IPL meets radiofrequency

February 21, 2005

Combining physical modalities represents the newest innovative approach to non-invasive whole body rejuvenation, according to Neil S. Sadick, M.D., F.A.C.P,, F.A.A.C.S, He spoke yesterday.

Combining physical modalities represents the newest innovative approach to non-invasive whole body rejuvenation, according to Neil S. Sadick, M.D., F.A.C.P,, F.A.A.C.S, He spoke yesterday.

Dr. Sadick, clinical professor of dermatology, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York Presbyterian Hospital, spoke about three recently introduced modalities that combine pulsed light and radiofrequency to beautify patients. Newer technologies, which use lower amounts of light energy, allow for the treatment of darker skin phenotypes and have produced a higher safety profile - while maximizing the therapeutic effect.

Electro-optical synergy (ELOS) is a term used to describe such a duo. New, combined pulsed light/radiofrequency technology has been shown to be highly effective for global rujuvenation, including reduction of pigmentation, vascularity and skin smoothing of the face, chest and hands, Dr. Sadick said. He added that it has shown effectiveness in hair removal and represents the only proven technology for reduction of blonde and white hair.

Dr. Sadick also cited a new combination diode laser/radiofrequency technology, which was found effective in recent studies, achieving wrinkle reduction and skin tightening. It can also be used to treat lower extremity spider veins.

Another combination employs radiofrequency, infrared light and suction - integrated into a new technology to reduce unwanted cellulite. Several studies have been completed on this, Dr. Sadick said.

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