Ultrasonic peel is skin cleansing procedure using a special device that creates ultrasonic waves and high-frequency vibration providing dead skin cells removal and rejuvenation of the outer layer of skin.
This is a triple action procedure that helps to remove impurities from the skin surface, unclog the pores and exfoliate dead skin cells. Ultrasonic waves provide deep penetration of the active ingredients into skin enriching it with nutrients. The vibration also works as a massage boosting collagen production.
Ultrasonic peel is recognized by experts as one of the most gentle face cleansing treatments that can significantly reduce acne, clean clogged pores, smooth wrinkles, improve hemodynamics and provide deep moisture and lifting effect by affecting only outer layer of skin without harming it. The procedure increases metabolism providing oxygen and important nutrients to the skin cells.
Ultrasonic peel should be performed no more often than twice a month by oily skin or once every 3 months by dry skin. Depending on the individual skin features, one procedure a year may be enough for some clients.
Practically this procedure is often performed in combination with phonophoresis to enhance the delivery of applied drugs and nutrients through the skin.
As it is a very gentle skin peel, it can be performed in any season without any risk of developing post-traumatic skin pigmentation or other undesired complications.
However, many doctors have an ambivalent attitude towards ultrasonic peel arguing that the influence of ultrasound and its effect on human body has been understudied. Therefore this procedure is recommended to be performed twice a year at most.
Ultrasonic face cleansing is an emergency remedy for dull face skin with imperfections. This is the best way to refresh your face and get a new look when you have no time to prepare your skin for an important event, but want to look gorgeous anyway.
If you have problem oily skin, you should combine ultrasonic peeling with mechanical face cleansing to achieve the best results.
This procedure is also suitable for dry and mature skin.
Ultrasonic peeling device
It is very important to use only high-quality multifunctional device to perform the procedure. Remember that the final result depends on the technical equipment as well as on your beauty therapist’s professional competence.
Mechanism of action
The peeling effect is provided by treating skin surface with ultrasonic waves with certain parameters. These waves are able to penetrate the skin as deep as the therapist sets up increasing blood and lymphatic circulation.
Ultrasound heats up the epidermis and adipose tissue providing gentle cleansing of skin surface, impurities, blackheads and pigmentation spots removal and skin tone evening. The vibration works as micro-massage showing strong lifting effect when used with anti-aging serum.
Continuous waves caused by intensive vibration starts cavitation process in the coupling medium (a gel or mineral water) promoting breaking of molecular bonds in the horny layer of skin. The process affects only old epidermal cells opening pores, removing excessive sebum, promoting tissue regeneration and activating cell metabolism.
Ultrasonic peel stages
The procedure consists of several stages involving following actions:
• Make-up removal and skin toning according to the skin type
• Skin polishing using cream gommage which doesn’t contain any exfoliating particles to avoid skin irritation. The exfoliation of dead skin cell is provided by chemical ingredients that treat the skin very gently.
• Application of cold hydrogenation mask (of any reliable brand that usually uses the therapist) covered with a plastic wrap for 15-25 minutes to prevent skin damage by the following use of steam which causes loosening of the outer layer of skin. The plastic wrap increases effect of the mask.
• Ultrasonic peeling. Before the procedure a neutral electrode (grounding pad) should be applied. The client can put on a bracelet or hold a metal core or the therapist can lay a plate under the back of the client or hold a button placed on the scrubber. The point of contact of skin and electrode should be wet or covered with gel to assure better conduction. The therapist uses the scrubber holding it at an angle with the skin and moisturizing the skin with mineral water or special gel the whole time during the procedure (a lactic acid containing lotion is usually used by oily skin, a salicylic acid containing lotion – by acne-prone skin). The movements always go from the sides to the center of the face in the opposite direction of the massage lines avoiding the upper eyelids area, lips and the thyroid gland. Every skin area should not be treated more than 4 times. The procedure lasts 15 minutes at most (5 minutes by sensitive skin). In case a hyperemia occurs on the treated skin area, the therapist should stop the procedure. The power and exposure time is set up by the therapist depending on the individual skin features of the client. Sensitive and irritated skin should be treated at the minimal power level.
• Massage with gentle movements following the lines of lymphatic flow (from the center of the face to the sides) using the flat side of the scrubber.
• Phonophoresis involving application of an ampule medication with cure or cosmetological effect using the flat side of the scrubber moving in the direction of the natural lymphatic flaw.
• Application of face mask with antibacterial and pore minimizing effect.
• Application of cream with calming effect.
• Some salons offer darsonvalization as the final stage of the procedure.
Salon beauty experts recommend to do a course of 5-10 procedures once in 2-3 weeks if you have problem skin.
All stages of the procedure including massage promote:
• effective removal of dead skin cells
• deep pore cleansing
• skin rejuvenation
All stages of phonophresis provide:
• cellular rejuvenation
• wrinkles smoothing
• deep penetration of the preparation into skin providing prolonged effect
Every procedure lasts about 25-45 minutes depending on the use of additional tools and is usually accompanied by light tingle, warm and vibration sensations.
Photo before and after ultrasonic peel
Indications for ultrasonic peel:
• oily acne-prone skin
• post-acne spots and scars
• oily sheen
• enlarged pores
• dull face tone
• aging-related skin changes
Contraindications for ultrasonic peel:
• pustular skin disorders and viral skin diseases
• facial nerve paralysis
• trigeminal neuralgia
• infectious diseases
• recovery period after deep or mid-grade peel (at least 3 months)
• implanted gold thread
• pregnancy and lactation
• cardiovascular and oncological diseases
• implanted cardiostimulator
• acute sinusitis
• psoriasis and chronic dermatitis
• intrauterine device
• gallstones and kidney stones
Skin reaction during the procedure and after it
During the procedure and just after it the skin may turn pink, however this effect usually disappears very quickly. No special post-peel skin treatment required, the skin easily recovers by itself.
Avoid applying make-up, eyebrows, lashes and hair dyeing, visiting pool, sauna and solarium as well as playing active sports for at least 12 hours after the procedure.
Ultrasonic face cleansing provides:
• effective impurities removal and deep pore cleansing without aggressive mechanical action
• normalization of protective functions of the epidermis increasing its adaptive characteristics
• rejuvenation of the outer layer of skin making the skin look significantly younger, fresh, smooth and soft
• pore minimizing
• dead skin cells exfoliation
• skin texture improvement
• skin tone improvement
• firmness and elasticity improvement
• skin’s natural ability to self-rejuvenation improvement
• scars resolution
• lymph flow and hemodynamics promotion
• swelling reduction
• cellular nutrition improvement
• elastin and collagen synthesis acceleration
Visual effect appears immediately, just after the procedure. It consists in:
• significant complexion improvement (soft, smooth and velvety skin)
• unclogged and minimized pores
• young and beautiful skin
• acne and other imperfections removal
• scars soothing
• fresh skin tone
• toned up skin
Ultrasonic peel advantages:
• wide range of applications (face, back, neck, arms, décolleté area)
• universal alternative to many cosmetological procedures such as steaming, massage, mechanical peeling and lifting
• significant rejuvenating effect achieved by warming the tissues
• effective acne treatment and excessive sebum secretion normalizing
• suitable for dry and sensitive skin
• suitable for gentle skin areas such as décolleté as this procedure doesn’t cause keloid formation
• visual effect which appears immediately after the procedure making face look young, glowing and beautifully shaped
• no pain or discomfort
• no recovery time, no restrictions after the procedure
• affordable price
Ultrasonic peel disadvantages:
• short-term visual effect
• extensive list of contraindications
• noise made by the ultrasonic peel device may be uncomfortable
• the procedure may be not effective enough by problem oily skin with severe imperfections due to the mild and gentle impact of ultrasound that is not able to remove deep-rooted inflamed comedones
• the influence of ultrasound and its effect on human body is understudied
If the procedure has been performed properly observing operating rules for ultrasonic device, there is usually no risk of complications developing. In case the therapist makes a mistake by the procedure performance, light hyperemia or small skin burns may occur.
The eight-treatment course costs about $800.