Years of fun in the sun can cause serious harm to your skin. And sometimes, despite our best efforts, everyday activities have us under the sun’s damaging rays without realizing it. For example, UVA rays can penetrate glass and clouds, so that even when you are driving or outdoors on an overcast day, your skin will still feel the effects of sunshine. Over time, all of this exposure causes skin to become pigmented with unsightly spots and discoloration that even makeup cannot conceal. With a series of IPL Photofacials, hyperpigmentation, sun damage, and redness can be dramatically decreased.
IPL (Intense Pulse Light) Photofacial is a popular, minimal downtime treatment for the correction of pigment changes and redness associated with facial flushing and rosacea. IPL works by using light energy from a combination of wavelengths to penetrate into the dermis while leaving the epidermis (outside layer of skin) untouched. There is no damage to the skin’s surface, and patients have only minimal redness and slight swelling immediately after the procedure. IPL treatments can be performed on the chest, arms, and hands, as well as the face. Usually 2 to 4 treatments are recommended to achieve maximum effectiveness, depending on your skin type and color.
The benefits of ICON laser skin rejuvenation include:
- Reduction of hyperpigmentation and reversal of the signs of sun damage
- Improvement of redness associated with rosacea
- Removal of unwanted facial veins
- Improvement to skin texture and pore size
- Boost in collagen production
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Immediate after-effects, if any, are minor. They may include redness and swelling, which disappear in a short time, usually within a couple of hours. You may notice a darkening of the sun/age spots. Over the next 5 to 10 days, the darkened spots will fade and flake off. Using sunscreen of SPF 30 or more will minimize sun damage and prevent the appearance of new sunspots.
After each treatment, patients are usually able to return immediately to their daily activities. Makeup can be applied to the skin to cover the darkened lesions. There is no post-treatment care, however, it is strongly recommended to avoid significant sun exposure and Retin-A use for 1 week after treatment. Always apply sunscreen daily (with an spf of 40 or higher) during treatments, even if you are not directly out in the sun
Avoid tanning and self-tanning products on the areas to be treated. Tanning decreases the color difference between the pigmented areas and the surrounding skin, making the treatment potentially more challenging, less safe, and less effective. Also avoid the use of photosensitizing medications (such as tetracycline or doxycycline) before a treatment, as this may exaggerate the skin response to treatment. It is also recommended to discontinue skin care products (such as Retin-A or salicylic acid) one week prior to treatment, as this may make your skin more sensitive.
At Ageless Medical, we provide advanced, FDA-approved aesthetic treatments to help you defy aging while maintaining a natural appearance. In our luxurious, state-of-the-art spa atmosphere, our experienced medical practitioners have safely performed cosmetic treatments for more than a decade for thousands of satisfied patients in South Florida. We stay on top of the latest, most effective, research proven technologies and treatments that allow patients to reverse the signs of aging and meet aesthetic goals.