FREQUENTLY ASK QUESTIONS
LASER HAIR REMOVAL
Q. What is Laser hair removal and how does it work?
A. Laser hair removal is a method of permanent hair removal by using a diode laser machine. The Motif Vantage first releases the 810nm diode will be attracted to the pigment in the hair shaft, just like any other diode. The heat radiates out to the cells in the root sheath and heats them. The heating injures these cells and also lowers tissue impedance. The Bipolar RF is released just after the 810nm diode and it gets concentrated to the warm spot, with lowered tissue impedance created by the diode. The RF is synergistically attracted to and injures the bulb directly.
Q. Is Laser Hair Removal permanent?
A. You will have 70-95% hair reduction. It is permanent to the hairs papilla that we are able to damage but because there is a possibility of a person going through any kind of a hormone change they may get new hairs growing, but not in the same hair follicle.
Q. Does Laser Hair Removal Work on all hair colours?
A. Laser Hair Removal will work on any hair that has any colour in it. The IPL will work on blonde, red, brown and black. The only hairs that it won’t work for is white and very light peach hair that is so light you can barely see it. The Motif Vantage can also be used in special circumstances for finer, lighter hairs, when all the other SpaMedica laser have failed to meet expectations because the RF energy heats the whole area so may even effect the light or white hairs, but keep in mind we there is still no guaranteed for those light or white hairs.
Q. Can laser hair removal be done on all skin types?
A. Yes, The MOTIF vantage can be used safely on all skin types and even the darker skin types.
Q. Why is my skin red and or bumpy after my treatment?
A. This a reaction we want and are looking for. It’s telling us its working. It’s very normal so please don’t worry. Take a cold cloth or a cold pack covered in a cloth and apply it to the area.
Q. Will it hurt?
A. Everyone’s pain tolerance differs from one another’s. You can feel it, most ipls and laser refer to the feel as an elastic band lightly hitting the skin, but with the Motif you feel the RF current. You can and should feel it, but it should never be unbearable. There are ways that we can make it bearable if you think it’s too much by decreasing the the joules (heat) or RF energy.
Q. How many treatments do I have to get for the hair to be gone? And Why?
A. It takes on average of 6-8 treatments for your hair to be completely gone. To get best result a person will need to come once every 4-6 weeks for the neck, face, underarms and brazilian. For everything under the neck area 6-8 weeks. In some cases if the hair is light in colour then it may take longer for the hair to be gone. Vellus hair (Peach fuzz) or white hairs do not have any color or very little are not guaranteed to be removed with any laser, but with the Motif can be effected as well because of the RF energy heats the whole area and not just the hair and bulb. The reason why it takes several treatments is because each individual hair is in a different cycle from one another. Each hair goes through 3 cycles. There is the Anagen phase which is the growth phase which starts in the Papilla (bulb). The 2nd phase is the Catagen phase. This is the transitional phase where the hair detaches itself from the papilla and then the hair begins to be pushed upward. The 3rd phase is the Telogen phase. This is when the hair has been already detached from the papilla and then the hair is sitting just under the skin waiting to be shed off. We are wanting to catch the hair in the Anagen stage, because the Diode goes after melanin (colour), the hair still needs to be attached to the papilla in order for it to damage the papilla from producing anymore hairs. The other hairs in the other 2 phases will not be effected. This is the reason for having to come once with in the 4-6 week span.
Q. Will I see a difference right away?
A. Yes you will see some difference. With every treatment the density of hair (amount of hair) will be less and less. The hairs will also get thinner and thinner. If you are one to get the 5 o’clock shadow, with every treatment it will lessen. Some has noticed it has gone after the 1st or 2nd treatment, but most will see it after the 3rd-4th.
Q. Can men get these treatments done as well?
A. Yes. It is getting more and more popular for men to get laser hair removal done. Not only hair removal but all the other services as well. Men are getting more self-aware and wanting to look and feel young as well.
Q. Why do I have to stop Tanning before I come and get any treatment done?
A. This is very important that all persons understand the importance of not having a fresh tan before or after treatment. The reason for not tanning is that the post complications become higher. There is more of a chance of a burn, hyper or hypo pigmentation. You will see each place where the laser has delivered a pulse and can change color. With the Motif, depending on the severity of tan, you would only have to postpone your treatment 2-4 weeks. Not like other lasers or IPLs it would be 4-6 weeks.
Q. What is skin rejuvenation?
A. Skin rejuvenation is any treatment that will improve the skins texture, tone, wrinkles, etc. Our spa can achieved a skin rejuvenation through IPL (Light Pulses), Microdermabrasion and Chemical Peels.
Q. Can you do a skin rejuvenation on all skin types?
A. An IPL can only be used safely on skin type 1-5, but Microdermabrasion and Chemical Peels can be performed on all skin types. It is because the IPL’s light cannot penetrate the skin deep enough not to cause a burn or hypo or hyper pigmentation.
Q. What is Photorejuvenation and how many treatments do I need?
A. Photorejuvenation is a safe and effective treatment to correct a variety of skin conditions, such as broken capillaries, brown spots, enlarged pores, soft lines, Rosacea, freckles and hyperpigmentation. It is recommended to have at least 3 treatments 3 weeks apart to get the best results.
Q. Why are my brown spots getting darker after my treatment?
A. This is a good sign. What happens is the light from the IPL penetrates the skin and attacks the brown spots, which are large amounts of melanin, it then acts like lots of little Pac men and breaks the melanin. The broken pieces of color is then discarded through the Lymphatic System.
Q. What is Skin Tightening and how does it work?
A. This a non-ablative approach to firmer skin. The procedure utilizes the broadband of light to deeply heat your skin while cooling and protection the treated surface. This procedure promotes partial denaturation and contraction of collagen and it also initiates the natural healing process which creates a renewed foundation leading to increase the skins firmness.
Q. Is Skin tightening permanent? How long will it last?
A. No this procedure is not permanent. All bodies will react differently to any procedure. This procedure can last up to 6 months.
Q. What is the age of a person that can get Acne Therapy?
A. With a parents written consent, Acne Therapy can done on a child as young as 12. The reason we will perform this treatment on younger persons with a consent of a parent is because this is an important stage for a child’s self-esteem to feel good about themselves. Puberty is particularly difficult because of hormone changes etc.
Q. What will Acne Therapy do for my acne?
A. It will all depend on what stage of acne you have will determine how we treat it. We use our acne filter over the face or body. The acne filter is a shallow filter so it does not penetrates very deep and the reason for that is that it goes deep enough to kill the acne causing bacteria and helps to dry them up. We can do a combination therapy to help a Stage 1-3 acne. These types of acne have a combination of comedomes (white heads and black heads), that papules (a raised pimple under the skin with no white head on top) and pustules (a pimple with a white head on top). They may be red and inflamed. With using different filters we can kill the bacteria, help dry them up and remove the inflamed areas.
Q. Is there anything else I have to do to help with the Acne Therapy process?
A. Yes, all persons even those without acne should be on a daily regimen. Cleansing and moisturizing your skin is very important. You need to find a product that is good quality to help with your acne in the meantime and continue after the treatments are done to help keep the acne from coming back. We do carry a very good skin care line called SERENE. They are very high quality products that will give you the results you need. For more information please contact us and we can explain further. We also have demo packs we sell or if you buy a 5pk of Acne Therapy sessions you will get one free to try.
Q. What is a Laser Facial and why would I choose this treatment?
A. Laser Facial is a combination therapy with using the IPL and the Microdermabrasion. Some skin may have a thick layer of dead skin cells, so by performing a 1-2 pass Microdermabrasion on the face first this removes the dead skin cells that might reflect some of the IPL’s light from penetrating. So therefore taking off the dead skin cells the light can penetrate deeper into the skin giving you the ultimate results.
Q. What is Microdermabrasion?
A. Microdermabrasion is a mechanical exfoliation. There are 2 types of Microdermabrasion, Crystal and Diamond bit. A crystal projection is a hand-held device that propels a high-speed flow of aluminum oxide crystals onto the skin. At the same time, the machine's vacuum system sucks away dirt, dead cells and used crystals. The newest form of microdermabrasion is the crystal free or diamond tipped machine. Crystal-free tips and natural diamond tips are easier to use and unlikely to leave tiny particles in the eyes, nose or mouth.This machine uses diamonds and suction to exfoliate the skin rather than using crystals. The diamonds are four times harder than the crystals and can remove up to 80 percent of the stratum corneum. The dead skin cells are removed with suction and placed in a filter. When you clean out the filter, you can actually see the dead skin cells build up on the filter.
Q. What skin conditions can be treated with a microdermabrasion?
It's empowering and satisfying to know that we can truly make a change in the following conditions: hyperpigmention/photo-damaged skin, mild acne, reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, reduction on some types of scars, including acne scarring, helping with the appearance of enlarged pores.
Q. What does it feel like and does it hurt and can any skin type use it?
A. No procedure should be painful, but microdermabrasion doesn’t hurt. Some clients describe it as a cat licking you because of the roughness of their tongue. Yes any skin type can use it, but we just have to be careful when we are dealing with skin conditions like Rosacea. They are very sensitive and require extra care.
Q. What is a Chemical Peel?
A. A chemical peel is a chemical exfoliation by the use of Glycolic (GA), Trichloracetic (TCA), and Salicylic acid. The acid is applied to the clean area that is to be treated to help speed up the skins natural shedding process. Salicylic acid is best used for acne prone skin and the reason for this is because the molecules are small enough to go into the hair follicles to get to and through to the acne and kill the bacteria. Glycolic can be used on all skin with no down time. What happens is that the GA will penetrate between the cells to work on the desmosomes, which are like the glue that holds our cells together. The GA will then make the cells uneven and cause the skin to sluff off. The unevenness you cannot see with the naked eye so there is no worries that your skin will look to different at first. But you will notice your skin’s texture will in a few days, it will look more even and smoother. A TCA is a more aggressive peel. You will have at least 5-7 days of down time due to peeling. This peels application is different compared to the others. The TCA when applied will penetrate right through the cell instead of between like a GA or Salicylic. This causes top layers of the cells to dry up and peel off over a period of days. Once the dried skin is peeled off it leaves a smoother texture and more even skin color.
Q. Is a Chemical Safe and can all skin types have a treatment done?
A. With a trained and educated Esthetician or Physician it is perfectly safe. Please do not try it by yourself or have an uneducated person apply it to your skin because there is a very high chance of Post Peel Complications. All skin types can have a peel treatment done.
Q. What is a Sublative treatment?
A. Sublative treaments are done with the elsoPlus machine that used Radio Frequency energy deep into the dermis to stimulate the collagen. When the collagen is stimulated it will start to produce more, then causing the skin to repair itself to make the skin to look younger and firm.
Q. What kind of treatments can it be used for?
A. With sublative it can be used to treat almost any textural to do with the skin. This treatment is most popular to treat mild to moderate wrinkles, skin irregularities, acne scars, stretch marks and surgical scars.
Q. How many treatments do I need?
A. With any treatment it all depend on how your skin condition and how it reacts to the treatment. On average 3-6 treatments are recommended once every 5-6 weeks to get best results. After your treatments the skin will continuously improve for a few months.
Q. Is this procedure permanent?
A. Yes any sublative treatment is permanent, but with anti-aging we can not stop the skin from aging. For anti-aging treatments we recommend a maintenance treatment every 6-12 months after your full treatments are done just to keep the collagen producing.
Q. Does it hurt?
A. The procedure should not be painful. It feels like a snap on or small electrical current on the skin during the treatment. During and afterwards you will feel some irritation and heat like the sun beating down on your skin like a bit of a sun burn. If you'd like you can apply a light numbing cream on before your appointment. After treatment we ask you to try not to apply a cold compress on your skin because we want that end result.
you can apply a cold cloth to the skin to help cool the skin. Do not apply lotions or Auquafor right after. The skin needs to cool down before applying any ointments because if you apply a cream and ointment some may trap the heat from coming out of the skin and may further irritate the skin or develop a blister and we do not want that.
Q. Is there any down time?
A. Very little down time is needed. Your skin will be red and slightly swollen after the treatment and will go down with in 24-48 hrs but may take up 1-3 days. With in the first 24 - 72 hours you will get tiny crusted dots through out the treated area but will naturally flake off with in a 3-5 days but may take 7 days may take up to 2 weeks for all the micro-crustings to come off depending on how your skin heals. Keep moisturizer on skin to promote better healing.
Q. Can I use any moisturizer or ointments after the treatment?
A. Nothing on the skin for the first 12 hours then after the 12 hours we recommend to keep the skin well moisturized. We recommend Hyaluronic Acid or Skin Soothing cream. If you can not find these products or we do not have them in stock you can use Auquafor cream to apply over the face. It would be good to do this until the skin if healed so the skin will heal faster.
Q. Can I wear make up afterwards?
A. You can apply make up 12 hrs after the procedure. Make sure you don't use any harsh cleansers or make up removers until the skin is healed.
Q. Can everyone one receive this treatment? If not who?
A. Not every client would make an idea candidate. There are contradictions to some health issues and medications. Please refer to Sublative's pre and post Instructions in the more tab above under Pre and Post Instructions. There is a list of contradictions. Some of them may just require a doctors note or just a better understanding of the procedure.
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