Electrotherapy Machines

This section is not part of the treatment menu, but a description of the electrical machines that I use during skin treatments. I decided to write this section as although I know what to expect, you might not! 

Below you will find a list of machines that I use, along with a brief explanation of what they do and what to expect when you are receiving treatment with the machine. 

Not listed here are diagnostic tools such as a moisture analyser, magnifying headset and woods lamp etc.

bt-sonic

What does it do? 

The bt-sonic is a sonic cleansing brush with anti-microbial Azul silicone bristles. It works product into the skin, ensuring a thorough cleanse.

What to expect?

A slight vibration over the area being worked on.

 

bt-micro

What does it do? 

The bt-micro uses ultrasonic exfoliation, which works by creating high speed oscillations with a metal blade. This loosens surface debris preparing for better product penetration. This is a multi-function tool that also uses galvanic iontopheresis and desincrustation (which I will explain with the galvanic machine, however this device uses myself as the passive electrode). 

What to expect?

A slight vibration over the area being worked on along with a slight buzzing sound. When used on galvanic modes the blade will be placed flat on the skin and in some areas (like the temple) a slight high pitched sound can be heard. 

Galvanic machine

What does it do? 

Galvanic machines use an electrical current with positive and negative electrodes. Iontopheresis is the process of using a positively charged electrode to deliver products past the stratum corneum as it affects the permeability of the skin. Desincrustation is taking place if the polarity is flipped. The now negative electrode will repel a solution (sodium based) into the skin which will then saponify oils and comedones (black heads), making them easy to extract.   

What to expect?

A slight tingling sensation may be felt depending on how high the current is. You may also get a slightly metallic taste in your mouth, which is due to the electrical current. You may also be asked to hold the passive electrode while the working electrode is being used by myself. If you are in for a ProSkin 60 treatment, it is likely that as your shoulders are exposed, I will place the passive electrode under a shoulder. The current can be adjusted and is rarely uncomfortable, however you will feel this one!

High frequency machine

What does it do? 

High frequency uses low current high frequency alternating currents. A glass electrode filled with gas has current passed through which then converts some of the oxygen in the air into ozone, which is germicidal, making it brilliant for acne treatment. Indirect high frequency stimulates the skin with heat to aid product penetration. 

What to expect?

A loud(ish) buzzing noise can be heard. If you have your eyes open you may also see a bright glow, which is the gas in the electrode. When producing ozone you will notice a change in the smell of the air surrounding you (kind of smells like chlorine). If having indirect high frequency you will be asked to hold a glass electrode in your hand while I massage your skin.

Microcurrent machine (aka non-surgical face lift)

What does it do? 

Using a micro-current (hence the name) it will mimic your muscles own bio-electric currents, causing them to contract and tone themselves. Unlike the rest of the body, the facial muscles are connected to the skin meaning improvement in tone of these muscles will offer a lifted appearance.

What to expect?

You will feel a slight involuntary contraction of your facial muscles. This is a bizarre feeling at first, but you quickly get used to it. On some areas with less fatty tissue you will feel the probes working over the skin, but this is not uncomfortable. This machine may also be used for iontopheresis, but you will not have to hold onto an electrode as the positive and negative poles are switched at high speed between the facial probes.

Diamond microdermabrasion

What does it do? 

Using a synthetic diamond tip along with vacuum suction, the tip is passed over the skin and removes surface debris. The vacuum suction, while vacuuming up the debris also has the benefit of aiding lymphatic drainage. The resurfacing action also encourages cell renewal and collagen production.

What to expect?

It is like being licked by a cat that has a tiny vacuum in its mouth. A bizarre but accurate description!

Vacuum suction

What does it do? 

Using a glass ventouse, an adjustable vacuum is created over the skin. The movement of this ventouse has the effect of moving lymph along from congested areas and draining them to lymph nodes. Special types of ventouse may be used during extractions of comedones (black heads). 

What to expect?

Pretty much what you would expect. It feels like a tiny vacuum moving across the skin.

Rotary brushing

What does it do? 

This machine uses interchangeable brush heads with different functionalities, such as a sponge head to work product across the skin and a dry body brush to remove surface debris prior to massage.

What to expect?

I pretty much only use this one for body treatments so you would most likely have the dry body brush attachment which will feel slightly scratchy but not unpleasant.

LED therapy

What does it do? 

LED therapy uses a series of highly calibrated LED's that operate on a specific frequency (sorry, but your Christmas lights won't do the job). The use of LED therapy has been backed up by over 200 reports from well respected universities and medical labs. The main one being NASA, who have shown red light to be beneficial in the healing of wounds. Blue light is antibacterial and highly effective in the fight against acne.

What to expect?

Depending on the device used (I have two that perform this), you will either have a mask place over your face (which you can remove anytime, it is not strapped down) or a handset will work over specific areas. There is no physical sensation caused by the lights.

Ultrasound

What does it do? 

Ultrasound uses a technology once only used by dermatologists, plastic surgeons and medical spas. A sophisticated sound wave technology is used to penetrate deep below the surface of the skin to stimulate cell renewal, toning, circulation and lymphatic drainage to reduce puffiness in areas like the eyes. On the face a low frequency is used, however a high frequency is used on the body which can break down cellulite deposits.

What to expect?

To ensure maximum penetration of sound waves and easy glide across the skin, a cool gel is applied (I'll warn you when it is going on!). Depending on your sensitivity you may feel a slight tingling sensation, but it is virtually sensation free.

 

On the day of your treatment we will have a chat about what you want to achieve and I will design a treatment specifically for you using these electrotherapy machines. If you do have any questions about any of the machines being used on you please feel free to ask, as I can give you further explanation about each one. Some of these machines have restrictions placed on their use treating someone with a medical condition. Where this occurs I will offer an alternative (just in case something has caught your eye that you NEED to try!).