What is IPL™?
Intense Pulsed Light IPL™ technology is a treatment that can correct a variety of benign skin conditions. Those include facial skin imperfections, signs of photo-aging, birthmarks, unsightly small veins, and other blemishes. IPL offers a safe and non-invasive treatment that can be tailored to your individual condition and skin type. We see superior cosmetic results and overall satisfaction through this process called photorejuvenation.
IPL Photorejuvenation is just one of the Denver facial rejuvenation treatments offered through the Center for Cosmetic Surgery. You can learn more about surgical and non-surgical procedures for the face when you visit our specialty Web site, Denver Mini Facelift.
How is a photorejuvenation treatment done?
A cold gel is applied to the area to be treated. You are given eyewear to protect your eyes from the bright light. The smooth glass surface of the IPL™ handpiece is gently applied to your skin and pulses of light are applied to your skin through the glass. You may feel a slight sting, like the snapping of a small rubber band on your skin. A numbing cream can be used prior to treatments, but is seldom needed. Treatments are generally administered in a series of 4 to 6 sessions that provide excellent long-term results with minimal side effects. Each treatment takes anywhere from 20 minutes to 1 hour depending on the size of the area being treated.
Why are multiple treatments necessary?
The number of treatments depends on the number of conditions you are treating, and the severity of your individual problem. An average of 3 to 6 treatments may be recommended. You can return to work the same day and resume all of your regular activities. By dividing the program into several treatments, the procedure provides gradual improvement with very low risk and "no down time". Most people appreciate this approach. However, there are options for a more aggressive application if needed.
How does photorejuvenation compare with other treatments?
There are separate lasers that treat telangiectasias and broken capillaries, benign brown pigments, and others that are used for resurfacing facial skin. Photorejuvenation is the only technology to provide long-term improvement of the complexion and texture without the slightest interruption in your busy lifestyle.
What conditions can be treated with photorejuvenation?
Imperfection on the face or abnormalities can detract from your appearance and make you look older and less healthy. IPL™ technology helps create smoother looking skin. After a series of treatments, you can see a significant reduction of unwanted pigmentation, tiny blood vessels (capillaries), sun damage, age spots, flushing and blotchy looking skin. It is an excellent treatment for rosacea and erythema that can cause social embarrassment. It is used on both men and woman successfully without injuring surrounding healthy skin. Photorejuvenation can be used on the neck, chest, arms and hands. It is also used on back and abdomen for age spots and hemangiomas.
Some patients choose to combine photorejuvenation with other treatments like laser hair removal or vein treatment in Denver in order to treat a wider range of conditions. If you are interested in undergoing multiple treatments, speak with one of our surgeons to discuss your options.
How much does photorejuvenation cost?
The size and number of areas to be treated are decided upon in a consultation. Some patients are not eligible for this treatment; therefore, a complete medical history is taken and skin type is ascertained. There are certain medications and topical products that must be avoided when undergoing IPL™ treatment. IPL™ photorejuvenation is contraindicated for dark skin. Once eligibility has been established, we can give you an estimate for the cost of each treatment or series of treatments.
What do I have to do to prepare for photorejuvenation treatments?
Your skin must be as close to it's natural shade as possible prior to each treatment. If you are tan, the time needed to fade properly will depend on your skin type. Most individuals need at least 4 to 6 weeks fading time, depending upon tan depth. Self-tanning must be discontinued two weeks prior to each treatment. Failure to follow these guidelines can result in unwanted striping of the skin or burns.
You must protect your skin from the sun throughout the entire duration of the initial treatments and approximately 4 weeks after the final treatment in the series. Wear an SPF 30 or greater daily protection and a hat for extended exposure. We carry several brands and types of sunscreen products available at Rejuvenate. Discontinue the use of all topical exfoliating agents such as retinols, glycolic and salicylic acids 3 to 4 days prior to each treatment. You would also avoid microdermabrasion, tissue fillers, and BOTOX® Cosmetic within 1 week of photorejuvenation treatments.