Advanced Facial Treatments Frequently Asked Questions

High Frequency

What is high frequency?


High Frequency is a way to re-texturize and rejuvenate the skin.




Is high frequency safe?


When performed by a well trained professional, high frequency is very safe.




Does high frequency hurt?


No. Unlike other invasive treatments such as cosmetic surgery, high frequency skin care treatment is very safe and does not cause any discomfort or pain. If you are new to the application of high frequency, it may take some time to get used to the gentle buzzing sensation experienced during treatment. Because high frequency can sometimes be drying to the skin (especially during the winter months) we suggest following up with a quality moisturizer following treatment to prevent against any discomfort due to redness. Clients with acne prone skin will want to use an oil-free moisturizer following treatment.




What areas can be treated?


High Frequency can be used on almost any part of the body. The primary areas treated are the face and back.




How long is the treatment and how often is the treatment performed?


High Frequency can be done daily. Total treatment time should not exceed 5 minutes per day for the facial area. Treatment of general body area including scalp should not exceed 10 minutes per day. The recommended treatment time will vary depending on your skin type and individual concern(s). More frequent application or applying beyond recommended treatment time will not enhance results and may cause redness. High frequency can be drying especially during the winter months. So if you find that your skin gets too dry with treatment, I recommend restricting your treatment to once every 4-5 days and following up with a quality moisturizer.




Who is ideal for this treatment?


All skin types will benefit from this treatment. Individual’s with skin types that are: oily, acne prone skin, mature/aging may find that they receive more benefit. It is a safe, natural and gentle alternative to expensive cosmetic treatments, plastic surgery and harsh acne topicals.




Will I feel the electrical current on my skin?


High frequency is a low level oscillating current that can be very soothing, relaxing and revitalizing. A slight tingling or zapping will be felt during treatment. Facial sensitivity rates vary from individual to individual. I can lower or raise the intensity during treatment to suit your personal comfort level. The device is effective even at the lowest intensity setting so it is not necessary to use an extremely high power level to achieve the maximum benefits from treatment. For best results, the key is treatment consistency (please ask about one of our treatment packages).




Will you use conductive gel with my high frequency treatment?


Using a special conductive medium during high frequency treatment to improve glide is not necessary and will not improve the performance or benefits derived from treatment. For best results we advise applying your favorite skin care lotion, cream or serum to your skin prior to high frequency application (for anti-aging treatment). Those with acne-prone skin can apply their acne lotion or cream following high frequency treatment to avoid redness associated with over-drying the skin.




How quickly will I see results?


Some will notice a difference after one treatment (improved skin tone, tightening effect, improvement in the appearance of acne) while others will require more treatments to recognize the full benefits. As is true with any holistic, in-home skin rejuvenation system, results are cumulative and can vary by individual skin type and concern. Each treatment builds upon the last. High frequency can also greatly maximize the benefits of your current creams, lotions and serums by helping them to absorb much more deeply below the dermis than if you simply use them on a standalone basis. If you have been disappointed by the performance of your existing skin care product line-up, use the device in conjunction with them and notice the difference.




Can I combine high frequency with other treatments?


Yes. Many of my clients have achieved amazing results by combining their high frequency treatments with many other safe and gentle skin rejuvenating technologies. High frequency works on skin toning rather than muscle toning. If you plan on using muscle toning machines such as microcurrent, galvanic and/or ultrasonic I recommend using high frequency FOLLOWING these applications so that your skin will realize the full benefits of combined treatment. Other treatments such as light based red and blue LED therapy may be used prior to or following high frequency, or depending on your personal preference.




Do I have to use AHA, Glycolic Acids or other such products with High Frequency?


On its own, high frequency promotes a natural exfoliation of the skin using enriched oxygen molecules and is a much more gentle rejuvenation process. At each treatment session, though, I will use high quality hydrating and moisturizing products to enhance this treatment.




Can I use high frequency on my areas of rosacea or broken capillaries?


I recommend against using receiving High Frequency on skin that is prone to excessive amounts of broken capillaries or rosacea. Having a few broken capillaries or small areas of redness is fine.




Can I receive high frequency during pregnancy?


As a precaution, I recommend avoiding high frequency treatment during pregnancy.




Can I receive high frequency if I have a medical condition?


You should not receive high frequency if you have a pacemaker or other electrical device.




What is the difference between the orange and violet electrodes?


Traditionally, violet (argon) electrodes have been used by skin care professionals to treat acne prone skin. It is important to note that the violet electrodes do not in any way, produce harmful UV rays as the light that they emit does not fall within the skin damaging ultraviolet spectrum. The orange (neon) electrodes are generally used to treat aging skin because they are said to direct more warmth to the treatment area which improves product penetration, promotes blood circulation and encourages cellular turnover. For the treatment of thinning hair and to promote healthier scalp conditions, I will use the violet electrodes to cleanse the area and rid of follicle blocking bacteria and the orange electrodes to promote blood circulation.





Ultrasonic

What is ultrasonic?


During ultrasonic treatment, high level sound wave technology is used to penetrate deep below the surface of the skin promoting cellular renewal and repair, toning muscles, increasing blood circulation, encouraging lymphatic drainage, combating puffiness and swelling and improving skin care product penetration.




Is ultrasonic safe?


When performed by a well trained professional, ultrasonic is very safe.




Does ultrasonic hurt?


No. Unlike other invasive treatments such as cosmetic surgery, high frequency skin care treatment is very safe and does not cause any discomfort or pain. If you are new to the application of high frequency, it may take some time to get used to the gentle buzzing sensation experienced during treatment. Because high frequency can sometimes be drying to the skin (especially during the winter months) we suggest following up with a quality moisturizer following treatment to prevent against any discomfort due to redness. Clients with acne prone skin will want to use an oil-free moisturizer following treatment.




What areas can be treated?


Ultrasonic will be used for facial treatments.




How long is the treatment and how often is the treatment performed?


A full ultrasonic facial will last 30-45 minutes, add on 10-15 minutes. For exfoliation, clients may receive ultrasonic treatment one to two times a week. If using to penetrate product, it may be used daily.




Who is ideal for this treatment?


All skin types will benefit from this treatment.




Will I feel the electrical current on my skin?


You may feel a slight tingling during treatment and hear a buzzing sound. Facial sensitivity rates vary from individual to individual. For best results, the key is treatment consistency (please ask about one of our treatment packages).




How quickly will I see results?


Results can vary by individual and skin type, are gradual, and will not just occur over night. Although Ultrasonic treatment has been shown to produce an immediate and temporary firming effect, continued regular treatments will provide more cumulative long-term, lasting results..




Can I combine ultrasonic with other treatments?


Yes. Many of my clients have achieved amazing results by combining their ultrasonic treatments with many other safe and gentle skin rejuvenating technologies.




Do I have to use AHA, Glycolic Acids or other such products with ultrasonic?


On its own, high frequency promotes exfoliation and/or penetration of product into the skin. At each treatment session, though, I will use high quality hydrating and moisturizing products to enhance this treatment.




Can I use ultrasonic on my areas of rosacea or broken capillaries?


I recommend against using receiving ultrasonic on skin that is prone to excessive amounts of broken capillaries or rosacea. Having a few broken capillaries or small areas of redness is fine.




Can I receive ultrasonic during pregnancy?


No, you should not use ultrasonic treatment during pregnancy.




Can I receive ultrasonic if I have a medical condition?


No, you should not use ultrasonic treatment if you have a pacemaker or other electrical device.





Dermaplane

What is Dermaplaning?


Dermaplaning is a quick, noninvasive, painless procedure in which surface dead skin cells are manually scraped away with a surgical blade in a manual form of exfoliation that can be used with or without chemicals. Dermaplaning requires absolutely no recovery time. It increases cellular turnover, smooths, and softens skin and provides immediate results.




What areas can be treated?


Dermaplaning is performed on the face only.




What does dermaplaning do for the skin?


The procedure removes layers of dead skin and “peach fuzz” or vellus hair from the face. It removes barriers from the skin so that products can penetrate deeper making them more effective. It also reduces recent acne scars and fine lines. Dermaplaning can be repeated every 30 days or as needed.




Who is ideal for this treatment?


All skin types will benefit from this removal of the top layer dead skin cells. Mostly skin types that are: oily, sun damaged, hyperpigmentation, acne prone skin, bothersome facial hair and large pores.




How long is the treatment?


Your dermaplaning treatment will last 30-45 minutes depending if you are combining other services such as a chemical peel. After the treatment, special clinical products are applied and designed to brighten, hydrate and protect your skin from UV damage.




Is dermaplaning safe?


When performed by a well trained professional, dermaplaning is very safe.




Will my hair grow back thicker?


No. This is physiologically impossible. There are two types of hair that grow on your body. Vellus hair, which when cut or removed will grow back the same size and shape, therefore, the main structure of vellus hair does not change and is not altered by dermaplaning. Terminal hair however, is physiologically coarse. When this hair type is cut it will always grow back coarse. Dermaplaning is designed to treat the vellus hair which is located on the face. Once vellus hair is cut it will maintain a blunt edge and this blunt edge will not physiologically alter the hair itself.




How often is the procedure performed?


Dermplaning is usually performed every three to four weeks. Treating the skin in this manner actually removes about two-three weeks’ worth of dead skin cells. The skin needs to complete its normal thirty day rejuvenation cycle before the treatment is done again.




Does the skin peel from dermaplaning?


Occasionally the skin will peel after a dermaplane. If the procedure is done in two week intervals, the growth cycle of your hair may not be complete; therefore you are treating skin unnecessarily. This may cause peeling to occur.





Chemical Peels

Chemical Peel FAQ


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What is a chemical peel?


Chemical Peels are great facial treatments that can significantly improve and smooth the texture of your face by removing the damaged outer layers of your skin. Chemical peels have been proven to help treat acne, wrinkles, skin spots or uneven skin coloring.




Are chemical peels safe?


When performed by a well trained professional, chemical peels are very safe.




Do chemical peels hurt?


Peels should not hurt. Client’s at times and depending upon the strength of the peel, may feel tingling sensation or heat flush. Peel formulas will be adjusted based on skin type and individual needs.




What areas can be treated?


I use chemical peels primarily for facial treatments.




How long is the treatment and how often is the treatment performed?


Length of treatment is dependent upon the type and strength of the peel being used. Generally, peels may be done every 2-3 weeks.




Who is ideal for this treatment?


Clients looking to looking to improve the texture and appearance of their skin due to damage from aging, the sun, acne, acne scarring, or dark spots from pregnancy.




What kinds of chemical peels do you use?


I use peels from Dermalogica, Image, and PCA. The types of peels used are:

Glycolic: A type of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that comes from sugar cane. It’s one of the most popular acids and can be used on almost any skin type. When used, glycolic can help remove the top layer of the skin and promote the production of elastin and collagen.

Lactic: A type of Alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that derives from milk. It is best for people who have sensitive, dry skin, are treating age related imperfections like wrinkles under the eyes and around the mouth area, as well as pigmented skin types.

Modified Jessners: Is a medium peel derived from a mixture of acids used to treat a variety of skin conditions from melasma, freckles, acne, sun damage to rosacea.

Enzymatic: A type of peel derived from a variety of natural fruit ingredients. This peel provides gentle exfoliation and is suitable for all skin types.




How quickly will I see results?


Results can vary by individual and skin type, are gradual, and will not just occur over night. Continued regular treatments will provide more cumulative long-term, lasting results.




Can I combine chemical peels with other treatments?


Yes. Many of my clients have achieved amazing results by combining their chemical peels with many other safe and gentle skin rejuvenating technologies.




How long after a chemical peel before I can return to normal activities?


Light Peels – Take approximately three to five days to complete the shedding process. No downtime required.

Medium Peels - Persist for five to seven days. The skin may or may not flake and fall away. AHAs can produce some redness with little or no flaking, depending on the individual.

Deep Peels – I do not perform deep peel treatments.




Can I use chemical peels on my areas of rosacea?


Yes, clients with rosacea may receive chemical peels.




Can I receive chemical peels during pregnancy?


Yes, you may receive chemical peels (Light or enzymatic) during pregnancy after consulting with your physician.





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