See the Light with Photorejuvenation
Looking for a way to make your skin look younger, brighter, and selfie ready? Easy, effective photorejuvenation is your one-stop shop for more even and energized skin!
Photorejuvenation is a skin treatment that uses intense pulsed light (IPL) to fix uneven skin tone and pigmentation issues such as sun damage, brown spots, and freckles. It is also very effective in treating broken capillaries and redness caused by rosacea. Because it stimulates new cell growth below the skin's surface, photorejuvenation can also be used to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and large pores.
How does photorejuvenation work?
Photorejuvenation uses high-intensity pulses of broadband light to penetrate below the surface of the skin into the deeper layers of damage. The light seeks out cells with darker pigment, such as sun damage and broken blood vessels and destroys the discoloration while leaving the surrounding skin unharmed.
What can I expect during my photorejuvenation treatment?
First, your aesthetician will clean your skin. Then, a layer of cooling gel is applied to the treatment area to help protect skin and ease the movement of the photorejuvenation handpiece. As the smooth glass surface glides over your skin, it will emit rapid bursts of light.
Patients report that they have experienced some discomfort, but not pain. Some patients compare the sensation to being snapped with a rubber band. Depending on the specific skin issues and the treatment area, we can offer a topical anesthetic. After treatment, a cold compress can be used to ease any discomfort.
Who is a good candidate for photorejuvenation?
Photorejuvenation is ideal for people who wish to refine skin texture and even out skin discoloration. It is very effective in treating:
- Sun damage
- Fine lines
- Broken blood vessels and capillaries
Because it uses a range of wavelengths, photorejuvenation is ideal for treating large areas that are affected by skin discoloration issues such as the face, chest, arms, or back.
Who should avoid photorejuvenation?
Women who are pregnant, those who have taken Accutane within the last six months, and those with a history of recurring cold sores or herpes simplex are not good candidates for safe and effective photorejuvenation. At your initial consultation, we will discuss your medical history, any drugs you are currently taking, and any other risk factors.
Because photorejuvenation targets the darker pigment in cells in contrast to the surrounding skin, it is not usually considered an appropriate treatment for those with olive or darker skin tones. We can help you find other options to address your skin concerns.
How long does a photorejuvenation treatment take?
Depending on the treatment needed and the size of the treatment area, your procedure may last from 30 minutes to an hour.
Does photorejuvenation have any side effects?
Immediately after treatment, your skin may feel as though you have a sunburn and may appear flushed. These side effects are nothing to worry about and usually disappear within 24 hours.
If you have taken aspirin, NSAID (e.g., Ibuprofen, Aleve), blood thinners, Vitamin E, or certain herbal supplements in the days before your treatment, you may see minor bruising. We will talk to you about what to avoid before and after during your consultation.
More severe side effects, such as blistering, blanching, or hyperpigmentation, are seen infrequently. Our team is trained to give you the customized photorejuvenation treatment that is right for your skin, and we take every precaution to ensure your results are healthy and beautiful.
When will I see the results of photorejuvenation?
Within two to three weeks of the first photorejuvenation treatment, skin looks and feels smoother and has a more even tone. After three or more treatments, you will see redness, freckles, and hyperpigmentation fade while fine lines and wrinkles gradually disappear. Some sun damage, freckles and age spots may appear darker for a few days before they flake off or fade away.
How many photorejuvenation treatments will I need?
Usually, you will see optimal results after a course of up to six treatments performed every three to five weeks. Because photorejuvenation is non-ablative, you can repeat the procedure as often as you would like to maintain your results. Most people are happy with a once-a-year tune-up.
How should I care for my skin after photorejuvenation?
Post-treatment care is essential for optimizing the results of your photorejuvenation treatment. The number one rule is to apply sunscreen to the treated areas every day and to avoid sun exposure when possible. You should avoid anything that causes friction or irritates the skin, such as harsh cleansers, exfoliants, hot showers, and massages while your skin heals. Once we have talked about your skin type and goals, we can determine the best post-care regimen for your skin.