Photo Rejuvenation FAQ
Photo rejuvenation uses Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) that attracts to unwanted pigment, capillaries and redness in the skin. Specific wavelengths of light are absorbed by haemoglobin (red blood cells) and dark pigment which is then converted into heat. This heat transfer stimulates the body’s natural healing response to assist with the removal of the condition whilst promoting the natural production of collagen leaving your skin looking more youthful.
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 like 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 2-6 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.
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+ 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+ as this 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 “ASAP soothing gel”.
Photo rejuvenation can be used safely on the face, neck, décolletage/chest, arms and even hands to treat:
Redness and Flushing
Photofacial 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
- 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