemical(s) used. The depth of the peeling action also depends on factors such as how lightly/heavily the chemical solution is applied and how long the solution remains on the skin.
Dr. Stuart Baker or our medical esthetician will evaluate your face/skin needs to determine whether a chemical peel is right for you, and if so, which type of peel is appropriate.
Alpha Hydroxy Peels
The most superficial or "lightest" peels are those using alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). AHA peels can be administered at our Estique Medical Spa. An AHA peel can be applied over a period of weeks or longer to get the best results. Various concentrations of AHA can be used at weekly or longer intervals to get the best results, although sometimes a single treatment with AHA can have enough of an effect to give the skin its best look.
- No anesthesia is needed, and only a mild tingling or stinging sensation is felt when the AHA solution is applied.
- There's no downtime — you can go right back to your normal day.
- A milder-concentration AHA solution can be mixed with a facial wash or cream to be part of your daily skincare regimen.
Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peels are stronger and have a greater depth of peeling compared to AHA peels. At The Center for Cosmetic Medicine, TCA peels are administered by Dr. Baker. A deep TCA peel may require that you restrict your activities for two or three days following the treatment.
A TCA peel can improve your skin's texture, tone, and freshness. It can lessen fine wrinkles, discoloration (such as age spots), and blotches, and can sometimes improve dark circles under the eyes. TCA peels can be given every three to six months for the best results.
Schedule a Skincare Consultation
Whether you live in the Decatur, Champaign, or Springfield, Illinois area or beyond, and whether plastic surgery has recently changed your life or you are just looking for a small "boost" for your looks, the treatments described here can meet your skincare needs. Call or come in to arrange a consultation with Stuart Baker, M.D. — we're happy to help you look your best.