When we think of the signs of aging on the face, we usually think of wrinkles and fine lines. But brown spots, sun damage, and spider veins can also contribute to aging us and leave our skin looking worn-out and uneven. But with photorejuvenation, you can target all these concerns, as well as rosacea and even large pores. At Guelph Medical Laser in Guelph, ON, we can help you achieve smoother, younger-looking skin.
How Often Should You Get Photorejuvenation?
This treatment generally requires multiple sessions to achieve the best results. On average, we recommend coming in for treatment once a month until you achieve your results.
But how often one should go in for these depends on the individual and what skin concerns they’re targeting. What’s your skin like now? What are your goals for your skin in six months? Read on to learn more about this treatment and better understand how it can work for you.
What Is Photorejuvenation?
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) photorejuvenation is a gentle but effective treatment that can improve the tone, quality, feeling, and health of your skin. It is non-invasive, FDA-approved, and effective. This treatment is performed using a device that produces high-intensity light pulses across the skin, leaving it smoother and younger-looking.
What Concerns Does This Treatment Target?
This treatment can be used to remedy a number of concerns, including spider veins, age and sun spots, broken blood vessels, freckles, rosacea, diffused facial redness, birthmarks, and enlarged pores. It can also treat more obvious signs of aging like wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin.
While this treatment is generally used on the face, it can be used to target problems in other areas too. This might include varicose veins that appear in the legs and even freckles on the arms and shoulders.
What Causes These Skin Conditions?
A lot of unwanted marks that appear on the face are caused by lifestyle factors. Things like freckles and dark spots on the face are generally caused by sun exposure, and while they’re not always undesirable, they can age you up and leave you feeling self-conscious about your skin. Broken capillaries may be caused by windburn, UV damage, excessive drinking and smoking, or even popping a pimple too forcefully.
Wrinkles and fine lines are most commonly caused by aging. This is often what contributes to large pores as well – as the skin ages, it loses elasticity and sags, which can cause pores to look larger. Amazingly, this treatment as well as others we offer here at Guelph Medical Laser really can turn back the clock for your skin.
What Are the Benefits of This Treatment?
Collagen contributes to so many important parts of looking and feeling great. It adds volume and fullness to the skin, fills out lines and wrinkles so they’re less noticeable, and restore elasticity in the skin so it droops and sags less.
The fact that this treatment targets so many visible skin concerns makes it incredibly versatile and, as such, popular. Patients love the even texture and unmarked, gorgeous skin this treatment can provide. It also can increase blood circulation, so your face doesn’t get as inflamed, and even heal and reduce acne breakouts.
How Does This Treatment Work?
This treatment encourages the production of collagen, which is a protein that is responsible for keeping your skin plump and hydrated. Collagen occurs naturally in the body, but production decreases as you age.
Using a handheld wand device, intense pulses of light are emitted on to the problem areas of your skin. The device can be programmed to produce light that contains specific wavelengths, which means it won’t be absorbed by the upper layers of the skin. Instead, the light is absorbed by the deeper layers of your skin that are responsible for collagen production. It then turns into heat and stimulates the growth of collagen.
The light also deliberately damages melanin pigment, which is responsible for freckles and dark spots, and the vessel wall. They’re absorbed by the body, meaning they become less visible on the face. This is how patients can end up with more even, healthy-looking skin.
What Will Treatment Be Like?
The first step is to come in for your initial consultation session. This a chance for you to tell our expert team what your skin concerns are and what cosmetic goals you are hoping to achieve. We’ll examine your skin and determine if this is the right course of treatment for you. We will then outline how the problem areas on your face will be treated.
We don’t generally ask you to do any preparation before coming in, such as applying special moisturizers or salves. As long as your skin isn’t irritated, you should be all prepped for treatment!
This treatment is performed right here in our office in Guelph. We’ll apply a cooling gel to the areas that are to be treated and then use the wand to apply pulses of light to your skin. Many patients have said they experience no discomfort, but a sensation of heat. Afterward we may apply a cool-down gel.
The length of treatment will depend on your specific aesthetic goals and your skin’s condition. For example, If you’re targeting multiple areas in one session, that may take a little longer. It will generally take between half an hour and 45 minutes, which is short enough to fit into even the most hectic schedule!
What Is the Recovery Period Like?
One of the reasons this treatment is so popular is because there’s no downtime needed. You can head straight back to work or continue with your day. Because there’s no anesthetic used, you can drive yourself to and from our office!
How Long Will It Take to See Results?
While this treatment begins working on your skin immediately, the results are not visible right away and will develop over the next week or so. You should notice slight improvements after the first session, such as a gradual decrease in redness and age spots. Most patients, however, require multiple sessions to achieve optimal results.
How Many Sessions Do You Need?
The exact number of sessions we’ll recommend will depend on you as an individual and what results you’re aiming to obtain. Patients who have harsher lines and marks on their faces may need an extra few sessions, for example. Commonly, our patients are satisfied after between three and six sessions.
How Often Should You Get Photorejuvenation?
Our patients generally come in for a session every four weeks or so. We encourage you to pay attention to your skin during this time and watch how the results develop, as this can inform if you’ll need to schedule another session. Of course, the exact amount of time will depend on you and your personal goals for your skin.
If you enjoy the volume and reduced puffiness on your face as a result of an increase in collagen production, you may want to come in for an additional session every six to twelve months, so that your body is stimulated to keep producing collagen.
Why Do People Seek Out This Treatment?
Many people find that spots, blemishes, and redness on the face can be embarrassing or make them feel self-conscious about their skin. But no one should feel inhibited in their body. You shouldn’t have to constantly reapply concealer to your face, or wearing pants even in warm weather to cover up veins on your legs.
This treatment can leave you feeling more confident and happier with your appearance. Whether that means no longer worrying about how deep your wrinkles are when you smile and laugh or being able to wear less makeup out and not worrying about prominent redness, this treatment can help you feel more gorgeous and free.
What’s the Difference Between Photorejuvenation and Other Treatments?
You may be wondering if there’s much of a variation between this treatment and something like Laser Genesis. While both can be incredibly effective at removing unwanted marks on the face, they use different types of light.
Laser treatment only emits a single wavelength of light, while this treatment emits several specifically-chosen wavelengths. Which one will better work for you will depend on your skin concerns, as well as your skin tone and even hair color.
Likewise, you might recognize collagen as a central part of dermal fillers. These are injections containing a gel that’s inserted into the face and adds fullness and volume. They can be a great option if you’re only interested in collagen and not concerned with blemishes on the face.
A chemical peel can address blemishes just like this treatment can. It does not, however, use light to do so, and instead covers the skin’s surface with an effective formula. This often makes it a good option for those who have conditions that might be triggered by heat.
If you’ve found that many of your wrinkles are more pronounced when you move your face, you may need to target the muscles under your skin instead of the skin itself. Botox is an injection that relaxes these muscles, which smoothens out the skin over it.
Lucky for you, here at Guelph Medical Laser we offer an extensive range of treatments to suit any cosmetic goals a patient might have. During a consultation, we’ll talk to you and go through them to decide which one will work best for you. We can talk about using photorejuvenation in conjunction with others to achieve the best results. in conjunction with others to achieve the best results.
Who Is a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
Anyone who has unwanted blemishes, lines, or marks on the skin may be right for this treatment. Patients should be over 18, but as many of these skin concerns are caused by lifestyle, there is no one “correct age” to start getting treatment. This treatment is ideal for anyone with a lighter skin tone and no tan. Because it’s fast and effective, it’s a great option for people with busy schedules.
Patients with existing medical or skin conditions will need to discuss this with our expert staff during their consultation. For instance, a history of keloid scars or are very sensitive to light might require an alternative method of treatment. If this is the case, we’ll be happy to recommend some other options for you.
Schedule a Consultation Today
Ready to say goodbye to unwanted blemishes, scars, wrinkles, and veins in your face that make you feel self-conscious and older? If you want younger-looking, more radiant skin, then photorejuvenation might be right for you. Contact us today at Guelph Medical Laser in Guelph, ON, to book a consultation, and we’ll help you achieve your dream skin. We can’t wait to hear from you!