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By: Danielle Tsoklis
Posted: June 11, 2008, from the October 2006 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
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Most estheticians have come to realize that this synergy, along with the integration of multiple supportive approaches, such as a proper diet, adequate exercise and avoiding harmful irritants, is the best way to attain and maintain results. All skin types benefit from multiple-modality technology—especially photoaged skin, because it combines a variety of problems, including redness, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles and skin laxity. Acne-prone skin also improves because multiple approaches control and prevent breakouts.
Naturally, a systematic approach to understanding the role of these devices in facial rejuvenation requires careful training, as well as an analysis of the problems being treated. Stand-alone devices can demonstrate high degrees of variability when used separately. Facial canvas anomalies, such as wrinkles, pigmentation, coarse skin, redness and laxity, are addressed thoroughly with multiple-modality devices. Regardless of the device used, however, the integration of appropriate anti-aging cosmeceutical products completes the picture.
It’s in the details
How does a multiplatform treatment that combines microdermabrasion, LED and microcurrent work? A full-face treatment session, including the neck, lasts approximately 60 minutes. The first step is skin preparation. Microdermabrasion that uses natural mineral crystals will resurface the skin and reduce imperfections, such as pigmentation, coarse skin and blackheads. By removing the corneal layers, skin will be more receptive to microcurrent and light therapy.
The next phase of the treatment involves the simultaneous application of LED at 640 nm and impulse microcurrent, which work beneath the skin’s surface. Scientific experiments have shown that the red light section of the visible spectrum increases collagen production fivefold.1 This is the key to restoring dermal density that has been lost through the aging process.
Impulse microcurrents open the ionic membranes of the cells, allowing for a better photoresponse from LED and an increased lifting effect that leads to faster, better results. Microcurrent is able to restore proper muscle tone, tighten facial contours and reduce facial laxity.