Wrinkled facial skin is a problem that affects almost every mature adult. The appearance of fine line wrinkles, crow’s feet and frown lines are the result of thinning skin that no longer contains a desirable amount of collagen. Exposure to the sun can also lead to a brittle, uneven skin surface.
One of the most effective treatments for this condition is the photofacial procedure. This treatment uses highly focused broad-spectrum light energy. The light penetrates through the epidermis, energizing the tissue that lies beneath. After a series of treatment sessions, collagen production increases, leading to healthier skin that is suppler and more elastic.
Intense Pulsed Light Therapy
Abbreviated as IPL, this revolutionary treatment uses light energy to stimulate healthier skin growth. Not to be confused with laser resurfacing or laser cauterization procedures, IPL targets the lower skin layers by producing a multitude of wavelengths that are absorbed only by certain cells. Damaged cells are flushed from the body with other waste, and the body responds by sending nutrients to the affected areas. Over time, new skin growth that is rich in collagen produces a smoother facial surface with far less wrinkling.
Those who suffer from non-set or dynamic wrinkling on the cheeks, around the perimeter of the mouth or near the eyes may very well benefit from a photofacial. The treatment can also help minimize the appearance of age spots, acne scars and even rosacea.
What a Photofacial Involves
We can control the intensity of the light energy as well as select the proper wavelengths when we calibrate the device. This is important because not everyone has the same skin thickness, skin tone and degree of wrinkling.
We calibrate the device to deliver a combination of wavelengths. Depending on the tissue tone, only certain frequencies of energy will be absorbed by these tissues. This is because different tissues have specific types of chromophores, which absorb energy of certain wavelengths. In this way, we can control the device to such an extent that only the targeted tissues absorb energy. The other skin layers are completely unaffected and are not damaged in any way.
We usually schedule multiple treatments over a period of about a month. There is no downtime between treatment sessions. The wrinkling will become less and less noticeable over the next three to six months. After that, a follow-up maintenance treatment can be scheduled.
Learn More About a Photofacial
To find out more about how a photofacial treatment can help to rejuvenate your facial skin, visit Medical Aesthetics of New England, with locations in Acton and Fitchburg. Dr. Walter and his team are dedicated to making patients look their best. Contact us today to schedule a personal consultation.