Photorejuvenation is a popular method of correcting various cosmetic defects of the skin, from acne and blackheads to serious age-related changes, such as wrinkles and sagging. The technique significantly accelerates the process of cellular regeneration and accelerates the synthesis of natural collagen, which is responsible for the smoothness and elasticity of the skin.
The principle of the procedure
This technique allows you to quickly, effectively and comfortably hide the signs of aging. It is based on the impact of pulsed light emitted by a special apparatus on the surface and deep layers of the dermis. The length of the light wave, as well as the intensity and duration of exposure to radiation are selected individually by a cosmetologist and depend on the type and severity of skin defects.
At the end of the light exposure, a thin layer of cream is applied to the skin, activating the recovery process. In addition, it protects from the sun and other negative natural factors the radiation exposure zones are quite sensitive immediately after the procedure.
The first results will be noticeable after the first session. If you want to achieve the maximum and sustainable effect, you will need at least 4-5 procedures with an interval of 2-4 weeks. The cosmetologist determines the required number and frequency of therapy sessions on an individual basis.
Skin phototherapy can and in some cases even need to be combined with other cosmetic procedures aimed at improving and preventing facial skin aging – all kinds of peelings, injections of hyaluronic acid and vitamin cocktail, mesotherapy, etc.
Before a session of phototherapy, the general state of health is mandatory assessed. This is necessary to identify the full range of indications and possible contraindications to the use of this technique. In the absence of the latter, the cosmetologist proceeds to perform manipulations.
Phototherapy of the skin is carried out in 4 stages:
1. The specialist applies a gel to the areas affected by radiation, which protects the skin and soft tissues from overheating.
2. The patient puts on special tinted goggles to protect the eyes from the bright light generated by the machine.
3. The cosmetologist influences problem areas with pulsed light.
4. At the end of the procedure, the specialist applies a special cream to the skin, which promotes rapid healing and restoration of the skin.
The duration of the session is no more than half an hour, on average – 7-9 minutes.
Indications and contraindications
Any intervention, including even such gentle and proven cosmetic techniques as skin phototherapy, is associated with certain health risks.
The main conditions in which the use of this technique is indicated
- congenital and acquired age spots;
- age-related skin changes (wrinkles, sagging, decreased tone);
- spider veins (dilated capillaries);
- high dryness of the skin;
- uneven skin color;
Before the procedure, a detailed consultation is held, during which the patient is informed of the possible risks
The main contraindications for phototherapy of the skin:
- age less than 16 years due to hormonal instability in adolescents;
- pregnancy and lactation;
- fresh tan, obtained naturally or with regular visits to the solarium for 3 months;
- glaucoma, cataracts and other intractable and chronic diseases of the organs of vision;
- allergic dermatitis, psoriasis and other chronic infectious and inflammatory skin diseases;
- mental disorders;
- taking antibiotics;
- acute or chronic hypertension (grade IIa and above), heart failure;
- thyroid diseases and changes in the thyroid background.
It is extremely important to tell the cosmetologist about any acute and chronic diseases that can, at a minimum, reduce the effectiveness of the procedure, and at the maximum, lead to serious side effects.
Pros and cons
Compared to most other cosmetic procedures of a similar nature, skin phototherapy allows you to get rid of many skin defects with a minimum of side effects.
Its main advantages:
- minimal trauma;
- no scarring after exposure;
- full recovery of the skin within 3 days (in most cases);
- high performance;
- no discomfort during and after the session;
- a pronounced effect that lasts for 3-5 years;
- the opportunity to lead a normal life immediately after the session without limiting social contacts.
The list of disadvantages is insignificant, especially in light of the above advantages. These include:
- short-term and mild discomfort immediately after the session, expressed in edema, hyperemia, slight itching
- a ban on the use of decorative cosmetics for 3-5 days;
- low probability of developing photodermatosis and skin hypersensitivity
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