Microcurrent™ Facial Rejuvenation and Body Sculpting

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Compares to: Botox®

Compares to: IPL

Compares to: Chemical Peels

Compares to: RFE

Compares to: restylane

Compares to: Laser Skin Treatments Polaris™, Titan™, Fraxel™


Microcurrent™ Facial Rejuvenation and Body Sculpting

Description: 
Microcurrent Facial Sculpting™ emits subtle electrical frequencies that are the closest to the normal electric frequencies that the body produces at a cellular level. Because the Beautiful Image microcurrent mimics the body’s own electrical signals, it sends familiar messages to the musculature and cells in the skin, thereby increasing the amount of ATP (adenosine triphosphate) a cell produces by as much as 500%. ATP is the primary molecule from which our body produces energy, and it is found in every cell of the body.

This increased level of ATP speeds the cellular metabolism of the skin cells, resulting in an increased rate of waste and impurity elimination. Protein synthesis and cellular membrane transport are also increased, as well as the reconstitution of collagen and elastin. The results of these processes can be seen in improved skin tone and coloration, and the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles.

Effectiveness:
Excellent; results tend to show faster than laser/infrared resurfacing because Microcurrent does not need to wait for any period of healing. Clients should see results immediately.

Estimated Treatment Cost:
$99-$199, depending on the age and quality of their skin, most clients require between 5 to 15 treatment sessions (the average is 10) to reach their maximum benefit; and then monthly sessions to maintain their gains.

Longevity of Results:
4-6 months without boosters; several years with boosters every 4-6 weeks

Undesired Effects:
Although extremely rare, some clients with very sensitive skin may get a temporary rash from the base solution used on the face during treatment.

Harmful Side Effects:
There is no risk of harmful side effects.

Staffing Required:
Certified Beautiful Image Specialist, Cosmetologist or Esthetician

Comments:
This treatment has one of the highest satisfaction responses from any other non-surgical cosmetic procedure, since it is affordable, painless, free of health risks, and extremely effective.

Downtime Required:
None; there is no redness or swelling and clients can return to their normal activities immediately after a treatment session.


Botox®

Description:
Botulinum toxin, often referred to by its product name Botox®, is derived from the poison manufactured by the bacteria, Clostridium (one form of Clostridium infection is called Botulism). Injections of the toxin blocks the nerve impulses, temporarily paralyzing the muscles that cause wrinkles while giving the skin a smoother, more refreshed appearance.

Effectiveness:
Excellent, results within a few hours to several days.

Estimated Treatment Cost:
$500-$800, depending upon areas.

Longevity of Results:
3-4 Months

Undesired Effects:
Stinging/burning during injection; synthetic stiff plastic appearance in some; short-term eyelid droop; Hematomas and headaches may also occur.

Harmful Side Effects:
Rare, but possible systemic risks (respiratory arrest, etc.). Long-term effects are still unknown, but dose amounts for humans are fatal to rats in laboratory studies. Do not get Botox® while pregnant, as it may be fatal to your fetus.


IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) Photorejuvenation

Description:
A handheld device delivers pulses of light to the skin to treat hyper pigmentation and redness caused by broken blood vessels and to improve skin texture and tone. As with a laser, a mild wound response also promotes cell turnover and some collagen production.

Effectiveness:
Good, for skin blemishes and discoloration.

Estimated Treatment Cost:
$1700-$2500 for 4-6 Treatments

Longevity of Results:
2-3 years

Undesired Effects:
Risk of redness, swelling, mild pain for 3-5 days. Some blistering, bruising, or flaking may occur.

Harmful Side Effects:
Permanent scarring is rare but possible.

Staffing Required:
Physician

Comments:
Mainly used as a color treatment for skin disorders, including redness, sun damage, and spotting. Effectiveness of wrinkle reduction is low.

Downtime Required:
3-5 days due to unsightly and/or uncomfortable skin.

Staffing Required:
Physician

Comments:
Treats only motion wrinkles (Crow’s feet, between brows (Glabella), and forehead).

Botulinum toxin, often referred to by its product name Botox®, is derived from the poison manufactured by the bacteria, Clostridium (one form of Clostridium infection is called Botulism). Injections of the toxin blocks the nerve impulses, temporarily paralyzing the muscles that cause wrinkles while giving the skin a smoother, more refreshed appearance.

Chemical Peels

Description:
One or a combination of acids is painted on skin like a mask in varying strengths. The acid solution peels away layers of the skin. Superficial peels increase cell turnover and are used to improve skin texture (and uneven pigmentation); significant wrinkle reduction is unlikely.

Effectiveness:
Noticeable skin vitality; improved complexion, and some smoothing of fine wrinkles, but deeper wrinkles and sags appear unaffected.

Estimated Treatment Cost:
$2000-$3500 for full face medium peel

Longevity of Results:
6 months to 1 year

Undesired Effects:
Following a medium or deep peel, skin is red and a surface crust forms. This flakes off after about a week, but skin can remain red for a month. The deeper the peel is, the longer and more painful the recovery.

Harmful Side Effects:
Potential risk of permanent scarring, but usually rare.

Staffing Required:
Physician

Comments:
Physicians and clients often complain of unevenness of effects. Most popular cosmetic treatment until Botox® arrived in the mainstream.

Downtime Required:
You are burning off layers of skin with acid so, depending upon the depth of the peel, be prepared for some downtime from work or the public eye due to unsightly and painful conditions.

RFE - Thermage®, Thermacool™, Thermalift™

Description:
While a cooling spray protects the epidermis from burning, high levels of radio frequency energy heats the dermis, stimulating collagen growth and causing the skin to tighten.

Effectiveness:
Poor (see comments below); 4-6 months before any results seen, if at all.

Estimated Treatment Cost:
$1700-$3000 per treatment, with 4-5 treatments needed.

Longevity of Results:
2-3 years

Undesired Effects:
Regarded by most clients as very painful; persistent unsightly redness, swelling, and discomfort.

Harmful Side Effects:
Risk of permanent fat atrophy (destruction), scarring indentions, and dimpling.

Staffing Required:
Physician

Comments:
Expensive risk considering potential of injury and lack of effectiveness.Only about 50-60% of those treated experience clearly noticeable improvement. As few as 10% gain substantial youthful changes, and up to half receive no benefits at all. Thermage® recently reworked their device at an attempt to reduce the cases of injury, but patients still seem to be complaining of such effects.

Downtime Required:
The notion that Thermage® “requires no downtime” is an exaggeration. While most people require a rather short downtime of 3-5 days, some develop significant redness, swelling, and blisters, and may need to stay out of public eye for a week or more. Also, some residual pain may linger for several days.

Restylane®

Description:
Restylane® is a temporary filler injected into the skin for facial contouring, lip augmentation, and wrinkle correction. It is made from hyaluronic acid, a substance that occurs naturally in the body to attract moisture and add cushioning.

Effectiveness:
Excellent as a lip filler; somewhat limited as a wrinkle agent.

Estimated Treatment Cost:
$500-$700

Longevity of Results:
6-9 months with repeated treatments

Undesired Effects:
Risk of redness, mild pain, or swelling for several days.

Harmful Side Effects:
None Known.

Staffing Required:
Physician

Comments:
Lasts longer than collagen filler. Unlike most injectable products, Restylane® is not made from animal products and does not require an allergy test prior to injection.

Downtime Required:
None.

Laser Skin Treatments Polaris™, Titan™, Fraxel™

Description:
Both the Polaris™ and the Titan™ use high-energy radio-frequency but the Titan™ adds pulsed broadband infrared energy, and the Polaris™ adds a high power Diode Laser to tighten skin
In simple terms, these devices wound layers of skin in order to stimulate collagen.

Effectiveness:
Good but not immediate; results typically don’t show for 3-6 months.

Estimated Treatment Cost:
Polaris™ and the Titan™: $2500 per full face/neck treatment; 3-5 treatments are suggested for optimal results, at 3-4 weeks apart. Fraxel™ is $5000-$6000 for 3-5 treatments but claims to be less “wounding” and with fewer risks; however effectiveness seems the same.

Longevity of Results:
1-2 years

Undesired Effects:
Risk of redness, swelling, blistering for up to 5-10 days. Skin will be sensative for several days.

Harmful Side Effects:
As with any cell altering procedure using laser or infrared energy, there is a risk of scarring and fat atrophy; though less common than ablative devices.

Staffing Required:
Physician

Comments:
These devices work only by targeting the collagen. Many are still not approved for use on other body areas besides the face. Treatment is best indicated for the 30-40 year old. Although older skin types can get a nice enhancement from treatment, they will be unlikely to get the desired lift.

Downtime Required:
Treatment recommendations included application of ice packs for the remainder of the day. Redness and/or swelling will keep most out of the public eye for 1-2 days.

Contact Information

Phone: (210) 681-3333
email: info@beautifulimageofsanantonio.com

Address:
5819 NW Loop 410, Suite 152,
San Antonio, TX 78238

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