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Technology and skin (aka Beauty Tech) - what you need to know

Back to blog home 9th June 2020
Technology and skin (aka Beauty Tech) - what you need to know

Skincare is getting techy!

Historically, the focus of skincare has primarily been about a product’s ingredients, whether it’s Vitamin C for brightening, Hyaluronic Acid for hydration, or Vitamin A for refining skin texture. Whilst ingredients are still a crucial part of a skincare regime, it’s the technology that sits alongside which you should be paying attention to, i.e. the techy ways to get ingredients deeper into the skin, and using lasers to increase collagen production. Introducing ‘beauty tech’, the future of skin care. 

At Total Body Concept we have been working with technology and skin for years. Our technology treats a range of skin concerns from acne and surgical scars, stretch marks, and melasma to age spots, fine lines and rosacea. 

Total Body Concept Beauty Tech Treatments - 

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) for Photorejuvenation

IPL works by emitting a range of lightwaves that break down the vessel walls of the haemoglobin, causing them to fragment and be reabsorbed by the body, meaning any discoloured blotches in the face, neck, chest or hands will become much less visible. IPL works on the following:

  • Lightening and reducing redness, rosacea, dilated blood vessels and “broken” blood vessels on the face, neck and chest.

  • Lightening and removing “sun spots”, “age spots”, and pigmentation on the face, neck, chest, hands and other areas of the body.

Skin Needling for rejuvenating skin, supporting collagen regeneration and scar improvement 

With Skin Needling (aka Direct Needle Therapy), ultra fine, medical grade stainless steel needles are passed vertically across the skin creating multiple surface skin channels. Each of the thousands of tiny puncture wounds induces the release of growth factors that begin the process of wound healing. These factors stimulate new collagen and elastin growth in the surrounding skin which, once initiated, can continue for up to 12 months.

Not only great for fine lines and wrinkles, Skin Needling can also support the healing of acne scars and improve the appearance of stretch marks and surgical scars.

 

Laser Genesis (Cutera) for collagen remodelling 

Developed by a top international brand in skincare solutions, Cutera, Laser Genesis uses laser light to target the dermis, the layer of skin where collagen is produced. Small areas of the skin are heated to the optimal temperatures of 41 - 44 degrees, in order to stimulate new collagen formation (neocollagenesis).

The Laser Genesis treatment is great for treating blemishes such as large pores; the appearance of mottled and uneven skin tones; redness; fine lines; hyperpigmentation; rosacea and scars. 

Read more about Laser Genesis

 

Laser Excel V (Cutera) for vascular and pigment concerns 

Also developed by Cutera, Laser Excel V is the most advanced aesthetic technology that combines two powerfully precise lasers to target and eliminate vascular concerns (redness, unsightly veins) and benign pigmented lesions (age spots, sun spots, discolouration) on the face and body.

 

M22 ResurFX for acne scars, surgical scars and stretch marks

The M22 ResurFX is a fibre laser and the only true fractional non-ablative skin resurfacing technology. It uses a very advanced CoolScan scanner for non-sequential scanning and continuous cooling for safety and protection of the skin. The treatment works to stimulate deep collagen regeneration over a sequence of treatments.

M22 ResurFX is used for the treatment of acne scars, surgical scars, stretch marks, lines around the eyes and skin resurfacing.


Blue Light Acne Therapy for acne

Celluma Acne PhotoClearing technology offers a tool designed to clear moderate inflammatory acne without drugs, side effects, patient discomfort, photosensitivity or downtime. Celluma uses a high-intensity, enhanced, narrow band light source (464 nm) for the treatment of acne. 

 

Lumenis IPL for hair removal 

Lumenis IPL Hair Removal can permanently reduce hair growth. IPL uses a source of broad-spectrum, visible light to target the melanin pigment in the hair. The light energy is absorbed, transferring heat energy that warms the hair, causing permanent damage to the hair follicle and ideally eradicating future hair growth. Once a hair follicle has been successfully treated by IPL, hair will no longer grow from it. Additionally, as broad-spectrum light naturally spreads out, the coverage or IPL Hair Removal is greater than that of other laser hair removal technologies.

 

Sonophoresis for skin pigmentation, collagen production and fine lines and wrinkles.

Sonophoresis is a process that exponentially increases the absorption of topical compounds (transdermal delivery) into the epidermis and dermis of the skin. Sonophoresis occurs because ultrasound waves stimulate micro-vibrations within the skin epidermis and increase the overall kinetic energy of molecules making up topical agents. 

 

Microdermabrasion for the regeneration of new skin cells, stimulating collagen production and strengthening elastin.

Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical exfoliation technique to remove dead skin cells from the outer layer of skin. It’s a mechanical process using a diamond head to exfoliate together with a vacuum to remove the dead skin cells leaving the skin feeling soft and smooth. The treatment helps to improve irregularities on the surface of the skin, reducing fine lines, pigmentation marks and shallow acne scars.

 

Enhance your skincare regime with at-home beauty tech

If you want to try a skin-care device at home, we recommend the Ultraceuticals Derma Roller for microneedling. 

Derma Needling is derived from ancient acupuncture techniques in China where fine needles are used to improve various functions throughout the body. At home microneedling works in a similar way to help stimulate new collagen production. While needling might sound a little scary, we promise it’s more of a prickling feeling rather than pain.

Although you won’t get the same results as in-clinic needling (as the needles are shorter and not as sharp) your skin will still benefit as rollers enhance the penetration of products, whether they’re brightening, hydrating or rejuvenating. You will also see an improvement in skin texture and firmness, and a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and scars for an overall more youthful appearance. 

Made of ultra-fine, medical-grade stainless steel needles of 2 different sizes (0.2mm and 0.5mm), the Ultra Derma Roller creates multiple surface skin channels to allow increased skincare product penetration. This easy to use roller is proven to bring results when used properly and regularly alongside products from the Ultraceuticals range. Roller comes with an Ultra Derma Roller Disinfectant to ensure cleanliness for your next use.