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Whether we like it or not, gravity is not going anywhere. Unfortunately, some of the effects of being firmly planted on the Earth begin to take a toll on our skin, causing sagging and wrinkles. Spending time outside can also damage the skin and though we need our Vitamin D, if we haven't made sunscreen a regular habit over the years, chances are our skin has suffered some damage.

Fortunately, photorejuvenation is a powerful way to treat numerous skin ailments using either mechanical, thermal, or chemical methods to improve skin texture, wrinkles, scars and sun damage. Most of the treatments do cause some discomfort, so be sure to speak with a dermatologist or qualified practitioner beforehand.

How it works

Mechanical: Lasers are used to resurface the skin through an energy-emitting device placed close to the area to be treated. Each type of laser has a unique frequency and wavelength which is used to treat specific skin conditions.

Thermal: Thermal treatments use heat to both tighten and contour skin by increasing the body's natural production of collagen. Using radio-frequency technology, heat penetrates the deep layers of your skin, which tightens up existing collagen and helps to stimulate more of the skin-plumping stuff. The outer layers remain cool, however, so there is no recovery time. You'll notice even more tightening and lifting as time marches on and newer layers of skin emerge on the surface.

Chemical: During this treatment, your face will be painted with a chemical solution to make your skin blister and peel in order to reveal fresh, new skin. For more superficial wrinkles and blemishes, a dermatologist is likely to recommend alphahydroxy acids (AHA) or betahydroxy acids (BHA). These are milder chemical peels, which can take as little as half an hour with little or no recovery time.

Phenol peels (also known as deep peels) use much harsher chemicals and will penetrate your skin more deeply. This is great for those who need more resurfacing, but is considerably more painful and results in a longer recovery time.

Is this for me?

Photorejuvenation treatments are non-invasive therapies perfect for those with ruddy skin, enlarged pores, sun damage, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, sagging skin, acne or acne scarring.

Whether you want to smooth your skin, erase blemishes, lift sagging skin, plump wrinkles, or peel back the years, there is a photorejuvination treatment for most people.

Each approach can help target different problems, but if you're looking for an effective way to resurface your skin, even if there may be some discomfort involved, a photorejuvenation treatment may be your answer.

Good to know

Before undergoing photorejuvenation treatments, it's best to consult with a dermatologist or qualified practitioner about what type of treatment is best for your skin, the condition you want to treat, how much discomfort it will cause and the amount of downtime that will be needed.

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