What is Skin Rejuvenation?
Rejuvenation refers to anything that gives the skin a more youthful and refreshed appearance. When rejuvenation is achieved through treatments that use light sources then it is called Photorejuvenation.
What is the best light treatment?
Essentially there are 3 different types of light used in treating skin.
- A LASER is a machine that produces light of a single wavelength that can very specifically target different structures in the skin
- An IPL(Intense Pulse Light) is a device that produces a band of light (multiple wavelengths) that can treat several conditions with minimal downtime.
- A LED (Light Emitting Diode) is a device that can target skin cells at a cellular level in a process called photobiomodulation.
The choice of which light source is best will vary between individuals depending on their particular skin problem, skin type and skin sensitivity. The choice will also be influenced by the desired level of improvement, possible downtime and budget. At the Cosmetic & Laser Medical Centre we have a large range of different Lasers and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and LED options and this allows us to optimise treatment by selecting the most appropriate light system to suit individual needs.
When is Laser used?
Lasers can be used in photorejuvenation to spot treat and target localised problems such as particular brown sunspots or discrete red blood vessels.
Lasers can also be used to treat more diffuse pigmentation and redness. The choice of laser can vary with the cause of the pigmentation for example for sun damage the FRAXEL 1927 laser or PICOSURE 755 laser might be preferred whilst for hormonal pigmentation the REVLITE 1064
When is IPL used?
IPL devices use pulsed light technology to deliver energy at multiple wavelengths to reach different depths of underlying skin tissue. For Photorejuvenation IPL technology is often used to target several conditions at the same time such as redness with irregular mottled pigmentation, large open pores and uneven skin tone. IPL treatments typically involve minimal discomfort and have less downtime than laser treatments but more treatments are needed.
It is important to realise that IPL devices vary greatly in quality and power. There are no regulatory controls on the quality of light machines used in Victoria, the required qualifications of operators or much accountability for false claims that are made. The most effective and reliable medical grade IPL devices are expensive and the safest results are achieved with University trained practitioners in a medical clinic environment.
The BBL is a specific top of the range medical IPL device that uses interchangeable smart filters to especially target the signs of ageing and sun damage such as redness and uneven pigmentation. Studies from University studies in the USA have found regular BBL treatments can stimulate the skin to rejuvenate at a cellular level in a treatment protocol called Forever Young with many patients reporting appearing 10 years younger than their actual age.
When is LED used?
At the Cosmetic and Laser Medical Centre we use the HEALITE LED device. This has 3 colours of light to choose from, yellow to promote skin healing, blue for treating acne and red light which helps with skin rejuvenation. LED treatments are painless and target skin cells in the process of Biomodulation.
In facial rejuvenation all 3 colours of LED light have a place. The red light can be used directly for rejuvenation, the yellow light can be used after other rejuvenation procedures to enhance healing and hence reduce downtime whilst the blue light can be used with Photo Dynamic Therapy as the activator of the amino acid applied to the skin to remove sun damaged precancers.
What about Radiofrequency for rejuvenation?
Radiofrequency is a different method of producing heat that can be applied to the skin to stimulate collagen production and hence provide skin rejuvenation. Radiofrequency devices that apply heat to the outside of the skin have been around for many years however results with these machines are quite unpredictable because of many factors that can influence how deep the radiofrequency energy penetrates.
The major breakthrough with Radiofrequency devices was when it was combined with skin needling. By applying the Radiofrequency through microneedles that have been inserted to a precise depth below the surface of the skin much more predictable results have been achieved. At the Cosmetic and Laser Medical Centre we use the INFINI device that uses insulated needles that can go as deep as 3.6mm. The effectiveness in targeting deeper layers of the skin results in significant collagen remodelling and is very effective for wrinkle reduction and jawline lifting.