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FAQs and Information
Why do I have cellulite, lumps, and bulges?
The fatty tissue of your body acts as a toxic waste disposal site where substances that it cannot metabolize are dumped. This congested tissue can have poor circulation (you will note that cellulite prone areas are cool to the touch). Lymphatic flow may also be restricted by tight undergarments and pantyhose. The cellulite layer is a physiological fatty layer that is supposed to be there. The extent to which it is visible is affected by several variables including, genetic predisposition, dietary habits, exercise habits, and hormones among others.
Where does the Lypossage technique come from?
The Lypossage treatment is a specified blend of massage modalities that derive from physical therapy, including deep lymphatic drainage and deep tissue release. It was created by Charles W. Wiltsie III, LMT, an internationally recognized massage therapy educator and practitioner. Mr. Wiltsie conducted a year long study of 100 female subjects that documented the effectiveness of the technique. The study was published in Massage and Bodywork Magazine in 1999. In the study, notable results included an average inch loss of 1 1/2 inches per thigh and a cumulative average inch loss of almost 7 inches.
How does Lypossage work and is it safe?
Lypossage cleanses the body of stagnant, stalled lymphatic fluid (Lymph edema) that can create the lumps and bulges we know as figure imbalance. The deeper Lypossage strokes break up adhesions under the skin that can contribute to the dimpled, uneven appearance of cellulite. Lypossage also tones the muscles, lifting and firming sagging tissue.
What parts of the body respond to Lypossage?
Lypossage can be performed on three areas of the body known as zones. The zones are defined as follows:
Zone 1: refers to the lower body, including the hips, thighs, buttocks, and lower abdomen. Expected outcomes for this part of the body include dimension loss, structural improvements (posture and carriage), diminished look of cellulite, improved muscle tone, improved skin tone, cleansing of the lymphatic system and improved circulation.
Zone 2: includes the upper abdomen, back, decollete (chest and neck area) and arms. This zone targets improving posture, dimension loss in the arms and abdomen, toning and firming of the bust area, and improved circulation and lymphatic flow in the upper body.
Zone 3: is performed on the head, neck, and face and can provide quite dramatic results in lifting and toning sagging tissues in the lower face and neck, diminishing the appearance of wrinkles and significantly improving skin tone and texture. This truly is a natural face lift.
I have heard about machines that do this, too. Why would I choose Lypossage?
Lypossage is the leading manual body contouring modality in the world. While both approaches deliver gratifying results, Lypossage appeals to the person who prefers to have treatments performed by hand, rather than with a machine. It must also be performed by a trained massage therapist (whole body) or aesthetician (head, neck and face); there are no such requirements of the operators of contouring machines.
Is it safe?
Lypossage is a non-invasive, natural health treatment that helps to cleanse the body of toxins and retained fluids. Most clients find that Lypossage enhances their energy and mental clarity. While there are some contraindications for specific medical conditions, Lypossage can be safely experienced by most healthy individuals. It is much safer than surgical procedures such as liposuction. However, for those who opt for a more dramatic surgical result, Lypossage can be very beneficial before and after the liposuction procedure.
Who can perform my Lypossage treatments?
Lypossage Practitioners are specially trained massage and body professionals who have learned this extraordinary hands-on-technique and are certified to practice under the Lypossage name.
How are my treatments scheduled?
Each Lypossage session lasts about 30 minutes and is performed in a series of 18 sessions, meeting 2-3 times a week over the course of 6-9 weeks. It is important to note that for most clients, it takes 8-10 sessions before the results of the initial treatments become noticeable. After that, progress can often be quite dramatic.
What are some typical results and how will I know what mine are?
While results vary, cumulative dimension loss over five key measuring points in Zone 1 averaged 6.75 inches in the original study. It is not uncommon to find cumulative inch loss of up to 13 or 14 inches. Most women find that they will drop one or two dress sizes without a significant reduction in their weight. Your Lypossage Practitioner will weigh, measure, and photograph you before you begin your program and at key intervals to track your progress.
Is there a special diet or exercise program?
Though the individuals in the Lypossage study were restricted from initiating any new diet or exercise program during the course of their treatments, we find that most clients become so inspired by their Lypossage results that they readily adopt lifestyle changes that help them make progress more rapidly. A diet rich in whole, organic foods and regular body movement will contribute to a terrific outcome. Avoiding foods containing refined sugars, preservatives, hormones, caffeine, and salt will keep your newly detoxified body in the best shape possible. Drinking significant amounts of water is also a key to keeping the body hydrated and cleansed.
What should I do on my own to enhance the results of my treatment?
We recommend that you follow an at-home body care regime, including specialized Lypossage treatment products to stimulate circulation in cellulite-prone areas, exfoliate and hydrate the skin, as well as improve its tone and elasticity. The Lypossage Home Care Collection should be available to you through your Lypossage Practitioner and provides state of the art spa formulas that will bring your skin and body into beautiful condition.
What do I need to do to maintain my results?
Maintenance programs will be customized to the needs of each individual client. At the completion of a Lypossage series, your Lypossage Practitioner will sit down with you to do a final consultation, including going over your results with you and providing you with a thoughtful recommendation on what your maintenance should be. Continuing with the Home Care Protocol and a program of monthly or bi-monthly maintenance treatments will help you retain your results.
How do I get started?
To get started, schedule a private consultation today with our Certified Lypossage Pratitioner! You can find out more about your suitability for the program and have all of your questions answered.
How much does it cost?
There are 18 sessions for each zone, meeting two to four times per week. The total for the 18 series of sessions is $1825 for each zone. If you treat more than one zone, you get 50% off the second zone.
What exactly is microdermabrasion? What should I expect immediately after the procedure?
Microdermabrasion is a skin resurfacing technique that features the use of ultra-fine aluminium oxide crystals to remove the outer layers of the epidermis. You can compare it to a gentle "sand-blast" process for the skin. Immediately after the procedure, you may experience some erythema (redness) for 1-2 hours.
Is Microdermabrasion for every skin type or ethnicity?
It is commonly said that microdermabrasion can benefit all people regardless their skin type or ethnicity. We use microdermabrasion especially on people with oily, thick skin. Microdermabrasion really makes the skin less oily. It is also useful for ethnic skin. African-American people usually complain about uneven skin texture and pigmentation and microdermabrasion works very well for them. Superficial pigmentation responds very well to microdermabrasion too. We do not use microdermabrasion on anyone who has very thin, delicate skin or rosacea (spider veins) because we found that you get a significant redness and you can induce more spider veins.
Except skin aging, is there any other indication for microdermabrasion?
Yes. As we already mentioned, microdermabrasion is excellent to retexture the skin, minimize pore size and reduce oiliness. So, it is an excellent procedure to improve oily, thick skin. Microdermabrasion works on superficial acne scars, stretch marks. Microdermabrasion can be used to treat hyperpigmentation. Because microdermabrasion exfoliates the skin surface, it helps the penetration of bleaching products which then work better.
Are there any precautions before and after a microdermabrasion?
Of course, our skin care specialist will explain everything to you
Do you recommend specific products with the microdermabrasion?
Of course, yes. Your skin should be prepared to obtain better results. After a microdermabrasion, your skin is like a sponge for few days and will absorb very well everything you apply. We will recommend skin care products appropriate to your skin concern.
About Environ® Cool peeling system
Environ® Cool peeling system: a new alternative to aggressive peels
A new alternative to aggressive peels is a series of cool peels formulated by South African Plastic Surgeon Dr. Des Fernandes. Many physicians are moving towards a more conservative approach with regards to resurfacing of the facial skin. Dr. Des Fernandes started doing a series of lighter peels on his patients in the early 80's and found that after 6 months the results were comparable to that a deep peel, without the down-time and long term side effects. Patients are delighted with the results and even more so as there is no downtime. Time, trial and error are showing us that there is no need to torture the skin to get results!
What make the Environ® peeling system different?
A chemical peel is a process whereby a specially formulated acid is applied to the skin. Usually high concentration of acid is used to ensure deep penetration. Environ®peeling are different because they are formulated in a gel or a cream. This creates the concept of cool peel , meaning as the peel is applied, the water evaporates, cooling the skin. These peels are very safe and well tolerated by the patients.
Our skin care specialist can choose from four specially-formulated skin peel systems in varying strengths (TCA peels and Lactic acid peels) to meet your specific needs.
Is peeling for everyone?
Certainly not! Prior to peeling, we will determine that the skin is suitable and that there is an indication to peel. The indications to peel are acne, skin aging (rough skin, fine lines and wrinkles), rosacea and superficial pigmentation
Are there any precautions before and after a peel?
Of course, yes. Our skin care specialist will explain everything to you and recommend Pre and Post- Environ® Skin Care products at home to maximize the results and assist in rapid healing.
About WaxingWhat are the benefits of waxing?
Waxing is one of the most efficient techniques for hair removal. Waxing is great for both men and women, it removes hair at the root, causing it to grow back much slower than shaving. Waxing lasts between 3 to 8 weeks, the new hair growth in waxed areas is soft and fine, not sharp and coarse like shaved hair. After waxing, hair re-growth is less common and eventually some hair may never re-grow.
How long should the hair be before waxing?
Ideally your hair needs to be 1/4 to 1/2 inch long for the procedure. If you hair is too long, we will trim it to 1/2 inch long.
Are there any precautions to take before waxing?
Our skin care specialist will clean your skin thoroughly before starting- no oils, conditioners or perspiration should be present. We can not perform waxing service if you are taking Accutane and can not wax area treated with Retin-A or glycolic acid products. We can not perform waxing on area recently treated with microdermabrasion, chemical peel or laser.
What I may experience after waxing?
Everyone is different as to how their skin reacts to having been waxed. Some clients experience some redness, and skin bumps that can last a few days. White bumps on the upper lip and breakouts on other parts of the body (usually face, chest and back) can also occur.
Following the waxing procedure, you should:Avoid the sun and wear some sunscreen
Avoid saunas, steam rooms, whirl pools and other heated sources for at least 24 hrs
Avoid heavy exercise for at least 24hrs
Avoid tight clothes, especially in the waxed areas. Tight clothing may result in irritation and ingrown hairs.
To help avoid ingrown hairs and increase the success of your waxing, our skin care specialist recommends using Tend Skin® Liquid after your waxing procedure if you are not allergic to aspirin.
After your first waxing, you should notice a re-growth in about 10 days. By the third regular waxing, you will notice that you hair is finer and not as dense. The re-growth will be slowed and you will notice that it can take from 3 to 4 weeks for the hair to come back.
One last note about waxing:
We ask that you be patient for about 1 month, don't tweeze, shave or use a depilatory cream, come in every 3 to 4 weeks like clockwork and you will love your waxing even more then you do now!
About Brazilian Waxing
How long should the hair be to get a Brazilian waxing? Do I have to trim before coming?
Hair growth needs to be at least 1/4 inch long. If it is longer, do not trim, we will trim for you before your waxing service.Is it painful?
It really depends on your pain threshold. Some people are very sensitive, but usually, it is not painful. One important thing is not having your hair too long. We always trim the hair before waxing if your hair is too long. We have a lot of experience in brazilian waxing, our clients are always pleased and are coming back! We recommend a 30 min back Hot Stone Therapy after your waxing service. This makes your waxing service an enjoyable experience: you will leave clean with a silky smooth skin and deeply relaxed.
When should I come back for my next Brazilian?
We ask that you come every month. Don't tweeze or shave, just come in every 3 to 4 weeks like clockwork and you will love your waxing even more than you do now!
Is there any time to avoid a brazilian waxing?
Women should avoid coming the days before their monthly cycle since the body is more sensitive
How long does it take to have a Brazilian done?
Between 30 and 60 minutes depending on how much hair there is to wax. The first time, count an hour.
Are there any precautions I should take after a brazilian waxing?
We recommend starting using a loofah (scrubby mitt) or Tend Skin ® liquid the day after your waxing on the area between the belly button and the pelvic bone. This area is prone to ingrown hair and by doing this exfoliation, you will avoid this problem. Otherwise, you have nothing special to do. Our hard wax is gentle with the skin and you will have no irritation. Just enjoy your silky smooth skin!
About Oxygen Infusion Facial Treatment
What is the Oxygen Infusion Facial?
This facial delivers liquid oxygen under pressure deep into the skin. Oxygen by itself provides immediate and intensive skin hydration and stimulates cell renewal; it also helps to infuse some specific gels deep into the skin to treat different conditions. We can choose from:
- Anti-aging infusion gel
- Sensitive skin infusion gel
- Brightening infusion gel
- Acne infusion gel
How is it different from a classic Facial?
The oxygen treatment is ideal the day before or on the day of an event, because it instantly makes skin look brighter, firmer and younger without leading to breakouts.
How does it feel?
The Oxygen Facial is a luxuriously soothing process wherein cool streams of oxygen and serum are sprayed gently onto your face.
How long will my skin look radiant and fresh?
The results of an Oxygen Infusion last for a about week and can be prolonged by using at-home skin care products to continue hydrating and help seal in the treatment. For the longest lasting results, we recommend doing a course of six treatments once a week, because the benefits are cumulative and continue to improve the skin with repeated applications. After doing the initial six treatments, the treatment can be repeated every four to six weeks.