As we age, everything about us changes, including our skin. Wrinkles, sagging, and age spots are just a few visible signs that become more apparent throughout the aging process. Essential Aesthetics is the first clinic in the East Bay to offer SmoothGlo, a solution to slow down the aging of your skin.
What is SmoothGlo?
SmoothGlo is a combination treatment of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and Radiofrequency (RF) microneedling. When these two technologies are combined, they produce synergistic and superior results. Not only is the overall skin texture improved, wrinkles and pigmentation are also treated.
How Does SmoothGlo Work?
First, the IPL device is used to treat pigmentation concerns. IPL uses “photothermolysis” which is when a special wavelength is used to coagulate brown and red pigment, stimulating our body to get rid of them and produce more collagen. IPL can also treat vascular lesions and conditions such as broken capillaries and rosacea.
RF microneedling treats skin laxity and wrinkles by breaking the epidermis with fractionated needles and delivering heat energy into the dermal layer. This heat pulse is up to 167° F into the dermal layer and stimulates fibroblast activity which results in the natural production of hyaluronic acid (HA), elastin, and collagen. These all lead to tightening and rejuvenation of the skin.
First, our certified medical provider, Dr. Ellie Zarnegar, DMSc, PA, will assess your skin type and determine the intensity and depth of your skin lesions. She will then come up with a personalized treatment plan to ensure you the best results.
At the time of your treatment, a topical numbing cream may be applied to help with any discomfort. Dr. Ellie, DMSc, PA, will then thoroughly cleanse the treatment area and apply a cold coupling gel to your skin to help better transmit the light and keep the skin cool during treatment. She will then glide the laser handpiece over the treatment area. After the IPL procedure, the treatment area is cleansed gently with soap and water and dried completely.
The next step is RF microneedling. Dr. Ellie, DMSc, PA, will use a new disposable tip with ultra-thin electrodes and apply them to the skin. After the treatment, a cooling mist will be applied to the treatment area for comfort and to keep it moisturized.
What To Expect After Treatment
Your skin will feel warm for a few hours after treatment. You may experience redness and mild swelling for up to 4 days after treatment. Minor scabbing will develop on the treatment areas which will naturally heal and shed off a week after treatment. Your overall skin texture may feel dry and like sandpaper, but these are normal side effects that will subside after 4-7 days of treatment.
It is important to avoid sun exposure for at least one week after treatment and discontinue the use of retinol products. We recommend using gentle and non-abrasive cleansers after treatment and to moisturize frequently. Ask about our exclusive Essential Aesthetics skincare line which has all the best after-care products to ensure optimal treatment outcomes.
Am I A Candidate for SmoothGlo?
You are a good candidate for SmoothGlo treatment if you suffer from skin pigmentation and would like to improve the overall texture, volume, and appearance of your skin.
How Many Sessions Do I Need?
Typically, patients need 3 treatments performed once a week, and an additional 2 treatments spaced 2-3 weeks apart. After you complete your 5 sessions, it is recommended you receive 2 maintenance sessions a year.