What is IPL Skin Rejuvenation or Photorejuvenation?
Photorejuvenation is a non-invasive skin procedure that utilises an intense pulse light machine (IPL).
IPL skin rejuvenation differs from laser treatments as it offers a non-ablative solution to improving the texture, quality, colour and health of your skin.
IPL is not a laser but a broad wavelength light that is pulsed onto the skin to treat multiple conditions simultaneously including; broken veins and capillaries, redness of the skin, age spots, mottled pigmentation, benign brown pigment and freckles.
Treatment can take place over the entire body with face, neck and décolletage being the most popular areas. Hands and shoulders can also be treated with IPL photo rejuvenation.
In addition to improving uneven skin colour, sun damage, facial redness (Rosacea) and pigmentation, the heat energy generated by IPL Photo rejuvenation stimulates new collagen production beneath the skins surface, which remodels the dermis, firms the skin and shrinks the pores.
After a series of photo rejuvenation treatments at intervals spaced 4 weeks apart, a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles can also be seen. The skin appears more luminous, brighter and smoother. Improvements can be seen 10 days following the first treatment and enhanced results can be seen with each subsequent treatment.
Before & After photos of IPL Skin Rejuvenation:
How will my skin look immediately following a photorejuvenation treatment?
Following IPL skin rejuvenation, the skin will initially feel warm, similar to a mild sunburn sensation. The treated area may remain pink for two or three hours. Some mild swelling may occur, however this will subside within two days of your treatment.
When treating pigmented conditions, the pigment will become darker and will remain dark for 3–4 days. Four days following treatment, the darkened pigment will gradually shed from the skin, and new pigment-free skin will emerge. Spider veins and broken capillaries clear almost immediately following treatment and continue to improve over time.
Do I have to stay out of the sun?
It is important to protect your skin from sun exposure throughout your treatment plan. It is highly recommended that you use a SPF30+ sunblock and avoid both solariums and sun bathing.
Photo rejuvenation treatments can be carried out all year round as long as you are not planning to be exposed to the sun immediately before, or after your treatment.
How often should I have photo rejuvenation?
Ideal results are obtained by undergoing a series of IPL skin rejuvenation treatments. A course of treatment may involve between 2-6 sessions, depending upon the condition to be treated.
What can I do to maintain the result?
Most of the improvements achieved through IPL Photo rejuvenation are permanent, however in order to maintain your results, we recommend that you consult your practitioner about the best course of maintenance.
It is highly recommended that you commence a skincare regime that includes pigment blockers such as tyrosinase inhibitors and high levels of Vitamin C, A, E and Hyaluronic Acid. Your regimen should commence three weeks prior to your first photo rejuvenation treatment to maximise treatment results.
This should be maintained throughout the entire course of your treatment series and can be continued long term. The use of a zinc based SPF30+ sunblock is also highly recommended for long-term use.
Other ‘non-invasive’ cosmetic procedures including Chemical Peels, Microdermabrasion’s and cosmetic injections may be used in combination with photo rejuvenation for superior results.
Are there any possible side effects?
Photo rejuvenation is generally very safe, with no post-treatment downtime. Some very mild side effects can occur in some patients, however these are generally associated with darker skin types and excessive sun exposure. All side effects associated with IPL Photo rejuvenation will be explained to you prior to your treatment.