Photo rejuvenation, when done properly, almost always consists of a series of 3-5 treatments, usually one every three to six weeks. The benefits of photo rejuvenation treatments are achieved with little discomfort and minimal risk.
Some offices refer to IPL photo rejuvenation as a Photofacial or Fotofacial.
The laser/IPL device emits 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.
Most people with age spots or freckles need 3-5 months, which consists of a full series of 3-5 treatments about 1 month apart. You can see some improvement with each treatment, but it’s common for your response to be slightly different to each treatment. The more sun damage or redness you have, the more likely you are to need a full five treatments. Some cases of severe redness or brown spots require more than 5 treatments and should expect to see gradual clearing over time. After a series of treatments, maintenance treatments are suggested to keep skin clear especially for those with moderate to severe Rosacea.
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We offer topical prescription numbing cream prior to treatment to eliminate discomfort during the treatment, but some patients tolerate removal of dilated blood vessels or age spots/freckles and fine lines very easily without numbing agents. The first treatment is usually the “zingiest.” As your skin begins to clear, the treatments usually become even more comfortable. Treatments usually take 15-60 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area.
When you arrive to our office, you will be given the choice of applying topical numbing cream and taken to a laser room. Your medical provider will put special glasses or eyepads over your eyes to protect them. A cool gel is then placed on the skin being treated. The cooling smooth glass surface of the hand piece is gently applied to your skin and emits pulses of flashing light. You may feel a very slight sting, like the snapping of a small rubber band. At the end of the treatment, the laser technician wipes off the gel, cleans the area with a cool cloth, and applies a moisturizer with sunscreen. If there is any mild swelling, you might be given a cold pack to apply for five or ten minutes. Most centers will let you reapply foundation or concealer immediately after a treatment.
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