Facial Rejuvenation

Facial Rejuvenation – A Closer Look at Popular Anti-Ageing Procedures


Skin rejuvenation is an umbrella term used to group a variety of cosmetic procedures that resurface, rejuvenate or heal the skin. If you are interested in anti-ageing procedures that will help you retain a youthful, fresh appearance as you get older, you have probably done some research into procedures that fall under this umbrella. You may also be interested in skin rejuvenation or resurfacing if you suffer from rosacea, acne scarring or other skin conditions.

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Facial rejuvenation refers specifically to skin rejuvenation procedures used on facial skin. The most popular procedures now use laser or intense pulsed light therapy (IPL), but chemical peels, facelifts (surgical and non-surgical), microdermabrasion, and a variety of injection treatments are sometimes included under the umbrella as well. Laser and IPL treatments are becoming more popular because they are less invasive and come with fewer risks of damaging your skin.

This guide will help you understand what facial rejuvenation is so that you understand how it may benefit your skin. If you are combatting specific skin conditions that affect your face, you will learn how some of these procedures may improve your condition. If you are interested in non-invasive anti-ageing procedures, you will learn how some of these procedures can help you zap fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, age spots and a variety of other signs of ageing.

This article forms part of a series on Facial Rejuvenation by our medical experts, including: PhotorejuvenationSkin Rejuvenation and IPL Skin Rejuvenation. Learn more by visiting these articles, voicing your opinions in the comment sections below or contacting us on 1300 788 800.

How Facial Rejuvenation Works

The exact procedures used to treat your skin will depend on the specific type of rejuvenation treatment you select. Here is a general breakdown of how the most commonly applied procedures work:

Laser Treatments: Handheld devices spray light of a single wavelength into the skin. The light is converted to heat inside your skin cells, and that heat damages the cells. The body will naturally begin the healing process to restore the damaged skin, producing fresh skin cells. The result is healthier, more youthful skin cells and corrections to problems affecting pre-existing skin cells.

IPL Treatments: Handheld devices spray light of multiple wavelengths into the skin. The light is absorbed by the cells and transferred to heat, and the heat damages the cells. This is similar to how laser treatments work, but IPL treatments use multiple wavelengths or colours of light and can allow for more targeted treatment that affects specific components of the skin.

Chemical Peels: A chemical solution is applied to the skin in order to remove dead skin cells. Old skin cells are peeled away, allowing more youthful cells to provide a fresher appearance.

There are a variety of specific treatments that fall under all of these general facial rejuvenation categories. Depending on what results you would like to see from your treatment, a trained professional can help you determine the exact procedure designed for your skin’s needs. IPL and laser treatments are the least invasive treatments available today, and they are used for a long list of skin problems and anti-ageing concerns.

Technically, some may include facelifts and other surgical procedures under the umbrella of facial rejuvenation, but they are not the subject of this article, nor are they the most popular options today. Due to advances in technology, you can now look fresher, younger and more beautiful without having to take all the risks associated with surgery.

What are the Risks of Facial Rejuvenation?

There are obvious advantages to skin rejuvenation, like looking and feeling younger no matter when you were born. Some procedures are more risky than others when it comes to potential damage to your skin, and you can discuss those risks with a trained medical professional experienced in delivering a variety of these treatments.

In general, some procedures may come with one or more of these risks:

  • Skin burns
  • Skin scarring
  • Skin pigment irregularities
  • Changes in skin texture
  • Infection

You can significantly limit your risks of skin damage by using non-invasive, non-ablative IPL treatments and some laser treatments. These treatments are often referred to as optical treatments. More substantial risks of scarring and burning come with chemical peel treatments and surgical procedures.

What Results Can You Expect?

Your results from facial rejuvenation treatments will depend on the exact procedure selected and the techniques employed by your practitioner. For example, IPL treatments are used to combat a wide variety of skin imperfections from fine lines and wrinkles to age spots and sunspots. Laser treatments are also available for a whole host of skin problems.

Here is a quick rundown of some facial rejuvenation treatments you may consider for a variety of specific skin problems. This is not an exhaustive list, but it represents some of the most common treatments available today.

Acne Scarring: Laser resurfacing is a popular option, but IPL is a gentler option. Significant damage is done to the skin with laser resurfacing, but it allows the body to generate fresher skin cells for a healthier skin surface. Microdermabrasion treatments are sometimes used, but they are not as effective as laser or IPL treatments.

Rosacea Treatment: Pulsed-dye laser treatment now delivers the most effective results for rosacea sufferers. Some topical treatments are also available. Your results may vary depending on the type of rosacea you have and the treatment your practitioner decides is most applicable to your skin.

Hair Removal: Laser and IPL treatments are your best options for long-term or permanent hair removal. Hair follicles are infused with light that creates heat to destroy the follicles. The result is damaged follicles that do not produce hair growth.

Stretch Mark Removal: Topical creams and lotions are notoriously ineffective for stretch marks, but there are laser treatments that lighten and reduce scarring so the marks are less visible. The results you see will depend on how fresh your stretch marks are, the type of laser treatment chosen by your practitioner, and how your body responds to the treatment. Supplementation with vitamin A, particularly in the form of tretinoin, can also help.

Vein Treatments: Spider veins and other vein problems can affect your face, legs and many other parts of the body. IPL is the least-invasive treatment option, but some laser treatments are also available. Surgical intervention is more invasive, more painful, and requires a more extensive recovery period.

Hyperpigmentation Spot Removal: From age spots and brown spots to freckles and sunspots, dark spots on the skin are most commonly treated with lasers or IPL. Treatments attack discolouration in the skin in order to lighten the spots, and in some cases your spots may completely disappear. This requires repeat procedures over an extended period of time to gradually decrease the presence of your spots. Your results will vary depending on the extent of your condition and how your body responds to the chosen procedure.

Facial Rejuvenation and Optical Treatments

Notice that virtually any skin problem can be treated with optical therapies. This includes laser treatments as well as light treatments (IPL). If you have put off going in for a facial rejuvenation consultation because you are concerned with potential complications, the reduced risk of using laser or IPL treatments should give you greater confidence. You can discuss your options with a well-trained practitioner without any pressure to go through with treatment.

Now that you have a basic understanding of facial rejuvenation and the procedures available, you can ask questions during your consultation that will help you and your physician determine which procedure will meet your expectations.

IPL is often considered a “lunch time” treatment because the procedures are quick to perform, often do not cause any pain, and typically allow you to go back to your daily life immediately. That means no downtime and very little discomfort during and after the procedure. You can treat a large number of skin problems, moderate to severe, with IPL or laser, so discuss your options with a trained professional. You will be amazed at the opportunities afforded by advanced technology today. Contact us at Advanced Dermatology to learn more.

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18 replies
  1. Tara says:

    Recently I had my first scheduled consultation with one of the facial rejuvenation experts because I was tired of the same old skin treatments that don’t work on me. I tried it all, I even went for cosmetic acupuncture and nothing… He immediately removed all the doubts I had about the potential risks I had for the light treatments, specifically. I can’t say that my skin was horrible, it wasn’t. But it was loose and full of freckles I got from the sun rays. Then I chose to do the IPL treatment, because it’s fast, harmless and it causes the least discomfort. Actually, I almost didn’t feel a thing. After the so-called IPL skin rejuvenation I went straight back to doing my daily tasks, as if I didn’t even do anything. was so painless I was hardly convinced it would do anything for my skin, but after some time I noticed my skin’s state improving. I can safely say I have less visible freckles.

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  2. Jenny says:

    I’m all for natural beauty, and I would never go under the knife just to look more beautiful. But as any other woman, I do feel more insecure if my face is not perfect as I think it should be. Especially when I flip through the magazines and see all these beautiful ladies with glowing skin. The best method for facial rejuvenation, that worked for me, and will continue working hopefully are the laser treatments. They are non-invasive, and they do give you a sort of a non-surgical face-lift. Not just that, it removes freckles, tightens the pores and makes the skin healthier in general, and not just appear healthier. And the effects of the treatment last for quite some time, it’s not just like a one-time thing. Lasers treatments are on the pricey side, but at least you get what you pay for. Fresh and young looking skin. Without having to go under the knife!

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  3. sensitive skin girl says:

    My skin is very sensitive and damaged. I have a lot of acne scarring. I have heard of laser treatments before and I've read a lot about the fractional laser which focuses on larger portions of your skin and heels it thoroughly not just on the surface. Acne have caused problems for me when I turned 18, and It has been a battle ever since then. I am 25 now, and I am still doing the treatments. What helped me personally was the IPL treatment. That’s what I liked the most, because It was a little less aggressive than the laser resurfacing. It really seemed to get all the impurities out of the depth of my skin, and now I am getting less acne and the scarring I had seems to fade more and more. I was sure nothing was going to work, but the IPL procedure did wonders for my acne-damaged skin.

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  4. Beatuty Therpist says:

    This is a great article! I am currently studying beauty therapy at collage and this totally explains everything and more than they teach at collage!

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  5. Angela says:

    I was looking at myself in the mirror the other day and thought to myself; wow, my skin is really starting to look old. I have made peace with my looks long time ago, but this is something that would just not do for me. My skin was losing its glow, I had a bunch of wrinkles all over my face, and I definitely needed some skin tightening. I contacted one of the facial rejuvenation clinics that had every treatment available. But since I didn’t know any of the procedures and how they worked, and what they can do for my skin to make it more youthful, they were more than kind to explain everything to me. I chose to go with a chemical peel, to freshen up my face and remove all the dead skin cells, which immediately made it look better! Although, I think the IPL treatment is next on my lists, because I still want to mask these wrinkles I have gained over time.

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  6. Amanda says:

    Who would have thought that chemical peels were a facial rejuvenation treatment. A clinic I went to in Melbourne for my chemical peel also provided a facial rejuvenation treatment and they were charging double the price for it. It would be interesting to compare the chemical peel results to their facial rejuvenation treatment which I think would use IPL laser? But isn't IPL laser also used as laser hair removal? I'm confused!

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  7. Aisling Plunkett says:

    Finally, I found a skin laser clinic in Sydney that has it all. I was looking for something to help with my wrinkles. I’m not ashamed of my wrinkles, but I don’t like the idea of someone knowing my age by the way my skin looks. So, I decided to pay a little visit to the facial rejuvenation clinic and figure out what kind of options I have. When I spoke to one of the consultants, we scheduled an appointment to examine my skin and determine what kind of treatment would work best for me and would be the least painful. I went for an IPL treatment to treat the little imperfections I have, that contribute to my skin looking boring. This treatment was almost pain-free and that’s what I liked most about it. And it does show results, but over time. It’s definitely for people who don’t like a lot of pain, but really like to maintain their youthful beauty.

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  8. Ema says:

    There is nothing better than waking up one day and realising that your skin is looking better each and every day. I am defying age and rejuvenating my skin, and I have the laser skin clinic to thank! I have tried everything – and I do mean everything there is out there. However, the laser skin treatments I have been undergoing lately have greatly helped with several issues I had with my skin. It was dry, wrinkly, and I was starting to look tired all the time. I have done chemical peels before, and they do help a lot, but I needed something stronger so I chose to be treated with a laser. It’s kind of harsh in the beginning, because right after the treatment my skin was burning, and I felt a bit of discomfort. But that’s normal. When my facial skin started recovering and producing more collagen I was surprised with the results, in a good way.

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  9. Lauren says:

    Hello. My best friend and I are the same age, we’re both 31, so immediately when we passed thirty, we started browsing the web for different kind of beauty treatment. At this age the signs of some ageing are starting to show with each year more. It’s kind of frustrating to think that you can never have the skin that you had as a young woman. After lots of browsing, and asking around we discovered a facial rejuvenation clinic in Sydney that had many options available. I didn’t even know there were so many options today. What I found interesting the most was the laser options. The before and after pictures give you a great proof of what it can do to your skin. On the pictures, the women have less prominent wrinkles, that’s the first thing I saw. After that, I noticed that their skin didn’t have such large pores, maybe that’s because of the elasticity or something. Anyhow, I was just interested to see what people recommend and would say is the best facial rejuvenation option for my best friend and I? I have heard of the facial rejuvenation clinic george st in Sydney, is that any good?

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  10. Facial rejuvenation review says:

    Facial rejuvenation is so hot right now, and it’s been for a while. I totally understand why, and I will be faithful to rejuvenation my entire life. Because, it really makes you look a thousand years younger. Well, you know a lot younger for sure. What bother me on my face are my wrinkles. I got them on my forehead, on the cheeks where I smile, and around my eyes. No makeup can cover that up, and I use makeup on an everyday basis. Many of you can relate to that I’m sure. You know how make up can get into those wrinkles, and then I look even more old. I so hated that! But then I searched my way to a great treatment, a laser facial rejuvenation. That’s the best thing I’ve experienced so far. I want to be specific, and tell you all I like about it. It doesn’t sting that bad, it itches a little bit, but that’s all. You can continue with your life as usual after like three days or something like that. That was my case I’m not saying everybody will go about like that. Anyways, I also love that after a few treatments, my wrinkles flattened up a bit, or at least they didn’t show so much, and my face got tight, and I could feel it under my fingertips. Now when I apply my makeup, it doesn’t get into the creases that much, and I look fabulous. Maybe you wouldn’t even need make up after the facial rejuvenation, but I like it, and I like to contour my face a lot. So the laser treatment is great stuff!

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  11. Katarina says:

    Facial Rejuvenation is not what it appears. I went to the Facial Rejuvenation Clinic on George Street where i must admit I was impressed with the snazzy shop front and retail experience. But that was where it went all downhill quickly. The storefront retail sales area is designed to get you to move to an appointment with the nurse and Doctor upstairs. I went in to see the Doctor and was told I needed a bunch of services a bit of botox and some Fraxel laser. He showed me before and after pictures that looked of course great and impressive so I went ahead and had the treatments -- it was horrible. I was left bright red for almost 5 solid days and in one spot where I got botox my eye drooped down. Since then I've been highly skeptical. I came to Bondi to see a movie with my little girl a few months ago and came across Advanced Dermatology. I was out of moisturiser so I bought some off the counter. I came back to buy more as the products are great the lady was lovely and non pushy and guess what, my skin looks better than before I went for "Facial Rejuvenation" on George street! Moral of the story, don't go to Facial Rejuvenation. Go to Advanced Dermatology.

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  12. IPL Wonder says:

    What is that ipl facial rejuvenation exactly, how does the process look? I can’t find much detailed process. If I make an appointment with a doctor or a consultant, do they charge me for that? I’m not still sure if I want to do anything, I just need more information, I’m terribly curious. I read in a beauty magazine about ipl hair removal, but just how nice it is, and how it’s the treatment for the modern day woman. I’m guessing that this IPL machine can do it all?

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  13. Hot Stuff says:

    Facial rejuvenation is so hot right now, and it’s been for a while. I totally understand why, and I will be faithful to rejuvenation my entire life. Because, it really makes you look a thousand years younger. Well, you know a lot younger for sure. What bother me on my face are my wrinkles. I got them on my forehead, on the cheeks where I smile, and around my eyes. No makeup can cover that up, and I use makeup on an everyday basis. Many of you can relate to that I’m sure. You know how make up can get into those wrinkles, and then I look even more old. I so hated that! But then I searched my way to a great treatment, a laser facial rejuvenation. That’s the best thing I’ve experienced so far. I want to be specific, and tell you all I like about it. It doesn’t sting that bad, it itches a little bit, but that’s all. You can continue with your life as usual after like three days or something like that. That was my case I’m not saying everybody will go about like that. Anyways, I also love that after a few treatments, my wrinkles flattened up a bit, or at least they didn’t show so much, and my face got tight, and I could feel it under my fingertips. Now when I apply my makeup, it doesn’t get into the creases that much, and I look fabulous. Maybe you wouldn’t even need make up after the facial rejuvenation, but I like it, and I like to contour my face a lot. So the laser treatment is great stuff!

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  14. Starting to age says:

    Hello. My best friend and I are the same age, we’re both 31, so immediately when we passed thirty, we started browsing the web for different kind of beauty treatment. At this age the signs of aging are starting to show with each year more. It’s kind of frustrating to think that you can never have the skin that you had as a young woman. After lots of browsing, and asking around we discovered a facial rejuvenation clinic in Sydney that had many options available. I didn’t even know there were so many options today. What I found interesting the most was the laser options. The before and after pictures give you a great proof of what it can do to your skin. On the pictures, the women have less prominent wrinkles, that’s the first thing I saw. After that, I noticed that their skin didn’t have such large pores, maybe that’s because of the elasticity or something. Anyhow, I was just interested to see what people recommend and would say is the best facial rejuvenation option for my best friend and I?

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  15. Tania T. says:

    What is that ipl facial rejuvenation exactly, how does the process look? I can’t find much detailed process. If I make an appointment with a doctor or a consultant, do they charge me for that? I’m not still sure if I want to do anything, I just need more information, I’m terribly curious. I read in a beauty magazine about ipl hair removal, but just how nice it is, and how it’s the treatment for the modern day woman. I’m guessing that this IPL machine can do it all?

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  16. Gaby says:

    I had a friend that once did the IPL treatment. To be honest, she wasn’t happy with it. There were some side effects the doctors didn’t warn her about, so the day after the process she got some swelling on her face, and some red dots, oh, it was disgusting. It passed with some cream my mother gave her. But she didn’t go back afterwards. The facial rejuvenation centre she went to didn’t really have fantastic reviews, maybe that’s why, but she didn’t really bother to check that. So, as a good friend, I’m looking into some great clinics or other alternatives. She’s kind of a beauty freak, so I want her to still keep herself looking nice, and not be afraid of treatments, that would just be silly. Has anyone got any recommendations? I’d really like to hear some names of doctors, or specific clinics, because nobody seems to say which clinic they go to exactly, and it’s very important for me to know that!

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  17. Brigit says:

    If you all are looking for some tips about laser clinics, I can tell you something. This is a man’s perspective, and many of you will say, oh, he’s not a woman, he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Women have sensitive skin, and all that jazz. Yes, that’s true, but men can still use commodities of laser treatments if they want to! It’s unbelievable how some women suffer for beauty and youth, and don’t want to put up with a little pain. I chose a treatment just because I work in the media, and my face is on the screen every day, so every time I would see my tired and grey face on the TV, I would look away. The laser treatment changed all that, I’m not saying you should go all drastic and plastic, but it really helps your skin live. Well, first die and then live, if you know what I’m saying. For facial rejuvenation Sydney clinics are the best. They have it all – the great equipment, state-of-the-art as they say, professional doctors who take great care of you, great staff and facilities.

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  18. Radiant says:

    My skin never looked better. The facial rejuvenation clinic I went to doesn’t specialize in just facial rejuvenation, they do all kinds of treatments. That’s what the majority of the clinics out there do. They offer all kinds of treatments, from the less aggressive ones to the more powerful ones that tackle your scars and spots, wrinkles and lines like they are nothing. Skin rejuvenation is by far the best thing that has ever happened to my skin. I’m not a shallow person, but when you get into a certain age, your skin shows all the years. But these treatments can erase it all. It’s wonderful! Just a fantastic deal for women who don’t have a lot of time, and it really doesn’t take a lot of time, it’s really quick, and you don’t have to lay down in bed for days afterwards, if all goes well.

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