Plastic Cosmetic Surgery Connecticut: Skin Care
Chang Soo Kim, MD-Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and Director
The Perfect Harmony of Artistry, Surgery and Technology

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Skin Care

At Gold Coast Plastic Surgery and Laser Center, we believe that beautiful skin begins from the inside but requires care from the outside.  Proper nutrition, a home skincare regimen and professional treatments will help you to achieve the goal of healthy, younger looking skin. We dedicate our time to educate you about skincare and provide exceptional treatments. You will feel confident that you made the right choice by coming to us for your skincare.  

Our Custom Facial is a great start for everyone.Your refreshing facial starts with a cleanser that has key ingredients such as alpha hydroxy acids that decongest the skin. A toner is applied to balance the pH, kill bacteria and remove excess oil and dirt residue. A custom mask is selected for your unique skin type and helps to loosen up the debris that gets trapped in your pores. Our aestheticians use a Clarisonic brush with micro polish beads to gently exfoliate your skin. Exfoliation is a very important step in a home care regimen because it will stimulate new skin cells to grow and come to the surface. Further extractions are done to clean out congested pores. Our calming mask is applied to alleviate any redness or irritation to the skin. We pamper you with serums that are loaded with anti-oxidants and vitamins which penetrate much deeper into the epidermis for added protection.  Finally, a moisturizer is applied to lock in moisture and refresh the skin.  

Our Organic Detox Facial is one of kind. By using fruit enzymes to break down dead skin cells, fine lines are decreased to create a firmer, tighter appearance and reduce the signs of aging. Also, this facial stimulates collagen and elastin formation which is responsible for softer and smoother skin. With each treatment, your skin is cleansed and toned with customized, organic products. The detox treatment is applied to stimulate blood flow making you feel hot and tingly.  It is left on for about 4-8 min depending on sensitivity. The detox treatment is removed with a cool towel and then a soothing chamomile tonique is applied to calm the skin.  For extra relief, a calming mask is also applied to alleviate any redness or sensitivity. Your facial is topped off with our serums which are loaded with vitamins and antioxidants. This will help to rejuvenate the skin and create a more youthful glow.   

Our Chemical Peels are an effective way to correct skin conditions such as acne, sun damage, fine lines and wrinkles, dull congested skin and uneven skin tone.  A chemical solution causes the surface, dead skin to slough and eventually peel off.  This removes the top layer of the stratum corneum and reveals healthier, younger skin. 

Superficial or light peels require little or no down time.  Treatments may cause slight redness, tightness, peeling, flaking or temporary dryness.  Most patients find it unnecessary to apply make-up as the skin will be smooth, dewy and radiant following the treatment.  If you would like to apply make-up, allow approximately 15 min for your skin's pH to stabilize before applying foundation. 

Before you decide to have a chemical peel, you need to prepare your skin.  You may have to go on a strict, home skincare regiment to prepare your skin for a chemical peel.   

Some rules to follow prior to your chemical peel are:

*No waxing for at least 5 days before your treatment.
*No tanning beds for 2 weeks before your treatment.
*Avoid sun exposure completely for at least 10 days before your treatment.
*Stop the use of all Retin-A and retinol products for at least 5 days before your treatment. This also includes products like Renova, Differin, Tazorac, Avage, Epi duo, Ziana, and high levels of AHA and BHA.
*Avoid treatment if you are pregnant or lactating. 

Post Treatment Tips

Your skin may be red, dry or flaky.  You should apply moisturizer at least twice a day or more to reduce the appearance of dry skin.  Delay the use of all Retin-A and retinol products for at least 5 days after a chemical peel.  Avoid direct sunlight and excessive heat for approximately 5 days and definitely use SPF Daily!! Do not pick or peel loose flaky skin because this can cause hyperpigmentation or skin color changes.  Do not wax or exfoliate for at approximately 5 days following treatment. Only use a Gentle cleanser and moisturizer post procedure.