High Frequency is an effective treatment for many of the 'things' that bug you about your skin.
What is it? High frequency is focused energy. A tiny, fine, sterile stainless steel probe directs the HF to the specific area being treated. It is not a needle, nor does it penetrate or puncture your skin. This focused energy has a brief stinging sensation while the affected area is being treated. Generally, only one treatment is necessary, depending on the type and size of the affected area.
What does HF treat? Flat and raised hyperpigmentation (dark age/sun spots). Sebaceous hyperplasias (raised, over-grown, doughnut-shaped oil glands). Sebaceous keratoses (benign rough elevated lesions, usually close in color to your skin). Tiny broken capillaries and small veins around the nose, chin, etc. Deep blackheads, waxy acne impactions and cysts. Small tags. Fibromas (similar to tags, usually dark, seen in ethnic skin-types). Cherry angiomas (raised or flat red blood-spots). Milia - those hard waxy pearls under the surface of the skin that cannot be removed with peels, scrubs, or squeezing (see the blog article on Milia)... And so much more!
What areas of the body can receive HF treatment? Generally most persons like their face, neck, chest, shoulders, and hands to be 'spot-free'; however, other areas of the body can be treated.
Do people really get this done, and does it work? Yes, men and women get this service because it helps treat the minor skin imperfections on their skin they feel conscious about. Yes, it can be very effective when the issues are treated properly. Occasionally, an area may need to be retreated, but most imperfections resolve beautifully.
Do these imperfections come back? It depends. New acne issues come and go, but HF helps drain and dry-up the current lesions, and can help dry out an over-active pore. Pigmentation can be deep (dermal) or surface (epidermal). Most epidermal pigmented spots resolve nicely. Capillaries can be surface and deep. The body has a tendency to re-vascularize in some areas, but not necessarily in the exact same place. Cherry angiomas generally blanch immediately. EVERYONE is different, but I am happy to say, my clients who receive HF have been very pleased. Many come great distances to have it done.
High frequency is NOT a treatment for: Melasma/chlosasma (large patches of darkened skin). Mole removal - anything questionable or that of which has its own blood supply. Skin cancers. Blue pigmentation spots. Unusual vascular formations. Treatment may be denied for persons with diabetes, skin infections, active herpes/cold sores, easy-to-bruise, immuno-compromised and persons slow to heal.
How is it done? After you skin is thoroughly examined visually under a Skin Scope, and magnifying loupe; every lesion will be then further identified with a filtered/illuminated dermatological handheld tool. The skin will be cleansed. Depending on the lesion treated, the skin will remain dry, or be moistened with a cotton swab dipped in witch hazel. The probe will be gently tapped over the area needing treatment. Post-HF will include soothing treatments, and home-care instructions. You will have to wear sunscreen as directed.
What happens to with my skin following treatment? Treated areas will form a tiny thin crust, which is left alone to come off by itself. Acne cysts and blackheads generally do not crust, but drain/dry-up. Capillaries usually blanch and are not visible, though may be temporarily slightly pink. You must NOT pick at or exfoliate the skin. Home-care involves gentle cleansing, hydrating, and mositurization. NEVER apply antibiotic ointments or anything other than what your licensed skincare professional recommends. Complete resolution of the treatment depends on the size of the treated lesion, how fast your skin heals, and how you care for it post-treatment.
Can I wear makeup? Yes, but wait about 24 hours if you can. You must gently remove makeup while the areas heal as to not loosen or remove the crust. Keep this in mind.
Can I tan? NO. Wait until your skin is healed, meanwhile sunscreen is mandatory.
On skin medications (Retin-A, Renova, Benzoyl Peroxide, topical Rx or OTC creams)? You must be off them for two weeks before you can receive this treatment. You may resume your regular use of products after the skin is healed - usually three weeks.
YOU MUST BE OFF ACCUTANE ONE YEAR BEFORE HAVING THIS SERVICE.
I welcome your questions about this, or any other services provided by Skinplicity Therapeutic Skincare. Feel free to call, email, or text me.