IPL photo rejuvenation, also known as photo facial, is a light based treatment that feels similar to laser, but has less downtime. IPL is a very popular treatment that effectively addresses many skin concerns such as sun damage, freckles, age spots, broken vessels, redness, fine lines and texture. A series of 3-5 treatments spaced 3-4 weeks apart are usually recommended. There is little to no downtime with this treatment, and results are seen in as little as 2 weeks.
How It Works- Pulsed Light Treatment causes selective heating of the target (pigment and vessels) with minimal to no heating of the non-targeted tissue. For redness and vascular lesions, the target is hemoglobin. For other skin treatments such as sun damage and freckles, the target is pigment cells and water. During treatment, the target absorbs the laser light and rapidly increases in temperature altering the cells of the skin or vessel. Many vessels disappear immediately and freckling/sun damage will come to the surface of the skin and fall off in 1-2 weeks.
IPL with Levulan
IPL with Levulan is sometimes used when a patient desires a more dramatic resurfacing effect. Pre-treating the skin with Levulan prior to IPL photo-rejuvenation, increases treatment efficacy. Skin irregularities such as sun damage, uneven tone, texture, Rosacea, and acne are improved with fewer treatments then doing IPL alone.
How It Works– PDT is a treatment which uses a photosensitive acid that is applied to the treatment area. An incubation time is required, and then the acid is activated by light. Irregular skin cells are sought out and destroyed during this process. When used cosmetically, Levulan will further enhance the benefits of doing IPL alone.