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What does ‘3D’ refer to?
This procedure has three specific aims: fat reduction, skin tightening and cellulite reduction. The 3D Lipomed device has several functions, all of which are geared towards achieving these goals.
What is involved during the treatment?
Your aesthetician will first perform an in-depth consultation, and your medical history will be taken to ensure that there are no reasons why you shouldn’t have the treatment. The potential benefits and associated risks will be explained, and you will be asked to sign a consent form to show that you have understood. We will take measurements and photos before the start of your treatment. The procedure depends upon which component of the 3D-LipoMed treatment you are going to have done.
How does it work?
A full 3D Lipomed treatment incorporates several individual procedures, including cavitation (which uses ultrasonic waves to break down fat cells), cryolipolysis (which freezes fat cells without affecting other body cells), radio frequency (which serves to tighten the skin) and dermology (rolling the skin to reduce cellulite). These treatments are available individually or as part of a fat reducing, skin tightening and cellulite reduction programme.
What is Ultrasound Cavitation?
A natural phenomenon based on a low frequency ultrasound. The ultrasound produces a strong wave of pressure on fat cell membranes. The fat cell cannot withstand the pressure and therefore bursts and turns into a liquid, resulting in natural fat loss. We can only treat one of the stubborn areas at a time but it’s worth the wait! We recommend eight treatments at weekly intervals. Fat loss is visible cumulatively over this time if combined with a nutritional programme of eating sensibly and drinking two litres of water a day.
What is Cryolipolysis?
Controlled freezing for non-invasive local reduction of fat deposits. The exposure to cooling is set so that it causes fat cells to die at minus five degrees without damage to the overlying skin. As the body heats to a normal temperature, it flushes away the dead fat cells naturally. The results of this treatment are not immediate. The fat removal will take place over a period of several months.
How does Radio Frequency work to tighten the skin?
The Focus RF energy penetrates the skin layers to selectively heat the skin tissue. This heating causes an immediate contraction of collagen fibres and at the same time increases the production of new collagen, giving a firm, tight appearance to the area treated.
Are there any side effects?
There may be some bruising and possibly some mild discomfort directly after each treatment. Many clients have not experienced any side effects. This non-invasive approach to fat reduction comes with very few risks or side effects, especially when compared to traditional liposuction.
How long before I see some results?
Some clients may see a positive difference almost immediately. Ultimately, lifting and firming will take place over approximately three months, as collagen is renewed and replaced with new, stronger collagen. As this collagen building process progresses, continued improvements may appear for up to six months. However, results will vary from person to person.
How long will HIFU results last?
Most clients find that the results last for over a year. Annual treatments are recommended to stay ahead of the ageing process.
Does it hurt?
Most clients do not report pain. There may be some slight achiness in bony areas or a warm sensation in the skin during treatment.
Is it safe?
Thousands of treatments have been performed worldwide using HIFU technology without significant adverse effects. In addition, ultrasound energy has been used safely in the field of medicine for more than 50 years.
Can HIFU replace a face lift?
Although HIFU is not a replacement for surgery, it is ideal for people who wish to freshen the face and neck but who are not ready for surgery, either psychologically, financially or logistically. It is considered more of an ‘uplift’ than a ‘facelift’ and can be combined with other non-surgical lifting treatments, such as Radio Frequency, to further enhance the results.
How does this treatment tighten the skin?
The heat from the Radio Frequency penetrates deep into the skin. This energy stimulates collagen production which triggers ongoing lifting, firming and freshening of the skin. The result is a noticeably rejuvenated appearance though results may vary from person to person.
Who is it suitable for?
The treatment is suitable for anyone, male or female, wishing to lessen wrinkles and lines from the face and neck area. The radio frequency facial is suitable for all skin types.
What does the treatment feel like?
A small amount of glycerin is applied to the area that is being treated. A small round nozzle is moved over the skin, gradually heating up the area. When the correct temperature is reached, it is maintained for a few minutes. It feels pleasantly warm for most of the treatment, only feeling hot towards the end of the treatment. You may have mild redness after the treatment, otherwise you can continue with normal activities following our aftercare advice. For the best results we recommend eight treatments given at weekly intervals.
Is laser hair removal safe?
We can vouch for the Polaris Laser we use as being 100% safe, but it is difficult to assess other types of equipment. We use a long-pulsed Nd YAG laser which penetrates the skin to the level of the follicle without having any ill effects to the surrounding areas. Hair removal lasers have been in use since 1997.
Is laser hair removal permanent?
Clients who were treated 16 years ago are still clear of unwanted hair today. A client can tell how much reduction was achieved from a course of treatments after waiting 6–12 months from their last treatment. Any hair that grows after this period is new hair that the body can develop due to numerous factors such as age, diet, hormonal changes and medical conditions such as PCOS. Clients who experience new growth later in life may require follow-up treatments. In order to achieve 100% clearance of hair in any one area, some people may need follow up laser treatments with electrolysis to remove any remaining finer hairs. Electrolysis is the only other proven, permanent hair removal method which involves treating one hair at a time, and is a good option for smaller areas where precision is necessary (like eyebrows or upper lip).
How does laser hair removal feel during the treatment?
Generally, laser hair removal is no more painful than waxing, though the sensation is different. Each pulse lasts for only a second and the sensation is only felt whilst the laser is targeting the skin.
What are the after effects of laser hair removal?
Any after effects soon remedy themselves in approximately 30–60 minutes and may include itching, tingling or skin reddening which are quite normal on darker skins.
What areas do you treat for laser hair removal?
Any areas except inner ear, inner nose and men’s genital areas.
Is laser hair removal suitable for Asian / Afro Caribbean / dark skin tones?
Our laser is extremely successful for these types of skin.
Is laser hair removal suitable for blonde / grey / red / white hair?
Very pale blonde, red, grey or white hair is not suitable for laser. For these tones we would recommend electrolysis.
Does my age affect the results of laser hair removal treatment?
Age alone does not affect the results for laser hair removal but we are unable to carry out this treatment on anyone under 18 years of age. Hair removal for men Back and chest hair are the most popular areas that men wish to clear, followed by the face. Due to the hormone testosterone in men, the clearance rate may take a little longer but the desired outcome will still be achieved, as it is with women. The back or chest may take up to one hour, but a free-of-charge consultation will give you a more accurate estimate. Facial areas usually take only 15/20 minutes.
How many treatments of laser hair removal will I need?
The number of treatments of laser hair removal required depends on the colour and thickness of hair in relation to the colour of skin. Dark, thick hair on pale skin will have the quickest clearance. Most people need anything in the region of six to eighth treatments to clear the hair, at intervals of three to four weeks. Because hair grows in cycles, several sessions are necessary in order to affect all hair on any given area. Hair cycle lengths vary depending on the body part. Facial areas usually require more frequent treatments whereas legs and the back need less frequent treatments. The shedding of all treated hair should be expected within two weeks of each treatment. Sometimes, shedding doesn’t start until about 10 days after the session. Once the hair sheds, clients should experience a hair-free period for a short time. Once new hair grows again, clients should come in for their next session. Clients should continue treatments until remaining hairs are too fine for the laser to target, or until they’ve achieved their desired reduction. Hair that hasn’t shed and is growing as usual after two weeks has been not affected due to the growth cycle.
What is involved in the free laser consultation and patch test?
The free laser consultation and patch test takes approx 15–30 minutes and includes a thorough check on medical history and an explanation of how hair removal with laser works. A patch test is then carried out on the skin to enable you to monitor the effects, before making any decision to proceed.
Which type of hair removal laser will work for me?
Currently, there are three popular types of hair removal lasers made by various manufacturers: Alexandrite, Diode, and Nd:YAG. Intense Pulse Light systems (IPLs) are also used for hair removal. Different devices can be used on different skin types. Nd:YAG lasers were specifically created to cater to dark-skinned patients. Nd:YAG lasers are best for all skin types, especially IV and darker and will not affect the surrounding tissue. Nd:YAG are the only type of laser that should be used on skin types V and darker; using any other types of lasers on this type of skin can result in burns if they are used at settings that disable the hair permanently. Intense Pulse Light (IPL) machines are not lasers. These machines use a highly concentrated beam of traditional incoherent light, often in conjunction with a cream or gel, to burn the hair shaft. These systems lack the laser’s ability to produce a selective bandwidth of light that will only affect the hair shaft (selective photothermolysis). IPLs produce a wide bandwidth of light that can heat up all of the surrounding tissue, making it less effective in disabling hair and putting the patient at a higher risk for burns, especially on darker skin. IPL devices are generally cheaper than laser devices. Generally, true hair removal lasers (alexandrite, diode, and ND:Yag types) tend to achieve better and faster results than IPLs.
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