Chapter 8 - High-Tech Facial Rejuvenation:
Lasers, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL),
Infrared Light (Titan®),Radiofrequency (Thermage®)
And LED (GentleWaves®) - Non-Ablative Therapies
"Hold on to your pocketbook!"
The new "high tech" anti-aging or wrinkle removal therapies discussed in this chapter are potentially among the most exciting facial anti-aging or facial rejuvenation therapies available today. Notice I said "potentially." The effectiveness of many of these procedures, while theoretically possible, remains to be proven in controlled clinical studies. These procedures are also the most expensive and potentially the most dangerous. Non-ablative wrinkle removal, laser, IPL, photo-facial, Titan®, Thermage®, Gentlewaves®, non-surgical face lift, all hold theoretical promise. How effective they are, in some cases, remains to be seen. Thus it is crucial that you understand what they can and cannot do for your face, and how and by whom they must be used if you are to get a good result and not be injured.
In this chapter I discuss in detail:
In my opinion this is one of the most important chapters in this book, for nowhere else in the field of anti-aging are you, the patient, more susceptible to highly sophisticated often misleading marketing campaigns and advertisements. Worse, many of these machines are very powerful, potentially dangerous instruments which, if not used properly, can seriously injure you.
How do these machines work? Which ones are the most effective? How do they fight anti-aging?