“Lunch Hour Facelifts” are becoming increasingly popular. A combination of Thermage and IPL Photo Facials, another “non-surgical face lift, offers great results. Thermage is increasingly popular, mainly because it’s so different. IPL is a light-based treatment, whereas Thermage uses radio frequency. Thermage’ debut has definitely made the skincare world abuzz with the results showing a tighter face and an increase collagen production. Unlike IPL, which uses light energy, Thermage uses radio frequencies to accomplish this. Thermage is FDA approved for skin tightening which adds to its allure.
These treatments also work best on younger skin, those of you in your 30’s or 40’s.
Facial rejuvenation and non-invasive procedures
For the last several years, the emerging trend in cosmetic surgery has been moving away from surgery and toward non-invasive procedures.
What is the difference between Lasers and Light-based therapies (IPL)
What we call (IPL) Intense Pulse Light or Photo Rejuvenation or Photo Facial—they are all light based therapy. They are not laser therapies per se. The difference between the Laser and the IPL is the spectrum of the light. Lasers are usually one wave length and they are more precise. Lasers have more narrow “indications” than any type of (IPL) Intense Pulse Light or Photo Rejuvenation or Photo Facial light therapy. (IPL) Intense Pulse Light or Photo Rejuvenation or Photo Facial has a broad spectrum of light that can successfully treat Rosacea, spider veins, sun spots or hyperpigmentation and fine wrinkles at the same time while it tightens the skin.
Lasers such as the Vascular Laser and lasers that can do skin resurfacing are very specialized and can only perform the function for which they were intended. Some lasers are strictly vascular and only treat spider veins. This can be a much more effective treatment than light based therapies. Lasers that do skin resurfacing (CO2 Lasers and Erbium: YAG Lasers) were created to do skin resurfacing—to remove the upper layer of the skin epidermis and part of the dermis, which, in this process, also removes sunspots and small to moderate wrinkles. Laser resurfacing will stimulate the creation of new skin or new epidermis.
For the last several years, the emerging trend in cosmetic surgery has been moving away from surgery and toward non-invasive procedures. A majority of patients can no longer afford the downtime associated with surgery. Another factor in this emerging trend has to do with the great leap technology has made in producing better quality products and procedures that can help patients achieve facial rejuvenation with better results, less discomfort, less downtime and even less cost.