Hair removal is achieved with the use of a IPL/RF E-Light laser. The laser detects pigment and destroys it. Since the hair grows in three stages, it may take up to 7 treatments to fully rid the treatment site of the hair. Tweezing, waxing and use of depilatories should cease at least two weeks prior. Unfortunately for those who have never shaved, you will have to now. The laser needs to see the target so when you shave too closely, the laser cannot detect the pigment. The use of a trimmer works well. The good part is you will not be shaving for long!
It is described as a non-surgical way to freshen and rejuvenate the skin on the face, décolleté, chest, back, arms, and hands. This type of skin rejuvenation is used to treat light scarring, discoloration and sun damage along with wrinkles (as determined by care of and lifestyle.) The end result is sometimes described as a glowing appearance. The procedure not only takes off the upper most layer of skin to expose flesh that is new and virgin, wrinkles diminish and skin plumps. Essentially, when treating the area, the brain is fooled into thinking trauma has been introduced. The brain then sends collagen and elastin at a much accelerated rate to the area. This results in a younger looking complexion. (Collagen is proteins in your skin that's abundant when you're a child and makes skin appear taut and smooth. Collagen production declines as we age resulting in looser, uneven skin.) A microdermabrasion treatment can be as gentle or as aggressive as you are comfortable with. There is little to no discomfort, meaning you don't need a topical or local anesthetic and there is no recovery or downtime. The procedure uses a diamond tip and suction that essentially sands the skin to produce that youthful glow.
Photo-facials are known by many terms and are not just for the face. Arms, legs, backs, shoulders, decolletes are among the most popular areas following the face. Years ago when they were first being performed, they were very invasive with a lot of down time. Photo-facials were originally performed with different types of lasers which were very invasive. An IPL photo facial is a non ablative light based treatment that rids the targeted area of the unwanted pigmentation. Another term used frequently is photo aging which is caused by the sun and produces discolorations, lines and wrinkles. There are many other words used for the dark discolorations on the skin, and can be caused by either a hormonal issue, age or sun damage. (Hyper-pigmentation, liver spots, age spots, pregnancy mask, dark spots and sun damage are just a few of the terms.) Photo-facials using an IPL are much more popular as well as safer and far less invasive than other lasers that perform laser resurfacing. Laser resurfacing treats the skin by removing it from the outer most layers and working its way down. An IPL photo facial corrects the skin from the inside out. This method causes the unwanted pigment to surface and fade away through the uses of a microdermabrasion treatment, a very light abrasive cosmetic pad, or both.
Generally speaking there are 2 modalities that can actually diminish active acne. One is the use of sulfa drugs and the other is the use of concentrated heat that destroys the bacteria deep inside the blemishes. With the use of the laser, heat is dispersed deep into the pustule thus destroying the bacteria and the acne sites soon dry up and disappear. This is not a cure all. Acne can re-occur in other pores. Additional treatments may be necessary.
Getting someone to continue with laser treatments has been difficult as the laser can be very painful. The cost is another problem. While it takes only a session for the tattoo, it can take many sessions to remove. A lot of people expect a quick removal. We feel the triple treatment is the best system on the market today. There will be very few and sometimes one laser tattoo removal session. We utilize topical anesthetics along with chilled treatments to, in some cases greatly minimize the pain.
The most common and well known technique for removing tattoos is a laser. However, the laser cannot see all colors to a satisfactory degree. Here is a brief explanation of how the laser works. Following this, we will introduce the other 2 procedures for removal.
When you received your tattoo, the delivery system was liquid. When the tattoo is healed, it becomes what is known as a crumbly substance. When using a laser, tattoos are removed by way of the laser seeing its target. This being pigment. When the laser sees its target which in this case, ink, it blasts apart the ink particles. Through fibroblasting, the the ink is dispersed through the liver or kidneys. This is not dangerous. It has been under your skin for quite a while without harmful effects.
Black tattoos are most easily eliminated and may be removed with just a laser. Even though the laser does have different wave lengths, they generally do not remove a tattoo to satisfaction. And that is why other techniques are required for the best outcome. Overall laser tattoo removal depends on the following criteria. Which are; how much ink was used, the quality of ink, age of tattoo as well as ingredients used at the time of the tattoo. The FDA still does not regulate ink so there is no way to know what the ink is made up of. There are just as many if not more variables in removing the ink as there are in depositing the ink into the skin by the tattooist. Cover-ups need to be revealed before the service to understand that we will be removing a tattoo that is two layers deep before we begin the lasering portion of the system. The size of the tattoo will determine how the process will proceed. Smaller and some medium sized tattoos can be fully treated at each session. For larger tattoos, picture a checkerboard. The tattoo will be divided using a marker and a checker board design and half will be treated so as not to cause a large scab. The smaller the scabs are, the easier it will be to take care of them. A large scab can be knocked loose much easier than smaller ones. The longer the scab stays intact, the more successful the treatment. Once the scab has fallen off, and not pulled off, you will see pink skin. The crust will contain the colors of the ink and not look like the normal color of a scab. For best results, the scab must be treated as gently as possible. This ensures an effective treatment. Subsequent sessions range from one to two months. With using the checkerboard system, the remaining ink will be removed and the process is repeated until the tattoo is either gone or faded enough to your satisfaction. The order in which the applications are used vary from tattoo to tattoo since each tattoo is unique. Session times also depend upon the size and location of the tattoo.
Another component of the 3-part system is known as microdermabrasion. Please note that the “dermabrasion” you may read about and see is far different than microdermabrasion. Some so called “techs” use a Dremel to remove the tattoo thus causing much trauma and in most cases, unnecessary scarring. You must have a licensed practitioner to perform microdermabrasion procedures. This is a Missouri state law. And, note that a “tech” is not the same as a Licensed Esthetician also known as a LE. The machines are also legally utilized by physicians and nurses. This is the single most important piece of information that you need to have knowledge of before proceeding with a microdermabrasion treatment.
There are two types of microdermabrasion machines, one being the Crystal and the other the Diamond Tip. The crystal machine sprays high grade micro aluminum crystals. The diamond tip has hard applicators and suction but no crystals. The vacuum mechanism stimulates cell metabolism and blood flow. Topical vitamins such as A and D as well as antioxidants are even more effective when used after the exfoliation procedure. We prefer the Diamond Tip as aluminum crystals are the only option for the Crystal Microdermabrasion machine as of this writing. The industry is working on producing natural options. So, this method may be incorporated later. The crystal machine sprays high grade micro aluminum crystals. The diamond tip has hard applicators and suction but no crystals. The vacuum mechanism stimulates cell metabolism and blood flow. Topical vitamins and antioxidants are even more effective when used after the exfoliation procedures.
The third procedure of The Progressive Tattoo Removal System is achieved by way of insertion of a circular series or row of needles, utilizing either the hand method or the electric pen. We refer to it as the “un-ink” method. These are the same tools used to perform permanent cosmetic procedures. Skin is lifted and then anesthetized (numbed) using lidocaine directly under the skin. The skin will begin to feel numb. Clients feel that using the numbing system makes this procedure far less painful than when the tattoo was applied. The advantage her is that this method is color blind, unlike the laser. An all-natural product is then inserted under the skin again using the hand method or electric pen. It binds with the ink and pulls it to the surface and that is what the scab contains, the ink, which is why it will appear different than that of an ordinary scab. Care needs to be taken so the scab does not fall off too soon.
The size of the tattoo will determine how the process will proceed. Smaller and some medium sized tattoos can be fully treated at each session. For larger tattoos, picture a checkerboard. The tattoo will be divided using a marker and a checker board design and half will be treated per session so as not to cause a large scab. The smaller the scabs are, the easier it will be to take care of them. A large scab can be knocked loose much easier than smaller ones. Therefore, the checkerboard system is used. The longer the scab stays intact, the more successful the treatment. Once the scab has fallen off, and not pulled off, you will see pink skin. The crust will contain the colors of the ink and not look like the normal color of a scab. For best results, the scab must be treated as gently as possible. This ensures an effective treatment. For the larger tattoos, subsequent sessions will be required and range from one to two months. With using the checkerboard system, the remaining ink will be removed and the process is repeated until the tattoo is either gone or faded enough to your satisfaction.
The order in which the applications are used vary from tattoo to tattoo since each one is unique. Session times also depend upon the size and location of the tattoo.
Please note; It is impossible to determine how many sessions your tattoo will require. So even an educated guess is still a guess. As the treatments proceed, it may become easier to determine how many more treatments the tattoo may require.
Spider veins are described as thin red, blue or purple lines or web-like networks of blood vessels that usually appear on your legs, feet and face. Abnormal leg veins occur in 29 to 41 percent of women and 6-15 percent of men in the US. While they do not normally hurt, they can be unsightly and create a cosmetic problem. Like varicose veins, spider veins can be raised, twisted and visible on the skins surface but they are much smaller than varicose veins. They are described as looking like tiny tree branches or spider webs and can be found in large and small sizes on the skin. They can result from a variety of things. Several of these are pregnancy, age, injury, sun exposure, hormonal changes, genetics and long periods of standing. More specifically, when veins are of no use, blood becomes trapped and enlarges the veins. Along with laser vein removal/reduction, exercising, elevating the legs, wearing sunscreen, use of compression stockings and reducing weight gain can help illuminate spider veins and prevent more from developing. For spider veins, laser and intense pulsed light (IPL) are the standard modalities for treatment. Simple laser treatment involves applying laser heat to the affected area. This damages the vein and causes it to eventually die and disappear. This is a non-invasive procedure. The sensation of the laser light hitting the skin can be painful to some, but the procedure generally isn't too uncomfortable.
Before each laser hair removal session it is necessary to shave the area to be treated 24 to 48 hours before hand. Tweezing and waxing will defeat the purpose of the laser. The laser detects pigment. If there is no pigment the laser has no target. Please refrain from waxing and tweezing for the duration of the sessions. Shaving is okay and can be done daily if necessary. The laser is not pain free so use of numbing products is highly recommended. Then most effective numbing cream is 5% lidocaine. It can be purchased on eBay. One tube will effectively covera large area. We recommend purchasing it from a US seller. Brands that we have found effective are "Numb lock and Mr Numb". A tube will generally run no more than eight dollars.It is a bit more labor intense as it is necessary to apply 45 minutes to one hour before hand and occluded with Saran wrap. However you will be numb and it will make for a more enjoyable experience. Another alternative is benzocaine which is less effective but has immediate effects. We have found that the use of benzocaine can cause the laser to be a bit less effective. It applies clear but when used in conjunction with the ultra-sound gel, it produces a whitish appearance. White inhibits the effectiveness of the laser. It can be a quick fix for your first treatment. Best value is The Dollar Tree. Benzocaine is near the tooth brush section as it's general use for teething and toothaches. It is also know in other stores as Ora Gel. Benzocaine has an immediate effect. Please note that being too tan is a contraindication for a laser. The laser cannot distinguish the difference in pigment of the hair versus skin.
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