Have you noticed that your skin isn’t as bright, clear and smooth as it once was? The cumulative effects of UV exposure and aging are to blame. While you can’t technically reverse the hands of time, we offer a treatment that can actually make your skin younger looking, healthier and more resilient!
Photofacial rejuvenation, or photo rejuvenation, is a treatment that uses Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). This remodels the cellular structure of your skin so that it behaves younger, thereby decreasing and eliminating the visible signs of aging.
IPL has been repeatedly found to effectively resolve the following skin conditions:
Pigmentation irregularities, like freckles, sunspots, liver spots and melasma
Rough textures caused by prolonged sun exposure
Redness and rosacea
Spider veins and other visible capillaries
HOW DOES IT WORK?
IPL is a broad spectrum of light that is designed to be absorbed by the melanin and oxyhemoglobin in your skin. With exposure, your body reacts by healing at an improved rate, and all of those blemishes and imperfections are pushed to the uppermost surface of your skin where they basically flake off.
For optimal results, a minimum of 3+ treatments is recommended.
This light-based laser treatment boosts collagen and focuses on treating brown spots, age spots and diminishing broken capillaries. *
Recommended For: Anyone concerned with age spots, brown spots, sun damage, hyperpigmentation, rosacea and/or acne scarring
Recommended Products: SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion SPF 50, Advanced Pigment Corrector, Neck, Chest and Hand Repair, Phloretin CF
Pre Treatment Guidelines
Not everyone is a candidate for a IPL/Photofacial. IPL/Photofacial works best on skin types I - III. There is a greater risk of hypo-pigmentation on darker skin tones.
No sun exposure, self tanning or spray tanning 4 weeks prior to treatment.
***Use of the following in treatment area should be discontinued for at least 1 month: Retin A Hydroquinone Benzoyl Peroxide and any other harsh blemish treatments
Precautions: *Photosensitizing drugs (Tetracyclines,etc.) CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR
*Anticoagulants - may increase risk of bruising
*History of coagulopathies
*History of keloid or hypertrophic scarring
*Diabetes - may impede wound healing
*History of herpes - pre treat with an antiviral medication
*History of vitiligo
Post Treatment Information
Recovery period is usually 1-3 weeks. The treated area is delicate and must be handled with care during this time. It may take a few weeks after the recovery process for you to notice fading of the treated lesions.
Pigmented Lesions - Darkening of any pigmented lesions is expected and considered a desirable result. Within the next 1-2 weeks the treated areas will begin to break apart and flake off. Please allow sloughing to occur naturally, being careful as NOT to rush the process. Do not pick or pull dark spots that are flaking off, it can causing scarring.
Vascular Lesions – Darkening, increased redness or minor swelling of any vascular lesions is expected and considered a desirable result. Smaller treated lesions will take up to three weeks to lighten or disappear. Larger lesions may take up to six weeks to lighten or disappear. Itching of treated lesions may occur for a few days.
Follow numbered instructions below only if any: blistering, swelling or discomfort persists. You should apply a 1% hydrocortisone or physician recommended cream, and ice the area to alleviate the discomfort. Perform the instructions above until symptoms have resolved.
Please call our office and follow the instructions as indicated below until any blisters have completely healed.
1. Keep area clean using mild soap and water. 2. Apply antibiotic cream to any crusted areas or blisters twice daily and cover with a bandage. Do this for 710 days. 3. Showers are permitted, but prolonged bathing is not advised. Do not allow hot water to directly contact the treated area. Gently pat dry treated area. 4. Any discomfort you feel should be relieved with acetaminophen (Tylenol). Do not ingest aspirin or aspirin-containing medicines during the healing phase (1-2 weeks). 5. Do not tan the treated area for the duration of your treatment schedule and at least 4 weeks post your final treatment. Failure to comply with this may result in darkening or lightening of the treated areas. Use a sunblock SPF 30 or higher throughout the course of treatment. 6. Avoid swimming and aggressive sports activities while the skin is healing. 7. Do not “pop” any blisters or pick any scabs that develop. 8. Call our office if you have any questions or concerns.