There comes a time when you look in the mirror and don’t recognise the woman looking back at you. Fine lines, mottled skin tone, broken capillaries and brown spots from sun damage are all extremely ageing, but can be addressed. Photo-rejuvenation provides long-term improvement in the firmness of the skin and can remove those brown spots caused by over-exposure to the sun, thread veins and broken capillaries.
How does it work?
The three main visible signs of ageing can be targeted using Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and laser. This rejuvenation of the skin works wonders!
- Skin Tone (as you age, collagen production falls, leading to sagging skin and fine lines). Using a special hand-piece held against the skin, we fire short bursts of intense pulsed light into the skin. The light penetrates the upper layers of the epidermis and creates heat. This stimulates the production of new collagen. This serves to plump up the epidermis, resulting in a reduction in the appearance in fine lines and wrinkles and firmer skin.
- Sun & Age Spots (darker areas on the face caused by sun damage): IPL brown spot removal works through firing short bursts of intense light at the skin, using a tiny hand-piece designed specifically for this purpose. The light is absorbed by the colour in the pigmented cells, causing them to heat up and be destroyed. As the epidermis replenishes itself the melanin rises to the surface of the skin, where it dries to form a micro-crust, which gradually flakes away leaving clear skin. It actually sounds rather unpleasant, but in reality all you might see is a slight darkening of the pigment spot that has been treated, followed by a very fine ‘dry’ patch, which disappears very quickly. The whole process takes around 7-14 days after treatment.
- Fine Thread Veins (particularly around the nose and cheeks): IPL red vein removal works through firing short bursts of intense pulsed light at the skin, using a tiny hand-piece designed specifically for this purpose. The light is absorbed by the blood vessel, as it is attracted to the darker colour in the blood. The resulting heat generated causes the destruction of the veins being targeted.
You can see how a treatment is carried out in this short video, treating thread veins on the cheek and nose areas.
We also recommend having a mild chemical peel prior to treatment. The peel removes dead skin layers prior to laser treatment, allowing better penetration of light into the skin.
What areas can you treat with photo rejuvenation?
- Face and neck
- Backs of hands
How long does it take?
The time taken for each rejuvenation treatment can vary, but on average takes between 30 and 45 minutes. Treatment takes place at intervals of 4 to 6 weeks.
How long does it last?
This is not a permanent solution. In our experience the effects will last up to eighteen months, if you follow careful skin care routines and keep your face protected from any further sun damage.
How many sessions of photo rejuventation will I need?
Typically 3 to 6 treatments are required.
Does it hurt?
It can sting a little. Because we’re using IPL to create sufficient heat to penetrate the epidermis, this heat can build up and be felt. It’s been described as feeling like a snap from an elastic band. The laser flashes incredibly quickly, so it’s a very brief sensation.
We apply a cooling gel to the area being treated in advance of the treatment taking place and offer use of a cold air jet to cool the skin as the treatment continues. We actually don’t recommend that this option is taken however, as reducing the heat impact of the laser can also reduce its effectiveness!
“The process was quick and painless and I couldn’t believe that in 7 days my pigmentation had disappeared completely.”
Are there any side-effects?
As with all treatments affecting the skin there are of course small risks of side-effects. Following the treatment your skin may feel a little sore, but very mildly. There may be some slight reddening of the area treated. This doesn’t even happen in all cases, it depends on the skin type and area treated. We apply cooling aloe vera gel to all areas treated, which is very effective at reducing any inflammation that results. The redness and sensation of warmth will last only a few hours, or maybe overnight, but soon disappears leaving no ill-effects.
Before we commence any treatment we take the time to undertake a detailed consultation with you, making sure that you are comfortable with the process and that you have no pre-existing conditions that could adversely affect it. You will have a ‘patch-test’ undertaken, to be sure that your skin does not react adversely to the IPL. If you experience no adverse reactions to this small test we can proceed with the full treatment.
How much does laser photo-rejuvenation cost?
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What do I do now?
Call The Brookdale Clinic, Knutsford, Cheshire on 01565 651832 and book your initial photo rejuvenation treatment consultation. You can ask questions, gain reassurance and then start your treatment.