Axia Element Console Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Axia element console manual lymphatic drainage

Axia element console manual lymphatic drainage

This is a continuation of U. Provisional Application No. The invention relates in general to the field of skin treatment, and more specifically to apparatuses and methods for treating a person's skin.

Axia element console manual lymphatic drainage

Abrasion of the outer layer or epidermis of the skin is desirable to smooth or blend scars, blemishes, or other skin conditions that may be caused by, for example, acne, sun exposure, and aging. Standard techniques used to abrade the skin have generally been separated into two fields referred to as dermabrasion and microdermabrasion.

Both techniques remove portions of the epidermis called the stratum corneum, which the body interprets as a mild injury. The body then replaces the lost skin cells, resulting in a new outer layer of skin. Additionally, despite the mild edema and erythema associated with the procedures, the skin looks and feels smoother because of the new outer layer of skin.

Dermabrasion refers to a procedure in which the surface of the skin is removed due to mechanical rubbing by a handpiece with an abrasive element that is often in the form of a burr, wheel, or disc.

This process tends to be painful and messy. In fact, the procedure is sometimes painful enough to require a local anesthetic. Dermabrasion leaves the skin red and raw-looking. The removed skin can take several months to regrow and heal. Recent efforts have led to the use of lasers instead of abrasive elements, which have resulted in less bleeding, but the pain and mess remains.

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Efforts have been made to decrease the mess caused by the process waste, such as removed skin and blood, by adding a suction element. As the process waste is drawn into the suction opening, skin that has not been removed is also pulled against the grit surrounding the suction opening, so the procedure remains fairly messy due to the abrasion that takes place outside of the handpiece by the grit.

Microdermabrasion refers generally to a procedure in which the surface of the skin is removed due to mechanical rubbing by a handpiece emitting a stream of sand or grit. For example, a handpiece can be used to direct an air flow containing tiny crystals of aluminum oxide, sodium chloride, or sodium bicarbonate.

The momentum of the grit tends to wear away two to three cell layers of the skin with each pass of the handpiece.

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Efforts to add a suction element have been more successful in microdermabrasion than in dermabrasion because the handpiece applying the stream of grit is more controllable to a localized area. That is, as the removed skin is drawn into the suction opening, skin that has not been removed is also pulled towards the handpiece where it is treated with the grit stream, allowing for simultaneous local treatment and suction.

Microdermabrasion removes moisture from the skin, so the procedure is always followed by the application of moisturizing creams.

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However, similar to topical application of moisturizing creams prior to microdermabrasion, the moisturizing elements only work as deep as the active ingredients can passively migrate through the remaining epidermis. In some embodiments, an apparatus for treating skin has a console with a user input device and a handpiece assembly. The handpiece assembly is configured to treat skin.

A fluid line provides fluid communication between the console and the handpiece assembly. A manifold system is coupled to the console and controlled by the user input device, such as a computer, touchscreen, keyboard, and the like. The manifold system is configured to hold releasably a plurality of fluid sources and deliver fluid from at least one of the plurality of fluid sources to the handpiece assembly. In some embodiments, a tip comprising a skirt portion is configured to couple to a handpiece for treating a target area on a patient's skin.

A central body portion is coupled to the skirt portion.

Axia element console manual lymphatic drainage

A first passage extends through the central body portion and is configured to receive a fluid from the handpiece. At least one second passageway extending through the central body portion and is configured to convey the fluid back into the handpiece. An inner member extends in a generally spiral fashion across at least a portion of a distal face of the central body portion.

The inner member defines a channel between the first passage and the at least one second passage. When the tip is place against the skin, a chamber can be formed by the channel and the person's skin.

Axia element console manual lymphatic drainage

In some embodiments, a method of treating a target region on a patient's skin comprises providing a tip including a first aperture and at least one second aperture. At least one inner member on the surface of the tip defines at least one channel between the first aperture and the at least one second aperture. An outer member is disposed on the surface of the tip. The outer member engages the target with the tip. A treatment fluid flows distally through the first aperture region and through the at least one channel.

The treatment fluid flows proximally through the at least one second aperture. In some embodiments, a tip comprises a skirt portion configured to couple to a handpiece for treating a target on a patient's skin.

A central body portion is coupled to the skirt portion and includes a mounting region substantially opposite the skirt portion. The mounting region configured to receive a pad for treating the skin. A first aperture extends through the skirt portion and the central body portion and configured to receive a fluid from the handpiece. At least one second aperture extending through the skirt portion and the central body portion and configured to convey the fluid back into the handpiece.

In some embodiments, a method of treating a target region of a patient comprises providing a tip including a first aperture, at least one second aperture, and a distal end configured to receive a pad. In some variations, the first pad is attached to the distal end. The tip is engaged with the target region.

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In some embodiments, a manifold system comprises a body portion configured to receive releasably at least two bottles. The manifold is configured so that it can be coupled to a console. The console includes a handpiece for treating skin.

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At least one elongate member is in communication with a pump and configured to extract a fluid from one of the at least two bottles. At least one switch is configured to permit or inhibit a flow of the fluid from one of the at least two bottles through the pump.

In some variations, the elongate member is dimensioned to fit within one of at least two bottles to draw fluid out of the bottle.

In some embodiments, a method of treating a target region on a patient's skin comprises engaging a tip with the patient's skin such that an effective amount of skin is removed by the tip. In some variations, the tip is a dry tip. After removing an effective amount of skin, another tip e. In some variations, acid is delivered out of the wet tip to facilitate skin removal.

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In some variations, the wet tip includes a first aperture, at least one second aperture, at least one inner member on the surface of the tip defining at least one channel between the first aperture and the at least one second aperture, and an outer member on the surface of the tip.

In some variations, treatment fluid flows outwardly along the channel. In some variations, treatment fluid flows inwardly along the channel. In some variations, the wet tip comprises an abrasive pad. In some embodiments, a method of treating a target region on a patient's skin comprises engaging a first skin treatment tip with the patient's skin.

A first material is delivered out of the first skin treatment tip to a target region.

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A second skin treatment tip engages the target region while the first material effectively facilitates exfoliation with the second skin treatment tip. In some variations, the first material comprises an acid, hydrator, and combination thereof. In some variations, the first skin treatment tip is configured to remove skin at a different rate than the second skin treatment tip.

In some variations, the first skin treatment tip is configured to exfoliate at a higher rate than the second skin treatment tip.

In some variations, material is delivered out of the second treatment tip to the target region of the patient's skin. The apparatus for treating skin can dispense treatment material that is held in containers, such as bottles, bags, pouches, or other suitable structures for holding and storing material.

These containers can be non-refillable or refillable. The treatment material can be delivered by gravity feed, pumps, or suction devices. The manifold system can be used to control fluid flow from a plurality of containers to one or more handpieces.

Having thus summarized the general nature of the invention, certain preferred embodiments and modifications thereof will become apparent to those skilled in the art from the detailed description herein having reference to the figures that follow.

The handpiece assembly is engaging a person's skin. The illustrated skin treatment system 10 includes a console 12 and a handpiece assembly 18 connected to the console 12 via a line A manifold system 24 can control the flow of treatment material from containers 26 into and through the line The treatment material can be discharged out of the handpiece assembly 18 to treat a person's skin. The skin treatment system 10 can be used at a hospital, health care physicality, residences, or any other suitable location.

As explained in more detail below, the handpiece assembly 18 is applied to the target area of the patient to perform skin treatment s.

Preferably, the handpiece assembly 18 administers a treatment material from at least one of the containers 26 through the line 20 to the target area of the skin while the handpiece assembly 18 engages the skin. The handpiece assembly 18 can preferably massage, abrade, ablate, or otherwise treat the target skin area while also applying a treatment material to the patient. In certain embodiments, the treatment material and tip of the handpiece 18 can work in combination for an effective and rapid skin treatment.

With continued reference to FIG.

The line 20 can comprise one or more conduits extending between the console 12 and the handpiece assembly In certain embodiments, the line 20 includes a supply line and a waste line for delivering and returning material, respectively, as detailed below. The distal end 22 of the line 20 is connected to the handpiece assembly Preferably, the line 20 includes a filter 28 that removes contaminants or impurities from the treatment material passing through the line In other embodiments, the filter 28 is located in the console 12 or the manifold system The console 12 can be connected to a power source such as an AC outlet.

In the illustrated embodiment, the console 12 comprises four casters 33 to allow for easy movement, for example, from one treatment room to another treatment room. In such an embodiment, the console 12 can be conveniently rolled on a support surface. Other means of transportation can also be employed or the console 12 can be stationary.

Axia element console manual lymphatic drainage

In some embodiments, the console 12 is portable for convenient transport. The illustrated containers 26 of FIG. The manifold system 24 can deliver treatment material from the containers 26 to the line 20 as mentioned above. In certain embodiments, the console 12 has a user input device 32 for selecting a treatment material to be passed through the line 20 to the handpiece assembly Alternatively, the skin treatment system 10 can be used to deliver a single treatment material to the patient's skin.