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The most visible sign of aging is the condition of an individual’s skin. Age leads to unwanted visible representations of this on the skin such as lines, wrinkles, and pigmentation. Medical professionals are implementing rejuvenation techniques that utilize iontophroresis treatment devices to reverse and minimize the signs of aging.
In a nutshell, iontophoresis is the more effective delivery of ingredients (such as vitamins, antioxidants or peptides) that permeate the skin beyond the superficial level. The term is partially derived from the Greek word phoresis for movement and the electrical term ion, to define the use of electrical movements. Iontophoresis is an electric-based delivery of nutrients that circumvents many of the lipid bi-layers of the skin by directly penetrating between them, something that passive liquid diffusion cannot. It is a reliable delivery technique when used in tandem with sonophoresis for enhanced lightening or hydration of the skin.
Once delivered into the skin, the ionic molecules can be activated if stimulated with an electrical charge to further propel them into the skin. This method is vastly superior to standard liquid diffusion, as repeated ionization offers a more concentrated collection of nutrients delivered deeper than liquid diffusion can achieve.
Iontophoresis offers a number of supplementary benefits when used as a delivery tool. For example, when it is used after ablative laser procedures or chemical peels, it can improve the healing process by achieving a more rapid and more concentrated delivery of nutrients or medical ingredients.
The depth to which iontophoresis treatment allows nutrients to penetrate during treatments, provides faster and more effective results. Also during this technique, the lipophilicity of many molecules can be potentially increased as they form ion pairs which are more readily dissolvable than the molecule on its own.
Iontophoresis provides a very beneficial delivery system, and has found success in a variety of cosmetic procedures. Iontophoresis has also been used in the treatment of acne scarring. Rapid penetration that achieves a greater depth and more concentrated effect with decreased healing time post-surgical procedures is what makes iontophroresis the innovative new science in restorative skin rejuvenation, facial surgery, and acne treatment.