Mooi Medical Aesthetics & Spa
I’ve been getting a ton of questions and emails about my experience with Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment and Non-Ablative Fractional Laser treatment. I was going to wait til the end of my treatments to do an entire review of my experience, but thought I would answer a few questions and chat about what it will actually do for my skin now. Both treatments will help clear up acne scars, hyperpigmentation, age spots and even out skin tone. It will also help with future breakouts, fine lines and wrinkles, and have me looking 18 again.
You may recall my review on the Mooi by Kristen Lee Skincare Line that I’ve been using for the past 5 months? It was created by Kristen Lee, a fellow Londoner, after years of searching for the perfect products to help her with her own adult acne. Mooi Medical Aesthetics & Spa offers a wide variety of services to help you with all your skin needs. All equipment is medical grade, similar to what you would find in a dermatology office. Upon arrival, Kristen will sit with you and discuss your skin concerns and chat with you about what you hope to accomplish through these treatments. She will take a closer look at your skin and set up the best possible program to have smoother, radiant looking skin in no time.
I’ve had two separate appointments, spaced 3 weeks apart with 3 different treatments on each day. Each treatment is only about 5 to 10 minutes, for a total of 30 minutes max. The first treatment Kristen zapped me with the Palomar Lux V Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). This helps to clear up any current blemishes and breakouts as any light absorbed by the skin at this wavelength kills any bacteria on the skin’s surface. This is completely painless, my skin did feel a little warmer, but nothing else besides that.
The second treatment was Palomar Max G Photofacial. This treatment works on any superficial hyperpigmentation. If the darker patches of skin are ‘fresh’ or ‘new’ then the Max G is able to break up the pigment and our own lymphatic system will reabsorb it and flush it out. Again, this was pretty much painless, also a little warm, and you can feel a slight zap when the light gets closer around your eyes. Since your eyes are closed and wearing sun protection, it’s nothing too severe.
The final treatment was the 1540 Non-Ablative Fractional Laser treatment. This laser omits microcolumns of light down to the very bottom layer of the skin without actually breaking the surface of the skin. These means the surrounding tissue is unaffected, which means no bleeding, no risk of scarring and no downtown, like other laser treatments. This laser helps to clear up older, deeper patches of skin discolouration and also helps with tightening of the skin and helps diminish fine lines and wrinkles by encouraging new cell and collagen regrowth. This treatment did sting in some areas, nothing too severe, about a 1 out of 10. It could also be the result of already undergoing two other treatments within a short amount of time. It doesn’t actually hurt, just a slight zap, and since it’s so quick, I didn’t even really notice it.
Because of the Palomar Max G Photofacial my dark spots that were already on my skin did appear to be a little dark right after treatment, but started to get lighter within a few days. My skin was also a little red for about 2 hours after the treatments. I made my appointments in the evening, so I just went home after each treatment, but I don’t see why you couldn’t do this on your lunch hour and go back to work. Although probably not the best idea to apply makeup right after treatment, I do believe a little bronzer would hide the redness; that’s how mild it actually is. Within 2 short treatments, I’ve already seen major results. Some of my dark spots do still appear to be darker, but this is just because it’s bringing those pigments up to the surface to be zapped away again. Although I’ve always been one to wear SPF, it’s extremely important to wear it when undergoing IPL treatments. Your skin is more sensitive to light and if you’re not properly protected, you could end up with more dark spots.
Overall, I think this is a wonderful service for those that are looking to address several skin concerns. Although lotions and potions are great, they are very time consuming, expensive, and I don’t think will ever really clear up all these issues.
For those in the London area that are looking for clearer, smoother, more radiant looking skin, you need to check out Kristen’s new spa at 1140 Southdale Road West Unit #2.