Photorejuvenation

Palomar Photorejuvenation (IPL)

Photorejuvenation (IPL) is an ideal first step in reversing the color (red and brown) associated with sun damage with minimal down time. Photorejuvenation uses IPL (intense pulse light) to target and reduce the signs of sun damage, treats rosacea, broken capillaries, stimulates collagen and reduces the appearance of fine lines on the face, neck, chest and hands.

During your consultation we will make a recommendation that is best for your skin type and desired outcome. On average, treatments are performed in a series of 3-5 treatments approximately 3-4 weeks apart.

How does IPL work?
These treatments target different chromophores in the skin, which selectively absorb the laser or light energy as heat and yield the desired response. The wavelengths of light, clear red and brown lesions by targeting the chromophores of hemoglobin (for vessels) and melanin (for brown spots). The brown spots undergo a mild desquamation and slough off within two or three days, while the vascular lesions resolve within 10-14 days.

Who performs the treatment?
The treatments will be performed by our highly trained laser providers, Jill Kandora, PA-C or our Master Medical Esthetician. Dr. Reinertson supervises all laser treatments and Pūr Skin Clinic has the highest protocols in place for your safety and desired outcome.

Can I get other treatments done the same day? 
You can combine Botox Cosmetic and dermal filler treatments on the same day.

When is the best time to get Photorejuvenation treatments done? 
Photorejuvenation treatments will make your skin more UV-light sensitive. Ideally these treatments are best performed October –June, avoiding mid summer months. We ask our patients to please wear a Pūr Skin Clinic approved physical sun protection every day, reapplying every two hours when outside, and protect yourself with hats to keep your skin safe from sun damage and skin cancer.

What are the contraindications for this treatment? 
You are not a candidate for IPL if you are taking medications that increase photosensitivity (such as certain antibiotics or Accutane), use of anticoagulants or have had chemotherapy in the past 6 months, history of bleeding disorders, and pregnancy/breastfeeding.

How many treatments are recommended?
On average, you can expect approximately 15-20% reduction in red/brown/sun damage with each treatment. Therefore we recommend a series of 3-5 treatments approximately 1 month apart. If you want to maintain collagen growth and reduction of sun damage, we recommend a treatment every 6-12 months. Other conditions are more variable. If you have rosacea and/or are very red, twice a year or more may be needed.

What should I expect after my treatments? 
After your first treatment, you can expect to see mild redness, darkening of brown spots, and mild swelling. These symptoms will resolve in several hours to one week. If you are treating rosacea, redness and spider veins, you can expect swelling and possibly bruising which can take up to two weeks to resolve. Ultimately, your skin will feel smoother and have a more even tone with gradual decrease in overall redness, flushing, brown spots, and fine lines that will be more visible after each treatment. Brown spots generally look darker for several days which can last up to ten days. The lesions will then begin to clear and will generally resolve at one month. Remember, it takes an average of 3-5 treatments to clear brown spots and redness/spider veins. Do not worry if there is some unevenness after the first treatment. Makeup can be used starting right after the treatment, as long as it is applied and removed very gently.

***We recommend microdermabrasion 7-10 days after your laser treatment. Exfoliation will help to reduce the pigment and rehydrate the skin.

Pur Skin Clinic Before AND After Photos

IPL Model 1: IPL laser treatment targeting brown/red pigmentation and sun damage

IPL Model 2: IPL laser treatment targeting brown/red pigmentation and sun damage

*Before and after photos of real patients treated by Pur Skin Clinic medical providers

*Posted with permission