Photo Rejuvenation Treatments

Posted on April 29th, 2008 by Marjorie Rothstein

“We’re headed toward less and less invasive treatments in pretty much all areas of cosmetic plastic surgery,”

recently remarked Dr. Robert Rey of E! Network’s “Dr. 90210?. Lasers and other high-tech procedures have evolved dramatically in the last couple of years in terms of pain and recovery time. And there are different procedures for different problems.

When anyone asks me what is the best way to maintain radiant beauty, I always suggest that they try preventative procedures rather than go under the knife (besides, it is too scary to have surgery of any kind!) Even most celebrities are less inclined these days to seek a complete face-lift. Many patients prefer the shorter recovery time, as they don’t want to be off for two weeks, however the trade-off is that not much is done in a single sitting.’ However, ‘quickie facial repairs’ can be immediately rewarding, whilst surgical face-lift patients must put up with days or weeks of pain, puffiness and bruising before enjoying their reflections again. Experts agree that lifestyle is a major factor in deciding when an individual might need a cosmetic procedure and how long that procedure will last.

Hydration, diet, rest, exercise and sun protection all are important to maintaining good facial skin and muscle tone. Personally, I have always thought that doing a little bit of preventative at a time was the best way forward, that way I wouldn’t have to catch up and overhaul by the time I was 50. After having researched all the latest options, I decided to contact my favorite expert at Dermatique, with Dr. Marc Kerner at the helm and who is a board certified Plastic Surgeon with a variety of preventative procedures at his finger tips

This time, he suggested that I try the IPL: Intense Pulsed Light therapy. Sometimes called the Photofacial, it is basically photorejuvenation which treats many conditions including Rosacea and sun damaged skin pigments, as the heat stimulates collagen production and tones the skin. The procedure is carried out with a topical anesthetic to alleviate the burning sensation. A photosensitizing agent applied to the skin, such as Levulan or Kerastick, can make the treatment even more effective. Like most light and laser treatments, it is not recommended for deeper complexions as it can cause irregularities in skin tone.

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