About an IPL/Photofacial
An Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)/Photofacial is a treatment used to improve the appearance of sun-damaged skin, age/sun spots, rosacea and broken capillaries. The light energy stimulates the production of collagen; and, as this new collagen forms, there is a decrease in fine lines/wrinkles and improvement in acne scarring. The skin becomes smoother and more even in tone.
There is a high degree of patient satisfaction with an IPL/Photofacial treatment. An IPL can be used to treat the face, neck, chest, hands, arms, and legs.
There is little or no downtime with an IPL/Photofacial.
What to Expect During an IPL/Photofacial Treatment
The area being treated is thoroughly cleansed. Thereafter, a topical numbing cream is applied to the area for 20 – 40 minutes. The numbing cream is then removed and a cool gel is applied. Sometimes during treatment, an air cooling system is used to increase patient comfort. Pulses of light energy are delivered to the targeted area. Patients describe the sensation as similar to a rubber band snap. Once the IPL/Photofacial treatment is completed, the gel is removed, and a moisturizer and sunscreen are applied.
An IPL/Photofacial treatment takes 30 – 60 minutes to complete, depending on the size of the area being treated.
Side Effects of an IPL/Photofacial
Immediately following treatment, the skin usually appears red. Brown pigmented spots darken, and capillaries are more visible. The lesions will continue to darken until they flake off or are absorbed by the body. In rare instances, swelling, bruising and/or blistering may occur.
How Many IPL/Photofacial Treatments Are Required
For optimal results, a series of 3 – 5 treatments are usually required. The treatments are 3 – 4 weeks apart. To maintain the results, follow-up treatments may be given once a year.
We ask that our patients stop using retinoids 2 days prior to treatment with IPL/Photofacial and that they have no suntan or artificial color on their skin.
For about 5 days after an IPL/Photofacial treatment, avoid retinoids, glycolics, exfoliators, or any other topical skin care product which may irritate the skin. Apply moisturizer and sunscreen during this time. Makeup may also be applied. A good home skincare routine, as well as the daily use of sunscreen, is important to maintain the results of this treatment. We can help you determine what is right for your skin.
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Information on Skin Resurfacing
You may have heard of chemical peels to remove and exfoliate the skin surface. Now, technology has transformed the principle of the chemical peel to a laser treatment without the chemicals. Our Erbium laser is our most effective treatment for many signs of aging, including fine lines, wrinkles, dry and damaged surface skin, large pores, sun damage and acne scarring. Enhanced Laser Resurfacing takes years off your appearance with this revolutionized procedure. A series of four to six treatments is recommended two to four weeks apart for optimal results. For added benefits maintenance treatments can be added.
What are the benefits of an Erbium Peel?
- Improves skin texture and clarity
- Removes surface impurities
- Decreases pore size
- Softens fine wrinkles and acne scars
- Brightens complexion
- Improves sun damaged skin
- Evens skin color and tone
- Helps promote new cell growth
How does the Erbium peel differ from the traditional chemical peel?
The Venus Erbium peel exfoliates the skin like the chemical peel and the microdermabrasion. The epithelial layer is removed in all of these procedures with the goal of rejuvenating the skin to an even tone and smooth, glowing surface. Only with the Venus erbium laser is an accurate custom depth achieved. The chemical peel and the microdermabrasion remove to a depth of 5nm but the Venus erbium laser delivers to a depth of 30-60nm. At this depth, acne scars, chicken pox scars, wrinkles, benign lesions and pigments are treated. The depth can be customized with the lightest called the lunchtime peel and the middle strength a weekend peel.
How does the Venus (Erbium) Laser peel feel during the treatment?
The discomfort is minimal. When the larger depths are achieved, a topical anesthetic is used. For the weekend peel, there is down time for two days. During this time the laser causes the skin to exfoliate and it also skin tightens. Other down time frames can be discussed at the time of consultation. Average peeling time is approximately 4- 10 days.
Who are good candidates for the Venus Erbium peel?
Anyone interested in evening out their skin tone and appearance is a good candidate especially those who have deep scars, moderate wrinkles and overall poor skin texture would benefit from the Venus (erbium) Laser.
Topical skin care products, which can help with Acne:
The Jessner’s Peel is a light to medium peel, the depth of which is controlled by the amount of time you leave it on your skin and the number of layers you use. This is a very safe peel and is suitable for all skin types, especially those with oily or acne-prone skin. Some darker skin tones, particularly African American run a small risk of post peel hypo-pigmentation. As with all products, a patch test is recommended to see how your skin reacts. Of all the peels, the Jessner’s peel has the best track record for darkly pigmented skin peels. This peel contains the following active ingredients: Salicylic acid, Resorcinol, and Lactic Acid.
Salicylic Acid is a Beta Hydroxy Acid and is the only oil soluble acid used in skin care. This makes it particularly suited to acne prone skin and oily skin types. Salicylic acid helps dissolve the dirt, sebum, and debris in your pores that cause blackheads, enlarged pores and acne outbreaks. It also helps reduce oil production and provides gentle exfoliation. Because it is closely related to Aspirin, there is a small chance of allergic reaction if you have an Aspirin allergy and you should choose a different peel.
Lactic Acid is an Alpha Hydroxy acid that helps encourage cell turnover and stimulates collagen formation while helping to smooth and soften the skin.
Resorcinol is an effective exfoliator that helps loosen the damaged skin layers to expose the new fresh skin beneath while also stimulating collagen to form.
Comedonal (non-inflammatory) acne: containing such ingredients as triclosan, salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide, azelaic acid, retinoids, topical can be effective for people with mild acne and are widely available.
Mild papulo-pustular (inflammatory) acne: benzoyl peroxide or topical retinoids, topical antibiotics (such as erythromycin).
Moderate inflammatory acne: benzoyl peroxide or topical retinoids combined with oral antibiotics (tetracyclines). Isotretinoin is an option.
Severe inflammatory acne, nodular acne, acne resistant to the above treatments: isotretinoin, or contraceptive pills with cyproterone for females with virilization or drospirenone.
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How it works:
Microdermabrasion is a light cosmetic procedure that uses tiny crystals for exfoliation to gently remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells from the epidermis. Most commonly, microdermabrasion uses two parts: an exfoliating material like crystals or diamond flakes and a machine based suction to gently lift up the skin during exfoliation. It is a non-invasive procedure and may be performed by a trained skin care professional.
Since human skin typically regenerates at approximately 30-day intervals, skin improvement with microdermabrasion is temporary and needs to be repeated at average intervals of two-four weeks for continued improvement. Multiple treatments in combination with sunscreen, sun avoidance, and other skin care creams yield best results.
Microdermabrasion may be performed to help diminish the appearance of superficial hyperpigmentation and photo-damage, as well as diminish fine lines, wrinkles, acne, and shallow acne scars. A further benefit of microdermabrasion is enhanced skin penetration by other skin creams and serums. Removing dead skin (stratum corneum of the epidermis) will aid in the penetration of skin care products and medications by up to 10-50%. The controlled skin exfoliation afforded by microdermabrasion will afford makeup and self-tanning products to go on much more smoothly.
Microdermabrasion treatment carries minimal to very few possible side effects or complications. However, some patients may experience temporary mild dryness, sun sensitivity, and rarely temporary bruising or scratches in the area of skin treated.
What is Dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is a type of manual exfoliation. A surgical blade is used to remove dead skin cells on the outermost layer of the skin as well as vellus or peach fuzz hair. Skin will reflect light to give you a natural glow, will look and feel softer and smoother and help your skin care products absorb into the skin better.
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