Skin care therapy
A variety of treatments and products are used to protect skin from environmental hazards and combat fine lines, wrinkles, and a dull, uneven skin tone. Estheticians are also skilled in managing conditions such as acne, rosacea, eczema, and dry skin, to name just a few. Skin care treatments are wonderfully relaxing and rejuvenating. If smooth, healthy skin is your goal, visiting a skin care professional can benefit you.
The aromatherapy facial
The more traditional facial offering, this is undoubtedly the more relaxing option. Aromatherapy oils are selected prior to treatment to best suit your mood as well as your skin's needs. Calling upon ancient traditions and trusted natural remedies, essential oils can provide a whole host of benefits. Tea tree oil is renowned for its clarifying powers, able to reduce sebum production and dry out existing spots, while peppermint or lavender oils help to relax a stressed out complexion and mind. As well as applying the oils directly, they can also been mixed into scrubs and enzyme peels to deliver a comprehensive facial ritual as well as burned to create a heavenly aroma.
The IPL facial
Taking technology to new levels, an IPL laser facial will penetrate deeper into your skin and is great for treating skincare concerns like acne, scars, uneven skin tone and wrinkles. IPL or intense pulsed light provides a non-abrasive way to regenerate the skin. The light pulses are able to pass through the top layer of the skin, delving deeper into the dermis where the energy stimulates collagen production resulting in smoother skin, smaller pores and better complexion. Bearing in mind several treatments may be necessary to achieve results and are more expensive than other facials IPL facials are ideally suited for stubborn skin conditions that have not been resolved with skincare alone.
The facial massage
We all know the benefits a good massage can have on our skin. Not only does it helps to boost circulation for a brighter, glowing complexion but it also stimulates lymphatic drainage to eliminate water retention or fluid build up around tension points. While there are many devices available allowing you to perform facial treatments at home, it's always best to get treatment to target those specific areas of tension.
Laser hair removal
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 (IPL) can also be used to remove facial and body hair.
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?
Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent?
Though it is often advertised as permanent, IPL and laser hair removal cannot guarantee permanent or complete elimination 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 be formed within the skin in reaction to multiple factors, such as hormonal imbalance or pregnancy. Also, high natural levels of testosterone can stimulate development of new hair follicles in men 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. Some manufacturers to help decrease any discomfort have implemented different cooling techniques that keep heat from damaging the surrounding tissue.
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 at Palmdale Health Center utilized clinically tested and patented skin cooling technology, which significantly reduces risk of complications and discomfort. Palomar’s cooling technology verifies that the hand-piece is consistently kept at approximately 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.
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 cell 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 patients 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 hair 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 a little hair growth.
At Palmdale Health Centre we will ensure that you receive the number of treatments that is best suited for you. We will guide you on what to expect before and after each treatment, advising you on how to properly take care of you skin in between procedures.