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SANTÉ’s Bryndl Mar is a certified Esthetician who specializes in advanced skin resurfacing and client education. She took the time to sit down with me to talk about what treatments are most beneficial for these cold winter months.
JT: What are the best skin treatments for this time of year?
BM: In the winter months with lack of time spent in the sun, it is a great time to work on refreshing your skin with resurfacing treatments.
JT: What are resurfacing treatments?
BM: Resurfacing includes treatments such as lasers, IPL, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and Dermafiling™. The goal of these treatments is all about reversing the damage we may have done during the summer months. I always tell my clients we are repairing yesterday’s mistakes for tomorrow’s bad ideas.
JT: Can you tell me more about the lasers and IPL? I’m not sure everyone knows what that means and how they work.
BM: Of course. At SANTÉ, we have varying levels of treatments we can use to treat skin resurfacing problems. One option is our Icon 1540 Erbium fractional non-ablative laser. Non-Ablative Laser Resurfacing is usually the quickest and most effective way to get your skin to regenerate itself. The laser works by delivering energy deep into the skin, affecting old skin cells, stretch marks, and scar tissue, generating new collagen for skin that is smoother and more even. With laser skin renewal you can easily clear many undesirable skin imperfections on your face and body. This fractional laser treatment is fast, easy and provides remarkable results you will be happy to show off.
The next option would be our IPL/ Photo Facial treatments.
JT: Can you explain what that stands for and what the difference between the laser and IPL are?
BM: Sure. IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light (IPL); it’s used for Photo Facial treatments and is a technology where light is converted into heat energy. You can think of treatments like a very powerful camera flash lamp being held against your skin. The selected light waves target chromophores (color pigments) such as melanin in brown spots, hair follicles, and hemoglobin in broken or diffused blood vessels. The light waves can also target specific protein molecules in acne bacteria and in collagen. IPL treats all conditions without disruption to the skin’s surface.
The treatments with laser and intense pulse light both work in the same way, choosing wavelengths that are absorbed by the target. A laser uses light with one specific wavelength and intense pulsed light uses a band of wavelengths. Lasers have been used in surgery for years. The IPL is an adaptation of the laser, more suited to the beauty industry. The biggest difference between laser and IPL, as far as treatment is concerned, is the coverage. Lasers produce light from one specific wavelength, or color, for a very specific target. The light emitted from the IPL is composed of a spectrum of colors from different wavelengths, enabling selective photo-absorption (light absorption) to different targets. In other words, using the IPL is like using a group of lasers in a single treatment.
JT: So is one better than the other?
BM: I wouldn’t say so. For instance, what might be better for my skin might not be the best option for your skin. Everyone has unique skin and concerns, which is why we always recommend a consultation and a customized treatment plan.
JT: What sort of results can you expect all the treatments mentioned above?
BM: Results may vary from one person to another. Lasers and IPL are going to show faster results but peels, microdermabrasion, and Dermafiling are great treatments as well. Overall, resurfacing is a very effective tool for treating unwanted pigmentation, acne scarring, sun damage, enlarged pores, fine lines and wrinkles, building collagen and helping brighten the complexion. You should leave with the skin feeling smooth, fresh, and rejuvenated.
JT: How often should you get these treatments?
BM: It will vary for each patient. But in general, you could do these treatments 1-2 times per month.
JT: Well Bryndl, it sounds like SANTÉ has endless options for skin resurfacing?
BM: We definitely strive to have the latest tools available and thus are able to customize every treatment plan to every clients unique skin needs.
JT: Well I think that is all the time I have for today. Thank you for all the information! It has been so helpful!
If you would like to learn more please schedule your personal consultation with Bryndl at SANTÉ Wellness and Aesthetics.
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