The Awesome World of IPL Photorejuvenation
With all the different skin/beauty techniques and procedures available these days, a simple inquiry at the clinic may completely bewilder you. The world of IPL Photorejuvenation is not so different, as there are several types of treatments available and they are all seemingly part of the same IPL family, or at least mentioned in the same breath by your average skin practitioner.
That’s why your beloved Sage has set out on a research fiesta! Hopefully this article will shed some light on the many different treatments IPL laser procedures have dawned upon us. It really is a fantastic technology and thousands of people all over the world are reaping the benefits… you can too!
If you’d like to find out more about the history or development of the IPL Laser, you can check out this quick “cliffnote” I created a few months back. Otherwise, read on and discover the possibilities!
So, sit back and check out this primer on the Awesome World of IPL Photorejuvenation and make yourself an appointment with a trusted practitioner today!
What is IPL Photorejuvenation?
Intense pulsed light (IPL) photorejuvenation is a treatment for spots on skin that appear with growing age, brownish spots, rosacea, redness, ruptured blood vessels and more. With this innovative method, skin rejuvenation is now much easier than ever.
This advanced technique treats skin damage safely because there is no disruption of the epidermal surface of the skin. It’s the best way to get rid of sun damage and skin deterioration brought upon by aging and it allows you a quick recovery without the risk of complications.
How Much Does IPL Photorejuvenation Cost?
Although photo rejuvenation will surely cost more than other procedures like chemical peels and microdermabrasion, it will be far less expensive than laser skin treatment and cosmetic surgery. In most cases it would be safe to think of it as a mid-level procedure—not too cheap, not too expensive.
At the end of the day though, the total cost of your treatment will depend on the severity of the problem and the number of sessions needed to resolve those problems.
What Are the Main Benefits of IPL Skin Rejuvenation?
The main benefits of laser skin rejuvenation are:
- Reduces and lightens broken blood vessels, dilated blood vessels, rosacea and redness on the neck, face and chest.
- Lightens and removes ‘age spots’, ‘sun spots’ and brown blotches present on the neck, face and chest.
- Laser rejuvenation controls flushing.
- Improves skin texture by improving collagen stimulation.
- Improves pore size by temporarily reducing oiliness.
Skin rejuvenation treatments run for 3-5 sessions and the time gap between running sessions is generally 3 to 6 weeks. The benefits of this treatment can be achieved with minimal risk and little discomfort.
What Should I Expect After My Photorejuvenation Treatment?
You may experience some redness, light swelling and darkening of brown spots after your first treatment. Don’t worry about it though… all these symptoms will disappear in few days. Makeup can be applied directly after the treatment, if desired. You will have smoother and more evenly toned skin after the treatment. You will also observe a gradual decrease in redness, age spots, flushing and fine lines after each recurring session.
What Precautions Should Be Taken Prior to the Treatment?
Your laser medical center will give you few instructions to follow. Some of the basic instructions prior to this treatment are:
- Avoid self-tanning and exposure to sun for 2-4 weeks before your treatment.
- You may be asked to discontinue some medicines such as minocycline, retin-A, tetracycline etc. several days before each treatment.
- Avoid taking ibuprofen, aspirin or Aleve at least one week prior to this treatment.
Is IPL Rejuvenation Painful?
As the pulses of laser light are directed onto your skin, you will experience a certain stinging sensation. Therefore, your specialist may apply a little anesthetic lotion to the region to be treated about half an hour before the start of the procedure.
Does Photorejuvenation have Any Side Effects?
Whether you are having wrinkles, sun spots, fine lines or large pores, photorejuvenation can reverse all these conditions to a great extent. This treatment is less invasive and causes very little discomfort. There are some subtle side effects associated with the treatment but the advantages of arguably outweigh the disadvantages. Some of the minimal photofacial side effects are:
- Brown spots
- Small superficial blisters
All these side effects are temporary and tend to disappear after a few days.
Who Should Avoid IPL Skin Rejuvenation Treatment?
Pregnant women should avoid laser treatments because no studies have really been carried out to prove its safety. Better safe than sorry!
How Does IPL Facial Rejuvenation Works on Age Spots?
The laser device emits light waves that are targeted at the melanin and hemoglobin. The light beam passes through the skin and is absorbed by melanin or hemoglobin resulting in the fragmenting of melanin pigment. These melanin pigments are then absorbed by the body thereby making them less visible.
Hence, laser facial rejuvenation is a great way to achieve a younger look with minimal effort. It’s probably the next best thing past the tier of your average rejuvenation cream treatment, like the Dermanew facial rejuvenation system.
In all fairness though, many people have found great success with products like Dermanew so it may be worth a try before going in for full-on laser treatment.
What is IPL Photofacial?
IPL treatment is sometimes referred to as an IPL Photofacial. When light is exposed to the skin surface, the skin cells absorb the waveband of color within a particular spectrum which accelerates cell biochemical circulation and promotes the recombination of skin cells. This is how an IPL Photofacial does the job.
How Long do the Results of IPL Photofacial Last?
The results of this photofacial depend on how much sun exposure your skin is getting after the IPL treatment. If you stay in the sun a lot without using sunscreen, then the underlying issues such as brown spots or redness will come back.
However, if you take proper care of your skin and keep it protected from sun exposure, your skin will remain in a maintained state provided you follow up with more maintenance photofacials. If you want to maintain collagen growth, then it is suggested to avail of a photofacial treatment every 6-12 months.
How Much Does a Photofacial Cost?
A single full-face photofacial cost may vary from $300 to $500 depending on where you live. Therefore, 3 treatment sessions will cost approximately $900 to $1500. Treating the hands usually costs $250 per session.
Who Should Go for Photofacial IPL?
Photofacial IPL can cause serious burns and therefore, you should be careful of spas wherein the lasers are operated by untrained technicians or where there is no doctor on site. Photofacial laser treatment should ONLY be done by a doctor or certified physician assistant. In some countries, licensed aestheticians are also allowed to operate photofacial laser equipment.
A facial rejuvenation clinic is the best place to meet out your non-surgical skin rejuvenation needs. Today, a large number of such clinics are available worldwide. The skin rejuvenation clinic of your choice should have a team of experienced and expert doctors and nurses to provide you with safe and effective results by using the most advanced techniques.
If you are planning to go for a skin rejuvenation session any time soon, make sure to check out and see the photofacial before and after photos of the respective clinic’s older clients. A quick Google search of the clinic or practitioner’s name will also reveal any praise (or disgruntled clients) that may be directed towards the establishment. This will give you an edge when trying to make the right decision.
Does Photofacial Treatment Make Skin More Sensitive to Sun?
This treatment does not make your skin sensitive to the sun but the results obtained after the treatment will not last for too long a time if you continue to expose your body to the sun. It is essential to wear a hat and sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun and to decrease the likelihood of treated wrinkles, brown spots and redness from reappearing.
IPL photofacial reviews and How They Can Help
Although IPL treatment is a great, well-known solution for wrinkles and other facial problems, IPL photofacial reviews will help you to know about your product or practitioner a little bit better.
Just take the time to research about your clinic’s past clients and their experiences, side effects and even expenses they may have had to deal with. Chances are, if there is some dirt to be found out about your clinic, someone has already written about it somewhere on the web!
Generally though, you will surely find mixed photo rejuvenation reviews because there are a few people who may have gotten burnt while getting treatment from inexperienced technicians at unlicensed spas. This is why it is ALWAYS important to make sure that you have your procedure carried out by someone who truly knows what they are doing.
Make sure you choose a medical centre or spa that has experienced and expert doctors, technicians and nurses. No one wants to be on the receiving end of a bad procedure. Thankfully, most of the IPL skin rejuvenation reviews available online are quite positive. It’s still best to be cautious, though.
Other Questions and Condsiderations
What Exactly Is Skin Rejuvenation, Anyway? Skin rejuvenation is the cosmetic reduction of aging and sun-induced skin damage including telangectasias (broken blood vessels) and pigmentation from any part of the body including face, neck, back, chest and hands.
Facial rejuvenation restores a youthful appearance. It can be achieved through both surgical and non-surgical options. Surgical treatments restore facial symmetry through facial restructuring and skin alterations.
On the other hand, non-surgical treatments target a particular depth within the facial structure to treat facial issues such as skin laxity, wrinkles, hyper pigmentation and scars.
Some examples of face rejuvenation by surgical procedure include face lifts, eye lifts, brow lifts, chin lifts and neck lifts.
Non-surgical treatments include Botox, chemical peels, dermal fillers, radiofrequency, laser resurfacing, etc.
What Is LED Phototherapy? LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) are very small semiconductors that emit light when current is passed through them. Unlike IPL, LED phototherapy is non-thermal and is a non-invasive treatment and therefore, needs no recovery time. These days, LEDs are used for all sorts of day-to-day functions but they are also used for the purpose of skin rejuvenation.
In LED phototherapy, continuous light is used rather than pulses of light. Different skin conditions such as aging and acne can be treated well by using different wavelengths of LED. Each wavelength penetrates to a different depth and causes a different kind of effect within the skin.
What Is A Photofacial? An LED photofacial is a mild light therapy treatment for face, neck, chest and back. People choose this facial as an alternative to IPL. It is a less expensive, gentle on the skin and increases collagen more naturally, evening out the complexion and treating acne.
These facials are performed with handheld devices and can thus be used even at home. Hence, LED skin rejuvenation is the best way to diminish wrinkles and fine lines. These devices can also ease sun damage and minimize blemishes and acne.
What Is Photo Dynamic Therapy? PDT is a medical treatment that uses a drug that becomes activated upon light exposure. Very thin superficial cancers can be eliminated with this therapy. It is also used for the treatment of acne.
Photo Dynamic Light Therapy is performed in three steps:
- Application of light-sensitizing cream, liquid or photosensitizer drug
- Light activation
Photo light therapy is used in various medical fields such as dermatology, oncology and cosmetic surgery. Some of its benefits are:
- Improves blood circulation
- Firms skin
- Removes pimples
- Minimizes pores
- Prevents the formation of melanin pigment
- Removes acne and wrinkles
We hope this article has given you everything you need to finally make up your mind about that upcoming IPL treatment. It really is a fantastic way to keep yourself looking young and beautiful well into the twilight of your life! Peace be with you, my disciples! Till next time…
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Here are some YouTube videos I found… they may be relevant to your IPL interests! Enjoy!
This last one is an honest review of IPL results by an actual IPL patient. After 3 sessions, what do you think will happen to your face? 😉