As the name suggests The CACI Ultimate, really is the Ultimate aesthetic treatment system available in spas to date. It is the first non-invasive treatment to combine Micro current, Facial Toning, Crystal-Free Orbital Microdermabrasion and the LED Light Therapy Photo Stimulation; making the CACI Ultimate treatment highly versatile and available to all.
The micro current toning phase of the CACI Ultimate, uses a combination of specific waveforms and ultra-low frequencies which work in harmony with the body’s own bio-electrical field to provide an instant face firming effect. A unique wrinkle comb applicator combines LED red and blue Light Therapy stimulation, and high frequency Micro current. These are then used to instantly plump out and soften deep lines and wrinkles, thereby providing a needle free alternative to collagen injections and other dermal fillers.
As we age, our facial muscles naturally start to lose tone and elasticity. Genetics, lifestyle, weight fluctuation and environmental factors, can all influence the rate and degree to which our muscles will lose their tone. With over 20 years of research and development, CACI International can now offer a non-surgical solution to combat loss of muscle tone using CACI Micro Current Facial Toning Therapy.
Micro current therapy was originally developed as a medical application to treat facial palsy. Muscle tone was restored by applying the tiny micro-current electrical impulses to the affected muscles. Today, this proven technology is now available at SK as a painless cosmetic treatment and is commonly referred to as “facial toning” or “the non-surgical face lift”.
During each 1-hour treatment session, all 32 facial muscles are gently manipulated and re-educated by one of our trained therapist’s, using a series of precise movements. Soft cotton tipped wands, are used on the face to transmit the micro-current energy to the facial muscles to restore tone and elasticity. The results are visible after the very first treatment but we do recommend a course of twelve treatments, followed by a monthly top up treatment to help maintain results.
Neck & Décolleté
One of the biggest skincare challenges is the neck and décolleté area. Most women ignore and neglect this delicate area in their daily skin care routine, however on closer inspection, neglect for this area will show a women’s age, especially if it is dry and wrinkled. Lack of a proper skincare routine and sun overexposure on the neck and décolleté result in dryness and a lack of elasticity. This premature ageing process is also affected by the use of harsh alkaline products such as soaps, which will contribute to excessive moisture loss and sensitivities.
The neck muscle (Platysma) is not connected to a bone structure and is prone to lose its elasticity. It also contains very little fatty tissue and has less sebaceous glands than on the face. The lack of sebaceous glands makes this area vulnerable to dryness and wrinkle formation.
The Hydratone treatment from CACI uses a moisture infused gel mask to bathe the skin with intensive hydrating actives. De-hydrated skin is immediately quenched by the hydrating properties of the mask and lines and wrinkles are smoothed out.
Eye bags and dark circles around the eyes are commonly a genetic condition that often will worsen with age. Lack of sleep, poor diet and low water intake will certainly make the condition worse. However, there are other contributory factors that may also cause eye bags and dark circles. If there is a lack of oxygen getting to the skin tissue, then this may lead to discolouration around the eyes. Puffiness around the eye area can also be caused by fluid retention which is often the result of dehydration. Technologies like the Hydratone treatment, apart from hydrating the area, will oxygenate the tissue too, helping to alleviate these conditions. The cooling action of the Hydratone mask will also help to constrict the capillaries around the eye area, reducing the appearance of dark circles.
Dark circles are likely to become more noticeable and permanent with age. This is because as people get older, skin loses collagen and becomes thinner and more translucent. Bad circulation and a sluggish metabolism will cause dark circles and little pockets of fat to form. Stimulatory treatments using micro current or vacuum technology will help to stimulate blood flow and assist in breaking down fatty deposits. Sometimes, a chronic sinus condition or a nasal allergy can also result in under-eye puffiness. The stimulatory action of micro current and vacuum therapies can assist in unblocking and breaking down sinus congestion.
Acne is a disorder of the sebaceous glands which produce a substance called sebum, and sebum is responsible for keeping the skin moisturised. During adolescence, sebaceous glands enlarge and produce more sebum under the influence of hormones, also called androgens. After about 20 years of age, sebum production begins to decrease.
Problems arise when the sebum becomes trapped in the skin and hair follicles. Once the sebum is produced, it then gets trapped on the way out, the cells that are normally sloughed off become ’sticky’ and will then plug up the follicle. The process of obstructing follicles is called comedogenesis and causes some follicles to form a type of acne called comedones, also known as blackheads and whiteheads.
Treatment methods that slough off the dead skin cells like Microdermabrasion and an Ultrasonic Peel can prevent sebum from becoming trapped in the follicles. These exfoliation methods also help to unblock obstructed follicles by removing the comedones.
A bacterium, known as Propionibacterium acnes, is a normal inhabitant of the skin. It uses sebum as a nutrient for growth, which increases in the follicles during puberty. People with acne have more Propionibacterium acnes in their follicles than those not suffering with this condition. The presence of bacteria attracts white blood cells to the follicle. This process causes an inflammatory response seen as papules (red bumps), pustules, and nodules. The bacteria then creates the formation of free fatty acids, which are irritants, increasing the inflammatory process in the follicle.
Cellulite is the term used to describe pockets of fat, which are trapped and cause dimpling in the skin. This lumpy dimpling is irregular and patchy and is often compared to the appearance of orange peel or cottage cheese.
80% of post-adolescent women go on to develop cellulite at some time during their life although it is very hardly ever seen in men. The thighs, buttocks and the abdomen are the most common areas for a woman to develop cellulite. Although it is often mistaken for obesity, cellulite is not actually obesity related because it can also take place in thin lean women.
Underneath the dermis and epidermis are three specific layers of fat and Cellulite tends to develop in the subcutaneous fat layers. This layer of fat is unique in its structure compared to the other layers because its fatty parts are structured into specific chambers by strands of linked tissue around it. To treat cellulite, it is necessary to stimulate the area in order to reduce the volume of fat that has become stored and to kick start the blood flow and circulation which has become metabolically sluggish.
Faradic electrical stimulation uses specific electrical waveforms to mobilise the connective tissue. This stimulation triggers lipolysis, whereby the fat cells naturally start to release the stored fat. Faradic technology is used in CACI’s Electro Cellulite Massager (ECM), which can be used in conjunction with all CACI systems that incorporate micro-current technology.
The unique design of the Electro Cellulite Massager utilises twenty four conductive rollers, all electrically charged with micro-current. These rollers are designed to pivot to the body contours of each individual, targeting specific problem areas. The stimulatory action of the Electro Cellulite Massager helps to break down fatty deposits, tone muscles and reduce inches.
Stretch marks or striae are a form of scarring which is caused by tearing of the dermis. Stretch marks are often the result of the rapid stretching of the skin associated with rapid growth (common in puberty) or weight gain (e.g. pregnancy or muscle building).
Stretch marks occur in the dermis, the resilient middle layer that helps the skin retain its shape and can appear anywhere on the body, but are most likely to appear in places where larger amounts of fat are stored. The glucocorticoid hormones responsible for the development of stretch marks affect the epidermis by preventing the fibroblasts from forming collagen and elastin fibres, necessary to keep rapidly growing skin taut. This creates a lack of supportive material, as the skin is stretched and leads to dermal and epidermal tearing.
Stretch marks can be treated using skin abrasion treatment technology. A superficial abrasion of the skin tissue triggers the body’s own natural repair mechanism which stimulates the production of new collagen and elastin fibres. Consequently skin abrasion technology can have a remarkable softening action on stretch marks. Although unlikely to completely remove the stretch marks a course of skin abrasion treatments should certainly cause stretch marks to significantly fade. Generally the newer the stretch mark the greater will be the response to skin abrasion treatments.
There are several skin abrasion technologies available that can assist in removing the stratum corneum (dead outermost surface of the skin). Microdermabrasion uses abrasive crystals to gently exfoliate the dead skin cells and is incorporated in Chroma Clear and Ultimate CACI treatments. An Ultrasonic Peel will provide a less aggressive alternative to traditional Microdermabrasion methods of skin exfoliation and is incorporated in the Futur-Tec and Ultra CACI treatments.
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