Photo Rejuvenation is a series of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments that improves appearance due to sun spots, age spots, dull complexions, uneven pigmentation, large pores, red flushing skin, rosacea, and broken capillaries. Without damaging the skin, the light penetrates the skin and is absorbed by the abnormally dilated vessels for pigmentation. Heat then impairs the targeted vessels or lesions, and the body begins a natural healing process. Lesions darken before they flake off or are absorbed by the body.
What is IPL / photorejuvenation used for?
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
How is 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.
Recovery time frame after IPL / photorejuvenation
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.
Your surgeon will also provide detailed instructions about the normal symptoms you will experience and any potential signs of complications. It is important to realize that the amount of time it takes for recovery varies greatly among individuals.