For people who care about their appearance and want their skin to look younger and fresher, but who are constantly on the go with little time off from a busy lifestyle, Laser Skin Photorejuvenation might just be the answer to their prayers. Whilst other facial rejuvenation treatments are available, they have the disadvantages of both discomfort and downtime, but advanced Laser Photorejuvenation is ideal for reducing wrinkling, freckling and a wide range of skin issues including sun damage, with minimum downtime and at a reasonable cost.
If you are a person who likes to take care of your skin and keep the signs of ageing to a minimum, you might already be aware of a number of available ablative skin treatments such as peels of varying strength, dermabrasion and even laser skin resurfacing. An ablative treatment is one which gets its results through removing the outer layer of skin, the epidermis. Such methods can indeed produce very effective results, but they can also involve discomfort for the patient and require an element of downtime, sufficient for the skin to heal following treatment. However Photorejuvenation, sometimes also known as subsurface resurfacing or laser toning, is a non-ablative treatment that is becoming increasingly popular. And this is due to the fact that the skin requires little or no healing time following treatment, meaning that patients can immediately return to their daily routines.
Skin Photorejuvenation works by bypassing the surface of the skin and treating the layers underneath, known as the papillary dermis. This enables the skin to regenerate, responding quite naturally in the same way as it would repair a wound. Because this treatment is less intense than ablative treatments, skin Photorejuvenation imposes minimal downtime and recovery, however it does require multiple sessions, and may take a few weeks following the last session for optimal results to be seen.
The Photorejuvenation treatment can be performed in several ways, using one or another type of light source, from which the procedure derives its name. In Greek the word “photo” simply refers to “light”. Traditionally this has been by employing an IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) system, however more advanced and effective techniques involve the use of medical laser technology, such as the Nd:YAG and Alexandrite lasers. And more recently the most advanced system involves the use of Nd:YAG and Alexandrite lasers in combination.
To get a better idea of the benefits of Laser Skin Rejuvenation employing dual mode laser technology and how it works we spoke to Dr Allen Rezai, founder and lead surgeon of Elite Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Group based in Dubai Healthcare City, an internationally renowned Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon and specialist in both surgical and non-surgical aesthetic treatments, and also a proponent and early adopter of many advanced aesthetic skin treatments. Dr Rezai explains that “in our Dubai clinic we employ the very latest in aesthetic laser technology, the Duetto MT multifunctional platform which is based on the long pulse Alexandrite 755 nanometer laser combined with a long and short pulse Nd:YAG 1064 nanometer laser. The unique feature of this system is the Blended Emission Mode technology that allows the laser specialist to selectively use either a single laser source or mix the laser beams according to the precise nature of the treatment and needs of the patient. We can accurately control the sequence of pulses, with fluence, pulse width and delay being adjustable in order to increase both efficacy and safety on almost any skin type. Its effectiveness is due to the big spot size, resulting in a deeper penetration and the ideal selective absorption by the skin chromophores according to the kind of laser beam selected.”
Dr Rezai further explains that “Nd:YAG has two distinct lasing techniques capable of improving skin laxity. In simple terms, non-ablative lasers work by causing thermal injury below the epidermis which results in a wound-healing response in the upper papillary dermis. Through a complex process this causes the skin’s fibroblast cells, which play a key role in wound healing, to produce the precursors of collagen, elastin and other proteins which comprise the skin matrix. When a sufficient amount of new collagen has been synthesized, the wrinkles are literally pushed out from the inside.
“In a similar manner, the Alexandrite laser also works by depositing a large amount of heat into the skin which stimulates collagen production, improving skin texture and tone. However the Alexandrite wavelength has the additional capability of being able to reduce or eliminate the appearance of unwanted pigment in the skin by targeting pigmented areas to break it up. It thus treats the aging effects and sun damage by fading the pigmentations such as sun spots, age spots and freckles in the treated areas,” says Dr Rezai.
As to the best candidates for skin Photorejuvenation treatment, Dr Rezai explains that “Laser Photorejuvenation is suitable for women and men possessing a wide range of skin types with the exception of deeply pigmented dark brown or black skin. It is also effective in treating those who suffer from rosacea and experience flushing and redness of their skin. And then there are those who show early signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles, large pores and sun damage, and who desire healthier, more youthful-looking skin. And of course there are also the increasingly large number of people who simply don’t want to take the time off to heal from laser skin resurfacing or skin peels. “
Concerning the treatment itself and what happens during a facial Photorejuvenation session, Dr Rezai explains that “Firstly, protective eyewear is worn to guard the eyes from the laser light. During the treatment, the laser practitioner will use a small hand-piece to apply the laser to the skin. Then levels of energy specific to each individual’s needs are used so as to maximize the result. A brief discomfort will be felt, often described as feeling similar to the sensation caused by the snapping of a rubber band on the skin. But most patients comment that the discomfort they feel during the treatment is minimal, especially as we employ a unique advanced skin cooling system which cools the skin before, during and after application of the laser without interfering with the laser beam. The result for the patient is an overall pain-free and safer experience, enabling the laser to work at higher efficiency and produce even better results. The Photorejuvenation treatments take between 20 to 40 minutes. For best results we recommend a course of 4 to 6 treatments carried out at 4-week intervals, followed by a maintenance session once a year.
“Most patients notice changes in the tone and condition of their skin immediately following a Photorejuvenation treatment – sunspots will fade, pore sizes will shrink, and fine lines and wrinkles will gradually decrease in size. The improvements will steadily increase with each treatment. Patients with rosacea will see a progressive decrease in redness with every treatment.
“As with all cosmetic procedures there are risks associated with skin Photorejuvenation, however when carried out by licensed and experienced practitioners, making sure you are a suitable candidate for this procedure and also by using the dual mode Mixed Technology system with its unique integrated cooling device, patients can expect unparalleled results and a high level of safety.”
For more details concerning Laser Skin Photorejuvenation and other Facial Rejuvenation procedures performed by Elite Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Group, reference should be made to their website at http://elitecosmeticsurgery.ae
They can also be contacted directly through their clinic in Dubai at the following address:
Elite Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Group FZ-LLC
Al Razi Building 64, Block C, 4th Floor,
Unit 4012, Oud Metha Road,
Dubai Healthcare City