N-Lite During the Day Makes The Wrinkles Go Away

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by healthnewsdigest.com | August 16, 2010 @ 02:00PM

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The term "revolutionary" makes any medical product instantly suspect for legitimacy. The term "revolutionary" must be used to describe a newly approved FDA procedure called the N-Lite, a non-ablative laser. Can you imagine no pain, no redness, no needles, and no need for anesthesia, yet having your deeper crow's feet and wrinkle lines resolve up to 50 percent within three months? How about not having to worry about several months of post-laser wound care and hiding your skin discoloration? N-Lite is the start of a new revolution in anti-aging technology, Dr. Gil Armiger is a board certified Maryland plastic surgeon who is among the first in his area to use this modality.

As Dr. Armiger explains, "The FDA has approved this procedure as effective for treating and reducing crow's feet (aka perioccular wrinkles), however, N-Lite can be used on the entire face and typically works after one treatment. Occasionally, a second or third treatment may be required to achieve satisfactory improvement." How does it function? N-Lite works by using yellow wavelengths of light to stimulate the collagen producing cells located within the dermis. Instead of burning off the epidermal layer of skin like classic laser resurfacing, the goal is accomplished much more pleasantly.

N-Lite takes approximately 20 minutes to undergo and patients describe the sensation as warm, as opposed to burning or painful. The stimulated cells require up to three months to adequately reform tissue that sun damage and the simple aging process have destroyed.

Everyone wants to know how long the effects of N-Lite last. says Dr. Armiger "While this will certainly be an individual thing, typically, it is running at approximately three or more years from the time that a patient's goals have been achieved. Sometimes a second treatment may be required for deeper wrinkles." In fact, patients do not have to wait the 90 to120 days if they have particularly deep lines that will likely require a second treatment. They can have repeat procedures in as often as two weeks. A fascinating factoid, one percent of collagen fibers are lost annually after the age of 40. No wonder our skin starts sagging and bagging!"

Make-up can be applied immediately after the procedure and patients may return to their normal routine. This is the ultimate "lunchtime" procedure. No one should be able to tell anything happened to the skin upon returning to the office or picking up the kids at school.

"Side effects are relatively rare and certainly minor," says Dr. Armiger. He adds, "If patients see immediate bruising, it means that the energy of this laser needs to be turned down. Bruising that can develop later is usually due to the use of blood thinners/aspirin by the patient or blood vessel fragility. If bruising occurs, so can some temporary mild swelling of the treated areas. This is usually atypical and fortunately does not mean that any type of permanent skin damage has occurred." Dr. Armiger has performed the N-Lite procedure numerous times, and can assure his patients that any blanche seen by the N-Lite physician should be picked up quickly while the procedure is being performed and the energy turned down in order to keep potential bruising at a bare minimum.

Don't go throwing out your wrinkle creams just yet. The N-Lite treatment does not mean patients should give up their topical therapy. Continued use of skin rejuvenation products helps keep the surface skin thin and fresh (remember that older skin develops a thickened epidermal layer and looks dull and old), evens out blotchy discoloration, and keeps fine wrinkle lines at bay. Additionally, the use of topical agents that are able to stimulate collagen deposition on a daily basis may help extend the time frame between non-ablative laser treatments. The use of injectable agents, such as Botox, or fillers, such as Micronized Alloderm or Dermalogen to help fill out trouble zones while patients wait out the N-Lite outcome is fine. Microdermabrasionla to help smooth out the skin's surface or a series of glycolic acid peels remains complimentary.

"Another benefit of the N-Lite," says Dr. Armiger, "is that it is able to be used on a wide variety of skin tones, which is drastically different than typical laser resurfacing machines that can result in permanent skin discoloration or scar formation in ethnic patients or patients of color."

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