What Is It?
Photorejuvenation addresses the issues of brown spots and redness on the face and neck, with minimal down-time. This is also called Photo-Facial or IPL and is a non-invasive procedure that makes your face look more youthful by removing sun-damage, signs of rosacea and reducing pores or acne lesions. It is one of the most popular treatments due to its low down-time and effective results.
Treatments are usually spaced four to six weeks apart and the number of treatments depends on the extent of the skin condition. Brown spots initially become darker, then disappear. Red blood vessels disappear or get lighter and smaller and the skin will become smoother as new collagen is created. Pores also become smaller. If you have rosacea, your redness and blood vessels will be reduced and facial flushing will occur less frequently and be less intense.
The Skin Specialist Centre has multiple technologies to accomplish these goals: BBL, Candela VBeam 595nm laser, eTwo, Excel V, Genesis 1064nm laser, Candela Picoway Resolve laser, Revlite Q-switched laser. Why do we have so many? Each device has some unique features so that we can tailor each of these features to match your needs.
We may also combine several techniques to tighten or reduce wrinkles or improve texture or pores.
Areas of treatment include:
Photo-Facial is a popular term for a series of treatments to rejuvenate ageing or sun-damaged skin. Such treatments reduce redness, unwanted blood vessels, brown spots, fine lines, uneven tone and pore size for the treatment of areas of the face, neck, chest and hands, as well as arms, legs and back. Patients can resume normal activities after each treatment. Treatments are typically suggested to be around six weeks apart.
Other non-ablative procedures include Candela VBeam laser, Cutera Excel V, Cutera Genesis and Gemini, which are used to treat vascular conditions such as rosacea, facial and neck redness and dilated blood vessels, while the Cutera Genesis, eTwo and Picoway Resolve are used to improve skin tone in dark-skinned patients. Picoway and Picoway Resolve both work exceptionally well for clearance of brown spots.
How do I know if I need Photorejuvenation?
If your skin is freckled, discoloured, red or blotchy from sun exposure, you will certainly benefit from photo-rejuvenation, as the procedure improves skin texture and reduces the size of pores.
If you have rosacea, the procedure removes dilated blood vessels and decreases facial flushing.
How does photo-rejuvenation work?
This treatment reduces redness, unwanted blood vessels, brown spots, fine lines, uneven tone and pore size. Anaesthesia is usually not necessary, but in some cases topical anaesthesia is required.
What are the risks and side-effects?
If your skin is tanned following sun exposure or artificial tanning lotion, you should allow at least four weeks for the tan to fade before the procedure. No other preparation is necessary.
If you have a history of cold sores, it is important that we know this prior to treating you so that we can commence you on an antiviral medication to prevent recurrence due to the light exposure.
How will I feel during and after the treatment?
The treated area usually appears flushed immediately following treatment. Occasionally there is redness and swelling, which usually settles within a day. Brown spots will darken and flake off within one to two weeks following treatment. Over this period of time, you can conceal such spots with make-up which you may apply immediately after treatment if you so desire.
What’s the next step?
If you already have an appointment booked at The Skin Specialist Centre, you can easily add a Photorejuvenation treatment consultation to your booking by calling our friendly team on (09) 524 5011. If you have never been to The Skin Specialist Centre, you can either give us a call on (09) 524 5011 or make an enquiry by clicking on the Enquire Now option below.