Microdermabrasion and Chemical Peel
Today, the role of dental processionals has expanded to include not only oral health care, but also cosmetic treatments and total health care. The same goes for family physicians and other doctors. Have you ever considered that you could perform integumentary system evaluations and certain cosmetic treatments for skin in your dental chair? Imagine the results if you could not only manipulate the health and structure of teeth and gingiva, but also improve the skin surrounding a smile. This pursuit of higher education and the unity of dentistry and dermatology will help distinguish your practice in an ever more competitive industry.
Take Your License to the Next Level
If you are looking to stay on the cutting edge of health care and help your practice reach its full potential, you must continue your education and provide a full range of cosmetic treatments for your patients. This is especially true for procedures that could complement and enhance your other treatments. Skin resurfacing techniques in particular are gaining popularity, but the misuse of these medical procedures can lead to serious scarring or infection. This is why patients are looking for providers who share the same degree of care and training held by other physicians and dermatologists. With the right course work you could offer your patients these advanced treatments safely and efficiently.
With this course you will learn about the link between dentistry and dermatology. You will come to know about skin physiology and chemistry as well as the pertinent anatomy and physiology of the skin and how they impact a patient’s appearance. Then you will focus on evaluation and classification, learning now to identify certain skin types. You will explore certain aspects of skin health and rejuvenation and learn how to develop an individualized treatment plan with the right peel or exfoliators. You will discover various types of microdermabrasion and chemical peels, identify their differences and learn proper application techniques.
At the conclusion of this course participants will be able to:
- Discuss anatomical structures and physiological functions of the integumentary system
- Screen for both intra- and extra-oral cancer
- Describe factors that impact the integrity of skin
- Provide assessment and skin analysis
- Develop individualized treatment plans
- Identify safety issues, complications and precautions of microdermabrasion and chemical peels
- Demonstrate various chemical peel procedures
- Explain and follow treatment protocols
Microdermabrasion and chemical peels have long been used to rejuvenate the skin and address a variety of facial concerns like wrinkles, scaring, acne and uneven skin tone. These techniques change the structure and texture of the skin to enhance appearance or remove precancerous lesions. Sometimes physicians even combine techniques for optimal results.
For this procedure the physician gently polishes the superficial layer of skin giving it a healthy, fresh glow by stimulating the production of collagen and new skin cells. Though mostly used to treat acne scarring this method can be used to obliterate tattoos. Providers also use this treatment to renew dull, leathery skin or reduce the appearance of wrinkles, surgical scars and uneven skin tone.
Basics of the Microdermabrasion Procedure
Practitioner uses a machine with a diamond tip or small wire brush and closed vacuum device, mixing gentle abrasion with suction. The abrasive tool removes the uppermost layer of dead skin cells while the vacuum removes the debris, stimulates collagen production and stimulates blood flow. This treatment does not require much in way of patient preparation and is usually performed under a simple local anesthesia. Usually, treatments last about 15 to 20 minutes with a recommended six to 12 treatments scheduled approximately three to four weeks apart. The physician can provide touch-up treatments once he or she has achieved optimal results.
These treatments smooth rough, dry skin damaged by sun, acne and age. Physicians apply a variety of chemical combinations to clear away several of the outermost layers of skin. Physicians divide chemical peels into three types: superficial, medium-depth and deep. The type and depth of skin damage determines the strength of the chemical. Professionals often use superficial peels for some sun damage, acne and rosacea. Medium-depth peels are used for deeper wrinkles and sun damage. Deep peels are used for more severe scars, wrinkles and sun damage.
Basics of the Chemical Peels Procedure
The physician cleans and degreases the patient’s skin with alcohol wipes or another cleanser before painting on the peeling solution area by area. The physician works until he or she treats the entire face. The chemical then penetrates the outermost layers of skin, removing dead or damaged cells and stimulating regeneration. Patients can expect some amount of pain or stinging with every chemical peel, and deep peels can be extremely painful which is why some physicians prefer using a general anesthesia or sedatives as well. Most treatments require a series of peels performed over intervals of two to four weeks.
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You can optimize results of any cosmetic or restorative dental procedure by adding these other cosmetic treatments to your repertoire. These will boost your clientele and increase the profitability of your practice.