There are many anti-aging treatments designed to turn back the clock and keep your skin looking younger, longer. Some treatments last longer than others – some are designed just to keep the skin supple, moist and nourished – an important part of any anti-aging strategy.
Now there are a number of effective, non-invasive treatments available through your esthetician (assuming they are properly certified in your State) that deliver dramatic results without having to go under the knife or take time off for recovery. These procedures use different laser wavelengths, light pulses and heat energy to deliver proactive and reactive anti-aging treatments.
The IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) Photofacial has become one of the most sought-after rejuvenation treatments in the industry. This light-based treatment can address a wide variety of skin problems, including fine lines and age spots.
Photofacials work by using an IPL device that emits a series of light beams that penetrate the skin at the deepest level, targeting unwanted skin pigmentation and stimulating collagen production to improve skin tone and texture. Three to five sessions may be required to achieve the desired results, depending on your skin condition and age. Read more about IPL Photofacials here.
Fractional skin rejuvenation is an effective treatment for reducing the appearance of wrinkles, stretch marks, acne scars and age spots. Fractional laser uses a standard beam of laser light that is split into thousands of microbeams. These microbeams stimulate collagen and improve the skin texture without harming the outer layer of skin. There is no down time so you can return to your daily routine immediately following Fractional Laser treatment. As with most non-invasive treatments, three to five sessions may be required to achieve your desired results. Read more about Fractional Laser in our article here.
One of the most popular procedures today involves radiofrequency to tighten sagging skin. No need to go under the knife for this treatment anymore – now you can get a great ‘lift’ from this high-tech, non-invasive treatment.
Radiofrequency sends controlled heat into the dermal layer of the skin while protecting the outer layer. The heat causes the skin’s tissue to retract while stimulating the production of collagen at the same time. The result is noticeable skin tightening with no down time. Some newer devices combine laser and radiofrequency for twice the effect.
Treating Spider Veins
It is estimated that about 75% of all women over the age of 40 have a problem with spider veins – so this treatment has become one of the fastest growing treatments available. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and heat energy are both viable options for treating spider veins. IPL emits special wavelengths of light that is absorbed by the damaged blood vessels. The heat seals off the vein from the body’s circulation and makes it inactive. The body then absorbes the treated vein and is disappears.
Treatments using heat energy deliver a regulated high frequency current to the blood vessel. The blood vessel solidifies and the blood in the damaged vein collapses the vessel wall. The collapsed vessel is then naturally absorbed and removed by the body. Read more about treatment for veins here.
Choosing a Qualified Professional
Regulations regarding these types of treatments vary from State to State. Ask your skincare professional if they have been certified before your agree to treatment.
In most states, esthetical professionals are not required to have a medical background to perform these high-tech treatments. However, the industry standard in medical esthetics education is 15 days of combined classroom and clinical hands-on education for each unique and specific treatment offered.
LesNouvelles Esthetiques & Spa; October 2012, Louis Silberman, 64-66
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