acne – ageing – dry skin – enlarged pores
a timeless & essential skin rejuvenation treatment
High Frequency Treatments
For Dry Ageing Skins
For Problematic Acne Skins
Stimulate | Sanitise | Heal
High Frequency treatments deliver a safe and gentle oscillating oxygenating power of electrical currents to generate warmth in the skin and stimulate nerve endings, in turn increasing collagen, enhancing blood circulation, encouraging lymphatic drainage, exfoliating dead skin cells, and in problematic acne type skin by killing bacteria and eliminating oils, just to name a few.
High Frequency treatments can also increase skin care product absorption so that your skin gains the ultimate benefit from skin care serums and products.
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High Frequency appliances were first developed in the late 1800’s by renowned scientist Nikola Tesla, and were referred to as the Violet Ray. While the appliance offered a number of functions, before the invention of ‘modern’ antibiotics it was largely used for medical purposes such as in the treatment of strep throat and other infections, and to expedite the healing of wounds.
In the 1970’s, European salons discovered the cosmetic and healing benefits of high frequency electrical stimulation on the skin and by 1980, the technology became widely used in North American by skin care professionals. Considered a very safe and non-invasive approach to skin rejuvenation, high frequency technology became quickly recognised by licensed aestheticians as the leading treatment for many skin conditions ranging from acne to wrinkles to hair loss.
High Frequency Treatments were once considered timeless and essential in skin rejuvenating treatments by those in the skin care industry. Now, there are very few clinics or salons offering these treatments for today’s clients. In my opinion, it is a lack of understanding on behalf of the many therapists these days, more the shame, regarding the benefits of High Frequency Treatments that has seen this effective and essential skin treatment disappear from available treatment modalities.
There are two (2) types of High Frequency treatments, 1. Indirect and 2. Direct, each one delivering specific benefits dependent upon your skin type and any condition you may be suffering. Both treatments are delivered with the use of a High Frequency machine that delivers low-current high-frequency alternating currents to the treatment area.
High Frequency Facial Machines work in conjunction with high frequency electrodes which are made of clear tempered glass and come in a variety different shapes and sizes to facilitate the treatment of various contours of the face and body. The glass electrode is filled with either argon gas (blue/ violet colour) or neon gas (orange/red colour).
When the high frequency electrode is firmly inserted into the high frequency hand piece, a gentle alternating electrical current is generated by the high frequency machine which then passes through the attached glass electrode upon contact with the skin. This contact ignites the inert gas within the electrode which produces healing electrical light energy (warmth) and unstable oxygen which instantly converts into purifying ozone.
Indirect High Frequency offers the results of treating dry and dehydrated skin by increasing the activity in the sebaceous and sudoriferous or sudoriparous glands (sweat glands), causing a skin warming effect.
Direct High Frequency generates ozone which provides benefits for those with blemish prone and acneic type skin by killing bacteria and eliminating oils.
The primary action of high frequency current is thermal (heat producing) and is characterised by a high rate of oscillation. Due to its rapid rate of oscillation, high frequency does not cause muscular contractions like a TENS machine – instead, it works on the principle of skin toning, so don’t be expecting to feel muscular recoil from a High Frequency Treatment.
High Frequency Benefits
Improves and clears up acne
Softens lines and wrinkles and improves sagging skin
Reduces pores and blackheads
Reduces eye puffiness and dark circles around the eyes
Improves cellulite appearance
Promotes healthier hair growth
The benefits of a high frequency facial are phenomenal. It offers a safe and gentle alternative to botox injections, chemical laser peels and other skin recovery procedures that may be more invasive.
Indirect High Frequency
(also known as Viennese Massage)
Best for DRY or DEHYDRATED or AGEING Skin Types and for Enhanced Trans-dermal Product Delivery
INDIRECT High Frequency is an effective treatment for those with Dry Skin or suffering Dehydration of the skin, ageing including fine lines and wrinkles. The treatment delivers high frequency current to the skin and underlying tissue – generating warmth within the skin and stimulating nerve endings. The dilation of the underlying vessels pushes away toxins, while the cells enjoy a feast of increased nutrients and hydrating volume. The result is an increase in blood circulation and cell renewal as well as increased production levels of collagen and elastin which soften and smooth away wrinkles, reduce pore size and improve overall skin texture whilst escalating trans-dermal delivery of skin care products to the underlying tissue.
Indirect High Frequency Treatment
The INDIRECT treatment involves the client holding a grounding electrode attached to the High Frequency Unit. Whilst holding the grounding electrode the therapist performs massage to the area being treated. The indirect high frequency current travels through the client body and is drawn to the therapists hands, effectively allowing an exit for the current. It is usual to feel warmth and sometimes even a slight tingling sensation at the point where the therapist’s hands are touching your skin. The treatment aids in increased blood circulation, activates your sebaceous glands which produce sebum/oil on your skin, and can improve your skin texture.
For Dry and Dehydrated Skin Types your therapist can apply active ingredient cosmeceutical products during the massage and the indirect high frequency current will provide improved delivery to the skin tissue during this period of increased blood circulation.
Orange electrodes (containing Neon Gas) are generally used in the treatment of ageing skin because they are said to direct more warmth to the treatment area which promotes blood circulation, encourages cellular turnover and improves product penetration.
When using indirect high frequency for anti-ageing purposes, results can vary by individual and skin type, are gradual, and do not occur overnight! Although high frequency has been shown to produce an immediate and temporary lifting effect, continued daily application can provide more cumulative long-term, lasting results.
Indirect High Frequency Treatment Prices
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Direct High Frequency
Best for ACNE, SEBORRHEA and OILY CONGESTED Problematic Skin Types
DIRECT High Frequency provides benefits for those with blemish prone acne vulgaris, seborrhea and acneic type skin including Oily Congested, Problematic and Combination Skin Types. Unlike Indirect High Frequency, this treatment does not involve the client holding the grounding electrode. Both the client and the therapist must have removed all jewellery and metal on themselves so as not to attract the electrical current to that item.
Direct High Frequency Treatment
A layer of skin serum will be applied to the area to be treated and a light gauze placed over the treatment area. Our skin specialist will now move the electrode in slow circular patterns with the electrode held just above the skin. The small gap between the electrode and the skin allows a process called “sparking” to occur. You may hear a low volume crackling as the electrode gas ignites and forms pure oxygen (ozone) which is then directly infused with the skin, killing any bacteria whilst drying and healing the skin. It is during this process that you may feel a very slight tingling sensation to the skin and you may even be able to smell the purity of the ozone.
Traditionally, the violet electrode (containing Argon Gas) is used by professionals to treat acne prone skin. An extremely small amount of ultra-violet light is emitted when the violet electrode makes contact with the skin. Such brief and low level UV exposure is considered very safe (non-skin damaging) and provides excellent anti-bacterial and healing benefits.
By increasing skin metabolism, direct high frequency ozone facials encourage healthy cell function and promote skin healing. This form of treatment promotes a natural cleansing and antibacterial action that helps treat existing acne and prevents the onset of new acne. Clients experiencing cystic acne will benefit greatly from the deep penetrating germicidal action of direct high frequency. The skin is left feeling instantly energised, rosy, firm, refreshed and noticeably softer – even after just one treatment.
The enriched oxygen molecules produced by high frequency machines are safe and have been proven to be effective in helping to heal and restore the skin’s health. Common areas of treatment include the face, neck and scalp but high frequency can be used on the entire body including the back and chest.
Direct High Frequency Treatment Prices
CONTRAINDICATIONS – When We CANNOT Treat using High Frequency
High frequency treatments, Direct or Indirect, are NOT RECOMMENDED and WILL NOT be administered to people in the following categories;-
- during pregnancy
- have a heart disease or have a pacemaker
- have metallic implants
- are suffering from high blood pressure
- suffer epilepsy
- suffer with rosacea
- on spider veins or broken capillaries