Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I see an esthetician?

Estheticians focus on maintaining the health and vitality of a person’s skin through the application of various treatments. They are trained in skin wellness as well as in a variety of techniques. Acne, rosacea, eczema, and dry skin are only a few of the many conditions that estheticians are skilled in handling. If having healthy, beautiful skin is something you would like to have, then an esthetician can very much help you.

What’s the difference between dermatology, cosmetology, and esthetics?
Dermatology is a medical profession, practiced by licensed physicians who specialize in disorders of the skin. Esthetic practice specifically excludes diagnosis, prescription, or any other service, procedure, or therapy that requires a medical license. An esthetician can provide supporting therapies if you are being treated by a dermatologist. Estheticians are also trained to recognize early signs of medical conditions affecting the skin and will refer you to a dermatologist in such cases.

Cosmetology is the study of beauty treatments including nail care, hair care, hair styling, makeup application, skin care and more. Esthetics is one branch of cosmetology; some estheticians work in other branches of cosmetology in addition to their skin care practice.

Common therapies:

Facial: the most popular treatment performed by an esthetician. It is a great way for your therapist to get a good understanding of your skin before suggesting other treatments. A professional facial generally includes makeup removal, skin cleansing, exfoliation by mechanical, enzymatic or chemical means, steaming, extractions, facial massage, a treatment mask, serum/moisturizer and sunblock. A mini facial may be only 20–30 minutes in length, while a more luxurious version may be 75–90 minutes in length. After a facial, your skin will be soft, smooth and well hydrated. However, if multiple extractions were needed or if you required a fair amount of exfoliation, your face may be somewhat rosy for an hour or more, depending on how sensitive your skin is. Most people can schedule a facial every four weeks, although this depends on each person’s needs.

Exfoliation: The removal of dead skin cells by scrubbing, brushing, or using a system such as microdermabrasion (a machine that sands the skin’s outer layer using a wand – it is very helpful in improving skin condition). Exfoliations are typically accompanied with a chemical peel (a product that causes dead skin cells to shed. The downtime of a peel depends on which type is done) or with an enzymatic product that digests dead skin cells.

If you’re taking acne medication, Retin-A or Accutane, talk to your esthetician and/or doctor about stopping the medication before and during treatment to avoid complications. Your esthetician can review any other contraindications with you before starting treatment to determine if a chemical peel is right for you. Be sure to answer all questions honestly.

What to expect from microdermabrasion
Most clients do not find the procedure to be painful, and it requires no anesthetic. One microdermabrasion treatment should take 30 minutes to an hour. There are no side effects, and your skin will look glowing and fresh almost immediately after the treatment. Some more aggressive treatments may cause the skin to look slightly pink and tender for a few hours afterwards. You can resume normal activities and apply makeup and moisturizer directly after your microdermabrasion session.

After a chemical peel
After most peels, a person’s skin will be pink to red, as well as have a shiny and tight appearance. It is vital to apply a sunscreen of SFP 30 or greater to the skin for the next 48 hours, minimum. You must also stay out of the sun, as your skin will be very sensitive to UV rays and could be damaged by sun exposure. The skin will begin to flake or peel within 2–3 days after the treatment. Lactic acid peels encourage moisture retention and may not cause any peeling. Areas of your skin which are sun-damaged will appear darker at first and will then lighten. Deeper peels can produce peeling for a week or more. To assist in removing the flaking skin, an enzyme peel or light microdermabrasion treatment is sometimes scheduled a week or so after the initial peel. For maximum results, a series of peels is usually recommended, and may be necessary for treating challenging issues such as hyperpigmentation.

Home care after a chemical peel
Your esthetician will recommend healing products to use following your peel. These will soothe and nourish your skin, and aid in its recovery. Usually it is best to avoid makeup during this time, to allow the skin to heal and function without interference. However, if you must wear makeup, mineral makeup will not adversely affect the skin.

Extraction: Deep cleaning of the pores; they are done either manually with gentle pressure or using a metal extraction implement designed to clear blocked pores. This can also include the use of a lancet (a small sharp blade to lift the dead cells of the skin prior to extraction). 

What causes acne? How can skin care treatments help?
Acne is the most common skin disorder – 85% of all Americans will experience it sometime in their lives. Despite the misconception of acne being an adolescent problem, it can appear at any age, most often on the face, back, and chest.

The causes of acne are complex, but usually involve the overproduction of oil, the blockage of follicles that release the oil, and the growth of bacteria in those follicles. This can be triggered by many things, including a change in medications or a change in hormone levels caused by stress or other factors. It’s important to treat acne early on to avoid scarring.

There are 4 grades of acne. Grade 1 is the mildest form, with open and closed comedones (whiteheads and blackheads). Grades 2 and 3 include papules and pustules as well. Grade 4 is the most advanced form, with all the above plus the appearance of cysts or nodules beneath the skin surface, that can be large and require medical attention. Acne is not only painful, but it can also be emotionally and psychologically challenging as well.

Typically, regularly scheduled treatments are expected with acne treatment. Treatments might include facials, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion.

What about home care for acne treatment?
Generally, this will involve keeping your skin clean and avoiding picking at your blemishes—the single biggest cause of scarring. It’s very important that you follow the instructions given to you by your esthetician. Untreated or undertreated acne can lead to continuing, worsening outbreaks and scarring. Your esthetician will be in close contact with you to be sure your products are working effectively for you. As your treatment progresses, your esthetician may change your home care routine to fit your changing skin’s needs.

What are antiaging treatments?

Aging is a complex phenomenon which is genetically programmed according to a biological clock. It can occur prematurely by external environmental factors that cause free radicals such as UV rays, pollution, or smoking. The key modulators of skin cell metabolism decrease with the aging process, resulting in slower cell renewal and defective skin defense systems. If growth factors are put into the aged skin by an electroporator, they stimulate fibroblasts to produce collagen and improve skin elasticity and plasticity, slowing down signs of aging.

Anti-aging treatments with Growth Factors are effective and should be started sooner when the skin has a much greater ability to rejuvenate. You do not need to have wrinkles or discoloration to begin an antiaging regime. It is wise to begin caring for your skin at a young age to prevent signs of aging. Using sunscreen is considered a crucial part of antiaging. There are minimally invasive procedures that do not have downtimes nor produce the appearance of having had surgery. Some antiaging treatments include facials, microdermabrasion, chemical exfoliation, galvanic treatment, and phototherapy (exposure to light-emitting diodes or intense pulsed light).

What to expect
The results of your treatment may be obvious right away or they may take some time to notice. This depends entirely on your program and the methods used. If a person’s skin is in poor condition, an esthetician might prioritize strengthening and conditioning before antiaging treatments. If you are suffering from acne, dermatitis, or rosacea, you may have to set your antiaging goals aside until you’ve cleared those symptoms.

What is an Aesthetic Equipment?

Aesthetic devices refer to all devices that are used for various cosmetic and body improvement procedures.

What kind of devices are utilized at Healthy Skin Spa?

  • Ultrasound & Vacuum
  • LED Light Therapy Lamp
  • Oxygen Infusion
  • Micro-needling pen
  • Electroporation & Electronic Muscle Stimulation Machine
  • Radiofrequency, Suction & Ultrasound Machine
  • Hydro-Facial 6 in 1 Machine (Oxygen Infusion, Cold Hammer, Radiofrequency, Micro-current, LED mask)
  • Nano Needling Pen
  • Cavitation           
  • Pressotherapy machine for Lymphatic Drainage

What is transdermal mesotherapy?

Transdermal Mesotherapy is the newest and most innovative technology to administer active ingredients to a patient using an electroporator to treat all the same conditions that traditional mesotherapy does but without the use of needles.

How does Transdermal Mesotherapy work?

Transdermal Mesotherapy uses an electroporator, which utilizes the skin’s water-based channels to promote transdermal delivery of products by a pulsed iontophoresis with “electroporation” or a continuous reversed polarity current. The electroporator also known as DEEP makes it possible for either micro molecules or macro molecules to be safely delivered into the body without either modification of the active solution nor damage to the targeted tissues and cells. Electroporation uses pulses which the patient’s skin can easily tolerate with no problems or side effects.

What are the typical areas that are treated with Transdermal Mesotherapy?

  • Double chin
  • Fatty Eye Bags
  • Facial Sculpturing
  • Skin Rejuvenation
  • Skin Dehydration
  • Pigmentation
  • Sagging Skin
  • Fine Lines and Wrinkles
  • Body Fat Reduction

All skin types can be treated with transdermal mesotherapy. Transdermal mesotherapy can be safely combined with other treatment methods.

What to expect after Transdermal Mesotherapy procedure?

There is no downtime or pain associated with the use of electroporation. The results of each treatment are usually evident immediately post treatment. Epidermal changes are usually seen 10 days post treatment. For best results 4 to 8 treatments minimum per week.

What is Ultrasound Cavitation?

Ultrasound Cavitation is an FDA approved non-surgical technique involving the use of ultrasonic sound waves to disrupt the fat cells located just beneath the skin. The sound waves create a focused vibration which will agitate and rupture the fat cell membrane, releasing emulsified fat to be eliminated by the body’s lymphatic system. Drinking plenty of water and being active are essential in aiding the body’s lymphatic system to eliminate and dispose of the destroyed fat cells. Cavitation is effective in all parts of the body where localized fat deposits reside.

Cavitation is not a replacement of diet and exercise, but rather a method to shape and contour the body. Weight loss may occur, but it is mainly to help in the process of reducing cellulite, and stubborn fat that won’t go away with diet and exercise.

What are the contraindications for Ultrasound Cavitation?

Individuals with implant devices such as pacemakers, metal implants or prosthesis should not undergo cavitation. Also, pregnant women, those with high blood pressure, postoperative individuals, those who have acute inflammation, deep vein thrombosis, and cancer are advised against Ultrasound Cavitation.

What is an RF (Radio Frequency) Treatment?

Radio frequency waves, when focused into the body, oscillate cells and assist in the breaking-up process started by Ultrasound Cavitation. RF treatments also generate heat within the body in a process called diathermy (deep heating). This causes a contraction of collagen fibers, stimulates cell regeneration, and promotes new collagen growth. The result is tighter, more supple, and luminous skin.  RF treatment also increases blood circulation, increases the skin’s elasticity, and can help alleviate pain.

RF is a painless non-surgical, non-invasive procedure, which requires no anesthesia and allows you to carry on with your everyday life before and after the sessions. There are no reported negative side effects to the treatment.  In some cases, temporary redness occurs, but should fade by the end of the day.  The heat generated by the RF is perfectly tolerable and often clients find it pleasant, like a heated massage.

What effects does the vacuum probe have?

The vacuum is used to disrupt the surface layer of the skin as well as the underlying tissue layer. The suction pulls up the layer of fat, allowing the RF frequencies to better penetrate the tissue. It stimulates the blood flow and helps smooth the surface of the skin, often reducing the appearance of cellulite. It can also help alleviate back and leg pain due to the increase in circulation.

How does the body wrap work?

Metabolic waste, chemicals, stress, medication and pollution in our environment overload body systems, causing water retention and soft spongy, cellulite-ridden tissue. The wrap is a procedure which includes wrapping the entire body in elastic bandages soaked with a natural mineral solution. During the one-hour period, the client does light exercise to help maximize the results of the process. The wrap is used for inch loss rather than weight loss.

Do I need to do anything before or after the wrap?

  • Your skin should be free of any lotions or powders. Deodorant is fine.
  • Do not eat for 2 hours prior to your wrap.

After the wrap, we recommend you do not shower for several hours or until the next day if possible. There is no odor or residue from the wrap, and you will be able to safely return to your daily activities. We also recommend drinking a lot of water and avoiding foods that are high in salt, sugar or other substances that are not healthy for the body

How long will my appointment take?

Your first visit will take about 2 hours. Repeat visits will take 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours.

How many inches will I lose?

It is impossible to predict exact inch loss because each person is different.  The total inch loss is calculated from 19 measurements of the body (upper arms, chest, hips, thighs, calves, midriff, abdomen, etc.) taken before and after the wrap. On average, first time clients will experience inch loss of approximately 9 to 13 inches across the body with their first Power Wrap

Is this wrap dehydrating?

The wrap is hydrating. Our proprietary mineral solution is applied to the body using ace bandages. Once the bandages are applied, the distilled minerals solution is then absorbed through the skin creating a fluid exchange to leave you hydrated and energized.

How long will my results last?

While it is not possible to predict exactly how long results will last, the average is 1 – 2 months. Factors such as age, diet, weight maintenance and metabolism should be taken into consideration.  However, a poor diet can result in less time.

How quickly will I see results?

You will see results immediately when you are unwrapped. The skin will appear tighter, cellulite will look smoother, stretch marks will be visibly reduced. The shape of the body may also be visibly different.

Can the wrap help with a double chin?

The Power Body Wrap includes the face. A certain amount of tightening is achieved on the face and under the chin. For clients who only want to slenderize facial appearance or want extra results on the face without wrapping their entire body they can choose to just have their face wrapped.

Will the wrap help with cellulite?

Customers often comment that they see a noticeable change after being wrapped just one time, and that cellulite continues to become less visible with repeated treatments.

How many wraps will I need?

The number of wraps is determined by what your goals are and how your body responds to the wrap. For cellulite, inch loss, and focus on specific areas of the body, you should come in for a wrap once or twice a week until your goals are reached. If you are dieting and exercising for weight loss, or have undergone a surgical procedure for weight reduction, it is recommended you come in for a wrap about every 3 to 5 pounds you lose.

How frequently can I get a body wrap?

This process is safe enough to do multiple times in one day. Immediate goals, such as a wedding or military tape may require that the process be sped up through multiple wraps in one day.  Otherwise set your own timeframe.  As a new client we would recommend doing a series of 3 wraps within a 2-week period.  This will give you a great jump start with your inch loss and keep you motivated for a weight loss or exercise program.

Are there any medical considerations?

If you are on medication or have a medical condition, you should consult your doctor for their permission. The body wrap should not be done if you have any contagious conditions, open wounds, or irritation of the skin caused by any other medical conditions.

What is the origin of Wood Therapy?

It is based on an ancient Oriental technique of wood manipulation that has been practiced for centuries.

What areas of the body respond best to Wood Therapy body contouring?

  • Reduces the “Muffin Top” around the Upper Hips
  • Reduces “Saddlebags” on the Thighs
  • Chisels the Waist
  • Defines Arms and Legs
  • Firms Thighs and Buttocks
  • Reduces Back and Belly Fat

Does Wood Therapy have any weight-loss benefits.

The muscle manipulation speeds up metabolism to promote weight management.

In what other ways is Wood Therapy beneficial to one’s health?

Wood Therapy relaxes the mind and body to reduce mental and physical tension. It also stimulates the organs, blood circulation and lymphatic drainage for improved overall health.

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