Staten Island Services
Introducing The VelaShape
The VelaShape is a device that combines elos technology (electro optical synergy) with mechanical manipulation of the skin using gentle vacuum suction with or without mechanical massage. It is designed for use in medical and aesthetic practices and is indicated for:
Non-invasive treatment for body contouring via temporary cellulite and circumference reduction.
Temporary reduction in the appearance of cellulite and temporary reduction of thighs circumferences. It is also indicated for the relief of minor muscle aches and spasms, as well as for the temporary improvement of local blood circulation.
The system integrates the following technologies:
- Infrared optical energy
- Bipolar conductive radio frequency current
- Mechanical manipulation
These three technologies work together to provide dermal and sub-dermal heating, and mechanical modifications resulting in improved blood circulation, enhanced lymphatic drainage, as well as an increased metabolic rate of the adipose tissue.
Anantomy of Cellulite
Cellulite is characterized by Dimpled Skin Surface– mattress-like appearance. The fat cells are located in chambers which are separated by vertical and horizontal Connective Tissue Septa. The Septa are anchored rigid fibers that do not stretch with the skin as the volume within the walls of the chamber increases. When the fat chamber becomes too distended by enlarged fat cells and by retained intercellular fluids, it protrudes beyond the length of the vertical septa, pushing up the skin surface and resulting in a dimpled skin appearance.
The VelaShape Procedure
The application of elos (IR and RF energies) to the dermis/hypodermis is intended to deploy heat to these tissues that contribute to cellulite. The vacuum contributes to the increased blood circulation. The blood, which is one of the targets of the hyperthermic effect of the IR and RF, responds in a higher diffusivity of oxygen. This in turn increases the metabolic breakdown of stored fat by the fat cells (lipolysis), thereby reducing the size of the fat cells. Consequently, the bumpiness of the skin, which is largely caused by distended fat cells protruding up from the anchored connective tissue septa, is reduced.
The mechanical action of the vacuum and rollers gently kneads the skin and facilitates deeper penetration of heat, delivering energies to the dermis and hypodermis. The mechanical action helps draining the excess intercellular part of the hypodermis into the lymphatic system.
Both actions, reducing the fat cells size and draining excess fluids to the lymphatic system, are accompanied by shrinkage of the connective tissue septa and facilitate the overall shrinkage of the fat chamber size, thus leading to reduction of cellulite and circumference.
- Ideally, the treatment should be performed once a week for at least one month. Spacing the treatments less than once a week apart may reduce treatment efficacy. Usually 6-12 treatments result in significant circumference reduction and cellulite improvement. Some patients may need a few more sessions. Once a week is an acceptable protocol also when combining the sessions. Once a week is an acceptable protocol also when combining the VSmooth and VContour Aplicators.
- One maintenance treatment a month may be necessary to sustain the results, followed by once in 2-3 months according to individual results.
Post treatment care
- If heat sensation is excessive, cool the area with conventional cooling methods such as cold (not frozen) packs .
- In case of side effects such as burns, stop treatment; apply cooling and appropriate creams. Resume treating the area only after side effects have subsided, and with reduced levels of parameter.
- Prevent post-treatment overheating (e.g. Jacuzzi, sauna, etc.), or risk of physical damage.
- Follow with home care cream ANESI Lipoaminocel.
Improvements will take some time to be apparent, and is affected by clinical conditions at the start of treatment regimen. Main impact may be:
1. Transient skin texture may show improvement after each session.
2. Thighs circumference reduction may show improvement after 2-3 sessions.
3. Cellulite may show improvement after 4-6 sessions.
Laser Hair Removal
How does laser hair removal work?
A concentrated beam of light is aimed at hair. The light is absorbed by the pigment, which damages the follicle enough to retard future growth. Lasers can remove hair anywhere from several months to years, as the results differ widely from person to person.
Ouch Factor: Depending on a person’s pain tolerance, lasers can feel like a gentle pinch or the snap of a hot rubber band.
Keep In Mind:
- Laser hair removal gets rid of ingrown hair up to 95%.
- Treatments are performed anywhere from 4-6 weeks in between sessions.
- The procedure isn’t permanent. Hair grows in indeterminate cycles, and it needs to be caught in the growth phase for the procedure to be effective. It does reduce hair growth up to 80%.
- A post-zap breakout is common, because the treatment leaves hair follicles open for a few days. An OTC hydrocortisone cream or antibacterial lotion will prevent blemishes.
- Tanning-from either the sun or a bottle-is a no-no before a laser treatment, since darker skin absorbs the light before it can reach the follicles.
- The area should be clear of any lotion or deodorant and should be clean shaven before each treatment.
- Avoid any method of hair removal besides shaving two weeks prior to a treatment.
- 1 week after your first treatment you should exfoliate the area with a gentle scrub to help loosen the shedding hair.
- Stop using Renova, Retin-A and AHAs-which can make skin fragile and sensitive-several days prior to laser hair removal. If taking Accutane, ask your physician about hair-removal options.
- Avoid chlorine, saltwater and the sun, for a week after laser hair removal (to prevent irritation and burning.)
- Don’t subject sunburned skin to any hair removal; wait until the burn subsides.
Skin Health for life is our philosophy of not just improving your appearance, but actually restoring youthful, healthy skin. Skin health is a lifestyle, requiring monthly maintenance and the right treatment for every skin type. The HydraFacial is not just a quick-fix procedure- it helps improve the quality of your skin, helping to make it healthy.
For All Skin Types & Conditions
- Sun Damage; hyperpigmentation; uneven skin tone
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Dry or dehydrated skin
- Loss of skin clarity; resilience and firmness
- Oily and congested skin; enlarged pores
- Aging skin
The HydraFacial resurfacing procedure thoroughly cares for your skin, providing cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, and hydration all while Vortex-Fusing antioxidants, peptides and Hyaluronic acid. The HydraFacial is a non-invasive, non-surgical procedure that delivers instant results with no discomfort or downtime. The procedure is soothing, moisturizing, non-irritating and immediately effective
Each treatment uses a series of HydrPeel tips- Each one has multiple peeling edges to gently exfoliate the skin several times each pass, achieving better, more even results. The unique spiral design creates a vortex effect to easily dislodge and remove impurities while simultaneously introducing hydrating skin solutions with potent antioxidants.
- Cleansing and Exfoliation. Dead skin cells are removed to reveal healthy new skin.
- Acid Peel. This gentle peel helps loosen dirt and debris from pores without irritation.
- Extractions. Painless, automated extractions use vortex suction to clean out pore.
- Hydration. Antioxidants and Hyaluronic Acid are Vortex-Fused to nourish and protect.
- Protection. The HydraFacial Daily Essentials help and protect your results.
Understanding Skin Damage
Every day we are exposed to the elements of stress, pollution, toxins, and most importantly, sunlight. These are known as free radicals, and they are the root of skin damage and aging. Free radicals destroy the chemical makeup of our skin cells, preventing them from functioning properly, causing our skin to deteriorate.
UV rays are classified UVA (aging rays) and UVB (burning rays), and both are major concerns for skin health. UVA rays have the same damaging effects all day long, all year round. They penetrate the layers of your skin causing damage deep beneath the surface. UVB rays result in surface burns which can lead to discoloration and uneven skin tone.
The most natural defense against free radical damage is antioxidants – they neutralize free radicals, restoring and protecting skin from damage. Antioxidants can be found in vitamins like A and E, or in plant extracts like white tea, rosemary, and horse chestnut seed. Antioxidants are vital in the pursuit for healthy skin.
This is why the HydraFacial is so important – not only does it remove surface damage such as dead skin cells and impurities, but it also replenishes the skin with antioxidants through Vortex-Fusion, the most advanced application of nutrients to the skin.
SKIN HEALTH AND HYDRAFACIAL DAILY ESSENTIALS
The HydraFacial Daily Essentials provide you with detoxification, rejuvenation, and protection while targeting your specific skin concerns. The HydraFacial Daily Essentials are an extension of the treatment, maintaining and enhancing results between procedures. Each product is formulated with the same performing ingredients found in each in – office treatment. Together they are essential for achieving healthy skin.
Available for purchase at Angel Skin.
Fit Body Wrap
Do Infrared Body Wraps Work?
February 18th, 2016 by FIT Bodywrap
By: Dr. Aaron M. Flickstein, Emeritus D.C., author of the widely-quoted paper “Infrared Thermal System for Whole Body Regenerative Radian Therapy”
For centuries, people have experienced the health and wellness benefits of far infrared heat. Today’s infrared body wraps utilize far infrared technology and state of the art engineering that allows for full body immersion to achieve weight loss, pain relief, detoxification and relaxation. In this article, we will delve further into infrared and its effects to the body.
What are infrared body wraps?
Infrared body wraps can come in many types. Some are made for wrapping only segments of your body such as the midsection, arms, thighs, etc. and cannot provide total immersion in infrared waves, while others provide a true whole body immersion in infrared. Whole body immersion is able to induce 3 to 5 times more sweat volume than in regular exercise by raising the body’s core temperature.
How do infrared body wraps work?
By dispersing infrared rays from the body wrap system into the body, the infrared heats the body’s tissue to a depth of one and a half inches. Clients can enjoy safe, gentle heating that penetrates very deeply, allowing the body to produce an abundance of beneficial sweat.
“One of the reasons FIR [Far Infra-Red] has beneficial results in a variety of injuries and chronic illness is the ability of FIR waves to remove toxins, which are often the core of many health problems. Toxins in our body appear in water as clumps or globules, and blood circulation becomes blocked, and cellular energy is impaired. However, when the energy from FIR is applied to these water molecules containing toxins, the water begins to vibrate, releasing the encapsulated gases and other toxic material back into the bloodstream where they are removed naturally by the body’s normal detoxification process” (Dr. Toshiko Yamazaki, MD, “The Science of Far Infrared Therapies“).
Why and how are they effective?
The secret to an infrared body wrap’s effectiveness lies in the effective delivery of deeply penetrating heat energy into the body. Because sweating is a very energy consuming process that requires calories, you can generate the calorie consumption of a very heavy workout using an infrared body wrap and produce 300 to 500 percent more sweat. The sweat generated from an infrared body wrap is similar to sweat found only in exercisers training for marathon-level events. By using an infrared body wrap, you can sweat out body fat using huge amounts of energy with no risks of exercise-induced injuries.
What benefits can they provide clients?
Weight loss, detoxification, skin rejuvenation, pain relief and relaxation have all been reported when total infrared immersion is experienced, Not all of these benefits need multiple session to be seen. For instance, detoxification and pain relief happen after just one session..
Far infrared heat can help with pain relief by: relaxing muscle spasms, quickly draining over-tensed muscles from inflammation, directly calming pain receptors and nerves. (Melzack and Wall, Gate Theory of Pain).
Far infrared can produce changes that affect the biochemistry of inflammation to help reduce swelling and inflammation in the body. For example, infrared can cause your brain to relax tense vessels. Far infrared can engage almost every one of your body parts directly and bring more blood flow into the rest of your body indirectly, causing swelling and inflammation to subside. Overall, infrared can help rapidly reduce swelling by eliminating inflammation quickly and decreasing swelling related pain.
The profound pain relief from FIR immersion can be drastic. Far infrared can decrease joint stiffness directly and is helpful in allowing joints to move more freely, whether recently injured or chronically inflamed. It can relieve muscle spasms, which have long been observed to reduce through the use of heat. Far infrared heat can be used to reset the nerves of the sensory system found within all muscles and tendons and calm them down, resulting in pain relief.
Infrared has also been observed to greatly boost weight loss. It turns out that sweating alone is a very calorie consuming activity. In Guyton’s Textbook of Medical Physiology, we find that producing one gram of sweat requires 0.586 kcal. “A moderately conditioned person can easily sweat off 500 grams in a sauna while a heat-conditioned person can easily sweat off 600-800 kcal with no adverse effects. In comparison to a hot air sauna, infrared immersion can generate 3-5 times more sweat and calorie burn because infrared is able to penetrate the body directly. Moreover, infrared induced sweat has up to seven times the dissolved fat, cholesterol and toxins versus in regular non-infrared sweat” (Guyton, Textbook of Medical Physiology).
Is infrared heat safe?
A: Infrared heat is as safe as a mother warming her infant or one cuddling with another person. The heat we feel is actually infrared energy.
For example, premature babies have a tough time generating enough body heat to keep warm, so they are placed in special enclosures that use infrared heating to warm the baby but not the air.
While we think we see most light with our eyes, we can also feel infrared; the frequencies are in fact longer and less energetic than visible light, which is what we see outside everyday. The sun outputs more than half its energy as infrared heat, so when the clouds block the sun, you feel colder as the sun’s infrared is temporarily obscured. You’ll then start to feel warm again immediately after the cloud clears your view of the sun – that’s infrared heat.
What is the difference between an infrared body wrap and a sauna?
A sauna is a box in which you reside that has infrared emitters in the walls. It also heats the air you breathe. Saunas are mostly used while seated. The original Finnish style sauna uses hot air to achieve the heating, but the air is hot and can be uncomfortable to breathe in.
On the other hand, an infrared body wrap is like a warm blanket with walls emitting infrared. An infrared body wrap is much more comfortable to use, allowing you to recline and relax. Most importantly, it allows you to breathe room temperature air while your body sweats during a 30-60 minute session.
The benefits of far infrared range from weight loss to chronic pain reduction. Advanced technology has made far infrared accessible through infrared body wraps, making it easy to integrate to a health regime and achieve a well-balanced lifestyle.
Clinical Couture Peel
From enzyme peels to high-level AHA/BHA chemical exfoliators, IMAGE Skincare has a treatment to suit your specific skin type. Beautiful skin starts with healthy skin. The circle of skin health consists of highly effective professional treatments perfectly customized to specific skin conditions. These signature IMAGE treatments are complemented by daily home-care products to enhance and maintain outstanding results.