I have been in the medical and aesthetic field for about 40 years and enjoy helping professionals to learn new and exciting tools that will make them better equipped.
The Thermo-Lo is very easy to use…however it is highly recommended that the operator has an aesthetic or medical background. In some states you may need a medical director, so please do your due diligence before purchasing.
The advantage of using the Thermo-Lo is that it only works on the top layers of the skin (epidermis) and the dermal layers of the skin are not affected. Electrolysis works into all three major skin layers (epidermis, dermis and subcutaneous tissue. Most pulsed light treatments can penetrate both the epidermis and the dermis, which in turn can cause temporary or even permanent damage on the skin. So the Thermo-Lo machine only works on the epidermis.
The Thermo-Lo can be applied precisely to the area that you want treated, whereas light therapy cannot be focused on small solar lentigines (sun spots) or telangiectasias (spider veins) without hitting areas that do not need to be treated.
My analogy is that we want to “treat the weeds and leave the grass alone”. Lasers and IPL (intense pulsed light) can sometimes hit everything in its path. If the patient/client has competing chromophores (what the laser is attracted to) such as the color of their skin, a tan or freckles – then there may be a chance that a lightening (hypo) or darkening (hyper) condition might arise with lasers or IPL’s.
The thing to remember about the Thermo-Lo is that you are not going into the deeper layers of skin to remove tissue. You are simply touching the epidermis and allowing the current to attract to the water in the milia, sebaceous hyperplasia, spider vein, cherry hemangioma or acne…to dehydrate the problem area…thus causing the body (over a few days) to exfoliate the dried skin. The down time is minimal and the treatment can be permanent.
What the client or patient feels during the treatment is a slight heat sensation – depending on their pain tolerance. However I usually recommend an OTC (over-the-counter) topical anesthetic before the treatment…(not to anesthetize but to desensitize the area). It takes about 15-20 minutes to work.
If you decide to purchase the machine, the company will give you a 3-year warranty. Also, it is encouraged that the operator takes the certified training on the machine (this can be done via Skype or on-site). Thermo-Lo Training Certificate is available to all aesthetic and medical providers..
This is what I enjoy the most in my life…teaching. Take care, Lorenzo