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2024’s Top Device Modalities for the Treatment Room

Let’s face it, the bigger spas, medi-spas, and medical professional practices usually have the funds to invest in lots of expensive equipment.  But for the solo esthetician or small spa businesses who want to deliver high end results on a not so high end budget it can be bit trickier.  Today’s blog post discusses 5 devices that are at the top of the list to consider adding to your treatments (if you don’t already have them)  in 2024.

1. Wood’s Lamp

A Wood’s lamp adds an intriguing touch of science to the world of healing and corrective facial treatments. This diagnostic tool works its magic by emitting a gentle stream of ultraviolet (UV) light, specifically in the soothing long-wave ultraviolet A (UVA) spectrum. When this lamp takes center stage in a dimly lit room, it coaxes certain hidden substances such as oil and even infection lurking beneath the skin to be seen in a vibrant display of colors, which are then able to be identified.

While acquiring a Wood’s lamp may not seem like a direct boost to your income, harnessing the power of this remarkable tool will undoubtedly enhance your practice. Building trust with your clients while using the Wood’s lamp, or any other diagnostic tool, is an essential step when establishing a strong client-provider relationship. Once you’ve grasped your clients’ needs and desires, it’s time to utilize the following devices to deliver the top-notch treatment you’ve strived for.

Benefits of a Wood’s Lamp

·                  Diagnosing skin disorders

·                  Evaluate skin health

·                  Assess skin pigment

·                  Detect skin infections

·                  Identify foreign substances

2. Microcurrent

The most heartfelt desire expressed by most mature clients is simple: “lift and tighten my face,” followed by the manipulation of their cheeks and jaw line. As we embrace the passage of time, often referred to as aging, we appreciate the convenience of handheld devices that effortlessly integrate into our daily routine, at home and at the spa. This treatment is the magic of microcurrent technology.

A microcurrent device is a small electronic device that delivers low-level electrical currents to the skin or muscles for therapeutic and cosmetic purposes. Microcurrent devices are used for facial rejuvenation and anti-aging treatments. Low-level electrical currents are applied to the facial muscles, in a specific pattern and direction, toning and firming them, resulting in the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. Consequently, your clients may experience the benefits of lifted brows, a sculpted jawline, and a flawlessly smooth forehead.

There are different sizes and strengths of microcurrent devices available to professionals and the general public. The strength or intensity of microcurrent can vary among different devices. It is so important to educate your clients about these distinctions, as there may be a misconception that comparable results can be achieved through microcurrent devices available at retail stores.

Developing a treatment plan that involves closely spaced microcurrent sessions, typically scheduled once a week or even every few days, over a predetermined period, is key. This initial series typically encompasses six to 12 sessions and aims to provide clients with an initial boost, accelerating their progress towards achieving their desired skin improvements.

Benefits of Microcurrent

·                  Stimulation of collaged and elastin

·                  Improved blood circulation

·                  Enhanced skin permeability

·                  Define and sculpt the cheeks and jawline


3. Radio Frequency

Radio frequency (RF) is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure that uses electromagnetic energy characterized by its ability to generate heat to tighten and rejuvenate the skin. It’s a popular treatment that was introduced to estheticians in the early 2000s and has continued to grow in popularity. RF is often used to address various skin concerns.

RF energy heats the deep layers of the skin, causing collagen fibers to contract and stimulate the production of new collagen. Clients have achieved remarkable outcomes, including arm and abdomen tightening, inner thigh toning, as well as a noticeable lift and firmness in the face and neck. For optimal results, start with a package of six treatments. While some clients notice immediate improvements after just one session, a series of treatments ensures longer-lasting results.

Benefits of Radio Frequency

·                  Skin tightening

·                  Wrinkle reduction

·                  Cellulite reduction

·                  Body contouring

·                  Scar reduction

·                  Skin Texture Improvement


4. Microneedling

While fine lines and acne scars were the usual reasons for booking a session, recent years have witnessed an astonishing surge in demand for addressing stretch marks and surgical scars. The combination of micro needling treatments with topical serums and growth factors not only nourishes and hydrates the skin, but also stimulates collagen production, resulting in remarkable skin rejuvenation.

The microneedling device, armed with its tiny needles, and a serum for slip and glide, moves effortlessly over the treatment area leaving behind thousands of microscopic punctures, a rosy, pink color and tight skin. Depending on your states laws, and your scope of practice, you may want to use a hyaluronic acid or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to enhance the effects of your treatment. Chemical peels can also be combined, which can help address both texture and pigmentation issues.

Benefits of Microneedling

·                  Fine lines and wrinkles

·                  Stubborn acne scars

·                  Enlarged pores

·                  Uneven skin tone and texture

·                  Battle scars known as stretch marks

·                  The aftermath of sun damage

·                  Skin laxity

Microneedling is a true powerhouse in the realm of skin care, boasting the ability to tackle an impressive array of skin conditions that often leave other smaller devices in the dust.

As a solo esthetician, it’s essential to recognize that while microneedling may entail slightly higher overhead costs, the impact it has on your clients’ skin is nothing short of remarkable. The undeniable benefits of this treatment speak for themselves, making it a smart and lucrative choice in the long run.

5. Red Light Therapy

While it’s common to wrap up your facial sessions with a soothing scalp massage, a serene sound bath, or the comforting embrace of aromatherapy, why not bring one more healing touch in the form of light to facial treatments?  Pairing red light therapy (RLT) with your soothing touch or a sound bath will not only enhance the wound healing response, but also deliver a sense of calm, benefiting both the skin and mental well-being.

RLT, also known as low-level laser therapy (LLLT), is a non-invasive treatment that uses red or near-infrared light to stimulate various biological processes in the body, including the skin. This treatment enhances the skin’s healing process including the stimulation of collagen production reducing inflammation and promoting an overall skin rejuvenation after aggressive skin treatments. Clients leave with reduced irritation and redness, along with noticeably accelerated healing processes.

You have a variety of light options to choose from, and the decision should align with your esthetic practice’s specific needs. Consider factors such as your treatment space size, budget, and the treatments you intend to provide. If you have ample space and a more generous budget, light panels, masks, and light-infused facial beds are a few fantastic options to explore.

Brenda Stevens, owner of Utah Body Sculpting & Skin, is a master esthetician and body sculpting educator residing in Central Utah. Since becoming an educator, Stevens has been able to work with and train countless licensed professionals across the U.S. and Canada, all searching for the best body sculpting tools, treatments, and protocols for their clients.



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