How does IPL Skin Photorejuvenation work?
During an IPL treatment, short pulses of filtered light are released which are preferentially absorbed by the high concentration of pigment (melanin) found within freckles, sun spots or melasma. This rapid energy absorption heats the pigment within these specific cells and destroys them. These cells naturally come to the surface as a part of normal skin growth and are flaked off.
What happens during the treatment?
During the treatment, a layer of cool gel is applied to the treatment area. The light applicator is placed on the skin and a short pulse of light is released. The applicator is then moved to the neighboring area and the process is repeated until the entire area is treated. The gel is then removed. Protective eyewear will be provided.
What does it feel like?
Most patients describe the discomfort as mild and tolerable and no anesthesia is required. The most common description is that it is like a ‘snapping rubber band.’
What should I expect after the treatment?
The treated area may feel warm and sensitive for the first few days after your treatment. It is essential to use a quality sunscreen with high SPF before and after your treatments.
The lesions will darken and may appear more obvious before they fade and ‘flake’ away. Regular microdermabrasion can speed up this process.
Are there any side effects?
The skin that surrounds the pigmented lesion may become red immediately after treatment. Most people experience no other side effects and the redness usually disappears within hours to a few days. Very rarely a small blister may form or the skin may become temporarily lighter or darker.
How long does each treatment take?
The length of each treatment will depend on the type and size of lesion present, but a typical session will take 10 to 30 minutes.
How many treatments are necessary?
The number of treatments will depend on the type and size of the pigmented lesion but typically 1 to 3 sessions are required at 4 to 6 week intervals.
Should I have IPL Skin Photorejuvenation?
Most people are suitable for treatment except for very dark skinned or tanned individuals. The pigmented marks that respond the best are superficial lesions such as those caused by sun damage (sun spots) and freckles.
Large, dark, mottled or raised areas pigmentation cannot be treated. Lesions covering a large part of the body should also not be treated. We may recommended that these be examined by a dermatologist.
We would be happy to schedule a free consultation for you to discuss how IPL Skin Photorejuvenation can help you achieve a fresher more youthful appearance.