On the day of the Liquid Laser Treatment the client’s skin is cleansed with a low pH, preferably a natural surfactant cleanser. White Oak Bark, Yucca plant extract and other types of saponins are often used in this type of cleanser.
This is accomplished by simply applying a low strength and low pH Alpha Hydroxy Acid blend to the client’s face, neck, decollate and even the backs of the client’s hands if needed. A surgical swab is preferred for this step. Swabs have more control into getting the AHA serum down into deeper wrinkles than brushes and are more professional. The serum used should NOT depend solely on glycolic acid, due to its small molecular size and its bad habit of wandering around unpredictably in areas of the skin that can become irritated. This would include the nostrils of the nose, mouth and even the eyes.
I have found that combining Lactic acid with Glycolic acid and Malic acid makes a much better serum. Adding a little citric acid (a chondroitan sulfate) helps to maintain dermal hydration as AHA’s are hydroscopic in nature and are known to dehydrate skin. The pH of this type of serum should not be above 3.02 on the pH scale. If its pH goes much higher, the AHA’s turn to organic salts and will have little effect on the skin.
After the entire area is coated with the serum, plastic wrap is then laid on the client’s face, neck and decollate etc. and molded into place for about ten minutes. After the time has elapsed, the serum is washed completely from the skin and the skin is patted dry.
The next step is to lightly massage the “Liquid Laser” retinoid lotion into the skin, covering the same areas as were covered in the Occlusion Masque. The client may experience a slight tingling or itching sensation at this point. This is normal and means the ganglia (nerve endings) are responding to the message that dead cells are slowly being detached from the underlying tissue.
If the client is having this treatment on a sunny day, a final application of a grease-free Transdermal Sunblock, SPF 30 is advised. Although non-traumatic, the liquid laser treatment is highly active. Any unusual activity in the skin cells will encourage pigmentation problems if exposed to too much sun. Sun radiation creates a yellowish substance called LIPOFUCHIN in the skin, which then becomes a free radical and attacks all the normal cell activity in the skin.
The client then takes a bottle of the retinoid lotion home with them and applies it every night religiously. For about two days the client will not notice difference in their skin or any massive “peeling”. But they must be cautioned that all at once they will turn darker, with a yellowish tone to their skin. Tissue around the eyes and mouth will suddenly look much more wrinkled and older, noticeable to their spouses or friends.
Actually this is merely old dead cell material and other impurities lifting up from the corneum base, anything dead and dry with a protein nature will turn dark and wrinkled looking. This is a good sign the treatment is working effectively, but if you do not counsel your client in advance that this may occur, they will complain that you “ruined” their skin and even panic. I have found that they still panic, even with an explanation; therefore we always monitor clients daily until the treatment is completed.
Normally by the seventh to tenth day of nightly application of the “liquid laser” lotion the client starts seeing brand new, pink and firm skin appearing as the older epidermis falls away in the shower or while they wash their faces in the morning. However we have also discovered that the older the client is, the faster results appear. I had a thirty-year-old woman in Germany take up to 17 days to exfoliate completely. When she started the treatment she had only a few tiny lines on her face and uneven, coarse skin tone. By the time she was at the tenth day, she looked around sixty years of age and her husband phoned me in Los Angeles from Hamburg in a state of anger and panic. I calmed him down and promised to speak to the doctor who had performed the treatment, a man who was on our German Research team and an expert. In about another week she had her final “lift off” treatment and her skin looked like a porcelain doll! I received a beautiful, Versace Porcelain vase from a grateful husband a few weeks later!
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