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Photo rejuvenation: Easy, fast treatments yield good results, high patient satsifaction

Article-Photo rejuvenation: Easy, fast treatments yield good results, high patient satsifaction

An G. Hinds
Rejuvenating skin is easier and faster today with photo rejuvenation technology. These new options strengthen the hand of the medical esthetician in treating common skin conditions such as rosacea, acne, aging and hyperpigmentation.

Using light emitting diodes (LED) technology, photo rejuvenation offers enhanced skin appearance with the benefit of a faster recovery time. It's simple to use and only takes about half an hour to complete a treatment. Many major equipment manufacturers are also coming out with specializedtechnologies to treat varied skin.

Developed by NASA Ironically, photo rejuvenation was first developed by NASA to help replace light in space capsules. Astronauts needed the valuable skin-restoring properties of light to help them maintain their health while away from Earth's atmosphere.

This non-invasive facial procedure, which uses photo modulation with micro-currents and polarized high-frequency currents, does a number of helpful things for the skin. It stimulates new collagen formation by delivering pulses of light. After a series of these treatments, the new collagen produces healthier, younger-looking skin.

An G. Hinds performs a Soli-Tone treatment on a student.
In addition, photo rejuvenation helps improve acne conditions through purification, reduces skin bacteria, helps regulate pigment production and stimulates the collagen fibroblasts to tighten and firm the skin. We have seen remarkable results in therapeutic treatments of telangiectasia, as well. Many of these conditions are alleviated after only three to six treatments.

To get the most even application, it's best to apply the light source on both sides of the face at the same time, or have the patient sit under one of the lights. We have found the highest efficacy with two handpieces, used to treat both sides of the face at once. Using a larger aperture for the light source also improves results and decreases treatment time.

Do your research LEDs are specially calibrated energies that can treat many different skin types. They can be a great tool, but you need to research your equipment purchase to be sure you are getting the right tool for your specific needs.

The most important thing to look for is the proper amount of power. The higher the number, the stronger the treatment. Different light emissions and colors are designed for different skin conditions, so talk with your manufacturer's representative to make sure you are investing in the right equipment for your practice.

An G. Hinds oversees a student performing a PhotoActif treatment.
The equipment costs between $10,000 and $15,000, depending on what type of machine you choose. Two of the brands we recommend are the Soli-tone from Silhouet-Tone and also PhotoActif. Both have demonstrated proven, quality results.

As for a treatment protocol, a once-weekly, 30-to-45-minute regimen is recommended. Because of the fast recovery from photo rejuvenation, most patients have no problems at all with this protocol. These treatments can be used as a complement to other esthetic procedures such as chemical peels and microdermabrasion. However, most patients find that a photo rejuvenation treatment leaves them with less redness and a quicker return to normal facial appearance than other treatments.

Recommended steps:

1. Cleanse skin with a water- soluble cleanser.

2. Apply a vitamin C product or hydrating solution.

3. Start on the neck area, leaving the handpieces on for approximately 90 seconds. Move your way slowly up the face. Make sure to use the smaller handpieces to do the area closer to the eyes, where the skin is thinner and more sensitive.

4. Remove the handpieces when done, then tone and moisturize.

The approximate cost of this regimen is $100 to $200. Most patients are best suited to a series of six to 12 treatments, depending on how quickly they see results. Treatments can be done once or twice weekly.

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