Wrinkles may be an unavoidable part of aging, but modern technology means that you need not suffer from the inevitable. In fact, you’ve had the option for decades to undergo cosmetic procedures that help reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. The trouble was that the most effective techniques involved surgery or procedures that introduced controlled damage to your skin. Any of these methods require long recovery times, discomfort, and pain. Even though you were eventually rewarded with younger-looking skin, the time investment was more than many people could afford to make.
Now, however, the Elite+™ laser system from CynoSure® offers a completely noninvasive way to jump-start your body’s own regenerative abilities to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines in short sessions that need no time for recovery. Learn more about this exciting option.
There are certain predictable changes that start in the skin of most people around the age of 25 or 30. Components of the skin’s middle layers are lost, chiefly collagen and elastin. With these go fullness, volume, and elasticity. This layer loses some of its capacity to hold moisture. These changes make your surface skin dry and loose when compared with your younger self.
Face-lift surgery works by essentially stretching your skin to counteract the loss of elasticity that creates folds of excess skin and the laxity that permits outer skin to fall into voids below the surface. It does nothing to directly address the tissue loss that originally created the issues.
Skin rejuvenating methods like dermabrasion and chemical peels deliberately damage your skin to start a process called collagen induction. These controlled damage methods cause your body to create a new collagen matrix to repair injured skin tissue. Though these methods can be effective, you’re out of action as your skin heals from the treatment.
Lasers have been perhaps one of the most exciting medical developments of the last half century, and their applications continue to grow. The Elite+ laser system is a dedicated aesthetic workstation, using two laser wavelengths that enable a wide range of cosmetic treatments. Where wrinkled and lines are concerned, Elite+ can start the collagen induction process without damaging your outer skin. Below the surface, however, the same rebuild of the collagen and elastin matrix takes place.
An essential property of all laser light is that its energy is focused into a single wavelength of light. In the case of the collagen layer, the tuned wavelength passes through your outer skin while being absorbed by the middle layers. As collagen absorbs the Elite+ energy, it warms up. Reaching a temperature about 10 degrees above your normal body temperature triggers your body’s repair mechanisms.
Warmed collagen is seen as damaged by the body, just as with other collagen induction treatments, and the body starts to remove old tissue and create a new matrix, attracting fresh moisture and propping up surface skin with more youthful volume. With no damage to outer skin, there’s no need for recovery from the treatment.
Wrinkle reduction is just the start of the capabilities of the Elite+ system. It’s also suitable for treating skin discoloration, spider veins, and hair removal. Contact Dr. Allen and the team at Gardena Women's Center to learn more about how the Elite+ system can help you reach your aesthetic goals. Call or click today.