Frequently Asked Questions - The Energist ULTRA System

Q: What makes this System special?

A: Traditionally, most cosmetic procedures have been associated with lasers. As technology has progressed, research has shown that Intense Pulsed Light units, and in particular Variable Pulsed Light (VPL™) Systems, are regularly producing better results than the laser systems originally available. Pulsed Light units are non-laser, emitting light across a broad range of wavelengths that are preferentially absorbed by the appropriate structure in the skin.

The Energist ULTRA™ System is designed such that each light pulse comprises a number of rapid shorter pulses. These 'variable pulses' ensure more controlled absorption by the appropriate structures whilst minimising heating of the surrounding skin. This means that a greater range of hair and skin types can be safely and effectively treated than was previously possible.

Q: How does it work?

A: Depending upon the treatment being carried out, light emitted from the Energist ULTRA™ System is preferentially absorbed by the specific structure in the skin. For hair removal, the melanin in the hair absorbs this light and is heated to a temperature that permanently inhibits the hair's ability to re-grow. For skin rejuvenation, improvement and therapy, various structures can absorb the light and repair the damage caused by ageing and the sun.

Q: What conditions can be treated?

A: The Energist ULTRA™ System has been designed to provide both safe and effective hair removal and skin rejuvenation treatments.

Hair Removal: Unwanted hair can be removed from all parts of the body, including legs, chin, upper lip, bikini line, underarm, back and chest.

Skin Rejuvenation: Many skin complaints caused by ageing and sun damage can be successfully treated using the yellow light produced by the Energist ULTRA™ System. This includes redness, age spots, freckles, pigment changes, skin texture and fine lines.

Q: What is the treatment procedure?

A: After a full consultation with a trained practitioner, a comprehensive treatment programme can be developed to match your needs and requirements. Depending upon which treatments are to be undertaken the basic procedure will stay the same:

The area to be treated will be prepared and the applicator head will be moved across in steps to ensure complete coverage. Due to the large applicator head treatments can be performed quickly, which we know is important with today's hectic lifestyle.

Q: Is there anything I need to do prior to, or after, treatment?

A: It is advisable to stay out of the sun, and away from tanning beds, for at least 4 weeks prior to any treatment to ensure that your skin is as close as possible to its natural colour. You must ensure that all cosmetics are removed from the treatment area with a good cleanser and then allow the skin to settle. As the skin may be slightly more sensitive post-treatment it is recommended to use skin products developed for sensitive skin and again avoid sunbathing or tanning beds for several weeks.

FAQ - Photo-Rejuvenation

Q: How does it work?

A: A light signal is sent to the body's collagen production system, which then enhances the rate at which the collagen is produced. Additionally, irregular pigmentation absorbs the light and some of the melanin producing cells are disabled thus evening out skin colour. Finally, fine vessels that have become apparent at the skin surface can absorb the light and be removed.

Q: What areas can be treated?

A: This procedure works well over a variety of areas, including the face, neck, chest, legs, arms and back of the hands. The Energist ULTRA™ System can also improve the appearance of thread veins, scars and pink stretch marks. We have also investigated the efficacy of the observed beneficial effects on active acne and acne scarring using VPL™.

Q: Are there any side-effects?

A: Due to the special parameters used there are little or no side-effects. The treatment has been likened to being flicked by a small elastic band, but the skin may go slightly red for a few hours. If the area is over treated then there may be a chance of some slight blisters or crusting, however, this will resolve in 5 to 7 days.

Q: How many treatments does it require?

A: In most cases you will see a result after 3 treatments but there is a significant improvement if the treatment is repeated routinely at regular intervals. There is no limit to the amount of treatments you can undergo.

Q: How do I know if it has worked?

A: Your fully trained operator will be looking for specific reactions when undergoing a treatment. However, due to many interrelated physiological factors every individual reacts differently. The initial treatment will gauge what energy densities can be used to ensure an effective treatment. A review date will be set to assess the effectiveness of the treatments and then to make any amendments as required to the treatment protocol.

Q: When will I see results?

A: As the improvement is gradual you will not see the maximum expected result for about three months, but you will see significant improvements from 2 weeks post initial treatment. Because you see yourself everyday it is difficult for you to recognise gradual improvements taking place. Thus, it is very important that good close-up photos are taken before the treatment and then upon review at three months, this will then show the improvement. Collagen can take up to nine months, in some instances, to fully mature so gradual improvements will continue over this time.

Q: How often do you need treating?

A: After the initial treatment it is advisable to have a second treatment two to four weeks later. Depending upon age, severity of the condition being treated or amount of exposure to the sun, it may be advisable to have a course of treatments over a period of a year.

Q: How many treatments can I have?

A: There is no maximum amount of treatments that can be undertaken; this can be seen as an ongoing skin care programme.

Q: How long do the effects last for?

A: This depends on your lifestyle. However, improvements can continue over several months. The post treatment recommendations from a fully trained operator will provide you with a skin care regimen that will help maintain improvements.

Q: For fine lines and wrinkles how much does the collagen increase by?

A: We cannot measure the amount of collagen produced due to everybody having a differing base level. But there will be a substantial increase in the rate of collagen production.

Q: Where is the collagen produced?

A: New collagen is produced in response to an injury, a perceived injury or surgery. The Energist ULTRA™ System "tricks" the body into believing it has been injured and thus starts producing new collagen.

Q: Who can be treated?

A: The ideal age range for this treatment would be anybody up to the age of 70 years old. If you have a suntan it is advisable to wait until you are back to your base colour before undergoing treatment.

Q: What photo skin types can be treated?

A: Fitzpatrick Skin types I-V (ask your operator for clarification of this) are safely treated with no reports of any adverse affects on type VI skin. However, it is not recommended to treat Type VI skin.

Q: Can this system be used with any other therapies?

A: Yes, the pulsed light works very well when used in conjunction with other treatment modalities. Such treatments include Microdermabrasion, Collagen or Botox injections, galvanic and soft peels.

Q: How does it compare to CO 2 and collagen enhancement lasers?

A: CO 2 lasers are designed to burn off the top layer of skin, and thus stimulate new collagen production in response to this severe injury. Collagen enhancement lasers are specifically designed to target the small vessels to stimulate new collagen production. The Energist ULTRAT system is able to treat all the signs of ageing or sun damage effectively during the same treatment.

FAQ - Hair Removal

Q: How does it work?

A: The light output from the applicator is preferentially absorbed by the melanin in the hair. This then heats up the hair follicle and disables the hair's germination cells so it cannot grow back.

Q: What areas can be treated?

A: This procedure works well on the face, neck, chest, arms, back, underarms, legs and bikini line, amongst other areas.

Q: Which hairs cannot be treated?

A: Hairs that are not in the active growth stage cannot be treated. Blonde, red and grey hairs are more difficult to remove and will take longer to treat.

Q: Are there any side-effects?

A: Due to the special parameters used there are little or no side-effects. The treatment has been likened to being flicked by a hair brush, but the skin may go slightly red for a few hours. If the area is over treated then there may be a chance of some slight crusting and blisters, however, this will resolve in 5 to 7 days.

Q: How many treatments does it require?

A: In most cases you will see a significant result after 3 treatments but there is a significant improvement if the treatment is repeated at regular intervals, normally 4 - 8 treatments are required. There is no limit to the number of treatments you can undergo. After treatment it will appear that the hairs continue to grow. What is actually happening is that the hair is still gripped by the skin and is slowly being expelled from the follicle.

Q: When will I see results?

A: As the process is designed to reduce the density of the hair growth you will start to see results after your first/second treatment. Because you see yourself everyday it is difficult for you to see gradual improvements taking place. Thus, it is very important that good close-up photos are taken before the treatment and then upon review at three months, this will then show the improvement.

Q: How often do you need treating?

A: After the initial treatment it is advisable to have a second treatment four weeks later. The hair can only be removed when it is in its active growing stage - anagen, therefore a series of treatments is required to catch the hairs in this cycle.

Q: How many treatments can I have?

A: There is no maximum number of treatments that may be undertaken.

Q: How long do the effects last for?

A: It is important to understand that there are numerous hair follicles in every square centimetre of skin on the body, for example, the chin has approximately 455 follicles per cm 2 and the thigh about 55 follicles per cm 2 . As you can see, where we might have disabled a hair follicle there are adjacent ones that might not have been treated in the correct phase of hair growth and may grow through at any time.

Q: Who can be treated?

A: Virtually anybody can be treated with this system. However, any underlying medical conditions may exclude you from treatment or the results may be negligible. It is very important that you state clearly any medical conditions that you have or any medical treatments you are undertaking.

Q: What photo skin types can be treated?

A: Fitzpatrick Skin types I-V are safely treated with no reports of any adverse affects on type VI skin. However, it is not recommended to treat Type VI skin.

Q: Can this system be used with any other therapies?

A: Yes, the Energist ULTRAT System works very well when used in conjunction with other treatment modalities. This will ensure that the correct treatment is available to ensure a successful outcome.

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