Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatment

PhotoRejuvenation

PhotoRejuvenation is a series of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments that improve the appearance of rosacea, flushing, sun damaged skin, age spots, skin texture, and photoaging. The treatment also improves mild acne scars, reduces large pores, corrects dark circles around the eyes, and reduces fine lines. This exciting treatment involves little or no “down time.” You can resume normal activities immediately.

How does the treatment work?
An intense light is applied in a series of gentle pulses over the treatment area. Without damaging the skin, the light penetrates through the skin and is absorbed by the abnormally dilated vessels or pigmentation. The heat impairs the vessel or lesion, and the body begins its natural healing process. The lesion will darken before it flakes off or is absorbed by the body. Treatment can be given as frequently as every three weeks.

How many treatments will I need?
For optimal results, a series of 5 treatments is recommended. Some patients see significant improvement in 2 to 3 treatments; others require more. Follow-up treatments may be desired once a year to maintain results.

What are the benefits of PhotoRejuvenation?

  • Treatment improves sun spots, age spots, dull complexions, uneven pigmentation
  • Improves large pores, sun damaged skin, and early signs of aging.
  • Treatment improves red flushing skin, rosacea, and broken capillaries.
  • Enjoy smoother skin with a more even tone.
  • Minimal discomfort during treatment
  • Resume regular activities immediately.

What is a treatment like?
Treatment may vary from 15 to 30 minutes. First, the treated area is cleansed and a cool gel is applied. When the pulse of light is delivered, the sensation of discomfort is minimal. After treatment, the gel is removed, the skin cleansed, and a sun block is applied. A topical anesthetic can be used for maximum comfort; for sensitive skin a cool compress is applied following treatment.

Are there any possible side effects?
Side effects are rare. Immediately following treatment, the skin may appear flushed, brown pigmented spots may appear darker, and capillaries may be more visible. In rare instances, temporary swelling and/or blistering can occur. Limiting sun exposure for several weeks before and after treatment will greatly minimize the risk of complications.

What improvement will I see?
Patients have a high degree of satisfaction with their results. After successive treatments, the skin will feel smoother and appear to have a more even tone.

PhotoRejuvenation in treating rosacea
As many as seventy million Americans have undesirable redness and/or sun damaged skin. Sun exposure, alcohol, medications, stress, and aging are common causes of rosacea. Rosacea is a common skin condition characterized by redness and flushing skin. PhotoRejuvenation treatments control flushing and, in many cases, reduce the need for topical creams and antibiotics.

Photodynamic Therapy

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a new medical procedure for photorejuvenation of the skin. It is a medical skin treatment to reverse the signs of aging and thereby improve the health and vitality of skin. Ideal candidates have either sun damaged skin, preskin cancers (actinic keratosis), rosacea, acne, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, poor skin texture, or enlarged pores. This therapy combines the application of a photosensitizer (5 ALA) with a laser pulse light, with dramatic improvements and little “down time” and minimal discomfort.

How does the treatment work?
The procedure involves a microdermabrasion followed by application of Levulan® (5 ALA) to the skin for 15 to 60 minutes. This allows the Levulan® to concentrate into the damaged skin, glands, and follicles. We then use Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) to activate this photosensitizer. As a result, diseased areas are treated selectively with minimal damage to surrounding normal skin.

How many treatments will I need?
For photo rejuvenation, 2-3 treatments spaced 3-4 weeks apart are necessary for optimal results. For acne, 4 treatments
2-3 weeks apart are needed to achieve results. Some patients see significant improvement in 1 or 2 treatments; others require more.

Are there any possible side effects?
Redness, mild swelling, increased warmth, and tingling like a mild sunburn may occur for 1-2 days after treatment, with rapid recovery. Brown pigmented spots may appear darker and capillaries may be more visible before they fade. Sun avoidance is absolutely necessary for 48 hours after the procedure.

What improvement will I see?
Skin is smoother and softer, pore size is reduced, skin becomes more even toned, and acne resolves as sebaceous glands are diminished.

IPL Before & After

Philadelphia IPL Treatment

Acne Before and after

Pigmentation before and after