IPL Skin Rejuvenation (Photorejuvenation)
What is photorejuvenation ?
Photorejuvenation is a non-invasive skin procedure utilsing an intense pulse light machine (IPL). IPL differs from laser treatments as it offers a non-ablative solution to improving the texture, quality, colour and health of your skin. IPL is not a laser but a broad wavelength light that is pulsed onto the skin and can treat multiple conditions simultaneously; including broken veins and capillaries, redness of the skin, age spots, mottled pigmentation, benign brown pigment and freckles. Treatment can take place over the entire body with face, neck and décolletage being the most popular areas. We see hands and shoulders being treated also.
How will I benefit from having photorejuvenation treatment, and when will I see the improvement?
In addition to improving uneven skin color, sun damage, facial redness (Rosacea), and pigmentation, the heat energy stimulates new collagen production beneath the skin surface which remodels the collagen, firms the skin and shrinks the pores. After a series of photorejuvenation treatments at intervals spaced 4 weeks apart; a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles can also be seen. The skin appears more luminous, brighter and smoother. Improvements can be seen 10 days following the first treatment and enhanced results can be seen with each subsequent treatment.
How will my skin look immediately following a photorejuvenation treatment?
Initially the skin will feel warm similar to a mild sunburn sensation and the treated area will remain pink for 2 or 3 hours. Some mild swelling may occur; this is transient and will subside 2 days following the treatment. If treating pigmented conditions, the pigment will become darker and will remain dark for 3 – 4 days. Four days following treatment, the darkened pigment will gradually shed from the skin, and new pigment-free skin will emerge. Spider veins and broken capillaries clear almost immediately following the treatment and continue to improve.
Do I have to stay out of the sun?
It is important to protect your skin from direct sun exposure over the series of your treatments and it is highly recommended to use a spf30+ sunblock. Solariums and sun bathing are to be avoided.
Photorejuvenation treatments can be carried out all year round as long as you are not planning to be in full sun exposure immediately following a treatment.
How often should I have photorejuvenation, and what can I do to maintain the result?
Ideal results are obtained by undergoing a series of treatments. This may be between 2 -6 treatments, depending upon the condition to be treated. After the initial series of photorejuvenation treatments most of the improvements are
permanent however in order to maintain the results some future maintenance may be required and this varies from person to person.
Skincare that compliments the photorejuvenation treatment should be added into your daily regime. It is highly recommended to commence the use of Skincare that has high levels of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Hylauronic Acid and other potent Anit-oxidants, 3 weeks prior to your first photorejuvenation treatment. This should be maintained throughout the entire course of the treatment series and can be continued long term. The use of a zinc based spf30+ sunblock is also highly recommended for long term use.
Other ‘non-invasive’ procedures like Chemical Peels, Microdermabrasions, Thermage and cosmetic injections can be used in combination with photorejuvenation for superior results.
Are there any possible side effects?
Photorejuvenation is generally a very safe ‘no downtime’ procedure. There are some very mild side effects that can occur and these are generally associated with darker skin types and excessive sun exposure.