For those people wanting smooth and younger looking skin without recourse to cosmetic surgery, there is an alternative process available called photorejuvenation. A reputable and experienced cosmetic practitioner here in Sydney would be able to discuss each step of this procedure with you, but in the meantime, here are 10 things that you need to know if this is something you are looking at.
1. Choose an experienced practitioner
Photorejuvenation uses light emitting laser technology to remove or reduce blemishes, broken veins and sunspots, and to improve the texture of the skin. Anyone who provides this treatment must be properly trained, and should always arrange a consultation meeting beforehand for clients to ask questions.
2. Review before and after photographs
Not everyone’s skin type and skin problems are going to be the same. However many practitioners will have before and after photographs showing results of the treatment so that potential clients can see for themselves the probable results.
3. Understand the technology
During photorejuvenation, Sydney clinicians use a laser that emits light waves. These light waves target the haemoglobin and melanin in the skin and break them up. Those are then reabsorbed by the body, thus removing the blemishes or redness from the skin.
4. Consider your skin type
Different skin types contain different levels of melanin, and there is a range of skin tones, from the very pale to the darker skinned individuals. At the consultation process, ask your cosmetic practitioner if they will undertake an energy dosing test before the treatment begins. This will help to reduce any potential complications, and allow the clinician to ensure that the proper level of treatment is given for the individual skin type.
5. When not to have treatment
If a client is considering this treatment and they are pregnant, it is important to seek advice from their doctor. It is best to avoid this treatment in pregnancy and to revisit this as an option once the baby has been born. It is also best not to have treatments when the skin is tanned, but the clinician will discuss this at the first consultation.
6. Is the process painful?
During the treatment a handheld device is passed over the area of skin being treated. Patients will usually be lying down, wearing protective goggles, and may feel a slight sensation of tingling or very mild burning. This is easily tolerated and afterwards there are often cooling pads available. If necessary, a numbing cream may also be used.
7. There will be more than one treatment session
A client will require more than one session of photorejuvenation. Sydney practitioners will explain this at the initial consultation, as it very much depends on what is being treated.
8. Long lasting results, but no guarantees
Results are impressive and can last for possibly several years or even longer, but as the skin ages and with exposure to the elements, it may be necessary to have maintenance sessions.
There may be prolonged redness, swelling or blistering, or even white patches, which is why a test should always be done before the treatment.
10. Pre- and post-treatment
Remember to ask for a list of dos and don’ts, e.g. no exfoliation after treatment, no sun tanning beforehand, etc.