Over time, our skin becomes less elastic. Smoking, stress, sun exposure, excessive alcohol, pollutants in the air and illness all conspire to create lines, wrinkles and scars. Skin changes may be part of the natural aging process, but you don't have to like it.
Dr. Memar performs a new procedure called LED Skin Rejuvenation for patients in the Chicago area that uses natural, variable wavelengths of light to gently stimulate or inhibit cellular activity to reduce the signs of aging.
What is LED Skin Rejuvenation?
LED Skin Rejuvenation is the interaction of light, delivered through Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs), to activate cell receptors causing them to produce collagen or multiply. One of the original applications for LEDs was PhotoDynamic Therapy (PDT), using photo-activated creams (Levulan®) for the treatment of actinic keratosis and pre-cancerous lesions.
How are LEDs different from Laser and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy?
Other light-based skin therapies including intense pulsed light and laser treatments rely on thermal injury to the skin's collagen, water or blood vessels to create changes in the skin appearance. LED Skin Rejuvenation does not rely on thermal energy and the related tissue trauma to effect change. Therefore, patients are not subject to the variables associated with wound healing.
How does LED Skin Rejuvenation work?
LEDs offer a totally natural, non-ablative method for skin rejuvenation. The light from the LEDs interacts with cells and stimulates them to produce new collagen and elastin. Studies confirm that the same LED energy can be used to inhibit collagen formation, which can be helpful in the treatment of scars. By manipulating the wavelengths, cells can be turned on and off. Yellow light LEDs are used for photo-rejuvenation. Blue light LEDs are used in the treatment of acne. Red light LEDs are used for PhotoDynamic Therapy.
How many treatments will I need?
Typically treatments are spread over several months. The number of treatments and the treatment times will vary depending on the problem being treated, the amount of surface area treated and the area treated. Since the results are progressive, you will notice more correction with each treatment. As full correction approaches, treatment intervals can be expanded to 3 - 6 month intervals. Since the skin continues to age, maintenance treatments will be required.
Will the treatments hurt?
No. The treatment is very relaxing. The delivery of the LED energy to the skin is completely pain free. The energy generated by the LEDs is cool and gentle enough to treat all ethnic skin types.
Can I have LED Skin Rejuvenation with other treatments?
Yes. Dr. Memar performs LED Skin Rejuvenation alone or in conjunction with other treatments. We have found it to be highly complementary with other skin treatments such as Botox and dermal fillers as well as non-ablative laser and IPL treatments.
Cosmetic surgeons worldwide are beginning to choose LED Skin Rejuvenation as one of their preferred treatments for fine lines, hyperpigmented lesions (brown spots and freckles) and other skin problems associated with photoaging.
What are the benefits of LED Skin Rejuvenation?
Treatments are less expensive than other light based therapies. The main benefit is a reduction in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, freckles, brown spots, scars and the amount of redness. In addition, the treatments are pain free with no downtime at all.
What will I feel like after my treatment?
Most patients return to normal activities immediately. What our patients like the most about LED Skin Rejuvenation is that treatments are fast and they don't have to miss any activities.