Nd:Yag Laser FAQs
What is Nd:Yag Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal is designed to permanently remove unwanted body hair by using the light energy from a laser.Unwanted hair is a common problem in women and men. Shaving, waxing, and tweezing only produce temporary results and can generally only be carried out on relatively small areas.
How does Xlase Nd:YAG laser technology compare?
Nd:YAG laser offers important benefits over injection therapy. Nd:YAG therapy allows treatment of injectable leg veins as well as matting and small spider vessels that are often too small to inject. In addition laser therapy is fast, less painful; minimally invasive without needles; and typically does not require compression wrapping.
How does the Nd:YAG laser treat hemangiomas?
Mature hemangiomas can be rather thick, namely part of it is superficial and part is deep. The Nd:YAG head can be used to reach both the superficial and the deeper parts of the lesion. By selecting the correct pulse duration and energy value, excessive heat production is eliminated. Following a few sessions with the Xlase Nd:YAG, most of the hemangiomas can be successfully treated.
Is hair removal using Nd:YAG laser safe for dark skin?
The long-pulsed Nd:Yag laser is the safest, most effective laser for darker skin types. This laser can effectively remove hair in all skin types, but it is the workhorse laser for darker complexions like darker Hispanic, Indian or any African American skin. Hundreds of patients have been treated, often with the darkest of complexions, very safely and effectively.
Diode Laser FAQs
How does the Diode Laser System work?
The system emits near-infrared laser light that is absorbed by the melanin located in the hair follicle. The laser is pulsed, or turned on, for only a fraction of a second. The duration of each pulse is long enough to damage the follicle, without damaging the surrounding tissue, thanks also to the unique, patented contact-cooling handpiece, that protect the skin by conductive cooling during the laser energy delivery.
How does Diode Laser Hair Removal compare with other hair removal methods?
Shaving, waxing, and depilatory creams are all temporary methods that must be repeated on a frequent basis and none of those methods can successfully reduce ingrown. Diode Laser Hair Removal offers permanent hair reduction and treatment of ingrown hairs.
Why should I use Diode Laser System rather than other methods?
Diode Laser Hair Removal provides enhanced comfort during treatment, minimal risk of infection, speed and accuracy and also minimizes skin irritation that other methods may create. Diode Laser is a precise instrument, the light parameters that can be adjusted to damage only the hair follicle while minimally affecting the surrounding skin.
Does the Diode Laser work on tanned or dark skin?
The diode laser system safely and effectively treats all skin types (Fitzpatrick Skin Types I-VI) as well as tanned skin. For darker skin types and people with tans, appropriate parameters are set: generally lower fluencies and lower pulse widths are set to prevent epidermis damage. Using the appropriate treatment parameters, however, people with all skin types can benefit from diode laser hair removal.
Are the results permanent?
The diode laser is proven to work on hair removal and permanent hair reduction on all skin types and tanned skin. To achieve a satisfactory level of clearance, 3-5 treatments are typically required.
What is the procedure?
Following an initial discussion with our practitioner to clearly establish your expectations, we will check your medical history with you to ensure there are no reasons for you not to have the treatment. We will ask you to sign a consent form to confirm that you have understood the potential benefits and risks associated with this treatment.
With your well-being in mind, we will always perform a patch test (an IPL treatment on a very small area of skin) prior to a full treatment, to rule out any sensitivities or adverse effects you may have in response to the treatment. Following this, we can then book a convenient time for you to return for your next and full session, normally within 48 hours.
Acne most commonly develops when skin cells don't shed properly - the cells stick together and plug up the pores. This blockage encourages an oil called sebum and a bacteria called propionibacterium (P. acnes) to build up in the skin pores, leading to inflammation. The oil is produced by the sebaceous glands.
Will it hurt?
As no anaesthetic is required and individuals vary in their thresholds of pain, it is difficult to predict how much, if any, pain a particular client will feel when he or she receives the treatment. To date, patients have describe a wide variety of sensations from a slight pinch to how skin feels after too much sun exposure.
What will my skin look like after the treatment?
Your skin may look slightly flushed. This mild ‘glow’ will usually disappear after 24 hours. In some rare cases some swelling or superficial bruising or crusting may occur whilst the skin is rejuvenating to reveal a brighter and fresher new you.
Can I have a treatment while my skin is tanned?
No. We prefer to treat the skin when it is closest to its natural colour. Any sun exposure should be avoided eight weeks prior to the treatments, and fake tanning should be avoided four weeks prior to treatment.
How many treatments are required?
This really depends on your skin condition. Improvement can be seen with every treatment, although a course of five treatments about four weeks apart generally gives the best results.
How do I take care of my skin following the treatments?
Most patients will not require post treatment care. You should, however, completely avoid sun exposure for up to a week and then use a sunscreen with a minimum spf of 50 on the areas treated, as your skin will be extra sensitive for a few weeks following the treatment.
What is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is an effective, non-surgical way to get rid of fine wrinkles and sunspots by exfoliating the top layers of the skin. No chemicals or laser beams are used, only aluminum oxide micro crystals that gently sandblast your skin, leaving it smooth and fresh. Microdermabrasion also stimulates collagen production, helping your skin rejuvenate faster than normal. Also called the lunchtime peel, microdermabrasion takes no more then one hour and requires no downtime.
What does Microdermabrasion involve?
A nurse or licensed aesthetician first clears your skin with a special cleansing gel then starts the micro abrasion procedure using a hand-held device. The aluminum oxide micro crystal flow is sandblasted through a small tube pressed against the skin which, at the same time, vacuums back dead skin cells and used micro crystals.
The crystal flow starts as soon as the microdermabrasion wand touches your skin. The aesthetician slowly moves the wand across your entire face and not just treated areas, so that you don't experience inconsistence in skin texture or color. After microdermabrasion, your skin is soothed with a special nourishing sun blocking cream, allowing you to go back to your daily routine immediately after treatment.
How much time does Microdermabrasion require?
A typical microdermabrasion face treatment takes between 20 and 30 minutes. However, if you want your neck or other parts of the body treated, it may last up to an hour
What should I ask at the first Microdermabrasion consultation?
A first microdermabrasion consultation doesn't take more than a few minutes. Discuss your medical history with the therpaist and help him decide whether microdemabrasion is right for you. He will establish your skin type, explain what's involved and help you set reasonable goals and expectations. Ask about any contraindications and involved risks. Ask the doctor to tell you any pre-treatment requirements and finally, set the date for the first session.
Is Microdermabrasion suitable for me?
If the goal is to get rid of superficial acne scars, blotchy skin, large pores, age or sun spots, fine wrinkles or uneven skin tone and texture, you are a perfect candidate for microdermabrasion. All skin types and colors can be treated with microdermabrasion. But before you go ahead, talk to a specialist about your medical history because there are conditions which may make microderm abrasion unsuitable for you.
What can Microdermabrasion do for me?
Microderm abrasion can reduce fine lines and wrinkles, helps fight acne and remove acne scarring, evens skin tone, eliminates white and black heads, minimizes large pores and revitalizes dull skin. Microdermabrasion helps skin regeneration by increasing its elasticity and collagen production. The skin looks fresh and feels smooth as soon as treatment is over. With microdermabrasion, there is no recovery time and no discomfort.
How much does Microdermabrasion cost?
A microdermbrasion treatment costs, on average, $75 to $200, depending on where it is performed and the area treated. For best results, more than one microdermabrasion session is required. There are also the so-called hidden costs (use special gel and cream that are needed before and after the treatment).
How many treatments are required?
Your doctor can give you a rough idea of the number of microdermabrasions required for best results. Major changes are obvious after the fifth session, even though most patients say they observed improvements after the first two. Most doctors suggest 6 to 10 microdermabrasion treatments, scheduled around two weeks apart, so the skin has time to recover between microdermabrasion sessions. After the recommended number of sessions, you may have to schedule another microdermabrasion once every two or three months, to maintain the effects.
Will I experience any discomfort during treatment? Does it hurt?
Microdermabrasion treatment is painless. Some patients have reported some itchiness or stinginess when micro crystals came in contact with their skin. You may feel some discomfort around the eyes, but as microdermabrasion treatment continues, your skin gets used to crystal flow. It feels like the mild facial massage from a special wand. Your face may appear a little pinkish in the first 24 hours, but you should not experience any itchiness or pain.
How do I prepare for Microdermabrasion?
One of the advantages of microdermabrasion is minimum pre-treatment requirements. No pre-medication is required but your doctor may ask you to stop taking aspirin-based medicines, Retin-A, Renova, Differin or glycolic acid products. Stopping smoking a week before microdermabrasion is also recommended to improve blood flow and so is avoiding sunbathing and waxing.
How soon can I return to work?
You can return to work the minute you leave your doctor's office. If your skin looks reddish, like after a mild sunburn, you can cover it up with some light make-up.
When do MicrodermaAbrasion results become visible?
That depends on your skin and the microdermabrasion machine used by your doctor. Some patients reported changes after the first treatment. Your skin will look cleaner and healthier after a few microdermabrasions, but major changes (like reduction of wrinkles and scars) become visible after five treatments.
Is there maintenance treatment after Microdermabrasions?
After a complete series of microdermabrasion treatments, you may want to keep your skin looking smooth and younger by scheduling a microdermabrasion-maintenance session once every 3 months.
What should I expect after treatment?
You will receive a sunscreen hydrating moisturizer after microdermabrasion, to avoid sun damage after leaving the doctor's office. Some redness might occur on treated areas, but they generally disappear after a few hours. During the first 24 hours, your skin may feel dry, similarly to effects of a mild wind or sunburn. Use lots of moisturizer during the first few days. Avoid sun exposure for at least a week after the treatment, don't use any peeling products for the next 3-4 days and avoid full-face make up (liquid foundation or pressed powder).
Are there any Microdermabrasion contraindications?
Microdermabrasion is not recommended to keratosis sufferers, people with undiagnosed lesions, active rosacea or acne, weeping acne (stages 3 to 4), diabetes, auto-immune disorders, fragile capillaries, eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis or lupus. Recent laser surgery or Accutane acne treatment may also be sound reasons for your doctor not to recommend microdermabrasion. Discuss your medical history to your doctor if unsure.
Are there any risks involved?
Microdermabrasion is virtually risk-free. It is non-invasive and mild, so you have nothing to worry about. Make sure, however, that the medical staff sterilizes the equipment or changing the disposable pieces before use. That way, the risk of infection is practically zero.
What can't Microdermabrasion do?
Microdermabasion can not cure severe scarring or deeply spotted areas on your face and body. Microderm abrasion works well at the very top layer of the skin. It cannot reconstruct the epidermis like laser surgery or dermabrasion treatment can. Don't expect microdermabrasion to remove tattoos, make darker pigmented areas disappear or treat severe burn scars.
RF - Skin Tightening FAQs
What is RF?
Is a revolutionary new system designed to treat wrinkles around your eyes, lips and neckline. Independent clinical trials show that it results in the appearance of tighter, more toned skin. Use it a couple of times a week for 4 weeks to achieve long-lasting change, or simply use it before a night out when you want to be seen and admired for your youthful looks. RF works by delivery of energy (in the form of heat) to the dermis (the deepest layer of skin) and sub-dermal layers without damaging the top layer of skin or epidermis. Heating in this area causes collagen contraction, realignment and new collagen and elastin production.
Radiofrequency is a procedure that uses radio frequency energy to rejuvenate facial features without the need for incisions or long recovery times. The Radiofrequency energy induces heat within the dermis without affecting the outer layers of the skin (the epidermis) and stimulates new collagen growth, resulting in tightening and firming of the skin. Radiofrequency has been FDA approved for the non-invasive treatment of wrinkles around the eyes. The new cosmetic use clearance is based on clinical data showing that a single treatment can safely improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes (such as crow's feet).
How does it work?
Radio Frequency treatments work by delivery of energy (in the form of heat) to the dermis (the deepest layer of skin) and sub-dermal layers without damaging the top layer of skin or epidermis. Heating in this area causes collagen contraction, realignment and new collagen production which continues to build over several months. By promoting the production of healthy collagen, Radio Frequency can help to firm and sculpt your face and body resulting in tighter, younger looking skin.
You will notice a subtle difference in your skin during your first treatment; however the results get better and better with ever treatment. The treatment is an accumulative result, the more treatments you do the better your results will be. It is normally around 4th treatment for the results to be more drastic.
Is this treatment right for me?
Every woman or man who would like their face to look younger or smoother without surgery is a candidate for this treatment. A person of practically any age can receive the treatment. Some people have obvious ageing from mid 30s others do better with deeper lines and laxity not evident tills the fifties. It is always better to prevent than to treat so it is recommended to start with the first sings.
Best of all, there is hardly any side effects with RF treatment as such waves are very gentle and treatment is almost painless with no down-time at all. What a popular choice for busy professionals who care about their looks.
What does the treatment feel like?
Many RF machines are associated with discomfort during treatment however Accent RF is a revolutionary device which ensures that patients will not experience discomfort during either facial or body treatments.
How often should I have the treatment done?
Use it a couple of times a week for 4 weeks to achieve long-lasting change, or simply use it before a night out when you want to be seen and admired for your youthful looks.
Is it safe?
This procedure is completely safe and is FDA approved.
Does RF treatment hurt?
No. Everyone's experience may vary due to individual pain tolerance. The radio currents provide heat on the skin causing minimal discomfort.
What types of aesthetics concerns are corrected with RF?
RF are an alternative for those who are not ready for more invasive treatments such as Botox® and surgery creating the look of a brow lift, modest tightening of the forehead, tightening and thickening of the under eye skin, slightly lifting cheeks and diminishing large pores, jowling and sagging around the jaw line, as well as wrinkling along the neck and décolleté. A RF facial improves skin laxity and renewing facial contours by accelerating collagen and elastin renewal.
Can anyone have this procedure done?
This procedure is usually performed on patients in their 30s-50s, patients in their 60s and above may need more invasive procedures (seek consultation before proceeding with any procedures) for similar results. It is safe for all skin types.
Who should not have this procedure?
It shouldn't be used in case of having electrical devices such as: pacers, heart valves, metal implants or artificial metal joints. The RF currents may interfere with some of these devices and/or heat up the metal implants. Also in case of Angiotelectasis - Dilation of the terminal arterioles, venules, or capillaries. Cardiac problems like arrythmy or having peacemaker, pregnancy, Diabetes.
Can a RF be combined with other anti-aging treatments?
It RF can be combined above all with Hyaluronan, Q10 or collagen. RF can be combined with IPL (intense pulsed light) Laser treatments to diminish red and brown skin discolorations with few risks and minimal downtime. Also, RF can be combined with vitamin C and other mineral injections for a more aggressive form of anti-aging.
Cryo Lipo FAQs
What is it?
Lipocryolysis is a new technology that results in localized fat reduction with a noninvasive procedure,
How does it work?
A special transducer is positioned on the selected area in order to combinate vacuum action to capture the subcutaneous tissue and selective cryotechnology to cool it.
The fat cells (adipocytes) in the subcutaneous tissue (under the dermis) are mostly saturated fatty acids rich cells, and as a consequence, especially sensitive to cold exposure; on the other hand, the surrounding elements such as blood vessels, peripheral nerves, melanocytes, fibrocytes, are much less sensitive to cool exposure.
This characteristic results in the elimination of the adipocytes without damage to the surrounding tissues.
How are fat cells eliminated?
The elimination process of exposed adipocytes to the Lipocryo action is as follows:
Directly by crystallization, followed by apoptosis and progressive cell dissolution with gradual lipids release during 2to 6 week’s time.
Indirectly as a consequence of the sympathetic nervous system stimulation that will induce lipolysis.
How long is the application?
Depending on the size of the area to be treated it is possible that more than a single application is necessary. For instance we will need 2 applications for the abdominal area, L for each "love handles", and 2 for lower back.
Each application will last from 25 to 34 min., depending on the thickness of the adipose tissue.
How many sessions will we need?
Depending on the fatpad thickness and the desired reduction, we will need from 1 to 3 sessions. Preferable waiting time between 2 sessions is approx. 45 days.
When will the patient see the results?
Approx. 3O%to 40% of the result will be visible after 15 days, but we will have to wait 6 weeks as a minimum to appreciate the full result. At this time we will decide if another session is advisable.
What does the patient feel during the session?
The procedure is not painful for the patients; they will feel a slight tension close to the treated area due to the vacuum effect, and an intense cold local feeling, mainly at the beginning of the procedure.
What does the patient feel after the session?
Usually: redness and numbness on the treated zone that can last a couple of hours after the session.
Exceptionally: slight hematoma that will resorb within a few days. The patient can resume normal daily activities without special discomfort immediately after the session.
Are the results definitive?
The adipocytes that will be eliminated through the Lipocryo procedure will gradually release their lipids first, before being definitively absorbed by the natural body metabolism.
Who is the ideal candidate for Lipocryo procedure?
Lipocryo is specially indicated for local adiposities : the ideal candidate is not the obese patient with general adiposity, but the one who wants to reduce localized fat deposits concentrated for instance on abdomen, flanks, lower back, arms etc.
What is the main difference compared with other procedures?
The Lipocryo treatment results in a notable and natural reduction of fat tissue, avoiding the traumatic experience of invasive methods (liposuction), and the risk of damage to surrounding tissue as it can occur with radio frequency or high frequency focused ultrasound.
By what other names are Ultrasonic Cavitation referred to?
Ultrasound Cavitation; Cavitation; Ultra Cavitation; Body Contouring; Body Sculpting.
Is Ultrasonic Fat Cavitation a safe procedure?
Yes, it is safe, comfortable, and non-invasive procedure with virtually no side effects. It does not require anesthesia, leaves no scars and does not require any post treatment. The ultrasound energy is designed to target fatty tissues beneath the skin only, and does not affect the blood vessels, nerves and connective tissues.
Is the procedure painful?
No, the treatment is painless. A slight tingling sensation or very slight buzzing in the ear may sometimes be felt during the treatment but this is not uncomfortable. Some heat sensation may also be felt during treatment but no pain. Any slight reddening of the skin, which may sometimes develop during or soon after treatment quickly, disappears.
On which parts of the body is the treatment most beneficial?
Thighs (saddle bags), Abdomen (love handles), Hips (flanks), Buttock, Upper arm i.e. the areas of localized fat. However it cannot be applied to the head, neck, chest, back and over bony areas.
How long is a treatment session?
Treatment times may vary depending on the area being treated but a typical session will last between 45 minutes to an hour. This includes the preparation, treatment and post treatment procedures.
Does it work on cellulite?
Yes, low frequency ultrasound (40kHz) generally works well on cellulite by focusing the ‘cavitation effect’ on the superficial fat tissue. Best results are obtained when the ultrasound is applied in conjunction with the ‘radio frequency’ (RF) treatment, which helps to tighten and tone the skin. Cellulite is the appearance of dimpled skin.
Where are fat cells stored?
Fat is stored primarily as triglycerides inside adipocytes cells located between the muscles and skin. The numbers of fat cells are the same regardless of a person’s weight but the size of the cells can vary greatly.
What instant result can I expect?
The ultrasonic cavitation treatment will often yield immediate results, which you can feel, touch and see and it can be long lasting. Some clients can experience between 1 to 5 cm. of circumference reduction after a single session with increasing results after subsequent visits. However, more significant results will be noticed after the second and third treatment.
What long-term results can I expect with ultrasonic cavitation?
You can achieve ‘volume reduction’ of fatty tissues and ‘toning of the body’. The results are gradual over a number of weeks as your body clears the broken down fatty tissues. It is not uncommon to achieve up to 10 cm reduction by the end of the course of treatments. The results can be long lasting provided you follow a healthy diet and exercise programme.However it is very easy to deposit fat again into the tissues if one over-eats, consumes too much alcohol or doesn’t exercise. Ultimately the result may vary depending on the individual’s different tissue structure,treatment area, age, metabolism, medication, and changes in hormones.
Can I lose weight with Ultrasonic Cavitation?
Fat Cavitation is not a treatment for obesity nor is it a weight loss procedure. Rather is a method for ‘reshaping’ and ‘toning’ the body. It is particularly intended to reduce localized fat tissues which are resistant to exercise around the abdomen (love handles), buttocks, and thighs (saddle bags), that won’t easily go away by simple dieting and exercise.
Are there any side effects with this treatment?
There are virtually no side effects. However on rare occasions there may be a slight possibility of mild side effects such as transient redness, excessive thirst, or nausea immediately after the treatment, which is invariably resolved by drinking water. These are all short-term effects that disappear in a few hours.
What Guidelines should I follow pre-treatment and, post treatment?
Drink plenty of water. Drinking water is a necessary part of the treatment to facilitate the elimination of the broken down fat. Maintain a low calorie diet for a few days after the treatment to ensure that the energy released by the treatment is properly utilized and metabolized by the body. After the treatment patients are able to return to their daily activities as usual.
How many sessions are required to achieve the desired result?
Between 8 -12 treatments are required. However you should begin to see significant ‘results’ from the third session onwards. The body takes about 72 hours to eliminate the fat from each session therefore we recommend an interval of 1 week between treatment sessions.
What are the ‘contraindications’ with Ultrasonic Cavitation?
Ultrasonic cavitation treatment is not for everybody. Even though it is a safe and painless procedure, nevertheless there are contraindications for using cavitation devices for treatment of localized fat. Such contraindications will depend on the individual’s medical history. Thus people with kidney failure, liver failure, heart disease, carrying a pacemaker, pregnancy, lactation, etc. are not suitable candidates for the cavitation treatment.
Are the results of ultrasonic cavitation similar to liposuction?
The ultrasonic cavitation can be considered as a treatment alternative to surgical liposuction. Both treatments are designed to reduce fatty tissues. However, Liposuction is ‘invasive’ while Ultrasonic Cavitation is non-invasive.
What is IPL?
IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light which is a non-laser system capable of producing an intense beam of light of varied wavelength. The Pulse Duration, the length of time the light beam is active, varies from a billionth of a second to many minutes, depending on the treatment.
The system is designed so that unusable and short wavelength rays, such as ultra-violet (UV), are filtered out and therefore cannot cause the patient any harm.
Is it safe?
Yes. The light from the Ecolite system is completely safe, hence no special precautions need to be taken. The Ecolite treatment is non-invasive. Some patients may experience a mild discomfort during the treatment but this is wholly natural.
Is it a permanent solution?
Unlike traditional methods of hair removal, the Ecolite IPL treatments are very effective at denaturing the hair follicles. Once the follicle stops producing hair there will be no more hair left to remove
Studies have shown that by using the IPL treatment it is possible to remove hair permanently, furthermore up to 80% reduction in hair growth, post treatment, is achievable.
What is involved?
A glass applicator is placed on the skin and the intense light from the Ecolite system passes through it and is absorbed by the pigment melanin, this is what gives hair its colour. The absorbed light is transferred to the surrounding cells in the form of heat and this affects the natural function of the hair producing cells, stunning their ability to produce hair. With continued treatments the cells will become less and less effective at producing hair.
What are the benefits?
The Ecolite treatment is non-invasive, much more cost effective than certain other treatments and is safe. It can permanently remove hair quickly and is a clean way to fight unwanted hair.
What preparation is required prior to treatment?
We suggest an initial free no obligation consultation to determine not only whether the Ecolite treatment is the right treatment but to also thoroughly explain everything that is involved with it including preparation.
How many sessions will be required?
Again, this is a question that can only be answered upon a consultation as hair growth, skin condition and certain other factors are all taken into consideration before determining how many sessions will be required. However, as a guideline, we recommend on average six sessions.