Individual results may vary
Many of us want to age gracefully so we work to stay healthy and fit, and we look for solutions to slow the aging process of both our external and internal organs. The skin is the largest organ in the body, and its many functions include protecting the body from damage, eliminating wastes, regulating temperature, and hosting receptors for pain, pressure, and sensations.
The natural aging process, genetics, and lifestyle cause changes in the skin that affect its appearance and functionality. These changes include loss of collagen and elastin and decreased oil glands, resulting in fine lines, wrinkles, loose or saggy skin, dryness, dullness, thinness, age spots, and skin that is more easily bruised and damaged. Overexposure to the sun is also a major cause of skin aging. Referred to as photodamaged, the sun-damaged skin suffers from a multitude of structural and functional issues, such as wrinkles, changes in skin texture and thickness, discoloration, decreased collagen, etc.
At RevitaLife, our mission is to help patients achieve optimal health and function throughout the various stages of their lives by offering state-of-the-art anti-aging therapies and preventative healthcare services. We want to help our patients look and feel better on both the inside and the outside. Our skin aesthetics treatments and therapies aim to conceal the obvious outward signs of aging to the skin and restore a more youthful appearance.
RevitaLife is committed to investing in technology that brings solutions to the issues that concern our clients. The Icon™ from Cynosure is new-generation technology that we use to provide our clients with the most requested and popular skin treatments:
Wrinkle reduction, sun damage, and facial veins
Scars and stretch marks
Wrinkle Reduction, Sun Damage, and Facial Veins
Because many skin issues go into deep layers of the skin, treatments must penetrate the three layers of the skin—epidermis, dermis, and hypodermis—to be truly effective to address the issues associated with those layers. The Icon™ features what the manufacturer calls ThreeForMe™ laser treatment, a single method to address the three most common skin concerns—wrinkles, sun damage, and facial veins.
ThreeForMe™ is a 30-minute procedure during which most people feel only minimal discomfort. A numbing cream or cool gel pack may be applied prior to the treatment to ensure the patient’s comfort. The treatment is performed in two steps, referred to as passes:
The first pass uses the technology of intense pulsed light (IPL) and treats discoloration issues such as freckles, brown spots, age spots, undesirable facial veins, and rosacea.
The second pass uses microbeam laser technology to renew and smoothen the appearance of the skin by stimulating the production of new collagen and elastin, which are the structural foundations of the skin. This second pass reduces fine lines, wrinkles, scars, and other skin imperfections.
After the treatment, there may be some minor redness and swelling that will go away in just a few days. Makeup may be applied to hide any redness. Depending on the extent of imperfections, patients will have one to three treatments scheduled a month apart. Results will be evident after each treatment, with facial veins showing immediate improvement, while brown spots will darken and then flake off over the next several weeks. Fine lines, wrinkles, and scars will take the longest to resolve, with progressive improvement over the course of about six months.
Scars and Stretch Marks
Scars are the result of external wounds from trauma, surgery, or acne while stretch marks develop from the inside out when the skin is extended and expanded for a period of time. Stretch marks are the common, visible end-products of pregnancy, weight fluctuations, and growth spurts because the stretching of the skin breaks down the support of collagen and elastin. Stretch marks are difficult to treat because their internal foundation makes it difficult for many treatments to penetrate sufficiently to make any significant difference.
While some treatments may have a slight impact, they have varying degrees of effectiveness:
Over-the-counter topical products—stretch mark creams, vitamin E, and cocoa butter—may have a soothing effect on the skin and make the skin feel softer, they have virtually no capability to repair the stretch marks.
Products containing the ingredient Retin-A may improve stretch marks by about 20 percent, but prospective and new mothers who will breast feed their babies should not use these products.
Chemical peels may improve the appearance of stretch marks if applied by skilled professionals who use the proper concentration of the active acid.
Massage therapy cannot repair damaged elastin under the skin. Massage therapy, especially in the abdominal area, may be risky for pregnant women and should be discussed with a physician prior to use.
Dermal rollers have not been proven to improve stretch marks because although they may stimulate growth of collagen, they do not generate new elastin which is necessary for improved appearance of stretch marks. Also, overuse of dermal rollers may actually damage the skin.
Microdermabrasion is an aggressive method that may involve multiple weekly treatments for as many as 12 weeks. It is a skin rejuvenation technique that is used primarily for light scarring, sun damage, and skin discoloration, but it has not shown measurable improvement in deep stretch marks and scars.
The most effective treatment to emerge for scars and stretch marks is intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy, which has been shown to improve the length, depth, and coloration of stretch marks. IPL is most effective on newer stretch marks and less effective on more mature stretch marks. It targets the pigmentation created by dilated, damaged blood vessels present in the scars but does not affect surrounding skin.
Unwanted hair is often removed by shaving, tweezing, waxing, and applying depilatories, and electrolysis. The disadvantage of these methods is that they require regular attention and become tedious chores. Those who seek a more permanent solution turn to laser hair removal, which has become one of the most popular aesthetic treatments worldwide.
Laser treatment works by passing the laser beam through the skin to the hair follicle, which damages the follicle and hinders future hair growth. Hair removal has been more common for women than for men, especially for hair on the face and legs, but men are increasingly seeking this treatment for unwanted hair on their chest and backs.
How IPL Works
The Icon™ system used at RevitaLife is a powerful platform that offers high peak power, state-of-the-art cooling, and a revolutionary melanin density reader that assists in minimizing treatment time while maximizing results. IPL treatments apply the principle of selective photothermolysis, whereby a light-based treatment targets specific structures or chromophores in the skin, which absorb the light energy as heat to destroy their targets.
The Icon™ is highly versatile in that it offers multiple devices in one machine, including the fractional, nonablative laser for skin resurfacing and the treatment of scars and stretch marks (the only FDA-cleared laser for this treatment). It also offers a variety of microlenses for customized nonablative resurfacing treatments. An IPL treatment typically lasts about 15-30 minutes. To achieve the best results, most patients generally receive 3-4 treatments, scheduled about one month apart. Because some pain is associated with these treatments, described by some patients as a rubber band being snapped across the skin, a numbing agent may be applied to the skin prior to the treatment. Results obtained with this technology are illustrated in the following before-and-after photos (courtesy of Cynosure). Of course, individual results will vary. Call RevitaLife at 941-377-4555 or click here to get more information about IPL treatment.
Improvement in facial wrinkles and crow’s feet
Improvement in fine lines and crow’s feet
Reduction in small facial vessels
Removal of facial scar
Elimination of unwanted hair
Treatment of pigmentation issues