IPL Photo Rejuvenation
Say goodbye to the effects of sun damage, rosacea, hyperpigmentation, and more. With the innovative Intense Pulsed Light (IPL™) photo facial procedure, gentle skin rejuvenation is now easier than ever. IPL™ photo-rejuvenation is the latest in modern dermatology, allowing patients to transform red, blotchy skin into a radiant complexion. If you suffer from any of these problems, photo-facial treatments may be the dermatological approach you’ve been looking for.
Photo rejuvenation is a treatment that uses intense pulsed light (IPL), a non-laser light source, to fix pigmentation issues, like sun damage, brown spots, and freckles, and vascular abnormalities such as redness, broken capillaries, spider veins, and rosacea. Photorejuvenation also minimizes pore size and fine lines, stimulates dormant skin cells, and promotes new collagen to grow. Photo-rejuvenation is only brag-worthy after a series. Luckily the treatment stings less and less each time you go. Like many other treatments, post-treatment care is essential with photo-rejuvenation. Avoid hot baths or showers, aerobic exercise, massage, and harsh cleansers or chemicals for 48 hours following treatment. Don’t skimp on sunscreen.
IPL technology works by emitting high-intensity pulses of broadband light deep into the skin without harming the surface area. A highly advanced built-in computer controls the range and frequency of the light to target and collapse damaged blood vessels and/or melanin, while normal surrounding skin tissue is hardly affected. Since IPL uses a range of wavelengths, as opposed to lasers that use just one wavelength, photo rejuvenation is ideal to treat large areas that are splattered with skin discoloration issues.
A photo-rejuvenation treatment requires you and the doctor to wear protective eyewear. Skin is first cleansed and coated with a thin layer of cool gel, then the doctor or technician places a handheld device with a smooth glass surface onto the skin that pulses flashes of light. Each pulse causes a snapping or burning sensation that can be compared to the snapping of a rubber band or quick match burn. Once the treatment is finished, the gel is wiped off and a cold compress may be applied for several minutes to alleviate any discomfort. Moisturizer and sunscreen is applied as the last step. Within 2 to 3 weeks of the first photo rejuvenation treatment, skin looks and feels smoother and has a more even coloration. After 3 or more consecutive treatments, there should be a gradual improvement in tone and texture with a visible decrease of redness, dark spots, fine lines, and pores. Freckles and age spots may appear darker for up to a week before they fade gradually.
The results of photorejuvenation are highly contingent upon proper pre- and post-treatment care and limiting sun exposure.