Photorejuvenation: more than touching up the picture

Posted on February 22nd, 2010 by Gina

LookinGood’s first worry about the process called photorejuvenation is that there is no listing at for it.  That doesn’t mean it isn’t a common practice among esthetic dermatologists, but its absence isn’t a strong endorsement either.  Our second worry was that the domain name, is for sale.  The Internet being what it is, any kind of vanity name treated with such abandon is suspicious.

Then why does photorejuvenation keep cropping up on spa menus and dermatology specialty lists?

Sometimes spelled with two words, photorejuvenation is a jabberwocky process that covers a broad spectrum of skin care.  “Photo” in this case, is a combination form of speech meaning light or energy – in other words, this is another laser technology. The rejuvenation reflects the depth and intensity of the treatment.

It is used for a wide range of skin treatments from erasing birthmarks and tattoos to reducing fine lines and acne scars.  It is minimally-invasive and treats only the needed areas while leaving the surrounding tissue intact.  It is typically performed on the face, but we have read about photorejuvenation being used to treat the neck, chest and hands as well.

Used as an anti-aging technique, the basic process involves infrared light from LED lamps that heat the top layer of skin, which results in skin cell stimulation and regeneration. Collagen and elastin are supposedly produced in this procedure, which causes the skin to be smooth where it was wrinkled, bright where it was dull, tight where it was loose (basically the same effect the dryer has on your jeans.)  There is no discomfort and depending on the surface area to be treated, it can take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour.  But the downtown is almost non-existent.  The work goes on beneath the skin, so a client can return to normal activities within a day.

When used to treat more serious issues like acne scars or rosacea, photorejuvenation processes are intensified by the laser technology.  Heat-based (thermal) or intense pulsed light (IPL) energy devices can be used in conjunction with topical treatments or even chemical peels.

Minimally invasive can also mean minimal results, and that’s the bad news about photorejuvenation.  The good news is that the technology is constantly changing and improving, the cost relatively low – anywhere from $1000-$3000, and if you aren’t satisfied with the results, you may have the procedure again.

By that time, they may have a whole new jabberwocky way of describing it.

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