Thanks to modern facial skin care technology, the effects of aging on the skin caused by heredity, lifestyle, and environmental factors no longer have to be accepted as permanent. Today there are many facial rejuvenation options for individuals who would like to reduce wrinkles and fine lines, treat skin problems such as acne and rosacea, or enhance their facial skin care regimen to achieve a look that’s healthy and natural.
Acne Blue Light Therapy
Acne blue light therapy works by targeting the bacteria that causes acne. Moderate acne that has not responded to other facial skin care treatments can be treated with this light-based therapy, which is administered over a span of several weeks. Acne blue light therapy rarely causes side effects, and does not damage skin.
A chemical peel is a popular facial skin care technique in which a chemical solution is applied to facial skin. A chemical peel provides facial rejuvenation benefits by removing the skin’s top layers to reduce the appearance of sun damage, uneven pigmentation, and wrinkles. Chemical peels differ according to their ingredients and the strength of their peeling properties. Light peels are administered by a physician or trained clinician to give the skin a fresher look. Stronger peels require a trained physician for application because they remove skin to a greater depth to reduce wrinkles and fine lines.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL™) is a facial rejuvenation treatment that can be used to address the effects of sun damage, heredity, and aging on facial skin. Skin imperfections such as wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, freckles, rosacea, facial veins, brown spots, and enlarged pores can be eliminated or greatly improved with IPL™ Photofacial treatments. There is no “downtime” after the procedure — you can return immediately to your normal daily activities after your IPL™ Photofacial treatment.
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing removes the outer layers of the skin that are damaged or unevenly pigmented. The laser skin resurfacing procedure stimulates the production of collagen and new skin cells in the underlying layers of the skin. Laser skin resurfacing is also used to eliminate or reduce wrinkles and fine lines on the face and neck. A fresher, smoother, and more evenly colored complexion can be achieved with this procedure. You can find out if you’re a good candidate for laser skin resurfacing by talking to a qualified DocShop facial skin care specialist.
Laser Skin Tightening
Laser skin tightening is an advanced wrinkle removal treatment that uses infrared light to tighten the skin without surgery. The laser light delivers heat to layers beneath the skin’s surface, stimulating collagen production and making the skin look tighter. Many patients consider the procedure a good alternative to the traditional face lift, as it requires no anesthesia, no scalpel, and no downtime.
Microdermabrasion can effectively remove or diminish age spots and light acne scars. The procedure is often called a “lunchtime” wrinkle treatment because it can be performed quickly in a cosmetic dermatologist’s office. In administering a microdermabrasion treatment, the physician uses a handheld instrument to spray tiny crystals onto the surface of the skin. The crystals gently exfoliate the skin’s upper layers, while light suction simultaneously removes the crystals and dead skin cells. As with many other facial rejuvenation methods, more than one microdermabrasion treatment may be necessary for wrinkle removal and to reduce undesired pigmentation.
Many women are turning to permanent makeup to complement their facial rejuvenation treatments. Permanent makeup provides an alternative to applying and removing makeup every day. Sometimes referred to as cosmetic tattooing or micropigmentation, permanent makeup enhances facial appearance without the application time and ongoing expense of traditional makeup. People who participate in activities such as swimming or other sports, who cannot wear cosmetics due to allergies, or who simply don’t have the time to apply makeup can benefit from permanent makeup.
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)
Recently, photodynamic therapy (PDT) has emerged as an effective treatment to significantly reduce acne lesions on the skin. In the PDT procedure, specific wavelengths of light are used to target and kill the bacteria responsible for acne outbreaks. A typical facial skin care treatment with PDT begins with a light microdermabrasion treatment to remove any dead skin cells. Next, an aminolevulinic acid solution is applied to the skin to enhance the effectiveness of the laser or other light source. Then the targeted skin is exposed to specific wavelengths of light, which penetrate the skin and kill the acne-causing bacteria.
Portrait® Plasma Skin Regeneration
Portrait® Plasma Skin Regeneration is a completely new facial skin care technology. It does not rely on laser, radio frequency, or light-based technology. The “plasma” is nitrogen plasma that is applied to the surface of the skin. The substance creates heat beneath the skin’s surface, which promotes tissue regeneration. Each Portrait® plasma skin regeneration procedure takes only ten to fifteen minutes, but the results are long lasting. The procedure provides marked improvements in skin tone, wrinkle reduction, texture, and pigmentation. There’s no downtime after a Portrait® Plasma Skin Regeneration procedure, in contrast to more aggressive facial rejuvenation treatments such as laser skin resurfacing.
Thermage® is a non-exfoliating facial rejuvenation technique designed to tighten and improve the contours of the face and neck. These aesthetic improvements are achieved with a radiofrequency device that is passed over face, with the tip in contact with the skin’s surface. Controlled radio waves from the device heat the deeper layers of the skin, stimulating new collagen development. The result is tighter and often smoother skin. Unlike laser treatments, Thermage® can treat all skin types and requires no downtime. The benefits of the procedure are often immediately apparent and long-lasting.