Photorejuvenation is most commonly know as IPL – Intense Pulsed Light laser treatments.
IPL is used for irregular pigmentation, rosacea, acne as well as a tool to erase mild sun damage, freckles and light brown spots on the face, neck and chest. This treatment works by stimulating the dermal layer of the skin (mostly made of collagen) to produce fresh collagen which plumps up the skin and also smooths fine lines and wrinkles.
IPL are quick, strong flashes of light that penetrates the skin. The light energy becomes heat energy, which breaks down the pigment into tiny particles, which will rise to the skin's surface as scabs (naturally sheds within a week), or gets taken away by the body's lymphatic system.
Your therapist will start by applying a cool gel on all the problem areas. A hand-held machine delivering intense pulses of light, is gently applied to these areas.
Don’t worry, this is a non-invasive treatment which will not disrupt the surface of your skin.
Generally the skin will look redder for a few days after the treatment. In the case of freckles and sun spots, scabbing or crusting occurs for a few days, but will dissolve after. No need to hide indoors, makeup can be used after but should be applied and removed very gently. Though always take the expert advice from your therapist on how to care for your skin after your treatment.
Everyone is different and has different pain thresholds. The IPL treatment is more a feeling of discomfort than pain. It has been described as a tingly feeling, like a rubber band snapping against your skin. Though the IPL devices have improved greatly and these tingly sensations have greatly decreased. It’s normal to feel a bit worried and very important to voice your worries to your therapist, who will no doubt make you feel at ease and explain the full procedure to you.
It is recommended to do 4-6 sessions of IPL to achieve your desired effect. After 6 months, it will be good to do another treatment to maintain your beautiful new skin. The amount of sessions also greatly depends on how intense or minor your skin condition is. Trust your therapist to tell you exactly how many visits you need.
It can also be referred to as:
Parent: Laser Treatments