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Help! Which Device Do I Need?

November 17, 2021

Help! Which Device Do I Need?

It can get confusing, right! How do you know what technology to use? What will each modality do for you? How do you decide which device(s) you need?

Skincare technology has come a long way! From device design to modality specifications to achieve results while ensuring safety for use by the general public. Granted, there are devices on the market that are junk and a waste of time. That's why I work hard to keep you informed. 

Here's a quick guide to choosing a skincare device.

Microcurrent

Microcurrent is to the muscles on the face what a workout at the gym is to the muscles of the body. Microcurrent can LIFT & TONE, and in time can improve skin TEXTURE.

Microcurrent would be the modality of choice if...

  • the cheeks you once loved are sagging,
  • folds exist to left and right of mouth from sagging,
  • jowls are forming along the jawline,
  • upper lids are heavy,
  • or you have deep wrinkles.

It's important to note, not all microcurrent devices are the same. I prefer a user-friendly device in which the current is variable. Here's why. You wouldn't get on a treadmill and run it at full speed the entire time, right? You'd over exert yourself and your body wouldn't get the desired results.

An automatic variable current for a microcurrent device is ideal for the best possible results. When the current doesn't go too high, there is no zapping. And, I prefer one in which I can plug it in and go. That's why I love the Clareblend Mini Microcurrent.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound is to the SKIN on the face what microcurrent is the MUSCLES of the face. The cascading effect of sound waves penetrating into the deeper layers of the skin signals the fibroblasts to produce more collagen. Fibroblasts are collagen and protein-producing cells in the dermis, the layer of skin just below your outermost skin layer. Fibroblasts play an important role in helping skin wounds heal as well as maintaining skin firmness and tightness.

Ultrasound would be the modality of choice if you...

  • want to improve skin tone
  • need to tighten up loose, crepey skin
  • have fine lines to plump out
  • want to boost collagen production
  • want to penetrate product deeper
  • want clearer looking skin

You will also achieve a more LIFTED face as the skin firms, tones, and tightens. 

Ultrasound should not be confused with Ultherpay. The difference being that ultrasound waves in a home use device is not focused ultrasound. In other words, the wave is not pinpointed to a precise spot with bursts of a vast amount of energy. Instead, the sound waves are spread across the area being treated making it safe, gentle, and yet effective. As such, home devices rarely cause fat pad loss.

My go to for a safe and effective ultrasound treatment is the Time Master Pro with LED.  At 90,000 sound waves per second it can stimulate collagen production without any risk of fat pad loss. This device is not as intense as the 300,000 sound waves per second of the Curve Face and Body that can reduce cellulite and fat pad reduction.

Radio Frequency (RF)

RF is a nonablated (non-wounding) treatment that uses radio waves to tightens skin by stimulating the growth of new collagen fibers. It is used by many as an alternative to costly surgical facelifts.

RF can range from low to super high frequency. The RF necessary for skin tightening is up to 450 kilohertz (kHz). The 300 kHz in the Curve Face and Body will not result in fat pad loss since it is on the low - medium spectrum of RF. 

RF skin tightening works by breaking down collagen in order for new collagen to form. New collagen gives your skin more support and firmness, thus resulting in a smoother, sleeker, and younger-looking version of yourself.

I know what you’re probably asking why would I want to destroy collagen? It's because the controlled wound healing response that occurs over time while using RF leads to new collagen production and collagen remodeling. 

You would choose RF if you...

  • want additional support for collagen production,
  • desire wrinkle smoothing,
  • need to repair sun damaged skin,
  • promote wound healing,
  • want tighter skin on neck and décolleté

In the application of RF for body contouring is performed at higher frequencies. This results in cells of the subcutaneous fat tissue undergoing apoptosis (aka cell suicide), eliciting an inflammatory response that causes surrounding cells to slowly digest the targeted fat cells. Fat cells are preferentially heated without impacting other types of cells in the skin or other structures. This kind of treatment is performed using a PRO device by a trained professional.  

LED Treatments

LED is the acronym of Light Emitting Diode which is a computer chip encased in a glass-like resin. It emits therapeutic wavelengths (or colors) of light energy. Light emitted by LED consists of 4 visible colors (red, blue, green, yellow (amber) and one invisible (to the eye) color called infrared. 

When light energy is in the correct wavelength, the cells in the dermis layer of skin will convert it into ATP (adenosine triphosphate), which is the fuel cells need to function.

The fibroblast cells in the dermis layer is where collagen is produced. Collagen gives the skin fullness (that plumped look) and elastin gives the skin the ability to bounce back. LED re-energizes these fibroblast cells which results in an increase in collagen and elastin.

LED light therapy can produce different results based on the color of LED along the spectrum. The color is measured in nanometers (nm) and the color will also determine the penetration level of LED light. For anti-aging, my favorite LED device is the Glow Younger TriLight Handheld LED.

You would select LED if you want to...

Infrared LED

  • increase circulation and release nitric oxide to increase blood flow in the area treated,
  • soothes and heal sore muscles and joints,
  • speed the healing of bruises, cuts,
  • achieve deep muscle relief.
Red LED 
  • decrease skin inflammation,
  • smooth skin tone,
  • repairs sun damage,
  • fade scars and stretch marks,
  • build collagen in the skin, to reduce wrinkles.

Yellow/Amber LED

  • reduce redness, flushing, rosacea, UV damage,
  • reduce appearance of spider veins or tiny blood vessels on nose and face,
  • treat skin effects due to sun damage,
  • ideal therapy for sensitive skin
  • calming and soothing.

Green LED

  • lighten hyper-pigmentation spots revealing a brighter complexion,
  • calm using LED anti-inflammatory properties,
  • treat dilated capillaries,
  • sagging skin around the eyes,
  • brighten under-eye circles,
  • improve hyperpigmentation,
  • lighten sun spots.

Blue LED

  • kill Propionibacterium acne,
  • treat skin disorders,
  • improve skin texture,
  • reduce sebaceous hyperplasia,
  • reduce enlarged oil glands,
  • help with sun spots, acne, and scars caused by acne.

The effective ranges for LED light therapy is 400-450 nm (blue), 500 – 550 nm (green), 570-600 nm (yellow/amber), 650-750 nm (red), to 850 – 900 nm (infrared).  For more on this READ THIS.

Fun Fact: LED is not Ultraviolet light.

Summary

Start with a device you feel will solve the biggest concerns you have. As you begin to see results, you can reevaluate what you might want to add to further support your needs.

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