ANTIAGING TREATMENTS: FACIAL
Other Exfoliation Procedures
Coblation, the shortened name for ‘cold ablation’
is used for very specific areas of the skin, which gives
the advantage of minimising any damage to other areas.
It uses saline (salt water), delivered to the skin through
which a cool electric current is passed. This causes
a reaction, which heats and vaporizes the top shallow
layer of skin.
NARF resurfacing is a new technique using low radiofrequency
energy to resurface the skin. Although in preliminary
stages, research indicates that this procedure may eventually
be as effective as laser surgery in reducing severe
wrinkles around the eyes and mouth, with minimal pain
and a shorter recovery time. Resulting tighter facial
skin is apparent within 12 weeks.
Intense Pulsed Light
Intense pulsed light [IPL] uses filters to selectively
deliver wavelengths of light to treat a number of photo-aging
[sun damaged] skin problems. Such damage occurs at various
levels of the skin, depending upon the type and duration
of exposure. One of the key benefits of IPL, is that
unlike laser light, which uses one color wave-length
to treat one level of the skin, IPL starts with a full
spectrum of light and then allows the physician to selectively
block off specific wave lengths depending on the level
of damage, hence how shallow or deep the procedure should
A typical treatment program includes four to six, 20
minute treatments performed over a four-month period.
Results tend to be long-term.