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Top 5 Spa Procedures for NBA Players

We all have things we wish we could change about our skin. Most of us have the option to make positive changes to our daily routine that can help with common skin problems, like acne, increased oil production, and extreme dehydration.

But professional athletes like NBA players can't just change their workout schedules or adjust the humidity in their training facility to help improve or care for their skin. Due to the rise in media and publicity like an increase in television appearances, social media exposure, and influencer opportunities, it's more important than ever for athletes to look their best - and have confidence in their appearance.


Spa Procedures for NBA Players

So, professional athletes are turning to medical spas to help keep their skin looking healthy and youthful. Here are the top 5 spa procedures by Novuskin for NBA players and other athletes to transform their skin's appearance and keep it healthy - from the inside out.

The most common skin issues among athletes

Excess sweating
Acne
Scarring
Dehydration
Excess oil production

While many of these can be topically treated with homecare products and day spa services, the results can't be long-lasting. Conversely, medspa treatments use technology that penetrates to the deep layers of skin where long term, beneficial changes can be made. Med spas also have medically trained staff like nurse practitioners and doctors that oversee treatment planning and injections like botox. How can medical spa treatments help with common skin problems?

Let's explore how medical spa treatments can help with these common problems for NBA players.

Excess Sweating (Hyperhidrosis)

About 3% of the population suffers from hyperhidrosis, a condition characterized by abnormally excessive sweating that's not necessarily related to heat or exercise, according to mayoclinic.org. But this condition can be exacerbated by exercise. Further, it can be unsightly and embarrassing during public appearances off the court.

Fortunately, there is a non-invasive way to manage this frustrating condition.

Botox, commonly associated with cosmetic wrinkle reduction, can also be used to temporarily block the nerve signals that trigger a sweat response. This reduces the amount of sweat without stopping it completely. Underarms are very tolerant of this treatment, as are the palms of the hands and the bottoms of the feet.

Despite plenty of sitcom jokes about botched botox jobs, botox injections are incredibly safe and effective, according to healthline.com. Healthline also recommends you always see a trained medical professional for any type of injection treatment.


medical spa treatments for NBA players

Injection treatments for hyperhidrosis typically need to be reapplied every four to six months. The nerves will slowly regenerate. But over time, the nerves will regenerate less, allowing more time to pass between treatments.

Acne

Many professional athletes suffer from acne. Acne is a skin condition where pimples, blackhead, or whiteheads appear on the skin's surface due to clogged pores and follicles. Oil and excessive dry skin are the common precursors to acne flare ups and are more common in teens and young adults. Acne can, however, last long into adulthood. Athletes can be especially prone to continued acne due to a number of factors such as:

- Sweating for extended periods of time
- Increased levels of testosterone which often lead to breakouts
- Restrictive clothing or consistent rubbing on the skin

Chemical peels are an excellent way to help improve the look of acne sores and decrease future breakouts.

High-quality chemical peels used in medical spas are composed of natural acids, such as lactic acid, that safely but aggressively remove the dead layers of skin. Dead skin cells have a tendency to create clogs and blog sweat and oil from being excreted properly. The chemical peel burns away the dead skin. It is then gently rinsed away, leaving a fresh, healthy layer of skin on the surface.

Chemical peels are very safe when applied correctly. It's also important that the skin is supervised as the peel is working so it is removed at the correct time.

Chemical peels carry a risk of burning the skin, so they should always be applied by a trained aesthetician or medical professional.

Scarring

Whether it's scarring from surgery, injury, or acne, athletes often have many unsightly or embarrassing scars. Medical spas offer treatments that can reduce the look of scars, and are non-invasive and completely pain free.

There are generally 2 ways to manage large or noticeable scars, which can be found on the face or body.

The first is with the use of Non-ablative Fractional Laser Resurfacing (Frax). This advanced technology uses an algorithm to set and adjust the laser parameters so the treatment can be customized for each user. The Frax laser gently removes the outermost layers of skin and improves the texture and appearance of scars caused by acne, incisions or cuts, and stretch marks.

The second is LED (or Light Emitting Diode) therapy, also known as heliotherapy. This treatment uses specific wavelengths of light to treat skin conditions and problems. LED therapy is a targeted approach to reducing scar tissue. The light deeply penetrates the skin at very specific levels to heal the skin tissue from the inside out.

Scar tissue treatments are extremely safe and effective. At a med spa, trained medical professionals will make treatment recommendations based on your unique skin and scars.

Dehydration

Lack of adequate hydration is caused by a number of factors and can be especially prevalent among professional athletes. Excess sweating over long periods of time, especially if athletes are not drinking enough water, can lead to dry skin.

Hot or dry environments can also lead to dehydrated skin. Environments such as gyms and stadiums are quite often dry, causing the skin and lips to become cracked or flaky.

Properly rehydrating the skin can actually encourage the skin to improve its own hydrationon mechanism. One of the best options for rehydration is a two-fold strategy of first peeling away the outer layer of the skin, then applying a hydration solution that permeates into the deep layers of the dermis.

Hydradermabrasion followed by hydration infusion is one excellent option. Microdermabrasion involves using a diamond-tipped device to gently but effectively remove dead skin while suctioning impurities and excess oil from clogged pores. With the skin exfoliated and the pores prepared for penetration, a hydration solution is applied and gently forced into the pores where it can be absorbed.

Having properly hydrated skin can improve overall skin health, help keep conditions like acne and rosacea at bay, and even ward off sagging skin, fine lines, and wrinkles.

Excess Oil Production

Oily skin exacerbates acne and irritation. It can be uncomfortable and can create a shiny glow in photos. Oil production can be exacerbated by over washing, irritating skincare products, excessive sweating, dehydration, and even your local weather. By managing some of the causes of excessively oily skin, we can help decrease the amount of oil we produce.

Hydradermabrasion is a beneficial technology that can help control your body's oil production. Hydradermabrasion uses an exceptionally thin water stream in conjunction with a powerful suction. The water stream, like a very tiny power washer, gently blasts away dead skin while the suction opens pores and deeply rinses away oil and impurities. A hydrafacial both gives and takes - but in the best way possible. While it removes toxins, it adds healthy hydrating serums that can be targeted at a range of skin issues such as dehydration.

Hydradermabrasion boosts collagen production to leave the skin clean, refreshed, brighter and plumper.

Conclusion

Athletes have a unique set of concerns when it comes to skincare. Day spa and home therapies provide temporary fixes, but the best way to see long-term improvements in skin conditions and health is by implementing technology like those available at medically supervised med spas.