Scott Rollins, M.D.INTEGRATE YOUR HEALTHGrand Junction Free Press Health & Wellness Columnist

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January 23, 2013
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DR. ROLLINS: Aging skin has seen the light

A gentle and completely natural form of therapy has arrived that can reduce and even reverse the appearance of aging and damaged skin. LIGHTWAVE therapy is the first and only advanced light system specifically designed for aesthetic applications that promote health and healing for the entire body.LIGHTWAVE therapy utilizes a process called "photostimulation" in which pure beneficial red or infra-red light, outside of the damaging ultra-violet spectrum, is converted into cellular energy, resulting in stimulation of the body's own natural regenerative systems. This surge in cellular energy allows the body to increase production of collagen and elastin, cellular nutrient uptake, blood flow to the surface of the skin, and removal of excess fluid and waste products from cells.Photostimulation uses a light-emitting diode (LED) with a low level power output which is safe and will not damage the skin. The LED is completely non-invasive and does not produce thermal damage, unlike IPL (intense pulsed light) or laser resurfacing. The typical LIGHTWAVE treatment is about 20 minutes in duration and is enjoyable and relaxing.The LIGHTWAVE is used to treat different conditions with three different lights: blue, red, and infra-red. Each light has a different wavelength that causes different effects in the body. There is no post-procedure downtime whatsoever so treatments may be done anytime.BLUE LIGHTThe blue light is used for acne treatment as the light will kill the acne-causing bacteria and diminish the oil in the clogged pores. This makes LIGHTWAVE a 100% natural alternative to prescription antibiotics and other painful treatment options. After a series of 6-8 treatments, 80% of patients will see a 75% reduction in the number of acne lesions with the results lasting 3-6 months. The blue light can be used in combination with other therapy for acne such as microdermabrasion or chemical peels.The blue light is also used to activate photosensitive chemical peels that are used for treatment of acne, surface skin pigmentation and wrinkles, and pre-cancers called actinic keratoses.RED LIGHTLIGHTWAVE red light therapy increases collagen and elastin production in the skin which revitalizes the health of aged or damaged skin. It will reduce the appearance of fine lines and superficial wrinkles by increasing cellular hydration, blood flow, and removal of toxins within the various layers of the skin and supporting tissue. The result is 100% natural looking improvements in tone and texture of the skin. It can also reduce the appearance of scars, burns, sun damage and sun spots. The red light therapy can be used to improve the appearance of stretch marks, tired flaccid-looking skin on the breasts and abdomen, "orange peel" and cellulite. By stimulating lymphatic drainage it can help restore skin tone resulting in a younger-looking, smoother and firmer body. We also use the red light after a blue light treatment for acne, in order to reduce inflammation and speed the healing process.INFRA-RED LIGHTInfra-red therapy was originally developed by NASA and is used for healing and pain-management. Infra-red energy is well known to penetrate about 4 inches deep into tissue and increase cell permeability which facilitates equilibrium of cellular pH, increases nutritional absorption and elimination of waste byproducts. The result is reduced inflammation, improved healing and less pain.INFUSING NUTRIENTS INTO SKINHuman skin acts as a barrier to keep the internal organs sheltered from outside elements and it holds in water and additional fluids our bodies need to survive. However, in the process of protecting the body the skin can prevent the absorption of beneficial ingredients. Many active ingredients currently used for skin care simply lay on the surface with little or no benefit to the skin. The surface appears smoother and softer only because the product is on the surface of the skin, while little is happening underneath the surface of the skin where aging and damage occurs.The DermaKinetics system offers a method to definitively deliver active skin-repairing ingredients into the skin regardless of the size or chemical properties of the ingredient. The treatment involves applying a topical solution to the surface of the skin that is cyclically illuminated with the LED light therapy. By rapidly cycling on-off the light energy "excites" the topical solution which will then drive the solution as much as 50 times deeper into the skin than simple topical application!The fusion of LIGHTWAVE light therapy with DermaKinetics topical applications allows for unprecedented results in skin care. Compounds previously thought to be impossible to deliver through intact skin can now be "pushed" into the skin by this active transport system. There is an entire range of protein/peptide cellular regenerators and active compounds such as vitamin C that exist for wrinkle reduction, collagen synthesis, fat reduction, hair growth, scar reduction and acne treatment that could not previously be delivered deep into the skin. SAFE, EFFECTIVE SKIN CAREThe same company that developed the LIGHTWAVE and DermaKinetics has also created an entire line of skin-care products called ABI Dermaceuticals which are designed to complement the treatments done by laser resurfacing and LED therapy. These scientifically developed products contain the highest recommended levels of active ingredients while banning questionable ingredients such as harmful parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates, artificial fragrances and dyes. The application of LIGHTWAVE technology to living tissue provides a remarkable alternative to traditional medications, more invasive laser procedures and/or surgery. By promoting the healing process and fueling over 20 different positive changes at a cellular level we are just beginning to realize the potential of LED therapy.Typical LIGHTWAVE treatments require about 30-60 minutes, cost from $50 to $125, and 6-8 treatments are usually recommended over a period of 4-6 weeks. As a special for teens we only charge $25 for the blue/red light therapy for acne and their first treatment is free.--------------------------Scott Rollins, M.D., is board certified with the American Board of Family Practice and the American Board of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine. He specializes in bioidentical hormone replacement, thyroid and adrenal disorders, fibromyalgia and other complex medical conditions. He is founder and medical director of the Integrative Medicine Center of Western Colorado ( and Bellezza Laser Aesthetics ( Call 970-245-6911 for appointments or more information.

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