Our expert says:
Hi Susan, thank you for the question.
LED therapy (which is also known as photo dynamic therapy - PDT) is used for the treatment of certain skin cancers, pre malignant lesions, pigmentation or sun damage, and for rejuvenating the skin. To achieve the desired results a solution known as ALA needs to be applied to the skin for at least an hour before the PDT treatment. A well known PDT technology is named: Omnilux. This form of treatment is either performed once or twice with excellent results and prices are usually around R 1,500.00 full face per session.
Microdermabrasion is a skin-freshening technique that helps repair facial skin that takes a beating from the sun and the effects of aging. A device like a fine sandblaster to spray tiny crystals across the face is used, mixing gentle abrasion with suction to remove the dead, outer layer of skin. As with other skin rejuvenation techniques, more than one treatment may be needed (usually multiple) to reduce or remove fine wrinkles and unwanted pigmentation. Typically only superficial pigmentation will respond to this form of treatment.
In my opinion the best way to remove pigmentation is with the use of laser or IPL or IPL with bi-polar radiofrequency.
I understand your financial predicament and as with all treatments we do need to make a financial decision first. My advice is to consider using NeoStrata Glycolic acid peels with the booster pads (monhly basis) and the NeoStrata Pigmentation Lightening Gel and the Brightening Cream SPF 15 (as we have had excellent results with this form of treatment).
As with any pigmentation removal treatment a good SPF is vital and one should consider using a factor 50 or higher that contains zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide applied several times daily (my personal preference is Heliocare Gel SPF 50). A topical regime will take between 2 to 6 months before a good improvement is noticed.
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