Energy Devices for Wrinkle Treatment, Skin Rejuvenation and Skin Tightening in Toronto & Mississauga
Myriad devices are available, offering varying degrees of effectiveness and invasiveness to improve skin appearance by reducing uneven tone, wrinkles, scarring and looseness. This is a rapidly growing field, and there will likely be further improvements in these technologies over time. Further information about some of these devices can also be found in the section devoted to lasers and technology.
A laser machine produces light of one wavelength. When lasers are used to treat the skin, light energy is transformed into heat energy, which essentially results in a controlled burn. As the skin heals after the heat damage, it contracts, and this results in tightening and smoothing of the skin. Thereby, wrinkles and lines are reduced.
Radiofrequency and focused-ultrasound devices similarly result in heat energy causing damage or injury to the skin, which again subsequently tightens as it heals. Some available devices in this category have the advantage that they do not result in a surface burn but rather they affect deeper layers of the skin, so they are sometimes not associated with the same degree of redness as laser treatments are. Thermage® and Exilis are examples of such radiofrequency devices. Ulthera® is a skin-tightening ultrasound device. Thermage is usually carried out in 1 treatment. Patients may experience mild discomfort during treatment and can take pain medication prior to the procedure to ensure comfort. Some redness or swelling and bruising can be experienced afterward, but it is usually mild compared with most laser treatments. Skin tightening is seen in a significant percentage of patients treated, but not in all. Estimates of those who will respond favorably to Thermage vary, and some clinicians will state that this, in part, depends on accurate pre-screening for the right candidates, but rates ranging from 60% to 80% can be found in the literature.
In the case of "fractionated" laser devices, examples being Fraxel® and Pixel, microscopic injury is done to the skin in an intermittent or non-continuous way. In other words, only a "fraction" of the skin surface is treated with the laser. This has certain advantages with respect to healing over traditional full-surface laser treatment.
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Laser treatments are advantageous because large surface areas of the skin can be treated. The more aggressive the laser treatment, the longer the downtime associated with treatment as well. Recovery from laser treatment can vary from a couple of days to many days, or even weeks. The skin can range from mildly red to very red and raw, sometimes requiring dressings. Patients can sometimes be left with areas of skin that are hypopigmented or hyperpigmented (i.e. less or more dark than the surrounding skin). It is very important than skin not be exposed to UV radiation after treatment.
For more information on laser, ultrasound and radiofrequency wrinkle treatment in Toronto and Mississauga, contact Dr. Weinberg in Mississauga or in his downtown Toronto office in Yorkville, by clicking "Contact Us" or "Appointments""Appointments".