What is Photorejuvenation? Its an alternative to cream facials.Many commercials are broadcast about miracle creams, gels and substances that rejuvenate skin, at least temporarily; some of them are so blatantly false that they actually use different models (different ages and different skin tones) for the before and after images. Or, the model will be young: she puts on the cream, and amazingly enough, remains young.
Photorejuvenation, however, is the other way to go, the way that works. Its something of a minor miracle in the medical field that is proven, both in test studies and in customer satisfaction, to be a genuinely effective wrinkle reducer. It uses no cream, gels, or facial masks. What it does use is light.
Photorejuvenation (the word may remind one of antique photos restored in a chemical lab) uses intense pulsed light upon the affected area to literally erase wrinkles in a laser resurfacing process that usually produces excellent results after only a few sessions.
Describing the technique will juxtapose the words laser and skin; this often causes some patients to cringe. Lasers put a scar all the way up on the moon; lasers threatened Luke Skywalker, and can scissor a person in two, says the clich.
However, these lasers are beams of light, intense yet no more harmful than a reading lamp. And they can be genuinely effective in making skin young again. Making skin young again sounds like a bootless promise and fantasy, but it genuinely works; the effects are documented, and most reliable clinics, spas and dermatological treatment facilities swear by it.
Photorejuvenation is completely safe: its light pulses are under the complete control of the attending professional, and it has proven effective in a majority of cases. For these patients who have basically healthy cellular structure, the technique can removes lines, blemishes, birthmarks and wrinkles, taking aging skin and giving it a genuinely healthy and youthful glow.
One note: patients with skin lesions or mottled skin, or those who have skin that has bacteriological infections or scarring, should consult a dermatologist before resorting to photorejuvenation, as chemical / biological prescriptions are more probably recommended for those conditions.
The photorejuvenation technique itself floods an affected area of wrinkled skin with light, a brilliant and pulsing beam that coordinates and realigns cellular structure so that the patient will see a smoothing effect, almost as if the light were smoothing out a wrinkled bed sheet.
Photorejuvenation works in three distinct steps for the patient, and there is little or no primary pain as one under goes the IPL (the laser technique; its initials stand for intense pulse of light). Applications of light, particularly that which has managed UVL rays, has the same reawakening effect as sunlight, filtered through screens, windows or shades, has for a drooping houseplant.
First, the specialist prepares the area for treatment with a cooling gel (and provides eye guards for the eyes).
Next, he will flood the area for treatment with IPL (it will feel warming and tightening to the skin, as if the patient were undergoing a tiny massage).
Finally, after the initial treatment (usually this is 15 minutes or so in duration; the longest session is an hour), the light is removed and the skin is allowed to rest and cool off. It will feel sunburned slightly, and the increased circulation will give it a good glow.
It is recommended that patients undergo at least 4 to 6 such treatments (outpatient, and usually for an hour or less) for maximum effect; each treatment will show that the skin has tightened, wrinkles have smoothed and circulation for the skin tissue has improved. Photorejuvenation can produce some truly miraculous results.