Photo Facial / Photo Rejuvenation Therapy
Frequently Asked Questions About IPL and Photo Rejuvenation
What is Photo Rejuvenation Therapy?
Photo Rejuvenation Therapy, also known as Photo Facial, is performed with a light technology known as Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). We treat our patients with Sciton’s BBLs Skin Rejuvenation system, the latest and most effective technology on the market. IPL is highly effective for the treatment of skin conditions associated with aging, an active life-style and sun damage. BBLs allows your clinician to precisely treat age and sun spots, small facial veins and several other types of skin blemishes. Your treatment will be tailored to match your skin’s condition and your desired results.
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What will IPL treatments do?
IPL laser technology utilizes the power of pulsed light to deliver excellent phototherapy results. By selecting the corresponding wavelength or filter, your clinician is able to treat a broad range of skin conditions caused by skin aging and sun exposure. Your skin will be smoother, more vibrant and will have a more youthful appearance as a result.
What conditions can be treated with IPL?
- Pigmented Lesions
- Age Spots
- Brown Spots (Lentigines)
- Vascular Lesions
- Small Facial Veins (Telangiectasia)
- Red Spots (Hemangiomas)
- Redness and Flushing
- Uneven Coloration (Poikiloderma)
How does IPL work?
The light energy delivered by IPL will gently heat the upper layers of your skin. The heat absorbed by the targeted areas will stimulate your skin cells to generate new collagen and this will help restore your skin to its natural beauty, blending its natural colors and making it smoother, vibrant and younger looking. In addition, the photo-thermal energy will target and eliminate many of the fine blood vessels that cause redness and the unwanted melanin responsible for pigmented lesions.
What areas can be treated?
Any area of your body can be treated. The most commonly treated areas are those most exposed to the damaging affects of sun light such as face, neck, back of the hands, chest and shoulders.
How many Photo Rejuvenation treatments will I need?
3 to 5 treatments at 3 to 4 week intervals will produce the desired results. You may benefit from additional treatments depending on the severity of your condition.
How long will it take to recover?
This is a non-invasive and gentle procedure with virtually no downtime. In most cases you will be able to return to work, apply makeup, and resume most of your activities right away.
What should I expect after the treatment?
You may experience some redness that should resolve within a few hours. For some pigmented lesions you will see a darkening of the treated areas followed by fading and flaking off at a later stage. Your treated skin will feel smoother, fine lines and pores will be less noticeable and sunspots or uneven pigmentation will fade. Results depend on your condition, the number of treatments, and the area treated. Your physician will provide you with complete information about the post treatment care and results.
Will it be uncomfortable?
The procedure is gentle, non-invasive and safe. You may briefly feel a warm or “rubber band snap” sensation as the light is absorbed by the targeted areas but there should be minimal discomfort. This varies from patient-to-patient and depends on the depth of the treatment. There is no need for a topical anesthetic; however, your physician may choose to use it on more sensitive areas.
What will happen during the IPL procedure?
Your eyes will be protected with safety shields or glasses and your clinician will place a wand-type instrument over the effected areas and deliver the pulsed light in short bursts. Your procedure may take a few minutes to half an hour depending on the size of the area to be treated and the type of the procedure performed. Your clinician will discuss all of your options with you.
What aftercare do I need?
It is important to follow your clinician’s instructions. Customarily, your clinician will make recommendations on skin care products for appropriate after care and instructions for their proper use. These will minimize your risk of inflammation or redness and ensure the shortest healing time. You will be sensitive to ultra-violet light and you must avoid direct sun exposure until completely healed. It is very important that you fully cover your skin or use a good sunscreen whenever you go outdoors.