Definition & Overview

Photorejuvenation is a cosmetic treatment that utilizes intense pulsed light (IPL) to improve the appearance of the skin. It can transform red, blotchy, sun-damaged skin into an even, more radiant complexion. It helps reduce and treat common skin problems such as brown spots, sun damage, ageing, hyperpigmentation, and rosacea.

Photorejuvenation is a modern dermatological technique that lasts only about an 1/2 hour. It causes minimal discomfort and delivers excellent results.

The procedure has many benefits because it:

  • Reduces hyperpigmentation and skin redness, creating an even and fairer complexion
  • Makes the skin appear more radiant and youthful
  • Helps reduce or eliminate wrinkles and fine lines by stimulating the production of collagen and elastin
  • Increases blood circulation in the target area while reducing inflammation

Who Should Undergo and Expected Results

Photorejuvenation is highly recommended for those with various skin problems, such as:

  • Rosacea and abnormal flushing, a condition where facial blood vessels are enlarged, leading to a flushed appearance
  • Hyperpigmentation or brown spots, or the darkening of the skin due to the overproduction of skin pigment called melatonin
  • Wrinkles
  • Blotchy or brown patches on the face
  • Freckles
  • Age and sun spots
  • Visible or broken capillaries
  • Light therapy through photorejuvenation has shown many benefits on the skin. As the skin tissues absorb light, the light energy stimulates the underlying cells to enhance the body’s natural process of cell regeneration. It works by simulating minor injuries, prompting the skin to renew itself and improve its texture.

IPL photorejuvenation targets deeper layers of the skin, so they are usually recommended along with more superficial treatments such as microdermabrasion and chemical peels.

Treatments are usually performed in a series of 3 to up to 6 treatments scheduled about one month apart. Although noticeable effects can be seen after the first session, full benefits can be experienced with multiple treatments.

How is the Procedure Performed?

Prior to the first treatment, patients are advised to:

  • Avoid sunbathing and visiting the tanning salon at least 2 to 4 weeks before treatment
  • Discontinue the use of retinoids few days before treatment
  • No fake tans at least 2 to 3 weeks before the treatment
    Photorejuvenation is done through a machine that subjects the skin to pulsed light. A cool gel is then applied to the treatment area and hand piece to cool the outer layer of the skin during treatment.

The skin care Therapist then applies brief light pulses through the hand piece. While the procedure is being performed, patients usually feel a warm sensation as light waves strike the skin. Depending on the size of the treated area, the procedure can take a few minutes to a 1/2 hour.

Once the procedure is completed, the treatment area may be cooled down with an ice pack to help soothe discomfort, if any.

After the procedure, patients may notice redness, and the appearance of small capillaries in the treated area, which usually resolve on their own within hours or a couple of days following the procedure. Makeup can immediately be applied after the treatment.

Skin care Therapists advice patients to protect the affected area after the procedure, which means avoiding unnecessary sun exposure. Wearing hats, sunscreen, and sunblock everyday are crucial to experience the maximum benefits of an IPL treatment.