DLK Explains: What is a Medical-Grade Facial and How Does it Work?

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          Whether you’re a skincare veteran or not, it's possible you’ve come across the term “medical-grade facial” and wondered: What is a medical-grade facial? But also, how do they differ from regular spa facials?

          At DLK on Avenue, our area of expertise is cosmetic dermatology and medical-grade skin treatments. It’s what we do best.

          In this post, we’ll explore medical-grade facials and explain how they can improve your skin. 


          What is a Medical-Grade Facial?

          A medical-grade facial is a skin procedure performed by medical and skilled professionals. Because these facial treatments use medical-grade skincare products and advanced techniques, they target specific skin conditions, such as acne, wrinkles and uneven skin tone. It’s the pampering of a regular spa facial combined with healthier and more effective benefits for your skin.

          In addition, these facial treatments provide essential hydration and ensure effective skin exfoliation, leaving your skin feeling refreshed.


          What are the Active Ingredients in a Medical-Grade Facial?


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          • Beta-hydroxy Acid (BHA)

          BHAs are oil-soluble acids. This is useful for unclogging your skin pores and going deeper into hair follicles. This ingredient especially helps with acne and sun damage.


          • Alpha-hydroxy Acid (AHA)

          AHAs are water-soluble acids. They're found in fruits and milk. These acids are good for exfoliation, which means getting rid of old and boring skin cells to let new and evenly colored skin show up.


          • Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA)

          TCA goes even deeper into the skin layers than AHA and BHA, and is useful for deep wrinkles, scars, and uneven skin tone.


          • Hyaluronic Acid

          Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring ingredient that keeps your skin hydrated and plump.


          • Vitamin A (Retinoids)

          Vitamin A helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.


          With these treatments, it’s important to stick to a consistent routine. That’s why during your consultation, we will ask about your existing skincare routine and optimize for maximal and consistent results.


          Medical-Grade Facials Available at DLK

          At DLK on Avenue in Yorkville, Toronto, we offer the following options for medical-grade facials:


          Chemical/Epidermal Peels

          Chemical peels, also known as epidermal peels, are a group of skin treatments that involve applying a chemical solution to the skin to manage various skin conditions. They contain a unique blend of the naturally occurring acids listed above. 

          These peels improve and enhance the skin’s appearance, resulting in smoother, brighter, rejuvenated skin. The entire procedure takes about 15 – 30 minutes per treatment. These treatments are done by our talented doctors.

          There are different types of chemical/epidermal peels:

          • Facial Peel

          If you want your face to look its best, go for an acne peel to fight pimples, large pores, acne, whiteheads, blackheads, and scars. We also offer a brightening peel to fix wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and texture.

          • Neck Peel

          As we age, our neck often shows signs first. You can get this peel to tackle sagging skin and fine lines on the neck, making you look younger. It can also help with age spots and sun damage.

          • Chest Peel

          Age spots, sunspots, and uneven skin tone and texture can affect your chest. You can opt for this peel to improve these issues and hydrate your skin.

          • Back Peel

          If you're worried about acne or sunspots on your back, worry no more. With this peel, your skin tone will even out.

          • Hand Peel

          This peel is a great solution for aging signs on your hands, like fine lines, age spots, and uneven skin tone.


          Dermal Infusion

          With controlled and consistent movements, the Dermal Infusion Treatment uses a different method to mechanically exfoliate the outer skin layer. It provides a gentle treatment suitable for various skin types and concerns (such as uneven texture and tone).


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          (Dermal Infusion Treatment) 



          Microneedling is an advanced procedure to rejuvenate and improve your skin’s appearance. This option is commonly used to address fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, and uneven skin tone. The controlled micro-injuries created by the procedure also allow for better absorption of topical skincare products, further enhancing the overall outcome.

          This newer treatment option offers deeper skin penetration and better results in less time.


          Pamper Your Skin Right – Speak with Us at DLK Today

          So, how do you decide on which medical-grade facial to opt for?

          Whether you're all set to begin your medical-grade facials journey and need a chemical peel in Toronto, or you still have questions, you can schedule a consultation with our team of experts for personalized advice.

          These are a few extra tips we'd advise in your preparation for a chemical peel:

          • Do not remove hair from the treatment area a week beforehand.
          • Do not stand in direct sunlight for prolonged periods.
          • Do not wear makeup to your appointment.
          • Do not exfoliate your face for a week beforehand.

          Led by Dr. Lisa Kellett and Dr. Sonya Abdulla, DLK on Avenue has the expertise you need for peel treatments. Our team will help you find the right peel for your skin type and skin condition. Our experts will also design a personalized aftercare plan to help you achieve your desired results. 

          We look forward to giving you a great medical facial that will leave you with youthful, glowing skin!

          Curious to learn more? Chat with us today.

          We're here to answer your questions and offer guidance.

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