Have you thought about trying out the new treatment known as photorejuvenation? Apparently, it is one of the best treatments that you can use. But what exactly can this do for you?
What is photorejuvenation??
This is also referred to as Photofacial or Fotofacial. This involves a laser treatment that uses Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). The IPL emits lightwaves that specifically target the red blood cells in your blood vessels (hemoglobin) and the brown pigments that cause the spots on your face (melanin).
When the light beam goes through your skin, either the hemoglobin or melanin will absorb it. This will cause the vessel or pigment to be damaged. This will cause it to be absorbed by the body and that will make it less visible to the eye. The great thing about photorejuvenation is it will hardly cause any discomfort and there is no risk to your health.
It can help lighten any discoloration on your face like sun spots, age spots, and other brown marks on your skin. It can be used in various parts of the body but it is commonly used on the face, neck, chest, and hands.
If you have a case of rosacea, redness, and evidence of broken or dilated blood vessels on your chest, neck, and face, this treatment can also help with that. It can also help control flushing.
Overall, photorejuvenation can effectively improve the texture of your skin by stimulating the production of collagen. To a lesser degree, it can even minimize the pore size on your skin.
This treatment, while it is effective, will cost you. If you will only have your face treated, it will cost between $300 to $500. The bigger the area, the more expensive it will be – even up to $5,000. If it is not expensive, there might be a reason for it – make sure you get to know the treatment that will be given to you before you go through with anything.
About the photorejuvenation treatment?
Having a photorejuvenation treatment is safe – as long as you are not pregnant. A typical treatment requires 3 to 5 sessions that is an average of 1 month apart. Every session is usually 30 to 90 minutes long. The bigger the area that needs to be treated, the longer it will take. The number of sessions will also depend on the specific condition of your skin and the problem that you want to heal. You will see your skin gradually improving after the completion of every session.
While it hardly causes discomfort, you will notice that the first session will cause you the most irritation – but it is more of a series of “zings” as the lightwaves penetrate your skin. The feeling is due to the damage to the vessels or pigments underneath your skin. As your skin clears, the less you will feel.
A photorejuvenation session is typically done in a laser room. You will be provided with something to protect your eyes – like a pair of eye pads or special glasses. The doctor, licensed aesthetician, physician assistant, or registered nurse will also place a cool gel over the skin that will be treated. A handpiece will be applied to your skin – with its smooth glass surface emitting pulses of light. This will cause your skin to feel a small sting or zing.
What happens after
After the session, the cool gel will be wiped and the treated area will be cleaned with a warm cloth. A moisturizer and sunscreen protection will also be applied to the sensitive area. If there is swelling, you will be asked to place a cold pack on the area to bring it down.
You can expect that the treated area will have a more pronounced redness for 2 to 5 days. If you had your pigments treated, the area will appear darker for a couple of days. You can use makeup to hide these – even immediately after the treatment. This should be safe. Just make sure you will apply it gently.
Photorejuvenation is effective and will last for a long time. Just make sure you keep the sun exposure minimal. Soon, your skin will clear and look smoother and healthier. You can also choose to have this treatment every 6 to 12 months to help keep the collagen production high.