There are not a thousand ways to boost our skin, especially on our face. Photo-Rejuvenation with lasers and soft peels (or other peels such as 15% TCAs) are efficacious methods to bring back light on our face and health to our skin. These options are simple and easy to do.
Photo-rejuvenation with the appropriate laser provides long lasting results due to its action on fibroblasts, cells that produce neo-collagen in our skin. With the newest lasers now available, there will be no downtime in your social or professional life.
Nevertheless, with laser resurfacing (CO2 lasers / Erbium lasers) or some deep TCA peels, there is some downtime since your skin will be affected. Your skin is vaporized with laser resurfacing through a controlled burning process. It’s similar with a deep peel although the skin cells are still on your face but fall off just over a few days. Laser resurfacing is not considered as photo rejuvenation but heavy cosmetic medicine or even plastic surgery. The skin rebuilds itself over a two week period, sometimes a bit longer. People usually resume normal daily activities within 8 to 10 days while remaining pinkish for about 2-3 months.
Photo Rejuvenation can be performed with 3 types of equipment :
a) a NdYAG Long Pulse Laser
b) a Dye Pulsed Laser (at settings not yielding to purpura or blue marks under the skin)
c) Intense Pulsed Light
These methods do NOT vaporize your skin, your skin stays on your face. Some minor redness may last from an hour up to a half day. Some rare side effects could occur such as dyschromias (discolored skin) with Flash Lamps that use a radio frequency option.
For maximum safety, these photo rejuvenation sessions should be done in a Laser Center of Excellence. It’s preferable to have your first session done under a laser physician’s supervision even if a laser technician follows up with subsequent sessions.
If you have questions, please consult : practical questions
The following drawings indicate how Photo Rejuvenation induces a brightening of your skin :
(skin is damaged: sun, aging,etc…)
target areas respond well to laser beam
skin is smooth and its color is now homogenous
On a face, the little red and blue blood vessels usually around the nose, on the cheeks and under the lower eyelid respond better to NdYAG laser treatment with higher energy levels. On the opposite, skin usually damaged by the sun that presents sun or age spots will respond better to Alexandrite laser. Regardless of the indication, one to three sessions are enough to take these spots and/or vessels out.
Photo Rejuvenation sessions with an NdYAG Long Pulse laser will use lower energy levels and will concentrate more on skin density and overall redness. Laser heat will reach the collagen layer beneath the skin and promote fibroblast action. This will lead to firmer and thicker skin thus giving the appearance of reduced wrinkles and less skin fatigue.
The big advantage of these non-invasive treatments is that they don’t leave scars or marks on the skin, they don’t take the skin away. This approach allows us to address photo-aging damage primarily caused by too much exposure to the sun with very minimal side effects and no downtime. You can consult our Before-After photos.
The most frequently targeted indications with photo-rejuvenation lasers or IPL (FDA approved) are age/sun spots, melasma, sun induced freckles and some redness called flush.
Finally, photo-rejuvenation may bring tonicity and light back to your skin that sun or aging may have slowly taken away. This result will be obtained without inflicting pain or severe consequences usually found in other treatments such as deep peels or dermabrasion (using or not a laser CO2 or Erbium). These methods induce a 2 week downtime and may provoke serious complications.
Photo-rejuvenation may offer a softer and smoother alternative to those like many of us who live a full professional and social life.
Nd Yag Long Pulse lasers and IPLs offer a comfortable level of security with tangible results expected by people who live active lives. The best areas for Photo Rejuvenation are: face ; neck, chest, hands or any body area except the eyes.
PRACTICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT PHOTO REJUVENATION :
1) How long does a session last?
A Photo Rejuvenation session lasts about 20 minutes on the face (plus 5-7 minutes if the neck is added), 30 minutes on the legs. A frame or a map will be drawn on your legs to ensure the entire surface has been covered and to avoid a crisscrossing of laser beams.
2) What are Photo Rejuvenation best indications?
Skin imperfections due to sun exposure without sunscreen or with the wrong SPF: brown spots, redness not fading away after sun exposure. Dilated pores, grayish face (city life –pollution), in people of all ages are good indications.
After a series of 5 to 7 sessions, tangible results will be observed such as reduced yellowish or grayish color, tightened skin pores, smoother and revitalized skin.
3) Why are many sessions necessary?
Depending on the number and status of the areas to be treated, 5 to 7 sessions may be necessary. The fibroblasts, our real targets, have a three-week cycle for neo-collagen production. They need to be « excited » every 7 to 10 days. Over that number of sessions you will notice a gradual improvement in your skin condition and will continue to leave a normal life without interruption (what every body is looking for) while minimizing side effects. You can go back to your activities right at the end of your Photo-Rejuvenation session
4) When is the best time to undergo a Photo-Rejuvenation program?
The best season is October through July; you should not be too tanned. A session can be scheduled during your lunch hour or early in the morning or on your way back home in the evening. In fact, as soon as you have a 30 minute break. Regarding the waiting time at your center, you should know that Centers of Excellence tend to be on time or at the latest ready within 15 minutes of your appointment. Have a good session!
Photos : Before- After
|Little red blood vessels||Rosacea|
|Sun damage: sun/brown spots||Sun exposure, melasma|