Once Science Fiction, Cosmetic Treatment Technology Now Science Reality

SPOKANE — Like most cutting-edge scientific processes, cosmetic treatment technology is constantly changing. In 2007, lasers and less invasive procedures were the latest craze in the multi-million dollar industry.

“It tricks the skin into thinking that it’s injured,” Dr. Kevin Johnson of Reflections Medical Spa in Coeur d’Alene explains. “The skin then rejuvenates and builds new collagen; that’s how you get the effect.”

Once restricted solely to Star Wars movies and science fiction novels, lasers are now being used for a number of different cosmetic treatments.

Dr. Johnson describes the procedure as an “infrared light that’s actually shined right into the skin.” He says “it’s a long wave length that penetrates into the dermis of the skin through the epidermis so there’s nothing heating on the surface; no blistering or anything.”

Rebecca Kilmer, a 40-year-old who adheres to a religious skin care routine, has recently added Titan Laser treatments to her repertoire.

“I want to do things proactively,” Rebecca says. “I eat right. I exercise. I use good skin care. I wear sun screen everyday. So I want to try to keep doing what I can to proactively make my skin healthy.”

“The light is converted to heat and the heat then stimulates the fibroblast in the skin to form new collagen,” Dr. Johnson says, explaining the Titan Laser process. “Collagen is what we lose when we age and that’s why we see wrinkles. That’s why we see laxity of the skin and that’s what needs to come back. That’s what helps people achieve a more youthful appearance.”

Another of Dr. Johnson’s patients, 28-year-old Lisa White, underwent the procedure to hide the small broken veins under her eyes.

“In the evenings, I do look tired with them â??cause you can really see the darkness underneath my eyes,” she says.

Through the use of lasers for cosmetic improvement, in 15 minutes Lisa has fresh eyes and the veins on her legs have disappeared. Consequently, she seems pleased with the results.

“I almost feel like I should go get myself some contacts,” she beams. “I mean, I don’t really wear my glasses to hide them, but I do notice it when I don’t have them on.”