It is the process of using light on the skinís surface to effect changes beneath the surface of the skin. Blood vessels, brown pigment, hair follicles may be removed and wrinkles may be reduced with this treatment. Photorejuvenation is a procedure intended to rejuvenate the skin on the face, arms, legs, neck, and chest. It is performed in a series of treatments of intense pulsed light, or IPL.
Photofacial is perfect for treating:

  • Sun Damaged Skin
  • Red Spots and Facial Veins
  • Rosacea
  • Acne
  • Brown and Age Spots
  • Wrinkles and Fine Lines
  • Redness & Flushing

Photorejuvenation is performed with a series on Intense Pulsed light treatments. The light penetrates the top layer of skin and acts upon the underlying layer of the dermis. The light energy seals small blood vessels, destroys melanin pigment, destroys hair follicles, and stimulates cells to produce new collagen which reduces wrinkles. Treatments are scheduled 3-4 weeks apart.

The patient typically can return to normal activities immediately, with only 1 to 3 days of minimal redness and swelling.

These procedures are very effective at treating a wide range of skin problems and conditions. Your provider can advise you more fully about whether or not Palomar 1540 Fractional Resurfacing is the right treatment for your particular problem, but the procedure is widely used for all of the following conditions:

  • Rough or uneven skin texture
  • Surface impurities or imperfections
  • Enlarged pores
  • Fine or moderate wrinkles
  • Scars, including acne scars
  • A dull or dark complexion
  • Pigment issues
  • Sun damage
  • Age spots

The answer to this question depends a little on exactly what your desired results are, as well as the overall health of your skin. In many cases, however, it takes somewhere between three and five treatments to get the full effect of laser skin resurfacing. These treatments can be spaced as little as two weeks apart, but they can also be spaced more broadly if you feel you need more time to recover, or just have a hard time making room in your schedule for treatments so close together. Patients with very deep of numerous wrinkles or marked facial folds, or who have severe pigmentation problems or deep scarring may need additional treatments.

The Palomar 1540 laser (similar to Fraxel) treatment improves skin texture, sun damage, pore size, scars and stretch marks with as little as 3 treatments. Using fractional non-ablative technology, Palomar’s Fractional 1540 laser allows a more comfortable treatment with a rapid recovery.

Fractional non-ablative skin resurfacing uses hundreds of tiny high-precision microbeams to create narrow, deep columns of tissue coagulation into the medium layers of the skin. During the natural healing process, new collagen is formed thus blending scars and stretch marks and improving skin texture, wrinkles and sun damaged skin.

Results should become especially noticeable after several treatments, as wrinkles, redness, and age spots fade away. Patients also enjoy a reduction in pore size, and an overall better skin tone and texture. There is virtually no downtime associated with photorejuvenation. Some patients experience slight redness after their IPL treatment, usually lasting less than 24 hours. Occasionally, age spots will darken first and then fade away in about a week.

Photorejuvenation treatments are very safe. Common side effects include: mild redness (which usually can be covered with make-up) and darkening of age spots (which can last up to a week before fading away). Rare side effects include: burning, blistering, and extra pigmentation on the skin which usually resolve in a week.

After a series of 3-6 treatments, the improved appearance should last for 1-2 years.

A Cold gel is applied to the area to be treated. A slight stinging sensation is felt. At first, the skin may be flushed but these effects will generally fade within 24 hours. A topical anesthetic may also be applied 30 minutes prior to treatment to help reduce any mild discomfort.

Carbon dioxide (CO2) lasers have been used for many years to resurface skin. Typically, they are used to improve skin texture and tone, reduce wrinkles, remove sun damage and pigmentation, and to tighten skin on the face. They work by removing a fine layer of skin as well as heating the skin. This remodels the skin’s collagen, and this leads to significantly smoother, firmer, and more even toned skin. The Lumenis Encore Ultrapulse laser has become the gold standard in laser resurfacing technology because it uses fractional laser technology to effectively resurface skin with fewer risks and less downtime than with traditional carbon dioxide lasers.

Traditional CO2 lasers were introduced just over 20 years ago. These machines were commonly used at very high energy levels, and with significant risk and downtime, could achieve some dramatic results. The relatively recent introduction of fractional laser technology has revolutionised laser treatments. Fractional lasers fire small columns of laser into the skin, leaving intact skin in between to help healing and reduce risk and recovery periods. The Lumenis Ultrapulse is a fractional carbon dioxide laser, and has some significant advantages over traditional carbon dioxide lasers. The advantages of the Lumenis Ultrapulse laser are that treatments can be more accurately tailored to suit the skin type, skin problem, and total downtime allowed.

Full recovery takes from 4 to 14 days approximately depending on the level of energy used in the treatment (this can be tailored to your requirements). Areas other than the face usually take longer to heal, and usually only lower energy levels can be used for these areas. There is a period where the skin appears quite red. Usually this subsides within 1 week in lower energy level treatments, but may take up to one month to fade for more aggressive treatments. Swelling of the face/eyes may occur for a few days, and sleeping on a 45 degree angle or greater can help to reduce this. Generally the post-treatment recovery period will depend purely on the level of the treatment, and therefore we are able to tailor the recovery time to match the time you can afford to take off your normal activities.

Active Fx and Deep Fx are the names of the two hand pieces that can be utilized with the Lumenis Ultrapulse laser. The difference between the two hand pieces is primarily in the size and depth of the columns of laser fired. The Active Fx hand piece is used for the treatment of more superficial skin problems such as fine wrinkles, superficial sun damage, pigmentation, and skin sallowness. The Deep Fx hand piece is used for the treatment of deeper problems within the skin such as deep wrinkles, and acne (indented) scarring. The depth of penetration also induces significant skin tightening which is good for the treatment of the skin around the mouth and eyes. Total Fx is simply the sequential use of the Active and Deep Fx hand pieces on the same areas of skin in one session. By utilizing both hand pieces on one area, you can combine the benefits of both hand pieces and achieve results better than treating with one hand piece alone. The recovery period however is prolonged in comparison to treatment with a single hand piece.

We recommend those who are pregnant, breast-feeding, are prone to keloid scars, and those who have taken isotretinoin (Accutane, Roaccutane) in the past 6 months to avoid treatment. The laser can also be used on most skin types from fair to dark, however, darker skin types may not be able to be treated with as aggressive settings as the fairer skin types due to the increased chance of darker skin types to have pigmentary disturbances post-laser.

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