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Acne occurs in sebaceous glands and ducts related to hyperkeratosis in follicular ducts and mostly seen on adolescents and young adults. Normal sebum flow disrupts and creates comedones. Due to impaired sebum flows, sebum is decayed and bacteria increasingly settle in skin. Free oily acids called as Propionibacteria are formed and triggers inflammation in surrounding skin texture. Inflammatory content enters into the area by exploding sebaceous glands. This situation causes red pimples (papule), pustule and nodules.
Another important factor of acne is hormone balance. Production volume of the oil produced by body and size of sebaceous glands are affected by hormones. Androgens (male hormones) increase sebaceous glands and their activities. Oestrogens (female hormones) decrease sebaceous glands and their activities. Pimple problem is common mostly on face as well as on chest and back in V-shape and lateral sections of upper arms.
Scars can be atrophic and hypertrophic; a great majority of scars are atrophic scars. In some cases, inflammative focal may show tendency to slip into deep layers of skin during acne. Larger, generally painful, itchy and inflammatory “nodule” develops. These inflammations in deeper skin layers may cause permanently damage. Especially, dermis, which is the connective tissue responsible for skin support, elasticity and other many external properties, may get damaged. The result is localized retraction or tissue atrophy. Upper skin layers lose their strengths and may be invaded by bacteria. Optically sunken, atrophic acne scars develop and typically causes major mental distress. Manipulation of pimple and inflammations by itself causes new infections due to damage on tissue and this poses risk for damage on skin surface and new scars.
Based on the dominance of described dermatologic lesions, acne severity is specified in different stages. Most important forms are as follows:
Comedonal Acne: These are called as blackheads and whiteheads (Comedones). Blackheads sometimes are not created due to dirt, especially created by melanin pigments of skin.
Inflammatory Acne: These are papules, pustules and inflammatory red pimples.
Nodular Acne: Inflammation spreads over surrounding texture and leaves scars after healing.
Acne is an esthetical problem that everyone desires to get rid of as soon as possible. Since it is a bacterial skin breakdown, do not expect solution after treatment. Remember that acne is generally originated from spots that have been come off over months and even years. Therefore, it is not possible to solve skin problems in a treatment.
Acne not only occurs during adolescence, but also occurs on following ages due to hormonal changes, for instance; before and during pregnancy or at the beginning of menopause.
Rosacea is a chronic skin condition occurs on face and it is not rife and contagious and means “copper rose”. This name comes from the redness occurs on face. It appears in different kinds as spotted or smooth, partly scaled redness and later facial swelling and swollen bumps along with inflammatory papules and pustules similar to acne. Generally Rosacea is seen on ages from 30 to 40 and typically increases on ages from 40 to 50. Women and men are affected equally. Rosacea perceived as annoying by patients in terms of cosmetics and frequently at further stages causes major psychological stress.
Its reasons are widely unclear. Both gene pool and external effects affect development and course of the disease. Miscellaneous stimulus reacts with distinct face redness and emotional stress, hot weather, sun exposure, alcohol, spicy foods, hot drinks, physical effort, hot bath, sauna, wind or even cold weather promotes rosacea. Therefore, it is recommended that rosacea patients to be careful against extrinsic factors and avoid serious changes of temperature.
Rosacea is divided into 3 phases:
Phase I: Redness occurs on near-surface sections of face skin. Red vessels on nose or cheeks (telangiectasis, couperose) become visible. In time, this vasodilatation may progress so much that face skin characteristically becomes red.
Phase II: Mainly on cheeks and nose, in addition to redness, inflammatory pustules and lumps dominate. This situation often mistake for acne. Unless it is treated, skin disease progresses to next phase.
Phase III: There are large-scale inflammatory nodules. Skin thickens and pores grow. Thickening of connective tissue and sebaceous glands on nose section is called as rhinophyma and mostly seen on men.
Rosacea frequently causes inflammation of eyelid edges and conjunctiva. If you notice a change in your eyes or if you frequently feel burning sensation or foreign object sensation, consult an ophthalmologist and inform about your skin condition.
Usually the treatment of scars and acne scars requires some sessions with esthetics devices specially designed for this skin type to be able to achieve satisfying results. Microneedling has proven itself as a treatment method over the years.
Acne may not only occur during adolescence but also during adultness. As for pimples, mainly seen on face or back, larger skin areas are affected and many pimples and inflammatory areas may occur. Severe inflammation and inaccurate cleaning attempts may damage skin structure permanently and may cause acne scars.
The extraordinary combination of our dermapen radiofrequency and microneedling machine enables us to cure almost all scars from scars in purple-reddish color to whitish or brownish color scars, from hypertrophic (higher than skin level, such as surgical scars) to atrophy. Microneedling is more effective than any other methods since it provides faster results as well as it is more powerful and sensitive when compared to the methods with simple needles. Especially it achieves difficult effects or effects which cannot be achieved with any other method for treatments such as hypertrophic scars and acne scars and dermabrasion or fruit acids treatments.
Professional skin analysis is an application that allows determining damages on your face. AP Clinique prepares your skin mapping by utilizing VISIA-CR face scanning device and software for professional skin analysis. In accordance with the acquired data, required treatments are determined and a special plan is developed for you. AP Clinique performs a free of charge professional skin analysis.
There is no procedure to be followed before having a professional skin analysis in our clinic. However, to be able to get an accurate data during analysis, it is important that you have a clean face without any make-up.
Following the professional skin analysis performed in AP Clinique, your face mapping including wrinkles and fine lines, uneven skin tone and facial texture will be provided. It is determined what kinds of damages exist on which segments of your face. A special treatment plan is developed for you based on the data acquired. In accordance the free of charge skin analysis at our clinic, you can learn your skin type and you will able to identify your skin care in your daily life.
Thanks to its unique wavelength range, laser hair removal effectively cures all kinds of skin and hair colors and guarantees convenient and safe treatment in all fields. Application is gentle thanks to integrated skin cooling.
For mitigation of side effects and ideal result you may pay attention to following situations:
- At least 7-14 days before and after the treatment, treatment area shall not expose to sun without protection.
- At least 14 days before and after the treatment, tanning booth shall not be visited.
- At least 14 days before and after the treatment, sunscreen SPF 50 should be used for areas that are exposed to the sun.
- At least 7 days before and after the treatment, self-tanning lotion should not be used.
Laser treatment is not applied at the following conditions:
- Taking medicines which are light-sensitive
- For skin recently exposed to the sun or tanning booth
- Acute herpes in treatment area
No, after the treatment hair shedding lasts approximately 1-3 weeks. You will notice that affected hairs will fall with a gentle touch or gentle draw. However despite the shedding, all hair will not be removed completely. Permanent hair removal is a process that requires approximately 6-8 sessions for a successful result. Hairs, which are not affected by treatment or laser beams, grow within 4-8 weeks, then following treatment is made for success during defenseless growth stage. For removing all hair follicles generally you need 6-8 treatments.
All body parts and skin types can be cured with radiofrequency microneedling. Especially the clients who struggle with wrinkled, wide pored, droopy or injured skins or desire to prevent and decelerate skin aging process are among the target group of high technology management. Body part is not important. Since no skin layer is damaged or worn off and needles penetrate only in a few millimeters of skin, there is almost no risk. On the contrary, skin heals and autonomously regenerates.
- Wrinkle Reduction
- Tightening Saggy Skin (Especially eye contour and upper lip area)
- Wrinkle Treatment on Durable Areas
- Areas like Mouth, Neck and Decollete
- Skin Rejuvenation
- Skin Recovery (Treatment Against Rough and Dilate Pores)
- Scar Revision for Acne, Varicella, Burn or Surgery
- Pregnancy and Chaps (Striae)
Skin Tightening for Body (Inside Thighs, Stomach, Knee, Upper Arms)
Before your Microneedling treatment at AP Clinique please do not use powerful blood thinners or anti-inflammatory and cytotoxic medicines. Before the treatment, do not use aggressive peeling products or cortisone preparations. During our free of charge consultation, we will be pleased to discuss your skin privately.
Ideally, at least 1-2 weeks before the microneedling treatment, it is recommended to prepare your skin with active ingredients such as synthetic color scents and preservatives, silicones, paraffin, paraben and emulsifiers that stimulates collagen synthesis and re-epithelialization (e.g. Vitamin C and A).
What are the Post-Treatment Instruction for Microneedling treatment and is there any recovery period?
AP Clinique’s microneedling treatment generally poses low risk, it is tolerated very well and it is performed by wise experts specially trained on this technology. During and after the treatment there is redness and slight swelling. This is normal because these indications are the sign of the initiation of skin renewal mechanisms. According to the sensitivity of the skin, both situations will completely disappear after a few hours or days later (1-2 day recovery period). As in any microneedling treatment, tiny inflammations may occur in treatment area. Sensitivity and spot incrustation may be counted among temporary side effects. More information can be achieved at our free of charge consultancy sessions. Reducing side effects can be possible with professional and coordinated care of scars rather than home care. When compared with laser treatments, microneedling significantly poses less risk and heals without scarring. Almost zero pigment migration is one of the advantages of this method.
After Microneedling treatment, a sunscreen with a high protection factor of SPF 30-50 should be daily used. Moreover, following acts should be avoided:
- Powerful Sunlight and Sunbathing
- Solarium, Sauna or Swimming Pool Visit
- Usage of Volatile Oils and Aggressive Peeling Products
- Overdose Inflammatory Medicines and Cytotoxic Medicines
- Usage of Skin Care Creams Including Paraffin, Silicone, Paraben, Peg, Synthetic Protector and Perfume
Generally it is difficult for many skin care components to penetrate into skin barrier (stratum corneum) unless they are equipped with hi-tech carriers such as liposomes or nanoparticles. Therefore, the effect will not develop at full power or cannot start as required. After Microneedling treatment, skin components can absorb care products as well as powerful regeneration promoting care products can be used. Added substances such as aggressive protectors, odors etc. may burden skin, extend recovery period or cause inflammation after microneedling treatment. Thus, we recommend you to pay attention to high quality care without paraffin, silicones, parabens, synthetic emulsifiers, aggressive synthetic surfactants, odors, colors and protectors. For supporting treatment results care products shall include agents that promote regeneration and boost skin barrier such as D-panthenol, CM-glucan, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E and hyaluronic acid. In case you are doubtful about if your skin care meets these suggestions, our treatment experts will be pleased to inform you at our clinic.
The results can be seen approximately within 4-8 weeks after the treatment, because skin renewal, structure of connective tissue and skin’s own collagen production take several weeks. Final outcome of an application generally can be seen after approximately 10-12 weeks.
How often microneedling should be performed at AP Clinique and how long do effects of treatment last?
For skin regeneration and freshness and also as a precaution for aging, 1-2 sessions are generally sufficient. Even in some situations including acne scars, if scars are not too deep, 1-2 treatment may be sufficient. To be able to achieve best results for wrinkles, skin refining and scars, it is recommended to have a treatment with several sessions. Number of sessions is identified specially for you based on your skin’s condition and targets. Based on the skin type and skin condition we generally recommend 3-6 sessions at intervals of 4-8 weeks.
However, the success of the treatment depends on a range of factors such as, condition of scar tissue, genetic factors, external effects such as sun exposure, actions before and after treatment (accurate and detailed skin care, sun protection etc.) and medicine usage. In a free of charge and nonbinding consultation, we inform you about required actions and how to support the success of your microneedling treatment. The outcome of treatment for ingrown hair scars, acne scars and hypertrophic scars is generally permanent. In addition, treatment for wrinkles and skin refinement may last for a few years. Moreover, we recommend refreshing sessions while skin continues aging for stabilizing the result and further slowdown skin aging process.
Wrinkle treatment and skin purifying treatment with microneedling last approximately 60-80 minutes. According to the largeness of skin area, treatment experts need approximately 20-40 minutes or more (for larger areas) for just microneedling.
At AP Clinique, microneedling treatment with dermapen can be used both on face and body.
This treatment is used for the treatment of pimple scars on face, décollete or back as well as on areas where surgical scars (for instance, abdominoplasty, augmentation mammoplasty, caesarean) exist. Moreover, previous scars such as hyperpigmentation (dark spots) can be cured almost from whole body.
- Instantly moistens the skin, leaves it smooth and flexible.
- Skin discoloration, speckles, fine lines and wrinkles reduce.
- Provides skin lightening effect.
- Age spots and pigment spots reduce.
- Before and after UV radiation, skin melanin content reduces.
- By whitening acne scars, provides a smooth and bright skin view.
- Skin is smoothened and moistened.
BB-GLow treatment is recommended especially for following situations:
- Dark circles under eyes
- Speckled skins
- Depigmented skin around eyes
- Skins with large pores
- Skins with scars and acne scars
- Skins with loss of elasticity
- Skins with small lines and folds
- Tired and dull skins
- Dull and dry skins
- Irritated skin conditions such as redness
The treatment is gentle and painless. For this reason, it is even suitable for patients with skin types that are sensitive to pain. AP Clinique BB Glow treatments are always adapted according to your personal skin requirements. Each application is performed with ideal hi-tech microneedling components even your skin requires moisturizing or lightening. At first stage, detailed skin purification and disinfection are performed. Later, it is treated with an exfoliant for removing dead skin cells. Then, the combination of active components (serum) which are chosen individually based on your skin requirements, are applied to the skin by the usage of microneedling. At the following stage, 100% natural BB-Glow is applied to the skin with the aid of dermapen. If you need to attend an appointment, the skin is protected with a sunscreen. If you go home directly after the treatment, we recommend you to leave foundation on skin for 2-3 hours. Based on the treatment area, treatment period varies between 60 and 75 minutes.
No recovery period is necessary if you use a sunscreen. However, recovery period will be 2-3 hours in case sunscreen is not used.
During 24 hours after the treatment, you should not wear makeup and you should only clean your face with clean water.
- Please avoid intense sunbathing, solarium and chlorinated water for 2-7 days.
- Use sunscreen SPF 50 for at least five days.
- Do not touch the treated areas.
- Home care does not include severe peeling products or Retinoid, since the shelf life is short.
- Avoid dirty and dusty environment after the treatment.
- Thoroughly clean your hands before applying care products.
The effect can be seen immediately after first treatment. However, it is recommended to support treatment with three sessions at intervals of 10-14 days. By this way, effect lasts until six months.
If you have any of the following conditions, you cannot get BB Glow treatment:
- Skin Cancer
- Acute Acne
- Contagious and Inflammatory Skin Diseases, Open Wounds or Injuries
- Acute Sunburn
- Acute Herpes Infection
- Uncontrolled Diabetes Mellitus
- Radiation or Chemotherapy
- Acute Fever
- Varicose Veins
At AP Clinique, there are 3 different facial care packages as basic, plus and luxury. These packages vary based on the included applications. Basic facial care package includes nonchemical peeling, steam treatment, cleansing mask and final care processes. Plus facial care package includes nonchemical peeling, steam treatment, alginate mask and final care. Luxury facial care package includes nonchemical peeling, steam treatment, alginate mask, ampule containing active agent and final care.
Applied processes during facial care clear clogged pores on your skin. It prevents effects such as oil, dirt and bacteria accumulated in your pores to create problems such as pimples and blackhead in the future. Masks included in our facial care packages provide the moisture, vitamin and minerals, which your skin needs.
Since the peeling applied in our facial care packages at AP Clinique is not a chemical application does not cause peeling of your face. However, redness can be seen on sensitive skins. To prevent this, our facial care packages include processes such as moisturizing mask and final care.
AP Clinique uses products of CASMARA and pHformula brands in facial cleansing applications. These brands have facial cleansing products which are suitable for every skin type. Thereby facial cleansing application is performed without skin structure impairment.
Facial cleansing applications performed at AP Clinique, enable removal of dead skin cells and deep pore cleansing. Thus, formation of problems such as blackhead and pimple are prevented. Final care performed after facial cleansing applications, helps to provide moisture, vitamin and minerals that are required by your skin.
In chemical peeling applications face peels off. Besides, the aim of chemical peeling applications is to remove dead skin cells on upper layer of face.
AP Clinique uses the peeling products of Matrigen and pHformula brands in peeling applications. These peeling products are manufactured to be used for every skin type. Thus peeling process is applied without skin impairment. To prevent redness and irritation that can be seen on your face after peeling application, alginate masks are applied to smooth the skin. Finally, final care products are used to moisture your skin.
Peeling applications enables removal of dead cells on upper layer of your face. When dead cells are removed, skin renews itself and open pores allows the skin to breathe. Open pores prevent formation of blackhead and acne.
Your skin will be sensitive for a while after the peeling application. Redness and irritation can be seen. You need to use moisturizers suitable for your skin type to prevent this. Skin blemishes may be formed on your face if your sensitive skin is exposed to direct sunlight. Therefore, you have to use a powerful sunscreen after the peeling application.
Home care products enable the effects of the treatments performed in our clinic to be more effective and permanent. Our anti-aging products prevent formation of wrinkles and helps removal of existing wrinkles. You can also use our home care products even you haven’t get any treatments at our clinic.
It is easy to apply home care products. It will be sufficient to apply face serums at certain intervals. If you use dermaroller at home, using face serums after this application will be more effective. Since dermaroller allows to open pores deep to lower layers of your skin. Thus, the product to be used will be more effective by penetrating into deeper layers of your skin.
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