Photo rejuvenation is a simple, well-tolerated office procedure that reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles while also clarifying the tone and texture of the outer layers of the skin. It is commonly used for facial improvement -a “photofacial”- but also improves other areas such as hands, neck and upper chest.
Photo rejuvenation employs a filtered pulsed light, controlled by a computer, to clarify the uppermost layers while also gently stimulating the deeper layers of skin. These are the layers where tissue ages and wrinkles form. This stimulation encourages a younger type of tissue to gradually appear leading to improvement in what counts to you–the appearance of your own skin when you look in the mirror!
Laboratory studies have shown that photo rejuvenation results in decreased pigment production with formation of new collagen – the protein most associated with wrinkling. Skin biopsies reveal changes in oil glands including reduction in infection and reduced inflammation around hair follicles. These changes produce smoothing of the skin plus reduction in undesirable dark spots. Redness, flushing and pore size also frequently improve producing a younger appearing skin. Although all skin types benefit, those with Rosacea or a ruddy appearance are especially helped.
Frequently asked questions:
- Does it hurt? — Generally, the discomfort is very mild. A cooling application and a gel are used to protect the outer layer of skin and reduce discomfort.
- Will I lose time from work or play? — There may be some redness and, rarely, mild crusting. Generally there is no need to take time off from your daily activities.
- Any special precautions? — Let us know if you experience any unusual reaction to the sun or are on any medicines that produce sensitivity to light. After the treatment avoid sun exposure until any redness has faded. Also tanning, either before or after, should be minimized. Excessive color in the skin does make the procedure more difficult although it can still be done using careful technique.
- How long wills the improvement last? — Since basic changes occur in the structure of the skin results should be long lasting. Occasional maintenance sessions are desirable. A minimum of three treatments is recommended.-three to six weeks are recommended between each treatment.