Retinols

Collagen is a natural component found in our skin, and when it begins to loose its elasticity, wrinkles, bags, and sags begin to appear. The use of Retinols or Retinoids will assist in increase the amount collagen resulting in firmer, more tone looking skin.  Both retinols and retinoids are vitamin A derivatives that ultimately get converted into retinoic acid.

Retinols, which are readily available in over the counter products, contain lower concentrations of the active retinoic acid ingredient. Prescription retinoids have much higher concentrations of the active ingredients, that is why only doctors can prescribe.

Retinol woks more gradually compared to retinoids due to their difference in molecular structure and how they are processed in the skin.

Retinols are often combined with other ingredients, such as moisturizing ingredients, to minimize dryness/irritation, add antioxidants, or brighten the skin.

You should only use them in your nighttime routine, as sunlight deactivates retinoic acid. They should be applied to clean, dry skin. These products can initially cause a process called “retinization”, which leads to redness, dryness, and flaking, especially when you first start using.  You should slowly ease into using with your skincare routine. Start by using every other night until your skin is less irritated and then  proceed to use nightly.  You can also apply with a moisturizer if needed. First apply a pea size amount of retinoid, wait a few minutes, and then apply a moisturizer to combat any dryness or flaking.

Most skin types can tolerate a retinol or retinoid, but you have to make sure to choose the right retinol/retinoid produc. Our surgeons and aestheticians will help you determine whether you’re a candidate for retinol or if your skin requires the strength of a retinoid.

Renova 0.02%

  • A form of vitamin A that helps the skin renew itself. Renova is used to reduce the appearance of fine wrinkles and mottled skin discoloration, and to make rough facial skin feel smoother. It is available in 20-gram tube or 44-gram controlled-dose pump which delivery helps ensure proper use.

Retinol Facial Repair

  • This breakthrough serum is formulated with high levels of pure, time-released Retinol, and a blend of antioxidants. Contains encapsulated Retinol for maximum efficacy and minimal irritation. Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles Brightens and evens skin tone.

Obagi Tretinoin Cream 0.05% & 0.1% 20g

  • An effective treatment option for getting rid of acne, sun spots, and fine wrinkles. Tretinoin stimulates a boost in the production of collagen in the dermis thus helping to restore thickness and health of that layer, which further helps in reversing the damage caused by the harmful rays of the sun. It also improves blood flow to your skin which gives it a healthy glow.

Obagi Refissa Tretinoin Cream 0.05%

  • An emollient-based, fragrance free formula comprising 0.05% Tretinoin. Obagi Tretinoin Cream works at the deepest cellular levels of the skin and helps treat fine wrinkles, rough skin, dark spots, and discoloration. It is also quite useful for fading irregular pigmentation marks on the skin that occur due to sun damage. It also reduces tactile roughness and makes the skin silky smooth.