Skincare FAQ’s

  • FAQ’s Micro-current Sculpting Facial
  • FAQ’s Chemical Peel
  • FAQ’s Micro-dermabrasion
  • FAQ’s Dermaplaning Skin Treatment
  • FAQ’s Micro-Needling Therapy
  • FAQ’s Body Waxing

MICROCURRENT SCULPTING FACIAL

 

What is Microcurrent? 
It is the closest known electrical current that can be delivered on a near identical magnitude as the electrical current the human body naturally produces on its own, It is the therefore physiologic and safe. It works on your skin, your muscles, and boosts your cellular levels. Akin to recharging a battery that starts draining at age 25.

Microcurrent delivers safe, painless, low-level electrical impulses to strategic locations under the skin to firm, tighten, tone and reverse the signs of aging on both an immediate and long-term basis. The soothing microcurrent stimulus very gently and safely restores the skin’s natural balance, for a more vibrant, youthful appearance.

  • Tighten and Tone Sagging Skin
  • Diminish Fine Lines
  • Smooth and Soften Skin
  • Encourage a Youthful Glow
  • Help Fade Dark Eye Circles
  • Reduce Under Eye Puffiness
  • Reduces the symptoms for Eczema, Melasma and Rosacea

The Benefits of Microcurrent Facial Toning Treatment:                              Microcurrent is a safe and gentle, non-invasive alternative to dramatic plastic surgery procedures, laser resurfacing, chemical peels, Collagen and Botox injections and other invasive treatments. It preserves and maintains the youthful elements of younger clients by postponing future aging changes, while it rejuvenates and restores youthfulness in older clients.

Please note that results can vary by individual and skin type and although microcurrent has been shown to produce an immediate and temporary lifting effect, continued monthly application may provide more cumulative long- term, lasting results.

Clinical research shows:

  • 500% increase in ATP (adenosine triphosphate, the chemical fuel of human cells)
  • 35% increase in blood circulation
  • 40% increase in Gluconeogenesis (production of new glucose)
  • 45% increase in the number of the elastin fibers in the dermis
  • 50% increase in the length of the elastin fibers
  • 10% increase in collagen thickness in the connective tissues
  • 35% increase in the number of blood vessels
  • 28% increase in lymphatic drainage

How Microcurrent Facial Toning Treatment Works:                                      Microcurrent uses safe, painless, low-level, waveform-shaped currents (electrical impulses) to “reprogram” the muscles to nearly original muscle shape. The gentle electrical impulses actually rehabilitate the muscles and improve circulation, texture, tone, and fine lines. Regular use of microcurrent will continue to provide muscle strength and restore freshness to appearance.

Microcurrent “recharges” facial tissue by combining a unique electrical waveform using dual tipped probes, in combination with the naturally occurring biological current of the body. This technology has the capacity to work internally on the muscle fiber and tissue for visible, external results just like taking your face to the gym!

I use a combination of different frequency variations to promote dramatic tissue enhancement and repair.

The frequency variation in the current can be concentrated on specific tissue and adapted to the individual needs of each client. The microcurrent utilized produces different effects on the muscle and the tissue of the skin. The method of applying a specific current to certain muscular areas of the face reverses and corrects habitual muscle patterns and reverses atrophy.

The Microcurrent System is used to improve the muscle reception and re-educate the muscle to respond more effectively to regular nerve stimulation. The desired relaxed state of a muscle is semi-contracted, allowing it to function effectively. Microcurrent can help bring this “memory” back to the muscle, giving better tone to the face and relaxing over contracted muscles. To the patient this means a firmer facial tone and diminished lines

Is there any risk of harmful side effects?
Microcurrent has been used on the human body for over 60 years without any reported harmful side effects.

The History Behind Microcurrent Facial Toning Treatment:                                         In 1980, Thomas W. Wing. D.C., N.D., LAc., a fifth generation Chinese Doctor is credited with introducing a microcurrent instrument which was found to be beneficial in the treatment of muscles. Originally approved by the FDA as a muscle stimulator, it also found new life in the Cosmetology industry for cellular rejuvenation, facial toning and wrinkle reduction.

Microcurrent techniques have been proven successful in treating a variety of medical conditions including Bell’s Palsy. Bell’s Palsy is facial paralysis, usually effects one side of the face only. The cause is unknown, but inflammation of one of the facial nerves resulting in muscle paralysis to one side of the face. This usually recovers over a period of months, but on occasions can be permanent.

Electrical currents have been incorporated into facial machines for many years. The research and development conducted to assist the “baby boomers” in maintaining a youthful appearance has promoted their evolution to the highly efficient apparatuses we have at our disposal today. Understandably, there is a great deal of interest around the muscle enhancement abilities of microcurrent.

Microcurrent promotes collagen and elastin production in your skin, and has the ability to dramatically increase ATP production. ATP is basically the vitality of your cells. The buildup in ATP explains the lasting effects of microcurrent on re-educating the facial muscles to tighten and tone. To quote D. Tsoklis, an expert on the subject, “Microcurrent is the reproduction of your own biological current. As we age, this current, which sends messages from the brain to the muscles via the spinal cord, does not send those messages properly.”

The microcurrent treatment restores those messages from the brain to tell the skin to rejuvenate. It helps tone facial muscles by replicating our own biological currents. Clinical studies have shown that after twenty days of treatment collagen production increases by 14 percent, elastin increases by 48 percent, and blood circulation increases by 38 percent. Scientists have also found that microcurrent facelift treatments trigger the body’s production of amino acids and ATP. Both of these accelerate cell repair and promote healthier cell production- Increases collagen and elastin in the dermis.

 Microcurrent facial treatments range from $150 – $250 per treatment.

CHEMICAL PEEL

chemical-peelChemical peels are the most popular skin resurfacing procedure in the cosmetic industry. In fact, according to a recent survey by the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, more than 850,000 chemical peels were performed last year.

Today, with the public’s increasing interest in rejuvenating skin and slowing the effects of the aging process, chemical peeling has emerged as an exciting anti-aging procedure. Making the peel the most sought after cosmetic procedure performed in the U.S.

 What are Chemical Peels and How Do They Work?
The chemical acids (AHA, BHA and Enzymes) are naturally occurring acids, derived from the sugars in particular plants. Each has a unique function and some examples are Citric Acid (Citrus Fruit), Glycolic Acid (Sugar Cane), Lactic Acid (Sour Milk) and so on. The acid chosen by the professional is based on skin type, skin condition, health history and desired result. These acids work at the very base of the stratum corneum, (outer most layer of skin) dissolving the cement that holds excess layers of dead skin cells together.

This process increases cell turnover (natural skin shedding cycle, which slows with age) and influences the structure of new stratum corneum being made. This results in skin that is more flexible, smoother, and more even in tone. At greater concentration, deeper dermal effects (such as higher amounts of collagen and elastin and increased skin thickness) are observed. Eventually, acids will produce skin that is softer, smoother, less wrinkled, less dehydrated, and more even in skin tone. This results in younger looking and younger feeling skin.

Chemical peels may be performed on the face, neck, chest, hands, arms, back and legs. The best results with wrinkles are noticed on the neck, under eyes and around the mouth. Superficial, medium, or deep chemical peels may be used to improve damaged aging skin. As a general rule, the deeper the peel, the more dramatic the results. After treatment you can expect a slight sunburn sensation to sever redness, followed by light flaking or generous peeling. Individual results depends on the persons skin type and depth of treatment.

How are Peels Performed?
The procedure is generally quick and easy to perform. After a consultation, the Esthetician will recommend the proper peeling agent based upon the desired results. The face is then cleansed and striped of its natural oils and the chemical is quickly applied. During the procedure, most patients experience a warm sensation followed by mild itching or stinging sensation. A fan and cold towel will help to relieve this discomfort. Mild peels can be performed weekly or biweekly for six treatments or until the desired affect is achieved. Thereafter, maintenance peels are recommended just like you would maintain your hair or nails.

Chemical peels are widely used for the treatment of Wrinkles, Acne, Sun Damage, Large Pores, Hyperpigmentation (brown spots), Superficial scars, Stretch Marks & Rosacea

What Kinds of Improvement can I expect with a Chemical Peel?  
With your Licensed Medical Esthetician, you should discuss the type of skin improvement you hope to have from the peel treatment program. Together you can decide if your expectations are realistic and redefine your goals if necessary to get your desired improvement. The following are types of improvements that are possible and the types of peels offered.                                                  

The benefits of chemical peels include the following:

  • Eliminate dead cellular debris
  • Helps to unclog and minimize pores
  • Immediately improving overall skin texture and tone
  • Reduces fine lines and mild scaring
  • Softens discoloration due to sun damage and pigmentation flaws
  • Assists in collagen renewal, re-layering the skin and improving hydration 

 

The type of chemical recommended will be based on skin type, condition and health history. Mild chemical peels require 20-30 minutes per treatment, with no down time. Dramatic improvements occur with consistent treatments.

How Often Can I Receive a Chemical Peel?
Initially an average of six separate applications are recommended every 1-2 weeks. Some patients may notice significant benefits form only four peels, while others may require up to eight. Depending on the patients objectives, fewer or more peels may be recommended. Thereafter, one every four weeks is recommended to maintain your results.

Do Chemical Peels Cause Sun Sensitivity Especially in Summer Months?
Used correctly, chemical acids do not increase sun sensitivity. Sun sensitivity occurs when skin is irritated and inflammation occurs. Chemical peels remove layers of accumulated dead skin cells which offers no SPF protection. However, it is important to avoid overexposure to the sun immediately after a chemical peel, while the skin is healing.

Are There any Possible Negative Reactions to a Peel?
The chemical peel process can possibly cause an acne flare, a herpes simplex flare in patients who have had previous herpes infections (particularly if no preventative treatment was used) or an inflammation (redness and/or swelling) of the tissue around the mouth. Some patients may experience transient spots of hyper- or hypo-pigmentation (coloration or discoloration) after a chemical peel procedure. If these conditions are left untreated, they usually resolve themselves in four weeks.

Medical grade peels are unlike salon or home kit peels. They are not PH balanced to match the skins PH, and therefore, required a licensed professional trained in clinical skincare or physician to perform. Medical grade peels are much stronger and absorb into the skin to simulate from deep within.

What are the levels of chemical peels?

Very Superficial
Peel Known as the “lunch time peel”, this is a quick and affordable treatment. The skin immediately looks brighter and more radiant, and you can go straight back to your normal daily routine. Superficial peels penetrate the epidermis only. The skin may appear flushed and mottled. Skin generally does not shed with this peel.

Superficial Peel
As above, but skin can frost in places and shed very lightly for several days.

Medium Depth Peel
Stronger formulas are used and recovery takes up to two weeks, depending on how quickly you heal. Medium depth peels affect the entire epidermis and the papillary and upper reticular dermis. The skin develops a white frost all over after a couple of minutes. After the peel, a thickened skin develops and peels off in 5-7 days.

Deep Chemical Peel
Local anesthetic is needed. Can take months for skin to recover but one treatment can produce dramatic results. Administered only by doctors (Dermatologists or Plastic Surgeons).

What are the types of chemical peels?

Lactic Acid (AHA) – An exfoliation gentle enough for sensitive skin. This chemical peel has excellent water-binding properties that enhance the strength & barrier function of the epidermis. Also aiding in lightening discoloration, evening out skin tone. Work extremely well for clients with dry-dehydrated and sensitive skin.

Glycolic Acid (AHA) – An anti aging peel, glycolic acid works by loosens the buildup of dead cells to reveal brighter, smoother skin. The peel absorbs into the skin to promote a youthful glow by reducing the visible signs of aging, stimulating collagen and elastin, smoothing the complexion, balancing irregular skin tones and hydrating cells to generally soften the skin. A mild exfoliation is recommended for normal to combination skin types.

Mandelic Acid (AHA) – Very much like the BHA of Salicylic Acid, Mandelic Acid is an AHA with a larger molecule than Glycolic Acid, which makes it better tolerated on the skin and treats a wide array of skin concerns i.e. acne, malasma and wrinkles.

Salicylic Acid (BHA) – Designed to exfoliate oil base accumulated dead cells from the skin’s surface it has also been shown to exfoliate the cells of the interior of skin pores. Salicylic acid has superior analgesic, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Salicylic acid is best suited for oily and acne prone skin.

Enzyme Acid (Papaine/Bromelaine) – As well as an exfoliation this combination of enzymes perform a different action. In that they convert harmful and highly reactive free radicals into less reactive form. This action assists in slowing down the aging process.

Jessner’s Peel Plus – This solution is made from Salicylic Acid, Lactic Acid, Resorcinol and Hydroquinone. This peel is very effective for those concerned with discoloration and acne prone skin. Recommendation is based on the individual’s skin type and condition.

TCA 15% (Trichloroacetic Acid) Peel – Often called “freshening peels” and considered a replacement for a face lift. This peel will improve any deeper lines, wrinkles, darker age spots or fresh shallow acne scars that you might have. This will help tighten the skin, leaving a brighter youthful appearance. Recommendation is based on the individual’s skin type and condition and should not be performed more then 1-4 times per year.

 

 

MICRODERMABRASION

Microdermabrasion And How It Works

Microdermabrasion is a safe, progressive approach to skin care that was developed in Italy in 1987. Using vacuum, and sometimes positive pressure, the machine and the specially-designed hand piece allow micro-fine crystals to pass over the skin. As the crystals make contact, they actually blast off a thin layer of the outer skin (dermis). The hand piece then vacuums off the dead skin and crystal particles. The procedure exfoliates the dry, dull skin, while stimulating circulation and collagen production.

Each treatment removes all layers of dead skin cells, depending on the condition that is being treated. The depth of treatment is determined by the trained operator and controlled through the speed of the hand piece, crystal flow and the number of passes. Since each treatment is customized, patients can be treated at their own comfort levels.

Candidates For Microdermabrasion  
Unlike traditional dermabrasion, laser resurfacing or chemical peels, microdermabrasion is safe for men and women of all skin conditions and colors. The best candidate for microdermabrasion is one who wishes to improve the appearance of their skin and is willing to take an active role in protecting and maintaining the results. Microdermabrasion improves the overall appearance and tone of your skin; collagen production and circulation are improved; and the skin surface is smoother and healthier.

Customized Treatment Plan 
After your initial consultation, a customized plan will be developed for you. Microdermabrasion is a progressive skin treatment. Your success depends on multiple treatments on a strict schedule. Often called “The Lunch Time Peel,” each session may take between 30 minutes to one hour, depending on the areas being treated. Your skin may be slightly reddened for 20 minutes to one hour after the treatment but it is perfectly safe to apply your make-up and return to normal activities. There is no recovery or “down time” associated with microdermabrasion.

Number of Treatments     
Your personalized regime will be determined by the skin condition being treated and your desired results. The number of treatments can vary from 4 to 12, depending on the severity of your condition and treatment goals. Stretch marks and acne scars require the greatest number of treatments. Microdermabrasion treatments should be performed 7 to 10 days apart. It is vitally important that you adhere to the scheduled that is developed for you. Waiting longer than 14 days between treatments can interfere with your progress. Average cost for this type of procedure runs $100 – $225 per treatment.

After your desired results have been achieved, you will want to have maintenance treatments every 4-6 weeks.

Advance Preparation    
If you are using any skin care products containing Retin-A, hydroquinone, or glycolic acid, you will want to stop using them 48 hours before your treatment. You may resume their use 24 hours after treatment. Skin that has been overexposed to the sun and is sunburned should not be treated.

How Soon Will You See Results? 
Remember, microdermabrasion is a progressive procedure. You will definitely feel softer, smoother skin and may see subtle improvement after only one visit. You will see visible improvement after four treatments. The benefits continue to multiply with each additional treatment as increased circulation is noted within the dermis and newer, healthier skin cells are seen at the surface.

Treatable Skin Conditions   
Microdermabrasion has been clinically proven to significantly reduce the appearance of:

  • Wrinkles
  • Fine Lines
  • Acne / Acne Scars
  • Stretch Marks
  • Age / Sun Spots
  • Enlarged Pores / Clogged Pores
  • Flaking & Dry Skin
  • Uneven Pigmentation

Is Microdermabrasion Painful? 
For normal treatments, you will experience the sensation of vacuum suction and crystal particles making contact with your skin. This should not be a painful experience. Sensitive areas around the eye and upper lip may feel more tender, but the technician will adjust the machine in these areas to prevent discomfort.

Special Products Before or After The Procedure?   
Dependent upon the goals of your treatment protocol, certain prescription medications may be recommended, as well as a special series of skin care serums formulated for use specifically during and after microdermabrasion treatments.

 

 

DERMAPLANING SKIN TREATMENT

Dermaplaning is a simple and safe procedure for exfoliating the epidermis and ridding the skin of fine vellus hair (peach fuzz). Using a scalpel and a delicate touch, the esthetician simply abrades the surface of the skin using light feathering strokes.

Because dermaplaning is a quick procedure with few to no adverse effects, it has no down time.

It is also a first choice for patients who have excess vellus hair on the skin. This hair often causes a buildup of dirt and oils in the follicles, so removing the hair gives the patient healthier looking skin.

Although merely an old wives’ tale, many patients are often concerned that the hair will grow back heavier and darker after dermaplaning. This is not the case. As long as the hair is superficial vellus hair, it will grow back at the same rate and texture as before the treatment.

Removing epidermal skin also allows products to penetrate more readily into the deeper layers. Physicians may recommend this treatment to prepare the skin for medical procedures such as laser treatments or deep chemical peels. It also may be used by estheticians to prepare the skin for superficial chemical peels or before a cleansing facial. Dermaplaing also allows maximum penetration of topical treatments and products.

Dermaplaning is most often used on patients with rough, dry skin, superficial hyperpigmentation, mild acne scarring, or fine lines and wrinkles. The treatment results in a more refined, smooth, “glowing” appearance. Prices for dermaplaning range from $130 for dermaplaning alone to $280 for a dermaplaning/chemical peel combination treatment.

 

 

MICRO-NEEDLING THERAPY

The principle behind Micro-needling Therapy is simply to stimulate the body’s own production of collagen, thereby reducing wrinkles and improving skin texture. When it is applied to the skin, under topical anesthesia, a sterile motorized pen with very fine needles is used to create many microscopic channels deep into the dermis of the skin, which stimulate your own body to produce new collagen. These channels also improve the penetration of vitamins A and C creams about 1000 times. Vitamins A and C stimulate skin renewal, thereby making the skin appear fresher and younger. Results last as long as 5–10 years or more.

Micro-needling Therapy can typically cause the following results in your skin:

Soften fine lines and wrinkles
Contribute towards skin thickening (collagen)
Reduce the appearance of acne scars and other depressed scars on the body
Help improve stretch marks

How long is the procedure?    
Treatment sessions range from 10 minutes to one hour, depending on the area being treated.

How many treatments are needed?  
This will depend on the degree of the problem and the patient’s expectations (number of treatments usually range from three to six). Sessions are often spaced two to six weeks apart.

How long does it take to see improvement in the skin with Micro-needling Therapy?    
Collagen remodeling in normal skin takes at least 90 days, so the effects of this treatment may not be fully appreciated for at least three months after the procedure. But the effects last for years in most people.

Is Micro-needling Therapy painful? 
The procedure usually requires a topical anesthetic cream in some areas. There is usually no pain after the procedure.

What changes can be realistically expected with Micro-needling Therapy?  
Micro-needling Therapy will usually make the skin smoother, fresher and improve fine lines around the eyes, mouth and cheeks. Micro-needling Therapy will usually cause significant improvement in stretch marks and acne scars. Skin texture and brown marks will also improve in most cases.

What is the cost for this type of procedure?     
The price of each clinic treatment ranges from $350+ per treatment.

EFFECTIVE TREATMENT FOR WRINKLES, STRETCH MARKS AND ACNE SCARS

MICRO-NEEDLING COMPARED TO LASER 

SINGLE TREATMENT PRICE

NUMBER OF TREATMENT REQUIRED

TOTAL COST FOR TREATMENT

FRAXEL

$1,200

5 treatments, 1-2 weeks apart

$6,000

PIXEL

$700

5 treatments, 1-4 weeks apart

$3,500

MICRO-NEEDLING

$200

3 treatments, 6-8 weeks apart

  $600

WAXING

 

Waxing Recommendations

For your comfort, I recommend the following to ensure the best results from your service.

1.  We recommend that waxing services be performed when the hair growth has reached approximately 1/4” in length or 3-4 weeks of hair growth.  Generally longer is better however, when receiving a Brazilian wax this does not apply.  Anything over 1/2” in length may be painful so please remove any excess at home.

2.  You may experience some redness, rashing or welting following your waxing services. These symptoms are normal for many people, especially for your first time visit. Hydrocortisone can be used if needed.

3.  During menstruation, pregnancy or some medications may cause the skin to retain water. Women may experience more sensitivity at this time. Bruising or increased redness may occur, particularly around the bikini area. If lifting occurs Neosporin may be applied to the area if needed.

4.  Please allow 24 hours to allow follicles to heal before entering a hot climate, i.e. tanning bed, sun bathing, hot tub or gym. Newly waxed skin is more sensitive. If in sun always apply SPF 15 or higher.

5.  Please inform your technician if you are using ANY medication prescribed by a dermatologist or physician. We cannot perform waxing services on clients who are using Accutane, Retin-A or Antibiotics due to the sensitivity these products cause to the skin.

6.  Post waxing wash treated area gently with mild cleanser.

7.  Avoid applying product with Retin-A, alpha hydroxyl acids, masks or astringents for 48 hours or until skin sensitivity subsides.

8.  Please inform us of any recent facial procedures, i.e. chemical peels, microdermabrasion, IPL or laser treatments. Significant healing time must be allowed before undergoing facial waxing.

9.  High frequency may be used to help heal the follicles and to prevent any formation of bacteria.

10.  When in doubt do without:  Please refrain from cosmetics that are not pure mineral for 12 hrs. Some ingredients and bacteria in products may cause infection on newly waxed skin, i.e. pressed powders, comedogenic foundations, dirty sponges or brushes.

 

Policies & Procedures for Underage Clients

Under the age of 12:  bikini waxing will NOT be performed on minor persons under the age of 12 for any reason

Ages 12-15:  guests ages 12-15 may receive bikini waxing only if the minor is accompanied by a parent or legal guardian
The parent or guardian signs a parental consent waiver/release form
The parent or documented guardian is present in the service room during the service procedure
The client must keep on undergarments during service
The technician must be the same gender

Ages 16-18:  guest ages 16-18 may receive bikini waxing only if
A signed parental consent waiver/release from is obtained
The client must keep on undergarments during service
The technician must be the same gender

Other waxing services: under the age of 16
The minor is accompanied by a parent or legal guardian
A signed parental consent waiver/release for is obtained