If ageing, wrinkles, lines, acne scars, or too much time in the sun has left your face with a blotchy appearance, then Skin Rejuvenation can help your skin look younger and healthier once again.
Skin rejuvenation diminishes the appearance of imperfections on the skin’s surface and can be performed on the face, neck, décolletage and hands; basically all areas that have been exposed to the damaging effects of the sun.
What is Skin Rejuvenation?
It’s a non-invasive treatment designed to treat a variety of skin conditions using visible light as a source of energy.
Variable Pulsed Light (VPL) and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technologies are also popular for Skin Rejuvenation as they emit multiple wavelengths of light using their own filters in order to target different problem areas of the skin. Multiple benefits can be achieved for a variety of skin concerns in just one treatment.
VPL/IPL/Laser Skin Rejuvenation can also be done on any parts of the body to effectively treat scars from burns, cuts or surgery.
How does Laser Skin Rejuvenation work?
These none invasive treatments work via the penetration of visible light (red light) deep into the skin layers causing heat. This heat then stimulates the blood flow into the region being treated bringing in fresh supplies of oxygen and nutrients to the cells and increasing the production of collagen and elastin.
This in turn softens lines and wrinkles and improves overall skin quality while leaving the outer layers of the skin intact. There is no down-time after these treatments, and the only side effect is minimal redness which usually settles overnight.
Skin must be protected from sun exposure at least for 4 weeks before and after the treatment. This will reduce the chance of complications such as burns and pigment changes.
For sunspots and skin pigmentation the light is absorbed by pigments in the skin and it is transformed into heat. This heat breaks down the excess melanin on the pigmented area. Soon after, the spots become darker; sometimes almost black, but can be covered by makeup on the following day.
It takes up to two weeks for the excess pigments to be shed off, and during this time it’s very important not to pick or scratch the spots so as to avoid any scarring. Applying proper home-care products which contain Vitamin A, will improve the skin’s ability to heal and increase the treatment result dramatically.
For broken capillaries and rosacea, VPL light is absorbed by the capillaries, causing the vessel’s walls to heat up and later collapse. The resulting waste products are naturally cleared away by the body’s own cleansing system. Since rosacea and broken capillaries are difficult to treat, you may need to get one treatment per month over a five month period until the desired result is achieved.
Avoiding extreme temperatures (too hot or cold) and protecting the skin from the sun exposure also helps with this skin condition.
Are there any side effects for skin rejuvenation treatment?
There have been no major side effects associated with the treatment and healing time is usually a few hours. Immediately following the treatment you may feel a little sunburnt and the treated area may be red for a few hours. People with darker skins may notice the skin is darker after the treatment and this will gradually lighten over a period of about two weeks. A cool compress immediately after the treatment will relieve the swelling and burnt feeling.
Who shouldn’t have this treatment?
Although Laser Skin Rejuvenation is safe and non invasive, there are a few contraindications that you need to be aware of before having this treatment.
Below are some of the contraindications related to Laser, VPL or IPL treatments:
➢ Taking Accutane or similar medication within the past 6 months.
➢ Recent sun exposure or spray tanning or solarium.
➢ Taking blood thinning medication.
➢ Type I diabetes.
➢ Skin cancer.
➢ Wearing a pacemaker.
Winter may be the perfect time to begin light based rejuvenation treatments. With less risk of sun exposure during the Winter, the results achieved will be at their best as the skin is generally lighter and less sensitive.
So if having more youthful looking skin after the age of forty is important to you, consider making Laser Skin Rejuvenation treatments as part of your skincare regimen to regenerate your skin and minimise the signs of ageing and skin imperfections.