Frequently asked questions about Microdermabrasion:

 

This advanced treatment removes the outermost layer of dry, dead skin cells, to reveal a fresher, younger-looking face. Over time, this repeated process stimulates the production of a new layer of skin cells, bringing with it an increased level of collagen and elastin, which further improves your skin’s appearance. Soul Care offers a new development that goes beyond micro-dermabrasion, combining diamond head exfoliation and solution infusion to deliver maximum results to any skin condition in half the time of any ordinary micro-dermabrasion.

 

microdermabrasion with infusion 35 mins $75

 

Crystal or Diamond MicrodermabrasionIf you could remove that outermost layer of dry, dead skin cells, you would see that just below the surface lies a fresher, younger-looking face. That’s exactly what microdermabrasion treatments can do for you. By gently, precisely exfoliating the surface of your skin over a course of weekly sessions, treatments whisk away years of buildup, revealing a more beautiful you.

Brighter, clearer and more evenly toned skin is waiting for you in as little as four to six treatments. Over time, this repeated process stimulates the production of a new layer of skin cells, bringing with it an increased level of collagen and elastin, which further improves your skin’s appearance.

Crystal microdermabrasion systems have been around for several years and the industry has made good use of the excellent work that they can do. However, in the last couple of  years we have seen an important step forward with the introduction of  diamond tipped treatment heads.

This process does two things, firstly it exfoliates the surface of the skin and, secondly, it stimulates the production of collagen, elastin and fibroblast (the underlying skins’ scaffolding). The aspiration (sucking) also draws blood to the surface of the skin giving a greater level of oxygenated blood in the dermis which automatically increases intercellular activity and the skins regeneration process.  Simple but extremely effective.

As we age, our production of collagen, elastin and fibroblast slows down,  but if we stimulate this production on a regular basis we will automatically have a stronger underlying substructure to the skin which will reduce the visible signs of ageing ie. lines and wrinkles.

Are diamonds really a girl’s best friend?

The answer is a simple yes, but let me explain why.

Conventional microdermabrasion systems fire a crystal or other particle at the skin, however with diamond heads the technician gently ‘strokes’ the skin with a clever, diamond-tipped treatment head.  The tip of this treatment head is encrusted with real diamonds and it is these diamonds which achieve the exfoliation of the skin.

Microdermabrasion is effective in reducing fine lines, “crow’s feet,” age spots and acne scars. It stimulates the production of skin cells and collagen. It has proven to be a very popular nonsurgical cosmetic procedure;

What are the Benefits:

  • Virtually no side effects.
  • Gives the skin an overall fresh, healthy-looking glow.
  • Nonsurgical, safe, effective “lunch hour” procedure.
  • Effective on all skin colors and types.
  • No anesthetic required.
  • Excellent for skin sensitive to chemical procedures.
  • Normal activities can be resumed immediately.

Other Considerations:

  • Requires multiple sessions and maintenance treatments.
  • Patients with good skin tone will show best results.
  • An individualized skin care program may be recommended to maximize results.

What Is Microdermabrasion?


Microdermabrasion is a mini procedure that involves the removal of the stratum corneum (top) layer of the skin; dead skin cells.  Microdermabrasion also promotes the production of new cells in the basal (deepest) layer of the dermis.  It can clean your pores incredibly and hinder any future breaks outs if used on a regular basis.  Microdermabrasion also stimulates collagen net working to further even out skin texture and appearance.

Are You a Candidate For Microdermabrasion?

The best candidates for microdermabrasion are individuals with acne prone and blotchy skin, small scars, rhytides, keratoses, large pores, milia, or sebaceous hyperplasia.  If you have sun damage or uneven texture and would like to improve the condition of your skin, you may be a good candidate for Microdermabrasion.

Microdermabrasion is not recommended for those who have active keloids, undiagnosed lesions, recent herpes outbreaks, warts, active, weeping acne (stages 3 to 4), active rosacea, unstable diabetes or auto-immune system disorders.

Does Microdermabrasion Hurt?

Microdermabrasion does not hurt although it may sting a little around the eye area.  The patient normally works up to a level as they go to increase the penetration to the skin.  Your skin may feel a little hot and appear a little pink for the first day.

You should be perfectly fine that night.  Although really intense micro- dermabrasion treatments may leave you pink for several days.

What to Expect

During a Treatment?

People have attributed the sensation of a microdermabrasion treatment to a slight windburn. Although depending upon the level that you wish to reach the discomfort is usually quite minimal, if at all.  The treatments typically last 20 to 30 minutes for the face, if your treatment includes the neck and upper chest area, it may last up to an hour.

A normal course of microdermabrasion treatments varies between 4 to 8 at approximately 3-4 week intervals.  It is recommended that you schedule an additional treatment every 1 to 3 months to maintain your skin in excellent condition.  Most people actually feel and see a difference just after one or two treatments but schedule additional treatments to increase this improvement.

After The Treatment?

A rehydrating toner, moisturiser and sunscreen is applied to your skin prior to leaving.

Some redness is expected after a treatment, however this is not likely to persist more than a few hours.  The sensation of having a mild windburn or sunburn will also pass after a few hours.  Applying a high quality moisturizer to re-hydrate the skin at this point will help.

Avoid direct sun exposure for 7 days after a treatment. We do stress the importance of using a high quality sun protectant product as well as minimizing sun exposure.  Exposure to UV radiation is one of the key factors in speeding the skin aging process.

Avoid Alpha-Hydroxy Acid, Glycolic Acid products and skin exfoliation scrubs for 72 hours both before and after a treatment.

Avoid full face make-up, i.e. liquid foundations or pressed powder foundations for 24 hours after a treatment.  Eye make-up, lipstick etc. may be applied immediately after a treatment.

What Results Are Gained From Microdermabrasion?


Your skin will feel vibrant and healthy and you will notice an immediate difference in your softer, smoother skin.  There is virtually no recovery time, no discomfort and you can return to work immediately.

A series of microdermabrasion treatments can help reduce the look of fine lines and superficial wrinkles, remove thickened skin areas due to the impact of environmental factors and reduce the appearance of blemishes caused by sun damage.  Additionally, microdermabrasion can reduce the appearance of open pores by unclogging sebum (oil) build-up and eliminate white and black heads.

What Can’t Microdermabrasion Do?


Please be advised, raised or deeply pitted skin areas (possibly from old severe acne scars) and darker pigmented areas will require multiple treatments.  I must advise that while Microdermabrasion does is not the cure all for heavily damaged skin, it is a non invasive technique for those of you who do not need a serious laser or chemical peel treatment.

How Much Does Microdermabrasion Cost?


A single microdermabrasion treatment costs NZ$75.00 or $300.00 for 6 treatments.

When should I avoid Microdermabrasion?

 

You should NOT have a microdermabrasion treatment on the affected area if you have the following:

  • Undiagnosed lesions
  • Recent herpes outbreaks
  • Warts
  • Active, weeping acne (stages 3-4)
  • Active Rosacea
  • Unstable diabetes
  • Auto-immune system disorders
  • Some patients hyperpigment post-treatment. Lower pressures are used on follow-up treatments for these individuals.
  • Using Retin A religiously or just had a chemical peel
  • recently had laser surgery

*source for the immediate above, Medscape Medical Journal (1999) and additional media

IMPROVE SKIN TEXTURE, LINES AND WRINKLES AND SCARRING

Increase your collagen production, improve texture, reduce fine lines and scarring by stimulating collagen production.

$85 or purchase 3 treatments for $210

Micro Needling uses the latest technology Needle System which delivers tailored serum deep into the dermis.

The treatment uses micro needles at varying lengths to penetrate skin, triggering our body’s own wound healing response. When our skin is damaged, it produces collagen tissue, which is stronger, and firmer than before. Downtime is relatively short. Over a course of treatments collagen fibres are strengthened and the skin becomes stronger, smoother, and firmer, with improved texture.

AFTER A COURSE OF TREATMENTS, YOU CAN EXPECT:  

  • Improved skin texture
  • Restored elasticity
  • Softer lines
  • Increased skin tightness
  • Reduced appearance of scarring

Pigment Punch™ Professional Clarity Peel

Brown spots, hormonal marks and other skin discolorations not only spoil your looks but age you beyond your years. Now there is the Pigment Punch™ Clarity peel. A truly remarkable and unique breakthrough clinical treatment to rapidly clear away the

appearance of those unsightly marks and visibly restore clarity to your complexion so that it appears to glow from within. The Pigment Punch™ Clarity Peel combines the powerful skin renewal and clarifying action of clinical strength beta hydroxy acid to lift

away the accumulated layers of dull, discolored cells, plus the remarkable skin whitening action of optically pure vitamin C and Tyrostat™, an organic herbal compound aka Rumex Occidentalis from the North Canadian prairies.

Post Treatment

  1. No additional products on skin for at least 3 hours.
  2. No Exfol L 15™, Retinol Brulee™ or other preparations containing AHA’s, BHA’s,

Retinoids or exfoliants for at least 72 hours. All other “non – exfoliative” home care

products may be resumed 24 hours post peel.

  1. Envirostat™ to be applied religiously every day and strict sun avoidance advised

during the course of peels and for at least 28 days after the final peel treatment.

  1. Red-less 21™ is strongly recommended to maintain dermal comfort and may be

applied as often as required. Note: Red-less 21™ is “non comedogenic”.

Benefits:

  • Diminish the visible appearance of age spots and pigmentation
  • Brighten the complexion
  • Calm and tone down the look of facial redness
  • Remarkable non-irritating botanical for clearer, even-toned skin

Conditions:

  • Age / liver spots
  • Brown pigmentation spots
  • Freckles
  • Melasma / hormonal marks
  • Blotchy uneven skin tones
  • Red and brown post acne scars

Size: Retail 30 ml

Home Care:

Pigment Punch™ 30ml to compliment this treatment

Even Skin Serum

This is a “naturally” lighter & brighter future for your complexion.

Age spots, brown spots, freckles, hormonal marks, blotchy uneven skin tones, red, brown acne scars… lets face it, these unsightly blemishes add years to your appearance, ruin your complexion and can really destroy your confidence.

Tyrostat™, a breakthrough discovery from one of Europe’s leading biotechnology companies, can clarify and brighten the appearance of age spots and discolourations with even greater efficiency than the dangerous chemical alternatives and without the burning, irritation and trauma.

(also available : L-lactic peels & Pumpkin peels)

THE GOLD STANDARD IN ANTI-AGEING

EMPTY PROMISES OR REAL RESULTS…

                                                                       NOW YOU HAVE A CHOICE

Since 1984, The word “Retinol” has been synonymous with clear, healthy, youthful looking skin. No other ingredient in the history of skin care has undergone such rigorous clinical studies in order to prove its worthiness as the “gold standard” in anti-ageing skin care.

Retinol Brulee™ Medical Strength Anabolic Skin Resurfacing Treatment

Already addicted to Retinol Brulee™ and want to take things that step further? Then you will adore our professionally administered Retinol Brulee™ professional anabolic resurfacing treatment. Fine lines, wrinkles, dull, rough and lacklustre skin texture, visible

pores, minor discolouration and muddy complexion or time damaged skin cannot but surrender to this powerful rehab program that synergizes ultra pure encapsulated bio active Retinol, milk derived L Lactic Acid, and botanical calmatives that work in tandem

to deliver the most spectacular anti-ageing and skin refining results in record time.

Post Treatment

  1. No additional products on skin till the following morning.
  2. No Exfol L 15™, Retinol Brulee™ or other preparations containing AHA’s, BHA’s, Retinoids or exfoliants for at least 72 hours. All other “non – exfoliative” home care products may be resumed 24 hours post peel.
  3. Envirostat™ to be applied religiously every day and strict sun avoidance advised during the course of peels and for at least 28 days after the final peel treatment.
  4. Red-less 21™ is strongly recommended to maintain dermal comfort and may be applied as often as required. Note: Red-less 21™ is “non comedogenic”.

Home care:

What can you expect from effective Retinol therapy? A correctly formulated Retinol product and note that we say “correctly formulated” can have a profound impact on just about every conceivable sign of ageing that you care to mention. Clinical studies amassed have shown that Retinol can dramatically smooth away the look of fine lines, plump out the appearance of deeper wrinkles, promote a more elastic, firmer skin texture, clarify the appearance of mottled pigmentation and discolourations, retexturise and refine the skins surface, shrink the look of pores, discourage the appearance of imperfections, regulate the appearance of excessively oily skin, restore a healthy glow to a sallow devitalised complexion, eliminate dry, rough patches—the list of benefits is  endless.

Retinol Brulee™ 30ml promises to deliver the results you want day after day, week after week, month after month. Right to the very last drop. To guarantee effectiveness, Retinol Brulee™ uses only the 100% pure bioactive Retinol in the highest allowable concentration – any higher and you would actually require a prescription!

(also available : L-lactic peels & Pumpkin peels)

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Have the confidence to wear what you want and do what you want with the magic of IPL laser hair removal and skin rejuvenation.

  • Throw out that razor and those expensive skin creams.
  • The cutting edge Elora machine combines the best IPL technology for the best possible results.
  • Your treatment includes a thorough consultation with patch testing performed in all areas on each visit for your comfort and safety.
  • Soul Care is a member of The Beauty Therapy Association and a certified IPL therapist.
  • You can look forward to six months of hassle-free hair removal.
  • Small, medium or large, there are options to cover every area of the body.
  • Each visit includes a professional consultation to make sure you receive the best treatment for your hair and skin type.
  • The IPL machine can be adjusted to suit your skin’s sensitivity so there’ll be minimal irritation.

What can be treated with IPL (intense pulse light)?

Permanent Hair Reduction

What is IPL (intense pulse light) Hair Removal system?
IPL Hair Removal System is a non-invasive light therapy device that uses Intense Pulsed Light, specifically designed to reduce undesired dark hair from all parts of the body.

How does IPL (intense pulse light) remove hair?
IPL uses intense pulsed light to remove hair and prevent hair regrowth. First, a cool gel and a hand held treatment unit are gently applied to the skin. Then in a flash, pulses of light safely penetrate the skin and disable hundreds of hair follicles simultaneously. The hair in the treated area falls out within a week or two. Because the hair follicles receive the light directly, the roots are burnt out. This means that they can no longer function correctly and therefore hair growth is stopped. Hair must be in the growth phase (anagen) which accounts for about 20% at any time, thus multiple treatments are required.

Can all hair, hair colours, skin colours and parts of the body be treated?

The system’s unique design offers you customised treatment, according to your hair and skin colour, texture and location on the body including the chin, upper lip, cheeks, legs, arms, under arms, and back – as well as sensitive areas like the nose, chest, breasts and bikini. Blond, grey and white hair cannot be treated. Most skin colours can safely be treated except if there is too much melanin present. Remember that none of these treatments are permanent i.e. Hormones can promote hair growth later on in life, long periods in the sun will cause pigment to reappear and a lot of Red Vein is due to genetics. Redness and Rosacea can be treated effectively in most cases. Several treatments may be necessary to determine the effectiveness for you.

What is IPL (intense pulse light) treatment like?
When a pulse of light is delivered, it appears similar to a camera flash. You may feel a mild sting or pinch, similar to the snap of a rubber band. This soon disappears, and no local anaesthesia or pain medication is required. Following treatment, ice packs may be applied to soothe skin and reduce any discomfort. Your eyes are protected at all times by glasses.

How many treatments are required?
This varies depending upon your hair colour and the location on the body. Several treatments will be needed to cover the hair cycle, although treatment is fast – approximately 2 minutes to treat an upper lip. This will be explained in more detail during your free consultation. Wait approximately 6-8 weeks to allow the next cycle of hair to grow through.

Are there any side effects?
You may experience some short-term side effects. These may include slight reddening of the skin or local swelling which goes down within a few hours. It is rare to develop scarring as the light energy will be selectively absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle, leaving the skin unharmed. However, patients with dark skin may develop temporary patches of paler skin. In rare instances there may be some blistering. If you can tolerate waxing you should be fine with IPL.

What is my skin type?

How does your skin respond to the sun?

Type I Always burn, never tan

Type II Always burn, sometimes tan

Type III Sometimes burn, always tan

Type IV Never burn, always tan (Maori/Pacific Island)

Type V Moderately pigmented (Maori/Pacific Island)

Type VI Black (African)

Are there any restrictions on my activity after treatment?
You can return to work the same day. Strictly no exposure of the treated area to UV sunlight or sunbeds during your treatment – a total sunblock should be worn daily.

Who are candidates for treatment?
Most people can be treated with IPL Hair Removal System, your suitability will be discussed during your consultation. If there is any doubt your doctor or dermatologist will be consulted.

How does IPL compare with other hair removal methods?
Electrolysis is a tedious, invasive and painful process which involves inserting needles into each hair follicle and delivering an electrical charge to destroy them one at a time. Electrolysis often requires years of treatment at regular intervals.
IPL non-invasively treats hundreds of hair follicles simultaneously. So in a few minutes, IPL can effectively treat an area which would take over an hour to treat with electrolysis.

How is IPL (Intense pulse light) different from lasers?

Firstly, it is much, much safer. The special filters used protect your skin at all times, targeting only the hairs. Secondly, innovative technology allows customised treatment specifically for your hair and skin colour, texture and body location. This flexible approach to treatment cannot be achieved with any laser or non-invasive method currently available. Thirdly, IPL is FDA Approved.

What do I do before the treatment?

In order to just treat the hair root, it is advisable to shave or clip the hair to 1-2mm in length before the treatment. If you wish to shave the area at home, this may be done 1 week before coming in for a treatment. Do not pluck or wax 6-8 weeks prior to the treatment.

What do I do after the treatment?

We advise using ice compress for 10-20 minutes at a time after a treatment. Makeup may be worn after the treatment, providing there is no cracking or scaling of the skin. If any broken skin, weeping or blistering occurs please contact the clinic, where we may recommend you obtain a prescription of anti-biotic ointment.

It is advisable to use a high factor sunscreen e.g. SPF30, and protect the treated area from exposure to sunlight for 1 month following treatment. Tanning after treatment may enhance melanin regulation, which may result in hyperpigmentation. Aloe vera cream may be applied regularly.

Avoid vigorous exercise, sauna, steam, spa for 48 hours.

Avoid the use of the following products: Glycolic peels, AHA’s, high vitamin A creams, exfoliants, depilatory creams, highly fragranced products, photosensitive medications.

How do I manage hair growth between treatments?

Shaving and cutting is great and will not affect the strength of the hair, or make it grow thicker. Waxing and tweezing will stimulate growth in the hair and must stop. Epiladys, cream depilatories and threading are also discouraged.

Is this suitable for me?

 

We CAN NOT treat you if you:

 

Have tanned skin

For your safety it is very important that you have been out of the sun for a least 3 weeks

For your safety it is very important that you have been out of the sun for a least 3 weeks

Use Light sensitizing medication

You will be asked to review a medication list. We may ask you to check with your doctor before treatment if you are using medication from the list.

Fragile and dry skin (from the use of roaccutane)

IPL is not recommended until at least 6 months after you have finished taking roaccutane and 4 weeks after topical retinoic acid.

Diseases stimulated by light

Such as Lupus and Epilepsy. The flashing light can trigger a seizure in some epileptic sufferers.

Pregnant

Treatment should be postponed.