A friend recently told me about a process called photo
rejuvenation as a treatment to reduce fine lines and sun
spots. Does it actually work? -Katie, via E-mail
Photo rejuvenation is a fairly new
technology that dermatologists can use to treat aging skin -
including discoloration, fine lines, and sagging. Intense
pulses of multiple wavelength light are flashed across the
face and into the skin without any heat or burning
sensations. The penetration of the light causes the release
of precursors of collagen that skin cells then turn into new
collagen, tightening and firming the skin. The treatment
also heals abnormal and broken blood vessels, as well as
The biggest advantage to photo-rejuvenation treatments, as
opposed to laser resurfacing, is that there is no downtime
after the procedure (which lasts 20 to 30 minutes). You may
experience mild redness, but nothing that will cause you to
cancel your dinner plans. It usually takes three to five
treatments to see improvement in the skin - although the
more damage you have to begin with, the longer it will take.
I suggest you start early, when you first see symptoms.
There's no reason to fix something that isn't broken, but
you do want to address the problem before it gets serious.
- Allure -