What Is Photorejuvenation?
IPL Photorejuvenation (also known as just Photorejuvenation or Photofacial) is a rejuvenation treatment that can be tailored to your individual skin concerns and type, providing superior cosmetic results.
Photorejuvenation is a non-invasive procedure that utilizes a powerful flash of filtered light (intense pulsed light or IPL). This light penetrates the skin and is absorbed by excess pigment. The result is a darkening of the pigmented spots within 4-7 days, which subsequently peel off, revealing smoother, more even skin tones.
What Can IPL Photorejuvenation Do?
IPL Photorejuvenation or Photofacial is an incredibly versatile treatment. Not only can it address a large range of benign skin imperfections such as sun damage and aging skin, to redness and pigmentation issues, it can be applied to many different parts of the body. Treatments can be done on the face, neck, décolleté (upper chest), arms, hands and legs.
Lately our clinic has been performing an increased number of IPL treatments on sun damaged areas such as the face and décolleté, in order to reduce sun spots and dilated blood vessels, and create a more even-toned and textured complexion. Hand rejuvenation treatments combining IPL and dermal filler injections have also increased, as patients begin to recognize that hands can also greatly benefit from anti-aging techniques.
How Does IPL Work?
There are many different types and grades of IPL Photojuvenation. At Pacific Dermaesthetics in Vancouver, our medical-grade IPL system is the advanced e-Light photorejuvenation system, which combines two independent types of energy – pulsed light and radio frequency (RF) – and applies them to the skin simultaneously. The unique addition of RF therapy leads to more controlled stimulation and regeneration of three layers of skin, including collagen. In fact, it reaches down to a skin depth of 4.0mm versus a depth of 2.5mm for a single dose of IPL.
In terms of safety, the eLight penetrates the skin tissue more efficiently and effectively, using smaller amounts of energy. In other words, it reduces the risk of burns to the skin as well as improving the comfort level.
What To Expect
Photofacial treatments do not require any anesthetic but as part of its safety measures, the e-Light cools the skin’s surface increasing comfort levels during your treatment. The procedure is completed in 30-45 minutes with little or no downtime, which means it can be done during your lunch break or before any other regular activity.
You may experience some mild redness immediately after treatment, some minor swelling under the eyes the next morning and the brown spots will appear darker over the next few days until they have completed shedding from the surface of the skin.
Just one or two treatments can reduce spots, smooth uneven pigmentation and help repair broken facial capillaries and veins. Additional treatments will continue to improve tone, texture and stimulate the dermis to produce more collagen.
The ideal number of treatments depends on the patient, but most people require two to five treatments for optimum results.
Contact us to learn more about this advanced form of IPL photorejuvenation in Vancouver.
- Short treatment time
- Highly versatile
- Targets sun damaged skin
- No anesthetic is required
- Little to no downtime allows you to go back to regular activities afterwards