How is a photorejuvenation treatment performed?
You will typically get photorejuvenation in a surgeon’s office. Photorejuvenation uses a unique technique known as intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy (sometimes called broadband light), which emits a broad range of light waves on various areas of the skin to diffuse redness, capillaries, brown spots, discoloration and remove hair.
Below outlines the general steps for a photorejuvenation treatment:
- You will wear an eye mask to protect your eyes from the light.
- Your surgeon will clean your skin using a sterile technique to prevent postoperative infections.
- Your surgeon will use a piece of equipment called an IPL device, an apparatus with a glass or laser surface.
- The surgeon will press the device on your skin’s problematic areas, emitting a light that heats collagen beneath the skin, encouraging the body to produce more of this beneficial protein.
- Enhanced collagen production can fill in fine lines or wrinkles on the face and some shallow acne scars. IPL technology also reduces flushing and discoloration on the skin.
- You may experience mild discomfort during your treatment. Many patients compare the feeling to snapping a rubber band against the skin.
What are my photorejuvenation options?
In addition to traditional photorejuvenation, some patients opt for what is known as ELOS (electro-optical synergy). ELOS combines basic IPL technology with high intensity radiofrequency.
Your surgeon may also recommend complementary treatments to help you achieve your aesthetic goal. Sometimes photorejuvenation paired with laser skin resurfacing or a chemical peel will provide the best result.
Your aesthetic plastic surgeon will help you select the best treatment plan for you based on the extent of your skin damage and your desired outcome.