Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

PRO-TOOLS

What is The Curve and how does it work?


The Curve is a multi-functional (4-in-1) professional grade device that uses four innovative and effective techniques that stand for rejuvenation of the skin, optimal shaping of the body and a significant reduction of cellulite.




Microdermabrasion Device


The Microdermabrasion unit is a gentle, yet effective, hand-held, portable exfoliating device that removes dead skin cells and impurities while helping to even out skin tone and texture. The vacuum lift system increases blood flow and brings oxygen to the surface while stimulating natural collagen production & improvement of acne scars, Creates radiant & smooth skin. The different exfoliating diamond tips for face, acne scarring, or the body are easily interchangeable and easy to clean.




Volero Cleansing Brush/2 Speeds


Hand-held soft silicon brush gently cleans and massages the skin. Offers two speeds and two different surfaces. Great for on-the-go travel. Leaves your skin clean and refreshed. Use with the Foamy Cleansing Cream.





TREATMENTS

What is REZENERATE TECHNOLOGY?


What is Rezenerate? Rezenerate uses a professional grade, state of the art wand featuring nano-technology to address a variety of skincare concerns including uneven skin tone and texture, fine lines, wrinkles, blemishes, etc. This unique device uses a disposable, single use cartridge containing a specially designed silicon chip. Not only will you achieve great results, Rezenerate is painless and non-invasive like similar medical procedures.




What does Rezenerate do?


The Rezenerate silicon chip creates millions of microscopic channels in the uppermost layersof the skin, thereby making it ultra-absorbent for product penetration.It is important to note that when the skin is conditioned, topically applied serums will absorb 7 to 10 times more effectively resulting in an acceleration of desired results. Rezenerate... Increases product absorption and efficacy Reduces fine lines and wrinkles instantly Improves sun damage and blemishes Gives a delayed, yet gentle micro peel




What to expect after a Rezenerate facial?


How long is the recovery period? Answer: There is no extended recovery period and customers can usually apply makeup and go out a few minutes after the facial is complete. Some customers may experience a slight redness or tingling for a few hours after the facial depending on how aggressively the aesthetician administers it. In some case mild flaking may also occur. An SPF moisturizer of 40 or higher is recommended for the next 7 days. What to expect after a Rezenerate Facial? Days 0-2 Instant reduction in fine lines and wrinkles, tighter, firmer skin and a radiant glow for the next 48 hours Days 3-5 You may experience more dryness than normal as the gentle, delayed micro peel takes place Days 5-7 Tighter, more evenly toned skin is visible as a new, fresh layer of skin surfaces A series of 4-6 Rezenerate Facials is recommended over the course of 2-3 months for maximum results in conjunction with professional skincare products. My choice is DNA Skin Institute & Truth Skin Care Rezenerate Facials performed in a series will be done at 2 week intervals. After the completion of a series, monthly treatments can be done for maintenance.




How Rezenerate does it work?


Rezenerate utilizes the breakthrough science of Nano-Technology, the pressure points of Acupressure, Facial Exercises, and the cool touch of Cold Therapy and our series of proprietary processes to create what we have dubbed the “Rezenerate Nano-Tech Golden Ratio.” This “Golden Ratio” consists of the meticulously engineered structural shape of our “Nano Pyramids”; the cutting-edge raw materials used to create them; our iterated quantity of Nano Pyramids coupled with their exact spatial relationship; the specifically designed amplitude of the Rezenerate Tip’s oscillation upon the stratum corneum and the perfectly calibrated speeds in the Rezenerate WandPro and Wand motors. It is these “often imitated but never duplicated” precision-tuned specifications of the Rezenerate NanoFacial System that deliver consistent results time and time again.




What is RADIO FREQUENCY (RF) TECHNOLOGY?


This is a two-part answer; first, therapy is electromagnetic radiation delivered at a specific frequency range, also known as radio waves. Electromagnetic radiation surrounds us, coming from such sources as lightning, the stars, the sun, and our bodies. They span quite a range of frequencies and wavelengths. Frequency relates to the number of cycles formed in one second and is measured in Hertz; a wavelength describes the distance between two wave peaks. Second, we divide radio frequency into bands ranging from low to high. Low frequencies, such as those used for sending data and voice communications, travel longer distances. High frequencies, on the other hand, transmit just a short distance. Higher frequencies are those used to treat the human body in both medicine and aesthetics. RF Currents and Your Body RF currents flow through cells and tissues without shocking the body, unlike other electrical currents. Our nerves maintain electrical charges of their own. Any outside electrical source affects them, which is why an electric shock induces pain and makes our muscles twitch. An RF current travels too rapidly to produce these effects. It moves at the speed of light, meaning muscles and nerves don’t even register it. But our cells conduct RF currents and use them as part of their own electrical circuits. RF therefore moves freely through tissues, and any sources of resistance generate heat. The amount of heat created depends on the specific tissue reached.




What are the effects of the RF treatment?


During treatment, RF stimulates structures under the skin, and the heat produced causes targeted, controlled damage. Heating skin to around 152 degrees F prompts the best results, and in turn, collagen and elastin both undergo degradation. This is a complex way of saying they unravel and immediately cause the collagen matrix to shrink and contract. The skin then lifts and tightens to deliver a more youthful appearance. Meanwhile, your body enters a healing mode just as it would after suffering a skin cut or other wound. Fibroblast cells found in the skin’s deepest layers produce brand new collagen and elastin fibers. This increase is known as dermal remodeling and works to:

  • Improve skin’s elasticity
  • Erase lines and wrinkles
  • Tighten and firm tissues
  • Improve skin’s overall texture and volume
Added Bonuses The heat generated during treatment also increases cell metabolism and helps detoxify tissues. At the heat temperatures we achieve, blood vessels widen to increase blood flow and feed cells with more oxygen and nutrients. All that fresh, healthy blood flowing into your face also removes waste products like carbon dioxide. The effect is hard-working cells that provide an energy boost for dermal remodeling – and overall healthier skin.




What are the benefits of RF Skin Rejuvenation?


The two most visible benefits provided by this treatment are tighter skin and a smoother surface – meaning fewer wrinkles. But RF therapy is versatile, so you can also expect an improvement in sun damage. Studies show that after three months of RF treatment, patients saw clinically significant improvements in mild to moderate signs of sun damage. This is great news for those with photoaged skin; treating dark spots, sagging, and other effects of the sun is notoriously hard to do. Most people think aging is the only culprit behind collagen degradation, but the sun is even more vicious. The ability to reverse UV damage is, therefore, nothing less than revolutionary, and RF technology does precisely this. Facial Contouring Before we get further into this subject, let’s take a look at how skin ages. Below the surface, in those depths invisible to the eye, a collagen and elastin scaffolding supports the dermis and epidermis. This structure keeps your skin supple, bouncy, and firm. From age 25 on, however, we lose between 1 and 2% of our natural collagen each year. This is an effect of the body’s processes gradually slowing. In turn, the scaffolding grows weaker and crumbles. To make matters worse, the cells on our skin’s surface (the epidermis) don’t renew as quickly as in our youth. The results are dullness, sagging, wrinkles, and textural issues. Radiofrequency comes to the rescue, not only tightening skin, as mentioned earlier, but also restoring contours to create toned, firm, youthful-looking skin. This firming action makes RF especially well-suited to the chin, neck, and jawline. It can also be used to tighten:

  • Sags between the nose and mouth
  • Bags and wrinkles under and above the eyes
  • Drooping brow lines
Gradual Improvements to Your Face We’ll discuss this more in a moment, but RF treatments work to produce new collagen and elastin in the body. With these effects, old and damaged skin is replaced by that which is new and healthy. These cells are also naturally firmer and tighter, but they don’t develop overnight. You won’t look one way on Thursday and look completely different by Friday or Saturday. Most patients desire gradual improvements because they want to look like themselves, but better. They’re looking for subtle improvements over dramatic changes, and RF delivers these exact results. Softens Fine Lines Treatment also softens fine lines that are just pesky enough to add years to your face. Each subsequent session builds upon the last so that as you move forward in your treatment plan, you’ll look progressively younger. Long-Lasting Results Thanks to increased collagen and elastin production, the improvements to your skin will be long-lasting. Some facial treatments only stimulate facial muscles or temporarily plump tissues; RF, on the other hand, triggers the skin’s internal healing processes, and collagen is inherently made to last. Your results can therefore continue up to two years. Increases Hyaluronic Acid (HA) HA is the unsung hero of skincare. It also works in tandem with collagen and elastin, so where those two fibers increase, HA is sure to follow. This means that with RF treatments, you can enjoy softer, silkier, and better-moisturized skin. HA molecules naturally attract and bind to water molecules. It’s therefore a key component of your skin’s natural moisture barrier, and ramping up levels can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, soothe redness, and help skin look plumper. It Can Be Completed at Lunch The average session lasts between 20 and 45 minutes. We apply a protective gel to your skin to facilitate treatment. The handpiece is then moved across your face with deft efficiency. And your treatment is unique to you; we customize the depth of thermal energy to ensure we meet your individual needs. Relaxing and Pain-Free One of the most appealing aspects of RF therapy is its non-invasive and gentle nature. While the energy heats and ultimately tightens tissues, it does so without damaging your skin’s top layer. And for patients who hate needles, RF omits them as well as other scary-looking tools for a treatment that is very non-threatening. Patients describe sessions as relaxing and enjoyable, comparing them to a hot stone massage for the face. Some even fall asleep. Likewise, no downtime is required so you can get straight back to your day; you don’t need to hide your skin or go home to recover.




Other (RF) Frequently asked questions:


We know you’re wondering about the number of treatments you’ll need. At Enliven Your Skin, we usually recommend a series of three to four sessions spaced between two and four weeks apart. Maintenance sessions are encouraged every year or every other year to help maintain your results. Who Is Treatment Right For? Any man or woman who wants to sculpt trouble spots without pain or long periods of downtime. But others can also benefit from RF treatment; it’s suitable for most people as it helps invigorate the skin and deliver a healthy glow. That glow is owed to increased collagen; to understand, imagine the shiny cheeks of a child, dewy with fresh collagen. This effect can be replicated at nearly any age with treatments that amplify the protein’s levels. Why Skin Types Can Have RF? Treatment is designed for all skin types, including those with sensitive and dry tissues. It boosts oxygen levels in the skin, so it can freshen your appearance at any time. But those with certain conditions should sit this one out, including patients who are pregnant and/or have:

  • Active acne
  • Rosacea
  • Broken capillaries
When Will I See Results? Earlier, we mentioned your face will gradually look softer and more supple. While we can’t provide a precise timeline because everyone responds to treatment differently, we can say you’ll start to see improvements within several weeks. Results will also continue to develop in the coming months. Is Treatment Safe? The answer is a resounding yes. In fact, RF facial skin tightening is much less risky than more invasive treatments. The technique has earned FDA approval, and there are no unwanted effects on the skin.




What is MICROCHANNELING?


Similar to microneedling, microchanneling is a non-invasive procedure designed to stimulate your body’s natural ability to generate collagen, elastin and other building blocks of healthy skin. By stimulating the outermost layers of the skin, microchanneling can help your jump-start your body’s natural process. Increases in collagen and communication levels in the skin facilitate thicker, younger looking skin with minimal downtime. Microchanneling is a popular treatment for acne scars, surgery scars and stretch marks. Scars improvement occurs by breaking down the old tissue and fostering the development of healthier skin. When combined with cutting-edge growth factor serums, healing is improved and future signs of aging is diminished. Microchanneling involves a 3-stage process: Micro-needles create micro-channels – Precision micro-needles are tapped into the skin creating uniform micro-channels. A single pass over the face will create hundreds of thousands of micro-channels. Stimulation of a healing response – Each micro-channel is surrounded by healthy tissue, which enhances the healing process. In response to each micro-injury, an inflammatory healing process begins which initiates the formation of new collagen. Smoothing of Skin – Over time, the repeated healing process will build new collagen, creating healthier skin, improving the surface texture and the overall appearance of the skin.




What are the benefits of Microchanneling?


Microchanneling treatments are minimally invasive, and are safe for all ages and skin types. Whether you are fair-skinned or dark, and even if you experience chronic breakouts, properly conducted microchanneling treatments will not result in hyperpigmentation, keloid scars or other lasting negative side effects. Ideal candidates are those who seek improvement in the following areas:

  • Acne scars
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Anti-aging or skin tightening
  • Hyperpigmentation (sun spots)
  • Pore size reduction
  • Rosacea
  • Stretch marks or other traumatic scarring
  • Hair growth




Microchanneling vs. Microneedling


The main differences between microchanneling and microneedling are the type of device used to perform the treatment and the technique that is used. A microneedling device involves the use of a handheld roller covered in tiny needles which is dragged over the skin. This method can actually tear the skin. Instead, the microchanneling device encompasses a linear stamping technique, resulting in clean, consistent micro-channels. This reduced tissue damage results in reduced inflammation and substantially decreased discomfort for clients. Reduced inflammation means less downtime. Typical downtime after a microchanneling treatment is 60-90 minutes, compared to days of downtime with microneedling.




Other (Microchanneling) F&A


Q: Does it hurt? A: With minimal physical discomfort, most clients are able to do the procedure without numbing cream and without any noticeable pain. There is no lingering discomfort, and we have a number of strategies we employ to minimize discomfort during treatment. Post-procedure, most people report a “tight” feeling in their skin. Q: What is in the serum? A: ProCell’s Microchannel Delivery Serum contains bone marrow-derived growth factors in a hyaluronic acid suspension. Both of these elements are naturally-occurring in the human body. There are no human, animal, or plant cells, DNA, blood, or any other foreign substances. The product has been used safely and effectively for over a decade. Q: My skin is irritated. Can I use moisturizer? A: It is normal for treatments to result in some skin irritation, especially for clients with more sensitive skin. Always wait a minimum of 90 minutes before putting anything else on the skin. During this time it is normal for the skin to remain pink or light red. After the 90 minutes you can apply additional moisturizer or other products. Keep in mind however, that as your skin may be more sensitive than usual for several days after the treatment, especially strong topicals should be avoided until the skin returns to normal. Q: How long before I can expect to see results? A: Though neocollagenesis (the production of new collagen) can take several weeks, it is not abnormal to notice an improvement in the quality and appearance of your skin within the first 24 hours. After 2-3 treatments a thicker more robust, collagen filled cellular matrix will produce more consistent and noticeable improvement. And 6 or more treatments may be recommended for scarring, laxity and wrinkles. Q: Are there any contraindications? A: If you have any underlying condition that significantly impairs your immune system, it is a good idea to avoid microchanneling. Examples include but are not limited to active radiation or chemotherapy, uncontrolled diabetes, chronic inflammatory skin disease, Accutane in the past 2 years, hemophilia or similar bleeding disorder. Also anyone with stainless steel allergies should not do this treatment. We also discourage treatments for those who are pregnant or nursing. Q: Do I have to use the Microchanneling solution / aftercare serums? A: Microchanneling stimulates the body to release peptides, cytokines and growth factors that induce collagen production. As you get older, the stem cells that produce these vital proteins lose efficacy and decline in population, so microchanneling alone becomes less and less effective. Because of premature aging, the Microchannel Delivery Serum and the post care Cellular Renewal Serum and Healing Accelerator Serum become more vital to improvement. Use of the ProCell aftercare products ensure the skin continuously receives potent, robust, pristine peptides, cytokines and growth factors even in between treatments. Think of diet and exercise – microchanneling without serums is like exercising without dieting. Results are great with microchanneling alone, but are significantly amplified with serums.