Are facials worth the cost for acne scarring?

Acne scars occur when previous breakouts scar the surface layer of the skin. They become more prevalent as your skin starts aging because the skin starts losing collagen. The collagen helps the skin renew itself as an essential protein that functions to keep the skin supple and smooth. Acne scars can also be more noticeable when your skin is exposed to the sun. However, that doesn’t mean you need to suffer from acne scars forever. 

Microdermabrasion is one way for you to improve the appearance of scarring. The dermatologist will use a handheld device that removes the outer layer of the epidermis, which is the outer layer of the skin. This helps the skin reveal newer cells and keeps the overall appearance of the skin looking even and smooth. The treatment is conducted at your dermatologist’s office or at a spa. 

Who is Microdermabrasion for? 

Microdermabrasion does not work with severe acne scarring like ice pick scars or scarring that goes beyond the dermis. It focuses on creating even layers of the epidermis so it won’t have an effect on the lower layers of the skin. If you have darker skin, be sure to consult your dermatologist because it might lead to hyperpigmentation You should also avoid it if you have cystic acne if you have recently taken Accutane, if you have oral herpes that is active, and malignant skin cysts.

Are Facials Worth the Cost for Acne Scarring? 

If you have acne scarring, getting a facial might be worth the cost. It works best if your acne scarring is the depressed kind that causes pits in the skin. The treatments helps to regenerate new skin cells to level the surface of the skin. However, if you have ice pick scars that are deeper, microdermabrasion is not the best option for you. 

It is a great treatment if you are still experiencing mild breakouts. By removing the dead skin cells, microdermabrasion prevents your pores from clogging. It can also help your skin balance oil production by reducing excess sebum. However, if you have more serious breakouts like cystic acne, talk to your dermatologist about treatment options. Microdermabrasion facials will likely aggravate the inflammation. 

How Much Do They Cost? 

Insurance won’t cover procedures like microdermabrasion because it is considered cosmetic rather than health-related. However, you can talk to your skin care specialist about the estimated costs so you won’t be shocked by the price tag. The average cost per session is around $138.00 and you will several sessions for optimal results. 

Getting Ready for your Facial 

The procedure is performed at the spa or the dermatologist’s office though you won’t need to prepare beforehand. Simply make sure you take all your makeup off prior to the visit to ensure you present the dermatologist with clean skin. They will use a diamond handheld device to take off the debris from the skin. The procedure feels like a mild scratching and will last up to thirty minutes. 

After the Procedure 

Microdermabrasion does not have many side effects and it does not require any downtime. The crystals and diamond wand do not cause pain so your dermatologist doesn’t need to use any anesthetic. You can go back to your normal day right after the procedure. Each session should be followed with moisturized to keep your skin hydrated. You should also make sure you are wearing a strong SPF to protect your fresh skin from the harmful rays. Microdermabrasion makes your skin more susceptible to sun damage. 

What You’ve Always Wanted to Know About Botox

Botox has been a choice for millions of people around the world dealing with issues like frown lines, forehead wrinkles, and crow’s feet. In fact, it’s one of the leading and most sought after procedures used to treat signs of aging with great success. One of the primary reasons why Botox injections are so popular is because there is minimal downtime and few side effects while giving impressive results. Below is useful information that will answer common questions about Botox. 

What’s Involved in Botox?

Botox is a prescription product that has been approved by the FDA. It’s used to diminish the appearance of fine lines that often show up around the eyes and on the forehead. Botox is injected into the muscles of the area being treated. It works under the surface of the skin with botulinum products. A Botox procedure can take as little as 10 to 15 minutes and involves the use of a small needle to inject the solution into the muscle area that’s targeted. 

Generally speaking, several injections are needed to resolve forehead wrinkles. The weakening of the muscles will cause the wrinkles to eventually fade and ultimately disappear. This is not a painful procedure and most people describe the injection as feeling like they have been slightly pinched. Although there isn’t a lot of pain involved, there is a numbing cream that can be applied during the treatment. There is little-to-no downtime, and aftercare for Botox is minimal. Most people resume their normal activities directly following the procedure.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Botox

A good candidate for Botox is someone that has crow’s feet and frown lines. Whether or not Botox can work for your situation requires a consultation with a qualified professional to discuss any concerns that you have along with your desired result. By meeting with a team member of Michigan Advanced Aesthetics, you can be sure that you are getting the best care from a highly-trained professional. We will create your personalized treatment plan based on your goals and individual skin situation.

Are There Any Risks or Side Effects?

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions or allergies, Botox may not be a good option for you. There’s a possibility that you might have an allergic reaction to products with botulinum toxins. If you are pregnant, have experienced a nerve condition or have issues with your muscles, you may not be a good candidate for Botox. However, it’s always best to discuss these issues with a professional.

Results You Can Expect From Botox

Most patients who get Botox receive several treatments. Although there is typically an improvement within 48 hours of the first procedure, the most notable changes occur after about a month. When performed by a trained professional, you can expect the results of Botox treatments to enhance your appearance. It’s important to have a consultation so that you can get answers to any questions you have, discuss your desired results, and ensure you’re a good candidate.

Other Considerations

It’s important to know what substances are being injected during a Botox treatment. As long as you see a qualified and respected professional, this should not be an issue. The goal is to eliminate the chances of receiving injections that are contaminated, expired, or otherwise dangerous. You should also communicate any medications that you are receiving prior to the procedure because some medicines can lead to bruising and other issues. 

About Michigan Advanced Aesthetics 

Michigan Advanced Aesthetics is a skin spa that offers a wide variety of clinical skin care procedures, such as facials, Botox, permanent makeup and Oxylight. Owner Laura E. LoCricchio has two decades of experience in the skin care and beauty industry. The team at Michigan Advanced Aesthetics can answer any questions that you have about Botox and other cosmetic procedures.

HydraFacial VS. Three Top Competitors: Which is Right for You?

We all want to put our best face forward, and aesthetics play a big role in this. Spa treatments have long been efficient in minimizing issues like acne and rosacea and reducing the appearance of wrinkles. 

As with most technology these days, improvements are continually being made. When it comes to facials, this comes in the form of the HydraFacial. Could this method be for you? The staff here at Michigan Advanced Aesthetics believe an informed patient makes the best decisions, so let’s see how this increasingly popular method measures up to three of its biggest competitors. 

What is the HydraFacial?

If you haven’t heard of the HydraFacial, it’s certainly not because it’s a new concept. HydraFacial was officially founded by US-based Edge Systems over two decades ago in 1997. (This is around the same time our founder, Laura E. LoCricchio, began her career in skincare)! 

The process involves the use of a proprietary machine that performs four skincare procedures in a single treatment. It features a suction tip that loosens impurities in the pores and effectively vacuums them out. This is followed by the application of serum directly into the pores. Just a few benefits include:

  • Results are immediate and long-term
  • Pain-free procedure
  • No downtime
  • Compatible with all skin types

What Issues Does HydraFacial Address?

The HydraFacial has been shown to offer a viable solution to some of the oldest and most frustrating skin issues. These include:

  • Wrinkles
  • Dark spots
  • Acne
  • Clogged pores
  • Excessive oil
  • Enlarged and clogged pores

Now that you have a better understanding of what it is, let’s compare HydraFacial to other popular skincare methods on the market to see if this could work for you.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels remove dead skin cells using salicylic acid and alpha hydroxy acid. Chemical peels can be a great solution for people who have:

  • Fine lines
  • Age spots
  • Skin that’s not overly sensitive
  • Dark skin pigmentation

Due to its use of chemicals, this option wouldn’t be a good fit for patients with skin disorders. For you, HydraFacial could be the way to go.


Microneedling is a process during which tiny needles shallowly penetrate the skin’s surface to trigger an increased production of collagen. This not only smooths but also plumps the skin and provides a younger, more vibrant appearance. Microneedling could be for you if:

  • You’re trying to reverse scarring
  • You’re targeting loose skin
  • You suffer with acne

If you have a low tolerance for pain, you may find the procedure to be uncomfortable. It also isn’t a good fit for people with immune disorders. 


As the name implies, microdermabrasion uses an abrasive tool to essentially sand away the thick outer layer of skin. The newly exposed skin is then treated with a special serum to rejuvenate. You might want to consider microdermabrasion if you are treating:

  • Stretch marks
  • Excessively rough skin

One major downfall of microdermabrasion is the fact that it’s known to cause discoloration of the skin. It also may not be the best option for people suffering from issues like rosacea, psoriasis, warts, open sore, and other similar issues. If this sounds like you, HydraFacial is an excellent alternative. 

The best way to determine which treatment is best for you is to schedule your consultation at a quality medspa like Michigan Advanced Aesthetics. A professional aesthetician can meet with you to examine your skin and discuss your concerns to determine the best course of treatment. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation. 

Rezenerate Nano Facial

Rezenerate Nano Facial is now being offered at Michigan Advanced Aesthetics in Royal Oak. We are one of just a few spas in the area that are first to offer this amazing facial termed “The Best Facial Ever”.

Clients have been thrilled with the results offering: no-downtime, decreased wrinkles, more refined texture, decrease in pores and hydrated skin. The Rezenerate Nano Facial is a revolutionary, non-invasive treatment that’s designed to restore vibrance and improve your skin’s texture. The Rezenerate Wand, which is an exclusive cosmetic tool that helps the skin easily absorb our specialty cocktail serums and collagen to increase the effectiveness of the facial.

Rezenerate utilizes the breakthrough science of Nano-Technology, the pressure points of Acupressure, principles of Yoga facial exercises, and the cool touch of ‘Cryo’ (Cold) Therapy and our series of proprietary processes to create what we have dubbed the “Rezenerate Nano-Tech Golden Ratio.” Using are specialty serums and collagen boosters the Nano Wand helps the serums and nutrients penetrate through the outer layer of the skin, immediately leading to a more voluminous appearance and activating cellular repair and renewal. Considered a no-down time treatment. You can choose do the Nano Facial as a stand alone treatment or pick one of our more advanced treatments.

We have enhanced this treatment by adding it to some our most popular treatments including: dermaplaning with Collagen Boost and LED light therapy, Oxygen Facial, Signature Multi-Layer Facial, and Micro-current treatments for more anti-aging and dramatic results. What can you expect with the treatments? The treatment is very relaxing and feels like a light vibrating facial massage. As serums are enhanced into the skin a slight tingling sensation occurs. All of our advanced treatments include LED light therapy for more enhancement of the serums and effective collagen benefits. After the final part of the treatment the skin has an immediate glow and feels firmer and hydrated. Avoiding exfoliating products such as glycolics, scrubs, and retinols 3 to 5 days prior and after treatment is recommended. Treatments can be done on all skin types including rosacea. Acne skin will need to be evaluated to see if the Nano Facial can be done.

Treatments start at $125 for our basic treatment with the more advanced treatments ranging from $150 to $195. If your looking for a treatment to instantly revive your skin this may be the treatment for you. Consultation are available to help choose the best option for your skin and concerns. The treatments can be done every two weeks to achieve maximum results.

Once in awhile an amazing new treatment comes to the aesthetic field that really offers wonderful results. We have been researching this device and after trying on staff, family, and friends we were sold. Our clients are always looking for treatments with minimum downtime that achieve results. We are very happy that we decided to bring this treatment to our spa and that we are getting positive feedback from our clients. Look for specials in our monthly newsletter or call our office.

New Addition to the Michigan Advanced Aesthetics Team

Michigan Advanced Aesthetics is very excited to announce the addition of Penny L. to our spa. Penny specializes and is certified in Mink Lash Extensions and facial waxing. If you have ever considered lash extensions they are fabulous. Wake up to lush glossy lashes every morning. Mink lashes are the lightest most natural feeling lashes. You can choose your look to be classic or you can go for volume with Russian Volume Lashes (lashes will be very full and fluffy). Classic lashes are one individual lash on each lash or you can get a demi set which is 50% less lash than classic where individual lashes are applied to every other lash. Our lash stylist will help you create your desired look. Full sets run about two hours for application and you should arrive at your appointment with no eye make up and clean lashes free of any oils. Fill-inn appointments are suggested every two to three weeks based on you individual wear of your lashes. Fill- in appointments take about 45 min. Appointments are available Tuesday – Saturday. If you looking for a little lift lashes are a great way to freshen your look and keep you looking your best. Little to no maintenance. No need to wear mascara. Just beautiful lashes ready to go. Schedule your appointment today! Month of November 2017 save $25 on all full sets of lashes.