Photo Rejuvenation FAQ
Photo-rejuvenation is the use of laser at a specific wavelength of 755nm or 532nm that specifically targets melanin for the removal of unwanted superficial pigmentation in the skin.
The light is absorbed by the pigment and converted to heat which destroys the pigmentation resulting in the temporary darkening and crusting of the treated area before it gradually falls away leaving your skin lighter and more even.
As we have a number of modalities that can treat different types of pigmentation, a skin analysis will determine which treatment will provide the best results.
After your photo rejuvenation treatment it is normal to experience mild to moderate redness, swelling and sun burnt like skin. Depending on the skin condition we are treating you may also experience superficial crusting which is a desired effect, particularly when treating conditions such as pigmentation, freckles and sun damage. You may also experience pigmentation changes where the skin becomes lighter and darker in certain areas, and this is more likely to occur in clients who have been sun exposed and/or have darker skin.
Depending on the skin concern, an average of 3-8 treatments every 4 weeks is required. For example, when treating pigmentation 1-3 treatments is usually needed however when treating conditions such as rosacea, broken capillaries or flushing you may require up to 8 or more treatments.
You must ensure that you have had no sun exposure, spray tan or solarium for a minimum of 4 weeks prior to treatment and the use of an SPF 30+ and a melanin inhibitor such as Lira Clinical’s Pro Lite is essential. Attending a consultation with a paramedically trained therapist is also essential where a test patch will be performed prior to having the treatment. This will ensure that the safest and most effective treatment is performed.
After a photo rejuvenation treatment you must avoid any heat or excess sweating, avoid the use of cosmeceutical skin care for up to 72 hours after your treatment, and ensure the use of an SPF 30+ and a melanin inhibitor is essential. You must also ensure you do not pick at any superficial crusting and keep the area hydrated by applying a soothing agent such as a post laser gel.
Photo rejuvenation can be used safely on the face, neck, décolletage/chest, arms and even hands to treat:
Redness and Flushing
Photo – rejuvenation cannot be performed on the following:
- Skin that has not prepared with the daily use of SPF30+ or greater for a minimum of 4 weeks
- Skim that has not been prepped with a melanin Inhibitor
- Sun burnt or skin that is tanned either from sun exposure, fake tanning products or solarium
- Skin that has not been prepped with the appropriate skin care regime