What is IPL and how does it work?
IPL Photofacial is a non-invasive treatment that improves the appearance of photo-aged skin, removes age spots, most benign brown pigments and redness caused by broken blood vessels. It can be tailored to your individual condition and skin type, providing superior cosmetic results and high satisfaction. The procedure revitalizes skin and offers the advantage of improving skin tone and surface imperfections associated with aging and photodamage.
The IPL Photorejuvenation system utilizes advanced technologies based on proven science. A broad spectrum of light is transmitted with the IPL handpiece through a small, smooth, transparent light-guide which is gently placed over your skin. The light penetrates the tissue and is absorbed by either the hemoglobin when treating vascular lesions or the melanin when treating pigmented lesions damaging them. The target will then darken, scab and slough off the skin, providing dramatic improvements in the appearance of the concerned areas. It gives the skin a more even tone and texture, and a more youthful appearance. This is achieved safely, quickly and very effectively. It’s the heating of the pigmented brown or red cells that causes the therapeutic effect.
By selecting Program A, B or C, based on the kind of concerns you are looking to treat we will customize your treatment to your skin type and selectively treat the brown and/or red pigmented areas on your skin.
What body parts can I treat with IPL?
IPL Photofacial is ideal for any part of your face, neck and décolleté with skin redness, telangiectasia (tiny veins) or brown spots.
It can be used to treat any area of the body. The most common areas are the face, neck, chest and hands.
Some of the common conditions are:
- Age spots
- Sun spots
- Sun damage
- and more
How do Laser Vascular and Pigmented Lesions Treatments work?
Red and brown discoloration treatments work by precisely targeting unwanted lesions: Brown discolorations, also known as pigmented lesions (age spots, sun spots, etc.), are darker than the rest of the skin and absorb more laser energy than the surrounding skin. Red discolorations, also known as vascular lesions (small veins, rosacea, cherry angiomas, etc.), are overgrown or enlarged blood vessels. Preferentially heating vessel walls causes them to weaken, fall and be absorbed by the body.
What can I expect before treatment?
You will start by meeting with one of our members to discuss your medical history, determine your eligibility, discuss details of the actual treatment and schedule a treatment time. After arriving for your appointment, the treatment site will be cleaned and a topical anesthetic may be applied. If anesthetic is used, you will need to wait as it takes effect. Immediately before treatment, the anesthetic will be removed and laser eye shields or safety glasses will be placed over your eyes.
A week before the treatment patients are asked to temporarily stop use of prescription retinol or retinol with a higher concentration and any medications including antibiotics that makes skin photosentsitive. Also patients are recommended to avoid sun exposure for upto two weeks before the treatment.
What can I expect during treatment?
A clear gel is applied to the skin on which the chilled laser handpiece will glide. Treatment progresses in stages:
Stage 1: Utilizing high precision beams, intense pulse light is delivered to distinct sun spots and age spots.
Stage 2: The same high precision beam is adjusted to match distinct vascular targets including superficial veins and cherry angiomas.
Stage 3: The intense pulse light is changed from a precision spot to a large spot for general background sun damage.
What should I expect after treatment?
Soon after the treatment your skin may appear slightly flushed and swollen. Immediately following treatment, brown spots will start to darken. These effects usually subside after a few hours/days depending on treatment intensity. In most cases, treatment will cause sunspots and age spots to darken and flake off, and facial veins to disappear/darken immediately before being absorbed. Special care should be taken to limit sun exposure to the treated area for at least a week. Sunscreen, and in some cases make-up, may be applied immediately after treatment. It is best to discuss your appropriate post-treatment care in person
When will I see the results?
In 3-7 days, the darkened spots will flake off and fade. Diffuse redness or telangiectasia will decrease and your mottled complexion will improve.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
Depending on the condition you are treating and the severity of the individual problem, each program is customized but 1-6 sessions are recommended. In treating a full face, the procedure could take up to 30 minutes per session, larger areas will take longer and smaller areas such as hands may take less time. By dividing the full program into several treatments, the procedure provides gradual improvement with very low-risk and, it preserves the wonderful “no downtime” feature that people appreciate so much. After a treatment your face may appear flushed but it usually fades within a few hours. Makeup can be applied right after treatment so you are able to return to your normal activities immediately.
Most patients experience considerable improvement after 1 to 4 treatments depending upon the skin condition and level of treatment but you can expect to see visible changes even after the first session.
What do treatments feel like?
When the pulse of light is delivered, patients will experience a mild pinching or stinging sensation. Gel is applied to cool the skin before vascular treatments. Anesthesia or pain medicine is typically not required.
A lot of people compare IPL to a feeling like a snap of a rubber band, or similar to very quick pinches. You may also experience a slight tingling during treatment. To help manage comfort and safety, the system is equipped with a chilled sapphire tip which cools skin before, during, and after each pulse. You should discuss any medical concerns you have prior to treatment.
How long does a treatment take?
Intense pulse light Treatments can take 5 to 30 minutes or more depending on the treatment area. A full facial can take upto 30 minutes and similarly a lot less for smaller areas like hands. If a topical anesthetic is necessary, you should allow 20 to 30 minutes or more for it to take effect.
Will the spots and redness reappear over time?
New brown spots, telangiectasia and diffuse redness may appear with new sun damage; however they too can be treated. Remember to always apply broad-spectrum sunscreen when outdoors to minimize sun damage and the appearance of new spots and diffuse redness. Rosacea is chronic and cannot be “cured” with any laser or light source, however its appearance can be improved.
How long will results last?
While treatments can help remove the signs of aging and sun damage, they cannot stop the process. Exceptional results can be maintained with follow-up treatments and a daily sun block regimen.
I have heard IPL is only for certain skin types. Is IPL right for me?
IPL Photofacial delivers a non-invasive light treatment that can be customized for different skin tones and aging skin conditions. The result is an exceptionally effective skin revitalization treatment with minimal discomfort. All treatments at Medical Rejuvenation Centre are carefully researched and FDA cleared; however, like any medical procedure, there are risks that are best discussed before treatment.
Medical Rejuvenation Centre offers non-invasive skin rejuvenation treatments for all skin types. If you are not a suitable candidate for IPL, Picosure is another non-invasive procedure that can treat sun damage and melasma.
For optimal results and to successfully avoid adverse reactions, a complete medical history with accurate skin typing is required. Call us today at (604) 763-7546 to learn more about the IPL Photofacial and photorejuvenation treatments near Vancouver.