Plastic Surgery Channel Expert from San Francisco, California Dr. Michael Kulick introduces and explains the technology of photorejuvenation and its applications.
Photorejuvenation involves using an energy-delivery device to improve skin texture, fine wrinkles, scars, and hyperpigmentation (skin discoloration such as sun spots, age spots, and freckles). Photorejuvenation falls into three categories: mechanical, thermal, and chemical. Mechanical methods include lasers, thermal include Thermage, and chemical includes chemical peels.
Photorejuvenation using intense pulsed light (IPL) with or without ELOS (radiofrequency energy) can treat some skin conditions and remove wrinkles arising from photoaging. The process involves creating tiny wounds on the skin, which in turn causes new cells to be formed and the skin to heal itself. This process reverses the effects of photoaging to a certain extent by removing wrinkles, brown spots and other signs of sun damage.
A natural process of aging is that we often develop undesirable brown spots across our skin and redness across our nose and cheeks. Most often, how our skin looks when we age depends on how well we have treated it during our youth. Photo aging refers to the damage caused to skin due to prolonged exposure to the sun’s UV rays. While changes in the skin as we grow older are natural, these changes such as dark spots, wrinkles, broken blood vessels, skin cancers are only accelerated by sun exposure. This is one of the reasons for the huge emphasis that dermatologists place on the usage of sun block and on limiting direct and prolonged exposure to the sun.
Even if patients have been religious about application of sun block all through their lives, this problem is likely to occur. On the other hand those people who do not apply sun block at all are likely to find that this problem worsens and the brown spots and wrinkles are more visible.
Dr. Kulick, who has his plastic surgery practice based in San Francisco is an expert in laser usage in surgery and non invasive techniques in plastic surgery, explains that photorejuvenation is a process where the skin surface is treated with light energy simultaneously reducing the undesirable redness due to blood vessels in the skin, brown spots and even fine wrinkles.
Dr. Kulick advises that the effects of photorejuvenation are not immediate and the process takes time and a number of sittings, most often around 5 sittings. The benefit of this procedure is that due to minimum to no disruption of the skin, the down time associated with this procedure is almost none. In the right patients it can reduce fine wrinkles around the eye, nose and around the mouth. Photorejuvenation is performed in the office and does not require local or general anesthesia. Each treatment takes about 20-30 minutes and can be performed on patients of any skin color. This technology is also helpful when trying to reduce the redness of scars or skin after laser resurfacing. It can be performed on any part of the body and helps reduce redness and brown coloration.
Photorejuvenation using technology such as IPL and other light based devices, can provide gradual improvement with very low risk and very little down time. The process has the triple benefits of being minimally invasive, having very few side effects and showing excellent long-term results.