The Facts on Photorejuvenation
Written by Lori J. Wrightington, Certified Laser Specialist, MediSpa Operations Manager
In my 8 years of treating patients with a variety of devices, I often find myself reaching for a very good mainstay treatment, the IPL (or Photorejuvenation as it’s also called). This is a great “go to” treatment for both the person who has never had any light based or laser treatments before, and the seasoned cosmetic patient looking for maintenance as well.
IPL treatments have been used since the 1990’s. IPL, Intense Pulsed Light, uses a type of light that is absorbed by both brown and red pigment in and beneath the skin. Delivering energy to both the superficial (epidermis) and deep (dermis) layers of the skin, the damage to the epidermis is minimized by a chilled crystal which protects the skin’s surface on contact. With this mechanism, there is virtually no “down time,” associated with the treatment.
This is a great “go to” treatment for both the person who has never had any light based or laser treatments before, and the seasoned cosmetic patient looking for maintenance as well.
The primary reason patients request and have a Photorejuvenation / IPL treatment is to reduce the appearance of sun damage (brown spots), excess blood vessels and redness. Many also notice improvements in the texture of their skin, softness and fine lines and wrinkles. While it is common to think this type of treatment is only for the face, it is ideal for the neck, chest, shoulders and hands as well. From the thousands of complimentary cosmetic consultations I’ve conducted, the top five questions seem to remain the same:
- How many treatments will be required? The exact number of Photorejuvenation treatments needed will depend on the amount of correction needed; usually 3-5 treatments are standard.
- How much time should I allow for my appointment? A typical Photorejuvenation treatment will be completed in 30 minutes depending on the size of the treatment area. (Larger areas or multiple areas would require up to an hour.) Patients can return to work or normal activities immediately.
- Is the treatment painful? Photorejuvenation feels like a rubber band snap on the treated area. During the treatment the skin will be cooled for optimum comfort. Most patients tolerate the procedure very well with minimum discomfort.
- Is there any downtime? The beauty of Photorejuvenation (pun intended!) is no downtime. Patients may have a mild sunburn sensation and minor swelling that usually lasts up to 24 hours, and makeup can be applied 24 hours after the procedure. As with any cosmetic treatment, limited sun exposure is necessary.
- What should I expect when I come in for my treatments? When you arrive for your treatment we will have you sign a consent and wash your face. We will take photos so we can compare before and after your treatment series. We will then start treatments. A cool gel will be applied to the treatment area and treatment will commence. The area being treated will be completed in sections with cooling after each area is complete. Once the procedure is finished the treated area will be cooled and sunscreen applied.
Getting started is easy. We offer Complimentary Cosmetic Consultations at which time I will customize a treatment plan for you to help you reach your skin care rejuvenation goals. Give our office a call at 843-556-8886 or send us an email to schedule your Complimentary Cosmetic Consultation.
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