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SKIN TIGHTENING

Currently treating:

  • Marionette Lines

  • Crows Feet

  • Forehead Wrinkles

  • Upper Eyelid Tightening

  • Neck

  • Other areas tbd
     

What is it?

This is a chemical-free and minimally invasive technique for stimulating collagen and elastin production. Collagen and elastin are what give our skin its texture, structure and appearance.  As we age, our production slows.  Lifestyle and skin care also play a role.

 

What areas can be treated?

  • Eyelids, upper and lower tightening and wrinkle reduction

  • Wrinkles (on face, neck or hands)

  • Neck Tightening

  • Bingo Wings (coming soon!)

Pre-treatment:

There are a few things you should do to prepare your for your treatments.  The following is a list of concerns and contraindications that must be avoided prior to your treatment.  Please make note and book your treatments appropriately:

 

  • 5 days before treatment, you must stop the use of all exfoliants (manual or chemical) and avoid using any harsh products (such as hair removers or grainy scrubs) on the treatment area.  This does include any night creams you use that have Retinol or other exfoliating acids.

  • No waxing the treatment areas 5 days prior (and 5-10 days after)

  • Avoid unprotected sun exposure (natural or artificial, i.e. tanning booth) 1 week prior to appointment; sun exposure makes skin much more sensitive to this treatment, can cause hyperpigmentation and increases sensitivity.  You will also want to avoid sun exposure 14 days after treatment, as your risk for hypergimentation is very high, and always use a non-chemical SPF 30+ while undergoing treatments.  Overexposure to the sun MUST be avoided as your risk of hypergimentation is high. Always use your SPF and cover up when outdoors to protect the areas of treatments from overexposure.

  • No laser treatments, chemical peels, microdermabrasion or other resurfacing treatments, in area to be treated within the last 4 weeks, and no sooner than 4 weeks after.

 

What is the cost?

$300 - $450+ per area, depends on size of area and time.

 

Medical/Health Concerns:

  • Currently taking blood thinners (can cause bruising to skin and heightened sensitivity), can proceed with Dr. note

  • Currently pregnant or breastfeeding.

  • If you have herpes simplex and/or are prone to cold sores; if so, please start your antiviral medication 1 week prior to treatment and follow with one week after

  • Undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatments, can proceed with Dr. note

  • Current or history of cancer, especially malignant melanoma or recurrent non-melanoma skin cancer, or pre-cancerous lesions or after recovery from cancer till off medication for 6 months and have Dr. approval prior to commencing treatment

  • If you are HIV positive or have AIDS; can proceed with Dr. note

  • If you suffer from photosensitivity

  • Prone to keloids and scarring at your own risk; we do not go very deep into the skin but again, this is an at your own risk treatment

  • Use of photosensitive medication, and/or herbs that may cause sensitivity to such as, tetracycline or St. John’s Wart

  • A history of heart disease (Angina, heart pacemaker, taking anti-coagulant drugs)

  • History of bleeding coagulopathies or use of anticoagulants

  • High or low blood pressure, can proceed with Dr. note

  • Liver disease and/or any medication that affects the liver function

  • Metal implants/plates or pins

  • Open wounds/ulcers/sores (on/near treatment area)

  • On regular prescription medication, can proceed with Dr. note

  • Pacemaker fitted

  • Phlebitis

  • Poor circulation (blood and lymph)

  • Recent scarring to treatment area 

  • Skin disorders, can proceed with Dr. note

  • Thrombosis

  • Thyroid disease or other hormonal disorders, can proceed with Dr. note

  • If your skin color is a Fitzpatrick 1 or a 5+

I want to note that cosmetics are to be avoided on treated area until crusts have fallen off, usually around day 7.
There are no exceptions to this!

After crusts has fallen off, please make sure you are using clean and sanitized cosmetics and brushes.
I recommend the following items: 

Cosmetic Sanitizer

 Brush Sanitizer

Treatment:

  • Your skin will be prepped (please skip wearing makeup to your appointment or you will be charged additional for makeup removal) with a gentle astringent to remove any residual facial oils to prime skin. 

  • Numbing cream will be applied to treatment areas, covered and allowed rest for approx. 15 min

  • We will begin treatment to the areas

  • You are now ready for the day: no downtime

  • You're skin will be red and or slightly swollen immediately or the next day, this will dissipate over the next 24-48 hrs.

Post-treatment:

What to expect after treatment

  • Many feel a slight burning sensation, this will soon reduce (within 24hrs for most) and anti-inflammatory/antihistamine medication can help if you are feeling especially sensitive.
    You may also use an ice pack for 10min at a time, always use with a cloth barrier, never apply directly to skin.  

  • I also strongly recommend doing lymphatic drain facial on yourself to help with swelling if we are treating your face (they eyes really tend to puff up); you can find videos on YouTube.

  • You may have some swelling, especially around the eyes which is the most sensitive area to treat. Swelling usually only lasts a few days. Ice packs can help reduce swelling. Always use a cloth barrier when using ice packs, never apply directly to skin and for no more than 10 min at a time.

  • Formation of brown/black crusts on the skin surface in the form of small dots. DO NOT PICK!  Must be allowed to fall off naturally or you risk scaring and hyperpigmentation. Crusts will fall off between days 3-8.  Remember that every person reacts and heals differently.

  • Keep treated area clean and dry and follow your aftercare to the letter!

  • Do not cover treated areas.

  • Contact your Dr. for treatment if the area becomes hot, red or weeping pus.

  • Your skin may be pink/red for several days after treatment.  It can also feel a little itchy as your skin rejuvenates...the itchiest tends to be pretty intense days 3-5 but DO NOT scratch!  Removing your dots can resulting in hyperpigmentation and or scarring.

  • Stay out of the sun for the first 14 days! One your dots have fallen off naturally, please use SPF daily of 30+ and cover up with wide brim hats, clothing, etc. and avoid overexposure to the sun (no sun bathing, water skiing, hiking, etc) the entire time you are undergoing treatments.  My recommendation is DRMTLGY Anti-aging Sunscreen but Amazon is full of great options.
    Your rejuvenating new skin will be much more sensitive to hyperpigmentation so following this after care is very important and vital!

  • Cosmetics are to be avoided on treated area until dot have fallen off, no exceptions!  

  • Absolutely do not pick at or scratch your skin or exfoliate it.  It may feel itchy as it heals, be gentle!

  • Avoid excessive sweating, swimming (in nature or a swimming pool), soaking, steaming the treatment areas (bathtub, hot tub, sauna, hot showers, etc) for 7 days or until dots have fallen off.

  • The skin will be sensitive after your treatment and I can't say this enough: treat it gently and stay out of the sun!  

  • No Botox, Collagen Injections or Dermal Fillers for 4 weeks after treatment

  • MEN: you cannot shave the treatment area until dots have fallen off naturally, this usually happens around day 7.

Results vary depending on skin type, aftercare, age, lifestyle, etc.  I cannot estimate how many treatments will be needed to reach your desired outcome or guarantee any outcome, nor do I make an guarantees that about how the treatment will work for you and your goals. I do recommend a min. of 2-4 treatments per area to see optimal benefits.  Treatments are done 4-6 weeks apart. 

Also, please remember that everyone reacts and heals differently.  You may experience all, none, or a few of the above mentioned.