What is Photorejuvenation (also called IPL) and what does it do?
Other than the formation of wrinkles and lines, one of the most prevalent signs of aging is the appearance of age or liver spots and vessels. Brown or sun spots can appear after repeated sun exposure or tanning bed use. Photorejuvenation using IPL (Intense Pulse Light) offers a quick and effective non-ablative treatment to eliminate or reduce these dyschromias (ie brown spots) and facial vessels. Some of the most attractive aspects of IPL treatment include the lack of significant downtime and the ability to see results within a short time frame. This is because intense pulse light is non-ablative, meaning that it only penetrates the dermis and does not vaporize the epidermis (top layer of skin). Whether you are having laser hair removal, stretch mark reduction treatments or IPL treatments, it is vital to find out which device the office has and who will be doing the treatments. Experience, training and state of the art equipment are keys to receiving exceptional results. Both my Registered Medical Aesthetician and I conveniently perform IPL treatments in our Pittsburgh, Wexford, Sewickley or Greensburg locations. Each treatment is specifically designed for your particular skin type. After each treatment, we reassess your IPL settings and review your results to ensure that you are receiving the best possible outcome. With the right settings and provider, skin tone and texture can be dramatically improved.
How does IPL treatment work?
Energy from intense pulse light passes through the skin targeting areas of pigmentation. If the patient is targeting age spots (sometimes called sun spots or liver spots) this pigment tends to be brown or even black. On the other hand, if the patient is targeting excessive facial vessels, the pigment is the red color in the blood vessels. It is important to note that the Palomar Starlux 500 allows users to change the wave length settings in order to tailor the treatment for the patient’s specific skin type. This allows for an effective and outstanding treatment result. In order to maintain results, sunscreen should be used on a regular basis and a routine skin care regime should be implemented. If you need guidance regarding a proper skin care regime, please contact our office at 412.621.3223 for a skin care consultation with our Registered Nurse and Medical Aesthetician.
What to Expect the Day of Treatment
Before treatment, numbing cream with lidocaine is applied to the skin to reduce pain (many patients report that they feel a slight stinging or pinch with each pulse). Once the numbing cream has been absorbed into the skin, the IPL hand piece is gently guided along target areas with a cool gel to eradicate brown spots or vessels. The Palomar Starlux 500 has cooling capabilities that allow for a more comfortable and relaxed treatment. IPL photofacial treatment time can be as little as a few minutes or somewhat longer, depending on the area of coverage needed. Photorejuvenation recovery is typically minimal. After treatment, you may be a little red and swollen, but this should resolve within a day. You can expect the dark pigments or spots to turn darker and then eventually flake off.
Three IPL photorejuvenation treatments are typically recommended approximately one month apart, but sometimes more treatments are required depending on the individuals skin the specific target. It is best to stay out of the sun and limit UV exposure for approximately one month before and throughout treatments. The intense pulse light is attracted to dark pigmentation so when the skin is darker there is an increased chance of burning or hyperpigmentation.
Can I use insurance for IPL treatments?
Unfortunately photo rejuvenation treatments are generally not covered by insurance and would need to be paid out of pocket.
Are there financing options available?
We do accept care credit (a low interest credit card) in our office, in addition to all major credit cards. Keep in mind that we do have monthly blasts with a variety of promotions, such as IPL treatment. Please contact us to be added to our email list.
Contact Sistine Plastic Surgery
To learn more about photorejuvenation treatment or to schedule a consultation to talk more about this procedure, please contact Sistine Plastic Surgery today.