IPL / Photorejuvenation
A clear complexion is something many people want, but even with the most meticulous skincare regimen, blemish-free skin can be difficult to achieve. Photorejuvenation, which uses Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology, can help reduce the appearance of some of the most common skin woes, including brown spots, melasma, broken capillaries and sun spots. This minimally invasive skin procedure can also treat signs of aging such as wrinkles or age spots. There’s very little recovery time and few side effects, making it a popular procedure.
When to Consider IPL / Photorejuvenation
If you want to improve the look of your skin without undergoing a full surgical procedure
If you have redness, brown spots or scarring on your skin
If you would like to reduce pore size, fine wrinkles and improve skin texture
Little to no downtime
Relatively long-lasting improvements in skin quality and texture can be achieved
Can be performed anywhere on the body
Several treatments may be required before full effects are seen
Not as effective for tanned or darker skin
Must stay out of the sun after each treatment
These are the top three pros and cons to weigh when considering IPL / photorejuvenation. If you want to focus on what is unique to you, please consult with your aesthetic plastic surgeon.
Are you a good candidate for a IPL / photorejuvenation?
If you are routinely frustrated by any of the skin problems below, then photorejuvenation can be a good choice:
Hyperpigmentation (brown spots)
Large, visible pores
Age and sun spots
If you are in good general health, have a positive attitude and realistic expectations, you are most likely a good candidate for this procedure.
How is a ipl / photorejuvenation procedure performed?
Photorejuvenation uses a unique technique known as pulsed light therapy to treat skin blemishes. Essentially, this technology shines bright, intense light on various parts of the skin. You will wear an eye mask to protect your eyes from the light, and your doctor will use a piece of equipment called an IPL device, which includes an apparatus with a glass or laser surface. This apparatus is pressed to the problematic areas of the body, emitting a light that heats up collagen beneath the skin, encouraging the body to produce more of this beneficial protein. Enhanced collagen production can fill in fine lines or wrinkles on the face as well as some shallow acne scars. IPL technology also reduces flushing and discoloration on the skin.
What does IPL or photorejuvenation feel like?
Photorejuvenation may cause mild discomfort. Many patients liken the feeling to a rubber band being snapped against the skin.