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THEY CAN OFFER BRIGHTENING WITH CANCER-FIGHTING BENEFITS
If you ever needed an excuse to justify paying for smoother, brighter skin, this is it. Photodynamic rejuvenation, a treatment that doctors use to eliminate sun damage on the face, legs, and arms, combines pigment-busting Intense Pulsed Light with a topical drug (amniolevulinic acid) that destroys abnormal and precancerous cells. "Patients with moderately to severely sun-damaged skin look transformed after two or three sessions," says Taub. Equally exciting: New research shows that the nonablative fractional laser—a treatment that can lighten clusters of pigment on the face and chest—could have major health benefits as well. "It shows real potential as a remedy for precancerous cells," says Robert Anolik, a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at both NYU School of Medicine and the Weill Cornell Medical Center of Cornell University. Anolik recently participated in a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology on fractional lasers as a therapeutic option. "Patients who received three or four treatments displayed an 86.6 percent reduction in precancerous cells at six months," says Anolik. "We also found tremendous improvement in their skin tone and fine lines."