Photorejuvenation uses intense pulsed light commonly known as: “IPL”. This treatment has been recognized for more than 20 years to safely treat pigmented lesions (brown spots) and vascular lesions (visible veins and rosacea). It also helps minimize pore width, decrease the appearance of fine lines, and improve the overall radiance and complexion of your skin. After a series of 2 to 4 treatments, you will notice marked improvements in skin tone and clarity.
IPL can be used on the face, neck, décolleté and hands; the regions most exposed to the sun. This treatment is indicated for skin types I to IV and cannot be performed on tanned skin or skin that has been exposed to the sun in the 2 weeks preceding the treatment.
How does it work?
During the treatment, which only lasts about 15 minutes, the intense pulsed light will emit a flash of bright light creating a slight pinching sensation. It is normal for the skin to be red and a little warm after the treatment; these reactions usually go away within a few hours. Over the next 24 to 48 hours, the pigment spots will become darker; the following week, the pigment lesions will flake off (it is important to let this process go naturally and not to exfoliate the skin for 10-14 days). After the treatment of vascular lesions, the vein may turn white, disappear or change color; these effects will wear off within a few days. We recommend a series of 2 to 4 treatments at 4 week intervals for best results.
What to expect?
The main advantage of IPL photorejuvenation is that it is simple, quick and requires little care in the days following treatment, i.e. adequate skin hydration and daily sun protection.
You will notice an improvement in the appearance of your skin after the first session. Multiple sessions will further accentuate the results. The treatment regimen depends on the severity of the lesions, the type of skin, the type of treatment (vascular or pigmentary lesions) and energy parameters.
Most patients have no side effects, and skin reactions usually go away within a few hours. The skin may be sensitive to light immediately after treatment. It is therefore best to avoid sun exposure and tanning and a good sun protection is highly recommended. Short-lived local redness sometimes accompanied by slight edema is normal, as is the feeling of slight discomfort or the possible temporary sensation of heat and tingling.
Consult Our Specialists
To find out if you are a good candidate for IPL photorejeuvenation treatments, come meet our team for a free consultation.