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.
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: Photorejuvenation, Skin 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
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.