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Photorejuvenation often referred to as Photofacial or Fotofacial, is a skin treatment that uses lasers, intense pulsed light, or photodynamic therapy to treat skin conditions and remove effects of aging such as wrinkles, dark spots, and textures. The process induces controlled wounds on the skin, prompting it to heal itself by creating new cells. This process reverses the signs of aging to a certain extent by removing appearances of damage.
A clear complexion is something many people want, but even with the most meticulous skincare regimen, blemish-free skin can be difficult to achieve. Photorejuvenation, which uses Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology, can help reduce the appearance of some of the most common skin woes, including brown spots, melasma, broken capillaries and sun spots. This minimally invasive skin procedure can also treat signs of aging such as wrinkles or age spots. There’s very little recovery time and few side effects, making it a popular procedure.
When to Consider IPL / Photorejuvenation
If you want to improve the look of your skin without undergoing a full surgical procedure
If you have redness, brown spots or scarring on your skin
If you would like to reduce pore size, fine wrinkles and improve skin texture.
How is a ipl / photorejuvenation procedure performed?
Photorejuvenation uses a unique technique known as pulsed light therapy to treat skin blemishes. Essentially, this technology shines bright, intense light on various parts of the skin. You will wear an eye mask to protect your eyes from the light, and your doctor will use a piece of equipment called an IPL device, which includes an apparatus with a glass or laser surface. This apparatus is pressed to the problematic areas of the body, emitting a light that heats up collagen beneath the skin, encouraging the body to produce more of this beneficial protein. Enhanced collagen production can fill in fine lines or wrinkles on the face as well as some shallow acne scars. IPL technology also reduces flushing and discoloration on the skin.
Photorejuvenation (IPL- Intense Pulsed Light) laser treatments are most commonly used for:
Lightening and removing “sun spots”, “age spots”, and brown blotches on the face, neck, chest, hands and other areas of the body.
Lightening and reducing redness, rosacea, dilated blood vessels and “broken” blood vessels on the face, neck and chest.
Helping to control flushing.
It also has a lesser effect of improving skin texture through collagen stimulation and improves pore size minimally by temporarily reducing oiliness.
Photorejuvenation, when done properly, almost always consists of a series of 3-5 treatments, usually one every three to six weeks. The benefits of photorejuvenation treatments are achieved with little discomfort and minimal risk.
Photorejuvenation treatment can improve the appearance of rosacea, age spots and freckles.
The laser/IPL device emits a range of lightwaves that are then tuned and targeted at hemoglobin (the red blood cells in the blood vessels) or melanin (the brown pigment in freckles and age spots). The light beam passes through the skin and is absorbed by either hemoglobin or melanin resulting in damage to the vessel wall or fragmenting of melanin pigment. These tiny vessels and the melanin pigment are then absorbed by the body, rendering them less visible.
Most people need 3-5 months, which consists of a full series of 3-5 treatments about 1 month apart. You can see some improvement with each treatment, but it’s common for your response to be slightly different to each treatment. The more sun damage or redness you have, the more likely you are to need a full five treatments. Some cases of severe redness or brown spots require more than 5 treatments. Expect to see gradual clearing over time.
There may be mild discomfort during the treatment, but most patients tolerate removal of dilated blood vessels or age spots/freckles and fine lines very easily. The first treatment is usually the “zingiest.” As your skin begins to clear, the treatments usually become even more comfortable. Treatments usually take 30-90 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area.
Most photorejuvenation procedures take at least twenty to thirty minutes, depending on the number and types of blemishes being treated but may take longer. Immediately following the procedure, you may feel as though you have a sunburn, though this feeling will subside within twenty-four hours. Typically, patients experience no side effects within one to two days of the procedure. Though it’s unlikely, some scabs or blisters may appear after a photorejuvenation treatment, and these should not be picked at. You should avoid hot water and prolonged sun exposure for up to two days following your procedure. Any other instructions your doctor provides should be followed for maximum results with minimal side effects.
Though most physical side-effects will subside within forty-eight hours, patients may find that the blemishes on their skin darken for a period of up to two weeks. This is because the skin needs to shed for the results to be visible. Eventually skin blemishes will fade to a lighter appearance than before the treatment. It is important to realize that the amount of time it takes for recovery varies greatly among individuals.
One of the reasons photorejuvenation is so popular is because it carries very few risks. Your specific risks will be discussed during your consultation.
Most patients will experience slight burning after the procedure, and some will see light scabbing, blistering, or crusting. These issues are normal and will typically subside within a few days, but if they persist it’s important that you get in touch with your regular doctor. Very rarely, patients will experience bruising, slight bleeding, or scarring, but these issues typically only arise if treatments are spaced too closely together, or after excessive use of IPL technology.
To prepare for a photorejuvenation procedure
We will provide thorough pretreatment instructions, answer any questions you may have, take a detailed medical history, and perform a physical exam to determine your fitness for treatment.
In advance of your procedure, you should:
Moisturize regularly, avoid too much exposure to the sun, and wear sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher
Stop smoking at least six weeks before undergoing surgery to promote better healing.
Avoid taking aspirin, certain anti-inflammatory drugs, and some herbal medications that can cause increased bleeding.
Refrain from taking certain antibiotics and topical creams such as retinoids (Retin-A) that affect skin sensitivity.
If you are living with the herpes virus, your plastic surgeon may ask you to take antiviral medication to reduce the chance of an outbreak on the day of the procedure.
Regardless of the type of surgery to be performed, hydration is very important before and after treatment for safe recovery.
The morning before your photorejuvenation procedure, you should not apply any makeup or skincare products. Your face will need to be thoroughly cleansed before the treatment can begin, but this may be done at the office before treatment. It’s possible that your doctor will apply a topical anesthetic prior to treatment.
Photorejuvenation is usually performed on an outpatient basis. Be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after treatment and to stay with you at least the first night.
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COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT PHOTOREJUVENATION TREATMENTS
Here are the most common questions we receive about Photorejuvenation and Decolletage treatments.
[accordion title=”What is Photorejuvenation of the Hands, Neck and chest?” opened=”0″ class_icon_closed=”plus” class_icon_opened=”minus” border=”true”]Photorejuvenation uses Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) to target red and brown pigmentation. The light passes harmlessly through the skin and is absorbed by spots and lesions. Abnormal cells are destroyed, leaving only healthy tissue. IPL also promotes the growth of collagen, fills in scars and gives skin a youthful glow.
[accordion title=”How does the treatment work?” opened=”0″ class_icon_closed=”plus” class_icon_opened=”minus” border=”true”]The skin is cleansed, prepared with gel and then treated with the light. Afterwards, the gel is cleaned off, and sunblock is applied. Cold compresses may be used if needed. You may return to your normal routine immediately.[/accordion]
[accordion title=”How many treatments are required?” opened=”0″ class_icon_closed=”plus” class_icon_opened=”minus” border=”true”]The standard schedule is one treatment per month for five months. Some clients may be satisfied with the results from two or three sessions, and some may seek additional treatment.[/accordion]
[accordion title=”Is Photorejuvenation safe?” opened=”0″ class_icon_closed=”plus” class_icon_opened=”minus” border=”true”]Photorejuvenation is a safe, common and quick treatment with little risk.[/accordion]
[accordion title=”Are there any possible side effects?” opened=”0″ class_icon_closed=”plus” class_icon_opened=”minus” border=”true”]You may experience a sunburned effect for a few hours afterwards. Spots will temporarily appear darker, and hair growth may be affected. Swelling, blistering, infection, unwanted pigmentation changes and scarring are rare effects, and you should contact your doctor if they appear.[/accordion]
[accordion title=”Will there be any downtime?” opened=”0″ class_icon_closed=”plus” class_icon_opened=”minus” border=”true”]No you may return to your daily routine immediately.[/accordion]
[accordion title=”What are the benefits of Photorejuvenation over other treatments?” opened=”0″ class_icon_closed=”plus” class_icon_opened=”minus” border=”true”]Photorejuvenation’s quick treatment time, visible results and lack of downtime make it a popular method to achieve the desired effects.[/accordion]
[accordion title=”What are the results?” opened=”0″ class_icon_closed=”plus” class_icon_opened=”minus” border=”true”]Neck and chest Photorejuvenation gives skin a healthy, youthful look, as well as decreases the appearance of blemishes such as scars, brown spots and redness.[/accordion]
[accordion title=”What can be expected post-treatment?” opened=”0″ class_icon_closed=”plus” class_icon_opened=”minus” border=”true”]Your skin will be sensitive and will need to be protected from the sun. Any swelling should be minimal and can be treated with cold compresses. The red and brown areas should flake off after a few days.[/accordion]
[accordion title=”How soon will results appear?” opened=”0″ class_icon_closed=”plus” class_icon_opened=”minus” border=”true”]Noticeable results appear after the first few treatments.[/accordion]
[accordion title=”How long does the Photorejuvenation treatment last?” opened=”0″ class_icon_closed=”plus” class_icon_opened=”minus” border=”true”]A session lasts around thirty minutes.[/accordion]
[accordion title=”What conditions respond best to this treatment?” opened=”0″ class_icon_closed=”plus” class_icon_opened=”minus” border=”true”]Dark spots, redness, aging, freckles and sun spots all respond well to Hand Photorejuvenation.[/accordion]
[accordion title=”Who are candidates for Photorejuvenation?” opened=”0″ class_icon_closed=”plus” class_icon_opened=”minus” border=”true”]Healthy individuals with minor blemishes are likely to be candidates for Photorejuvenation of the hands, neck and chest.[/accordion]
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