Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Photo facial

We offer IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) photo facials, which are an effective, non-invasive treatment to help improve skin discoloration. IPL is a light-based technology that uses photo rejuvenation to exfoliate the skin while correcting uneven skin tone and color abnormalities. With minimal downtime and no significant side-effects, it’s a safe and quick way to bring out your skin’s real beauty.

Photo facial treatments are ideally suited for patients who have hyperpigmentation as well as other skin-related issues including:

  • Sun-damaged and photo-aged skin (sun spots)
  • Irregular skin pigmentation resulting from hormonal factors and/or lifestyle choices (i.e. alcohol use, smoking)
  • Rosacea/facial redness
  • Melasma and other pigmentation anomalies
  • Wrinkles, fine lines, age spots
  • Dilated blood vessels and/or benign vascular lesions (broken capillaries)

Although photo facials are non-invasive and do not require any anesthesia, incisions, or injections, our experienced, knowledgeable practitioners perform these treatments to achieve optimal results. Professionals are pleased to offer IPL photo facial treatments.

How Do IPL Photo Facials Work?

IPL Photo Facial utilizes a non-laser medical device that delivers a series of gentle pulses of visible light onto the surface of your skin. In a series of treatments, pulses of visible light target the surface of your skin to effectively eliminate redness, broken capillaries, brown spots, sun damage, large pores, fine lines, and rosacea and melasma conditions. Upon assessing the degree of skin damage, specific settings are selected by our certified technicians to customize IPL Photo Facial treatment for best results.

What Happens After IPL Photo Facial Treatments?

Immediately following an IPL Photo Facial treatment, you may notice a slight reddening of the surrounding skin which typically subsides within a couple of hours. Signs of sun damage and age spots temporarily darken but over the course of the next one to three weeks, darkened spots will fade and flake off and your mottled complexion will clear.

When Will I See Results?

Many patients see significant improvement within two to three weeks of your IPL Photo Facial treatment. Your complexion will be clearer and younger looking. IPL Photo Facial provides gradual, natural improvement with excellent long-term results. You will notice a reduction in redness, flushing and dilated capillaries and your skin will look healthier as sun damage, fine lines, pore size, and freckling and irregular pigmentation is minimized. Results from a full series of IPL Photo Facial treatments usually last for a year or more.

Will The Spots And Redness Reappear Over Time?

Over time new spots may appear if there is sufficient sun exposure. These too can be removed. Remember to liberally apply sunscreen when outdoors to minimize sun damage and the appearance of new spots and excessive redness.

Before Your Treatment

We recommend not using Accutane use for 6 months prior to treatment, because it will affect the results in a negative way. Some more suggestions we have include not tanning the areas being treated for 4 weeks prior to treatment, not using self-tanning products for 2 weeks prior to treatment, and stopping all Retin-A, Retinol, Renova, glycolics, bleaching creams, and exfoliants 3-4 days prior to treatment.

The treatment area must be free of any open sores, lesions or skin infections. For treatment of pigmented skin lesions, you should consult a specialist if there is a family or personal history of skin cancer or if you have these concerns. Any hair that is present has to be removed before this treatment and men should shave their beard area twice in succession in order to ensure as close a shave as possible.

Gently wash the area to be treated, removing makeup, lotion, etc. Do not apply any creams, lotions or other products to the area except a topical anesthetic (if being used). If you have elected to use a topical anesthetic, do so only after reviewing all cautions associated with its use. Apply and use as directed prior to arrival. Some more things to consider are that you cannot be pregnant or breast feeding to receive treatment and if you have a history of oral herpes, you must pre-treat with an anti-viral three days before your scheduled visit.

After Your Treatment

You will have a mild sunburn sensation following treatment that is usually gone within a few hours. Skin redness, flaking, mild bruising and/or slight edema (swelling) is normal and may last a few days. Blistering is uncommon and when it occurs it is generally not serious. Pigmented areas may begin to flake after a few days.

Cold compresses (not ice) and recommended skin care products may be useful to reduce swelling or discomfort. You may take over-the-counter pain or anti-inflammatory medication. Hydrocortisone (steroid) cream may decrease any itching or skin irritation. Antibiotic ointment (such as Neosporin) may be used if skin is broken, to prevent infection.

Your skin will be fragile for 2-3 days. Use gentle cleansers, but do not rub the skin vigorously and avoid hot water during this time. Skin moisturizers may be used immediately and makeup can be applied if the skin is not broken. It is important to avoid sun exposure and tanning creams between treatments. Use SPF 30 or greater on the treatment area at all times.

The treatment area may be left open and uncovered. Do not scrub or exfoliate the area. Do not use any products on the treated area without first consulting, Avoid smoking for 24 to 48 hours. No hot tubs, whirlpools or baths, but showers are okay. Avoid excessive sweating for 24 to 48 hours. No saunas or vigorous working out.

Avoid irritants, such Retin-A, Retinol, Renova, glycolics, bleaching creams, and exfoliants for one week.

Treated areas will usually darken after treatments. Crusting of the skin can form. This crusting usually resolves in 1 to 3 weeks. Please allow your skin to naturally flake off for best results. In the rare case that you experience any blistering or scabbing, please call the pro operator as soon as possible.

Contact if you experience persistent or unusual redness, swelling or drainage, as antibiotics may be necessary. Do not apply makeup until redness has subsided. Avoid microdermabrasion and chemical peels for one week after your treatment.

Follow Up

Follow up treatments should be scheduled every 2-3-4 weeks, depends your reaction sensitivity after first session, We recommend repeating the treatments since that will produce the best resolution for photo damage, fine lines wrinkles, acne scars, rosacea, vascular, pigment, stretch-marks.

MediCO - CO² Glass fractional laser

A fractionated laser is one that spares portions of the epidermis to affect changes in the deeper epidermis or dermis.

A fractionated laser can be either an Erbium or CO² laser.

Both are effective, however, the Fractionated technology is aimed at achieving similar results to standard “resurfacing" with less downtime.

The difference between fractional CO² and ablative CO² laser resurfacing is the amount of damage that is delivered to your skin.

The ablative lasers burn 100% of your epidermis (the top skin layer) while MediCO fractional CO² lasers burn a smaller fraction, usually around 15%to 20%, the technique is like pixels on a TV screen where there is a small core of laser damage separated by healthy skin.

The advantages of the MediCO fractional laser includes:

  • A lower risk of scarring and skin color changes,
  • A quicker recovery time,
  • A more natural appearance,
  • The ability to treat both darker skin types and areas of the body outside the face (neck, hands, chest, arms).

The biggest disadvantage of the fractional laser is the fact that it is fractional and that more than one treatment session may be necessary in order to achieve the expected results.

What is fractional?

“Fractionated" simply means that rather than delivering energy in a solid laser beam, the light is broken up (fractionated) into thousands of micro beams. The benefit of using this technology by MediCO is that it leaves much of skin tissue not being effected or damaged by the laser which leads to a much more patient comfort and fast recovery.

Fractional laser treatments can deliver very impressive results such as:

Firmer skin tone, diminished pigmentation and age spots, even improved acne scars with only a fragment of the downtime and much faster healing. The recovery process is easier and doesn’t require you to put your life on hold for a month or more.

What are the risks vs Erbium ablative CO2?

There are risks associated with ablative Erbium lasers, like hyperpigmentation, which are leading more dermatologists and plastic surgeons to prefer Fractional CO² which is: less intense, less invasive, more patient comfort, fast recovery, safety and short downtime. The MediCO CO² fractional laser is offering all of that.

The most Important issue to make a big deferent between Erbium invasive procedure and CO² Glass fractional technology, has to do with the downtime, the results, and the fast healing.

Some patients cannot tolerate a month or more of healing, goopy skin, oozing, so they are not candidates for Erbium Invasive, as well as the healing and risk of hyper or hypo pigmentation is greater with Erbium because more tissue is removed.

The MediCO CO² Fractional laser have less downtime, less skin removed, less issues with post care, and less post treatments complications. It is true that more sessions are needed to reach the expected result, but procedures are usually performing more patients comfort, safety and high quality results performance.

MediSlim

The MediSlim is a non-invasive body shaping treatment used to reduce cellulite, as well as slim the area around the stomach, hips, and thighs, as well as facial soft wrinkle and rejuvenation treatments.

The device combines up to 5 different technologies — Infrared, Bi-polar Radio Frequency, Pulsed Vacuum, LED light, and Massage Rollers to improve skin texture and reduce overall volume of the treated body area or improve facial feel and look.

You have the option to undergo one longer treatment session or three shorter ones, per treatment area, you can treat different areas each session to avoid a “too long” sessions.

The technology combines Infrared, LED light, Bi-polar Radio Frequency Energy and Vacuum, which cause deep heating of the fat cells, their surrounding connective tissue and the underlying dermal collagen fibers. This type of efficient heating and vacuum stimulates the growth of new and better collagen and elastin which results in localized reduction in skin laxity, body volume, and an facial improvement in skin structure and texture.

What do I expect from treatments?

  • Gradual smoothing of skin’s surface with a noticeable reduction in cellulite.
  • Circumferential reduction, with noticeable reshaping of the treated area.
  • Facial improvement in skin structure and texture, skin rejuvenation soft wrinkle improvement.

What is the procedure like?

Most patients find it comfortable and experience the treatment to be as feeling like a warm tissue massage. The treatment parameters are easily adjusted to ensure a comfortable treatment experience.

It is normal to experience a warm sensation for a few hours after your treatment. Some patients will have a pink skin appearance at the treatment area that may last a few hours post treatment, and skin may appear pink for several hours.

What does the treatment improves?

It improves body shape and tone by simultaneously treating both the deeper tissues and upper layers of the skin. The approach has proven so effective that in most clinical trials participants experienced an average of 3 to 5 inches of circumferential reduction in treated areas after just 6 treatments.

Another study found that participants’ cellulite was reduced by up to 63% after a full package sessions. (10 to 15 sessions depends on patient weight and treated area.)

Facial Treatment will show Facial appearance improvement. Reduction of soft eye and top lip wrinkles are reported as well after 1 up to 5 sessions.

Such dramatic results are unique to the device. No other treatment uses such a strong combination of up to 5 different technologies at the same time: Bipolar Radio Frequency technology, Infrared, LED light, Vacuum and Mechanical Massage to transform the body.

What is the best feature?

The fact that it’s noninvasive and requires virtually no recovery time, meaning that you can resume normal activities immediately after treatment. You may even see smoother, firmer skin after just the first treatment.

The technology sometimes sounds too incredible to be true. But the science behind it is very real. The technology consists of up to 5 different energies at the same time.

Some treatments will offer less energy’s 2 or 3 only, depends in the treated area and the hand piece or energy chosen by the operator, based on patient diagnoses and questionnaire process done prior to the treatment by the physician/aesthetician operator for each patient.

The 5 energies explanation

Radio Frequency, Infrared, LED light, Vacuum suction and Mechanical Massage.

*The use of Infrared, LED light, and Radio Frequency energies is to precisely heat dermal and hypodermal tissue in the treatment area. This heating effect stimulates fat cell metabolism and reduces the size and number of fat cells, helping to eliminate cellulite.

At the same time:

*The massage rollers gently knead the area to increase circulation, encouraging lymphatic drainage and elimination of fat cell byproducts and toxins.

*The vacuum suction mechanism stretches fibrous bands in the epidermis, smoothing out dimples and reducing the appearance of cellulite.

The end result of all of the above is a significant circumferential reduction, a reduction in cellulite, smoother and firmer skin, facial gentle wrinkle improvement, facial rejuvenation and smooth toning.

Because the technology for the body works gradually to reduce fat and cellulite and body circumference, patients typically need to undergo 10 to 15 sessions spaced one week apart. After the initial treatment sessions, maintenance sessions are required every 6 months thereafter. Patients must also help maintain their results by following a sensible diet and exercise regime.

The best part of the technology is that it’s virtually painless, many patients comment that the procedure is soothing, much like a warm deep relaxing massage. During a procedure, you’ll be asked to lie down on a treatment table, and the operator will apply a lotion-type spray/ oil/serum to the treatment area.

The device hand piece will then be placed on the skin, on the treated area, The operator will apply the right energies and start moving slowly and gently the treatment handle through the treated area, and you’ll feel a persistent rolling massage sensation that slowly begins to heat up much like something is moving back and forth along the treatment area. Slight pressure will be applied to the area as the skin is being massaged. To ensure the treatment area is heated to the right temperature, the operator will periodically test the area with a heat test to reach the ideal temperature comfortable to the patient and effective to the treatment. A session typically lasts between 15 and 45 minutes, depending on the area being treated. After a treatment, the area may feel slightly warm and tender for a few hours.

In rarer instances, you may experience mild bruising and redness, but this usually subsides after a few days. Most patients notice results after just 3 treatment, although all will notice deferent skin smoothness after 1 session only. After 6 body sessions patients will notice the above including some skin tightening, firming and smoother skin. Patients tend to notice a significant reduction in the appearance of cellulite, along with a few inches in circumferential reduction.

After 3 facial treatments the patient will notice facial skin improvement such as smoothness, rejuvenated fresh looking skin, soft wrinkle improvement around the eyes and top lip, as well as some facial skin tightening.

By now you might be asking yourself: “ How does treatments shape up in the end? “

Although technology of the cellulite reduction body sculpture procedure and facial are all noninvasive, it is a great alternative in body shape treatments to the invasive liposuction, or noninvasive cool technology the market is offering.

Limitations

Technology does have some limitations:

It is effective on all skin types and tones, but only people who are close to their correct weight with a slight overweight are ideal candidates for the procedure, patients that are highly over weighted will experience improvement and results, however, treatments only, will not bring them to their ideal weight or look. Also, the technology offers only a temporary solution for cellulite reduction, most patients need 3 to 5 initial sessions in addition to the full package 10 to 15 sessions, and after 5 or 9 months to maintain treatments results for a long term.

Maintain treatments will take place every 5 or 9 months after completing the basic package sessions, depends in the patients weight and result, and the physician/operator will most likely recommend the patient to follow a sensible diet and exercise regime to make treatments effects show faster and last longer. That being said, the benefits of the technology clearly outweigh its few drawbacks.

It’s painless, noninvasive, and offers dramatic results after only a few treatments. If you suffer from cellulite and sagging skin, or need a fresh tight facial skin, the MediSlim offers a solution that can’t be beat.

MediSlim Trio Facial

In the MediSlim facial trio technology, the RF is a Bi-Polar RF. It is combined with LED energy and Vacuum.

The device delivers heat with RF and LED, deeply into the skin to tighten collagen.
The vacuum promotes a massage factor to increase blood circulation and elasticity to the dermis and epidermis.

There are two types of radiofrequency treatment procedures; monopolar and bipolar. In monopolar treatments, the radiofrequency energy passes through a probe from one electrode to another. In bipolar treatments, the RF energy goes a short distance (since the electrodes are close together), making the energy penetrate less deeply.

An important factor with radio frequency is to treat to maximum temperature (with a test to patient comfort).

Our suggestion is to use the device until it becomes warm on the skin, checking with the patient. If not, you must be concerned about blisters and overheating.

The changes are strictly related to heating the collagen and elastic fibers.

MediSlim trio technology penetrates underneath the top layer of skin so it does not burn or hurt the surface. No need to hide in the house while your skin recovers after you finish a treatment. It works best on areas of skin without a lot of muscle, like under your chin, for example.

Our skin tightening device gently heats up sub-dermal tissue with radio waves.

This causes your body to make more collagen and elastin, the two things that will make your skin look young again.

The trio technology literally remodels your skin structure from the inside out, shrinking lines and wrinkles and firming up your skin.
It can also help reduce cellulite deposits.

Dermatologists who perform RF therapy will tell you that this technology has come a long way.
The first in-office treatments years ago, required sedation for patients, because the process hurt a lot and sometimes had bad side effects.

But MediSlim trio technology is much more advanced and safer now. The most you are likely to feel is a warm sensation. There may be a slight irritation causing redness, but this goes away soon after.

MediSlim trio facial works for many patients, male or female, regardless of skin pigmentation.

The only requirement is wanting to erase wrinkles and firm up sagging!

Many people who see that their skin is aging, will be able to turn back the tide with RF trio MediSlim technology treatments.

MediSlim facial trio technology skin tightening does not require an invasion of your skin—no needles, no incisions, nothing to damage the surface. That’s the biggest benefit. Your recovery time after each session is minimal, if you even have a reaction.

People who have not experienced results they desired with laser treatments may have success with Trio facial technologies. The RF waves reach deeper into tissue than lasers can.

The trio energies encourage the production of new collagen and elastin. Some patients can see a reduction in their fine lines and wrinkles even after just one treatment.

After a total package facial session, a patient may need to return every 6 to 8 months for 1 to 3 sessions, to maintain high performance results.

The downsides to MediSlim trio facial treatments

As we mentioned, dermatologists say that RF treatment will not work on everyone, and it will not tighten skin in all parts of the body. It’s best for places where there is lax or loose skin that does not have a lot of muscle attachment. This still means you can use it along your jawline, near your eyes, and on your neck. MediSlim is powerful enough to treat sections of your body, too.

Although RF treatment rarely causes tissue damage nowadays, it is a safe procedure so most likely you do not end up with inflammation or irritated skin.

Follow the instruction manual, our orders, and directions to the letter. Do not try to do extra treatments just because you are in a hurry to lose those wrinkles sooner. It will not work.

Pregnant women, persons with some skin conditions, those with a pacemaker, or certain chronic health issues, should probably avoid trio facial RF treatment altogether.

Technology Details

  • RF Bi Polar Makes 10 – 15mm depth adipose tissue warming speed up resolve of triglycerides.
  • Vacuum——regular negative pressure massage can promote lymphatic drainage and decrease volume of fat cells, and stretch the skin on the face.
  • LED – LED of 690Nm infrared can stimulate the tissue under the dermis

Can Radio Frequency tightening be done when you've had fillers?

There are several studies which have looked carefully at this question and indicate that RF waves do not damage fillers which have already been injected. Also, you may have fillers following RF treatment without any adverse effect.

However, the vacuum combination must be used under a low level, just to be on the safe side of the treatment.

How Long Does It Take Before You See Radiofrequency Tightening of Neck Results?

The results of RF skin tightening only, may take a good three months or more to become apparent as the results depend on collagen remodeling.
However, MediSlim trio combination of RF, vacuum and LED in the facial hand pieces will dramatically increase the appearance of results.

Usually patients, following RF skin tightening only, are likely to see an improvement of 10 to 20 percent face lifting, and for a neck lift probably a little bit more.

MediSlim trio technology can lead to an improvement of 20 to 30 percent, after 3 to 5 sessions, or 3 to 5 weeks, instead of 8 to 14 weeks with RF only.

Please note:
We strongly recommend a photo before and after every session. This will assist in showing clients the results and the progress between first and last session. Photos show facial improvements, because non-surgical procedure changes are minor, especially after the first sessions, and progress might be shown more clearly by photos and images of the process. Make photos “close up” to certain treated areas such as eye area or neck area and not a full face photo.

Are all Radiofrequency treatments the same? What's the difference between monopolar, bipolar ?

Not all RF devices are the same, however, the results are technician dependent and that is most important.

There are a few types of radiofrequency treatment procedures; monopolar and bipolar, multipolar, microneedleing invasive.

In monopolar treatments, the radiofrequency energy passes through a probe from one electrode to another.

In bipolar treatments, the RF energy goes a short distance since the electrodes are close together, making the energy penetrate less deeply.

In multipolar, the RF energy is transferred thru needles
Under the dermis to a depth of up to 5 MM ,
These device is to be operated by a physician or certified nurse only!
It is an invasive treatment.

Nd

  • Nd: YAG laser has a wavelength of 1064 nm and has the capability to reach deeper layers of skin tissue than other types of lasers.
  • In Q-switched mode, Nd: YAG produces 2 wavelengths, one in the infrared range (1064 nm) and a second beam of 532 nm wavelength which is useful for superficial skin lesions.
  • Q-switching refers to the technique of making the laser produce a high intensity beam in very short pulses

How does (neodymium) Nd: YAG laser work?

Lasers work by emitting a wavelength of high energy light, which when focused on a certain skin condition will create heat and destroy diseased cells.

What is Nd: YAG laser used for?

The following skin disorders can be treated with Nd: YAG laser beams.

Vascular lesions

  • ND: YAG can be used to remove spider and thread veinsin the face (cheek, temporal region, nasal dorsum, and forehead) and legs.
  • Some vascular birthmarks (capillary vascular malformations)
  • Varicose veinsin the leg
  • Facial veins(telangiectasia’s)
  • Haemangiomas(vascular tumors) in the face and around the mouth

The laser light pulses target red pigment (hemoglobin). Typical settings employed for the treatment of facial veins include a 50 milliseconds pulse duration, and fluence (i.e. output energy) of 150 – 250 J/cm2 (measured in Joules per centimeter squared).

Pigmented lesions

  • Nd:YAG laser can be used to remove brown age spots
  • (Solar Lentigines), freckles, Naevus, naevus of Ito, Mongolian spots, Hori naevus and café-au-lait-macules.

Light pulses target melanin at variable depth on or in the skin.

Hair removal

  • Nd: YAG laser may be used for hair removal in any location including underarms, bikini line, face, neck, back, chest and legs.
  • Nd: YAG laser is generally ineffective for light-colored (blonde/grey) hair, but effective for treating dark (brown/black) hair in patients of Fitzpatrick typesI to III, and perhaps light-colored type IV skin.
  • Extreme caution is recommended in tanned or darker-skinned patients, as the laser can also destroy melanin, resulting in white patches of skin (leukoderma).

The longer-pulse (millisecond) 1064 nm Nd: YAG laser system has been shown to be more effective in safely removing hair than has the Q-switched (nanosecond) Nd: YAG system.

Light pulses target the hair follicle, which causes the hair to fall out and minimizes further growth. Typical settings employed include pulse durations of 2 to 20 milliseconds and fluencies of 10 – 40 J/cm2.

Tattoo removal

  • Blue, grey and black tattoos can be removed with a Q-switched Nd: YAG laser (1064 nm wavelength).
  • The color of the tattoo and the depth of the pigment influence the duration and the outcome of the laser treatment.
  • Laser treatment involves the selective destruction of ink molecules that are then absorbed by macrophages and eliminated.

Typical settings are pulse duration: 10 nanoseconds, output energy: 300 – 500 mJ.

Other uses of Nd: YAG laser

Nd: YAG lasers have also be used to improve wrinkles in photo-aged skin.

What does the laser procedure involve?

It is important that the correct diagnosis has been made by the clinician prior to treatment, particularly when pigmented lesions are targeted, to avoid mistreatment of skin cancer such as melanoma.

In case of suspicion of dark spot as a melanoma, a biopsy is a must before splaying procedure.

  • The patient must wear eye protection (an opaque covering or goggles) throughout the treatment session.
  • Treatment consists of placing a hand piece against the surface of the skin and activating the laser. Many patients describe each pulse feeling like the snapping of a rubber band against the skin.
  • Topical anestheticmay be applied to the area but is not usually necessary.
  • Skin surface cooling is applied during all hair removal procedures. Some lasers have built-in cooling devices.
  • Immediately following treatment, an ice pack may be applied to soothe the treated area.
  • Care should be taken in the first few days following treatment to avoid scrubbing the area, and/or use of abrasive skin cleansers.
  • A bandage or patch may help to prevent abrasion of the treated area.
  • During the course of treatment patients should exposure to reduce the risk of post inflammatory.

Are there any side effects from Nd: YAG laser treatment?

Side effects from Nd: YAG laser treatment are usually minor and may include:

  • Pain during treatment (reduced by contact cooling and if necessary, topical anesthetic)
  • Redness, swelling and itching immediately after the procedure that may last a few days after treatment
  • Rarely, skin pigment may absorb too much light energy and blistering can occur (this settles by itself)
  • Changes in skin pigmentation. Sometimes the pigment cells (melanocytes) can be damaged, leaving darker (hyperpigmentation) or paler (hypopigmentation) patches of skin. Generally, cosmetic lasers will work better on people with lighter rather than darker skin tones
  • Bruising affects up to 10% of patients. It usually fades on its own
  • Bacterial infection.

How many laser treatments can I expect? Vascular lesions

  • Treatment time depends on the form, size and location of the lesions as well as the skin type.
  • Small red vessels can usually be removed in only 1 to 3 sessions.
  • Several sessions may be necessary to remove bigger veins and spider veins.

Hair removal

  • In general, patients have 2 to 6 treatments, approximately every 4 to 6 weeks.
  • Patients with darker skin types may require more treatments.

Tattoo removal

  • The color of the tattoo and the depth of the pigment influence the duration and the outcome of the laser treatment for tattoo removal.
  • Multiple sessions (5 to 20 sessions) spaced at least 7 weeks apart may be required to attain favorable results.

Onychomycosis (fungal infection of the nail)

  • In general, patients have 4 treatments at monthly intervals.

Thin skin IPL vs laser treatments

  • I’ve been struggling with hyperpigmentation, and I am thinking about going for IPL treatment for this. But I was told by my aesthetician/facialist that I have a ‘thin’ skin and that I should not do any laser treatment on my face. And by doing laser, it will make my skin even thinner and that I should stick with a less aggressive treatment. Is this true?

IPL is safe for thin skin. Intense pulsed light is not a laser treatment. It is an “intense light” treatment. Think of it as a super intense camera flash. IPL is a broadband light source which contains multiple wavelengths of light. These wavelengths are usually focused around a specific (wavelength) number that is effective in treating hyperpigmentation (brown colors), or dilated capillaries and flushing (red colors). Pigments absorb light energy. The intense light wave is absorbed by either the brown pigment, or the red blood; the light energy is then subsequently converted to heat energy, which damages the target cell or vessel. The brown spots and red vessels are subsequently damaged, and eliminated. Perhaps your thin skin might be a bit more sensitive than average, but an experienced aesthetician can certainly administer this type of treatment.

The laser your aesthetician refers to, that would “make your skin even thinner”, is likely something similar to a broad-based CO² laser. A laser is composed of only a single wavelength of light that is amplified in intensity. The laser injury that is produced is based upon water’s affinity for that particular wavelength of light. So it is the water content of the skin that the laser is targeting. A broad-based laser would act more like a plane, progressively removing thin layers of the skin, which would subsequently make the skin thinner.

This type of thinning is evident in patients who have undergone such treatments (in the past), often for lines and wrinkles around the mouth. They exhibit visibly thinner skin, which appears hypo pigmented because the treatment has been performed aggressively/deep enough to remove a sufficient amount of the dermis that has included the majority of the pigmented cells.

The latest laser technologies focus on fractionated lasers. A fractionated laser works differently than a broad-based laser. A Fractionated laser lays down tiny dots of laser injury, instead of one broad patch. These lasers are referred to as “fractionated" because they treat only a fraction of the skin surface. Each little spot of laser injury is surrounded by untreated skin. This makes the laser treatment safer and results in less downtime. But many fractionated laser treatments are performed as a series of treatments, accomplishing results over several treatment sessions, rather than in one single treatment.

Think of a broad-based laser like a paint roller, and a fractionated laser like a spray can in terms of the type of coverage/injury they provide. The fractionated lasers may be more applicable to individuals who might not otherwise be able to tolerate or undergo a laser procedure. There are many fractionated lasers on the market now, and they can produce excellent results for photo aging and acne scarring, among other things.

The type of treatment that is best for you would depend upon your skin type and quality, your treatment expectations, the amount of downtime you are willing to tolerate, and what you’re willing to spend. It certainly seems that some IPL or fractionated laser treatment could be carefully utilized to improve the appearance of your skin.

  • I’m 23 years old and I have been doing some microdermabrasion recently and has found that it makes my skin thinner and more sensitive to the sun. I wear sunscreen on a daily basis but I want a treatment that strengthens my skin in the longer term and not make it only smooth and nice in the short term. Does IPL or photo facial help to treat sun spots and veins while at the same time strengthening the skin by creating a new layer of skin? If not, which one is good?

Great questions! There are many treatments that will strengthen the skin, but IPL are the best for simultaneously treating sun spots and small vessels at the same time. If you are trying to accomplish all 3 goals with one type of treatment, I think IPL is a great choice, assuming you have a skin type that is appropriate for IPL (your treatment provider will be able to have an assessment)

  • I’m thinking of having an IPL treatment to my face for skin pigmentation, and rejuvenation but have been on Retin Renova cream for about 6 months now. I’ve heard differing views on whether this is good or not for the skin in preparation for IPL, and wonder if I could end up doing some damage to my skin after IPL if I continue to use it?

If you are interested in IPL or RF, or laser, treatments it would be a great way to even out your complexion to complement the Retin-A results. It will help the results effectivity of the Retin use.

What we recommend to do is stop using the Retin-A at least 1 week prior to your IPL treatment so that your skin does not become overly sensitive and have a reaction to the treatment. This will allow the practitioner to use adequate settings needed for results. Once you are done with your IPL treatment, wait 1 week before resuming Retin-A use.

Q switch Yag

What is a laser?

The acronym ‘LASER’ stands for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation. A laser works by emitting a wavelength of high energy light, which when focused on a certain skin condition creates heat and destroys diseased cells. Wavelength is measured in nanometres (nm).

Various kinds of lasers are available; they are differentiated by the medium that produces the laser beam. Each of the different types of lasers has a specific range of utility, depending on its wavelength and penetration.

What is neodynium YAG laser?

  • Nd:YAG (neodymium-doped yttrium aluminium garnet) is a crystal that is used as a laser medium for solid-state lasers.
  • The triply ionised neodymium [Nd(III)] dopant (ie a substance added in minute amounts to another pure substance to alter its conductivity), typically replaces a small fraction of the yttrium ions in the host crystal structure, since the two ions are of similar size.
  • The neodymium ion provides the laser activity in the crystal.
  • Nd:YAG laser has a wavelength of 1064 nm and has the capability to reach deeper layers of skin tissue than other types of lasers.
  • In Q-switched mode, Nd:YAG produces 2 wavelengths, one in the infrared range (1064 nm) and a second beam of 532 nm wavelength which is useful for superficial skin lesions. Q-switching refers to the technique of making the laser produce a high intensity beam in very short pulses

How does neodynium YAG laser work?

Lasers work by emitting a wavelength of high energy light, which when focused on a certain skin condition will create heat and destroy diseased cells.

What is neodynium YAG laser used for?

The following skin disorders can be treated with Nd:YAG laser beams.

Vascular lesions

  • Spider and thread veinsin the face (cheek, temporal region, nasal dorsum, forehead) and legs.
  • Vascular birthmark (capillary vascular malformation)
  • Varicose veins
  • Facial veins(telangiectasia)
  • Haemangioma(vascular tumour)

The laser light pulses target red pigment(haemoglobin). Typical settings employed for the treatment of facial veins include a 50 milliseconds pulse duration, and fluency (ie output energy) of 150¬250 J/cm2 (measured in Joules per centimeters squared).

Pigmented lesions

  • Nd:YAG laser can be used to remove brown age spots (solar lentigines), freckles, naevus of Ota, naevus of Ito, mongolian spots, Hori naevus and café-au-lait-macules.

Light pulses target melanin at variable depth on or in the skin.

Hair removal

  • Nd:YAG laser may be used for hair removalin any location including underarms, bikini line, face, neck, back, chest and legs.
  • Nd:YAG laser is generally ineffective for light-coloured (blonde/grey) hair, but effective for treating dark (brown/black) hair in patients of Fitzpatrick typesI to III, and perhaps light-coloured type IV skin.
  • Extreme caution is recommended in tanned or darker-skinned patients, as the laser can also destroy melanin, resulting in white patches of skin (leukoderma).

The longer-pulse (millisecond) 1064-nm Nd:YAG laser system has been shown to be more effective in safely removing hair than has the Q-switched (nanosecond) Nd:YAG system.

Light pulses target the hair follicle, which causes the hair to fall out and minimises further growth. Typical settings employed include pulse durations of 2 to 20 milliseconds and fluences of 10¬40 J/cm2.

Tatoo removal

  • Blue, grey and black tattoos can be removed with a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser (1064 nm wavelength).
  • The colour of the tattoo and the depth of the pigment influence the duration and the outcome of the laser treatment.
  • Laser treatment involves the selective destruction of ink molecules that are then absorbed by macrophages and eliminated.

Typical settings are pulse duration: 10 nanoseconds, output energy: 300¬500Mj.

Other uses of neodynium YAG laser

Nd:YAG lasers have also be used to improve wrinkles in photo-aged skin.

What does the laser procedure involve?

It is important that the correct diagnosis has been made by the clinician prior to treatment, particularly when pigmented lesions are targeted, to avoid mistreatment of skin cancer such as melanoma.

  • The patient must wear eye protection (an opaque covering or goggles) throughout the treatment session.
  • Treatment consists of placing a hand piece against the surface of the skin and activating the laser. Many patients describe each pulse feeling like the snapping of a rubber band against the skin.
  • Topical anaesthetic may be applied to the area but is not usually necessary.
  • Skin surface cooling is applied during all hair removal procedures. Some lasers have built-in cooling devices.
  • Immediately following treatment, an ice pack may be applied to soothe the treated area.
  • Care should be taken in the first few days following treatment to avoid scrubbing the area, and/or use of abrasive skin cleansers.
  • A bandage or patch may help to prevent abrasion of the treated area.
  • During the course of treatment patients should protect the area from sun exposureto reduce the risk of postinflammatory pigmentation.

Are there any side effects from neodynium YAG laser treatment?

Side effects from Nd:YAG laser treatment are usually minor and may include:

  • Pain during treatment (reduced by contact cooling and if necessary, topical anaesthetic)
  • Redness, swelling and itching immediately after the procedure that may last a few days after treatment
  • Rarely, skin pigment may absorb too much light energy and blistering can occur (this settles by itself)
  • Changes in skin pigmentation. Sometimes the pigment cells (melanocytes) can be damaged, leaving darker (hyperpigmentation) or paler (hypopigmentation) patches of skin. Generally, cosmetic lasers will work better on people with lighter rather than darker skin tones
  • Bruising affects up to 10% of patients. It usually fades on its own
  • Bacterial infection.

How many laser treatments can I expect?

Vascular lesions

  • Treatment time depends on the form, size and location of the lesions as well as the skin type.
  • Small red vessels can usually be removed in only 1 to 3 sessions.
  • Several sessions may be necessary to remove bigger veins and spider veins.

Hair removal

  • In general, patients have 2 to 6 treatments, approximately every 4 to 6 weeks.
  • Patients with darker skin types may require more treatments.

Tattoo removal

  • The colour of the tattoo and the depth of the pigment influence the duration and the outcome of the laser treatment for tattoo removal.

Multiple sessions (5 to 20 sessions) spaced at least 7 weeks apart may be required to attain favourable results.

Note:

There is a risk of hyper or hypo pigmentation among other risks with the use of laser.
Medicreations strongly recommend to discuss and be examined by a board certified dermatologists/physicians before using any of the above procedures.

Diode- MediDiode

What does Diode laser mean?

A diode laser is a semiconductor laser that is closely related to the light emitting diode (LED) both in form and in operation.

The laser diode is quite different from the common perception of lasers.

A Diode Laser can be considered as an LED that emits focused light.

A Diode laser also known as an injection laser or diode laser, is a semiconductor Device that produces coherent radiation .

Diode vs other Lasers - What are the Differences ?

Lasers are a concentrated beam of light at a specific wavelength.
The diode laser, is set to a wavelength of between 800 and 810nm.
The other types of laser, alexandrite, ruby and Nd:YAG, each have their own set wavelengths.

What is Medicreations MediDiode laser ?

Medicreations MediDiode 808nm laser has been proved to be the Effective for all skin types.
Slight pain, easy operation, the most safe sliding technology for permanent hair removal could be easy to get with the MediDiode.
It will be great advantage over competitors still using Other lasers for hair Reduction.

What is Diode Laser Hair removal ?

The MediDiode Laser is very effective for darker skin.

It is comparatively less effective on finer, lighter hair. It has fast repetition rates and covers large areas and allows for fast treatment of larger body areas with the The MediDiode sliding technology.

Which Fitzpatrick Skin Type is the Diode laser suitable for?

The MediDiode laser is mainly used for skin types 1 to 4.

But it can be used for other types of skin also. (consult with certified dermatologist)

What are the advantages of Medicreations MediDiode laser hair removal?

  • The MediDiode laser features a longer wavelength and thus able to provide better results among dark-skinned people.
  • This MediDiode provides safer and deeper penetration into the skin layer.
  • The MediDiode provides a fast procedure for Large areas of the body and the treated surface tend to recover faster.

What are the side effects of MediDiode laser hair removal ?

  • There may be some burns, redness, skin discoloration or swelling.
  • In some patients, a condition called urticaria sets in.(consult with a certified dermatologists)

Is Diode laser Safe ?

The MediDiode laser technology is safe and efficient for hair reduction or removal.

There may be some adverse pigment effects, but these are transient.

The MediDiode laser is the best overall laser for all six skin types based on long term use and safety and is especially effective in people with skin types
1 to 4.

Note:
There is a risk of hyper or hypo pigmentation among other risks with the use of lasers.
Medicreations strongly recommend to discuss and be examined by a board certified dermatologists/physicians before using any of the above procedures.

Diode- MediRaf

What is radiofrequency?

Radiofrequency is the number of oscillations or waves per second of the electric and magnetic fields within the radio waves portion of the electromagnetic spectrum.

It is lowest of the electromagnetic radiation frequencies within the radio spectrum, which itself spans from radio waves.

By feeding an alternating current (AC) or voltage through an antenna or electrode electromagnetic waves can be generated that radiate through space at the speed of light.

The are called radio waves, or, RF.

Radio frequencies RF, have wavelengths ranging from less than a centimeter to as long as 100 kilometers.

What happened when applying RF energy to the body/skin ?

By applying RF energy to the human body/skin which can conduct current and therefore act as part of the electrical circuit, any resistance encountered by the energy flow will cause heat to be produced at the site of maximum resistance, which can also be used to cut or coagulate tissue.

RF energy when used for skin tightening is able to penetrate deep into the skin and affect the deeper dermis and subcutaneous layers, causing tightening and improvements to the underlying tissue structure, with change in skin texture or fine lines and wrinkling.

What can Radiofrequency (RF) energy treat?

Pure RF energy alone is primarily used to treat skin laxity by facial tightening, and is best suited to patients with mild to moderate sagging of facial tissues, usually those in their mid thirties to fifties, with any skin color.

It is used to treat:

  • the forehead:lift brows and tightensforehead skin.
  • under the eyes: thickens skin and tightens and lifts the upper cheek skin.
  • cheeks:lifts slightly and diminishes enlarged pores, mid-face, jaw line diminishes jowling and sagging along the jaw line.
  • neck:tightens skin and diminishes wrinkling of the neck.

Downside:
if there is a significant amount of redundant or sagging skin, often seen in older patients over 65 this procedure may show improvement but not a significant enough improvement.

RF can be also used to enhance a variety of treatments including:

  • photo-rejuvenation,
  • pigmented and vascular
  • disorder, acne, acne scars
  • and cellulite reduction procedures.

When to expect RF to the face and neck

RF to the face and neck depends in the amount of treatment necessary to until patient will see results.

RF treatment require 6-8 sessions on the neck 4-6 on face and results performance will accrue around the third or fourth treatment.

micronedeling combined with Bi Polar RF will perform better for patients with textural issues as well as laxity.

Usually 3 to 4 treatments are most effective by the combination.

In the The invasive treatments Patient will notice results as early as 6 weeks after procedure, And on going continued improvement For up to one year and more .

What is better, surgery or RF procedure ?

Medicreations RF energy procedures devices are new and promising technology for non-surgical tightening of the early or more signs of loose or sagging skin.

Ideal for patients who either don’t want, or don’t believe there skin condition is bad enough to have a surgical procedure.

Medicreations always strongly recommend to consult with a certified dermatologists/physician, before choosing a procedure.

By using Medicreations RF energy technologies, most patients should see at least a mild or a major improvement in their skin tightness, with minimal risks and downtime compared to surgery.

General

Can I have laser treatment while using Retin A or Renova?

IPL, RF Bi Polar- Multi Polar noninvasive, or laser resurfacing, are all a great ways to rejuvenate the skin and get rid of those fine lines, wrinkles, vascular, pigmented areas, acne scars and more.

Retin-a, Renova, itself, will help remove dead skin cells, reduce acne, fine lines, wrinkles and pigment and will also help to prepare the skin for either a chemical peel or laser treatment.

However, for best results, Retin-a or Renova should be stopped prior to any of those treatments typically for three or four weeks before the procedure.

In addition, it should not be restarted for a couple of weeks after the procedure. It is best to consult your physician as to exactly how long you should be off the Retin-a, as different procedures will require different lengths of time.

Mild chemical peels may only require a week or so, as the resurfacing to your skin is only superficial and healing is fairly quick; however, a laser resurfacing of the face with the Pearl laser is a much more intense and effective procedure to resurface and rejuvenate the skin that will require you to be off the Retin-a for a longer period of time.