Photorejuvenation uses light energy from a laser & laser-like device called an Intense Pulse Light (IPL) to improve:
- Brown spots caused by the sun, aging and genetics
- Blotchy redness
- Broken blood vessels
Photorejuvenation, which is sometimes referred to as a “Photofacial”, also improves texture by stimulating collagen production in the skin. This makes pores appear smaller and fine lines less noticeable. Four to five treatments are spaced 3-4 weeks apart to achieve the best results. Our clients love the way photorejuvenation treatments make their skin look and feel, tight, refreshed and even toned.
The entire face is treated in approximately 20 minutes. The neck, chest, arms and hands may also be treated safely and effectively. Skin Care @ 5th Ave. uses the StarLux 500 laser and intense pulsed light system for treating skin rejuvenation. No anesthetic cream is necessary during a photorejuvenation procedure.
Temporary redness and darkening of freckles and brown spots after each treatment are expected. Occasionally, slight swelling occurs under the eyes. More serious side effects are rare, but most can be avoided by proper sun avoidance before and after the procedure. Possible adverse effects include discoloration (lightening or darkening), prolonged redness, bruising, swelling and although extremely rare, blistering or scarring.
The best way to maintain results is to protect the skin from sun and use medical grade products in your home skin care program and Colorescience Sunforgettable Sunscreen. Those who suffer from rosacea may need to use topical or oral medicines to prevent the return of blood vessels that cause the excessive redness. After the inital series of treatments, one or two photorejuvenation treatments per year are helpful to keep brown spots, blood vessels and fine lines at bay. Frequency of maintenance treatments largely depends on sun exposure.
After 4 photorejuvenation treatments
Rosacea is an inflammatory disorder causing redness, flushing and acne-type breakouts on the face. It generally affects adults between the ages of 30 and 60 with fair skin. About 14 million Americans have this chronic skin condition. Although it’s more common in women, men may develop more apparent signs of the disorder. It’s not life-threatening, but it can affect your appearance and lower self-esteem. Left untreated, rosacea tends to be progressive, which means it gets worse over time and more difficult to manage. The cause of rosacea remains unclear, and it is famously difficult to treat. However, with the newest laser technology, it can generally be successfully improved and controlled. A series of 5 treatments taking 30 to 45 minutes each is performed to seal the layers of tiny vessels that cause the generalized redness and flushing problems. There is no down-time after treatments other than redness that generally dissipates over several hours. Some clients report swelling for a few days.
After 4 IPL treatments
Sun Damage and Sun Spots
Benign pigmented lesions such as age spots, liver spots, actinic damage or sun damage on the face, neck, décolleté, shoulders, hands, legs and back can be removed by an Intense Pulsed Light photorejuvenation treatment or each lesion can be treated individually. Using physician directed skin care bleaching products and UVA-UVB blocking SPF 30 sunscreens with the IPL procedure will give the best results. Chemical peels and microdermabrasion can be effective adjunctive therapies in improving this sometimes difficult problem.