What is IPL / Photorejuvenation?
Photorejuvenation, which uses Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology, can help reduce the appearance of some of the most common skin woes, including brown spots, melasma, broken capillaries and sun spots. This minimally invasive skin procedure can also treat signs of aging such as wrinkles or age spots. There’s very little recovery time and few side effects, making it a popular procedure.
Who is it for?
If you are routinely frustrated by any of the skin problems below, then photorejuvenation can be a good choice:
Hyperpigmentation (brown spots)
Large, visible pores
Age and sun spots
How do I prepare for IPL?
Before your IPL procedure, your skin care specialist will examine your skin and let you know what to expect. Let them know if you have any skin conditions that might affect healing after your treatment, such as inflammatory acne or eczema.
Your skin care specialist may recommend that you avoid certain activities, medications, and other products for two weeks prior your procedure.
You should avoid
drugs that increase your bleeding risk, such as aspirin (Ecotrin) and ibuprofen (Advil)
creams or other products that contain vitamin A, such as RetinA, or glycolic acid
What to expect during the procedure
Most photorejuvenation procedures take at least twenty to thirty minutes, depending on the number and types of blemishes being treated but may take longer.
Medications are administered for your comfort during the procedure.
A topical gel or forced cool air may be used to keep your skin from feeling too much heat.
For your safety, various monitors may be used to check your heart, blood pressure, pulse, and the amount of oxygen circulating in your blood.
Your surgeon will follow the treatment plan discussed with you.
You will be permitted to go home after a short observation period unless you and your surgeon has made other plans for your immediate post-treatment recovery.
What to expect after the procedure
Immediately following the procedure, you may feel as though you have a sunburn, though this feeling will subside within twenty-four hours. Typically, patients experience no side effects within one to two days of the procedure.
Though it’s unlikely, some scabs or blisters may appear after a photorejuvenation treatment, and these should not be picked at. Your surgeon may advise you to avoid hot water and prolonged sun exposure for up to two days following your procedure. Any other instructions your surgeon provides should be followed for maximum results with minimal side effects.
Risks of Photorejuvenation
Most patients will experience slight burning after the procedure, and some will see light scabbing, blistering, or crusting. These issues are normal and will typically subside within a few days, but if they persist it’s important that you get in touch with your surgeon.
Very rarely, patients will experience bruising, slight bleeding, or scarring, but these issues typically only arise if treatments are spaced too closely together, or after excessive use of IPL technology.
Individuals who are living with the herpes simplex virus may find that IPL treatments can induce an outbreak. Antiviral medication used to treat this condition can help reduce the chances of outbreaks prompted by photorejuvenation.