IPL Photo Rejuvenation is a treatment that uses Intense Pulsed Light to improve skin conditions. It is a gentle procedure that improves skin conditions such as rosacea, vascular redness, flushing, large pores, broken capillaries, skin tone and texture, sun damage, age spots and hyper-pigmentation. IPL Photo Rejuvenation is also used regularly as preventive and ongoing maintenance treatment for common signs of aging. Other skin issues that can be improved are mild acne scars and dark circles around the eyes. This treatment is extremely effective for improving the appearance of skin all over the body, including the face, neck, chest, arms and hands. IPL Photofacial is a non-ablative therapy it does not directly harm or remove the epidermal layer of skin. IPL focuses on deeper skin layers thus promoting new collagen production. Patients opting for IPL Photo Rejuvenation experience little to no down time and resume their daily activities immediately.
How the Process Works
Light based skin rejuvenation treatments work by converting light energy from the IPL. In essence, a broad spectrum of light is sent to the lower layers of the epidermis. The energy heats the area to be treated, stimulating the formation of collagen and elastin. The light that penetrates through the epidermis is absorbed by the dilated vessels that have been heated without damaging the skin. In turn skin is tightened, pigmentation is lightened, telagectasias is reduced. After several treatments patients see improvement in over-all skin tone, texture and appearance.
Palomar LuxG and MaxG: One of the most popular equipment options for Photo Rejuvenation is Palomar’s LuxG and the MaxG handpieces. The ipl rejuvenation laser LuxG and MaxG deliver green wavelengths of light. It targets hemoglobin within the blood and is absorbed by melanin in the skin which is responsible for the appearance of age spots and brown spots on the skin. The LuxG and MaxG have become industry standards for delivering IPL photo rejuvenation on a highly successful basis.
To find out more about the differences between the LuxG and the MaxG, read our article that outlines the technical differences between these handpieces.
IPL Photo Rejuvenation treatments can be delivered as frequently as every two to four weeks. Typically, a successful course of treatment will take three to eight sessions. Patients may follow-up treatments once every six months to once a year to maintain desired results. A patient’s lifestyle and exposure to the sun plays a role in determining treatment frequency.
Range of Treatments
IPL Photofacial Rejuvenation can treat a wide variety of skin issues such as:
- Sun Spots and Sun Damaged Skin
- Age Spots and Early Signs of Agingipl photofacial rejuvenation
- Dull Complexions
- Uneven Pigmentation
- Large Pores
- Broken Capillaries
- Port Wine Stains
What can I expect during a typical treatment session?
Treatment sessions usually take less than twenty minutes and most patients, based on their condition, will require anywhere from three to eight treatments. Treatments are scheduled about four weeks apart. Patients who have IPL Photofacials experience a very low level of discomfort. Treatment is fairly simple, first, the areat to be treated is cleansed and a cool gel is applied. A pulse of light is then delivered and the patient experiences a sensation that is similar to the snap of a rubber band. Immediately after treatment the patient’s skin may feel warm. Their skin may also appear pink, much like a sunburn. On occasion, if it is an aggressive treatment session, a patient may have some swelling, bruising and possibly blistering. In most instances, patients can return to work immediately. Over the course of IPL Photofacial Rejuvenation treatment sessions, patients will experience more improvement in their skin after each treatment.
Sun Exposure Post Treatment
Patients should stay out of the sun from at least 14 to 21 days before and after IPL treatments.