What is the Spot & Dot Treatment?
This is a quick, non-invasive and affordable option to laser and liquid nitrogen type treatments. The device uses direct high frequency technology to treat minor skin irregularities such as dilated capillaries, sebaceous hyperplasia, cherry angiomas, skin tags, fibromas, keratosis, milia, clogged pores, and acne cysts. The tiny applicator tip makes for a very precise spot treatments. This treatment tip never enters the epidermis, but rather is gently tapped on the surface of the spot being treated. The high frequency current is used to draw out and vaporize the irregularity.
How do I book this on your webscheduler?
It is listed as Spot & Dot Treatment on my service menu. This is a 30 minute time slot. If you have many areas you would like treated in one session, we can discuss a longer custom time slot for you.
If I just have 1 or 2 things I'd like treated, can I add it on when I come in for a facial?
Yes, as long as we are running on time for your service and it's just 1 or 2 spots, I can usually add that on! Just be sure to let me know at the start of your facial.
What skin irregularities does this NOT treat?
Who cannot receive this treatment?
Compulsive pickers (this will cause scarring), pregnant, pacemaker, on Accutane (need to be off for at least 1 full year), Lupus, other dermatological disorders in the treatment area
How much is this treatment?
Beginning at $25 per treated spot. If we are covering a large area, a price will be given upon consultation.
Does this treatment hurt?
Pain is highly subjective. That said, with the Spot & Dot Treatment it also depends on what I'm treating. But here's my honest take on it...it does hurt a bit. Kind of like a bunch of stingy tiny little hot zaps. If it's any consolation, each irregularity is treated rather quickly.
Can I use numbing cream?
If you prefer, yes. I sell Zensa numbing cream in my studio. You will need to arrange to purchase prior to your appointment with application being 30-45 mins BEFORE you arrive.
Is this treatment sanitary?
Absolutely. Each treatment tip is individually packaged and used only once.
What areas of the body can I get treated?
Face, neck, chest, torso, arms and hands
How many spots can I get treated at one time?
This will depend on how much healing you're willing to endure and what your social calendar looks like. You can do anything from 1 spot to several. In general, I will not treat for more than 45 minutes. Obviously, if you have an important event/vacation etc to attend, you will not want to schedule a whole face of spot removal. Plan accordingly.
How many treatments will I need?
Typically, just 1! Occasionally, an area may need a follow up treatment. In which case I'll just have you pop in after you are completely healed and I'll re-treat the area (crusts completely gone, area no longer pink...typically 30 days total)
EXCEPTION: If the irregularity (for example a very large sunspot) is large, I may only treat half of the spot and treat the other half after healing is complete.
Will the treated irregularity be gone forever?
Typically, once the irregularity is treated, it doesn't return. However, if you're prone to certain growths, new ones may appear elsewhere.
Can I apply make up over the treated areas immediately?
For optimal healing, I recommend at least waiting until the next day. And after that, please be careful with the removal of your make up at night from your treated areas. You do not want to force off the crusts. They must shed on their own.
What is the healing process and how long before any scabs heal?
You're not going to look super cute for a bit...HA! But it's soooo worth it in the end. Ok, so here's the 411......Typically 7-14 days for crusts to shed. Once the crust sheds, that area will appear pink and lighter in color. The skin in the area will eventually blend with the surrounding skin in approximately 30-45 days. Below are some specifics:
-Sunspots, fibromas, keratosis, skin tags: treated areas will look grey or slightly blanched when you leave the treatment. Within a couple days they become much darker at first and form a crust. These scabs are gonna hang around for a bit eventually shedding themselves naturally anywhere from 7-14 days** out. **Everyone heals differently! These are approximations **
-Dilated capillaries: you may have some slight pinkness and crustiness for 1-5 days.
-Sebaceous Hyperplasia: treated area will look white when you leave the treatment. A dark crust will form a few days later eventually shedding itself off approximately 7-14 days out. **The larger a sebaceous hyperplasia is, the more likely it is to leave a slight scooped out look. If this happens, resurfacing modalities (microneedling for example) are very effective in softening that. This is why it's important to remove these while they are still small!**
-Milia: treated area will look white when you leave the treatment. Within a couple days they may get pink and form a slight crust which will shed itself off approximately 7-14 days out.
-Cherry Angiomas: treated area will look a little red for a couple of days. A slight crust will form similar to that of a picked pimple. This crust will shed itself naturally approximately 7-14 days out.
-Acne Cysts: treated area will look a little red for a couple days while the blemish is healing (much the same as it would after an extraction facial) but should flatten out and heal within a few days.
What is the Post Care?
Keep the treated area clean (but be sure to pat dry after cleansing. You do not want the crust to stay soggy and wet), moisturized, apply spf 30 everyday, no heavy wiping at your face with towels and wash cloths, no aggressive skincare (acids, retinols, skin brushes, scrubs etc), no chlorinated pools while the area is healing, and absolutely NO PICKING! **Any crusts that form absolutely must not be forced off or you risk scarring.**