Harmony Frequently Asked Questions
is the Harmony?
The Harmony "All-In-One"
Advanced Fluorescence Technology (AFT) Laser Light System is the latest innovation
in light bioscience for "no-downtime" cosmetic skin improvement and
hair removal. It was recently FDA-cleared for the use in the United States, after
racking up an impressive track record for two years in Europe. You may have heard
of Intense Pulsed Light treatments... or even the generic treatment names PhotoFacial
or PhotoRejuvenation. The Harmony is included in all of these categories so it
uses rejuvenating light to treat a wide variety of issues from unsightly vascular
lesions to skin diseases to unwanted hair. Intense Pulsed Light has been used
on over 10 million people to treat facial redness, fine wrinkles and pigmented
problems of the face, neck, hands and chest. The Harmony utilizes a newly-patented
form of Intense, Broad Spectrum Light technology called Advanced Fluorescence
Technology (AFT). AFT technology represents an advanced over Intense Pulsed Light
and can restore a more youthful appearance with no down time, little discomfort
and minimal to no risk. In addition, it successfully firms and tightens the skin
by stimulating collagen.
does it work?
Harmony AFT System delivers unique flashes of bright light into the skin. The
flash lasts for less than one-tenth of a second, and successive flashes are delivered
every three seconds. This bright light is scientifically tailored to cause the
destruction of unwanted hair, unsightly and unneeded spider veins, unwanted infiltrates
(like certain bacteria and microorganisms), and damaged cells that signal sun
damage (brown spots). This destruction is relatively easy to accomplish with the
right type of light, and is extremely safe. At the same time, the light heats
the epidermis to about 70 degrees Celsius, (which doesn't burn!) which activates
the skin's fibroblasts to grow extra collagen, the wrinkle-filling material. If
you have considered Thermage, this is a safer, less painful, more cost effective,
skin tightening and collagen stimulating alternative. Basically, the light from
the Harmony will reduce unwanted redness and brown spots resulting in slightly
younger looking skin each time the skin is treated. Most often, four treatments
are needed; we recommend one per month. (unless we are treating acne, which requires
one to two treatments per week for only 4 weeks). After each session, you should
experience improvement of skin tone, texture, clarity, uniformity and or color.
are treatments like?
treatment takes one to 20 minutes, with each bit of skin receiving one or two
pulses. The pulses feel like a warm rubber band snapping against your skin. Following
each treatment, skin may appear red and flushed for up to 12-36 hours, and/or
brown spots may turn much darker over the course of one to four days. However,
redness usually disappears within 30 minutes of the treatment's end, and brown
spots fade or disappear over the course of 5-10 days.
soon will I see results?
three or four treatments are normally performed, you experience smoother skin,
improvement in skin tone, reduced brown spots and diminished redness (from rosacea
or telangiectasia) after each treatment. Improvements are gradual and accumulate
with each successive session. Most often, simple telangiectasia (spider veins
or red lines) treatments, as well as treatment of certain brown sun spots and
leg veins, usually require only two or three office visits.
& easy skin improvement
healing time... redness is nearly always short-lived
multiple treatments are needed
like a warm snap of rubber band
may need to avoid treatment if allergic to the sun
if you have epileptic seizures, are pregnant, have lumps, or take Accutane
talking anticoagulants & any pills/lotions with retinoid, glycolic, or alpha
hydroxy content 48 hours before & after treatment
skin and reduced pore size
even skin tone and clarity
("turn back the clock")
vascular lesions (red spots)
fine lines & wrinkles, firming
often appear smaller
irregular skin pigmentation
unwanted redness & sagging
unwanted spider veins & broken capillaries
nearly any skin imperfection
rules apply before treatment?
using self tanners five to seven days before treatment. Try to avoid intense,
melanocyte-activating levels of sun exposure for a week prior to treatment. Don't
take a bubble bath, which may contain strange photosensitizing chemicals, to the
area to be treated for at least 24 hours prior to treatment. Your technician may
tell you to not take aspirin, antibiotics, accutane, antioxidants, St. John's
Wort, retinoids or "anti-aging skin creams" for 48 hours before or after.
If you have dark or very tan skin, have test spot treated with the Harmony 3 days
prior to your first treatment, so we can be sure you won't have an unusual, delayed
rules apply after treatment?
you should wear plenty of moisturizer, sunscreen SPF25 or higher and try to avoid
unnecessary sun exposure or tanning salons for a week (because this treatment
makes you a little photosensitive). You should avoid using soap on treated skin
for 24 hours post-tratment. You should avoid using photosensitizing or pigment-changing
products for two weeks (e.g., self-tanner, hydroquinone, some antioxidants and
herms) unless told to do so by your technician. When planning on having a Harmony
hair removal treatment, do not tweeze or wax unwanted hair for three weeks before
and after the treatment
is normal after treatment?
people see their treated skin become red, and stay red for 15-45 minutes (though
a few people stay red for one to two days). This can be covered with makeup. Brown
spots usually begin turning darker right away and turn into very small and dark
crusty spots within two days. In three to nine days, the marks should either disappear
by being absorbed or disappear because the unwanted brown cell flake off. Rosacea
or red veins will diminish beginning one minute to one day following treatment,
and may take up to four weeks to finish improving. Cherry angiomas shous become
darker right away, but may not appear to be affected until three to six weeks
post-treatment, at which point they should fall, leaving healthy skin behind.
Fine lines or rough skin should begin to show improved smoothness one to 60 days
after treatment This improvement is easier to see and quantify if at least three
treatments are done within a four-month span.