Skin Tightening with AFFIRM

Posted on 29 Jun 2009 In: Skin Tightening

we are excited to offer our clients the latest advancements in Skin Tightening. With out surgery or injections this is a wonderful compliment to enhance skin tone. The Skin Tightening procedure heats up the deep dermis (subcutaneous) tissue well below the skin’s surface (epidermis). This allows for all skin types to be safely treated.

When combined with Genesis or IPL Photofacials we achieve the ultimate SKIN TIGHT SKIN BRIGHT
experience. For optimum results the Skin Tightening procedure is recommended in a series of 4-6 treatments and touch up treatments are expected as part of ongoing maintenance. Thermal heating of the deep tissue stimulate contraction of the water molecules and produces a protective response in the skin which stimulates healing and increased collagen and elastin production.

A laser produces a focused beam of highly concentrated light which is then absorbed by the melanin in the hair surrounding the hair follicle. The pigment in the follicle absorbs the laser energy and converts it into heat, which selectively damages and disables the hair follicle. The laser is pulsed for only a fraction of a second. The duration is determined in order to be effective on the hair follicle while leaving no damage to pores or skin structures. Some of the hair is shed immediately after treatment; the rest is shed over the next 2 to 3 weeks.

All hair grows in cycles that consists of three stages– theAnagen phase (active growth), Catagen phase (dormant growth) or Telogen phase (fall-out stage). Hair can only be permanently destroyed in the Anagen (active) phase when the hair follicle has an abundance of colour and is being fed by blood vessels. The heat generated from the laser light seals off the blood vessels to these active hairs. 50 – 85% of hair are in the active growth phase at one time.

Typically 25-35% of these hairs contain enough pigment to be permanently reduced. Hairs that survive will come back, usually weaker and finer in texture. The treatment program takes a phased approach to laser hair reduction to coincide with the Anagen phase of hair growth to maximize the effectiveness of each treatment.