The expert team at Impressions provides DermaRich treatments to patients who want a complete facial rejuvenation procedure with minimal downtime. This unique treatment combines four skin rejuvenation treatments into two sessions to help you achieve radiant, healthy, younger-looking skin.
DermaRich in Chicago
Dr. Dayan's esteemed physician assistant, Michelle Ruffino, envisioned a treatment that marries effectiveness with convenience. Preparing for her wedding, she pondered over-optimizing skincare outcomes with minimal downtime, culminating in the creation of DermaRich.
What is DermaRich?
DermaRich combines laser, collagen stimulation, and mechanical exfoliation treatments designed to rejuvenate and refresh your skin for a radiant, younger-looking appearance. This aesthetic procedure combines four skincare treatments into two appointments for a complete facial rejuvenation.
DermaRich treatments consist of four steps: IPL or Aerolase treatment, PRP therapy, Clear + Brilliant treatment, and a Dermaplaning treatment.
Chicago's Trusted DermaRich Specialists
DermaRich, a brainchild of Impression's Michelle Ruffino, was born out of a personal quest for optimal skincare in preparation for her wedding. Driven by passion and insight, she envisioned a transformative treatment that ensures remarkable results with minimal downtime.
Michelle M. Ruffino, MS, PA-C, is an NCCPA Board Certified Physician Assistant with a Master's from Rosalind Franklin University/The Chicago Medical School. Beyond managing a full patient load, Michelle is a dedicated educator, training physicians and injectors nationwide, and overseeing a preceptorship program for budding medical professionals.
Selika Gutierrez-Borst, MS, RN
Selika Gutierrez-Borst, MS, RN, brings a wealth of experience to Impressions Face + Body's team. Armed with a Nurse Practitioner degree from North Park University and over two decades of diverse clinical experience, she is a versatile and skilled professional. Selika's expertise, spanning Aesthetic Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Adult Clinical Psychiatry, mirrors her commitment to holistic patient care. With 11 years in aesthetic medicine, Selika skillfully merges her vast knowledge with meticulous attention to detail and a compassionate touch. This unique blend of expertise and empathy has earned her the respect and trust of patients, making her an invaluable part of our team.
What to Expect for Your DermaRich Procedure
The first three steps are performed the same day, with the fourth performed a week after your first appointment.
Your DermaRich Consultation
How to Prepare for Your DermaRich Procedure
Before starting the treatment program, we will guide you through the minimal preparations required based on your specific needs, as the program involves four different procedures.
- Skin Sensitivity: It is important to avoid excessive sun exposure and tanning (both natural and artificial) for at least one week before your appointment, as the treatment involves light-based energy (such as IPL) that can increase the risk of complications with sunburned or tanned skin.
- Skin Cleanliness: Arrive with a clean face, free of makeup, lotions, or creams. This ensures the best possible interaction between the light, laser, or scalpel and your skin.
- Medication & Supplements: Inform your practitioner about any medications or supplements you're taking, especially if they can affect blood clotting, as this can influence the PRP therapy step.
- Hydration: Stay well-hydrated before the procedure. Good hydration aids in blood drawing for PRP and overall skin health.
- Blood Draw Preparation: Since PRP therapy requires a blood draw, consider wearing a top with easily accessible sleeves.
- Avoid Exfoliants & Harsh Skincare: Avoid using exfoliants or strong skincare products a few days before the procedure. This helps to combat skin irritation.
- Shaving: If considering the treatment for areas typically shaved (like the face for men), shave the morning of the treatment to ensure smooth skin without longer hairs that might interfere, especially for the dermaplaning step.
During Your DermaRich Procedure
The DermaRich journey combines advanced treatments designed to rejuvenate your skin from the inside out, each serving a unique and crucial purpose in your path to revitalized beauty.
Day of the First Appointment:
- IPL or Aerolase: We first harness the power of targeted light pulses. These are expertly controlled to address and alleviate superficial skin flaws. Whether it's hyperpigmentation, lingering redness, or pesky brown spots on the face, this step is geared toward refining and evening out your skin's appearance.
- PRP Therapy: Derived from your own blood, PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) therapy concentrates the power of platelets to stimulate collagen production and improve circulation. As it is naturally sourced from your own blood, there is little risk of adverse reactions. The result is a reduction in the appearance of fine lines, a more toned complexion, and an overall improvement in skin health.
- Clear + Brilliant: Transitioning to the transformative capabilities of lasers, the Clear + Brilliant treatment employs fractional laser energy. Its mission? To combat signs of aging while polishing your skin's tone and texture, revealing a fresher, younger-looking you.
Follow-Up Session (7 to 10 days later):
- Dermaplaning: When you return, we will treat your skin to a thorough manual exfoliation. Our expert estheticians will use a fine scalpel to gently and effectively remove dead skin cells and the soft peach fuzz that often makes your complexion appear dull. After the dermaplaning treatment, you will notice a smoother, brighter, and more radiant skin appearance.
DermaRich Aftercare & Recovery Timeline
With the DermaRich treatment, there's minimal disruption to your daily activities. You can expect to return to your regular routine immediately after each session.
After the Clear + Brilliant treatment, it's not uncommon for the skin to feel like rough sandpaper for a short time. This texture is temporary and will smooth out soon.
As always, individual experiences can vary, so we recommend planning any social engagements accordingly and following any aftercare instructions provided by our team.
Am I a Good Candidate for DermaRich?
DermaRich is a comprehensive skin treatment plan that combines multiple treatments to address a variety of skin concerns. This plan can help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, redness, and brown spots, leading to a more uniform complexion. The best part about DermaRich is that all the treatments included are non-surgical, which means patients can enjoy significant results without any downtime or potential risks associated with invasive procedures.
While the results may vary from person to person, the combination of these treatments often yields longer-lasting results than any one treatment alone. Each step in the DermaRich procedure has been tried and tested, offering a safe and reliable pathway to achieving younger-looking, rejuvenated skin.
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