What are the causes of aging?
The passage of time brings the inevitable appearance of wrinkles, age spots, expression lines and a long list of symptoms inherent to age. In addition, in an area of our body so exposed to day to day environmental factors such as pollution, sun, cold, wind, etc. -and personal- stress, failure to use moisturizers to keep skin protected during all day, allergies, etc. - as is our face, it also has to be treated from imperfections which will be greater as our skin care awareness will be lower. We are referring to the dryness and tightness of the skin, scaling, scarring due to acne or chickenpox, among others.
Luckily, laser technology has advanced enough to put at our disposal a number of treatments that puts a solution to many of these problems.
The first involves the use of known lasers such as CO2 and Erbium-Yag. By removing the top layers of the skin, these lasers will be responsible - in sessions of ten minutes to two hours depending on the extent of skin to be treated and the type of laser that will be used for the treatment- to reduce wrinkles and scars, remove all kinds of spots, including those related to aging, and ultimately, give our skin a lot prettier, younger and healthier appearance.
However, although it is an intervention that requires only local anesthesia, it entails a number of side effects that take considerable time to resolve. Right after the treatment, a slight swelling can appear in the treated area. Such swelling is temporary and will take very little time to resolve. In the days immediately following, scabs and redness might be observed and they will last between one and six months. It is also possible that some variations occur in the sensitivity of the skin, so the patient must be very careful with the sun and makeup. In any case it is strongly recommended to use a high factor sunscreen during the six months following the intervention.
The associated risks are also quite a few -allergies, scars, pigmentation disorders, herpes or infections-, although most are perfectly avoidable if you follow our team of dermatologists and maintain the guidelines to care and protect your skin.
Non ablatives treatment: IPL and photodynamic Therapy
A more ablative resurfacing treatment is not always necessary, as there are skins that have not been damaged enough o which do not show yet the most serious signs of aging. Therefore, may dermatology clinics counts with other less aggressive rejuvenating treatments.
The first is conducted using Intense Pulsed Light or IPL. And the second one is called photodynamic therapy treatment in which are combined a photosensitizing substance (the 5-aminolevulinic acid or ALA) and the irradiating light that selectively destroy the damaged tissues.