Photorejuvenation (IPL- Intense Pulsed Light) laser treatments
are most commonly used for lightening and removing “sun spots”, “age spots”, and brown blotches on the face, neck, chest, hands and other areas of the body. These treatments also remedy redness, rosacea, dilated blood vessels and “broken” blood vessels on the face, neck and chest.
Photorejuvenation, when done properly, almost always consists of a series of 3-5 treatments, usually one every three to six weeks. The benefits of photorejuvenation treatments are achieved with little discomfort and minimal risk. The treatments can help to control flushing and also have a lesser effect of improving skin texture through collagen stimulation and improves pore size minimally by temporarily reducing oiliness.
The laser/IPL device emits a range of lightwaves that are then tuned and targeted at hemoglobin (the red blood cells in the blood vessels) or melanin (the brown pigment in freckles and age spots). The light beam passes through the skin and is absorbed by either hemoglobin or melanin resulting in damage to the vessel wall or fragmenting of melanin pigment. These tiny vessels and the melanin pigment are then absorbed by the body, rendering them less visible.
Enhanced collagen production can fill in fine lines or wrinkles on the face as well as some shallow acne scars. IPL technology also reduces flushing and discoloration on the skin.Essentially, this technology shines bright, intense light on various parts of the skin. You will wear an eye mask to protect your eyes from the light, and your doctor will use a piece of equipment called an IPL device, which includes an apparatus with a glass or laser surface. This apparatus is pressed to the problematic areas of the body, emitting a light that heats up collagen beneath the skin, encouraging the body to produce more of this beneficial protein.
Most people need 3-5 months of this procedure, which consists of a full series of 3-5 treatments about 1 month apart. You can see some improvement with each treatment, but it is common for your response to be slightly different to each treatment. The more sun damage or redness you have, the more likely you are to need a full five treatments. Some cases of severe redness or brown spots require more than 5 treatments. Expect to see gradual clearing over time.