Spring is coming! Rebirth, renewal and rejuvenation after a long hard winter (for most of the country, anyway). It got me to thinking. What a great time to do a little rejuvenating of our own.
Rejuvenate: to make young again. In terms of skin it’s all about generating new cells that act and look younger. Over the last 2 decades we have learned much about regeneration of skin with lasers. The great thing about skin is that if you injure it in just the right way it will grow back better than before. There are a group of lasers that have the ability to provide this regenerating injury. The key concept is not unlike aerating your lawn. The laser, leaving plenty of normal intact skin to heal and rejuvenate, makes multiple tiny injuries. Brand new, healthier, prettier skin appears within days of the laser treatment…. hence, rejuvenation.
There are many types and brands of rejuvenating lasers (also know as resurfacing lasers). One of the best and most popular rejuvenating lasers is the Fraxel Dual. Dual actually means that there are 2 lasers (1550 and 1927 wavelengths) in one machine. One focuses on regenerating collagen resulting in firmer and smoother skin. Fine lines, wrinkles, pore size, scars, texture and color all improve. The second laser improves the surface including age spots and precancers as well as texture and pore size. Both lasers can be used singly or in unison to create just exactly the right treatment of each individual person’s needs.
One reason that the Fraxel Dual is so popular is that the recovery is not bad. Everyone gets some redness and swelling but it is rarely necessary to hide out. Make up can be worn from the first day if need be. Regardless, within about 4 days most of the redness and swelling are gone and within a week the skin looks great.
Another advantage of the Fraxel Dual is that it is perfect for almost everybody from the older patient with severe sundamage and aging right down to the younger one looking for a brighter fresher complexion. In fact starting young allows for prejuvenation, the warding off of the ravages of aging and sun damage! It is better to prevent than to correct!
For those of us who have missed the opportunity to prejuvenate (there were no rejuvenating lasers when I was 30!) we may chose to do a series of Fraxel Duals to get maximum correction and then simply do a single treatment every few years to keep up with the inevitable (yes we still will age).