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1Am I a good candidate?
Good candidates have noticeable bulges in certain areas they’d like to get rid of. The CoolSculpting fat reduction procedure is specifically designed for those who have unwanted fat that resists diet and exercise. Unlike gastric bypass surgery, the CoolSculpting procedure is not a weight loss solution for people who are obese. It is, however a non-surgical alternative to liposuction. Request a one-on-one consultation with us to determine if the CoolSculpting procedure is right for you.
2How much does the CoolSculpting procedure cost?
The price for CoolSculpting procedures varies depending on your areas of concern, the number of sessions needed, and your ultimate goals. We will help create a customized treatment plan, in person, that’s tailored to your body, your goals, and your budget.
3How long is each session? How many sessions will I need?
We will help you create an individualized treatment plan tailored to your specific goals. The length of your CoolSculpting session will vary depending on the number of areas being treated during one visit. We may schedule additional sessions in order to meet your goals.
4Where does the fat go? Are the results permanent?
Once the treated fat cells are crystallized (frozen), your body processes the fat and eliminates these dead cells. Once the treated fat cells are gone, they’re gone for good.
5What does it feel like?
As the cooling begins during the first few minutes, you will feel pressure and intense cold. This soon dissipates. Many people read, watch videos, work on their laptop, or even take a nap during their treatment.
6Is the CoolSculpting procedure safe?
The CoolSculpting procedure is FDA-cleared for the flank (love handles), abdomen, and thigh. With over one million CoolSculpting treatments performed worldwide, it is proven to be a safe and effective treatment for non-surgical fat reduction.
7Are there any side effects?
During the procedure you may experience deep pulling, tugging, pinching, numbness or discomfort. Following the procedure, typical side effects include temporary numbness, redness, swelling, bruising, firmness, tingling, stinging and pain. Rare side effects may also occur. The CoolSculpting procedure is not for everyone. You should not have the CoolSculpting procedure if you suffer from cryoglobulinemia or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria. The CoolSculpting procedure is not a treatment for obesity. As with any medical procedure, ask us if the CoolSculpting procedure is right for you.
8Can I return to normal activities after my treatment?
Yes, you can. The CoolSculpting procedure is completely non-surgical, so typically you can return to normal activities immediately. Often times, patients return to work after their CoolSculpting session is over.
9When will I see results?
You may start to see changes as quickly as three weeks after your treatment, and will experience the most dramatic results after two months. But your body will still flush out fat cells and continues doing so for up to four to six months after treatment.
10Do I need to take special supplements or follow a strict diet and exercise program?
No supplements or pills are required and you do not have to adopt new diet and exercise habits. Many patients feel more motivated to take care of themselves after their CoolSculpting treatment. It is as if they get a second lease on their body and want to start anew again by taking even better care of themselves.
11What happens if I gain weight down the road?
Many people, after seeing the results from their CoolSculpting procedure, take even better care of themselves. However, if you do gain weight, you may gain it evenly all over your body, not just in the treated areas.1
1Why is the peel better than laser treatments?
Any laser or IPL requires multiple sessions to achieve what the Vi Peel achieves in one session, with much less discomfort and expense.
2How would the VI Peel compare to the Obagi Blue Peel or a TCA Peel?
The VI peel is almost painless, and requires none of the skin pre conditioning required by those peels when used on skin types 4 to 6. In addition, the VI peel has very few of the complications and hazards that usually come with those peels.
3How many peels can you do and how far apart should they be done?
For most patients, peels should be done three to four times a year starting at puberty to repair sun damage that is already present, and to avoid permanent scarring for those affected by acne. The frequency of the peel depends on various factors, and will be determined by your doctor. For extremely damaged skin, the VI Peel can initially be done once a month to get quicker desired results.
4How is the Vi Peel different from other peels?
Without exception, obsolete peels of the past epitomize the "No pain, no gain" approach to skin care. Before the Vi Peel the deeper the peel, the more painful, the more downtime, the better the results. The VI Peel is the first peel to combine the strongest and most effective acids, yet it's virtually painless with little downtime.
5How many treatments are required to show an improved look?
A single Vi Peel will achieve significant repair and add a healthy glow to the skin. Some conditions like acne scars, pore enlargement and hyper pigmentation might require multiple applications. It is a restorative and painless repair of damaged skin, including sun damage and acne. Best of all, it is a true aging preventative for younger skin with no visible damage.
6Will results be long lasting?
Like everything else in life, skin needs maintenance. The Vi Peel's results will last as long as skin is maintained with the Vi Derm Skin Care Line. The VI Peel should be performed three to four times per year.
7What types of skin respond well to the Vi Peel?
The many innovations that created the Vi Peel combine to allow ALL skin types to enjoy the benefits of the peel. For the first time, African-American and darker skin types such as Asian and Latin patients can experience anti-aging and restorative skin repair previously unavailable.
1What is dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is a quick, noninvasive, painless procedure in which surface dead skin cells are manually scraped away with a surgical blade. Dermaplaning requires absolutely no recovery time. It increases cellular turnover, smooths, and softens skin and provides immediate results.
2What does dermaplaning do for the skin?
The procedure removes layers of dead skin and “peach fuzz” or vellus hair from the face. It removes barriers from the skin so that products can penetrate deeper making them more effective. Dermaplaning can be repeated every 30 days or as needed.
3Who is ideal for this treatment?
All skin types will benefit from this removal of the top layer dead skin cells. Mostly skin types that are: oily, sun damaged, hyperpigmentation, acne prone skin, bothersome facial hair and large pores.
4How long is the treatment?
Your dermaplaning treatment will last 30-45 minutes depending if you are combining other services such as a chemical peel. After the treatment, special clinical products are applied and designed to brighten, hydrate and protect your skin from UV damage.
1What does it feel like?
With a numbed face, the treatment feels like little more than light pressure to the face, with an occasional, light sparking feeling.
2How do I determine the right treatment for me?
It’s important to work with a trusted doctor who uses FDA-cleared devices to give you confidence in its safety and reliability. Seek a patient experience that has been designed to be the most comfortable experience with the greatest results. Be clear that the device used is only part of the process, the right serums and recovery system will enhance your results.
3Does it hurt?
Our Personalized Compounded Numbing Cream, the best numbing cream available, is applied 30 to 45 minutes prior to the treatment to ensure a comfortable patient experience throughout the treatment. Many testimonials from patients say they found the treatment to be in a range of comfortable to virtually pain-free. The Vivace was designed with patient comfort in mind.
4What is RF?
Radio frequency provides heat that stimulates collagen production which has been found to lead to tighter, younger-looking skin. Combined with state-of-the-art microneedling, patients have experienced optimal results.
5How many treatments do I need?
Many physicians find three treatments, spaced four to six weeks apart, provide the experience patients are looking for. Single treatment protocols are available depending on experience desired.
6How long does it take?
The actual treatment takes about 45 minutes, with an additional 30 to 45 minutes needed for numbing.
1What is Plasma & Plasma Technology
In nature there are four states of matter – solids, liquids, gases and plasma. Matter only becomes plasma when enough energy is delivered to split the atoms into electrons and the output of this is a ‘plasma cloud’ of charged particles which consist of free radicals, positively charged ions and negatively charged electrons and molecules. Our device creates an electrical discharge between two electrodes which are separated by an ‘insulating dielectric barrier’. As the charge collects on the surface of our dielectric barrier, it discharges as a flash of plasma within millionths of a second. An intelligent combination of the design of our device and its continuous direct energy source ionises the nitrogen and oxygen in the air to create a plasma gas which is then both sustained and continuous in line with the unique fingertip control and on-demand nature of our Plasma Pen device. Although we are creating collisions between molecules and causing the emission of energetic photons, the energy required to do this is actually minimal so our device is (and only needs to be) low-voltage. The plasma we create with our device transfers to the skin with absolute precision and does not harm any of the surrounding tissue. The first and most immediate effect is delivered to the outer layer of the epidermis where we create external micro-trauma which helps immediately contract and tighten the skin. The next major effect is that the plasma simultaneously penetrates down into the fibroblasts which are contained deeper within the dermis below and, in doing so, we stimulate accelerated fibroblast division and migration, as well as encouraging neovascularisation – the natural formation of new blood vessels and the release of growth factors. These growth factors include fibroblast growth factors, platelet-derived endothelial growth factors and cytokines. Cytokines are small proteins that are very important in cell signaling and which affect the behavior of cells around them. They help modulate our immune response, they regulate cell maturation (aging) and quarterback the growth of new cells. They are particularly important in directing our bodies response to the inflammation trauma that we cause because they stimulate both cell repair and new cell reproduction. The inflammatory response which occurs during the healing process that we promote also activates what are known as “M2 Macrophages”. Macrophages are white blood cells which engulf and digest cellular debris, foreign substances, microbes, cancer cells, and indeed anything else without proteins that are good for healthy cells. M2 macrophages decrease the inflammation we cause and encourage tissue regeneration and repair. We also stimulate the migration of basal keratinocytes up to the surface of the skin. Wounds to the skin are repaired, in part, by the migration of keratinocytes from the basal layer of the skin which then fill-in the gaps created by the micro-wounds we create. Within the healed epidermis they are, in turn, replaced by keratinocytes that originate from the epidermis.
2I am on anticoagulants & my technician says I can't have treatment. Why?
Anticoagulants are medicines that help prevent blood clots. They’re usually given to people at a high risk of getting clots so as to reduce their chances of developing serious conditions such as strokes and heart attacks. Anticoagulant drugs (Warfarin for example but also Ivaroxaban/Xarelto, Dabigatran/Pradaxa, Apixaban/Eliquis, Edoxaban/Lixiana and others) are a major contraindication for us and your technicians insurer and people using them are NOT to be treated with Plasma Pen because they thin the blood (or rather they interrupt the process involved in the formation of blood clots so while they’re sometimes called “blood-thinning” medicines, they don’t actually make the blood thinner). Anyway, the healing of surgical and traumatic wounds – like the micro-traumas we cause with Plasma Pen – specifically and intentionally involves the clotting process, inflammation, cell proliferation and tissue remodeling. Anti-coagulants can slow and delay this healing process. Delayed healing of traumatic wounds can cause persistent bleeding, increased wound seepage and, in some cases, failed wound closure. Delayed wound healing can also lead to infection among other undesirable things. The principal drugs which can slow wound healing are cytotoxic antineoplastic and immunosuppressive agents, corticosteroids, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and anticoagulants. If in your consultation these drugs and contraindications come up then you cannot be treated with Plasma Pen and this is absolutely for your own benefit.
3What types of skin types can safely be treated with Plasma Pen?
On the Fitzpatrick Skin Type Scale (The Fitzpatrick Skin Type is a skin classification system developed in 1975 by Thomas Fitzpatrick, MD, of Harvard Medical School), only skin types I, II and III can safely be treated with Plasma Pen. Anything higher and you are risking hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation. Some providers claim to be able to treat any skin type. This is generally untrue or at the very least misleading and is usually only because they are perhaps selling medical grade devices to cosmetic surgeons (who are then able to self-prescribe and fix any damage that they do) and/or because the treatments they are performing are merely “spray” rejuvenation only (i.e. they are not targeting the dermis and are only working on the epidermis). The fact is that people with darker skins have melanocytes capable of making large amounts of melanin. When dark/black skin is injured (i.e. through the micro-trauma we create with Plasma Pen), these melanocytes can hyperpigment or hypopigment. This is because a combination of the inflammatory response and ultraviolet causes the inflammation to disrupt the basal cell layer. Melanin pigment is then released but subsequently it can become trapped by macrophages in the papillary layer. Once the wound healing has completed and the junction repaired then the melanin pigment granules can be caught within the dermal layer with no way of escape and this can cause pigmentation issues. We will come onto how to determine skin types below but if someone is a borderline III/IV skin type then there are possibly some things you can do (such as the client using tyrosinase inhibitors in advance – you can see a good article on those here). A client who has perhaps spent time in the sun recently may perhaps present as darker than their true skin type really is so, in these instances, you should at least delay their procedure and encourage them to stay out of the sun in the meantime so that their skin returns to a treatable type in the area you are performing treatment. However, like any important contraindication, if there is any doubt about a treatment then you should not treat and if there is clear Indian or African ancestry then the chances are probably high that you will not be able to treat safely. In terms of how to determine skin types then, firstly, you should buy an electronic skin type sensor from us. These are available for just £35+VAT and you can message us here to buy one. These should be used on the area being treated (after any make-up has been removed). This should give you an immediate and strong guide to their Skin Type.
4What is the LWI Silver Colloidal Gel With Aloe Vera?
Our branded Louise Walsh International Silver Colloidal Gel with Aloe Vera is an over the counter product that does not require a prescription. It is a transparent jelly that stays on the skin much longer than it would in liquid form. It is odorless, it does not stain and it is a powerful and natural anti-bacterial/anti-viral product where the two main active ingredients (colloidal silver and aloe vera) work in tandem to soothe inflamed skin and then heal it fast. This is why we now recommend it as part of the patient aftercare regime over dry healing. Aloe vera is known for its ability to regenerate cells, increase oxygen flow and stimulate fibroblasts which aid the production of collagen. It is a natural moisturizer and is a soothing and calming gel that promotes skin healing. This element of our ingredients is very important as the aloe vera leaf used contains over 75 nutrients, 20 minerals, 12 vitamins, 18 amino acids and around 200 active enzymes all of which provide tremendous benefits – most importantly the ability to speed up the recovery of skin wounds and underpin the stimulation of cellular growth and rejuvenation. The aloe vera in our colloidal gel also has a powerful antioxidant effect. Colloidal silver is basically nano-sized particles of pure silver which are suspended in highly purified water. Silver ions possess antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties and they help stimulate cell regeneration, promote healing and gently fight bacterial, viral and fungal conditions without any side effects. In our form, the gel is applied as a topical agent and is not to be ingested. Once applied and left to quickly dry then our Louise Walsh International Silver Colloidal Gel leaves a protective coating that’s designed to act as a barrier against infection. It helps speed up skin healing and these two primary active substances offer amazing skin protection benefits including tissue healing, anti-inflammatory properties, sun-protection, improved skin metabolism, increased moisture retention and also disinfectant properties. Our product is supplied in special airless pump tubes so as to prevent any cross-contamination and oxygenation. Technicians and clients can contact us here to order our Colloidal Silver Gel with Aloe Vera here until our web shop goes live.
5How long do Plasma Pen results last?
Plasma Pen delivers exceptionally long lasting results. From all observations, clinical trials and real world experience, about three years is normal. Once the skin is tightened, then it is actually permanent. However, your skin will still continue to age and this will happen at different rates based on genetics, lifestyle choices and free radicals so although we suggest treatment results will lasts for around 3 years, some clients will experience longer lasting results than others. Remember too that in addition to rejuvenation, we are actually helping repair the scaffolding of the skin with our fibroblasting to mitigate the aging process. If, for example, we treat your smokers’ lines and you then continue to smoke then results may possibly not be as long lasting compared to if you had stopped. If we make your eyelid hoods or bags disappear then that is also a permanent effect although, of course, they could potentially grow back in years to come.
6Is Plasma Pen treatment painful?
We don’t think so and especially not with our #1 device. For many, Plasma Pen is virtually a pain-free treatment and is often described as merely tingly. We see many clients fall asleep during their procedure. However, the treatment may be moderately uncomfortable depending on you and where you are being treated. Eyelid procedures (where the skin is at its thinnest) can be more painful for some people but our device, plasma delivery and super-fine probes allow our technicians to work very quickly and efficiently and this minimizes potential discomfort for you by design. Your technician will numb the area before treatment and sometimes during too, depending on the products they use and the regulations in this area. For treatments on large areas, technicians will typically “numb as they go” so that the numbing effects don’t wear off while they are still working. It’s all relative too – think how painful something like cosmetic surgery can be after a procedure when your anesthetic wears off.
1What Is Automated Micro-Needling?
Automated micro-needling is an innovation in aesthetics for the treatment of the appearance of fine lines, acne scars and the skin’s texture, tone and color. Eclipse MicroPen® is the most advanced medical-grade automated micro-needling device on the market. Look for an Eclipse MicroPen® professional in your area now.
2What Are The Benefits?
The benefits of micro-needling can included a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, younger-looking skin with fewer signs of aging. Eclipse MicroPen® may also has a positive effect on the appearance of hyper-pigmentation, hypo-pigmentation, acne scars, traumatic scars and stretch marks and generally creates a fresher appearance or glow to the skin.
3What Areas Of The Body Can be Treated?
Eclipse MicroPen® can be used on all parts of the body, including the: face, neck, décolleté, arms, hands, legs, abdomen and back.
4How Is The Procedure Done?
A sterile applicator containing 12 points is attached to the Eclipse MicroPen®. Your skincare professional will apply a thin layer of sterile saline to your skin and select the appropriate pen setting based on your unique needs. Next, in a single motion, the pen will be gently pressed against the skin while simultaneously gliding in one direction until the entire treatment area has been covered.
5What Does It Feel Like?
The feeling associated with the Eclipse MicroPen® is similar to light sandpaper being moved across the skin. While some areas are more sensitive than others, the speed of the reciprocating tip reduces discomfort while the applied hydrating gel also makes the treatment more tolerable.
6How Long Does The Procedure Take?
The procedure takes 15-30 minutes depending on the size of the area treated.
7What Is The Downtime?
Immediately after the treatment you will notice a bright redness to the skin. The total healing time depends on the Eclipse MicroPen® setting used and the number of overlapping passes your skincare professional performs. On average, patients are red up to 2 to 4 days. Many patients heal completely in as little as 24 hours. Utilizing the Eclipse Dermal Recovery System®, or other quality skincare products, provided by your skincare provider, can help to speed up the healing process.
8When Will I See The Results?
Patients notice an immediate “glow” to their skin. Visible changes to the skin develop over the course of several days and weeks. Results can continue to improve up to 6 months .
9How Many Treatments Will I Need?
Some patients only require a single treatment once per year to achieve optimal results. However, it is recommended for most patients to receive a series of 2-3 treatments spaced about 6-8 weeks apart. For patients with deep wrinkles, advanced photo-aging, stretch marks or acne scars it is recommended to receive 6-8 sessions at 6-week intervals.