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Fade Those Freckles
Are sun spots making you look old? We’ve got the solution:
The Signs of Aging
Aging takes its toll on us in different ways and gives us a combination of issues to deal with such as:
- Skin discoloration – Exposure to the sun and day-to-day life can leave reddish or brown spots on the face, hands, arms, legs and even on our chest and back.
- Rough texture – As we get older, we tend to lose a lot of our skin’s youthful smooth texture. Our skin can be appear dried out or hardened in places that can’t be covered up with a shirt or pants.
- Increased laxity – As time goes on and collagen production slows down, our skin can lose volume and start to sag in the worst possible places. Nobody looks young and vibrant with heavy bags under their eyes and even a slight set of jowls can make a person appear worn out and over the hill.
- Fine Lines or Wrinkles – It may be true that fine lines show a little character and prove one’s life experiences. After that, however, the fine lines and wrinkles that accompany aging can become quite alarming. Some might notice that their wrinkles seem to deepen and lengthen almost overnight.
The signs of aging are complex and not every skin laser is right for all conditions. Likewise, the best laser skin treatment is one that takes into account all of the conditions listed above. Furthermore, the laserskin treatment should be tailored according to the patient’s goals and performed by professionals trained on the device.
Using state of the art laser and light technology this “no-down-time” procedure can reduce sun damage, brown spots and excess pigmentation. The light builds up collagen which enhances skin tone and texture which can reduce apparent pore size. This procedure tends to restore youthful luminescent glow to skin and results tend to be long-lasting.
If you want to improve the appearance of your skin, skin rejuvenation may be right for you.
Skin rejuvenation can be achieved in a number of ways, ranging from laser, light and other energy-based treatments to chemical peels and other non-ablative methods. The result is a smoother, clearer and more youthful appearance to your skin.
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Advanced Fluorescence Technology (AFT)
AFT is the next generation of intense pulsed light. It takes formerly unused short-wavelength light and converts it into part of the usable spectrum through a special filtering system. It increases emission and penetration, for safer and more effective treatments.
AFT – Pulses of light can even out your skin color and help to eradicate other color irregularities in your skin
AFT also delivers Equally Distributed Fluence, which means that every pulse has uniform energy density across the entire output face. This fluence ensures repeatable results and remarkable safety. AFT yields a more efficient system for ideal clinical improvements, less discomfort and minimal skin damage.
AFT ( next generation IPL ) Treatment for Photorejuvenation
As the population ages, ever-increasing numbers of people are interested in improving their appearance. AFT treatments can be used to help restore the skin’s youthful appearance.
AFT treatment improves the appearance of photoaged skin, removes age spots (sun-induced freckles), most benign brown pigments, and redness caused by broken capillaries through a process called photorejuvenation for face and body. The process is ideal for patients with active lifestyles because the procedure requires no downtime and has a low risk of side effects.
The gentle, non-ablative treatments use broad spectrum light to treat the face, chest, neck and hands—virtually anywhere.
What can skin rejuvenation treat?
Skin rejuvenation is a treatment to improve the texture, clarity and overall appearance of your skin.
Conditions that can be treated include:
- Pigmentation: Freckles, sun spots, or other darkened patches of skin result mainly from sun exposure.
- Loss of skin tone: Weakening of the supportive skin structure (collagen and elastin fibers) that results in a loss of skin firmness or elasticity that sun damage shows.
Several appealing qualities of AFT ( next generation IPL ) Treatment using Photorejuvenation which result in very high levels of patient satisfaction.
AFT treatments are quick, gentle and non-invasive. There is no interruption of routine activities.
By helping to remove the age spots (sun-induced freckles), the result is overall more even, luminous, younger looking skin.
Patients can see dramatic results within a very short time.
What is photo rejuvenation used for?
Photorejuvenation (Advanced Fluorescence Technology AFT, next generation IPL ) laser treatments are most commonly used for:
- Lightening and removing “sun spots”, “age spots”, and brown blotches on the face, neck, chest, hands and other areas of the body
- It also has a lesser effect of improving skin texture through collagen stimulation and improves pore size minimally by temporarily reducing oiliness
Some offices refer to IPL rejuvenation as a Photofacial or Fotofacial.
Photorejuvenation, when done properly, almost always consists of a series of 3-5 treatments, usually one every three to six weeks. The benefits of photorejuvenation treatments are achieved with little discomfort and minimal risk.
How does the laser treatment improve the appearance of age spots/freckles?
The laser/AFT ( next generation IPL) device emits a range of lightwaves that are then tuned and targeted melanin (the brown pigment in freckles and age spots). The light beam passes through the skin and is absorbed melanin resulting in fragmenting of melanin pigment. This pigment is then absorbed by the body, rendering it less visible.
How long does it take for laser photorejuvenation treatments to work?
Most people need 3-5 months, which consists of a full series of 3-5 treatments about 1 month apart. You can see some improvement with each treatment, but it’s common for your response to be slightly different to each treatment. The more sun damage you have, the more likely you are to need a full five treatments. Some cases of severe brown spots require more than 5 treatments. Expect to see gradual clearing over time.
Do IPL Photofacial treatments hurt and how long will they take?
There may be mild discomfort during the treatment, but most patients tolerate removal of age spots/freckles very easily. The first treatment is usually the “zingiest.” As your skin begins to clear, the treatments usually become even more comfortable. Treatments usually take about 30 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area.
What are the IPL Photofacial treatments like?
When you come to Weston Medical Clinic & Cosmetic Center , you will be shown to a laser room. Dr Phanor Calle will ask you to wear special glasses over your eyes to protect them. A cool gel is then placed on the skin being treated. The smooth glass surface of the handpiece is gently applied to your skin and pulses of light flash. You may feel a very slight sting, like the snapping of a small rubber band.
At the end of the treatment, the nurse wipes off the gel, cleans the area with a warm cloth, and applies a moisturizer with sunscreen. If there is any mild swelling, you might be given a cold pack to apply for five or ten minutes. Will let you reapply foundation or concealer after a treatment.
What will I look like right after the AFT (next generation IPL) treatment, and what is the healing time?
Generally, the skin looks slightly redder after the treatment for two to five days .Freckles and age spots, generally look darker for 3-7 days. Crusting can occur, which may last up to ten days. The lesions will then begin to clear and will generally be resolving at one month. Remember, it takes an average of 3-5 treatments to clear age spots.
Makeup can be used starting right after the treatment, as long as it is applied and removed very gently.
How much do photorejuvenation treatments cost?
A single full dace treatment costs between $150 and $300 per session depending in the area (Face, neck, chest, or hands). And remember that 3-5 treatments are usually required.
Be suspicious of low cost “specials.” They are usually low cost for a reason. Many IPLs that are sold to salons and spa have less power than the IPLs sold to doctor’s offices. The treatment may appear to cost less but not be equivalent as the laser used in the doctor’s office or the expertise of the personnel using the laser.
IPLs can cause serious burns. Be very cautious of spas where there is no doctor on site and where the lasers are operated by “technicians” with little or no formal medical training, and no supervision are best avoided. Remember “technician” is often a term used when the person has no medical training.
What results can I expect from photorejuvenation treatments?
After your first treatment, you can expect to see some redness, darkening of brown spots, and light swelling. These symptoms will resolve in several hours to one week. Makeup can be immediately applied, if desired. After the treatment, your skin will feel smoother and have a more even tone. A gradual decrease in overall age spots will be more visible after each treatment.
How long will the results from a photofacial last?
That depends on how much sun exposure your skin gets after your laser treatments. If you are in the sun a lot and do not use sunscreen, the underlying issues will return. But if you take good care of your skin and keep it protected from the sun, your skin will continue to look good with annual maintenance treatments.
If you want to maintain collagen growth, we currently recommend a treatment every 6-12 months. Other conditions are more variable.
How does an AFT ( next generation IPL ) treatment increase collagen?
The light bypasses the outer layer of skin (the epidermis) and gently heats the cells in the deeper layer of skin (dermis). These cells, called fibroblasts, start to produce more collagen, which improves texture and fine wrinkles.
Will the AFT (next generation IPL) IPL Photofacial treatment make me more sentitive to the sun?
No, it does not. You can have the treatments done any time of the year but summer is more difficult if you pick up color easily in the sun. The good effects of the treatments won’t last very long if you are getting much sun exposure. You can wear a sunscreen every morning and wear hats to protect your skin and decrease redness, brown spots, wrinkles, and skin cancers.
What should I do prior to my photorejuvenation treatment?
Dr Phanor Calle and staff at Weston Medical Clinic & Cosmetic center will give you their instructions prior to your first treatment but here are some of the basics.
- For 2-4 weeks before your treatment, avoid self-tanners and excessive sun.
- Skin care conditioning treatment may be prescribed for 4-6 weeks depending on your skin type
- You may be asked to discontinue minocycline, tetracycline, doxycycline or Retin-A/Tretinoin several days prior to each treatment.
- Protect your improved skin with sunscreen every morning.
Are there any side effects?
The main side effects are mild, temporary swelling, redness, an accentuation of the brown spots, crusting, and an occasional bruise or small superficial blister (like a sunburn blister). There are rare other side effects which DR Phanor Calle at Weston Medical Clinic & Cosmetic Center will review with you in your consent form.
What to expect during your consultation
The success and safety of your skin rejuvenation procedure depends very much on your complete initial medical evaluation during your consultation. You’ll be asked a number of questions about your health, desires and lifestyle.
Be prepared to discuss:
- Why you want the procedure, your expectations and desired outcome
- Medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments
- Use of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs
- Past cosmetic treatments
Dr. Phanor Calle May Also:
- Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
- Discuss the options available to you for facial rejuvenation
- Examine and measure your face
- Take photographs for your medical record and do computarized skin analysis
- Discuss your options and recommend a course of treatment
- Discuss likely outcomes of a skin rejuvenation and any risks or potential complications.
Skin rejuvenation treatment risks and safety information
Safety in Skin Rejuvenation: The decision to have a skin photorejuvenation treatment is extremely personal and you’ll have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable.
Dr Phanor Calle at Weston Medical Clinic & Cosmetic Center will explain in detail the risks associated with your procedure. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure you will undergo and any risks and potential complications.
The risks include:
- Pigmentation irregularities
- Textural changes
- Skin surface irregularities
- Burns and scarring
Be sure to ask questions: It’s very important to ask Dr Phanor Calle questions about your procedure. It’s natural to feel some anxiety, whether it’s excitement for your anticipated new look or a bit of pre-treatment stress.
What happens during skin rejuvenation?
Laser and light treatments, treat pigmentation disorders, such as sun and age spots.Laser and light treatments, treat pigmentation disorders, such as sun and age spots.
Careful consideration of your natural skin color and type will determine the treatment best suited for you to minimize the risk of developing additional pigmentation or a loss of pigmentation (whitening of the skin).
What about my long-term recovery?
A series of treatments are required to achieve improvement in skin texture and clarity and repeated treatments are essential to maintain your results.
A special note about sun exposure: Absolute sun protection is after any of these treatments to prevent irregular pigmentation. Diligent sun protection for life will help to maintain your new, younger, smoother skin.
Skin Rejuvenation Recovery:
When your procedure is completed, you will be instructed on how to care for the treated skin. You will also be reminded about:
- The expected duration of your results
- Specific concerns to look for in treated skin
- When to follow up with Dr Phanor Calle
- The results of skin rejuvenation is variable depending on the technology or treatment prescribed for you.
Following your treatment, your skin will continue to age naturally and you may develop similar conditions to those that have been treated, or other skin conditions.
Skin rejuvenation procedures can produce a marked improvement in skin conditions and your overall appearance.
Use this checklist as a guide during your consultation
- Are you certified by the American Board of Aesthetic Medicine, Plastic Surgery or Dermatology ?
- Were you specifically trained in the field of Aesthetic Medicine?
- Am I a good candidate for this procedure?
- What will be expected of me to get the best results?
- How long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery?
- What are the risks and complications associated with my procedure?
- How are complications handled?
- How can I expect my skin to look over time?
- What are my options if I am dissatisfied with the cosmetic outcome of my procedure?
- Do you have before-and-after photos I can look at for this procedure and what results are reasonable for me?
Schedule a free consultation with Dr Phanor Calle at Weston Medical Clinic & Cosmetic Center
We encourage everyone to get the facts about any laser treatment or procedure they’re considering
Facial Rejuvenation FAQs
Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about Laser. Then discuss your goals with Dr Phanor Calle at Weston Medical Clinic & Cosmetic Center
Is the laser treatment safe?
Yes. Laser has been used on thousands of patients across the globe with beautiful results.
How long will a treatment take?
Your exact treatment regimen will depend on the condition of your skin and your aesthetic goals. One laser treatment may take few minutes. Before you get started, ask Dr Phanor Calle at Weston Medical Clinic & Cosmetic Center to estimate how long the session will take.
Do I need to plan for time off for the treatments?
No. Laser requires no extended “down time” or recovery time. Depending on your skin’s condition, you’ll be able to return to work, school or other day-to-day activities either immediately or within a day or two.
What alternatives to Laser are available?
Anti-aging creams and lotions can be used at home, but usually provide only a slight benefit and must be used indefinitely to maintain even modest results.
How long will my results last?
Laser is the ideal procedure to eliminate the discoloration, textural irregularities and other signs of aging that make your skin look older. After the procedure you will continue to age and to be affected by the sun and elements. You may choose to return to our clinic periodically for touch-up treatments to maintain the healthy glow that Laser can bring.
How much does it cost?
Compared with individual laser treatments Laser represents a smart investment that delivers beautiful results. Laser costs vary depending on the size of the treatment area and your skin’s condition. Schedule a free consultation with Dr Phanor Calle at Weston Medical Clinic & Cosmetic Center
The bottom line is this. You can now push back against the hands of time. Take action today.