The Big Picture
What makes POLY a truly special addition to your aesthetic menu or skincare routine is that it not only works alongside all of the listed treatment options, but also that in most cases it actually enhances their results!
POLY brings together your entire product and treatment line to help deliver cutting edge treatment with safe, fast, and labor-free results with no down time for your clients. By embracing the science of light therapy, your spa or clinic will now be at the forefront of the fastest growing non-surgical treatment movement.
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What Are Wrinkles?
As we age, our skin cells age with us. The result of this is the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and crows feet on our skin. This happens because in the aging process of the skin, its cells divide at a slower rate and cause the dermis to lose its elasticity and ability to retain water. Luckily, there are a variety of options to treat and manage wrinkles and fine lines. These treatments are often referred to as anti-aging or skin rejuvenation treatments. Below we will help you find the regimen that works for you to help rejuvenate your skin and restore your youthful glow.
How Do I Avoid Getting Wrinkles?
While some wrinkle formation is a natural byproduct of aging, other wrinkle formations occur as a response to lifestyle, and with some simple changes you can reduce the appearance of wrinkles as you age.
Frown lines and crow’s feet are two specific types of wrinkles; lines around your mouth and around your eyes, respectively. Their appearance is made more likely by frequent squinting and frowning. As simple as it may sound – try to turn your frowns upside down!
Smoking can dramatically increase the appearance of wrinkles, particularly around the lips due to the manuevers associated with smoking. In addition to this, smoking also has a negative effect on your skin’s collagen production and can actually hasten the aging process. It’s best to avoid smoking altogether.
Standing directly in sunlight for long periods of time can have a negative impact on the skin as well. The sun’s long-term damage on the skin causes wrinkles as you age. When possible, wear sunscreen and avoid over-exposing your skin to direct sunlight.
Types of Treatments
LED Light Therapy
LED Light Therapy using red light is able to stimulate the skin cells’ fibroblasts into producing more collagen. This will firm and smooth wrinkles and fine lines.
In addtion to this, clinical studies have shown that red light also reduces inflammation in the cells of the body which is exactly why light therapy is able to integrate seamlessly with other treatment modalities. By reducing inflammation, the mechanisms working in peptides, for example, and able to work into the skin over time much easier and deliver their chemical compounds where necessary.
Light therapy sessions are fast – usually between 15 and 30 minutes -, painless, require no down time, and are said to be very relaxing. While results can take between 4-8 weeks, most users feel a pleasant, warm glow after each treatment.
As with light therapy, the aim of microneedling is to get your skin to product more collagen. This process is accomplished using a group of small needles to mildly puncture the skin at the most superficial level, the stratum cornea. The small punctures created leave wounds behind which trigger a cellular response by which the skin cells produce more collagen to send out to the affected areas.
Microneedling involves minimal to no pain and is usually offered after the application of a topical cream to numb the surface of the skin. Treatments are generally short, however, clients must take time in between treatments in order to maximize the effect of the collagen rush to the skin. There is a minor amount of down time in regards to make-up application, but by the evening time there should be no issue.
Microneedling is a very popular modality today and is offered on most skincare menus, however, microneedling typically is used with other treatments to either reduce pain, reduce downtime, or improve results. LED Light Therapy has become a popular post-treatment addition to microneedling.
Dermabrasion and microdermabrasion are higher intensity exfoliation treatments that involve debridement of the outer layers of the skin. Dermabrasion treatments are most commonly practiced on the face by a dermatologist.
Because a local anesthetic is usually used, dermabrasion is oftentimes a painless procedure, however, the down time from this treatment can be up to two weeks. Redness and swelling usually occurs after dermabrasion treatments, and to mitigate this as well as reduce the total downtime, some practitioners offer LED therapy as a post-treatment healing procedure.
Utilizing either carbon dioxide or erbium, laser resurfacing is a precise skincare treatment designed to target very specific areas that are populated by wrinkles or fine lines. Laser resurfacing is used for more than wrinkle treatments, however, as they can also be used to treat or manage warts, scars, and other conditions.
Laser resurfacing takes anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the amount of area to be treated. Once you are back home, there is maintenance to be done including cleaning the treated area 5 times per day and applying topicals and jellies to soothe the pain and reduce the swelling.
Due to the extent of this treatment and its recovery routine, a few follow up LED sessions are recommended in order to expedite the healing process, minimize risks, and provide comfort.
Facials & Peels
A chemical peel is an exfoliation treatment that utilizes a chemical that is applied on the face via a peelable substance. The face peel is left on for several minutes while the chemicals work their way into the outer layers of the skin. During this time, a mild tingling or burning may be felt, however, this is normal.
Peels are typically given in a series of treatments, usually 3 sessions given two weeks apart from one another. A reduction in wrinkles and fine lines can be seen after this, with a 4-12 week maintenance period with peel treatments throughout.
There is no down time with peels, however, a redness in the face may be present for up to two days. LED therapy can help boost the results of a peel, however, light therapy should be administered prior to the peel treatment, as any low levels of heat felt on the face after a peel will be amplified and mild discomfort may occur.