Paused Treatments: What this means for your results
and at-home maintenance advice

By Francesca Dantonio 29th April 2020 Category: Advice

Although we are starting to adjust to our ‘normal’ routine and finding lots of at-home compromises, there are some things that we just can’t adapt. From laser hair removal to filler top-ups, many beauty fans will be pausing their regular aesthetic treatments and possibly even worrying about the impact this will have on their results.

Director of Medical Services for sk:n and Nurse Lisa Mason-Poyner, talks about pausing treatment courses and offers her advice on what can be done at home in the meantime.

LASER HAIR REMOVAL: 

Firstly, the reduction you have seen already from laser hair removal is permanent and once your treatment restarts you will see results quickly, so you don’t need to be worried about progress or results due to a break in treatments.

The reason for a course of treatments is to catch the hair in the anagen phase which is the active growth phase. Anagen occurs at different stages depending if the hair is on the face or body, therefore effective results require treatments spread evenly, from four to eight weeks depending on your hair and where it is on your body. If your treatments are outside this period, laser hair removal will still give you the desired results. Everyone is different so depending on your hair, you may need additional sessions.

You can however still shave and use hair removal creams so there is no need to worry and think you need to let your hair fully grow out. For laser hair removal to work, the hair has to be present in the follicle. This is why you should shave or use hair removal creams as both only remove surface hair, keeping the hair in the follicle.

Aftercare is still really important so make sure you continue to use the products you have been advised to use. In particular, continue to apply SPF to any exposed areas that have been treated to avoid sun damage.

HYDRAFACIAL COURSE:

HydraFacial is a treatment that uses patented technology to cleanse, exfoliate, extract impurities and treat the skin and can be adapted to treat a variety of issues, ranging from dull, dry skin, to acne and pigmentation caused by sun damage. Course of treatments vary from weekly to every eight weeks, so it is very versatile.

You can still maintain a healthy glow at home so that your skin is ready to resume your treatment when it’s safe for clinics to reopen.  Make sure you cleanse twice daily with warm water and a flannel to ensure that you are wiping away any dirt and dead skin cells. If you are still wearing makeup, or worried about dirt or pollution then introduce a cleansing micellar water into your routine to really cleanse the pores. The ingredients within these are very clever and are actually attracted to dirt and oil so they are particularly great to drawing out any of these impurities.

SKIN PEEL COURSES:

The power of a skin peel deeply exfoliates to brighten the skins surface. In a nutshell they help to stimulate new cell growth and collagen production, helping to reveal fresher, clearer and brighter skin.

Depending on what your personal skincare goals are there are a number of skin peels available and you may be advised to have a course of treatments for maximum results. If you haven’t already, introduce a low percentage retinol into your skincare routine using only a pea-size amount no more than twice weekly. As your skin gradually responds to this and becomes accustomed to it you can begin to use it more regularly or maintain just twice weekly but with a higher percentage retinol. SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.3% is a really effective product and can easily be introduced as part of your evening skincare routine to allow it to effectively work overnight. Similar to skin peels, retinol will leave your skin far more sensitive and at risk to sun damage so ensure you apply SPF, such as sk:n Sunscreen SPF 30.

FACIAL FILLERS:

It is important to know that there are no at-home treatments that will match the results achieved through in-clinic injectables and fillers. Do not be tempted to order products online that claim to offer clinical results as you could run the risk of causing serious harm and damage. These types of treatments should only ever be administered by a qualified practitioner within a certified clinic.

As fillers are non-permanent, over time the results will start to disappear. Typically, fillers last around 6 to 12 months. The good news is that you will be able to pick right back up from where you left off with your previous treatment, as the results are instance.

You can prolong the results of your recent fillers by:

  • Applying SPF, especially on the areas that you have had treatment on
  • Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise. Fine lines and wrinkles will appear when skin is dry, so if you can keep your skin nice and hydrated this will help to prologue results
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day. This will help to enhance the water-absorption effect of hyaluronic-based fillers which will help to keep the skin plump and wrinkle-free

ACNE/ACNE SCAR TREATMENT:

There are a number of treatments for acne and acne scarring depending on the severity. Whether you are having a course of skin peels, Microneedling or laser resurfacing, each treatment helps to gradually reduce the appearance of scars or pigmentation as the new layer of skin beneath is revealed.

Frequency of treatment doesn’t change this process. Results will, of course, be noticed quicker if you stick to regular sessions, however, if you find that you have a long break in-between this will simply cause the level of results to pause and in most cases, you can pick back up where you left off. Make sure you continue to look after your skin in the interim and follow any personalised advice given by your dermatologist including taking any prescribed medication.

LASER TATTOO REMOVAL TREATMENT COURSE:

Typically Laser Tattoo Removal is treated every 4 to 12 weeks as this gives the skin enough time to recover. During each session the light within the laser works by being selectively absorbed by the tattoo ink particles which then heats up and shatters into smaller pieces. This is why, to the eye, the tattoo can appear to become faded or blurry and continues to do so with each session. If you have a longer break between sessions such as a number of months this won’t impact the overall number of sessions needed, all it will simply do is add on additional time to the overall process.

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