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Review of Cutera 2D Skin Rejuvenation Procedure
What Does the 2D Rejuvenation Procedure Feel Like?
The practitioner will clean your face and cover your eyes with cotton wool and then special goggles. Even so, you will see flashes of light with the IPL so don't be alarmed by them.
The first part of the treatment, the Limelight IPL, feels like hot little electric shocks. My practitioner uses ice to cool the area for a few seconds before zapping. It's uncomfortable, but I wouldn't describe it as painful and the discomfort vanishes the second it's done. I flinch when she does my upper lip area - that's the most sensitive place.
The second part of the treatment, the Laser Genesis, feels like a hot light is being passed over my face. At times it starts to feel as if the clinician is leaving it on the same area for too long and it starts to feel uncomfortable - a bit like when you're sitting too close to the fire. Again, not painful, best described as mild discomfort. I've dozed off in this part of the treatment, and I can assure you I wouldn't if it was really painful!
Why Consider Cutera 2D Skin Rejuvenation?
I'd call the 2D facial a lightweight cosmetic procedure. There's no knife, no major redness and usually no recovery time. It's cheaper and less painful than some of the other non-surgical treatments such as the Titan or Fraxel treatment, but the results from a course of treatments can still be dramatic. So if you want to dip your toe into the pool of non-surgical cosmetic treatments available, this is a good place to begin.
A good clinic will offer an obligation free (and cost-free) consultation where they will assess your skin and let you know if the 2D is a good treatment option for you.
My beautician recommended it for my skin, which at 41, is developing uneven patches and looking a little like crepe paper. Because my skin is very fair, delicate and sensitive, she felt this was a good alternative to a chemical peel. After 4 sessions my skin is noticeably smoother, firmer and more even in tone.
Because as we age our bodies' ability to produce collagen decreases, this treatment is great to kick it up a notch. Whilst most people have the treatment on their face, some also have their hands and the upper chest area treated.
How does Cutera 2D Skin Rejuvenation Work?
A 2D facial utilises Cutera technology, combining Laser Genesis and Limelight IPL in the one session to treat two different layers of your skin. These treatments are also available individually.
Laser Genesis uses a ND:Yag laser with a wavelenth of 1064nm for mid dermal stimulation to encourage new collagen production. Collagen is what keeps our skin looking young and firm.
The Limelight is an IPL (intense pulsed light). It aims to improve the superficial appearance of the skin by addressing pigmentation, sallowness, enlarged pores, fine lines and tiny telangiectasia (spider veins).
By using both in the one session, most skin concerns can be improved although results vary.
Most clinics will recommend a course of 4-6 treatments. Each session takes about an hour.
What Will My Skin Look Like Afterwards?
Your beauty provider will advise you on how to treat your skin for the next couple of days. My practitioner covers up my face with a mineral makeup before I leave the surgery. I can tell that it's glowing, and without the makeup, may look a little sunburned. I leave her makeup on until I wash my face before bed.
Your skin may feel a little dry and tight, like wind or sunburn for a day, but this only happened to me on the first treatment.
The next day I am able to put on my normal makeup.
For people with dark spots, you may notice they go a darker black and then kind of just flake off. Two days after my first and third treatments my chin peeled rather badly, but not the second and fourth times. I'm not sure why this is, I assume it's just because she spent longer that area these two times. It looked like I had beard rash, so it was a little embarrassing facing the school mums looking as I'd spent the day making out.
You will notice improvements after each treatment, but your skin may continue to improve for several months after the treatment as new collagen is produced.
After four treatments I my skin feels smoother and firmer, and my summer freckles have all but gone. Definitely worth it!
How Much Will it Cost?
How long is a piece of string? Truthfully, the cost of these procedures varies a lot. For me, (bear in mind that I'm talking Australian dollars), a course of 6 treatments is $1700. Individually, they're about $300 each.
You can shop around for the best deal, but DO NOT make cost your only basis for selecting a clinic. Look for a place that is highly regarded, preferably one that is recommended by a friend. Whilst this is a pretty safe treatment, this kind of equipment in untrained hands can lead to nasty burns.