What is Photorejuvenation?

In Dermatology by Alim R. Devani, MD

These days, there’s no excuse to have young-looking skin into your late 90s. There are so many dermatological treatments that can reverse the effects of photoaging on the skin. When you’re in your 50s and 60s, you can have skin that looks like skin you had in your 20s.

Photorejuvenation is a treatment for the skin that uses one of several types of light therapies to improve the condition of the skin.

Who benefits from photorejuvenation? Check the list below:
• Texture problems of the skin
• Those with wrinkles
• Enlarged pores
• Sun damage
• Age spots
• Broken capillaries
• Melasma
• Freckles
• Spider veins
• Stretch marks

Four Types of Photorejuvenation Therapies

There are four types of light therapies that are used by dermatologists:
1. Lasers (check out some of our other articles on this topic.)

2. Intense Pulsed Light or IPL for short
This type of photorejuvenation is usually used for those with sun spots, broken capillaries, melasma, and brown spots as well as wrinkles. IPL treatments will help you reduce pore size and will improve skin texture, too. Scarring may also be improved.

IPL treatments may be used on your face or any other part of the body. There’s very little downtime with the treatment. And the improvements are long-lasting. However, IPL is good for those who have lighter skin color. You’ll need multiple treatments before the full benefits are seen. And you’ll have to hide from the sun for a while after IPL treatments. This treatment may cause a breakout of cold sores.

The protocol is simple: ( Check out the application here: https://youtu.be/Wxehsa7dO60 or watch it being applied to the legs here: https://youtu.be/QNa65MjOT3I)

1. You’ll put on an eye mask.
2. A numbing cream may be applied.
3. The IPL device is pressed onto the skin. A light comes out from the device and goes into the skin. The collagen layer is heated up, which stimulates greater production of collagen. The doctor may also shoot cold air on the skin to cool it down. The collagen fills in your wrinkles or acne scars.
4. The light waves affect capillaries and redness.

3. PhotoRejuvenation – LED
In these non-invasive, anti-aging treatments, LED near-infrared wavelengths of light are absorbed by the skin cells. This results in greater amounts of collagen and elastin in the dermis.

In the LED light procedure, there are only four steps:
1. Clean the skin.
2. Apply an ointment onto the skin that will sensitize the skin to the LED light.
3. Sit under the light for a prescribed period of time, usually 15 minutes.
4. Use a moisturizer that also contains a sunscreen.

There are no contraindications to this treatment. There’s no downtime with this LED PhotoRejuvenation. Multiple treatments are used and results may be seen after the first few treatments. You might try a treatment every six weeks.

There is no down time with this procedure. You can wear makeup immediately after the treatment. Here’s the link to watch the procedure: https://youtu.be/wpNa5aLoJsc

4. Photodynamic Therapy, or PDT
This type of treatment uses a photosensitizing agent and a particular wavelength of light. During this treatment, oxygen is released, which kills cells. This treatment is used to treat cancer. For example, actinic keratosis lesions that may become cancerous may be eliminated with this type of treatment.

Here’s a dermatologist showing the procedure in a silent movie: https://youtu.be/DAMzAFi1GyA

And here’s a dermatologist explaining the procedure done to a teen with acne: https://youtu.be/ztb1JOnFG0E

The procedure involves:
1. Cleansing the skin.
2. Applying the photosensitizer to the skin. Waiting the prescribed amount of time to allow the photosensitizer to soak into the skin of the face and the scalp. (It may also be used for skin rejuvenation, acne, rosacea, large pores, warts, psoriasis, and other conditions.)
3. Applying the light therapy to the skin.

You’ll be temporarily sensitive to the sun so you’ll have to use sunscreen daily for about six weeks.

Talk to your dermatologist about which of these four treatments would be best for your skin. Sometimes dermatologists combine treatment to offer you the best results possible but you won’t know what is best until you have a consultation. Give us a call at 403-271-3627 today to find out how to bring out the best you.