According to American dermatologists, there is a new high-tech way of smoothing out the wrinkles in your skin. Lines and age spots are an inevitable sign of ageing, especially if you've spent time in the sun. No-one wants these, but cosmetic creams have their limitations, and surgery is expensive so you might feel like resigning yourself to the inevitable. But, according to Dr Robert Weiss of Cleavland University, there are now a number of new technologies that can reverse the signs of skin ageing.
Why not give non-ablative skin resurfacing a go? It sounds scary but in fact it just involves a laser treating the cells beneath the surface skin. No skin is actually removed. Instead, a gentle series of light pulses can remove redness, dilated blood vessels, age spots and lines. As the targetted cells absorb laser light they are broken apart and absorbed by the body. This promotes production of new collagen - the protein that gives skin its youthful elasticity.
The treatment takes just 15 minutes and you might expect a visible improvement after three to five treatments spaced out over about four weeks. You do need to protect your new skin from the sun thereafter, with sunscreen. If you are careful about this, the results of resurfacing your skin will last for at least four years.