Laser Facial Rejuvenation or IPL face rejuvenation
Intense pulsed light or IPL laser is used for rejuvenation of face. This technique uses laser energy to treat visible signs of aging or skin damage. Pulses of light energy are passed into the skin and are selectively absorbed by brown and red pigments. This light energy selectively heats and burns the pigments resulting in reduction of age and liver spots, fine lines, redness, broken capillaries, freckles, minor sun damage, and spider veins.
Because light energy is used to improve the skin, there is no peeling of the outer skin layers as is done in skin peeling with chemicals and there is no down time (time required for the effect to be visible). This therapy can be used not only for the face, but also for the neck, chest, hands, arms, and other areas.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) skin treatments using the photorejuvenation process represent a breakthrough in age-defying skin care. This new technique treats skin damage non-invasively — there is no disruption of the skin's epidermal surface. IPL treatments address the effects of photoaging and sun damage with low risk of complications and no recovery time. IPL is the gold standard for photorejuvenation. This FDA-cleared, patented technology provides dramatic results for a variety of benign conditions, including age spots, sun-induced freckles, symptoms of rosacea, birthmarks, unsightly veins, acne scarring and other blemishes. The visible signs of aging cannot be fully avoided, but can be dramatically minimized. The key is to do it as gently as possible. As far as the skin is concerned there are two types of aging — intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic aging involves the inevitable; as we grow older, our skin naturally becomes thinner and drier. Diminished amounts of collagen makes the skin less elastic. What used to bounce back begins to sag. Static, deep wrinkles may begin appearing. The rate of these events is genetically determined for each person; the process first becomes noticeable between the ages of 30 and 35. Extrinsic aging results from exposure to the environment. Extrinsic aging is the critical element in determining who looks older or younger than their biological age. Exposure to sunlight is a key contributor to extrinsic aging. Photoaging occurs when elastin and a collagen breakdown are not replaced, causing fine lines and wrinkles to intensify. Photoaging also causes pigment changes with development of age spots (sun-induced freckles) and uneven skin tone. Spider veins and dilated capillaries are another sign of photoaged skin.Lifestyle choices also have an impact on extrinsic aging. Cigarette smoking contributes to the breakdown of elastin and collagen and impairs the body's healing capacity. The simplest way to see the contrast between intrinsic and extrinsic aging is to compare skin commonly exposed to the sun (face, hands, and neck) and skin not exposed to the sun (usually on the breasts, inner arms or buttocks).
The IPL system releases yellow, green and red lights that are emitted in a series of short pulses. The yellow/green light destroys the bacteria which causes acne that thrives in our skin, while the red light directly targets the overactive sebaceous glands that cause outbreaks of pustules (pimples). The light conversion to heat is targeted accurately to the cells deep in the skin, initiating shrinkage of the inflamed sebaceous glands which helps to prevent overproduction of excess sebum. Additionally, IPL treatment is effecting in correcting common skin pigmentation problems such as age spots, sun-induced freckles, and symptoms of rosacea, birthmarks, and unsightly veins, acne scarring and other blemishes.
IPL Face and Skin Photorejuvenation addresses skin conditions that are most visible to others. Treats the entire face, not only small spots, causes little discomfort, offers an immediate return to routine activities, provides gradual, natural-looking improvement of face and skin and produces long-lasting results. Photorejuvenation with IPL is the most versatile of all treatment options for face and exposed skin like of neck, chest, hands and arms.
Below are the frequently asked questions about IPL Face and skin rejuvenation
What is IPL?
The IPL or Intense Pulse Light is a machine which produces high intensity pulses of light to penetrate the skin.
How does IPL work?
IPL machine is attracted to the colour of the lesions, it spares the healthy skin surrounding it. IPL machine works best with light colored skin with pigmented lesions. It is not effective on dark skin with dark lesions or dark skin with white lesions. The light energy is absorbed by the pigments present in the blood (Haemoglobin) and the pigment present in the lesions (melanin). The pigment absorbs light energy to produce heat. The heat energy destroys the distorted blood vessels and the pigment (with the lesion for example age spots, freckles, brown spots and sun damage). The heat generated is a secondary advantage, it helps in the production of new collagen, thereby reducing fine lines and gives a good skin tone.
What conditions can be treated?
- Sun damaged skin
- Brown spots, age spots, freckles
- Rosacea, redness and flushing of the skin
- Broken blood vessels on the face
- Redness from acne scars
- Reduces pore size
- Fine lines and tightens skin tone
What areas of the body can be treated?
Almost any part of the body can be treated. The most common regions are the face, chest, neck, hands, arms, legs and upper back.
What do I need to do before treatment?
Since the IPL is attracted to pigment in the skin, it is important that the skin is not tanned. We recommend wearing a minimum of 30 SPF and booking a treatment when your skin is in a pre-tan state. This will produce maximum results and decrease potential negative side effects.
What can I expect during an IPL treatment?
The area being treated is first cleaned and all makeup removed. You will be given protective eye wear and cold ultrasound gel is applied. The chilled applicator of IPL machine is placed onto the gel and a pulse of light is applied. There is a slight sting sensation often described as a small elastic rubber-band being snapped.
What should I expect after the treatment?
IPL treatments are designed to provide little down time. Your face may appear red or flushed, and feel like a mild sunburn, something which usually fades within hours. A mild warm tingling sensation may remain for one hour or more after the treatment and a cool compress may be used to assist in heat removal. Individuals with prominent pigmentation will see that the brown areas become temporarily darker and will continue to darken over the next two to four days. This darkness is your lesion that will eventually flake off! It takes between seven to twenty one days for this process.
What should I do after IPL therapy for face rejuvenation ?
If it’s sensitive, cold compresses can be applied and keep your skin well moisturized. Make up can be worn, gentle cleansing to the skin and avoid any kind of peels for the first week. Do no pick at the brown spots. Apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and avoid a lot of sun exposure.
How many treatments will I need?
Depending on the nature of the condition and the severity of the problem, a series of five treatments is usually recommended. This allows for gradual improvement with very low risk to the skin and little downtime. Treatments are usually three to five weeks apart and can take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour depending on the area being treated.
What are IPL Skin Treatments using Photorejuvenation?
The term "Photorejuvenation" refers to the non-ablative, non-invasive treatment of red and brown pigment that leaves a smooth skin texture and even complexion, yielding a more youthful appearance. IPL Skin Treatments are a safe, effective and popular way to improve the signs of aging from the face, neck, chest, arms and hands. This in-office procedure is performed by a our trained medical staff member and typically requires four to six sessions of about 20 minutes each, performed at three-week intervals.
What are the advantages of IPL Skin Treatments using Laser facial rejuvenation?
In addition to effectively treating multiple symptoms and locations in each session, the IPL procedure is gentle, non-invasive and safe, requiring no downtime. In fact, many people even schedule their sessions during their lunch breaks. Additionally, IPL treatments are customized to each individual's specific skin type and condition, providing the best possible results.
Why choose IPL over other treatment options?
Laser resurfacing and deep chemical peels often send patients into hiding, as they wait for redness and swelling to subside. Microdermabrasion addresses skin irregularities, but is not effective against all complexion problems including redness, flushing and broken capillaries. Face lifts and other surgical procedures are far too invasive for younger patients and "baby boomers" who simply want to revitalize their appearance without recovery downtime.
Are there any side effects of IPL laser face rejuvenation?
The main side effects are mild, temporary swelling, redness, an accentuation of the brown spots, crusting, and an occasional bruise or small superficial blister (like a sunburn blister).