IPL Photo Rejuvenation
IPL Photo Rejuvenation Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) skin treatments using the photo-rejuvenation process represents a breakthrough in age-defying skin care. This new technique treats skin damage non-inversely – meaning that there is no disruption of the skin’s epidermal surface. IPL treatments address the effects of aging and sun damage with low risk of complications and no recovery time. IPL is the gold standard for photo-rejuvenation. This FDA-cleared, patented technology provides dramatic results for a variety of benign conditions, including age spots, sun-induced freckles, symptoms of rosacea, birthmarks, unsightly veins, acne scarring and other blemishes. Today’s active lifestyle doesn’t leave much time for recovery from a cosmetic procedure, which is why IPL technology is one of the single best technologies for overall skin improvement.
IPL treats a wide variety of skin conditions such as sun damage (face, chest, and shoulders,) flushing, skin texture, facial redness, broken capillaries, brown spots, dark circles around the eyes, sun-induced freckles, age spots, fine lines and wrinkles and even large pores.
Any patient with broken capillaries, sun-induced freckles, birthmarks, melasma and/or blotchy pigmentation (sun damage), can benefit from treatments with the IPL (intense pulsed light) and expect excellent improvement. The effects of IPL can be expedited with the application of a medication pre-treatment, called Levulan®. Levulan® is a 20% solution of Aminolevulinic Acid (ALA). ALA is a natural substance found naturally in the body, as it is a precursor for hemoglobin synthesis. When the application of Levulan® is combined with IPL Photo-rejuvenation treatments, we turbo boost the light therapy and enhance the overall results. IPL treatments also stimulate the formation of more collagen in the skin, thus giving your skin a renewed, refreshed, smoother texture and appearance. This is called Fotofacial, or photodynamic skin rejuvenation when PDT (Levulan®) is added to regular IPL photo-rejuvenation. Typically 4-5 IPL treatments are recommended per area (4-6 weeks apart) for optimal results, but with Levulan® the number of treatments needed and recommended is usually reduced to 3.
Most patients describe the sensation to be like the snap of a rubber band on the skin as the pulses of energy are delivered through the hand piece. Some patients who are extra sensitive opt to have a topical numbing cream applied beforehand. Facial, neck and chest treatments are usually repeated at 4 week intervals. A session of 4-5 treatments for each area is recommended for optimal results, but this varies by patient. When you come in for a consultation, Dr. Ahdoot can give you a better estimate for how many treatments you will need to accomplish your goal.