Facial skin rejuvenation has evolved dramatically over the past two decades. Adults who show signs of aging by the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, crow’s feet, blemishes, and spider veins have more skin resurfacing treatment choices than ever before. One of the newest and most popular means to resurface the facial skin is known as Intense Pulsed Light therapy or IPL Photorejuvenation. This non-invasive technique is virtually painless, leaves no visible scars, and can be completed as a one or two session outpatient treatment. At Guelph Laser Skin Centre, we use this treatment method on many of our adult patients who desire a more youthful appearance.
How IPL Photorejuvenation Works
Unlike LED light treatment therapy, IPL photorejuvenation involves the use of a hand-held device that delivers a high-energy pulse of light. This is not a laser treatment. A laser uses only one specific wavelength of light energy. An IPL device can be programmed to deliver a pulse of light that contains several carefully chosen wavelengths. This allows for penetration through the epidermis without the energy being absorbed by the upper skin layers.
Most of the problems associated with skin discoloration and wrinkling are caused by aging tissue that lies beneath the skin. Discoloration can be the result of unhealthy tissue cells, broken veins and capillaries, or age spots. The best way to treat these conditions is through targeted cauterization of the unhealthy tissues.
What the Procedure Involves
We have found that pre-treatment care of the face with special salves or moisturizers is unnecessary when preparing for IPL photorejuvenation. So long as the skin is not irritated, it will not be affected by the pulsed light beams. During the consultation session, we outline how each problem area on the face is to be treated.
The procedure itself takes only about 45 minutes. The patient will feel a slight stinging when the light beam is on. The wavelengths of light chosen and programmed into the device will be absorbed only by the tissue being cauterized. After the session is complete, we may apply a cool-down gel.
After treatment is complete, our patients can resume their normal activities immediately. The treated areas may swell up and turn red, but this condition is normal and will disappear over the next 24 hours.
A Better Complexion with IPL
The perfect candidate for IPL photorejuvenation treatment is an adult who has moderate to severe redness on the face caused by acne scars, age spots, or spider veins. The latter usually has visible signs of redness caused by an excess of blood being delivered to the tissues just under the skin. However, individuals who have diffused facial redness on their cheeks or forehead are also excellent candidates for this type of photo facial.
If you are considering a facial treatment to reduce the visible signs of redness, brown spots, or blemishes caused by broken capillaries, contact Guelph Laser Skin Centre today to schedule your consultation. Our IPL photorejuvenation therapy has been used successfully on patients with these age-related conditions, and we will be happy to discuss how the procedure can result in a more youthful, healthy complexion for you.