Are you tired of dull skin and complexion? Do you suffer from sun spots, discoloration, hyperpigmentation, general blotchiness, and uneven skin complexion? Several cosmetic and dermatological procedures and treatments can help you achieve a fresh and brighter complexion. One of these procedures is photorejuvenation.
Read ahead to learn all about photorejuvenation, how it works, the benefits and risks of the procedure, and whether you should get it done for yourself.
What is Photorejuvenation?
Photorejuvenation is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure carried out by professional skin technicians and dermatologists. The procedure uses Intense-pulsed light (IPL), lasers, and light-emitting diodes (LED) to target imperfections in the skin. This broad-spectrum light is able to penetrate deep into the layers of the skin and can stimulate and reawaken dormant skill cells, causing the increased production of collagen and elastin. With higher collagen and elastin levels, your skin can begin to heal itself and clear up any surface imperfections.
Intense-pulsed light (IPL) treatment uses a very powerful, broad-spectrum light of different wavelengths that sends light pulses into the epidermis, which is a deep layer of the skin. This light causes the blood vessels to constrict. The red blood cells then absorb light and increase the turnover of new skin cells.
Light-emitting diodes (LED) treatment, on the other hand, uses specific colors and wavelengths of light to target different problems. For example, blue light is used to treat acne, and red light works to eliminate wrinkles and fine lines by increasing collagen production.
The Benefits of Photorejuvenation
In general, photorejuvenation has many benefits for your skin. It can be used to treat various skin conditions and to repair damage from excess sun exposure. Some of the problems that can be treated and corrected with photorejuvenation include:
- Broken capillaries
- Wrinkles and fine lines
- Spider veins
- Liver spots
Not only does photorejuvenation target and treat various conditions and problems, but it is also relatively safe since it is non-invasive. Another benefit is that the sessions are short and usually take less than an hour per session. The procedure leaves you with youthful and clear skin while increasing your blood circulation and killing off acne-causing bacteria.
The Procedure Itself
No particular prep needs to be done before a photorejuvenation procedure. However, patients are advised to avoid excessive exposure to the sun and keep away from tanning beds for around a month before the procedure. This is so that the IPL and LED lights are able to target skin pigmentation without the brown tanning pigments getting in the way.
When going into the clinic for your procedure, do not wear makeup or any other skin products. To begin with, you will be given eye shields to protect your eyes from the IPL and LED lights. Your technician will apply a cooling gel to your skin and then use their light handpiece to start applying light pulses to your skin. These pulses can feel warm on your skin but are not generally uncomfortable or painful. This whole procedure will take around an hour to complete.
Once the procedure is done, the technician will wipe the gel off your face and apply ice to the affected area in case there is any discomfort, redness, or swelling. After the procedure, you should stay out of the sun and use sunscreen every day.
The results of photorejuvenation are not very immediate. Right after the procedure, you might notice some redness, swelling, or the increased appearance of capillaries under the skin. This is nothing to be concerned with and is likely just a temporary reaction.
In total, you would need about three to six treatments spread one month apart to see the best results. The results to expect are a clearer and more even skin tone, reduced hyperpigmentation and spots, reduced acne, and few wrinkles and fine lines. You’ll be able to see the results about a week or so after each session.
Possible Side Effects of Photorejuvenation
Photorejuvenation is generally a very safe and non-invasive procedure that does not have any side effects. If there are any side effects, they are usually short-term and only present immediately following the procedure, lasting only for a few hours.
You may experience redness for a few hours, minor swelling that can be treated with icing, brown spots and pigmentation that goes away after some days, or small blisters that are temporary and heal on their own.
If you wish to avoid these side effects, it is very important to inform your dermatologist or professional technician about any pre-existing conditions you might have, as well as any medicines you might be taking. Photorejuvenation would not be recommended for pregnant women, people withany kind of skin cancer, are susceptible to scarring or keloid formation, or have any open scars or lesions on their skin. It would also be advised to avoid the procedure if you have been using tanning beds or retinoid creams.
Our Final Thoughts
Overall, photorejuvenation is a very beneficial procedure that can leave your skin looking clear, healthy, and glowing. It is a great way to deal with photodamage and other surface-level and superficial skin problems. It has very few side effects and is quite non-invasive, making it a good option for many people. You can check out reviews and see before and afters from people that have undergone photorejuvenations here.
If you’re looking to book a consultation for photorejuvenation in Cooper City, get in touch with Body Brite. You can fill out our contact form for a free consultation! You can also give us a call at 954-758-9292 or visit our website to check out all of the other services we offer. BodyBrite med spa is proud serves the Cooper City, Weston, Pembroke Pines, Davie, Southwest Ranches, Plantation, Miramar, and surrounding Fort Lauderdale and Miami locations.