Is skin Classic painful?
There is some minor discomfort associated with the Skin Classic treatment; on a scale of 1-10, most patients put the treatment at a 3-5 depending on the area treated and irregularity.
How long is a treatment, and will there be any downtime?
A Skin Classic treatment can be for a single blemish, a 15 minute or a 30 minute session. There will be a small area of crusting over the treated blemish for which the recovery time is minimal.
Several days after treatment, mild redness and a “crust” or small scab will form over the treated spot due to the desiccation. Depending on which irregularity is treated, it may take 7-14 days to fall off and 30 days to heal completely. Moisturizer and antibiotic ointment can be used to speed healing, and concealer can be used after 24 hours. The Skin Classic treatment is a process and since it’s non-invasive, it will take time for the results to fully develop.
Who can be treated with the Skin Classic?
The Skin Classic is a radio frequency device that can be safely used on all skin types and tones. It is not recommended for individuals who have a compromised immune system or who have difficulty healing.
With 1-2 treatments, the Skin Classic can successfully treat:
Telangiectasias (Broken capillaries)
Broken capillaries are small dilated blood vessels near the surface of the skin or mucus membranes. They can develop anywhere on the body but are commonly seen on the face around the nose, cheeks, chin, and chest. They can be caused by environmental damage such as sun or cold exposure and may increase as we age. Trauma to the skin such a contusions and surgical procedures are also a factor as well as radiation therapy.
Cherry Angiomas are small clusters of capillaries at the surface of the skin that form a small round dome, orpapule, which is often flat topped. The color typically ranges from bright red to purple. When they first begin to appear, they are almost flat and appear as small red dots. These dots can grow over time up to a centimeter or more in some cases. Larger cherry angiomas may be thick and raised. These are found in various areas of the face and body and are typically caused by aging, pregnancy, genetics, and excessive sun exposure.
Sebaceous Hyperplasia is a disorder of the oil glands and is a common, benign condition most commonly found in adults of middle age or older. These lesions can be single or multiple and appear as a yellow, soft, small papule on the face. They are round and the oil surrounds the pore giving it a “donut-like” appearance. Typically these occur on the nose, cheeks, and forehead. Occasionally, sebaceous hyperplasia appear on the chest or other parts of the body as well.
Brown Spots, or Lentigo, are small pigmented spots that occur on the skin and have a clearly defined edge, surrounded by skin that appears normal. These are benign and restricted to the cell layer directly above the deepest membrane of the epidermis, which is where the melanocytes that make up these spots normally reside. Unlike freckles, these will stay stable in their color regardless of sunlight exposure. The most common, benign, sun induced lesion is a solar lentigo (actinic lentigo, senile lentigo, sun spot, liver spot). They occur in sun exposed areas appearing on the face, arms, tops of hands, and chest. The spots are typically smaller than 5mm in diameter and can be flat or depressed and may be split by fine wrinkles. The lesions are usually brown in color and may range from yellow-tan to black. Older lesions are often darker brown or black and can slowly increase in number and in size. It is most commonly found in individuals aged 30-50 years old. Increased exposure to sun and artificial sources of UV light can cause these to appear at an even younger age.
A seborrheic keratosis is a non-cancerous (benign) skin. tumor that originates from cells in the outer layer of the epidermis, also known as keratinocytes. Like liver spots, seborrheic keratoses are seen more often as people age. These lesions can be slightly elevated and have a waxy or scaly appearance like a scab from a wound. They can appear round of oval, ranging from very small to more than one inch in size. These growths can appear in various colors, ranging from light tan to black, and have been often described as having a “pasted on” appearance. Seborrheic keratoses are commonly found on the face, chest, shoulders, and back. Although typically painless, they can become irritated from clothing or jewelry that causes friction. While seborrheic keratosis is non-cancerous, basal cell carcinoma can sometimes be found in the same location and sometimes can progress into basal cell carcinoma.
A skin tag is a small benign tumor that primarily forms in areas where the skin creases, such as the neck, armpit, and groin. Sometimes they may also appear on the eyelids or other areas of the face. These are harmless and typically painless, and do not grow or change over time. Skin tags can be large, sometimes up to a half inch long, but are most commonly about the size of a grain of rice. The surface can range from smooth to rough. They can become irritated by shaving, clothing, or jewelry. Common causes are weight gain, genetic, diabetes, and pregnancy. They are also more common in women than men.
A milium, plural Milia, is a keratin filled cyst that can appear just under the epidermis. Milia are very common in newborn babies, but can appear on people of all ages. They are most commonly found around the nose and eye. In children, Milia disappear easily, on their own. However, in adults they may require removal by skin care professional.
Start with a free consultation where we will identify what we can successfully treat for you! Then your appointment will be scheduled. A follow up appointment 4-6 weeks later is required as well, where any irregularities that need a second treatment will be addressed. Specific aftercare will be discussed during your consultation, but generally a mild cleanser twice a day followed by SPF is recommended.
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