Photorejuvenation (IPL – Intense Pulsed Light) laser treatments are most generally 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
- To control flushing
- In addition, it has a lesser effect of improving skin texture through collagen stimulation and improves pore size minimally by temporarily reducing oiliness
When Photorejuvenation is done properly, almost always consists of a series of 3-5 treatments, usually one every three to six weeks. The advantages of photorejuvenation treatments are achieved with little discomfort and minimal risk.
Prevention of blood vessels, rosacea, and age spots/freckles
The laser/IPL device emanate 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.
Duration of the laser photorejuvenation treatments working
The majority of the patients needs 3-5 months, which consists of a full series of 3-5 treatments about 1 month apart. You’ll see an improvement with each treatment, but it won’t be very quick. Unlikely, the sun damage or redness you have, especially in the summer, may slow down the results, that is why you will 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.
Is it painful?
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.” Because of your skin begins to clear, the treatments simultaneously become even more comfortable. Treatments usually take 30-90 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area.
Rehabilitation after the procedure
Commonly, the skin looks a little bit redder after the treatment for two to five days. As long as it is applied and removed very gently, makeup can be used starting right after the treatment. Infrequently, there is bruising, which can take 1-2 weeks to resolve.
For freckles and age spots, the spots generally look darker for 3-7 days. Crusting can occur, which may last up to ten days. The lesions will then begin to clear and will generally be resolving at one month. Remember, it takes an average of 3-5 treatments to clear age spots.
Sensitivity to sun
There is no sensitivity to sun after the treatments. You can have the procedures done any time of the year but summer is more difficult if you pick up color easily in the sun. If you are getting much sun exposure, the good effects of the treatments won’t last very long. You can wear a sunscreen every morning and wear hats to protect your skin and decrease redness, brown spots, wrinkles, and skin cancers.
WELLNESSCENTRE4YOU will give you our instructions prior to your first treatment but here are some of the basics:
- Avoid self-tanners and excessive sun for 2-4 weeks before your treatment
- You may be asked to discontinue minocycline, tetracycline, doxycycline or Retin-A/Renova several days prior to each treatment.
- You may be asked to avoid taking aspirin, ibuprofen, or Aleve one week prior to treatment unless medically indicated to help prevent bruising.
- Every morning protect your improved skin with sunscreen. In addition, hats and sunglasses are good protection from the sun.
Avoid laser treatments in pregnancy because no testing has been done.