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I.P.L (laser) using PALOMAR STARLUX 500
Laser hair removal is the process of removing unwanted hair from the body using a unique type of light. While the word “laser” is what’s normally used, another technology called Intense Pulsed Light (or IPL for short) can also be used to remove facial and body hair. IPL and laser are both light treatments, but Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is not technically a laser. When IPL was created, the term Laser Hair Removal was already popular so the name stuck and is now used to refer to both laser and IPL removal techniques.
The correct name for the technique is Photoepilation Therapy, but it is not understood among the general public, so it is rarely used.
ECO salon day spa's skilled technician Natasha Rodriguez utilises the Palomar StarLux 500 light therapy technology. It is a leading developer and researcher of light-based and laser systems for aesthetic treatments. In 1997, Palomar initiated the optical hair removal field when the first high-powered laser hair removal system was introduced. Since that time, a majority of light-based hair removal advances have been rooted in Palomar technology.
Our Skin specialist Natasha can target the following concerns:
PERMANENT HAIR REDUCTION - Eliminate ingrown hairs and cysts once and for all!
Laser vs. IPL – Which is Better?
Short answer: They are both incredibly effective.
In the beginning developments of hair removal, laser was the only option. However, laser light is challenging to use on large areas because the light is so focused, and hair removal treated with a laser is usually more painful.
The IPL beam can cover larger areas in one pulse because it is less focused than a laser. This makes treatments significantly shorter. IPL is not as painful as laser, but it gives results that compare to laser treatments.
How Does It Work?
While other conventional methods of removing hair, like shaving or waxing, remove hair by pulling it out or cutting it, laser hair removal targets the follicle of the hair (or hair root). Cells that are responsible for hair growth are contained within the hair follicle. If those cells are incapacitated, the hair will stop growing and fall out.
During the laser hair removal procedure, an IPL or laser beam goes into the skin to reach individual follicles. The major heat created by IPL or laser beams stops the growth cells of the follicles, which inhibits future hair development.
The hair that is treated will continually appear for 7 to 30 days after treatment. This is not new hair growth though, but the hair that was treated being ejected from the skin.
For optimal results, multiple treatments are required.
What Areas Can Be Treated?
IPL and Laser hair removal can be used to decrease the amount of unwanted body and facial hair.
The treatment is safe for any body area. It is often used on the chin, upper lip, cheeks, underarms, bikini line, and legs on women. For men, the arms, back, and chest are the concentrated areas for laser hair removal.
It is highly recommended to have a consultation with an experienced laser specialist to evaluate the suitability of the individual for the procedure. It is important that you understand the expectations and your treatment options by talking to your laser hair removal provider before you commit to the procedure.
Am I A Candidate for Laser Hair Removal?
The success of laser hair removal can be affected by skin and hair color. The beams of both the IPL and laser target the dark pigment (melanin) in hair follicles. Light skin and dark hair are the attributes of the ideal candidate.
Patients with darker skin will receive very successful results after undergoing laser hair removal, but they do normally require a few extra treatments since the laser/light is drawn to melanin. In order to ensure optimal results, treating the hair and also keeping the surrounding area of skin unaffected, it is important that treatments are performed safely.
White, blonde, or gray hair is not affected by laser hair removal as those hairs contain very little pigment.
It is vital to remember that laser hair removal is a medical aesthetic procedure, and in order to determine the suitability of your skin, it is advised that you book a consultation with your hair removal clinic.
We also advise great caution when deeply discounted prices for cheap, “group buy” deals for laser hair removal pop up. It is important to remember that IPL and laser treatments can seriously damage your skin if not performed properly. Though saving money may look good now, it may cost you dearly in the future to correct any damages made from improper procedures.
Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent?
Though it is often advertised as permanent, IPL and laser hair removal can’t guarantee permanent or complete cancellation of hair growth. It is possible for some hair to be resistant to the IPL and laser and return after the treatment. Hair that grows back is normally lighter in color and can usually be controlled with maintenance treatments once or twice per year for a couple of years. Even though the body responds amazingly to the IPL and laser treatments, more maintenance is normally needed for the face.
It should be noted that new hair can produce within the skin in reaction to multiple factors, like hormonal imbalance or pregnancy. Also, development of new hair follicles in men can be stimulated by high natural levels of testosterone by itself.
In short, long- lasting and stable hair reduction is delivered by IPL and laser hair removal with minimal discomfort and zero downtime.
Is Laser Hair Removal Painful?
The heat produced by the beams of light that penetrates the hair follicles and eliminates them can create some level of discomfort during the treatment. Different cooling techniques that keep heat from damaging the surrounding tissue have been implemented by some manufacturers to help decrease any discomfort.
Though there are many distinct differences, laser treatments are generally more painful than IPL treatments. Hair thickness and color are major attributes to pain level. The darker and courser the hair, the more pain should be expected, since the pigment of the hair attracts the light energy. It should be noted that the body part that is being treated also plays a role in the pain level. More delicate areas like the face or bikini, bring more discomfort than less sensitive areas like the legs.
Pain can be significantly decreased by effectively cooling the area. The Palomar StarLux 500 system, used by Natasha, utilized clinically tested and patented skin cooling technology, which significantly reduces risk of complications and discomfort. Palomar’s cooling technology verifies that the end of the hand-piece is consistently kept at ~4˚C. It feels like an ice cube and helps keep the skin calm during the procedure
The very large spot size on the hand-piece of the Palomar StarLux 500 ensures that the procedure can be performed more quickly than with other machines, which also adds to greater comfort.
Another additional option is numbing cream for when situations cause even more discomfort or pain.
What Are the Side Effects?
Though it is rare that any side effects occur, it is possible for them to develop in some patients, especially those who tan on a regular basis. Patients with darker skin or who take photo-sensitizing medications are at a greater risk of developing complications.
Skin irritation is the most common side effect of IPL and laser hair removal. It might feel like a light sunburn, but should disappear within 3 to 7 days. Scabbing and crusting are other rare side effects. In the event that this happens, notify your hair removal provider and follow the instructions they give.
Pigment changes can occur after laser hair removal. On the site of the treatment, the skin may seem darker or lighter. This change is normally temporary and disappears with time. People with darker skin usually experience a lightening of their skin, which often means that the treatment was performed at the incorrect settings.
Even though it is quite rare, things like scarring, blistering, and other changes in skin texture may be caused by IPL and laser hair removal. These complications are often the result of too much energy being used during the procedure, or when sensitivity to the treatment is extremely high. In even more rare cases, the IPL or laser treatment may cause the reverse effects to take place on the hair, causing the hair to grow back thicker and at a higher density. The reason for this is currently unknown.
How Many Treatments Are Needed?
Hair cells that are in the active phase of growth and development during the treatment are the only cells that the IPL and laser beams can target. Not every hair is active all the time, as some of them are dormant. Hairs in the dormant stage are not affected by IPL and laser treatment, so it is required that the patient undergo multiple sessions spaced over time to guarantee that all hairs in the active phase are treated.
To achieve satisfactory hair removal, 4 to 8 treatments are usually required. Depending on the area and hair properties that are being treated, treatments should be spaced 3 to 8 weeks apart.
Once the main set is completed, it is required that maintenance treatments be performed approximately once or twice per year to eliminate thinner and smaller hairs that may grow back. A lot of patients do not need any maintenance after the first year, and can make do with shaving if they have little hair growth.
At ECO salon day spa we will ensure that you receive the number of treatments that is best for you. We will guide you on what to expect before and after each treatment, and advise you on how to properly take care of you skin in between procedures.
Fibroblast - Skin tightening
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Plasma Fibroblast is a non-surgical revolutionary skin tightening cosmetic treatment for immediate and long term facial rejuvenation and body rejuvenation, using Plasma energy to shrink, tighten and reduce excess skin.
Plasma Fibroblast unlike any other non-surgical treatment will resurface, tighten, lift and visibly remove the signs of ageing. Rejuvenate not only the face but the neck, under eye bags, crows feet, hooded eyelids, back of hands, excess skin and even stretch marks.
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Cosmetic tattooing using SofTap
Does it hurt?
SofTap® is the gentlest method you will find for implanting permanent colour into the skin. The sensation is said to be similar to tweezing. If you are sensitive, your SofTap® professional will use topical anesthetic on your eyebrows. Lips and eyeliner always require topical anesthetic.
Does is look good?
Yes, with the SofTap® method, you can have natural looking makeup, 24/7. Because this process is done by hand, it is easy to avoid harsh, dark, and unnatural permanent makeup.
Do I get a say in how my makeup is done?
Of course. Your SofTap® professional wouldn't dream of giving you a design you didn't want. This is a process in which the both of you work together to find what works for you—after all it is for you!
How much does it cost?
Prices vary depending on the expertise of the professional, the type of work, and the circumstances surrounding your individual case. If you want straightforward procedures such as eyeliner, eyebrows, or lips done by an experienced professional, expect to pay a few hundred dollars. If you want extensive camouflage and shape correction done by a master in the field,
expect to pay a few thousand dollars.
How long will it last?
This depends on the color and style you have chosen. If you choose a subtle, light color and application, expect to need more touch ups than if you choose a dark color and heavier application. It is important to understand that while very dark colors and heavy applications require little or no touch ups, they do not look as natural and therefore are not recommended.
Will I need a touch up?
Most likely. Light color and light applications need touch ups to stay looking natural. Medium applications need fewer touch ups, but you still need them. If you have a very dark color implanted deeply in your skin, you may never need a touch up. We recommend a lighter colour and more touch ups for a more natural look.
How often should I come in to refresh the colour?
In order to keep your permanent makeup looking fresh, we recommend a touch up every two years for light brows and eyeliner, every five years for medium brows and dark eyeliner, and probably once in ten years for lips. Lips usually retain color very well once they are successfully implanted.
Why do I need a touch up if this is permanent?
Because colour is implanted in the facial area there tends to be more fluid circulation than other parts of the body. Your face sees the most wear of any piece of you—exposure to the sun, food, facial products—the list goes on and on. All of these things cause permanent colour to fade, this is why you need a touch up.
How can I extend the life of my procedure?
Your beautiful permanent makeup will last longer if you apply sun block daily and avoid abrasive facial treatments in the brow area.
How should I prepare before the procedure?
If you are sensitive, you may take an over the counter pain reliever approximately one hour prior to your procedure. Do not take aspirin or any other blood thinners as these promote bleeding. If you are having your eyeliner done, refrain from wearing contact lenses and eye makeup, conventional eye makeup may leave residue and make the procedure more difficult. For lip procedures, you may obtain a prescription to prevent viral outbreaks if you are prone to this.
How long does the procedure take?
This will vary with the type of work you are having done and your sensitivity. Generally speaking, basic eyebrow fills, eyelash enhancements, and straightforward lip liner each take a
little under an hour. More complicated work such as thick eyeliner, eyebrows with hair strokes, and full lips take about two hours. Extremely difficult procedures will probably take more time and be broken up into several appointments (scar camouflage, correction etc.)
Is there any reason why I shouldn't get it done?
There are a few cases (medical conditions, medication etc) where permanent makeup may not be right or possible for you. Ask your SofTap professional about your case at your consultation.
Can I resume normal activity, exercising, gardening, etc?
Most normal activities can be resumed right away. Heavy exercise should be avoided for at least a week for best results—any sweat formed on your brows can fade your healing color. Swimming should be on hold for at least a week, pool chemicals would erode your healing color as well. Outdoors activities such as gardening or golf can be resumed as long as your treatment area remains clean, dry, and out of the sun. For best results do not expose your procedure to any unnecessary wear.
Is there going to be any scabbing?
There can be scabbing if your skin is sensitive. Eyeliner procedures tend to scab more than eyebrows. DO NOT pick off these scabs; picking scabs may result in a loss of colour or minor scarring.
Why do I see colour flaking off after about a week?
This can happen for a number of reasons, but it usually has to do with skin type. Older skin, more weathered skin, and drier skin may flake color off during the healing process. There should be colour underneath, but if not, your SofTap professional will touch up your colour at your follow up appointment.
Will I be swollen?
Eyebrows swell slightly. Swelling is normal and expected for lip and eyeliner procedures. We recommend ice packs ten minutes each hour for the first three hours after these procedures to minimize swelling.
Will I have to hide from my friends?
No! You can go out that night if you want to. Ice your procedure, apply your ointment, and have a ball!
I don't want it to look harsh, what should I do?
The SofTap method is known for it's natural results. Bring a picture of brows, eyes, or lips that you love—magazine cutouts are great. Show or tell your professional what your goals are
for the final result, and they will do their utmost to help you achieve your desired look.
Can it be removed?
Small exfoliations and corrections may be possible, but if you want a complete removal you should see a laser specialist.
I already have permanent makeup and I want to change the shape, can you help?
Yes, changes to your old design can be made by an experienced SofTap® professional, see someone in your area for a personal consultation.
I already have permanent makeup and I want to change the color, can you help?
Yes, colour changes are common. See your SofTap® professional for a consultation and to discuss your new color.
I'm pregnant, can I get permanent makeup?
If you are pregnant or nursing, your body and your baby are more susceptible to any kind of infection. Wait until you are finished nursing before you get permanent makeup done. Alternatively, if you are not pregnant, but may be in the near future, come in for a consultation— it can be a real relief to know that you look great at any time of your pregnancy.