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The Layers of Skin Rejuvenation

June 2010 issue of Skin Inc. magazine
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Technology-driven skin rejuvenation continues to remain among the most requested service categories performed by skin care professionals and physicians. As with skin care ingredients, each technology maintains a very distinct discipline and mechanism of action that supports its benefit to the human body. Similar to the way a good skin care product is a cocktail of key ingredients that work in harmony toward a common goal, often the most effective results of technology-driven skin rejuvenation are achieved by using multiple disciplines of technology offered in a layered approach.

Layered technology

Layering technology is a simple and intuitive concept that involves the use of multiple technologies within one service to achieve a client’s objectives as expeditiously and specifically as possible. The technology available to be layered includes microcurrent for contouring, lifting and product penetration; microdermabrasion and ultrasonic for exfoliation and skin preparation; LED for firming and tightening; and oxygen infusion for plumping, and improved skin texture and color.

Because each client’s objective is different, the solution that is created also must be unique in order to meet the objective. Essentially, this means that every layered service is customized for a client’s specific concern, so some may incorporate two technologies and others may include as many as five. For example, some objectives may be satisfied more readily by applying LED for 20 minutes using 640 nm (red light), and others may be more quickly satisfied by using microdermabrasion and microcurrent, with a five-minute splash of LED at 590 nm (yellow light) at the end of the treatment.

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