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Lasers and Innovative Skin Care Techniques

By: Mona Sappenfield
Posted: June 24, 2008, from the February 2006 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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Time and cost. This depends on the size of the surface area treated. A typical full-facial treatment is $350 for 25–35 minutes.

Solar facial. For sun-loving clients, this therapy quickly, safely and comfortably removes sunspots and age spots from the face, chest, arms and hands without topical anesthetics. The signs of sun damage will flake off after one or two treatments, leaving clearer, younger-looking skin. This menu item cannot be used safely on tanned skin or Fitzgerald Skin Types IV, V or VI. It can be utilized to treat all areas of skin types I, II and III safely—including body areas—in order to alleviate sun damage.

Technology used. 560–600 wavelength IPL driven by 14,000 watts.

Recommended frequency of treatments. Every three to four weeks in order to lift brown and red sunspots from the skin. It provides excellent results when combined with microdermabrasion between light-based treatments.

Caution. Most manufacturers recommend lenses for eye protection. Do not treat clients who have had sun exposure 14 days prior to an appointment. The sun’s rays will cause overexposure and blistering on treated areas.