Photorejuvenation is a cosmetic treatment that utilizes intense pulsed light (IPL), lasers or photodynamic therapy to improve the appearance of the skin. It can transform red, blotchy, sun-damaged skin into an even, more radiant complexion. It helps reduce and treat common skin problems such as melasma, brown spots, liver spots, hyperpigmentation, and rosacea.
Photorejuvenation is a modern dermatological technique that lasts only about an hour. It causes minimal discomfort and delivers excellent results.
The procedure has many benefits because it:
Photorejuvenation is highly recommended for those with various skin problems, such as:
The laser or IPL device also targets melanin (the skin's brown pigment) and breaks it down to improve and lighten complexion. In the same way, light waves are absorbed by the red blood cells, specifically hemoglobin, which damages the blood vessel walls, making red colorations on the skin less visible.
IPL photorejuvenation targets deeper layers of the skin, so they are usually recommended along with more superficial treatments such as microdermabrasion and chemical peels.
Photofacial treatments are usually performed in a series of 3 to up to 6 treatments scheduled about one month apart. Although noticeable effects can be seen after the first session, full benefits can be experienced with multiple treatments. The speed at which photorejuvenation takes effect depends largely on individual response and the gravity of the skin condition being treated.
Prior to the first treatment, patients are advised to:
The skin care specialist then applies brief light pulses through the handpiece. While the procedure is being performed, patients usually feel a warm sensation as light waves strike the skin. Depending on the size of the treated area, the procedure can take a few minutes to an hour.
Once the procedure is completed, the treatment area may be cooled down with an ice pack to help soothe discomfort, if any.
After the procedure, patients may notice minor swelling, redness, and the appearance of small capillaries in the treated area, which usually resolve on their own within hours or a couple of days following the procedure. Makeup can immediately be applied after the treatment.
Skin care specialists advice patients to protect the affected area after the procedure, which means avoiding unnecessary sun exposure. Wearing hats, sunscreen, and sunblock everyday are crucial to experience the maximum benefits of an IPL treatment.
Photorejuvenation is a highly safe procedure, and does not pose much risk especially when performed by a trained skin care specialist. However, there are rare cases when complications can set in, such as:
Hypo-pigmentation or abnormal lightening of the skin
To avoid these risks and complications, it is important that patients are upfront about their existing medical conditions and history. Among common concerns that need to be consulted before photorejuvenation include pregnancy, skin cancer, susceptibility to keloid formation (raised scarring), and open lesions.
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