How it works:
Treatment areas: Hands, face, back, chest, neck, (Any area of the body)
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) has made a remarkable effect on skin pigmentation lesions. Treatment of IPL on the skin will diminish these brown pigment marks and repair the skin back to a normal even skin tone resulting in a more youthful appearance.
Pigmentation marks/growths are caused by an abnormal production of melanin in and on the skin. This is caused by UVA (sun damage), hormonal, chemical, medical, trauma, or Vitamin A and C deficiencies.
These brown patches [lesions] age spots, freckles, lentigo, liver spots and freckles found on faces, décolletage, backs of hands, legs and forearms have developed over the years from exposure of the sun on the body. Phototherapy (PFT) light is non-evasive and filtered, producing a wide spectrum of light from the handpiece this light penetrates the skin and is attracted to the melanin in the pigment lesion. Utilizing both light and heat energy the light is selectively absorbed into the melanin in freckles, sunspots or hyper-pigmented areas and slows down the melanin production in that area destroying the melanin.
The abnormal pigment is then removed by the skin renewal process. Following the IPL treatment, the pigmented area turns darker and may crust. Over the following weeks, the spot will gradually fade/flake away from the skin leaving little trace of the damaged skin.
Hormonal, chemical and traumatically induced pigmentation are harder to treat and will respond more slowly.
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How it works:
Microdermabrasion is a light cosmetic procedure that uses tiny crystals for exfoliation to gently remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells from the epidermis. Most commonly, microdermabrasion uses two parts: an exfoliating material like crystals or diamond flakes and a machine based suction to gently lift up the skin during exfoliation. It is a non-invasive procedure and may be performed by a trained skin care professional.
Since human skin typically regenerates at approximately 30-day intervals, skin improvement with microdermabrasion is temporary and needs to be repeated at average intervals of two-four weeks for continued improvement. Multiple treatments in combination with sunscreen, sun avoidance, and other skin care creams yield best results.
Microdermabrasion may be performed to help diminish the appearance of superficial hyperpigmentation and photo-damage, as well as diminish fine lines, wrinkles, acne, and shallow acne scars. A further benefit of microdermabrasion is enhanced skin penetration by other skin creams and serums. Removing dead skin (stratum corneum of the epidermis) will aid in the penetration of skin care products and medications by up to 10-50%. The controlled skin exfoliation afforded by microdermabrasion will afford makeup and self-tanning products to go on much more smoothly.
Microdermabrasion treatment carries minimal to very few possible side effects or complications. However, some patients may experience temporary mild dryness, sun sensitivity, and rarely temporary bruising or scratches in the area of skin treated.
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