What is Photorejuvenation?
Photo Rejuvenation is a dynamic non-invasive procedure that uses the properties of intense light [IPL] to rejuvenate sun damaged or blemished skin.
Light pulses improve skin tone and colour, surface imperfections and blemishes such as age spots, pigmentations and freckles, broken capillaries, redness, rosacea and nose veins.
The Broadband light system (BBL) installed at Heber Davis is a recognised world leader in advanced IPL technology and is the technology of choice for leading dermatology practices.
How does IPL work?
Filters of different colours allow for precise targeting of coloured blemishes in the skin. Short pulses of selectively filtered light are readily absorbed either by the high concentration of brown melanin found in pigmentation and freckles or by the high concentration of red haemoglobin in blood, causing rapid destruction of these blemishes and a gradual improvement in skin clarity and skin tone. IPL is non-invasive and works well on both the face and the body.
How should I prepare for my IPL treatment?
- Discontinue sun exposure 4 weeks prior to your treatment
- Do not use fake tan 1-2 weeks prior to your treatment
- Use SPF 30 daily.
- If you have a history of cold sores close to the treatment area, consider taking antiviral mediation before the treatment.
What do IPL treatments involve?
- Your doctor will review your medial history, discuss your goals, photograph the area to be treated for “before and after” comparisons at a later date, and decide on the best treatment for you.
- You will have the opportunity to view before and after photos of other patients’ outcomes, as well as photos of what you might expect to look like immediately after your treatment.
- IPL treatment is non-invasive and feels like a series of quick stings, similar to a rubber band flicking on your skin. A soothing layer of chilled gel is applied to your skin before treatment. Numbing cream is also available if required.
- Protective eye shields must be worn throughout your treatment.
- A cool compress will be offered at the completion of your treatment to help soothe your skin quickly.
- Treatments take 5-30 minutes.
What should I expect after BBL treatment?
Pigmentation and freckles will darken and appear more obvious before fading or ‘flaking’ away over 1-2 weeks.
Short term redness may develop in the surrounding skin and temporary swelling under the eyes may be experienced following treatment to the upper cheeks.
How do I look after my skin?
Read about aftercare.
Is treatment painful?
You will experience a stinging sensation. Most patients tolerate this well without anaesthesia, though numbing cream and/or laughing gas are available if preferred.
How many treatments will I need?
Most patients do well with 1-2 treatments a month apart.
How long will results last?
Results are long lasting with proper skin care and ongoing sun avoidance. An SPF 30 sunscreen should be used on a daily basis, at least for the first month after treatment and preferably lifelong. Your doctor may recommend a home skin care regime that will help maintain your improved appearance.
Who should not have IPL treatment?
- Anyone with active cold sores or other infections in the areas to be treated on the day of treatment.
- Some birthmarks, moles and suspicious skin lesions.
- Pigmented spots that are thickened, rough or raised above the surface of the skin may respond better to treatment using the Erbium laser
- Use of Roaccutane for acne within the last 12 months, as this may compromise healing.
- Recent tanning, either natural or artificial, interferes with the absorption of light into pigment.
- Seizure disorders that are triggered by light.
- A history of keloid or abnormal scarring, vitiligo, connective tissue disease, auto immune disease, immunosuppression or other serious illness may be contraindications for treatment. Your suitability for treatment will be assessed at your initial consultation.
Possible risks and complications
Though IPL treatments are intended to be gentle and safe the possibility of complications cannot be entirely eliminated whenever a skin procedure is performed. You will be shown photos of these risks during your consultation.
Risks include redness, swelling, bruising, blistering, flaking, infection, pigment changes and scarring.