Is micro-needling worth all the pain?
Just when you thought your lady flower was fine as is.
We can’t believe people get these done voluntarily.
December 10, 2010
SHESAID’s then-publisher Monique Talbot sat down with Roslyn Stutchbury from Body By Design in Sydney to discuss what are the best beauty technology tools around right now. Roslyn has been in the health and beauty industry for over 20 years, although you would never know that to look at her, she still looks a girl in her 20’s so you should listen to her advice!
Roslyn’s top 3 favourite technology advances are LED (Light Emitting Diode) Cold Light Skin Therapy, Ultraceuticals Sonophoresis, and Shellac Nail Treatment. Don’t be alarmed by the industry jargon and acronyms, Roslyn explains everything in plain English, it is easy to understand why she recommends which treatment for you depending on your health, skin and lifestyle factors.
Roslyn says: “Invest in your skin as you wear it every day.” She also compares skin fitness to your body’s fitness and that both need to be done regularly for positive results.
Monique says: “Roslyn is like a secret beauty professional to the stars, you can sneak in to her Lane Cove salon unnoticed and experience the most amazing session in her ever so capable hands. She has been in the industry for years, teaches yoga, doesn’t drink or eat junk food, looks about 25 years old and can read people so easily it is a little spooky. She is a great example of what looking after your skin, your body and your soul can do for you.
“I was green with envy but not enough to give up my love of champers! I did willingly let her recommend the LED and Sonophoresis for me and left glowing and relaxing like I had just had a long nap in the sun. Can’t wait for my next visit!”
What is Photonlite LED?
Phototherapy is a non-invasive therapy whereby light of specific wavelengths is delivered to the skin to stimulate and activate cellular processes deep within the skin layers. This kind of therapy is completely safe and does not produce a thermal reaction in the skin which makes this a comfortable treatment for your customers.
The LED therapy is best for toning and firming skin, reducing fine lines and wrinkles and collagen stimulation. The Photonlite uses LED technology to produce a range of light wavelengths to aid in many treatment applications. Being the latest in LED technology, the Photonlite is able to provide not just monochromatic treatments (one colour), it has polychromatic programs using a variety of colours to attain additional therapeutic benefits. There are 3000 powerful light emitting diodes (LEDs) on the Photonlite and this allows a greater surface area to be treated effectively.
Phototherapy has had much success as a stand alone treatment and as a complementary treatment for the following conditions: Reducing fine lines, wrinkles and crows feet, firms and tones the skin, reduces photo aging and sun damage, increases circulation, stimulates and regenerates collagen and elastin, aids in wound healing and scar prevention, kills P-acne bacteria, gentle skin rejuvenation, reduces melanin production and collagen stimulation.
Treatments last 20 minutes and a course of 8-12 sessions is recommended (twice a week) for optimum results. $95 per session or 5 for $380 (1 treatment free) with Roslyn at Body By Design.
What is Sonophoresis?
Ultraceuticals Vitamin Infusion Sonophoresis is a great booster for hydration, is non invasive and improves skin tone, texture and overall clarity of your skin.
Sonophoresis occurs because ultrasound waves stimulate micro-vibrations within the skin epidermis and increase the overall kinetic energy of molecules making up topical agents.
How Ultraceuticals Sonophoresis works
It allows for deep penetration of active ingredients for longer lasting results. Ultraceuticals Sonophoresis Skin Workouts allow for intense transdermal penetration of active ingredients to improve the skin’s overall appearance.
The skin is very effective at providing a barrier to external compounds, primarily through lipids (oils) between skin cells. Disruption of the lipid barrier by ultrasound vibration helps in transdermal delivery. In a short period of time the skin can receive much more than is possible without this method. Low frequency sonophoresis infuses Vitamin C and A into the skin by momentarily creating little spaces in the skin, allowing a greater penetration of applied product. The deep vitamin infusion assists in lightening abnormal skin pigmentation and helps promote the production of collagen, which smoothes the skin and diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Benefits of Sonophoresis
Increased skin suppleness and glow, skin appearance rapidly improves, quick results for healthier skin, revitalises skin’s appearance and stimulates new cell growth, excellent companion treatment following peel or microdermabrasion and most importantly no down time and very, visible results.
Hope that helps explain some of the jargon around beauty treatments for you.
There’s no denying how cute dimples are when you smile, but dimples that appear on your other cheeks is one that most women and men would like to change. The dimple-like appearance that finds a home on your hips, thighs and buttocks – known as cellulite – is one of the biggest body complaints among women.
A cosmetic condition that affects nearly 90% of women and 10% of men, cellulite can affect all body shapes and sizes in men and women of all ages. Whilst not everything has been proven, there’s many factors said to influence the on-set of cellulite from hormonal issues to genetics. Whilst the condition is known to men too, it’s much more common in women due to the lack of strength in the tissue fat (septae) compared to that of men.
With so many myths surrounding the treatment of cellulite, women and men question all over what will really work for them. Here’s a few to get you started:
1. Cellulite is just regular fat
When it comes to treating cellulite, one of the biggest myths people believe is that cellulite is just regular fat. Women and men attempt dramatic dieting to rid the dreaded dimples and wonder why it’s not working. Whilst cellulite does indeed involve fat, it’s not that extra weight we immediately think of. Cellulite is a type of fat that accumulates in small sections just below the skin which cause the skin to appear dimpled.
Because it’s not the standard fat around you stomach and thighs, it goes without saying that cellulite can occur on anyone. You can be super skinny and still suffer from the cosmetic condition, or you can be a regular weight or obese. That being said, its important drastic diet measures should not be taken to try rid cellulite.
What you can do instead: Maintain a healthy weight and a healthy diet. Whilst this will by no means cure cellulite, a healthier lifestyle will minimise the chance of your body fat converting to cellulite fat.
2. Cellulite can be cured by miracle creams
Contrary to popular belief, applying creams and other body lotions that claim to make cellulite disappear won’t help either. The problem with cellulite is below the skin’s surface to using over-the-counter treatments that get applied to the outside of your skin aren’t going to do the trick.
The reason these creams are promoted as cellulite saving solutions is because of the caffeine they contain in them. Caffeine can be a useful ingredient to temporarily tighten the skin and consequently, it can give the impression it will work. Unfortunately though, this really is just a temporary solution and doesn’t tackle the underlying problem.
What you can do instead: Opt for an in-salon treatment known as mesotherapy. This process requires the use of vitamin and plant extract injections which assist in improving your body’s circulation and metabolism. Alternatively, the non-invasive Velasmooth is the newest laser treatment out and works by ‘smoothing out’ the cellulite by radio frequency and a vacuum suction which helps to break down the far cells under your skin.
3. Liposuction is an ideal treatment for cellulite
Whilst liposuction can be a good treatment for some conditions relating to the build-up of fat in your body, it’s not ideal for cellulite. It’s not uncommon for both women and men to consider liposuction to remove cellulite as a quick and easy fix, but it can end up causing your condition to be much worse.
This myth goes hand-in-hand with “if I lose weight, I’ll be less likely to get cellulite”. But, if all women and men in any shape can get cellulite, losing weight is not going to fix things. Lipo is a process that enables you to lose weight very quickly – and it’s this fast unnatural weight loss that’ll cause your skin to sag and your cellulite to appear more obvious.
What you can do instead: Another in-salon ‘smoothing out’ treatment that’s beneficial for cellulite is Endermologie Lipomassage. Based on a French method that focuses on massage, the idea behind this treatment is to deliver a serious deep-tissue massage. By massaging deep into the skin, Endermologie helps to boost circulation, drain excess fluid, firm the skin and re-sculpt your figure to smooth out the cellulite. This treatment is effective for both women and men that may struggle with a slow and steady weight loss, is non-surgical and FDA approved.
4. Cellulite cannot be cured with exercise
There’s a lot of talk going around that exercise won’t cure cellulite… and in that sense, it’s right. While exercise will not cure cellulite, leading a healthy and active lifestyle will help to eliminate the chance. Specific exercises like weight training will help tone your body and define your mussels resulting in smoother skin.
As with any healthy lifestyle plan, excessive drinking, caffeine intake and smoking doesn’t do any favours for your body so should be kept to a minimum. Foods that are process or high in artificial flavours are all liable to contribute to that dreaded dimple cellulite skin too.
What you can do instead: Maintain a healthy lifestyle by giving your body adequate rest and watching what you put into it. No exercise and diet alone can cure cellulite, but giving your body the best chance it has to fight against excess fat is ideal.
5. Tanning doesn’t hide cellulite
Summer-bronzed skin may look attractive, but unfortunately it’s not going to hide your cellulite. Women often apply fake tan to mask that orange-peel appearance of cellulite, but it can cause the texture of your skin to look worse as the golden colour fades.
For those that hope getting a good dose of vitamin c by baking outside in the sun will eliminate cellulite, it’s not going to work either. The sun’s UV rays are harmful to your skin with and without cellulite and can contribute to your skin thinning out, resulting in a more prominent condition of cellulite.
What you can do instead: It doesn’t mean to say though, you need to avoid the sun altogether – just be smart. Applying adequate sunscreen to your body and cellulite prone areas will help to protect your skin from the UV rays.
By Jemma Stergiou, the owner and director of Keturah Day Spa Group, a leading provider of massages and Endermologie treatments in Perth, WA. Keturah also own the only Integral Endermologie machine in Perth! Connect with Jemma on Google+
While we all love saving some money here and there by doing our own nails, face masks and even applying self tanner, there are some treatments which should be left to the professionals. Even though you may have to fork out the cash – experts in the field have both the experience and the resources to take care of any good (or bad) situation which may arise.
Gel nail polish
Who has the time to spend at home using gel nail polish? A home treatment won’t ever be as good as the one administered by a professional, while you get to sit back and enjoy yourself! If you want to give yourself a manicure at home, definitely stick to traditional fast-drying nail polish formulas.
If you haven’t admitted to cutting your own split ends, then you’re just lying to yourself! Removing those tiny split ends is one thing – but giving yourself a remarkable new haircut is another. Hair will most likely turn out crooked, damaged, and just plain bad!
This process usually involves using a harsh bleaching agent to remove any unwanted colours from the roots and strands of your hair. Although, this is one treatment I do admit to resorting to just once in my life. My naturally blonde hair had been coloured a warm chestnut brown, but as the colour started to fade I wanted to revert back to my blonde roots.
With a little help, I managed to strip the colour (successfully!), then headed to the hairdresser a few weeks later for a professional transition to blonde locks – which was the master plan. Even though this at-home treatment worked for me, I wouldn’t suggest it since it burns your scalp and can really damage the ends of your hair.
In fact, don’t touch your eyebrows at all! Plucking a few strands here and there won’t do any longterm damage, just avoid over-plucking since this could completely stunt hair growth altogether. Eyebrows are extremely difficult to master, especially if you don’t know the type of shape which suits your face.
No, no, no! There is absolutely no excuse for doing your own chemical peel at home – especially if you have a very important event in the next few days. There are many risks associated with this procedure such as allergic reactions, scarring and even burns to your entire face.
Images via Kristin Scarfone, The Preppy Leopard, Tonio Lindsey, Anna Saccone, The B Word
Non-surgical facial rejuvenation technologies have ramped up several notches with the introduction of Infini, and a clinical study claiming it is up to 49 percent as effective as a surgical facelift.
As little as 10 years ago the answer to sagging facial contours and wrinkled, lax skin was a choice between the scalpel or ageing graciously. Then non-surgical rejuvenation technologies came along and revolutionised the face of ageing.
Devices harnessing energy sources such as light (laser), radiofrequency and ultrasound allowed consumers to achieve a firmer, younger-looking appearance without the invasiveness of surgery, its expense and the healing downtime involved.
This, in turn, allowed them to prolong the need for cosmetic plastic surgery (if that was ever on their radar) or avoid it altogether.
Now non-surgical facial rejuvenation has ramped up several notches with Infini, a treatment described as “3D Micro-Needling Fractional Radio Frequency (MFR)”.
A clinical study conducted among 499 participants in five countries showed that Infini could be up to 49 percent as effective as a surgical facelift.
When asked to trial Infini at cosmetic plastic surgeon Dr Darryl Hodgkinson’s Sydney clinic (the first in Australia with the technology), I wasn’t exactly skeptical but, as a specialist writer in cosmetic anti-ageing for more than five years (and with a great personal interest in subject for years prior to that), I have heard my share of extravagant product claims.
I have also had a number of non-surgical facial firming/rejuvenating treatments over the years. While they certainly made a difference, it was of the subtle kind that attracted comments from others like “you look well – have you been on holidays?” rather than seeing it for myself in the mirror. Because the improvements are gradual, over a period of 3-6 months as collagen in the dermis is regenerated, it’s hard to see these changes for yourself.
After the first session of Infini (two down, one to go), I began to notice distinct improvements within about two weeks. It wasn’t that I was staring in the mirror watching for results – it was catching random glimpses of myself in glass reflections (the latter are way worse than mirrors as they tend to exaggerate every groove and depression. Or maybe they just tell the plainer truth!).
The hollows under my eyes appeared less … well … hollow, my jawline seemed firmer and my mouth corners not so ☹. In the mirror my skin looked fresher. Llnes weren’t as pronounced around my eyes and pigmented patches were lighter. Overall my complexion looked and felt more hydrated and it absorbed product more effectively.
My skin is definitely improving all the time and I still have one session to go. I’m told I’ll see optimal results 3-6 months after my final treatment.
One not-so-great by-product is that the intensive process of cell renewal generated by Infini seems to have dislodged all the murky stuff that lay beneath and brought it to the surface. For about a month I was getting breakouts, particularly around my chin and lip area. I’m told this is a good thing and a sign Infini is doing its work. Thankfully the eruptions have now subsided but I delayed my final Infini treatment as a result.
So, what is Infini?
Non-surgical rejuvenation technologies using radiofrequency (RF) heat the dermis (the second of the skin’s three layers) to stimulate the production of new collagen and, so, renew and tighten the skin. Because RF doesn’t affect the epidermis (surface of the skin) there’s no way of telling what effect it is having underneath if the setting is too high – until it’s too late and the patient is burnt.
By using a “micro-needling” handpiece that creates fractional micro-holes in epidermis, higher levels of RF can be delivered to the dermis with more predictable results than RF used alone. Micro-needling is also well documented to generate production of new collagen in its own right.
This all means more dramatic results. It also meant my face was left beetroot red immediately after treatment, and it took up to a day for the red-pink blush to fully subside. But more of that in shortly…
What does an Infini treatment involve?
I was told there could be pain or discomfort, but I’ve heard that before. Yeah, yeah. yeah. I consider myself an aficionado of these treatments and, combined with extensive corrective dental work over the years, have a high pain threshold.
So maybe I was just too cocky. I won’t lie…it hurt. Quite a bit.
After two applications of numbing cream at 20-minute intervals, Hannah, my designated therapist, got down to biz. There were to be three “passes” over my face and upper neck of decreasing intensity. Hannah started on my forehead and worked down (with extra attention to the droopiest and most lined areas), along systematic lines. On each “line” there were up to five short, sharp pulses of micro-needles delivering RF.
Each pulse of the first “pass” jolted me and I asked for micro-breaks. The second pass was easier and by the third it was bearable. It was all over in about 30 minutes.
Redness is an oft-cited side effect of skin rejuvenation treatments. I’ve rarely suffered any but in this case it was no lie, either. My face was bright red (mainly the result of the micro-needling) but fortunately the clinic recommended Synergie Minerals’ Mineralwhip Antioxidant Cream Foundation as the ultimate post-procedure cover-up. Although light and silky, it covered the redness so no one could tell I’d had anything done. I went straight on to a meeting.
My skin was still a bit red, then pink for a day after each of my two sessions so far and felt somewhat dry and flaky for up to a week.
Is Infini for you?
Dr Hogdkinson says Infini is ideal for those concerned by moderate signs of facial drooping and skin laxity who aren’t ready for, or want to avoid cosmetic surgery.
“However, if a patient has passed a certain point, I will recommend they save their money for when they are ready to have a surgical rejuvenation procedure,” he says. “Otherwise they will be wasting their money and I don’t condone that.”
Although I found Infini … uncomfortable … I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it in light of the results I have achieved so far. No pain, no gain as the cliché goes.
I would, however, advise accepting the offer of a pre-procedure painkiller or sedative (in that event, make sure you have a lift organised home, or get a taxi)!
You don’t have to go the “whole hog”, either, as I did. Patients can have either the superficial RF or the micro-needling as individual treatments. This is ideal for younger patients and those who just want a subtle boost.
What anti-ageing treatments have you tried and loved (or hated!). Tell us in the comments!