Photorejuvenation is a treatment that uses intense pulsed light (IPL), a non-laser light source, to fix pigmentation issues, like sun damage, brown spots, and freckles, and vascular abnormalities such as redness, broken capillaries, spider veins, and rosacea. Photorejuvenation also minimizes pore size and fine lines, stimulates dormant skin cells, and promotes new collagen to grow.
IPL technology works by emitting high-intensity pulses of broadband light deep into the skin without harming the surface area. A highly advanced built-in computer controls the range and frequency of the light to target and collapse damaged blood vessels and/or melanin, while normal surrounding skin tissue is hardly affected.
Since IPL uses a range of wavelengths, as opposed to lasers that use just one wavelength, photorejuvenation is ideal to treat large areas that are splattered with skin discoloration issues. Photorejuvenation is used more often if a patient has very small blood vessels or brown discoloration from sun damage diffusely in an area like the face, chest, arms, or back.
Do I need local anaesthetic?
The procedure does not usually require the use of anaesthetic. We advise that the area is cooled just before and after the treatment which brings discomfort and pain to minimum.
Who is the treatment for?
The procedure is designed for both women and men who have noticed sun damage to their skin such as dark spots and vascular changes. The treatment can be performed on the face, décolletage and the hands and is usually recommended for anyone over the age of 20, who struggles with any of the above-mentioned conditions.
What are the results?
The laser damages enlarged blood vessels and removes darkened patches present on the skin leaving the surrounding tissue intact. After the treatment spider veins and dark spots disappear. The result is a smoother, clearer and more youthful appearance of your skin.
When do I see the final results of the treatment?
In some instances, a patient may be required to have more than one treatment, but this is usually 7 days post-treatment to give the skin time to heal first. However, this is too early to expect the final results as it usually takes 4 – 6 weeks before all undesired changes disappear and the skin’s regenerating processes are terminated.
How many treatments do I need to see satisfactory results?
The number of treatments, each performed every 4-6 weeks, vary from 1-6, depending on the patient’s individual features such as aging processes and the patient’s age.