As most of us age, we begin to see visible signs of sun damage, uneven pigmentation and other dullness on our skin. This aged look may include freckles, age spots, rosacea, wrinkles, spider veins, enlarged pores and dark circles under eyes etc. Photo rejuvenation, commonly known as photofacial is the only procedure that can effectively treat these eyesores all at once. With the help of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology, great improvement can now be accomplished with little or no "downtime" and with very minimal discomfort.
How does photo rejuvenation work?
The laser hand piece utilizes the optimal wavelength of light to clear vascular and pigmented lesions by targeting haemoglobin (for vascular lesions) and melanin (for pigmented lesions). Once the light is absorbed as heat by the lesion, the lesion disappears. Doing so also stimulates cells in the target areas, which is necessary for smooth and youthful looking skin.
What areas can be treated with photo rejuvenation?
Photofacial treatments can be used on any part of the skin. They are especially effective for improving the appearance of the face, neck, chest, arms and hands.
What results can I expect?
You can expect to seee a gradual decrease in overall redness, flushing and dilated capillaries. People with visible aging from the sun can expect to see their skin become smoothing and their sun spots fading. Many people with rosacea see improvement in breakouts and are able to drecrease or discontinue their medications.
What is the photo rejuvenation treatment like?
Each treatment takes approximately 15 to 30 minutes, depending on how many areas are treated. A mild amount of discomfort can be expected. Immediately after treatment, the skin may appear red and flushed and tiny capillaries may appear more visible. Brown spots generally appear darker. All of these changes gradually fade over a period of hours or a few days.
How soon will I see results?
Most patients notice improvement even after the first treatment. These improvements are gradual and will be more visible after each treatment. For most patients, a series of 3 to 5 treatments is appropriate. Some patients will benefit from additional treatments.