Lynton Fractional Laser Resurfacing Peel

Before and during fractional laser resurfacing treatment

Before and during fractional laser resurfacing treatment

 

I haven’t had a skin treatment for a while and the acne blemishes and red marks were starting to build up on my face, so today I agreed to have a laser resurfacing treatment. I usually avoid ‘lasers’ – mainly because of the pain and down time. I’ve worked with other lasers and in most cases have found them to be extremely uncomfortable both during and post treatment, I hadn’t been convinced that the results were worth the torture. However today I have been proved different and have been converted to a laser lover.

The majority of skin treatments work the same; they cause a controlled trauma to the skin to force cell renewal. The fractional laser treatment from Lynton is no different, however this fractional laser is slightly different to most  as it works much more superficially, meaning; it’s not as painful and the down time is not as long. This does not mean that the results will be compromised we will simply have a less invasive treatment more regularly, something like 6 treatments over a 6 month period.  The fractional laser penetrates the surface layers of skin until it reaches the dermal layer, once here it stimulates the formation of new collagen resulting in new plump skin cells, which will work their way to the skin surface and reveal an even, glowing and rejuvenated skin tone. The treatment will help improve fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars and blemishes and  a dull sallow skin.

As I lay on the couch with my black out goggles on I began to take deep breaths and brace myself for the shots of intense heat, I felt the hand piece on my skin, heard the ‘BLEEP’ of the laser and miraculously felt no pain!  Cheryl, the therapist doing the treatment asked me ” on a scale of 1-10 how painful is it?” I confidently said 1. It did not feel like a heat treatment but a very light scratching sensation on the surface of my skin, however this was partly down to a machine blowing cold air continuously onto my skin.

Once the whole of my forehead had been treat I began to feel a sensation exactly like sunburn, this feeling then began to spread across all of my face; although by this time the last few shots were being done and the treatment was over. Now this was the part of the treatment that was typical of a laser. My face began to feel extremely warm and was very red, this intense heat feeling lasted for about 30 mins, I simply reapplied cold compresses until the heat subsided and turned every piece of paper into a make shift fan.

 That Night 

4 hours later my skin is still pink and feels very tight, it is not painful but it is sensitive to touch. I’m now waiting for the old dead skin cells on the surface of my skin to exfoliate and for the new glowing cells to come through, this will get rid of the blemishes and red marks that I have been left from past breakouts; and prevent those dreaded wrinkles appearing. In the areas where I had deeper acne scars I had a second pass and these areas will probably ‘flake’ slightly more than the other areas.

The Following Day

When I woke up this morning my face felt extremely tight and very dry to touch, other than being slightly sensitive to my cleansing and moisturising products it felt fine. My skin is slightly darker than it usually is and there is a slight line which indicates where the treatment stops, if you look closely in the picture you can see tiny dots all over my skin; this is where the laser penetrated. I’m not going out today so I do not need to put any makeup on but if I were the tell tell signs would easily be covered by mineral make- up.

The following day

The following day

The results of the treatment are not instant and I now have got to wait for my body to get rid of the damaged cells and replace them with new healthy ones, this process will take place over the next month. I will post some more pictures in the meantime.

 

Treatment Carried out by Elements Medispa Doncaster

http://www.elements.org.uk

 

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The Vampire Facelift (PRP)

Ok so we all saw the beautiful Kim Kardashion looking like an extra from a hollywood horror movie, but the treatment that she had is far from as drastic as it looks.

The vampire facelift or Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) is not just some Hollywood gimmick, but a successful treatment not only used in aesthetics, but also used to treat sport injuries, the infamous tiger woods is a fan.

Why??

I understand the worries that people have when it comes to having traditional injectable treatments like Botox and fillers, after all we are putting a ‘product’ into our bodies. The beauty of PRP is that the product is YOURS, it’s your blood! Think about what your blood does, without it you wouldn’t be alive. Amongst many other duties your blood carries platelets, platelets once activated release growth factors, it is these growth factors that make this treatment so successful.

Growth factors are typically released when areas of tissue are damaged, they stimulate the healing process. This process consists of stimulating fibroblast cells along with collagen and elastin fibres which are responsible for giving the skin strength and elastic properties.

By introducing these platelets into the skin the healing process is stimulated with minimal trauma being caused. In short we are forcing the stimulation of collagen and elastin.

What happens??

A sample of your blood is taken which is then placed in a centrifuge, this process is to separate the different components of your blood, isolating the platelets into the plasma.

The platelets are then introduced to the skin through several modalities, superficial injections, deep transdermal injections, mesotherapy and micro needling.

The results begin to appear within a few weeks, which include:

Reducing fine lines & wrinkles
Strengthening thinning skin
Stimulating collagen production
Revitalising dull lifeless skin
Smoothing skin tone and texture

TCA Peel … Step by Step

What is a chelated TCA ? Traditional Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) is applied to the skin in a liquid form, incorrect use of this liquid can provoke unwanted damage to the epidermal and dermal layers of the skin. Chelated TCA is combined with a product called silica; found within clay this makes it much safer to work with. Chelating the TCA prevents rapid penetration of the acid molecules into the dermal layer of the skin, instead it attracts ions with the skin cells.

What does a chelated TCA  do?

  • increases collagen production by stimulating the healing process
  • improves tone & texture of the skin
  • reduce small open pores
  • reduce fine lines & wrinkles
  • reduce thickening of the skin

Step 1

The skin is thoroughly cleansed with a glycolic acid cleanser.
This ensures any dirt, debris or make-up is removed from the skin.

Step 2

An Alpha Beta Complex gel, containing glycolic and salicylic acid is applied to the skin.
This is left on the skin for only a few minutes, until there is visible erythema (redness).
The gel is then removed with damp gauze swabs.

Step 3

The chelated TCA is applied to the skin using a fan brush, even coverage is important.
The TCA is left on the skin for 2 minutes.
The client will begin to feel heat on the surface of their skin, this can become intense heat and a fan will be used if necessary.
The product is gently removed from the skin using damp gauze swabs.
Ice cold compress are the applied to the skin and left for several minutes to reduce the heat.

Step 4

After the skin has cooled and no longer feels warm finishing products are applied to the skin. These products are  to protect the skin form UV damage and to stop any transdermal water loss occurring.
Over the next few days the skin will begin to feel tight and will darken in colour.
Around 5 days later the skin wil begin to peel this can occur for up to 7-10 days.
It is essential that a specific home care is followed.

https://www.elements.org.uk/category/anti-ageing-treatments/chemical-skin-peels/tca-salicylic-acid-peel/285/dermaquest-tca-7-sal