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Now that the holidays are over and the new year is here, it is time to relax and treat yourself to our world class spa service. The Sanctuary at the Park offers luxurious spa services over seen by our board-certified dermatologist, Dr. David Sax, who has been featured on the Suncoast View. In this tranquil environment you will feel rejuvenated, relaxed, and refreshed while you enjoy all the high-quality amenities that our spa offers. Keep reading to learn about some of the spa treatments we provide and choose which ones are right for you to start the year off refreshed and relaxed!

Chemical Peel

A chemical peel is one of the oldest cosmetic treatments performed around the world. It has been found that this procedure has been performed as far back as ancient Greece, Rome, and Egypt. This treatment has stood the test of time due to the transformative results that are seen within a little amount of time, without having to perform an invasive surgery.

Chemical peels work by using a solution that contains an acid to remove the damaged outer layers of skin This treatment is a chemical exfoliant, as it uses acid to remove dead and damaged skin. Acids usually found in chemical peels are hydroxyl acid (AHA) or trichloroacetic acid (TCA). By removing the outer damaged and dull layer of skin, new radiant, smooth skin is revealed after treatment.

Blemishes, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and wrinkles can all be treated with a chemical peel. Certain peels can also be used as spot treatments to treat other skin conditions such as scarring or stretch marks. Chemical peels are a great option to achieve positive results without invasive surgery.

VI Peel

The VI Peel differs from a chemical peel because it consists of a potent synthetic blend of ingredients that works for all skin types, textures, and tones. Their specialty formula includes trichloroacetic acid (TCA), tretinoic acid, salicylic acid, phenol, vitamin C, and other skin loving ingredients. Together they remove layers of dull and damaged skin while promoting cell turnover.

This peel is ideal for those wishing to treat scarring, acne, acne scarring, fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots, hyperpigmentation, large pores, and other various skin problems. It can also be used on various areas of the body, including under the eyes which is rare for such treatments. While helping to treat these skin problems the VI peel will also leave you with firmer and more radiant skin.

A VI peel is virtually painless and requires little to no downtime. Unlike other procedures, there is no need to wait weeks to enjoy your amazing results. You can start showing off your radiant and bright skin after just one week.


Dermaplaning is a form of exfoliation that has become very popular over the past few years. This procedure uses a scalpel to remove a very thin layer of skin and peach fuzz from the face. This peach fuzz is known as fine vellus hair. This hair can create a buildup of makeup, oil, dirt, and other debris in the follicles that is usually not removed during your regular cleansing.

By removing the dead skin and peach fuzz, your complexion appears more radiant, healthier, and smoother. This is why dermaplaning is such a popular treatment for Hollywood stars and A-listers. Without the excess peach fuzz on their face, makeup will not build up in certain areas giving their faces a flawless appearance. Their complexions also look better on camera after dermaplaning.

Although dermaplaning has becoe a popular “at home treatment”, it is always best to have the procedure done by a professional. Dermaplaning also benefits the rest of your skincare routine by allowing your products to penetrate better. This is why it is often performed as a precursor to chemical peels and facials so you receive the maximum benefits from each treatment.


Having a facial is one of the first things that come to mind when most people think about having a spa day. This is because not only are facials extremely relaxing, but they are an essential part of maintaining your overall skin health. Although facials sound basic, there are many different ways we can customize your experience with add-ons to treat your unique skin condition.

During a typical facial, your face will be cleansed, exfoliated, and massaged. A facial massage is essential to boost circulation in the face a stimulate lymphatic drainage. Warm steam may also be used on your face and extraction may be done to unclog any congested pores.

Then a specialty mask may be applied to let you relax and allow the ingredients to really penetrate your skin. After this, skincare products are usually applied. This would include toners, serums, and moisturizers. When you leave you should feel relaxed and renewed with a refreshed complexion.


Microdermabrasion is a very popular non-surgical treatment that is usually used for anti-aging. This treatment is a form of physical exfoliation that uses a specialty tool to remove the dead and dull skin on the outer layer of your skin. At the same time the dead skin cells, oil, bacteria and other debris that is in your pores is being sucked away.

Microdermabrasion can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions. This treatment can help to even out skin texture, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, fade scars, and hyper pigmentation. It also helps to trigger cell turnover to give you a more youthful and refreshed appearance.


Microneedling is meant to help trigger your body’s collagen production. This treatment is performed by using a device covered in very tiny needles in various lengths and rolling it over the skin’s surface. This device creates tiny holes in your skin, or micro injury. Don’t worry it is not as it sounds. These micro injuries stimulate your body to create collagen.

Collagen helps your body to fill fine lines and wrinkles. It also helps to plump your skin and create more elastin. This is what helps to give you a more youthful appearance. Microneedling can also be used to treat scarring.

Are you interested in our relaxing spa treatments? Give our office a call today to schedule an appointment to feel relaxed and refreshed in no time.

Dr. David S. Sax

Dr. David Sax is a board certified dermatologist in sarasota and an expert in Mohs surgery for skin cancer. He is dedicated to bringing you clinical excellence, highly personalized treatments, and accessible and efficient service. Whether you need treatment for a medical skin condition, or want to achieve a more youthful look with cosmetic or spa services, you’ll find state-of-the-art solutions right here.

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