Frequently Asked Questions

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Where Do I Park?
Fresh Pearl MedSpa offers onsite parking for our clients. You may park anywhere on the lot where there is an available space, however it might be easier to access the MedSpa from the back of the stone building and park there as well.
Do Concierge Services Cost More?
The cost of treatments and products is the same whether you are at home or at our MedSpa. We only charge a $99 travel fee for at home treatments. We limit our travel to 15 miles from our location at the MedSpa.
How Long Can I Bank My Confidence Cache?
You have up to 6 months to bank your monthly contributions into your account. We feel that 6 months would be sufficient to save up for more costly procedures, however, we encourage our clients to have monthly routine appointments to maximize and prolong results. After 6 months of accumulated funds, we will contact you to remind you about the amount and schedule your next appointment.
Who Can Host Home Events?
We hope to develop long-lasting relationships with our clients. Having said this, we currently offer our existing Fresh Pearl clients the opportunity to host an event at their residence. If you haven’t had any treatments with us yet, please contact us and learn about the many ways we can help you reach your goals.
What Are the Benefits of Hosting an Event?
Hosting an event is a great way to share the experience of rewarding yourself in a comfortable environment among your friends. In order to host, we ask for a minimum of three confirmed guests and no more than 10. This allows us to provide everyone with the attention they deserve. A deposit of $100/person is required in advance of the date and a minimum of 24-hour notice is required to cancel the event for the deposit to be returned.
Why Should I Host an Event?
Besides being in the comfort of your own home with friends to share the experience, as the host, you will benefit from a 20% discount on treatments. Typically, a group of friends rotate as host so everyone can benefit from this discount. This established a routine of services and treatments to help you and your friends reach your desired goals!
What Are Neuromodulators?
Neuromodulators are a type of protein that temporarily relax the muscle they are injected in. These proteins block some of the nerve signals to the muscles, slowing the level of contraction. These FDA approved products treat fine lines and wrinkles that are created by muscle movement. It is also a great way to delay the formation of new wrinkles.
What are the Pros and Cons of Neuromodulators?

Pros:

  • Quick and practically painless.
  • Downtime is almost nonexistent.
  • Gold standard for targeting fine lines and wrinkles caused by muscle movement.
  • With a good injector, your face should still look natural, not frozen.

Cons:

  • Not permanent. You will need 3-4 months follow ups.
  • Some bruising may occur.
  • If injected poorly, you may notice asymmetries. Some injectors are not certified, experienced, licensed or are using expired or diluted products.
Am I a good candidate for neuromodulators/BOTOX?
A good candidate is a healthy adult who is not pregnant or nursing. These products are generally tolerated by most people. If you have a hypersensitivity to any botulinum toxin or any of the components, you should not get these treatments. It’s not recommended if you have any neuromuscular diseases (like multiple sclerosis or myasthenia gravis). Avoid if you have an active infection or cystic acne breakout.
What is Baby Botox?
The term “baby Botox” refers to using smaller doses that preserve more of your facial muscles’ natural expressive range. There are some tradeoffs: lower doses lead to more frequent injections. It might be an option for younger clients looking for preventive treatments but can be less effective on those with more moderate to severe wrinkles.
Is Botox Safe?
It is considered very safe with minimal risks and side effects. There is a risk that it could unintentionally spread into other areas of the intended target. This can lead to drooping eyelids, a lopsided smile, or uneven eyebrows. It can also leave you looking frozen if you’re over-injected. The good news is that these side effects are not permanent and will gradually disappear over a few weeks or months.
What Should You Do Before Your Botox Treatment?
  • It is recommended that you schedule your Botox® treatment 2-3 weeks prior to any special event or vacation.
  • Discontinue the use of aspirin, ibuprofen, ginkgo biloba, garlic, flax oil, cod liver oil, vitamin A, vitamin E or any other essential fatty acid at least 1 week before your treatment to minimize bruising or bleeding. Consult your primary physician prior to discontinuing any medications.
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine, niacin supplement, high-sodium foods, high sugar foods, refined carbohydrates, spicy foods and cigarettes 24-48 hours before treatments. These items may contribute to increased swelling or irritation.
  • If you develop a cold/flu, infection, blemish or rash in the area to be treated prior to your appointment, we recommend that you reschedule.
What Should You Do After Your Botox Treatment?
  • Do not massage the injected sites for at least 4 hours.
  • Contract the injected muscle 1 hour after injection.
  • Stay upright; do not lay down for 4 hours after injection.
  • Avoid heavy lifting, straining and vigorous exercise for at least 4 hours after injection.
  • Discontinue the use of aspirin, ibuprofen, ginkgo biloba, garlic, flax oil, cod liver oil, vitamin A, vitamin E or any other essential fatty acid at least 1 week after your treatment to minimize bruising or bleeding. Consult your primary physician prior to discontinuing any medications.
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine, niacin supplement, high-sodium foods, high sugar foods, refined carbohydrates, spicy foods and cigarettes 24-48 hours after treatments. These items may contribute to increased swelling or irritation.
  • Do not have cosmetic treatments such as laser, ultrasounds, peels, facials or microdermabrasion for 24 hours.
  • Do not put makeup on the treated area for 24 hours; earlier use may cause pustules.
  • Avoid wearing hats or headbands for 4 hours.
  • No additional Botox® injection should be repeated until 2 weeks after initial treatment.
Do Botox Injections Hurt?
Most people describe the injections as mosquito bites or small pinches. It should really be a quick and painless procedure.
When Will I See Results and How Long Do Botox Treatments Last?
The treatment may take 7-10 days to take full effect. You will start to see the results kick in as early as a few days after treatment. The average length of the effects is 3-4 months. If you decide to stop getting treatments or skip a treatment, your muscles will go back to their normal movements, which can cause fine lines and wrinkles.
How Much Does Botox Cost?
The pricing can get confusing. It depends on the type of product: Botox/Xeomin® usually ranges from $10-$20 a unit and Dysport® ranges from $3-$5 a unit, but requires 4 times the amount of units that Botox/Xeomin. Forehead and glabella usually need 40-50 units of Botox/Xeomin, crow’s feet 20-30 units, lower face (lips and chin) 20-30 units, massaters 30-50 depending on size, and neck bands 30-50 depending on the amount. Please contact us and we are happy to answer any questions.
Are There Alternatives to Neuromodulators?
Laser resurfacing and chemical peels work on fine lines and wrinkles. Each has their pros and cons with varying downtimes.
What’s the Difference between Botox Cosmetic® and Fillers?
  • Botox Cosmetic targets one of the underlying causes of frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead lines — the repeated muscle contractions from frowning, squinting, smiling and raising the eyebrows over the years. Your injection provider will inject these muscles with Botox Cosmetic to temporarily reduce muscle activity, resulting in a visible smoothing of these lines.
  • Fillers contain hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance that delivers nutrients to the skin, helping the skin retain moisture and softness and adding volume. Each product in the JUVÉDERM® collection of fillers adds volume to a different area of the face, without surgery.

Sources and Studies:

Cavallini, Maurizio, et al. “Safety of Botulinum Toxin A in Aesthetic Treatments: A Systematic Review of Clinical Studies.” Wiley Online Library, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 28 Feb. 2014.

What Are Brow Laminations/Tints?

Think of brow lamination as a “perm” for the brows. This service lifts the brows to an upright flattering shape, creating more depth and fluff to your natural brow. At Fresh Pearl MedSpa, we offer a brow clean up, brow lamination and brow tint as part of the brow lamination service.

Brow tinting is a great option to add to your regular eyebrow waxing appointment. This service will help define your brows and emphasize your shape using semi-permanent tint custom mixed just for you.

What Happens During a Brow Lamination?
A styling lotion is used to relax the hair cuticle so the brow hairs are molded to the determined brow shape. The styling lotion contains a chemical that opens the hair cuticle and enters the cortex and makes the hair easier to mold into a new shape. A fixing lotion then follows, to structure the brow hairs and set them into the new position. The fixing lotion contains hydrogen peroxide, which introduces oxygen to the hair structure and stabilizes the hair in the new shape. Finally, a nurturing keratin serum is combed through the brows, to help hydrate and condition the hairs.
Are There Any Risks to Brow Tinting / Lamination?
Clients with skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis in or around the eyebrow area should avoid this treatment. If there is skin sensitivity we may perform a patch test to ensure the skin will not react to the solution. There is always a risk of over processing with brow lamination services that can cause a wavy or curly brow. Unfortunately, an over processed brow cannot be undone and must be grown out. We highly recommend booking with an experienced esthetician for this treatment to avoid any risks. With the proper after care this service can be repeated every 6-8 weeks. Please note any clients with sparse eyebrow hair or uneven shape should see our esthetician for monthly eyebrow maintenance before booking for lamination.
How Should You Prepare for Brow Lamination?
Brow lamination works best on untouched brow hairs. However, if you’re having a tint and shape as part of the treatment, it is best to take precautions if you have sensitive skin. Avoid stringent exfoliators and chemicals and use natural products to gently cleanse so the skin is not exposed to sensitivity during the treatment.
What Happens During a Brow Tint?
Our licensed esthetician who routinely does eyebrow tinting, begins by reviewing a new client’s medical and contraindication form to make sure an eyebrow tint will be a safe treatment for them. Next, your esthetician will discuss what shade will work best for you and your goals. She will select the best tint for you and proceed with your service. We may also complete a patch test in a hard-to-see place (like behind the ears) on new clients, to make sure they don’t have a bad reaction to the tint.
What Do I Need to Do After a Brow Lamination?
For the best results, follow all instructions provided to you by your esthetician. The most important after-care instruction to note is to avoid getting your brows wet in any way for 24 hours after your service. At Fresh Pearl MedSpa, we provide an aftercare kit as part of your brow lamination service.
What Are Contraindications to Brow Waxing, Shaping or Tinting?

A contraindication is something that prevents you from receiving a treatment as it may make the condition worse. Please take a look at the contraindications listed for your treatment. If you believe that you may have one of the contraindications please contact me before booking.

We cannot perform a brow wax if:

  • You have used Accutane, Roaccutane (retinoic acid) or other strong acne medications in the last six months. These medications have a thinning effect on the skin which makes brow waxing unsuitable.
  • You have used retinol, topical Retin-A, ReTrieve (tretinoin) or other prescription skin medications in the last four weeks. These have similar effects to the above.
  • You have had laser resurfacing, fraxel laser or skin needling in the last four weeks. These treatments leave skin very delicate for at least a month.
  • You’ve had a BHA/AHA/glycolic acid peel in the brow area in the last four weeks.

We cannot perform a tint if:

  • You have had an allergic reaction to any form of tint (including hair color) in the past.
  • You have any sign of eczema, infection, cuts or scabbing in the brow area.
  • You have hypersensitive skin or inflamed skin.

Important note: Contact lenses must be removed for treatment.

What Are Injectable Fillers?
Dermal fillers are small injections of gel made up of a naturally occurring substance in the body called hyaluronic acid. These FDA-approved fillers temporarily serve to restore volume loss by lifting, plumping, contouring and filling in unwanted wrinkles and lines caused by the aging process. Areas of the face that are typically treated include the cheeks, lips, nasolabial folds (smile lines/run from each side of the nose to the corners of the mouth) and marionette lines (frown lines).
What are the Pros and Cons of Dermal Fillers?

Pros:

  • Quick, relatively painless and safe when done by a licensed practitioner.
  • Non-invasive with minimal downtime.
  • Hyaluronic acid fillers are nearly identical to what our own body produces, and it dissolves more naturally over time.
  • Fully reversible.

Cons:

  • Results are temporary, depending on which type of filler they can last 6 months to over a year.
  • Many options that can be confusing. Discuss your goals with your practitioner.
  • Unintentionally injecting filler into a blood vessel can lead to serious complications such as tissue death and vision impairment.
Am I a Good Candidate for Dermal Fillers?
A good candidate is a healthy adult who is not pregnant or nursing. These products are generally tolerated by most people. If you have a hypersensitivity to any fillers or any of the components, you should not get these treatments. Avoid if you have an active infection or cystic acne breakout.
How Do I Prepare for My Injectable Filler Appointment?
  • It is recommended to schedule your injectable esthetic filler 2-3 weeks prior to any special event or vacation due to swelling and bruising post treatment.
  • Patients should not schedule any invasive procedures for 2 weeks prior to treatment. These include but are not limited to:
    • Dental cleaning or dental work
    • Lesion excision or biopsy
    • Surgery of any kind
    • Internal device placement
    • Tattoo or permanent makeup
  • Discontinue the use of aspirin, ibuprofen, ginkgo biloba, garlic, flax oil, cod liver oil, vitamin A, vitamin E or any other essential fatty acid at least 1 week before your treatment to minimize bruising or bleeding. Consult your primary physician prior to discontinuing any medications.
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine, niacin supplement, high-sodium foods, high sugar foods, refined carbohydrates, spicy foods and cigarettes 24-48 hours before treatments. These items may contribute to increased swelling or irritation.
  • Caution is advised to persons with a history of herpes simplex in the treatment area. For those who carry the herpes simplex virus, it is recommended to be pretreated with a prescribed antiviral medication for 3 days before and after each treatment. If you have an active herpes outbreak, your appointment will have to be rescheduled.
  • If you develop a cold/flu, infection, blemish or rash in the area to be treated prior to your appointment, we recommend that you reschedule.
  • Discontinue the use of Retin-A® for 3 days before treatment to avoid any increased redness and irritation.
  • Inform your Nurse Injector if you have had dermal filler treatments or have previously had cosmetic treatments with laser within the last 2 weeks.
What Happens during the Dermal Filler Treatment?
You and your provider will first discuss your facial features and your goals. Once you have decided which filler to get, your practitioner will clean the area and apply a topical anesthetic if needed. Most fillers contain lidocaine to help minimize the discomfort. They will slowly inject the filler and gently massage the area if needed. If you feel any discomfort, swelling, or tenderness afterward, you may use an ice pack. The entire procedure will take about 15-20 minutes.
Do Dermal Filler Injections Hurt?
Most people describe the injections as mosquito bites or small pinches. It should really be a quick and painless procedure.
What Do I Do After My Dermal Filler Treatment?
  • Patients should not schedule any invasive procedures for 2 weeks after treatment
  • Do not touch, rub, press, massage or manipulate the injected sites for at least 6 hours.
  • Avoid vigorous exercise, sun and heat exposure for 3 days after treatment.
  • Avoid submerging your head under water for 24 hours after injection.
  • No cosmetic treatments such as laser, ultrasound, peels, facials or microdermabrasion for 2 weeks after treatment.
  • Avoid makeup for 24 hours. Earlier use may cause pustules.
  • Ice the treated area for the next 24 hours, every 20 minutes, if you have discomfort.
  • Discontinue the use of Retin-A for 2 days after treatment.
  • Please call Fresh Pearl MedSpa if you have increased pain, swelling redness, blisters or itching.
Are There Alternatives to Dermal Fillers?
Laser resurfacing and chemical peels work on fine lines and wrinkles. Each has their pros and cons with varying downtimes. Fat transferring and face lifts may address deep wrinkles. However, dermal fillers are designed to restore volume.
What’s the Difference between BOTOX Cosmetic® and Fillers?
  • Botox Cosmetic targets one of the underlying causes of frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead lines — the repeated muscle contractions from frowning, squinting, smiling and raising the eyebrows over the years. Your injection provider will inject these muscles with Botox Cosmetic to temporarily reduce muscle activity, resulting in a visible smoothing of these lines.
  • Fillers contain hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance that delivers nutrients to the skin, helping the skin retain moisture and softness and adding volume. Each product in the JUVÉDERM® collection of fillers adds volume to a different area of the face, without surgery.
When Will I See Results from a Dermal Filler Treatment?
Filler results can typically be seen immediately. You will see more fullness within a couple days, but can take up to 2 weeks for the swelling to fully subside.
How Long Will Results from a Dermal Filler Injection Last?
That will depend on the product(s) used, area treated, and your own unique biology. It is common to see most fillers last 6 months to over a year. If you have a fast metabolism, your body will absorb the filler sooner.
Will I Look Natural?
Yes. Our goal is to rejuvenate your look and simply make you look like the best version of yourself.
How Much Do Dermal Filler Services Cost?
Your service cost will depend on your esthetic goals and which products, and how much of each product, are required to reach those goals. One syringe of filler can cost $500 - $800.
Who Is the Skin EssentiA® Line For?
Someone who:

  • Is “younger” and serious about healthy-looking skin from a young age that bases their decisions on facts and is not influenced by mainstream media.
  • Wants skin to return to the beautiful state that it once was.
  • Experiencing changes as they age into late 20s early 30s.
  • Realizes sooner is a better approach and in a preventative method.
  • Values a quality skincare brand that makes a real difference to their skin.
  • Has a busy lifestyle and is looking for an accessible, no-fuss, effective skincare product.
Who Is the Youth EssentiA® Line For?
Someone who:

  • Is serious about combating the signs of aging on their skin.
  • Would like to look as young as possible for as long as possible.
  • Is constantly looking for ways to push the boundaries of youthfulness.
  • Is willing to invest in a premium range of scientifically advanced skincare products.
How Is It Possible for a Teenager to Use the Same Products as Me?
It’s not about the age, it’s about the reaction and how your skin responds to the product. We want to avoid the reaction. Aims to normalize any existing skin abnormalities.
Can I Add Some of the Skin EssentiA Products to My Current Skincare Brand of Choice?
This can be a little tricky. Can you? Yes, but there’s no guarantee on its efficacy. The products are designed and tested with the results guaranteed, based on the formula to work synergistically.
Will the Skin EssentiA Range Be Enough for My Skin?
Absolutely. The efficacy of the ingredients is to be reparative and rebalance any abnormalities to the skin. Over time as the skin adjusts, we can step up to a higher level of product to treat other concerns.
I've Never Used a Pre-cleanser Before, Is It Really Necessary?
It’s about breaking down that oil soluble buildup on the skin allowing for a deeper clean. A lot of pollutants and grime build up. Cleanser is water soluble and may not rid of all build up on the skin. Great for makeup and mascara (oil based products). You don’t want anything to impede the products from getting into the skin.
How Long Will the Moisturizers Last?
10-12 weeks. There are no added preservatives. Should be used within 12 weeks, any excess you can apply to hands and neck and chest as well. Once the package is open for a period of time, the moisturizer starts to degrade.
Can I Start Youth EssentiA Range as a First Time User?
Yes, however, if you’ve had skin sensitivities with prior use of vitamin A, starting with the Skin EssentiA line might be preferable. It will be based on your skin health and skin care habits. If it’s irritated or inflamed, then it’s recommended you use Skin Essentia first.
How Do I Move On to Youth EssentiA If I Have Been Using Skin EssentiA?
We will evaluate your skin’s response to Skin EssentiA and advise you on when and how to transition to other products. Once your skin has properly adjusted to the vitamin and antioxidant concentrations, we will progress you to the next step of the Step Up System.
Given Youth EssentiA is Aimed at Pushing the Boundaries of Youthfulness, Does This Mean This Range Is for a More Mature Skin Type?
No, Youth EssentiA is for any age with concerns of visible signs of aging. You can never be too young to start, as this line will future proof your skin from damage. Not intended for problematic skin prone to breakouts.
What are the benefits of using the Dynamic Duo and how long will these products last?
Part of the Environ line step up system, the Dynamic Duo includes the application of an antioxidant creme and the vitamin A moisturizer to target vitamin A deficiencies. Typically benefits will last 10-12 weeks when used correctly.
What skincare products do you recommend for skin condition such as acne, hyperpigmentation, or dry skin?
The Focus Care line is ideal for normalizing skin abnormalities including aging concerns, dry skin, sensitive skin, hyperpigmentation or blemishes. The Focus Care line is a targeted regimen that is available as its own kit and may be used in conjunction with other Environ skin care products.
What is a lash lift and tint?
A lash lift is a service that lifts or “perms” your lashes to appear longer and tinted to create depth. These results can last 6-8 weeks with proper aftercare as recommended by your esthetician.

Lash tinting is also available to darken natural lashes, this can often create the appearance of longer, more defined lashes. These results will last up to 4 weeks depending on how often the lashes are cleansed.

What happens during a lash lift?
If you wear contact lenses, we ask you to remove them prior to your visit and wear glasses instead. The next step is to clean your lashes and eyelids from any makeup or oils. Your lashes are then placed on a silicone shield with a solution that will be used to mold the curl shape. This allows for the bonds in your lashes to break, making it possible to reshape the hairs. Finally, another solution is placed with the desired shape and stops the initial process of reforming the bonds in your hair. If you are also tinting, the darkening process is the last step.
What to expect after a lash lift?
During the first 24 hours, avoid showering or getting your lashes wet in any way. Best to stay away from steam and humidity. It is also recommended that you not wear any mascara or eye makeup. These results can last up to 8 weeks with proper aftercare.
Are there risks and side effects of a lash lift?
The greatest risk to lash lifts is perhaps skin irritation. By using protective pads along your lash line, we decrease the risk of the solution from getting on your skin, but this method isn’t totally foolproof. If you have a history of dry eye, allergies, and eye or skin sensitivities, you may be more prone to irritation. If the solution somehow gets in your eye, that could result in considerable irritation or a burn or ulcer. Working with an experienced lash lift expert reduces your risk of side effects during the application process.
How does a lash lift compare to lash extensions?
While lash extensions give a more dramatic look, lash lifts are a great option to enhance your natural eyelashes. Lash lifts require far less upkeep, allowing you to wear mascara, swim, shower and essentially continue any regular activity of daily living avoiding the caution needed to maintain lash extensions. Lash extensions require 2-3 week touch-up appointments, while lash lifts can last up to 8 weeks.
How much does a lash lift cost?
The average lash lift typically costs $100, and can range between $75-$125.
What are the contraindications of lash lifting/tinting?
A contraindication is something that prevents you from receiving treatment as it may make the condition worse. Please take a look at the contraindications listed for your treatment. If you believe that you may have one of the contraindications, please contact us before booking.

We cannot perform a lash lift or tint if:

  • History of eye allergies or watery eyes
  • Allergies to adhesives or tints such as hair color
  • Eye infections: impetigo or conjunctivitis
  • Stye or chalazion
  • Chronic dry eyes
  • Hypersensitive eyes
  • Blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelids)
  • Dermatitis around eyes

Please remove contact lenses before your lash lift or tint service

What Is a Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel is an acidic solution applied to the skin to remove damaged top layers of the skin, increase cell turnover, and increase collagen growth. The acidic solution creates a controlled injury at a specific depth. This controlled reaction stimulates new skin growth to improve skin texture and appearance. Chemical peels are the third most commonly performed nonsurgical cosmetic procedure according to realself.com.
What are the Pros and Cons of a Chemical Peel?

Pros:

  • Customizable to suit any skin type, specific concerns, and downtime.
  • Less costly than many laser and radiofrequency treatments that target the same conditions.
  • Almost immediate results are seen. If you want to boost your skin’s radiance fast, a light peel can create an immediate glow.

Cons:

  • Deeper peels may lead to some hyperpigmentation. Deep peels are dangerous for many reasons: uncomfortable and painful, offer slow healing process, result in post inflammatory scarring, can result in dyspigmentation, bacterial infections, permanent scarring, and often the results do not justify the experience.
Am I a Good Candidate for a Chemical Peel?
The beauty of Fresh Pearl MedSpa and our experienced esthetician is that we offer many options designed to address a wide range of issues, therefore, a peel option can benefit most people. Avoid if you have an active infection or cystic acne breakout.
What Happens During a Chemical Peel Service?
After the appropriate strength and type of peel is selected by you and your esthetician, your skin will be cleansed with our 3 step cleansing process followed by a toner. Next, the selected peel will be applied on the skin. These chemical peels are customizable, non-invasive, and have little healing downtime while delivering powerful results. The solution will then be removed by a neutralizer after the desired time has been reached. Lastly, a moisturizer and sunscreen will be applied to the skin.
How Soon Will I See Results from a Chemical Peel?
You should begin seeing improvements in your skin tone and texture as your post-peel symptoms subside. Your skin will continue to improve over months.
How Much Will I Peel with a Chemical Peel Treatment?
Effects of light peels may barely be noticeable. You may notice a small amount of flaking. You don't necessarily need to see visible peeling with the treatment, it doesn’t mean you won’t get results. The cells are microscopic. Our skin is constantly desquamating. The better the skin is prepped, the less visible peeling you will see. The less healthy the tissue is, the more peeling you see. Cool Peel is attacking damaged cells, not healthy cells.
How Long Do Results Last with Chemical Peels?
Your results depend on the regularity and the depth. The more consistently you receive treatments, the longer lasting they will be.
How Often Should I Get a Chemical Peel?
Some peels can be repeated every few weeks until you get the desired results. They can also be done monthly for more prolonged and consistent results.
What Are the Side Effects of a Chemical Peel?
The skin becomes dryer and feels tighter for a few days. Use extra moisturizer or ACE oil. Effects of light peels may barely be noticeable — a small amount of flaking. You don't necessarily need to see visible peeling with the treatment; it doesn’t mean you won’t get results. The cells are microscopic.
How Much Does a Chemical Peel Cost?
According to realself.com, the average cost for a chemical peel is $400. However, it depends on the depth and if additional services like facials are added. Light peels range from $150-$250, medium peels range from $250-$500, with facial add-ons being $90.
Are There Alternatives to Chemical Peels?
Laser resurfacing and IPL (intense pulsed light) are both options that help fade acne scars, hyperpigmentation, and fine lines. They have different methods of achieving those results with pros and cons.
What Do I Need to Know before Scheduling a Chemical Peel Service? What Are the Contraindications?
  • Prepare your skin with vitamin A; increased use of vitamin A beforehand will lead to better results.
  • Cis-Retinoic Acids (Accutane®, Roaccutane®), need to be discontinued 6 months prior to peels.
  • Chemical peel should not be done within six months of microdermabrasion, dermabrasion, or laser resurfacing.
  • Waxing or extractions should not be performed for 10 days before and 10 days after a chemical peel.
  • Avoid excessive sun exposure and sunbeds.
  • Pregnancy. Lactic acid peels are ok since lactic acid already exists in the body; TCA chemical peels should NOT be used during pregnancy.)
  • Chemical peels should not be performed on areas that have cancer or have had recent radiation treatment; also, any areas where your skin feels sensitive should not be treated with a chemical peel.
  • People with diabetes should not have chemical peels due to healing impairment issues.
  • Chemical peels should not be done on diseases of the skin such as eczema, rosacea or psoriasis.
  • If you have had recent permanent make-up you should not have a chemical peel.
  • Unrealistic expectations. A chemical peel can make a remarkable difference in the look and tone of your skin, but don’t expect a facelift.
What Can I Expect after Treatment and What Is Advised for Aftercare?
In a few days, your skin may feel like you got a mild sunburn and feel dry. With Environ’s Cool Peel® Technology, the effects of cooling are part of the treatment.

  • Dryness: avoid harsh environmental influences. Introduce pre-cleanser and moisturize adequately.
  • Flaking: do not rub, pick or irritate the skin. Micro-exfoliate as necessary.
  • Sensitivity: avoid AHAs for 24 hours (Concentrated Alpha Hydroxy Toner, BioBotanical Revival Masque), exercise, swimming. Introduce pre-cleanser and moisturize adequately.
  • Photo-Sensitivity: avoid all sun exposure for a minimum of 7 days. Re-apply broad-spectrum sunscreen every 1.5-2 hours.
  • Breakouts: do not rub, pick or irritate the skin. Micro-exfoliate with Clay-Tech Masque as necessary.
  • Avoid make up for 48 hours after Cool Peel.
  • Do not wash your face for 8 hours after the treatment.

Sources and Studies:

Al-Talib, Hassanain, et al. “Efficacy and Safety of Superficial Chemical Peeling in Treatment of Active Acne Vulgaris.” Anais Brasileiros De Dermatologia, Sociedade Brasileira De Dermatologia, 2017.

“Chemical Peels: Preparation.” American Academy of Dermatology.

Rendon, Marta I, et al. “Evidence and Considerations in the Application of Chemical Peels in Skin Disorders and Aesthetic Resurfacing.” The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, Matrix Medical Communications, July 2010.

Soleymani, Teo, et al. “A Practical Approach to Chemical Peels: A Review of Fundamentals and Step-by-Step Algorithmic Protocol for Treatment.” The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, Matrix Medical Communications, Aug. 2018.

What Are Microinfusion Treatments?
The luxury Aquagold Fine Touch™ 24ct gold plated microinfusion system is designed to painlessly deliver personalized solutions into the skin. This treatment can be customized with a combination of serums and fillers to correct uneven skin tone or hyperpigmentation, smooth skin texture, improve acne scarring, reduce pore size and sebum production as well as provide incredible anti-aging benefits.
What are the Pros and Cons of Microinfusion Treatments?

Pros:

  • Gentle and less painful than traditional microneedling.
  • There is no downtime after treatment.
  • Customized treatment based on your skin concerns.
  • A series of treatments promotes collagen production, which can increase the firmness of your skin.
  • Gold-plated needles make it less likely for allergic reactions or skin irritations.

Cons:

  • Slow but steady treatment results.
  • A series of treatments is recommended for greater and sustained results.
  • Counterfeit devices exist. Aquavit Pharmaceuticals is the only company that manufactures and distributes AquaGold® Fine Touch microinfusion devices to providers. There may be similar devices available for purchasing, but they are not the same brand or verified distributors of the trademark AquaGold Fine Touch devices. Be sure your provider uses the authentic devices.
How many microchannels are there?
20
Can the device be used more than once?
No, these devices are designed and sterilized for a single client and single use only.
Why are the needles made of gold-plated stainless steel?
The stainless steel provides structural integrity for the microchannels. Gold has a high biocompatibility with our skin and prevents irritation and localized allergic responses.
Is Aquavit Life Science Inc. an FDA registered company?
Yes.
Am I a Good Candidate for Microinfusion Treatments?
A good candidate is a healthy adult who is not pregnant or nursing. These products are generally tolerated by most people. If you have a hypersensitivity to any of the products or any of the components, you should not get these treatments. It’s not recommended if you have any neuromuscular diseases (like multiple sclerosis or myasthenia gravis). Avoid if you have an active infection or cystic acne breakout.
What Happens During a Microinfusion Treatment?
You and your practitioner will discuss your skin health and desired goals. A customized mix of ingredients will be drawn into the microinfusion device. Once you decide on the mix of ingredients, the practitioner will clean the treatment areas. The treatment begins on the forehead and is continued down to your chest. Your practitioner will gently stamp the device on your skin in an overlapping pattern. As they press the tube against your skin, 20 thin, hollow needles penetrate the skin delivering the infusion into the dermis while stimulating the epidermis. The entire treatment takes about 15-20 minutes. Some of the ingredients may include:

  • Hyaluronic acid to increase firmness and hydration of the skin.
  • Neuromodulators to help reduce skin pores, sebum production, and redness.
  • Growth factors to stimulate collagen production.
  • Peptides to improve the texture of your skin.
  • Vitamins to fight off free radicals and increase brightness of your skin.
What Do I Do after My Microinfusion Treatment?
There is no downtime with microinfusion treatments. You may experience some redness that will resolve within an hour. Avoid washing your face until the next morning.
When Will I See Results from a Microinfusion Treatment?
You should see results such as a brighter complexion, increased firmness, and a smoother texture after about 2 weeks. These effects will last up to 6 months. For longer lasting and optimal results, a series is recommended spaced 4-6 weeks apart.
What is the Difference between Microinfusion and Microneedling?
Microinfusions are designed to deliver specific ingredients through channels created by the needles into the skin. This allows better penetration of the ingredients to their targeted sites when compared to topical applications. Microneedling creates tiny “injuries” below the skin that trigger a healing response from your body. This stimulates the body to produce collagen and elastin.
How Much Does a Microinfusion Treatment Cost?
According to realself.com, the average cost is $625, depending on the particular formula. Some practitioners will ask about your budget and develop the serum along with the scheduled sessions to fit your needs.