Reversing the Signs of Aging, Sanjiv Kayastha, M.D.

Sunday, January 29, 2017 - By: Alison Michael

modern woman with hand on her face

Aging is inevitable. Unfortunately as we age our face and skin tend to show the effects of aging the most. Many of us may notice the accumulation of dark spots, pigmentation issues and wrinkles. Furthermore, when compared to previous generations we’ve had more leisure time and hence more sun exposure. This sun exposure has contributed to the development of spots and premature wrinkling. Both men and women are seeking ways to turn back the clock and rejuvenate their appearances. While cosmetic surgery is an option many people are wary of undergoing this type of surgery.  They don’t want to undergo anesthesia and have prolonged healing times. This is where laser treatments can come into play.

Lasers in medicine are no longer the realm of science fiction. In fact they are a top choice for those looking for safe, quick, reliable ways to rejuvenate and revitalize their skin. They are promising weapon in the fight against aging skin. They are a top choice amongst those who do not want surgery or significant downtime that takes them away from their normal activities. In fact growth in laser treatments is significantly outpacing traditional surgical procedures such as facelifts.

Everyone should avoid unnecessarily sun tanning their skin to cut down on the risk of developing skin cancer. This will also help curtail premature aging. In addition everyone should have a daily skin care regimen that should include basic essentials such as a high-quality cleanser, and moisturizer and sunscreen. Specific treatment products to address redness or brown discoloration should be added as necessary. Once these basic skincare essentials have been taken care of and you wish to take your skincare to the next level, laser treatment should be considered.

There are many different types of skin conditions and lesions that can be treated with lasers. Lasers can improve your complexion and stimulate collagen generation. Because of the way they work they are more effective than any cream or lotion and can provide a significant boost to your daily beauty routine.

Lasers can improve pore size, improve firmness and elasticity, even out skin tone (eliminate brown spots, sunspots, blotchy areas), smooth overall texture and improve the appearance of scars. One of the most exciting things that the laser can do is to stimulate your body to produce new collagen. Stimulation of new collagen will improve the appearance of wrinkles.

Collagen is one of the main proteins found in skin. It is a component of skin’s connective tissue and helps give skin its texture. With normal aging and environmental factors such as sun exposure and smoking college and degenerates and our once smooth skin becomes wrinkled.

There are many choices when it comes to lasers to improve your skin. One of the most effective treatments is Fraxel Dual. Fraxel Dual is a popular laser treatment that patient’s request to help turn back the signs of aging and sun damage. If you seek smoother, younger looking skin then Fraxel Dual is definitely one of the multitudes of non invasive aesthetic treatment to consider. It can improve texture and tone, lessen the appearance of age spots and melasma, reduce wrinkles and the appearance of acne scars. It can be used on the face, neck, upper chest, hand and arms are common treatment areas.

Fraxel Dual has been clinically proven to be a safe and effective treatment for all skin types. The results are visible and long lasting. This treatment, compared to deep chemical peels or other laser treatments, creates healthier more radiant skin without a lengthy healing process. Old damaged cells are eliminated and fresh healthy cells are exposed. These are not superficial, temporary changes but rather real lasting changes in the quality of your skin. There is minimal downtime associated with the treatment. Most patients return to work and social engagements the day following their treatment.

Fraxel is a partially or fractionally ablative laser that targets both the skins outer surface and inner layers. It is actually two lasers in one. The 1927nm wavelength laser treats superficially (improving pigmentation) while the 1550nm wavelength laser targets skin texture (improving wrinkles and acne scars). The two different wavelengths can be use separately or in tandem depending on what the intended result of the treatment is. It works by burning thousands of microscopic laser cylinders through the skin’s surface and into the underlying dermis. This laser energy promotes collagen remodeling. The skin surrounding these micro columns of laser energy remains health and intact. It is this healthy surrounding skin that promotes rapid healing following a treatment. The treatment stimulates the growth of new health cells from the inside out.

The best candidates for Fraxel are those with mild wrinkles and multiple age spots. Fraxel is used to target larger treatment areas. Usually the whole face is treated in one session. If you have just one brown spot you want gone another laser is may be the best choice.

On average 3 to 5 treatments spaced out 2 to 4 weeks apart are needed to achieve the best results. However, it should be noted that some results can usually be seen after only one treatment.  The results are immediate and progressive over 1 to 2 months following the treatment.

AUTHOR PROFILE: Dr. Sanjiv Kayastha is a board certified plastic surgeon specializing in cosmetic surgery and non-invasive aesthetic medical procedures such as Fraxel laser skin treatments. K Plastic Surgery has offices in Guilderland and Latham and provides cosmetic plastic surgery services to residents of Schenectady, Troy, Clifton Park and Saratoga Springs.

For more information please visit KPlasticSurgery.com

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