ENERGY-BASED FACIAL REJUVENATION
The face is one of the most critical elements in determining an individual’s overall aesthetic appeal. It helps us communicate with each other and facilitates the majority of our interaction with the outside world. Unfortunately, however, the skin on the face is constantly exposed to damaging environmental elements. This exposure, combined with the aging skin’s natural loss of collagen and elastin, can lead to unwelcome signs of aging such as irregular pigmentation and sun spots, lines and wrinkles, rough and uneven skin texture, poor skin tone, and loose, baggy skin or a taut, gaunt, tired appearance.
Luckily, many of these signs of aging can be effectively and safely reversed with non-invasive to minimally-invasive, cost-effective energy-based procedures. Targeting focused beams of light at the various layers of skin stimulates the body’s natural healing processes, sparking the growth of new collagen and in many cases, actually re-growing new, younger-looking skin. These treatments can offer powerful regeneration results without the discomfort, downtime, and high cost of surgical procedures.
Energy-based treatments are powerful rejuvenation tools, but in order to be safe and effective, and minimize the potential for serious side effects, they must be performed by competent, experienced practitioners with excellent medical training. Our physicians and their staff at Gentle Touch Aesthetics and Wellness in Los Gatos, California, bring to bear the full benefit of both their medical expertise and their compassionate bedside manner to every treatment. They pride themselves providing custom-tailored treatments resulting in beautiful skin and a refreshed, youthful appearance.
ENERGY-BASED TREATMENT OPTIONS
Although energy-based treatments cannot deliver the same deep level of rejuvenation offered by a surgically-performed facelift, there are a variety of options that are minimally-invasive, involve little to no downtime, and offer excellent, cost-effective benefits. The correct option for each individual depends on the nature of the problem and anticipated results. During your initial consultation, the staff at Gentle Touch Aesthetics and Wellness will conduct a thorough review of your medical history and develop a customized treatment plan designed to meet your unique goals.
- LED Photo Facial: The gentlest of the energy-based treatments, LED photo facials use light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to direct a narrow spectrum light over the skin. Different spectrums of light produce different beneficial effects. LED photo facials are painless, cool, and relaxing, but multiple treatments are required for optimal effect: usually six treatments over 12 weeks.
- IPL photo facials: More intense than LED photo facials but still best for mild rejuvenation, IPL uses an Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) to flash the treatment area with a broad spectrum of light. IPL is optimal for treating pigmentation issues, spider veins, and facial redness, as well as smooth uneven skin tone. IPL usually involves only minor discomfort and does not require any downtime. Three to six treatments spaced about three weeks apart are recommended.
- Nonablative Fractional Laser Resurfacing: This type of resurfacing can be mild to moderately- intensive. The beam of light (the laser) is broken up into microscopic columns of intense energy and directed at precise areas on the surface of the skin. The surface of the skin is penetrated by the energy, but not damaged by it, making it less invasive but usually requiring multiple sessions for complete results. This treatment is best for minimal sun damage, age spots and pigmentation issues, acne, minor rosacea, and mild skin toning.
- Ablative Fractional Laser Resurfacing: Fractional ablative laser resurfacing involves the use of micro beams of light to instantly drill very tiny holes into the skin, heating the deeper layers of skin. This “micro wounds” the skin, jump starting the body’s own wound-healing capabilities to stimulate the growth of new collagen fibers, while avoiding the development of scar tissue. The CO2 laser treatment employed by Gentle Touch Aesthetics and Wellness is the most powerful energy-based treatment option. It penetrates deep into the skin to deliver significant regeneration in just one treatment. Downtime can range from none to several days.