TO FIRM AND PLUMP: TRY LASER AND RA­DIOFRE­QUENCY TREAT­MENT

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Good for? Break­ing down freck­les, ex­cess pig­men­ta­tion and age spots. How ef­fec­tive? Pig­mented skin should be clear af­ter seven days. How of­ten? Up to three treat­ments are nec­es­sary for best re­sults, usu­ally a month apart. Dis­ad­van­tages? May cause pig­mented Asian skin to scar. Brief sting­ing and burning pain dur­ing treat­ment. Skin may be red and sen­si­tive for a few hours af­ter­wards. 1 Non-ab­la­tive frac­tion­ated laser (Sel­las Evo) resur­fac­ing What is it? A min­i­mally in­va­sive laser light is beamed in a polka-dot fash­ion to stim­u­late skin cells to re­gen­er­ate. Good for? Wrin­kles and patchy skin. How ef­fec­tive? 50 per cent im­prove­ment af­ter three treat­ments. How of­ten? You’ll need five treat­ments, one to three months apart. Dis­ad­van­tages? The pro­ce­dure can be painful; anaes­thetic cream, laugh­ing gas or seda­tives may be used dur­ing treat­ment. Skin may burn mildly for sev­eral hours af­ter­wards. Olive or darker skins may have an in­creased risk of un­even dark­en­ing.

2 Frac­tional ra­diofre­quency (RF) ther­apy What is it? Ra­diofre­quency (non-laser) en­ergy is in­jected or de­liv­ered by nodes into the mid­dle layer of skin. Good for? Im­prov­ing wrin­kles and sag­ging as the col­la­gen is re­mod­elled and tight­ened. How ef­fec­tive? 25 per cent to 50 per cent im­prove­ment af­ter five treat­ments. The main ad­van­tage com­pared to light or laser treat­ments is re­duced heal­ing time as there is min­i­mal dam­age to the top layer of skin. How of­ten? Up to five treat­ments two months apart, then an­nual main­te­nance treat­ments. Dis­ad­van­tages? The pro­ce­dure can be un­com­fort­able, so anaes­thetic cream, laugh­ing gas or seda­tives may be used.

3 Ther­mal-rf What is it? Ra­diofre­quency is used to heat the mid­dle to lower lay­ers of skin to about 65 de­grees centi­grade. Sim­i­lar to frac­tional RF ther­apy, ex­cept heat rather than en­ergy is used to stim­u­late col­la­gen, and it pen­e­trates deeper. Good for? Sub­tle tight­en­ing of skin. How ef­fec­tive? 70 per cent of treated pa­tients would rec­om­mend it to a friend. No anaes­thetic is needed and there is no dis­com­fort af­ter­wards. How of­ten? Up to six treat­ments, usu­ally two to four weeks apart. Re­sults should last at least six to 12 months. Dis­ad­van­tages? is ex­tremely rare.

Po­ten­tial scar­ring, although this

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