Many of us desire youthful, firmer and fresh looking skin. However due to a variety of factors, one of which is aging, frown lines and wrinkles become unavoidable. This is because as we age, our bodies produce less and less collagen which is an important protein that gives the skin its elasticity and firmness thus protecting it from adverse environmental factors. In effect, our skin begins to droop, sag and wrinkle. With advancements in the medical field however, there are various anti-aging treatments that stimulate the production of collagen and skin development. This article discusses anti aging and laser treatment.
How do Lasers work?
The use of lasers as anti aging treatment has gained popularity as a non-invasive treatment that vaporizes the top layer of the skin resulting into a smoother, softer skin with improved skin tone, tightness and texture. Notable side effects include redness, scarring, tenderness and swelling on the areas where the damaged skin is removed, especially using ablative laser treatments. This occurs during the first few weeks after treatment. Also, dark skinned people should take extra caution as some forms of laser treatment can result into permanent loss of pigmentation. A variety of anti aging and laser treatments are available depending on the injury pattern, the depth at which they act on the skin and whether they heat or destroy tissue. The most recent anti aging and laser treatment is the Intense Pulsed Light (IPL).
How does IPL work?
The use of IPL has gained popularity because it’s a non-invasive as well as a non-ablative resurfacing technique with minimal side effects. IPL involves the use of non-coherent light spread over different wavelengths ranging from 515nm to 1200nm. In addition, by use of filters, IPL systems enhance the energy output by narrowing the spectrum depending on the specific area of the skin being treated. By using this technology, specific chromophores (light absorbing components of the skin) are targeted without using a lot of energy that can adversely affect the skin. As a result, IPL has been effective in treating a broad range of conditions including anti-aging treatments. A major advantage with IPL is its minimal downtime. A patient can have the procedure done over lunch hour and return to work almost immediately. In order to make an informed decision, it would be wise to consult with your doctor on the available anti aging and laser treatments.