Many men and women who want to erase the signs of aging turn to powerful laser skin resurfacing devices such as Fraxel and the Erbium laser that offer lasting results.
The effects of aging are typically the result of ultraviolet damage and buildup of toxins from the environment, but there are several skin rejuvenation treatment options available that can help restore damaged cells and even reduce the risk of future damage by making the skin more resilient and increasing collagen production.
Currently, the most popular treatments include intense pulsed light therapy, photofacials, Fraxel laser and dermal fillers.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments are another option for those interested in reducing the appearance of blotchy skin or erasing acne scars since these treatments slowly increase collagen production and improve the skin tone. However, some experts are finding that some of the most aggressive skin rejuvenation procedures may not be the only solution for combatting fine lines and wrinkles.
Researchers at the University of Michigan have been conducting several tests that combine photodynamic therapy with pulsed-dye laser treatments. This combination treatment is designed to trigger collagen production which in turn helps the skin becomes much firmer; the lasers help break down the top layer of the skin so that the epidermal layer grows back stronger and more resilient, while light therapy helps trigger collagen production deep under the skin's surface.
These effects and results have historically been achieved with aggressive laser resurfacing procedures, but lasers can be very damaging to the skin and some individuals need a series of treatments in order to see results.
The recent studies led by Jeffrey S. Orringer, M.D., clinical assistant professor, Department of Dermatology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor is designed to "to quantitatively examine the epidermal and dermal cellular and molecular changes that occur after photodynamic therapy of photodamaged human skin."
Researchers conducting the study suggest using a powerful IPL treatment in addition to pulsed-dye laser treatments to achieve the best results.
Dr. Orringer concludes that, "Several key findings provide evidence for the validity of this clinical treatment approach, including evidence of substantial dermal remodeling, collagen production, and epidermal thickening that result from photodynamic therapy...We believe that the quantitative amount of dermal repair and regeneration induced by a specific treatment likely underlies the degree of clinical rejuvenation produced."
(Source: Cosmetic Surgery Times)