Photorejuvenation is a dermatological cosmetic treatment that uses intense pulsed light (IPL), lasers or photodynamic therapy to treat various skin conditions.
The procedure has many benefits such as:
- Reduces hyperpigmentation/redness
- Increases blood circulation
- Decreases inflammation
- Reduces/eliminates wrinkles or fine lines
- Stimulates collagen and elastin production
- Eliminates the bacteria that causes acne
Photorejuvenation can be used for:
- Age Spots
- Sun Spots / Sun Damage
- Rosacea (severe redness on nose/cheeks). This is a condition where facial blood vessels are enlarged, leading to a flushed appearance
- Blotchy Pigmentation
- Stretch Marks
- Hyperpigmentation (brown spots) – the darkening of the skin due to the overproduction of skin pigment, melatonin
- Spider veins (caused by dilated capillaries)
- Any other visible or broken capillaries
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatment:
IPL treatment is the use of intense pulses of light at a particular wavelength to break down cells, enough so that they can be reabsorbed by the body. This procedure differs from laser treatment. This is due to the fact that the wavelength of the light changes in order to target specific cells and skin conditions.
The IPL pulses penetrate the tissue and the light is absorbed either superficially by broken capillaries and or dark pigment, or it is absorbed at a deeper level by larger vessels and collagen. New collagen fibres are laid down, replacing the broken down collagen, which gives the skin a more rejuvenated appearance.
As the skin tissues absorb light, the light energy stimulates the underlying cells to enhance the body’s natural process of cell regeneration. It works by simulating minor injuries, prompting the skin to renew itself and improve its texture.
IPL treatment also targets melanin (the skin’s brown pigment) and breaks it down to improve and lighten your complexion. When you have red or blotchy skin conditions, the light waves are absorbed by the red blood cells, specifically haemoglobin, which damages the blood vessel walls, making red blotchy areas on the skin less visible.
The IPL device is gently applied to the skin, and pulses of light are emitted. If there is any discomfort at all, it is usually mild. Patients have described the feeling to somebody snapping a rubber band on their skin. If discomfort is too much, then numbing cream may be used beforehand but is seldom required.
IPL treatment is a gentle, non-invasive procedure that is tailored specifically for the patient’s needs or skin conditions.
How many treatments are required:
Photorejuvenation takes place over 3 – 6 treatments, scheduled approximately one month apart. Although improvements are visible after the first session, full benefits will only be experienced after multiple treatments. The results vary depending on each patient and of course the severity of the skin conditions.
Care prior to treatment:
- Avoid long periods in the sun or the use of sunbeds, for at least 2-4 weeks before treatment
- Discontinue the use of any blemish/acne creams or medication, 3-4 days before treatment
- Avoid aspirin/ibuprofen a week prior to treatment
Post Treatment Care:
After the treatment, patients may notice minor swelling, redness, and the appearance of small capillaries in the treated area. These will clear on their own within a few hours or up to a few days after the procedure. Makeup can be applied immediately after the treatment where necessary.
It is important to take care of the affected area after the procedure. This means, avoiding unnecessary sun exposure by wearing hats and sunscreen where necessary.
As mentioned at the start, Photorejuvenation treatments are a gentle, non-invasive procedure that is tailored specifically for the patient’s needs or skin conditions.
However, there have been rare cases of complications, such as:
- Hyperpigmentation/ abnormal darkening of the skin
- Hypopigmentation/ abnormal lightening of the skin
It is therefore extremely important that you are 100% honest about any existing medical conditions you may have as well as your medical history.
Common concerns that must be flagged include pregnancy, skin cancer, susceptibility to keloid formation (raised scarring), and open lacerations.