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Noninvasive and Minimally Invasive Rejuvenation Methods / Procedures

Noninvasive and minimally invasive skin rejuvenation procedures respresent an intermediate range of choices with modest amount of risk and generally noticeable albeit rarely dramatic improvement. These methods are worth considering if basic skin care and topically active agents are no longer sufficient yet the signs of aging you are looking to correct are still mild-to-moderate. Problems like deep wrikles or pronounced facial sag typically require more invasive methods, such as wrinkle fillers or surgery.

Nonablative Lasers and Intense Light

Overview of nonablative laser/light treatments
Nd:YAG variable-pulse-width laser 532 nm
Copper bromide 511 and 578 nm laser
Pulsed dye 585/595 nm lasers (N-Lite, Cynosure, Candela)
Variable-pulsed alexandrite 755 nm and diode 810 nm lasers
Long-pulsed YAG 1064nm laser and combinations
Infrared lasers and systems
Intense pulsed light
Q-switched lasers
Fractional photothermolysis (Fraxel)
Photodynamic therapy

Radiofrequency and Combinations

Overview of radiofrequency and combination treatments
Monopolar radiofrequency (Thermage/Thermacool)
Bipolar radiofrequency plus laser/light (Refirme, Polaris via ELOS Technology)
Fractional bipolar radiofrequency (eMatrix)
Monopolar plus bipolar radiofrequency (Tripollar, Accent RF Monopolar/Bipolar)

Chemical and Mechanical Peeling

Chemical peels
Vibradermabrasion (Vibraderm)
Do-it-yourself microdermabrasion

Other Noninvasive and Minimally Invasive

Botulinum toxin (Botox) injections
Botulinum toxin (Botox) safety issues
Plasma skin resurfacing (Portrait)
Percutaneous collagen induction (skin needling)
Ultrasound skin tightening & body contouring
Low level laser/light therapy for skin rejuvenation

Related Links
Forum discussions of noninvasive procedures
eMedicine: Nonablative Facial Skin Tightening
eMedicine: Photodynamic Therapy for the Dermatologist
eMedicine: Botox Injections


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